Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Hi everyone. I’ve missed you!  I’m so sorry I’m behind on writing.  I’ll admit, life is a bit c-r-a-z-y right now with parenting, work and binge watching House of Cards and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt that I can’t keep up with everything. I have so much to write about that I thought I would take this blog post to cover two important topics.  Hit pause on Netflix and I promise I won’t keep you too long.  I know you want to get back to House of Cards and find out what happens next between Frank and Claire.

1. The real DC is even better this week than the House of Cards – how about the balls on those Republicans writing the letter to Iran explaining that a deal with the President won’t hold any weight?  If you missed it, jump on Twitter and type in the hashtag #47traitors.  Senator Tom Cotton spearheaded this ballsy initiative and got 46 other GOP Senators to sign this bad boy explaining to Iran how our Constitution works.  I’ll admit I didn’t even know who Tom Cotton was before this week.  Way to get on the map Tom.

KS Senator Pat Roberts signed the letter. I can just picture in my head how this went down.

Roberts gets handing the letter.

In my grumpy, old man voice, “who the hell is Senator Tom Cotton and why would I sign this damn letter from a junior Senator?”

“Well sir, the Senator is explaining to Iran that a deal with the President won’t hold any weight without Congressional approval and could be reversed by the next President,” said Roberts staffer.

“So what you are saying is this letter will stick it to President Obama?”

“Yes sir,” said the nervous staffer.

“Hand me a pen,” said Roberts.

The end.

You can apply this scenario to all of the other senior Senators who signed the letter.

The juicy part is the Iranians pointed out to the 47 Senators that they were incorrect the letter regarding how the US Constitution works.  I wish the Iranians would have sent back one of those Hallmark cards when you open it the music just goes “AWWWW SNAP!” with the reply on the inside.

Here’s the deal-I didn’t catch the Constitutional error in the letter to Iran, but here’s a little secret……come closer so I can whisper it to you.

I’M NOT A FREAKING UNITED STATES SENATOR!  I’M JUST A BLOGGER!  WHO DIDN’T PROOF THIS BAD BOY BEFORE THEY SENT IT OUT.  LAST TIME I CHECKED THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYERS IN DC AND NO ONE THOUGHT TO SEND THIS OVER FOR A LITTLE LOOK OVER BEFORE SENDING IT TO IRAN? IT’S IRAN FOR FUCKSAKE.

This may get the dumb ass award for 2015.  But hey – the year is still young and so am I.  We will have to wait and see else what happens.

On to the next headline of the week – the University of Oklahoma frat boys who sang the racist song along with others on a bus.  The two boys who were in the video singing the song have apologized and have been expelled.  I read the lyrics to the song,  but based on the vile nature of the lyrics, I couldn’t bring myself to watch the video.

The first thing I thought of when I heard this – this song has been chanted by this fraternity for many, many years.  These boys didn’t suddenly sit down with a notepad and make it up on the bus that night.  Outstanding question –  is the song only chanted by this fraternity chapter on this college campus or are other SAE chapters around the country singing the same vile song?

Alex, I’ll take other SAE chapters singing racist songs for $100 please.  Answer – SAE is going to have a huge problem on their hands.  Alex, what is other chapters are likely singing the same racist song?

Ding! Ding!

One of the students issued an apology – Parker Rice.  That leads me to my second thought.  The boy’s name is Parker.  That is about as white as you can get when naming your son.  His name might as well have been Whitey McWhiterson.  He was probably born with an argyle sweater vest holding a 9 iron.  That going to be some tough PR to overcome…no I don’t mean PR as in Parker Rice’s name, but PR as in bad publicity.

Here is what he said in his apology,

“I know everyone wants to know why or how this happened. I admit it likely was fueled by alcohol consumed at the house before the bus trip, but that’s not an excuse. Yes, the song was taught to us, but that too doesn’t work as an explanation. It’s more important to acknowledge what I did and what I didn’t do. I didn’t say no, and I clearly dismissed an important value I learned at my beloved high school, Dallas Jesuit. We were taught to be ‘Men for Others.’ I failed in that regard, and in those moments, I also completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others.”

Alcohol fueled the racist chant?  I drank a lot of alcohol in college and I was in full disclosure I was in a sorority.  I did some dumb thing and I mean some really dumb things, but at no time did I ever sing anything like this. We sang sappy songs about sisterhood and other songs filled with swear words (I know- really ladylike)

However, when I was in college there was a fraternity on campus who was proud of their southern roots.  I went to a small college and the fraternity on campus had a party called Old South.  Some of the members would dress up in Confederate uniforms.  This was in the early 90s – not the 1890s, but the 1990s.  If I remember right, the administration finally stopped the party and made the fraternity change the party name.  I remember the fraternity being outraged at this decision.  I can only imagine how the African-American students felt all those years the party was held.

I have a feeling that if those guys were stone cold sober and their brothers were singing the same song they would have still chimed in.  None of them would have stopped the song sober or drunk.  It is only stopping because of the video.   Peer pressure is a powerful force.  That same fraternity I wrote about above would also stand on their fraternity steps and sing the lyrics to Dixie.  If you were at their house everyone would join in.  I remember singing the song a few times.  I remember thinking to myself that it wasn’t right, but I never did anything about it, because I thought it was the fraternity’s tradition and I was just a guest.   I’m not saying this song is the same as the SAE song, but they both wrong – just different degrees of wrong.  I really regret singing that song.  Racism in the Greek system is nothing new.  I’m glad that University of Oklahoma is taking such a hard stance against it.  Maybe other universities will do the same.

Turn back on Netflix and let me know what you think of Season 3 of House of Cards!

Cheers,

Aimee

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One thought on “Aimee’s Awesome Headlines for the Week

  1. mike t. says:

    First 4 steps of today’s “Rules For Apologetic Behavior When Caught Red-Handed in the Age of the Internets”:
    1. Blame alcohol or other outside influence “beyond your control” that has some level of plausibility for “creating” outlandish or unacceptable behavior. Many will stop right there and say, “Hell Yeah!! I remember once I got so drunk that I ______ (fill in the blank with your favorite).
    2. Quickly dismiss said outside influence by saying you “knew better” thus claiming, in a rather disingenuous way, that the outside influence really was quite overwhelming.
    3. Make solid references to: A. Your (Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, etc.) upbringing, B. Parental oversight, C. Jesus and/or God and/or Budda and/or Allah, or D. Any person or deity, living or deceased that has, for the greater population, unimpeachable moral and ethical standing. (Note: Not listed in order of preference. Choose to fit your particular circumstance.)
    4. Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 as many times as necessary to make story believable to the media, the audience, and yourself.

    And remember, try to adopt the mindset that you are “sincerely sorry.” Practice this incessantly as most folks fail this important step and never recover. An example of poor “sorry” mindset: Todd Aiken. Good example: Bill Clinton (several times).

    Good day!

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