Meryl Streep is Qualified and American—and Right

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During her Golden Globes acceptance speech on Sunday, Meryl Streep said what a majority of Americans believe: that cruelty and indecency aren’t who we are, that our diversity beautifully defines us, and that our powerful should be accountable for the way they wield that power.

She was right—and she was right to say it there and then,
despite Vince Vaughn’s dagger stare,
despite NRA/Bush advocate, musician Travis Tritt’s ironic social media scolding,
and despite the President-Elect’s petulant, 
childish but sadly completely expected Tweet tantrum at 5:30 AM the following morning.

People telling her to “stay in her lane” are simply wrong.

If you live in this country, if you contribute with your gifts and your work, if you pay taxes and you pay attention—America is your lane. That’s what our freedom means. That’s the heart of our Constitution. Your citizenship gives you both the right and the obligation to speak.  

The idea that Meryl Streep should be silent on matters of politics because she is “unqualified”, is completely ludicrous as well as patently un-American. By such logic, no one other than experienced politicians gets a say in the way decisions that affect us are made—and the rest of us should all silently consent to whatever our elected officials do with the power entrusted to them. (Apparently Vassar, Yale, and Dartmouth educations aren’t an impressive enough resume for someone to be able to speak into the value of empathy and the virtue of not being a jackass.) 

America’s greatness is the fruit of activism, of the voices of disparate citizens raised in all spheres of life when it is called for. We have been continually renovated by our people speaking into the injustices around them, leveraging the power at their disposal. People who call this country Home, should use whatever platform, position, and influence they have to speak into the issues that matter to them. To not do so is irresponsible and selfish.

Meryl Streep was raised a Presbyterian, and as a Christian, I see her words drawing a clear line to the compassionate heart of the Jesus of the Gospels, who spoke of loving “the least of these”; not those who are at all less-than, but those treated as less-than. For me it was a powerful and subversive sermon. Without mentioning religion, the essence of her faith was evident in her manner and her message. I’ve never been able to say that about the President-Elect—and that’s telling.

The great irony is that the same people criticizing Streep for being an “out of touch celebrity” who has no business commenting on politics—voted for one to run the country. They’re the same ones who’ll gladly boost the signal of the Duck Dynasty geniuses, the ever-eloquent Scott Baio, or that wisest of sages—Ted Nugent. (Apparently FoxNews gets all the qualified celebs.)

The truth is, Meryl Streep did something inherently American this week:
She used her moment of attention to speak for empathy and decency.
She affirmed our shared humanity in a way that transcended politics—or should.
She called vile behavior, vile.
She reminded the bullies that we will not tolerate them.
She asked people not to be horrible to one another.

If more people had done that this year—we’d have a much different nation than we have right now.

I’m with her.

225 thoughts on “Meryl Streep is Qualified and American—and Right

  1. Thank you John. Absolutely!!!!!!!! Trump was a man who always had to have a beautiful woman on his arm (piece of ass as he called them in an interviews) and his whole life he worked to put money in his pocket however he could do it, not bad, but he has crushed and used many, even the government, on his journey. He ran for President as an outsider. We have been force fed his absence of human decency, his mocking of people’s faces and bodies, his reckless behavior, his utter contempt for this country and his countrymen mostly accompanied by cheers of his followers and silence of the Republicans pretending no one would see their hypocrisy. Now when a woman stands up for decency for truth she is vilified. How can any human, even his fans, not see hypocrisy. I think she recognizes what truth and decency is or is not and has the strength to speak when she has the opportunity. She is a voice of reason. Again thank you John. I hope voices of reason will never be silenced.

    • If a conservative actor or actress had been in that situation, you would have heard no preaching about politics. They would have been too gracious and classy to use such a venue in such a self-serving and inappropriate manner.

      On the other hand…this kind of BS really helps our side!

      • Self serving? This is America she gas the right to say whwhatever she chooses and she didn’t say anything that was not the truth.

        • Some people are so busy worshipping the god of their idolatry that they are in denial of the truth of Ms. Streep’s words.

        • I don’t think anyone believes she doesn’t have the right to speak her mind, but when your past includes public adulation for a sexual predator, you cede the moral high ground to criticize anyone else. It’s staggeringly hypocritical. Ultimately it’s merely another example of how people will accept behavior by those with whom they are politically aligned that they find reprehensible in those on the other side of the aisle.

          • And yet you voted for a sexual predator while vilifying a woman because you consider her husband for being a sexual predator as if it were her fault.

            Men decide whether or not to keep their pants on. Men decide whether or not sexually abuse women by walking into their dressing rooms when changing for a beauty pageant. Trump did that not only to adult women but also to teenaged girls.

            At least, as reprehensible as they were, all of Bill’s liaisons outside of marriage were consensual. Can’t say that for Trump.

            I am sorry to say this, Bruton Gaster, but you have no business making any comments about Streep’s admiration for anyone when your vote identifies you as a hypocrite.

            • You really need to pay more attention to what you read if you want to successfully engage other people. I have made it abundantly clear that I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I was firmly in the Never Trump camp during the primaries, and remained there during the general election. Go ahead and search for anything positive I have ever said about President Elect Trump. You’ll die of old age before you find anything. Calling out blatant hypocrisy doesn’t mean I endorse Donald Trump or supported him. It is possible to have found both major party candidates for POTUS in 2016 to be reprehensible. Believing Hillary Clinton to be utterly unworthy of the office doesn’t mean Donald Trump somehow was an acceptable alternative. Try to keep up.

              And no, Bill Clinton’s sexual encounters were not all consensual. Juanita Brodderick exists in the real world, even if she doesn’t in the one you apparently live in.

            • At least, as reprehensible as they were, all of Bill’s liaisons outside of marriage were consensual. Can’t say that for Trump.

              And here I would have guessed you were a feminist. Looks like I was wrong.

          • Yes it is, I am amazed that she had hooks in her heart for the disbaled reporter that was mocked by Trump….but no hooks in her heart for the disabled boy who was kidnapped and tortured and forced to drink toilet water, by 4 nasty nasty human beings…no mention of what that poor boy went through…guess since he was beaten by Hillary supporters it was ok??? Everyone has gone nuts, beating people who support Trump, calling all republicans bigots and homophobes and saying they do not know what being a Christian means..wow! Meryl or any other hollywood actor has their right to speak their mind…I don’t live my life by hollywood standards and I don’t believe they have any clue what the rest of the world lives like…but I just love how the whole thing with the reporter brought her to tears, but a disbabled boy being kidnapped beaten and tourtured was not even enough for her to mention…bullying is coming from both sides and that is a sad fact..if you choose to be against bullying it should really work both ways.

              • I know Joe, I could care less what she thinks about Trump her opinion is nothing to me she is an Atheist who openly admired and supported an admitted pedophile…but the fact that she is so against Trump for something he did not even do is bad enough…but to sit up there and call bullying wrong…none of the Trump haters even mention the poor boy who was kidnapped and toutured…but by gosh they will beat the dead horse about him “mocking that reporter” I was just more commenting on the hypocrisy.

                • It’s too bad you divid your world into us and them. Your bias is leading you to prejudge people. Who says I am a Trump hater and who says I did;t grieve for that poor boy.

                  It’s what you convince yourself to see that makes you judge, in error.

                  And atheists are good people. Like my brother. So be careful what you say.

                  • I am sorry Joe if you thought my comment was directed at you…it was directed at Meryl Streep…and yes there are plenty of Atheists who are good people, I just don’t consider Meryl Streep to be one of them. I don’t believe in shoving my beliefs down anyones throat who believe differently than me…so again I am sorry if you felt I was speaking against you or your brother that was not my intention.

                • U are so correct. Streep is a phony and could call less about that poor boy that was disabled and kidnapped and abused. She is a jerk

              • Yes, and what she was saying is verifiably false, which has been demonstrated repeatedly. Trump was not mocking the man’s disability. Trump was doing the exact same routine he does when talking about anyone who is flustered, including himself. The video evidence is easily available for anyone who wants to understand the truth. Streep, clearly, does not.

                • There is no evidence that Trump gestures that way as a habit. Trump did mock the man and knew what he was doing. He covered it up with a lame excuse and you fell for it.

                  • Yes, there is a significant amount of video evidence that Trump uses those exact gestures and voice intonation in numerous cases that have nothing to do with disability. I would post it here, but you’ve made it clear that you are impervious to evidence.

        • Trump did not mock the disability of a reporter. That was not the truth. She has the right to say whatever she likes, but doesn’t have the right to not be ridiculed for saying it in an inappropriate venue. That was rude and disrespectful.

              • You are a liar. You break the commandment.

                Or

                You are 100% out of touch with reality, which is to say psychotic.

                Whatever is the case, you prefer to worship a false god, Trump, then be convinced of the truth.

                You have revealed yourself to be one who denies truth. May God have mercy on you.

                John P should really block you so we no longer have to be exposed to your festering obsession for Trump and your pathological obsessions with women’s bodies.

                Enjoy your swamp.

              • I read it. The report said the writer wrote allegedly a number of people were taken in for questioning. Nothing was mentioned about Muslims. That was Trump injecting his chaos into the whole thing. Everyone is looking at the picture and seeing different things. What in his behavior since then leads anyone one to believe that behavior was a one off. There is no decency bar low enough that Trump has not slithered under, that his talking heads and Republicans, and followers have not tried to explain away or excuse. The Press gets vilified for mostly showing videos and reposting Trumps words and actions, which Trump still denies. Even when he is told there is a video he still says nope, didn’t do that, didn’t say that.

            • I do not condone mocking anyone, especially the disabled. My son is autistic, and has sadly been subject to the receiving end of cruel behavior. I do however know that Trump has used that gesture many times , when talking about other people. Do I agree with it??? No no one should be mocked….but it has been shown time and time again if the research is put into it that he was not mocking the reporter. There are many things that Trump has said and done that have been wrong, but not this one….

              • Actually Trump saw the man and copied his behaviour. It proves Trump knew the man was disabled because he saw what he looked like. Trump mocked him on purpose (knowingly) and his campaign handlers did their best to cover it up.

                Sounds like people who are on Trumps side want to hide to truth rather than face it.

                  • Don’t worry I know what it’s like to be mocked you take one thing about the person (in my case something different than a lame arm) and do an exaggerated/spastic movement with it. That’s the mocking part.

              • It was not just the mocking body language it was also the mocking words the walking cheeto used. And even if that is body language he often uses, since it is also the way the disabled man moves, in context it could only have been meant as mockery.

                • That’s right Gloriamarie don’t let anyone try to tell you differently. Trump is a man who mocks. He displays the very character that christians say they hate and so often quote from the Bible ‘there will be mockers in the last times’.

                  Trump is the great leader of mockers and some christians appear to adore and excuse him at all costs.

                  • Dear Zaklog Doesn’t Listen,

                    Please be reassured. I have zero respect for the walking cheeto. I have zero respect for the GOP. I have zero respect for anyone who voted this evil into power. I have zero respect for those who voted third party because, in effect, that was voting for the evil that is the walking cheeto and the GOP.

                    Not saying that everyone else is 100% good either. We are all sinners. Not saying Hillary is perfect because she is a sinner like the rest of us.

                    But there are some of us who know we are sinners and too many of us who don’t.

                    The walking cheeto has mocked many many many people. He will continue to do so because he is just that petty, trite, and vulgar.

                • Are you not mocking Trump by calling him a walking cheeto??? I am assuming this whitty title is in reference to his coloring…so it is ok for you to make fun and mock Trump for his coloring, but not for someone else to mock??? Mocking should be wrong no matter who is on the receiving end of it..if you are going to stand against mocking and attack someone for it, then maybe you should stop doing it yourself, I would assume degrading someone for their looks would be considered mocking…you don’t have to like someone but it doesn’t mean you have to mock them or degrade them either. I understand your deep hatred for Trump, but I would have to wonder who else you would do this to if you did not like or agree with them?

                    • There is another way to look at it .

                      There are three separate incidences of hand gestures identified in this video given as proof that Trump did not mean to mock the reporter. The first time was when Trump mocked the reporter November 21st, 2015.

                      The second time Trump did the hand gestures is in the same speech on November 21st, 2015. Trump is talking about a conversation he had with a general. He starts to move his hands and then stops. This actually proves Trump intentionally mocked the reporter because this second time Trump begins to use the hand gestures he stops himself in my opinion because he knows the general is not disabled.

                      The third time was at the South Carolina Primary February 22, 2016 when Trump mocked Cruz which in my opinion was an unrepentant re-enactment of his first mocking gestures to show everyone he has no remorse and to totally humiliate Cruz by pegging him as someone unfit to lead.

                      Where is the proof? This is not a regular gesture Trump makes with his hands and the fact that he only did it twice, not three times, shows the behaviour was purposeful not habitual.

                    • That’s your opinion. It’s okay to get a second opinion.

                      There are three separate incidences of hand gestures identified in this video given as proof that Trump did not mean to mock the reporter. The first time was when Trump mocked the reporter November 21st, 2015.

                      The second time Trump did the hand gestures is in the same speech on November 21st, 2015. Trump is talking about a conversation he had with a general. He starts to move his hands and then stops. This actually proves Trump intentionally mocked the reporter because this second time Trump begins to use the hand gestures he stops himself in my opinion because he knows the general is not disabled.

                      The third time was at the South Carolina Primary February 22, 2016 when Trump mocked Cruz which in my opinion was an unrepentant re-enactment of his first mocking gestures to show everyone he has no remorse and to totally humiliate Cruz by pegging him as someone unfit to lead.

                      Where is the proof? This is not a regular gesture Trump makes with his hands and the fact that he only did it twice, not three times, shows the behaviour was purposeful not habitual.

                    • No he was mocked was the man that is the truth. All this covering up for Trump is white washing. You can’t fool all the people only the gullible only some.

                    • I don’t dispute he was mocking the reporter, but he was not mocking him because of his disability and he was not mimicking his movements.

                      Just like some of you mock Trump. You’re mocking him because of his politics or personality. That’s fair. Mocking someone because of disabilities or skin color isn’t. Trump didn’t do that.

                      Just like good liberals would not make Trump’s skin color an issue and call him a cheeto or an orangutan.

                    • I think mocking people disqualifies you from public service. That’s why I am better at acting on stage in a tragic comedy than being the POTUS.

                      And IMO Trump is better at being a Circus Barker than the leader of the free world.

                    • There is another way to look at it.

                      There are three separate incidences of hand gestures identified in this video given as proof that Trump did not mean to mock the reporter. The first time was when Trump mocked the reporter November 21st, 2015.

                      The second time Trump did the hand gestures is in the same speech on November 21st, 2015. Trump is talking about a conversation he had with a general. He starts to move his hands and then stops. This actually proves Trump intentionally mocked the reporter because this second time Trump begins to use the hand gestures he stops himself in my opinion because he knows the general is not disabled.

                      The third time was at the South Carolina Primary February 22, 2016 when Trump mocked Cruz which in my opinion was an unrepentant re-enactment of his first mocking gestures to show everyone he has no remorse and to totally humiliate Cruz by pegging him as someone unfit to lead.

                      Where is the proof? This is not a regular gesture Trump makes with his hands and the fact that he only did it twice, not three times, shows the behaviour was purposeful not habitual.

                • I agree with you there. Many of the things Donald Trump has done make him unfit for public service, along with his general ignorance of how the government works, and his financial entanglements in so many countries that he refuses to disclose, leading to insurmountable conflicts of interest.

              • And any man (or woman) who willfully exposed state secrets in an insecure system for her own private benefit is not fit for public service.

          • The rude and disrepectful playbook was authored by DJT. And yes, he DID mock the disability of the reporter, even if he didn’t know the guy was disabled. His behavior is abhorring to say the least. Inappropriate venue? This orange faced child-man can stand on a stage that is being videoed and shown all over the country, spewing forth hatred and inciting violence, and she can’t say what’s on her mind when she is given a podium? Luke 12:48 states “to whom much is given, much will be required”. I see Streep as calling us to action and giving back unlike Trump who only takes.

                • Did he make fun of the color of his face too?

                  If he didn’t know the man had a disability, then he didn’t mock the disability. That shouldn’t need much more explanation.

                  • The reporter met with Trump face to face in the past and interviewed him in his office. As well Trump had full knowledge about a story the reporter was writing about him. Trumps also tweeted about the reporter afterwards and continued mocking him.

                    Sorry you are misled

                    • But that is what happens when you live in an echo chamber.

                      Try getting info from a variety of perspectives and verified sources.

              • No. Orange hair. Many years ago when I worked in the Nashville tourist industry, many people still thought Nashville was a guitar sitting in a hillbilly’s just plowed garden field. Nashville would do anything to get national respectability—anything. In CEO board rooms, I imagine it would go like this:

                “Now see here boys. Donald Trump has orange hair. Now because The University of Tennessee’s big color is orange, the orange is Tennessee’s color, and Nashville is the capitol of Tennessee. Now boys, we need to find a clever way in the advertising media to conflate Donald Trump with Music City USA so it looks like Trump loves Nashville. He is our man. We are his special people here in Nashville. Get the idea boys!!! Now run with it.”

              • He knew he had a disability because regardless of his denying he even knew the man he knew him for at least 8 years if not longer. They met face to face more than once.
                If there ever was a name caller it is Donald! Anyone that dares to disagree with him or who he thinks has slighted him is immediately given a name and insulted in some way. His reactions and actions are often very child like and to have someone like that holding the most important office in the US that means dealing with other leaders is scary. When you have other leaders that are child like someone has to be an adult or it could be a war that no one recovers from! Plain and simple and yet very serious at the same time! Period!

                • EJ, I comfort myself with the certain knowledge that the walking cheeto’s ego will compel him into high crimes and misdemeanors and even the GOP will be forced to impeach him. The walking cheeto’s ego has him believing the law doesn’t apply to him.

                  He is already breaking the laws against nepotism and emolument. He is already on the road to impeachment.

              • The gentleman’s visible disability was a withered , twisted arm and a deformed wrist, which he held in a position that Trump parodied when he made his mocking comments. Trump certainly knew what he was doing.

                • A freeze frame was made from a video to make it look like he was copying him, which was very misleading and dishonest, but what can you expect from the Hillary-complicit media? Trump was actually moving his arm around in away that could not have been an imitation, since that man had no such affliction, besides the fact that he used the same motion in other situations.

                  • The CNN video is not free framed if you suspect it is bring an accusation against them.

                    Trump was exaggerating the movements and he knew what he was doing by holding his arm that way.

                    Trump stays away from Liberal media because he is afraid he will trip up.

                    Journalism has ethics and standards but you wouldn’t know that if you only read fake news and shoddy one sided reporting

                    • The CNN video is not freeze framed or altered. You are watching too much unauthorized social media videos.

            • How do you mock a disability if you don’t know the person is disabled? Do you idiots even listen to the words coming out of your mouths? Or is it just sufficient for you that you’re preaching the party line, no rational thought necessary?

              • After Trump mocked the man his campaign had to come up with a story to cover up what Trump did. They had to make up a story that Trump didn’t know the guy had a disability because Trump doesn’t apologize.

                And the point is he mocked the way he moved his arm and his speech. Most feeling and intelligent people realize that when people have movement and speech limitations they are disabled.

                Trump has no excuse at all

                • That’s right Trump knowingly made fun of the guy. It was outrageous. I never thought America would elect someone like Trump.

                • Excuse me, imbecile, but I was replying to a moron, Debi Jones, who claimed both that Trump mocked the man’s disability and that Trump did not know the man was disabled.

                  Here is a direct quote: ” And yes, he DID mock the disability of the reporter, even if he didn’t know the guy was disabled.”

                  You see, that is her words, and her claims, not mine. And this is sheer idiocy, which is common in these parts.

                  Now shut your fool mouth.

                  • Zaklog- Trump speaks with a forked tongue. And, Trump uses his duplicity to confuse people and change people’s perception of what happened. Trump can contradict himself in a sentence. But, some people cannot catch all the contradictions because there are so many.

                    How can you follow the gibberish Trump is saying when he says it with so much force and word dressing. It’s a con man’s trick and you are being conned.

                    May the force be with you.

            • You need to understand a cinematic principle. Two shots combined together can create an idea. If there were a video clip of a woman who fell in the mud, and another clip were to immediately follow of a man laughing, the idea would be created that the man was laughing at the woman. But the two clips could have been recorded years and miles apart.

              Clever editing (and not a little wishful thinking) have made it appear that Trump was mocking the reporter because of his disability, but he wasn’t. You have fallen for a cinematic trick. Do you want to know the truth or not?

                • Joe the truth is Trump mocked him. You are the one making excuses for the man.

                  Here is the truth of you:

                  It took the Trump campaign a long time to respond to all the asinine comments Trump was making. it was damage control and his handlers had to clean up the messes but not before we saw the truth.

      • You’re exactly right Joe. Also, she has no faith, she’s an atheist. The award show was not the time or place to go on a Liberal, political rant. They’re just sore losers in denial, & mentally unstable.

          • Atheists are good trustworthy people unless you put them in power and then they have an unpleasant tendency to slaughter people by the tens of millions. But other than that minor detail, they’re great!

            • One thing I noticed about my atheist friends is they try harder to do well in this life and live by the golden rule because they have no hope of the afterlife.

              In this way I have learned from them how to do better in this life. In some ways they treat others better than some christians I know and are more open to diversity and human kindness than some christians I know. Why is that? So, in many ways I see my atheist friends following the way of Jesus without realizing they are and when i see that, I think that is amazing and good and praise God for the goodness he created within humanity.

              God appeals to that goodness in all of us.

        • Let’s look at this a different way. Trump as an unrepentant person with a long memory. He made those hand gestures to mock Ted Cruz in the South Carolina Primaries in Feb 2016. All of us knew, by then, full well those hand movements were used to mock a disabled person the previous fall. Therefore Trump by using those hand movements to mock Cruz displayed his total lack of regard for the him. That is how I took at it. Trump knows what he is doing.

        • That’s your opinion. Let’s look at it a different way. There are three separate incidences of hand gestures identified in this video given as proof that Trump did not mean to mock the reporter. The first time was when Trump mocked the reporter November 21st, 2015.

          The second time Trump did the hand gestures is in the same speech on November 21st, 2015. Trump is talking about a conversation he had with a general. He starts to move his hands and then stops. This actually proves Trump intentionally mocked the reporter because this second time Trump begins to use the hand gestures he stops himself in my opinion because he knows the general is not disabled.

          The third time was at the South Carolina Primary February 22, 2016 when Trump mocked Cruz which in my opinion was an unrepentant re-enactment of his first mocking gestures to show everyone he has no remorse and to totally humiliate Cruz by pegging him as someone unfit to lead.

          Where is the proof? This is not a regular gesture Trump makes with his hands and the fact that he only did it twice, not three times, shows the behaviour was purposeful not habitual.

      • “Side”?

        This isn’t a game, Mr. Seeber. If I’ve spelled your last name incorrectly, I apologize. It’s been so long since you’ve used your real name, It’s slipped my mind. Of course I know who you are. I half sit, half lay on my bed tapping on m laptop and wonder if you have forgotten. Who’s you are I mean. This blog is a meeting place for God’s children. To speak on the issues of the day that matter to us. There are no “sides” here.

        God Bless and keep you. <3

    • Joanne. A little history might help here for the purposes of perspective and understanding why conservatives, Christian fundamentalists, and conservative evangelicals do not trust entertainment celebrities and wish they would shut up. In the 19th century, people who made their living in the entertainment industry were considered to be vile sinners—not sure why—and the religious establishment succeeded in making pariahs out of them. I feel sure John Wilkes Booth did not help matters when he shot Abraham Lincoln. It might also be helpful for you to know that many of the conservative Christians of that era believed that musical instruments are inherently evil and should be avoided by “true” Christians. To this day, the fundie Church of Christ does not allow musical instruments to be played in their church services.

      It is amazing how historical threads like these continue in American culture and the lives of our people from one century to another. Indeed, the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals of today blame Hollywood and Hollywood people like Meryl Streep for being one of the MAJOR causes of moral decadence in our own time. So sure. American conservatives and the fundies are going to hate Hollywood, hate anyone who works in the entertainment industry, and hate anything they have to say that conflicts with their religious or political views. So, as you can see, there is much more to this than just Meryl Streep. These people want all entertainment people to shut up about politics and religion so theirs can be the only voices on the American stage.

      Shut up Hollywood? It ain’t gonna happen.

      • I hope they keep doing it too. Living in their isolated, privileged and pampered lives, they might not be able to see how out of touch they are with reality, but regular folks can, even if they can’t articulate it.

        In other words, she in her own snobbish and sophisticated way called many of us “deplorables.”

        That’s really the problem good people have with the Hollywood crowd. It’s not their debauchery that’s the problem. It’s their arrogance and condescension and their sense of importance as if being rich and and famous makes them credible.

          • Only being rich and famous does not make one credible. Neither does playing a doctor on TV make one qualified to give medical advice.

            Donald Trump is doing something. He could be enjoying his riches and his fame and could have an easy life. He instead decided to make a sacrifice to help our country.

            Is spite of his wealth, he doesn’t look down his nose at the little guy as does the self-righteous but not-righteous Hollywood crowd.

            • Trump looked down his nose at the reporter and mocked his appearance, meaning Trump could see he was disabled.

              The fact that Trump saw the reporter who is obviously disabled and made fun of his appearance- proves Trump knew what he was doing when he mocked him.

        • Like Dump doesn’t live a pampered lifestyle (courtesy of all the folks he’s cheated after blowing his inheritance) and lives in a fact free bubble world. You are a joke.

      • Charles, thank you – very interesting. I have heard of churches that prohibit music and dancing. I think how sad they deny themselves the beauty of song and dance which have been such an important part of my life and my children’s life. On another slightly different topic, do you think that because the Bible was written by men, and I speakly primarily about the Old Testament, the attitude about women in Religion comes from the beginning of implying that Eve was the seducer, the one who entices Adam to take that bite of the apple. I have commented on what I saw growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and the treatment even then of an unmarried woman. During the election there were of course posts about the evil people who were pro-choice. With hundreds of comments saying that they were of course murderers, evil, their mothers should have had abortions, they shouldn’t have spread their legs, whores, sluts, etc, etc. and yet in those hundreds of comments, the invisiable man, was never mentioned once. Since, woman has been portrayed as the seducer from the beginning, this blame will never go away. There certainly has been such wonderful progress accept that this is also a male problem and there are many wonderful men who can even feel empathy for the situation. I completely understand why many feel that abortion is so sinful. But I have known women who have made this agonizing choice and feel empathy for them are for all those whose stories I don’t know. Some feel so guilty they get pregnant again and others know they made the right choice no matter how heartbreaking.

          • Thank you Joe for your input. I really did know about Satan. I worded it incorrectly and I need to be much more careful of how I word things. But I am pretty sure you know quite well what my point was. But we all know quite well you never let an opportunity to slip by.

            • …it s important to know that women are not disparaged by God in the bible. He sees men & women equally. Eve fell for Satan’s tricky wording, and Adam did too.

              However, I notice that God instructed Adam, [but not Eve!], ‘you are free to eat from any Tree, except from the tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil. ‘

              That may be why she was more susceptible to disobeying that first Law that God laid down.

              • It’s always about the law with you. What is the law? Am I this side of the law or that side of the law. Eve was attacked because she was the head of the creation. The fish dies by the head—and Satan knew that. If you want to bring down Russia, you don’t attack Sergei Lavrov. You go directly for the throat of Putin. The fish dies by the head.

            • You gave the impression that Christianity blamed Eve (and women) as being the “seducer” and that’s not the case. I know very well what your point was and you were wrong. Christianity does not see or present women in that negative light.

            • Someone has a pathological need to respond to every single comment here. I am not naming names but I’ve known ten-year-olds with a higher degree of maturity than has been demonstrated by a certain someone who worships a false god and obsesses about women’s bodies.

  2. “You’re right, she’s right. I appreciate celebrities who use their powers of fame for the good (of all). (Audrey Hepburn immediately springs to mind.) It’s important for us regular folk to hear these messages from the people we admire, to remind us of who we really are.
    It’s also important to remember that my last sentence could have been spoken by “us regular folk” from the “other side” of the table, speaking of Scott Baio and Ted Nugent.
    Unfortunately, these public affirmations of our beliefs, while good, are insufficient in our country today. Each and every one of us, regardless of where they stand on the socio-political spectrum, needs to live in such a way that our beliefs are not questionable. What we believe in, we live. We breathe it in with the first breath of morning, we breathe it out in our conversations with friends and families, co-workers and strangers on the street. We act upon those beliefs the moment we waken and our entire day is a testament to the beliefs we hold. Words and actions–but if, or when, they don’t match, watch the actions for the person’s truths.
    But wait, you say. “They” are supposed to also live out “their” beliefs? Of course. The ubiquitous “they” began by electing a candidate that spoke to their hearts, who told them what they wanted to hear, who promised to “Make America Great Again”. They believe that we are in a near-apocalyptic era (near-Apocalypse if you prefer), that we are a degenerate, dying country, that war is coming to us, and all of the other perceptions that bring only despair and fear–and defeat. As the saying goes, “they have swallowed the Kool-Aid”. (How long will anyone know what that means? For the kids: Google: Jim Jones Guyana.)
    The Republicans and rightwing (okay, and the Nazis) believe this to be true and they chose someone that they felt would make things better. I can understand why they wanted anyone who was NOT a politician, never mind the propaganda machine concerning HRC.
    The Democrats and Liberals (okay, and the tree-huggers) believe just the opposite, mostly. There were a large number of them who did not feel that She was a good choice–but she won the primary, so who’s fault was that?
    Without going any further into the polar opposite views / beliefs, I do want to make the point that each person’s truths (whether actually true or not to the rest of us) are TRUE FOR THEM. AND they have the absolute RIGHT to hold them and live by them. Left or Right, up or down, whatever: This is the USA and it is their law-given, (God-given/gods-given) RIGHT to believe what they want to believe. Only those who think differently think they are wrong.
    Yes, that means that both sides are right to some extent and wrong to some extent. All views and the choices made from them have consequences. We will be seeing the political consequences continue to play out for the next four years, and yes, maybe eight years. As with ANY OTHER President we have had, some consequences will be good and others will be bad. I cannot predict the ratio but it will be a mixed bag.
    Now stepping beyond political boundaries, beyond emotional influences and traditional beliefs, we enter the place where we are just simply Human Beings. All of us. Nothing matters except that we are Human Beings; everything else is superfluous details.
    As SACRED Human Beings, we live our lives to reflect our beliefs (remember that part?) and how we do so will be the measure men (and the Divine Being) use to determine what kind of human being we are. Ms. Streep has done a great job reminding us of who we would like to be as a nation. It is now up to us to do something about it–and that something is not necessarily a “big” thing. It’s the little things in life that add up to make an impression, or to make a change. We all have choices to make, all day long, every day– and the really important choices are things like “feeding the hungry, offering drink to the thirsty, inviting the stranger in, clothing the naked, comforting the ill and visiting those in jail”. Good words from a Good Man. These may be the literal act, or an analogy for other acts of lovingkindness: “feeding the hungry” could be providing information to help someone find a job, or teaching jobs skills to teen-agers; giving drinks to the thirsty might mean a glass of cold water, or it might mean offering relevant information in response to a need, or working in a soup kitchen. (Which covers two acts with one response!) “Inviting the stranger in” could mean working for better immigration processes or teaching ESL to migrant farm workers, or just making friend with the Muslim family that lives next door. “Clothing the naked” might mean getting rid of your excess stuff by donating it to the thrift store (and not just clothes!) or being involved in the homeless problem. “Comforting the ill” is not just about physical illness, not even just about mental illness. They both certainly qualify, but there are other types of “illness”–comforting means letting them talk and only answer when they ask you a question, gently offering suggestions for things that might help them or their situation and etc. And not everyone who is in a jail is actually an incarcerated person. “Jail” is a metaphor for any situation that “traps” a person–be it a bad marriage, a terrible job, unreasonable expectations from the family and so on.
    Similarly, these same actions can be reduced down to a moment, a kind word, offering a politeness such as letting the car turn out onto the road in front of you when traffic is bad. It may just be a hug, or an acknowledgement of something they did. (My example would be that I thank those who help me specifically for respecting my disability but by being willing to help if I ask for it.)
    These choices, these actions, coming from the wellspring of lovingkindness are life–and world–changing. Every act, no matter how “small” (no such thing, really) or how “big”, adds to the ledger on one side or the other: Lovingkindness or selfish ego.
    We do not need to “preach” to those who hold different views or beliefs from us to change their minds. Our lives should be the example of our beliefs and people can judge us by our actions as to whether we are helpful or a hindrance to our society and our country.”

    • Kate – rational people disdain deception….
      Promoting the idea, “it’s important for us regular folk to hear these messages from the people we admire, to remind us of who we really are” – is well…insulting.

      If you actually require (as you have intimated), celebrities to define who you are – to tell you what to think, tell you how to act and tell you what to believe – that is truly – a sad state of existence.

      • Kate: Please allow me to interpret Anonymous’s post for you:

        “I have nothing in this world and those celebrities out in Hollywood have everything—the easy life—the life I wish I had. When people like Meryl Streep speak up, that gives me an opportunity to stab back at them You know. Punish them for them having too much and me having too little in this world. They are a great target.

  3. Amen to all of the above!
    You don’t have to be a politician, or have a college degree to love this country and all of the people in it! To remain silent in the face of what has and is going on is not an option!

  4. So a famous actress doesn’t like a republican. I fail to see why this garnered so much attention. It’s as reliable as the sunrise. Besides, if Americans actually cared about what celebrities thought about the country, he wouldn’t have been elected in the first place, which is weird because you’d think the opinion of someone who once gave a standing ovation to a man who plead guilty of sexually assaulting a thirteen year old would carry more weight with the average American.

    • I’d like for John to get out from under his rock of judgment towards all things conservative and address your comment about her standing ovation for Polansky.

        • Would you rather I be a Democrat and support a compulsive liar who speaks highly of a known racist (Margaret Sanger) that created an organization with the intent of murdering minorities?

          Jon Pavlovitz talks about loving people but hates theological and political conservatism (and probably conservatives as well). Everyone who reads his blogs should test what he says against the Bible and will come to the same conclusion that he preaches a false gospel.

        • Huh? Did I deny Trump has acted unacceptably? No. I pointed out that a woman who has no problem rising to her feet to applaud a man guilty of sexually assaulting a middle school girl probably isn’t the best messenger. Her moral compass seems a tad askew.

          • hypocrite. You probably stand and applause criminals you don’t even realize are doing evil things in the dark. hypocrite. you think you know people? You think conservatives are pure as the driven snow?

            beliefs do not cover your sin.

              • Yeah but it’s true we applaud people everyday who turn out to be weighed down with sins. It’s hypocritical to think that people applauding Roman Polanski are any different than the people who applauded Dennis Hastert (R) molester of boys who was jailed. We could go on and on and compare notes but that is a distraction from the real issue- which is Trump knowingly mocked the reporter.

                • Everyone is weighed down with sins, but when the really serious ones come to light, like, say, sexual assault of a minor, most people understand it’s appropriate to dial back their public adulation. Not that blood doping is comparable to sexual assault, but to you don’t see a whole lot of Livestrong bracelets anymore, do you?

      • Declan, it’s interesting that JP mentions that Streep was raised in the Presbyterian Church. [I wonder why he mentions that?] In reality, she is curiously non-spiritual person. She says, “I follow no doctrine. I don’t believe in prayer. I know some people find solace in their faith, but –I just don’t go there. ”

        Her religion is one of self-reliance. When asked what she believes in, she said: “I believe in power of the aggregate of human attempt.”

        I’m not criticizing her, just interested in what she believes in. She is that rare person that does not believe in a higher power.

        • Yet JP dishonestly links her with her Presbyterian past to make her appear to be a Christian. He’s a very tricky fellow. I’m surprised so many don’t read him critically. It’s all about the emotional buttons he manages to push.

          Of course even if she were a Presbyterian, she would have to be one in some form of dissent, since I believe they are also of the evil “fundie” persuasion, aren’t they?

            • Jeannine, I am laughing so hard I am afraid my head will fall off. If he did that, I wonder how many people who admire John P would troll a blog written by Joe Catholic? I personally can’t bear to read anything he writes, so I wouldn’t be stooping to his level.

              No, on the whole I think we should imitate our wonderful First Family and go high. Let the Joe Catholics of the world go low and not take us with them.

              • Earlier today you referred to a bunch of other people as cockroaches. Curious language for someone who claims to take the high road.

        • Meryl Streep is the greatest actress ever and I pray she repents and places her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior but her quotes, unfortunately, demonstrate she has not.

          Meryl Streep and the rest of liberal Hollywood is completely out of touch with much of America. I didn’t vote for Trump but there was no way I would vote Hillary and elitists like her come across like they are better than middle class people. Regardless of how Trump’s presidency goes, 2 things will happen: First, Hollywood folks will not be impacted. Second, John Pavlovitz won’t pray for him as commanded in the Bible.

            • “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23 (KJV)

              Whether she sinned Sunday night or not is not the issue. We all sin and that result of living in our sin is eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23a). By turning from our sins and turning to Jesus (i.e. repentance) we have eternal life.

  5. Criticizing anyone for speaking up regarding politics or current events is inherently wrong. As a citizen, it is not only our right to speak out, but also our responsibility to speak out. Insinuating that an individual does not share in that right and responsibility because of how they make a living is senseless — you could easily say that an out of touch truck driver/teacher/surgeon/retail clerk/secretary/man/woman has no business commenting on politics.

    But then, that would be offensive.

  6. Any celebrity has the right to state his or her views on politics or any other topic. However, there is a place and time to do so. To take advantage of an awards ceremony, having nothing to do with policy isn’t the place. Nor is it appropriate at a Broadway show. Nor was it appropriate for Marlon Brando who rejected his award at the Oscar’s in 1973, and sent a Native American to give a speech on how the film industry portrayed the American Indians.

    There is a time and place for these kind of statements. Celebrities, and every one else should show some respect and decorum and not take advantage of their soap box during these non-political events.

    • –It seemed out of left field to mention the mocking of the reporter. why didn’t she mention the other unseemly behaviors? wonder why she picked that one? I think its weird to pick a one-time incident. Is she a policewoman keeping a citation book? (America was already aware of the incident with the reporter.)

      • For myself that moment of seeing a 70 year old man, a father, a grandfather who was running for the Presidency mocking a disabled person in front of an audience is a sight that I cannot get out of my mind. We have become used to seeing the younger generation’s inappropriate behavior. Can you imagine if Obama, Hillary, Bush, even Paul Ryan doing the same thing?

        • JM…. sadly, President Obama mocked Special Olympic athletes (who are children!), when he compared his Bowling Score of 129 to something that a disabled child would score. He laughingly said …”it was like I was in the Special Olympics or something!” [He said this on Jay Leno, a high rated nationally televised show. ]

          • President Obama did indeed make that comment about Special Olympics and it was offensive and hurtful. Here’s the difference between him and Trump though — before the show had aired, before anyone else knew about his comment, he regretted his words and he called Tim Shriver, the president of the Special Olympics Board to express his sorrow and regret.

            • Yes, exactly, Kathy. Obama has the grace to know when he says something nasty. Obama will own his mistakes because he is a humble person.

              The walking cheeto’s narcissism is such that he can never admit to a mistake. Instead, he lies denying he never said it even when it is a matter of ***public*** record. What’s worse, as did the serpent in the Garden, he lures people into sinning with him when they believe his lies.

          • He also admitted it and apologized. Trump has done neither. But he has continued mocking anything and everything. We see things with different eyes.

  7. I’ve just come to the realization that the left prefers the devil they don’t know (or choose to ignore) versus the one they know. Trump may be unpolished and not “bred” for politics, but therein lies his appeal so overwhelmingly endorsed everywhere but the coasts. Obama /HRC and the media establishment have only further divided people, under the auspices of hope and change, while the microcosms of they’re preferred policies, where enacted (e.g. Chicago) suffer grossly. If u want to be judged by the content of your character and not color of skin/etc, then make content of character the only issue discussed.

    • Yes, Enrique,. lets talk about the content of Trumps character, and as an aside, how can a speech about basic human decency be so reviled.

      • –It was panned (again) by Americans, because her scolding was hypocritical & judgmental. And not what she got the Award for. She should rent a stadium, and give her speech to those that choose to hear it. However, not that big a deal. I always enjoy hearing Streep. And I enjoyed, to some degree, her acceptance speech.

      • It wasn’t that. It was an obvious attack against Trump (and those who watch MMA, lol).

        Who is she anyway that she’s some kind of expert on “human decency”? I can get that at church. I don’t need her to be my preacher. It was simply self-righteous posturing and a poke in the eye at Trump and those who voted for him.

  8. She played politics with a captive audience. It was inappropriate and not very classy, but that doesn’t stop Hollywood liberals from making their cringeworthy and sanctimonious speeches whatever the venue. They’re that full of themselves.

    What is worse is that she lied or repeated a lie. Donald Trump did not mock the disability of the reporter. Trump used that same motion in other instances, and that reporter’s disability did not cause him to make motions anything like that.
    https://www.catholics4trump.com/the-true-story-donald-trump-did-not-mock-a-reporters-disability/

    Meryl Streep is a good actress but that doesn’t mean she’s smart and doesn’t mean her ultra-left-wing-politics deserve any special attention. To a certain crowd, I suppose she’s a hero. From my perspective, she made an ass of herself, and insulted many people who had good reasons for voting against left-wing politics and policies. (I secretly hope these insults and insinuations keep coming because they ultimately will backfire. They can continue calling us “deplorables” and receive whatever jollies their smug condescension brings them, and we can continue winning big).

    She was born into a Presbyterian family, but I can’t find any evidence that she’s a practicing Christian.

      • Am I alone in being distressed to hear a former GOP Congressman on CNN just now say: “I love Donald Trump’s Twitter posts because they speak directly to simple minded people like me”?

        • I think you are. It’s nothing to be distressed over.

          I think what he really means is that it’s nice to get the news directly instead of being filtered by the liberal pseudo-intellectual press.

          • oh, she’s distressed and you can expect it to get worse over the next four years….pretty soon gloria will be telling you it’s Trump’s fault Madam Blatatsky hasn’t returned from her seance.

          • She wasn’t asking why I am here. She was telling me to “go away.”

            There ARE safe spaces on the internet for liberal discussions where you can discuss these things and don’t even have to know that others think and believe differently than you do.

  9. Thank you, John, I didn’t consider her remarks to be political at all. I considered them to represent common decency.

    But sadly, this country is so polemicized for or against Trump that even people who used to know what common decency is no longer recognize it in their idolatry of Trump.

    Sadly, the people among your commenters who most need to read and absorb what you have written are already demonstrating their refusal to be budged from the vulgarity that is Trump and his minions.

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  11. The Donald Trump “insults a disabled person” story has been discredited many times over as a Washington Post hoax to cover inept reporting.

    More interesting and arguably, morally corrupt – is the commentators’ white wash and obvious promotion of this deception.

    Note how the writer promotes Meryl Streep – trusting the reader will either ignore or not recognize his false appeals to emotion and some questionable authority this actress possesses.

    • I would be more inclined to believe the supposed discrediting of the story, if Trump expressed regret that his “innocent” actions had caused distress to the specific reporter or people with disabilities. Instead of apologizing, instead of agreeing that the holder of the highest office should exemplify high standards of courtesy and respect, he goes on offensive attack against Meryl Streep, which strongly suggests her comments hit home . Also a person does not have to have any established authority to point out that making fun of people is wrong. Four year olds know this.

      • He doesn’t need to regret something he didn’t do. That’s the responsibility of the liberal press who deceived us. It’s pretty obvious to the fair-minded that Trump was railroaded here. You don’t have to like or support Trump to not go along with a lie about him.

        Meryl Streep insulted many people in her sanctimony and condescension. I’m very happy Trump called her out as he did because it feels like he’s sticking up for us little guys who are tired of being lied to and kicked around by the liberal press.

        Besides all that, why doesn’t she just do her own tweeting and preach her sermons in more appropriate venues? It was unfair because her audience was captive and there was no possibility for those she was attacking to respond.

        • He can regret the injury caused by the misunderstanding of his actions. People with empathy do that all the time.

          Almost all audiences are captive, aren’t they? We don’t have a lot of public dialogues or conversations. People make speeches to audiences. Those who did not like what she said were free to boo or leave or make their own statements after the fact, which I believe some did. Trump does not do press conferences, which makes it very hard for people to ask questions either to clarify or get more information. Another one-way kind of communication. I prefer dialogue, but it is hard to find in public discourse.

          • Here’s an example. Would you like to go to a high school play in which one of your children is performing and before the play the school principal, who is a huge Trump supporter, makes a long-winded speech about how wonderful it is that we elected Trump and that we dodged a bullet in Hillary Clinton? Would you want that?

            I wouldn’t want that even as a Trump supporter. It’s not appropriate and it’s unfair. The audience is there for the play and not for politics.

            • Joe, I don’t buy it because politics is what you eat and breath everyday. Who gets elected is everyone’s business.

          • I would have loved to hear more about her acting, what it means to her, and how she relates to the audience –that has made it all possible.

      • Hi Kathy – perhaps it is useful to recall, it was during the campaign, Trump was responding to both false reporting and personal attacks regarding his observations on 9/11 – to suggest he should apologize for an action he did not commit is illogical and frankly, something I would not ask any innocent man or woman to do.

        With respect to Trumps’ response to Street – if this actress chooses to accuse a politician or for that matter any individual publicly of an action that is and has been proven false – then she has opened herself up to ridicule and criticism.

        Last, the “authority”, the commentary works so hard to establish is simply nonexistent.
        Authority exists and resides in the “bases of power” such as knowledge, the power to compel or a decision responsibility.
        Meryl Street has no authority – she simply expressed her personal opinion – period. To suggest otherwise is propaganda.

        Correctly, her credibility and veracity should be challenged and why is this?
        Because Meryl Street stood up and in front of a crowd of self congratulating narcissists – and appealed for some degree of decency with a lie.

  12. Doesn’t DJT stand for Donald Jihad Trickster?

    Isn’t fabulous that one group makes lemonade from lemons and the other makes sour liquid but the fact is, one cannot make chicken salad from chicken sh!% and Trickster keeps trying to make us like the idea of eating chicken sh!%

  13. It is hard to read all the comments here without wondering if we will ever be able to work together for the good of the country. If we throw stones at each other we all get hurt. If someone shows that they are not listening, why waste the time effort and energy. You are spitting in the wind. Ask yourselves: When was the last time you attacked someone online like the comments above and got a response….Oh, I see. Thank you???? I would love to be able to read responses that contribute to understanding as opposed to flaming the other one. In addition, not every website provides unbiased information. Therefore, simply posting a site that agrees with you adds almost nothing to the credibility of your remarks. Please, can we have a more respectful conversation here?

      • If I were you Leslie, I would recommend going back to the roots of the MILITANT fundamentalist movement created around 1910—and then fast forward to about 1970—and ask all your fundie leaders how they conflated “disagreeing” with being “disrespectful.” You might start with the fundie organization overseen by Tony Perkins. You guys set the standard throughout the 20th century, all nonfundie Christians and American Progressives are doing in the religiopolitical arena today is following the fundie discourse standards YOUR PEOPLE set. Does that not make you happy?

  14. TO Gloriamarie–From a previous post

    Trump Seems to Steer Clear of Meddling With Medicare or Social Security
    Congressional Republicans have been yearning for a Republican president who will join them in reshaping the federal budget and in reining in the entitlement programs that have been driving spending higher. It appears they will have to wait a little longer.
    Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Reince Priebus, the party chairman who will be chief of staff to Donald J. Trump, said that the incoming president was not interested in making big changes in the social programs that dominate the federal budget. “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Mr. Priebus said, adding that economic growth would be sufficient to “help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.”
    That position is a reflection of Mr. Trump’s political instinct regarding the dangers of tampering with the two popular programs, as well as a recognition that many voters in his blue-collar coalition rely heavily on them.
    But it is a big blow to Republican budget architects, such as Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who want to reconfigure the programs and who appear to realize that it is hard to wring big savings out of the $1 trillion or so in the rest of the federal budget. Mr. Ryan has long made privatizing Medicare a central element of his budget proposals. Now, if congressional Republicans choose to propose adjustments in those programs, they could find themselves in a fight not just with Democrats but also with the White House.
    At the same time, Mr. Trump’s position could be bad news for Democrats who are hoping any attempts to mess with Medicare will backfire and help their party in the 2018 elections.
    — CARL HULSE
    Trump Seems to Steer Clear of Meddling With Medicare or Social Security
    Congressional Republicans have been yearning for a Republican president who will join them in reshaping the federal budget and in reining in the entitlement programs that have been driving spending higher. It appears they will have to wait a little longer.
    Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Reince Priebus, the party chairman who will be chief of staff to Donald J. Trump, said that the incoming president was not interested in making big changes in the social programs that dominate the federal budget. “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Mr. Priebus said, adding that economic growth would be sufficient to “help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.”
    That position is a reflection of Mr. Trump’s political instinct regarding the dangers of tampering with the two popular programs, as well as a recognition that many voters in his blue-collar coalition rely heavily on them.
    But it is a big blow to Republican budget architects, such as Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who want to reconfigure the programs and who appear to realize that it is hard to wring big savings out of the $1 trillion or so in the rest of the federal budget. Mr. Ryan has long made privatizing Medicare a central element of his budget proposals. Now, if congressional Republicans choose to propose adjustments in those programs, they could find themselves in a fight not just with Democrats but also with the White House.
    At the same time, Mr. Trump’s position could be bad news for Democrats who are hoping any attempts to mess with Medicare will backfire and help their party in the 2018 elections.
    — CARL HULSE
    Trump Seems to Steer Clear of Meddling With Medicare or Social Security
    Congressional Republicans have been yearning for a Republican president who will join them in reshaping the federal budget and in reining in the entitlement programs that have been driving spending higher. It appears they will have to wait a little longer.
    Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Reince Priebus, the party chairman who will be chief of staff to Donald J. Trump, said that the incoming president was not interested in making big changes in the social programs that dominate the federal budget. “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Mr. Priebus said, adding that economic growth would be sufficient to “help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.”
    That position is a reflection of Mr. Trump’s political instinct regarding the dangers of tampering with the two popular programs, as well as a recognition that many voters in his blue-collar coalition rely heavily on them.
    But it is a big blow to Republican budget architects, such as Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who want to reconfigure the programs and who appear to realize that it is hard to wring big savings out of the $1 trillion or so in the rest of the federal budget. Mr. Ryan has long made privatizing Medicare a central element of his budget proposals. Now, if congressional Republicans choose to propose adjustments in those programs, they could find themselves in a fight not just with Democrats but also with the White House.
    At the same time, Mr. Trump’s position could be bad news for Democrats who are hoping any attempts to mess with Medicare will backfire and help their party in the 2018 elections.
    — CARL HULSE
    Trump Seems to Steer Clear of Meddling With Medicare or Social Security
    Congressional Republicans have been yearning for a Republican president who will join them in reshaping the federal budget and in reining in the entitlement programs that have been driving spending higher. It appears they will have to wait a little longer.
    Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Reince Priebus, the party chairman who will be chief of staff to Donald J. Trump, said that the incoming president was not interested in making big changes in the social programs that dominate the federal budget. “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Mr. Priebus said, adding that economic growth would be sufficient to “help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.”
    That position is a reflection of Mr. Trump’s political instinct regarding the dangers of tampering with the two popular programs, as well as a recognition that many voters in his blue-collar coalition rely heavily on them.
    But it is a big blow to Republican budget architects, such as Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who want to reconfigure the programs and who appear to realize that it is hard to wring big savings out of the $1 trillion or so in the rest of the federal budget. Mr. Ryan has long made privatizing Medicare a central element of his budget proposals. Now, if congressional Republicans choose to propose adjustments in those programs, they could find themselves in a fight not just with Democrats but also with the White House.
    At the same time, Mr. Trump’s position could be bad news for Democrats who are hoping any attempts to mess with Medicare will backfire and help their party in the 2018 elections.
    — CARL HULSE

  15. Thank you for this John P. She’s a real American to speak from her heart even though she knew she’d get blow-back. We need truth to power now more than ever.

  16. When liberals call out serial pedophile Ted Nugent for referring to the President as a “subhuman mongrel”, we’re denigrated for our “political correctness”. When a liberal celebrity calls out unregistered sex offender Donald Trump, the tee bags go bonkers with their right wing insistence that it’s not politically correct to do so. Go figure.

  17. It’s not a political correct thing, it’s a consistency thing. You can’t cheer a man who plead guilty to sexually assaulting a thirteen year old and realistically expect anyone to listen to your critique of someone else’s behavior.

    • I watched the video of Meryl Streep giving the standing ovation. And talk about good editing. The picture being shown around social media leave out that almost everyone gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation- not just Meryl Streep. The pianist was a good movie. Polanski committed a crime just like Dennis Hastert (R) a former speaker of the House of Representatives who had multiple victims and went to jail.

      “Many of Hastert’s supporters wrote public letters to the judge, attesting to his character and asking for leniency, including former Republican congressional leader Tom Delay. “He doesn’t deserve what he’s going through,” Delay wrote of Hastert, a confirmed child molester. He also called Hastert “a man of integrity” who “loves and respects his fellow man.”

      You see Hastert had die hard supporters even though he did terrible things to young boys. But, Hastert is a worse hypocrite than that,

      ” Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, the longest run of any Republican, and was a prominent voice in the push for President Clinton’s impeachment.Hastert, whom the judge accused of lying repeatedly during his trial, years ago stood in front of the Senate and castigated President Clinton for lying under oath.”

      You conservatives are such two faced hypocrites. Time to get real people and stop this back and forth game of who is the worst group of people. Right now this tit for tat over criminal acts of others has nothing to so with the fact that – Trump mocked the reporter.

        • If I were a lawyer this is how I would present the case for Trump having mocked the reporter.

          There are three separate incidences of hand gestures identified in this video given as proof that Trump did not mean to mock the reporter. The first time was when Trump mocked the reporter November 21st, 2015.

          The second time Trump did the hand gestures is in the same speech on November 21st, 2015. Trump is talking about a conversation he had with a general. He starts to move his hands and then stops. This actually proves Trump intentionally mocked the reporter because this second time Trump begins to use the hand gestures he stops himself in my opinion because he knows the general is not disabled.

          The third time was at the South Carolina Primary February 22, 2016 when Trump mocked Cruz which in my opinion was an unrepentant re-enactment of his first mocking gestures to show everyone he has no remorse and to totally humiliate Cruz by pegging him as someone unfit to lead.

          Where is the proof? This is not a regular gesture Trump makes with his hands and the fact that he only did it twice, not three times, shows the behaviour was purposeful not habitual.

      • What are you on about? So what if other people also gave Polanski a standing ovation? All that means is that Meryl Streep is not alone in declaring that personal behavior doesn’t matter to her, so long as you are talented and share her political beliefs.

        You seem to have the same reading comprehension issues that plague another commenter here. Did I defend Donald Trump? No. It seems patently obvious to most everyone that he mocked the reporter. It’s entirely consistent to have issues with Meryl Streep and Donald Trump simultaneously.

        And what does Dennis Hastert have to do with anything? Despite that being completely out of nowhere, I’ll make you a deal. If you can find a video of me giving a standing O to Dennis Hastert, and another of me heaping scorn on a democrat for engaging in similar behavior, I’ll wear a bright pink shirt with “HYPOCRITE” emblazoned across the front in sparkles. I suspect you’ll be as successful as Ms. Amalfitano has been in finding an example of me praising the president elect despite her insistence that I voted for the man.

        • You can’t argue people applauded Roman Polanski and vilify them and then on the other hand defend Hastert who has been applauded for years and years who is a pedophile and who still to this day has supporters. It’s hypocritical.

          • Is English not your first language? Who here is defending Dennis Hastert? Who is even talking about Dennis Hastert besides you?

  18. John P. Excellent Post. I sat in front of the TV and clapped when Meryl gave her speech. However, I would caution you on one thing. Trump ran against both the Republican establishment and the Democrat establishment in Washington, D.C. On election night when it became clear Trump was going to win, the Republican establishment went into their best male French voice and said:

    “Aw-Haw-Haw. We and all our evil are back in business again—and we own Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court now. Paul Ryan thought his agenda had just been given a red carpet for done. done. done. Recent statements coming out of the Trump camp suggest that Trump is staying on message—HIS MESSAGE—that he is committed to being an enemy of the extremism in both the Republican and Democrat camps. The Republicans in Congress may soon discover that Trump is their worst enemy on everything but improving the economy.

    In light of these rumblings, we may need to stop for a minute and take a wait and see view on certain things.

  19. To Robert Love & Joe Catholic, and a few Others-
    I agree! Many of the posts on this blog are made by simple minded, reactionaries who don’t understand politics or economics. They speak as Evangelists but don’t have a clue as to what that really means, when it comes to government. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were evangelists. They preached the Word, not political tripe!

    • Hey Robert Morie , you do realize that reactionary refers to a conservative point of view right? You do realize you are calling Robert Love and Joe Catholic “simple minded, reactionaries who don’t understand politics or economics. ”

      Just wanted to draw your attention to that.

      • Yep, Reactionary means :

        “A reactionary is a person who holds political views that favor a return to the status quo, the previous political state of society, which they believe possessed characteristics (discipline, respect for authority, etc.) that are negatively absent from the contemporary status quo of a society.”

        You conservatives are all over-reacting, that’s for sure.

  20. And please tell me how this is not being vile or a bully? You want to write an article about free speech and not being put down for beliefs when you are doing the exact same thing to others? Complete hypocrisy. You can get your point across without bring “Trump like” but if you choose to do it this way you are no different than the cause you are fighting against….

  21. And please tell me how this is not being vile or a bully? You want to write an article about free speech and not being put down for beliefs when you are doing the exact same thing to others? Complete hypocrisy. You can get your point across without bring “Trump like” but if you choose to do it this way you are no different than the cause you are fighting against….

  22. Streep is qualified to have an opinion. She’s not especially trustworthy (I don’t know her personally so this is from a distance) because (1) she is an actress who makes her living by pretending, and (2) she supports Trump’s former opponent and has not applied anywhere near the same level of scrutiny to Hillary, who we know engaged in massive corruption. Not a peep about that.

    She chose to waste her moment alone on stage for this bit of politics. Poof it’s gone and she’s alienated people who might have paid for her performances. Too bad for her, oh well.

  23. Dear John Pavlovitz Reader:

    We live in a great, free land.
    Dissent can destroy that land.
    To preserve freedom, we must destroy dissent.

    PS: For the record, I support Vaughn’s right to make faces, and Trump’s right to be a tweeter-twit.

  24. Thank you! I’m with her too! The idea that any one of us is somehow unqualified to speak up in defense of decency and kindness is ludicrous. I am so glad she spoke up. She spoke for me, and on behalf of myself and my disabled son, and all the disabled people I have met and never will meet. I think she was wonderful to do so.

  25. While I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments here and with Ms. Streep’s words, I feel obliged to point out that her “faith” is in humanity not God or any deity… she is a self-professed atheist.

  26. I thought Meryl Streep was spot on. She didn’t say anything insulting rather she was thoughtful and careful with her words. I wish I was more like her.

  27. Here is the truth:

    1) Trump mocked the man
    2) then denied knowing him
    3) then admitted knowing of him
    4) and continued to mock him on Twitter

    Read it and weep Trump supporters:

    “Trump… became the center of a …controversy for supposedly having callously mocked a disabled reporter in public,

    Trump asserted that the whole thing was just a coincidence — he had no idea who Kovaleski was and thus couldn’t have been aware of his physical condition:

    I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovalski [sic], is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence. I don’t know if he is J.J. Watt or Muhammad Ali in his prime or somebody of less athletic or physical ability. Despite having one of the all-time great memories, I certainly do not remember him.
    I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance.

    Trump’s claims to non-memory were widely considered to be disingenuous, as Kovaleski had covered Trump extensively while working for the Daily News from 1987 to 1993 and had interviewed and talked to the business magnate numerous times during that period:

    Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years. I’ve interviewed him in his office. I’ve talked to him at press conferences. All in all, I would say around a dozen times, I’ve interacted with him as a reporter while I was at The Daily News.

    The New York Times, Kovaleski’s current employer, said in a statement that “We think it’s outrageous that [Donald Trump] would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.” Trump responded in familiar fashion, issuing a series of tweets in which he admonished Kovaleski to “stop using his disability to grandstand” and repeatedly disparaged the Times:

    Somebody at the financially failing and totally biased New York Times said that, over the years, I have met Mr. Kovaleski. Serge Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did. He should stop using his disability to grandstand get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”

    Snopes : http://www.snopes.com/2016/07/28/donald-trump-criticized-for-mocking-disabled-reporter/

    • correction he did not admit to meeting him but he did continue to mock him on twitter after knowing he was disabled

      “He should stop using his disability to grandstand get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”

      -in Trump’s own words.

  28. Strong women who speak up should be praised. Meryl Streep did not mention Donald Trump by name. It seems she hit the mark without name calling. What a concept! She said what needs to be said because as Americans we all need to stand for the poor and the weak and marginalized in our society.
    Hillary’s message was essentially the same. It was drowned out by Russian hacking, Julian Assange, James Comey and the multiple fake news reports on social media. She won the election with the people because Americans ARE stronger together and Love Trumps Hate.
    I hope all celebrities will continue to use their bully pulpit to denounce the bottom feeders we are seeing now that the swamp is being drained.
    Make those calls about the cabinet and health care – we can all do something. Remember the Snowflake piece?

  29. Amen and Thank you. I stand with strong women who speak the truth. In reading the comments, it never ceases to amaze me how people can justify bad behavior of the people they associate with even if the tape says otherwise. That is how we got into this mess. God knows how we get out, since reality is a TV show to a lot of people. It should be interesting when they decide that they don’t like the results of this show but can’t turn it off. Problem is the rest of us can’t either.

  30. She called vile behavior, vile.

    Yet, when God does this very same thing in the Bible, the Bible is downplayed, and its authority is questioned. Those that agree with God on his viewpoints are called names and mocked.

    Just who here has true authority? It’s not Hollywood or the likes thereof.

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