Sunday, November 29, 2020

Parola Perspective: By PWP Contributor Brooks Parola Formerly of Flint: Question For My Progressive Friends.

 Question for my progressive friends: If large cities and states were dominated by conservatives, would you still be in favor of getting rid of the electoral college?

I’m teaching the constitution now, and I’ve debated both sides of the EC enough to have (I think) a different perspective. And while I’m in favor of doing away with the EC, I really don’t think it’ll ever happen. It requires a constitutional amendment small states will never agree to.
At the constitutional convention, the small states made clear that they’d never agree to a legislature based on proportional representation. Slave states made clear, that anything that discussed even the eventual abolition of slavery in the constitution would cause them to walk out of the convention. Georgia and South Carolina threatened to leave the union altogether. Thus the compromises of a senate as well as the house, and the ridiculous three-fifths compromise.
Madison rightly argued that since Virginia had so many more people than Delaware than they should have more representation in congress, if we're truly going to be a representative democracy. But I think the same argument can be made for small states who’s power (representation) would become negligible with proportional representation in congress, and in a presidential election based on popular vote.
And maybe that’s the way it should be, but I question if we’d feel that way if we lived in a small state.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Governor Whitmer Will Address The State In Major Announcement Regarding COVID-19 Sunday Evening At 6 PM.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 This evening Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services, and Chief Medical Executive Director Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and make an announcement regarding the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

Press Conference will be Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 PM.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

This Fight Isn't Over: By PWP Contributor and Flint Activist Melissa Mays.

 Everyone please remember that it is NOT just Trump that is leaving office... No one can say they are going to miss Betsy DeVos, Stephen Miller, William Barr, Rick Perry, Alex Azar, Lois DeJoy, ANDREW WHEELER and ALL the other appointees who have worked so hard to DESTROY the offices, positions and agencies they were appointed to. And if you don't know who these people are, then it's time to learn. A Presidential election is NOT just about a single person, even though people defended and fought against him like it was. All the bad policies and destruction that has been done needs to be fixed and fixed PROPERLY.

❤ALSO, everyone that has been speaking out on politics, the Constitution and our rights, this fight isn't over! Remember that your Congressional reps & Senators on the Federal level make laws and block them on a national level and Mitch McConnell has made it clear he intends to keep blocking aid to the regular person. Your State Senate & Representatives impact your State laws & protections: who is your State Rep? Do they answer the phone when you call? Your City Council and local elected officials impact your everyday life: is your Mayor or Council person fighting FOR YOU or to better themselves? So don't kick back and think it's all over because one man beat another for President. Take this energy and make SURE ALL OF YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS are doing what's right by your town/city/state. READ THE PROPOSED LAWS AND SPEAK OUT. Study, read UNBIASED information and ask questions!! An informed, educated voter is a force to be reckoned with.

Melissa Mays of Flint.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Parola Perspective In Brief: By PWP Contributor Brooks Parola: Trump Will Take His Ball And Go Home.

 I would not be surprised to see Trump take his ball and go home. I really question his ability to do the things required of him during a transition. Can you really see him graciously inviting Biden to the White House, like Obama did with him, and all other president’s have done before?

He’s on his way to becoming an hysterical lunatic and he’ll only get more crazy and delusional. This man will resign and walk out a sore loser before he’ll ever engage in the gracious transfer of power tradition requires.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

What? A Football Article?... Today?! I Hear You, But I can't Help it! Eastern Michigan vs Kent State Tonight!

Photo Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 Look, I know that we are all feeling a bit anxious today what with the presidential election results hanging in the balance and all. Hey, I'm stressed about it, also. I mean my election article yesterday was all about comfort food for cripes sake. But I'm a proud EMU alum and Eagles football fan. Therefore, I must let you all know that our Eastern Michigan Eagles will kick off this crazy pandemic season tonight at 6 PM against Kent State. The game will be played at Dix Stadium (Not a flattering stadium name) in Kent, Ohio in front of, well, no fans. Oh, I don't know, maybe they are letting player families in. We'll have to watch and see because the game will be on ESPN +! Anyway, you can watch the game on the ole telly tonight at 6 PM. I know! I won't know whether to watch the game or the news either! Let's just toggle back and forth.

 Listen, Eastern Michigan has gone to a bowl game two out of the last three years! Not too shabby! Okay, now you can go put the news back on. I am!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Election Day is Here and This Is A Big one Folks: Comfort Food Anyone? Now Please Pass the Mashed Potatoes.


Photo Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Well, election day has arrived and in Ypsilanti poll workers have informed me that polling places have had a steady flow of well, anxious voters. Like many of you, I'm more than a little anxious about the pending results myself. I know that my mother in the Flint area is also more than a little anxious because she told me so. To stave off her anxiety she told me she will be indulging in a little comfort food Tuesday, actually, not a little comfort food, a whole lot of comfort food. Here is what she told me about her comfort food election day plan when I went up to see her on Sunday, "Jeff, I will be making sauerkraut pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes with apple slices." Wow, I was impressed! I mean, that's an American classic, right? 

Now, I have to be clear that my mother is a staunch hardcore Democrat who does not mince her words on the topic of politics in America today. At the same time, her close friend, who also resides in the Flint area, happens to sit on the complete opposite side of the political fence, and that's alright. They've maintained their years long close friendship through these tumultuous last four years, and hey, that's a beautiful thing, right? Well, some may disagree, but I think it's great.

Anyway, the point I was going to make is that my mother told me also that interestingly, her Republican friend was also planning to be making pork tenderloin sauerkraut and mashed potatoes as comfort food, but that she was going to have applesauce instead of apple slices with her meal. Hmm. What does comfort food have to do with this election? Well, nothing. However, it does illustrate that whatever our political persuasions are in this country, and no matter how deeply divided we are now, we all love a good pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes, whether it's with apple slices or applesauce. How's that for political analysis?

Now stay safe out there and please pass the mashed potatoes.