WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

As regular readers know, it’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time for your monthly shot of news that doesn’t suck. I have to admit, I had to struggle to find this one, but it does have a nice feel-good vibe to it.

If you’ve been paying attention to US politics over the past 241 years, you’ll notice there’s a trend for demonizing the opposition and appealing to the lowest common denominator rather than doing the right thing. Party above country is the mantra of most of our politicians. Whether or not this philosophy has gotten worse in the past couple decades is up for some debate, but there is a general trend toward toward not being complete dicks to the opposition that’s been happening over the past month or so.

Stories like Jeff Flake (R) defending his opponent Deedra Abboud (D) against online jackasses are rare, but very much worthy of note. It would seem Abboud’s faith (she’s Muslim) prompted a group of our famous mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers to attack her based solely on her religious beliefs. As if such things have any bearing whatsoever in governance. Flake, the Republican incumbent, actually took the time to be a human being and defend her.

Truly a rare thing. Hopefully more politicians will start treating each other better and, as a result, the rest of us might actually be able to have a political conversation without resorting to calling each other Nazis and libtards.

Good job, Senator Flake. And good luck Ms. Abboud.

Read the whole story from a news site that’s totally not fake news: the BBC.

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12 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. Truly a rare thing. Hopefully more politicians will start treating each other better and, as a result, the rest of us might actually be able to have a political conversation without resorting to calling each other Nazis and libtards.

    So very well said, Eric. We need to bring back positivity and respect back into our discourse.

  2. Thank you for posting this and sharing it with us, Eric. This is a rare thing to see in the world of politics. I am glad that there are few politicians out there trying to make a difference and keeping up the fight for humanity’s sake. It only seems that the political climate in India and USA is not very different.

  3. Ha! I love your title – News that doesn’t suck. 😀

    Wouldn’t the U.S. be a totally different place if politicians actually care about humanity instead of power and money? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Senators and Representatives from all parties, all ethnicity, all religious faith reach across the aisle and work with one another? I’m not understanding the demonizing and anger of politics, so I applaud Jeff Flake for standing up for Ms. Abboud and what is right in treating others. Great story!

    1. It would really be nice to see some rational discourse rather than the lies and mudslinging we get now. Perhaps that will slowly get better as more and more people become vocal about how disgusted they are at our politicians.

  4. Hi Eric – oh gosh I wish we’d see more of this … thanks for sharing with us. Sadly politicians set examples and at the moment so many aren’t doing a good job of leadership in any form … we need to defend others and to start understanding others’ way of life … cheers Hilary

    1. It looks like more and more of our politicians here in the states are moving away from the president. I just hope they someday realize they’re supposed to represent everyone.

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