Monday, November 28, 2016

Poseurs - Randi, Mike and the Guy with the Drum

Vintage 2016 - Bitter Grapes  
  Many years ago I watched a movie called Tales of Terror with Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. One story, The Cask of Amontillado, was hilariously enacted by Lorre and Price. Price played a dandy wine connoisseur at a wine tasting exhibition who is interrupted by an almost blindly drunk Peter Lorre looking for free alcohol. Lorre challenges him to a wine testing. The upright gentlemen there are about to throw him out when Lorre calls Price a 'Poseur'. A poseur is playing a part, not the real thing. The term silences the room and Vincent accepts the challenge. (That is my favorite scene from Vincent Price, who has always been my favorite actor.)
   What has me thinking of all this? The term 'Poseur'. The entitled and many of us, have our 'knickers in a twist' over Trump's winning the election. Many of us are outraged. Ok, get over it. How are we going to help those who will be targeted - the poor and the illegal (or undocumented, if you prefer)? Well, we are a sanctuary city that will be heavily fined. I don't believe we should be breaking up families and those fines are not going to be paid for by those protesting. It's going to be paid for by the city's poor and their children. Child protective services, subsidized housing, etc. I watched some protesting Poseurs in front of Trump Tower. I imagine many took mojito breaks in Fidel's memory. Forgive me if I am underwhelmed.
    Poseurs are not only to be found at Trump Tower, but are encamped at 52 Broadway and similarly encapsulated at the AFT headquarters in Washington D.C. Lots of tough talk and letter writing after a life changing mistake by Randi Weingarten in her endorsement of Hillary, (after denigrating Sanders supporters as a bunch of thugs). Why did we allow her to do this in our collective names? Randi in her recent indignant posturing seems tougher than Mike, in that she names Donald Trump in her letter of protest. Randi and Mike, you are both Poseurs - prove me wrong.

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