I’m not sure if this is uniquely something that is occurring in Los Angeles or perhaps all over the world but I have to share; everyone is really angry. When I say really angry, I’m talking about a constant road-rage, get out my way anger. My question is where is all the hostility coming from? Specifically, as it relates to the city of Los Angeles, I understand that a majority of people living here are trying, and failing, to break into Hollywood, so the frustration from that area of LA life is somewhat acceptable.
What I cannot get onboard with is people who drive angrily, cut people off, scream into their smartphones whilst wearing AirPods and are just generally dissatisfied. A good friend of mine suggested that I start practicing gratitude more often and appreciate the world in which I live. I suggest we all do the same, no one wants to deal with you when you’re angry.
Just take a deep breath, here’s what you missed in the news yesterday.
Call A Veto Truck
The House on Tuesday pulled out all the stops to override Trump’s veto but, to no avail, their efforts failed. According to Vox, in order to override a presidential veto, House Democrats “would have needed two-thirds of the chamber’s support, or 290 votes. They were 42 votes shy, despite convincing 14 members of the Republican Party to join the cause. Despite the disappointing attempt made by the House to stop Trump’s veto, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to find a silver lining for the situation.
“Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point. We are establishing the intent of Congress. The president has decided to be in defiance of the Constitution, to deface it with his action. Both houses of Congress in a bipartisan way sent him a bill that said this is how we will address border security. He had to sign the bill to keep the government open. Trump defied the Constitution with his action. Congress has overridden that. He did veto it.”
–Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker
The Trump administration made an incredibly bold move in overriding the actions of a bipartisan-backed congressional resolution. To some this may be just another disagreement from President Trump, but to others this is an indication that Trump is stubbornly determined to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. Congress will do what they can to defend the constitution and stop Trump from using funds otherwise allocated for a true national emergency.
Juss-tice Isn’t Served
In a Shyamalan-esque turn of events, Chicago prosecutors dropped all charged against actor Jussie Smollett, who local officials took to court over accusations of staging hate crimes against himself and filing a false police report, said CNN. Since this story hit major news outlets, people have been tossing and turning about the likelihood that two people shouted racial and anti-gay remarks at someone. The fact that people said he staged the entire attack only furthers the fact that we are living in a society that has a lot of work to do.
“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to the case..”
–statement from Illinois State Attorney’s office