To Taylor Swift, Millennial Democrat: Thank You, With All Our Hearts.

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On Sunday night, Taylor Swift stunned the world with her ringing endorsement of the Democratic Party. She called Marsha Blackburn(R-TN) to account for not sharing American values, and gave a shout out specifically to Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper of Tennessee.

Within the next 24 hours, more than 65,000 people had registered to vote, just in Tennessee.

It was a beautiful moment. The sense of betrayal Democratic women are feeling over the confirmation of alleged molester of women Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s Supreme Court is obviously gigantic. It was a disgraceful moment for the world. But out of the aftermath, a movement began rising.

One of the first ones to come out and speak for it was country music legend Taylor Swift.

It was a huge moment, thematic in the extreme. In the year of the Democratic woman, this has happened. God bless this woman. Swift’s silence on the issue of politics has been conspicuous since before the election. Silence has been code for assent this whole time.

Many who would never talk about their support for Trump went out and voted for him. Taylor Swift had not used her power to condemn what was going on around her. That led many to believe she condoned it.

On Sunday night, Taylor blew the dust off that belief.

Taylor Swift’s power to reach out and touch other people is obviously massive, but it’s worth taking a look at just how massive. Her Twitter following alone is 114 million. That is more than Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all put together. The fact that she has used that kind of power for the cause of helping us Democrats has left this contributor speechless with gratitude.

As Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.orgtold Buzzfeed on Monday, “Thank God for Taylor Swift.”

So what led to this massive turnaround? It certainly has cost her some backlash. The alt-right is furious. “A Betrayal Beyond Words,” read one headline I saw.

Early reports, given to US Weekly by an anonymous source, told us that the pop star had broken her long silence because “She doesn’t care about haters anymore”, and wanted to use her platform for good. But earlier today, in a lengthy Instagram post, Swift gave us the story.

It was her love for the people that did it. Gender orientation and racism were both given as specific causes that drove her to speak out.

“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” Swift said.

Well said.

In fact, that’s what’s driving a lot of us to speak out, haters or not. All of us Resistors, who have been put through the ugliest times in recent history as the sore winner alt-right trolls have come on threads all across the internet boasting and spouting filth in jubilance over Kavanaugh. Speaking to them is kind of like cleaning up vomit.

Swift is not the first country music star in recent history to break ranks with their conservative base. The Dixie Chicks received a huge backlash in 2003 when their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said they were ashamed that George W. Bush was from Texas just after the Iraq War began. Their base was outraged. They bulldozed their CD’s.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, they were superstars.

Taylor Swift will undoubtedly face all manner of slander and revile for this. It will be misogynistic, and it will be hateful. People will be ugly and unfair and cruel.

And none of it will touch her. 

This powerhouse of a woman does not need the approval of a bunch of alt-right crazies! For one thing, she’s a Millennial Democrat. Her number is many. For another, she’s one of the biggest names in music in the world. If you’re going to bulldoze all of her CD’s, you’d better be ready to dig some new landfills. Knock yourselves out.

So anyway, Taylor Swift, thank you. Thank you very much. We really needed your help. Bless your heart on behalf of the entire human race, welcome to the Blue Wave, and know that this will never be forgotten.

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The Difference of a Decade- Joy Reid’s Apology.

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Joy Reid, the popular host of MSNBC’s weekend show AM Joy, has recently been under fire.

Newly uncovered blog posts published on her now-defunct blog, the Reid Report, took a mocking tone toward people in the LGBTQ community in the mid-to-late 2000s. The comments do not bear repeating, so we won’t repeat them; suffice it to say, they required a sincere apology.

Her first reaction upon seeing the old posts was that her blog had been hacked and defaced, a suspicion that seems natural after all that’s taken place since 2016. This could not be proven, however, so she retracted the claim, responsibly admitting that she doesn’t really know what happened. She may have said those things.

So Joy unreservedly made the apology. She explained that she grew up in a household that had conservative views on the LGBTQ community. A lot of us did. This does not excuse hurtful speech, but it identifies an individual’s upbringing as its point of origin.

Her apology has been largely accepted, and she is being supported by many in the LGBT community.

She also hosted a panel with LGBTQ activists about the blog posts and took accountability for them face to face. And she apologized for newly resurfaced tweets in which she made transphobic remarks that suggested conservative pundit Ann Coulter is a man.

People of all ages are products of their environment. We are influenced by the times in which we grow up. The whole country has evolved regarding LGBTQ issues.

Even Barack Obama evolved on the issue, going from supporting only Civil Unions in his early years to fully support same-sex marriage, and sending his Department of Justice in to help convince the Supreme Court to rule so.

Five years ago gay marriage was still a long way off, and issues like bathrooms for transgender persons hadn’t fully made it onto the American radar. The general attitudes of society towards these people and their needs was negative for a long time. The state of affairs was a travesty, but it was also the way things were.

Fortunately for everyone, that is changing more and more every year. People have at least started down the road to knowing better these days, and that clearly includes Joy Reid.

She’s a strong leader, one of the left’s most powerful and recognizable voices. She has used that voice to help people. No way are we going to throw her under the bus over nasty remarks made years ago. We’ll stick up for those who have stuck up for us. We still remember what was done to Al Franken. 

The point to emphasize is that she has recognized her past comments as being insensitive and she has made clear that is not how she feels today.

Millennial Democrats have been fortunate enough to grow up in a world where these sorts of issues are being worked on and improved. Things were very different for our parents and teachers in older generations of Americans, and that becomes truer the further back you go.

In 2016, when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Barack Obama spoke these words, hours after the high court’s decision was announced.

“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back.”

These kinds of things are going to come out over time, and we have to make sure that we don’t let the enemy split the left or pick off our leaders using them. We are all in this together, and we are going to make mistakes sometimes. Joy’s apology makes the point very well.

“I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for,” she said on Saturday. “I own that. For that, I am truly, truly sorry.”

“I’m hoping, out of all of this, there’s an opportunity to talk about the ways in which hurtful speech really does imperil marginalized communities,” Reid said.

We’ll be heading forward in that direction.