Back in 1989, the economy (in places where the media would actually notice) was not good. It's almost impossible to believe, but New York City was facing huge job losses and other economic woes. In 1989, the median housing price IN MANHATTAN dropped by over 25%.
And hey, we're about to hold a Presidential election.
Bring on the most important issue ever to face the American People (tm)! Flag burning!
Notice that Bill Hicks in the video above didn't have to explain to his audience why he was talking about flag burning. Everybody was talking about flag burning in 1989.
Because so many people are burning flags it's a national fire hazard? No.
Because burning flags is contributing to air pollution in our nation's cities? No.
Because imaginary hippies and radicals burning flags in the dreams of just the right voters gets them to the polls? Ding we have a winner.
Yes, the Supreme Court had ruled in Johnson v. Texas that duh burning a flag on your own property and not creating a public safety issue was actually political speech and protected by the First Amendment.
Congress reacted by introducing thirty-nine separate resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment authorizing laws forbidding desecration of the flag. And for the next eighteen months all George H. W. Bush talked about, in press conferences and Presidential debates, was flag burning.
Which brings us to transvestites!!! in the bathroom stall!!! next to your little girl!!!
Some facts to consider about the North Carolina Bathroom Bill that set this whole issue on fire:
1. The bill was signed into law on March 24.
2. Prior to the North Carolina primary on March 15, Governor Pat McCrory had made no endorsement, though he said he would support the Republican nominee, "even if it is Trump." (direct quote). In the meantime, state leaders in his own party were panicking at the prospect of sharing a ballot with Trump.
3. Trump won the North Carolina primary by 3.4% points over Ted Cruz.
4. McCrory is up for re-election this year, yep, running on the same ballot as Trump.
Have I mentioned the transvestites!!! in the bathroom stall!!! next to your little girl!?!
Now that Trump actually is the presumptive nominee, watch this issue become The. Thing. We. Must. Debate. because we can't discuss the incredible deficiencies of the person at the top of our ticket.
Including, yes! A Constitutional Amendment recognizing only one man and one woman as the ONLY genders you are allowed to have! Because America! No, really. A Change.org petition that currently has a grand total of 105 signatures states (emphasis added):
The purpose of this petition is to call for an Amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibits all levels of government from recognizing or imposing any categories of gender or sex other than "male" and "female".
Silly as this may sound, this is no laughing matter. Twenty-five years ago, gay marriage was considered an absurdity. Now gay marriage is legal in every state.
Only Congress can save us from the chaos to come by proactively passing a Constitutional Amendment, tentatively worded as follows:
"Neither the United States, nor any State or local government, shall recognize or impose any categories of gender or sex other than 'male' and 'female'."
Please join me in petitioning House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to *immediately* propose this Amendment in Congress assembled. We cannot afford to wait for the courts to decide our country's fate for us. Not again.
It's flag burning. It's English-only. It's Death Panels. It's playing on the very stupid fears of a core of American voters because they have to.