Politic365

 
 


Politics

4:00pm February 15, 2012

Whitney Houston Gets No Love From NY Senate

SIN105_USA-WHITNEYHOUSTON-_0212_11

Americans love honoring people posthumously. Usually no matter how your life may have ended, if you did something positive and memorable during your existence there is a good chance that some state legislature or city council will pass a resolution in your honor (at a taxpayer cost of about $500.00 max).

Plenty of state legislatures, from hard red states like Tennessee to deep blue mid-western havens like Illinois honored Michael Jackson after his death. And this was a man who not only was a prescription drug abuser near the end of his life but had been dogged by accusations of child molestation for almost 20 years.

Or even better, the state of Mississippi passed a resolution honoring the life of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair – and this is a guy that was killed by his underage girlfriend/mistress in some bizarre murder suicide.

In the end, we’ll find a way to justify our legislative love. So can someone explain to me why Republicans in the New York State senate are rejecting a bill to honor Whitney Houston?

In a move so petty that it could’ve come from the Mitch McConnell controlled federal Senate, New York Senate Republicans have rejected Whitney Houston posthumously. The New York Daily Post reports that Democratic State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) proposed a resolution honoring the late singer – but it was rejected by state Republicans.

Why?

Behind the scenes Republican senators claimed they didn’t want to appear to endorse Houston’s drug use since they had just passed a new piece of legislation stiffening penalties for prescription drug abuse.

Really?

I’m fairly confident that everyone who knows anything about Whitney remembered that she said “Crack is Whack” … which is a much stronger anti-drug message than anything else she managed to do over the last 10 years. A more credible rejection might be because Houston was not from the state of New York. However, like Michael Jackson and others, her contribution to popular culture was national in scope, so who cares if she hailed from the state? More importantly, one of her most famous songs, a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled banner during the 1991 Super Bowl was a national treasure, and she re-released the song after 9-11 to donate proceeds to the families of victims. If that doesn’t make her an unofficial New Yorker I don’t know what does.

Hopefully, less political heads will prevail and this bill will get passed. It is much more meaningful to discuss the impact of an artist’s good deeds than to haggle over the particulars of how they died.



About the Author

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson





 
 

 
6236984564_639ea5c68a_b

Canadian born Ted Cruz to enter GOP race for president, let the birther stories begin

On Sunday, it was announced that Texas Senator Ted Cruz will launch his presidential campaign on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. While Jeb Bush is “exploring” a run for president, Ted Cruz would be the fir...
by Adriana Maestas
5

 
 
selma-50th-anniversary

We Commemorate Selma With Much Work to be Done

My father took me and my brothers with him to the polls when he voted for Barack Obama during his first campaign.  We were late to school, but he thought it was important for us to be there.  The second time around, I was a s...
by Brandon Patterson
0

 
 
walmart-minimum-wage-increase

Walmart Wage Increase Likely to Start New Trend Toward Pay Equity

Better schedules, more training, and a wage increase up to $10.00 per hour – that’s what Walmart workers can expect beginning on April 1. Last month, the world’s largest retailer announced that it was raising...
by Kristal High
1

 

Advertisement
 
barack-obama-lawyer-in-chief

Barack Obama is Both America’s Lawyer and his Conscience

By Peterson Prime Ever since it became apparent that he was going to occupy the oval office, Barack Obama’s opponents or critics have leveled charges against him that his predecessors never faced.  Six years into his preside...
by Guest Contributor
0

 
 
smartphones-computers-texting

Protecting and Advancing Florida’s Position as a Technology Leader

By David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC In the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic vote on net neutrality, policymakers in Washington will continue to debate how to ...
by Guest Contributor
2

 




3 Comments


  1. Kay D.

    "Steve McNair – and this is a guy that was killed by his underage girlfriend/mistress…" Um…she was an ADULT, not underage. Do research first!!


    • I did not mean underage in the legal sense of the word, but in the moral and maturity sense. The girl was 19 when he met her and 20 when she killed him, and he was 36 and still married. He was running around with a kid almost half his age.


  2. [...] article originally appeared online at Politic365.com. Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. from → [...]



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>