In the 1967 musical comedy, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” there is a running subtext about the role of women in the workplace. It’s meant to be humorous but it also reveals a lot about how things have changed over the last 50 years.

Working in a New York City office, J. Pierpont Finch starts out in the mailroom and watches his career skyrocket thanks to the advice of a handy book with the same title as the movie. There are some great laughs along the way, but we also see how women are regarded by their bosses as sex objects. There is even an ironic number called, “A Secretary is Not a Toy,” but that’s exactly what they are in Finch’s office.

That was then. As noted here, there are many movements of conscience today – “Woke” if you like - in which formally marginalized members of society are stepping up to claim their rights as human beings and as American citizens; minorities, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and women.

Where once pinching a behind or suggestive references to sex in a business meeting might have been acceptable, such behavior today is often an offense that will get a guy fired. I knew one high ranking public relations executive who routinely stepped over the line and was terminated. The firm he worked for was subsequently sued for millions by the women he harassed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has been credibly accused of sexual harassment by several women who worked for him. If the charges are true – an investigation is pending along with another probe into undercounting COVID deaths in nursing homes - how a smart fellow like Cuomo might put himself in such a position is beyond me. But Cuomo also has a reputation as an arrogant bully.

There are calls from the left and right for Cuomo to resign, but if we’re going to hold him accountable for sexual harassment then we need to make sure we hold accountable Republicans credibly accused of the same behavior.

We’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of 9-11, but so seared into our minds was the horrific terrorist attack on our nation, to many of us it seems like it was only yesterday. In its wake, we went to war and created the Department of Homeland Security to ensure foreign terrorists could never again stage another mass casualty attack on America.

What’s alarming now, however, is DHS officials citing domestic terrorists as the new, more imminent threat right in our own backyard. Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, neo-Nazis, and anti-government militias, they say, want to violently overthrow our democratic republic. A lot of them tried to do just that on Jan. 6 during the deadly Capitol insurrection and law enforcement believes that could be a preview of what’s coming.

I really don’t understand what beef these people have, why they feel the need to threaten armed rebellion against the country that has given so many of them so much, and so many others have sacrificed their lives to defend. If they feel that aggrieved, they should convince enough Americans to vote them into power. That’s how our Constitution works.

President Joe Biden convinced 81 million voters in November he could lead America out of the health and economic crisis he inherited. This past week marked the anniversary of the last normal week we experienced in 2020. With the realization the pandemic was for real, our lives were turned upside down almost overnight.

Today, there are 9.5 million fewer jobs than existed last March. During the presidential campaign, I wrote if he was elected, Biden needed to go big and pass New Deal-like legislation that would help suffering families and small businesses. With the approval of his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans, hope is on the way, even as vaccines become more widely available.

As they always seem to do when it comes to the middle class and the working poor, Senate Republicans

unanimously opposed the bill. They had all sorts of excuses, but none of them admitted what they really wanted to do was deny Biden and Democrats a huge political victory.

I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss. As a kid I loved his books and my grandsons love them today. But when the publisher, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, made the business decision to discontinue six of the titles because they contained racial stereotypes, conservative media and politicians went nuts.

“(Democrats) outlawed Dr. Suess!” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy lied.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the publisher said in a statement. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”

Movements of conscience/ they’re here to stay/ there’s no going back/ that’s the American way!

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, writer and author who lives in Kennesaw. You can contact him through his website at kevinemmetfoley.com.

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Howard Peterson

Why not let the domestic terrorists (not the Proud Boys!) destroy the federal building in downtown Portland? Then the onus would finally be on a Democrat, Beijing Biden, to do something about it!! Would we have another Fort Pelosi in downtown Portland???

Howard Peterson

Shame on me, I forgot. Walls don't work!!!!

Howard Peterson

Georgia's unemployment rate in January, 2017 when Trump took office was 5.5%. Today the unemployment rate is 5.1%! Even with the pandemic, the unemployment rate has lowered! The Ex-Lax Stimulus Bill is just what I said, Ex-Lax for the Democrats. Just what good will bailing out Democrat states to the tune of 350 Billion based on unemployment rates who have relied on lockdowns be for the Republican states who have tried desperately to keep their economies going? Answer: NONE!!! What good will bailing out the Teamsters pension boondoggle for 86 Billion be for Covid relief? Answer: NONE!!! The Teacher's Union could get all 1.9 Trillion and they still wouldn't teach schools for in person learning. And let's not forget $$$$$ for Planned Parenthood, arts & museums, underground trains, a bridge to Canada and countless other pet Democrat projects. This box of Ex-Lax is popular. Free stuff always is but will it help the country? NO!! Just watch liquor sales and lottery sales go through the roof! And people will DEMAND more! Mark you calendar for this debacle that the Democrats rammed through without one Republican vote. Embarrassing!! One more thing. Do you know how the Democrats are going to pay for this joke? First thing they have done is cut 25 Billion from Medicare.....And you Democrats voted for this garbage!!! Unbelieveable......

Butch Smith

You forgot to add Antifa and BLM to the list of domestic terrorist.

Howard Peterson

Selective amnesia. Liberal & Fake News "journalists" seem to all suffer from this "disease"!!!

Allie Bradford

He most certainly did leave those out, and I can assure you it was no accident. There are many opinions on the left I can respect due to differences in philosophy, but this guy's column are nothing but distortion and vilification of people on the right.

Howard Peterson

A headline from today's AJC, page A2: "Curbs on oil production may hike gas prices to $4". Now why did OPEC and any other oil producing country decide to cut production? A simple answer is Biden's stoppage of the Keystone Pipeline and banning of fracking on federal lands. So after the hangover wears off from the bender you went on while spending your "stimulus" $, and you have finished reviewing the mountain of lottery tickets you have bought, take an Ex-Lax. Guess what? You will be paying DEARLY for your "stimulus" $ at the pump and at the store. If the Democrats "bought" you for the 2022 elections, they did NOT buy me!!!

Howard Peterson

Thank You President Trump for Operation Warp Speed!! Your benefits to this country are becoming much more obvious every day!!!

Geoff Resnik

Your article is very selective with the facts. You fail to mention the fact that Joe lied about the amount of stimulus checks. You also fail to mention that now the people who will receive the checks has been cut in half. Also loose in your facts , The Bill only has 9% of the bill going to anything COVID. The rest is Democrat pork . %0 million to planned parent hood. Billions to foreign nations. 15 billion to illegals health care. The bail out of Union retirement plans. The bail out of cities in blue states. That is why Republicans didn't vote for the bill. It is a steaming pile of pork. Biden has shown he is incapable of reality during his speech he gave. Lies and false hoods thru out. But hey why does it matter your guy is in office.

Geoff Resnik

50 million to planned parenthood.

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