if you do not fit the super-culture’s profile of acceptability

August 22, 2019 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, on President Trump’s statement that American Jews who supported Democrats were “disloyal”:

“Whiteness is a fiction because race is a fiction, but I hope the last few days have reminded people that the social status of American Jews of European descent as white is conditional and therefore revocable.

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vote!

August 15, 2019 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Robert F. Kennedy

IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS

HEARTBROKEN

August 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is there a way to address hate?  Can we continue to ignore the fact that cultural and religious differences fuel hatred and violence rather than understanding and brotherhood?  Mankind – not exclusively American – is facing the desecration of our planet, and the whole-hearted embrace of nationalism and separatism and hatred.  This is heartbreaking.

We are one, created from the same seed.  Yet, we have created different, unique visions of creation.  Those visions are employed to create difference, confusion and hatred.  Further. those visions are captured by the fortunate few to further their vision of self-righteousness and entitlement.

What is the answer.  Certainly not sending prayers and thoughts of hope [although that is certainly not a bad thing].  People need to visualize the culture that they want and determine the candidates that best represent that vision.  People need to vote.  Women need to vote.  Latina’s need to vote.  Blacks need to vote.  The LGBTQ community needs to vote.  First time voters need to understand the importance of the role they play in visioning our culture and they must be motivated to participate and vote.  Without this coalition of vision, the privileged few maintain their stranglehold on hope and dreams

the United States we want?

July 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
 
We can fight, discuss, disagree, cry, whine, be depressed about what the occupant of the white house [and his acolytes] did or did not do….. continue to do or not do….
 
For me, I want to embrace what Albert Einstein said. Is this the country we want? If not, it is incumbent on us to embrace a better vision and commit to making it happen.
 
children should not be in cages
veterans should not be taking their own lives at a rate of 22 per day
people should not be food insecure
healthcare should not be a discussion and medication should not be a financial death sentence
 
What United States do we want?
 
IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS

feed our people

July 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
 
I wonder how an executive order removing sustenance support for 3 million people [this time] represents “RIGHT ACTION AND RIGHT CONDUCT”. I wonder how that action benefits the republic?
 
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PLEASE EXPLAIN IT TO ME

July 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“I care a lot about people, and I believe in being my brothers keeper and caring for those in need. And while I think some inequality is necessary and good, poverty is not. I envision a world where we all are prospering and succeeding in life, though in different ways and to varying degrees.  Hendrith Smith

There is nothing wrong with capitalism…what is wrong is when capitalism becomes the be all, end all of what defines human beings. We are social creatures. You cannot talk to money? You cannot socialize with profit.
 
Please tell me how removing 3 million people from subsistence level benefits is a core value of republicans? to what end? Don’t capitalists benefit from a healthy workforce? Can someone educate me? What is the goal of the occupant of the white house? What is the ultimate plan for the moving forward of our culture and way of life? Please explain it to me.
 
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HISTORICAL PARALLELS

July 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Wednesday evening Mr. Trump took his ongoing attacks on four minority congresswomen on the road, telling a crowd in North Carolina that they were “hate-filled extremists.” When he singled out one, Representative Ilhan Omar, his supporters chanted, “Send her back.”

 

I wonder about the times we are living in.  Is Mr. Trump’s need for attention so great that common decency means nothing?  He attacks…and encourages the further disparagement of an American Citizen….in order to satiate his need for attention.  I suppose that there is that need in politicians in general, but I wonder if this is something new.  But then I think, “wait, this is not new.  This is how fascism rises…..slowly and with slogans.  There are innumerable historical references, the most glaring being the way Hitler [and his acolytes] strategized to take over Germany.”

The parallels are terrifying!

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

July 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.” Laura Hillenbrand

IN THE FACE OF DISRESPECT, POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING DIATRIBE AND VITRIOL, THESE 4 DETERMINED CONGRESSWOMEN CONTINUE TO PURSUE A HUMANISTIC COURSE OF CONCERN AND GOVERNANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS – CURRENT OR HOPEFUL

KEY POINTS

July 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
I thought that these comments, by David Leonhardt, in the Monday. July 15th edition of the Times, were on point!

 

The Democratic Party is having a rough summer so far:

  • Congressional Democrats have a weak, confusing message about Robert Mueller’s findings.
  • Congressional Republicans outfoxed Democrats on a border funding bill.
  • Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, needlessly criticized a group of young House progressives — and those progressives responded by accusing her, without evidence, of racism. (President Trump’s ugly remarks yesterday were a reminder of what actual racism looks like.)
  • Several top-tier Democratic presidential candidates have staked out unpopular positions on immigration and Medicare.
  • A few candidates who could have helped the party in other ways are instead running quixotic presidential campaigns. For example, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana could have run for Senate, and the billionaire Tom Steyer could have financed voter registration drives.
  • An otherwise impressive Senate candidate who’s hoping to unseat Mitch McConnell — Amy McGrath, in Kentucky — started her campaign with an embarrassing flip-flop about how she would have voted on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
I don’t want to exaggerate the impact of these events. Trump’s approval rating has moved up only about two percentage points in recent weeks, according to the polling from Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight. Between 42 and 45 percent of Americans approve of his performance.

But it’s time for Democrats to stop the unforced errors. Congressional leaders need a more effective message about the Trump scandals and investigations (and will get a chance this week, with Mueller set to testify next week). Both the party’s House leaders and its dynamic new members need to stop the petty fights — and maybe Trump’s remarks yesterday could be a turning point. The Democratic presidential candidates, for their part, should be more careful about avoiding positions that could hurt them in the general election; the Democratic primary electorate isn’t as liberal as some seem to believe.

After a very effective 2018 — which ended with the party retaking control of the House — Democrats are having a more mediocre 2019. Keeping Trump from winning a second term is a matter of national interest, and Democrats should start acting like it.

I applaud Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. Tom Scocca
 
I applaud Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) who, on Tuesday, said institutional racism had created a racial wealth gap and called for “broad and targeted” solutions to solve it.
 
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