Monthly Archives: August 2017

How do you measure success? How about through love

I looked up from my laptop across the living room at her, her head also buried in her laptop. Once again physically we were together in the same room but mentally and emotionally we may as well been on different continents. For too long now we had gone through the motions. Committed more to our work than we were too each other. Chasing professional and monetary success but forgotten in that chase was that feeling we had when all we had was each other. That anticipation of seeing each other’s smile. The warmth of being in each other presence. The safety of being in each other’s embrace and the feel of our lips pressed against each other’s.  We had convinced ourselves that our happiness could be found in a number and that through hard work we would achieve that number and have everything we wanted in life. But like I said in our chase for this happiness we forgot about what truly made us happy, we forgot about each other.

So I put down my work and walked across the living room to her. I pushed her laptop aside and before she could speak pulled her close and kissed her like I hadn’t kissed her in years. Every bit of passion I had kept hidden from her over the years. Every time I had wanted to tell her how much I loved her but didn’t because we were too busy all delivered in a single kiss. A single kiss joining two souls that once were inseparable back together again.

She looked at me, a bit confused, and asked where did that come from? But before I could respond she placed her finger on my lips to quiet me and said to me you don’t need to say it your kiss did that just fine and yes I missed us too.

From that day on we never took each other for granted again. We never let work or the pursuit of money come between us again. Sure we still strived for professional success but we made sure to keep that chase in perspective. Now years later when I wake up and see her when I walk in the door and gaze upon her beauty, when she smiles at me for no other reason but to smile at me, no matter what else is going on in our world at that moment my heart skips a beat, I tell her I love her and then I pull her close and kiss her because after all my love for her is the biggest success of my life

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An Open Message to GOP Leadership

An open message  to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders. We may not agree on much but deep down I bet you are as horrified as I am by President Trump’s response to Charlottesville. I bet you are embarrassed at the stain this man is leaving on your party. I know you gave lip service by INDIRECTLY denouncing some of his remarks via twitter but I bet you know you didn’t even come close to saying what needed to be said and saying it in front of a camera not via twitter. I will never totally agree with your legislative agenda but in a democracy to the winner goes the spoils and if you hold the power you have every right to push your agenda. But I assume you are smart enough to know that agenda can not include pushing hate and bigotry. Nor can it include giving aide and comfort to White Supremacist and Neo Nazis. It is time you stood up and took your party back from Donald Trump. Do not be afraid to lose the support of whatever percentage of his base believes his response to and the actions of hate groups was alright. These groups and this President do not represent the best of America they represent the worst. You can not keep America great, not make it great again because let’s face it that slogan was created to send a message seeped in racism, if you choose to stand idly by knowing what you see is wrong but doing nothing to stop it.

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Why do they continue to support him

If you want to understand what Trump and his rich cronies are really about. It’s their bank accounts by the way.

If you want to understand how they can get so many people to vote against their own economic well being just remember a quote from former President Lyndon Johnson

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.

Trump has tapped into that feeling among whites who feel this country is their country and it’s being taken away from them. Do not be mistaken that the rise of Trump came after eight years in which a man of color sat in the Oval Office.

Even yesterday when he briefly ceded to public pressure and called out the Neo Nazis and KKK what got lost in the mix was his statement that he was seriously considering pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court late July for continuing racial profiling practices. It was his wink wink to his base that he still has their back. Come on you knew what Make America Great Again really meant didn’t you.

As the Denver Post reported to many Trump supporters who look around at their communities and see poverty, addiction and lack of economic opportunity, the claims about things such as affirmative action and the smorgasbord of government benefits supposedly available only to minorities are enormously compelling….What’s holding you back, is those people and the special favors they get.

So no matter what he say or does, if it’s in their best interest or not, the harden Trump supporter will always have his back because they believe he has theirs in the battle to keep this country away from those who they believe are not their equal or who even belong here in the first place and that my friends is what has this great melting pot of a country on the verge of boiling over.

Actions speak louder than words

For 8 years President Obama fought the war on terror pursuing a campaign of targeting terrorist leaders from al Qaeda, its affiliates, and ISIS. Since the start of President Obama’s first term in 2009, at least 45 of the top terrorist leaders were killed or captured by U.S. forces. In March of 2016 CNN reported under the Obama administration, coalition forces had killed more than 26,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, according to an official estimate and in the Administration’s final days US air strikes killed more than twenty top Al Qaeda operatives in Syria. Yet despite this he was consistently attacked for being soft on terrorism because he did not utter the words Radical Islamic terrorism. In fact our current President went as far as to say:

Obama “disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’, for that reason alone, he should step down.

But as President Obama said himself the reason he wouldn’t use those words is

I have been careful about when I describe these issues is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who, in this country, are fellow troops and police officers and fire fighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.

Additionally as anyone in the intelligence community will tell you the war on terror is fought and won  using intelligence gathered around the world much of it from Muslims. Alienating this vital stream of information to make Sean Hannity and the rest of FOX News happy served no purpose. Obama understood that the war on terror wasn’t going to be won through sound bites and tweets but through actions. Actions that his Administration consistently undertook during his 8 years as President.

Today as the country looks on in horror at the events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va we have again gotten into the debate of whether we should use a term, domestic terrorist, white supremacist, neo nazis etc. To be sure calling out these groups for who and what they are would have been refreshing.  Even more so would have been pointing the blame squarely at them, something our President seems unwilling to do instead opting to condem hatred and bigotry on “many sides”. Ignoring  the fact that one side was filled with hate filled bigots espousing racism while the other side was protesting against racism. But let’s say I am willing to give Trump a pass for not using the term domestic terrorism to describe these hate filled individuals, after all like the term radical Islam they’re only words. I couldn’t possibly give him a pass for his actions. Such as lumping together the Alt Right protestors who were responsible for 19 injuries and the death of an Americans who came to stand up against hate and bigotry.  That action speaks louder than any words ever could

Since Trump has taken office attacks from groups identified as white supremacist have been on the rise. No one can pretend Trump’s campaign rhetoric such as when he initially refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow an endorsement by former Klansman David Duke has not embolden these groups. If that wasn’t enough to give them the confidence to crawl from under there rock on February 2, 2017 Reuters reported that the Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

As Think Progress reported the news of Trump’s plan to reverse that symbolic recognition of right-wing threats prompted a wave of celebration in white nationalist circles. “Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing ‘white supremacists’ from the definition of ‘extremism,’” the founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer

Two presidents

Words vs actions.

Actions speak louder than words.