Monthly Archives: August 2020

It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another.

On September 19, 1796 in his Farewell Address George Washington warned America on the rise of a Donald Trump and today’s Republican party.

The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. – George Washington, Farewell Address, 19 September 1796

There is no doubt that today we as a country are senselessly divided. Sadly, much of this division is not based on any ideology by the people on what is best for the people, but rather on the fear of the unknown, an irrational fear that leads to isolation. Which in turn leads to a lack of understanding about our differences which leads the continuous growth of the prejudices we all have with-in us. Prejudices that are only stripped away as we begin to understand those who differ from us.

The Donald Trumps of the results of the world prey on these prejudices to advance their own wealth and power. Thriving on chaos and division, which they create, they speak non truths and keep the people divided against each other rather than uniting for their betterment.  Their power rooted in our fear of each other.  It is to their advantage for us to hate each other, to lose our compassion for each other, to build walls separating us. This strategy allows them to take advantage of us all. As Suzy Kassem wrote

When two brothers are busy fighting, an evil man can easily attack and rob their poor mother.

This has allowed them to divide America based on political parties, and as Washington warned this is disastrous.  The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

As Americans they have led us down a path where we are more concerned with ensuing our “team” wins rather than educating ourselves on the issues and how it will impact us. We have a blind allegiance to those in power if they have a {R} or a {D} after their name. We have ceded the very government we so proudly hold dear to a few hundred individuals who profit on our ignorance. Our desire to have our “team” win means the powerful does not even need to hide their deception they do it right in front of us.  Our minds have become blind to their lies, deceit and corruption.  The more the masses allow their minds to be blinded the easier it is to manipulate them. They simply follow their “team” nodding in agreement with whatever decisions it makes. This thinking removes any sense of accountability from those in power.  Albert Einstein once commented

“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

For any democracy to effectively govern for the good of the citizens it represents those citizens must be informed about issues that can improve their lives. In many countries the will of the people has been sapped by the government. In Donald Trump’s America a segment of society has made the conscious decision to abdicate their will to a small percentage of the rich and powerful depending on what letter they have behind their name.

For our democracy to survive we cannot allow our government to be dependent on political ignorance and blind allegiance as it will surely be the downfall of the great experiment America was born of – a government of the people, by the people, for the people.  If we continue along the path, we are on now we will become a country whose citizens:

Turns a blind eye to social injustice,

Condones immoral behavior from their leaders

Believes anything that those in power tell them rather than educating themselves.

Allows their government to be run by and to the benefit of the wealthy few.

Once we have allowed this we need not worry about our enemies because in time we will destroy ourselves from with-in

It is only in the thinking of a free and educated country that we will inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. An encroachment that tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create a despotism.

Donald Trump’s lust for power, greed and corruption is an intrinsic characteristic of human behavior and while most of us make a conscious decision not to embrace these traits Trump has shown himself not to be one of the.  As a nation we must not be blinded to this and consider he is above reproach simply because of the {R} after his name.  We must strive as Americans to rise above the evil that seeks to divide us.  We must stand together and keep moving forward as a society. We must marginalize those who refuse to embrace the diversity that made us great in the first place. It is only through one unifying voice that we will be able to change the despair of today into the promise of tomorrow.  It is our moral responsibility to foster an atmosphere that strengthen the capacity of society at large. To point out corruption where it exists and to build transparent and accountable systems of governance to ensure that the vulnerable are not take advantage of. For a society that boasts of being so enlightened this should be an easy task, but alas it is not.  Sadly, there is a segment among us that is caught up in their own prejudices easily manipulated to embrace as their leaders anyone who enables their innate distrust and in many cases hatred of anyone who doesn’t look or think like them.  To believe that only the Donald Trumps of the world can protect them.

But of course, Trump promotes this narrative only to increase his power, and wealth and promote his agenda of hate.  He does this through lies, corruption and without any concern for Americans.

He tries to silence those of us who would rise to question him by questioning our patriotism, but we must not allow his noise to cower us into silence. We must remain vigilant and continue to point out his hypocrisy, hatred, and corruption at every turn.  If we do not, we are doomed as a society.  As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said:

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations

Yes, some of us are republicans some democrats and some independents, some people of color some not. Some heterosexual some homosexual some bisexual.  Some Christian some Muslim some Jewish some atheists but in the end, we are all American, we are all humans, and we will never move forward until as a nation until we come to understand that.

THIS IS THE MAN…WHO IS THE FACE OF RACISM IN AMERICA TODAY

“I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think a lot of people are a little tired of the NBA, frankly. But I don’t know too much about the protest, but I know their ratings have been very bad and that’s unfortunate. They have become like a political organization and that’s not a good thing. That’s not a good thing for sports or the country,”

These are the words of America’s so-called President Donald Trump, words that should come as no surprise to anyone at this point. 

This is a man who has never shown even the slightest bit of empathy.

This is a man who has shown no desire to address or denounce the indiscriminate killing of people of color by law enforcement and armed vigilantes. 

This is a man who with a wink and a nod has implicitly given his approval to racism. 

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Donald Jr. and tell him if he is comforted by police outside his own home, because they think he matches the general description of someone, don’t breath, don’t blink, don’t do anything because they might mistake your actions for drawing a weapon and fire 41 rounds at you, killing you. 

Amadou Diallo

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Eric and tell him to be careful while jogging because it’s possible men with guns may pull up next to you in a pickup truck and tell you to stop because they don’t believe you belong in their neighborhood and if you don’t they may proceed to shoot and kill you.

Ahmoud Arbery

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Ivanka and tell her that if Police break down the door to your home without cause and  unannounced don’t make any sudden moves because while they have no reason to be in your home if you or Jared  move to protect yourselves they may proceed to fire more than 20 rounds at you and Jarrad killing you and then  file an incident report that states you had no injuries and that no forced entry occurred.

Breonna Taylor

This is a man who never had to sit down with Barron and tell him that even though he is only 14 years old if he sees a police officer immediately drop to the ground and lay flat because that officer who has previously been deemed an emotionally unstable recruit and unfit for duty, may decide that any movement you make is threatening and before you can blink shoots and kill you.

Tamir Rice

This is a man who has never had to worry about his children being rounded up and being falsely accused of a crime because of the color of their skin, questioned for hours without representation, falsely convicted and imprisoned despite no DNA and all the evidence pointing to their innocence and some rich white guy looking to make a name for himself taking out a full page ad in a major newspaper calling for the death penalty in their case

Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam – formerly known as the Central Park Five now known as the Exonerated Five

This is a man who doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to understand the systematic racism that people of color endure every day in this country. 

This is the man who is the face of racism in America today

This is a man who has made a political career on the slogan Make America Great Again which is nothing more than code for Make America White Again.

This Has to Stop!

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain
Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland
Sean Reed, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner
Oscar Grant Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

This has to stop.

This is not a black problem this is an American problem and make no mistake this upcoming election is not about policy, economics or even Covid. This election is about race in America.

This election is about a segment of society who believe for America to be great it needs to return to the days of Jim Crow and segregation. When the KKK rode freely through the night. When Blacks “knew” their place.

I’m so sad, so angry, so tired of this shit.

I’m an American, my people helped built this country, this country’s wealth was achieved through the blood of my ancestors. I should not have to tremble in fear when I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror. My brother and sisters should not have to warn their children about the inherent dangers they face because they are black. My people should not have to grieve another black man or woman shot dead by police.

This has got to stop!!
Vote out the hate
Vote in the hope

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

COVID Racial unrest Homelessness Hunger Financial insecurity We are living in troubling times and for many of us are faith is being tested. Many of us openly ask, where is He? Why has He turned his back on us?  But even if our faith is shaken, we must find it within ourselves to lean on it, to remember we are His children. Created in His image and He loves us so much that he sacrificed his only Son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. He has never forsaken us before and He never will.

Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

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Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

We may not always understand the why, but we must have faith that there is a reason in all that He does

Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

For while it may seem dark now, the dawn will soon come, and with it his eternal blessings.

2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

When Will Enough Be Enough? When Will America Realize Black Lives Matter

Revelation 6:10 English Standard Version

10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

This is not a call for vengeance but a call for justice.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain

When will enough be enough?  When will those who disregard black lives, who despise unity, who weaponize the teachings of the Lord to further their hatred of all things not like them be held accountable for their wicked ways? 

Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland

How many people of color must be sacrificed before those who counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter acknowledge Black Lives are a part of all lives, yet for 400 years this country has never valued them as such.

Sean Reed, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner

How many more black mothers and fathers must weep in agony and bury their sons or daughters simply because of the color of their skin.

Oscar Grant Michael Brown

How many more times must a father or mother of color have to sit their sons and daughters down and warn them of the inherent dangers they face every day just by walking out the door simply because of the color of their skin.

Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

When will America comes to grips that systematic racism and the brutalization and murder of people of color is real and not something new? That it is not something to be danced around. That it is not a black problem, it is an American problem and it won’t be solved by the protest of people of color alone, but by the realization by those who have never had to worry about it that they must acknowledge it, look it directly in the eye, stand up and declare

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BLACK LIVES MATTER

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 to NBA players decision to boycott games and the league decision to reschedule all of today’s game in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

The disgusting Laura Ingraham once told her audience on FOX, likely to their glee, that LeBron James should shut up and dribble. Well today the players told America NO we are not just going to move on from yet another incident of perceived misconduct by police against a black man, another incident where Black Lives Don’t Matter. Today we are raising our voices by not dribbling.

While the morally repugnant President who has hijacked our country with his hate, tweets in all caps law and order, ignoring the anger so many feel because of the continued threat of living while black in this country. We are screaming America this is unacceptable! We will no longer stand for it. We will not simply whisper it so you feel comfortable we will scream it to make you uncomfortable and if you choose to continue to ignore us you will see just how comfortable we can make you.

As Thomas Jefferson said:

What country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.

Actions speak louder than words Melania

i’m sorry but I’m not drinking the Kool Aide and rushing to applaud Melanie Trump for giving a nice speech.

Words are words and actions are real and her actions speak volume. She is a birther, questioning our first African American President’s legitimacy in lock step with her husband. She has not spoken about the racial unrest in this country and the systematic killing of people of color until tonight when she was attempting to humanize her morally repugnant husband so he could win four more years in office.

She has not said a word about families fleeing oppression and violence separated at the border and young children locked in cages.

Her public silence for 3 years and 9 months has enabled her husband’s corruption, lying, disregard for the constitution, and lack of empathy for the deaths of Americans be it by Covid or police brutality.

Her speech was nothing more than an show, designed to fool the masses so her husband can maintain his power, continue to spread his hate and enrich himself and his family. It certainly wasn’t to speak for those impacted each and every day by her husband. Until tonight’s act has managed to stay silent on that.

Proverbs 31:8-9
New International Version

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,for the rights of all who are destitute.9 Speak up and judge fairly defend the rights of the poor and needy.