The Trump Cult, the MAGA crowd, feared this 50 years ago, and they fear it even more today. The educated, well-informed person of color, it’s why they work so hard to make it so difficult for us to vote. It’s why they want to return America to what they believe were the good old days. Don’t let them – VOTE, contact your Senator and Congress Person, and push them to action. Get involved in your local politics, from the school board to the Mayor. 2020 was a glimpse at what we can accomplish; let’s keep it up.
A true leader does not pander to the fears of the masses; they do not make decisions that are counter to that which is beneficial to society just so that they can maintain their power, they do not possess an ego that prohibits them from listening to and accepting the advice from those more knowledgeable than themselves, they aren’t afraid to look those they lead in the eye and tell them the truth, even if that isn’t what they want to hear, they aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and do the hard work necessary to better the lives of society at large.
Unfortunately, these leaders are in short supply today. Lies, corruption, misinformation are the traits of many of today’s leaders. They are more anxious to spew out the viral soundbite than legislating. They are concerned with only whatever it takes to advance their power. These men and women are not leaders; they are frauds. They have built their power on sand, and when the rain falls, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and history has shown us it will, they will fall, along with those who foolishly follow them and great the fall will be.
In the Matrix Morpheous tells the Merovingian Everything begins with a choice. To which he responds: No, wrong. Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.
When it comes to those who have made the vaccine some sort of political statement they often say this is America I’m free and I have the choice to do with my body what I chose to do. But the reality is they have been told by those in power that they should not take the vaccine, don’t be a sheep, and follow the crowd they are told. They have been duped into believing that they are making a choice not to be vaccinated when in reality it is those in power who have chosen for them and like sheep they follow along.
Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.
I’m an American; who the hell does Joe Biden think he is mandating anything on my freedoms?
I’m a Father or a mother; who the hell do you think you are for putting my child under 12 in danger of contracting this life-threatening virus because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.
I’m a son or a daughter; who the hell do you think you are for making it impossible for my elderly parent to receive the emergency medical care they need because the hospitals are at total capacity with Covid cases because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.
I’m a health care provider; who the hell do you think you are for causing me undue stress and nightmares because I have a front-row to countless unneeded deaths due to Covid because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.
I’m a person with a treatable medical condition; as long as I can get access to an ICU bed, who the hell do you think you are for taking that bed because you have Covid because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.
Don’t tell me about your freedoms as has been said People love freedom – but nobody wants responsibility. And they come together, they are inseparable. – Rajneesh
The Derek Chauvin verdict was finally justice but let be clear we got Justice today, now we need change tomorrow. We need to come together as a people, people of all colors, and make those who preach racism uncomfortable. Uncomfortable so that they have no choice but to swallow their racism because it will no longer be accepted. Uncomfortable so that they are ashamed even to be seen because we will rebuke them at every turn. Uncomfortable because the America they knew, one of hate, racism, and division is gone and that all people will finally be treated equally. Today was just the first step. We must keep marching.
When Donald Trump responding to MLB for taking the all-star game out of Georgia and Corporations speaking out against restrictive voting legislation, says, “They’re woke and woke is not good for our country. Woke is not good,” what he really is saying is: They’re talking about equality both economically and socially. They want “their” voices to be heard at the voting booth. This is not good for “us”; it”s not going to make “our” America great again. And it is “our” America, not “theirs” make no mistake about that, and they’re trying to take it from us.
If you believe it is wrong to create a safety net, so no child goes without proper medical care, goes to sleep hungry, or without a roof over their head, but you want to ban abortion, you might want to stop talking out both sides of your ass.
If you told everyone you don’t have to wear a mask because this is America and it’s my body, my choice. But you want to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body, you might want to shut the hell up.
If you think it’s a bigger deal that President Biden tripped going up the stairs of airforce one than Trump mishandling a pandemic that has killed half a million; let that sink in..a half a million Americans, you might be a special kind of stupid.
This weekend marks 56 years since civil rights marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers on “Bloody Sunday.” Think about that. It has only been 56 years since African Americans literally had to put their lives on the line to vote. Now 56 years later, States around the country are introducing legislation that are transparent attempts at voter suppression. One can only imagine what the great John Lewis, who for the first time will not be among us on this day, would say to such blatant attempts to deny people their democratic right to vote and have their voices heard. Indeed it is a sad commentary on America.
The tragic events unfolding in Texas are another example of how close most Americans are to disaster. According to reports, Texas officials knew winter storms could leave the state’s power grid vulnerable. Still, they left the choice to prepare for harsh weather up to the power companies — many of which opted against the costly upgrades. That, plus a deregulated energy market largely isolated from the rest of the country’s power grid, left the state alone to deal with the crisis. As always, the decisions that led to the failure of the Texas grid came down to money. Money that the wealthy pocketed at the expense of their constituents and consumer’s well-being. Unfortunately, this is not an anomaly in America, where a tiny percentage of wealthy control the vast majority of income and routinely make decisions to increase that wealth with no regard to the needs of the many or the well-being of the planet itself.
I’ve spent most of my adult life working with NYC’s neediest population, the last nine years exclusively with the homeless population. Every day I see hard-working men and women, many with multiple jobs who, after 16 hour days, have to go home to a shelter because the cost of living far outweighs the wages they are paid. All of this, while a tiny segment of society controls most of the wealth, ensures Congress continues to give them tax breaks, and live in luxury off their employees’ sweat. The COVID 19 pandemic is a perfect example. Big corporations got bailed out, Millionaires and Billionaires got wealthier, and most Americans were told here’s 600 dollars make that work. It is disgraceful, and America must address its income inequality issues and stop with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps; we’re not a socialist country mantra and recognize that no nation can prosper forever when the majority of its citizens are one paycheck away from disaster
The forgone concussion of Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial only goes to prove what I have said since he first rode down that escalator, He tapped into the hearts and minds of the people who saw America changing becoming more diverse, more inclusive and they felt America was being taken from them. They felt so strongly about it being “our” America not “their” America that they rallied behind the man they felt would be their last line of defense in a way they never have anyone else. The rest of the GOP saw this and knowing that alienating his base would cost them politically and being the spineless cowards with no morals or principles they are they went along with it. Now they are so connected to it they know they can’t get out they know that for for all intensive purposes they are Trump and a vote against Trump is a vote against themselves.