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Hate Will Destroy Us All

COVID-19 is ravaging the nation with close to 200,000 lives lost and countless more impacted with its long-term after-effects.

Unemployment is devastating individuals economically, with close to 30 million Americans relying on unemployment benefits.

Hunger is overwhelming families with food security affecting over 37 million U.S. households.

Homelessness is impacting our most vulnerable with1.5 million students classified by the U.S. Department of Education as homeless because of unstable living situations. 

Now more than ever, we should be banning together under the banner of brotherhood, elevating the things that bind us together, cherishing our values, helping others, and holding each one close. 

Sadly, in these turbulent times, our current leadership chooses to ramp up the message of hate, devaluing the lives of people of color, setting a tone of callousness and division.  A tone that will never allow us to band together to nurture this nation back to health. 

As our country slowly dies in front of their eyes, those who embrace racism have just one thought, hate. It is all that has ever mattered to them since they raided our land, tore us from our families, herded us together like cattle, and sold us as slaves.  And their hatred only grows as our demands to live our lives in equality and dignity grows.  As Mr. Spock would say, it does not make sense to expect sense from such a mentality is not logical.

DO NOT BE COWERED INTO SILENCE

The lust for power, greed and corruption has been an intrinsic characteristic of human behavior since seemingly the beginning of our time as has been the need for certain groups to believe they are superior to other groups.  America is no different, and while most of us make the conscious decision not to embrace these traits there is a vocal segment among us who do.  This segment not only is vocal in their belief that they are above the law and are superior to the rest of us, especially people of color, they endeavor to silence us.

What we as a people must remember is that it is our moral responsibility to foster an atmosphere that strengthen 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.

One would imagine for a society as enlighten as we imagine ourselves to be that this is would be an easy task, but alas it is not.  As individuals in power persuade, using fear and ignorance, a certain subset of society. That play on their imagined fear that anyone who doesn’t look or think like them is a threat and only they can protect them. They use their group association to convince even those who believe themselves to be free of this type of thinking that any criticism against the bad seeds among them is a criticism on them as group.

They have an aura of charisma about them that enables them to manipulate some in the media into spreading their message of prejudice and fears so that when confronted with the truth many will dismiss the evidence believing it to be an implausible degree of corruption with by an individual they have been conditioned to respect.

It is fair to question the motive of the individuals who promote this narrative. It is apparent when one examines their talking points more closely that they are not concerned with the good of society but rather simply in increasing their power, wealth and promoting their agenda of racism and hate.

We must not allow their noise to cower us into silence.

We must remain vigilant and continue to point out with the loudest voice their hate, racism and corruption at every turn and demand justice.

If we do not, if we allow ourselves to be cowered into, we do we doom society.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote as much:

“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

Ignorance leads to Hatred, Hatred leads to Division

On September 4, 2020 President Donald Trump directed federal agencies Friday to end diversity training programs, calling them “Divisive, anti-American propaganda a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.” This decision comes amid a nationwide reckoning on racial injustice that Trump has adamantly opposed.

There is a reason Trump disparages those who would educate America on issues of racial injustice. Why he looks to paint those who do so as radical left wing unamerican extremist. It is so he can easily mislead a segment of American society, to continue to tap into their ignorance and hate, to ensure that his lying and use of misinformation is seen as truth.

Because Trump knows that:

Misinformation leads to ignorance

Ignorance leads to fear

Fear leads to isolation

Isolation leads to mistrust

Mistrust leads to intolerance

Intolerance leads to hate

Hate leads to division

And division ensures we that we as Americans never band together as one but continue to fight each other over the crumbs he and his kind continue to toss us. It is to ensure we remain victims to ensure their way of life.

Matthew 12:25 New King James Version

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. –

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.

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 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.

Trump’s Weaponization of God and The Bible

The GOP is at it again led by the biggest, phoniest, Christian of them all Donald Trump. To be honest I’m personally offended by their weaponization of God and the Bible. As a man of faith who is on a spiritual road, with still so much to learn, their promotion of hatred toward your fellow man under the guise of Christianity is nauseating  The Bible prophesied this deception, in what Trump once claimed is his favorite Bible verse

2 Corinthians 11:14-15

14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

It also prophesied how easy it would be for him to attract followers to the bigotry, racism, and numerous other evils he spews forth without them questioning it

2 Timothy 4:3-4

3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

His gives true Christians a bad name, and we want everyone to know that Trump and his supporters do not speak for true Christian or to paraphrase Kevin Bacon’s character in A few Good men:

Don’t you dare lump me in with Trump, Pence, and their supporters just because they claim to worship the same God.