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America is not a country – America is a concept

America is not a country.

America is a concept.

A concept based on the founding fathers’ words in the Declaration of Independence, the document that announces America’s creation. Words that America did not live up to at that time, words that America has fought to live up to ever since, but words in which America was created:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

America is the largest and the world’s only real “melting pot,” A society whose success is defined by immigrants’ contributions from all over sharing thoughts and ideas to create one new culture. It is written in the United States’ very seal, E pluribus unum – “From many, one.”

Sadly, at the very time, America is becoming increasingly diverse; it is becoming more polarized. The concept on which it was founded, the concept that allowed it to become the world’s leading nation, is slowly being forgotten by many of its citizens.  Just as the founding fathers spent four long months debating with each other, listening to each other’s points of view, and coming to compromises that benefited the collective in a real democracy, the citizens must listen to and understand one another. They cannot hope to sustain their democracy by merely pursuing their interests;  They must be willing to make concessions in the hope of finding common ground for the good of America as a whole. 

Online decision-making platform Cloverpop found a direct link between workplace diversity and decision-making.  When diverse teams made a business decision, they outperformed individual decision-makers up to 87% of the time.  When employees with different backgrounds and perspectives come together, they develop more solutions, which leads to more informed and improved decision-making processes and results.  Whether some accept it or not, this is the hallmark of America.  It is what makes America stand out. America is not a specific racial or ethnic identity or religious belief.  America is differing groups with varying moral and religious outlooks, coming together to embrace America’s concept. It is in their diversity that America exists.

In the last four years, we have seen America led by a President who promoted division and hatred.  Stroked fears and tacitly promoted the idea that for a particular segment, they were losing their America.  Ironically it was the person he defeated to become President who truly understood what makes America great when she said:

What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.

Secretary Clinton understood that no one group could claim America, and therefore no one group can lose America. America is what it is because it is a beautiful mosaic, and while we may not always see eye to eye, that is fine.  We may have differences, that too is fine.  As Surak, the most influential philosopher in the history of the planet Vulcan, remarked:

I am pleased to see that we have differences.  May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.

Rejoice Today – Get Back to Work Tomorrow

Let us celebrate!
Let us rejoice!
Let us revel in this moment!
But
Let us not rest!
Let us not believe the battle is over!

The wicked witch is dead, but sadly we have not brought back values to Washington as most of his enablers have been rewarded with re-election. They are already talking about putting roadblocks in Biden’s way.

In the House, they picked up seats, and at the State level, they picked up Governor houses, ensuring attacks on people of color, the LGBT community, Women’s rights, and the poor will continue.

Trump and McConnell have ensured the courts are stacked against real progress for decades.

Let’s be clear Tuesday was a very good night for Republicans. Yes, we got rid of the face of stupidity, but the heart still beats strong.

We must not rest!
We must continue to rise as one!
We must continue to make our voices heard!
We must drown out the hatred in the heart of 67 million Americans who voted for Trump!
We must continue to demand change!
We must ensure America provides liberty and justice for all!

We are the Coalition of The Righteous, and we will are just starting.

REALITY CHECK!

REALITY CHECK!
 
Many believe a Biden victory will set America straight. IT WON’T!
 
Even if Trump is defeated on November 3rd, let us remember it is not the end, but it is just the start of winning true equality in this country.
 
This country’s systematic racism, bigotry, and greed are rooted at the local level and will continue to burn brightly in many who will still be in power. With Trump out of power, it may actually be easier for them as the spotlight won’t shine so brightly on them, and they will do as they have for done 400 years in the protection of the shadows, marginalize black and brown people, LGBT groups, women, the poor, etc.
 
No matter what happens on November 3rd, we must stay vigilant. We must continue to make our voices heard. We must continue to fight until all people in America are truly equal.

Empathy where none was given

So I’ve tuned into FOX today and saw how incredulous they were that not everyone was showing empathy to Trump.
 
Let’s be clear. I hope Trump recovers from this horrible virus. Still, this is a man who has spent his entire life mocking people and showing a lack of empathy for anyone or anything that does not benefit him, including the 200,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID. Now FOX and others on the right want everyone to forget all of that and light a candle for him.
 
HMMM? The fortunate thing is that many of us on this side of the aisle are willing to wish him well, even knowing that when he recovers, he will return to being the morally bankrupt human he has always been.
 
Those on the right should remember that it can be logically argued that empathy is not deserved for those who make the conscious decision to ignore the wrongdoings committed against segments of society and who look to mock the suffering of others for their personal own gain.  They do not deserve the sympathy, time, or resources of those who they have committed wrongdoings against when they are inevitably impacted by the same wrongs they chose to ignore.
 
Fortunately for them tough they will often find that those who have been wronged many time have the biggest of hearts and are willing to forgive; they put aside their differences and rush to help those who have turned a blind eye to their suffering.
 
Unfortunately, we also often find that when those who have been rescued feel safe again, they revert to the character that defines their flawed nature and once again mock and remain silent in the face of the injustices perpetrated on the very people who rescued them.
 
As Mr. Spock would say, it is not logical, but it is often true.

JUST ASKING

I’m praying for everyone’s recovery, like them or not they have families and I don’t wish this horrible virus on anyone but just wondering shouldn’t this administration be consistent. Remember when Trump tweeted this

“Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as example) and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help?” Trump tweeted. “I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?”

So I ask

“Why should the people and taxpayers of America pay the medical cost for the President, people in his administration and politicians who made consciously poor decisions to mislead Americans about the risks associated with COVID, refused to wear masks and socially distance, in all cases Republicans, when hundreds of thousands who were affected by COVID in one way or another are suffering financially are not being afforded real financial relief? I am open to being told why, but just asking?”

America’s financial system

America’s financial system as highlighted by the COVID 19 pandemic.

COVID 19 hits the economy Average American:
Loses job or has hours drastically cut. They fall behind on credit cards and rent. They ask the banks for a loan to get them through this tough time. The banks tell them their current income doesn’t qualify. They tell the banks their income is only down because of the pandemic. The banks tell them they were fiscally irresponsible; they should have been planning for a rainy day; this is why they’re a bad risk. They fall further behind on their credit cards, banks report it to credit bureaus, their credit is destroyed for several years.

COVID 19 hits the economy big business:
Immediately loses revenue because rather than using their profits from prior years to pay off debts and save for a rainy day, the big four airlines, for example, grew their combined liabilities to $166 billion, all while spending $39 billion on share repurchases to bid up their stock prices and enrich their executives. The government says no biggie here is a big bailout paid for by the taxpayers who are suffering financially due to this crisis. Big business asks, doesn’t it matter that we were fiscally irresponsible and didn’t maintain a low debt-to-equity ratio? Of course not says the government we will always be there for you.

The Greatest Trick Some Of The Wealthy Ever Pulled Off

The greatest trick some of the wealthy, powerful, and elite of the Republican Party ever pulled off was to convince many of the poor, powerless and ordinary members of their party they were one of them. But they aren’t, never have been, never will be. Let me break It down for you.

The powerful:
Will always be able to get a safe abortion for their wives or mistresses.
Will always have access to the best health care.
Would never let you move within 25 miles of them, have to watch those property taxes.
Would never let your son or daughter date their son or daughter, no poor white trash thank you.
Would never give up even one of their tax breaks so you could get a little more in your paycheck.
Would never admit that some of them are, in fact, those LGBT individuals you love to hate so much.

They’ve convinced you that you’re losing your America when it never was your America. It has always been their America and theirs alone, and they use you as pawns to make sure it stays that way.