Category Archives: Today’s Issues

Thoughts on issues in the world today

The game plan is transparent, tired and old.

Hey Trump your game plan is transparent,
tired and old.

You say Law and Order
You mean People of Color
are out of control but I’ll
put them back in their place.

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You say Protect our History & culture
You mean people of color want to
stop glorifying men  who fought
to maintain slavery.
Not on my watch.

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You say you didn’t hear them yell white power.
You mean of course I heard them say
white power. I was just confirming
to my base where I stand on the issue.

But you better look again.
Your base Is shrinking.
The Coalition of the Righteous is growing.

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We’re tired of you trying to divide us
based on ethnicity and skin color.

We’re not going to stop saying
BLACK LIVES MATTER

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We’re not going to stop demanding
meaningful police reform that roots out bad cops and ends police brutality.

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We’re not going anywhere but
come November you are.
Out of the White House because
we’re not going to give you
four more years to spread
your division and hate.

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White Power? It’s 2020 right and the President is promoting white power

My political views are no secret but this is not political this is deeply personal

The President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

Let me say that again the President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

My United States of America!

The country my ancestors, despite being marginalized, terrorized and killed simply because of the color of their skin, have defended in war and without their contributions this country would not be nearly what it is today.

This should convince every person and I mean every single person of color to register and vote for Biden as well as any member of the GOP party who enable him and it’s now it’s at the point if you’re not a person of color and you tell me you support him or you remain silent on the issue I have to assume you too are racist.

Too many people of color have suffered
Too many people of color have been unjustly treated
Too many people of color have been terrorized and KILLED by people screaming those same words!

SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION!

Looters and rioters are criminals masquerading as protesters

I have said the Derek Chauvins of the world are not police officers, they are murderers masquerading as police officers.

The same can be said about the looter and rioters, doing this for their own gain, they are not protestors they are criminals masquerading as protesters.

Media coverage, some outlets more than others, have focused more on these criminals as opposed to the legitimate protesters, a coalition of the righteous, who are engaging in legitimate acts civil disobedience all around the country.

Part of this is calculated, especially on some networks. Yes by focusing on the criminal acts it leads to higher ratings but it also says to certain groups watching – See this is why we must maintain control. Why we must dominate the streets. Look at what we will descend into if we don’t.

It changes the narrative from the root cause of the protests to that of the looting. This gives those who wish ignore the economic and social injustices that precipitated this unrest the cover they are looking for to do just that, ignore it.

It also provides them with the ammunition they crave to keep us as a people divided. To stop what they fear, the coming together of white, black and brown. The coalition of the righteous.

Progressive activist DaShanne Stokes once said:
“The more we’re thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible.”

The economic and social foundation of this society is built on the marginalization of and economic and social oppression of the poor in general and people of color specifically and it won’t be until America is made to comes to the realization that it seriously take on the problem of the systematic racism that has permeated this country for four hundred years it will always run the risk of exploding as it has this week.

Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible,

Target employee has arm broken for asking a customer to wear a mask

Supermarket workers physically assaulted for asking customers to wear a mask

Health care workers threatened and called communist for supporting the wearing of masks

State Governors receiving death threats for trying to protect their constituents with stay at home orders

To paraphrase the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible, ignorance and selfishness anywhere is a threat to intelligence and community everywhere

The character and conduct of a nation’s leaders

In many of the open America protest it is not unusual to see signs saying or paraphrasing the familiar refrain:

“Give  me liberty or give me death”

But what many in this country have forgotten is liberty is not something granted to us at birth. Nor is it something that is maintained without a willingness to acquire the knowledge required to see the true character of its leaders and to use that knowledge to hold them to a standard of accountability that is high, if not higher than they would hold themselves.

It is true that even when the people have a desire to inform and educate themselves on the issues that impact their daily lives, an individual of poor character thrust into a position of leadership who lacks integrity and accountability and whose vision is only the advancement of their own selfish agenda can through lies and misinformation blind the masses to the truth and in the process withhold the very liberty they seek to maintain  

Unfortunately America today has allowed the  polarization of our country along political lines to supersede the thirst for knowledge. It has become all too easy for many of America’s so called “leaders” to manipulate the masses. To have them bend to their will wrongly believing that these leaders act in their best interest.

The open America protest is one such example. Through a campaign of misinformation and lies leadership at the highest levels has convinced them that the very measures implemented to protect them, is in fact an infringement on their liberty. They use that belief to rally around the very leaders who perpetrate the misinformation to advance their own economic and political agendas.

The dangers of not acquiring the knowledge required to identify the character of one’s leaders is not a new concept. John Adams warned us of it in 1765 when he said;

liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in van, has given them understanding and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

We should heed his words for it would be foolhardy to believe the concept of America is forever. Lest we forget that the history of world shows our country is but a baby. One that will never get the chance to fully mature unless we cast aside our differences, stop allowing the few to manipulate the many and come to value knowledge needed to educate ourselves on those would be leaders of questionable character.

America’s weak link in our battle against the Coronavirus

In the  movie 300 King Leonidas explained the success of the Spartan army:

We fight as a single, impenetrable unit.  That is the source of our strength. Each Spartan protects the man to his left from thigh to neck with his shield.  A single weak spot and the phalanx shatters.

That is a lesson seemingly lost on many Americans today as we face adversity unlike anything we have seen, the Coronavirus.  Somehow we have managed to politicize a medical pandemic turning it into a political statement.  The decision by many governors to require the use of masks, a scientifically proven way of decreasing your chances even if you are asymptotic of infecting someone else, has become a symbol by many on the right as a sign of government overreach. Shelter in place orders have served as the impetus for groups of heavily armed individuals threatening lawmakers in actions that can only be described as terrorism. Doctors and nurses who are on the front lines saving lives stand in defiance to individuals protesting and refusing to wear masks or socially distance are called traitors. The majority of those protesting appear not to be doing so because they are in need of getting back to work, but because they have never known true oppression they have confused shelter in place orders, designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect American lives, with oppression.  When the reality is it is simply a matter of inconvenience to their daily routine such as going to the bar or getting their morning latte from Starbucks. They believe the sacrifice they are being asked to temporarily endure, for not only their good but the good of their fellow American, is a mission simply too difficult. This is the exact opposite of the United States Army 1st Infantry division, the oldest continuously serving the regular Army, whose motto is:

No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!

These individuals have no sense of sacrifice or duty they are America’s weak spot and it is because of them that our fight against this virus could shatter.

As troubling as that is more troubling is America’s lack of leadership in both government and business. Government officials and CEOs of big business fight each other to shout the loudest that America must reopen.  They do this without any concern about the safety of the people they tell to return to life as normal. No they do it in hope that it will bolster their re-election chances or increase their business’s profit and they do it without taking any risk themselves. I believe conservative economist Thomas Sowell, whose views I rarely agree with, said it best when he said:

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

What really is hard to imagine is that a country that envisions itself as the World’s leader and moral compass would allow itself to act in such a selfish manner. Where the lives of their fellow Americans matter less than their own selfish agendas. But here we are

How Could We Not See It Coming

The year is 2040 and in retrospect I wonder why we were all surprised at the fall of America. How could we have been? It had been in the making for the last 25 years.

As a people we turned a blind eye to our leader’s corruption, so there was no one to turn to when we inevitable became victims of that corruption.

As a people we let our leaders lie to us about any and everything, so there was no one to trust when we inevitable became victims of those lies.

As a people we cheered when our leader’s undermined our worldwide alliances claiming to put America first, big and bad we thoughtwe were, so there was no one willing to help us when we were in trouble.

As a people we embraced our leader’s rejection of the constitution, a document that had served us well for over 200 years, so there should have been no surprised when our government inevitably collapsed.

In retrospect how could we not have seen it coming.

Hi there Earth here

Hi there Earth here and I just wanted to remind you that I’ve been around 4.5 billion years. That’s a long time right? I was here when there was no oceans and no moon, and I have survived numerous asteroid impacts and ice ages. You on the other hand have been around only about 200,00 years and are nothing more than a child, infant really to me. Yet despite your youth I must admit you are the most intelligent species to ever set foot upon my surface.

Alas, your arrogance supersedes your intelligence. As your intelligence grows your respect for me lessens. You look at only what I can provide you with todayPicture4 with no regard as to what I may hold for your future. As a species you are more concerned with amassing wealth then doing what is right for my health.

I have tried to warn you sending you sign after sign that your actions are heating me up, polluting my oceans and air and destroying my forests, yet you refuse to listen. But that’s alright, because I am resilient, and I will adapt, and while me and my little brother, the moon, will continue to circle our pal the sun for billions of years to come. You unfortunately are not as resilient and will cease to exist. You will go the way of the dinosaur, who I was sad to see go as they had a much greater respect for me, and like that great species your demise will be a mystery for whoever or whatever takes your place.

It’s sad really you were so promising, but you were also too self-important and quite frankly not smart enough to heed my cries and soon it will be too late.

 

The White The Blue and The Red…The end of America as we knew it

We were too busy fighting among ourselves to notice what was happening. A nation divided where country took a back seat to party. Corruption carried out in plain sight and a blind eye turned to it in the name of party. Division and hate among racial, ethnic and religious lines became the mantra of the powerful and was used as a weapon to turn and divide us against each other. It was too easy, we were simply pawns to be moved around the board, and casually sacrificed when needed to protect the power and money of the elite

Blinded by their lust for greed and power, they didn’t see that while they were playing us they were being played. Outsiders used social media to control the narrative, then they used that narrative to corrupt our political system. Our leaders profited and gained power because of these actions and chose to look the other way. Individuals who tried to shine light on what was happening had their patriotism questioned, were branded as traitors and shouted down by the masses whose perception of reality had been manipulated through the false and misleading reporting from certain “news” networks and larger than life personalities. Networks and personalities that were all too happy to do so to ensure their ratings stayed high and their pockets remained fat.

At the same time our global influence began to erode. Russia became the leading voice in the Middle East. China and North Korea started to exert control of the whole of Asia.  Seizing on growing discontent in many South and Central American countries Russia and China used their economic resources to back revolutions that overthrew governments and installed governments friendly to them thus gaining a strategic advantage in the western hemisphere.

America and Europe were besieged by terrorist attacks launched from South America, the Middle East and Asia. Our ability to track down the organizations responsible had been extremely compromised. Sending troops into those regions would have spread us to thin and vulnerable to the Russian, China, North Korea alliance.  Oil production was disrupted, and our international trade was effectively halted leaving us reeling economically.  As our economy grew weaker and as we became more fearful of the next terror attack we did not bond together just the opposite we became more divided. Pointing fingers at each other and fighting over our dwindling resources.

It was amid such chaos that we could only stand by and watch as Russia rolled into Eastern Europe; China into India and Pakistan; North Korea into South Korea and Japan; each daring us to retaliate. The thought of a nuclear strike was floated but was never carried out with the understanding that was a line we could never come back from. A couple of years went by and our situation grew worst and then the inevitable happened, that day most of us feared but right up until it happened didn’t think was possible.  Russian troops invaded from the north through Alaska and Canada and from the south with the help of their new South and Central American allies. It was over in a blink of an eye, we barely put up a fight.  The day the red, white and blue was replaced up top the White House with the white, blue and red of the Russian flag is etched in the minds of those who were around to witness it and to this day it remains the darkest and saddest day in the history of the former United States of America.

Abraham Lincoln’s prophecy had come true “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”