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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.”

America has no Face – America has many Faces

America has no face.

America has many faces.

How refreshing it was to watch the democratic debate on CNN last night and see so many of faces. White, Black, Latino and Asian; Men and Women; Straight and Gay; Young and Old, Progressives and Moderates.  All vying to be the democratic nominee for President.  Now you can agree or disagree with their politics, but you can’t deny that almost everyone in America could look at that stage and see someone they could personally identify with and that’s what makes America great. We are a country of many different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, sexualities, economic levels and social beliefs, an incredible mosaic woven together to form very fabric of America.  It was the founding fathers who imagined this America when declaring independence from British rule proudly stating:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

At the time it was more of an ideal than something that was practiced, there was still the little issues of slavery and displacing Native Americans from their home land, but it was an ideal never the less of what America could and should be. Today there are still those among us who would have you believe America was at its greatest when segregation was the rule of day, when opportunities for women in the workplace were far and few between, when being gay was meet with societal shame.  That America is no more.  America is changing, some may think not fast-enough, but it is changing. Evolving beyond its past prejudices. We are now the majority, we are the coalition of the righteous. It is why I believe you see individuals who turn a blind eye to alleged corruption by our current President and cling to his mantra of hate and division and a time when as a Americans we were less enlightened time fighting so hard now.  They are afraid of the new America, unwilling to open themselves up to anyone or anything that is different from themselves and what they believe to be right. This is their last stand and they know it, but it is to late momentum is against them, the new America is here, and it is many faces coming together to form one voice and shout:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

It is after all the ideal that America was founded on.

Morpheus and Neo Talk American Democracy

Morpheus: This is our country, everyone treated the same regardless of the color of their skin, gender, ethnic make-up, or religious belief. Individuals are judged purely on the content of their character. Everyone has health care and parents send their children to school unafraid they may be the victim of a mass shooting. There is no social or racial injustice.  People walk down the street unafraid that they may be wrongfully targeted simply because of the color of their skin.  Everyone is afforded the same opportunities regardless of their social, ethnic or economic background.  It seems too perfect doesn’t it Neo? You know something is not right don’t you Neo? You can feel it

Neo: We’re living an illusion?

Morpheus: Yes!

Neo: But why?

Morpheus: Is it so hard really to believe? Our democracy was designed to be one where the power comes from the people not a ruler or group of powerful individuals who would do whatever they want. It was founded on the belief that these truths are self evident 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.  Yet that has always been an illusion hasn’t it.

Neo: Are you saying our democracy has never been real?

Morpheus: What is real. How do you define real? If you’re talking about the people being the source of power or that all men are created equal, then real is simply a bunch of words written on a piece of paper. That America only exists in a series of oft cited but rarely enacted words. A constitution to be held up to the rest of the world as a symbol of the moral high ground we supposedly occupy. That America doesn’t exist if you believe it does…Well you’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.

This is the country as it really exists today. Racism and bigotry are still alive and well, the pursuit of happiness for many impeded by economic and social injustice roadblocks. The few controlling the narrative and dictating policy so as to maintain their power, enrich their bank accounts. Millions of citizens living in poverty and millions more without health insurance. Children forced to go to bed hungry, funding for education constantly under siege…. Welcome to the Desert of the Real Neo. Having seen all of this I have come to realize the obviousness of the truth. Control. Democracy today is control an illusion propagated by those in power to keep the masses under control.

Neo: No. I don’t believe it. It’s not possible.

Morpheus: I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.

We The People

Captain Kirk once said: 

Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We the People was not written for the chiefs or the kings or the warriors or the rich and powerful, but for all the people! …They must apply to everyone or they mean nothing

Donald Trump cannot comprehend that. He wrongly believed it applies only to whitemen in MAGA hats. As Americans how can weask someone who is sworn to uphold the Constitution to do so when regrettably they do not appear to have the capacity to grasp the meaning of its first three words. 

WE THE PEOPLE

It’s not injustice until it happens to me

Wow can’t believe some people still don’t get the kneeling during the National Anthem protest. That they still allow themselves to be bamboozled by those who have hi-jacked the real reason for the protest and turned it into a protest against America. Hi-jacked it because it is uncomfortable to address the social and racial inequalities this country still has. Their desire for us to remain quiet on the issue is misplaced as E.A. Bucchianeri states 

“It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”

For us to do nothing may make their life simpler and more comfortable. Harkening back to a time when “America was Great” and minorities and females knew their place. But trust me we love America as well, maybe more so than they do because after everything America has thrust upon us we are still here fighting to make it a better place.  Doing nothing will most certainly net us nothing. Doing nothing will not force this country to take on the issues that prevent it from being the idea on which it was founded. The idea that all men are created equal and is what is more patriotic than that. As James Baldwin said: Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

For many that have twisted and contorted the real idea behind the flag protests I can only assume the only time they think about injustice is when it happens to them or to paraphrase N.K. Jemisin they never had to fight for the respect that everyone else is given without question.  It easy to wrap yourself in the red, white and blue and scream to the world you are a patriot. It is however difficult to fight for what is true idea of America. 

So while they will continue to scream USA USA at those individuals brave enough to stand up in public to inequality and call them unpatriotic. Remember they are likely doing this as they stand on line for their hot dog and a beer during the National Anthem. 

The Poor People’s Campaign – A 50 year old idea whose time has come

In December 1967, Rev. Dr. King announced the plan to bring together poor people from across the country for a new march on Washington. This march was to demand better jobs, better homes, better education—better lives than the ones they were living. Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy explained that the intention of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 was to “dramatize the plight of America’s poor of all races and make very clear that they are sick and tired of waiting for a better life.”

In April 2019 we are still dealing with many of the same issues that Dr. King addressed with his Poor People’s Campaign. If anything the gap between the haves and the have nots has widened not shrunk. Income disparities have become so pronounced that America’s top 10 percent now average more than nine times as much income as the bottom 90 percent. Americans in the top 1 percent tower stunningly higher. They average over 39 times more income than the bottom 90 percent. But that gap pales in comparison to the divide between the nation’s top 0.1 percent and everyone else. Americans at this lofty level are taking in over 188 times the income of the bottom 90 percent.

Between 1979 and 2007, paycheck income for those in the richest 1 percent and 0.1 percent exploded. The wage and salary income for these elite groups dipped after the 2008 financial crisis but have nearly regained their pre-crisis value. Meanwhile, the bottom 90 percent of earners have seen little change in their average income, with just a 22 percent increase from 1979 to 2017

Medical bills were the biggest cause of U.S. bankruptcies. A new study from academic researchers found that 66.5 percent of all bankruptcies were tied to medical issues —either because of high costs for care or time out of work. An estimated 530,000 families turn to bankruptcy each year because of medical issues and bills, the research found.

Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson articulated that: 

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

Today our President uses devise speech to tap into fears and subconscious racism embedded in each of us to keep the “every-person” divided rather than united. 

A popular saying for many in the Trump base is that we’re losing our America.  But the truth is it was never, for the vast majority of them anyway, “their” America. The America they claim they are losing was and has always the America of the rich white man.  Access to the best schools and quality health care. The ability to “legally” manipulate the tax system to shelter money from the ever increasing taxes you and I pay. Consistently looking to increase their bottom lines at the expense of the average American. 

Now let’s be clear here and not misunderstand what I am saying.  I’m not saying that every wealthy white man acts this way or that they are inherently evil or solely responsible for many of the ills that the average working American, regardless of color or gender, faces on an everyday basis. What I am saying however is that there is a select few who have always had the money and the power to control the narrative. To keep the masses at each other throats, pointing accusatory fingers at each other and fighting for the scraps thrown their way. 

It is amazing how often the poorest of the poor will vote against their self interest because they have been led to believe it is in their best interest to ensure the well being of the wealthy. Ensure their well being because after all one day they will drink from that same prosperous cup. That is as long as (insert race, gender or religious identity) doesn’t take what is rightfully theirs.  The concept that they are more like that person they have been conditioned to believe is threatening them then they will ever be to the wealthy who promote the narrative is seemingly foreign to them. 

But the truth is Dr. King had it right in 1967 and  if he would have lived to see his campaign through he would have been seen as more of a threat to the “establishment’s” way of life than anything he accomplished during the civil rights movement.  Simply put there is power in numbers, there is power in unity and if the majority of Americans put aside their hatred of each other, embraced their similarities and united in the fight against inequality there is no telling what this country could accomplish. Imagine a country with affordable and quality health care and education for all. Wage equality and a tax system that treated the 99% the same as the 1% and maybe as a byproduct of coming together to fight the inequalities we all face we’ll gain better understanding of each other. Now that’s a dream worth fighting for. 

The State of Government Today…All I Want To Say Is They Don’t Really Care About Us

Sang to the tune of Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Really Care About Us. 

The state of the government today

Republican, Democrat
Everybody gone bad
Build a wall, Shut Down
Everybody dragged down
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us

CNN, FOX NEWS
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, democracy shot dead
Government gone mad
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us

I vote every election
Pay my taxes on time
Now I am the victim of government stupidity

Corporations and special interest own them
I’m invisible because they ignore me
Tell me what’s become of my country?
If only Roosevelt was livin’
if only Martin Luther was livin’
They wouldn’t let this be, no, no

All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us