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More Fighter Jets?

Donald Trump in canceling his Ill advised military parade tweeted the following

The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!

Really?
More fighter jets???
What a child he is!!

How about funding the homeless vet population. Which went up for the first time in 7 years.

Whose responsibility is that Donald?

NFL players take a knee to protest social injustice and Trump call it unpatriotic and disrespectful to the country’s vets.  He does this for political reasons ignoring or not really caring about the real reason for the protest while at the same time pretending to actually care about our country’s veterans.  But you can’t hide your true feelings as your actions betray you. We’ve all seen the horrible statements he has made regarding John McCain’s POW stint and his disrespect to Gold Star families.

Veterans are living on the streets and he wants more fighter jets. Not really for matters of national security mind you but more so to feed his oversized ego.   Who’s really the unpatriotic one? Who’s truly disrespectful to veterans.

DISGRACEFUL!

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Incompetence, apathy and a reliance on an unhealthy Ego is no way to run a country

It is far easier to hide behind lies and cry that you are being targeted by fake news then it is to actually roll up your sleeves immerse yourself in the job and require the knowledge needed to govern correctly. It is your unhealthy belief in yourself and unrealistic understanding of your abilities that fuels a confidence within you that is more accurately described as delusional arrogance where you have consciously separated yourself the real world and live inside now in your own fantasy.

Your lack of knowledge and your inability to receive and accept feedback from outside sources coupled with your blatant disrespect for cultures, races, ethnic groups, religious groups, genders and anything that is outside of what you are should disqualify you from the prominent seat you hold today. Because you cannot govern, reach, motivate, or lead the people in a country as diverse as America if you can’t relate to their need.

Your need to continually lash out at a press that holds you, your words and your actions accountable rather than hear what consequences your actions or lack of action has wrought is unconscionable at best and un-American at worst. Individuals as far back as the founding fathers understood this when they saw to it the press be protected. Simply put they understood that when we allow any individual to purposely undermine the integrity of the press in order to bolster their own agenda we risk losing our democracy to the hands of tyranny.

We as Americans have a right to expect more. We have turned into a country of opposites one to the right the other to the left. Neither side willing to listen to the other. Cable news to great profit exploiting this and dictating our thinking for us. Each side more concerned with winning then doing what is right to protect the soul of this country. Each side willing to turn a blind eye to incompetence and even some of core beliefs. Willing to accept and make excuses for lies told to them that directly impacts their daily lives if the person lying carries a (R) or a (D) after their name. But we as Americans can stop this self-destructive behavior and remember it is not the politicians who were meant to govern this country it is the will of the people and the people are more complicated than a letter after someone’s name. The people face real issues and need real leaders with real answers working together to solve those issues. No vote in congress should ever come back with one side voting unanimously one way and the other side the other. That is not governing to ensure the best for the country. That is governing to ensure your side wins no matter the consequences. We as Americans must no longer turn a blind eye to incompetence and apathy. We can no longer allow the ego of one man destroy the reputation of this country as a world leader. We as Americans can not afford to support failure just to proclaim “our” side won because our blind support for anyone almost ensures the majority of us will lose.

 

Changing the narrative yet again

The narrative has been lost. It was never about the flag or patriotism it was about social injustice and police brutality. But the fact is that topic makes people uncomfortable and no one likes to be uncomfortable, they rather close their eyes or change the narrative then confront the ugly truth and look for ways to improve it. But since our current President has decided to change the narrative, because social injustice is an issue he appears to be squarely on the wrong side of the debate on, and make this about patriotism I thought I remind him of the words of James Baldwin. If he can somehow grasp the meaning of Baldwin’s words then maybe he will understand what it really means to be a patriot.

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You do not get to

Its clear you live in a bubble when you look at an athlete especially one of color kneeling for the national anthem and you see a protest against the flag. Because it’s obvious to anyone who has a sense of history that it’s not a protest against the flag it’s a protest against the way the country the flag represents treats people of color and if you believe that people of color are treated with the same set of rules as white people you simply refuse to acknowledge the reality of this country’s history.

You do not get to invoke the bravery of the service people of this country when you found away to avoid service when you were called to “represent the flag”.

You do not get to invoke respect for our service people when you decide that service people willing to serve this country who are transgender are not worthy of wearing the uniform simply because they are transgender.

You do not get to forget the service people of this country who fought for freedom under this flag in a world war who upon their return home were told to get to the back of the train so white German POW could ride in the front. I’m sure those heroic service people of color still respected the flag they fought for but questioned the motives of the country that flag represented.

You do not get to call out anyone, regardless of their current income, who are willing to stand up against abuse they, people of their family or people of their community have been subject to when you can not truly understand their feelings on the subject because you nor anyone in your family have ever been or never will be subject to the same type of treatment.

You do not get to hide behind your twitter denials, your claims that fake news is looking to destroy you when It has become apparent who you are and who you are speaking to when you speak with such passion about this topic especially when looked at in contrast to your muted tone when talking about white supremacist who marched through Charlottesville chanting racist slogans and carrying tiki torches in an attempt to mimic iconic images of fear from years past. It is clear you are not speaking of just athletes but rather you saying to your base look at these uppity niggers how dare they.  You are with me right. Remember when we used to just put them in their place and not have to deal with this? I do and yes like you I long for those days. Days when America was great.

Fortunately you do not get to stain our country forever. You have faked your way to the top. You have awaken the dwindling number of Americans who still think as you do. But you also continue to unite the majority of us who reject the pass sins of this country. You continue to show the world that despite America’s temporary lapse in judgement which gave you your platform you currently have the majority of us reject your beliefs. Your time is short, you are not a king, you are not a dictator, you will soon be a footnote in our history a cautionary tale for our future.

We shall overcome

 

Why do they continue to support him

If you want to understand what Trump and his rich cronies are really about. It’s their bank accounts by the way.

If you want to understand how they can get so many people to vote against their own economic well being just remember a quote from former President Lyndon Johnson

“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.

Trump has tapped into that feeling among whites who feel this country is their country and it’s being taken away from them. Do not be mistaken that the rise of Trump came after eight years in which a man of color sat in the Oval Office.

Even yesterday when he briefly ceded to public pressure and called out the Neo Nazis and KKK what got lost in the mix was his statement that he was seriously considering pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court late July for continuing racial profiling practices. It was his wink wink to his base that he still has their back. Come on you knew what Make America Great Again really meant didn’t you.

As the Denver Post reported to many Trump supporters who look around at their communities and see poverty, addiction and lack of economic opportunity, the claims about things such as affirmative action and the smorgasbord of government benefits supposedly available only to minorities are enormously compelling….What’s holding you back, is those people and the special favors they get.

So no matter what he say or does, if it’s in their best interest or not, the harden Trump supporter will always have his back because they believe he has theirs in the battle to keep this country away from those who they believe are not their equal or who even belong here in the first place and that my friends is what has this great melting pot of a country on the verge of boiling over.

The War on Civil Rights has already begun

I was having a discussion with a friend today about the escalating war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. I told him while interested I take it, like most of what is coming out of Washington these days, as fodder for my amusement more than anything else. Now don’t get me wrong I fully understand the angst the citizens of a country like South Korea might be experiencing, though if you were to believe some news stories having lived with the constant threat of Kim Jong Un they don’t take much of what he says seriously at all and of course any threat of launching nuclear weapons whether that threat comes from a mad man with a bad hair cut or a mad man with bad skin color is nothing to laugh at. But the reality is that this threat of a nuclear conflict between the US and North Korea seems to be nothing but white noise as to fill out your 24 hour cable news feed than reality.

The reality is Trump won’t call for a strike and neither will Kim Jong Un, crazy as they both appear to be. Because as Business Insider pointed out both men will get acceptable outcomes without firing a shot. As Business Insider documented this week what North Korea wants is regime security and national power for its propaganda machines to celebrate. North Korea has maintained a formidable concentration of artillery pointed at the 26 million or so residents of Seoul, South Korea for decades, and it’s deterred the US and provided the security they seek.
The US’s real goal is to bolster South Korean defenses and act like a tripwire force to make sure the North never invades the South.

The final resting point of the North Korean conflict is a fully nuclear capable Kim regime being deterred by superior US power. Just like Russia and China are deterred from attacking the US despite differences.

So while any threat of nuclear war should not be taken lightly this dust up between Trump and Kim Jong Un remains more amusement for me like watching two overgrown boys trying to convince the other they have the bigger penis without actually having to pull it out and show it, than a real threat to America or South Korea.

What I am concerned about is something that I wish was only fodder for my amusement and that is the very real dismantling of civil rights going on right now in a country that has a proven history of suppressing civil rights. As Democracy Now stated in their August 10th interview with Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice in the Obama administration. In the last six months under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department has reinstituted the use of private prisons, reignited the so-called war on drugs and indicated it will no longer address systemic police abuses. The department has also obstructed the enforcement of federal voting rights laws and, just this week, sided with Ohio’s voter purge program. And it has defended President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and supported Trump’s attacks on sanctuary cities. Most recently, The New York Times reported the Justice Department is now laying the groundwork to undermine affirmative action policies.

Looking at this through the eyes of a man of color this attempted systematic deconstruction of civil right protections, protections that were fought for and won in many cases through the loss of life, Is a painful reminder that while we have come a long way as a country we have so much further to go.

Now let’s get on the same page before you read any further while an unabashed liberal I am not a liberal who believes that all of the issues that confront people of color in this country have been foisted upon them by the “man” nor am I of the belief that the only way for us to overcome is by waiting for the “man” to save us through entitlements. Rather I am more a disciple of Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) who said

“If the negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.”

But it would be naive of myself or anyone to think that through the imposition of systems of racism and discrimination, centuries long many of them, systems that the adoption of many civil right laws were meant to address, people of color did not play with and have not continued to have to play  with a significantly inferior hand. A hand that has resulted in generation after generation falling behind both economically and educationally. The resulting subset of problems from emotional inferiority complex to broken marriages to families torn apart has left a indelible scar on the heart of the African-American experience in America. One so pronounced that centuries from now it would not be surprising to see universities offer courses on how the African American not only survived, but went on to thrive in America. But I digress, it would also be naive to believe that without the protections afforded us by the Department of Justice that the abuses seen on the local level as it relates to police brutality, hate crimes, voter suppression and housing discrimination to name just a few would not be more wide spread. Yet here we are in the 21st century with a Department of Justice that appears to not only not want to continue to move forward in the areas of civil rights but is actively taking steps to turn the clock back.

So here we are, facing a crossroads that to be honest many of us felt we would never have to face or for some of us face again. This Administration’s focus on making America great again is a focus on but a small slice of Americana, at the exclusion of many people based on color, gender, religion and sexual orientation. People that have always been here, people who were just a vital as making America great in the first place. As we stare at this crossroad we can choose to take the road of outrage without a voice and by that i mean not voting with our ballots or with our wallets or we can walk the road of meaningful outrage. We can let our politicians on the Federal, State and local level know we will not be pushed aside again, we will not let the hands of time be turned back on us. We remember the blood that was spilled to ensure we are given what is rightfully ours, a fair and equitable way the same way no different than afforded others before us. Make them remember that we will be there at the next election and our voices will count. Let their corporate donors remember we have a choice on where to spend our dollars.

Nuclear war may not be at hand but the war on civil rights has already begun we can not chuckle at that, it’s not being fought for our amusement it is being fought for the soul of America and its time we take notice and begin to fight back.

 

 

 

 

 

The Morning After

According to exit polls 61% who voted said that Trump was unqualified yet they voted for him. The KKK and other hate groups endorsed him for President yet they voted for him. He promised to ban an entire group from entering the country based on their religious beliefs yet they voted for him. They chanted USA during his acceptance speech and anyone who knows this country knows what the underlying meaning to that chant in that venue at that moment was meant to say.

America has spoken it has spoken loud and clear. We had 8 straight years of economic growth after an economic collapse at the end of Bush’s presidency. We had 8 years of progressive social growth from the affordable care act to gay marriage but it was accomplished under a man with a progressive agenda, it was achieved under a man of color so it was not deemed an achievement it was in fact deemed a failure an attack on true American values.

Then last night we sat in disbelief. How could this be happening? The polls all had it the other way. Then it dawned on us we were watching the Bradley effect at play. The Bradley effect is a theory concerning observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some United States government elections where a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. The theory proposes that some voters who intend to vote for the white candidate would nonetheless tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for the non-white candidate. It was named after Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor’s race despite being ahead in voter polls going into the elections. Hilary was not a non white candidate but she wasn’t promising to “make America great again” with rhetoric that shouted and by America great I mean let’s take “our” country back.

But nevertheless the country has spoken and Donald Trump is the President elect we must now move forward in a positive fashion and do everything we can, within the boundaries of the political process, to hold on to the progressive gains that we have made through the years and minimize the damage that is sure to come. We must double down on voter registration, we must mobilize in the communities with an eye toward the mid term elections, we must hold our Senators and congresspersons accountable to the highest levels. We may be disappointed by the outcome but we must abide by the voice of the people, peacefully transfer power to President Elect Trump and prepare for the next political battle.