Friday, July 19, 2019

Leading Us In Hate


Five years ago, African American male Eric Garner shouted, “I can’t breathe,” as a Caucasian New York police officer choked the life out of him with an illegal hold.  Although the incident was filmed via cellophane, no charges were brought against the officer for lack of evidence. 

In 2009, an African American Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested for attempted burglary outside his own home by a white police Sargent.

Racism is nothing new.  President Donald J. Trump didn’t invent it.  However, his leadership has legitimized racism, bringing it from the shadows into the light.  What was once something to be hidden and ashamed of has become an undeniable official policy. 

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In a speech regarding the riots in Charlottesville Trump said there were, “very fine people on both sides.”  One of those sides was a group of Nazis chanting, “Jews will not replace us.”  Americans don’t agree on much, but can we at least agree that NAZIS ARE THE BAD GUYS!?!?  Can we make that leap together?  By linking both sides morally, Trump legitimized the Nazi’s racist point of view. 

From seeds such as the above statement, a truly frightening forest has enveloped the country. Our government is imprisoning thousands off immigrant men, women, and children who’s only crime was seeking asylum from oppression and violence.

According to The Atlantic, one camp in El Paso, Texas, designed to house 125 people, is housing 900 freedom seekers in standing room only conditions.  Among the inhumane conditions being reported are;

  • extreme cold temperatures
  • lights on 24 hours a day
  • no adequate access to medical care
  • no access to showers or soap for basic sanitation
  • dark foul-smelling water
  • and inadequate food.
Meanwhile, our president, via Twitter, sent an invitation to four Democratic congresswomen of color to just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."  Three of the congresswomen were born in the United States of America.

Like I said, Donald Trump didn’t invent racism.  He didn’t import it from somewhere else.  The embers have always sizzled on our shores.  President Trump has merely breathed upon those embers and ignited a blaze of hate across our country. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Constitution Under Attack

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Our constitution is under attack.  No bullets have been fired.  No bombs have been detonated.  No soldiers have landed on our shores.  The assault on our values and freedoms has come from our own leaders.

Over the past few years, 14 states (Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin) have passed laws to make it more difficult for minorities to vote.   

This month laws will go into effect in Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, and Tennessee which will severely curtail, if not eliminate, a woman’s ability to obtain a safe legal abortion.

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As I write this, President Trump is trying to find ways to circumvent a ruling by the Supreme Court’s ruling, regarding a citizenship question on the census, because he doesn't like their decision.

The constitution was intended to be a collection of principals which would define us as a nation.  Instead, it’s become something our morally bankrupt leaders try to work around, if not outright ignore.  Constitution aside, the rule of law itself is treated as a minor inconvenience by this White House, which routinely ignores subpoenas and pressures would-be congressional witnesses not to rat.

Our country was meant to be a nation free from monarchical rule, governed by principals rather than personalities.  Yet, when those sworn to uphold the law and constitution act contrary to those very precepts, the foundational document of the United States of America is reduced to a meaningless collection of words on a page.  

Friday, June 14, 2019

Separating The Democratic Wheat From The Chaff

The line-ups for the first debates of candidates for the Democratic presidential nominee have been set.

Honestly, I’m somewhat disappointed by the way it turned out.  By my way of thinking, Biden, Sanders, and Warren are the three clear front runners with Buttigieg and O’Rourke bringing up the rear as possible, if unlikely, dark horses.

Don’t misunderstand, I'm impressed with Swalwell’s poise and Inslee’s dedication to climate protection.
 Realistically though, I give them as much of a chance of securing the nomination as Yang, the guy who wants the federal government to pay American tax payers $1,000.00 a month to live here.

I’d much rather see the top five, or at least the top three, battle it out on the same night.  Such a schedule would allow voters to make direct comparisons between the top candidates.  Sure not as many viewers would watch the second debate, but if it helps the electorate make an informed choice, then so be it.

I'm all for participatory government.  However, the Democratic Party’s number goal needs to be finding someone with the best chance of defeating Trump in 2020, rather than making sure every kid gets a turn at bat.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

President On Strike

According to reporting by MSNBC, "during a highly unusual appearance in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he would not work with congressional Democrats as long as they persist in investigating him."

Apparently, he’d just stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer regarding infrastructure legislation and called an impromptu quasi press conference in the Rose Garden.  Of course, the “impromptu” nature of the hissy fit is somewhat suspect given the fact that his podium was decked with finished posters which displayed statistics supporting his assertion that the investigations have been wastes of time and money.

President Donald Trump claims he was motivated to make the speech after Pelosi and Schumer ambushed him by bringing up the topic of impeachment during the meeting.  Yet, it seems more than a little coincidental that his rant came on the heels of him having two significant court rulings turn against him.

A federal judge in New York ruled that the president could not block a congressional subpoena compelling Deutsche Bank to turn over their records regarding their business dealings with Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Washington ruled that the House Oversight and Reform Committee has the legal authority to subpoena President Trump’s financial records, dating back to 2011, from his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.

In addition to the court rulings, The Washington Post obtained an internal IRS memo contradicting Secretary Munchin’s claim that Congress doesn't have the right to subpoena President Trump's tax returns.

In a nutshell, Donald didn't like where the strike zone was being called, so he took his ball and went home.  Yes my fellow Americans, our President is on strike.  Until he gets his way, there will be no progress in Washington concerning healthcare, immigration, or anything else.  I, for one, can't think of a better reason for impeachment.