Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"It's time we stop..."

PLEASE READ THESE LYRICS AND THINK!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

Lyrics

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's s time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Songwriters: Stephen Stills
For What It Is Worth lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Monday, October 15, 2018

Marginalized

"Marginalization is the process of pushing a particular group or groups of people to the edge of society by not allowing them an active voice, identity, or place in it. ... Some individuals identify with multiple marginalized groups, and may experience further marginalization as a result of their intersecting identities."

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Are you marginalized? Do you feel that your vote won't  make a diference? Do you feel that politicians ignore your needs and that voting makes no difference?

Guess what, if you fail to vote you'll always be marginalized. At one time Latinos felt, and were, marginalized. Then they discovered that if they vote, and vote as a block, they not only affect policy, they actually affect who wins. Any marginalized group that began to vote as a block, even if not organized, can have a powerful voice in politics. This has been the case for many minority ethnic, social and racial groups since the 20th Century.

The solution is not to say home on election day. The solution is to vote.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Know your politicians

Ask yourself:

-Has my Congressperson/Senator represented my interesys?
-Is my life better because of how they voted?
-Do I have better health care, schools, roads?
-Do I feel safer?
-Is my environment cleaner, safer, and preserved for future generations?
-Do they take huge donations from special interests?
-Do they vote party line or do they take courageous stands that may not be in keeping with party dogma?
-Are they just say "yes?"

Be informed.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Geoengineering Conflicts with Agenda 21

Canary in the Climate Mine, Psycho Stars | S0 News Sep.27.2018

A Sovreign State

"A sovereign state is, in international law, a nonphysical juridical entity that is represented by one centralized government that has sovereignty over a geographic area. ... It is also normally understood that a sovereign state is neither dependent on nor subjected to any other power or state."

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"Before U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in New York to deliver this year’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, his top national-security officials promised that he would affirm the importance of sovereignty in U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. As National Security Adviser John Bolton put it, Trump planned to “talk a lot about American sovereignty.”
He did, and that was precisely the problem. The president fails to recognize that sovereignty isn’t a one-way street — and that institutions like the UN, far from threatening sovereignty, in fact establish the conditions in which it can flourish." https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-26/trump-s-united-nations-sovereignty-speech-missed-the-point

It is ironic that Trump proclaims sovreingty (which is every nations right), and then tries to tell Iran, China, Cuba, Venezuela, all the Europen nations, African nations, Japan, and just about everyone else to do what he wants them to do or be punished. Bully, sanctions, tarrifs all come to mind.

Do you see the problem with this? 

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If democracy is to survive

You must vote. You must participate, otherwise, like a car never used, it freezes up, rusts, and ultimately falls apart. If you care at all about democracy, you must vote!

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Small numbers of voters have changed the course of this nation. Your vote does count.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

If you don't vote

If you don't vote, you have actually voted for those you don't want to win.




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Obviously, vice versa

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A WARNING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO AMERICANS

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html

This is too important not to share. And what is of great concern is that Trump wants the name "turned over to the government." Really? If you disagree with the WH your name should be turned over to the government. Is this America?

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
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I would know. I am one of them.
To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.
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That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
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Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
The result is a two-track presidency.
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.
Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.
This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.
Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.
There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

What really does matter?

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It has been so difficult not to spend endless hours bemoaning the current state of politics and society in the US.
As the Talking Heads said, "This ain't my beautiful house ..." How prophetic. Certainly, America is rapidly a palcethat is no longer beautiful, not the physical beauty, but rather a creeping ugliness in society, tearing at the seams and ready to burst.
This is a far cry from Leave It To Beaver and Happy Days. To be sure, those days were far from perfect for many in our nation. POC, LGBQT, the disabled, those with special needs, women, and others did not lead perfectly happy lives. Changes were made, there was, at least on the books, progressive legislation that sought to improve the well-being of most.
Festering between the pages of civil rights was a mold. One kept in check by a nation that elected officials who, even in the worst of cases, upheld the rules and laws of the land. The tide came in and out but the beaches were generally safe for most.
Now, we're being hit by a rogue wave that's feeding that mold and allowing it to spead everywhere.
Most of what we see and hear is beyond belief. This can't be happening, and yet it is. Forget the whys and hows, there are way too many theories to analyze and even if we settled on answers, it won't stop the spread of the social/political pandemic. There is only one immediate fix, the research can come later, this disease needs a hit of humanitarian vaccine, otherwise known as votes. After that, then the underlying problems can be addressed. But all the shouting and anger and head banging and depression will solve nothing.
So my question to you is, What really does matter?
An end to violence?
Helping the sick and elderly?
Quality education?
A safe and thriving environment?
Meaningful and enjoyable jobs?
The right to live as you desire, believe as you will, as long as it harms no other?
Fair treatment for all?
Free and open elections?
The right to get ahead but not on the backs of others?
The right to know?
Freedom from lies, deceit, and tyranny?
A world at peace?
Help when events beyond your control give you setbacks?
A safe environment free of fear?
A willingness to assist others escaping tryanny?
Equity in all matters?
A fair chance to be what you want, do what you want, live how you want, again, as long as it harms none?
I think you get the gist.
But really, this shit has got to stop. If not, the world as we have known it will surely end. The prophecies fulfilled, the end of times, all without a rapture, just one big rupture.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

I pledge allegiance to freedom in America

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The current administration is butting into private industry and our personal freedoms.
In a democracy, aside from the laws that we have created through our elected representatives, government does not tell us how to think and how to express our beliefs. That's why we have a constitution, to protect us against government dictates and fiats.
If a person wants to stand during the national anthem, so be it. If they don't, so be it. Our flag is supposed to be a symbol of our democracy, the right of freedom of expression, press, religion, and freedom from oppression. If an individual feels that the flag does not currently stand for those ideals, then expressing discontent by kneeling is a right guaranteed to all. To say otherwise is to say that the flag no longer represents our ideals, but rather stands for demagogery. That is not America.
Respect must be deserved. When it wasn't there was the American Revolution. There were the suffragettes. There were civil rights and war protests.
That is America, people standing up to be free. Or kneeling when those freedoms are abridged.
So yes, I pledge my allegiance to freedom. I will stand when my country is right, and kneel when it's wrong.
If this is not the way you think, I won't ask you to leave this country. You have to right to believe what you want. However, you don't have the right to force your views and beliefs on me. That's what democracy requires.