Words Matter

As a kid in public school I was taught that “sticks and stones could break my bones but words could never harm me”.

What a load of crap. Do you realize how many kids were ruined because of that asinine concept? I mean yes it’s true that sticks and stone could break my bones but what is not true is that words could never harm me.

A broken bone hurts like hell but it could be mended and after time the pain is forgotten and you’ll probably get full, or at least partial, functionality of that limb again. The pain of a verbal assualt is with you forever. As time goes by it may dissapate and is forgotten. But unlike a broken limb, something can trigger that memory and the pain is real again. The funny thing is that the trigger can be anything, a song, a smell, a color, a person, a place or an image. Once that memory is triggered the pain is as real as when it first occured.

So many people seek counseling, and undergo years of thrapy due to the verbal abuse inflicted my a parent or guardian. Or because of the name calling they recieved from the school yard bully.

I myself remember the first time someone called me a spic and I learned what that word meant. Before being called a spic I was an innocent kid and saw the world though rose colors lenses. I did not know anything about race and ethnic pride. When I was called a spic my whole world view changed. I saw people for what they are. I saw that many of the white people in the world (well around me and on TV) did not like other people that were not white. I was beat up my the Italian and Irish boys whom would call me spic, chico or mira mira. I saw the news and how the blacks were not allowed to eat in certain restaurants and then I saw the police hose them down and have their dogs bite them as they marched proclaiming “we shall over come”.

Vile and dispicable words shouted at me cut through me and the pain was real. It’s so real that even today when I flash back to that period my stomach knots up and the pain resurfaces.

Trump's hateful rhetoric.
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

So when the 45th President of the United States, a man surrounded my white supremicist and other hate mongers calls Mexicans (I’m of Puerto Rican decent but he like many other white people think all hispanics are Mexican) drug dealers, rapist or murderers, or labels all Middle Easterners terrorist, or calls the news media fake news, and calls democrats – and a few he calls out by name – enemys or haters of America, those words hurt. But even more hurtful than that is the affect those words have on his followers. The crazy’s and white supremist that follow him and listen to his rhetoric and take his words to heart, the actions they take as a result are even more painful.

Two nights ago one of 45’s followers walked into a Synagogue and killed 11 people and wounded at least 6 others. This nut job was a follower of the precedent (misspelled on purpose) and posted his distorted views on social media sites.

Last week the nation was in a state of terror as high ranking democrats, certain news outlets, entertainers and other prominent figures started getting bombs mailed to them. When the FBI finally arrested this whacko his van was plastered with Trump and Mike Pence posters, hate spued sayings, as well as guns and boxes of ammo and other bomb making parphernalia.

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Tonight the precedents press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders actually scolded the news media and blamed them for fomenting the hatered in this country. This lady has been lying to the public, on behalf of this precedent, ever since she was appointed to that post. This administration is utterly dispicable.

In less than two weeks the nation will be going to the voting booth to elect a new congress. I hope, no I pray, that sensible minded Americans go the polls and vote blue so that we can begin getting this country back on track.

Donald Trump is the most vile, dispicable and devisive president I have ever witnessed in my life. I am 64 years old and have expereinced some hateful presidents. Nixon, Reagan, George H. Bush, George W. Bush. As hatful as those prior presidents have been, none of them was as dispicable and devisive as Trump. As a candidate he declared his presidency by calling Mexicans crooks, rapist, drug dealers and murderers. As a candidate he was caught on tape telling Billy Bush of Access TV that he grabs women by their XXXX and can get away with it because he is famous.

This is the president that openly mocked a handicapped reporter, ranted against the parents of a fallen war hero because he happened to be Muslim.

This is the president that stood by Americas biggest enemy, Valdimir Putin, and sided with him against every single American, and allied, intelligence agency.

This is the president that has had over 11 of his top officials and cabinet members indicted within the first 18 months of his administration.

This is the president that goaded Hillary Clinton for using a personal email server while he continues to use his own, unsecured, personal cell phone. A cell phone that he was on several occasions left in his golf cart out in the open for anyone to grab.

This is the president that has been spuing his zenophobia for so long that racism has resurfaced in America with more violence against people of color since Jim Crow days.

This is the president that while the immigrant carvan rolling across Mexico is more than 1000 miles away hypes it up and has his minions calling them invaders. His words incite crazies and whacko’s to pick up guns and kill people different from themselves and to mail bombs to those he himself has labeled enemys.

This is the president that has his minutemen and his armed forces at the ready at the boarder for the anticipated influx of immigrants that may never happen. That carvan may stop at anytime before it gets to the American boarder, it could be a massive movement simply to call attention to their plight. Of it could actually be people seeking asylum. After all their is a lady that stands tall in New York harbor as a beacon of hope with an inscription that proclaims “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door”!

This is the president that teachers refuse to allow their students to listen to because of, wait for it, his WORDS!

Liitle girl with hands over her ears to avoid Trumps vile words

So while sticks and stones can break my bones they will eventually heal. His words will live on for perpetuity and will hurt the American people over and over again. It will take generations to repair the damage this guy has done. And, if the democrats are not successful in taking back at least one of the Houses we may wind up in the new Nazi Camp. Hail Trump!

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE

EVERYDAYPEOPLE

It was 1969 that Sly and the Family Stone released the song, EVERYDAY PEOPLE, decrying the horrific state of race/class relations in the United States. I am 64 years old and can attest to the fact that race relations had at least become tolerable.

Unfortunately after 2016 hatred and zenophobia reared its head again.

Sly of Sly and the Family Stone
Sly of Sly and the Family Stone

Violence against non whites by white supremicist has risen. White cops killing black men, white women calling the police just because they see a black person in there neighborhood, the President saying that we need to: build a wall (to keep Latino’s out); ban muslims (those muslim nations that he has no business ties with); put armed guards in our places of worship, etc., etc.

He is my repharsing of that Sly Stone song for 2018.

Sometimes I’m right and I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah

There is a RED STATE that won’t accept the BLUE STATE
That won’t accept the DEMOCRATS that won’t accept REPUBLICANS
And different strokes for different folks

And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo
Oh sha sha we got to live together
I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah

There are the CHRISTIANS that do not like the JEWISH
For WORSHIPPING A DIFFERENT GOD that wont convert to CHRISTIONDOM
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo
Oh sha sha we got to live together
There is a white one that won’t accept the black one
That won’t accept the brown one that won’t accept the yellow one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo
I am everyday people

Songwriter for the original song: Sylvester Stewart
Everyday People (from Milk) (Re-Recorded / Remastered) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Make America Great, Again?

I much as I disagree with almost everything Republican, I must admit that I admire their tenacity and ability to identify an issue and stick with it until it comes to fruition. By hook or by crook Republicans always seem to get thier’s.

Rebublicans have a view of America and work toward it. Even when defeated they simply move forward. They have played the long con and it seems to have worked.

As a party they made efforts to elect candidates to state-wide office, which I must say, they have managed to do brilliantly. Democrats, on the other hand, seem to have concentrated almost exclusively on the executive of both State and Federal levels. Why are state positions important to the overall Republican plan? Well for one thing the electoral college. The electoral college is made up of the congresperson and senators of each state PLUS the state level elected officials, that means State level offices and party leaders. If you recall, Both George W. Bush and Donald Trump lost the popular vote but won the office because of the electoral college. If you don’t know what the electrol college is you may want to check this out.

Millinials are to young to remember the whole hanging Chad incident that caused Al Gore to challenge the ballots. This challenge made it all the way to the Supreme Court where the conservative block gave the election to Bush. That election more than any other demonstrated how important every SINGLE vote is.

The election of 2016 had Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by a margin of 3 to 1 yet  it is Donald Trump that sits in the Oval office.

The lesson should be that there is no room for apathy among people of color and other minorities. For every person of color that throws up thier’s hands and refuses to participate in our democracy, three Republicans and or Conservatives get bolstered.

Even hustlers and players and all manner of street people better snap out of the apathic state they are in. The rights that just about every American knows of from TV cops, you know the one that says “you have the right to remain silence”. Well those rights are called the Miranda Rights and they come from a 1966 criminal case that made its way to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land interprets the law. If that court is made up of a majority of conservative thinkers, then one thing we can be certain of, they will have the ability to interpret the law in a manner that serves thier needs and views and not the views of the rest of the population or the 99% and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Why? Because Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. They can not be fired they can only be removed by impeachment and then sentenced to firing by the US Senate. And in the entire history of the USA that has never happened. There has never been an impeachment of a Supreme Court Justice. In fact only 2 Presidents in history have ever been impeached. The first was Andrew Johnson, in 1868, for dismissing Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of war and the second was Bill Clinton, in 1998 for charges of lying under oath in regards to sexual relations with a White House intern. But never a Supreme Court Justice.

With the confirmation of Brett Kavenaugh to the high Court the Conservatives control the majority of the votes on the Supreme court. That majority on the court puts many things in jepardy. Things like:

Roe Vs. Wade which has to do with a womans right to control her own body, ie reproduction.

Immigration, Climate, Evolution Vs. the so-called intelligent design, and so many other rights that I can’t enumerate here.

But, for the first time in America’s history the Republican party controls all branches of government. This happened one time before when FRD was President thanks to the New Deal Coalition.  Because of this realignment of Government Blacks, Catholics, Jews and other minorities were allowed more participation in the electoral process in this country, which made it possible for the election of Barrack Obama, the first African-American President.  Since then, Republicans have been trying to gain control of the Government in order to reverse some of the rights minority Americans have gained. The Republicans feel that those rights have deminished the white mans rights and as they have been shouting in election after election “We must take back our country” or more recently “Make American great again” but that means building a wall, striping women of thier reproductive rights, doing away with what’s left of affirmative action, doing away with any debate for sensible gun control policy, etc, etc. We are in danger of fascism.

A dictatorship lead by Donald Trump in which the 1% will control all wealth, access to food, water and everything else that makes us free human beings. In less than 3 weeks Americans will have one last chance to put our country back on course. If the Democrats do not take back at least one house we will become another World War II Germany but this time it will not just be Jews that get incinerated, it will be everyone that is not SUPER RICH, and by the new definition super rich means being multi-billionaires. If you dont believe what I’m saying, consider this, Trump allowed a few multi-millionaires to be part of this cabinet just so he can say the poor are represented.