When Public Officials Misplace Loyalty, Institutions Collapse

Today, like many Americans, I took the time to witness the Senate Intelligence Committee at work. They did their inquiry as best they could, under the circumstances.

By under the circumstances, I mean their determined efforts to get to the truth of various, potentially criminal matters affecting the Trump Administration, only to be stymied by the four public officers who answer to the American people. It was shameful and appalling. I hope that this nation is still able to function as under previous Administrations. They, the four witnesses appeared to me that they would be prepared to suffer anything to protect what they believe to be their personal property. The Senators be damned…and the citizens too. But of the four lame witnesses, I have to give special attention to Adm. Mike Rodgers, a rude and surly person by demeanor and arrogant with regard to personality. For a member of our armed services, he was the bad kid next door, that our parents warned us never to adopt his behavior. For junior members of the services, Admiral Rodgers is surely no officer and a gentleman.

We can look at what’s happening and fight over which party to blame and make comparisons to excuse wrongdoing for only so long. I believe that if our leaders don’t come to their senses, the fight may not be between Republicans and Democrats, there just might be the third faction.

 

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Crush This Monster in the Egg​

“What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind”
-William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

I wonder if there is anything Trump’s followers are not willing to put up with. My own concerns are about what is evident today, and impending threats to our future.

When Trump’s surrogates express contempt for the constitution, the courts and media, yet Trump and GOP, by timidity or stupidity embraced those actions- be alarmed.

Said one: “Everyone……will have to bow down to Donald….the greatest man in the universe.”

Another surrogate: “The President’s authority will not be questioned.” That was yet another idiot needing a job. He was speaking about recent actions of the judiciary.

None, none of those chilling remarks, and other more subtle threats were ever discouraged by the President or the ruling Republican party. And by the way, don’t forget the recent photograph of Trump’s flag atop a military convoy traveling on the highway in the United States.

Yes, Trump doesn’t have much education, but neither did Idi Amin, former President of Uganda. The latter started with mass deportation of Asians. We know how it ended. Note that the slaughter and disappearances were indiscriminate. One can never be sufficiently loyal to any dictator. What is so special about America, that would lead anyone to believe that a fascist state of White Nationalism is so remote a possibility?

There is a conjecture I might make, based on a large number​ of American citizens encountered on social media defending each and every action of the Trump administration. Do those people truly believe that their race or party affiliation would make them safe? Stalin and Mao disproved that.

Nothing is sacrosanct​ and no one is safe in autocracies.

HBCU has been asked to play at Trump’s Inauguration


HBCU has been asked to play at the inauguration. The heated argument is whether to reject support for this pres-elect vs.the unique experience of playing at the ceremony. Some say let the band vote.

Will the Black College Band perform at Trump inauguration?

Somebody’s losing sleep over this?! Okay, let’s consider the issue.

1. Does participating benefit or harm the country? No impact.

2. Does it help or hurt the school in any particular way? Neither. Most Americans know nothing of the school or the historical relevance.

3. Does it help or harm the band and players? Yes, and that’s why there are two opposing petitions.
Some say the experience of playing at the event would be invaluable. That’s debatable.

4. Does it help or hurt African-Americans? Yes and with no conditions. We cannot separate the man from the Oval Office. If that were possible, we would not have had the office occupied by White males exclusively for over two centuries.

 

Accepting the invitation, in this case, is an endorsement of a person who spent his time and money, publicly insulting President Barack Obama for eight long years. Daily! To this day, he has not had the very basic human decency to even offer a public apology to the Nation, to President Obama and his family. Where he, Trump, was not present, he and his cohorts overtly or tacitly created an atmosphere of vileness unsurpassed. But like I wrote at my own low point, “Our Atlas Never Shrugged.” BlueGadfly.com .

 
Yes, we watched, worried for his safety. For 8 consecutive years, none of the ogres said a word that could help him. They ganged-up, piling unjust vilification, non-cooperation, and de-legitimization. When that did not calm their racist insecurity, they went even lower, consorting with foreign governments to defeat President Obama’s diplomacy. Protocols, laws, ethical standards could not restrain them. Now they ask us to do what?

So, tell me again about why Trump’s event is a place any African American should be.
Leyland King
Had this been about a lost election, of course. We have always done what’s right. Even with Bush v Gore, we did.

This decision lies solely with the leadership of the college’s president and board of trustees. Not what’s popular or easier.

+Leyland King Well said Mr. King as an African-American mother I would not want my child participating in that foolishness of a charade with Trump to say I like blacks, see I invited a Black band.

Name it and it Shall be: globalization and new Fears

Common knowledge it is that words have different meanings to different people at particular times and circumstances, as well. Not so clear, are connections between words and emotive reactions they provoke. One may swoon or evidence physically aggressive behaviors, not to just what was said, but to their understanding of the statement. For brevity and simplicity, it might be agreed that, at least in some cases, words are stimuli.

There are many psychological studies, based on word associations that help explain the phenomenon. Indeed there is much literature documenting the sway of opinions, of political outcomes based on particular usage at the right places and times that generate results desired, such as -solidarity, disdain, pacification, fear, withdrawal or rage. In some instances, deliberate confusion. Today ‘Globalization’, is one such potent word. Where some hear opportunities, others perceive sudden, tremendous calamities, personal losses, armed conflicts or even existential biblical fulfillment.

The thing was named sometime in the nineteen thirties, gained a lot of scholarly attention through the years but outside of academia and a sliver of the professions, no one cared much. At least, not until mass media started associating dreadful images of refugees pouring into Europe. The impressions strengthened as word-graphic associations focused on religion, color, and crime. It was then the name, Globalization, was teased to apocalyptic immediacy. Fear and permanent states of anxiety became the norm. Irrationally so. Thus a nation of 325 million citizens armed to the teeth, reasoned that 10,000 peaceable women and children predominantly, would be dangerous to their society, erase its culture and be genocidal to the population’s majority.

In context, globalization has always been going on treks were somewhat replaced by ships and horses. The encounter with the populations of North and South Americas, the Atlantic Slave Trade, indentureship of Portuguese, Asians, and Irish particularly, were stages of, though unconscionable, closing in on the global village concept.

I live in these USA directly resultant to Globalization. My great-grandparents lived in the Caribbean and South America because of the same. If large-scale global movements of labor and capital combine with technology that virtually integrates populations occur in a narrow space of time, is the phenomena settlements? Development, Founding, or some other re-defined similitude? What was then called Brain Drain in the politics of the second part of the last century, is now benignly referred to as a work visa in a global village. Name it, and it shall be. 

For reasons I don’t know of, and I am not one to ascribe motives, migration is now a closely linked with globalization so much that some try to use them interchangeably. Some are unaware that the images consumed repeatedly relate to displacements due to wars and persecution. Not globalization. But I have considered that people want stability and security. They also want freedom and prosperity. Continue reading

The Big White Ghetto: America’s Useful Secret

Today, while preparing some notes on another subject, it occurred to me that the state of Kentucky, U.S ranks near the bottom of human well-being scales on every measure: adult literacy, higher education, household income and others. Thirty-two percent of the families live below the federal poverty level thus qualifying for federal assistance.  Welfare.

http://theweek.com/articles/452321/appalachia-big-white-ghetto

How could this be, given the fact that ninety-five percent of the residents vote Republican?  That their Senator Mitch McConnell has been serving them in one official capacity or another, all of his working life. A person Kentucky voters have kept in the Senate for over thirty years consecutively. One who began in 1985 making $75,100 now earning $174,000. His average wealth of $22.8 million.

How did Mitch McConnell’s net worth soar?

http://www.google.com/amp/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml//news/fact-checker/wp/2014/05/22/how-did-mitch-mcconnells-net-worth-soar/  

So, since the White ghetto sees the Black Ghetto in distant, negative terms, it seems to me that our system, beneficial to neither group is maintained, people will continue to deeper poverty.

I tried to keep this short because the two links explain so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After President Obama, What?

Today, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading posts on social media. Several hours reading just political commentary from my fellow citizens, not media articles, not blogs, only posts from John and Jane Doe.

I made sure that I was mentally prepared for every disconcerting thing, my rule: do not post or respond. I am now so glad to say that I survived but let me throw out some cautionary words. If you are prone to depression, do not visit; do not read content. It is that disappointing and utterly discouraging.

How did we get here, I thought just a little and informed myself that an accumulation of appalling choices by people who covet public office but have no business being there, stands out among the several that quickly come to mind. Individuals who are compelled to one of two parties for their own longevity of office, and because of that dependency, which they confuse with loyalty, brought us to a place not that different to communist parties. Graphically triangular, one would see the paramountcy of the party, survival of office, and somewhere fighting for the third tier comes the befuddled and abused citizenry.

It is now being claimed that all that bedevil us is race and that emerged from the legacy of slavery. But if I concede that explanation, then I correctly state as truth, what have leaders done to address the issue head on? Not by “a conversation about race,” but by being a beacon helping us through the darkness. But that is a false expectation. Why would they? They rely on racial animus to get elected. President George H.W Bush used mug shots of Willie Horton, to scare the bejeebers out of the White electorate; Nixon used crime and the Southern Strategy. Trump used Muslims and Mexicans. The malicious means justify the winning ends.

Seems to me that race was and continues to be a potent factor. It does not have to be that way. We have choices, we need leaders. Not instigators.