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Today,like every day recent, anther headline whips us to frenzy. Today, The Hill reports that VP (fmr) Joe Biden, voiced his concern about the 2018 elections. He reportedly, expressed his belief that Russia will interfere in the U.S elections due next year. Now, I love, respect and support Joe Biden. This is not a criticism of him nor do I trivialise the threat, but please media and constituents, take a mighty deep breath. I have, and I’m vexed with my own country.
If you’re old enough to remember the Cold War, or interested in the period of our political history, you might be tempted to say, ‘well, what’s new’. After all, America mastered the craft and successfully manipulated elections if sovereign leaders dared imagine another way of life. Cripes, we gave Cuba half a century of our ire. Central America and the Caribbean still haven’t recovered from the trauma of the Reagan years. I don’t have to remind Americans of the domestic surveillance and despicable persecution of our own citizens. We hanged people who were trying to vote. Just know that the covert operations we experience now, is nothing new. But I have to admit that if Trump and cronies are all Russia had to work with, debacle is comedy. Ineptitude a tragedy.
At this time having accepted the ethically flexible, John Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State
(fmr), Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Justice Roberts’ Citizens United and worse, I am not convinced that we have the political will to demand transparency of process and unimpeded access to the ballot box. Over 90 million eligible voters didn’t vote in 2016 election. Disaffected? How about willingly disenfranchised? Over 1.4 million African American men will be unable to vote because of state laws. Overall, 3.9 million Americans have been stripped of their right to vote because of felony convictions. I ask, who gave any politician the justification for that? When did the felons lose their citizenship?
Accept this as you would a truism. Our troubles are manipulation of our elections, right? Well, for years Americans seemed to be okay with massive, blatant voter suppression, disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, race-baiting, purging, corruption and every kind of chicanery imaginable. Putin needed only to spice the dishes of animus ready-made to suit him. We happily offered him the opportunity. But who wants to hear that, when we have more pressing issues like Colin Kaepernick. Sad part is, sufficient ingredients are stocked to last several elections -if we still have elections.
The Guardian: Yemen reels under the weight of brutal cholera outbreak – in pictures. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw5ar4ujY
Again, we see a human catastrophe that didn’t have to be. This is yet another man made disaster quite preventable, if not totally avoidable.
Yemen is one of the most destitute countries on earth. It cannot manufacture the weapons it has, but worse is, that Yemen couldn’t have imagined the devastating ordnance rained upon them.
This war, poverty and pestilence that the human race tolerates, and will not shed a tear for, is unconscionable. It will end as all wars do. But meanwhile, we lose a little more of our ability to empathize. Eventually, we won’t be human. Some kind of despicable monsters that inhabit what’s left of a sick planet, be our future most probable. Thanks to The Guardian for publishing this heartbreaking article.
Scattered now in several countries. Why am I posting this on my blog? The answer is simple, I am doing what I could, to raise awareness and empathy for suffering people who happened to have the misfortune of being born on the wrong side of some river, are darker, poor, believe in the wrong God at wrong time in human history.
Whatever the contrivance that serves to explain the genocide that is happening this very day, just know this….-yes, it can happen to YOU.
Having discredited the United Nations, drawn the milk-teeth of the International Criminal Court and language manipulated e.g,migrant synonymous with rapists, I ask again, why do you think that this could not be YOU? Just in case you missed it, the genocide -the ethnic cleansing is being done by Myanmar’s military against its unarmed citizens. Rings any bells?!
Everyone has his version of the truth but seldom share it. Whether it’s the taste, the smell or whatever, the ugly thing can help you lose friends and create bitter enemies. I wonder if it’s because once acknowledged, the truth will not leave until you do or stop doing, a particular wrong. Our criminal justice system is an apt example.
Let’s take the current situation in Missouri. Not that it’s unique. Far cry. But because it is active, makes that a good example, willing to say a textbook case of what leadership is not. Step back with me a bit.
Jay Nixon was a two-term Democratic governor when Ferguson managed to make world news. That was due to the police killing of Michael Brown and the conduct of the entire criminal justice system in Missouri. As Gov Nixon and Ferguson Mayor Knowles went into hiding for four days, the police were left to “pacify” peaceful protesters. No one could have imagined police management to be that inept, or any criminal justice system is so inbred and corrupted.
The current governor Eric Greitens is a Republican. He never went into hiding, but nothing says “I don’t know what to do”, like readying the National Guard to control a relatively small number of cooperating protesters. So far, more than 150 persons have been arrested for petty misdemeanors, especially not moving when told by the police.
Both dealt with protesters as the problem. Neither appeared capable of confronting and addressing the root of the problem. But quite willing to talk tough and use force.
No civic-minded person supports lawlessness. So let’s agree conditionally: lock them up if their behaviors are imminent threats to public safety. Not because the police told them to move. Do we have a Constitution or not? If the answer is doubtful (as it’s becoming) repeat next year and the years afterward. Finally, both the state and protesters would be locked in an increasingly dysfunctional, dangerous way of life. The state CANNOT win. That would be despite being a police state, as America already is.
Right now, both Blacks and Whites, males and females are being threatened and arrested. How long do the state and local governments think that they can keep this up? I’ll hazard a guess. When you stop seeing truth as the enemy.
Once we start from that premise and understand that capital punishment rests on a foundation of muck created by men, there’s nothing more that needs to be said. It is legal only because they say that it’s legal. It is legal because of citizens, who ought to be repulsed by shameless lawmakers, who use “tough on crime” to secure votes, permit that. It behooves our electorate to inform ourselves of the history surrounding the subject.
The fact of its immorality means that capital punishment cannot ever be justified and constitutionally acceptable. Running back and forth to the United States Supreme Court, to collectively ponder whether a particular case meets the test, the artificial standard, of “cruel and unusual punishment” is redundant and ridiculous. Being so because the actions of the State create circumstances of suffering that make it cruel and unusual.
But capital punishment extends further in its obscenity, corrupting each individual who facilitates the killing, from the judge who claims she’s only following the law, to the governor whose bloody hand approves the evil, all the way down to the brute that seeks the vein to administer the poison. Each participant, at every stage, makes a personal decision to kill the particular human being. There’s no excuse. Nothing decent can be found in what you chose to do. Stop the barbarity.