WHY WE MUST SPEAK

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want” Martin Luther King Jr

As great as First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama were, there’s nothing like The Spirit and Soul of our conscience.  When it is spoken so clearly that even the least among us can understand it and receive it.  It stands to reason why some will ask,

“Where Is It”
Well,
It’s in your Spirit, Soul and Heart
And
Only from the Heart can one speak to the Spirit, Souls and Hearts of the  people.
America
It’s time for us to live worthy of such
Amazon Grace 
Whereby all Americans can embrace those most powerful words “WE THE PEOPLE”

There are three distinct dimensions of reality: physical, natural/biological, and social.  The first two are natural phenomenon.  The latter is created by human action”. by Dr Mack Jones

It seems to me and many others that conflict, struggles and even War gives birth to “Peace”
World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.  Peace was not fully realized because Germany was feeling left out.  Peace was short live, then came World War II, but again, Peace came on February 10, 1947 and The Paris Peace Treaties were signed.  Lastly, Peace was achieved through Pope John III (Cuban missile https://youtu.be/LJzDeC5_wco) Sept.23, 1962.
Please allow this one fact to get in your mind… We found Peace through some of the worse times in our History.

Before America can move forward we must deal with what The Republican party has given us, “Trump”.  More than half the country cannot forget, nor forgive, all the hateful things he has said.  Trump continues to tweet hateful, divisive tweets but at the same time, half of Americans are asked by main stream Republicans to ignore all that and accept him as their President.  I remind my Republicans friends the words of Dr.King, “If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it”.

Like all relationships, there is a process.  Accepting someone as your President take on a process as well.  I’m not sure if Trump is capable of delivering such process.  Trump is 70 years old and chances are he’s been this way all his life.  He’s probably not changing, but neither are we!

If we are to get to peace we MUST go through this process

which is

“WHY WE MUST SPEAK”

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE!

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE!

Meryl Streep, with a weak voice, but a powerful message, got it right.  During her Life Time acceptance speech at the 74 Golden Globes Award, Meryl Streep criticized Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter (https://youtu.be/NxyGmyEby40). Her delivery touched millions of hearts, begging one to ask,

Where’s The Outrage

During the 2016 Presidential election, Trump said and did things that would have disqualified others.  Many of his supporters are a basket full of deplorable but to think that the electoral college is as well, is frightening.

 Perhaps had more commentators on major news networks been more aggressive and unapologetic- in short, “Outraged” in their criticism of Trump, things may have turned out differently.  I must admit Charles Blow (only one of many commentators) appeared to be Outraged! These two links are worth watching: https://youtu.be/1LD6EySre4E and https://youtu.be/8tVcTGkxOBo.

Politics is very dirty, both sides manipulate us, the people, to support their views. But let’s be clear, had Republicans lost this election despite receiving almost three millions more votes than their opponent, and the notion that a foreign country (Russia) had been proven to have influenced the election they would be “Outraged”.

This blog is written to all Americans because we’re all connected.  Trying to confirm everybody all at the same time, as this new incoming administration is doing, should be troublesome for us all, so again I ask, “Where’s The Outrage”?

When we as politicians, commentators, bloggers and others ignore everyday working people issues in America they should be Outraged!  Many Americans are working hard trying to pay rent and just make a decent living, while corporations are plotting to schedule them an hour or two short of full time to keep from giving them Health Care Coverage.  We should be OUTRAGED at such practices.  The most vulnerable people in our society have to spend their hard earned money to catch cabs or buses to get to work…for only 4 to 5 scheduled hours.

On this night President Obama gave his final farewell address from Chicago.  He stated his many many accomplishments during his eight-year tenure.  It’s what he didn’t say that was more powerful and that is… there were no personal scandals during his eight years. On the other hand, Trump who hasn’t been sworn in yet has had and continues to have many scandals.

So, I ask again

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE”

Lastly, President Obama served for two terms as President and is leaving with a 57% approval rating.  Many describe his Presidency as one with dignity, grace, and style…without any embarrassing scandals.

Should we be Outraged When our democracy is broken, when we don’t enforce the rules of Law, when we allow bullies to bully, we should be Outraged at ourselves as well?  Already Trump has fallen short, but should he fall short after he takes the oath of office, we as Americans should be Outraged!

 President Obama’s Final Farewell Speech link is attached to have something to measure and compare Trump too.  If Trump falls short I will be asking again

https://youtu.be/hNVr4p5ijJ4

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE

Now do something!

 

Why Do Republicans See Themselves As Victims

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I’m perplexed as to why Republicans continue to view themselves as victims.  Turn on any Conservative Talk Radio Shows and you will hear one after another cry about media-bias, the media doesn’t like us.  Their second mantra (which falls under the umbrella of victim as well) is a war on something; “War on Christmas” “War on Patriotism” “War on Cops”…this victim mentality seems to be endless in this party.

The saddest commentary of it all is that even when they own it all Republicans continue to talk like they just lost it all and the whole world is against them.  We saw this before, in 2001-2007 Republicans had The White House, The Senate and Congress.  This year Republicans have that same opportunity again.  Republicans rhetoric of victimization does not line up with reality.  Will someone please tell them to please stop it with that victim mentality.

For understanding purposes, maybe…

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MY PRAYER

MY PRAYER
( I still pray Night & Day for America…I welcome you to join me, to make America Great by living out its creed)
Declaration of Independence We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
MY PRAYER
Since my last blog, “AMAZING GRACE” I’ve given a lot of thought on over coming things which separate us rather than bring us together.
I pray elected Politicians will begin to live, “The Declaration Of Independence” “The Constitution” and of course “America The Beautiful” 
When we apply these creeds, we can truly begin to abolish discrimination towards any person or group.  With this PRAYER I believe GRACE will give us the ability to be more understanding and have acceptance towards other rather than being judge mental.
MY PRAYER
Freely Help those who need help with education, food, housing and medical assistance without a holier than thou, phony patriotic attitude.  Least we forget, there go I,but for the GRACE of GOD.
MY PRAYER
Let’s let all American be proud to be an American.  My fellow Americans, we can begin today.  Each of us has a part to play.  It’s past time for Democrats and Republicans to get together and govern for Americans and Immigrants living here.  
MY PRAYER 
That Repubs will stop allowing hate & prejudice (induced by fear from fearful people) to cloud their judgement causing them to misapply the America Creed, “That all men are created equal”  Neither party should allow fear to be its standard barrier.
Lastly
America, to represent the American quilt, all nationalities woven together that we may Disagree without being Disagreeable, Understand in order to be Understood, Be Respectful to be Respected, Expect Equality and Justice for All in America so that we can all say, “PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN”  Because we are United!
“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”
MY PRAYER!
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AMAZING GRACE

America is now remembering and recognizing God’s Grace.  9 spiritual Lives were taken from us all while Praising their GOD.  In a very recent time we’ve witnessed Police killing its citizens & citizens killing Policemen, Cities burning, looting & riots without any mercy or Grace.  It really felt like the Quilt of America was coming apart at the Seam.  Months in & weeks out- bad news was filling our air-waves with Racial injustice and uneasiness every where.  It appeared Racial tension was as hot as a volcano getting ready to erupt.
I was praying inwardly (I believe many others were too)” Lord please don’t let another bad incident occur in America for the sake of Peace”.  Then it happened,
“AMAZING GRACE”…Fear for this Country gripped my heart ( I believe it gripped millions of others’ hearts too).  For we already knew first hand what happened after the killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner & Freddie Gray.
The ultimate of HATE appeared in GOD’S HOUSE, taking the lives of nine… not 1 here or 1 there, but the lives of nine individuals at once in GOD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Reviewing what has already happened, one would have expected (rightfully so) all Hell to Break loose.
But
AMAZING GRACE
People of all colors came together.  For once, Southern Whites acknowledged, searched their Hearts & listened to how Black Americans truly felt.
There were no Demonstrations in the Streets, no riots and no violent threats made towards White Americans.
Perhaps
True LOVE can conquer HATE
SOUTH CAROLINA once proudly  flew their Confederate Flag over their State Capital…today with Pride and
AMAZING GRACE
The Confederate Flag has come down.
As to knowing why many Southern Whites find it more difficult to accept other races, especially Black Americans,  many scholars, including Dr. King, have tried to understand their hatred: Hear Dr. King speak on this
For we know in part, we see in part, but one day we all will know and understand fully.  For now we all can acknowledge
“GOD has SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE”
AMAZING GRACE!

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Dr. King Said It: I’m Black and I’m Proud!

A DIVIDED COUNTRY GIVES BIRTH TO A NATION WITH MANY QUESTIONS

America can never be explained without talking about its relationship and experience with Black Americans or should I say Slavery.
This period in American history left behind some of the most unbearable scars on African-Americans as a people, but the free thinking decent people and countless allies envisioned a broader, more humane society – for they showed some of us the best of what America should be. This exhibit: The African-American: a Journey from Slavery to Freedom is about that struggle and the historical events which lead up to the Jubilee.www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/aaslavry.htm

All of us hoped to believe that this country would grow (and has grown) from Slavery to Freedom to Endless Possibilities so we thought. We didn’t know we had to live through The Jim Crow Law period, nor did we know we had to experience the death of so many of our Brothers & Sisters (enough tears of my own to fill a bathtub /multiply my tears times hundreds of thousands others.The grief is so deep and the scars are still very painful. Still we rise to sing America Oh Beautiful while in our secret hearts we sing Amazing Grace.
But American is a Strong and Smart Country able to multitask and move forward from a Nation of Slavery to boast about being a Nation Of Immigrants
“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.”― Emma Lazarus.
So
America courted the Indians, made love to The Slaves gave birth to the Immigrants and now its babies are growing.
Let’s look at some of America children: Same Sex Marriage, Abortion, Blacks marrying Whites, Black President, more Hispanics than White men and a woman is about to become the next President Of The United State.
For many Americans this is too much of a shock, too much too soon.
America is a divided Nation
It doesn’t matter who ran for President
it all boils down to 7 states deciding the election (Swing states for the 2016 election. In May 2015, Politico listed Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida as the seven states most likely to be contested in the general election). Which mean 21 states (each) are going to vote for a Republican or Democrat no matter who he or she is.

My fellow Americans we’ve come a long way and yet we must continue to travel The Road Less Travel.
As
A Country & Nation with new challenges and issues that our conscience never had to entertain.
But America is a Strong and Smart Country able to multitask and move forward.
Now is the time for us all to save our Country from falling apart. Save our Children from so many unanswered questions.
More importantly than answer questions, we prefer America practice what it advocates: If you truly believe, “All Men are created Equal” do it. “Give me your tired , your poor” don’t build a wall-welcome Immigrants.
Women and people of color are tired of written words that carry no merit and does very little to resolve the many complex issues we continue to face.
In fact, people of color have taken more ownership of America’s written words than those who wrote them.
From patriotism to religion, Black Americans complete the American Quilt , embroidered by our blood sweat and tears.
When we sing America O Beautiful it’s easy to hear and believe what we’re singing, questionable more than the writer.

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,
In liberating strife,
Who more than self, our country loved,
And mercy more than life,
America, America, may God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain devined.
And you know when I was in school,
We used to sing it something like this, listen here:
Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain,
But now wait a minute, I’m talking about
America, sweet America,
You know, God done shed his grace on thee,
He crowned thy good, yes he did, in a brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.
style by Ray Charles
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BY XTRADONAIRE JUNE 27, 2016

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Why Do Republicans See Themselves As Victims

I’m perplexed as to why Republicans continue to view themselves as victims.  Turn on any Conservative Talk Radio Shows and you will hear one after another cry about media-bias, the media doesn’t like us.  Their second mantra (which falls under the umbrella of victim as well) is a war on something; “War on Christmas” “War on Patriotism” “War on Cops”…this victim mentality seems to be endless in this party.

The saddest commentary of it all is that even when they own it all Republicans continue to talk like they just lost it all and the whole world is against them.  We saw this before, in 2001-2007 Republicans had The White House, The Senate and Congress.  This year Republicans have that same opportunity again.  Republicans rhetoric of victimization does not line up with reality.  Will someone please tell them to please stop it with that victim mentality.

For understanding purposes, maybe the party is confused as to who they are, their values and what they truly believe.  Republicans used to be called the party of The Moral Majority (remember that)? Then along came Newt with three wives, Rush with three wives and Donald “grab her by the *** Trump”. Conduct like this, and many others, begs one to question their character, or at the very least their moral.

Patriotism is another misgiving in the Republican Party circle.  The America Flag, Jesus, and of course the Armed Forces, are often spoken in such a reverent way (not necessarily in that order), many Americans are moved when watching their deep devotion for this country.  Many Americans do not know Republicans used a procedural move to block the bill that would have provided $21 billion for medical care, education, and job-training benefits for the nation’s veterans…Wouldn’t one think that taking care of our Vets would be the Patriotic thing to do?

Most of us have someone, or have heard of someone, making it against all odds and most American celebrate success.  This is another theme you hear on Conservative Talk Radio… how they all pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps and moments later they resort back to everyone is against them.  Sounds confusing?  Well because it is.

Conservative Republicans are very loud and vocal about others using their ethnicity as a victim role to gain.  On the other hand Republicans have used Dog-whistle politics for political gain.  Could it be that these two impostures are at times the same, or is it that Republicans can’t see the forest for the trees.  Facts are, Republicans have gained more seats (over 1030) in the past eight years, more than any other political party in the last 100 years.

My final thought, Republicans are no longer allowed to play the victim card for the next 100 years.