Thursday, October 20, 2016

Immigrants, Talent, Future

Reading a novel about Berlin, 1939, and the shadow of hatred darkening the landscape of the nation, draping everyone in a curtain of fear and suspicion, with the doors and windows of life slowly closing on the Jew, and being locked.

The author, Jane Thynne, The Pursuit of Pearls, captures the insanity of it all - the plodding, determined, logical, reasonable insanity of the Nazis to refine the race and purify the nation, ridding themselves of anyone and everything that stained their collective sense of racial greatness.

It occurred to me, while reading, all the lost talent ... not that life and people is all about talent, as if human beings were simply a commodity to be traded upon.

But talent it is of which I'm thinking - the artist and the poet, the physician and the philosopher, the seamstress and the jeweler, the chef and the athlete, the writer and the musician, the comedian and the architect, and so much more - all of it lost to the ages, because of some insane desire to protect the nation from impurity.

In the hideous gas chambers of Hitler's regime, what inestimable treasure was lost - the children who once knew laughter, the families and the Sunday afternoon outing at the park, the books that now would never be written, the songs never sung, the ideas never born, the love never given and received.

I think of our times now, and those who so "reasonably" fear the "immigrant" - that catchall phrase that gathers up all the anger and fear of a nation undergoing tremendous demographic change, because of the Statue of Liberty guarding the New York Harbor. Welcome, it says, welcome to a land of hope and opportunity, a land wherein all have a chance to achieve their best intentions and realize their abilities to make this a better world.

And now, some would take millions of people and send them packing. These red-faced, pinch-eyed, politicians would gladly break up families, condemning children to endless terror and their parents to untold sorrow.

Who are these politicians that speak so harshly, and sound, at least to their eager fans, so reasonable, so logical, so patriotic?

And what will be our loss, if I may put it in computable terms?

The books that remain to be written ... the science that remains to be enlarged ... the thoughts and talents of millions that will enrich our nation, flavor our culture, energize our economy, adding depth and delight to our future.

These mean-spirited politicians drag out statistics to prove that our immigrants are terrible people, and there are those who are more than happy to denounce the immigrant as a job-stealer, a rapist, and a drug-dealer.

Sounds to me too much like Nazi Germany - the vilification of the Jew, the Gypsy and the Slav - all of them, and more, undesirable.

Well, what's gained in all of this?

As the Nazis found in the rubble of Berlin, nothing is gained, and the losses are unimaginably huge.

Those who would live in nation with windows and doors sealed shut will soon run out of fresh air, and lo and behold will quickly discover that all the "bad" things imagined or real about the immigrant are painfully present in those ensconced in their version of racial purity and national pride. That which they fear in the "other," is present within their own soul and mind, and thus there will never be peace, within or without.

And the loss is unimaginable.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Our Very Best

One of the most creative lies spun as of late is that our economic challenges are the result of a Democratic President, and how many folks, who have other issues like race, are quick to believe the lie.
But, truth be told, we've been dealing with a GOP-dominated Congress for a long time, and, sadly, some Dems who were more like the GOP than they should have been.
The GOP has had this country on the run for 50 years ... and they've pretty much done their best to run it into the ground, even as they pillaged public monies to funnel them into the pockets of the few.
I would love to see a Progressive Congress ... out with the t-bag GOP, out with Blue Dog Dems, and in with those who hold in their hearts a great love for America, who can see beyond the moment, who rise to the occasion to offer justice and peace, who pay attention to our children and their education, who seek the welfare of the whole nation, and not just a few.
Let's elect Hillary ... and let's give to her a Congress that will work with her, to promote the welfare of the entire nation, and through appointments to the Federal Judiciary, insure justice for all for a long time to come.
And then to slowly clean out state houses ... all the GOP craziness of creationism, its bigotry against LGBTQ persons, its deconstruction of American Public Education, its upside down tax plans, its misogyny, and its courtship with racism and nullification.
Let's put in place our very best ... a Progressive Vision that will inspire all of America and place before the world what has truly made America great.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

So, We're Christian ...

With a little thought, it's obvious why America is so insanely religious, and specifically "christian" - we have a ton of sins to cover, sins we refuse to coherently admit, the ravages of which we blame on those whom we've hurt.

Sadly, religion in America, and specifically Christianity, has played a major role in this coverup.

But the sins of racism, the sins of genocide, the sins of Jim Crow apartheid, demand a hearing, and until they're heard for what they are, they continue to corrode and corrupt the entire system.

In a land dotted with churches, that we should be at our current state of chaos, only confirms what has been emerging in my mind - the failure of christianity. A failure of unimaginable proportions.

We've been preaching people into heaven, while letting them create hell on earth for millions of people. As of late, heaven has lost some of its luster, so churches have taken to preaching wealth, while condemning the poor for their lack of character and desire.

So, we're christian ... we praise je-e-sus until our brains fall out ... we hate other religions for not being the truth ... we've sent missionaries around the world to export our wickedness, along with arms and war.

So, we're christian ... shouting loudly our righteousness in the hopes of out-shouting our demons ... but the demons will continue to throw us into the fire ... until they're cast out ...

So, we're christian ...

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Heart in Turmoil


1. My heart is in turmoil ...

2. Last evening, a white cop parked his SUV patrol car by a restaurant, got out to get some food ... his attire deeply militarized, all black, tons of equipment dangling from his belt. Looked more like a robocop ... for the first time ever, I felt revulsion. I'm sure he's a good man, but his profession has come under suspicion.

3. If you're white, you're right; if you're black, you're dead.

4. Cops kill with impunity. The history of law enforcement in this nation has always been white officers to suppress black communities and keep "them in their place."

5. Blacks smoke weed and are sent away for years.

6. NRA is sick.

7. Good cops are afraid of the bad cops.

8 Judges defend bad cops.

9. Violence, John Wayne, and our incessant warfare, has coarsened our society ... stripping away the thin veneer of sociability essential to our survival, leaving only animal instincts, brutality, the worst kinds of tribalism.

10. US racism has never gone away, and these days, it has a new lease on life, thanks to Trump and the whole screwed up GOP, which has become the Party of hatred. Old White Men longing for their lost virility and supremacy, and angry trailer trash women who look for anyone just a rung lower. Thank you, Muslims will do just fine for this.

11. Subculture of whites will never forgive their nation for electing a "black man" to the White House - got it, it's a "white" house ...

12. NRA will defend armed whites, but shuts its mouth on armed blacks. Armed whites are patriots; armed blacks are thugs. Armed whites protect women and children; armed blacks are out to get your daughters and your sisters.

13. There are some whites who long for a race war ... their adolescent dreams of fire-fights and taking out the bad guys has replaced reality.

14. Southern Culture is still a virus in this nation. Reconstruction ended a 100 years too soon.

15. My heart aches ...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Here's the Deal ... on Guns!

Here's the deal ...

Cars are dangerous, used for crime, and even suicide.
So we regulate them as best we can.
We monitor who can drive, and if there's a violation
Or two, well, the license can be yanked or the
Person thrown into jail.

We require insurance.
We require smog controls.
We require and monitor all
Sorts of things ...

When it comes down to it,
Legit folks get to drive.
Get to own.
Even dozens of cars.

So, it'll be with guns.
We've got to get our heads on this one.
And we've got to stop the NRA and all
Of its fearful preachments.

Which are really nothing more than
A pack of lies.

So, it'll be, I'm sure, when we finally
Put our heads into this.

Legit folks will get to own guns.
Sure, some will be stolen.
Even as are cars.

But hunters and collectors will be okay.
And so will those in dangerous professions.
Those who may need a firearm. Okay?

When we finally get our head around this.
And make sense of what's now a
Senseless deal.

Gun-Almighty Prayer

Gun-Almighty, forgive us, we pray, for doubting your ability to solve all problems and save us from bad people ... forgive us, we pray, for restricting your influence ... there are those who would hedge you about with their callous laws and strange ideals, but we know better ... we know that in your firepower, all our ills can be solved. Forgive us, Gun-Almighty, for doubting your prophet, the NRA ... and for believing that peaceful means can be found ... help us, we pray, to find peace only through violence, the purest form of peace, only through relying on you, Gun-Almighty ... hear our prayer. Amen!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Harvest is Trump

Listened to Romney trash #Trump today ... no question there, but then Romney did his obligatory #Obama bash ... I thought to myself: #Romney and the #GOP are simply harvesting the results of their 8-years of obstructionism and tolerance of hate and bigotry. 

Trump isn't anything new, but rather the culmination of years now of GOP efforts to deconstruct the nation while playing footsie with #Limbaugh and #Beck and a host of other fascists and neocon war mongers.

It's an ugly thing to see what you've become, and there's no clearer picture right now of what the GOP has become than it's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.