Thursday, August 17, 2017

We Must Resist

Seven months in, this is America under Trump. We must #resist and fight hate with our hearts, minds, bodies and souls, and with our laws/constitution, our refusal to let anyone or any rhetoric divide us up, our voices, our feet in the streets, our presence in town halls and voicemail messages and voting booths, and, most of all, our love. We must show up, stand up and speak up for each other, and for what our special, inspirational, beautiful America is really all about.

We must RESIST. Stand together. Face down hate and divisiveness with love and unity. Trump's nightmare vision of America will NEVER triumph over the American dream.

Seven months in...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Connect the Dots: Jared + VEB = Trump is Putin's Puppet

Postscript to my last post (Trump + Vlad = Treason), just in case anyone is wondering what dots, exactly, I was talking about being connected. Here's an example: Jared's December meeting with the Kremlin's VEB Bank operatives. Rachel Maddow sounded the the alarm on this months ago. Now everyone is finally starting to connect the dots. Again, I simply say: follow the money. It will directly lead to the bedroom of Trump and Putin, and I would strongly advise that you knock first before barging in, because they are definitely in bed together:

Trump + Vlad = Treason

I hope you all will watch the important interview of Bill Browder by Fareed Zakaria which I have linked below. Consider this fact: Vladimir Putin is the single richest man on planet earth. What does Donald Trump value? Money. Power. Putin and Trump: it's a match made in hell. I submit to you, follow the money and it will lead to the truth of just how in bed with, and beholden to, Putin and Russia's interests our sitting President is. He is not working for us. He is not working for America. He is working for Vlad. And that, my friends, is called treason.

Many (such as Rachel Maddow) have been connecting the money trail dots for a long time now, and I have full confidence that, sooner rather than later, the full picture will come into view so clearly that even the biggest dismissers of the Trump-Russia connection will see and understand. I stand by my prediction: Trump will be impeached and/or tender his resignation by Christmas. I plan to have eggnog. Possibly with rum (I don't drink, but an exception might need to be made, given the year I will, by that point, hopefully have lived through personally, and the year that our country will, by that point, have weathered).

We not only have a President who violates the constitution at every turn, and has conflicts of interest galore, we have a President who, because of one of those conflicts of interest--namely, being bought and paid for by Vladimir Putin--is acting not in the best interest of America but actually in the interest of a foreign enemy power.  What we have, folks, is a treasonous man occupying the White House.  We need to get all the facts via the investigations currently underway, and once there is enough evidence (which there will be--I've never been more certain of anything in my entire life), we need to impeach this treasonous con artist.  Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all of us need to come together on this, as President Donald J. Trump poses a clear and present danger to our country.

Bill Browder interview by Fareed Zakaria today, 7/16/2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today is a Tragic Day for the United States of America


This is a tragic, tragic day for my country. The United States of America ain't what she used to be.

The Republicans have been trying to get to this day since 1980. And today, they cemented the oligarchy.  Today, with the passage by the House of their GOP "health care" bill, they actually cheered when they threw the 99% to the wolves. Such a sad, sad, sad day. And, for many of us, terrifying. What kind of country is this anymore, really? Congratulations, Reagan Republicans. We are now living in the wild, wild west. It is everyone for themselves. In the immortal words of Sawyer from my beloved TV series, LOST: "It's Lord of the Flies time now."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Teshuvah

We are subtly and not-so-subtly taught/enculturated that human beings have evolved, civility-wise and even spiritually, from "barbaric", "savage" tribes to modern "civil" society. Somehow, we are lead to believe that mere advances in technology have made us less "savage". But that is all smoke and mirrors: us human are *exactly* the same as we've always been. Exactly. The good, wonderful potentials are there...and so are the savage, the barbaric...the evil.

This week, sarin gas was used by human beings against other, innocent, human beings, including children. It causes extreme suffering and death. It is against all the agreed upon conventions of war--and war is already barbaric--but even in war, there are supposed to be certain minimal standards of decency. Those were not in evidence in this attack in Syria.

So let's not delude ourselves, in our shiny cities, that we are better than those who lived or live in the deep forest with minimal tools. Let's not think that our religions make us somehow deeper or more spiritual or more "saved" than the religions or beliefs of earlier humans. Let's not think that any of our gleaming trappings make us any better than any human who has ever lived in any culture. We are no more or less barbaric than people and cultures from thousands of years ago.

We all have exactly the same potentials inside of us for good, and for evil, that humans have always had. It's always been up to us to choose.

Right now, in our world, I am seeing an awful lot of humans choosing evil. It's up to each of us to turn that around.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I'll Say It Again: Pay Attention to the Tiny Man Behind the Curtain

This Smerconish dude first came to my attention when he was bashing my cherished alma mater (long story--won't even get into it) on the rarified air of CNN a few years back. My verdict was that I couldn't stand him.

Well, today, I find myself cheering "Right on!" to his musing that, as a lawyer himself, he thinks it would be very interesting if Obama were to SUE THE SHIT OUTTA (<--my terminology there, he just said "sue"...I like to spice things up) Trump for LIBEL, baby. My reaction is YES: it is SO clear cut!!!

Obama did NOT "wiretap" Trump Tower. Now, Trump could have been, and Trump associates/campaign people definitely HAVE been, picked up/intercepted in communications with Russians in surveillance of said Russians. But Obama absolutely did NOT wiretap Trump tower, as *everyone* and every organization in a position to know that for sure has stated already. And Trump, as President, could simply unclassify any evidence he has (which he has none of, since there is none) of this and show the American people what he is talking about.

The entire reason Trump made this claim, if *anyone* out there is stupid enough (sorry not sorry) to actually believe him or even wonder if it is true, is as follows, and this is 100% definite, says ME: he made this claim to ***DISTRACT*** the media and us, the American people, from uncovering (and covering, as in devoting resources, investigation and AIR TIME to) TRUMP'S TIES TO PUTIN/RUSSIA AND THE POSSIBLE COLLUSION OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE COURSE OF THE AMERICAN 2016 ELECTION. Period! It's total Wizard of Oz stuff: Trump wants us to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, but look at all the smoke and mirrors and special effects he is throwing up for us.

Do NOT buy this man's pathetic, utterly see-through attempt to DIVERT us from what is real and really important. And I agree with Smerconish on this one: Obama should sue Trump's disgusting, despicable self for LIBEL. He would win. As Smerconish said, he won't do it...he's too classy, he'll just ignore this diversion, which actually is another really good way to go--because the allegation is total SHIT, it is so obviously designed to divert our attention from Trump's Putin connections, and to make the news media all run around chasing its tail on this other thing, while meanwhile Trump's Putin connection, he HOPES, would drop off the radar. So, I agree with Smerconish that it would be beautiful, in a way--a satisfying, exposing-Trump-as-the-lying-idiot-he-is way--yet I actually, the more I am in the middle of writing this, realize that saying and doing NOTHING is the best response Obama can give. He has said it didn't happen, and that's it. That's all he should do. Don't even dignify this utter horse shit with a libel suit. That elevates it in a way. Leave it in the hole in the ground where it belongs. I just hope everyone sees this for what it is: a pathetic attempt by Trump to divert attention from the real, important investigation into Putin's interference in our election process, Trump's links to Putin, and Trump's likely collusion with Putin in interfering with our election.

Pull the curtain back and see the tiny man behind it, trying desperately to divert your attention with smoke and mirrors. Pay attention to what he is doing--to the buttons and levers he is pushing and pulling--not to the smoke and mirrors that said manipulations throw up all around you to distract you.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

All Fascist Wannabes Go After the Free Press First

A friend posted on Facebook this morning about Trump's attacks on the press, writing "A free press is essential to democracy". To which I responded: Yes it is. And, even as stupid as Trump is, he knows that. Which is why he, like all fascist/dictator wannabes, is attacking and going after the press first. He's clearing a path.

I have been saying since the primary campaign, based on the things Trump said, the policies he put forward, and the dog whistles he consistently blew to his supporters, that this man is a fascist. I was told I was being overly dramatic. I will say it again: Trump is a FASCIST. He wants to make America a fascist country.

We cannot allow that. We have to keep doing exactly what we have been doing, in breathtakingly beautiful, inspiring fashion: we have to keep resisting: standing up, turning out, marching, chanting, holding signs, filling the switchboards, offices and town halls of our elected representatives, filling the streets, and refusing to be silenced.

"She was warned. She was told to stop. And yet she persisted."

We must persist in standing together, standing for each other, being indivisible, and protecting our constitution and democracy with everything we have, non-violently, as we have 100% been so far, because no matter how low Trump goes--and he's nowhere near his nadir yet--we *only* go high, we only go non-violent, we only go creative resistance, and we will triumph--look at history. And then look Trump in his beady little constitution-violating eyes and stare him the duck down. We will prevail.