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Fidel Finally Died

I recall in January, 1959 sitting with a group of University of California students as we watched Fidel Castro drive out the hated dictator, Batista, and hopefully bring democracy to the people of Cuba. He came across as a modern Robin Hood who was going to bring peace and prosperity to Cubans. Alas, that was the dream, and the reality was different. He  preached for a new world in which the under class  finally was able to share the riches of society. He promised to end dictatorship and replace it with a democracy.

The years passed, and Fidel became much of what he had overthrown. Yes,  he did bring education to all, yes, he did bring excellent medical care to all. BUT, his economics changed Cuba from a  nation in which the top five percent lived in comfort to a nation in which ALL(except for government bureaucrats) lived a life without comforts. He never was able to create a Communist economy that resulted in high standard of living for all. His promise of ‘democracy’ was transformed into a dictatorship in which those who disagreed did so in prison.

Yes, many Cubans will feel sad that the only ruler they had known for fifty years is now dead. It is up to his brother, Raul, to return to the  original promise of a democracy and a dynamic economy that brings a good life to ALL CUBANS.

The White Myth

There are dozens of groups which supported Donald Trump which boast that  he is restoring power to those of the white race. They believe people of darker skins seek to take over power and end the dominance of those who are ‘white.’ The construct of a ‘white race’ simply does not exist anymore than the construct of a ‘blue eyed race.’ In the nineteenth century, the newly arrived Irish were regarded as people who were ‘black’ and not like the Anglo Saxon Protestants who then dominated America. Italians who began arriving late in the nineteenth and then in the twentieth century were told by fellow Catholics, the Irish, they were “dark skinned people’ and not like NOW, the white skinned Irish.

Jews came at the turn of the twentieth century only to be met with hatred and anger for being people of a dark and sinister race. Opponents of these immigrants insisted they could never assimilate within  ‘white society’ because they had a different religion, ate different foods, dressed differently, spoke Yiddish, and simply could never become integrated within ‘white society.’ The story is always the same, new immigrants are DIFFERENT. Ironically, Hispanics were here before the British arrived in the 1600s. And, Spanish regarded themselves as superior to native born peoples.

Being white is always changing. But, today, the former ‘dark skinned Jews and Irish’ now insist they are WHITE!

Mike Pence Insulted

Mike Pence and family went to the theater to see the play, ‘Hamilton.’ Tickets are very, very difficult to obtain and most Americans have to wait a year or so to finally see the play. At the conclusion of the play, cast members came out on stage and one read a statement directed at the vice president elect. The statement urged Pence in his new role to “work on behalf of all of us”and seek to end anger and hate in America. Well, to Donald Trump, those were words of anger and hate, and he had to respond: “I hear a highly overrated show demanded an apology from Mike Pence  for their terrible behavior.”

Actually, cast members simply wanted the Trump administration to grasp that others feel “we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” They reflect fears and anxieties from Hispanics, from Muslims, from blacks that the new Trump era heralds a new world in which hatred has official sanction.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some presidents read cables from overseas, Donald Trump reads tweets from just about anyone.

We know that Donald Trump is very, very, interested in Broadway plays.

Queer, seven extra points missed this Sunday, another Trump result?

Want to meet with Donald Trump, just send him a nasty tweet.

Melania Trump, first First Lady who speaks with foreign accent.

I wonder if American Catholics  pay any attention to their Pope and what he says?

I have never seen so many Americans frightened due to fear of going to jail.

 

 

John McCain, The American

Once upon  a time in America it was the norm for members of Congress to have served in their country’s armed forces. Every president from Harry Truman to George H.W. Bush had been a member of their nation’s armed forces. Many like John McCain had been in combat. McCain’s grandfather was an Admiral in WWI, his father was an Admiral in WWII and Vietnam. Senator McCain was shot down in combat in the Vietnam war and endured  years of torture. He was also raised, as were all who served,to respect the Code of Military Justice which includes American agreement to abide by the Geneva Conventions. I assume draft dodger Donald Trump has NO idea as to what is legal or illegal for those who serve the country.

Senator McCain made clear that “I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do.We will not waterboard. We will not do it.”And, he added: “What does it say about America?” If waterboarding is done under the presidency of Donald Trump it says the American military has violated its OWN LAWS OF ENGAGEMENT!

Pope Francis Wants Equal Treatment

Once upon a time Catholics listened intently to the views, the ideas, of their priests, and, particularly to what their Pope said about daily life. Pope Francis definitely is not anyone who Donald Trump would pay attention to his words of wisdom. The Pope told his flock, the Pope told the world: “We see, for example, how quickly those among us wish the status of a stranger, an immigrant, or a refugee, becomes a threat, or take the status of an enemy. An enemy  because they come from a distant country a have different customs. An enemy  because of the color of their skin, their language or their social class. The enemy  because they think differently or even have a  different faith.”

No other comment but: AMEN and THANK YOU FOR BEING A POPE!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human  condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

There is only ONE Donald Trump, he will not change now that he is president.

Why do we say “Islamic terrorists” but never “Christian Nazi terrorists?”

All who voted for Donald Trump voted for hate and anger.

This is the first election in which Americans did not believe their nation was GREAT.

Each day, each week in Chicago the innocent die by gun violence.

Every gun in America should be thrown into the Pacific ocean.

Steven Hawkins doesn’t believe this planet will endure forever, hopefully,for a thousand years?

To be selected for a government job with Trump, one must hate the “enemy” which is US.

Why not Ivanka for Secretary of Commerce, she sells products?

I await Donald’s grandson as Secretary of Education, he knows all about schools.

Now, Americans understand how Hitler came to power in a decent nation of people.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

These are joyous days for those with a million dollars in the bank.

These are joyous days for those who preach hatred.

Rudy Giuliani has extensive foreign policy experience, he has made numerous trips to Staten Island.

I forgot,  Rudy Giuliani wants to become Attorney General so he can lock up a candidate for president.

Ben Carson as a member of the Cabinet is akin to allowing a kindergarten child to run your classroom.

I assume that Donald Trump will decorate the oval office with pictures of  his heroes–Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Hidden Fears Of Life

Each day brings stories of prejudice and hatred, once hidden from public view, but now out in the open. In a Michigan school at lunch, a group of children shouted with glee ‘Build A Wall, Build A Wall,’ while Hispanic children heard the voices, and some cried in fear. A teacher, John Sousa, in Florida, warned his black students, “Don’t   make me call Donald Trump and get you sent back to Africa,” ha, ha.

This is a new phenomenon in American history. Once upon a time, teachers and students would cite with pride the name of the president. Today, his name is shouted with hate and anger against the defenseless. Once upon a time, the president was a model of caring and love, today, he is the epitome of hatred and violence directed against those lacking the means to defend themselves.Welcome to life in Trump America.

Fascists Are Now In Power!

The word, Fascism, arose  in Italy after the end of World War I. The nation was wracked by conflict between labor and business, there were riots in the streets due to  poverty, and, many were  concerned about the end of an era in which there was ‘respect’ for the Catholic church, for traditional values, for the world of life prior to the rise of industrialism. Then, a man arose, his name was Benito Mussolini. He promised to make Italy a Great nation once again, he promised to give  people jobs. Mussolini crushed all opposition, and eventually became a dictator.

The essence of fascism was an alliance between government and business in which  worker rights ended, and the wealthy and powerful ruled in alliance with Mussolini. The military was given billions of dollars, and freedom of speech ended. The Catholic church recognized the dictatorship, and, in return it was the official religion of the State. Sorry, but the Trump government is making similar promises, it is promising religious groups they will not have to buckle under to government rules and regulations, and the media is warned that ‘incorrect stories’ can result in law suits.

Donald Trump is the poor man’s version of dictator Benito Mussolini.