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Are We Americans Racist?

Attorney General Eric Holder when assuming office back in 2009 made some comments that continue to infuriate members of the Republican party. He was commenting on attacks made on the new president. He said that “in things racial we always and continue to be in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He was recently asked if this view continues to be held by him. Holder responded, “there’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there is a racial animus.” There is no doubt that racism continues to dwell in the hearts and minds of all too many Americans. But,the question as to whether or not Barack Obama has fostered these ideas is another question? Could he have handled the racial aspect of assuming the presidency in other ways than how he performed? In defense of Obama, there is no question whatever and how ever he handled anything as president, X number of Americans would have responded with hate and venom toward him. They would have accused him of not being a “real American.” Certainly, that has been the main focus of Fox News. Their commentators continue to raise the issue of “patriotism” and his alleged hatred of the US Constitution.

However, there is no doubt in my mind, regardless of which Democrat became president in 2008, a similar response would have emerged. Republicans of the 21st century are filled with incredible anger and hatred toward anyone who suggests sane policies. They are convinced that terrorism is the main enemy of this country and Obama has failed to halt its spread. They also are convinced this nation depends for its economic survival on our top 5% of wealthy people. During my 84 years as an American I have never witnessed such a love of wealthy people and dislike of poor ones. Frankly, this is the confusion that drives me crazy. Why do so many Americans adore those who have rather than those who do not?

We are less racial and more stupid is the problem. I suspect when unions left the scene we lost an institution that provided education and realism to the average American worker. Today, they rely on things like Fox News.

Warehouse The Kids!

Members of the Republican party have finally identified the real threat from terrorists, and they are furious at refusal of President Obama to respond to a potential influx of thousands of militants who pose a real and present danger to our nation. No, these are not Muslim terrorists. No, these are not members of violent members of Boko Haram from Nigeria. No, they are not coming from eastern Ukraine with guns in hand. Thank God, we have Republican Congressman Michael McCaul who has identified the most important threat to our survival as a nation. So, who are the terrorists seeking to dwell within our midst while they employ their weapons of horror? If you go to our border with Mexico and gaze outward it is possible to see the advancing hordes descending upon our border. They are children fleeing beatings, rape and murder. And, now, according to the Republican party they intend to enter our hallowed grounds and commit horrors unknown to Americans. They intend to go to school, do their homework or work in our fields picking peaches and strawberries. Imagine the mayhem that will emanate from these actions?

Congressman McCaul has a plan. “I think we have to have a deterrence, and if we are to build facilities, we should build them in countries of origin in Central America.” He wants to construct warehouses for the children. Talk about a man who loves Jesus Christ. There is no doubt if Jesus was alive today he would be standing on the border line with gun in hand aiming at—? Who is the question?

Women Move Bishop In Chess Game Of Religion

I have often wondered how the history of this world would have progressed if a group of women were the ones who wrote a Bible that explained the origin of we humans? Alas, men wrote the Bible, and men decided how God thought. Of course, it was their assumption that God was a man, and there was some divine reason why a group of men wound up writing a Bible. The Church of England for the past twenty five years has been confronting pressures to allow women in the Church to possess equal powers to those enjoyed by men. Yesterday, the Church of England national assembly that is known as the General Synod voted on a motion regarding the status of women. The vote was 351 in favor of allowing women to become a Bishop with only 72 against the motion. Thus, the necessary two-thirds vote changed church regulations. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby welcomed the vote, although he acknowledged that all were not happy at the outcome. “As delighted as I am by the outcome, I am also mindful of those within the church for whom the result will be difficult and a cause for concern.”

Frankly, I have never figured out why this issue causes division. I assume if one is a member of the clergy getting people INTO the church is the issue, not keeping them outside. Does anyone really believe the Big Guy up in the sky gives a damn if He is speaking to a man or a woman??

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.

Marry When Old Enough?

Mehemet Gormez, head of the Turkish Religious Affairs Directive is very concerned about the issue of child marriages. Many mothers and fathers decide to marry off a daughter for financial reasons, for fear they will select their own groom or because they seek to please some male in search of a wife. Gormez challenges those of the Muslim faith who believe their religion urges them to marry off young girls. He denies there is any evidence that the Muslim religion sanctions such actions. “Those who attempt to find evidence of such mercilessiness in Islam are doing an injustice both to the religion and to the girl.” He insists it is “unacceptable” to connect the Prophet Muhammad to such behavior.

Gormez correctly insists that child marriage is a crime. But, then again, many countries in Africa and Asia also believe in child marriage. Just check with Boko Haram in Nigeria. In fact, they kidnap children and deliver them to some old fart who needs a young woman to do the dirty work of life.

War Knows No Respite In Gaza

The latest example of Middle Eastern madness began when some thugs murdered three innocent Jewish boys who lived on the West Bank. Their deaths on the West Bank is symbolic of what has happened between Israel and Palestinians. The West Bank was won from Jordan in the famous Six Day War in 1967. Israel leaders at that time wanted to return the West Bank in exchange for peace with their Arab leaders. If there is one thing that has rarely changed in the Middle East is the reality no Nelson Mandela or his equivalent can be found in the Middle East. The subsequent half century have witnessed an ever growing anger and failure to compromise over the issue of the West Bank. Three Jewish boys died. The latest count of Israel’s murderous bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip is that 156 Palestinians are dead and over 1,000 thousand wounded. Certainly, this has gone beyond an eye for an eye. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never been guilty of the crime of softness in the face of danger. He has shouted for revenge, and he has gotten revenge. Of course, the revenge began with three Israel Jews murdering an innocent Palestinian boy and it has escalated and escalated from that moment.

The problem with bombing revenge is that this is a TACTIC, this is not a plan nor a solution. I assume Israel can bomb and bomb and bomb. At some point in time, the bombing must cease. Then, what? PM Netanyahu has not presented any idea for a long term solution that would end the murders and bombings in the region. The UN has called for a cease fire. Netanyahu rejects it because more bombing must ensue. As I recall, Israel decades ago bombed, and Jewish Israelis(20% of Israelis are Muslim or Christian) were promised peace would result. Actually, since the bombings began Hamas and other groups have received thousands of more missiles. There is no evidence that bombings will bring peace.

Uman Omar,a Gaza woman summed up the problem of bombing when she saw her home destroyed by bombs. “Am I a terrorist? Do I make rockets and artillery in my home?”" Of course not, but to cease bombing such homes would get in the way of bombing.

My Imaginary Conversation With Barack Obama

I decided that since President Barack Obama will not talk to me or the American people, perhaps it was time for me to present the conversation that probably would have ensued if he did speak with me.

M: Mr. President, I twice voted for you in hope that you would create conditions for peace on this planet.

O: I spend every day and night focusing on how to prevent war in this world.

M: But, hardly a day passes without some evidence that our secret intelligence is spying on our allies. Why?

O: Sorry, that is a National Secret.

M: Are you saying it is a secret why we spy on our friends and allies such as in Germany?

O: I can not even admit that we know anyone in Germany, NATIONAL SECURITY

M: Do you admit Americans spy on other nations?

O: Sorry, the answer to that question gets into issues of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: But, we do have the CIA and the NSA and they are spy agencies, correct?

O: I will acknowledge there are two organizations in our government named the ÇIA and NSA, but what they do is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: Perhaps, you can provide the American people some examples of how these agencies protected the nation?

O: I can say they prevent terrorism, but I am, at this time, prevented from disclosing any other information–NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: So, they prevented terrorist plots in America?

O: Yes, but which ones or when is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: Can you tell us anything about how our spy systems work?

O: As president of this great nation, I must protect it. But, any question you pose poses an issue of NATIONAL SECURITY so I must decline.

M: Are you allowed to say, goodbye to me?

O: I would love to say goodbye to you, but first must check with some people as to who you are and do you pose a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: By the way, do you have clearance to deal with NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES?

O: Sorry, that relates to NATIONAL SECURITY.

Gerry Manders In Our States

Among the American virtues was the invention of “gerrymandering” back in the 19th century when the nation was young, and our congressional leaders were still learning the fine art of politics. And, so, in order to ensure that once elected, none of our beloved leaders should ever again be compelled to confront an electorate in which there might be people who voted the wrong way, state legislators developed intricate maps which twisted and wound their way through a state in order to guarantee the elected only were confronted by voters who had voted for them. Thus, the fine art of gerrymandering now results in over 80% of our beloved congressmen virtually assured of re-election. For some strange reason, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis in Florida decided there was something wrong with this system. He wrote a 41 page decision which declares invalid most congressional seats in the state.

He offered proof that Republican legislators relied upon the advice and map skills of political consultants in drawing up safe congressional seats. Naturally, Republicans wound up with most of the seats. Heck, in the last presidential election, Democratic candidates for Congress received a million more votes than Republicans, but Republicans won a 25 seat majority in the House of Representatives. Lewis argues consultants “engaged in a conspiracy to influence and manipulate the legislature.”

It is about time in America to turn over to an impartial agency the task of drawing up congressional seat boundaries. How about entrusting the American Bar Association with that task?

Love Children, Be Hated!

There are moments in my life, when confusion reigns. I was raised in a world in which there were writers who provided children interesting and exciting stories of life and love and wonder. Judy Blume has given such wonderful examples of stories that excite children and make them want to read and read. No greater praise can be given a writer than she is able to stimulate children to think, to wonder, to desire to read and read. Alas,this is the year 2014, a time when encouraging thinking and wonder among children, let alone among adults, is not in accordance with the design of God–or, at least, that is what I am told by Tea Party and abortion haters. How in good God’s name, could JUDY BLUME get on the hate list of anyone!! But, this is the year 2014, when hate and distrust are the most important issues to many Americans. Judy Blume was in England where she told a reporter about her speeches in support of Planned Parenthood:

“I went to a couple of places two years ago, and I got seven hundred and seventy hate mail warnings-’we know where you are going to be and we’ll be waiting for you.” Her publisher had to provide a bodyguard for Judy Blume!! One can laugh at this absurdity, or one can sigh with fatigue at the hate that never ends in America. There are those who simply cannot halt their anger at–Obama, health insurance, abortion, dark skinned folk, or whatever. Hatred has sunk into the very fibre of their being, and common sense has no place in their minds.

Just imagine if this long haired unemployed young man crossed our border and asked to enter in order to work at his job of spreading peace and love? Sorry, Jesus,is that your name, no place at the Inn of America for the likes of YOU!!

Pope Asks For World Time Out

The World Cup involves nations throughout the world in competition to determine which is in possession of the best soccer(sorry for the American name) team in the world. There is no doubt if your nation’s team wins the cup, it will result in jobs, free health care, new housing for the poor, and wonderful schools for children. Now, how did I ever connect the World Cup to these events? Perhaps, I am still in a state of shock that King Lebron James has decided to hold his court in the Cleveland Cavalier court. Anyway, millions are focused on the World Cup so along comes that man of peace, Pope Francis with an outrageous idea. He is asking all nations of the world, for one minute, yes, just one damn minute to cease and desist from killing someone. The Pope is asking “for a moment of silence around the July 17th match to remember those stricken by war and unrest.” In other words, just for a fucking moment, could you guys just put down your weapons of destruction and avoid killing for A MOMENT!

I can just hear leaders of violence bellowing that if they don’t kill at this very moment, then those who murder will get ahead in the race to see who can murder more people! What would it do to our national prestige if we fell behind in the murder race? Oh, my God, imagine coming up second in the murder cup!

Most probably if they halt for a moment, our leaders of Death will undoubtedly make certain the next moment is twice as violent!!