Hands together in the dirt @ WTF 3/1

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Time to get down to it…

Hands together down in the dirt…

joe1I almost wish I was back in my twenties again…  not because I would give back about 45 years… yeah, that would be real fucking nice… but… because this time in our history is teeming with vibrant revolutionary potential.

It is also very fucking scary time… true revolutionary change usually comes with its requisite scare factors as those being revolutionized against usually don’t go from the forefront of power and control very willingly.

But… right here and now… I believe we are in one of the most regressive times… politically and socially… in our history (at least in my historical existence on this third rock from the sun) and it is very damn frightening.

We are in a period of one of the most outrageously regressive and potentially fascistic outright scariest realities that I have ever witnessed… scarier than when Tricky Dickey was the prez with his asshole buddies… VP Spiro Agnew and other top administration officials.  When it was all said and done… about 70 peeps or so from Nixon’s administration were formally charged with crimes and at least 49 were found guilty.nixon quits

Trumpty Dumpty’s administration may, or may not, threaten that probable record for a presidential administration’s history of criminality, but, if, his initial foray into his presidency is any indication… with his blatant disregard for the constitution and the law; his disdain for the judicial process, as well as the idea of a free press… then he is well on the road to at least giving it a damn ride and a run for its money. That is, if, he ain’t either impeached or forced to resign and then face federal charges himself, first.

But… and I have touched upon this in a previous column … there is a growing grass roots movement in America that is that is not going to take the ongoing bullshit that the Trumpty Dumpty regime is trying to blatantly foist upon and force feed to America… the disrespect for people of color… for working people… for the poor… the impoverished and homeless… for refugees, especially of Muslim heritage or faith… for the disrespect shown towards the American government itself. The bullshit that he… Trumpty Dumpty… and his minions, and, more importantly, the overlords who pull the puppet’s strings try to cram down all of America’s throats will not be tolerated.

The grass roots movement will not be silenced. They will persist. They will speak out and demonstrate against all forms of repression and injustice. They will not be afraid to stand and do what is right.

Recently, I was listening to Democracy Now! and part of the discussion was centered upon the recent anti-Jewish activity that has appeared since Trumpty has taken the reins of the presidency.  And, the recent spate of disgusting and despicable activities that have been practically rampant in America that have targeted Jewish people and Jewish organizations or representations… since January there have been at least 68 bomb scares called into Jewish Community Centers… so far all have been false… but… sooner or late one won’t be. There have been at least two incidents in Jewish cemeteries where tombstones were toppled over and damaged… 100 in St. Louis and another 500-plus in Philly.

Damaged headstones in Mount Carmel Cemeter in Philadelphia
Damaged headstones in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia

In a demonstration of those who will not be silenced and will persist and a show of solidarity… people from the local Muslim and Quaker communities came to help to try to restore the Philadelphia burial ground to some semblance of respectability and propriety.

After Rabbi Ari Fornari was introduced, he spoke about the violence… the anti-Semitism… that had occurred in the Mount Caramel Cemetery in Philadelphia… he spoke about the rows and rows of desecrated tombstones and how he and fellow rabbis were crest fallen and at a loss of where to begin and how to go about to attempting to restore the tombstones to their proper places. He then spoke about how the manager of an adjacent burial site… a Quaker cemetery…  came and offered what ever assistance he could… of how Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim who runs Celebrate Mercy appeared and said, “I was on my way to the airport, and I heard what happened in my own city, and I canceled my flight and came straight to the cemetery to offer support and solidarity.”

And Rabbi Fornari said, “And that was really the energy of the gathering at the cemetery… (it) was one of tremendous community support, support across lines of faith and difference, and a feeling that we will not stand for this kind of hatred. We will not be intimidated. We will gather. And the real sacred resistance in this moment is, you know, hands together in the dirt, really rebuilding and reclaiming our dignity and our integrity as communities of faith and those targeted by this administration.”

Hands together in the dirt… we will not be intimated… we will gather and we will resist… hands together in the dirt rebuilding reclaiming dignity…

Shout that out to the world… even put it on a fucking shirt… hands together in the dirt rebuilding and reclaiming dignity.

To those who would try and silence Americans from being who what they are… from living freely… in their own faith… (or non-faith) … their own ethnicity… their own sexuality… their own way of life… that in no way impinges upon any other person’s manner of living… even if they might be prejudicial, biased, racist, anti-Semitic, hateful ignoramuses… who very probably are very white Christian assholes.

Then Democracy Now! moderator Amy Goodman turned to Reverend William Barber, president of North Carolina NAACP, and said… “Right outside of Houston in Texas… (a) mosque burned to the ground. The local Jewish synagogue handed the keys over of their synagogue to the Muslim worshipers to say, “Use our building.” You have MPower, the Muslim group… raising… what was it? Over $100,000, when she heard about the Missouri vandalism at the Jewish cemetery, for restoring that cemetery. Reverend Barber, what about these attacks?”

Reverend Barber spoke of how just a few weeks past there were thousands of people… Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Sikh… marching together. He invoked the memory of past icons of the struggle against racism and bias and prejudice… Dr. King… Rabbi Heschel… Gandhi… as reminders of how ugly hate and violence is. How hate and violence poisons the whole system.barber

He spoke of how Trumpty Dumpty is a polluter… a poisoner of the system… with his hateful comments towards Mexicans and Muslims and refugees.

Then he spoke about something that is usually given short shrift but is key to what the fuck is happening in America today… especially with our so-called leaders.

He said it’s not just Trumpty… it’s all those who said nothing… who remained silent as he pushed and spoke his hate to America. and his hate… when people like the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives… Paul Ryan… came out and said that called Trumpty’s policies were classic racism in one breath… but… then turned around and gave his full support to a person that he just called a damn racist. (The damn is mine not Reverend Barber’s.) He spoke about how we are seeing a political attack on the poor, an attack on immigrants, an attack on people that need healthcare… he spoke about what Trumpty has done and is doing… “tweeting and hurting and denying and lying and spreading hate than he has spent standing up and being a statesman.”

And, he then so very precisely and succinctly identified exactly the state that America is presently in… “We’re in a season of hate and a season of political violence.”

But he then proclaimed, “… we who believe in love and justice must challenge it and must challenge him, as well as all others who are standing on the sidelines and allowing these things to happen without a word, and certainly without the works of love and justice.”

A season of hate… a season of political violence…

We must all place our hands in the dirt working together to resist, to persist, to fight back against this season of hate… this season of political violence.

Fake News…

Wanna know why Trumpty Dumpty’s message of “fake news” got so much legs? Try this on for size…

On a recent edition of the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were discussing how Trumpty peeps are bamboozled about why liberal peeps… mostly the donkeys… can’t grok the reality that Trumpty is doing exactly what he said he is going to do. Whether he is effective or not will be a work in progress but still he is essentially doing some of what he said he would do with all his batshit crazy and kamikaze-like executive orders as well as his cabinet appointees.

Mika Brzezinksi
Mika Brzezinksi

Brzezinski chimed in with… “I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.

The entire idea of a free press is this… that the press objectively and without bias or prejudice reports on what happens in the world… they report the news objectively. As soon as they drift from that line they become another form of opinionated observation… and… if, they go so far as to think they can actually “control what people think” then they are no longer news reports but rather they have essentially abrogated their responsibility of being a free press and have become a propaganda tool of whatever agenda they are attempting to push.

This opens the door to… Fake Fucking News.

In one aspect, the damn press peeps who is bitching about having their rights curtailed are also part of the problem. They need to go back to being reporters who objectively report the facts. Just the facts. Leave the personal prejudices and bias for the editorial pages.

Me and 43?

In this bizarro crazy batshit looney Trumptonian world that I find myself ensconced within, I find myself and George W. bush in agreement….

What the holy fuck!?

Whatever could Georgie Porgie say that would make me say… That man is right!

A man I have scourged and pilloried for being deceitful, dishonest and simplistically put… a damn crook and idjit?

The former 43rd prez of America said… “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated.” Then he namby pambied around his words and said he was optimistic about Trumpty getting his shit together and of America finding “a way to come out of it.”

But… during an interview on NBC’s “TODAY,” he also said this. “Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive. I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. It’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Damn straight, George…

Who would a thunk it… me… Georgie… in agreement. Go fucking figure.

The greatest…

That’s what Trumpty wants to “return” us to…  being great again. Well he’s got a long row to hoe…

Because first… I never thought our damn history was all that great to begin with… what with immigration deportations of Mexicans between 1929 and 1936 during the Repatriation Movement because American politicians et. al. blamed Mexicans for the jobs turn-down during the Great Depression …  then again more deportations of “illegal immigrants” during President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback, which deported an estimated 1.1 million undocumented migrants in 1954… again during the Bushie years… and even during the Bamster’s reign of power…

Add in our racist and near extermination treatment of Native Americans that continues on up to today with how we are fucking them still as the government is stealing their treaty and scared lands to build oil pipelines… the entire deal with the enslavement of Black folks… the need for the women’s suffragette movement… the way workers have always been treatment by management and government… the wartime economy we continually rely upon to keep our capitalist system afloat and.. well… you should get the gist of what I be saying…

US life expectancy declines

And… second…  check this shit out… according to new research that was which was funded by the EPA and the UK Medical Research Council and published in The Lancet on Tuesday…

Among high-income countries, the U.S. boasts the highest Body Mass Index (BMI), homicide rate, and child and maternal mortality rates… and… we are “the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity.”

In other words, we die faster than any other industrialized country around.

The Land of the Free (HAH!) and the Home of the Brave is alone among the countries in the intergovernmental Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development who DO NOT have universal health care. We have something called the Affordable Care Act. Which is a damn sight better that the insurance coverage Americans were able to get previously but still falls wat far from being anything near what other industrialized countries have.

The conclusion by the authors of the study… “Not only does the USA have high and rising health inequalities, but also life expectancy has stagnated or even declined in some population subgroups.”

Like I said… we ain’t anywhere near being great and we are in fact losing ground fast.  All tha twinning America is supposed to be so famous for? It ain’t us, babe.

And, it ain’t about to get better real soon if Trumpty is seeking to sharply increase military spending. aka the war budget… while seeking drastic cuts to state department budget and the EPA.  

US military bases…

 

We really need more money for defense?

You want what?

Did you hear the latest joke emanating from the state of North Dakota?

The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million. That is a dollar amount that would fund the state’s Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year for budgetary needs. AND… North Dakota state politicians are expecting the federal government to pony up the cash to pay for it all.

Ex-fucking-cuse me?

They want we the people to pay for their bullshit police action against Native Americans and their supporters who objected to having a pipeline that would threaten their drinking water and the lands around their sacred grounds? They want us to pay for their being used and manipulated  by Big oil and Big Finance?

How’s about this instead? Go tell it to them big corporation SOBs who played ya’ll for chumps. Or… go tell your citizens they need to pay up with more taxes to take care of the tab for appropriating The Standing Rock Sioux sacred lands.

Another thousand words…

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  1. Another good one, Joe.

    Like you, I was happy to see dubya speak out against Trumps tirades about the press. I was even more surprised and pleased to hear McCain take Trump to task earlier, saying in effect that destroying a free press was necessary to become a dictator. (I have admired McCain’s integrity even though I did not vote for him.)

    The “dark people” behind Trump are solidifying their hold even as we speak–well, write! There may not be much time for us to act before they cement themselves too much in control to dig out.

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