The time is now @ WTF 1/17

… a painting by Haitian artist Watson Mere

Tired of waiting…

In one 300-plus word sentence, (that will most likely cause most English teachers and academicians wince in pain but ultimately will accept it in understanding of the truth) from his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King Jr. explained why waiting for white society “to allow” Black people to possess their equal and just human rights in America was simply not a very prudent, wise or relevant suggestion to activists like himself, he nailed why he was a part of, if not a leader of, the  Civil Rights movement in 1960’s America.

But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize and even kill your black brothers and sisters with impunity; when you see the vast majority of your 20 million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your 6-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see the depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky, and see her begin to distort her little personality by unconsciously developing a bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a 5-year-old son asking in agonizing pathos, “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”; then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.

Today we once more find it difficult to wait.

Hopefully a more unified and formulated resistance to the dominant society… the corporate oligarchy… exists today than did back in the Civil Rights era. Hopefully, people of all ethnicities, of all races, of all colors and all faiths will rise up as one with symbolic pitchforks to demand the equality and justice that should be deserved simply because it is the right thing to do in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

This is not to say that the Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s King did not embrace an overall program to reduce poverty for all people… did not demand justice for all people… did not object to injustices that were being perpetrated against all people…  did not object to  an unjust and immoral war being fought by America…  did not strive for full employment for all of America… because it most certainly did.

After Dr. King widened his program to include all the above issues …

Birmingham, Alabama May
1963

And when the antiwar movement, especially many young white college age men and women, began to understand why war was being fought and began to include not just a demand for peace (and no draft) but a demand for justice, equality and full employment. Because at some point they came to a watershed moment as they were often met in the streets during their  anti-war protests with billy clubs, tear gas, snarling, biting dogs and cops on horses riding into their masses… just like the Civil Rights marchers.

Stop The Draft Week Oakland 1967

They, then, understood that the struggle of Black people to have the exact same rights and freedoms that the so-called free white people had was their struggle too. And, when the two forces joined together there was for a moment in time and history the chance to grab hold of the impetus of the righteousness of their cause and take it to where America had never been ever before… a country that truly was the  land of the free and the home of the brave.

Unfortunately when the Vietnam war was ended… when the troops came home… when the threat to their lives stopped the juice of the protest of white america … especially young white Americans… suddenly was lost and the fervor and the fight and the desire to tell it like it is and struggle against the corporate machine fell by the wayside. Yes, there were still people who kept the fight going on for justice and equality for all, but that moment when it could have been… was lost. The summer soldier had gone home. Young white people had won heir battle and unfortunately forgot there was a larger, more important war yet to be won. The ongoing struggle for social and economic freedom for all people regardless of any ethnic background, color or faith. A struggle to free all oppressed people regardless of whether they were white, brown or black.

But now…

Many of we the people… a large growing number… continue to be tired of the racism, the sexism, the chauvinism, the failure to provide for the common welfare of all the people of this country by the so-called political leaders of the country, of being the chumps of the politicians, of being lied to, of the injustice, of being without the ability to comfortably exist from day to day without worrying whether someone will be hungry, suffering or dying… we the people are tired of “bloodiness.” Of being nothing more than an implement by which the oligarchy enriches its fat wallets evermore and more and more.

Just as Black people did back in the 1950’s and 1960’s we find all too many folks struggling to sometimes even to put food into their family’s bellies because of a system that is rigged all too often to meet the needs of the privileged rich and few over the poor, the struggling, the hungry, the wounded, the out of work… the people who make the country function and be what some 1% of the population call success.

Hopefully they, the 1%, will understand, as well as everyone who speaks and stands with them, we the people find it difficult to wait for equality and justice and the human need, and the freedom, to be economically secure.

The time is now for permanent change that makes all people equal, free and economically and physically safe.

Crazy… or just a greedy, lying ass meshuganah?

On March 31, 2016, Trumpty Dumpty sat down with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post for an interview. He was still just a candidate and not yet the fearless and feckless leader of the so-called free world. Two moments… out of many strange and eerie ones… particularly stand out from that conversation between candidate Trumpty and Woodward and Costa…

The first was his reply to Woodward’s question… “And why did Lincoln succeed? Thought about that at all?”

Trumpty said,Well, I think Lincoln succeeded for numerous reasons. He was a man who was of great intelligence, which most presidents would be. But he was a man of great intelligence, but he was also a man that did something that was a very vital thing to do at that time. Ten years before or 20 years before, what he was doing would never have even been thought possible. So he did something that was a very important thing to do, and especially at that time. And Nixon failed, I think to a certain extent, because of his personality. You know? It was just that personality. Very severe, very exclusive. In other words, people couldn’t come in. And people didn’t like him. I mean, people didn’t like him.”

That is not the reply of some dumb-ass middle grade student who didn’t do his homework… rather it is of a man who is supposedly an adult… all grown up, attended some of the better schools in the country where one would assume he was given more than just a cursory examination of who and what Abraham Lincoln was and what he stood for, and, at the time was a candidate to be the president of the United Sates. His thought process is all over the damn place. People who have been educated in the United States school system… which for the most part is nowhere near the supposed education Trumpty got… whether they are open minded and free thinkers or bigoted and close minded… know about Lincoln and can without a doubt coherently state why Lincoln was “successful” as a president and came to have his name placed as the epitome of what the party of the elephant should strive to be.

At another point in the interview, Woodward asked Trumpty about the fact that he was alienating so many people in the elephant party and that at some point he would need to reach out and build alliances and maybe smooth over some ruffled feathers, egos and bruised beliefs and ethics.

Bob Woodward

He said, “The coalition building for me will be when I win. Vince Lombardi, I saw this. He was not a big man. And I was sitting in a place with some very, very tough football players. Big, strong football players. He came in … these are tough cookies … he came in, years ago … and I’ll never forget it, I was a young man. He came in, screaming, into this place. And screaming at one of these guys who was three times bigger than him, literally. And very physical, grabbing him by the shirt. Now, this guy could’ve whisked him away and thrown him out the window in two seconds. This guy … the player … was shaking. A friend of mine. There were four players, and Vince Lombardi walked in. He was angry. And he grabbed … I was a young guy … he grabbed him by the shirt, screaming at him, and the guy was literally. And I said, wow. And I realized the only way Vince Lombardi got away with that was because he won. This was after he had won so much, okay? And when you have these coaches that are just as tough as him but they don’t win, there’s revolutions. Okay? Nobody… But Vince Lombardi was able to win, and he got … I have never seen anything like it. It was such a vivid impression. You had this big powerful guy, and you had Vince Lombardi, and he grabbed him by the shirt and he was screaming at him, he was angry at him.”

Again… he is all over the damn place… at times seems unable to formulate an exact complete sentence… but hidden inside of this “stream of conciseness” of his is this… once he comes out victorious… he won’t have to worry about mending destroyed bridges because those he left behind are now defeated and in fear of his power… they will simply bend to his desires and do his bidding.

Simply put, winning is everything. If you win you can do anything and get away with anything you damn well please. To Trumpty that is all that matters. That is his definition of being a leader… being great… being successful.

BUT…

Make no mistake this man is not crazy.

He is many other things … but he is not a crazy addled nitwick dumbass…

Or… or as Barbara Res, an engineer and attorney ,who forty years past once worked as a VP for Trumpty, said in a recently penned OpEd piece in the New York Daily News… he is “mercurial, difficult, demanding, mean and petulant. He was also charming, witty, effusive and confident. In other words, pretty much the same as he is now.”

She added, “This is the Donald Trump we have as President today. He is the same man. This is who the people elected. He has many traits that many of us now find unacceptable, amateurish and irresponsible. That doesn’t make him crazy. In my view, people are confusing Trump’s fitness for the presidency with his mental stability. He was never qualified for the job. People should have known that. Trump is not a great developer, he is not a great businessman and he is not anything like a genius.

His assertion of being supersmart is nothing new. He always claimed to be smarter than his opposite, whether it was a contractor, architect or city commissioner. Trump bragged about how he graduated at the top of his class at Wharton (he always lied, too; he was apparently a middling student) as proof positive of his brilliance.”

She continues stating her case about the man Trumpty is and she ultimately says…

“Fred Trump, the old man, taught Donald that honest employees were stupid, and anyone with any brains would steal his boss blind…”  and… “Because being a sycophant has now become more important to him than ability, Trump’s selection of aides appears incoherent. But he gets what he wants in effusive praise and unwavering adulation.”

And… “Mishaps, malapropisms, threats and contradictions have been hallmarks of Trump’s persona for as long as I have known him. That he changes his direction midstream, even midsentence, is consistent with past performance. Trump has a singular agenda and an uncanny sense of which way the wind is blowing. He is manipulative and can adapt to the situation when he can’t change it. And without having honesty to constrain him, he can be all over the place.”

She ends her OpEd piece with… “If people would accept that Trump’s singular role in life is to promote his agenda, and become richer and more famous, and that he works at that tirelessly, then his conduct makes more sense.”

Does it make his conduct ethically and morally proper?

Hardly.

But, that is not the point.

The point is the man is not stupid nor is he crazy. He knows exactly what he is doing, which is he is lining his pockets with as much lucre he can, as he bends mangles and manipulates the laws of the country and his power as the president of the country to serve him and his friends in the corporate world’s highest and loftiest places most advantageously and richly as can be.

Nothing more and nothing less.

Just don’t mistake his carny, side show, traveling kickapoo joy juice selling persona as crazy. Or, you will once again put the proof to saying… that in America… there is a sucker born every minute.

Another thousand words…

 

 

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