President Donald Trump

What are the values that we will instill in our young people, the next generation of Americans? Will we confirm that the end justifies the means or, instead, will we teach them that there resides something in the soul of humankind which requires more than that?

Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is a man with a corrupted soul, imo. I did not watch his inaugural today nor his celebrations, thereafter. I try to keep as much corruption from my spirit as possible.

Donald Trump’s actions and words, which were so destructive and divisive to our nation throughout the Republican primaries and the general election, can never be forgotten but perhaps they can be forgiven. He owes this nation an apology for what he has done to wreak havoc in the emotional lives of so many Americans, and, if he does not check himself, I have no doubt that he will, also, be wreaking havoc in the physical lives of some Americans.

However, I believe that, through God’s grace, every human being is able to be redeemed, and I hope that Donald Trump will seek redemption for how he has modeled himself for all Americans in order that he might become President of the United States of America.

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I also posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog in response to his column regarding the inauguration of President Donald Trump, on January 20, 2017: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/01/20/opinion-a-dismal-inaugural-speech-in-many-ways/ )

“The differences in the visions for America of President Obama and President Trump are profound. Obama has a high order of intellect that is far-reaching and generous in spirit. Trump has a more limited intellect that perceives mainly in terms of winners and losers, a mind that is petty and full of cliches, combined with a spirit that is self-motivated and vindictive.

A high order of intellect matters in our presidents. Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s and Obama’s stand as shining examples.”

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On the Power of Love and Vision to Change the Trajectory of our World

Saving the following words from Jay Bookman’s blog on January 18, 2017, for editing later:

MaryElizabethSings 32 minutes ago
Intellect matters, folks. The caliber of Obama’s last press conference is full of ideas, and humane ideas.

How I dread listening to the voice of Donald Trump for the next 4 years. Not just because of the lack of sentence continuity, but mainly because of the lack of substantive ideas.

Obama had the grace to recognize the merit of Ellen Degeneres in advancing gay rights simply because she is a kind, aware, and brave person/citizen.

Ending his last press conference, now.

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stefpe 30 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings “Not just because of the lack of sentence continuity, but mainly because of the lack of substantive ideas.”

I find the former an insurmountable obstacle to determining the presence of the latter.

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MaryElizabethSings 29 minutes ago
@stefpe @MaryElizabethSings

And, both reflect a lack of substance of thought.

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Fly-On-The-Wall 28 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings @stefpe When ego is place above everything else, this is what you get.

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@Fly-On-The-Wall @MaryElizabethSings @stefpe

And, that kind of out-of-balanced ego is reflective of a very insecure person who is terribly aware of his inadequacies.

Pray for the people of our country to rise up, together, and save the presidency of Donald Trump and, thus, to save America for the future of humankind so that united, not divided, we shall not fail in our tenets through the gift of God’s grace, inspired through our common love for our country.

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@MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe

Hey, MES–just wanted to let you know, I did see your kind words to me way down below, earlier.

I’d really rather not get any more involved in the personal health issues here, however, so maybe let’s just leave it at that.

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@Visual_Cortex @MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe

Thank you for this post from you, VC. I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and that will remain so. God bless.

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@Visual_Cortex @MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe You will get more luv from this crowd than trump will ever get. Now I will shut up too.

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@MaryElizabethSings

How I dread listening to the voice of Donald Trump

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Don’t have to. You can bet whatever comes out that mouth is filth and lies.

Use the remote like I usually do.

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@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings

I can never put my head in the sand, rimsky, as to the evolution of our nation and our world, as it is occurring.

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@MaryElizabethSings @rimsky Ms MES I can see the train wreck happening from miles away.

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@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings

As Jesse Jackson said so eloquently at the end of his campaign for the presidency in the 1980s, “Keep hope alive.”

Now, for the mystical Mary Elizabeth: I believe that the mental energy of thought, especially the combined mental energy of thought (or prayers) of the masses, can sway our future. Hope, faith, and love never fail. Fear, anger, and hate always fail, ultimately.

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@MaryElizabethSings @rimsky You sound just like my mom used to. I mean it as a complement.

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Thank you, rimsky. I appreciate your words.

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@MaryElizabethSings Yes, and the “well, he’s just not a good public speaker” excuse doesn’t fly. If you know what you’re talking about — with depth and breadth — you can articulate it just fine. Bush also had the fluency problem because he was not prepared in his mind.

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It is so obvious that Trump has nominated those people who would destroy the very departments that they will head in his insane effort to destroy public “government” institutions for those of wealthy corporations.

Jefferson weeps.

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A Farewell Letter From President Obama to me (and others)

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 17, 2016:

In this era of fake news, one hardly knows what to believe based on facts. As I have written previously, one has to look more and more toward character to ascertain truth. Jay Bookman was correct when he said that with the Republicans you can always count on more deaths of the poor and less taxes for the rich. That is in line, as I see it, with the vision (and character) of Republican politicians of today.

Today, I received an e-mail thank you from President Obama, addressing me by my given first name.* I have no doubt that he sent the same letter to many others, but I want to share his last two paragraphs because they are a reflection of his character and a reflection of what he wanted for Americans through the ACA (and other policies):

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“And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,

Barack Obama”

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* Full letter from President Obama to me today, via email, in which he greeted me by my first name:

“One of the most important things I’ve done as President is read messages from Americans like you. And whether you sat down to write me a letter back in 2009 or just last week, I wanted to say thank you for writing.

Letters like yours have given me the chance to hear the real stories that make up the ever changing narrative of America. They are stories of your setbacks and successes, your fears and your hopes not just for today—but for the country and the world we’ll leave to our children and our grandchildren. I want you to know that I was listening. I heard your stories. And you made me a better President.

In 2014, a young mom took a chance and shared her family’s story with me. She said she knew that “staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference.” She was right. And so, while serving you has been the greatest privilege of my life, I want you to know that when I leave the White House, I’ll still hold the most important title of all: that of citizen.

And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,

Barack Obama

Visit WhiteHouse.gov”

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Thomas Jefferson, Donald Trump, and the American People

Donald Trump is such a force that, I believe, if Americans of every class, race, ethnic background, political persuasion, and religious belief do not stand together for the for democratic tenets inherent in our nation, we will lose our Republic, in essence if not in form, under his presidency.

The political tactic that Donald Trump used to become President of the United States is the same tactic the ultra-wealthy and powerful have always used to gain power and control over those less powerful than they are: divide and conquer. Every American citizen has more in common with every other American citizen, than we have differences, because we, as a collective force, are stronger together than the force of Donald Trump when we assert the inalienable rights of man (the ordinary citizen). My words are paraphrased from those of Thomas Jefferson.

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“Our fate, dear Brutus, lies in ourselves, not in our stars.”

Mary Elizabeth’s opinion to another poster who said we do not know what Donald Trump believes:

“We do know what Donald Trump believes. He believes he is all-powerful and all-knowing. He believes in the power of money, of ruling, of bullying, of dividing. We know that his spiritual development has been arrested because he has lived a life of self-indulgence and things of this world only.

If one can read character, then one can read the future. That is not psychic. That is simply being educated. ‘Pride before the Fall’is as old as humankind, for individuals and for nations.”

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In Commemoration of Martin Luther King Day, 2017

In response to AJC columnist and blogger, Jay Bookman’s words today, I have written the following:

Words are empty vehicles without consciousness behind them. King’s consciousness, derived from the teachings of Jesus and Gandhi, will live in his story and in his sacrificial life because that consciousness, as with that of Jesus, will continue to change the course of history.

A few days ago, another poster expressed embittered words at President Obama’s loss and Donald Trump’s rise. He went on to state that anyone who thought like King, or Jesus, were losers, by the ways of the world, and that we should aspire to be winners, at any cost to our values, or become losers, ourselves. That is the legacy that Donald Trump will leave in the consciousness of humankind.

It is up to us, the living, to model what course this nation and world should become not through inane consciousness of “winners” and “losers” but through the reverence that all humanity, and all life, itself, is sacred. We cannot violate that sacredness without destroying ourselves individually and as a world community. King’s words will forever stand as testimony to his higher consciousness and those words can be found, forever, engraved in stone by the monument of his image on the Washington D.C. grounds overlooking the monuments of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington and with equal status of those other great men of America’s history and aspirations.

Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/01/13/5826/

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“White Trash”

My thoughts as posted on Jay Bookman’s blog, January 12, 2017:

“I encourage every person who is still interested in reading books to read ‘White Trash.’ Your eyes will be opened as to how the ultra-wealthy have always deviously manipulated the poor in this nation to vote against their own best interests.

Some of us are simply more aware than others.

Remember when I wrote on this blog that we were on the right track with our socio-economic development in America in the 1960s with LBJ’s Great Society and War on Poverty. But, the ultra-wealthy do not really endorse egalitarianism. They support a hierarchical worldview in which, from “White Trash”: “Like breeds like.”

So we have had two world views in America from our very inception. We were evolving toward that more perfect Union in the 1960s but the rich such as the Koch Brothers et al contrived to rework this nation to serve the rich and their interests. To our discredit as ordinary Americans, we could not, or would not, see into their deepest motivations. And, we are still not stopping them because we continue to let them ‘divide and conquer’ as they acquire more wealth and greed of money and power.

ALEC was formed in 1972 to change all our state legislatures to Republican/Conservative as well as all of our governors. Barack Obama has had nothing to do with this change. Our own political naivete is what has created this mess we are now in in this nation. That, in combination, with more shriveled souls.

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Link to Bookman’s blog on which I expressed my opinion: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/01/12/opinion-its-a-matter-of-priorities-wealth-over-health/

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President Obama’s Farewell Speech as President of the United States

Obama said in his Farewell Speech tonight that if political dialogue is framed only in terms of the white hard-working man versus the undeserving and not hard working black or brown man, then only the ultra-wealthy will benefit and move further into their private enclaves of wealth and power.

This is what the wealthy, powerful elite have always done to the working class white and people of color (Read “White Trash” by Nancy Isenberg). It is time for both groups to wake up to how they have both been used by the wealthy elite by dividing them and conquering both groups to serve them (the wealthy, powerful). We must now, finally, join together to make America greater than ever, in our common future. The tenets of America are the light of the world. The average man and woman of all races will show America the way forward.

Now, we move from class and high intelligence in our Commander-in-Chief to crassness and less intelligence in our 45th President. It is up to us, all of America’s citizens, to find common ground, our national creeds for inclusion and freedom, and continue those ideals into this world’s future. Barack Obama has pledged to stay the course for the rest of his life as a citizen, one with us. How perfect in symmetry for his life and for what our nation stands.

P.S. Watch his older daughter’s, Malia’s, development. She is going to be an outstanding woman.

Link to President Obama’s Farewell Speech to the nation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell

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