Rocky, Bumpy Road

Posted on Jay Bookman’s blog, July 18, 2016 by Mary Elizabeth:

“I remember well when so many, Right and Left, were so critical of President Obama on this blog.  My opinion of him has never veered from the time he ran for office – I think he is an outstanding, elevated person, and will be known as one of America’s best presidents, if not a transformational president.

Likewise, my opinion of Hillary Clinton remains the same, and I believe that it will continue to be so.  I think if Americans are not wise enough to see her value to our nation, especially at this time in America’s history, they will deserve the very rocky, bumpy road they will have under Donald Trump. Practically all the negatives about her are political propaganda, imho.  She may have the personality of a school marm, but the lady has vision, intellect, compassion, and leadership ability.  I could not care less about her personality type, especially based on such a superficial trait.  The ‘crookedness’ label is pure political propaganda, made powerful by Trump, and he has NO credibility with me.”

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Mary Elizabeth posted on Jay Bookman’s blog on July 20, 2016:

“Donald Trump and Donald Trump’s children have seduced a large part of America and that may grow as people hate Hillary more and more.

This is a warning.  We are at a critical time in America’s history.  Obama, Hillary, Bernie, and Elizabeth Warren all know it.

Please stop talking about people and events and start talking about ideas.  That is what will affect all of our lives in the future.  America is going to be, again, an imperialistic, hierarchical empire, or we are going to become the America of our Founding Fathers’ dreams – an America of enlightenment, education, egalitarianism, and a model for the world of that enlightenment. Harshness and cruelty vs. humanity and eternal truths. It is that simple.

These are the ideas at stake for our nation.  Georgia may very well determine that choice for humankind.”

 

 

 

 

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Dallas, July 7, 2016

The history of “A Change is Gonna Come” from “The New Yorker”:http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-unlikely-story-of-a-change-is-gonna-come

 

Yes, the pain is almost unbearable at times like these, but when we focus more on the past in relation to the future than simply on the present, we see that the unstoppable spiritual evolution of humankind toward the Godhead is ongoing.  What grace from God to us all to be on that path and to be able simply to remember.


 

On July 8, 2016, another poster on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog shared Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis after Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated.  Here is Kennedy’s speech below, and my response to it:

“Transcript of speech by RFK after MLK assassination:

[This is a time of shame] and a time of sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity — my only event of today — to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

It’s not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one — no matter where he lives or what he does — can be certain whom next will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours.

Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily — whether it is done in the name of the law or in defiance of the law, by one man or by a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence — whenever we tear at the fabric of our lives which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children — whenever we do this, then whole nation is degraded. “Among free men,” said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their case and pay the cost.”

Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and we call it entertainment. We make it easier for men of all shades of sanity to acquire weapons and ammunition that they desire.

Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force. Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of other human beings. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of rioting, and inciting riots, have by their own conduct invited them. Some look for scapegoats; others look for conspiracies. But this much is clear: violence breeds violence; repression breeds retaliation; and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls.

For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions — indifference, inaction, and decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books, and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man amongst other men.

And this too afflicts us all. For when you teach a man to hate and to fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies that he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your home or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies — to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and to be mastered.

We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as alien, alien men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in a common effort. We learn to share only a common fear — only a common desire to retreat from each other — only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force.

For all this there are no final answers for those of us who are American citizens. Yet we know what we must do, and that is to achieve true justice among all of our fellow citizens. The question is not what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of humane purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.

We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions, the false distinctions among men, and learn to find our own advancement in search for the advancement of all. We must admit to ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the misfortune of another’s. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or by revenge.

Our lives on this planet are too short, the work to be done is too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in this land of ours. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

But we can perhaps remember — if only for a time — that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek — as do we — nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment that they can.

Surely this bond of common fate, surely this bond of common goals can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look around at those of us, of our fellow man, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.”

 My response:

“I heard Robert Kennedy’s speech at the time he gave it.  It is a consciousness I have carried within myself, all of my life.  The years, after King’s and RFK’s deaths, from 1970 until today, have been filled with personal, petty goals in our nation, especially of greed for wealth, and that purpose has seemed so unreal to me – this self-absorption of surface values and material goods.

That is why God sent me to teach in an all black high school for half of my career, so that I could do something with my life to help others who were not born as privileged as I had been.

Thanks be to God. I have been able to live a life of spirit, not of greed, and I know that that is ultimate reality.

Thank you for sharing Robert Kennedy’s consciousness on this blog.”

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MaryElizabethSings, posted July 9, 2016:

“We are evolving.

We are evolving in two separate ways.

Those two ways are exemplified in the Democratic and Republican Parties of today and they are exemplified in Clinton vs. Trump.

How America continues to evolve depends on each of us.  I am not throwing my vote away.  I am voting for Hillary Clinton, Obama’s protege of vision of the future of our nation and our world.

We have been 40 years in the wilderness.  LBJ started the War on Poverty and the Great Society and then we turned to the Greed Society in which we said, “to hell with my neighbor; it is all about me and mine.”

Time to choose.  It is really quite simple a choice.  I am simply trying to enunciate it.

Post Script:  Our Founding Fathers knew that they had placed a monster in our Republic with slavery.  That sin is still a work in progress.  When we were 40 years in the wilderness, we took our eye off the goal of correcting that original flaw in our Republic.  We must get back to LBJ’s vision of that, and continue correcting that flaw of man’s inhumanity to man.  It was not the slaves who were at fault; it was our European ancestors.”

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Think historically, not personally, as you listen to Sam Cooke sing, “Bring It On Home to Me,” and think of all of us not leaving our black friends and neighbors (and all minorities) who are also Americans, behind, as we keep the faith that we will, together, bring them (and all of us) on home to full citizenship in America as we together live out this century:

Sam Cooke Bring It On Home to Me with lyrics
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Reflections on the 4th of July, July 4, 2016

My words below were first published on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog on July 4, 2016.

Another poster: “And it (Lennon’s ‘Imagine’) is anthemic, although I’ve never, not once, heard it played at any kind of sportsball event. . . .”

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Mary Elizabeth’s thoughts regarding that poster’s words:

“That is because many sports of competition with others foster the same bloodlust that the big/little boys play in war.  Killing becomes a legitimized way of ‘winning’ over another who is ‘weaker.’

Happy 4th of July to everyone on this blog.

Words closing the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution editorial on July 4, 1966, which I mentioned yesterday:

“The American mind, on this Independence Day, is being made up.  Undertaken at last is the great, neglected task of proving ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable right, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

Each coming day now yields to each American the privilege of carrying that task forward to a final vindication of the ideal for which the Revolution was fought.

Jefferson could not call a stop to the ‘execrable commerce’ (slavery) in his day.  But the American people whose wisdom he trusted may now honor his faith in theirs.”

To me, honoring Jefferson’s faith in humanity transcends the ideas of slavery into a world brought from the Heavens into the words of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a world envisioned of loving harmony toward one another in which there is no desire or need for war games.

 

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on Jobs, Free Trade

I posted the following remarks regarding my impressions of the difference in the economic visions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this morning, on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog in response to his entry.  Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/06/30/trumps-economic-vision-would-devastate-ga/

“How much this hypocrisy has needed exposure with this kind of factual detail. Thank you.

We, in this nation, this state, and this world, are in transition, as I see it, in the world’s organic transition from the 20th century to the 21st and beyond – which will be a new dynamic of the future not only in trade, but in climate change, population growth, world peace without nuclear weapons – from being able to support more home manufacturing to free world trade across the Earth.

Most people have been acclimated to think only in dichotomies, not in terms of degree, nuance, or evolution in its many forms.  Therefore, politicians make this issue of free trade vs. home protection into a simple pro/con issue which it is not in order to play upon the people’s fears, not their hopes.

Hillary Clinton is trying to show that we must transition, so that jobs – as one example – which have been lost in the coal industry are provided for those at home today in new avenues of energy manufacturing, as we move into other energy avenues consistent with our changing world.

Hillary Clinton is the HOPE of our future in this state, nation, world.  Donald Trump is our FEAR.”

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“I trust the compound, complex mind of Hillary Clinton much, much more than I trust the relatively simple mind of Donald Trump to represent America in the marketplace of merchandise and ideas on the world’s stage of our security and our future.

Moreover, Hillary will make us friends around the globe; Donald will make us enemies across the globe and play into the simple Muslim/Christian war talk which ISIS is trying to foster.

This man is dangerous to us all if we do not wake up to his limitations and his psychological problems, including ADD, as I see it.”

 

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Brexit’s Future, as I see it, and the United States’ Choice in November

I predicted what will happen to Great Britain and possibly the U.S. as a result of Brexit, if the people of the United States do not vote wisely for the next President of the United States in November, 2016.  (I posted the following words originally on Jay Bookman’s blog on June 24, 2016.)

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It is occurring to me that by Great Britain’s leaving the EU, that, as the analysts are saying, now Scotland and Northern Ireland may leave GB and do more business with the EU, even if they do not technically leave GB, they may become more identified with the EU over time, leaving England, just a pittance of what it was at one time in terms of world power.

That seems to me to be in line with seeing the world becoming more interconnected and global.  The U.S. and G.B. have been two of the last so-called imperialistic nations of the West to survive into the 21st century.

So, what happens with the U.S.?  We could do as the Brits and vote for nationalism through Donald Trump in November or we could vote for Hillary Clinton in November who will carry forth Barack Obama’s egalitarian vision for our world. (Contrary to popular opinion by some, I have never believed Obama was an imperialist, because I read his words and watched him deliver them with intent for years).  I only hope and pray that our nation will elect Hillary Clinton even if most of the people of our nation do not share the vision I have for our common future.  Otherwise, the U.S., too, may well become a thing of the past, like England.

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Another poster to Mary Elizabeth’s comments:

“…leaving England, just a pittance of what it was at one time in terms of world power.”

Well it’s already been that since the 1940s.

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to that poster:

Nothing is static.  That may be true but it is a matter of degree and of evolution in time to England’s having a weaker degree of power than it had even in 1940.

God works in mysterious ways.  The rising of world egalitarianism is coming, as I see it, if only humanity will learn to see others as equals as brothers and sisters and not keep seeking to dominate others. Moving from vertical to lateral consciousness takes the voluntary releasing of power, as George Washington knew and acted upon almost 3 centuries ago.

 

Post Script:

And, as I have said often on this blog, if one takes the time to read and absorb Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech, one can see that he has acted during his presidential tenure to fulfill his words or his philosophy of humankind’s progression in actions.

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee had the insight to see years ago that Obama would do that in being true to his own consciousness.

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Brexit, Nationalism, and the 21st Century

Another Poster on Jay Bookman’s blog, June 22, 2016:

“The campaign urging Britain to abandon the European Union appears eerily familiar to the US

http://www.businessinsider.com/brexit-campaign-and-trump-2016-6

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Mary Elizabeth in response to that Poster’s words, above, and in response to the link he shared:

“I wrote pretty much the same thing in more metaphysical or poetic ways regarding leaving nationalism behind, the other day on Bookman’s blog, when I compared Brexit to the Southern states withdrawing from the Union in 1860, plus the following remarks:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

‘I see that evolutionary process on this planet as one in which nationalities will ultimately disappear, but cultures will not.  Analogy:  All flowers have equal value and worth, but their beauty is unique to themselves.
I see the world moving from a masculine psyche (dominating and winning) to a more feminine psyche (understanding and nurturing).  (Please remember that men and women both have elements of the masculine and feminine psyches within their consciousness.)
This Union needed to be saved, as Lincoln well knew, so that its tenets of egalitarianism (feminine consciousness) might be preserved for all time, on the planet as a model that multiculturalism (black/white primarily in 1860 in the U.S.) might be shown to be successful to the world for all time. (“The American Experiment”)
Now, the world is becoming more global and more multicultural in every part of the world through massive communications via internet, etc.  We are all becoming one world, not in a dictatorial (masculine) way but in an egalitarian way.  Britain’s being part of the EU, irrespective of the success or not of the entire EU economically, is a first step toward inclusion of all on the planet as one, not exclusion of the “winners” over the “losers.”  That was what was behind the concept of the South having been reunited with the Union instead of simply being allowed to do its own thing and pull out from the Union forever, I believe as Lincoln had the vision to see (and Jefferson before him).  Seeing ourselves as separated from the rest of humanity (Apartheid in South Africa) is a thing of the past, not the future.  Barack Obama sees that, and so does his protege, Hillary Clinton.  That is primarily why he is endorsing her – Barack and Hillary, essentially, share that same, egalitarian vision for humanity’s long, evolutionary future.
‘The moral arc of the Universe is long, but it bends toward Justice.’ – MLK. I would add, with my spiritual genetic background, that it bends toward seeking the Godhead of us all on this planet.’ “

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How Living in NYC as a Young Adult Made Me a Better Teacher

I posted the following comments on the “Get Schooled” blog, June 21, 2016:

I was offered a scholarship in high school to be a teacher.  I had no intention of being a teacher at that time and turned it down.  I majored in theatre at Wesleyan College in Georgia, worked summer stock in Connecticut, and ended up in New York City for seven years, from age 20 – 27.  I worked at New York University (as well as attended NYU as a student for two years) in the Vice President’s office, where I encountered the names of professors from all over the world.  Going from south Georgia at age 20, and returning to south Georgia from NYC at age 27 made all the difference in the type of teacher I would become.  I had had seven years of experiences in a multicultural environment of people from all over the world so that my perspective was very different than if I had been born in south Georgia, attended university in south Georgia and taught in a south Georgia school until I retired.

That life-altering experience of living in the Village of NYC for seven years, as well as having completed my undergraduate degree there, made me understand that I was born to be a teacher, but a teacher in which I understood myself and others with more depth than I possibly could have had by having lived my whole life in south Georgia.  The thousands of students whom I taught directly, or who were affected indirectly through my educational leadership positions in grades 1 – 12, profited immensely from the expanse of my consciousness brought about primarily through interacting with people from all over the world, and all cultures throughout the world, in one of the largest cities in the world throughout the decade of my young adult years.

Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/06/20/coloring-the-sun-red-instead-of-yellow-cultural-differences-in-classrooms/

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