Hillary Clinton for President

In response to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman’s column on his blog on February 5, 2016, I wrote the following words endorsing Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders:  (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/02/05/bernie-vs-hillary-what-are-the-stakes/  )

” ‘And while making a statement can be exhilarating, at times like this making change is better.’

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You have written another excellent column.  Although I am pretty sure that you did not mean the last statement as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders as our next Commander in Chief of this nation, it remains apt to be interpreted in that manner, and I do.  Bernie’s speech is exhilarating, but at times like this, making change via Hillary Clinton is better.  Hillary knows the connections of all that the rightwing corporate agenda has foisted upon America for decades and how these forces and persons work together, with much more depth and detail into this stealthy web than does Bernie Sanders.  He sees the problems with absolute clarity, but she sees the way to the solutions with absolute clarity.  Moreover, I still do not believe that Bernie Sanders, a declared Socialist, can win the presidency at this point in time.  Hillary can.  I give her my full support, and I hope that before this race is over, you will also.

Btw, I do not agree with you that Bernie Sanders has been fighting this liberal cause longer than Hillary Clinton, and I have followed her for decades, as long as Bernie has been a politician.  What once was done in secret to transform America to become an oligarchy for the wealthy only is now open for all to see.  Remember, how MANY years ago I was singing my song of what was really going on.”

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“Some of you may be interested in reading the valedictorian’s speech given by Hillary D. Rodham (now Hillary Rodham Clinton) on May 31, 1969 at Wellesley College, regarding social justice. Clinton is now 68.  See below.”

http://www.sojust.net/speeches/hillaryclinton_commencement.html

 

 

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How To Improve Schools? Read the Entire Link

I you want to learn how to improve instructional delivery within public schools, read this entire thread from Atlanta Journal-Constitution Maureen Downey’s “Get Schooled” blog, paying close attention to the comments I have posted throughout.

New federal study advises caution in using student scores to rate teachers

MaryElizabethSings posted the following words on “Get Schooled” on February 2, 2016:

“I believe these words to my core. This attitude, and this vision for one’s life, are what I wish to inspire all educators to embrace. These words were penned by the great playwright, George Bernard Shaw.  (My father had introduced me to Shaw’s words, here, when I was a senior in high school, 56 years ago.)

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‘This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.’ ”

George Bernard Shaw

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Love Never Fails – Judgment, However, Often Does.

Below is my response to AJC blogger and columnist Jay Bookman’s thoughts regarding the growing numbers of the anti-establishment GOP.  Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/01/20/palin-endorsing-trump-makes-the-circle-complete/

 

“Excellent logic; however, the anger and resentment of this group of Americans goes much deeper than 8 years back.  As the anger of being thought low-class by the better educated and  more accepted establishment has grown in numbers (even since the days of George Wallace’s attempt to run for President when people of that class supported him throughout this nation, not only Dixiecrat Southerners) that emotional rawness has overtaken all intellectual reasoning.

Yes, we reap what we sow, but that line does not apply only to the Sarah Palin constituency of American politics.  These disenfranchised have often been mocked for their redneck, low education, low IQ qualities by not only the wealthy, but by the intellectual snobbery of the well educated, as I had tried to point out to Paul a few days ago.

So, all America is to blame for this sowing what we have reaped.  Intellectual largesse (word used by Palin to describe Trump) is not what America is about.  America is about seeing even the most lowly as equal to everyone else, simply because they are human beings and equal children of God.  Until the financial and intellectual elite understand this deepest consciousness of humility, America and all Americans will continue to reap what we have all sown by our ‘not knowing what we do.’  Love never fails.  Judgment, however, often does.”

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Another poster’s response regarding my above remarks:

” ‘America is about seeing even the most lowly as equal to everyone else. . .’

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to the above poster’s comments:

 

” ‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’  We see with differing eyes.
It has always been true; only we have not always had the eyes with which to see it.”

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A second poster’s remarks:

“I do remember being shocked Wallace carried a northern state right before he got shot. ”

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Mary Elizabeth responds to that second poster’s comments:

“George Wallace carried many people from many northern/western states (as well as most Southern states) before he was crippled by that bullet.  When was that? The early 1970s, I believe.

This phenomena has been festering in the souls of Americans for a long, long time.  Until Americans believe in their hearts and in their guts that we are all equal children of God, including the Sarah Palins of America, we will never become that ‘more perfect union’ which is our common destiny to become.  Will we awaken sooner or later to this spiritual truth is the only question?  This is fundamentally a higher consciousness dilemma for Americans, a spiritual crisis, not an intellectual one.”

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A 3rd poster’s remarks:

“Based on the track record of America from 1787 to the present day, it will be when hell freezes over. . . It’s realism. . .”

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Mary Elizabeth responds to the 3rd poster’s comments:

 

“No, it is not.  It is pure cynical pessimism.  The facts speak otherwise since 1787:  the formation of the nation based on the belief that all men are created equal; the winning of the Civil War by the North in 1865 which freed all of America’s slaves; the rights of women to vote in the early 20th century; the doing away with the Southern Jim Crow laws in the 1950s and 1960s; the equal rights acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court of gay and lesbian citizens to marry in the early 21st century.

We have just begun to fulfill the dreams our Founding Fathers worked for to insure the world’s spiritual evolution.  Lincoln played his part, LBJ played his, MLK Jr. played his, Obama has played his, and perhaps Hillary Clinton will play hers.  I believe in this nation because this nation was founded upon eternal spiritual truths and no cynic can destroy those truths, made manifest in America’s history.”

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 Mary Elizabeth “sings” again to the 3rd poster:
“No, we are not in the same place as in 1787. You have totally ignored the timeline of America’s history, which I gave below, which proves your contention false. You have focused on the negative and the petty, which will always be present, like a gnat on a running stallion’s tail, as the spiritual evolution of mankind’s eternal reach for the Godhead continues on its way, without ceasing.”
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The 3rd poster responds, again:

“Au contraire.  They are the most spiritual generation in decades, but seeking the Godhead in their own individual ways, not through the religious ritualized traditions and dogmas of the past.

They are not into “me, me, me.”  Not the ones I know.  They see themselves as fellow travelers in the Universe, with this planet and their lifespans only a small, small part of God’s greater plan.  They will not fit your perceptions, nor mine.  They are the gift of refreshed and refreshing spiritual evolution continuing.

Goodnight.  We see with differing eyes.”

 

 

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Seeing Spiritual Evolution in the 2016 U. S. Presidential Election

My thoughts, below, were posted originally on January 19, 2016 the blogs of Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists and bloggers, Maureen Downey and Jay Bookman:

“If one backs off from ego just a little, one can see elements of divine plan in this comic scenario, just as Obama’s election was divine plan, imo.

True, Obama and Hillary Clinton are representatives of the long-suffering unsung heroes and heroines of our nation’s history, but they are representatives of more than that.  They both, even perhaps without individually knowing it, are leading humankind into a consciousness that life and leadership are about more than surface realities.

I said it best in a response to a poster on Get Schooled yesterday who proclaimed that MLK Jr. was a greater leader than America’s Founding Fathers, regarding the divine plan, as I see it, for human evolution:

‘They were all great men.  I believe that humankind has been in a constant evolution toward the Godhead since the beginning of time and that our Founding Fathers had played their parts in this advancement, Abraham Lincoln played his part, and Martin Luther King, Jr. played his part.  Each generation has had its great leaders who have built on the spiritual advancement of the others as humanity itself has advanced with them. Barack Obama has played his part in the ongoing realization that we are more than physical bodies and that we are more than a survival of the fittest consciousness. Thanks be to God for the reality of love and of grace.’ ”

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“I have long believed that the world would fare better if those of business world would attempt to emulate some of the best practices of the educational world, rather than the reverse. Now, here is a metaphysical thought for some who are so inclined.  The business world is symbolic of the masculine psyche (contained within both men and women) and the educational world is symbolic of the feminine psyche (contained in both men and women).  The world, through spiritual evolution, is in the process of moving more toward the consciousness of the feminine psyche (nurturing) than that of the masculine psyche (dominating).”

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Another Poster:

“Have you ever belonged to a cult, ME?

You’re a prime example of someone who would succumb.”

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A second Poster’s Response to the above Poster’s remarks:

Are you a religious person? Many religions (including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) fit within the definition of ‘cult’ quite comfortably.

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MaryElizabethSings

MaryElizabethSings:

I follow no group.  I am simply being true to my God- given mind and spirit with which I was born.

 

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A Third Poster:
“It’s amusing how many of you feel threatened by MES.”

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MaryElizabethSings:

“Not by me, personally, Nick, but threatened by my thoughts because I seek to know, or at least to come closer to knowing, the Mind of God in a unique way, a way true to the mind/spirit God gave me upon my birth.
For me not to be true to my own mind/spirit and not to speak it would be blasphemous, imho, even if my thinking is unorthodox to most. Every person’s God-given gifts are unique and they should bloom while he/she lives in order to fulfill God’s plan for one’s life.”

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Empathy and My Father’s Roots

In response to the following article published by columnist and blogger Jay Bookman, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on his blog this morning, January 8, 2016, I wrote the following words:  (Link to Bookman’s thoughts:

(http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/01/08/anti-immigrant-fervor-drives-georgia-gop-batty/ )

“Okay, thinking beyond all this because it is just the 2nd verse of the same song I heard sung in Georgia in the 1950s and 1960s before I fled to NYC.

There must be something lacking in the DNA of most, or at least of too many, white Southerners   Yes, it has now been scientifically proven that those human beings who lack empathy for others have a smaller part of the brain that determines one’s ability to be empathetic.

Get me back to my father’s roots, western North Carolina, where my German ancestors came in the mid 1700’s from Lansing, Pennsylvania (where they had just migrated from Heidelberg, Germany) because the NC hills reminded them of the hills of Heidelberg.  Most of them have been ministers and teachers over the years, with great empathy for others.  It is in my DNA.  I have no patience with the small-minded, mean-spirited men and women.  I am sad for Georgia, though, that it keep electing small men and women with little empathy for others to public office.

For the record:  I believe we need more judges who are not strict constructionists of the American Constitution.  ‘The mind is form, unfertilized.  Be fruitful and multiply said the Lord of the Soul.  Form without Substance is barren.’  – MES, 1971”

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Post Script:  Jay Bookman entered another entry on this issue on January 13, 2016.  Below is the link to that entry, as well as a post of mine to another poster on January 13, 2016:  Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/01/13/opponents-of-lopez-nomination-make-their-case/

MaryElizabethSings: “If some black Americans, or some black Southerners, or if members of any ethnic group, lack empathy for others in need, then they, too, may well lack full development of that part of the brain which determines one’s ability to be empathetic to others in need.  The brain knows no colors, nor race distinctions.

The fact is that white Southerners, for the most part, resisted changing Jim Crow laws in the South in the 1950s and 1960s, even though their insistence in not changing their hearts, minds, and laws hurt the spirits, and in many cases the bodies, of many black citizens in the South during those decades.  We see today in many white Southerners the same resistance to accepting Hispanic immigrants into Georgia.  I repeat:  In both cases the soul or spirit is lacking.  Of course, the DNA analysis of the brain, as related to empathy, would have to be an individual call, determined by scientific inquiry to each individual’s biology.”

 

 

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Thomas Jefferson on the Necessity of Education

“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” –Thomas Jefferson to W. Jarvis, 1820.
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Va., 1782.

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Keeping the World from another form of Masters and Slaves

Establishing humanity in this world’s evolution, not just skilled jobs:

One has to ask the question:  How much of those “attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors” that do not support educational attainment in children of poverty is the fault of the individual, or the individual’s family, or our society, itself?

Our society is constantly evolving in consciousness.  One example of this evolving consciousness is how humanity has evolved over hundreds of years from seeing black people as inferior slaves, to subservient Jim Crow survivors, to nonpersons as in the book and film, “Black Like Me,” to black power types asserting that they do exist and have power, to lack of support for today’s young black males, to single-parent families.  We have not stopped in this ongoing evolutionary process of achieving true racial justice and equality.  The black anger and hopelessness, reflected in unstable family situations, is only another phase through which we and America, itself, will evolve toward a “more perfect union.”  We must have the self-awareness and brutal honesty to see and to acknowledge the part that the society as a whole has played in creating the present evolutionary phase, based upon past phases of black liberation in America.

Understanding this requires higher consciousness backed by historical knowledge of depth. We can change readily what we diagnose correctly and have the will and the heart to affect positively, for all Americans.

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In another example of the evolution of consciousness, we offer an alternative economic example as the world becomes more technological. We must ponder whether or not this world will evolve into a small percentage of ruler/leader/CEOs controlling the lives of a larger percentage of workers of mundane tasks and skilled jobs, requiring little of their full humanity and intellect?  I hope not.

One option to avoid that unfortunate scenario would be to place more priority on service than profit.  Then, service jobs to other human beings in need throughout America, and throughout the world, will begin to find value and employment in the job market as another alternative to jobs as the unstoppable technological age advances, with its need for mundane though skilled jobs.  Service jobs that serve other human beings in need enhance our humanity and our knowledge that inherently we are all equal.  We are in a state of continuing evolution.  What will humanity become 200 years from now?

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Another poster:

“I am with you MES. For any interested, read about the jobless future. It is coming whether we like it or not. We will have to build a different society to accommodate it.”

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