Understanding Others With Depth

I just posted the following on AJC journalist Jay Bookman’s blog. I hope my words are insightful to others who may read my blog. What I am saying here, in part, is not to read others, nor one’s self, in stereotypical ways, but with depth.

“I learned much yesterday. I hope many of you did, also.

Once, I told Jay Bookman that he thought in shallow ways when he was lecturing me on how I post on his blog. His response, “And, I have to live with that, MES.”

This is what many of you, like Jay Bookman, may not know about me unless you understand others in depth:

I was told yesterday by a poster that, “All you do is lecture when you come on here (like now, I suppose) and that is disgusting. You should use more satire so that people will pay more attention to you, which is what you want.”

(1) I lecture mainly because I cannot abide the personal pettiness that others engage in constantly on Bookman’s blog, so that I do not want to engage others here (on Bookman’s blog), but I do want to share what I know of life.

(2) I lecture mainly because I cannot abide the mean-spiritedness which is acceptable on this blog, which is often enhanced by “satire.”

If these two points make me appear to feel superior, then I can live with that much easier than I can live with indulging in personal pettiness and mean-spiritedness through personal exchanges here. My goal has never been, on this (Bookman’s) blog, to win as many friends as I could, but always to state truth as I see it, which I have just done.

I’ll be back later, even if it is days later. Have a good day. It is a lovely day – God’s creation.”

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MONEY OR DEMOCRACY?

MICE = Code for being recruited to be a Russian asset, even if unknown. MONEY, — , CONTACTS, EGO (Can’t recall the “I” meaning)

Journalist Joy Reid calls it GREED and NEED.

It appears that Donald Trump is now an asset to Russia. Watch it unfold. Don’t be naive.

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Americans are going to have to show the world that we value democracy more than we value money. And, we are going to have to make this statement to the world through how we handle the corrupted power of Donald Trump over our precious democratic Republic.

THIS is how IDEAS control what the “Real World” becomes.

MONEY or DEMOCRACY?

MONEY or DEMOCRACY?

The ideas of Hamilton or Jefferson? Which will prevail in our Republic? YOU will choose our common destiny, readers and citizens, through what you choose to do about Donald Trump.

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God’s Hand

All I can confirm as truth regarding the damage having been done to our nation through the presidency of Donald Trump is what I have found true in my own life, which may also apply to the spiritual healing of our nation as well as the other nations and all of the people of this planet:

God can take the negatives and turn them into positives spiritually in ways we cannot imagine, in the moment. It is only years after the negatives have occurred that we can look back and see God’s hand in creating a deepening soul in a person who has experienced the pain, and perhaps that truth will be true for the nations of our world, or at least for the people who inhabit those nations, over time and in retrospect.

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FDR, LBJ, and Donald Trump

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog today at the following link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/19/opinion-health-care-is-a-right-not-a-luxury/

Time for a reposting and a reminder of what America has the potential even yet to become:

Speech by FDR, his “Second Bill of Rights”, carried forward by LBJ in his Great Society and absent from the American scene under Republican domination for the past 45 years. Time for a re-emergence and a re-dedication in America for the dreams of America by FDR and LBJ:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights

Excerpt: “Roosevelt’s speech[edit]
During Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the US Congress on the State of the Union, he said the following:[2]

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[3] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”

NOTE: And, those superwealthy Republicans have been trying to kill FDR’s social programs since the 1930s, going full steam ahead to do so, in secret, since the 1970s until the present. I call their motivations excessive greed and selfishness.

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“In follow-up to my remarks earlier regarding superwealthy Republicans having tried to kill the social programs of FDR and LBJ because of inordinate greed and selfishness, I wish to point out that their political ideology is based upon the premise that human beings are inherently UNEQUAL and, thus, their views are not consistent with the Founding Fathers’ essential premise that all men are created equal, with certain inalienable rights deserved by all people, as a result.

Their position all too often is consistent with the business and military mind, not the philosophical and educational minds of Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama.

The author of the newly released book, “Devil’s Bargain,” about Trump and Bannon, quoted from his book tonight in which Donald Trump had stated that he had been in a superior, “killer” occupation in the business world in which he had worked with business moguls who were “19 levels above” those people who work in government. Government work would be a clinch for him, he had said. That arrogant attitude of many in the business community underscores a philosophical belief that human beings are inherently unequal. This is counter to the American spirit, dream, and experiment which is still unfolding. Trump must go because his is a belief that denies that all people are created equal, which leads to a highly stratified society of business rulers and peons within the working and service classes.”

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Republican Ideology of Exclusion Over the Past 40 Years

Here are my thoughts posted on July 17, 2017 in response to Jay Bookman’s column on his blog, entitled, “Opinion: Our Compromise Machine Is Busted.” (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/17/opinion-our-compromise-machine-is-busted/

“I see the emphasis of Republicans over the past 30 to 40 years not as a goal to do away with compromise as much as a goal to do away with government itself in favor of the private sector whereby business and profit thrives but government does not. I call that a goal whereby self-interest thrives over service to the common good which government can provide.

In that sense, I see that Alexander Hamilton’s ideas of business and status of hierarchy trying to prevail over Thomas Jefferson’s ideas of egalitarianism and service to the common good. Of course, everyone on this blog knows that I support the ideas of Jefferson over those of Hamilton, although I believe both have their place in helping this republic to continue. Jefferson’s ideas of service, egalitarianism and liberty for all, without regard to status, as a human right must prevail over Hamilton’s ideas of business and status (which Trump now embraces) if the ideals of this nation’s Founding Fathers prevail. Compromise goes without saying, but it was not the overriding idea of the Revolutionary War to establish compromise as the essential element in this nation, and its legacy, as I ascertain the intent of our Founding Fathers. That is why the presidential election of 1800 between Adams and Jefferson was critical to the trajectory that this nation would take. Ironically, Hamilton’s support of Jefferson over VP Democratic choice, Aaron Burr, in a run-off for President, after Adams had lost to Jefferson, insured that Jefferson’s democratic, lack of hierarchical views would prevail in America over hierarchical values. Compromise was not what created that trajectory for America. It was the force of Jefferson’s commitment to his ideas of personal liberty for all and egalitarianism for all that prevailed over Adams’ and then Burr to have won the presidential election of 1800 by the ordinary common people who leaned toward Jefferson over Adams.”

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My responses to various other posters on Bookman’s thread, above:

“That is what happens (‘Republicans are the Party of No, even to themselves’) when one’s basic ideology is exclusion, not inclusion.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party, for all of its failures and time taken for racial evolution, has been the party, traditionally, of inclusion, not exclusion, and, thus, the party of ‘Yes’ instead of ‘No’ as in Obama’s Call to Action – ‘Yes, we can.’ ”

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“As per my longer entry below, I would remind all that Thomas Jefferson was the founder of the original Democratic Party, then called the Democratic-Republican Party, the people’s party, which morphed into the Democratic Party established by Andrew Jackson, whom ironically, again, Jefferson did not think worthy enough to be a President of the United States.”
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Another Poster to Mary Elizabeth:

“Jefferson was a slave owner, so no credibility”

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to that poster:

“You think in limited cliches, with no personal depth of individuals and their multifaceted choices, nor within historical context.
As a result, you have no idea who Thomas Jefferson was.”
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Mary Elizabeth:
“I believe that time (1856) was just prior to the time when Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President of the United States (1860), and that Republican Party which Lincoln headed carried many aspects of today’s Democratic Party.”
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Jay Bookman’s comments in response to a third poster:

“Judging from history, there is no such thing as a viable third party in American politics. The few third parties that have succeeded have quickly displaced an existing party, returning the system to its two-party equilibrium.

The institution that functions as that ‘third party’ is Congress, where moderates from both parties can explore common ground and act accordingly.”
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Mary Elizabeth’s response to Jay Bookman’s comment immediately above:

“Well perceived.”
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Jay Bookman: “The few third parties that have succeeded have quickly displaced an existing party, returning the system to its two-party equilibrium.”

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A fourth poster in response to Jay Bookman’s comments immediately above:

“When was the last time this took place?”

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Jay Bookman in response to that fourth poster’s question, above:

“Last time was 1856, when the Republicans replaced the dying Whigs.”

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Mary Elizabeth in response to Jay Bookman’s comment, above:

“I believe that time (1856) was just prior to the time when Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President of the United States (1860), and that Republican Party which Lincoln headed carried many aspects of today’s Democratic Party.”
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Russian Infiltration into America’s Elections

Published first on Jay Bookman’s blog today by me:

Please cut and paste the link below for your personal files and refer to this man’s awareness of political espionage from Putin’s Russian government into arteries of the United States, which are already operating to affect the outcome of our coming election results. If Russia is successful in changing how our representatives are elected by us, we will lose our democracy. This is very important information, and we should not be playing games about this in silly partisan one-upsmanship games that are not serious in nature.

The guest’s name is Michael Carpenter and he was just on the Rachel Maddow Show this evening. He was also Maddow’s guest last night, as well. The conservatives in the NRA have been targeted to be supportive of Russian goals is only one example of what I call “American arteries.”

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/experts/list/michael-carpenter
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My suggestions to fight this Russian invasion into our nation:

(1) Do away with our Electoral College, so that each person’s vote counts and has equal weight throughout our nation.

(2) Change our election laws to reflect that no money shall be given to political campaigns other than that provided by the government, especially for presidential elections in the U. S.

(3) Do not elect Donald Trump for another 4 years in the presidency.

(4) Vote Democratic every chance you get, for the next few years.

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America, “Love with Strength Unbound”

Aware people know that the physical act of consummation, itself, is not necessary to destroy a marriage. If a spouse’s thoughts are constantly on the third party, the marriage may become irreparably damaged, and one or both partners may be forever destroyed. Jesus was an aware (or conscious) person when he said that the thought of unfaithfulness is as sinful as the act itself. Victor Hugo was aware when he wrote that the one who commits the sin is not the only guilty one, but also guilty is the one who first causes the darkness.

Trump and his administration, in conjunction with the Russian government, have caused the darkness that has encompassed our nation and our world. Now the legalities will begin. We will watch carefully as the word, “collusion” is examined in all of its variations of connotations, or degrees of guilt, legally and morally.

As a partner is tested in a marriage, as Jesus was tested on a lonely hill with the gain of power, this American Experiment is now being tested as to the quality of love remaining in its people. Our Founding Fathers built this nation on love, love which had faith that a new world in which all people are spiritually equal could exist, love in which the hope for the future of mankind could reach elevated consciousness never before achieved in the history of mankind, simple love enough to give one’s life for a cause greater than one’s self. Are the American people capable of sustaining that kind of love today, a love of strength? We shall soon find out. Will we shrink as a people and accept lies that collusion, in its worst legal sense, never occurred? Will we fail to look truth straight on and fail to deliver a justice equivalent to the act of treason, if it occurred? Or, will we choose to be lesser human beings than our Founding Fathers and simply play it safe for comfort as we watch the American Experiment die in our hands because our love for our country’s roots has become pale and only a fraction of what it was, love with strength unbound?

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