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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What has been the cause of America’s downfall?

I first published my thoughts below on Jay Bookman’s blog on July 10, 2017: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/07/opinion-our-alice-in-blunderland-politics/ and followed up with this condensed version of my earlier version, as follows:

“Author James Baldwin: ‘I’m terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.’

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The ‘death of the heart,’ has been occurring in growing momentum since the GOP took power following the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Johnson, and Americans, cared about the less fortunate and supported LBJ’s ‘War on Poverty and his ideals demonstrated with his attempts to build the ‘Great Society.’ The GOP started the culture of personal greed in the early 1970s and that self-orientation at the expense of the less fortunate has culminated in the personal greed of President Donald Trump to the extent that we may lose our democracy if we do not have a change of heart in this nation.

Both Democrats and Republicans have become so jaded that they have lost the ability to love all humanity. Love is the only thing that will save this nation and this world, not intelligence, not one-upmanship, but love that is pure. That is the kind of love that loves even one’s enemies, not just those who think as they do.

We will not save our world by fighting, but by loving and opening our hearts to what is truth, forgiving and forgetting, and stopping the blaming of one another. We must, in other words, grow in spiritual consciousness, as Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, and Victor Hugo tried to show humanity through their work. We, in our present state of consciousness, are the “darkness which has preceded the sin” (Hugo).

There will ever be a philosophical and pragmatic pull within the hearts of each of us as to whether to lean more toward self-survival or lean toward altruism, and that pull has become extremely unbalanced toward survival of the fittest rather than containing some meaningful degree of altruism, based on love of all humanity.

This has been shown to be true for the America and Americans of today through the election of Donald Trump as our leader.”
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ORIGINAL AND LONGER VERSION: “Yesterday, I synthesized the ideas of three writers, given below, in order to make the comments, thereafter, that I had been thinking upon:

(1) On April 29, 2015, Jay Bookman wrote in Wednesday’s AJC, these words:

‘. . . (Dr. Martin Luther) King liked to turn to a quote from Victor Hugo, taken in turn from his novel, ‘Les Miserables’:

‘If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed (as in riots). The guilty one is not merely he who commits the sin but he who causes the darkness.’ ( bit.ly/JBookBallmer )

(2) On July 8, 2017, as quoted in the AJC, Leonard Pitts Jr., columnist for the Miami Herald, penned these words: ‘We are not, after all, divided because Americans pulled back from the center and retreated into extremism. No, we are divided because one party did. And, it wasn’t the Democrats. . . .We end up having mannered debates over whether to call the president’s dozens of lies lies. Meanwhile, America’s international prestige is eroding, its government is paralyzed, its friends are worried, its enemies emboldened. . . . How did the GOP get this way? How can the right right itself?. . . .’

(3) From the AJC reprint of the Washington Post’s article by Lavanya Ramanathan entitled, ‘In divided nation, Baldwin’s fiery critiques reverberate anew,’ James Baldwin is quoted, thus:

‘I’m terrified, he says in the video, ‘at the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.’

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The ‘death of the heart,’ has been occurring in building momentum since the GOP was elected to power following the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, as I see it. Johnson, and Americans, cared about the less fortunate and supported LBJ’s “War on Poverty” and his ideals demonstrated with his attempts to build the “Great Society.” The GOP started the culture of personal greed in the early 1970s and that self-orientation at the expense of the less fortunate has culminated in the personal greed of President Donald Trump to the extent that we may lose our democracy if we do not have a change of heart in this nation.

I see, now, that both Democrats and Republicans have become so jaded in their hearts that they have lost the ability to love. Love, is the only thing that will save this nation and this world, not intelligence, not one-upmanship, but love that is pure. That is the kind of love that loves even one’s enemies, not just those who think as they do. We will not save our world by fighting but by loving and opening our hearts to what is real, forgiving and forgetting, and stop blaming one another. We must, in other words, grow in spiritual consciousness, as King and Baldwin and Hugo tried to show us. We, in our present state of consciousness, are the darkness which has preceded the sin.”

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Another poster to MES: “And what supports that assertion? Personal greed is as old as mankind or older.”
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Mary Elizabeth responds to that poster and to others:

“You are correct on that. Let me state the obvious, ‘. . . .in this present cycle, of personal greed, started in full thrust by the GOP in the early 1970s as a backlash to LBJ and FDR, with their ultraconservative think thanks and ALEC, and other groups dedicated to cutting our government to the bone so that we, as individuals, could have more of ‘our own money.’ ”

The ‘culture of darkness that created the sin’ was the ideology of selfishness that has permeated the nation since the early 1970s and that selfishness has created hatred and anger instead of communication goodwill in both parties, and not statistics and not studying the GDP.

There has been a thrust toward trying to cut the government to the bone (whether it was achieved or not) and that that ideology of selfishness has been the darkness (to which the majority of Americans have concurred) in our own souls which has created the sins of our present state in this world, whereby the two leaders of the strongest nuclear nations on Earth are more interested in accruing their personal wealth in order to demonstrate their own personal power than serving the needs of their people, including their nations’ most vulnerable.

There will ever be a philosophical and pragmatic pull within the hearts of each of us as to whether to lean more toward self-survival or lean toward altruism.

I am simply saying that that pull has become extremely unbalanced toward survival of the fittest rather than containing some meaningful degree of altruism, based on love of all humanity.”

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Raising Consciousness by Refusing to Play the Game of One-Upsmanship

I posted the following remarks on Jay Bookman’s blog on July 5, 2017:

“Someone asked below who the schoolteacher is who is going to save us. Someone else inquired if that person is ‘MES.’

I’m doing my best. A word of advice this afternoon. We must stop trying to play games with one another. That game is called “One-Upsmanship.” Liberals and Conservatives are both guilty of playing it.

Changing that mindset to another more productive and positive one would not only change the caliber of the minds and spirits of individuals, but it just might save our world because people are not only interested in playing that game with others here on this blog, but too many people throughout the world, and too many nations throughout the world, continue to play this childish game.

I call refusing to play psychological power-play games with others – equivalent to playing a mental chess when the other is playing a mental checkers, or any other childish One-Upsmanship game – raising consciousness.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, 2017

I wrote the following on Jay Bookman’s blog, July 4, 2017:

I just heard, last evening, French President Macron’s response to the fact that Donald Trump has pulled America out of the Paris Climate Change Accord.

In a nutshell, here is what Macron said, in English, to Americans and to people throughout the world (paraphrased):

“We believe in America still and we believe in the American people. We have shared a long history for liberty. The other nations of this world will attend the Paris Climate Change Accord and we will go forward, together, with our goals. We, together, wish to make ‘our planet great.’ ”

America has always been an ideal which has embraced personal liberty and equality among all peoples. Even if our present America is no longer carrying the banner for that ideal throughout the world, the idea and the ideal will be carried through the world, and France, who helped our nation win the Revolutionary War against Britain, may carry that banner high in the world’s vision for this American Experiment that will never die.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, to everyone. The date on which America was born and the date on which two of its authors died, 50 years later, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

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Poster #1

“Adams and Jefferson hated
each other for much of
their lives.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s Response to Poster # 1:

“They were the best of friends when the Declaration for Independence was written. Adams was asked to write it but turned that job over to Jefferson, saying that Jefferson was a better writer (thinker) than he was. They were the best of friends during their mutual ambassador roles in English and France. They toured much of Europe together. They became estranged in the 1790s because Jefferson was more progressive (no ruling class) in how he wanted his vision for America to prevail than was John Adams’ vision for our nation. The presidency of 1800 was a hard battle for both men. Jefferson prevailed and won the presidency of 1801, ironically with the support of Alexander Hamilton. Adams was denied a second 4 years in office by Jefferson. Adams did not attend Jefferson’s inauguration. Jefferson served for 8 years, until 1809 as president. A friend got them back together about 1810 and they corresponded as good. retired, old friends from 1810 until 1826 when they both died on July 4, 1826. Adams last words were, “Jefferson lives.” He was wrong however, because Jefferson had actually passed a few hours on the 4th before Adams. That was their story in all its complexity.”

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Poster #2:
“Some of both, then.
A vision for a new country is indeed something to have worthwhile philosophical battles over.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s Response to Poster #2

“It has always been a place where we COULD have battles and I am sure France sees that as a positive for us even to this day. Be aware of any ruling president however, who tries to suppress the Press.”
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Poster #3

“But But Jefferson was a ‘ slave owner ‘ and therefore should have no place in American history.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to Poster #3:

“Only fools believe that.”

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