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in his own words

Not much to add…it just gets more sad and more shameful by the day. We must hope that Congress will come to its senses and do quickly what should have already happened. Every day this egotistical liar stays in office is another day too long. His time in office will be recorded as one of the most shameful periods in United States history.

stigmatize the deserving

The truth!

There are always those that must have someone to look down on. That’s not new or news. And we all know that the poor are mostly powerless to defend themselves. That makes them the target of choice for a variety of social ills.

Having voluntarily lived in poverty, myself, and have worked with and walked along side the poor of the world for almost five decades, I have a fairly strong understanding of their struggle. The vast majority of those living in poverty around the world consistently work harder that most of us can begin to comprehend.

The true culprit is the unadulterated greed of those of us who are wealthy beyond measure. We see unlimited wealth as a right, not a gift, and we refuse to share our abundance. Any professing Christian pointing to the poor as a problem is not believer in Jesus Christ and has certainly never met the Jesus of the Gospels.

 

defining characteristics of Facism

Trump:

If it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck…then it’s time to make some decisions about whether you really like listening to ducks.

walking thru a cow pasture

If you have ever had the pleasure of spending time on a farm or ranch you know what a cow pasture looks and smells like. If you have ever walked through a cow pasture you have ample evidence that it is a home for cows. And, if you are like the majority of us, you avoid stepping in the ample piles of evidence.

Look around, my friends.  The evidence is piling up. Take a deep breath. That pungent aroma is the smell of fresh, still steaming Fascism. You recognize the evidence of cows in a cow pasture. Recognize the evidence of Fascism. Once you step in it,  the smell cannot be removed.

sometimes it’s better to scream

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We live in an age when values have changed, and continue to change. It is now acceptable to display boorish and uncivil behavior in public and even get applause for it. Today it is acceptable for public figures and nationally recognized political candidates to spew vindictive and racist remarks without fear of backlash.

I, for one, am tired of the hatred, the bitterness and repulsive rhetoric. I am reminded of the early days of Nazi Germany when Adolf Hitler used the same bombastic invective and appeal to fear to inflame his listeners.

We are better than that. When candidates for the highest office in the United States base their  campaigns on fear, on hatred, on racism, on indiscriminate destruction of entire populations, it is time to speak out.

I do not want a President who unabashedly flaunts immoral actions and behavior to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I do not want a leader who uses xenophobia and racial prejudices to appeal to the uneducated.

I may be in a distinct minority, but I remember a time when when such a person would be held up for ridicule and laughed off the stage. That such a clown is now taken seriously is a true indictment of the depths to which our nation has fallen.

If we elect such a man to lead our nation we deserve whatever befalls us.

ever was it so

"The opposite of poverty is justice" ~~Bryan Stevenson.  "Poverty is man-made and it can be undone by human action." ~~Nelson Mandela.

It’s not enough to deplore the culture of crime, violence and entitlement we have created. If we truly desire a better and more just society we need to be serious about addressing the root of the problem.

If we are dismayed by the increasing amount of anarchy and crime we need to look beyond these symptoms.  The real issue that needs to be tackled is poverty.