I doubt that Cicero was warning our nation about the #BLOTUS. But, I have to admit that this statesman knew what he was talking about, and it’s just as obvious that his words should be heeded by the wise of any age.
There is no doubt in my mind that Trump appeals to”the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.” And one has only to look at his first few months in office to realize he works best in secret and at night.
The stench arising from the oval office continues to grow as the #BLOTUS rots the soul of our nation. Truly, “a murderer is less to be feared.”
There are times to be tolerant. And there are times to be rigorous in the defense the morally accepted standards of civilized behavior. Allowing the #BLOTUS to get away with his lying, nepotism and scoffing at the law is putting us on the wrong path. We are living in a dangerous time for democracy as we know it.
As the events of the past couple of weeks have unfolded, many of us have been almost paralyzed in the face of such a brazen and blatant attack on the true values of our nation. Now is the time we need to again hear these powerful words of warning from President Abraham Lincoln.
We have a responsibly to protect the Constitution. We must speak out and step up when we see Congress, the Courts, or the President perverting this document. And at this moment the Constitution, and the values it holds forth, are both being attacked and perverted by #BLOTUS and those he has appointed.
We need to protect the Constitution. The responsibility is ours.
Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Isn’t that the way that old saying goes?
The United Nations warned today that 30,000 people are “facing starvation and death” in war-torn South Sudan. The UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization are demanding immediate access to these starving war victims, who are in Unity State.
The war in South Sudan, between the government and opposition groups, has caused extreme hunger. Farming in conflict areas cannot take place. What little food is available has become high-priced.
Nearly four million people are living with severe food shortages and on the brink of famine. Many displaced families report eating only one meal a day, consisting of fish and water lilies.
The violence has blocked humanitarian aid from reaching civilians, leaving children especially vulnerable to deadly malnutrition. UNICEF’s South Sudan representative, Jonathan Veitch, warns, “Since fighting broke out nearly two years ago, children have been plagued by conflict, disease, fear and hunger. Their families have been extraordinary in trying to sustain them, but have now exhausted all coping mechanisms. Agencies can support, but only if we have unrestricted access. If we do not, many children may die.”
As long as the violence persists, hunger will only continue to escalate. War means hunger. Oxfam’s Zlatko Gegic says, “civilians are fleeing their homes and making the treacherous journey to safer locations, only to be faced with starvation as aid organizations are blocked due to fighting. Many children have arrived alone, their mothers killed in the fighting or during the journey, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, surviving on plant roots and whatever else they can forage.”
Malnutrition causes lasting physical and mental damage in children, so it’s urgent the food reaches them quickly. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the lead hunger relief organization in South Sudan. Along with UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services and others WFP conducts emergency missions to relieve the suffering, provided they have access.
WFP depends on voluntary donations and this must be kept up to provide the food aid. The United States Food for Peace program is the single largest donor to WFP, and Congress has to boost its funding.
But a lasting peace deal between the warring parties has to take place for the humanitarian crisis to ultimately end. The alternative is famine for South Sudan.