Tag: Words to ponder

Words to ponder

The thin line between hope and disaster

To re-state the quote from Jesus in the Bible “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. America barely passed a test of our knowledge of the truth in the last election. A man who lies regularly and was identified by many generals, doctors, scientists, journalists, and politicians as a threat to democracy was asked to continue as the president by over 70 million Americans. Fortunately over 75 million Americans knew what the cost of freedom was; knowing the truth and voting based on that knowledge. Many who voted for more Trump had rationalizations; a good economy, democrats were socialists, Joe Biden voted for a Crime Bill. Many minds were blind or minimized the daily truth of lies and attempts to overthrow our constitutional republic. The nearness of disaster in 2020 demands the implementation of policy aimed at making truth more abundant in our country. The next authoritarian personality will likely be accompanied by a more skilled political mind, and be a larger threat. Trump is not gone yet and he is trying to overturn the elections, so we are not out of the woods yet. Stay vigilant and urge your representatives to pass legislation to strengthen our republic.

So much left to do

After participating in the elections, very voter should feel good about their concern for their world, country, and community. Voting is a very important tool in creating the world we would like to see, but it is not the only tool that we have. As citizens and people who care we should advocate for our values and hopes for a better future. We can use our influence with friends and family, we can contribute our time to causes and groups, and we can give resources to further the policies or movements we want to succeed. There was not a wave in any direction in this election, and there is a lot of work to do on justice, climate change, and healthcare to name a few. COVID-19 is raging in our country and we must continue to protect ourselves and others. If Joe Biden wins the presidency he will need a lot of help to get anything done. Consider getting the Five Calls app to contact your legislators and advocate for bills you want enacted into law. Every citizen who cares should vow to find ways to stay informed and involved in building a better future while continuing to protect our republic. Develop a plan to support your values while staying safe and focused.

Belief in absurdities leads to atrocities

“As long as people believe in absurdities, there will be atrocities” – Voltaire

When I read this quote by Voltaire I feel he is warning us that lies come with a heavy penalty. This is an age where presidential lies are common occurrence, and a group called QAnon makes unfounded claims about pedophile rings running the Democratic party. Americans have to fight to hold media and organized political parties accountable for knowingly spreading lies, or we will all be in danger. While we cannot change others, we can begin with ourselves, and insist on research and facts in communications about issues of the day. Our nation and survival on this planet will depend on our insistence on truth and our valuing of humanity. These are daunting times for us all. Take a break and relax with my new thriller Centurion Crew, available at Amazon!

“The cost of Liberty is less than the price of Repression.” – WEB DuBois

What does DuBois mean when he says that the cost of liberty is less than the price of Repression? I think he is saying that we must act quickly to protect our freedoms because once they are lost it is costlier to regain them. Wise citizens are vigilant in protecting their freedoms because they know the price of failure is very high. Ferguson, Missouri was an example of DuBois’ quote. Black citizens wee the majority of the city, but did not vote in large numbers until after the killing of Michael Brown and the protests that followed. The Department of Justice found that Black citizens were targeted for tickets and fines by Ferguson police to raise revenue for the city. Ferguson represents an example of the high price of repression for Black citizens who did not pay the cost of liberty by organizing and voting in their city. Every American citizen is now witnessing scientific organizations like the CDC being overruled by Trump, and lies costing lives. Repression warps and degrades people and systems. We have to educate ourselves and act to pay the cost of liberty. As Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. We are paying a price for the current repression taking place, and worse days are coming if Trump is re-elected. Plan your vote to end the Trump chaos; restore truth and liberty!

QAnon candidates

What happens when people who believe insane theories are in leadership? Voltaire said that “As long as people believe in absurdities, there will always be atrocities”. What we have coming in America is death and destruction if we do not get the conspiracy theories out of positions of power. Trump and many right-wing Republicans are pushing racism, lies, and divisiveness. Leaders who push lies leads to followers who act to destroy freedom and create fear. The truth will set us free and we should select leaders who tell the truth and can cite sources for what they say. Don’t fall for conspiracies that cannot be validated by multiple reliable sources. Vote Democrat up and down the ballot to stop Trump and the fascists in 2020!

Liars are usually thieves

A learned clergyman said that liars are usually thieves, and that if you research the lie you will find a theft of some sort. Reverend Barber was talking about the condition of poor people in our society and the continuous assaults by Republicans on anything that benefits them. Why have we allowed internal divisions in America to become tribal warfare used by foreign nations against us? Wealthy Americans stood and cheered a president as he lied when confronted by a reporter. Trump and his followers will have to deal with their choices, but most Americans must pursue the truth for the republic to survive. Trump’s consistent lying has led to many stories about the election being stolen due to his desperation to avoid justice once he is not president. Trump is understandable as a mentally ill and narcissistic person, but his followers suggest a darkness in our country that must be confronted. The national disgrace of continued amassed resources by the rich leaving more poor people without hope in the wealthiest country on earth must stop. The truth will free us all, but the political parties, media networks, and elected leaders working to diminish voting while broadcasting lies must be defeated before better days arrive.

Both sides do it

Citizenship in a functional republic requires people to pay attention and evaluate the performance of politicians and parties if they want to maximize their freedom. Jesus said “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – he was speaking to us. Benjamin Franklin said “Those who wish to be ignorant and free wish for what never was, and never will be.” – he was speaking to us. We live in an age where people believe in outrageous conspiracy theories and rumors without doing any serious research. It seems our society follows an ethos of; if it feels good or seems to reinforce what I think, believe it. We are in an amazing place where science is questioned for no apparent reason, and a wanna be dictator has run wild for over three years. We got here because we allowed the Republican party to commit serial outrages and when caught get away with the claim of ‘both sides do it’. We stopped evaluating based on truth, the liars got away with it, and here we are. I am hopeful that Americans will stop allowing childish people to claim leadership positions for making war on fellow citizens because of race, class, sexuality, or religion. Stop tyranny and save the republic. Vote in 2020!

Shining City on a Hill, or Wild Animal Park?

The issues America faces are numerous and daunting. From healthcare to justice reform there is a lot to do. Americans have many blessings, but we have allowed fear to dominate our society for a long time. People fly American flags dedicated to support for police, while others march for police accountability. Why are the police a lightning rod in our society? Has money and greed become more important than the basic wellbeing of our countrymen? Are we at war with each other and using the justice system as a substitute for a social contract? America has one of the lowest rates of social mobility and the highest incarceration rate of the industrialized democracies. If you are born to a lower class you are more likely to be stuck there here in the USA than similar countries. Americans are afraid of each other and the current uptick in gun purchases highlights that fact. We have more guns than people and we still don’t have enough. The election of 2020 will clearly be a pivotal vote for America as we will define ourselves for the future. A vote for hope can put us back on track as an exemplar nation, the shining city on a hill, or we can be deceived into the chaos and fear of the wild animal park.

Keep counting those blessings

The news these days is often very bad, but we still have reason to hope. Make a point of thinking of the good things in your life or that you have achieved. Make plans that you feel good about and will help someone beyond yourself. Celebrate small things and express gratitude to others for what they add life. Imagine a world where you were alone before looking at the issues of society. People make the world go around and we are all lucky to have so much company. As an adult own your life and feelings while working to improve the management. Thank God for the good things in life and you will see more!

The perversity of Racism

Racism leads people to behave and think in ways that diminish themselves and others. Americans have struggled with attacking others while appearing not to or maintaining plausible deniability for a long time. This evil has caused issues and pain that drag the nation down. The country is threatened by the smallness in people who want to have two sets of rules; one for us and another for them. This embrace of fundamental evil must be broken for the United States to reach its potential. The United States shocked the world when President Barrack Obama was elected because other countries could not do what we had done. Choosing a minority group member for the most powerful position in government is unheard of around the world. Now we shock the world with our electoral pendulum swing to overt racism, fascism, incompetence, and xenophobia in the form of Trump. Evil will always be around but we do not have to accept it or give it a place in our society. We are capable of better as a species and time is running out. Ending the Trump administration is about the soul of America; a country so many amazing people have sacrificed to build. Think, research, communicate, pray, and vote in every election.