Tag: Words to ponder

Words to ponder

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.

“Hoard food and it rots, hoard money and you rot, hoard power and the nation rots.” – Chuck Palahniuk

This quote is relevant to our nations issues today. Citizens do not trust our institutions and we have a president who openly attacks them. Why is this happening? Could it be that a system of white supremacy has become a direct threat to our potential as a republic? The largest issues of the day are; whether police officers are super citizens with more rights when they victimize minority communities, a political party that ignores the rule of law for a racist president, and a pandemic that impacts minorities due to low paying jobs in crowded conditions with no healthcare. America is heading in a direction that decent people cannot stomach and cannot hide from. Power has been concentrated in the hands of a few with the promise of status to whites while minimizing poor and essential minority workers/people. The rot is apparent and we will see what direction the people choose in 2020. More chaos and rot or hope and growth towards our potential? Make sure that you research and vote this year.

More than meets the eye

The protests are about much more than Black Lives Matter. A protester sign said “All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.” Some say African Americans are the proverbial canary in the coal mine. In 2016 we elected an individual who gained political fame using the racist birther lie. The individual continues to lie and distort reality to attack others and defend himself. There is no accountability for the individual because his political party chooses to block the truth and limit voter participation. People can ignore a lot when they think things will turn out well for them and those they care about; but they can’t ignore looming disasters to protect a clear threat to their own futures. Citizens are seeking a rock (the truth) to build momentum for decent futures because Trump’s lies and incompetence are so monumental. Trump does not deal honestly with disease, climate, police abuse, and a shaky economy. The myth of strength has been punctured and the evil orange clown is seen increasingly for what he is. Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said you can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time. But, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Many people are tired of the deception as threats grow larger. Please research, talk to friends, register, and vote in 2020 and every election!