Win-Win

Have we saved Democracy yet? Donald J. Trump lost the presidency to Joseph R. Biden Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Last Saturday when the Electoral College votes were tallied and awarded to Biden, I felt free again as I watched people all over the United States of America dancing and celebrating in the streets of major cities. It was a beautiful sight. (Most celebrants were wearing masks.) The world also recognized the new President-elect and celebrated with us.

I have been greatly concerned about the demise of Democracy and the Rule of Law since January 20, 2017, when Mr. trump said, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He swore that oath that he neither believed nor understood. He never had any interest in governing the American people including the ones who voted for him. It was always about him aggrandizing himself. Everything was, is, and will always be about him. His behavior in office has not surprised me; however, I was surprised by the Republicans enabling his brand of crazy for four years.  All of that bowing and scraping for Federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and tax cuts, etc.

I still think that we can save Democracy and allow the Rule of Law to go forth at least for four more years. I believe in negotiations that allow for a win-win. Both sides can win this one. Democrats have won the presidency; therefore, they are in a power position. The winners should put forth sincere effort to make things good between the two parties. After all, they need to work together. Democrats should find out, not what the Republicans want, but what President Trump wants. I dare say that they are two different things. The Republicans want to stay in power; Trump wants freedom and continued adulation from the crowds. Perhaps after the Senate is finally decided, his party will say farewell. But for now, they must pacify and placate this infantile president and be a soothing salve for his tender ego.

Donald Trump has not suddenly developed an interest in this country. He has the same disdain for the country that his father had. He shows it daily. Trump could be allowed to leave without admitting defeat. That is how his father programmed him. He is never to lose. He must always see himself as a winner. (Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Raised the World’s Most Dangerous Man.)

I suggest that Democrats start thinking about the country in a real way. They should have had a backup plan for how to get Trump out of the White House in the works before the election. Did they really think the 45th president would “go gentle” into his retirement? His retirement is not as other former presidents. He has no books to write, no houses to build, no humanitarian efforts that await him. His is a gloomy future of fraud investigations — business, criminal, insurance, and bank. Then there are defamation lawsuits from women who have accused him of sex crimes, some he admitted to committing. His money is limited, and much will go to pay lawsuits if the justice system works as it should. Trump sees the deep morass of lies, schemes, and deception that he has created and is bogged down in. Presently, he does not and cannot see a way out. In his mind, he must remain president and stay in the White House.  

I pray that Congress will rethink that rule, suggestion, or idea that allows a criminal president to escape prosecution and stay in office. America should never again have an unfit person as president. We should not have a person without a knowledge of history and government, and especially a corrupt one.

Democrats should give Trump a way out of the presidency and the White House without police, military, paramilitary, white supremacist, bickers, and tough guys intervening. Let us have a smooth, if not the usual, transition of power. Offer him a deal for the sake of preserving order throughout the country. If he is given some incentive to leave, perhaps he will resign now and move on. If he leaves and has more of those hate-filled, divisive, violence-inciting scream-fest rallies, then he should be charged with treason and sedition and put on trial. It is then that America and the world will know without a doubt that Trump is an enemy of the state.

As I was writing the above, I saw where Trump had elevated racists, xenophobes, and suck-ups in the Pentagon. Can we count on the Generals to do the right thing no matter their politics? The president appears to be gearing up for a battle. I pray for intervention before it is too late.

President-elect Joe Biden is determined to move into the White House on January 20, 2021.

Spreading from the top

Should Americans expect the current leaders to set examples in decorum, health habits, or any other area of life? I’m thinking of the President, his administration, Congress, and even the Supreme Court. I hope you answered,”‘No.” If we look to the current leadership for advice, warnings, or anything positive, we are doomed as individuals and a nation. However, our leaders should set the proper examples for the benefit of the American people. Many people listen to the President’s words and look at his behaviors concerning the virus for guidance in their lives. But he has failed to practice safety measures and encourage his followers to do likewise. Some have died as a result.

I question the moral and ethical judgment of Amy Coney Barrett, who the President recently nominated to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. She is the reason for that COVID-19 super-spreader event in the Rose Garden. I am not saying that Coney Barrett was still contagious from her bout with COVID-19 over the summer and that she infected people, including the President. I am saying that she lacked the judgment to get him to postpone her nomination, given all that was happening politically, racially, economically, and mainly where COVID-19 was concerned — over 200,000 dead and counting.

The judge is pro-life, but what does that mean? Does she only care about the embryo and not those suffering and dying from the virus? Coney Barrett did not consider that someone in that mostly unmasked crowd at the White House could be infectious and spread the disease. I’m merely stating that Judge Coney Barret has not exercised good, sound judgment so far on the national scene. She had her husband and children at that super-spreader event without wearing masks.

Along with the President, the judge has access to the best medical care; however, that is not true for all citizens. Mr. Trump praised his great doctors and medicines as he walked around, proclaiming that he is cured. He took full advantage of his “free” health care paid for by American citizens, yet he wants to take away health care from those same citizens. I couldn’t help but think of families who have suffered the loss of a loved one and those individuals who are still struggling with the disease and its after-effects.

Conservatives already have a majority on the Supreme Court, so why the rush to confirm Coney Barrett? Do they think that Trump will lose the election, and this may be their last chance for a while? If Biden wins, should he pack the Supreme Court with liberal judges?

What do you think?

Trump’s America

President Trump withheld lifesaving information from the country, saying, “I did not want to create a panic.” He knew that COVID-19 “was more deadly” than “strenuous flus” (the worst cases of flu).  He called it “the plague,” and said it is “airborne.” Yet he failed to warn American citizens. After acknowledging the pandemic’s danger to one individual, to his supporters, he calls it a hoax and refuses to wear a mask. Yet, he makes sure he keeps his distance from them. What is his motive in all of his actions towards this disease?

Was he pleased that at first, only old people were dying, then later, African Americans? Why did he withhold supplies and equipment from states?  Was it because they were “blue” instead of “red”?

200,000 people have died due to COVID-19. The disease is killing people of all races, religions, professionals and nonprofessionals, blue-state, and red-state residents of all ages. It does not discriminate based on other than wearing a mask, handwashing, and keeping distance.

We are experiencing Trump’s America — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the violent. He continues to cause disorder, mayhem, and death through lying, instigating, and race-baiting. He has ruined America’s free elections for generations.

Since he descended the escalator in his previous New York home and landed onto his political soapbox, he has been setting the stage for all-out civil war by pitting white supremacist supporters against African Americans, Immigrants, and other people of color. Trump’s America is unsafe for all law-abiding citizens. Now, he is sicking his attorney general on demonstrators threatening to charge them with sedition while he commits treason.

Trump lacks respect for the Rule of Law, and without Law, there is no America. Currently, the government is not working for its citizens. Congress has failed: The House is impotent to exercise its constitutional power. The Senate is empowering Trump to work his racist, divisive agenda, including the complete obliteration of democracy. And now the Supreme Court is mostly conservative. Our only hope is that they will render judgments based on a fair interpretation of the Law. We are doomed if they become sycophants, acolytes, or bootlickers of D.J. T.

The thing about representative democracy is that the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) have to respect each other and faithfully perform their sworn duties for it to work. If the government is not functioning correctly, then there is no democracy. The American experiment dies when citizens do not protect democracy’s structural foundation.

This is Trump’s America!

Mr. Trump, please Submit your Resignation

The 45th president of the United States of America is a breathing, walking, talking disaster not only for this country but to world order. As Rick Wilson put it, “Everything Trump Touches Dies.”

There are many reasons why Americans need to remove Trump from the Presidency. We want to do it with our votes; however, Trump and the Republicans are working diligently to keep many of us from exercising that right. He is a criminal by any standard. There are many people, contractors, bankers, and investors that he has defrauded over the years. He used campaign funds as hush money to pay off his “girlfriends.” He has used his office to enrich himself and his family. He has wasted millions of tax dollars on numerous golf outings, and hotel stays. Trump has ignored the “Rule of Law,” acting as though it does not apply to him. He has also exemplified treasonous behaviors on several occasions. What is his indebtedness to Saudi Arabia and Russia’s President, Putin?

The following suggestion is to keep the 45th president from changing the Constitution, so he can “remain in office and become president for life.” Or at least for four more years, even if he loses in November. He wants to remain in office to prevent being indited, found guilty as he knows he is, and imprisoned.

Mr. Trump, will you resign, please? Since you have served a term as President of the United States, we will give you the dignity of exiting gracefully. You know that you are an illegitimate president. After all these years, you still do not know how to be president. I don’t remember you trying to learn the role. It bothers me that you didn’t try to learn American or World history. It also bothers me that you never wanted to be the president of all citizens. You did not seem capable of learning; neither did you have the desire to do so. The Deal, Mr. Trump, is that we will drop all of the charges that could put you in prison for the rest of your life. All you have to do is resign and pay all of your past debts. It would help if you also reimbursed the taxpayers for your numerous golf outings and Mar-a-logo visits.

We can offer you a deal that you should not refuse — FREEDOM. Perhaps we can include your family. The offer, however, is contingent on you, Mr. Trump, staying off the radio, television, and social media platforms. You must not continue to divide Americans and dismantle democracy.

Do you think Mr. Trump would accept such an offer? I know many people want to see him in handcuffs going to jail. But the country should be spared that sight. Yes, he has done worse to American citizens, Immigrants, and others. Many have lost their lives because he did not take the virus seriously at the beginning of the pandemic. Soldiers died because of his lack of concern, his ineffectiveness, and his fear (Russia’s bounties). Ukrainians got killed because of his interests (dirt on Joe Biden). He has corrupted the Justice System with Bill Barr’s enablement.

I think he wants out. Come on, “We the People,” give him a way out!

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What to the African American is the 4th of July?

The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. The first Independence Day celebration complete with fireworks was July 4, 1777. Since that time, the 4th of July has been a significant day for white Americans.

At its creation, the 4th of July had no significance for black people. The Ladies Anti-Slavery Society invited Frederick Douglass to speak at their Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, in 1852. Douglass was born into slavery in 1817; he escaped from it in 1838.  He hardly had warm, kind, appreciative thoughts about America on its Independence Day. In his speech, “What To The American Slave is Your 4th of July?” Douglass said, “the Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty and call upon him to join in your joyous anthems were inhuman and mockery and sacrilegious irony.” Douglass went on to speak on the subject, “American Slavery.”

Like Douglass, I have never felt that the 4th of July celebration was for black people. It commemorated white America’s freedom, not ours.  It had no significance for me growing up in the South. My family and those I knew were busy making a living while dodging the arrows of white supremacy.   

No group is more patriotic than African Americans: Tuskegee Airmen and others of that generation; Dr. Martin Luther King, and the Civil Rights workers; my uncles who served in World War II and the Korea War; my husband who served in the Air Force; my three brothers who served in the Army during the Vietnam war; my four brothers-in-law who served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. I appreciate African Americans who serve today in government, the military, on the frontline, and the essential workers. I praise the activist and protesters who are marching, teaching, writing, speaking, getting beaten by police, and dodging Covid-19 to push this Nation forward toward a “more perfect union.”

I have spent a few 4ths of July holidays in my latter years watching fireworks, attending outings and family gatherings, hearing speeches and patriotic concerts; Yet, I struggle with the idea of what it means to be American. America is 155 years from slavery’s end (55 years since the Voting Rights Act passed.) If a generation is 30 years, then I was born 2.5 generations from slavery; therefore, maybe I am too fashioned by that history to feel truly American. I live American — obeying laws, paying taxes, and enjoying some freedoms while being a good citizen. Yet, I do not feel American.

I am presently concerned with whether my vote will count and whether the police and vigilantes will continue to murder black people for sport. I worry that black and brown hopeful immigrants are halted at the border and refused entry (America welcome immigrants again.) I am concerned about the unemployed (create jobs), the low- income families (raise the minimum wage) with hungry children (SNAP), the homeless (affordable housing), the mentally and physically ill ( healthcare for all). I worry about black children who are poorly educated by teachers who do not know, understand, or care about them. I am concerned about how children without computers and internet access will be successful in life. I am worried about the environment.

I have been hopeful at times, but harmful, racist, rhetoric, and divisive politics have hindered America’s progress in governing and race relation since January 2017. 

Frederick Douglass said, “Whether we turn to the declarations of the past or the professions of the present, the conduct of the Nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”

Especially now, as America is uncovering and releasing long-held animosity; and resurrecting and creating racist tropes to use as weapons against black people.

What to the African American is the 4th of July? That is for each to decide. But I will not do anything special to commemorate this day. I pray that I will feel better about America on the next 4th of July.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to girl dads, boy dads; step-fathers; ill, disabled, unemployed, absent, incarcerated and wannabe fathers — ALL

My father was bigger than life to me, though somewhat of an enigma since my parents separated when I was three-years-old.  I lived with my father for about four of the eighteen years that I had him. He was Daddy — my handsome ebony-colored, easy-talking, first love. I was always happy to see my father, even when he disappointed me in some way. He accepted me as I was and never put me down or put limits on me.

When I was little, I loved trying to cook for my father. Once, I made soggy fried peach pies and weak coffee, which he accepted and devoured as though they were a gourmet offering. I regret that I never got to cook a meal for him after I honed my culinary skills.

My opinion of my father has morphed over the years. When I was a child, I idealized him and imbued him with specialness. I knew that he loved me. I was Daddy’s girl.

So, how do I see my father now after many years have passed? I see him as disappointed with his life, and perhaps maybe living with regrets. He wanted his family united in the way he had grown up. His parents were together until death parted them. I don’t regret my parents’ separation; I now know that they were not well suited for one another.

My father wouldn’t have won “Father of the Year,” but he was perfect for me. I have never longed for or searched for another.

Father’s Day originated in the United States of America.

The first attempt at celebrating Father’s Day was in 1907 in response to a memorial service for a group of coal miners who died in Monongah, West Virginia. That celebration didn’t make it out of West Virginia.

June 19, 1910 — The first Father’s Day was established in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd got the idea for Father’s Day while attending a Mother’s Day service. She wanted to honor her father, Civil War Veteran William Jackson, who raised her and her brothers after their mother died.

1924 President Calvin Coolidge declared Father’s Day a national holiday.

1966 President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared the 3rd Sunday in June as Father’s Day

1972 President Richard Nixon established Father’s Day as a permanent holiday

Confederate Statues and Monuments

Recently, lifeless symbols of oppression fell to the ground like bayonetted soldiers. They have littered the American landscape for too long. They should never have been given places of honor in the country they seceded from and fought against in the Civil War. Why were the losers allowed to propagate racism through statues and monuments? Were Americans cocooned in a state of complacent apathy from the Civil War era until now? Statues and monuments of honor should go to people who worked for the country’s betterment not its destruction. 

 Confederate statues and monuments resulted from southerners’ desires to hold on to a past created with malicious intent. There was nothing honorable in the southern way of life with slavery as its centerpiece. They displaced and disrupted Indigenous people.  As cargo, they imported Africans to raise their children, plant, harvest, and cook their food, clean their homes, build houses, cities, fortresses, and to service their unrestrained desires for sexual gratification and physical violence. Throughout the South, confederate statues have stood—and some still stand—as a reminder to white people of their “heritage” and to warn African descendants of their “inferior” status in America. 

White Americans—even some black Americans—will not understand the slogan “Black Lives Matter” or the reasons to remove statues until they know the meaning of racism and its progenitor—white supremacy, a construct designed to insure black subjugation. To hold on to the myth of white supremacy, white people must see and treat black people and people of color as inferior.  

It seems that statue removal proceeded without much thought. There was no plan, just the rage resulting from the murder of George Floyd times 400 years of black Americans laboring, suffering, and trying to live and thrive under white supremacy. As a black woman who lived during Jim Crow, I feel that rage, yet, I believe in knowledge and the right actions for correcting history.

I was surprised when protestors destroyed Grant’s statue. Grant was the Union General who won the Civil war and later became President. He was not a proponent of slavery. Grant grew up in an abolitionist family but married into a slave-owning family. His father-in-law gave him a slave named William Jones, whom he worked alongside for a while. Grant did not sell Jones, but manumitted, or freed him from slavery. Still, no human should own another.

General Grant accepted the surrender from Confederate States of America General Robert E. Lee at the end of the Civil War.  General Lee acknowledged that the Confederate States would pay taxes and support then-President Johnson and the U. S. government. Lee was not in favor of erecting Confederate monuments. He said it would “keep open the sores of war.” He understood that such “honor” would be an impediment to the South and would add to its difficulties. He knew that it was undeserved. Yet, over time, confederate statues appeared in 31 states and Washington, D.C.

They erected those symbols in the late 1890s with a spike between the 1900s and 1920s. The timing is not ironic. Following slavery’s end in 1865, free black people focused not only on surviving but also learning how to thrive in the country where they now had a stake and could see a future. Black towns sprung up all over the country. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were upwards of 200 “Freedom towns” or All-black towns in 19 states. The most noted was the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma with its “Black Wall Street.”  

White fear and envy destroyed the prosperity of Greenwood, as well as Rosewood in Florida and other all-black towns. The alleged motivation for white men destroying black towns was to protect the “virtue of white women.” The real reason was to hold on to power through white supremacy. How could whites continue the myths and stereotype black people as Mammy, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, lazy, illiterate chicken- and watermelon-eating darkies, if free black people were learning, working for themselves, banking, building, raising families, and prospering like white people? 

The first confederate monument was erected 80 years after the Civil War. More racists symbols arose in the 1950s and 1960s with Brown v. Board (1954) and the beginning of the Civil Rights era. Again, white fear and the need to show black Americans “their place” spoke through those symbols of white supremacy.

Perhaps no president deserves a statue. They are all flawed humans elected to serve their country for a short time. Should they be venerated for doing a job? Or should we assign them to the history books and write and teach the truth – good, bad, and ugly of who they were, but most importantly what they did to and for America. 

Unlike monuments and statues which are easy to remove, Mount Rushmore and Stone Mountain seem to claim permanence in America. Mount Rushmore displays four United States presidents, Washington, and Jefferson, who both owned slaves, along with Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Stone Mountain shows three figures of the Confederacy—Generals Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson, and CFA President Jefferson Davis. Should those seemingly indestructible monuments of presidents be erased, or can other people of distinction be added? Perhaps a collage of faces from different races who have contributed to the good of humanity can be added to Mount Rushmore?

In 1912, Helen Plane had the idea to put a Confederate monument on Stone Mountain. Plane, a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), suggested to the first sculptor Gutzon Borglum, “I feel it is due to the Klan, which saved us from Negro dominations and carpetbag rule, that it be memorialized on Stone Mountain.” Carving began in 1915 and was completed March 3, 1972. The state of Georgia bought Stone mountain in 1958 from Samuel and William Venable “as a memorial to the Confederacy.” Plane’s letters to Borglum are among her papers (1915-1925) at Emory University. Plane and her group are responsible for many of the Confederate monuments erected.

We should remove symbols of white supremacy.  No state should continue to sanction racism. Those who cherish the Confederacy could have removed their heroes before the wrath of protestors did. They could have them in their museums. Counterfeit heroes that perpetuate the myth of white supremacy have no place in America.  No more tax dollars to maintain and promote racism. Take them down!  

However, removing the symbols will not remove the longings from southerners’ hearts. Nor will it prevent them from passing on their “history and heritage” with its racist myths to succeeding generations. Will America finally stand in the present for all Americans, or will the myth ever end?

Inhuman

Something has happened to humanity. The atrocities police commit upon black citizens continue despite the civil rights gains, religious teaching, education, previous cases, etc. There is something inhuman about the police officer, who had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. He was deaf to Mr. Floyd’s pleas and repeated statement, “I can’t breathe.” He closed his ears to Mr. Floyd’s cry for his mother — his mother, who had already transitioned. In just eight minutes, the officer forgot his (own) humanity. Even the small crowd of concerned citizens gathered at the scene could not call him, or the three other officers with him, to their collective humanity.

I, a law-abiding black woman, have experienced unwanted and unnecessary police attention. The first time it happened, I was an eighteen-year-old college student. I spent one of the scariest nights of my life on the side of a Tennessee highway, wondering what was going to happen as the white officer harassed and belittled my father in my presence. I thought we were going to die.

The police stopped my son as a suspected burglar when he was a skinny, undeveloped high school student as he was riding his bicycle home from the tennis court; racket slung over his back. He came into the house, shaken by the encounter. I was angry, but mostly I was scared by the thought of what could have happened. It was then that I became anxious about my son’s survival as a young black man in America. I became fearful of the police and overprotective of him. I prepared him on how to respond when such occurred again.

Each incident where police officers shoot or choke African Americans leading to their deaths affects me. I feel for their families. It could have happened to several members of my family and me. Picking on black people has always been “sport” for them for generations.

I believe that those police officers’ actions were deliberate. Officers who kill black people are acting out of some individual and collective racial animus. They haven’t let go of inherent biases and environmental conditioning through their training. They view black people in the same manner as their ancestors did, which is less than human. How can such attitudes and actions be overcome? When those officers find their humanity – love, compassion, empathy, mercy, tolerance, etc. — then they can see humanity in black people and act accordingly.

Sadly, POTUS sanctioned racism in 2017 after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he spoke of Nazis and white supremacists as “good people.” He continues to perpetuate systemic racism through his tweets, rallies, and policies. People of goodwill have struggled and died to correct much of the systemic racism in America; however, there is still more that needs to be done to ensure “liberty and justice” for black citizens.

 I used to wonder if there were any good police officers. I know that there are some, but why does it seem that the good cops are never around when the killings happen? If there had been one good cop on the scene, she could have possibly called that rogue cop to his senses, his humanity, and prevented the death of another black man, George Floyd.

First Kobe-24 then COVID-19

How much can a nation take? We are not like “the Greatest Generation,” a strong group who fought the Germans, freed the Jews and secured America’s freedom. They built communities and factories, had a strong work ethic, and valued family and civic responsibility. I was born during that war. Although “life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” I have seen better days where the government is concerned.

Remember, when Michelle Obama said, after her husband won the presidential election, “For the first time in my lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” I was in my sixties then, yet I had never felt that America was my country, my home. I never felt like I belonged here until Barack Obama became President. As I was shivering in the enormous crowd on that cold, cold January Tuesday, in Washington, D. C. listening to the newly elected President speaking about the founding fathers as though he was a direct descendant, I got it. I felt the connection and started to think that I do belong here. America is my country.

Today, any day since the coronavirus appeared in America, I am unsure as to who and what America is. This country was shaken to its foundation in 2016 when the Electoral College put an unfit and unqualified person into the Oval office. This administration is steadily redefining America. It no longer wants to be the dominant power in the world. Its economy before Covid-19 was still number one, but its leadership has faltered, slipped, bowed, bent, and kowtowed to China. And for reasons unknown to Russia/Putin.

I watched daily briefings for a while. The experts say one thing, and the President says another. There has been much incorrect information from the beginning. I do not look to the government to save me from the coronavirus; however, I do expect sane, sober, and informed leadership.

I watched the President appropriate airtime, allotted to the coronavirus updates, to offer pipe dreams, settle scores, take swipes at perceived enemies, and rally his base. I tuned in to stay informed, but most of what I heard was gibberish; I tuned out. I trust my instincts to stay safe. I donned the mask and gloves before the government told me to. I pray that I will see real leadership in America again soon. These four years of foolishness and ineptness have taken a toll.

I cannot say that I long for the “America of old” because I am a black woman; America of old did not treat black people well. Yet, I pray for a time when the government respected the rule of law to some degree. I remember a time when scholarship, knowledge, experience, and excellence were valued and sought after. I pray for a time when the government operates on some measure of truth.

This Nation founded by immigrants, is now turning its back on them. This Nation, built mainly by enslaved Africans, has never paid their descendants the debt owed. This Nation that once ran the world now runs from it like a timid little puppy. This mighty Nation that set the standard for world leadership in times of crisis now shrinks into the background chanting “America First” as China steps in to fill the void.

 I know that the President cannot do anything to bring Kobe back. Perhaps he cannot do anything about the impact of the coronavirus either. The President decided to believe much too late to take adequate measures in combatting the virus. He agreed that it was a hoax when he heard about it in January, or before. America needs leadership that is conscious, competent, capable, and caring. Is that too much to ask?

Impeachment trial

Impeachment trial

 The 45th President of the United States of America has been impeached. The question that remains is will he be removed from office?

For three years now I have been mystified by the Republican Party’s acceptance of the lawlessness of their president. I say “their” because he has not addressed the majority of the country, only those who voted for him and those who have given him their allegiance. I understand their devotion to him in return for what he is giving them: Supreme Court judges and federal judges that are on track to change the complexion of America; tax cuts for the wealthy; changes in abortion laws; removing regulations affecting the air, land, and water; keeping immigrants of color out of the country. The federal government is understaffed. The USDA is eliminating inspectors.  School lunches will now allow more fun foods like pizza, burgers, fries instead of fruits and vegetable.  This is just a few concerns.

If I was getting most of what I wanted would I be concerned about his immorality and lawlessness? It is policies that matter, right? Would I care about his ugly and often violent language? Would I close my eyes to his personal financial dealings at home and abroad? Would I ignore his cowardly demeanor in the presence of Putin (Helsinki)?  Would I question his relationships with America’s longtime enemies and ignore how he speaks against his military and FBI? Would I care how he and his daughter are earning wealth because of their positions in government?

If impeachment had happened as a result of the Mueller Report or the first time POTUS showed treasonous behavior, V-POTUS could have stepped in and taken over. However, it is too late for that. He is nearly as deep in the morass of wrongdoing as the president. What a dilemma for the Republicans. I cannot imagine them elevating a Democrat to the presidency. Remember, the Speaker of the House is third in in line for the presidency. If POTUS is removed from office, the second and fourth in line would also have to be removed. That only leaves third.

I can’t think of any other reason why the Republican Senate will not do its job and remove this rogue president from office. Can they be that afraid of a tweet? Or is it about losing their seats. They have relinquished their moral authority and their power to serve as a check on the presidency. They accept lies from their leader when they know the truth. That group of Senators is perfectly groomed for this new era of government we appear to be moving toward, whatever they call it. Maybe it will work for many of them and the wealthy. But I have a strong feeling that the masses will rise from complacency, lethargy, and the comfort of the couch and hit the streets demanding their rights as citizens. Why should this country only exist for a few?

I don’t want civil unrest to the point of war. I’m thankful that the white nationalists’ second attempt at starting a race war in Charlottesville, Virginia failed. Thank God for the FBI and all the National Security workers that to keep America safe from domestic and foreign terrorism. I don’t see a winning side in another civil war.

How long will the American populace put up with this corrupt, incompetent, understaffed administration? How long will Americans tolerate foreign intervention in elections? How long will Americans sit idly as America’s Democracy is demolished? How long will Americans accept the swap of ally nations for enemy nations? How long will Americans allow their tax dollars to go into the pocket of the president through unconstitutional emollients?

“Rule of Law” is already an idea that I look back at wistfully. It has fallen into the era we refer to as “the good old days” or as some say “back in the day.”

I have been tuned in to the political scene since 2007, but most especially since 2015 when I witnessed a spirit of division descend upon this nation. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears at times as relationships, values, behaviors, respect for law, and decorum declined.  Back then, I was on the same page as Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruze, Romney, and so many other Republicans who saw the truth of the man they would later elect as their leader. Now they see the reality of what is — Trump/Putin or Pelosi?

I have watched most of the Impeachment trial thus far. The Democrats have put up a good fight for Democracy. They have skillfully used the Constitution, early American history, recent history, prior impeachments, the president’s own words and actions, witnesses, Republicans statements, and much more. It has been educational. So much preparation has gone into the proceedings. However, I believe it is all for naught, zero, zilch.

When it was time for the defense, all POTUS’s lawyers could do was complain, criticize the Democrats’ process, and throw in nonessentials. They have also brought in Obama, Clinton, Bidens and Barisma. They have no defense. How can they defend the indefensible?

 The Republicans don’t have to do anything, unless the people demand it, but deny the Democrats everything they are requesting, and go back to the Senate to continue doing nothing until they are removed from office. They have already told us that this POTUS is a keeper. Unless there is some new revelation that they absolutely cannot ignore, the deal is done.

Do we still have a Democracy or more specifically a Republic — a representative government of, for, and by the people, where the people get to choose their leader (President) and their representatives (Congress = Senate and House of Representatives) – where the people rule through their representatives?  Or do we have something bordering on a Monocracy, Autocracy, or Dictatorship?

As I wrote in a previous post, perhaps it is time for a new era of governing. The Founders put all the constraints in the Constitution, but if it is ignored, then what do we have? what can we do?

When Ben Franklin was asked whether we have a republic or a monarchy, he answered, “A republic if you can keep it.”

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