Have the Dopes Trumped Hope?

Webster states:  cynical – contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives.

Never has our general populace been more cynical then now.

In my lifetime I have never seen the degree of disrespect shown to elected officials that we have today. And we had made such great strides toward truly becoming the country that welcomed one and all to our shores, fulfilling the dream our nation was built upon…

For the first time we elected an African-American as our President and our collective chest swelled with pride. But it did not take long for the ugly bigots to begin to creep out from under the rocks and spread their influence, two-faced, now showing their true feelings. Sadly, a portion of those names and faces belonged to elected politicians and, because of that animosity, Washington has failed to move important legislation forward.

Along with that ugliness we have had numerous killings of young African-Americans and have had to bear witness to far too many examples of guns being used too quickly and unwisely against persons of color. In view of these many incidents of police brutality we need diversity training for our policing forces to be an ongoing program.

The whole subject of what to do about guns and gun ownership will be a perpetual battle as long as our legislators depend on gun money to stay in their seats in Washington. On the subject of guns, how many children will have to die, how many families need be torn apart before it is time to say enough is enough?

I am not so sure we will recapture that spirit we had not that long ago: a sense of promise, hope, acceptance and respect for diversity.

And, boy, never did I think I would see ministers arming themselves – preachers packing in church – or encouraging their members to come to church bearing firearms.

My sense of humor tells me that it is a deterrent to sermons that sometimes seem a bit long in the tooth!

I do not look forward to our 2016 presidential election. I believe it will be one that thrives on bad manners, and infighting from desperate candidates. We can only hope someone who truly wants to serve the people and this great country will be elected.

Trick or Treat Meet and Greet

Two events are close at hand: Halloween and Election Day. It is hard to decide which is the scariest.

One of the two is over quickly. Someone jumps out with a crazy made up face, devil horns and a long tail and shouts, “Boooooo!” Then you wait for the next reveler to knock on the door and yell, “Trick or Treat!”

Depending on who the winners are in the many elections across our great country, the outcome will delight us or scare us more than the Halloween guest at our front door. It is no secret our country and our President have been held hostage by negativism, disrespect, bigotry and all the NO, NO, NO of recent years.

If that behavior continues, it will be worse than devils with horns and long tails or ghosts with spiders crawling over them. Our country and our citizens deserve better.

I, for one, am sick and tired of millionaires buying the government they want while they fatten themselves at the trough, boosting themselves upward on the backs of the less fortunate.

May good government return.

Speak For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves

This is the second time I feel compelled to write my blog about the children who are coming to us for help and understanding from Central America.

Thank God we still have good people whose heart has not turned to stone. I know my list is incomplete but my information is only as good as the daily paper chooses to print. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, “We are an empathetic people in this country and we don’t like seeing people suffer,” despite bashing our President in the process. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said her city “has a long history of welcoming immigrants” – from her grandparents to recent waves of refugees from Bhutan, Iraq and South Sudan. She suggested six buildings on the old campus of the former Maria Regina College be used to house and care for them.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, said, “You have to take a step back and say, ‘We’re talking about kids as young as five’ – “What’s our role as human beings?” Barrett, Davenport, Iowa Mayor Bill Gluba, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland have said they would put together teams to look for suitable locations to help.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, each and every one. Great leaders rise to the top by not always looking for votes but for something like this – thinking outside the box to look out for these children; children not unlike your son or daughter.

In an article in the same paper there was a story about a very young boy in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras, who had two of his friends, eleven years old, snatched from their home. Their bodies were found chopped to pieces. That is how he lives each day – in fear of the same.

If each of our states would take 1000 of these children we would save 50,000 children. An example is my state of Kentucky; we have 122 counties. If each county took nine children, that would be 1098 children saved. Please use your creative ability and please do something to help these children. If we had not had some visionaries in our government in the sixties, it is possible we would still have our African-American brothers and sisters in the shackles of racism and a second class existence.

Please America – open your hearts. Ministers of all faiths, find in yourselves the voice of humanity. Let’s help these children of God. They need to be supported with the voices of caring people. Let the choir start by adding each of our voices.

There are no Words…

There are no words to describe Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s cruel, uncaring, small minded idiot Senator, without using extreme profanity.

There is not one piece of his black heart that is deserving of me stooping to his low underbelly tactics. I wonder how he sleeps already knowing that the elderly, disabled households, veterans, and families with children can no longer get housing vouchers in  Seattle. The King County Housing Authority announced they have had to stop issuing the vouchers.

He could care less that some classrooms will lose teachers, that security staffs at airports will have to furlough personnel. Why does he care if food stamp programs are eliminated? We, the taxpayers, have been paying his salary for his whole life and we have received damn little for it.

Of course it is nice to have a second wife who is also a billionaire. Our only hope is that their money will not be enough to keep this heartless enemy of the poor and middle class in office until he meets his last and greatest challenge. We can all take some joy in the hope that someday he will be in a warm place where you have to grovel and beg for a “Hot Brown.”

Mitch, you have time to repent. I know that word, repent, is not in your usual “no” vocabulary so I will give you Mr. Webster’s definition.

REPENT—rue, reform,  regret, do penitence.

Even though I have no respect for you, Mr. McConnell, I can still be magnanimous and hope you find a grain of decency within yourself and show some concern for those less fortunate.

We are all a part of each other

From the lodge at Oxmoor…..another Presidential election is over, Barack Obama has been reelected and whether or not he was your choice, he is our President.

Let us hope the 113th Congress will find a way to work together for the good of our country and future generations. If you read this blog and think, I don’t give a tinker’s damn, then shame on you. If you do give a damn, take time to look up information about the men and women who will hold our country’s future for the next few years in their hearts and hands.

Our great United States of America is a microcosm of the world; a rich stew made of many ethnicities. The membership of our 113th Congress is, I believe, the most diverse that we have ever had. A partial list of who we will seat includes Latinos (Cuban-Americans and Mexican-Americans), women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, a Hindu member, a Buddhist member and the first openly gay Senator.

Diversity, thy name is America!

Our Government now reflects the people who are the citizens of our country. We should all be very proud of the men and women who have made this commitment to public service and have been chosen to represent us. May they serve to make our country a better homeland. And may God bless each member of our government and God bless the United States of America.