Donald Trump and his new Republican Party proved something: That a Constitution written when indoor plumbing was actually cutting-edge technology, is not itself strong enough to withstand a manipulative assault on it by a modern day organized crime mindset that literally came of age in the dark gaps found between its words.
So, news reports have said that members of the Trump administration have been denied service in, and chased out of, businesses they thought they had the right to frequent as a normal customer. It’s completely unfair.
And I hear they’re also having trouble finding dates, or keeping them when they do. People are just walking out in the middle of dates when they find out someone works for the administration. It’s just rude.
No one likes to be judged by others. Especially not before they even get a chance to know you. And something personal, like where you work or what you believe in, shouldn’t affect what restaurant you’re allowed to eat in… Right?
Being an American does not mean you should or shouldn’t possess a gun, but we should respect each other’s right to choose either. It’s a gun, it’s designed to kill people. You should be glad not everyone wants to do that.
Being an American does not depend on where you were born. We are all a mix, and we always have been. No one likes to be the last one picked for a team, so don’t be a jerk.
Being an American does not mean you need to speak a particular dialect, and we have never had an official language. Don’t be so self-centered, you look and sound different to other people too.
Being an American does not mean we must obey a particular religion or God, but we sure do know enough to keep them all out of our laws. If everyone doesn’t believe in something, then there’s no way you can rule with it. Ignoring this always leads to uprisings.
Being an American means you don’t need to know the words to our national anthem, or even to stand up during it. There’s people who think you should, and others who think you shouldn’t. The wonderful thing about freedom is when you get to exercise it.
Being an American does not mean you have to submit to an arranged marriage, or any marriage for that matter. And if you do want to marry someone else, we are finally beginning to realize that it’s no one’s business who you fall in love with. No matter how closed-minded people can be, no one like’s to be told what to do.
Being an American does not mean you have to fit in one of the predetermined parties that we group people by in politics. In fact, most of us rarely like everything that comes bundled up by a single political group. It’s almost as if people are actually different. That’s a good thing.
Being an American does not mean you have to like your president. In fact, we have always believed that a peaceful protest to can help right the wrongs we sometimes make. America has always tried to assure that the minority opinion gets heard. And when it doesn’t, it is our right to engage in constructive dissent to see that it does.
Being an American means that we recognize the world is bigger than us, most people are different from us, nothing is forever, a majority does not equal harmony, we don’t like bullies and monarchs, and we prefer to change our public servants often.
Being an American means that we take the good with the bad, and strive to be better next time. It means that you shouldn’t insult others for protesting during an anthem, especially if you can’t remember the words to our other national ballads.
Being an American means that we do believe, we do care, and we are united. But what we care about, what we believe in, and what we unite over, is different for each of us.
We are strong because we are different. We are special because we are equal. The most aggressive are the most afraid. And what looks like the end always brings a new beginning.
At least 10 people are dead, and many more are injured in the latest school shooting in Texas.
I would simply like to ask the Russian funded NRA to tell us again how we aren’t good Americans because we don’t feel as though our children should be in almost as much danger attending school as girls were in Afghanistan under the Taliban… where both the good guys and the bad guys have guns. (Don’t be surprised if they are uncharacteristically quiet this time…)
And I will leave you with the words of this Houston lawmaker: ‘Y’all been sending thoughts and prayers for two freaking decades’ — Read on m.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/article/Santa-Fe-mass-shooting-Texas-Houston-thoughts-and-12925436.php
I just wanted to take a moment to honor the scores of Palestinians that were gunned down by Israeli soldiers today while they were protesting the United States opening its new embassy in Jerusalem.
Donald Trump has blood on his hands, not that I think that bothers him. He strikes me as a guy who has 2 emotions: Rage, and conceit. The rest of us don’t matter.
What is most heartbreaking about the massacre is that it was done for no other reason than that Trump just wanted to pocket some future votes with his base.
And so, 55 were killed today. How many of them had families? Does the Dear Leader bother to think about the fact that he, without a doubt, to also dedicate their lives to hating, and killing Israelis and Americans for years to come.
Good work on helping to keep Americans safe in the world, you dolt.
So, Donald Trump decided that blaming Barack Obama in part for a chemical attack that happened in Syria over the past weekend, was actually the presidential thing to do.
Now, I’m aware that the Obama administration wasn’t the best in some areas, but that doesn’t mean that the whole country should now be punished with the presidential equivalent of that guy in your office who tried to frame you when he broke his own chair.
l mean, seriously, when have we ever had an American president so willing to pass the buck, and blame everyone else for all of the shitstorms that happen on his watch? Doesn’t the job descriptions for the President of the United States kind of infer that the applicant be capable of taking responsibility for the past, present, and future of the United States while they are in office?
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here”, in essence saying that the Office of the President of the United States is where the buck passing of responsibility should ultimately stop. I guess he felt that, by the time someone had ascended to the Office of the President, it was assumed that they would be capable of shouldering the burden of responsibilities expected of a president. And while most presidential candidates are attracted to the powers that comes with the office, it’s not free. The powers of the presidency come bundled with the consequences that accompany each and every decision they are required to make.
But more than that, every President inherits the consequences of everything done in the name of the office of the president, prior to the day they walk through that door. And of course, by the time somebody runs for President, you’d expect they know how to put on their big kid pants and restrain from gloating, or blaming others… You know, like a leader would do.
It’s hard to lead when you spend all of your time bobbing and weaving.
Of course, all of this applies to the next poor bastard elected after Trump is done hollowing out the Oval Office, and selling the parts off to the highest bidder.
If you’re losing your shit about the executive order that Trump signed to dismantle the environmental protections that are currently in place, don’t be. It was presented by the administration as if he destroyed things with the stroke of a pen, but all he did was “order it done”, and here’s why that’s different (and good for those who oppose him).
What Trump signed is just another executive order. The fact is that, all he is ordering is the dismantling of many pieces of well crafted legislation. There is a very good chance that as long as people continue to battle this the same way they did his “Muslim Ban”, then he will have just as much luck as he did with that mess… which is to say NONE (or at the most, very little).
Each piece of this will be fought out on legal grounds, based on their merits and not on Trump’s wishes. It could take as long as a year for this to go through the whole process, during which most of (possibly all of) the standing legislation will be upheld… if people continue to fight!
Now if the time to start fighting, do not give up.
Within days of Donald Trump’s executive action banning immigrants from countries suspected of promoting “radical Islamic terrorism”, a mosque was burned in Texas, and a mass shooting occurred at mosque in Quebec. In both cases the attackers were both white nationalists, and the Muslims were the victims.
Do you feel safer now?
There once was a country so universally admired for its freedom and openness that they were given a gift of a symbolic colossal sculpture. The statue was erected on an island is a busy harbor for all incoming refugees to see.
At the base of the massive structure were two notable items. One, a set of broken shackles, meant to symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny. The other, a plaque containing a poem entitled The New Colossus. It read: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
130 years after the dedication of this symbol of worldwide hope and freedom, the following headline appeared, marking the end of an era:
George Orwell’s 1984 is in the public domain. Here is the 100% legal link to download it in PDF and/or audiobook.
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