What could possibly go wrong in 2020?

I have always loved getting those little stickers as I leave the voting stations, the “I Voted” ones, you know.  My chest even sticks out a little more, at least in my mind.  This is a feeling that we all can partake of in this country, and at least in some other nations that right of voting is also enjoyed, although often surrounded by controversy.

I have no doubt that the election in 2020 will be surrounded by just that.  I have no doubt that BMT (aka…..crazy hair guy in the Oval Office, better known on my blog as Bottomless Moral Turpitude) will lose the popular vote by a wide margin, regardless of who the Dems put up to run.  However, as in 2016 the electoral college voting may very well  be that breathes new life into he who sucks life out of America.

The Republicans, aka Citizens Council, have totally stalled Congress from providing the level of funding to states needed to replace their voting machines and provide for backup paper ballots.  So, that is one problem.

Then there is the matter of alien forces diligently working to throw the swing states and the electoral college in their favor.  Russia obviously will want him re-elected, because many of the oligarchs stand to come out better in the long run with him remaining in office.  China and Iran likely will endeavor to push the vote toward the Dems.  So will the net result be a zero sum?  No one knows of course, but given the coziness of BMT with Vlad, and with BMT on record saying he would take information and assistance from Russia (again), the odds would tend to favor him.

I have no doubt at all that If BMT does not get the win, he and the Citizens Council will file many, many lawsuits to confuse the entire election decision, very likely the matter winding up at SCOTUS.  Well, we know how that will go.

So with all the excitement presently as to who will win the Dem nomination, ultimately it may not matter.  However, if the election seems to be going in BMT’s favor, I am equally fearful that Dems will pour into the streets in protests across the country, and do everything possible to block his “coronation.”  This could get very ugly, very fast.

I am always an advocate for having a Plan B.  I highly advise Americans who long for a new president, to have a Plan B, and be ready to put it into effect immediately at that time.

 

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A Good Time to Practice the 3 Antidotes

As a Buddhist, often I need to kick myself in the butt to remind me that there are ways, even in these troubled times, to maintain equanimity of my spirit mind.  As any Buddhist will say, in her or his own words, there are three root poisons that work to impede our divine happiness, those being anger, greed and confusion.

Today, as throughout history, we easily can discern these 3 poisons infecting American society at large, regardless of one’s political persuasion, or apolitical posture.  So these poisons not only infect an individual, but spread like rotting fruit in a barrel,  pervading all society, ebbing and rising over time. This infection is always present, everywhere in the world, and has been since the proverbial Eve picked the apple (uuummm, that juicy, tasty apple!)

However, the antidotes to any or all 3 of the poisons must first be given to individuals, one at a time.  The antidotes are always present, in each of us, but have to be spiritually accepted.  And, only the individual can decide voluntarily to take the antidotes, as the curing effects will not be realized if forced upon she or he.

Everyday we witness all 3 poisons flowing and defiling our humanity.  From the highest political office in America, varieties of the 3 are pumped through channels of willing receptors, who often do not even recognize their sickness.  But every action has a reaction, so those who oppose the policies of the present Oval Office, likewise allow themselves to be infected with other strains of the 3 viruses.

So what are the antidotes?

  1.  To counteract anger:  Loving-kindness.  We must remind ourselves that each human being is just that, no more, no less, and strive to feel empathy and compassion for the challenges others are confronting that impede and block them from being the loving person they each have the potential to be, as we all do.  They are not responsible for our own feeling of anger, as no one can control how we feel if we are masters of our mind.  By cultivating a sense of forgiving, unconditional love for those who otherwise infuriate us, our internal anger will be restrained.  This does not mean we are not also responsible for externally working to arrest those in the grips of hatred from committing acts of violence or harm; by restraining them from such actions, we are actually helping them.
  2. To counteract greed:  Generosity.  We must overcome our own desire in the political realm to want everything to be the way we want it.  Our world view may have many good qualities, but it is just our world view, for none of us is omniscient. Generosity can also be expressed by reaching out to those whose views differ from us, offering a white feather of peace and a gentle request to explore together the root issues that separate us.  Lastly, generosity will not be sustained externally if we each do not strive to be more generous – consciously generous –  in all our social interactions, whether with a partner, a child, family or other close associations.
  3. To counteract confusion.  Wisdom.  With wisdom comes the faculties to negotiate this treacherous sea we live in daily.  All the great minds, philosophers and spiritual keepers knew this.  For instance, Proverbs 4:7 reminds us to get wisdom, get understanding.  Personally I like to use the term “overstanding,” to convey the higher quality that true wisdom exhibits.  One way of gathering wisdom is to practice critical analysis.  I have mentioned this a number of times in my posts.  I truly believe that if more and more younger students can be exposed to critical analytical discourse, then the fallacies, delusions, illusions and overall confusion we see today will diminish over time.  Most of those who have views supporting the Oval Office I believe are in a state of utter confusion and delusion, because they are not skilled in critical thinking, to search for the truth in any situation.  For instance, blaming immigrants for Americans being unemployed will fly in the face of logical cause and effect analysis.  Hating someone because of their skin color or customs also will be cooled when real exploration takes place.

Having spoken about these antidotes, I realize too that behind the anger, greed and confusion lurks what we can label just pure evil.  I truly believe that there is a negative higher force that is always present in the human mind, which will exist always (until we all attain enlightenment…..but that is another matter).  We see pure evil at work in the mass murders recently, but pure evil rears its supremely ugly face throughout all history, whether the genocide in Rwanda or Cambodia, or the Nazis, or the fire bombing of cities by the Allies.  When we allow evil to appear it always will.  Only the 3 antidotes keep it in check.

So having written this to share with you today, I commit to myself to do be better at taking my antidotes, and not push away the spoon like a sick boy who pushes away his mother’s hand with the spoonful of nasty medicine.

Peace and blessings be with you all.

Ever heard of the (White) Citizens Councils?

During the Jim Crow days there was across the South, and even beyond the South, often in any southern town with a post office and a few stores, a “Citizens Council.”  Members were usually the “better heeled” local citizens, and in larger towns and cities might be bankers, large business owners, large land owners, and so on.  Their main and only reason for being was to maintain their dominance over the black population.  Every tactic was used, and was readily at their disposal.  During the day they were “respectable” church-going citizens, and by night or off in the woods, many donned the white hoods and “became” the KKK.  Often they would enlist poor white men…..men who might be “managers” of plantations or overlords of field hands picking cotton….to do the “dirty work,” meaning beating, torturing, murdering and burning to the ground the homes of black men and their families, perhaps for having been “uppity.”  The Councils also could inflict financial and economic pain on Blacks who got crosswise with them.  The tactic of cutting off credit, refusing to sell goods to the Black store owner, calling in loans, and so forth, were used often against Black men and families who were fighting the Jim Crow system.

Now fast-forward some 50-60 years, to August, 2019.  The Citizens Council has time travelled to the United States Senate, in the form of the white Republican conference.  These “great citizens,” representing mostly older white people across the country, are doing everything they can short of calling in loans or dragging opponents off into the woods, to remain in control.  Blocking all forms of gun control, white domestic terrorism prevention bills, and generally playing havoc with any movement that might be humanistic.

But like the Councils of old, these old white guys, so fearful of losing control of society, will too slowly fade away.  Can’t wait.

Trump’s Human Shield

Forgive me for breaking my vow of not using “his” name, as I had committed to using BMT (Bottomless Moral Turpitude).  Today though I wanted there to be no doubt about what my headline is about:  the President of the United States of America using Hispanics as a human shield to protect him from what really is inevitable, his conviction as a super criminal.

BMT will do anything to win the next election, not to facilitate any program for “making America great again,” rather to assure he stays in office, thereby delaying indictment on multiple offenses due to time elapsed since he committed certain crimes.  He knows that he faces criminal charges and probably the collapse of his empire built of Joker cards if a Democrat wins in 2020.

Backing up BMT is of course Moscow Mitch (I like Massacre Mitch better), who, along with other sorry ass human beings, aka Republican Senators (no all, but most) who only care about maintaining their office in a cushy situation in D.C., who could care less about any people of color, and Hispanics make a handy scapegoat based on the false logic and lies that BMT has promulgated the last three years.

So, it really doesn’t matter how many more brown lives are lost in the minds of these people, so long as their NRA/ scared white men back home get what they wave their guns about.

Most of our Presidents have been racists.  But I never thought I would live to see one who hides behind people of color to protect themselves.  BMT is no better – no he is worse – than Islamic terrorists, who have used innocent civilians to shield them.  The fact that he is our President amplifies this atrocity exponentially.  How many more will die as a result of his cowardice?

VOTING 2020

I would encourage everyone to browse the article in the following link, concerning the readiness (lack thereof) of our 50 states voting systems:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/as-2020-nears-pressure-grows-to-replace-voting-machines

BMT (Bottomless Moral Turpitude…..aka, the guy occupying the Oval Office) has clearly stated that he would listen to any information offered by a foreign entity, during his own 2020 campaign.  Take him at his word.  We know that Putin’s hackers attacked our election process last time, that is a given that all of the USA security agencies agree on, which BMT has, right on the world stage, “dissed,” as he snuggled up to murderous Vlad.  And there is absolutely no doubt that Putin will, and is even right now as stated by Robert Mueller, working at interfering with our sacred democratic elections.

Now in a rational world, with at least a modicum of ethical integrity, both the Republicans and Democrats and others would be very concerned about this threat, come together, and do everything Congress is capable of doing to thwart the threat, even pressuring BMT.  But “it ain’t happening.”  The Senate under good old Mitch, who is determined to block anything that comes out of the House, is blocking legislation to help bolster states’ voting systems.

While voting systems do need to be upgraded in many states, the threats to our election process at large are many, and America’s most hallowed attribute, democracy, is at stake.  There are any number of ways for devious villains like Russia, or China, or Iran, or who knows, to inject problems and outright chaos into our campaigns and the final voting process.  Russia wants to re-elect BMT.  China probably would love to see him defeated, as well as Iran.  No doubt there are anonymous players who may be anywhere in the world, acting as a loose-knit consortium of hackers, or just as a lone wolf right here in some bedroom, even a teen who is a genius with hacking, who could create tremendous havoc during the campaigns and on election day, and during even the electoral college – actually without ever “touching” a voting machine.  I could list any number of ways to “screw with” Americans’ voting, but I shall not as I don’t want to put any negative thoughts into the ether.  Any good security consultant would back up my claim I am certain.

The point is, that IF we had a genuine President in the Oval Office, one who really does put America first, and not just himself, that President would be standing behind the podium, with the real Seal  behind her or him, telling the world in no uncertain terms that NO interference will be tolerated, and then meeting with all the necessary key people to make sure all measures are undertaken to prepare for 2020.

I know this will not happen.  I know because I know BMT will condone any “help” he can get from Russia, ignoring what the other opportunists may do, all to enhance his chances of being re-elected, thus avoiding being arrested and prosecuted for obstruction of justice, and probably a number of other crimes related to his financial sham empire, and possibly other matters related to his “attitude” toward women.  He will do any and everything he can to extend the protection of being in the Presidency, to run out the clock on the indictments surely being framed.

I also know that if BMT does lose the 2020 election tally, he will find some way to sue in court, alleging some fraud – ala the “hanging chad” episode of years ago – and will do all he can to remain in office.  Remember who he has appointed to the SCOTUS, should such a law suit be put before the Court.  It is conceivable to me that by hook or crook, he will do everything possible to remain in office, even to the point of totally shutting down the functioning of our Government.

So, hang on for a ride friends!

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The Power of Words: Hateful words.

The racist, vile words that pour from BMT’s (Bottomless Moral Turpitude) mouth are only rivaled, contemporarily, by the likes of the Philippine dictator, Duterte, who brags about the attacks, killings and general oppression he has personally participated in or instigated.  There are of course, other examples, when words piped over the air waves in Rwanda resulted in the largest genocide in recent times.

It is worth viewing this interview (Warning:  contains scenes of extreme violence and corpses), to see just how far unchecked hateful words can go toward irrevocable civil violence:

Then, of course, looking back a half century the world saw this:

I am not insinuating that the situation in the United States could reach this level of hate and violence, but only wish to show the potential of hateful, racist words.

Slogans spoken by BMT, such as the recent “go back to where you came from” (perhaps not an exact quote), and picked up at his rally this week where his admirers converted it into a chant, “Send her back,” evoke in the collective conscience of African Americans and other people of color, and all Americans who stand for the true meaning of the Lady in the harbor of NYC, horrible memories of the atrocities committed by white terrorists on black populations a hundred or so years ago, such as Greenwood (there were over 200 “race riots” – a term used by white media since “white domestic terrorism” had not been coined yet, and frankly has not to this day been put into circulation.  It brings back memories of countless lynchings of black people (and whites who stood in the way), as memorialized at the Montgomery museum:

https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/

We cannot afford to allow BMT to continue unchecked in his hate speech.  In the last two and a half years incidents of domestic terrorism and attacks on Jews, Blacks, and LGBTQ Americans have risen dramatically….and now with his campaign of hate in full swing, things will likely get worse.  Even a “low level” of civil terrorism must not be allowed to happen.

Unfortunately, I do not see any signs that things will get better in the next few years, even if he is not re-elected:  he has opened the door here at home and across the Pond to neo-nazis, and other nationalists and “alt-right” scared whitey’s.  Likely the coming decades will continue to be riddled with events that attempt to undermine our humanity.  I pray that we do not see any more Rwanda’s or Kosovo’s.

We who understand the nature of the “moral arc,” however, cannot stand by and be casual observers.  It is up to us to dress in the armor of rational logic and depth of good spirit to call out and combat such ignorant and evil haters.  Eventually things will change for the better, but future generations must always be vigilant.

The bright side of human nature is that we have an innate capacity for forgiveness, as seen in the above video about Rwanda, as seen in the reconciliation hearings of South Africa, and the fact that America rebuilt Germany and Japan after the wars they started.  Forgiveness and loves conquers all.

REPARATIONS in America: What WE WHITE folks can do now.

Seriously, WE do not have to wait on Congress to do anything about reparations.  There is much we WHITE peeps can do right now….I mean Right NOW!

Take a look at these links for example:

http://comingtothetable.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/CTTT-Reparations-Guide-June-19-2019.pdf

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/11/28/my-ancestor-owned-41-slaves-what-do-i-owe-their-descendants

Step No. 1 is to open our fucking eyes and minds, ok!  Stop being defensive every time the subject of racism and/or reparations is brought up.  “Well, it’s not my problem, I didn’t live “back in those days,” or we immigrated from Europe long after the Civil War period, so my family is not accountable:  such typical feelings and responses.  All wrong.  Just like those “newcomer” IMMIGRANTS from Europe benefited and their progeny continue to benefit from A) the labor, sweat, blood and lives that African Americans gave to this land; B) having a leg up on most black people in this country who were told to bring yourselves up “by your bootstraps” when they had no fucking boots to start with, by virtue of capital accumulation, education, housing and you name it, we collectively – white people – not only carry the PRIVILEGE  that goes with our whiteness in this land, but carry the burden of DEBT that we have never begin to pay for that privilege!

I doubt seriously that there ever will be found an amount monetarily that would even come close to repaying black people in this country (or the rest of the African diaspora).  What is the price for the millions of deaths in the Middle Passage, the centuries of lynchings and beatings to death, the mothers dying in childbirth after being raped by their “owners,” deaths in the fields slaving in the heat and disease infested plantations, or all the black men and women treated like sub-humans through the last two centuries, even to this day, with cops being allowed to choke black men to death for selling single cigarettes.  Then there is the matter of blighted neighborhoods, guns run in by white nationalists to encourage desperate black youths to kill and shoot at will, the terrible inequities in income, savings, and hell, on and on.

But the issue must be addressed and STUDIED within Congress, and right now good ol’ boy Mitch is determined to block that Bill.  POX ON HIM.

But, we can begin to do SOMETHING, in spite of  Senator Mitch McConnell, who had a great-great-grandfather who owned 14 slaves. (I myself had a G-G-G who owned 50 slaves, and probably other distant kin who also were slavers.  Yes, I bear the guilt they should have carried, and am committed to doing all I can to be an advocate for reparations.)

So I urge all readers, especially whites, to get on board.  Read the documents I linked above.  The time is long, long overdue for action!  We all can do SOMETHING!