Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Heart of Stone

See caption/article below.
Simply put, as a nation we have lost our connection with goodness and morality.

All that our nation once stood for… the common good… human rights… democracy… freedom… even law and order… has been trashed like yesterday’s coffee grounds by this gang of depraved, perverted, miscreants currently occupying White House and the Executive Branch.

How long will we stand inactive and mute, permitting this administration to commit more and more outrageous crimes against humanity?

Yes, there was a time when America had a compassionate heart and a soul, too.

But, that was then and this is now… Has America’s soul as well as her heart turned to stone?

Caption: A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images) Story follows.

Causing 'Profound' Trauma, Trump Administration Detained Record-Breaking 70,000 Children in 2019, Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 12 Nov 2019.

"Does the U.S. provide mental health services for separated families who ask to be deported in order to reunite?"

The U.S. held a record 69,550 migrant children in detention facilities in 2019, a Tuesday report from The Associated Press and PBS Frontline found, leading to major psychological and physical harm and lasting trauma.

"No other country held as many immigrant children in detention over the past year as the United States—69,550," said AP tech reporter Frank Bajak in a tweet promoting his colleagues' work. "The physical and emotional scars are profound."

-go here for more-

and this...

Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment, Dan Witters, gallup.com, 12 Nov 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than 13% of American adults -- or about 34 million people -- report knowing of at least one friend or family member in the past five years who died after not receiving needed medical treatment because they were unable to pay for it, based on a new study by Gallup and West Health. Nonwhites, those in lower-income households, those younger than 45, and political independents and Democrats are all more likely to know someone who has died under these circumstances.

-more here-

and this…

Leaked Emails Show Stephen Miller Is Exactly Who You Think He Is, Amy Russo, huffpost.com, 12 Nov 2019.

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller in a series of leaked emails pushed white nationalism, bemoaned opposition to Confederate symbols following a mass shooting at a Black church in South Carolina and embraced immigration policies once lauded by Adolf Hitler.

On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy group, published an investigative report from its Hatewatch arm, which reviewed more than 900 messages Miller sent to Breitbart editors from March 2015 to June 2016. More than 80% “relate to or appear on threads relating to the subjects of race or immigration,” Hatewatch said.

-more-

Yes, once America had a compassionate heart and a soul.

Bang the Drum Slowly - Emmylou Harris - 2000


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Looking for “Capsoulism”


The other day the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) made an announcement claiming that the Congressional Democrats were treating Mr. Trump unfairly – not ensuring him with due process. Transparency, they said was missing – regarding the impeachment investigation. Further, they claimed, Congress favors criminals and illegals, defending them over police officers.

Interesting, I thought. I know that some police have made it clear they want more freedom to abuse the rights of Americans by beating, shooting, even killing – all in the name of self-defense, and perhaps, justice, too.

Interesting, also, I thought, that the FOP believes it needs to defend the king of obstructionism,  obliterator of  human rights, and ignorer of laws.

Odd, is it not, that many of Mr. Trump’s loyal supporters voted for him because they earnestly believed he’d drain the “swamp” and make government work for them.

After three years it is fair to ask, “So, how is that working for you?”

What about the $3 trillion Mr. Trump and the Rs added to the national debt by cutting taxes for the rich and the corporations? How about the expansion of the defense budget by more than $133 billion? And, about those manufacturing jobs… ad infinitum.

Look, the systems is just not working for average Joes – like me – or, other average Joes and Janes, like police officers, either.

The Common Good

We must change our game from the current out of control predatory capitalism and make it evolve into modern "Capsoulism". That would be “capitalism” with a soul inside. A system that works for the common good.

We need to eliminate the pain we feel when we go to the grocery store. We need relief from the stress that engulfs us knowing that our paychecks have retrogressed well past today's cost of living. To say work is no longer satisfying is to admit that our daily quota continues to move upward while our reward remains rooted in the 1970s. Management gets the big bucks while we must choose between feeding the family, paying the rent, paying for grandma’s prescriptions, or her hospital bill.

Something is really out of whack. Our current version of U.S. capitalism is just not cutting it.

Could it be because we have managed to delete our collective conscious, our souls?

We are literally spending all our efforts trying to make a living within an out of control, predatory capitalistic monstrosity that requires sacrificing grandma and our children on the insatiable altar of conspicuous consumption.

I think it’s time to take a lesson from the Republicans who excel at moving the goalposts on the clueless Democrats.

So, let’s try this - stop trying to make the corporate CEOs and the big banks happy.

Let’s end corporate welfare and begin to pull ourselves out of the swamp muck by simply doing what’s called “the common good”.

That translates into:

Make every law, every decision meet only one test - if it is not good for everyone... it's not good for anyone.

Finally, one more thing.

Until we make “weapons of war” a nonprofit, free for the common good, enterprise, we will always have wars and killing. We will never experience peace until the profit is taken out of war making.

Now, I feel better.

How about you?

The Simpsons - Homer Sells His Soul For A Donut - 2017


We all are selling our souls for a donut. But the devil is making us pay in the here and now.