Born Progressive

Because I was born progressive. I was blessed and cursed with heightened compassion and empathy.

Because my first memory is 52 years old. The memory is that of my mother crying in front of the TV when Martin Luther King was assassinated two days before my 4th birthday.Because I grew up reading 2 or 3 newspapers a day. And learned how to discern bias. Because I read as much as I could and gained critical thinking skills.Because there are people starving when they are working the only two jobs that they could get even though they are well-qualified to do other things.
Because I believe in a government FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, BY ALL THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST SOME OF THE PEOPLE.
Because there are people still being murdered because of the color of their skin and the religion they practice. And their murderers are getting away with it.
Because women are still dying giving birth and are still being told what they can and cannot do with the bodies that their god gave them. Because women are still being forced to have children they can neither feed or house adequately. And being punished for having to work 100 hours a week without safe, reliable child care.
Because income equality.
Because I am an eyewitness the destruction of the American middle class and the criminalization of the poor. Because I grew up in the middle class, entered the workforce at the beginning of the Reagan era, worked myself to exhaustion more than a few times, and have been unemployed or shamefully unemployed since the first George W. Bush inauguration.
Because people who worked and saved all their lives are having to decide between food and medication.

Because people are dying needless, premature deaths, caused by diseases they can’t afford to treat and their basic human needs are poisoned. Because death profit – all over the world.

Because there will half a million men, women, and children sleeping on the streets, in their cars, in tents, under bridges, and in cardboard “shelters” tonight. Because there are politicians who, instead of creating housing from the abandoned buildings in their cities, choose to criminalize those whose only crime is being poor. Many due to no fault of their own.

Because corporate media refuses to do their jobs and give us the truth about the situation the world is in. Because those who speak truth are being pushed aside. Because the voices of the people who fight for a better world are being drowned out. Or go uncounted and unheard.

Because hurricanes and flooding and wildfires and heatwaves and drought. Because climate refugees, who will undoubtedly be primarily black and brown people will be turned away from many borders.
Because people with a lot of money and an incredible sense of privilege and entitlement have very regressive and dangerous ideas.
Because men and women who were brave enough to go to other countries to fight and watch their brothers and sisters die are living on the streets, waiting months to see a VA doctor, and killing themselves because their service no longer means anything.
Because people are being shot to death at astounding rates.
Because kids are literally being bullied to death. Because kids don’t feel safe anywhere. Because people of color have to teach their children the Bill of Rights hoping it will keep them alive.
Because I see the bigger picture for our children’s future and it is not pretty.
Because children are in danger of having the only meal they will have most days taken away or they are ridiculed and humiliated because they are 40 cents short on lunch money.
Because we may not have the same viewpoints but we do have the exact same basic needs and every last one of them is being threatened.
Because I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged me to discover, learn, and think for myself.
Because a child named Freedom should not have to grow up to be a slave.
Because no one has the right to tell others how to live, how to pray, what to learn, and how to love. And there should be no laws dictating how to live, how to pray, what to learn and how to love.
Because Jesus Christ.

Because I stand with each and every person marching for justice, equality, and their lives. Because I have a heart and a soul and they hurt every day. Not for me. For all of us.

Yeah… I’m a progressive. Sorry… Not sorry. My question is:

WHY AREN’T YOU?

 

 

It’s Really Beginning To Look Like 1939 Germany

It’s not like this hasn’t been going on for years. But again, people are saying the quiet parts out loud. And more and more innocent people are going to at the least, traumatized. And at the very worst, die. Because boys have got to have their toys and no adults around to supervise.


 

It’s Not Like We Weren’t Warned

Be Unapologetic!!!!

This winter, being bombarded with so many things to fight for and such efforts to bring humanity to the brink of extinction, my head felt like it was going to explode. So many causes and candidates that need any small amount of change that I could muster together brought me to a point where I thought my head was going to explode. I have no money. Every time I hear of how much the moneyed class put into taking every dollar from hard working people…. I could go on. You all know how much I could go on.

Anyway, I’ve been in this sort of nesting mood. Wanting to do something to help. Wanting to give others a fighting chance. Wanting to give others a voice. Wanting to have a small amount of change to send to those who are fighting the big fight for all of us. And then it came to me.

Start conversation. Open eyes. Silently protest. Exercise your First Amendment right to free speech. And help fight the good fight.

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Sacrifice Comes Many Forms

What a message for us all. If you don’t see the irony and symbolism in this, I feel for you. For one of those we fight so hard to save to lose its life so close to the one person who is hell bent on causing so much preventable death. This is what the world will be for all creatures if we don’t change right now. Think about it….

No access to pre-natal care, starvation wages, loss of reproductive rights, thousands of unwanted pregnancies born to women who are barely getting by alone, poisoned air, poisoned water…. How many babies will be lost if we keep going the way we are going?

Goose Stepping Toward Their Own Demise

Remember that most of the base consists of conspiracy theorists and people who gleefully give up their money to buy televangelists private jets. They believe that Trump is a gift from God who will make Jesus come back.

Remember that most of the base consists of conspiracy theorists and people who gleefully give up their money to buy televangelists private jets. They believe that Trump is a gift from God who will make Jesus come back. Newsflash — Jesus is already here. And he’s a progressive.

There are some days I think people are going to finally get it. And then there are days like today. Yesterday, Virginia turned blue for the first time in decades. Kentucky voted out Matt Bevens. And I applaud both states for shaking and waking themselves up and saying “Enough is enough!” I haven’t shaken out all of the November 2019 elections yet – it’s going to be exciting to see how many states got it together and got rid of some swamp creatures. And by “swamp creatures” I mean those who are on the corporate dark money chain, irrespective of party.

And then this morning, before caffeine, I was struck by two things: Amy Klobuchar made the late night talk show rounds last night and I have to quote one of the commenters on one of those videos: “She’s a walking talking point.” I couldn’t agree more. There is no better example of a status quo, corporporate Democrat than Senator Klobuchar. Her interviews were almost verbati. Especially that “I want to be president for all Americans, not just half” is an expression I just don’t want to hear any more. Or Mayor Pete’s “Medicare for All who want it.” Both of these candidates advocate for public option. Translated that means they are being backed by the insurance and pharmaceutical lobby. Quite frankly, I wish I had been aware of the game when I was younger.

Klobuchar also doesn’t believe that we should get rid of student debt. I am no one’s idea of an economist, but it’s painfully obvious to me that if you eradicate student debt, millennials might actually be able to buy homes, diamonds, fast food, and all those other things boomers say millennials have destroyed. It’s only independent media who says anything about that. Simply put, get rid of trillions in debt and where does it go? Back into the economy. Same thing for M4A. All this money that’s floating around and it just wafts into the pockets of the already rich. In other words, let’s give people a fighting chance to start new businesses or retire with more savings than their current trajectory is forecasting.

As for Trump supporters, the majority of Republicans, and people who have been given less than adequate education (red states would be all too happy if public school ended at eighth grade), we have all seen that they will believe just about anything. They truly believe that they are being helped by the policies that have been coming down since Reagan. Those of us who live in the real world are continually scratching our heads when we see things like this:

Or this:

God help us all.