NOT WELCOMING TRUMP’S TANKS or “HIS” FLAG

The World War I and II type tanks hauled to Washington, DC for Trump’s extremely expensive (tens of millions of $$)  Fourth of July extravaganza were “designed to roll over fences and trenches and to knock out other tanks” in battles. But those tanks “struggle to maneuver anywhere but open terrain…and they bleed the supply chain (it takes about 10 gallons of fuel just to start an M1 Abrams tank, and its engines get fewer than two miles per gallon),” according to Elliott D. Woods, a New York Times journalist. So what are the tanks doing at an Independence Day commemoration? Is Trump signaling plans for another war with his militaristic carnival? As a matter of fact, he’s already at war with at least 50 percent if not more of Americans.

As far as American flags go, I’m definitely not flying a flag today–July 4–to celebrate Trump’s big celebration for the benefit of his narcissistic self, and his Republican donors, Congressional Republicans, and other bow-down-to-the-dear-leader trumpsters.

Independence Day memorializes freedom from the British crown. The day is supposed to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.

To repeat some of yesterday’s blog:

This holiday is for ALL Americans, whatever their beliefs, color, heritage, income, or social status. It is a time when many people celebrate with parades, flags, fireworks, picnics, and family gatherings. All of that may be patriotic. But there’s more to patriotism than hoopla and good eats.

For many it’s sacrificing their lives for love of country—those who served in the armed forces, for example, unlike the bone-spurs-draft-dodger Trump. Or perhaps it’s the grueling task in all kinds of weather serving as sentinels guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. For many others who are not militaristic, there’s alternative community service—cleaning up the environment, helping elderly citizens, working at a food bank, and so forth.

Patriotism means protecting our freedoms and rights, whether the guardians who do so are veterans, government officials, judges, or activists in the streets. Or one single person speaking out against tyranny, oppression, discrimination, and “false prophets.”

Patriotism is being true to such values as abiding by the U.S. Constitution and laws of the land, equality, independence from government subjugation, separation of church and state, voting rights—in short, being true to the Bill of Rights, especially freedom of religion, speech, and the press.

Patriotism is NOT:

  • Supporting corrupt local, state, and federal government leaders and judges;
  • Being silent in the face of lying government officials;
  • Spreading falsehoods about candidates for public office;
  • Advocating for laws that suppress voting rights;
  • Preventing people from getting to the polls;
  • Allowing the POTUS to act like a dictator and fly and HUG the American flag as if it belongs to him and him alone.

As a patriotic American, I am NOT flying Trump’s flag and god (if there is a god) help us all if trumpism continues ad infinitum.TanksTanks

NOT FLYING TRUMP’S FLAG

astronaut standing beside american flag on the moon

As far as American flags go, I’m not a big fan of flying them outside my residence or pasting a flag sticker on my car bumper or window, or wearing a flag pin, or making a big to-do over the Fourth of July. That doesn’t mean I’m unpatriotic. Patriotism takes many forms (more about that later).

And I’m definitely not flying a flag on July 4 to celebrate Trump’s big celebration for the benefit of his narcissistic self, Republican donors, Congressional Republicans, and other bow-down-to-the-dear-leader trumpsters.

Independence Day is supposed to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. It memorializes freedom from British rule.

The holiday is for ALL Americans, whatever their beliefs, color, heritage, income, or social status. It is a time when many people celebrate with parades, flags, fireworks, picnics, and family gatherings. All of that may be patriotic. But there’s more to patriotism than hoopla and good eats.

For many it’s sacrificing their lives for love of country—those who served in the armed forces, for example, unlike the bone-spurs-draft-dodger Trump. Or perhaps it’s the grueling task in all kinds of weather serving as sentinels guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. For many others who are not militaristic, there’s alternative community service—cleaning up the environment, helping elderly citizens, working at a food bank, and so forth.

Patriotism means protecting our freedoms and rights, whether the guardians who do so are veterans, government officials, judges, or activists in the streets. Or one single person speaking out against tyranny, oppression, discrimination, and “false prophets.”

Patriotism is being true to such values as abiding by the U.S. Constitution and laws of the land, equality, independence from government subjugation, separation of church and state, voting rights—in short, being true to the Bill of Rights, especially freedom of religion, speech, and the press.

Patriotism is NOT:

  • Supporting corrupt local, state, and federal government leaders and judges;
  • Being silent in the face of lying government officials;
  • Spreading falsehoods about candidates for public office;
  • Advocating for laws that suppress voting rights;
  • Preventing people from getting to the polls;
  • Allowing the POTUS to act like a dictator and fly and HUG the American flag as if it belongs to him and him alone.

As a patriotic American, I am NOT flying Trump’s flag and god (if there is a god) help us all if trumpism continues ad infinitum.

 

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IVANKA THE ANOINTED

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The anointed one?

On June 30, 2019, Ivanka Trump, her father’s UNELECTED assistant/advisor and wife of Jared Kushner, the UNELECTED senior adviser to Donald Trump, stepped across the border onto North Korean soil during Trump’s meeting with brutal dictator Kim. Why was Ivanka there? A stand in for a diplomat? Where was the so-called first lady? Why wasn’t she there?

“The moment encapsulated the unusually prominent role Ivanka Trump has played during Trump’s trip to Asia: a first daughter assuming the spotlight and duty beyond that of a senior aide on the world stage, the latest in her ongoing efforts to style herself as a diplomat.” So CNN reported.

At the G-20 summit (June 28-29, 2019), Ivanka Trump inserted herself in talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Monetary. “Macron and May suggested irritation at finding herself standing alongside the daughter of the U.S. president — rather than the president himself.” reported the Washington Post. What was Ivanka doing at the summit? Was she a substitute for the first lady? Where was Melania?

Is Ivanka planning a political career? “‘If she ever wanted to run for president,’” Donald Trump said in an interview with The Atlantic earlier this year, “‘I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.’” Does the first lady, if she can be found, agree? What is Melania’s opinion? Where is she?

In March 2019, Ivanka Trump was a star guest at an invitation-only Gridiron Dinner, “with roots in the late 1800s, that pairs the Washington bureau chiefs of the most prominent US news outlets with powerful politicians and White House officials,” wrote Heather Timmons of Quartz. Why was Ivanka there? Is she a “powerful politician”? And where was Melania?

On a four-day journey to Africa in April 2019 to promote women’s economic empowerment, Ivanka spoke at an interview about her African sojourn, and she “made clear she relished the work she was doing. She said her father recently asked her if she was interested in the job of World Bank chief but that she decided she was happy with her current role in the administration. She worked on the selection process for the new head of the 189-nation World Bank, U.S. Treasury official David Malpass, and said he would do an “incredible job.” AP journalist Catherine Lucey reported. Where was the first lady? Why wasn’t she along on that trip?

Then there’s this quote from Elania Plott in The Atlantic:

You could tell by his eyes, the way they popped and gleamed and fixed on someone behind me. Only one person gets that kind of look from Donald Trump. “Oh!” the president said. “Ivanka!”

Is Ivanka some kind of anointed angel, some kind of stand-in for the first lady? Why is this privileged brat in the White House anyway? And who is paying for her trips and the secret service protecting her and her husband? At least we know the answer to that last question. We as taxpayers are paying for this charade.

WHO Is This Guy?

He’s accused by at least fifteen women of sexually assaulting them.

He does nothing to prevent separation of children from immigrant parents seeking asylum in the United States.

He has little or nothing to say about the filthy, putrid, inhumane conditions that immigrant babies, toddlers and small children are forced to stay in U.S. concentration camps with no adult supervision.

He takes foreign policy advice from Fox “News” hosts.

He takes us to the brink of war with Iran.

He makes a decision and changes it the next hour or day.

He favors dictators over his own administration advisors and department heads.

He claims to be an “extremely stable genius,” but he doesn’t read reports and his grammar and off-the-cuff speeches are often incomprehensible.

He babbles lies in his fast-talking press meetings with reporters.

He hates news media but adores being on TV and sending out twitter messages picked up by the press and cable news.

He claims that he will “MAGA” but the country is still intact; it is being torn apart by his divisional tactics.

He’s supposed to be POTUS but represents only his base group of cult-like followers.

So who is this guy?

He IS DONALD J. TRUMP. As if you didn’t already know that.

And I have no respect for and despise this arrogant, narcissistic person. But all I can do is write and hope there are legal ways to get this guy out of office.

LOCK ‘EM UP IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP

The Trump Administration’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a couple of days ago that it is going to place 1,400 migrant children at Fort Sill, an Oklahoma facility once used as an internment (concentration) camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. The children will be housed there until they can be sent to relatives—if they can be found.

This reminded me of the 1942 actions of President Franklin Roosevelt. Military officials convinced him that Japanese-American citizens on the West Coast would turn against the United States and sabotage military installations along the coast. Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Justice Department to relocate thousands of Japanese-Americans to inland camps guarded by the U.S. military. Among them was Kiyo Sato, who was in my writing class years ago. She and her family—all American citizens—were rounded up and sent to Colorado. She explained what happened when the order went into effect:

I walked into the house after school and knew in an instant something ominous was happening. My mother was sitting in a chair alone, hands folded in her lap…. She pointed to my room. Through a half-open door, I could see a man with a hat sitting at my desk. He was reading my diary. My first reaction was to rush in and grab it away from him…. But mama whispered that there was another man in the attic and still another outside. “FBI,” she said, and my heart froze.

In spite of the fact that one of Kiyo’s brothers was serving in the U.S. Army, her family and their friends were forced to leave their California homes, give up their lands and many personal possessions. Like others of Japanese descent, they were herded into a train for transport to an unknown location. “Two army boys with guns,” guarded both sides of the train car which held the Sato family. Kiyo wrote:

We rode for miles into the sagebrush. Dust was everywhere; black hair turned brown; eyebrows and eyelashes drooped with brown dust. We looked at each other and laughed, but soon the weariness and the pounding heat sagged our spirits.

Eventually Kiyo’s family ended up on an Indian Reservation in the desert, where they lived for months in tarpapered barracks that “stretched out as far as one could see,” Kiyo reported.

In these concentration camps, families had to share a single room and there was no indoor plumbing. Barbed wire surrounded the camps and armed guards watched over these American citizens until near the end of World War II.

In spite of the unjust and degrading treatment, many men from the concentration camps volunteered to serve in the armed forces—in segregated units—and performed with distinction. More than forty years later, in 1987, the U.S. Congress issued a formal apology for denying the liberties of 120,000 U.S. citizens. Survivors of the concentration camps were awarded $20,000 each.

 

 

 

 

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“TWEEDLE-DUM AND TWEEDLE-DEE”

Anyone who has read Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carrol or has seen Disney’s Alice In Wonderland knows that Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee are clown-like characters—two fat brothers who argue and contradict each other.

In Disney’s film, the two rotund guys wear red hats and are convincing Trump look-alikes (and his twin–heaven help us!) When Alice sees the pair and hears them argue, she recalls an old song, and repeats the lyrics aloud:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle!
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel!
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

If only a “monstrous crow” (or gigantic hawk) would frighten Trump so he would stop his quarrels with everyone and everything he doesn’t agree with. But that’s wishful thinking. Nevertheless, a reminder: Tweele-dum OR Tweedle-dee could materialize from the fantasy world. But we can be the crows who vote out Tweedle-dum (an appropriate name for Trump) and, like Tweedle-dee, spoil dum’s “nice new rattle.”