ELECTION DAY THOUGHTS

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FAIR WARNING: IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVE, YOU WON’T LIKE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY HERE.

As we the people of these United States of America make some significantly huge decisions today,

For the record…

YES, I VOTED.

Last week, on Halloween to be precise.

By absentee ballot, which is how I have voted for the past few years as I got sick and tired of standing in line somewhere.

The last time I did that was at a VFW post; it was a bit-too-warm day and I found myself standing in line outside waiting to cast my ballot for over an hour.

The lesson I learned there:

Absentee mail-in ballots are the only way to vote.

I then signed up to have my ballots mailed to me and have never looked back.

 

 

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As for who and what I voted for,

Without going into any real details – you’re about to be able to figure it out,

I was a completely blue voter all the way.

When our dear President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named-On-This-Blog was elected and as time went on, I committed myself to bide my time for (now) 727 more days.

For all those who see President You-Know-Who as something akin to the Dark Lord in charge of the Evil Empire having taken over this land, remember this date:

November 3, 2020

That’s the day when I and we can do something about the general disrespect, disregard, and flat-out bigotry against all those Americans (and those trying to become Americans) who are not…

  • White Caucasians of European descent
  • Heterosexual
  • Male
  • Wealthy (or just plain rich)
  • Conservative
  • Christians – preferably Protestants and Baptists

That’s the day where that man can, through the voting booths be told something that he told many folks on his reality show…

“You’re Fired!”

Because contrary to what those worshipers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named are stating, he has not been a president for all Americans.

Nor have the governors, senators, and other public servants who are committed to the Republican party whose fates are up in the air today.

They have only been leaders for those who are like them, the people who fit the descriptions I have listed above.

Personally, while I am certainly a Christian make heterosexual,

The fact that I’m not white, wealthy (not by a LONG way!), and conservative,

Meaning that the conservative community will not only never do anything that will truly benefit me,

Along with me, unlike far too many of those right-wing You-Know-Who supporters out there, not being a heartless person when it comes to the less fortunate,

Are the reasons why I’ll never vote for anyone in the GOP.

 

 

Whether this home of the Senate and the House of Representatives stays red or goes blue will be decided today. Photo courtesy of aoc.gov

 

 

I know I’ve probably made more than a few adversaries who will hold noting but animosity and contempt for me by saying what I’m saying in this article.

If any right-winger confronts me, I’ll answer them like this:

 

“I’ll make you a deal…

When I don’t hear any white person call any black person a n****r – or any racial slur for that matter – anymore, anywhere, anytime,

When not one more black person of African descent  – or any other person of color (i.e., Latinos) – who is unarmed and innocent of any crimes is racially profiled, imprisoned, and murdered by law enforcement for no other reason save for the color of his or her skin,

When I don’t hear any Latinos, Gays, Jewish people, or anyone else not white, male, Anglo-Saxon Protestant being called any bigoted derogatory names anytime, anywhere,

When every same-sex couple enjoys every right that every heterosexual couple has, including having wedding cakes made for them at ANY bakery anywhere at anytime,

When not one more child is ripped from their parents who are escaping h***ish situations to try to make better lives for themselves and their families,

When there’s not one more person sleeping on any streets, or parks, or anywhere other than under his or her own roof in this country whatsoever,

When every human being who doesn’t happen to agree with the Christian doctrine and chooses to worship God in a different fashion is completely embraced and loved as an equal human being – as Jesus would have certainly done,

Then I’ll consider becoming a Republican.

But NOT UNTIL THEN.”

 

All of this reminds me of a couple of passages from the New Testament:

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need” – Acts 2:44-45

“…go and sell everything you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven…” – Mark 10:21

Gee, that sure doesn’t sound like what any far right-wing conservatives  that I know of would do, particularly the actions that the early Christians did in Acts.

 

Anyhow…

I suppose I’ve more than expressed where my loyalties lie in today’s election – and the next major election on November 3, 2020.

All those who have been negatively affected in any way under our President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s regime can do something about it today; flipping the House of Representatives, or the Senate, or both, would be an excellent start.

As well as having as many Democrats win as many state and local offices as possible.

But regardless of whether the red or blue supporters celebrate tonight, though there’s a big battle in this Second Civil War – and that’s exactly what this is – today, the bigger battle is in two years.

Which I’m sure everyone knows.

 

 

A map outlining the different political situations as far as deciding the House, the Senate,, and governorships today. Image courtesy of latestly.com

 

 

 

Just A Few Random Ponderings That Have Been On My Mind

A prominent sign of the times in this day and age. Photo courtesy of national review.com

 

Here’s the number one pondering, among quite a few ponderings, that has been kept in my mind for quite some time…

1. Why do white, far right conservatives have seemingly such contempt for people who don’t look and think like them – liberals, African-Americans, Latinos, LGBTQs, women with progressive views, people who believe in a woman’s right to choose, anyone who’s not Christian (not just Muslims), and anyone who’s less fortunate?

And here are some other ponderings…

2. Why do far right conservatives have such an animosity against the government – or anyone else – helping those who fell down on their luck through no fault of their own, who (for example) due to a layoff was forced to become homeless?

3. Why do far right conservatives hate anyone from Latin America coming north to try to better their lives – or hate anyone brown-skinned or Spanish-speaking, period? I’ll bet anything if those so-called “illegals” were flocking from Scandinavia, they’d be welcomed with open arms.

4. Why do far right conservatives see anyone not like them as needing to be kept “in their place”, and would seemingly like nothing better than a return to the Jim Crow, segregation laws and a lack of equal rights for anyone not white, Christian, male, conservative, wealthy, or straight (or a combination of those six attributes) that plagued this country for over 100 years?

5 Why do far right conservatives see anyone who doesn’t look like them (like me, being a black man of African descent and all) as inferior beings?

 

 

Isn’t this a CUTE picture of preschool kids of different races? Photo courtesy of carwad.net

 

 

Being someone on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have a few ponderings regarding that topic, too…

6. Why does it seem that people on the spectrum are “the last oppressed minority” in regards with such a high percentage of them being unemployed and otherwise not accepted or understood by “mainstream” society?

7. To be brutally honest, considering my social struggles with having Asperger’s throughout my life, I have wondered why I was born with that gene that has caused me to behave like an animal in my early childhood and has caused other difficulties like being understood and accepted at school and (particularly) in the workforce?

8. Why does life have to be so seemingly hard for me sometimes while it seems easier (I’m not saying easy, I know everyone has had some kind of struggles) for those around me?

9. Why does it seem like it’s the world’s mission to make sure you’re kept down and unable to succeed, with those succeeding in life doing so at a seemingly huge price?

10. Why does it seem to be human nature to bully as children, as I was? Why can’t people be nothing but nice instead of causing nothing but misery?

11. Why do the rich always seem to get richer, and the poor always seem to get poorer?

And one last pondering…

12. Why do so many people not seem to care that in roughly 100 years, much of the planet will be under water (global warming), or that a large part of the planet’s population may be wiped out because of countries like North Korea (nuclear missiles), or that at this rate, within (in my estimate) ten to twenty years, this country may well be embroiled in a second Civil War between liberals and conservatives and the “Blue” states and the “Red” states, if not an all-out race war between the “alt-right” and people of color and their white progressive allies?

 

These are just ramblings, I’m aware of that.

But that hasn’t stopped them from being on my mind.

Al I can do is to pray and count on God that He’ll straighten things out and work out all these bad things for good.

One particular quote is prominent in my mind as I end this post…

 

“Why must we go on hating? Why can’t we live in bliss?”

– Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), from “Peace Train” (1971)

 

 

I really like this picture of a dove bring an olive branch to this planet; it’s what I and every decent person wants. Image courtesy of scross.co.za

 

 

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017: Just A Few Thoughts

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A great shot of some extremely well known people; I had the pleasure of meeting the guy with the boxing gloves in the upper left hand corner. Photo courtesy of 1966mag.com

 

MUSINGS FROM A MIDDLE AGED AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE

 

It’s my regret that I’m giving homage to Black History Month on this blog with just a few days to go in the month.

But as they say, no use crying over spilled milk.

Or better late than never; take your pick.

 

Having said that…

In light of our new President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s regime, who’s celebrating one month in office and – as we all know – has attacked every group of people not white, male, Christian, conservative, gay, wealthy, or a combination of those six attributes,

It seems like we need events such as Black History Month more than ever.

Particularly since it seems to be a bad time to be black – or any person of color who’s not named Clarence Thomas,  Ben Carson, Omarosa Manigault, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz – right now, what with the increased racist/sexist/homophobic/Islamophobic attacks across America.

Living in California, the deepest of blue states, I’m honestly a tiny bit scared to go east of the Colorado River as while I refuse to say that every white person, or white Republican for that matter, is a bigot who feels that people who look like me are naturally inferior and  need to stay “in their place”,  it seems that too many whites have that mentality in the red states.

The comments I read from every article that talks about racial issues are an illustration of this thought, as you would think some of those folks writing such comments are carrying their Ku Klux Klan cards in their back pockets with white sheets hanging in their closets.

I feel thankful that I live in a relatively liberal area and subsequently have not seen or experienced any real, hardcore ideological or racial animosity.

At least not so far, thank God and knock wood.

 

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A really good message that needs to always be remembered. Image courtesy of wesleyunited.org

 

Personally, I feel Black History Month is sorely needed to remind Americans of how without Black people of African descent, there wouldn’t be an America.

And not just due to the 246 years of chattel slavery as so many things that we use and take for granted, from peanut butter to potato chips to the stoplight to open heart surgery, was invented by an African-American.

Imagine if blacks – as well as women, gays, and other people of color – were celebrated every month of the year rather than merely the one designated for them (the shortest month in the case of African-Americans).

Then perhaps a guy like our new Commander-In-Chief (my personal refusal to mention his name on this blog remains in effect) would never have been elected.

And there wouldn’t be a need for groups such as Black Lives Matter.

 

The irony of all of this, from a personal standpoint:

I won’t go into any details now, but in my book describing my experiences with having Asperger’s Syndrome, “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS”, which I’m in the final stages of editing and will begin the self-publishing process soon, there’s a chapter detailing my experiences of being black on the Autism Spectrum.

Unfortunately it hasn’t been the most fun experience, but that’s all I’m going to say at this time; you’ll just have to read chapter four of the book.

All right, I said I had just a few thoughts about this year’s Black History Month.

And I’m going to stick to that as I don’t want to ramble or go on and on save for this…

All I can do is as far as the extremely fragmented situation that this country is in is two things:

1. Hold good, optimistic thoughts,

and…

2. Be the best person I can be.

Which I reckon is all anyone could or should do.

 

 

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Being the longtime baseball and softball guy that I am, this is perhaps the part of the African-American experience that I’m most proud of: The (so-called) Negro Leagues, with its two greatest stars, Satchel Paige (left) and Josh Gibson (right) featured here. I’ll be writing an article about these and the great black players from that era soon on this blog. Photo courtesy of pechakucha.org

 

A FEW THOUGHTS ON AMERICA’S NEW REGIME AND THE REACTIONS OF SUCH

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The home base of the new leader of the free world. Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com

 

The many marches that took place not only in every major city in these United States, but throughout this planet, in light of the inauguration of this country’s new president – I absolutely refuse to write his name in this post and on this site; this will be my policy throughout his administration,

Was, to state the obvious, a HUMONGOUS reaction to what everyone who is not white, conservative, Christian, male, straight, or a combination of the five is fearing may happen now that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (to borrow a phrase from Harry Potter) and his right-wing cronies are in power.

I think it’s great that millions of folks have marched in protest of our new president and the now ruling far right conservative’s views, policies and plans. If it were not for the fact that I can’t take huge crowds for too long before I get a sense of being straitjacketed, I would have been at the Los Angeles march.

I also think it’s very cool that different groups, organizations and states like my California are planning to stand up to and resist the policies that You-Know-Who is planning to, and has already started setting the motion to, implement such as deporting all eleven million (so-called) illegal immigrants and repealing now-former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.

 

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A scene from the Women’s March on Washington. Photo courtesy of reviewjournal.com

 

However, as I was reading about all the marches and checking out the photos of celebrities and others taking a stand against You-Know-Who, I couldn’t help thinking this…

No matter how many women’s marches, or any other kind of marches for that matter, that are put on, I really don’t think our new President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or any of his people will care, simply because he and his followers don’t care about anyone who is not a Caucasian of European descent, a Christian, a conservative, a female whose views are not conservative, or a heterosexual.

Or any combination of those five descriptions.

I truly don’t see him or any of his people backing off implementing their plans and keeping all the programs and policies that Obama enacted.

Especially since You-Know-Who has a right wing Republican Congress, meaning that he’ll have an easier time getting his agenda passed and implanted than Obama did.

There is one thing that’s foremost in my mind as this Second Cultural & Ideological (Cold) Civil War has gotten a bit hotter…

Despite everything, it’s my hope and prayer that our new Commander-In-Chief does NOT get impeached or assassinated.

The reason?

Our new Vice-President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (I likewise refuse to write his name in this article or on this site) is worse!

As is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who by law is third in line to the Presidency and whose name I won’t mention either!

I was told by some of my friends on social media to give this new president of ours a chance, but you know what?

I’m counting the days until the 2018 midterm elections, which judging by the massive protests will spell the end of the terms of many conservatives in the Senate, the House, and among the various governors and other state officials.

 

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Check out all the signs from the Women’s March on Washington. Photo courtesy of Washingtonian.com

 

I also have a prediction:

Our New President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and his administration will be in power for only one term.

By 2020, not only will folks be SO fed up with him and his people, but those who voted for him because of his promises of returning jobs will feel betrayed.

Which is why whoever is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination must be SO spectacular, You-Know-Who would lose in a massive landslide like Walter Mondale did to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

I certainly hope we as a nation can survive four years of this new Commander-In-Chief-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

I reckon if we can get through eight years of Reagan and twelve years of Bushes Sr. and Jr.,

I’m fairly confident that those who were so devastated by the recent election can survive four years of You-Know-Who.

 

Thousands of people march from MacArthur Park to the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles during a "Not my President" Anti-Trump protest march and rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 12, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Thousands of people march from MacArthur Park to the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles during a “Not my President” Anti-Trump protest march and rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 12, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)