Hope, hate, and disruption

When we lost hope, we also abandoned principles of decency and justice. The banners of hate, complicity and racism are cynically being held up to wave over the new US of A. We are so used to strong-arming and speech that incites to anger that we have become compliant. The abundance of disinformation from the top…

Stake your Claim

via Daily Prompt: Insist If there is any doubt about the truth, insist on evidence as proof. Demand, require, argue, protest, urge, exhort, and assert your unwillingness to be complicit in a lie. Insist on honesty. #Resist falsehood.

How shall I put it?

via Daily Prompt: Simplify To paraphrase a complex thought, I need to break it down. “Break it down,” incidentally is a dance term as well. It involves taking the steps you’ve combined and presenting them in an effort to simplify the movements. Some of us are better at this kind of activity, the process that makes…

Upside down

We’ve fallen head first into a mess, mostly not of our choosing. We live in an alternate universe. Truth has been turned into dare. The real is decried as fake. When our masters declare that what has been deemed wrong is now right, we acquiesce. Some of the more faithful minions echo the sentiments of…

Polish or coverup?

via Daily Prompt: Varnish Putting a coat of varnish on an old beat-up piece is one way of making it look shinier and maybe younger than its years and wear. Like “fake news,” the ever-so-popular-with-the-conservative-base meme, varnish gives an illusion of things being other than they are. Let me explain what I mean about “fake…

Democracy?

John Kelly, for instance, has redefined “patriotism” to mean “treason for a cause you believe.” He defends Robert E. Lee in these terms and calls the Civil War, in effect, a misunderstanding.

Crisis

We are a nation in crisis, scratch that– crises, yet we choose to look inward and at local issues. The trains don’t run on time and we are vexed. This is not minor but a problem many years in the making– infrastructure neglected, and the subway system allowed to become a sweltering and sometimes frightening…

The 4th of July

Who needs civil liberties? The rights of our citizens were hard-won. Freedom did not just emerge from the blood and sweat of the Revolutionary War in documents of federation and constitutional laws. Some Americans had many more years to struggle to see their rights recognized. Many of our privileges evolved in the amendments to our…

How was the west won?

Reconstruction was the period in American history when the country sought to heal the wounds of a civil war. “Civil” war is such a deceptive phrase, really. Really? It is probably the very definition of an oxymoron. Our Pledge of Allegiance was one of the products of reconstruction. It was used as a symbol of the…

Shot from a cannon

via Daily Prompt: Catapult Trickle down economics has the people of Kansas suffering major cuts to rudimentary services, and the state in devastation. If the Republican budget makers have their way, similar dissolutions will effect the middle class and working poor as they attempt to cut taxes for the very rich in order to have…

In the garden

Let’s imagine a world of peace and harmony. Now imagine who (or what) would want to disrupt such a calm prospect. Are we in the garden of Eden? Does it require a devil (or THE DEVIL) to tear it all apart? Who would not want to live a life of quiet tranquility? Would you want…

Passionate

via Daily Prompt: Avid Are we still passionate about social justice? By “we” I refer to those of us who grew up with an avid desire to make the world better. What happened to us? How have we continued in our quest for an utopia in the midst of dystopia? Do we still believe in…