I have not commented on anything in months – mostly on my Facebook page – I should be here more regularly from now on. Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign – brought a provocative media guy named Steve Bannon. The next 80 days promise to be extremely nasty and ugly. Gird your loins, as they say, for the ride will be bumpy.
Good Morning – Early Morning Thoughts
I am somewhat in awe @ the media for the toleration of the naked bigotry of Donald Trump. His racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic, ablest personality is on full display. The man has no filter. How does he sleep with himself @ night? ALL of us have biases – we are human. All of us have said things that might be offensive to someone. But, my God, we have hopefully learned and grown to respect other people even if we have disagreements, indeed strong disagreements, This political season should be a teaching moment, but no one I fear is learning anything. I hope people are watching what is going on with Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. For the record, I loathe Sen. Cruz. Even his fellow colleagues loathe the man. Now for months, Sen. Cruz has refused to criticize Trump – indeed he has been toadying up to him, sniffing his proverbial backside in order to snatch his voters. And how does Trump repay the favor? Trump tells voters in Iowa that he does not know any evangelicals that come from Cuba! Yesterday, he repeats information that Cruz is not an American citizen because he was born in Canada. You don’t have to be fan of Cruz to recognize what this is -bigoted nativism. Fear of Latinos, brown people, the OTHER. I hope Sen. Cruz has the good sense to recognize what this is too. He may try hard to run away from he is, but as Malcolm X said a long time ago, as long as you are south of the Canadian border, some people are going to call you out. Sen. Cruz is a smart man, but he will be a fool if he does not hear the bullhorn bigotry coming from Trump! PEACE!!
Very Early Morning Thoughts: Hope everyone is having a good holiday season. I did not watch the GOP debate on Tuesday night. Why would one spend valuable time watching self-righteous liars continue to lie about the state of the country and Pres. Obama. Without question, in my lifetime, this is the worst group of candidates I have ever seen. IMO, ALL of them are racist, to varying degrees. Of course, we have the chief bigot, Donald Trump, headlining the event. It is truly disgusting. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to throw around the term “racist” without having some strong evidence or direct experience of an incident or personal assault. As one learns in life, some people just don;t like you and it has nothing to do with ethnicity or color of skin.There are over 6 billion people on planet Earth and we are certainly not going to “get along”. But why, oh why has Donald Trump decided to poison public life with this verbal bomb about Muslims? The answer may be unknowable, between him and his Creator. But what it has revealed is the stubborn persistence of the American stench called racism. I wonder about all the people Mr. Trump has dealt with over three decades who knew about his toxicity and tolerated it because of business reasons. People of genuine good will (and there are many in this country) need to be concerned about the smell that is in the air, the pungent fart that Mr. Trump has released. It will take many years of spraying noble air freshener to clear the stink. Peace and safety as you move forward on this day!
The tragedy in San Bernardino is still unfolding as I write. 14 souls dead, 14 injured and hundreds traumatized. No one can be assured of safety when you venture out in public that someone with a gun is lurking, waiting to hunt humans. Disturbing times – hold the people you care about tight and close. Amen!
The last month of the year, particularly here in the US is always crazy – people hustling to buy gifts, etc. I have never really enjoyed Christmas. It comes @ the most depressing time of the year because the sun is constrained to a few hours, it is cold. windy, generally dreary. I find the celebrations forced and phony. Some of the songs are genuinely depressing and dispiriting. Some of the drama over “happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” is amusing. None one should be forced to participate in the holiday celebrations – personally, I would rather be on a island collecting sun rather than saying “Merry Christmas” on December 25. Traditions may change over the years and they are changing to the dismay of some. Forced merriment is never good – when goodwill and cheer is honestly shared and felt, possibly there truly will be peace on earth and kindness to all – long time coming!!
Note about Ben Carson – it is sad – Ben Carson IS a smart guy, has saved lives, is a role model for youth – have heard about Dr. Carson for 30 years. But whomever whispered in his ear that he should run for President was committing friendship malpractice. Like anchorman Jack Cafferty said about Sarah Palin, you should have SOME knowledge about public affairs before you run for office. Dr. Carson is edging into buffoon territory. He needs to rethink this adventure. Peace.