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.
Early Morning thoughts – Just like the post-Reconstruction period in the 19th Century, this country, we are making a major turn backwards when it comes to race relations. Frankly, we have been turning backwards for a very long time. Everyone can see it, but for purposes of pragmatism and expediency, no one is moving in a positive and humane direction. The most disturbing incident in recent years for me was the treatment of the young black female student in South Carolina. The fact that the police officer threw her to the ground like a rag doll was obscene beyond belief. I have been thinking about that imagery for several days – yes, I know the cop was fired – he should never have another job in law enforcement again – and yes, I realize that some students supported this fired cop – the fact is that we have accepted a certain level of inhumanity for black people is sick. But this was enshrined in the Constitution for black people to be considered as 3/5 of a person. Therefore, we receive 3/5 of basic human treatment. The ascent of Trump and Carson as presidential candidates is a dangerous development but has been LONG in the making. Anyone who truly cares about the humanity of EVERYONE should register and vote to ensure that someone as GROSS as Donald Trump will never have public office. But he is not the only one – there are many who are rooting for him – rooting for him to return America to the fake “Happy Days” of the 1950’s. Have a safe and productive day!
Very sad spectacle @ the CNBC GOP debate. Very disturbing that we have this collection of candidates for the highest office in the land. Angry men and one angry woman – everyone seems so ANGRY. No joy, only anger. Not a good way to run for office or run a country!
The Democrats had their debate on Tuesday evening and the early reports indicate Hillary Clinton bested her opponents the other night. Frankly, she did not have much competition which is the way the DNC wants it. Whether this fairly obvious strategy will be successful, time will time tell. It is long overdue for the nation to have a female president – what I worry about is whether Hillary Clinton will have the strength to resist the neo-cons within the Democratic Party to pursue another conflict in the Mideast if she becomes President. President Obama has figurative balls in that area – the question is – does she have the ovaries to resist the call of war.