Monday, June 25, 2018

Observations from Nuremberg

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Conscience of Man

I am sure there is not one who receives my opinions who is not sickened by the actions of Donald Trump separating children, toddlers, and infants from the care of their mothers some of whom if not most will never see their children again to stop a person of color who is running for her life from their own country where anarchy rules to another, America, where now lawlessness rules simply to ask for asylum in this country.

Think on it. What if it were you and your children, your grandchildren, your nieces, nephews and your loved ones having this outrage and moral atrocity happen to you and them? Trump and he alone is responsible for what is happening in Texas and could stop it with the stroke of a pen. This is not law this is Trump policy commanded by Trump alone. Those that help him carry out this outrage should be held accountable too. Those like Corey Lewendowski, political operative of Trump, who mocked a Downs Syndrome child who was ripped from her mother, those who are celebrating in hotel rooms filled with Republicans drinking champagne and those who are cheering on this evil should be ashamed. Where is the shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan described? Where are the flag waiving patriots who can countenance what Trump, his followers, and those who are carrying out his orders are doing?

What is going to happen to these captive children when it rains -- torrential rains or a hurricane occurs per the courtesy of climate change? What is going to happen when the temperature goes beyond 100 as happens in Texas during the spring and the summer? What is going to happen when many children and babies get sick; when they pass communicable diseases from one to the other? What is going to happen when it gets out to the general population because there are adults committing this atrocity there as an accessory to this bestial crime?

Donald Trump, you have sinned a great sin. I hope there is a God to rain down his fury on you and those who are accessories to this crime against humanity with you. Then I hope, finally, when your Trump curse is out of office the World Court prosecutes you for crimes against humanity. Those who are complicit should think about their roles in this and in Nuremberg fashion should stop what they are doing because this is a moral and a mortal sin that should should come with grave consequences. You should hold yourself accountable morally and STOP following orders that go against the conscience of man.

This man, Trump, who never asks forgiveness for what moral outrage against mankind, his family and his wife he has committed -- and there are many -- should ask for forgiveness now not only from his God if he actually believes in one but from his own people who will send a message loud and clear come November. Your days are numbered, Mr. Trump, and you will be held accountable to the American people as you necessarily should!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’-- It breaks mine too!

Laura Bush's opinion "Separating children from their parents at the border breaks my heart" is a wonderful, humane and utterly compassionate opinion. I am a strong Democrat but even during the Bush administration I loved Laura Bush. She is a beautiful woman both inside and out. She once was a Democrat and it shows. Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for coming out so eloquently against this dastardly Trump policy of separating these desperate asylum seekers from their children. I hope we as a nation when this nightmare is over, if it ever is, will look back on this time as not only a crime against humanity but a crime against nature as well!

Friday, June 15, 2018

So many New Testament Bible verses on children -- add these

There were so many Bible verses that compose the essence of Christianity and Christ's thought specifically on children that I may have missed some pertinent ones.  A wonderful friend who suffers through actually reading what I write made me aware of three more. 

I admit to a certain affinity for some New Testament text.  If, in my opinion, Christ was nothing else he appealed to so many because the world he knew was drowning in a totalitarian vise.  He offered something new, a kind of humanity, few of that time heard.  When one is poor, when one is sick and when one is oppressed by tyranny Christ's words fall on waiting ears that yearn for help to set them free. 

When all of you send my previous email on Bible verses on children, love and the stranger to those who need to see them add these:

Matthew 19:14:  "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Luke 18:16:    "But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

and Mark 10:14:16  Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

The Bible on Children, the Bible on Love, the Bible on the Stranger + My Comment

Donald J. Hypocrite and Liar Trump held up the Bible in one of his group tirades trying to get the Christian/Evangelical vote and he said the Bible was his favorite book.  When asked what his favorite verse was he lied and said it was too personal he did not want to say.  We who know he lies all the time and also know the truth as the truth is he could not quote a verse even as the good Christian he claims to be in the New Testament because he does not read, does not know Christian text nor does he take time to think on any. 

To help him I have decided to collect the most pertinent Biblical verses many from the New Testament but some, too, from the Old.  These apply especially to the stranger, especially to the children he and he alone has condemned to be separated from their mothers and lastly especially to love.  Someone should send these to him and to those who in ignorance support this malevolent fool lest he corrupt the nation he says he loves but does not.  Donald J. Trump loves himself and is in the process of raping this nation of the money that belongs to all of us but finds rest in the ugly pockets of the 2% wealthiest and in the pockets of his hypocritical self.

Here are some of the quotes Trump should study as through his policy he rips children from their mothers some of whom will never be reunited again.  Send it to him that is IF he can read, send to the hypocrite Sarah Huckabee Sanders so she can know the Bible of which she speaks and send it to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions as he bends the law to employ it and satisfy his hateful unChristian self:

Deuteronomy 10: 19 You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.

Matt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.   Mark 9:42    

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,    Matthew 25:35

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:28–30

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”    Acts 20:35

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.    Proverbs 19:17

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?    1 John 3:17

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Luke 12:33

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart ... . You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:7-11

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...1 Corinthians 13:1-13

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.    1 Corinthians 13:13

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.    Colossians 3:14

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?    James 2:15-16

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.    “  Deuteronomy 15:7-8

‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”   Luke 3:11

    THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS and one quote from Rabbi Hillel born 110 BCE

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." St. Matthew 5:3-10
“What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.” Rabbi Hillel born 110 BCE 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You're going to take a shower

Did you ever feel so strongly about an issue that you want your words on paper to scream at those reading them to pay attention?  It is what I am experiencing now a sense of incredulity so strong that I have not experienced since I watched as a child at age 10 my first newsreel film about the German concentration camps of WWII shown in my theater at intermission between the usual, then, two films.  In my many opinions I have spoken of this seminal event which formed my politics and refined them as an adult.  The newsreel of the film about the horror of the camps was the first time I had witnessed man's inhumanity to man and his crimes against humanity as heaps of dead bodies outside of gas chambers were later shown to be the end result of the entire Nazi purpose. I was sickened.  My child's mind kept thinking it could not be so.   At age 13 the film "Judgment at Nuremberg" solidified what I would come to know as the Holocaust and I remain to this day incredulously stunned that this, indeed, was so. 

One of the poignant narrations of the first documentary I saw about the Holocaust was its revelation that to con masses of humanity naked into the death rooms where Zyklon B gas was discharged from shower heads was to have the captured strip down and in bold mendacity iterate to them they were merely going to take a shower.  That lie calmed the victims so that they would not wax hysterical when the ugly truth and inhuman purpose of the gassing would be reveled to them.  Masses of humanity could be kept from that truth as they, unknowingly, walked to their deaths.  Nazi guards closed the "shower" doors, locked the captured inside and in mind numbing inhumane incredulity gassed millions of them, even women and children, to death. 

I thought as a child how lucky I was to live in a nation whose values of humanity, kindness and refuge for the powerless acted as a shelter against international storms.  All the oppressed, I thought, had to do was ask for asylum in America against such inhumanity and this empathetic country would let them in and act as it says on Lady Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Again, in enormous incredulity I see something I never would have thought I would see in this nation.  Another conman in our time orders his "border security" to tell women who have watched their children shot dead in front of their eyes, who have made the long torturous journey on foot to save as many of their children as they can only to be sent for incarceration in America as the American guards rip their children from them telling mothers that their children are simply going to the showers.  Going to the showers?  They, of course, are not going to the showers but they are going screaming to places unknown separated from their parents to conditions that remind me of the deadly German camps so many decades ago. 

My ears ring to hear words I cannot hear and my eyes see that which they cannot see.  Can day become night, can up become down, can summer become winter?  In the blink of an eye yes, it can. Evil can happen here and is happening here now.  The Trumpian hoards who do these dastardly deeds and obey a commander who should be deemed certifiably insane deserve to be tried for not only their infinite number of crimes against powerless people but by an international court for crimes against humanity.  We can do nothing less but to hold these unconscionable humans who commit these ugly acts to a fate which they justly deserve.  

Still, I do not have the words profound enough to reflect my emotion but Spencer Tracy, playing the American judge in "Judgement at Nuremberg " does.  I ask you, no I implore you to listen as he pronounces his verdict on the guiltiest of men and proclaims "We stand for justice, truth, and the value of a single human life."  It is a tale for all men and for all ages even or most especially now for our own.

Monday, June 11, 2018

"To win in 2018, Democrats must show why voting blue is worth it" and MY COMMENT

MY COMMENT: Democrats must unite behind a candidate who can win and bring out the minority vote as President Obama did. All lives matter when voting and those others of all racial hues, religions or no religion at all, sexes and sexual orientations who support justice, equality and humanitarian causes such as opposing the dismemberment of the Affordable Healthcare Act must vote Democratic in their own interests. It is where Democratic strength lies. It is time to combine words with actions. Get out the Democratic vote by any means necessary and get people to the voting booth to vote Democratic in November or risk losing those minority rights of civil justice for which we worked so hard to win over decades. If we do not unite behind a solid Democratic candidate and majority then we risk losing to the top 2% in wealth who do not give a damn about most of you. Permanent tax cuts for the top 2% and minuscule impermanent ones for the rest of us prove it. Republicans care only about themselves. One can only imagine how Republicans would scream if a Democratic presidential candidate supported what Trump and his minions do.

Trump was every bit the con that Romney said he was and more. As has been said so often Trump did not drain the swamp; Trump is the swamp. The saga of EPA secretary, Scott Pruitt, stealing the taxpayers cash to live and vacation like Trump, the king of golf, and would-be king of the nation is but one example of a Trump cabinet gone haywire with taxpayer money the very thing Trump said he would stop.

Worse than that Trump has abandoned our most loyal allies and ones on our boarders by manufacturing conflict where none need exist especially with the most benign and steadfast ally to us, Canada, a nation that has spent blood fighting America's wars on foreign soil. Trump, astoundingly, loves authoritarian dictatorships like Putin's Russia. Former KGB officer Putin must have something profound on Trump to be the only one absent Trump's voluminous critiques and for whom Trump advocates to become a member of the G7, the alliance which Trump himself sabotaged. What does Putin have on Trump? We must wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to find out but I have my suspicions. Since Trump could not get a loan from American banks what Putin's Russia has on him must amount to plenty of billions in cash loans and who knows an alleged sexual dalliance or two, or three, or more on tape! These are just shameful suspicions.

The time for action as well as words, marches and protests is now. Show our opposition that we are the true majority showing what we stand for and that the only way Republicans know how to win is by stealing an election and while they are at it stealing the Courts too!

Saturday, June 09, 2018

"How To Talk About Suicide In A Way That’s Actually Helpful. Suicide isn’t just someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem."

I thought this article referenced above important to post.  As we all grow older the vicissitudes of life and its hardship grow exponentially and some have suffered through it all of their lives.  For many it is difficult and for not a few it ends in suicide.  How does one cope and how does one relate to others who will not tolerate the intolerable and think of ending their suffering by suicide?  The Stephen Hawkings and Charles Krauthammers of the world who do and did suffer what for some would be unthinkable persevered through it all; who loved life so much instead of suicide decided to embrace the life they were given no matter what it delivered to them and, in the end, let nature take its course.  They have much to teach us.

I post Charles Krauthammer's last opinion, too, for the Washington Post Charles Krauthammer Pens Final Column 'Only a Few Weeks to live' “This is the final verdict. My fight is over,” the Washington Post columnist wrote. I post both of these articles hoping it will give inspiration to those who cannot tolerate much more of what life has to give and the other that says what we can do to provide or get help to save a life.

I think the article about suicide below states some profundity about this issue afflicting so many in our nation in our time.