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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Words and Racism

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The saying, “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is only partly true. Most of the time we should ignore what is said because it isn’t really important, but we are human. Words can hurt. Words can cause angst and anger.

Recently, our resident in the White House has been using more words that are offensive, not only to us, but across the world. We have heard “Little Rocket Man,” “Sloppy Steve,” “Crooked Hillary,” and he has resurrected “Pocahontas.” The same kinds of things we have heard since he decided to throw his hat in the ring. It is all because he is trying to deflect attention from the Russian interference investigation.

After Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, Trump declared himself a genius. Was it because the author reported that Trump’s own people think he isn’t the smartest person in the room? Is it another distraction? It would fit with his usual pattern of attack. Just this morning, he has been tweeting about DACA and Wall Street. Apparently no one is giving him enough credit for the Dow. And it isn’t just his tweets.

Trump recently decided to have a meeting regarding DACA with several Republicans and Democrats. During the meeting he asked why we needed immigrants from “s***hole countries.” Among those countries he named were Haiti and Africa. Of course, Africa is a continent with many countries, but he is the genius. Then he asked why we couldn’t have more immigrants from Norway. There is obviously a racial aspect to these comments.

We really should not be surprised by Trump’s comments. He has denigrated women, minorities, the poor and other countries repeatedly over the years. It is who he is. Defending him tells us much about who his supporters are. They are people who will excuse these statements because of their own agenda. They are people who will put party over country. It is inexcusable and should be called out. Silence is consent no matter how you look at it.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Party over Country

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Usually when I write, I am doing so in more of an informative way. Like an essay if you will. This one will be a little different. This is more of a personal nature. It has been a while since I wrote on this blog as my hours have been very different lately. But I feel the need to address some very disturbing events in the political and personal scenes.

We have seen several Congress members resign in the last two weeks due to allegations of sexual assault or harassment. We currently have one person running for a Senate seat that has been accused. How each of them has been dealt with has been swift and decisive. Joe Barton, Al Franken, Blake Farenthold, and John Conyers have all resigned. Ruben Kihuen was just called out by Democratic leadership to resign. It is becoming a virtual waterfall of sexual assault accusations and does not seem to show any signs of slowing down.

There are two concerns I have that are beginning to make my head spin. The cases of Roy Moore and Donald Trump are troubling. With all the Congress members that have been caught in these accusations, I am completely baffled by the lack of action being taken against them by their own party. It seems party over country is the new norm for many in the Republican Party.

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted knows that we do not talk about it. Most of us over the age of 30, also understand it was a very difficult conversation to have. Victims were told to just deal with it because you were probably responsible for it. You put yourself in that position and no one will listen to you because of it. In addition, if the incident happened 40 years ago, there has to be hard evidence before anything can be done. The burden is all on the victim and they are not to be believed.

I have been told personally that unless there is evidence, it is just an accusation. The problem with this line of thought is that survivors are left with this imprint on their lives for the renainder of their lives. Not everyone copes with it in the same manner, but each of us has patterns in our lives that are a direct result of that experience. What does that say about those who discredit survivors? In the cases of Moore and Trump, it is hypocritical, to say the least.

Until recently, we did not hear much about these accusations. We also have found out that members have paid settlements with our tax money and we are not allowed to know any of it. We do not know who was accused. The implication is extremely frightening. Our elected officials are exempt from normal societal repercussions. It seems that to keep party over country, some are exempt from the same standards that all of us are held to.

I feel that too many conservatives are more concerned with party as opposed to what is best for our country. Making America great cannot include sexual predators who have boasted on tape about their exploits. It says too much about their attitudes towards sexual assault. Moore has been recorded talking about “dating” teenagers when he was in his 30’s. Nine women have said he assaulted them and a good portion of them were in their teens. Trump has had 18 different accusations against him, including during the Miss Teen USA pageants. How can they all be fake accusations? There have been witnesses.

I have come to the conclusion that all the people who profess to have Christian values do not practice what they preach. Instead of standing up for those who have been victims, they would rather put their party over the country they enjoy all their freedoms in. Some might say this is harsh, but it is the truth. In order to say you are Christian, you must be ready to stand up and say assault is wrong. You cannot claim to be a Christian. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Symbolism in America

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Throughout history human beings have used symbols to show their respect, or disrespect, for people and ideas. In America, we have many different symbols to show the history of our country. We have monuments to our founding fathers and other important people who have influenced something in our history. From Mt. Rushmore to the National Monument in Washington D.C. Scattered across the country there are many more monuments to be found. We have libraries for former presidents; homes are made parks for leaders and our military. Battlefields have become memorials to our fallen. We are a nation that uses symbols to honor those who have come before us.

Although it can bring us together, it can also tear us apart. Are we putting too much into the symbols we have? What do they represent? They do represent our history, but are we putting too much into them and what they represent? There may be other ways to look at this.

In Charlottesville this year, we were bombarded with images of White Nationalists, the KKK, and White Supremacists carrying the American flag. While they were holding a march called “Unite the Right”, they shouted epithets. Epithets like “Jews will not replace us!”, “Blood and soil!”, and “They will not replace us!” They were carrying the American flag. While we did hear many protests about their march, we did not hear criticism of their flag carrying.  Why is that? Is it, in part, due to the fact that Trump did not condemn them for doing so? He did say there were “fine people” on both sides, indicating that hate group members have fine people among them.

How does this compare with NFL players kneeling quietly during the playing of the national anthem? In my opinion, it does not compare. Athletes who kneel quietly during the national anthem are not shouting epithets that are meant to divide. They are quietly protesting what they see is racially motivated actions by police that are not being dealt with in a way to discourage it. Instead of understanding their position, they are being subjected to attacks that are led by Trump on Twitter. The same person who said that hate groups had “fine people” among them. The same people who called for blood and soil.

Is it disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem? It depends on how deeply you rely on symbolism in your life. I had a child I had to bury. She has a headstone at the front of her grave. It is a symbol of her resting place. What it is not is a symbol of her life. It is not a symbol of who she was or what she gave those around her. I do not need that headstone to remember who she was, and is, to me. I do not need it know how deeply she affected others who knew her. I do not need a symbol to remind me of how much she gave me. She has my heart as her symbol. She has the heart of her siblings, and everyone else who loved her.

If the flag is a symbol of those who fought and died for this country, then it may be misplaced. Hate groups carrying the flag while shouting racial epithets is being disrespectful but I did not hear that idea being voiced by those who are now crying foul because athletes want to kneel during the national anthem. The dichotomy is stunning to me. How can anyone criticize peaceful protests while racists are shouting hate slogans?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Bully-in-Chief

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During the last two weeks, Trump has decided to continue his bullying ways toward those who do not agree with him. That is not a new concept for him. He has always used this particular tactic when met with criticism of his actions. He attacked the NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem and as of this morning, he was attacking the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just because they do not agree with him or feel he is not supporting them.  

Looking at the situation with the NFL, I have been struck by the amount of time he has spent criticizing them. This is coming from someone who cannot take any criticism himself. Anyone who has even remotely hinted that he might not be as good a person as he professes to be, has become a target of his bullying. We have seen this time after time since he became a celebrity. He wants them fired for not doing what he wants them to do. But does he have the right to do that? He has the right to say he wants that done. He has as much right as they have the right to kneel during the anthem.

That was only the beginning. The mayor of San Juan has been under much duress since Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on September 20.  That was 10 days ago. Response to the devastation has been slow, at best. She voiced that frustration during an interview only to be criticized by Trump in a tweet. It is 10 days past landfall and they are still without power, food, water, and shelter. The only places FEMA are in right now are San Juan and the surrounding towns. Many places outside of that area have not seen a single person from the U.S. government or FEMA. Reporters have made it to those places first.  Some have assisted residents and brought them to medical facilities.

There should have been resources in place and ready to go as soon as the hurricane left. Instead, they have been delayed and American citizens have been left to fend for themselves. The question is why? It is all because they are an island that is a territory, not a state. Why do we know this? Because Trump has had to point it out several times. Their struggle with finances should never have been a factor in the decisions made regarding the help they need. They are Americans. Just like you and me.

Instead of catering to countries like Russia, he should have been concerned with the well-being of American citizens. Instead of playing a tweet war with the NFL, he should have been concentrating on the American citizens who reside in Puerto Rico. Once again, he has shown where his priorities lie. He has to be the most important person in any situation. This is despicable for the person who is supposed to be our leader. He does not understand leadership. He only understands the need to bully….

Sunday, September 24, 2017


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Morality is unique to each one of us. Most of us would say it relies on basic human decency. Some would say it has to do with following the teachings of the Bible that teaches us what we are to believe. Some do not have any idea what morality is. We start to form these ideas as children and they are refined as we age by the experiences we have from life. By the time you get to be my age, your core beliefs are pretty much set in stone.

My basic beliefs are fairly straightforward. There is no room in my life for discrimination.  If you kill or harm someone, you do not have the privilege of walking among other human beings. If you steal from someone, you also lose that privilege.  If you take away a person’s freedom for your own personal vices, the same action will be taken. In other words, just treat everyone fairly and kindly.

What I always find fascinating is how others like to impose their idea of morality on those who do not always agree with them. I have been told that is what liberals do. However; I find that conservatives are more likely to have the righteous indignation of those who do not agree with them.

Why do people think life is black and white? There are a lot more gray areas in life than most think. Just because someone does not agree with you does not mean they are wrong. There are many different interpretations that can be seen. Those who draw a line cannot see past it.

Because we are more non-judgmental than those of the conservative side, we are considered immoral. We are not conforming to their way of thinking, making us the ones who do not have any morality. Why do they feel this way? Is it because they are not the majority? Is it because they are feeling threatened by more progressive ideas than their own? Whatever the answer, we need to figure out how to work together.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Silence is Consent

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When someone disagrees with my political views, there are two themes they use first in their effort to tell me I am wrong. One is so redundant it is becoming boring. It is Obama’s fault. The second one is, I am not giving Trump a chance. Those two themes are ever present in any conservative’s argument. It does not stop there.

I have been told I do not know enough about the world. I do not do enough research on any subject. My thinking is supposedly wrong. I only look at liberal sites.  I just have to be wrong. All liberals think conservatives are racist and ignorant. I could go on about what conservatives think about us liberals.

The bottom line is this. If we do not speak up about what we believe is right, we are giving consent to their rhetoric. When Trump tried to put the travel ban in place, we thought it was wrong and spoke up. When he compared protestors to hate groups, we spoke up. When he kept making derogatory remarks about women, we spoke up. When he ordered the military to not allow transgender persons to serve, we spoke up.

Silence is consent. Inaction is action. We MUST speak up. We MUST defend those who are not considered equal by this administration. Now is not the time to sit back and take whatever is thrown at us. We have to take a stand. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Divider-in-Chief

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With all that has happened in the last week, we have to realize that our discontentment has come from the top. The last seventeen years have been fraught with many struggles in this country. What we need is steady leadership from our commander-in-chief but that is not going to happen with the current administration.

During George W. Bush’s administration, we endured one of the worst attacks on American soil we have had in recent modern history. The attack on 9/11 was horrific and almost brought the country to a standstill. It did in some ways. Planes were grounded for two weeks; rescue efforts with help coming from all across the country and the world, and confusion about what actually happened was the norm for many weeks and months after. During that time, President Bush was a rock for Americans. Although I did not agree with his policies, I felt he had it covered. He would lead. He did not waiver in his confidence that we would come through this trauma.

News reports were full of support for those closest to Ground Zero and we watched as our President and his administration led the effort to help those directly affected by this travesty.  He unified the country at Ground Zero by an extremely powerful statement. “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people - and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” I was so proud to be an American that day.

When Barack Obama took office, he did so during another trying time for our country. 2006 was the year our financial crisis took hold and families were losing their homes at an alarming rate. Foreclosures were almost at Great Depression level. It has been called the closest recession we have come to seeing those levels. Unemployment was in double digits for more than a year.  Although it cost more than we could imagine, he got us on the track to recovery. Once again we had a leader in charge. He reassured us we would survive and thrive. And we have.

Trump has done his best to ensure we do not know what is real and what is not. He continually lies to keep us at odds and questioning everything. There is no leadership in his words or his actions. He accuses everyone of hating him because he did not win the popular vote. He continues to show us the bigoted side of his personality.

 He started with the birther accusation and continues with his responses to the Charlottesville attack. He continues with his pardon of Joe Arpaio, another racially biased person. He has banned transgender people from the military and no one knows if others will be discharged as well, turning away brave and courageous men and women who would die for us.

The bottom line is this. Trump is causing all the turmoil we find today in this country. He does his best to keep us at odds with each other so we will miss things he may have done. We need to keep our eyes open and on the ball.  We need to keep our eyes on the 2018 midterms and be prepared to make a change. We need to change the direction we are going with The Divider.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Trumpian Reality

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A few weeks ago I read a story about Trump as a young person. He had been playing baseball with other young boys. During that interview of one of those boys, he said Trump had hit the ball and made it on base. When retelling the story later, Trump said he hit it over the wall. When he was called on that lie by several other boys who were there, he simply smiled and said that he had it over the wall. The man being interviewed stated that the attitude and the lies never stopped as long as he was in school with him. That should have been a clue.

We were once again reminded of the Trumpian reality the past two weeks before, during, and after his Phoenix rally. His take on the Charlottesville horror was that “fine people” were on both sides of that rally. It did not matter to him the “Unite the Right” were shouting racial epithets and carrying weapons. Some of those same people used pepper spray against those who were protesting. It did not matter that another White Supremacist used a car to kill one protester and injure many others. On Tuesday he went on a rant during a press conference telling Americans how he really feels about his racial ideas.

During his Phoenix rally, he once again went after the very people he needs to move his agenda along. He also went after Jeff Flake and John McCain without saying their names. As the only two Senators from Arizona, it is hard to think of anyone else. He also went after the “fake media” again claiming they would not show his crowd. They did. After the rally, he claimed there were 15,000 people at his rally. The final count was 4,196. The sad part of this is that those who are supporters of him will believe what he says is true no matter what they are shown with pictures and words of the officials who were there. When he said he could kill someone on a famous New York street and get away with it, I think that might be true. Just because of blind supporters of his.

This last week has also shown his bigotry in very blatant ways. Two of these are so blatant he thought no one would notice because of Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Texas. It shows his thought process about who people are and what he admires about their values.

He pardoned Joe Arpaio. Yes, the Arizona sheriff who condoned racial profiling under his watch. Even after being told he was supposed to stop, by a court, he continued. The court found he continued to encourage this practice among his deputies. Keep in mind this is the same sheriff who ignored more than 400 sexual assaults in his jurisdiction. He is also one of the most vocal about President Obama’s birth certificate claiming it was forged and Obama was not an American citizen.  He also put Hispanics in jail who were here legally or were actual American citizens. Yes, that one.

Another blatantly bigoted action was the ban on transgender military. There is a question how far this one goes. It does not appear to affect current members as of yet. The question is whether he will go farther and include currently serving members. If someone who is transgender feels their calling is the military, they are not allowed to do so. Let us not forget Trump would not even serve in the National Guard. He had five deferments during Vietnam.  He attacked Richard Blumenthal on his exaggeration of his Vietnam service, but Blumenthal did join the National Guard which is more than Trump did.

His words and actions have shown his bigoted leaning philosophy, no matter what anyone else says. His supporters discourage any criticism of him or his words, saying instead he meant to say something else. We have been told we are supposed to believe what he says just to be told he did not mean what he said by those same people.

His reality is of his own making. He decides he is going to say something because he thinks we will all believe what he is saying. There is never evidence to back up those claims. It is something we have seen since he became a celebrity and has been shown all over the news for years. Apparently he has been using that same pattern since he was a child. It is a pattern of culture. His own father Fred, was charged with Unfair Housing practices regarding persons of African-American heritage. That is the culture he was raised in. Remember that when he speaks with his Trumpian reality.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Modern Democrats

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The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis these days. It is obvious from the elections of 2016; there is confusion as to what they stand for. They have earned that confusion. There are; however, some issues with how the right attacks them.

One of the most common accusations is the fact that early Democrats were against civil rights legislation. That is a fact. They did, in fact, oppose many civil rights actions. The last time they did; however, was 50 years ago. Since then they have become the party that includes everyone and not excluding anyone. The conservative party is now the Republicans.

Modern Democrats are more likely to support human rights as opposed to Republicans who want more conservative, or religious, ideals. Democrats are considered more accepting of different walks and lifestyles of everyone across the world while Republicans want to limit any ideas they feel are not religiously based. That seems to be more divisive than anything else we see.

I have included a link that shows how the Democrats have changed their votes and ideologies over the years. The votes will show some facts that I am not sure the conservatives want to see but they must acknowledge. These are incontrovertible evidence of how the Democratic party has changed and who is holding on to the old ways of thinking. We cannot move forward if we do not learn from our past. We cannot move forward if we do not change how we see the world. In that respect, we need to put ultra-conservative ideals in the past and look toward progressive ideals that are for the good of all. “Out of many, one.” E Pluribus Unum.The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis these days. It is obvious from the elections of 2016; there is confusion as to what they stand for. They have earned that confusion. There are; however, some issues with how the right attacks them.

One of the most common accusations is the fact that early Democrats were against civil rights legislation. That is a fact. They did, in fact, oppose many civil rights actions. The last time they did; however, was 50 years ago. Since then they have become the party that includes everyone and not excluding anyone. The conservative party is now the Republicans.

Modern Democrats are more likely to support human rights as opposed to Republicans who want more conservative, or religious, ideals. Democrats are considered more accepting of different walks and lifestyles of everyone across the world while Republicans want to limit any ideas they feel are not religiously based. That seems to be more divisive than anything else we see.

I have included a link that shows how the Democrats have changed their votes and ideologies over the years. The votes will show some facts that I am not sure the conservatives want to see but they must acknowledge. These are incontrovertible evidence of how the Democratic party has changed and who is holding on to the old ways of thinking. We cannot move forward if we do not learn from our past. We cannot move forward if we do not change how we see the world. In that respect, we need to put ultra-conservative ideals in the past and look toward progressive ideals that are for the good of all. “Out of many, one.” E Pluribus Unum. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Bully

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We have a bully in the White House. I know this is not a new idea; however, this one has the most powerful bully pulpit in the world. His party controls the Senate and the House but he cannot seem to understand they are not his employees he can order around. I heard many times how he was not a politician while he was campaigning and as a new politician. The problem is, he has not tried to understand that he does not have the final say.

We have oversights built into the system for a reason. The Russian sanctions are a perfect example. Trump did not want to sign the sanctions bill because he has some soft feelings for Putin. He had to be told that Congress can override his wishes. And he was not happy with that. What did he do? He lashed out at Congress. As per usual, he tried to bully them to do his bidding. He did not accomplish what he wanted.

It turned out to be one the best examples of bipartisanship we have seen in a very long time. For a short amount of time, parties did not matter and they were working together for the security of our country. This is what we need to move forward. We need to work together.

Trump did not stop there. He continued to attack Congress. Mitch McConnell is a favorite target of his these days, along with Jeff Flake. At his rally in Phoenix, he could not help himself and made snide remarks about Flake and John McCain. As one who had a family member battle brain cancer, I was disgusted. Not one time could he wish Senator McCain well in that battle?

He needs the very people he attacks to move his agenda forward. Now he is threatening a government shutdown if they do not fund his border wall. That would not affect him. It will affect every American except him. We will be paying for that wall. We will also pay the price for the downgrading of America’s credit rating. It also does not affect him. It affects us. He does not care about us.

We all need to wake up and understand that we cannot allow a bully to dictate what happens in this country, our country. We all need to tell him, in no uncertain terms, that we do not accept his pettiness and thin skin. We all need to tell him to start working FOR us and not against us. We cannot let a bully ruin this country. Maybe the tide is turning. We need to band together and let the White House know we are not going to let him win.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Age of Un-Reason

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I am repeatedly told that “us liberals” are just upset over losing the election. The problem is, “us liberals” are looking forward to the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 general elections. Are we still lamenting the loss of 2016? In some ways, yes. But not in the way conservatives think.

We are more concerned with the turn our country has taken since Trump came into office. We are now considered irrelevant by many of our allies because we do not have the backbone we once had. We now project weakness because we are being withdrawn from the commitments we made over the last 241 years. We are considered a security risk because Trump reveals top secret operations to Russia or through Twitter. We are considered too confrontational to be stable because of the words Trump has been saying about North Korea and Venezuela. These are real concerns that do not seem to affect his supporters at all.

Is it reasonable for us to be concerned? Yes, it is. Is it reasonable for us to criticize the current administration? Yes, it is. Is it reasonable to think that conservatives have no line that Trump can cross that would concern them? Yes, it is. Why do they feel we are being unreasonable?

Because we do not agree with them. They do not have any tolerance of others not like them. We are accused of attacking them; however, they have no problems with attacking us. They want to separate themselves from anyone who is different from them because they are the only ones who know what is right and what is wrong.

 We are told all is fake news with the exception of the news they give us. They believe everything Trump says except when it was said “sarcastically” or was not to be taken “literally”. They have their standards. Or should I say their “double standards”? Only conservative websites are telling the truth.

This is not the age of reason. It is, in fact, the age of un-reason.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Chaos Within

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The last two weeks have been two for the books in the White House. Trump has had six months to show us what he’s made of and we have received the message. He lives to have chaos around him and within him. He lives to have others think he is the greatest and expects total, and blind, worship from those same people.

The world judges us by those who lead us. They judge us by the actions our leader takes and the words that he, or she, speaks. They judge us by the ability of that person to make understandable and logical ideas come to life. In order for us to follow and respect that person, we have to believe what we are told. This administration does not instill confidence in me.

If we forget about the lies we have been told since he decided to run, we only have to look at the most recent events in this administration to understand the underlying problems. To begin with, Sean Spicer resigned only to be replaced by Anthony Scaramucci. The “Mooch” only lasted 10 days. Why? Because he went off on Reince Priebus in the most vulgar way.  Reince Piebus was actually gone by then. There seems to be a revolving door in regards to people Trump does not like anymore.

I actually feel somewhat sorry for Jeff Sessions. Yes, a liberal like me who opposed his appointment, feels sorry for him. He did the right thing. He did not know when he accepted the position that he would have to recuse himself. But Trump thinks he was supposed to be able to read the tea leaves and not accept the appointment. He should force Trump to do something. It will only make Trump look worse.

Yesterday we learned that Trump was hands on regarding the release of information about the meeting Don Jr. and Jared Kushner attended with the Russian lawyer. After all the denials, we are now learning the truth about that meeting and the cover-up that followed. Are his followers so blind they cannot see how disruptive and utterly devastating these facts are?

He has rendered us insignificant in the world. Our allies are no longer relying on us to support them in times of need. He has repeatedly said he wants to make America great again; however, his actions do not support that possibility. The actions and lies we hear on a daily basis show us he lives in a world unto himself and he thrives on the chaos within.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Global Community

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I had a conversation with a decidedly conservative older man yesterday and am still confused on how conservatives say “America First” with real conviction. The argument was that it was okay to tout the idea of growing American jobs by forcing companies to build factories here and hiring American workers. But it was still okay for Trump to import his products from overseas. The message is a mixed one.

If we are to “make America great again” by punishing companies who either move their production overseas or import from overseas, how can it be okay for Trump do the same? It does not compute for much of us who see how we interact globally.

We already live globally. With the internet and instant communication through computers, television, and phones, we find out about incidents that occur in real time. Remember Desert Storm and the Shock and Awe offensive? I do. We all watched it on CNN. At the time it was a groundbreaking news event, carried live for the world to see. We’ve only increased the ability to carry out world events live with instant reactions also available for the entire world to see and hear. To see what could happen without all that, just look at North Korea.

If the military did not have the ability to watch what North Korea is doing, we would not have any idea they were building bombs with the intention of striking whoever they choose. Right now it seems they want to threaten the U.S.  It could have worked because we do not have immediate access to any of their activities like we do in the rest of the world. Think of how that would affect us as citizens. An attack could come without any warning. Pearl Harbor comes to mind as an example. And although 9/11 happened, jets were scrambled much faster than happened at Pearl Harbor. The instant communication, and ability to respond immediately, was essential in that the White House was not hit. We do not know for sure how many other planes were planned on, but we do know they stood no chance on furthering that attack.

Since 9/11, there have been no more major attacks on American soil by terrorists that would lead to the number we lost on that day.  That is because of new internet capabilities involving the global community. Better ways of gathering intelligence that prevents many attacks from happening in the first place. It is because we are a global community whether conservatives want to admit it or not. If we become “smaller”, we open ourselves up to many more security issues because we cannot gather intelligence in the same way. We must have global allies or we cannot defend ourselves and we become targets.

The bottom line is that we cannot withdraw from the global community. It is too late for that and would be a huge security issue for us. We must build on making allies trust us and building on our trust of them. We cannot do that as an isolated country. It would be disastrous.