If Not Now, When

Donald Trump’s “shit hole” remark was and always will be absolutely unacceptable. Those politicians, who were present and who claim not to recall the remark, insult our intelligence; each time I hear that flimsy excuse the angrier I become.

As they choose to cover up the incident they are complicit in the hatred, the bigotry and the slander, which is the mantle that the president and many in his party choose to wear.

We people of the United States deserve better than spineless political hacks serving in our government. We cannot forget and we must not forgive those who repeatedly seek to humiliate us.

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Living and Dying

At night I look up at the stars. First, I look for Orion; his belt has three stars, and I wonder if any of my distant ancestors ever stared at the night sky, swatting away mosquitoes and wondering who the hell is Orion?  Well, of course, there was!

Leo, I don’t believe I am at the end of life; because, except for a few relatives who died young due to hunger, poverty or plague, my family on both sides — except papi— is known for its longevity.

(My Papi died of a heart attack at 63.  The two of us were walking down a street in the Bronx when he fell to the ground and died in my arms.)

I don’t have heart disease; that is for sure.

Of course, people die for many reasons.  If heart disease doesn’t kill you, Cancer will, or a runaway bus.  All I know is we don’t know when or why our time is up.  But then that wasn’t the important question anyway.

Who was she —  that ancient ancestor of mine, who stared up at Orion?  How overwhelmed by the grandeur must she have been that she created a story to explain the magic of lights in the heavens?  

Around the campfires she told and retold her stories — yes, stories as in the plural because no decent storyteller stops at just one — anyhow, she told her stories until everyone believed they were true.  It is certain her inheritors safeguarded the stories of mighty Orion; because, they were the heritage and birthright of all who listened.  

Tumbling through the eons Orion arrived here, a little less glossy than he was — reduced from a god to a myth, but he made it and not too many others could say that.  Perhaps as a kindness, Orion brought with him my unknown, unnamed ancestress, whose stories touched billions of people, making him famous on their journeys through time.  I’m proud of her.

I wonder what her name was?  What she looked like; how she lived and died?  Occasionally, when I was younger I used to wonder if her truth is any less than Einstein’s?  But now that I am old and wise, I know Einstein still has a little catching up to do.  

 

The Conman’s Game

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”  — Donald Trump

 In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority derives from the metacognitive inability of low-ability persons to recognize their own ineptitude; without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence.  –Wikipedia

In the end, it is the fault of the people — those who voted and those who did not vote — all the people who accepted the status quo and/ or ran away from a Citizen’s greatest responsibility, to hold government accountable. 

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From Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA

By Nicole Olivelli

We have not had power since maria on sept. 20th. Parts vieques and the main island since Irma on the 8th. It is very political based. Culebra has had generator power since 5 weeks after the storm. Vieques has only had generator power to about 25% of the island for about 3 weeks. ALL power is generator produced power burning gallons upon gallons of diesel. There is no power grid left in Puerto Rico..it is destroyed. Our hospital is currently run in tents in the parking lot of the old hospital(which was condemned) run by a tesla solar mini farm run by the army. Water is still has sporatic outages. House to house searches just began this week on Tuesday . Elderly are still being found in mold infested homes not having recieved any help from the red cross or fema…not even a case of clean drinking water. I don’t have access to regular news…i don’t know what “they” are saying in the news all i know is what i see…no electricity until possibly September 2018…still have to boil the water…barely to limited phone and internet. The crisis is far from over.

Trump’s Failure

I’ve argued against the Trump regime on Facebook several times. Most comments said that I exaggerate, and that I must “give him a chance.” Now, it is time to push back those Trump supporters and their comments.

Why is it time? Actually, I believe it is way past time.

POTUS doesn’t seem to understand there are three branches of government and that he cannot force his opinions or his will on the other two. The minute Trump, who swore to defend and protect the Constitution, started pulling apart the tenets that are exactly what make the USA great, he used up all his chances to get things right as president.

I don’t think our country will continue to survive if its citizens don’t understand how our form of government works and don’t take the time to learn. Citizens must stand at the ready to uphold and protect our Constitution, the true definition of our freedoms and responsibilities.

Democracy is not a spectator sport; it takes all of us working together.