… a memory … and some thoughts …

I found the following on a piece of notebook paper that had been torn from a spiral notebook…  It was undated, so although I know I wrote it, I don’t know the exact date it was written… By the thoughts expressed, I know it was written after President Trump assumed office, and some protests began… And while it has probably been at least two to three months since it was written, I must admit that I still agree with the final sentiments…  So without any more of an introduction:

 

I remember another time of great civil unrest and protest… in the streets… and on college campuses… some peaceful… some violent… National Guardsmen called in a few times…

But there is one event that happened at one protest that I remember from that time…

Four students were shot and killed by National Guardsmen at a protest on the campus of Kent State University.

Out of all the protests that were happening in the 1960’s, which I mainly just remember as a fact that they occurred, the fact that four students were shot and killed by Guardsmen, as well as the name of the university campus on which this event happened as they protested, this one event, among all other reports of chaos and protests from that time period, stands out in my memory…

When it happened, it gave the nation pause…

I think it made people reflect and question…

And I believe it had a chilling effect on the nation as a whole… it was a singular act of violence against those who were protesting… and it was mourned by many – even by those who did not agree with the protestors…

It was considered unacceptable that four university students had been killed because they were protesting…

Today, once again, people have begun to march and protest across our nation… in city streets… at airports… on college campuses…  Some protests peaceful… some violent…

But it is unfortunate that at this time, when violence and anger and hatred have continued to escalate, that should students (or any other protestor) again be killed as they protest on college campuses (or in any other location), I don’t think people will even think twice… in fact, there might be some who would rejoice at the occurrence of such an event…

…no… not in America…

First They Came for the Jews

by Martin Niemöller

 

First they came for the Jews

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew.

 

Then they came for the Communists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Communist.

 

Then they came for the trade unionists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a trade unionist.

 

Then they came for me

and there was no one left

to speak out for me.

 

First They Came For The Muslims

by Michael R. Burch

 

First they came for the Muslims

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Muslim.

 

Then they came for the homosexuals

and I did not speak out

because I was not a homosexual.

 

Then they came for the feminists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a feminist.

 

Now when will they come for me

because I was too busy and too apathetic

to defend my sisters and brothers?

 

…this couldn’t possibly happen…not now…not here…not in America…could it?

blind, deaf and dumb…

Dear America,

I heard it again…some Republican Party person or individual who makes predictions about the Republican primaries and caucuses…who while being interviewed by one of the many pundits, said, “Republicans are not voting for Trump…”

HELLO??

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

Republicans are NOT voting for Trump???

Then, if that is so, just how is it that he is winning primary after primary, and caucus after caucus, and piling up Republican delegates as he seeks to become the GOP’s nominee for President of the United States??? Somebody MUST be voting for him…and since these are Republican primaries and Republican caucuses that he is winning, it only makes sense that Republicans ARE voting for him…

Not only are Republicans voting for him, the candidates that he is still running against have all said they would support him if he was the nominee… and some of the Republican Senators and Congressional Representatives have also said they would support him if he was to become their party’s nominee…

Apparently, some Republicans are both blind (deaf and dumb) to what is happening, AND more concerned with party politics, and the supposed good of the Republican Party, rather than being concerned with the good of the United States of America…

Patriotically yours,

A Concerned American Citizen

p.s. Just in case you don’t realize it, Trump would be a disastrous President!! Surely we Americans (and our allies across the globe) deserve better!!

Oh…and by the way… If by some chance he does win the Presidential election in November, becoming President Trump…and he does indeed bring disaster upon the United States… the Republicans will not be able to blame President Obama…

**author’s note**  This post was originally written and posted by me (trekkerjay) on tumblr at trekkerjay.tumblr.com

Rest in Peace, Beautiful Lady…

I heard today that Nancy Reagan, loving wife of the late president, President Ronald Reagan, left this mortal life, and is now once again re-united with her “Ronnie”, the love of her life…  All afternoon, as the news stations have covered this news, I have heard story after story of the ways in which she loved and protected and cared for President Reagan… as well as stories of how she and President Reagan worked as a team, and how she won the respect and admiration of those who were fortunate to know this gracious lady.

As I was looking on Facebook a few minutes ago, I saw the following post and decided to share it on this blog.  Thank you President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for this tribute to a beautiful soul, as well as for your heartfelt expression of condolence to the family.

“Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House. She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.

Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.

We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.”

—President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Goodbye, Nancy Reagan.  The world is a better place because you lived and loved and cared, not just about yourself and your loved ones, but because you cared for others, most of whom you did not even know.  May you rest in peace forever.

#TheDonald… next President of the United States?

#TheDonald…  just what the GOP deserves for their Presidential candidate…

After eight years of Republican Congressional Representatives’ and Senators’ complete obstinacy and obstructionism, as well as completely refusing in any way, shape or form to even attempt in a meaningful way to work with President Obama on anything…

After eight years of Republicans blaming everything bad on President Obama…and giving him no credit for anything good that has happened…

After eight years of encouraging the American public to think and believe that they would probably need to revolt at some time against President Obama, as Republicans suggested encouraged, and cheered when the Tea Party, with its “Don’t Tread on Me” flags began to form and rally, because President Obama was somehow going to become a dictator…

After eight years of Republicans creating fear and division where none was needed, and playing up (down?) to peoples’ fears about President Obama…

Now, after all of this, we the American People, are in an election year…  oh…wait a minute…I thought we weren’t supposed to be having any more elections because President Obama was going to abolish the constitution, take everyone’s guns and become Supreme Emperor of America…or something like that…

Anyway, now we are in an election year where people are angry, and so they are voting for #TheDonald…

And the mainline, mainstream GOP leaders are all in a tizzy, because #TheDonald is the LAST person they want to have as the party’s Republican Presidential candidate…

They keep saying that he can’t win…

They keep saying that he won’t win…

Yet… He seems unstoppable, as he wins Republican caucus after caucus and Republican primary after primary… And he isn’t winning because he is such a great statesman, or because he has shared any substantive plans or policies for how he will address the many difficulties that people in our country face every day… No… he has not shared anything along those lines with the American voters…

#TheDonald…

A joke that is backfiring on the Republican Party…

And he is just what they deserve…

But…there are some things I would not wish on even the most obstinate, obstructionist, uncooperative, ideological of Republicans…

Because while #TheDonald might be just what the GOP deserves, he is NOT what the American People deserve for a President of the United States…

Nor is he what the rest of the world deserves from the President of the United States…