THE WAR ON THE POOR

A classless society is beyond reach

One lesson in the teachings of a holy man two-thousand years ago truly stuck. Here it is, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12). You can call it the “golden rule” or you can call it the overarching philosophy of Christianity, but I call it freedom to pursue happiness, peace and self-esteem.

Let me place this in a modern perspective. I would never tell the Governor of Florida what he can or cannot do in his bedroom, and I certainly don’t want him to restrict my actions or freedom of speech based on his personal dogma, but that’s exactly what he does. As an older, retired person who is financially comfortable, this is more philosophical than a face-to-face fight, but for many poor or disadvantaged people this is the large boot on the neck that Justice Ginsberg talked about, a metaphor for control through laws and proclamation.

Let’s consider this first bit of reality, Roe vs. Wade. You can talk about what is or isn’t moral or what was decided rightly or wrongly, but by eliminating convenient and legal family planning you are pushing poor people of all color back into a box of arrested development. When a woman cares for one or more children, she necessarily must give up other things. If the child is unwanted because of rape, incest or a dominate male who was more interested in sex than support, she will likely enter the unending circle of multiple jobs, lack of money, and in some cases, lack of supervision of those she brought into the world. How can any sane democracy allow their government to dictate such a personal decision? When the laws of the land impose a ceiling on economic and upward mobility, it’s simply war on the poor.

We would rather shovel up the sleeping homeless and dump them in a camp outside of town than confront the problem of how they got there in the first place. It’s totally amazing to me that in the richest country in the world we have many families without food, and what some experts believe is close to half a million homeless people. How can we let this happen and still claim to be a moral nation? The reality that we throw out 80% of the food grown or processed, is unforgiveable.

Now, there is another virus going through the land based on the stupid concept that college is too expensive and not necessary to be successful, but I find it annoying that people put down education. Oh, I get it, some neo-conservative and libertarians claim college educators with tenure are there to groom our precious offspring and lure them into a liberal, bullshit-laden, cancel-culture American cult, but I thought going to college made one smarter.

People with college educations live better and vote differently than those who wander around the capitalistic bullfight ring trying to spear a high-paying job. Sometimes they get “replaced” by more educated and smarter people, then they walk around with a chip on their shoulder labeled “disenfranchised.” College is hard, and the discipline to get to the promised land comes with a judgement of who you are compared with others your age. When you get booted out for goofing off, that’s on you. If you leave early because you have a huge business dream, like Mark Zuckerberg, you might find yourself not driving a plush car when the marketplace rejects your idea. Hey, college is a fantastic way to find out what you might have in the brain of yours.

The real driver here is the cost of education. There is a general resentment that after you did the work you must constantly excel to pay off the debt. Bill Maher, who tells jokes and has stood out in his craft, berates college because of what they have become not what they offer. A person highly gifted in a certain discipline, software coding for example, can go places without an education, but working in an advanced science like nuclear engineering requires a college education.

But let’s get back to the war on the poor. We know that minorities and less advantaged people in America have a harder time qualifying, staying in and graduating from school. Of course, highly valued student athletes don’t need a piece of paper because of their gift, but the number of those lucky ones is so small we shouldn’t even consider their stories. The focus should be placed on the people who spent their whole life training, working and exercising but didn’t make a professional league. They may have enjoyed sixteen exciting Saturdays in their college life, but then… nothing. And the question arises, what are they qualified to do? There aren’t that many professional sports organizations in other countries to take all these former college “stars.”

Conservatives rail against socialism but liberals don’t have an answer, a plan or the will to pass Bernie Sanders’ proposal of free college for everyone. Okay, but Bernie, college is not for everyone. Its very nature limits access to those who qualify, but then, many desks, dormitory rooms and books are held by those so-called “legacies,” the offspring of the parents and grandparents who attended the same school. It’s a hierarchy that defies logic, but those older family members produce large endowments and cash flow and we look the other way when a C-student takes the place of an A-minority with no athletic prowess. And so, the beat goes on.

Attending college will neither lower crime nor produce an idyllic, equal and happy society, but it will make people smarter. Sadly, the lower percentage of college students these days will likely bring us more Marjorie Taylor Greenes. By the way, she attended a university and look what happened. She has a business degree from the University of Georgia, a great school, that produced a total idiot. How did she even graduate?

The poor are being pressed to the sidewalks of America by a new class of bigots, fools and racists. Those who fight against affordable housing are waging war with the poor. Those who want a total ban on abortion are declaring war on women, particularly poor women. And those who put down college education, are myopic misfits. Why the war on science, education and the poor? We quoted Jesus to start this post, and it’s clear that many Republicans in Congress don’t give a shit about poor people; or even obeying the “golden rule.” And I’ll go so far to say they are the money changers. They are changing your money into big houses they give to their children.

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POLITICAL PERSECUTION

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We live in what must be the most attention deficient country in the world. One moment, my phone is blowing up with news about the raid on Donald Trump’s broke-dick mansion in Florida, and the next all those alerts are replaced by notifications that Serena Williams plans to retire. Okay, suddenly that has become more important.

I chuckled last night when I heard the news that Mar-a-Lago was under “siege” by members of the FBI, who spent hours at the former President’s residence confiscating what are probably government-owned documents. Of course, I was not at all surprised by the outcries of Republicans and right-wing lunatics. They turned on the Capitol Police and now they’ve turned on the FBI. Why? Because they somehow believe they are perpetrating a political action brought on by the “deep state.”

If you are wondering about the reason for the pre-dawn raid I’ll start at the beginning, but full disclosure first. Yes, I am one of those people who never liked the Donald when I lived in New York, hated his TV show and became depressed when he was elected President. I didn’t think Hillary Clinton was special, it’s just that I knew Trump would never take his presidency seriously. Throughout his life he has lied about everything, and I never want a liar to be my president. That is why I wrote and published this book two-hundred days into his first, and hopefully only, term.

First, why did the search take place so early? Well, that’s simply what the FBI does. Their raids and search warrant executions always take place early in the day. Next, why so many agents? Well, the more agents the faster it goes, and the procedure is then less onerous. Then there’s that word “raid.” Make no mistake, it was a true FBI raid and those who oppose use of that word are pedantic losers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the Department of Justice, and they always operate politely when executing a search warrant, unless they fear violence, death or harm to the public, in which case they break and enter with guns at the ready.

Yes, there was a search warrant, and if the lug-nuts over at Fox “News” would have taken the time to file a freedom of information act request they would have gotten a copy. A credible and respectable news outlet would have researched and revealed why the FBI was executing a search at a former president’s home. The fact that the home is also a private club probably complicated the issue, but still, no one is above the law.

Yes, the raid took place when Trump was away, but there’s nothing conspiratorial about that. Donald was in New York for a deposition by the state’s attorney general concerning possible state and federal tax violations. The FBI and Secret Service coordinated the raid; they both knew when and how it would go down.

Are you wondering what Trump did to deserve a search warrant? Well, the 45th President removed government owned documents from the White House and brought them into his home in violation of  The Presidential Records Act of 1978. The National Archives and Records Administration requested that Trump return all records and he didn’t, so the government had every right retrieve them. Should Donald be convicted of this crime he will never be able to run for Federal office again, no matter how popular he might be with the MAGA-heads. Of course, the jury is still out about the kind of brains in those heads.

I suppose the National Archives told the DOJ that Trump didn’t comply with their request and thus came this very public raid, which could lead to an indictment and arrest. If they find stolen materials in Trump’s possession, and he claims he didn’t know, that won’t fly with a federal judge who would most likely issue an arrest warrant.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if such a petty crime would finally bring down Teflon Don? Here’s this loudmouth, loser and liar of a man busted for shoplifting. It’s not surprising he might get caught up in a technical issue rather than a seriously smoking gun with his fingerprints all over it. He’s the complete idiot I have always known him to be.

Donald J. Trump’s ego and narcissism are so powerful he cannot believe any person or institution has the right to control him. He will continue to claim the 2020 election was rigged because his fragile ego will not allow him to think he lost , and his followers feel the same. Well, get it through your thick heads; he got fewer votes than the other guy. It’s over, and a true political leader would have long ago conceded and moved on. Trump can’t, however, because he’s addicted to the cheers and love he didn’t get as a child.

I, like many Americans, don’t need to see him behind bars, although that would be a righteous outcome in so many ways. I am sure Joe Biden would never pardon him, but the next Republican president probably would. A proper compromise would be banning Donald Trump from ever again running for federal office. I am not willing to allow his mental deficiencies to ruin the country I love.

It’s time for Trump’s sycophants to stop whining about this raid. Sure, have your hearings and confront law enforcement in Congress, but just remember to keep your nose clean, because if you break the law you can expect to be investigated. That is what the term Law and Order means. Got it?

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