Ignorance Past Simmer. It’s Boiling Over! Hey trump… Terror Comes In ALL Colours!

What does it say about a country where murders committed by white males are NEVER as alarming as when by a person of colour and of foreign nationality?  How is it that when an immigrant runs people down with a vehicle there is a call for the death penalty by the president?  But when a white nationalist, neo-nazi gets into a car and runs a vehicle into a crowd and kills a woman…  There is no call for “extreme” punishment or a death penalty.  Nope!  Instead, there was a statement that read “there was violence on many sides…”  After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, it was stated “now is not the time to talk about this…”  But when an immigrant kills people…  There is a demand for change!  I agree, there needs to be change.  There needs to be a change in an adminstration that sees WHITE MURDERERS as less of a threat than those of foreign decent or people of colour!

It seems as if the “terrorist” label is strictly reserved for people of Muslim decent or any other nationality that even slightly resembles it.  When a white individual commits a crime such as the Las Vegas shooting, they are “deranged, sick.”  I wish someone from that administration could explain how the white neo-nazi murdered from Charlottesville is ANY different from the person who drove a rental truck into the people of NYC.  I will require a better explanation than stating the obvious; the crime in NYC was committed by a non-white immigrant!  When you compare the two individuals, here are the commonalities:

  • Both were radicalized, one by white supremacy and the other by ISIS
  • They both used vehicles to commit murder
  • Both acted alone

Here is the difference between them:

  • One is US citizen by birth (seems like that should make it worse, no?), the other through immigration
  • One is caucasan, the other is not
  • One has not triggered the president to call for the death penalty, the other one has (Guess who is who?)
  • One has been labeled a terrorist, the other “sick”

 

After looking over the similarities and differences betweem these two individuals, I have come to one conclusion.  No matter if your are born or brought to the US, no matter the colour of your skin…  Whether you shoot innocent people or run them over with a vehicle, you are a murdered.  That is the only label that needs to be given!

 

 

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Thursday Poetry Slam!: A Surreal Presidency

Now that I have started a theme with Haiku Monday, I thought to myself…  Self, we should add another theme for the week.  I present to you: Thursday Poetry Slam! or TPS!  I hope you enjoy my newest edition.  “Thank you” for reading!

 

We knew what we signed up for

But there were things they didn’t tell

They call it the politics of war

Then tell us war is hell

 

No calls, no letters, can’t say their name

The sacrifices made by all not just one

Instead of manning up you choose to blame

When your country called you chose to run

 

Any excuse to bring life to an end

Nuclear wars, no healthcare for the poor

Instead of my child how about yours you send

You’re no leader, more of an attention whore

 

We knew what we signed up for

How about you

Air Force, Army, Navy or Marine Corp

#45 has no idea not a clue

 

 

 

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Since When Did “Patriotism” Become Fashionable?

Who would have thought the term patriotism would become FASHIONABLE?  Well it seems that trump supporters have been using this word to describe themselves and/or others without really earning it.  I may be biased due to the fact that I have served and played a part in defending freedoms for more than one country.  Does that make me a patriot?  In my mind no.  But it makes me think that I have at least earned the right to include myself in the conversation.

There have been too many times that when I scroll over a profile on Twitter, I see them describing themselves as a patriot.  They are usually the likes of someone who wouldn’t last 5 minutes through training, let alone being ready to die for not so much their freedoms, but the freedoms of others.  They can scream MAGA, trump-train and all the other meaningless catch-phrases they want…  It still doesn’t make them a patriot!

These are the same people who want to take advantage of the F**K*D up state that America is in under this administration.  But when push comes to shove, how many will be willing to enlist, train and fight a war to protect these same advantages?  There will always be a small handful, a very small handful.  I mean a tiny trump-sized handful!  What these people fail to realize is that you do NOT have to serve to be a patriot.  But you will need to be more than a internet-warrior and Twitter troll!

So my message to all those “fake” patriots out there is this:  If you feel that what “YOUR” president (NOT MINE!) is doing is really MAGA?  Then sign yourself up and serve the country for a few years, put the freedoms of others before yourselves and be willing to give the ULTIMATE sacrifice for what you, “your president,” and others like you believe in.  Then and MAYBE then, can you consider calling yourselves “patriots.”

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America’s democracy is under a hostile takeover… And most citizens don’t even realize it!

Without RHYME and for all the wrong reasons, America has moved one step closer to a dictatorship and two steps further away from democracy. While the country focuses on Harvey’s aftermath, trump signed his newest executive order overturning restrictions imposed under President Obama.  The order allows local police departments to get access to military gear such as grenade launchers, tanks and bayonets.  Yes, bayonets!  All of this WITHOUT the police receiving technical training on how to safely handle the weapons.  In the article written by Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post Canada titled, Trump Orders Military To Give Cops Free Grenade Launchers, Bayonets, And Tanks it states; “Trump executive order will also kill requirements that law enforcement agencies had to meet before obtaining helicopters, planes, riot helmets, batons, drones, armored and tactical vehicles, and explosives and pyrotechnics.  Under Obama’s order, police departments had to get permission from their local government, complete training requirements, and give a “persuasive” reason why they needed such equipment.  No more.”  I have provided the link to the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/trump-police-tanks_us_59a4052ee4b0821444c4869c

Why should this alarm you?  The BIGGER question is…  Why WOULD’NT this alarm you?  For starters, take long, hard look at the “anti-leader’s” decision to pardon a man who BLATANTLY disregarded a Federal Court order to stop racially profiling Latino’s.  The same “law” man who called his tent city a “concentration camp” during a recorded interview.  Now imagine what a person like that could do with military grade weapons!  Imagine what HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of so-called “lawmen and peacekeepers” with that same mentality could do…  Are you alarmed yet?  I understand it is unfair to paint ALL law enforcement officials of sharing this mentality.  There are good people out there who truly honor the creed of “protect and serve.”  To those people, I say ‘thank you.”   Just as a reminder… It is equally unfair to paint ALL people of colour as being criminals, thugs, illegal immigrants or terrorists!

Where is this all heading?  That depends on your perspective, beliefs, awareness and loyalty.  For those who have the shield of white privilege, are loyal trump supporters or both… Arming law enforcement like the military makes perfect sense.  Who else is going to keep them safe or keep “those” people in line?  Nothing says “protect and serve” like a tank!  There is no mistake or coincidence on the timing of the pardon or this executive order!  It is a classic watch my tiny left hand, while my tiny right hand makes your democracy disappear.  The fact that a so-called leader must use a horrific catastrophe to distract from his questionable actions is worse than deplorable, it is unforgivable!

Allow me to put a few more points of interest out there.  Go back to the tragedy in Charlottesville and the comments made by trump.  Look at his refusal to speak out against those “very fine people” who marched with torches and chanted “blood and soil” just as the Nazi’s once did.  Not until he was shamed into releasing a statement finally condemning their actions, only to walk it back a day or two later!  Then let us move to the Department of Justice demanding the information of people who visited the anti-trump website site for his inauguration.  If you think that their motives were in the best interest of national security or to simply weed out the “violent” protesters?  You don’t really know what is going on around you!  While the judge did put restrictions on the warrant, who is to say that it will be followed?  Realistically, there was an ex-sheriff who defied a Federal Court order, was found guilty and then pardoned.  What stops that from happening again?

The anti-leader has witnessed first hand that some people will not sit by and allow their Constitutional & Civil rights get taken away from them.  At least not without a fight, metaphorically speaking.  As his action become more bold, the people become more outraged.  Taking away your right to privacy and arming local police like the military are just steps closer to securing his tiny iron-fisted hold on your democracy. He is afraid…  Afraid of what the power of REAL UNITY looks like, the power of the people.

 

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President Macron T-bags trump with his BRASSY BALLS!

“In life sometimes the reasons we leave are often the reasons we return…” (Me/2 Jun17)

By now it is no secret that donald trump and his administration has once again turned their back on the people, the climate and the world.  As if trump’ actions during his trip abroad wasn’t humiliating enough to the newest third-world country (in terms of government), the Divided States of America…  In typical trump style, he announced that he and his administration will be pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Should we have expected anything less from him?  You would be even more foolish to expect more from the entity that has taken a country once known as “The leader of the free world” and degraded it to a third-world dictatorship, where democracy has been traded in for dollars.

Now there are other entities within his cabinet that state it is about “saving jobs” for the America.  Only those who are truly blinded by the same ethics and morals that stem from this administration cannot see the truth.  The fact of the matter is…  It is not about saving jobs, it is about making them and their capital cronies MORE money at the expense of the people, the climate and the future of the world.  Does anyone really think that the people in the mid-to-lower tax brackets are going to see ANY benefits from this?  Have they seen ANY benefits come to them as of yet?  How is that new health care bill coming along?

I was inspired by the action of the newly elected, wait…  FAIRLY ELECTED, President Macron!  Not only the way he handled himself during the meeting with trump, but how he has welcomed scientists from the U.S. to work there in order to continue the fight against the threat of climate change and environmental destruction.  In a fewer amount of days, President Macron has outshined trump on every level!  President Macron has shown what it looks like to have a REAL LEADER as president!  I applaud and stand inspired by the pledge of President Macron to “MAKE THE PLANET GREAT AGAIN…”

Viva la France!

 

 

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Massive Tragedy: A trump presidency

Today instead of writing about what a MASSIVE waste of air & space a certain unnamed president is (rhymes with RUMP)… Moving on…  I decided to show some photos found on Google images to help give a visual impact of the what’s and how’s this administration is effecting people, through cuts to programs such as Meals on Wheels, unconstitutional travel bans and reforming health care.

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Related image  Here is a link below to a tragic story of a woman dying because she was refused entry back into the US.  Please read…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-woman-dies-medical-treatment-iraq-return-prevented-a7556371.html

 

I am hoping to start a trending spinoff of him.  There was once “The most interesting man in the world.”  I think that trump should be labeled; “The most intolerable man in the world!”  There was an article stating that trump needs a label to define him, I cannot find one better.

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Let the Record Show… The Government Has Chosen: Rich & Wealthy over Poor & Elderly.

There is an irony that the same supporters of the trump presidency (or as I call it, the trump-impotency) are the ones who may be suffering the most by the changes being made to health care.  This is not a rant against trump or republicans.  I am not in favor of the democratic party either.  In fact, there are dems that are just as at fault.  I am in favor of a government that works for, supports and stands up for people…  Regardless of political party, personal financial interests, gender, race, creed or colour.  In this day and age, it sounds like too much to ask for!

First, let us talk about the republican party working the past seven years to replace Obamacare.  SEVEN YEARS…  These are the exact words of Paul Ryan, stated in a Washington Post online article dated March 9, 2017, written by Mike DeBonis, Kelsey Snell and Sean Sullivan.  “We as Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this,” Ryan said. “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment.” (DeBonis, Snell, Sullivan 9 Mar 17)  After seven long years of planning, you would think that the repubs could have come up with a plan that wouldn’t affect roughly 18 million people so negatively!  By negative, I mean the losing of their health care benefits.  According to an online article from NYmag.com, written by Johnathan Chait, he states; “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 18 million Americans would immediately lose their insurance, a number that would increase to 32 million by 2026.” (Chait, Jan 22 2017)  But is this really a concern for the same people who HAVE covered health care as part of Congress?  Of course not!

There have been comments by repubs (my term for republicans, and I refuse to capitalize the “R” for principle sake) from a repub lawmaker, Jason Chaffetz that says; “Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.” (Scott, 7 Mar 17).  This from a CNN online article written by Jason Scott dated March 7, 2017.  Scott’s article also states “A 2013 Pew survey found that among low-income people (those making about $30,000 or less), only 13% used an iPhone that year. And nearly 1 in 4 — 23% — of smartphone owners have had to cancel or suspend their phone service due to financial constraints, according to a 2015 Pew study.” (Scott 7 Mar 17).  Chaffetz later tried to better explain his context, but ultimately said that Americans would need to better prioritize.  I guess what he really is saying is that low income people and families may have to “prioritize” between food, rent and health care.  Chaffetz clearly does not understand the difference in priorities between those in higher-highest tax brackets and those of the lower ones!

There are many (especially on the repub) side who complain that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is raising rates too high.  Have any of these people considered the cost of health care if without it?  The reason that premiums were affordable to most is because of the contributions made by all levels of income, the lower income workers were basically subsidized.  This in addition to the taxes placed on the higher tax brackets.  Here I circle back to the irony of those who voted to “Make America Great Again” with a chart from an online article produced by The Huffington Post from Nov. 24, 2016.  One could argue that while ObamaCare was not perfect, it did allow many people to receive coverage they may not have been able to get before.  This includes pre-existing conditions, which is HIGHLY important to say…  The coal mining states?  While the repubs say that pre-existing conditions will be covered, at what cost?  Think it will be cheaper than under the ACA?  Not likely…  Furthermore, how about the people of Flint, Michigan?  How many of those currently suffering from the toxic effects of the poisonous water will be effected?

Next I want to discuss the “Winners & Losers” from the repeal of ObamaCare.  If you think that the winning side consists of low income people/families and the elderly?  You would be, as trump likes to say; “WRONG!”  But if you are young, rich or an insurance company?  You are going to just get “tired of winning!”  An online BBC article dated 10 Mar 2017  contains the following:

The Winning Side:

-Policy holders between the ages of 20 and 29 are expected to save on average anywhere from $700 to $4,000 a year

-Those earning higher salaries stand to benefit the most from the Republican bill, which lifts two taxes levied on the wealthy under Obamacare

-In urban areas, Obamacare tax credits are adjusted not only by family income, but cost of local healthcare, which varies from place to place. But the new plan removes those geographic cost offsets

The Losing Side:

-Older adults, specifically Americans in their 50s and 60s, are likely to pay more under the new system, even though they would receive larger tax credits. That’s because the Republican proposal allows older adults to be charged as much as five times more than younger policy holders

-Lower Income: The new plan would roll back much of the provisions put in place to protect low-wage earners under Obamacare. It would mean significantly higher premiums and reduced tax credits for middle and low-income earners. It would end the expansion of Medicaid, which covers low-income people… Enrolees making around $20,000 a year at any age would be hit the hardest…

-Urban Areas: Another group that would lose under AHCA is people living in rural areas, where the cost of coverage tends to be higher due to fewer hospitals and insurers. Research shows that health insurance premiums are typically more costly in rural counties and states.  There is another group that needs to be added to the losing side; those who rely on Medicare.  The CNN Money article written by Tami Luhby, dated 12 Jan 17 states; “Dismantling Obamacare would likely mean higher premiums, deductibles and cost-sharing for the 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans enrolled in the program. It would also bring back the infamous “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.” (Luhby 12 Jan 17).

If you happen to notice that the losing side would consist of “many, many” trump supporters, you’d be correct!  But here is something that these supporters should take note of provided by an online Vox article written by Dylan Matthews dated 7 Mar 2017; “Republicans is Congress, is that it also contains $600 billion in tax cuts — tax cuts that would save the wealthiest 0.1 percent of Americans nearly $200,000 each in a single year, according to a batch of analyses released by the Joint Committee on Taxation on Tuesday.” (Matthews, 7 Mar 17)

Tax cuts in the Obamacare repeal billChart provided by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

So for those who continue to support the repubs and this administration, I ask you;

Still feeling that YOU are “tired of winning?”

SOURCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/obamacare-revision-clears-first-hurdle-in-house-committee-early-thursday/2017/03/09/579586b4-04c2-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.d6bce74ef39a

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/the-republicans-own-obamacare-now.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/07/politics/jason-chaffetz-health-care-iphones/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obamacare-repeal-states_us_583331a9e4b099512f83f93f

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39233010

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/02/news/economy/repealing-obamacare-health-insurance/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/7/14844362/ahca-ryancare-trumpcare-tax-cut-rich

 

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