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ESPN: Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer pens open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America

October 14th, 2017 No comments

Dialog is one thing and I’m all for it, but the issue is much deeper than just kissing and making up. This protest was never about political division; it’s about a deep wound in the heart of America caused by centuries of systemic racism. If Trump and Kaepernick shook hands and became great friends, which is not unthinkable, our country would still be left divided, with one group suffering injustice that another group refuses to acknowledge, and a third group perpetuating and capitalizing on the tragic brokenness. If we love each other it will show not in our grand proclamations of unity but in the ability of each person to live in peace, dignity, and security.
 
If we want to make America great we have to come together to fix those things that are not great. It will never be great as long as our discourse is driven by fear and anger.

Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer pens open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America

Editor’s note: More than a year after penning an open letter to Colin Kaepernick, former Army Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer writes another one, this time calling for unity across all sides of the United States. Here’s his letter, as told to ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner.

Who’s disrespecting who?

October 12th, 2017 No comments

Veterans? Deport them. Active duty families? Deport them. Constitution? What a crock!

Having served in U.S. military, immigrants fight deportation orders

WASHINGTON – Olivia Segura hauled her daughter’s photo and the distinctive triangle-shaped wood box holding the flag that draped her daughter’s coffin and through the hallways of the building where members of Congress have their offices.

As if we needed Cardinal Dolan to tell us…

September 23rd, 2017 No comments

“We are called not to politics or partisanship, but to love our neighbor,” it continues. “Let’s reject the forces of division that insist we make a false choice between our safety and our humanity.”

Cardinal Dolan: Steve Bannon’s comments on immigration are ‘insulting’ and ‘ridiculous’

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said claims by a former senior adviser to President Trump that Catholic bishops advocate for immigrants for economic benefit and to fill pews are “preposterous and rather insulting.”

“Hold the line…”

August 27th, 2017 No comments

Apparently not everyone in the Trump Administration is crazy…

Mattis to US troops: ‘Hold the line until our country gets back to respecting each other’

Defense Secretary James Mattis James Norman Mattis Trump to tackle Afghanistan strategy at Camp David Four members of Joint Chiefs denounce racism US, Japan conduct air drills after North Korea issues Guam warning MORE gave a pep talk to U.S. troops stationed abroad during his trip to three countries last week.

“…to bigotry no sanction…”

August 21st, 2017 No comments

George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport 17 August 1790

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Once again the nazis

August 16th, 2017 No comments

“All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

“Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.” – W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939” (Germany invaded Poland on that date, beginning World War II)

The Poetry of Tragedy

August 15th, 2017 No comments

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the independence and partition of India. Most Americans know little about Indian history and the struggle for independence from British colonial rule. If you only know the movie Gandhi, then you will believe that the British and indigenous peoples (Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim) shared common liberal values (i.e., a secular state based on popular sovereignty and individual freedoms). But liberalism, a European invention, did not dominate Indian politics.

Before the independence of India, there had never been a unified Indian “nation.” What we call India was a collection of states and districts that eventually came under the direct control of the British Crown. At the time of partition, there were approximately 1600 different dialects spoken on the Indian subcontinent, in other words, 1600 different ethnic identities. The idea of a unified liberal state, championed by Gandhi and the Indian National Congress, was a Western invention.

Islam entered the Indian subcontinent beginning in the 8th century. The tragedy of Indian history is that Islam, with its insistence on the one-ness of God, is antithetical to the dominant religion of India, Hinduism, with its multitude of Deities. This antipathy led to conflict and violence between followers of the two religions.

When India came under the rule of the British, religious tensions faded to the background, but conflicts remained. The Sepoy rebellion of 1857, which eventually led to direct British rule, was sparked by resentment of Indian Hindu and Muslim soldiers (Sepoys) against the British use of either pork of beef fat in its ammunition. When the country moved toward independence in the 20th century its major proponent was an alliance of Hindus in the Indian National Congress led by Gandhi and Muslims in the Muslim League led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

It was Gandhi’s goal to unite all of India into one new liberal state. But when the prospect of independence became real after World War II, the old animosities between Muslims and Hindus resurfaced. Fearing persecution, Jinnah insisted on a separate Muslim nation. The British eventually conceded to allow the creation of two states: India, with a majority of Hindus and Sikhs, and Pakistan, with a majority of Muslims. The plan was hastily drawn up and the border (the Radcliffe line) defined just five days before independence.

The problem with the line was that, while it was true that there were a majority of Muslims in the area designated Pakistan and a majority of Hindus and Sikhs in the area designated India, there were Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in every district of the subcontinent. Fearing discrimination by the majority, religious minorities in both regions were displaced, seeking homes in the country dominated by their religion. The resulting suffering during the mass migration of millions led to mob violence and brutal attacks on both sides. An estimated million people died.

And what was gained? Take a step back in your mind and marvel that millions of people suffered and many died trying to cross an imaginary line because of fear and mistrust based on ideological differences. All of this suffering was created out of fabricated disunity, and all of it could have been avoided by political leaders recognizing the “other” as neighbor.

History does not repeat itself. But it does rhyme. And here we sit in the United States in 2017 tapping our feet to the rhythm of this tragic ode.

Indian Independence Day: everything you need to know about Partition between India and Pakistan 70 years on

70 years ago, Partition came into effect, dividing British India into two new, independent countries: India and Pakistan. At midnight on August 14 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, gave a famous speech which hailed the country’s decades-long, non-violent campaign against British rule: At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

I am not a know nothing.

July 31st, 2017 No comments


“I am not a Know-Nothing – that is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equals, except negroes and foreigners and Catholics.’ When it comes to that I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” Abraham Lincoln letter to Joshua Speed , August 24, 1855. https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/knownothingparty.htm, accessed July 30, 2017

Republican Congress vs. Republican President 

July 29th, 2017 No comments


Donald just signed a law containing provisions limiting his power to conduct foreign policy. In 1867 Radical Republicans in Congress, with a veto proof majority, passed the Tenure of Office Act over President Johnson’s veto, restricting him from firing and hiring cabinet members. Though Johnson was Lincoln’s Vice President he was not a committed Republican, and he opposed Congressional Republican’s plan for Reconstruction. When Johnson fired Secretary of War Stanton anyway, Congress impeached him and failed to remove him from office by a single vote. Hmmmm…..
Congress’ Message to Donald Trump is Tough

Fanaticism, breakdown, and a much darker future…

July 26th, 2017 No comments

Governor Jerry Brown discusses political polarization. NPR Morning Edition 7/25/17


“We listened to a variety of opinions from a variety of points of view. And some of the folk on the left said, oh, you can’t talk to oil companies. Are you talking to the Chamber of Commerce? Are you talking to the Farm Bureau? That’s just horrible.

“And then on the other side, The Wall Street Journal and some of the Republican activists said, you’re a Republican. You can’t vote for something that a Democrat would support. Well, both of those, in my view, are forms of political terrorism that are conspiring to undermine the American system of governance.”

“I would say history tells us that we need to find consensus. We need to swallow our own pet thoughts and build coalitions. That’s the nature of parliamentary democracy, American democracy. And we’re getting away from that. And the end product is always fanaticism, breakdown and a much darker future.

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