Holocaust, can it happen again?

What does America First mean in 2018? It means to watch children, civilians, being slaughtered with the added use of banned chemical weapons in Syria. To watch the eradication of Rohingya Muslims and do or say nothing about it. That my friend, is what America First means in 2018… Is genocide, too strong a word, I think not, or perhaps, the phrase from the last time the world was at war…’Never Again’, may ring the bell of humanity with some sort of kinship? Not when America First is prevalent, and history books recall this, ‘do nothing nation’ of 2018…America First…

“Back to the Future”

Yesterday’s episode of the PBS Newshour (02/26/2018), was noted for one thing, that thing in a moment. An interview was conducted by Lisa Desjardins, that bled into the regular segment called, Politics Monday, with Amy Walter and Tamara Keith, that was followed by an on-set interview with director, Lesli Linka Glatter, I almost forgot to include a report from Somali, in war torn Somali, by special correspondent, Jane Ferguson. Now about that thing of note, if all the above was brought forward by men, no one would have thought anything of it, no comment necessary, but since all the principals were women, I have taken note, and you should too, if only to point out that it’s still kinda unusual for women to play so many important roles in discussing and reporting the news within such a short broadcast time span. Which begs the question is it 2018, or are we still stuck in a time warp of the 1950’s…don’t answer that just yet,  do something about it, if you dare…With a ceremonial view of all the above accomplishments, one can conclude, that women have finally arrived, and you would be dead wrong, women will only arrive in media and professionally, when they have lost the cultural fear of growing and appearing in gray hair…strange but true…as with bobby socks once did, this streaking blond hair trend has got to go, its holding women back with its every appearance with its deep roots in trophyism…

Do you speak, American?

The Northeast tristate area consists of parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, what if each spoke a different language, and after being overheard by someone speaking their native tongue, would demand that they stop and speak the language of another state in the tristate region, would be on the surface of it, quite ridiculous. The parents of any child able to speak even a little of each of the regions tongues, would be proud and please with that ability. In Europe, because of the close physical complexity lay out of some of the countries, being multilingual is considered a must, to just be able to get around and conduct personal and business communications. The height of ignorance was overheard the other day when it was demanded that someone speak English, simply because, ‘this is America’. Any kind of xenophobia, in America, one would think to be the last place on earth to find even a hint of, in a nation founded by and for the sake of immigrants. Even though USA Today has reported, “the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) anyway, which changed its official mission statement late Thursday and dropped the language to describe the country”. “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants”. Taking the nation, a hundred and one steps back from internationalism, this backbone of this nation-state, 98% pure of hyphenated Americans, except the remaining native Americas, the first so called hyphenated and those happy to remain so. And oh, don’t let me forget that Mayflower crowd, the second coming of new Americans, at least those that can still trace their heritage backed that far…then there are those that arrived in chained bondage and as indentured servants, these hyphenations, whose descendants are just as magnificent, are for another post…coming your way…

“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

It seems to me that not long ago this American President, while the issue of illegal immigration was raging, a promised news conference was to be held, in which the First Lady of the United States, would lay out, in great detail, in documentation, before the American people, her full and complete history, story, if you will, of her immigration, or how she came to be in the U.S., legal or otherwise. Personally, if one is law abiding, able to be of little concern in engaging harm to others, are a welcome addition to these shores, however, please, don’t exploit good fortune, at the expense of the less fortunate, without friends in high societal places, just because it can be reasoned, you do. So, if there are any questionable immigration issues concerning the First Lady, then by simple extension, they must also extend to her parents, after all they were granted a green card based on her sponsorship. This American President, has suggested, proposed, ‘immigration reform’, which begs the question, does it now begin at home, in his personal household, and who is next to be granted a green card, on the road to full American citizenship, with direct or indirect family links to the First Lady, and are they now on their way to the U.S.?

“Fear to bring children into the world”

Making schools an armed fortress with armed teachers to defend them, is not only the bottomless, dumbest idea, to ever come down the pike, but will provide a manufacturing windfall for the arms industry, including the ammunition, like no other effort in recent memory…in the guise of protection and defense, what’s next, a gun in every home, like, “a chicken in every pot”, from the Great Depression era, with poorer families borrowing to keep up with the payments, borrowing from Tom to pay Paul…enriching the arms dealer, soon to be established on every corner in every city block in the nation… an exaggeration, well maybe, just a little…ok, so now what? You fight with what you have, an exaggeration with an exaggeration, for the win…

Active Ingredient

It was 1960 in North Carolina, when four male students sat down at a lunch counter demanding to be served, in the segregated south U.S.A., they were not, but it lit a spark that soon other students used to be warmed with great enthusiasm, as others joined in what later would be called a, sit-in. Students, what is it about them that they just can’t wait for change, they must grab the bull by the horns, demanding change now. In my scant research, I came upon so many student organizations, that went on to become much bigger than anyone at their founding could have imagined, just to name two, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, (SNCC), and Students for a Democratic Society, (SDS), my point being, most adult movements can sometime be traced to a movement started by students, or if not, taken to a higher level by them, since at best, they don’t know any better, and or, have very little to lose, this can be recalled of most   student movements worldwide, some that even,  I’m told, were instrumental in bringing down governments. When you consider, all the current world leaders were once upon a time a student, sitting in some café, plotting, being students, that will cut their eye teeth on ideas, that became political thoughts, then on to form governments. 

I can’t hawk on television

Living in the Bronx all my life, it was expected that I would one day, run head on into a comrade in arms during the days of the raging Vietnam War, not on the battle field, but on the demonstration lines against the war. Anyway, after a few courtesy sugary exchanges, she reminded me of something I once said, had long forgotten, a sentiment I still hold true, “I hope that I never grow so old that I would spend the better part of the day preparing to look younger”, well, one long look at my graying head of hair, she added, so, I see you have kept the pledge…Yes, I answered, thus, ending a promising television news contributing career before it begun…or ever hoping to be able to sell pillows on television either…