Chameleon

Lindsey Graham isn’t a leader, he’s an actor; playing a role in order to appease the critics and maintain power at all costs.

In 2016, Graham used the election year as an excuse to block the Republican-led Senate’s consideration of Obama appointee Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the high court. After the media was swift to hold Graham’s 2016 words (and his 2018 words) against him as he requested, Graham on Saturday morning pointed to other, more recent comments he made to NBC News and The Hill.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020). May her Memory be a Blessing

In her tiny fragile frame lay all of our hopes and dreams.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Left me shaken, numb, gasping for air.

I thought she was indomitable.
She had beaten cancer four times.
She was an icon, a hero, a legend.
Her brilliance was staggering,
Her compassion endless.

In her tiny fragile frame lay all of our hopes and dreams.

Yet I, with misplaced confidence in all that is good, 
Ridiculously believed her fierce desire to live
And to make our country a land of equality and justice for all
Somehow had the power to conquer death itself
For at least for a few more months.I was sadly, terribly wrong.
The Notorious RBG is gone.She took her last breaths
At the very last moments
Of the Jewish Year 5780,
A truly dreadful year.

That year, thank God, is over.
And her legacy remains with us
As we enter 5781.Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught men at the highest levels of power – and they were all men in the days she began her crusade – that gender, like race, is a construct. That the differences between men and women had been magnified by culture and centuries of unquestioned belief into ridiculous stereotypes. That gender roles confined women and men into prisons of conformity and put hurdles in the way of our individual pursuits of happiness. That women could be the best lawyers and have the finest legal minds. That men could be the kindest parents and caregivers. That the government had no business forcibly assigning us into designated slots. That we are all human. That those who would forcibly delineate male or female roles for us were as damaging to human freedom as the radical authoritarian states that would choose our professions for us.RBG gave us freedom, the power to be ourselves. It is impossible to imagine the world we now live in without her. A world where women are taken seriously. Where we have a female Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Where I – as an openly gay man – am regularly criticized (as I should be!) for my thoughts, my words, and my deeds but virtually never any longer for my sexual orientation. Where my colleague Delegate Danica Roem serves well and ably and with the gender of her birth an afterthought. Where people with different physical and mental abilities are valued for their humanity; not their differences. Where the fact that I posted Hebrew at the top of this page, in knowing reverence to both Justice Ginsburg’s religious faith and my own, would not be seen as a barrier to our success but an honor to our connected affinity – a recognition that people of various religions, along with atheists and agnostics, have a lot more in common than the beliefs which divide us.I realize we are not quite there yet. We still face gender, racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic inequities. Under the current President, this inequality has been magnified. He openly attacks those who have been traditionally disparaged – women, minorities, immigrants, those with disabilities – with a passion and fervor not seen since Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her career in the 1950s, since she was first in her class but unemployable because no one wanted a “lady lawyer.”Our world is shaken.
But we must act with resolve and with confidence.
There is no time to despair.
There is work to be done.

Would the Notorious RBG have tolerated a bunch of us moping at her loss?
Not for a moment:
This Justice who issued a Supreme Court ruling from the bench
The very day after losing the love of her life, Marty Ginsburg,
A man who sincerely believed in gender equality long before it became a commonplace notion.Yes, she was indomitable.
Few of us have the mental or physical fortitude
Of this tiny giant.

I don’t call on us to mirror her brilliance, her strength, her greatness.
With few exceptions (Thurgood Marshall comes to mind), that’s impossible.
We can’t come close to matching that.Nevertheless, some ancient Talmudic wisdom comes to mind.
Our rabbis wrote thousands of years ago:It is not your responsibility
To complete the work
Of perfecting our world.

But you are required.
To do your part.
(That’s worth rereading a few times.)
Let us all resolve
In her name,
In her honor,
In her legacy, and
In her blessed memory

To redouble our efforts
To finish the job she set out to do.

She gave us a fantastic head start.
But now she is gone.

The baton is at our feet.

Pick it up.

Run.

Written by Mark Levine.

Mark H. Levine (born May 7, 1966) is an American politician serving as the Delegate from the 45th District of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2016. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Morality and Politics (Conversation with myself)

How can honest people support a person who shows absolute ignorance on almost any subject? How can so many people still believe a president whose closest advisers are already in jail or are under investigation? How can people who teach their kids to be honest and respectful look at them and tell them to respect a man, knowing he does not follow any moral guidance?

Does a president need to lead by example? Will a president’s behavior affect people’s behavior? Can we, with clear consciousness, support an amoral politician?

Democracy is based on participation. But if the president lacks morals, values and principles, people become cynical, lose trust in the system, and democracy falls.

Can we trust a president who we know is not honest? A dishonest president corrodes people’s trust in government. And distrust of our government destroys the democratic system based on people’s participation.

A president needs to have the common good in mind when making decisions. For example, when deciding immigration issues, common decency and empathy should be a compass. A person who is capable of taking children away from parents, without feeling compassion, has no moral compass.

Hypocrisy

Why are we teaching our kids good morals if they know that someone who does not have good morals was elected president? Can we teach kids to be honest, respect others, not to lie and not to steal and then turn around and say that it is okay when a politician is doing all these things?

political ethicists have emphasized the ways in which democracies can fall apart in the absence of personal virtue. Conservative thinkers, in particular, have argued that political institutions can only function when all those who participate within them are capable of compromise and of self-government. Rules, to put it simply, don’t work unless people governed by those rules care about them and voluntarily choose to abide by them. If this is true of citizens, it is even more true of the president, whose opportunities to damage the system through unprincipled actions are so much greater.” https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2019/02/opinion-must-the-president-be-a-moral-leader.html

INTEGRITY

Integrity is having a strong set of ethical principles, being able to tell the truth no matter the consequences, admitting to a wrong even if you could get away without doing it. Integrity is about doing the right thing; it is being incorruptible, honest, and above all, doing all these things when no one is around to see it.”

I am trying to use logic to outline, to reason, to explain why principles and high morals are important. But maybe it is simpler than that.

Let’s put aside politics. Isn’t it natural to feel repulsion, anger, sadness, shock seeing this man in OUR WHITE HOUSE?

Let’s talk about integrity, principles, moral clarity. How can any decent person ignore all lies, unethical behavior and derogatory speeches? How can people who consider themselves decent and moral defend an adulterer, a crook, a cheater? Trump mocked a disabled person, a reporter. He ordered the separation of children from their parents.

How can honest people support a person who shows absolute ignorance on almost any subject? How can so many people still believe a president whose closest advisers are already in jail or are under investigation? How can people who teach their kids to be honest and respectful look at them and tell them to respect a man, knowing he does not follow any moral guidance?

How do you feel listening to all these lies?

How do you feel seeing a man mocking a disabled person?

How do you feel watching little children separated from their parents?

How do you feel watching democracy crumbling around you?

Does watching this man in the White House, decapitating the EPA, our land and sea, make you sad, angry?

How do you feel watching this man’s smirk when he is hugging our American flag?

Morally blind

So why are we trying to explain the obvious to a blind person?

How do you explain how the sky looks to the blind?

How do you explain colors, fall leaves to the blind?

How do you explain birds singing, trees whispering in the evening breeze to a deaf person?

I don’t know. And it frightens me.

My Response to Trump Supporters

It really does not matter to me who will be President instead of Trump, as long as the person is experienced, mentally stable, caring, and knowledgeable. The question is not who is Biden, the question is, should we allow Trump 4 more years of destruction.

By Anna Kagan

A long time friend wrote me a comment on a political post I recently made: “Unfortunately, we (our whole family) see everything that is going through very different lenses.”

I decided to write about my point of view partially as an answer to my friend, but mostly to have a clear picture of the facts for myself. I am a member of the FB group “Russian American Jews Network”. I became a member there to understand why Russian Jews support Trump. Every day I answer the same questions, and argue the same points. Writing this writing has helped me with some of the facts.

I do see everything from a different point of view. Here is my point of view.

I do not like looting and destruction of businesses, I do not support “Defund the police”, I do not support Ocasio Cortez, or Tlaib, or Omar, I did not vote for Bernie in primaries. In short, I do not support the far left.

I do support the BLM movement to address racism in this country and police brutality. I do support restructuring of police forces to dedicate more money to social workers and neighborhood policing, and more training of police forces.

I support Federal, State and Local networks of financial support for poor, disabled, and children, including legal immigrants. I support legal immigration to this country from all over the world, because that is what made this country great, because every person should have an opportunity to advance. I support DACA, because these young people are already here, educated, working, and serving in the military. It will be a big shame for this country to deport them instead of making them productive citizens. I do support help for refugees and allowing them to come to the USA reasonably and in a safe manner for society. My family came as refugees, so other people should have an opportunity to come here and build their life. I do support free basic medical services for everybody, I do not support medicare for all, nor private insurance as only choice.

So, these are not radical ideas, these are middle of the road ideas. I see the development of events in this country from a wide range of aspects, not from small petty events or policies. The way I see America right now (under Trump) is not pretty for us and for the next generations.

1. I see the rise of the anti-semitism and racism. “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) began tracking anti-Semitic hate crimes four decades ago. This past year brought the third-highest spike on record.” (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/anti-semitism-new-normal-america/608017/ ). “Nearly 90 percent of those polled said the “extreme political right” pose at least a slight threat to Jews, with 73 percent saying they disapprove of how President Trump “is handling the threat” of anti-Semitism, according to the survey, conducted between Sept. 11 and Oct. 6 (2019) by the research company SSRS.” (https://nypost.com/2019/10/23/most-jews-see-rise-in-anti-semitism-in-the-us-survey-finds/ )

● August 2017: “Jews will not replace us” https://www.adl.org/blog/two-years-ago-they-marched-in-charlottesville-where-are-they-now

● Oct. 27, 2018: A man armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh cut down 11 congregants in the worst killing of Jews in American history. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/us/active-shooter-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting.html )

● Dec. 10, 2019: A gunman in a kosher deli in Jersey City, N.J., killed, among others, two Orthodox Jews.

● Dec. 28, 2019:A man wielding a machete in a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., wounded five during a Hanukkah celebration.

And now we see the rise of anti-semitism on the far left during BLM protests and after.

Anti-semitism is like virus – it does not know the political party, it does not know borders. It is a barometer of the political situation in the country. When it is bad – Jews are to blame. Even a great economy, low unemployment and a record stock market before the Corona virus did not lower anti-semitism in this country. And the leadership plays a huge role. We did not like Trump’s reaction to events in Charlottesville (“very fine people on both sides”: https://www.politifact.com/article/2019/apr/26/context-trumps-very-fine-people-both-sides-remarks/ ) and his late reactions (sometimes several days) to the killing of Jews in America. Trump in 2019: American Jews were “disloyal” or had a “total lack of knowledge” to support Democrats (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/trump-says-jews-disloyal-to-israel-if-they-vote-for-democrats).

2. About the Democrats war on Trump.

Trump’s war on our democratic institutions lead to Congressional hearings. And some probably went too far. But the majority deserves great attention as to how one person can destroy almost three centuries of this democracy.

● First it was Trump’s war on the FBI. Dismissing everybody from the top and installing his people. Then it was Trump’s war on the Justice Department. Dismiss the top and install Barr who is acting like Trump’s personal lawyer. The record setting turnover rate in the Trump administration has been mind boggling. People did not have time to adjust to Trump as these people were dismissed because they thought that they could help the country.

In 3-1/2 years 4 chiefs of staff, 4 deputy chiefs of staff, 3 assistants to the president in domestic counseling, 5 deputy assistants to the president, 8 special assistants to the president, 4 national security advisers, 4 deputy national security advisers, 3 homeland security advisers, and so on. As of May 25, 2020, there have been 415 unique names dismissed and/or resigned from the executive office of the president (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Trump_administration_dismissals_and_resignations ). Are all these people disqualified because they are not capable or because they are not loyal to the president?

● Trump’s blackmailing Ukraine in 2019 for dirt on his opponent is a constitutional violation. The government watchdog – the Government Accountability Office – found that the money was withheld “for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act.” So, the Congress has the obligation to investigate, and thus the impeachment.

● The most recent – Russia’s pay-to-kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. 29 American soldiers have been killed since then. Who is responsible? What did Trump do?

● And now the pandemic. In January through mid March, nothing was done to stop and prevent the virus in the US. “Hoax”, “Democratic states”, Soros, Gates, Fauci are to blame, masks are a political statement, masks and distancing “are for Democrats”. In April: “President Trump fired off a series of tweets Friday that appeared to encourage citizens in states protesting strict coronavirus lock down orders to “LIBERATE” themselves from their governors.“ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52496514

160K+ Americans are dead now because there was no policy, no direction, no guidance for the first 90 days. But then it was too late, the virus does not recognize borders, race, parties, big or small cities. Who needs terrorists when we have one in the White House? I hold Trump responsible for the virus spread and for the economic downturn. Look where Europe, Asia Pacific and New Zealand are now. They work, the shop, they eat at restaurants, they have open schools. And what do we do? Trump erased all economic achievements before the virus.

All of this shows that our leader does not know and does not want to know how to lead during crises. Historians say that the real president is tested during crises, not during good times. Well, Trump failed. Big time – 160K+ dead.

2. Foreign policy. Trump left all international agreements.

The Paris climate change agreement. The problem is that the climate is changing, and thus more droughts, hurricanes, forest fires, flooding, extreme heat and extreme cold. That means more hungry, more displaced people around the world. And where these refugees will turn to – of course Europe and America. To address this future crises you need a coalition of countries around the world. Trump’s answer – drill for more oil, and get out of the agreement.

TPP (Trans-Pacific-Partnership). The partnership was created to have a buffer for the growing economic and military influence of China in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Trump left the agreement and decided to fight China alone. He did not know and did not want to know that to fight China you need all the countries in the world that you can get together in this fight. His tariff war backfired big time. Instead of making China crawl on their knees to the US (as Trump thought), they are stronger than three years ago, more influential all around the world than three years ago, and they make agreements with our former allies and enemies alike.

WHO (World Health Organization). Instead of working and pressuring to reorganize the WHO, Trump left the organization during the pandemic. You have to fight the pandemic simultaneously in all countries around the world. Trump’s idea is to go alone, thus the result – the country with the worst outbreak in the world.

Iranian nuclear agreement. It was not a perfect agreement, but it was something to hold Iran in control for 15 years. Instead of keeping the control and pressuring Iran on ballistic and tactical weaponry, we left the agreement without any plan for the next day. Now, we have no clue what is going on inside Iran, what stage their nuclear program is in now. But what we do know is that Iran and China are in the process of signing a $400B economic and military agreement. How does Israel enjoy this decision? https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/08/trump-has-pushed-iran-into-chinas-arms/

Trump left Syria to Russia, Syrian Kurds to Turkey, Lebanon to Hezbollah. And none of them are Israel’s friends. How does Israel enjoy this new neighborhood?

The following is from Nathan’s cousin, Gary Sherman, who is a retired judge from Wisconsin: “My 20 years in politics taught me that there is a vital difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats fight hard for power. After all, power is the only way things can be accomplished in government. I learned that from my mother. However, there are some things that Democrats won’t do for power. There are lines we will not cross.

There is nothing, no limit, even letting people die in large numbers, selling out to our adversaries, nothing that Republicans will not do for power. No Republican would do what Al Gore did (“Al Gore gracefully submitting to a highly politicized Supreme Court decision giving the 2000 election to George W. Bush.“ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/opinion/trump-beirut-politics.html?referringSource=articleShare . And not just Trump. He is mad, but his enablers are just as ruthless.

Now, I know that this is contrary to the moral equivalence argument being made here. But moral equivalence is seldom true. There are not “good people on both sides” all the time.”

3. About values.

We use our values to guide our decisions about our relationships (i.e., whom to be friends with, whom to marry) and careers (i.e., whom to work for and with). In other words, we like people who share our values and are drawn towards them.

“In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they haven’t destroyed his political career, and instead perhaps strengthened it.” https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/letterstotheeditor/a-complete-psychological-analysis-of-trump-s-suppo-t39846.html And why is the person who said: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” still so popular? For some wealthy people, it’s simply a financial matter. Tax cut, regulations removed, even if we destroy the Earth. Blue-collar workers are happy that Trump is trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. Some people like Trump’s anti-immigration policies. All these people put their moral concerns aside, and put their practical concerns above moral ones. Some people support Trump simply to be rebellious and to bring chaos to our political system: let’s destroy everything and start all over. Some supporters are under-informed or mis-informed, and take Trump’s word for what it is without fact checking. There are those who support giving Trump full authority due to their inability to understand how democracy works. Their words are – “losers, complete disaster” (do you recognize Trump’s words?). And then there are racists and bigots. And there is one more group, those who think that only they can save Israel from liberals. Trump called them “disloyal”.

So, we have Trump who cheated on all his three of his wives, who bankrupted six businesses, cheated contractors, failed with Trump University, failed with Trump’s lines of steaks, ties, vodka, casinos, lied about his charity contributions, used federal troops to clear his way to a church to have a photo-op with Bible in hand. And I ask myself which group do my friends belong to?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201812/complete-psychological-analysis-trumps-support

In closing, one more thing: as I described above about Trump’s presidency, I support voting Trump out from the White House. It really does not matter to me who will be President instead of Trump, as long as the person is experienced, mentally stable, caring, and knowledgeable. The question is not who is Biden, the question is, should we allow Trump 4 more years of destruction.

Covid 19 Partner – Obesity.

Or is this death for profit? The problem is that the food industry wants you to eat more. And more. Obesity is profitable for the food industry, especially the junk food industry.

Why is this virus so deadly for some people?

The World is Sick. THE WORLD IS FAT!

Why are we intentionally staying silent about it?

Political correctness stands in the way. Are we afraid that the PC police will shame us if we start discussions about the huge toll that the obesity epidemic exerts on our country’s health care system?

Or is this death for profit? The problem is that the food industry wants you to eat more. And more. Obesity is profitable for the food industry, especially the junk food industry.

And drug companies are happy. Drug companies make money!. More drugs to sell! What are the ads you see most often on TV?

Vicious circle. Food – people get sick – drugs to “treat” people – ads how to lose weight – plus size clothing.

And then the politically correct crowd telling you that it’s OK! That you should “love yourself the way you are” And if somebody suggests to you that you need to lose weight to get healthy it is “aggression”! They hurt your feelings.

So the result is a country with a sick population, out of control health (sickness) care, rampant depression, along with an opioid epidemic. And now COVID 19 that kills people with compromised immune systems.

And then here is our consumption based economy.

Buy, buy, buy more to “help the economy”.

The economy that is slowly killing us! Sad statistics

The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness is a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NHXL_enUS712US712&sxsrf=ALeKk001DXBbAifioUgon-QzJs6YmkMTUw%3A1592958559783&ei=X57yXuyZL5SqtQbbirbgDg&q=obesity+and+health+care+expenses+in+us&oq=obesity+and+health+care+expenses+in+us&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzIFCCEQoAEyBQghEKsCMgUIIRCrAjoGCAAQFhAeOggIABAWEAoQHlD9Gli2LWDCMGgAcAB4AIABmAGIAeIEkgEDNC4ymAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwisxeOImZnqAhUUVc0KHVuFDewQ4dUDCAw&uact=5

Key facts

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019.
  • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Obesity is preventable.

Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among black and white Americans between the ages of 40 and 85, according to scientists. This finding challenges the prevailing wisdom among scientists, which puts that portion at around 5%.

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/obesity-kills-more-americans-previously-thought

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/29/462838153/food-ads-make-us-eat-more-and-should-be-regulated

So is this natural selection in action? Evolution works through crisis. The weak dying for the benefit of the human race?

How Trump Enabled China to Dominate the World.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

I was watching a PBS special about China and its ambitions, and about its growing influence in the world. It had plenty of criticism of China and its domestic and foreign policies. But it did not have a word about the disastrous isolationist policies of the Trump administration that are enabling China to succeed. The US gave up its leadership in the world and just stepped aside, practically inviting China to take over.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

https://www.cfr.org/blog/corrosion-world-order-age-donald-trump

TPP agreement

Asian countries distrust China and wanted this agreement as a way to contain China’s aggressive behaviour.

“TPP afforded clear economic advantages and a template for containing China and addressing its flouting of international trade rules said co-lead author Ian Sheldon, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.

“As the Trump administration retreats from the region by ending US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China’s Communist leaders are ramping up their globalization efforts and championing the virtues of free trade. In an address last week to the World Economic Forum at Davos, China’s President Xi Jinping likened protectionism to “locking oneself in a dark room” and signaled that China would look to negotiate regional trade deals. “

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2064927/why-trumps-withdrawal-tpp-boon-china

Alienating European allies

“Another interesting insight of the article is that in addition to the negative economic consequences of pulling out of TPP, the U.S. has also alienated key allies through application of tariffs on steel imports from the European Union, Japan and Canada, undermining any multilateral pressure being placed on China.” https://aede.osu.edu/news/us-withdrawal-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-hurts-us-benefits-china

Quitting the Paris agreement

The US clearly gave up leadership to China.

When the news hit the wires, they popped champagne corks in Beijing.

That’s because China is legitimately interested in leading the world in the deployment of and investment in renewable energy. The People’s Republic is currently the world’s largest producer of wind and solar energy and the largest investor in green energy projects. Five of the world’s six largest solar manufacturing companies can be found in China, as well as the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Failed N. Korean policies.

Trump boasts about his friendship with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But Kim was playing Trump like a fiddle and its acceleration of nuclear arms production while China’s influence there is growing.

The Trump zero sum approach to life.

Global cooperation, working with allies for common goal, and win-win policies are foreign to Trump

All his life he has never trusted anybody, has never had friends, and has never had any mutually beneficial cooperation.

His only principle in life was and still is “winning” Winning at all costs. A zero sum game where if there is a winner – there should be a loser.

And this is his foreign policy, if you can call it a policy. Trump is incapable of working on long term goals. He is driven by impulses.

Now more about China –

The Chinese are not eager to fight. They use a soft approach and soft power.

Money, diplomacy, intimidation. And China has been very successful. In part thanks to Trump’s ineptitude.

China is a de facto superpower and is still one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

It has ambitious and aggressive expansion plans spreading throughout the globe.

It is fast becoming a leader in technology and in green energy.

It’s influence is visible on all continents. The problem of course is China’s totalitarian Communist regime that has created a dystopian and centrally controlled society by using advanced surveillance technology.

And by “helping” other countries with new technology China is trying to collect sensitive technological and political information.

But China is doing what most of communist totalitarian regimes have always been doing. The United States on the other hand failed to keep up its leadership, and has failed to organize and unite world democracies to stop China. And Trump and his administration are solely responsible.

White privilege, defunding and other big words

We need people from all walks of life, all races, all ages and all states to beat Trump. And the extreme rhetoric, demands to destroy everything and then build again sounds good but will lead to defeat and four more years of the Trump nightmare.

What is white privilege?

Am I privileged?

In my old country, the Soviet Union, I knew I was different; I was not quite like other kids since kindergarten.

I knew it in school, summer camp, college, the army.

I knew that I should not apply to certain colleges or jobs because Jews were never accepted there.

I knew it because my white Jewish father was sent to the Gulag and died shortly after he came back after Stalin’s death.

Did I feel privileged then? Go ahead, guess.

Did I feel privileged when I came to the United States? We came with a small child. I was 30 and my wife was 25. It was hard, my English was bad but we never had any doubts about our choice.

White PRIVILEGE.

Privilege definition: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached…

It is a sad fact that racism is alive and well in the United States.

But please don’t generalize and don’t slap the labels on the whole white race.

Rural America.

I wonder if you ask a white coal miner if he feels privileged? Or folks in the deep south – do they feel privileged? I am not sure farmers these days feel much privilege. Rural America?

It is simple to assign the blame to just one source.

White privilege. So how do we fix the issue of “white privilege”?

America has made considerable progress in the last sixty years. Is it enough? No! It is a work in progress!

You know why Democrats lost in 2016? Because white rural America did not feel privileged!

Education and the lottery.

Is affirmative action a good thing? Yes! It helps. But it is not helping young people who do not have a decent school education.

I think that a lottery system for kids who want to go to good school and get good education is a disgrace! The only way to pull kids out of the vicious circle of ghetto life is to give these kids, these families every opportunity to get an education.

Black families

Have you heard how black kids call black kids who want to learn, to succeed? Oreo Cookie!

And this alone, this stupid stereotype, is probably not less damaging to blacks than racism from other ethnic groups. It is black on black racism!

Just listen to this woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EDolug4m2Q

“Have you ever been called or heard someone called an “Oreo?” These racialized names make me really frustrated, angry really. My son talked to me about being called an Oreo and how he made sense of it. Well, his reasoning didn’t make much sense, so mama had to school him. The term is rooted in the lie that Black people are inferior and if they excel that means they are “acting White.” I share why this thinking is flawed and not rooted in history or reality”

Why am I saying all this now?

Because I am concerned that Democrats will manage to lose the election this year!

You should not support or try to explain riots and looting. Try to explain it to a store owner who, on top of the COVID 19, got his/her business destroyed (literally) by a mob.

You don’t call for dismantling the police in America. We need to reform the police! To assign some of their current tasks to other institutions. But the vast majority does not want to get rid of the police.

There is still a lot of violence, shootings and murders in America. Violent gangs, drug cartels, mass shootings in America. Who are you going to call if there is shooting nearby?

You (whites) don’t accuse ALL whites of being “privileged” Because the idea should be NOT to lower yourselves but to help others to help themselves to rise from their current level.

There is a reason there is a police officer in public schools: weapons, mass gun insanity and school shootings – not to oppress children.

So please think hard before making grand pronouncements.

We need people from all walks of life, all races, all ages and all states to beat Trump. And the extreme rhetoric, demands to destroy everything and then build again sounds good but will lead to defeat and four more years of the Trump nightmare.

Cult

Some Trump supporters just don’t know any better. And some know who Trump is and support him for their perceived benefit.

The dark and scary world of trump supporters.

I am trying to imagine their world.

It is scary. The whole world is against them.

Immigrants, minorities, those weird liberals, LGBT freaks.

They are after them, after real Americans. They want to take everything from these real Americans who make America great.

Money, jobs, even their kids. These communists socialists homosexuals want to seduce American kids with science, history and even music! And make them into Democrats!

But finally!

Now here is a real leader, Trump, who will get rid of all America’s enemies. He, America’s savior, will drain the swamp!

Members of the Trump cult do not want democracy, or democrats because they are all communists and socialists, they want to take away freedom from real Americans, these libtards use big words that they learned in these liberal colleges! And these big words are the code that liberal freaks use to damage our great president and to force real American patriots to learn science!

And the scariest part – these liberals want to take away our guns! The Constitution says that any free American is free to buy as many guns as he wants to protect America! To protect the freedom of real American patriots who are making America great by protecting freedom!

And now this liberal hoax (big word!) about the “virus”!

This lie is created by liberals communists socialists to damage the only leader real Americans can trust – Trump.

And what do you know?! It turns out this rich communist Billy Gates created this “virus” to scare people who are fighting to make America great again! But it’s a lie! A socialist gay conspiracy! There is no “virus”. Do you see any “virus” around? No! If we, real American white patriots would see this dude COVID we would blast it with our freedom guns! And Billy Gates should go to jail for being an enemy of white America! Or even better we will hang him! Because that is what the Constitution says! It’s in our Bible!

These scared and angry people do not trust the media – “liberal media”.

And the television and papers (called newspapers) All these liberals are against our great president! They saying big words with many letters just to confuse us patriots. We know that “education”(big word) makes people into socialists gays. Makes their brain soft!

We, white American patriots, real Americans, we will help our patriot Trump. We will burn all these books with big words in them. Books are evil! Trump never reads books and he is a genius! (a very stable one).

All these “facts” are fake news. You cannot trust anybody – everybody is in it just in for themselves.

America is under attack. All these weird non americans want to come to America to take over. And we MAGA patriots will follow our president who talks to God every day and God told Trump MAGA!

God bless America and his anointed son Trump!

These are the people who are basically ignorant and not very well educated. And maybe they don’t know any better.

But there is another kind of trump supporters. Well educated and well off. They know who trump is. They know that he is a racist, a cheat, a liar and a crook. And these trump supporters support him anyway. Why? Because they are same as trump. And these people support the narcissistic buffoon because they think they will benefit from the misery of our country under trump administration. And this group of trumpists represents the worst of humanity. And Republicans in Congress are part of this gang.

And members of this group are real criminals.