National Identity

It is a tide populists and racists (same) will not be able to stop. History, reality is against them. Global economy, the internet, social media, transportation and climate change will mix up the planet population and no wall will stop it.

I just came from our family reunion and want to share some thoughts.

It was great as it have been for many years.

But I thought of it in the light of current events in our country.

A populist President

The rise of hate, intolerance, isolationism.

Anti-immigration policies, growing divisions in American society.

Family reunion

Meeting relatives that came from different parts of the country

I look around

Old and young

White, Asian, Hispanic

Jews, Christians, atheists

Straight, gay, lesbian,transgender

Big, loud, joyful, friendly crowd.

Talking, playing games, eating and drinking.

Enjoying time together

So free, open, uninhibited.

And I thought about our country

Not the country we came from – the soviet Union

No. It was never OUR country.

I thought about America.

The country where all these people are accepted as equals.

I am watching young people

They don’t see skin color, sexual orientation

They don’t see race or religion

None of this matters.

They see each other.

They see relatives, friends.

This is America I thought, real America.

This is America that accepted us…Russian Jewish refugees.

This is America where we feel free.

Our new home, real home.

Home we did not have before.

Home for our children and grandchildren

I want it to be the America that we came to.

To raise our family, to build a new life.

I want it to be “America the beautiful”, the beacon of the world.

The shiny city on the hill.

And I thought about current events, the face of America under the current regime.

Who are we? How do you define an American?

What is America’s national identity?

I am looking at my relatives, my friends.

Americans.

The microcosm of the world.

America is exceptional because it represents the World.

And it is beautiful, it shows the way, the future for humanity.

It is young, energetic, colorful, open.

And we need to do all we can to keep it this way.

To not allow the dark, rigid and hateful side of America to take ower.

New populism and preservation of identity.

There is a wave of populism washing over the world. From the Philippines to Brazil, from Hungary to US, populists got into power on promises to save their country’s national identity.

But let’s take a look at history. Great civilizations, powerful empires. Where are they? Check the history of any nation. For how long does any nation exist in its present form, language? Babylonians, Philistines, Incas, Mayans – where are they?

Nothing is forever. The world is changing, population moves around. The Earth is changing constantly. Societies are changing and people move. And that is how it should be.

As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century; it is estimated that one language dies out every 14 days. Endangered languages, much like endangered species of plants or animals, are on the brink of extinction. Apr 15, 2013 https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_languages

And it is inevitable as the world becomes smaller. What race, what nationality is America, Canada, Australia? How about the EU?

It is a tide populists and racists (same) will not be able to stop. History, reality is against them. Global economy, the internet, social media, transportation and climate change will mix up the planet population and no wall will stop it.

So let’s embrace it. The brave new world. Children are born without hate. Children don’t know races, religious differences. Children do not have preconceptions. We adults teach our children. And then they go into the world. And many discard these biases, these preconceptions. They, our children, accept the world, accept each other without hate and bias. They, the new generation, will build the better world.

I hope.

They will lead.

Good People.

These nice people are helping all kinds of hate groups to become emboldened, to promote hate and violence. And yet many educated Russian Jewish immigrants support this con man. Nice people are helping to destroy the environment. Granted they may not be doing all these things directly, but they support Trump and his party who are doing all these bad things. So are they “good people”? And again how about their moral convictions? Do they have any? And what is the meaning of “good” people?

How you define good people? 
An important issue, very important for me, is a moral issue. I was watching the candidate, Trump, and then President Trump. I am absolutely convinced that this man has no morals at all…no moral convictions. He acts like an egomaniac, a narcissist. This person makes fun of the handicapped, he incites violence.  This person, Trump, was elected President of the United States.
 
I am having a hard time trying to understand why many voted for Donald Trump, the ignorant bully and a known crook. I think I can, somehow, understand why some rural, small-town folks, out of desperation, would vote for Trump. But what is still puzzling to me is why so many educated people are still supporting this very dangerous man. And I am pondering the morals of his voters. Do they think that moral issues are not an important factor for the president? Then the next question arises: how important are moral convictions to these Americans. Do they consider themselves “moral” people, good people? Because if American people are disregarding moral issues, we are doomed as a country.
 
What is the definition of a good person, of good people? 

Continue reading “Good People.”

Our Choices

I am not going back to fear, suspicion and lies. We have to fight. To fight so this country and the world will not turn into a terrifying dystopia. I want to, I have to believe that progress is unstoppable, that light will win. There are setbacks, there are defeats. But the future, the best in all of us, will always prevail. And the future needs us to succeed.

Rise of Fascism in the USA.
American President?

I am trying to describe what I feel now.

Now that this man was elected President.

President of our country

Our new country, America.

This wonderful young country, but mature Democracy, the experiment.

America the magnet, hope for people around the world.

We came here for a new beginning.

My wife, our little daughter and myself.

We decided to leave the Soviet Union when we realized finally that there was no future for us there.

We Jews always felt like second-class, unwanted people. It was not our country.

We were young and determined to do better for ourselves and our children.

We came to America.

And also it took some time to adapt, but we were home, at last. Continue reading “Our Choices”

Friends?

People we know. Are they friends? Real friends? What are the taboos subjects while talking to friends?

Strange surreal times, a dystopian universe.

Or maybe just a persistent nightmare?

I want to wake up.

Trump won.

I am losing friends.

Friends? I wonder.

Are they friends?

Whom do we consider friends? Real friends?

What are friends? We consider many people we know as friends.

We all want to have friends. Why?

We are social animals, we have the need to be surrounded by others.

To talk, to share, to spend time together.

We need support and understanding, security being with somebody we share our worldview.

We feel at ease, knowing a friend will understand.

Mutual respect and understanding, that’s it.

Even in disagreement.

I do not want to be careful, to avoid some topics, to lie.

That is how we talk to everybody else, those not our friends.

I want to enjoy my friend’s company, to relax, to let my guard down, not to try being somebody I am not.

Yes, we may disagree, we may argue, let our voices rise.

It will be boring otherwise, won’t it?  If we agree on everything?

But there are actions, behaviors and words that are indefensible, immoral.

There are views that cannot be supported by a decent person,

By people I call my friends.

This man that the country elected to be the President of the United States.

He spewed lies, deception, hate and bigotry. This man incited violence and intolerance.

During his campaign he spoke to the lowest common denominator, awaking all that is evil in humans.

A leader of the free world?

Some of my friends are supporting this evil man. They voted for him.

Friends? Are we friends? Is there something I do not know about them?

“Avoid talking politics with them”, I have been told.

During these difficult times am I supposed to avoid discussing my fears, to not share my thoughts?

Talk about “safe” things like the weather, the kids…..What are the “safe” subjects with people we call friends?

Maybe that is what is needed to see who our friends really are?

Crises, difficult and troubling times, tragedy.

But I do know these people. People who voted for Trump.

They would help me if the need arose, they have good families, they are nice people.

And yet they elected this psychopath to be our Commander in Chief!

These seemingly decent people just disregarded all the norms of decency and trusted this man with the Presidency.

They put the future of our country in the hands of a narcissistic egomaniac.

What happened to them?

Was I wrong to call them friends?

It is so sad, so hard to be disappointed in people I respected.

I am losing friends.

Who my friends are?

Bush’s Presidential Library. A Puppet President.

Being a good man (but a lousy President and an ignoramus) Bush’s first concern are our children – our future. That is what he said: “The illiteracy level of our children are appalling” (Washington, D.C.; January 23 , 2004.). Another one: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” (Florence, S.C.; January 11, 2000

 

Cheney the real President
The puppeteer.

Being a good man (but a lousy President and an ignoramus) Bush’s first concern are our children – our future. That is what he said: “The illiteracy level of our children are appalling” (Washington, D.C.; January 23 , 2004.). Another one: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” (Florence, S.C.; January 11, 2000

Of course a library-even Bush library is about books. And who could have said it better than Man himself: “One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

Brainless Prsident
A puppet.

Bush legacy-a puppet president. In my opinion W. is not evil – his puppeteers are. Unfortunately Bush was not smart enough to understand that he is not smart enough to be President. And people who put him up there new that.

Tax cuts

Budget deficit. Bush Left Obama a $1.2 Trillion Deficit

 The fact is Bush inherited a $5.7 trillion debt, which became a $10.6 trillon debt.http://www.factcheck.org/2011/08/reid-wrong-on-bushs-economic-record/ Part of the reason Bush ran up the deficit is tax cut. But he definitely had reasons to do so: “The reason I believe in a large tax cut is because it’s what I believe.” (Washington, D.C.; December 18, 2000. And to reinforce his arguments that is what W. said later on: “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe, and what I believe-I believe what I believe is right.” (Rome, Italy; July 22, 2001) Very powerful – who can argue with that?

Wars. Of course Bush had compelling reasons to invade Iraq:I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.” –as quoted in Bob Woodward’s Bush at War. Any questions?

War casualties
Bush’s war

Under President Bush leadership, more than 7,077 Americans (military and/or civilian) were killed and 40,030 wounded by foreign terrorists or fighters either on U.S. soil or “in theater” during military operations. These 47,107 casualties don’t include non-hostile deaths of deployed troops (another 1,050), nor do they include the thousands of cases of PTSD and other long-term after-effects of multiple deployments. http://www.bushtoll.com/

George W. Bush job approval during his Presidency 27% ttp://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/04/george-w-bushs-legacy-by-the-numbers/.

International standing. That what our Coomander in Chef and the leader of the free world said:I’m going to say it in the administration, it is important for us to use our resources and technologies to develop such a system so as to make threats to people around the world that, you know, as obsolete as possible, as irrelevant as possible. And that threat’s not only in the Far East, but in the Middle East, as well, and to our own homeland.” — CNN interview, Apr. 25, 2001. Enlightening!

Now this is deep! “Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.” -George W. Bush, in a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Sept. 24, 2001. Very impressive. That should be on the wall too. So future generations will read and wonder. 

Below are some statistic on how the US is perceived around the world. Poll indicates positive ratings by populations of the following countries:

Country

2000 rating

2008 rating

Change

Pakistan

23%

19%

-4

South Africa

65%

60%

-5

Brazil

56%

47%

-9

Spain

50%

33%

-17

Poland

86%

68%

-18

France

64%

44%

-20

Mexico

68%

47%

-21

Argentina

50%

22%

-28

Japan

77%

50%

-27

Great Britain

83%

53%

-30

Indonesia

75%

37%

-38

Turkey

52%

12%

-40

Germany

78%

31%

-47

 

Katrina disaster and Bush
Stooges

Katrina disaster. W. was very proud: “Brownie here did a heck of a job job”  Yes he did. Nobody else could have done a worse job.             “The criticism of the government response to Hurricane Katrina consisted primarily of condemnations of mismanagement and lack of preparation in the relief effort in response to Hurricane Katrinaand its aftermath.”

But critics are wrong! Our President did care: You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold.” –CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans’  Yes Mr. President. They are poor and they are black. Both are alien to you.

Supreme court judges. Bush nominated. Roberts and Alito. Their major accomplishment – “Corporations are people” in effect destroyed our Democracy. America’s corporations today enjoy an absolute reign. They and they alone have the power to control the rules under which they function. They have the first say on the allocation of public resources and they have exempted themselves from nearly all financial obligations to the nation and its people. This is not a prediction of what’s to come. This is the present state of affairs, the America we live in right now.”Robert Augustus Gardner Monks, who in his eight decades has been CEO of an oil and coal business, a corporate lawyer, a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc

Over the Bush’s Presidential library’s grand entrance I propose to install Bush’s quote: “One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures” (US News & World Report; January 3, 2000)

Bush's Presidential library
Bush’s legacy – a disaster.

Also to make his contributions to the world and to our country complete W. made history in science:

Bush’s equation: Any “C” student can become President.

                         Any President can have a library.

                         Any “C” student can have a library.

A variation of the formula: Any “C” student becoming a President can destroy the country and get a Presidential library.

In conclusion I just wonder how future generations will try to understand why this buffoon was elected President. Twice.