Anger and Shame.

Forget for now the economic impact on this country (which will be significant), but the ability, human ability of fairness, compassion – where is it? My heart breaks when I imagine these kids being devastated, their lives, their dreams shattered by an evil, merciless man, the man who by an unlikely set of circumstance is occupying the Oval Office.

An impostor.

Trump Land, it was called America once.

Seems like a long time ago.

Land of the free. Beacon of the world.

People have dreamed about this land, the land where they would not be afraid to speak, to walk, to live; the land where one can start a new life, fulfill a dream; the land that accepted, welcomed the oppressed, the hungry; the land for the dreamers; the land that has been loved and respected around the world.

America – hope for humanity; America – the leader of the free world.

This land, this America, that accepted, welcomed those looking for a new beginning.

This America is no more.

I feel anger, anger and shame. How come the land of the free elected this man – a pathological liar, a con man, an impostor, a man totally devoid of human virtues, of all that makes us human.

Sometimes I try to imagine how it feels being Trump, how our so-called President sees the world. No compassion, no understanding, no knowledge of the world, no desire to help your fellow human. Continue reading “Anger and Shame.”

Lazy Conscience.

If we want to make a difference in this society and if we really care, then we shouldn’t speak up only when we have nothing better to do. Don’t wait until you “ find the time for it.” If you really care, you will find the time to fight for what you know is right and not just if a policy directly affects you.

Don't look for excuses.
Speak up!

If we want to make a difference in this society and if we really care, then we shouldn’t speak up only when we have nothing better to do. Don’t wait until you “ find the time for it.” If you really care, you will find the time to fight for what you know is right and not just if a policy directly affects you. 

There is such a human trait as compassion…kindness…a desire to help.  When you look at a kid who is hungry, for you it is your child.  Not somebody’s poor kid.  You don’t think “my kids are fine” and go about doing your “important” things.

If you really care, if you feel strongly about any issue like guns or student loans or hunger or poverty you need to speak up. You don’t look for an excuse as why you are not doing it.  No.  You do it, you let Compassion and actions.your voice be heard because you feel that you have to.  You want to scream.  You want to fight.  Because you have to. You fight against greed and hatred and stupidity.  You fight because indifference, violence and bigotry goes against the very fabric of your being.  You raise your voice because that is who you are. It is like water and air.  You feel poisoned seeing all the injustice in our country, in the world.

People who act because they cannot be quiet do not need “motivation”.  People who speak up against injustice,

Be honest with yourself
Be honest

against stupidity and racism feel hurt when somebody else is hurting.  They don’t do it for a reward or for recognition.

So silent majority, please be honest with yourselves and admit that you don’t really care…as long as it does not affect you directly.  Don’t look for a “good” excuse to quiet your conscience.  Just look at yourself in the mirror while nobody is watching and admit to your image that you don’t really care enough.  And by doing so you, at last, will be honest.

My Friend George Dunn, Citizen

The ability to modify and change ones view of the world is uniquely human. George was an honest man, a decent American, a citizen. For George, it was simple and obvious: citizens don’t attempt to buy elections; citizens don’t exploit the ignorance, the fears, and the prejudices of others. Citizens don’t deny the people’s lawful right to vote. Citizens are not driven by greed and avarice; they are driven by a sense of what is good; what is fair; and what is compassionate.

“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.” President Obama, Democratic National Convention, Sept. 6, 2012.

Forty four years ago I met George Dunn. I lost my dear George just a few days before President Obama delivered his acceptance speech uttering those elegant words in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Though George had stage four lung cancer, we were both certain that we would be sitting together watching the election returns in November.  It won’t happen.  I am sad.

Lt. George W. Dunn Jr.

The tall, good- looking, bright, young man from America’s heartland whom I met in the fall of 1968 was the iconic American. He was certainly not anything like me, a 5’9″, 140 pound Jewish kid raised in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. George was a big man, a handsome man, well over six feet and 200 pounds, with a deep radio announcer voice.  Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, he successfully battled polio as a child; his dad owned the local Dr. Pepper bottling plant.  His mother was a “Seward” a pioneer Bloomington family.  George graduated from Indiana University where he played center on the football team, was a “Young Republican “, read Ayn Rand, and was a member of ROTC.  Continue reading “My Friend George Dunn, Citizen”

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