Blood on their hands

“…the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter…”

Sarah Huckaby Sanders just uttered those words during her white house press conference concerning the massacre in Las Vegas last night.

She went on to say that this is not the day for debate.

I agree.

This is the day for action.

It’s time to enforce and strengthen gun control laws.

It’s time to make sure that the mentally ill are never allowed to legally purchase guns.

It’s time to dismiss any notion of allowing silencers on guns.

It’s time to provide mental health options for those who are suffering mentally and emotionally, with nowhere to turn.

It’s time to protect Americans from Americans.

Otherwise, we all have blood on our hands.

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Heather Heyer Believed in Activism

Charlottesville, Virginia will now forever be known for the violence that erupted there, and for the murder of a young American woman, Heather Heyer, who was bold enough to make her presence known by lending her light to the dark void of racism, gave the ultimate sacrifice of her life, on Saturday, August 13, 2017.

Thank you Heather. You will not be forgotten.

Hundreds demonstrate in downtown Los Angeles for victims of Charlottesville tragedy and against racism, USA - 13 Aug 2017

Ms. Heyer lived alone with her Chihuahua, Violet, who was named after her favorite color. For her, activism was about more than just “sitting behind your computer screen,” Ms. Blair said. “You gotta get out in your community and do things.”

There are so many people who are better able to articulate their feelings on the events of this past week, that I decided to post a few of their comments here. My own feelings continue to range from anger to dismay to depression over what is happening in this country.

I’ve heard some say that you can’t erase history, which is somehow their confused and nonsensical argument against removing monuments to America’s traitors, which high-light a shameful time in this country when some Americans thought it a fine thing to own other human beings. In fact, our misguided southern ancestors (I am a southerner) thought slavery was such a good idea that they started a war over states’ rights, just so they could continue to own other humans. And get this… many of them claim(ed) to be followers of the one known as Jesus the Christ.

How clueless can people be? 

For the record, as a southerner, I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War. It does not change the fact that they were wrong. States’ rights should never be allowed to strip other human beings of their own rights, one of which is freedom.

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Our president has claimed that “fine” people were at the Charlottesville rally.

Really?

Since when do fine people walk around with Nazi flags?

Since when do “fine” people devote time to defend monuments of America’s traitors, while not giving a second thought to those currently starving in America, or to those who cannot afford adequate health care?

Stephen Colbert expresses my own feelings about the ridiculousness of those claiming we are trying to erase history…

“Yes, taking down a statue is totally changing history. Because the main way anybody learns about history is through statue-based study. That’s how we know that Abraham Lincoln was 20-feet tall and loved sitting down.”

Stephen Colbert

James Corden was actually able to make me smile with the comment below… and smiles have been rare since last Saturday. This was in reference to Trump’s speech yesterday. Trump makes a fairly good speech denouncing white supremacy, the KKK, Nazis, etc., and then follows it up the next day with ignorant remarks about “fine” people.

“Apparently Trump went off-script and improvised all of these remarks during a press conference that was about infrastructure, which is terrible, because I’m pretty sure the first rule of infrastructure is whatever you do, don’t burn bridges.”

James Corden

Heather Heyer believed in activism. That’s why she was in harm’s way. She was there to defend the rights of those whom the alt-right Rally wished to squash.

There is so much more to be said.

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Man Who Barks out Bile

Ah well, the title gives it away, I guess. What man barks out bile (via Twitter)? And yet, that’s not the worst phrase I heard from around the world this week.

The most disturbing sentence I’ve heard and read this week came from an Australian journalist, Chris Uhlmann, who was covering the G20, and guess who he was talking about…

He is a character drawn from America’s wild west, a travelling medicine showman selling moonshine remedies that will kill the patient. And this week he underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world.

Yes, remedies that take away departments that were created to protect us, our environment, and our future on this planet, not to mention the attempt to further limit healthcare to those who need it most. Yes – a death sentence for sure.

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Wait, there’s more…

Although Trump has been a bit better at the delivery of a few speeches, we realize that these speeches are written for him and do not represent his true feelings. However, at least he no longer sounds like a 5th grader who didn’t prepare for his oral book report.

Unfortunately, the following statement pretty much sums up how most Americans feel at this point.

…it is the unscripted Mr Trump that is real. A man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions — like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.

Uhlmann has truly captured the situation better than most editorial opinion makers.

Mr Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters. And there is no value placed on the meaning of words. So what is said one day can be discarded the next.

“So what is said one day can be discarded the next.”

When have we ever tolerated such a disregard for a person’s accountability and ability to speak the truth – especially when that person holds the highest office in the land, if not the world?

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