Cultural Stew

You wouldn’t know it to look at my face,

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but I’m part Native American. No. Really.

You would probably guess I’m German or English. And you’d be right on either count. I’m probably a lot of other things as well. I really need to do that spit test.

My grandfather’s mother was full-blooded Native American. Chickasaw? We think. No one knows for sure. She’s not listed on any census and I can’t find her in the Native American registry. But she existed. So that makes me 1/8 Native American. Something that I’m proud of. I don’t know why, but I am. It’s never been something to be ashamed of. Maybe because I look white and no one ever treated me in a negative way (racially). I had other factors though that called attention to being different. Overweight. Artistic. Sensitive. Not much money. And I was made fun of for those things. Minor compared to racism.

I wonder, in the late 19th century when great-grandma met great-grandpa and married, and had several children, did they encounter racism? Disapproval, bias, difficulty? I hope not. But probably. In Oklahoma at the time, maybe it was more common to see mixed couples? I don’t know. That story is lost to our family. Unfortunately.

My family came to this country for opportunity. They were allowed in. The other part of my family was already here! There have been mistakes on all sides, but the American government killed the Native Americans, ground them into dust and pushed them into tiny groups. In fact, our country has a pretty bloody history. Not one to be proud of, IMO. Not all of it anyway.

My family left Germany before the war. Danke Gott! But some extended family may have stayed, don’t know, probably. Know where they came from before Germany? France.

All that being said, I can’t imagine excluding someone because they need a place to go. Or especially when they were born in America or were brought here at a very young age. Jesus didn’t hold people at arm’s length. Jesus loved sinners, Samaritans (considered dirty foreigners by Judeans) and people of all kinds. I understand there are limited resources and other considerations, but IMO the politicians setting policy that don’t consider immigrants as people are not Christians.

God included everyone in salvation. Not just Israel. Where would we be if He built a wall around the Promised Land?

Some of the nicest, hardest-working, finest, most moral people I have ever met have been immigrants. So why is this an issue now?

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Enough!

I wish the MEDIA would stop saying things like “Trump just ruined another Obama legacy.”

NO! He didn’t. He’s ruining our legacy! The American people’s legacy! If he’s ruining anything, it is our collective history, achievement and future. If Obama did anything, he did it for the American people.

It’s not a matter of politics, partisanship or petty presidential problems. This is OUR country. And we are the only ones to save it.

Thank you, Obama, for whatever you did. For protecting things that needed protecting. But it is up to us, our House, our Senate, our nation to do the things we need to do to make the planet a better place. Climate, energy, conservation, kindness, patience, reason, rationale. And that’s not happening.

I believe the Senate will slowly be replaced with Democrats over the next 4-year period because of the damage Trump is doing to the Republican party. But it won’t be soon enough to stop these insane rollbacks, setbacks and f-ups.

This isn’t a Trump/Obama thing. This is a real people in the USA thing. Anything that’s happening is our collective responsibility.

We still hold the German people of the 1940s somewhat responsible for what happened in their country because, “What did they do to stop it?”

What have we done to stop this guy??

We are distracted by the cock while the fox is in the hen house!

The media IMO, overall, is doing a poor job at reporting the facts on both sides. Less opinion, please. It doesn’t help.

Day Without a Woman

A day without a woman
Is a lifetime without:
Soft edges
Warm smiles
Tender kisses
Multi-tasking
Reason married to wit.

A day without women
Is a world without:
2nd income
Only income
Only parent
Teachers
Nurses
Presidents
Pastors
Mothers
Wives
Daughters
Family
Students
Leaders
Care
Lawful, peaceful resistance and protest.

We gather to make a difference.
We don’t loot. Or grab. Or lie.
Like Elizabeth and Maya,
We persist and rise!

#neverthelessshepersisted

#daywithoutawoman

#daywithoutwomen

Lies, Criminality, and Foreign Interests

Or, the opposite. Honesty, Fairness, and the American Ideal-sound familiar?

How about-truth, justice, and the American way?

So cliche, right? But it’s not just a catchy phrase. Who said it first? Super-friggin’-man. That’s right. SUPERMAN. He was fighting for it. But he never got it. Except for a short, gleaming moment at (maybe) the beginning and definitely by the end of every episode or comic book. But an oh-so brief respite in the ever-undulating pit of human depravity we call Earth. I’m surprised Superman didn’t just give up and head to outerspace for a less needy planet. But he had pity on us. Like a regular Jesus Christ.

Have you ever noticed the parallels between Superman and Jesus? The only son of a God-like being, who sacrificed himself for all of humanity to save the weak and powerless? I’m pretty sure that’s why Godspell Jesus (Victor Garber) wore a Superman t-shirt. Right? I’m sure someone has already penetrated the deep meaning of the Superman-Jesus connection. Anyway, I’m a Christian, but that’s not what this post is about.

It’s the ideal, Christian or not, that America is a place for honesty, fairness and freedom (American way). That’s what it means to me anyway. An ideal of modern human existence. Where anyone can be anything that they want to be. Reach for the stars! Be anything they were born to be. A right to fulfill their personal destiny and choice. Let’s face it, even God gave us choice. God-given right to choose.

But what I see, more and more, is the refusal to see or acknowledge another’s choice. Or right. Misguided as it may be. On both sides! So what if you don’t agree? You don’t have to live that choice. Right? What does it hurt you to love someone where they are? So much hatred and anger on both sides. Toward each other. You should be upset with those in office. Not your fellow citizen.

Trump said he would drain the swamp. When? Waiting. Appointing a billionaire (Amway) to Secretary of Education is not a great start. Did you know her father-in-law was the co-founder of Amway?? USA’s education system is now a pyramid scheme: co-founders Trump and DeVos. IMO! And why can’t we investigate his ties to Russia? They wanted to fry Hillary Clinton for emails, something they are guilty of themselves. Ahem, Pence. So why the unending hypocrisy??

I listened to Trumpy’s speech last night. Reasonable. I agree, he finally did not sound stupid. But I remember G.W. Bush’s state-of-the-union in which he addressed pursuing renewable energy. Way back in the 2000s. We didn’t see that, did we? He talked about fuel cell technology and running after it. When the Republicans take office, it seems we see decades-long obstruction to forward progress with renewable energy, conservation and planet protection. They talk a good game, but it’s just that, a game. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, why wouldn’t you move toward planet-friendly energy that’s cheaper and cleaner? We are seeing a move toward this, but it’s taken 16 years? And not through Bush, not through Trump, but through Obama and Earth-friendly legislation. Taxes and laws that promote industry to accept the challenge of treating our world with care and thought. REGULATION!

Fuel with only a by-product of pure water? Which would you rather drink? Water or used oil? Which would you rather breathe? Air or carbon dioxide? I think it’s a simple decision.

After Trump’s speech, I can only conclude one thing. He’s accepted the game and is playing like a pro. Except, the game is rigged and we all lose. He’s going to fumble this ball and then Congress will cry foul. The two teams playing in DC are the Donkeys and Elephants. They are trying to kill each other out there. But we don’t have to. Let’s stop playing this game. They work for us. They have us distracted with partisan policy. The Democrats are no better on many issues. Let’s demand more from our public servants.

I’m tired of having a wait-and-see attitude. It doesn’t get better. We have to do something. And if you are tired of seeing my political posts (Facebook), I’m sorry that it makes you uncomfortable. But, we don’t change until we are uncomfortable. People will die without medical care. We have to have more than access to care, we need a way to pay for it. I hope that Trump means even half of what he said last night, but I fear it’s all smoke on which we will choke.

No Superman is coming to save the day. We have to save ourselves and our way of life.

FYI-if the muscular man waving a flag in a skintight outfit (above) doesn’t disturb you because it’s Superman and the American flag, but a gay man waving a rainbow flag in the same skintight outfit does? You might be a bigot, homophobe or downright un-American. Get it, Superman!

Never Needed

Never raped; never robbed.
Never threatened, molested, accosted or mobbed.

Never needed a gun.

The only man to ever abuse me
Was my dad who always accused me
Of being:
Lazy.
Fat.
Less than.
Ungrateful.
Worthless.

He owned 2 guns.

So if you ask me, “Do you want a gun?”
I would say, “No. Why would I need one?”

I’m beginning to wonder though.

If everyone who needs a gun
Buys a pistol. Rifle. AR-15. Grenade-lobbing launcher…
How will I protect my body? My daughter’s body?! My rights?
My right to exist.
How will I defend myself against those who have an entire arsenal at their disposal?

Do I want to live in a country
where I am required to arm myself
against those who would hunt me?
(Because they are paranoid
that the world is coming for:
their rights,
their guns,
their women
and most importantly,
their stuff!)

No.

No more alabaster cities that gleam,
We’d be no better than 3rd-world regime.
The kind that grabs power by force.
The kind that keeps boots on the necks of the poor.
The kind that muzzles our boisterous press.
The kind that punishes peaceful protest.
The kind that installs corrupt institution.
The kind that criminalizes sacrosanct Constitution.

No.

I don’t want to live with that.
I don’t want to die with that either.
But, no.
I will never need a gun.
Never needed a passport either…