Friday, 1/27/17, Public Square



by | January 27, 2017 · 12:27 pm

5 responses to “Friday, 1/27/17, Public Square

  1. What is so exasperating to me is how Republicans spew their nonsense that Obama put so many millions on the welfare rolls.

    I guess that 2008 economic collapse under their boy GW Bush was just a trip in the park?

    The year was 1986 and our 6-yr-old son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. The hospital social worker advised my husband and me to get divorce and the I would qualify as a single mother with two kids (we have an older daughter). The kids would get free health care until they were legal age of 18. I would qualify for food stamps and Section 8 housing subsidies.

    So – that was in 1986 and REAGAN was in the White House.

    The year was 2007 – I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer with a grim prognosis. The hospital Billing representative called me on the day after I was discharged and demanded my portion of the 29-day hospital stay. As it turned out, my health insurance did pay $168,000 and this billing rep was harassing me the day after my discharge for my portion.

    I had just been gutted like a fish and I no longer have a belly button – that is gone – but the foot-long scar is a daily reminder of what hell must be like.

    Oh – and I also had a colostomy bag right next to this foot-long surgical wound that was still very, very raw and tender.

    The colostomy was temporary (thank God) while I went through chemo treatments.

    Again – this hospital billing rep advised me to get a divorce, quit my part time job and then Medicaid would pay for all my future health care bills.

    This time – the hospital was CATHOLIC owned and they actually wanted me to get a divorce.

    But – again – the year was 2007 – and guess who was in in office? George W. Bush – Republican.

    So- when Republicans spew their Alternative Facts about how Democrats are the ones that push people into Welfare – just say – OH HELL NO.

  2. Dear World,

    We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.

    We know many of you have lived under malevolent, unhinged Dictators before, but this is new for us. For its history our nation has been led by men who, despite their varying flaws and deficiencies, some of which were quite disturbing—were by and large, normal human beings. Whatever darkness in them, they had at the very least, a baseline of humanity and decency that more often than not insured rational behavior.

    This man is not normal.

    He is unstable, malignant, devoid of integrity—and he does not speak for us.

    Please understand that nearly three million more people voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton than for him. (Yes, we realize this is completely screwed-up). Millions more voted for other candidates, and sadly nearly 90 million of our people did not vote at all. The point is, the vast majority of Americans are not with him. He does not speak for us. His America is not our America.

    Over the past week, we’ve watched long erected pillars of our Republic bulldozed in the stroke of a madman’s pen. We’ve seen the very hallmarks of who we are as a nation tossed in the garbage; the celebration of diverse coexistence, the open welcome to the oppressed, the guarantee of unalienable rights for every person, the same access to health and opportunity and safety afforded to everyone, the freedom to speak without censor or restraint. At this moment these are all in great jeopardy.

    Things we took for granted in our leadership: things like goodness, wisdom, and basic truthfulness are no longer in play, and as things are eroding quickly we wanted to let you know that we’re sorry.

    We’re sorry that our apathy and laziness have yielded such a reckless, impulsive, small man to steward this nation.

    We’re sorry for the jagged, bitter ugliness that is characterizing us in these moments.

    We’re sorry to those suffering greatly, who have braved such peril to seek refuge here and who’ve now been turned away based on the faith they profess.

    We’re sorry to our Mexican neighbors who’ve been fashioned into convenient villains for erecting a grandiose, wasteful display of false protection that we do not want.

    We’re sorry to Muslims everywhere who’ve been used as pawns to generate irrational fear among those already susceptible to bigotry and discrimination.

    We’re sorry to the leaders of the world, who instead of being met by level-headed, measured, intelligent dialogue, are now greeted with the social media rantings of a furious child.

    We’re sorry to those who now experience the Christian faith as a racist, Nationalistic bully pulpit wielded with malice toward the very diverse Humanity Jesus lived and died for.

    We’re sorry to people everywhere whose lives are made more tenuous, more violent, less safe, less secure than it has been before.

    We want you to know that this is not who we are. It may be who this man is. It may be who those sharing power with him are. It may even be the tens of millions who originally voted for him (though that support is vanishing quickly among those who not among the religious zealots and extremists).

    But this is not America. It is not the steady, strong beacon of freedom that it was intended to be. It is not the America our people have fought and died for. It is not the one first formed in the crucible of oppression and cast into the words of our ever-disregarded Constitution.

    This is not our America. Our America affirms the inherent, priceless beauty of every human being. Our America declares that no person is ascribed less value because of their skin color, religion, gender, financial means, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or any other variable. Our America is home for those seeking hope and peace and rest.

    And we are going to fight for this America. Through political channels and through grassroots activism, through the use of our Press and of our personal voices, we’re going to expose this man’s incompetence, call out his heart sickness, and condemn every violent, reckless, vicious act when it does not reflect our hearts and our will.

    And we hope that in whatever way you can, that you will stand with us. We know that we have made this mess ourselves. We understand that you have your own problems to contend with, some far more urgent and pressing than this, but we believe that we are a single community; that we are tethered together in our Humanity, that we are in real-time crafting the life our children and their children will inherit.

    Dear World, we’re sorry and we hope you’ll endure these days with us.

    With Despair and Hope in equal measure, in Peace and Unity with you,

    The American Majority

    • Bob White

      Dear World: As already stated “we’re sorry!” No excuse. There is, however, “reason.” Our government is corrupt. It provides mostly for the very wealthy individuals, and for large corporations. This situation in America is largely a result of Christians who are committed to their faith but not the least committed to the teachings of its one Jewish profit and teacher. Such has for some time, recently, changed America especially withing its founding and history, and for that, a majority of our voters have spoken. However, the government’s corruption is prevailing and growing.

      • I disagree – I don’t think these Christians are committed to their faith – they are committed to their version of Christianity. Trump’s supporters are these multi-millionaire preachers, evangelists and televangelists. IMHO – they are nothing more than the money changers that Jesus drove out of the Temple. Which, btw, was the only time Jesus lost his temper.

        And without the true teachings of Jesus Christ – how can one call it Christianity?

        Religions are man-made set of rules to control people.

        Faith in God is Spiritual.

        NEVER confuse the two.