A Handful of Mini-Rants

Yesterday, I shared a post of Gronda’s telling about the arrests of immigrants working at Koch Foods, the cruelty of the administration and ICE agents acting on behalf of Trump & Co.  More than a few times I have written about the cruelty of the administration ripping children from their parents arms, putting them in detention centers that are no better than prison camps, depriving them of basic human necessities.  I don’t know about you folks, but I’m getting sick and tired of this administration’s lack of compassion, lack of humanitarian values.  I am in a ranty mood tonight, so buckle up …

jimmy-aldoudJimmy Aldaoud has lived in the U.S. ever since he was six months old. Born a refugee in Greece, his parents migrated to the U.S. legally in 1979. He was a member of the Chaldean Catholic minority, many of whose members fled Iraq following the second U.S. invasion. He did not speak Arabic and had never been to Iraq. But when he encountered legal issues in the United States, which his lawyer attributed to his mental health issues including paranoid schizophrenia, he was deported to Iraq by the Trump Administration.

Jimmy Aldaoud had Type I diabetes and was insulin-dependent.  He had no family, knew nobody in Iraq.  Shortly after arriving there, he was filmed in a video where he said …

“I’ve been sleeping in the street. I’m diabetic. I get insulin shots. I was throwing up… sleeping in the streets, trying to find something to eat. You know, I got nothing over here.”

Jimmy Aldaoud is now dead because he could not get the insulin he needed.  No … actually, he is dead because the Trump administration decided to deport a man who lived in this country for 40 years.

Yo folks!  Remember in 2016, during the never-ending presidential campaign, when Donald Trump said that he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it?  Remember that?  Well, those of us with functional brains knew the instant he said it that Mexico wasn’t going to pay for the wall.  Why should they?  They aren’t the ones who asked for a damn wall, and the president of the U.S. has no leverage to force another country to pay for his own ego trip.

Well, guess what?  Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall … YOU are!!!  The latest is a proposal by the Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, a republican (go figure) from Alabama (go figure, again) that would transfer some $5 billion from the departments of Labour, Health & Human Services (HHS), and Education in order to divert those funds for … you guessed it … Trump’s wall!

It is not a done deal yet, for even if it gets the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate, it would still need to pass in the Democratic majority House of Representatives, but the fact that Mr. Shelby and his cohorts think this is a good idea should raise the hackles of every single citizen in this nation.  Taking away from health care for the poor and elderly, and taking away from the education of our young!

Ironically, in Shelby’s last campaign, he campaigned on cutting wasteful spending.  So, does he consider saving lives and educating our children to be wasteful, yet building a stupid wall that serves no purpose other than to stroke the ego of a megalomaniac not wasteful???  Where is the man’s brain?  Better yet, where is his conscience?  Oh, that’s right … he’s a republican.

Martha McSally of Arizona lost the election in 2018 for U.S. Senate to Democratic candidate, Kyrsten Sinema, and yet, Martha McSally sits in the U.S. Senate today.  Why?  Because republican Governor Doug Ducey appointed her to replace the late Senator John McCain after McCain’s death.  Martha McSally is another republican fool who believes that any single gun regulation is unconstitutional and that mass shootings really aren’t the federal government’s problem nor responsibility.

It won’t surprise you to know that McSally has an “A” rating with the NRA and is in their pockets.   She was one of the nation’s largest 2018 recipients of campaign contributions from gun-rights organizations, with more than $200,000 in gun money.

“Just like I can sell my car, I can sell my gun. Any restrictions on that at gun shows or other places is just absolutely unconstitutional.”

There is a word for her, but out of respect for my readers, I shall leave that to your own imagination.

It seems to me that this nation no longer stands for anything.  We once welcomed people from other nations who were seeking a better life, or fleeing from persecution, but now they are called ‘vile and reprehensible’ by the so-called leaders of our nation, and are treated abominably, in violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  We once promoted something called the “American Dream”, but it turns out that dream was only allowed to white, straight, Christian males.  We once spoke of “liberty and justice for all”, but today that is a joke, unless again, you are white, straight, Christian and male.  What does this nation stand for … what is its value?  As best I can tell, it stands for the wealthy people, for big businesses, for making money … but only for a few … less than 1% of the people of this nation are currently represented in our government.  Why don’t we do a thorough housecleaning and see if we can restore some values to this country?  Because we have no power and are quickly losing our voice.  If we don’t raise our voices very loudly and very soon, we will be living as the German and Italian people did in 1940.  Think about it.

87 thoughts on “A Handful of Mini-Rants

  1. OK, this lot are obviously nopt able to understadn the subtle and complex explanations of the interactions of Human Societies and the trageides which await when they use narrow arguments.
    So I will explain in language they understand:
    ‘Hey! S**t-heads. You are f****ing the country up! It’s one nation a**holes 🖕🖕.’
    (Or do you think I was too subtle? 🙄)

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  2. Hello Jill. I have been thinking a lot about the M.S. St. Louis. The ship of Jewish refuges turned away from our country in 1939. It send chills in me the similarity to today. I know hate when I see it, I have been hated all my life by some. I know bigotry when I see it as I have felt bigotry all my life. I know wrong when I see it and I see it in my country today. I hope we are not too late to fix it. Jill as always you have shown the light on what others want hidden. Thank you. Hugs


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    • Yes, the St. Louis and the internment camps were among the most shameful moments in U.S. history. Wouldn’t you think we’d learn something from our mistakes? But no, sigh, the bigots in all forms never go away … they only get shamed and slither under their rocks, waiting for the moment someone blows the dog whistle and says it’s okay for them to come back out again. That is what Trump has done, and they are running amok. Sigh. Hugs.

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        • No … I think they will still be there. Depending on who that democrat is, they may slink back under their rocks for a bit. But, if the democrat is a woman or a person of colour, they will stay out in the open, beating their war drums, complaining vociferously about everything, and causing as much trouble as they possibly can. We will never get rid of them … the best we can hope for is to send them back under the rocks for a while. Sigh. Hugs!

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  3. Aged, white, evangelical, domestic terrorists are running scared because their secrets have been aired. We (those of us who still live by a moral compass) have discovered what they truly are. It’s been hiding in America’s sewers, but has now been exposed to the light of justice and reason. 🙏

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  4. Ranting is good! And you are a great ranter! But at some point someone has to start acting upon those rants, and it makes me sick that I can no longer do that acting. All I can do these days is rant along beside you.
    We are the old. Short decades ago we took to the streets, and peacefully (for the most part) made our presence felt. Now with our walkers and wheelchairs young people barely notice us. They don’t want to see what they might become. They think that if they play the game they won’t ruin their bodies, or their insurance policies. For them I hope they are right.
    But I highly doubt it. At some point you have to fight (hopefully without violence) for what you believe is right.
    We are holding out our torches to the younger folk. The sooner they take them the better…

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    • Hello Rawgod. I know what you mean about not really being able to put your boots on the ground to protest. But we are doing our part here on the internet, we are spreading the news, and inspiring others who can do the foot work. When you mentioned wheelchair it reminded me of what I read today. I wonder if we have no decency left and are headed to the world of the “Robocop” movies. Hugs


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        • Hello Rawgod. Do not give up on our species just yet. While there is plenty of evidence some of us would eat our own young for money, there is those older ones of us and the new younger motivated ones who may just get something done for the betterment of all. Hugs

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          • True Scottie, but the numbers aren’t there for us “old fogeys.” And I’ve seen too many inspired youth turn coats and philosophies soon after they turned 25, my own generation included.

            Meanwhile, here is a song for seniors and seniors-to-be to be sung in-the-round wherever they might gather:

            I’m an old fogey now
            Never thought I’d get here no how
            S’posed to be dead by 30
            Now I’m 60
            Groovy, wow

            (repeat till death)

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        • Hello Jill it is about leaving these people with nothing. So they either disappear either by dying or by leaving for another city / county / state. I remember when Florida use to round up homeless people and put them on buses with out their consent with one way tickets to other states. Just to get rid of them. We have a huge homeless problem in the US and we need to face it. Hugs

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      • True. But I feel so useless activity-wise. I know Iam not the person I was 50 years ago, but I long to do something. But a one-man protest march for one city block is not very effective.After that I would have to sit on my walker and nap…

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              • In My Opinion:
                This is a result of what I call spiritual evolution. As we slowly evolve our spiritual beings (not religious) we are coming to realize that all life is connected. The majority of such beings (who are still a small minority of the population of this world at this time) are at the “human connection” level, but that is a big improvement over what came before.
                It is the backlash to this evolution of our spirits that the populist movements are all about. I was expecting the backlash, but I was surprised at the fury of it. What is so great about hating your fellow humans, or wantonly killing other living beings? People seem to have this need to be superior, and their religious texts (for the most part) feed this need. It is a sad part of human history, but if we can survive nuclear war and climate disasters and whatever else is coming, my feeling is spiritual evolution cannot be stopped.
                If we survive! And right now I think we are not going to…

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                • Oh I do agree in the main.
                  I would divert with the interpretation of religious texts as a whole and would suggest many of the messages are exactly for those qualities we are seeking. The problem arises with those who wilfully or out of fear and ignorance who misread these.
                  One parallel lies with the examination of Socialism/ Communism. When Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital he did not have in mind Lenins, Stalins Maos or Pol Pots running the system with their predilections for mass slaughter….Speaking as one on the hard left I can tell you I have read as much intolerance, bigotry and ignorance there as you would care to meet on the Right.
                  The problem lies in the flaws and, again, the wilful capacity to seek the mean spirited, ignorant solution, normally out of fear..a quality with the egotistical opportunists are only to willing to tap into.
                  Evolution therefore is a hard and unforgiving custodian…A species screws up and fails to adapt…..squelch….hello fossil status….and for us being here a short time we won’t even get to be a smear…only evidence might be in the ecological records of some ‘odd’ spike in the weather and radiation levels…..Pfft…gone…..(and nothing you can do about it little Donnie)

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    • Awww … thanks, my friend! I’ve had lots … LOTS … of practice ranting! But you’re right … ranting and trying to get people to listen is about as much as I can do at this point. The action has to come from those younger and sturdier than I. If only the young would, in fact, take these torches before they singe our fingers, I would be ever so grateful. I’m tired. I would like to pass the torch and then sleep.

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  5. Jill, this thought quite often pops into my mind as I read your rants and snarks…we speak the same language, but you express yourself in ways that I cannot. It is your last paragraph that should cause each of us to pause and consider the ramifications of where our country has been heading since Jan. 2017. As you know, I am a reader and much/most of what I am reading of late tells me that we should be very afraid of what is happening right before our eyes. It also tells me that we had better not only take notice, but do something to stop it…NOW! Yesterday I read a piece in Common Dreams dated August 9, 2019 that was written by Steven Rosenfeld, he edits the Voting Booth, titled “Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies.” It is lengthy and contains some appalling truths, but entirely worth the time. The lawyer is Burt Neuborne and his book published on August 6, 2019 is “When At Times The Mob is Swayed : A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Democracy”. I have ordered that book and will begin reading it as soon as it arrives. It seems to me that if we continue to wait for our currently elected government officials to do the right thing, we may be waiting in vain. As the late Milton Berle said : “You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.”…or act!! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you, my friend! You have just paid me a high compliment, for you express yourself quite well, in my book! I agree that my radar tells me we should be afraid, be very afraid, and I am disgusted by those who would applaud the atrocities of the day.

      I have found the piece by Rosenfeld in Common Dreams, and bookmarked it to read tomorrow, for it is nearly 4:00 p.m. and I am close to calling it a ‘night’. But yes, I started making the comparisons between Trump & Hitler in 2016, even before the election, based on his behaviour at his rallies, how he would call for people to be beaten up, how he riled the masses to a frenzied pitch. And people called me an ‘alarmist’. Today, those same people are silent.

      Today, I find that those safeguards we thought we could count on — checks & balances, Congress, the Judiciary — are failing and I know not where we go from here, I know only that we must not quit yet, must not stop fighting against the atrocities, else we will end up … just like the people of Germany in the 1930s – 1940s.

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  6. Jill, conservative pundit David Brooks has added another description to his concerns over the US president. Two years ago, hr quoted someone in the know about White House defining it as “equal parts chaos and incompetence.”

    Friday, he noted that Democrats are debating the use of the terms “racist” and “white supremacist,” but the one they should focus on is “sociopath,” someone devoid of feeling empathy. Brooks cited his thumbs up with a picture of the baby of parents killed at the El Paso shooting as yet one more example.

    Brooks has said often that Dems are missing the mark – focus on what kind of country do we want to be? A hateful one or a kind one? Keith

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    • Sociopath … one without any feeling of empathy … doesn’t that define not only Trump, but a number of his minions just perfectly? That picture … the first time I saw it was a WTF moment, my jaw dropped, and I thought “Surely NOT … even he wouldn’t be so callous”. As to your last point, though … it seems that there are a large portion who would prefer we be a nation of haters. Sigh. 😥

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  7. I am becoming mentally reclusive, just as I am now old enough to do what I want and be what I want I now fear going to public venues or going places alone. I am bereft over the future being torn from my children and grandchildren’s lives. Worse thing of all has been to discover just how many people are willing to sell out so they can keep their things, remain among the ‘popular’ party and care nothing for ntegrity, human decency or that worlf itself is in a death spiral.

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    • I certainly understand, and I am much the same. I have never liked crowds, but now I find I simply cannot be in a crowd. A few days ago, we were in a large international market, and I got lost trying to find the bathroom and panicked, texted my daughter to “Come find me!!!” There is much over which to despair, but I think … I think that we simply cannot stop trying to change things, cannot give up all hope for the future. Hugs, my friend.

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  8. I love you, dear friend! I love the way you ‘play’ with your words! Most of all I love the fact that when I read your words they come straight from your heart and literally could come from my exactly like yours!! … and that’s the only ‘straight thing’ I have!! 🥰🥰

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    • 😊 Talk about “Playing with words”, your last sentence was quite a good play on words! I love you too, my dear friend! We are indeed soulmates in our humanitarian values, as well as our love of music! One of these days, we will meet in person and share a bottle of wine and talk into the wee hours of the night! ❤

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