10 Seconds of Near Lucidity

Five years ago, even Donald J. Trump had been able to muster a fleeting moment of lucidity re the Stars and Bars… even though, in my book, his chosen word “respect”, belongs nowhere near a discussion of the confederate flag.

With that in mind, I’ve expanded on this timely, related issue…

The early colonists / citizens of America, who had the audacity to enslave people of color should never escape history’s harsh judgment… be they American military geniuses, presidents, framers of constitutional passages or Confederate generals, plantation owners and secessionists.

Considering how enslavement is a crime against humanity, let’s all take the following one question multiple choice quiz…

What would be sufficient posthumous punishment for those who enslaved humanity?

a. scrubbing their names / stories from our history books
b. toppling and melting down their monuments
c. stripping their names off our maps / military bases
d. laundering paper currency to wash off their mugshots
e. all of the above

Hmm… let’s factor in the following wisdom…

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – – – George Santayana

With that in mind…

Let’s promptly expose the inhumane within unflattering, tell-all history books, rebrand their statues “Monuments To Stupidity” and move them into Halls of Shame museums. As for maps, bases and currency, there’s no shortage of virtuous people, who’ve graced society throughout history. Let’s commemorate and venerate them, instead.

Re that aforementioned currency issue, let’s see what happens when fake prez Trump (who idolizes Andrew Jackson), experiences one of his all too frequent fits of bigotry and misogyny… so much so that he delayed the Treasury Department’s redesign of the $20 bill. Their original plan had been to replace slave owner Jackson’s mug with slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s countenance by 2020. Oh, btw, Trump believes the $2 bill would be more appropriate for Tubman. That suggests what? That Klansman Donald devalues her / deems her a 10% person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rudderless U.S.S. America

 

It’d be impossible for all who truly love the real America not to be concerned about what’s been going down here and abroad since last Friday. All of us, who can still think clearly, have become worried sick watching the rudderless ship… the U.S.S. America… seriously off course and getting battered by a raging storm… and rapidly taking on water.

Dissenters’ words and deeds have been akin to fired off distress flares but has anyone even noticed them? Does anyone even perceive the dangers we do… understand our ship is sinking?

Or are genuine, dutifully dissenting patriots being wrongfully viewed as mutineers?

The following brilliant quotations could act like a lighthouse beacon that… if we’re lucky… if it isn’t already too late… will help get the U.S.S. America back on course… back to the safe harbor of sane, sagacious governance for some much needed repairs.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out… because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out… because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out… because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me… and there was no one left to speak for me.”

— Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

— George Washington (1732 – 1799)

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

— George Santayana (1863 – 1962) *

 

* Frequently misquoted as: Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.