Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Georgia Senator David Perdue engages in racist behavior deliberately for laughs.

When Georgia Sen. David Perdue served as the opening act for President Trump at a recent rally, he turned his attention to Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, his colleague of three years in the Senate.

Or as Perdue referred to her: “KAH'-mah-lah? Kah-MAH'-lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”

The crowd roared with laughter.

My stomach dropped.

Editor's note - Make sure you vote today and take a family member or friend with you, and vote these bad actors out of office.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Moving towards a more socialistic democracy would dismantle the U.S. caste system


The majority of America’s peer nations have some form of free or low-cost healthcare coverage. The writer Jonathan Chait noted America’s singular indifference, unique among developed nations, toward helping all of its citizens. He connected this hard-heartedness to the hierarchy that arose from slavery. He found that even conservatives in other wealthy nations are more compassionate than many Americans.


Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste (Oprah's Book Club) (p. 354). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 


A caste system builds rivalry and distrust and lack of empathy toward one’s fellows. The result is that the United States, for all its wealth and innovation, lags in major indicators of quality of life among the leading countries in the world.


Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste (Oprah's Book Club) (p. 354). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 


I had a 71 year old white female married 53 years, with four children and 10 grandchildren tell me yesterday that she is voting for Trump because she is afraid, otherwise, the country will “turn into socialism and I’m scared what that would mean for my children and grandchildren.” She seemed to be a very smart and articulate woman and very adamant. What is it that she is so afraid of?


She apparently doesn’t know that the countries that have social democracy have greater indicators of well being and higher levels of happiness than the U.S. How did socialism become so misunderstood? The idea of the unconscious implementation of the caste system in the U.S. upon which  U S values and the economy are based is a very illuminating and clarifying lens.


Socialistic programs would bring about greater justice, equity, and compassion in our American society all of which would undermine our caste system upon which injustice, inequity, and subjugation are built.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Ruby Sales, Civil Rights Leader, "Where does it hurt?"

 Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. Sales says we must be as clear about what we love as about what we hate if we want to make change. And even as she unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, she names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of today.

For more click here.

In the time of Trumpism there is plenty of hurt to go around. Civil Rights leader, Ruby Sales, takes a different approach to the trauma of racism than to accuse, blame, and judge. She takes the road of compassion and asks all people, victims and victimizers, where does it hurt?

This On Being podcast is well worth listening to.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Symbols of Caste

Across the United States, there are more than seventeen hundred monuments to the Confederacy, monuments to a breakaway republic whose constitution and leaders were unequivocal in declaring the purpose of their new nation. “Its foundations are laid,” said Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy, “its corner-stone rests upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth….With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system.”
Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste (Oprah's Book Club) (p. 335). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
With the glorification and honoring of perpetrators of treason and leaders of subjugation of Blacks, the Blacks in post civil war America had Confederate Leaders looking down on them from pedestals, forcing them to ride on roads dedicated to their honored memory as well as attend schools and do business in buildings named to honor their tormentors and oppressors. Even public holidays in some states such as Robert E Lee day in Mississippi and Alabama celebrate the leader of those who impose the caste system in their states. Flying of the Confederate flag until 2020, a symbol of oppression and subjugation, was a daily reminder of the values and status of the ranks of the caste system unless anyone forget their place.
Is it way past time to remove these symbols of the caste system on which America built its civilization? Are we to be a better nation where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is affirmed and promoted rather than denied and denigrated?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Is the caste system immoral and a sign of spiritual impoverishment?

Question - What do you think? Are Trumpists just ignorant and don't realize they are being conned or do they have some other incentive in voting for his authoritarian view of government?
Answer - Heck yes the Trumpists vote for their interests! Their interests have to do with keeping Christian prayer and Christmas in schools. They want to keep abortion illegal. They want to keep taxes low for a variety of reasons - some don’t want to pay for anyone’s welfare at all, while others want to keep the money to pay for their kids’ education or a decent neighborhood.  (This is true of high-caste, middle-caste and low-caste). 
The Trumpists interests are about hiring whomever they want to hire whether that person is best for the job or she’s their sister-in-law.  They want to keep criminals locked up.  They want to keep their guns to protect their homes and families.  They choose their jobs over the unnecessary environmental regulations. Dad would have a new pick-up if he didn’t have to pay $400 in taxes out of his paycheck and for what? 
The masks are a symbol but the people are killing themselves to make their symbolic statement. It’s like “Don’t Tread on Me.”  There are people who do NOT want the government controlling so much of their lives and charging big bucks to do it.  They want the government controlling criminals - not guns - not Bibles - not their small business. 
Comment - Very good summary of the incentives of Trumpists. They are the descendants of the Reagan Republicans who were taught that government is the problem not the solution and it's every person for him or herself. I think about this attitude as a moral and spiritual issue not only a political and sociological one.
America has always been a highly immoral nation when it comes to human rights and its economic system. With all the religiosity one might think that American values would be more just, equitable, and compassionate, the the Christianity these folks proclaim is not anything that Jesus would recognize as being based on His teachings.
I think Marianne Williamson had it right when she said that the United States needs a moral and spiritual revolution. How low will America have to go before it dawns on us that we cannot continue down this path of avarice and judgmentalism and a subjugating caste system?