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     Angry White Men and Their Wives Need Love Too

More and more, politics in the United States is devolving into angry street demonstrations where battle lines
are sharply delineated and the potential for violence is very real.   Folks come out marching in camouflage
and rifles. On the other side are ranged the anti-fascists with their improvised flame-throwers and other
more lethal weapons.  

For the sake of starting this conversation along, I will simplistically refer to the one side as "Angry White
Men" and the other as those other side as "Just as Angry Anti-Angry White Men."  In this polarized
environment more and more of us are being motivated to stand on one side of this street or the other.  
The radical battle cry is "if you are not with us you are against us!"

But wait - let's think a little deeper.   One root of the escalating confrontation is cut and dry demographics.   
Today, as I write this sentence, "non-white" births make up the majority of babies born in our country.   
Coupled with immigration of people perceived to be colored essentially ensures that the United States of
American will become a nation in which "whites" will no longer be the majority, by some estimates in
as early as the middle of this century.

The good news is that no one particular "color" will command the majority, that is everyone is a member
of a minority group insofar as we define ourselves and the other by "color."  Can I, an eternal optimist,
then look forward to the end of racial politics as we now know and practice "majority-rule democracy?"  
Maybe by then we can focus on the real human issues such as eradication of poverty without being
bogged down in racial and color boondoggles.

But this transition is painful as we are feeling it now.  The hurt is also economic.    Blue northern states like
Michigan and Wisconsin turned red in the last election because of voters who feel abandoned as the result
of the continuing loss of jobs from globalization and the lesser understood take-over of factories by robots.
Pure race politics and the reality of economic hard-times combine to cause such discomfort that many seek
to overcome by a desperate resort to racial strength and macho pride.   Mr. Trump shrewdly saw his path to
the White House by catering to the angry white men and their wives, the efforts of the first woman
presidential candidate to no avail.  Sadly, this anger has not been reduced by the election of President
Trump, it has merely worsened.  

The coming together of the gun toting Ku Klux Klan and swastika waving  neo-Nazis is the tip of the
iceberg.   Many more silently seek escape from chronic depression and marginalization through prescription
medication plus street drugs.   So we face the opioid heroin narcotic epidemic right here in Ohio.   Both
manifestations are ways of dealing with the pain and hurt of a fundamental shift in financial security,
social status, even a way of life.

Are we setting the stage to fight another civil war reminiscent of the North -South fratricide of 1861-1865?   
Worse yet, the genocide and atomic bombs of the World War of 1939-1945?   Indeed a few are openly
callingfor such warfare with boots on the bitumen and others are more surreptitiously fanning the embers
using internet ether.   For others hard-ball political campaigning is 24/7, even from the bully pulpit.   But
what are the rest of us to do?  Modern history shows that the exploitation of racial and economic rage
conjoined has caused quite a few very great regrets.   The institution of slavery in the Confederacy,
Jim Crow, and the Holocaust are but some examples.

Nevertheless the temptation to return violence with more of the same is strong.  The urge to hate the other
who hate us is stronger.  Yet others say rather nicely: "taste a dose of your own medicine."   These sentiments
represent the lesser side of human nature.  Eternal wisdom teaches to return hate with kindness, violence
with tough love, alienation with inclusion.    We as a nation are a resilient people of deeper faith and values.
The angry white men, their wives, and children are our neighbors along with the just as angry anti-angry
white men, their wives, and children too.

moomoocow - April 1, 2018.
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             The Participant Observation of Hope
                                    Reflections on Life In the Turn Lane
                                                   March 31, 2018

Been There…Done That.

Cold, rain, and snow weren’t the only things that kept me  home during last Saturday’s local
March for Our Lives. The inclement weather of last weekend contrasted with the heat and humidity
of August, 1963.  Then a friend and I , along with hundreds of thousands of others, strolled down
The Washington Mall at the March in Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There, too, the weather
becamean issue; we finally retreated to our air-conditioned hotel room to watch MLK develop
his Dream on television.

It certainly is exhilarating to become one of thousands: to get an “up-close” panoramic experience
of one’s fellow citizens; to know that others are probably on similar wave lengths; to test one’s
identity in the wider world.  I seem to have a place after all.

I remember 1989 and the daily throngs that hit the streets in Prague until the Communist leaders got
the idea that they were through.  If only that would happen here I thought then.  And now it is.

So I’m thinking again about my place in these mass energy events, since there’s bound to be more of
them. If I won’t put myself in a place of physical danger – where I might be arrested or hit on the head
by a pro or anti demonstrator, where would I stand, whether or not I’m pro or anti ?  Apparently in a
safe place.

I remember my surprise in 2003 when I saw people I knew in the crowd headed toward the
Cincinnati Museum Center.  Our task was to convince Pres. G.W. Bush that invading Iraq
was a dumb idea.  Hmmm, I didn’t know these people  agreed with me; we’d never discussed it.

I know in future demonstrations I won’t join the two people whom I greatly admire who most likely
will be in front of the barricades.  They are always prepared for non-violence.  Why are they able to
do that and I don’t?  Is it just fear?

At least two other factors explain my dilemma.  One is: I love it when I can participate: add my
individual piece to a whole that wouldn’t exist without the US we create together.  I guess it’s the
experience of US I’m after; a version of the African umbutu.  If there’s something I feel strongly
about – racism, stopping executions, gun violence, corruption, wars and I think that group
demonstrations might have a positive effect –  I feel as if I’m helping if I join with others.  It
reduces that frustrating feeling of ‘what can I do about it’.

The other factor is that I like to know how things work – I had a high preference score in mechanics
on the high school Kuder Preference Test.  In order to understand how things work, one has to
look at them;  looking is one of my preferred modalities. How can I understand the crowd and
its potential if I don’t put down my sign, stop singing, step away and look at it?  In my Me mode
I become an observer.  

These times prompt me to reconsider what I might do if street action seems to develop.  I guess it’s a
matter of degree of seriousness.  I was thrilled to see the kids out marching and content to cheer them
on via television – I was also relieved:  Ah, now it’s their turn, I don’t have to, they’ll take care of it.

But most of all I was thrilled by the sense of hope that I felt rising.  It’s been a long time.  We
humans are designed for hope and joy just as we have the capacity for fear and despair. Chris Hedges,
1 author, activist, Presbyterian clergy, connects the dots for me of protest, street action, spirituality
and pins them on hope:

“Hope knows that unless we physically defy government control we are complicit in the violence of the
state. All who resist keep hope alive. All who succumb to fear, despair and apathy become enemies of
hope.”

“Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. Hope does not come
with the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is an action. Hope is doing something. “

“Hope does not believe in force. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice
visited on us all.

Hope sees in our enemy our own face.”

“Hope affirms that which we must affirm. And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.”

There are a lot of injustices that would call me to group protest, however, threat to democracy rises
to the top of my list – so, I can see that,  should our current political situation rise to that level I
won’t have to ponder long between should I grab my cane and march or should I watch?

Beverly Jones, CC 2018
Do Good. Together.

It’s supposed to be spring!
But, at least it’s Easter!! Halleluia!

1.  Chris Hedges:  
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1233428-hope-does-not-mean-that-our-protests-will-suddenly-awaken
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I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman....

My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our
safety to take heed how we commit ourself to armed multitudes for fear of
treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and
loving people.

Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have
placed my chiefest strength and safe guard in the loyal hearts and good will
of my subjects, and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time,
not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of
the battle, to live or die amongst you all, to lay down my life for my God and
for my kingdom and for my people, my honour, and my blood, even in the
dust.

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and
stomach of a king, and a king of England too, and think foul scorn that
Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of
my realm; the which, rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will
take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one
of your virtues in the field.

I know, already for your forwardness, you have deserved rewards and crowns;
and we do assure you, in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In
the meantime my lieutenant-general shall be in my stead, than whom never
prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject, not doubting but by your
obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the
field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of
my kingdom, and of my people.

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arrival of the invasion fleet. Date: August 19, 1588.
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                  THE SANCTUARY CITY IS AN ANCIENT IDEA

       Once upon a time, an angry young man grew jealous of his
brother.  This angry young man was a farmer and when his rage
went out of control, the angry young man killed his brother who
was a herder with a harvesting knife.    When the bloody deed
became known, his family and the tribe all came after him to
avenge the murder of one of their own.    In despair and mortal
fear of his life, he sought help from the king.   To his surprise, the
supreme legislator at that time, put a mark on the angry young man
to let the others know that his life must be spared and indeed he
will have children of his own.  

       The only condition for this display of compassion is that the
angry young man must leave his home.  Cain because he slew Abel
had to go into exile.  After a long journey, he arrived at a place
called Nod, built a city there, and under God's protective mark,
lived on to father a son named Enoch and had many grandchildren
who populated the land.   Nod then is the first sanctuary city
according to the book of Genesis of the Bible.  Having shown
compassion for Cain, God went on to ordain more Cities of Refuge,
namely,  Golan, Ramoth, and Bosor, which are located on the
eastern side of the Jordan River (see Deuteronomy 4:43 and
Joshua 20:8), and three others, Kedesh, Shechem, and Hebron
are on the western side (see Joshua 20:7).

       Today, the idea of sanctuary for immigrants who seek
protection for themselves and their children is being derogated
through tough policies seeking to separate refugee children
from their parents.  Some people conveniently forget that
sanctuary cities are biblical.   Indeed showing compassion for
children is also biblical.   When his students tried to keep children
out of the reach of their teacher, Jesus rebuked them by saying  
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is
for such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."   Baby
Jesus himself is a refugee having been taken to Egypt by his
parents to escape persecution by the local king of the place of his
birth.   Last but not least let none mistreat or oppress the alien
for you once were also aliens in the land of Egypt .  

Moomoocow 6/22/2018
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Heaven and all that is under it.   
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WANGLAW HELPS RE-UNITE FAMILY FORM SOMALIA
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FIRST LADY MELANIA, HAVE YOU WATCHED "GONE WITH THE WIND?"

I remember, once upon a time, watching that classic movie "Gone with the Wind" where
the unforgettable line from Rhett Butler to Scarlett O'hara is: "Frankly my dear, I don't
give a damn."   You must surely know that in 2005, the American Film Institute voted this
quotation the number one movie line of all times.

First Lady Melania,  you succeeded in getting the whole world talking about the quotation
"I DON'T REALLY CARE, DO U?"  These memorable words were scribbled on the back
of your green trench coat that you wore when you boarded a plane to visit the children
- the niños who have been separated from the parents at the border.

As an immigrant from Slovenia and mother of a lovely son, I cannot believe you can turn
your back on all the "very kind children" as you called them after visiting them in prison
in person.  If you are not turning on the children, are you then turning your back on the
heartless and unnecessary policy directed at the little ones who are calling out for their
mamas and papas?

I would love to be charitable and believe that the seemingly senseless message on the
back of your green trench coat is intended to be read by the man in the White House.  I
know that green trench coat was nowhere to be seen when you arrived.   You only
wore it when you were leaving the White House.

I would love to give you the benefit of my doubt that you were telling President Donald
Trump that you did not care for using the niños, again charitably, as chips in the game
of political poker.   Even that is simply too cynical and cruel. Akin to the niños locked
up in that detention center, are you yourself a prisoner in the White House?  Perhaps,
you are not free to speak your mind?  Is the the only way to communicate your feelings
is through a green trench coat?  Then may I suggest that you are taking the risk of being
terribly misunderstood?

On the other hand, I could have watched one too many old movies and am a flight of
fancy.  Maybe it could be that you really don't care about those children?   If that is the
case, then I must answer your question on the back of your green trench coat. I must
tell you that many Americans and I really do care.  Also, if you have never watched
"Gone with the Wind," it will be marvelous if you did.

Moomoocow, June 30, 2018.

I
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DO U
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read it many times
but not lives there :(