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“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  ~Pres. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, January 20, 1961

Sen. Bernie Sanders & "Birdie" Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders & “Birdie” Sanders

Monday, July 25: Having watched the Democratic National Convention today and enjoyed the many well-meaning speeches, including those of Michele Obama and Elizabeth Warren, I couldn’t be more pleased than with Bernie Sanders’ speech. It was the last speech of the day, yet still filled with the vim and vigor of the morn that only the Truth can bring.

Through it all, Sen. Sanders has managed to stay truthful, on message, and finally give a robust endorsement of his former rival as well.  Thus, Bernie Sanders is truly a man of good character and a great politician, in my opinion.

After watching his interview with Chuck Todd shown Sunday on Meet the Press, that I had recorded, I had to admit that Bernie had shown me why I should vote for Hillary Clinton who’s poised to be the Democratic nominee. Despite my misgivings about Hillary’s willingness to actually promote the progressive Democratic Platform that Bernie and Company had worked so hard to get after the primaries ended, I now understand and see some good reasons why voting for the Democratic nominee would be better for our country, given the GOP’s agenda.

Bernie’s Vision of a Political Revolution Continues

Though some in the media, but not all, tend to mock Bernie’s concept of a political revolution during the primaries, and afterwards, I and the rest of Bernie’s supporters understood immediately, particularly after hearing Bernie speak.

In his DNC speech tonight, glad Bernie reminded us of our noble cause as follows:

“Together, together my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – our revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”

Seems, Bernie Sanders’ dream of a political revolution is not so farfetched after all. Since this is what we all should be doing whenever our society loses it way and corrupts our government.

Perhaps in advising us to ask what we can do for our country, President Kennedy basically said the same thing some fifty-five years ago, during his inauguration address, when he reminded all Americans of our responsibility as citizens of a free democratic society to take an active part in our government.

Thus, as American citizens, we must also do our part to keep our government free of corruption in all its varied forms. So we can truly enjoy “the blessings of liberty” for ourselves and our children, as stated in the Preamble of our U.S. Constitution.

A Nobleman Among Us

As Bernie spoke, the camera scanned the audience that was filled to capacity according to reports.  Many were crying, likely for the loss of a great leader, or so I felt.  Sadly, way too many voters missed the important messages that Bernie brought to the primaries.

Sadder still, is the sorry apology the DNC announced Monday for interfering with the election process.  Now, too little, too late, this apology means nothing as the damage has already been done! Moreover, the apology was only made after the “Emails From the DNC WikiLeaks Dump” exposed the DNC’s intent to undermine Bernie’s credibility.

Though his credibility is still intact, the real tragedy is that all Americans have been deprived of a noble leader in the likes of Bernie Sanders, particularly when needed the most.  Perhaps behind all of our tears as Bernie graciously exits the campaign trail, is the heartbreaking fact of knowing what might have been. For rarely does such nobility appear among us and ready to serve.

The good news is, many more Americans are awake now, thanks to Bernie Sanders’ good works on the campaign trail.  Who knows what the morrow will bring.  After all, tomorrow is another day (to paraphrase Scarlet O’Hara, our protagonist in Gone with the Wind)!

Meanwhile, we’ve placed the future in the Hands of God. Keep the faith. And may God bless us all!

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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“I place the future in the Hands of God: Now are we saved indeed. For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us. If we forget, we will be gently reassured… No longer is the world our enemy, for we have chosen that we be its friend.”   ~ A Course in Miracles (ACIM), Lesson 194

Ieshia Evans, a single mom, protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on 07/09/2016. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Ieshia Evans, protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge July 2016. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Now gone viral on the Internet, this iconic photo of Ieshia Evans, a  young African American protester, and a single mom, calmly facing down two armed police officers in riot-gear, and fast approaching her, is a poignant reminder of my late Aunt Birdie’s wise resolve:

“No matter what, be calm in a storm.”

Having been born and raised in the Jim Crow South, Aunt Birdie had learned early on how to quietly summon her dignity and courage so as to get through the local marketplace in a super hostile society in the Deep South.  This, of course, is contrary to Hillary Clinton’s lame observation while speaking before the NAACP’s annual conference in Cincinnati Ohio recently that: “Many African-Americans fear the police.”

Most African Americans Don’t Routinely “Fear the Police”

No Hillary, most African Americans don’t routinely fear the police or anyone else for that matter!  We also have great respect for law and order.  Yet, much like you and other law-abiding citizens, we just don’t want to be shot and killed with impunity by an undisciplined police officer while peacefully going about our daily affairs.  Such are the hard facts still facing us today!

According to the article titled: ‘Graceful in the Lion’s Den’ Photo of Young Woman’s Arrest in Baton Rouge Goes Viral by Michael E. Miller, Ms Evans, a nurse, “Went to Baton Rouge because she wanted to look her son in the eyes to tell him she fought for his freedom and rights.”  She, and the other arrested protesters, was released within twenty-four hours.

Actually, our failure to correct undisciplined Police officers is society’s real problem.  Racism is but a symptom of a deeper ill in our society. When the right leadership comes into power, this too will be resolved. Meanwhile, election 2016 is underway.

Election 2016, Hillary Chooses Her V.P.

On Friday, July 22, Hillary Clinton announces her VP pick.  Needless to say I was very disappointed in her choice. And thus reminded why I have no confidence in her to make progressive decisions for our country. While she loves to tout that she is a progressive, I just don’t believe her, plain and simple.

There are two reasons why I can no longer support Hillary Clinton, though I reconsidered such after Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of her:

First, in my opinion, if Hillary was a true “progressive” she would have chosen Bernie Sanders as her running mate.  Actually, I thought that she would, given all of her posturing about being stronger “working together.”

The day of Bernie’s endorsement, Hillary states that there was much to do.  Given her smarts, I thought she would have taken advantage of Bernie’s drive, his historic ability to unite people and raise funds properly.  Moreover, Bernie’s organizing talents, goodness and wisdom would be a tremendous asset toward advancing our country, which would have made her a great president!  But, foolishly, she didn’t make that choice.

Next, her decision making has not changed. Seems Hillary Clinton is more about her own comfort, the optics, the money, and not about her sacred responsibility to We-the-people.  While in many respects, Sen. Kaine is likely a nice person. The fact that he is reputed to be an advocate for more bank deregulation is very troubling, to say the least!

According to this recent Huffington Post article titled, Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP by Zach Carter: “Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ― one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards.”  Seems a repeat of the same disastrous policies of the Bill Clinton administration that allegedly were Republican or Conservative initiatives is upon us once again.  Who are these people?  And why are they passing as Democrats, the party for the people?

Touting Sen. Kaine’s fluency in Spanish as a nod to the Latino community is a proverbial slap in the face, in my opinion.  How tacky is that?

Monday July 25, the Democratic Convention begins in Philadelphia.  Prayerfully hoping for the best in all respects.

A Note to Hillary Clinton

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time (Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President).

Praying for you and our country, and so we place the future in the Hands of God, Amen!

 

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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“You cannot sell your soul, but you can sell your awareness of it.”  ~A Modern Adage

Big Sur, California’s Most Renowned Coastline (Photo Credit Unknown)

Big Sur, California’s Most Renowned Coastline (Photo Credit Unknown)

With all the natural beauty in the world that feeds our very soul, seeing someone abandon their soul for worldly gain is not pleasant to write about. Yet we must; if not for our self, at least for our children who deserve a president that will ensure the tone for their advancement.

It is not only a president’s policies that we should question, but we must also give pause to the president’s character. As such significantly influences the quality of life in our society and the world. According to the polls, we have two of the most hated candidates ever for president! Namely: Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive nominee, and Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic Primary frontrunner.

Meanwhile, making matters worse: Enters California Gov. Jerry Brown who endorses Hillary Clinton, a proven hypocrite that is still under investigation by the FBI concerning her dubious email usage while Secretary of State.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Fmr. President Bill Clinton’s Faustian Deal

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Dr. Fausto by Jean Paul Laurens (Wikipedia/Public Domain)

The German legend of Faust (a factitious character) is about a thriving, yet very unhappy scholar who abandons his soul for worldly power. Having lost his awareness of true happiness, Faust descends into insatiable pleasures and corrupts his thinking in the process. Though the so-called devil is not real, but a personified symbol of bad Karma, henceforth it is told that Faust sold his soul to the devil. In Johann von Goethe’s classic play depicting the Faust legend (c.1802), Dr. Faust’s tormented soul is ultimately saved by true love.

Today, some well-established folks still make pacts with the so-called devil. However, it now appears that Gov. Jerry Brown and Fmr. President Bill Clinton made a Faustian deal with each other some years ago (as do others in politics unfortunately).

Despite their bitter history since 1992 when Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton exchanged heated insults during their opposing bids for president, in 2010 Fmr. President Bill Clinton endorses Jerry Brown’s bid for governor of California.

Fast forward to a few days before the 2016 California Democratic Primary, Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton meet at the governor’s mansion for over an hour to “talk politics”. Soon Gov. Brown endorses Hillary Clinton (Bill’s wife) who’s in a very close race with challenger Bernie Sanders. Thus, Hillary now begins a radical campaign in California.

In his ‘Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents’ Gov. Brown states he is, “Deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done.”

Yet, Gov. Brown also states that: “Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda.” Sadly, this seems more rhetoric than fact! Exactly what Hillary Clinton has done that really helped humanity remains a big mystery.

In earlier debates, Hillary Clinton liked to mention that Miriam Wright Edelman, an attorney and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), helped her career. Once saying: “You know, when I left law school, my first job was with the Children’s Defense Fund.”

Yet, as First Lady, Hillary advocated for welfare reform, upsetting her former colleagues at the CDF. Despite warnings by their senior officials that such would plunge over a million children into poverty, “the Clinton administration worked with Republicans to gut social services.”

(See in-depth article: “Hillary Clinton often boasts about helping children, but she betrayed them as First Lady,” Salon.com, Oct 2015.)

Seems the Clintons also betrayed their good friends, Miriam and her husband, Peter Edelman a legal scholar. Along with two other senior officials on welfare policy, Peter Edelman resigned from the Clinton administration relative to the 1996 scrapping of the welfare program. That also cut the classic, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (ADC), which was created by the Social Security Act under the New Deal.

The day it is signed, Miriam Wright Edelman releases this statement: “President Clinton’s signature on this pernicious bill makes a mockery of his pledge not to hurt children.”

Peter Edelman would later lament: “I have devoted the last 30-plus years to doing whatever I could to help in reducing poverty in America. I believe the recently enacted welfare bill goes in the opposite direction.”

In closing, the above Salon article states: “Today, over two decades later, Hillary Clinton’s policies remain conservative. She continues to sit at the right-wing of the Democratic Party. Clinton may have claimed in the debate that she is a Progressive, but her actions have long contradicted her words.”

Hillary Clinton Today

No significant change really. Sadly, Hillary Clinton’s refusal to honor a previously scheduled California debate with Bernie Sanders is not only an “insult” to California voters, who need to hear from their candidates on the issues, but speaks volumes to who she really is. Instead, Hillary attacks Donald Trump. Though it makes for a dramatic news cycle, the polls show that Bernie Sanders continues to defeat Donald Trump nationwide.

What is so sinister about Gov. Brown’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton and a clear betrayal of the people’s trust is that in reality, Mrs. Clinton is a terrible candidate. Her negatives are off the charts and her known disregard for the truth is abysmal.

Besides, the ongoing FBI investigation of her private email server as Sec of State, Hillary Clinton repeatedly lied about having approval for her private email server as if it were a widely accepted practice in the state department.

Even after the State Dept IG contradicts her boldface lies that private emails were allowed, Hillary continues the lie! After checking the key points in the IG’s published report, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski states: “I really don’t want to be the one delivering this, but I got to tell you, this is really hard to believe.  It feels like she’s lying straight out.”

Frankly, there ought to be a law against lawmakers lying to the public, particularly in order to gain votes! If they can’t respect the truth, how are they going to have the strength of character to uphold the truth and thus maintain order in our society?

A Quasi Monarchist Perhaps?

With life and limb for self-rule, devout insurgents defeated a powerful English monarch during the American Revolution. Thus, our U.S. presidency cannot be sold or inherited!

Yet, by hook or by crook, seems the Clintons have been running for president since Bill Clinton termed out. Having been married to a president and touted his policies (many a total disaster), seems the Clinton’s believe that Hillary Clinton, whether or not qualified, is entitled to be our president! Sadly, it appears they have convinced some well-liked democrats as well.

Of course, this is not only against the spirit of our U.S. Constitution but it also sets a dangerous course for a termed-out, treacherous president to sneak back into the Oval Office. Who, in a pinch, would surly sell his kingdom for a horse! A closet monarchist indeed.

Hence, there ought to be a law against a spouse being elected U.S. president after their husband (or wife) leaves office! Oh be careful America, be real careful here.

A Verified Bigot

Many are convinced that Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive nominee, is not only a potentially dangerous leader that must not be elected, but a proven bigot and liar as well.

Despite Donald Trump’s racist remarks about a sitting judge in charge of a personal law suit against him, the public’s protests at his campaign rallies (some violent), and his usual racists rants, well-liked Republicans are now falling in lockstep behind him. Including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who recently endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Of course, many Republicans have been running on fear and racial hatred for years. Thus, the GOP’s covert racism has now come full circle in the nefarious rise of Donald Trump!

Sadly, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have misused racism to sway voters in their favor. While Trump exploits racism to indulge racist voters, Clinton exploits racism to pander to racism’s victims. Sadder still, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton’s actions (past or present) show a genuine regard for the advancement or the preservation of humanity.

Consequently, of this we can be sure: If either one of these imposters are elected (God forbid), there will be more of the same gridlock in Washington, or worse. Clearly, the signs are there!

Lest we not forget, Adolph Hitler also exploited bigotry in his rise to conquest and power!

Bernie Sanders: A Sincere Trailblazer

Thankfully we do have a choice in Election 2016. Thus, we no longer have to choose between “the lesser of two evils” as before.

One of the main concerns of our country’s Founders was to safeguard the balance of powers in our government. Without such, anarchy would surly follow, or worse.

Though Bernie Sanders’ sincere messages of peace, prosperity and justice for all is nothing new and is quite attainable with the right intention, seems “the establishment” (those in power) has lost its way. Yet, these are the very same principles upon which our country was found.

Thus, in this world, money alone cannot sustain us or matters of the heart. Yet, when we balance the needs of both mind and heart, not only can we sustain our great country, but we save the world in the process. Which way America?

Praises to Muhammad Ali “the Greatest” (1/17/1942–6/3/2016), Peace Be Upon Him.

Election 2016 Update: June 8th, Hillary Clinton took her victory lap last night, too bad it was won by nefarious means. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would likely impede our country’s progress. Many are praying for the evolution of our country, a more advanced president. The struggle continues. Peace to all!

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2012-2016. All rights reserved.

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Jane and Bernie Sanders

Jane and Bernie Sanders

“I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our times. And I run because I know we must change course now, or risk losing the future for so many to the interests of so few.”   ~Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

Wow! The above noble words from the Bern set my feet back on solid ground.

Being an avid Bernie Sander’s supporter, naturally I was disappointed with the New York Primary results and cried for a minute. So, I allowed myself to go with that feeling, grabbed a cup of tea, a light dinner, watched more of the depressing news coverage (silly me), watched a sit-com on TV and took to my bed exhausted.

The next morning, the phone rings and wakes me from my good nights’ sleep. Yet, at the edge of my thoughts lurked Depression, my old nemesis, trying to remind me not to be so happy; which would have worked back in the day.

Having realized the value of real happiness after years of hard work, thankfully my higher mind sharply reminds me that I know better. That the ancient teachings of Jesus the Christ and Paramahansa Yogananda[1] have raised me to think better than that, so don’t even go there!

Bernie’s Encouraging Email

Being the one who initially inspired me, I go to my computer and look for an email from my candidate. Great, I got just what I needed. Thanks Bernie.

The above great words are from Bernie’s initial email announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, which was cleverly included in his recent email reaffirming his beliefs. How cool was that!

For me, Sen. Sanders’ very first words were right on: “I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies…”

I detest fighting. Having to be against something rather than for something can be very stressful; thus I was instantly relieved, looked around and Depression had left the building (so to speak)!

Jane Sanders CNN Interview

Nearly a week before the New York Primary Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, also from Brooklyn, is interviewed by CNN anchor, Brook Baldwin. According to CNN’s article titled, “Jane Sanders Hits Primary Process…” the New York state primary voters had to register at least 25 days before an election in order to participate. For those needing to switch party affiliation the deadline was October 9th.

Accordingly: “I thought we were trying to reinvigorate our democracy … We’re bringing a lot of new people into the party and it’s really too bad that they’re shutting the door on them,” said Mrs. Sanders.

As to the Democratic nominating process: “You have to admit, the way that they’re doing things in terms of superdelegates and in terms of how delegates are put out there doesn’t make a lot of sense to the average person… We understood those are the rules [so] we’re not complaining about it,” said Mrs. Sanders.

Sadly, indeed there would be significant voter irregularities on the following Tuesday that lights up social media. Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports: The New York Attorney General is Investigating Primary Voting Irregularities.  Like, what else is new these days?

Dreaming the Impossible Dream

According to Bernie Sanders, We still have a path to the nomination….and there are a lot of delegates up for grabs.” In other words, we are in it to win it. And so we will.

Some like to trivialize Bernie’s attainable proposals as an impossible dream. Yet, without our dreams, life ceases to evolve and we become depressed. Sadly today, way too many people have lost their faith. Yet it is our very faith that gives us both the capacity to dream the impossible dream and the courage to make it happen. For a better way of American life, go here to Bernie Sanders’ website.

Long ago, I realized that not only does God give us dreams; He gives us the wings to make them fly.

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

[1] Founder of Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), Church of All Religions

 

 

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“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

“Old Glory” Historic nickname of the American Flag

“It’s very hard to bottle up the notion of freedom once it’s been uncorked.”  ~Brian Williams, Veteran News Anchor and Commentator

The Alligator and Mr. Nice Guy, a Parable

One day, a rather aimless young man is walking about in the woods. Much to his surprise, he spots an unknown bridge stretching across a wide and mighty river, heretofore only told by the local raconteur. On the other side of this fabled bridge, he sees an enchanted land gleaming with majestic hills and endless possibilities all there for the asking, or so he’d been told. With nothing else to do that bright and sunny day, his idle curiosity gets the best of him and he decides to explore the other side.

Upon reaching the edge of the river, suddenly a massive tree falls onto the bridge. And, with a loud bang, it’s damaged beyond crossing. Wow! He thought: Now what do I do?

No sooner than a bat of the eye, he sees something moving along in the shifting waters. Thinking it might be a barge, he runs along the river bank and catches up with the object. Much to his surprise, it’s that sneaky old alligator that lurks beneath the murky waters of the river he’s also heard about. Now shaken to the core, he proceeds to run away.

Scared out of his wits, nonetheless he hears a friendly voice. He stops, turns around and sees only the alligator. He thinks: This can’t be… after all, alligators can’t talk.

No sooner than his adorable floppy ears begin to sense a distant sound, the alligator asks where he is headed. Mesmerized by this mysterious yet smooth talking being, once again curiosity overtakes him and the young man answers the alligator. Recalling his good manners, having been properly raised and all, he calls out:

Uh, excuse me Mr. Alligator: Can you give me a ride across your mighty river?

It’s Ms. Alligator to you, she sharply replies.

Next, Ms. Alligator’s friend briefly appears with dark sunglasses and a saxophone, a front she had suggested. Seems he is off to their usual game of throngs. After all, alligators do love throngs of people. They just can’t get enough, and they aren’t prejudice either! Not sure if they are married. Do alligators fall in love and marry?

So, my dear young man, what is your name, Ms. Alligator warmly asks.

Well Ms. Alligator, he answers, I’ve been called by many names, some good and some not so bad. Until recently that is. The other day, an irate senior citizen called me a con artist. Seems my convoluted discourse made her feel like she was being primed by one of those con artists we all hear about. You know, the subtle type who preys on the elderly. Of course, that definitely is not me. Glad I’m not that messed up!

Actually, most people call me Mr. Nice Guy having kind eyes and being so polite, and all.

Yeah, I’ve heard all about those types, snaps Ms. Alligator. They’re called superpredators, I believe. Actually, cons are lost souls in dire need of redemption. I would pray for them, but that’s not my nature. Besides, why would God believe a sneaky old alligator that swims around in a murky lagoon all day?

Well, hop on Mr. Nice Guy. I will gladly give you a ride. I’ve been waiting for you.

Soon they swiftly glide across the mighty river. Barley hanging onto Ms. Alligator’s lumpy back, Mr. Nice Guy finally reaches the fabled shores of endless possibilities. He gladly hops off his precarious ride, ready to move forward.

But wait, not so fast! Suddenly, Ms. Alligator rises up, bites him in the butt and drags him into her murky waters.

Luckily, Mr. Nice Guy had on some very baggy pants that day which were secured with a wide black belt that caught on a nearby branch. As his inner warrior struggled to be free of Ms. Alligator’s deadly grip, he woefully asks why?

She looks at him ever so slyly and simply says: Well, Mr. Nice Guy, it’s just my nature.

Meanwhile, further down the river as far as the eye can see, a diverse multitude of happy people are boarding a great vessel to the other side. Having made a way out of no way, seems they are following a gray-haired man in spectacles with a tiny bird perched on his blue baseball cap. Finally, all are on board except for a certain rag-tag person struggling to be free.

Eventually, he reaches the gate and, lo and behold, it’s Mr. Nice Guy completely in rags. Yet, he has arrived! Though his derriere is slightly exposed, he is determined to follow this joyful crowd who had seemly made a way out of no way. Free of Ms. Alligator’s steely clutches, Mr. Nice Guy now sees the better way.

In boarding the ship, and still being of good manners and all, Mr. Nice Guy happily greets the ship’s captain and asks his name. The equally gracious yet very intuitive leader replies:

Well, I too have been called by many names recently, some good and some not so bad. But most folks, including my wife, simply call me Bernie. Welcome aboard my friend!

The moral to my version of this ancient parable is still relevant. So take heed and remember:

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ~Maya Angelou, legendary poet, author and civil rights activist

Momentum

The best kind of momentum is, of course, spiritual; which keeps us on the right path.

With this 2016 Election seeming more like the Summer Olympics than a presidential campaign, in many ways the momentum is off the charts! Likely inspired by his heartfelt sincerity and a clear vision for American progress that can be realized despite the naysayers, Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, which are drawing thousands, are also off the charts!

Such reports of his historic rallies all over the country are amazing: Thousands Rally for Sanders in NYC Ahead of State’s Delegate-Rich Primary, Chicago Defender. In a BBC article titled Bernie Sanders draws thousands to NYC rally: “Mr. Sanders said the rally in Washington Square, with its famous arch, was the most important event yet of his campaign, which for months has drawn huge crowds across the country.”

Truly this is a sign of an exceptional leader. Sen. Sanders is proving to be more than just merely qualified, but also a gifted leader who will not only properly lead our country, but will join with other like-minded leaders to advance world peace and prosperity.

Of Course, his Democratic rival, Secty Hillary Clinton, also has numerous ardent supporters. Though still undeclared, her most influential backer is once again speaking in support of her contentious email usage while in the state department.

On Sunday April 10, President Barack Obama gives his first interview with Fox News since 2008, a conservative news network. He discusses, among other topics, the FBI’s probe of Secty Clinton’s former emails, which could derail her campaign according to experts.

During the Fox News interview titled, “Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe…” President Obama states: “He still doesn’t think the emails to and from her private server breached national security.” While “not a good idea…there’s carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said, which is troubling still.

“Carelessness,” really Mr. President?

According to the Espionage Act, 18 USC 793 subsection (f) pertaining to “gross negligence” in the safekeeping of national defense information in particular, many experts and countless other reasonable people still believe that Hillary Clinton first broke the law by ignoring government protocol, and then used a private email server during her state department tenure. Whether justice will hold Hillary Clinton legally liable remains to be seen.

Seems Pres. Obama has forgotten to guard his own legacy (Obamacare, Marriage Equality, etc) while fellow democrats are tasked with keeping the party united and getting out the vote!

Still, the positive momentum continues, and in the right direction. Lost on many nonbelievers, yet every time We-the-People contribute to the Bernie Sanders campaign toward a more perfect government, both with our time and our money, which includes this writer, the Universe hears our silent prayer.

A Way Out of No Way

Looking ahead: With the Clintons back in the White House, things are likely to either remain the same or exacerbate given their lack of transparency and obvious fondness for big money and worldly power, in my opinion.

Having observed the Clintons for over 25 years and considering the well-known devastation their leadership has already caused our society, it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to vote for Hillary Clinton should she become the nominee; though I likely will vote the Democratic down ticket.

Of course, I don’t dislike Hillary Clinton; I just don’t think she is “qualified” to lead our country. There are some things money just can’t buy, spiritual gifts being among them.

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement when his life was constantly being threatened and that of his family’s, a young Baptist preacher realizes that God is truly able.  He would deliver the following affirmation to his ardent supporters:

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. This is our hope for becoming better [people]. This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Strength to Love, 1st Fortress Ed.1981, pp 107-114)

Seems the Bernie Sanders campaign has “uncorked” that American revolutionary spirit too long suppressed by “the establishment” and it will not be easily restrained. No, not this time!

Free the mind! Free our Democracy with Peace and Harmony toward all!

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

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“The biggest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us.” ~Dorothy Day, www.catholicworker.org

Lotus Flower

The Lotus Flower, Symbol of Spiritual Awakening

Dear President Obama, I am writing you because you are also the head of the Democratic Party and the DNC (the Democratic Nat’l Committee).

Please know that I am unabashedly mad-as-hell about the DNC’s bogus reports of the so-called ‘Super Delegates’ count that are heavily in favor of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Thus, making her opponent, Bernie Sanders, seem far more behind than he actually is! Sadly, this very bad information is constantly being recycled in the Media.

As we have been informed, these super delegate counts are actually promises (or personal endorsements perhaps) that are subject to change prior to the official nomination at the Democratic convention! Thus, in truth, these nonbinding Super Delegates counts are very misleading and therefore should not be published as actual votes!

Toxic Anger or Righteous Indignation

Needless to say, I am very, very angry about this bogus delegate count reported by the DNC, and demand its correction immediately.

But first, let’s be clear on the subject of toxic anger versus righteous indignation. Toxic anger often seeks revenge that can be very destructive; this is not the intent here. In sharp contrast, righteous anger is often a great motivator that generally seeks to right a terrible wrong, which is our intent here.

For me, righteous indignation is best illustrated by our elder brother Jesus when he got mad at the traders doing business within the church. With a mighty sweep of his hand, he overturned their tables and basically threw the traders, their money and their wares out of the temple. He then says:

“It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer; but you are making it a robbers’ den (Jesus the Christ, St. Matthew 21:12-13).”

Has Our Politics Become a ‘Robbers Den’ These Days?

Sadly, in many respects, seems today’s politics has become a gateway to gaining vast personal influence instead of significantly improving society as it was meant to be. Thus, our presidential elections seem more far desperate than ever, where civility and truthfulness has sometimes given over to intense duplicity, bullying, vulgarity and even violence … particularly at the recent rallies of some presidential candidates.

Yet, for many of us donating our little money to the Bernie Sanders campaign, that’s working hard to win this election and stop the further abuse of our economy, it often feels like our politics are indeed mired in a den of thieves. And so we remain more determined than ever to join with Sen. Sanders and help right this terrible wrong.

And we start by speaking the truth as we know it. In Phoenix Arizona on the second “Super Tuesday” of this primary season, Sen. Sanders tells us, his supporters, this:

“The reason that we have done as well as we have, the reason that we have defied all expectations, is that we are doing something very radical in American politics … we are telling the truth. And the truth is not always pleasant, is not always what we want to hear. But we cannot go forward unless we deal with the realities of American society today, and that is what we are going to do,” he said.

Discerning the Truth in Today’s Candidates?

Thankfully, the Media, with all of its human flaws, has actually done a good job in vetting our current candidates so far. Thus, we are now seeing the toxic candidate who resorts to bullying, racism, hate mongering and vulgarity when his inflated ego is threatened. We’ve seen the ambitious young candidate abandon the truth and flat-out tell lies about the other candidates or their surrogates. And we have seen the career politician, who’s made lots of powerful friends, pander to self-interest groups for a block of votes and such.

And, of course, we have seen evidence of the DNC’s misuse of the so-called delegate count which gives an impression of its favorite candidate being the presumptive primary winner.

Yet, the race to the White House continues and We-the-People must make the right decision as to whom we hire as our next U.S. President.

Whom Shall We Hire Indeed!

Though way too many of us, including some candidates and the media, tend to view the presidential race as a competitive sport rather than a life-altering decision we all must prayerfully make, still there exists today at least one among us who takes this calling very seriously. And has come forward without apologies, and is truly telling it like it is.

This, of course, is Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose working hard to awaken voters to the infinite wealth we all can share when We-the-People unite and save our democracy from the greed and corruption of the reckless millionaires and billionaires among us.

Actually, as I view it, there are two people, now considered the front-runners for our next U.S. President, who are very, very scary and clearly must not be hired.

For me, the legacy of the Bill Clinton presidency that virtually surrendered the keys to our economy in authorizing deregulation of Glass-Steagall (the 1930s Depression Era law meant to restrain investment banks), the 1994 Crime Bill that led to today’s mass incarceration of Black and Brown folks in particular and those nasty Trade Agreements (which Hillary allegedly touted) that led to loss of American jobs and devastated the Middle Class, Hillary’s dubious emails as Secretary of State, her lucrative Wall Street speeches, and her involvement in regime change in Libya and such, makes me very nervous about Hillary Clinton and exactly what she would “mistakenly” do as our president.

Thus, I have no confidence in the Hillary.

Though Hillary Clinton now says these powerful executive actions were mistakes, who in their right mind would hire anyone who has been the author of such catastrophic mistakes?

Next, in my opinion, Donald Trump, whose Goliath persona loves to taunt his adversaries, is way too aggressive and much too contrary for this job. As one known to overreact to the slightest perceived insult, he would never do as U. S. President. While he sometimes tells it like it is, which is good, the Donald’s toxic anger and schoolyard bullying would never be tolerated by the World Leaders who will match his inflated ego with an eye for an eye!

And the bloody war of the egos continues; only it’s our innocent children who will do the actual fighting and the dying. Hence, the meaning of this parable from Jesus, our beloved brother:

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (St. Matthew 19:24).

Yet, the good news is, one day we will find that better way and gladly change. Why not today?

Meanwhile, daily life and the 2016 presidential race continues.

Free the Mind! And may the Truth be with us as we cast that precious vote.

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Rep James Clyburn, D-SC

Rep James Clyburn, D-SC

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ~Maya Angelou

Recently in a televised phone interview, Rep James Clyburn, (D-SC), now a Hillary Clinton supporter for president tells Roland Martin, host of News One Now on TV One, that rival Bernie Sanders’ free public college plan would hurt Historical Black Colleges:

“If you say that you’re going to have college, free two-year college, among public institutions, why would a student go to an HBCU? What will happen is these HBCUs will all close down all across America because they would not be able to afford to stay open,” said Rep Clyburn.

A Wily Distraction Perhaps?

Oh, so the rest of the country should go without tuition free education to save HBCUs, thus making this a backward move instead of a progressive one? What a divisive thought, which seeks to undermine Bernie Sanders’ progressive plan toward free education for all Americans. A wily distraction indeed! How sad is that?

Though highly unlikely, what if “all” these HBCUs did close down as Rep Clyburn erroneously suggests? What if tuition free education would integrate a broad range of ethnic studies and thus heal the American mind of historic racism and other destructive biases? Indeed, what if the sky should fall Chicken Little?

Why the HBCUs Were Established

Yet, in view of it all, lest we not forget the main reason historical Black colleges were founded in the first place. In response to the segregation laws that immediately arose after Reconstruction abruptly ended (ca.1877), benevolent forces founded the HBCUs for the purpose of providing a higher education for the former slaves, who were now violently barred by law or local customs from free association with the White populace, and they with them.

Though racial segregation (then known as “Jim Crow”) has significantly ended and racism is slowly dying a painful death, the HBCUs have flourished nonetheless. Thus, thru it all, African American students have not only received a higher education, but a well-deserved sense of stability and cultural pride as well. Much like the other privately-funded Ivy League colleges and universities in the U.S., it is highly unlikely that these historic institutions will be closing anytime soon due to “tuition free” State colleges, which were prevalent in the Sixties.

Politics, Racism and the Law of Karma

Sadly, politicians actually created American racism that virtually began with William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, ca. 1681, who both owned slaves and allowed slavery in his provinces. A devout Quaker, Penn was also known for his kindness. Thus, unlike many other slaveholders, William Penn advocated humane treatment for African American slaves and Native Americans. Of course, many of the abolitionists were also Quakers, whose decades of toil ultimately brought about the abolishment of Western slavery, in which we all can be very proud.

While slavery has a long and very dark history in various cultures throughout the world, there is no viable excuse for Modern Americans to continue perpetuating racism, slavery’s offspring, so as to win elections and such. Sadly, they just don’t get it.

The Universal Law of Cause and Effect (Karma) is very impartial and it works, believe it or not. Yet, we can change! Hence the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have others treat you.

The Bushes and the Clintons

Sadly, in the final analysis, neither President George W. Bush nor President Bill Clinton actually got it right.

Soon after G.W. Bush becomes president, he gives us a one-time tax-refund, which was not much but money in our pockets. Soon 9/11/2001, then follows the unfortunate Iraqi War that destroyed countless lives and property from which we are still reeling.

In his final hours as President, Bill Clinton signs off on legislation that virtually deregulates the 1932 Glass-Steagall Banking Act, a measure to restrain the investment banks from gambling with the people’s deposits and creating yet another Great Depression. Sadly, such unrestraint did take hold and virtually destroyed our national economy, including the lives of many.

According to reliable sources recently, Hillary Clinton has promised a boon of $25 million dollars to the HBCUs should she become the next president, go figure.

After hearing of Mrs. Clinton’s way too cozy connections with Wall Street, the lucrative speeches and such, I lost confidence in Hillary Clinton who once had my support.

Frankly, though God loves them, both a Clinton and a Bush retirement from politics would be a real gift to our society, and the world I might add. A vote for Bernie Sanders, the only candidate with a real vision for American life and good government, would be divine.

Feeling the Bern

Yes, I believe in the Bern, have hopped on that chariot and intend to ride it pass the finish line, and into the White House with all of his other ardent supporters. Thus, I believe in Bernie Sander’s platform that clearly states a practical solution to revitalizing our democracy.

A viable platform that finally summons We-the-People to help him and his future administration restore a much-needed balance in our government and in our society. The collective will of the people is, indeed, our greatest treasure after all.

Keep the Faith. And may the Truth be with us.

Feel the Bern in 2016!

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