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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 Thus, in truth, these nonbinding Super Delegates counts are very misleading and therefore should not be published as actual votes!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!

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

 

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