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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” ~Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt

First, to those who may be offended by the title of this post: please accept my deepest apologies, particularly to those fellow-Americans who have awakened to the realities of our Country’s greatest achievements and deepest faults. As both attributes are destined to follow us with every step we take. While our virtues can easily inspire us, it is the facing down of our deepest faults that ultimately make us strong. Do keep up the good work; your strength unites us all.

Though kept from the public at his insistence, when President Roosevelt uttered his famous words about a fear that can paralyze needed efforts, he was physically paralyzed from a bout with polio in 1921.  Sadly, he was unable to stand or walk without support, or excruciating pain. According to his son, his own arm would be in pain as his father grasped it tightly while resisting severe pain as he stood addressing large audiences.

Yet, despite his debilitating illness, FDR would go on to become one of our country’s greatest presidents that ushered it through the Great Depression, WWII, and back to prosperity with his “New Deal” programs. Though spoken nearly a Century ago, these enduring words from FDR’s 1933 Inaugural Address still speaks to us:

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Currently, with a President Trump in the Oval Office who is the antithesis of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt  in extraordinary courage, resilience, and a genuine respect for humanity, we Americans now have plenty to fear. Yet, we can’t afford to let fear stop us, which is FDR’s immortal message to us.

A few days ago, I get an email from a local candidate on Independence Day. I was okay with it until I read the following, and I quote:

“What I love most about this day, however, is the reminder that, from its very start, our country has been moving ever closer towards fulfilling the founders’ extraordinary claim that all of us are created equal. Our country’s history, which started as a bold experiment, has gone in fits and starts. Progress has never been a straight line, but with each generation we get closer to meeting that promise.”

Then I got pissed off.  First, I hate that stupid, baseless claim (often repeated) that our country started as a “bold experiment.”  What a bunch of crap!  Did not the early patriots fight and die for a greater vision of a happier life, as artfully expressed by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin?  Seems this person, a longtime member of our state legislature, was way too willy-nilly about all the pain and suffering, and terrible deaths, which many activists have endured in our country since its inception.

Sadly, the intense fight for both civil and equal rights continues. Many Americans still live in fear and poverty, simply because way too many of our elected representatives are too damn greedy, selfish, and down-right too stupid to really care about others, or their own country.

Yet, these backward individuals are the first to campaign claiming to help. But, once in office, they don’t!  And it really pisses me off.  After all, we Americans have a life to run, and thus don’t have the time to keep fighting the good fight, but we must.

That said, I decide to give Lady Candidate the benefit of the doubt. So, I took my precious time to write and share my perspective. I wanted to be helpful and not hurtful. Well, several days have passed, and I have yet to hear a peep from this candidate re my email to her. I even gave her references to my FaceBook posts and website, titled “Reading ‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’ by Frederick Douglass”.  Hmm, now this makes you wonder.

So, is this person real, or is she a closet racist, or is she still bound by historic commands to keep the races separate lest she also be mistreated? Hence, the above title is really asking if America’s White folks still consider themselves privileged, considering all the suffering that the ill-begotten dreams of New World opportunists created so long ago, followed by the protests and the freedom marches still ongoing.

If so, then it’s time to wake up from the illusion of being privileged my little munchkins, albeit difficult. Otherwise my fellow White Americans, you are indeed slaves to a special fear, a fear inherited from birth that needs to be overcome rather than falsely cherished, a fear that was successfully exploited by presidential candidate Donald Trump (and Russia) in 2016!  Think about it.

Meanwhile, lest we not forget that behind the horrors of American slavery was fear, which sadly represents a severe state of lack for both the slave and the slave owner. Yet, today, we see a different kind of slave, though a slave nonetheless! Abundantly wealthy, usually wears a designer suit and likely a silk shirt and tie (made in China), he is both mentally poor and spiritually unawares.

Meet President Donald Trump, the New American Slave, a slave to his own fears. Wake up Donald and remember who you are, God loves you.

(11 July 2017: Added a few words)

President Donald Trump/ Fox News

President Donald Trump / Fox News

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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by Delores L. Adams, American Citizen

September 14, 2013

Living in oft-precarious times, lest we all must not forget: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall,” Proverbs 16:18, KJV.

Being a concerned American citizen, I am writing this post in response to an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to the American people and our political leaders that appeared in The New York Times on September 11, 2013 titled, A Plea for Caution from Russia: What Putin Has to Say to Americans about Syria.

First, kudos to President Barak Obama and President Vladimir Putin for their efforts thus far in coming together to resolve the critical issue of Syria’s exploitation of prohibited weaponry against its own people recently. Let us hope and pray that this team of old rivals will keep it together and welcome others involvement so as to bring a speedy end to this current world crisis without the dreadful use of military force.

As a devout American citizen and firm supporter of President Obama whom I believe to be a spiritually mature and just leader, I would like to thank President Putin, whom I don’t know but hopefully is now a good leader, for taking the time to speak to us plainly and directly with a cautionary message as well.

Frankly, being a mature senior citizen, I welcome this kind of talk, which is always a great start. Thus, this gives me hope that President Obama now has the possibility of another equal partner in this highly critical situation filled with intense dread and great expectations concurrently.

The World is Tired of War

Indeed, the world is tired of war and even rumors of impending war. Yet, today is a beneficial time in the evolution of world affairs. For, or so it seems, it is only when we as an individual or a collective grows tired of experiencing overwhelming loss and despair that we finally become willing to throw off the idle chatter of the ego and make a definitive change, now.

Thus, here again, humankind has created a crisis! And so, our war-weary world now stands at the ancient crossroads of destruction and opportunity, to choose once again.

Today, with modern weaponry available to either side, world destruction, as we know it, is within reach; thus, the definitive choice is clear. Either we continue to choose sides while deluding ourselves with foolish rhetoric or we stop and truly listen to each other, which involves hearing what we don’t always like to hear. Now this is the difficult part, as the human ego will fight us on this, but it can and must be done!

Everything is about Relationships

As with our established relationships with friends, family members and the community at large, we learn, even as children, that in order to survive we all must be willing to respect the other person’s point of view…like it or not…and strive to maintain that relationship, which we usually do naturally.

When things go awry, as they sometime will, one side will often seek to maintain the relationship by talking through it peacefully, which usually works. With patience, humility and sometimes a whole lot of forgiveness, the relationship is saved.

And since this relationship dynamic runs throughout the human drama, so it is on the world stage where diplomacy is always the better way and works with the right intention.

Putin’s Op-Ed Must be Taken Seriously

Instead of seeing President Putin’s widely discussed New York Times op-ed as an affront to our way too fragile egos, which many on the web and the cable networks seemed to have taken to heart, could we see things differently, perhaps? Thus, let cooler thoughts prevail.

After all, another world war is attempting to consume us and we best heed all sensible warnings while we are still able to talk to each other. Frankly, I don’t think President Putin is the type to issue irrational statements.

Having read Putin’s editorial, I am stunned by the hateful reactions of some of our political leaders and career journalists, though not surprised. Thankfully, President Obama, Secretary Kerry and our other reasonable leaders have the necessary ability to process President Putin’s message with respect to the gravity it deserves.

Just the Facts Y’all

With many, it seems, the most shocking point of contention in Putin’s op-ed is that someone in the world would dare tell us that we Americans are not that exceptional. Unbelievable!

Of course, much like the rest of the International Community, Americans have made great contributions to the world. Yet, we have not solved all of our own endemic problems let alone the world’s problems. Now that would be exceptional, indeed!

Generally owing to unresolved issues between Israel and some in the Arab world, in 2001, just days before the pervasive attack on U.S. soil, the U. S. walks out of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (“WCAR”), a seminal event toward world peace and harmony held in Durban, South Africa. Regrettably, for the same unresolved reasons in 2001, the U.S. refused to attend the U.N.’s next WCAR then scheduled for April 2009.

Naturally, both Obama and Putin are well aware of the impact of these past events on the present. Yet, while there are other world problems, perhaps more dire, hopefully the International Community (including the U.S.) will attend to the troubling issues of universal racism and xenophobia long before it is too late!

After the horrors of September 11, 2001, did we not have our then U.S. president touting you’re either with us or against us” followed by over a decade of a very bad war, as are all wars, which we are still reeling from? Thankfully, we are learning from this past mistake.

Thus, today’s worldwide call, including most Americans, against war on Syria is coming through loud and clear.

President Obama is listening and progress is underway see: U.S., Russia agree on Syria weapons, Obama says force still option and U.S., Russia Talks on Syria’s Arms Make Progress.

So, these are the facts thus far. Consider them well!

Universal Love, a Path to World Peace

Actually, Universal Love is not a myth or a fairy tale; being quite real, it is the only force that truly saves the world. Which costs nothing but our willingness to give up our hateful prejudices and extend love to all of humanity.

Thus, being open to truth and, yes, even, honest criticism from a perceived enemy is a good start. Being willing to respect others and their contributions to the world is a greater start. And, finally, being willing to love our global neighbors as ourselves is the best start ever.

Here is hoping that together we will pass through this world crisis and be better for it. Peace and Universal Love to all. Keep the faith!

Delores L. Adams is a writer, blogger and spiritual scholar.

© 2012-2013 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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