Is this what you envisioned Mr. President elect Trump post your victory, your win, an America where school children can’t so much as hold a mock election without someone repeating something offensive you’ve said shutting it down? Is this the nation you thought you’d be leading, presiding over, guiding where students in middle school chant build that wall while Latino, Hispanic, Mexican American students, likely born here, not illegals cry, where students in a high school lock hands going down a hallway shouting white power and holding a Trump campaign sign? Is it gratifying to you to see scrawled signage reading F- all porch monkeys# whites only# white America, above a blurred or sanded down sign reading F n*ggers, in a high school, a doll lynched on a poll in an elevator on a college campus, supposed to be places of higher learning, diversified thinking, opening minds of all ages to new possibilities, things different from themselves; where instead a white student’s black-face Snapchat post got them expelled? Added to swastikas painted on churches, signs over drinking fountains in one school reading whites only and colored, your name among the graffiti, one student’s promise to a black classmate he would shoot her (12) and all the black people he could find? Is this what you meant when you said make America great again usually found somewhere in these hate filled messages to the ‘other’ elements in America who are something other than white, have retained pieces of their native heritage no matter how long they have lived in the U.S. whether they were born here keeping the rich traditions of parents, grandparents, great grandparents come before? Were all advocacy and minority assistance, outreach, resource groups correct when they speculated make America great again was code for make America white again…Perhaps most disturbing is schools knew how to deal with these instances even amid shock of having to, in America of all places, cities knew how to deal with it firing mayors for racist comments, firing teachers for theirs, expelling students behind racially motivated harassment, internet posts, violence to Trump supporters or protesters, other educators doing the best they can to teach life lessons in the moment, New Balance rejected the white supremacist and people won’t be coming to the coffee shop of a ranting Trump supporter who called African American’s monkeys, referred to the Whitehouse as public housing and called for Hillary Clinton to be sodomized. Contrastingly you tell Americans not to be afraid; we ask you how we can not be when this is our reality as brown persons, black persons, bi-racial persons, Muslim persons, Latino, Hispanic, Mexican persons, LGBTQ community members? At the same time all you can say is, during an already scheduled interview, stop it, noncommittally, nonchalantly, unsure it will help, make a difference….. It’s not enough Mr. President, not nearly enough when Keith Lemont Scott was shot in the back for possibly rolling a joint in his car, when authorities concede the officer responsible for the death of Philando Castile had no reasonable cause to shoot him as both he and his girlfriend tried to alert the officer to his legal permitted gun, in his pocket in an open carry state, gun retrieved from that pocket off his dead body post the officer standing there shouting panicked ‘I told him not to reach for it’ (forget what he was reaching for was the I.D. license and/or registration that officer just asked to see); you said yourself officer Shelby, who shot Terrance Crutcher appeared to choke shooting him over a stalled vehicle in the road, a man in need of a tow truck. It’s not enough Mr. President, far from enough to say you will protect LGBTQ persons, shield them against an Islamic foreign ideology, where you think surges in homophobia originate, when you can’t name one clear, substantial policy you have aimed at their community, they can’t find a single one on any of your websites either to date. When your supporters think your campaign and now your achieving the presidency means open season on them; in light of the man sentenced earlier this year for pouring boiling water and his girlfriend’s gay son and his boyfriend innocently sleeping in the same bed after a hard day’s work, oblivious to debilitating, horrifically painful second and 3rd degree burns he left on them necessitating weeks and months in the hospital respectively… Thus being a person with a disability I take particular umbrage to your mocking of a reporter housing an obvious birth defect to his hand, but rather than hold him up as an inspirational example for people with disabilities and what they can accomplish despite challenges, you made a caricature of him because he called you out on an issue. That not holding a candle to what you ordered your staff, security, to do, what they did to a 12 year old boy, also with cerebral palsy, fearful of what will happen to him and other children living in spite of disabilities upon your election; ejected from your Florida rally, your supporters chanting USA, shoving, kicking his wheelchair. We are your America too Mr. President with all of our abilities, quirks, special needs, accommodation requirements and things both tangible and intangible we give freely to society at large, not simply take from it. To that end I and others like me don’t need our social security, supplemental security income payments yanked out from underneath us beside senior citizens because you’re fellow party cohorts want to privatize the program in order to ‘save’ it from insolvency, snatched from us, though we qualify through rigorous parameters because you, your forming cabinet members think we can work. Completely sidestepping the reason many members of the disabled community, the developmentally delayed community, those with mental health struggles can’t work, don’t work, have such an agonizing time finding work independent desire to be productive is because the employment world refuses to make a place for us, recognize our abilities over our disabilities, employment being more about who you know that what…You have a Muslim little girl writing to you begging you to be good, she isn’t the only one vocally or silently pleading for you to do the right thing by all of the citizens comprising the country you fought and won the right to lead. Please Mr. President elect, be better than the basest campaign promises to jail your opponent, ban an entire religion from entering our borders, throw out all immigrants even those defacto US citizens born to illegals; please be better than all the hatred inspired, carried out in your name… To Trump voters on one hand I get it the solid, good paying jobs your parents had, you once had are no more, you don’t have that to pass on to your children, your grandchildren; they are all leaving for greener pastures elsewhere with better opportunities while used to be booming towns become ghost towns, barely survive, everyone’s on welfare, food stamps or social security, jobs pay minimum wage, maybe as high as $8.00 an hour. Then came the financial crisis, recession, people in bigger metropolitan cities 2 years later talking about recovery; at a time when you’re thinking recovery what recovery, and not just from the latest economic downturn we’ve been struggling like this for years and no one in Washington, in government speaks to our issues… Perplexing is the pride exhibited in a job, an industry actively making your children and grandchildren‘s asthma worse, taking serious chance you’re grandchildren’s grandchildren won’t have a planet to live on, at least not as we know it: clean water, air, animals a plenty; pride in a job, an industry, a tradition known to give it’s workers black lung, maxing out insurance, making it more difficult to get with a preexisting condition, simultaneously hating Obamacare. Perplexing is where the emphasis, seen in the 1950’s let’s say, on education has gone, knowledge once seen as a vehicle to bigger and better things than the steel mill, coal mine, if that’s what children chose, key word being choices, a larger swath of them, a larger swath of the world open to them fulfilling the 11th commandment to give better to your children than you yourself had… Baffling until it borders on irritation, particularly for my generation and anyone younger is how it is ok for older adults, by as little as 5 years, all the way up to little old ladies and mellow grandpas the former of whom were born into an era where they weren’t allowed to vote casting ballots on election day, to chastise millennials for their characterized unwillingness to move, relocate for employment, chase a dream cross country like fictional greats you read about in school a-la The Grapes of Wrath. While they’ve expected presidents going all the way back to JFK in the 60’s to save their coal mining, manufacturing jobs from progress, automation, not ‘tree huggers’ environmental regulation, alternative clean energies, dido manufacturing steel to cars, to goods you buy at Wal-Mart. Because… I don’t know it’s an American tradition, the American way somehow forgetting what’s happening in West Virginia coal country, throughout the rust belt today is what happened to California boom towns after the gold rush was gone, economies change, times change… Additionally proving public commenter 2’s point you’re not standing up demanding job training in comparable fields where you can use your skills at physical labor, clean energy refits to homes, putting solar panels on roofs to name 2 possible jobs, construction, plumbing, heavy equipment operation, HVAC; you’re howling bring back our old jobs. Mirroring what I said about Brexit, glaring, urgent need for local revitalization, both there and here, government nationally has failed in any plans to revitalize urban blight, Detroit to rural areas, i.e. West Virginia coal country, Appalachia, yet you’re not vocalizing your anger at local city, state, county commerce boards for having seen this coming for 50 years, reiterating public commenter 1’s words, and a total lack of even attempted diversification, business enticement to bring something besides coal mines, a manufacturing plant or 2 to your town meaning jobs, growth for your area, federal government entities for the same thing; you’re screaming bring back our old jobs… . Again where is the initiative to revitalize your own neighborhoods, communities, where are the non-for profits using donations to do what one Michigan woman did in honor of her son, collecting donations, putting neighborhood young men to work refurbishing bought dilapidated houses to create a library, park, homework house and café, local efforts with handyman skills and a bucket of paint putting a fresh look on Glouster Ohio, will to try opening a business or marketing an idea, entering a contest for anything you appear to have a talent in like the woman who entered a greeting card contest turning funny pictures of her dog into a business— redundant, these people haven’t tried once… Mostly I feel sorry for America post November 8th, I feel sorry for anyone who didn’t vote Donald Trump on their ballot, who chose any other name present, I feel sorry for what’s coming next to immigrants, gays, Jewish persons, Muslims and other minorities under this conservative, republican oligarch headed for autocrat. I feel sorry for the labor workers who weren’t enticed by something reading like a Johnathan Swift essay but everyone didn’t get the joke, I feel sorry for working class workers coming into dying fields, simple manufacturing who will have to contend with choices made by someone other than themselves. I feel sorry for the American Brexit-esque situation of regret, buyer’s remorse non-Trump voters know is coming when those who voted for him finally see through him, see he won’t keep his promises, there was never a way to keep them in the first place, that he literally pledged to do 21 long, lengthy, detailed things in one day, his first day in office when he and the majority of his staff will still be mastering building layouts and office spaces…
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The Collegiate Money Machine Has So Many Other Problems Than What They Pay Commencement ‘Celebrity’ Speakers For 45 Minutes Of Work
Just when you think we as a country might be able to get through a national event, a nice, joyous occasion on a national scale with minimal, it’s too much to hope for no, controversy the embarrassments start crawling, in a slow trickle, out of the woodwork to showcase the worst of us. Graduation ceremonies grinded to a halt for the dumbest of reasons initiated by adults who should know better, not ditzy, entitled brats blocked from getting their way, ceremonies denied students displaying the very traits we say we admire, reward, conveniently tied to either ‘the rules’ contrived so those charged with administrating don’t have to make the big D—a decision, exercise the other D—discretion, or the hot button issues of the year; remember the kid who couldn’t even voluntarily reveal his sexuality as the last 15 seconds of a several minutes valedictorian speech, or the kid barred from wearing his tribal eagle feather on his graduation cap after coming from far behind to graduate with his class, crass explanations of graduation dress codes were replaced with exposed racist test questions in one school currently wrapping up the year, salacious editing of yearbook photos for modesty has been replaced with kicking people out of ceremonies for facial hair i.e. male beards, goatees, the kid who passed out on a hot school bus where the driver refused to let students open the windows for fear of emergency alarms exemplifies why year round school remains a bad idea. Top other ones in 2016 causing people to go some variation on berserk, transgender people who dared use the bathroom corresponding with their identity not their birth sex assignment, Muslims walking down the street, getting on airplanes, and to older peoples’ chagrin, graduating high school while wearing their traditional headscarf. And now a supposed exposé espousing our addiction to greed and shallow celebrity culture ensconced in how much we’ll pay famous commencement speakers to grace graduations while keeping most professors part time and below the poverty line. Sure we get many millennials and younger people, relatively new, first time voters comprising high school/college graduates are feeling both the Bern, movement started by Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and the burn of their student loan debt, the looming prospect of all the money it will take to enter then compete college, but is this really the place to put, channel their outrage, at ‘bad’ commencement speakers and their pay? …. But that isn’t where all, or some, of your tuition hikes, 4 years of incurred debt, are going, what your student loan dollars are buying; in fact it’s hard to tell where exactly that money, in its massive amounts, is going… what they’re paying commencement speakers, even lumping in all the student activities, celebrities and events used to keep students there and spending their financial aid dollars, their parents’ cash, educated guess comes out to a single year’s tuition for an entire small, lone, individual classroom of students. Ah, another uncomfortable truth, the author seems to have suddenly woken up yesterday realizing student activities budgets, predictably derived from some portion of your tuition, go to all those fun events that make college campuses not only fountains of learning but one of the coolest places you’ll ever be…Then there’s Scott Timberg’s perplexing response to should be acceptable commencement addresses rendered by those who aren’t celebrities in the traditonal sense…30,000 as starting to make sense because “giving an accomplished person whose accomplishments fit the mission of the school bother me a lot less: For Rutgers to pay Toni Morrison – a novelist who has won a Nobel Prize, after all…;” me thinks I smell a jilted English major who wanted their favorite author at commencement and didn’t get them…
Donald Trump Isn’t Crazy Obnoxious He has Dementia and Ted Cruz Just Revealed A Spanking Fetish Then Drops out Of The Race: These Are Our Presidential Candidates
That delusional senile dementia so much as is in the realm of public thinking related to Trump is another giant red flag, worse the Daily Kos’ rational behind using the aforementioned type of dementia to describe, we can’t reiterate this enough, the front running republican presidential candidate; it’s more than just interesting to see them put Trumps statements, many cataloged here, through the lens of impaired judgement associated with mental decline, more than just intriguing to hear how many episodes of ‘faulty memory’ he’s had and it could indeed point to more than a politician being a politician, paying little attention to his words and spouting off whatever will make crowds cheer the loudest wherever he happens to be but that he probably can’t remember what he said less because of world wind campaign schedules and more due to brain disease. Daily Kos telling every bit the truth when they stated Trump’s childish behavior requires the least elaboration doing it anyway, to a different purpose than calling out a spoiled billionaire, rather indicating mental degradation… Remember we’re not just talking about quite seriously electing someone with a mental illness suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, our president joining the millions of Americans who succeed despite their mental health diagnosis to go on leading productive, functional, fulfilling lives, putting a positive, aware face on what you can accomplish with mental health and medical science, who takes their medication, sees their doctor, mental health professional regularly and takes care of themselves, makes healthy lifestyle choices based on caring for their mental health condition. We are talking about it in the context of a person running for, garnering votes for the highest office in the land whose behavior strongly suggests they are medically, mentally unhealthy and receiving no needed treatment… Switching ideological fallacy gears….“This kid who yelled, “You suck!” at Cruz is in the right. Cruz does suck. In the face of this frankly inarguable point, Cruz doesn’t even really try to defend himself. Instead, he pulls rank, demanding that the child pretend that Cruz doesn’t suck. And not because Cruz has earned this deference but because, as an adult, he feels entitled to it. The rapturous applause he got suggests that this is exactly the message conservative audiences want: That they deserve to win not because they have better arguments, but because they feel entitled to be in charge. And anyone who disagrees should simply get a spanking.” Begging the question what the heck is wrong with the American electorate, it is one thing to ponder the plausible fact Donald Trump even aging members of the Republican Party are in the throes of mental decline on a varying scale; it’s another thing entirely to see the throngs of followers trailing behind them, voting for them, spreading their visually twisted ideologies for them. It’s one thing for Ted Cruz to advocate spanking children under the scientifically proven misguided thought pattern it makes better disciplined, harder workers, more moral people, be extremely candid and let people know he uses spanking in his house; the booming crowd cheering him on in spite of his other, observers weren’t wrong, creepy moments are another phenomenon altogether. Proving America’s mental status, America’s emotional, logical wellbeing is in trouble not just the politicians, the elites, the ‘average Joe’s’ too.
GOP War On The Poor Round 2 Let Poor People Starve Rather Than Admit The Reality of Human, Economic Need
Still they do this, feeding tired tropes on laziness, unwillingness to work, racial politics harping about which minorities are on food stamps, generational cycles of persons on public assistance while reassuring hawkeyed tax payers monies culled will go to other services like additional funding for head start, as if that makes what they’re doing perfectly ok, all the better. Interesting for Judeo-Christian bible thumpers they appear to have conveniently forgotten charity, that Jesus said to look after the poor, fatherless and widowed, reminded crowds and his disciples the poor would always be among them and proscribed kindness. That whole do unto others as you’d have done unto you thing, as you’ve done it unto the least of these you’ve done it unto me idea lost unless you are ‘living right,’ unless you fit their mold of a good, moral person, never having made a mistake or been placed in a bad situation; though reading my bible, I don’t remember any of those stipulations attached to the paraphrased passages… And there is never an in depth conversation about how we treat persons with disabilities be they physical, learning, developmental delay or mental health issues, the differently abled in the workplace. The fact that the ADA (Americans with disabilities act) needs a 21st century makeover to compensate for all the ways employers have concocted to get around accommodations, avoid hiring varying disabled persons, persons who clearly have physical, learning or developmental problems yet are not labeled disabled. Opting for the quick fix of removing their food stamps a lifelong judgment of supposedly bad choices, tough love in saying deal with it… expensive to be feasible for persons already on food stamps, currently out of work; one in the central part of Missouri, top state where cuts were felt this month, has programs for in demand jobs CNA, medical and legal administrative assistants, office technology teaching clerical skills, construction skills for high school students, HVAC heating and cooling is popular with young men for the hands on work and good paying jobs it leads to. However tuition, for someone not aided by vocational rehabilitation, other community resource referral, agency to defer costs is in the thousands of dollars before you get to the consistent $1,000 for books/ supplies… Missouri, like most states across the country, has rural pockets where job training, vocational classes, volunteer venues are scarce let alone information about them; reality there may not 20 hours a week of volunteering/job training available especially competing on the volunteer side with public housing dwellers who must also complete X hours per month volunteering under much the same circumstances… . Physical mental, emotional ability to work, availability to work, updated skills doesn’t mean it’s as simple as actively pursuing a job, persevering, putting your best foot forward; coming back to the prevailing trend of condemning millennials for their clothing highlighted several underlying old issues creating barriers to employment…. Shocking is how many young adults who should be prime age to work, those just starting out are on food stamps, millennials who didn’t have a parents couch to fall back on, drowning in student loan debt, working as a barista, if they can get work at all, never going beyond because we never gave them a chance to get started in a career field…. And rather than talk about the tangible, palpable discrimination going on in the employment world, business’ growing, outlandish demands, their purple squirrel, candidates have to be prefect before hire problem, concurrently screaming they can’t find workers, republicans are carving out laws virtually sanctioning discrimination against the LGBT community…. Salon links are right on target, we would rather pay for prisons, the back end of mental health warehousing people who can never leave in psychiatric hospitals designated for the criminally insane when they aren’t languishing in jail cells, the prison psych ward, as opposed front end mental health involving diagnosis and treatment, help before a crime is committed. We would rather commit our tax dollars to long term consequences of poverty than engage in an ounce of prevention; we would rather pay for the long spanning burden of poverty than the, less over time, expenditure of alleviating it. We would rather stick to our mythology of the self-made American, tout the protestant work ethic of one religion as how it’s done, regardless of it never working for society for a host of reasons only a few listed here than abandon our prejudices against types of work, kinds of people, namely the poor and provide them a living wage by which to support themselves. Than give women equal pay for equal work instead of pretending they don’t deserve it because they dared take off during their child’s infant, toddler and preschool years, they are somehow less than because we took away their negotiating power through ignoring them, not taking them seriously in the workplace, then didn’t negotiate, salary, maternity leave, raise, whichever, or holding them back because they dared act like a man in trying to move up the employment ladder and women are supposed to do that…. Piggybacking off the question in the opening quote, promoting the ‘radical’ idea it is the responsibility of any beyond third world society, democratic society to see to that insurance of minimum health…. If we cannot be guaranteed basic dignity under the law, what’s the point of the whole enterprise?” Funny many thought, have run for office with a genuine desire to help the country, started social movements for rights and equality given to hitherto marginalized citizens on the foundation that was the point, the whole point and the only point.