The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

Order to kill Native Americans was on the books for 157 years. — November 11, 2021
COUP ATTEMPT MEMORIAL — August 1, 2021
Charities for the rich do donate — July 5, 2021

Charities for the rich do donate

just not to the needy.http://www.tampabay.com/

While private foundations and donor-advised funds amass huge sums of money, demands on nonprofits to provide essential social services have skyrocketed. Despite the growing need and increased contributions to foundations and DAFs, average giving to charity in the U.S. has remained constant for 40 years at roughly 2 percent of disposable income.
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation — July 31, 2020

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

OPINION

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

Remembering Pan Am 103 — December 22, 2019
Only in Trump’s “Keep America Great?” — December 21, 2019

Only in Trump’s “Keep America Great?”

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Nicole Marie Poole Franklin,42 , charged with attempted murder of a Mexican young woman.
Clive, Iowa

December 9, 2019

Only in America?  Does this happen in Germany too?

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin,42, was charged with attempted murder after she admitted to Clive, Iowa Police Chief Mike Venema, that she intentionally steered her SUV onto a sidewalk on Dec. 9, 2019, just to run over a young woman because she believed the teenager was Mexican.

Is this the face of a Donald Trump supporter for President 2020? And, if she’s convicted of attempted murder in Iowa, will he also offer her a pardon?

The teenager, suffered a concussion and severe bruising in the attack.  She is expected to make a full recovery.

The unfortunate child was walking to school to watch a basketball game.

The alleged attempted killer, fled the scene.

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Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — December 19, 2019

Trump impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

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Donald Trump is now the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

The big picture: The legislative ending seems clear — he’s headed for acquittal in the Senate as early as next month and won’t be removed from office. But this seals his place in history.

  • Trump could still win re-election next November and serve a second term. He’s the first impeached president in U.S. history who is both eligible to run for re-election and already guaranteed his party’s nomination.

Trump is being impeached for withholding aid to Ukraine to pressure its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to announce an investigation into Joe Biden — the former vice president and Trump’s potential election rival — and Biden’s son, Hunter.

Details: The first of two articles of impeachment — abuse of power — was approved easily, 230-197. The second article, charging Trump with obstruction of Congress, was approved 229-198.

 

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