I’ll beg if that’s what it takes.

Sensing that we’re actually making some progress in drawing evangelical Christians and other misguided individuals away from the dark side (read Donald J. Trump et al.) and back into the light of faith and values and human rights and decency, I addressed another plea to the voters of this deeply Republican community where I reside through our newspaper (the LNP):

Note: I had to wait until the nausea triggered by President Trump’s decision to back an alleged sexual predator in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race had subsided before writing this letter. I’m still a bit queasy, knowing the President chose political expediency over decency, but I want to point out that people of faith, who’ve been holding their noses and supporting President Trump because he opposes abortion can now abandon him. If they do, members of Congress, like Rep. Lloyd Smucker (my U.S. representative), who back Mr. Trump to keep voters happy, can resurrect their traditional values and join the call for removal—through impeachment or the 25th Amendment—of a President who is mentally unfit and morally degenerate and, through his impulsive, childish bullying, dragging the world toward cataclysmic, nuclear war. (Abortion would be safe in V.P. Pence’s hands.) Experts warn that stunted psychological development explains how a US President could say of North Korea’s nuclear-armed, provocative leader: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” As columnist Eugene Robinson wrote in LNP, “most sixth-graders would consider [Trump’s taunt] juvenile.” GOP Congressman Bob Corker (TN) warns that Trump’s instability may be leading us to nuclear war. Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) told his colleagues “we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch [presumably Mr. Trump] are normal.” Flake called for an end to Trump’s “reckless, outrageous, and undignified” behavior and challenged Congress, including Rep. Smucker, to “risk our careers in favor of our principles.” Some in Washington now say war is inevitable. I pray to God that is not true. But it might be, if our leaders don’t abandon petty politics and deal with Mr. Trump.

Pace.

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I’ll beg if that’s what it takes.

Sensing that we’re actually making some progress in drawing evangelical Christians and other misguided individuals away from the dark side (read Donald J. Trump et al.) and back into the light of faith and values and human rights and decency, I addressed another plea to the voters of this deeply Republican community where I reside through our newspaper (the LNP):

Note: I had to wait until the nausea triggered by President Trump’s decision to back an alleged sexual predator in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race had subsided before writing this letter. I’m still a bit queasy, knowing the President chose political expediency over decency, but I want to point out that people of faith, who’ve been holding their noses and supporting President Trump because he opposes abortion can now abandon him. If they do, members of Congress, like Rep. Lloyd Smucker (my U.S. representative), who back Mr. Trump to keep voters happy, can resurrect their traditional values and join the call for removal—through impeachment or the 25th Amendment—of a President who is mentally unfit and morally degenerate and, through his impulsive, childish bullying, dragging the world toward cataclysmic, nuclear war. (Abortion would be safe in V.P. Pence’s hands.) Experts warn that stunted psychological development explains how a US President could say of North Korea’s nuclear-armed, provocative leader: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” As columnist Eugene Robinson wrote in LNP, “most sixth-graders would consider [Trump’s taunt] juvenile.” GOP Congressman Bob Corker (TN) warns that Trump’s instability may be leading us to nuclear war. Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) told his colleagues “we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch [presumably Mr. Trump] are normal.” Flake called for an end to Trump’s “reckless, outrageous, and undignified” behavior and challenged Congress, including Rep. Smucker, to “risk our careers in favor of our principles.” Some in Washington now say war is inevitable. I pray to God that is not true. But it might be, if our leaders don’t abandon petty politics and deal with Mr. Trump.

Pace.

Here’s some hopeful news

I picked up the local paper the other day and what to my wandering eyes should appear but an article detailing efforts by the alt-right (yes, those hateful bigots on the far right) to join forces with local Republicans (probably encouraged by the  President’s endorsement of white supremacy). The local county GOP chairman recently gave white supremacists reason to hope they had some allies in Southcentral Pennsylvania when he told the newspaper here he agreed with Trump that blame for the violence in Charlottesville, VA should be shared by white supremacists and anti-racism protesters alike. Well, assuming the local chairman had to approve the party’s reaction to the recent alt-right overtures here in the county–the local GOP committee issued a formal statement condemning and disavowing all of the alt-rightI see reason to hope that maybe Americans–left, right, Republican, Democrat, progressive, populist–can get past past differences and unite in opposing our insane President, whose lunacy could get us into another nuclear war. Thus, I was inspired to compose another letter to LNP (is that any name for a pretty good newspaper?). It follows forthwith:

I was glad to read the Republican Committee of Lancaster County’s statement condemning the alt-right (a term coined by white supremacist Richard Spencer to camouflage the racial hatred and violence he advocates) after an alt-right group approached local Republicans at the Ephrata Fair. By contrast, our President praised some white supremacists after the tragedy in Charlottesville (VA) as “very fine people.” Knowing the RCLC disavowed the alt-right, it occurred to me that having opposed the President on one critical issue, Republicans might be ready to join GOP Senator Bob Corker in opposing him on a matter of life and death. Last August, in joining a rising chorus of voices—from both sides of the aisle—who fear the President is not in his right mind, Corker said Mr. Trump’s behavior “would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.” Last weekend, he condemned what he called Mr. Trump’s reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” In one thoughtlessly dangerous outburst, the President threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it takes any actions he doesn’t like. In his increasingly delusional state, it seems highly unlikely Mr. Trump has contemplated the 30 or 40 million deaths a nuclear-fueled conflict would produce—instantly—in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and the US. The possibility that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is also a bit delusional only raises the stakes in this doomsday scenario. Surely, even staunch Trump supporters can see the madness in all of this. In the past, careless, jingoistic rhetoric has pushed nations into wars their people did not want. Can’t we get together this time—Democrat, Republican, citizens—and demand that President Trump and Kim Jong Un resolve this conflict peacefully, before they kill us all?

Let’s get together people…we CAN reclaim the world and the human rights we all deserve.

Pace.

Nationalism–No! Patriotism–Yes!!!!!

If by patriotism you have in mind what Bob Costas (A Syracuse grad, by the way :–) defined over the weekend, as our useless president spewed code language to his racist buddies in the South. I give you Mr. Costas:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/25/1701316/-Costas-We-ve-cynically-conflated-patriotism-with-military-only-and-bumper-sticker-flag-waving?detail=emaildkre

God bless America and the inhabitants of every country on earth.

Pace.

Bumper Sticker #18 (More BS, :–))

I’ve been neglecting this project lately (and to be completely candid, I’m feeling really worn out and raw from all of the ugliness swirling around in the country with the advent of President Trump and don’t have much energy for the fight, which I know must go on). But I must admit I am repeatedly inspired by those who refuse to yield to hatred and ignorance and keep striving on behalf of human rights, equality, peace, justice, and democracy all around the world. And that’s something we can all be part of. I found a reminder of how important each of us is in making the world a better place in a Guardian newspaper article on anti-nuclear activism. Hence, Bumper Sticker #18:

“Small, incremental actions matter.” 

I plan to take my own advice. 

Pace.

What kind of idiots are running this country?

If you are familiar with the story linked to below, please explain to me how it makes any sense at all to torment this woman in this way. If you don’t know about the woman at Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, follow the link to the updated story below. And then tell me what kind of boneheads are running the U.S. Justice Department. This is beyond ridiculous.

Here’s the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/woman-laughed-jeff-sessions_us_59a8cb8ae4b0b5e530fd7c8b?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__Politics__090117&utm_content=__Politics__090117+Version+A+CID_6a9151dc9d5f8cbbd54d39c63fa8d18e&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=READ%20MORE&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__Politics__090117

Seriously!!!

Pace.

Arpaio is such a nice name for a nasty man

If you’ve been following Trump lately, you already know he’s trying to pardon the bigot sheriff of the Southwest for all of the unconstitutional offenses he and his troops have committed over the past 20-some years. Here in Trumpland, most of the President’s behavior draws rave reviews, necessitating repeated missives from rational people to our local newspaper, trying to dislodge some of the craziness that has infected minds here since Ben Franklin invented spectacles. Herewith, my most recent appeal for sanity:

Many thanks to LNP for surveying local Republican officials after their national leader—President Donald Trump—endorsed white supremacists, Nazis, and racists in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. I was startled to read that some local officials didn’t know enough to take a stand. But I was shocked to learn that Lancaster County’s Republican Committee chairman agreed with Trump’s equating of white supremacists-Nazis-racists with those who condemn such attitudes. I live near the Republican Committee headquarters, in a diverse neighborhood. I wonder what Mr. Dumeyer thinks when he encounters a person of color on his way to and from his car. Social science research shows a correlation between identifying as a Republican and holding racist views. Your survey suggests the same relationship holds in this community, too. And I fear LNP‘s work in unmasking such un-American attitudes is not finished. Since Charlottesville, President Trump has pardoned the infamous sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court for defying an order to stop unconstitutional policing practices in his community. Arpaio and his officers were found guilty of engaging in racial profiling, illegal detainment of individuals, and verbal and physical violence for many years, most of it targeted at Latino people. That’s the behavior the President pardoned, calling Arpaio a “great American patriot.” Arpaio is only a “patriot” if you equate patriotism with white supremacy, as he and the President obviously do. Arpaio wasn’t just slightly racist. The U.S. Justice Department held him in contempt for engaging in “extreme ethnic profiling, terror raids, and cruel and unusual punishment, including parading women and juvenile offenders before TV cameras in chain gangs.” (Washington Post, 8/28/17) Do local GOP leaders think such behavior deserves a pardon? If they do, they need to reread the Constitution.

For whatever good it might do, eh?

Pace.