A Civics Lesson for 21st Century Americans as We Return to the 1950s

Cover of the 1955 recording of Roger's and Hammerstein's Oklahoma
Oklahoma! (1955 film cast) found on the Internet Archives

With all the talk of America’s return to the 1950′s I thought Americans
should know what we need to have in place to help President
Trump make our return a success.

A collage of Donald Trump as a 1950's greaser riding a bike in front of the White House with Hillary Clinton falling off. His shrt reads 'if you can read this the Bitch fell off'
Make America Great Again – ‘America…in T Shirts’
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The sense of community and the income equality of the
1950’s were the result of two generations who forged a new social
contract out of shared suffering.

The older generation had fought and won World War One and
the young adults had fought World War Two or had older siblings
who fought. Some women served in the military.

Women also fought on the home front by going to work in
the factories.

Photograph of a woman working in a factory in the 1940's
Woman in the Factory- 1940’s – Public Domain.

The people of that time decided the use their government
to fund public services and to regulate the excesses of pure
capitalism.

All men upon reaching the age of 18  were required to either
serve in the military or serve in their communities.

This forced men of different classes to meet each other as equals which
fostered a measure of respect and understanding between the classes.

Black and White AP photograph of Elvis Presley being sworn into the army
Elvis Sworn into the Army, 1958
By Associated Press – Public Domain

The people of the 1950’s also voted to create a public fund for themselves which they called Social Security.

This fund was a way to prevent fellow citizens from falling into poverty in old age.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Universal World Reference Encyclopedia: Social Security

The America of the 1950’s was an America that rejected poverty in the form
of homelessness.

Women had the vote but very little power in the workforce or in politics.

Racial equality varied from state to state.

Economically, the people of the 1950’s believed in progressive taxes,
regulated utilities, fully funded public education and community service.

If we’re returning to the 1950’s, we might as well get it right.

I offer this film by Encyclopaedia Britannica.

It was used in the high school civics classes of the time.

The film, Despotism was produced in 1946.

This is how the Establishment of the 1950’s defined Democracy and good citizenship.

As communities go, so goes the Nation.

screenshot from Despotism by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films which shows a scale between democracy and despotism
Where does your community stand?

Where does your community stand on a scale between Democracy and Despotism?

Rob Goldstein(c) 2016

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Michigan Election Results Update: Did Trump Really Win the State?

I recall saying to a Bernie supporter voter suppression and close elections are the GOP’s preferred strategy for winning. In view of that this is interesting information:

The New York Times has a county-by-county listing of election results. As of November 11, the Times was giving Trump a 92 percent chance of winning Michigan; the results currently list Trump as receiving 47.6% of the vote and Clinton 47.3%.

Counter Information

Global Research, November 12, 2016
Heavy 12 November 2016
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Did Donald Trump really win Michigan’s 16 electoral votes?

The president-elect’s victory in the rust-belt state was heralded as a fundamental redrawing of the political map. That’s because Michigan, along with Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, had not gone red in a presidential election since the 1980s. Until Tuesday, that is, according to the prevailing narrative.

However, you may have noticed that many news organizations still considered Michigan up for grabs in their electoral college maps of the presidential election as of November 11. That’s three days after the election. In other words, they hadn’t officially added it to Trump’s column yet.

Thus, the answer to the question of whether Trump really won Michigan is:

He’s ahead now.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office in Michigan told Heavy that office has “no reason to believe” there are “significant” numbers of…

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Some Years 

A beautiful post from Tosha Michelle

Everything I Never Told You


Some years we peel
open like a fruit.
This year an orange.
We devour the nectar
or, feeling badly for the
naked fruit, we handle
it with care.

Other years are fruitless.
We search through our
refrigerators until we find
a carton of large white.
Cracking the years open
like an egg, until the yolk
break, running through our
fingers and onto time.

-Tosha Michelle

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Meet and Greet Fridays…Week #37

A Meet and Greet on Yesterday After

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Title - Peaceful Sensation Digital Art Title – Peaceful Sensation – Digital Art ©Carolina Russo

Week #37 – MEET and GREET Fridays… (on a Saturday!) 😉

Welcome everyone to our weekly Meet and Greet Fridays, today posted on a Saturday! Sorry I wasn’t able to post it yesterday! But still I want to keep up with our weekly meet up event!  Today is Week #37 isn’t amazing?

I am very happy that you found your way  here especially if is your first time on my Blog, thank you for stopping by! This event brings joy every week. Right now no matter what surround you, it is time to relax a little during your weekend. 🙂 My week has been busy preparing and signing my Limited Edition Art Prints from my watercolor painting  “The Twilight Sad”   I had a wonderful response from the fans to this great Scottish band. I feel honored and thankful that they love to have my painting as a collector piece…

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