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The Spirit of the Times

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Corruption is arrogant.


Corruption is arrogant.

It presumes we are weak.

It presumes our apathy.

Corruption insinuates itself into every day life.

If we do nothing corruption breaks our spirit and makes us slaves.


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Get him the Hell Out of here


When I speak of the spirit of the times, I speak of the collective vision
of the people.

In this picture, for instance, found at the internet archives:

Freedom of Worship

Norman Rockwell captured the vision of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms.

As I understand the history of World War Two, the average person thought he or she was fighting to keep a way of life based on respect for independent thought, free speech,  tolerance for religious differences, basic economic security, and freedom from war.

In his January 1941 State of the Union Address President Franklin D. Roosevelt enumerated four essential freedoms for which we as a Nation stand and for which we will fight.

“The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings, which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.”

In 1941 the United States went to war with the evil called fascism.

The Allies rallied around human rights:

Copy of the announcement of the establishment of Social Security
Before government was demonized the people used it as a tool to improve their lives.

The Fascists focused on fear and global dominance.

Copy of a Nazi Soldiers fighting rat like Jews.
Fascist movements always demonize immigrants and minorities

Many of us would not have been born had the fascists won that war.


What is faith?

In the cynical version of history Roosevelt lied about his four freedoms; cynics point to the racism, and the homophobia of that generation, and they are right.

The people who followed a president into a war to protect essential
human rights were flawed.

But they paid their taxes and voted to spent their money to build a
working democracy.

They had vision and hope.

Hope and a working democracy gave birth to the civil rights Movement, to
the gay rights movement, to feminism and the mid 20th Century explosion of art and ideas that lead to the internet and social media.

What is a working democracy?

A working Democracy is one in which we as a Nation talk to each other and use reason; it is one in which the people and their leaders live by and respect the rule of law.

A working democracy is one in which we have faith in our ability to make
the right choices and faith in our ability to eventually do what is just, what
is right and what is good, regardless of the cost.

Good and evil are the choices we make as a people.

Will we allow a corrupt tyrant to usurp our government and our
freedoms  or will we demand the removal of his puppet and those
who work to protect him.

The choice is ours

(c) Rob Goldstein 2014-2017 All Rights Reserved

First written and posted in 2014 as ‘Broken’.








18 thoughts on “The Spirit of the Times

  1. I am not filing complaints about the medical system but I am with another large government agency which is abusing its power in my life. The only way to make any progress with them at all is to file complaints and keep filing them. Each complaint moves me a little closer to where I want to be. But it shouldn’t have to be this way at all. I shouldn’t have to keep putting pressure on them to do the right thing, the thing their agency is designed to do. Sometimes you just have to fight the system to get the results you want.

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  2. public healthcare, its true, does the the least amount of care possible for a patient. and they are often discriminatory toward them as well. i had to ask for an appeal in order to get another doc appt and to have labs done. and it didn’t work the first time, i had to mention filing a grievance since the appeal resulted in no changes. then i got a new team, who may or may not be better than the previous team. it’s too early to tell yet if they will be an improvement.

    im sorry you are having such issues getting the care you need. but ya, sometimes (a lot of the time for me) you have to refuse to give in and stand up for yourself all the way to the end of the line. even if it makes them angry with you or affects your relationship with your doc. so, you gotta do the grievance, you gotta scream and yell, and its all so ironic, cause they make us, the sickest and least able to fight the system be the ones who end up doing it.

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    1. Thank you Kat…

      I also needed a pep talk. I hate making people angry! and It seems that It’s what I have to do so much of the time…I think it often feels as if my whole life is nothing but a fight for access to resources that were once available because denying them was once considered unthinkable..

      I guess I’m a typical Democrat who brings a book to a gun fight. 🙂

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      1. In 2014 I was still more acutely ill and regressed. I was frustrated because in my child’s mind I felt I should get what I needed because it was the right thing to do. I understand today that this is not how the world operates but de-compensating means that one loses
        one’s adult grip on reality.

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      2. Exactly. You come across very powerfully and yet you are human. You do a lot for others, sometimes people drain us without meaning to, we all need to have help even strong souls who seek to help others♡

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