The Last Post of 2018: Into the Light

This Nation in the past two years has become an active partner in the world’s greatest war against human slavery.

We have joined with like-minded people in order to defend ourselves in a world that has been gravely threatened with gangster rule.

But I do not think that any of us Americans can be content with mere survival.

Sacrifices that we and our allies are making impose upon us all a sacred obligation to see to it that out of this war we and our children will gain something better than mere survival.

We are united in determination that this war shall not be followed by another interim which leads to new disaster- that we shall not repeat the tragic errors of ostrich isolationism—

If we analyze American history impartially, we cannot escape the fact that in our past we have not always forgotten individual and selfish and partisan interests in time of war—we have not always been united in purpose and direction. We cannot overlook the serious dissensions and the lack of unity in our war of the Revolution, in our War of 1812, or in our War Between the States, when the survival of the Union itself was at stake.

If ever there was a time to subordinate individual or group selfishness to the national good, that time is now. Disunity at home—bickering, self-seeking partisanship, stoppages of work, inflation, business as usual, politics as usual, luxury as usual, these are the influences which can undermine the morale of the brave men ready to die at the front for us here.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our Nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

Excerpts from Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union Message to Congress

 

 

Because both versions are so good. Please forgive the annoying beeps at the beginning. The video is worth it. 🙂

 

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-up 12/21-12/28

The “Elves” are citizen activists in the Ukraine and Germany who use their computers to counter Russian propaganda:

Sweden has launched a nationwide school program to teach students to identify Russian propaganda. …In Lithuania, 100 citizen cyber-sleuths dubbed “elves” link up digitally to identify and beat back the people employed on social media to spread Russian disinformation. They call the daily skirmishes “Elves vs. Trolls” (above) ….Consortiums such as StopFake.org, about Ukraine, and Correctiv.org in Germany have sped up fact-checking with new digital tools and with cross-border journalistic partnerships. ….

Democracy Digest

I hope you find this video about the Baltic ‘Elves’ as interesting and inspirational as I did.

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Rob Goldstein 2018

Uncle Sam Poster made from a public domain template.

New Year’s Resolutions, 2019: With An Attitude of Gratitude

Last year was a good year; I accomplished most of my goals.

I gave my first podcast interviews, one on Beyond Your Past and another on
The Magic Happens.

Two of my articles about life with Dissociative Identity Disorder are published on Surviving my Past.

I had an amazing collaboration with Teagan Guinevere that stretched my imagination and broadened my skills in graphic design and video.

Teagan wrote a story each week based on the three ‘things’ I gave her the week before.

I used VR to make the illustrations and a weekly video.

This is Gramps and Lulu from Hullaba Lulu on Teagan’s Books.

Illustration for Hulllaba Lulu
Still Life with Giorgio de Chirico

Through my collaboration with Teagan, I met interesting new bloggers and discovered a  thriving community of supportive and gifted writers and
artists.

Offline, I reconnected with an old friend who now lives in Vancouver.

We visited in July; he returned some old books and writings I thought
I’d lost when we moved from Hawaii to San Francisco in the 1980.

I felt like I was greeting long-lost family when I held a few of those old books.

The Cover of St. Genet by Jean Paul Sarte
Saint Genet by Jean Paul Sartre

 

The book cover of the White Paper by Jean Cocteau
The White Paper by Jean Cocteau

In private life, I’m in better mental health despite the triggers and stress of
living under a political regime that feels like an abusive family.

Yet, life must go on.

Here is a short list of goals to achieve within the next 12 Months:

  1. Select and edit the work for a book of poetry.
  2.  Learn about self-publishing.

  3. Publish the book of poems.

  4. Broaden my knowledge of video.

  5. Explore the idea a part-time job with my shrink.

  6. Make my daily walk a daily walk.

  7. Retain an attitude of gratitude.

My partner and I took pictures of each other on our anniversary this year.

This year marked our 29th.

He’s asked me not to post his photo, so here’s mine:

Rob Goldstein in Golden Gate Park, 2018
Golden Gate Park, November 5, 2018

Happy New Year to my WordPress peeps! Hey Laurel! 🙂

Let’s close with something fun! 🙂

I’ll be mostly off until the end of the holidays.

What are your resolutions?

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

#WordlessWednesday: Detention Center

Come and lay, help us lay, Felipe down

 

 

 

 

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Detention Center (c) Rob Goldstein 2018