Politics: Into the Light

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

“Into the Light” (c) Rob Goldstein 2016-2020

 

Trump’s Attack on History: The 1776 Project, Racism, Nationalism, and Fraudulent Patriotism to Conform History to his Twisted Ideology

“Final decisions about the nation’s existence are at stake here; history will incriminate these leaders with bloodguilt if they do not act in accordance with their specialist political knowledge and conscience. Their soldierly obedience reaches its limit when their knowledge, their conscience, and their responsibility forbid carrying out an order.”

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Today President Trump launched a major attack on the history of the United States by announcing what he called The 1776  Project, a direct attack on the 1619 Project which aims to tell the story of how the English Colonists introduced what became the institution of slavery and entrenched racism in the United States. I know the subject well, my book which will be published sometime in the next year “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory!” Racism, Religion, Ideology and Politics in the Civil War Era and why they Continue to Matter” deals extensive with this history, and I can say based on his actions and utterances that the President is using this to further divide the country on racial lines and to open American history as his next front of his culture war.

Trump said he would create a national commission to promote a…

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A Note from the Silenced Majority

Thank you to Karen Kleis for sharing this with me.

Trump says he won the election and wants us to “work together” to “Make America Great Again”.

This is our response:

•We will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•We will not “work together” to build a wall.

•We will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

•We will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

•We will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

•We will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to enrich himself.

•We will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

•We will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

•We will not “work together” to enable the extinction of other species.

•We will not “work together” to remove the civil rights of other citizens.

•We will not “work together” to subvert our allies and the NATO Alliance.

•We will not “work together” to slash funds for public education.

•We will not “work together” to take essential public services from people
who are poor.

•We will not “work together” to remove sensible gun control.

•We will not “work together” to drop the minimum wage.

•We will not “work together” to destroy the Unions.

•We will not “work together” to suppress and deny scientific fact.

•We will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

•We will not “work together” to increase the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

•We will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

•We will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

•We will not “work together” to normalize the vile and uninformed
views of the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and white supremacists.

•We will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

•We will not “work together” to weaken food and drug safety.

•We will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

•We will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

•We will not “work together” to cut ethical oversight at any level of government.

•We will not “work together”  impose a pipeline for the transport oil on
Sacred Ground for Native Americans.

•We will not “work together” together to promote the lie that American
Democracy is as corrupt as a Russian Oligarchy.

•We will not “work together” together to enable a pathological liar.

•We will not “work together” together to enable a criminal regime.

This is our line and we draw it because words like “winning,” “being great again,” “rich” or even “beautiful” are meaningless when we scapegoat our fellow citizens and degrade our most cherished Democratic values and Institutions.

Signed,

The Majority

Photograph of “Torn Constitution” (c) Rob Goldstein 2017-2020
First published May 16. 2017-Revised September 11, 2020

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This is What a Christian Looks Like

“Dr. Martin Luther King was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, when he was twenty-five years old, in 1954. As a Christian minister, his main influence was Jesus Christ and the Christian gospels, which he would almost always quote in his religious meetings, speeches at church, and in public discourses. King’s faith was strongly based in Jesus’ commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself, loving God above all, and loving your enemies, praying for them and blessing them. His nonviolent thought was also based in the injunction to turn the other cheek in the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ teaching of putting the sword back into its place (Matthew 26:52). In his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, King urged action consistent with what he describes as Jesus’ “extremist” love, and also quoted numerous other Christian pacifist authors, which was very usual for him. In another sermon, he stated:

“Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment. You know, actually all that I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry. I have no other ambitions in life but to achieve excellence in the Christian ministry. I don’t plan to run for any political office. I don’t plan to do anything but remain a preacher. And what I’m doing in this struggle, along with many others, grows out of my feeling that the preacher must be concerned about the whole man.

—King, 1967″