Kavanaugh Confirmed

Avinu Malkeinu

Prayer of Repentance

Our father our king, hear our voice
Our father our king, we have sinned before you
Our father our king, Have compassion upon us
and upon our children

Our father our king
Bring an end to pestilence,
war, and famine around us
Our father our king, bring an end to all trouble
and oppression around us

Our father our king, Our father our king,
Inscribe us in the book of (good) life
Our father our king, renew upon us
Renew upon us a good year

Hear our voice
Hear our voice
Hear our voice

 

Rob Goldstein 2018
Distress Signal found on Twitter

The Trump Administration: Outright Fraud

I thank my friends and followers for your patience in advance,
I know I’m behind on comments but the news in the States is
mind-boggling.

We don’t have to live like this:

Women's March to the Voting Booth November 6th, 2018
Join a March to your polling place this November 6th.

 

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San Francisco Rises to Defend Democracy

I was one of over 30,000 people who marched in
San Francisco Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Though today’s event was focused on climate change
people also had another serious problem in mind.

Here are a few sights from the march:

at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
The 2018 March for Action on Climate Change
We Rise for Survivalat the march For Climate March in San Francisco
We Rise for Survival
A little girl on her Father's shoulders at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
Defend Democracy
a sign that reads We want a World for Our Grandchildren at the Rise For Climate March in San Francisco
We want a World for Our Grandchildren
I Value the Common Good at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
I Value the Common Good
We Rise For Democracy at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
We Rise For Democracy
Save the United States of America at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
Save the United States of America
Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children
Labor Rises at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
Labor Rises
The Magnitude of the Crime Shall Never Again be an Excuse for Doing Nothing at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
The Magnitude of the Crime Shall Never Again be an Excuse for Doing Nothing
Trump Must Go at the march For Climate March in San Francisco
Trump Must Go
A sign that reads Buddhists rise for liberation at the Rise For Climate March in San Francisco
Buddhists Rise

(C)Rob Goldstein 2018

 

 

America: Our Self Inflicted Wounds

This is a companion piece to my podcast on Annette Aben’s Tell Me a Story.

The first charge against King George III in one of the most pivotal rants in
human history is that he refused to abide by the law:

“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for  the public good.”

A cartoon depicting a corrupt King George 111
King George III awash in payoffs while the people suffer.

This idea that no one is above the law drives the evolution of American Democracy:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address.

Everyone is a human being and all human beings are equal before the law,

and equally protected by it:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 14th Amendment

In 1948, the United States co-authored and signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which included Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Worship.

Eleanor Roosevelt the Declaration of Human Rights

From the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

America’s Self inflicted Wounds

Photograph of a homeless woman sleeping in front of Whole Foods on Market and Dolores in San Francisco 2018
Market at Dolores Street, San Francisco 2018

When George W. Bush declared the end of the war in Iraq most
people knew there were no weapons of mass destruction.

Americans were still dying in Iraq when the voters made Bush President
again in 2004.

Blackberry photograph of a poster made after Barack Obama's first presidency with the caption 'Yes we did."
Yes we did

“When the United States stands up for human rights, by example at home and by effort abroad, we align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their minds, to choose their leaders, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We also strengthen our security and well being, because the abuse of human rights can feed many of the global dangers that we confront — from armed conflict and humanitarian crises, to corruption and the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and violence.”

– Barack Obama, Statement on Human Rights Day 2008

When Barack Obama became President he chose not investigate the U.S.
Invasion of Iraq.

Our leaders will not always make the right the decisions and that’s why
lethal actions based on false information requires accountability.

We don’t heal the nation when we hide from our mistakes, we make it sick.

Devin Nunes commits treason behind closed doors.
Nunes: We’re the only ones who can save Trump from the Constitution and the Rule of Law

We make ourselves vulnerable to corruption and the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and violence.

To have faith in the American Democracy is to live with ambiguity.

America will never be perfect at living up to our ideals and we must never
stop trying.

We must have faith in our innate morality as expressions of the divine; as
beings endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.

Click to hear my podcast on Tell Me a Story.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018