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I Cannot Tell a Lie

23 Feb

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This past Monday was President’s day. I remember a time when we celebrated both George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday every February, and on, of all days, their actual birthdays! But now we just celebrate President’s day and celebrate all presidents because it’s much more convenient, expedient and cost effective…and it’s always on a Monday!… which must be because all presidents were born on Mondays? Silly me, it’s because all Mondays come immediately after all weekends.

But seriously, if you’ve ever been to school then you have heard the story of our first president, George Washington, and his childhood experience with a certain cherry tree. George Washington grew up on Ferry Farm and while it hasn’t been confirmed that his cherry tree story was true,  it has been confirmed that there were cherry trees on the farm when George Washington was just 6 years old…so who knows?

In any event the point of the story, as it was made clear to all of us who heard, it was that George Washington never told a lie… and neither should we. And why? Because honesty is always the best policy, that’s why. And the truth shall set you free! And it was all simply part of a grade school narrative enforcing good old American values that included truth, justice, honesty, morality, and the golden rule. And if these values were good enough for and respected by the first President of the United States…the Father of our Country…then they certainly were to be embodied in each of us.

But that was a long, long time ago…how many people today believe that honesty is the best policy or that the truth shall set one free? Our 45th president lies on a regular if not daily basis (as kids would say) like a rug…and he has a staff that is willing to repeat those lies, if for no other apparent reason, simply because it is their job. Imagine that? There are jobs now in which the sole job description is to lie “truthfully”…but to be fair (another word that has all but lost its meaning) there is so much lying being employed as a “strategy” in so many work places in today’s world that it is hard to tell where the truth actually… lies!

Is there anyone out there who can seriously dispute that right now our Congress is hard at work trying to find a way to “honestly” explain to the American people why we DON’T need healthcare, food-stamps, affordable housing, fair wages, women’s rights, human rights, clean air, clean water, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Peace. And that what we “honestly” DO need is a wall, deportations, travel bans, cuts in social services, and more weapons for more war.

The one truth that I’d like to learn is…who is our government working for? I’m serious…really… Wouldn’t it be nice to know who it is they are actually working for? It can’t possibly be US, can it? That’s one truth we know…isn’t it? I’m even beginning to wonder if they are even working for people! Just about everything our legislators (especially Republicans) seem to want to do these days is anti-People and anti-Earth. Who’s left? What’s left? Am I right?

Perhaps if George Washington were with us today and he were here to read my words he would say that I was simply being cynical and overly dramatic and that things in America couldn’t possibly be that duplicitous…But still I wonder…

Because It seems to me that old George’s famous mantra of “I shall never tell a lie” has been whittled down over the years to a much simpler and streamlined, one size fits all incantation of, “I shall never tell!”

And now, whether or not we are being lied to or told the truth…we can’t know for sure…    if we know anything at all.

 

 

Comrade President?

8 Feb

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President Donald Trump so far in his brief tenure as POTUS has been picking fights with just about everyone. He has fought with Congressmen and Senators and judges and the entire press core and countries large and small, both allies and enemies. He has fought with the truth and with photographs and with his own tweets and contradictory statements and even with his past and former self…

But he will not fight with Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin. In fact Mr. Putin appears to be beyond reproach in the eyes of our President.

During the campaign for the presidency he called Mr. Putin a close personal friend whom he had met on several occasions…even though they had never met in person nor talked on the phone…Not even once.

When it was discovered by our own intelligence agencies that Russia, under the direction of President Putin, had hacked U.S. institutions and used hacked information in an attempt to sway or alter the American Presidential election, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t believe it. He even defended the Russian President by suggesting that anyone could have done it…even a fat, lonely guy in New Jersey.

Then candidate Trump even joked that if it was President Putin who had been behind the hacking perhaps he would do “The Donald” a favor by continuing to hack US databases until Hillary Clinton’s lost Emails were discovered, as though cyber-terrorism perpetrated against the US was all in fun or just a game.

And now that he is President, Mr. Trump continues to defend the Russian leader by likening Mr. Putin’s known assassinations of political opponents as commonplace killing… like the kind that the United States is quite often guilty of. “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” said President Trump.  “I think our country does plenty of killing.”

And when discussing Russia’s invasion and annexation of the Crimea and his later insurgencies int the Ukraine Mr. Trump was quite flattering of President Putin and not in the least bit angry. “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”
Wow! When it comes to Vladimir Putin vs. The Untied States, Putin wins! at least in the opinion of our President. Only 27 years since the fall of “The Evil Empire” and Russia has apparently passed us right by in the morality and leadership departments…American Carnage indeed!
When you consider all of the people and things that rankle our new President you’d think that Vladimir Putin would at least be somewhere on his list of pet peeves. But no! President Trump has what can only be described as a BFF man crush on the Russian President.
What gives? How can we explain this? Does our good president have some kind of political or financial ties to President Putin? Does he owe Vlad a favor or is he in his debt in someway? Is it really just platonic admiration and love? Just A good old fashioned bro-mance?
How can we know? President Trump won’t release his financial records or tax returns. And President Trump is a man who loves to talk about himself and his accomplishments. So why won’t he brag to the American people about how he has made all of his billions? And why don’t other Republicans seem to care?
They brought Hillary Clinton before Congress 9 times in an effort to link her to treasonous activities while she was the US Secretary of State. They consider all of Hillary’s missing or unfound Emails as proof of her treasonous activities even though there is no proof to show to America.
But President Trump’s missing and hidden financial records are not anything to worry about nor worthy of investigation even though the President is an avowed admirer of one of the most nefarious leaders of the post communist world? Even While Ms. Clinton was an avid opponent of President Putin and visa versa?
No one is even in the least bit curious? Aren’t you? I sure am? We wasted millions of dollars and countless Congressional hours chasing Hillary around in efforts to defend America’s integrity when there was scant evidence to suggest that it was anything but a wild political goose chase… but in this most inexplicable and curious case of unadulterated man-love for a foreign tyrant by a sitting American President we can’t even have a simple…Say what? investigation? Like: Show us your taxes the way every other President in the last 4 decades has?
Nope! The President who would make America great again doesn’t even like America! And he says so! He hates our cities. He says our public schools stink. He belittles our intelligence agencies. He calls our media and newspapers dishonest scum. He says that America is nothing but decay and carnage and a country of killers…and his supporters love it! They can’t seem to get enough of his hateful rhetoric! And they are waiting. They are waiting for him to save them from what? A nation gone to ruin?
Is that how you see America? A nation of flotsam and jetsam that needs to look to mighty Russia and Vladimir Putin for ideas and leadership? It’s quite obvious that That is how our President would like us to see it?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know Why?

Twitter D and Twitter Dumb

14 Feb

New Yorkers are up in arms because Mayor Bill de Blasio did not close the schools on Thursday when another major snow storm hit New York City. Even weatherman Al Roker was up in arms and complaining on Twitter to nearly 270,000 followers about his daughter’s snowy commute to school.

Why 270,000 people who live anywhere need to know that is beyond me but when you consider the fact that NYC public schools have been closed only 11 times in the last 40 years…what’s the big deal?

I can understand why teachers and administrators and support staff and above all bus drivers might be upset with the schools being open but at least they are being paid and shouldn’t really complain at all…Plus, as a former teacher, what is better than a school NOT filled with students?!

But I digress, because my main point is that just because schools are open doesn’t mean that you have to send your children there!

Ask any home schooling parent that…or better yet ask most of my former students!

Especially if there is a blizzard outside!

Parents of the world: If you send your children to school in horrendous and hazardous conditions, regardless of whether or not the mayor or school chancellor of your district tells you that it is a beautiful day outside, you should know better. Just keep your kids at home where it’s safe and warm and if it’s not safe and warm there at least you still have a school to send them to (where hopefully it is safe and warm) but it’s still your decision after all…don’t get all in a “Twitter”.

 

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