If not now… When?

One of the functions History serves is to provide perspective. Since my cancer diagnosis I have found a new interest in History. In particular what I have come to realize is how much of what we perceive as of concern with Trump in office is really just the realization he is not so different from all the others. From at least the 60s to now, we’ve been sold a bill of goods, yet to be realized, again and again. Abortion rights, voting rights, environmental Justice, right to privacy, right to Healthcare, ERA, guns, no Wars. We keep rehashing the same old things. When is the Myth of America going to become reality?

Guilt by association can come back to haunt

slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-donald-trump-alan-dershowitz.html

I certainly can make no claim to knowing about this. Only that accusations against Epstein have followed him for years. And a few of these connections are known for their own behavior, Sleazy at best. Salacious in truth.

Trump is self as racist

www.cnn.com/2019/07/14/politics/donald-trump-tweets-democratic-congresswomen-race-nationalities/index.html

Though racism amongst politicians is nothing new, what is new is Trump’s unabashed racism. Doesn’t care and doesn’t think it’s racist.

We know one repercussion is the atmosphere is polluted even more. I could ask where the pubs are but I’m sure since it’s the Sabbath they’re all praying their souls out.

NYTimes: Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.

Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway. https://nyti.ms/2JxDwo2

the BIG deal?

the Big Deal?

It’s taken me a time to let the anger, despair, amazement, shock at how the Kavanaugh drama played out. So finally….

It showed in all it’s sordid glory and self serving sound bites, as well as the PUBLICANS fear of trump and the alternative country he’s sold everyone, how our ‘democratic’ system works. Haley’s the only one who gets it: term limits. There’s more but that’ll come later. We’ve seen the ‘way’ our rights are preserved, protected.

To me there’s a FAR bigger issue here. It only concerns Kavanaugh on the edges. It’s esp. disconcerting because it spewed from the mouth of someone should know better. Esp. when it comes to sexual abuse, terror, fear, powerlessness.

That issue is how Murkowski followed in the footsteps of ALL those men who supposedly represent us. They only represent the patriarchal umbrella we all live under. Murkowski is an example of how women, in order to survive and thrive, have to adopt cultural norms which are humanitarian we are assured. Yet when you kick that rock out of the way, what scampers, crawls, slithers away is hard to recognize as human, even as we are told things are changing. Just be patient. Hmmm. Sounds familiar to some of you I’m sure.

The issue is how Murkowski was able to so definitively say she believed something happened to Ford but it was another incident. ??? That’s what the PUBS said. A convenient way to ‘appear feminist’. ??? You can’t have it both ways! How can anyone KNOW another’s experience in these cases, hard as they are to fathom.

In a quick, short sentence they – McConnell, Graham, Flake – have managed to discount Ford’s experience, without even being there. At the same time showing their understanding of an issue which they, I think is safe to say, would have been the Kavanaugh, not the Ford.

More later. In meantime, donate if you can. We’re going to a MM symposium this weekend. Hopefully something will come out of it!

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Sam

Shared Pain is Lessened
Shared Joy Increased

Victims

Trump claims Men are at a time that is scary, dangerous. A man can be accused of assault true or not. Of course Trump is of the generation and class that sees others, esp. women, as use and throw away items. So of course they are scared, fearful cause their history carries same kind of actions they now have to deny. 40 yrs ago we all looked the other way. All except Men and Women who were sick and tired of playing a game that reduced folks with fear and intimidation.

But men have nothing to fear. Part of the answer is quite simple. As long as men treat others as equal and with respect we will be fine. Last I heard respect was not a limited quantity. Equality is part of this country’s blood.

The more difficult issue is patriarchy. I think men have to be parents. Not on weekends but changing diapers. Wiping up puke. Leaving work for apts. Men need to be caregivers and we need to allow them.

Men need to learn respect for others. And learn it from other men. Not only women.

Ultimately add long as we live under patriarchal rule we will suffer the consequences. As long as we play around the edges and pretend things can and do and have changed well keep getting what we deserve. What’s that?

A system where someone like Trump represents us.