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?

SLC Homelessness. Bad form?

It’s easy to call “bad form” when you have a roof over your head.

https://www.ksl.com/article/46673485/lt-gov-cox-calls-slc-homeless-protest-bad-form-says-there-are-better-ways-to-voice-concerns

not mine. just adding some beauty where needed.

Utah public lands managed?

https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/environment/2019/09/pinyon-pine-juniper-forests-utah-torn-out-why

What’s happening right now under our noses before we have a chance to stop. When I read this my brain goes dizzy with cognitive dissonance trying to understand such self serving, mendacious reasoning.

just some Utah sky

Gun violence data: Odds of being shot, other causes of death compared

https://amp.businessinsider.com/us-gun-death-murder-risk-statistics-2018-3

Some stats to help understand our ways of dying.

There are huge racial disparities in how US police use force – Vox

https://www.vox.com/identities/2016/8/13/17938186/police-shootings-killings-racism-racial-disparities

Another view of the police violence we live with.

take a deep breath..

We need campaign reform

www.salon.com/2019/07/17/mitch-mcconnells-big-donors-are-wall-street-firms-and-only-9-of-his-funds-comes-from-kentucky/

this is why the idea we have a Democratic system is way off the mark. I’m pretty sure McConnell is more interested in looking pockets than working to deal with the our issue which in Kentucky is epedimic.

Socialism for business. Capitalism for people.

www.dailykos.com/story/2019/7/16/1872167/-George-W-Bush-doomed-these-coal-miners-now-Donald-Trump-is-sealing-their-fate

This article shows the life that is our protection for miners. But it also, in a general way, shows how workers get screwed, while companies walk away unscathed.

Particularly this shows how companies can just declare bankruptcy, get rid of debt including compensation to workers.

Admit it. Government support is needed for public projects.

www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/daily-on-healthcare-white-house-tries-to-rally-conservatives-in-very-weird-healthcare-meeting

Government support for private sector is not Socialism. We have little to fear when Gov partners with private sector to get things done the private sector could not do. These projects are NOT Socialism. They are, and have been for years, part of our History. Internet. Interstate. Space. Military. Water. Partnering is the only way these ideas come to fruition so we all benefit.

The real dark side is that we, taxpayers pay for the programs. But once done the private sector reaps the dollars. The Web was developed via R&D paid for by our tax dollars. We all benefit from this, but it’s the Amazon’s, Microsoft’s, Apples who become wealthy on the backs of taxpayers. Trucking is another case. The interstate was built for defense. But now trucking companies have use of this extensive road system maintained in part by our tax dollars.

This sort of partnership is Democratic Socialism. It works. Has worked and can work. It is NOT Socialist/Communist.

It should not be feared. What should be feared is when we are so scared of the word Socialism, we give in to that fear and add to the paralysis which has become prevalent.

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.

Nathan Bedford Forrest as hero?

amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/07/13/politics/bill-lee-tennessee-governor-kkk-nathan-forrest/index.html

Another politician days it’s not my fault and passes the buck. And I thought my spine was a wreck!