RUBY RED STATES NO MORE

We are 8 days away from the election and the playing field for Democrats has expanded. It used to be a given over the decades that states like Texas, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina were solidly Republican states. That dynamic has changed with the increase of minority populations in those states. The Black, Latino & Asian populations have increased significantly making these states ripe to be flipped in November. Recognizing this changing dynamic, the GOP is using extreme voter suppression efforts to stymie Democratic efforts in Texas, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina.

So, why are these states primed to turn blue? In large part because of young people who want a better future. The young voters in these states are more progressive thinking on issues like climate change, infrastructure, minimum wage, tax reform and real criminal justice reform. The people in these battleground states have to be bold and courageous. They have to be willing to change the trajectory that their states have been on for decades. Texas, Arizona & Georgia are run by GOP Governors. These Governors have systematically cut corporate taxes and paid for them by cutting funding for badly needed programs that help the youth and elderly in their states. These Governors have also gutted worker rights & worker protections in their states.

The bottom line is this. The voters of Texas, Georgia, North Carolina & Arizona have to take their states back from authoritarian governance. If you want a higher minimum wage, tax cuts for the middle class & working poor, unimpeded access to healthcare, improved infrastructure, police/criminal justice reform, lower college tuition and reduced student loan debt, than you can get these things by turning your states blue. The Democrats are thee only party fighting for these issues. They’re the only party fighting for you.

Texans, Georgians, Arizonans & North Carolinians, if you come out in huge numbers and vote, than these states will be red no more. VOTE!

America Without Protections-Dire Straits

It’s November 4th, 2020 and a President has been elected. What if the man elected is Donald Trump again? What will America look like for 4 more years under Trump?

The Supreme Court will soon be a 6-3 conservative-controlled body. You can expect Donald Trump to fiercely go after the Affordable Care Act. He will also go after overturning Roe v. Wade and ending Abortion in America as we know it. Trump will also go after same-sex marriage. Then, there is the signature pieces of landmark rulings still considered unsettled law like Brown v. Board Of Education.

Bottom line, 4 more years under Donald Trump would put this nation in dire straits. It would be a return to the days when people of color and women had no rights. Let’s hope this is a bad dream.

DEFINING MOMENT

Our nation is at a crossroads. We are in a struggle for the soul and moral fiber of our nation. The passing of a judicial icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left a hole in our hearts that will never be repaired. Mrs. Ginsburg’s passing leaves a vacancy on the Supreme Court that most certainly will be filled by a Conservative justice. The Supreme Court would be changed to a 6-3 Conservative majority for decades to come.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for women’s rights, voting rights, civil rights and gay rights. She also fought against religious discrimination and racial discrimination. She was pro gender equality. Many of the issues Justice Ginsburg fought to protect including worker’s rights will be put in great danger of being overturned.

A Conservative majority on the court would most likely go after Roe v. Wade (Abortion Rights), the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and same sex marriage. Also rulings considered settled law like Brown v. Board Of Education could also come under scrutiny.

So, as America is grappling with it’s moral compass, Americans must ask themselves some critical questions. Do we want to go back to 1955? Or, do we want to go into the future as a diverse nation accepting of each other? We must vote for these issues that we care about.

CRIME DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

Donald Trump & the GOP would have you believe that crime is going to go up in the suburbs and nationally. Their plan is to scare white people into voting for the racism, incompetence & fake “law and order” mantra of Trump. Yes, crime particularly in the big cities is going up. Murders, in some big cities, have increased. Why? The answer is the COVID19 pandemic and it’s dire effect on the U.S. economy. Because of the pandemic, businesses have had to temporarily close leading to massive job losses. This has caused incredible economic insecurity and desperation throughout the nation. The situation is dire in the poorest communities.

The nation is in this depressed state because we have a leadership void at the top. Donald Trump ignored this pandemic and the result was thousands of Americans getting infected with COVID19 and dying from the virus. The deaths of Americans from this virus are on Donald Trump. He is solely responsible for the mishandling of this pandemic.

It is not surprising that crime has increased. The increase in crime is being used as an excuse by Trump & the GOP to delegitimize the Black Lives Matter movement. This is their cowardice approach to not addressing the problem of systemic racism, police brutality and misconduct.

It is going to take a competent leader to solve this issue. It’s going to take a competent leader to calm our neighborhoods, ease our fears and restore our faith again. Joe Biden can do that. Donald Trump can’t.

DESPERATE TIMES DESPERATE MEASURES

As the election approaches, Donald Trump has begun a campaign of sowing seeds of doubt in the election process. He has outright insinuated that the election will be rigged. Where have we heard this before? The author of the rigged election conspiracy theory was none other than Donald J. Trump in 2016.

Trump has largely ignored the Coronavirus pandemic which is ravaging our country. The economy is in deep recession and there is a national movement against racism and police brutality. A movement that is transforming our country for the better. Yet, Trump has been indifferent to these events. He has been unable to address them and the country has taken notice. As a result, he is trailing Joe Biden in the polls nationally. He is also trailing in the battleground states.

Trump has become increasingly desperate. He is gutting the budget for the postal service for the purpose of preventing mail-in voting. GOP Governors are putting in place voter suppression measures like cutting the number of polling places, changing voter machines, passing new statewide voter ID requirements and cutting the distribution of mail-in ballots in an attempt to help Trump win their states.

If the election to determine the 2020 Presidency is rigged, it will be Donald J. Trump who rigs it for himself to stay in power.

TRUMP & THE GOP HAVE BETRAYED THE NATION

Donald Trump has gotten away with lying and conning people his entire life. Getting elected President Of The United States, with the help of a foreign power (Russia) he is indebted to, was perhaps his biggest con job ever.

His election and performance in office has revealed his ineptitude and inexperience in the job he holds. We have watched him ignore a global pandemic that is ravaging our nation from coast to coast. We have lost over 130,000 Americans to the Coronavirus because of willful ignorance & sheer incompetence at the top of government. This President has failed to take the proper steps to keep Americans safe from this pandemic. He has failed to fully implement initiatives like the Defense Production Act that would keep all of our medical facilities ( hospitals, hospices, urgent care & senior care) from experiencing shortages in medical equipment and supplies. He has made decisions that continue to put millions of Americans at risk.

The GOP continues to rally around his ignorance. Why? It’s simple. Trump & the GOP’s plan is to simply ignore the pandemic and reopen the economy. Just ignore the fact that 130,000 people have died from Coronavirus. Trump & the GOP are banking on the economy bouncing back to pre-Coronavirus numbers just in time for the election. The fact is Trump has been taking credit for an economy that Barack Obama & Joe Biden created which got us out of a recession and put the nation on a 10 year path of sustained economic growth. Trump’s tax cut for the rich put the nation on a temporary sugar high and added over $2 Trillion to our national debt.

We just recently found out that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers. The President knew about the Russian Bounty program in March and did absolutely nothing about this. It should be obvious to everyone now that Russia has some damaging leverage over Donald Trump. That leverage has put the nation’s entire national security at risk.

The facts are clear. Donald Trump is sacrificing American lives to Coronavirus to get re-elected at home. He is sacrificing American lives on the battlefield abroad to avoid being exposed as the “phony conman” he really is.

BLM

America is coming face to face with it’s sordid history. It is a history of greed, racism, hypocrisy, power & entitlement. We are a nation that has advanced the rights of white Americans and reinforced their entitlement at the expense of Americans of Color. For Centuries, Blacks faced an outrageous, uphill struggle of slavery by white slaveowners who wanted to build a nation on the backs of Black bodies. The Jim Crow era furthered the abuse of Black Americans in America. Once the visible shackles from slavery came off in 1865. The invisible shackles were put back on during the Jim Crow era. Black & Latino communities were redlined making it difficult to get Home loans & Business loans to startup businesses within the community. Voting rights were denied. Going to the same schools as whites was denied for much of the era. The workplace was segregated during the era.

People of color have had to fight for basic fairness in this country since it’s inception. Yet, Whites in positions of power throughout our American institutions have found it difficult to provide us with that simple honor. Our institutions at the federal, state & local levels have been riddled with bias. From the federal government to the court system to law enforcement to the workplace to our school systems from kindergarten to college, we have been marginalized as if we (Blacks, Latinos, Asians & Native Americans) don’t matter.

Guess what? We do. Our institutions need to be reformed because they have failed badly.

Trayvon Martin mattered. Tamir Rice mattered. Michael Brown mattered. Sandra Bland mattered. Atatiana Jefferson mattered. Laquan McDonald mattered. Eric Garner mattered. Sean Bell mattered. Amadou Diallo mattered. Oscar Grant mattered. Ahmaud Arbery mattered. Breonna Taylor mattered. George Floyd mattered. Elijah McClain mattered. BLACK LIVES MATTER!

The Dumbing Down Of America

Our nation is at a dangerous point. We are fighting a global pandemic and social injustice. Yet, we have a leadership deficit in Washington, D.C. that is inept. The current administration sees governance through the prism of just the folks who voted for them.

Donald Trump has no clue of how to run a federal government. He has no knowledge of the Constitution or of the Bill Of Rights. He doesn’t even understand the checks and balances system of the three branches of government. He has no clue of how the departments within the federal government work. His foreign policy has been a disaster for the country with Russia being the biggest benefactors of our foreign policy blunders. The media has been scared to challenge his competency to do the job. He is clueless when it comes to understanding nuclear treaties signed by us with foreign countries and simple legislation passed through Congress.

Donald Trump has pulled off the greatest con in U.S. history. He managed to get elected President Of The United States and he was and still is completely unqualified for the job. He has been allowed by the GOP in Congress and media to dumb down the Presidency. He has said & done stupid things unbecoming of a President.

The nation has a decision to make this November. It will either be the stability and experience of Joe Biden or the chaos, corruption and incompetence of Donald Trump. Frankly, 4 more years of corruption and incompetence under Trump could devastate and severely alter the arc of this democracy.

HOW THE KKK HAS FLIPPED THE SCRIPT?

The Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s & 1960s was thee most racist organization in America. They prided themselves on intimidation and fear. After Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement, many of the members of the Klan were successfully convicted on crimes of assault, murder, attempted murder and domestic terrorism which involved the bombings of state buildings, churches and homes of black Americans. However, there were many members who evaded prosecution for their crimes. Because of the decrease in numbers to the group and the growing number of white supremacist groups emerging, the Klan was forced to change its tactics to remain relevant.

The most disturbing switch in tactics has been Klan members trading in their white sheets for a badge & gun. Groups like the KKK and White Aryan Nation have become incredibly shrewd. Joining Police forces and becoming police officers is the perfect way to gain access to minority communities and terrorize them under the cloak of a badge and gun. It explains a lot in terms of police/community relations. It explains why certain cops have already, made up preconceived notions about African Americans, Latinos and other minorities. It certainly explains 2 things – Why rogue cops are shooting unarmed people of color? and Why rogue cops are brutalizing communities of color with blatantly racist policing policies?

We as a society have to demand a radical change to policing policies. We have to demand the removal of all rogue officers who don’t follow proper police procedure. Lastly, we have to remove from office corrupt, morally bankrupt, racist agenda driven politicians who support this continued police aggression against communities of color.

TRUMP’S REAL AGENDA

Donald Trump has roasted the media for 4 years. He has attacked every ethnic group in America with his blatantly racist comments and racist policies. Trump’s Coronavirus response has been abysmal to say the least. So one has to wonder, what is Trump’s true agenda entering the November election?

In recent weeks, Trump has started to reveal a little of his November playbook. He has launched a dishonest campaign of attacks on former President Obama & former Vice-President Joe Biden. Trump’s team believes they can get away with using another “smoke & mirrors”campaign of lies to win re-election.

However, Trump’s bizarre behavior in office for 4 years, his inability to grasp basic knowledge of his job and his inept policy failures are sure to not be overlooked by the electorate this time around.

Trump’s re-election comes down to one thing – Will the nation be duped by this career con man again? or Will the nation restore professionalism, competence, experience & dignity back into the White House? If the nation chooses the latter, then we can all breathe easy knowing President-Elect Joe Biden is on the job on January 20, 2021.