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“Democracy has Prevailed”
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

“This is a Sad Day for America”
By John Pavlovitz
January 21, 2020

“This is a sad day for America.”

That’s all a former friend of ours could post on social media during the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

A sad day.

I wondered what made her sad watching it:

Was it a man who’s suffered unthinkable personal tragedy and loss, taking the oath of office at the age of 78-years old, after coming out of retirement to run because he felt an obligation to his nation to save it from a historically harmful presence?

Did that make her sad?

Was it the swearing in of the first female, black, Asian-American Vice President in our nation’s history?

Was she sad about that?

Was it the radiant countenance of 22-year old, African-America poet laureate Amanda Gorman, who overcame a speech impediment to eloquently deliver brilliant words of stratospheric hope to a nation so needing it?

Did that make my friend sad?

Was it the glorious prophetic fire of Rev. Silvester Beaman’s benediction, as he declared that “In our common humanity, we will seek out the wounded and bind their wounds, we will seek healing for those who are sick and diseased… we will befriend the lonely, the least, and the left out.”

As a professed Christian, was that why she was sad?

Perhaps it was the show of solidarity by the living presidents from both sides of the aisle who assembled to witness an inauguration, on the site of what only two weeks prior was a deadly, failed attempt by domestic terrorists to violently prevent it…

Was that cause for her despair?

Or was it the words of President Biden’s speech themselves?

Did his words make her sad?

When he declared:

“This is America’s day… Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.”

Was she sad seeing a man in power not make it something about himself, but about the nation he was charged with serving, about him not needing praise or attention for a millisecond?

Was it hearing him say:

“So now, on this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.” 

Was that clear condemnation of violent domestic terrorism, a moment of sadness for her?

Did sadness come when the President declared:

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity. Unity. In another January, on New Year’s Day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When he put pen to paper, the president said, and I quote, ‘If my name ever goes down into history, it’ll be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.’

“My whole soul is in it. Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation.”

Was something other than a battle posture from a sitting president an occasion to grieve for her? Has she been so conditioned by a small, fragile man whose only play was vilification, demonization, and war rhetoric—that the very idea of unity now brings mourning?

Was she sad when President Biden said:

“To all of those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably. Within the guardrails of our republic, it’s perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. Yet, hear me clearly: disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you, I will be a president for all Americans—all Americans. And I promise you, I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

Was hearing as a Republican in the first 10 minutes of Joe Biden’s presidency, words of affirmation and compassion and validation that, as a non-Republican, were never once offered to me in four years? Was she sad to be considered instead of condemned by a sitting president? Was it him being to her, what his replacement never cared to be for me: a leader who saw me? Was she sad about that?

Was our former friend filled with despair when the 46th President declared:

“There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans, and especially, as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

Have 48 months of abject falsehoods and manufactured reality, now made an affirmation of objective truth a source of personal sadness?

Was it President Biden’s closing, in which he promised:

“My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I’ll defend our democracy. I’ll defend America. And I’ll give all, all of you, keep everything I do in your service, thinking not of power, but of possibilities, not of personal injuries, but the public good. And together, we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness.”

Was that clear, open-hearted declaration to spend himself on behalf of a people and a nation he loves, a moment of sadness for our friend?

I’m going to reach out to her and ask her to name with specificity why she was “sad” watching the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but I’m not hopeful I’ll get an answer.

I don’t think even she knows.

I imagine she, like so many people in our nation, has been so weaned on a false story of her present oppression and impending demise, so gas-lit by her president into being perpetually terrified, that in this moment she can’t see clearly.

She can’t see that normal is better, that more diverse is better, that words of kindness are better.

She can’t see that this president is for her, that he is for me, that he is for this nation.

She can’t see that this president, while not perfect—actually gives a damn about her in ways the former president simply never did.

That makes me sad.

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“Never, never, never give up….!”

Winston Churchill

We are in very difficult times. We feel attacked from all sides; first by the relentless, vicious COVID-19 virus and then by the drastic economic shut down leaving us helpless to meet financial responsibilities. Then we got hit by job losses, making it virtually impossible to catch up with our debts. Further discouragement followed when we had to separate from friends from family.

The very core of our democracy has been under attack by unfathomable conspiracies which countless numbers of people actually believe, so much so, they perpetrated a physical all-out assault on our Capital, threatened to hang VP Pence and kidnap Speaker Pelosi, and five people ended up dead.

To top it all off, we now know that the fox is in the henhouse (and that includes Fox News). Several capitol police enabled and supported the criminal invasion and even worse, actual members of Congress gave mob rioters the information they needed to storm the building and offices.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the GOP winner of a Georgia congressional seat in a heavily Republican district and a professed QAnon conspiracy believer, posted a picture of herself holding a rifle with photos of three liberal congresswomen of color and the vow to “go on the offense” against the “Squad” an unprecedented threat against lawmakers who have ended up being her congressional colleagues. She has been recorded calling other Black Democrats “slaves” and Trump called her a “future Republican Star”. How can our legislators feel safe in a meeting with people they know have vowed to kill them? Especially now, when it is a distinct reality.

Let that sink in.

How can we run a democratic government under such threat? It’s too much. It’s just too much. We can become overwhelmed with the attacks and want to escape. But we can’t. We mustn’t ever give up. Life can sometimes be harsh, cruel, dangerous and unfair, but take a minute to watch this little bear cub and let his determination speak to you. You may have seen this video before, but believe me, you need to see it in its entirety again.

Watch the full 2.5 minutes here today, tomorrow and the next day, until the courage and determination of this little guy is locked in your brain and your heart.

Winston Churchill and the indomitable, courageous British stood up to the Nazis even though the dead lay all around them and their country had been ravished. They were hungry. They were exhausted. They were afraid. But they never, never, never gave up!

Nor will we!!

With thanks to my good friend Jack Dexter for this video. He encourages us to share it with our children as well.

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DEATH – DESTRUCTION – DESTROYING DEMOCRACY

If you supported Trump or any of his groveling sycophants*, don’t even THINK about denying your role in this!!

*Exception: Mitt Romney, who followed moral values and was the ONLY one to impeach him last year

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WoW: TIME

“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed, will never pass again. Enjoy every moment in life.”

TIME

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw every cent out, of course!

Each of us has such a bank account. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day, it opens a new account for you. Each night, it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get it from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today…

  • To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
  • To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
  • To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
  • To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
  • To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
  • To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
  • To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special–special enough to spend your time with. And remember:

Time waits for no one. 

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WoW: In 2020, I Asked….

In 2020, I asked…

I asked for strength

And Life gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom

And Life gave me problems to learn to solve.

I asked for balance

And Life gave me overwhelm to learn to set boundaries.

I asked for patience

And Life sent me challenges beyond my control.

I asked for prosperity

And Life gave me a brain and brawn to work.

I asked for work

And Life gave me the ability to be creative.

I asked for courage

And Life gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for self-control

And Life gave me temptations to learn to say, “No”.

I asked for love

And Life gave me people in need.

I asked for clarity

And Life gave me chaos to teach me focus.

I asked for success

And Life gave me failures to teach me perseverance.

I asked for a healthy perspective

And Life gave me plenty of times to laugh at myself.

I asked for favors

And Life gave me opportunities.

I asked for help

And Life gave me a mirror.

I received nothing I wanted

And everything I needed.

As we enter the year 2021, we have an open space to create whatever we want. Our lives will be as we make them through our own choices. May our actions, reactions and inactions reflect the lessons we have learned from this past year.

Although we are alone in our personal growth, let’s never forget we are in this experiment called “Life” together. Let’s support one another, care for one another, forgive one another (and yourself, too). Everyone did the best they could, (including you). Remember, there are only two reasons to go to the past…to learn from it and to bring along some nice memories. Let’s let 2020 go and open our hearts and welcome in a brand new year.

Happy Healthy New Year Everyone!

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WoW: Right Now…

Right Now…

Somebody is very proud of you.

Somebody is thinking of you.

Somebody is caring about you.

Somebody misses you.

Somebody wants to talk to you.

Somebody wants to be with you.

Somebody hopes you aren’t in trouble.

Somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.

Somebody wants to hold your hand.

Somebody hopes everything turns out alright.

Somebody wants you to be happy.

Somebody wants you to find him/her.

Somebody is celebrating your successes.

Somebody wants to give you a gift.

Somebody thinks you ARE a gift.

Somebody hopes you’re not too cold or too hot.

Somebody wants to hug you.

Somebody loves you.

Somebody admires your strength.

Somebody is thinking of you and smiling.

Somebody wants to be your shoulder to cry on.

Somebody wants to go out with you and have a lot of fun.

Somebody thinks the world of you.

Somebody wants to protect you.

Somebody would do anything for you.

Somebody wants to be forgiven.

Somebody is grateful for your forgiveness.

Somebody wants to laugh with you.

Somebody remembers you and wishes that you were there.

Somebody is praising God for you.

Somebody needs to know that your love is unconditional.

Somebody values your advice.

Somebody wants to tell you how much they care.

Somebody wants to share their dreams with you.

Somebody wants to hold you in their arms.

Somebody wants YOU to hold them in your arms.

Somebody treasures your spirit.

Somebody wishes they could STOP time because of you.

Somebody praises God for your friendship and love.

Somebody can’t wait to see you.

Somebody loves you for who you are.

Somebody loves the way you make them feel.

Somebody wants to be with you.

Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.

Somebody’s glad that you’re his/her friend.

Somebody wants to be your friend.

Somebody stayed up all night thinking of you.

Somebody is alive because of you.

Somebody is wishing that you noticed him/her.

Somebody wants to get to know you better.

Somebody wants to be near you.

Somebody misses your advice/guidance.

Somebody has faith in you.

Somebody trusts you.

Somebody needs you to send them this letter.

Somebody needs your support.

Somebody needs you to have faith in them.

Somebody will cry when they read this.

Somebody needs you to let them be your friend.

Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you!

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WoW: The Voices

The Voices

We all know the voices, the ones that rest within. One calls out to move forward, the other cautions to stay back. The adventurous voice breathes great quantities of oxygen into our lungs while the other takes in only enough to safely exist. They are in constant conflict and each urges us to LIVE…yet, one flies on the wings of trust and love as it sparks a connection with universal energy and all that ever was and ever will be, while the other scrambles backwards on feet of fear found only in the physical world of limitation. Each calls to us…

What do you long for…hunger for…starve for?

Which voice will win your game of life… survive or thrive…?

For Longing*

By John O’Donohue

Blessed be the longing that brought you here

And quickens your soul with wonder

May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire

That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

May you the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease

To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

May the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity and friendship

Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

May the one you long for, longs for you.

May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.

May a secret Providence guide you thoughts and nurture your feelings.

May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.

May you come to accept your longing as spiritual urgency.

May you know the urgency with which your higher-self longs for you.

*Edited for content

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WoW: What Are YOU Worth?

“When you realize your self-worth, you’ll never sell yourself short again.”

What Are YOU Worth?

A father said to his daughter, “You graduated with honors, here is a car I acquired many years ago. It’s several years old. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them you want to sell it and see how much they offer you.”

The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said,

“Dad, it’s not worth much at all, but if it’s okay with you, I think I’d rather have the money! They offered me $1,000 because it looks very worn out.”

The father said, “Take it to the pawn shop.”

The daughter shrugged and went to the pawn shop, and returned to her father and whined, “Dad, they were even worse! The pawn shop offered $100 because it was a very old car.” The father asked his daughter to go to a car club and show them the car.

Exasperated, the daughter begrudgingly took the car to the club. She returned and excitedly exclaimed to her father,” Wow, Dad, unbelievable!! Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it since it’s a Nissan Skyline R34, an iconic car and sought after by many.”

The father said to his daughter, “The right place valued the car the right way. That value was always there, but those who were ignorant of its worth did not see it.”

If you are not valued, do not be angry or frustrated, it simply means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you. Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.

Many Thanks to my dear friend Sally von Rumohr for sharing this on Facebook

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WoW: This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving…

I give thanks for my heritage and my ancestors, for those hearty, strong souls who came before me whose genes run through my blood. I thank them for enduring through hardships, sadness and loss. I thank them for getting back up after failure and adversity, failure and pain. I thank them for looking beyond their insecurities and being willing to grow, discover, learn and stretch beyond their fears to look for solutions.

I thank them for loving and in spite of losing, daring to love again. I thank them for their courage to stand firm in the face of adversity and for never compromising their values. I give thanks for their ability to laugh things off, to forgive and accept situations beyond their control and for persevering with renewed energy with the lessons learned.

I thank them from the bottom of my heart for giving me hope for a brighter tomorrow.

A House Called Tomorrow

By Alberto Ríos

You are not fifteen, or twelve, or seventeen—

You are a hundred wild centuries

And fifteen, bringing with you

In every breath and in every step

Everyone who has come before you,

All the you that you have been,

The mothers of your mother,

The fathers of your father.

If someone in your family tree was trouble,

A hundred were not:

The bad do not win—not finally,

No matter how loud they are.

We simply would not be here

If that were so.

You are made, fundamentally, from the good.

With this knowledge, you never march alone.

You are the breaking news of the century.

You are the good who has come forward

Through it all, even if so many days

Feel otherwise. But think:

When you as a child learned to speak,

It’s not that you didn’t know words—

It’s that, from the centuries, you knew so many,

And it’s hard to choose the words that will be your own.

From those centuries, we human beings bring with us

The simple solutions and songs,

The river bridges and star charts and song harmonies

All in service to a simple idea:

That we can make a house called tomorrow.

What we bring, finally, into the new day, every day,

Is ourselves. And that’s all we need

To start. That’s everything we require to keep going.

Look back only for as long as you must,

Then go forward into the history you will make.

Be good, then better. Write books. Cure disease.

Make us proud. Make yourself proud.

And those who came before you?

When you hear thunder, Hear it as their applause.

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WoW: My Last One!!

My Last WoW… On The Election!!!

The election is over. I’m done with it. But before I return to my regular WoW entries, I want to do a final factual accounting of the process.

Trump lost and Biden won. That is clear to any rational human being throughout the world.

Biden won the popular vote by over 5 million, but the Democrats lost some of their House members and did not win the number of seats necessary to control the Senate, unless they win both Georgia seats in the Jan. run-off.

After the last four years of the most irresponsible, morally deplorable administration in modern history, Trump received a full 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016, and by and large, his demographics didn’t change.

These results indicate that an unprecedented 73 million American citizens said,

“Yeah, I think another 4 years of racism, conspiracies, corruption, brutish bullying, incompetent leadership that shows no empathy for human life, favors fiction over facts, and completely disregards the truth… is a good idea.”

And that’s not just my interpretation of the facts, that’s the truth based on results.

Why, why why??????

What in the world would lead 73 million people, most of whom are decent human beings, vote to support this?

“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago.”

~ Anne Frank

You can fool all of the people some of the time:

I think we were all fooled some of the time. Hooked on sound bites, we were primed into a sense of urgency as we tuned into another night of high octane feed. Information was delivered with the intensity of a three-alarm fire. Trump and the media, especially TV, were made for each other. Media thrives on controversy and spectacle and Trump provided it several times a day. Trump needs and thrives on attention and they gave him lots of it. The media needs and thrives on deviancy and Trump provided ample quantities.

We were “had”. We got “taken”. We got caught up in the drama. We were fooled by Trump. Even if you didn’t watch TV, you were likely on social media or read the print news. If you managed to avoid these, no conversation was complete without mentioning his name.

Although we must remain ever vigilant of people like Trump, and although we must take a stand for all that is good and right about this country, we must also be aware our constant attention fed the media. The monster ate it up and we kept him alive.

Some of the following analysis is more complicated than I present here, but as a summary it will suffice.

You can fool some of the people all of the time:

This is the majority of Trump’s base. They have little knowledge of history, lack an understanding of the ways of the world and they are just plain scared. Most are not bad people. At heart, they are good people, but they are scared people. Their anger is only there to cover up the vulnerability of their fear. They’re afraid they’ll lose all they have ever known; afraid someone will overtake their White race or try to take away their jobs, their guns or their God. They are terrified of change and their insecurity has them desperately seek survival as they lash out with a self-protective vengeance. The Trump conspiracies give them a false sense of security. They grasp on to his lies like a lifeline. The anger makes them feel powerful,

Gullible people have been a segment of society since the beginning of time. They are blind followers who feel they are losing at the game of life and think they are powerless to change it. Lost in a confusing world, they find security in the arms of a dominant authority figure and they hand over their allegiance to be used in any way the authority sees fit, often to his/her own advantage. Their need for safety and security makes these people highly susceptible to manipulation and control.

They are victims who willingly (and often unknowingly) abandon their tentative hold on their own values (which they think never worked for them anyway) and follow the leadership of the one who presents an alternate realty, one that feeds their rage at the privileged who are “winning” yet, promises a better tomorrow for them. They enter an alternate universe where all that matters is what serves the dictator, the ruler, the dominant authority. It is completely void of truth and facts as is evidenced in figures like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao Tse Dong, Kim Jong-il and cult leaders like David Koresh and Jim Jones.

People need to feel safe and they will do whatever they need to in order to survive. Once they have placed their survival in the authority figure, facts and truth don’t matter anymore, and reasoning does not work with them.

Love them, care about them, but let go of trying to change them. Gullible people will always be a part of society and cult leaders like Trump will continue to use and abuse them for their own selfish benefit.

This is the group of people you can fool all of the time. As Trump said himself,

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”

Prices and Payoffs: With every choice we make in life, there are Prices and Payoffs. The following are among the 73 million who supported Trump. Fortunately, they did not prevail, but their choice cast a big blow to the moral core of our great country. They chose their issue at the expense of equality, justice, truth and the common good…and that’s a big price to pay.

To vote for Trump, they all had to compromise something – the opportunity to help the nation heal, their personal growth, possibilities for improvement, the tenets of their faith and most especially, their values….

The Racists: These are the White Supremacists and the neo-Nazis. They are hard core racists and proud of it. They are everywhere. They feel it is more important to hate and be superior to others than to experience the glory and benefits of love and acceptance.

The soft core racists are those who are unconsciously racist, but won’t admit it and are unwilling to look. They think the race issue is overblown and that we should just “all move on”. It is more important for them to remain in self-protective denial than to search their souls and own up to the role their denial plays in perpetuating racism.

The Poorly Educated and Uninformed: These are people who have little knowledge of history and how despots like Mussolini and Hitler came into power. They have no desire to learn about the scientific method or understand the social sciences or listen to medical experts, or face the reality of climate change and how we are destroying our Planet Earth. Instead, they choose ignorance over informed decisions based on truth that will benefit all humanity (most especially themselves).

The Mixed-Up Patriot: These are flag-waving xenophobes who have an aversion to and a fear of foreigners or anything foreign. They think loving your country means America is all that matters. America First is more important than a healthy planet capable of sustaining life for future generations (including their own). It’s more important to wave the flag and think America can do no wrong as the shining city on the hill, than to do an honest moral self-inventory of the state of our systems and how they affect our citizenry – which will do nothing but strengthen us.

The Jobless: This group is a sub-set of Mixed-Up Patriot. These are people who think foreigners are taking their jobs. In reality, they are being replaced by job outsourcing, artificial intelligence and other technologies. They blast the Mexicans when in reality, they won’t do the work that Mexicans and other immigrants are more than willing to do just to live here. It is more important for them to blame foreigners and remain jobless than to support a party that advocates free job training and social services for those in need from which they can benefit!

The Mixed-Up Anti-Socialist: These are people who think anything that supports security for people within our social system is hard core Marxist Socialism! They believed the rhetoric thrown at them by Trump that Biden is a “Socialist”, Democrats are “Socialists”, and our country is on a slippery slope to socialism. None of which is true. As a country, we are not even close to socialism. Most of these people have no idea what the difference is between socialism, liberalism, humanism, capitalism or communism. It is more important for them to fight against an ideology they don’t even understand than to entertain possibilities that can be beneficial for the well-being of all our citizens including them.

The Single-Issue Voters: Like the others, these are people for whom it is more important to be right than it is to have a country that works for everyone.

They are:

The Evangelical Christians and Religious Right who think they have the right to tell women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies and a right to decide a person’s sexual identity as well as who they can love and marry. Someone sent me literature claiming Biden would kill babies! That kind of rhetoric is so wrong (on many levels), but their self- righteousness is more important than it is to follow basic biblical teachings and the true Christian Jesus who taught Love thy neighbor… Do unto others… etc.

The Gun Owners: These folks believe everyone has a right to own and use any kind of gun they want, even though weapons designed for war have been the favored choice for most every mass murderer. They would rather own and openly wield an AR-15 than save the lives of our precious children, like the 20 innocent little angels massacred in their classroom along with their teachers in Newtown, Conn.

The Staunch Republican: These are people who has voted the Republican ticket their whole life and fervently believes in the Republican platform no matter what. They are completely willing to overlook the reality that Trump has hijacked the Party and is morally destroying it from within. Supporting the Republican Party under Trump was contributing to its demise.

But, it was more important for them to vote Republican than to save the integrity of their Party.

Money and Wealth: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Trump promised his plans would bring prosperity to the long over-looked working class. What he ended up doing is what every Republican president has done since Reagan – delivered wealth for the already rich at the expense of the poor. His 2017 sizable tax cuts went to the corporations who, in turn, agreed to provide new job opportunities as well as increased salaries for their employees.

Neither happened.

The money saved in taxes was fed back into the companies for yet again, increased profit. He threw a few minor tax morsels to the middle class to keep them quiet and now, his total lack of leadership with the pandemic has inflated the wealth of billionaires as main-street America reels under a Depression-level crisis. Massive salaries and bonuses go to the well-positioned privileged CEOs and senior executives, while the true “essential workers” scrape by.

The payoff for financial excess is obvious. The price is a diminishing middle class and an ever increasing economic disparity. Historically (there’s the understanding of history again!!) the only thing that has cured income inequality is catastrophe. Revolutions, massive wars and collapsed states are what reliably reduce economic disparity. For these people, money and greed has been more important than a fair and just society in which all can profit and feel secure.

My Conclusion:

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time

I believe the vast majority of the 250 million who voted are among all of the people (regardless of their issues), you can’t fool all of the timeI believe they are reasonable people underneath their vote and like many of the Republican Senators, they will change their minds when Trump’s presence is out of the White House.

The results of Biden winning by more than 5 million votes in the highest voter turnout in our history, does not give me cause for great joy and elation, nor does the support for Trump leave me in utter despair.

I am confronted, rather, by a sobering reality. I have come to realize we are a more nescient democracy than I formally believed. Our spiritual consciousness and ability for rational, deductive thinking as a whole is undeveloped. We are, in fact, an adolescent country in the midst of a social experiment. It is messy, it is extreme at times and can be very ugly.

I am also very aware from the work I have done with countless thousands of people, from all walks of life around the world, regardless of race, religion, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation, that beneath the anger, hurt, pain and fear, lies the most fundamental core human need—to love be loved. Love is always there, but fear can drag us away and we can easily lose touch with it. If we are to survive as a human race, and I believe we will, we must find ways to connect and build on our similarities.

If we can all stop for one minute and agree to the TRUTH that we all love our country, that we all want to be free, and we all want acceptance, respect and yes, love, then we can find a way forward. Let’s start there.

The flag of the United States of America belongs to ALL of us. Let’s all of us give in a little and be willing to shift our framework of thinking away from believing that winning means someone has to lose.

Let’s open up to an entirely new possibility and be willing to find a way for all of us to win. Let’s reach out to one another and find a way for our country to work for the well-being of every decent human being…

“We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives that are different and yet the same.

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart”

~Anne Frank

Yes, Anne… almost everyone. With many thanks to so many of you who have shared your opinions and articles during these past challenging months leading up to the election.. I listen to every single one and from time to time, you will likely see your influence in my writing. We are all in this together. I appreciate your participation.

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