The Last Of The Good ‘ol Days

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Propaganda is always successful when people confine themselves to exposure of only one half of a storyry through the media. They may convince themselves they know both sides, but they’d have to look where their information came from to understand the bias of what they read.

SHOULD THE MEDIA TELL US THE TRUTH

The same story told by progressive news vs conservation news will often not appear to be the same story because of the way it is twisted. Some stories might not told to both sides because it is not in the best interest of that political party’s members to know about it. Knowledge is controlled, and controlling it crucial in controlling its supporters. It keeps Trump’s base of angry supporters. 

If someone truly thinks that there is a witchhunt going to frame Trump, like he says, over and over, than his supporters need only to hear the information that sustains that belief. It doesn’t matter if Trump lies. The more he uses Twitter to tweet his feelings, true or not, once it is said it becomes truth in the mind of his supporters. They don’t want to hear anything that could destroy that belief. They want it to be true and they refuse to look at the actual facts of what is happening. They refuse to entertain the thought that he could be guilty of all that has been said. As long as Trump keeps crying “Fake news” and “Whichhunt,” they don’t have to listen to anything else. Even if it is proven he has committed crimes they won’t believe it. It will be all lies.

It is easy to see how their beliefs are formed. The drinking of Trump’s Kool-aid is complete. They would die for their “King” who wears no clothes simply because he believes he is clothed, like he believes he is loved by America even when so many don’t.  A poll of scientific historians placed him dead last of all presidents looking at the quality of his presidency.  Only he believes he is great, so only his supporters count as true Americans. They are the ones who constantly stroke his ego. 

Trump would like to see opposing Democrats killed by his angry supporters.Who would say something like that as president? He believes he is better than anyone who came before him  or who could come after him so he should be able to continue indefinitely.  I believe that issue is something the GOP will propose – strongly – and will become a new chant. Trump believes he should be King. Then he would be royalty and adored by all in the world. He is deranged. 

Trump has always been corrupt in his business dealings.  He pits America against itself in the worst possible way by making his supporters fight against those who are able to see through him. He then believes the best of America is made up of only his supporters and the rest can go to hell. He believes they are liars who need to be by put down by his military, his police and his motorcycle gangs, who he said are really tough people. He said the democrats are going to get hurt if they continue to oppose him. He continually talks about how loved he is. This is what he psychologically needs – love and adoration. “America loves me. I am the best thing to happen to this country. No president has been better loved than me,” over and over until he convinces himself.

There is history being created now which we are going to look back on and regret. What kind of America will my grandchildren live in. I am scared and angry that this has been allowed. We are taking our last look at what will be called “the good ‘ol days.”

SHOULD TRUMP BE ALLOWED TO HURT THIS COUNTRY JUST BECAUSE HE IS PRESIDENT

This is Trump.  We would find help for him if he were a relative, instead of giving excuses and justifications for his outlandish behavior – and if the people he puts in high places hurt the people of this great country I have always been proud to be part of, and they help drag us into the pollution that causes our distinction, oh well, they must think, it’s the Democrats fault. As long as they were loyal to Trump and bent to kiss his – ring? . . . Then it’s not their fault, is it. 

He believes controlling “his people” like a dictator would be a great thing, like Putin. He would like to do away with congress because it gets in his way. There should only be one branch of the government  not three  He has fine – tuned his instincts and they are better than anyone else’s instincts so don’t question him. America belongs to him to do with how he wants. Fulfill his demands. Build this wall he desperately wants.

Most of the GOP happily supports Trump, but Americans overwelming want congress to defy Trump and stop his veto.   What happens when he is no longer president? Where will his supporters go? What will they do when their ringleader has no power at all? Will he call for war so his supporters will fight for him as he says they will? Well he use war as a reason to stay president? 

If we fall for it, the emotions he is trying so hard to stir up in us, and succeeding, then we as a country are going to lose more than we can imagine. His corruption has seeped into every part of our lives with corruption in education, corruption to the quality of our food with the continued allowance of Monsanto and other chemicals, housing and medical care with the draining of Medicare and Medicaid, to name a few. They will not be there for those who are not rich enough to make up the deficits with their bank accounts. They will have to go without the social safety net he is destroying. Republicans will be laughing while pushing Trump’s agenda along.

DOES THE RIGHT HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS THAN THE LEFT? 

Republicans, I guess, don’t need those socialist programs. They scream about it. Republicans don’t need  and I hope refuse to collect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Section 8 or anything else which barely keeps some of us alive. Without it many would die quickly if there is no housing, no medical care and less food. Thank you GOP for trying to destroy it. 

Trump will go emotionally off the rails if his power is taken away just because of – and he will say – a corrupt election – a fixed election, and continue to call people absurd names. The “fake” media will eat it up and the propaganda will be never ending. He will not want to lose power and if he loses, he will call for violence. It his nature that will make him do that because he thinks he is the greatest president of all time, so how could he lose an election! The results must be false! And he must lose if we are to survive. How many people will die in the process?

Those that drunk too heavily of the Kool Aid will feel they need to protect him and do violent things in his name, which we have already seen. If you can’t see this then you really are being influenced by the lies he continually says as he puffs up his fathers. Trump is not king. He is not a dictator, yet that is what he is trying to do and his loyal subjects who only hear his words are going to hurt people at the next change of power. There is always a change. Our country is built on elections even if that system is broken. No one person should have the power he wants for the rest of his life.

Maybe this needed to happen to show us who the politicians are who do things in the dark behind our backs, when they are supposed to be accountable to the people. Both political parties are so corrupt, bought by corporations who fill their campaign coffers. They do things good for themselves and their continued important places in our government, but they do not govern in a way that is good for all of the people in America.

We need leaders who listen to what the people need and not hide what they are doing. We need to get rid of congressmen who don’t have limits on their time because their corruption and their sense of entitlement has progressed too far. Maybe that can’t happen without an uprising of some sort, but people are going to get hurt.

Lately I haven’t been sharing many political articles on Facebook. I’m not going to convince anyone of anything at this point. The minds of the people of America have long been set in stone. No matter what Trump does they will twist it in some way that makes it a good thing for them. If the quality of life goes down they will blame Democrats in some way. I am not looking forward to the next 18 months of this campaign. I am so tired already of the crap in the media and this one is going to be particularly nasty.

IS THIS THE END FOR US? 

To survive as the people of the United States of America we need to look past a person’s party. We have all lost friends or family who are on the “other side”. But that does not make up the whole of who someone is. There is more to all of us are than what “side” we are, on. Do we throw away our friendships and family who thinks differently about politics?

It is like the fight between the North and the South. We are still fighting to end racism so all races can be equal. But if the president thinks White Nationalists are good people, too, then the killing continues. Those killers approve of Trump because he supports them and more people die because of it  To end Trump’s racist police supporters who continue to kill black people for weak excuses and get away with it, we need better laws in spite of what he thinks. 

Will it get to the point, with our guns, that Republicans and Democrats will kill each in a civil war other over the politics of Trump? Is he worth that? Is he so great that we will kill each other over him? That will feed his ego to the breaking point. He will then have a solid hold in the history of this country, and that is a sad day for us.

Will it come to that? I think it might. But the people in America need to stop fighting each other and focus on fighting the corruption, or the country we become will be too fractured to function the way many of us remember, and like Humpty Dumpty, no one will be able to put us back together again.

Ex Slaves Talk About Slavery in the USA

 

Hearing the voices of the people in this video hits my emotions with sadness. These are people whose lives were abused and kept isolated from knowledge. They had no idea how they were going to take care of themselves when they were “turned out” like cattle when they were freed. Free now to do what?

Slaves had no value except for the labor of their bodies, their mind never considered. What talents they had never had a chance to succeed. White church going people priding themselves on being chosen by God, (they were taught) thinking their behavior toward people of color, who were stolen from their country, their own ancestry thrown away, was acceptable.  It was not. The ignorance of some people even today who think they are better human beings, smarter and more deserving than the people their own recent generations enslaved is overwelming.

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Many have said they aren’t racist, maybe even believe they aren’t, but it’s bred into them. They cross to the other side of the street in fear if a black person walks toward them. They’ve been taught black men might rob them, grab a purse, demand their wallet, when the color of skin doesn’t determine if someone will do you harm. Still, they move far away just in case.

There is a lot talk about racism on social media.  Just today I added comments on a person’s post who was down playing racism as not really existing anymore. I only hear this coming from Republicans – Democrats, they say, hype it up as a means to put down Trump because he has had positive things to say about White Nationalism and that people in the KKK are good people, too. He has gotten a lot of support from the young Nazi groups who are infiltrating colleges, wanting to enter politics because they believe America should be white – again. But America was never white.

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I’m sure it’s not that cut and dried between political parties – Republicans are racist and Democrats aren’t – but if social media shows the temperature of how hot a subject is, I just don’t see Democrats posting a blatant love of wanting to see America being strictly a white Christian society.  I DO see that in what Republicans post. It is because Democrats espouse wanting an equal society of all people, with equal education, quality of living as well as healthcare for all, whether you are gay or elderly, @Black, Red or White. Republican politicians don’t want that. They want to control wealth of any kind, because they deserve it. Minorities take that away from them, undeservingly in their minds. Supporting Trump supports life as they think it should be, no matter what minority it hurts.

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This could be a long conversation that would be fruitless to print. It wouldn’t change anyone’s mind because they will believe what they want to believe. In the South they have tried to change history by teaching children ideas such as – the slaves had it pretty good. FREE housing, food and clothing. They had it much better here as slaves than they did in Africa. Really? But it doesn’t change reality. America trafficked in the human slave trade, raped the women and created the beginning of the mixed race of half black and half white, considered to be black  the white doesn’t matter.

I have been writing about racism in one form or another since 2014. We need to truly understand what slavery did to this country – our identity has been wrapped around this issue since the beginning. It has affected incarceration, education, jobs, family life with missing fathers and mothers due to incarceration and being given longer and harder sentences. None of that has changed.

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The 13 amendment to the Constitution allowed slavery to continue – if they were charged with a crime and in prison. They could still work the fields and White overseers on horseback with shotguns and dogs still patrol them to this day, along with many other jobs they can work for pennies, maybe.

From the begining of freedom the list of what constituted a crime was much longer for a black man than a white man. That continues today. Sentences handed out are different depending on your skin color  Many more black males are killed by white cops with little or no repercussions. We all know this. The facts are easy to look up. But many don’t want their minds changed. They cling to conservative news with a vengeance.

The idea that you, if you are white, are better than other races is instilled in you from the time you are able to hear, by family, church and community  They teach it to their children because it was what they were also taught as children. The same reasoning applies to your belief in any NVreligion.

I was raised in a white neighborhood and didnt go to school with black children until I entered Jr. High. There was one black boy in 5th and 6th grade. My parents never had an unkind word to say about black people, negroes, or any other race.actually they had nothing to say good or bad. We weren’t exposed to them. They lived on the “other” side of town. I didn’t know how to react to them. I remember wanting to touch one to see if their skin felt different, and what did their hair feel like? I was uncomfortable around them.

It took me a long time to work it out. Today I have three grandchildren who have a black mother or father. It scares me knowing how imbedded racism is in our society. Unless it changes we will always be divided. Sadly, I don’t think it will change. You have to want to understand  You have to search for the truth. Unfortunately, too many people love to hate.

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Today We Need Strong Words Against the Trump Regime

 

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Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

This is what America has become – deporting prominent people who work for the freedoms on which this country has prided itself for more than two centuries.We allowed ourselves the many illusions of a democracy the Republican Gestapo has actively worked to blatantly destroy to advance the holdings of the wealthy on the premise that the average person’s life has less value. 

My writing is almost always about some aspect of our criminal justice system. But what circumstances are former inmates walking into on the day they are released and want to build new lives. The America they knew and the new America they will see can’t co- exist. If the Trump regime has decided which citizens deserve freedom and liberty, I can assure you they won’t be looking at former inmates as the type of citizens they will feel are deserving of “their” help. They will want them back in prison where they think they belong. Prison corporations already try to keep from helping prisoners with health care, decent food and education because they think of the cost as something coming out of their pickets. After all, they are just criminals, right? And immigrants are rapists and murderers and gang members according to Trump’s SOTU.

Steve Prator, Louisiana’s sheriff recently said the prisons should not parole the “good ones” because they could get a lot more free labor out of them.  I suppose inmates should be used for their worth and then discarded?

If you want to be a good Republican today here is partial list of what you need to support. Feel free to write and tell me what I missed.

They have taken pride in:
1. Racism
2. Discrimination of non- whites, non heterosexuals
3. Cutting help for disabled, elderly and the poor
4. Unequal education for all children and support fir dissolving the line separating church and state because they believe their religious beliefs should be forced on everyone.
5. Gutting consumer protections
6. Gutting environmental protections
7. Taking from the poor to give more to the rich
8. Supporting fossil fuel energy and attempting to halt renewable energy growth
9. Wanting to line all our coastline with drilling rigs until this earth isn’t habitable – as we continue to invade other countries for their resources, too, because they aren’t strong enough to stop us.

10. Arresting people who aren’t loyal to them as they pretend it is Trump who leads them.
11. Wanting to destroy our right to free speech
12. Increased sentencing for non violent crimes and for Cannibis, pretending it’s as lethal and addicting as opiates but is really to keep prisons full in repayment of campaign funding by prison corporations.
13. Destroying the internet and controlling what you learn.

This list goes on and on. Registered Republicans approve of the items on this list. They support the destruction of democracy. But they can’t have their cake and eat it, too, but they think they can. Sorry, ignorance is not bliss.

I had hoped I would never read news about my country like I read now on a daily basis. This Gestapo type behavior of whisking people away, destroys their families, taking them away from their wives, children and communities where they have often lived for decades. Good people. Family people. Hard working people. Innovative people. People who contribute to our country and fought for our country. They are being targeted to get them away from “good, deserving citizens.” Trump’s government thinks these people, who have fought against discrimination, must be deported because they are dangerous. It is freedom and knowledge that is dangerous to Trump’s America.

This country was built 100% by immigrants after we destroyed its inhabitants, took away their land and didn’t honor our treaties. To this day we whittle away what little bit lasts because the government says they need it more. We made the indigenous people out to be the bad people we needed to overthrow. Now Trump has equated the word immigrant with the word criminal. But it was us who were the criminals. We were the murderers. We were the theives who took what wasn’t ours. Now Trump says : Immigrant = bad person. Immigrant= not good enough to live here – even if they had lived here for decades and have a wife and family and pays taxes. Immigrant = deportation.

It makes me sick. Trump’s America. I spit it out like spoiled food that sits rotting in my mouth. I’d rather starve than give an inch in the hell bee occupies.  Trump declared he is on the side of America’s citizens. He has no remorse for behaving like Hitler deciding what race or what nationality is worth protecting. He also decides which citizens are worth protecting. I am appalled, as everyone who lives here should be.

History books looking back at this time will teach the young about this dark period. It will explain the cause of people’s ignorance. The new generation will be amazed at how easily people fell under control of the political party called Fox News, just like we were amazed that German citizens fell under the spell of Hitler. That couldn’t happen to us. We’re smarter than that we would turn against our neighbors.

Fox News is directing our easily swayed, mentally challenged president (” I am, like, really smart” he says in his valley girl way of speaking about himself).  They tell him who to incarcerate and who to execute while inventing “facts” that don’t exist. Laughingly, smart people don’t have to tell people they are smart. They are smart enough to know that.

This dark time will be taught in school like Hitler is taught today. Children will learn what we did to other non-white countries so we could move in with our corporations and nationalize them for profit. Casualties and deaths will be counted and attributed directly to this disgraceful American President who is causing the collapse of any good we are capable of doing. We can no longer pretend America gives a shit about anyone other than the elite class who would rather see someone dead if it meant it could claw out another dollar for themselves.

With Americans targeting their neighbors and spreading hate like the Germans did, I wake each day with such sadness. As I listen to the madness of the fervent talk coming out of Shawn Humanity’s mouth I wonder if the evil was always there or if his ego and huge paycheck gave him the self importance to spread such viciousness to people caught up in the lies he tells. He has far surpassed Bill O’Reilly in spreading evil non truths to his audiences. They lap it up like a dog in heat. How can the anchors at Fox be so hateful of America. It is frightful.

America is losing its soul. It’s goodness. I used to be proud to be as American – so glad I live here. Now I am ashamed of this pathetic regime that was not elected by the people, although Trump thinks he was and it infuriates him. He won, not because he was the best person for the job, but instead by manipulations of billionaires redrawing district lines and attempting to further control who is white enough to vote. And of course, Russia. That much has been proven. The rich don’t give a damn about the people who live here if it doesn’t further their agenda.

I am ashamed of the people who allow themselves to be manipulated by Trump. I am ashamed that people I know could be so ignorant of the reality of America today – those who feel entitled. Those who pride themselves on remaking ignorance into their reality. Those who think their lives are more valuable than others. Sadly, Trump’s America will hurt them, too.

Where was the outcry from Republican citizens when a Republican politician a couple weeks ago announced they wanted to put a stop to Meals on Wheels and lunches for poor children because THEY WEREN’T WORKING and America couldn’t afford to feed them. Not WORKING? He was proposing they just let them die from hunger? They aren’t good enough or productive enough to live? I’ll bet that will motivate the lazy elderly to go out and get a job at Wal-Mart. Who cares if they can’t.

There are people who think every fetus has the right to live, but don’t expect republicans to do anything help them live. Count my life in this batch. Elderly and disabled people weren’t worth helping? This is America? Where was the outcry for suggesting that? Or perhaps Fox News didn’t report it and people never heard about it. Fox is very selective about what they consider to be the truth worth reporting.

Trump has laid our evil government on the table for all to see. He couldn’t have done this if his black heart wasn’t already there. His first year in office has only laid bare what was already hid – the undeniable beginning of the destruction of our country. If you don’t see that you deserve the consequences you will be blindsided with.

The rest of us will continue to fight for our country. We have kept our eyes open to the agenda of today’s Republican party that in no way resembles the party of my grandfather. It has sunk to lows previously not thought possible. Not America. I cry for my grandchildren and the destruction they are left with long after Trump is dead and buried.

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Waiting On The Outside – Win a Free Copy

I’m having a book give-away this month. Each new person who registers for ITFO NEWS can enter their name and email address to have a chance of winning a signed copy (or ebook if you prefer) of  Waiting on the Outside” by Sharron Grodzinsky If your name is randomly pulled by Sharron, you’ll receive one of ten free copies, shipped free. 

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ITFO NEWS  covers many issues about what happens to the people – the human beings incarcerated inside prison walls many with family and children. Some are dangerous criminals often with serious mental illness, and many are not. Some were incarcerated simply because they are undesired as citizens because they are Black, Hispanic, or any country that isn’t of European white descent. Many are locked up because they practice the “wrong” religion in a country that wants to be known as a Christian nation. Sadly it makes some of these people think they have the right to hurt people not like themselves which goes against the teachings of Christianity.

“Incarcerating the Innocent” is the focus for the next issue of ITFO NEWS.

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This book being given away is timely for the sad situation happening in America today, especially with so many young people jumping on the bandwagon proclaiming America needs to be white “again”. What happened to their education? Is it worse in the schools than I thought? Do these young people actually think America was EVER white? They don’t know the history of the country they were born in?

History can not be rewritten to suit some faction’s misguided agenda. European white settlers slaughtered many thousands of indigenous people in the attempt to make this country white – and failed. These young people today never learned this? They can’t change history, but they are doing a good job of ruining their lives by wanting to repeat the carnage.

What is truly scary is how easily young minds can be swayed to believe a fabricated history – and also come to think that a skin cold makes them a better person. Then they become parents and teach the same flawed theory to their children.

Yesterday I read about fourteen year old white teenagers, barely out of puberty, strung up an eight year black boy and hung him with a rope from a tree – and left him, not caring if they killed him. I was mortified that older children would do that to a young child. I sat stunned, tears running down my face. The damage done to all of them would affect the rest of their lives, and the lives of their families who have to endure the scrutiny of an unforgiving public who will likely blame the parents for the way their sons were raised, so cavalier about trying to take the life of a young black boy. 

The fact that one human being could do that to another shows that these 14 year old minds were already so warped that taking a young boy’s life was meaningless to them. They didn’t learn this on their own. I don’t know their consequences legally, but I do know they will never forget it; nor will the young boy with severe rope burns on his neck, the scars which will always be there. The friends and family of this boy are, most likely very angry – deservedly so. All this does is escalate a bad problem that won’t go away. They have a right to this anger.

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Young people, with no maturity, get swayed by the excitement of being part of a huge negative social issue. The man in the book “Waiting on the Outside” exhibited emotional problems since childhood. He, too, was swayed by others who took advantage of his immaturity.

He was adopted at a young age by a woman who sincerely loved him and did everything she could to create a positive life for him As he grew up he sabotaged every attempt. He got into drugs and pretty crime and fell under the influence of the local white supremacy gang. My impression from her story, it was the excitement of living life on the edge that attracted him, not the thought that he felt himself to be superior.

After being released from his first prison sentence he sincerely wanted to do better but was pulled back into it. His sense of right and wrong was distorted through drug use. Now he sits in prison again, with the look of being a white supremacist. Shaved head. Visible Aryan gang tattoos. But still inside is the young boy who loves his mother as she sits during visits with the broken heart a mother has for a child she could help change.

He now wants out of the Aryan Brotherhood, but the KKK retaliates against those who want out. Is he safest in a controlled environment? Can he make it on the outside? Can he control the mental impulses he hasn’t been able to control before? Can he be the man she envisioned when she adopted him? As a mother myself my heart breaks for her. This never affects one person. There may be 2.3 million people in prison, which is kept at that steady number. It affects many more millions of people on the outside.

This is devastating story was written by a mother who, for decades has lived with a fear for her son and for people in his life he was hurt – including his own children.

If you don’t want to see if you can win a free copy of this book you can go to Amazon and purchase it. The winners will be contacted at the close of the sweepstakes, ten days after the publication of the next issue.

This book was first published before Trump riled up racism in America. This book shows you that although white supremacy is making huge headlines today, it has always been lurking in the shadows waiting – as if it a pimple waiting for more infection to burst and leave a scar. All they needed was someone like Trump to give them the freedom to come out of hiding. America had ignored them until now not wanting to face the ugly truth of their existence. They aren’t hiding anymore and some of them are your neighbors. Will history repeat itself even more? Did this country not learn from the past? 

These new recruits don’t hide beneath hoods anymore. They are showing their faces taunting us to do something about so they feel justified hurting people. This will negatively affect the rest of their lives and warp the minds of their children.

 

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