Divine Dissatisfaction

Just received from a friend. ….. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr words are profoundly relevant to read almost 50 years later.

Divine Dissatisfaction   …..

 

Let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction.

Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds

and an anemia of deeds.

Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.

 Let us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.

Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family is living in a decent sanitary home.

Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality, integrated education.

Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate

in the beauty of diversity.

Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character and not on the basis of the color of their skin.

 

Let us be dissatisfied.  …Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol houses a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy and who will walk humbly with his God.

Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us be dissatisfied will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.

 Let us be dissatisfied. …Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout White Power!

—when nobody will shout Black Power!— but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.

The road ahead will not always be smooth.

There will be still rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment.

There will be inevitable setbacks here and there.

There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted.

The road ahead will not always be smooth.

There will be still rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment.

There will be inevitable setbacks here and there.

There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair.

Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted.

Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.


I also commend to you President George Washington’s farewell address, perhaps more relevant now than when it was delivered.

 

Excerpts

But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appear to me all-important to the permanency of your felicity as a people. These will be offered to you with the more freedom, as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Full text: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp

Bonding for our benefit…???

clip_image002…Bonding for our benefit…???

…Laugh now if you choose for tomorrow it could be quite different…???

…And if “WE” choose to get off our butts and exercise the rightful power “WE” have … all this divisiveness can be transformed into “common-good” in a heart-beat…

Did statistic honestly lose their power or did “we” allow statistics like our news to become “fake”…???

IF…TRUEI find I need begin my writings with the caveat … IF TRUE … as I do not know from the research I perform if the allegations, assessments, accretions, claims meet qualifying as the TRUTH

…America has no consensus standard or definition of TRUTH … as that challenge is left to each of us … so it’s your call…???

…Did statistic honestly lose their power or did “we” allow statistics like our news to become “fake”…???

How statistics lost their power — and why we should fear what comes next

 

William Davies    The declining authority of statistics – and the experts who analyse them – is at the heart of the crisis that has become known as “post-truth” politics. And in this uncertain new world, attitudes towards quantitative expertise have become increasingly divided. From one perspective, grounding politics in statistics is elitist, undemocratic and oblivious to people’s emotional investments in their community and nation. It is just one more way that privileged people in London, Washington DC or Brussels seek to impose their worldview on everybody else. From the opposite perspective, statistics are quite the opposite of elitist. They enable journalists, citizens and politicians to discuss society as a whole, not on the basis of anecdote, sentiment or prejudice, but in ways that can be validated. The alternative to quantitative expertise is less likely to be democracy than an unleashing of tabloid editors and demagogues to provide their own “truth” of what is going on across society.

Maybe America needs go the last mile to make a complete ass of itself…

…Maybe America needs go the last mile to make a complete ass of itself…

A new bill proposes removing the United States from the UN

1/23/2017 9:21:04 AM  Jazz Shaw  …Here’s an idea which draws frequent cheers in conservative circles but might give us pause in the cold light of the morning when it threatens to become a reality. Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers introduced a bill which would remove the United  More…

defines as it sees fit what is TRUE

clip_image002IF…TRUEI find I need begin my writings with the caveat … IF TRUE … as I do not know from the research I perform if the allegations, assessments, accretions, claims meet qualifying as the TRUTH

…America has no consensus standard or definition of TRUTH … as that challenge is left to each of us … so it’s your call…???

….Trump And His Press Secretary Flagrantly Lied On Their First Full Day In Office…That Matters…

…Matters to whom … Our “press” – – perhaps which “we” just might be about ready to contemplate is – – CORPORATE owned … defines as it sees fit what is TRUE… And the 8 November election results tell a very compelling story “WE” don’t’ give a damn…

 

On Saturday, President Donald Trump’s first full day in office, he gave a speech at CIA headquarters in which he lied about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and falsely claimed that he had never feuded with the U.S. intelligence community. Hours later, his press secretary emerged from the West Wing, lied about the size of the inaugural crowd and took no questions.

should he flip-out with “Mad –Dog”

IF…TRUEI find I need begin my writings with the caveat … IF TRUE … as I do not know from the research I perform if the allegations, assessments, accretions, claims meet qualifying as the TRUTH

…America has no consensus standard or definition of TRUTH … as that challenge is left to each of us … so it’s your call…???

…”The Donald’s” ego is flat over the top … Heaven help us should he flip-out with “Mad –Dog” in the same room and his finger on the button…

 

Amid mass protests nationwide, President Trump and his spokesman accused the media of understating the turnout for his inauguration

Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:46 PM EST

 

President Trump and his staff spent their first full day in the White House waging a bitter war against the news media over depictions of the crowd at the inauguration on Friday.

In a pair of angry public appearances on Saturday, Mr. Trump and his White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, excoriated the news media for what they said were deliberate efforts to understate the number of people who had gathered on the National Mall.

He claimed that Mr. Trump had drawn “the largest inaugural crowd ever,” but quickly acknowledged that there were “no numbers” to confirm it, noting that the Park Service does not issue crowd estimates.

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Though “WE” need own that “WE” created that “swamp”…

IF…TRUEI find I need begin my writings with the caveat … IF TRUE … as I do not know from the research I perform if the allegations, assessments, accretions, claims meet qualifying as the TRUTH

…America has no consensus standard or definition of TRUTH … as that challenge is left to each of us … so it’s your call…???

…It appears in my life time I will witness a consequential transfer of political & social prowess from the East Coast (i.e. New York/Boston/DC) to the West Coast (Los Angeles/San Francisco/Seattle)… A harbinger game-changer as significant as the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock… 

…As the undisputed behemoth of the West Coast … California … is perfectly situated to wield a progressive unifying leadership role in opposition to the separatist, divisive leadership emanating from the “swamp” in DC…

…Though “WE” need own that “WE” created that “swamp”…

 

State of Resistance: California in the Age of Trump

By Manuel Pastor, Danny Feingold / Capital and Main  ……For the past two decades, California has been on the cutting edge of social and economic change in America. Now, with Donald Trump about to enter the Oval Office, the Golden State is poised to take on a new role: leader of the anti-Trump resistance.

California’s frontline position in opposing Trump is not merely a reflection of its deep-blue politics. On many of the flashpoint issues expected to define Trump’s presidency, California has a tremendous amount at stake. As the new administration tries to reverse the significant gains made on immigrant rights, climate change, criminal justice and workers’ rights, to name a few subjects, many of the fiercest battles in the country will be fought up and down the state.

Can California lead the resistance to Trump’s right-wing agenda and continue to be in the vanguard of advancing progressive change? Yes – and in fact, the two are inextricably linked, both tactically and symbolically. In the months and years to come, California must become like the best sports teams, capable of playing defense and offense at the highest level.

Why California Must Lead    No state rivals California either in the dimensions of its population or economy. At just under 40 million people, California has more residents than the nation’s 20 least densely populated states put together. Its economy is the sixth-largest in the world, trailing only the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

California is also home to several of the nation’s most powerful and influential industries, including high tech and entertainment. Both Silicon Valley and Hollywood wield enormous economic clout, and are key shapers of consumer habits and cultural norms.

Why is this significant? Because California has the ability to exert enormous pressure on everything from markets and mores to politics and policy, a position it has ably demonstrated in its leadership role in addressing climate change, despite federal inaction.

Size and economic strength by themselves are not enough. But over the past 20 years, California has acquired another key comparative advantage: It has developed some of the most innovative social movements in the country – and exported them to cities across the U.S. These movements have secured rights for immigrants, boosted worker pay, protected LGBTQ Californians and pushed the state forward on addressing climate change. They will be called upon to use their organizing prowess to hold the line against Trump even as they continue to push the envelope of social and economic justice in California and beyond.

California advocates have succeeded in large part by mobilizing an incredibly diverse set of stakeholders. This will pay big dividends now, as very disparate groups of people – immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, the poor, women, communities already suffering the effects of climate change – see their interests threatened by the Trump administration. The experience of working together across racial, ethnic, geographic and class lines will lend itself to the creation of even broader alliances – so broad that California could be a key base for the biggest and most diverse progressive coalition the nation has ever seen.