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Puerto Rico – CCamp 2017 style

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The story of the Trump Administration and Donald Trump continues to unfold and as it does, the fascism and the many ways black, brown, yellow, red, purple people are negatively affected by this administration continues non-stop.  Trump has not missed one way of doing everything he could do to diminish, degrade, take away the rights of U. S. Citizens under the Constitution, respond only to those who are white – northern european – and hiding that fact only loosely under specious rhetoric.

The NFL debacle – was that to distract and take people’s attention away from what the administration was going to do and was in the process of doing to American citizens in Puerto Rico – the Brown people?

We have a president who actively pushes and demands that American citizens, especially those ‘in charge’ – violate the U. S. Constitution in the way they live, conduct business and interact with those “under” them.  He did it with the Muslim ban –  with the NFL – and now with Puerto Rico in the way he has handled the response to the tragedy under which they are living.  As much as he could use his office to make the lives of minorities horrifically worse he has not missed.

With the NFL the president has done much tweeting and in other ways making demands that the ‘owners’ of the team – the owners of the franchises – refuse their people their constitutional rights and if they demand and move ahead as though they are full citizens of this country living under the U. S. Constitution with their rights under that Constitution fully respected then the U. S. President wants them fired and their personhood diminished in the process.

The president of the United States has done almost no tweeting – especially when compared to what he does regarding other issues – about the situation in Puerto Rico.  The tweeting he has done about Puerto Rico has clearly uncovered his goal – which is to do as little as possible and to lead the American people into a space of doing very little for those others.

There are many ways to get the results you need from Concentration Camps and in this case the storms have produced an incredible time and way for the Trump administration to horribly oppress a group of brown people who the Nazi’s w0uld have sent to Concentration Camps.  Only Trump’s CCamps are 2017 style.  You can’t, in 2017, get rid of minorities the way Hitler did – one has to be imaginative about it and Donald Trump has been unbelievably visionary about how to recreate CCamps doing as much damage to minorities as possible while living to do the same for another day.  Do the deed and don’t just deny, but talk about what a fantastic job you are doing for the brown people.  Talk about how much aid you are giving them.  And then throw in quietly, you can’t do much because they don’t have the money to pay for their aid – and even more quietly engage in foot dragging to make sure the lives of the brown people in and around Puerto Rico takes the largest toll possible so the diminishment and elimination of the minorities of this world takes place in Trump time with Trump’s denial, but continuation of his actions as he moves on to the next event which will allow him to so eliminate minorities.

With General Kelly at his right hand it is not possible for Donald Trump to give any credible reason for waiting over 8 days to waive the Jones Act and on and on and on it goes.  Either General Kelly is complicit in this 2017 time of using what’s at hand to attempt to destroy – or at the very least – substantially handicap, oppress, keep in as bad conditions as possible so as many die as possible or if he is not complicit, he is continuing as Trump’s Chief of Staff and not giving Trump the benefit of his knowledge and experience from his military training and wisdom; his time spent as head of Homeland Security when he very efficiently brought in the Muslim ban or ?

What more is there to be said?  Keep foreign governments from coming to the aid of Puerto Rico by keeping the Jones Act in place.  Keep the Puerto Ricans in painful, disease inducing, death inducing, and in a place where they are starving with very little to no health helping possibilities and on and on goes the list.

Playing to his base again?  Fading into the woodwork are the Fascists, the KKK, the White Supremacist, the Mafia – all who are now clear believers in the fact that Donald Trump is on their side, doing what they would do and making sure he puts a good face on what he is doing so he can continue onto the next tragedy, catastrophe, demonstration and more that he can use to push the goals of his base – their racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic and more goals to change this country and move on to work with his friends around the globe to indeed change the world.

Change this world how?  Make the the rulers of this world and those who benefit from the life of others white again.

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Health Care and more!

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Thanks for your blog on health care.

I noticed something else.  And, I might add, I agree with you and have seen many examples of people losing everything trying to maintain good health in their family.

I also noticed that homelessness seemed to begin and increase with the correspondent increase in our crop of billionaires.  We didn’t have more than one or two billionaires in these United States.  Today we have many and we didn’t have many homeless people either.  Today we have many.  And – I do truly understand economics.  Many say we owe homelessness to the increase in the industrialization which has moved along to the tech era.  And isn’t it the tech era that has increased, almost exponentially the number of billionaires?

Please add more articles on estate sales?  Shopping the sales – tips on how to do that – anything from your experience managing estate sales and antique auctions.

Thank you!

 

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Health Care – What’s at stake!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Lessons learned at an estate sale:

It is time to take this health care debate beyond the claim that the Republicans are pushing this health care bill because it is actually a tax cut and was promised to their wealthier constituents.  Or to Trump’s involvement with the claim that he is interested only because he wants to take down everything Obama has ever done.

Put that aside and let’s take a look at what really is at stake.

The Health Industry in America is one of the biggest rip-offs around.  It is the quickest way to level the economic playing field and to force the middle-class American public to continue pushing that ball uphill to the place where the rich get richer and the poor just have a harder battle to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.

That is a big claim, so let me give you an example of what happens today with health care where it is currently in these United States.

As many of you know,  we manage estate sales.  In the process, we interact with people who are in a change space – their lives are transitioning from one lifestyle to another.  That can be a good or a bad change space.

What about the ones in a bad place?????

How does that happen.

We just did an estate sale for a family where the mother died after a several year bout with Alzheimers.  The family did not institutionalize her, she stayed in her home and the family took turns taking care of her with the help of health care workers.  Every once in a while, but not often there was the trip to the hospital and once a short stay in a nursing home.

Because she lived longer than expected and the insurance ran out to underwrite some of the costs for the health care workers – the family had to sign their mother’s home over to the state to pay for her health care.  The family was forced to sell the home so the lien could be satisfied.  The state collected on the lien they placed on the home when the mother died.  It was not a large, very expensive home, but it is where this woman raised her children.

She was a woman who worked to maintain her home – who paid her mortgage – who thought she was leaving her children a small nest egg to help them through their old age and possible illnesses as they age.  None of that happened because of the cost of health care and the inadequacy of the current state of our health insurance.  She worked hard her entire life and at her death she left the state richer – not her children –  by the confiscation of her home with its mortgage paid in full.  Her health insurance ran out because she lived well into her 90’s.

I thought of those people who died in their 50’s having used very little of their health insurance benefits.  What happened to the reason for insurance – which is to average out those two people so things work out in the end.  Under our current system the state benefitted from both people – the one who died young left the state well off from having died, after having paid into health benefits without use and from the older woman who died after a very long life and a miserable disease to lose her home and its contents and everything else she had to the state.

Apparently, theis does work out, but not for John Q. Public.

The rabidness of the wealthier class and the strong push to get a health care bill passed which doesn’t cover a third of the population looks to me like pure greed.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, I just know the look and feel of greed.

This is simply another way to control. oppress, keep poor a society whose people will need to work hard just to keep their heads above water – with endless benefits to the wealthy..

After the experience of that estate sale, I understood more fully what is at stake when we talk about universal health care.  Or even trying to get rid of the little relief people received from the limited coverage of the Affordable Health Care Act.  I didn’t understand when all of that lobbying for the ADA was going on why the strong fight and what was at stake that made so many try so desperately  to make sure the Obama bill failed.

What was tragic about that sale – it is not the only one nor is it one of just a few – nor did it happen because of some unusual circumstances – it is a common occurrence under our present health care system.  And that sale was one of the more civilized way we strip people of their life’s work.  Many are losing everything through bankruptcy because of illnesses and bills that have to be paid to maintain a sick relative or yourself. Those instances are not as civilized as the estate sale.  To work with a family facing bankruptcy and still not able to provide the kind of health care their family member needs is beyond tragic.

I lived through Hillary Clinton’s attempt at dealing with health care when she was First Lady.  She said a lot – most of which was called lying. And she and her husband were shot down as harshly as possible over any and everything.  I wondered then what was at stake – it was clearly huge.

After her effort failed we all got to see why she felt so strongly about health care.  She was not lying.  She was right on target when she predicted that our health care premiums were going to start sky rocketing – and sure enough, monthly health care bills for many of us doubled and tripled very quickly after that.  It there became crystal clear what was so urgent about getting better health care for everyone.

Sometimes, all we need is a little actual experience to understand the dynamics and what is beneath the surface when something like this health care argument is going on.

You, wealthy American, may be fine and what you are doing may seem to be to your financial benefit.   Let me give you a word of caution. Your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren are going to grow up in the society you create.  While this benefits you, it just might give them a horrid life that they will owe to your greed, selfishness and inability to see beyond your own gold-plated nose.

And joining the frey is Bernie Sanders.  The man who put out all kind of horrible images and names for Hillary Clinton.  Some say he laid the ground work and fertilized the land so Trump could reap a great crop.  Whether his actions were intentional or not, the end result was the same.

And so it continues.

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Walls – like the one around the Polish Ghetto!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

A reader responds:

“As I read the blog on “Trump – an aspiring American Oligarch”, my mind went back in history to the time of Hitler when a wall was built around the Jewish Ghetto in Poland.  Before that, Jews were welcomed in Poland and things like Jewish cuisine and culture and Polish cuisine and culture melded.  And then along came Nazism and broke that up – it was too much and might lead to some kind of equality across Europe.  That could not be allowed to happen.

What is there about walls and despots?  They love to “wall” people in and then destroy them – either wholesale as Hitler did or a few at a time the way it happened between East and West Germany.

Walls must equal power, control and total oppression – or a distraction to what else the totalitarians are doing.  And how does this fit with America and democracy?”

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Trump – an aspiring American Oligarch

Friday, September 15th, 2017

WE EITHER LEARN FROM HISTORY OR WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT –

One example in progress –

Ronald Reagan – American President – Republican

Went to Germany and gave a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate, West Berlin, Germany in 1987 in which he said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  The wall was built by the Communists in August, 1961. It was a twelve foot concrete wall which surrounded West Berlin symbolizing Russia and the United States’ fight for dominance.  The pain, injustice and agony that thousands of people suffered because this wall was built and all that happened subsequent to its construction ruined human lives and resulted in many human deaths  – some unbelievably vicious – all this was gathered up into that speech by President Reagan.

Two years later East Germans issued a decree for the gate to be opened, allowing people to travel freely.  By the end of 1990, when Communism in Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union collapsed, the wall was torn down altogether.

Donald J. Trump – American President – Republican

Friend of Putin, who was a KGB person during that period of time, Mr. Trump has declared “We shall build a wall separating Mexico from the United States and Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”  In other words he was going to force Mexico to pay for something which would be a reflection and re-enactment of what happened historically in Germany from 1961 on. The cost the Soviet Union exacted from those in Germany, on both sides of the wall, will parallel and is the pattern for the cost to Mexico and the United States if and when Donald Trump is able to build his much beloved wall.

What would Donald J. Trump get out of such an act?  It seems to us it would move him along in his apparent quest to become like the Russian Oligarchs.  His natural character – which is to abuse, insult, malign and generally take advantage of those under him, especially those oppressed – gives him the ability to see how he could benefit from such a construction project.  We only see that dimly, Trump sees such clearer and has goals set in that direction.

The building of the wall would be Trump’s gift to his followers, – the KKK, the White Nationalists, the Neo-Nazi’s and all of the other White Supremacist groups, many of whom voted for him because they saw in this offering the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for them.  They would be on their way to replicating in the United States what the Nazi’s created in Germany – the ovens, the concentration camps, etc. – the dream possibility that has periodically popped up in these United States over the decades and the generations.    Trump’s followers, those who voted for him in public or in secret,  would be relieved of their nightmare that these United States would/could soon become a country with a majority of ‘brown people’ and then where would they be.  And, let’s make no mistake about the fact that bigotry characterizes each and every one of Trump’s voters and supporters.

It also seems to us that Donald J. Trump was born in the wrong country.  He has been a public figure who  has called out many is this country who are really American Nazi’s, but who have been living under a different flag and putting forth publicly a different image, a different persona.  With Trump as president they are now able to drop the pretense and show who they really are and the life they would prefer to lead and that certainly is not one under a democratic form of government.

We see Donald Trump moving to form the American Nazi Party.  It may be established under a different name, but that is what it will be. In all the demonstrations they originated and in which they participated the KKK has dropped the white uniform and they have stopped covering their faces.  That alone says they see a changed world – one in which they no longer have to hide – and they owe that to this new American President.

Trump would like to lead us into a totalitarian world where he is in complete control.  To quote Ronald Reagan – “The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship.”

To further quote Reagan “In this age of redoubled economic growth, of information and innovation, the Soviet Union faces a choice:  It must make fundamental changes, or it will become obsolete.”

Clearly, to all of us, the Soviet Union has made the choice to become obsolete and in making and carrying out that choice it moved from being the Soviet Union to becoming just Russia.  It has brought Donald Trump into its sphere of largesse and influence to make sure the United States goes along with its choice and also becomes obsolete.  The Soviet Union/Russia, even though it is the smaller country with the dramatically smaller economy – has impressed this new United States president with its power and influence and has brought him into a place where he seems to be more interested in learning from Putin instead of from United States mentors and therefore he seems more interested in seeing that the United States becomes a society ruled by Russian-type Oligarchs, a few individuals who have endless amounts of money and power.

The United States has its American Oligarchs, who have enormous amounts of money and wield substantial power, until now have been in the shadows.  With the arrival of Trump on the political stage, they can come out and move along unbridling their quest for and accumulation of wealth and power.

The Soviet Union, which tasted a bit of freedom with the tearing down of the wall; with the ascendancy of Gorbachev; with the opening of the country to a freer way to live; was recaptured by Putin and brought smaller, lower and with much less power as it moved into a more controlled and less democratic place.  Its Oligarch’s, however, have thrived and become wealthy beyond the comprehension of most of us and with enough power to bring about changes in their country and economy which continues to benefit them at the expense of their citizenry.

To keep it under such control, it seems to us that Putin has set himself the task of eliminating democracy world-wide so it does not threaten his control and putting in its place world-wide the kind of controlled country he has set about creating in Russia.  As the Soviet Union moved to become Russia – and not to its liking – so the United States, following the path of that country will move to become less democratic, more abusive and totally undermining of its own citizens.  That small group – called Oligarch’s, American Oligarchs, will continue to grow in wealth, prosperity and control.

As American Oligarchs  gain even more assets, more money, more power, we will notice in these United States that the homeless population will continue to grow at a much more rapid pace than it has in the recent past.

That is how the system works

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From a Bettina Oracle Reader

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Thank you for that analysis on Trump’s Presidency.

I have long thought that the American Public is being robbed of great treasures because our tax money has to be spent controlling a greedy, fascist and out of control corporate boardrooms.

If there were ethics in our business schools and ethics demanded of our business management people and our business leaders we would be way ahead and this country would be stellar amongst its peers.

When you add up the tax dollars spent on all the regulatory bodies we have to support it is obscene.

Trump wants to get rid of regulation, but he wants to get rid of it so the business/corporate people can have a broad avenue down which they can run with their greed and rob our citizens of everything they have ever had and ever will have.

Banks charging almost 30% interest on credit cards whether your credit is stellar or not, but just because after a period of time they have decreed that is what will happen is pure unadulterated greed.

Corporations ruining the environment is because of greed.

Discharging chemicals into our water supply – hiring the least qualified white male before the most qualified minority has been our history and when we put blockers to that in place the rhetoric became opposite to the reality.

Building luxury apartments using money of the least of our citizens and not allowing them to live in those apartments – and creating a “poor” door for them to enter when the ‘government’ decrees builders will have to put aside a percentage for those who can’t afford the obscene rents being charged, well what can be said about that.

The profits being made from those buildings is also beyond obscene and should be classified as criminal.

Using prisons to establish the new slavery in these United States and maintaining statues and memorials to honor the losers of the war waged to abolish slavery with those statues being paid for with tax payers money just to put and keep fear in the hearts of the least of these whose ancestors experienced the horror that the statues seeks to memorialize so they will be forever bound is to worship god – the small “g” god about which you write.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for having the courage to be a for profit business outlining to us the reality of what you see and we all experience.  I will certainly patronize your business and I hope others will also.  I realize some will not, but hopefully there are enough of us who know the truth of what you are saying to keep you going.

I was a customer of Bettina Network and I benefitted from the vast knowledge you folks have.  I was able to side step a disaster because you were next to me.  Those trying to take my small accumulated fortune were confounded.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Trump’s Presidency – The Bettina Oracle Rummages

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Now that we are over Trump having been elected president of these United States, what’s next?

Many people have extolled his election and claim it was an act and the will of God.  I too believe it was an act and the will of god – and the small “g” is no typo.  And who is this god?  Us – the collective us without God!  Doing our own thing, on our own terms, running our own lives and pushing God out of the picture because god is such a comfortable deity.  That god we control!

We are all aware that the major thing Trump has done is to rip the cover so many in these United States have put on what we do and have done to create this fantastic country.  He has taken our carefully crafted and traditional narrative about our identity, history, culture and exposed its bones.  He has exposed all of us to the reality of who we are and if you look closely he has also called out the institutions we have and are creating.

The first thing that really is disturbing in this is all of the generals in his administration.  Violating our long in place traditions.  Why?  Because of all of those non-thinking and non-caring news people who are singing the praises of these generals and describing how they are going to rise above Trump, do their work as substitute under-cover presidents, while controlling Trump and save us all from his racism-sexism-xenophobia so we can again start walking into the sunset together.  All of this done by our generals?  Our saviors?  Like Russia did and does and like Germany did under Hitler?  Wasn’t Hitlers’ elevating the ‘right’ generals what accelerated and helped fuel, protect and grow his power and administration?

Ignore the recent history of these generals – we have already pointed out that his Chief of Staff General was head of Homeland Security when it was doing all of the massive rounding up; trying to deport huge numbers of people until stopped by the Courts; and very efficiently and quickly put in place Trump’s campaign to ‘throw the Muslims out and don’t let anymore Muslims in” campaign.  A campaign strong and viable enough to make a mess of our transportation system and the lives of tens of thousands of people – even reaching to some who were in the air at the time his campaign went into effect and before the court’s stopped it.  We won’t waste space talking about the rest of the generals, but they could all be so grouped.  Isn’t that slightly reminiscent of how Hitler Captured Germany and with his loyal generals turned it into a fascist, horriblist state complete with ovens etc.?  Isn’t that why we have not had so many generals in an American presidential administration before?  So there would be no yielding to temptation?

Let us  drop the major talk about racism and sexism, which is all out and well known in every corner of the globe – let’s talk about what else we are trying hard to ignore.

Trump is/was the answer to a lot of peoples’ prayers.  Specifically, those wanting a businessman as president. That would show the world how great we are and how we mean business.  He would re-organize this country and move it to the top of the heap again.  We needed the efficiency and all else that a businessman would bring to the presidency.

Well now we have a businessman and thank God he is Donald Trump.

Let’s look at the legacy of some other businessmen!

When you take a look – close look – at American businesses and those management people who have reached the top – notice anything very much like Trump and the administration he is trying to establish?  They are all White – Male – with similar Character.  Although I am sure the ones we would want as president, after seeing the mess Trump is making, would be the button down collar, silk suit, understated, quiet, never in the news kind of person, who nevertheless does much cleaner and untraceably and unstoppably what Trump is doing with great unwanted fanfare.  My God sent us a businessman who shows and incorporates into himself the character traits of them all, but with those character traits not covered, but public.  You are living through and are a part of an old fashioned morality play.

Take a look at how Trump is functioning and you will understand why it was necessary to create an EPA.  Why?  Because of the horribly unethical way top corporate people in these United States carried out what they perceived as their jobs – deliver the most assets possible to themselves and make sure a little was left over to quiet their stockholders.  Take all and leave little to nothing.  Look closer and you will see why we need an HUD.  Look even closer and you will see why this government has been forced by its citizens to form all of these departments – draining money from other things that need to get done, but departments we can’t survive without because the business men in charge were draining the citizens of this country – were making all of us ill without any thought to the fact that those illnesses would also affect them.

Take a look at the saga of the tobacco companies.  How hard did and do those ‘businessmen’ fight to keep marketing and selling cigarettes even after health research showed the damage cigarettes were doing to the general population – those who smoked and those who didn’t but inhaled that second hand smoke.

Many of them died of lung cancer.  Did they really think they could continue on the path they were going and not be infected with the evil they were spewing out to the rest of us?

Trump – such a good businessman – pulled us out of all of the climate change groups and told us there was no problem; it was all public hysteria; the money could be better spent on him and his friends – and then along came God and said “Thou shalt not…”.  Looking at the last few days, I don’t know about Trump, but I am quaking in my shoes and I didn’t do the things he did against climate change.  I tried to work for climate change, but I noticed in Sodom and Gomorrha the entire society paid.  In this society that would include me.

Wherever you look, the only difference between Trump and the rest of our business institutional management teams is those others have acquired a smooth exterior; an ability to hide what they are doing; a way to show the public through marketing and advertising that they need garbage, disease and all the other gook being pedaled to them and a strong and constant denial supported by many of us that they are certainly doing everything they can for homelessness, to eliminate racism and sexism and they certainly don’t want xenophobia to exist – they love everybody, are working for the good of everybody, let’s not look at the multi-billions going to continue the ugly and that they are raking off for themselves.

Drop down to the bottom line and Trump is simply doing everything he can to keep up with those he considers his “brothers”.  It is probably of great pain and hurt to him that they are rejecting him and casting him in as negative a light as possible and will or have already dumped him – not because of what he has done, which parallels what they are doing.  Not because of the wreck he is making of this country because they are doing the same thing.  Not because of the racism and sexism he has shown the world the United States has and is still continuing to practice ruining millions of lives in the process, but because the way he has gone about doing all of this.

Its not that they dislike him – they are embarrassed by his process.  The very public and uncovered and raw way he has and is going about bringing in the KKK, the White Nationalists – following the WN’s program and putting it in place as quickly as he can, knocking over everything that is sacred in the process.  They, the corporate community, has been doing that for generations and were good at it, although quietly with a strong togetherness that was difficult to break to bring about change.  They are unhappy with him and dislike him because he is ruining what has been a good thing for them.  Trump doesn’t know how to do what he is doing under cover so he can’t be blamed or maligned for his actions and they will be the stronger for being so covered up and un touchable.  Trump, instead, has managed to awaken that sleeping giant – the American Middle Class – and we are not happy campers.

How could so few people have gathered for themselves the billions of dollars and the tools of capitalism leaving next to nothing for the rest of us.  Leaving only enough so that we can fight amongst each other, spreading blame where there is no blame and letting the real guilty culprits continue on their greedy paths.

Is there an answer?  The one thing we are not, is honest.  And the one thing we do not do is love one another.  We love our own.  We deny and lie about everything else.  We have created a society which oppresses the rest of the world and we were very proud of that achievement.  We elected Trump for that to continue and grow.

Trump carps on bringing jobs back to America.  Trump and his family have not moved to bring jobs from their companies back to America so this huge marketing program, which has been the Trump for President campaign was really held to blind the rest of us – and it has been successful.  Why would the top business people bring jobs back to America where they have to pay American wages when they can continue to allow those jobs to be done by “foreigners” in other countries where the wages are so low people cannot survive. Why can’t they survive? Because they have given up their own cultural values to follow those of America and they need an American lifestyle to do that.  Those business people hold up that American lifestyle as though it is the holy grail and most of us follow it expecting to find its end and life happily ever after.  We have enslaved most of the rest of the world – except those who can be called white – so a few can live a life with more money and assets than thousands could spend in a thousand lifetimes.  Allowing those “foreigners” into the U. S. would jeopardize all of that.  Keeping them in their own countries provides the people power to continue that kind of oppression upon which our lifestyle depends.

Our response to that tragedy, which has been created by and for us, was to elect a Donald Trump expecting him to do the same for the rest of us that was done for him and his ‘peers’.  Taking his supporters for rides in his helicopter during the campaign – parking his private jet and having his rallies with that jet in the background, etc. helped to blind many to the reality and truth of who he is and how he achieved his goals.

Trump is doing,  crudely and quickly, what his business peers have been trying to do incrementally for generations.  In that he is succeeding beyond his or their wildest dreams.

They will allow him the slack to achieve those goals – or as much of those goals as possible – and because they can’t have that stain on their reputations and careers, they will take him down crudely.

And there ends today’s session with the Bettina Oracle.  Until next time!

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USA – DACA – IMMIGRATION

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

by Marceline Donaldson

We are once again in the cross hairs.

Donald Trump announced he would give an opinion on DACA on Tuesday (today).  And, as of last night what has been given to the media is the announcement that he will end DACA with a six month time frame for folks to get ready for it – which means to get ready to be moved or to move out of the U. S. A.

When Trump announced he was thinking of ending this program from Obama’s time as president, it was clear his decision would  end the program and it would be done in such a way as to attempt to obscure the facts of what he was announcing and give those who engage in denial of bigotry the opportunity to keep others from seeing what was actually about to happen until it was upon them.  That fits with Trump’s history of such announcements and of his trying to wipe Obama’s presidency off the record and to continue and give another chapter to the “Birther Movement” which Trump carried on, funded and promoted for some eight plus years.

To know more about this lie and others Donald Trump has carried on see https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html?mcubz=1&_r=0

In addition to the “Birther” lies Donald Trump claimed ISIS was founded under Obama when in fact it was formed in 2004 – Obama was elected president in 2008. And the list goes on………..most recently the FBI came out with the findings from its latest investigation into Trump’s lies.  Trump claimed Obama had his wires tapped in Trump Tower during, what Trump called, “the very sacred election process”.   The FBI on Friday came out to say there was no evidence to back that up after their extensive investigation into what Trump claimed was a felony that Obama committed.  And the list goes on…..

Most people are asking “why”?  Those who have to ask such a question are some of the people who have internalized bigotry and have a response to and justification of bigotry, which is denial – white, black, green, yellow, pink people.  Denial is one of the strongest tools which got Trump elected.  How else does this United States elect a man who promoted the “birther lie” for so many years and which everyone knew he promoted – yet still voted for him.

We have had a long history of bigotry in the United States, which we deny.  In fact, we have gone overseas and lectured to other countries about their violation of the human rights of their citizens when the record in the United States could equal if not top some of the human rights offenses found in the countries to whom we were lecturing and demanding that they change their ways of treating their minority groups.

Our record in these United States is so bad that we – in 2017 – have elected a KuKluxKlan Legatee as president of these United States.  Donald J. Trump the son of Frank Trump who was arrested at  a KKK rally – was he marching, clothed in white?  He clearly had an ugly civil rights record as shown from the law suit filed against both Donald and Frank Trump for not allowing black families to live in their apartment buildings.

And now we have DACA – entering this KKK Legatee’s history as a part of the anti-immigration stances and decisions made by Donald Trump.

What is wrong with DACA?  All the rationalizations put out by Trump and all of the counter rationalizations put out by others to attempt to show that the young people in DACA are gainfully employed and contributing members of this society – they all need to be put aside because the reason Trump wants to end DACA lies in the reason he does everything else as president.  There are 1.7% whites in DACA.  The rest are minorities – the “brown” people.  Given that fact, there is no way those backing Trump and Trump himself are going to allow the DACA program to continue.  Their goal, showing clearly from their actions, is to make these United States a whites only country.  That is the base from which they come.  Throw out as many “browns” as they can using immigration laws to move that goal to fruition and then move on to other ways to eliminate the rest.

Trump didn’t come lately to the bigotry he now displays.  He has been a bigot generationally.  He comes by his foulness legitimately from his father and probably way beyond that.  Why else would he hide his German roots calling himself and his family Swedish?  Well, today all of those lies are gone and they have been replaced by the Nazi flags; the recreation of Kristallnacht in Virginia and much more.  Don’t know about Kristallnacht you can read about it here –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht and much more.  Kristallnacht was the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust in Germany.

That was a clear message that night in Charlottesville, – the White Nationalists message that this was the beginning of their Final Solution and the beginning of the holocaust for the minorities in these United States, but no one seems to have either made the connection or had the guts to report on the two as parallel events. Maybe the real message of Charlottesville was blurred by the ridiculousness of making such a statement with one of the props being the “tiki torches”.

And after the “Tiki Torch” parade anouncing the beginnings of the United States version of the holocaust comes the announcement by Trump about DACA.  Cancel DACA and you get rid of lots of “brown peoples” in one fell swoop.

The anti-Semitism is now showing increasingly.  It seems to have become public when one of Trump’s supporters loudly asked why he “gave” his daughter to a Jew.  From then on we are seeing an increasing amount of anti-Semitism around Trump.

General Kelly – the Chief of Staff – over whom many are raving about how he has ‘cleaned out’ the White House and what great things he can do – was head of Homeland Security.  What did he do as Head?  He quickly and very efficiently brought in the Muslim travel ban which the courts in this country closed down and stopped him and his boss Trump from removing tens of thousands of people and from denying those who could enter these United States from doing so – almost 100% “brown peoples”.  He quickly and efficiently rounded up tens of thousands already in this country and had them ready to be deported until, once again, Kelly and his boss Trump were stopped by the courts.

Another lie being told is that Trump has accomplished nothing during his seven months in office.

Trump is right when he says he has accomplished an enormous amount.  Not the traditional accomplishments through Congress, but he has changed this country in ways that show we are probably no longer a democracy or republic, but he and his White Supremacist his KKK his neo-Nazi’s are putting in place, structuring and institutionalizing, a fascist government which can be controlled and moved along to become a whites only country where the minorities are slaughtered – deported – generally destroyed.  Those left over whites who are still fighting the Confederate war against the United States also join this group.  Those whose ancestors, real and/or spiritual, used tax payer money to build statues and memorials to their heroes – “heroes”  guilty of major treason against the United States, but for the pardon they received at the end of the war.

Robert E. Lee is the one they seem to most revere.  He was also found guilty of treason against the United States.  That is who they want to honor with all of those statues, even changing the name of an Episcopal Church, among others to remember the events and honor what took place during that war.  Continuing the fight and continually looking for ways to destroy, demean, turn the “brown peoples” into a modern day replica of slaves – all of that has been going on in this country for decades.  It has finally reached and is using the power of the Office of the president of the United States.  That is success.  After some 50 plus years as a Republican, I am no longer a part of this political group.  I resigned when Trump as elected President.  It was clear that there was no hope for change; that the history of Republicanism which helped free the slaves and which fought the Democrats when they were deep into the KKK and lyncings, and etc.  was now the Political Party composed of those KKK, neo-Nazi’s, White Supremacists and more like them reaching into the office of the president to achieve their goals.  I moved to declare myself an Independent hoping that, as my grandmother would say – this too shall pass.

It was said that President’s Trump’s decree against transgender people in these United States was just to deflect attention away from negatives about him in the press.  He did nothing to back up his decree – until weeks later when he ordered the armed forces to investigate ways and to bring about the elimination of transgender people in the armed forces.  Trump deflected ugly headlines away from himself with the announcement – as he has done continuously.  Others deflected by claiming he was crazy and made such announcements with nothing in back of them.  We get to see that both are working together to bring this country back to a time Germany has rejected and so have others in their countries.  We are moving incredibly quickly to establish such an institutionalization of extreme bigotry in these United States.  Our country today – after only seven months – is barely recognizable as “free”, working to move in the direction of equality and justice, etc.

What are you doing?  Who was it that said “Evil survives because good people do nothing!” That is still just as true today.  This is a time when you are either out there risking or sitting in your home tending your home fires until the knock comes on your door and you are ushered out into the middle of that holocaust being planned for all of us by the White Supremacists, the KKK, the neo-Nazi’s and all of their supporters either vocal or silently.

May God have mercy on all our souls!

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