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Congressman John Lewis’ speech at Harvard’s Commencement

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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Bettina Oracle Speaks – AGAIN?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

We couldn’t pass up the Royal Wedding and all that means without sharing a little bit of what has transpired and its meaning and what is to come..

Lets take a look at the future as we watch the Royal Wedding re-runs.

The wedding of Meghan and Harry tells you one very important thing.  Pack your bags Donald Trump, your reality show is over – don’t drag the ending out too long because that stage of a reality show is like fresh fish left on a counter for days.

The Royal Wedding also tells you in which direction the world is moving. – It is moving quickly and in a straight line towards diversity – democracy and away from the autocrats, dictators, the uglies, the ‘for white patrons only’ people.

Clearly, England and the monarchy sees its future in a world of diversity.  A grouping of people calling themselves the English monarchy made a decision that they would no longer be identified nor would they identity themselves as all white all the time, but they would embrace diversity in everything they do.  That was a clear and unequivocal statement.  Charles may have put his head down to cover his flushed face when Presiding Bishop Michael Curry started his sermon, but in the end he was holding hands with Doria Ragland and making sure she was supported.  For someone who reportedly does not brush his own teeth, that was quite a statement – you go Charles, we are all behind you.

Following Charles’ example, even though they were giggling and snickering through parts of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon will be most of the royals.  At least there will be those who count following their 1st in line heir to the throne of England.

Taking a very definite turn towards the Commonwealth with its 53 countries several of which are African and the darker colors of humanity, England has made a statement and a choice.

AND – the Cambridge Analytica’s of the world with their wealthy associates who have put their wealth into a pot of evil doings – every  penny of your wealth will burn in hell and be delivered along with your ashes, in the not too distant future, to the people you tried very hard to turn back into slaves.  You folks may have been one of the many forces behind Brexit, and behind the ascendancy of Trump to the U. S. Presidency, but there is a statement, very forcefully made in one religions scripture (Genesis 50:20) and in different ways in the scripture of all religions – ‘you, (mankind) meant it for evil, but to you (humanity) God means it for good….

How else to break England away from its all white partners, turning it completely towards a growing group of diverse humanity striving to work together for the good of all?  The Commonwealth may not today be a gathering as particularly linked together as was the EU, but given a bit of time it will decisively move in that direction.

That leaves the countries of the EU which currently identify as white, with very difficult times including any others, having a decision to make.  Turn towards Russia – an all white nation to include within your grouping?  Or get with this program of diversity and stop holding hands with the devils amongst you.

Kate and William will do well when they inherit the throne of England, but Charles won’t do too badly when he shortly ascends the throne.  He is showing his humanity and his ability to move into a very diverse community as one amongst equals.  The equals have to be elevated to his level, but when they are, he is apparently totally accepting and will have them hold his hand or take his arm as he carefully and quietly guides them into a place of comfort amongst the equals surrounding them.

Brexit – Trump’s trump card and his genesis – has done its job.  Meant as a tool of evil, it is doing good.  England can stand strong and let Brexit continue to have its sway, moving England out of the European Union and more solidly into the Commonwealth Countries without divided loyalties, bringing those countries closer together as they continue working through how they will live, work and love together without needing a “better than” crutch to divide and feel whole.  The Commonwealth Countries are not currently strongly united in the economic and political realm but in my realm we can see that coming.

Who are these countries? – 53 in total – and more to come!

Bangladesh Republic
Botswana Republic
Cyprus Republic
Cameroon Republic
Dominica Republic
Fiji Republic
Ghana Republic
Guyana Republic
India Republic
Kenya Republic
Kiribati Republic
Mawli Republic
Maldvies Republic
Malta Republic
Mauritius Republic
Mozambique Republic
Namibia Republic
Nauru Republic
Nigeria Republic
Pakistan Republic
Rwanda Republic
Samoa Republic
Seychelles Republic
Sierra Leone Republic
Singapore Republic
South Africa Republic
Sri Lanka Republic
Tanzania Republic
Trinidad and Tobago Republic
Uganda Republic
Vanuatu Republic
Zambia Republic
Brunei Monarchy
Lesotho Monarchy
Malaysia Monarchy
Swaziland Monarchy
Tongo Monarchy
Antigua and Barbuda Commonwealth Realm
Australia Commonwealth Realm
The Bahamas Commonwealth Realm
Barbados Commonwealth Realm
Belize Commonwealth Realm
Canada Commonwealth Realm
Grenada Commonwealth Realm
Jamaica Commonwealth Realm
New Zealand Commonwealth Realm
Papua New Guinea Commonwealth Realm
Saint Kitts and Nevis Commonwealth Realm
Saint Lucia Commonwealth Realm
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Commonwealth Realm
Solomon Islands Commonwealth Realm
Tuvalu Commonwealth Realm
The United Kingdom Commonwealth Realm

The immigrant question has been settled.  It now only requires a bit of time to work through to a place where our humanity is snatched back from the filthy hands of those who would use such categories of division to cause pain, destruction and damage to other human beings so a small few can feel “better than”, “Supreme-Great-Glorious”.  They will soon understand: – to everything there is a time and place and the time and place for their kind of civilization, habits, culture is gone.  It is being replaced by something more in line with God’s bidding to this world.  The continuing and continuous breaking in to this world of God’s kingdom – in spite of the evil made visible by Treasonous Trump and his supporters and promoters.

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A Great Snack – Elvis Style!

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

I was sitting in my kitchen enjoying a cup of tea and a guest comes along with a snack she brought with her.

My tea was accompanied by one of my favorite snacks from my days living in Mississippi.  A sandwich made up of organic or home baked raisin bread with peanut butter – oops! organic peanut butter – and sliced bananas.

This was also one of Elvis Presley’s favorites.  It was fairly common for children where I grew up. We didn’t have peanut butter and jelly.

She brought peanut butter and apples and wheat crackers.  She put peanut butter on the crackers and topped each cracker with a very thin slice of apple.

It was nothing short of sensational.  Quick to make.  Elegant to serve and I enjoyed every one of her crackers.

When I repeat this for myself, however, the peanut butter will definitely be organic – her peanut butter was out of a jar with lots of ugly stuff processed in and her apples were not organic.  In spite of those transgressions, it was a delicious snack.

My peanut butter will be the kind I grind at the store myself or grind at home of organic peanuts – apple crisp organic apples – and organic wheat crackers.

I highly recommend this!  It makes a great lunch or afternoon snack.  It is also quite healthy – what more could one ask!

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A Bettina Network Lifestyle Member Responds

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Amazing!

Donald Trump is a liar

Donald Trump is a pathological liar

It seems clear that his campaign worked with Russia and other such countries who helped to get him elected

It seems clear that criminals are at the top of his campaign

Is Putin setting the strategy to help Trump out as he now clearly will have to pay the piper.  It is true that what goes around comes around Mr. Trump.

Putin owes him that since Trump has carried out Putin’s wish list for the United States.  Every one of Putin’s goals for the United States is being pursued by Donald Trump and most times it has been successfully pursued by Donald Trump.

This North Korea thing is nothing more than theatre staged by Donald Trump.  Now he’s going -now maybe he’s going – now Kim Jong Un is blowing up a nuclear site that North Korea announced a couple months ago couldn’t be used anymore so they would have to move their testing to another site.  So their current site spends its last days being used as the back drop – the stage setting for this Trump production as he moves along to make an agreement which will again, no doubt, be harmful to the United States, but will totally gratify Russia and all the others in Trump’s lineup of foreign supporters.

Keep posting, I love to read your blog.  Had a bit of trouble accessing it over the past few days – is everything alright over there?

Folks don’t like what you are saying and are retaliating, but don’t stop and don’t slow down.  I am sure if you are running into problems  you have a lot of supporters who will come to your defense and aid.

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An American Tragedy – Trump is President of the United States

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

ed. note:  A Bettina Network Lifestyle Member responds.

A man is ripping apart the Constitution of the country of which he is president and ripping apart those things that make it a Republic because he needs to cover and protect his son.  He needs to distract the press headlines away from his son.  And the son was only following the example set for him by his father.

This is not the first time Donald Trump has needed to distract and dissemble.  Remember back over many times in the very recent past when he wanted to take press headlines away from something he had done or was doing and he threw a bomb into the middle of a large group of people to achieve his goal.  So, once again we have that spectacle.

His base?  The bigots of the country – the mafia of the country – the dregs of society – those trying to save their place in society because of their desperate need to be “better than”.

This brings  the U. S. a small step closer to losing everything that we have fought for over hundreds of years.  As Germany changed into Nazi Germany one small step at a time.

To adopt Marceline’s analogy, Adolph is back in the form of Donald and moving ahead faster than he did towards his goal when he incarnated as Hitler.

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The Royal Wedding

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

by Marceline Donaldson

I know those who know me knew this was coming.  And I am sure you knew I would gloat!  Finally – a mixed race person at the top where we should be.  That said, and you see that I can be as bigoted as anyone else – lets get serious!

Watching the coverage of the royal wedding at 3am in the morning and watching it until 10am was like over gouging on chocolate cake.

It was a breath of fresh air in a world sorely in need of such.

I saw England moving away from a “blue blood” state, becoming a part of the creation of a very diverse world which recognizes its differences and holds them “in love” – as Bishop Curry would say.  I can say that even after watching the jaws drop and the bemused look on some of England’s “royalty” as Bishop Curry’s sermon and his style took hold of those present and those watching via television.

After seeing and feeling Meghan Markle and Henry Windsor’s coming together produce a really remarkable outpouring of love and produce a new thing – accepted at the highest levels of the English government through its English royalty – the feelings I had stayed with me long after the formal part of the wedding ended.  To know this is who would be the “Royals” at the top of the Commonwealth made me want to be a part of that group, that environment, that world.

From what I know and have experienced as a mixed race person and having met many such people over time, the one thing we share is the fact that we don’t have or belong to a “group”.  The kind of “group” basic to this world.  Are you black? white? Asian? NO?  Then who is your group?  What is your identity and how do you get that feeling of belonging!

I remembered back to when I was excused from jury duty because I refused to fill out a form following what society dictated I should say and filled it out with the truth of who I am.  The form was about race.  Supposed to be an illegal thing, but to be filled out during those days and probably still today under the guise of being “research” to make sure jurors were representative – of what?  Certainly not the human race – but they wanted to know who you were under the false construct we have devised to create this “better than” or “less than” existence.

The form said something like – White, African American, Asian, Native American, etc.  I filled in “other” and then listed the fictional “races” which supposedly contributed to my genetic makeup.  The judge asked me to refill in a form and offered a blank form for me to re-fill it “correctly” and I said I had already done that and after a few minutes I was excused.

That was only one small example.  Try a lifetime of such and then have children who are also mixed race and watch what they go through, which turns out to be worse, and then watch this “Royal Wedding.”

Meghan Markle has done an extraordinary job of walking across the water finding the submerged boulders to step across on so she could cross the ocean without drowning.  And along with Prince Harry has found a place and a way to now share that experience.  Her wedding was neither White nor Black; English nor American; and on and on you could go.  It held up the culture and religious practices and symbols of all beautifully.

And then I had to come back to earth and deal with the reality of my American life currently under President Donald Trump.

The “Royal Wedding” showed us what could be – Trump shows us what is and in Trump’s world the lies, distortions, bigotry via the nazi influence and all the rest was all over television following the Royal Wedding doing its worse. It was almost as if his “spirits”, his “evil spirits” were working hard to blot out what we had just seen to keep us within their grasp.

It is time for Americans to deal with the truth.  We live in a country which is and has been in a constant struggle against its own history and with this Donald Trump episode we are losing that struggle.

I came back to reality with the shooting – yet another school shooting, this time in Texas.  A shooting in which the media covered everything except the fact that we need to look at this history and see the acceleration of such and lay the blame at the feet of our current president as the latest incarnation of those who would keep America in such a state for their own reasons – which are generally greed; self-aggrandizement; money; power and control.

Why do I lay the blame for the school shootings at Trump’s feet?

This has been a long time coming.  For some seven plus years Donald J. Trump has been the center of tearing down these United States – big time.  He generated one lie after another and the biggest was all the time and energy he spent spewing garbage – which he continues to do.  His biggest load was to spend those seven years tearing down the United States by combining with its filthiest elements and proclaiming to the world his claim that Barack Obama was not a legitimate president and therefore everything he does is illegitimate because he was lying about having been born in these United States.  According to Trump, Obama was actually born in Africa.  And along with that were the pictures of Barack and Michelle Obama in various dress and forms – a gorilla; exaggerated African dress and attributes and more. Trump keeps those images and those lies in front of the American people by moving ahead strongly with his campaign to remove everything the Obamas have done so he can wipe out any and all acts of the government of an African American President of these United States.  Those lies and that kind of way of acting and being have been a consistency in the Trump administration and in Trump’s life from its beginnings – yes, from his birth.  Trump’s bigotry is not new.  His lies and attempts to bring in a Nazi regime is not new.  He has been laying the ground work for this for decades.  We have just refused to take that evil seriously. We have passed it off as “posturing” and with other excuses because some of us need a Trump in this country to maintain its bigotry so we can keep our hands clean and still maintain the “better than” benefits we get from such evil.  We can maintain the white males privileges at the expense of everyone else without having to roll up our sleeves to accomplish such.  We can maintain we are not bigots like Trump and quietly support his efforts under the cover of many things.

We know the history and bigotry practiced in these United States.  It is impossible not to know as we look around at our currently segregated schools; our neighborhoods which many realtors and others keep segregated; our social, golf, and other clubs places we can go and not have to deal with those “less than” – where we can deal with”our own kind”.  And we know and have known about Trump and his extreme bigotry because he made sure his vile and racist rants were as public as possible.

And what happened to him?  He was elected President of these United States!  And now he is being given the benefit of the rule of law in these United States which he is currently and massively trying to deny to others who don’t fit into his scheme of a Nazi like takeover with Trump as Adolph only his emphasis is on money and becoming the wealthiest and most powerful man in the country.

It is time to turn that rule of law with a huge spotlight onto Donald J. Trump.  He has committed many crimes – the latest being his call for the DOJ and others to “investigate”.  All over the front pages of this mornings papers.  What is the truth?  His son – Donald Trump, Jr. is being called into question because of meetings he had which look as though he was selling the United States Presidency to foreign countries.  Bringing them in to help get his father elected president.  The timing of this call to investigate by Donald Trump, Sr. – making headlines and a serious call to a very serious investigation via a “tweet” demand every citizen, every group of lawmakers and law enforcers, every citizen of this country, especially when such a “tweet” is taken seriously enough to make the front page of the leading newspapers and much less coverage given to the real issue – what was Donald Trump, Jr. doing in the meetings he called during his father’s campaign which look clearly as though they are to manipulate the campaign to turn in results other than those the voters chose.  An illegitimate president should be the headlines.  This man and all of his appointed administration need to be removed immediately.

The increase in the school shootings can be directly laid at this incarnation of Donald J. Trump’s feet.  And at the feet of his immediate family – who all together are trying to bring about the same result.  Lying about bring jobs back to America when their companies outsource their jobs to other countries because they can get the citizens of those countries to work for slave wages instead of paying the kind of living wages they would have to pay if, for example, Ivanka Trump’s company had to bring its jobs on shore from Bangladesh and other countries struggling to get a foot hold in this world’s economy.

From the Royal Wedding with its dream of a wonderfully diverse world to America and Donald Trump with his dream of bringing about a world where the rule of law is destroyed in favor of the rule of Trump and his Associates – with families forcibly destroyed; people jailed without cause; lies told to the American public constantly and vicious lies at that; monies taken from other countries to fatten the pocket book of the Trumps; tearing down “immigrants’ but getting your message of extreme bigotry at all costs out into the public by appearing with an immigrant wife and not the first immigrant wife who is ‘different’.  And of what is that difference composed – the color of her skin and the country from which she comes?  Messages sent and received.  Not all “immigrants” are bad – judge them by the color of their skin not the content of their character.

How are the law enforcers in this country responding to the visage of Rudi Giuliani?  Once held up as their hero?  What do you think of your hero today – with his character, honor, values exposed for all to see – out from under the cover of pretense?

We need to go back over the history of these United States and how did we get here.  Maybe that will help give us a map for getting out of this mess and moving into a world where diversity is accepted, equality is the rule and we see each other as human beings.

Let’s start with today and move back into our history!

We have the reincarnation of a group headed by Donald Trump and finally supported in the extreme with his entire future on the line by Rudi Giuliani.  Donald Trump equals Senator Joe McCarthy.  Rudi Giuliani equals Attorney Roy Cohn.  Does that group’s history and from whence it has come begin to materialize?  They almost destroyed this country.  They did destroy the lives of many of its citizens with the Congressional hearings seeking, at that time in history, “Communists”.  It is interesting to look at who they considered and really went after.

Lets move back in time.  There are so many places to stop and relook and relearn.

Lets go back to who built the railroads in these United States.  Maybe the Chinese government wants to forget – but the people who were attacked and who lived horribly oppressed lives in these United States were the Chinese Americans and the Chinese immigrants.  Remember that time?

And lets take a look at the Japanese.  Remember what we did to American citizens because they were of Japanese descent?  We gathered them up into concentration camps and took away their property and all of what they and their families had acquired of the “American Dream”.  Recently, we passed laws in Congress for “reparations” to the Japanese, but we also had the parallel quiet program of foot dragging so much of the money would not be dispersed, but would be kept because we needed to foot drag until the Japanese who qualified for these reparations were dead and we could keep the money and continue those kind of actions.

Lets go back to another time, which directly involved Donald Trump and his family.  To the time when the KKK was rampant – lynchings were happening across the country and remember when the KKK marched in all of its white robes and pointy hats down Pennsylvania Avenue some tens of thousands of them – apparently also including Donald Trump’s father who was arrested during that demonstration.  In the 1930’s was it?

So Trump and his Nazi – racist – bigotry – was acquired naturally.  It was passed on through time through his family history.  His immigrant family history of just a generation – back to his grandfather who immigrated to this country with no money, no education and no ability to speak the language.  And what did he do?  Eventually built a hotel which was rumored to be a brothel!  The beginnings of the Trump family fortune and its foundational history.  Is that why he has so many women accusing his of sexual abuse; assault and so much more.  Just to look at his administration it is clear his core life is about sexual discrimination – women have but one use and it is not to be a part of the Trump Administration in any other than a symbolic appearance.

Lets keep that history up front and high up so we can be reminded of where our present administration comes from and understand from that history where they are going.

Lets go back even further – when this country, finally after a few hundred years “freed” its African slaves.  There was slavery in the world before that, but it was the United States during the time of establishing this African slavery that turned slaves into a group based on the color of their skin.

“Reconstruction” came after slavery and Reconstruction was killed by this same group which is now on this earth in the form of Donald Trump and his followers.  I had ancestors elected to public office in the Deep South during Reconstruction – put on the railroad tracks after being tarred and feathered and forced to walk away.

Reconstruction was killed and turned into “Jim Crow” to maintain a “less than” and ” better than” group. Kill the inclination to any form of equality taking hold in these United States.   And it was a very effective killing which ruined many lives.  Tactics others would not try nor emulate because of things like honor, character, truth, love, God.  God of love not the god of the evangelical christians who have combined with Trump to bring about hell on earth.

And, I don’t need to go back into the years of African slavery – but if you look at that history you will find Donald Trump’s spirit all through it.

And then there is the movement to free women.  Africans in this country were enslaved using the marriage laws and that was very effective.  It is just tragic that when those marriage laws were failing and  were losing their strength that the gay community came along to fight to keep such laws by demanding they be included in that enslavement which women suffered under so many generations.

And let us not forget things like the “Trail of Tears” and other such horrors inflicted on the Native Americans – those who, in many cases, welcomed and helped the Northern Europeans seeking refuge in this country from the horrible ways they had been treated in their old countries from which they were fleeing.  In those treatment you will also find Donald Trump’s spirit and it is still flying around that community as you look at the current Donald Trump’s stances and actions against that Native American community.

Todays Donald Trump has shown what he thinks of women and what their place should be.  His administration is an example of the America we have all fought very hard to change.  It is an administration of white males and white male top corporate people who are bleeding America dry for their own self-aggrandizement and to accumulate wealth beyond their needs and beyond their legal rights.  Trump has been busy working with them to expand those “legal” rights so they can take away from others to put into their own pockets whether earned or not billions that we see clearly are far from earned.  We are now in the position for creating billionaires and at the same time and for the same reasons ever increasing numbers of homeless peoples because of that greed – which today starts at the top.  GREED is what most characterizes this Trump administration.  Women are simply a distraction to be used when the sick male ego needs shoring up – as Trump’s has and Bill Cosby’s has and Weinstein’s has and many even before all of them..

As you read this – hold it up against truth; hold it up against your life and where you stand in all of this; hold it up against God’s love following Michael Curry’s iteration of that; and hold it up against your family.  How do you come out?  Are you holding your head down and hiding in the hopes that this too shall pass and you will be none the worse for it having erupted at this time in your life?  Are you actively promoting and helping all of this garbage to succeed, multiply and be spewn across the boulevards, streets, roads and corners of America because you hope to one day be one of these obscene people?  Are you actively working to bring about the America we have promised each other for generations?  Let truth rumble around your heart and mind as you consider these things and then act accordingly.

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American Business Structure and Function – Great or Morally Corrupt

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

by Marceline Donaldson

If we live by truth and not by image, lies, pretense, manipulation and more, we will tell the truth about our American Corporate/Business Structure and Function.

We have Donald J. Trump as president because he is who we elected and who we think we need to bring the world back to where it was at its height of ugliness, viciousness, ‘better than people’, separate and unequal and eventually back to slavery including women as sex slaves or sex objects and so much more – the ugly offshoots of those morals and values.

We have a bully for president – surrounded by the kind of people with whom a bully surrounds himself.   Take a look at Kelly what’s her name who made such a vicious comment from which many of us are still reeling.  Is this how low we have sunk?  You bet!  That is normal life in these United States today.  Those are the values we are showing to our children as what they need to live by.  The Kelly Stadlers and Trumps of the world have risen to the top.  Pathological lying has been normalized and our ethical base lowered to accommodate those, including the U. S. President, who demand the right to lie to us and force us to accept such as truth.

My entire life has been about business.  Whatever else I’ve tried, business has been at its core and my growing-up family life was all business all the time for several generations.

How could that be?  This ‘colored girl child’.  That isn’t the way the world works. And you would be shocked at the fact that I am not the only one – there are many, many like me. with similar histories.   ‘Creole colored girl child’ should be deep into debutante life; clothes; make-up; frilly anything; studying nothing except to be better for some man?  Oh, that is angry?  And so I am, – furious.  And it is about time.  I’ve certainly spent enough time trying to be ‘nice’ in this life.  What was most amazing to me is that once I became an adult and my anger surfaced for whatever reason and that was with great frequency, I was put down.  I was told that it wasn’t ‘nice’ to be angry.  It wasn’t ‘nice’ to explode.  It wasn’t ‘nice’ to speak the reality of life in this racist, sexist, misogynist world.  That would turn people off and then where would I be.  Yes, we all know of the bigotry, but we pretended and one was not supposed to call anyone ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’ or acknowledge that you knew what was happening was out of the very deep seated bigotry of the country in which you were born.  And before you try to throw me or my family out as recent immigrants who don’t understand the ways of this fantastic United States – in which at least six generations of my family were born – take a look around?  I was born into a family which was considered outside the norm.  Most had substantial credentials when it wasn’t thought possible that such credentials existed in my ‘community’.  Doctorate degrees; ordained priests; journalists; lawyers, entrepreneurs, and on and on and on.

What has come out of all that?  A person with no ‘racial’ identity’ and no ‘group’ to identify with and so a person with the ability to see straight through this society’s pretenses and lies.  And, since just about every ‘race’ of person went through our house as family and all with some kind of business they were working to establish, I saw that from a small child.

What didn’t I learn?  How to lie the way Trump seems to be able to do with no effort.  Call it like it is was one of my family’s values and that happened all the time.

Once I became an adult I began to hear other things – especially when I moved north.  Friends would constantly say to me –  “yes, we know that is racist but you can’t say so out loud outside of a small group of friends because that will just make it harder for the rest of us.  No, you can’t call that sexist because that is just what women are like and so men have learned to respond and on and on and on.  Stay away from them they are ‘foreigners’ they don’t even speak English, they will turn on you and hurt you one day.’  And we dare to say we really were caught by surprise when Trump surfaced.  We had no idea the racism, sexism, etc. etc. were so entrenched and deep into American society.  We had no idea because we didn’t want to know – we wanted the comfort of the ‘better than’ feelings without the responsibility of what our taking that meant to someone else’s life and the times in which we live.

Recently, in Somerville, Massachusetts, I saw the slaughter of one group by another and it was economically, financially, and every other way disreputable – a huge cheat, rewarded by society because it looked financially viable and made money for others.  That is the story of Somerville Lumber and Home Depot.

We walk into Home Depot and up and down the aisles without a thought as to the human cost, the degradation, the lies and manipulations, the unethical and immoral history that made it possible for us to walk up and down those aisles.  What we don’t think about when we shop in the Home Depot’s of the world is the limit Home Depot has put onto the kind and quality of materials we now purchase and accept as what we need.  We are spending more and getting less.  Quality is certainly missing in that store and all of its siblings.  What we buy lasts a brief second compared to what other merchandise in the past was like.  Cheaper, cheapest, falling apart before it leaves the store is what we have become accustomed to as normal and what we support financially and otherwise.

What happened in Somerville, MA happened around the country at the same time?  People who owned businesses and those they employed now out of work, some out of money and worse.  A small handful benefitted to the tune of billions of dollars helping to create and increase the class of American Oligarch’s.  And yes, in the style of the Russian Oligarch’s.

I used to purchase hardware and other items at Somerville Lumber and sometimes at other smaller hardware stores – which were thriving and which had (compared to todays choice) some amazingly strong, sturdy and long lasting products.  It was human sized and when one went into the store it was peopled by humans both in front of the counters and walking the aisles.

Along comes Home Depot – just a couple blocks away.  Stolen from Somerville Lumber and other stores like it across the country was its life and future.  The pattern – the business pattern and structure they developed stolen and copied with the assumption that this is what you do in this society.  This is how you set up a successful business.  Look around and copy what someone else developed by the sweat of their brow.  Let someone else do the hard work of trying this pattern to see if it works and when they have successfully created something new – in swoops the American Oligarch’s to copy, steal and destroy.

Very quickly after Home Depot opened in that Somerville, MA. location, Somerville Lumber was drained of its customers, its life’s blood and it closed.  Very quickly after Home Depot stores opened in several locations not far from that one – other similar smaller stores started to close and people who had put their lives into operating, owning, growing their stores were bereft of everything they had spent their lives growing and developing.  There was no working with – no approach to those who were the creators of the idea – no conversation about anything – no compensation for what they contributed –  just the stealth, the cheat, the ugly of using what others built to benefit those doing the stealing and destroying of those who did the building.

Where did the idea for Home Depot come from?  The idea and business of Home Depot stolen from stores like Somerville Lumber.  But in todays world that is not called stealing, that is normal and happens constantly over many areas geographical and otherwise.  One group of very wealthy people saw an opportunity to make billions and took it at the expense of the rest of society and so our growth into an obscene country – spreading moral filth around the world.  The fast growing class of American Oligarch’s.

Look around you.  Get an idea for a business?  If it begins to be successful and you are not a part of that billionaire crowd your idea will be stolen; financed by others who will enjoy the benefit of your hardwork and life’s blood and you will be left with very little as the reward for being the pattern and having developed the worth of the idea for someone else’s success – stolen success, immoral success.

Try to fight back and you will find those in that billionaire crowd have friends who will make sure you can’t fight back by doing what they can to contribute to your demise so their money will be able to return much more without any competition from you and your kind.  Be a minority of any kind and you will find that push back against you vicious.  What else will you find as a minority?  You will find young white – mostly Northern European ancestry men – running around the country today in minority communities looking for ideas they can steal, have funded and if you were on your way to any kind of a great business you will find it stolen, across the street and draining your business while all the time ignoring the creators of the original ideas. Copying – stealing – replicating – using the vision of others – to produce something that is bereft at its core of any kind of morals we respect and were taught to live by.

That structure and those values have produced Donald Trump and all of those who surround him.

The same morality and value system explains why are we having such a hard time with Congress?  They are foaming at the mouth to benefit financially from Trump and his connections and are ready to do anything to be a part of that to reap what they see as the goodies they see falling all around in this Trumpian world.  Try putting that pattern up against the Nunes’ of the world and see how closely it fits.

Our world is being divided into the haves and the have nots with a gap between them creating almost an eternity of space.  Never has there been as many homeless as we now see on our streets.  Never have so many been so hungry for so long while others discard, waste and live as though the rest of the world is there to serve their needs.  Never has there been such a judgment on those who have not by those who have – the immoral, unethical, gross people of the world passing judgment on those trying to survive in a world which is becoming more and more bereft of empathy, love, caring for one another.  Instead we are becoming a nation of rapists.

As I look around the people I see concerned about those in need are disappearing or finding themselves in trouble and on the verge of moving into that group of homelessness; poor; indigent.

Take a look at businesses – the top business executives in this country.  Take a look at their ethics.  Take a look at what they are willing to do to stay on top – and way on top – not just doing well and making sure everyone else is doing well around them, but taking away from others as much as possible making sure they are among the super rich even if that means increasing those not doing well and pushing them into extreme poverty and oblivion until they are needed to serve the needs of this super rich group.

One of the largest companies in the world today is Amazon.  Getting wealthier by the minute.  What is their concern for those underwater?  None!  They are so busy grasping for more and more wealth and world control they don’t even see what they are doing.  If you are management at Amazon you are doing well.  If you work in the warehouses and are a part of the near-slave-employee-group you are working extremely hard for extremely little and limiting your life span to be able to eat today.  Tomorrow isn’t promised to you at Amazon if you are a part of the lower salaried class of people.  Benefits?  Forget that! Advancement – hardly! etc. etc. etc.  How many businesses and people who have worked in those businesses for a lifetime are being destroyed by Amazon.  How many of us are doing our little bit to insure that continues to happen because we think we see our benefit in patronizing such horrific inhumane values and such a business structure with its future projections which are totally destructive of humanity?

WAKE UP!  BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Many of you guilty of supporting such a structure are into things like climate change, etc.  You are working for those things in this society which don’t take you out of your way to that brass ring you think you are going to get when the time is right.  Supporting those progressive objective won’t help you and won’t change anything.  The structures you are supporting will take you down in a heart beat and see that your children don’t have a chance.  Is that what you are working for?  Did you not notice when the gold ring was replaced with brass and that brass ring is now about to be replaced with a gold painted plastic replica?

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