Strength

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” – Isaiah 43:2-3 

Now that is a quote that I am leaning on today.  In times of peril your think back on your life and wonder if what you are going though today is because of what you put others through earlier.  I have always believed in and feared God.  Today I am sitting here having my own personal pity party and I am thankful that I can.

 There are life situations that will get you out of your comfort zone, but also give you time to reassess where you are going regardless of age.  I believe in warnings from God.  As I go through my current family situation (Lord knows that I am tired) I can only pray that we all come through thankful for the experience and a greater knowledge of what we can and cannot do.

 That is my Thought for the Day.

Complacency

In my personal opinion America had entered into complacency prior to the election of 2016.  We were all living our lives oblivious of our neighbors.  Not only were we ignoring the dangers of our neighborhoods, we were ignoring the dangers of America.

Black men are being killed four out of five encounters with the police based on a sense of fear of the police to Black men.  School children can’t go to school without the fear of not being able to return home creating Post Traumatic Stress for thousands of children.  Individuals not being able to afford health insurance because the insurance companies wanting to make a profit on illness.  And seniors not being able to afford needed medication due to Big Pharma having a strong hold on profit and patents.

Prior to the 2016 election we had no clue that by not being involved with the process we would end up with an America that we do not recognize and one that we fear.  This current administration is led by an individual that may be suffering from dementia or governing by hate; regardless we are being thrown into a whirlwind of negative change which we will not be able to recover from.

I truly worry that not enough will get out and vote in the 2018 midterm elections and America could literally end up a bankrupt nation.  I pray that I am wrong and will wait to see what tomorrow holds.  See you in November 2018.

This is my Thought for Today.

 

#NeverAgain – #Enough

Much has happened since 7 pm CST, November 8, 2016 & I predict that there will be a surge in voters for the August & November 2018 elections. I believe that America is tired & they now realize the only thing a politician can hear is a vote.

The students in the #NeverAgain & #Enough population are gearing up voter registration drives & I predict that 90% of them will vote; can’t go with “all” as some won’t vote for religious reasons or mental or physical limitations but for the rest of those new voters they will be at their polling location this August & November. For those that were listening when these students were interviewed they stated “we will vote you out” & that mindset has resonated across America.

I also predict there will be a surge in the 18-25 age group in voting this year. In my opinion this age group has been forced to grow up in fear – fear of being shot or fear of losing a friend.

Americans have finally surpassed their breaking point & we know WHO we need to vote out. And I believe going forward we will never have to worry about the voting lines being too short.

Assault Weapons Platform & Safety for America

My Platform on assault weapons and safety for America

1. Increase age to purchase all guns to 21 years of age

2. Modernize the gun database

3. Ban all assault weapons for sale to civilian population

4. Ban 10+ round magazines for sale to civilian population

5. Create buy-back plan for assault weapons

6. Federally fund metal detectors for all public K-12 schools

7. Federally fund program ensuring all Police Departments have updated gear to defend against assault weapon situations

8. Create a program that will assist all public K-12 schools ensuring a safe building, i.e. all doors lock; doors have working alarms; classroom room equipped with deadbolt locking doors

9. Federally fund the Centers for Disease Control to conduct study of assault weapon deaths and accept recommendations for safety programs

Death Returns, Again

Last week I lost a cousin and I had to pause for a moment as I thought about my childhood. I initially thought James William Bell was my oldest First Cousin but was reminded by Mama that Aunt Willie still has two children living, Margaret and GW living somewhere in Iowa. I asked myself how I could forget about them as we spent just about every Christmas at their home for dinner. Aunt Willie could make rolls that would melt in your mouth and Margaret would ALWAYS show off her piano skills. GW was not very sociable, maybe because he was much older than me and usually he would always have to work on Christmas. Aunt Willie had another son Herman, now deceased and I remember him wanting to just leave Omaha, he did and became one of the few real Black cowboys.

I considered myself close to all my First Cousins, but upon hearing the death of James William I realized just how far our families have grown apart. Aunt Willa Mae (James William Mom) was a second Mom to me. I remember calling her one morning to get permission to wear my Sunday shoes to school, because I could not find my school shoes. James William had two brothers, Wendall and Larry, one sister Pamela. We spent so much time together that it was hard to tell we were two separate families. Yet somewhere along growing up we all grew apart and I pause to ponder what happen to that closeness we shared as kids.

I am blessed to still have my Mom (she turns 91 this year), my brother, and sister and so fortunate to have reconnected with Jayme (via Facebook), James William daughter and her mother Jeanette. As Jayme prepares to bury her Father this week I pray that she will remember as I did when I buried my Father, you only get to have one AND you don’t get to choose. For the good times and bad times, I loved my Dad and only the good times are in my memory; that is what I would like to encourage Jayme to remember, the good times.

Wednesday’s Thought (2/7/18)

What is going on in America?  Why is the base of #45 so blind?  I would love to hear from his base as to why they now believe it is okay for American tax dollars be used to build a wall that only has the support of 35% of Americans.  One question would be since candidate Trump PROMISED America that Mexico would pay for the wall AND upon becoming #45 tells you that “you” will pay for the wall, is that a lie or just a mind change?  Another question for his base, why do believe that “your” tax cut that is TEMPORARY is okay, but tax cuts for corporations and top 4% are PERMANENT?  Does the base of #45 not realize that ALL executive orders and planned policies are not in their best interest?  Is the base so heartless, blind, and deaf to realize that those living in Section 8 or government subsidized housing are there because they have limited income AND are already working OR unable to work due to mental or physical limitations?

We have been under #45 rule for over a year and America is much more divided than we were under the Nixon or Reagan administration.  I can remember under Bush and Bush two we had hope, some more than others, but we ALL had hope.  Now while our debt is spiraling out of control, #45 now wants a parade (to boost his ego), at a cost of MILLIONS.  And now #45 has indicated if he does not get ALL that he wants in the Federal budget, he will shut the Federal government down, no compromise, period, just give him what he wants, or he will shut the government DOWN. 

On a positive note Democrats are winning or making significant gains in “red” Districts.  Maybe there is still hope for America.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

As I approach my 65th birthday I am sadly witnessing the huge racial and religious divide in America.  This current Administration is hell bent on driving America back to the 50’s era.  An era where People of Color were not employed as Police Officers or Firefighters; not elected as Judges, Senators (Federal or State), Representatives (Federal or State), City Council, Sheriff.

As I look back to when we weren’t even allowed on the bus, and when we were to only be allowed to sit in the back I worry where this current America is headed.  Our electoral college elected the most racist person who somehow gave the impression that he wanted to move America to a new level.  The current president has been a racist his entire life, even his father was a member of the KKK. And the white racists that have come out of the closet since November 2016 is astounding.

Now I will admit that all white people are not racists; had it not been for compassionate white people Harriet Tubman would not have been successful in her venture of freeing Black people from the chains of slavery; had it not been for compassionate white people the NAACP would not have been formed; and had it not been for compassionate white people thousands of Southern Blacks would not have been registered to vote.  So, I fully admit that for America to regain what this current administration has taken away, and to move forward in becoming the most inclusive Nation in the world we will need those compassionate white people.

Being a Person of Color in the current America is a struggle, but we have to remember that Martin Luther King, Jr., stood, knelt, and died for us to be accepted for “who” we are and not for “who” some want us to be.  All People of Color are at risk of being killed every time we step out of the safety of our home and that fact alone should make us mad enough to get out and vote for individuals that want to be an elected official for ALL, not just for SOME.

People of Color we have come a very long way and sadly we have a very long way to go.

Nowhere to Go – 18 August 2017

This was a horrible week as Heather Heyer lost her life protesting AGAINST hate and racism.  America is far from being the racist-free Nation that many had wrongly assumed we were.  And to add fuel to the fire the sitting President of America refused to condone the hate and racist behavior of the KKK, neo-nazi, and white nationalist men and women.  #45 went so far as to state there are “good” KKK, neo-nazi and white nationalist, just like there are good people that protest against hate and racism.

 I am still trying to wrap my mind around #45’s statement of there being good people who hate me because I am Black; there being good people who hate Jews; and good people who hate anything that is not “pure white”.  America is the most diverse Nation in the world and for so many hateful individuals to still reside here just boggles my mind.

 Another area that I am still confused is the 35% solid base of support that #45 still maintains.  His policies are detrimental to the health and well-being to ALL middle to low income Americans.  And yet he still has their support and I just cannot figure out why.  His proposed budget cuts to the bone to services that middle to low income Americans have come to depend or survive on.  The current President is opposed to a Federal minimum wage of $15 per hour; he is opposed to health care for ALL Americans; and he has expressed support for traitors of America.

 I am tired, discouraged, numb, frustrated, and weak from all that has taken place in America since January 20, 2017.  I have no place to go except bed, so I guess until he is removed, dies, or is not re-elected I think I will just sleep for the next 3.5 years.

 That is my Thought for the Day.