Friday, January 13, 2017

Is there a minority in the USA, other than the Secretary of HUD, that in the very least has been insulted by the Trump campaign and subsequent transition?

January 12, 2017
By Jen Hayden

“Inaugurations are celebratory events, (click here) a time to welcome the peaceful transition of power and honor the new administration. On January 20th, I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.
“Donald Trump ran one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history. He began his campaign by insulting Mexican immigrants, pledging to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and then spent a year and a half denigrating communities of color and normalizing bigotry. He called women ‘pigs’, stoked Islamophobia, and attacked a Gold Star family. He mocked a disabled reporter and appealed to people’s worst instincts.  I cannot in good conscience attend an inauguration that would celebrate this divisive approach to governance....

The United States of America is not exclusively for the wealthy and privileged. This country is about the Middle Class and the vigilance in protecting it has been wanting for some times now.

The majority of the people in this country have known the Middle Class even if it is in poor repair and under attack. The Middle Class is under attack. That case was never more evident as the global economic collapse of 2008. It devastated the Middle Class and the USA had a new paradigm, the growing poor and working poor.

The welfare reform of Gingrich's contract with America has turned into a nightmare. It has cast the poor into a pit of the working poor. Now it takes three jobs working at minimum wage or less to support a family and that family doesn't own a home either.

The "W" years saw Americans settle for Black Friday stampedes and purchasing more Chinese products than American made. We saw our pets suffer with little to no oversight as to the products being brought to American docks. There is every indication the vicious crony politics that brought 911 and fear to our country will continue, but, only get worse with hate and prejudice mounting. There is something to be said for the 1960s love fests.

I do not believe Donald Trump. His views are too extreme and while he wants everyone to believe it is just politics there are indications it is not and the administration shows it.

It is up to the Democrats to build a strong campaign that focuses on the Middle Class and the economic strength of the Middle Class. It is the many people that move into better paying jobs and work long hours to find that first down payment that no longer exists.

Pope Francis was here and listened in Philadelphia I believe to a young couple stating how they have postponed marriage in order to save for their wedding and a home. Pope Francis listened and later answered all those people that came to him to plead their case. Pope Francis said the United States of America makes it to difficult to be in love, marry and raise a family in a safe and comfortable home.

GOT THAT!!!!!!!!!!

Pope Francis said the United States of America makes it to difficult to be in love, marry and raise a family in a safe and comfortable home.

Now, if the Democratic Party cannot get their arms around that and carry the battle flag, don't ask me who will and we as Americans are lost. 

Rep. Barbara Lee is more than correct. The cost of being American has gotten to be far to high. We sacrifice happiness in the way people are intended to live it far too much. We concentrate too much on extraneous issues of politics and completely miss the dire message our people need to hear from Democrats. Bring the Middle Class home again and return decency and happiness the very center of the message. 

The Pope made the argument years ago and everyone thought he just came to wave hello and increase the tithing. NOT! If anyone really paid attention his messages in New York City with the meeting of faiths and hearing the pleadings of the people in Philadelphia. Pope Francis is not an icon for money, he is an icon for quality of life. He wants leadership out of the USA to carry such values forward to be admired again, not for the opulence of a gold covered Las Vegas hotel, but, for the happiness of our people and the economy that brings.

Rep. Barbara Lee is correct. Every American life matters and it is up to the Democrats to bring this runaway Republican train to a stop!