This Is War: The Fight To Save Our America Is Just Beginning

It has been just a little over 8 weeks since Herr Donald took office as Liar-in-Chief and proceeded to continually prove his unfitness to occupy our nation’s highest office. Not because he is inept (I wish that was simply the case), but because he is a devious con artist who engages in trickery and deceit to keep everyone distracted while he and the Republicans in Congress dedicate themselves to stripping away our rights and protections in order to give more power and money to a ruling class of wealthy individuals and corporations.

Call it Libertarian. Call it Conservative. Call it whatever you choose, but it is a dire threat to our progressive values and our freedoms as individuals. It replaces government protections with licenses for the wealthy, corporations and religious extremists to bully and discriminate against anyone (especially immigrants, LGBTQ, seniors, poor and low income Americans), pollute our environment, mistreat workers, invade our privacy and more. Even worse, they are also working hard to leave us with no recourse through the court system to stop these abuses.

Now, it is true that we “supposedly” live under a democratic form of government in which citizens vote and governing is done by majority rule. It has become quite apparent, however, that our system has been “corrupted” by the Citizens United court decision, which essentially allows elections (and thus politicians) to be bought with unlimited campaign contributions, and Russian intervention in our political process, especially since it appears that Trump benefited from that intervention. This calls into question the actual validity of the election results and, consequently, the validity of the current government.

With his initial budget proposal, Donald the Destroyer, has take a slash and burn approach to the “liberal enemies” of the far right and corporate rule — such as those notoriously slacking seniors who are served by Meals on Wheels, those future protesters and criminals who are served by free school meals and other beneficial programs, those lewd anarchists in theater, music and painting who benefit from support of the arts, and those elitist revolutionaries served by public broadcasting. At the same time, he is proposing a massive investment in our military, but why? What are they protecting? An underpaid, overworked and over-taxed population of drones who have no healthcare, no rights to privacy, no safety nets and no protection from corporate abuses. Hmmm, maybe that’s really why Trump wants his wall — to keep us from escaping!

Well, enough is enough! The longer this goes, the harder it’s going to be to stop it. And stop it, we must. Any way we can! Many of us have already begun to fight back, but this is going be a  long war. Yes, I did say war, because it is nothing less than a war against tyranny, against ignorance, against prejudice and against the rule of money. It will require many battles and many sacrifices. Freedom does not come cheap. For now, we have a number of peaceful means at our disposal that we must use to the max, including mass public displays of protest, contributions to organizations that are battling for us, access to our representatives at all levels and the ability to organize in groups to stay focused and active in the fight. We must also get involved in local politics to build the kind of progressive government we want and need.

However, we need to recognize this may not be enough. If that time comes, we need to be ready to “just say no!” No, we will not comply! No, we will not surrender! No, we will not disperse quietly! No, we will not accept this anymore! How far do we go with this civil disobedience? As far as necessary! We simply cannot compromise our values, because they define who we are. We cannot acquiesce to their surrender.

We are powerful when we are united in righteous indignation. A government that does not fear the people has no checks on its power. Let them tremble!

The Divine Miss Bri

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The R.A.I.N. Catcher: Oprah KO’s Puzdner … Flynn Flam … Trump Playing Russian Roulette … CNP: The Dark Shadow of Fascism

Welcome to The R.A.I.N. Catcher, a new blog feature where I try to gather together a quick overview of the latest developments in our battle against the forces of darkness which threaten our progressive ideals and the basic human rights we have up ’til now always taken for granted.

Puzdner Was Never Going To Work For Labor

Talk about double entendre — Puzdner had a love/hate relationship with his employees … he loved to hate and disparage them. Opposed to the minimum wage laws and virtually anything else that favored labor, Puzdner made Ebenezer Scrooge look like Mister Congeniality. Already a troubling choice, a tape of his ex-wife’s appearance on Oprah talking about being the subject of spousal abuse was pretty much the final nail in the coffin that led to him withdrawing his nomination to which we say GOOD RIDDANCE! Of course, we still have to worry what kind of overseer Trump will nominate next.

Flip, Flop And Spy: Flynn Story Sounds Like Trump Flim Flam

I suppose I’m showing my age, but for you youngsters out there film flam is a classic term for trickery and deception. And wow, we certainly have a lot of that surrounding now-former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Already highly suspect as to his overall sanity, Flynn was appointed by Trump despite warnings that he might be susceptible to blackmail by the Russians. Then in the course of phone conversations with the Russians, he apparently lied to  the Vice President and was guilty of a number of other curious lies, omissions and  highly questionable ethics, if not actual treason, which were leaked to the media. So Flynn resigned, but the stories coming out of the White House are contradictory and actually belligerent, including Trump blaming the media for false news and leaking intelligence. Okay, so which is it: real intelligence or false news? It can’t be both! Very troubling!

Truth About Russian Connection During Campaign Could Prove Fatal To Trump Administration

Along with the Michael Flynn fiasco, more evidence is surfacing that Trump campaign officials may have had contact with, and possibly colluded with Russian government officials (i.e. FBS spies) during their efforts to illegally interfere in our election process and aid in the election of Trump. It could very well spill over into charges of treason. There is increasing demand for a Congressional investigation. We can only hope that the Republicans will pursue it with the same tenacity that they showed in their investigations of the Benghazi attack and Hillary’s emails. Otherwise, they will be demonstrating a level of partisanship that borders on treasonous!

Extremists Make Council for National Policy A Dark Threat To Freedom

If you’ve never heard of the Council for National Policy (CNP), don’t feel bad … that’s exactly what they want. It’s a very secretive cabal of hard core conservatives and far right wing extremists that basically wants to turn America into a fascist religious state. They recently released a manifesto that is quite troubling. According to The Washington Post:

“The five-page document produced by the Council for National Policy calls for a ‘restoration of education in America’ that would minimize the federal role, promote religious schools and home schooling and enshrine “historic Judeo-Christian principles” as a basis for instruction.” [Read the story here.]

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. It should also be noted that Betsy DeVos’ has family on the CNP. Scary!

I’ve started digging into the CNP and it’s like opening a rats nest. Trump has called on a number of its members for input on policy for his administration. Though they try to keep their membership secret, a 2014 list has become public and shows a high number of white nationalists, homophobics and religious extremists involved. You can read more about their dark aims here. It is quite chilling! I promise to shed more light on these “Dark Lords of the Sith” as they are sometimes called.

Get To Know Our Enemies Because Knowledge Is Power!

Let the R.A.I.N. wash away the lies and let the truth be seen!

The Divine Miss Bri

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Call to Action — This is Our Duty

Honestly, there are so many absurdities and atrocities going on now that I feel my head may explode trying to process it all. And, the more I take in the more I feel that we are teetering on the precipice of a darkness not seen since the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. You may scoff and say that can’t happen here, but I would challenge that assumption in the prevailing atmosphere of hate and anger fostered by the current occupant of the White House and his supporters.

I just saw today where Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers on HGTV posted his support of the Women’s Marches on his Facebook page and received numerous hateful responses. Fortunately, most comments were positive, but it’s still alarming that there are so many people who harbor such ill will toward women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees!

Another assault has been unleashed against an at-risk population with the Trump administration’s new policies regarding refugees and immigrants, which are pretty draconian. It is an attack on what American can and should stand for in a world of conflict and persecution.

Immigrants and refugees from everywhere, and their descendants, built this country.  If not for them, we wouldn’t even be here! Many arrived at Ellis Island (pictured at right). They all came here and found a home, many having to fight for survival and respect along the way. It wasn’t easy, but they did it because they had a chance!

One has to wonder if Donald Trump, a New York City resident, ever bothered to visit the Statue of Liberty and read the words at her base.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Now, I will grant you that we have not always lived up to that promise, especially when the Jewish people were looking to escape Nazi Germany before the Holocaust. And now, Trump marks the observance of the Holocaust by closing America’s borders not just to the many immigrants and refugees, but to hope!

First, he wants to build a wall to keep out the Mexicans. Then he bans Muslims from a number of countries, while saying he will give a preference to Christians! That’s an insult to all Americans who believe in liberty and justice. And it sure as “hell” is not Christian in its approach.

If we allow this to go unchallenged, then the terrorists and the fascists win. And we lose! Is it not enough that we confined Native Americans to reservations, brought Africans over as slaves, confined Japanese Americans in internment camps,  and refused entry to many Jews condemning them to the Holocaust? Enough!!!

Those of us who believe in the promise of America, human rights and the Christian principles of “love thy neighbor” and “do unto to others as you would have them do unto you” have a duty to do whatever we can to right this wrong.

I am reminded of a quote by Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). He was a protestant pastor who opposed Hitler and ended up spending 7 years in a concentration camp.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

You can read more about Martin Niemöller here.

So take action NOW by contacting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), your elected representatives, and your church, synagogue or mosque. Also, please share this blog with others!

Be the voice of hope and the welcoming arms of freedom!

Let the R.A.I.N. wash away the hate so love can grow!

The Divine Miss Bri

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