Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites (from @Truthdig)

Photo by Mr. Fish / Truthdig

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites (from @Truthdig): The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism. - 2017/03/05

This article by Chris Hedges is a clarion call to all interested in democracy, equality, and humanity.  "These are the times that try men's souls," quoted Thomas Paine. Although Thomas Paine was speaking of another era and crisis, the events of today are as troubling.  No doubt the country was in crisis then, and we the people then fought against tyranny as we must do today. Cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control is not a democracy, nor is it what we as a country and people can and will tolerate!

By James H. Williams

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Op-Ed Trump's cruel, illegal refugee executive order

Protesters demonstrate against the Trump administration's refugee and immigration orders at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 28 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
Erwin Chemerinsky
The new refugee policy announced by President Trump on Friday is unconstitutional and inhumane. It is also completely unnecessary.
Trump’s executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees and for 90 days bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries:  Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Possibly due to poor drafting, the Department of Homeland Security said the order applies to green card holders reentering the United States. It has already resulted in chaos as travelers have been kept off flights to the United States or stranded at airports.

On Saturday night, a federal judge in New York issued a temporary stay, allowing green card or visa holders detained at airports to enter the country. The judge declared that the challengers have a “strong likelihood” of prevailing in showing that Trump’s order violates due process and equal protection.
To start, it’s illegal to bar individuals from entering the country based on nationality. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 explicitly says that no person can be “discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence.” This act was adopted to eliminate the prior practice of immigration quotas from specific countries. Indeed, in signing the legislation, President Lyndon Johnson said that “the harsh injustice” of the national-origins quota system had been “abolished.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"WAKE UP EVERYBODY!" - Original Version (Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin

We the people...“Read more, read deeper, read broadly, understand better, read!” By James H. Williams

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Op-Ed Nunes vs Rousey

In all competitive sports, there is a winner and a loser. Winning, like losing, requires respect for the opponent because the opponent has prepared and sacrificed, both mentally and physically. Two star athletes of our time familiar with this process are Mr. Lebron James and Mr. Kobe Bryant.

In my opinion, Ms. Ronda Rousey showed no respect to Ms. Amanda Nunes, before or after her recent resounding loss. Rousey did not show the least bit of courtesy or sportsmanship, i.e., she did not shake the hand of Nunes after Nunes kicked her ass within 48 seconds of the first round!

The sound bites of sports pundits, which include some professional athletes, were over the top and favored the loser, Ronda Rousey. Rousey’s purse for this fight included a guaranteed take-home of $3 million, as compared to Nunes’ $200,000. If the reversed had occurred and Nunes had lost, imagine the sound bites she may have heard – Racist, Homophobic, Slanders, Taunting  "Go back to Brazil, Maybe she is a man, What is a lesbian doing in this sport, etc." The media once suggested that Rousey could match with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the former men's boxing welterweight champion of the world, which is utter foolishness.

Imagery plays a significant role in today's discourse perpetuated by our commodity of culture, the cult of self in what has become and viewed as popular entertainment. As we have moved from a print-based to an image based society, our ability of serious inquiry has become distorted. No longer seeking depth of knowledge or investigate journalism, but the latest event of convenience and glorification. We have suspended all acknowledgment of the importance of the concept of humanity and egalitarianism, for a disjointed concept of fantasy, the zeitgeist of the times. Best expressed in the idioms, “We have been led astray, we run amok and we have been bamboozled.”

Nunes referred to herself as a simple girl, who prepared and won by a technical knockout. She deserves respect and all the accolades of her unquestionable triumph. Anything less is wrong and a real reflection of the underbelly of white supremacy that is intrinsic in our values. As an African American male witnessing, Nunes’ show of courage, class, intelligence, love, honor for herself and her partner, Brazil, America and the sport of MMA and UFC.  I believe both women deserve the utmost respect for their dedication, diligence and hard work in their sport. Respect is a two-way street. Basketball players, in particular, understand this and are aware of the importance of respect in competitive sports and life. The best prepared team and individuals in any given game will prevail, and in this regard, Nunes was that person without question!

Quoting the Irish Nobel laureate, avant-garde novelist, playwright, theater director, and poet Samuel Beckett, "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."

James H. Williams