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Friday, July 6, 2018

'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' by Frederick Douglass


July 5, 1852
Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.
The papers and placards say, that I am to deliver a 4th [of] July oration. This certainly sounds large, and out of the common way, for it is true that I have often had the privilege to speak in this beautiful Hall, and to address many who now honor me with their presence. But neither their familiar faces, nor the perfect gage I think I have of Corinthian Hall, seems to free me from embarrassment.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Egalitarian Post: " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day"

Today, we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 91th birthday. A man who raised his voice speaking to truth to power, and gave his life. His voice resonates today on injustice, truth, love, education, racism, violence, religion and peace. We honor him not just today, every day for his love for humanity is unquestioned.

By James H. Williams

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.”