|Are women not equal under the law?The equal rights amendment was passed and made into law in March 1972. |
Trump managed to keep it out of sight and off the books along with his other plans to destroy our democracy.
He managed to hide the equal rights amendment as though it had never existed.
The fact is that women in America today have equal rights under the constitution.
They have the right to determine what they should do with their own bodies.
The rights of women, today, cannot be taken away or destroyed by some Nazi, right wing, fascists, or religious fanatics who are trying to take over this country.
This has been Trump’s aim from the beginning. He has had the support of the narrow minded, right wing, republican senators.
It will not stop until WE THE PEOPLE of America wake up and stop this anti-democratic movement in America.
Every woman who receives this blog and every man who supports women’s rights and the constitution should stand up and scream out against the suppression of equal rights in this country.
For those who may agree with this, please read it, and send it on to others whom you know.
Let’s get women’s rights back on track.
Let’s get all rights back on track.
Let’s get our democracy back on track.
The shocking news of the murder of the Reids makes one aware of the incredible amount of racial hatred in this country. The Reids obviously are a mixed racial couple. This is probably and the most likely the irrational reason behind this heart-breaking murder. It is heartbreaking for friends and family to lose parents and friends at any time in any way but in this manner, it is particularly sad and savage. It is certainly hoped for that the Hampshire police will find this vicious assassin and lock him forever and throw away the keys. It is pure guess work to believe that this is a racially motivated murder but somehow that is what comes to mind when you look at pictures of the couple. It is just another example of the deep racial divide in America. It is having a disastrous and destructive effect on our nation as a whole and then in the end could destroy our democracy.
We should all thank Mr. Bloomberg, the ex-mayor of NYC, for his contribution toward making the city increasingly ugly and unlivable.
The licenses and the encouragement that he gave the construction business has created a forest of tall, mostly empty buildings clustered in the center of NYC blocking the view of great buildings such as the Chrysler building on the east side of Manhattan and the empire state building on the west side.
The most iconic buildings in the city of NY, have now been virtually obliterated from the landscape of Manhattan.
These new buildings are not only excessively tall, but they are architecturally devoid of any interest or character.
In the end they are just massive, tall brick, glass steel structures that seem to be largely uninhabited.
The rumor is that the new Mayor of NYC, Eric Adams, has it in mind to convert these buildings to some kind of combination of office and apartments.
Basically, this is probably a good idea. But what he needs to add to his concept is a number of floors dedicated to public parking spaces, where people can park their cars at the same price as parking on the streets. This has been done in all major cities in Europe.
All cars should be taken off the streets, especially in midtown. This would increase the number of traffic lanes which would then enable the traffic to flow more quickly through the city.
This would also enable the streets to be cleaned everyday as they used to be years ago, in the distant past.
NYC has become a filthy, dirty city. Manhattan, the Bronx and all the way out to the airports.
It is the only city in the developed world that has piles of garbage on the streets. Even in the cities of Africa the streets are not piled with garbage.
Better planning and less greed would make a huge difference to the reopening of Manhattan. After all, it is the iconic center of America, if not the world.
Part of the solution to the garbage problem could be to force buildings to provide space for storage bins. These bins could be made on wheels with doors that would open easily, enabling the garbage collectors to remove the garbage as easily as they do by picking it up off the streets.
This solution seems inexpensive and probably immediately feasible.
This combination of getting the parked cars off the streets and getting the garbage off the sidewalks would then make it a very simple job for the little hose and brush carts that we used to have running around the streets and keeping the city immaculately clean.
This project should be carried out city wide. It should cover Harlem and the Bronx, the upper east and west side, lower east and west side and any other part of Manhattan known to man.
This is the moment, the reopening of Manhattan that this plan can really be put into effect.
This goal at this time can be easily achieved because we have the empty buildings in which to create the solution.
Let’s get it done and let’s get the city back to being the clean and pleasant place that it once was long ago in the too distant past.
The city should also go back to enforcing trash laws that we used to have. They were very effective because we had police on the streets who fined people who threw garbage on the streets.
Those were the good old days. Better time than these.
As we reopen our city after the Covid Pandemic can we not also improve it?
Oh, what a wonderful world this could be.
Any sanctions that we might levy against Putin will take time and in the end may not be successful. He has insulated himself from western retribution. Putin is a maniac, a psychopath , a mass murderer. The only way that he can be stopped is by eliminating him. There would be nothing wrong with the secret services of all nations seeking him out wherever he is hiding and eliminating him.We did it with Gaddafi for less reason and we did it with Bin Laden and others. This man Putin is worse and more dangerous , more insane, more inhumane than all of them put together. He must be destroyed. NATO must act, America must act. The longer we wait the more damage he will do. He totally destroyed Syria only to keep assad in power and he will totally destroy a nation close to Europe for absolutely no reason except to satisfy his maniacal ego. This man must be stopped and destroyed. If he gets way with the physical and inhumane destruction of an entire nation he will not stop here. Remember Hitler! Remember Hitler! He took over one country after another starting in eastern Europe walking his way across Europe to Britain. As long as Putin is alive he will not be stopped and one way or another we will be ultimately involved in a war to preserve civilization as we know it. If he is successful in the Ukraine nothing will stop him from going into Poland, Finland or wherever he chooses. There maybe a danger of retaliation if he is eliminated but there is a far greater risk if he is allowed to survive. Putin must be eliminated as soon as possible now.
It is totally heart breaking to be standing by and watching the Ukraine been decimated by a maniac. Like Hitler he is repeating the same story . We The USA cannot once again stand by as we did in 1940 allowing Hitler to killed 6 millions jews and an untold numbers of other people as well. Here we are again standing by doing nothing to help while the Ukraine is being invaded and decimated by a maniac. Putin is Hitler all over again! We are facing the same dilemma. Do we let our neighbor house burn, or do we get involved in saving our neighbor house and perhaps getting ourselves involve in the fire. In this case it may be the start of the WW3. A friend of mine Connie Erlanger send me a letter that she posted with The New York Times . I want all of you to read it , so I post it here. In 1940 President Roosevelt made the analogy of our neighbor’s house being on fire and the urgent choice - either to help put out the fire, or not (at that time it was about providing support to the UK in defense of democracy there and here in our own country.) Today we are faced with the same circumstance: our neighbor Ukraine’s house is on fire and if we do not take aggressive action to help put out the fire, it will burn down the neighborhood. We refer to the men and women who responded in 1940 as The Greatest Generation. The generation that saved the world from tyranny. Today, we observe the unfathomable tragedy unfolding before us - on TV. 24/7. Like a movie. But it is not a movie. This is a real life horror and we, the United States of America, can not stand by as observers and sympathetic commentators. Now, as was the case in 1940, the fear of engagement is that it will lead to world war, only this time it will be nuclear war. I am not an expert, but I suggest that we are already in WW3, and it is being waged on the ground, in the air, on the sea, in cyber space, and all the while real human lives are lost and shattered - in the real world. The way to avoid more war, nuclear war, is to respond immediately to the urgent pleas of Ukraine, for their sake and our own. Our neighbor’s house is on fire. We must rush to provide Ukraine with all the fire hose and water and fire retardant and fire prevention material possible, without limit or hesitation. Connie Erlanger
The start of this new year is no less depressing than was the end of the last year.
In these first days of 2022, this country, the United States of America, the leading democracy in the world is tethering on the brink of
facing the possible loss of our democracy and becoming a dictatorship.
Never at any time since the civil war has this country faced such imminent danger.
The times seem very much like the end of the Weimar Republic of Germany in the 1930’s.
Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Between the time of his election and the start of WWII, he and his henchmen managed to imprison and exterminate six million Jews and at least five million other people.
This period is known as the Holocaust.
It was Hitler and his Nazi party whose intention was to create a pure Arian race.
If Donald Trump and his ignorant sycophantic followers gain power and have their way, they would probably exterminate not only Jews, but Asians, Hispanics, and certainly all black people as well.
Their goal is to create a pure, blonde haired, blue eyed white skinned America.
Since the schools in America teach history only superficially, few Americans under the age of sixty seem to know anything about Hitler and the causes of WWII.
Without the understanding of Hitler and his rise to power, Americans do not realize that Donald Trump has modeled himself and his party after the greatest tyrants of the world, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Putin, and Kim Jong-un.
Few Americans have participated in public service since the end of The Vietnam war in 1973, when the draft was abolished.
As a consequence the knowledge and interest in what is happening in this country has diminished.
The generation under the age of 60s seems to have little knowledge or interest in what is happening to their country.
Since they do not know or understand the rise of Hitler’s Germany, they do not recognized the similarity between Donald Trump and Hitler.
President Biden is doing everything that he can to address the problems facing this country and the failures in our system.
Joe Manchin the Senator who were against Biden reconstruction, is standing in the way of progress. He made his money in the Coal business and is protecting his familybusiness and in doing so is preventing Biden from doing exactly what this country needs at this time.
Biden’s build back America program is exactly what Roosevelt accomplished with “The New Deal “in the 1930s.
It made it possible to rebuild the country with roads, bridges, housing, schools and medical care.
Part of Biden’s policy is the protection of the right of citizens to vote. The only way forward for this country at this time and to save America and our Democracy, is to support Biden.
It should be an imprisonable crime for anyone under any circumstances to attempt to suppress the vote in any city or state in the United States of America.
Everyone who can vote must support the access and the freedom to vote for all.
The democracy can only survive at this time by supporting President Biden and the democrats against a totally corrupt Republican Party.
Rise up and support president Biden, the right to vote and the build back American program.
The time is now.
Beginning with the attack on the Capitol of the USA on Jan 6 2021 by an unruly and violent group of Americans, it has been clear that the Democratic base of the US is in serious jeopardy.
Our freedom is at stake by those very people who are attacking the government in the name of freedom.
Their absolute freedom is absolute chaos.
Laws are made to protect every citizen and it is only when the law is there and observed as an umbrella that we, as individuals, have freedom.
We are free to walk on the streets when laws are provided and observed.
For instance traffic lights: the law requires that cars stop at traffic lights. As long as the law is observed it provides us with the freedom to cross the street without fear of being run down.
Often when the law is broken, cars turn against the light and someone may be hurt or even killed.
Of course some people brake the law and when they do we are less safe and less free as a consequence.
It is the concept of the total right to total freedom that explains the thinking behind the violent lunatics who attacked the Capitol and sought to kill members of congress.
This is no longer freedom.
This is chaos and chaos only leads to destruction. The social order and the very society from whence they have sprung are endangered by them.
Freedom to be sure seems not much to lose to some members of our society but some of us still think it is a battle that must be fought and won.
It seems totally clear that freedom exists only within certain limitations.
The militia organizations gaining support and followers across the country are a clear and eminent danger to freedom.
The stem from a total misunderstanding and misconception as to what freedom is, what it is and who shall have it.
Individual groups of people bearing arms and joining forces to attack the government of the USA or the Capitol of the USA is not an expression of freedom.
Although the second Amendment to the constitution provides individuals with the right to bear arms, it does not provide the freedom to attack the government of the USA. It only vaguely provides the right of citizens to form militia only to protect the government of the USA.
An organized militia, recognized by the government, made up of volunteer citizens, often called the Home Guard, stands ready to protect the government of the USA.
If the pro Nazi militias and anti-government militias proliferating around the USA today are free to attack the government of the USA to break those laws protecting all the citizens of America, then none of us will be free any longer.
We will all be living in a world of total chaos.
We must be fiercely vigilant both of people desirous of breaking the law and also that the law is fair and provides us all with the protection that enables us to be free and to live in a free society.
We the people must all take action to save our democracy now or we will lose it and we shall descend into the the abyss of chaos, tyranny and the ensuing dictatorship.
Looking at America today is absolutely amazing, astounding to see the incredible divisions within the country.
Try as one may to rationalize and find reasons for these divisions more and more it seems that it is a combination of the power of social media and the incredibly low level of education that prevails in this country.
The lack of education alone makes it impossible for people to be able to recognize truth from fiction.
These divisions also seem to have aided in the sudden deterioration of values in this country: family values, the value of education, responsibility of social media and respect for the law.
When an ignorant and stupid man like governor Abbott of Texas can take the law into his own hands, can suppress the vote so that he can win and can deny women their legal right under the law to make decisions about their own bodies, we are faced with a society in disrepair.
What possible right does this idiot have to control the rights of women?
A man who is so stupid that he does not even understand the menstrual cycle of a woman. A man so stupid as to believe and state that he is going to rid the streets of rapists. What is he going to do? Is he going to walk the streets, approach every man on the street and ask him if he is a rapist? The only way to counter an idiot like Abbott and all the other people around the country who support him is to pass a law that every boy over 12 must undergo a vasectomy.
If men can not take the responsibility of the sperm that they so easily release they should pay the price by not being able to reproduce without government accountability. They would have to get certificate from the government that would enable them to go and have a reversal of their vasectomy.
In this manner maybe we could prevent sexual crimes, unwanted pregnancies and reduce the need for abortions.
The other thing that is happening to this country is that we have a supreme court that seems to be driven more by religious affiliations than by intellectual questioning and investigation. Maybe we have to change the constitution so that people appointed to the supreme court by half witted lying presidents should be forced to retire.
It is totally appalling that this country has been taken over by racists, by religious fanatics, by liars and by thieves with absolutely no oversight as to the character of the members of our governing body.
More effort is put into the character check for a prospective buyer of an apartment in a New York co-op than it is to run for any elected office, including the Congress.
It is astounding that one year after the election of our current president of the USA the ex president who is a known thief, a known lier, a known cheater, a known ignoramus, a known woman abuser still has an enormous following.
There is something fundamentally wrong with this country. It is totally demoralizing to watch the demise of our democracy.
Social media must be controlled. It is hard to know whether controlling social media impinges upon freedom of speech or freedom of the press but it is imperative that we find a solution before it is too late. Even with the corona virus pandemic, tremendous amounts of misinformation and changing information, reached the ears of people who were unable to distinguish truth from fiction.
The consistent misinformation being disseminated by these groups including the voter suppression in many states and the constant diminution of individual rights is undermining confidence in government, in values and destroying America democracy and the USA.
This country is on the brink and could easily fall into the hands of tyrants and dictators. It is more important now than it has ever been before to seek out the truth and expel from government those whose intent is to destroy our democracy and our country.
Mitch McConnell and his Republican party are truly not representatives of the check and balance system that was envisioned in the constitution of the USA. Perhaps the only solution would be in the creation of a 3rd party which would represent conservative democrats and liberal republicans.
We must look at the causes and the weaknesses in our system that have enabled people such as Trump and Abbott and DeSantis and McConnell and religious fanatics- weakness that have confused issues regarding the governing of the USA and have ultimately compromised our constitution.
The four years of the Trump Administration has accelerated the diminution of America. It has been supported by Mitch McConnell and his followers in the republican party.
Their only interest is in self preservation and in retaining their seats in the house and in the senate.
Their lifetime salaries are paid by the American taxpayers, the citizens of the United States.
Under one administration after another, they have held power over the congress and over the senate with no regard for the benefit of the country, nor for the people who inhabit it.
They seek to repress the vote of the citizens of the United Sates in order to maintain power in their States, and in the congress.
America is on the brink. We no longer have time to waste on racism, antisemitism or whether the virus originated in China.
The only thing that matters at this time is whether America can regain the respect of the world and can we again redevelop American exceptionalism.
Exceptionalism is not defined by race, creed, religion, or gender.
Finally at least some true Republicans, regardless of political party, have joined together in support of Biden’s effort toward the reconstruction of the United States.
We must build back the roads, the tunnels, the bridges, and the highways. The railroads must be updated or replaced if necessary. Japan’s railways are eons ahead of our antiquated systems.
Yes we will have to pay higher taxes to rebuild America!
It is important to note that under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the super rich paid 90% in taxes and the rest of the population paid 70% tax.
With those additional funds, we rebuilt America after World War II, and with the Marshall Plan (the European Recovery Program), the U.S. provided aid to the recovery of Western Europe following the devastation of the second world war.
America generated enough money in taxes to launch and complete the labyrinth of interstate highways, roads and bridges across the U.S. , the largest projects that America had ever seen.
It is now once again needed.
Compare Biden’s proposed tax plan to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s. Biden’s proposed tax plan is to increase the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and the top individual income tax rate from 37% to 39.6%. Far less than Eisenhower’s.
We must look to the future. American exceptionalism means investing in people, in the best possible education for everyone, in new ideas and new technologies.
It means investing in schools, better training of teachers and according them the salaries and the respect that they deserve. It means providing the best possible education for everybody in America.
We need to invest in our future to maintain our prominence in the fields of technology and science, and we need to continue to support of our universities to be the best in the world. Instead we are falling way behind.
We also need to invest in our communities, providing new schools and affordable housing.
People need to have a roof over their heads, and they need to have jobs and decent remuneration.
This is neither Socialism, nor Communism. It is clearly the way back to American exceptionalism.
People who have made vast fortunes in coal and oil, in fracking and mining, now should invest in future fortunes to be made from new forms of energy and in the technology of the future.
The energy sources of the future should prove to be less destructive and more protective of our planet.
As America has become more isolationist and more bigoted, we have fallen behind China, Japan, and Germany, they have developed more advanced systems than we have.
We have been diminished, and influenced by the abusive power of money in our politics, in our government, in our social system, and in our democracy.
America has been diminished by a political system that has allowed the former President of the U.S. to be a cheat, a liar, a crook, a woman abuser and possibly a traitor.
The Republicans are sitting on their brains, refusing even to discuss these issues so relevant for the survival and the future of our democracy and our nation.
Remember, once again, for this they are being paid for the rest of their lives by the American tax payer.
We are losing influence all over the world.China has been building the railroad system in Africa since the 1960’s.The same system that will allow African countries ultimately to send their wealth to China.Chinese state-owned enterprises are still the largest investors in Africa.
Meanwhile America is worrying about the color of skin, creed, religion, and gender, and failing to support exceptionalism.
Wake up America! Forget petty party politics.
Imagine a revival of the American Spirit. Where exceptionalism knows no limits and no boundaries.
We the people of the USA have abrogated our rights. We can be Democrats or we can be Republicans.
We do not have to be black, white, Asian or any other racial religious or ethnic group.
All we need to be is “We the people” of the United States of America standing together to take military weapons off the streets of our nation.
This does not mean depriving people of the right to own a legally registered gun, a sporting rifle or whatever anyone legally wants to have.
It simply means that military weapons, repetitive rifles and glock pistols would simply not be so easily available to demented or angry people.
It would mean that you and I, whoever we are, wherever we live, no matter rich or poor, no matter what race or religion, we could feel safer on our own streets. We the people can live safely together.
We the people are the only ones , only we together can end the proliferation of guns on the streets of the United States.
In one week in the month of April, in just that week there were 40 shootings on the streets of New York city, 8 of them were fatal.
This represented a 30 percent of a surge over shootings in 2020.
This is the only country in the world that i know of where anyone who wants a gun can go to a Walmart and buy themselves a gun.
Apparently anyone who wants one can buy a glock pistol which is a repetitive pistol, or a repetitive rifle. These are a military type of weapon. There is absolutely no reason for any private citizen to own one.
It is easier to buy a gun in this country than to buy a car or get a driver’s license or even to get a bus or a subway pass.
At times it is easier to buy a gun than it is get a doctor’s appointment.
Last week tourist were shot and killed on 42nd street in the middle of the day.
It is an outrage.
The NRA has basically been protected by the government, Wall Street, investors, civilians and a gun toting public.
This must stop now.
50 people who were shot in 46 incidents over a 7 day period. 8 of them were fatal.
That is a more than 300 % surge in gun related incidence of the same week in 2020.
It is easy to blame the covid. It is easy to say that people feel cooped up and angry and possibly demented due to the demands of the covid and the effort to curtail the pandemic.
The facts do not support this theory.
The NRA has been largely responsible for fostering the use of guns and making rifles accessible to the general public. The NRA should simply be shut down.
There is no earthly reason for anyone to own a repetitive rifle.
It is a military weapon and it should be clearly and absolutely illegal to own one. There is no earthly reason for it to be in anyone’s private home.
The same thing is true of the glock pistol , also a military weapon. It should not be available to any member of the general public.
If somebody want to have a gun with which to go hunting there is no reason on earth that they can not have that gun as long as it is legally registered.
That seems altogether normal and necessary. That alone would probably go a long way towards reducing gun crime on the streets and in the homes.
America wake up.
People wake up! It is up to us to “We the people” to pressure our congressmen and our senators to put through gun control legislation. Once again it is up to our senators to get on their stick and act on behalf of their constituents.
It is up to “We the people” to pressure to unseat any member of the congress who does not support gun registration and who does not support the abolition of military weapons being sold into the hand of the general public.
Wake up America, it is your lives that are at stake. Act now!