Elizabeth Warren used to be on point, focused on the concentration of power in the corporate banks on Wall Street, and the powers-that-be, but Trump has triggered her. And now she’s distracted, trying to prove her group identity.
The thing of it is: No one really cares about your group…as much as they care about how you treat them.
I was laying back in her chair, feeling exposed. She was one of the few who was serious about this, like a technician.
I felt a little offended when they assumed I didn’t know how to do it properly. I’m a grown man. I’ve been around the block.
Ok, you’ve got to go all the way down, she directed.
See how I’m doing it? Her hands were busy, You’ve got go down on both sides.
I couldn’t see anything, but I could feel it.
Then I felt a warmth gush into my mouth.
You’ve got some inflammation in there.
Do you floss every day?
Sometimes, I said. There was no lying. The evidence was in the metallic taste in my mouth.
After my visit, I went home and vowed to be a flossing champion. Twice a day even!
A week later I realized, I hadn’t flossed at all.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And on this road, a future lesson from my dental professional.
During the genocide of World War I, the State of Turkey targeted Christians, which included my people, the Armenians, to be exterminated. The State murdered men, women, and children, without judgment or differentiation. They were hung, decapitated, or marched to death. The estimate of those murdered are 1.5 million people.
The Turks who were responsible for these murders were fascists. Fascists are people who control through authoritarianism that appeals to national pride and protectionism. Fascists are led by an unelected leader (dictator) who uses force to eliminate dissent and free speech and other freedoms.
Today my great-grandparents lay in their unmarked graves, wherever those graves may be. And if they have souls, I imagine they’re watching our definition of fascism today. And they’re wondering what has become of the world…
“Take for instance the phrase, corporate slave,” I told him.
“That term slave is really strong. It means something quite clear. Slavery, real slavery, is were the person is threatened by physical force for not following direction.
The corporate slave is restricted by circumstance, but not restricted by physical force. And the circumstance they are in is economic. Using the word slave for people who have choices is sort of disrespectful to the slaves we had in America and we have today.”
Resist. Stop the persecution.
These are powerful words. Actually all words are powerful. Which words we choose to describe a situation make a big difference on how we view a situation:
Viva la Resistance
It was the rallying cry of the underground rebellion of the French against the Nazis. The Germans had occupied their country, and were proceeding to round up and kill anyone who wanted to protect their freedom from the Nazi dictatorship. Nazis who detained people, took their property, and even killed them, sometimes for nothing more than their race or ethnicity.
Today we are progressive. Because we are privileged.
The right to be free to do what you want without harming others is no longer sufficient. Enslaving others is now the charge against you when you don’t help enough.
Meanwhile, many others seek out the white collar of slavery and wear it with pride. Blue collars, too. They’ve been victimized by capitalism, or victimized by China, or both.
We are progressive. We have progressed to some point.
And it’s a point I’m unsure of.
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If anything needs addressed, it is the disconnect between law enforcement and the poor communities, particularly the poor, black communities, that they police.
We need someone to help create a climate to bring these two groups together. We need someone that will push for holding police accountable when using excessive force.
We need someone to fight against the prison-industrial complex which promotes more arrests and prison sentences. We need someone who helps create a culture that empowers the black community to aspire to something greater than “the race that cannot achieve because of society’s racism”.
Not an easy task at all…
But I don’t see Donald Trump as the man to take it on.