Is Voting a Duty?

I really like Mike Rowe. However, I have to STENUOUSLY disagree with him when he recently wrote “Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation.”

It is both – a right AND a duty. Along with that comes the responsibility of reading many points of view and FACT CHECKING. There are LOTS of fact checking sites out there that are dependable. Read widely. Know the party and candidates platforms. Vote for whomever is most closely aligned with your own political viewpoints…even if that person is from a third party. Even if they have no chance, the numbers will be a message to Washington. We all have a DUTY to RESEARCH, THINK and VOTE.

To quote Edmund Burke:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  Edmund Burke

First Amendment Under Attack

Donald Trump is a danger to democracy. I remember the scenes in this video from the nightly news folks. They formed my strongly held beliefs in civil rights. If somehow the plight of the protesters in the 60s civil rights era does not move you – please broaden the message of this video. Trump would do everything possible to silence ANYONE who disagrees with him. It is our first amendment rights we need to defend. Can we say “Nazi Germany”?

Trump’s violent rhetoric and bigotry aren’t new to America…

Walls Divide Families – Not Just Nations

The historical picture below speaks to me. It is the grave memorials of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland 1888, holding hands over a wall between a Catholic and a Protestant cemetery.

My family was Catholic, and Protestants are not allowed to be buried in Catholic cemeteries. At the time of my mother’s death when I was two, cremations were also not allowed. My Protestant father died a few months before I was born, and my mother had the urn with his ashes in her possession. When my grandmother (a VERY strict and devout Catholic) planned my mother’s funeral after the car accident that killed her, she had a dilemma. What to do with my father’s ashes? She spoke to the funeral director and asked him to secretly put the urn into my mother’s casket.

So – my parents are buried together, although the grave marker bears only my mother’s name. How sad to be forced to reach over a wall as in this historical picture, or to have an incomplete gravestone like the one my parents have. Yet another reason why IT IS WRONG TO BUILD WALLS BETWEEN PEOPLE!






Michelle Obama comments at the DNC showed pride

Mostly I like to keep my blood pressure in check by not responding to comments online or in the print media. However – sometimes I just can’t stop myself.

In a letter to the editor in our Sunday paper, a writer said:

Michelle Obama’s comment was ignorant

For being a smart and educated woman I was surprised at the stupid comment that came out of Michelle Obama’s mouth.
Basically that she “had to sleep in a place that was built by slaves.”. Really?

Considering that slavery has been around for centuries dating back to Rome and Europe, and Africans sold other Africans. Obviously she didn’t have a problem moving into “that house” eight years ago. Poor Michelle. What a martyr.

Not sure my response will be printed, but here is my letter:

Michelle Obama’s comment showed pride not ignorance

When people quote another person, they should be sure to get the quote and its context correct. Michelle Obama did NOT say that she “had to sleep in a place that was built by slaves.” as one writer quoted in today’s paper.

Michelle actually talked about “generations of people …. who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

These are the words of a person who is proud of her heritage AND proud of America for evolving beyond slavery. This quote is entirely different in both content and meaning than the misquote from today’s letter writer.

Trumpzilla and his Minions

The possibility of the first female president is bringing back one of this nations’s finest hours….The Salem Witch Hunts.  It seems we have truly reverted to our earliest roots and even back to medieval times. Think Salem Witch Trials and the Inquisition.

Trumpzilla and his minions are truly evil. Did you know that his campaign manager Paul Manafort once represented Ferdinand Marcos? Even if you are convinced that Hillary committed a crime rather than being extremely careless with her emails, these invectives spewing from the mouths of members of congress and other political elite should be chilling to everyone who supports a democratic society.

Division in the GOP by Dana Milbank

For more information on Paul Manafort, read The Hypocrisy at the Heart of Trump’s Campaign

 And yes – Dana Milbank writes an opinion column.  However – his statements can be verified on neutral sites – or at least sites that are a neutral as can be found online.