“Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history.” Family loyalties were torn- Family against Family and Neighbor against Neighbor.
One Nation – One Flag
Lest we forget those who
fought for liberty-justice
In Memory of The Many
Today, we Recognize the Brave.
Respect the Forgotten.
Remember the Lost.
Honor the Unknown
Some came home – whole in body, mind_ Spirit
Some came home brokenhearted-Injured.
Some came home missing limbs.
Some came home missing friends.
In Honor of All
For those died in the field:
The unknown, the lost_
Though you now abide in the
Grand Silence – your sacrifice
We are Free … Because of the Brave
This is a day for memories. Where
we were – what that horrific
Today is not for presidential speeches.
parades – beer fests, BBQ’s, or
celebrating the beginning
of summer vacation _
This is a time for reflection…
After the horror of the days of a war long past
This is a day to express our common grief
of that particular war – Perhaps a
day to reflect on the healing
for our nation. There is a
sickness hovering … there
is a lust for greed – for
Am I alone in hearing the
the beat of the drums
Am I alone-in my fear that we will
be forced to revisit the very cause
of the great rift in our nation
that left the many hundred
thousands – to their destiny
– Grand Silence
I fear we are called again to
fight for justice liberty, civil –
human rights… Can this
fight be avoided?
The words are inadequate expression of
our sorrow. Your brave legacy lives on –
If only briefly in our tears.
The Sound of Freedom
The thrumming of our heart,
our memories_ tears.
If one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.—1 Corinthians 12:26
Democracy has all but vanished due largely to the bizarre, foolish and reckless directives drafted, endorsed and supported to meet the preferences and priorities of the ultra conservative biblical priorities of the Republican Leadership.
The President and the Republican party have abandoned their promise of being accountable to the American people to the Constitutional System, Limited Government, Separation of Powers, and the Preservation of the rights of the people which were intended to be preserved; uncompromised for future generations.
Women have the right to vote: Before 1920, few politicians paid any attention to the issues affecting women, but all of that changed when the 19th Amendment was passed. The 19th Amendment guaranteed that women could influence government decisions by voting.
That being said: Women are no longer the property of their husband. That being said Women are not the property of the United States Government.
Let’s discuss the Republican led endeavors to impose upon or interfere with the Constitution’s fundamental principle of an individual’s liberty and/or privacy.
Something is seriously wrong when Republican held state legislatures are interpreting laws as written by Congress to suit individual privately held religious priorities.
We are not personal chattel – Or State Property if you will; property to be bought, traded, bartered, regulated and sold.
Something is seriously wrong when the language of legislation is deliberately written to intentionally menace, subdue, discourage restrictive indeed to and punish her. This is a direct threat- this is judgmental. It is demeaning. Legislation like this deems women are chattel.
Something is seriously wrong when women are particularly singled out by Republicans to become targets – subjected to hate campaigns, threats of violence_subjected to punitive-restrictive attempts to criminalize our private and personal reproductive rights.
Religion, Patriarchy and Biology: Patriarch is a title. A male, a ruler- often authoritarian. Often a tyrant – who oversees, denies or grants rights – the choice of a mate, the circumstances of the mating and who shall occupy and govern a woman’s daily life and home, and how youngsters will be raised.
Love is without form; an indefinable manifestation of the exquisite compassion of the heart, an inner essence of unique and remarkable capabilities that circulates throughout the body through the thin thread of red running through our veins.
Man is always in a state of becoming: love transitions us from the old to the new, reaching out_ in and to.
You have the right to experience unconditional love.
I stand with you as a friend and ally
I see the goodness in you_ I love you_ bless you_
You are loved, wanted, needed.
You have the right to be seen - have your voice heard.
You have a place- you have a purpose. You have the right to feel safe and cared for in your family home. The places you shop, study, play_ pray. You have the right to speak up, the right to be seen the right to be heard treated with care kindness_ respect.
I want you to know this- deep in your heart... I want you to know you are cared for. I want You to know you are needed. I want you to know You are wanted.
No one has the right to tell another person how they should feel: You have the right to express feelings of affection to your lover, husband, wife
You have the right to health care. You have the right to marry your sweetheart. You have the right to safe housing. You have the right to job security.
You have the right to feel safe and secure on the street, in a shopping mall; at your work, on the bus… those places you eat, sleep, play, worship_study. *
We The People, are from one, and we are many. We come from chains oppression and segregation_ diverse in heritage_ color, culture, customs and spiritual traditions yet we deserve to be seen as living breathing entities_not treated as a means to an end to a political agenda and party platform.
Unity in the community is necessary: We must be about building unity in our communities. We must be mobilizing community assets if we are to restrengthen America. Remember. We are more than color, gender, sex, sexual identity, race, religious creed, dogma, or a bureaucratic statistic. We are one_ we are all sacred -We are all worthy.
The goal of the next president must be raising the level of humanity. The next president must fully understand that current politicians from both parties come firmly attached to enormous hidden sources of wealth, and the older politician will not easily give way – will whine, and throw temper tantrums and do everything within their power to cling to the old political way of getting things done.
All temper-tantrums must be quickly addressed and firmly quashed!
Power is addictive: Since the beginning of time money has bought political votes. Money buys (undeserved) enormous personal power and privilege. Over time, politicians become attached wallet to wallet. Attached to power, privilege, prestige.
If one person in a community is threatened- everyone is threatened: Therefor I want the next president to understand the necessity of meeting the needs of every citizen.
The Heart of America: I want my president to remain committed to forging ahead with discovering new and more effective ways that will bring bear the fruit of positive change to/for America and all Americans. Thus restoring neighborhoods and communities is more than just necessary-it is a vital component to the healing of the heart and soul of America.
Healing the heart America: Strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods. The first classroom is the home. The first teachers are the parents: Healthy families teach respect for others. When we teach respect we affirm the inherent dignity and worth of every human being. When parents act responsibly children learn that everyone is responsible for their actions.
The next president must be utterly fearless: The new president will carry the burden of knowledge-understanding that ‘we are many… and we are one.’ The next president must have a strong inner wisdom: Understands this nation needs healing.
Uplifting Humanity To The Next Level: The first order of business for our new president will be to address the need for a national healing ceremony
The next president be able to demonstrate a wide range of emotions: Must demonstrate love, enthusiasm, eagerness, happiness, positive expectation. Must be optimistic- must have an innate desire to spread hope.
The next President must be one of integrity: A person who can show a modicum of inner joy and self worth. One who has a sense of humor. One who can share the warmth of their heart. Someone who understands the value of personal privacy, as well as understand our individual need for personal autonomy.
Spirituality vs Religious zealous: I prefer the next President have a spiritual background_ a faith that is broad in concept – a faith that has room for many perspectives. An inner faith that connects their human experience with mine.
Voting: It is our duty and responsibility to vote: I prefer that our next President understand that everyone has the right to be seen heard and understood. That everyone has the right to have their voice heard.
Peace: The next president must actively work to make peace a reality: A person who knows and understands the meaning and life and will celebrate that desire with us.
Personal Faith: Our next president must have faith in self, and our nation. And will leave office at the end of term with dignity and honor – assured that America is stronger, healthier – a knowledge the nation is better as a result of their leadership.
Voting: To vote is our duty, and responsibility and Pete Buttigieg has already demonstrated many of the innate leadership abilities necessary to heal America from the trauma and drama created by the current president. He has my vote.