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What I Learned from Watching Trump’s Convention

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I am so glad that Trump’s Convention is over and we can get back into a more believable and tolerable reality.  His fear tactics did the trick but not for the reasons he had intended.

I tried to be open-minded and watch most of his convention but it was extremely hard to watch so  I had to turn it off and take breaks. Call me a wimp but I am not used to listening to that much hate, at that kind of level, for that length of time. Particularly when that sort of venom is spewed at me, my party and my candidate, Hillary Clinton.  But from what I was able to stomach, I learned this from HIS convention.

Trump came in and bulldozed his way into being the Republican’s candidate. Just like an industrial  business man, he bought a piece of property and bulldozed all the trees that added the charm to the place but were in his way. He built a skyscraper that blocks everyone’s views so that he is center of attention. And he topped it off with his name in Gold letters. Most of the Republicans I know are pretty fair-minded people and most are not Trump supporters but are feeling bullied into accepting him as their candidate because they are left with no other choice. I truly feel sorry for them.

I learned that Trump’s America is one of the worst places to live on our planet. It is so dangerous and horrible that we should probably all carry guns just to protect ourselves all the time. That we should first of all,  jail Hillary Clinton because she caused everything to be this way and that she is as heinous as probably Hitler. She is a liar, cheater and etc. She is, of course, the main obstacle standing in his way of taking over the White House so the more fear he can create about her the better.  What Chris Christie did with his mock trial was so over the top that I would imagine regular Republicans cringed with embarrassment. At least I hope so. And perhaps the bravest moment I witnessed was Ted Cruz’s speech. I never thought I would say those words because I am not fond of Ted Cruz at all. But he did not succumb to Trump’s tyrannical bullying and endorse him. He stood before a huge crowd of his peers and he spoke honestly. A rarity for the people who spoke at Trump’s convention.  It took guts for him to stand up to Trump and be booed off the stage while Trump entered the convention to victoriously observe Cruz being eaten by the lions.  Perhaps that was Trump’s sole purpose of having Cruz there in the first place.

I learned that there were 18 black delegates there in Cleveland. It is no wonder that they feel incensed by the Black Lives Matter movement…  Trump’s Republicans support the novelty of knowing a few so they don’t appear too racist. Simply put, Trump’s people believe that it is Black Lives against Blue Lives.. or All Lives. All Black Lives Matter is saying is that Black lives matter, too… not exclusively so why is that so threatening to anyone? I saw a woman holding up a sign that said No Racism, No Hate being attacked on the floor of the convention and having her sign ripped from her hands and escorted from the hall. And she was white…How was that threatening?

I learned that our very own president Barack Obama along with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, created ISIS because he is a Muslim and sympathizes with them. Now we need semi automatic weapons to wipe them out quickly .  I am not saying that our times are not weird and dangerous right now but the cause is much deeper than Trump  has an understanding for.  His biggest lie of last evening was to say there would be no lies. And then he started his lies.  He understands the system better than anyone and he ALONE can fix all of America’s problems. He is not going to tell us what his solution might be except to build a wall and lower taxes. We  know that most politicians lie so  please check the chart above (a count of lies checked by PolitiFact) to see who lies the most.

And I learned that Plagiarism is acceptable now.

I have not gotten into Nato, imprisoning women for abortion, changing anything that Obama has improved in our country with like LGBT rights, affordable healthcare or addressing the enviroment.  What I was left with is the thought that OUR America under Trump will be a very scary place indeed.

 

 

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The Irony of Melania Trump’s Speech

 

As a feminist, I try very hard not to bash other women.  I don’t do so well when it comes to women like Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter but Melania Trump is a different situation.

I debated whether or not to even watch her speech but it appears that I didn’t have to since I saw some of it in 2008, when Michelle delivered it.  Yes, I will admit that late last night I had a little giggle as the reports rolled in about her plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.

Now the irony of this awkward situation for the Trump campaign is that they are trying loudly and abusively to distance themselves from President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And Yet….. the person closest to Donald Trump comes out and pointedly says that they have the same family values as Barack Obama and his wife. Can it get any better than this?

As much as Trump wants to be divisive, his dear wife inadvertently brings us all together and copies not the speech of another Republican president’s  wife, like Laura, Barbara, or Nancy but she relies on the help of the much ridiculed but brilliant wife, Michelle Obama. She admitted several days before to Matt Lauer that she had written most of the speech herself but she neglected to say that got help from Michelle. She had painted herself into a corner.  Sadly, it wouldn’t have been plagiarism  if she had just stated that “just like Michelle Obama, I……” but she very well couldn’t have done that in front of those gnashing wolves at the convention. If she hadn’t been Trump’s wife, they would have eaten her alive.

So this morning, as a feminist, I have to admire Melania’s efforts. She emulated someone she admired. A woman who is a Democrat. She may not have the best taste in men but in women…. she couldn’t have done any better.

A Brand New Day…..

Hard to say much more than this………. This sums up how I feel today…..

This is a song called “America’s Song”……

“Fear Not…..” a quote from God….

In the bible, most any time God speaks to anyone directly, he starts out with “Fear Not…… ” I believe that the “fear not” was really his catch phrase for “don’t run away when I am about to tell you something profound”…..

I have had such a wonderful adrenalin rush since Barack Obama was announced as our president that I can only attribute it to my release of eight years of pent up fear….. mainly fear that was handed down as a mandate from our government and passed along by the media….Fear is such a wicked controlling device….. And I must have bought into it, hook, line and sinker…..Our country has been motivated by so much fear and in so many directions that I wonder how we are going to be able to stop doing it …. In this election, we saw the sheer numbers of people who want to quit the addiction of fear…. And replace it with something positive like HOPE ….. and that makes me smile…..

Right now, most of the Republicans who voted for McCain are having to deal with a fear of the unknown….. and I wish I had the words to relieve them of that burden….. I wish they could understand that the sky is not going to fall, that the rapture is not going to happen and they are not going to die…. that the police are not going to be instructed on January 20th, 2009 to come into their houses and take away their precious guns…… And maybe somewhere along the way, they will relearn that the word “liberal” is not a bad word….. that it means to be open minded and inclusive and not something to be feared…

FDR said in his inaugural address that “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days. “

He was asking America to rise above their fears and become a “fearless” nation …. We don’t need to attack and cause war to make the rest of the world think we are strong…. Our might should come from us banding together as Americans and covering each other’s backs….

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“Always Celebrate Your Love” ….. monoprint collage by d.little-wilson

Which brings me to wonder why the gay community’s backs in California weren’ t covered?… What was that about????? Why doesn’t the country stand behind their struggle to be as equal as the rest of us ? …why do so many people fear gay marriage? …. If someone thinks their marriage will some how be diminished because gay marriage is allowed, then their marriage was not that strong to begin with….And why should anyone who loves someone else, not be able to marry that person, if they feel that is so important for them to do so…….

It makes me mad when morality is brought into this issue ……. when and who decided that LOVE between two people was ever morally wrong?? …… And if the bible is used to define morals, then in quoting my favorite verse about love, I find no reference to it being defined as just between a man and a woman…..

1 Corinthians 13. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

Not to sound weird or anything but…. I think God has been telling us “Fear Not……” but our government has been trying to over ride the message …… I think we need to stop and listen to our hearts and start covering each other’s backs ……

Not sure why I was on my soap box tonight but there you go…….

Speak Up for What You Believe In…….

This is a rare real photo postcard that I was extremely fortunate to buy at the Wichita Postcard Show a couple of weeks ago….. It broke my bank but I had to have it…. I bought it from Tom Mulvaney, a postcard dealer from Helena, Montana…..He had the image researched because he thought it was of Jeanette Rankin, the first woman congresswoman, who happened to be from Montana, as well…. But he couldn’t find any evidence that it was… It would be nice to know who the woman was but it is more the demonstration of bravery that captured my imagination….

Right after I bought this card, I found another suffrage card…… It is by the artist, Bernhardt Wall……

But I didn’t get this postcard for the front, I bought it because of the message on the back…….

The message reads “I believe I heard you say that you favor votes for women. Do you wear a Suffragette button?” …….. A call to stand up….. Can you imagine what it would have been like before 1920, to wear a button on your blouse or dress, saying that you think women should have a voice as important as a man’s.. I wonder if Miss Ida K. Miller was that brave…..

I will be making an etching that will combine the real photo and this postcard back to convey the message that it is important to not just believe in a cause but to stand up and let the rest of the world know what you have in your heart….. I will post the etching when I get it done…..

You know, it has bothered me that I haven’t been brave enough to put an Obama sticker on my van for fear of having the tires slashed….. It is time that we stop living in a world controlled by fear …… We have to stop letting anyone who disagrees with what we believe to continue to bully us around….. We have had enough of that from the present administration….

Right now, the main thing that we can all do is get out and vote between now and Nov. 4th…. I will be voting for Barack Obama for change and for a better future that hopefully won’t contain as much intimidation by fear …… Okay, I guess, I will go put that sticker on my van now……

Hopeful People for Obama

We just got home from spending a week in Wichita, Kansas doing the annual Wichita Postcard Club show… We had a fabulous time with friends we share our love of postcards with….. Now for some reason, most of our postcard friends are conservative Republicans… Usually we all skirt around political issues but we were delighted to find out that this year we had more in common besides postcards… Several of the couples we enjoy being with have decided to switch their support to Barack Obama…. What I loved was their enthusiasm…. One couple comes from PA. and another from Illinios……And another close Republican friend who is the glue holding the postcard club together has become an Obama supporter…. I came home with hope that people are really seeing who Barack Obama is and all of the positive possiblities that come with him…..

And as McCain continues to badger the crowds with fear and lies about his opponent, Obama stays the course in his calm and honest way, showing us how presidential he will be….. I want Barack Obama to be President because he doesn’t make me feel afraid…

In Kansas, there is a sign in a field off of the highway that has always bothered me when I pass it….. The sign reads……” Accept the Lord or you will regret it for the rest of your life”…. To me, that sign plays with fear and would be much more inviting if it read, “Accept the Lord and you will not regret it for the rest of your life.”….. It’s not that I am that religious but I am tired of control by fear in practically every aspect of life….. And that seems to be the Republican policy…..

Anyway, before I get back to writing about the suffrage movement, I want to speak about how people are attracted to the positivity that seems to fuel Barack Obama….. I love that Colin Powell has come out endorsing Obama and he did it so eloquently…..

And then I found several other videos I wanted to share … First, Women for Obama…… (this one is about 19 minutes but well worth watching……

Mexican Americans for Obama…….

Israelis for Obama…….

So, in order to make this happen, don’t forget to vote….. And be careful when you vote, make sure every thing looks right before you pull the lever or push the button…..

Vote….. it will make you feel like you are a part of the change and it will make you feel hopeful and good…..

Oh, I bought some great suffrage postcards and I will be sharing them in my next post…..

With a Wink and a Prayer… Let’s talk about Sarah Palin

Okay, I have a confession to make and it involves this prized possession of mine…. My good friend, Hal Ottaway found this vintage pin for me and I have worn it almost constantly since I got it…. I loved the connection that I felt with the woman who wore this button before me….. I wondered if she lived long enough to cast her first vote…..I wore this pin to spark conversations about voting…. most people thought I was making a statement about Hillary…. It was really just an excuse to preach to women about voting and the history of how we got the vote…..And when I voted in the Primary, I wore the button (discretely) into the voting booth and touched it as I voted for the first time in my life for a woman for President…. I was overwhelmed by the historic significance of the moment…..

Hillary didn’t win, of course but I was equally excited about Barack Obama….. I admired McCain’s service to our country but when he said he would stay in Iraq for a hundred years, if it took that long to win that war, I was appalled…. and started to worry about what our world would become under the rule of another Warrior (in so called “Maverick’s” clothing)…. Once he made his decision to have Palin for his running mate, my worry went into overdrive… I had no idea who she was but the more I learned the worse my worry became…

I was disheartened and insulted that this woman was McCain’s idea of the kind of woman who would best represent the women in this country…. It showed me that he has no understanding of who women are and what we need… Does he think we are so stupid that any person with a vagina would lure the Hillary supporters away from Barack Obama?…..

This woman does not speak for me….

SO, I took off my button because I didn’t want anyone to assume that I was for Palin because “Votes for Women” meant Vote for ANY Woman…… Quite frankly, I didn’t want to talk about her at all… But if you know me, you know that sooner or later I would have to speak my mind…..

So let’s talk about Sarah Palin…..

First of all, I have to say that I wanted to see her fall on her face during the debate…. I felt guilty because as a feminist, I shouldn’t want to watch any woman fall flat on her face, EVER…… Like most everyone else, I am ready for this race to be over and to me, if Palin failed miserably, McCain’s run for the White House would be seen for what it is (a huge mistake), Obama would be President by a landslide and all would be right with the world……

But Palin did better than I expected which wasn’t a huge feat because my expectations of her were so low … Putting aside the fact that she said nothing substantial, I found her over the top “folksy” attitude and speech frightening…. Doesn’t the public remember that Bush got elected and reelected because of his good old boy folksy ways? So why would we want more of the same ? This country can’t afford more of the same….. It certainly isn’t a maverick who would play that card to the hilt……… Wake up all you hockey moms and Joe SixPacks….. ( I can’t believe she said that)…. I am neither of those but I certainly want someone more intelligent and informed than myself to be President or VP…….

And all that winking….. good God… was that supposed to be charming? Maybe she was winking because she was trying to get that clump hair out of her eye….My Mother may be a Republican but I would imagine she was thinking Palin needs to have a good hair cut….. You Betcha..

I have been called a Pollyanna many times but even I can see that our world has been made far more dangerous than it ever has been, physically and financially, thanks to Bush’s cowboy, maverick style.. McCain and Palin can’t distance themselves from Bush because like other’s have said, Palin is just George Bush in a dress….

I have more to say about Palin but it exhausts me to be this negative at too long of a stretch.. But I will catch my breath and say more tomorrow…..

And so I will close with this prayer……

“Please God, don’t let Americans be hood-‘winked’ again….”