This has been an unusual 24 hours in my life… I could not sleep well last night, but…
On and off throughout the day while working on-line I find that I must return to music to calm my anxiety – and believe me – with all of the hate and the anger that we are all witnessing in this nation today – my anxiety grows. But this time it was not music which affected me… Last night I visited several web-pages dealing with Trump’s day on Earth yesterday. One event was the official White House welcoming of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. The second event was the President speaking before a major police organization.
The majority of the comments posted (in a Facebook format) while the events continued, were of a uplifting, positive and congratulatory type, but they were also spattered with notes and messages of HATE, and I thought to myself, ‘doesn’t it ever stop?‘ When does the hate go away?
I have over the years made it quite clear, that in my opinion – the Day America Died was November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Let us be blunt here – all men and women have frailties and have committed sinful acts at some point in their lives, and although my family were “straight ticket” Republicans, I have always cast for vote for the man (or woman) and more importantly – the issues – but in my lifetime – as much as I liked Ronald Reagan the man – in my opinion, John F. Kennedy was the last great president that this nation has had – or may ever see. It’s all been downhill from that day.
As relates to Trump, my concern from the outset, was that he has surrounded himself with more representatives of the Swamp – which makes one wonder – how do you drain the Swamp when you continue to feed from it? Yes – he has accomplished some things that should have been done oh, so long ago. Has he kept all of his campaign promises? Which winner of ANY election has?
The WALL? Forget about it! Remember the Alamo – the enemy showed up with ladders taller than the wall – and they will continue to bring them. Strip Illegal aliens of ALL US taxpayer funded freebies – and they will return home. No driver’s licenses, no free education, EBT cards (for the children’s benefit – of course), NO government assistance PERIOD!
The Supreme Court? So far, so good – and the Demon-Crats cannot stand the fact that Trump has been able to place two so-called Conservative Judges on the Supreme Court. Ruth is slumping more and more with each new photo. Her time cannot be far behind. I wish her a peaceful journey. I miss her great friend, Justice Scalia.
But I digress… I am getting off track.
In the words of Billy Crystal, “My friends, only once in a thousand years or so, do we get to hear a Mozart, or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare…”
Throughout my life the death’s of many people have affected me, including both of my great-grandmother’s, my grandmother, my Mother-in-Law, our great friend, Sharna Bader (a nice Jewisher Goil, who was godmother to our daughter), JFK, John Wayne, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Ella Fitzgerald and many others, whose names and faces escape me at the moment, and yet… there was one more, a young man named Cassius Clay – a man whose fight for the Heavyweight Champion of the World against Sonny Liston I listened to February 25, 1964 – the eve my 16th birthday.
Clay offended people many years later when he became a Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. I was not offended, as I did not fully understand at the time, yet what we have witnessed with those who are of the Muslim Faith today – are completely the opposite of that which Ali stood for. They should look to the lessons of the Man and to build bridges – not walls.
What we are witnessing in politics in American today, in addition to the streets as well as society in general in America today is appalling. The man had his issues, but he lived most of his life with a degree of Grace (in and out of the ring) and eloquence. Each of us should look to the lessons of the Man and to build bridges – not walls.
In looking at several videos today – I came across the following, which I had not watched for some time and each time I watch it – something new comes before me. Watch it in its entirety and remember to build bridges – not walls.
Beginning today – endeavor to make your life better than it has been – better than it was.
I’ll see you at Sundown,