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I hate what is happening in our country!
How much more room is there?
Is there any space for more divisiveness,
disrespect to our 200,000 dead souls,
lies and more lies,
stringent blows to our Democracy,
hypocrisy, autocracy, a failed bureaucracy
How much more can we endure?
I started this poem with the words
I mostly hate hate,
No matter what happens!
Trying very hard to be inspired and in turn inspire others.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference in 2012
“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”— from her 2012 book “My Own Words.”
“We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, ‘We, the people.’” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A Medley By Melba Christie
You were the first justice I remember to decree
the rights of women and their equality
are important and a necessity.
You instilled in all of us
the need to look at our humanity.
You taught us to fight for the things that matter.
You reminded us that “we the people”
are resilient and included us all without exceptions.
You were never about the false perceptions.
You cared about the Supreme Court’s institution
and carried in your heart our constitution.
Your strength and courage remained constant in the service of
the demand for justice
I truly hope your dissents
one day become laws
God only knows our society is full of flaws.
No one and nothing is perfection
Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions.
Unfortunately, they still exist here and now
But I promise from this day forward
and make this vow
My grand daughters and grand sons will know you well
how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like,
color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.
REST IN PEACE!
A world of trials
No one wants to be guilty
Why not tell the truth
I need someone to explain
what is going on in the hearts and minds
of some people.
Do we no longer believe in the Golden Rule?
Explain it to me as if I were a five year old.
Why are people gathering in closed spaces without wearing a mask?
Do people simply not even love themselves?
Why are we still so cruel to each other after all we have been through these last six months?
Why are so many in denial about this pandemic?
Why are we forgetting that this virus kills and leaves many side affects?
Why do some people think they are above the law?
Why are some people still in denial of climate change?
Do we really not believe in science?
Are we not seeing the results of the fires and storms?
Why are we not understanding
that your rights end where mine begin especially when it is about health?
Why are we not worried about the interference of others in our elections?
Why are some people set on downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19?
The countdown continues.
So much is at risk.
Do know that empires die too?
The bigger they are the harder they fall?
Why are we willing to destroy our democracy?
I want answers to all my questions.
I am so tired of the divisiveness, hatred, violence, stupidity, partisan attitudes, conspiracy theories, and the
LIES, LIES and more LIES.
Do you need answers too?
After watching such terrifying images of the destruction caused by the fires on the west coast of the USA, I tried to put myself in the place of the victims and simply start shaking at the thought. It saddened me so much to hear about the number of deaths including a young child. I believe that climate change is the ultimate culprit for these calamities.
I wonder if we will be able to reverse the damage so far. Three states are suffering from the fires and who knows how many people will end up with serious respiratory illnesses in the weeks to come. Louisiana is soon facing yet another possible hurricane. Puerto Rico has to deal with the sand storms that come from the Sahara. You have to see it to believe that so much soot can accumulate within just a few days. The island has also experienced several earthquakes as have so many other places.
We can only hope that science will figure out what needs to be done. We know what we can do to help the situation. During the pandemic shut down, many cities were observing how the environment seemed cleaner. Obviously, there were less cars on the roads and therefore less pollution. It simply makes sense the more we work together the better the results. Sometimes it takes something like a pandemic to help us see reality.
Racial tensions augmented during these last few months. All races came together to stand up for racial justice. I recently reread a copy of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. I had underlined these quotes so many years ago when I first read his work and which still resonates today.
“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
“And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.”
― James Baldwin
Life only happens once. And for those who believe we reincarnate it still happens one life at a time and within a specific time. I hope and believe that we can make life better for each other when we decide to accept that each of us is deserving of a good life, a healthy existence, a peaceful coexistence. I still hope that we awaken to the essence of our oneness. Are you ready?
Have we forgotten
who our true enemies are and were?
Have we forgotten how we united
for a powerful cause?
We vowed to never forget!
We vowed to stand together.
Nineteen years later
the pain is still so real;
Silence of words unspoken,
over 3000 names uttered by loved ones.
roses placed gently.
No, no, we will never forget.
Let this day be our bookmark
to the beginning of a new chapter
of the stories that will also resonate
in our minds forever
of the losses we have had
in these last few months
by a different fiend
by friend or foe.
No matter what
we do know
God bless America!
A single soul’s cry
No one can hear it!
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract….It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-“
Abraham Lincoln – Gettysburg Address
“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Colin Powell
“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less. ” Allen West
“Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done.” John Keegan
“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”
“The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” George Patton
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” President Truman
I really do not believe in War. I believe in Peace. But there are times that down right evil needs to be dealt with in a way that may require force and the need to send our brave young men and women into harm’s way. For this we should all be grateful. We are secure because of them. What is in it for them, perhaps not much according to material value but what is in it for us are the freedoms we hold dear. – Melba Christie
I do not want to loose momentum. I want all of us to keep our ears and eyes open. I want us to continue to ask the pertinent and relevant questions. The answers to those questions that matter to us individually and collectively for the good of all. I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping informed. Read critically and look for accurate and credible sources. This is just my sincere advice. I speak as an educator, mother, grandmother and simply an American who cares about what happens to our beloved country.
In the meantime, I want to write and paint because these activities help me cope and melt my worries away a little.
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