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What Democrats should embrace in their soul.

Reading the Bhagavad Gita this morning, "A Walkthrough for Westerners" by Jack Hawley, i was struck by the following paragraph when Arjuna is dejected and does not wish to fight (his own family for that matter) and Krishna says to him...

"I know you are astounded at My lack of commiseration, but you must not yield to this feebleness! Truth and right can never be obtained by the weak. You are a great warrior, a proven winner. Cast off this faint-heartedness. Stand up, O scorcher of enemies!"

I do believe our President Joe Biden understands this and will go big without reservation. The time has passed for attempting unity with those whose actions do not match their words. The reThuglicans have lost all sense of decency and should not be considered as any type of rational or reasonable adult with whom we can find common ground. Just saying.

A Good Article in the New Yorker - What we should all be taught in history class.

The Pre-Civil War Fight Against White Supremacy
In a country riven by racial politics, three women strove for a just society.

By Dorothy Wickenden

January 18, 2021


The story is about Senator William H Seward and his wife Frances. She was an avid abolitionist and actually sold Hariett Tubmann a piece of property she owned...7 acres with a wood framed house where she settled her parents she rescued from slavery in the south on one of her many trips back after escaping for her own freedom. I found this portion especially troubling - difficult reading, but this history is something all Americans should have to know.

"But, as they travelled into Virginia, the roads became rougher and the farmhouses and towns fewer and farther between. The blight of slavery was pervasive. Virginia enslaved four hundred and seventy thousand people—almost half its population. Stopping at a tavern one day, the Sewards heard weeping and moaning, and saw ten naked boys tied together by their wrists, being driven forward by a white man bearing a whip. They watched with horror as he led them to a horse trough to drink, and then to a shed, where they lay down, sobbing themselves to sleep. The man had bought the children from several plantations, and was taking them to Richmond—a few of the tens of thousands of people Virginia supplied every year to the cotton and rice fields of the Deep South. Frances, unable to get the scene out of her mind, was struck by the emptiness of Thomas Jefferson’s promise of “equal and exact justice to all men.” She wrote in her journal, “Slavery—slavery the evil effects constantly coming before me and marring everything.”

"Frances was catalyzed most of all by a friend far removed from the reactionaries of Auburn and Washington: a freedom seeker from Maryland’s Eastern Shore who, at the age of twenty-seven, had walked out of slavery, leaving behind her parents and siblings and her free husband. Born Araminta Ross, she went by her mother’s first name, Harriet, and her husband’s surname, Tubman."

and it continues

"Frances shared Harriet’s love of family, and knew that her parents were unwell and unhappy. Harriet’s father had rheumatism; her mother blamed her for depositing them in a remote, frigid, foreign town, then rushing off with no guarantee that she would return. On her journeys, Harriet was hungry and exposed to the elements for weeks at a time. With the lives of her “passengers” utterly dependent on her decisions, she had to be constantly alert to the rustle of branches, the barking of bloodhounds, the muted exchanges among slave catchers on horseback. Auburn, midway across New York State, would be a far more convenient location for Harriet and her parents. One of the parcels of land that Frances had inherited was about a mile from her house on South Street. It included seven acres of farmland, a new frame house, a barn, and a few outbuildings. She decided that Harriet should have it."

I for one am looking forward to our new $20 bills.

How could we be caught so flat footed. Those in charge of security need to account.

We need to hold trials for treason, and all those individuals that are inside the capital doing damage and holding hostages of elected officials need to face the real rule of law.
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