#TakeAKnee is not about “disrespecting” the American flag or our military or our country as Trump claims. Black football players taking a knee during the national anthem – exercising their 1st Amendment right to peaceful protest – is NOT even close to what Trump’s buddy Kid Rock does to the American Flag during his rock concerts.
Next time anyone says Black Athletes don’t have the right to disrespect our flag show them these two photos.
Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands were demolished by Hurricane Maria. Days after, power, fuel, communications, infrastructure, supplies are slowly making their way by ship to the millions of people living without electricity, running water, medicine, DIAPERS * (see below).
In 1948-1949 we mounted the Berlin Airlift. In 11 months over 300,000 flights were made, 3000 tons food, equipment dropped every day. A plane landed or took off every 30 seconds. 80 years ago, after the depletion of World War 2, we successfully broke the Soviet blockade. We recognized we had the humanitarian obligation to feed, shelter, care for the innocents.
Why can’t we do that now for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, CUBA? In 2017 our national discussion is “are football players who Take A Knee in protest are unAmerican, traitors to our flag & anthem.”
What the fuck did we fight for in all the wars, battles, invasions? Our lofty goal was to defend democracy, spread American freedom to a yearning world but now the USA is “America FIRST, FOREMOST, ONLY.”
BTW – Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands are American Territories. We should at least be helping “our people”.
DIAPERS DESPERATELY NEEDED
* As the mother of twins I know infants can go through 5 – 10 diapers a day. Relief agencies, FEMA don’t supply diapers for some God-forsaken reason.
Ever see a Diaper Rash? A really bad Diaper Rash? When their little bottoms are so raw, skin oozing blood, open sores, infected? The pain is excruciating.
Time spent too long in dirty diapers causes Diaper Rash. If there’s no running water it’s impossible to care for their wounds.
“Senator John Cassidy started telling people that any plan he supports would have to pass what he called ‘the Jimmy Kimmel test.’ And then he teamed up with Senator Lindsey Graham to write a bill that most definitely does not pass that test.
It doesn’t protect people from having their rates jacked up for pre-existing conditions, doesn’t prevent insurance companies from putting lifetime caps on how much they’ll spend on a person with medical issues, and it cuts a huge amount of money, maybe hundreds of billions of dollars in health care funding.
And Americans understandably, especially, do not like the idea of being priced out of insurance for a pre-existing condition.”
Planned Parenthood: One in five women in America has relied on Planned Parenthood, and their health care shouldn’t get caught up in congressional Republicans’ extreme agenda. This proposal would deny millions of women access to cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment.
President Trump signed Korea, Japan, Guam & the United States of America’s Death Warrant. Indeed, one can argue Trump’s provocative speech as the Leader of the Free World portends catastrophic apocalypse or apocalyptic catastrophe, either one.
In his now infamous performance at the General Assembly of the United Nations he said “all diplomatic efforts to stop Kim Jung-un & HIS REGIME have been exhausted. If Rocket Man keeps threatening the world The United States is ready to “totally destroy North Korea”. (dcb note: line well delivered, dramatic pauses, lowered voice on words “North Korea”)
Kill millions of people because the time for talk over? Trump Admin, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State have decimated the State Department. According to the LATimes, “Secretary of State Rex Tillersonhas embraced a White House proposal to slash the combined State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget by nearly a third next year, from $54.9 billion to $37.6 billion.”
Most shocking: Trump has not yet appointed an Ambassador to the Korean Peninsula. Some with an understanding of Kim Jung-un’s paranoia about American aggression speculate he may regard this as proof the US is planning an invasion.
Bitter irony is UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s claim “all diplomacy has been exhausted” 9 mos into the job – none of them have done before – and they’re all ready to go CODE RED on North Korea.
Have they seen photos of North Korea’s standing military, conventional weapons and – oh yeah – nuclear & hydrogen bombs?