“Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” By Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State under President George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, in her new book, examined the global struggle for democracy and explained freedom and human rights in America.
For supporters and critics, the graceful and the politically eloquent Rice, puts informs younger Americans about the harrowing and bloody civil rights battle. Most younger Americans know nothing about the nation’s uphill path except from education in school, TV shows, and movies. Rice witnessed the awakening of the fight for freedom in her home of Birmingham, Ala., the center of the Civil Rights Movement.
Her anti-democracy knowledge derived from the front lines of global fronts of world plights. The New York Times Best Selling author, Rice, served from the final days of the Cold War — the fall of the Soviet Union — to the current battle for human rights in the Middle East. I believe it’s necessary to know our history, what’s at stake, and where to now.
How does Rice’s book clarified the root and the path to human rights and the values and principles in a free society?American Democracy differs from non-democratic countries, but the new policy by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session instituted his policy of taking migrant children away from their parents. Our history included the blacks, Jews, Irish and other groups were harshly treated and discriminated against in treacherous past.
Human rights in the Soviet Union is a winding arc, but America has crossed the boundary of human rights, exploiting immigrants and refuges fleeing their countries. The United Nation defined America’s current policy as a violation of human rights violation, but the Trump administration has not changed anything. This is not a coincidence.
Rice whose publication predates the zero tolerance immigration policy that outraged concerned citizens. Deplorable human rights in any countries define anti-democracy or authoritarian government.
Ironically, America is in that mine field right now. If we follow Rice’s stories about the path to freedom, it’ll clarify how any country can be endangered. The global struggle isn’t necessarily problematic in America now, but “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” the American dream shouldn’t be ignored or dismissed.
Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom,
By Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State under President George Bush, examined the global struggle for democracy and explained why America shouldn’t digress about freedom here and around the world.
For supporters and critics, the graceful and eloquent Rice, puts Democracy here because many Americans know nothing dire consequences of the days of long ago. She witnessed the awakening of the fight for freedom in her home of Birmingham, Ala., the center of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rice is well versed on anti-democracy because she served on the front lines of that history on a global front. The New York Times Best Selling author, Rice, served from the final days of the Cold War — the fall of the Soviet Union — to the current battle for human rights in the Middle East. I believe it’s a necessary read for the right to know our history, what’s at stake, and where to now?
How does Rice’s book clarify the root and the path to human rights of Democracy in the United States? She’s provided a ground swell about the values and principles in a free society. She differentiates American Democracy from other non-democratic countries and the Road to Freedom before the attorney general’s current policy of taking migrant children away from their parents. Our history isn’t without fault because the blacks, Jews, Irish other groups were treated unjustly and discriminated against, too.
She wrote about the struggle for human rights in the Soviet Union’s battle, but our nation has crossed the boundary of human rights exploitating immigrants fleeing their countries.
The United Nation defined America’s current policy as a violation of human rights violation, but the Trump administration has not changed anything. This is not a coincidence.
But Rice didn’t definitively address the current immigration dilemma but ironically her book explains a problem of deplorable human rights in other countries. Rice defines and clarifies a nation’s devastation without a democracy.
Just by exposing global struggles raises a dire possibility of a problematic struggle here.
Calling out the Religious Right and…
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a month ago, unfurled a vile ironclad, anti-immigration policy to punish boarder crashers, sabotaging children by separating them from their parents. About three hours later Melania Trump opened her “Be Best” campaign on children, saying America has to educate, support, protect with adoration and special attention for their success in a difficult environ.
Sessions claimed his law and order stance tightens the screws against immigration, but it’s the most vindictive anti-immigration regulation affecting children in modern history. He defines it as deterrence. “If you cross the boarder illegally, you will be arrested, and if you travel with your children, they will be separated from you.” His voice boomed with cruelty, criminally tagging immigrants and refugees, evading norms of law and order in a Third World spirit.
His warning about the new anti-immigration remedy contradicted the first lady’s platform, disrespects her agenda and exudes callousness toward children’s well being. Never mind race, creed, economic, immigrant or refugee status, children are children.
I expected a collective gasp from four corners of the nation because children cannot be best anywhere when they’re traumatized and confused. Silence is hardly golden and it’s disturbing. Where are the anti-abortionists and Christians whose mission is to stop Mothers from aborting precious life?
Pardon me for being presumptuous in thinking that religious activists would stand against any harm to children anywhere, anytime & in any situation without regards to culture, color or national origin. Babies grow from birth to toddlers, to childhood, to adolescents, and to teenagers who cannot be the best because of dire consequences and environmental hazards.
We cannot fight until they get here and let them go away to conditions unknown when we’re offended by abortion and a devout rescuer for the human race. Children are vulnerable. Laws don’t always protect them, and they don’t always have protectors for a litany of reasons.
The United Nations declared the United States anti-immigration’s stance of separating families as a violation of human rights. Are we witnessing a bottomless abyss of human rights violations and injustice? I’m cringing because how long before the United States of America plummets from suicidal Democracy to dictatorship?
It’s Sessions’ bullhorn memo that offers all Americans a golden promise to another cause and to realize that anti-abortion isn’t an anomaly for the heaven-bound stairway. Standing up for children used as pawns in the anti-immigration program upholds Biblical teachings and obedience.
Suffer not the little children. Surely, the Heavenly Father would bring down the chariot if the Religious Right and the rest of America rise to rescue immigrant and refugee offsprings. Miracles happen everyday, and I’m an optimist.
If you believe that all life is valuable, if you believe that no child shall be left behind, you owe it to your God, your country, & your love of humanity to join hands to fix this plight and slights no one deserves. Call out the government to cease trafficking in childhood pawns in a struggle they didn’t create and cannot change.
Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
#GeorgiaPrimary A Woman’s Place is in the Georgia governor’s office. That’s what gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams aspires to achieve in the coveted place for the first African-American woman, but she has to win a competitive Democratic primary race today against her Democratic opponent, Stacey Evans, a former state legislator and University of Georgia graduate, in a racialized competition with a black woman and a white woman in opposition. Some media calls the race as the battle of two Staceys. One of them has a book tracking her travails as a black woman in the male-dominated leadership landscape.
Abrams wo started the book in 2014 began it with this quote: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde, who died in 1992, was an influential Carribean-American poet, memoirist, feminist and activist, who spoke power to women. Abrams exudes Lorde’s doctrine for navigating a rocky terrain and a fighter for improving women’s lives.
Abrams’s book, part memoir, part leadership, part survival is a unique, daring, and insightful literary nonfiction with a don’t put downable temptation, extolling the values and principles of governing to effect change in Georgia.
“Power of leadership is hard especially for those who are weighed down by stereotypes and lack of access,” she said. But women can overcome obstacles, but it takes grits, guts, confidence, and “tactical maneuvers” for success and stability. That’s part of the journey. Women role models accelerate the know-how and support for choices. “I have learned how to seize opportunity, how to plan for victory and defeat…and I wrote this book to share what I’ve learned and the strategies I employed.” She asserts that no height or disadvantage is insurmountable. Abrams said, “Where we come from does not determine how far we can go.”
Abrams, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, whose loss emboldened her to strive for upward mobility — master’s at the University of Texas, then off to Yale Law School where she confronted race and gender in a nation that takes pride in “meritocracy”, and she learned that otherness — racial and sexual diversity — imbued her own power for “clarity and invention.” It was a lofty transition from a well-known, historically black women’s Spelman College in Atlanta to a world that challenged the only African-American on designated turfs in which she opted to compete.
For example, after Yale, she joined a white-shoe law firm, where she was the only person of color practicing tax law, and only two others of her racial classification had ever become partners. “And this was one of the most diversity-conscious law firms in Atlanta.”
Abrams grappled with gargantuan hurdles to scaling the proverbial wall as a double dipper, woman of color, & her five siblings grew up poor but was groomed by hardworking, educated parents who taught the value of knock, knock, never quit, and to develop backbones of steel. She built her political platform from the ground to a steep climb from Atlanta to Texas to the ivory league Yale Law to an Atlanta law firm, to writing and publishing to business and political leadership. Now, her expertise is center stage in making a difference in community, business, political and legal fronts.
Gaining political standing as a woman of color in the Deep South is the epitome of hardship, but stamina, creativity and leadership tenets assure achievement. Her political track record attests to it. She was deputy city attorney taking charge of the office, and climbing in under four years to minority leadership in the Georgia House of Representatives, often coping with racism, sexism, and ageism. She’s working to change the political landscape in a majority-minority electorate and to catapult Georgia into more economical viability, diversity, and equality. She’ll have to handle a disparaging wage disparity between white women, black and Hispanic women, and black and Hispanic men who’re underpaid for equal work, lagging behind white men.
She knows that racial and sexual bias is part of the American culture, and it takes intestinal fortitude to keep pace. Abrams pinpoints a bias when she’s often questioned about how she’ll attract voters of color, although they are reportedly 47% of the electorate. Her age, marital status, and other negative talk about her candidacy.
Because of her qualifications and political track record, an onslaught of political endorsements land in her political cadre. A major and powerful organization is Emily’s List who endorses and financially supports strong, exceptional political women. Stacey Evans got Emily’s List backing, too, and Congressman Buddy Darden, DeKalb County District of Attorney Sherry Boston, mayor of South Fulton, Bill Edwards, State Rep. Virgil Fludd, and other state political leaders.
Democrats for America, Civil Rights icon and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential contender, and others stand with her. “Abrams is a transformational candidate who knows how to build a progressive coalition to protect the rights of all Georgians,” said Lewis.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
(Zora Neale Hurston — 1937 classic “Their Eyes Were Watching God)
genius of literary pen splashed metaphors
strung through stories etched in stone legacy.
gripped fountain pen that scribbled
golden words in glorified gem of letters
tumbling through pistol-loaded women
swathed in steel shellacking macho-dominance
– a jubilee from midnight to dawn.
Heroines breathe in women’s selfhood,
like spiders scaling ceilings,
through a cluster of colorful characters,
an omission of “Negro Sorrow” & dizzy affairs.
Lyrical babies plaited in tight braids
looped in truth tuned by wind chimes & wood clarinets
she hums along: “There is no agony like bearing
an untold story inside of you.”
“The Genius of the South” kicks off un-comfy shoes
to recline her strong bones affixed to a wooden rocker
rocking in the afterlife while books catapult from coffin
to a landslide of reprints.
The folklorist, fiction maker, in a fedora
tiptoes through tulips while canaries warble
in gilded cages.
(c) Joyce Evans-Campbell
Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership By James Comey
From the day it appeared on Amazon’s pre-order list, I waited with impatience and anxiousness. Higher Loyalty is literary nonfiction: part memoir, part inescapably political, and part need-to-know from the nonpartisan, former FBI agent, now a man without a political home.
He’s been called a liar by Republicans, but I didn’t read anything to pinpoint falsehood. It’s a book about Comey, the truth-teller, who vollleys of lies morphing into believable falsehoods widening the chasm between truth and falsity that emboldens silent complicity. But this thorough, need-to-know about a nation under stress, Comey responds to a quest for knowledge that questions who we are and if we’re still the country we want to be.
Regardless of integrity and loyalty to the country, the public, and to the law, a palette of rot gut landed in the fired director’s Play Bill. Lordy, there weren’t presidential tapes, but the White House and Congress deem Comey’s handwritten notes a leak of classified materials though they are not.
Higher Loyalty is robust speak about the FBI’s purpose and value to our democracy, and about the bureau and Justice Department besieged by organized attacks of defamation and deprivation: career hemorrhaging.
The former head of the bureau extols value and truth about career, dedicated agents on the frontline to take down “the biggest, the baddest.”
Comey writes artfully, openly, and honestly about his travails of a downfallen FBI director, dismissing Trump Adminstration rhetoric that the agency had “lost confidence” in its director and claims of an organization in “disarray.”
Aside from criticism about salaciousness or pettiness in the book, I focused on the lumnious and insightful his-story America needs to know about a presidential firing “without cause,” and about Comey’s leadership in upholding the values and principles of the law. His scrutiny of the short-sightedness and poor leadership is a disturbing trend of untruths disputes that truth is the reality.
Higher Loyalty…” is a terrific tribute to public servants who have had America’s back decades before “…had my back” struck the proverbial sidewalk.
But Comey who dedicated his life to public service and the law isn’t without flaws. Who is? He’s the accused “culprit” of the unpresidency of Hillary Clinton. He espoused his rationale, but I’m certain he’ll never walk that back. Not successfully. He’s paid a helluvah price no matter what. Bad judgment? Who doesnt have it? Besides the rest of the story is untold inside the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Fourteen months post-election, Clinton voters and Democrats are still rankled about his decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton e-mails nine days before the Nov. 8, 2016 election. What I know for sure is that we were daily election watchers glued to our big-screen TV as his words sucked all the oxygen out of the room. My husband, Taft, and I could barely breathe. We were livid for a while but slowly believed in a positive outcome though the strains and scars had already sunk the ship. The Clinton polls led Trump’s, but the sudden drop before election day belied hopefulness.
Comey explained that if he had not acted… “if she’d won,” he would’ve given anti-Clinton folk a pallet of false reasoning to delegitimize her presidency. But he never explains why he announced the decision so close to the election without reading the presumed new e-mails. We don’t have to punish ourselves harnessing negative energy because he will berate himself — maybe — forever, but he shouldn’t because things are not always as they seem.
His explanation of pressure about putting Hillary in office is truth serum results. Trump’s repeated statement: “This is a rigged system, folks.” In addition, Trump repeatedly informed rally goers that “If Hillary wins she’d be under investigation so long she wouldn’t be able to run the country.”
Judging by his continued “crooked Hillary” identification and the overzealous efforts to investigate and jail her for uncommitted crimes, I believe he wouldn’t have quit if she’d won. And Trump Backers wouldn’t either. A political Facebook page indicates the strength of an unending political savagery via words and pictures.
No matter what Comey wrote or when his book rolled off the press, the critics would scream bloody epitaphs for one reason or a thousand others. Aren’t we glad there is freedom to express ideas, opinions, or even lies protected by a democracy?
Democrats have left Comey on the operating table for GOP slaughter despite all the Russian meddling and a myriad of full-blown effects to assure her loss. It seems to me that the GOP’s intent to punish Comey for a Trump presidency aligns ingrates with a plausible excuse: Comey did it, knowing it’s “not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
No is not Enough: Resisting
1. US women vying to crack cement block (presidential candidates)
2. Women leaders on the global front
3. Why women fight harder for political positions
4. Hillary Clinton (part one)
5. What if Hillary had won (part two)
6. Women Issues Trump threw off the train
7. Domestic Violence — personal story
8. Women and political and career inequality
9. #MeToo and plot to the polls
10. Misogyny, sexual assault, child rape and molestation, sexual harassment, oppression
11. Pocketbook Pain is the Root of All Evil
12. Gwendolyn Brooks
13. Sonya Soutermeirsp?Gloria Steinamsp?
14. Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Words never peace
Boom — fire burn
Scent of bodies;
Toxins bleed near & far
Red white & blue
drapes coffin clothes of patriotism to graves
Rat-a-tat rat-a-tat rat-a-tat
Thunder roars, bombs blast from break of dawn till stalk of midnight
Red-hot moon torches human hearts, flesh, & limbs
Peace out war in war in the blood
Anti-war politics kismet
Mass chemical weapons, abyss soldiers & unknowing people
praying for survival in liberated countries
No freedom for hungry babies
What could a war buy?
Bombs, books, & bread?
House without hope: hate without love —
Blame political spite & hate mongers,
angel clothes spitting volcano’s molten meltdown —
Teach countries not to bomb countries
who bomb countries
but it’s deafness & darkness of wretched death
Freedom ferry no destination to non-violent world
where parents turn from helpless to dread.
(c) Joyce Evans-Campbell