Voters Aren’t Stupid

(THIS POEM RAN BEFORE BUT BEARS REPEATING)

Dear Congress Members: (You Know Who You Are)

You sit on your backside hatching
political plots with sparks of flame
inside cities across America.

You waffle, twaddle, puke loyalty:
supine loyalty?
No truth to power
Untruth pummels truth
Smart people know the unspoken truth;
A boulder smashes a pickup truck
on Interstate Wherever
& we’re told it didn’t happen. Yeah, right?

Steam rises from your partisan sanctuary:
Political vendetta, spite, or hatred?
Binders of injustice, disrespect & prejudice
against
women, people of color, immigrants, lesbians, gays, transgenders

Consistency in raging, aging battle:
Brunt bacon with abortion rights in skillet
& you U-haul human rights to the grave

Wait for it. Wait for it. W-a-a-i-i-t-t.

Investigating bias of investigators in Russian probe,
sacking reality & Congress’s duties
No checks; no balance of power
No conclusive fact-finding for flagitiousness
You turn away from history, norms & legality

It’s democracy on suicide watch

Misogyny, sexual harassment, sexual assault
didn’t die with #MeToo
Waiting for the cool down? Huh?
Not this time. Women have had enough:
It’s after midnight;
Curfew’s over. Resistance burns like a Bic

We know who we are & we’ll fight for rights
in daylight & darkness till death
Dare not speak for us;
plug mouth with stone
& cover countenance
Oh, we forgot, shame died two years ago.

Grandfather’s clock isn’t broken.
Its rhythm rolls like a meandering brook
& partisan government drowns in muddy stream

As surely as sage sprinkles & saliva drips;
there’s diversity in polarization. People vote.

Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Keep waiting until…

Trump’s Gifts to Women Keep Giving

With all the negative hoopla about Donald Trump’s faux pas and his political prowess we would be remised not to recount the blessings for now.

1. On Saturday after inauguration, women took their revenge on the global stage, marching everywhere there is a street. Thanks to Donald Trump, we found our voices with a clarion call bullhorn style.

2. #MeToo Women raised their voices about sexual harassment and sexual assault, stemming from the bus-video (grab ’em by the P-word) that disgraced women across the nation who voted for him anyway. XxxState numbers of women signed up for Congress U.S. He imbued their Fight Back agenda.

3. Some of the most highly paid and powerful men fell from their lofty pedestals. A slew of professional men across the spectrum of media, Hollywood…Too many to count here.

4. Congressmen resigned from their seats that opened primaries and special elections, opening political gaps for women to compete. Before this, men occupied three seats to women in Congress, according to the Washington Post.

Women again took to the streets nationally on Trump’s one-year anniversary. That’s proof that women are fed up with sexual harassment, sexual assault, and misogyny of centuries, cutting Planned Parenthood, and rollback of other family programs, environmental protection.

5. and zero tolerance anti-immigration policy enraged the countryxxx

6. Women bemoaned the loss of the first would-be woman president, Hillary Clinton, garnered 2.9 million more votes than Trump, a first-time politician who won the GOP primary after numerous endeavors.

With women as the majority of voters and the population in the country with patriarchy xxxrthey’ve had a monumental hurdle to gain what’s rightfully theirs. The women’s fight for equal rights from equal pay to the presidency or vice presidency have flunked despite nearly a hundred years since getting the right to vote in 1920.

7. Women candidates began in 1872 with xx and reached the near pinnacle of achievement with Hillary Clinton, the first woman who crossed in the threshold to the Oval Office, Nov. 8, 2018.

It was an election fraught with bias, hatred, fake ads, misogyny and a yearlong Russia Investigation that has caused a spite about normal rules of law and repeated efforts of unprecedented smear tactics against the FBI and the probe it. No other investigation in modern history — presidential or not — has been pulverized as this one.

8. The campaign controversy and investigatory fights by the Trump supporters offer a degree of hope vindication, giving credence to women who believe that the rationale blocking a historical presidency and that Clinton’s lost transcended fair and equitable campaigning and voting.

9. Trump’s latest anti-woman policies, nominating Bret Kavanaugh, , for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat Trump’s win has emboldened women’s desire to flex their political muscle to battle the status quo of women’s long-term fight for rights earned.

10. His maltreatment, disrespect, and the overturning of programs that benefits the lives of women an girls prompted women to educate and encourage other women with ways to strike back. For that reason, women now know the value of organizing and togetherness.

Other groups have joined the protests, some by marching…women who never marched or protested have been moved from complacency to conquest.

Puerto Rico citizens who feel abandoned without adequate federal assistance, vulnerable students around the nation in gun control control battle, Black Lives Matter, the groups taking up the flag against zero policy of separating children from parents, holding them as hostages, and arresting migrants seeking asylum, etc.

If you agree, women, holler: Thank you, Mr. President, we don’t hate. We’re too preoccupied with getting bigger, better and stronger. It is Trump’s gifts that keep giving, or better, it’s Trump’s gifts on steroids.

Lies & Bigotry Won’t Hide Truth & Cruelty 

Wrong headed cruelty defines the immigration policy fiasco created by the Trump White House, and politicized an evil and inhumane policy of jailing and hiding innocent children in four corners of the country.

The Trump Administration stepped on each others’ message, clearly contradicting their abhorrent policy agurably, or inagurably, from my perspective, is child abuse by government. If a parent took a child from his estranged spouse without permission, police would arrest and charge him or her with kidnap. The country has flipped the script with a new policy and lied about it.

Six weeks ago, I witnessed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who didn’t hesitate, spew out the new zero tolerance policy. ” If you cross the border unlawfully, we will prosecute you and separate your children from you. ”

After gasping, my anger swelled then I yelled, “That’s Godawful. You can’t be serious.” I was flabbergasted by his denial. He flat out lied. “We didn’t intend to separate children.” Who’s going to heal these hearts and minds after being dehumanized in a Democracy that apparently has returned to the nation’s outrageous and shameful slavery, reconstruction, civil rights era and Japanese interment camps.

Did he mean they “didn’t mean to take the children as hostages and lock them parentless children sitting in cages, in tents cages on the floor, in tents or in warehouses? If that’s true, are we watching the intended process now? Where is the due process guaranteed by the criminal justice system?

Trump who signed an executive order to put parents and family together. Did he mean they will take parents and children as hostages? What will happen to children in custody now? Why are they holding immigrants they claim have committed crimes? It’s discriminatory to confine immigrants and refugees just because… I saw a woman being frisked with her young child standing beside her mother wailing.

People who jaywalk or get a ticket aren’t treated as poorly and get due pròcess. That’s the criminal justice system that applies to everyone with equal justice. Yes, that’s not a guarantee, unfortunately, but using migrants as political pawns for an election the GOP isn’t likely to win is unAmerican.

Why the double standards? And why are refugees kept in jail, too? If this new policy allows the law to arrest and charge people seeking political asylum, it violates the law briminalizing people for misdemeanors his policy caused family separation and children caged like animals and warehoused tconvicted convicts by an unjust and racist policy.

And Trump’s lies in blaming Democrats is crude and misleading vo1ters he’s ca1mpaining to win over. shows that he’s using immigrant children as political pawns for a midterm election he’s not likely to win. and Trump should heed that and inform non-caring supporters.wn and taking advantage of cultural war.

Somebody should inform him these ploys brands him as weak. Strong men or presidents don’t use party control and race baiting to appeal to his supporters. There’s so strength in playing to voters’ fear, racial animus, and emotional appeal.

Scattering immigrants around the country and parents are leaving the United States to places unknown. Children basically unidentified and in places where parents are likely to locate the for varied reasons — money at the top of them.

Strong has many positive and negative denotations, such as forcefulness, over powering, control, unbending, uncompromising, and unyielding. A person’s personality can include a medley of negative and positive or a mixture of both. But the sight of crying, frightening children fits neither category. It’s abhorrent, and unbelievable. God helps the children and damn the people who do them harm.

For supporters and critics, the graceful and the politically eloquent, 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,

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.

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.

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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.

Suffer Not the Little Children

Calling out the Religious Right and…

#NationalCrisis #ChildAbuseShame

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.

Stacey Abrams’s Path to Georgia Governor Rests With Primary Voters

#PowerAtPolls #WomanPower

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.

Zora, Zora, My Zora

#NationalPoetryMonth

(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