Higher Loyalty a Gutsy Palette

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

#WOMENHISTORY
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

Loud War Over Soft Words

#NationalPoetryMonth

War Speaks

Words never peace
Unending nukes
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

DEMocracy Dies in Slow Burn

Joyce Evans-Campbell, a journalist, poet, blogger and She Writes member.

#RiseUpforDemocracy
Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D- Md.), said, “I’ll fight for it until I die.” It’s our right to protect what’s ours to keep.” He’s warning Americans about the urgency to defy danger to our democracy. In January, he breathed easier with the dissolution of the President’s Election Integrity Commission, which Cummings said it shouldn’t have been set up.
“Its dissolution was long overdue for it wasted taxpayer dollars to justify deception of widespread voter fraud and to impose abusive new voter suppression laws.”
.@realDonaldTrump demanded that the commission check every crevice, corner, and closet for fraudulent voting after he denied that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a historical 2.9 million votes more than him. Cummings contends that such widespread complaint about voter fraud is detrimental and an alarming slam against the right to vote — fundamental for freedom.
A defiant and dedicated Cummings said, “We must remain vigilant. We need to focus on protecting our elections, ensuring the security of our infrastructure, fighting voter suppression, and expanding access to the ballot box. Americans have died for the right to vote, and I will continue to do everything in my power to safeguard this sacred right.”
Cummings isn’t going to lie down in complicity because he knows how far the nation has come and that the path to freedom is long, and “we have not overcome.” The negative direction is a dastardly affront to freedom, justice and equality. Undisputedly: Democracy disintegrates slowly, according to deafening voices from authors with a literary bullhorn. (Part 2 lists these authors’ writing desperation and responses for change)
#MeToo, #NeverAgain, #BlackLivesMatter have risen as proxies to protect the nation’s democratic tenets — freedom, justice and equality, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech, and other Constitutional rights and protective powers. But the knowledge is intercepted by detachment, despair, denial and desensitization.

(1) Inattentiveness: The rationale for ignoring an eminent danger to the nation: Hard-working citizens who’re struggling with pocketbook and time-related issues skip TV news or newspapers — the “watchdog” media — a vigilant source uncovering political villains and those who violate laws and Constitutional rights.
(2) Denial: Nothing’s wrong, and the clarion call for fracture is unnecessary. The misnomer of “fake news” demeans and discredits the truth by responsible journalists whose stories are the public’s right to know.                                                                                   (3) Misguided Focus: Sex, Lies, Chaos, Attacks on Rivals and Critics, and Tweet Storms as “distasteful character flaws” but smear campaigns distract from the egregiousness toward undermining rights and freedoms in the United States of America. Polarization isn’t a part of the “one nation” creed.
(4) Escapism & De-stressing: Some citizens say, “If you’re depressed, turn off the news and don’t read the paper. They say, “I just stop looking because news is so depressing. There’s nothing but bad stuff in there.”
The more you know, the more awareness, and the more believability. Why worry about the world’s most powerful democracy? Congress has oversight responsibility: Republicans control both houses, but, intentionally or unintentionally, lack moral and legal courage to act.

The founders intended to protect the circumventing of democracy, but the current turmoil and threats weren’t a foregone conclusion. Congress is complict in their silence, but the people have the power to rise, act and speak up if they respect their rights. President Abraham Lincoln’s premise to preserve a perfect union is government by the people, for the people and of the people. One major newspaer joins the course of heightened awareness and warning.
The Washington Post’s designated, meaningful, and dire message: Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

 

 

Back in the Day

Riding along in my deuce & a quarter
Yes, it’s a black Electra 225 Buick
with 455 Big Block engine.

Off the showroom floor with chrome
with “see-your-face” mag wheels

Put a speck of dirt on her body or white walls:
Revenge is loud.

Deuce is a quiet, queenly Highway Baby.
Hail to highs of the 20th Century.
Riding & styling in bell bottoms & platforms,
my lady & me cruise with Aretha
in the eight-track player

& the party jumps into high gear
finger poppin,’ head boppin,’ body rockin’
& Ella scatting. My baby laughs,
chiming in off-key rhythm.

The night goes like that
till we stop at Jimmy’s for catfish to go
We’re chomping & bumping
as Deuce burns up the blacktop.

At midnight we slow the pace down
& throw in Smokey who croons “Quiet Storm.”
“Soft and warm,
quiet as when flowers stalk at break of dawn,
at break of dawn…quiet storm…blowing…”
his voice whipped-cream smooth

We cool like that. So cool, so cool our
air-conditioner shuts off in midtown.
It’s ninety but we don’t notice.

(c)Joyce Evans-Campbell

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES #NeverAgain

The March for Our Lives this weekend with hundreds of thousands of students around the nation and across the globe protest gun violence with resolute voices to change how we live. Tired, hurt, sleep deprived and fed up brothers and sisters; their cries, their grief stain our souls.

They’re fighting for school safety and a safer nation through stricter gun laws accompanying a stringent focus on mental health to curb the chances for murdering madmen with assault weapons running rampant and instilling fear and tragedy in our existence. School, concert, church, and street murders and police killing of black men tear, threaten and taunt us; violence is out of control, they say, and demand that elected officials act or pay penance at the polls.

Fifty years ago, it was outraged and brave college students who led the protests, marching against the Vietnam War, and it was courageous and persistent black college students who annoyed businesses with sit-ins at corner drug stores and led to a broader Civil Rights Movement.

Persistent foot soldiers and activist leaders in the long haul resisted oppression, injustice, and unfairness of separate but equal affronts. A century ago, unimaginable  numbers fought and died in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality. The color line separated colored folk from privileged whites that dictated “whites only bathrooms, restaurants, water fountains, neighborhoods, and jobs.” Segregation ruled, and justice was not blind for colored folk.

Today the civil rights issue remains in Urban and the nation’s communities around the nation infested by episodic and epidemic murders by fire arms, proliferating unsafe neighborhoods. Gun violence inhibits freedom everywhere, and African-Americans with equality gains in jeopardy, cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and wait. We cannot afford to wait. Gun violence touches nearly everyone or threatens the environment and livelihood of victims and survivors of the fallen.

In this gun culture of repetitive fatal shootings, I often think of my brother, David, a fire arm victim who bled to death in his front yard while scared, apathetic, nonsnitching diehard neighbors watched and of my two boyfriends, Johnny and Bobby, who died from assault weapons thirty years ago.

And I recall looking down the barrel of a lover’s gun and that morning my mother and my siblings ran away from a gun-toting daddy in alcoholic rage. The grief and anguish are tucked in corridors of hearts and minds forever. On Saturday morning,  I cried with marchers and powerful performers as inspirational, eloquent and passionate students demanded change without voicing party or politics. It’s an everyday volatile issue affecting all. If one of us is endangered, all of us are in danger.

We the people — black, white, brown, red, straight, gay, lesbian, transgender and transexual — must rise up hand in hand. This is a nation with too much to lose “with one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all” but there’s mass shooting and gun slayings in schools, churches, concerts, and night clubs, to victims of robbery, domestic violence, drug-related and poverty and mass incaceration. “Change is gonna come,” soul singer Sam Cooke sang. Fall back  is not an option. Forward is the only opportunity to protect gains and continue unfinished business. In the words of rhythm and blues singer Teddy Pendergrass sings “Wake up everybody. No more sleeping…”

The comatose among us wait while the tractor-trailer rams the nation. #RiseUpforDemocracy is an urgent requirement for American gatekeepers and those fear a diminishing right to bear arms. With these ubiquitous travesties of democracy (freedom and justice), sleeping giants in Congress and other public figures awake long enough to say “our thoughts and prayers…”

Once again a group of student aggressors take charge. These articulate young people say they’re in it for “the long haul.” Along with Women’s Day marchers, student chutzpah, in modern time, is a rare and phenomenal adversity to gun lobby and lackadaisical Congressional leaders.

Martin Luther King Jr., who led the country in a non-violent stance for change, said there is “no darkness without light.” Therefore, better days are coming.  Who would’ve predicted that five decades later we’re in this perilous place again and students again lead the way?

Democracy is at the root and rhythm for the freedom, a constant struggle. What’s taken so long for boisterous voices to challenge wrongs and indifferences? Rise up in unity for security, dignity and peace even without defaults by powerful, deaf adult leaders to oratory by students and people in fear, and the ones who beg for change in a culturally violent society. #NeverAgain.

Joyce’s Book Blog

Across that Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America by John Lewis

Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why.’ I dream that never were and say ‘Why not?’ — Robert Kennedy

John Lewis, a staunch civil rights leader and a United States Congressman (D-Ga.) opens his new  book with Kennedy’s quote. No doubt that Lewis is a man who asks why not? Why not a safer, more cultural diversity, more respect for humanity and opinions, more equality, more equal justice.

Without harsh attacks on America’s conscious or unconscious lapses, Rep. Lewis with moral courage has tackled voting rights abdication and gun control inaction with the fervor of a poet in a poetic mood and with gymnastics energy, but he’s a methodical stepper with all-night Congressional sit ins for gun regulations, campaigns for change candidates, champion for voting rights restoration and for the ballot box as a schematic to continue progress in civil rights.

“Across the Bridge” is a strong, clever, and catchy title — lyrical symbolism for the Selma, Ala., march five decades ago. This book defines Lewis as a literary voice of reason: “Dreamers young and ever young” must avoid getting “lost in a sea of despair.” With urgency, the incomparable Rep. Lewis, implores the next generation to never give up and to never lose focus on the tenets of humanity: freedom, justice, and equality. It’s a phenomenal visit to values and principles for a civilized nation and democracy.

As a civil rights foot soldier, Lewis paid the ultimate penalty in the battle when  police beat him to a heartbeat from death. He was not alone, and uncounted spirits of warring, lost souls left footprints on hollowed ground and imprints that led a nation from civil unrest and oppression to dignity, civility, and human rights. (The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., slain civil rights leader)

And this surviving rights advocate and U. S. House member still accepts that nonviolence ranks at Mount Rushmore height above a worrisome time of violence. There’s gratitude that comforts us though “Across the Bridge” is a clarion call for caution, and concern for complacency about where we stands when negative signs deny a post-racial nation.

Lewis wrote, “One movement will never offer all the growth humanity needs to experience. To expect so is to build your hopes on a puff of smoke, on a whispered breath; it is … an illusion.” Indignation for the unexpected or, just plain o’ bad behavior run rampant.When a U. S. House member called President Obama a liar at the State of Union address, Lewis was appalled, discouraged, and disturbed, saying it was “probably the lowest point of decorum I’ve seen in more than 20 years in Congress.”

“Across the Bridge” isn’t an in-depth history of the past civil unrest but acknowledges a chaotic world from intentional and unintentional misgivings. One critique that stands above the rest is Trump’s rhetoric to “Make America Great Again” that some political analysts bluntly encode as “Make America White,” but Lewis thinks: “It was as though diversity has damaged not uplifted our civilization.”

“Across the Bridge” calls for change with bold lessons for freedom and meditations in the next phase toward progress of a nation at the cross road — all worthwhile and necessary reading and a blueprint for these unsettling days. It’s rated four stars.

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    • #NEVERAGAIN

      #POWERTOPEOPLE (Democracy)
      #PowerAtPolls Revolution: #MeToo, #NeverAgain, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackWomenVoters

      Books
      — Across that Bridge by John Lewis (Review)

      Elijah Cummings
      (Defying Danger to Democracy)
      Democracy In Danger: Rise Up in Defense
      Democracy In Chains by Nancy MacLean
      How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
      Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum
      It’s Even Worse than You Think by David Cay Johnston
      Dismantling Democracy Donald Cohen
      It Can’t Happen Here Sinclair Lewis

      No is not Enough: Resisting

      #WOMENHISTORY
      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
      15. Maya Angelou
      16. Ida B. Wells, Gwen Ifill sp?
      17. Anna Julia Cooper, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
      18. Harriett Tubman, Sojourner Truth
      19. Eleanor Roosevelt
      20. Adrienne Rich
      21. Michelle Obama (What Michelle Means to Us?)
      22. Toni Morrison
      23. Bell hooks (Gloria Watkins), Brittany Cooper
      24. Jo Harjosp?
      25. Tamar manassehsp? Mothers Against Senseless Violence
      26. Founder of black lives matter has memoir, when they call you a terrorist (Review)
      27. Aretha Franklin

      #NEVERAGAIN
      #POWERTOPEOPLE (Democracy)
      #PowerAtPolls Revolution: #MeToo, #NeverAgain, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackWomenVoters

      Books
      — Across that Bridge by John Lewis (Review)

      Elijah Cummings
      (Defying Danger to Democracy)
      Democracy In Danger: Rise Up in Defense
      Democracy In Chains by Nancy MacLean
      How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
      Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum
      It’s Even Worse than You Think by David Cay Johnston
      Dismantling Democracy Donald Cohen
      It Can’t Happen Here Sinclair Lewis

      #WOMENHISTORY
      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
      15. Maya Angelou
      16. Ida B. Wells, Gwen Ifill sp?
      17. Anna Julia Cooper, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
      18. Harriett Tubman, Sojourner Truth
      19. Eleanor Roosevelt
      20. Adrienne Rich
      21. Michelle Obama (What Michelle Means to Us?)
      22. Toni Morrison
      23. Bell hooks (Gloria Watkins)
      24. Jo Harjosp?
      25. Tamar manassehsp? Mothers Against Senseless Violence
      26. Founder of black lives matter has memoir, when they call you a terrorist (Review)
      27. Aretha Franklin

“I Pray You Enjoy Your Retirement”

#PollPower I pray NRA-backed politicians become ordinary citizens, job holders, hobbyists, travelers. What they do is their own business, but without those seats, their fundamental power and control would rot like a prune — in most cases. They’ll escape the rath of justice, but a survivor of Pulse Nightclub said: “I pray you enjoy your retirement.”

#NeverAgain Students at Stoneman Douglas High School, but, make no mistake, where 17 died in a massacre, turned their anger and pain against weapons of war and a push for school safety. These Parkland, Fla., students targeted power at the polls. “Vote them out,” students yell at legislators in Tallahassee, Fla.

School shootings and gun violence in the nation are epidemic with the highest gun violence in the world. But @realDonaldTrump called for arming teachers, most of whom are women, and teachers’ primary responsibility is to educate students. I lived and worked as a journalist in Broward County, and I cannot imagine teachers packing heat, and I would not send my child there. The endless dangers of this controversial scenario stand high above any imaginary benefits.

“Teachers are here to educate students,” said David Hogg, a senior and an activist leader. “They (gun lobby and politicians) want people to forget this happened.” He stressed that this is not a partisan issue.

The thought of teachers packing add to mourning fearful teens, teachers, and parents have another level of inepitude that doubles, and it sidesteps what schools and the community can expect from responsible politicians. Douglas protestors eloquently stated that these politicians supported by the National Rifle Association choose “money over our lives.”

Trump said he backs stronger background checks, although his 2019 budget proposal would slash the background check system by $12 million for states to improve comprehensive background checks. That plummets from $73 million to $61 million. Students are leery about their government’s priority, and rightfully so. And a bill for comprehensive background checks is stalled in Congress where House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remain suspiciously quiet.

Congress has duties to act and power from the second arm of three separate powers in a Democracy. Gun supporters rabidly protest stricter gun laws, citing Second Amendment rights. Hogg, a young journalist, told TV journalists that absolutists refuse to realize that there can be limits in the First Amendment.

“You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater,” he said. Keeping guns out of wrong hands could bring freedom from fear and safer schools and communities across socio-economic backgrounds, race and ethnicity, gender and ages.

#MeTwo Revolution Rolls into Political Backlash

Women have lifted the veil of silence and sharpened their oyster knife for a battle at the ballot box. It started with Donald Trump Inauguration Day with a global march and millions of protestors taken control of the streets.

Now the’ve pulled out their clipboards for voter re and have plunked down their names into races like gamblers plunking cards on the table. It’s a renewed battle for women, and the right course to taking charge of their own destiny.

For they decried sexual misbehavior against powerful, rich, and prominent men who fell from lofty perches, but exposure by calling them out does nothing for anxiety, depression, shame, and buried anger, but there’s battle against harmful effects on equal rights, human parity, and upward mobility: comfortable in their body, becoming a whole with rights endowed by the Constitution and the Creator.

It’s the cutting-edge by outing men whose power is entrenched in a generational culture of acceptance, but now surpasses blame for they’re in a humongous battle for power at the poll, respect and accountable by women governing by women who know what it means to represent families.

Bad sexual behavior against women is like a Die-hard battery, and for intelligent women with an end game, it’s not about a vendetta against men losing power, money and reputations. A change in attitude is necessary, but as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Time is of the essence. Women cannot wait. For centuries they’ve been told “wait till…” Time is the essence. Women cannot wait again. The’ve taken to the street massive global marches and running for office in record numbers.They are taking control of their destiny.

Bravo for an extraordinary victory on rising up again after nearly a hundred years after the women’s right to vote. It was necessary to galvanize success of #MeTwo into an interrelated direction, demanding gender parity and detaching their welfare from patriarchy and voting women into office, following blueprints from Virginia and NorthCarolina voters wield power at the ballet Box. Danica Roehm, the first transgender woman unseated her GOP contender for State Assembly, and Charlotte, N.C., elected its first African-American woman mayor.xxx. In New Jersey xxx unseated a white male opponent who denigrated her.

“Women’s rights are human rights,” said 2016 presidential contender and the first woman to cross the threshold to become the leader of the free world.on another layer: activism for women’s rights — human rights, went from raging fires of broken silence to voter volleys assuring a path to an unhindered raison d’etre (reason for being) and credit without discredit, disrespect, or dismissal.

(Congress abdicated its highest responsibility — keep the government — but leadership vacuums and poor prioritizing that put deficit-raising tax cuts for wealthy corporations out front) Male domination in all three branches – President, Senate, and House of Representatives – a majority rule sans bipartisanship proves a “fair accompli” for democracy in a society striving for freedom, economic viability, justice, and fairness. The Washington Post reported that for every woman in political office, there are three men.

More women in That international Women’s March a day after Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential oath, even novice marchers in solidarity for the world’s largest protest.