Sunday, 22 January 2017

They marched for all of us.

They marched for all of us

Women's marches took place today in at least 70 countries.

The turn out in many American cities was phenomenally high.

These women (and men) were marching for all of us.  Their message was positive, important and utterly necessary.

They were Jewish, Muslim, and Christian women.  They were atheist and agnostic women.  They were black, brown and white. women. They were young and old, straight and gay women. They were Republicans and Democrats. They were "none of the above".

Their uniting message was utterly congruent with words from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer:- it was "to respect the dignity of every human being".  

Thus they marched for all of us.

Insofar as these marches were a protest against THE CHILD, it is because in his campaign, and now in the early days of his Presidency, he has miserably failed to respect the dignity of many human beings.

The opposite is the case.  His life and words have been intentionally disrespectful (and that's too mild a word) to those who have dared to cross him, and especially to women.

He has chosen to be petulant, untruthful and self referential.  ( For example, see the Video of  his visit to the CIA headquarters on 21st  January.)

His  is not the way of faith for those who are  Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, or Islamic, etc. etc.

It  is not the way of decency for those who have a religious faith as well as  for those who are agnostic, indifferent to religion, or atheistic.


 I  know many of the women who marched.

Here are the names of some of my friends who marched,  I  honour and respect them and their witness.

Rachel E, Lydia E, Signe S, Colleen B, Barbara K, Roberta C., Meghan T.B., Kathy B, Laura S, Martha F. Rebekah B, Olivia S, India D, Frances B, Kim H, Tinka B, Elizabeth H, Sarah F, Mary C, Miryam J, Paula J, Amy McC, Michelle H, Susan R. Kate H, Judy W, Judy B, Katie M, Tracey W-M, Molly T-P,   


Timothy L, Joshua L, Tom C, Steve K, Kevin T.

Boston, MA

Montpelier, VT

Thursday, 19 January 2017

My night and day of mourning (and some bitter comments)

Hail and Farewell my good, gracious and wise President. I respect, admire and trust you.  I have been proud to be an American under your Presidency.

Hail and farewell President Obama and your family.

You have modeled and exemplified the very best of American values.

You have graced and enhanced the White House with your dignity, grace and examples.

You have been not only the "First Family", but also the "Best Family".


President Obama, you have governed far closer to the Centre/Right than I would have liked.

But the odds against you have been formidable.

You have been castigated as a "socialist"  (not that that is inherently bad from my perspective!), but I ask "what convinced socialist would have bailed out General Motors and Fiat/Chrysler; what socialist would have continued President George W Bush's programme to bail out the super-banks under the TARP - Troubled Assets Relief Programme; what socialist would have designed the Affordable Care Act -  which is rooted in the private sector?

Republicans have falsely alleged that you were not a native born American, and that you are secretly a Muslim.  ( I would not give a shit if we had a Muslim President; provided that she or he upheld the Constitution).

ABOVE ALL ELSE, Republicans from Senator Mitch McConnell down have had one guiding principle during the eight years of your splendid Presidency. It has nothing to do with the merits of your programmes..

Rather it can be summarized in six words; "Resist Obama because he is Black"

Good and gracious President Obama.  Wise and moderate President Obama.

You have served us so well.  But you could not succeed with the post-Reagan Republicans. It was Reagan's "Southern Strategy" which led to the modern Republican white supremacist ideology which decided that you were GUILTY BECAUSE BLACK.

If this offends my personal friends who are Republicans then sit on it and shut-up. I have no interest in hearing from you.

You have sown a wind with your unreasoned and unreasonable opposition to President Obama.

 You will reap a whirlwind under Donald Trump. 

Thank God for President Obama and his godly and gracious family.

Don't bother to turn off the lights.  Trump has already done this,

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

As ignored by the "mainstream" media.

If you can please forget Donald Trump, Theresa May, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin for a few moments.

Trump, May,  Xi Jinping and Putin have narrow, self referential, and parochial views about the economic/ climate change/trade/immigration challenges we face. They would lead us into isolationism and dangerous nationalism.

Only the German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets the whole picture.  I admire her greatly.

Forgetting Trump, May, Putin,  Xi Jinping, and even the estimable Angela Merkel  think about this  horrid crisis in East Africa, then  wonder why your mainstream media sources do not give a s--t.

(It's in Africa, that's why)

Monday, 16 January 2017

With the inauguration of Mr Trump as President in mind..........

............  here is a remarkably wise quotation from the Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  (as quoted on Salon.Com)

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
—  “Revolution of values,” 1967
This is what the Trumpian coup d'etat is all about.  "We the people"  are in grave danger.  (jmp)