Writer and Observer: Injustice, History, Family, Love, and Politics. Electrical Engineer. Completing First Historical Fiction Novel.

We have Thanksgiving because of Sarah Josepha Buel Hale and Squanto.

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It is important to note that the Pilgrims were thankful to the American Indians for survival when they arrived in Massachusetts on the Mayflower. They meant to go to Manhattan (apparently that was a hot spot even in 1621) but due to bad weather, they ended up landing on the shores of Cape Cod.

It was a miracle, they tell us. In the midst of rough waves, they were gently deposited on the beach right in front of an empty village. One hundred and six Pilgrims were on the journey to the colonies, but only fifty-three survived.

They moved right in. …

They voted for President-elect Joe Biden and Democracy in the 2020 election. That is how he won.

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David Lienemann, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

For four long years, reporters tramped out to rural areas, trying to scrape inside rural folks' brains to see what THEY wanted from Washington. And nobody could miss the forlorn videos of wasted, ruined factories in the small-town landscape, surrounded by tableaus of sad faces that held memories of prosperity in the years gone by. There were videos of children and parents who passed away due to alcoholism and opioid use. It was poverty porn USA.

President Donald J. Trump called people like them the “silent majority.” The implication was they were too shy, embarrassed, or even ashamed to say they would vote for him. Only they weren’t silent. …

There is hope

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Remember these two things:

  1. Just because you are different does not mean that you are less.
  2. You need to forgive yourself.

These are two of the walls that we have erected. These can cause insecurity and unhappiness which stops us from reaching our true potential.

Have you heard of dirt blindness? It’s when a home is a mess, and yet, the people who live there don’t see it. They may even be more comfortable because after all, it’s their mess.

But then, they trip and fall over objects on the floor— or they run out of dishes. There are no clean clothes to wear and spiders in the corners. They feel stress because of the mess. But if they could clean it up, life might be so much better. The Danes have a word for this: hygge. …

Damn it! I still like them.

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You will never catch me at a Trump rally. Correction: You would have never caught me at a rally and I don’t know if the President will have any more. My bet is that he will.

That’s because I despise the man — my eyes and ears tell me that he is a proponent of “White Identity” politics which is an educated way of saying that he’s a racist. …

But we’re not done

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There is a reason why we applied the brakes on Donald Trump in the election of 2020. At least 74,000,000 of us saw the warning signs. We decided that authoritarianism and populism ideologies are not what we want in our American DNA. These are not conducive to American freedom.

We never knew that our institutions could so easily be damaged by a president who ignores traditions, rules, and professional standards. We were surprised to see our government develop employment turnover worse than a fast-food restaurant, and as any program manager knows; turnover is never efficient, stable, or good.

Then, there was the development of a “deep state” theory. Traditionally, our government has people who work in government as a career. They develop expertise along the way, and they are protected by Civil Service Rules. …

I did it early and by mail. It is NOT an “illegal” vote

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Trump voters are demanding state vote counters to “Count the Vote!” or “Stop the Vote!” But be careful. Like a surgeon's needle, these requests need to be applied strategically. Are we in Arizona? Keep counting. In Pennsylvania? Stop! This shows no consistency and more than a little hypocrisy on the part of the protesting Trump voters.

And even though one candidate has 73,919,527 votes (50.5%) against an incumbent who has 69,801,772 votes (47.7%) so far; Trump voters, egged on by the President of the United States, are insisting that the election is being stolen.

It is, as Senator Susan Collins would typically say, very disturbing. Our very own president is trying to trash our voting system; this is the very heart of our democracy. Millions upon millions of us knew that putting him in the White House was a risk, but none of us thought it would be this bad. …

I don’t feel like I thought I would

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I got up this morning feeling odd. That’s probably normal after an election like this; millions of votes still have to be counted and one candidate doesn’t want them to be. This has the feeling of a B movie, but the plot is terrible.

First, we have the recent takeover of the post office (June 2020!) …

Why have some people stomped on the values they once proudly held?

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Authoritarian: favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.

President Donald J. Trump does have an authoritarian style. So it stands to reason that he would attract a certain percentage of the American population who appear to want an authoritarian leader. This is a surprise only because before the era of Trump one could have said these same people were strong constitutionalists. They seemed to have actually studied the document — at least during President Obama’s two terms.

That was when they were patriots. …

Millions of Americans want to keep it that way

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When we broke off from England, some thought we were fools. We had a daddy king who we paid taxes to, and we took instruction from him as if he were right down the street. For this, we received protection. There was no need to think; just do as you’re told.

But he was across the water.

And to make it worse, we had no representation in his court. At least, not any that the King had any right to respect. …

Some people will do anything to stop you from voting

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Credit: Clarence Spigner, University of Washington (Photo of Jimmie Lee Jackson)

I try not to talk about race. At least not all of the time. But I keep coming back to it. It forms the backdrop of my life. And I want to move on to other things — I really do.

But the ghosts of the dead won’t let me.

You know the name of George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. But do you know Jimmie Lee Jackson from Marion, Alabama? Probably not. He’s about to be lost to the mists of time. But this gentle soldier was born in 1938. And he, for some strange reason, wanted to vote.

There is something about voting that defines one as an adult. Oh, some will disagree. “But I’m an adult! I don’t have to vote to be grown,” you think. Actually, you do. It’s making your mark on the society you live in. But all of this is meaningless to those who have taken that right for granted. …

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