About Last Night…

Yesterday, so many of American made the unthinkable Sophie’s Choice of protesting during a pandemic. As John Edwards used to say (I know, I know!), we are living in two Americas. It’s not just the murder of George Floyd by the police, or the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, or the racist treatment of NYC birdwatcher Christian Cooper.

Or the Trump-Virus’ disproportionate harm to non-white Americans.

Or the 103,000+ Americans who died from it. So far, that is.

Or the 40M Americans who are now unemployed.

Or the on-coming Second Great Depression.

Or the Billionaires who are making off like bandits.

It’s that it’s happening all at once. 

I don’t have much else to say except stay strong and keep healthy and be kind to each other, we need to vote out these monsters this autumn.

(Repeat after me: “You’re a hero and the heroes don’t let the monsters win.”)

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11 Responses to About Last Night…

  1. donnah says:

    I live in a medium sized city and yesterday there were protesters downtown and everything stayed calm. A second event at 7 pm also started calmly, but then all hell broke loose, kids were flinging water bottles, turning over trash cans, and spray painting cursewords on the Courthouse. They hit a few policemen who were standing in a line, they trashed a parked police car, and the police brought out the pepper spray and tear gas. It all happened so quickly. A curfew that started at 9 pm was ignored until the police presence sent everyone home.

    I was heartbroken. We struggled so much last year as seven tornados struck our town over the Memorial weekend. Then in August we had a mass shooting downtown. And now we are in the middle of a pandemic and a riot.

    It’s hard to stay positive in the middle of all this.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    At a time like this, we crave leadership. So, I turn to the leaders of last great liberal reformation.

    MLK
    [audio src="http://okra.stanford.edu/media/audio/630828000.mp3" /]

    JFK
    https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/historic-speeches/inaugural-address

    And we mustn’t forget the words of this great American leader, FDR
    https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/historic-speeches/inaugural-address

    So I suggest wegive the MHSG the consideration he deserves. Look to the future, hold hope close, gird yourselves for trials and tribulations unlike any we have imagined before, and remember the ideals the words of these great men advocated.

    Today, at this time in our lives and in history we should give the greatest weight to the words of FDR “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

    O-

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  3. Redhand says:

    Let me offer a bit of light from “the Garden State,” of all places. Here in New Jersey, we have been miraculously free of violent protest — up to now at least. Why? The City of Newark was absolutely devastated by five days or race riots in July 1967. Twenty-six people were killed, and 700 injured, and so much property damage occurred that many feel the City was indelibly marked. It was certainly a seminal event in State history.

    But, I think some good came of it. Check this article out. Newark’s peaceful protests of George Floyd’s death draw on lessons from city’s history

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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  4. I am I the only one feeling weird about LDN’s moment of consciousness in that tweet? His leadership is the weakliest, and he has (further) fractured this country. Tarring and feathering is too good for him.

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  5. I am angry, scared, and sad, all at once…I am also hopeful…hopeful the Trump organized crime will go down in the flames.

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  6. roket says:

    PSA:

    How riots work:

    1) Daylight hours – peaceful protests

    b) Twighlight hours – the drunks come out to play and burn

    iii) Evening hours – opportunists let the pillaging begin

    Anyway, speaking as a boomer, this is my observation.

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  7. John Edwards: Man with an inconvenient message about the great racist divide in this country who was driven out of politics because he fathered a child out of wedlock in an affair that was almost certainly countenanced by his dying wife, exposed by a jumped up blackmailer who actively concealed numerous extramarital affairs by the current president.

    Would that be that John Edwards?….

    I speak rhetorically, of course…Rules #1-1000 of American Politics: IAOKIYAR, INOKIYAD…

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