Discord & Dissension – Part I – Intro

As a retired educator, I have a great passion for political news and commentary. This new project by two blogging friends in America will, I’m sure, be a great success! Bravo!

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The year is 2020.  Ten days into the new year, and so much has already happened that we cannot keep up.  The world is teetering on the brink, and all thanks to one ‘man’:  Donald Trump.  Yes, that Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who sits in the White House, in the highest position of leadership in the nation, despite the fact that he lost the election by nearly 3 million votes.

The year is 2020, and the United States will be having an election on November 3rd, in just 298 days the people of this nation will head to the polls to cast their vote for their representative, some for their senator, and all for the next president.  Or will they?  In 2016, between 58% – 59% of eligible voters actually voted.  WHY?  Because …

  • Hillary Clinton was a woman
  • Hillary Clinton was not “warm and fuzzy”
  • Hillary Clinton…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Big & Little

My friend, Jill Dennison, has provided us with several wonderful stories of ordinary people doing loving things for others. Please read on and allow Jill to lift your spirit with evidence that humanity is not beyond redemption.

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Guess what I found?  I found good people!


Generosity times 100 …

Alec Sprague lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  A few days ago, he went to his local Costco store to buy a generator, and I imagine his jaw dropped when he saw a man buying not one, not two, but 100 generators!  At $450 each, that is no small feat!  About $45,000 by my reckoning … one could buy a brand new car for that and still have money left over!

Now, I don’t think Alec got the man’s name, but he did speak to him and found that the man was buying not only 100 generators, but also a large stash of food to send to the Bahamas for those who, in the wake of Hurricane Dorian last week, are left without electricity or supplies, many without homes.  Add to that $45,000 tab another $4,285.70 for a variety of…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Everyday People

Jill Dennison has posted about several ordinary folks reaching out to help others in need. I’m grateful to my friend Jill for reminding us amid all the ugliness that monopolizes our daily headlines that there are good people doing good things!

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Today’s good people are just average, ordinary people who see a need and step in to help another.  Small things, everyday sort of things, but things that mean so much …


In October, Milwaukee bus driver Natalie Barnes started talking with a passenger named Richard, who told her he has been homeless for a week, since the place where he had been living was condemned. When he asked if he could ride along for the night to stay out of the cold, she agreed.

“At some point in our lives, everybody needs help. I wanted to do what I could to help Richard in some way.”

At one point during her shift, she took a break at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and offered to get her passenger a bite to eat.  “Now I don’t know what to say but to say thank you,” he said to Barnes and promised to pay…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Chad Houser

In her weekly series, “Good People Doing Good Things”, Jill Dennison gifts us with a story about Chad Houser, a chef and restauranteur in Dallas, Texas, who runs a program to help young juveniles who were incarcerated to learn skills they can use to support themselves and contribute to society. Please share.

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Welcome to Wednesday morning and our weekly Good People feature.  For those who have only recently begun following Filosofa’s Word, every Wednesday morning I shine a light on people who are giving back, giving of themselves to help others and make the world just a little better place for us all.  We are inundated with so much negativity these days, so many examples of greed and bigotry, that I think it serves us well to step back every now and then, to remind ourselves that there are a lot of good people in this world.  I refer to these as the ‘silent majority’, for they are too busy out there doing good to have time to be loudly tooting their own horn.  So today, I would like to introduce you to Chad Houser of Dallas, Texas …

In 2007, Chad Houser bought into a popular bistro in Dallas, and his…

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On Voters Not Voting – Part II: The Demographics

We are gifted once more with Part II of Jill Dennison’s 3-part series on voting issues in U.S. elections, where she investigates the hurdles that some people must navigate in order to vote. An excellent post! Please share.

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Only 67% or all eligible voters are even registered to vote.  That is only two out of every three adults.  In Part I of this project, I looked at the reasons people gave for not voting, some of which were ludicrous, such as “forgot”, “weather”, and “too busy”.  But there are some legitimate reasons that people do not vote.  To understand these, I think it is important to look at some of the demographics of the non-voters.

Race

Among white voters, 73.5% of eligible voters did actually vote in 2016.  But minorities were much less likely to vote, with only 69.7% of African-Americans, 59.4% of Latinos, and the lowest group being Asians at 55.3%.

Age

Not surprisingly, the percentage of eligible voters who vote increases with age:

Age 18 to 24       58.5%

Age 25 to 34       66.4%

Age 35 to 44       69.9%

Age 45 to 54       73.5%

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On Voters Not Voting – Part I: The Problem

Jill Dennison gifts us with a well-researched analysis of the voting statistics from the 2016 US election and explores reasons given why so many didn’t vote that day. Please share.

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In the 2016 elections, U.S. citizens stood to lose a lot.  As we now know, we stood to lose our voices.  And yet, with so much riding on a single day, with our very futures and those of our children on the line, a huge number of Americans could not be bothered to take an hour out of their day to go vote.  In fact, according to a Pew Research Center analysis,  U.S. voter turnout was very low compared to other nations’ recent elections.  In Belgium, 87.2% of eligible voters actually voted, and in Mexico, 66%.  The U.S.?  55.7%.  Just over half of all those who could have voted, actually did.  Where were the rest of the people who might have been able to save us from the chaos our nation has become?  Let us take a look at some of the excuses reasons that are offered1:

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An Open Letter To Congress …

If I was a GOP Member of Congress, I would not like to receive this open letter from Jill Dennison on behalf of We the People… Please share.

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09 April 2018

Dear Member of Congress,

I am told that you have concerns about your upcoming performance review on November 6th, as well you should.  Your employers, I and many others, are very displeased with your job performance and frankly, I am already seeking your replacement in the event you do not turn things around very quickly.  It appears the problem lies with the fact that you have forgotten to whom you owe your allegiance.  It was I and my fellow citizens who hired you, and it is to us whom you have a responsibility … all of us, not just some.

First, allow me to make one thing perfectly clear:  Donald J. Trump is not your employer!  He may have given you to believe that he is, but he is not.  He is merely another employee of the organization that is run by We The…

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Albright Speaks — We Should Listen

Jill Dennison has gifted us with the reproduction of a dire warning from Madeleine Albright who served as Secretary of State under Bill Clinton. Published today as an opEd in the New York Times, her words must be heeded. Please share.

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Madeleine Albright served as Secretary of State for four years under President Bill Clinton.  Though I have not always agreed with her positions, I have tremendous respect for her knowledge and understanding.  Today, Ms. Albright published an OpEd in the New York Timesthat I find astute, timely, and chillingly prescient.  Agree or don’t agree, but I think this is something each of us needs to read and ponder.

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

By Madeleine Albright — April 6, 2018

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.

To guard against a recurrence, the survivors of war and the Holocaust joined forces to create the…

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The Right Is Targeting Parkland HS Mass Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez, As Enemy #1

How low will the supporters of the Right in the U.S.A. stoop? Gronda Morin shows us how the Right has begun character assassinations against the Parkland teen leaders of the gun control initiative.

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Over the years, the far right conservative republicans have developed a cottage industry of orchestrating hate campaigns of leaders on the left that they fear. The level of hate, “fake news,” marketing dissemination engendered on the right against Democratic leaders like our former US President Barack Obama are legendary. Their marketing endeavors have been incredibly effective as demonstrated by the following example where even when absolute proof was proffered, the lie is still believed by a vast majority of republicans.

As per a 8/10/2016 NBC report, “Seventy-two percent of registered Republican voters still doubt President Obama’s citizenship, according to a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll conducted in late June and early July of more than 1,700 registered voters. And this skepticism even exists among Republicans high in political knowledge.”

There are numerous fact checking web-sites like Snopes.com which have made business over the years of verifying many of of the right’s…

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East vs West?

Jill Dennison gifts us with a sobering look ahead to a summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un. Please share.

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“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” – Donald Trump, 08 August 2017

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” – Donald Trump, 19 September 2017

“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.” – Kim Jong-un, 22 September 2017

“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” – Kim Jong-un, 22 September 2017

“Why…

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