What The Hell . . .?

Did Our President of Our United States just invite Vladimir Putin, former KGB power-man-now-Russian President, to the White House in Our Washington, D.C. to further talks after the debacle in Helsinki?

Really?

To do what? Further toady up to the Russian dictator (oh yes, he is!) and further make nice with the guy who denies any interference with  an American election? – and further, indicate belief  in that denial in spite of what his own American intelligence says?

I am not the brightest kid on the block, and I don’t make a habit of proclaiming my beliefs to anyone but my family and closest friends, but this is beyond the limits of being a Pollyanna who freely gives the other person the benefit of a doubt.

This is MY country being drowned. “Make America Great Again” my pussy-foot!

I don’t want to hear it about “fake news.” Everyone who watched the Helsinki summit and everyone who heard the groveling words that undermined American Intelligence and gave credence to Russian denial should understand we – this, our country – stands on a dangerous precipice. We have a president with a mega-ego besotted with men who wield total power and control. We have a president who would like that same control over we, the people, and we have a president who already wields a great deal of power as president. I might add, he has managed to gather those around him who don’t dare cross him, and has given them positions of power. Scary.

That I don’t like this man is well known through omission of saying nice things about him. I’ve never liked him as a human being, not since I watched two episodes of his TV show and thought, “wow, enough of this.” I believe he is a bully, not  nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is, definitely a womanizer (no, I don’t pity beautiful Melania, who, I think, is very smart and has her future well documented and secure) and I think he was more surprised than anyone that he actually flummoxed enough people to win the highest honor in our land.

For you who are still “Trumpers” — check with Snopes every time you think something printed or said is fake. They’re harbingers of truth and tell it straight. If you can’t find fact there, read. Watch. Look beyond what you think you’re hearing and seeing. I’ll say it again. Our country is in danger. A sickness is growing within us and few have had the courage to prescribe the cure.

This is MY country. As it is yours. For my part, I don’t want to be the ostrich who gets her backside burned because she didn’t speak out..

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA

“While the storm clouds gather

Far across the sea

Let us pledge allegiance

To a land that’s free


 

In 1938,  storm clouds blackened over Europe and spread with the rise of Germany’s dictator, Adolph Hitler. 

In America, the same year, with tension rising and the country divided about whether to stand with allies, songwriter Irving Berlin gave us “God Bless America,” a prayerful anthem for peace. Popular singer Kate Smith made it her signature song and Americans made it a hymn. 

“Let us all be grateful for a land so fair

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer . . .”

Back then, America tried to avoid an escalating global war even as we watched Hitler ravage Europe, but when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, it became our war. It cost us more than 400,000 brave warriors and four years of conflict, but we won.

Today, the storm clouds gather again. Even to my naïve eye and non-political brain I know recent world events will have serious impact on America’s role and her future. Is another global war likely?

It depends on powerful leaders with short fuses and immense egos.

Here at home we have internal problems.

Division. Those who make laws and decisions for us can’t find common ground, so there are no solutions to:

Gun violence. Every day there’s a new story. Every day senseless lives lost.

Drugs. Too many are addicted. Too many die.

Increasing rise in the homeless and destitute. Many are veterans. Why?

Fear. We keep our children close to keep them safe from predators and dropped needles. We tuck concealed weapons in purses and pockets just in case. Our homes have security cameras and we lock our doors, even when we’re there. Strangers are not welcome and we look at anyone walking near our homes after dark with suspicion.

And probably in what should be the safest place anywhere — our schools — we have guards with guns and practice lockdowns, alert to the possibility of a school shooter.

“God Bless America.

Land that I love”

Do you think we’ve forgotten that our founding fathers built our country on Christian moral values? That if they found it necessary to include God in the building of our nation, it’s just as necessary to include Him today?

Stand beside her and guide her

Through the night with the light from above

Maybe it’s time to ask for wisdom for our country’s leaders, and blessings for our country.

From the mountains

To the prairies 

To the ocean white with foam

God Bless America

My home sweet home.”