Sunday, January 22, 2017

Why I went to the Women's March in San Jose' yesterday?

I went to the Women's March yesterday in San Jose, and it was a most edifying and encouraging experience.

Police estimated the crowd at 25,000!  Surely, it marks a most historic statistic in the annals of marching in San Jose!  And, most definitely the nation!

The San Jose Mercury News gave Mayor Sam Liccardo's view of the Women's March: "In San Jose, Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted an overhead photo of “a beautiful crowd” around City Hall, and added a hashtag that said, “This is what democracy looks like.”"

CBS reported: "Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, was one of the speakers at the event and said it is the largest demonstration in San Jose’s history."

So, why did I go to the Women's March in San Jose'?

I went to the women's March in San Jose' to:

  • support my sisters and brothers around the world, our nation's most vulnerable groups, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, "Minorities", gay,  impoverished, persons with disability, the multitude of incarcerated and people hungering for truth and justice
  • support truth; Trump received less than 2.8 million votes
  • demand an investigation into Trump's connections to Russia and to know what he knew, when he knew it, and how he knew it, and to discern how that connection to Putin affected the election, i.e. to question the legitimacy of this election
  • protest Trump's abominable Cabinet nominees
  • protest his conflicts of interest, thinking he is impeachable today!
  • try to put the brakes on Trump's most egregious promises, beginning with the proposed wall and deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

It certainly seems like I have been marching since the great 60's in this country, but this march was really amazing!!  A mass of people standing up for social justice and standing up to a bully, who has no mandate from the people, whose trigger reactions are scary beyond belief, and whose first actions portend a dire regressive turn in our country.

Trump's first actions:  Begin the rollback of Obamacare, eliminate the cuts in mortgage premium insurance rates, removal of references to Climate Change and LGBT issues and berating journalists for their accurate reporting on his paltry inauguration numbers, to be supported by a Press Secretary who cites "alternative facts" about those same attendance figures.  Who will ever believe him?  Not a good beginning!

If there is one motto appropriate to the times, surely this Jefferson quote stands out!

Friday, on the day of the inauguration, I also marched in protest at the Federal Building in San Jose' and my husband and I hung a black tie around one of our house columns, because our nation is not the one we knew.

As Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted on the Day of the Women's March, "This is what democracy looks like!"

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Discharged! Donald Trump lands in America! Don't normalize, Organize, Resist!!

Definition of a daymare:  :  "a nightmarish fantasy experienced while awake"

further from Merriam Webster Dictionary

"Did You Know?

Long ago, the word nightmare designated an evil spirit that made its victims feel like they were suffocating in their sleep (prompting physician-botanist William Turner to introduce "a good remedy agaynst the stranglyng of the nyght mare" in 1562). By the early 1700s, the Age of Reason had arrived, nightmares were bad dreams, and "daymare" was a logically analogous choice when English speakers sought a word for a frightening and uncontrollable fantasy, a run-away daydream. And since the 1800s, when Charles Dickens wrote "a monstrous load that I was obliged to bear, a daymare that there was no possibility of breaking in, a weight that brooded on my wits" in David Copperfield, we’ve been using "daymare" figuratively. For example, today we might refer to "a logistical daymare.""
This morning when I awoke and started ambling along, remembering the inauguration to come in six days, I had a daymare!  
I remembered when I was 12 years old, practicing in air raid drills, how to become prepared for bombs coming from Russia! I remembered how me and my classmates hid under our desks during those air raid drills! It was the Fifties after all!!  The age of bomb shelters and air raid drills!!

The daymare went like this!  We have finally been bombed, and, indeed, the bomb apparently did get discharged from Russia. After all these years, the bomb has finally been launched, and has landed, in the form of Donald Trump, delivered after all these years, despite detente and all that!
What a daymare, it is!!  
Karit Hummer 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Immigrant Story: No 2000 mile wall and No Muslim Registry!!

Remember our roots. With the exception of the Native American, our family histories all include an immigrant story. Look at this iconic image of a family of early last century, having arrived at Ellis Island, viewing the Statue of Liberty for the first time, having brought all their hopes and dreams for a better life, and, at once, bringing to these shores their great sense of family values and hopeful, dedicated spirit, enriching their new homeland forever. Let us be the Welcoming nation we always have been!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I had a dream! In Abraham Lincoln's shoes, not!!

Last night I had a dream of Abraham Lincoln, the trigger for which must surely be the abhorrence I am feeling by the transition to power of someone so unworthy to lead our nation as Donald Trump. In the dream, Abraham Lincoln gave me a commendation, and I was filled with the glow of pride to have been recognized by someone of such moral character and noble purpose as Abraham Lincoln. Over the years, I have often thought that the Civil War had never really ended and that the nation's ugly underbelly of racism and bigotry of all kinds was just below the surface. Now, such odious symptoms have been crassly stirred by the sheerest of demagogic rhetoric in an artful game in which the nation surely loses as a whole. Perhaps, tapping into the memory of what Abraham Lincoln brought us through, we might find our way home again. Because, surely Trumpland is a strange country in which many of us have lost our moorings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Why we need the dream team of Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson to lead our nation?

We need a new direction for these times!! I suggest the dream team of Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson to lead our nation What are the times? Endless war, Surveillance State, Global warming and Climate catastrophe, more inequality, more unemployment, Drones and Human Rights abuses, we can't afford the status quo! Far right politics and compromising centrism has gotten us close to disaster. Time to step away from tht dangerous precipice. Karita Hummer

I  couldn't agree more!! from a feature-length article in the New Republic on Monday, titled "Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren"  My dream team, Elzabeth Warren for president and Alan Grayson for Vice President!  Karita Hummer

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Uncle Sam has lost the moral high ground!!

Two amendments recently failed in Congress, one that would have curtailed the massive collection of telephonic and digital communications of American citizens by NSA and the other, that would have curtailed the authorization of endless wars and unseemly covert military actions around the world in the name of fighting terrorism.

It seems to me that I have lost the country I have known, of Constitutional Law, that respects my privacy and freedom as a citizen and one that shows respect for International law, where the killings of innocent children are not dismissed and rationalized as "necessary" for self defense. 

Deeply disappointed, bereft and aggrieved at the loss of a country that purported to live by the highest standards of ethics and moral integrity!  Uncle Sam, you have given up the high ground on which we were founded.  I want my country back!