Facts are facts. 2 + 2 = 4. There is no debate. It is a fact. Donald Trump is president and that is a fact, but some of the things his aides are saying and trying to pawn off as facts are not. Today Kellyanne Conaway coined a phrase “alternative facts”, and this is troubling. There are no alternative facts it is either true or false no in between. If your child gave you alternative facts you would punish them. Donald Trump uttered a lot of alternative facts during the campaign season, but the season is over and now the alternative reality has to become a distant memory and now the Trumpsters have to start dealing with the real facts.
Yesterday a friend of mine asked me my opinion of the inauguration. I accept the reality of the Trump presidency but I have no intention of celebrating it. Trump won the election but this is a day for him and his supporters. Trump has already signed executive orders eliminating a program that helped first time homebuyers. He is doing what he promised and unfortunately what he promised is not going to be good for everyone. So eat, drink and be merry you won.
Today we observe the birthday of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His contribution to the civil rights movement is incalculable. He is an American hero, but he has been dead for almost 50 years, and people are still asking in times of crisis “what would Dr. King say?” People who knew him well and people who did not know him at all are ready to respond on his behalf, but this does him a disservice. So many of the people who were around him have evolved on issues but King still has the opinions he had in 1968? No one knows what King would have been like had his life not been cut short. So why do we keep asking the question? King was relevant in his day, but his day has past. We can revere his memory, but we have to look forward not backward as we face the problems of this century.
Bishop Eddie Long died this morning but his influence was diminished years ago. He was accused by several boys of having improper contact with them. In the midst of the crisis Long maintained his innocence but he settled the cases with the accusers. He moved on with his ministry but many questioned his innocence. So how will he be remembered? A progressive minister of a mega-church or a sexual predator who took advantage of the vulnerable? Share your thoughts.
True greatness is when your life matters beyond people who share your DNA. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of those people. The Meaning Of Michelle features 16 writers sharing how her journey has impacted their own journeys. This anthology was written by people from all walks of life. Writers include Ava Duvernay of Selma and Queen Sugar fame, noted chef Marcus Samuelsson and New York First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady Obama brought strength and grace to the White House and she refused to bow down to those who tried to pigeon hole her into any tired stereotypes. She never forgot her roots and she always kept it real. So many of the essays share this common thread and this book is a love song to a woman who means so much to so many. We will miss Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, but we can pick up this book and remember the woman who took a little of the Southside of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and made it work.
Civil rights icon is questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. Is this helpful? No. Like it or not Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president next week. He won the most electors and he will be occupying the oval office. When someone of Lewis’ stature makes a statement like this it adds fuel to the fire. It was wrong when it was done to President Obama and it is wrong now.
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If it weren’t so insulting it would be comical that Donald Trump and his group of justifiers do not like fake news. Trump is the guy who launched his political career on fake news. He promoted birtherism for over 5 years and all the networks major and cable gave him a platform to spew his fake news. He promoted false stories on Hillary Clinton and now he takes umbrage to Buzzfeed promoting an unsubstantiated story. He is mad at CNN for giving the story oxygen but he had no problem using fake news throughout his political career.
President Obama has lived the last 8 years under a microscope. Everything he did was analyzed, over analyzed and re-analyzed. He was accused of being a celebrity. When he went on late night talk shows he was accused of being undignified, but that was before we got the Tweeter-in-chief. He tweets about everything and nothing and his acts are labeled as a new way of handling the office. He is a new kind of president. Dignity is no longer a part of the discussion. He has a cabinet of millionaires and billionaires that are now charged with handling the problems of the masses. The masses they pass on the streets while riding in their stretch limousines. It is a new day in DC. Not a better simply a new day. Tonight I sit waiting for President Obama’s Farewell Address and I am saddened to see him go. He was and is a class act. It is sad to say his successor is not.