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The Cyclical Nature of Political Assassinations in America

 

BY JEANETTE LENOIR

 

Political assassinations have been a recurring feature in American history, often shaping the course of the nation. From presidents to civil rights leaders, these targeted killings have left a lasting impact.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer. This event shocked the nation and had far-reaching consequences for Reconstruction and the future of race relations in America. Decades later, in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. The assassination led to widespread grief and conspiracy theories that persist to this day.

Civil rights leaders were also targets of political assassinations. In 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam, and in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. These killings were a major setback for the civil rights movement and highlighted the deep racial divisions in American society.

What were the motives behind the assassination of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.?

The motives behind the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were complex and multifaceted.

In the case of Malcolm X, his assassination, with alleged covert government assistance, was carried out by members of the Nation of Islam, a group he had once been a prominent member of. However, he had become increasingly critical of the Nation and its leader, Elijah Muhammad, in the years leading up to his death. His criticisms and his formation of a rival organization, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, are believed to have been key factors in the decision to assassinate him.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was carried out by James Earl Ray, a white supremacist. Ray had a history of racism and criminal activity. While his exact motives remain somewhat unclear, it is widely believed that his hatred of King and the civil rights movement played a significant role in his decision to commit the assassination.

In both cases, the assassinations were driven by a combination of political, ideological, and personal factors. They were acts of violence that had a profound impact on the civil rights movement and American society as a whole.

More recently, there have been attempts on the lives of other political figures. In 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head during a constituent event in Tucson, Arizona. She survived but was left with severe injuries. And in 2024, former President Donald Trump was reportedly shot at by a sniper during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. He was not injured, but the incident underscored the ongoing threat of political violence.

And these are just a few examples of the many political assassinations that have taken place in America. These events have had a profound impact on the nation, shaping its history and its politics. It is important to remember these events and to learn from them, so that we can work to prevent future acts of political violence, like the recent assassination attempt of Republican nominee for president, well known for his own incitement of political violence, former president Donald Trump who survived a snipers bullets that nearly ending his life. The shooting at Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania took the life of one rally attendee and wounded several others.  

Here are a few other attempted assassinations and assassinations of U.S. presidents in American history:

  • James Garfield: Wounded July 2, 1881, he died 79 days later
  • William McKinley: Wounded September 6, 1901, he died 8 days later
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Attempted assassination on Oct 14, 1912
  • Andrew Jackson: Attempted assassination Jan. 30, 1835 outside the Capitol Building
  • William Howard Taft: Attempted assassination alleged in 1909 and 1910
  • Herbert Hoover: Attempted assassination alleged in 1928
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Attempted assassination Feb 15, 1933
  • Harry S. Truman: Attempted assassination in 1947 during the Jewish insurgency in Palestine before the formation of the State of Israel, and November 1, 1950, Puerto Rican pro-independence activists
  • Richard Nixon: Attempted assassination on April 13, 1972 and on February 22, 1974
  • Gerald Ford: Attempted assassination August 1974; September 5, 1975; September 22, 1975
  • Jimmy Carter: Alleged attempted assassination May 5, 1979

Officials: Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania

 

BY JEANETTE LENOIR

 

Former president Donald Trump and presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election appears to have been shot at by a sniper during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. 

Video of the incident show Trump was graced by potential bullets, and was bloodied on his head close to his ear, and escorted defiantly off the stage by secret service agents.

Preliminary news reports say that the suspected shooter is deceased, including a rally attendee. There are also reports of two critically injured people.  

What to know, according to the Associated Press:

  • What happened: Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when a popping sound was heard, and the former president put his right hand up to his right ear. It’s still not clear yet whether Trump was struck by gunfire or was injured as he was pulled to the ground by agents.
  • What we know about the shooter: Two officials spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. They said the shooter was not an attendee at the rally and was killed by U.S. Secret Service agents. Law enforcement recovered an AR-style rifle at the scene, an AP source says.
  • Biden’s response: In a televised address, the president said “everybody must condemn” the attack, he is relieved that Trump is reportedly “doing well”. His campaign said it’s pausing all messaging to supporters and is working to pull down all of its television ads as quickly as possible.

HERE’s the full early report from the AP.

Richard Simons “The Pied Piper of Pounds” Has Died

 

BY JEANETTE LENOIR

Richard Simons was a fitness guru and personal trainer who helped countless people achieve their health and fitness goals. With years of experience in the fitness industry, Simons was known for his infectious spirited attitude, his knowledge, expertise, and commitment to helping his obese clients succeed against the odds. He exuded joy and passion for helping people struggling with their weight and not stigmatizing them for it. 

With the passing of Dr. Ruth, the world lost two iconic people back to back. One taught us to loosen the constraints of sex and to pursue healthy sexual lives, while the other showed us how to workout and have fun doing it. Dr. Ruth was 96 and Richard Simmons was 76. Perhaps longevity lies in sexuality… who knows, either way, both of their passing signals an end to an old America, a chapter that in hindsight seemed more peaceful. But, I digress. 

Simons began his fitness journey as a teenager, competing in track and field and cross country. He went on to earn a degree in exercise science from the University of California, Berkeley, and later became certified as a personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Training Philosophy

Simons’ training philosophy is based on the belief that everyone has the potential to achieve their fitness goals. He takes a holistic approach to fitness, focusing on the whole person and not just their physical health. He believes that fitness should be enjoyable and sustainable, and he works with his clients to develop personalized programs that fit their individual needs and goals.

Success Stories

Simons has helped countless clients achieve their fitness goals. Some of his success stories include:

  • Helping a client lose 100 pounds and keep it off for over five years
  • Helping a client overcome a chronic back injury and regain her ability to run
  • Helping a client prepare for and complete a triathlon

Media and Publications

Simons has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Shape. He is also the author of two books on fitness, “The 10 Commandments of Fitness” and “The 30-Day Body Transformation.”

Awards and Recognition

Simons has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including:

  • NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Fitness Professional of the Year
  • IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year

Legacy

Simons was a true pioneer in the fitness industry. He helped countless people achieve their fitness goals, and his work has inspired others to pursue careers in fitness. He was a role model for fitness professionals and a true asset to the industry.  He was born on July 12, 1948 and died at age 76 on July 13, 2024, a day after celebrating his birthday. 

The Legacy of Dr. Ruth, America’s Favorite Sex Therapist

BY JEANETTE LENOIR

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, known affectionately as “Dr. Ruth,” was a pioneering sex therapist and media personality who revolutionized the way people thought and talked about sex. Through her books, television shows, and radio programs, she provided frank and compassionate advice on a wide range of sexual issues, helping to break down taboos and empower individuals to embrace their sexuality.

Born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany in 1928, Dr. Ruth survived the Holocaust and immigrated to the United States in 1956. She earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University and began her career as a sex therapist in the 1970s. 

In 1980, Dr. Ruth launched her nationally syndicated radio show, “Sexually Speaking,” which quickly became one of the most popular radio programs in the country. Her warm and approachable manner, combined with her no-nonsense advice, made her a trusted voice on all things sex.

In addition to her radio show, Dr. Ruth hosted several television shows, including “The Dr. Ruth Show” and “Ask Dr. Ruth.” She also wrote over 45 books on sex and relationships, including “Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Good Sex” and “The New Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

Dr. Ruth’s work had a profound impact on American culture. She helped to destigmatize sex and make it a topic that could be discussed openly and honestly. She also advocated for sexual pleasure and fulfillment for both men and women, regardless of age or ability. Recently, she was appointed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul as the state’s honorary ambassador to loneliness.

Dr. Ruth passed away at age 96 in her Manhattan home on Friday, July 12. According to reports, she is survived by her two children and four grandchildren. Dr. Ruth’s legacy will continues to inspire and empower people around the world. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for a more open and informed dialogue about sex and sexuality. Her work will continue to impact future generations, helping them to make informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on This History

 

In the shadow of the Civil War, a new form of racial segregation emerged in the United States: the sundown town. These were communities, predominantly in the North and Midwest, that actively excluded Black Americans from residing within their borders. While the South was notorious for its Jim Crow laws, sundown towns operated under a cloak of informal intimidation, often enforced through violence and threats.

The term “sundown town” originated from the chilling signs posted at the town limits, warning Black people: “Don’t let the sun go down on you in ____.” This sharp message served as a stark reminder that Black presence after dark was unwelcome, and could result in violence or even death.

The origins of sundown towns can be traced back to the late 19th century, following the end of Reconstruction. As white supremacy regained its grip, Black Americans faced a resurgence of discrimination and violence. Sundown towns became a way to enforce segregation, not through legal statutes, but through fear and intimidation.

These towns employed various tactics to maintain their racial exclusivity. In some cases, violence and threats were used to drive out Black residents. Others relied on economic pressure, denying Black people access to jobs or housing. Still others employed social ostracization, making it impossible for Black people to feel welcome or integrated into the community.

The impact of sundown towns on Black communities was profound. It limited their access to housing, jobs, and education, and created a climate of fear and isolation. It also contributed to the perpetuation of racial stereotypes and prejudices.

While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial discrimination in housing, the legacy of sundown towns persists. Many of these communities remain predominantly white, with limited opportunities for Black residents. The scars of past discrimination continue to shape the social and economic landscape of these towns.

Unveiling the Hidden History:

In recent years, there has been a growing movement to shed light on the history of sundown towns. Researchers have compiled extensive databases and maps, documenting the existence of these communities across the country. Historians and activists are working to raise awareness about this often-overlooked chapter of American history.

Moving Forward:

Understanding the history of sundown towns is crucial for confronting the ongoing challenges of racial injustice in the United States. By acknowledging this dark chapter, we can begin to dismantle the structures of segregation that continue to exist, and work towards building a more equitable and inclusive society.

Here are some resources for learning more about sundown towns:

Let us not allow the sun to set on the truth. Let us confront the history of sundown towns, and work towards a future where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Sundown towns employed a variety of tactics to maintain their racial exclusivity, often operating through a combination of overt and covert methods. Here are some of the most common:

Overt tactics:

  • Intimidation and violence: Sundown towns used threats, harassment, and physical violence to drive out Black residents and visitors. This could include vandalism, property damage, arson, and even lynching’s.
  • Signs and warnings: Many sundown towns posted signs at their borders explicitly stating that Black people were not welcome after dark. These signs served as a stark reminder of the consequences of violating the town’s racial code.
  • Curfews: Some sundown towns imposed curfews specifically on Black residents, limiting their movement after dark and making it difficult for them to work or socialize.
  • Denial of services: Black people were often denied access to basic services, such as housing, jobs, food, and healthcare. This made it extremely difficult for them to survive in sundown towns.
  • Economic pressure: Sundown towns sometimes used economic pressure to force Black residents out. This could include denying them access to credit, refusing to hire them, or boycotting their businesses.

Covert tactics:

  • Social ostracization: Sundown towns often used social ostracization to make Black residents feel unwelcome and isolated. This could include excluding them from social events, refusing to speak to them, and spreading rumors about them.
  • Discrimination in law enforcement: Black people were often subjected to discriminatory treatment by law enforcement in sundown towns. This could include being stopped and questioned without cause, arrested for minor offenses, or subjected to excessive force.
  • Discrimination in housing: Black people were often denied access to desirable housing in sundown towns. This could include being steered away from certain neighborhoods, being charged higher rents, or being denied mortgages.
  • Discrimination in education: Black children were often denied access to quality education in sundown towns. This could include being segregated into inferior schools, being denied access to certain courses, or being subjected to racial harassment and discrimination from teachers and students.

These tactics were used to create a climate of fear and intimidation that made it difficult for Black people to live in sundown towns. The goal was to maintain racial segregation and white supremacy, and to prevent Black people from achieving economic or social equality. Today, sundown towns operate in the dark and will coordinated efforts from some in law enforcement. Case in point is the story of Rasheem Carter

“The Laundry Man” of Atlanta is Polishing Peoples Lives

 

An Atlanta man is making a difference in the lives of the homeless by providing them with a mobile laundry service. Clarenton “Nicky” Crawford, who is known as “The Laundry Man,” started his own laundry business in 2018 after he saw a need for it in his community. He noticed that many homeless people did not have access to laundry facilities, and he wanted to help them feel more clean and confident.

Crawford’s mobile laundry bus travels to different locations around Atlanta, where he provides free laundry services to anyone who needs them. He also offers dry cleaning and folding services. Crawford’s goal is to help make the lives of the homeless a little bit easier, and he believes that providing them with access to clean laundry is a step in the right direction.

The Laundry Man is a true example of community service. He is making a difference in the lives of the homeless, and he is helping to create a more positive and inclusive community.

“What we’re trying to do is get them clothes they can have for the week so they can change clothes because a lot of times it’s not them that smell, it’s the clothes,” Crawford said during his interview with 11 Alive News. 

Challenges:

Some of the challenges that Crawford faces in running his mobile laundry business include finding funding, securing locations to operate his bus, and dealing with the stigma associated with homelessness.

Crawford’s mobile laundry service has had a significant impact on the homeless community in Atlanta in several ways:

Hygiene and Health:

  • Improved hygiene: Access to clean clothes allows homeless individuals to maintain basic hygiene, reducing their risk of skin infections and other health problems.
  • Increased self-esteem: Feeling clean and presentable can boost self-esteem and confidence, which can be crucial for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Enhanced job opportunities: Clean clothes can improve the chances of securing employment or housing, as employers and landlords are more likely to consider individuals who appear well-groomed and professional.

 

Community and Social Interaction:

  • Sense of community: The Laundry Man provides a space for homeless individuals to connect with others, share stories, and build relationships.
  • Reduced isolation: By offering a free service and a welcoming environment, the Laundry Man helps to combat the social isolation that many homeless individuals experience.
  • Increased access to resources: The Laundry Man often partners with other organizations to provide additional services and resources to the homeless community, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Overall Well-being:

  • Improved mental health: Feeling clean and confident can contribute to better mental health and well-being.
  • Increased motivation: Access to clean clothes can motivate individuals to seek employment, housing, and other opportunities to improve their lives.
  • Positive impact on society: By helping homeless individuals to feel better and achieve their goals, the Laundry Man contributes to a more positive and inclusive society.

Here are some specific examples of the impact that Combs’ mobile laundry service has had on the homeless community:

  • One homeless man reported that he was able to secure a job interview after using the Laundry Man’s services.
  • A homeless woman said that she felt more confident and hopeful about her future after using the Laundry Man’s services.
  • A group of homeless individuals reported that they felt more connected to their community after using the Laundry Man’s services.

Overall, Crawford’s mobile laundry service has made a significant positive impact on the lives of homeless individuals in Atlanta. By providing access to clean clothes, the Laundry Man has helped to improve the hygiene, health, self-esteem, and overall well-being of the homeless community.

Remembering Philando Castile, A Man, A Brother

 

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the senseless killing of a great man and brother. Philando Castile was an African-American man who was fatally shot by cowardly racist police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on July 6, 2016. 

Castile was a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria supervisor who had a permit to carry a firearm. He was driving with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and their 4-year-old daughter when Yanez pulled him over for a broken taillight.

During the stop, Castile informed Yanez that he was carrying a gun and had a permit. Yanez then shot Castile seven times, killing him. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, which sparked nationwide protests and renewed scrutiny of police shootings of African-Americans. Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. He was acquitted of all charges on June 16, 2017. Castile’s death became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, and his name has become synonymous with the issue of police brutality.

Since his tragic killing, many artist have paid tribute to his memory, including the Minneapolis Museum of Art.

A Salute to French-American History & Culture

 

National French Heritage Month, celebrated annually in July within the United States, stands as a testament to the profound impact of French Americans on the nation’s history and cultural fabric. This month-long celebration serves as an occasion to recognize and honor the significant contributions made by French Americans across various domains.

French Americans have played a pivotal role in shaping the United States since the earliest days of European colonization. Intrepid French explorers, traders, and settlers were among the first Europeans to venture into the uncharted territories of North America, leaving their indelible mark on the Midwest, the Great Lakes region, and the Mississippi River Valley. From the establishment of New Orleans – a vibrant city steeped in French culture – to the founding of Detroit, French Americans have left an enduring legacy on the landscape of the United States.

Throughout history, French Americans have made remarkable contributions in numerous spheres. In politics and government, they have held high-ranking positions, serving as presidents, governors, senators, and representatives, shaping policies and decisions that have influenced the course of the nation. In business and industry, French Americans have demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit, establishing and leading successful enterprises that have driven economic growth and innovation.

French Americans have also left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the United States. Their influence is evident in American literature, where renowned authors such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald have woven French themes and settings into their works. In music, French American artists like Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt have captivated audiences worldwide with their unique blend of jazz and French chanson. In art and film, French American directors, actors, and artists have made significant contributions, bringing a touch of French flair to Hollywood and the art world.

Moreover, French Americans have made notable strides in the fields of science and technology. Their intellectual curiosity and innovative spirit have led to groundbreaking discoveries and inventions. French Americans have played a crucial role in advancing medicine, engineering, and space exploration, contributing to the advancement of human knowledge and progress.

National French Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all Americans to celebrate the rich history and culture of French Americans. It is a time to recognize their invaluable contributions and to appreciate the enduring impact they have had on the United States. Through festivals, parades, educational programs, and cultural events, this month-long celebration fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of French American heritage, strengthening the bonds between the United States and France.

From the early days of exploration and settlement to the present day, France has played a pivotal role in shaping the identity and character of America. This month, let us celebrate and honor this rich legacy with enthusiasm and appreciation.

Here are some ways to celebrate the French influence on American culture and history in July:

  • Culinary Exploration: Indulge in the delectable flavors of French cuisine by visiting a French restaurant or trying your hand at preparing some classic French dishes at home. From the iconic ratatouille to the delicate flavors of coq au vin, there are countless culinary delights to savor.
  • Cinematic Masterpieces: Immerse yourself in the world of French cinema by watching a selection of acclaimed French films. From the poetic realism of Jean Renoir to the New Wave movement of the 1960s, French cinema offers a diverse range of cinematic experiences.
  • Musical Journey: Discover the rich tapestry of French music by listening to various genres, from classical composers such as Debussy and Ravel to contemporary artists like Daft Punk and Christine and the Queens. Let the melodies and rhythms transport you to the vibrant streets of Paris or the serene countryside of Provence.
  • Literary Gems: Dive into the world of French literature by reading some of the most influential works of French authors. From the philosophical insights of Voltaire and Rousseau to the evocative prose of Victor Hugo and Marcel Proust, French literature offers a profound exploration of the human experience.
  • Historical Exploration: Visit French museums or historical sites in the United States to gain a deeper understanding of the French impact on American history. Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, or marvel at the grandeur of the Château de Ramezay in Montreal, Canada.
  • Language Immersion: Immerse yourself in the beauty and complexity of the French language by learning a few basic phrases or enrolling in a French language class. Even a few simple words and expressions can open up a world of cultural understanding.
  • Festive Celebrations: Attend Bastille Day celebrations, the French national holiday, which takes place on July 14th. Enjoy parades, concerts, and traditional French cuisine while immersing yourself in the festive atmosphere.
  • Theatrical Performances: Experience the vibrant world of French theater by attending a performance of a classic French play or a contemporary work by a French playwright. The Comédie-Française in Paris is a renowned venue for experiencing the best of French theater.

By celebrating the French influence on American culture and history in July, we not only pay tribute to the past but also enrich our present and future. Embrace the opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate the enduring legacy of France in America.

Celebrating Independence Day

 

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was a formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Continental Congress, declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to British rule and were now independent states.

The 4th of July is a day of national celebration, with parades, fireworks, barbecues, and other festivities taking place across the country. It is a time for Americans to reflect on their history, their independence, and their shared values.

Significance of the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It is a day to remember the sacrifices made by the Founding Fathers and the brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our freedom. It is also a day to celebrate the values of liberty, equality, and democracy that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

A Nation’s Story

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Douglass was a powerful orator, often traveling six months out of the year to give lectures on abolition. His speech, given at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was held at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. It was a scathing speech in which Douglass stated, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine, You may rejoice, I must mourn.” For the full speech, click HERE.

Cultural Celebration of the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day for Americans to come together and celebrate their shared heritage. It is a day to enjoy the company of family and friends, to eat good food, and to watch fireworks. Although much has changed since Douglas wrote his scathing Keynote about the state of Black America in the celebration of Independence Day, the mention of “Black jobs” by former president Trump who is seeking another term as president, speaks of the blatant racism and discrimination that still plagues the nation, and that our work is incomplete in bringing about an America where all her people are truly free and treated justly. 

Some of the most popular 4th of July traditions include:

  • Parades: Parades are held in cities and towns across the country on the 4th of July. Parades typically feature floats, marching bands, and other performers.
  • Fireworks: Fireworks are a staple of 4th of July celebrations. Fireworks displays are held in cities and towns across the country on the night of July 4th.
  • Barbecues: Barbecues are a popular way to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. Barbecued foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs are often served at 4th

LBJ Dropped Out, Will Biden Follow Suit?

 

By JEANETTE LENOIR

 

In March 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson shocked the nation by announcing that he would not seek re-election. This decision came after months of speculation and pressure from within his own party.

There were several factors that contributed to Johnson’s decision. One was the growing unpopularity of the Vietnam War. The war had become increasingly unpopular with the American public, and Johnson’s approval ratings had plummeted. Another factor was the growing opposition to Johnson within his own party. Many Democrats felt that Johnson had become too authoritarian and that his policies were too divisive.

Finally, Johnson’s health was also a factor in his decision. He had suffered a heart attack in 1955, and he was concerned that the stress of the campaign would be too much for him. In his announcement, Johnson said that he had made the “difficult decision” to drop out of the race in order to “put the welfare of the country first.” He also said that he believed that the Democratic Party could unite and defeat the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon. Johnson’s decision to drop out of the race had a significant impact on the 1968 presidential election. Nixon went on to win the election, and the Vietnam War continued to divide the country for many years to come.

The cyclical nature of history 

Today, America has reached a similar reflection point in the reelection of President Biden. And the barbaric genocide of the Palestinian people at the hands of our so-called ally, Israel, reawakens the horrors of Vietnam. The nation is facing an uncertain future without a savior, a champion for The People, one able to fight for a more just and equitable future. And former president Trump, responsible for the January 6th attack on the Capitol and indicted on 34 felony counts, is the candidate being forced down our throats despite the real threat he presents to the ideals and hope for an America that has yet to be. 

Consistently repeating false narratives, the American people are manipulated and heavily propagandized by corporate media to believe that we are faced with choosing one of the two supporters of Israel’s genocide that has killed 40,000 people and counting, mostly innocent civilians; women, children, and the elderly, including journalists. This, despite having other viable candidates to choose from like Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate and Cornel West, an Independent, and a few others that have not yet dropped out of the race for the White House. The media ignores them all by way of manipulation and false offerings. It is simply un-American. And it is so because our country has been compromised by our elected leaders who took bribes from lobbyists and corporations and sold us all out. Today, it’s evident who controls Congress: AIPAC, an Israeli foreign lobby. And if the recent unseating of Rep. Jamaal Bowman didn’t give a clue, here’s the mail, it never fails. 

What’s happening globally will hurt us domestically

The barbarism taking place with boastful impunity in full HD has shaken the world, not just America. And our government’s role in these atrocities lies squarely before Biden and Trump. They both support the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people for the sake of religious zealots; Zionists who confidently believe there is no God, and at the same time, say they are God’s “chosen people” and above all others. Imagine that.  And we can’t forget what our government is actively doing in Ukraine and Russia, against our will. And these aren’t the only two conflicts America is engaged in. What’s happening in Haiti tells of a coming storm too, the likes of which the world has never seen. 

The recent rulings by the Supreme Court, also a compromised institution, is deliberately weakening federal regulations, producing earthquake-like shockwaves to our legal system and governing structure right before our eyes. Why? Because Congress is compromised, too. Congress is being bought and sold at auction by lobbyists, corporations and foreign influences intent on our destruction and downfall as a powerful nation. And corporate media is driving the bus fast and furious. They blatantly lie to the American people with comfortable ease, especially when they offer us two false choices–Biden and Trump–to lead us into an uncertain future under global duress. Folks, America is in trouble and the rot started within. 

Will Biden step aside?

If history has any merit, yes. And the calls are coming in loud and clear in the face of his party’s denial and panic at their offering for a leader following a disastrous debate; a clearly feeble man in his 80s who needs assistance to walk and talk. The contempt the Democratic Party is showing it has for We, the People is profound. Major news corporations, owned by vicious oligarchs who see profit instead of people, are now calling on Biden to step down. “The truth Mr. Biden needs to confront now is that he failed his own test,” the NYT editorial board wrote. In return, they’re offering the American people only one choice: an unhinged racist felon that will help drive their ultimate agenda, the implementation of Project 2025.

Who do we run to? 

No one. We, the People ARE the government. And it is up to each and every one of us to show up and vote, because our very lives are at stake. Will Biden repeat the story of Truman? Who knows, but it’s a risk Democrats are apparently willing to take. And if The Heritage Foundation gets its way, neoconservative Republicans and their Project 2025 agenda will turn us back to a wrinkle in time when white supremacy and racial barbarism ruled America. We can’t let that happen. 

Americans must take responsibility for their country, see all the real and clear choices before them, and vote to hold our rogue government tearing us apart accountable. 

Biden and Trump are not our saviors. They are the symbolic anchors keeping America in a sunken place. I believe America is worth saving, and who you vote for will determine if we have a chance at turning back toward the America Langston Hughes dreamed of not so long ago. We must all be at the table when company comes, because our elected officials have no right to give foreign governments, lobbyists and corporations the authority to send us to the kitchen while they feast on our hard earned harvest.  The American Dream belongs to Americans, not to lawbreakers, the highest bidders and corrupt politicians.

Power belongs to We, the People. Let’s vote to take it back and change the course for America’s future, together.