Goldie Taylor’s latest article for the Daily Beast, Donald Trump Is Exposed, And So Are the Republicans Who Are Sticking With Him, demonstrates the hypocrisy inherent in the extreme right-wing of the GOP, and their “do as I say, not as I do” holier than thou cavalier attitude towards their Christianity.
“But no principled, Christian conservative can justify backing a thrice married, serial philander who essentially confessed to sex crimes. However, this race was never about principle. It was never about Republican themes like small government, personal responsibility or family values. From the start, Trump’s campaign has been predicated on sexism (and ethno-nationalistic racism). It is and always has been about white male resentment and anguish. Trump bottled that antipathy—for women and minorities— and put it on a chartered flight to Iowa.”
There IS a choice for voters of Faith who believe that we ARE our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. A candidate who has raised an intelligent, poised, confident, loving daughter; who remained faithfully married to an adulterous husband for 40 years; who has championed the rights and protection of children her entire life; and who has been an outspoken advocate for women, People of Color, LGBTQIAP people, military personnel, Veterans and their families; and people of all Faiths and beliefs.
HER name is Hillary Clinton and we KNOW what her credentials are.
You can vote for the GOP nominee, who is the very personification of the “ugly American” – undisciplined, greed-driven, arrogant, ill-prepared, unhinged, deranged, impetuous, irritable, pathologically unfit, and fundamentally dangerous.
Or you can vote for Hillary Clinton. Third-party candidates are simply not an option.
We know Mrs. Clinton’s record. We know that ALL of her Democratic primary opponents have not only supported her candidacy for President of the United States, but are campaigning on her behalf. That says more about her character and their respect for her, than the slickest political advertising.
So, my fellow voters of Faith, it is time to search your hearts and spend time meditating on the teachings of Jesus. Then, take a close, long look at His actions, the people he surrounded Himself with and those He ministered to.
Then, ask yourselves which candidate more closely embodies those ideals. She needs our votes in November. She has EARNED our votes.
Thank God, and may our Blessed Mother guide and keep Hillary Clinton safe from now, through Election Day and her Inauguration. Use your voice and vote for Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. She is the RIGHT choice. She is the ONLY choice.
As a Roman Catholic Latina, #ImWithHer and you should be too, because we Americans are #StrongerTogether.
Thank you to our Veterans and those men and women who continue to serve in the Armed Forces.
I have written posts about my deep respect for men and women in uniform, as I did not serve. From family members, including my beloved Hubby, to friends and coworkers, I have known Veterans from too many wars. They are some of the most incredibly gifted, loyal people, with an enormous capacity for love. My personal commitment to them, is to continue to shatter stigmas about PTSD and shine a light on the ongoing, immediate need for full medical and psychiatric benefits for all of them, for the rest of their lives. It is the least our Country can do for the people who sacrifice themselves for us.
Sadly, I have received “private” notes from those who see my progressive views as “unpatriotic” and have questioned my feelings. To those “people,” (who know NOTHING about me or my family), I simply say, “Karma, finds everyone” and delete their negative remarks. Then, I donate to VoteVets.org, to ensure that we elect progressive Veterans, who continue to be committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Americans. Patriotism is neither liberal, nor conservative, it knows no socioeconomic boundary, and is not ascribed to a specific sex, creed, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or age. To me it is a feeling of humbleness whenever I encounter someone who has given freely, and openly of himself or herself, in service of our Country.
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Take a few moments today to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces, and veterans, who protect our freedoms. Work passionately to ensure they are welcomed home with honor and their families have the support they need, while their loved ones are in harm’s way.
I honor Hubby, and the artillerymen of the U.S. Army’s Berlin Redlegs, today. “Volens et Polens.”
I am a progressive woman married to a Gulf War-Era U.S. Army Veteran. On the surface this may seem like an odd pairing or a case of “opposites attract.” Once you meet my extremely progressive husband, who is a Reagan Republican, the attraction becomes clearer. (We met and got married, after he was honorably discharged and returned to the U.S.).
Hubby and I are proud of his service as an Army Sergeant. He spent the majority of his career in Europe and took advantage of every opportunity to immerse himself in the culture of the country of his posting. He grew up in a family that celebrated learning, and like mine, his vacations were a combination of fun and education. While he was in Germany, he researched his German and Polish ancestry, visited the concentration camps and took advantage of free days at local museums. He also took advantage of drinking in pubs, dancing in clubs and meeting the “enemy” – Soviet soldiers, who also happened to be drinking and dancing at the same bars.
Hubby suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as many former (and current) servicemen and women do. He self-medicated, ignored, denied and finally, sought help for his condition. Some days are more difficult than others, but I have never met a stronger, more gentle and kind, man. His inherent kindness is most passionately expressed when he talks about our troops currently serving and those who are falling through the cracks, as they return to civilian life. His dream is for them to have the best tools needed for their jobs and the appropriate medical support, when they begin the process of reintegration.
Today, we pause to reflect on what Memorial Day is, and why it exists. Sadly, too many of our young, strong, intelligent, brave and healthy men and women are still fighting wars around the world. Our greatest service to them should be ensuring their families are taken care of while they are on active, or reserve, duty. Then, we should demand, and be prepared to support, full health care for all injuries, physical and mental, sustained while they defended our freedoms. Anything less, is insulting and degrades their personal sacrifices.
I honor Hubby, the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, and their families. “Thank you” seems too small a sentiment.