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CaliforniaPeggy

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October 28, 2018

My daughter and granddaughter tonight!

We were having a great visit!




October 24, 2018

Nearly Full.........



October 20, 2018

I am going to post a poem about Khashoggi. I wrote it today.

Veneer

we say we’re
civilized
we know the fork to use,
where the salad sits
and the dessert
and the main dish

we say we’re polite the way we were raised
hello and goodbye it was nice to see you take care
of yourself please

we say we’re well educated at least high school, probably college
well maybe trade school or the armed services works too doesn’t it

We vote, we talk, we work, we .........live.

Skin is veneer.
It shields us, shows others who we pretend to be, hides our faults and sins
if you could strip it off what you would see –

just how civilized we pretend to be
when we
kill
injure
maim
or

torture


One finger at a time
then the arms
then the legs
then his
head


he was alive through all that, screaming his pain his horror his
grief at this betrayal

it did not end till they severed his
head

our skin is
just a veneer
for our evil deeds
thoughts
actions


they wore headphones for music.....




October 15, 2018

Tonight's Salad




October 13, 2018

In the October 25th issue of The New York Review of Books

I read a long, detailed historical perspective essay by Christopher R. Browning where he compares certain aspects of Hitler to Trump. If you really want to get into the differences and the similarities between these two, then this is your article. It is truly worth your time.

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/25/suffocation-of-democracy/

As a historian specializing in the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of fascism in Europe. I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.

In the 1920s, the US pursued isolationism in foreign policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations. America First was America alone, except for financial agreements like the Dawes and Young Plans aimed at ensuring that our “free-loading” former allies could pay back their war loans. At the same time, high tariffs crippled international trade, making the repayment of those loans especially difficult. The country witnessed an increase in income disparity and a concentration of wealth at the top, and both Congress and the courts eschewed regulations to protect against the self-inflicted calamities of free enterprise run amok. The government also adopted a highly restrictionist immigration policy aimed at preserving the hegemony of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants against an influx of Catholic and Jewish immigrants. (Various measures barring Asian immigration had already been implemented between 1882 and 1917.) These policies left the country unable to respond constructively to either the Great Depression or the rise of fascism, the growing threat to peace, and the refugee crisis of the 1930s.

Today, President Trump seems intent on withdrawing the US from the entire post–World War II structure of interlocking diplomatic, military, and economic agreements and organizations that have preserved peace, stability, and prosperity since 1945. His preference for bilateral relations, conceived as zero-sum rivalries in which he is the dominant player and “wins,” overlaps with the ideological preference of Steve Bannon and the so-called alt-right for the unfettered self-assertion of autonomous, xenophobic nation-states—in short, the pre-1914 international system. That “international anarchy” produced World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Great Depression, the fascist dictatorships, World War II, and the Holocaust, precisely the sort of disasters that the post–World War II international system has for seven decades remarkably avoided.

In threatening trade wars with allies and adversaries alike, Trump justifies increased tariffs on our allies on the specious pretext that countries like Canada are a threat to our national security. He combines his constant disparagement of our democratic allies with open admiration of authoritarians. His naive and narcissistic confidence in his own powers of personal diplomacy and his faith in a handshake with the likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un recall the hapless Neville Chamberlain (a man in every other regard different from Trump). Fortunately the US is so embedded in the international order it created after 1945, and the Republican Party and its business supporters are sufficiently alarmed over the threat to free trade, that Trump has not yet completed his agenda of withdrawal, though he has made astounding progress in a very short time.


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Name: Peggy
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