FOOD FOR THOUGHT; MORE MARGRET MEAD QUOTES

September 2nd, 2015

“Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s.

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We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet. Margaret Mead

Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women. Margaret Mead

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents. Margaret Mead

We have nowhere else to go… this is all we have. Margaret Mead

I LOVE MARGARET MEAD

August 31st, 2015

Margret Mead is one of my favorite people; she greatly influenced me; I used her work in teaching a lot of things.

Margret Mead was a great American anthropologist and I love her quotes.

Here is a warm cuddly quote that I would like to share with you:

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“Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s.

“Mead was a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture. Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. She was a proponent of broadening sexual mores within a context of traditional Western religious life.

“As an Anglican Christian, Mead played a considerable part in the drafting of the 1979 American Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Mead

I HAVE A DREAM; EVERYONE BE FOR A PARTY CANDIDATE AND NOT AGAINST ANY OF THE OTHER PARTY CANDIDATES!

August 31st, 2015

The Primary is not a debate against another Party candidate, the challenge is to see which of the candidates beliefs has the most support of members of the Party, in the primary election.

The Primary is not a place to battle one another, it is a debate to see which of the good guys or gals, is best for going to go up against the bad guys for the general election.

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The primary is am evemt to see which candidate the People want to vote for, the most; it is not a debate and battle between two good guys.

The primary is not to see who the winner is, it is to see who the People want to lead them against the opposition party. Got it?

Keep the primary clean and save the fighting for the general election.

Support your candidate in the primary, don’t attack your candidate’s primary opponent.

State your case, don’t object to your opponent’s.

For God’s sake, keep your head.

Be what you are for in the primary, not attacking who you are opposing. Keep your head and use your sense!

Don’t provide a case for the opposing party to use in the primary election.

Remember the most important thing: the voters decide the Party’s candidate, the candidates do not.

Bernie Sanders has the right Idea; he is running for President against the other Party, and not running against anyone, in his own Party’s primary.

The 2016 election will be the most important of our lifetime; it is a election of those for democracy against those who would eliminate democracy from our American democratic Republic. It is a revolutionary election!

ENOUGH NEGATIVE SCREAMING FROM OPPONENTS, AND IT’S TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING AND BEING EVERYTHING POSITIVE!

Note: Inspired by:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/08/30/sanders-sets-the-record-straight-my-supporters-are-not-anti-clinton-video/

CONCERN FOR AMERICANS INCARCERATED IN FOREIGN LANDS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY ABOUT IT!

August 31st, 2015

CONCERN FOR AMERICANS INCARCERATED IN FOREIGN LANDS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY ABOUT IT!

Today I am reading about, “Michigan Rally Shows Support For Ex-Marine Held By Iran”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michigan-rally-shows-support-for-ex-marine-held-by-iran_55e22291e4b0c818f61825b6

As a patriotic American citizen, I am sympathetic with any American held as prisoner in another sovereign nation, like Amir Hekmati.

AMER HEKMATI PRISONER OF IRAN

However, I know nothing and hear nothing about why Amir Hekmati is in Iran in the first place and why Hekmati was arrested, in this article, except American opinion that Hekmati was not a spy?

All that I know about Hekmati is that at one time he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; and I am reminded that the Oklahoma City Bomber, American Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, was a medal winning American soldier who served in the ‘Desert Storm’ war in 1991. The United States of America executed Timothy McVeigh!

Though I am thankful for Hekmati serving in the Marines, and I too served in the armed forces; however serving in the Marines should not give a person special privileges in America or abroad or in Iran.

And every day, I hear Republican politicians telling me all the things they are going to do to people who are in America as “illegal immigrants”.

And, frankly, these immigrant hating people seem to know, none of the reasons these illegal immigrant People are here, nor how good a neighbor and employee they appear to be in America, nor the reason they are here, nor anything about the illegal criminal American employers who lured them to America with the hope of employment and a better life for their families and children.

Personally, I travel a lot, and often overseas; I have legitimate reasons for traveling which I am openly willing to state when I go through border stops.

And, personally, I do not go into nations where there is any controversy at all about American travelers.

Assuming Amir Hekmati had a legitimate reason for being in Iran and was legally allowed to enter Iran; if I am to support his release, I would want to know what kind of behavior brought about his arrest and capture.

Although I am a patriotic America, and have compassion for my American neighbors, I have known of a large number of legal Americans that I loath for good reason, like Timothy McVeigh, and they frankly scare the hell out of me; and, our prisons are full of them and they are not illegal aliens.

When I am in a foreign country, I make the effort to know their particular laws, mores, and culture and abide by them. I am aware that it is possible to innocently become involved in a questionable activity, so I am particularly careful; but I have to admit that I have observed too many “Ugly Americans” alienating the people in their own foreign country, and I have little pity for those Americans, despite having compassion for them as an ‘ugly part of humanity’ without any compassion of their own.

During America’s exceedingly ugly wars of aggression in the Mideast, 2001-2014, I was a resident alien living in Switzerland 2001-2005, and I traveled a lot overseas; the United States, State Department, notified me that all “Americans living in foreign nations should avoid speaking English in crowded public places and avoid wearing “cowboy boots” or apparel identifying yourself as an American” because I was, it would appear, an endangered species for being an American citizen.

This did not make me proud to be an American; and there were times that I felt unappreciated as an American. It is not a good feeling!

All I can do is trust the U.S. State Department do what they can for any American held captive in a foreign country, and would like for families of foreign prisoners held by the United States, to know that I have compassion for them also and, especially all those prisoners of war and their families, that America has held captive and tortured in Gitmo Prison in Cuba, since 2001, without having had a hearing or being charged with a crime; the wars are now over and International Law requires Prisoners of war be released to their homeland when the war ends. This is a particular embarrassment to me.

IT APPEARS THAT AMERICA’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR 2016, ARE GOING TO MAKE U.S. HISTORY WHOEVER IS ELECTED!

August 27th, 2015

It would appear that the kind of government that every one of the Republican candidates propose for the United States of America if they are elected, is: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government”.

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REPUBLICAN DONALD TRUMP

BERNIE SANDERS CANDIDATE
DEMOCRAT BERNIE SANDERS

By some strange coincident the Webster Dictionary definition of ‘fascism’ is: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government”.

And of all things, the opposition Democratic Party candidate, Bernie Sanders, calls himself a ‘democratic socialist’, who believes in nationalization of such necessities of the People as the U.S. Post Office, that is mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 8.

Certainly, United States history is going to be made in 2016, when a new President is elected.

AMERICA BOUGHT AND SOLD BY BILLIONAIRES, THE DOWNFALL OF THE “WORD’S GREAT DEMOCRACY”!

August 26th, 2015

Personally I consider Rupert Murdock, News Corp, the Koch brothers, and Fox News, to be Christian Corporate Terrorists determined to, with the John Birch Society ideology, eliminate democracy from the United States of America and found a plutocratic oligarchy.

Consider history!

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THE GIANTS OF THE DOWNFALL OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The Republican Party has with the wealth of the Koch brothers and the U.S. Supreme Court Neocon Republican majority decision, ‘Citizens United’, bought State governments and local governments in 2010 and 2012, and in 2014 bought Congress; father of the Koch brothers, Fred Koch was one of the founders of the John Birch Society and patron saint of the Taft Hartley Act.

From the John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

Rupert Murdoch, News Corps, and Fox News is the Republican Party propaganda machine, using America’s Constitutional “freedom of the Press” to lie and misrepresent fact with impunity, for the benefit of Corporate America, the John Birch Society (when did they ever mention the John Birch Society), and the Republican Party. Corporate America owns, controls, and edits (censors) all national news media.

It is all a matter of history, “American bought and sold by billionaires”, look it up for yourself while you still can. You won’t find this in American mainstream media.

However, don’t quote me, recorded history from a reliable source is the only factor of truth!

And the truth shall make you free!

MY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS BEING THREATENED; IF AMERICANS DO NOT FIGHT FOR THEIR DEMOCRACY, THEY WILL SURELY LOSE IT!

August 24th, 2015

Personally, I would just like to remind the hateful, sadistic Republicans and their Presidential candidates that the Mexicans they hate and demean are actually half native-Americans, the original inhabitants of all of North and South America; and thought there are some D.C. Establishment that do not want their football team named “Redskins” because it is demeaning to native Americans, I do not agree with Republican candidates for President referring to my Mexican half Native-American friends and neighbors as rapist, murderers, and criminals when White supremacists Americans have their own Manson Gang, Timothy McVeigh, KKK, Skinheads, etc.

Personally, I live in California which has been occupied by White Americans since 1848, when the U.S.A. stole California from Mexico and Mexican, half native-Americans; but at least our White occupying American Californians today, treat our Mexican Half Native-Americans with respect, share their cuisine, their holidays, their language, and their beautiful culture with pride and grant them the same equality, fraternity, and liberty like everyone else in California.

And though some of my favorite American heroes were Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and California’s Earl Warren, I cannot accept the Republican Party today as a legitimate Constitutional political party. And further, though I voted for African-American Barack Obama for President (twice) as a Democrat, I would have still voted for him if he was running as a Republican with the same opposition.

There is no way that I can accept or respect the present day Republican Party and its hatred expressed for African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslim-Americans or any other respectable Americans, as a legitimate American political Party, and I would be happy to vote to ban the Republican Party in America as a threat to our Constitutional democratic government, in the same manner that the Communist Party was banned in America in 1954 by statute.

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In defense of my opinion and proposal, I would like to provide for you an English definition of ‘fascism’, a totalitarian form of government: Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government”. Compare this definition to today’s Republican Party and its many Presidential candidates. To use an old American saying, “If the shoe fits wear it”; and “Tell it like it is”.

My concern today is for my American democracy that I have enjoyed for my own many, many years and a democracy that I would like to pass on to posterity. American democracy cannot afford a government of “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race and stands for a centralized autocratic often militaristic government”.

THE SAGA OF GOVERNOR WALKER OF WISCONSIN AND THE PURCHASE AND RAPE OF WISCONSIN BY JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY ADVOCATES, THE KOCH BROTHERS!

August 20th, 2015

First, about Gov. Walker of Wisconsin, he is so ‘not’ Wisconsin!

Personally, I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years and grew to love Wisconsin and the Wisconsin People there; some of the bad Germanic influence on Wisconsin was not appreciated by me, and I am of Germanic ancestry, but the good Germanic influence was totally appreciated. I really liked living in Milwaukee.

The people of Wisconsin tend to have the German work ethic, and as a working class they of course are very liberal and progressive, and Milwaukee had a socialist mayor for many years.

But the year 2010 was the year of the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United”, and the buying of elections by the extremely wealthy Americans; the emphasis was on State and Local elections. Further, 2010 was the year that the extremely wealthy John Birch Society, Koch brothers, ‘bought Wisconsin’, hook line and sinker.

The Koch brothers’ father, Fred Koch, was a founder of the John Birch Society AND he financed the passage of the anti-labor union, Taft Hartley Law of 1947. Then, in recent years the corporate headquarters of the John Birch Society moved from New England to Racine Wisconsin. These are simply two historic factors involved in the rise of Marquette University drop-out under questionable circumstances, now the Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, and the John Birch Society coup in Wisconsin in 2010.

Of course the main tenet of the John Birch Society ideology is that they believe America was never intended to be a democracy, should not be a democracy, and they are totally committed to eliminating democracy from America and making it a plutocratic oligarchy, ruled by the wealthy elitists (see their manifesto, “John Birch Society Blue Book”).

WALKER WITH KOCHS

Personally, I was appalled at Walker’s election in 2010; this was so unlike Wisconsin. The extremist John Birch Society Republican overthrow of Wisconsin’s government was complete from the governor down to local ‘election officials’; it was apparent that the John Birch Society totally controlled the Republican Party in Wisconsin. Further, County election officials who control elections became an important element in the John Birch Society Republican, Wisconsin coup.

Immediately after election, Gov. Walker and the Republican Wisconsin legislature were successful in eliminating teachers’ unions, collective bargaining, elimination of teachers work benefits, and elimination of government labor unions, except for police unions that supported Walker in the elections. Basically, it was the elimination of democracy in Wisconsin.

The John Birch Society Republican legislature was successful despite the rebellion of the Democratic legislators and despite the huge protests by teachers, labor union members, and Wisconsin citizens in general.

Early in Walker’s administration, an investigative reporter, Ian Murphy for “Politico”, made a ‘prank’ phone call to Gov. Walker during the Peoples’ demonstrations, pretending to be David Koch.

Gov. Walker explained to the fake ‘David Koch’ that he planned to hire some people to join the peaceful demonstrations and turn those demonstrations into violence, to make the people think that the demonstrators were union thugs.
The recorded prank phone call from ‘David Koch’ to Walker was played over and over on the national news media; it went viral and is now totally forgotten (for a reminder, see http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/i-punkd-scott-walker-100033.html#.VdTV_MtzN9A )
Almost as soon as Gov. Walker took office and attacked the public schools, the People of Wisconsin began a recall of Gov. Walker and several Republican legislators; in no time they had a huge number of signatures on the recall petition.
In the elections, the Koch brothers out-spent the opponents, exponentially. To everyone’s surprise, Walker won the recall election; how could this be?

But here is the thing about Wisconsin elections. In 2011, Wisconsin had a non-partisan election to elect a State Supreme Court Justice; when the votes were counted, JoAnne Kloppenburg declared her victory by a narrow margin.

Two days later, Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus, an extremely devout Republican, announced she had ‘found’ uncounted votes on her ‘personal computer’ that had not been reported and that made Kloppenburg’s opponent, Justice David Prosser, the winner.

County clerk Nickolaus later apologized and claimed it was her human error; and, she indicated that her use of her personal computer instead of the county computer was for “security reasons”.

However, it was further disturbing to note that Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolas throughout the 1990s worked for the Wisconsin State Assembly’s Republican Caucus and for much of that time, David Prosser was the GOP Minority Leader, then the Speaker of the Assembly, and was Nickolaus’ boss.

Nickolas was found guilty of not promptly reporting results and using her personal computer for election results, but her count was deemed to be accurate; as a result, Justice Prosser will serve another ten year term on the state’s highest court. (Shortly after his election ‘win’, Justice Prosser was involved with a wrestling match with one of the other female justices whom Prosser reportedly choked.)

Needless to say, all of Wisconsin’s elections since 2011 appear to be suspect.

This is the saga of the Wisconsin coup of 2010 by the John Birch Society, the Koch brothers, and now Presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker.

This is history, supported by a host of sources too numerous to post but any reader is welcome to research it for their self.

My own interest is personal: I’m a retired school teacher, I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years, I consider my American democracy sacred to me, and I have a professional interested in politics and history that I taught to high schools students.

Needless to say, I am appalled by the lack of interest in the Wisconsin saga by all Americans! I fault the ignorance of the issues in Wisconsin to be attributed to Corporate American ownership of the news media and their censor of the news.

Though I feel for Americans who say they quit reading the news and quit voting because politically America is in a miserable state of being, it is evident that a People’s revolution in America is the only hope for the survival of American democracy as we have previously known it.

So, the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are the key; and the decision in regard to American democracy could go either way.

WHAT IS A ‘NATURAL BORN CITIZEN’ AND WHY AMERICANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY OR THE U.S. CONSTITUTION?

August 19th, 2015

It is obvious that leaders of the Republican Party today, tend to be of John Birch Society extremist ideology and believe America was never ‘intended to be or is a democracy’. For example, in 2010, Republican Gov. Walker of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Republican State Legislature were all financed by the Koch brothers whose father Fred was one of the founders of the radical John Birch Society.

Walker and his Wisconsin Legislature have done everything they can to eliminate democracy in Wisconsin, and now Walker a candidate for President wants to make all America like Wisconsin, a plutocratic oligarchy (a government of the wealthy elite).

Also, Walker would eliminate in addition to democracy, eliminate labor unions that are the only voice of workers, eliminate public schools and privatize education for the purpose of indoctrinating all students in John Birch ideology, and in 2010, Walker would allow Koch industries to buy municipal power companies without open bidding (though this legislation was declared unconstitutional by the courts).

Now Walker would repeal the Fourteenth Amendment and eliminate citizenship based on babies born in America, being natural born citizens of America. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-good-chunk-of-gop-field-wants-to-repeal-the-14th-amendment_55d24915e4b055a6dab12015?kvcommref=mostpopular

AMERICA STATUE OF LIBERTY

Most Americans do not know what a ‘natural born citizen’ is, and they don’t know why the founders required Presidents to be natural born citizens.

A natural born citizen has never been defined by the Supreme Court and there is no ‘legal definition’ for natural born citizens.

The U.S. Constitution reads: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of this Constitution shall be eligible for the Office of President . . .”

When there is no legal basis for a term like ‘natural born citizen’, the court must rely on a historical definition; so why did the founders add ‘natural born citizen’ to requirements for a President?

When the Constitution was written in 1785, it was customary that when a monarchy of a nation was deposed, for the revolutionaries to often bring someone of royal blood, who was unknown and whose parents were exiled and they were born and raised in exile, to be established as the ‘new monarch’. Such individuals, being born abroad, did not know the culture of the land they were to rule.

Our forefathers were more intelligent and better educated in history than Americans today, it appears; they could perceive America experiencing a coup and revolutionaries bringing someone born of U.S. citizens abroad, and raised in another culture, back into the U.S. to be President.

“On July 25, 1787, John Jay wrote to George Washington, presiding officer of the Convention: ‘Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen. While the Committee on Detail originally proposed that the President must be merely a citizen as well as a resident for 21 years, the Committee of Eleven changed “citizen” to “natural born citizen” without recorded explanation after receiving Jay’s letter. The Convention accepted the change without further recorded debate’.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born-citizen_clause

In our recent United States history, some candidates for President were not born within the borders of the United States, and they ran for the Presidency anyway, but they were not elected and the term ‘natural born citizen’ was never adequately defined.

Mitt Romney’s father ran for President and he was born in Mexico; Sen. John McCain ran for President and he was born in Panama where his father, who was in the U.S. Navy, and his mother was living at the time.

Presently, Republican Ted Cruz is running for President, and Cruz was born in Canada, his father was Cuban Canadian and his mother was American Canadian, however there is a question of whether or not both his father and his mother had been naturalized Canadians at the time he was actually born.

When Sen. McCain ran for office he refused to discuss the matter; Sen. Cruz has not yet discussed the matter, today.

When McCain ran for President, some Republican members of Congress suggested they passed legislation declaring McCain to be a natural born Citizen. It didn’t happen and McCain lost the election.

Personally, as an avid student of the U.S. Constitution, I believe the matter should be a resolved by a simple amendment to the U.S. Constitution and put the matter to rest. Ours is a different world today from that of 1785, and our forefathers had the good sense to provide for Amendments to our Constitution, and Americans should bring the U.S. Constitution up to date. And today for me, a ‘natural born citizen’ is a mute question!

America should also amend our Constitution to reflect today’s technology, because meanwhile, politicians keep insisting the Constitution says what they personally want it to say, and the Supreme Court has also taken liberties, to interpret the Constitution based on their own personal political bias that cannot be supported by any other legal means.

Today, the People have also expressed great disappointment in their government.

In 1785, these United States of America was a nation of law; the U.S. Constitution, Article VI states “The Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land. . . “

As a student of the U.S. Constitution it pains me to see political forces in America publicizing inaccurate translations of the law, and to see political elements like the John Birch Society be successful in convincing Americans that our forefathers did not perceive our Constitutional Republic to be as democratic as it could possibly be in 1785. (John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”)

This is just not true; historically, America was conceived necessarily, due to conditions of the times, as democratic as a ‘democratic Republic’ could be in 1785!

Today, Americans seem to be void of any realistic understanding of the history of America. And, unfortunately, the public schools’ curriculum is being distorted by anti-democratic extremist political entities in America.

It is shameful that Americans are not better informed of their nation’s history; in my travels, I have discovered that foreign people have a better understanding of American history and its Constitution than the American People do. And I speak as a retired high school history and political science teacher.

Further, I understand American youth not being interested in their history or Constitution and considering it unimportant. However, the job of the teacher is to teach students history, provide the incentive for students to learn history, and teach the importance and the necessity to know American history and the Constitution to be reliable citizens, competent voters, and most of all retain their democracy and the power of the ballot.

Personally, I found the best incentive for history students to learn American history, is accomplished by informing students that it is imperative for the survival of our American democracy that they know more about our history and government than their parents presently do; it is a truism that students knowing more than their parents is the best possible incentive for students, it worked for me every time.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS ALL THIS CRAP ABOUT ‘LOVE’ AND ‘COMPASSION’? A LETTER TO MY COUSIN!

August 14th, 2015

Dear Cuz: Thanks for your email and let me say that there are a lot of people in this world that I do not like, but I refuse to hate any of them because they have their reasons for their own hatred, and I can’t do anything about that; so I feel sorry for them, because they do not have any happiness in their life and they are not content.

It is obvious to me, that hatred does not make anyone happy, it actually makes them feel bad and unhappy.

And, sometimes you appear have no happiness in your life, because you feel that you have to hate President Obama, or Speaker Pelosi, or all Muslims, or all Black people, or Democrats; I feel sorry for you, when you send emails like this last one that lets me know you are very unhappy about all Muslims; you appear to hate them and there are 1.8 billion of them to hate in our world, including about 7 million American Muslims.

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A FALLEN AMERICAN MUSLIM HERO

You are sometimes unhappy about things that I say, and you want to hate me and do at times, and I feel sorry for you then, too. It is no fun to hate and that is why I refuse to hate; it would make me feel like crap, and I sure don’t want that.

When I lived in Switzerland I knew a lot of Swiss Muslims and I have some Swiss Muslim relatives in Switzerland, who love me very much, and I love them very much too. They do not dress in Muslim clothes so you don’t know they are Muslim unless they tell you. They too, do not hate, and in fact are very compassionate human beings.

When my Muslim relatives come to my house for dinner, I do not serve pork and I do not offer them alcoholic beverages because I know that they, like my Baptrist and Mormon friends do not drink alcohol and like my Jewish friends do not eat pork and I’m OK with that; I see nothing wrong with these religions.

I really like Swiss social manners, because in Switzerland it is impolite to ask personal questions or to force conversation on strangers; though it is fine for you to ask directions or other questions of Swiss, and the first thing you know they are involved in a pleasant conversation. But you never ask a Swiss their age, are they married, or about their religion?

Personally, I learned a lot of good things from the Swiss, I also learned from the Buddhists, I leaned things from the Muslims, and I learned some things from my Christian, Lutheran Church, however, I also was taught some bad things by my Lutheran Church and that is why I quit going to any Christian or any other church. I’ve come to treat spiritual issues as private, like Swiss do.

My personal religious experience was that once, I was told by a Lutheran minister from the seminary, in his sermon in my church, “You have been taught not to hate and I tell you that you should hate all who disagree with Lutherans.”

At that, I got up, left, and never went back; but I never hated that man, of his own Lutheran God.

And, I had already questioned the church, because when I went into the military, my Lutheran pastor ‘ordered me’, “While you are in the army, don’t ever worship or take communion with anyone else, except Lutherans.” At that time, I just totally ignored my pastor; I never hated him.

For your information, politically, I am not a good Democrat; there are some Democrats that I would never vote for and if President Obama had been Republican I would have voted for him anyway, based on his opposition. People assume I am a Democrat because I cannot find a single Republican, currently, that I could vote for with a clear conscience; and my conscience is my guide.

Admittedly, I have sometimes voted for a candidate that I did not totally like or approve of, and in those cases it was a question of voting for the lesser of two evils, because in America, based on our Constitution, we have only two viable political party candidates to choose from. Personally, I wish we would change that. Meantime, when I vote in America, I am currently actually voting ‘against’ the candidate that I think would be the worst President of the two; admittedly, I am sometimes embarrassed by casting my vote.

So cousin, I wish you would try to not hate anyone and try to eliminate all hate from your heart, feel sorry for and show compassion for friends, enemies, and political figures who hate you and everyone else that you want to hate. It really makes you feel good, content, and happy, I promise you; and that is a good thing.

When I disagree with a politician, I only disagree with what they believe, when I know that what they believe in, will hurt other innocent people. “All lives matter!” Love all living beings!

It makes me uncomfortable, when I see people who need help and for any reason are not able to resolve their own problem, must suffer, and others hate them for not taking proper care of their self or their family because they are “lazy”.

Personally, I worked with the poor all my life, as a teacher, and I know they have to work harder than some people who are employed, because they cannot for some good reason hold employment; and when you are not employed, you have to work hard just to eat, keep warm, and care for your family. I especially have the utmost compassion for the poor because I know that I would not want to hire them myself, because they have “issues” that make them wrong choices for employment.

And, I have to be very careful to not hate an elaborate ‘Christian Church’ building and/or elaborate public ‘parks’ built in the midst of poor Americans who are hungry and without food! It just does not appear appropriate to me.

Further, I find it difficult to love America where I am aware that one out of every five American children lives below the poverty level.

However, I actually remain a happy person only because, in addition to feeding myself and my family, my most difficult life’s ‘job’ has been to eliminate hate from my being. So far, I have been successful, and I feel very fortunate to have lived a happy life, and I have been content and happy.

I wish you well, Cuz, and know that I love you.