The Swamp is everything Trump says and tweets. We’ve already established


he’s a prolific liar. It’s even embarrassing to say how many lies he has tallied because doing so is a testament to our tolerance for them. Normally anyone who was so well known for lying would at the very least be ignored or at the most not be given the time of day. But Trump is POTUS and is afforded all the trappings that go with it, unfortunately. That seems to include our attention.

What I want to talk about briefly here are not his lies but his gutter language. Stuff that comes out of Trump’s mouth more closely resembles a swamp than most things that come out of Washington. And when he gives us the double whammy of a profanity-laced lie like the one below it’s even worse for the American people. Take this whopper: “If you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor.” I guess he forgot the tax cut he’s enacted or even worse the tariffs he seems to impose for no apparent reason other than he’s mad with “someone”. There are other examples but C-Span has taken to add the disclaimer “The president used language that some may find offensive,” to its replay of his speeches/rallies. So, that’s pretty bad….a cursing AND lying president. But there’s more.

Since when did we become accustomed to an elected official who so blatantly insults in the most derogatory language elected American officials?!?!! Not only does Trump do that but to the delight of his audiences who seem to delight in being incited by his vile language. As only a demagogue can Trump’s abuse borders on the racially tinged using only those terms appropriate for people’s ethnicity, heritage, religion. He’s not even subtle about it. He reaps such terms as lyin’, cheatin’, “Shifty” at congressman Adam Schiff. Women are similarly denigrated in gender centric slurs. You all remember his ‘blood coming out of wherever’ when referring to a female moderator of a presidential debate. More recently he called the Speaker of the House and it seems the only one in government with the courage and guts to stand up to him Nervous Nancy Pelosi….this despite the fact the woman has nerves of steel and was seen doing this:

 

Trump ropes in other to his web of vitriol making them unwanted accomplices to his racism. After calling Senator Elizabeth Warren, Pochantas he repeated the slur at a native American veterans event held at the White House before a group of “real Americans” who should have been there to receive recognition for the bravery and sacrifice they gave in ways that Donald Trump never did to this country. Trump retweeted this barb aimed at Representative Omar, ‘CREDIBLE Evidence Ilhan Omar Married Her Brother–‘We’re Not Sure Her Last Name is Omar!’ after as strongly asserting with “credible evidence” that President Obama wasn’t really an American.  We all know how true that was. So what is it that keeps us going back to and entertaining even for a millisecond this abuse he throws on everyone that’s not a Trumpster or Russian government official? Have Americans so fully embraced reality TV a la Jerry Springer that we’re willing to let anything pass through the lips of Trump and into our ears??!?!  Trump came rolling into office promising to clean out the swamp and whatever he may have done to that end he has refilled it with public invective and abuse the likes of which America hasn’t seen in well over the lifetime of 99% of us. During the House Managers’ presentation before the Senate, several senators complained about the language used, especially by Rep. Nadler when he claimed the presentation made by Trump’s team was a lie. Would that EVERYONE was as vocal about Trump’s language.

There’s not much to be optimistic about concerning the impeachment of


Donald Trump. The contemptuous dismissal of the Senate Republicans to the impeachment proceedings is meant to show to the general public what little regard they have for impeachment. They also want to send the signal they will stick to their original plan of getting this over with as quickly as possible. Trump’s disruptive remarks about what’s going on in the Senate, how this is a hoax as if a constitutionally approved remedy for dealing with corruption is made up or his continued disparaging of his opponents in this process only muddies what should normally be a solemn, dignified act of government and turned it into a circus. However, the way Speaker Pelosi has dealt with the proceedings and the members of her caucus and the selection of the impeachment managers have been nothing less than stellar and inspiring. I’m almost afraid to mention the appearance her managers have with what one assumes would be appointees under Obama, but the diversity of the House’s managers is inspiring and more reflective of 21st century America. Unlike the group of 13 Republicans who managed their case against President Bill Clinton, who were all white men, this group of seven managers consists of three women and four men. Two are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and one is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Once again Americans of all stripes and colors can look at any one of the House managers and see themselves; they can feel proud that capable and competent people were selected for a task as great as reinforcing the Constitution of the United States.

Impeachment Managers

These are the House Impeachment Managers. You should know their names (from left) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.

If you are not a white male and you are looking at the impeachment proceedings


and particularly at the GOP and how they manhandle the law you might have a feeling for what it was like for people like you who were around during the founding of this country. Granted the folks who were responsible for making the laws in the 18th century were unanimously from the same tribe, unlike today’s Republicans who are 81% white males. The heavy-handed way the Founding Fathers wielded power looks and feels like Mitch McConnell’s US Senate.

In spite of overwhelming evidence, the head of his party is corrupt McConnell et co choose to interpret the Constitution in a way that uniquely suits their purpose for power. I submit that same document was created with the same goal in mind…to lock down power for a segment of the American population even if it meant dehumanizing some and completely ignoring the rights of all but those who were lucky enough to have correct pigmentation and the “Y” chromosome that ensured their default qualities of superiority.

So callous is today’s GOP to the American population they are willing to legalize criminal behavior, codify it in a way to keep hold of the reigns of power and stave off the rule of law from Trump’s corrupt administration. America’s Founding Fathers denied the vote to more than half their citizens, women and made more less than human. What saved America was the likes of Adam Schiff today’s John Brown and Nancy Pelosi, today’s Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott who irritated, upset the conscious of the Founding Fathers and challenged their notions of American patriarchy.

How Donald Trump injected politics on MLK day


The convergence of white supremacy all came together this MLK Day of 01/20/20. A Virginia gun rights organization that was formed in the mid-90s during a Republican Virginia governor’s administration decided to have a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia former home of the American secessionist and traitorous group known as the Confederacy on Martin Luther King day.


In today’s heightened political environment guns and politics are a volatile mix. Race an ingredient never far removed from current events in America makes that mixture explosive. Elected and “legitimate” authorities decided to treat this event with the seriousness it deserves. The governor of Virginia banned firearms in an area around the state capital building and declared a state of emergency. The FBI, despite being emasculated by Trump and his Department of Justice was diligent enough to arrest white supremacists who were members of a racist organization, The Base that is provocative and well known to federal authorities. Virginia’s House Republican leader warned attendees “Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

America, however, is in the throes of the criminal enterprise known as the Trump administration and it didn’t take long for its boss to weigh in and inflame passions. Trump is racist and he knows the buttons that push his racism and he has no problem pushing them to engage his base to do things he wants doing but can’t do himself. So he acted irresponsibly and dangerously and tweeted:
“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia…That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away.”
The laws Virginia’s governor and legislature instituted DON’T take away citizens’ gun but Trump is the most lying politician in American history and facts never matter(ed) to him. What the absence of facts do is show America who is a fantasist and who is responsible when approaching the affairs of state.

Virginia gun rally, 01/20/20

America has been made worse with Trump being in office. One thing he did was open up, exacerbate the wound of the confederacy and America’s treasonous behavior that has since been excused and institutionalized by Americans. Trump turned a day of celebration into a day of politics meant to further the American divide, create animus among American citizens while ensuring his own political ascendancy. This is the Trump way; he believes in a scorched earth policy of clearing away any and all opposition to his way of rule no matter the cost to the American body politic. Employing lawlessness or unsavory characters to achieve this end is not a problem for him. If he escapes removal from office via the vehicle of impeachment America has to hold on for 10 months before they get the chance to rid themselves of him permanently and that should be the goal; get rid of Donald Trump within the constitutionally mandated way forever.

Loyalty to Donald Trump


via Loyalty to Donald Trump

The Mueller Report


mueller reportIt finally arrived; it’s here.  The Mueller Report the world has been waiting for hoping it would tell us once and for all the truth about Donald Trump.  Is he as corrupt as it was reported or is all that was written about him a hoax the fake news Trump always claimed it was? No matter where you fell on the political spectrum everyone put their faith in what Mueller would produce because of his sterling reputation as a Washington institutionalist, his integrity, and experience as a soldier and federal prosecutor, the head of the FBI and his bipartisan appeal.  

Mueller amassed a team that worked for almost two years on the ‘Report on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election’.  During that time his team produced scores of indictments against people surrounding the Trump administration and beyond. He also produced several convictions that hit very close to Trump proving to all his investigation was not a hoax and reports of Trump corruption were not fake news. More importantly during the entire time preceding the publication and release of the Report, there were no leaks from Mueller’s office.  There weren’t any rumors or speculations about what would be in his report which emanated from his office which was further testimony to the integrity of the process and its results.

Now that the Report is out and available for all to read it presents America with a problem that only has ONE solution.  Mainstream media, especially print media did a pretty good job of detailing a lot of Trump’s corruption and criminal behavior but what it printed could always be dismissed by Trump supporters with the appellation “fake news”.  Mueller’s report, however, put a stamp of authenticity on some of the reports that had been previously dismissed and exposed an even more brutal truth that the President of the United States was actively attempting to obstruct investigations into his criminal behavior. Names, dates, places were given the imprimatur of Mueller and his team with an irrefutable precision that can leave the government of the United States but one choice in response.  Impeachment.

How can the largest most powerful democracy have its standard bearer, its president constitutionand the titular head of the free world remain in office with sins so exposed and obvious for all to see and not make any moves to remove him from office in ways that its own system of governance say it can pursue. The Constitution of the United States has provided a mechanism to legally remove a corrupt President from office without violence while maintaining the continuity of governance.  What excuse can be legitimately offered NOT to impeach a president who has shown such disdain for the law and the legal process of governance that Trump has demonstrated so clearly and blatantly? What signal does it send to the world now and in the future to have someone who has been exposed to be engaged in criminal activity against his own government to allow that type of behavior to continue unchallenged when a legal remedy exists to stop and remove such a leader. What does America think will be the response of the world community that looks upon this predicament and sees a country impotent?  Doesn’t that diminish the stature of America in the eyes of the international community? America has to begin the process of impeachment. Whether it will lead to the removal of Trump from office is irrelevant; the legislative branch of government must claim the authority the Constitution has given it and assert its power in the face of an over-reaching executive otherwise the Constitution will have become an inert document that cannot save America from itself.

The GOP is no longer relevant


The dinosaur known as the Republican Party

I’ve been tweeting since 2016 and the election of Donald Trump that the Republican party is no longer a legitimate, relevant opposition party in American politics. The descent into the abyss of moral decadence lays squarely at the foot of those Americans who support the candidacy of Donald Trump, the most morally bankrupt and ignorant person to occupy any political office in American history. I am willing to give people who voted in the Republican primary for Trump because perhaps they were not up to snuff on who he is but in 2019 after all the media exposure Trump has had as a candidate and as President should leave no doubt how bad a candidate he is and how much worse the Republican party that props him up has become.

Personal responsibility used to be a bedrock of GOP ideals. Theirs was a  notion that honorable politicians propose a policy they think will benefit the American body politic and if things go upside down those same politicians will own up to their mistake and try to make things right. The buck stops here an expression used by Democrat Harry Truman was turned on its head by Trump whose incompetence means nothing he does will work but who’s smart enough to pass the buck and claim ‘the buck stops with everyone’.  In practical terms a government shutdown solely of his making which had disastrous effects on America is not his problem or responsibility at all…..it’s everyone’s fault.

The law and order mantra of Republicans in the ’60s barely got out of their mouths before it was defamed by the Nixon/Agnew ticket. It stands to reason Trump has even more egregiously made that idea meaningless. He ran a criminal enterprise as a real estate businessman and he’s carried that criminality into the White House. In the process, he’s laid ruin to bureaucracy by firing competent career public servants and putting in his cronies whose only priority is to protect him from the rule of law. Oh, and a benefit of their doing a good job is they are able to plunder the government largesse available to them as long as they don’t get caught. Republicans now find themselves making excuses for criminal behavior and they do so with a vigor that makes you wonder whether they ever really held on to the belief that law and order, the rule of law is important in civil society.

Family values of the Reagan years are out the window. Do we need to talk any more about pussy grabbing and extramarital affairs that were withheld from the public that Trump paid to make disappear or by corporate friends of his who paid his paramours for their silence? In days gone by such dalliances would keep an office seeker out of office but today’s Republican has no problem with a president who cheated on his wife BEFORE he assumed office, just don’t do it while in the White House. However, that vice is not for mere mortals only for Trump or those who surround and defend him; all others are held to the standards of morality that usually come with family values in sometimes very comic ways. This is today’s Republican Party; you’d be wise to avoid it. When you see it coming towards you get the hell outta the way!

This is what strength looks like in the face of adversity


president-barack-obama-talks-with-russian-president-vladimir-putin_a-g-14703664-8088923 We always heard from @realDonaldTrump about how strong a leader Vladmir Putin is and how weak a President Obama was, yet the evidence and the historical record shows just the opposite. Obama was confident, comfortable, prepared and domineering during his encounters with  Putin. Can the same be said of Trump?

Miracles Never Cease


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Jackie Robinson

I am always amazed how people who are the most oppressed by the American system are some of its most ardent believers and supporters and those who stand to benefit the most from America seem to be casually dismissive about what is America. While this might be an ugly thing to say, oppression can bring out the best in people.  It causes them to fight, to exert themselves in order to outdo in every way their opponents. I think that’s what propelled Jackie Robinson to pen this essay in the early ’50s. I was impressed with the hope, enthusiasm even patriotism he seemed to hold for a Jim Country country which sought to deny him every opportunity he chose to explore.  It was this spirit of hope, excellence and patriotism which seemed to mark the essence of African-Americans who fought white supremacy. See if you can feel it in Robinson’s words.

 

At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion, when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else. This is organized major league baseball, and I am standing here with all the others; and everything that takes place includes me.

About a year later, I went to Atlanta, Georgia, to play in an exhibition game. On the field, for the first time in Atlanta, there were Negroes and whites. Other Negroes, besides me. And I thought: What I have always believed has come to be.

And what is it that I have always believed? First, that imperfections are human. But that wherever human beings were given room to breathe and time to think, those imperfections would disappear, no matter how slowly. I do not believe that we have found or even approached perfection. That is not necessarily in the scheme of human events. Handicaps, stumbling blocks, prejudices — all of these are imperfect. Yet, they have to be reckoned with because they are in the scheme of human events.

Whatever obstacles I found made me fight all the harder. But it would have been impossible for me to fight at all, except that I was sustained by the personal and deep-rooted belief that my fight had a chance. It had a chance because it took place in a free society. Not once was I forced to face and fight an immovable object. Not once was the situation so cast-iron rigid that I had no chance at all. Free minds and human hearts were at work all around me; and so there was the probability of improvement. I look at my children now, and know that I must still prepare them to meet obstacles and prejudices.

But I can tell them, too, that they will never face some of these prejudices because other people have gone before them. And to myself I can say that, because progress is unalterable, many of today’s dogmas will have vanished by the time they grow into adults. I can say to my children: There is a chance for you. No guarantee, but a chance.

And this chance has come to be, because there is nothing static with free people. There is no Middle Ages logic so strong that it can stop the human tide from flowing forward. I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection. But I do believe — and with every fiber in me — that what I was able to attain came to be because we put behind us (no matter how slowly) the dogmas of the past: to discover the truth of today; and perhaps find the greatness of tomorrow.

I believe in the human race. I believe in the warm heart. I believe in man’s integrity. I believe in the goodness of a free society. And I believe that the society can remain good only as long as we are willing to fight for it — and to fight against whatever imperfections may exist.

My fight was against the barriers that kept Negroes out of baseball. This was the area where I found imperfection, and where I was best able to fight. And I fought because I knew it was not doomed to be a losing fight. It couldn’t be a losing fight-not when it took place in a free society.

And in the largest sense, I believe that what I did was done for me — that it was my faith in God that sustained me in my fight. And that what was done for me must and will be done for others.

Loyalty to Donald Trump


Anyone who is an appointee in the Donald Trump administration or anyone else within reach of his tentacles that he can fire will be required to ensure him they are ok with his extortion and treason. Please let there be no doubt about that and such an employee in the federal government is highly undesirable. That said the new attorney general is proof positive of this strategy; within a week of taking over that offsenate_attorney_general_57051-780x520ice he has sent out feelers that the Robert Mueller investigation should be drawing to a close and if you’re Donald Trump the timing couldn’t be better.

Mueller is the consummate professional and a beast. His office has been silent while he racks up convictions and charges of Trump’s inner circles. Given time Mr. Mueller would be knocking on Trump’s door BUT loyalty which Trump extracted from William Barr is at work here and will delay what should be an inevitable, the removal of Donald Trump from office. Barr isn’t an institutionalist he’s an ideologue who like the others in the administration can hold their nose just long enough to get what they want from Trump while giving him the protection (read loyalty by some) he needs to escape what should be a very long, as in for the rest of his natural life, prison term.

The commodity called Hope Hicks


 

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks

I will never understand how or why any woman would ever want to vote for Donald Trump for anything but a prison sentence. The way he treats women is nothing short of sexual harassment/assault. Hope Hicks and the treatment she has received throughout her time working with him the campaign and in the White House is a textbook example of an emotionally abused woman who found a way to escape from her abuser by resigning from her job working for him.

If it’s true she really knows who Donald Trump is her remaining with him for as long as she did is one sign of abuse where a victim remains with her abuser as a survival strategy during captivity or in her case during the intense partisanship that exists in Washington and national politics. Hicks sought solace in some rather unfortunate circumstances….romantic relationships with abusive men who were affiliated with Donald Trump, extensions of him in every way.  Whether they were abusive towards her is something we don’t know at this time but the abuse of her paramours is a matter of public record a record that Hope Hicks chose to ignore.  Donald Trump is a particularly aggressive sexual predator, don’t forget who likes to force himself on women or publicly shame them.  Talk of blood and women was a common rebuttal Trump used against his female detractors.

What is it that allegedly drove Hicks to find some sort of normalcy with the likes of Corey Lewandowski who was once arrested for carrying a handgun, three magazines, a holster and several rounds of ammunition into a federal office building? They were mixed up by accident, he said, with his dirty clothes in an overnight bag. Red flag!!! Definite red flag….that Hicks ignored. Lewandowski was also charged with inappropriate sexual behavior by Joy Villa. And when Lewandowski was released by Trump from his responsibilities with the Trump campaign it was Hicks, some would say, who wanted to help him in.  It’s amazing how one person encompasses all that is happening in today’s political discussion centering around firearms and who should, should not possess them.  Lewandowski is one who should not own firearms.

Yes, Hicks went on to have a relationship with another Trump aide who was twice married before being involved with her and who abused both of his former wives in a way that had to be known by Hicks but the thing that bothers me the most in all these trysts is how Donald Trump reportedly talked about this valued aide, Hicks in front of others. In what could only be described as slut-shaming Trump told Hicks not to worry about Lewandowski since she was the best piece of tail he would ever have…Said comment was embarrassing enough to send her out of the room but it also shows how Trump views people in his orbit and more importantly women. Pundits trying to understand and explain Hicks’ sudden departure from the White House talk about how important she was to Mr. Trump, how indispensable, important and well-liked she was yet none of those descriptions square with the language of slut-shaming Trump used in the presence of others as if she was a “thing” a commodity to be valued based on how well she sexually satisfied Lewandowsky. This is the sign of the times where the President of the United States sees people who work with him as sexually satisfying or sexually gratified. Those who voted for him have to figure out in which category they fall.

The human disaster known as Donald Trump


TrumpAs I write this it has been just over a year since Donald Trump was sworn in office as the 45th president of the United States.  This past year has seen un-paralleled disaster for the citizens of this country.  That disaster has included comical interludes with the media that began almost immediately after his inauguration about the size, not of his hands but of the crowds in attendance to the 98 times and counting  Mr. Trump has gone to his properties to play golf  after a campaign in which he heavily criticized Barack Obama for his golf trips to the insanely obnoxious and comical cabinet meeting  that was more servile and self-serving than substantive.

But Mr. Trump’s disasters are far more serious with far-reaching implications for Americans.  Woefully incompetent people he has nominated for offices whose services Americans have come to rely on a daily basis as well in times of need are unable to meet their responsibilities because of a limited grasp of what their duties are or because such departments are understaffed.

U.S. President Donald Trump throws rolls of paper towels to a crowd in Puerto Rico

The hurricane disaster which struck Puerto Rico and the inadequate relief efforts still plague the citizens of that island 150 days later. How is it that the country with the largest, most robust economy is unable to bring electricity to its citizens for a full 132 days after a natural disaster is an indication of how nonchalant the US administration took the crisis of  Puerto Rico.

Mr. Trump’s clumsy statesmanship vis-a-vis North Korea is not only troublesome but perilous.  Bringing America and the Korean peninsula closer to war with sophomoric insults aimed at a volatile and treacherous despot is not befitting the President of the strongest, mightiest country in the world. Yet ignoring all advice he most certainly has received from those he’s chosen to advise him, Mr. Trump seems determined to take the path most embarrassing and detrimental to the Nation he represents.

There’s the even worse spectacle that just after a year in office scores of people have resigned or been fired under Mr. Trump either because of ideological differences or because they weren’t inclined to bow far enough at the waist as a sign of allegiance to the person, Donald Trump and not to the institutions his office represents. Yet the country labors on with Trump as its head and the beginning of his second year in office seems destined to be as bad, if not worse than his first year.

How seriously can a president who wants to arm 20% of teachers in schools as a response to the school massacre that took place in Florida where 17 students/teachers were killed be taken? And this was not the first mass shooting Mr. Trump has had to deal with during his Administration….Indeed there have been 10 events over the last year involving firearms with 112 people killed yet he is no better able to deal with the latest massacre than he was with the first. Mr. Trump seems to take his direction from that fraction of the GOP that talks to chairs with the same results that there is no communication and as a result, nothing gets done. The country should be used to that happening whenever there is mass shooting……nothing gets done but the incompetence of the Trump administration makes it that much harder to accept.

Here is a #deplorable that feels kinship to, nay, enlisted by #DonaldTrump to attract like minded voters



My question to you would be what is attractive about an individual who expresses himself about the First family like this

Asked what he would like to see happen in 2017, Paladino wrote, “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture …..

Asked what he would like to see go away in 2017, Paladino turned his fire on Michelle Obama. “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

Paladino’s relationship to @realDonaldTrump is he was the co chair for the Trump campaign for New York and now with the campaign officially over Palidino still insists he is involved in Trump’s transition efforts. He also ran for governor for New York; luckily for the people of New York he lost. He clearly identifies with Donald Trump despite calls from some for him to be fired from any capacity but that begs the question, why was he involved with Trump in the first place?

This is #AmericanMuslims’ reactions to the election of @realDonaldTrump


apex-masjidSomeone sent me a flyer from a masjid in Apex, North Carolina where the imam of that masjid addresses what should be the reaction of his group to the election of Donald Trump.  Contrary to what the average American may think about the presence of Muslims in this country, this cleric’s advise is full of calls to American civics, service and faith in the American process as well as in their religion.

It’s been a long, hard campaign and election season.  We’ve heard some incredibly divisive rhetoric, some of it aimed at us and some of it aimed at other minorities we call friends and allies.  Many of you have come to me and expressed your fears and sadness over the outcome of the elction.  Let me first say that as American Muslims, we should all respect the choice that has been made through our electoral process.  We should also continue to have a high level of self-esteem as we have always been good and loyal citizens of this country, not only out of respect for the laws and regulations of this country but because doing so is part of our faith.

The more I grow in this faith the more love and respect I have for our great Prophet and Messenger (prayer and peace be upon him); the more thankful to God I am for making me one of his followers in this time; and the better I understand God’s words, which are full of wisdom and mercy.  One of the verses of Quran that really inspires me is “Verily, you (the believers) have had in the Messenger of God a great example”.  It’s he who taught us courage, patience and trust in God.  It’s he who taught us to rely, in times of hardship and all times, only on God’ not anybody else. It’s he who taught us to be positive, no matter what the challenges are.  He also taught us that after making plans and taking necessary steps to achieve a certain goal, the final decision is still His.  It’s he who reported to us the verse of Quran in which Almighty God says “And perhaps you don’t appreciate something, while God would bring good through it”.

So I trust God.  And I ask that you do too, my fellow Muslims. I know it is hard given the divisive rhetoric we’ve heard throughout the campaign process.  But I ask you to walk with heads held high; we should not be pushed to hide our faith, our identity, nor our values.  This is not what our great prophet taught us to do.  Nor is it the principals that this Great Nation was founded on.  Our prophet taught us to face all kinds of challenges with courage, wisdom, pride and patience. Gentleness is the path of our great prophet so let us NOT find our path to equality and justice by drinking from the cup of bitterness.

Instead, here’s what we must do; we need to be more active civically, we need to get involved with volunteer organizations, we need to get out and meet our neighbors.  We need to get out of our “bubble” which finds us only socializing with those “like” us and show our neighbors and community who we are.  If you don’t leave the “bubble”, you cannot be upset when people stereotype you or fear you.  We need to be more active in the political process, meet our representatives and express our fears and challenges with them.  We need to work in tandem with government and our communities to form alliances and create a better world for everyone.

And to President Elect Trump—We will give you a chance.  Let not your Muslim citizens (nor any other minority) be your worst enemy.  Your worst enemies should be ignorance, poverty, inequality, crime, racism, discrimination and hate.

Two thousand sixteen is not an end, but a beginning.  Two thousand sixteen should be an opportunity to replace the fear, mistrust and suspicion that were infused in some American’s hears, with love, brotherhood and mercy.  Just like our Prophet taught us to do.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.  Let’s get started- Imam Khalid Shaku

Don’t let it be said you don’t know what Muslims are doing in this country.

This is how some #AmericanMuslims deal with a@realDonaldTrump victory 


 

#Russia and@realDonaldTrump: two of a kind #keitholbermann


Entitlement brought to you by@realDonaldTrump


Don’t move along…. there’s a lot to see here so sit back and watch it. Many thanks to Jessie Grady for chronicling this slice of America post Donald Trump. Ms. Grady is more courageous than most American politicians. Today’s American thinks fealty to Trump means they can be publicly as obnoxious and profane as they want and still claim to be victims. Go figure.

IT has commenced @realDonaldTrump


That racist of all notions, that throwback to the days of Nazi Germany has started. That being the idea of a Muslim registry where Muslims are asked pointedly whether they believe in Islam. We’ve already heard Donald Trump say he thinks such a policy is necessary and now it appears before he has even been inaugurated the wheels are in motion to get started

Several Muslim-Americans received mysterious robocalls asking them whether they identify as a follower of Islam, some of whom are citing the spectre of a proposed Muslim registry as cause for alarm over the confounding calls.

The robocall appear to have gone out in the past two days asking Muslim-Americans their religious affiliation and assuring them the call would “be kept strictly anonymous and confidential,” 

“Do you identify yourself as a MUSLIM, yes press one no press two,” the robocall asked….


Who is behind this is not clear but the seeds sown during the Trump campaign have started producing fruit and the American landscape for now is not the same as it was a few short months ago

Could this be why @realDonaldTrump isn’t interested in intelligence briefings?


It’s been reported that Donald Trump has only had 2 intelligence briefings since he was elected over two weeks ago. Some have posited its because he’s been busy with all his business ventures but knowing the huge ego that drives Donald Trump and how he sees everything in the superlative I think this is the reason

In assessing Donald Trump’s presidential victory………………….U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government actively interfered in our elections. Russian state propaganda gave little doubt that this was done to support Republican nominee Trump, who repeatedly praisedVladimir Putin and excused the Russian president’s foreign aggression and domestic repression. Most significantly, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed that the Russian government directed the illegal hacking of private email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and prominent individuals. The emails were then released by WikiLeaks, which has benefited financially from a Russian state propaganda arm, used Russian operatives for security and made clear an intent to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

This is an extraordinary admission that Trump knows about which he simply can’t stomach because he knows he didn’t win except with the help of a once avowed enemy. Moreover it must be difficult for those who are telling Trump that they know he’s benefited from the largesse of a communist dictator. How uncomfortable such a setting should be…. all the better to avoid it altogether, hence no briefings for him. Donald Trump is a fraud and that is just one of many pejoratives you can legitimately aim in his direction…

Seen somewhere on a building in America


Midtown Atlanta, on the Crowne Plaza hotel, someone has been projecting this on the building. Apparently, the police can’t stop it as they are not breaking the law.