The American middle class may soon go the way of the dinosaur. But it will not disappear completely or become extinct.
As the lizard is the survivor and descendant of the mighty dinosaur, there will be a few stick figures that remain as a reminder of what once was. However, they will bear only a scant resemblance to the massive middle class that existed in earlier and better times.
There was a time when dinosaurs roamed and ruled the world. The was a time when the middle class mattered. Both those times appear to have disappeared. …
The Senate impeachment trial is over. As expected, former President Donald Trump was not found guilty.
Now, the real trial begins. That is the trial for the United States of America and this democratic republic.
Our American democracy is at a crossroads. The path we choose to follow will determine the future of that democracy and whether it has one.
In speaking out for human and civil rights more than one-half a century ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) said:
This will be the day when we shall bring into full realization the dream of American democracy — a dream…
12/7, 9/11, and 1/6. If those were lottery numbers for the U.S.A., they would be losers. That’s because they represent tragic dates in our American memory.
On 12/7/1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. On 9/11/2001, Al-Qaeda terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon Building, and the Pennsylvania countryside. On 1/6/2021, a violent mob of domestic terrorists stormed and desecrated the hallowed halls of Congress in the Capitol.
On 12/8, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt began his short speech to a joint session of Congress by stating, ‘Yesterday, December 7th 1941…
On January 6, a mob of anarchists, conspiracy theorists, and delusional Trump supporters carrying Trump/Pence, American and Confederate flags stormed and desecrated the hallowed halls of Congress. This stunning act of insurrection and assault on our democracy was incited by Donald Trump.
For the four years that he has been in office, the Trump administration has been engaged in a continuing assault. That assault is the hollowing out of the federal government. While not as visible to the general public, it is as threatening to the future of the American democracy as the recent attack on Congress.
This past Christmas Eve, NBC ran the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Those who have not seen this phenomenal film might think it is just another feel good and mindless holiday movie.
It is not. It is just the opposite.
It is a feel real and mindful “dark” movie with a powerful message. That message is what we do in our life to build community and to help others matters, even if we lose sight and confidence that it does.
The 1946 film, directed by Frank Capra, tells the story of George Bailey, the owner of a savings and…
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
- Words of poet Emma Lazarus at the base of the Statue of Liberty
Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
Those were the words of president-elect Donald Trump in his acceptance speech on November 9 after it was apparent that he would be the winner in the 2016 election. Four years later, when it was apparent that he would be the loser of the 2020 election, Trump was singing an entirely different tune.
Rather than encouraging the citizens “to come together…
Vaccine. That is our word of the year for 2020.
Our 2018 Word Of The Year blog began as follows, “2018 is past. May it rest in peace. It deserves a gentle farewell because there was little that was relieving or relaxing in this most tumultuous year.”
Little did we suspect that 2018 and 2019 were dry runs for 2020. …
After the presidential election contest of 2016, we posted a blog titled “Thanksgiving Thoughts on Our Divided Nation.” That blog began as follows:
We wrote our first Thanksgiving blog for the Huffington Post in 2012 shortly after the presidential election of that year. Near the end of that blog, we observed, “One other thing we see as we look at our country is a citizenry that is more divided in values and perspective than it has been in the past.”
If that was true in 2012, it is ten times more true in this 2016 election year. This divide was…
They’ve all come to look for America.
-Simon & Garfunkel
O, let America be America again
The land that never has been yet —
– Langston Hughes
America is a land of being and becoming. A democratic republic that has been in existence for 244 years. And a nation still in search of itself.
The nature and results of this year’s presidential election prove this search will take years, and possibly decades, to reach the “more perfect union” envisioned by the founding fathers. …
Frank Islam is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Ed Crego is a management consultant. Both are leaders of the 21st century citizenship movement.