holding Donald Trump accountable came this close to not happening
yes, I know I spelled 'fascist' wrong. it's fixed. I found a typo in yesterday's Status Kwo post, and it made me happier than it should have
I started a chat thread about why I could have included the slaughter of the Native Americans in my piece, and why I chose not to. it's here: https://open.substack.com/chat/posts/ba3b1758-769d-4fe7-a81e-a1d9ae6b58f3
And fuck Aileen Cannon, as well.
Thank you Jeff. And spot on. Until we can be honest about our brutal past, how can the United States move forward and promote the concepts of equity, justice, democracy, and truth when we don’t embrace those concepts.
There must be accountability for our past, the Trail of Tears, the brutality of slavery, Vietnam, El Salvador, the School of the Americas, and other egregious acts throughout our history.
We must honor all those who spilled blood, sacrificed, and dedicated their lives to the ideals of justice, liberty, democracy, and equity for all people. Not by sweeping our past crimes under the carpet, but by shining a light into the dark corners and together saying “never again.”
Well, said! I hosted a German student many years ago. He’s now 45 and a husband and father. We recently visited with him in Germany. On a stroll about his town we saw small bronze squares of metal imbedded among the cobblestones. Each one commemorates a Jew who once lived in the neighborhood and never returned. The Nazis also took headstones from Jewish cemeteries and used them as building materials and covered them with stucco. Now the stucco has been removed and the headstone revealed imbedded in the building. He said that all schoolchildren learn about the Holocaust in school so that it never happens again.
Not prosecuting the Bush Administration torturers and their enablers was not the only thing Obama and his AG Holder swept under the rug, which must have ended up quite lumpy. Equally egregious was that the “Rulers of the Universe” who created the financial crisis that left many Americans in ruins and 99% of us a little poorer were never pursued for the frauds they perpetuated.
Vacuuming the rug won’t help, shampooing the rug won’t help either. We need to throw that rug away and expose the floor to sunlight.
Well, Jeff, I've got chill bumps from today's ultra brilliant offering. Wow. This is breathtaking. Every ounce of this is particularly meaningful to me and the last part because I grew up in rural Alabama in a rich little plantation town where my father had the only drug store for a 50-mile radius and every Saturday all the country farmers, black and white, came into town in their mule-drawn wagons to get provisions for the week or month whatever they could afford. My experience with beaten down once upon a time slaves was their enormous kindness and generosity of heart. If they had barely anything and saw you had nothing, they'd give you half. All of this is very very painful for me. Still and more.
Bush Jr has never really been held accountable for the way he handled Katrina. I will NEVER forgive him for that.
Yeah, and when Colin Powell dies, we remember what a terrific dude he was and such a great public servant and everybody forgets that he fucked it all up in his one big moment when he gave the neocons his blessing to invade a country that hadn’t even sneezed at us. This is where Mike Pence gets the win over Colin Powell. We sweep all kinds of shit under the rug; we’re Americans. It takes a quarterback throwing his career like a spiral into the toilet when he takes a knee to get America to stop sweeping police murders under the rug. Denny Hastert was swept under the rug by Republicans who make up pizza parlor sex trafficking stories about Hillary. We’ve swept a century of fucking with our hemisphere’s governments under the rug, assassinating and corrupting and brutalizing everywhere we go. But yeah, let’s bring God and Jesus and guns into the classroom and cut out the goddamn commie free lunches.
Is it that Americans are so self-righteous they can’t admit the past and make an attempt to not repeat the future? Can we not handle the truth? Thanks for reminding us that we need to own our history, good and bad.
I can't get over the fact that I didn't know about the Tulsa massacre until I was about 60 years old.
Perfection, thank you Jeff!!
how Milquetoast Merrick still to this day hasn't been fired I swear to christ...
Praise God & pass the biscuits, your words of praise are worth repeating!
Our civil servants are doing their jobs, and not running scared of the big bad wolf.
And the US is not the only nation guilty of building a false public global image based on historical amnesia and effacement of victims solely to protect state criminals guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours from the consequences of their actions.
For those here not familiar with the ongoing, so far successful, attempt by this present UK government to shut down all legal routes for victims and survivors of UK state atrocities committed in Northern Ireland during the British military counter insurgency Operation Banner (1969-2007) to access truth or justice I draw your attention to their soon to be passed into law: The Northern Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill 2022/3.
It gifts full back dated legal amnesty to all perpetrators of all crimes committed on all sides. A London based special unit is to be set up for the task to permanently shut down any further investigations into heinous state abuses of power committed in the past c.50 years in Northern Ireland. The British ruling establishment would never voluntarily allow full legal exposure of the ugly truth of their activities in the North in the century since Irish Partition.