Virtue -vs- Dishonor

As Memorial Day approaches we leave you with the following to consider. Truthfulness, honesty,  and integrity are virtues worth fighting for and sustaining. If possible. In the Era of Trumpism to fight for these virtues is more critical than ever before. Winning will be difficult. Sustaining even harder. Thinks are not always as they seem to be.

*honesty

Thousands of thousands people
Among the thousands of rows
Waiting for the entry to the show
Of blitz, glamour and corruption.

The first rows are for the VIPs
The middle ones are for the sycophants
As I am neither of them
So my row is the last one.

Front line is for the hypocrites
Middle ones are for the touts
As I am neither of them
So my line is at the end.

I am feeling lonely
And my row is empty
Could you please for few minutes stand with me?
So that I can show you the real delight
Of life in the path of honesty..

Addul Wahab

Honesty Versus Loyalty

Loyalty is being honest to a person;
Honesty is being loyal to a cause.
Loyalty is being faithful
And honesty, being virtuous.
Kumbakarna was loyal;
Vibhishna was honest.
The world is run by loyalty
Rather than by honest.

Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar

Honesty Has A Difficult Time Being Respected

Liars always seem to have their supporters.
Praising them for past deeds and activities.
Although they proclaim themselves,
To have morals and integrity.
With high standards obtained and reached.
But there is something about a liar,
That can teach those who may be disappointed.
A liar in today’s society…
Has been lifted to realms of praise.
It is those who tell the truth and pursue decency,
That are despised and criticized for being arrogant.
And honesty has a difficult time being respected.

Lawrence S. Pertillar

Honesty Killed

Too many people keep their evil disguised.
And they do.
Too many people.
Too many today being evil.
Too many people keep their evil disguised.
And they do.
Too many people.
Too many today being evil.
Gone…
Is the innocence from children’s eyes.
Too many people.
Too many today taught them evil.
Gone…
Is the innocence from children’s eyes.

There is just too many people,
Keeping evil disguised.
And they do.
Too many people.
Too many people thinking evil.
Gone…
Is the innocence from children’s eyes.
Too many people.
Too many people taught them evil.
Gone…
Is an honesty killed by told lies.
Killed by the people.
An evil that defeats the people.
Killed…
To leave no truth recognized.

Killed.
Honesty killed by an evil,
Feeding defeat to the people.

It’s been killed.
Honesty killed by an evil,
Feeding defeat to the people.

Lawrence S. Pertillar

Donald J. Trump Hijacked The GOP…

I used to be a republican. My journey away from the republican party began several years ago and was the result of the party changing in ways I believed ill-advised. It was also becoming evident to me the party was losing touch with what many would call a moral compass.  The election of Donald J. Trump was the culmination of almost all of the reasons I left the republican party. It is my belief many have made this decision and many more will follow. The direct result of Trump and his morally bankrupt and incompetent administration. The excerpt from an article by John J. Pitney says what many are undoubtedly coming to grips with.

Until last year, I was as Republican as you could get. My family had belonged to the GOP since the 1850s, and both my grandfathers labored in local Republican politics. I started volunteering for the party nearly a half century ago, handing out Nixon pamphlets in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the age of 13. I went on to work for Republican politicians in the New York State Legislature and both houses of Congress. And for a couple of years, I served in the research department of the Republican National Committee.

But early in the morning of Nov. 9, shortly after Trump claimed victory in the presidential election, I took out my laptop and changed my registration to independent.

From the start of the campaign, I knew that I could never vote for such a person. Trump is a mashup of all the sorriest parts of Republican history: Herbert Hoover’s trade policy, Warren Harding’s incompetence, Charles Lindbergh’s dictator worship, and Joseph McCarthy’s dishonesty. Still, until election night, I was hoping that that he would lose, and that the GOP could rebuild itself. This hope died as big states tipped into his column. It was painfully evident that the Trump brand would stick to the party for years.

And it really was painful. It has become commonplace to say that the parties are “tribal.” The term is apt. Especially for people who have worked in campaigns and government staffs, a party is a social network. Many of my friendships grew out of winning together and losing together in Republican politics. I still count these people as friends — and hope that the feeling is mutual — but the election cut an important connection.

I don’t disparage those who voted for Trump. Economic change has left millions of working Americans behind. They think that an increasingly affluent professional class pushes them around. Voting for Trump was a way to push back. I get it. My father was a milkman in a college town. It was full of people with advanced degrees who looked down on people like us.

Those words represented the Republican Party at its best. By nominating Donald Trump, the GOP chose its worst.

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Of course, the GOP was not always at its best. During Watergate, Republicans learned about Nixon’s dark impulses and crimes. But as the scandal unfolded, key party figures declined to march in lockstep. Months before the “smoking gun” tape came to light, Sen. James Buckley of New York called for Nixon’s resignation. He wrote: “Inevitably the president is the focus, the essence of the crisis of the regime; the linchpin of its entire structure. It could not be otherwise. The character of a regime always reflects and expresses the character of its leader.”

Republicans don’t talk that way anymore. As Trump’s presidency confirms some of the worst fears of his critics, most party leaders are either defending him or expressing vague concern without holding him to account. House Speaker Paul Ryan backed the firing of FBI Director James Comey. In response to the news that Trump had spilled secrets to the Russians, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell merely called for “a little less drama.”

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Trump To Cut Children’s Health Programs…

The BLOTUS’ Budget Proposal… Making America Great Again, on the backs of children and the poor.

(CNN) – President Donald Trump’s budget plans to cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.

Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” gets through as-is. It would hit children’s health care hard and break Trump’s campaign promise to “save” Medicaid “without cuts.”

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Trump on TwitterI was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied

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Poor children are covered by a complicated mix of programs. Medicaid covers 37 million children. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, has 8.9 million enrolled. Together, these two programs cover about one in three American children, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
When Trump ran on a promise to end Obamacare and give people better health care, he promised not to touch Medicaid “like every other Republican,” and yet Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday that Trump personally approved each cut.
When Trump ran on a promise to end Obamacare and give people better health care, he promised not to touch Medicaid “like every other Republican,” and yet Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday that Trump personally approved each cut.
Mulvaney emphasized that the biggest savings in the budget come from cutting or scaling back entitlement programs.
The budget would also slash other programs that help the working poor. It cuts food stamps, student programs, the earned-income credit, the child tax credit and disability payments, among others, while increasing military spending, border security and infrastructure.