August 1, 2017: 183 Years Since Jamaica’s Emancipation

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On August 1, 2017 Jamaica celebrated 183 years since emancipation from slavery, and 55 years of independence from British rule.  In this synopsis you will meet some of our remarkable people: stars and super stars.

Jamaica is a small, resilient, island in the West Indies.  English is the native language.  The island’s people represent a multitude of ethnicities all of whom are Jamaicans first and ethnic roots next.  The island is 4,244 square miles and is inhabited by approximately 2.9 million people.  There are 14 parishes (the capital is Kingston) and some of the most incredible beaches and water falls found anywhere in the world.  Some of the best-tasting coffee beans, sugar canes, mangoes and Jackfruit are found in Jamaica. At one time Jamaica produced a great deal of Bauxite; the country was robbed by exploitative, cunning and greedy super-powers.  Michael Manley (son of Norman Manley) as a trade union leader and as Prime Minister tried to SAVE Jamaica’s bauxite from the robber barons.

Athletic Dominance:  Jamaica is most popularly known for her incredible athletes. While Usain Bolt, Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Yohan Blake and Trevor Berbick are some of the more commonly recognized names, Jamaica has a long and illustrious athletic history.  Jamaica’s athletic dominance in the 400 metres started at the London Games in 1948 with Arthur Wint and Herb McKinley; it continued through the 1950’s and 60’s.  Thanks to YouTube you can see some of it here:    https://youtu.be/1zvJTNc17b0 and here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GqYnCNMxmA

The Jamaican Flag. Learn more here: http://jis.gov.jm/get-the-facts/

Education has always been a Jamaican corner stone and is encouraged and rewarded by parents, teachers and the government.   Following is a brief synopsis of Jamaica’s road from Slavery to independence.

August 6, 2017, Jamaica celebrated 55 years of independence from British rule. One of the BEST things that happened in Jamaica (and other islands) starting in 1834 was the development of plans and the establishment of teachers’ colleges to ensure a good foundatioonal education for the former slaves and their descendants.  The initial funds were bequeathed by Lady Mico in 1690.  From the very poor to the affluent in Jamaica getting an education was a strongly supported goal. Most Jamaican children are taught this poem at an early age: “Labour for learning before you grow old for learning is better than silver and gold.  Silver and gold will vanish away, but a good education will never decay.” Education is still highly valued. That is evident in the manner in which Jamaicans (all over the world) excel academically and creatively: Claude MacKay, Marcus Garvey, Harry Belafonte, et al.

Caribbean islands chose the first Monday in August in various years to celebrate their independence from Britain because it was on the first Monday in 1834 that the institution of slavery was officially abolished in the Caribbean.  Although the British Parliament passed the law in 1834, it took three years to be implemented everywhere.

Starting in 1938 and until 1944 Alexander Bustamante Clarke and his cousin Norman Washington Manley (Queens Council) led the Adult Suffrage Movement that led to the right to vote in Jamaica in 1944.  That was 21 years before blacks got voting rights in the United States.  In 2017, there are still politicians in the USA trying to prevent blacks from voting by putting artificial barriers in their way.

“In 1944, adult suffrage was granted in Jamaica, giving all males and females 21 years of age and over, the right to vote. The journey towards Self Government had begun.”

“The first election under Universal Adult Suffrage was held in 1944 and the Jamaica Labour Party won 25 out of a total of 32 seats.”  Jamaica has a parliamentary system as exists Britain and the ability to vote is greatly prized; people in Jamaica turn out to vote.

Of course, this road to Adult-Suffrage,  self-government and independence was not a smooth pathway with the British acquiescing to the demands of the people.  It was far more contentious and often oppressive.  The struggles were often brutal and murderous.  The Slave Rebellion of 1831, led by minister Samuel Sharpe was a seminal event.  Today Sharpe is one of Jamaica’s national heroes.  Learn more about him here:  http://jis.gov.jm/heroes/samuel-sharpe/ and here:  http://www.samsharpeproject.org/sam-sharpe

Samuel Sharpe was born in 1801; he was hanged on May 23, 1832. In 1834 the Abolition Bill, was passed by the British Parliament and slavery was later abolished. Sharpe played an enormous role. The Morant Bay Rebellion was another seminal event; it took a massive toll on the Jamaican people.  Learn more here:  http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/blog/paul-bogle-george-william-gordon-and-morant-bay-rebellion-1865.   Some of the main leaders in this struggle are among Jamaica’s national heroes today.  Learn more about Jamaica’s National Heroes here on OneWorld’s web, the Jamaican section at: http://www.oneworldpi.org/multicultural_resources/african_history7.html

The Federation of the West Indies was launched in 1959 and Jamaica was a part of this group.

In 1961, a referendum was called to determine whether or not the people of Jamaica should remain a part of the Federation. The Jamaican people voted for Independence. (Sort of similar to Brexit)

“In January 1962, a draft of the Independence Constitution was brought before both Houses and after a full debate it was unanimously approved. It was also agreed that the 300 year old Coat of Arms would be retained and the Latin motto “Indus Uterque Serviet Uni” changed to one in English “Out of Many One People.”  This is Jamaica’s motto today.

At midnight 5th August 1962 the British Flag was lowered and the Jamaican Flag was hoisted for the first time. On the 6th of August 1962 Jamaica was given its independence. Sir Kenneth Blackburne was the last Colonial Governor and the first Governor General. Afterwards, Sir Clifford Campbell, formerly President of the Senate, became the first Jamaican Governor General.

Jamaican music is popular in many parts of the world.  And while Harry Belafonte,  Jimmy Cliff and Millie Small made various forms of Jamaican music popular in years past, the enduring longevity and political power of Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley’s music puts him in a class by himself.  He made Reggae popular across the world and he also made “Natty Dreads” acceptable to millions.  Bob Marley’s music is powerful and most often tells a political story not only about Jamaica but also about political and racial oppression around the world.  some of Marley’s music as well as that of other socially conscious musicians can be found on our OneWorld web site: www.oneworldpi.org/

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 Learn much more about various aspects of Jamaica and her people at the links below: 

http://www.oneworldpi.org/multicultural_resources/african_history7.html

https://youtu.be/1zvJTNc17b0   

Jamaica’s Heroes Win 4x400m Relay Gold – Helsinki 1952 Olympics – https://youtu.be/vZ2lw7dXHhM –

In Season 5 (2013) Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin Wins The Voice – YouTube  

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One of the American judges (uninformed about Jamaica’s ethnic make-up) questioned if she was ‘really Jamaican.”  Yes, she is. “Out of Many One People”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS5AnQKOSD0

Some Americans and the outside world refer to some light complexion or mixed race Jamaicans as Euro-Jamaicans.  In Jamaica they are simple Jamaicans of mixed heritage.  In the 1950’s we saw many English women in particular married to very dark-skinned Jamaicans.   As far back as in the 19th century there were white and black Jamaicans married together.

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Here is a conpendium of multi-ethnic Jamaicans.  For a very small nation we certainly have diverse group, marriages and families as shown here. 

 

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Image result for Image of Jamaican Indian doctor Dr. Sanneta Myrie is Miss Jamaica World 2015, Miss World Caribbean and Miss World third runner up 2015.

She is a medical doctor with a keen interest in the Performing Arts and a sincere passion for the Jamaican culture. She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls (2008) and the deCarteret College (2010)

 James, Jamaican Novelist, Wins Man Booker Prize:

The Jamaican novelist Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” a raw, violent epic that uses the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 to explore Jamaican politics, gang wars and drug trafficking. Mr. James is the first Jamaican-born author to win the Man Booker, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. At a ceremony at London’s Guildhall, Mr. James said he was so certain that he would not win that he did not prepare an acceptance speech.

“I’m not an easy writer to like,” he said, referring to his experimental style.

The Booker judges praised Mr. James’s stylistic range and his unflinching exploration of violence, cronyism and corruption.

“It’s a crime novel that moves beyond the world of crime and takes us deep into a recent history we know far too little about,” Michael Wood, the chair of the Booker judges, said when awarding the prize.   https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/world/americas/marlon-james-jamaican-novelist-wins-man-booker-prize.html

 Imani Duncan-Price is a Government Senator for the Government of Jamaica.

She is an accomplished professional with years of experience in business, marketing and business management. She is the Group Marketing Manager at JMMB Group, one of the leading financial groups in the Caribbean. Before joining the JMMB Group, Imani was the Managing Director of My Tropic Escape. Imani has also been a Consultant to international organizations such as Yale University and the World Bank Group. In addition to her professional and academic success, Imani holds the title of Miss Jamaica World 1995. Imani holds a MPA/ID in Economics, Social Policy and International Development from Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government, as well as a B.A. in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University.

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Jamaica Calls on Britain to Take Responsibility for Slavery

Nanny of the Maroons, a National Hero in Jamaica, was reportedly born in Ghana and sold into slavery in Jamaica.  She became a dominant leader.

 

 

The Many Faces of Jamaica – OneWorld Progressive Institute

Jamaican Doctor Pioneers Disc Replacement Procedure

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-doctor-pioneers-disc-replacement-procedure-_88960

Meet Jamaican-Born Medical Pioneer, Dr. Yvette Francis– Sickle Cell Pioneer

Herb McKenley – the living legend – The National Library of …

The Secret of Jamaica’s Runners – The New York Times

In Jamaica we have a popular saying in Patois (Jamaican dialect)  “We little but we tallawah.” Translation:  We are a small island, but no one should underestimate us.  Our people are strong, determined and fearless.  Many others have exploited (robbed) us and taken advantage of our trust, but our people keep striving; education is indeed our cornerstone to success.   It took us 128 years from emancipation to independence. The past 55 years have been difficult, but there is no turning back.  Onward and upward!  

CELEBRATING JAMAICA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE:  https://youtu.be/kes6coftZrM  A OneWorld video done with a few Jamaican academic stars who live here in Greater New Haven.

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MSNBC Going Right and White And Removing Diverse Voices

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The article below is quite interesting and is worth reading.

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“Tell NBC executives: Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.”

“After President Obama won in 2008, FOX News did not hire dozens of progressive, female, Black and Brown, young TV personalities in order to speak to the Obama coalition.

So why on earth is MSNBC pushing out Black and Brown voices and filling its network with hard-line extreme conservatives?1

NBC had troubling ties to Trump during the presidential campaign and gave the racist sexual predator a national platform.2 Now MSNBC, too, is tilting to the right. We need to let NBC executives know that there will be a sharp backlash if MSNBC becomes another platform for right-wing hate.

Tell NBC executives: Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.

“The man in charge of MSNBC has made it clear that he wants to make the network whiter and more conservative – even though the ratings of progressive shows are skyrocketing. He is, in the words of reporter Ryan Grim, “resisting the resistance.”3

“Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, aims to make them more “centrist,” by which he means bringing in conservative voices. Just look at the recent hires:4,5,6

  • Nicole Wallace, a former spokesperson for President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, will get her own show.
  • George Will, the conservative columnist, climate denier and campus rape apologist, signed a lucrative contributor contract.
  • Hugh Hewitt, the right-wing talk radio host who recently defended Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, will get his own show.
  • Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, both conservative former FOX News hosts, have been given daytime TV shows.

“In the process, Lack has pushed out Black and Brown talent including Melissa Harris Perry, Alex Wagner, Touré Neblett, Dorian Warren, Michael Eric Dyson, Adam Howard, Jamil Smith, Jose Diaz-Balart and Tamron Hall. In fact, Lack has a history of replacing Black on-air personalities wherever he goes.7 America needs voices like these now more than ever, and we need to make it clear to Lack that we are paying attention and there will be consequences.”

The utterly absurd part of all of this is that the ratings of progressive shows are skyrocketing. With Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell in the lead, MSNBC is beating FOX News in the ratings for the first time. And it has nothing to do with Lack – his hand-picked shows are tanking while progressives soar, a fact that, according to reports, “makes him furious.”8

It has not yet changed his strategy – he kicked Joy Reid and Al Sharpton to weekends and replaced them with beltway hacks, and Nicole Wallace is replacing Maddow protege Steve Kornacki.9 But the clear evidence of powerhouse ratings for progressives combined with sharp public pressure could make Lack reconsider his conservative approach, so we must speak out.

Tell NBC executives: Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.

Thank you for speaking out.

References:

  1. Ryan Grim, “With Trump In The White House, MSNBC Is Resisting The Resistance,” HuffPost, May 1, 2017.
  2. Katie Sullivan, “NBC News Is Struggling To Report On Its Own Trump Problem,” Media Matters, Dec. 12, 2016.
  3. Grim, “With Trump In The White House, MSNBC Is Resisting The Resistance.”
  4. Ibid.
  5. Media Matters for America, “George F. Will,” retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. Media Matters for America, “Hugh Hewitt,” retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. Grim, “With Trump In The White House, MSNBC Is Resisting The Resistance.”

See related coverage at:  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/05/why_are_the_nyt_wapo_and_msnbc_on_a_conservative_hiring_spree.html

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/142434/msnbc-getting-whiter-conservativeeven-though-liberal-hosts-soaring-ratings-trump

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21 Years of Community Contributions By OneWorld, Inc

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OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc., is a 501(C)3, 100 percent  volunteer organization serving Greater New Haven and the broader southern CT community since 1996. Please visit our YouTube channel at: https://goo.gl/q3YhD6 See work samples. Witness some of the many people who have contributed to our efforts.  The YouTube channel only started in 2009.  Thousands went before.

Civic Engagement, Education and Health Literacy are our main areas of focus.  You can learn much more about OneWorld’s investment in each area by visiting the links:

WELCOME to OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc.,   We are a small group of committed volunteers serving the GNH community for the past 21 years. 

We produce Community Education TV programs and forums; we post informative blogs and maintain a YouTube channel.  We maintain an active FaceBook page and a “Friends of OneWorld” page.  We ask you to please visit and “like” our OneWorld FB page. We also invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel here: https://goo.gl/q3YhD6  to get new segments of our programs.

OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc. is a 501(C)3 (IRS approved) Volunteer Organization
• Special thanks to our Board members: Enola Aird, Antoinette Brim, Marc Palmieri, Lisa Rao, Lisette McGowan, Andrew Grant-Thomas (and the late Gerald Jabari Parks).
• These people have worked hard and have also supported N’Zinga Shäni’s efforts these past 21 years. They have donated time, energy, expertise, dollars and commitment to our goals.
• OneWorld contributions have been made possible by the enormous generosity of many physicians, nurses, and many others in the medically-related fields; also educators, administrators, support staffs, social justice advocates, parents and community leaders, and the wonderful students from Hamden, New Haven and West Haven public schools… and those educators and parents who went far beyond the call of duty to help us to bring many award-winning programs to the benefit of the broader community.
OneWorld’s significant accomplishments would NOT have been possible without all of you who pulled together to help us in our many productions.
BIG HATS OFF & AN ENORMOUS THANKS TO: Antoinette, Enola and Marc for going the extra miles in developing and facilitating programs; for the hours spent on the phone and in various planning sessions; for coming through when things seem dire, and for just listening so well.   Jabari Parks, (JP) who was on the frontline with N’Zinga in the early years, and who provided enormous guidance in how to develop effective programs for black American males; his program on “Fatherhood” was a classic.  He transitioned in Feb. 2012; his contributions are greatly missed.  Marc Palmieri, you are a giant among men. Thank you a million.
To Paul Bass and the New Haven Independent: thank you for the many years of media support, and for OneWorld Radio.
•  I have produced OneWorld TV programs and forums longer than I have ever done anything else. I have never been more challenged as I have been trying to do this work.  It has also been quite rewarding.  It has been specifically gratifying when community people call to say ‘thanks’ for a particular program and then proceed to tell me the positive difference the program has made in their lives and that of their families.
OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc and N’Zinga, personally, are the recipients of over 30 awards and recognitions between 1999 and 2015. We are proud of each and every one.
The American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope Award (for our program on Prostate Education in 2001) carries special significance.
• We were also particularly proud of our regional awards for the TV programs: “Understanding the Staging of Breast Cancer” with Drs. DiGiovanna and Abukalaf, Yale University School of Medicine:  https://youtu.be/dpbw1qCsJrg

  And a regional award for “Affordable Health Care – A Human Right.” https://youtu.be/rlhZzAbor24

  What was so surprising about this particular program is that we could not get any financial support for the cost of editing and distributing this program. We thank the CT Health Foundation for its financial support in producing many of our health literacy programs from 2008 to 2012.
• We were hoping to close out 21 years with 2,100 FaceBook likes. But that was not in the cards. We are grateful to the 896 people who have liked our page: http://goo.gl/8v19VB

Disturbingly, there are many who have ‘un-liked’  our page if they do not like a particular post, but never bother to ‘like’ us, when they do appreciate a specific post.  OneWorld posts blogs based upon reliable information and based upon social equity, justice imperatives and political fairness as we interpret those to be.

The following seven programs are the ones about which we have received extremely positive feedback, questions and comments particularly from educators, community leaders, parents and ordinary citizens (mainly) outside of the GNH area and from other states:

1) OneWorld’s “Education Agenda” Students Perspective on Molding Successful Lives:  https://youtu.be/mPlqfo53XeY

2) Given the Deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice & Michael Brown – Do You Feel More or Less Safe?  https://youtu.be/GcnUYVTAtvs

3)  OneWorld Presents “Education Agenda” – Race, Poverty and Education- https://youtu.be/QgJHaVWEt4k

4)  The Paper Bag Principle: Yesterday and Today: https://youtu.be/eGzc8So_Nxw

5) “This is Alzheimer’s Disease” – by OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc : https://youtu.be/jdEi4HmMxzU

6)  Parents & Teachers, Working Together, Help Students’ Succeed:  https://youtu.be/b_vjtSflhe0

7)  Effects of Media & Pop Culture on Teens – A OneWorld Forum:  https://youtu.be/VRlebdmIzHM

• We are grateful for the wisdom, guidance and support of everyone who have ever helped us in the past 21 years. We are grateful that Public Access TV stations exists in CT.

N’Zinga Shäni,  M.Sc., M.B.A.

Executive Director
OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc

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  • OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc is a 501(C)3, 100 percent volunteer organization serving Greater New Haven and the broader CT community since 1996.  We produce three categories of television programs: health literacy, education and civic engagement. We also engage the community, and particularly students, in critical-thinking forums, an oratory competition and radio discussions. What we do depends largely on what we can financially afford to do at any given time and on an ongoing basis. 
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Welcome to the Republicans’ Hypocrisy Hall of Fame and Shame

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America is going through extremely difficult times on many fronts; however, what is happening in politics and race seem to be the most difficult, disheartening and frightening.  Since the election of Donald Trump we seem to be a nation more divided than we have been for a long time.  Mr. Trump used harsh, racist and very divisive rhetoric during the election campaign in 2016.  He has surrounded himself with people are are known to have racist ties and a racist history.  One of the top advisors in the White House is the known Alt-right person and avowed Leninist, Steve Bannon.   “I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed.

“Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.” Trump also selected Jeff Beauregard Sessions to be his Attorney General. The late Coretta King, wife of MLK, in 1986 wrote a letter in opposition to the Mr. Sessions being elected as a federal judge. Read the letter linked below and also posted online by  The Washington Post.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/08/514085145/read-coretta-scott-kings-letter-that-got-sen-elizabeth-warren-silenced

In 1999, as a senator, Jeff Sessions  voted to remove President Bill Clinton from office for false statements made under oath. … “It goes to the heart of the judicial system.”  He also declared: “It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth.” This is the same Jeff Sessions, who as Attorney General is sending shock waves through black communities across America as he abandons truth, justice, fairness and rolls back the clock of racism and promotes racial injustice against blacks.  He will not prosecute white police officers who kill blacks without justification.  He is returning to the dark, evil and oppressive days of maximum sentences for petty crimes.  Over the decades Mr. Sessions has a record of discriminating against black Americans.  He was placed at the Dept of Justice so that he could again put in place the old Jim Crow (racist) laws for which America was so infamous. Terrifyingly, we are headed there again.

This is only one on ten blatant examples provided by Nicholas Kristof, in the opinion below, of the gross hypocrisy on America’s 2017 GOP leaders. These people care nothing about laws, ethics, principles or anything else for which America stands.  It’s ALL about being in power and going back to the days of exclusive ‘white power.’  Many believe that is exactly what Donald Trump means when he talks about America First.  (Mr. Kristof’s original article did not include the numbers)

The Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.

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Senator John McCain last week when asked about his comment invoking Watergate in describing the controversy over ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Credit Shawn Thew/European Press photo Agency

We certainly don’t want leading Republicans to tumble into hypocrisy, so let’s refresh their memories.

Patriots like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have eloquently warned of the importance of ferreting out the truth and holding politicians accountable, including for leaking classified information. Thank God for their insistence on truth-seeking!

As McConnell warned, for example: “The president did not value the sacred oath. He was interested in saving his hide, not truth and justice. I submit to my colleagues that if we have no truth and we have no justice, then we have no nation of laws. No public official, no president, no man or no woman is important enough to sacrifice the founding principles of our legal system.”

Such passion for justice and accountability (expressed in 1999, during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton) inspires us all. And at this historic moment when timid or myopic politicians balk at congressional oversight and resist an independent commission to investigate President Trump and possible collusion with the Kremlin, it behooves us to cherish the wisdom of such honest souls.

1) “Extreme carelessness with classified material … is still totally disqualifying.” — Donald Trump, July 11, 2016

2) “It’s simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it.”  — House Speaker Paul Ryan, tweet, July 7, 2016

3) “The security clearance of any officer or employee of the federal government who has exercised extreme carelessness in the handling of classified information shall be revoked.” — Senate Bill 3135, co-sponsored last year (to shame Hillary Clinton) by 16 Republican senators: Cory Gardner, John Cornyn, Shelley Moore Capito, Tim Scott, James Risch, Pat Roberts, Dean Heller, Kelly Ayotte, John Barrasso, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Thom Tillis, John Thune, David Vitter, Mike Rounds and James Inhofe

4) “Those who mishandled classified info have had their sec clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, & even been sent to prison.”  — Reince Priebus, tweet, July 6, 2016

5)  “What do I say to the tens of thousands of people that live and work in my district who work for the federal government, including more than 47,000 Marines? What do I say [to them] when saying something that isn’t true and handling classified information in an extremely careless way has no criminal ramifications?”  Representative Darrell Issa, July 12, 2016

6)  “In my opinion, quite frankly, it’s treason.”  Representative Michael McCaul, Nov. 3, 2016, on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server

7)   “Presidents are not ordinary citizens. They are extraordinary, in that they are vested with so much more authority and power than the rest of us. We have a right; indeed, we have an obligation, to hold them strictly accountable to the rule of law. … It is self-evident to us all, I hope, that we cannot overlook, dismiss or diminish the obstruction of justice by the very person we charge with taking care that the laws are faithfully executed.”  — Senator John McCain, Feb. 12, 1999, in voting to convict President Clinton in his impeachment trial

8) “By his words and deeds, he had done great harm to the notions of honesty and integrity that form the underpinnings of this great republic. … If we do not sustain the moral and legal foundation on which our system of government and our prosperity is based, both will surely and steadily diminish.”  Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Feb. 12, 1999, as a senator

9) “The true tragedy in this case is the collapse of the president’s moral authority. … There was no better reason than that for the resignation of this president.” — Senator Charles Grassley, Feb. 12, 1999

10)  “Our freedom is assured by the rule of law. … Even the most powerful among us must be subject to those laws. Tampering with the truth-seeking functions of the law undermines our justice system and the foundations on which our freedoms lie.”  Senator Mike Crapo, Feb. 12, 1999

Such Ciceros! At a time when so many Americans have a narrow, partisan vision, I am grateful that we are blessed with patriots of such vision.

In all seriousness, let’s adhere to the spirit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a senator during the 1999 Clinton trial declared:

“The chief law officer of the land, whose oath of office calls on him to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, crossed the line and failed to defend and protect the law and, in fact, attacked the law. … Under our Constitution, such acts are high crimes, and equal justice requires that he forfeit his office. … It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth.”

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We suggest that you also check out these other opinions by Nicholas Kristof:

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  1. Is President Trump Obstructing Justice?

    2. Dangerous Times for Trump and the Nation

3.  ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’

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Do We Trust Trump’s Judgement to Do What’s Best for America?

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Do We Trust Trump’s Judgement to Do What’s Best  for America? In a Democracy People Are Expected to Ask this Question.

To Trump-devoted Bullies:  In a democracy people are allowed to ask pertinent questions.  In fact, it is not about being allowed; it is expected.  The people we elect to represent us at various levels of government are not supposed to be blind followers of Democrats and Republicans, or any other entity.  They are expected to be thinkers and doers; they are supposed to be committed to doing what is best for the people who elected them.  Yes, most are under the umbrella of the Democratic and the Republican Party, but they are supposed to work together for the betterment of the people they represent and for the country on the national level.

They are NOT supposed to put the interest of political cronies, corporate elites, lobbyists, family financial gains, and certainly not foreign governments first.  According to an article in The Guardian, April 23, 2017, about 96 percent of Trump supporters (from the election) still support him. This means there is a serious disconnect in our country. It is important that our political leaders try to get to the bottom of that. While we know, from reading some of the diatribe from social media and the ultra-right-wing, that racism is a major part of his support it is not all of it.  At least we hope not. It does seem that his election has opened up some of America’s festering racial bigotries; they have exploded all around us.

In the Washington Post published May 24, 2017, there is this very informative article titled:

“Republicans in Congress struggle with this question: Do you trust Trump’s judgment?”

The entire article is linked below.  OneWorld has written a short summary posted to our FaceBook page.  Recently, there have been some vicious  postings attacking those who are not fans of Mr. Trump’s conduct since his active presidency took effect on January 20, 2017.  What is amazing is how easily people can turn on each other because there are political disagreements. It is truly disturbing.  We can and should disagree; in fact, that might be quite healthy.  Done constructively, disagreements might help us to learn and develop broader more informed perspectives.   That will not happen if we spread malicious, racist tales intended to undermine some political leaders and boost others.

OneWorld’s Summary of the Washington Post Article:Do You Trust Trump’s Judgment?”

  • It’s a simple question, but for Republicans in Congress, it’s not an easy one.
  • Do you Trust President Trump’s Judgment on Major Decisions?
  • “I’m not answering questions like that,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) after hopping off an underground tram shuttling him from the Capitol to his Senate office building. “That’s ah . . . ” he trailed off as he walked toward an elevator.
  • Four seconds later, the easygoing Arizonan picked back up: “The president is overseas. I don’t think we’re allowed to ask any questions while the president’s overseas.”
  • Flake was one of a dozen Republicans from across the ideological spectrum asked this week to reflect on Trump’s judgment. Most of them weren’t eager to address the subject head-on.
  • They diverted and demurred. They paused contemplatively before answering. Some grew visibly uncomfortable. Others declared their conviction in Trump — but then qualified their words or expressed confidence in the people around him. Only one of those interviewed — Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) — offered an unqualified yes regarding Trump himself.

This wavering confidence, and perhaps loyalty, comes after a torrent of controversial decisions by the president and explosive revelations regarding the ongoing investigations into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia. It also comes amid signs that members of Trump’s own administration don’t fully trust the president’s decisions.

When Trump revealed highly classified information to two Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, according to a Washington Post report earlier this month.

  • And when Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election, both refused — deeming the appeal inappropriate, according to another Post report this week.

TO THE BULLIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA:  Attacking others who hold a different point-of-view from yours is not beneficial to anyone.  Blind allegiance is detrimental.  We should be Americans first, but we should also understand the CORE Principles of our democracy.  Responsible Republicans are just as concerned as responsible Democrats about the direction of our country.

Many of those saying “no” to Mr. Trump’s dictatorial conduct are life-long Republicans.  They put love of country and our democratic values first and certainly before party loyalty, and before loyalty to any president who might put personal interest above that of country.   

When any president asks public officials to avow personal loyalty above ethics, principles, legality and country, that should be reason for all Americans to be concerned; furthermore, the judgement of such a president should be questioned.

The Washington Post Article in its entirety starts below.

“It’s a simple question, but for Republicans in Congress, it’s not an easy one.  Do you trust President Trump’s judgement on major decisions?
“I am not answering questions like that,” said Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) after hopping off an underground tram shuttling him from the Capitol to his Senator office building.  “That’s ah . . . ” he trailed off as he walked toward an elevator.  Four seconds later, the easygoing Arizonan picked back up: “The president is overseas. I don’t think we’re allowed to ask any questions while the president’s overseas.”

Flake was one of a dozen Republicans from across the ideological spectrum asked this week to reflect on Trump’s judgment. Most of them weren’t eager to address the subject head-on. They diverted and demurred. They paused contemplatively before answering. Some grew visibly uncomfortable. Others declared their conviction in Trump — but then qualified their words or expressed confidence in the people around him. Only one of those interviewed — Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) — offered an unqualified yes regarding Trump himself.

This wavering confidence, and perhaps loyalty, comes after a torrent of controversial decisions by the president and explosive revelations regarding the ongoing investigations into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia. It also comes amid signs that members of Trump’s own administration don’t fully trust the president’s decisions.

When Trump revealed highly classified information to two Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, according to a Washington Post report earlier this month.

And when Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election, both refused — deeming the appeal inappropriate, according to another Post report this week.

GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, have labored to project at least some semblance of unity with the White House over the first four months of Trump’s presidency, in hopes of salvaging their legislative agenda.

But now, amid a Russian meddling probe that has reached a current White House official and questions about whether Trump tried to stifle that investigation, that unity appears to be faltering.

“I thought the president gave a great speech in Saudi Arabia,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said, deflecting a direct question about the president’s judgment. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman wasn’t willing to comment more broadly.

“Those kind of questions are not . . . ” he said, going silent for a five seconds before concluding that he was facing a “gotcha” question.

The shift in the way Republicans talk about Trump has been incremental. They have mostly embraced the Justice Department’s appointment of a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation, even though many spent weeks saying it wasn’t necessary.

Many are still erring on the side of trying to give Trump the benefit of the doubt — and are trying to move past his controversies. But with multiple investigations into his associates and new revelations popping up faster than most lawmakers can keep up, some privately worry about how long they can sustain that posture.

One popular approach: List some facts about whether Trump can do what he is doing, rather than opine on whether he should do what he is doing.

After chewing over the question of whether he trusted Trump’s judgment on big domestic and national security decisions as he descended an escalator, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) used this strategy.

“He has the responsibility and so therefore, ah, I respect the result of the election. I respect the constitutional authority that he has.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) took a similar approach in a conversation with reporters a few steps from the Senate chamber.

“Do you trust the president’s judgment right now on big national security decisions, big domestic policy decisions, in light of all of these revelations?” one asked.

“Well, he’s president of the United States,” the second-ranking Republican replied.  “He’s won the election and he’s entitled to make those decisions. Ah, we need to try to work with him — and I am — to try to help him be successful.”
Does Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) trusts Trump’s judgement?  Not clear, but like Cornyn, he also confirmed that Trump is indeed the commander-in-chief.

“He is the president,” Lankford said. “And so he makes decisions and that’s the way the American people do it.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the whether the president’s reputation with lawmakers is deteriorating.

For some Republicans, the preferred way to discuss Trump is to talk about the people around him, rather than the president himself.

“Well, he’s going to have a lot of good advice over there,” said Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), before naming some of his top national security advisers.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who ran against Trump and was disparagingly dubbed “Little Marco” by the real estate developer during the campaign, said the president has a “really good team of people around.”

The Floridian said he does trust Trump’s judgment. Rubio said he was “impressed” with the decision that Trump and his team made to launch a military strike in Syria.

But as Rubio moved toward a Capitol subway tram, he turned back over his shoulder and added: “I don’t think national security is the issue.”  What is?

“Well, I think just all of these things that are going on in the press and so forth, I think are slowing down part of their agenda,” he replied. “But hopefully, we can overcome that.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) also said she trusts Trump’s judgment. And she also explained her position by crediting the advisers he has assembled.

“I think President Trump has a good team around him. And I have no reason not to trust his national security decisions,” she said.

Some Republicans remain staunch defenders of the president — particularly in the House, where many GOP members come from safe conservative districts.

“I do trust the president on national security,” Cole said without hesi­ta­tion. He added that Trump is having a “brilliant” international trip.

Others answer the question by comparing Trump to former president Barack Obama.

“I trust him much more than I did the previous president,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who praised some of Trump’s foreign-policy decisions.

The question led some GOP lawmakers to fall back on familiar talking points: He’s different. His presidency is different.  but it’s starting to sound more like disavowal and less like a defense.
“Is he an unconventional politician? Yes, he is; that’s why people chose him.  they didn’t want traditional politicians to get elected,” said Cornyn, the Senate Republican whip.

He added: “So they got what they voted for.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-in-congress-struggle-with-this-question-do-you-trust-trumps-judgment/2017/05/24/d9a7cdd0-402a-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?

Other Related Coverage:

1) Poll: Majority of Americans do not trust Trump to keep his promises

2)   All the Terrifying Things That Donald Trump Did Lately

  • It’s been 99 days since Donald Trump became commander-in-chief. But for the president’s detractors, it’s felt like centuries — long medieval centuries chock-full of plague, illiteracy, and barbarians running roughshod through the ruins of the old republic. But we aren’t actually living in the dark ages (yet). So we might as well shed some light on what the barbarians have been up to.
  • Trump has given progressives so many causes for fear and outrage, it can be difficult — both practically and psychologically — to keep on top of them all as they happen.
  • To help you stay informed despite this challenge, Daily Intelligencer will provide regular inventories of Trump’s assaults on civic norms, common decency, and/or liberal democracy. Here is a rundown of everything the president has done on that front in the period between March 28 (the date of our last edition of “Terrifying Things”) and April 28, arranged in rough order of each affront’s apparent significance and severity.
  • http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/every-terrifying-thing-that-donald-trump-has-done.html

3)  Most Trump Supporters Don’t Trust the Media AnymoreMathew Ingram Feb 01, 2017

  • One of the themes that ran throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—and has continued to manifest itself since Election Day—is the untrustworthiness of the mainstream media, which he has described repeatedly as “dishonest scum,” among other things.
  • Was Trump’s repudiation of the mainstream press a response to the lack of trust that many of his supporters already had in the traditional media, or did his attacks on them help fuel this mistrust? The answer to that remains unknown. But what is abundantly clear is that the vast majority of Trump voters don’t trust the media at all.
  •  Research released recently by Edelman, a global communications and public relations firm, shows that trust in the media among all Americans is at an all-time low, falling to just 35%. But it is even lower still among those who described themselves as Trump supporters.   http://fortune.com/2017/02/01/trump-voters-media-trust/

4)   Trump’s Supporters Still Support Trump—So What? (The other side)  Of what value is it to just retain one’s base?  By Seth Masket

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Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11th, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: Charlie Leight/Getty Images)

In June of 1974, with the Watergate scandal exploding and President Richard Nixon’s approval ratings in the high 20s, the New York Times ran an article that interviewed rural, conservative whites in Holdrege, Nebraska, about their feelings toward the president. These respondents were fierce supporters of Nixon and did not like the way the political system was treating him. The quotes may sound familiar today:

  • “I can’t believe there’s one dirty thing wrong with Richard Nixon…. Some people did some awful wrong things at Watergate, but you’ll never convince me that Nixon knew of them. Now you talk about dishonesty. What about all those votes the Democrats always steal in Chicago?”
  • “I’m just not going to believe the president is wrong until he’s convicted. I don’t have that much faith in the news media any more.”
  • “You can see the gleam in those TV reporters’ eyes when they have bad news.”
  • “I can’t understand why some people suddenly expect politics to be conducted in a church-like atmosphere. It never has been before.”

For some Trump voters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, their new president has already done more than Obama – but others have had enough

  • Reportedly (April 23, 2017), 96 percent of Trump supporters would still vote for him today:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/trump-supporters-elect-again-100-days
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