Wednesday, May 10, 2017

FBI Director James Comey is fired.

Trump firing James Comey (who was the Director of the FBI) is related to the continued investigation of the Trump administration. Senators have said that the investigation will continue to see if they're extensive ties between the Trump regime and Russia. Folks among both parties criticized Comey because of diverse reasons (from the email scandal to the investigation about Trump). The NYT reported that Comey only heard of this firing from TV. This events shows crisis involving the Trump administration. Many Democrats and some Republicans have condemned the firing as a way for Trump to distract from the investigation and in their minds, it's an excessive usage of power. There should be an investigation done by a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of collusion of the Trump regime and the Russian government. Much corruption is found in the Trump regime from the bad executive orders to Kushner's using economic resources to benefit the wealthy. There were numerous media comparisons to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal of 1973–74, when President Richard Nixon fired his attorney general and deputy attorney general when they refused to dismiss special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. That effort to torpedo an investigation failed: ten months later, Nixon was forced to resign as president. There are differences as this situation now is about a person firing one person among other reasons. Also, there has been a tension between the Trump regime and the intelligence community.

The intelligence community wants Trump to be more active in Syria, Russia, and China. Trump has submitted to their demands. Trump is more militarily belligerent against North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China. The argument for the firing elaborated in a three-page memorandum prepared by Rosenstein. The memo says that Comey used bad actions in showing results of an investigation in public and other actions. The problem is that Trump once opposed Comey on his investigation of Hillary Clinton's email and then supported him after the election. Sessions rescued himself from Russian probes too. Many people believe that Comey was fired, because on March 20, 2017, Comey admitted that the FBI is investigating the Trump administration on allegations of it having ties with Russia. Since then, a series of former campaign advisers and aides has been interrogated by the FBI, each undoubtedly pressured to save their own skins at the expense of those higher up, in a chain leading inexorably to Trump himself. We know that Michael Flynn has been caught being involved in bad actions. Trump claims that Comey was fired over his handling over the Hillary email scandal, which many folks don't believe. The White House apparently informed only a handful of congressional leaders ahead of the firing, including Senators Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee that oversees the FBI. Graham publicly endorsed the firing, while Feinstein did not oppose it.

Trump's confusing message is typical of his hypocritical, bigoted regime. First, HBCUs don't discriminate based on race or ethnicity. It was created in part to end discrimination based upon race. Trump has shown executive orders as a means to harm environmental protections and limit democratic rights that people fought for. Some black folks love Trump (like Omarosa, Jim Brown, etc.), but now we see more of his egregious agenda. We see Trump advancing a health care bill that will cut Medicaid, expand tax cuts for the super wealthy, and make health care access more complicated. We see him giving praise to a xenophobe like Marine Le Pen. We see him omitting the epidemic of police terrorism in our communities and spewing sexism and bigotry out in the open. There are always many whites and some blacks who love anti-black racism, which is a disgrace. Trump supporters aren't blind to Trump's extremism. They just don't care. They believe in the lie that forcing people into a far right theocracy (mixed with a privatized system completely) will change America for the better. The truth is that revolutionary progressive change in our economy and other areas of our lives will make the real difference in creating a better world for all. It is also important to acknowledge the life and legacy of Sister Phillis Wheatley. She was born in Africa and she was a slave in America. Her words moved the world. In her life, she wanted liberty for her people and opportunities to express her literary talents globally. She was definitely ahead of her time, because her prose was filled with eloquence, power, inspiration, and an urgent message of promoting true justice. I read some of her poetry before and her work is moving. Some of her work would be displayed in iambic tetrameter. Her other works would talk about other cultures, Africa, etc. The common thread in her volume of literature is about her seeking a better life and honoring her heritage gloriously. Today, tons of writers and poets exist. It is very important to honor this great black woman who sacrificed so much for us who live in the 21st century.
Rest in Power Sister Phillis Wheatley.

First, it has to be acknowledged that it is a serious problem that some parts of hip hop music is filled with materialism, misogyny, anti-black slurs, the disrespect of human dignity, the glamorization of violence, and other evils. Many musicians have made a living in a sick way to degrade black people in the most heinous ways possible (which is wrong). That's real and many people have talked about this truth for generations. C. Delores Tucker heroically talked about this issue and she was slandered when she was alive. It was only after she was passed away unfortunately that many people understood what she was saying and where she was coming from. I don't agree with Miley Cyrus on many issues (she is known to make profane records and use risque music videos for years filled with references about molly and doing "lines." All of that is found in her song "We Can't Stop."). Likewise, it is important to critique hip hop and any other genres of music. No genre of music is above legitimate critique. In the final analysis, we want real, authentic musical expression, but we have the free speech right to criticize those who exploit music as an excuse for some people to advance nihilism in an viciously nefarious fashion. I like conscious hip hop (with a positive message. One example is the music from Arrested Development, which is lyrical, powerful, and has a glorious message too) and any uplifting, righteous music myself.

I believe in many principles. I believe that health care is a human right (as Obama has said days ago). I believe in care for the environment. I believe in the freedom of conscience. I believe in God. I believe in social, economic, and racial justice. I believe in helping the poor and defending the rights of women. I also believe in humor and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in praising people who have done yeoman's work in helping society. I also appreciate so many people here showing information, videos, and words about humor, life in general, fitness, culture, and the glorious aspects of living (all of you certainly motivate me in my life). I believe in using technology constructively and supporting enterprises too. I also love to study information to learn new information in my life. We all need joy and happiness in our lives. The death of this man named Edward Crawford (who protested in Ferguson in 2014) is very sad. I send condolences to his family and friends. It is important to note that the events in Ferguson changed history forever. Ferguson (whose citizens suffered racism, police brutality, oppressive covenant laws involving housing for decades) opened a new chapter in Black American history. The Midwestern location of Ferguson taught people about courage and bravery. In 2014, innocent people including journalists were victims of tea gas, false arrests, and excessive force. Yet, these human beings continued to press on in expressing their voices. It was the time when it conclusively shown young people not only being filled with consciousness, but it displayed young people being willingly to oppose police terrorism in public and in private. It is important to find out how exactly this young man died. The struggle continues and we are inspired by the activists from Ferguson to carry onward in our journey for real black liberation.

By Timothy

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