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Black Death By Police…again and again and again!

AN ANALYSIS OF AMERICA’S LATEST AND MOST OVERT EXAMPLE OF RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY AND IT IS WELL DOCUMENTED:

THE HEADLINES BLARED…Mistrial declared 
in the case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop…AND THE NEWS FOLLOWED… “A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at the back of Walter Scott, a fleeing driver, in one of the most high-profile shootings AND BLATANTLY RACIST (MY WORDS) to rattle the nation in recent years.” “We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.
NOW THE STORY …
Walter Scott was stopped by policeman Michael Slager in North Charleston, South Carolina for a busted taillight. In the midst of the stop, Walter Scott got out of his car and started running. Michael Slager then drew his handgun, firing eight rounds at Scott from behind. The coroner's report stated that Scott was struck a total of five times: three times in the back, once in the upper buttocks, and once on one of his ears. And this is for running which is certainly not a crime punishable by death and where the police is the Prosecutor …the Judge …the Jury and the Executioner. Slager not knowing someone was recording the entire action THEN placed a Taser gun by Scott’s body….all captured on video.
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST… “The recording, captured by a bystander, spread quickly across news stations and the Internet, propelled into the public consciousness during a wave of scrutiny and protests nationwide focusing on how police use deadly force. Slager became the rare officer charged for an on-duty shooting, and the case continued to draw national attention as it stretched into December. Slager, who said he feared for his life during the encounter, was charged remarkably quickly amid a shifting climate sparked by protests in Ferguson, Mo., just months before Scott’s death.”
The jury was selected 11 Whites and one Black and the Black person was made the Jury Foreman. In early deliberations, one of the White jurors said… “There is no way I will convict a policeman of killing someone.” That was reported to the court. (What he was really saying was he would not convict the police of killing someone Black.) In fact, the Jury Foreman asked for a replacement which apparently was not allowed. So now we have a hung jury 11 votes for guilty and ONE VOTE for NOT GUILTY. And the judge has no choice but to declare a mistrial. The State Attorney indicated they will try the case again.
AND THE ANALYSIS…
Years ago when the Black community would have witnesses to police brutality and wanton police violence and reported these cases to the Department of Justice, it was our word against THEIRS and who do you think they believed? We had no pictures or videos or audio recordings then. But we have them now and this was a case that had the pictures and the videos and all of the necessary recordings that documented that Micael Slager KILLED Walter Scott in COLD BLOOK and then “planted” a Taser gun near his body to “corroborate” his LIE that he “feared for his safety.” AND he walked. This is one of the MANY CASES just this year that shows Justice is not Blind…Justice is not Fair…Justice only benefits Whites…Blacks need not apply. Apparently, White America likes what they see. Apparently White America like this continued Injustice and the way it was always planned. Apparently, White America has not gotten the message and obviously don’t give a damn. The Criminal Justice is performing as it was designed to perform and it was clearly intended to keep Blacks under thumb even if it means killing Black folks to make sure the job is done and done right. You can only talk and reason and use Logic for so long. White folks can only trot out Black elected officials and Black preachers and Black community types to mouth a “Keep Calm” message for so long. Keep the Peace as they say. The Talking is Over. Which is why the Injustice Boycott is necessary and why I support it totally.

Today saw the announcement of the first three cities in the boycott. They are Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. The Boycott will give those cities, the businesses and corporations that call those cities home, the states they are in, and the federal government, 43 days, that’s until Dr. Martin Luther King Day of 2017, to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists in those cities.

A targeted national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities that have either directly supported injustice there or have remained painfully silent in the face of it will also commence soon. Willful ignorance is no excuse. Big brands and corporations will be given an honest chance to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce a boycott of them. If America and its corporations want to continue its Injustice and its Racism, let them do it without our money. And we haven't even gotten to the Racist Degenerate President-Elect soon to sit in the White House. Every movement is ALWAYS about sacrifices. Let the Boycott Begin…and There WILL BE Collateral Damage.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Yes…The Struggle Continues.

WHY DO WE CONTINUALLY SAY THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES?
My earliest identification and my earliest understanding of racism was seeing two water fountains with signs…one sign said “White” and one sign said “Colored.” I was four or five years old. I didn’t ask my mother or my grandmother the difference in the two…I just drank from the “Colored water fountain” because at the time Blacks were identified as Colored so that was “our” water fountain.  Although there were times when my mother would hold me so I could drink the “White water.” It tasted no different than the “Colored water.” There was a distinction and a difference for me. Why were signs necessary I would later ask.  And the obvious answer would shape the rest of my life.
         America is a country founded by White Racist Christians on a foundation of White Racist Christian Ideologies. This Christian country would not have survived had it not kidnapped millions of Africans …Called them property to “get around” the Christian tag… “kept them in chains” …and all to provide a free labor economy to those in the South and others outside of the South who owned Black Flesh. The trade in enslaved persons, from the middle of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth, was responsible for the kid­napping of between twelve and fifteen million people, forcibly re­moved from Africa to the Western Hemisphere. The trafficking of Africans by the major European countries during this period is sometimes referred to by African scholars as the “Maafa,” Swahili for “great disaster.” The slave trade led to the violent transporting of those millions of Africans, and to the deaths of many millions more. They were turned into nameless human beings, kidnapped and herded like cattle. Packed as human cargo and brought to foreign shores. Stripped of their identity and history. Stripped naked in the public square and inspected like livestock. Sold at auction to the highest bidder. Beaten and brutalized and dehumanized with sear­ing regularity. Forced under unimaginable penalty to work under horrific conditions for no pay. Raped and marginalized with abso­lute impunity. Hunted like animals when they dared to rebel and seek freedom. Denied basic human rights. They revolted and were brutalized and hanged and drawn and quartered by horses …And Still Black Folks Survived.  And as if those “Christian ideals” were not enough, America descended into the “Nadir of Race Relations” after Reconstruction. Black Historian Rayford Logan coined the term in his 1954 book The Negro in American Life and Thought: The Nadir, 1877–1901. The “Nadir” lasted from the Compromise of 1877 through the first half of the twentieth century. Christian White America crafted and fine-tuned the blueprint for vicious racism during the Nadir. White mob vio­lence, organized racial terrorism, and rapidly spreading Jim Crow laws virtually eliminated all civil rights gains made during the pe­riod of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War. This is American History yet the American history not taught in the classroom. And Still Black Folks Survived. More Jim Crow laws would follow as would dejure segregation and defacto segregation …all a part of the American Institution of Racism which was an outgrowth of the American Holocaust called Slavery…And Still Black Folks Survived.
         WE have seen Racist presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson…Racist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan, the Regulators, Jayhawkers, the Black Horse Cavalry, the Knights of the White Camellia, the Constitutional Union Guards, the Pale Faces, the White Brotherhood, the Council of Safety, the ’76 Association, the Rifle Clubs of South Carolina, all designed to terrorize, maim, and kill large number of Blacks…. And Still Black Folks Survived. Blacks were lynched in the early 1900’s on an average of 3-5 a week …And Still Black Folks Survived. We saw the Separate but Equals policies of this Christian country extend to every facet of life which made life for American Blacks that much more Unequal…And Still Black Survived.
         We survived Two Bushes and a Nixon and a Reagan and We WILL survive a Trump too. We should not have to survive a Racist President but we will. BUT…WE did not survive by just talking about surviving. We survived by fighting for our survival. We marched…and picketed…and withheld our money…and sat-in…and knelt-in…and waded-in…and died because OUR survival was just that important. Not only for us, but for those who would come after us. OUR SURVIVAL is the Struggle. OUR Generational survival is important. OUR Mere Existence is the Struggle. So for the Millennials and the Integration children, you have to understand as long as you are identifiable by the color of your skin, your survival is at stake. You cannot blend in even though many of you try…and you see where your blending has gotten you.  Many of you like to say that you “made it” in spite of your color. My question to you is…At What Price? The Struggle is not a game. The Struggle is real. When you demand respect, you get respect. Many of the signs are gone, making racism less overt; but that does not mean that it has disappeared, or that “equality is at hand.” In the final analysis, being Black and understanding being Black is a state of mind.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Objective Press? Not Even Close.

MEMO TO THE NATIONAL PRESS:
How unique it is now Associated Press (AP) that you and some of your colleagues—not all—but some of your colleagues have started calling Donald Trump’s supporters what they are…Racists…Neo-Nazis…and White Supremacists…instead of the Alt-Right. Did you finally wake up? And now maybe you will ask yourself why do Racists…Neo-Nazis…and White Supremacists support THIS president and why has he not really disavowed their support? Inquiring minds want to know. Use this clue…Racists congregate together and compare racist notes and connive and make racist plans together, and they endorse each other…which all have somehow escaped you.
 
During the presidential campaign, you bought into President-elect Donald Trump’s considerable lies and new realities. Take a step back and understand what happened. This next President of the United States …this disrespectful degenerate and Racist…attacked every minority group in this country AND attacked you. He execrably showed he had little or no respect for the Constitution and even less respect for your Freedom as working members of the press. And you let him do it. Though at times OUR objections to your reporting a sanitized and a “white-inized” version of the news was warranted, we still recognize Freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Donald Trump does not.
Donald Trump tells lies that are seemingly random, frequently inconsistent, and often plainly ridiculous. He says or tweets things on the record and then denies having ever said them. He contradicts documented fact and then disregards anyone who points out the inaccuracies. He even lies when he has no discernible reason to do so — and then turns around and tells another lie that flies in the face of the previous one. And YOU allowed him to do it!
 
YOU apparently cannot understand or won’t understand what Trump is doing (and has done) and in the meantime you willingly play by his rules. There is no middle ground. This is a president-elect whose nature is to lie and lie and lie some more. Donald Trump is a Racist first; and is obviously a pathological liar and either cannot tell the difference between truth and lies, or he knows the difference but does not care.
 
You supported Donald Trump’s racism, National Press, and like it or not, that also makes you racist. Your media silence corroborates your complicity and your agreement. You were not objective when you would not report that The Racist President-Elect actively led the birther movement…that he embraced every known racist’s and racist organization’s endorsement on the national scene … and you allowed him to plead ignorance and claim he did not know who and what they were. You allowed racism National press. You stood by while it happened. You empowered Donald Trump and his racist minions. Now, what you used to call the "Alt. Right" but in reality IS every racist organization in this country, are now celebrating and you have to own it. Your silence not calling out the Racist President-Elect allowed this to happen.
 
Since some of you now say you have learned the errors of your ways and now understand your lying president-elect and the identity of his racist minions, maybe you will finally call him one of the titles he so richly deserves, and describe him as you should. Start with RACIST…and continue to his core racist attitudes … and the fact that as a card-carrying Racist, he chooses to surround himself with a heavy dose of rancid racists. That apparently works for him, and apparently works for you too.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Don’t Get Upset Now.

Why is it White America and the White press are so upset with the actions and the appointments of the Racist AFTER electing him President? Black folks warned of his actions long ago. We know how racists perform and act and do their racist "thing." WE have seen Trump's racism historically and traditionally in these As Yet United States of America.

What did you expect after he gave you an up close and personal look at his Execrable Non-Qualified Ass.

The White press and White America thought it was cute when The Racist's racist audience would shout "lock her up" referencing Hillary Clinton.

They thought it was cute when Bernie Sanders was running around waging a negative campaign after it became obvious he would not get the votes to secure the nomination of the Democrat Party. Hell…he is not even a Democrat.

They thought it was cute when millennials said they would only vote for Bernie for President. Why?

They thought it was cute when TWO Third Party Candidates without a snowball's chance in hell of being elected decided they needed to run for President …. maybe just to see their names on the ballot? And then Jill Stein decided SHE needed to endorse Donald Trump? Why did she run other than to siphon off votes?

They thought it was cute when Donald Trump sashayed around like a peacock with the press salivating at his every action and his every move and his every whim while he said absolutely nothing.

They thought it was cute when vile and venomous and despicable and sexist and disrespectful and insulting language cascaded from the mouth of the Racist. Then everybody including the so-called Christian Evangelicals—spelled Christian Hypocrites— gave him a "bad language pass" and defended him and his language.

NOW THEY are upset AFTER THEY elected this Sexist Racist Misogynist Xenophobe as president. Live With Him White America. Black America have lived with the Donald Trump Types ALL of our Lives.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

This time you are getting the Racism you asked for.

America is hurtling down a track of racial intolerance from which there is only a slow and painful recovery, if at all! Every day the news reports document racist comments and racist intimidation and racist violence which have all spiked since the election of Donald Trump, Racist President-Elect. And White America, like it or not, this on YOU. YOU elected this Racist as President. There are those …both Black and White… who say that Donald Trump is not a racist. But you are judged by what you say and the company you keep. And during his campaign, Donald Trump used all of the code words and all of the red meat whistle terms to appeal to his Racist White campaign audiences wherever he appeared. When he said Make America Great Again, White America interpreted that to mean Make America White Again. White America is just basking in the glory of a Racist America.

Everything Donald Trump has said on and off the record speaks to his racism. He has proceeded to surround himself with other card carrying racists. His recent appointments of Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon install Racists and their racism at the highest levels of American Government. For them to set policy for America is unthinkable. Donald Trump is not a normal president any more than racism is normal. If this is what you bargained for White America you got it and then some. I heard a White male on TV the other say “Don’t blame me. I voted for Hillary.” Well your other White comrades never got the memo because White America elected Racist Donald Trump with all of his baggage.

I am Unapologetically and Unashamedly Black but it is not to the exclusion of anyone. I am not Anti-White. The exclusionary and preferential hate speech encouraged by Trump is Anti-Black, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino and Anti-Hispanic …and the examples don’t end. Actions of Donald Trump and his fellow racists are yielding and will continue to yield expected and unexpected results. This is not a game. Donald Trump is not just a staunch conservative. He is a staunch Racist. Persons will be hurt as this Racist and his Klan-robe wearing friends continue to feel emboldened to say and to do anything to Blacks and Muslims and LGBTs and women. But be warned, this is not an era of turn the other cheek. And like it or not, there will be innocent collateral damage —both Black and White—and there will be other unexpected consequences. The Nonviolence mantra of the 50’s and 60’s Civil Rights Movement will not suffice today. You cannot build a bridge over Racism.

Racism is a cancer and America’s Body is so sufficiently inundated with the disease, that the patient is terminal. In other words, there is no cure for America's Racism. But this is what you asked for, White America when you elected a Racist to lead this country. You are not going to like the eventual results … BUT you are going to get them anyway.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Thank You. I Am Honored.

 
 

 
THE 13TH ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCE 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS
 
 
LOS ANGELES – i310 Media Group has announced the winners and finalists of THE 2016 BEST BOOKS AWARDS on November 17, 2016. Awards were presented for titles published in 2014-2016.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of i310 Media Group said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to the finalists and then the winners.

Keen says of the awards, now in their thirteenth year, “The 2016 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”
 
Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!
by Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.
KiJas Press
978-0578174532
Multicultural: Non-Fiction
has been honored as a "Finalist" in the
"Multicultural: Non-Fiction" category.


Finalists can use the following verbiage: Award-Winning Finalist in the “Multicultural: Non-Fiction” category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Wiley, McGraw Hill, Rowman and Littlefield, Forge Books, National Geographic, American Cancer Society and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition!

Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told! is scheduled to receive a 10-month book listing on BestBookAwards.com in your category. We will e-mail you a book listing confirmation once live.Thank you for your support of the 2016 “Best Book” Awards. Keen adds, “I love doing what I do and I hope the top-notch results our judging panel produces each year shows our support and commitment to all areas of the publishing industry: mainstream, indie and self-published.”

The 2016 “Best Book” Awards brought in over 2,000 entries, one of our biggest years since starting this program in 2004. By placing in this year’s awards, you have beat out 75% of your fellow entrants.

A major publicity campaign announcing the award results is already underway and will continue throughout the holiday season. A national press release will be blasted out next week to media outlets and publishing industry.

You haven’t done Nothing!

MEMO TO POLITICALLY STUPID WHITE PROGRESSIVES AND EQUALLY POLITICALLY STUPID SIMPLETONS POSING AS BLACKS WHO VOTED FOR THE RACIST DONALD TRUMP —OR VOTED 3RD PARTY OR DIDN'T VOTE —BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR ASSES FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND:
First …The White Progressives or rather the Regressives who think they know every damn thing there is to know about the political arena and took
a extended flying toilet break to vote for one of the two 3rd party candidates….Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Not only did you not know what their policies were, but many of you stupidly bought into the Republicant political talking propaganda BS about Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson could not put two sentences together which made any sense and Jill Stein endorsed Donald Trump. In your cockeyed mind, you voted 3rd party or you didn’t vote and you got The Racist Donald Trump. “Progressives”, you are not different from the Racist Trump voters? In fact you have all the appearances of RIP —Racists in Progressive—clothing. And you are just as Stupid. Perhaps in all of your political wisdom you have never sat down with a real Black person and have them explain White American Racism. You know the White American Racism that Blacks deal with every day. The White American Racism that was the foundation of the Trump campaign and as we are seeing, is the foundation of a Trump Administration. Of course, Blacks really explained White Racism to you up close and personal, you would probably have some ignorant explanation as to what you THINK racism is because again you think you know every damn thing.

Second…Blacks who do not know the difference between their asses and a hole in the ground. Well understand this Black Political Lackeys, whether YOU understand Racism or whether you have been exposed to Racism or not, you are about to have your proverbial “behinds” handed to you on a silver platter, while you are waiting on White folks to show you what they mean by Make America Great Again. Give Trump a Chance you say. You are some of the same Ne’er-do-wells who like to talk about how “Irrelevant” the Civil Rights Movement was and how irrelevant some Civil Rights organizations are, yet these are the same organizations who fought for and won the right to allow you to act like the ass you are. And what would you have done during the Civil Rights Movement? You would have done the same thing you are doing now…standing on the sidelines talking to hear yourself talk. The Civil Rights Movement represented young Black people who were brave enough to stand and march and sit down depending upon the circumstances and had the courage of their convictions to face the dogs and the cattle prods and the billy clubs and the water hoses and the ax handles and the baseball bats and the bullets and the bombs. You have bought into the same bull crap White folks have been selling you since your birth date. You do not know any better but you think you know every damn thing. Donald Trump is a Racist and a Racist is like a snake …You know what it is and what it is capable of doing. You know what Donald Trump is and you do not give him credit for anything other than what he is…a dyed-in-the-wool Racist.

So congratulations White Progressives and Uncle Tom Niggers … you have developed a Coalition. Enjoy each other for these next 4 years standing on the sidelines talking to each other while doing absolutely nothing.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

AmeriKKKa.

HOW DO I SEE AMERICA? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.

I see America not coming close to its Creed or its Constitution or its Declaration of Independence for all of its citizens.

I see America as a place where Whites feel they are doing something extraordinarily special just to let me live here, even though White America brought my ancestors here in chains.

I see America as a country where Whites think they are giving me something —a veritable handout—yet not remotely acknowledging that I have “earned” my birthright as an American citizen.

I see America embracing vile racism in its rawest and purest form which is how it was intended when White America created Racism and the American Institution of Racism as by-products of the American Holocaust called Slavery. I see America as a pseudo-Christian country who only uses the Bible as a shield to hide its Racism and where brotherhood and sisterhood mean absolutely nothing.

I see America where its “do-good Whites” want to hold hands and talk a good game while singing Kum-Baya, but whose actions speak volumes about who they are.

I see an America as a country that tolerates Blacks but ONLY when we act like "Good Coloreds" should.

I see an America through the eyes of a Black man who recognizes America for its years of Lying and its false bravado and invoking its Christianity when it suits its racist fancy.

I am a Black man who refuses to allow America to kill my spirit and my resolve and will continue to fight in the Struggle unless and until White America kills my physical body. I am not alone. Many Blacks were beaten and killed fighting for this THING called Freedom and every time we think we finally see the end of the tunnel and Freedom is at hand, White folks change the rules of the game. But we have understood The American Institution of Racism since our very existence. We have adapted to the tomfoolery and the antics of White America.

WE are not surprised how and why White America elected the Racist flavor of the month as president. White America wants to return to the days when things were as they liked them and wanted them then….the days when Blacks were seen and not heard…the days when Blacks addressed all Whites irrespective of their age with a Mr. and Miss and Misses…the days where Blacks knew their places and dare not move from that norm…the days of the Whites Only and Colored signs…the days when Blacks dare not vote… the days when Blacks dare not run for public office…and certainly dare not envision being President of the United States. Well White America, those days are dead and gone, and your electing a Racist White president will not bring them back.

In his first book Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote: I love America more than any other country in this world, and exactly for this reason, I reserve the right to criticize her perpetually. James Baldwin wrote this in 1955. We understand exactly what you were saying James, more than 60 years ago. Nothing Has Changed.

The Criticisms and the Struggle and the Fight WILL Continue. RLHSR.

The Racist President.

White American Racism was in full bloom yesterday/last night throughout these as yet United States of America as White America elected the full throated-racist they wanted to serve as THEIR president for the next 4 years. Donald Trump was not elected by the Klan and the White Citizens Council and the American Nazis although they have been emboldened by his Racist rhetoric. Donald Trump was elected by Educated Whites… Uneducated Whites…Wealthy Whites…Not-so Wealthy Whites… Professional Whites…Non-Professional Whites…in other words, by White America. 63% of White Men and 53 % of White women voted for Donald Trump.  I don’t want to hear the typical and usual Bull Sh*t from White political pundits who opine that Black turnout or Latino turnout or some other such excuse as to why a Racist like Donald Trump was elected President. And I do not want any dialogue about “Post-Racial.”  November 8, 2016 was a statement day by White America which in effect said…Yes, We are Racists and WE want the world to know

White America can no longer ignore its Racism. White America can longer act as if Racism does not exist.  White America can no longer talk about its “moderation.” White America can no longer act as if they believe in the Constitution.  White America voted for a racist to speak for them, and represent their sentiments. White America wanted a Racist as President … White America Got a Racist as President. Black America is totally familiar with the Racism of White America. WE have been there before … Slavery… Jim Crow… Black Codes… the Nadir of Race Relations… Race Riots… Lynchings… de jure and de facto Segregation…Redlining…Undermining Public Education…Employment Discrimination…the list is ever so endless.

Yesterday, White America arrogantly spoke its “Racist Truth” … showed its “Racist Honesty” and made its “Racist Intent” known in every sense of the word. White Racism. White Privilege. White Supremacy.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Donald Trump is a Racist and a Sexist and a Misogynist and Xenophobe and the list goes on and on and on…

Occasionally I copy an article by another writer in its entirety giving that writer his or her proper credit.  This is an article by Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow of the New York Times. Charles writes about Politics, and Social Justice. Charles is a friend.  I want you to read his words:

"There are only a handful of days until Election Day and an end to this phase of a nation’s — and the world’s — ebb and flow of anxiety. The day after the votes are cast and counted that anxiety will either dissipate or become a fixed feature. Which of these it will be is very much in flux.

I leave it to others to make predictions about how all this will play out, but I feel that I must say again, and until the last minute and with my last breath: America, are you (expletive) kidding?! While Hillary Clinton still maintains a lead in the polls and a built-in advantage on the electoral map, recent polls suggest that Donald Trump is closing the gap. There are now plausible — however improbable — electoral map routes to victory for him.

I simply cannot wrap my head around how others with level heads and sound minds can even consider Trump for president of this country and leader of the free world. The logic simply escapes me.

I try to view it through the lens of economic anxiety, diminished economic mobility and global pressure. It all seems understandable, but then I’m reminded of Donald Trump, a billionaire whose businesses have on more than one occasion gone bankrupt, who stiffed contractors, who outsources the making of many of his products and who brags about not paying federal income taxes. All of which brings me back to: Are you kidding me?

I try to view it through a purely ideological lens in which people simply tend to vote for the party nominee. It makes sense, but then I’m reminded of Donald Trump, a man who isn’t really an ideologue but a demagogue interested only in self-aggrandizement. And again I return to: You’re kidding, right?

I think of the family values voters on the right with whom I’ve become acquainted over the years. Although I might have vigorously disagreed with their positions and their inherent myopic anachronism, at least I could say that they were as principled in their adherence to their positions as I was in opposition to them. But then, again, I hit Donald Trump, who is dragging traditional conservative paternalism into the muck of perversion, who brags about sexually assaulting women, who makes fun of the disabled, who savors a lust for vengeance, who says he has never needed to seek forgiveness, even from God. Again, are you kidding?

I try to think of it from a strict constitutionalist’s perspective, to understand how strongly they want the vacancy on the Supreme Court to be filled by a constitutional purist. But then I think of Trump, whose Muslim ban would fly in the face of the Constitution, whose threats to the press strike me as constitutionally hostile, whose advancement of torture would seem to me constitutionally questionable (to say nothing of its legality in the face of international norms and treaties). Are you kidding, America?
There is no way to make this make sense. Believe me, I’ve tried.
Donald Trump is a demagogue.
Donald Trump is a bully.
Donald Trump is a pathological liar.
Donald Trump’s campaign has proved too attractive to anti-Semites, Nazis and white nationalists, and on some level the campaign seems to be tacitly courting that constituency.

To put it more succinctly, Donald Trump is a lowlife degenerate with the temperament of a 10-year-old and the moral compass of a severely wayward teen.

If you are voting for Trump, you are voting for coarseness, corruption and moral corrosion. Period. And if you are not actively voting against him, you are abetting his attempt to hijack American greatness and sink it with his egotism.Donald Trump is America’s existential threat. On Tuesday, America has an opportunity to defend itself."
 
Thanks again Charles M. Blow for an OUTSTANDING.ARTICLE.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.