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Monday, July 29, 2019

It's Up to Baltimore to Fix Baltimore Thing

Dear America,

"We either make ourselves
 happy or miserable.  
The amount of work 
is the same." 
Carlos Castaneda  
A page from my little book titled, 
"Nothing is worth more than this day." 
by Kathryn and Ross Petras

And because sometimes, it is just easier to have you begin somewhere else -- please go to where this girl religiously hails and finds fresh news and critical thought.... @ The Patriot Post, and read THIS before you read anything else.  And thank you, Thomas Gallatin, for laying out the intersection of context and truth to a capital T....perhaps standing for  Thank you, or Thomas, or Trump, or Truth, just Take your pick.

And thank you, Washington Examiner, for THIS itty bitty walk back....to circa 2015.

SO Bernie can get away with it, because he veers left, like, really left; while Trump, not so much.

This story is getting rather old, timeworn.

What exactly did Trump say, in the tweet that started another firestorm:

Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......

....As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place

Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!

Don't we all wish for good schools and strong, vibrant communities, living in a  safe, litter free, rat-free, drug-free neighborhood to raise a family? 

The president is not only raising good questions and strong concerns, he is elevating the conversation with a fair dose of absolute truth on the matter.  Baltimore IS a freaking mess and newsflash, Trump had nothing to do with it;  Baltimore's leaders AND Baltimore's residents are responsible for Baltimore's "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

From a August 2017, Sam Faddis writes in the BALTIMORE SUN:

Those days are long gone. Baltimore is on any given day the homicide capital of the United States in terms of murders per capita. Life expectancy in much of West Baltimore is on a par with that of North Korea. The unemployment rate among young black men is close to 40 percent... 
Baltimore's schools are an abject failure. Thirty percent of Baltimore's students never graduate high school. Twenty-one percent of Baltimore's students test as proficient in English, less than 20 percent as proficient in math.
All of this despite 50 years of the so-called war on poverty and Democratic rule in the city. All of this despite the fact that Maryland spends more per student on education in Baltimore City than in any other jurisdiction in the state. All of this despite the fact that the Democratic Party has held a virtual monopoly on elected office in Maryland for decades. The General Assembly is overwhelmingly Democratic. Seven of the eight Congressmen from Maryland are Democrats. Both sitting U.S. Senators are Democrats.
Yes, it would be lovely to rest all the fault at Trump's feet, his critical eye, his harsh words that flow unrelenting and severe out from his twitter feed; yes, it would be lovely to blame Trump for all of what's going wrong, miserable, and racist in every way, whether it be at the border or the mess in Baltimore.

But folks, no matter how many ways we pick it apart, no matter how many times the left labels the president a "racist," the facts show that its the democrats who have failed the big cities and liberal states.   

Here's a bit more from the Uncle Sam Faddis:

The Democratic Party's obsession with high taxes, burdensome regulation and massive, wasteful government programs does none of that. These are the policies that created the problem in the first place and now perpetuate the death spiral in which the city is trapped. That will remain true until such time as the people of Baltimore, and by extension Maryland as a whole, stop blindly supporting a party that has failed them consistently for decades.

And let's see, who else agrees?  The MAYOR of Baltimore herself, Catherine Pugh!

California, my beautiful home state, is steadfastly going in this direction as we speak...from San Francisco to Los Angeles, homelessness, drugs, gangs, welfare, illegal immigrants being offered sanctuary state security with all the perks, high taxes (especially that gas tax!), combined with corporations leaving daily, is creating the very same death spiral conditions on the ground, every single day, and all at the dictates of liberal leadership.

I will commend Representative Elijah Cummings, representing Maryland's 7th District, in his work as Ranking Member for the Committee on Oversight and Reform.   Having said that, is lowering the price on prescription drugs really your district's top concern?  Is it?  Just wondering.

Perhaps, instead of getting defensive about the harsh reality of Baltimore -- or just calling Trump a racist in a knee-jerk reaction -- the leaders, along with the people of Baltimore, should consider accepting taking personal responsibility, each in their own way, to the level and capacity their energies and resources allow.   Baltimore's problems are not overpriced prescription drugs.

The community needs to go back to the basics:

This means, expecting your children to not only go to school, but after school come directly home to do their homework; and why stop there... let's aim for good grades and to graduate High School with the expectation to continue with college!

This means, making healthy connections with friends and neighbors and co-workers and fellow church members, to support each other to do one's best, no matter what conditions our reality may be.

This means, making healthy lifestyle choices -- saying no to drugs, using birth control and protection, eating a balanced diet, getting a fair amount of exercise...just move.

This means, keeping our neighborhoods tidy, maybe even growing a community vegetable garden.

This means, reading more books.

This means, if it's all the same amount of work, really -- choose the pursuit of happiness.  Find happy,  make happy, be happy more often the making yourself, let alone those around you, miserable; proper attitude is probably one of the most important things we can ever choose to do with our time here on earth.

And of course, it also means, pray a little.   That never hurt.  All day long if that's what it takes.  Because there are days that require at least that much no matter how much money you make.

But the thing is, this double standard of calling Trump the crazy racist...when he is just saying the very same things, ideas, that other people have said....and when I say other people, I mean, democrats...this hypocrisy is the real issue.

Your know what I'm grateful for today -- a president that just doesn't back down.  He stays in the conversation, throwing whatever he's got into the mix, and stands all 6'3 unafraid.

Baltimore is the face of a sad, sad commentary of where America is heading. This story has no happy ending, unless all of Baltimore suddenly becomes woke, but in a good way!

Just recently, I was introduced to a lady -- not from Baltimore, but from Pennsylvania -- dating back almost a century.  Her name is Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.   She is African-American, born in Philadelphia in 1898.   And her life and story, her expertise and education, defines this divide we bear witness to today, and perhaps explains how today's generation of African-Americans are so messed up in some areas, in some ways...  and of course, given that I AM a WHITE girl, I already understand, I have no right to discuss this subject per my inability to relate fully.  I get that. 

She couldn't get the respect she deserved being a black women aiming to have a career in economics, her first love; but she ended up getting a law degree and working on behalf of civil rights.  Maybe that was where she was supposed to be, who knows.   But, in her economic-minded heart, she knew that the variable of working, full time, was the method of changing lives for the better within her black community.  Work, and work full time.  Make a life.  Strive and thrive. 

And all I can imagine is this Sadie having an attitude to move mountains.  Because she did! 

How sad it is, when I look upon Baltimore, in this day and age...and wonder, just how much a lady like Sadie would change lives today.   

My great grandfather on my father's side, immigrated to Baltimore, and lived in a lovely home and worked as a tailor.  He raised his son, my grandfather, to be something more.  And he was.  He graduated Johns Hopkins and when into aviation engineering...and he's someone I've mentioned many times before. 

"We either make ourselves
 happy or miserable.  
The amount of work 
is the same."

this country -- AMERICA -- tells a zillion stories... of family, of life, of successes, of failures.  It's a story as old as time itself.

It's time to focus on the ways we come together and learn from our past.

America may not be perfect, but our mission has never changed.  This country is a celebration of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in every way.   But none of this comes easy, or free. 

It takes work; it takes hard work. 

It takes vision. 

It takes personal effort. 

Baltimore is a mess... a rat and rodent infested mess.  Let's dare Baltimore to look in the mirror and make their own happy like every other community that cares about what happens within their own community.  There is nothing wrong with that... It's all up to Baltimore to fix Baltimore.

Make it a Good Day, G

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