Thursday, October 09, 2008

The State of the Union; Racism AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Citizens of this country proudly claim, this is the United States of America. Our founders adopted this characterization. The forefathers were certain the Constitution would ensure, as was etched in parchment, All men are created equal. From President Washington, to Lincoln, to whomever the next Commander might be, our leaders speak of the importance of the union, one that is more perfect. We, as a people, are joined as a republic. The purpose of our democratic system is to work for the greater good, the commonweal, and our shared welfare. Americans have faith that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, will be assured if together we unite in a common cause. Each year, our Chief Executive comes before the public to speak of the condition of our coalition. The address he or she gives is known as the State of the Union. Yet, in America, frequently we find ourselves divided. Throughout every community, there is intolerance. Daily we realize just how fragile the melting pot is. People prefer to be separate, or presume others wish to be. They like to be with their own kind, are the words used to justify the deliberate divisions. Artificial Unions are formed and then crumble from within. The reasons are infinite. One cause for this collapse is racism. Bigotry is unbridled in America. It affects our alliance or the lack thereof. Perchance, if we are ever to come together as a country, citizens must consider the words of a Union leader. Remarks by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka at the USW Convention Las Vegas, NV July 1, 2008 You see brothers and sisters, there’s not a single good reason for any worker -- especially any union member -- to vote...
My Hair; His Energy Policy Bush Oil Dancing! copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. "Drill baby, drill," is the now ever-present and popular battle-cry for many Americans. From Presidential candidates to everyday people, those who wish to consume sweet light crude as they have for a more than a century remind me of my hair, and the current President's energy policy. I ponder the parallels and invite you to consider . . . During a recent press conference, as I gazed upon the President of the United States, noticeably aged after years in the Oval Office, I thought of my hair and my history. His wavy gray locks are not as the strands that fall from my head. Nor did the diminutive curl that danced on his brow remind me of my own tresses. The style the Chief Executive donned did not resemble the permanent waves, pompadours, or ponytails I once wore. As George W. Bush spoke of his energy policy, I pondered. His approach to petroleum and power were as the methodology I embraced when I colored my hair. For years, I addressed the truth of my tresses just as the President assesses the paradox of propulsion. In speech after speech, George W. Bush proposes, as he did on this occasion; America needs to end its addiction to oil. In the past, I proclaimed, I need to bring to a halt the habit of dying my hair. I, as President Bush, postured and yet, I did next to nothing to truly take me closer to my stated objective. My progression towards a chemical free treatment of my hair was, as it seems Mister Bush's advancement is. I avoided more authentic change than I approached. My evolution was perhaps slowed by love. The tale of transformation began oh, so long ago. Decades ago, I...

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