Reparation, for Degradation, or Annihilation

 

Slaves Statues showing chained slaves at National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP

“FOR THE HANGED AND BEATEN. FOR THE SHOT, DROWNED AND BURNED. FOR THE TORTURED, TORMENTED AND TERRORIZED. FOR THOSE ABANDONED BY THE RULE OF LAW. WE WILL REMEMBER. WITH HOPE BECAUSE HOPELESSNESS IS THE ENEMY OF JUSTICE. WITH COURAGE BECAUSE PEACE REQUIRES BRAVERY. WITH PERSISTENCE BECAUSE JUSTICE IS A STRUGGLE. WITH FAITH BECAUSE WE SHALL OVERCOME.” (Inscription at Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama/National Memorial for Peace and Justice)

With the hot button issues of reparations having officially entered the 2020 election cycle for President for the United States I located my June 2014 issue of The Atlantic Magazine to review Ta-Nehisi Coates’ story entitled, The Case For Reparations. In bold print, Coats’ sub-titles “250 years of  slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining” were very captivating. I quickly did the math and added up the numbers. I missed the 250 years of actual slavery but my ancestor did not. I did not missed the latter years of Jim Crow nor the 35 years of separate but equal. And I did not miss the years of state-sanctioned redlining.

In the coming months you will hear presidential candidates give their official position on H.R.40 or its’ congressional title, “The Commision to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-American Act“. The resolution was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on 01/03/17. Conyers forced early retirement from Congress after allegations of sexual harassment  (#METOO Movement) left the resolution without a sponsor, hence the Honorable Shelia Lee Jackson (D-TX) was granted permission after her request to be listed as the first sponsor of H.R.40. Rep. Conyers had symbolically submitted a resolution to study the impact on slavery at the beginning of every session of congress for over the past 20 years, however the resolution never made it to the floor for a vote under democratic or republican control. Conyers was quick to state that we (congress) study everything else why can’t the issue of slavery and its’ impact be studied and proposals brought forth? But there is a reason why “reparation” is a hot button issue, politically, economically and morally. Who wants to talk about let alone study slavery? Why bring up the past? White America will quickly state how this was years ago and they were not involved. Black America will state how their ancestors were not slaves and they didn’t come from Africa. Yes, slavery is in the “past” but as the southern author, William Faulkner pinned, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

“Virginia is in fact a negro raising state. She (Virginia) produces enough for her own supply and six thousand for sale.” Author, Charles B. Dew, The Making of A Racist subtitle, A Southern Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade, quoted his Virginia relative, Thomas Roderick Dew’s statement of 1832. Dew makes it clear in his introduction how the above quote by his ancestor had an impact on every subsequent chapter of his book. We do not want to reflect of our family history (yes the good, but not the bad and the ugly), nor our history and definitely not on slavery. It has been well documented that at the time of the Civil War, slavery was a $4,000,000,000  business in America, that is 4 Billion Dollars with a “B”, more that the industrial revolution and transportation industry up North combined and more than the valued real-estate in the South. Dew documents that a slave sold for $800 in 1800 could be sold for $1800 in 1860. I contend that The Civil War is not dead, it is not even past, as Faulkner stated. Americans can still debated on calling it the Civil War or the “War Between The States”. We can debate whether it was a war to free the slaves or it was all about States Right. The debated has become more civil but still places parents against their children, brother against brother, blacks against whites and region against region. The Civil War has just become a little more” civil”, and we have changed the grey and blue military uniforms for the red and blue states. What is not debatable is that more lives were loss during the Civil War than all other American wars or conflicts “combined” including World War I, WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and yes our current war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There has been a small and subtle change between the “two America” during the pass four hundred years. South Carolina Senior Senator, John C. Calhoun, the statesman and spokesman for slavery saw two America, one white and one black. “The two great divisions of society are not rich and poor, but white and black” stated Calhoun on the Senate floor in 1848. John C. Calhoun believed slavery was a “positive good”

“I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two is, instead of an evil, a good–a positive good….I hold then, that there never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society in which one portion of the community did not, in point of fact, live on the labor of the other.”John C. Calhoun

Fast forward to 1968 and the Kerner Commission also saw two societies (America) “…our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal.” President Lyndon B. Johnson, who appointed the Kerner Commission, readily acknowledged the different between black poverty and white poverty in his civil-rights speech of June 4, 1965, taking into account the impact of slavery. “Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences–deep, corrosive, obstinate differences–radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice.”.

H.R 40 does not call for the spending of one red cent. It calls for a study and proposals. I doubt if H.R.40 will ever be voted upon on the floor of the congress, not today, not tomorrow and not within the next “40 years”. To study or reflect on our family, history and the slavery forces us to review and remember the “ancient brutality, past injustice and present prejudice”. Like the lyrics to the Barbara Streisand’s song, “Things too painful to remember, we choose simply to forget”,– The Way We Were. Mayo Angelo words, also inscribed at the Montgomery Legacy Museum are befitting specifically for Afro-American and in general for all Americans, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” But like our Jewish brothers and sister, Afro-Americans should never forget. We should talk about our past with our children, “…And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:7. 

New DCFS Director But Same Old Direction

The year, 1978 cartoon about DCFS.

The Chicago Tribune Headline (March 28,2019) read “Gov. J. B. Pritzker names new DCFS director, the troubled agency’s 15th leader in 16 years.” A retiree now for almost nine years, I can’t say I was surprise about reading about the most recent child deaths and the turnover with the directors and acting directors. I thought about the notice a fellow retiree and former DCFS supervisor, Tom Mosley, left in his office upon his retirement. The notice read “We keep changing directions” I did the math and the baseline used in the story dating back to the year, 2003, was when Director Jess McDonald, the colorful and sometime controversial leader of DCFS left the agency. It was during Director McDonald reign that I first became aware in the early 1990’s of the Honorable Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley, (R-Iowa). If I am correct, Director Jess McDonald shared a copy of his “State of the Agency Address” at one of our Annual Administrative Case Reviewers Conference. A brief synopsis of the address revealed how Senator Grassley gave a preview of upcoming legislation that reduce federal reimbursement from one dollar for every dollar spent by  Illinois to later $0,75 per each dollar spent by  Illinois , down to $0.50 per state dollar spent and downward. DCFS had more than 51,000 children in care during the mid 1990’s and the director made it clear to all agency heads that Illinois had to trim down the high numbers to become more like other states that had an average of 20,000 children in care. DCFS employees should remember how the agency “contracted out”  case work to private agencies and how the annual reports of suspected child abuse and neglect continued to rise while the children in care numbers went down. For the sake of time read an earlier post by this writer, Punishing the Poor, dated April 19, 2014 https://beingbornblack.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/punishing-the-poor/ 

The death of children are always a source of agony for DCFS staff, private agency workers, the public at large and of paramount concerns the children that the State of Illinois must protect from all hurt and danger. Social workers are not omnipotent, omnipresent nor omniscient. I recall a cartoon that shows a social worker being executed for leaving the children in the home and the same cartoon showing the social worker being executed for taking the children out of the home. Child deaths are unfortunate, but providing child protective service and working with children and families who have specific social, emotional and economic problems is an art and not a science.  When I first started my employment ( tour of duty) at DCFS as a Social Service Career Trainee, DCFS was being grilled and rightly so by the public and the media for having placed children all over the country and not being aware of where these children were, Sounds like the  current Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy of separating children (and losing them) and their parents?  DCFS changed direction and brought the children back in-state, only later having to go back to out-of-state on some of he most difficult cases. DCFS changed directions more than a decade ago as the agency went from being a child welfare agency to a child welfare industry, and  the mantra of “in the best interest of the child” gradually gave way to “best practice” . Certification replaced dedication and as the notice said, “we keep changing direction.

I remember when the dollars were plentiful and staff development training was at its zenith. I remember Craig Missile, staff development trainer at Central Office and how he  would frequently tell us “You must do your job in spite of them.” The public reads about each child death and sometime the death of a DCFS or private agency social worker who loss their life in their effort to protect and serve children on their caseload. I could have been one of those fatal statistic many times over during my employment with DCFS. “Somebody is going to die today!” one mother would call in for three consecutive days threatening my life. I had to contact the mayor and police chief to address her threats. I remember taking a screw driver from one angry client after she had stab a co-worker in the cheek during an office visit. The police had taken her child and told her to come to the office and ask for a particular worker. But the highlight of “close encounters” was when I accompanied two of my white high school friends who were seasoned law enforcement detectives on a child abuse neglect case. It was a poorly conducted DCFS abuse investigation which I had to help clean up. My detective friends were providing us with assistance and protection.The father, a Vietnam Veteran, drove a camouflage van and bragged about being able to shoot the” bull’s-eye” at 500 yard. I knew  once he had arrived at his residence “before us” (he agreed to move out of the home to keep his daughters from coming into protective service) the first person to be killed would be that black supervisor, me. He later went to prison and I was blessed to live another day. See previous post, When I Was Seventeen, dated 02/14/2015. .https://beingbornblack.wordpress.com2015/02/14when-i-was-seventeen/

The State Legislature is calling for changes to DCFS to be made as a proposed $75 million increase to the agency’s budget is being proposed. The increase in funding would allow for additional investigators and social workers to be hired. There is a good chance that the demanding and difficult caseload responsibilities will once again shift from private agency workers back to DCFS workers. Some legislators calling for change cites DCFS “has been handed too many responsibilities to handle any of them properly,” which may or may not be true. Maybe the politicians and the public should review a recent definition of “social worker” that is beginning to permeate social media—Social worker...noun____”An individual who does precise guess-work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge’. See also wizard, miracle worker. 

The Making of President Trump

It was a cold winter morning, January 21, 2021 at 12:01 pm, the fifth anniversary of the swearing in ceremony of our 45th president, President Donald J. Trump. Our nation’s capitol is covered with more than three feet of snow and it is a blistering 45 degrees below freezing in Washington D. C. The crowd estimated to be numbering in the millions, have braved this blistering cold afternoon to purchase the First Edition of President Trump’s  just released “new and improved version” of The Art of The Deal, Part Two. President Trump is in his warm cozy suite at the Trump International Hotel with his black super-size Sharpie in his hand, standing at the ready, awaiting the first 1000 individuals who have survived the long cold morning and have the $20,000 entry fee to have their personal copy of their book signed by him. A movie deal has just been completed and the movie, The Making of President Trump, has been produced and directed personally by President Donald J. Trump. The movie will not be released until the book sells reach 60 million copies sold.

Trump recently gave his upcoming book and movie a thumb’s up in his press conference last week from the Oval Office. ” It’s the best book, the best book ever written,” Trump informed the waiting press. “It is better than Gone With The Wind and the movie will be better, much much better than Birth of A Nation. Trump has pledge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on how he planned to ascend to the presidency back in 1985 and reveal his sources and methods in his successful effort to become the “greatest, greatest president of all time. “Greater than President Abraham Lincoln, greater than President George Washington.” as he gestures with his fingers. Shortly after Trump’s statements one of the reporters from CNN asked why he did not included President Barack Obama in his comparison. “Obama was born in Kenya.” Trump blurted out as his face became as white as snow. “In my book and the movie, I explain how I used the birther thing and rode this lie all the way to the White House. Trump refers to Obama as the “Manchurian President and sated he should have never been in the White House in the beginning. “What about the Mueller investigation?” shouted out MSNBC reporter, Katy Tur. “The investigation that lasted twenty two months and indicted over 30 individuals.” Trump face turns apple red when he responded to the question. “No collusion, no collusion!” I explained this all in the book and the movie. Buy the book and the movie will be out after we reach our goal of 60 million copies sold.” said Trump. “This Rush-cher Thing was all a part of fake news and everybody knows the press is the enemy of the people.

A female reporter from the New York Times asked how he managed to survive the Hollywood Access Tapes and the #MeToo Movement. “Will that be revealed in your book and the movie? Trump faced turned blue with as he was angered by the question but responded. “Bill Cosby went to the Big House. I went to the White House.” Trump reminded the press reporters that he has a “large brain” and how he graduated at the top of his class. Without any warnings, the lights in the Oval Office went totally dark and when the lights finally came back on, Trump was gone. I immediately woke up when the alarm went off at 5am. It was a dream, only a dream, however sometimes dreams come true.

Give Us This Day

The October 24, 2018 newspaper article entitled, “‘Give Us This Day’ documentary highlights a year in East St. Louis,” caught my attention. The documentary will premiere on Direct TV on November 8. Directors Michael Zimbalist and his brother, Jeff, and their crew reportedly invested more than 75 days during 2017 focusing on three younger East St. Louis residents and three police officers. The movie, according to the article, reports that East St Louis “has the highest homicide rate per1,000 residents in the United States, second only worldwide to El Salvador”. Within a few key strokes I learned that two other documentaries also titled, “Gives Us This Day” existed, one dating back to 1949 and the other dated back in 2013. The one in 2013 best reflected the current day East St. Louis, and is similar to the most recent documentary by former NBA Cleveland Cavalier’s superstar, Labron James, 89 Blocks. The 2013 documentary is set in the Del Paso Heights Neighborhood in  Sacramento, California and focuses on the pride of the black community, Grant High School and its football dynasty that made the state playoffs for more than 23 consecutive season. My key strokes couldn’t find the supporting data that East St. Louis has the second  highest homicide rate (world-wide) per 1000 residents, which from all account may probably be true. It is a given that more than 3000 African American homicides occur per year in the United States and that America is ranked the number one “developed” country in the world when it comes to actually homicides per year. Former Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, highlighted this fact regarding Afro-American homicides in America several years ago, citing these annual deaths exceeded the deaths of the New York 911 attack of the Twins Towers and associated acts of terror on that infamous day. Mayor Nutter’s speech was given at the 9th Annual Mayor’s Summit on Race, Culture, and Human Relations in Tallahassee, FL behind the backdrop of the Trayvon Martin Murder. (See post titled, Slavery, Our National Taboo, dated May 22, 2014.)

Mr. Gilbert

After reviewing the trailer for the documentary, I await with anticipation the premiere showing next week. I thought about three seniors who would have been ideal “subjects” for the movie. My surrogate father, Mr,Gilbert, is 96 years of age and first came to East St. Louis in 1942 where he secured employment at the Swift Packing in National City. “When you get to be 93, you can tell me what to do,” he informed me more than three years ago. “G” as I sometimes calls him  frequently gives me an up close and personal view of his life. “I was making $0.62 and hour when I first started at Swift.” He arrived in East St. Louis with $5 he borrowed from his sister-in-law. “I worked from sun-up until sun-down for $0.50 a day” he would tell me, underscoring his decision to leave Marianna, Arkansas where his father rented 360 acres of land to grow cotton. “We didn’t work for anybody else because my father stated we had enough work of our own”. I asked him did they also work on Saturday and Sunday and he replied “No. Hell we had to rest some time.” Mr.Gilbert responded that his father went to the cotton Gin every day and his eldest  brother could pick one hundrend pounds of cotton an hour. Mr. Gilbert, a life long member of True Light Missionary Church in East St. Louis serving as a trustee shortly for more than 30 years. It was Truelight Church that toll the bells to warn black residents during the East St. Louis Massacre of 1917. Mr.Gilbert still drives and can be considered even at 96 a lady’s man. “G” takes care all of his personal affairs and mentally is sharper than I am who happens to be almost thirty years his junior.

I wish the filming crew could have interviewed one sweet senior named “Sadie.” I missed the golden opportunity myself to meet Mrs. Sadie “Auntie” Hardy in her younger days as she was “one-hundred” years young when I first met her at a local skilled nursing facility.” I don’t mean no harm, but I don’t want it,” Sadie told her much younger male certified nurse assistant who was trying to get her to eat her breakfast. My mom and I laughed after hearing Sadie’s warning to the young male CNA. The CNA and I would frequently argued over Sadie and our pursuit for her affection. It was not unusual for the CNAs to come into the dining room” tired” after working with Sadie getting her up and ready for breakfast. She was known to “fight” for her personal space and desires. Behind the backdrop of the Commodores hit “Sadie” I attended her Homegoing Celebration as she went home to glory on February 16, 2018. Born in East St.. Louis on November 13, 1916 Ms. Sadie was a faithful usher at New Era Missionary Baptist Church. One of the five ministers who graced the pulpit reminded us of an African Proverb that says, when “one elder dies, an entire library is lost.” All five ministers, all in the early to mid fifties, told how as children they tried to out smart ‘Sister Sadie” trying to conceal their chewing gum in church. All five lost  these encounters and at times received a smack to the face with a pair of white gloves. “She didn’t drive but always got where she needed to go,” one of the two minister who were Sadie’s nephews stated. “She didn’t have any biological children, yet she had many children,”

And then there Mr. Hogan, age 94, also a life long resident of East St. Louis. I met Mr. Hogan several weeks ago at an auto repair shop. in East St. Louis. Sitting on a chair in the garage, I couldn’t help but notice his cap which he wore proudly with the World War II embalm above the brim. Retired from American Steel Foundry, Mr. Hogan gave me a crash course on his tour of duty in the South Pacific and how difficult it was to get rank during his day. A member of the U.S. Army, he quickly expounded on “five star generals” back then, and talked about General Eisenhower and Patton. I informed him that my father was in the U.S. Navy at the same time period and had also served during World War II in the South Pacific. I could help but wondered how Mr. Hogan and my father survived in a segregated military completely engulf in a racist culture. ‘I remember buying a brand new Pontiac,” stated Mr. Hogan. He told me how he idolized that car and would look out the window to observed it in the parking lot. One day he was “t-boned’ and the car was demolished but he and his wife were not injured. This experience lead to him becoming a faithful deacon at Pilgrims Missionary Baptist Church even to this day.

My, “subjects of interest,” Mr. Gilbert, Sadie, and Mr. Hogan were not in East St. Louis when the founder and first mayor of the city, Mayor John B. Bowman, a German born immigrant, arranged for the purchase of what became National City and the St. Louis National Socks Yards, second only to the Chicago Stock Yard.  In the late 1800  St. Louis and the power brokers used East St. Louis as their personal land field. They were not in East St. Louis when the first mayor was assassinated in 1885 or when the city had “two” police departments and two separate form of government at the “same” time, an issue that later had to be resolved in court. They were not here when the U.S. Air Core at Scott Field (Scott Air Force Base) declared East St. Louis “off limits” to their servicemen due to the prostitution, crime and political graft that flourished prior to the East St. Louis Massacre of 1917.  History record this event as a “Riot,” but the truth of the events of those bloody dark days says otherwise. And “they” were not here when East St. Louis had a very limited tax revenue base due to the company towns like the City of Monsanto, later renamed Village of Sauget, Alorton and National City came into exists with the intent not to be a part of the city’s tax base. If the filming crew had taken  notice riding around in the city they would have observed even” today” that any and all capital development and new business ventures stop just outside of the city limits. But, they were here when an open door of opportunity was extended to the European white immigrants, from Germany, Lithuania, Hungry, Poland and other countries when that same door of opportunity, then like today, was limited and curtailed to the black immigrants and “citizens” who arrived here from the deep south. Limitations due to the socio-political and economic ills and policies of the day. Not too much has changed since East St. Louis first black mayor, Mayor James Williams took the helm of the financial strap city back in 1971.  “Give us this day” requires us all to know the Giver.

 

Stuck on Stupid

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. As I looked at the image on social media showing how the separation of children from their parents is deeply rooted in America’s dark past, the caption and image served as a vivid reminder of the past wounds and suffering of African Americans “before” we were Blacks, Negroes, Colored or any other descriptive adjectives placed upon us by the ruling class. The caption above the image, “Forcibly separating parents from children has a history, it is our history” certainly rings true as “Zero Tolerance” is being pursed by our current president and his administration. The sign posted on the auction block reads “Negroes For Sale At Auction This Day At 1 o’clock.” But I didn’t stop there as I thought about how America separated and tried to annihilate  the indigenous inhabitants of this land before “Columbus” discovered America. I thought about the “Trail of Tears” and how the native inhabitants suffered back then and even now. But I didn’t stop there, as I recalled how America treated our Japanese Americans brothers and sisters and their children and forced them into concentration camps. But there exist no need to chronicle America’s past sins as the aftermath is constantly before us even today. Its has been said that those who do not learn from the errors of their past are doomed to repeat it.

God has a special place in his heart for “widows, orphans and strangers.” Israel was reminded to “never forget” how they were delivered with a Mighty Hand out of Egypt and how to treat the “widows, orphans and the strangers.” And whenever Israel forgot this lesson God was quick to take them to the wood shed for a little corrective chastisement. The Oracle of God’s WORD were first given and shared to His chosen people so they knew what was required by God–“…and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 KJV. As our president talks about “Two Corinthians” and our Attorney General mis-quotes the Bible we all should remember what is required of us from God’s WORD as we head toward the wood shed. We should also remember that ” …God is Not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.

MLK’S DREAM or AMERICA’S NIGHTMARE

“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever”. It has been more than four decades since Alabama Governor George Wallace shouted out the above infamous words in 1963 as he stood behind the backdrop of Alabama University, denying access for two black student to the segregated university. Some eight months later, also in 1963,  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., using the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as a backdrop gave his I Have A Dream Speech. Governor Wallace, fanning the fire of racism, wanted America to stay the course and resist effort to usher in a new day of racial equality, fighting the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and the federal government.. King wanted to drown out racism and demanded that” judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Amos 5:24. As America and the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, one can’t help but wonder has King’s dream become America’s nightmare?

A little more than four weeks before King’s death, The Kerner Report, also known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorder, issued it report. which highlighted without corrective measures, the nation would continue on its path toward becoming “two societies–one black, one white–separate and unequal.” The report, commission by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 after four consecutive years of “long hot summers” stated that white American institutions basically “created” and “maintained” the ghetto. King dedicated his life in challenging three evils, the evil of racism, militarism and poverty. President Johnson, also knew something about poverty, hence his “Great Society” and his war on poverty. But it was the Vietnam War which changed his focus from bread and butter issues to the prevailing issues of bombs and bullets. Regarding racism, then Senator Lyndon Johnson once said during his 1960 campaign in Tennessee,” If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” A Time for Choosing , February 29, 2016 Post). Our current president is well aware of the politics of division.

The last decade, from 2008 to 2018 has been and continues to been exciting ,exemplary, and an enlighten experience. You might be black or white, Democrat or Republican, rich or poor, it has been and continues to be one roller coaster ride of highs and lows, mountain top experiences followed by valley views. From #Black Lives Matter,  #MeToo, and #Never Again, America appears to be at a fork in the road, one directions marked, Martin Luther King’s Dream and the other road marked An American Nightmare. In the words of Dr. King, “we have some difficult days up ahead,”but an ever loud chorus has begun to sing… black, brown, red, yellow and white , all who are precious in God’s sight. May the voices of Emma Gonzales, Jaclyn Corin, Yolanda Renee, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr and countless others continue to warn America that #Enough is Enough.”  

Trump’s Tar Baby

The bumper sticker read, “elect a clown, expect a circus.” It is hard for this writer to refer to #45 as President, but it is what it is. After having eight years of a “mountain top experience” with President Obama, we the people, at least 65% or more, now find ourselves experiencing” views from the valley”. This is not to say that it was all peaches and cream with President Barack Obama, as I disagreed with a lot of his policies. The election of President Obama was America at its best. The election of Trump is well on its way of going down the annals of time as being America at its worse. There exist so much material on #45 that editorials, “breaking news events,” and any other imaginal form of print or video could be done on the hour every day. Trump, like the “baby” in the White House now finds himself following after all the “President’s Men” who once occupied this most sacred ground before him.

From day one in the White House, #45 have made every attempt to “undo” anything that former President Obama did in office. “Tar baby” my wife and a political junkie yells out every time #45 finds himself in a “sticky situations. Remember repeal and replace Obamacare on day one. The more #45 tries to dismantle this legislation the more he becomes more entangled and entrapped in his failing efforts. The same could be said for his executives orders dealing with the “Muslim Ban” or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Like a dark shadow, everywhere #45 goes, everything he attempts to do, the former first African American President’s shadow hoovers over his strange, straight blond hair. The more Trump wiggles, the deeper he sinks in his own political quagmire that he has set in motion. Now the term “tar baby” does have a derogatory sting to Afro Americans as I reviewed the TIME article of August 01, 2006 by Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates, titled, Why “Tar Baby” is Such a Sticky Phrase. One may agree or disagree on the phrase “tar baby” as  being insensitive, controversial or racist in nature but most people will agree that #45 have found himself going from “one sticky situation to another.” Less than one year in the White House it is,Obama 6, Trump,0 ) as Trump continue to counter punch to his and our own hurt.

In a prior post entitled, A Tiger Named Trump, date Aug.31, 2016, I quoted JFK, “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. “President Donald Trump (yes I said it) is neither a Democrat, nor a Republican. He is a Trump and his party is “Trumpism.” As Americans and the world watches as #45 fumble in his effort to meet the needs of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico the President tweets about the NFL and make reference to “those people” as SOB’s who need to be fired. In his shadow is President Obama and how he handle Hurricane Sandy compared to #45’s handling of Hurricane Maria. Welcome to the real, live, “Apprentice” show featuring $45 as he attempts to free himself from the sticky situation of Russia as Putin’s engineered election of Trump comes more into focus. President Trump is indeed the “First Baby” in the White House who is both the commander and the tweeter in chief.

Special Note. I introduce to you, Mr. Larry Spencer, the graphic artist of the above cartoon and will be sharing his work with you as time permits. Together again Larry !!!