Don’t Be Afraid

As I sit drinking my coffee and perusing the Internet, this thought comes to me:

“Don’t be afraid.”
The news is filled with chaos, anger, foreboding and all sorts of rip offs.  If we take all of this too seriously, we’ll be severely depressed.
But there’s a truth for us that keeps us from fear:
What each believes and the choices we make are squarely in our hands; no one else’s.

I don’t need to be afraid because I know who God is and who I am.  I know my boundaries and limits.  I will choose how I think, feel and act; no one can make me do otherwise…unless, of course, I choose to give them the power.

I admit that I write this as an American, sitting comfortably in the United States.  There are no soldiers outside my door who insist that I look and act a certain way.

These days, there are challenges arising here:  Will I turn in an illegal immigrant or support that person?  Will I join in the hateful speech and actions of many or risk alienation because I choose to honor all?

Dear fellow patriots:
For those of you who face grave consequences as you choose to be true to God and yourself, I am praying for you.  Stand tall; don’t be afraid.
To all who are more like me:  The risks are less threatening; the choices more subtle, I pray for you as well.  Take a stand for goodness and all that is right; don’t be afraid.

When you are tempted to say that somebody is making you think or act in a particular way, remember the heroes around the world who refused to acquiesce, even if it meant giving their lives.  The power is yours; stand firm, don’t be afraid.

If enough of us stand for what is right, refusing to give in to corruption and chaos, peace and joy will reign.
Let’s join together as one loud, clear voice:  Speak truth and act with the welfare of all around us in mind.  As an army of peace, we have strength and power that cannot be stolen or quenched.  Together, we will not be afraid!

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Patriots All

When  I registered to vote, I chose “nonaffiliated” as my party association.  The main reason for doing this is that I often see bits of the truth “on both sides of the aisle.”

I am discovering a couple of other reasons as well:
*I am an American first.  When it comes to the welfare of the nation, I want all people to prosper, from the most wealthy to the poorest; conservatives, centrists, progressives and those of us who don’t seem to fit any category.  Oh that the powers that be in Washington D.C. would hold to this value!  Perhaps they would stop bickering, manipulating and posturing so that they could get some real work done!!!

*In times as chaotic as these, I need to be true to myself.  I find that I am less willing to jump on a particular bandwagon or pick up the latest catch phrase, just because it is being promoted.  Integrity is a quality that strengthens and heals all around me.

So, who are you?  Regardless of your nationality, partisanship, specific bents or position in life, you are a person and a patriot – A fellow citizen in the land where you live.

Why does this matter?  Each of us needs the other.  I need you to step up to the plate and do your part in seeing to the welfare and safety of my country; you need me to do the same.  When we all stand and work together, we get something wonderful.

A very wise piece of advice I heard recently is that we are most effective when we join in building our local community.  I like this:  One of the biggest causes of apathy is the sense that we have no say.  On the national level, there is some truth to this; on the local level, however, we have lots of power.
Fellow patriots, I challenge you to join in building a great nation, one community at a time:  Recognize and honor your leaders; ask questions, make suggestions; voice concerns.  Most of all, roll up your sleeves and help out.  That is how we build a strong, prosperous land for all.

Thank you.

Mr. Trump Wants to Kill These Federal Agencies

There are other sources, but this is from

time.com/money/4639544/trump-nea-sesame-street-budget-cut/

“Some of President Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts appear to be targeted more at undercutting Democratic priorities than at shrinking the national debt.

A host of planned funding cuts to federal agencies, reported last week by
The Hill,
are part of the Trump administration’s desire to eliminate roughly $10.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years — nearly all of the federal government’s

discretionary spending.

Yet Trump has
vowed not to cut entitlements,
such as Medicare and Social Security, and promised to beef up military spending, which represents the lion’s share of federal spending — making it hard
for him to do more than chip away at the margins of the nearly $20 trillion national debt.  What, then, would the reported cuts accomplish? The answer appears to be defunding a number of projects seen as liberal darlings — including groups aimed
at preserving and supporting the environment, civil rights protections, the arts, minority-owned businesses, and public broadcasting.”

 

The agencies include:

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Minority Business Development Agency

Economic Development Administration

International Trade Administration

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Office of Violence Against Women

Legal Services Corporation

Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department

Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Office of Fossil Energy

 

 

I hadn’t heard of some of these and had no idea about the people they serve or their contribution.  It would be foolhardy to kill some of these, such as the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and, which works to improve and protect the power grid – Why would Mr Trump and co. want to get rid of these guys?  Go figure.

 

Could some of these be combined?  Are there ways to keep them apart from government support?

 

What do you think?

How do we citizens take action?

Revolution, Resistance, Reasonability

 

There are changes coming that are completely contrary to all that we hold dear.  They are hurtful, prejudiced, based in fear and judgement.

 

Many groups are calling for resistance and even revolution.

 

While my own ability to join in might be limited, I tend to agree with that call.

 

What I and everybody else can do is to insist on reasonability.  We can contact senators and representatives to support them when they take a stand, offer ideas and challenge them when we disagree.

 

We can join marches, refuse to go along when our faith and/or consciences are involve, offer shelter to vulnerable people and support services that are being defundedd.

 

We need each other right now.  we won’t be able to face the oncoming onslaught alone.

Here are some organizations to check out:

http://obama.org

 

http://ourrevolution.com

 

http://sojo.com

 

If you know of others, please list them in the comments section.  Let’s get resources out there for people.

Thank you.

Bullied,Used, Disregard; all in Secret- Headlines That Should Alarm Us

I just gathered these from

news.google.com/

 

I think the most horrendous one is about the Communications lockdown occurring in federal agencies.  I copied and pasted some of that; I’ll leave it to my readers to follow others:

 

Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines

Washington Post  – ‎1 hour ago‎
President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.
 (I call this bullying.  Things were being worked out; he would do well to leave them alone.)

Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies

Politico  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and …

POLITICO

Magazine

Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies

‘It’s a dark time right now,’ a former Obama administration spokeswoman says as multiple agencies tell employees to restrict news releases and social media.

By Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillénand Nancy Cook
| 01/24/17 03:03 PM EST
| Updated 01/24/17 05:48 PM EST

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was still looking into the agency restrictions on Tuesday. |

Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies.

The steps to mute federal employees — seen to varying degrees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services — are sparking early fears of a broader crackdown across the government, as Trump vows to pursue an agenda sharply at odds with his predecessor.

New administrations have long sought to control the message coming out of federal agencies. But watchdog groups worry about what restrictions the Trump administration may yet impose on federal workers, who are already reelingfrom the president’s decision Monday to freeze most hiring, as well as a move in Congress to allow lawmakers to impose draconian salary cuts for individual employees.

“From what we can tell, the cloud of Mordor is descending across the federal service,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

“It’s a dark time right now,” said Liz Purchia, who headed EPA’s public affairs office during the Obama administration. “People are nervous and they are scared about what they can and can’t do. They don’t want to get in trouble and they want to do the right thing.

“It’s ironic that Trump based his entire campaign on Twitter and social media and now he’s preventing the staff that work from him from communicating with the public,” Purchia added.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this story. But Trump aides have rejected criticism that they’re planning to embark on a “witch hunt” targeting federal employees.

Still, a wholesale clampdown on public information would pose risks, said Steve Lenkart, the executive director of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

“I would advise this new administration to tread lightly when ordering any increase of secrecy of government operations or policies,” he said. “The American people expect an open, transparent and honest government.”

Trump administration seeks to muzzle US agency employees: sourcesReuters
Trump bans EPA employees from giving social media updatesThe Hill
(I consider this to be very dangerous: Imagine the policies, practices and actions that could be put into place without our knowledge, until it is too late and we are oppressed by them.)

Trump’s Supreme Court Choices Come Into Focus

New York Times  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the federal appeals court in Atlanta in November. He is a former Alabama attorney general, a graduate of Tulane’s law school and an outspoken opponent of abortion and gay rights.
(I really get tired of choices for positions that are to be objective rather than partisan being so loaded.  That really means nobody’s rights are safe.)
Democrats urge Trump to make ‘bipartisan’ Supreme Court pickPolitico
Trump huddles with Senate leaders ahead of Supreme Court battleThe Hill (blog)

Trump’s budget nominee defends support for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Chicago Tribune  – ‎57 minutes ago‎
Rep. Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in …
There will be plenty of headlines in the coming days and weeks.  Let these be wake up calls:  Pay attention; take action!

A Letter to Citizens

Dear People:

Dear common folk, who get up, go to work or school; who take care of the home and family:

Know that you matter today.  Understand that your actions are important.

We need you.

We need you to join wth us, speak up, stand for what is right.

Vulnerable people need you to stand with them, proecting, support, advocating…

 

I called this blog “Patriotsvoiceblog” because of a statement by Barack Obama, that we are all patriots.  I could have called it citizensvoice, but you get my point:  Each person builds a nation.

 

Stand up;

Take courage;

Be heard today.

 

With honor,

Lifehelps

Russia and Trump

This is from the Washington Post:

The FBI and CIA have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House.
I can’t help wondering….
Why does Russia want Trump for President so badly that they’ll hack in order to get him?
What is TRUMP’s part in all of this??????