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Inspiring Words: Then And Now

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      By Kimboak Benham

      Photo by Claire Anderson on Unsplash

      September, 12, 1962, Rice University football stadium, Houston, Texas. Home of mission control. President Kennedy stood before the assembled, national space administration officials, the nation and the world, and boldly asserted an ambitious plan for the then near future of America’s space program.

      We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too… ~ John F. Kennedy

      August, 28, 1963, National Mall, Washington D.C. (Capitol City USA). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before the gathered mass of humanity and spoke of the future, of what could be, and foretold of how it one day might be if we did what was necessary. If we only let “Freedom Ring”.

      And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes) Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes) From every mountainside (Yeah) [sustained applause], let freedom ring. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

      June, 12, 1987, Bradenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. President Reagan stood before a foreign crowd, in a foreign land, still reeling from divisions put in place by past wars, decades removed. And he called on the current leaders to do what he saw was in the best interest of the world.

      We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! ~Ronald Reagan

      July, 27, 2016, Trump Doral Resort, Doral, Florida. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, standing before members of the press, gathered in conference to hear his ideas for the nation, and the state of his and his opponents campaign. When, during due course, he gave this now famous retort.

      “Russia if you are listening? I hope you are able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing” ~Donald J. Trump

      When Kennedy spoke in 1962, it inspired a nation. And as he had desired be done, The United States of America did indeed advance it’s space program and did successfully land a spacecraft on the moon and men did walked upon it’s surface.

      When King spoke in 1963, it too inspired the nation. And as he and so many others of the civil rights movement had fought for, The United States of America did indeed pass the historic Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

      When Reagan spoke in 1987, his words became the final straw. As he had called for, the Berlin wall did indeed come down and a once divided nation did begin to work towards becoming whole again.

      When candidate Trump spoke in 2016, his words caused jaws in Washington, D.C., to drop in disbelief, and stirred Russian hackers into action in Moscow.

      As of today, April, 18, 2016, beginning with the announcement made by US Attorney General William Barr (saying in essence that Trump’s words, and the actions of those close to him, weren’t inspiring, actionable, or criminal because he played no part in the actions carried out by the Russian), using words to call or inspire people in to action, differs, apparently, in this day and age from calls to action made by Kennedy, King, and Reagan, as exampled herein.

      Whereas Kennedy’s call on the nation to support the moon mission was and is seen as one of the most inspiring moment in American history, and rightly seen as the spark that made the impossible possible. Such cannot be said of the words spake by Trump, according to Barr there was no spark there. Trump cannot be charged.

      Whereas Kings call on the nation to let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill in Mississippi; with the most riveting words, inspiring Congress to act, Trumps words, apparently a thud, did not resonate.

      Whereas Reagan’s shout to foreign leaders to tear down the Berlin served as a much needed booster shot, Trumps words to a foreign nation, by comparison, apparently measures less that a whimper. Trump cannot be held accountable.

      According to Barr’s ruling, Trump’s words were — again in essence — empty, vacuous, vain, uninspiring, and non-actionable. He can’t be accredited, he can’t be judge causal, neither good or bad, his words meant nothing. Zero, zilch, nyet. Despite Russian actors doing exactly what they heard him say, as though the were “listening”.

      (Imagined) --"Ten-four, we hear you loud and clear Mr. Soon-to-be President, consider it done, on the down-low."


      Note:Originally posted in Yabberz -2. 4/18/2019

      Due to editors delay at the new place I thought It'd be smart to post my reflective and comparative piece here on the original site, in case it doesn't show up there before I'm off the internet for the weekend.

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      Nicholas Kristof--Opinion | The $70,000-a-Year Minimum Wage

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          Is capitalism inevitably cut-throat, a force that leads inexorably to the rich getting richer and the poor poorer, to increasing economic inequality--or can it be channeled otherwise? Nicholas Kristof's column today doesn't answer that question, but it describes a bit of interesting evidence:

          https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/opinion/sunday/...

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          Krugman: Opinion | Republicans Really Hate Health Care

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              Are the Republicans just people with a different notion of how to do stuff, of how--for example--to make sure Americans get healthcare and health insurance? Some evidence and analysis to the contrary from Paul Krugman:

              https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/opinion/republi...

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                  Psychologists have explained quite a lot about Donald Trump ’s political invincibility and the unconditional allegiance of his followers. One well-supported explanation is that the president keeps his base loyal by keeping them fearful. Through persistent fear-mongering, with scary messages like, “Illegal immigrants are murderers and rapists,” and “Islam hates ....
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                  Bruni--Opinion | A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On

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                      I was outraged at the outrage a few years back. Frank Bruni of the NYTimes lays out why a Yale Professor and his wife were so unjustly attacked (not physically, happily) and why the professor's book, Blueprint*, deserves attention:

                      * https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nichola...


                      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/opinion/nichola...

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                      On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!

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                          The Race For 2020: The Early Stages.

                          By Dajuan Candle




                          What we are witnessing now, as we slowly inch forward to the full on 2020 campaign, are the candidates and their "get to know me better campaigns". PR.

                          This early in, each candidates PR machine goes to work with at least a two fold effort: The main effort is about face and name recognition; "Please remember me. Tell others about me!" The second effort is all about raising funds: "Please, now that you know more about me and my concerns and causes, please help me by donating a small amount to my campaign. The more of you donate the more I can get my face and ideas in front of the people and tell them more about, my ideas, concerns, and causes."

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                          Some of the candidates enter into the race for the White House with more face and name recognition than others do, which gives them the advantage. And it also affords them the ability to get their funding machine going much sooner than the lessor known candidates.

                          The entry part of the campaign, as we are witnessing now, is less pronounced and engaging than what is to come. This is the warm up before the game.



                          It isn't possible to choose the best candidate before the candidates have put themselves before the people and spoken their truths, and of their ideas. Getting to know them, and whom of them could possibly be the best candidate in the minds of the voters, is the main focus of the early entry process.

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                          Are some of the candidates more known going into the gate than some of the others? Yes. But the better known can't be chosen as the best candidate, from the get go, without all others being heard first. If that were the case Barack Obama shouldn't have entered the race in 2007. Everybody knew that Hillary, the supposed top candidate, would be running wild horses out the gate for the office of President in 2008. But he didn't, he didn't turn and go home, he got his face and name and ideas known. Got them out before the people. Then when the gates opened, he ran his race and strode into the lead down the home stretch, never looked back, and won the Democratic nomination.


                          Another truth about the selection process, is who, of the contestants, can handle the media best. Those who do will get more face time, which is a doubled edged sword. That advantage goes to those with more experience and more name recognition, same as mentioned earlier. Yet a talented, fresh faced, new comer to the national stage, can work some magic in public and create an aura about them.

                          In 2016 the Dem's were over confident. Once it were known who the Republican nominee for President would be, they just went through the motions until the appointed hour in November. Trump? He can't win. He doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell. This is going to be a shoo in for our candidate. Hillary versus Trump, thank you Jesus! What a laugh.

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                          But the laugh was on them. Surprise, surprise.

                          This time around there will be no surprises, Trump is known. Trump just maybe the most known man the world has ever known. Infamous. All the Dem's need to do is point at him and promise not to be like that and their candidate should skate into the White House.

                          My name is John Q. Public and I'm running for President of the United States of America!!!

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