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I AM RIGHT/ WE ARE RIGHT + YOU ARE WRONG / THEY ARE WRONG + NO PEACE OR GRACE WITH EITHER/OR THINKING/ YOU ARE WRONG + THIS IS NOT A DIALOGUE NOR PRACTICING DEMOCRACY / IT IS AN INVECTIVE DEMAGOGUERY WHICH IS DIVISIVE AND INCITES VOLATILE REACTIVITY + NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT + AMERICANS ARE BETTER THAN THIS + CHOOSING TO BECOME DARTH VADER- GOING TO THE DARK SIDE

BRAVA!

GERMANY’S  CHANCELLOR

ANGELA MERKEL

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Chancellor Merkel with her hands in the characteristic Merkel-Raute position
Angela Merkel is TIME’s 2015 Person Of The Year | Chancellor Of The Free World 
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‘…Terrorism presents a special kind of risk,

because it is not only malicious and destructive,

like other kinds of crime, but also, by design, politically and socially destabilizing.

The whole purpose is to exploit freedom to destroy freedom.’

 THE WASHINGTON POST Opinion writer December 9 at 9:22 PM

 

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NEW YORKER
December 7, 2015

Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Shouldn’t Be a Surprise

 

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On Monday afternoon, the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, called for the United States to bar all Muslims, including American citizens who are Muslim and currently abroad, from entering the country until leaders can “figure out what is going on.” Trump’s statement, five days after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, and several hours after a new poll showing that Trump had lost his lead in Iowa, advocates a religious prohibition that is unlike anything in American history.

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This should not be as much of a surprise as it is. During the past six months, Trump has ushered the spirit of bigotry onto the main stage of American politics more overtly than any figure in decades. Initially, when Trump launched his campaign with an attack on Mexicans (“They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”) many observers took his rhetoric as political maneuvering. But, it always ran deeper than that. (My colleague Amy Davidson has written about Trump’s racial politics in the nineteen-eighties and nineties.) In interviews I conducted with far-right activists this summer, I found that they recognized and embraced the heart of Trump’s candidacy:

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On June 28th, twelve days after Trump’s announcement, the Daily Stormer, America’s most popular neo-Nazi news site, endorsed him for President: “Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people.” The Daily Stormer urged white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.” … Matthew Heimbach, who is twenty-four, and a prominent white-nationalist activist in Cincinnati, told me that Trump has energized disaffected young men like him. “He is bringing people back out of their slumber,” he said.

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In the days ahead, some may dismiss Trump as more of an opportunist than a considered racist, a politician desperate to help his poll numbers in the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses. But the harder question is more awkward to ask: What does it say about all of us, as Americans, that he has made it so far? Trump is adept at dividing the world into “us” and “them,” because he knows that audiences find it comforting. But to pretend that we have not allowed his spirit to fester is to grant ourselves a measure of relief that we do not deserve.

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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 12/7/15

Bipartisan rebuke to Trump’s ban Muslims plan

Some members of the Republican Party are already denouncing Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the US. But will the GOP party leadership? New York Magazine’s Frank Rich reacts speaking to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
http://on.msnbc.com/1TxyJi8

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XENOPHOBIA

[zen-uhfoh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-]

noun

1.

an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.

 

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Showmanship is the jester whose actions appeal to the moment- and are means for applause.
Leadership is both listening; guiding; challenging by asking the difficult questions that calls out creative and critical thinking and creating a vision/language/actions that has the capacity to create real hope.
Which, on the spectrum, DEFINES moral courage?
I believe Donald Trump’s invective demagoguery, his divisive rhetoric of hate,
creates a perfect storm for a national security threat
– a  storm that he does not have the authority nor experience to quell or address.
Dangerous.

 

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From: Catherine Johnson <catherineljohnson@earthlink.net>
Date: 12/6/2015 11:50 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: “Catherine L. Johnson” <catherineljohnson@earthlink.net>
Subject: OBAMA SPEECH TO THE COUNTRY /  6 DECEMBER 2015015

“Even in this political season, even as we properly debate

what steps I and future presidents must take to keep our country safe,

let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional,”

PRESIDENT OBAMA said.

“Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.”

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Opinions WASHINGTON POST / EUGENE ROBINSON
December 7 at 8:17 PM

Obama’s brave admission about terrorism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-brave-admission-about-terrorism/2015/12/07/ca6d1884-9d15-11e5-bce4-708fe33e3288_story.html

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The DARK SIDE is terror itself.
In this time of fear and uncertainty, it is critical to NOT go to the DARK SIDE.
A choice to go to the DARK SIDE is not creative.
The DARK SIDE will not eliminate invective demagoguery or extremist narrow mindsets of we v they.
It is a mask.
It is a posture that incites and divides.
The DARK SIDE is for those who cower, who lack imagination and think THEY are right.
No moral courage.
Hate is the fuel and an inability to generate alternative visions that embraces multiplicity and diversity.
It organizes its leadership and principles around fascism.
Fascism is the DARK SIDE- and silences the call out  of the angels in our nature.
It pulls/saws the wings off freedom within individuals, societies and nations.
The DARK SIDE simply welcomes and inspires greater darkness until there is blindness of any option.
Moral courage to challenge its power and intimidation is the initial phase of moving toward light- where fear is upturned.
The DARK SIDE  is NOT conducive to the civil dialogue and open inquiry required to solve our urgent social problems.

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Naming what is real is the life force

and

not blaming and finding scapegoats.

The courage to listen.

Standing up is the life force.

The equation is us- not we are right and they are wrong.

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 PINETREEHOPE- originaltogiclee_2005_23x15_CATHERINELJOHNSONPINETREEHOPE- originaltogiclee_2005_23x15_CATHERINELJOHNSONPine Tree: HOPE                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson  2005 

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PINE TREE: HOPE 2005 
is dynamic, changing/alternating in color/saturation
depending on the ambient/source of the light
and
the position of viewer in relation to the work.
Intimate. Revelatory. Evanescent. Epiphanic.

 

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O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
The courage to change what can be changed,
And the wisdom to know the one from the other

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Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)
American theologian, ethicist, public intellectual,
commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor.

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SERENITY/ COURAGE TO CHANGE / PRAYER

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

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xen·o·pho·bi·a
ˌzenəˈfōbēə,ˌzēnəˈfōbēə/
noun:

xenophobia

1.) intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

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Americans have the moral courage to challenge xenophobia.
Americans have the wisdom to change the practice of xenophobia.

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We are Americans.

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Our fundamental values does not uphold/tolerate hate or fear.
America does not teach hate or fear.
Or, do we?
Americans protects the value of human dignity and equal rights for all.
Americans cherishes our legacy as a country that was created
by refugees and immigrants.
Or, do we?

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America was/is an innovation

-an ongoing experiment/improvisation of freedom.

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Americans was/is a testament of hope as a concept and hope as an action,
a truth and an offering of light over darkness.
Remember, Americans, about what defines America?

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America is HOPE,

a harbor of HOPE and is the light of HOPE.

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 Pine Tree: HOPE 2005 

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-hope-2005
will be shown in HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION.

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INSTINCT ART GALLERY

HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

OPENS 21 NOVEMBER 2015 –  CLOSES 16 JANUARY 2016
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Music/art are universal balms/emollients, a solace for wounded souls
– and unifies one with all.

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I offer you the halcyon of John Coltrane’s PEACE ON EARTH:
John Coltrane – soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, percussion
Alice Coltrane – piano
Pharaoh Sanders – alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, percussion
Jimmy Garrison – bass
Rashied Ali – drums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqyznfmsPukX
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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE