STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

Stand up and be counted, stand up and be counted,
That’s what I had shouted and shouted, stand up and be counted.
But now, as I wake-up, even as I begin to scream,
I realize it was last night that it happened, and it was only a dream.

It’s because they outnumber us a million to one,
And, always at night, is when they seem to have won.
They shout and yell and bark, look there is no sun,
Signaling that in the dark, at night, is when they have their fun.

No thinking is allowed on those nights, when they dim all the lights,
To hide all of all the drinking, drugs and fights.
Which is what they want, this is when they score,
Hoping that it will eventually lead to an unholy war.

They want to hark back to the dark ages,
Where they would all be considered wits and sages.
They want us to believe in something that completely ignores,
The birth of Jesus Christ and all the world’s brutal wars.

Even now, this very day, in 2001,
They call for a leader like Attila the Hun.
For now that America is under attack,
They want to go back, way, way back.

They call for more blood, for revenge, let’s all go insane,
Let’s drop smart bombs, and let’s do it by plane.
Let’s bless the soldiers, the bullets and the bombs,
And, let’s do it without any qualms.

Let’s wound & kill & bomb and maim,
And do it without anyone ever having to take the blame.
But, now, I say stop, before another attack is mounted,
Because it is time to stand up and be counted.

I know they outnumber us a million to one,
But, now is the time to move away from the gun.
War must always and forevermore stop, it must cease,
Otherwise we will never know peace.
I’m awake now but again I have shouted and shouted,
Because, now, it is time, for YOU to stand up and be counted!

You made a mess, Gov. DeSantis. Clean it up. Now. | Editorial

https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/04/03/you-made-a-mess-gov-desantis-clean-it-up-now-editorial/

This guy is & has been, waiting for “orders” from the White House; from his “boss” Donald J. Trump. This is in no way relevant to his job as governor of the State of Florida but then, that’s the kind of guy he is. He is meeting with lobbyists and business leaders, instead of calling out orders to self-isolate and social distance, so we can get rid of this COVID-19 problem asap but DeSantis is too busy “waiting” for his “orders” from Trump. When you have a governor who can’t decide what to do, is terrified of the POTUS, and gives no clear orders, you have local officials, like Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister deciding to enforce the county’s ban on more than 10 people gathering in close proximity by arresting the pastor of a local church last Sunday, 3/29, even though DeSantis had said he wanted churches to remain open, along with businesses by practicing social distancing but only Wednesday, April 1, did DeSantis sign and issue an order that made his executive orders: “supercede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19,” thereby relegating local county officials to pander to him, even as the next day, this past Thursday, he said that the local officials could do more in “certain situations,” further distorting the already convoluted meaning of his “executive orders.”

First Rick Scott and now this guy? God help us, we are plagued with governors who have even no common sense, much less any character or backbone, to do anything but pander to those lobbyists and businessmen who supplied, (donated) them with the money they feel they needed in order to be elected to office. The only problem for them is actually doing anything for the voters and their constituents, who they feel, they do not need, relying on the mass of Republican voters who put Donald Trump, and with him themselves, they feel, into office.
Compare DeSantis with Governor Andrew Cuomo. It’s like comparing FDR to Donald Trump. God help us.

I AM AN AMERICAN

Okay, April is National Poetry Month so, I’ll post a poem every day this month.

I AM AN AMERICAN

I am a Christian and I am a Jew,
I am a Baptist, a Muslim and even a Hindu.
I’m from Atlanta, San Diego, New York and Maine,
Along with any other State in America that you can name

I’m White, Black, Yellow, Red and sometimes even Tan,
I’m a toddler, a child, a woman and also a man.
I have relatives all over Europe, Africa, China and Japan,
As well as in Russia, Vietnam, Australia and Pakistan

When they raise the flag, fly the red, white and blue,
I stand up proudly—just exactly like you.

On 9-11, in 2001, a disaster befell us all,
And when the President made his patriotic call
I answered him just like any other man,
Because I realized that only united can we stand.

Realizing that not everyone in this world is like you and me,
Because even with government we sometimes may not agree
We still have the constitutional right
To take to the streets and protest with numbers, power and might.

I am gay or straight and even though you may not agree ,
You must agree that I have the right to be.
In America we have the right to protest and raise our voices
We don’t accept the status quo when there are better choices

We are tired of Wall Street and being ruled by the Banks
We are ready for change and human rights for the workers, thanks
Now I see you know me, you know who I am,
Yes, that’s right, I am you and you are me, I am an American.

 

THE LAYING OFF OF HANDS

LAYING OFF OF HANDS

What is happening to the world at this time? This pandemic, aka COVID-19 or the corona virus is killing people but it’s not even about that so much as it is about how they are dying: by having someone coughing in their face or shaking their hand or just leaving their germs somewhere that they may touch or even just breathe in at the right (wrong) moment.
But, worse than that is the fact that we not only don’t have any vaccine yet, everybody, it seems, is a potential carrier, who may or may not even have any symptoms. Talk about becoming a hermit: it appears almost as if your very life may, now, well depend on becoming one. And, it appears, that everybody is beginning to stay at home, wherever that home may be, and the vast majority of the population is becoming used to doing “everything” they can do online.

And so, what is a Christian man or woman supposed to think about this? Is it God that is doing this? To teach us what? That we mustn’t put any trust in the green paper money with dead presidents’ pictures on the fronts that we use to buy and sell everything we have, or is it that we are being tested to see if we are hypocrites or Christians who really do believe in God?
When’s the last time you shook someone’s hand or picked up a small child and kissed him or her? When’s the last time you saw someone shake anybody’s hand or hug someone or put his arm around someone? How about food, do you have enough? When’s the last time you bought as much food as your shopping cart could hold? And tissues and toilet paper and …?

What denomination are you? The pope now holds church services online. How about your church? Does your preacher still shake your hand(s) when you enter into the church, chapel, synagogue, mosque or whatever building you and your fellow worshipers enter to attend church services?
When is the last time you saw or heard of a preacher laying his hands on a parishioner, to heal them? This is a practice that Jesus himself began and passed on to all his apostles who then passed them on to many of their disciples. The two baptist churches in Spring Hill I have regularly attended for 15 years are now closed and holding services online. Are we coming to a religious crisis with this corona virus? Are preachers hypocrites or are we all hypocrites? Am I expecting too much “magic” from some of the “preachers” who,once upon a time, not long ago, were more than happy to line up 30 or 40 parishioners and walk by them slapping their foreheads as they fell down and then stood up mysteriously “cured?”

Am I asking for too much when I ask for the truth to be spoken by all human beings so that we can all get to the promised land, where it is the norm? Is it too much too ask for human beings to treat each other fairly and equally, no matter what their positions, religions, skin color or financial abilities? Why is it so hard for human beings to believe in the holy spirit? And if we believe in the holy spirit why is it so hard for us to believe in miracles, just because they have not been “proven” to “enough” people? Do we use our heads, filled with knowledge, when making “important” decisions and forget about our hearts and our spirits. Do we choose love over hate? Do we choose love over money? Do we choose love over all our decisions or do we continue to use our knowledge to lie, cheat and steal as much as we can get away with?
And if we do not believe in God how do we then explain the presence of the devil and if we do not believe in either God or the devil, then how do we explain the terrible wars fought for thousands of years or the enormous amount of good will that so many human beings have shown throughout the human history of this world. And, most of all, where is one person, just one human being, who can explain the birth, life and death of the Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, also known by too many other names to mention, discuss or argue about?