BY RAUL HERNANDEZ
I love antique stores because they allow the imagination to wonder like a punch-drunk butterfly about the old objects sitting on shelves, hanging on the walls or standing on the floors.
Time inside these places seems to be suspended as soon as a person steps inside.
If all these old objects could say things what would they whisper about their owners’ hopes and thoughts and dreams. How did they end up with price tags in shops that collect old objects and works of art because age has made them valuable.
This is why the old photograph on top with the superimposed words make a powerful statement about life.
The enduring message implores people to run, walk or crawl but whatever they do never give up. As one scans the photographed faces of long gone, it makes you wonder who stopped running, got tired of walking or refused to crawl?
And who crawled and made it all the top, and just as importantly, who helped others along the way to do the same.
I thought I’d share the image.
Jim Crow Repackaged
It’s no surprise that the same people who are saying that Donald Trump is fit to be president are repackaging Jim Crow voter registration laws as being constitutional and nondiscriminatory.
Last week, a federal appeals court pointed to the obvious, saying the sole purpose of these laws is to keep as many minorities as possible from going into the voting booths.
The federal appeals court last week unanimously struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, nailing down its nefarious intent in one sentence to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
North Carolina laws are more elaborate than just requiring people to flash a photo ID. It was the systematically shutting down same-day voter registration, a week of early voting and out-of-precinct voting…”
In Texas, similar laws were tossed out by another federal appeals court because they were also discriminatory. In Wisconsin, a federal judge took out sections of that state’s voting rights laws.
Yet a total of 34 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls.
These voter-restriction laws crafted by the Republicans speak volumes about the dishonesty and lack of integrity of that party and its shameless and bogus claim that the laws were designed to “prevent voter fraud.”
These federal courts’ decisions simply point to the obvious racism of his position because voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the United States. In court documents, there were no facts in support of any of this argument.
What has become clear is that the Republicans made the slinging of BS into an art form while trotting out their pathological liar, con man and narcissist bigot and saying with a straight face that he is qualified to be president of the United States and leader of the Free World.
Trump will either weaken NATO or dismantle it, making it easy for Russia to engage in power plays and adventurism throughout the world.
Putin knows this better than his supporters, enablers and surrogates. It would be no surprise that the country that is meddling in the American elections has done a thorough psychological profile of Trump for its intelligence files and knows exactly where Trump is most vulnerable.