We are now in the time period between Rosh Hashonah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). It is said (figuratively) that one’s fate for the year is written on Rosh Hashonah and sealed on Yom Kippur. This year is particularly significant for our country, and since we are Americans, for each of us personally. More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID giving our country the highest death toll in the world. I wish I would not have to insert politics into religion, but this year I pray that in the upcoming election Joe Biden will be elected to bring sanity and honesty back to the USA. I also pray that we elect senators with integrity who will support the important measures that Biden will have to implement to bring back honesty and civility to America and end the chaos of the past 4 years. We also honor the memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who will go down in history as one of the great judges of the Supreme Court. I wish a healthy and good year for all people of all religions and races here in America (citizens and residents) and people all over the world.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
My father completed dental school in the 1920s. My parents married in 1929, the year the Great Depression began. The 1930s were difficult years to build a dental practice. In addition to the Depression, there was antisemitism and an oversupply of dentists in the neighborhood where his practice was located. Then World War II began. My father was by then past the draft age. He heard that there was a need for dentists in the suburbs. He started an office at the almost southernmost point in Chicago about half a block from the corner where Chicago and 2 suburbs, Riverdale and Dolton came together. The Riverdale-Dolton community was a steel mill community. The inhabitants at that time were mainly steel mill workers and people who serviced steel mill workers. The inhabitants were also White. After the war a suburb called Altgeld Gardens was developed nearby. Most of the inhabitants of Altgeld Gardens were Black. There was a significant anti-Black sentiment in Riverdale-Dolton. The Whites there feared the Blacks would move into their community. Because of the anti-Black sentiment, my father would lose most of his patients if he took Black patients. On rare occasions when a Black patient came to his office with an emergency (like a bad toothache), he would tell the patient to come to the back door at night and he would usher them in with no one looking. My father had to risk losing a profitable practice in order to do the right thing. If the law would have forced professionals to provide service to all Americans without prejudice, he would not have had to risk his income including the ability to send my brother and me through medical school to provide the ethical service for which he worked so hard.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
I used to consider myself an Independent who leaned more to the Democratic Party. Actually, the first party in which I ever registered was the Republican Party when I lived in Illinois because I wanted to vote for the nomination of a Republican candidate named Anderson. When I arrive in the voting booth the candidates were not listed, only the names of the electors. I had to step out of the voting booth and ask the judges which elector represented Anderson. My only reply was from a Democratic judge who took me far away from the voting booths to inform me which elector was for Anderson. Apparently, Thompson, the head of the Republican party in Illinois, favored Ronald Reagan. The faithful were informed which elector to vote for. Us Andersonites were not.
I understand the argument of ethical conservative Republicans that our country attracts immigrants because of its equal opportunities for advancement without guarantees. The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s was the party that ended slavery. As a Democrat, I also believe that a wealthy country like ours should provide a safety net for those less fortunate. I also have noted that opportunity in America is not always equal or self-made. Wealth is often obtained by inheritance or sheer luck. Opportunities are often given prejudicially based on one’s religion, race, ancestry, or country of origin. I am not a socialist. I understand that everything can not be exactly the same for everyone. But there should be a reasonable limit to inequality.
In recent years, the Republican Party has increasingly become the party of billionaires to the detriment of the rest of us. They have used various undemocratic means to protect their wealth at times even undermining free honest capitalism by artificially protecting their financial positions. This has finally reached a crescendo with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and the subsequent perversion of the Republican Party to give in to Trump’s every whim and chaotic behavior, to tolerate his attacks on the institutions of our government, to support his bigotry and divisiveness, and to even look the other way when he colludes with Vladimir Putin, a foreign dictator, against America. These sycophants are willing to discard 250 years of American progress to protect their personal wealth. We Americans must stand up to Trump and his mentor Putin. Many true conservative ethical Republicans have joined us. Just look at all the refugees from the real Republican Party who have sought refuge as commentators on MSNBC.
VOTE FOR JOE BIDEN!
VOTE FOR BIDEN AND HARRIS!
REAL REPUBLICANS, COME UNDER THE TENT IF ONLY JUST FOR THIS ELECTION! WE CAN DUKE IT OUT NEXT TIME IN 4 OR 8 YEARS!
Monday, September 21, 2020
The Trumpers are clamoring for Joe Biden to release his list of candidates for RBG’s replacement on the Supreme Court, claiming that Trump is being transparent by releasing his list. But that is not true. Trump is releasing his list for purely political reasons to appeal to those in his base who want to destroy the gains made by Justice Ginsburg. Joe Biden will not release his list because that would also be political and would unfairly influence the candidates on his list. Biden should not be drawn in by this trick of the Trump Party. But while we are talking about transparency, Donald, why have we still not seen your tax returns? What are you hiding? Might you be hiding your entanglements with Russian oligarchs (also known as mobsters) and Vladimir Putin? Or your questionable business tactics both before and during your presidency?
Also while we are on the subject of RBC’s replacement, why are you Trump Party senators so willing to jam in a replacement at the last minute before the new president and senate take office contrary what you said concerning the appointment of Merrick Garland in 2016? You guys said then that a Supreme Court justice proposed in the last year of a presidency should be decided by the new president to give the American people the choice. Now you are saying the exact opposite. Is that not hypocritical? Does that not demonstrate to the voters how dishonest you are? Does that not tarnish your reputation? Your place in history?
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Let’s review the COVID pandemic of this past year and how we got here. COVID 19 began in Wuhan China. At first the Chinese government tried to sweep it under the rug, but soon realized that was an error and mounted a vigorus campaign to control the problem. By then the virus had begun to spread outside of China, particularly to Europe. Then from Europe it began to spread to the USA. Early this year (2020) in a recorded interview with Bob Woodward, Trump admitted that he knew the virus was more contagious and more deadly than previously realized. At the same time Trump continued to downplay the importance of the virus to the American people publicly (and particularly targeting his loyal base) saying that it was just a regular flu and would spontaneously resolve soon. He apparently thought that alerting the public to the seriousness of the problem would be bad for him politically. At that time (and still today) the only effective measures to contain the problem were face mask wearing, social distancing, and cleanliness, but Trump discouraged those measures. To Trump’s followers, protecting themselves and their fellow Americans from the virus became politically incorrect. Trump tried as much as possible to remove scientists with integrity from high office and replaced them with sycophants who say what Trump wants to hear. The person who now has Trump’s ear is Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist (not an infectious disease expert or epidemiologist). Contrary to the real experts on the subject, Dr. Atlas favors herd immunity. Herd immunity means let the epidemic proceed on its own without interference from us humans so it can kill off the most vulnerable (like us old people and also young people with other complicating diseases) and the rest can get sick and develop antibodies. However that means killing off a larger number of Americans (so far more than 200,000), and we don’t yet know with certainty to what extent the antibodies protect us from this particular virus. As a result of Trump’s reckless policy (or lack of policy), the USA has become the worst infected of all the developed countries in the world, and the pandemic has been disastrous for the American economy.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Americans: VOTE! EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS! EACH VOTE COUNTS! Trump and the hacks he has installed into high places in the administration are trying to interfere with your right to vote because they know that most Americans prefer Joe Biden. So plan ahead. Vote as early as you can in person or by mail, whatever works for you. If by mail, use a drop box if one is available to you or mail it out as early as possible. Whatever you do, VOTE!
America mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was truly an American heroine and patriot who represented the rights of the American people against the bigots and greedy oligarchs who sought to trample on the rights of Americans. Justice Ginsburg labored on in her work despite illness and advanced age because she knew that if she stopped during the presidency of Trump/Putin and the tenure of the Trumpish McConnell Senate, she would be replaced by a Trumpish Far Right political hack thus further upsetting the balance of the Supreme Court. She almost made it, and in normal times would have reached her goal, but these are not normal times. We now have a corrupt, dishonest, inept administration in the White House led by President Trump who is compromised by Vladimir Putin and Putin’s neo-KGB, and we have a hypocritical leader of the Senate (Moscow Mitch McConnell) who blocked the appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court by President Obama, then jammed through the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh (of questionable personal ethics), and now wants to at the last minute jam through the appointment of any political hack of Trump/Putin’s choosing. We Americans must fight to prevent any appointment to the Supreme Court before hopefully Joe Biden becomes president.