January 2017 Newsletter
We are having a cold, wet, white Christmas. Isn’t this great? Isn’t this beautiful?
No more crazy-drought for California! The weather gods are back on our side!
Not only have the skies opened up, but in 2015 (officially the 5th year of the drought) scientists discovered three times more groundwater than was previously estimated under central California. This is a security.
Further good news: In a bill just recently passed in the House it will increase pumping and water storage for California. This legislation eases limits on moving water south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to help the San Joaquin Valley farms that feed the nation. Previously, because of EPA regulations, the water was being wasted; unbelievably, they were dumping it into the sea. Go figure.
Now, as we drive North, we hope to see that the farmers in the Central Valley are taking down their signs, “Congress Created the Dust Bowl.” We hope to see green crops again and many flourishing fruit trees. We hope to see signs that say “HIRING” again. Things are looking up.
Martin Luther King
January 16th is Martin Luther King Day
Both champions of Civil Rights, Martin Luther and Malcolm X met only one time (as above).
It is interesting to contrast their ideas, and even more interesting to examine them in the light of a new Trump administration, just around the corner. Malcolm X believed that Racism was a natural consequence to Capitalism. In this he was both right and wrong This is not about nasty white men trying to do black men in, Whites suffer also under the boom and bust cycles of capitalism. Yet Blacks in the Inner City suffer most and are deserving of help. It is understandable that they look at the white suburbs with blame and envy.
Help is on the way. Dr. Ben Carson is committed to improving our inner cities. He knows the challenges. As the son of a single parent who refused to let him become a victim, he rose from a struggling neighborhood to be a famous surgeon, writer and now politician. He is part of the solution. A true man of God, he can be trusted.
Many in struggling neighborhoods have asked if the answer is socialism. In some disadvantaged communities socialism is seen as an attractive way to level the playing field. Unfortunately, Venezuela and Europe are proving that socialism is more destructive than constructive. Socialism breeds the apathy of hopelessness and opens the door to exploitation.
Many Americans are now dependent on welfare. sapping their self respect and ability to climb out of poverty.
In his frustration Malcolm X, (like the terrorists from the Middle East) embraced violence as a way to get attention. It was understandable but short sighted. We remember Martin Luther King with love and honor; he has a lasting legacy for his ideas. They carry on. Not so much Malcolm X.
The problems both men faced are still with us; let us not pretend there is no situation. Much is going to depend on us. A government is the reflection of the will of the people. The good news is that the new administration welcomes communication. As long as you work peacefully within the law and with the system, I have discovered you have their ear. (Go to www.greatagain.gov)
We can expect confusion to blow off as America embraces major changes and Trump gets serious about “draining the swamp”.
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So what do you think Martin Luther King would think of America 2016?
In his final days King turned his attention to the economy, and proclaimed that when ‘the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence,’ those documents were a ‘promissory note’ to every American, Black, White, Ethnic or Latino. I agree with him.
MLK stood for integration and peaceful protest. He forswore violence.
He loved the people, the nation and the world and wanted to make it better for all. I think he would encourage us to put the past behind us and to try to work together.
Quote for the Month
"A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.
"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
"America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the revolution of values. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Until next month!
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