46 thoughts on “A Haiku Uncoiling

      1. I would say that people are easily misled by the sound bites, but Trump’s sound bites were often appalling and/or stupid. There is a reality to the history of this country that we need to exam and teach.

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      2. Trumps strategist team was brilliant. They knew racism was a major issue with certain voters following Obama, so they tuned into those racist fears and he won easily. Thats The United Slave States Of AmeriKKKlan for you.

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      3. They were certainly able to play a particular sound bite up to a disheartening number of people. I really didn’t think he had any chance of winning. I don’t live in an area where he won a lot of votes though.

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      4. His team appealed to the base that has extremely high numbers in USA, racists caucasian, specifically racists caucasian unemployed males/females….who are dirt poor and will never benefit under a trump presidency….but are staunch racists.

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  1. Fracking is indeed viper, with its poisonous fluid to be released into our water. Not to mention the released methane into our air and most importantly the significant use of our dear virgin water. Sorry to mix metaphors at the end.

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  2. Thank you! I have strong feelings on this one. Our treatment of Indigenous people in America, and in many places around the world, is horrible. Our history books tell a skewed story. Things won’t change until we face that reality. I want to believe that they can change. Whatever the outcome, it’s a battle worth fighting.

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    1. It is appalling and motivational for me. One of my sons just stumbled on a passage in his grammar book speaking to the “high level of respect that settlers had for the Indians”…wow. It is a tragedy that we must stop repeating. We sign treaties and violate them every time we find a new resource or use for the land.

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      1. Absolutely! Greed is at the heart of most of the oppression humans endure. We will never eradicate it. Those of us who have different hearts on the matter need to stay busy “doing” and “speaking”. If we really care, then we will feed, clothe and nurture those in need. Generosity bears its own reward.

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      2. Each one of these children has a unique note or a song to add to the symphony on earth. When we allow them to suffer or die, and they are prevented from playing those melodies, we all lose something…a cure for cancer…a beautiful painting…a joke…a new dessert…and so on. And those who survive, those children who had nothing, often become adults with nothing to live for. But, as you said, feeding and clothing the poor doesn’t feed the bottom line. We all lose though…

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      3. Glad to find a kindred spirit! The bigotry being voiced in the US is painful to my ears. Our history contains some ugly things. I have a short piece going up tomorrow about the Taino people. The arrival of Columbus marked a period of illness, slavery and abuse that nearly wiped out the estimated 5 million souls who made up those nations. Yet, most people here celebrate “Columbus Day”. It would be like celebrating “Hitler Day” in Germany or Austria. We don’t listen to the voices of other people. We have to start by sitting down for that cup of coffee. I don’t think it is oversimplifying. We can’t fix the big things until we get the little things right and understand the problems. That’s a good cup of coffee, Steve!

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