Well, if this isn’t something…

I’ve long said that Storyteller isn’t a political place.

Maybe I was wrong. And, that’s saying something because I haven’t been wrong since 1970. (Don’t take that seriously. It’s an old joke.)

Like many of you I’ve had enough. Maybe the outside informs the inside. Maybe that’s how art is really made.

We have parts of three U.S. states — one is an unincorporated U.S. territory — that have all but been destroyed by three hurricanes. Two of them, Texas and Florida, are getting Federal help. Puerto Rico is getting next to nothing while a U.S President tweets about their debt. They have no water. Little food. No electrical power. They can barely¬†communicate with the outside. Not a few people. Or a hundred people. Or, a thousand. No, no, no… millions of people.

While a U.S president calls Black athletes¬†“sons of bitches.” And, tells team owners to fire any player who doesn’t stand for the National Anthem. He’s turned one man’s protest about police brutality into something it isn’t.

While he has ignited what could be a nuclear war in Korea. While he calls the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man.” And, threatens to destroy North Korea in a speech at The United Nations.

While he can’t get major legislation passed.

While he is now trying to force U.S citizens to pay for a wall that most of us don’t want. That we really don’t need.

While he attacks everybody and everybody via never-ending tweets. Even members of his own political party. Even people who are generally acknowledged as heroes.

While he tries to take health care away from millions of people.

I could go on. But, this post could be 200 inches long. Nobody needs that.

Some people say stuff like, “I know what I think. I’m not going to tell you what to think.”

Why the hell not?

Your thoughts matter. Stop trying to sell stuff on WordPress. And, speak your mind. You don’t have to agree with me. Just speak your truth.

The politicians and the president are trying to tell us how to do everything. What to do. They are trying to take freedoms away from us. They are trying to take our health away from us. They are barring immigration in almost any form. Should I keep writing?

Let’s get this straight. This ain’t a dictatorship. They work for us. For me. For you. If I want to protest, I’ll protest. That’s my right. My duty as a true patriot. I have Constitutional rights. Besides, this country was founded on protest. The Boston Tea Party started it. The United States Revolution pretty kept it going. We left a war an unrighteous war in Vietnam because of it.

So.

Let’s forget this nonsense about whether athletes should stand or kneel. It’s their right. And, they don’t work on an antebellum plantation. Until 2009 no NFL team took the field until after The National Anthem was sung. It took big donations from the DOD and National Guard to the NFL to get players on the field for pre-game ceremonies. It was nothing more than a recruitment scheme.

Instead, it’s time to stop hurting people. It’s time to help our brothers and sisters on Puerto Rico. Yeah, yeah. I get it. These people can’t vote in U.S. elections and — dare I say it — they aren’t white. So what? That latter only confirms what I think about this president.

Remember. I’m a Katrina survivor. I know what it’s like to be alone and forgotten. It broke one presidency. Maybe ignoring the people of Puerto Rico will break another. Lord knows. It isn’t much of a presidency anyway.

The picture. This’ll make you feel good. But, first a question. Does it show disrespect for the flag, or nah? I made it in a conservative state. Nevada. In Virginia City. Sometimes, I get drawn to shiny beads. It’s old enough that I made it on film. I didn’t think much of it when I pressed the button. I just liked what I saw.

Now, I have thought about it. It seems to matter more now. Funny how things change.

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