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#296846 - 12/01/16 04:31 PM Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016
Greger Offline

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Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 13803
Loc: Florida

Happy Holidays and Welcome the the Reader Rant Roundtable for December 2016




LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN
Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
(Written in 1935 at the height of the Great Depression)

From the right.
Can there be hope for a segment of America that thinks this way?


On a brighter note...
Winter is coming, and with it the light returns. Days will be growing longer again as we wend our way towards Spring.





Adjust your sails folks, there are rocky shoals ahead and the winds have shifted.

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#296850 - 12/01/16 07:36 PM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Greger]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline


Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 12662
Loc: Whittier, California
Happy December, Ranters smile
There is a new forum under Political Issues, grimly titled "The Trump Administration".
It's all shiny and hasn't even been used yet, although existing Trump topics may wind up getting moved into it.
In the meantime, anyone brave enough is cordially invited to be the first to introduce a New Topic!
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The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. - H. L. Mencken

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#296865 - 12/01/16 08:48 PM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Greger]
NW Ponderer Offline
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Posts: 15463
Maybe we'll get a "Christmas miracle", and PA, WI and MI will all go to Clinton after the recount.
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Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich

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#296876 - 12/02/16 06:20 PM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Loc: Puget Sound, WA
Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
Maybe we'll get a "Christmas miracle", and PA, WI and MI will all go to Clinton after the recount.

That would be nice. smile

...but a real "Christmas miracle" is happening this weekend and through next Wednesday here in the Puget Sound: snow smile
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#296877 - 12/02/16 06:22 PM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
pdx rick Offline
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Loc: Puget Sound, WA
Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
Happy December, Ranters smile
There is a new forum under Political Issues, grimly titled "The Trump Administration".
It's all shiny and hasn't even been used yet, although existing Trump topics may wind up getting moved into it.
In the meantime, anyone brave enough is cordially invited to be the first to introduce a New Topic!

Lots of repeated threads in that forum. blush
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#296893 - 12/03/16 03:26 AM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Greger]
Greger Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 13803
Loc: Florida
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#296894 - 12/03/16 03:34 AM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: pdx rick]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline


Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 12662
Loc: Whittier, California
Originally Posted By: pdx rick
Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
Happy December, Ranters smile
There is a new forum under Political Issues, grimly titled "The Trump Administration".
It's all shiny and hasn't even been used yet, although existing Trump topics may wind up getting moved into it.
In the meantime, anyone brave enough is cordially invited to be the first to introduce a New Topic!

Lots of repeated threads in that forum. blush


They've been moved.
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The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. - H. L. Mencken

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#296895 - 12/03/16 03:36 AM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Greger]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline


Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 12662
Loc: Whittier, California
Well, seems the gay community is fed up with harassment and intimidation.
It's getting harder and harder to be
a homophobic redneck these days. tonbricks

ROTFMOL

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The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. - H. L. Mencken

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#296896 - 12/03/16 03:53 AM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
pondering_it_all Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 6999
Loc: North San Diego County
"Surprise, surprise, surprise!" to quote Gomer Pyle.

Lots of gays, lesbians, and liberals are already armed and ready to defend themselves or their homes. People committing violent acts while yelling something about voting for Trump as justification, are still just as likely to die as they were before the election.

Trump voters should remember that there were over two million more Hillary voters out there. You are out-numbered.

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#296898 - 12/03/16 04:01 AM Re: Reader Rant Rounddtable for December 2016 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Posts: 21134
Loc: West Hollywood, CA
Thanks Jeffery
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You are born naked and everything else is drag - RuPaul

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