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The Soul Of The Senate!

Posted in On Donald Trump, On Senator Elizabeth Warren, Playthell on politics with tags on April 23, 2019 by playthell
Senator Warren Standing With Reverend Barber and Activist Preachers Of Social Gospel

On Placing Principle Over Politics

Although I was pretty much leaning in her direction before, after listening to Senator Warren’s argument for the impeachment of Donald Trump upon completing the Mueller Report, she definitely gets my vote! While the “deplorables” who support Dirty Donald – a pathological liar, swindler and con man who accidentally became U.S. President with loads of Russian help – will attack her with the most scurrilous rhetoric in an attempt to assassinate her character and impugn her motives, Senator Warren’s argument for the impeachment of the orange ogre is unimpeachable!

Unlike House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, a game political animal who puts politics first, Senator Warren argues that in this matter we must put politics aside. Normally I would agree with Speaker Pelosi, because I understand that effective politics is the surest road to power, and politics is the art of the possible. However there comes a time when fundamental ideas must be defended at all cost, indeed many Americans have died in defense of these principles. Yet honorable and intelligent people can disagree on how to best defend these ideas in the poltical arena.

Some will argue that the best way to get Dastardly Don out of office is to kick his ass at the polls in 2020. They will argue that we should follow the dictum of the African political philosopher/president Kwame Kkrumah: “Seek ye first the political kingdom, and all else will be added there unto.” While this argument is sage advice for people seeking to gain power, sometime one must risk political defeat in defense of fundamental principles. For it speaks to the question of who we are and what we stand for.
Although speaking in a different context, Benjamin Franklin, one of the most compelling revolutionary personalities of the American Enlightenment, and a Founding Father of the Republic, spoke to the importance of principle. The burning question of that moment was whether English settlers in the British Colonies of North America should seek some adjustment in their colonial relationship with their mother country, “Great Britian,” or opt for total independence, which was tantamount to a declaration of war against the British Empire. For Franklin the answer was clear and unequivocal: “Any people who would choose temporary security over basic liberty deserves neither!”

For our time, the pressing question is whether our actions will be governed by political expedience or fundamental principle; whether the Congress shall choose sides on the issue of checking the clear abuses of executive power to obstruct the pursuit of justice based on how it will affect their electoral prospects in 2020, or will the heed the mandates of the Constitution. As I write the Democrats, who alone hold the power to open impeachment proceedings, are deeply divided on the question.

Elizabeth Warren is the first member of the Senate to call for impeachment hearings but her fellow Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has already said there will be no impeachment because of all the civil strife that would result and “He is not worth it” So we have a problem in the Democratic party that could become a source of serious division; which will put the Democrats at a disadvantage because I see no similar concern about presidential abuse of power within the Republican ranks. And from all appearances Senator Warren is on a serious mission to restore the balance between the executive and legislative branches of the US government by checking executive power; the Constitution mandates it and the survival of our democratic republic demands it.

Hence Senator Warren is right as rain when she argues the proper remedy for Dirty Donald’s scurvy behavior is impeachment! While Donnie Dimwit is an intellectual light-weight who is clueless about the Constitution, Senator Warren is a super-heavy weight, if she and trump were pugilists rather than politicians any fight between them would be a crime! But, alas, since the qualifications for jumping into the political arena are far less stringent that the rules of the boxing ring, you can end up with a super-light-weight going up against a super-heavyweight…a mismatch. In view of this realization, lets take a closer look at Senator Warren’s argument.

Taking a page from Devious Donald’s playbook, Senator Warren turned to Twitter to express her views on the Muller Report directly to the American people:

“The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack. Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment. To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways. The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

Of course, we can expect the Republican Trumpanzees to launch scurrilous attacks on Senator Warren designed to traduce her character and impugn her motives – it has already begun on Twitter – but thoughtful people will consider the source and dismiss them. Yet, alas, there remain millions of airheads who live in a web of confusion; unable to distinguish real news from fake news, convinced that Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones are more reliable news sources than CNN, CBS the Washington Post and the New York Times. These impassioned and increasingly militant ignoramuses are heavily armed and pose a grave danger to the life and limb of prominent Trump opponents and critics in Congress and the media.

The danger of civil violence in the US is encouraged by Dirty Donald, which is cause enough for impeachment. Hence anyone who is interested in preserving democracy in the US should support Senator Warren, who alone is standing tall and speaking frankly, restrained by neither fear nor favor. However, Senator Warren’s view on impeachment has found an unlikely supporter among the Republican Punditariat. In a commentary on the Mueller Report published in The Intelligencer titled: “There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump is More Dangerous then Ever,” Andrew Sullivan argues the case for impeachment:

“What are the consequences of not impeaching? They are, it seems to me, real and immediate. Trump now has a Justice Department run by a loyalist who believes in total executive supremacy, and who has just revealed himself as a man willing to lie and deceive and distort to please his master. Every official who might have restrained this president is gone. There are almost no heads of agencies, and no dissent in the Cabinet. The country is effectively being ruled by a monarch and his court. Foreign policy has been given to family members. The Fed is being rigged to remove professionals and install loyal toadies. The judiciary is being filled with judges who defer to presidential power in every circumstance. We have a president who only last week told his new acting DHS secretary, Kevin McAleenan, to break the law if necessary to stop asylum seekers from entering the country, and that he’d have his back and pardon him if he got into trouble. In any other time, that alone would demand impeachment. We know now, however, that this is just one instance of a clear pattern of lawlessness.”

What Sullivan describes here is a succinct but compelling argument for impeaching Dirty Devious Donald. However Sullivan will garner no support from his fellow Republicans in the Senate, who are led by vulgar amoral opportunists. Low Life Lindsay Graham, who vigorously prosecuted Bill Clinton for an offense that is a picayune matter compared to the treacherous treasonous transgressions of Trump, has revealed himself to be a serpentine charlatan. And, alas, that turkey necked Kentucky cracker Mitch McConnell, has diminished the dignity and power of his office as Majority Leader of the Senate with his duplicitous monkey shines. They do not seem to understand, or give a fuck, what is really at stake here.

If Lord Acton was right that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,”and I believe he was, the Congress must check the power of Trump or we will soon have some form of authoritarianism. It will be uniquely American but no less disastrous. For in the final analysis we are confronted with the same question Abraham Lincoln posed during the great Civil War, when surveying the battle field at Gettysburg, a cow pasture in Pennsylvania where over twice as many men had been slaughtered in an afternoon as has been killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. In his famous “Gettysburg Address” of November 19, 1863, a time when it was not certain that Union forces would prevail in the struggle between barbarism and civilization, Lincoln was clear in his conviction that the paramount objective of the bloodiest war in history at the time, was to insure “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I believe, as imperfect as the exercise of this ideal has been, this is what is at stake at this moment in the life of the American Republic.

However, unlike the Nervous Nellies who worry that an impeachment of Donald Trump in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives will backfire politically if the Republican controlled Senate refuses to convict him, and they are convinced that we could never get the 67 votes that would be required to pass the Senate.  Should that happen, they argue, the impeachment will be seen as merely a partisan attack on a President we hate.  But as Senator Warren rightly points out, the evidence provided by the Mueller Report overwhelmingly supports impeachment!

What the Democrats must do now is dramatize the evidence in the Report by holding public hearings and call forth all of the key witnesses; let the public see and hear them for themselves.  I think the public can not only be convinced of Trump’s guilt, but the Democrats can also make the Senate Republicans look like co-conspirators with Trump to Obstruct Justice!  I am convinced this would be much easier to pull off than the doubters and haters think.  And I am even more convinced that to let Trump walk away scott free when compelling evidence of his guilt is right before our eyes for the entire world to see, will be devastating for faith in the rule of law!

While on the House side Democrats have proffered a Bill of Impeachment, as I write Senator Warren is the only member of the august United States Senate – which bills itself as “the greatest deliberative body in the world” – to have forthrightly advocated impeachment. In her courage, brilliance, and deep commitment to progressive humanistic values and the policies they promote, Elizabeth is the rightful heir to the legacy of Edward, the long time Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, who enjoyed the honorific “Lion of the Senate.” Which makes her the “Lioness of the Senate.” And, methinks, Dirty Despicable Donald has met his match!

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To Watch Senator Warren Explain her Call for Impeachment

Click on This link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=gwQ5ltdO8gA
Playthell G.Benjamin
Harlem, New York
April 22, 2019

Remembering the Heroes of Bloody Sunday

Posted in Bloody Sunday: A Remembrance, Playthell on politics, You Tube Classics with tags , , on March 4, 2019 by playthell
Congressman John Lewis Viciously Beaten as SNCC Leader
A Pivotal Event in the Struggle Against White Supremacy in America

On March 7, 1965, 54 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis of SNCC – now a venerable Democratic Congressman – and other Civil Rights leaders led a March from Selma Alabama to the state capitol of Montgomery to protest the horrible system of white supremacy. Although it was a peaceful march based on the philosophy of “passive resistance, the marchers were viciously attacked by violent white racist!

However the violence of the crazed rednecks back fired because the entire episode was captured on film by the Television networks and broadcast around the world. This was a seminal even in the history of the struggle to dismantle the evil oppressive system of racial caste oppression in the US because it exposed the truth about the bogus claim that America is “the home of the brave and land of the free” where “All men are created equal.”

This was no picayune matter, because the US was locked in an intense ideological struggle with the powerful Soviet Union of Russia to recruit the hundreds of millions of people in the Third World nations of Africa, Asia, South America and the islands of the seas. Most of these millions were living in African and Asian countries that were just throwing of the oppressive yoke of European colonialism in the aftermath of World War II, when European world order had collapsed due to the cost in blood and treasure extracted by the second great war in a generation.  And the US government’s oppression of it’s on citizen’s of color alienated them from America.

There are studies which show the great anxiety of the US government when US Ambassadors, and other diplomats, were accosted by reporters and citizens around the world. For instance, historian Mary L. Dudziak tells us in her path breaking book Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy: “Within this context, racial discrimination, especially when it was broadcast to international audiences, became problematic to the Cold War effort itself.” Representatives of the American government were barraged with questions about the hypocrisy of US claims to being the bastion of freedom and equality, yet keep millions of their citizens in a state of tyrannical oppression that exceeded ANYTHING the US was self-righteously protesting in the communist world!!!

The US government had no answer for this that was not viewed with ridicule, as the masses of African and Asia increasingly either allied themselves with the Communist camp or adopted a non-aligned position that viewed both sides based on how the supported our struggles.  They had no permanent friends or enemies…just permanent interests!

It was this response of the Third world community that served as a major impetus for the US government to act dramatically to eradicate the racial caste system whether by law or or tradition. This march in Alabama 54 years ago was a pivotal event in ending this evil racist system in the United states; 100 years after the end of the Civil War that abolished Afro-American slavery in Alabama and throughout the American south.  It also ended the dominance of The Southern Christian Leadership Conferences’ vision of the Southern struggle.

On the next march – which attracted a vast and diverse gathering and the US government was forced to protect them from violent attacks by white racist terrorists because the eyes of the world were focused like lasers on the march – Stokely Carmichael and H. “Rap” Brown of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, introduced “Black Power”as the slogan,  for their Black Panther political party in Lowndes County / Selma Alabama, where courageous young college students were mobilizing Afro-American citizens to exercise their right to vote.  The introduction of the concept of Black Power and organizing the Black Panther Party qualitatively changed the course of the black liberation movement in the United States.

Watch NBC’s report on the march and hear critical interviews with Dr. King and others who give in-depth analysis of the struggle against racism at the time. This is a priceless, a living archive of the times, whose sense of immediacy is preserved by the miracle of the moving image with sound. Relive this critical event, and feel the tenor of the times at:

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/bloody-sunday-a-flashback-of-the-landmark-selma-to-montgomery-marches-1191243331868

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Playthell G, Benjamin
February 3, 2019
Harlem, New York

A Soulless Dangerous Deranged Demagogue!

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , on February 20, 2019 by playthell

Dirty Donald the Dastardly Deceiver

The Real National Emergency

“The only national emergency is that the President is an idiot!” says Ann Coulter, a former feverent fan. I never thought the day would dawn when things would be so fucked up that I would find my view on anything sympatico with the demented mutterings of Anorexic Annie. Yet, although we are coming from different places – the rabid right and the progressive left – we whole-heartedly agree that Donnie Dimwit is an idiot! However Dirty Donald is also a shameless demagogue, but Annie would not dare to mention that, because it would be a transparent case of the pot maligning the kettle since the definition of “demagogue” defines them both.

In the Google Dictionary a demagogue is defined as: “A political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument.” As a verb Google defines demagoguery as to “rhetorically exploit (an issue) for political purposes in a way calculated to appeal to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people.” By any objective assessment, Donald J. Trump is a model demagogue.

But, alas, he is also the President of the United States…the most powerful man in the world! When we consider the fact that he is also a pompous ignoramus and compulsive liar who suffers from “Malignant Narcissism” and “paranoia,” we have a very dangerous situation. Perhaps the best way to understand the nature of the problem we face is to recognize that these are the same mental maladies that Adolph Hitler suffered from. (See:”On the Psychology of Hitler and Trump” by Dr. James McIntosh, https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2018/09/07/on-the-psychology-of-hitler-and-trump/

All of Trump’s pathologies were dramatically displayed during his Rose Garden speech to sign the budget bill, barely staving off another disastrous government shutdown the next day. His megalomania, paranoia, compulsive lying, abominable ignorance in tandem with brazen arrogance, bullying and atrocious manners of the sort one associates with “white trash, were clearly in evidence.

A content analysis of his speech will verify most of these claims, and watching his body language will testify to truth of my other criticisms. Throughout the speech politically astute friends and colleagues blew up my phone with expressions of shock and dismay at the cavalier trashing of truth by the President in favor of faux facts that strike his fancy.

Wearing the strained expression of a man with diarrhea of the mouth, trump spouted piles of poop from his pie hole posing as presidential pronouncements that bubble heads in the boonies will receive as the latest gospel from on high. He claimed spectacular successes in everything from bringing back mass manufacturing in America to raking in “billions” from his tariffs on Chinese goods, to averting nuclear war with North Korea and engaging in a Bromance with North Korean strongman Kim Jung Un.

Devious Donnie insisted that he has convinced his boy Killer Kimmie to scrap his nuclear arsenal, despite the assessment of US intelligence agencies which insist that Donnie is delusional; they have found no evidence that the Koreans have disarmed or scrapped a single missile! And, given the way the US just scrapped the nuclear treaty with Iran, despite all intelligence agencies in the US and Europe verifying that the Iranians have adhered to the treaty’s terms, why would Kim disarm? It is reasonable to assume the North Korean military would overthrow Kim if he attempted it.

It seemed no lie was too ridiculous to tell, no statistic too outrageous to manufacture, no verbal outrage beneath Fat Donald. This was most apparent in his obsession with Barack Obama, which appears to be getting worse; as his comments about the President that preceded him bear no relationship to easily verifiable truths and amounts to an “Obama Derangement Syndrome.”

For instance he accused President Obama of running up the worst debt in history and “I inherited a mess!” He also claimed the US economy was failing when he entered the Oval Office and “was going South fast.” The truth is that it was President Obama who inherited a mess, as the economy under the leadership of George Bush and the Republican Congress was in free fall, teetering on the brink of total collapse!

Barack saved the economy from what many economist predicted would be a worse crisis than the Great Depression of the 1930’s; which was also a Republican debacle! He single handedly rescued the auto industry while Republicans fiddled around prattling on about “free market” corrections. Not only did Barack rescue the economy and steer it away from catastrophe, but he promoted economic policies that created the longest period of Job growth in the private sector ever! This is the economy that Trump inherited, is still riding on, and shamelessly attempts to take credit for.

Alas, given the policies he is pursuing with record deficits caused by massive tax cuts to big corporations and wealthy individuals – which his family and friends will benefit mightily from – along with expanding the military budget and deregulating financial institutions, Trump is on the well worn Republican path to economic disaster!

But to hear Trump tell it, had he not arrived in the Oval Office when he did, the US economy would now be in chaos. Ironically, history has proven Jeb Bush – who I always figured for a well mannered mediocrity trading on the family name – to be something of a political prophet. “Trump is a chaos candidate…and would be a chaos president!” he said during the Republican primary. Lo and behold it has come to pass! The measure of the danger that confront Americans as I write is dramatized in the irrational blather Trump spouts as the world watches.

Nowhere do we observe Donny Dimwit’s flaws so clearly as when he is free stylin, rappin on without benefit of a written script. Here Trump’s Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia is self-evident to anyone who has read descriptions of the symptoms of these mental disorders in a published diagnosis signed by 70,000 psychiatrists and psychologists called “Duty to Warn.” For some bizarre reason, the major press organizations will identify Trump’s lies and ignorance but they will not discuss his mental illness. Yet one need not have any training in the mental health profession to identify it; hence refusal to name and claim it only adds to the confusion created by the web of lies, gross exaggerations and fiction routinely spouted by Trump whenever he speaks to the public.

For instance, what is the average citizen to make of a statement like this: “We’re gonna be leveling the playing field. The tariffs are hurting China very badly. They don’t want them and frankly if we can make the deal, it would be my honor to remove them. But otherwise, we are having very many billions of dollars pouring into our treasury; we have never had that before with China.” Is Trump so ignorant that he does not understand it is American consumers that buy China’s products who will pay the tax mandated by tariffs? Apparently so.

The purpose of tariffs is to discourage countries from selling their cheaper products in the US market in order to protect American industries from having to compete with them. It is not a tax paid to the American treasury as Trump argues. Forbes magazine, a leading financial journal, noted the President “showed a troubling lack of understanding about how the levies work.” Unfortunately, most Americans don’t read Forbes.

Hence between Trump’s genuine ignorance, malicious lies and mental illness it is impossible for ordinary people to distinguish fact from fiction. While the press has performed heroic service fact checking Trump, they have been pitiful cowards in candidly discussing his mental illness for fear of massive lawsuits. Yet in the interests of fairness it must be conceded that this is no picayune concern, given Dirty Donald’s litigious character, and the wishy washy position of the American Psychiatric Association on the validity of professional opinions rendered on subjects who have not been personally examined by the psychiatrist. This could place a news organization at legal risk.

However, journalists could get around this problem by always quoting from the authoritative statements of the doctors that signed the “Duty to Warn” statement. They can also point out that these are some of the most prominent people in the mental health profession, clinicians and scholars who have rejected the position of the APA. And they can show how he is acting out the behavior the doctors have described.

For instance, one need only look closely at Trump’s astonishing attempt to argue the case for himself being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. After boasting about the fact that the Prime Minister of Japan nominated him, he quickly added that “many others” also felt he merited the Nobel but “I probably won’t get it.” It was a poignant portrait of a pathological narcissist who thinks everybody is against him for no reason; the fact that he is an obnoxious Jackass apparently escapes his notice. It has since come to light that Trump asked the Japanese leader to place his name in nomination!

Trump’s gushing admiration for the Chinese leader – whom he refers to as “President Xi” – especially Xi’s comments about the death penalty for drug dealers, exposes his autocratic tendencies. And his decision to run around Congress and swipe funds ear marked for other purposes is further proof. But the most compelling evidence of Trump’s wanna-be dictator dreams is his brazen admission that: “I didn’t need to do this but I’d rather do it much faster.” In other words he cannot be bothered with the messy process of democracy, which is not surprising for a 71 year old man with no experience in public service civilian or military, who has spent his life running a small family company where his orders went unchallenged.

This is a damming admission that provides a powerful argument to his opponents, which could well bring about his defeat in the Federal Courts. The guy never learns! It is because of his unbridled mouth in a nationally televised interview on NBC where he admitted firing James Comey because he wanted to end the FBI investigation, which led to the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, whose investigations has resulted in indictments and guilty pleas of several of Trump’s closest associates and may well result in his impeachment.

He just does not know how to control his emotions or his mouth. Above all else, this scatter brained speech demonstrated that left to his own devices Donnie Dimwit will self-destruct. And, alas, if Congress and the courts don’t take measures to check him, this ignorant lying demagogue will wreck our democratic constitutional system of government.

Most often, as was the case today, these shocking exhibitions of megalomania are inspired by his obsessive envy of Barack Obama, whom I am convinced Devious Donald harbors deep seated feelings of inferiority towards…just as I had observed when we were in the boxing business and I witnessed him kissing Don King’s ass almost forty years ago. I think Donnie Duphus has an attraction/revulsion complex when it comes to outstanding black men who started out with nothing, yet rose to heights that he aspired to despite all his advantages of money, complexion and connections.

The Dons: Bunko Artists!

Master and Apprentice
I was on the Boxing Scene and Peeped their Hole Card!

Negotiating With the Great Sugar Ray Leonard

That Trump seeks to justify his unconstitutional State of Emergency by misrepresenting an Executive Order issued by President Obama demonstrates the extent to which he measures his presidency by the actions of the Obama Administration. Of course, the whole subject is way above the head of Trump’s followers – the hard core Trumpanzees – and the distinction between this and Obama’s Order is not understood by the public in general. Hence the subject is a fertile field for an amoral demagogue to sow his lies; it is the fact that such a man occupies the most powerful office in the world that constitutes the real state of emergency alas.

*** For an inside look at the relationship between Donald Trump and his Mentor Don King see: _”Game Recognizes Game” at: https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2017/01/06/game-recognizes-game/

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
February 19, 2019

The Quintessential Megalomaniac!

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags on February 10, 2019 by playthell

Trump Prattles On Under the Watchful Eye of Madam Speaker

Deluded Donald Opines on the State of the Nation

There was a palpable tension hanging over the chamber as guest walked into the House of Representatives, Nancy’s crib, to await the arrival of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the USA. Who is viewed by some Americans as the accidental President; the Moscow candidate from Russia with malice. While some believed this would be the occasion when Trump would show real presidential leadership and offer a path to bi-partisan cooperation in addressing the critical problems confronting our country, I remained skeptical.

Having first met him when he was trying to break into big time boxing in a big way, I still see Trump as the bullshit artist I knew back in the day. He had adopted a permanent lips to posterior posture with Don King – a black gentleman gangster/businessman from John D. Rockefeller’s home town Cleveland Ohio – who could make his dream of becoming a major player in the boxing game come true.* That’s when I peeped that this guy would stoop to anything in order to succeed. Since he was a grown man in his forties, with a fully formed personality, I am still adjusting to the fact that the shallow poot butt bunko I met in the boxing game is now President of the United States!

Since I have seen no convincing evidence that Trump has gone through an intellectual or moral metamorphosis, I viewed his speech from the perspective of my first impressions of the guy. I pegged him as a consummate bullshit artist spouting hyperbole and selling illusions…but I never believed the hype. Interestingly enough, that’s the same opinion his fellow Republicans held of him during the primary election when they were competing with Trump to become the party’s candidate for president.

They repeatedly called him an “amoral con man” who had no “core convictions,” a political chameleon whose allegiance is dictated by expedience; a life long Democrat who had used his celebrity as a television reality show host to hijack the Republican Party in an act of calculated political opportunism inspired by no higher aspirations than boosting the commercial value of the “Trump” brand, personal power and ego gratification. Alas nobody was more shocked and surprised about his win than “The Donald,” who understood as much about being President as a gorilla knows about playing Bach!

Viewed from this perspective Don The Con was true to form when Trump took the stump. The event was as cleverly staged as a Broadway show, with a carefully written script; human props designed to provoke applause when he called them out; a Tsumani of exaggerations and deceptions; half truths and blatant lies; and a well rehearsed reality show huckster who loves the limelight of center stage and all eyes on him. The central theme of the speech “choosing greatness” was perfect for a man afflicted by “Malignant Narcissism” and suffers from the delusion that he is the greatest at anything he undertakes. The Bunko began with his opening statement:

“We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential, as we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us, gathered in this great chamber, hoping we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation.”

Coming from the most vulgar partisan President to inhabit the White House in the more than half century that I have been seriously observing the antics of politicians, I recognized the con game had begun, and I prepared to be immersed in the avalanche of bullshit that was certain to follow. After repeating his standard promises to defend American jobs from export, protect American workers, provide cheaper and better health care, pursue a nationalist “America First” policy in foreign affairs, et al, Trump spouted his second applause line:

“There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage together to seize it. victory is not winning for our party, victory is winning for our country. this year, America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America’s vision and the power of American pride.”

Trump then quickly invokes one of his most reliable anecdotes: Tales of American military heroism. For a draft dodging coward, who faked his way out of serving in Vietnam with a bogus medical report bought by his father, Duphus Donald loves to ride on the military’s cool. Although he didn’t have the balls to serve, he had the unmitigated gall to publicly brag about how he was involved in a “private Vietnam” avoiding venereal diseases from all of the New York nookie he was getting – Playa! Playa! However Trump does not hesitate to associate himself with the views of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, a hero of World War iI and a former Republican President:

“In June we marked 75 years since the start of what Gen. Dwight Eisenhower called “the great crusade,” the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped from the skies, and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny. Here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes. Private first class Joseph Riley, staff sergeant Erving Walker — and sergeant Herman Zeitchik.”

This kind of presentation is bound to inspire vigorous applause from all quarters which, knowing the character of Devious Donald, was contrived to do just that. Paying homage to the heroism and sacrifice of the soldiers that performed these historic feats seemed a secondary consideration. This holds true for all of the guest that were honored during Trump’s speech; they were props designed to inspire applause. It was especially true in his choice of two black ex-cons he singled out for praise; he seems unable to find brilliant accomplished black Americans to celebrate although they are everywhere. First there was his favorite coon, Crazy Kayne, cuttin the fool before the world in the Oval Office, and now the jail birds. It was all phony baloney!

As was his fake enthusiasm about the dramatic increase of women in the work place, especially Congress, to which Democratic women in the chamber responded with applause as cynical as Trump’s acknowledgment. After several paragraphs of duplicitous calls for unity between the two parties, the possibility of which he has consistently trashed with his autocratic behavior, he now assumes the role of the great unifier:” We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.” After listening to Trump sing the virtues of political unity and cooperation between the two parties Nicole Wallace – a long time Republican strategist who played a key role in the McCain presidential campaign – commented: “He doesn’t mean a word of it.”

Democratic Women Responding to Trump

Freshman Firebrand Ocasio Cortez is in the Middle

During a rambling speech of over two hours Trump inflated his economic achievements, many of which are extensions of the Obama economy, which experienced the longest period of job growth in American history. For instance, he loves to point to the low unemployment rates for Afro-Americans. But economists have shown that the Afro-American unemployment rate was reduced by 9% under President Obama and only 1% under Trump. And equally questionable is the claim that: “My administration has cut more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure. companies are coming back to our country in large numbers, thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and regulations.”

But, alas, as Trump was making this claim Ford, America’s oldest car manufacturer, has announced plant closings and a massive layoff of workers due to rising costs and are planning to relocate plants outside the US. Ford CEO James Hackett offers this explanation for these decisions: “From Ford’s perspective the metals tariffs took about $1 billion in profit from us, the irony of which is we source most of that in the U.S. today anyway. If it goes on any longer, it will do more damage.”

This complaint about rising production costs is echoed by other companies and some, like a South Carolina TV manufacturer and a Missouri company that produces nails, stand in danger of going out of business altogether! And thousands of soy bean farmers have seen their market dry up as Chinese buyers turn to Brazil, and are now surviving on a US government farm support program from the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Added to these dangerous follies is the inconvenient fact that the tariffs are actually a tax on American consumers, because when the cost of Chinese products go up American consumers will be charged higher prices for commodities they want that are manufactured in China.

There are so many lies and obfuscations in Devious Donnie’s State of the Union Address, I think it wise to leave their correction to the legions of fact checkers who are working this story. Instead, I would rather clarify some important facts that were ignored in the speech. There can be little doubt, knowing how Trump loves to grandstand and his belief that he can sell anybody, that the President loves this forum. Here he can prance and preen before the cameras, playing to the cheap seats while running down a rap to the world with no fear of questions or instant fact checks.

Hence at no point do we get any hint about the most serious issues facing the nation, questions of life and death that range from the possibility of economic collapse at home to regional wars; the growing danger of nuclear conflict with strategic weapons; the encroaching destruction of our natural environment. Given the critical importance of these issues to the survival of modern civilization, or the human species, Trump’s indifference to them marks him as one of the worst grandfathers ever, despite his penchant for showing off his grandchildren.

Despite the self-congratulatory bullshit about his great economic success, the Trump Administration is following the blueprint for economic failure that guided the Bush administration’s policies – and has been the guide to repeated Republican failures. It is a well established pattern: A big tax give away to the rich; widespread deregulation of corporate activity; dramatic increases in military expenditures.

The Trump Tax cut has blown a hole in the federal budget by passing trillion dollar tax cut, raising the deficit to a historic height, and the Republicans will seek to reduce the deficit by cutting programs that benefit the poor and working classes. This attack on the safety net that protects the most vulnerable among us will give rise to a movement to check it as the people fight back.

Trump proudly asserted that “My administration has cut more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure.” Included near the top of the list of scrapped regulations are those passed under the Obama such as the Dodd-Frank Bill, and the Consumer Protection Bureau. These laws arose from the rubble of the great economic crash under President George W. Bush, a collapse that economist say would have been worse than the crash of 1929 which sparked the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

For instance, there is a nearly a unanimous agreement among economists and financial experts that had the 66 trillion dollar Credit Default Swap market failed, it would have created a financial crisis beyond the capacity of the Federal government to bail them out. That would have brought on the complete destruction of the capitalist system and ushered in unspeakable horrors which are nearly impossible to imagine and too ghastly to contemplate if we could.

Hence, like the laws passed during the Reconstruction period in the aftermath of the devastating Civil War that tore the nation apart, the laws regulating financial institutions are intended to put the system back together and prevent the disaster from happening again. Alas, Donald Trump and his band of swamp dwelling economic predators are enacting policies that could wreck the economy again.

Given Trump’s apparent ignorance of macro-economics and history, he does not understand that he is headed down a well worn path to economic crisis. And it is fairly certain that if he has not learned the lessons of the Bush Administration, Trump knows nothing of the role of the Smoot-Halley Tarrifs played in bringing about the Great Depression of the 20th century. This accounts for his reckless employment of Tariffs today, mistakenly believing he is boosting the US economy despite increasing evidence that the opposite is true.

Yet beyond the flirtations with domestic disaster, the Trump administration’s foreign policies also foreshadow impending catastrophe; especially in the Middle East, where they have given license to Israel and Saudi Arabia to do as they please in their domestic and foreign policy so long as they support American interests in the region. This stance will insure the rejuvenation of the Jihadist movement, especially it’s Al Qaeda and ISIS factions.

It will also further radicalize the Palestinian resistance, specifically the US decision to relocate it’s embassy in Jerusalem. Support for the Saudi Royal family and other tyrannical Arab Shieks is the reason America became a target of Al Qaeda, and uncritical biased support for Israeli government policies is the reason we have been targeted by other militant Islamic groups. Guided by hawkish policy wonks such as John Bolton and Elliot Abrams, from the now defunct Project For A New American Century, the cabal that convinced Bush to attack Iraq, the Trump Administration may well attack Iran and Venezuela, costing the nation more blood and treasure for dubious objectives.

But as horrid as they are, these are mere skirmishes from which we may be scarred but we will survive and even thrive. However that cannot be said should we we lose the battle to halt climate change, or blunder into a nuclear exchange with Russia or China. Alas, the decision of the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord may well push the earth’s deteriorating environment past the point of no return in the opinion of some scientists.

And Trump’s scrapping of the Intermediate Nuclear Arms Treaty, if not reversed, will surely lead to a new nuclear arms race with Russia and hasten mankind’s movement toward extinction. Anyone who thinks this is an alarmist position need only look at the Doomsday Clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which alerts us to the probability of nuclear destruction by positioning the hands of the clock relative to midnight, which is “Dooms Day.” At present they have placed the hand at two minutes to midnight!

This means that we are as close to nuclear war as we have ever been. In view of these realities alas, the State of our Union is unstable and the chances of our survival into the future is problematic at best. Of course, this is all above the head of Donnie Dimwit, who is far too dense to grasp these complexities. From all the rumors that constantly leak out of the White House and Oval Office, the guy cannot be educated because he has a very short attention span and hates to read, and cannot distinguish fact from fiction when he does.

This explains how he could ask in earnest: “Why hasn’t the National Enquirer won a Pulitzer Prize?” As I write he is arguing that the National Enquirer is “more accurate” than the august Washington Post!” For those who know and love great journalism this is blasphemy, dammed foolishness, the blathering of a half wit motor mouth…and that, thoughtful reader, is the unvarnished truth about the US President.

* For an up close look at the relationship between Donald Trump and Don King, see “Game Recognizes Game” at https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2017/01/06/game-recognizes-game/

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
February 10, 1019

They Finally Got Roger Stone!

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , on January 28, 2019 by playthell

The Master of Dirty Tricks Politics

Will Trump’s Ace Boon Coon Squeal?

Standing before the microphones in a short sleeve sports shirt Roger Stone, who had just stepped out of the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale Florida, took questions from the press about the seven count indictment that he had just been charged with and calmly pleaded his innocence – while a chorus of boisterous voices shouted “LOCK HIM UP! He seemed unusually relaxed for a man who had to put up a couple of hundred thousand bucks in order to walk out of the court house, where he had been dragged in shackles like a low life crook only a couple of hours before.

In fact, Roger seemed stone cold for a man whose plush home had just been raided by a heavily armed FBI SWAT team. Given Stone’s close and long standing friendship President Trump – 40 years and counting- a relationship he gleefully acknowledged in his response to the press, one wonders if his breezy confidence that he will escape any punishment for the crimes of which he is accused stems from the assurance that he will be pardoned if he stands strong and don’t “rat” Fat Donnie out.

Roger was tutored in the myriad deceptions and treacheries practiced by the churls and scoundrels that pollute the the practice of law and politics by Roy Cohn, the ruthless New York lawyer and political operator that served as legal counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy, chairman of the committee that conducted the notorious anti-communist witch hunt during the “Red Scare” mass hysteria of the 1950’s. A basic tactic of Cohn’s is to never admit error or culpability and attack your adversaries relentlessly.

We can clearly see this tactic being employed by Roger in his response to the Federal indictment against him; we also see this strategy at work in the tactics of Donald Trump when dealing with media critics and political opponents. This is because Cohn was also a major influence on Trump – who is still searching for Kohn’s replacement and in desperation has misplaced his faith in Rudy Giuliani alas – and Trump is Stone’s creation as a political actor. We can witness Trump’s metamorphosis from media savvy real estate huckster to President of the US in the deeply revealing documentary film “Get Roger Stone.” We also learn that Stone is a malicious maestro at conducting dirty political tricks.

We are shown how his career as a big-time political operative began with his work during the Nixon campaign, when he was a student activists at George Washington University. And Stone’s reverence for Nixon is verified by the tattoo of Nixon he wears on his back. Paul Manafort, the former Trump Campaign Chairman and longtime business partners with Stone, says Stone’s influence on Trump has been so thorough that they think and act alike. Their actions are so in sync it is difficult to separate the actions of one from the other Manafort declares.

That is a frightening thought, because the portrait of Roger stone that emerges from “Get Roger Stone” is of a cynical amoral cretin who adores the exercise of power, and privileges winning over morality or fair play. I remember thinking at the conclusion of the film that Roger Stone was the most amoral, corrupt, avaricious, vicious, malicious, person I had ever witnessed up close. The client list for the lobbying firm run by Stone and Manafort alone – Congo cleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko, Philiphine strong man Marcos, and a mobbed up real estate mogul Donald J. Trump for instance – would condemn them as point men for the devil.

Yikes! if Trump is Stone’s psychological clone we are in deep trouble I thought after viewing the film. To get an idea of crimes the US president may have conspired with Stone to commit, we need only consult the extensive indictment of Stone by the Mueller Grand Jury. And this is widely believed to be only some of the charges the Special Prosecutor’s Office is prepared to bring.

The carefully detailed 24 page indictment charges Stone with I count of obstruction of justice; 5 counts of making false statements to Congress; and I count of witness tampering. These are all felonious offenses that can send Mr. Stone to jail for the rest of his life if found guilty on all counts. The five counts for false statements in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001(a)(2) and 2. carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. The Obstruction of Justice violation under Title18, United States Code, Sections 1505 and 2. carries a max sentence of 5 years. And Witness Tampering -Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(b)(1). carries a max of 10 years.

Hence Roger Stone is facing a possible forty year incarceration in Federal Prison, which means that he would be 106 years old if he served all of his time! This is why Stone’s apparent nonchalance in the face of these charges are so puzzling and has many seasoned legal eagles and political pundits speculating that Stone is angling for a presidential pardon from his corrupt long time homie: The wannabe mob boss befouling the White House.

As I write, several days after Stone’s arrest in Florida, he was intensifying his attack on the legitimacy of the Mueller Investigation when he arrived in Washington for arraignment– a tactic right out of Roy Cohn’s playbook – while seeming to get a bit wobbly on whether he is willing to cooperate with the Special Prosecutor. Wise and devious old fox that he is, suspicions are rampart that Stone is messaging Trump through the mass media, letting him know that he is willing to button his lips and remain true to the mob code of Omerta, so long as Fat Donnie is willing to come to his rescue with a Pardon. We shall watch his moves with careful interests and will comment on them as developments warrant.

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See: 
Amy Goodman on the Documentary about the relationship of Roy Cohn, Stone and Trump
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/28/wheres_my_roy_cohn_film_explores
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
January 28, 2016

Air Traffic Controllers Can End Shutdown

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , on January 24, 2019 by playthell

Guiding Aircraft Safely Through America’s Skies

Walkout, Shutdown Air Traffic, Invoke 13th Amendment!

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

As I write, the government of the United States is paralyzed due to the erratic, reckless, dangerous behavior of Donald Trump; the mobbed up real estate mogul and Moscow Candidate who accidentally became the American president with heaps of help from his shady Russian friends. Trump’s actions are leading many Americans to openly call him “a traitor!”

An increasing number of Americans are saying this in the comment section below the You Tube video’s of news reports on Trump. When I am questioned about the claim that Trump is being controlled by Putin, who they believe is threatening to release the pee pee tapes of Russian whores partying with Trump in Moscow to wiki-leaks, I tell them it doesn’t matter because Trump is behaving like Putin’s pussy hence it becomes a distinction without a difference. If Trump were Putin’s Puppet, carrying out Putin’s policy objectives, what would he do?

Well, he would foment chaos in American society by instigating conflict between different groups of American citizens; use his bully pulpit to undermine the basis institutions upon which our democratic society functions; cripple the ability of the national government to carry out vital functions on every possible occasion, screw up government business, promote the break up of the European Community, and render the NATO alliance impotent. As I write Donald Trump is guilty of all these things.

At this very moment, a member of the FBI Agent’s Association is bitterly complaining, lamenting the fact the government shutdown is beginning to seriously prevent them from carrying out their duties defending this nation from terrorists attacks! Hence the suspicions of some longtime intelligence experts such as the former spy and bestselling author Malcolm Nance, that believe  Devious Donald is being “handled” by the KGB Colonel who presently rules Russia, is not without merit.

Alas, I have long argued that the Republicans – Grand Obstructionist Party – cannot govern. The evidence for this claim is everywhere; it’s omnipresent. This was not always so, but it has been increasingly the case since the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower during the 1950’s. Although some observers will correctly point out that the Republicans were also in power 90 years ago in 1929, when their policies led to the Wall Street crash that initiated the Great Depression which threatened the collapse of the international capitalist system. And despite the fact that scandals, racism, war and incompetence in economic matters have marked Republican governments over the past half century, this Republican Administration is well on the way to becoming the worst ever.

At present Trump has driven the ship of state onto the rocks by shutting down the government, and there is no change of course in sight. Having lived a life of wealth and privilege, Trump cannot relate to the millions of working class Americans whose lively hood he has taken away in a mindless temper tantrum brought on by his failure to persuade Congress to give him five billion dollars to build his vanity wall down on the Mexican border. Trump’s behavior exhibits all the symptom’s of the mental illness he has been diagnosed with by the 70, 000 psychiatrists and psychologists in the “Duty to Warn” group: “Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia.”

This being the case the workers cannot hope for a speedy conclusion to this crisis which the President has inflicted upon the nation, perhaps upon orders from Putin, because one of the symptoms of his illness is an inability to feel empathy for the troubles of others. Hence the workers must take matters into their own hands and by their collective actions force Trump to reopen the government.

Government Workers Assemble in Washington

Dastardly Donnie’s Victims Fighting Back!

In this effort, the group of workers best equipped to force Trump’s hands are the Air Traffic Controllers and TSA agents, who can bring all air traffic in the USA to a halt! Trump has been able to get away with his outrageous, inhumane, actions because most Americans have not been affected by it. Only the stalwart government workers that make our country run have suffered the slings and arrows of Dastardly Don’s scurrilous tactics. To put the matter succinctly, these workers should walk off the job! Those who oppose this course of action are quick to point out that it is illegal for these workers to strike because of their vital role in the American system.

I would argue that these workers are no longer bound by that contract because the government has violated their end of it. Aside from the fact that the government has violated the Labor Relations Act, by forcing Americas to work without pay for a month they are also in violation of the 13th Amendment. As is clear from the epigraph above, “Involuntary labor” is expressly forbidden in the Constitution.

The clarity of this Amendment speaks to it’s origin, which was in the aftermath of the Civil War when slavery had been abolished by executive order but the former slave masters were rapidly creating new systems of forced labor such as share cropping and “chain gangs.” It was clear that they would institute systems which would allow them to exploit black labor under conditions as close to slavery as possible.

That’s why the 13th Amendment expressly forbids slavery and involuntary servitude. Fortunately, lawyers for American Federation of Government Employees, which represents most of these workers, have filed a suit in federal court in which they are seeking relief from involuntary servitude by arguing that the government ordering them to work without pay is a violation their Constitutional rights. However,  union spokesman for the Airline workers are openly warning that the government shutdown is beginning to pose a real and present danger to air travel in chilling language, and some are suggesting that they should all walk out in a general strike!

I agree, let’s see how the public reacts when they are forced to share the pain along with government workers. When they recognize the consequences that has forced the FBI Agents Association to warn the nation that their field agents cannot do their work, of keeping the nation safe due to the lack of funding in a dysfunctional government.  I say to all government employees walk off the job! I say this despite the fact that I need my social security check to arrive on time; but I believe we must fight back against that charlatan and wannabe martinet that befouls the Oval Office. I’m steeled in the fires of struggle, trained for trouble, and ready to rumble!

Let’s see how long the Mango Mussolini can survive a general strike of government employees that he instigated by his reckless ruthless behavior? However we must be aware that Dirty Devious Donald might use the strike to declare a state of National Emergency, which he is itching to do. My next commentary will address the perils posed for the nation should Trump declare a state of emergency.

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
January 14, 2019

Blues For Brother Zach

Posted in Cultural Matters, On the Passing Of Brother Zach, Playthell on politics with tags , , on November 5, 2018 by playthell

Zach as Student Leader at Columbia

On The Passing of a Tireless Freedom Fighter

Upon hearing that the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy had passed, the novelist Gorky said on behalf of other Russian writers whom Tolstoy had inspired:”Now… we are all orphans.” That is how many of us feel who recognize, and often relied upon, Brother Zach’s leadership; he was indefatigable in his efforts to uplift and advance the interests of the Black community. He seemed to be anywhere and everywhere, anytime and all the time, lending his considerable talents to a wide array of causes 24/7. More often than not he did it pro-bono, which is the truest measure of commitment.

Brother Zach was what they called “Race Men” in the 20th century, the century that shaped him and defined his values. And he has planted positive seeds in many places that will bear fruit to nourish the minds and spirits of generations yet unborn. With his ever present smile and heroic optimism in the face of persistent adversity, he was one of a kind.

Over the course of what has turned out to be a fairly long and eventful life, I have traveled over the ocean seas, and resided for nearly half a century in this grand metropolis at the center of the world. It sometimes seems that I have met every variety of human being and spoke to everybody twice, thus I am certain that I have met a representative sample of what humanity has to offer.

Yet I have never met a better man than Brother Zach, and I am certain that I never will. As our Ibo ancestors – whose prolific and profound proverbs appear to have encapsulated all the world’s wisdom regarding the human condition and the vicissitudes of life – would say on this question: “A better man than Zachary Husser has not been born….and his mother is dead.”

When I heard Brother Zach had danced and joined the ancestors, I was devastated. I had just hung out with him a few weeks ago and he seemed healthy as a race horse, moving in triple speed running hither and yon as was his habit. He was a man on a permanent mission, a man who lived a purpose driven life. One need only look at his Face Book page in order to see a catalogue of the myriad activities that he was involved with. It caused the thoughtful observer to wonder when he slept…or just chilled.

Yet despite the fact that he was always in the trenches did not make him bitter or depressed. Like the blues, Zach understood that life could be a low down dirty shame…but we had to keep on swinging anyway. It was this irrepressible spirit embodied in the blues that enabled the Afro-American people to keep our souls in tact in the face of the horrors of American racism.

Hence Zach always had a ready smile; whose incandescence was made the brighter when contrasted with his regal ebony hue. He was – as the brilliant 18th century Afro-American scientist Benjamin Banneker described himself in a letter to Thomas Jefferson introducing a mathematical treatise authored by himself – “a negro of the deepest dye.”

There was a grandeur about him that reminded me of the ancient Ethiopian King Menelek the II, and a benevolence worthy of a saint. I cannot remember a time when Brother Zach was not in good spirits and convinced that if we just kept the faith and continued the struggle…victory is assured!

Hence the question before us now is how do we remember such a grand spirit? How should we honor and celebrate him? Well, first we must approach the task with humility given the gravitas of the subject. I have searched for words sufficiently poetic and profound to describe the debt we owe for his service to us. And more importantly how do we pay it.

Although words are my game, they sometimes desert me when the gravitas of a subject is such it challenges the power of words to describe – even if one relies on the poetic treasure trove manifest in language of Shakespeare, Gwendolyn Brooks, The King James Bible, Zora Neale Hurston, Chaucer and James Weldon Johnson. Now is such a time.

However, knowing Zach as I do – and I knew him very well – I think we will honor him best by continuing the fight for the things he fought for since he was one of the leaders of the historic student strike at Columbia University as a teenager.*  He would no doubt have smiled at the many good things that will be said of him, but joining the struggle is the best way to keep his spirit alive. His works will live on because great works, whether in literature or life….will long endure. 

This Struggle Attracted National Leaders

Chillin On the Beach

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* To read about the Columbia University Strike see:
https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2018/06/10/the-real-vanguard/

Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem

November 6, 2018