I was standing in front of the U.S. Post Office gathering signatures for candidates when a Vietnam Veteran came up and said he could not dignify any candidate with his vote because they were all for illegal wars and maintaining poverty of the We The People, and on and on for five minutes. Then I said: did you ever think that by not voting against the people that are doing evil things you are in fact perpetuating those evil things? He said ohhh…..

 

When Carl went into the legislature he was very lucky to have his Uncle Rep. Jim Trujillo to show him the ropes. It takes at least a year at best to really get comfortable in the role. Andrea is actually having a triple whammy against her: she is young, a woman and defeated an incumbent. The N.M. Legislature is like a club and you can not violate three off its rules off the bat and not be shunned. She will need a mentor and perhaps the PAC groups can supply this or else it will be a waste of two years.  The above based on just shy of 50 years of observation.

In District 46 we may need the Archbishop to conduct a Reconciliation Mass. Before it was Trujillo vs. Romero there was Aamodt and easements, and the Entrada and the Onate Fiesta. Then throw in some drugs and addiction, with lots of poverty……

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I keep hearing that Trump has ridden a wave of Populism into the White House (he has started his election campaign some six months ago).  But I just don’t believe it, and wanted to write something to dispute this.  I feel he is as Populist as Hitler was—whereby people so desperate because of opiodes, inflation and job losses are willing to turn to anything to numb the pain.

From James Vickers (so often ahead of the curve on these things): I keep seeing attempts to conflate Nationalism and Fascism, with Populism. They’re not the same.

pop·u·lism [póppyə lìzzəm]
noun
1. politics unfavorable to elite: politics or political ideology based on the perceived interests of ordinary people, as opposed to those of a privileged elite
2. focus on ordinary people: focus or emphasis on the lives of ordinary people, e.g. in the arts and in politics

Nothing wrong with this. But this article reminds me of something I posted the other day. Trump is “enabling” or “emboldening” deplorable, prejudiced people, to do things they would not have done until Trump encouraged and pumped up their racism. They’re calling the cops on black people for innocuous things they would not have normally done. A border agent literally murdered a girl the other day. And I’m sure their acts will continue.
Nationalism–
na·tion·al·ism [náshən’l ìzzəm, náshnə lìzzəm]
noun
1. desire for political independence: the desire to achieve political independence, especially by a country under foreign control or by a people with a separate identity and culture but no state of their own
2. patriotism: proud loyalty and devotion to a nation
3. excessive devotion to nation: excessive or fanatical devotion to a nation and its interests, often associated with a belief that one country is superior to all others

Definition #3 is the one most to fear. We see these two are nothing alike.

Conflating them serves the power elite, who don’t want populism. They’ve nearly killed it so they want to portray it as some horrible thing, like patriotism on crack. Populism is simply putting human needs above the corporation and trying to help all people, not just the already comfortable.

fas·cism [fá shìzzəm]
or Fas·cism [fá shìzzəm]
noun
dictatorial movement: any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors the dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism
This final one is what we have, the conflation of government and corporate power–and of course, corporations are pretty much owned by the rich. The poorest 50% of us own very little–next to nothing.

 

Populism is a good thing. Sadly, when you use it by saying “these foreigners/blacks/Mexicans/Immigrants are getting this thing and it is keeping you from getting it,” and enough people believe it, then it is what you cite, false populism used to manipulate.

Real populism lifts everyone up, and it does not compare and blame other groups.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-effect-new-study-connects-white-american-intolerance-support-authoritarianism-ncna877886

The picture used for this article shows a blonde White woman at a Trump rally with a t-shirt saying: “adorable deplorable” in reference to Hillary Clinton’s comment during the campaign.

de·plor·a·ble [di pláwrəb’l]
adjective
1. extremely unacceptable: worthy of severe condemnation
2. wretched: wretched because of neglect, poverty, or other misfortune

a·dor·a·ble [ə dáwrəb’l]
adjective
very pleasing: charming, lovable, and usually very attractive

I think this is the perfect oxymoron.

There are rich people like Trump who believe that what is good for them is good for the little guy. They see themselves as “Gods.” As the producers of all things.  Trump used “false populism.”  He pretended to want to help the little guy.   Nationalism tinged with racism and xenophobia, and an added dose of fear. Thom Hartmann on his Radio show is recounting the things they need to do to raise Fascism in a country today.

Trump isn’t practicing populism. He’s trying to pretend to–he’s put a few meager tariffs on a few things, without taking steps to correspondingly raise wages from the bottom-up. I’ve always admitted if you get rid of globalizing you’re going to need to raise wages too. Things will cost more, though there is a certain constraint. Trump seems to be seeking another way to collect taxes that will be regressive. But the idea should be to raise tariffs across the board where it will be cheaper to just manufacture stuff here.

Populism is people friendly, not color, religion, or nationality friendly. Trump is the latter. He practices the fake kind.

 

Media.

Where do I start?

Trumpsters would all want me to say it is all “Fake News.”  The Lame Stream Media (LSM).

Constitutionalists would all want me to say it is the “Fourth Estate” of government keeping checks and balances on the other three branches (not to be confused with the “Fifth Column” that Hitler used to advance his Reich).

Journalists all want me to say it is a noble profession.

Media empires would all want me to say it is all independent.

Watchdog groups all want me to say it is all tied up into five giant corporations.

So what is the truth?  The truth being the main commodity of a perfect media system.  The truth being a essential element of “trusting” any media system.

I started to write down all the issues I wanted to address and found many of them in this Jimmy Gore Youtube video:

On the Thom Hartmann Radio Show on May 21, 2018, Ex-Evangelist Frank Schaeffer is on ripping Moron Christians for thinking Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy, Iran War and Korean War will bring about the 2nd Coming of Christ….the End Times, the Rapture, Armageddon……

Here is the Video:

So the summary is: “Ralph Reed, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Dr. Dobson basically cut a deal with Trump.  The deal being we will put up with all your philandering, your three marriages, your multiple affairs, paying off porn stars, your lies, your discrimination, your bogus University, your six bankruptcies, your claims about wealth you don’t have, your failings to file tax returns with the public and let them know what you’ve got; we’ll put up all of that, as long as you do a couple of things for us.  We want: 1) We want Anti-abortion judges at the federal level across the board; 2) We believe in the prophesies of Scripture being fulfilled only if Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, the Jews control most of Judean Sumaria, what was the old territories—and as long as you let your Foreign Policy, as it comes to the Middle East, be directed by Christian Zionism, presented by people like Reverend Hagee in Houston and Reverend Hasperus, who is now an advisor to the President; we will go along with what ever else you want to do.  We don’t care about the economy, because the economy doesn’t matter when the World is ending; we don’t care about the wars you will get into, because that all looks like Biblical Prophesy to us—-like the End Times; we don’t believe in Global Warming or any earthly things, bring it on because the World is ending.  You just do our agenda and we’ll back you; and they continue to do that.  They did it with Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile.  ‘No problem’ as long as you maintain our Agenda.”     Is this a bridge too far for humanity?

Frank Schaeffer, former Evangelical leader in the 1970-80’s explains how white evangelicals in the United States put “faith” before country, before human rights, in making a “Devil’s Bargain” to support Donald Trump despite his less than Christian actions, for a handful of policy and power goals, namely moving the United States embassy into deputed Jerusalem, all of this to bring about the end of days foretold in the book of Revelations, Armageddon!

This is based on Frank Schaeffer’s book Letters to Lucy, a book on how Evangelist Christians have failed modern society (the title coming from how he as a former Evangelist Christian leader can ever explain this failing to his young daughter Lucy): https://frankschaefferblog.com/letters-to-lucy-chapter-1-read-free/

Many of my Catholic Parish members say that back in 2016 they recognized Trump as the Anti-Christ because he would come in a human form and say things that weak Christians could not resist, so they would follow him and defend him to the end.  It didn’t matter how stupid or evil it sounded, because he had a magical power over them.

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Wow!

Some say that: bible teaching is a mirror; whatever you want to believe you can find support for it.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/there-s-a-sinkhole-on-the-white-house-lawn-20180523-p4zgxm.html

I think this is a City-wide (even affecting Santa Fe County areas) crisis with the estimate being 2-5,000 people. Part of the problem is that it is a known fact that people in Santa Fe are very generous and homeless across the country are coming here. A few of my friends from Homeless Provider agencies say their clients say they make between $100-300 a day begging at the various shopping centers and street corners. I have seen them go into Del Norte Credit Union to exchange wads of 1 dollar bills into $100. With the Santa Fe River Trail construction from Siler to Frenchy’s about 100 people were displaced from camps. The new Mayor says he is aware of the situation.

Now we have native (little n) homeless people that are on the street because of mental health issues and we need more services. They are often violent with family members and family members have put them out by advice of the police. We have Native People from the surrounding Pueblos where their home communities have “put them out” because of mental health and drug issues. Seems like we need a County-side symposium on how to deal with this issues.

We still have veterans with PTSD on the street. Instead of warring across the world—we should take care of them.

An accurate head count would help. Plus maybe moving those barracks at the old College of Santa Fe campus (that the state was destroying)to a neutral location would help.

Homeless people

In 1950, the N.M. State Highway Department did a report for the City of Santa Fe and found that the biggest problems were: 1. No downtown parking, 2. No effective arterial streets meeting collectors (moving traffic), and 3. No bypass around the City. So 68 years later except for the bypass we have the same problems…..

Too often City Hall dismisses the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) neighborhood associations as wanting nothing in their neighborhoods or in trying to stop “progress” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_Without_Growth).  This is really a cheap shot.

From T.L., Agua Fria Village:
If J.S. is involved, watch out.  He is a former city land use planner who works for development interests.  He goes after maximum density. Once people get a maximum dollar figure in their heads, it is extremely difficult for them to back down, even though what is being requested is a zoning change to which they are not automatically entitled. Anything less than what they want becomes seen as a loss out of their own pocket rather than a refusal to grant extra profit.  They will fight very hard to keep their perceived entitlement (not all of us can attend the Early Neighborhood Notification [ENN] meeting tonight, so this is all I can offer).

Echoing what T.L. said about hiring a Land Use Planner, the retainer is $25,000 and the meter starts running….then he hires a Traffic Planner, a terrain management engineer, archaeologist, architect, ad developer, attorney, surveyor—it goes on and on. It must be CASH because no banks are lending on this stuff. The Blue Buffalo developers at El Rio at the Ecoversity campus said that they had spent over $300,000 out of pocket in the first year and had no choice but to develop to recoup their investment (losses because they lost). They said that they wished they had met with the neighborhood BEFORE the ENN because if they had seen the opposition they never would of proposed the project.  Former City Councilor Karen Heldmeyer had a two part ENN—one as soon as they filed an application with the city and a second one 1-12 months later. This first meeting was eliminated by developers and attorneys in Chapter 14 of the Land Use Code so as to save developers time (and ultimately get attorneys more business when filing appeals for the developers).

Opinion on Community:

There are two types of people in this world: one that has a sense of community, a sense of place; and then those who basically don’t. A person with a sense of community wants to help others in their home community out of respect and comradeship, or even love.   A person with a sense of place (or querencia in Spanish) is motivated to preserve such a place out of a respect for the environment or Mother Earth. When you have this respect you are less likely to throw trash out the window of your auto, or perpetrate violence against others, or steal in your home community. You are in fact, a better citizen; a better person.

Who teaches you these values? Family, school, religion and culture/acequia. This is tradition and history; which are two values not of importance in our fast-paced lives.

There are benefits of having extended-family in your community. To have a grandparent’s sense of culture and tradition molding a grandchild. Walking between houses of your relatives and not complete strangers. Knowing that if for any of your bad deeds relatives would not be that far away to catch you. You have to be a better person. Then one day you too receive some property in the tradition of Family Transfer, the Santa Fe County’s legal term for it. It makes it possible to create a family compound.

People with a sense of community pick what is true and worthwhile and not just what is new and popular. The slow pace of life is actually a quality of life; more than any money can buy. Feeling like you are a part of a bigger something, a community, a life-style—not of the ‘rich and famous’ but of We The People. A life-style of taking joy in the simplicity and pride in the tradition. Having fun and slowing down; what a novel concept in our dog-eat-dog world!

So the rural nature of a place gets into your psyche and you dislike change. You are connected to the soil, water, air and space. You see in the land the cycle of life: the renewal of spring, the beautiful days of activity and summer, the bountiful harvest of fall and the resting of a winter. You understand the ecosystem without exploitation. You respect the land and the environment because it is what brings you happiness and true wealth. It brings you the true value of life.

Those without a sense of community often have a ‘transitory perspective.’ They are not connected to place—because places are not loyal to them. Places to them are without soul, significance and real meaning. These are often people who have bought a house as an investment for retirement—a stepping stone (according to IRS regulations) to an even larger house—on down the road. Houses are not homes to them; just money, ready to be cashed out at any time when opportunity knocks.

People with a sense of community are there to spend the rest of their lives there. Often, their parents and grandparents, and so forth; came from this same community. They want to raise their children and grandchildren there in a home community. They honor their predecessors and patrimony. They really don’t know a complete life without their community. They have no concept of the rape and pillaging of the land that are necessary for the psyche of a developer or speculator. Their motivations are being with family and just getting by. Not swindling, extortion, sales, bravado, risk-taking, or bait and switch that Wall Street, banking or Real Estate careers demand and exact from the soul.

In 2015, we have the phenomena of a Donald J. Trump presidential candidate, who rode the “You’re Fired” meme to a bizarre and hopeless stardom. We have the television shows of: Shark Tank and Keeping up with the Kardasians; which all highlight these meaningless lives of excess and cruelty to your fellow man as a way to “get ahead” and be the best. It is a worship of money. All these things are false idols.

But fret not if you don’t still live in the home community of your birth. You can be a part of a new community by respecting tradition and not trying to change it.

 

I also wrote about it here:

https://williamhenrymee.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/the-housing-crisis/

 

Part of creating a solution is discussing it and seeing how it even arose. I testified in the 1985 Affordable Task Force meetings and clearly nothing there was to the politicians likings (they like the payoff, or campaign contributions), and instead they continued down the same path.  This is a problem in every major city in the US (San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin, Denver, LA).

“How to Kill a City” is written about here:

https://williamhenrymee.wordpress.com/?p=3120&preview=true

There are also a lot of lessons on “development for development’s sake” here:
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/reader-view-a-plan-for-the-river-corridor/article_d86a835e-be4b-59e0-8358-d14fdbb69bcc.html.

Donald Trump’s LOST HIS MIND:

He seriously signed an order to GUT the U.S. Postal Service!!

Trump has a lot of terrible ideas, but this one is just OUTRAGEOUS.

It affects YOU and every single American. So we need you to step up now.

So we need 2O,OOO people to sign on this week to SAVE the Postal Service!! Add your name now:

X William Mee
Save the Postal Service >>

The U.S. Postal Service is responsible for transporting letters, postcards, and parcels to millions of Americans every single day.

And if Trump gets his way, bills, magazines, packages and other important letters could stop being delivered any moment now. SERIOUSLY!

It’s up to us to STOP Trump before it’s too late.

So please sign our petition to save the postal service:

https://go.boldpac.com/Save-the-USPS

— BOLD Democrats

Republicans want to Destroy the Post Office