We hold these truths to be self evident

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too highly.”

-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (1776)


“Give me your tired, your poor/

Your huddled masses yearning to break free/

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore”

-The Statue of Liberty (Emma Lazarus)


“This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of wage slavery worse than the first. Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master.”

-Mary Lease


“If not us, who? If not now, when?”

-Ronald Regan


“Fellas get used to a place, it’s hard to go. Fellas get use’d to a way of thinking, it’s hard to leave.”

-ex-Rev. Casy, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


“My feets is tired, but my soul is at rest.”

-Rosa Parks on her weariness


“…So the question then is not whether we will be extremists, but what kinds of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?”

-Martin Luther King Jr., The Birmingham Letters 


“The Last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right thing for the wrong reason.”

-T.S. Elliot


“Speak softly and carry a big stick [and] you will go far.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


“[history] … to preserve from decay the remembrance of what men have done.”

Herodotus  (father of history)


“O Liberty! What crimes are committed in your name!”

– Marie-Jeanne Philippon Roland on the steps of the guillotine


“Without a vision, the people perish.”

-Proverbs 29:18


sally-hemmings

3-jefferson-ave

https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-sally-hemings-brief-account

http://www.biography.com/people/sally-hemings-9542356#rumors-and-scandal

Dulce et Decorum Est

“Now, I see that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it was in the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opoku Ware I, chiefs would not sit down to see their king to be taken away without firing a shot. No European could have dared speak to chiefs of Asante in the way the governor spoke to you this morning. Is it true that the bravery of Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you, the men of Asante, will not go forward, then we will. We, the women, will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight! We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.”
-Yaa Asentewaa 
“Beware the fury of the patient.”
Buddha
“I can hear you. The rest of the world can hears you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon.”
George W. Bush, in a megaphone to 9/11 rescue workers
“He who sheds his blood with me today is my brother.”
William Shakespare 
“…Fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of Manself, and this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
“…Together we shall save our planet, or together, we shall perish in it’s flames.”
J.F.K on nuclear disarmament
“Though Gods they were, as men they died.”
Francis Beaumont, On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey

Dulce et Decorum Est
Wilfred Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, Stephen Kinzer – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-brothers-stephen-kinzer/1114258463?ean=9781250053121#productInfoTabs

The Killing Series, Bill O’Reilly – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/killing-the-rising-sun-bill-oreilly/1123477126?ean=9781627790628#productInfoTabs

Omar Fast – http://www.art21.org/artists/omer-fast

Catch 22 – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065528/

A Solider’s Story – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088146/

Cat’s Cradle – https://www.amazon.com/Cats-Cradle-Novel-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/038533348X

Being Mortal Book Review

“Tell your secret to the wind, but don’t blame it for telling the trees.” – Kahlil Gibran

 

Working with

two badass

females

consultants and lawyers

Who

Showed Me

What They Could

 

Busing tables and bearing witness

to senior abuse at the nursing “home”

Bearing Abuse from

Vets With

Missing

Limbs

War Heros

Torn Ligaments

Who only knew my name

When it was

Nigger And Girl

They remembered my cousin’s

 

She made them.

 

American Seniors

never live alone

When they do,

that’s where they pass.

 

Neighbors don’t talk

They didn’t even know

What happened as you aged

In this modern world

With no

Children

One Son

Two Daughters

One Daughter

Two Sons

 

Almost Eternal Youth

Themselves

Who

Were

Warned

To Hire Help

And Prioritize

 

Raising their own fa mi lie s

Succeeding in their declining lives Career

 

Over

Being present for their babies

And so cannot Raise their grandparents

A business of its own

 

When your sooo fucking old

You pack memories into ice

turn them this way

And that

Smoking clove cigarettes and swindling colors

Was all you ever learned to do well.

 

Still can’t bring yourself to care

Because you don’t really  want to remember

 

The Pain

Of

What

Freedom

Felt

Like

 

Ancient old women

Who knit afghans

And whittle pottery

 

And doodle nonsense

And murmur stories

to the wind

 

I felt dementia In My Mind

Walked Into A Room

Stared for minutes

Couldn’t

Remember

What I came

For

But still though poems

Googled think pieces

 

Ancient Old Men

Do what they can

to stay virulent

Still leer at young

cats

Pick fresh

pickles

But Who

Will listen to you babble?

The partner

You Never Found

Died of Boredom

From

Your

Bullshit

And the One

You’ve Always Had

Already

memorized

Every one of your stupid ass stories

 

I almost always respected my elders,

Especially

when I knew they were wrong.

 

The Cult of You (th)

Infected almost the entire world

Neu Visions for aging

And

Stemming Dying

As Well

 

You can re-mix being old

as much as you want

you still old

As Hell

Can you remember the days of your youth?

When you were careless and free? Too careless, too free,

 

We

Sometimes

Listened \\

To

Our

Elders

 

But knew

Age is but a number

You can’t up add

At a glance

 

I was the only one counting

The 40 virgins stay being crusty old men

 

Wealthy Billionaires

Enjoy

Your

[         ]

As the

Twilight

Dawns

And

Cataract’d Eyes

Dim

 

The

Illegitimate

Houses of

Scheming

Selfish

Queens

And Their

Abusive

Mad

Kings

 

Are Always Destined

To Reign

Themselves

Into

The

Ground

 

https://www.amazon.com/Being-Mortal-Medicine-What-Matters-ebook/dp/B00JCW0BCY

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405422/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchorman:_The_Legend_of_Ron_Burgundy

https://www.verywell.com/age-related-diseases-2223996

http://www.embarrassingproblems.com/problem/wind/farting-belching-reasons

http://changingaging.org/author/wthomas/

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Cersei_Lannister

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Baratheon

http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes

http://www.hhnmag.com/articles/7560-hospitals-expanding-their-global-reach