Sunday Reads: A tRump Wall Along the Trail of Tears…

 

 

 

Tuesday was like an emotional whiplash, driving to practice…I was crying for songs I heard on the radio, songs that really were not the kind to get weepy over. (I mean, John Mellencamp’s Check it Out?)

From Ellijay to Dalton, the original Trail of Tears…

 

Home of James and Joseph Vann, on the Chieftains Trail in Nortthwest GeorgiaI take a route that follows the exact path of the Trail of Tears, even passing by Chief Vann House that sits atop a hill overlooking a four corner stop that is home to two gas stations and a used car lot. This grand house that once belonged to James Vann, a member of the Cherokee elite. It was built in 1804…and in 1819 President James Monroe spent the night in this home of Cherokee honor. The Vann family continued to live there until February 1835, when James Vann’s eldest son Joseph…and his family were forcibly removed. Imagine, a family whose home once hosted the President of the United States, forced from that home by a different President…sixteen years later. And who was that President? Andrew Jackson, of course.

1830

  • Jackson authorizes Indian Removal Act of 1830.

1835

  • Jackson signs Treaty of New Echota with unrecognized leaders of Cherokee Nation, which allows him to force the Cherokees to move to land in what is now Oklahoma. 4,000 Native Americans die on this journey, also known as the Trail of Tears.

I wonder if Jackson would have called the number of deaths due to his Trail of Tears, “fake news” if Twitter was around back then?

But back to what I was saying….

While following this path of sorrow and death, that is constantly in my thoughts as I drive, I think about the horrors the Cherokee experienced so many years ago.

I think about the irony, that not a half a mile away from the Vann house, along the original route….the original round up route, there is this sign. Blatant. Hate filled. Disgusting.

You should see the other side of this sign, the tRump is surrounded by “patriotic” colored “bricks” of red, white and blue…to make a symbolic wall.

Yes, on this Trail of Tears, there is a wall of support for tRump. The twist of the screw is painful. This tRump supporter is so deplorable, he puts up a sign expressing bigoted racist views, on a road that many years ago…thousands of Native Americans died on while they were rounded up and kicked out of their own country.  And the frosting, the person responsible for this horrendous Act, is the one President that tRump admires most.

On Tuesday, it seemed to truly come into focus.

It was an anniversary, thousands were killed 17 years ago. The death totals from Hurricane Maria were finally making news, in fact it would only be a matter of 36 hours before tRump would tweet this disgusting shit:

 

 

There was only a sliver of a moon on Tuesday, it was the same orange color as the other bright star in the sky…Mars. The road was pitch black. I could see nothing at all, except for the area that my headlights illuminated. I was startled to see a horse and rider coming towards me on the right hand side of the road. This original road marking the Trail of tears.

The horse and the rider were all dark, nothing alerted me to their presence except for the whiteness of the rider’s bare feet. I know it is strange but those white bottoms of a shoe-less rider hit me like a slap across my face. The horse, saddled…not bare backed. The rider fully dressed including a cowboy hat, but riding barefoot? And my headlights reflecting back to me the whiteness of the soles of his feet.

The darkness surrounding this Trail of Tears. The darkness of the day, September 11th. The hate filled sign of a tRump Wall and an American Flag.  It seemed to echo back to the sliver of a blood orange moon…was it waning or waxing? I am so tired of the months that go by…watching everything going to hell. I just want to sleep. No more, please, no more.

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread…please post links to worldly events below.

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50 Comments on “Sunday Reads: A tRump Wall Along the Trail of Tears…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Here are a few tweets:

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

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  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    And lastly, this tweet, which is the most disturbing thing I have seen, in like a week:

  6. NW Luna says:

    On the “Presidential Emergency” alert text cell phone message —

    Here is more info from FEMA — Scroll down and click on FAQs. You can’t opt out and you can’t block it. However, you can shut off your phone to escape it. Allegedly it’s a generic emergency alert testing text message and not anything personal from Orange Caligula. Not that it could be abused for his own ends, oh no.

    https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

    • dakinikat says:

      I’ve been trying to find a way to block it until he’s comfortably settled into hell, a straight jacket, or a jail cell. I do not want a pussy grabbing emotional abuser to have access to my phone.

      PERIOD>

      • NW Luna says:

        As far as I can tell from reading the official FEMA info at link above it can’t be blocked. But if your phone is switched off, you won’t get the message.

        … will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

        Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

        Yeah, it pisses me off too and I don’t put it past Trump to make evil use of what should be a neutral warning system.

        • quixote says:

          I turn off my phone all the time. (I hate phones.) Any messages just stack up and come in when the phone is turned on again.

          Does this one from the serial abuser have some kind of flag set not to just sit there and get you later?

          And speaking of messages from the Abuser: how have they managed to muzzle him since the Manafort plea? That was Thursday. Not a whine or a golf outing since. I’m convinced the generals tackled him and wrestled him into a straitjacket.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I’m definitely turning mine off if they don’t back down on this.

  7. dakinikat says:

    My senators are galactic sized assholes … this one is the worse

  8. NW Luna says:

  9. dakinikat says:

    I really have issues with old white men … I seriously don’t want to interface with most of them.

  10. dakinikat says:

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Did you see this from Politico? They’re basically saying every man is a rapist.

    A lawyer close to the White House said the nomination will not be withdrawn.

    “No way, not even a hint of it,” the lawyer said. “If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.”

    • dakinikat says:

      Some times I catch myself thinking that’s the case …

    • NW Luna says:

      Yes, they can all be accused of something, but if there is time for due investigation, and they really haven’t done anything they don’t need to worry.

      But then anyone associated with Trump probably has something ugly like this in his background.

    • Old Guy says:

      Rapist? No. Guilty of at least sexual harassment? Probably. More than half.
      Sexual assault short of rape or attempted tape? Probably about half.
      That is based on the people I know.

      And statistics I have read. What does the FBI estimate? Can’t remember, they are easy to look up. Per cent of women who are victims are pretty high. Per cent of men guilty would be about the same.

  12. dakinikat says:

    The Subtext of Kavanaugh’s Nomination Bursts Into the Open
    A sexual-assault allegation against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee brings the fight over gender and power to the fore.

    3:58 PM ET
    Garrett Epps
    Professor of constitutional law at the University of Baltimore

    The last scene of the horror story that is President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination is what any screenwriter would have predicted: a cast of panicky strangers trapped in a haunted house, trying desperately not to say the words that will loose a monster hiding in the walls.

    That monster is sex—gender, women’s rights—as lived in America in 2018. From the beginning, gender, and nothing else, is what this confirmation struggle has been about. The nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981, the first female justice, was a milestone for many women; in 1993, that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist trailblazer, electrified equal-rights advocates. But neither of those, to me at least, conveyed the ominous gendered subtext of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

    Because that is true, there was no way, in the logic of nightmare that is American life in 2018, that the nation would avoid direct confrontation between the sexes, between #MeToo and #MAGA.

    And now it is upon us.

  13. dakinikat says:

  14. dakinikat says:

    Rebecca Solnit suggests we put heat on Flake. Here’s the reason.

    Flake says he is ‘not comfortable voting yes’ yet on Kavanaugh

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/406940-flake-says-he-is-not-comfortable-voting-yes-on-kavanaugh

    (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Senate Judiciary Committee learns more about the sexual assault allegation against him.

    “We need to hear from her,” Flake told Politico hours after Kavanaugh’s accuser identified herself publicly. “And I don’t think I’m alone in this.”

  15. dakinikat says:

    of course he is … Pussy Grabber In Chief wants more mini mes!

    • joanelle says:

      So he’s “standing with Kavenaugh’s denial. All tolled what number denial is this in the Trump administration?

  16. dakinikat says:

    pagin susan fucking sarandon

  17. dakinikat says:

    I just realized that they keep saying ‘he was only 17’ but then I just found out she was 15 …
    that’s deep in the statutory rape category

  18. NW Luna says:

    From Hillary’s Atlantic article:

    American Democracy Is in Crisis.
    Our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back.

    It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown.

    They were not.

    In the roughly 21 months since he took the oath of office, Trump has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign. Exhibit A is the unspeakable cruelty that his administration has inflicted on undocumented families arriving at the border, including separating children, some as young as eight months, from their parents. According to The New York Times, the administration continues to detain 12,800 children right now, despite all the outcry and court orders. Then there’s the president’s monstrous neglect of Puerto Rico: After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, his administration barely responded. Some 3,000 Americans died. Now Trump flatly denies those deaths were caused by the storm. And, of course, despite the recent indictments of several Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016, he continues to dismiss a serious attack on our country by a foreign power as a “hoax.”

  19. joanelle says:

    He kept telling us that the election was rigged, but no one believed him, thinking he was referring to Hillary, when in fact his side was doing that dastardly deed!