Republicans vs Democrats…# 245

BY – Celeste Epiphany Waite

Hear my voice, hear my dreams

Let us make a world, world, in which in I believe

Hear my words, hear my cries

Let me see a change through these eyes

You may think I won’t be heard

Still I raise this hand, spread this word

These words of fire, of hope and desire

And now I’ll let them free

Hear my voice, hear my dreams

Let us make a world in which in we believe

In which we believe

Hear my words, hear my choice


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The oppressive power exerted by today’s government; a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler.  DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A KING; HE WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD DICTATOR.  He is just a small man who has been given power by a group of people who blindly followed him into the evilness that we see today. VOTE!

The moral fiber of the person who occupies the Oval Office matters to the vast majority of Americans. Across party lines and religious groups, say it is important to have a president who lives an honest, decent life.   In looking at the beginning of Trumps impeachment, Trump was tied to the fact that the Ukraine may have been pressured to investigate H. Clinton.  After four- years as president few deny that Trump misuses his power. 

This president appears to be a pathological liar, rough, bullish and shows personal and professional evilness.  I believe him to be a severely damaged human being and a treacherous president.  Yet, the presidency deserves respect, even when the president does not.  He is willing to say and do things that no other president in American history.  Republicans’ are driven by only one thing, to defend their president at all cost, and they will do anything to protect him.  At one time the Republican Party stood for truth, honor and integrity, no more.  

I am certain that the Republican Party is thinking about their loss of power with Trump in office.  It is too late to turn back, four years raced by in the blink of an eye, but it is not too late to make a logical decision about the future.  My issue with Trump is the lies; I cannot forgive his moral wrongdoing, his malice and his assault on reality, the truth.   

Trump has promised to create 10 million new jobs, is he counting that above the 22 million jobs that vanished due to the pandemic?  He pledged to create 1 million small businesses, cut taxes, protect American jobs, and develop a Vaccine by the end of 2020.  Return to normal by 2021; make medicines and supplies available for health care.  Yet another answer to the question is to ask states to bid on the supplies.

He has pledged to bring back jobs from China, provide no contracts to those outsourcing to China.  Hold China accountable for the spread of the Virus.  Cut the cost of prescription drugs, lower healthcare insurance, cover all pre-existing conditions.  Provide school choice to every child, teach American exceptionalism; American exceptionalism can best be defined as the belief that the United States has a duty to spread its ideals around the world.  Trump wants to take limits off Congressional Terms, fund law enforcement, and deem drive-by shootings an act of Domestic Terror.  He would dismantle human trafficking networks. 

For the future, he want to launch a space force, establish a permanent presence on the Moon, send manned missions to Mars, win the internet race to 5G. Lead the world in clean drinking water and air? Stop endless Wars and bring all troops home, maintain and expand America’s military strength.  Wipe out Global Terrorists; build a Cyber security defense system and missile defense system.  Continue to nominate Supreme Court judges, defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations, and support the second Amendments rights.

Creating an impossible list, probably, as the Democrats also create an impossible list.  So the purpose of my research is to see how both parties’ promises will probably never see the light of day.  Nonetheless, the worse choice of the two is Donald Trump.  I am certain my Republican followers disagree with me; your comments are welcome as well as those from the Democrat party.   I do not believe either can deliver what they base their presidency on; neither can tell the truth in some cases.  No matter who wins we will still have to show a measure of respect for the position they hold.


Yes, another political post…#244

President Trump has said that this Election Day will be the most exciting in U.S. history, while mocking Joe Biden.  On Saturday night, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said the president has been cleared to return to an active schedule and has met criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end isolation.  Then why don’t we see the results of his test?  If Trump “does” have the Virus, and it has been proven, the Dr. Sean Conley and anyone else who has said he is “Cured” needs to be jailed as a criminal along with Trump.

Also, now that Trump has fallen down in the polls he will begin his pursuit on ballot tampering so that he can insist on the true winner is the decision of the Supreme Court.  He will then be counted the winner as the Supreme Court being mainly Republican will give it to him, the Bush/Gore ticket.  Joe Biden will need to win by a landslide; even then Trump will contest the vote.

Biden has served in public life for fifty years; his government experience is at his forefront.    He has become agitated at times with Trump, but he has never stooped to the low that Trump has reached.  Biden is a politician, and has proven worthy of respect for his service.  Trump is a business man, he has had a TV reality show, where all he had to say was, “You’re fired”, and this he has carried over into the White House.  His success is measured in fame, money and power, a being born into one of Americas wealthiest families did not hurt him.  He takes the stance of “If you think you have problems, look what the pandemic has done to my presidency”.  Trump is a political drama queen!

Stop to reflect on the past four years and look objectively as to why Donald Trump should not be re-elected. Need a visual, have we shut our eyes? Is this what you want to deal with another four years? These children are still in cages, many of these pictures reminds you of who he actually is as a human being. Remember, and vote for the best choice now.

Trump update: Trump is back to open-face rallies, however, his Dr. does say and I quote:

“Dr. Conley’s use of the Binex-NOW test appears to fall outside the scope of the FDA’s emergency use authorization of it, which states the test should be used “within the first seven days of symptom onset”; Trump developed symptoms 10 days ago.

However, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, chair of clinical microbiology at the Mayo Clinic, told the Association of American Medical Colleges that PCR tests might show positive results even though someone isn’t actively infectious: “You can be PCR-positive for weeks to months but you probably aren’t infectious. You’re just shedding little bits of dead RNA. The test does not distinguish live virus from dead virus,” she said.

Grateful: A Brief Tribute To Thich Nhat Hahn

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Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

In 2016, my last year as a Dean of Students, and my last time I will ever be an administrator, I fell into one of the worst depressions and bouts of anxiety that I have experienced in my life. The job was stressful but I also had past traumas creeping in my mind and soul, and they decided to take me on a swirling ride that I couldn’t get off.

I have written about this time before, so I will only add this, I was on the brink of feeling like I may not return from the dark places my mind was taking me. I was unsure if I was going to make it. The stress was causing me so much anxiety that I was dizzy throughout the day, had blurred vision, and the entire right side of my body was tingling. I figured I had a disease. To rule…

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For Fear That We May Forget…#243

I am not trying to sway your vote; it is your right to chose whomever you believe is the best person for the job.  Donald Trump is not a politician, he is a business man, and what he does as an American citizen is his right, but you cannot run a country like a business.  Joe Biden is a politician, he has been Vice President under President Obama for that alone should be the reason he wins. 

A businessman is a person undertaking activities for the purpose of generating cash flow, utilizing a combination of human, financial, intellectual and physical for economic development and growth.   Trump does not own America, the United States Federal Reserve is not his personal cash flow, he cannot sale it off, and I will give him credit for a few things, but they do not offset what he is doing now.  To support white supremacist, aka, the Proud Boys, to tell his followers to “Stand down and stand by”, is not presidential.  Trump knows how to bankrupt businesses, spend the money of his backers, to live like a “King”, but not in my White House.  The era of Camelot left when the Kennedy’s, Camelot represents truth and goodness, none of which Trump can claim.

Joe Biden is a politician, and has been most of his adult life. A politician, a person experienced in the art or science of government, actively engaged in conducting the business of a government. Biden has his faults, personally and politically, he might not have been my choice, however, he is the only choice as president. 

I am fearful that Trump may go mad; he has clearly stated that he will not leave the WH peacefully.  If nothing else, I actually want to see how he can handle it.  Biden will fill the office with experience, and style.  Let’s face it folks…there has to be a certain measure of transparency, but I don’t believe in telling John Q Public everything.

But, getting back to Trump, I do not have enough time and space to comment on all that he does, but one area is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials. The White House Corona virus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, declined to even discuss the Virus. 

Many feel that the Trump administration has turned the wearing — or not wearing — of masks into a political expression, as seen most dramatically on Monday evening when President Trump whipped off his surgical mask at the White House door after returning from the hospital where he was treated for Covid-19.

 “It’s especially outrageous because the science is so clear: masks save lives.”

Now, I hear that Trump, had a “Medical Evaluation” By Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel, Says Trump is “Medication Free”.  He went through a reality TV-like “medical evaluation” with Dr. Marc Siegel on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, and claimed that he was medication free and that he was recently retested for COVID-19.  This is not a reality show Mr. Trump!

Trump also said that he will donate his plasma, used to help other COVID-19 patients, “if they want me to do it.”  What I want to know is why he took a medication where they use “aborted” fetuses, when he has clearly stated he did not believe in abortion.  There are so many arguments about abortion, if it is overturned, my fear is that women will return to the kitchen table and knitting needles use in the 1950’s.

Trump refused to debate virtual, well of course he want, he cannot intimidate anyone.  I do have an issue with him using the White House for his campaigning.  The White House is the “people’s” house, it is bad enough that he sits in the White House and degrades women, people with disabilities and such, but I say “Not in my house”. 

This brings me to Trump’s “friend”, Kim Jong Un who rolled out a new ballistic missile at a rare midnight parade Saturday, experts say the new ICBM appears to be the largest road-mobile rocket of its type.  The stakes are high: US weapons experts believe North Korean missiles can strike anywhere in the US. A North Korean nuclear missile would take about 40 minutes to reach New York City once launched. However, very little is publicly known about the capabilities of North Korea’s missile technologies. Trump wanted to befriend Kim because North Korea has pristine white beach front property. Trump wanted to make a deal not as President but as a business man wanting to build hotels.

Trump is “friends” with Putin, and the Federation of American Scientists estimates that Russia possesses 6,800 nuclear weapons. China, whom Trump has “pissed off”, has 280 nuclear warheads.  Trump is like a “pit-bull”, he bites into something and will not turn loose.  If he gets four more years will he get America in a war? 

I watched his WH speech today, he is back peddling now, praising law enforcement, blacks and Latino’s, and does he think we have forgotten about “the wall”.  People just have a discussion about the bad that he has done and what he has said, do you want a president that pull children out of parents arms and lock them up in cages.  When talking about the protest, looting and burning, he said, “Well there are good people on both sides. Really!

Trump needs to be arrested and locked away, he is not solely responsible for the Virus in America but being silent when he knew it was being brought in, is criminal.  He, in my book is responsible for the deaths and is no better than Hitler.

Trump argued Saturday, that it is important for Black Americans to support law enforcement. Is he blind, how can they support law enforcement when their own race is being killed and decimated against?  I support law enforcement, there are good and bad apples in every basket, but do not ask these people who have had to live like second rate citizens since their ancestors were brought over in slave ships, to support individual that murder them.  

I am from a poor southern family, yet although we may have been dirt poor sharecroppers we could go in the front door of Bob Gibson’s BBQ, while my black friends had to go to the back door, yes not all southerners are prejudice.  We were still white, but given more respect than the Black’s.

A friend of mine Bob F. from Madison, Wisconsin, Black, he told me that he wanted to take his family from Wisconsin to Mississippi to visit relatives, but they had to drive straight threw, eat in the car, use black facilities.  In those days Black’s were not allow to stay in motels in the south and he drove for two days to get there as they were afraid to pull into waysides to sleep. In the 50’s it would be dangerous. 

As my children say, I may have been poor but my “whiteness” gave me privilege!  Folks, we are Americans, a land of immigrants, it is time to take back America. It is going to take all of us voting to really “Make it Great” again.


A Piece of Myself

Chuck is an educator, Young Adult Novelist, and passionate about helping people with depression and anxiety by sharing his own insights and experiences.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

I woke up Sunday morning and went to see a former student of mine that always seems to ground me and makes me laugh, but also makes me think about what’s important in life, which could be as simple as taking a walk in the sun or listen to Bohemian Rhapsody and sing to the top of our lungs. It was a good start to a day that started to spiral into something dark. That something was my mind.

A couple of hours later I started to have a panic attack. I immediately started to process why this was happening. I started thinking maybe it was from not sleeping well for a few weeks, or perhaps the double dose of flonase that I started to take for my allergies. I was trying to find a reason, but one never truly knows with panic. It’s a sneaky little bastard that likes…

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A Right to have Rights…#241

Prejudices are alive and thriving within the borders of the United States of America. The blood of the first true American runs red upon the land that we hold scared, the American Indian.  I continue having a problem with the views of “immigration” in this country by the “descendants” of immigrates. These people are now citizens of this country by either birth or becoming a citizen after coming to the United States. The rhetoric has not changed throughout the years. It is like being ugly and poor, if you are not beautiful, rich and powerful your chances of getting into the “upper 1% club” is zero.

My father was born in 1903, he, his mother, grandmother  and their people the Southeastern Chickasaw’s were not recognized as American citizens until about 1940, by then he was married and had two children.  He was born in America, lived, worked and died in America, but he was almost 37 years-old.

In 1924, The Act governing Native Americans did not include those born before the effective date of the 1924 Act and it was not until the Nationality Act of 1940 that all born on U.S. soil were citizens; my father was thirty-seven years old before he was to be recognized as a “REAL AMERICAN CITIZEN”. Many Native Americans, who were granted citizenship rights under the 1924 Act, may not have had full citizenship and suffrage rights until 1948. My father’s right to be a citizen of the United States of American was granted to him by “Immigrates or the Descendants of immigrates”

I have to wonder what my father and those who came before him, those who were drove from their lands, walked the Trail of Tears, those who help build this country would have to say about how we look upon the way those in power, the people we voted into office are reacting to today’s immigration decisions, have they forgotten that we are all descendants of immigrates, your ancestors who came to this country and were welcomed with open arms.  They did not have to go over a wall or under one, their children were not taken away from them, some lost forever.

I believe we need to stop and think about how we look in the eyes of other countries, to people who may want to make America their home, are we moving forward or backward?  If Donald Trump is allow to sit upon his throne in the White House, how many more immigrates will fall to the wayside?  Immigrates built this country, Trump has twisted every law, the Constitution, to his favor and childlike behavior.  As Americans from all races, faiths and color, we need to take back our country, bring it back to the time when we stood at our borders with open arms for those in need, or those being persecuted by their own country.

This is only my opinion and mine alone, of one who watch their father being discriminated against when I was a child. A father who was not allowed, to walk down the same street next to a powerful white man. A father who worked hard to make a living with little education. A father who would take food off our table to give to someone passing through who was hungry and did not have a job. A father who would fight for all people, be understanding of differences, and fight against discrimination. My father, a True American!  Donald Trump is not, he is blight on this land!

Getting off my soap box…elizabethannjohnsonmuphree


A silent shore, seductive Moon,

a sinister Sea, clouds in the wind,

a shadow lies upon the white sand

 alone.  Stilled on the sparkling

crystals, almost villainous, primeval

and water worn with broken sides.

Once imperturbable, aloft upon white

 shafts of waves, beautiful and bold,

 now ancient and vacant. The old

 sailing ship finds its burial ground

upon a deserted island in the mist

of morning.


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Flying with Broken Wings…#239

Altered Senses

Existence, scene after scene, characteristic of life environment, genetics and promises that reveal nothing, the past descends like rain from the sky, washing away all dreams.  Phantoms of youth chanting within the soul, paths blocked; evil has spread across the landscape of a lifetime.  Loneliness limits love and happiness; boundaries set slow down the process of moving into the future…nevertheless, the future may be shrouded with abundant solitude from where there is no escape.  Rethink the future!


Flying with Broken WingsA Memoir

Author Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree books at: and Barnes&

Flying with Broken Wings is about the life of Charlotte Jean Murphree. Charlotte was not a famous person, in fact, not too many people knew her, but those that did knew there were many facets to her life. The book tells of fifty-two-years of daily testing of her will to carry on and the misfortune she faced. As a baby and young girl she was made fun of and bullied by schoolchildren, her progress was slow but she never gave up the fight to overcome her disabilities. As an adult, she fought physical disability of Cerebral Palsy, living with Bipolar, Depression and Schizophrenia disorders. She lived not only with these disabilities, she endured the “Voices” that lived within her for over thirty years. This book is about the beginning, the middle and the end of her life.

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  1. Fragments of Time
  2. A Passage into Madness
  3. Asterial Thoughts
  4. A Sachet of Poetry
  5. Rutted Roads
  6. Rhythm Rhyme and Thoughts
  7. Reflections of Poetry
  8. Beyond the Voices
  9. Honeysuckle Memories
  10. Echoing Images from the Soul
  11. A Journey into the Soul


Carrying That Load

Chuck is an educator, Young Adult Novelist, and passionate about helping people with depression and anxiety by sharing his own insights and experiences. All families with children should place those teaching their children in the “Hero” category. Teaching is not a “JOB” it is a calling.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

Yesterday, I walked a student to the bench outside my school. Her backpack over her shoulders, her hat low on her forehead, mask on her face. When we exited the school doors, her shuffled walk brought us to a bench. We sat in the cool October breeze, sun on our faces, talking about dogs, and attempting to help her process why she will not be returning to school until it’s safe once again.

Her grandma came and as she got up to walk toward the car, turned to me and said, “I’ll come to school next week?”

I had to tell her the truth, as I always do with my kids, “No, you will come back when you are safe and won’t get sick.”

She had a look on her face that told me she understood, and then she said, “You come see me.”

“Of course,” was my reply. “We…

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