Not all Trump supporters are rednecks living in a burned out old school bus in coal country....still seething that a black man not only dared to be president, but generally accomplished a helluva lot considering the economy was in free fall when he was sworn in and the right wing Senate and House did everything it could to include his human-based agenda.
I happen to know a highly-educated couple who were fairly liberal Democrats when we met them in early 2001.
Both are professionals.
One is a double minority -- Hispanic and Jewish.
One has fought a litany of health issues that would seem to make them want to favor access to affordable health insurance.
They were big Hillary supporters the first time she ran, when Obama eventually won the nomination.
Somehow -- maybe there is poison in the water where they live in Broward County -- they shifted into being Trump supporters.
Even though Trump's power base is white supremacists. Even though his moral guidance was an anti-semite Breitbart alum.
Even though Trump made fun of a disabled reporter.
Even though Trump said Mexicans are filthy murderers and rapists...and while the Hispanic person in the husband wife-team isn't from Mexico, you would think he would take offense at a President denigrating any minority group.
They unapologetically supported the great myth that is Trump....that the Donald would somehow drain the swamp, rather than fill it with greedy one percenters who are taking away health care, tax deductions for medical care, parkland and every essential a middle class or working poor person needs to survive.
Most of their clients are progressive Democrats. I have been so bitter about the election, I have thought about "outing" the couple to their clients.
I wonder if those folks suffering under an insane, ruthless POTUS would be so quick to pay their public and private sector dollars for the professional services of a couple who like race-baiting maniacs in the White House.
So far, I have not outed them.
I ran into a mutual friend the other day.
She mentioned that the couple is hurt that I have not socialized with them...face-to-face or on social media, for more than a year now.
I said I cannot sit down to pasta and wine and renew a friendship with people who support a bloodthirsty, would be dictator. I live in Little Havana. More than half of my neighbors -- Cuban, Central American, South American -- have fled a dictatorship.
They have had relatives imprisoned, castrated, tortured, ruined -- simply for trying to be free thinkers under extreme right and extreme left regimes.
Sorry, but I cannot force a smile and think of the old days, with people who willfully ignore the evil of #45.
HOW DO YOU LOOK A MEXICAN FRIEND IN THE EYE WHEN THE LEADER OF YOUR NATION HAS BRANDED HIS PEOPLE AS THE SCUM OF THE EARTH?
I am talking
to my friend Tomas.
One of 10
children, he left his Zapotec village for Oaxaca City at age 15.
He worked 7
days per week.
Drove a cab.
Took a year
of nightly English classes and became a tri-lingual tour guide.
son is an architect, his oldest daughter a lawyer.
youngest is a school teacher and the baby of the family is finishing a masters
and is contemplating doctoral work in human rights.
And I am
faced with telling him that though our household didn't vote for him, I have
blood family and neighbors that elected a president that has branded Mexicans
rapists, thieves, murderers and lazy.
works 7 days a week and feels guilty if only works half a day on Sunday.
industrious, warm, good humored and positive.
And I have
to somehow explain that we have more than 3 years under an idiot despot that
rules by fear, anger, ignorance and worse.
everything handed to him by daddy.
And if he
really had grown the family fortune, it is through deceit, treachery,
litigation, strategic bankruptcy, government subsidy and even other kind of
underhanded dealing known to man.
I don't know
about you, but I'd choose, in a heartbeat, to have Tomas running our nation.
Russian puppet, stole the election, mentally unfit, halfwit, treasonous Trump
rots in jail.
Mullerat and Megan McLaughlin are teaching a studio to introduce architecture
students to urban design at the University of Miami School of Architecture
this semester. While it is not their first time teaching at UM, it is a
first teaching a studio that centers around resilience and
transportation solutions in Miami, more specifically on the re-emerging
Little River neighborhood in Northeast Miami. Juan and Megan’s team
teaching effort in helping to prepare future architects to find solutions to
the imminent problems Miami faces matches their commitment to
community shown continuously through their firm’s projects.
was arrested in 2001 for hitting his wife so hard he left a golf-ball-size welt
on her head.
One of the
then Miami mayor's young daughters called 911 and begged, “Help, my dad is
hurting my mom! Please come now, please!” as a woman’s screams were heard in the
"Crazy Joe" Carollo — one of Miami's most infamous political
characters who has somehow kept his political career alive for decades despite
acting like a Trumpian lunatic long before the Orange One ever entered politics
— is back.
He's preparing for a runoff election Tuesday, November 21, against
challenger Alfonso "Alfie" Leon for Miami's District 3 city
Herald enthusiastically endorses Alfie Leon over his troublesome, meddlesome,
not fit for office opponent.
excerpt of the newspaper's endorsement:
impressive District 3 candidate is Leon, 32, and an attorney who has proven to
be a hard-working campaigner in the district.
He worked for departing
Commissioner Frank Carollo as a legislative aide and chief policy adviser. But
for a few blips, his boss indeed was concerned with constituent service and,
more impressive, took on the issue of youth crime. So Leon clearly knows the
issues and what the job entails.
earnest, people-centric views are refreshing: ‘I decided to run because we need
public servants and not politicians. We need people who are beholden only to
their neighbors and will act towards bettering these neighborhoods,’ ”
Leon told the Board.
pointed to a unique problem in the district: unfettered dumping on the streets,
which give the district an unkempt and uninviting look. Residents deserve
considers such issues — trash, traffic, the cost of living, crime — to be the
district’s main issues. We think he can do something about cleaning up the
district — literally.”
Corridor Study Advisory Committee Meeting
Proud PlusUrbia Design is part of the Atkins Team
applying Smart Growth, Transit-Oriented Development, premium transit and
livability to promote proper density, more affordable housing and multimodal
mobility to keep up with growth in Miami-Dade County.
As of today, more than 150,000 unique visitors have read my blog.
I try to share great photos, stories, human rights advocacy, urban design ideas and more.
This photo is from Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Because everyone in the state and city of Oaxaca treated me so warmly, I was crushed to tell them that I live in a once-proud nation that used to stand for democracy, humanity, liberty, freedom, fair play, diversity and good character.
I told them, proudly in my ever-growing Spanish vocabulary, that I do not just oppose -- I loathe the SOB that conspired with a foreign threat to illegitimately gain the presidency.
I shared how with that ill-begotten power, Dictator #45 is destroying as much of the real America as possible before he is forced to resign, is impeached, or (hopefully, rightfully) is imprisoned for the rest of his natural life.
I usually save my most severe politics for my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
But the great culture, heritage, history and humanity that I felt during my better part of two weeks in Mexico inspired me to tell each one of my 150,000 readers how much I intend to resist the corrupt Trump-Pence-Ryan-GOP-Right Wing totalitarian government that serves only the richest, whitest of privileged people.
Some thoughts, about just how disgusting and dangerous POTUS 45 and his sycophants (psychopaths?, sociopaths?) are to a nation founded on diversity and freedom of thought and expression.
You have been an advocate for all that is fair and just and forward thinking since the day you first took a seat on the City Commission.
You have proudly and ably represented District. 4.
Your leadership preserved much-needed open space that could have become paved over for concrete tennis courts at Historic William Jennings Bryan Park.
You are a friend indeed.
We look forward to being part of your go-go team when it comes to advice for building a better city for people with disabilities (very, very much needs to be done and Miami could be a world-leader in creating a truly barrier-free environment built on universal design and inclusive mobility).