Call Me a Traitor

There are two hundred million US guns.

This means that common mistakes like,

wrong driveway, wrong door,

wrong car, kids’ ball rolling

in the wrong neighbor’s yard

or a fun game of hide and seek

can instantly be a death sentence.

Especially, if you are the wrong color.

A black girl scout was shot through a door.

Shot by a scared white man,

jacked up on racism and dread

by hatertainment like FOX News

and AM right-wing talk radio.

These lies instill fear and feed hair-triggered

paranoid judge and jury gun carrying executioners.

More random mass shooting means

more gun sales, which makes the NRA happy.

At the NRA lobbying forum in Indiana,

Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota

told the audience about her own family.

She said her two-year-old granddaughter,

Addie already has a shotgun and a rifle.

The audience broke into a cheer.

Moments later she was joined on stage

by NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre.

I guess Addie’s parents think she

is going to be the good guy.

protecting her fellow classmates at pre-school.

In Uvalde, Texas at a school mass shooting,

a ten-year-old girl smeared blood on her face,

to make the shooter think she was dead.

Meanwhile, the police didn’t rush the building

because they feared the shooters AR-15 battle rifle.

And yet, conservative politicians want to arm teachers.

In 2014 UC Santa Barbara had a mass shooting.

The parents of the dead received an open letter.

It was from the infamous, “Joe the Plumber.”

He said the shooting deaths of these young people

should not get in the way of his right to bear arms.

Here we are a decade later and gun owners

are still apathetic to mass murders.

They fight against any changes in gun legislation.

Daily mass shootings are like a deadly virus

with no lifesaving vaccine in sight.

No one has yet created bulletproof kids.

The GOP plan is to take kids out of schools

and put them to work in logging, mining,

heavy manufacturing and as bartenders.

Politicians are owned by the gun lobby.

That means they will not enact any law

stopping weapons of war on our streets.

Corporations own these same politicians.

So, they want to weaken child labor laws.

There is only one solution to protect our kids

from mass shooters and politicians.

Call me a traitor if you like but we need

to get a civilized nation to invade us.

Are you listening Canada, Switzerland,

the United Kingdom and Japan?

“Only in America can one be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmaned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself pro-life.” ~ John Fugelsang


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Comparing Exports

What a bunch of spiritually pretentious,

self-righteous, intolerant, troublemakers.

They favored monotony, dullness, and pettiness.

In other words, God damn killjoys.

These Puritans believed they were chosen

by God to go forth and redeem the world.

They wore out their welcome

in seventeen century, England.

Their pious asses were

exported to the new world.

Once they hit our shores,

they became land-stealing,

Native American massacring,

witch-burning religious zealots.

These genocidal thieves went on to

imprison Baptists and execute Quakers.

There was nothing “Godly.”

about any of those things.

They loved America because here,

there was no justice for their crimes.

The god they eventually came to worship

was greed, money, and guns.

Not a very good foundation for a “New World.”

About a hundred years later England,

exported many of their convicts,

to penal colonies in Australia.

The prisoners-built roads, bridges,

hospitals, courthouses, and public buildings.

They were also smart enough to construct

a wall to separate church and state.

In Australia in 1996 a shooter killed

35 people at a café and tourist spot.

Australians who value life

more than firearms

unlike Americans, were outraged.

Their Legislature enacted strict gun laws,

which made their country much safer.

Those convicts surely passed down better morals,

then the phony Christians that America got.

As far as I can see Australia got the better

of England’s export.

‘The Puritans left England for America not because they couldn’t be Puritans in their mother country, but because they were not allowed to force others to become Puritans; in the New World of course they could and did.”  ~ Gore Vidal

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The Expendables

While in East Palestine, Ohio enjoy a hot dog at Dogs on the Run.

Try a Chilean hot dog with cream cheese and banana peppers. 

Nearby, you can see GOP headquarters.

It’s in a beautiful old brick building.

The window has signs for Trump and

Republican Congressman Bill Johnson.

It also has a banner saying Make America Great Again.

It is MAGA country where most local residents

have voted for Johnson since 2011

and voted for Trump twice.

On February 3rd, 2023, a train owned by Norfolk Southern,

carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine.

The accident happened because of overheated bearings

on a rail car causing 38 railroad cars to derail.

Area residents are left fearing for their safety

today and in the decades to come.

Norfolk Southern, like most corporations

values their profits over people.

That is why the company was elated when Trump was elected.

Trump deregulated safety standards for corporations

in his first one-hundred days in office.

Rep. Bill Johnson and other Republicans

cheered the announcement as it protected

the corporations that own so many politicians.

After the derailment, Trump came to visit East Palestine.

The citizens cheered him and waved Trump banners

while wearing his made-in-China apparel.

I’m remembering back to Trump’s victory speech.

He said, “We won with the poorly educated.

I love the poorly educated.”

Which explains Trump’s warm reception in East Palestine.

There is a lesson to learn from such disasters.

That is the lesson of environmental racism.

Its discrimination also includes poor whites.

Whites in poor communities like East Palestine.

Such poor areas are sacrifice zones where toxic pollutants

are transported through or even dumped in.

Corporations consider places like East Palestine, Youngstown,

Flint, Detroit, Cancer Alley, Louisiana, the Bronx etc.

as throw-away communities” whose residents receive

unequal protection if any protection at all.

East Palestine is just one more poor community,

that just happens to be on the wrong side of the tracks.

You don’t think the wealthy suburbs of Norfolk Southern’s

owners have toxic waste driving through them, do you?

While you’re in East Palestine, Ohio at Dogs on the Run

eating an ice cream parfait for your desert,

notice an upstairs window in a nearby building.

A sign has been in the window for over a decade.

It states, “Remember Benghazi.”

Instead of remembering an event that happened

5300 miles from the derailment, I’d suggest,

replacing it with one declaring, “Remember East Palestine.”

“Environmental justice [means that] no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other.” – Majora Carter

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Iran, Coming to a State Near You

The Missouri lead GOP legislature finally recognized

the danger of unregulated arms in their state.

They, therefore, decided to pass new legislation,

saying that female legislators can’t expose their arms.

Yes, Republican men are taking away the right to bare arms.

In Missouri you can openly carry a firearm,

designed to kill or maim, without a license. 

But if a female lawmaker exposes a bare arm

she just might see the business end of a firearm.

This follows a Montana GOP lead legislature

which also forbid bare shoulders on female legislators.

These conservative legislatures lost their minds

over the suggestion that they should wear masks

during a pandemic to respect the safety of others.

are now focusing on what women must wear.

Remember the uproar over Michelle Obama’s arms?

Which was odd after conservatives said that Obama

was a Muslim who would impose Sharia Law,

that would make American women wear burkas.

The Missouri ‘Murrikan Talibangelicals have now made

The Show Me State the, Don’t Show Me Your Bare Arms State.

The conservative legislature fears bare arms

might just lead to evils such as dancing.

If you think this is all about controlling women, 

you certainly have hit the male on the head.

This is patriarchy attempting to reestablish itself.

These conservative men want woman barefoot

and pregnant and back in the kitchen.

These men won’t control themselves,

so, they try to control everyone else.

Bare arms is just too much sexy for them.

Them wimmens also need to cover their hair and ankles,

lest some Republican man becomes aroused.

These Red States supported a man for president

who bragged about groping women’s private parts.

Now, they claim to find bare arms objectionable.

GOP lawmakers in Missouri and Montana have time to worry

about women lawmakers attire instead of passing actual laws.

That happens when your party has no platform or future vision.

These Freedom Caucus politicians talk about ‘woke’ and ‘cancel culture’

but the irony is lost on them as they are the ones

 banning books, woman’s rights, unions, and healthcare.

Missouri should spend time creating some gun control laws

 as just last year, fifteen mass shootings happened in the state.

If you didn’t see shit like this coming after Roe

was struck down, you’re just not paying attention.

Republicans have decided to use Orwell’s 1984 as a manual.

These conservative legislators aren’t going to stop at dress codes.

They’ll go full MAGATaliban if they get their way.

Don’t be a complacent American who looks back and says

“First they came for the bare arms. I did nothing, for I wear long sleeves.”

Women need to organize Lady Godiva protests throughout Missouri.

It is after all “The Show Me State.”

“Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principal, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparations for the future.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli


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Rewarding Shameful History

You Get a Fort, You Get a Fort and You Get a Fort

Confederate General Robert E Lee was willed 189 slaves by his father-in-law. The will stated that they would be set free in five years. Lee did not honor the will. After the Civil War, Lee told a congressional committee that Black people were “not disposed to work” and did not possess the intellectual capacity to vote and participate in politics. Lee also said to the committee that he hoped that Virginia could “get rid of them,” referring to Black people. He was known to use violence against his slaves. In 1917 he got a fort named after him, Fort Lee in Prince George County, Virginia.

Confederate Gen. Benning declared that he would rather be stricken with illness and starvation than see African Americans liberated from slavery and be given equality as citizens. The Confederate brigadier general was widely known as a “vocal advocate” for secession. He said that the white race, is superior in every aspect. Some Historians say he was “devoted to slavery.” He did after all own eighty-nine slaves. In 1918 he got a fort named after him. Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia.

Confederate General John Brown Gordon had slaves on his plantation. He held white supremacists’ views on race, his whole life. He opposed Reconstruction and endorsed violence and restrictions on freedoms to preserve white-dominated society. He is believed to have been a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. In 1917 he got a fort named for him. Fort Gordon in in Augusta, Georgia.

General Bragg owned a sugar plantation with 105 slaves in Louisiana. In 1918 he got a fort named after him in North Carolina. Fort Bragg is the largest military base (by population) in the world.

General George Edward Pickett of Virginia owned forty-two slaves. He fled to Canada after the war. He was avoiding prosecution for the hanging execution of twenty-two captured Union Army soldiers. The soldiers were from North Carolina but chose to join the Union Army. After Pickett’s death in 1875, his widow, LaSalle, spent the rest of her life promoting her husband’s role in the war by lecturing and publishing three books on his career. She was a leader in the “Lost Cause” movement that romanticized the Confederate army and worked to obscure slavery’s role in the conflict. In 1941 he got a fort named after him. Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia.

Lt. General Leonidas Polk a cousin of 11th US President James Polk, is thought to have had as many as four hundred slaves on sugar plantations in Tennessee. In 1941 he got a fort named after him. Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

Confederate General Edmund Rucker was responsible for enforcing martial law in east Tennessee, punishing people who attacked Southern troops and forcing others to join the Confederate Army. Rucker was in General Forrest’s cavalry at the time of the Fort Pillow Massacre in 1864 when hundreds of African American troops were killed by Confederate forces. In 1942 he got a fort named after him. Fort Rucker in Dale County, Alabama.

Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood was a career military man and did not personally own slaves, but he freely admitted slavery’s role in the conflict. “Regardless of all other causes of difference,” He said in a speech after the war, “slavery … was the secret motor, the mainspring of the war.” In 1943 he got a fort named for him. Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard was born on a sugar plantation outside New Orleans. He grew up in a slave-owning household and later rented slaves for himself while in the military. He started the Civil War with an attack on Fort Sumpter. He got a fort named for him in 1917. Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana.

Confederate Lt. General Ambrose Powell Hill owned eleven slaves. On one occasion he gave orders to procure thousands of slaves – demanding the ‘services of 4,000 negroes’ for his army. In 1941 he got a fort named for him. Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, Virginia.

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was a plantation owner and slave trader. He was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He played a leading role in the massacre of several hundred Union soldiers at Fort Pillow, most of them black. The slaughter of the soldiers has been called “one of the bleakest, saddest events of American military history.” Troops under Forrest’s command slaughtered the union soldiers who had surrendered. After the war Grand Wizard Forrest used violence and the threat of violence to maintain white control over the newly enfranchised former slaves. The Klan, with Forrest at the lead, suppressed voting rights of blacks in the South through violence and intimidation during the elections of 1868. From 1942-1946 Forrest had a fort named for him. Camp Forrest in Tullahoma, Tennessee was the largest training camp during WWII.

The Army did not name any posts after Confederates until 1917, an era of American involvement in Europe’s ‘Great War’ that coincided with a resurgence in the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Southern newspapers, were all for the naming of forts after Confederate war leaders. They felt it restored Southern pride. It was stressed that there were good people on both sides. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

It is hard to understand why Southerners would feel proud of these Confederate leaders.

After all Lee was commander of the Southern Army when the South lost the war. Hill was criticized for his ineffective performance during the first two days of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. In 1864 he was leading Confederate forces in defense of Atlanta against Sherman. How did that work out? Not very well. Polk, blundered by ordering troops into neutral Kentucky. That made border state Kentucky ask for Northern help and brought it closer into the Union fold. He was famous for disobeying orders. So, why would you want to name a military base after someone who disobeyed orders? Military historian Steven E. Woodworth described the shell that killed Polk as “one of the worst shots fired for the Union cause during the entire course of the war”, as Polk’s incompetence made him far more valuable alive than dead: “Polk’s incompetence and willful disobedience had consistently hamstrung Confederate operations west of the Appalachians. Why would you name a fort after Bragg who is considered among the worst generals of the Civil War? Most of the battles he engaged in ended in defeat. Bragg was extremely unpopular with both the officers and ordinary men under his command for his poor battlefield strategy. His own men tried to assassinate him twice. The losses suffered by Bragg’s forces are cited as highly consequential to the ultimate defeat of the Confederacy.

Pickett is no military hero. His charge at Gettysburg was a disastrous bloodbath for his men. More than half of his troops were killed, wounded, or captured, including his three brigade commanders and all thirteen regimental commanders. Pickett survived because he positioned himself well to the rear of his troops. Forrest and his massacre of surrendered Union soldiers was major news in the Union press. His inhumanity strengthened the North’s resolve to win the war. As you can see the South really does not know its own history. This is just more US history that should not be hidden. It is history that should be taught in every school. It is way past time to speak truth to power when talking about history.

Also, Ft Benning should be closed as since 1984 it has trained death squads for Third World dictators. That training helps make the Third World “friendly” to US and Global corporations. Never mind, the rapes, torture, and murders of those countries’ citizens. Seems to me when people flee those countries and come to the U.S. that we owe them citizenship.

It is way past time that we get rid of things commemorating the Confederacy. They are symbols of racism that we should not allow in public places.

‘I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.” ~ General Lee when asked about a Gettysburg memorial.


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The Easy Life on Cruise Control

Life is so damn easy for me.

I don’t have to plan for the future because

Pat Robertson says Armageddon is coming.

Until then, I don’t have to hear any dirty language

what with radio having ten second delays,

and the Christian Coalition censoring network TV.

The Motion Picture Association

is rating all the current movies.

I’ve got convenient stores making sure

I don’t have access to X-rated magazines.

I’ve got corporations like Walmart

making sure I can’t buy CD’s

with offensive song lyrics

or negative comments about Walmart.

Facebook will monitor my posts so that

I don’t violate any community standards.

Like negative comments about Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter will ensure that I don’t point out

what an utter clown Elon Musk is.

I’ve got televangelists like Jim Baker

and the late Jimmy Swaggart telling

me how to be a great husband.

I’ve got Hershel Walker and Nick Cannon

to show me how to be a great dad.

I’ve got the Kardashians to reveal how

a good American capitalist family behaves.

I don’t have to worry about the economy

because we have that trickle-down economics

that has been working so well for the middle-class.

I don’t have to worry about my kid’s safety

because their classroom displays the US flag

and the Ten Commandments.

The school board will also make sure the

students don’t learn the real racist history

and the genocidal nature of our country.

The school library will also protect my kids,

from immoral books like; Huckleberry Finn,

Alice in Wonderland or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Politicians have realized that education and facts

are kryptonite to American citizens.

I don’t have to follow world events.

I’ll just get an unbiased view of them from

FOX News, OAN, infowars or QAnon.

I’m sure former drug addicts like

Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck

will give me the truth on right-wing radio.

I don’t have to fret about clean air or water.

As, I’m sure that the corporate CEO’s that own

our politicians and make up every president’s cabinet

have the people’s best interests at the heart of every policy.

With the Supreme Court protecting Citizen’s United,

corporations can buy our political representatives even easier.

That’s a good thing as I don’t have the funds to purchase any.

We don’t have to waste time voting anymore.

The Supreme Court Injustices can select our presidents.

That is great as redistricting eliminated so many

polling places, long lines and the need for bottled water.

Afterall, the idea of elections was getting too controversial.

An ex-president wants to simplify our life even further.

He wants to suspend that pesky old Constitution

and just make him ruler for life.

That president’s first executive order

made the life of my financial adviser easier.

That adviser can now push any investment

that enriches his firm instead of benefiting clients.

Evangelical ministers now support the evilest candidates.

That has made it easier for Christians to ignore

 the peace and love teachings of Jesus Christ.

The answer to violence and death by guns.

is simplified by just saying thoughts and prayers.

Everything is simple and on cruise

and the destination is Armageddon.

Enjoy the ride as the trip will be short.

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
― Charles Bukowski


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True Working-Class Heroes

Staughton Lynd was a friend and mentor to me. That could be said about anyone that ever met him. He and his wife, Alice are the kind of people, my wife said I am better for knowing. He passed away November 17, 2022. I like many others feel the world will be emptier without him. This article in the New York Times will tell you more about him. Below that I have written a poem for Alice and Staughton.

Working Class Heroes

Staughton and Alice possess attentive ears,

that listen quietly and respectfully.

They hear the needs of minorities,

the incarcerated, and the oppressed,

the poor and all those who feel powerless.

They take on people’s pain

and honor their scars.

They expend all their energy,

to help with endless needs.

Offering compassion and courage.

They stress that we must not be divided.

They look at history from below,

and teach that we are all leaders.

They preach solidarity, justice, and equality.

They think those things should

be just part of human nature.

Giving of their time and wisdom,

nourishes their very souls.

That nourishment never fills them up

because they have bottomless

pockets on their hearts.

No dollar amount can respect

such humble giving people.

They are liberating specialists,

who could never just be spectators.

They found nothing was that difficult,

when you put your whole heart into it.

We need more teachers

like this all giving pair.

This is a couple that truly,

lessens the pains of the Earth.

I thank them both for making

a better planet for our families to inhabit.

Rest in well-deserved peace brother Staughton ~ In Solidarity Jim


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Undoing Lies

The Trump lies at a recent Pennsylvania rally:

You are not endanger from an army of IRS agents: Fact check: Will middle-class taxpayers really face an ‘army’ of IRS agents? (

Sen. Scott overstates tax increase in Inflation Reduction Act: Scott Overstates Tax Increases in Inflation Reduction Act – P7 Tech

Pelosi and Biden have called for the GOP to return to a normal party that cares about things. They have never been a party of the people in my lifetime:

Hillary Clinton was not the most qualified person to ever run for president: Is Hillary Clinton really the most qualified candidate ever? An investigation. – Vox

No Social Security is not going broke: No, Social Security Isn’t Going Bankrupt – Forbes Advisor

Republicans are always looking for another Ronald Reagan. No thank you: 21 Reasons Why Ronald Reagan Was a Terrible President – Soapboxie

Conservatives lie that the planet is not warming: Scientific Consensus | Facts – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet (

The lie that cold weather disproves the planet is warming: Cold Weather Doesn’t Disprove Global Warming. Global Warming is Why It’s So Damn Cold. – The Daily Banter

The Obama Phone lie: The Obama Phone? –

“The truth is messy. It’s raw and uncomfortable. You can’t blame people for preferring lies.”
― Holly Black, Red Glove


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Fighting Back Against Lies

Recently, I’ve been listening to a few different talk radio stations. I can’t believe the lies I’m hearing from these stations. I want to correct some of the lies.

Lies about migrants and Fentanyl: Sizable numbers of Americans are believing lies about migrants and fentanyl, so-called open borders (

Lies about undocumented immigrants commiting more crimes: Sizable numbers of Americans are believing lies about migrants and fentanyl, so-called open borders (

Ten voter fraud lies debunked:

Lies about public welfare:

The lies from the right about Critical Race Theory:

Lie about Nancy Pelosi stopping the National Guard from coming on January 6:

Lie about the FBI spending more time investigatin January 6 than 9/11:

Lie that Monkeypox is fake:

Lie (heard it just today on KDKA talk radio) that crime is at an all time high:

Dr. Oz lie (heard this lie repeated on KDKA talk radio today) about John Fetterman’s stance on crime:

Lie that 96% of climate data is corrupted:

Trump lie about President Obama keeping classified documents:

Lie that Pennsylvanis sent out 1,832,148 mail-in ballots and got back 2,589,242:

Lie about electric cars bought for French civil servants abandoned because battery replacement was too expesive:

Lie that the Senate Democrat’s reconciliation bill will “strip $300 billion from Medicare”:

Lie that President Biden wants to give illegals ID cards so they can start collecting American benefits:

“Politics is the art of promising heaven and delivering purgatory, and claiming hero status for saving your country from hell.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom


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Angry Whitemanistan

Collective delusion.

Science deniers,

climate change deniers,

history deniers.

Misogynists, racists,

white nationalist.

Oath Keepers,

Proud Boys,

FOX fascists,

Christian zealots,

MAGA cultist.

Immigrant hatred,

minority hatred,

homophobic hatred.

Handmaid’s Tale.

Orwell’s 1984.

Regressive reactionaries.

Banned books,

forced birth,

formula shortage,

mask shortage,

bleach injections.

Hatred and superiority.

Vicious fascist cruelty.

Kids in cages.

Guns over kids.

Russian bot farms.

Talk radio spin

and alternative facts.

Corporate lobbyists pimps,

owning politician whores.

Wall Street greedheads.

Big pharma monopoly.

Deregulation and pollution.

Mega church hellfire.

Bible thumping hypocrites,

concerned with money

not your salvation.

Stolen state secrets.

A war on pronouns

and Mr. Potato Head.

Corporate funded propaganda.

Dark money groups.

thriving on fear,

grifting the marginalized.

Prejudice exceeding intelligence.

White privilege victim identity.

Kool-Aid drinking insurrectionists.

Trump protects the economy,

by lying about Covid.

Half a million bodies,

stacked in refrigerated trunks,

while Potus busily tweets

about the Bachelor TV show.

The Medical bill solution,

is a go fund me page,

or center console change.

A Supreme Court with an agenda,

supporting corporations not people.

Unscrupulous right-wing pundits,

tell Trumpers to be

proud of their ignorance.

They make it permissible

to now hate aloud.

Racist cops doing beatdowns,

or firing eighty rounds.

Gerrymandering and voter suppression.

Thoughts and prayers answers.

A sad growing need to create,

burn proof books and bullet proof kids.

Welcome to Crazytown USA

Welcome to Angry Whitemanistan.

MAGAts wanted four more

 years of this madness.

Living proof for the need

of a national healthcare plan

that includes mental help.

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”
― Harry S. Truman


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