Call For Submissions: Rosalind’s Siblings

Galli Books

Rosalind’s Siblings is an anthology of speculative stories about people of marginalized genders/sexes who are scientists: scientists doing good, changing the world, or just getting on with their work of expanding human knowledge in a speculative context, presented in a positive light. This anthology is named for Rosalind Franklin, the so-called Dark Lady of DNA, one of the most famously erased female scientists in history, and a direct relation of the founder of Galli Books. The anthology is being edited by Bogi Takács.

The stories do not need to problematize gender/sex, though this is also welcome, and we would like to publish a mix of approaches. We are generally interested in positive portrayals of science and the protagonists doing research, but this can include a critical reappraisal. (E.g., we would very much like to see stories in which science is decolonized and/or Indigenized, or in some other ways incorporates approaches…

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Destroying Citizenship

a guest post by Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon

Destroying Citizenship

The Constitution, the legal foundation and framework of this country, defined it as “birth citizenship.” Born here, citizen here. Those not born here could become citizens in a variety of ways, but citizenship was intended to be permanent, inviolable unless the citizen decided to deny their citizenship and change to another country. Criminals could be prosecuted, tried, convicted, and punished…but not stripped of their citizenship just because they stole, murdered, set fires, etc.

The only times in our history that this was violated (first with slavery, later with other racist acts and Japanese internment) it was a national scandal *and recognized as such.* Those bad days, I was taught, were over–we’d never make that mistake again.

But it’s happening now. It began as a move by the Texas state government to refuse to issue birth certificates for the children of foreigners (Mexican and Central Americans) born in this country. It continued with the attack of GOP politicians on the concept of “chain migration” (the most common form of immigration in our history–families moved here piecemeal, as they could afford.) And earlier this year I read that the State Department was starting to refuse to issue passports to persons born out of hospital, on the grounds that *even when reported promptly and certified by a state-issued birth certificate*, the place of birth might have been right and the person might not *really* be a citizen.

Worth noting, for those who don’t know: until well into the 20th century *most* births were out of hospital…mostly at home (like my mother, her mother, her mother’s mother, her father, both her grandparents…) In WWII, my mother (born at home) joined nurses in Chicago’s slums to provide birthing service for poor women in their tenements. Post WWII, many rural people (especially rural poor, who could not afford hospital care) had their children at home. When we moved here to central Texas, quite a few people were still having their babies at home, most for financial reasons and a few for the concept of a “natural” birth. Babies born out of a hospital are no more likely to be born in a foreign country than those born in a hospital (for instance, to a pregnant US citizen who misjudged her due date and had her child in London or Bangkok.)

But the GOP paranoia about citizenship, their incredible racism–which would have deported most of their own ancestors and denied citizenship to their children–led to an Administration hell bent on denying citizenship to American citizens and deporting as many as possible. Trump & Sessions both said earlier this year that some naturalized citizens should be deported. This would include people I know who immigrated to this country after WWII, some as adults and some as children. And from day one of the “crackdown” on illegal immigrants, ICE has been arresting, holding, and even deporting *native born American citizens*, with passports, who were not allowed to retrieve their passport to prove citizenship while in detention. Their “crime” was being brown. A man arrested in Colorado was told “You don’t look like you were born here.” (Remember, a Navajo man running for public office was accosted by angry white people telling him “Go back where you came from.”)

And now the State Department is confiscating passports from people born on the Texas-Mexico border (which denies them their proof of citizenship), having them detained by ICE, threatening to deport them. Natural born American citizens. Our fellow citizens. Business owners. Veterans of our military services. Farmers. Citizens who were not only born in this country, but had bothered to get passports (most people in my childhood did not have them; you needed them only for foreign travel, not to prove citizenship.) Citizens–fellow citizens–are informed that they aren’t citizens, really, because of where they live, where they were born.

I’m going to take a wild guess that the State Department isn’t yanking the passports of *white* people born in South Texas…only brown people. Not targeting people with last names like Clark or Miller or Schroeder or Whetzel…but only those with names like Moreno, Rodriguez, Garcia, or Flores. Families whose ancestors were there when Texas (and then the U.S.) annexed the territory, drove them off their land grants, stole their land and their history. Among other things.

I grew up in that border mix, and I experienced the influx of white northerners in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s–the winter tourists from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, etc. who complained *endlessly* about the people who lived where they wanted to spend the winter and enjoy the semi-tropical climate, plants, birds, etc. Some of them settled, and brought their attitudes with them. They were offended that our local stop signs also had ALTO on them. They were offended if greeted in Spanish, or if someone’s English had an accent. And there were people like that north of us in all directions. North Texans can be just as snooty and mean as someone from the upper midwest. (My grandfather moved the family to Dallas one year; my mother was harassed and ridiculed because she’d come from the border area; she also had straight black hair, so she was called “dirty Mexican.”) And there’s always been racism in Texas, from the first and all the way to the present.

But seizing the passports–the proof of citizenship–of American citizens without any evidence, declaring them non-citizens without any chance to defend themselves in court, to offer *their* evidence? This is violating our national Constitution and our national honor. And it is also already one floor down the slippery slope to tyranny in this country. Not taxes, not gun control: when the government claims the right to change the rules about who is and who isn’t a citizen–to make that change at the whim of the president or any other individual (or political party) we are already hip deep in Nazi Germany’s determination to “purify” the country–to make it all white and all Christian a certain way. If We the People of the United States don’t stop this right now, this next election, then ANY of us could be declared a non-citizen and our belongings–from passport to land to the clothes on our backs–seized by a lawless government. (Remember the picture of all the rosaries the Border Patrol stole from those they detained: rosaries, wedding rings, family pictures…)

This is not the country I joined the Marines to protect. This is not the country I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution for…not a country that strips citizens of their citizenship on the whim of a political party, or a secret cluster within it, or the senior officials or elected representatives or a president. THIS is a line in the sand, as were the children kidnapped, trafficked, and abused. THIS is NOT OK.

Originally posted by Elizabeth Moon on her Facebook page, August 30, 2018.

References/Resources

U.S. Is Denying Passports to Americans Along the Border

Trump’s Illegal Policy of Denying Passports to Hispanic Citizens

 

Writing with Spirituality

A guest blog by Phyllis Irene Radford

Writing with Spirituality

Alternative Theologies, parables for a modern world

Phyllis Irene Radford

Reading a book imbued with spirituality and later trying to write those qualities
into my own work has fascinated me for a long time. Spirituality is more than religion. To me it is a spiritual character, someone who lives their faith and has a personal
relationship with their beliefs. Their faith guides every decision they make even when
they question the advisability of the decision.  For them there is no division between the divine and reality.I played with these ideas in Guardian of the Vision, Merlin’s Descendants #3.

 

Griffin Kirkwood is a Roman Catholic priest who must wrestle with the strict
teaching of his religion, weighing those truths against the truth of Magical talents in
himself and his family. “A spell is nothing more than a prayer.”

 
I started to see that faith is more than emotion, but it needs to invoke and
emotional response from the reader. That is hard to do but begins on a character level.
The writer, and the reader needs to bond closely to the character and understand what
they believe and why.

 
Then came the Confederated of Star System series by C.F. Bentley.  Sissy dove head first into my life and would not go away until I told her story. An undereducated factory worker, our heroine found herself dragged into the Temple Caste and made High Priestess because the powers that be thought she’d be malleable and do as she was told. They learned otherwise. But finally given the right and the means to read the history of Harmony, both goddess and planet, she has questions that she cannot reconcile with her very direct and magical connection to her home and her faith.  No one messes with the avatar of a goddess, even when she is forced into exile on a space station.

 
That series exhausted me, and I went back to more mundane topics. Until…
My best friend and co-writer, Bob Brown, came up with a new anthology idea.
We’d already co-edited and written for Alternative Truths, which hit several Amazon
bestseller lists, and More Alternative Truths. He published a couple of other books
without me while I wrote a couple books on my own. But then I got a phone call. “Want
to edit Alternative Theologies?”  How could I say no?

 
We racked up almost 150 submissions. In every open call anthologies there a
few inappropriate pieces. Some in the “What were you thinking?” category that make
me head for the hand sanitizers. There are a few that are beautifully written pieces that
don’t quite fit theme. We bought two of those for the next anthology Alternative
Apocalypses.  And then there is the good stuff. The really good stuff that made us cry when we had to choose one from among four with similar themes.

 

In reading the stories I had to sit up and take notice, then I had to think. Think
about my own beliefs, think about how the authors presented themes, think about the
readers who would also think, even if they ended up throwing the entire collection
against the wall. I thought about the stories when they made me laugh, or made me cry,
or made my heart swell with new faith and affirmation.

 
This collection does not bash or denounce religion. It does rail against those who
pervert the teaching of their faith. It examines why we believe, crave believing in
something bigger and grander than ourselves. And it gives me new foundations for my
own beliefs.

 
Believe what you will, in the deity who speaks to you. And I hope you can read
these stories and think.

 


I am not in this volume myself.  I came up with two or three ideas, but none that I was able to transmogrify from story ideas to actual stories.  SMM

My Book Is At WorldCon Without Me

This weekend is the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, or WorldCon.  It’s in San Jose, CA.  Budgets being what budgets are, I’m not there.  However, Alternative Truths is.  B Cubed Press has a table at the con.  They’re selling Alternative Truths, More Alternative Truths, After the Orangeand Alternative Theologies.

My life has been underpaid but busy.  I’ve been trying to finish a ghost story and working on a story for Release the VirginsI’ve been rereading H. P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” for an anthology based on that novella that wants stories by female authors with female characters.  (My bookmate Melinda LaFever has already submitted a story.)

I’ve been writing for Krypton Radio, and my boss and I were pleasantly surprised when an article of mine went viral.  Over 5,000 people read my article and shared it on Facebook, and many other people saw it on Twitter.  Mercedes Lackey, one of my favorite authors, was poisoned by her hotel room at GenCon, and had to go to the hospital with hallucinations and stroke symptoms.  It turned out her hotel room had recently been refurbished, but the hotel hadn’t allowed time for the cleaning fumes to dissipate.  She’s making a full recovery, but I hope the hotel pays her hospital bill.

School started in our district two weeks ago, and I have gone back to subbing.  One day high school audio/visual & broadcasting, one day special ed (elementary), and four days special ed teacher’s aide (elementary and junior high).  I’m crossing my fingers for high school social studies tomorrow.

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Next week, my husband and son start the fall semester at the local community college.  My son decided as much as he likes UTC, he did so much better at STCC for his summer school class that he’s taking his next semester here, where the class sizes are smaller and the tuition is lower.  Both are taking three classes each, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I have been approved by the college to accompany my husband and act as his amanuensis.  (I did mention that he used a cane now, didn’t I, after the potassium deficiency that mimicked a stroke, sent him to the ER, created a speech impediment, and caused him to lose his job of 15 years?)  Both are taking two GE classes and one class for their major.  One is a history major (should help with writing fantasy) and the other is a criminal justice major (should help with writing mystery or urban fantasy).

This week, I am available for subbing all five days.  Next week, I am only available for subbing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

I am a volunteer for Mid-South Renaissance Faire, which will be October 13 & 14 and October 20 & 21 this year in Millington, TN, at USA Baseball Stadium.  August was just too hot.  We had humans and trolls dropping from the heat.  Troll droppings are bad enough, but a she-troll dropping, that’s too much.

Susan, TNRenFest, orange dress

Well, that’s my news.  I hope to post a book review of Alternate Theologies soon.  I hope everyone at WorldCon is having fun, and I hope B Cubed Press sells a lot of books.  With my husband and son in college and my daughter getting close to college age, I could use the royalty money for their tuition.


If you have a spare dollar or two, buy these books.

R is for Renaissance Faire

Cat Tails: War Zone

Alternative Truths

More Alternative Truths

Heroic Fantasy Short Stories

Sword and Sorceress #30

Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid

Supernatural Colorado

Barbarian Crowns

Where Will We Be After The Orange?

I’m not in this book, but several of my friends and acquaintances are. You might find it worth reading.

A guest-post by Karen G. Anderson

Writer Way

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 8.12.06 PMThe writers and editors who put together the Alternative Truths and More Alternative Truths anthologies have taken a collective leap into our uncertain future with a new book, After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery.

Edited by my talented friend Manny Frishberg, the newest B Cubed Press anthology has stories by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Paula Hammond, Mike Adamson, J.G. Follansbee, me and 24 others. Our stories in After the Orange provide a glimpse of the world in 2032 and beyond.

Manny says: “Some stories are about imagined Resistance fighters while others, like ‘Garbage Patch Kids,’ envision people cheerfully making the best of their situation. Generally, the farther in the future a story looks, the more likely it is to be optimistic.”

“Maybe the Monarchs,” by Endeaver Award-winner Brenda Cooper, and J.G. Follansbee’s “The Orange St. Parking Garage Is FULL/OPEN” are all-to-plausible, and disturbingly so. I heard Brenda read “Maybe the…

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Saluqi Mom, Saluqi Wife

My son, as I’ve mentioned before, attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which makes him a UTC Moc and me a proud Moc Mom.  However, during the summer he is getting some of his general education (GE) classes out of the way at Southwest Tennessee Community College.  My husband lost his job for medical reasons.  He’s decided to write, since he has time now.  Therefore, both my my son and husband are taking English 1010 (English Composition I).  This makes me a Saluqi Mom as well as a Saluqi Wife.

Yes, Southern Illinois University also uses Saluki as a mascot.  No, I don’t know why the schools spell it differently.

2 Salukis

My son will be returning to UTC.  He’ll transfer his English class there, and go back to being a Moc. He’ll take more of his GE classes, and then start his preparation for major prerequisites.  He’s seriously considering Criminal Justice Studies as a major.

My husband had originally only intended to take the one composition class to improve his writing.  However, his adviser convinced him to go back to school to earn an associate’s degree in History.  Studying history will help him as a writer, especially as a fantasy author.  Next semester he’s planning to take English 1020 (English Composition II), which focuses on writing reports whilst English 1010 focuses on writing essays.  He will also take a history class, possibly US history, possibly a history elective.

Because of his medical issues, my husband doesn’t drive.  I’ve been driving them to campus,  then sitting in on the class to take notes for my husband.  Next semester, we’re compromising on schedules.  I intend to sub three days a week.  He’ll take classes twice a week.  I’ll also try to write and proofread on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As much as I love both my Saluqis, I wish Shelby County had better bus service so I didn’t need to chauffeur them both.  Driving to and from campus is cutting into my writing time.  I have a novel to finish.


Feature image by Thomas R Machnitzki for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, posted here through Creative Commons.  The picture of the dogs is from the SIU website.  No copyright infringement is intended for either photograph.


 

Founding Father Haym Salomon

Some of our Founding Fathers are famous:  George Washington, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton (especially after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s prize winning musical), John Hancock, etc.  Other of our Founding Fathers (and most of our Founding Mothers) have been forgotten and ignored.

Financier of the American Revolution

Haym Salomon was an American patriot who does not get the attention and respect in the 21st century that he deserves.

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By unknown artist – USPS, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2963517, stamp issued by the US Post Office in 1975.

Haym Saloman was born in Leszno, Poland (called Lissa on German maps) in 1740.  He traveled in western Europe as a young man, practicing and studying foreign languages and finance.  In 1775 he emigrated to New York City, where he quickly became a fervent supporter of the cause of independence from England.

He continued his profession in the New World by acting as a financial broker to colonial merchants involved in export and import.  He joined the Sons of Liberty.  He was twice arrested by the British as a spy.

Among his many other contributions to the Colonies, Salomon subscribed heavily to government loans, endorsed notes, gave generously to soldiers, and equipped several military units with his own money. Robert Morris, the superintendent of finance from 1781 to 1784, appointed Salomon as broker to his office. Morris records in his diary that between 1781 and 1784 Salomon lent more than $200,000. In addition, he made private loans to prominent statesmen such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, from whom he would not take interest. In all, the government owed Salomon more than $600,000. Generations of his descendants tried in vain to collect some portion of these loans, which had helped to impoverish Salomon in his last years.  {Encyclopedia Britannica}

While a prisoner of the English, Haym Salomon was required to act as a translator for the Hessian troops.  He also helped American and French POWs escape during this time, and urged the Hessian soldiers to desert.

Jewish Founding Father

In 1777 Haym Salomon married Rachel Franks, the daughter of a respected Jewish family, at Shearith Israel Synagogue in New York.  They had four children.

  • Ezekiel, born July 20, 1778
  • Sally, born October 17, 1779
  • Deborah, born January 12, 1783
  • Haym, born April 23, 1785

After the second time he was arrested by the English, he was forced to flee for his life, leaving Rachel and Ezekiel behind.  They were eventually reunited in Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia Haym Salomon joined the Mikvah Israel Synagogue, which was founded in 1740, and included many patriots among its congregation.  Salomon and other members of the congregation protested the religious test oath required by the Pennsylvania state constitution for all state office holders.  Although originally intended to disenfranchise Quakers, who cannot take oaths, it also prevented Jews, atheists, agnostics, and those who followed traditional Native American beliefs from being elected to the Pennsylvania State Assembly.  This eventually led to the United States Constitution not requiring a religious oath to hold office.

“I am a Jew; it is my own nation; I do not despair that we shall obtain every other privilege that we aspire to enjoy along with our fellow-citizens.”  Haym Salomon

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By Morris Levin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33837925

Why Is Haym Saloman Ignored?

Why doesn’t Haym Saloman have the fame and respect he deserves?  There are three reasons for this.

  1.  Soldiers are more exciting to read about than the men who pay soldiers and make sure they have uniforms and supplies.
  2. Haym Salomon was Jewish, and anti-Semitism is a real and ugly thing.
  3. Guilt.  Haym Salomon died in debt, because his many loans were not repaid.  His descendants tried for years to seek recompense.

Haym Salomon died too young, only in his forties,  on January 6, 1785, largely because of health problems he developed as a prisoner of the British.

Claude Rains starred in the Oscar-winning Sons of Liberty, about Haym Salomon.  It won Best Short Subject Film in 1940.  It’s only twenty minutes, in black and white, but if you get a chance to see it, do so.

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Statue of Robert Morris, George Washington, and Haym Salomon in Chicago’s Heald Square, designed by Lorado Taft, completed by Leonard Crunelle, Nellie Walker and Fred Torrey.

 

DOUBLE FEATURE: A Movie Review of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Incredibles 2”

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Saturday night we went to the drive-in.  We saw a double feature of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Incredibles 2Other than the rain during Ant-Man and the Wasp, we enjoyed the movies.

The two movies have some things in common.

  1. Both are superhero movies, with a good blend of action and humor.
  2. Both pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.
  3. Both have competent female protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters.
  4. Both examine the role of superheroes in society.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), takes place two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War and contemporaneously with Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1).  Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, is on house-arrest.  He has parted company with Hope Van Dyne, aka Wasp (Jr.), and her father Hank Pym; they are on the run, and have been for the past two years.  Scott provides a clue that Janet Van Dyne, aka Wasp (Sr.) may still be alive in the Quantum Dimension.  Dr. Pym and his daughter are determined to rescue her, with or without Scott’s help.

The physics are less than believable, but the movie is so fun that you’ll turn off your brain and ignore that.  Luis, Scott’s long-winded, silver-tongued friend from prison (and now his business partner), steals the show.  Like Black Panther, it’s a female friendly movie.  Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne, Ghost (Ava Starr), Maggie (Scott’s ex-wife), and Cassie (Scott’s beloved daughter) are all well developed characters with plausible motivations for their actions.  As with Killmonger in Black Panther, Ghost as a valid reason for what she’s doing.

Incredibles 2 begins literally seconds after the first movie ended.  Unfortunately, the Parr clan’s attempt to defeat the Underminer is less than successful, resulting in some collateral damage.  The superhero relocation program is being shut down due to budget cuts.  With their house destroyed in the last movie and Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, having been fired from his insurance job a few months ago, they’ve got two weeks in a motel before they’re homeless.

Luckily, Frozone is approached by business executive Winston Deavor, a gushing fanboy when it comes to superheroes.  Winston and his genius sister Evelyn want to bring superheroes back into the public eye so their heroics can become legal again.  They hire Elastigirl, aka Helen Parr, to be the first super to make a comeback.  (Her collateral damage record was far less than her husband’s.)  The Deavors provide them with a home which must have belonged to a superhero at one point; it’s a cross between stately Wayne Manor and Tracy Island, and Tony Stark would love it.  She meets other metahumans, some of whom regard her with awe.  As Elastigirl goes after Screenslaver, Mr. Incredible is busy playing Mr. Mom : helping (or attempting to help) Dash with his homework, dealing with Violet’s broken heart, and trying to keep up with baby Jack-Jack who is a polymorph.  None of the female characters — Elastigirl, Violet, Evelyn, the Ambassador, Voyd, Edna Mode — are two-dimensional ciphers.

“Unhappy the land that needs heroes.” Unglücklich das Land, das Helden nötig hat.  Bertolt Brecht, 1898 – 1956

Screenslaver, the antagonist of Incredibles 2, believes superheroes make the rest of the population weak, because they then rely on superheroes instead of themselves.  Ant-Man used the power of his suit to help Captain America, but in doing so broke the Sokovian Accords.  What are the duties and obligations of a superhero?  Who decides when they should intervene?  Who is responsible for the damage after a fight between superheroes and supervillains?

“With great power comes great responsibility.”  Stan Lee

I recommend both movies.  Both were small-scale superhero movies, threatening only one city and a small group of people rather than the entire world, yet both had consequences beyond their own setting.

Images of movie posters “borrowed” from IMDB, both copyright Disney Entertainment.  Videos from YouTube.

 

 

 

RELEASE THE VIRGINS Open for Submissions

I could see something like Heinlein’s “If This Goes On” where the temple virgins go after the prophet, or a story about a radical Mideastern terrorist arriving at the gates of Paradise only to find the Almighty is displeased with how the Koran is being twisted. The 72 virgins the suicide bomber is expecting are closer to Greek Furies or Viking Valkryies.

Michael A. Ventrella

The anthology Release the Virgins! is now open for submissions.

Through a kickstarter campaign, we were able to raise enough to go ahead with this project, and we have confirmations from authors David Gerrold, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jody Lynn Nye, Allen Steele, Steve Miller, Sharon Lee, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gail Z. Martin, Cecilia Tan, Patrick Thomas, Shariann Lewitt, Alex Shvartsman, Hildy Silverman, and Daniel M. Kimmel.

We should have room for a few extra stories as well. But only a few.

Submissions are open for short stories that include, somewhere in the story, the phrase “Release the Virgins.”

The story should be no more than 5,000 words. This should be sufficient for what should most likely be a somewhat humorous tale. The payment is 5 cents a word. Do not take this as an invitation to pad your story in order to earn a few more bucks. If your story is complete…

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Complaints Against DJT and His Administration

When the American colonies broke away from England, Thomas Jefferson wrote “when in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

A friend of mine, Laurie MacDonald, listed reasons why DJT and his administration are failing this nation.

Immigrant children torn away from their parents

Parents and children separated for months.

Children kept in what amount to dog kennels.

A border wall.

Using children as bargaining chips to get a border wall built.

Immigrant teenage girls kept from having perfectly legal abortions.

A movement to make it legal to seize property from people accused of crimes but not yet convicted.

Praising brutal dictators, while alienating our allies.

Meeting with a brutal dictator for no other purposes than to have a photo op and use the meeting as a tool to win the upcoming election.

Cancelling military maneuvers with South Korea.

Starting a deliberate trade war with our allies.

Deliberately destroying our environment.

Relaxation of safety regulations in the workplace and in the manufacture of cars.

Refusing to admit that a hostile foreign power meddled in our election.

Refusing to take steps to make sure that a hostile power can’t meddle in our elections again.

Voter suppression laws.

Increasing the power of the Executive Branch.

Waging war on the Justice Department.

Talking about imprisoning political opponents.

Inviting brutal dictators to the White House.

Multiple and ongoing attempts to end a Justice Department investigation into corruption in one’s own campaign team and administration.

Treating Congress as a subordinate branch of government.

A Congress that refuses to exercise its oversight of the Executive Branch.

Packing the Judicial Branch with unqualified judges, appointed for life, who will continue to support the administration’s extreme policies.

Zero tolerance for dissent.

A complete lack of respect for democratic principles.

Does this sound like we still live in a democracy?

(Feel free to add your own items to this list.)