Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story

Meryl Streep is the narrator of this emotionally powerful short film.

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

To prepare, here are some of Meryl Streep’s remarks at the DNC Convention 2016:

“Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history, and you’re gonna make history again in November. Because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president.

And she will be a great president, and she will be the first in a long line of women. And men. Who serve with grit and grace. She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last.

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Maggie the Cat – Roars & Purrs

I must confess I have the Bern, but after listening and watching President Barack Obama speak at the DNC on Wednesday night 27th July 2016, His fire and the best speech I have ever heard him give or anyone give, not since Lincoln has a President spoke so fine. Barack has the effectiveness to help one evaluate just what is IMPORTANT. Bernie will still be our Senator from Vermont, and will help Hillary when asked and I am sure and hopeful she will work with Bernie toward continuing the revolution he started. I know now we who supported him have to look to Hillary Clinton to lead us in the future after the Obamas vacate the White House. It is imperative our future President needs desperately to be Hillary Clinton. She needs to be our leader and the leader for the Free world.

Watch this video; find Obama’s speech and listen carefully; observe the demagogue DT; think about what you want the future of the USA and the world to be. Do you want it to be free and moving forward creating beneficial change for the USA and the world? Or do you want to eat FEAR every moment knowing DT holds the codes to a Nuclear Holocaust in his tiny hands? It doesn’t matter to Trump. He probably has a luxurious bunker waiting, and the workers probably weren’t paid to build it. DT wants you to be on the edge of oblivion so he can do what? Absolutely Nothing. He has no plans. He wants the adulations not the work. In place of being the nominee for the ‘Republicans;’ he instead should be arrested for all the laws he’s broken and the fraud he’s committed; the incitement to riot; and for anything he has ever done to steal from the vulnerable and his insults to all who are not a member of his perfectly ugly club. He really thinks he’s above it all. I think it’s time to show him he is no more or less, maybe less, than the rest of us. It’s time for him to stop. Shut the F up and quietly slip back into the primordial slime he slithered out of.

Let’s move away from the Gila Monster with his poisonous aspects and true stories of sexually assaulting unsuspecting women while casting it aside as ‘locker room talk’. Girls and woman have been perceived by predators as easy prey for most of our lives. We are objects in the eyes of DT and the men like him. They must cease or be arrested and imprisoned for the prisons they place the women they assault and objectify. So lets move on. Enough of Dork The Orc. Now on to something productive.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton worked out the most Progressive Platform of any potential President to use to further change for good so all will benefit in all areas. I want to see the change initiated. Only Hillary Clinton will follow through to help the USA and the world become a more just place in which to live and thrive.

There were things said last night at the DNC [Convention] not known before about Hillary. In the short film ‘Shoulders,’ we find out about a life where encouragement for females was a ‘GOOD’ word. And she has and does so much good for the world, especially for the world’s women and children. She has strengthened and encouraged them to claim their right to be who they want to be and helps them to attain their goals. She will continue to do this.

She will continue to work for veterans and for everyone in the USA and the world, trying to bring the world together. To bring people up from the poverty level. Create jobs for the USA and spread the wealth throughout the world. Watch out 1%ers, your time has come to pay your full dues and back ones too. You will no longer be exempt.

This is the most Beautiful. Sweet. Amazing story of women showing the way to grow in the best way possible and to attain the freedom and recognition we deserve. We are as capable as men. We can do anything men can do. Women can be leaders. Women can be President of the United States of America. With Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House, I feel we shall see change to follow what Barack Obama has already accomplished even though he was constantly being thwarted by a poor excuse for Republicans I have ever witnessed. The party of Lincoln would be ashamed to be associated with what they have become. What the present day excuse for Republicans is should just disappear into oblivion along with their con artist candidate, and never be heard from again. One can only hope.

We are heading into a new world. The election in November 2016 for the Presidency and for other essential members of the Congress, State and Federal, the Judges, the Sheriffs, and all other representatives. We need to VOTE. THIS ELECTION IS THE ELECTION WHICH WILL AFFECT WHO IS CHOSEN FOR THE SUPREME COURT. It is IMPORTANT who will name them. It’s a matter of human rights, women rights, LGBT rights, shutting down private prisons, free college tuition for state colleges; releasing those incarcerated who should be released for lack of committing any crime. So much more is at stake. FREEDOM FROM FEAR IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND RULING OUR OWN LIVES AND HAVING THE FREEDOM TO DO SO.

This is a story. A film which shows how a life is born and directions are taken leading to a special moment that will continue on hopefully in the direction many would like to see it go.

The Bern made this happen for me and many enthusiastic others. It is all part of the revolution. It lives on in us all who fight peacefully for the rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. We ALL MATTER and even if the Republicans won’t say it: #BLACKLIVES MATTER…I want to add #WOMENSLIVES MATTER. . .And thank you to all the Men who helped all women. Without your help we wouldn’t be where we are now. You supported our Power to be Strong and to move forward toward Equality.”

When you Watch this video, think of the following words:

“We say thank you to all the women who would not take no for an answer: You dreamers and schemers, you rabble rousers and hell raisers, you petticoat abolitionists, you chain-smoking pants wearing exhibitionists, you educators, agitators and aviators, you risk-takers, you rule breakers, you unlikely heroes.”maggie-the-cat-paw-print

And now for the Short Film. Be prepared to be moved. Hillary Rodham Clinton is much more than we ever knew she was. She doesn’t beat her own drum, so we need to do it for her. – Maggie the Cat

FOR FULL EFFECT OPEN VIDEOS TO FULL SCREEN. VOLUME UP ON ‘OUR FIGHT SONG’ IT REALLY ROCKS..

Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story
from Harry Thomason

An added treat, the song performed first at the DNC Convention titled: ‘Our Fight Song’… If the video on Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t get you than I am sure listening and watching ‘Our Fight Song’ will move you into a motion of excitement beyond your wildest Dreams. Be prepared to FLY.

Democratic National Convention – Our Fight Song
[a capella – all sounds are from performers]

“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The a cappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks.

Will be posting at a later date on ‘the secret keeper’ & ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’ , a blog I share with my partner. The words and story need to be spread. It is important to take these images and song to your heart and feel it in your soul. Everything depends on change. We need it now. Filled with HOPE and absent from FEAR. Hillary Rodham Clinton is our Hope.

Written by a Bernie Sanders supporter and a Vermonter since 1977. Checked the bias at the door.

Originally Posted on Expats Post on August 1, 2016

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Remember, Remember….

The 5th of November.

Tis Guy Fawkes Day, once more. A day whose meaning has been muddled by popular culture through the years, notably Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta and the 2005 anti-fascist film it inspired. G8yHZyP

The hack-anarchists over at Anonymous picked up the banner (and mask) and a modern anti-tyranny, liberal-leaning legend was born.

But how do these representations stack up against the historical Mr. Fawkes?

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My first introduction to Guy Fawkes was when I was 8 years old and we were living in Devon for a year. I knew little of the history then, but certainly enjoyed the fireworks and bonfires – what kid would not? It was only later, as my fascination with history grew, that I looked beyond the sparkling festivities to the story beneath.

Guy Fawkes – aka Guido Fawkes, aka John Johnson – was a Catholic at a time when being Catholic in England was not easy. The Church of England was less than a century old and anti-Papist feeling was still running high. Catholics were still being imprisoned, having their lands confiscated, and worse. It was the 17th century, after all.

After fighting with Spain against his king, James I, and country, Fawkes fell in with a group of provincial Catholics who were convinced the only thing to do was to bring down the government and restore Catholic supremacy across the land. King, ministers, Parliament, the whole shebang, had to go. Thus was launched the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot. Because of his years in the military, the cabal put Guy in charge of the powder.The_Gunpowder_Plot_Conspirators,_1605_from_NPG

So it was that on the 5th of November, 16o5, Fawkes was caught guarding kegs of explosives beneath the Houses of Parliament. Following a seriously enhanced interrogation, he gave up his fellow conspirators, and, in the gruesome fashion of the day, all were executed for High Treason.

So, the question remains, was he a hero or a religious zealot? Were he and his fellow plotters striking a blow against a royal tyrant or looking to unleash anarchy on their homeland? While James I wasn’t a perfect monarch, there had certainly been greater despots before and since. And, aside from their religious convictions, one would be hard pressed to find a cohesive political motivation for the plotters’ actions. They simply wanted to replace the authority of a lawful monarch with that of the Pope, without regard for the loss of life or social upheaval. Religious wars are like that no matter what the age or faiths. Hmmm. In the end,  it can be said that the attempted assasination of the King gave James a period of good will he might otherwise not have had. Certainly, in full, the poem we know of the day is pro-James/anit-Guy.

THE FIFTH of NOVEMBER

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England’s overthrow.
    But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James’s sake!
    If you won’t give me one,
    I’ll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!

In terms of modern politics and those who have latched onto Guy Fawkes as a symbol, in the United States the fundamentalist “religious liberty” types seem to have more in common with him than any liberal faction. After all, they believe their religous faith trumps anyone else’s rights, regardless what the law and Constitution say. They would likely be shocked by this link. But then again, over here ignorance often leads people to get their history wrong. Just look at the Tea Party. Never let something like history or facts get in the way of a little good old fashion demagoguery. God knows the current flock of GOP presidential candidates don’t.

For myself, I must admit to having a bit of a soft spot in my heart for the traitor Fawkes. And, being anti-totalitarian to my core, I am especially fond of his Fawkes-as-V incarnation. Is it historical, no. But it is good storytelling. And that – along with fireworks and rousing overtures – will always appeal to the rebelious 8-year-old lingering inside me.

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See the world…

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

…Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ever get the feeling that humanity is careening off the rails? That fancy and fiction, witches and wizards, even dragons, are but pale shadows before the daily ignorance, injustice, and insanity swirling round us?

In this country alone, listening to the Republican candidates for president is like stepping back in history to Berlin, 1933. A reality-show star thinks he can rule the nation because, well, trust him, he’s rich, he’s great, and he’ll raise Douglas McArthur from the grave to fight WW III and sort all those pesky international messes. A neurosurgeon – who you think would know better – doesn’t believe in evolution. Anyone who is not white is suspect and lives in fear simply for looking cross-eyed at the wrong policeman. Women are considered incapable of making decision about their own bodies. Thousands of lives lost to gun violence are nothing compared to an antiquated second amendmant that did not account for a standing army or automatic weapons. And the separation of church and state has been so turned on its head that, if some had their way, we would be living in a fundamentalist theocracy. (Irony is lost on the extreme right.)

These are but a few of the vile bothers of the world that rend the spirit and hurt the teeth.

This space stands against them. All.

With rants and raves, reflections and rhetoric, in word and image, we aim to see the world as it is, not as the blind would have us see it. To make a small dent in our corner of the universe. To follow Ray Bradbury’s charge:

“do your own bit of saving, and if you drown,
at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”

Hope you will join us.

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