Jim Butler

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    New Challenges for Democracy as we know it.

    Democracy and the American System of equal Three Branch Government are on display for the world to see and appreciate. However, the sad and ironic part is that the Trump-led Executive Branch is the biggest impediment to making this our collective shining hour. His arrogance and ignorance in governing are glaringly apparent. The seemingly unrealistic campaign rhetoric and rallying points of then-candidate Donald Trump are now being heral... Read More

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    On The Media Issue

    The Up and Downside of a Free Press and Media The press and media are the chroniclers of our history as it unfolds before the people. They are charged with going beneath the surface to fact-find and ultimately seek and find the truth. The most vital aspect of its function is to safeguard our Democracy and way of life by its responsible assessment of information delivery and dissemination that keeps honesty at the forefront. Whil... Read More

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    For Those Old Enough Or Brave Enough To Know

    FOR THOSE OLD ENOUGH OR BRAVE ENOUGH TO KNOW The decade of the 1960's was the most character-revealing era of who and what America was and was to become. Looking back over that tumultuous period is like pulling the scab off the nation's wounded soul and revealing a festering cauldron of hatred that was many layered and deeply entrenched. The ugly reality that hatred and fear had bred and the predictable outrage in all quarters of... Read More

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    Challenging yourself...For the love of the game

    This new year was indeed for me a heady and singular accomplishment. On New Year's Eve,  I played a game of Bridge, at my home club, the Upper Cape Bridge Club, I came in 1st Place. For me a personal challenge had been realized, met, overcome, and was now behind me. I had achieved Silver Life Master status!  In that one instant, years of effort had been marshaled and the seemingly impossible dream of a young inner-city Black youth had final... Read More

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    On The Brink of a New Frontier

    On the brink of a new frontier Either intentionally or inadvertently, the Russians have goaded us to openly position ourselves to a skirmish line on the unchartered territory of cyber warfare. Technology has again reared its provocative and ugly head and hisses at both superpowers as everyone must now prepare for real and imagined threats to our national security and integrity. There will soon be a new vocabulary that characteriz... Read More

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    America and the world are holding their collective breath.

    The reality of Donald Trump as President of the United States is dawning under the forecast of severe weather ahead. Those national and global conditions could become either calamitous or usher in a period of such energized economic reconfiguration and industrial upheaval, that it becomes confrontational in our view of the world. Just as weather conditions can be anticipated but not controlled, so too will the political climate... Read More

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    ALL THE CARDS FACE UP

    I applaud the Democratic Party, but not for the obvious. I applaud them because they have been the positive change agents. They were first to see the egregious positions they had staked out for themselves and the country, and made a concerted effort to reverse course and join with the disenfranchised, the young, old, female, gay, and the newlyemerging Hispanic populations. This change has not been an easy task. Because remember the Democrats w... Read More

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    THE BATTLE LINES ARE BEING CLEARLY DRAWN

    As we begin to narrow this past year of shrill political rhetoric and move towards a sense of definition; it is becoming more apparent than ever that two words characterize the basic differences of the Two-Party System gunfight for the hearts and minds of the citizenry.Those two words are "I" vs. "We," and the American People will ultimately decide which political, economic,social, personality and process will define who and what America will ... Read More

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    A NEW INDEPENDENCE DAY

    As a Black man born of the baby boomer era within the inner-inner city world of Harlem USA, my perspective and values were forged in a fiery furnace. For the first time this past 4th of July I saw celebrated my sense of patriotism in some "conventional" fashion. I realized that for the first time since childhood that I found sufficient reason to acknowledge my pride in being an American Citizen. I had previously made it a point to tak... Read More

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    Theatre of the absurd

    Imagine that Donald Trump, consummate businessman and arguably the most prominent American megalomaniac of the last half century; if his whole campaign for President of the United States had finally come to staring himself down in the mirror. Could it be that knowing he could actually broker this ultimate business transaction, hijack the Republican Party of other equally ravenous and carnivorous businesspersons, and turn the country upside-dow... Read More

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    Theatre of the absurd

    Imagine that Donald Trump, consummate businessman and arguably the most prominent American megalomaniac of the last half century; if his whole campaign for President of the United States had finally come to staring himself down in the mirror. Could it be that knowing he could actually broker this ultimate business transaction, hijack the Republican Party of other equally ravenous and carnivorous businesspersons, and turn the country upside-dow... Read More

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    Staying headed in the right direction

    The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing While this is a relatively simple directive, it provokes a whole insightful array of personally profound thoughts and actions. What exactly is the main thing? How do we sift through our ever-changing and evolving list of priorities and identify what for us is this main thing? Is it God? Is it Health, Wealth, Family, Career? Is it past, present or future? These possibilities are all... Read More

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    Memorial day Remembrances

    We as Americans have the unenviable and yet solemn tasks of honoring all the dead who have bravely paid the final price for our freedom. The most difficult aspect in the paying of reverence on this day, is that we must find within us the capacity to honor the men and women on either side of these tests of wills, that have led to us proudly and safely proclaim these our “United States of America.” E pluribus unum, is an ideal and inspiration fo... Read More

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    The Value of Time

    One of the most succinct capturing of the importance of time (I Believe) has been reduced to this memorable formula. While it is anonymous in origin, it somehow transcends time itself in its simplicity. I now take poetic license it offering it up for discussion. "If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? How would you spend your money? Well, you do h... Read More

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    When is enough really enough?

    It is a sad commentary on what the side-effects of success and fame have produced for our young people to process to fruitful conclusion. So many, too many of their iconic symbols of "superstar" status share the unfortunate and seemingly more acceptable fate of living and dying under the cloud and inevitable shroud of legal and/or illegal substance abuse.  Who and what is the real victim of this surreal but devilish practice that snatches t... Read More

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    The proverbial ducks are lining up

    THE DUCKS ARE LINING UP FOR THE DONALDIn a rare display of recent Republican-variety capitulation the party faithful and fence-sitters alike have found some semblance of common ground; they are beginning to cave in to the Trump phenomena of hostile takeover. In this ultimate board game, "The Art Of The Deal" is on display for the world to witness in awe. The audacity of the Trump Blitzkrieg is catching the whole political process off-guard and... Read More

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    a national civics lesson part 2

    “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ― John F. Kennedy A multi-layered caste system, entrenched in the psyche of our system of not only sharing our collective wealth, but also governing the perpetuation of who will have and maintain more than their fair share, rears its ugly and divisive head. Education and Social Justice and access to those essential foundational launch points for every citize... Read More

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    a national civics lesson

    “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” ― George Washington All the component parts that make up our national character and trajectory seem to come together amid the self-searching inherent within the Presidential election cycle of every four years. It is during this defining period when we have opportunity to assess where we have been and where we are headed as leader of the free world. This is not only a period that so... Read More

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    The Vacuum Created in Washington

    On sober reflection, it is my considered opinion and I hope that of most of the still optimistic citizens of America, that the responsible decision-making components of Government will not by their lethargy maneuver President Obama to nudge the country unnecessarily onto a war footing posture in the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia. Democracy's enemies abound and remain perpetually antagonistic and opportunistic. That is perhaps a... Read More

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    Theatre of the absurd

    Written by: Jim Butler

    Imagine that Donald Trump, consummate businessman and arguably the most prominent American megalomaniac of the last half century; if his whole campaign for President of the United States had finally come to staring himself down in the mirror. Could it be that knowing he could actually broker this ultimate business transaction, hijack the Republican Party of other equally ravenous and carnivorous businesspersons, and turn the country upside-dow... Read More

    Theatre of the absurd

    Written by: Jim Butler

    Imagine that Donald Trump, consummate businessman and arguably the most prominent American megalomaniac of the last half century; if his whole campaign for President of the United States had finally come to staring himself down in the mirror. Could it be that knowing he could actually broker this ultimate business transaction, hijack the Republican Party of other equally ravenous and carnivorous businesspersons, and turn the country upside-dow... Read More