The Angels of Emanuel AME


Drawn by Madeleine, age 7.

This drawing started at a quiet Mount Pleasant home with a simple yet difficult question by Madeleine: “Why is the world full of broken people?”

Melanie, the mother of two including young Madeleine, said while Madeleine asked a lot of questions about what happened Wednesday night, Madeleine’s twin sister Emma Kate talked very little about it.

“Why can’t the good people teach the bad people to be good?” Madeleine asked her mother, another question that seems simple to a 7-year-old mind but is anything but simple for an adult. “Just because someone is different doesn’t mean you have to do something bad to them.”

During the conversation, Melanie says her daughter also asked to see a picture of the church where the shooting happened. Madeleine also Googled instructions on how to draw an angel.

Her mother gave Madeleine photos of the nine victims.

“Madeleine wanted the Angels to be a good representation,” Melanie said.

So Madeleine armed with blank sheets of paper and crayons looked on the faces of the people killed — Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, and Myra Thompson — and started to draw.

Mother Emanuel AME Church stands large in the picture, taking up most of the page. Flying above are the nine slain church members, most holding a peace symbol or a heart.

Three have their arms outstretched, seemingly welcoming an embrace.

Jobs, Immigration, and the Law

America’s government manages a budget equal to the world’s third largest GDP—a sustained annual outlay of $4 trillion. In charge of this incredible wealth are lying thieves without moral compassion. The 30 day record of the Trump administration is one of deception and cruelty. Their goal is a greater concentration of wealth and the destruction of the safety nets, and force conformity to power. The administration views rewrite history when the President suggests he inherited “a mess.” Really?

Obama saved Detroit! The planned plants Trump brags about could not be possible without Obama’s rescue of the auto industry—the entire supply and distribution chain, down to local garages. Obama knew a country without social chaos was more productive. Trump, screaming about borders, sets off a ripple effect of disruption through the economy, a multiplier that will cost jobs and lower productivity.

Trump supporters say undocumented workers broke the law and must answer (by being separated from their children and families). The “law” once made men/women slaves–prohibited black students in white classrooms, prevented women from voting. The “law” never convicted those who lynched Emmett Till. The “law” convicted 5 innocent teenagers in Central Park.

Here’s a simple test for all who claim the law is supreme and must be obeyed without exception: two weeks ago, a team of Navy SEALs entered a country illegally–violating its sovereignty, crossing its borders without permission–to carry out a military excursion that resulted in the civilian deaths of small children in their homes at night. The US is not at war with the country whose borders its troops violated; it has no declaration of war under which to operate.

Under law, should the troops be returned to stand trial for murder? For breaking international/country/US law in killing civilians/children?

Would you send them back?

But Trump would send back undocumented residents contributing $11.6 billion to the US economy; $8 billion in sales and taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes, undocumented residents who reside in a spirit of harmony and peace.

Which inspires the greater terrorist threat? Folk generating $11.6 billion in the economy? Or the inconsolable grief at the injustice of a US action that took the lives of innocent children?

The Silence of the Hacks

Job One

An earlier Trump nominee for Secretary of the Army also withdrew. Among those confirmed is a former member of Congress who introduced legislation from which he personally benefited (through trades made by his stock broker); a wealthy patron and GOP donor who sees educational choice in for-profit terms (without defined accountability!), who has never served as a teacher/principal, psychologist, curriculum specialist–or cafeteria volunteer in a public school, who thinks guns in WY schools might protect against grizzly attacks.

Anti-labor attitudes and acts (wage theft, anti-minimum wage raise) and domestic violence (his wife later recanted) plus missing millions on the vetting forms and hiring an undocumented worker and failing to pay taxes on her income forced the withdrawal of the Labor Secretary nominee–following on the heels of the National Security Director’s 24 day tenure, terminated at the President’s request.

Now a candidate thought to be next in line as the NSD turned the job down publicly before it was offered.

Oh, wide plagiarism stopped another minor appointment.

Inside the White House, white supremacist meets Main Street and global bankers.

A 31-year old, White House senior adviser harangues the nation that the President’s authority on national security cannot “be questioned.”

“Finely tuned”? “Great appointments”?

Trump’s Pick to Replace Flynn Turns Down the Job