When I hear weak and tepid calls for unity, I’m reminded of these words by Martin Luther King Jr. and also this letter which was a resounding critique of white moderates.

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be?” 1/5
Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. 2/5
We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime- the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality,and thus fell below their environment. 3/5
The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Letters from a Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963). 4/5
There can be no unity with white supremacists, nazis, and others who raided the Capitol

But citizens of good faith across diverse political/religious affiliations can find courage to seek a more beautiful way-become extremists for love.Truth tellers. Healers. Justice makers 5/5
Someone just DM’d to ask me if I believe fundamentally that GOP supporters are racist.

I’m suggesting no such thing. For years, I’ve heard GOP friends and family claim both Abraham Lincoln and MLK jr to their party with great pride. And they should.
In a moment of national crisis, we will know who belongs to the “party of Lincoln”/ “party of MLK jr” and who is guided by these enduring truths, have been formed by it and aspire to bear its fruit in the public square by those appealing to it/living by it out loud w/ intention
That’s meant to be an invitation to remember Lincoln’s words

“that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom[8]—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.[6][9]”
The single greatest fear/ threat to an ideology of White Supremacy are as it turns out the is beautiful promise and expansive reach of democracy which lifts and liberates, and while not perfect has as its noble aim “government of the people, by the people, for the people...”
If someone receives these words as an offense as a rebuke or as a stinging indictment or really anything other than a call to love inclusive broad diverse coalition upon which a true unity can be built—well, that’s that individuals to wrestle with and to ask the question “why?”
My suggestion is that their issue is not with me, or my choice to quote and appeal to the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of any particular political persuasion and to quote them in their appropriate context...

their issue is with the broader premise of democracy itself.

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12 Jan
Someone asked me as one who works for Govt if I want “unity.”

To put it plainly—no.

I want healing which requires accountability/consequence & honest reckoning with how we got here.

It requires legislative changes that will discourage these kinds of politicians in the future
I want a robust and ethical and transparent government that people of any and political parties can trust to be functional.

I want public servants of all political parties to put country before party and to be basically trustworthy to tell the truth to their constituents
This is not what we have right now and less there is a reckoning and a whole slate of serious consequences for people who violated their oaths of office—we will not have unity in the future, because true unity requires a willing assent to the same rules/same ethical foundations
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Correct. From national security standpoint, we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

We also don’t replicate their violent rhetoric or tactics.
We do what is necessary to dethrone/deplatform and make them face legal consequences.

Then we delegitimize their values in public square
When KKK was at one of their most dangerous peak in the south, one tactic for dealing with them involved agents infiltrating these organizations and then using media: TV and radio to publicly humiliate them.
A precursor to doxing but also to talk about how weak pathetic cowardly and vile their worldview was. This mass media campaign was not aimed at a change of heart on the part of white supremacist leaders—it was aimed at persuading the hearts and minds of the general public
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I don’t know where this 2Trilion dollar number comes from as it happens to be larger than the 2020 federal budget allotment for the entire DoD which includes a heck of a lot more than equipment 🤷‍♀️

For those interested in Govt budgets—I’m attaching the 2020
For those of you who want to see the Federal Budget the President proposed for 2020 —go to summary table S-4 on page 110.

And you’ll see that total Defense Related spending was proposed as 726B which is still a whole lot of 💰 but is also not $2T.

govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BU…
In comparison: healthcare: social security, Medicare, Medicaid, the affordable care act and exchange subsidies constitutes 2.249 Trillion dollars of the Presidents proposed 2020 budget.

And of that the affordable care act subsidies constituted $5B.
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#FridayMotivation #Marriage

I sometimes get comments asking me when I’m going to marry my partner. This is a personal decision that I don’t *need* to answer, but I’m happy to share part of our logic/reasoning.

It will be a few years. And there are a few specific reasons.
I want to see my partner get out of debt before we marry.

That’s important to me and she’s agreed.

The second piece is that want her to have a small nest egg that is completely hers.

Power dynamics in marriage are important to me. And changing them in a positive direction.
Not that I ever would—but if I ever went off the rails and became toxic or abusive—I want her to have “walk-away” power with me.

Especially as a woman with a disability—I want her to have a few months savings that I don’t control and that aren’t part of our shared assets.
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#MondayMotivation Money for Millennials. Dispelling Myths. Home Ownership Edition.

I know a lot of millennials. I work with a lot of millennials. And something I hear from a lot of you is that you'd prefer home ownership to investing because your parents lost a lot $$ in 2008.
But what you probably didn't know is that the house you personally live in is not an investment. If you live in a house for 30 yrs (which few people do) and pay 30 year mortgage and do normal but required maintenance--you will spend more on the house than it's worth over time.
People can get lucky in 3-5 yr cycles if they bought low and sell when the market is high like right now and where you don't have major repairs. literally everything in a house needs replaced over a 30yr cycle. Paint, walls, electrical, roofs, flooring, window, appliances etc.
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#TuesdayThought sometimes people ask if coming out made me lose my faith temporarily.
My answer--No. When I came out I became aware that the container called "straight" was too small for who I am/how I love.
Likewise, my the container in my life called "faith" was too small
Losing things: faith, identity, etc... can be painful.
Surprisingly enough, expansion/growth can be a painful too. A quote that really sustained me is below
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin
A lot of folks can admire the beauty of a flower in full bloom, but they may not appreciate the growth journey that flower took from seed, to a plant, to ripe bud, to a flower in full bloom that risked opening itself up for all the world to see it's full colors.
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