Rodney King once said “can’t we all just get along?” and guess what, no one really had an answer for that question. Perhaps the reality is that we cannot get along because there will always be some issue, quirk, policy, personality…you name it….separating different groups of people and putting us into this category or that category. Perhaps we always will be at war with each other because the remnants of our past historical experiences will never completely leave our souls unchained and our spirits unbruised. Perhaps we will always wait for that one spark to light the match that will cause us to want to verbally or physically fight about what was done, is still being done, and will continue to be done in this American system we know as democracy.
We can say we are the greatest country on earth but who knows. That sounds like a great mantra to someone who is living well or at least at an acceptable level but to someone just getting by the mantra rings hollow. To someone who does not have insurance, has to look at Donald Trump with is monogramed shirts, or think about a budget that will rob his family of the necessities of life, America is not the greatest country on earth. The politicians in that case are spineless and greedy; municipal and local governments are corrupt, and national governments play games with the lives of families like they are at a Russian Roulette table.
So when a black kid gets shot dead by a nervous policemen with an itchy trigger finger why does that police officer get the benefit of the doubt while the black kid has to prove he never ever even picked his nose. When the Mayor of Lancaster, California, R. REX PARRIS, can have his law firm participate in putting a young man named RAYMOND JENNINGS INTO JAIL AFTER THREE TRIES by bringing the third trial back to town and later finds out Jennings is exonerated after destroying his life, how great is America to the Jennings family? When the same person, Mayor R. Rex Parris can get almost a million dollars as factually reported in a civil suit on behalf of the O’Keefe (victim’s family) and the money is divided in a way that the lawyers benefit more than the family, how does that prove to the O’Keefes that America is a great nation and not the same old nation where strings get pulled, people get put in jail simply to make money for the elitist lawyers, and lives get destroyed because the middle class and poor people are expendable.
The young woman who was murdered was named Michelle O’Keefe. Her family were my neighbors and I worked as a campaign strategist for Mayor. R. REX PARRIS around the time the entire debacle against RAYMOND JENNINGS WAS GOING DOWN. Sheriff’s commander Leroy Baca who was just found guilty in federal court of other crimes provide Mayor Parris with many photo opportunities to keep O’Keefe’s name in front of the community. Parris told me he as determined to “fry” Jennings and yes, Jennings got fried in a sense and Parris got mucho gravy. Even though Jennings is out of jail now, his innocence finally proven after such a hard push to convict him by Parris and friends, you have to ask yourself does that make America great or Jennings just lucky that someone had the real killer unveiled.
Sadly for the O’Keefe family, the tragedy cost them two children, Michelle and her younger brother who died of a rumored drug overdose years later. But then again, that is the capitalistic American Way. Attorneys make money no matter what they have to do and the families of the victims suffer in silence for the rest of their lives knowing they ruined one life for the monetary benefit of the lawyers and lost another child because of the gamesmanship being played that probably overwhelmed him.
Now Facebook has a way of wanting to censor me whenever I write the truth about something that happens in my community known as THE ANTELOPE VALLEY PLANTATION. BUT CENSORING ME ON FACEBOOK IS SUCH AN ABOMINATION WHEN EVERYTHING I SHARE IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MY COMMUNITY SPECIFICALLY AND AMERICA OVERALL.
If these games and rush to judgment and collusion and set-ups happen in Lancaster, California, do you really think they are not happening all across America? Isn’t that why we allow men like PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP TO RUB ELBOWS WITH RUSSIA AND ALL SORTS OF FOREIGN POWERS, MAKE DIRTY MONEY, AND STILL BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? ISN’T IT THAT WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN INSENSITIVE TO THE IDEA OF STOMPING ON PEOPLE, SETTING THEM UP, AND GETTING ALL THE GREEN BILLS WE CAN AS IF WE WILL LIVE FOREVER?