My family and I are camping up at Madeline Island (Lake Superior)... yet, we couldn't help but hear about the Neo-Nazis on the streets of America: what are they doing here?
President Obama -- merely by being black -- unleashed the secret (mostly secret) racism of much of white America: from Trump's accusations that Obama wasn't "one of us" throughout the "birther" fiasco to the Tea Party's signs of "Go Back to Kenya" and then on into the Alt-Right's attacks against First Lady Michelle as "Trans" and an "ape in heels": the Right-Wing is fully out of the closet: led by Bannon and the NRA and KKK (did you see the recent NRA ad?): the campaign of Mr. Trump legitimized white racists: and it continues with the Trump Administration: the possible collusion with Russia is small pickin's compared to the "collusion" of Trump with the Neo-Nazis...
I'm shutting down my computer and heading back into the forest, but I certainly do hope that you are all speaking up and writing letters to your local papers, elected officials, faith communities, and everyone else you can think of: Bannon must disappear from the national stage and the Neo-Nazis have to be shamed back under the rocks from which they have crawled: to hell with them, with the KKK, with the NRA and any other jack who claims to "love America" but actually hates us Americans in our beautiful, glorious, and sublime diversity.
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.