National Archives, Washington DC

The National Archives Building, known informally as Archives I, is the original headquarters of the National Archives and Records Administration. …

It holds the original copies of the three main formative documents of the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It also hosts an original version of the 1297 Magna Carta …

Magna Carta (also Magna Charta; “(the) Great Charter”), is a charter agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215 …

Magna Carta

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. …

Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times …

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments …

… specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear limitations on the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and explicit declarations that all powers not specifically delegated to Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. …

The young, white slaveholders and others who put the American documents together did a surprisingly good job.

On the other hand the Constitution needs additional amendments. In very few ways does the USA lead the world when it comes to human rights.

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Trump revoked Gun Checks for people with mental illness

Since it’s a white guy, Trump dismisses it as a ‘mental health’ issue, instead of calling for extreme vetting of … war vets.

So why did he sign bill H.J. Res 40 in February?

It kept about 75,000 people with mental illnesses or deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs purchasing firearms without background checks.

War Memorials Washington DC

The World War II Memorial … was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004. …

As of 2009, more than 4.4 million people visit the memorial each year. …

The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars, each 17 feet (5.2 m) tall, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza …

It’s well done. A worthy memorial for those who died fighting Hitler and the Japanese. Though I’m anti-war myself I can’t deny WW II was necessary.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial … consists of three separate parts: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, completed first and the best-known part of the memorial; the Three Servicemen Memorial, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. …

The Memorial Wall is made up of two 246-foot-9-inch (75.21 m) long gabbro walls, etched with the names of the servicemen being honoured …

As many do, I found is stark, simple and evocative. All the names a sharp rebuke to those in politics and the military who stupidly decided to have the USA fight in Vietnam. Sadly Trump and his military henchmen are not likely to have learned the lessons of Vietnam nor Iraq.

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After those two the Korean War Veterans Memorial is surprising.

Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel statues … each larger than life-size, between 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) and 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (500 kg). …

  • Dead — United States: 54,246,[9] United Nations: 628,833[10]
  • Wounded — United States: 103,284, United Nations: 1,064,453.
  • Captured — United States: 7,140, United Nations: 92,970.
  • Missing — United States: 8,177,[11][12] United Nations: 470,267.

Despite the huge casualty list you don’t hear much about the Korean War any longer.

 

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States‘ official memorial to the Holocaust.

Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. …

Since its dedication on April 22, 1993, the Museum has had nearly 40 million visitors, including more than 10 million school children, 99 heads of state, and more than 3,500 foreign officials from over 211 countries. …

On entry you are given a booklet ID card of a Jew killed in the holocaust.

I got Thomas Elek executed by Nazi firing squad on Feb 21, 1944 at the age of 20.

It’s a sobering experience to focus on just one individual of the millions murdered.

My visited reminded me of a prominent, intelligent, influential, articulate Jewish American who’s stridently right wing. Strongly anti-Muslim. Against immigration.

When I pointed out that his statements were exactly what many have said about the Jews over the past few hundred years … he told me his Islamophobia was completely different.

Tell that to these American neo-Nazis.

Chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

German Protestant pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

inspired by Lincoln

No President, not even Washington, inspires Americans more than honest Abe.

There are well over 15,000 books written about him.

Ford Theater bookstore

I visited the Lincoln Memorial twice. It’s very popular at dusk.

His statue could not be more impressive.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Gettysburg Address

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention were hosting an Out of the Darkness Walk here when I visited.

In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a dream…” speech here.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal’.

Lincoln’s work is far from finished. He needs inspire many more for many generations to come.

neo-Nazis in southern California

The twist on these Nazi wannabes is that they are into inflicting physical violence.

For some reason authorities haven’t done much yet to put them in jail. Or back in jail. Many have a criminal history.

Guys like this are energized by Trump, of course.

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

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