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TRUMPCARE is a GREAT “IDEA” For…

Posted on 06 May 2017 by mdepeine

  • The rich – They receive lots of tax breaks; close to $800 billion in the next 10 years. (http://www.npr.org/2017/05/04/526923181/gop-health-care-bill-would-cut-about-765-billion-in-taxes-over-10-years?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews)
  • Those who prioritize money over people – Most of us want more money in our pockets, but It should not lead to worst health conditions for “faceless” and countless Americans, or even death of those Americans!
  • The avaricious or greedy politician – The plan protects their big business donors and special interest groups who spend a lot of money for election campaign ads, but does nothing to protect the vulnerable members of our society.
  • Big businesses – TRUMPCARE reduces the insurance companies’ burden of dealing with pre-existing conditions like:  cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc..  These companies would now be able to charge more for any pre-existing condition.
  • Americans who don’t like to help other Americans – These Americans believe they fended for themselves and got success without “handouts” and others should do the same, no matter how unfortunate or oppressed they are.
  • Minimally engaged “Christians” – They don’t believe in “lifting a finger” to help the less fortunate members of society, unless it has to do with food and shelter. Instead of intervening on behalf of the less fortunate, they believe that God has to do ALL the direct interventions while they just sit and watch, or just wait for favorable outcomes. Yet, Jesus says, Christians are “the light of the world” and “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13-16, see also Isaiah 58).  Christians who are able, should OPENLY SPEAK against destructive and unfair policies and suggest better ones. – shed “light” on issues.
  • Those who overlook the elderly –  A modern society should take care of its weakest members and not raise their insurance premiums by thousands per year when they are living on a fixed income.
  • Anti-Obama Republicans – They couldn’t stand the successes President Obama had, despite their constant obstructionist ways – this-is-their-PAYBACK!
  • White supremacist- The plan hurts a lot of people of color and the poor.  It removes major legislation spearheaded and implemented by The United State’s first black President.
  • Trump – He gets to BOAST that he repealed The ACA – Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In the end, TRUMPCARE, is short on care and BIG on TRUMP.  We must demand better!

Suggestion: Don’t replace the ACA with a weak and heartless Trumpcare. Instead,make the ACA more efficient and more cost effective.

If you disagree with TrumpCARE, contact your current senators.  Every state has two senators, making a total of 100 senators in the US Senate.  Let your senators know that you will not vote for them and may make every effort to make sure they do not get reelected to the senate if they vote “yes” to TrumpCARE.

Breakdown of the bill: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/04/526887531/heres-whats-in-the-house-approved-health-care-bill?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=politics&utm_term=nprnews

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American Racism, Unaddressed, Leads to Murder

Posted on 18 June 2015 by mdepeine

My prayers and thoughts go out to the families whose lives have been shattered by the murder of their loved ones.  I feel very sad and appalled about what has happened in Charleston, South Carolina.  A 21 year old white man decided that he was better than 9 other human beings.  He decided that he could take the lives of 9 other people because of his apparent hatred of their color and what they represented to him.  It is a shame what we see in America today.

So many people spend a lot of energy denying that racism and prejudice in America is alive and very strong.  What kind of upbringing leads a 21 year old to shoot and kill 9 people who are attending a church service, having a time of prayer?  The more we deny the racism and prejudice in America, the more murders will occur as a result of it.  America needs a gut check!  America needs a reeducation about race and race relations.  America needs to confront the truth about its past, its apathy about the present, and strive to redirect its future towards harmony.  America and all of its citizens must lift a hand to dismantle the hatred rooted in racism and prejudice, which is so readily supported by privilege and entitlement.

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Time to Send a Message to the Dominican Republic About Antihaitianismo (Anti Haitian)

Posted on 18 June 2015 by mdepeine

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

-Exodus 22:21

I was born in Haiti and I spent some great times there as a child.  When I was 8 years old, my parents arranged for us to migrate to the US.  Every time I meet a Dominican in the US, I speak Spanish to them.  We often say, we are neighbors (somos vecinos).  I love my Dominican “neighbors” but I am very disturbed about what their leaders are doing to the people who have done some of the hardest work in that country.    I hope Dominicans and all kinds of people will rise up and say, “This adverse treatment of people of Haitian descent cannot continue (Caribbean leaders consider sanction against the Dominican Republic – Haiti – MiamiHerald.com).”

I have seen a lot in Haiti.  I lived there in the times of the Duvalier dictatorship.  I was there when bombs were dropped on the capital, as people tried to overthrow that government.  I had the opportunity to return in March 2010 to assist those who had experienced the devastating  7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians.  Haitians have been through a lot.

Currently, it disturbs me to hear and see the atrocities being perpetuated against Haitians and those of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.  More than 200,000 Dominicans of  Haitians descent are being stripped of their right to citizenship (Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court – NYTimes.com ).  Although they were born on Dominican soil, they are being treated as aliens.  The worst is that most of them were born to parents who were brought over to work on the sugar plantations  and to do other labor intensive tasks.

 At one point, Haiti (Island of Hispaniola) was one.  All the slaves that were brought over were from Africa.  The French and the Spanish occupied the island.  Haitians  were enslaved by the French, while Dominicans were enslaved by the Spaniards.  Both countries have African ancestry, they are genetically linked.  No matter how you put it, there is “black” on both sides of the Island .  Unfortunately, there has been a continued campaign to descriminate against those exhibiting the traits of their darker, African, ancestry.  Those in power have had a  long history of creating and pushing negative propaganda designed to paint their darker relatives as primitive, uncivilized and insignificant (sound familiar?).

The Dominican Republic actually had a campaign where 20,000 – 35,000 Haitians were massacred in October, 1937 by order of the then, dictator, Rafael Trujillo  (Windows on Haiti: The River Massacre ).   Trujillo identified those to be executed by seeing how they pronounced the Spanish word for parsley, perejil.  Whoever did not roll the “r” was executed.  They were identified as “Haitian.”   They had been killed because they were dark-skinned and not “white.”  Trujillo got his inspiration from Adolf Hitler.  He and his followers tried as much as possible to create a nation that was mostly white or light-skinned in appearance by removing any  “black” presence among them (Haiti: Antihaitianismo in Dominican Culture).

State officials of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic breaks off Haiti talks over immigration ruling | Reuters) have launched a campaign that served to dehumanize those of Haitian descent.  They have made massive efforts to demonize dark-skinned inhabitants of their country. This is a very dangerous and evil practice.  They have stripped their darker relatives of their citizenship and many have been attacked and killed.  The Dominican government has taken the first steps to “legalizing” the genocide of a people.   So what is the next step?  Currently, any dark-skinned individual is called, “Haitian,” and  is usually mistreated.  This is ironic, considering the fact that most Dominicans are seen as “black” or Afro-Latino by the world at large.

Haitians have been slaughtered in public (Haitian Man Slaughtered “Live” In The Dominican Republic).   No one with any heart for humanity should close their eyes to what is occurring in the Dominican Republic.    They have also allowed them to be robbed of their hard-earned money and no justice has been given on their behalf.  Dominican officials have allowed mobs to attack dark-skinned Dominicans and have allowed those defenseless people to be murdered by those mobs.   They are being treated as the “undesirables” of the country, just like Hitler did to the Jews during World War II.

I dare say, if the world does not open its eyes to this scheme,  it is possible that we will have another genocide (bigger than the one from 1937).  Remember, Adolf Hitler, he robbed the Jews of their citizenship.  He devised a way to identify and label them among the population (they had to wear a star) and they were called, “rats” and likened to them as well.   Anyone who saw those wearing the star mocked those people and mistreated them, just like Dominicans of Haitian descent are being mistreated.  This is not a coincidence.  Eventually, Hitler had  the “final solution.”  The Jews were removed permanently – they were killed by shootings, hangings and gas chambers .  Will there be a “final solution” in the Dominican Republic like Hitler had one? During World War II, this occurred while the whole world watched.  After that sadistic and state-sanctioned genocide, the Jews and everybody with a conscience said, “Never again!”  If anything like what is Happening to the Dominican-Haitians was occurring to Jews in this day, there would be a huge outcry because more than anyone else, the Jews know the signs of state-sponsored genocide and actions that can hint of such a genocide.

We cannot let this mistreatment of a people in the Dominican Republic continue any further.  We  all need to say, “This will not happen here!”  I will not let it happen.  I hope as you read this, you say, “I will not let it happen under my watch!”  We must let the leaders of the Dominican Republic know that we all see what they are doing and we do not agree!  We must all send a message to them that we will not support their country in this decision.  We must put pressure on the legistlators in the US to confront this racism and oppression (http://ohsaynation.com/#!compose?&campaign=1&t=156).

As we mourn the death of the great leader, Nelson Mandela, we must remember the power that a community standing together has in being able to make a change in the interest of the oppressed.  Right now, the darker skinned Dominicans, those of Haitian descent, are being oppressed and they need us to rally on their behalf.  We must send a MESSAGE to the heads of State in the Dominican Republic and to regular citizens who sit idly by, and tell them, “This is not acceptable!”  We must speak on behalf of those who are losing their voice.  We must send a message to the suffering Dominican-Haitians that we are resolved to speak on their behalf.  They must know that they have friends who will speak for them and fight for them.  We must let them know.  The Dominicans of Haitian descent must know that they have support from the “outside.”  They must understand that their hope for relief and justice is not in vain.

I was at a store and I picked up an avocado.   I found a large one that I wanted to buy.  I looked for the price and noticed that it was from the Dominican Republic.  I quickly put it down.  I could not  support a country which treats its people like garbage.  I can’t say like dogs or pigs, because those animals have received better treatment than what the Dominicans of Haitian descent are receiving.

The tourism industry and exporters of Dominican products must know that we are aware of what their officials are doing and we will not support such acts of cruelty and inhumanity.  We must make this a discussion that is so LOUD that they will seriously reconsider and repeal the constitutional provision (Sentencia TC/0168/13 | Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana) designed to strip away the citizenship of  Dominicans of Haitian descent.   My first act of BOYCOTT and PROTEST ( Dominicans Protest Move to Revoke Haitians of Citizenship | Voices of NY) was to refuse to buy an avocado of Dominican origin.  What will your act BOYCOTT and PROTEST be???

Daily Kos: If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

▶ Haiti and The Dominican Republic – The Roots of Division (Massacre River) – YouTube

   Petition | STOP DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VIOLENCE AGAINST HAITIANS | Change.org

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/17/opinions/walker-inequality-roots/index.html

Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court

-Proverbs 22:22

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Not About Rituals

Posted on 09 May 2015 by mdepeine

Jesus died on the cross to give us eternal life.  He did not die so that we could learn a whole new set of rules and live by rituals.  He wanted to teach us how to know God.  He wanted to teach us how to walk with God.  Jesus wanted us to know God the Father through him (see John 14).  Jesus lived to bring God honor (see John 12).  Anyone who becomes a Christian is here to bring God honor also.

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Ferguson – Before You Judge: Consider the History and the Circumstances

Posted on 27 November 2014 by mdepeine

First of all, I want to say to Michael Brown’s parents, his family and friends, I am sorry that you have not been accorded the same treatment that many whites and people of privilege have received in America.  I am sorry for the loss of your son, Michael Brown.  I am sorry you have had to endure the same pain that many other black parents in various parts of America have endured and continue to endure.  Your pain has no bound.  No one can tell you how to feel, in general, and they certainly can’t tell you how to feel now.  This is a very tragic event!  This was not an exercise of the “American justice system at work.”  This loss for you, the Brown Family, was an example, too often seen in America, of the devaluation of black people and other people of color.

While I don’t agree with the looting and violence that have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, I can understand what people may be feeling.  There are those who are angry and have no constructive way to channel that anger.  There are those who are angry and have just said, “I don’t care, I’m going to do something that makes me feel a little relief.”  I put that very mildly.  There are those who feel very oppressed and just want to “push back” in some fashion.  They are not content with being told, “Despite the fact that you feel wronged, violated, minimized, marginalized, disenfranchised, devalued, helpless, discriminated against, feel like a second class citizen, wrongly judged because of your color, just ‘suck it up’ and be happy that we let you live in America.’”  So rather, than accept such an unfair, and unjust existence, many have decided to react.  There are also those in Ferguson, like any other community and people, who are just opportunists; they just want to take advantage of the moment and they seize the opportunity to get some “free stuff.”

Some, as usual, will make comments like, “Look at them, you see why they get killed.”  Others will say, “They’re just looking for ways to steal and to destroy their own community.”  Still, others will say, “Why should they get any justice, they don’t even know how to control themselves?”  But, who will stop and have empathy for the long and painful history that clearly “states” that a black person’s life is not that important?  Who will stop and actually put themselves in the shoes of black parents who fear that their child could be the next Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and the long list of young men and women of color who were killed in the name of “law enforcement” because they “looked” a certain way, or evoked some “feelings” in the killer’s psyche?

Since the time of Jim Crow, where America attempted to see black people and people of color as “equal,” this issue has been a well-known fact.  The fact: arrange the laws and justice proceedings so that the death of a black person can be justified through the court system.  What party are these law enforcement individuals having when they realize that they are “essentially untouchable” when it comes to the death of unarmed black people?

I think in the recent case of Trayvon Martin it was too much to ask the Florida prosecutors to prosecute “their own.”  A prosecutor, in any city or state, works closely, every day with the police.  They look for every angle to convict those people (black, white, brown, etc.) who have been arrested.  They want their arrests to “stick.”  They don’t want to prosecute any cases that will be thrown out in court.  In the case of Michael Brown, the same applied.  Why would the prosecutor do everything possible to push a case against the man he has been so faithfully working with, to prosecute the accused?  Now, all of the sudden, we expect this same prosecutor who hung out with the police, had drinks, went to family functions, sports events, weddings, to “turn on their buddies?”  That is not possible, in any universe.  It is not a realistic process.  Any hopes of objectivity would be gone.  It only works on television.  It will never work in real life.

The laws must be changed!  The proceedings must be changed also.  We must push for laws that define the limits of “force” used against any non-police individual.  At the very least, in my opinion, “excessive force” is when you shoot and strike an unarmed individual more than two (2) times.  If we were to decide that “excessive force” was used, then, there would need to be prosecution of the law enforcement officer, regardless of color, stature, or tenure.  We may call that law, The Lethal and Excessive Force Law.  Furthermore, the prosecution CANNOT involve any individual in the local government.  It needs to be headed and conducted by an independent team who works in the interest of the citizens, residents, like an oversight department similar to internal affairs.  As I stated earlier, using the regular prosecutor is not realistic, and it is unfair to put that person in that position.  Even the best-intentioned prosecutor would have a huge amount of conflict trying to prosecute “his own teammate.”  So there needs to be different laws about excessive force and different proceedings in order to have a true prosecution of any officer who violates the excessive force laws.

Towns like Ferguson need to also organize and vote out any public officials who do not want to protect and serve them.  After all, they are paying taxes to keep these people employed.  They pay for their vacations, cushy retirements, uniforms, guns, squad cars, tasers, bullets, and the perks that come with being a law enforcement individual.  Each community that sees that the leaders are not acting in their best interest must organize to root them out.  I also know that those in these positions will tend to push back and try to squash efforts for change.  But the community must organize and work, as one, to bring about the change.  Don’t wait for another shooting to organize; take them out of office before they use the guns, cars, uniforms you supplied them with, to kill you and your children on the streets.  Remind them that, by law, you are to be protected and served.  If they can’t execute that job in a legal, respectful and humane manner, then they need to be fired!

If the chief of police is callous, apathetic and indifferent about the welfare of the people in the community, then he or she needs to be trained to see his or her role differently.  If that does not work, then that individual needs to be replaced with someone who will show cultural sensitivity and take on the role of a guardian for the people in the community.  We must be vigilant to change the tone of the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Once the tone of law enforcement becomes one of “us against them” there is a BIG problem.

In education, we hear terms like “cultural sensitivity,” “differentiation,” “inclusion,” “anti bullying,” and others.  These terms have gained popularity and acceptance because teachers are being trained to consider and accept the differences that exist in the classroom among students.  It is not “one size fits all.”  The same methods don’t work for everybody.  A teacher should not just teach from his or her cultural perspective.  A teacher should be willing to connect with his or her students using the student’s culture and background as a reference point.  Also, a teacher should not look down, ignore, or minimize the students who are “different” from him or her.  This fosters “safe classrooms.”  We see banners in many schools that say things like “Everybody counts!”  We need to transfer a lot of that awareness to the police departments in America.

Police departments, all over America, need to be brought into the twenty-first century, like education professionals are being trained to recognize cultural bias and the need to not impose their culture on their students, but be willing to accept the differences and learn how to work for the good of the individual.  The “us against them” mentality that exists in communities like Ferguson must be challenged and eradicated.  That is a lethal mixture for continued and repeated disaster.

Again, I want to say, I’m very sorry to see the pain that Michael Brown’s family has endured and must continue to endure.  Many in Ferguson and throughout the United States are hurting right now.  We all must demand change.  We all must learn and practice the lost art of EMPATHY.  Excessive force laws must be implemented and new proceedings must be developed to prosecute those who break those laws and disregard the needs of the communities they are to serve.  All communities like those of Ferguson must push to get law enforcement leaders and individuals who will look out for their interests; they should be protected and served, not prejudged and executed on the spot.

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BOOK SIGNING on Saturday, October 4th, Middletown, NJ

Posted on 01 October 2014 by mdepeine

I will be doing a BOOK SIGNING on Saturday, October 4th for Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit:  Building a Whole New World:

Time:                 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Location:        Good Shepherd Christian Book and Gift Store

                      34 Leonardville Road

                      Middletown, NJ 07748-2338

Please stop by to get a signed copy of Immanuel’s Bride for yourself or as a gift to someone dear to you.

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June 11, 2014 – Barnes and Noble Book Signing

Posted on 04 June 2014 by mdepeine

My next Book Signing and discussion will be on:

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM

Princeton Barnes and Noble (http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2368)

Princeton Market Fair Mall
3535 Us Highway 1, Suite 400
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: 609-750-9010

There will be other new authors (http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4703963) there as well. I hope you can stop by for a little.

Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World

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May 3rd Book Signing

Posted on 27 April 2014 by mdepeine

My next Book Signing:

Day: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: The Green Brook Jesus Book and Gift Store
301A Route 22 East
(Colonial Shopping Center- NJ)

I hope you can come by and say “Hi.” Bring a friend. Maybe, get a book for your mom, grandma or a special mother figure in your life? Mother’s Day is on May 11th.

Jesus Book and Gift Store – Christian Books, Home Schooling Products, Church Supplies, Bibles, Gifts, Communion Supplies, Church Supply

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In Pursuite of Happiness

Posted on 22 April 2014 by mdepeine

This is a light and very insightful article on what tends to make us happy.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

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April Book Signing

Posted on 15 April 2014 by mdepeine

Saturday, April 19th – Jesus Book and Gift Store

12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM

675 US Highway 1 (south)

Iselin, NJ (Across from Woodbridge Center Mall)

732-636-7644 Christian Books, Music, Bibles, Gifts, Home School Products

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