Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

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“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.” 

James Baldwin

But the danger of America’s looming democracy crisis is much more than an accumulation of travesties. And it won’t go away even if we send Trump away. America’s core democratic malady is this: The majority of our social, political and economic leaders are simply not committed to the egalitarian principles that constitute a democracy.”

Jim Hightower

“To sit and complain about the destruction of American Democracy without taking constructive action to remedy the problem is one of the worst forms of apathy and indifference. If you see people  destroying your country and everything that you hold dear, get off your duff and out of  your armchair to do something to stop it.” 

Carlyle Fielding Stewart

“The problem is the public normalization of vices and crimes under the Trump administration. Virtually every action Trump  has taken is with the intention to boldly and belligerently destroy what we have come to understand as civil and normal in America. It means body slamming and demolishing before our very eyes the American system of government as we know it, lying about it, bullying people into silent complicity and conformity to this “new normal” and daring the people and American institutions to stop him from doing it.

Carlyle Fielding Stewart

“There are few things as dangerous in the world as sleep walkers.”

Ralph Ellison

The new extremists are not simply wedded to a vicious anti-intellectualism; they scorn the very notions of reason and embrace ignorance as the foundation for community. this is evident in their rejection of the scientific methods and reasoning, but also in their  approval of fundamentalist positions that pander to ignorance as a basis for shutting down dissent, mobilizing supporters, and  retooling education as a business–as nothing more than a training site to initiate the young into a world where the corporate,  financial and military elite decide their needs, desires and futures.”    

Andre Giroux “The Violence of Organized Forgetting. The New Authoritarianism”

 “If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I’m not backing off.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

“Evil is lying with a straight face to the public. It is promising the people you are leading them to heaven when in reality you are paving their way to a life of eternal misery in hell.”

Carlyle Fielding Stewart

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Isaac Asimov

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