Category Archives: Government/Politics

The Power of Hamilton

(note from Tom – this was written by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle and posted on her Facebook page.   It has be reposted here (without permission) with full credit to her for her willingness to share the truth about our times.)  

You can find more from and about Rachel at

Quote from Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – “A few weeks ago I made a post about how Americans seemed to make a phenomena out of the Hamilton musical but couldn’t seem to make sense of the powerful movements for freedom that black people were calling for.

Lin-Manuel Miranda reached out to me and we worked together to find parallels between his lyrics and the current times to use as yet another tool to bring attention to realities of what is going on right here and right now.

Swipe through. Make some connections. But your “aha” moment isn’t nearly enough. Ongoing action in anti-racism looks past a passive empathetic moment. It’s taking accountability for what roles we play in this moment in history and DOING something about it in every way that you can.

Head to for more learning materials as well as more action tools such as templates for emails to hold your employerand local school district accountable for racial justice. @ New York, New York









The NFL did the unthinkable: it gave Donald Trump the middle finger | The Guardian

The main resident of 1600 Pennsylvania made a big deal about Colin Kapernick when he first rattled the NFL in 2016 by taking a knee rather than standing at attention.  Many of Colin’s teammates, opposing team members, coaches, and management opposed Colin and did so in a not very polite way.  It cost him a larger portion of his career.  But he knew what was right and stuck with it – even when his teammates and former teammates didn’t and were quite rude about it.  Let’s jump into the Guardian’s article.

Then the players turned to the deep rift that has existed between players and owners ever since Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against racism. They asked the NFL to apologize and recognize the current moment by putting out a statement with these words:  “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systemic oppression of black people. We, the NFL admit were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all that speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL,

Source: The NFL did the unthinkable: it gave Donald Trump the middle finger | Sport | The Guardian

A step in the right direction?

I think so.  But it’s only a step on a long journey.


Netflix – the Oxymoronic Modern Medicine

So, there’s this Doctor in Illinois and I think every state in the United States has one.  They are all in charge of the public health system for their state.  Now someone, please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I believe that inherently the Director of Public Health plays a different type of role than the Director of Public Education does.

The Director of Public Education is in charge of making sure the public school system runs as it is supposed to.   In other words, an ordinary productive day at school is a good thing.

The Director of Public Health plays more of a role in making sure that the health care system is able to take care of the sick, the wounded, the diseased in the case of a major event.  A major event like a pandemic from the Corona Virus.

So, read the doctor’s speech and then go into the living room and turn on Netflix.  It’s what the good doctor ordered.



“….it’s really hard to feel like you’re saving the world when you’re watching Netflix on your couch but, if we do this right, nothing happens. Yes. A successful shelter in place means that you will feel like it was all for nothing. And you would be right. Because “nothing” means that nothing happened to your family and that’s what we are going for here.

Source: Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country; Read Her Full Speech – NBC New York

So, What Grade would you give the Teddy Bears?

How did they do? How did we do?

If you look back, we had three goals we wanted to accomplish:
• Make sure that the U.S. government, in particular, the State Department is aware of and watching out for the good of our kids.
• To strongly urge the U.S. government to communicate with the new government in Haiti that the U.S. State department is watching and wants the new Haitian government to make sure our kids were okay.
• To get humanitarian parole so that we could bring our kids home safely and soon (and finish the paperwork later.)

Let’s address the last one first. Did we get humanitarian parole for our kids? Nope. Realistically, did we expect we would? No, but we also knew that if we went in asking for three things, we had a better chance at getting two of them than if we went in asking for only the two. In addition, it ended up being okay because within approximately a month from that time, the Haitian government picked up and began processing adoption paperwork and approximately 4 months after the coup, we went and brought our two kids home because their paperwork was finished.

What about the other two? While they are somewhat intangible and hard to measure, I would say that those were successful. Throughout all of that, I ended up on a first name basis with a lady named Michelle Bernier-Toth in the State Department. She was very in touch with us and was an excellent person to work with. She assured me that the State Department would be watching out for our kids and that she wanted me to keep in touch with her if we heard anything that might be even close to resembling a problem.

I just did a quick Google search on Michelle and she is now the Director at the State department who runs the department that is in charge of emergency services. In other words, when there is a crisis over seas and there are Americans who need help, her department helps. That was what she was doing in working with us back in 2004 and now she’s running the department. Thanks, Michelle!

Overall, the Bear-a-Van and the meetings in Washington were, I believe a success. The ultimate goal wasn’t achieved but the other “steps” were and it also generated positive publicity and gave us, the helpless parents at home, something to do where we felt like we could at least try to make a difference.

It turns out that about 6 years later, a lot of what we learned after the coup would become very useful in helping adoptive families after the earthquake in 2010. But that’s a story for another day (actually more than one day).