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Fading Dreams, Dividing Realities - America after MLK, Jr.

Today, January 20, 2020, America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - a Federal Holiday, observed since 1983, on the third Monday of January, to honor the birth of the slain African American Civil Rights Leader.

In the 52-years since the assassination of Dr. King, his dreams of racial equality in the United States (US), remain non-realized. Instead, today, America faces a stark divide stoked by fallible rhetoric from the Executive, a rise in hate crimes, a widening right wing agitation and a continuing insatiable appetite for firearms.

Charges Revealed Against Donald Trump - Abuse and Obstruction

The Judiciary Committee of the United States (US) House of Representatives earlier today revealed charges of high crimes and misdemeanors against President Donald Trump.

The named articles of impeachment against Trump are: abuse of power per Ukraine aid; and obstruction of Congress.

A vote in the House of Representatives, one of the two chambers - the other being the Senate, which make up the US Federal Legislature, on the formal decision to impeachment the 45th president, could come as early as next week following a vote slated for this Thursday, in the Judiciary Committee on whether to go ahead with the charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.

Toward the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Speaker of the United States (US) House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has asked the Chairman of the body's Judicial Committee, to proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuses of the High Office.

And in doing so, Pelosi and democrats, have opted to stand for the American Republic, the Constitution and for Democracy, over the man, a position many Republicans have, so far,  failed to uphold.

Pelosi confirmed that the House of Representatives - one of the two chambers along with the Senate, of the US Legislature, will file impeachment charges against Trump for abuse of power.

The Case for Impeachment - Compelling

Career diplomats, foreign affairs specialists, veterans and other witnesses have testified in the public impeachment hearing before the Intelligence Committee of the United States (US) House of Representatives into misgivings of President Donald Trump.

When the impeachment hearing concluded its public component this week, I believe a very compelling case for impeachment had been made against Trump for actions contrary to the Constitution and amok of the high office of President of the United States.

Damaged Democracy

That democracy has reached such an abysmal state in the United States (US) that a sitting president would seek to go on social media to "intimidate" a witness of an impeachment hearing as she was testifying before a Congressional committee is affirmation of the depth of damaged inflicted upon the American Republic under Donald Trump.

As former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was testifying at the public impeachment hearing of Donald Trump under the roof of the US Congress, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, Trump took to Twitter to disparage the Envoy.

U.S. Senate Rejects National Emergency at Southern Border

The United States (US) Senate voted earlier today to trump president Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border. The action thus affirms the House of Representatives in its rejection of the Trump's insisting intent to wall-off the sanctuary of the US from Latin America.

President Trump and his desire to build a wall along the US southern border has dominated major infrastructural echoes since he came to Office back in 2017. Democrats and forward-thinking Americans remain opposed to a structural wall as the answer to immigration concerns.

The Boulder, Colorado Incident - the Continuing Saga of the American Black for Equal Protection

If the failure of prosecutors in California to press charges against policemen for the unarmed shooting death of Black youth Stephon Clark wasn't enough to confirm the dire condition of Blacks with respect to equal protection under the law in America, then the Boulder, Colorado, incident of last week, certainly affirms the often near-death situations Black America continue to face in too many interactions with police.

With a clear memory of the demise of Stephon Clark, 22, at the hands of law enforcement having been shot multiple times in his grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, last March 18, and found to hold only an Iphone in his hands, and with this week's revelation that those police officers will not be held criminally responsible for the young man's death, then comes the incident of Boulder, Colorado.

Black America's Saga with the Police - Justice Denied

If the day should ever come when the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so famously described of seeing America achieve full racial harmony and the American Black being able to declare "...free at last, free at last...", then that day will easily be recognized as the dawn when Black Americans are treated the same as their white compatriots by police.

But that day has not arrived. Still too many Black Americans are killed by police under claims of officers fearing for their lives. And sadly after the tragic deaths, jurisdictions continue to condone the police actions of eliminating so many Black lives by not holding the officers criminally accountable for many killings.

Declaration of a National Emergency in the U.S. - Trump's Immigration Policy

Admitting "...I didn't need to do this", United States (US) President Donald Trump nonetheless today, moved to declare a national emergency to attain funding for a wall along the southern border with Mexico to repel what he described as drugs, people and gangs from entering the US.

While legal challenges to the declaration are expected, Trump's action would make available billions of dollars from the military construction budget and elsewhere for the president to do as he deems fit per his wall, if allowed by law.

Remembering Parkland - a Year after the School Massacre

It was a year-ago today that tragedy unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Broward County, Florida. Seventeen students and staff were killed at a mass shooting.

Instead of exchanging niceties and chocolates on Valentines Day, 2018, students at the United States (US) high school, wept and mourned over the blood of their innocent peers and teachers, who had fallen to a mass killers bullets within their institution of education.

That horror in Parkland a year-ago has joined places like Columbine, Sandy Hook and others in becoming deathly synonyms of arenas of the too often occurrence of  mass gun violence in the US.