AS WE ENTER 2019

Angela Merkel

ANGELA MERKEL for President of the World –

Staring down lies, falsehoods, bullies – G7 Summit, Quebec, Canada, 2018

 

 Sen Kamela Harris 

Senator Kamala Harris – September 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Kavanaugh

“Can you think of any law giving the government power to

regulate a man’s body?”

 

Speaker Pelosi Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stands up to bullies and speaks with grace, truth, and strength.

No one in public service today speaks with the same clarity of what the Constitution empowers all citizens of a country whose founding is based on ideas, not nationalism, not ethnic enclaves, not tribalism, but strength in unity and our diversity.  Speaker Pelosi educates the public to what the responsibility is of all citizens and empowers us to believe and act.  Most of all – Vote.

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton – the most qualified individual ever to run for President.  The process and results mingled with sexism and the media not questioning falsehoods with the destructive result in the White House today.  Talk of a new generation – where are the ideas?  Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton.  Who is dismissed for ageism, who is not?  Sexism is the most toxic ‘ism’ in the world today.  Look only to the fall out of war and disorganization in fragile societies – it is the rape and abuse of women, to keep girls from education.  The fear of cowardly males to communicate, negotiate, talk, use words for understanding not weapons, negotiate from compassion and dignity of the individual and respect, not brute force that kills and destroys the killers.  Returning veterans still in their youth are haunted by the scenes ever-present on the ‘orders’ of their superiors – to kill with impunity, return still young and questioning their unique experience and how to incorporate into productive lives in the future.  Look only to the ongoing wars this country has waged in recent times, starting with George W. Bush false invasion of Iraq leading to the dissembling of the Middle East.  Yes, dictators organically would have been removed, perhaps generations from now, but not by the ignorance and arrogance of the male weapon.  It is the women in fragile societies, such as the young women Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, who have the vision and guiding light.  Educators and Education will raise societies and awareness to bring truth, beauty, and justice to the surface and mainstream compassion, respect, and dignity in all interactions – personal, family, local, regional, national, global.

 

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama –

“When they go low, we go high.”  Said in support of Hillary Clinton, 2016, and for truth, honesty, integrity.

In 2018, Michelle Obama adds, “I absolutely still believe that we’ve got to go high ― always and without exception.  “It’s the only way we can keep our dignity. Because if we lose our dignity, what do we have left?

“When someone’s trying to pull you down into the mud, it takes a lot less effort to give in and join them in the muck than to keep yourself upright, standing tall. If you allow yourself to play on their terms, they win. It’s what they want you to do. You can’t give them the satisfaction.” Continuing, “Now, going high doesn’t mean giving up or ignoring reality. It doesn’t mean you shy away from the fight or weaken your principles. It means you lead with your whole heart and your whole soul — your whole value system — and not just whatever happens to be your stance on a given issue. Going high isn’t just about the fight you want to win, but it’s also about the person you want to be — and the kind of country you want to have….But we never lose sight of our goal. We never stop working. And we never stop trying to set a good example for the next generation.”

 

Water and Bark

Photo of Exhibit – “R.T./S.R./V.S.” – Matti Braun (Berlin) at Rubin Museum of Art, NYC   http://rubinmuseum.org/images/content/A_Lost_Future__Matti_Braun_Final.pdf

Tree Bark in Water – natural elements in a strange place.  Take the first step,  shaky timid yet with anticipation, embrace the journey, endless possibilities, gain strength, joy, hope, freedom.  Knowing one cannot look back but forward, let go to what is not attainable, the exhilaration of the discovery – the future, the present, the past are all fluid.

Much like playwright Will Eno’s last line in Title and Deed, “Wherever you go, don’t be lost too long.”  Take the first step to the rest of your life.

Hold fast and deep to your Moral Courage and Depth of Integrity.  Always question, ask Who, What, Where, Why, How, When?  Do not accept statements as fact from any source, including family, do not be afraid, hold on to your core values, follow your inner light.

            I return to Rwanda in May 2019

 


    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the     public with the public’s money.

    America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to     be great.

    Liberty cannot be established without morality.

   Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831

 

 

 

Universal Health Care Coverage for All

https://www.c-span.org/video/?449304-3/washington-journal-charles-blahous-emily-gee-discuss-medicare-all-system-work-united-states&playEvent

 Washington Journal, Sunday August 5, 2018 – Medicare for All in the US

 Two economists, Charles Blahous and Emily Gee, did not add the Values needed for any discussion of this topic.  Blahous holding tight to his research with no holistic perspective on the health of citizens.  Gee only at the very end mentioning what we Value in this country, thus, hinting at health disparities so rampant here and unlike other ‘developed’ countries.

 Caller from England most poignant, that country made a decision in 1948 and embraced universal coverage wholeheartedly.  A bumbling incoherent explanation from Blahous about the lack of applicability on this side of the pond.  Caller from Massachusetts also correct, Medicare requires recipients an out of pocket loss each month of approximately $300, with NO vision, dental, or hearing coverage.  Hearing assistive devices alone tends to thousands of dollars.   

 Coverage of this topic, so vital to the future well-being of this country, needs contributors with a heart as well as practical and policy knowledge.  Yes, taxes would be raised to provide coverage for all, but we would not have the growing threat and rise of the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions denied, health disparities, lack of coverage for our vulnerable.  Resulting now with the U.S. ranking #37 in basic health indices in WHO data. 

 Based here in Washington, DC, I teach health care policy online to Family Nurse Practitioner graduate students throughout the country and abroad.   Professional nursing is the largest health profession, and is mandated through the Institute of Medicine Report (2010) The Future of Nursing to take leadership in health maintenance, promotion, and prevention in the community where our clients – individual, family/support system, community – local, national, global naturally reside.  Leading to humane health care reform and universal coverage for all.  I also do global health care work in Rwanda, where universal coverage is a value, unlike in the U.S.  As I teach my students, politics is simply an expression of values, and policy is merely the implementation of those values.

 Harriet A. Fields, Ed.D., RN 

Washington, DC

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election – Commentary by Harriet A. Fields, July 16, 2018

Is not this the definition of treason and a high crime, undermining the country’s own administration investigative findings?  Pundits bent over themselves proffering explanations of president Trump’s agenda for his visit with murderous, and journalist truth telling dissent killing oligarch Putin of Russia. Now beyond our wildest speculation is the next and daily ghastly ‘aha’ moment, to continue to lie about himself and weaken the status of the government already weakened on January 20, 2017 at his inauguration.  And last week by the insults hurled at and attempted dismantling of the 70 year old bond with Europe at NATO meetings.

In my grandfather’s film ‘Old Fashioned Way’ there is a line rehearsed by the wonderful actor Jan Duggan playing Cleopatra Pepperday and being directed by the Great (Marc Anthony) McGonigle, the character played by W.C. Fields. This scene never gets into the play being rehearsed in the film, for it is too preposterous to believe, “What’s the lowest you will take for your rotten carcass now?”

Now we know the current occupant of the White House lowest, dismantle the world order to assuage his ego and line his family pockets. Does not this merit impeachment, at the very least removal from office, jail time too.  Perhaps Bernie Madoff, Donald Trump, and Paul Manafort would make fine cell fellows.

Harriet A. Fields

Washington, DC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

My 3rd Off Broadway production in 3 years

United States Postal Service First Class Stamp, Performing Arts Series
United States Postal Service First Class Stamp, Performing Arts Series

Produced and featured in “Celebration of Comic Genius W.C. Fields

Dr. Harriet A. Fields

Educator; Commentator; Women’s Global Health Policy Advocate; Off Broadway producer/ creator

Dr. Harriet A. Fields presents “Celebration of Comic Genius W.C. Fields”   

National Arts Club in historic Gramercy Park, New York City, June 27, 2018, with Guest Panelists Dick Cavett modern entertainment Icon, Prof. Rob King, Columbia University Film Department, Dr. Harriet Fields granddaughter.  

Film clips and conversation, We bring together a family member, a scholar, and a comedic television personality for an evening about entertainment legend, W.C. Fields, who achieved acclaim in films, vaudeville, and on Broadway. Dr. Harriet Fields, W.C. Fields’ granddaughter, presents programs nationally and internationally about her grandfather. As a global health advocate in Rwanda, she shares her grandfather’s films with the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali, with insights into how W.C. Fields speaks to the universal human condition. She is working on an Off Broadway play about an incident that befell her grandfather while performing on Broadway. Rob King is a film professor and historian at Columbia University, with expertise in early comedy. Dick Cavett is a comedian, writer, former talk show host, W.C. Fields devotee, and commentator of our times, notable for his conversational style.

2018

A message to my Niece and Nephews – Dear Ones,

As we enter 2018, let’s go in Hope – Always Advocacy – Peace – Truth – and Love – the Lessons from the Women’s March on Washington that began 2017.

 Always speak truth to authority, call falsehoods and lies wherever we find them, advocate for our common bond of humanity in any setting.

 A few weeks ago I attended Daniel Ellsberg book reading event at Kramerbooks & Afterwords here in Dupont Circle.  Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers and the fraud and lies of the Vietnam war. 

I went up to Mr. Ellsberg after and said ‘thank you for all you have done.  I grew up with your bravery’.  He smiled widely and shook my hand. 

The new movie out now “The Post” is about this incident in American history

– Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, owner of the Washington Post and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, editor.   

A few years after the Pentagon papers came Watergate, at that time columnist Art Buchwald had a piece in the Washington Post on ’14 Points of Watergate”, number 13 was “What is it that those involved in Watergate learned in law school that made them think that what they were doing was ethical?” 

That column gave me the idea for my dissertation topic at Teachers College, Columbia University, for I thought all professions must have a common core of ethics in education and practice. 

From there I developed a Conceptual Framework for Professional Behavior, validated to apply to all profession. 

Have tried to live by these concepts ever since. 

As Hillary now says, Onward Together to confront falsehoods in any setting, including family, community, nationally, globally, to lead in honesty and truth with moral courage and depth of integrity.    

To be involved, to advocate for social justice.   

The day after I met Daniel Ellsberg, three weeks ago now, I heard him on NPR promoting his new book.  When asked, he said the two people he admires most in the world today are Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.  He said that recently he spoke with Mr. Snowden in Moscow.  Snowden said to him “If there was no Daniel Ellsberg, there would be no Edward Snowden.”  It takes a certain courage and bravery to try to “right wrongs” as was said of the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mead, Elma Holder, Hillary Rodham Clinton…….      

A goal in 2018 and beyond – to live in mindful awareness, compassion, and kindness.

Remember, the arts in all forms lift our spirits, speak to our souls, and lead to healing – the language of all living things.

On this first Day of the New Year 2018, sending each and every one – love, peace, and hope, words I hear every day in Rwanda.

Education Secretary DeVos assault on college women

Dear Ms. DeVos,

The worst ‘ism’ in the world is hatred of women, misogyny, and sexism. It extends to every corner of the globe, both fragile societies, developed countries, families, and yes, college campuses.

Please do not contribute to this abuse by pursuing false and unjust narratives. I am a university educator and also do global health work in Rwanda, it is the horrendous abuse, violence, and rape of women that has led to Reconciliation, which is a model for the world order.

Please do not revert to old stereotypes, and continue this objectifying and hatred on our college campuses. Yes, let us help educate boys and men, along with girls and women that human beings of all gender orientation have their own dignity and are deserving of respect.

Harriet A. Fields, Ed.D., RN

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/08/betsy-devoss-title-ix-interpretation-is-an-attack-on-sexual-assault-survivors/#comments

 

 

As an educator, I find it unconscionable the disgraced Trump University was not hounded upon by the media, instead of innocuous emails of the opponent.

Thank you to Margaret Sullivan, for finally we see in print a critical analysis of the failure of the fourth estate in the 2016 presidential campaign. As an educator, I find the fraud of Trump University and the unethical stealing of students’ money, retirees’ savings, empty promises of knowledge and future gain, all claims by the candidate would be enough to disqualify anyone from any position anywhere, except perhaps a seat in jail. The height of all that is unethical, without focus and questioning, the media and the public gave Trump a pass, while the lawsuit from those defrauded resulted in a $25,000,000 settlement. This is the theme that could have been repeated and dwelled upon. All the while the media focused instead on former Secretary of State/ Senator/First Lady Hillary Clinton’s emails, over and over, allowing the urban myth of untrustworthiness ubiquitously and repeatedly spread, adding to the mantra weaving its way into every media outlet and public discussion. No unethical fraud by candidate Trump repeated by the media, just repetition of candidate Clinton’s emails so it settled in the public’s mind as the candidate is untrustworthy. Yes, we need the media to question, not accept, question falsehoods, and as Senator Al Franken’s says, not accept “pivots” from public servants until we find answers to questions politicians don’t want to answer, and uncover the truth.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/this-week-should-put-the-nail-in-the-coffin-for-both-sides-journalism/2017/08/16/77c6668a-8292-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html?outputType=comment&commentID=washingtonpost.com%2FECHO%2Fitem%2F67655713-f5bf-4a00-876a-c8555afbdced