All Enemies Foreign and Domestic


Edward G. Palmer Korean War
My Dad Edward Gordon Palmer Korean War

I had hoped to write a happy post. Something positive and uplifting for this Veteran’s Day but unfortunately with the results of yesterday’s presidential election there is not much good that can be said.

Those of you who served in the United States Army remember this Oath of Enlistment.

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).


Forty years ago I raised my right hand and recited this Oath.

What happens when that enemy is not only domestic but has now become the Commander in Chief aka President of the United States of America.  A man who is a well known sociopath and narcissist.  A man whose evil rhetoric and divisive tactics split the nation into two camps. A man who if we allow him will bring if not World War Three but a Civil War where we will be maimed, lose property, jobs, life and limb.

I have to admit being that I work for a museum which mainly attracts the 1%, the wealthy, rich upper-crust of society who don’t give a damn about the working class, immigrants, Black Americans or any peoples of Color I went through my workday numb with interspersion of break times where colleagues sat in equally numb silence or made half-halfhearted attempts to console each other.  A Filipina co-worker and I just hugged.

I especially look to my Jewish co-worker who is the voice of reason in all situations. We highly value and respect his opinion. He did give me some hope as did one of my Caribbean co-workers that maybe the Trump Nightmare this man eating bone crunching terminator machine will not completely destroy America as we know it.

As I watch the tourists, visitors and people who live in the white-bread world surrounding neighborhood  laugh, joke, play with their kids, be happy I realize that they could be happy because Trump becoming president will not touch their world and in fact will probably make life better for them.

Most of the low echelon workers security and custodial are populated by immigrants, Muslims, people of Color, Hindus, you know the folks that Middle America, Republican Conservative America loves to hate, blame and make us scapegoats for all that is wrong with this country.  We are the ones who secure, clean and console but are taken for granted.

We gather together hanging onto any words of hope or solace in this one of the saddest most depressing events in recent U.S. history. Huddling closer and closer attempting to create some type of safety net. But inside is that little voice of fear. We may not show it because we can’t after all we are not supposed to have any feelings or emotions only be subservient to the ruling majority. You know that Remains of the Day stiff upper lip type of thing.

For me the most heart wrenching thing as a U.S. Army Veteran is that the deed is done and there is little or nothing I can do to turn things around.

I fear another Middle Passage. The return of Slavery and Jim Crow. Or perhaps it never really left and was only waiting in the wings for the right actor to make an appearance on stage for it’s horrible reanimation. I Fear: Another Trail of Tears. Another Nazi Germany. Internment camps like the ones where Japanese-Americans were forced into during WWII. More police shootings or innocent Black people.

It also troubles me that many who voted for Trump live in the so-called Bible Belt. Well what Bible are you reading. You do know that Jesus was a Jew who live in a multi-cultural polytheistic society and no where in the Gospels where he is attacking his Greek, Roman or Egyptian neighbors or devaluing their belief systems. In fact Jesus saved most of his most scathing remarks for his fellow Jews/Hebrews specifically the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Here is where Jesus got angry with hypocrites.

Matthew 21:12-13

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them,“‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.


Those who voted for Trump who is more of an Anti-Christ than a Christian have filled Presidency with a Thief!!

I am stunned, appalled and scared to death of this upcoming Trump Presidency. The KKK is going to be in the White House as of January 2017. I’m old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  Folks this is real and is no joke.

The Healthcare law will be repealed, Civil Rights laws be dismantled.  Every Black, brown, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Native Americans, Hindu, Buddhist, all immigrants should be afraid. After all a year from now none of us may be here. My brother Stephen has Autism. There goes all the goods, services and programs for Disabled Americans.

We are going backwards to the 18th and 19th slavery Jim Crow days. My ancestors are weeping. I’m terrified!!

President Trump will keep his promise to Make America White again.

But after all the “Others” are gone what will America do then???  This man has sold you a bill of goods. He gave you poisoned Kool-Aid and you drank.  Remember every decision, every choice has consequences. I hope that you can live with yours.

Sp4 DeBorah Ann Palmer

November 1977 to November 1981

569th PSC, Augsburg, Germany

101st Airborne Div. Ft. Campbell, KY


47 thoughts on “All Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    1. I alternate between tears and terror. However I know I have to keep going. Despite the fact that Thanksgiving is coming the mood is very somber. I’m trying to hang onto my faith as best as possible.

      1. tmezpoetry

        People do not understand what he has awakened and promoted. But I do. And I am with you, here. Your grief is not alone, your concerns are not alone, you are not alone. Stay in your own voice and faith as we all are just listening, trying to comprehend this together and support one another~

      2. tmezpoetry

        For your encouragement, all over the US there are marches of peaceful protests, candlelight vigils, college walk outs, people all over expressing their shock and grief together as we are here. We are not alone.

      3. There was one here in New York naturally in front of Trump Plaza!! Learning that Trump was elected President was like climbing a mountain then slipping losing your foothold and free-falling into a giant chasm or abyss. This will either bring our country together or tear it apart. Let’s hope it brings us all together as Americans and that we don’t lose the United in USA.

      4. tmezpoetry

        It will not bring us together from different values and principles. What it will do however is keep it in check.

  1. Hilary won the poplular vote, by a significant number. Trump is another Republican, like Bush Jr, elected by the electoral college in opposition to the voters choice. This is not okay.

    1. Yes that is what I heard from co-workers today. Sad. Perhaps we should get rid of this Electoral College and let the Popular Vote stand. Not sure how much of a chance that idea has. More prayers for our country needed. My friends, co-workers and I are still trying to sort this out in our heads. Non-stop praying.

    1. I ETS’d! Meaning I did my four years and it was time for me to go! At the time I was young and I wanted to return home to my parents and my brother. I was not trying to make a career out of the Army. Four years Active Duty and 2 years Reserve was more than enough for me!

      1. thank you ever so much for your service; words don’t do justice.

        (and I know all about that ‘time to go’ part from personal experience, haha 😂)

        take care~

  2. Afrika Bohemian

    The international community is equally shocked and I do offer my prayers and condolence to America, I however hope things will become better against all odds. Love and Light Deborah 🙂

    1. Life as we know it especially for minorities will come to an end the day he takes office on Jan. 20th 2017. Already Mr. Trump (I will never refer to him as President) is putting into place his plans to eliminate certain things like the Health care law. We are going back to the Dark Ages.

      1. Afrika Bohemian

        This is very sad Deborah, I mean even in third world countries like my own health care is affordable and free. I felt Obama care was a step in the right direction. I do not know how this happened and you broke my heart when you wrote about the civil right movement and I remembered it was not so long ago. Americans deserve better, I do not know why they settled for less

      2. As my parents used to say, “God Don’t Like Ugly.” Many of my co-workers both Black and white are predicting that he “that man” is going do something or has done something that will hang him and that he will not finish his term. The devil is a liar and he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. His so-called presidency will die on the vine.

        Already as he is selecting his cabinet schedules are taking place. Also being that Blacks are only about 12% of the population if he yanks the social service programs and services most of the affected will be white people!!

        Let’s see how the first 100 days go and if he makes it. God Bless.

  3. Thank you for sharing your link on my blog, DeBorah. Your words touch me deeply, and remind me of the depths of fear and stress that I can only know via witnesses like you. I hear you, loud and clear. My heart weeps. I was not and am not a Hillary fan, but she would have been so much better than this. Please, let’s start now to find decent candidates for 2020, which will surely be the Year of Clear Vision.

    I have serious hope that decent Americans will not let persecution return. He was only elected by half the population, and not all of them agree with everything he said. I read somewhere today that if Muslims are persecuted, the right thing to do is to say, “I am Muslim.” That’s easy enough, especially for women who can pin on a scarf. Some of us will have scarves ready to don.

    Keep the faith. Never let hope die. Perhaps Rabbi and psychotherapist Abraham Twerski’s words will give 90 seconds of hope:

  4. I just left a reply to yours on my blog. Unlike you, I chose to only show the beginning on the induction oath. The second part of it concerns me. I pray that we as a nation can remain sane and put an end to racism, sexism and homophobia. In my lifetime I have mourned the deaths of John F Kennedy, Dr Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. I remember four kids my own age who were shot to death by the National Guard at Kent State University for protesting the Vietnam war. I remember the Civil Rights marches and the KKK cross burnings. I grew up in a small all-white town isolated in the Alleghenies mountains of Pennsylvania, so joining the Army was the first time I had seen a person of color, or was able to talk religion with someone from a different belief. I learned to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas in Hawiian from my Hawaiian squad mate. I learned about gumbo from a Bayou woman. I discovered grits when I was stationed in Alabama. The Army was my intro to a wider world, and I loved all the people I met there. I learned so much from everyone, but most of all I learned to quit seeing people with labels. Instead I learned to see the beauty of each individual. I have friends all around the world now because of blogging. I love that. I love all of them. And I am thrilled to find a new friend in you. Welcome home, my sister. Let’s keep the good faith and make sure this nation moves forward in love. Many hugs!

  5. Deborah, what a sobering and deeply expressed piece. Thank you for raising your voice. Your title is so applicable – enemies foreign and domestic indeed! I am stunned, afraid for so many, angry, heartbroken! So much has already been lost, and now the threat of much more to come. I pray this will draw people together in solidarity and resistance. 🙏🏽❤️

    1. Yes I too felt like I was slogging through the miry pits of Dantes Inferno but I’m choosing to be Pro-Active and begin a Fundraising Campaign for AABR and QCP who provide services and programs to developmentally disabled adults like my brother Stephen who has Autism. For me I knew I had to get behind a cause. Of course I’ve been an Autism Advocate and Activist for my brother Stephen for years but now it is especially critical as we don’t know if or when D.T. will slash funding for programs and services for special needs Americans. So I’m doing my part. When you get a chance please read my most recent Share Your World blog post. Thanks!! ❤

      1. Well you can say I went through those stages of grief and decided instead of constantly griping, complaining, moaning and groaning its time to use my blog for Positive Action!! 🙂 😀

  6. I have also been in a deep depression since the election. It’s more than sad to believe so many Americans could identify with such a hateful, bigoted, con man. Here in Hawaii we live in a world of color: Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Hawaiian, black, white. And we all get along fairly well. I wish that for the whole U.S., but I am deeply afraid of what the next 4 years will bring for immigrants and people of color and those of various religions. Trump said he would “drain the swamp,” but he has dragged us into the swamp of despair and inequality and hate. I will be joining the Honolulu segment of the Million-Women-March in January. You and other service members defended our country from enemies foreign and domestic. Now we all must join you to defend against the worst domestic evil we’ve ever seen.

    1. Amen! Thanks for your Support!! I have a brother Stephen who has Autism and I’m also fearful and anxious for him as Dhump hates Americans with Disabilities also!! I’m trying to help raise money for the two agencies that care for Stephen, AABR & QCP because I don’t know if he will stop funding for programs and services for the developmentally disabled. Once again and always I’m putting on my Autism Activist Advocate hat for Stephen and all Americans with Autism. Last Summer I joined the NAACP and made donations to Black Lives Matter. I will try to join some marches, demonstrations and rallies as my job permits because I still must work full-time. As a Union Member I’m worried about my pension, my health care and other benefits. We must ALL work together to stop these anti-human being Dhrump negative policies! Many Thanks and much appreciation to you and your family!! God Bless!

    1. Thank you. I’m known for being outspoken and I don’t hold back. Some things just need to be said. I am concerned about America because this is my home. I Love my country America and I’m not going anywhere. As a soldier and I will always be one I will uphold and defend the rights of All Americas; Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, white, LGBT, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindu, Buddhist, etc…

      Out of many one!!

  7. munchkinontheroad

    Sadly, I begrudgingly voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton because she was the better of the most absolutely horrible choice of candidates I have ever encountered in forty years of voting. Unfortunately, Democrats are completely out of touch with hardworking, middle class taxpayers and that cost them the election. It’s fine to say you want this or that program but have no other way to pay for it except raise taxes is a course to disaster. The working middle class has reached its breaking point and I believe that is why the number one reason Donald Trump won the election…the hope of some financial relief.
    Hopefully, half the crap that spouted out of all the politician’s mouths in this campaign was just trash talk. I am cautiously hoping Donald Trump will want to go down in the history books as a great president.

    1. Those programs you speak of are what keeps most of us afloat. No comprehensive health care?! Well the government ie the taxpayer will still wind up paying for those people because you can’t turn away sick people from hospitals. However if you have health insurance you can catch the illness in the beginning and save lives.

      What if there was No Medicaid or Medicare. Do you really think I can afford to quit my job to take complete and total care of my Autistic brother?! Really!! And when you are 65 don’t you want Medicare and Social Security.

      When you get Laid off from your job don’t you think you should be able to apply for Unemployment Benefits and Food stamps?!! I know I’ve been in those shoes.

      No! Why don’t we just let people die, lay in the streets be homeless sick and destitute like a Charles Dickens novel! No wait that’s just what is gonna happen after Jan 20th!

      Donald Dhrump because I will never refer or accept his as President is an egotistical maniac whose policies and cabinet choices are about to destroy this country. But this is what certain people wanted and this is what they are about to get. A Narcissist who will only benefit Corporations, Big Business and Millionaires like himself. The Emperor has no clothes.

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