It’s Almost Like Praying

Was it okay for Lin-Manuel Miranda to tweet that President Trump’s general indifference about Puerto Rico’s recovery was his ticket to the inferno?

Puerto Rico is now moving into the third week of dealing with the results from the strongest hurricane it has suffered through in a very long time. At this writing, the 85% of the residents have no power, 65% have no phone service and 60% have no water to drink. The youngest, oldest and weakest of these U.S. citizens are teetering on the edge of existence and our president blames this U.S. territory for not doing enough for themselves, drags his feet in delivering FEMA relief, and openly plays golf at one of his many luxury resorts.

The behavior of our president sets a poor example. At a time when folks could be digging deep into their pockets to assist the people of Puerto Rico, Tumps’s actions say that it is okay to look away from pain. Lin-Manuel Miranda called it correctly when he tweeted ” You’re going straight to hell, No long lines for you. Someone will say, “Right this way, sir. They’ll clear a path.” When it has been suggested that Miranda’s attitude toward the holder of the highest office in our land was disrespectful, he smartly replied, “But it’s unprecedented to have the President of the United States attack the victims of a natural disaster.”

Miranda insists his assertion was not  an impulsive action. It was the only way he could describe what he was feeling, and it says a lot, because this man is normally very tolerant and articulate. It is absolutly clear that his patience had worn thin. Miranda is known for creating and starring in the Broadway musical Hamilton.  All in all he has won a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and three Tony Awards. Pretty impressive!

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda was born on Wednesday and in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. The combination of his two Dayology rulers, Mercury and Saturn, creates a serious thinker and communicator.  As we’ve seen his statements can be insightful yet harsh. Often people with this signature use their smarts to move up the corporate ladder and amass wealth. Miranda is one of those rare WED CAP types who uses these energies in ways to make things better for all.

Yes, it is right for Lin-Manuel Miranda to lend his voice to the pleas of the needy. And yes, it is fine for him to refuse to apologize to President Trump. Miranda is exercising his right to free speech. It’s social protest, a form of political expression that seeks to bring about social or political change by influencing the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the public or the policies of an organization or institution. We have not only the right, but the duty to get “involved”

And he’s gone even further by gathering together fellow Puerto Rico supporters: Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez and others to record a fundraiser for the hurricane relief efforts.

UPDATEAlmost Like Praying was released on October 6, 2017 by Atlantic Records. The song debuted at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Digital Songs Sales chart in its first week. When asked how money much the song made for the effort, Miranda replied ” I know that we’ve sold over 150,000 copies on iTunes. That’s $1.29 each. So that’s minimum $150,000.” And if you have some free time- why not listen to The Salsa Remix.

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