Inauguration Day

Friday, January 20th, 2017 is inauguration day in America. For true Americans and America, it is a day of mourning. We should all be flying our American flags at half-mast that day.

On 9/11 in 2001 we watched the horrific, incomprehensible, mind-numbing collapse of the twin towers in New York City. A devastating blow to America on American soil, perpetrated by outsiders, and causing immense pain, heartache, and loss of life. But at least is was quick and a single event that left America determined and able to immediately start the healing process.

On January 20th, 2017, when Donald Trump becomes President and Congress is turned over to the GOP, we will all have to watch the beginning of the horrific, incomprehensible, mind-numbing collapse and destruction of the very core of America and American ideals, perpetrated by insiders on American soil. This will not be as sudden or as shocking as 9/11, but in the long run, the heartache, suffering, pain, and loss of life will be a thousand times worse.

For all but the wealthy top one percent in America, life will get harder and less fulfilling. More and more of the middle class will fall below the poverty level, and those who are already destitute will simply die for lack of food and health care. And the top one percent will reap the completely meaningless benefit of having even more wealth and power.

This is not only a collapse of American ideals, but also of Democracy itself and the great American experiment of self-governing and equality for all. With an egomaniac in the Oval office, and a Congress in the hands of the GOP, which are nothing but foot soldiers for the one percent, nothing in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or Declaration Of Independence is sacred and exempt from the collapse. What’s to stop this from happening? The Judiciary??

Trump and the GOP are not even in power yet and they are already attacking the US Office of Government Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics. It is blindingly clear that Trump considers himself above all laws, rules, and Constitutional limitations, and the GOP has demonstrated that it is willing to change, subvert, and ignore all the rules to get their way. So, what will stop massive voter suppression from becoming outright elimination of the right to vote?

Are you ready to have to learn Russian as the official language of America? Are you ready to have Christianity become, not only the official, but the ONLY religion in America? Will we see science and Evolution removed from all school curriculum, to be replaced by Creationist and religious teachings? Will immigration become a thing of the past with America’s borders closed to all but the very wealthy? Will health care become unaffordable to all but the wealthy? Will Wall Street and Corporate deregulation bring us into another great depression?

When all of this happens (not if), take a walk over to your nearest Conservative neighbors thank them for their stupidity, and them punch them in the face.

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Hypocrisy

Terms such as hypocrisy and double standard are woefully inadequate to describe today’s Conservatives and the GOP.  If Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or ANY non Right-Wing candidate had done or said ANY of a hundred things that Donald Trump said and did during his campaign, that candidate would have been eviscerated by the Right and the media, and not only would have lost the election, but would have been run completely out of public service on a rail!

You would be hard pressed to find anything that Conservatives have complained about or attacked a Democrat for that Trump has not only done, but has taken to a whole new level.  A Trump speech is like demonstration of everything that Conservatives and the GOP have always claimed to hate.  Family values?  Integrity?  Fiscal responsibility?  These are evidently only required of a candidate that is a Democrat.

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A Message For Those Who Blindly Seek Unlimited Power, Wealth, And Control

You can take my money. You can take my rights. You can take my freedom and you can even take my life. What you cannot take, and never will be able to take, is the fact that right now, in this moment of time, I know. I know who you are, I know what you are. I know what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is false. There are millions like me here in America, and even more around the world. Those like us have always been here and always will be here. We are the aware, the awake. We are those who can see the evil, no matter how hidden or decorated with lies and deceit. We see the misery, the pain, and the devastation that comes from all that you do. We know you. We know the truth. We know what you are, and there is nothing you can do about it, and nothing you will ever be able to do about what we know in this moment in time.

So, in the end, all your lust for power, all you grabbing of wealth and control, and all your lies and deceit will fall short. Your power and control will never be complete because you cannot change the here and now and what we know about who you are, what you are, and what you are doing to others. So, no matter how much power and wealth you obtain, your satisfaction and happiness will always be ever so slightly tainted. It will be tainted because you know that we know.

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December Letter To The Editor

Mr. Trump says that his is not part of “the establishment.”  Unfortunately, he is not talking about the political establishment, he is talking about the establishment of a government of\by\for the people.  He means the established laws, rules, processes, and procedures that were put in place by the Founding Fathers to prevent America from becoming just another dictatorship or kingdom.  You know, things like The Constitution, Separation of Powers, and Checks and Balances.

Donald Trump considers himself above all of that. He thinks he is above the law, The Constitution, and all the established traditions and procedures that provide a stable government and a smooth and non-violent transition of power every 4 years.

Not releasing tax returns and financial information as a candidate and not divesting himself (and his family) of all possible financial conflict of interests with foreign powers are both serious and unprecedented violations of the laws and traditions that protect us as a self-governed nation.  Congratulations Conservatives!  I know you wanted to go back to the good old days.  Well, you just sent America back to 18th century England!  We now have to start calling the 1% “Royalty” instead of just wealthy.

According to CNN, Trump got just over 46% of the popular vote, and according to Mother Jones the overall voter turnout was just under 60%.  That means less than 30% of the American electorate voted for Trump.  So Conservatives, don’t insult anyone’s intelligence with talk of mandates, political capital, or the will of the people.

References:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/politics/popular-vote-turnout-2016/
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/12/raw-data-turnout-rates-2016-election
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/trumps-conflict-of-interest-problem

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October Letter To The Editor

Face it, Donald Trump is a selfish, narcissistic egomaniac.  He is not the kid who takes his ball and goes home when he loses, he’s the kid who incites his team to beat the crap out of the other team when he loses.  He is not holding political rallies, these are lynch mobs where he is the main inciter of violence.  If you think Trump supporters are not prone to violence, just try wearing a Hillary T-shirt to a Trump rally.

What Trump is doing is equivalent to building a campfire in an underground ammo bunker.  Is anyone going to be surprised at the explosion?  But Trump’s “Scorched-Earth” campaign is an extension of the GOP’s “Party of No” strategy over the last decade.  Obstructionism, unprecedented use of the filibuster, shutting down the government, and sabotaging everything that Obama and Democrats try to accomplish are just some of the childish, tantrum-like actions of the GOP in recent years.

Everything that Trump says, as well as most of what the GOP says, are lies, deceptions, and falsehoods.  If you tried to redact out the lies in a printed version of ANY of Trump’s speeches, you would need a paint brush instead of a magic marker.  At best, Trump supporters are blind and the rest of Conservatives are seriously misguided.  So angry and hostile, but for the wrong reasons and at the wrong things.  The GOP’s strategy?  Screw things up as much as possible for people, and then blame Democrats, Liberals, and minorities.

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More Or Less…

More or less…..

What would you like to see change in this country? DO you think we need less gun control, more tax cuts for the wealthy, less immigration reform, more deportations, less rights for the LGBT community, more tax loop holes for large corporations, less regulation for Wall Street, more wars, less environmental protections, more subsidies for the oil companies, less affordable health care, more profits for insurance companies, less diplomacy, and more voter suppression?

Do you think we should build a wall along the Mexican border, close our borders to Muslims, outlaw all abortions, make Christianity our national religion, outlaw same-sex marriage, abolish the EPA, cut Social Security, end Medicare, end the food stamp program, abolish planned parenthood, privatize education, privatize the Postal Service, and repeal Obamacare?

That is the Republican agenda, definitely NOT the Democratic agenda, and if you think that is the direction our country should take, there are three ways you can help this to happen – 1) Vote for Donald Trump and all Republicans, 2) Don’t vote at all, or 3) Vote third-party.

This is not a threat, it is not brow-beating, it is not twisting your arm, and it is certainly not trying to tell you what to do with your vote. This is just a simple statement of a statistical fact. It is the reality of the situation. If you do not like the message, don’t shoot the messenger.

But I will say this to Democrats, Liberals, Greens, and Progressives who are thinking of voting 3rd-party or not voting at all. That is absolutely your right, and you can do whatever you want with your vote. BUT, if Trump wins and the Republicans have control of Congress and all of the above things begin to come to pass, THEN those who did not vote or voted 3rd-party had DAMN well better accept part of the responsibility for what is happening. Mayby only a tiny part of the responsibility, but you will own it.

This also only a simple statement of statistical fact – every available vote that does not go to Hillary and Democrats is one less vote that Trump and the Republicans need to win., and That’s A Fact Jack.

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Can Being Open-Minded Be A Disadvantage?

Against all odds, against all logic, against all reason, and against all sanity, it appears that this election is actually a close one. America has officially slipped into “Bizzaro World.” Donald Trump should be so far behind Hillary that this election should be all but decided. The fact that he is not is a testament to the power of the vast, extremely well-funded, decades-long campaign of deception and brain-washing of the American people waged by the very few and powerful and wealthy elite in this country.
 
America is a widely-divided nation. Whether you label the sides of this division Left and Right, Conservatives and Liberals, or Democrats and Republicans, the irony of the situation is that what should be one of the Left’s greatest assets, the ability to think clearly and accept changes to their opinions and beliefs in the light of new information, can also work to their detriment.
 
Those on the right (including the “Libertarians”) seem to have their beliefs hard-wired into their brains, and will believe the one wacko voice in a sea of reason and truth that supports those beliefs. Deceiving these folks is easy – they want to be deceived.
 
The real work of deceiving America into self-destruction lies in sowing enough seeds of doubt into the minds of those on the Left (Including the so-called “Greens”) so that enough of them will not vote or vote third-party.
 
This has been successful in the past to the point that a whole new term has been coined to describe it – “Swift-Boating.” Yes, swift-boating John Kerry helped give Bush a 2nd term, and the swift-boating of Hillary has gone on for decades and is in full-swing today. And sadly, it is working, even on some of the smartest and staunchest Liberals and Progressives I know. With enough lies, enough accusations, repeated over and over, even those who usually think for themselves can be affected. If Trump was not the worst and most despicable candidate in history, he would be WAY out in front by now. But with enough deceit, even the Devil could win an election.
 
So why are free-thinkers at a disadvantage?? Because you cannot sway those on the Right with any amount of truth, reason, and facts, but with enough deceit and swift-boating, you may be able to fool some of those on the Left.
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The 2016 Election

Understand this…. The upcoming election is NOT Let’s Make A Deal. There is no door number 3 in this election. There are only two sides to that coin. For better or for worse, whether it is fair or unfair, the fact of the matter at this point in time is that this country has a 2-Party election system, and one of the candidates from those two main Parties (in this case, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton) will become President of the United States. You may not like that, and you can try and change that, but if you do not believe that, then you are living in denial and you should probably not read the remainder of this post. Third Party candidates, such as the Green Party and Libertarian candidates may occasionally win at lower levels of government, such as state and local government, but they rarely if ever win at the federal level. There are Independents in Congress, but even Bernie Sanders ran in the Democratic primary instead of running for President as an Independent. He knew he would have no chance as an Independent.

Third Party candidates in the Presidential race do nothing more than suck away votes from the major Party candidate whose supporters are similar to theirs. A Green candidate takes votes from the Democratic nominee, and a Libertarian candidate takes votes from the Republican nominee. This can actually play a major role in the loss of the election by the major Party candidate as it did for Al Gore in the 2000 election. Voters who vote third Party often say they are “voting their conscience” or “making a statement.” This would be a valid argument except for two facts. First, this country is pretty evenly divided making almost every election a very close one, and second the differences between the two major Parties are vast. The result is that, as a practical matter, a Green Party voter making a statement is really only moving the country AWAY from what they believe in, and the same would be true for a Libertarian voter.

So, the two-Party system is one aspect of the reality we are living in today. Another aspect is that who becomes President is decided by who gets the most votes. This, of course, does not happen directly, but indirectly through the Electoral College, and as we saw in the 2000 election, an extremely close election can be decided (stolen) by the court system, but in general, the voters decide.

The Constitution guarantees every American the right to vote. There are some exceptions to that, but they are not based on race, religion, level of affluence, or level of education. The right to vote is not the same as a requirement to vote – you also have the right to not vote. However, there is some logic behind the idea that voting is a duty and a responsibility. It is true however, that with the ownership and control over one vote in a Presidential election comes some responsibility for the outcome. Even if you refuse to vote or vote third-Party, you have a share in the responsibility for the outcome and some ownership in the America we have to live in because of that outcome. If you voted for Hillary or Trump and your candidate loss, then at least you tried by voting for someone who could have actually won.

The outcome of this election will determine what America we will all have to live in. A Trump America? A Hillary America? A Republican or Democrat America? If you think there is not much difference between the two major Parties, then you must have been living on Pluto all your life. There is a world of difference, and unless you are very wealthy or a big business executive, the GOP is your enemy. If you are concerned about anything other than making the wealthy richer while taking everything away from the Middle Class and the poor, then you should be voting Democrat. The Democrats are truly the Party of the people. They may not be extremely good at it, but at least they are not working against the people like the Republicans are. And Donald Trump is the worst candidate in history. He lies more, flips-flops more, and makes racist, bigoted, women-hating comments more than anyone. Trump, at one time or another, has said he wants to build a wall along our Southern border, deport all illegal immigrants, block all Muslims from entering the country, that Barack Obama is not really a US citizen, that he would like to punch someone right in the face, and that strong-arm dictatorial leaders like Putin are good leaders because they are “strong.” Trump is constantly making remarks and insinuations that are sexist, bigoted, racist, rude, condescending, and insulting. Trump has filed for bankruptcy several times, and scammed employees and customers on multiple occasions. He is an egomaniac and a self-centered chauvinist liar.

Is this who you want to be President? Do you want to live in a Trump America? Is the answer Hell No?? Then I urge you to try and understand that every vote not cast for Trump keeps him further from getting into the White House, BUT also every vote that is not cast for Hillary Clinton moves Trump closer to the White House. Your Constitutionally-given right to vote comes with the responsibility to take ownership of the impact of what you do with your vote. If you vote Green Party, or don’t vote at all, then if Trump wins, part of that is on you and part of what happens in a Trump America is on you! It may be a very small part (1 part out of millions?), but it does belong to you, and if there are enough of you out there doing this, it can actually become the deciding part.

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September Letter To The Editor

Donald Trump lives in a triangular universe.  At one corner of the triangle is what he actually thinks and believes.  At the 2nd corner is what he says in public, and at the third corner is truth and reality.  These three corners are completely unconnected and have nothing in common.

Why is it that Conservatives are supporting a candidate who utterly fails every test that Conservatives have been touting for years as absolutely essential for a President?  Family values??  Anyone out there giving him better than an ‘F’ grade on that?  Foreign policy experience??  Zippo on that!  Integrity??  Fiscal responsibility??  Give him an ‘F’ on those as well.

So why is Trump the GOP nominee?  Perhaps it is because he gets an ‘A’ in all the things that are the secret requirements for the GOP to support someone for President.  He is wealthy, he is an angry white man, he excels in deception and manipulation, he hates everyone who is not white and Christian, he treats women like property, he is a racist, a bigot, and a chauvinist, and most of all, he is willing to do and say anything to get what he wants.  Sounds like a perfect fit for the GOP!

The rise of Donald Trump has finally exposed what the GOP and the radical right are all about.  So Conservatives, are you going to follow the other lemmings off the cliff, or are you going to think for yourself for a change?

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Cut Through The Crap!

OK, let’s cut through the crap. There is so much bullshit flying around these days that it’s hard to see the tip of your own nose. I’ve only been paying attention to politics since the 2000 election, but it didn’t take me long to realize that Conservatives are idiots, hard-wired to self-destruct. But when I hear Progressives and Liberals wringing their hands and wailing about how terrible the Democratic Party is, and talking about flocking to a completely non-viable alternative like the Green Party because the Dems are as bad as the Repugnants, it makes me sick. All because their favorite candidate did not win the primary, or because the Dems didn’t go far enough on their pet issues, or because the Dems caved in and compromised too much, or because who knows what. Evidently the disease called Conservatism is catching, and the first sign that you are getting it is the loss of long-term memory.

So, forget all the rhetoric, and only consider the actions of politicians in all levels of government, from the small town councilman to the President of the United States. When you consider what actually goes on in Government, who votes how, what legislation is introduced by whom and blocked by whom, what policies are supported by whom and fought against by whom, and just about everything that goes on, then it should be crystal clear that the very WORST thing you can say about Democrats is that they can be disappointing and weak, while the very BEST thing you can say about Republicans is that their evil can sometimes be stopped or at least slowed down.

So, ask yourself, just which side of the isle in Government is fighting for equality – economic equality, social equality, woman’s equality, LBGT equality, equality for minorities, equality in education, equality in opportunity – and which side of the isle fights against it? Which side supports immigration reform and which side blocks it. Which side poisoned the water in Flint, disbanded local elected governments and installed emergency managers in Michigan, and is suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor? Which side tries to regulate Wall Street and greedy corporations and which side tries to deregulate them even more? Which side causes recessions and which side gets us out of them? Which side is trying to abolish abortion rights? Which side justifies and uses torture, committing war crimes?Which side lied to Congress about WMDs in Iraq in order to start a war? Which side is ALWAYS trying to cut taxes for the wealthy and which side fights for middle class tax cuts? Which side blocks any and all attempts at campaign finance reform? Which side has committed unprecedented obstructionism, unprecedented use of the filibuster, and unprecedented disrespect for the President of the United States? Which side promises to put a gun in the hands of every mentally disturbed loner and no-fly list member, and which side fights for sensible gun laws? Which side wants to alter the Constitution to better reflect Christianity and tried to alter it to define marriage as only between a man and a woman? Which side would throw out separation of church and state if they could? Which side wants to REDUCE the federal minimum wage and which side wants to raise it? Which side thinks that corporations are people and should have all the rights of an individual citizen? Which side would kill Social Security and Medicare, and which side wants to expand them? Which side wants to make health care harder to get and more expensive while enriching insurance companies? Which side wants to defund Planned Parenthood, close abortion clinics, get rid of food stamps, discriminate against Muslims, deport millions of illegal immigrants, build a wall on the border, and kill the labor unions? Which side started spying on American citizens?

Oh Hell! I’m getting too old and no longer have enough energy to finish this list. Suffice to say that anyone who tries to equate the two major political parties in the United States is clinically insane. It’s not like comparing apples to oranges, it’s like comparing matter to anti-matter or America to Nazi Germany or God to the Devil! You pick your own analogy! A house divided cannot stand, and a Perty divided cannot win – #VoteGreenGetRed

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