Fascism In The White House

You cannot protect your way of life by compromising your way of life. You cannot protect your values by violating your values. You cannot protect your people by closing your borders. You cannot make Americans safe by turning them into Russians.

Trump and his Administration are responding to a non-problem by doing all the wrong things for the wrong reasons, and are costing taxpayers millions while only accomplishing the opposite of what they say they are accomplishing.

Dissent is not something you can allow or disallow. People will disagree whether you want them to or not. What you can do, if you have the power, is force people to keep their dissent to themselves. But to not hear the dissent or opinions of others is to believe that you already know everything there is to know, and only a narcissistic megalomaniac would believe that.

Donald Trump is exactly that – a narcissistic megalomaniac. He believes he is above the law, the Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, criticism, reproach, and questioning. Supporters and folks who are not thinking straight are saying that Trump is just doing what he promised to do as a candidate, as if that were automatically a good thing. Trump’s campaign was just as full of lies, deceit, impossibilities, illegalities, ignorance, fear-mongering, and racist hate as his first month in the Oval Office has been.

Trump is a fascist. Attacking the press is politics, suppressing the press is fascism.

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Are You Tired Yet??

My February letter to the editor:

So, Conservatives, are you tired yet?  Tired of the spoiled immature brat who grew up into a bully, and that you elected?  Tired of Trump pointing fingers and blaming everyone other than himself?  Tired of your incompetent President and his impotent Administration angering America’s long-standing allies and giving huge recruitment gifts to Isis and terrorists.  Tired of the Executive Branch of your government acting like The Three Stooges without the humor?  Tired of the petty, vindictive, clueless, blustering, egomaniac you elected to be your President?  Tired of the lack of respect and outright attacks on our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and every tradition, check, and safety net that history has shown us to be necessary to prevent a Democracy from slipping into a dictatorship?  Tired of the man who praised leaks of information when it was hurting his opponent, but when they are about him, he calls them illegal and wants to prosecute?  Tired of someone stupid enough to rant about classified information being leaked, and then calling the reporting of that same information “fake news” in the same sentence?  Are you tired of your President getting caught in a flat-out lie in a press conference, and shrugging it off by saying “that’s what someone told me”?  Tired of a President more concerned with lying about his “big election win” than solving problems?

Well, don’t blame me, I voted for a qualified, experienced grown-up, not a Russia-sponsored snake-oil salesman who pulled off history’s greatest, and most dangerous con job!

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Someone!

Someone needs to stop this maniac! And NO, I am not suggesting any form of violence!

Someone in the GOP, someone in government, someone in the Judiciary, someone somewhere knows the policy, procedure, law, or precedent that can be used to stop Trump.

Someone, somewhere has the information, the evidence, the proof, or the recordings that can be used to stop Trump. You do not live Trump’s life for as long as he has without leaving behind the evidence and proof that will reveal who you really are. There is something somewhere that is shocking enough that even Trump supporters will have to sit up and take notice.

Someone in the GOP needs to come to their senses. Someone with even a speck of common sense, integrity, or conscience needs to start the ball rolling and stand up to Trump. Someone, somewhere among the wealthy supporters of the GOP, someone among the Conservative pundits or bloggers, someone in the Conservative power establishment or in charge of a gigantic multi-national corporation must come to realize that, where Trump is taking us, no one will come out ahead.

Someone, somewhere needs to see past their greed and lust for power and realize that turning America into Russia or a third-world country is a threat to what they already have, and will not get them anything they want.

Someone in Trump’s family or his empire must see the insanity for what it is and do something to help stop it. Someone in the Religious community must finally feel the shame and get on the bandwagon to stop Trump.

Setting aside the millions of Conservatives who have been deceived into supporting their own destruction for a moment, someone, some few, among the thousands who create and control that deception must finally realize that they have gone too far.

To the World, to the Muslim world, to Islam, and yes even to ISIS and radical Islam, I say this. Please realize that the vast majority of the American people are victims in all of this, not culprits. We are either against what is happening, or have been deceived into supporting it.

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Is The Fat Lady Singing?

Is it any less a government coup if, instead of with guns and explosives, power is seized with lies, deceit, and manipulation?

Is it still a completely non-violent transfer of power if, instead of opponents being assassinated, their character, reputations, and accomplishments are assassinated with falsehoods and bullying tactics? Is it still a government for the people if those who seize power make policy changes that causes hardship, pain, and even death to all but the elite wealthy?

Is it still a Democracy, where the people decide, if the people are deceived, and their natural tenancies are cleverly manipulated in ways that cause them to believe in a completely false reality?

Yes, the pen is mightier than the sword, but the pen is only a neutral tool that can just as easily be used for evil as for good. In this day and age, the pen has been replaced by electronics – radios, television, the Internet, mobile phones, and a thousand other devices through which the people receive and disseminate information. Does it make sense that those sources of information that reach the most people are owned and operated, for a profit, by the same individuals that own politicians and want to own the government, all for even more profit?

Is freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness still possible in an environment where there are no limits on the number and size of lies and deceptions in politics, and no limit on the amount of money that can be spent producing and spreading those lies?

The decades-long campaign by the elite wealthy to use their power and control of information has finally achieved its goal. They now control the White House AND Congress, and the Judiciary will soon be theirs as well. We are entering and era where nothing is sacred or protected from the chopping block. Not The Constitution, not the Bill of Rights, not the right to vote, and none of the ideals upon which America was founded. With Trump in the White House and with the GOP in full control of Congress, only the Judiciary can stop this from happening, and the Judiciary is standing on it’s last leg of integrity.

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January Letter To The Editor

On several occasions while campaigning, regarding big money in politics and corruption in Washington, Donald Trump stated that, he would “drain the swamp.”  Instead, he is skimming the scum from the swamp and stocking his Cabinet with it.  Billionaires, white supremacists, and wealthy corporate executives will now be running the government along with Trump and the GOP.

Donald Trump is the first President in History who will come into office with zero experience.  Trump has absolutely no experience in the military or in government.  And when it comes to those he is appointing to his Cabinet and other key positions, things are even worse.  Not only are the bulk of his appointees woefully inexperienced in the area of government to which they are being appointed, in many cases their personal history of statements and actions make them the exact antithesis of the vital functions they are being appointed to oversee.  Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house!  Many of Trump’s appointees have long histories of opposing and even wanting to abolish the very government functions and programs they have been appointed to lead!

Of course, Trump is nothing more than an egomaniac con man who lied his way into office, and who thinks that none of the laws, rules, or codes of conduct that have helped to keep our government stable and our nation strong since the beginning really apply to him.  So Conservatives, get ready to learn the Goose-Step and speak Russian, and all heil Trump!

References:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/08/donald-trump-experience-president/93504134/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-cabinet-is-on-track-to-be-the-least-experienced-in-modern-history_us_5836f133e4b000af95edf18c

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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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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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