29
Dec 16

Due to the election of Donald Trump, I believe the safety and integrity of America is at risk on many fronts.  We have a president-elect who has repeatedly expressed positions and attitudes that, if acted upon, will take us back to an age before the civil rights movement and feminist movement of the 60's and 70's.  Some seem to believe that those were the good old days but those days were not so good for many of us.  Trump proposes such things as stop and frisk (racial profiling), interference with freedom of religion by suggesting squads be sent into mosques to investigate what may be happening, mass deportations, and changes in women's health issues.  These are just a few examples of his thoughts on how to limit our rights.  He wants to limit our right to free speech when he talks of changing the law to be able to restrict what journalists can report.  He says he will require the military to engage in forms of torture that constitute war crimes.

In terms of economics, he talks of limiting relationships with our major trade partners one of which is Mexico.  If we do not have substantial and workable trade agreements, how can new jobs be created?  After all, without good trade agreements, who will buy the products produced by American workers.  If  few American products are being purchased overseas, how can new jobs be created??

As for his budget proposals - numerous economists have stated that his plans favor the wealthy and would actually increase our national debt by several trillion dollars.  I am aware that other economists support his proposals.  The problem is that I do not have the economic expertise to evaluate the opposing viewpoints but I have concerns because Trump's many business failures do not reflect a person that I feel I can trust with plans for our national economy.  In addition he wants to eliminate Dodd-Frank which will unleash the Wall Street Banks.  How does this make sense?

We must question how Trump's business enterprises and debt owed to foreign entities will influence his decision making as the president of the United States.  Would he be susceptible to manipulation or even blackmail by foreign actors?  He  states that he is placing his business enterprises into a blind trust to be run by his children but this is not a blind trust.  He will continue to know exactly what is going on in his businesses.  Should we not be concerned that he would place the welfare of his business concerns and family above those of the nation when making presidential decisions?

He wants to interrupt our participation in NATO.  This means we would abandon those countries who need our support and lose the support of countries that would come to our defense if needed.

Attention must be paid to the people with whom he is choosing to surround himself - what are their backgrounds and beliefs?  Would they act to protect the nation or further endanger it? The cabinet he chooses will signal how he chooses lead this country.  We should pay attention to his choices.

It is so important to learn from history so that we do not make the same mistakes that have led to disaster in the past.  In the 1930's Europe was in a condition similar to what we are now experiencing in the United States.  If you remember, that was when fascism reared its ugly head.  That was when individuals with loud, aggressive rhetoric convinced people that their troubles were because of certain portions of the population such as Jews and gypsies. What ensued was horrific! Rights were stripped away and millions of people were brutalized and exterminated.  In her book titled "Men in Dark Times" Hannah Arendt states that people dealt with the evil that existed by choosing "internal exile".  In other words, they facilitated the evil by staying under the radar and not speaking up when they disagreed. We cannot be passive or complacent. We must pay attention to history and recognize our current vulnerabilities so that we do not have a similar fate.

In October of this year The Guardian published an article about a more recent historical event, namely Silvio Berlusconi’s time as Prime Minister of Italy.  Italians continue to struggle with the damage suffered during Berlusconi’s terms of office.  It is important to note the extensive similarities between Berlusconi and Trump. With the current vulnerable state of our nation, the voice of a president who can incite people to violence, hatred and divisiveness could be disastrous and should be taken seriously.   

 There are so many questions and so few answers at this time.  I am sure there are those who will read my words and vehemently disagree.  But here is the point - right now we live in a nation which allows us the wonderful freedom to have open discussion and disagreement.  We must communicate our concerns and opinions to our senators and representatives.  We must make our voices heard in a lawful manner and strive to use the tools of our constitution and legal system to assure that we continue to have the rights and freedoms we have always enjoyed.  To this end, I have sent a letter to each of the senators and representatives from my State.  In this letter I have expressed some of my concerns and my expectations for them.  I am making my letter available to you and if you feel it accurately reflects your thoughts, then please fill in the blanks on the letter and send it to the congressional members from your state.

7
Nov 16

First let me make a few things clear:

  1. I hate the Clinton crime family (I thought they were criminal long before Trump)
  2. I'm normally an independent
  3. I switched to democrat to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary
  4. I believe Bernie Sanders won the primary and Hilary Clinton - Debbie Wasserman Schultz - Donna Brazile stole the primary from the will of the voters
  5. I believe the Clinton's have had people murdered
Now having said all that, why the hell would I vote for a lying, murdering, backstabbing bitch?  Because she's running against Donald Trump and I live in Ohio which is a swing state.  Donald Trump is to much of a danger to our country I'll list my reason below:
  1. He only wants power and will abuse it once he has it
  2. He's a conman, just ask someone who's been conned it's obvious.
  3. He's totally incompetent and has no idea how to govern
  4. I believe he is a Russian agent, either willingly or through blackmail, and will give the Russian our most classified secrets and put our troops and our entire country at risk.
  5. He's to thin skinned to stand up to his critics.
  6. He has stated he will try to revoke libel laws so that he can sue anyone who makes fun of him.
  7. ect...ect...ect...
Now I'm not happy about voting for Clinton, and if Ohio was in the bag for either candidate I would have voted Libertarian in protest of the two clowns the major parties put up, but we're a swing state and I care more about my country than and my protest and while Hillary won't get anything done in four years, at least she won't destroy this country.
Now if the Republicans can pull their heads out of their asses, fire Reince Priebus out of a cannon into the side of Trump Tower, realize they need a moderate candidate, and nominate someone like John Kasich, then I'd vote for the Republican and kick Hillary out.
And let me just say I voted against John Kasich for Ohio Governor twice, but if it was him against Hillary Clinton then I'm voting for Kasich every time.
So there you have it, and if any Trump supporters want to tell me "if you really loved your country you'd have voted for Trump" please go back and read why I won't vote for him.  Anyone who says anything even close to that, even s a joke, will be blocked.  You are entitled to your opinion but keep it to yourself, you don't tell me why you think I'm wrong and I won't tell you why I think your wrong. I'm just stating my personal opinion on the matter, I'm not looking for debate, if I was I would have posted this a few months ago not less than 24 hours before the polls close.

Oh and by the way if you really want change in our government try reading Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig.

7
Nov 16

I have seen so many political yard signs I'm surprised when I don't see one.  Obviously I've seen these stupid things all my life and I've always wondered "who the hell chooses candidate to vote for based on a yard sign?"

Lets face it, if your vote can be swayed by a yard sign then you aren't really committed to the candidate.  Seriously does the thought process go like this?  "Oh Jim across the street has a yard sign for the other candidate, well he did fix my weed wacker last week I guess he knows what's best, I'll vote for his candidate"

I just don't see the purpose of these things, and before you say "I give $50 to the campaign and they send me the sign" well that's great but guess what if you really wanted to help the campaign you'd give the money and refuse the sign because the sign costs the campaign money, and they have to pay postage to mail it to you.  So really all you are doing is buying a sign in your yard to make yourself feel better and make people pay attention to you, it's nothing more than a totally selfish act disguised as a political statement.

So because I want honest answers I'm setting up a poll, your answers will be totally anonymous so tell the truth, have you ever been convinced to vote one way or another because of a yard sign?

have you ever been convinced to vote one way or another because of a yard sign?

Yes
No

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And just for fun here are some other the best yard signs I found on Amazon.

8
Jul 16

With the events in Dallas it's clear that we need to change the way we handle things.  The blatant hate and racism in our politics today is dividing us not making us great, and the hate being spewed by the radical portion of the Black Lives Matter moved is spurring violence, it started with rioting and looting and destroying property, but it has led to people being shot on both sides.

I'm not blaming one side or the other, we're all to blame for the state our country is in.  I'm also not going to say that all Black Lives Matter protesters should be judged by the actions of the Dallas shooter, or the people rioting and looting and destroying property.  I believe that the majority of the protesters are peaceful and have legitimate concerns.  I'm not going to say that all law enforcement should be judged by the actions of those who used deadly force, I believe that most law enforcement officers are good people just trying to do an extremely tough job.

Black Lives Matter needs to stand up to the extremists in their midst and stop them from spreading thier hate, using ignorance and hate won't make the situation better it will only make it worse.  When people see the actions of the extreme group they tend to label the whole group by the action of the extreme minority.  It's time for Black lives Matter to stand up to them and stop them, only then will people take them seriously and listen to what they have to say, until they do their words will fall on deaf ears.

Police departments nationwide also need to step up and train their officers better, there need to be more than a physical to get into a police academy, there needs to be physiological screening, and after than training on how to diffuse situations without deadly force.  And after a cadet becomes an officer that person should be subject to regular physiological screening and constant training.  And society as a whole needs to understand that the police have a very tough job and show them respect, if the police don't feel like their under constant attack then they can relax a little and won't be so prone to use deadly force.

We the people black and white, police and civilian, need to stand up to those spreading their hate, both on the right and the left, and take back our country from them so we can sit down together and work on these problems like rational adults.  We're better than this America, now start acting like it!

15
Jun 16

With the gun debate raging again and people blaming the gun manufacturers let's just clear something up, it's not their fault. If a deranged person with a gun shoots me I'm going to blame the person who pulled the trigger, not the company that made the gun, when a drunk driver hits you, you don't blame the auto maker, you blame the person driving the car!

So how about we start acting like adults and address the issue of mental illness and maybe make it so that people on FBI watch lists can't buy guns. So stop crying about safe spaces because a deranged person with a gun isn't going to give a damn about your safe space, I know it's shocking I'll let you curl up with your Teddy bear and suck your thumb while you let that sink in.

Grow up America, the world isn't a safe place and and your not going to legislate into a safe place.

14
Jun 16

With the debate about weapon sales going on here is the USA I thought I'd just throw out an idea I've had for years.  A gun license.  Lets face it you have to have a drivers license to legally drive a car and cars kill more people every year than guns, so why the hell not?

Every state could issue a gun license just like a drivers license, and of course you'd have to pass a basic gun safety course and test just like drivers ed and the DMV drivers test, then if you pass you get a gun license.  You could even have endorsements for Concealed Carry, Pistols Only, ect... and the FBI background check could be done at the time you take your test and then it's not on the gun shops to run the background check, all you'd do is show a valid gun license and you can buy a gun.  Then every two years you go and renew your license and go about your merry way.

And yes I know this won't solve gun violence, I know someone determined to get a gun will find a way to get one, I just think this could provide a good standard for gun ownership and since the government wants to enforce all these rules on guns maybe they should have to take a little or ownership of the process.

13
Jun 16

Hillary Clinton today in Cleveland Ohio said that if you are on the No Fly List you should not be able to buy a gun.  The problem is there is no way to judge who ends up on the no fly list, people that President Bush deemed as enemies were placed on the No Fly List for no other reason than disagreeing with him.

So what Mrs.Clinton is proposing is having the power to place innocent Americans on the No Fly List then banning them from being able to buy guns, and guess what?  Take away a little more of our freedom, President Obama wasn't going to take away your guns, his job was to take away your right to choose to have health care if you could afford it, Hillary's job is to take away the guns.  And I truly believe she will do everything in her power to take away as many of our rights as possible.

9
Jun 16

The Argument

The Republicans need to dump Trump and find another nominee if they want the the party to survive. Donald Trump is alienating almost every group of voter and splitting the party with his rants and racist remarks.  In the 1960's Barry Goldwater turned the African-American vote against the Republicans and they have never been able to get the vast majority of that back, Donald Trump could have the same effect on the party this time around by pushing away more African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and Women, and splitting the party.

Long Term vs. Short Term

Yes in the short term the party will suffer, they will lose some House and Senate seats and they will loose the White House, but in the long term they will be able to survive and come back.  If they stick with Trump and continue to endorse him they will lose major voting blocks, be painted as the racist and sexist party, and they will lose more and more seats until they cease to exist do to lack of members.

The Problem Today

The problem with today's political parties is they care more about the party than they do about their country, their priorities (Republican and Democrat) go like this:

  1. Party
  2. Job
  3. Constituents
  4. Country
When they should have their priorities set like this:
  1. Country
  2. Constituents
  3. Party
  4. Job

Learn From the Roman Empire

There needs to be a fundamental shift in the way these politicians think, they need to realize that their arrogance will be their downfall.  There is a reason third parties are rising in popularity, it's because they aren't hated like the two major parties, and if things don't change the two major parties will be a thing of the past in the not to distant future.
I'll admit I'm no fan of either of the two parties, I just hate the Republicans a little more, but I'm reading the writing on the wall, and if things don't change the Republican party will fall, followed by the Democratic party not long after.  And what will happen when that day comes?  Like Emperor Nero when Rome burned, the American people will fiddle while the two parties burn.
8
Jun 16

  • Hillary is forced to step down as the nominee due to something related to the email scandal.
  • The new DNC chair decided since Bernie was the runner up and has delegates he takes Hillary's place as the Democratic nominee.

Yes it's all speculative but it's a possibility and lets face it stranger things have happened.

I rest my case.