Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I care and I wonder, this is who I am! (#3280)

     For the whole of my life I have been struggling against the constraints of society as they are. Even at my earliest age I knew that life had to be more than this. So it was hard for me to assimilate into the regular routines expected of me. I know I am no different than all the other rebels out there who for one reason or another were not understood as to their rebellion. It is more than the roles we were expected to conform to it was that we were born for greater things than just being a cog in the machine. We knew this but couldn't quite put our finger on the underlying turmoil. So as I progressed through my personal rebellion I was forced by situations and people to move from my rebellion to some limited type role of assimilation.
     I began to see the futility of my rebellion since I couldn't label it and then dissect it with logic and reason. But what I was starting to realize was that it wasn't so much a role in life I was expected to play but being part of a burgeoning society that was slowly inching toward enlightenment and modernization. So although I couldn't advance on the unrest of my rebellion, I could placate it with the idea that we were all stuck and some of us were less able to deal with it. But like all things, time has a way of dictating to us our comprehensions. I grasped to the idea that it isn't so much a physical rebellion I was going through as a mental one.
     I moved from being a thorn in the side to a salve for wounds. I made myself practical where I could and improved myself where I was lacking. I began to understand that the type of person I would become was more important than anything I might have imagined as to my purpose in life. My newfound understanding allowed me to make myself reflect who I am. I care about all living and many non living things. It is who I am. I also have a wonder that is far more curious in nature than just simple need. It is a want and a desire that goes to the core of who I am. I must know all I can about the mystery of our existence, our Universe and our past, present and future in it. We are not done evolving as a species and with more of that precious time that we all seem to take for granted, we will get there despite our own inability to make the most of it.

Monday, January 22, 2018

We need an Equal Rights Amendment enshrined into our national constitution (#3279)

     Equal rights for all of our species. No exceptions whatsoever that we are all given the same opportunities all the way through to the same legal protections. There should not be a distinguishment between any gender, race, age or any other identifying marker for any human being. Equal rights are human rights and that should be memorialized into our national constitution through an amendment. Too often we see women being treated as lesser than men. Too often we see minority racial groups being discriminated against in every aspect of our society. To often we see the elderly treated as disposable when in actuality they are a treasure. We even see men treated badly by other men simply because of them living their lives in pursuit of happiness.
     I know our constitution is under attack by the majority ruling political party so maybe right now is more impossible than not to demand the equal protection under the law we all deserve yet now is the time to mobilize for just such an amendment. We failed in the early 70's to get the 38 states to ratify the then attempt at equal rights but getting close shows just how much it was needed then and even more so needed now. We must never give up on our quest to make our democracy more perfect and if it is the brutal republican party that is energizing us at the moment to make a new start from this current republican rule then we need to bring along our vision in full strength so that when the change occurs in our political power structure our policies change with them.
     Reversing the law that allows private money in our political campaigns and establishing public funding will help our democracy tremendously in that the quality ideas of our candidates will rule and not the size of their wallets. We need to make health care a single payer program like the rest of the civilized world has done and protect all of our citizens from the scourge of health problems that living in an evolving society perpetuates. There are great things to be done and first and foremost is the ousting of republicans beginning in every special election this year and on into the next many general elections. Then we can get about the business of improving our democracy for all of our citizens while building protections for us into our national constitution.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The difference between republicans and democrats is level of care (#3278)

     A great meme has been passing around on facebook for several years and it typifies the major difference between republicans and democrats. It goes something like this; If something bad is happening and it doesn't affect republicans they don't care. However we democrats say that when something bad is happening and it affects anyone it is wrong and that is why we care. Do you get the distinction? The republican party is about what affects them and the hell with the rest of us. We democrats say that despite something bad not affecting us we still care to stop it because we care about all human beings, yes, even republicans.
     So another analogy is like the coward who cares only for his own skin and does whatever he can to escape the danger no matter what happens to the rest of us. We democrats on the other hand are like the brave. We stick our necks out for others despite any danger it may prevail upon us individually or collectively, we stay and fight and not run away like the cowards. Because the only way to subdue and defeat danger is to stand up to it and fight back. We democrats get that. It is not like we are totally honorable in the sense of pure self sacrifice, because we know from history that when you allow one or more parts of our society to be demonized for no cause other than nefarious intent, then the rest of us could well be next. The slippery slope of not defending some of us will eventually lead to us defending none of us.
     So we fight for equality and fairness through justice in our democracy. Our democracy is what holds us together and while republicans are part of our democracy they are also the ones tearing at the fabric of it. So a price by them must be paid when the stopping time comes. Their brutal and ignorant decisions are worthy of sobering penalty and so that history will learn the great lesson of what treason and selfishness can bring we must come down hard on their heads. We cannot abide the cycle of treachery that this last half century of republicans have embraced without the stark reminder of what treachery's price will be. They will learn that being selfish and cowardly are two traits anathema to a democratic nation of good character and unwavering honorable personality or they will live as banished from all civilized society within it.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The republican party is trying to bleed government (#3277)

     If it isn't as plain as day yet that republicans only care about helping the wealthy and increasing the military and police forces to protect themselves from without and within then you might be naive. That we are stupid enough of a society that we are allowing this to happen to us is shameful. Just because republican donors have big money and spend it to confuse and lie to us about what is happening to turn us away from our traditional progressing democratic party should not be enough to give them what they want. It is on us to recognize the danger that we have allowed ourselves to be put in and stop it now while we still can. If our democratic wave does not wipe away republicans this time around I fear that we will never be able to freely vote republicans out of office again.
     So over the next 9 plus months we need to keep our overall perspective intact that republicans must go and be punished for their treachery and hatred for the American working middle poor class. We cannot fall for the false attacks on our democratic leaders or our democratic policies. This is where republicans and their colleague Russian hackers inflicted enough damage to get an ill fitted president elected with less than almost a 3 million vote disadvantage. Their selective attack gave them enough electoral college points to overrule the will of the American people. They felt no shame in doing that in fact they gloated and then lied about the nearly 3 million vote disadvantage.
     Remember this and don't forget it over the next 9 plus months that republicans are in the process of dismantling all the goodwill and care we have as the greatest democratic nation on Earth. When they are through with it, if we don't stop them on November 6th, 2018, we will no longer have a functioning democracy. What we will have is an autocratic oligarchy where a few selective wealthy will be colluding with the leaders of the republican party to practice their racism, misogyny and middle class destroying agenda at will. But all of that goes out the window so to say if we democrats who are still allowed to vote will actually vote when the voting time comes. Since republicans will not make a national holiday of voting day then we need to make it one of our own even if we all must stop work and other activities to do the one thing that is crucial for November 6th and that is vote for every democrat on the ballot!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Life is too short so stop just marking time through it (#3276)

     We all will end our days soon enough so what we do while we are still breathing is important. Not in the big picture so to speak important but nonetheless we each have only so long to live so what are we doing with it? A waste is still just a waste so being productive about something purposeful is smart and honorable. I know this much about myself, I need to be helping life for all species' to exist in a universe that has more options to explore and understand. I am old school in that I believe that we, all of life, are more than resources that cannot be underestimated. The more diversity we have among us the better the chance that one or two of us will be the key to solving some great mystery.
     I cannot overestimate this part enough, we are magnificent and amazing as life forms and the sooner we learn to appreciate all of our contributions to what could be the sooner we can start a process for doing just that. Enough of the old survival of the fittest brutality, and let's learn to understand why bringing more of the respect and dignity to all of life is our future. Our planet is ripe for coalescing together as humans and other life forms to evolve toward greater parameters offered through time and space. The next great frontier is not on our planet but out into the vastness of the incredible yet to be known physics of not only our solar system but the Milky way itself and beyond.
     My frustration with our slow evolvement toward our true manifest destiny, outer space, is evident in every aspect of my life. Not on scale with Einstein, Kepler or Galileo, but still wishing that our actions would eventually catch up with the potential of our minds eye. The many of us alive today who see space as the unifying paradigm of our Earthly woes are constantly annoyed that the rest of us cannot seem to get our feet off the ground. But as knowledge and wisdom continue to advance the next generations will be unsatisfied with just walking around on Earth when they could be flying around in space. We will get there as a species but as my time and others' time wane the realization that we will never see the fruits of the great imaginations of our species come to fruition, the flame of our dreams grow ever dimmer.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let's keep telling what trump is destroying (#3275)

     If we use what trump is giving us then we have most of what we need to defeat republicans most everywhere. Some places will defend trump even if he threatened to kill them, so everywhere else we just have to show how trump is destroying the fabric of our nation. We know already that trump tried and failed to take away health care for tens of millions of Americans. We know that he forced passage along party lines of tax break bill for the wealthiest while ignoring the majority of us who will see little help from his giveaway to the wealthy tax law. We know that trump said that the first day of his second term he would go after social security and most likely as well medicare/medicaid. No doubt unemployment, food stamps and welfare will be trimmed or deleted as well. trump calls it entitlement reform but we know it as taking our paid tax dollars for these insurances and rerouting them to either the military or more tax cuts for his wealthy donors.
     No doubt that trump is against equal rights for women and people of color and he is against the Dreamers who were brought here as children but have assimilated nicely into our society. With Nicaragua and Syria now signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement, America is the only country left who is not a signatory because trump pulled us out. Remember, every nation on Earth is for the climate pact except the trump crowd and America by extension. There is so much to run elections against trumps and republican policies that there is little doubt that the building of a blue wave election is a probability. I haven't even underscored the policies that we democrats want if given the power to enact. The long stalled but absolutely necessary Equal Rights Amendment to give women constitutional protections on par with men. The expansion of social security and medicare to fit the changing needs of our population. The reversal of private money in politics so that all elections are public financed to allow for ideas to rise to the top, not a wealthy person's agenda through their wallet.
     The year 2018 is finally here and in less time than we know it there will be special elections and then the midterms to make our case as democrats as to why we need to kick out republicans and elect democrats. We have all the arguments we need and now we need participation by our base. No more skipping elections because we have better things to do. We have nothing better to do than to set our nation back on the footing of democracy where all voices are heard and no discrimination is allowed!
   
     

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Election results from last night (#3274)

     With democrats winning the biggest prize last night in the traditionally republican stronghold, we can now continue to advance the idea that a blue wave is coming. The democrat won the Wisconsin state senate race by a 10 point margin in a heavy republican district. Furthermore the few other state races races for state assembly seats that republicans won in very heavy republican districts, democrats still garnered mid 40% of the votes. Although not wins for democrats in those state house assembly seats the narrowing of the margin of loss is another sign that democrats are surging in deep red districts. So the premise I offered yesterday that a sweep of these offices by democrats would surely advance a huge coming blue wave is tempered but not spoiled as to a wave nonetheless.
     The win in the state senate race is the real deal about a wave election. That seat had been held by republicans since the year 2000 and was considered a safe republican pickup for the most part. Yet the democrat won by a margin of 55-45. Quite a swing of more than 40% points since the general election of 2016. Remember, these special elections are happening in mostly deep red districts yet democrats are the ones who are exceeding expectations. In blue districts last night the democrats mostly ran unopposed which speaks to the blue wave theory in another light. the republican party is having a hard time fielding candidates, decent or otherwise, to run against democrats. As well fundraising is going heavily to democratic candidates and not to republican nearly as much.
     So of the 3 options I offered yesterday it seems that the 2nd option is the more probable one. That being that the wave is still building but is not a tsunami type wave yet. We can take heart though that as the special election season advances next week in Pennsylvania, there will be more opportunities to show how much of a turnaround democrats have accomplished. The deep red federal district next in play is still not safe for republicans and much like the "safe" state senate seat in Wisconsin is ripe for a democratic pickup. The stakes will be higher as trump and his accomplices will be on the ground in Pennsylvania urging for a republican victory but with the low approval ratings of this divisive, middle class destroying president it is yet to be seen if anything can help the republican party and it's now swirling rush down the toilet.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More state elections today (#3273)

      Another chance to put our finger on the pulse of our coming democratic wave. Every step toward November 6th 2018 will give us tests to see how we are progressing in our battle with trump and his republican party enablers. This is just another in that process. The two elections in Wisconsin and the one is South Carolina will give us a good test from the states that majority voted for trump in 2016. The numbers are more a measure than who actually wins given that all the races since trump have shown margins democrats historically have been improving upon. However should democrats prevail where previously republicans held office then the idea of the blue wave will continuing to grow is real. If however not and republicans prevail then the blue wave may just be more hope and less fact. But if democrats close the margins on the total vote then the idea of the wave continues, but with some trepidation.
     We will know by tonight, possibly early tomorrow which way the fortunes of democratic fortunes will fall. I suspect that we will see closer margins in these races but I am hesitant to say that we democrats will win outright where republicans previously held these offices. Even though I am hesitant, I am feeling more likely than not that democrats can pick up all 3 of these contested state seats. All of these seats up for election today were held by republicans. One died, one accepted a position in the trump administration and one resigned after being indicted on ethics charges stemming from taking money illegally for personal use. So we will see how this plays out but democrats have nothing directly to lose in these elections while republicans have all to lose.
     Indirectly though we democrats have something to lose if we don't put up the continuing wave numbers we have seen throughout last year. It is vital that our base come out and vote regardless of the outcome perceived by those who project these contests. The sheer will of our fight against trump and his republican party demands it of us. As in Alabama where the unthinkable actually happened we democrats can win where others have said we could not so why not again and why not now! All we have to do is make sure we cast our ballots when the ballot casting time comes. That would be today so get out there and vote like your life depends on it because in the bigger picture, if not actually yours, someone's life actually does.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Racism is an intellectual and moral failing (#3272)

     First let me state the fact of race. We are all part of the human race, period. As human beings we are different in our appearances and our thoughts. What we are not different in are the facts. We may not like the facts and avoid them at all costs but that doesn't change the truth of the facts or their validity. So that leads us directly into the lack of intelligence I first referenced. When we are not able or not inclined to accept the facts of any one thing we are letting the world know we are not intelligent. Now I don't know about you but making sure everyone can see our lack of intelligence is in itself a res ipsa loquitur proof of a lack of intelligence. Yet many in our societies find that holding onto an ignorant concept is more appealing than letting the ignorant concept go in lieu of acknowledging a fact.
     As to a moral failing let me be perfectly clear. Racism is hatred of one type of human over another. Yes, hatred. Let me explain. Whether it is just some fear or inconvenience that makes us shy away from some races and gravitate toward others is still at its core an immoral hatred. As a human being who was born into this existence with no choices made by myself it is less than human to blame others for not being like me as the same could be said for others blaming me for not being like them. Either way none of us has a right of privilege or advantage over the other simply based upon factors that have nothing to do with us being human beings. Our different aspects and uniquenesses are to be celebrated as examples of how complex our species has become, not denigrated.
     When we find that we are tending toward racial uncomfortableness it is something wrong within our own perception that allows the fear within us to grow. We are the problem when we allow hatred to manifest itself. Our inculcations and adapted negative stereotypes are at fault so we must rise above them and accept the fact that we are all human beings born on this planet without any agenda of our existence. We humans are here and no matter what we look or behave like we are still the same in that regard. So anyone who would stir the pot of racial difference as a demeaning trait is obviously trying to gain some unfair advantage or put someone or some group at a disparaging disadvantage. Either way racism used as a cudgel to vilify is both unintelligible and particularly atrocious morally.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

I find my comfort in logic and common sense (#3271)

     When I was a young child I needed a furry animal or a blanket to make me feel comfortable. When I got older I needed religion to comfort me against the reality of life and death. As I got older and more in the know with knowledge and imagination I gave up all those symbols of comfort for the real deal, reality. I cannot change the truth of things nor the facts that support them. But what I can do is accept them and actually embrace them as the foundation of my existence. My earlier fear as a young child then a young adult has been tempered by the fact that we all will die either earlier or later than we think. So for me to salve my fears with the illusion of comfort was illogical and immature.
     Now many of you stalwart religious types will say hey! I am not childish nor immature in my belief of religion as the truth. But I would say back to you that I didn't say you were I was talking about myself. I only speak for myself because although we human species are generally all the same we are different as individuals in our perceptions of what is true and what is a hoped for truth. I am on the side of what is true and let the hoped for truth go with my childhood. Certainly somewhere in my core there is a sliver of a hope that all of this reality is some kind of test and that the test givers are in control. Yet I don't succumb to that thinking because logic tells me we are here alone in a Universe that is chaotic, yet evolving. I know this as it is represented by evidence every single second one wants to examine everything I know about that is tangible.
     So although my comfort in reality seems to you to be a hollow one I differ in that the truth of anything is my goal and that is what I live for, not an alternative. I know that we all must be a warrior in how we live our lives. We must take what this existence is offering without trying to make the nature of that offering into an illusion. The beauty of my accepting reality as my comfort is that I can only go forward as best prepared as I can. When the unknown strikes I am not taken by surprise since most of what is left for me to understand is the unknown. I don't struggle with whether something is in conflict with my belief system since my reality system has only struggle and overcoming as it's nature. That is the maturity I have come to embrace and embrace it I do since it is my only real form of comfort.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

297 days until the election (#3270)

     The turn of the new year signalled to me that it was time to gear up seriously toward the midterm elections but another milestone was just passed a few days ago when we went under 300 days. We are now at 297 days until the day we sweep republicans from office everywhere and now is time to put our metaphorical noses to the grindstone. There are now 31 current republican office holders in our national congress who as of today are not running for the seats they currently hold. 12 of them are running for different seats. So despite the overall majority republicans have in both houses and the many seats in the senate that have to be defended by democrats, the momentum is on our democratic side to not only keep our seats but to take enough seats from republicans to give democrats control of both chambers of congress.
     The House looks mighty doable as to a democratic majority after the vote in November, however the Senate is a bit trickier since we democrats have to hold 26 seats and take at least 2 of the 8 seats republicans are defending. It is a tough haul to be able to pull off but with the majority of American voters disgusted with the republican party the likelihood of a democratic majority in the Senate after election day is at least possible if not maybe probable. The republican party has been helpful in building momentum for the coming blue wave election by ignoring the will of most of us to cater to the wealthy. That trump is on a daily crusade to not only embarrass us at home here with his brutal take on humanity, he has also stained our world reputation as a leader in the fight to spread equality through democracy.
     This year will culminate with the boorish and disgusting republican party being given it's comeuppance for backhanding we the working middle poor class as an agenda. Their condescension and disregard for our health and welfare will prove to be their undoing. So despite the long odds in a normal election cycle of us democrats taking back the Senate it is a different scenario unlike anything in the past so do not be surprised at all if we not only hold all our contested democratic seats in the Senate but take more than 2 to regain the majority there. The House will be easier pickings this time because all 435 seats are up for election. The backlash against these republican representatives will be brutal and a boon for a new generation of democratic leaders. Only 297 more days...

Friday, January 12, 2018

trump attacking our melting pot nation! (#3269)

     Long before there ever was a trump our nation was being built by others from all over the world. Many if not most came here to America to escape religious persecution and authoritarian rule. So it boggles my mind that our current leader in washington has embraced both selective religious dogma and steel fisted rule as his modus operandi. Discarding the over 2 centuries of evolution our National Constitution has given us to favor his own simple minded hatred of others and the non wealthy. That trump lost the election by close to 3 million votes and is only president through a quirk in our electoral process and/or some yet proven illegal tampering, has not stopped him from thinking he has a mandate to destroy our democracy and vilify those who are not white.
     We have always been a nation built on the backs of our immigrants since first and foremost we are a country of immigrants, with exceptions to native Americans. Although we have the national stain of slavery on our record we have overcome it's legal premise with one that says all men are created equal. We have yet to give women that same constitutional protection but it is close to becoming a reality in the near future, through the Equal Rights Amendment, if we can just survive this year until the elections in November. I say survive in the sense that as trump calls other non white nations "shitholes" he has instigated a new round of hatred toward him that may just be the impetus to him striking out in some illogical way that sweeps us all up in a major conflict. I hope the powers that be that can do something about him, his republican co conspirators, realize that life without trump is better than death with him.
     I cannot say how badly we need Mueller to find the smoking gun evidence needed to actually charge trump with a crime and bring his sad excuse for a human being self to justice as quickly as possible. We are living in dangerous times with a man/child as president who thinks of others as less than human. Believe you me that if I could somehow gain the power of invisibility the problem of trump and republican conspirators would find a solution not to their liking. Yet I don't have that power so instead of wishful thinking we must all stand together and unite against the trumps and their slithering servants to protect what is left of our decency and our democracy. Otherwise we will find ourselves devoid of rights and the liberty to choose our own destiny.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

trump will pay for his crimes! (#3268)

     The fact that trump thinks he is immune to his criminal actions is a mirage. Once he is displaced from office however that happens he will then be just another ordinary citizen and as such will be held to account for his actions. I know that privilege and advantage are permeated throughout the wealthy class and many times the wealthy get away with their nefarious acts through the network of big money and power. But this is different. That trump has pissed off a large percentage of our populace there will be few powerful and wealthy who will be willing to associate with him or even try to protect him. We will have our pound of flesh from him and that will never be ameliorated.
     He is living on borrowed time as it were and the long arm of justice though it may be slow will catch him when the time is most opportune. I find some satisfaction in that he will pay and pay dearly. It isn't as if we could muster some sympathy for him because he has never given us the chance to see him act vulnerable and worthy of some empathy. No, his braggadocio personality has been void of remorse and self critique. He can only continue to being his arrogant self absorbed self with his eye toward demeaning and harming the working middle class as a rule. So as he keeps digging a hole he will never get out of we can rest assured that we will put him in that hole and take away his shovel.
     I had been worried since his alleged election that he would be able to destroy our democracy and kill off those of us who would never kneel to him. But it seems that our nation has not lost it's collective mind and there is enough resistance to him to stop him before our nation goes down in flames. Given that the end result from his efforts is what I now look forward to seeing, I find some contentment. Him disgraced and shackled behind bars for the rest of his life as a reminder to all of us what a traitorous carnival barking sexual violating thief and liar gets when they cross the will of the American electorate. His time is coming, as well as for his republican colluders, and come it will so that in itself soothes the savage beast in me that he triggered by threatening our democracy!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Voter suppression is the republican strategy (#3267)

     Well we knew they wouldn't just take the coming blue wave sitting on their hands and now we know their strategy. They got a federal judge to make it easier for them to suppress voting, https://thinkprogress.org/consent-decree-rnc-221b4caa8c77/. But we democrats have a way to avoid this attempt by republicans to once again steal our election and that is to make sure our voting registrations are current. We cannot sit back now and let others decide for us whether or not we can exercise our franchise to vote. The republican party is deviously clever in finding ways to eliminate democratic voters off the voting rolls. Remember, republicans control a majority of the state houses in America and thus can finagle how voters are pushed of the voting rolls.
     First we democrats must recognize the strategy of voter suppression by republicans and make it clear to everyone that this is not just some policy aimed at securing our elections. This is an attempt to deny American citizens who vote democrat from having their right to vote. It is plain and simple theft to sway a positive outcome for republicans. The republican party knows they are up against a growing wave of democratic voters who are frustrated with being ignored by republican politicians. They want to if not stop the coming wave at least slow it down and preserve some seats in office that they might ordinarily lose if not for voter suppression.
     We cannot allow any voter suppression tactics to be successful because this democratic wave needs to wipe out every republican possible without exception. We need a brand new Congress with a heavy democratic majority so as to counteract anything trump may decide to do against the will of the American working middle poor class. Voter suppression is coming and we know it now. There is no reason for us not to make sure it does not affect us. But we must make sure and check our registrations to make sure they are not subject to denial of voting rights. The republican party has very few realistic options to obstruct the course of the coming blue wave so let's make sure that the few attempts they do have to influence our vote are not successful.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The braggart has no humility (#3266)

     It is a choice to be humble. I know this because I was often a braggart myself and what I found was that nobody likes a braggart except we see if you have power and the illusion of wealth. Then the braggadocio is tolerated and even encouraged. This is what we have with the republican party's leader heir trump. He was born into wealth and raised with no expectation of sacrifice on his part. He floated through school not even learning the more than simple aspects of reading, writing and arithmetic. His inability to have earned his place in our society is highlighted by his advantage and privilege. Given everything from the start and bailed out many times since he has given himself as an example of how achieve devoid of merit.
     This is the struggle of America and the democratic values we are trying to instill in all walks of our public life. Equality of opportunity, fairness and justice equally served is the goal but not when we get the fractured man child trump as our leader. He basked in the privilege and advantage and thinks of himself as clever and insightful. The rest of us are just not up to his standards even though he has no guideline for standards other than reach and achieve success despite any sacrifice. Apparently the rest of us are fools for not cheating and taking shortcuts our whole lives like he has.
     There is an unsteadiness about trump as well. He seems to think the world revolves around him and all reactions to anything are somehow a reflection directly or indirectly aimed at him. There is a consensus that he may be at the stage where what little objective thinking he had has devolved into an early stage psychosis. He is much like the wounded king who cannot trust his own allies not to end his reign and the fear that brings to him clouds any good judgment he may have had in his life at some point in time. His example is one of a cautionary tale. How we ever ended up with a carnival barker as the leader of the greatest democracy on Earth should never be allowed to happen again and all adjustments in the future must be to protect our democracy from the unfortunate stain trump has left on our constitution and our society on whole.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The inevitability of the Mueller investigation into the Russian meddling in our elections (#3265)

     If you dare to accept the truth of things, there is only one political party trying to get to the bottom of the Russian insertion into our elections, the democrats. Now that by itself is not conclusive but to not finally come to a common sense probable reason is to avoid reality. High ranked Republican politicians have accepted donations from sketchy wealthy Russian citizens. Now that coupled with the republican indifference toward investigating Russia becomes more than a probable as to the reason, it is now most likely. If I am wrong please let me know where I went wrong in this logical progression. Now two seemingly coincidental events are hardly rock solid evidence. I know this but to me one coincidence allows for doubt, but with two the doubt becomes highly suspect.
     Then of course is the fact that trump has not criticized Russia for anything that inhibits democracy. He not only doesn't criticize Russia but he has not signed the continuing Russian sanctions bill on his desk. And in concert with that the majority republican leadership of Congress has not pressed him to sign it. Just another observation that is congruent with republicans and Russians having some sort of dishonorable contract, whether blackmail or other threat, at the heart of it. Instead of the United States forcing Russia to improve it's living standards for it's citizens, Russia, through republicans, is forcing us to degrade our living standards down to Russia's. This is all happening right in front of our faces so the fact of it is not in dispute. I don't care what you call reality, it is still reality and in my book a truth is still a truth.
     This is why the Mueller investigation is so important and why republicans are worried about it's end game. I have been confused lately as to why trump and his republican acolytes have not ended the Mueller investigation either through mafioso type means or down right authoritarian ones. But as long as the Mueller investigation continues the more the inevitability of the takedown of trump and his accomplices will come about. It is my hope that the Mueller investigation is allowed to proceed without the interference of the guilty so that within 6 months or so we may finally have a nation that can see what the republican party, and it's worst members, have done to our national identity.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Fielding our Democratic candidates (#3264)

     A once in a lifetime opportunity has been given to us democrats in the form of a greedy selfish republican party that has shown itself for all the world to see. They have been in control of our national government for around a year now and what we have seen is their quest to take from the working middle poor class and give to the wealthy. We are already experiencing the largest income inequality gap between the rich and the poor and now it will be even worse after the last tax law was passed by republicans. So if there ever were any doubts by anyone whether the republican party only represented the wealthy then through facts and truths those doubts have been put to rest.
     So given the enormous outpouring of disapproval for not only the tax law but also the earlier attempt by republicans to destroy Obamacare we democrats have a distinct opportunity to not only argue our case against republicans but to also argue our case for democrats. What we democrats are for is saving and improving social security, medicare/medicaid into single payer, unemployment, food stamps, meals on wheels, winter heating oil for the low income, immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, equal rights amendment being passed and made part of our constitution, increasing the minimum wage, separation of church and state, improving our public education system, reversing the Citizens United decision, while making all campaigns public funded, reactivating the Paris Climate Agreement, undoing the tax law from last year, restoring our EPA to it's original intent and many more liberal progressive ideas that need to become law.
     So the onus is on us democrats to find candidates that are strong and committed to running honest decent campaigns that expose the failures of republicans while highlighting the opportunities that our democratic vision will offer all Americans. We need strong visionary candidates of all ages, sexes and race. Our democratic party is the real big tent party because we are the ones who are working to protect the melting pot ideal where all who are may have a better life within our laws and ordinances. We need health and safety structure in our society as well as structure that protects us from those who would crush merit and instead rely solely on the arrogance of advantage and privilege.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Republicans lie, it doesn't matter what they say (#3263)

     Whatever reasoning republicans have to utilize is what they will do. It doesn't matter if it contradicts what they have said in the past or present. As long as they can somehow in their minds justify changing or keeping policy that they want regardless of what the American people want. Excuses and convenient reasoning is all they need to keep their mostly hidden agenda of turning America into a corporation and a piggy bank for their donor masters. We the people are an afterthought since our only utility to them is as a resource. From being cannon fodder to serfs our only value is as a tool not a civilized being.
     So why do we vote for them? Are we a mess of intellectual and behavioral beings that we cannot distinguish between what we want that is best for us over the worst of what we think we deserve? I cannot fathom the depths of our simplicity. Yes, that was an oxymoronic thing to just say. How do we make such simple thoughts so complex? We all deserve a life that gives us equal opportunity with justice and fairness as a base. That is where we should begin from. Let us all live out our lives from the same starting point so that the word merit is actually in evidence. That we have those with money and power filled with advantage and privilege only demeans the ideal of Democracy. If we are not all patriots of Democracy then what are those who are not?
     As the evidence continues to be exposed about the republican party and it's myriad ties to the wallets of Russians we can only assume that the republican party is being bought out by a foreign enemy that wants America to fail. I suppose this idea of treason will eventually make it's way into the minds of most Americans as being wrong but that too many think that treason is okay as long as the ends are justified then there truly is no hope for Democracy. Yet maybe there is. This year in November a national election will take place and if that blue wave should happen, then we, America, will survive the republican onslaught against our precious Democracy and all that our Democracy stands for.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The end is coming to the despicably manipulative republican party (#3262)

     It isn't amazing to me that republicans use excuses for what they do as long as it fits their narrative. Like the Marijuana controversy. It is a states right issue, which republicans have been wholesale trying to tell us that should be the standard, until it isn't. I had learned over a short period of time long ago that republicans will say or do most anything to achieve their goals. Not the American public's goals but their own special brand of authoritarian, paternalistic goals. They will cheat and steal as well as lie at every turn if it helps them either keep control or gain more of it. The shameful antics of the republican majority senate in not confirming former President Obama's nomination to the supreme court as an example.
     Or the passage of the latest tax overhaul law that had no input from the 48 liberal senators who were shut out of the process. Republicans rammed through this tax bill despite not reading it or understanding the consequences of it. As long as their campaign donors got a tax break that was enough for them. We democrats hold ourselves to a more civilized manner but that doesn't stop republicans from undermining civility and being underhanded to get what they want. This has been going on for decades and it now has come to fruition for republicans through the person of trump, who epitomizes the nefarious intent and debased behavior that republicans have been able to hide until now. Even to the point of colluding with a foreign government who is not an ally to change the fundamentals of our voting process to their favor.
     Well the most important aspect of this is that although the republicans have control, they are inept and uninformed as to how to use it. Make no mistake, all advances over the last century by the working middle poor class are under attack but luckily for us republicans are too uninformed as to how to wield their power more efficiently against us as evidenced by their defeat to dismantle Obamacare. The clock is ticking on them as now in November of this year we go back to the voting booth to have another say as to who our leaders will be. For sure republicans will feel the pain of their attack on us in a way that even their mighty powers of manipulation and propaganda, through theft, lies and cheating will be ineffective and a surge of anti republicanism is about to come crashing down on their selfish greedy heads!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Republicans only possible hope is to impeach trump (#3261)

     I have tried to look into the future and see just how republicans could stop or at least slow down the coming blue wave election and the only real option that may work is to impeach trump. At least that would show some dignity which the republican party is nowhere near showing. A problem with impeaching trump however is the complicity the republican party is involved with as to trump and the Russia investigation. There are too many ties between leading republicans and trump with regard to donations and back room deals that the republican leadership does not want to come out. Knowing trump from this last year he isn't the type to take a beating without spilling the beans on his accomplices.
     So if republicans do impeach trump for the an obvious cause they had better do it with an eye toward saving their own skins. I doubt that is possible but what do I know anyway. I am guessing that impeachment is going to be too devastating to the republican brand and as such will not be employed regardless of the demand from the majority of our nation for it to be so. So what else might be available to republicans as a defense come this November? The economy has been steadily righting itself since the last republican administration nearly destroyed it and seeing how trump has no qualm with taking credit for those things Obama set in motion there could be some propaganda that way to make themselves look good. However with their new tax bill and it's huge deficit and giveaways to the wealthy and theft from the working middle poor class, I doubt the economy will be anything positive for them.
     So what has been successful in the past for republicans to use to get votes? They could keep their march going to disenfranchise more voters but that may not be the wisest choice since the rest of us are all over them about that. They could try their huge propaganda spending to paint democrats as filthy whores who are worthless takers? Well it seems that the worthless takers are the wealthy and those who are letting them get away with it are the republicans. As to democrats being filthy whores well that won't work either as it is quite common now for republicans being exposed as adulterers, pedophiles and sexual harassers far beyond anything democrats are guilty of. So what is left other than republicans squirming and denying anything and everything that they are guilty of? I say unless they impeach trump there is no way they have a hope of hindering the coming wave that will surely rip them out of public office.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We are the blue wave! (#3260)

     There will be nothing to stop us now that trump has shown himself to be an incompetent that is hell bent on destroying the working middle poor class to favor the wealthy. As well the republican party that keeps supporting him through all his ineptitude is finding that their complicity will drag them down as well. The blue wave is the rest of us who are shocked that a con man was elected through alleged illegitimate means and then lied about his campaign promises to help the rest of us. The republican party has wrought this on us and for that all of them are facing a wave that could well push them all off the edge of our flat Earth. Oh wait, oh well at least out of public office. :)
     There are a few smaller elections coming up in the near future months ahead and the pulse of our democratic determination will be available for all to see. If anything, the past few special elections have shown that our blue wave is still growing not cresting. Unfortunately for republicans their lack of care for us the working middle poor class is going to dislodge them and that is well and good. Fortunately the rest of us are going to actually be that blue wave and we will demolish those republicans who sought to make us their serfs. Since the turning of the calendar to this year of 2018 I have been getting much more excited about the coming general election. It is 10 months away but those tem months are going to be a fierce time of gathering our the forces of our momentum to overwhelm republicans come election day.
     There is nothing to stop us now since republicans have done the damage to us they promised. What they will get back will be harsh and deserved. For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, so the republican party is going to find out just how awful they are in just 10 short months. Their record of voting and public statements are clear. They cannot run away from it and in the meantime before the election the painful effects of their voting will be felt by us the blue wave and further our retribution against them. They seem oblivious to the coming wave and to me that is a good thing because they will be caught with their pants down and for all the world to see their embarrassment.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Carl Clark was here (#3259)

     What is it about we humans that we have to leave our names on things? I know what it is about trump and his narcissism but what about the rest of us who are satisfied with carving our names into picnic tables, trees or our desks? The act of letting the Universe know that we are or were alive has some deep seated need to be validated as existing. I know it is with me. On my desk at school and even now on my desk at home I have my name carved on the desktop. I know I have devalued the desk, lol., by carving on it but who really cares but me and I don't care. :) Yet the act or the impetus behind the desire to leave my name behind with a "was here" is interesting. I didn't know what my topic was going to be this morning so just letting my mind flow out into type has brought me here.
     Surely the Universe knows that I am here since I am a creation within it. Of course everything could be just chaos but if that were the case I expect I wouldn't have existed in the first place. As well I don't believe there is some intelligent force designing our atomic motions either. So somewhere in between all chaos and intelligent design is where I feel we are. I guess my need to put my name down in a place where it may be seen is a form of acknowledgement that I have a voice and it isn't loud or braggadocious, just real. I started this blog site as a way to get my voice out where my voice may be heard. The alternative was always being in a small group where my voice was stifled. I am a good person and living in a world where bad things happen too often it was necessary for me to make known my hatred of bad behavior.
     "Carl Clark was here" is symbolic of me not knowing why I am here or how I got here. Here being in existence with all the rest of us life forms. The Universe that we are made of as yet gives no clues as to why or how we became but the scratching on my desk at least lets someone else know that I was here and had the wherewithal to proclaim it. I am not looking to be glorified like trump but instead to be recognized that although in my own limited way I was not just someone who lived and died without trying to understand and know the why and how of time, space and existence. My little phrase like all the others who have done the same is just a reminder that although we don't know the answers we are or were still looking for them.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Giving instead of taking, the true democratic spirit (#3258)

     I have always found that since I have been a strong person and able to take care of myself for the most part that I could help others who were less able. It is a natural process for me because I have seen what selfishness and greed can do to a person inside. I tried to be that selfish greedy person and all it did was hurt my soul. I realized that by taking instead of giving I was robbing of others who deserved a fair and decent life as well. Yes, we all deserve a fair and decent life! Because my selfish greedy acts took what wasn't fairly mine and therefore made me a thief. I got that! So I quit doing it! I was able to raise my head above the dog eat dog philosophy of republicans and instead embraced the ideal that enough was enough for me.
     I didn't need to keep up with the Joneses or have the greatest best new thing to show off to any who would be envious. I found that I was satisfied with being just an ordinary soul who could wear with confidence and pride hand me downs if that was all I had. I accepted that wealth wasn't my end game. Being a good person was and is to this day. I like who I am. I am not ashamed of myself nor hiding secrets because they would destroy some illusion I have created. I am just me with a goal of being a good person who tries to make life better for all who are around me. I find joy in the simple things in life like keeping up the yard and doing the necessary chores to keep the household somewhat functioning. I don't need to have a private jet to take me to all the glamorous hotspots in the world.
     I am well satisfied with using the talents I have acquired over the lifetime of my existence and occasionally using them to better what is around me. I take pride in writing this blog everyday so that my thoughts and insights have a forum for expression. My animals have my attention and for that they gift me with their love. I could have more in my life and yet may still but for now I am happy that I don't make life worse for others or denigrate life in general. I do no harm as a rule unless that harm is done in defense of an attack by a bully or an arrogant ass! I share what I have so that more than just myself finds peace and a safe harbor. My soul is where all my wealth is accumulated and in that I am although not wealthy in economic means, I am wealthy in the goodness of my heart.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

All we have left is an illusion of a great society (#3257)

     Like all things that are well and good we cling to them with all we have. Even to the point of dismissing the authenticity of their questionable veracity. We want things so badly to be well and good that we keep ignoring the crumbling of those very same well and good paradigms. We are in such a dilemma today. We go about our usual business thinking that all is well when in actuality all is not well. Our democracy, that had been so comfortable and safe, is now in danger of being taken from us but many of us refuse to see the evidence of it. They tell us that no one in their right mind would ever destroy us especially ones who are a protector of it. Well that is not a valid argument, it is instead a false narrative.
     As we are seeing with trumps the allegiance they are supposed to have to America has shifted to an allegiance with Russia. The Russian sanctions bill sits on trump's desk for many weeks now and he still does not renew it. He never, and I mean never, criticizes Russia or specifically putin. He has said many times that he has had no business dealings with Russia yet Russian banks have financed him for decades. He calls out our allies for their stance against Russia and is quietly meeting wealthy Russian citizens on his properties during his "vacations". These are all obvious events and are not some conspiracy out of the blue. With trump he has done so many illegal and unprofessional acts that just keeping up with them is a massive chore. Especially his lying. He lies at such a rate that Joseph Goebbels, the hated nazi propagandist war criminal, would be proud of trump if he were still alive.
     But too many of us just go about our business like all is still well and good and nothing is too out of the ordinary for us to care about or even bother to vote for or against. Well I am here to call that illusion out and ready to break the glass of that illusion forever. Our society has been under attack since republicans gained control of our political process. The only ones who are fighting back are the democrats who hold dear our democratic values. The republicans have created this attack on our democracy and although they are fearful of the outcome they do not resist it's eventuality. So they must go and those who are still clinging to the illusion need to wake the hell up and stop playing the ostrich and become the democracy defending patriot they should always have been.
   
     

Saturday, December 30, 2017

We all need some validation but do good to get it (#3256)

     That in a nutshell is the problem with trump. He could have fulfilled all his delusions of grandeur simply by doing right by the American electorate. But instead he has chosen to all that is wrong for the American electorate and he cannot understand why we hate him for it. He could have been beloved if he had chosen to do the opposite of what he has done. He brought all his own shattered dreams of being heralded in a positive way on himself. I do not feel sorry one iota for his personal tragedy but I do feel bad for us Americans who are left to bear the brunt of his insufferable decisions. So on it goes with him making devastating choices to harm us while he his ego continues to be unfulfilled.
     He has crossed the Rubicon River as did Caesar so there is no turning back for him or for us when it comes to redemption and forgiveness. He has wielded his reality on us and he must be punished for the cause and its effects. He has lost his chance to be stronger than he is himself by absorbing our strength for him to lead us as he could have. He chose the wrong fork in the road and we are now somewhere else other than where we should be. Even if today he reversed all that is possible the damage has already been done. He cannot now change his confirmation for the Supreme Court. He cannot undo the effects of the horrible tax giveaway bill he signed into law. He cannot undo his associations during the election campaign that have the stench of colluding toward treason.
     He is left with his validation from us today and it is of a negative nature. He will forever have to live with his shame and guilt if it were possible for him to feel those emotions. He can feel his narcissism so maybe he isn't completely immune to emotion. I personally need to be validated from time to time but I do it by helping others somehow and not myself as a rule. My validation is when someone says thank me for doing something I didn't need to to for any other reason than to help another human being. I feel validated as a human being by being a human being and letting my compassion and curiosity flourish. I rein in whatever ego I have and remember how fortunate I am through the good deeds that were given as a gift to me. Oh if only trump could understand that!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Keep him playing golf... (#3255)

     If trump is on the golf links he is not at his desk plotting to kill off more Americans. If he spends the rest of his days in office playing golf we may just survive his cruel and simple mindedness. I can't believe I just wrote that but it is easier to think of him doing something else than breaking our democracy. How vulnerable we have become to manipulation of our voting process. How we ever ended up with a complete narcissistic man baby as president can only be deduced through fraud. Somewhere along the way the truth will come out about how this fraud was perpetrated but in the meantime we must survive the days he has left in office, either through him fulfilling his term, his resignation, his conviction or his expiration.
     Keeping him away from the levers of power is a strategy that has much merit. If we can hold him to his tweets, which by the way have been a major factor in building the coming blue wave, and let him play golf whenever the urge strikes or we can manipulate him there then good work on our part. We the resistance will be most effective if we can keep him from thinking about how best to kill us. The rest of the republican party has done their worst with this tax bill and it seems to be the limit to the damage they can legislate. There is minimal citizen agreement to further destroy medicare/medicaid and social security so we may have yet stemmed the worst of what trump can whip up against us. In a few days it will be 2018 and that number has a definite psychological end to it.
     The midterms begin the first day of January for the rest of us because for us it is just a countdown to the inevitable crushing of the republican party in November for their anti working middle poor class agenda. When I can say that in the midterms "this year" even I will feel the enormity of the coming event. So let's give trump all the free tee times he wants and let him absorb all the easy living the golf course represents while we continue to grow our resistance to a point yet unheard of in American politics. His Waterloo is nearing and the more significant the pounding he takes the more we will neuter his design to destroy us. He has this coming so let us be mindful of not losing sight of it over the next ten months as surely he and his despicable republican party seems to have done with their eagerness to pass the regressive tax law.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Years resolution same as always, fight to end republicanism (#3254)

     There is something to be said for being consistent. In this case there is more than something as well. The greatest danger to democracy and an enlightened society is the republican party and their destructive candidates and policies. Never before in the history of our modern nation have so few dastardly souls worked so hard to convince so many utter fools that they are the future. What is at stake is the way we define equality, fairness and justice among us human beings. The republican party is working overtime to split us on the subjects of race, gender and religion. They know that to win for them is to take on the greater many of us and divide us along lines that engender negative emotion.
     Well the cat is out of the bag so to speak and we know that this is what republicans have to offer. Only division so when we see them attempting to divide us it is well for us to remember that not only are they offering division but their end product steals from us our rights and dignity. I myself will stay vigilant and point out the feeble attempts by republicans to distract us from their nefarious intent, as well there are many others doing the same. We have been the victims of their playbook of deception so we know what to expect. What I see as crusical is our continued lifting up of the values we democrats aspire toward. Inclusion, equality of opportunity and a fair justice for all. It cannot be overstated how important it is for our citizenry to prevail against the institutional anti-democracy attacks by the current republican majority.
     It is now or never for our American nation if we are to survive the trumps and the republican party that gave them power and control. So as the new year approaches I can say unequivocally that this next year of fighting against what the republican party represents will be an all out focus of many of us and the will to see it through until the republican party is null and void is paramount. Good luck to us who care about our American dream of inclusion and the effects that melting pot ideal has on our overall evolution. When we stop the racial nationalism, the degradation of women while putting aside the maliciously interpreted religious dogmas we will find that all of us within the human race are far superior together than we ever could be divided and angry with each other.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Protecting our National Constitution from trumps (#3253)

     It is painfully obvious that trump has a putin crush and wishes he had the same authoritarian power as his master. However trump got to be the protege of putin, either through blackmail, envy or some other nefarious reason it is clear that our Constitution here in America is in danger. The stories of trump keeping a copy of Mein Kampf on his bedside nightstand tell the tale of his current outlook on race and power. So any illusion that trump is just being a good steward of democracy is false. What we see with the power grab of trump is his wholesale undoing of democratic principles. His disdain for representing all the American electorate is petty and self serving while instigating tension between his blind followers and the rest of us who hold democracy dear.
     Our Constitution makes it clear well over 200 years of evolution that we the people are the power behind our nation and not our representatives. Yet the trumps do not see it as so. Instead they have taken on the conclusion that us voting for them gives them license to lord over us with their brand of a selfish vision. We have become pawns to them and as long as we adhere to our place in the trump scenario we will be left to struggle without any help from our government. What is really appalling is the loyalty oaths and butt kissing trump demands form his subordinates. It is embarrassing and as well demeaning to us Americans watching those weak cabinet members who have bent their knee to suckle the ego of trump.
     So what can be done to reverse this growing nightmare of a reality? We the people have to find it within ourselves to not only vote them out when the voting time comes but to obstruct anything and everything that republicans are trying to do. If it means going the distance to protect our Constitution can we do any less? I for one have no qualms with calling out the trumps every time I see the damage they are intentionally inflicting. I have no reluctance about my feelings or my actions when needed as to being a patriot for our Constitution. There is no less debt I owe to our mighty Constitution and anyone who would take her and bend her to their will will find that I am merciless in my focus to protect our precious national governing document.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Our Universe and the Multiverse it exists in (#3252)

     To state that our planet Earth is just a little bit insignificant is overstating the truth. We are so insignificant that even using the word insignificant is being boastful, https://www.facebook.com/jcvanzijl/videos/1874660179512097/?hc_ref=ARRjShrB6dePy_ze_8p6tLCeM4yMDFvpQHcqfd_uENWiTQSZlid7veDA5D47X6ANe4o&pnref=story. So any life form that thinks that they are all that is just showing foolishness and ignorance. We humans are amazing in the sense that there is nothing like us in the known realm of our understanding but to think that we are more than what we really are is arrogant. We are like little children just born who look at all things around and wonder what is this? That is who we still are when we are 100 years old.
     Another aspect of our life forms is that we are vulnerable to just about anything within the order or chaos of our own Universe. We cannot control whether we continue to exist or not on our own. Which is somewhat hilarious in a morbid way since we cannot even logically control that which we can control. There are too many of us who think that we and our little speck of a planet are all that. Well we are just not that at all. But we have the potential to be something more than nothing. As I look back at our recorded history I see glimpses of potential that give me hope that the species I am part of has something more to it than elimination in our future. Yet we can't seem to get out of our own way. There are too many of us who are consciously less than strong and valiant.
     Because being strong and valiant is what can get us beyond our own little tiny miniscule insignificance and possibly to a greater awakening of our knowledge and imaginations. We have time right this moment but we do not control the clock. So every wasted moment is one more moment closer to our end than it is to our chance of avoiding our end. As we diddle our time away with people like the trumps running things we are moving further from where we were when the Obamas were in charge. Which is regrettable since moving forward into a more enlightened era is always the goal not moving backwards into disruption and the worst of our natures like with the trumps. Hopefully some relief will come soon and this current mistake of fear and hatred will pass soon.
     

Monday, December 25, 2017

When ignorance is the most common factor... (#3251)

     The test of a society is its ability to debate issues from the standpoint of logic and common sense. The outcomes can be reasonably anticipated based upon the greater good. Not in today's America however. What we have today is an abundance of ignorance infested with greed. A sort of demigod belief in that nothing makes sense except wealth and power. Where even those who have no success in economics still look down on others because of a faulty value system of judgment. A fevered mindset that has a greedy outlook to it that undermines all logic and integrity. Even to the point of breaking the law are they forgiven their actions and thoughts as long as they continue the dichotomy of wealth acquisition based upon privilege and advantage.
     The worst of what we Americans have created over the past many decades is now in control of our national government. Through deceit and deception they have altered the course of democratic principles previously held dear. By the use of racism, sexism and disenfranchisement, the republican party, yes the republican party is the home of these creatures, our society is now rife with the most undesirable of souls in leadership positions. Where the fact of wealth, however earned, whether through manipulative theft, unfair practice or outright law breaking, these unsavory souls have hijacked the honest and decent aspects of economic fairness and equality, among other paradigms.
     The thing that they all have in common is their lack of knowledge and their insistence that they know all they already need to know. So how do you debate such souls? They have already judged themselves right and correct so all the evidence to the contrary is null and void to them. In their small circles of interaction there is nothing left for them to debate except how to deal with those who keep telling them they are wrong. When ignorance is the driving force there can be no debate as such so what is left is either do nothing or to apply a reactionary force against their motion. This is not a friendly interaction where thoughts are respected and proven through facts and truths. This is a battle of wills as to who will force whom to do what and if you are not part of this effort to right the wrongs then you are living in their ignorance and part of the problem.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Yes I am optimistic that we will now survive trump (#3250)

     I know, how foolish of me to think we will survive trump. He has shown no ability to think critically and even worse he is a hot head. Which is a perfect recipe for causing a major war where nuclear weapons may well be involved. Yet I find that there is enough evidence of trump's inability to be rational that others who can will step in and stop any madness coming from the want to be king. We have enough alarmed republican lawmakers that despite their greed and disregard for the working middle poor class of Americans are worried about their own miserable hides. So if trump was going to set us off on a mission of no return he missed his window for doing so already.
     If he had done it by the first months of his petty administration he likely would have been able, but not now that we know his insecurities. So a deep breath of fresh air is in order. All trump can do now to us is make our lives miserable, which compared to being dead is an improvement. However, the making us miserable is his last hurrah because we are not dead we can still do something about him. We can obstruct his congress any way possible from incorporating, haha, his agenda while challenging his every move in court if necessary. We can protest and strike where needed to keep his agenda from moving forward. We must do so for at least until the next election and then we must be the ones who kill off any hope republicans have of maintaining their majority in congress.
     So I am optimistic that not only will we not all be killed by trump's stupidity nor will we be punished as bad as he wants us punished. We can make trump fear us by continuing to confront him with facts and proofs while also exposing the intent of his lies. As long as his poll numbers continue to stay low and we keep registering more and more new voters the die will be cast for a tsunami level democratic wave come November 6th, 2018. There are some more small elections between now and then and if the margins of the vote continue to trend toward democrats the time it takes us to get to November will not be as much a factor. I am optimistic that trump will lose his congress and then he will, barring action from Mueller, be subject to impeachment, as he richly deserves.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

America's infrastructure isn't the only thing crumbling so is our political process (#3249)

     I am not saying anything new here but that I am saying it is an important thing. It cannot be stated enough so that as many people who don't know it hears it and says to themselves this is wrong and I must help to correct this. Last election cycle in November 2016, 46.9% of eligible voters did not vote. Did you hear me? 46.9% of eligible, that's those who are registered and able to vote, did not vote, http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8265143/almost-half-eligible-voters-did-not-vote-election-2016/. Now we democrats are the only political party that is trying to register new voters and we have done a reasonably good job of it given the obstacles to voting the republican party keeps erecting. Yet when almost half of registered voters don't bother to vote that appears to be only half the solution. We need to help them understand why voting is essential to their lives.
     Well we democrats should have no problem now giving examples for the necessity to actually vote. With the trumps and most all republicans legislating policies that hurt the majority of us while giving much more to the wealthy should serve as a catalyst to get registered voters to vote. Make it personal to them and they will respond. We are not talking about hypotheticals or inconsequential actions by republicans, we are talking life or death decisions that negatively affect most all of us non wealthy. So making our points about how this has come to happen and the complete culpability of the republican party is how we do this. If our democracy is to survive all of us need to help to revive it. The revival is in voting so if we vote against those who are robbing us of equality of opportunity, fairness and justice then we will begin to reverse the physical and the intellectual crumbling of our nation.
     Much damage will be done to our democracy by republicans before we can excise them from our politics and that is unfortunate but before too long we will be voting again and this time there cannot be 46.9% of us eligible voters not voting. There has to be close to all of us voting if we are to create the type of democratic wave needed to arrest the republicans from doing anything more to harm our nation after November 6th, 2018. The republican party has given us the impetus to rise up and vote them out and we must do just that. If not we will suffer far more than we need to given that we know republicans will keep destroying everything that is not a benefit to the wealthy. We democrats are a mighty force for democracy and for the working middle poor class so get informed and make sure that when the voting time comes you are part of the great democratic wave that crushes the greedy thieving republicans from public office.
     

Friday, December 22, 2017

All I want for Christmas is a neutered trump! (#3248)

     There were few Christmas gifts I got that I really wanted and this is no exception. However if I don't ask I have no chance right? So this is me asking Santa for an irrelevant trump for 2018. Just long enough for us to change the majority in Congress and the state houses throughout America. Then the continued neutering of trump, if he survives Mueller, will be on us and not because of some wish to Santa. So for the next ten months or so if we can keep the little baby bully from destroying anymore of America we will be in decent shape to begin reversing his greedy thievery of our treasure and our honor. Never before like this has America been in such low esteem worldwide.
     I know that bush the younger was awful but even he wasn't as despicable as trump. We have seen from what is left of 2017 just how bad trump can be when he gets his way. He is a narcissist of the nth degree with a god complex wreaking from his every pore. So the true test of America's will will be to thwart the man baby at every turn right up until the vote on November 6th 2018. We can do this now that we have discovered that mass protests are just effective enough to sway some republicans from giving away America to every greedy corporate interest in America and outside America. With the Mueller investigation ongoing the fear that that strikes in the guilty republicans also serves to freeze their otherwise blatant march to destroy any semblance of a working middle class.
     I am not one who believes in religion or myths as facts but I will give in to making wishes and asking for help from the universe if that is all I have for hope. Well, it is all I have and if I thought the Easter Bunny could help I would ask him too? But I know that things like wishes and prayers are useless and the only real hope we have is our determination to stand tall when the trumps come to take what is left of our dignity and American pride. I am ashamed at what we have become and if it takes me giving my life to protect us from the likes of trumps I damn sure will make that sacrifice. I won't live in a world dominated by trumps and neither should any red blooded defender of democracy!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Keeping the democratic wave surging (#3247)

     If the elections were held today all would be wonderful tomorrow but we are not so fortunate. The election isn't for another 10 plus months, November 6th, 2018, so to keep our enthusiasm alive on the democratic side we must continue to hammer republicans on their drive to dismantle the social safety net and their eagerness to make the working middle poor class suffer economically while enriching the wealthy. The republicans will give us many more opportunities to attack their agenda when they start out next year to weaken social security and medicare/medicaid. It is as if they don't care about the midterms coming up.
     Well that is good for us since they think they can get away with their dastardly agenda without much of a whimper from the vast majority of us who are negatively affected. They think we are weak and more subservient than reality dictates. Well good, let them think we will cave when the next election comes. Let them be blinded to the tsunami wave that is about to crush them to irrelevance. Once that occurs we can then begin to undo the filth this Congress and trump has implemented into law. That is the beauty of America, we can undo the greed and selfishness of those who would steal from us to enrich themselves and their cohorts. Not only that when we gain the House and Senate, we can start prosecuting the criminal republican politicians who gained from their time swindling America.
     So keeping our focus on registering new voters, helping eligible voters get their voting rights up to date and to the voting booths and working hard to campaign for those democratic candidates who are now eager to take on the republicans everywhere they hold public office will be required of us. This next 10 months will be the most crucial months of our now floundering democracy. We need to make a profound statement so the wave election must be humongous. Nothing else matters at this point outside of us surviving long enough to get our votes tabulated. We must remain on guard against tampering of our votes from outside and within. With the previous election in mind we know that republicans will cheat where they can and collude to let outside forces help them deceive us. It is on us now to deliver the death knell to the republican party and I am just itching to do my part!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I would rather be writing fiction (#3246)

     I have a passion for reading spy novels with all the intrigue, romance and action but I cannot seem to find a way to do that and also stay up with keeping a record of how badly our democracy is being destroyed from within by the trumps and republicans. It seems all my waking hours are focused on keeping up with the despicable strategy they have to enrich themselves and disenfranchise the rest of us. It is absurd the era we are living in now and for that I have such ill will toward all that is republican. Whatever just desserts they get will trigger no empathy within me. They are foolish if they think they can bend the will of our nation toward their greedy selfish murderous agenda. Patrick Henry's stirring speech about "give me liberty or give me death" reminds me that we are greater than the threats to our democracy!
     So as plots for possible novels keep coming and going in my head I sigh and just move on to the next news of how our nation is responding to the continued onslaught of the republican disease. It is my part in life to be with those who are not as well opportune as myself. I don't come from any privilege or advantage except one important one, being white. However being white and poor is not much of an opportunity yet I tried to make the most of what I could. I have a conscience and because of that I could not join the ranks of those who would lie, cheat and steal as a way to enrich themselves. Instead I chose the path of educating myself as best I could. Learning how to think critically was always something I possessed so with that and unlocking new paradigms of perspective I forged a new enlightenment from my previously easily influenced, disconnected past.
     Yet here I am in the most ridiculous of realities trying to cope and brace against the ill of the trumps and the republican party. I cannot satisfy my own ambitions of freely writing about fantastical adventures with excitement and virtuous appeal. Instead I am forced by the wrong and painful reality of diagnosing and explaining the corrupt nature of an American republican political apparatus. By forced I mean it is my duty to put my nation first before myself. Not unlike Nathan Hale's last words of “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” but of course nowhere near his sacrifice. I just sit and think and then type what I know to be the truth of things without prejudice. It is the nature of my life during this era and eventually in less time ahead than behind we can begin to recover from this if we survive and I can then find the peace of mind to actually write the things I might very much enjoy.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The looming tax bill will undo the republican party (#3245)

     The republican party will not be able to run from this coming disaster of their own making. They see this tax giveaway to the wealthy as their great accomplishment, but the rest of us sane folks know it as a disaster for our national economy and a suffering burden placed on the heads of the vast majority of Americans in the working middle poor class. Much pain and despair will be brought about through this theft from our society that the very real anger and frustration the majority of Americans will feel will be aimed directly at the culprit republican party. A purging from politics will be the reckoning on the horizon for those republican politicians running for public office in 2018.
     Not only will republicans be thrown out of office come the next election but it will be en masse. A democratic wave election is now much more likely since this tax giveaway to the wealthy is no doubt sure to pass and be signed by trump this week most likely. The anger I feel just typing this is real and if anything like what I am seeing throughout social media it is not an anomaly. What could have been a wave large enough to take the majority in both houses of Congress is now starting to feel like a wholesale slaughter of republicans. If we keep this same momentum going it could well be a wave election that pushes our coming democratic majorities much higher than ever dreamed of just a few months ago. It seems that we cannot stop the horrendous tax giveaway to the rich that takes from the working middle poor class but what we can do is mitigate it starting on November 6th 2018.
     Yes in 2019 a new Congress will convene and a new budget will need to be passed that can reverse many of the worst parts of this current budget. Because we democrats will have the opportunity to pass a budget that interdicts many of the perks instilled within this current tax giveaway budget of the republicans. What I hope is even more significant is that if the Mueller investigation goes on for the next year we will be in position to elevate a democrat to the presidency in early 2019 if the allegations of treasonable actions by trump and pence are exposed as facts. What was a total disaster at the end of 2016 and even more so 2017, can be reversed now given the greed the republican party has shown and tried to implement. The giant democratic nature of America has been awakened and the dirty thieving cowards of the republican party will feel the wrath they have mistakenly underestimated from us.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The wealthy tyrants in America, with the help of republicans, are trying to starve the rest of us (#3244)

     The filthy Citizen's United judgement is killing off our democracy. It has allowed the scheming wealthy to infiltrate our government and change policies from democratic and constitutional to autocratic and what we now see as fascist. Our Supreme Court, conservative majority, is complicit and has done this to us in order to help the republican party in its strategy of taking over our country. If we were what we should be, a public financed electoral process, we would be getting candidates competing for our votes based upon ideas and policies. Instead we have the wealthy flooding our airwaves with disinformation and lies in order to confuse voters into voting for them.
     This is what unlimited wealthy money does, it floods us with a narrative that the wealthy create in order for their candidates to be elected. Now if it were that the wealthy were flooding the airwaves with truths and policies that helped all of us it would still be wrong in that one segment of our society would still be controlling the narrative. We need no private money out there controlling the narrative and instead we need human beings who are candidates who are not beholden to any special money group except the citizenry of America. Then the ideas of the candidates would be what we were debating not some narrative supplied to keep us from advancing our society.
     Never in the history of our democracy has the idea of a wealthy group put the interest of all Americans first before themselves so they need to stay out of narrating our politics except as individual citizens with equal influence as any other voter and no more than that. So when our nation finally does reverse the massively erroneous Citizen's United decision and returns our politics of elections to the public sphere where all legitimate candidates get the same resources and no more then we can continue to build our democracy with the intent of one person one vote based upon logic and enlightenment instead of confusion and diversion. We are better than what we are currently showing and those who are working at destroying our democracy will get their due when the rest of us get tired and say enough of being left with table scraps!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Still feeling great over the victory in Alabama (#3243)

     When I think of that night when I was on my computer watching the live updates on returns coming in from Alabama the smile on my face after the final results is still lingering. It is one of the few bright spots where an actually good feeling has persisted with me in this otherwise horrible political year of 2017. The elections across the nation with Virginia and New Jersey specifically were uplifting and created hope but they were not what brought a smile to my face like this victory in Alabama. I find it hard still to type this about the state of Alabama. But the long odds of winning were achieved and that in itself would normally be enough but there is another aspect to the win in Alabama that is even more satisfying. That being if we democrats can win in the deep red state of Alabama we can win anywhere in the nation.
     So now we are not just thinking about defending our senate seats this coming November 6th, we are also thinking about going on the offensive and taking seats from otherwise safe republican control. Not only does this give our democratic party great hope for taking majorities in both houses but it puts the fear in republicans that they have not felt for nearly a decade. They are now on the defensive hoping to salvage what they can from their decision to align themselves with the highly unpopular trumps. They will be in full damage control while we democrats will be taking the fight to them and exposing their working middle poor class condescension.
     This unlikely victory in alabama was accomplished in several ways. Our vote came out and their vote didn't. The enthusiasm is definitely on our side since we democrats are the only ones who care about and are willing to legislate to improve the lives of the working middle poor class. They ran a horrible candidate and we ran a great one. Although the margin of victory was small it was enough and to keep things in perspective we know we got the best of what was available to pull off this monumental upset where practically no one thought it would be possible. We democrats cannot take anything for granted and must keep the pressure on the republicans so that they don't make us much worse as a nation before we can vote them out. We must remember that hard work got us the victory in Alabama and hard work will keep getting us victores going forward and for that I am smiling a big smile.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

We can reverse the trumps starting next year (#3242)

     Not all is lost with the changes that the trumps are making. Most all of them can be reversed the day a new democratic president is in office. The others like the legislation he may pass will take a bit longer but with an overwhelming blue wave coming it won't be hard to get the votes to do that as well. As for the judiciary we just have to wait them out of their lifetime posts. But that can be done by never electing a republican leader or majority Congress in America again. We have learned our hard lesson of letting republicans have control. They were liars on the campaign trail and liars in office. They can never again be trusted by those who didn't do their due diligence in vetting them before voting for them.
     I am buoyed by the fact that 2018 is just over 2 weeks away and then the campaign for the midterm elections gets real. With the wind at our democratic backs there is nothing to keep us from sailing on top of this coming wave election while crashing into and crushing the defenseless republican shore. Our momentum is real as attested to by the recent major elections Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama. Every special election since the ascendency of the republican party to leadership has shown that we democrats are getting more votes, while republicans are getting fewer votes since trump's controversial victory. The swiftness of the change in direction of the mindset of America is palpable. Not only has the rejection of trump policies been born out but the siding with democratic candidates has been resurgently resurrected.
     When we Americans make it through to the election on November 6th, 2018, the reversal begins. I suggest that it is quite logical that we democrats will hold the majorities in Congress, both House and Senate, so that trump will have little wiggle room to do any more damage while we force him to start backtracking on some of his most egregious decisions. 2020 is still aways off but it is the final nail in the coffin of the worst representative president in modern history. He will be dumped from office if he makes it through to his first term and then the new democratic president and a democratic majority Congress will have the makings to right the horrific wrongs in no time at all. Repairing the damage of the trump years will have set us back but it won't be too far back and then we can shoot into our future with a greater hope and a more guarded defense of our democracy from within and without.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Regaining Net Neutrality (#3241)

     First and most important is the electing of democrats into public office. Since we are the party that wants to keep and protect Net Neutrality. The reason the FCC was in a position to end Net Neutrality is that the senate headed by republicans refused to seat the two open seats on the commission. Now that trump is president republicans jumped at the chance to fill the FCC with republican acolytes willing to end Net Neutrality. Since the commission is now filled with it's 5 members, 3 of which are trump followers, for 5 year terms it isn't likely that the commission will be the answer to reversing their decision to end Net Neutrality. So it is now up to Congress to pass a bill that makes Net Neutrality a matter of law and takes it out of the hands of the FCC.
     Of course there are lawsuits piling up by providers and states against the ruling but the process of going through the courts is long and arduous. However an unlikely scenario might be that a federal judge puts a stay on the FCC decision to end Net Neutrality while the lawsuit works it's way through the courts, https://qz.com/1156146/ajit-pais-fcc-just-voted-to-repeal-net-neutrality-but-here-are-the-two-ways-it-could-still-be-saved/. But the best hope is that this current Congress, although a republican majority, has some republicans members questioning the decision. If we can put enough pressure on them it is possible to get a bill passed through both the House and Senate that would need trump to sign off on. Surely a bit of a longshot but what other option do we have at this time? With providers and states pressuring it's US representatives it is maybe more than just possible, http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article189764739.html.
     What may be our only real hope is for the election of 2018 to be a landslide for democrats and the majority control of congress. With possibly enough members close enough to veto proof thresholds, while getting some remaining republicans to help push past a veto if trump is so inclined. We need to keep our Internet traffic regulated so that the large corporations are not in charge of how we use the Internet and what traffic is available to us. Our democracy demands it and for the large corporations to take our public domain and make it theirs is theft in my way of thinking and not to be allowed!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The threat of trump continues... (#3240)

     We liberal progressives won a great victory Tuesday evening and for that I am humbled and grateful. We, all over America gave of our time and our limited resources to help the Jones campaign come out on top. The next day was a sort of basking in the glow of our triumph while resting our souls from the continued onslaught brought about by the apparent victor for president last year. But now that we have had a chance to recharge our batteries with a quickening in our step provided by our improbable win, it is time to hit back at the trumps for the next crisis they are planning. The closure of a free Internet and the massively horrendous tax bill giveaway to the wealthy from the working middle poor class.
     There is much to do but we have to be ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work because what republicans are finding out is that they cannot turn back from their ideological efforts. They are all in on blowing up our democracy so we need to be all in on stopping them anyway we can. Like the focus of the African American community in Alabama, we need to keep our focus on every little thing republicans are doing and to call them out for it when they expose it. Because we know one thing for certain, the republican party is not the friend of a vast majority of Americans. Instead they are rapers and pillagers and now more than ever are condoning molesters of children. The stench of the republican party is thick with a disgusting appeal to our worst natures, not our best. For this they will pay dearly before and then after the next general election.
     So as the trumps continue to try to undermine democracy we must not let them no matter how hard and difficult it becomes. Because we know from what happened in New Jersey, Virginia and now Alabama a reckoning is going to be coming down on their heads like the fiercest punishment equivalent to their crimes. I have nothing but disgust for anyone and everyone who is republican or who votes for them. It is an abomination on the decency and respect that democracy demands of all of it's citizens. No one is perfect and when we are troubled or need help we can ask for it with a humble heart. But what we get with republicans is a boorish brutish condescension that shows they feel they are above the law and a class of people greater than any other. Well they will get what they deserve and it won't be clean. It will be messy and it will hurt but we have to keep our vigilance on them so that no matter their attempts we block them and then give them their just deserves when the just deserves time comes!