Thursday, May 25, 2017

The ignorance of the American electorate continues today or maybe not (#3037)

     By later tonight we will know just how far the awakening of the American electorate has proceeded, or not. The special congressional election in Montana will reveal the ability of the American electorate to think in a somewhat critical fashion. Over the last 4 months we have seen just how the republican party plans to deal with national politics and if loyalty to party is greater than loyalty to our nation on whole then the republicans will prevail today in a largely republican district. However, if the fact that republicans are seen as the party protecting the wealthy and alternatively the party that wishes to destroy the working middle poor class then maybe we will see a different outcome with the democrat winning the republican district.
     It is all a matter of degrees I hope and I also hope that the line between loyalty to a party that is against the republican voter is a line that has already been crossed. The republican in the race is for the trump agenda and is also now a criminal in waiting after his assault of a journalist last night and his being charged with misdemeanor assault with plenty of witnesses to prove the charge. But since many votes have already cast their ballots through the absentee process, we will have to wait and see what the election day republican voters will do. My guess is that many will still vote with their loyalty to a nonexistent narrative republicans have maintained through deceptive campaigning but I hope I am wrong.
     I have hoped in the past to be wrong as well and that did not work out then. Yet this time the republican narrative is harder to hide so my hope has some validity this time around. We will see by the end of tonight. How our electorate came to be so ignorant and abusive of the melting pot concept when the ill of our national economy is not on the working side but on the money making profit side. The wealthy have stacked the deck against workers and have effectively turned the blame back on us. Well the evidence is clear that we the working middle poor class are not the ones benefiting instead it is the wealthy and their republican enabling politicians. Will Montana wake up and vote today to end the ripoff that republicans have cleverly disguised or will we once again fall into the trap of staying loyal to a party regardless of how badly it treats us?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The fallacy of conservatism (#3036)

     Think about this. What has conservatism done for you? On it's own, nothing. Now if you think about what both liberal and conservative policies have in common, we can find unity. Both are for free enterprise, although liberal philosophy of free enterprise is a system of checks and balances that look to equalize the effects of free enterprise across the whole of society, instead of just to favor those who have power, like with conservatism. What else do conservative and liberals have in common? Private ownership. Now liberals know that private ownership is a treasured value but it is not the whole of what a democracy can succeed from. While conservatives believe that private ownership is above democratic values and more in line with a survival of the fittest doctrine that holds no such esteem for democracy.
     I tried to be fair here in giving conservatism a foundation that has value but even I could not accomplish that. So it is fair to say that nothing of real value from conservatism is not already part of what liberalism and progressivism offer. Now what else does conservatism trumpet? It is in opposition to change and or innovation. Look at how we as a nation and world are trying to adapt our technologies to climate change but cannot get most republicans to even agree that there is a problem. As to traditional values being a conservative mantra, I give you untold and told scandals by the hundreds with just republican politicians violating oaths of marriage to oaths of allegiances. So no, conservatives do not uphold traditional values unless of course they can be exempt from themselves. Liberals on the other hand believe in tradition as well as evolution of thought and behavior.
     So in the final analysis, it can be easily concluded that conservatism is a subset of liberal progressive thought. A far more crude and unfair model on it's own to be more precise. It is my contention that in reality we are mostly all liberal progressives, it is just that some of us, by degree, are more conservative in our approach and some are more expansive. Either way change and innovation only come about through liberal progressive thinking. Not only that but society benefits on whole because there are safeguards and procedures for applying our talents to all of what we do. Nothing of a societal benefit has ever come from conservatism while everything has advanced our society because it is and was a liberal progressive thought.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No legitimizing the liars, cheaters and thieves (#3035)

     Never will any republican get any legitimizing comment from me. Now every now and then one or two or three of them will do the right thing, however, doing the right thing once in awhile is not penance for all the wrong things that they are still doing. So when some are congratulated for doing the right thing I cringe because doing the right thing is an expectation not an exception. Congratulating someone for doing the right thing once in a while also sets a bad precedent. Like if I do a good thing once in a while I can then revert back and do wrong things under cover of the rare right thing done. Instead, I choose to lambaste those who do wrong and not lambaste those who do right. That way the expected right is passed over for a lambasting while the wrong doers get the full brunt of my anger.
     I may get some plaque as an award at the end of my life for doing a whole bunch of good things and at that time that is almost an acceptable tribute for not being an asshole. But that is all it means, I wasn't a full time asshole who hid behind some few good things in order to justify my own distorted sense of self worth. So no, I don't like it when a rotten person in or out of power does something good and then some start to hail them as decent folks. No, the decency is not earned by a rare occurrence of doing the ordinarily right thing. Decency is given when a lifetime of doing good things has been achieved or a pattern so entrenched in doing the right thing that not doing the right thing is unthinkable.
     It is like our current dilemma. We have a republican president and a republican congress that fits the bill for doing mostly wrong and occasionally a right thing. So by my calculus they get nothing from me but disdain and a calling out from me until their time in public service is either cut short, or ends with their terms being up. Either way, they will never be legitimate nor will their defenders ever be legitimized. If my existence on this planet is to be what I know is right and good then I will not ever compromise down from that right and good but instead force those who cannot nor will not embrace the best of who we humans are to reevaluate their position up from harmful selfishness.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I remain steadfast in my approach to non liberal/progressive voters (#3034)

     I still have no time in my life for those who would support trumps and their policies. I don't care who it is, close family or distant friend, their is no acknowledgement that you even exist. I am harsh that way but it is because I will not coddle nor put up with those who would support a republican party that discriminates against people of color, looks upon our mighty beautiful women as a sub class of humans and who think that the poor chose to be so. Why would I even consider associating with anyone who would make the republican party's policies the status quo? There is but one solid weapon I have against the many ignorant who are otherwise good people until they start thinking they know things that don't exist, and that is me.
     My presence, or lack thereof, in their lives is their reward or punishment. If they choose to want to help the working middle poor class instead of making life harder then they get to stay in my life. If they don't then they get nothing from me not even a recognition that they exist. I know it isn't much of an incentive or punishment but it is the only one I can control absolutely. There are too many people going through too many hardships this and every moment for me to ever forget what the republican party and their ignorant voters are making to happen. I am principled that way. I know many like me who know in our hearts that living a more virtuous life is not some dream but whatever reality we can make it. Sure the cynics out there know that they can get away with things instead of being honorable people but that is their choice, not mine nor like minded folks.
     We are the best of what humans can be when we see ourselves as all equals in whatever path we choose to take. The idea that some of us have the gall to place objections on others or obstruct their lives simply based upon their own unreal personal concept of reality, is despicable. This is what the republican party does. It takes it's own concept of reality which is not real and attempts to make the rest of us a supplicant to it. Whether through hardship or hate, they don't care. So if you choose to continue to support the worst of what humanity is by voting for republicans then don't ever expect to hear from or see me.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My hope grows each day I wake up anew (#3033)

     Well, I, we are not dead yet. I fully expected that trump would have caused some kind of catastrophe by now that would have inflicted mass deaths and casualties. It has been now well over 100 days and nothing horrible as to a devastating death toll has taken place. That could all come to an end at any moment as I see it but so far so good. Apparently we have just enough checks and balances left to keep the man/child from throwing us out there as cannon fodder. Not that he isn't trying to make our lives more miserable, we the working middle poor class majority in America.
But as to a widespread killing us off it has not happened yet.
     So my hope does grow now every day that I wake up that maybe we will get through this national nightmare somehow. I don't know how since their isn't much to civilized logic to draw from with the trumps. They seem to want to safeguard our enemies more than they want to safeguard Americans. Ironic isn't it? It would seem that things would make a whole lot more sense if trump was actually president of Russia. However that would never happen with the murderous putie in control over there. So with each day I feel less and less like the dead man I attributed to myself the day after the election and more like a living one who has no clue what our next near future will do to us.
     I will take the less dead and more clueless soul I am about the near future as a positive and with any kind of good luck and tireless effort, maybe all of us will actually survive to see an end to the trumps and a new beginning despite every trick republicans will try to pull to rig the election again in their favor. I wont get ahead of myself here with hopeful dreaming and instead I will keep fighting for the sanctity of our votes and the promotion of liberal/progressive policies and candidates. If I keep myself busy doing those things the time will hopefully keep marching on without many of us dying because of the trumps and their ignorant lust for wealth and power.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Enough of the trumps and republicans! (#3032)

     There is no doubt now as to the ineptitude, whether intentional or not, that the trumps have shown to having no respect for the idea of a "melting pot" nation. They as well treat our nation as their own little fiefdom filled with riches and glory at their disposal. They have taken what is best about our nation that has been built up over 240 years and tried to make it their own. This last election was not about electing a leader who is the servant of the people. Instead it was about electing a con man who is out to fleece the American people with impunity. We were fooled once again by the wealthy into thinking that the republican party was our savior. That we we allowed ourselves to be fooled is still to this day one of the most embarrassing and disgraceful events we have put upon ourselves.
     I include all of us in this even though nearly 3 million more votes came in for former Secretary Clinton. We did not do enough to make sure our elections were safe and free from external and internal influence. The "rigging" has been going on for decades through outside interference and internal voter disenfranchisement and we let it happen without raising the alarms to such a level as to force us to reverse the republican agenda of voter suppression and outright lies against republican opponents. We Americans deserved this horrible outcome because we fell asleep at the wheel of our democracy. We quit being the guardians of democracy so we could blissfully enjoy the fruits attained by our fore/parents. We didn't earn it but we sure as hell spent it like we deserved it.
     Now we must awaken from our stupor and put our shoulders back on the wheel of progress and push it back into a forward motion. This will require us to stop voting for the liars and cheats that have infiltrated and now form the foundation of the republican party. There is only one way forward and that is through a purging of every republican who is running for or currently holds public office. We need to get the democrats back into power in not only the Presidency, but the Congress and ideologically a liberal/progressive majority on the US Supreme Court. As well as return power back to democrats in the statehouses where the local politics stir the melting pot and give us our best solutions going forward.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The penalty for attempting to destroy our democracy (#3031)

     There should be no leniency when it comes to individuals or groups who act with the intent to tear down our democratic society so that they can enrich and empower themselves over us. Think about what is happening in our federal government. We have a scoundrel leading a pack of scoundrels trying desperately to hold onto power they dubiously attained. Why? Because they have an opportunity to not only bleed our federal treasury for favored contracts to themselves through their accomplices but they are in position to restructure our economy so that the working middle poor class is left with less opportunity to gain wealth while the wealthy are advantaged to gain more wealth. The ideals of fairness and justice are being stampeded in the name of greed.
     We are seeing this happen before our very eyes and all of us seem to be so stunned that we cannot think of how to stop it. We expect some magical entity within our government to step up and put a halt to it except that we have left or allowed all the power over any agency to stop the trumps in the hands of the trumps. Now there may be a glimmer of hope in that at least one agency is trying to defend the rule of law, which sides with democratic values more than it sides with enriching the wealthy even more. So some movement may happen that allows our judicial system to try and convict the trumps of their "alleged" crimes. I laughingly use alleged in parentheses because for me they are crimes when the products of their legislation and orders prove it.
     So now what do we do with these rotten souls who would have subjected us to a cruel and suffering existence if they are caught out? It is plain to me that deterrence in this instance is the appropriate tack to take in deciding punishment. Never again should a nation like ours have to relive this nightmare. So the punishment must be harsh and swift. Not only that but public so that all can see what a disgrace looks like and how we treat those who would try to undo the laws of an enlightened society. As each of these criminals is to receive their punishment remember that anyone who would wrong the whole of society should have no mercy when it comes to what they deserve. They would have inflicted their harm on all of us so their individual punishments are still far less than the total pain they would have caused.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My anger at republicans is real and justified! (#3030)

     If anyone at all knows me they can easily tell that I have little regard for those who are bad people. I don't tolerate them in my real life nor my Internet life. I tell it like it is without anyone's consent to how I do the telling. I am as real as it gets. Yet I do reserve myself at times in order to make sure that my anger is really justified. I have spent my more than 6 decades being a less than person to the republican party in their eyes. I don't know about you, but I was hurt by that at the beginning. However I have since grown in maturity and wisdom and can now see that their judgment of me was based upon factors that are not equal nor fair. So it has caused a change in me. Not only am I angry at them for being the worst of what Americans should see themselves as but I am angry at them for making me feel ashamed of myself.
     So when I go off on them without reservation to language or intent, it is because they have earned my wrath. For one thing, it isn't about what they do to just me. It is about what they do to all of us as a general rule. The most dishonest greedy political party ever to have gained a foothold into American politics is in control right now. They have aimed their long sought after agenda of killing off our middle class and corrupting our voting process so much that already too many eligible voters have been denied the vote because of republican restrictive policies, https://www.thenation.com/article/the-gops-attack-on-voting-rights-was-the-most-under-covered-story-of-2016/.  With republicans in control in many states the right to vote has been cut through fear and strongman tactics.
     So again when I go off on a rant of epic proportions it isn't because I am a feckless individual looking to draw attention to myself. No, it is because I am so angry at what is happening that I cannot fathom the idea of not screaming at the top of my lungs the treason to democracy that republicans are allowed to manufacture with impunity. I don't care for the value of my own life if the world I have to live in requires me to accept this current republican vision. Like our fore/parents who fought all sorts of attacks on our democracy with all they had to save it, I too am not settling for the worst of who our species are in the form of republicanism, and I damn well will let her rip when calling republicans out!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No civilized conversation with the nation destroying republicans! (#3029)

     Be nice? What the fuck! I got nice right here on the end of my fist is the nice I have for republicans. I have been telling anyone who would listen in civilized terms for decades that republicans are out to destroy our democracy and that didn't fucking work. I am pissed off right now because there are still some liberal progressives who think we can reason with republicans. Bullshit bullshit bullshit! They have got all what they have always wanted, control of our levers of power and they don't give a shit what any of us try to argue or debate them about. They are going ahead with their dastardly agenda if they can get past themselves.
     So the time for being nice or playing by civilized rules left many decades ago. We have to fight for every inch we can stop them from moving toward their agenda, which by the way is to destroy the middle class and make us all lower class while they enjoy the upper class. Get it through your civilized heads that there isn't a choice here. No amount of civilized discourse is going to change what they have dreamed of doing since the Reagan years. So sharpen your tongues and let her rip when you get a chance to let your voice out. This is not a time for niceties, this is time for the brutal truth of calling out the pigs for being the pigs.
     Remember, republicans want us to think that what they are doing is normal. Killing off our economy so that the wealthy are the only ones benefiting. Taking away health care making it a privilege not a right. Squashing attempts by unions to protect workers and bargain for living wages. Denying many the right to vote through economics and social prejudices. Making women feel like less than equals and turning them into pleasure vessels for men to use and toss away. This is the republican agenda and if you see anything normal about that then you don't deserve democracy. Meanwhile the rest of us have got to take the lead in stopping these fucking republicans no matter what lie spews out of their mouths. I got no civilized conversation for republicans except to tell them that I am coming for them with a vengeance!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Every republican politician must pay in 2018 for what they have done! (#3028)

     There are no more excuses republican voters have to justify their voting for the republican party. We have seen what republicans do when they control Congress and the Presidency. We have seen what republicans do when they control the Supreme Court. We have seen enough to know we don't want to see anymore! We Americans have always stood on the side of fairness and justice when we led the world out of it's dangers. Yet we are not that country anymore with republicans in control. As shown we are a sniveling cowardly bunch that strikes up friendships with our enemies of democracy and shun our true allies in the fight against tyranny.
     This has all come about because we voters have given the republican party a pass on them representing us for our concerns and instead have let them lead us with their concerns. The republican party has been bought by wealthy influences that take the representative of the people away and replaced it with representative of the wealthy. If anyone still cannot see this then eternal shame on them! For those of us who do see this then the time to stop being loyal like a non critical thinking human to the republican party is over! No more can we vote for people who refuse to address the concerns of the vast majority of us Americans, the working middle poor class.
     No more can we allow the wealthy to dictate what our society should look like or how it should operate. The republican party that represents the worst of the wealthy among us has nothing for the vast majority of the rest of us and therefore should not get our votes these coming special elections this year and especially the elections of 2018 and beyond. I don't care if you have voted for republicans as a tradition your whole lives, these republicans are anti-democratic so you must choose were your real loyalty belongs. Is it with our founders who created a democratic form of government or is it with these current republicans who want to take our democracy away and give all the power to the wealthy? Well?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Republicans in the House voted to take away health care for 24 million Americans (#3027)

It took 217 votes in the House for republicans to pass their bill to take away health care from 24 million working middle poor class Americans, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/3/15531494/american-health-care-act-explained. This is what the republican elected representative officials of our nation did. The 217 votes were ALL from republicans, not one democrat voted for this bill, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/4/15538596/house-republicans-pass-repeal-obamacare-ahca. Next year all 217 republican House representatives are up for reelection. So we the American people will have it fresh in our memories that republicans find that taking health care away from Americans who can least afford to lose it, is more important than making sure all Americans have health coverage.
     Republicans control the Congress and the Presidency so they easily could have passed a bill that made health care possible for all Americans but instead they choose to take it away from 24 million folks. Why you may ask would republicans do this? Well the answer is plain if you look at the effect of the bill those 217 republicans in the House passed. If it becomes law, the wealthy receive a huge tax break while the rest of us lose coverage and will pay higher taxes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2016/12/15/obamacare-repeal-results-in-tax-cuts-for-the-rich-tax-increases-and-lost-insurance-for-the-rest/#305794c64cdf. So republicans have backed the wealthy, of which there are a little over 10 million here in America, http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/07/record-number-of-millionaires-living-in-the-us.html. That republicans refused to back the rest of us approximately 310 million who are not wealthy doesn't seem to concern them.
     Well republicans may have miscalculated this time. Although nearly half of the 310 million non wealthy will likely continue to not vote, http://www.essence.com/news/politics/election-statistics-over-46-percent-did-not-vote. The other half will and with the eye opening loss of health care for many of us the difference between republican and democrat will be crystal clear. Surely republicans will be counting on the propaganda their wealthy donors will orchestrate during the next election cycle in 2018, but not all wealthy are for republicans so many of those non republican wealthy will side with democrats and help offset the resources spent by the republican wealthy to create chaos in our decision making processes. The time is coming next year to make all the House republicans pay for their vote to take away health care for 24 million of us who can least afford to lose it.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Despite the trumps, we keep our dignity (#3026)

     No matter how hard that gut punch was to each of us on November 8th, 2016, we who felt it have not let up our struggle to limit the damage. We could have lowered our heads into our chests and accepted the defeat we all felt but we didn't. Instead we organized opposition to trumps like never before. We realized that the only hope we have of denying trump his agenda of destroying what is left of our working middle class was to disengage from any motion that helped the trump plan. Instead we moved to resist and protest against any and all of his heartless agenda. That republicans are aiding the alleged treasonous president has also invigorated us to rail against the republican party like never before.
     Our voices of reason and civil discourse are now littered with invective aimed at the lying cheating trumps and the republican party. We are not anymore the quiet reserved logical beings we had hoped all of our citizens would be, instead we democrats are angry and spitting mad at the direction the trumps and the republican party are driving their agenda. So we give them no quarter, no safe harbor from which they try to lie to us about their intent. We call them out on their lies and shame them in front of the public as if it were as natural as anything. We democrats have found our voices and the sound coming from us is not nice and easy but hard and fast. We will not tolerate the trumps and their America destroying tactics.
     I for one am hopeful that we democrats, aided by independents and some republicans who are now aware of their party's nefarious intent, are standing united in our opposition to trumps. There are some coming House elections which may prove the value of our opposition. If the election in the Georgia race goes to we democrats it will be the harbinger of things to come that we democrats all hope will come about. There is still time for us to do more to make these coming House races more secure if we can so we should not stop our opposition to the trumps until we can get them out of office and then turn our country back toward enlightened progress and modernization.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Campaign finance reform (#3025)

     The trumps came about because we allow private financing of our elections. If we only allowed public financing of our elections there would be exponentially less advertising that is false or confusing. We would be electing individuals based upon their ideas, not their smear campaigns. It is a simple concept to grasp but our supposedly most august body, the US Supreme Court, would or could not understand it. Instead they choose to make private financing easier so that more of the wealthy could control the narrative of our elections. Just to go further here the US Supreme Court also allowed for easing of voter protections for the states so that republican led states were able to restrict and purge more eligible voters off the voting rolls.
     I don't think it is a stretch now to say that the US Supreme Court is not our fount of wisdom nor our defender of democracy. Nowhere can you find democrats who are willing to restrict voting beyond traditional basic parameters like age of consent or criminal activity. However everywhere you can find republicans who are willing to not only restrict voting but to have tests implemented to weed out voters that don't think like them. All of this seems to get hidden behind the relentless subjection to advertising that focuses on dividing us instead of bringing us closer together. The republican mantra of divide and conquer is their number one priority because they do not appeal to our better instincts instead the appeal to our worst natures to get their votes.
     It is obvious to many of us what is going on but too many are fooled by the republican strategy of divide and conquer. So while the truth of things get little coverage the lies and falsehoods flood the news cycle and advertising slots in our media. If the wealthy were not able to spend enormous amounts of money to deceive us we would all be better off. The truth of things would be more readily available for us to consider and that is when I do believe we are at our best as a nation. The public financing of elections is past due and until we finally get it, we will keep getting the trumps of the world instead of the statesmen/women we actually deserve. It will not be easy supplanting the wealthy as they like controlling things but we still live in a democracy and as such we the people are or should be in control.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The trumps are swirling the toilet bowl (#3024)

     Talk about your cling ons! These trumps are grasping for any hand hold as they are swirling down into the sewer of wasted life. I can only imagine that the staunchest supporters of the trumps are pulling their hands back from the stench that is trump. That the supporters of trumps kept them afloat this long speaks to their complicity and greed, which will be examined after the trumps have finished their long drop into ignominy. The trumps tried like hell to consolidate their power with the traitorous republican party but not enough of them could commit to the carnival barking slow witted fool. He was unable to form any kind of coalition even among his own fomenting voter base.
     So down he will go because he never stopped his duplicitous behavior and actions. Speaking lies to power got him so far but since he peaked he has hit a wall he didn't build, unmistakable truth! How his end will come about is not crystal clear yet but that it will end is now a momentum that he cannot stop. He is a desperate man/child now so what he adds to the already heaping pile of evidence will only hasten his fall. He will go further in his death throe against the decency and common sense of our humanity and constitution enough to seal his fate sooner than later. After all the trump is a narcissist and power hungry egoist so whatever he has to do to keep his ego satisfied will undoubtedly prove his mental imbalance.
    I admit that this is what I hope for short of him throwing nuclear bombs out at any shadow to change the narrative. Hopefully the rational that are left in our government and rule of law will handcuff him from any overt act that brings us to annihilation. The case studies in the aftermath of the "trump episode" should prove enlightening to any and all who care to put objectivity above their own subjective persuasions. How all the trumps recede from our national consciousness is still to be determined but the toilet has been flushed and the trumps are the waste that is swirling down and out to the betterment of America and the world at large.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

We need the smoking gun (#3023)

     The trumps so far have been able to dodge and evade any real crime that can be punishable because they are not up against any absolute evidence of their treason nor corruption. A smoking gun type piece of evidence will be needed. Most likely this piece of evidence exists but is not available yet due to a system wide cover up within the trump administration. But like so many large conspiracies eventually one person or more gets caught out and then they are willing to "spill the beans". I look at the trump administration and I see a dearth of intellectual prowess that is needed to possibly get out from under the investigatory microscope of that they are currently under. In other words the trumps aren't smart enough to pull off their duplicity.
     So as we continue to investigate as best we can despite all that party loyalty republicans are using to shield the trumps, the more we find the weak spots in the conspiracy. It also helps that the trumps are making mistakes in their cover up. Lying to the public and firing investigators can only benefit those of us who know in our hearts that the trumps are rotten to the core and will do anything to feed and protect that rottenness. But time is on our side and when we do start to take down the lesser players in the trump conspiracy we will get our smoking gun as a reward for not relenting in the face of threats and punishments. We are not the smartest people on the planet given our penchant for being duped and electing con men to our government, but we are not the dumbest people on the planet either and despite our deficiencies we have some positives, like not being deceived and shamed.
     We the American people do not like to be hoodwinked and when we find out that we have been, those who supported the "winking of the hood" will be dealt with commensurately. The worst of our politics is now in charge and the only silver lining here is that their agenda will finally be exposed beyond all the propaganda that they throw at it. It is almost as if we needed to cleanse our politics by exposing those who have been hiding behind the corrupt wealthy and their control over the narrative. Well no narrative now will stop the truth from coming out as the republicans are totally in control so the blame cannot move out beyond them and there will be blame given as shown by the already unmasked republican agenda. The smoking gun of redemption is nearer and nearer to being exposed and as we continue to pressure those the trumps are not hesitant to sacrifice the sooner that smoking gun will reveal it's indisputable evidence.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The silver spooned cruel manchild president (#3022)

     I don't know how else to label him. Given that he was raised in advantage and privilege, he cares not a whit about the working middle poor class and he is a classic spoiled child who never grew up. Somehow we Americans believed he should be the leader of the once was, arguably, greatest nation on Earth. We may still be the greatest nation on Earth but we are losing ground to all other civilized democratic nations. We enslaved a creed of people for over 300 years and then when they did fight and win their freedom, we subjected them to Jim Crow laws that left them still on the outside of our democracy. We didn't give women the right to vote until 1920. That was only 35 years before I was born. These are, despite being wrong policies, advancement from our initial beginnings. However, the republican party and trumps are taking us back toward those policies by treating creeds of people different than whites and putting more burdens on women that contradict equality and fairness.
     The trumps are the worst of what we hold as dear and precious. They are like the leeches on the great body politic. Yet through trickery and deceit they and their wealthy accomplices have managed the greatest theft of our American history. They had convinced us that the wealthy were the ones being harmed and that the worst off among us were the blood suckers of our democracy. This could only have happened to us Americans through us not being diligent in our knowledge and understanding of facts. In other words, we didn't think we needed to be intelligent to have an easy successful life. Well what we all should be learning is that by taking shortcuts throughout life we have left ourselves vulnerable to the nefarious nature of psychopaths who are entrenched in the republican party.
     What is even worse is that the republican party could not have pulled this deceitful trick off if they hadn't had the consent of the electorate to discriminate and punish those who didn't fit a WASP mold, (white-anglo-saxon-protestant). The republican party has found the way to bring out the worst in the voters here in America with an illogical premise of "us against them". So until we Americans see through the power hungry, working middle poor class destroying republican party's deceit, we will have a rough road ahead with the likes of trumps and the slimy scavengers that follow in their wake.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Exposing republicans for the hypocrites they are (#3021)

     Now that the worst president of the modern era is in office and he is a republican, we hear little to nothing coming from the republican party about how trump is inept and corrupt. Yet while an almost squeaky clean President Obama was daily ripped for some miniscule offense by republicans during his 8 year tenure as president. Not only are the crimes of treason and law breaking coming hard and fast at trump, because he is a republican, the republican party is silent. There are a couple of reasons for this but mainly it is because if trump is found to be impeachable it will brand the republican party for decades as incompetent to lead our nation anytime in the foreseeable future. So the strategy of republicans is to deny any wrongdoing on the part of trump while controlling the investigations of him in order to derail them.
     So the effect is republican party BEFORE nation. Yes, republicans will protect their image even if it means covering up treasonous acts. Now the republican party must come before the voters every 2 years to make their case to be elected or reelected. So it is the duty of us the voters to examine their case and decide if it is valid or not. Any nation with any sense to it at all would see through any argument republicans have for their case. They are lying in order to protect their president, they are silent about all his nefarious acts and his ineptitude. So if their case is that they are best to lead our nation I must ask what kind of nation will vote for them? Are we just as bad as they are? Will we lie, cheat and steal in order to remain in control of others? Is this who we are?
     This next round of elections in 2018 will tell the tale. The republican party has passed a bill out of the house that would deny health insurance to over 24 million needy Americans so that the wealthiest in our nation can have another tax cut that they don't need. Yes, I know it sounds like I am making this up but I am not and you can check for your self right here; https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/3/15531494/american-health-care-act-explained. If what is left of the actual thinking electorate in our nation does not punish the republican party at the voting booth for protecting a president who has it seems as many scandals attached to him as all previous presidents combined and an agenda to cripple the working middle poor class even more then we will truly know that our identity as a nation really is that of a collective lying cheating stealing brute!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Let me try to explain the need for civilization (#3020)

     In order for us not to be a chaotic species, wandering and marauding at will, we need to have a structured living environment that benefits all as a necessity to be part of. We need to have busy work for us not to become complacent and self destructive. Which is why we have our latest version of a democracy started here in America nearly 250 years ago. What is important here to remember is that having a great society that champions equality, fairness and justice we come really close to have that ideal society that benefits all. Now there are other applications to our society that need improving like less income inequality and more educational opportunities but those are minor in comparison to the overall ideal of having society based upon democratic principles.
    Without at least a satisfactorily form of society, we would find that increasing and advancing enlightenment would not happen nearly as easily or as quickly. So without a civilized approach to living together on our planet, we would probably cease to exist as a species. So the most prioritized point of being civilized is to stop us from eliminating each other over the resources here. We need to be civilized in order to continue existing. We can structure our economic and social models after democratic principles of fairness and justice without having to accept the idea that there is no greater plan for our existence. We need each other to survive and if we don't approach and apply that maxim with democracy in mind then we end up like we are today, individually in a selfish way seeking to control all with as little interference from others.
     It is why we have such a disparity in ownership of our planets resources. Too few own and control too much. There is a balance and this current status quo blew past that many decades ago. We need more to own and control our natural resources in our capitalist form of economics so that more can participate in a fair and just way. When we lose sight of why we have a civilized society while running amok chasing down all the wealth we are at a point where the civilized society is not civilized but a controlled society not by democratic principles but by selfish and greedy ones. Our society has a breaking point that is coming on quickly and where this point is reached is not absolutely known. Allowing greed to destroy that which is holding us together is like cutting your face off to spite your nose. Utterly illogical!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The French connection (#3019)

     Unlike the movie with the same title, this post isn't about drugs and smuggling. Instead it is about how an election in France is being manipulated by the same forces that allegedly manipulated the election here in America. I say allegedly with a cock sure confidence that it did happen here like it is happening in France. However, how the French are handling it is much more in tune with protecting democracy over there than it was done here in America. Albeit, the French have the benefit of seeing what happened here first. We Americans were caught unawares by not being informed by our institutions created to protect us. A collusion of sorts was in play and so far that collusion has not been fully disclosed. A process is under way but many of us feel less than comfortable that a truthful investigation will be completed since those who benefited from the collusion are the ones conducting the investigations.
     It is revealing that we now are seeing how other democracies respond to an invasion of their elections by the dominant suspect, Russia, in comparison with our own behaviors. It is not pretty, nor is it inspiring. Our nation has fallen far from the ideals of democracy with the wealthy and the dishonest leading the way. Where principles of democratic values are far secondary to those of capitalism and ego driven power capture. Our mighty American nation is so vulnerable now to losing it's democracy that the idea of it is not far fetched nor extreme. More to the point it is now somewhat expected. In the years I have been part of this nation I have never felt that we could lose our heart and soul like this. A reversal of good and right toward harsh and cruel.
     So the outside influence of our election by not only the Russian hackers but the inside job of helping them by the treasonous republican party is our reality and if there is any heart and soul left to protect our democracy the truth of this last election will have to be revealed. The French have already stifled the Russian hackers attempts to steal their democracy and later today we will see if their efforts prevailed. Unlike ours where the effect occurred and not until after the election were we as a nation told of the effect the Russians and republicans had on our ideal of believing we were part of something great.
   
     

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The haters are coming next for our speech (#3018)

     I normally just call them the trumps but that is reserved for those who are the political ones. The haters are the base of the trumps and they are the ones who fuel the need to restrict and deny other humans wherever and however they can. The haters can only see the dark side of things even though in many cases the dark side is more their imagination than reality. It doesn't matter with them because they are never wrong. They are angry for their lot in life and are constantly willing to blame the others for their miserableness. I know several of these folks and it is not surprising to me that they are the way they are. They never worked hard enough nor long enough to feel a sense of accomplishment in their own lives.
     So anyone who is not them is therefore crap and can only be a despicable human being. Funny though that the haters are the ones who are crap and despicable human beings but they can only project that onto others, they cannot see it in themselves. Which begs the question what do they see as themselves? Surely it is a great person who cares about everyone...except everyone! I have tried mightily to show these certain folks the truth of what a decent human being thinks like but they are unable to get past their own prejudices and enculturation. What is even worse their hate does not allow them to understand the complexity of how we humans interact and need each other to help balance out our society based upon equality
     So for me I have given up trying to educate them with facts and truths. I just tell them to go away because I don't allow people who hate to be part of my life. I also speak out about it wherever and whenever I get a chance so naturally what do the haters want to do about not only me but many who are speaking out against the stupidity of hate as a premise? Shut us up is what they want to do. Our First Amendment is going to get some heat in the coming near future and we will see just how well the non haters like me can rebut the effort to stifle free speech. I look forward to that challenge with a vigor that will not be denied while I am alive.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Repealing Obamacare is about tax cuts for the wealthy (#3017)

     The republican party has been operating under the delusion that trickle down economics is the right policy despite all evidence that proves otherwise, http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/15/news/economy/trickle-down-theory-wrong-imf/. So by going after the repeal of Obamacare republicans realize that there are tax savings to the wealthy approaching a trillion dollars, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/campaign-cash-targets-republican-health-care-repeal-votes_us_590b9a97e4b0d5d9049ad1fc. If republicans get what they want from Obamacare repeal in the form of that massive tax cut for the wealthy they think it will play into their hands when they propose a tax cut bill later in the legislative session. So the reason for republicans seemingly being callous toward the American people is all about tax cuts for the wealthy not the health and welfare of an entire American nation.
     This is what you got when you voted for republicans to lead our nation. A party beholden to the wealthy over all other concerns. Now I may not be the sharpest knife in the rack but even I get that many will see this for what it is well before the national election of 2018. I know that republicans know this as well so it makes me wonder just what they have planned between now and then to offset this horrible publicity nightmare? Surely it will be a manufactured setting that diverts our attention from their duplicitous actions on repealing and dismantling health care for tens of millions of Americans. Something on the order of a national crisis involving war somewhere as a pretext.
     Yes, I am accusing republicans of being liars and thieves with our blood and treasure. Nixon did it when he prolonged the war behind Johnson's back as a campaign strategy to get elected in 1968, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/nixons-vietnam-treachery.html?_r=0. Even though his act caused the deaths of tens of thousands of American and Vietnamese lives. This is who the republican party is, a sack of liars who will say and do anything to get elected so that they can retain the power to help their wealthy driven agenda. It is only when republicans are in power that the inequality of income gap widens because of their incessant drive to lower taxes for the wealthy and cutting programs aimed at lessening the inequality income gap for the less well off. So when the Senate takes their turn at the House bill to repeal Obamacare, remember it isn't so much about denying health care to tens of millions of Americans, it is about providing the wealthy with even more tax cuts they absolutely don't need.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Again republicans are trying to kill national health care (#3016)

     I find it not surprising that republicans are intent on destroying health care here in America. They want tax breaks for the already filthy wealthy and health care for many or all is too much a burden on the wealthy. Because the republican vision of America is survival of the fittest, although republicans use advantage and privilege to offset the real effect of survival of the fittest on themselves. Republicans are in power so they can fudge the rules to make life easy for themselves while making life harder for those who are not them. For instance, in their new health care destroying bill, they leave the preexisting conditions clause for the Congress but not for the rest of us. What is good for them is not good for us. Remember, these people who vote for this health care destroying bill work for us yet they act like we work for them. How can you justify continuing to vote for them?
     But if you do keep voting for them while they continue to abuse and use the rest of us, then a day of reckoning will come that will not be kind to republicans or their voters. Because we will shame them and you for even thinking of advocating on behalf of them. We may be slow to realize what a treasonous and diabolical party republicans are but we get there and then the consequences of republican actions will come about. Our nation is represented by our congress people, not ruled by them. The idea that republicans have taken this path of authoritarianism is regrettable but fortunately not sustainable. Like I said a day of reckoning is about to happen and if republicans are successful today in voting to kill our national health care then that day of reckoning will have arrived today!
     So it goes throughout history, oppress a people long enough and take from them that which is honest and good you will find a backlash. There is already a primed pump here in America with the dubiousness of our last national election results. Many of us are at point now where payback is already the next step to dismantling the republican regime and it's participants. Take our health care away and then watch many more come to the same point in their lives about how best to vent their anger at the republican party. I follow rules as best I can when the rules are fairly applied, but when those rules are governed to depress a class of people under another, much like the Jim Crow laws, then action is required beyond just words of exclaiming republican betrayal and disgust at their behaviors.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The courts are saving our asses! (#3015)

     When it became obvious that trump and the senate would go the way of republicans on November 8th 2016 I had that gut punched feeling unlike any I have ever had. For me the world was about to end because of the instability that was about to come crashing down on our heads from trump the dumber and his lemmings in the senate. I began to come to the realization that my life was over and that I was just living on borrowed time. I was looking for a way out of America and it's cruel and ignorant beliefs. But as a little time passed and our governor here in California made it clear that we Californians were not going to roll over to the trumps of the world I too began to smolder with resistance and determination.
     I decided that leaving my country because a minority of voters installed a man/child to be despot was not what I was destined for. I decided that staying and fighting back was my destiny and with the strength that was surrounding me here in California I solidified my future by going full attack on republican politics like never before. Since then the courts have shown themselves to be an ally that I had not considered previously. From the travel ban being denied to the anti sanctuary cities order being stopped for the most part. The courts have shown that there is no room for tyranny when balanced against the separation of powers embedded in our democracy. I am further bolstered in my resolve to fight against the trumps by the trumps inability to actually know what they are doing.
     So far the republican desired legislative route for dismantling our government has gone nowhere. The infighting among the republicans and the stalwart obstruction by our democrats has been sufficient to derail any meaningful legislation aimed at destroying equality, fairness and justice. I suppose that after many fits and starts the trumps may actually begin to figure out how to better attempt to destroy our nation but time is going by and the next national election is approximately 18 months from now so our resistance is key and our will to stand united a must if we are to stem the tide for now and then reverse it in 2018. Meanwhile the courts are there for us and am I happy they are.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

If you don't have a good vision for reality then you probably voted for trumps (#3014)

     I have found that those of us who think good things for our society almost always vote for democrats. Why? Well because we democrats, who are the party of liberal/progressives, imagine a better world for all of us not just for ourselves. We know that everyone deserves the same humanity that we all strive for. It is up to each of us to either share or contribute to humanity in ways that are positive and effective and that is what we try to do. Unlike the republican trumps who find that enriching themselves and their enablers is the most important thing to them. The difference between the democrats and the republicans could not be more clear. There is little we have in common so the choice as to which political party should be leading our nation is a direct reflection on the vision each of us has for our future.
     Which is why I have little to zero tolerance for anyone who votes for republicans. It is a selfish and me first philosophy that denigrates and segregates based upon gender and race. The republicans see themselves as servants of the wealthy so all their polices are aimed to that agenda. Whereas we democrats are less concerned with the well off and more concerned with those who are suffering often because of the wealthy and their me first attitude. We democrats are all for those who display merit and innovation as abilities and of course they should be rewarded fairly. By the same token those who work to make everything a possibility should not be the bearers of poverty nor unnecessary disadvantage.
     The more equitable society we democrats seek has all of us contributing and enjoying in the fruits of our creations. The republicans do not want that. Instead they want a society that only rewards those with advantage and privilege who if they choose may take pity on the rest of us. If republicans had their way we would not be a democracy but instead more an aristocracy that rewards only their concept of a demigod. We democrats are not such arrogant asses. We believe that no matter the color of your skin nor the gender of our race, all have the opportunity to succeed when operating on a level playing field. Not only that but we democrats reward hard work and sacrifice by whoever is doing or making it. We democrats are all in this together with the concept that we are all we will ever have of true value.

Monday, May 1, 2017

trump, the unsuccessful dictator (#3013)

     No matter what trump tries to do to impose his will on us he is finding that he has no mandate for his hateful agenda. It must irk him to no end that every time he tries to take some liberty from us he is stopped cold by either the US Constitution, the Judicial branch of our government or his own republican party, whom many are not quite as nefariously hateful as he is. So today he wants us to celebrate a national loyalty oath to him. It is what dictators do by the way. They love adulation and even more than that they love absolute power. So instead of giving him my loyalty oath, I will keep giving my loyalty oath to what is really deserving, our democracy. The trumps can go suck eggs in a closet for all I care.
     Soon they will be gone and if they try to stay without the consent of we the people they will feel the brunt and brutal response of our determined anger. So, as the so far failed little dictator tries to embolden his followers to commit atrocities for him, we will stand tall and rebuff them and their feeble attempts because when all is said and done, cowards are weak and easily subdued. That the trumps of this world would think that we Americans who are proud of our democratic heritage would ever give them a by your leave when being oppressed is becoming trumps unwelcome reality on a daily basis. He can take his little hitler manifesto for stealing a democracy and shove it up his pompous ass. His day of reckoning is not that far into our shared future and he has laid claim to his impending fate.
     I say this with a sadness that has enveloped me to no end. Our nation was duped on November 8th, 2016 and there is no denying that occurrence. Yet we can still recover from the duping and keep the damage to a minimum whilst working hard to discover the truth of the dupe and lay it bare for all to see and for the justice that protects our society from such probable treasonous acts to prevail. The days are getting shorter for the trumps and our days are getting brighter because the trumps and their acolytes are not very good at deceiving us anymore. We will crawl out of this shameful period and hopefully be more engaged in our politics because of it.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It is absolutely them versus us! (#3012)

     They are the white male racists and we are the melting pot. The white male racists, who are led by our current president and his unshakable devout followers, have committed themselves to destroy that which is not them, which means us the melting pot. The melting pot is all of us who don't see color nor gender as a barrier to citizenship and opportunity. We are the vast majority in our nation and unfortunately through hook or crook have been duped into being led by the white male racists. There is no subtle differentiation here for those of us who are the melting pot. It is obvious and in our face. So the sooner we stop with the niceties of doubt the sooner we can fortify our position against the white male racists and put them back under the rocks from which they spawn.
     The ugliness that is now American politics is not going away any time soon and as we now see from the behavior and attitude coming from our current leader, it will only get worse. Those who are civilized enough should see that party politics is not the difference we need to address at the moment. It is hate versus acceptance. We will see who has the guts and the courage to protect democracy and who doesn't going forward. Democracy is at stake here in that the white male racists and their blind followers will not stop until they have the purity of their vision as a national reality. So don't pay attention to the national politics at your own peril. There is a time that is coming when the fork in the road is our very next choice so be prepared for it and don't let it catch you unawares.
     My destiny is what I want to die knowing is honorable and noble. That is why I am firmly in the melting pot group. Our nation was built by every different race, creed and gender on the planet. We are the melting pot of America and for some white male racists to come along and demand that we leave or die is not acceptable. The time is coming when we will all have to decide so take care to know what we are representing. If you hate others for no other reason than skin tone and gender then you should be with the white male racists. But if you don't hate for arbitrary reasons then you are a member of the melting pot and as such you are under attack right now.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Perfecting our union if we survive trump (#3011)

     There are so many kinks in our democracy that need to be worked out but we are unable to focus on them at the moment while there is this con man as President and republicans in control of the Congress and Supreme Court. So as our democracy is stagnated by the wealth agenda of republicans and their donors the rest of us must be steadfast in our opposition to the current regime and it's policies despite the uncertainty of our actually surviving over the next little while of time. Not only will the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us grow under republican policies but the equality of opportunity for all Americans will shrink, unless of course you are a white male. I am a white male myself and instead of becoming a republican and basking in the limelight of opportunity, I would rather fight against this racial and gender segregation with all my might!
     Because the America I know has taught me that no matter the color of our skin or the gender we identify with, all humans are equally special. None of us is more unique as a member of our species than any other member of our species. America taught me that through the melting pot ideal. I was bused to an integrated school when I was beginning high school and what I learned there was that the fear of the differences we displayed initially, soon enough became a broad strength of enlightened perspective for me. I learned from our initial differences that no matter how different we lived our lives we all had the same common cores to us, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. My time in that imposed integrated school were some of the best times I have lived since.
     We all want to have a safe environment to raise our families in. We all want a chance to prove to ourselves and the world that we can succeed in our goals. We all want the same respect and dignity applied to our lives that we apply to those who strive as we do. There are no real differences between us other than the cultural inculcation we receive as maturing human beings in our regional surroundings. We may go about our lives in different ways that suit our comforts but our principles of honor stem from the same moral, just and ethical compass. We only separate ourselves out in through the fields of competition and merit. Some of us have greater strengths in some areas while some us have greater mental acuity and imaginations than others. However we differentiate, it is through our individual human abilities, nothing less and nothing more because when it comes down to it we all have the opportunity to become the best of who we are when our evolving and improving democracy is being valued.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Keep the pressure on the trumps (#3010)

     We are wearing him and his cronies down. By standing and rebelling against all the harm the trumps wish to inflict on us we are having an effect. That trump has decided that his life before the presidency was easier explains a lot. He ran for president because he thought it would be an easy life. Well we don't need no stinking slacker as the leader of our nation. There will always be work to do on behalf of the American people and the people of the world on whole so him not understanding that is part of the problem with trumps. They don't realize that public office is for those who work for the people, not the other way around.
     I have been saying this for many many decades, voting for republicans is like stabbing yourself in your own back. The republican party is about elitism and the wealthy. They crave power, not to help folks but to harm them and enrich themselves. They see public office as a slot machine that they can rig at their pleasure. We democrats are more like the true public servants who for the most part want to serve our nation with the democratic principles of fairness, equality of opportunity and justice. We democrats see the problems that face us as a nation and a member of the world and look for ways to make life easier for all, not just a few or only for ourselves. So pushing hard against this current disaster of republican control of our government is the most perfect way to let them know that they are accountable and that 2018 is just around the corner.
     Because when the next national election comes around in 2018, republicans will find that they have no real argument for themselves to be reelected. We the vast majority of working middle poor class citizens will know that republicans did nothing for us and even harmed us when it wasn't necessary. The republican propaganda machine will not be able to overcome our actual reality with their buckets of lies and false blame. We democrats vastly outnumber republicans and the time will shortly be upon us to use that majority to crush republicans at every level of public service for their treachery and hatred for those of us not fortunate enough to be wealthy and not confused enough to be blissfully ignorant!
     

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fighting for our civilization requires our courage (#3009)

     No other time in history, since the Civil War, has our democracy been so undercut by our own hands. From within is our enemy. Those republicans who voted trump into office are the ones who don't care about democracy or the principles of the melting pot. They are in this for two things, to hurt others and protect their idea of white nationalism. The antithesis of what America stands for is what Germany was doing leading up to World War II. Unfortunately, like the Germany of the 1930's, we citizens of America are following their path. We are shirking our democratic principles of justice, fairness and equality of opportunity in order to satisfy the fears we are unable to conquer. Our courage as a nation is being tested and so far we are failing.
     Sure we have the most guns, the most lethal weapons and the largest army, but we are afraid of all others because we have lost our soul. Instead of being the peacemakers on our planet we are now the fomenters of terrorism and poverty. Instead of reaching a hand out with help to those who are so desperate for it we instead give them the back of our hand across their cheeks. I am part of this American nation and never have I felt so embarrassed and ashamed of our policies of division and suffering. We as a nation are responsible for this and we as a nation are the ones who can turn it around before it becomes to late for a reversal. The world will not let us, through this current administration, continue to reek havoc on civilized behavior nor will the world allow us any mercy if we do not stop.
     As the republican cowards continue to saber rattle and treat women and different skin tone humans differently through segregating policies we the democratic party in our nation must unite and grow our associations so that when the time comes for disrupting and resisting we are prepared to thwart any and all attempts by this current republican diseased leadership to worsen our hopes for a kind and peaceful world. Our courage is what will be needed and many of us will have to sacrifice even our lives if needed in order to stand against the coming tyranny of republican rule. If we do not find our courage to fight we will lose this very democracy that is our last hope for returning America to it's welcoming birthright.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The arrogant shallowness of trump (#3008)

     Maybe all will not all be blown to bits here in America under trump. We are finding out that our judiciary branch has much more courage than our legislative branch thus saving us from the worst violations of our constitution by this ridiculous president. As each day counts down toward the 2018 election the thought that republicans will pay dearly at the voting booth for their anti working middle poor class policies will actually happen. They have all the majority power in the senate and house while holding the presidency so there is no one else to blame for their actions despite their otherwise attempts.
     Since trump seems more interested in playing golf and vacationing 3 days out of the week while not knowing how to read and write an effective executive order, we may just survive the next year and a half before the next election. Especially if we democrats will stop bickering over our own frailties and put the hammer down on exposing the trumps and his republican supplicants running for office. We have a tremendous advantage here and if we democrats do not unite in order to press that advantage then all bets are off getting the trumps out of office for the next 7 plus years. I hear the rhetoric out there about how we are sabotaging ourselves but it does boil down to one simple thing, voting. When we democrats vote we need to vote for every democrat on the ballot regardless of the differences we may opine about.
     Because the alternative is another at least 2 years of a majority republican congress and that would not help us in any way toward righting the wrongs that the trumps will inflict on us during his first two years. As the gut punch feeling I have from the trump election is beginning to recede, I will not accept another come 2018. We must unite behind whoever is running everywhere with a democrat attached to their name and vote for them automatically. We democrats are the majority and if we all vote we can destroy any advantage the selfish narcissistic trump may think he has. By pulling together with the courageous judiciary and a democrat congress we can effectively mute trumps and their attempts to further disenfranchise the working middle poor class until 2020 when we will send him out of our white house with an emphatic boot to his ass!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Where the culture of ignorance is pervasive (#3007)

     It always amazes me that some people cannot see the ugliness of the politics they support and yet wonder why people don't like their otherwise good natures. It is a moral dilemma for me to have to not associate with really decent folks who would be great at being friends simply because they cannot see the horrible effect of what the politics they hold as sacred does to all of us. I had thought it was rather impossible to be a good person while promoting republican policies that harm and segregate. Then I learned the term "cognitive dissonance", http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/cognitive-dissonance.html. I find most of this occurs with republicans. They want to hold onto the cause of their beliefs and traditions as a priority over the resultant effect of bad behavior and dismissive attitudes.
     Their safe and ancient cultural experiences are for some reason a comfort despite them being a harm to all. How is this possible and what can be done to change the dynamic? For me it always comes back to education. The more we learn and know the more likely we are to experience life beyond our childhood understandings. We get to realize through education that the world is a mighty place to explore. We are not pigeonholed into a set of beliefs and inculcated behaviors of the past. Education opens our eyes to a panorama of possibilities that affect us as if we sere still children learning of the awesomeness of our surroundings.
     We begin to realize that our regional differences are a strength and what we bring from where we were raised is a value to others who learn from us as we learn from them. I have spent the whole of my life accumulating wisdom and understandings from many different and diverse souls. I would not be the well rounded soul I am without the shared experiences I have with those from most all walks of life. Our diversity is amazing and is applicable in every sense to our growth and maturity. Those who do not wish to be educated every day of their lives become those who are most readily accepting of not knowing and staying in their lack of knowledge as a prize. There are too many like this in our nation and now they think that their lack of knowledge is a bonus for them to rule over others without regard to logic and the common sense of enlightened argument.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Keeping the fire of resistance stoked (#3006)

     I am not one of those who is changed by time or space. I am a convicted based soul who once has seen the light of right and good will never turn from it. Modernity, enlightenment, logic and democratic principles are the right and good and as such have become a daily staple of my life. I will not be swayed back and forth by false confusing arguments. I have seen the bad that republicans do and as well as such will not ever vote for any of them to hold the public trust. That is like an absolute with me. I say this because this is what republicans do when they get into office. They shock and disarm us with their horrible policies and then when the next election time comes they lie about how things happened.
     It folds in nicely with their concept of "alternative facts", which those of us who watch these things daily know as fucking lies! But by this coming next year when the worst of what they plan to do to us has happened and we are forced to live with it they will downplay the effect and blame democrats for what is wrong with republican policies. It is a never ending cycle with republicans and as long as we the American electorate keep living from moment to moment in our attention spans it will keep working for them. I just wish that all of us were more like people like me with the effort to stay abreast of American politics and see first hand how republicans deceive us and remember that every time an election rolls around.
     The propaganda republicans spew on us during the election season helps them confuse us with their ability to lie about who did what to you in order to deflect the blame of their guilt. Why we ever reward the guilty with rewards is beyond me and shows a cavalier approach to intelligence that is an anguish to behold. We are in many ways a fake society living off of the hard work of our forebears. I suppose we are getting what we deserve since we cannot hold onto the greatest gift we have ever been given, a democracy that is great but needs us to make better. All we seem to be able to do is make it worse and for that we are a shameful society that gets to feel the harm and pain of our complacency and our ignorance.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Again, we stand for modernity (#3005)

     Yesterday was a rally for science. Yes, we have to rally now to protect science from the trumps and his republican party. I am in stunned shame that I have to admit that in the 21st century we are still not getting past the superstitions, myths and outright bullshit of imaginary believing. We are like young children here in America, unable and or unwilling to move past the fairy tales we were told as children to teach us scary lessons. For me it is so much like Plato's "Allegory of the Cave", http://www.rowan.edu/open/philosop/clowney/Aesthetics/scans/Plato/PlatoCave.pdf We are being molded to accept a reality that is only an illusion and when we fight against the molding we are castigated and held in contempt by those who readily agree to be molded. this is where our modernity is being attacked.
     The enlightenment of knowledge and reality is under siege for several reasons. Foremost is our lack of opportunity to be part of it. It seems that the institutions we have brought with us from the dark ages are still in force as obstructions to equality, fairness and justice. We cannot move out of Plato's "cave" until we all are shown the way together. The comfort of the past ways are hard to release even when we know we must. I had always expected that each of us would fight hard for the truth of things and the betterment of society but I was wrong about that. Many have given up and have wrongly chosen to accept that they are never going to be part of the future as it could be so they choose to defend being part of the past they know.
     This is where we end up fighting against each other over truth and an alternative truth. Those who fight for the alternative truth have resignation in their souls whereas those who fight for truth and the modernity it promises have no such negative resignation tearing them apart. We fight for what is real, not an illusion because it makes our lives easier. I wasn't born to live life easier as a rule, I was born to live life making life better and the better can only come about these days by working very hard at it. I will not accept an illusion as my future, instead science and logic with common sense is my path forward. So yesterday was another example of why we need to keep working hard to protect that which should already be enshrined into our principles for living.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A species at war with itself (#3004)

     If there is one thing only that I have learned in life it is that I will never stop fighting for what is right for all of us instead of just for some of us. The reason for my relentless effort with all my soul is that I have seen first hand how it is possible to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Even when it is most probable that defeat is at hand if I never give up, I have noticed I come out ahead of defeat more often than not. Our will to succeed when backed by the most honorable and noble aspects of human nature are the most powerful force in the Universe when it comes to our species. We are an amazing species but at the same time we are a nefarious one as well. Not in equivalency but often enough to make our lives miserable.
     So we are a species at war with ourselves and the battle is ongoing and extremely harmful. The republican party has taken on the mantle of anti-human to the extent that they are willing to segregate the rest of us and make us less than they themselves. That too many do not see this yet is part of why we cannot have a clear battle over our destiny. But with a never ending fortitude based upon the best of who we are we can prevail as well as enlighten. But when the we are losing the battle much like what happened on November 8, 2016, we must take care to deny the controversial victors any defeat they may see in our eyes. Instead when they look in our eyes they will see the power of our will to put them back down into the irrelevancy they so deserve.
     I fought to survive in this world all of my life and if there is any chance I can help to change it's reality then I will never stop trying. I owe that to those who come behind me to make my world stronger and better so that they can do the same for their next generations of human souls. We are all one species and if we cannot nor will not accept that then those who cannot nor will not must be put to a change or an end if that is what is comes to. I will not accept the worst of who we are yet I will not accept defeat as a solution either so I am left with only one option. To fight all of my life for those right and good best natures of ours. Fighting for honor and noble intent is a glorious life anyway. It is just too bad that we have to do it to keep the worst of who we are from denying the best of who we are. A species at war with itself is not natural, it is contrary to what an enlightened species holds dear.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Will our species crush our own intelligence? (#3003)

     We have seen behind the curtain but will we pull the curtain back into place. Apparently we human beings are not big on courage. We tend to be more reserved and look for comfort when it suits our own perspectives. In other words, we are less brave than more. Which is why since the late 1300's, the beginning of the enlightenment, we are hitting a wall now in the early 2000's.More than 600 years of progress toward modernization and an evolution of thinking creatively and innovatively is now in danger of ceasing as a rule. The general sense that we are not ready for more enlightenment is upon us. Given that we elect to public office here in America the republican sorts who would take us back to times where advantage and privilege dominated is my evidence.
     As well the current republican president is cutting funding for science based policies that have fueled our advancing enlightenment to this point. An abrupt end to the idea that there is no boundary we cannot overcome is now our demoralizing goal. Attempting to end the manifest destiny our species has been moving toward since the early scientists of the enlightenment. To conquer the unknown with our minds and our will. This happened before if you recall when the early Mesopotamian civilizations and early Greeks were starting their path toward enlightenment. An end came to them and the for many centuries afterward our species were cast into the Dark ages. So for us to be heading backward now is not new but is very unsettling given that we had come right to the threshold of mighty achievements before republicans gained control of our nation.
     It will be seen how this all plays out but the die is cast and the battle is upon to us reconcile our place in history. Will this be the end for intelligence or will intelligence help us save us from our worst selves? The worst part is that when enlightenment lost out in our past there were no nuclear weapons that could end our species for good. We are vulnerable to that now and as intelligent forces fight to keep enlightenment alive, will we be annihilated by the fear of the ignorant? Instead of improving our society so that there is less stress in being alive we are instead ready to destroy it so that we can become less than critical thinkers. We Americans who believe in the enlightenment of all will fight hard to keep our intellectual capabilities at our forefront but we are surely aware how tenuous that effort is under the current angry ignorant obstruction of the republican party.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The fear that drives the ignorance and cowardice of America (#3002)

     Unlike the individual citizen states people of the first democracies, we Americans are not worthy of being in their company. Not only did they realize that their own objective knowledge and understanding were important but just as important were their commitment to the whole of society. A dual responsibility to not only themselves but to the greater good. Which required sacrifices among the individual in order to make the whole stronger and more vital. We don't have that here in America. Instead we have too many who see their individual strengths and power as more important than the whole of society. In fact they disdain the idea of a society that would work to strengthen the whole.
     How far we have fallen from the initial intent of our founding to understand that all people are created equal. The concept of which is being played out in our society as the republican party quashes the idea of it's inception. Our founders created a democracy that would be the envy of the world and stretched the imagination of so many who ultimately sought, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness within a structure that evolved to grant that ability equally to all. We are now at a moment in time where the idea of capturing the hope and wishes of all born to this planet are instead being crushed. Nothing has ever come easy to modernizing and improving our society in all facets of it but we had not before in our history ever stopped working to make this world better for our children from what was given to us.
     All of that changed however on November 8th, 2016. We went from a progressing society to a stagnant one overnight. Now since that infamous date we are actually regressing. From making our world better for the victims we are now rewarding the robbers. It is as if Alice's Wonderland is now the rule and reality is the exception. Our devious mad hatter trump is trying to redefine what democracy is through an alternative explanation. The concept of up is down is his philosophy and those who do not agree with him are losers and haters who lie because they tell the truth. How have we Americans become the stooges instead of individual statesmen? It is because we fear as a rule and embrace ignorance as comforting. We did not earn our democracy we were given it and obviously we are incapable of the honor of not only protecting it but improving it as well.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hollow words and cowardly acts (#3001)

     All things trump. He hasn't killed us all yet so just maybe we can find a way to survive the morally compromised man child for another 3 months and then maybe even longer after that. I am not optimistic here but I am highly cynical of him and therefore might be biased toward total destruction as our future. I am kind of chuckling to myself since I am supposedly the Man of Hope but sorry, when it comes to trump and republicans in general, my hope dissipates into defeat. I am in absolute shame for what our nation has become. I had always thought that the better angels of our natures would always prevail and that if we had a spell with wrong and harmful thoughts it would have been broken by our will to uphold noble and honorable ideals despite our momentary failings.
     Yet when the opportunity for us to seize the brightest future for ourselves, our children and the rest of the world presented itself, we fell flat on our faces with a whimper. It was one of the most soul crushing moments in the history of our nation. How we could allow the worst of our natures to defeat the best of our natures is never going to be explained to me in any way that justifies the occurrence. I can draw this conclusion though and it is not pretty. We as a nation have failed in our duty to make the world better. We have instead set out on a course that actually makes our world worse. Furthermore we are now in a period of time where our future as a species is less tenable than ever before.
     If we survive this current real life nightmare we will hopefully safeguard against anything like this ever happening again. But the cost to us as a nation is a self inflicted wound of which is paramount. We have set back our goals of being a leader in intelligence and imagination an incalculable amount. We have abdicated the title of leader of the free world for no other reason that the greed, power and dishonesty of a handful of wealthy Americans who never learned to live the ideals of democracy. I never thought I would see this day and it's awkward shameful existence but I cannot hide nor deny that we as a nation have failed ourselves and the world on whole. Shame on us and shame on those republicans who lead us here!
     

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another milestone posting (#3000)

     And yet the same old topic of how republicans want to destroy the working middle poor class is presented. I have a duty to myself to write about those things that are heavy on my mind for the most part and this time we are living in is a perfect real life example of how our democracy being dismantled so that the distorted evangelical types and the wealthy can control what is left of our great society. We owe this to ourselves because we were not vigilant enough to understand the boiling frog analogy. Let me explain it again about the frog. When a frog sits in cool water he is fine and has no urgency to leave. But if you slowly boil the water the frog doesn't notice that the water is incrementally getting warmer until it is boiling and by then it is too late for the frog to do anything about it.
     Metaphorically, that is what is happening to our American society. We have had our democratic rights slowly chipped away while we sat and did nothing and now we are ripe for being used by those Americans, like the republican party and their donors, who don't hold to democratic ideals, Not only don't they hold to democratic ideals as such but they don't hold to ethics and morals like any normal American citizen would. But our society has continued to let them have their way by not informing ourselves as to the true meaning of their agenda. We just go about our business trusting that all Americans have the best interest of our society at heart regardless of the policies that prove otherwise. We are the frog sitting content in what we initially knew was cool water and have not paid attention to the fact that it is now boiling.
    So although I celebrate my 3000th posting today I am not happy or in a celebratory mood. I am still writing about how the republican party is destroying our nation, our democracy and our constitution while little to no attention is given to those facts. I am but one man who has been determined to write about the injustice and may I even say, the treason of it all and yet here we keep going down the ruinous path with little care. As I am getting older and it is getting harder for me to fight on behalf of all of us I am still of some utility and it is here with my little insignificant blog. I will not stop until I am stopped or I expire so that the forces that are tearing down our nation will have an to answer to the truths that are not going quietly into the night!

Monday, April 17, 2017

We lost our way (#2999)

     The only generation I can speak to with any authority is my own. those of us who protested against the Vietnam war, whether were were part of it or not. We knew it was wrong what we were doing there and in hindsight we find that republicans elongated the conflict so as to get themselves elected ala dick nixon. But we knew it was wrong and we stood up and declared it with a ferocity! Well that conflict ended finally in 1975 it was because we turned the tide of opinion from it being an acceptable consequence of some less than logical domino effect. Well it seems that after that my generation became less than engaged in changing the world and more engaged in profiting from it. We sold our anger at injustice for the shinny objects of unfettered capitalism.
     I sit here and wonder what the hell happened to this great movement we had in the 1960's that forever changed the dynamic of American society. It's promise of change from the bottom up slipped through our fingers and the magic we brought about dissipated with our lack of focus. Today I see the same ones who would have back then protested to high heaven for the rights they are now allowing to be taken away with nothing more than a shrug. What happened to us? Did we decide that making money and getting power was more important than all of us? Did we decide that if we weren't greedy and selfish like others we would be left behind with nothing more than our principles? Something caused us to fade into oblivion and it is to our eternal shame.
     Well I for one am no lackey who has sold his vision for our great nation for a handful of whatever! I haven't lost my motivation to stand tall against not only treason and tyranny but against those who would take our rights from some and give them to others. This is our democracy and if we do not find our will to look deep within ourselves and find our real value then we are about to lose it without much of a fight at all. For every soul who has ever fought in any war due to patriotism and honor I have this to say about that. You didn't sacrifice for nothing because there are still some of us who remember who we are and what we need to do to honor your and our right to a great democracy that not only has at it's heart all of us but to be an example to the rest of the world to follow!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cowards like trump will only kill us and or embarrass us (#2998)

     When our national leader is no leader at all we must accept that we are in the hands of someone who would rather run from a legitimate fight than actually engage in one. He, trump, has shown little of noble principle worth fighting for anyway so none of what I am saying here is a stretch to imagine. With all the "talk" trump is displaying we can be assured that someone will take his challenges to heart and make trump choose his next act. If trump decides he can hide behind our military then surely he will do that in order to save face. But the consequences of that will likely lead to the death of our military personnel and other collateral damage. Like all bullies who are fearful of courage, he will choose whatever action protects him first and the rest of us based upon our utility to him.
     More likely he will be forced to back down on the world stage with everyone watching with some lame excuse that he made whomever forced his hand to accommodate some unseen demand he says was met. But the world is watching and so are we and he will not be able to hide behind the courts or public opinion of his "alternative" facts. Let me be perfectly clear, trump has shown his cowardice with his multiple questionable military deferments in his youth to avoid Vietnam, He has gone out of his way to disparage those who have defended our nation on many occasions. It is as if he sees himself as better or above the duty of every American to defend our nation from the nefarious perils of the world. He is a chicken hawk who hides from a fight but will commit you and I to fight on his behalf.
     The worst of our fears is realized with trump as president. He is a coward who is an arrogant asshole! He will put many of us in harms way and cause a great amount of suffering and death if he is allowed to serve as commander and chief for his full term. I have no doubt that in time we will find that trump secured the presidency with the foreign help of our greatest adversary, selling out America for his own personal gain. We will also surely find out that the republican party has sold it's soul to trump in order to hold onto it's majority power. Both have little to no ethics or honor when it comes to putting America first. We have seen it numerous times when given the opportunity to help all Americans trump and republicans choose only to help the wealthy and themselves. I hope we all survive this chaotic time engineered by those who are cowards and thieves.