Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The inhumanity of it all (#2951)

     It has not been two months yet and we are seeing the growing police state and an agenda to increase our military footprint while alienating our greatest allies in the world. This is somewhat the scenario I envisioned when the trumps came to power. For me it is apocalyptic in nature and foreshadows the darkest period in American history, yes even overshadowing our most egregious American era culminating in the Civil War. This is my perception of what is to come however there are still some opportunities to stop the pending struggle. Our courts have jurisdiction in defining the rights we have as citizens and as to how our elections are to be conducted and if they find that influences beyond the democratic process were implemented then a possible recourse could be devised.
     There is also the military who may see that the madman in the while house needs to be put out as a defense against the destruction of democracy should that become more imminent. Our protests large and small in a never ending loop may also have a chilling effect on trump and his republican party's march to deconstruct our government and lessen the freedoms that we are guaranteed through it. There is already a concerted effort by the trumps to make our nation less safe from manufacturing and industrialization techniques that border on lunacy from the lethal days where pollution and nature's destruction where acceptable as long as a profit could be turned.
     Many people will become less than compared to others and their life expectancy will diminish concurrent with their ability to turn a buck. Economics will be the rule, not democracy and those who cannot nor will not participate in the reality that a dedication to any work that is offered by the greedy wealthy is the only vehicle to freedom, will find they have none. A system is being established where corporations are more valued than life and that only money is allowed to speak. Many of us will not survive this next four years but it won't be because we bowed our heads in fear but because we lost our heads being courageous. Humanity will not suffer any loss in my presence as long as that is.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Quitting because the good isn't good enough (#2950)

     I have seen enough now to know this much, if we have good why would we throw it away for bad? That doesn't make sense to do does it? Yet that is exactly what we did this last election. There are those out there who think that our previous good should be torn down because it wasn't great. So they stayed home and didn't vote or voted third party and yes, even some voted for trump. All because the great wasn't coming fast enough from what good we had at the time. Well I am not one of these folks. I understand that change actually does take time and whatever good we had at the time was right for pushing forward to make the good even better.
     We don't have that luxury now. The illogic of the few who thought that letting the republican win would help to solidify our democratic base for a greater effect this coming 2018 and especially 2020. The problem here is that nothing stays in a vacuum. Instead what we are losing now will be that much harder to get back in the future because whenever ground that has already been won is given up it is exponentially harder to get that ground back. Not only that but with republicans in power, our freedoms to protest and vote will get that much harder to keep. So the dynamic those who thought a trump victory would help us in the near future will not be the same when the next voting time comes.
     I have seen this play out in the past so it is not a shock to me that it is happening again. This is what happens when the logic of keeping the good and improving on it is not accepted as fact or common sense progress when the next generation evolves. We keep going through these cycles where lessons are learned and then readily forgotten so the same endless cycle continues. I have one principle in all this that never changes with me, whoever our democratic nominee is will always get one hundred percent of me. The reason being that even when the nominee is not my first or second choice, the policies are. What is going to happen over the next 4 and even 8 years is going to be hell for so many that the little fit many democrats through that allowed this is showing itself to be nothing more than childish behavior and a major self inflicted wound on ourselves and those who count on us not to act as petulant children but like those with the gravitas of wisdom.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

No time for people who aren't doing good (#2949)

     Let me be clear. I have no time at all for people who cannot see and do the good in life. Which means that coming from a large family like mine there are members who no longer are in my life. Many in fact have found it that way for reasons that have to do with their own greed and condescension. Sad in that our grandparents were strong democrats who always fought for those who had little or nothing. But as has happened in our family, like so many others, the better life provided them by the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before them has gone underappreciated or not appreciated at all. A sense of entitlement has infiltrated their mindsets and no amount of fact or truth seems to be able to break through their defenses.
      Same with friends from my past. I have no time for them either if they cannot find it in their hearts to care about more than just themselves. I think of it this way. I have been unable to show them how to be more open and thoughtful about how other people must struggle just to keep at the poverty level. They seem to think we are all starting from the same advantages and privileges they take for granted and then condescend to them for not being as productive or fortunate as they are. It confounds me to no end how otherwise intelligent beings are so angry at those who cannot make good in life like they have.
     I have found that not being around or associated with those people is the best on all fronts. They do not get the benefit of my personality and character and I don't have to be disappointed and saddened by their ulterior prejudices and biases. My life is short enough as it is especially since I am in the twilight of it and for me to put myself into situations where miserable beings are around me is nonsense. I would rather not have a friend in the world if my own mental health was in jeopardy. I don't have that problem though since I have some friends who are like minded like myself and the joy and pleasure of being around them, family or friend, is a far superior way of life I had hoped would be more universal.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A cost is associated with rebelling against trump and his police state (#2948)

     Yes, there will be many of us who feel the wrath of the indignant tyrant trump as we continue to resist and persist against his anti-democratic policies. But not unlike the wars we have fought outside our borders to bring about world democracy, we must also fight within our borders to maintain the democracy we have that is currently under assault. This is not a test folks this is real so if you think you can just ignore this warning and go about your daily unaware lives you will soon enough find yourself at great disadvantages. The time is now to put up our best resistance because once you give trump an inch it will be much harder to get that inch back.
     Those of us who speak truth to power are the most vulnerable but it isn't in our natures to back down from a righteous fight. We are Americans first and with that label we owe a duty to all those who have fought for democracy before and after us. So if losing everything is the cost then so be it. I know I won't tolerate a takeover of our government by the current anti-democratic administration and I also know I am not alone. Many of us laugh in the face of the rhetorical threats because we know that at the core of these trumps is a cowardice that has been inside them their whole lives. They hoot with bravado but when push comes to shove they will feel their knees shake and their cowardice freeze their nefarious will.
     This is a battle we civilized modern Americans must fight and win if our nation is to survive this first real crisis from within. The trumps may think they can bully us into submission but they have no idea what real patriotism looks like. They will feel it at their very cores if they don't find their way back to reason and sanity. A cost for all of us is coming and how we pay it will reflect who we really are. Either pay with your loss of dignity, respect and rights by cowering to the bully trumps or pay with your sacrifice and willingness to not only stand against tyranny but to fight it at every turn so that no matter what the outcome we will all know we gave all we had with nothing left in reserve.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Our species has two frontiers left to explore (#2947)

     The micro and the macro. I often think of our dimension as being one small and the other being large. In the micro world the physical dynamics are different than the physical dynamics of our world whereas, if we are a micro world to another macro world what is that macro world like? Just postulating and not claiming as fact. But it is curious that I think we could be a layered dimension that is a constant always in a continuum with each succeeding dimension either larger or smaller than the other. Let me try to explain in a more simple fashion. Let's say that our dimension is just a microbe within another dimension who is a microbe within another dimension and so on and so on. An endless loop of dimensions encapsulating all dimensions.
     I try to think with logic so given that we have both, micro and macro, it doesn't seem foolish to begin there. We have tools, microscopes and telescopes to help us understand both. As we continue on a course of exploration we may find that there is more of a link than the fact of our existence to both, but that there are means within our Universe that would allow us to move from one dimension to another. Of course I am talking of black holes where so far we find little of even light that can escape it's pull. If all that passes into a black hole is furthered out somewhere else, if being the operative possibility, where might that somewhere else be? Certainly within our Universe but on what dimension? Anyway, just postulating again so this is why it is so important for us to continue to explore our two frontiers.
     If we survive the trumps and do not destroy what modern advancement we have made I can foresee a near future that is not too distant where we are able to make these questions of dimension come to reveal themselves. As soon as we can perfect space propulsion with efficiency and conquer zero gravity in space, we would then be able to get a better idea of what forces in the outer macro world apply directly to the forces that exist within the micro world. My hunch is that the the micro world and the macro world will align much more closely once we are able to understand both better.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I won't quit (#2946)

     The darkest day of my life happened when trump was declared the winner of our last presidential election. I felt such a gut punch that was similar to one I had when I got my heart broken by a woman I was deeply in love with. This is just as bad as that was not only in the gut punch feeling but the lingering of it. My pain back then lasted about a year while this one no doubt will last until he is gone and a democrat is back leading our nation and the world. But throughout the pain I felt when I was younger I never quit on my life no matter how despondent I was at times. What I did was work to change my experiences to better allow me distance from what I knew to what I was changing to become.
     The same application works here in a different form. When I say I never quit it is because there is much work to do to reverse the outcome of this last election. There is a special election in Georgia for a congressional seat that can help cause a rising tide of momentum for democrats if we can somehow win this seat. Since there is no other election of this magnitude on the immediate horizon, we democrats can and should put all our efforts into this one district and work our tails off to get the democrat elected in a seat that has been held by republicans. So work to get our democracy back is my solution this time to that still stinging awful gut punch from last November 8th.
     Even if we cannot win this forthcoming congressional election, the effort to try is the key. This is where the "I will never quit" part kicks in to overdrive. Life is too short to commiserate with our worst fears and slide into a comatic life. Action to continue to improve life is my cure and while I have breath, win or lose, I won't quit. The old stand by idiom of if life knocks you down and you don't get back up then you can never win is applicable. This last knockdown was severe and if I hadn't been as strong as I am I could easily see myself throwing in the towel of defeat. But I am stronger than that and get back up I did and not only that I am ready to throw some hay makers at the lousy human beings currently running our government.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We Californians need to think outside the box (#2945)

     The trumps have decided that we here in California are not worthy of funds to continue to improve our way of life. The denial of continued funding for the upgrading of our Bay Area rail system is the latest to see a vindictive response from the new administration in Washington. As the March 1st deadline approaches for the signing of labor and material contracts is approaching we here in California are not in a financial position to honor those contracts so they will become null and void on March 1st, effectively stalling or ending the rail upgrade to electricity instead of the current fossil fuels. Unless we can come up with some alternative funding that has a guaranteed source.    
     Now I am no expert on what legal ground we stand on here in California to find an alternative source of funding the denial of the $650 million but it seems to me that all we need is a guaranteed source of income that is earmarked specifically for the rail project. Either in donation form or through marketing advantages. I would think that some other way to finance the rail upgrade can at least be mulled and bandied about. I for one am not one to take no for an answer even if we Californians have to contract out to another nation state. Again, I don't know what legal ramifications we are dealing with but if some other way to fund our continued rail improvement funding can be found then we must investigate any opportunity and it's possibility.
     That we here in California must be beholden to the trumps and their insecurities and childlike behaviors is abhorrent to me and makes me want to outwit them in any way we can. I refuse to succumb to them and if we truly are the great state many of us think we are then there must be another way to not only fund our rail projects but to thumb our nose at the trumps and their bullying behavior. To fight to keep our dignity and be proud to present modernity for all the world to see then thinking outside the box is what we must do if no other obvious option is available. We are leaders here in California and to lead we must show a new innovative way forward.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My spiritual connection with the Universe (#2944)

     I have been having a discussion with a man who is trying to convince me that the idea of a god is not outside the realm of reality by insinuating that the choices we make concerning the concept of a god makes it rational that a god does influence our reality. Well, just because I "believe" something does not make it real despite any action I take in reality. Facts, science and logic are the determiners of what is real in reality. You cannot take what you imagine and say it is real. Do you see the distinction? I tried to explain to him that hoping for something to be real is not the same as something that is real. I know life is tough and many need a pacifier of sorts to help them along through it and if the idea of a god is what works for some then that is their choice but it doesn't make the choice a real thing.
     It is an imagined thing and between you and me I think it is wrong. I don't need a pacifier to get through life. I know life is hard and can be very cruel at times but I don't need some illusion to comfort me so that I can "feel" better. It is what it is and that is real. If I can change some of the harsh and brutal natures of life then I will by trying something real, not shy away into to some imagined safe harbor. It is often the case that made to believe myths, mores and superstitions are defended as learning tools for a more balanced life. Well I disagree with that as well. There is a time for good things to happen but we don't need to wrap them in a fantasy that requires a modicum of belief to be part of. We are an amazing species who have amazing possibilities, we don't need to fake ourselves into a better world.
     Now when it comes to my own sense of spirituality there is a way for me to describe it that is logical and factual. I come from the Universe, made from some of it's parts. So my spirituality is that I am connected to this existence through the verifiable fact that I am made form it's parts. Now the Universe itself is not alive like we humans are. So I see myself as connected to the Universe in the manner of being one of it's many living breathing members. This is my spirituality, a part of the whole and not only that a thinking, feeling movable part that has dominion over my entity until that time comes when I revert back into the many single parts that came from this existence.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Resistance (#2943)

     The days go by and we get one more day behind us the worst elected person ever to the presidency of our nation here in America. I am still in shock over the election results and will always doubt the actual legitimacy of the vote we had here. It is unfathomable to my mind that trump could have won fair and square. I have to accept the outcome because I currently have no proof, just intuition and anecdotal evidence. However today is presidents day and as such I am confronted with what to do. This much I know, I cannot in good faith give him any respect or courtesy. He is dead to me as I am to him.
     So what I will continue to do is focus all my energy on promoting what is good about our society and alternatively exposing what the trumps are doing to destroy what is good about our society. He has tried to strong arm our citizenry with threats and intimidation for us to fall in line behind his power grabbing vision and we have not allowed it. We have resisted his bullying with intelligence and defiance. It is what you do with bullies, you force them to back up their bullying. We are not afraid of what he threatens us with, since most of us are fighters who would not knuckle under to a tyrant. So as our resistance goes on and more and more join us due to being forced to face the reality of the mistake of dubious election of trump, our overwhelming force will make him realize that he was "elected" to be our servant, not our master.
     This will only happen if we resist him and his ongoing threats. We must crush his will to lord over us. It is what he wants since his behavior is less than normal and leans heavily toward narcissism. So no flag out today to honor our previous presidents, who although not all great and good at least cared enough for our democracy not to actively attempt to destroy it. Resist in all things for the next, at most, four years and by then we will have united enough of us to remove this trump and his acolytes and all their baggage from our public sphere.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The republican voter and the Stockholm syndrome (#2942)

     It is becoming clear to me that the republican voter is trapped in some kind of twisted relationship with the republican party. A Stockholm syndrome of sorts. The typical republican voter will vote for the republican party candidate without much objective thought to a more attractive alternative. Being satisfied with what little they get from their republican representatives as being a greater reward than anything the democratic or any other party has to offer them. How is this possible you may ask? Well I have been working on this most of my life and it is still less than perfectly clear as to why.
     However I can somewhat conclude that it is a combination of things. Cultural and fear. The democratic party has been maligned as being for the fringe and the outcasts from normal society. The staid republican has been inculcated to believe that anything beyond a white, religious, heterosexual mindset is perverted and weak. They see themselves as the guardians of an illusion where we are all basically need to be the same without exception, excluding the others of course. When we who are not who they are try to explain that an objective free will society is the one we live in they get riled up and spout their philosophy with a vile that underpins their own regression. It is what happens to folks who are forced through the fear of rejection to only think and live inside the box of an illogically perceived way of living. It is not that they are outwardly jealous of those of us who choose how we live our lives but there is some repressed vindictiveness that they are hard pressed to explain, given their own personal unspoken internal struggles.
     So republican voters come to embrace their lot in life and their duty to uphold it as a group that is not much exposed to different and varied experiences. They are controlled by it and have found a niche that satisfies their need for a "safe harbor". They don't have the luxury of being thoughtful and objective about reality. They are not encouraged nor are they rewarded for using logic and scientific methods over their normal convention of myths, mores and yes, even superstitions. Rocking the boat is frowned upon and cause for being outcast from what they know. They truly are victims of their own geographical and cultural identity and how we can ever change that dynamic is still an ongoing consideration in my own mind.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bullying has consequences (#2941)

     I am normally a well adjusted individual more than willing to spread happiness and peace to all. It is who I am inside, but do not mistake my nature. I am more than willing to mix it up with anyone who would take advantage of my or others' good hearts. Take for instance the current bully in the White House. He seems to think that he can harm with impunity. Well that is not the case with me. One critical lesson I learned as a young man fighting to keep his dignity and respect is that when the fighting time comes around I have to be willing to trade blows in the struggle to be the victor. There is no shame in beating the bully if the bully is forcing the event.
     Now we have many in our philosophical way of thinking who find that no amount of "getting down into the gutter" with bullies is acceptable. Now in a perfect world I would agree since peace is a mighty principle. Yet, in reality, when that very peace is torn and spit upon by a bully whose intention is to destroy our peace then defending that peace becomes our greatest duty. No amount of wishful thinking or cowering to compromise our rights is ever going to be worth subjecting ourselves to allowing a bully to win without a hard fight. A fight can come in many forms, either by standing firm in our honor and principles willing to go toe to toe or even by letting the bully know that fighting in the gutter is not his exclusive domain.
     Whatever it takes to protect that which is more dear to our hearts is what is needed. We all have our processes for protecting our rights but by my estimation, never allowing an inch is much better than trying to get that inch back. Whatever I have to do to let the bully know he is not allowed in my life is where I begin and if putting some fear into him is my first volley at him then that is how I figure to begin. I have no illusion about death or surviving. Time will tell what happens to all of us but while I am alive I damn well sure will fight against all bullies no matter who they are or what power they think they have. What they will never have is dominion over me in life!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The resistance to trumps continues... (#2940)

     Today is a short developed national strike day so the overall effect may not be as effective as a well planned out strategy that had some time to it to organize a stronger effect, nevertheless, it will make a strong point. No work or shopping unless vital and an overall disdain for trump and his republican acolytes. It will be interesting to monitor just how we resistors are able to convince our otherwise less enthusiastic citizenry to join us. But critically speaking it was our less enthusiastically citizenry that didn't bother to vote against trump and republicans that got us into this mess in the first place. But now we have an opportunity to show the world that most of us see trump and his republican party on whole as illegitimate and dangerous.
     I will keep my television on a channel that has a no political commentary, but instead entertainment or sports, weather and such. I will give trumps nothing. I am in a battle to save my life and as such I will not stop denying them any legitimacy nor respect. I am not being overly conspiratorial here. They want to take our social services form us and as an older American I rely on my social security and healthcare in order to stay alive. The argument for resistance must be made to all who still observe objective logic. Our liberal progressivism is what will see us through because we have logic, common sense and science on our side, not the craven illusion of a master who wants to control us.
     Our democracy is being ruptured and is leaking like a sieve. This is due to trumps who see themselves as not representatives but as ordained masters of us Americans. They ride high on their false religious dogma of scaring folks while telling us what they want us to have, instead of representing what we want them to do. You do get the distinction right? If you don't then hurry and catch up. We need all who can still think for themselves to resist the power struggle currently happening between the trumps of the world and the rest of us working middle poor class.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

republicans are ripping families apart (#2939)

     Instead of finding solutions to problems that everyone can accept, republicans just tear things apart and destroy what they don't like. It isn't really up for debate in our representative democracy anymore. The republican party has manipulated it's way into power by turning we working middle poor class against one another. Shame on us for allowing it but no doubt republicans deserve much of the credit for it as they truly do lie, cheat and steal with efficient frequency in confusing our electorate to support them. It does go to show though that us Americans are not as smart as we think we are. We have too much self esteem for our ability to figure things out on the run instead of studying the particulars and coming to a reasonable conclusion.
     Our fast food, fast money making schemes and overall unwillingness to work hard the right way is our downfall. We don't buckle down with our schooling and learning in our formative years as we should which leaves many young and older adults looking only for shortcuts through life. We have allowed the republicans to manipulate us and that is where our shame begins. Yet though we are easy prey too often, others have no qualms in taking advantage of our ineptitude. Which makes for a very confusing societal norm. Survival of the fittest in all it's ignominy. We citizens are at blame for being vulnerable and the unscrupulous are to blame for not helping to change the dynamic, but instead manipulating it.
     It is hard to feel sorry for us Americans when we screw each other over in a never ending loop. The world outside us must be just astonished at how a nation so diverse and vital could allow itself to be shackled and whipped. But here we are and the result of it has come to fruition through republican politics. There will be no hiding the republican agenda now that they have removed us scapegoats from power. They, republicans, will show themselves as the cruel masters they long to be and the pain and suffering they cause will hit everyone on every level especially the families of the "others".

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Foundations built upon lies are unsustainble (#2938)

     When I was 8 years old I began a series of lies that kept me out of trouble and gained me some advantages. It was so sweet how I was able to manipulate those around me simply by telling lies instead of the truth. I could shape any situation or circumstance to my favor simply by making up a story that had some truth to it but was mostly fabricated on the spot. I was so thrilled at my ability to weave in and around most anything in order to gain something. I was invincible for about 2 weeks. Because at that young age I had not yet understood the law of inevitability. Because I had told so many lies off the cuff so to speak that I had no way to remember nor make comprehensive any later answer about my actions. I could not foresee what my lies set into motion nor control their outcomes as they affected other people.
     Thankfully my lies at that age were innocuous enough that no real harm or damage had been done except the few around me who were irritated by my lies and angry at me for telling the lies. I learned early on that lies have a life of their own not to be controlled after they are let loose into reality. I could not sustain them and then spent many days apologizing, eating crow and being shamed for how I tried to deceive. From those days on I find it difficult to lie regardless of the penalty. Now I have lied since then and lived with my guilt but the times I did were real moments of weakness that in hindsight were perfect examples of my own inability to have a structure to follow, instead of just relying on my own willpower. However, even though those few times are far behind me and although I had tripped a time or two since I was young, I have not forgotten the lesson I learned as a child.
     The thing about lies is that since they are not truths, they tend to fade from my memory unlike truths. I can remember truths easily but lies are very hard to remember. So given that, no matter what the advantage gained through lying it is not worth the guilt nor the lowering of my self esteem. So in order to not be tempted by lying, I find that doing good and the right thing keeps me from the lying dynamic. So in order not to lie, I do good. It seems like I learned my lesson well and for the most part have done well to make truth telling a conscious and subconscious reality in my life.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

So much corruption and ineptitude (#2937)

     Half of the problems in the trump administration are just plain laziness to do the job right and the other half is intentional manipulations and lies. It is so prevalent that one can hardly delineate between the two without a thorough investigation. We won't get that since trump is trying to close the office of ethical accountability and congress is unavailable to do the people's investigtive work since they are the ones who helped install trump into power in the first place. They are all culpable for their own petty reasons but nonetheless their pettiness is far from harmless when the American working middle poor class is so devastated by their intentions.
     Outside their intentions we see the inability of republicans and trump in particular to do their jobs with efficient completeness. They would rather shrink into their cocoons of safety from the general public so that they can hide their actions of crushing democracy in order to maintain their control of government. Why is this so important? Because whoever controls government also controls the wherewithal of blood and treasure. They can start wars and move money where they want it without the consent of we the people. There is more than that though, republicans like controlling how people live. It is an ego thing with them, not a service thing we liberal/progressives aspire toward.
     It has been less than a month since republicans have gained controlled our legislature and executive branch but already many scandals of honored traditional protocol and law breaking are emerging. None bigger that the controversial way trump and many republicans were elected. It seems that we can never let our guards down with republicans because servicing the public is not their motivation. Instead manipulating the public and taking from us is their goal. I am still hopeful a crisis can be avoided but anything less that tar and feathers for all republicans caught dishonoring the public trust will not be acceptable.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The struggle over ideology (#2936)

     This is the make or break time for our democracy. Will we be heavily influenced by a form of fascist capitalism or will we move back to the democratic ideals of a healthy mix of capitalism and socialism? This is the battle that is set up to begin on all fronts. republicans control the executive and congressional branches which gives them an advantage toward their ideal of unrestrained capitalism. Yet they don't control the courts despite their illusory stubborn insistence that trump does overrule the courts. As we have seen already, with his immigration order, trump is not going to get a free ride with his brutish greedy agenda.
     The courts will be where most of the most important battles will be fought but not the only arena. We still have the right to protest and redress our grievances, although protesting is being attacked by republicans who want to stifle it, and redress of our grievances is given little respect. We must stop being co-conspirators in our own demise by accepting the irrational as rational. We must not allow anyone, elected or not, to change the dynamic that democracy secures. Anyone who would, aka...trump, should be whipped, tarred and feathered and sent out of town on a pole. Yes, there are consequences for destroying our democracy while trying to instill himself as a tyrant king.
     I for one am ready to charge into the forefront of battle and as such am willing to lose everything to preserve what was and still could be the greatest democracy in the history of mankind. There are noble and just causes to be willing to sacrifice for and like Nathan Hale, wish I had more than one life to give to protect our nation from trump and his republican acolytes. We are in an ideological battle like never before since our last one during the civil war. This is no less dangerous to our melting pot society and if we don't come out the victor in this then world war 2 would have actually not been won by democracy but instead lost to fascism. Whatever it takes for all of us to now commit to our political process must be addressed and quickly!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Who is watching our backs? (#2935)

     I am so used to how President Obama was always ready to protect us from any impending emergency, both foreign and domestic, while working to decrease existing harms. Yet now with trump, I have no such secure feeling that he will even attempt to be our protector. In fact, I have come to accept that he will not do anything to stop many of us from harm. Even further, he will be pushing to make that harm come about. So the only backs that are being watched are the wealthy donors who pay to play in the republican party.
     We are on our own in a vulnerable position. Not only are there foreign and domestic forces that would harm all of us out of some deranged sense of chaotic ignorance but now our political apparatus is leveraged to ignore most of it. Out of some duty for helping republicans get elected extreme right wing domestic groups are free to conspire to attack those they deem not American. They are also free to subvert equality and justice from their normal civilized practice. Our country is going to be going through some drastic changes where our democracy will be diminished in the name of fear and withdrawal. We are no longer a safe harbor for the oppressed and persecuted, we are the oppressed and persecuted.
     I don't know how we will survive the next 4 years or more but if we don't it won't be a surprise to me anyway. In fact I already consider myself dead regardless if it hasn't happened yet. I have no false illusion that we will be saved by some miracle of fate or justice. In being so clear as to my own demise by trump and his acolytes, I am now free to do whatever I feel is right and good without worrying about a penalty since I know nothing can harm the already dead. Funny how I have to think of myself as dead to get any peace under trump and his conspirators.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Resist resist resist (#2934)

     The rest of our lives, should we survive the republican plan to end most of us, is to resist any and all of their agenda to further enslave the working middle poor class. Yes, we are enslaved as it is by the wealthy corporations and their bought republican party. We have no growth in a minimum wage nationally. We have diminishing food stamp allowances. Welfare is almost non-existent. Social Security, like Medicare, an insurance program we pay into, is being made to be tougher to qualify for. Medicare/Medicaid are being eliminated bit by bit from helping the most vulnerable in our society. Instead the savings from the social programs designed to keep most people out of destitute poverty and higher taxes on the working middle poor class is being handed over to the wealthy as a bonus for them supporting republican politics; https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/23/trump-tax-plan-cuts-wealthy-low-income-inequality.
     Our rights that have been adjudicated and settled law over many many decades are now under assault. Especially for women and people of color. Women face the meanest nastiest challenge to their right to control their own bodies. trump and his acolytes want to legislate what women can or cannot do when faced with circumstances forced upon them, like having to bring a child to life that was conceived through rape or incest; http://www.vox.com/identities/2017/1/27/14412660/mike-pence-record-abortion-reproductive-rights-march-for-life. As to people of color being discriminated against, republicans do that through voter restrictive laws and immigration reform and travel bans. The large majority of those effected by voter restrictive laws and immigration issues involve people of color.
     While white male homegrown terrorists are excluded from the new rush to protect us from overseas terror attempts, even though they constitute the greatest threat to our safety; http://www.newsweek.com/2016/02/12/right-wing-extremists-militants-bigger-threat-america-isis-jihadists-422743.html. trump, our new president only seems to worry about protecting Christianity as the only valid religion and his own business interests and that of his children. Never before has our civilized American society been so dangerously close to being torn apart from within and it is precisely for that reason we must never legitimize trump and always resist at every moment of the day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

The new era of no civility with the brutes and thieves (#2933)

     I have changed my language quite a bit recently, well since the mind numbing election results of late last year. I had been trying to present a civilized demeanor while rebutting republican held illogical claims and philosophies with respect and proper rules for grammar and discourse. Now I am past that. It is apparent that not getting down in the gutter with them is seen as a weakness they use to exploit the lack of valid logic they espouse. They feel that being louder and more angry is a victory in itself and overcomes the lack of valid logic. So into the breach I go and loaded with every disparaging remark I can remember from my own rough and tumble days and I battle against them on their turf with their language but with my logic.
     I have tried to be civil and it hasn't worked. For many the approach I have now taken hasn't been a problem. In fact a lot of many are in agreement because of their own anger needs an uncensored outlet. How this came to be where we all expected logic to rule the day and instead we got illogic and hatred is now revealing itself. The gloves are off and the my silver tongue is sharpened to slice and dice them until they cry out with their contemptible ridden pejoratives. It is then that I have them because as we all know when their arguments fail they go for the ad hominem, personal attack. I can then slough them off as some ignoramus who has no respect from me and then move on.
     I am so damn angry over the outcome of this last election that my anger is my motivation to crush ridiculousness every time it gets in front of me. I don't fear anything from trump and his acolytes because since he was elected he started the process to kill me and so many like me so why not go down with the greatest fight I have ever fought? I am proud of my liberal progressive philosophy and it's inherent fairness and goodness and no amount of greed and selfishness will ever turn me from being a hero to myself and those who I can directly and indirectly effect. My life is already written no matter who kills me and trump and his policies will/may end my life but they won't control it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

America for sale, to and for the privileged and advantaged (#2932)

     It seems now that since a third rate con man is now in the oval office, the white house is open for business, for the third rate con man and his children, http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/go-buy-ivankas-stuff-kellyanne-conway-gives-presidents-daughter-free-commercial-on-fox/#.WJyKsQmradc.facebook. The idea of white privilege and advantage cannot be illustrated any better than in the link just provided. trump, through his surrogates is placing one capitalist, his daughter, above all others. Even admonishing stores that are now not selling her products, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/02/08/trump-lashes-out-at-nordstrom-in-a-tweet-for-dropping-his-daughters-apparel-line/?utm_term=.f94726e0f836. This is what we can expect from the trump administration.
     What is even worse, as trump is trying mightily to keep his businesses from being separated from him, he is making deals that directly benefit his own profits, Like the travel ban that does not include any country where he has business interests, but were instrumental in fostering citizens that attacked us on September 11, 2001, http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/trumps-temporary-travel-ban-doesnt-include-countries-involved-in-post-911-attacks/491780999. trump has business interests in Saudi Arabia,;(15 of the 9/11 attackers), United Arab Emirates: (2), Egypt: (1), and Lebanon; (1). The facts do not lie so there is no dispute that at a minimum there is a conflict of interests. Yet in trumpland, alternative facts,,, ie (lies) are the reality.
     The wealthy thieves in our nation that own media and fail to report facts and instead launch their own agendas as news are mostly responsible but responsibility also falls on those citizens who cannot nor will not inform themselves through objective research and debate. In other words we got what we deserved except that those who allowed this fiasco are not the majority but since we hold onto the archaic electoral college we lost despite voting in the majority against trump. Still the hellscape continues and it hasn't been 3 weeks yet.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our democracy is being hijacked (#2931)

     trump and his cohorts in Congress are stealing our democracy using our own rules to do it. They are eliminating programs that were designed to keep nefariousness to a minimum and they are doing it with a brusque cavalier arrogance. What can we do to stop the outcome of this last election? Well, we the people have consented to be governed by rules of democracy and if those rules are not being honored then that social contract we have is voided. We are no longer giving our consent to the machinations coming from trump and his sickening alliance in Congress.
     It is incumbent upon we the people to rise up and demand a stop to those who were elected to represent us when they no longer do. They have instead chosen to lead our nation further away from democratic ideals and into a dawning of a new paradigm of the wealthy controlling our rights and freedoms. The revolting aspect of their agenda is that one person one vote is no longer established. No longer are our social programs being kept as a buffer against the ravages of privileged and advantaged capitalism. No longer is equality an ideal that is promoted and perfected under American rule. We Americans are in danger of losing the greatest democracy on Earth to trump and his philosophically united republican followers.
     I no longer give my consent to be ruled by an administration that is more fascist than democratic. I will abstain from all attempts by trump and his acolytes to make it appear that his way is the American way. I will resist in every way I can in order to strike at the heart of removing him and his brutish conspirators from office and into prison. I will do nothing to promote our nation while we are under siege from within. This is the worst of times I have ever experienced in a life toughened already. We do not have to give into trump because we have the right to deny him our consent. Our consent is the last option we have to stand on before we get to the point of not returning to a democratic nation we were before the election of November 8th, 2016.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Man made religion sucks and too many are pacified by it (#2930)

     Spent the better part of an hour this morning discussing why I am an atheist and why I find religion to be unnatural and dishonest. Surely there was more to say but the point being is that man made religion, which is any religion written down by man as scripture from a Deity, is nonsense. Not that there isn't a lot of good mixed into the dogma. that is how we get and got hooked. I was once a follower of Christ, but once I read through the "good book" twice, I came to realize that the good in the book was heavily over shadowed with the bad. At the same time it gave any man an economic edge to cull money from believers.
     Take note of such preachers as Robertson, Hagee, Graham, Olsteen, Dollar and the list goes on of such men who have made their enormous wealth off the backs of believers with their magical claims of being assured of going to heaven and not hell. Now let's get into that. Because a book written by men says that there is a heaven and a hell then it must be true? Well I find it rather gifted of anyone who can take a tale of a physically impossible lore and make it an every day desire or fear. We live on a planet that has never given any physical evidence of a deity. Never! Yet the hordes of us rush headlong into the idea that there is some salvation and forgiveness in a ancient tale.
     If there ever were a religion I would find it in logic and science, which does include music by the way. My religion is the universe and it's wonders that I am not allowed to experience because too many of us are stuck here with too many who won't let the idea of a magical deity die. Well living in this fairy tale can make life easier but it doesn't make life right. We are the best species in existence when we face reality with all our minds focused on solutions to problems, not forgiveness for them. I will die soon and surely religion won't any time soon but know this, I see you religious types for your failure to be strong and courageous facing life with reality instead of magical thinking that you find comfort in.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Important day for immigration (#2929

     Today the 9th circuit court of appeals will hear the claim by trump that his immigration ban is legal and valid. It should be a stretch to make it since it is neither. Either through discrimination, equal protection, due process or separation of church and state, http://www.newsweek.com/opponents-best-legal-arguments-against-trump-immigration-ban-551934 this ban is wholly unconstitutional. Of course this is just my reading of it and surely trump and his cronies are going to use executive privilege as their remedy. What the court decides however will be subject to interpretation by the Supreme Court where no doubt this is heading regardless of the ruling from the 9th circuit.
     That we have an executive that wants to deny folks from entering our country after having been legally and substantially vetted is to me a crime or at least a violation like the federal judge in Seattle determined. That the new executive does not recognize and has actually alleviated safeguards from home grown terrorists is baffling in light of this ban. We have had more problems with extremism in our own backyard than we have had imported from overseas. Regardless, taking this reality into view with the unconstitutional discriminatory acts within the ban, the argument can be made that the logic of the ban is not based upon any factual premise.
     Our judiciary needs to be objective here and apply logic to the protections we have safeguarded in our constitution. No amount of bullying or false bravado should prevail when the core of our democracy is being challenged. The result we get today should affirm the federal court's judgement and then let the trumps move this illegal ban up to the Supreme court. At worst the ban will be split ideologically 4-4 with the Supreme's and by that the 9th Circuit's judgement will prevail. At best the Supreme's will decide on a 5-3 or better affirmation that the ban is unconstitutional and put it in it's grave.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The judiciary is our last line of defense (#2928)

     This is a battle folks. Not only in the field of ideology but in real world consequences. The republicans and trump want nothing less than a survival of the fittest society with the wealthy immune to the rules that the working middle poor class will be forced to follow. We are seeing it already with the protections we had in place under President Obama from the wealthy exploiting our meager opportunities to making laws that stifle our rights, that we expect given the nature of our national constitution. Equality, fairness and justice are being diminished for we working middle poor while the wealthy are given free passes.
     A pay to play scenario for them but who cares since they can afford it. For those of us who cannot it is the punishment of poverty as our destiny. But one thing can still defray the effects of the republican and trump agenda, that being our judiciary. One of the three branches of government is still not controlled wholeheartedly by the trumps of the world. We have honest patriots serving as judges and many of them are not settled on giving the republicans and trump anything they demand. Case in point with the federal judge who stopped what too many of us perceive as the over reach by trump to stop immigration selectively based upon biased reasoning, http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/federal-judge-in-seattle-halts-trumps-immigration-order/.
     The Supreme Court is another hope for we democracy fighters. The current court is somewhat evenly split ideologically between conservatives and liberals. Not always but enough of the time to generally say so. Without a new justice being seated with a conservative bend, we have what is most likely a stalemate as to how the court will mostly rule. Meaning the Federal Appeals Court decisions will likely remain as the final decision in a lot of cases. One other note, Justice Roberts and Kennedy, conservatives, have been allies with the liberals far more than any liberal has sided with a conservative so there is a decent chance that constitutional questions of high importance may well break with the liberal view if a majority decision does come about.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

trump has to go (#2927)

     It isn't just me. there are more than 60 million of we voters who cannot stand another minute of his irrational, working middle poor class destroying agenda. Not only that but the new burdens he is putting on our citizens of every economic class through immigration disruptions is unacceptable. We have more problems with home grown terrorists then we have with foreign ones yet he focuses on the foreign ones and lessens restrictions on the homegrown ones. It is as if he is setting us up for another Oklahoma City bombing without any forethought.
     He is also tearing down our social programs that were enacted for our citizenry to pay into our working lives so that we may have a modicum of economic security in our old age. Instead he wants us to invest in Wall Street as our old age retirement where the rules for playing fast and loose with clients savings are being brought back. He wants to disenfranchise 10's of millions of citizens of the opportunity to have health care. He does not deem health care a right of citizenship like most every other civilized nation on the planet.
     His main goal is to instill racist polices that overcome equality and fairness in our social fabric, while instigating and fomenting confrontations with our allies and enemies. Except of course putin's Russia whom he has relied upon for his electoral victory and personal wealth accumulations. Never in the history of our nation has such a dastardly con man been elected to be president. He received almost 3 million votes less than Clinton but because of the quirk in electoral college paradigm, he got to claim victory. He is a charlatan that was able to use the republican machine of deception and lies to claim the White House and for all of that he is now acting like a tyrant bent on glorifying his persona over doing the hard work of improving what is left of our democracy. trump must go!

Friday, February 3, 2017

When the governed have no say (#2926)

     The problem here is that almost half the eligible voting electorate chooses not to vote in elections. For those folks they are automatically eliminated from having a voice in how we are governed. Not entirely since they can protest various policies but by then they have already allowed whatever policies facing them to have occurred. For the other half of the voting electorate, there is a split between those who voted for the victor and those who voted against the victor. So approximately one fourth of our eligible voters actually are giving consent to whom is governing us. Yet still, the policies that come from the victor are not required to be what their voters thought what they were voting for.
     So in this last election an electoral college majority elected the victor despite him having less overall votes than his challenger by nearly 3 million votes. He is one of those who says one thing to get elected and then does many things differently once elected. This is why we need to do a better job of vetting candidates on whether they are decent, honest human beings. We didn't do that well enough since we did elect a man who is more con than presidential. Talk is even being bandied about in his first two weeks in office of having a military coup remove him. This is what happens when the victor tries to be an authoritarian figure instead of a peace maker and govern by the will of the consented.
     It is obvious to most all that the victor in our last election is an anomaly in what was expected by too may who voted for him. He is a person who has shown that his allegiance to democratic principles of American history have no value when weighed against his own personal interests and political philosophy. What happens in our very near future is impossible to predict but one thing for sure is that by not engaging those who consented to his leadership, and we who voted against him, he will feel the wrath from us in the form of resistance. Even those who didn't bother to vote are outraged and possibly now sparked to become more engaged in our high priority political process.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

republicans in congress are allowing the destruction of our democracy (#2925)

     Not one sitting republican office holder is doing anything to stop the destruction of our democracy. They are all falling in line with the trump administration with only an occasional whimper here and there. It is as if party politics is a higher priority than patriotism to democracy. It has been that way for several decades with republicans and yet the American voters are somehow reluctant to recognize it as a fault. It is incredible that too many voters seem unaffected by the tearing down of our democracy. I am amazed at the disinterest by many more who do not even bother to vote or who could care less as long as their investments in the economy remain relatively stable.
     This type of condescension and greed is too prevalent in our society so it makes us ripe for the con men of our time to work their deceptions. Which is the basis for the republican party. Con men who say one thing in order to do another. Those of us who do care, although gut punched form the last election, are still fighting to expose the agenda of republican politics. We are not long dissuaded from our goal of crushing those who would lie, cheat and steal our democracy out from under us. But in the meantime the elected republicans already in office have cowered to the cowardly bully and in their silence, expose their guilt.
     The only way our American society will regain it's pride is to end the republican party in every election going forward. There will be plenty of evidence based upon facts and truths for our voters to decide who is best at promoting democracy. There should be no doubt that republicans are tearing down our democracy, marginalizing the working middle poor class, which is the vast majority of our American population. The question now is as republicans in office continue to do nothing to stop the carnage coming at us hard and fast, will the American electorate kick their asses out of office?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The road back to sanity (#2924)

     With every special election coming up to fill some vacant seats in Congress we democrats must unite so that we can start picking up every available seat possible. Some we will have a hard time doing because of gerrymandered districts that leave us with few democratic voters in them but try we must since there does seem to be a buyers remorse out there with trump and his reversals on promises. This is how we get back our mojo after being gut punched on November 8th. So whatever we must do, either donating directly to the candidates running, phone banking or on the ground canvassing, we must keep fighting to get our nation back from the lying, cheating, stealing, crazy republicans.
     I accept that our nation is going backwards given the majorities republicans have maneuvered for themselves through deception and voter suppression. But that does not mean that we cannot mount another challenge to them in the near future as they continue to expose themselves for the worthless greedy bastards that they are. The more they legislate and sign presidential executive orders we get a clear message just how much they want to destroy democratic ideals along with the working middle poor class. Our strength going forward is in using the despicable actions republicans are now employing. From cuts to our health and retirements while giving more tax breaks to the wealthy, we have much to show in comparing our message and their actions.
     As these special elections come around and the off year voting in many states, we have great opportunities to send strong messaging to republicans currently controlling our government that there is a price to pay for not representing the interests of the working middle poor class. It doesn't matter how much the Koch's and other wealthy republican donors spend to lie to us at each election now, because we can see through their lies by what their actual policies are doing. I hope and honestly expect we democrats to put up quite a showing going forward in the round of elections coming up.