President Trump – Where Do We Go From Here

President Trump – Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here?   This past November the 8th , millions of Americans went to their polling locations, some waiting for several hours, to cast their vote for our next President. Most of the prognosticators and pundits where all but certain that they knew the outcome of this election. Armed with their fancy surveys and data collection, they were collectively handed their ass. In an Electoral College landslide Donald Trump gave proof positive that the experts knew nothing, as he handily became President Elect over the hands down favorite Hillary Clinton. In the interest of full disclosure I was a supporter of Hillary Clinton. I knew her flaws, but I believed that only she had the necessary political ability, intellectual depth, and knowledge of the job to be an effective President. With that said my objective with this article is not to be a sore loser and cast shade on Mr. Trump. What I want to do is bring some understanding to the exceptionally divisive and in many cases hurtful outcome of this 2016 Presidential election. During this election we have perfected the dark art of partisanship. We had two nominees who embodied the disparate factions of our country. In the blue corner there was Hillary Clinton. She has been in politics and/or public life for around 30 years. During those years she has gained a well-earned reputation for telling half-truths and lies. Most of America thinks she is untrustworthy, and a lot of those people for their own reasons hate her. She was successfully cast as the ultimate insider who is corrupt and to whom...

If You Have Something To Say…

you ought to say it.  That’s what I believe, and what I’m doing.  I’ve been sitting here on the couch engaging in my Sunday morning ritual watching political talk shows.  As I watch I am reminded over and over again how little our elected officials care about the people who gave them their jobs.  It’s all about one-up-manship.  The Republicans can’t stand the fact the Obama and his Democratic crew handed them their ass in 2008.  So now the only concern for Republicans is to deny any and everything the Democrats want, and plotting on how they get reclaim their former glory.  The Democrats for their part, are too wimpy to stand up for the things they campaigned on, and promised us when they wanted our votes. This leaves us on our own.  I’ve spoken about it before, we have effectively given our power away.  The greedy and selfish politicians who we put in office will not look after our interests unless we force them to do it by reclaiming what we have apathetically given away.  So how do we fix this mess we find ourselves in?  We  first have to believe that we can fix it.  This is the most important point.  Far too many people think that there is nothing they can do.  They believe that the politicians are going to do what they want no matter what, and the politicians count on that kind of hopelessness and apathy. Secondly we have to get informed.  That doesn’t mean we have to become political experts, it simply means that we have to know what our own interests are, and what the politicians are...

Yep…I’m Mad

I’m mad at our elected officials.  I’m mad because NONE OF THEM ARE WORTH ANYTHING AT ALL!!!!!!!  (Sometimes a primal scream is just what the doctor ordered.)  We elected Barack Obama and a whole lot of Democrats to bring change to America.  Instead what we got is the same damn thing.  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.  I thought this time it would be different, and “Change” really would come, but nope…no such luck. I really was excited by Obama, now I just feel like I got suckered.  Obama so far is just like the rest of them…he makes these grandiose promise when he’s running for office and once he’s in he doesn’t do anything he promised he would.  Unemployment is higher than he said it would be.  Health-care reform with a PUBLIC OPTION is on life support (pardon the pun).  Guantanamo Bay is still open.  Congressional negotiations were supposed to be on CSPAN.  There was supposed to be unprecedented openness and bi-partisanship…that’s a no go on both of those.  There was going to be a whole host (one of Obama’s favorite words) of green energy jobs from the Stimulus Bill…but those are “still on the way”. The Republicans are just as bad.  Their only mission is to see to it that nothing at all gets done while Obama is president.  Then they hope to regain power.  Just say no, that is their governing mindset.  In the meantime people are suffering from the arrogance and ignorance of the people we elected to make possible a good and productive life for us.  The truth of the matter...

Obama’s State Of The Union

Well…I said before Obama can’t save you, and I am convinced that is true.  In fact there is no government official that will do for you what you won’t do for yourself.  Nobody can save you…but here’s the good news…Nobody else has to, because you can save yourself.  The gift that President Obama gives to us is the gift of seeing ourselves.  What do I mean by that?  As eloquent and inspiring as Mr. Obama has been it has become clear that even he, cannot change the quality of our lives in any subsequent way except perhaps in a bad way.  Mr. Obama and Mrs. Obama have said many times on the campaign trail that “We are the change we have been waiting for.”  That is the magic bullet!  I have heard the president say that “It’s not about me…or the congress…it’s about you.”  This is where you and I have to sit up, take notice, and then take action.  All the horrible financial conditions that we find ourselves suffering through is a result of choices we all collectively have made.  We gave our power away to elected officials who don’t care about us, or can’t care for us.  We spent money we didn’t have, and let our government do the same.  We didn’t save for a rainy day…we thought the sun would shine eternally, only to find out that…it doesn’t.  Sometimes it rains and right now a whole lot of us are getting soaked. So in his State Of The Union address president Obama I’m sure will give a great speech.  He will say it is still important for ...

The War On Terror

What a world we live in.  Terrorism has been around for a very long time, but it’s really popular now.  A war on terror may on it’s face seem like the thing to do.  After all terror is …terrible.  All good people want to live in a world free from the horrors that terrorism rains upon innocent people.  We all were mortified by the nightmare of 9-11, the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma, car bombs in the Middle East.  All of us hate terrorism and it’s affects…at least all of us decent people.  However a “war on terrorism” is a dumb idea. Before you get upset with me, let me explain.  (I hope I don’t go too far over my head)  Terrorism is a tactic.  Basically it involves violence against innocent people with a desire to bring about some some political, religious, or philosophical net result.  Terrorists are by definition unbalanced.  They are most certainly not impressed with our war on terror…especially the ones who blow themselves up with their victims.  Terrorists are filled with hate, and hate is a very powerful and infectious force.  I am inclined to believe that we cannot kill enough of ‘them‘ to make them stop hating us. Once again…we cannot kill enough terrorists to make them stop hating us.  Think about gang violence…the ‘Crips’ kill some ‘Bloods’ and the ‘Bloods’ are gonna get even.  You kill one of ours we kill two of yours.  So now the ‘Crips’ have to “re-get even” and the cycle NEVER STOPS!!!!!!!  Every single time we kill a terrorist we reaffirm their reason for hating us....