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Posted:Nov 21, 2017 8:18 pm
Last Updated:Nov 23, 2017 8:54 am

I do not share the belief Ronald Reagan was the best president of the 20th century. Without going any further, I will say, however, his major accomplishment was a renewed sense of nationalism in the United States. I remember people believing the nation was our showcase for the world and pride in the United States was at a high level. This was a far cry from the crimes of the Nixon Administration, which I see as the beginning of the divisiveness in the United States. Reagan healed the wound with the assistance of Mikhail Gorbachev, but heal it he did. Unfortunately the wound was so deep the Reagan bandage only postpd to the unbelievably senseless United States of today.

We now have candidates buying off competitors in Pennsylvania, accused pedophiles being endorsed from party while admitted sexual abusers from another party expected to resign, foreign governments interfering in elections, right or wrong being defined by party affiliation rather than moral standards, and the most sacred of our franchises, the right to vote, being detrimentally altered for political reasons. We now have a government predicated on words and the manner in which they're used rather than qualified, politiy savvy individuals with the United States as the primary beneficiary of their actions.

We hear the words "nation before party" but those words are rarely, if ever, put into action. I see memes telling me Liberalism is a disease and I see and hear of the neanderthal nature of the American Conservative. The factionalism in the United States may very well have matured so far as to be irreversible. Unfortunately, the dinner table once again rears its ugly head and the divisiveness goes on. Our divisiveness is so ingrained and so deep we even fight over the wars which once were able to unite us.

I'm not going to ask you what you're going to do to combat this egregious malady, I'm going to ask the guy who looks back at me from the mirror. I suggest you ask him too......
Posted:Nov 17, 2017 8:23 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2017 1:15 am

It appears President Trump has decided to delay the enactment of the import of dead elephant parts. The rhetoric on all the positive environmental and wildlife issues the proposed rule would create seems to have slipped momentarily into confusion. Doesn't any take the time to actually think about these things before doing them? Good grief !!!
Voting against one's own best interest
Posted:Nov 17, 2017 10:17 am
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 6:59 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Jubilant Trump voters on Thursday celebrated the prospect of a gigantic tax cut that will benefit everyone but them.

Across the country, Trump supporters were overjoyed that, after months of gridlock and wrangling, the man they voted for was about to make Americans other than them wildly richer.

“President Trump has taken a lot of hits from the fake-news media, but he stood his ground,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter in Ohio, said. “Today he honored his pledge to the American people, except for me and anybody I know.”

Harland Dorrinson, a Trump supporter from Kentucky, agreed. “When I cast my vote last November, I said to myself, ‘I sure hope this means that people with a thousand times more money than I have get even more money,’ ” he said. “Promise kept.”

Tracy Klugian, a Trump voter from Minnesota, said that tax cuts for everyone but him are an important step toward making America great again. “Look at the stock market—it’s been going through the roof,” Klugian, who has no money in the stock market, said.

But some Trump supporters, like Calvin Denoit, of Texas, were more muted. “Tax cuts that completely exclude me and my family are a good start,” he said. “But, until President Trump eliminates all environmental and safety regulations for corporations that I have zero stake in, I won’t be satisfied.”
The Maisie Defense
Posted:Nov 14, 2017 7:39 pm
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2017 6:15 pm

This is just too good to let go by. Rush Limbaugh, apparently in defense of Judge Roy Moore, reported today the judge was a democrat at the time he committed those egregious crimes. Based on that admission, apparently when one switches from a Dixiecrat to a Republican not only do his illegal fetishes disappear, but responsibility for his peccadilloes miraculously changes from abhorrent to acceptable. If this isn't a perfect example of the Maisie mindset please provide a better one.
This isn't the way it's supposed to be
Posted:Nov 13, 2017 5:51 pm
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2017 4:48 pm

People running for the Senate in the midst of accusation of sexual abuse so vivid even Mitch McConnell believes the women. A President who believes a KGB operative, now Premier, over his own intelligence bureaus, then backsteps into support for American information. I realize full well the GOP is not alone in its deviant behavior and I don't excuse Bill Clinton or Anthony Weiner, but I've never witnessed a U.S. President so addicted to rectal osculation of the enemy.

As citizens we need not endure this nonsense, but for unknown reasons we seem to anyway. This kind of classless, crass, openly deviant behavior is antithetical to ethical, sane, and statesmanlike government, and, quite frankly, has been encouraged and propagated by the election of Donald Trump. I realize there are issues of drastic change in government, but realistically is this the kind of change we really need? Do we really need a President who communicates with the world through social media in 140 characters?

I read the blogs and the posts here and shake my head at some of the words I read. I shake my head at the lack of understanding of how our government works and the hubris associated with that lack of understanding. One of my political science professors took a sabbatical and was able to secure a position with a a member of the House of Representatives. Upon his return our Wednesday night group debriefed him on hos experiences. His story was amazing. We sitting here at our computers spewing out these words of wisdom have absolutely no idea of what goes on in Washington D.C. The deals, the pressures, the in fighting and the personality clashes due to egos larger than all out doors.

All of these insider government machinations don't hold a candle to the outside influences our representatives face daily. Bills submitted by Congressmen and Senators are usually written by the commercial world, not our representatives. And this leads us to the real problem, the money. Something needs to be done about the free flow of cash in Washington. When Texas Republicans are elected with the assistance of money from Jewish donors in New York, it seems to me there's something awry there. The existence of ulterior motives in situations like that is not suspicion, it's real.

If you believe the Citizens United case is an accurate assessment of the principle of freedom of speech, you really ought to consider the possibility the quest for Washingtonian power might have a finger in that decision. If you're a voter, the Citizens United case diminished the power of your vote and passed it on to the wealthy folks and corporate America. If you still have doubts, I remind you in the last 20 years we've elected 2 presidents without winning the popular vote. Coincidence? I don't think so. You see, before that, we need to go back to the 19th century to find the last president elected without winning the popular vote.

Continued undying support of a government which not only believes in this deviant behavior, but practices it, is not saving America, it's killing America.
Justice is served
Posted:Nov 12, 2017 1:14 pm
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2017 3:54 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The special counsel Robert Mueller announced on Saturday that he was closing the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, “effective immediately,” after hearing that President Vladimir Putin, of Russia, said he was innocent of any election meddling.
Moments after learning about Putin’s assertion, Mueller hastily assembled his staff of investigators to inform them that, now that Putin had fully exonerated himself, there was no point in continuing the probe.
“Vladimir Putin says he did nothing,” Mueller told his staff. “That’s good enough for me.”
Speaking later to reporters, Mueller said that, by disbanding his investigation, he was following the time-honored law-enforcement tradition of taking a suspect’s word for it.
“For the past several months, we’ve assembled tax records, cell-phone recordings, bank transfers, and e-mail communications that indicated Russia was involved in the election,” a visibly shaken Mueller said. “Somehow, we got it wrong—very, very wrong.”
As for his future plans, Mueller said that his first order of business was to write a hearfelt letter of apology to Putin.
“I feel terrible knowing that I’ve spent all this time investigating a person who did absolutely nothing wrong,” he said. “Hindsight is 20/20, but I really should have called him first and asked him what really happened.”
Recent elections
Posted:Nov 9, 2017 1:43 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 4:49 am

I will not reap the ire of hypocrisy by telling you I'm unhappy with the results of the recent elections. There are a couple of things which need to be said, however.

First, my jubilation is limited. While pleased with the outcomes, I am not dancing in the streets, nor do I feel the need to rub any GOP noses in what I'm sure they perceive as excrement. As a student of politics I realize full well political tides have a tendency to change and quite unexpectedly. For example, President Trump might actually do something in the next year which might ameliorate this rather significant loss. While I have speculated on the outcome of a few sporting events, I'm not willing to bet on that one.

In terms of expectation, it's quite difficult to imagine a different outcome when 64% of Americans disapprove of the president's work thus far. The 30% who think he's doing a wonderful job will not be sufficient to carry him through a re-election, but barring indictment, impeachment or the 25th Amendment, President Trump will complete his four year term.

Finally, despite what any of the 30% might believe, the losses in Virginia and New Jersey fall squarely on the shoulders of Donald Trump. If the 64% disapproval rate isn't enough, look at the manner in which the president attempted to eliminate that as a source for the defeats. He tweeted Gillespie's defeat was because he DIDN'T adhere to the Trump policies, such as they are. This is an amazing revelation in light of the fact Gillespie ran a campaign which mirrored President Trump's run for office. Completely negative, racist and strictly personal.

Yes, I raised a glass of my favorite libation after the results were in, and I did so in true celebration. But, it's like winning the 6th game of the World Series, there's still one to go.
The Problem Is Never The Problem
Posted:Nov 6, 2017 5:31 am
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2017 4:12 pm

One of the main issues in the discussion regarding tax reformation and more specifically tax cuts is revenue. Will the reduced income be sufficient to run the government? In the course of this discussion one of the GOP Phi Beta Kappas resolved the controversy by stating revenue wasn't the problem, spending was the problem. That's a little like saying someone with a drinking problem doesn't have a drinking problem, they have a thirst problem.

In one of the bi-weekly discussions on gun control, a discussion after every mass shooting, another of the GOP elite stated there is no gun problem, there's a mental health problem. Unfortunately, our President made the same statement. I might be swayed to that solution but I'd have to re-assign the mental health problem to a different group.

Having run out of cogent arguments for the continued mass production of inherently deadly weapons, the pro-gun folks have decided, like the GOP tax experts, to declare the absence of a problem, thus eliminating the necessity of further discussion.

I guess we'll have to find another problem since these no longer exist.
Some would follow him into the jaws of Cerberus
Posted:Oct 24, 2017 11:31 am
Last Updated:Oct 25, 2017 7:45 pm

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – Calling himself “unbelievably brave,” Donald Trump said on Monday that he is the only President in U.S. history with the courage to stand up to war widows.
“You look at guys like Obama and Clinton and the Bushes, when it came to war widows, they all blinked,” he said. “For years, we weren’t winning at widows.”
In contrast, Trump said, he has made defeating war widows one of his top priorities as President. “Forget about Iran and China and Little Rocket Man,” he said. “This country has been pushed around by war widows for far too long.”
Trump said that Senator John McCain, who has mocked the President’s draft-dodging during Vietnam, has “never shown an ounce of courage when it comes to fighting war widows.”
“McCain can talk about what he did in Vietnam all he wants,” Trump said. “But the guys who have gone toe to toe with a war widow, contradicted her version of events, and refused to back down—we are the true heroes.”
It might be getting closer
Posted:Oct 12, 2017 5:52 am
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 11:56 am

According to Business Insider, Steve Bannon has predicted President Trump has about a 30% chance of completing his term in office. Furthermore, President Trump's exit, Bannon predicts, will not be at the hands of an impeachment, rather as a result of the tenets of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution The 25th Amendment states in pertinent part the President can be removed from office when more than half, in this case 13 of 24, cabinet members along with the Vice President vote the President is incapable or unfit to continue as the President of the United States. I think the cabinet members, White House staff workers, the majority of Congress, Washington insiders and those across the nation who are kept informed of the goings on in Washington are aware of the tenuous position our government currently finds itself. There is even talk now that General Kelly, one of the three individuals who are heavily armed with band aids keeping this nation afloat, is considering leaving his position.

If that weren't enough, unbelievably, Sean Hannity had a one hour interview with the President before a very pro-Trump crowd and nothing newsworthy came out of it. I can't imagine supposedly the most powerful man in the world having a one hour interview and nothing of substance happened. Yet the 30% cling to President Trump like Saran Wrap.

The most recent act of insanity and ignorance is the threat to remove NBC's license to broadcast. First, NBC doesn't have a license, only its affiliates have licenses. NBC is not a television station, it's a network, there is considerable difference. More importantly, however, am I the only one who sees the Hitlerianism or the Stalinism in the state trying to control the news media? Good grief !!

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