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Now as Then
Posted:Jan 18, 2019 4:36 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2019 7:30 pm

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,--
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need ,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

H. W. Longfellow
Out Of Touch
Posted:Dec 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2019 1:22 pm

In this season of joy and peace isn't it about time the GOP caught up with the remainder of Americans? We find ourselves in the midst of a national divide which is tearing the United States apart, while the GOP, or what's left of it, continues to swim against the current.

Most recently, polls have shown 79% of Republicans approve the construction of a
border wall, while 59% of Americans in general disapprove of such construction. A prime example of the different direction the GOP is taking from mainstream America. Furthermore, 86% of Republicans approve of President Trump's performance while 38% of American's in general share their approval. The GOP is clearly traveling the road less taken.

Whether or not Christ would approve of our president's performance is a prediction I'll leave to those professed Christians, some of whom believe adultery is not a bar to evangelicalism. Meanwhile, I'll remain in the disapproval group from a political standpoint.

In the meantime, here's wishing one and all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays.
They still don't get it
Posted:Dec 13, 2018 2:57 pm
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2019 10:53 am

I remain unaware of all that's known by Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation. Therefore, I remain unaware of where this journey is headed. However, the last couple of days has been enlightening beyond words and furthers my suspicions that the ongoing investigation is far more revealing than anyone here can fathom. The righties here are loathe to admit, however, the president may be up to his eyeballs in a quagmire from which escape is becoming less and less likely.

It's amazing to realize the information we are now learning for the first time has been known by Mr. Mueller for some time. Logic tells us this. The investigation would have been over months ago is there was little or no evidence warranting its continuance. Yet the right wing investigative geniuses refuse to acknowledge any wrongdoing because it doesn't fit into their right/wrong, black/white world. They ask for hard and fast evidence of which we are unaware and it surpasses the limits of their understanding of the obvious. There are dichotomies galore here but the most blatant is the vehement desire for "the wall" to keep out the drug dealers and criminals while allowing a foreign nation to destroy our revered voting system so the president can garner more and more wealth.
Whining, double standards and expertise
Posted:Dec 5, 2018 8:27 am
Last Updated:Jan 10, 2019 8:54 pm

I've been reading the recent posts here in Right Wing Heaven and offer some observations.

There are disparaging words regarding Sen. Bernie Sanders using a private jet followed by some required name calling and then followed by more disparaging words from folks who openly, vehemently and vociferously support a president who has, and continues, to spend millions of dollars each weekend so he can golf. The double standard is, apparently, lost on these experts who also profess a deep and expansive knowledge of our Constitution.

There are blogs informing us of the nature of our Constitution and the Founding Father's intent in its composition. There is also a rhetorical question which removes, via name calling and demeaning words, the Freedom of Speech guaranteed by the very Constitution the author purports to explain to us lesser Americans. Yet another double standard from a self proclaimed expert in the making and workings of the Constitution.

All of these posts are then bolstered and supported by folks who are unable to pass a Constitutional Law test if their very lives depended upon it. Evidence of this hubris can be found in the support and loyalty they give to a president who fails to recognize any of which I've just alluded. Perhaps that's the key to the loyalty and support, exacerbated by the fact none of the erstwhile authors have read even one of the 85 articles of The Federalist. It is much easier to interpret the Constitution according to personal feelings and beliefs rather than the true intent of the Founding Fathers. Citizenship in the United States of America is hard. It requires resolve, perseverance, understanding and patience. The self proclaimed experts exhibit none of those traits, relying instead on what they wished was written in that glorious document rather than what is actually written.

As I sit here watching a mourning nation bid farewell to its 41st President, I see evidence of what I say. George Herbert Walker Bush took and active role in the planning of his funeral and insisted President Trump be included., despite the fact he had little respect for him. He did, however, have great respect for the Office of President and as President Donald Trump was invited. You may recall President Trump was not invited to Barbara Bush's funeral. This is the essence of Americanism. This is a concept not understood by either President Trump or his supporters. The tenor of the posts to which I refer offers strong evidence to me because the GOP currently leads the nation yet the Democratic Party is blamed for all the maladies. The prime example is the braggadocio offered by President Trump and his supporters on the state of the economy. Rumor has it a recession is just around the corner and my prediction is it will be blamed on the Democrats because that's what today's GOP does.

Keep up the education, I feel enlightened by it.
Emerson on Trump Presidency
Posted:Nov 18, 2018 10:11 am
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2019 10:58 am

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) is quoted as saying "People see only what they are prepared to see". The loyal 30% were, and still are, prepared to see President Trump as a strong leader and successful president. Therefore, that's what they see. They seem to overlook the lies, insults, misdirection and failures which have been the earmarks of his administration. No administration is perfect. All have made their mistakes and future administrations will make theirs as well. We are, after all, human. The mistakes, malfeasance and misfeasance committed by this and other administrations will live on well past the life of the particular administration. The single hope all Americans carry is the mistakes will not harm our nation and will, instead, carry it forward to a better and more Utilitarian government.

Donald Trump has been the antithesis of this philosophy. We are at a time in our history when the United States needs a strong leader, well versed in diplomacy, the workings of government and leadership. President Trump has not managed to reach any of those goals and has, instead, sought goals of his own, at his own level, which will provide sufficient results from which he can claim some sort of victory or success. When compared to the actual needs of the nation, however, he has failed miserably, except, of course, in the eyes of those who were prepared to see him succeed. We currently need a leader, not a general contractor.

As long as the 30% continue their blind, unsubstantiated loyalty our beloved nation will continue its slide into the doldrums of mediocrity when we should, at this tenuous time in world history, be leading the world toward those humanistic and even Biblical goals of Peace on Earth. The hatred, misunderstanding and misdirection created by this blind and unsubstantiated loyalty will sink our Ship of State and keep us from the lofty, but attainable, goals we once had. We shouldn't be responding to what we want to hear and see, we should be responding to what we need to hear and see.
Something for the deniers to contemplate
Posted:Nov 14, 2018 8:11 am
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 1:08 pm

Demographically there has been a change in the voting patterns in the United States. Suburban voters overwhelmingly turned away from President Trump after two years of a failing administration. The suburbs consist, in large part, college educated folks with the emphasis on females. The Trump misogyny and outright abuse drove them from what used to be the GOP but is now the Party of Trump. There are currently 31 seats in the House which have flipped from Republican to Democrat with the distinct possibility the could rise to 40.

This mass desertion of the Trump agenda has affected the President adversely, most notably in his interaction with the press and the increased turmoil in the White House. His demeanor is visibly shaken given the monumental effort he gave to the re-election of those he thought were his base and strongest supporters. Those chickens have come home to roost and our erstwhile president is about to discover the true meaning of adversity. The whining, crying and disparaging rhetoric failed leaving Mr. Trump twisting in the wind without a clue as to how to proceed. He will not, of course, accept any responsibility for this and his remaining supporters will take up his cause and blame the media, the democrats and the traitors whose change of heart led to this blue wave. The fact he lies on a daily basis, is educationally deficient in matters pertaining to how our government works and manages to survive with a decreased mental capacity, will have no bearing on the decision of the blind loyalists to remain blind and loyal.

There is still great power in the presidency both on its own and as one of the three branches, so the times ahead will be interesting. My fear is the President has not learned anything from this defeat which means there will be no changes in the manner in which the Executive Branch operates. We have already seen the panic with the firing of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of one of the blind loyalists. His actions and demeanor in the trip to France reveal the anger and disdain which have become the foundation of his presidency. Each time he meets with foreign leaders the reputation of the United States drops a bit lower. It seems to me its a political faux pas to pick a fight with the leader of a nation where dead American heroes from two world wars are buried. Pro-Trumpists, however, support this position demonstrating the gross lack of understanding among them.

I can say all this and even repeat the Trump loyalists will bear some responsibility for all this but the hatred they carry in their hearts is far more powerful than any words of mine. This is what happens, however, when important decisions are made emotionally rather then intellectually.[/SIZE
They just don't get it
Posted:Nov 11, 2018 6:24 pm
Last Updated:Nov 25, 2018 10:45 pm

In the two years Donald Trump has been president there have been numerous elections and numerous appointments. It appears none of them have worked out too well for the GOP. Senate and House districts President Trump won by enormous margins either lost to democrats or the margin of difference was double digit figures lower than the 2016 elections. There was considerable controversy and discussion over this change of events, but the GOP apparently disregarded the drastic change or at least gave it little thought.

The polls indicated strongly the same changes, but, once again, polls are worthless endeavors unless they favor the GOP.

Now comes the 2018 midterm elections and the GOP stands to lose perhaps as many as 40 seats in the House. Fearful of such a vast loss of power, overtones of voter fraud fill the air, despite Florida's long time reputation for voting irregularities. President Trump is in full panic mode and suddenly the rumors of firing Jeff Sessions become a reality, his seat to be filled temporarily by a loyal Trump supporter. No surprise there. The reality of impeachment and indictment suddenly loom high with the President and his minions.

Now we send the President of the United States to Paris to celebrate the end of WWI and he hasn't the common decency to attend one of the important events of the visit because of rain. No one has reported the whereabouts of Vladimir Putin during this time. You can boast about the economy, which began during the Obama Administration, you can boast about tax cuts which seems to benefit the wealthy more than anyone, and you can somehow brag about 5200 troops on the border to greet a few hundred potential immigrants, but in reality we have a president ill-equipped to perform the job for which he was elected. As I have repeatedly said, you blind and loyal followers of this miscreant bear much responsibility for the damage to our nation. Believe me when I tell you your feet will be held to the fire during the recovery.
Posted:Nov 3, 2018 9:58 am
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2018 11:39 pm

The GOP won the White House, even with fewer actual votes, the GOP won the Senate, and the GOP won the House of Representatives. These being the only victories they've seen in decades, they still castigate Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. Neither Clinton nor Obama pose an electoral threat to the GOP, but they, apparently, have a strong need to hate someone, so, why not hate someone already high on the hate list despite the fact there exists no discernible reason for doing so.

Add to this the deep seeded anger which is apparent in most, if not all, the GOP posters here, and it makes me wonder where the source of this hatred and anger lies. To the best of my recollection, I have not seen any GOP post here which was positive and helpful to America. They seem to predicate their actions on the hatred and anger they can't seem to escape.

Yet they want us to continue to trust the product of this hatred and anger.

Good luck with all that........
Posted:Oct 29, 2018 2:50 pm
Last Updated:Nov 5, 2018 7:10 pm

Rose Mallinger, born in 1921, managed to survive the Holocaust, but failed to survive Trump's United States. President Trump sends 5200 U.S. troops to the Mexican border when the caravan isn't expected to arrive at the border until after the mid term election. (No politicalization there) However, pandering to fear keeps the 30% solidly behind the President. Someone once said "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". The President has used this statement to produce right wing folks who write nonsensical blogs here in SFF. It is more than mere coincidence that President Trump attends rallies in almost entirely southern states.
Patiently waiting
Posted:Oct 28, 2018 11:58 am
Last Updated:Nov 4, 2018 7:15 am

Here I sit before my computer awaiting news from the right as to how exactly democrats and the left managed to kill eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. I'm sure the explanation is out there, it's just a matter of who exposes it and which lefties are to blame.

Maisie will, I think, produce some amazing statistic which will prove beyond a doubt the left is primarily responsible for the massacre. Liszt will support her and offer his philosophical assessment of the damage caused by the democrats. BigBlock will ramble on with some nonsensical tale of connections within the Democratic Party which cause Mr. Bowers to take action. All will defend the NRA in posting armed guards at the entrances of religious facilities because a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. Fossil Fetcher will defend the right against any spurious complaints which might connect Mr. Bowers with the massacre or expose his accomplices. He won't know, of course, but that has never bothered him before.

So, I petition the right to fulfill my hopes and dreams in somehow making this a democratic maneuver with the GOP having virtually nothing to do with it. Better yet, relate this to some action taken by a wayward democrat 20 years ago which will justify the actions of Mr. Bowers and exonerate the innocent Donald Trump.

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