Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Working Together

 Reprinted from Social Media

Several conservatives have said that we should "work together" with the president and the Republican majority because they won the election and Trump is "everyone's president." This is my response:
 
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years...
•I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
•I will not "work together" to build a wall.
•I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.
•I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from other countries.
•I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.
•I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not "work together" to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people like killing them.
•I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone.
•I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.
•I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.
•I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.
•I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred
And racism.
•I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a "pre-existing condition."
•I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.
•I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
•I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
•I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
•I will not "work together" to give less support to government employees.
•I will not "work together" to find ways for the billionaires to cheat the system.
•I will not "work together" to implement a hiring freeze at government agencies.
•I will not "work together" to suppress reporters' right to ask questions the administrations does not like.
•I will not "work together" to bully any country, big or small.
•I will not "work together" to craft a message diminishing women and young adults.
•I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.
This is my line, and I am drawing it.
•I will stand for honesty, love, and respect for all living beings.

Monday, February 13, 2017

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

Really now, what did you expect? You put the inmates in charge of running the asylum and you thought it was going to turn our well? Surprise, surprise. The band of idiots running the White House led by the most unqualified, unprepared incompetent person ever elected to the office of President stumbles from one mess to the next.  The adminsitration has zero credibility because of one blatant lie and exaggeration after another yet Fox News and the other right wing media continue to rationalize and justify the gross ineptitude. They even attempt to say it's somehow the Democrats fault that things aren't going well.  In all of my adult life I have never seen a more disturbing or mind numbing trashing of the whole governing process of this country.  It's not as though people weren't warned by plenty of knowledgeable, experienced people at the highest levels of government that bad things were likely going to happen if Trump was elected.  He succeeded anyway.  For the die hard Trump supporters though, that doesn't really matter. They love the conflict.

For rational people, the spectacle of the Trump presidency is quickly becoming a frightening example of how fast things can deteriorate and how one man with a little star power can move the entire country in a very negative and destructive direction.   This is a sad commentary on just how America deludes itself into the fantasy we are the greatest nation on earth. We aren't and haven't been for a while. We can never afford to take care of the poor or seniors, educate and provide healthcare and a myriad of other things that make our society strong.  We can however, always afford to build more bombs and weapons of war or to support the worst the world has to offer. Our priorities are simply inconsistent with the values we provide lip service to.

Steven Miller and Steve Bannon are Dangerous

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with right wing ideologues that are destructive and dangerous to this country. Steven Miller and Steve Bannon have a view of the world and of the United States that is perverse to say the least. They use misinformation, fear and outright lies to advance their agenda in a way that undermines our democracy. It is not just a difference of philosophy they are advancing, it is a totally different value system that is based on an ultra-conservative right wing view that is often founded on conspiracy theory and paranoia.  They claim to be great patriots that base everything they do on the Constitution. They are in fact pseudo-patriots that twist and distort the very foundation of our country that would make our forefathers roll over in their graves. 

I would submit that Steven Miller, Steve Bannon and most of the other Trump surrogates are the epitome of unpatriotic, un-American opportunist that prey on undereducated, angry people who just want to fight and it really doesn't matter who they fight as long as it stands against something. We are headed down a very dangerous path and nothing good can come of it. Complacency is the enemy.  The price we will pay if we continue down this path may be incalculable.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

FEAR and HATE MONGERING are Wrong!

On a daily basis Donald Trump reminds us of what a dark, evil place we live in. Terrorist are flowing in from all directions. Murder and mayhem in the streets is everywhere. No one is safe. Trust him though, he will save us if we just do what he tells us.  The best way for you to save yourself is just sit back, say nothing, don't challenge anything, don't look at the facts. In other words, become the proverbial Ostrich with its head in the sand.  So far, it is working just as Trump planned it. The national narrative now is about keeping us safe from all those foreigners coming here. This is the new McCarthyism. It is now appropriately  Trumpism.

Creating a "Boogyman" has been standard fare for Republicans going back to Lee Atwater and the Willie Horton ads. Put fear in peoples hearts and you can control their minds. The main stream media is complicit in creating the climate of fear because they don't push back hard enough. They
don't have the courage to call Donald Trump out for what he is, a blatant fear and hate monger who is seeking political advantage by gaining submission through fear.  A climate of fear becomes the reality. You can actually be very safe, but if you believe you are in grave danger then your behavior and willingness to accept extreme measures is the reality you live in. Sad part, it significantly affects the quality of life we have. Living in fear deprives people of basic freedoms needlessly. It tends to make us suspicious, untrusting, afraid. 

Fear and hate mongers only succeed when people do not stand up and challenge them. What we have now in a President  is a school yard bully who has expanded the school yard to include the whole world. We let him do it. America elected him. We own him and ultimately everyone who voted for him owns the mess he creates.  This is no longer the America I believe in. It is moving from a live democracy with a due process model of justice to an autocracy with a crime control model overseen by a new dictator, Donald Trump.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Hypocrisy is the Norm in Washington DC


The Trump Administration and the Republican Party are the absolute definition of unbounded hypocrisy.  For the better part of two decades the Republican Party made the theme of the Clinton's belief they were above the law the centerpiece of their malicious and unrelenting smear campaign.  Now that Donald Trump is President and literally thumbing his nose at the law, shredding the Constitution and making a mockery of ethics in government, these same indignant Clinton haters stand shamelessly silent as their chosen leader drags the country from one mud hole to the next.

That is not to say the Democrats don't have their share of hypocrites as well. It seems to be the nature of the world's largest septic tank we call Washington DC. It is disgusting and a joke we call this the greatest nation on earth. In keeping with the Trump mantra, if you tell yourself a lie enough times, it will become your reality. It is a little like walking into a garage and saying "Wow, I'm in a garage. Garages are for cars. I am in a garage so therefore, I must be a car." You are in fact in a garage but you are not in fact a car. You may be dumb enough to believe you are but just because you believe it doesn't make it so.

 One thing is for sure, there is a double standard  that cannot be denied. The standards the Clinton's were held to and the standards Republicans hold Trump to and subscribe to themselves are polar opposites.

Republicans have become a mindless, malicious party that is destructive and unworthy of respect. I have watched over this last year and seen people who I considered good friends and respected follow Trump like a Pied Piper. I am extremely disappointed in them and have concluded that while we may have had a relationship in the past, we certainly do not share the same values.   Trump has profoundly changed America and negatively impacted the daily lives of common people.  This is not just a difference of opinion or philosophy, it is a question of what values you hold and how you view right and wrong.  If you believe Donald Trump is right and agree with what he is doing and how he conducts himself, then we are fundamentally different. You are free to continue down that path but I choose a different one.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Credibility is Critical for a Commander in Chief

Quality leadership provides the ability to inspire the best in people. It is the foundation of trust and confidence and for people to believe you are committed to doing the right things for the right reasons in the right way.

Donald Trump appears to be psychologically unstable, petty, vindictive and malicious. He is a proven compulsive, pathological liar who will say anything without considering the potential ramifications and ethics and integrity are not even in the mix with him. His exaggerations and self-aggrandizement knows no bounds.  He trades on fear and hate mongering like no other politician in modern history.  What is worse, he has surrounded himself with surrogates who on a daily basis prove they have absolutely no regard for the truth, or facts.

 It is a frightening time to be a citizen of the United States. I am embarrassed and ashamed to call myself an American when so many people in this country seem just fine with Trump's actions. They are like lemmings going right over the cliff. They are no different than the mindless Germans of the late 1930's who put Hitler in office and allowed the destruction of Europe and Germany because they either believed in what Hitler was doing or were so cowardly they stood silent in the face of escalating atrocities.

What is most concerning is that there may come a time that he will ask for support to take military action or some other critical measure that could have tremendous impact on our country. Without credibility and being known as a liar and exaggerator, it will be very difficult for a country to unite and follow someone who has proven himself to be reckless beyond measure.