Friday, October 20, 2017

Is It Asking Too Much?

Is it asking too much that the President focus on the important things and speak truth rather than lies?  That he not try desperately to find a way to use nuclear weapons, but to find ways to avoid it? That he show respect to all people, whatever their beliefs, race, or nationality?  That he dig deep and find empathy for those who have suffered from natural disasters? That he find a way to express sorrow to parents, spouses, children and other family members of fallen service men and/or women?  That he surround himself with people who know more about government, and when they offer assistance to him, he accepts their advice? Is it asking too much that the President appeal to the better angels of the citizens who wish their own country harm?

Is is asking too much to expect the President to simply be a decent human being?

Is it asking too much that members of the House of Representatives and Senate act as agents of "checks and balances" as they were elected to do?  To ask them to have the integrity to do what they know is best for the country, rather than what is best for the Party? To pass bills that they know will be for the good of the people, and raise them up, instead of tearing them down? 

Is it asking too much for them to simply be decent human beings? 

I don't think it was an accident when both former presidents Bush and Obama made similar-sounding speeches admonishing both President Trump and his followers. I think they are so alarmed at the direction this country is going that they were compelled to speak out.  And, I hope they will influence other people of integrity to speak out, too.

It's time to drown out the naysayers who want nothing more than to bring down our government, and who better to do it than former office-holders of both parties?

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Protest Votes Are Dangerous

I realize I haven't posted since before the election.  That's because the election left me speechless. What a travesty.  I understand, and even agree that big changes need to be made in Washington. I even understand the rationale behind a "protest vote" to get the attention of the elected officials.  But, this particular protest vote?  If you are serious about your protest, you ought to make sure that the person you are voting for is someone who will not bring down the entire government.  If that was the actual goal of your vote, shame on you.

People were so focused on the Presidential election, they forgot that the people who are doing the most harm are the people in the House and Senate. They are the ones who should have been voted out of office if we were so determined to make positive change.  Trump would have been irrelevant if one or the other (or both) Houses had been flipped. It is never a good idea when both houses and the White House are held by the same party - either party.  When that happens, there are no checks and balances.

When I turn on the TV every morning, I listen to the latest inane tweets that came from the President while he wandered the halls of the White House in his robe and jammies in the early hours of the morning.

It's just a distraction and it's all the media can talk about, when they ought to be watching not what he says, but what he does.  They still haven't figured that out. There is a lot of talk about Trump's ability to drive the news cycle. Well, he can only drive it if they let him, by going on and on about what he tweets.  They can report what he tweets and then move on to more important things that are being obscured.

The 2016 election just shows how dangerous protest votes can be.  On a much smaller scale, when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, he enraged everyone by raising the price of auto license tags. So, when the next election rolled around, and we were still mad, we decided to teach him a lesson.  We thought by voting for his opponent, Frank White, he would get the picture when he saw how many fewer votes he got, but we didn't think he'd actually lose the election.  Well, it backfired on us, and we had to endure Frank White as Governor, and everyone made fun of White and us until we could re-elect Bill Clinton.  So, who learned a lesson?  We did.

I hope the Trump voters will realize their protest has backfired on them.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Right Time, Wrong Woman

I have been at a loss for words for this whole campaign.   I started out by saying that I hoped Hillary wouldn't run because I knew what she (and we) would have to go through throughout the campaign, and beyond, if she won.  I didn't want to go through it, even though I have waited a long, long time to be able to vote for a woman for President.  So, when she won the Primaries, I decided to vote for her, and grin and bear it throughout a difficult campaign. 

However, I had no way of knowing how mean spirited and disappointing the campaign would be. I have never, ever heard such vitriol spewed from any candidate as I heard from Donald Trump.  I hoped that Hillary would be able to rise above it and ignore the nastiness and just stick to her positions.  Alas, she couldn't help but sink to his level at times.  

I was appalled when Donald Trump actually won.  And, I was mad at Hillary. 

Now that the dust has cleared, everyone is analyzing what went wrong.  So, I think I'll do my own analyzing, if you can stand it. 

For over a year, the media aired every single word Trump uttered.  They took his phone calls, covered his rallies, repeated his tweets, and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the show.  During that time, they rarely even said Hillary's name, let alone reported on her speeches. It was only when they realized that the race could be close that they went into panic mode and turned against Trump. 

Then, the FBI got into the act, showing a partisanship that no one realized existed. The head of the FBI pleased the Democrats when he made a highly unusual speech clearing Hillary of any criminal wrongdoing, and declining to recommend an indictment.  He said everything against her that he could possibly say before he cleared her. That should have been the end of the e-mail scandal that wasn't a scandal at all.  But, no, at the end of the campaign, Comey gave in to pressure and, eleven days before the election, sent a letter suggesting he might be re-opening the investigation.  He didn't come out and SAY it, just let everyone assume what he meant. Then, the weekend before the election, he sent a letter saying they had discovered nothing new in the e-mails of Houma Abedin. But, it was too late. The damage was done.  I hope President Obama tells Comey that he will accept his resignation before he leaves office.  

Then, there was Hillary, herself.  She spent an astonishing amount of money that did absolutely no good at all, not even in the down-ticket races.  She ran a race that left no doubt in anyone's mind that she was the quintessential insider, at a time when the country was in a mood to kick them all out and elect the ultimate outsider.  She didn't hold any big rallies and she concentrated on the cities and ignored the rural areas altogether, in spite of the fact that Bill Clinton warned against this tactic.  Apparently, he was ignored, to Hillary's peril. 

The pollsters made a similar mistake, polling in the more urban areas, and creating false hope among the Clinton voters, to the point that many of them didn't bother to vote.  

As I warned, at the time, a large number of Bernie's millennials   didn't bother to vote.  

In the meantime, we're stuck with a flim-flam man in the White House, who will do everything he can to enrich himself and his family. I guess the voters ultimately get what they deserve.

But, the fact remains that Hillary did win the popular vote, for all the good that does her.  We have to make major changes in the way we conduct elections in this country.  If I knew what could be done, I'd say so, but some way we have to ensure that everyone's vote is meaningful.  In many states, including my state of Arkansas, our votes didn't count at all.  

In the meantime, we're stuck with a flim-flam man in the White House, who will do everything he can to enrich himself and his family at the expense of the government and, maybe even the U.S. Treasury. I guess the voters ultimately get what they deserve.

So what do you think should be done in future elections? 

Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Week The Circus Came To Town

I thought he'd never shut up. Not that I watched a minute of the convention. I just saw the highlights every evening on the nightly news. 

It's over, at last- the train wreck that was the Republican Convention. It's time to return to reality. Does anyone else think it's hilarious that the song that was played at the end was "You Can't Always Get What You Want?"  The Rolling Stones must be so proud. 

I'm looking forward to next week's Democratic Convention, which could be a circus of another kind, frankly. But, not nearly as painful.

Why does anger and hatred always seem to work?  The man is an empty suit. And, I'm frankly afraid he could actually be elected.  I hate to think what will happen to this country if he does. The Republicans in the Senate and Congress will roll right over him, and he's not smart enough to realize it. They'll simply make him think everything is his idea. 

I'm so disgusted, I can't even talk about it any more.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Bernie Has Gone Too Far

I like Bernie.  If he were the Democratic candidate, I would vote for him, but only because I think Trump is a walking, talking disaster. Let's face it, I would never vote for any Republican, but I would vote. It's not only a privilege, it's a duty, and I wish more people felt that way.  

But, I think Bernie  has been disingenuous with his young followers. It's all well and good to want to provide young people with debt-free college educations, but he can't accomplish it without raising taxes, and even if he could make it happen, it wouldn't cover everything, as he seems to suggest. 

He should have explained from the beginning that those free college educations would only cover tuition for the public colleges and universities.  No point hoping to go to Ivy League Colleges for free.  They're all private colleges. And, again, those same students' parents would be paying higher taxes, along with the rest of us. Those young people need to understand that there is simply no free lunch.

Same with health care.  I would love to see single-payer coverage for everyone.  It should happen, should have happened decades ago.  But, life is made up of choices, and we, as a country, made the choice to have the biggest, most expensive fighting force in the world, and that did it for health care. Bernie can't possibly bring a change in health care for the better without convincing the Department of Defense, the Senate and the Congress that we simply don't need our armed forces in every single country in the world. I don't see that happening, do you?

I have no problem with Bernie Sanders keeping his campaign going until the last primary is over.  And, I have no problem with him making a big, prime-time speech. And, I think consideration should be given to some of his ideas about the platform. He is absolutely right when he says the process of voting need to be changed. But, he probably wouldn't agree with me on the specifics, though. For instance, I think we should do away with caucuses, among other things.  More on that subject in a later Blog, maybe.

Here's where I have a problem with Bernie at this point in the campaign.  He has been in office for decades, as a Socialist who has been allowed to caucus with the Democrats.  He has been on the receiving end of the Democrats' "largess," in that they have supported him in his many campaigns, and, in many instances, he has received funds from Democrats. And, in all the years, he has never once returned the favor, and has never gotten any meaningful legislation passed.  He has never bothered to campaign for any other candidates, and is doing precious little for down-ticket candidates even now.

Now, all of a sudden, he has decided to try to turn the Democratic Party on its ear, and he doesn't seem to care if he destroys the very hand that has fed him, so to speak.

I just fee that it is time for him to get behind  the inevitable candidate, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats and get real with his followers and encourage them to do the same.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hillary! They're Out To Get Her

I know, I know, I haven't posted in forever.  And, I thought this election season would be so much fun. Not so, at least so far.  I usually have a great time making fun of the Republican candidates, but, this year, I'm just too appalled by them.   Suffice it to say it appears, at least at this early date, that Trump is set to whine about not being treated fairly, and hurl insults at everyone, including his own followers and, in the end, become the candidate.  But, it's just not fun, so I'm going to talk about Hillary and Bernie.

First, I don't know why she wants to put herself through all the criticism and lies that are being thrown at her, not only by the Republicans, but especially women.  Why on earth would the likes of Susan Sarandon  want to say all the awful thing she is saying about Hillary?  What is it about Bernie Sanders that would appeal to her?  What she is saying borders on the personal.

Hillary has been criticized for one thing or another since Bill was Governor of Arkansas.  Back then, men, who seemed to hold all the state offices gave her no respect at all.  They thought of her as an "uppity woman" and she just seemed amused by them, especially when all they seemed to find to criticize her about was her hairdo.  Barbara Pryor got some of that treatment, too, every time she changed her look.  I guess they expected Hillary and Barbara to keep the same hairdos decade after decade.  If it was good enough for Mamie Eisenhower, it should have been good enough for them. 

The more Hillary proved herself to be smart and competent, and kept on working as a lawyer, the more scandalized people in Arkansas became. But, she didn't go to law school for all those years just to sit in the Governor's Mansion and think of ways to redecorate.  She was criticized for continuing to work after Chelsea was born, although she proved to be a very good and attentive mother. And, look at Chelsea, now.

What I really can't understand is the young voters all flocking after Bernie Sanders.  His promised are all just pie in the sky, and none of his ideas will ever get past a Republican House and Senate, even assuming he is electable. All I can figure out is he is such a lovable old guy, and reminds the young people of their grandpas, or the grandpas they wish they had.

It looks as though he will win the New Hampshire primary, which is happening as I type this.  But, we'll see what happens across the southern tier and out west.  I don't think he can win because all those young people he is courting will be back in school and most of them won't bother to show up for the general election. They never do.

I do have a prediction for you.  If Hillary loses, I'll bet it'll be because the women abandoned her this time around, and the Republicans will have been successful in their efforts to convince voters that she can't be trusted, which is absurd.  You heard it here. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trump Triumphs With Media Help

Why is anyone surprised that Trump is so far ahead of the other Republicans in the polls?  The idiots who make up the National Media, on all of the networks, seems astonished, even though every last one of them is enabling him every minute of every day.  And, which network has made more mention of him than any of the others?  Right. MSNBC.

One theory is that the pundits on MSNBC want the campaign to come down to Trump vs Hillary, so they are reporting every horrible thing he says, so people will realize that they can't have him as our President.

I don't agree.  I think Trump has been such a media darling for so many years, the network folks have completely lost sight of what they are actually doing.  Either that, or they really want to get him elected, just because President Trump would be endlessly entertaining.  Nothing boring to report with a Trump presidency.

But I can think of two very compelling reasons why we can't let the Republicans take over all three branches of our government.  The first is the number of Federal judgeships that the Republicans have been stonewalling while Obama has been President.  The second is that, in all probability, there will be at least two openings on the Supreme Court during the next eight years.

The Republicans can do great harm in this country, without any checks and balances to keep them honest. You can see how bad things have been with both the House and the Senate in Republican hands. Think what they'll be able to do without fear of a Presidential Veto?  Good-bye Social Security, good-bye Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, for starters. And, so much more.

It just doesn't bear contemplating.

Stay tuned.