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Great thoughts on all that “suffering” right-wingers claim…

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He drew down the number…

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Al Mackey is great at helping us see the parts that are most troublesome and need out attention to them. Good read that explains so much of what others leave out of the discussion in their zeal to protect the “lost cause” of the confederacy!

Student of the American Civil War

“Silent Sam” isn’t the only one.

Charlotte, North Carolina has this confederate monument:

Note: “Accepting the arbitrament of war, they preserved the Anglo-Saxon civilization of the South, and became master builders in a re-united country.” What this says is after the Civil War, confederate veterans across the South were white supremacist terrorists, and it celebrates them for that. It celebrates them for murdering, raping, and whipping African Americans and white Republicans all over the South.

Virginia Commonwealth University has a confederate monument dedicated to the “Richmond Howitzers,” a confederate artillery battalion.

One of the speeches at its dedication was delivered by Leigh Robinson, a veteran of the battalion. In that speech he defended slavery. “Slavery in the South rested upon the natural supremacy of the white race over the black, and the total and inevitable disqualification of the latter for an equal struggle with the former. Labor in the South, unlike Oriental bondage, Roman servitude…

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Let’s talk about America’s response to immigration.

Yes Meghan McCain, I can see where you have much to fear from us becoming more like Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand and Belgium. Just the thought of not going bankrupt due to medical bills, being able to afford child care, an education and vacations is enough to keep any young person up at night!

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I know that I rant a lot on political stuff, animal stuff, confederate stuff and the pain, harm and immorality that hurts people because that really is my passion. I love to write, I think it is therapeutic in ways conversation never will be and I think that hearing what people have to say on any topic is fascinating even when I am deeply offended over their stance. When people show me who they are…I believe them.

I know that many people are counting on Robert Mueller and his “special investigation” to give them solid “evidence” of some wrong-doing, illegality, malfeasance or possibly even collusion against Donald Trump, but I am here to tell you that really does not matter. It certainly won’t to his supporters. In this country being indicted or not never really solves anything.

The Clinton’s have been hounded and investigated for decades with never any indictment, even the impeachment did not work. But it did not matter, the right still hates them and slaps them up as ‘Exhibit A’ in any conversation about corruption because in the case of the Clinton’s, it does not matter that they were not indicted; they are still guilty, case closed. And it will not matter if Trump is ever indicted either, he is still innocent. Folks, you cannot work with that kind of blockage and there is no need to try.

For me, the greatest wrong (among so many) that Trump has committed, willfully, gleefully, with malevolent enjoyment is to add to the division in this nation. THAT should be a crime.

How wrong is it for a president to rally and viciously malign the press, the opposition party, our allies, and our citizens just for the sin of not agreeing with them? If Obama had done one-tenth of the insults, cruel tweets, mocking, and outright lies that Trump does regularly, the folks on the right would have had their AR-15’s locked and loaded and we all know it.

I saw one of those yellow snake plates that said “SAY WEN” recently and they mean it. There are Americans ready to attack, shoot and force other Americans to shut up and sit down. Whatever else Trump has done wrong, criminal, corruptly or with malice, it all pales next to how he has purposely divided this nation without so much as a scintilla of effort trying to calm, unify, compromise or respect all Americans. That is immoral in my book and nothing can change it. The man is evil. And people who support that deserve no respect at all.

I missed this when it came out. Great points. Worth the read. “Yet key measures of the nation’s public engagement, satisfaction and confidence – voter turnout, knowledge of public-policy issues, faith that the next generation will fare better than the current one, and respect for basic institutions, especially the government – are far below what they were 50 years ago, and in many cases have reached near historic lows.”

“It is difficult to argue that the cynicism is misplaced. From matters small – there are an average of 657 water-main breaks a day, for example – to large, it is clear that the country has gone into a tailspin over the last half-century, when John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier was about seizing the future, not trying to survive the present.”

“For too many, the present is hard enough. Income inequality has soared: inflation-adjusted middle-class wages have been nearly frozen for the last four decades, while earnings of the top 1% have nearly tripled. The recovery from the crash of 2008 – which saw banks and bankers bailed out while millions lost their homes, savings and jobs – was reserved almost exclusively for the wealthiest. Their incomes in the three years following the crash went up by nearly a third, while the bottom 99% saw an uptick of less than half of 1%. Only a democracy and an economy that has discarded its basic mission of holding the community together, or failed at it, would produce those results.”

http://time.com/5280446/baby-boomer-generation-america-steve-brill/

 


The simplest truth I know is that too many people seek what does not really exist in any substantial or meaningful way. We all need to stop worrying about appealing to others and actually become appealing. We do not need “them,” we never have. We need the rest, who are not stuck inside the far right or the far left.

Sure a republican with a gay child, a lost job, a sick spouse or a disabled veteran can SEE the problems in the philosophy they support, it does not often help them change their philosophy.

Sure a progressive with a good job, some savings, and an education can SEE the problems of their “things should be free” philosophy when they are pointed out, but it does not often help them change their philosophy.

While being able to discuss an issue might feel good, it does not in the end often change the political or cultural dynamic. The end of slavery was not won in the court of public opinion, it was forced by law. Ending Jim Crow and gaining Civil Rights protections for black Americans was not won in the court of public opinion, it was forced by law. Gay marriage was not won in the court of public opinion, it was forced by law. Labor safety, environmental safety, women’s suffrage, abortion rights and so much more, were not won in the court of public opinion, but forced by law. Once the right thing is established the rest falls into place.

What we need is to inform the voters we can reach, and inspire the people who do not vote. We do that by taking on the ideals of the “alt right” and the “far left” and showing the ways that the ideas we have can work. We cannot sell pie in the sky, we have to show them how to bake it, serve it and see that it feeds all. We have to win local elections and state elections as well as the national elections or else we are done. It appeals to human nature to stay the same, we have to make change palatable.

Common ground is the path we have to lay before them so that they feel empowered to grasp it. We have to respect their religion, their patriotism, their work ethic, their responsibility and show them we are not the Godless, anti-America, lazy, irresponsible people who only want free stuff they have been assured that we are. Stop talking about “free” and start talking about building access. Stop hating business and industry and start cheering innovators and entrepreneurs. Stop hating Wall Street and cheer civic minded initiatives. Too many on the far left give them reason to hate us all and that needs to stop.

We all want our kids to be educated. We all want a job and to be productive. We all want opportunity for ourselves and our children. We all want to leave a cleaner, better, safer world for future generations. We all want safety, security, affordable health care, clean air and water. Focus on what we ALL want and let’s vote to make that happen. We can compromise on the journey but we have to get on the path first.