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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.

This “quote is authentic, and taken from the 1 February 1981 cover story in Parade magazine; it was part of Billy Graham’s account of conversations with fellow reverend Jerry Falwell, who helmed the conservative politcal group the Moral Majority. Graham said:”

“I told him to preach the Gospel. That’s our calling. I want to preserve the purity of the Gospel and the freedom of religion in America. I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. Liberals organized in the ’60s, and conservatives certainly have a right to organize in the ’80s, but it would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”

https://www.snopes.com/…/did-billy-graham-warn-against-mix…/

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Whether you have an interest in history or just pay attention when you hear things, you know enough to have the human ability to reason.  Even in the face of evidence you do not want to see or believe.  Some people will indeed fall for anything, and there conspiracy theories can thrive.  Some people can wear blinders so tight they dismiss anything not comfortable to the narrative (side) they have chosen.  The rest of us go on evidence, facts, knowledge and yes, intuition informed by history.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” we have all heard it said.  It took centuries and it grew to 20% of the entire world’s population.  Wikipedia tells us “The Roman Empire was among the most powerful economic, cultural, political and military forces in the world of its time. It was one of the largest empires in world history.”  It was vast, powerful, inventive, and seemingly invincible; it influences us to this day.  For 1500 years it reigned…only it fell, to corruption, inept leadership, division and conquerors.

Within world history, other nations have risen and fallen also.  Some more driven, some more angry and vengeful, some led by exploration and movement and some by evil, power hungry mad men.  History is replete with carnage, conquering and vanquishing.  Our own nation was born no differently (and not nearly so long ago).

When America was born, there were so many wonderful ideals involved that it is really easy to close our eyes to the carnage, the evil and the wrong-headed leaders we have suffered. The systematic annihilation of the native tribes is not our finest ideals on display. Many native tribes and activists have tried to have conversations but a reckoning has yet to happen.  Chattel slavery was not an American ideal realized at our birth either.  It was hated, protested, vilified and condemned from the beginning; and many Americans fought it all of their lives.  We bargained over it, we compromised over it, we lied about it, we embraced it, we were ashamed of it, and we eventually even came to such a divide that a Civil War happened and approximately 750,000 people died. Even when it was decided on the battle field and then in our Congress, the people who believed in it, found ways to keep free people in chains, despair, fear and subjugation.  It is just not a pretty time to dwell on.  For many of us, it is shameful. The reckoning has yet to happen.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tried and he tried eloquently, intelligently, with compassion and non-violence to bring that reckoning about, but he was silenced in the way many martyrs have been.

The examples of America’s rise and influence in a relatively short span of history are remarkable and we can thank the luck of providence that we attracted and then maintained so many good, progressive and intelligent leaders who wanted prosperity for American values and ideals as much as and often more than power and gain for themselves.  While our leadership has blundered, it has also soared and we should, by now, be able to tell the difference between a statesman and a charlatan.  The Founders counted on it.  Dear God in Heaven how we have failed on that promise.

Did you know that Japan just “wanted to goad the United States into an agreement to lift the economic sanctions against them” and cripple our response to their ongoing expansion? Stupid, vainglorious leadership lead to so many deaths and the first use of nuclear weapons.

Did you know the German people manifested their bloodthirsty desire to kill Jews, Gypsies, and the disabled because Hitler promised it would make Germany great again?  Evil, egomaniacal leadership caused such death and destruction.

Did you know Stalin sold the propagation of Communism to “end exploitation and conflict” in the world?  Did you know Mussolini promised “to recreate the Roman Empire’s glory” by way of nationalistic, anti-socialist, and anti-liberal” invective in Italy?  Power mad and persuasive, cruel leaders who cared more for their fame and power than the nations they “led.”

If you look at every bad thing that has ever been perpetrated by any nation, there is a theme:  A bad, evil, power hungry, fanatical or corrupt leader AND people willing to follow them.

It is our national duty to believe in and uphold our Constitution.  It is our Constitution, not any leader, not any Congress, not any party, that holds this nation together and tells us which way to go.  How we interpret the laws, how those laws “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” is our decision.  Do we, as citizens “ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” or do we let so-called leaders go against it and our values time and time again?  Do we stand up to inequality, injustice, bigotry, racism, greed, corruption, malfeasance and even treason or do we look the other way because our party is in power and can ride roughshod over the “snowflakes” and “libtards” trying to point out that we have lost our way?

Do we stand with the courage and conviction of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and the reverence of George Washington for what we know is right and American? Or, do we stand with Donald Trump and haters shouting “Make America great again” by going against our values, ideals and goals?  Do we stand in unity against hurting, defaming, lying, insulting ignorance, deliberate provoking and corruption or do we allow it because we got a tax break (as our debt soars)? Can you stand with a liberal if America is at stake?  What kind of American are you?