You Are Being Manipulated; Guns, Abortion, Healthcare

“When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint. In like manner here, both sides must part with some of their demands.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

I’ve written it before, and it remains true today. YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED. You, be you Republican, Democrat, Independent, Liberal, Progressive, or Conservative…YOU are being manipulated. You are being made to feel angry. And you are being made to feel the opposition…from your point of view…is stupid or evil or both. Once I outline a few recent examples, I think you too will agree. I would ask, how could you not?

The predictable political rants over gun control following the calamitous murder of 58 Country Music fans in Las Vegas Sunday night prompts this post. As if a Pavlovian response to it those on the left are calling for restrictions or bans on assault weapons and/or bump stocks which the killer used to make his semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic killing machines. 2nd Amendment advocates reacted predictably saying the Democrats want to take away your guns and make us all servile patrons of a Nanny state.

The fact is that a poll from June 2016 (and other polls) following the killing of 49 at a Orlando nightclub showed that 55% of Americans favored tougher gun laws. But when broken down to specific restrictions like wider background checks, keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill or felons or people on the terror watch-list support grows to between 87-90%.

With such overwhelming support you have to wonder why something isn’t done by Congress. Nothing is done, because if something truly effective and SMART were done Democrats and Republicans would lose an issue in which to bludgeon the other party. Each party is served by keeping the issue alive. It goes back to the old axiom “Follow the money”. Donations to each party as well as the NRA and Anti-gun groups grows precipitously from each groups/party’s constituents whenever there is a mass killing in the United States involving guns. USA Today also reported Monday that stocks in U.S. gun makers shot up 3% following the Vegas shootings.

So Democrats keep hammering Republicans as gun lovers and as being unconcerned for those killed by gun users. The GOP is afraid to budge even on the most reasonable gun restrictions for fear of additional measures coming in the future eventually leading to repeal of the 2nd Amendment; and for fear of suffering repercussions at the ballot from gun enthusiasts.

It’s the same with Democrats and abortion. A Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion plus an additional 18 percent favor a complete ban. So, 70% of Americans favor some restrictions or a total ban on abortions. A separate ABC News poll shows 62% of Americans favor a ban on late-term or partial birth abortions. But faced with this overwhelming data Democrats jump up and down screaming that Republicans want to take away a woman’s right to choose. They say its part of the GOP’s War on Women. Like Republicans with guns they won’t budge on any reasonable abortion restrictions for fear that money will dry up and liberal voters will remove them from office. Such a position always leads to the nonsensical dodge answer we saw from Hillary Clinton during last year’s debates.

It’s been over 50 years since the Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand at any stage of a baby’s development in the womb and we still can’t get Congress and a President to agree that aborting a child days or weeks before their natural birth is essentially murder of a fellow human being. There have been numerous times in the past 25 years when Pro-Life Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress and six years under George W. Bush and right now when they controlled Congress and the Presidency. So why not take action? Because then the GOP wouldn’t have their issue any more. They wouldn’t be able to call Democrats baby killers AND continue to receive the political donations they get from Pro-Life groups. 

Healthcare is no different from the abortion issue and gun control. In watching the Republicans first in the House and then in the Senate continually fail to repeal the falling-apart Affordable Care Act with zero Democratic help or input I’ve come to two conclusions. Democrats will block and fail to support any bill that includes wording repealing Obamacare. Republicans could present a bill that is a near carbon-copy of Obamacare under a different name but Democrats wouldn’t support it if it includes language making AFA the former law of the land. Secondly, Republicans are so invested in repealing Obamacare they would never approve any legislation that keeps the name, AFA, even if it’s proposed solutions completely overturn every unwanted, unworkable aspect of the key piece of legislation in Barack Obama’s legacy.

And holding on to a “problem” for political gain is not just an American tradition. Or have you not heard about the plight of the Palestinian refugees. 70 years ago hundreds of thousands of Arab peoples fled the newly formed state of Israel for neighboring Arab, mostly Muslim, states of Lebanon and Syria and Jordan. Those refugees and their subsequent heirs are denied citizenship, home ownership or any kind of legal status in the countries to which they fled. Stop for a moment and ask yourself, what would happen if they were welcomed in all legal sense into the nations in which they’ve resided for the past 70 years? Would we still have a Palestinian crisis? My guess is no at best; and at worst it would be a far less divisive issue resulting in far less terrorist deaths and wars all these many decades later.

Neither Republican or Democratic party will compromise on our issues. In today’s political real-life world to compromise is to be a traitor to your party and to your constituents.

Thank God our great American leaders of the past didn’t feel that way. At the first Constitutional convention the elderly statesman Benjamin Franklin urged his fellow conventioneers to approve the newly written document saying: “I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution: For when you assemble a Number of Men to have the Advantage of their joint Wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those Men all their Prejudices, their Passions, their Errors of Opinion, their local Interests, and their selfish Views. From such an Assembly can a perfect Production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this System approaching so near to Perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our Enemies, who are waiting with Confidence to hear that our Councils are confounded, like those of the Builders of Babel, and that our States are on the Point of Separation, only to meet hereafter for the Purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure that it is not the best.” He compromised.

So did Abraham Lincoln. Most people’s knowledge of history tells them that our 16th President freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. If that’s your memory, your memory is false. Lincoln compromised. His Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 only freed the slaves in the rebellious Confederate states. Four “border states”, Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware, had slavery and fought for the Union. Lincoln didn’t want to lose those states to the Confederacy. So he compromised his own principles for the greater good of winning the war, retaining the United States whole and living to fight the battle of slavery at another time.

One of the least known but impactful compromises in American history was the Connecticut Compromise of 1787 which created the bicameral Congress we live under today. It allowed for each state regardless of size to have two representatives in the Senate, and representation based on population in the lower House.

Let’s imagine for a moment what might happen if our political leaders stopped driving wedges between Americans and instead compromised on these three divisive subjects.

What if Democrats agreed to halt all late-term abortions after 20 weeks (like a bill just passed by the House last week) in exchange for bans on bump stocks, assault weapons and gun sales to all with mental health issues, criminal backgrounds, or on the terrorist watch list. Republicans would agree to the greater good of saving unborn lives while relinquishing their debatable and somewhat twisted interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

On healthcare what if Republicans agreed to let the name Affordable Care Act stand, but agreed with Democrats to completely change it by removing the mandatory insurance purchases by individuals and companies, allowing for intra-state purchase of insurance, and tax-deductible health savings accounts, as well as high deductible catastrophic coverage policies.

What would happen…three issues that have been issues dividing Americans for decades would instantly be removed. Each side would have to compromise on one of their core issues, so neither side would look like losers…or both sides would. And Americans could truly benefit from some common sense legislation that most Americans support. Other issues may still cause us to debate but these 3 vitally important matters will finally be addressed in a truly bipartisan common sense manner.

No I’m not drunk.

 

We’re not listening to each other

Can anything be heard over the screaming?

When did all this start? When did our American society become so divided? And when did our people become so angry with each other?

A pessimist might say it began at our nations founding when a two-party political system was established. Founding Father John Adams, our nations 1st Vice-President and 2nd President as well as co-editor/author of the Declaration of Independence warned us against such a system. John Adams said: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic intotwo great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

Some might say division of cultures with the Civil War was never resolved and those divisions continue to this day.

It’s hard to argue that men and women think differently which is why most men are Republican and most women are Democrat. So, perhaps our slow decline began in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Prior to then our nations leaders were chosen almost exclusively by white men whose interests and ambitions were not too different one from the other.

True political division was seen in the 1960s and that might be the beginning of all of today’s troubles. It is when many historians say America’s government stopped trusting its people, and people stopped trusting its government culminating emphatically with the Watergate scandal.

I tend to think today’s specific problems began more recently. In 1992 after 12 years of relative progress in worldwide peace, the end of the Cold War, racial relations, and economic well-being we elected Bill Clinton President. Republicans were furious at losing the White House to a small state Governor with serious personal-morality flaws who took the highest seat in the land having received only 43% of the vote. They saw it as a stolen election with Ross Perot taking what they felt was rightfully the votes of President George H.W. Bush. And to make sure the anger and resentment was shared equally on both sides of the political aisle Democrats were enraged eight years later when in 2000 Bush’s son won the Executive Office in the closest election in history. Historians have calculated that George W. Bush beat Democratic nominee Al Gore by less than 200 votes in Florida only after a Conservative Supreme Court ruled that the Florida vote recounts must stop. And the win in Florida gave the whole nation to Bush.

Yelling and pointing fingers

Barrack Obama won election in 2008 as the most leftist President this country has ever had. And no matter what any pundit thinks the cause, no Republican, not John McCain, not Abraham Lincoln, was going to win in 2008. The economy was in shambles, we were at war over seas, and more importantly the pendulum had swung back to the left as it tends to do in this country every 8-to-10 years. But having the first black President with a decidedly left ideology made the extreme right in this country “Angry”; most of the anger was for genuine disagreements in Obama’s political stances. Sadly some was racist. But I truly don’t believe racism was the primary reason for opposition to Obama. Democrats think its was the only reason. After all, what did Obama ever say or do that wasn’t spot-on perfect? 😛

As an older white man I hold a pretty unique point of view on society and race relations. While not exclusive, I am one of a very small minority to have lived and experienced the variety that comes from three very different and divergent cultures. I was raised in an upper middle class almost exclusively white city of Bellevue, WA. My parents and grandparents were all American born with German ancestry. Our traditions followed the American-European traditions of my ancestry in faith, (we’re Christian) in politics, food, dress, celebrations, etc.

At age 23 I married a black woman. For 28 years I was closer to her black family and their traditions and customs than I was to my family and traditions. And yes they varied. Not a lot. But the differences and certainly the beliefs were distinct.

Sadly my marriage ended, and while not entirely or even largely, I believe my ex-wife’s ardent devotion to Barrack Obama (as with nearly all other black Americans) and my opposition to him began to divide us ultimately leading to the dissolving of our union. Her total commitment to him was so unmoving that I strongly believe she began to look at me differently and more critically.

Does finger-pointing and yelling ever lead to resolution?

I have since been blessed to meet and love a Mexican woman and to receive her love in return. It’s been an adventure and sometimes a challenging one learning her culture and traditions. But it has been instructive.

Here is the single most obvious societal and cultural fact I have learned about my life with whites, blacks and Hispanics: WE ARE SEPARATE. We may live side by side, and in most large cities in this country we do. But we are as separated as if we lived oceans apart. Not surprisingly blacks like to hang out with blacks, whites hang out with white people, and in my view to an even MUCH larger degree Hispanics congregate with other Hispanics. And while I have no experience living with and co-mingling with Asians I don’t think its a stretch to say Asian people like other Asian people. Right?

Black, Asian, White, Hispanic

So is this a problem? Obviously the answer is yes it is…and simultaneously no it is not. It’s a problem because we all reflect to some degree or another that which we are most frequently exposed to. And if our exposure is limited to our own minority (or majority) ethnicity, traditions, beliefs and cultures our actions, words, and beliefs will be reflective accordingly. And the problem with that is we tend to look at other cultures and traditions and beliefs as different (which they are) and bad or evil (which they are not). They’re just different.

I’ll give you one personal example. My beautiful Mexican lady and I have celebrated 2 Christmas’ together so far. And MY tradition of Santa Claus being part of Christmas is not only not celebrated by my lady-love, it’s actually a point of antagonism. Mexicans don’t celebrate Santa Claus; nor do most other countries or cultures in the world. She explains that the Mexican tradition is to teach children that Baby Jesus brings them gifts on Christmas eve. She looks at Santa Claus as evil because it takes away from the true meaning of Christmas, which is to celebrate and worship the birth of our Lord and Savior. She feels so strongly that she won’t even use gift wrapping paper or holiday cards with Santa depictions. Conversely, I too celebrate the birth of Jesus. But I look at Santa as a magical tradition dating to the true story of Saint Nicholas and representing everything that is good…love…generosity…sharing…charity. Our loving, peaceful life together depends on each of us respecting each others traditions. I can’t expect her to ADOPT all of my traditions. Nor can she expect that of me. But in this example and other unmentioned ones our survival as a happy couple requires that we listen to each other and accept the differences and embrace as many of them as we’re able.

How is this different from society at large? I maintain that it isn’t. Based on what I’ve seen in these three different races and cultures that I’ve experienced in my life I think its foolhardy to expect blacks to change who they predominantly choose to hang out with and get their points-of-view from. Same with Hispanics. It’s the same for white people…but liberals seem to think this fact makes white people racist. It doesn’t. It makes them normal human beings.

So finding a solution to the political and racial tensions in this country is as simple as finding collaboration between two people enjoying Christmas together and with family. As simple as a man who loves football and a wife who doesn’t co-existing 5 months out of the year. As simple as a rock-n-roll fan and a country music fan cohabitating. Open your present from Baby Jesus Christmas Eve and then tear into the stockings Christmas morning. Watch your football alone or with friends while your non-football fan wife goes shopping or to the Salon. Listen to your Rush, Led Zeppelin, Journey or Fleetwood Mac on your time while your partner listens to Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flats or Sam Hunt on their time. Then take turns when your together or don’t listen to anything at all…except each other.

It’s clique, but its true. The things that unite us as Americans far outweighs the things that divide us. Be generous, be accepting, compassionate and empathetic. When faced with people who think differently than you listen and avoid anger. Some may think more emotionally; some may think more logically. Some may base their thinking on their beliefs and traditions and what they’ve been taught. It’s important to remember its different from what you’ve been taught. And you will never change their mind yelling and pointing fingers. You might win them over if you just accept them, wish them well, live and let live.

May God be with you all and bless your  lives.

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My Hail Mary for Trump Against Hypocrisy

He's the best of our bad choices.

He’s the best of our bad choices.

This blog will be read by relatively few people in the last day before the 2016 Presidential Election. Many who will or might read this have already voted. All the significant bombshells for or against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have already been launched. So what’s the point of writing this advocacy for a man so many dislike or even hate? Because the seriousness of this election warrants doing so.

Trump is right about at least one thing in this election campaign. Clinton is likely the most corrupt candidate to ever come this far in a U.S. Presidential election. How about this fact alone: Clinton destroyed over 30-thousand emails after they had been subpoenaed by Congress, with her staff even destroying some devices with hammers. FBI Director James Comey says he wouldn’t recommend prosecution of Clinton because he couldn’t prove intent. What more evidence of intent do you need than intentionally destroying material-evidence after its been subpoenaed? Richard Nixon erased 18 minutes of audio recordings and was forced to resign. Hillary Clinton destroys 30k emails and is elected President. Maybe.

Peter Schweizer is the author of the controversial book “Clinton Cash”. He said it best the other day when he said, “The worst part about Clinton avoiding prosecution is that if she gets away with it other politicians will copy her behavior”. America, is that what you want?

It’s important to acknowledge that a lot of Americans will vote for Clinton not because she is such a prized candidate but because of two specific reasons completely unrelated to her unworthiness. One, she’s a woman and would be the first ever female President.  If you’re in this camp just imagine, for a moment, if you heard someone say “I’m voting for Trump because he’s a man”. Such thinking, either way, is bigoted and non-sensical.

The second reason people vote for Clinton is because they dislike Donald Trump even more. This would be a valid reason if not for Clinton’s total disqualifying characteristics, and if not for the hypocrisy associated with much of the charges leveled against Trump. Let’s look at some of them.

Trump is a womanizer and misogynistAs to hating women, that’s ridiculous. Trump attacks anyone who confronts or disrespects him, male or female. Gender doesn’t matter. He’s an equal opportunity bully, if you will. Trump has hired and promoted dozens of women in his business including hiring a woman to oversee the construction of Trump Tower back in the 80s when hiring a women for such a large construction project had never, NEVER, been done before.

The charges that Trump is a womanizer can hardly be defended. But the hypocrisy in this matter is so thick you could cut it with a knife. It’s not as if Trump would be the first man who fooled around to serve as President. John Kennedy’s sexual exploits have become the subject of legend. Dwight Eisenhower had an affair with his Secretary. Franklin Roosevelt died while in the company of his long time mistress. Warren G. Harding suffered a heart attack and died while having sex with his mistress in the White House! And the King of all hypocrisy is voting for Hillary knowing you also voted for her husband whose affairs were known prior to his election in 1992 and whose dalliance with a 22-year-old intern was known prior to his 1996 re-election. If you voted for Bill Clinton and won’t vote for Trump because of his womanizing you are a hypocrite, period.

The charges that Trump forced a kiss on some women or groped a few others I simply don’t believe. Trump has been a huge public figure for over 30 years with no such charges having ever been levied against him. And suddenly he’s running against the corrupt Clinton Machine and these charges service? Some more than 30 years ago? Until a court of law says otherwise I simply believe these stories are lies or exaggerations. It’s important to note that NONE of these claims were brought forward during the Republican Primary when had they surfaced the nomination would have certainly gone to someone else. No. It wasn’t until it was clear that he was the nominee and that he would face Clinton that we heard anything about Trump mistreating women. I don’t believe them.

Trump won’t release his tax records. The story is this is unprecedented. The story is a lie. While Mitt Romney released his tax records in 2012, he didn’t when he finished second in the nominating process in 2008. Politifact says (not including Romney) seven candidates for President or Vice-President have not released their Federal Tax records since 1976. And that list does not include 1984 Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro DID release her tax records after Democratic nominee Walter Mondale tapped her to be the first female candidate ever for Vice-President (of a major party). But Ferraro’s husband, John Zaccaro, did not; at least initially. He later gave in to public pressure and released his tax records; and upon having done so had to pay $50,000 in back-taxes.

The fact is Trump is the first Presidential candidate of a major party to be on the general election ballot who is not a politician. He’s a businessman. And despite some assertions to the contrary, use your eyes and your common sense, and anyone can see he is a very successful businessman and has been for decades. The fact that he’s had some business bankruptcies and rebounded from them very successfully only shows that he is a very good businessman. The fact that he had paid little or no Federal Income tax in 20+ years also shows that he’s a very successful businessman or at least has a very good and successful accountant. Do you really think he does his tax himself? Were his tax records in any way unlawful, given his wealth and his prominent public image you can be certain we all would know about it by now especially given how he has taken on Clinton as well as the sitting President Barrack Obama. Do you really think he would avoid prosecution from THIS current Administration were he actually guilty of any crime? Use your head and a tiny bit of common sense. Doing so, you’ll realize the Clinton charges against him are nothing more than political rhetoric, lies, and manipulation.

Trump is a racist. This one is a mystery. This charge, like so many racist calls in modern America, seems to lack any credible evidence. Trump has strongly spoken out against crime. He’s called himself the Law and Justice Candidate. He has spoken out against crime by illegal aliens. He has spoken out against crime in the inner-cities. And he has spoken out against the prevalent white-collar crime that no one denies occurs in and around Washington D.C. and Wall Street. The FACT that much of America’s crime problem (not all of it) emanates from non-white people is not Trump’s fault. And saying so, here in this blog, or as a Presidential candidate is not racist. Once again, I point out that Trump has been a huge national figure for over 30 years. NBC, a network whose liberal, Democratic preferences are as obvious as FOX News’ Conservative, GOP preferences employed Trump for 11 years with his show The Apprentice, until Trump decided to run for President. Do you think he would maintain a slot in their prime-time line-up were it widely known, or even suspected, that he was racist? Puuuuhhhleeeezzz! You are being manipulated.  

Trump is not really a Christian. Trump is a sinner. In my faith we understand that we all are. That would include Hillary Clinton, BTW. But Donald Trump committed to God and his Christian faith four years ago. Who are you to question that fact? Why is it endearing for a homeless, thieving, alcohol and drug addict to “find God”, but somehow Trump doing so is unbelievable or hypocritical? If we judge Trump by his words and actions during this campaign versus Hillary, there is no question who the Christian is. Trump is the first politician in my life time to speak of repealing the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment is named after former President Lyndon Johnson and refers to a change in the U.S. tax code made in 1954 which prohibited religious tax-exempt organizations from endorsing and opposing political candidates. I’ve always felt if our religious leaders can’t “lead” us in discussion of politics and government leaders than our faith and our morals are likewise inhibited. And who can argue that since the Johnson Amendment we haven’t had a diminishing in religious faith and moral values? Trump wants to allow religious leaders to lead. Bravo!

Trump has a bad temperament. Sure he does. But that can be said for many strong, successful individuals. It certainly can be said for Hillary Clinton. It could be said for Harry Truman, whose vulgar curse laden vocabulary was humorous.

Trump doesn’t have political experience. Many believe this is a plus, a positive, and in some case THE single reason to vote for Trump. But if you feel otherwise please consider Abraham Lincoln served only one 2 year term in Congress, and completed that term 11 years prior to becoming President. Woodrow Wilson had even less. He served as a University President in New Jersey. Dwight Eisenhower led the allied forces in World War II, but never served in political office until being elected President in 1952. And Barack Obama was only 2 years into his only term in the U.S. Senate when he decided to seek the Presidency. AND…Obama had ZERO executive experience in politics or business. So quit with this lame argument.

I don’t like Trump. I looked for any viable option or reason to vote against him, and honestly, that included considering voting for Hillary. So while I understand your distaste for voting for him; I honestly believe he is the best of the bad options we’ve been given. Vote, if you haven’t already. But just realize, you have been manipulated and lied to throughout this campaign. Use some common sense and avoid voting for an unrepentant criminal, and vote instead for someone who at least has a chance for Making America Great Again.

On Trump Believe Your Eyes and Ears

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I’ve been waiting months to write this blog. But with less than two weeks before the election I can’t wait any longer.

My Washington State election ballot arrived in the mail a few days ago. And as it sits on my desk I still can’t tell you who I’m going to vote for President of the United States. I can tell you who I won’t be voting for. I won’t reward Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with my vote in spite of the fact that I don’t like, and never have liked her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. To vote for Clinton is to vote for lawlessness and corruption. Trump is a lot of bad things. For the sake of argument, he’s a lot of good things too. But one thing he hasn’t proved to be is criminally corrupt. Clinton can’t say that.

Hillary zombies (i.e. supporters) will argue she hasn’t been charged with anything; to which I say “you really are naive, aren’t you?” If you don’t think powerful, and rich people can’t navigate through a few legal time bombs than you are fearfully in denial. Her husband was a two term President, and the most popular politician in the country with the possible exception of Barrack Obama. The Wikileaks daily email releases of the past month have shown Hillary to be two-faced, hateful of the average American, hateful of Catholics, disdainful of African-Americans, politically petty, and a bold-faced liar. All these are verifiable in her own writing or the writings of her closest Lieutenants. Clinton

My low impression of Clinton was cemented four years ago when she and Obama crafted the most obvious lie of the 2012 Presidential race. They both repeated claimed the Benghazi attacks were sparked by a little watched, little known, poorly produced YouTube video. They told this lie repeatedly to deflect responsibility for the planned terror attack, and their negligence in protecting the four brave Americans who were killed September 11th and 12th, 2012. They told this lie repeatedly for weeks…and then in spite of numerous incidence of making this false claim on camera both Obama and Clinton denied actually saying it. It’s as if they were telling the American people, “These are not the droids you’re looking for.'”.  And the American people bought it. And the media bought it including and especially CNN’s Candy Crowley who inappropriately and incorrectly shut down Mitt Romney’s attack on Obama in this matter during a live televised Presidential Debate.

Disappointingly the Republican electorate looked at 17 mostly well qualified Presidential candidates and ended up choosing Trump as their standard barer. Unfortunately its the huge number of candidates that made Trump’s victory possible. Had there been a more reasonable number like 8-10 people I don’t believe Trump would have come close to receiving the nomination.

But, he has the nomination in spite of unprecedented opposition from the mass media, Democrats, and fellow Republicans. I have to admit persevering in spite of such opposition is admirable. Never has a major party candidate faced such powerful opposition and been left standing. It’s as if Trump is everything he says he is, tough and smart.

He is also the most narcissistic individual most anyone has ever seen. But here is what most people don’t ever say or acknowledge…EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO HAS EVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS AN EGOTIST AND TO SOME DEGREE NARCISSISTIC. To run for the most powerful job in the world takes a lot of hubris. You must think well of yourself. You must think that God has placed you on this planet to lead all others. If you don’t feel that way, you have no business seeking the job. That’s where the hypocrisy of the left really bothers me about how they’ve condemned Trump. Clinton has been running for President for at least 25 years. Trump started 1 1/2 years ago. Were he running before then he never would have done or said so many of the outlandish things he said.

On the matter of the outlandish things he has said I have several thoughts.

First, he’s a New Yorker. If you’ve never had business dealings with New Yorker’s you may not understand. I have. Many times. New Yorker’s are unlike any regional group of people in the country. They are IN YOUR FACE. They’re curt. They’re blunt. They’re seemingly uncaring. And they care little about who they roll over if they have to in order to get something done. Obviously, this is a generalization. But I stand by it. I will also say, and a personal (as opposed to a business level) New Yorker’s are some of the collectively most passionate and compassionate people I have ever met. From what I’ve seen, heard, and read…this describes Trump.

Second, much of Trumps most outrageous comments have come when the cameras are rolling or the mic is hot. He made regular appearances on the Howard Stern show, where the host made himself famous by saying and provoking others to say incredible sexual things. In Trump’s case, “when in Rome…”. Trump was the star of his own TV show for years on NBC. Does anyone think NBC corporate is anything but a shill for Hillary Clinton and the hierarchy of the Democratic party? And yet, they employed Trump in his tv show for 11 years!

Thirdly, the audio and video tape that got Trump in the greatest hot water this election season was unearthed from NBC’s deep vault and featured Trump discussing with tv personality Billie Bush his attraction for beautiful women in the most vulgar terms imaginable. While I don’t talk like that I have to say the language wasn’t unimaginable. I’ve heard similar language about women many times from many men. Some were good men. But they spoke very crudely amongst other men when they trusted such conversations would never be heard or relayed to the public or at least any women. That’s what Trump thought at that time I’m sure. And for God sakes, how many who are reading this are aware the audio was edited before being made public. Similar vulgarities spoken by Bush were edited from what most of the public heard or read. Why would such editing occur? Well, obviously to make Trump stand alone as the one and only true PIG between the two individuals. It worked. Most people still haven’t heard Bush’s vulgar comments which encouraged Trump to continue such dialog.

The stench that emanates from Washington D.C. is palpable. And its inescapable without someone who is a tough and true outsider digging in to the sewage to discard it. For this reason above all others I have not eliminated the possibility of voting for Trump.

The other issue in which Trump stands tall for me is illegal immigration. Tough as his words have been they’ve also been frequently mischaracterized. Contrary to what’s become the popular myth, Trump did not call all Mexicans rapists and drug dealers and murderers. He did say Mexico was sending us their worst, their rapists, drug dealers, and murders and I suppose some of them are good people. Trump has correctly said repeatedly that no group is hurt more by illegal immigration than African-Americans. In a narrow sense he’s spot on. On a broader sense I would say no one is hurt more than poor or low-income people. Illegal immigrants are not taking the jobs of doctors, lawyers, CEO’s or well-educated college grads. They’re taking the jobs, the healthcare resources, the education resources, the feeding and housing resources of America’s most humble. And here’s something else that’s important. They broke the law. Once again, its important to point out that, like Trump, I am in this writing, generalizing. It’s perfectly OK to generalize provided you know that you are generalizing. So nobody needs to fire back at me with their examples of high earning, well-educated, honest and hard-working illegal immigrant. Please be adults and not children. And please be honest. There is too much dishonest, red herrings and nonsense in this political campaign.

Lastly, Trump has been in the public eye for over thirty years. He’s been a media darling. And he’s always been outlandish. But until this campaign against the corrupt Clinton Machine he has never been seen as racist, homophobic, misogynistic and less than fabulously wealthy. Believe your eyes. Look at the public Trump of 30 years. If you liked him before the campaign…you still should. He has had his reputation wildly tattered and has shown a love for this country I think is undeniable. But the Democrats have become very good with the game of misdirection, “These are not the droids you’re looking for”.

Hillary Clinton will win my state of Washington. Of this there is no doubt. So it really doesn’t matter who I vote for. So my vote will probably go toward my prayer for a miracle. As I posted a couple of weeks ago I hope neither Trump nor Clinton are ever President of the United States. Clinton is too corrupt. And Trump …well…he’s not knowledgable enough. Period. The only way my prayer could come true (short of the death of both candidates…which I’m not hoping for) is if Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson manages to split the votes in 2-3 states and win their electors with maybe 34-35% of the vote. He could do it in states like New Mexico where he was a two term Governor, Utah, Alaska and possibly Vermont. It won’t happen in Washington. But that is PROBABLY where my vote is going, and my prayer.

Christians and Politics

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Well the conventions are over and done with for another Presidential election cycle. I sure feel a lot more enlightened, don’t you?

I know now that Hillary Clinton is a liar, crooked, corrupt, and has no significant accomplishments in her professional political life.

I am more recently aware of the fact that Donald Trump is a racist, homophobe, anti-Islamic, anti-migrant, and a failed businessman.

The Republican convention and Democrat convention which followed spent most of its time demonizing the opponent in this Fall’s Presidential election. And while I know many who are reading this now will openly and frequently say they HATE Clinton or they HATE Trump or the HATE both of them, I would ask you to consider your faith, or the faith that you claim to possess.

Are the descriptions I wrote about Trump and Clinton accurate? True? Like most people these negative characterizations are possibly true to some people and not true to others. It’s like those grainy cell phone videos of police shootings that we’ve all seen. Maybe half this country see’s police acting irresponsibly and abusing and sometimes killing innocent individuals. Different people seeing the exact same video see a potential criminal suspect resisting arrest and in doing so threatening the law enforcement officers; and in the natural progression of things being man-handled or shot. As much as you see one side, you have to acknowledge that others see the other side. And so we have conflict.

I am not a fan of Trump or Clinton. I don’t think either is nearly as bad as their detractors claim. I don’t know who I’m going to vote for. I’m leaning toward voting for the Libertarian ticket with former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and his Vice-Presidential nominee former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.

But as I contemplate my choice and try to sway some toward my way of thinking I am constantly amazed how our “Christian” nation continually forgets the main tenants of our faith. The message from Jesus over and over and over again in our Bible is LOVE. 

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We’ve all heard it whether you’re Christian or not, “A new commandment I give you is to Love one another…” John 13:34. It’s important to note that Jesus didn’t say “Love one another…unless the other guy is part of a different political party”. You, of course, will say “but how can I love Hillary, she lies. And her lies offend me”. Fortunately, Jesus once again has you covered. He said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” JOHN 8:7. Have you ever lied? Have you lied repeatedly in your life? Have you been caught for doing so? Now…here is the real tough question…have you ever been perpetually in the national spotlight under the hot lamps of scrutiny like Hillary Clinton has been for more than 25 years and lied and been caught? The answer is no. You haven’t. In fact few have in our nations history.

It’s easy to see that Jesus was telling us to not be hypocrites. But he was also telling us not to judge others. Love one another. But again you say, “I can’t love Trump. He is so vulgar. I think he’s a racist”. Well, Jesus hits back at us with Matthew 7:1 “Judge not. Or you will be judged”. Its seems he’s pretty consistent.

And when friends and even family members harangue you for your political affiliations remember what Jesus told Peter about the brother who repeatedly did wrong. Peter asked Jesus how many times should I forgive him? Seven times? Christ again demonstrates his endless capacity for love and responds, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:22. (That’s 490 times for the math challenged. Though I doubt Jesus was being literal)

Forgetting what our faith teaches us over and over and over and over again in this life…happens. It happens when Democrats advocate for a woman’s right to choose an abortion at any time in a pregnancy. Their forgetting that another’s life is what’s being chosen. And what does the Bible say about that? Well there’s Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17.  But Jesus himself said it as well,“You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony” Matthew 19:18. In fairness a lot of Republicans advocate for abortion as well. If Christian, they too have forgotten, or chosen to ignore what else Jesus said, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” Matthew 5:21. And again, Republicans and Democrats are constantly forgetting the LOVE commandment with angry retorts to whatever the other says. The very next verse applies to all of us, Matthew 5:22.

Never in the history of Presidential elections have two more agitating and controversial candidates vied for the most power job in the world. And instead of the best they each seem to bring out the worst in our fellow Americans; which is good enough reason for me to seriously consider Gary Johnson. But it’s my prayer that we can all quickly realize, if you’re Christian, remember your faith’s teaching! The Bible, and Jesus doesn’t call them teachings. He calls them commandments! Or if you’re Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, or Atheist we’re all Americans and above that we’re all humans. Life for you and your neighbors will be so much better if we disagree, agreeably, and remember to LOVE one another. “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” Mark 12:31

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Republicans have a Gift they’re Blowing

debate-immigration-marco-rubio-donald-trumpDemocrats gave our nation’s Republicans a huge gift this election season. They gave the GOP lots and lots of love. And Republicans seem destined to stumble over the gift and kick it into the fireplace.

The gift Democrats gave the GOP was Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Neither were going to beat a legitimate GOP Presidential candidate and move into the White House, or back into the White House as would be the case with Clinton. And yet, with this gift exquisitely gift wrapped for Republicans to take control of the White House after 8 years of Barrack Obama and his Democratic administration Republicans are saying, “Thanks, no thanks”.

Republicans started this whole election process with 16 candidates. Many of whom were very well-respected and accomplished. There were some good, and some very good candidates. And out of those 16 Republicans now seem destined to nominate the one, and possibly the only one, of those 16 who won’t beat the Democratic nominee.

Donald Trump has won primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina. No Republican since before 1980 has won both states and NOT won the nomination of the grand old party. And at this writing it seems Trump is poised to win the Nevada caucuses. This, and all but 4 other candidates have withdrawn from the race; the natural winnowing process taking place. And as fervent as Trump’s supporters seem to be his nomination is increasingly likely. Can you imagine? President Trump? I can’t! That’s why the grand ol’ party’s constituents are giving back the generous gift Democrats handed them.

At this point we only acknowledge Bernie Sanders to be polite. He will not win the Dems’ nomination. The only thing that would change Hillary’s inevitable top of the ticket result would be if the Obama Justice Department does its actual job and indicts her; something she seems infinitely deserving of. Even without the indictment Clinton is a seriously flawed candidate. Seriously, does anything about her feel likable? I’ll be the first to admit that likability is not a prerequisite for being President of the United States (Richard Nixon for example). But it’s usually a requirement for election to the highest office in the land. Hillary is so completely unlovable, its hard to imagine anyone worse.

Except, it seems Republicans have found him. To be clear I don’t dislike Trump as much as others. I just recognize how dislikable he is and subsequently how unelectable he is. Much of Trump’s bombast is just that, bombast. He’s playing his cards. He knew it would work, he knew he held aces, and since it is working, he’s keeping it up. I believe so much of Trump’s most outrageous statements are strategy straight from his book Trump: The Art of the Deal in which he advocates taking an extreme position in negotiations in order to later settle for something more moderate. This is why I don’t hate or fear Trump as President as much as all Democrats do, many Republicans do, and more importantly most independents do. Recent nationwide polls show Trump’s unfavorable rating between 55% and 60+%. It’s hard to get elected President when nearly 3 in 5 Americans HATE you.

To those who LOVE The Donald, I would say this. You may love him, but its time to recognize that at no time has he garnered more than about 33% of Republican voters support. To win the White House He’ll need nearly 100% of Republicans to hold their noses and vote for him, plus a lot of independents, and YES, some Democrats.

And he’ll need some minority votes too. So, Mr. and Mrs. Trump supporters which demographic group is going to give Trump significant support? Blacks? Ya…good luck with that. Even before Obama blacks voted for Democrats 94% of the time. Hispanics (the largest minority group in the country)? He called immigrant Mexicans rapists and criminals! (Of course, that’s not actually what he said…but try and convince your average Latino of that after what will be more than a year of the national media saying that he did). How about Muslims? He wants to bar people of such faith from entering the country but he will somehow garner their vote? What are you drinking? Asians? Well, though Asians tend to vote Republican more than other minorities, keep in mind how Trump has bashed China at every opportunity.

I’m writing this now to urge undecideds Republicans and Independents to save our country. Vote for Marco Rubio when it comes your time to vote. And send him your money and your Social Media vote NOW. I truly want a Conservative in the White House to help bring back some much of what Barrack Obama has frittered away. But if GOP voters don’t happily accept their Democratic gift, then we’ll have to see what 12 straight years of Democratic rule looks like. That hasn’t happened since Harry Truman. Let’s hope the next time is many years from now.

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