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If anyone really believed that Ted Cruz was a man of “principle” or had strong “moral fiber” that myth was put to rest today.  Ted Cruz, the lap dog of Donald Trump, rolled over and licked Trump’s Ass.

In a rambling Facebook entry, Cruz said he would “vote for Donald Trump on election day.”  That is a complete reversal of his “strong stand” during the convention and the next morning.

During the convention, Cruz gave a speech and never endorsed Trump.  As a matter of fact, all he said was that you “should vote your conscience”.  The next morning he said that he was “not in the habit of endorsing someone who attacks my wife and my dad”.

That was very obvious that Cruz was not going to “endorse” Trump .  Trump made jokes about Heidi Cruz’ looks.  He then went after Cruz’ father claiming without any proof that he was “associated with Lee Harvey Oswald” who killed JFK and was probably involved in the assassination.

That was supposedly the last straw for Cruz.  At a breakfast the morning after his speech at the convention, he said that the “pledge” he signed to support the nominee did not mean he would be a “puppy” who supported people who attacked his family.

Then, last week, Reince Priebus said that anyone who signed the pledge and did not honor it would face consequences in upcoming elections.  He hinted that the RNC might even change the rules so people like Cruz who had not endorsed Trump would face real tough challenges if they decided to run for President again.

Then Trump released a list of so-called Supreme Court nominations he would consider.  Mike Lee, the only friend Cruz has in the Senate was on the list.  All of a sudden, Ted Cruz had a come to Jesus meeting and decided he would vote for Trump.

Cruz is an unabashed power-hungry politician who wants to become President one day.  He is also afraid that he might get “primaried” in two years when he runs for reelection for the Senate because he was not endorsing Trump who seems to be popular in Texas.

This “endorsement” has nothing to do with who Cruz really thinks would be the best person this election to be President.  This “endorsement” is all about Ted Cruz and his future political ambitions.

Despite his wanting to be seen as a “principled” conservative who loves his country, he is nothing but a party hack with big ambitions and will do anything to get people on his side.  Even endorse the person who attacked his wife and father.

That is a weak and disgusting man in my opinion.  It proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Ted Cruz is nothing more than a lap dog to the power brokers.  He loves power more than his own family.  How pathetic!

At the end of this month, the government will run out of money, and it will be forced to shut down again!  This time, it is clearly the fault of Republicans who are anxious to close down business and get on the campaign trail.

There have been a lot of riders placed on the bill while it was going through Congress.  However, one issue is standing out alone in its disastrous consequence for the American People.  That is the issue of Flint, MI.

To rewind a little bit.  We have discussed the poisoning of the water of Flint for some time here.  We talked about a bill that was making its way through the Senate that would have provided money for Flint and other communities with lead in their water.

The bill finally passed the Senate and moved over to the House.  As usual, the House put it in its famous drawer and it never saw a vote or even a debate.  It will never get a vote or debate in the House.

When Trump made his infamous and very uncomfortable trip to Flint, one of the Representatives for the area said that if he really cared about Flint, he should pick up the phone and call Paul Ryan to ensure he passed the bill.  Trump did not make the call, and Ryan did not pass the bill.

By the way, in order to make this bill possible and gain bi-partisan support, Democrats killed an energy bill that they had gotten passed in order to “pay for” the help for Flint’s assistance.  That is the reason it passed the Senate with high bi-partisan support.

But, since the bill was being ignored in the House, Senate Democrats placed a rider in the continuing resolution bill so it would pass and help the people of Flint and other communities that need that help to clean up their water.

Mitch McConnell showing his disdain for the people of Flint placed a “clean” continuing resolution on the floor as a “take it or leave it” bill.  This bill included relief for Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia that all suffered flooding in many of their communities this year.  However, the Flint money was left out.

The money for Flint was the only one that was “paid for” which the Republicans always say it must be.  The rest of the relief money has not been paid for and will increase the deficit.

No one is saying that these other states do not require help, they do.  However, please explain to me why they get money that is not “paid for” and Flint does not when that money is paid for.  How can we just turn our backs on people, especially children, who have been poisoned by their state and continues to be poisoned because they cannot get any money to replace those lead pipes?

Mitch McConnell and the entire Republican Party are showing very clearly they do not give a shit about the people of Flint, MI.  As far as they are concerned, I guess they should just shut up and die.

Paul Ryan is just as hateful as Mitch McConnell.  He is the Speaker of the House and he is the one that could and should bring the Flint Bill up for a vote in the House.  But, he won’t because he is too afraid of his wacko caucus.

Led by the crazy Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party has become the party that ignores the very people they are supposed to represent.  They have become the actual enemy of the American People.

If nothing else, you would think they would be rallying around their Republican Governor of Michigan.  No, instead they are throwing him under the bus in the name of “conservative principles”.  If people get sick and die, so be it.

In my 65 years of life, I have never seen a complete political party show such disrespect for the people of America.  I have never seen a political party tell people in this country to just die.  Until now!

I am very angry, in case you haven’t noticed.  Lead poisoning is a very serious matter.  These children face life-long potential health and mental problems due to this poisoning.  The money for Flint is designed to help the city replace all of the lead pipes so the contamination will end.

The actions of the House and McConnell show the Republicans don’t care if it is fixed or ended.  If there was ever a case that shows the total lack of concern for people from a political party, this is it.

I am pleading for everyone to call your Representative and Senator and demand that the money for Flint and other communities to be passed immediately.  If they refuse, they definitely need to be voted out of office.

If they won’t help Flint, they won’t help your community either.

 

 

 

fine, MI.

I cannot believe that we need to talk about this again.  On Friday, an unarmed African-American man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, OK.  In Charlotte on Monday another African-American man was shot and killed by police.  In the Tulsa shooting there is clear video that shows the man with his hands up when he was shot.  In Charlotte there is a conflict between the police and witnesses as to whether or not the man had a gun or a book.

The Tulsa shooting even has Donald Trump talking about being “troubled” by the shooting.  But, he would not say that it was even possible he was killed simply because he was an African-American.  He merely thinks the officer may have been afraid or “choked” and maybe she should not be a police officer.

Quite frankly, I haven’t heard him say much about the Charlotte shooting.  The reactions of the public over the two shootings are different.  In Tulsa, so far, there has been calm.  In Charlotte, there has been protesting.  That protesting has turned violent from time to time.   Last night a man was shot during the protests.  Witnesses say the man was shot by another man on the fringes of the protest who seemed to shoot randomly into the crowd.  The victim is on life support.

Some people think the difference between Tulsa and Charlotte and the reaction of the public is that simple fact that Tulsa video has been released and you can see what happened.  The Charlotte incident no video has been released, and quite frankly it is doubtful it will be released anytime soon, if at all.  The Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina is not too friendly when it comes to releasing video of police killing the state’s residents.

After last night’s violent protests, Chairman McCrory has declared a “state of emergency” in the city.  State Police and National Guard troops have been placed on alert and a curfew is “currently being seriously considered”.  The Chairman is furious that there has been property damage caused by some of the protesters.  He doesn’t seem to be too furious that police have killed someone of color.

The real problem is that this problem is not going to go away anytime soon either.  Both sides have gathered into their opinion corners and are hurling insults and playing the “blame game”.  No one really seems interested in coming to the truth of the matter, and trying to figure out a real solution.

There is a simple fact of life in America.  If you are an African-American male you are three times more likely to be shot and killed by police than if you are a White American.  The numbers do not lie.  Police in Charlotte claim the man had a gun.  They claimed that they were in danger.  We don’t know because they won’t release the dash-cam or the body-cam videos.

Even if the man had a gun, so what?  It is legal to carry a gun in North Carolina.  Just because a man has a gun does not mean he is going to shoot the police.  If that were true, why didn’t we hear about men being shot to death in Cleveland during the Republican Convention when they were walking around with open carry rifles?  We didn’t hear about those shootings because they didn’t happen.

We have seen many instances when a white man with a gun was “apprehended” and not killed, while unarmed African-American men were killed.  We have seen African-American men killed when they legally had a gun and even told the police they legally were carrying a gun.

Bigotry has been a problem in our country even before we became a country.  Even after we won our independence from England, we continued to have slavery for over 100 years.  Once the Civil War was over and slavery ended, we had Jim Crow laws for over 100 years.  We have only had civil rights laws and voting rights laws for all Americans in this country for about 50 years.

There was some hope that we could put an end to this with the advent of body-cams for police.  But, we have seen incidents where the camera was mysteriously not turned on before the shooting took place.  We have states like the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina pass laws that make it almost impossible to see those videos.

What most of America doesn’t know is that our Chairman and his Politburo has passed a law that requires a “court order” in order for someone to view the videos.  That law takes effect on October 1.  Wanna bet that the police chief in Charlotte figures out a way to withhold those videos until that date?

We also have politicians trying to make hay out of these tragedies.  Trump said he is “troubled” by the shooting in Tulsa, but his answer is to initiate a nation-wide “stop and frisk” policing policy that was tried in New York City.  The problem was that the police targeted African-Americans for the “stop and frisk” necessity and not many others.  A Federal Judge declared the “stop and frisk” policy to be unconstitutional.

The City abandoned the policy after the ruling.  Critics like Trump howled that crime would go out of control once that policy was scrapped.  It didn’t.  As a matter of fact, it went down not up.  Now Trump wants to make it national.  But, how would “stop and frisk” have prevented either of these two police shootings?  It wouldn’t have.

The man in Charlotte was accidentally targeted by police.  They were in the area looking for someone else they had a warrant to serve.  Yet, this man was the one killed.  Witnesses say he was sitting in his truck waiting for his kids to get home from school.  Now he is dead.

Trump’s call for “stop and frisk” goes hand in hand with his call to start “racial profiling” in order to stop terrorism.  The man has no comprehension about what our Constitution is about.  It appears that way too many of our police officers don’t either.

Supporting police officers does not mean you need to support those officers who shoot unarmed people.  Supporting police officers does not mean you need to blindly say that the victim “had it coming” or was “no saint” when things like this happen.  We all know that the vast majority of police officers are good people who do a very dangerous job for us.

But, just look at what happened over the weekend.  On Friday, an unarmed man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa.  On Saturday a bomb exploded in New Jersey.  Later that night another bomb exploded in New York City.  On Monday the bombing suspect was apprehended by police in New Jersey.  There was a “shoot out” but the suspect was “wounded” and taken into custody.  Later that day, another man was shot and killed by police in Charlotte.

Can you see the differences here?  In the bombing incident, professional police officers did what they needed to do to apprehend the bomber.  Local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers worked together and identified a suspect.  Police in New Jersey responded to a call by a citizen.  They were forced to use force, but they were able to wound the suspect and apprehend him.  Very professional behavior by very professional and brave police officers.

On the other hand, two people were shot and killed by police who did not display such professionalism.  How is it that police officers facing down a bombing suspect known to be “armed and dangerous” can apprehend a suspect without killing him and two separate incidents have police officers killing men who are not known to be armed and dangerous?

The answer is professionalism.  One of the biggest problems with our law enforcement is that there are no standards to become a police officer.  Each jurisdiction has its own set of rules and “qualifications” as to what it takes to become a police officer.  As I have written before, that means conflicts even between police jurisdictions.

Some police forces require a college degree to apply to become a police officer.  Others only require a high school diploma.  I am not saying that college makes for a better police officer, but it sure doesn’t hurt either.  Some police departments have “police academies” that each candidate must pass.  Others do not have such academies.  In many small rural communities, all it takes to become a police officer is to be related to someone who already is.

We have had way too many such incidents.  We have seen this tragedy grow and grow.  We have seen the waves of protests, some turning violent, and the waves of blind “support your police” arguments.  What we have not seen is a very serious discussion about the problem.  What we have not seen is a very serious discussion about race in our country.

When President Obama tries to talk about race, the right-wing calls him a racist.  When protest turn violent, the right-wing says “see you can’t trust them”.  When someone is killed the left-wing cry about “police racism” running amuck.  None of this is going to get to the heart of the problem.

We will never face up to our race problems in America until we can all agree that there actually IS a race problem in America.  We will never be able to come together and find solutions to our race problems until we all recognize that we all harbor prejudice of some kind.  We need a national discussion about race.  We need to put an end to “the blame game” every time something happens.  We need to understand that it is us, all Americans from every race, ethnicity, and religion, that are causing these problems.

When America can collectively look in the mirror and realize that the only thing we have to fear is our own bigotry, then maybe we can have that long overdue discussion about race problems in our country.  When we understand that we all carry both good and evil inside our souls then maybe we can confront our problems in a rational way.

But, we must realize all of this before it is too late.  We continue to see senseless tragedies like this and we continue to do nothing.  We continue to see protests and say what a shame.  We continue to hear the suffering of our fellow citizens but turn a deaf ear.  We continue to walk through life not recognizing that the people we hurt with our inaction are our fellow citizens.

Instead of solutions we look for fault.  Instead of dialogue we argue about how bad “those” are.  Instead of listening to the cries of the oppressed, we talk about “racial profiling” and “stop and frisk”.  We want easy answers to difficult problems.  That is the only reason someone like Donald Trump could win the nomination for President from a major political party.

That is not the America I know.  That is not the America I defended.  America has always risen above divisiveness.  It has always look for the better angels in all of us.  We have reached that time when all Americans must do so again.  The killings must stop.  But, it can only stop when we all respect each other as people.

The irony is that communities need police to keep us safe from evil.  The police need communities’ help to properly do their job.  We are interconnected whether or not we like it.  Communities need to respect police, and police need to respect the communities they protect.  All too often we are not seeing that respect from either side.

Robert Kennedy once said: “Some people see the world as it is and ask why.  I look at what the world can be and ask why not?”  We are at that time in history when we need to look at a country without the race problem that has haunted us since before our founding.  It won’t be easy, but it is worth the effort.  Only, it will take all of us to make it happen.  Instead of asking why, let us start asking why not.

 

As mankind has marched through history from its earliest days right up to today, there has been one thing that was true.  The youth of mankind is usually going to be a little more “radical” or different than the generations that came before them.

If this were not true, there would have been virtually no progress in our species, and we would probably still be using stone tools instead of our modern technology.

It is also true that young people have swayed politics.  This has been true throughout time and history in just about every corner of the world.  The problem is that young people are not all in one corner of the political spectrum.

Like their parents and older generations, young people are a very diverse group of people.  And, just because they all share their youth, it does not mean they all share the same values.

Some young people need a cause.  Something that will spark their inner fire to work towards something.  Some are inspired just by the idea that they can make a difference in the world.  But, they are not all the same, and we are unwise to treat them as all the same.

Back in the 1960s, we had the baby boomer generation, which later was called the “hippie” movement.  According to what you read today, all of us were in favor a making love and not war.  All of us were left-wing “radicals” trying to trick our parents into believing communism was the best way.

That is a false statement.  As a matter of fact, I knew far more “conservative” young people than I did left-wing radicals.  But, everyone believed it was just the opposite.  You have to remember, our fathers fought World War II.  They were very patriotic and many of us were questioning their values.

The fact is there were far fewer radicals than conservatives.  I am often asked if the 60s were so radical, how come today’s conservative movement is made up mostly of “old angry white guys”?  That is because, these old angry white guys were the conservatives of our time.

It is crazy how things will morph over time.  For example, Woodstock seems to have become the image maker for many people of my generation.  If you listen to all of us old farts, you will soon discover that about 10 million people attended the Woodstock concert.  Of course, that never  happened, but over time it has become “cool” to say you were there.

I refuse to look back at those times and talk about the “good ole days”.  Because they really weren’t all that great.  I remember the protests, the riots, the civil unrest.  I remember the cusses hurled at those who “didn’t fall in line”.  There were lots of “good times” but there was also lots of “bad times”.

I remember my parents talking about the “good ole days” of their youth.  I have come to the realization that we like to use that term because it was in those days we are most comfortable.

However, when our youth questions us about those days and the times that weren’t so great, we become defensive because our comfort zone has been attacked.  Maybe that is why we see things on Facebook like a picture of an outhouse asking if anyone “remembers using one of these”.  Really?  An outhouse is the best thing you can remember?

I bring all of this up because today we have a new generation of young voters.  These are our children, or in my case, our grandchildren.  The political pundits keep talking like these people are a “voting block” like they are all the same.

Today’s young people are no more one “voting block” than our generation was.  In order to win their vote, we need to speak to them, and especially listen to them to determine what is important to them.

Because of Bernie Sanders we know that a lot of them are interested in income inequality, the environment, and college debt.  We are also finding out that the movement towards acceptance of the LGBT community is coming from these people.  Like our generation, our values are not necessarily their values.

Still, if any politician wants to win their votes, you will have to earn them.  On the other hand, it is also important for young people not to tune out of the election just because you aren’t “thrilled” with the candidates.

You need to remember that today’s election is also about your future.  The winner this year will try to get legislation passed that will affect the future of our country.

For example, if we continue to pollute our world as we are today, many parts of Florida, and other coastal areas of our country will disappear.  They will be flooded by the sea due to rising sea levels.  If you happen to own a house on the beach, you are probably going to lose the house to the ocean.

I do not buy into the current bullshit being said about your young people.  Things like they are lazy and don’t care about anything but themselves.  I strongly disagree with those characterizations.

Our young people are just as interested, just as motivated, and just as smart as any generation before it.  In many cases they are more so that our own generation.

But, just like our own generation, no one wants to listen to those “damn kids” anyway.  They should be glad we were able to provide a living for them to mooch off.  The same nonsense we heard 50 years ago.

We are also hearing the same old tired slogans from the day.  Like “America, love it or leave it”.  Maybe not in those exact words, but in the same context like “if he doesn’t like America maybe he should try another country” if someone dares “protest” something sacred.

Not the exact same words, but the meaning is very clear.  If you don’t act according to the way I want you to, then you don’t love America and you must leave.

We fought that sentiment 50 years ago.  It is up to today’s youth to fight that sentiment again.  It is up to today’s youth to fight against all of the “isms” that eat at our hearts and destroy our democracy.

I find the majority of young people I speak with to be intelligent, loving, and caring.  They really don’t understand the hate towards others just because they look different, believe something different, or love differently.  They don’t understand why we can’t just accept people as people.

Unfortunately, just like every generation before them, this new generation will tune out if we don’t listen to them.  The usual rhetoric about this being another election between the “lesser of two evils” tells the electorate that everything is just status quo.

That is a lie.  There is always something that makes one candidate far more qualified than the other.  It is our responsibility to sit down with young people at universities and other places to hear what concerns them.  It is our responsibility to help them mold the world to their way of thinking.

Conversely, young people need to understand that they will inherit what this generation leaves them.  If they don’t like the way things are going, they need to get involved and help elect the candidate that most agrees with them.

I am not going to say this is the “most important election in history”.  Every election is always the most important in history because every election will influence future history.

When I was young, I didn’t want to hear about how bad things were.  I wanted to hear about how you were going to do something to cure our problems.  What you planned to do the uplift our nation and our people.

Today’s youth are no different.  They don’t want to hear about deporting millions of people.  They don’t want to hear about hating others for who they are, what they are, or who they love.

The youth of every generation questions the status quo.  They challenge the “way things are”.  They wonder what was so wonderful about the “good ole days”.

I say to them to keep questioning.  Keep challenging.  Keep refusing to accept things just because “that is the way it always was.”  I also say to them to participate in the process even if you think it is boring.  You can and should be our heroes.

 

Over the weekend, we had some more terrorist attacks.  There was an explosion in New Jersey from a pipe bomb and an explosion in New York that injured 29 people.  When Trump got off his plane in Florida on Saturday evening, he said there was a bombing.

On Monday, when the explosion was indeed called a bombing, he called his favorite party network Fox News and boasted that “I called it.”  He even said that “I should be a reporter”.

His pals at Faux News had a good hoot over that comment.  Then he went on to talk about doing away with Due Process which is guaranteed in the Constitution and that we should start “racial profiling” which is against the Constitution.

Unfortunately, he is missing the most egregious act of terrorism that no one is talking about.  This part of the ISIS plot is so ingenious in its complexity that no one could even imagine anyone could come up with it.

This is a plot that makes them invisible whenever it happens.  It is something that can never be traced back to them.  It is also something that is purely evil in its intent and practice.

This is something that I really believe that Mr. Trump should send an investigator to find out the truth and figure out a way to stop it.  If he doesn’t, we are going to lose thousands upon thousands of our citizens.

My sources tell me that this devious plot is being formed in western Iraq.  That is a brilliant move because the plot requires lots of water and western Iraq is a desert which means no on will look for it there.

Here is the plot.  ISIS has built large salt water tanks in western Iraq.  They have stocked these tanks with sharks.  What they are doing is training these sharks to attack non-Muslims.  They claim that the diets of Muslims is different so they have a different smell  from the infidels.

What happens is the sharks are placed in an electronic collar.  Sharks have incredible sense of smell.  So  ISIS throws prisoners into the tanks.  If the sharks attack a Muslim, they give it a big electric shock.  Once the sharks have proven they will only attack non-Muslims, they are transporting them in ships from Iraq to the East Coast and West Coast of the United States.  The ships stop about 3 miles off shore and release the sharks.

The sharks then head to the beaches of our shores and attack our non-Muslim citizens.  If you think this is silly, remember that shark attacks on U.S. beaches has grown significantly since the rise of ISIS.

Just the other day three people were attacked by a shark in just 3 hours.  This is the most devious plot by a terrorist organization that has every been developed.

I cannot think of anything more terrifying than being eaten by a shark.  That is truly terrorism at its best.  And ISIS has discovered a way to make such an attack at our shores.

Yes, ISIS really is dangerous beyond belief.  They are the worst “bad guys” the world has ever seen.  We must wipe them out along with all of their trained sharks.  We should have patrols on the oceans looking for sharks and killing every single one of them since we won’t know which ones were ISIS trained.

If this all sounds ridiculous to you, you are correct.  I made it up.  But, if you believe in what Donald Trump says in regards to terrorism, you must believe that this plot is going on right now.

That is the world according to Donald Trump.  Fantasy is the only thing he understands and lies are the only things that comes out of his mouth.  Do you really think he should be President?

We have seen another week come and go.  This weekend, there was a pipe bomb that exploded in New Jersey before a charitable race.  The reason no one was injured was because the race was delayed.  Later that night, another explosion rocked the Chelsea area of New York City.  Then, yesterday, or rather very early this morning, more pipe bombs were discovered in Elizabeth City, NJ.

In the explosion in New York, 29 people were injured.  There was also an attack in a mall in Minnesota.  In that attack, ISIS claimed “responsibility” only because the person wielding the machete said he liked ISIS.  Naturally, the media jumped all of that “announcement” from ISIS.

Before all of this happened, Donald Trump held what he called a press conference but it wasn’t really a press conference to announce that yes, President Barak Obama was born in the U.S.  Of course, he claimed that it was Clinton who started the birther issue, with is a blatant lie.

Reince Priebus told the other Republican Candidates who Trump beat in the primaries that they will back the dictator in waiting or face consequences.  The “dictator in waiting” is my choice of words.  According to the RNC Chair, if people like Cruz or Kasich or Rubio don’t get off the sidelines and openly support the nominee, there will be hell to pay for them in upcoming elections.

Then, Mike Pence announced that his “hero” was non other than Dick Cheney.  You know the Vice President under President George W. Bush who should have been tried for war crimes over his ordering of waterboarding and other “extreme interrogation” techniques.  The same Vice President who left office with a 13 percent approval rating.  That is the kind of Vice President Mike Pence aspires to become.

Trump called into his favorite TV network to boast how he had “called it” over the New York City bombings.  See, when Trump first heard the news of explosions in New York, he called them “bombs exploding” and when it was later confirmed they were indeed bombs, he just couldn’t wait to call into the Fantasy News Organization to boast how “I called it”.  Too bad he never mentioned the 29 people who were injured in the explosions.  Guess he didn’t call that part of the explosion.

We have people going around New York lighting Muslim women on fire.  There hasn’t been a serious injury yet, but people are actually walking around New York lighting the clothes of Muslim women on fire for no apparent reason except they are Muslim women wearing “those clothes”.  There have been at least four such incidents.

In Houston on Friday, a reporter for VICE News wanted to attend the Trump rally.  He tried to get the proper credentials for the rally.  The campaign never really said if he was going to get them or not.  The reporter went to the hotel where the rally was being held.  He asked if they had any press credentials for him.  The hotel had him arrested for trespass.  The Trump campaign claims they had nothing to do with the arrest, yet it was they who decided at the last minute not to allow open press into the event, only their “pool” press.

Last week, all the while Donald Trump was lambasting Clinton for her “basket of deplorables” remarks, one of his supporters was busy punching protesters during his speech.  Then, just to show how sincere they really are, another one “sucker punched” a 69 year old woman with an oxygen tank for simply standing outside protesting the rally.  Both incidents happened AT THE SAME RALLY.

A football player decides to protest against what he considers as problems with policing in this country especially when it involves people of color.  He simply kneels during the playing of the national anthem.  He doesn’t make any obscene gestures, he simply kneels instead of standing.  All of the armchair patriots, including Trump, begin howling about how he is disrespecting the military and veterans.  No, he isn’t disrespecting veterans or the military.  He is simply doing what we fight to protect.  His right to protest.  Trump said he “should find another country to try out”.

I swear, sometimes I watch the news each day and wonder what the hell has happened to our country.  But, if you listen very carefully to the candidates, their supporters, and the media, you can see what happened to America.  We have been fed a line of bullshit about religion v. non-religion, conservative v. liberal, straight v. gay, black v. white, and Christian v. Muslim.

We have been fed this line of bullshit for so long, people are actually starting to believe it.  The result is that we have the most racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic moron in history as the standard bearer for a major political party.  The real scary part is he could actually win.  Hell, he makes Andrew Jackson look like a Kumbaya kind of guy.  With the hatred Jackson had for Native Americans, I didn’t think anyone could make him look like a reasonable person.

No, we don’t need to “Make America Great Again”.  It is already great.  We don’t need to “purify” the races, that is total extreme Alt-right stupidity.  We don’t need to build that wall because that would harm our country and our economic growth.  What we really need is to take a deep breath, look around us, and remember that our Constitution was written to “form a more perfect Union.”  It was not written to bestow privilege upon the few and make the rest suffer.

Yes, sometimes I wonder when did America get a Lobotomy.  We are much better than all of this shit.

A lot of things took place yesterday.  Donald Trump stood in front of a bunch of business people and laid out his economic plan.  Of course, that plan favors the rich despite the fact he claims it helps the middle-class.  He claims that he will create 25 million jobs.  That is doubtful as well according to most economics.

When I was serving in the Coast Guard we had a saying.  The difference between a fairy tale and sea story is that a fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time” and a sea story begins with “This ain’t no shit”.

As I sat and listened to the Delusional One, I kept wondering why he didn’t start his sentences with “this ain’t no shit”.  Because everything he was saying “would happen quickly, believe me” was part of a sea story.  Then it hit me.  “Believe me” is his version of “this ain’t no shit”.

As a result, I kept looking back at everything that Trump has said about the economy, immigration, and foreign policy.  I decided we should look at what his first 100 days would look like if he were elected President.  Everything that follows is a what I believe will happen if all of his bluster is the turth.

Should we be damned into a Trump Presidency, we have only ourselves to blame.  But, here is what will happen as far as his words have said.

On January 20, 2017 he will take the oath of office.  He will then give his acceptance speech and there will be a parade.  While he is giving his acceptance speech, over 2 million undocumented immigrants who Trump claims are criminals whether convicted of a crime or not will be rounded up.

During his acceptance speech, all of the so-called “radical Islamic terrorists” will drop dead in fear because he will utter that phrase about ten times.  We know from his campaign that is all you need to do to defeat “radical Islamic terrorists”.  So, America will be safe from those nasty people.

By the time the parade is over, those 2 million people who were rounded up will be on planes headed deep inside Mexico to make it harder for them to return.  We don’t know if the Mexican Government has agreed to the flights, we just knows they will be on their way.

Trump will dance through the night’s parties knowing that he defeated ISIS and deported all those “bad” people.  He will act very Presidential and wave at the gatherings like the strong-man he is.

On the next day, he will order that immigration be halted from every country that is known to “export terrorism.”  Those countries will include Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libia, Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands.

He will then decide that it is time to start working on his infamous wall.  He will give an executive order telling contractors, probably his own company, to start erecting that “beautiful wall”.  He will also give executive orders eliminating all of the clean water and air regulations, the FDA’s Food protections, OSHA safety regulations, and anything else he considers as “hurting business”.

Once he does that, millions of jobs will instantly become available to the American people because businesses will know he means business and they will be free to start opening new factories without having to worry about not killing anyone with unsafe practices or pollution.

He will then have some Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch and pronounce a full day’s work done.  Except, the full day isn’t done just yet.  On the other side of the world, Iran has sent some of their “small boats” to circle one of our “beautiful destroyers” and make obscene gestures at our sailors.

President Trump cannot let that happen.  So, once news reaches him, he orders the Captain of the destroyer to “shoot them out of the water”.  Once that has happened, he calls a news conference to bluster about the great achievement.  “We really showed them who is boss” will be his cry of victory.

When Donald Trump wakes up on his third day in office, he will discover that Iran didn’t take too kindly at their boat being “shot out of the water” and has escalated the situation.  They have positioned some of their “beautiful destroyers” in the Strait of Hormuz and is shutting off shipping out of the Persian Gulf.

Trump orders them to stop or he will send in the fleet to “shoot them out of the water, too.”  Iran doesn’t back down and a shooting war begins.  While Trump is sitting in the Situation Room looking at maps of the Middle East, he is notified that Russia, an ally of Iran, has moved troops into the Ukraine.  His idol has decided that with Trump involved with Iran, Ukraine is his for the taking.

Except, his hero has also invaded all of the Baltic States which involves NATO.  Our NATO allies have ramped up their militaries in response to the Russian invasion of the Baltic States.  NATO is planning on going to war to get Russia out of those ally’s countries.

Before committing American Troops, Trump orders that his staff figure out if those Baltic States are “paid up” on their NATO dues.  A couple of hours later he is told yes.

Trump then decides to call his idol Putin and ask what the hell he is doing.  Putin doesn’t answer the phone.  Instead, Putin puts out a press release saying “Donald Trump is smart enough to know that the Balkan States speak closer to Russian than anyone else and therefore belongs under our protection.  Only President Trump is smart enough to understand our intentions are peaceful.”

Taking the bait, Trump hesitates and tells his Generals to wait and see what happens.  In other words, he violated the NATO treaty.  Besides, in the meantime, Iran has fired off missiles towards Israel.  Since they consider the fact that the U.S. started the shooting war, they have a right to defend themselves from Israel as well.

Israel begins to ramp up air strikes against Iran in defense of their country.  They call Trump and inform him of what they are planning.  Trump gives them the green light.

Meanwhile, Kim Jung Un in North Korea decides this is a good time to strike at South Korea.  But, instead of sending troops across the border, he launches a nuclear attack against Seoul.

Outraged, Trump orders a nuclear attack against Pyongyang.  China is outraged over the nuclear exchange.  They decide it is time to invade Japan.  Russia is also outraged over the exchange and threatens a nuclear attack against the U.S. if one more nuclear device is used.

Israel in the meantime begins their air attack against Iran.  This brings Saudi Arabia into the fight as well.  They decide to end Iran’s grip on the area and send in troops as well.

After a quick war against the Balkan States, Russia decides to attack Poland.  This time the Generals convince Trump to enter the war in Europe with our NATO allies.

In response to the Chinese attack against Japan, Trump orders our Pacific Fleet to head to Japan to defend them.  Only, China has also attacked the Philippines.

Day three ends with world fears heightened.  Trump decides he needs his rest and takes a nap to get ready for day four.  During the night, the U.S. and South Korean forces crossed the border with North Korea in order to take out the nuclear weapons.  Fighting is fierce.

When day four begins and Trump returns to the situation room, it is reported that Russia has conquered all of the Balkan States and half of Poland.  NATO forces have set up defensive lines and are preparing for a major attack.

China has taken two of the Japanese Islands and are preparing to invade another.  The Philippines have surrendered to the Chinese.  Iran is fighting fiercely on two fronts.  Turkey has removed itself from NATO because the Kurds have invaded from Iraq trying to establish their own country of Kurdistan.  They blame the U.S. for arming the Kurds in Iraq which gave them the means to launch their assault on Turkey.

In response to the U.S. and South Korean invasion of North Korea, China has sent one million troops into that country to prop up its ally.  By noon, the U.S. is fighting China on two fronts, Russia on two fronts, and in Iran.

Seeing an opportunity, Egypt now launches an attack against Israel breaking their peace treaty.  Jordan is under pressure from Egypt to join them in eliminating Israel.

Israel warns Egypt to stop its aggression or face dire consequences.  They refuse.  Iran keeps launching missiles at Israel and civilian losses are mounting on the Israeli side.

Netanyahu has finally had enough.  He orders his air force to launch a nuclear attack against Teheran.  Since Trump already gave them the “green light” to fight against Iran, he does not notify the President about his decision.  At 2 pm Eastern Standard Time a nuclear bomb is dropped on Teheran.

Once it is clear that is exactly what happened, Putin becomes furious and launches an attack against the U.S. and Western Europe.  The U.S. and Western European nations retaliate.

China launches a nuclear attack against Japan, and the U.S. retaliates against China.  Pakistan decides to launch nuclear attacks against India and they retaliate.  By 6 pm Eastern Standard Time it is all over.  All of the nuclear missiles and bombs have been used up.

The earth falls silent.  A nuclear winter is in the making.  The sun will not shine as brightly tomorrow.  The earth will not feel the warmth it usually does in the morning.  Over 5 billion people are dead or dying of radiation sickness.  The rest of the world’s population is waiting for the radiation cloud to reach them and poison them to death as well.

Within three years intelligent life on our planet is gone.  There is no one to broadcast comedies on television.  There are no more football games or basketball games or baseball games or soccer.  There is no one to wonder what happened.  There is no one lifting their painful cries to any deity.  They are all gone.

All because an obscure sailor gave an obscene gesture that Donald Trump took offense to and ordered he be “shot out of the water.”  That is our choice in November.