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This election cycle has been a doozy to say the least.  And, Trump and Clinton have not been alone either.  The last 24 hours has had so much happen that it’s hard to know where to begin.  The hits just keep happening.

I think I will begin with the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Johnson has complained that his “cause” doesn’t get enough coverage.  I give MSNBC credit here because they have had Johnson and Webb, his running mate on several times.

Last night Chris Mathews had the two on his show Hardball.  He is doing something he is calling “the college tour”.  Johnson and Webb were on the show at a university in New Hampshire.  It was a town hall type of setting although Mathews asked all the questions.

I am sure that you remember what is known as the “Aleppo Moment” from the Morning Joe show a few weeks again when Johnson was asked what he would do about Aleppo.  His response was “what is Aleppo?”

Things weren’t going too bad for the pair until Mathews asked a simple question.  He asked “who is your favorite foreign leader?  Which foreign leader do you respect the most?”

Johnson had that “deer in the headlights look” again.  He stumbled and bumbled for a while even declaring “I guess I am having another Aleppo moment.”  When pressed he finally answered “the former President of Mexico.”

Mathews asked “which one?”  After several more uncomfortable moments, Webb started giving him names and he finally settled on Fox.  This may seem like a trivial thing to many.  But, this man wants to be President.  I thought “when does a candidate ask his team to let him know who else in the world there is besides us?”

I now some people desperately want someone other than the current Democrat or Republican nominee.  But, please at least pick someone who knows more about the world than Johnson apparently does.  That won’t be hard to find, Johnson doesn’t know anything about the world today.  And, that should finally put the nail in his campaign’s coffin.  He should just stop the nonsense and fall back into that quiet night and go back to sleep.

Of course he wasn’t alone with the hits.  Donald Trump couldn’t help himself from “fat shaming” Ms. Machado again, and again, and again.  Every time someone has the gall to attack or say something not nice about the Donald, he just can’t stop himself from going on the attack endlessly.

This is just too reminiscent of the fight he had with the Gold Star family after the Democratic Convention.  Even his minions are attacking this young woman.  If you say anything against their “savior” you will be hounded to death with accusation upon accusation.  Even if there is no proof for the accusation.

It makes me wonder if all conservatives suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior.  Their doctors should be telling these people to keep taking their medication.  They must be skipping it in order to keep attacking so much.  I cannot think of any other reason for their behavior.

Then the Los Angeles times has an article claiming that Trump’s golf course outside Los Angeles has been sued for refusing proper breaks and for firing waitresses for “not being pretty enough”.

According to the article, this “not being pretty enough” came directly from Donald Trump every time he visited the golf course.  In court documents, managers even said they deliberately changed the work schedule so only the young and pretty hostesses worked when he was in town.

The employees suit about the breaks was settled for over $400,000.  Of course, the company would not admit to any “wrongdoing” in the settlement.  One woman who sued because she was fired because she was “too fat” settled also.  But, that settlement is “secret” like all of Trump’s settlements.

All of this happened after Trump bought the golf course in the early 2000s up until about 2009.  Just more proof of Mr. Trump’s misogynistic behavior towards female workers and disregard for labor laws.

Then there is the article in Newsweek this morning.  In that article they claim that Donald Trump’s company, with his full knowledge, violated the embargo against Cuba when they secretly went to Cuba to discuss the possibility of building a Casino there if the U.S. ended the embargo.

According to the article, this was right before Trump had decided to campaign for the Presidential nomination of the Reform Party in 1999.  At the start of that campaign, the very first stop was in Miami in front of Cuban immigrants.

During that stop, Trump said he would never end the embargo as long as Castro regime was in power.  Of course, he never mentioned that his company was already directly dealing with Cuban officials illegally.

When Newsweek asked the campaign for comment about their story, they refused to say anything.  What else is new?  When you tie this story together with the original story about his business associates overseas, it does make you wonder just whose interest he will have in mind should we be punished by the gods and he becomes President.

Then there was the stop in Iowa yesterday.  First he accused Clinton of having “hidden illness” again by saying “she takes so many days off and then can’t walk to her car.”  A reference to the 9/11 memorial day when Clinton’s pneumonia caught up with her.

Also at the rally, to make matters even worse in my eyes, he asked people in the audience to “raise your hands if you are not a conservative Christian”.  Some actually complied with his “order”.  Then he said:

Oh there’s a couple of people, that’s all right.  I think we’ll keep them, right?  Should we keep them in the room, yes?  I think so.

I just hope those non-Christian conservatives got out of there with their lives.  What an absurd thing to do.  What point, exactly, is Trump trying to make by making people identify themselves to the crowd as not being the same as everyone else?

Are Trump supporters now going to have to pass a “religious test” in order to gain access to his rallies?  If anyone can seriously look at this disgrace and still support Trump, then that says a lot more about you than him.

However, do not believe that Trump is not part of the Republican Conservative idiots.  He is their making.  He is exactly what they want.  There is no difference between him and Steve King from Iowa, or our Crazy Uncle Louie from Texas, or that so-called “principle based” party hack Ted Cruz who just endorsed him.

Donald Trump is the epitome of the far right-wing crazies in all of their glory.  That is why his comment of “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes” is correct.  The white supremacist, racist, save the white race wackos have taken control of the Republican Party.

That is why the Republican Party candidates at all levels must be defeated.  The only way we can have a second viable political party is to blow out the Republican Party at the polls so badly that they are left with ashes.

Then maybe the real Republicans will take back their party and make it viable and workable again.  If not, this cancer they have infected our country with will continue to grow and poison our social fabric.

Yesterday showed that the Libertarian candidate is a joke and does not deserve any support from reasonable people.  Trump has proven, once again, that he IS the Republican Party.

So, I will ask again using the immortal words of Vince Lombardi:  What the hell is going on out there?

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Donald Trump calls himself the “agent of change” in this election.  I guess in some way, that may be true.  Only I don’t see his “change” as one for the future but rather taking us back in time and changing away from the future we have started building under President Obama.

Yesterday I was reminded about my earlier comments about words mattering.  Trump used words yesterday that were somewhat frightening to anyone who loves our country, our form of government, our constitution, and our way of life.

At a rally in Florida, Trump announced that “we are going to change the government”.  I have to ask just what does he mean by that statement?  Does he mean he will end the “gridlock” being produced by his own party?  Or, does he mean change the government like getting rid of the current democracy for soething else?  Since I consider him a Fascist wannabe, I am guessing he means the latter.

From the rousing applause he got, I am guessing his audience thought the same thing.  Especially when you consider his comments about “getting rid of Hillary Clinton”.  Saying you are going to “get rid” of someone is very suspicious.

Then, all day yesterday, I kept hearing that meme about the “agent of change” and that during the debate there was no “gotcha” moment.  All of these nice political wonks all missed what I pointed out in my last paragraph yesterday.  The very idea that Trump believes that shooting at another country’s navy vessels is not an act of war and “wont’ start a war” is that “gotcha moment” that everyone is missing and not talking about.

It goes beyond that as well.  Trump has surrounded himself with people just like himself.  They are stupid people who are more interested in hurting and attacking other people than they are in talking about actual policies.

We keep hearing from the Trump Team that they are talking policies.  They are not.  They are making attacks against people who are supporting Clinton because they cannot believe anyone would actually support her.  More importantly they are attacks against people who have anything negative to say about Trump.

Yesterday, Trump himself could not help but double down on his attacks against that Miss Universe winner over her weight.  He went so far as to say “we had a lot of problems with her and Clinton is making her sound like Mother Theresa.”  Sorry Donald, but defending someone from your “fat shaming” attacks is not making her sound like Mother Theresa.

What that is doing is calling you out for your misogynistic behavior.  But that wasn’t enough either.  One of Trump’s minions on CNN compared the Miss Universe woman to a “terrorist”.  She even went so far as to say Machado was accused of threatening a Venezuelan Judge.  When it was pointed out that she was never charged with any crime and the vetting system to become a citizen is rigorous, she concluded that it couldn’t be very rigorous because of the recent bombings.  Well, what about that lawyer in Houston that shot nine people and had swastika labeled material in his car?  He was a natural citizen but apparently he isn’t a “terrorist”.

Then we have Trump saying how “restrained” he was because he didn’t bring up Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.  Like that has anything to do with this election since Bill Clinton isn’t running for any office.  Then, to double down, Rudi Giuliani said that Hillary Clinton is “too stupid to be President”.  Why?  Because she did not divorce Bill after everything came to light.

Maybe he thinks that she should have followed his lead.  She should have called a news conference to announce she was going to divorce Bill before she told him, just like Giuliani did to his wife.

Then the Assistant Campaign Manager said that Hillary Clinton was the “enabler” that allowed her husband to cheat on her.  I guess that makes Ivana Trump and Marla Trump enablers too since Trump cheated on them while he was married to them.

And remember, these people are representing the party that prides itself on being the party of “Family Values”.  I guess Family Values aren’t what they used to be.  If you forgive our husband for his indiscretions and stay with him in accordance with your marriage vows you are an enabler.  Instead you should hold press conferences to announce your divorce before you tell your spouse you are divorcing them.  Maybe even get married three times and tell everyone how you believe in “family Values”.  That is the new Republican definition of “Family Values”.

According to Donald Trump and his minions Blacks and Latinos live in hell.  Women are pigs, slobs, ugly, and just plain stupid.  Women are an inconvenience to businesses because they might get pregnant.  They have an awful lot of nerve expecting to be paid the same as a man doing the exact same work.

Finally, we have another wonderful surrogate for the Trump Team in Steve King of Iowa.  He recently said in a tweet with a picture of himself alongside European Fascist leaders “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.”

The meaning is very clear.  This is a meme used by white supremacists that claim that immigrants, people of color, and Muslims pose a threat to “white purity”.  No one on the Trump Team has distanced the campaign from King’s comments which tells me they agree.

Donald Trump is not an agent of change.  Unless you consider an agent of change going back to our bigoted past of hating people of color, non-Christians, immigrants, and women as being “change”.

No, a vote for Donald Trump is really a vote for an “agent from hell”.  If that is what you want America to become, by all means vote for the idiot.  I plan to continue to fight against the very possibility that this “agent from hell” can win the election for as long as it takes to defeat him.

Words matter.  It is really time for America to listen to what this clown says.  Everyone with any sense of morality knows I am right.  We desperately need to stop this Fascist Dictator wannabe.  Vote down Trump and his fascist backers like King.

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If anything came to light last night it was the simple fact that Donald Trump cannot concentrate for more than 2 minutes.  I am sorry if that offends you, but he was terrible at best and a disaster at worst.

When the debate started I thought it just might be a good debate.  Trump actually had some good points about the TPP but that was about all he had.  After that 10 minutes, he faltered and went down hill like a speed skier on a downhill slope.

I was also concerned before it started that Lester Holt would cave in to Trump’s bullying.  He didn’t.  Actually, Holt did the best moderator job I have seen in quite a while.  He actually disappeared at times and let the two candidates go at it.  That was a good thing on his part.

The split screen was very good for the viewer also.  During the entire debate, the body language between the two candidates was stark.  Trump was fidgeting all night.  You could see he was being defensive all night as well.

The biggest difference to me was the lack of policy by Trump.  Yes, he offered his strongest part in trade, but he offered no specifics on how he would do something better.  He was even asked how his plan would bring back jobs.  He never answered the question and went into his 20 second sound bites about taxes instead.

Trump staggered all night.  He proved that his campaign was correct.  He didn’t prepare and that showed big time as the night went on.  When it got around to Foreign Policy, he flunked big time.

Sorry, but I felt like I was watching a Mafia Strong Man talk about his “protection racket” instead of someone talking about honoring treaties.  You do not uphold treaties based solely on money which Trump seems to want to do.

Let’s face facts.  The treaties we have with our allies have prevented World War III for 70 years.  When countries agree to support each other if one is attacked makes it hard for an aggressor to take the risk.  Now, Trump wants to change those treaties based on how much money each country pays.  That is absurd if not downright reckless.

When Clinton brought up his lack of releasing his tax returns and pondered if maybe he hasn’t paid any taxes, he interrupted with the comment “that makes me smart.”

No Donald, that makes you a tax cheat not smart.  This is a man who tries to present himself as the “spokesman for the people”.  The people pay their taxes.  They don’t have fancy expensive lawyers and imaginative accountants who make sure we don’t pay our share of taxes.

Bragging about the fact that you may not have paid any taxes is not being the “voice of the people” it is thumbing your nose at those people you claim to want to defend.  In other words, you are a con-man and it came out last night.

When he was challenged about his history of not paying people who did work for him his only defense was “maybe they didn’t do a good job”.  Say what?  Look, it may be okay to fight the bill if the job was lousy.  But, if you open the facility without making any changes to this so-called “poor work” you are a lousy businessman or you are lying about the quality of the work.

All of the instances where his company did not pay contractors is living proof that he does not care about the average people.  He only cares about his own pockets and making money off the labor of others without paying them.  If he had good reasons for not paying he should have given them last night.

After the debate was over, he claimed that he showed “great restraint” last night.  He said he was going to talk about Lewinsky, but did not because Chelsea was in the audience.  According to him, that is “great restraint”.

Please, someone out there explain to me how Monica Lewinsky has any bearing on this election?  Bill Clinton is not running for President, Hillary Clinton is the candidate.  She did nothing wrong in that incident.  If anything, she would be considered the “victim” in that incident.  And, whether you like her or not, she made the decision to stay with her husband after it all came to light.  Most people would call that “family values”.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has been married three times.  He has openly admitted to several affairs.  He even said this year when his buddy Roger Ailes was fired for sexual assault at Fox News that “all powerful men have affairs”.  If he does bring up Lewinsky in future debates, he will show just how much of a gutter snipe he really is.

There was one moment when Clinton did something I said she should do months ago.  When the email thing came up she said “I made a mistake and would not do it again.  I take full responsibility.”  She didn’t offer any excuses or try to switch the topic.  She owned it!  Something Donald Trump has failed to do over and over with many issues.

For example, when asked what he would say to the African-American community about his “birther” issue, he said “I have nothing to say”.  Of course he tried to tie the whole mess to Clinton’s campaign in 2008 which is totally untrue and proven to be untrue many times by many different fact check organizations.

Trump’s team has been trying to spin everything that would indicate Trump “won” last night.  He didn’t win, he was wiped out.  Even focus groups around the country of voters from both sides have said Clinton won the debate.  Hell, even Fox News said Trump looked terrible last night.

Of course, now Trump is claiming that he did poorly because he had “a defective microphone”.  He even said that he did not have the “sniffles” even though you could clearly hear him all night sniffling.  If he didn’t have the “sniffles” was he crying about his poor performance?

The fact of the matter is just this.  Donald Trump was Donald Trump.  And, anyone who objectively looked at the debate saw just how impulsive and reactionary he is.  I don’t know, maybe in business those are good qualities though I don’t think so, but in international relations with both allies and adversaries, those are not qualities I want in a President.

To bring this point home, even the Alt-Right was disappointed in Trump last night.  4Chan was all aghast with his performance and they actually turned on their emperor god.  That is not a good sign for Donald Trump.

It will be interesting to see how this goes forward.  Rudi Giuliani even said if he were running he wouldn’t participate in the next debate.  As usual, the right-wing is going after Holt for being “unfair” in his moderator job.  Holt actually did a good job as far as I have seen.

I guess trying to make a candidate actually answer the question is being biased according to the right-wing.  That says it all.  They want to be able to show up and just spout out anything they want true or not and not answer any questions with viable answers.

After 90 minutes of debate last night, we still have no clue about any policy that Trump says he wants to talk about.  He had his chance, and he failed miserably.  Is that because he wants to keep everything secret or because he doesn’t have any policies?  I think the latter is more in keeping with Trump.

Two people stood on that stage last night trying to earn our vote to become the next President of the United States.  One showed knowledge of the real world, and one showed no knowledge of how the real world works.  I know which one I think is best qualified, you must decide for yourself.

Just remember one sly comment that went unchecked last night.  When Clinton mentioned that “shooting an Iranian boat out of the water because their sailors made gestures at us would start a war”, Trump blurted into the microphone “it wouldn’t start a war”.

That comment is the epitome of stupidity and recklessness.  I don’t want anyone like that anywhere close to being the Commander in Chief.

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Tonight is the first of what we are calling debates.  Only time will tell if we actually see a debate or a farce.  To be honest, I will be surprised if we actually see a debate.

One thing I know for sure is that once it is over, one side or the other will complain about not being treated fairly.  That claim has actually begun already, especially from Trump’s campaign.

The loudest cry from Trump minions is that the moderator is not there to call out candidates for lying.  I thought that was exactly what a moderator is supposed to do.  I remember debates in high school.  If you told something untrue, you had better be able to back it up with facts or else.

I will say this, if one side or the other is afraid of being “fact checked” by the moderator, you can bet they are deliberately going to be saying untruthful things during the “debate”.  Why else would you be so afraid of someone saying “that isn’t accurate”?

The Clinton campaign wants the moderator to call out untruths.  The Trump campaign doesn’t want that to happen.  The best evidence that they are totally afraid of the truth is what Kellyanne Conway said about Trump’s remarks about Holt being a democrat, which he isn’t.

She said that Trump didn’t lie when he said Lester Holt was a Democrat.  Lying would mean that he actually knew what party affiliation Holt held.  In her twisted ways, she says that Trump was more ignorant about the fact of Holt’s political party and therefore not lying.

That tells me that Trump does not look up or try to justify anything before he speaks.  And, to me, ignorance of the facts is even more dangerous than lying.  The man is running for President of the United States, not the President of the Glee Club.

Which means he should know the facts before he spouts off about anything.  That also means that tonight he is more likely to say something untrue.  It will be up to someone to decide if he is saying the untrue things out of stupidity or simply lying.  Neither is a sign of a capable man trying to be President.

If Clinton says something untrue, I would expect the moderator to call her out on that as well.  There is no way we can make a decision as to whom is best to run the country if we don’t know which things being said are true or false.

These debates are supposed to help us understand the truth of their policies and position.  If we are led down the road of false statements and allowed to think they are true, then we are being cheated.

The other danger in this “debate” is the “expectations” of each candidate.  So far in this campaign, Clinton has been treated as a serious candidate and held to tough standards.  That is fair.

On the other hand, Trump has been treated as an amateur and held to a lesser standard.  If that is true tonight, all Trump needs to do is not screw up and show his temperament and he will appear to have won.  That is very dangerous.

If I was Conway, I would load him up on Valium so he keeps his mouth shut more than he opens it up.  That way he won’t go off on tangents and show he is not fit to be President.

I am not sure what to expect tonight.  Yes, the pundits have been falling all over themselves trying to predict what will happen.  But, I am convinced they have no clue either.

We will either see a debate about facts and policies, or we will see a total farce.  The biggest question is which Donald Trump shows up.  If a “serious” Trump shows up and tries to debate policies and facts, he will probably lose.  Clinton is a very good debater and will annihilate him on facts and doctrine.

On the other hand, if the usual Donald Trump shows up and starts spouting off with slanders and lies, how Holt handles those slanders and lies will be telling not only for tonight, but for the rest of the debates.

If Holt is going to ask Clinton questions about her emails and the Clinton Foundation, then he needs to ask Trump about his business ties, especially his overseas business ties, and his Foundation.   He cannot let Trump off the hook easily either.

Two very different people will be on stage tonight.  One is highly educated and works diligently to keep up on policies and facts.  The other likes to “shoot from the hip” and doesn’t care if he is telling the truth or lying.

I hope I am wrong, but I think if you are looking towards tonight and seeing a “great debate” between two heavyweights, you will be sadly let down.  We may see one of them implode on stage, but I am not holding my breath about that happening either.

No, I am afraid we will see the usual nonsense in this debate that we have seen in others.  The moderator and the press have already fallen into Trump’s “why are you picking on me” meme.  For the last 15 months everyone has known that Trump is an idiot and does not deserve to be running for President.

But, the media has allowed him to get away with his snake oil salesman pitch for so long, they don’t know how to stop it.  Every single “fact checker” group has said that Donald Trump is the biggest liar that ever ran for President.  They even put his lies at one every 185 seconds.

Is it any wonder that Trump and his campaign are so afraid of the moderator being a “fact checker”?  Sorry folks, but I am afraid that tonight will just be another farce staring that wonderful brain that gets everything wrong, Donald Trump.

If the media does not call out his lies and hold his feet to the fire, we will all lose come November.  Let the Tragic Comedy begin.

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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.

 

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I could write about the pneumonia that Clinton is suffering from and how she should have “blasted out the news” as soon as she heard it Friday.  But, to be honest, I really don’t give a shit about her pneumonia or the fact she didn’t want to tell anyone about it.

I cannot think of a single person who wants to blast out their health condition except someone who simply wants to be the center of attention.  Normal people who get sick, just go on with their lives and try to work through their illness.

I could write about her “basket of deplorables” gaff.  But, she has already said she regrets using the term “half” of supporters.  Of course that isn’t good enough for Trump’s people.  Even though their candidate has NEVER apologized for any of the ridiculous comments he has made about several people.

Oh, he has said he “regrets” some of his comments, but won’t say which comments.  He has not apologized to a Gold Star family for his vicious attacks against them.    He has never apologized for his mocking a disabled reporter.  So, I am not going into his trap about the “deplorables” comments.

I also could write about his Foundation and its illegal activities, but I won’t, at least today.  I could write about his Vice Presidential running mate not calling David Duke deplorable, but I won’t.  Instead let’s look at two things that really define the state of our nation, at least from the conservative side.

The first is the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina.  The NCAA has finally showed some guts and have cancelled their “championship” activities in the state, including the basketball tournament.

This is over the infamous HB2 Bill that says you must use the bathroom of our birth not gender.  In a statement, NCAA President Mark Emmert said”

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships.  We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.

The bill also says that local communities cannot pass their own legislation to protect LGBT rights.  Of course, the state’s GOP couldn’t pass this up without being somewhat “deplorable” all by themselves.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina GOP called the NCAA’s decision “so absurd it’s almost comical” before launching a blistering attack against the organization.

“I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams,” spokeswoman Kami Mueller said in a statement circulating on Twitter. “Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking ― and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

But, I think Chris Sgro, the executive director of Equality NC, an LGBT rights group that has fought against the law summed it up best.

North Carolina is ground zero for NCAA college basketball. It’s not something you should mess with.  We’re famous for three things ― beaches, barbecue and basketball ― and now Pat McCrory has stepped all over one of those with the worst LGBT bill in the nation.

Unfortunately, North Carolina isn’t known for just discriminating against LGBT.  It is also known for thuggery.  At his last rally in North Carolina, Trump ignored  the fact that one of his “supporters” was slapping people he considered as protesters in the face.

Then there is Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky.  He gave a talk at the so-called “Value Voters Summit” over the weekend.  And boy, did he have some real “values” to share with the audience.

Here is what Bevin had to say about “values”.

I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically.  But that may, in fact, be the case.

Bevin went on to say that he believed the U.S. would survive a Hillary Clinton presidency, but it might required bloodshed.

The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what?  The blood.  Of who?  The tyrants to be sure, but who else?  The patriots.  It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away. Don’t let it happen.

Bevin isn’t alone in talking about bloodshed.  Trump used the term more than once, especially in his famous comment about the Supreme Court when he said in August:

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks.  “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Sorry folks, but these are the people who are supporting Donald Trump to become our next President.  These are the people who in one sentence claims to love our Constitution and in the next is calling for violent action against their “enemies”.

From Donald Trump all the way down the list, these people do not respect the Constitution.  They do not support free speech, unless they are allowed to define what that is.  They do not support equality.  They do not care if you have a job or not.  They only care about power.  And, they will do everything possible to rile up enough people to even use violence to gain that power.

It is really simple.  There is “deplorable” and then there is “deplorable”.

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To be honest, I had a really hard time coming up with a title for today’s article.  I was trying to think of something snappy, but this is the best I could come up with.  See, the problem is that there is so much lunacy going on in the Trump campaign, it is hard to keep up with it.

That became clear the other day when I heard a “pundit” asked why Clinton seems to be asked over and over about her emails and the Clinton Foundation but Trump doesn’t seem to be hounded by his own transgressions.  The answer was that there are so many transgressions so often, the media doesn’t have time to follow-up on all of them.

I consider that a very unprofessional way to look at things.  A real professional investigative reporter would focus on one of the loony things that Trump says and hound him to death over it.  But, there are apparently too many lazy unprofessional reporters covering the campaign this time around.

I have to admit Hillary Clinton made a big gaffe last week.  When she said that “half of Trump’s supporters belong in what I call a basket of deplorables”.  That statement when in full context is correct.  However, you know as well as I do that quotes are never given in full context.  Plus, I don’t really believe that half of Trump’s supporters are really weirdos.

She is going to have to live with that quote for the rest of the campaign.  I don’t have a problem with that because she said it regardless of context.  On the other hand, Trump rolled off several quotes that were just as bad or even worse and no one is following up with questions or “hounding” him like they do Clinton.

If Donald Trump actually manages to win this election, we will be saddled with a lunatic for President.  I am not making that statement as a “medical” fact, I am merely pointing out what I believe his behavior conveys.  In the last week, he has said some outlandish things and has not been challenged about any of them.

Here are a few of the most outlandish things he needs to be called out on.

He said that he “could tell because I read body language well” that the Intelligence Officers who gave him his briefing told him that the current administration went against all of their recommendations.  The very first question I would have come back with is “did they offer you any recommendations”?  The reason that question is so vital is because Intelligence Officials when giving briefings do not recommend anything.

It is not the job of Intelligence Officers to offer any recommendations.  Their job is to offer Intelligence Briefings giving all of the known facts.  They do not parse with opinions and they do not make recommendations as to how to handle any situation.  That is for the President and his National Security Team to decide.  So, if Trump said “yes” they offered recommendations we would know he was lying.  If he said “no” we would have known the rest was simply made up to make him look smart.

There has been some pushback on this matter, mostly from the Intelligence community.  But, the media has seemed to let it slide and don’t ask Trump any questions about it further.  Why?

On Friday during his speech at the Value Voter’s Summit, he was talking about religion.  He even went on to talk about taking communion by saying he “drank some wine and ate the cracker”.  Everyone in that room should have known he was not a “Christian” as they define the term.  The bread used in communion is not a “cracker” and it is never referred to being a “cracker”.  It is unleavened bread and call the “host’.

But, the so-called “Value Voters” in the room lapped it up and no one challenged him.  I say so-called “Value Voters” because these are the same people who believe that same-sex marriage should be outlawed, believe the homosexuals are evil people trying to ruin our “way of life” and consider immigrants to be devil worshipers who should be banned from coming to our country.

According to Trump in his speech, if he loses this election, it will be the “last election held in this country”.  He claims that the Republicans would never win another election.  That is because if Clinton wins, she will open the borders and immediately grant “citizenship” to all illegals as they cross the border and ruin our “church structure” and our “culture” so Republicans will never win another election.

Of course, the fact that Republicans won’t even bother to talk to much less even try to win over minority voters has nothing to do with their pending defeats.  That would mean actually “earning” the people’s votes.  That is something that Republicans are loath to do.

Also on Friday, he said at a rally that “Hillary Clinton could walk in here right now and shoot someone in the heart in front of 20,000 people and not be arrested”.  Of course he is referring to the email “scandal” which isn’t a scandal and hasn’t shown any criminal activity on her part.  Or, it is referring to the Clinton Foundation’s so-called “pay for play” scandal which there is no proof of at all.

He forgets that the only foundation to be accused of and fined for “pay for play” was the Trump Foundation.  He also forgets his own comments of how he “could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes.”  It is funny how he keeps coming around to someone being shot.  He uses that term way too loosely for me.  Yet, no one makes any waves about his comments or pushes back on them by asking questions.

The worst thing he said though was when he said “if Iranian little boats circle one of our great navy ships and makes obscene gestures at our great navy people, I will give orders to shoot them out of the water”.  How unhinged can you get?  This man is saying that if someone comes near one of our Navy Ships and flips the finger at us, we are going to shoot them out of the water.  Imagine, starting a real shooting war because someone flips the bird to us.

And, what did our “leftist” mainstream media do about those comments?  Nothing.  No one asked the idiot if he really meant we should start a war because some sailors flipped the bird at one of our ships.  No one asked him if he understood what that action would really entail.  They let it go by like every other stupid thing the man utters.

This man wants to become our President.  He has called Mexicans all rapist and murderers.  He has called for the complete ban on Muslims immigrating to our shores, though he has modified that statement by saying Muslims in certain areas of the world, not naming those areas.  He has gone to “twitter war” with the President of Mexico over whether or not the “wall” was brought up during his visit.

He brags that the Mexican visit went “extremely well” because a Minister of the government was “fired” over the visit.  Yeah, that is a great diplomatic victory.  Visit a country and get a minister fires.  He has praised an autocrat in Vladimir Putin as being a “great leader” in his country.  He went on Russian Television and denounced our media and political system as being rigged against him.  Then he claimed he didn’t know he was going on Russian Television.  Only he knew that Alan King worked for RT which is a Russian Government owned television outlet.

He has accused our generals as being “reduced to rubble” while speaking at the Commander in Chief Forum.  He also gave the real impression that he would “fire” all of them and name new generals.  Like he has the authority to do so which the President does not have.  He has questioned our continuing in NATO.  He said he “might not automatically defend a member if attacked by Russia” until he figured out if they had paid their fair share.

Then there are those wonderful “secret plans” on how to defeat ISIS and how to handle North Korea.  I am sure you can’t wait for him to be elected to see just how wonderful those “secret plans” will be.  You know they must be great because he keeps telling us “believe me”.

Those are just some of the topics that a real “professional investigative” journalist would be hounding him about on a continuous basis.  Yet, we don’t see that at all.  If you are wondering why this election is so close at this point in time, you just have to look at the coverage of the two candidates.

Yesterday, Trump and his loons got more fodder for their grinder.  Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 Memorial early because she became overheated.  It turns out she has pneumonia.  I am sure that we will hear all about her illness and how that is going to kill her real soon, so don’t vote for her.  Only, I have had walking pneumonia four times in my life and yet, here I am.

As you can see, this election is very strange.  The scary part is that if it continues with the media giving Trump a pass on his lunacy, he could actually win.  Then I am afraid, this could be our “last election ever”.  Not because of changing demographics, but because we will have elected an autocrat to be our President.  How long will it be before Trump would be on the phone getting advice from Putin on how to stop elections and take control?

If Donald Trump should become our next President, we will not have a Commander is Chief.  We will have a Lunatic In Chief.  That is really scary for the future of our country and the world.

 

 

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