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Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails.  Yesterday, it was announced that the State Department was reviewing an additional 15,000 emails to determine if any are duplicates, which ones are private, and which ones if any are new work related emails.

Naturally, the Republican side has pounced on this announcement.  Trump even went so far at to claim there should be a “special prosecutor” to investigate the Clinton Foundation.  That comment has Steve Bannon all over it.

Trump has claimed that Hillary has been involved in a “pay for play” scheme when she was Secretary of State.  The problem I am having buying into all of this “corruption” they claim Hillary Clinton is guilty of is her statements about the emails.

Every time emails appear, Clinton’s reaction is the same.  “If they are work related emails, they should be released to the public.”  Even when the FBI announced they would turn over the notes of her interview with them to Congress, she said they should also be released to the public.

Call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like someone trying to hide some kind of corruption.  It sounds like a woman who doesn’t think she has anything to hide.  At no time during this witch hunt by the right has she said “no, keep everything secret” which is the standard line of those who are hiding something.

On the other hand, we have Donald Trump.  He claims he “isn’t in anyone’s pockets”.  Yet, he won’t release his tax returns like every single presidential candidate since the late 1960s.  His reason is he can’t because he is under audit.  That is a blatant lie.  There is nothing keeping him from releasing his tax returns just because he is under audit.  Richard Nixon was under audit when he released his returns in 1968.

Then there is his current campaign manager, Kerryanne Conway, who said earlier that he should release his tax returns.  Now that she is the campaign manager, she is backtracking on the demand.  She doesn’t think he should release his returns now.  Why?

Why is this so important?  Well, for one thing, Trump keeps saying that he isn’t in anyone’s pocket.  But, how do we know that if he doesn’t release his tax returns.  His biggest argument is that he did file the financial disclosure form.  But, that is far less informative than tax returns.

The New York Times recently dug into his financial disclosure forms and even deeper than that.  Since Trump’s fortune is tied to his business ventures, it is also important to know how that organization gets its money.

In April, Trump said that he has made a fortune off of debt and that he loves debt.  As a matter of fact he said “I am the king of debt”.  When you are in business, debt is part of doing business.  When you are in the commercial real estate business, debt is huge.

In one line of his financial disclosure form Trump says he owes banks in excess of $50 million.  That is an understatement at best.  It turns out that debt is far greater than $50 million.  The Times found that Trump’s company has at least $650 million in debt.

That alone isn’t so interesting.  For example, the loan to build his Trump Tower was about $950 million.  The interesting part is to whom he owes the money.  The three biggest lenders for Trump’s debt are Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and the Bank of China.

There are various reasons for these institutions to be interesting and troublesome for a presidential candidate.  Trump claims that Goldman Sachs “owns” Hillary Clinton because they paid her speaking fees in the $600,000 range.  Yet he owes that same bank tens of millions of dollars.  On the surface, it would appear he is more in “their pockets” than Clinton ever could be.

Deutsche Bank has run afoul of U.S. Banking laws in the past.  They have paid several fines to the U.S. because of these “inappropriate” behaviors.  So, Trump owes tens of millions of dollars to a foreign bank that does not have an “honest” reputation in this country.

The most troubling to me is the Bank of China.  Trump says it “is the largest bank in China.”  Which is true.  It is also true that the Bank of China is owned by the Government of China.  Trump owes over $100,000 million to the Bank of China.

So, how does Donald Trump plan to stop the Chinese from “manipulating” their currency through their bank if he owes them so much money?  Wouldn’t that be difficult if he worked under the threat of his loans being called in because he is messing with Chinese economic policies?

We have also heard several times from Trump’s own children that Trump has received large amounts of money from Russian Oligarchs.  There is a simple fact of life in Russia.  You cannot become an oligarch in Russia if you are not somehow tied to Vladimir Putin.

We don’t know the reason for Trump receiving this money from Russia.  Was it to purchase “condos” or “property” or was it to invest in the company.  If it is the latter, that again poses risk to Donald Trump’s decision-making when it comes to policy pertaining to Russia.

The problem with all of this, if it isn’t apparent, is that Donald Trump talks a big game.  However, if all of this is true, then he would be far more vulnerable to making decisions based on how much money he owes these entities than Hillary Clinton would be.

The only way we will know for sure if Donald Trump is potentially in “someone’s pocket” is by seeing his tax returns.  The tax returns is the only place he must show where all of the money came from and how much he owes each entity.

If I was a conservative nut-job like Steve Bannon, I would be screaming this all proves just how corrupt Donald Trump really is and how it is proof that he will sell our nation down the drain to the Russians and the Chinese.  But, I am not a conservative nut-job like Steve Bannon.  So, instead, I would prefer Trump release his tax returns immediately so the “experts” can review them and tell us if he is potentially a in someone’s pocket.

Just like it is not illegal to have meetings with donors to a charity while in public office, it is not illegal to borrow money from foreign investors.  The question arises when the person who has borrowed that money is running for President of the United States and will be making economic and other policy decision that will affect our relationships with the world.

One side in this campaign has been accused of all sorts of “pay for play” and other scandals without any proof.  Yet, that side says to “release” everything to the public.  The other side, making those accusations won’t release any information about his business practices or financial condition.  He won’t release his tax returns.

It seems to me that the side being accused doesn’t have much to hide since they are willing to have everything released for transparency.  The other side must be hiding something, or they would also release the information in the name of transparency.

That leaves only one question.  Donald, what are you hiding from the American People?

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Okay, I live in a state that Donald Trump has targeted for advertisements.  I have seen the first one.  Like the Republican National Convention, it is dark and foreboding.  The ad is all about immigration.  It first shows a bunch of people “running across the border” and ends with a shot of a figure in fatigues standing “guard” with his automatic rifle.

It kind of gives you the idea that under Donald Trump, we will be living in an armed camp.  Without that camp, we will not be protected from those hoodlums trying to wreak havoc on our society.

The one odd thing about that add, is that they cite, in very small letters at the bottom, one of their sources for Hillary’s plan about immigration.  They cite the Center of Immigration Studies.  If you have never heard about this center, it is no wonder.  They are a very anti-immigration group who provides “studies” of immigration policy in a very unfriendly immigrant slant.

The Center for Immigration Studies does not like any immigration at all.  One of their recent articles tell us that immigrant population is over 44 million now.  They even show a chart showing how quickly it has grown over the last several years.

They claim this is a danger to our country and our way of life.  Remember, they are not just speaking about illegal immigration as they call it, they are talking about “all” immigrants.  They love the idea of Trump’s of eliminating people of the Faith of Islam from ever coming into the country.

This group is also one of the favorite sites for “information on immigration” of Breitbart.com.  Since Bannon is now the Chair of the Trump Campaign, is it any wonder that this anti-immigration group is the one source for information in their ads.

Then over the weekend, Trump has apparently decided that his vicious plan to deport 11 million people just might not be working at the polls for him.  So, he has declared that the process will be “humane”.  Not sure just what he means by that, but he said it.

Additionally, he is hinting that deporting 11 million people might not be all that possible.  So, he is floating the idea of letting people seek “legal standing” not by going home first, but through the embassies and consulates in our country.  If that is true, that is a “yuge” walk-back.

How are his ardent anti-immigrant backers going to take that news?  Nativism is his hallmark for running for the office.  If he back-tracks on that one fact, he would certainly lose at least some of his current supporters.  Without them, he has no chance of winning.

He is supposed to be giving an immigration speech in Colorado later this week.  That will be one for the books.  He is either going to throw more red meat to his supporters, or he is going to “walk-back” his original rhetoric and hope his followers don’t notice.

Then yesterday, his campaign manager Kerryanne Conway said that Donald Trump does not throw “personal attacks” at anyone.  She forgot to tell Donald Trump about that quote.  He exploded this morning with one of his infamous tweets.

This tweet concerned the hosts of Morning Joe on MSNBC.  Apparently, they are not buying the “new Donald Trump” Conway is trying to sell America.

The show returned from one commercial break to the tune of “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” as a clip of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus telling ABC on Sunday that Trump had a “great week” and is “getting into a groove.”

“Everything’s awesome,” Brzezinski said. “Everything’s awesome,” co-host Joe Scarborough repeated.

Brzezinski offered, “This is the part I don’t understand. You just have to look at this as an opportunity, right? You can’t pretend this is OK.”

How dare they voice their opinion against the Great Delusional Donald!  He immediately sent off this tweet:

Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”

That wasn’t enough for the Delusional One.  A few minutes later he added:

Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!

This not even one full day after his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted on ABC News that he “doesn’t hurl personal insults.”  Maybe Conway has a different definition of “personal insults” than the rest of us do.

To be fair though, we already know that Donald Trump hates the media.  At least the media that don’t sing his praises from the highest mountain tops.  He is the first candidate I know of that has “black listed” a dozen or more news outlets from his rallies.  Even George Wallace didn’t have a black list of banned news outlets.

Finally, there was Trump’s biggest fan, Rudi Giuliani on Fox News the other day telling America that Hillary Clinton is suffering from medical and psychological illness.  And, he has proof.

Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,’ take a look at the videos yourself.

I bet he thinks the “cat playing Beethoven” on the piano is real too.  Or, maybe all of those “groin hits” on America’s Funniest Videos were never staged either.  But then again, no one ever accused the former Mayor of ignoring a good “conspiracy theory” when he saw one.

It seems to me that Delusional Donald has found himself in a quandary.  On one hand he has to keep his “base” in tact.  Yet, on the other hand he needs independents and suburban educated women to win the election.  Only he is having trouble getting both to back him.

If he softens his stance on immigration, he thinks he will win over those educated suburban women.  But, if he does that, he might lose many of his most ardent supporters.  It is his willingness to pander to their anti-immigration love that got him this far.

So, just this weekend we have seen the “many faces of Trump”.  First he is going to be “humane” in dealing with the undocumented immigrants.  Then he uses an anti-immigration source for information to prove he is right about immigration.

Then he tweets out a personal attack against the hosts of Morning Joe because he doesn’t like what he saw there.  That less than 24 hours after Kellyanne Conway says he doesn’t personally attack anyone.

And then, Rudi Giuliani goes on Fox and spins the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton is mentally ill.  And, of course, he uses made up internet videos to prove his point.  How legalistic of the former Attorney General.

So, if after this “great week for Trump” as Reince Priebus said over the weekend you are still confused about Delusional Donald, you are not alone.  He is all over the place when it comes to “running” his campaign.

At first Republicans were happy with the addition of Conway as his campaign manager.  But this morning proves that she does not hold the sway they thought she might.  How long can she stand to be upstaged and not listened to by her boss?  I put the over and under of her staying at one month.  Let’s see if I am correct.

The only thing that still amazes me is with all of this horse shit going on, how can the real Republicans still support this nut job?  Maybe the answer is there are no more “real Republicans” left anymore.  I guess they have all left the building.

 

 

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There has been a movement growing in the U.S.  It is called the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  It is used by U.S. companies that think the State of Israel has gone too far in its treatment of Palestinians.

Israel is our most staunch ally in the Mideast.  However, the question becomes just how far do we allow Israel to go in its treatment of the Palestinians.  Yes, I know they are fighting for their survival, but does ignoring international law help or hurt that fight for survival.

For example, why is it necessary for Israel to continue to build settlements in the occupied West Bank.  According to the treaties with the Palestinians the West Bank is supposed to “their” country.  If that is true, then Israel is illegally building settlements on foreign territory.

There are other examples of excessive force and even torture against civilian Palestinians.  So, there has been a quiet movement going on using BDS to show disapproval of these actions by Israel.  Problem is that too many politicians in this country don’t want to “piss off” the Israelis and are doing things to stop the movement.

The latest move was just done in New Jersey.  New Jersey is a mostly democratic controlled state that currently has a Republican Governor.  They passed an anti-BDS bill in June and Chris Christie just signed the bill into law.

What this bill does is enforce the state of New Jersey to investigate the “motives” of why a company refuses to do business with Israel.  They will then be able to “punish” that company.  The penalty will be the leverage of State Investment Council which oversees over $80 billion in pension assets.  The State Investment Council would be required by law not to invest in any company that is on the “black list” of companies.

In other words, what Republicans call “free speech” will be denied and punished if it used to express displeasure with Israel by a company who refuses to do business with Israel.   Boycotts have been used, especially in this country, as a form of expression against certain policies.

Boycotts are not violent.  They simply express the views of people and/or companies about policies and practices of governments.  New Jersey isn’t alone in this view of anti-BDS either.  New York governor signed an executive  establishing their own black list.

President Obama and all of the Presidential Candidates see BDS as something evil and shouldn’t take place.  The real irony to me is the Republican stand on this issue.  Remember, this is the same party that claims “religious freedom” means you can discriminate against groups like the LGBT community.  So how can they claim these anti-BDS bills are anything but an attack on “free speech”?

When he signed the bill, Christie said”  “Israel is the beacon of democracy in a region that is constantly in turmoil.”  He also called Israel “our one true friend in the region.”  That may be true.  But, does that mean we cannot criticize the country for Human Rights violations?

Look, the Jews and the Arabs have been fighting and killing each other for over 4000 years over the same stretch of desert.  If given the chance they will probably continue killing each other for the next 4000 years.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Israel would have far better standing in the world if they were to treat their Palestinian neighbors humanely.  I am not saying they don’t have a right to defend themselves.  They do.  But, that right does not give them the right to inhumanely treat Palestinians by torturing them or by destroying their homes because Israel thinks someone in the family is a terrorist.  Nor, does it give them the right to build Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

The BDS movement is not a “government sanctioned” movement, obviously.  It is a group of businesses who have decided not to do business with Israel until  these human rights violations stop occurring.  The anti-BDS movement setting up “black lists” of these companies is a violation of their rights under our constitution.

No company is or should be forced to do business with any country.  Nor, should they be punished for not doing business with a particular country just because the government doesn’t like their reasons.

It would be wonderful if all countries and peoples followed the laws.  It would be wonderful if all countries and people treated each other like human beings.  Unfortunately, that is not the way of the world.

That does not give the government the right to punish those who decide to act peacefully against countries who  openly violate those tenants.  With this anti-BDS movement going on, all Americans must ask ourselves if we really stand for the principles we claim to.

Black list laws like these anti-BDS bills say we do not.

 

 

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With his “latest” shakeup of his campaign staff, Delusional Donald has opened up his arms, publicly, to the Alt Right.  If you haven’t been paying attention, the Alt Right is a loosely connected group of people who are even more extreme than the ultra-conservative movement.

As a matter of fact, they are mostly white nationalists, white supremacists, nativists, anti-government people.  Their ranks are filled with hate filled people who despise everything not considered “white”.

They not only hate the idea of undocumented immigration, they hate the idea of immigration all together.  They want to shut down our borders and not let in any non-white Europeans.  They particularly hate Jews, Blacks, Latinos, and especially Muslims.

Breitbart has also openly argued in favor of their views.  Steve Bannon at Breitbart even has Alt Right writers commonly penning articles for the service.  The real problem with the Alt Right is that they don’t usually look the part of the white supremacists we see in the KKK or American Nazi Party.  They are commonly referred to white supremacists in suits.

The other problem is they cannot be considered officially as a hate “group” since they don’t have any formal “group” dynamics.  As I said they are loosely connected through philosophy that America is supposed to be a “White Nation for Whites Only.”

Delusional Donald opened his arms publicly to these people yesterday when he hired Steve Bannon as his CEO for his campaign.  Breitbart has been the leading opponent of the Republican Party.  Bannon takes credit for the “downfall” of John Boehner and has openly criticized Paul Ryan on his website.

If Delusional Donald thought this “shakeup” would help consolidate the Republican Party behind him, he has another thought coming.  He chose “public enemy number one” to the Republican Party to run his campaign.

Breitbart is right up there with InfoWars in conspiracy theories.  They helped propagate the “birther” scandal and hailed Donald Trump as a hero for “exposing” this false political scam.  They have shown themselves to be haters of immigrants, Blacks, and even women.

They published one article in the past titled:  “Birth Control Makes Women Ugly and Crazy.”  Not long ago Bannon said that Donald Trump should run his campaign through November in a way that “makes the Republican Party nervous.”

One conservative radio talk show host said yesterday:  “The problem is that conservatives have been lumped into the “racist” group too easily by liberals.  So now that a real “racist” is running how do you separate the two.”  In fairness, he is a “never Trump” guy.

To me, all conservatives are not racists.  But, when the Republican Party has a platform that basically calls for second-class citizenship for groups of people, and when that party stays quiet while the “racists” spout their hatred in order to get votes and win elections in certain parts of the country, then the party is at least a contributor to what is going on.

Delusional Donald just took up the mantra and openly said what many in the party has been saying in “code words”.  So this commentator is partly right, but he is also mostly wrong.  If he really wants us to think that all conservatives are not racists, then he should be much more vocal when they spout racist comments.

Yesterday, Fox News played an interview Hannity did with Delusional Donald on Tuesday night before the announced shakeup of his campaign staff.  During the interview, Donald was Donald, again.  He said he thinks it is time to “profile” Muslims in particular.

Here is again going with an unconstitutional way of “stopping terrorism”.  During the interview, he blamed the entire Muslim community for terrorism because “they don’t do enough to turn these people over to authorities.”  Therefore, we should profile them and watch them very closely.

He even said that he would “throw out” the father of the Orlando shooter.  Which goes along with his theory that the families of suspected terrorists should also be punished, even have their homes burned down.

Of course in his speech that same night, he called for “profiling” in the African-American communities as well.  He wants to set up the same sort of profiling “policing” that Giuliani set up in New York with his “stop and frisk” campaign.  That is profiling at its best.

By hiring Steve Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Delusional Donald not only gave the finger to the Republican Party, he gave the finger to all Americans.  He has shown that conspiracy theorists like Bannon and Alex Jones and their followers and white supremacists like the Alt Right are the people he most favors.  These are the people he is most comfortable being around.

All of the Alt Right sites were absolutely “thrilled” with Bannon’s hiring.  They called it a great day for America and the Trump campaign.  That should say everything you need to know about why Delusional Donald picked Bannon.

The Republican Party has painted itself into a corner.  With this “shakeup” of the Trump campaign, the dirt is going to get worse and even more bizarre, if that is possible.  On one hand, too many Republicans don’t want to be associated with Trump.  On the other hand Trump has helped the party raise money for their entire campaign.

If the Party flatly refuses to fund Trump, he will stop fundraising for them, and some of the money will go away.  If they continue to fund Trump, even with less money than they do now, their down ticket candidates have to figure out a way to stay away from Trump and his campaign.

I am figuring that the race will get closer as we get closer to November.  Still, if Trump manages to come back, he would be the first candidate so far behind at this point to win.  No one else has managed that feat, and I don’t expect Trump to pull it off either, but it is still the dangerous possibility we face.

If you think this race has been ugly so far, buckle up because the ride is going to get a lot worse.  I will point out one thing to watch for besides the conspiracy theories put forth by Bannon, the attacks on Clinton are going to get worse.  Whenever Trump is asked a question, no matter what the topic is, Clinton will be attacked instead of answering the question.

Kellyanne Conway is a minor pollster for conservative groups.  She is now the Campaign Manager for Trump and according to reports will be with Trump every second he is campaigning.  Conway has made her living by trashing Hillary and Bill Clinton.  Every sentence is all about how the Clintons are to blame for everything wrong in the world.  She definitely has a one track mind on this subject.

So, you can expect that Trump will roll out Conway’s view of the world and that the Clintons are to blame for everything wrong.  Sprinkle in conspiracy theories by Bannon, and you can see how this campaign will go from here.

If you are interested in issues, topics, or plans to help the country, you won’t hear any from Trump.  My question is what will “real Republicans” do?

Let the fantasy ride begin.

 

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It would appear that Donald Trump is trying to use confusion to win the election in November.  I cannot think of any other reason for his actions.  The other day he gave a speech telling America his plans to “make America safe again” but really didn’t say anything that made sense.  Yesterday, he gave a speech billed as “law and order” but only spent about 5 minutes out of 35 minutes actually taking about law and order.

He chose this speech to woo African-American voters to his “tent”.  Except, he didn’t give the speech in Milwaukee, but rather a town an hour drive north of the city that is predominantly white.  The audience was all white according to reports.

The other strange part was just before he tried to woo African-American voters, he went on a rampage about how African-Americans are so unlawful.  He basically told the African-Americans in the country they are directly responsible for the “lawlessness” in the country, then asked them to vote for him.

Besides, if he really was interested in “wooing” the African-American vote, he would have accepted invitations to speak at their organizations.  Trump declined every invitation from prominent African-American groups to speak at their conventions including the NAACP, and the Urban League.  That tells me he isn’t interested in the African-American vote.  Maybe that is why he is polling 1 percent of it.

He also figured it was a good time to once again question Hillary Clinton’s health.  He said that Clinton doesn’t have the mental or physical “stamina” to be President.  There are only two things I can think of as to why he would go there.  The first is he has fallen for Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton has “major” health problems she is hiding.

The second is that he is simply being sexist telling the American people that a woman doesn’t have the “stamina” to be President.  He is using his buddy Sean Hannity as cover for this second reason.  Hannity has been on a rampage about Clinton’s health.  He keeps bringing up the issue on his show and even pulls out the Fox News “doctors” to “evaluate” Clinton’s health without even examining her.

Their sick conclusion is that Clinton has suffered a “mini-stroke” and that makes her unqualified to become President, especially since she is “hiding” this “fact”.  Trump surrogates have even started calling for her to release her “health records” if she has nothing to “hide”.  They even go so far as to compare her releasing her health records to Trump releasing his tax returns.

Trump gave two “speeches” in two days.  He stayed on the teleprompter and spoke what was written for him.  I didn’t see or hear anything new in either speech, but they both had fodder for both sides to talk about.  You would think this would be a good time to differentiate himself from his opponent.

But, no, what are the headlines today?  Not about his “security” speech.  Not about his “law and order” speech.  No, they are about his “shuffling his campaign staff, again.”  He has announced that Steve Bannon, the head of Breitbart” as the “CEO” of the campaign, and Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster and Trump advisor as Campaign Manager.

The timing of this is unusual at best.  Right after he gives a speech about “insider” control of Hillary Clinton, he announces he is hiring another Hedge Fund Manager as the campaign’s CEO.  I have to admit, this is the first time I have heard the term CEO to describe a position in a campaign.

I say another Hedge Fund Manager because Bannon was a Hedge Fund Manager.  Also, just about every single “economic advisor” he has named are Hedge Fund Managers.  He has hired only one true “economist” and reports say that person never met or spoke to Trump.

More importantly when it comes to this “hiring” is that fact that Bannon has said some really nasty things about the Republican Party.  He wrote just a few days ago that Trump should run his campaign through November is a style that will make the Republican Party establishment “nervous”.

In the meantime, Republicans up and down the ticket are trying very hard to distance themselves from Trump.  Yesterday, another 100 Republicans sent a letter to the RNC telling them to “cut off funds to Trump” and start fighting to keep the Senate and House.

These people are not “nervous” they are scared shitless that Trump will destroy the Republican Party and the “conservative” movement by getting trounced in November.  They are scared shitless that they may lose the Senate.  There is even some concern they may lose the House which is less possible.

In an interview yesterday Trump said he doesn’t want to “pivot”.  He said he wants to “keep being myself”.  Then he goes out and hires the head of the one “conservative” news organizations to be his CEO.  The same person who claims that Trump should be Trump.

All in all, there doesn’t seem to be any real “plan” on how Trump is running his campaign.  He shoots from the hip too much.  He doesn’t seem to listen to anyone with experience running campaigns.  Then he hires someone who apparently agrees with him.

That leads me to the conclusion that the plan of Donald Trump to win the election in November is to confuse the hell out of everyone.  Who knows, maybe it will work.  But I doubt it.  I give the American people more credit that to fall for that strategy.

I have come to conclusion that is his real plan and he will do everything in his power to stick to his plan.  I know it will work on his “red meat” base.  I just don’t believe it will work with everyone else.  When voters are scratching their heads at the polls about what a politician stands for, they rarely pull the lever for that candidate.

We can only hope common sense keeps ruling our voters choices.

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As I have written before, I tried to teach my children to learn to read, not learn how to read words.  There is a huge difference between the two.  In early elementary school, we all learn how to read words.  We learn how to pronounce them.  But, we do not learn how to read.

Reading is the one door that opens up the entire world to us.  It is the best mechanism to learn.  I helps us establish an imagination that makes us think and discover new things.  It is the foundation of every subject we take is school including history and mathematics.  If we cannot read, we cannot figure out any problem we face because we don’t understand them at all.

Reading is the best gift given to us by the gods or nature.  It allows us to look at our city, our state, our country, our world, and our universe with wide-eyed wonder.  By reading we learn others feelings, fears, hates, and loves.  We experience more than our own little world will allow us to know and understand.

When we read, we are listening to the words and what is in the mind of the author.  We see the author’s thoughts.  We understand the author’s feelings.  Listening to speeches should have the same effect.  When I gave lectures, I was reading my thoughts to the audience.  I never just read the words.

Yesterday, Delusional Donald stood at a podium and read words he called a “security speech”, but it is clear to me that he did not “read” the speech before giving it.  He did not understand the words that he was reading.  He did not see the meanings of those words.  They were simply some words that someone wrote for him, and he read them like he was seeing them for the first time.

There were a lot of areas we could talk about that were factually incorrect. There are a lot of areas where he wandered in and out of consciousness.  There were all kinds of areas we could debate.  But, there was one area that truly showed the real meaning of what he was reading and not understanding.  That portion came when he read “extreme vetting” and “Immigration tests” that will be needed to be passed before being allowed to immigrate to our country.

As part of Delusional Donald’s plan of extreme vetting, potential immigrants would be questioned or “tested” on their views of the U.S.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country — and to embrace a tolerant American society — should be issued visas

A lot of people will say “what’s wrong with that?”  And, that is a fair question until you “read” that statement and not just the words.  His aides said, and he said as well federal agencies would use questionnaires, social media, interviews with family and friends or other means to vet applicants’ stances on issues including religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.

Of course, we are going to have to “suspend” immigration from “certain areas of the world” until it is safe to resume it.  What parts of the world are in Trump’s mind is still a mystery.  But reasonable people understand whom he is talking about.

Unfortunately, here is where things go off the rails for those people who can read and who understand meanings.  Here is where Pandora’s box opens up very wide and shows the lack of judgement and understanding of the words he read.

Delusional Donald said:  “Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country.”  He also said we would be watching those who immigrate and deport those who we find were lying or became “radicalized” after they got here.

That is also something he read and did not understand.  So, in order to clarify things we need to ask Delusional Donald some questions.  If we are not going to allow people into the country who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, what do we do with all of the current citizens that do not support our Constitution or support bigotry and hatred?

To put it in plain language, what do we do with the Aryan Nation, American Nazis or the various sects of the Ku Klux Klan?  Are we going to round them up and put them in internment camps?  Are we going to send them to GITMO and try them in a Military Tribunal?  Are we simply going to deport them?

All of these groups and others have a long history of bigotry and hatred.  They are intolerant towards all non-white people.  The have attacked, beaten and killed Blacks, Latinos, Immigrants, Jews, Gays and even Catholics.  If we are not going allow people to enter the country who espouse to these “values” how can we allow these groups to remain?  They are the largest “domestic terrorist groups” in the country.

In previous speeches, Delusional Donald said that this “tolerance” includes LGBT rights.  If he really believes that, what do we do with all of the citizens who refuse to admit that the LGBT community should be granted the same civil rights as they get?  What about those who refuse to acknowledge that the LGBT community has the right to marry the person they love?

What are you going to do about people like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence (your running mate) and others who have been passing or trying to pass legislature to make the LGBT community “second class citizens” by allowing companies and businesses to legally discriminate against them?  What about citizens who fight against changing the laws to make it illegal to fire someone from employment just because they are gay?

For that matter, what do you do about your own party?  If you bothered to “read” the Republican Party Platform, you would have noticed that it is very anti-gay.  They want a constitutional amendment rolling back same-sex marriage among other disgusting items.

So, you see words do matter.  You can also see that if you just stand there and read words, you don’t know what you are reading because you never read the speech first.  If you are going to “define” what “American virtues” are for immigrants, you must also define what “American virtues” are for the citizens as well.

Are you that willing to set up a police state that we must now watch our own citizens.  That is the only way your “extreme vetting” will actually work.  Not only do you need to keep out those immigrants who don’t love our Constitution or are not as tolerable as you, you must also weed out those citizens who also fall into that category.

Delusional Donald needs to learn how to read.  Not just read words.  After hearing this speech, I am beginning to realize that Delusional Donald is a bigger threat to ultra-conservatives than he is to liberals.  Then again, if he is elected, he will change his definition of “tolerance”  and “American virtues”just like he changes his position on everything else.  That’s what fascists do.

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I have to say something about this.  I am sick and tired of the haters attacking everyone and everything they see.  Their hatred towards life itself tells me they have no clue what it means to be human and they have no shame.  The way they show their hate also shows just how cowardly they really are and it is time for everyone to shut them up.

My ire here is over the treatment that Gabby Douglas has received since the U.S. Gymnast team won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.  While the team was standing on the podium and the national anthem was being played, Ms. Douglas stood at attention.  That was apparently a problem for the armchair patriots who actually hate America and don’t know what the hell they are talking about.

The tweets started in full earnest.  Someone going under the alias ReallyRick from a place called Cookeville, TN started the mess with this awesome tweet:

Just because you didn’t make the all-around finals doesn’t mean you have to be a disrespectful bitch Gabby Douglas!

That wasn’t the only one either.  There were tweets about her hair and how someone didn’t like it.  There was one criticizing the “look on her face”.  It read:  “Will someone please smack that disrespectful look off of her face.”

We are talking about a 20-year-old young lady who is one of only three American Women who have won 3 gold medals at the Olympics.  She also won the Individual All-Around Gold Medal at a previous Olympics.

The problem for these assholes is that she is also an African-American.  This young woman, not even old enough to drink yet, has dedicated herself to training and competition so she can represent her country at world-wide competition.

When she wins, this is the treatment these clowns give her?  For one thing, there is nothing formal that says you have to place your hand over your heart when the National Anthem is played.  Hell, I’m a veteran and I never put my hand on my heart when it is played.  I stand at attention and face the flag in respect, just like she did.  That is a proper response and action when the National Anthem is played.

It is always amazing how these arm-chair patriots love to tell everyone just how they should act when anything like the anthem is played.  I am willing to bet that ReallyRick never stood at attention a saluted the flag during the playing of the National Anthem when he was in uniform.  He probably was never in uniform.

These attacks are nothing but hatred towards an African-American who has talent that none of these idiots could possibly attain.  They are simply jealous bigots who refuse to acknowledge that people different from them can represent our country.

Actually, Gabby Douglas is a far better example of America than any of these morons who are attacking her for stupid and bigoted reasons.  People like ReallyRick and the others who attacked Ms. Douglas are a disgrace to our country.

I would like to say to Gabby Douglas that I am very proud of you.  You are an inspiration not only to African-American girls, but to all girls who need someone to look up to as an example of how to achieve their goals.  You are a true role model.  Please don’t let these morons affect you.  You hold your head high.  You are a true credit to our country and real Americans love you!

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