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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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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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As the Trump meltdown continues, Republicans keep saying they want to focus on the “terrible economy”.  They say the recovery hasn’t been good enough or big enough for their liking.  They say the real problem is the economy.

Additionally, Paul Ryan in his victory speech said that Americans are tired of gridlock in Congress and that Republicans are offering “fresh ideas” that will break the grid lock.  They really want Donald Trump to talk just about the economy because they figure that will turn things around.

So, let’s look at the economy and see just how bad it is, or isn’t, and why the growth hasn’t been as good as it might have been for everyone.  We first need to look at the beginning in 2009 when President Obama took office.

During the period of George W. Bush’s administration, the “shackles” were taken off of the financial market.  Regulations were wiped out by Republican controlled congress.  Finance companies were allowed to make mortgages, banks were allowed to gamble in the market, and a whole lot of other regulations were wiped out.  It became a free-for-all.

That free-for-all led to the biggest economic crash since the Great Depression.  It almost became a second Great Depression.  Huge banks were on the brink of collapse mostly because of their own bad behavior.  The American auto industry was on the verge of being wiped out.

With disaster just around the corner in 2008, the Republicans led by George W. Bush started talking about a bailout.  They passed the first round of bailout money and just about all of it went to the big banks and financial institutes.  The American auto industry was being left out.  As Mitt Romney said “let the auto makers fail.”

The country was losing over 800,000 jobs per month.  Unemployment skyrocketed to well over 10 percent.  Plus, the U.S. economy was dragging the world’s economy down the drain with it.  On January 20, 2009 Barak Obama took the office of President.  Did the Republicans talk about “working with the President” to help us get out of the financial hole they dug for the country?  No, the only thing Mitch McConnell said was “the only job I have is to ensure this is a one term Presidency.”

That set the stage and it got worse from there.  In the first two years, the Affordable Care Act was passed and millions of Americans have gained insurance they never had before.  The Republicans have hated it ever since it was passed, even though it was essentially their own plan  from the 1990s.

There was the battle over the Bush tax cuts.  Republicans wanted them to remain in effect across the board.  Obama wanted them keep them for everyone except for the top tiers.  Obama won that battle.  The richest tax cuts were rolled back, but everyone else kept theirs.

That rankled the Republicans to no end.  They swore their revenge and they basically shut down cooperation after the 2010 elections when the House went back to their control with the Tea Party wackos getting in office.

In the meantime, a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill passed the Senate.  Economists from both sides of the aisle said it would help boost the economy.  The bill reached the desk of John Boehner in the House and went into a desk drawer and has stayed there ever since.  There has been no debate.  There has been no committee action on the bill.  There has been no vote.  It just sits in a desk drawer because House Republicans don’t like it only because it offers a “path to citizenship”.

Our infrastructure is crumbling around our ears.  Everyone on both sides of the aisle knows this to be a fact.  So, the President introduced the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill.  This bill was intended to rebuild our roads and infrastructure.  It would also create millions of needed good paying jobs for the people.

It will take decades to rebuild our infrastructure so these are good paying long-lasting jobs.  That means the unemployment rate would drop significantly and revenue would be flowing back into the federal coffers because all of these people would be paying taxes.  Republicans made sure the bill disappeared in their “black hole” for anything with Obama’s name on it.

Since then, we have had more bridges collapse and seen lead poisoning of water in Flint and other cities, even the Capital Building itself.  Yet still no vote or discussion of rebuilding our infrastructure.

Instead of looking for ways to create jobs, Republicans went on a campaign to repeal “Obamacare” and slash the social safety nets.  They cut food stamp money.  They cut education money.  They cut just about every domestic budget in the government.

As a result of these cuts, less money has gone back into the economy.  Poor people cannot spend as much for food because they don’t have as much money to spend.  For every dollar spent on education, the economy gains 1.23 dollars in return.  But, that wasn’t good enough either so education budgets had to be cut.

They have refused to even discuss raising the minimum wage in the country.  All research indicates that today’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has less buying power than the minimum wage in 1968 at $1.67 per hour.  Some cities and states have raised the minimum wage on their own.  And surprise, even though Republicans say raising the minimum wage will “kill jobs”, the areas that raised their minimum wage have grown their economies better than areas that have not raised the minimum wage.

They refuse to talk about the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill.  Women make on average 75 cents per dollar of men doing the same work.  Republicans are fine with that idea even though women are increasingly the major “bread-winner” for their families.

Then they threw a hissy fit and insisted on the “sequester” budget cuts to reduce the budget.  The bill passed and was signed.  Now, they are complaining about that very bill because it also means that the defense budget needs to be cut the same as everyone else.

We have now had three sessions of Congress where the Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives.  This last session, Republicans have controlled both chambers of Congress.  In those six years, not one major piece of legislation has been passed.

Not one bill to help create jobs has been passed.  Not one bill concerning the economy has been passed.  We have witnessed the three least productive Congresses in our history.  They take a lot of vacations, like right now when we need funding for research to stop the Zika virus.  Instead of doing their job, they went on vacation, again.

Trump gave his economic plan if he were to become President.  It contains the same old Republican stuff.  Massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.  Cuts to social programs.  Massive increases in defense spending.  And of course, deregulation of the financial markets.

Paul Ryan calls these “fresh ideas”.  He thinks the American people will fall for their voodoo economics again.  Every time we do we fall back into a recession like under Ronald Reagan.  There was no “huge economic boom” in the 1980s.  All that happened was the rich got richer and the rest of us watched our wages stagnate.  Oh, the deficit also ballooned during his time in office.

The real economic boom came in the 1990s.  When Bill Clinton was able to create more jobs without “cutting taxes”.  He was even able to balance the budget for the first time since Kennedy was in office.

Republicans say that taxes and regulations are “crippling” businesses.  They are lying.  Just look at the past.  In 1968 when I first entered the job market fulltime, the tax rates on the richest people was hovering around 75 percent.  There were numerous  tax brackets.  Financial regulations kept banks and finance companies in their own silos to keep them from melting down the economy like they did in 1929.

The economy was booming in those days.  Eisenhower’s Intrastate Highway System was still being built.  Labor unions represented about 35 percent of the workforce and bargained for pay raises and a share of the profits from companies.  Corporate taxes were higher than they are today.  Yet, things were going well.

The downfall of the middle-class began with the downfall of unions.  In 1969, after Richard Nixon was elected president, the battle against unions really heated up.  More and more Republican States passed “Right to Work” laws that basically killed unions.

Because unions lost membership, they were unable to collectively bargain on behalf of workers for better pay and benefits.  Companies were not afraid of strikes anymore.  They would simply replace the workforce with non-union workers.

The assault on unions and workers continued through the years.  Hell, even Ronald Reagan fired all of the nation’s air traffic controllers in the middle of a strike.  Something by the way that was illegal.  But the Republican controlled Congress and Republican Department of Labor sat back and allowed it to happen.

As a result, only about 7 percent of the workforce today is represented by unions.  It is also true that where unions are strong, workers earn on average of about $2,000 more than non-union workers in other parts of the country.

What this all means is that the wealthy corporations are able to increase their shareholders profits while denying pay raises to the people that make those profits possible.  They simply take from the working class and give it to the wealthy.  I believe that could be called “reverse Robin Hood effect”.

There is gridlock in Congress because Republicans refuse to work with the President.  They have a lot of reasons for this lack of cooperation, but none of them make any sense.  Except that they really hate the man and won’t even talk to him.

The economy has created over 15 million new private sector jobs since 2009.  All the while Republicans have slashed public sector jobs in their controlled states.  They refuse to even debate legislation that will create millions of new good paying jobs.  They continue their onslaught against unions.

Before unions became strong in this country there were two economic classes.  The very rich and everyone else.  When unions were strong we had a very strong middle-class.  Now that union representation is down because of the laws passed, we are moving back to a two class system of the very rich and everyone else.

That is essentially the Republican economic plan.  The “us versus them” war began in 1968 with Richard Nixon’s presidential run.  It hit full force with Ronald Reagan and blew out the ceiling under Bill Clinton because things got better without Republican economics.  Then George W. Bush took office and everything flushed down the toilet again.

If you seriously look at the last two Republican Administrations and the last two Democratic Administrations you will discover that the economy had done better under the Democratic Administrations than the Republican Administrations.

So, by all means Republicans, let’s talk about the economy.  Your plans have failed miserably and will fail in the future.  You offer nothing to help the average citizen.  You offer nothing to bring people out of poverty.  You only want the rich to get richer and the rest of us to suffer along.

It is because of this simple fact that you keep backing Donald Trump as your candidate.  You have nothing to offer.  We keep hearing about your plans but we never see them.  We kept hearing about your plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  We have been waiting for seven years.

All we have gotten is that you have a plan to have a plan.  You killed the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill and now support your candidate who says “I will build the infrastructure like crazy”.  He apparently doesn’t know that you are against that idea.

Republican policies have destroyed the middle-class.  Republican policies have destroyed the unions which are the “workers” voice at the bargaining table.  Republican policies have left 99 percent of the American people behind all the while creating more wealth for the 1 percent.

The party with the stale old policies that do nothing for the economy is the Republican Party.  Their history of ruining the economy proves me correct.  So, let’s talk about the economy.  Only be prepared to answer questions about how you ruined it and how you obstructed its recovery.

I really don’t think you want to discuss that.  That is why you let Donald Trump let loose his hate and fear.  You have nothing else to offer.  We gave conservatives control of the economy from 1981 to 1992 and from 2001 to 2008 and they trashed it.  The only growth we have seen since 1981 have been under Democrats.

Sorry Republicans but your policies suck for everyone except the rich.  Take your economic policies and find something new.  I know that will mean actually thinking and you hate to do that.  You would rather rant and rave about nothing.

 

 

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The supporters of Donald Trump are trying to convince you that he “speaks the truth” but that he “is not a politician and therefore doesn’t understand the niceties of running for office”.  They claim that is the reason so many of his remarks are not understood by the media and the American People.  They further go on to say we should “give him a break” for his “rookie mistakes”.

Sorry, I am not buying it.  I am not buying into the idea that Trump really doesn’t know how to run office or how to speak properly in public.  One of his supporters even said that “Trump is not a polished speaker, he is a business man.”

Well, I have been in business.  I had to give business presentations to lots of people.  If you are not a polished speaker, you don’t get anything you want.  That argument is as false as saying Trump never lies.

I firmly believe that Donald Trump means exactly what he is saying.  I believe that Donald Trump is not hiding any messages, he is stating them openly and daring us to do something about it.  He knew exactly that he was calling for someone to cause violence against his opponent.  There was no “hidden meaning” in his Second Amendment remarks.  There was no misinterpretation by the media either.

Last night he went one step further to assert the need for this action.  He said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “co-founders of ISIS”.  He knows this comment will fuel the fire of any nut who wants to something “for his country” like the assassin of Rabin in Israel.

Hugh Hewitt even tried to let him off the hook this morning on his radio show.  Trump wasn’t buying the off-ramp and stuck to his guns.  Here is the conversation:

Hewitt:  I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.

Trump:  No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do.

Hewitt:  But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.

Trump:  I don’t care. He was the founder.

Hewitt:  They screwed everything up.  But by using the term founder, they’re hitting with you on this again.

Hewitt:  Mistake?.

Trump:  No, it’s no mistake.  Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it.

Trump:  I give him the most valuable player award. And I give it to him, and I give it to, I gave the co-founder to Hillary. I don’t know if you heard that.

Hewitt:  I know what you’re arguing.

Trump:  Do you not like that?”

Hewitt:  I don’t. I think I would say they created, they lost the peace. They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say.

Trump:  Well, I disagree.

Even when he is given a reasonable “off-ramp” Trump refuses to take it.  Why?  It sure as hell isn’t because he is “misspeaking” again.  He knows exactly what he is doing.  He is trying desperately to stir up as much hate as he can against Clinton and President Obama.

When I first heard the comment about ISIS, I thought he just didn’t understand foreign policy.  We removed our troops from Iraq because the Iraqi government told us to get them out.  They refused to allow any troops to remain in their country.  That means we had no right to leave troops in Iraq.

But, with his follow-up and doubling down of his accusations on Hugh Hewitt this morning, he proved that isn’t the case.  He knows that will just encourage someone out there to try to take action against one or both of these people he is accusing to be traitors.  And, he doesn’t care about the consequences.

The world heard this kind of talk before.  In Germany after the end of World War I people were looking for “scapegoats” for why Germany lost the war.  They believed that Germany did not lose on the battlefield, they lost because someone stabbed the country in the back.  They eventually settled on the Jews for that treason.

Hitler used that mantra throughout his rise to power.  He used the Jews as scapegoats for Germany’s loss in the war.  He stirred up hate and hostility.  He had his brown shirts terrorize the streets.

You may think that Trump isn’t doing the same thing, but you would be wrong.  Just last night in Florida, some protesters were being escorted out of a Trump rally.  People next to the stairs they were exiting on poured their drinks on them as they passed and tried to push them over.

Violence at Trump rallies is nothing new either.  It has been going on throughout the entire election process.  And, we have heard him egg on his followers while it was going on.  Saying things like, “they should be taken out on a stretcher” or “if I was nearby I would punch them in the face”.

This is an old playbook that Trump is following.  It has been used all over the world for generations upon generations.  The reason most people don’t want to admit it is because this is the first time it has been used to this extent in this country.  It is the first time a candidate running for the highest office in the land openly espouses violence against anyone who opposes them.

You can say what you want about Hillary Clinton.  You can call her stupid for using a private server.  You can say you don’t trust her.  You can say a lot of things about her.  But, one thing you cannot say about her is that she is spreading hate and violence wherever she goes.

You cannot say the same thing about Trump.  You cannot blame “the angry voter” for everything either.  That “angry voter” is behaving like he is because Trump is urging him to behave that badly.  He wants violence at his rallies so he gets free publicity.

He doesn’t care what the ultimate consequences of his talk results in.  He doesn’t care if some nut tries to use violence against Hillary Clinton or President Obama.  He is using the old playbook that pits us against ourselves.  As he stirs up hate and violence, he tells us he is the “shining knight on a white horse” coming to rescue us.

I won’t say Donald Trump has finally exposed himself to the world.  Anyone with eyes has seen this for a long time.  But, people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can no longer sit in the wings and pretend nothing is wrong with their candidate.

In America, we silence people like Donald Trump at the polls.  We vote against such hate and fear mongering and declare we don’t need anyone to rescue us from ourselves.  We are a united people who understand that authoritarianism is not a solution for us.

We will continue to have our political squabbles.  We will continue to have our times of discord.  We will continue to argue about how to solve our problems.  But, in the end, we will all walk into a better future without the aid of a dictator.

Our voices will be heard at the ballot box.  We will solve our problems together.  We will make our future brighter than today.  And, we will do it without people like Donald Trump running things.  Our democracy and political discourse is what “American Exceptionalism” really is.

Vote in November and vote down the agents of fear, hate, doom and gloom.  Vote down Donald Trump and every Republican who supports him.  Only then can we have a brighter future.

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I keep finding it harder and harder to take Donald Trump seriously.  I haven’t seen a Presidential Candidate so repulsive since 1968 and George Wallace.   The difference is that George Wallace was an open bigoted racist who hated blacks and wanted Jim Crow laws returned in vengeance.

Donald Trump is different.  Donald Trump is openly a billionaire that thinks the “rest of us” should kiss his ring just because he is Donald Trump and has lots of money.  He wants you to believe that he is “one of you” and will be “your spokesman”.

But, if you look at his “big economic speech” in Detroit yesterday, you will discover that you, the middle-class don’t count.  Oh, he pretended to be speaking for you.  He said that he would give “unlimited tax breaks” for child care.  Problem is that most Americans would never get any benefit from those “tax breaks” for the simple reason that most Americans do not itemize their taxes.

Additionally, that “unlimited” part is intended to help the rich take a bigger “tax break” for their childcare.  It does not lay out anything like eliminating “private nannies” as being eligible for a tax break.  Finally, even if the middle-class did itemize their tax returns, the “tax break” would not equal the full cost of childcare.  Which means you will ge very little, if any, benefit from this “tax break” he is promising.

But the rich will get loads of tax benefits from the same “tax break”.  They pay a lot more for childcare than you do.  If they are allowed to deduct the payroll for nannies their deduction will be much more than yours.  So, once again they gain and you lose.

Another item he brought up was the Estate Tax.  Republicans call it the “death tax” and he was adamant about repealing this terrible tax.  If you think this will help the middle-class, think again.  Only about 2 people out of 1000 people actually need to pay anything on the estate tax.

That is because  you need to inherit an estate worth about 11 million dollars before you have to pay any taxes on an estate.  That amount of money means that the middle-class and the working poor don’t pay anything in estate taxes today.  When he said “The middle-class has paid taxes all of their lives and shouldn’t pay taxes when they die” he is lying.

You don’t pay any taxes when you die unless you have an estate worth over 11 million dollars.  Which means you don’t pay any taxes when you die.  But, the estate tax does affect the top 1 percent of the economic ladder.

Additionally, the vast amount of money in these people’s estate were never taxed.  It is often capital gains that were never declared because the stocks were never sold.  Therefore, no taxes were paid on that money so they aren’t being taxed “again” as Trump insinuates.

What Trump laid out yesterday was another “trickle-down” economic policy.  It was exactly what Paul Ryan and the Republican Party has been trying to shove down our throats for years.  It failed under Ronald Reagan, and it will fail again.

This is nothing more than Ronald Reagan’s policy one that is loved by Paul Ryan and apparently Trump.  However, there is one big difference between Reagan and this policy.  Reagan said you cannot give tax cuts “without paying for them”.  There was nothing in this economic plan to indicate that “pays for the tax cuts”.

As a matter of fact, revenue will be decreased by over $10 Trillion.  Yet, Trump says he is going to “build roads, rail roads, airports, infrastructure, and rebuild our military”.  Where is the money going to come from?

If you want to build just one International Airport, you will be spending somewhere in the neighborhood of at least $1 Billion.  That money has to come from somewhere.  Which means that the deficit will explode.

These are just a couple of examples of the fantasy world that Donald Trump lives in.  Problem is he wants you to live in it with him.  He has already gone so far as to claim that “I am afraid that this election is rigged”.  That is talk of a loser, not someone who really thinks he can win.

His plan for “energy” will eliminate the Clean Air and Water Act.  He wants to use “dirty” energy in order to save companies money rather than save the planet.  He doesn’t seem to care if you get sick from the water you drink or the air you breathe.  He said nothing about public education.  He said nothing about health care.  He really said nothing.

Even with the standard Republican economic policy now endorsed by Trump, Republicans are fleeing from the Trump Tent.  They are calling him everything except “fit” for the office.  In his usual flair, he says he doesn’t care.  He turns on these Republicans instead of trying to bring them back to the tent.  That is no way to “build bridges” and consolidate your Party to support your candidacy.

The polls show that he and Clinton are the least “trusted” candidates running against each other in history.  But, when it comes to telling the truth, PolitFacts shows that Trump is the one who lies the most.

Assuming that the national narrative about politicians lying is correct, let us assume that 25 percent of everything a politician says is untrue.  That seems like a reasonable number for a baseline.

In their investigations of facts in each candidate’s speeches, they have discovered that Clinton is untruthful in 27 percent of her comments.  It also discovered that Trump is untruthful in 73 percent of his comments.

What this tells me is that Donald Trump runs around in his black sedan tossing out lies wrapped up in candy wrappers.  He then tells you that he is the friendly stranger who will help you and, in fact, he “the only one who can fix things.”

Republicans are showing the rest of us that what we learned from our parents growing up was right.  We should run away from that “stranger in the black sedan.”  The only question left is how fast can you run?

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You can say whatever you want about this, but the real dishonesty as policy to get elected is coming from Donald Trump.  He has lied about everything and nothing is too small or too big to lie about.

Very early this morning, Donald tweeted that the video he claims to have seen about Iran “unloading” cash from an airplane was really a plan showing hostages getting off plane in Switzerland.  This after two days of saying “I will never forget what I saw in that video”.

His campaign has been saying this for over 24 hours.  They admitted the “Secret Iran Video” didn’t exist.  Yet, yesterday in Maine, Trump doubled down on his version of the story.  Then, suddenly out of the blue, he admits he really didn’t see the video “I will never forget”.

But, this is just the tip if the proverbial iceberg.  His lying is almost an addiction.  Some people call it hypocritical, I call is simply lying.  There are some real whoppers and some “small” lies.  But, as they say, lies are lies.

Let us look at just a few, and you can decide for yourself is he is a liar who cannot be trusted or not.

During his campaign, Trump said he would do away with the “work visa” H-1B.  If you don’t know what that is, it is the visa that people get when they come to this country to work.  This visa is usually good for three years, but can be expanded up to six years.

He said he would do away with this visa because he would force companies to hire Americans instead of bringing in foreigners to work.  You may think that is a “wonderful” idea.  However, he currently has applications going through the process to bring foreigners in to work at his Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida.

What happened to the idea to force companies to hire Americans first?  Why would he say he would stop issuing the H-1B work visa all the while he is trying to get a bunch of them for foreigners to work at his own resort?   Because he is lying.

Donald Trump says he is going to make America Great Again, by “bringing jobs back to the U.S.  Really?  Donald Trump sells suits, shirts, ties and accessories for men.  The suits are made in Mexico.  The shirts are made in Bangladesh.  The ties are made in China.  And, the accessories are made in China.

His wife has a line of jewelry products.  All of her products are made in China.  His daughter has a line of products as well and they are all made in China.  They also make furniture in Turkey.  The reason these products are all made overseas is simple.  The pay scale in these countries is lower than he can do in America.  And, that means he can sell his products for higher profits.

Doesn’t all of this fly in the face of the idea that he “has the American worker” at heart and will be “their spokesperson”?  The answer is very simple.  He cares more about profits than he does about American workers.  In other words, he is lying.

Trump attacked a Gold Star Family after the DNC.  He said”  “He has no right to say anything against me.”  Sorry, but that is an attack.  Suggesting that the parents of a soldier who died for his country “has no right” to say anything against him, is totally an attack on the parent’s free speech rights.

Later he said that the family had “viciously attacked me and I have a right to fight back.”  The “vicious” attack was suggesting he did not read the constitution and that he has “sacrificed nothing.”  Trump considers that as “vicious”.

His campaign has said that he “never attacked the Khan’s and it was all a ‘liberal media’ blowing things out of proportion.”  So, as you can see, using Donald Trump’s own words against him is “blowing things out of proportion.”

Paul Manafort claimed yesterday that Trump did “apologize” to the Khan family.  But he never has.  As a matter of fact, during an interview the other day, he said “I have no regrets about what I said about the Khans.”  Why would Trump and his campaign say such things?  Because they and especially him are lying.

Trump claims that he never made fun of a disabled reporter.  He supports that claim by telling us that “I have spent millions of dollars to make sure my buildings are handicapped accessible” insinuating he is doing it out of the kindness of his heart.

Unfortunately for him, I know better.  The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically mandates all of the “accessible” requirements for all buildings.  He is doing his “accessible” stuff because he is required to do so by law, not out of the kindness of his heart.  In other words, he is lying.

Trump keeps claiming that “I love veterans”.  He claims he won’t endorse John McCain because McCain hasn’t done enough for veterans.  Yet, Trump had led a campaign to keep disabled veteran vendors from doing business on the same street his building is located on in New York.

New York has a law that allows people to sell all kinds of items from push carts.  They have to get a license and they are allowed to conduct business in the city.  Many of these vendors are disabled veterans who are trying to earn a legal living.

But, Trump who claims to “love” veterans and want “all Americans” to have the ability to support their families doesn’t want them on “his street” because they are an eyesore, in his view.  He considers hard-working disabled veterans an eyesore!  That from a man who claims to “love” veterans.  Why would he do such a thing to them?

Of course you can go back to last year.  You can make the argument that Trump only “loves” veterans who were never captured, too.  He said he did not consider McCain a “hero” because he was captured and “I only like those that didn’t get captured”.  I guess he doesn’t like those who were wounded either.

Then there is the so-called “veterans” money rally he held in Iowa instead of attending a debate.  He claimed to have raised $9 million.  He also said he would donate $1 million out of his own pocket.  It took about six months for anyone to see that money, and it was no where near the amount he claimed to have raised.  Plus, none of it was released until the press pushed him about where the money went.

What does all of this really mean?  When it comes for his “love” for the veterans, he is lying.

Everyone claims that “all politicians” lie.  That may be true.  However, you cannot keep calling out your opponent without answering for your own lies.  And, if everyone really believes that “all politicians” lie, why aren’t you questioning the lies from both sides?

What this really boils down to is what is the motivation for running for President.  In Donald Trump’s case, all of this shows me that he wants to be President simply because it would be another “feather in his cap”.

As a result, he will lie to anyone at anytime just to garner votes.  He does not care about the working people in America.  he does not care about our veterans.  He does not care if you can support your family.  All that matters is that he gets another “title” for his resume.

There is another lie that he is clinging onto.  That all uneducated white males “love” Trump.  By uneducated they mean High School Graduates only.  Yet, there was a poll that says, especially among Union Workers, this category of voters support Trump less than they supported even Mitt Romney by 5 points.

This is a poll that everyone seems to want to dismiss.  Even Chris Mathews said “well they are union workers and Democrats.”  But, this poll is not insignificant.  It shows that a whole lot of union workers who voted for Mitt Romney in his losing election, do not support Trump.  That IS significant.

Since he believes that is the demographic that will propel him to victory, that poll is troubling to him.  It also shows that we “working class” white men aren’t as stupid and you may like to think.  It shows that just maybe we see through the lies better than you do.

Make up your own mind.

 

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Since 2010 Voter ID laws have been passed in 17 states.  16 of those states are Republican controlled.  The argument of Republicans who have wanted these laws is that the “integrity of the ballot” must be protected.  They claim that there is massive in-person voter fraud at the polls.

In the last few weeks, six of these Voter ID laws have fallen.  The three most being talked about are the ones in Texas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.  They are the ones being most talked about because they are the ones where the Judges have said openly, that the only purpose was to suppress minority voting.

The court in the North Carolina case actually said that the new “provisions target African-Americans with almost surgical precision”.  They went even further by saying “We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history.”

Those are very strong words.  One piece of the “record evidence” is the fact that the judges demanded to see the evidence of in-person voter fraud.  The state could not provide one case of in-person voter fraud.  You read that correctly.  Not one case of in-person voter fraud has occurred in North Carolina and therefore the “problem” that this law was supposed to fix doesn’t even exist.

In North Carolina, before the Voting Rights bill was gutted by the Supreme Court, the Voter ID law had a lot of “acceptable” IDs that could be used.  In the meantime, the record shows that Republicans asked what types of ID most minorities use and what types white people use.  Once the voting Rights bill was gutted, all of the IDs used mostly by minorities were stripped from the ID law.

The judges in Wisconsin were just as adamant about the laws there as well.  They called the provisions a “wretched failure”.  He went on to say “A preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real incidents of disenfranchisement.”

In Wisconsin, the record proof of in-person voter fraud showed one case.  That case was a man who voted 14 times for Scott Walker.  That tells me that the only possible in-person voter fraud is only happening on the conservative side and not minorities.

Additionally, Wisconsin tried to show that it was being fair.  They examined “absentee ballots” and discovered that white people disproportionately used absentee ballots.  As a result of minorities not using these ballots, no changes were made to absentee ballots.  Proving “targeted” suppression.

Gerrymandering is another problem in our politics.  In several states, once Republicans gained control of the legislature, like Wisconsin and Ohio they immediately gerrymandered the districts to ensure they maintain control of the legislatures.  In North Carolina, two different primaries had to be held.  One for President, and one for everything else.

This wasn’t a logistic problem that caused the two primaries.  It was that the court struck down their version of gerrymandering.  Several districts had to be redrawn because they created “safe havens” for Republicans while ignoring population numbers.

Because of the gerrymandering of states districts, there are now several states that have minority control.  Meaning Republicans control the legislatures.  However, in these same states, the overall votes by the electorate was heavily against Republicans.  In these states, Democrats received more overall votes than Republicans.  So a minority party is in power because of unfair districting to ensure their stranglehold on power.

I also find it “coincidental” which Republicans call “conspiracy theories” when they connect to Democrats, that as these Voter ID laws began to fall, Donald Trump began saying “I am afraid the election is being rigged”.  Is this a coincidence or is it the first shots to warn that Republicans will challenge the results of the election should they lose?

In every single instance of these Voter ID laws the courts basically said the same thing.  These laws were designed to restrict minorities participating in the election process.  They target these groups because they are less likely to vote for conservatives.

All of these cases also proved that the phantom “in-person voter fraud” does not exist.  The sides in favor of these laws could not show any “in-person voter fraud” in their states.  In other words, they lied!  What a surprise.

The good news is that about 26 states now have laws pending that would actually expand the franchise.  There are even laws that make it possible to be automatically registered when you reach age 18.  Something Republicans have been fighting tooth-and-nail.

There is a very simple fact of the election process in our country.  When turnout at the polls is high, Democrats usually win.  When turnout at the polls is low, Republicans usually win.  That is one reason Republicans do better in “mid-term” elections then Democrats.  This has been true for a very long time.  It is not something that just popped up recently.

These laws were intended to do nothing but ensure low voter turnout at the polls.  Something that helps Republicans.  These laws were intended to artificially ensure turnout was low all of the time and to keep minorities from changing the outcome in favor of Democrats.

Before you start yelling about the “liberal” courts striking down these laws, you would be wrong.  The case in Texas was heard by the most conservative appellate court in the country.  Many of the judges who struck these laws were appointed by George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.  That simply means that even conservative judges saw through the smoke screen about these laws.

Yesterday, we saw a mini-revolt against Chairman Brownback in Kansas.  His state legislature was fractured when many of his supporters were defeated in the primaries.  Kansans told him that his “Republican Utopia” was a failure and they wanted changes.  Hopefully, these laws that have been stricken down will help other states do the same.

What a year!

 

 

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