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Needless to say this has been the strangest Presidential Election in my lifetime.  It is just weird.  The vitriol is unbelievable to most people, but I believe that is because they haven’t really been watching the last few decades.

Since the beginning of the “Southern Strategy” initiated by Richard Nixon, the seeds of divisiveness have taken root.  Over the years, we have seen that divisiveness has gotten worse and worse.

In ramped up even more with the start of Conservatives courting the “religious” vote.  That was the start of the “Conservative Christian” movement under Ronald Reagan.  When President Obama was elected, the divisiveness hit its pinnacle.

But, both parties have been guilty of helping the divisiveness really take hold.  Both parties have more or less ignored the middle class of our country.  Both parties have courted the so-called “elite” in order to get enough money to run for office.

That, money, is at the heart of a lot of our problems, but not all of them.  All you need do is go to your Facebook page and see all of the “remember this” postings and you will have a better understanding of the failure of our parties.

Trump has said over and over that he will “bring back” American jobs.  He acts like we will see the old-time manufacturing jobs return.  But, that is never going to happen.  Automation has made it impossible for factories to create as many jobs as in the past.

There are factories all around the world, including right here in America, where the workforce is less than half of what it used to be.  That is because robots do most of the work today.

As a result, because of automation, people are following Trump because they believe they will go back on the assembly line.  They are being lied to about that.  It won’t happen.

Clinton is trying to convince people that retraining is the answer.  That modern factories is the answer.  With retraining, more people would be qualified to work at these automated factories.  Problem is that she is terrible at getting her message out.

The other problem is that the middle class has been ignored for so long that they don’t want to listen to anyone anymore.  They want to hear that it isn’t their fault.  That something or someone else is to blame for their plight.

The Republican Party has been selling this concept for over 40 years.  Now Donald Trump has taken that meme and started shouting it from the rooftops.  Unfortunately, a lot of people are listening.

The elites on both side have divided this country along two lines.  They think you are either a conservative or a liberal.  They are wrong.  The vast majority of people in this country are in the middle of the road.

The vast majority of people in this country believe that hard work is the key to success.  They believe that if you go to work faithfully and do your job, you will be rewarded with a livable wage to support their family and send their children to college.

The vast majority of people in this country are not prejudiced or bigoted.  Yes, we all have a certain amount of bigotry inside all of us, yet most Americans believe in equality regardless of any of the factors like color, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.

The vast majority of people want to simply be left alone.  They want to worship as they believe.  They want to work and get paid fairly.  They want to have fun with their families.  They are willing to pay their fair share of taxes and consider that patriotic.  They simply want to enjoy the benefits of their labor.

But that isn’t what has been going on.  We find that politicians want to interfere with their lives.  We find politicians that want the middle class to shoulder the tax burden so the rich can pay less taxes.  We find politicians that want to interfere with a lot of things in their lives.

No one is listening to these people.  No one is talking to these people.  No one seems to car about these people.  No one wants to even acknowledge they exist until election time.

Public education is under constant attack.  Property taxes are the main source of funding for our schools.  However, states also add money to education.  Problem is that money from the states is drying up.  Instead of using money to fix our schools, Republicans want to have “choice” meaning that public money would be used to send children to private schools.

That is an absurd idea.  Public tax money is to be used for Public Education not subsidize private or “religious” schools.  The result of this absurd idea is that Public Education is being bankrupt in favor of these private schools.  Meaning poor children are being left behind.

What makes this even worse is that even Republicans say that education is the stepping-stone to a better life.  Then they demolish our Public Education system in the name of “privatization”.  Taking away that “stepping-stone” from way too many children.

Because of this divisiveness the feelings of going back to the “good ole days” has become so prominent.  But, those feelings are not accurate either.  But, that is the problem when you are ignored for so long.

Our political discourse has become so nasty that it is almost unintelligible.  Instead of arguing the facts and issues, we hear about innuendos, lies, and accusations.  There is no such thing as a civil election anymore.

Many people talk about a getting a third-party going.  That is a good idea.  However, that third-party cannot be a fringe party like the Libertarian or Green Party.  It needs to be made up of the “middle-of-road” people who are willing to listen to everyone and not just the “elites”.

We also need to look at the Electoral College as well.  With the Electoral College set up as it is, it is almost impossible for a viable third-party to take root.  They vote for President once.  If they don’t have a majority, it goes to the House of Representatives.

We would need to look at how that system works in a world of three major political parties if at all.  Many think that we should go with the popular vote to select our President.  Maybe and maybe not.  We need to be sure that all votes really count regardless of where you live.

We need serious financial reform in our process.  We now live in a world where oligarchs can “buy” an election and leave the middle-class further behind.  Just about everyone knows that “money is the root of all evil” and we need to eliminate it from our election process.  Citizen’s United was probably the worst decision that came out of the Supreme Court concerning elections.

We need young people to get involved in the process.  I am not just talking about voting either.  They need to be involved in actually running for office.  Maybe a third-party would make that more possible.

We have fallen into a malaise in our country.  If you are Republican you are considered conservative.  if you are Democrat you are considered liberal.  The fact is the majority of both parties are neither.

However, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  We have allowed these politicians to make us so divided.  We have allowed these politicians to use 20 second sound bites to convince us how to vote.  We have become politically lazy.

Benjamin Franklin said that “democracy is a very poor form of government, but no one has come up with something better”.  That is still true today.

But, it takes education to make democracy work.  It takes work to make democracy function.  It takes us to realize that we need to keep up with what is going on to make proper decisions as to whom will run our country.

It is too late to do anything about this election.  We have our choices and not many people are overly thrilled with them.  But, beginning on November 9, we will have a chance to really make changes.  We will have an opportunity to tell our politicians enough is enough.

If there is to be a viable major third-party, it needs to start forming on November 9.  It needs to start building from the ground up in local, county and state elections coming up.

We will have our opportunity.  On November 9 the civil war in the Republican Party will begin in earnest.  The divisiveness, if Clinton wins, will stay in place if not get worse.  We as the “bosses” of these politicians need to stop them in their tracks.

We need to tell them that we will no longer tolerate do-nothing Congresses.  We need serious people working for us and not special interest groups.

But, if you remain quiet, you will be guilty of abetting the malaise that has seeped into our politics.  You will be guilty of abetting the divisiveness that has sucked us dry.

As a nation, we cannot continue to “look back” to “those good ole days”.  We need to force our politicians to look forward and help us gain the tools to compete in a globalized economy.

If you look at history especially at dictatorships, you will realize that silence is acceptance.  It has been silence that has allowed demagogues like Trump, Cruz, Huckabee, and a host of others to poison our politics.

Our people cannot afford to remain silent anymore.  We need to be vocal.  We need to vote especially in off-year elections.  We need to “fire” those politicians who want to use their office for personal gain or personal power instead of doing what we the people want.

We don’t need “term limits” to clear house.  We need an active electorate who will do the work necessary to make our democracy functional.  If the electorate does its job, the bad cases will be voted out of office even without term limits.  Term limits is nothing more than another lazy way to attempt to fix something.

As a veteran I am constantly told “thank you for your service”.  I have started to tell those who say that if you want to thank me, get involved more in politics and make our country work the way it was intended.  That is truly “thanking a vet”.

I know that I write for a small insignificant blog, but I vow to continue to call out what I believe is wrong.  I will continue to fight for what I believe is right.  All I ask is that you be willing to join the fight with your participation in our electoral process.

With all of our faults, I believe America is the greatest country on earth.  We are more giving, loving, and inclusive than any other country.  If we want to stay that way, we need to participate.

So, vote this year.  Then, keep politicians feet to the fire once the New Congress and Administration takes office.  Stop being lazy.  Stop listening to 20 second sound-bites.  Start being involved.  It is your future and your children’s and grandchildren’s future at stake.

Being involved in the one way every American can really be Patriotic.  If you cannot be involved every day every year, you cannot be a patriot.  Patriotism is “giving back” to our country.  Participating in our electoral process is “giving back” to our country.

We cannot continue with our politics of hate and divisiveness.  But, only we the people can stop it.  Politicians will never stop it.  They need it to stay in power.

There are 12 days left to vote.  So what are you waiting for?  Make sure you vote!


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I am sure you have heard about the “bonus” scandal at the Department of Defense.  In case you haven’t, here is a little background on the matter.  In 2001 we were attacked by terrorists.  Our Military was about to go into a war in Afghanistan in order to weed out those terrorists.

The Army was short of people to wage a new war, so they started a recruiting effort.  In that effort, they offered bonuses to specialists in certain fields.  That means, if you qualified to enter specific fields and were willing to take the risk, you were paid a bonus.

Here is where it got a bit messed up.  Some recruiters went way too far.  They started offering bonuses to just about everyone.  Especially National Guard recruiters like in California.

This came to light a few years ago.  The Army had an audit conducted to find out why so much money was paid out in bonuses.  The audit found these discrepancies and determined at about $37 million were paid out in bonuses to the wrong people.

In the aftermath, several “recruiters” were criminally charged for filing false recruiting papers.  Some even went to jail.  But, the problem got worse when the Army started sending out letters to thousands of veterans saying they received the bonus wrongly and would have to pay it back.

Now, it is common for the government to demand repayment for wrongful payouts.  However, this is usually done when there is a pay problem and a member gets more in their paycheck than they should.

The service tells the member that “you know how much you should get and should have reported the error.”  I had that happen a couple of times myself.  And, I had no problem paying back the money.

However, this was not a typical “pay” problem.  These recruits were promised the bonus by the recruiter, and as far as they knew, it was theirs to keep.  Therefore, making them repay this bonus is wrong by the Army.

There is a thing called the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals where the recruits can go to get a waiver on their bonus payback.  However, the law does not allow this office to make a “blanket” ruling so everyone does not have to payback the bonus.  Each person must submit an individual case.

This is where Congress comes in.  In 2014 the National Guard went to Congress to get legislation passed to waive the paybacks for all affected soldiers.  That was a reasonable thing for the Army to do.

As usual, this request fell on deaf ears of the Republican controlled Congress.  They took no action and the problem still exists.  Now, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) says it is “disgraceful” to expect these service members to repay the bonus.

Why didn’t he do something two years ago?  The California National Guard is the hardest hit in this problem.  His state’s National Guard.  So, why when it was brought to the attention of Congress in 2014 didn’t he act?  He further said”

Our military heroes should not shoulder the burden of military recruiters’ faults from over a decade ago.  They should not owe for what was promised during a difficult time in our country. Rather, we are the ones who owe a debt for the great sacrifices our heroes have made — some of whom unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) also from California sent a letter to Ash Carter about the incident.

I find it difficult to believe that either you or your leadership team was aware that such a boneheaded decision was made to demand repayment – and I ask that you utilize your authority to influence a solution including a possible legislative fix if deemed necessary, that’s in the best interests of the individuals and families Impacted.

Both of these men are correct.  The people impacted should not have to pay back the bonus.  However, they are just passing the buck again.  The Army went to Congress, and these two wonderful “supporters of our troops” did absolutely nothing” when asked for legislative help two years ago.

Now that they are in a big election year, and this mess has finally hit the media, they are “shocked, shocked” that such a thing could happen.  Congress has been the biggest thorn in the sides of vets since it came into being.  This current Congress is the worst veteran support Congress in history, as far as I am concerned.

So the next time you hear your Republican Congressman tell you how he supports the troops, ask him about this mess and watch him lie and squirm his way out of it.  Congress could have solved this problem two years ago.  Now they are trying to blame everyone but themselves, again!

The Army tried to get Congress to fix this problem legislatively to help their people.  The Republican controlled Congress failed to act, as usual.  This is exactly why we cannot afford another Republican Controlled Congress.

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I will admit that in the first 20 to 30 minutes of last night’s debate, Donald Trump almost seemed like a sane and thoughtful person.  It appeared that maybe, just maybe, he would be able to actually participate in a debate without looking like a fool.

Then, Hillary Clinton made a small comment.  She said: …”he borrowed 14 million dollars from daddy”.  During all of the debates I spent time listening to the speaker but watching the other candidate respond on the split screen.  At that comment, the pumpkin colored man turned into a tomato.

From that moment on, Trump went downhill fast.  His true temperament came out very quickly.  The accusations came fast and furious, and the interruptions were almost non-stop. One outlet did a count and said Trump interrupted Clinton 64 times during the debate, most of them after that comment.

Trump also proved he has no respect for our democracy.  Wallace asked point-blank if he would accept the outcome of the election.  He said he would look at it at the time and further stated “I will keep you in suspense on that”.

Wallace even went on to explain what that meant and gave him another chance to change his answer.  He refused to take the “hint” from Wallace.  Jaws dropped all across America.  Everyone, Republican, Democratic, Independent, Conservative and Liberal all condemned that comment.

In our entire history, this has never been a problem, and no one ever made a comment like that.  We have had some very close elections, even some recounts of votes, yet in the end the loser has always graciously conceded to the winner.  No one every hinted they wouldn’t accept the results before the election was even held.  This isn’t about being a good sport, this is about the very fabric of our democracy.

A half hour before the debate started, Mike Pence, his running mate, specifically said that “they would accept the results of the race.”  After the debate, he waffled big time on that comment.  Meaning Pence is not that “stable, calm, principled” man everyone tries to make him out to be.  Rather he is nothing but a lap dog for Trump in the name of power.

I have to admit, I agree with the vast majority of politicians and pundits that comment is a disqualifying comment.  But to me, that was not the only disqualifying comment.

Trump was challenged about the cyber attacks our country has suffered from Russia.  All of our experts including 17 agencies who have been working on this matter have all said the hacks were done by Russia at the government level.

But his bromance with Putin just won’t let him accept that fact.  He went on again about how “no one in America knows who did the hack”.  Remember that during the primaries he bragged about how he had met and liked Putin.

Now he is claiming he “doesn’t know” Putin at all.  He is saying that to try to put some distance between the two, but he keeps praising Putin and last night he even praised Assad of Syria.

By the way, Trump keeps saying that Russia “is bombing the hell out of ISIS”.  Only they aren’t.  They are bombing the hell out of Aleppo.  Aleppo is not an ISIS stronghold, it is the stronghold of the rebels who started the insurgency against Assad.  He really should get his facts straight.

When he was asked about Social Security and Medicare he totally disregarded the question and never answered it.  He kept talking about his massive tax breaks for the wealthy and how that would magically make the economy grow unbelievably.

When Clinton answered the question he came out this his “she’s a nasty woman” comment.  That was almost stunning by itself.  Especially the timing.  How does talking about how she would work to support Social Security and Medicare make her a “nasty woman”?

He keeps trying to sound like he knows all about war.  He keeps saying that we announce we are going to attack somewhere and that is “stupid”.  It is obvious that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Yes, there have months of talk about attacking Mosul.  That is a strategic move.  The obvious point is to get ISIS out of the city without having to fight a street-by-street and house-by-house battle.  That would disastrous for both the fighters and civilians.

If we can get ISIS to leave, we could more easily attack them on the road out of the city where civilian casualties wouldn’t be in jeopardy as much.  Trump just doesn’t know anything about anything except how to avoid paying taxes.

The one issue that no one is talking about in the immigration debate is how is Donald Trump going to “deport” 11 million undocumented immigrants?  In order to make sure that you are deporting the correct people, we will need some kind of “papers” to prove you are a citizen or here legally.

When is someone going to ask Trump if he favors national ID cards or papers?  We don’t have such things in our country.  But without such a national ID card or papers you will never know which immigrants are undocumented or not.  Especially if you are also going to deport those Europeans who have overextended their visas.

A bunch of Republicans claim that during the three debates Donald Trump figured out a way to self-destruct.  I don’t buy that theory.  Donald Trump will always self-destruct because he cannot focus on anything for more than 10 minutes.

For someone running to be our next President, that is a very scary thing.  How can we trust someone who cannot focus for more than 10 minutes?  The other question you need to ask yourself is how can you vote for someone who refuses to actually “prepare” for something like a debate?

If a candidate won’t sit down and prepare for a debate to convince us to vote for him, how can we trust him to prepare for decisions that affect us, our children, our grandchildren, and even the entire world?

If you refuse to study and prepare you shoot from the hip.  That is the last thing we need from someone who is our Commander in Chief with their finger on our nuclear button.

When he first announced his candidacy, everyone thought it was nothing but a publicity stunt.  Problem is that it still looks like a publicity stunt.  I don’t know what he is thinking.  No one knows what he is thinking.  He cannot express himself coherently.

Here I want to give a lot of credit to Mike Wallace.  He did an excellent job moderating the debate.  His questions were very good.  He tried to keep both candidates on topic.  He even fact checked both candidates.  I was pleased how Wallace handled himself.  He was excellent.

After everything is said and done, one thing is certain at this point.  Whenever Trump does or says something that causes his poll numbers to plummet, he blames everyone but himself.  He is still claiming “massive” voting fraud which is false.

It would be easy to say that Donald Trump would be the least qualified and worst President in our history.  Unfortunately, that are the nice things to say about a Trump Presidency.  He would also be the most dangerous President we have ever had.

There are 19 day before it is all over.  Regardless of you opinions of the candidates, I only ask one thing from everyone.  Vote!  Voting is the most important duty each citizen has.  There are millions of men and women defending our country.  If you really want to “thank a vet” – vote.  That is what they are defending for you.  Go to the polls and cast ballot.






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As Donald Trump continues his spiral deeper into the sewer of political games, there is a word that should be used and isn’t.  Maybe that is the “rigged” system he keeps talking about.

Trump keeps saying the election is being rigged against him.  He keeps saying that “illegal aliens” are allowed to vote.  He keeps saying that “dead” people vote.  He keeps saying that people vote five or ten times each.

Of course this all bullshit.  There is one thing that both helps and hurts our election system.  The elections are all controlled by the states individually.  This has presented problems when states pass voter suppression laws.  But, it also helps from our system from being “rigged” as Trump claims.

The type of conspiracy that Trump claims is going on would have to include over half of the states.  Many of which are controlled by Republicans.

That would be an almost impossible task.  But, let’s look at it another way.  A Law Professor at Loyola University in California did some fantastic research on voter fraud.

The results are amazing.  He went back through the years and looked at one billion votes.  He discovered something chilling.  In those one billion votes cast, he discovered a whopping 37 cases of possible voter fraud.

Imagine what damage that did to our electoral process.  This research was not done because Donald Trump has been claiming the system is “rigged” but because of all of the voter suppression laws that Republican states passed.  The main argument for these voter suppression laws was “the integrity of the ballot”.

Turns out the integrity of the ballot has been quite remarkable without all of these Photo ID laws Republicans claim are so necessary.  To further show this myth, Indiana State Police raided a voter registration group last week.  They seized about 50,000 registration forms.

They did an exhaustive inspection of them.  In the first 38,000 forms they “inspected” they found 10 were not correct and would not have been valid for registration.

How does this show the system works?  The raid was conducted after some registrations were “red flagged” by poll workers.  So you see, they system is truly “rigged”.

All of the research by “experts” into voter fraud has found that it is as close to non-existent as possible.  Yet, Trump keeps railing that they “system is being rigged against me”.

That brings us back to that one word that the media and GOP leaders refuse to use.  Instead of using it, they use “conspiracy theory” to try to soften what is actually being said.

That word is a noun and is defined as:

conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

It is the word sedition.

Once again you may think I am stretching things here.  But am I?  We have heard a woman at a Trump Rally telling Mike Pence that she is “ready for a revolution”.

The Oregon Militia is recruiting new people on the basis that Hillary Clinton will become President through the “rigged” system.  We have had a Trump supporter calling for Hillary Clinton to be “taken out” if she is elected President.

Mike Pence says that he and Trump would “absolutely” accept the vote of the American People.  20 minutes later Trump tweets that they system is rigged against him.

His talking heads went on the Sunday Talk Shows and said that Trump only means that the Media is rigging the election against him.  30 minutes later Trump tweets that “they system is absolutely being rigged right down to the voting booths.  SAD”.

Of course when Trump started to claim that even the Republican Party had joined forces to rig the election, that supposedly made it real.  He has riled up his “base” of nut jobs to be ready to not accept the vote on election day.  And the craziest of his supporters are clearly hearing what he means by his comments.  Hence the threats above.

Yesterday in Green Bay the Trump supporters kept chanting “Paul Ryan sucks”.  Trump did nothing to stop the chants either.  Actually, he egged them on more.

Many people believe the charge of “sedition” is antiquated and should probably be repealed.  But it hasn’t been repealed.  One could argue that Donald Trump is engaged in sedition every time he claims that the election is being rigged “right down to the voting booth”.

He is telling his supporters the only way he can lose the election is if it is “stolen” from him.  He has openly claimed that the media, the Clintons, and the Republican Party are all in collusion to “steal the election” from him and his followers.

That has raised the stakes very dangerously.  Media members at Trump rallies have been threatened with violence including death threats.  Many conservative newspapers, like the Arizona Republic have received death threats for their endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Trump supporters have started showing up in front of Democratic offices to “protest” and carrying guns. They make sure the people inside the office know they are carrying guns, too.

It is time to take the gloves off.  Donald Trump is engaged in sedition.  He is “inciting people to rebel against authority” and that is sedition.  The GOP under its spineless, cowardly leadership of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Reince Priebus won’t use the word either.

They cannot use the word because it has been their party that has desperately tried to suppress the vote of minorities, elderly, and young.  They are the ones who have used “voter fraud” which does not exist to pass voter suppression laws.

If they come forward now and say Trump is wrong, they ruin their own argument.  The real danger for our country is becoming not if Donald Trump can win, but what will his “followers” do when he gets thumped at the polls.

I have said this before and I will say it again.  Donald Trump is an un-American fascist who will stop at nothing to gain power.  When that power is refused by the people, I don’t count on him to graciously go quietly into the night.

If I am correct, I believe we will see an upsurge in domestic terrorism after the election.  Only the GOP leadership can calm things, but they need to start now and not wait for the election to end and the madness to begin.



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From the very first, Donald Trump has run a campaign based on hate.  Sorry if you are offended by that comment, but the truth is the truth.  We have seen his hate put on display for the whole campaign.

He has called Mexican immigrants “rapists and criminals”.  He has laid terrorism at the feet of Muslims only and openly accused American Muslims of being part of the problem.  Therefore, all Muslims should be banned from immigrating to our country.

He has disparaged women on a daily basis.  Whether it is about their looks, intelligence, or just the fact they are women.   He is now suffering several accusations of sexual assault throughout his life.  Something he is calling a “media conspiracy” to keep him out of the White House.

He has claimed over and over that the election is being “rigged” against him.  That cry has grown louder and louder every time a new poll comes out showing him plummeting with the voters.

He has turned more and more towards a fascist attack plan.  Even saying that if he wins the election he is going to put his opponent in jail.  He has made fun of her becoming ill with pneumonia.  He claims she “doesn’t have the stamina” to be president like only men have enough stamina.  Now he and his campaign are accusing her of using drugs.  Sorry, but it was Donald sniffling like a coke addict in the last two debates.

He is willing to tear up the First, Fourth, Thirteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments just because he thinks they offer too much freedom to those nasty “others”.

He has even been able to split the Republican Party.  Some hate him.  Some love him.  And some just hold their noses around him.  Pundits are amazed that Republicans are still willing to support this lunatic.

But, they are missing the point, as usual.  This election is all about hate.  It is about hate towards immigrants.  It is about hate towards foreigners.  It s about hate towards Muslims.  It is about hate towards women.  It is about hate towards the media.  And especially, it is about hate towards Hillary Clinton.

The hate towards Hillary Clinton has been on review for over 25 years.  There is absolutely nothing she can do that these people will say was good.  Everything she says is a lie.  Everything she touches is corrupt.

Republicans have placed their whole focus of hate towards Hillary Clinton.  This is a passion with them.  It has nothing to do with facts or reality.  She is the wife of Bill Clinton who outdid Ronald Reagan on the economy and they can’t stand that simple fact.

There is no other explanation for so many Republicans saying they “cannot stand the man” or think he is “unstable” yet are willing to vote for him over Hillary Clinton.  It is a simple matter of hate.  That is best summed up when a major donor to the Republican Party says he is unsure of Trump’s stability but will vote for him because he can’t stand Hillary Clinton.  Only hate can make you vote for someone you don’t trust.

Yes, Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinski.  However, Ronald Reagan was not impeached for lying and selling arms to Iran when it was illegal to do so.  That is all you need to know about the hatred towards the Clintons on the Republican side.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump has fed off that hatred.  He has lowered the bar on hatred.  He has rattled off a thousand reasons why he won’t win the election except his own incompetence.  With all of the hatred Republicans have towards Hillary Clinton, it was almost a sure thing they could win this election.  Then they nominated Donald Trump.

And what is the result of this nightmare?  We have Trump supporters threatening the media at Trump Rallies.  We have Muslim centers being vandalized with Trump slogans and swastikas.  We have a Trump supporter saying at a rally that if Clinton wins the election, she is “ready for a revolution”.

We even have the sheriff of Milwaukee County claiming that the whole government is corrupt and it is time for “pitchforks and torches”.  There is nothing coded or hidden in that message.  He too is calling for a revolution.

The Republican Party started this march in 1968 with Richard Nixon.  They have amped up the rhetoric over the years.  Ronald Reagan took it to another level with his “welfare queen” rhetoric.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan took it another notch up with their infamous “makers and takers” campaign.

Now Donald Trump has taken all of the niceties out of the election.  He is openly touting hate as the only reason to vote for him.  He is the master hater, and if you hate Hillary Clinton, then you must vote for the master hater.

Personally I find it disgusting that elected politicians are willing to go along with this central meme of this little boy.  We have seen this behavior in our country before.  We were fortunate to make it past it.  Let’s hope this time we will make it past it too.

Donald Trump has run a campaign of hate.  Republicans are willing to turn a blind eye to that campaign’s message and still support him.  That says a whole lot more about their lack of morality than Trump’s lack of morality.


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This election is even weirder than I had predicted.  The question is what disqualifying factor is necessary to make someone drop out of the race?  It appears that things have changed so much that even bragging about sexually assaulting women is no long a disqualifying factor.

The other weird factor is that people who support a candidate who brags in such a manner can find a host of reasons to keep supporting the pervert.  That has become clearer by the day.

All of this talk about Trump’s comments on that tape released on Friday as “locker room banter” is bullshit.  That was not “locker room banter” that was someone bragging about sexually assaulting women just because he is a star.

That is so repulsive that I can’t even find the words to express my displeasure.  Then there are the reports that he walked into the dressing room at the Miss Universe Contest which he owned.  He even bragged about doing it.  He called in “inspecting things” as an excuse for his barbaric behavior.

Then there are reports that he not only walked in on women during the Miss Universe Pageant, it is now being reported that he used the same tactic to walk in on the Miss Teen Universe Pageant.  The Miss Teen Pageant included girls as young a 15.

One contestant who reported the incident recalled him saying “don’t worry girls I have seen it all before”.  He believes that this was his “right” because he “owned” the pageant.

These are just more examples of his predatory behavior.  So I must ask Kellyanne Conway “is walking in on naked women in a dressing room just ‘locker banter’ too?  I want to hear her defend such behavior.

I cannot understand how anyone can keep endorsing such a candidate even when they say the behavior was repulsive.  Or he should have his mouth washed out with soap.  Or those comments made me sick.  How sick do you have to be to keep supporting such a candidate?

Worse, how can someone who claims to be a Christian support such a person?  Mike Pence said he believes that Trump “apologized” to the American people.  I disagree.  He said words of I apologize but there was no feeling or contrition behind the words.  In other words he has not apologized to anyone.

Paul Ryan said he “would no longer defend Donald Trump or campaign with him” but he never pulled his endorsement.  Is that an act of party unity, bravery or cowardice?  I believe it is an act of cowardice but you need to make up your own mind on that.

Yesterday a Congressman from Texas was asked what would make him pull his support from Trump.  He was even asked if Trump had raped someone would he pull his support.  The Congressman stumbled and fumbled and basically said he would still support Trump.

We keep hearing from Trump about “crooked Hillary Clinton”.   But several years of investigations including Congressional investigations proven no criminal activity.  Yet, Trump’s own Foundation is the only Foundation involved in this election that has been proven to have broken the law.

Since the tapes were released, Trump has gone on a “scorched earth” policy in his campaign.  He has doubled and tripled down on the false claim that the “election is rigged” and that is the only reason he would lose.  He has fed his Alt-Right supporters so much red meat that they are becoming more dangerous by the second.

Yesterday at a rally with Mike Pence, a woman said that if Hillary Clinton wins the election she is “ready for a revolution”.  Mike Pence, to his credit, said no, don’t say that.  But the scary part was that she got applause for her comments.

We have reached the point in this election where the fascist behavior of Donald Trump is becoming clearer and clearer.  Like threatening to put his opponent in jail if he is elected.

Whenever Donald Trump is called out for his erratic and repulsive behavior, even using his own voice, he lashes out at the world.  He blames everyone but himself.  No one put a gun to his head and forced him to say these things.  He said them because he believes them and/or acted like that.

We do have a lot of problems in our country.  We still have race problems that need to be addressed.  We still have discrimination problems that need to be addressed.  We have policing problems that need to be addressed.  We have a lot of things that need to be addressed.  But, instead of talking about things like that, we get Donald Trump trying to tear the country apart.

This is the first time in my 50 plus years of following politics that I have heard the nominee of a major party trying to justify fascist tactics to run the country.  Even worse, it is the first time that major political figures have supported such a candidate.

The Republicans have unleashed Donald Trump on the country.  Now, they don’t know how to handle him.  That is because there is no “handling” of Donald Trump.  The party’s divisive rhetoric and obstructionist tactics have given us Donald Trump.

The problem is the Republican Party won’t be the only victims of this toxic environment they created.  All of America and her people have become victims.  The Republican Party needed a divided country so they could win elections because they refuse to be all-inclusive.

Because of their actions, Donald Trump has unleashed domestic terrorism on the country.  His actions and words speak loudly for his supporters to terrorize his opponents.  And they are doing just that.

This lunatic can never be President!


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It is time to look at what the Republicans are trying to say as to why they would continue to support a self-confessed sexual assaulter.  They all claim that the Supreme Court is at stake and they need to make sure that they get Justices that “will protect the Constitution”.

That sounds like a reasonable argument, except they are not interested in “protecting the Constitution” they are looking to change it through a Conservative Court that does not care about civil rights.

Number one on their hit parade is Roe v. Wade.  They want that decision overturned.  Do they want it overturned because they believe in civil rights?  No, the want it overturned because they want the right to tell women what they can do with their own bodies.

They are not just interested in overturning Roe V. Wade, they want the Supreme Court to rule that birth control is also an abortifacient and therefore illegal.  That became very clear in the Hobby Lobby case over the Affordable Care Act.  They declared that birth control was a form of abortion and the conservative side of the court bought their argument.

As a result of that ruling, millions of women lost birth control as part of their health insurance.  Republicans want that number to be 100 percent.  They try to disguise it in “religious freedom” or “pro-life” issues.  But what they really want is to control women, nothing less.

Another thorn in their side is the same-sex ruling of the Supreme Court.  They want that overturned also.  Only they don’t have a Constitutional argument about same-sex marriage.  The Constitution doesn’t even mention marriage.  So, there is no Constitutional argument against it.

As a result they claim that it is a sin.  Therefore, since it is a sin against their god, they believe that each state should be allowed to decide if someone is married or not.  That way the states they control can outlaw same-sex marriages and not even recognize marriages conducted in states where it was legal.

One they get a conservative court to rule in that manner, you will see more laws passed that outlaw other marriages.  We may even see inter-racial or inter-religious marriages denied and outlawed.  You cannot totally control your people if they can do anything they want, like marry the person they love.  You need to have control over their lives so you also need control over their marriages.

This isn’t really about “protecting the sanctity of marriage” it is about “race purity.”  That is all it is about.  There is no other answer or reason for their hatred of these marriages.

Republicans want to establish bans and/or religious tests in order to be considered for immigration.  This isn’t to stop “terrorists” from entering the country, it is to stop non-white non-Christians from entering the country.

Only, the Constitution does not allow religious tests.  Therefore they need a Court that will disavow the constitution and allow these religious tests for all immigrants.  Of course Republicans aren’t calling them “religious tests” they are calling them vetting.  In Trump’s case “extreme vetting” which includes questions about whether the immigrant “loves America” and be better be able to assimilate according to their definition of assimilation.

Conservatives want to be able to “racially profile” people to blame for crimes.  They also want “stop and frisk” laws that will let police stop anyone for any reason to question and frisk them for contraband.

Problem is that the Fourth Amendment says police cannot simply stop and frisk people or racially profile people because people are protected from “unreasonable search and seizure.”  Something very inconvenient if you want to jail all of the minorities in the country.

Then there is the “voting rights” issue.  Republican controlled states want a Photo ID law to prevent certain people from voting.  I know there are lots of arguments about using photo IDs to vote, but the real reason is to keep minorities, elderly, and young people from voting.

Republicans don’t want these groups voting because they normally vote Democratic.  And, you know they are really “voting suppression” laws because the photo IDs that are required are the very ones that minorities, elderly and young people do not have.

As the courts ruled in the North Carolina voter ID law, the legislature looked at the types of photo IDs that minorities primarily have and surgically removed them from the law as useful when voting.  They even went so far as to say the Student Photo IDs from state Universities were not good enough.  But, a firearms photo Id was good enough.

They want to gut our public education system.  They use the phrase of “choice” as their excuse.  What they really want is to use taxpayer dollars to fund private “Christian”, meaning segregated, schools.

That will gut funding for public schools and mean that minority children and children with disabilities will be left behind.  Since Republicans, specifically conservatives, don’t care about these children, that is okay with them.

These are just a few of the things that Republicans, especially conservatives want for the country.  That is why they claim the Supreme Court is at stake in this election.

They are trying desperately to get another Jim Crow court.  They want to roll back all of the civil rights that we enjoy.  They want segregation returned along with total control over women.  They want to shut down our borders so non-white non-Christians cannot immigrate to our country.

If Republicans win this election, that is what we will get.  If we are lucky.  More than likely, if Donald Trump becomes our President, like Governor LePage of Maine says, he will go authoritarian.

When conservatives say that the Supreme Court is at stake in this election, they at correct.  Problem is they aren’t interested in preserving the Constitution or our civil rights.  They want to roll them back.

This year it is important to defeat the Republicans all the way up and down the ticket.  Otherwise, we will lose our way of life and our democracy.

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