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Fascists Are Now In Power!

The word, Fascism, arose  in Italy after the end of World War I. The nation was wracked by conflict between labor and business, there were riots in the streets due to  poverty, and, many were  concerned about the end of an era in which there was ‘respect’ for the Catholic church, for traditional values, for the world of life prior to the rise of industrialism. Then, a man arose, his name was Benito Mussolini. He promised to make Italy a Great nation once again, he promised to give  people jobs. Mussolini crushed all opposition, and eventually became a dictator.

The essence of fascism was an alliance between government and business in which  worker rights ended, and the wealthy and powerful ruled in alliance with Mussolini. The military was given billions of dollars, and freedom of speech ended. The Catholic church recognized the dictatorship, and, in return it was the official religion of the State. Sorry, but the Trump government is making similar promises, it is promising religious groups they will not have to buckle under to government rules and regulations, and the media is warned that ‘incorrect stories’ can result in law suits.

Donald Trump is the poor man’s version of dictator Benito Mussolini.

All Politicians Are Crooks?

I continually encounter on social media statements by individuals that all political parties are the same, that all politicians are crooks, that it makes no difference in the lives of Americans if a Republican is president or a Democrat is president, because the outcome is always the same. At this point the person claims the system is ‘rigged,’ Wall Street controls everything, and why waste your vote, let alone,  your time  for bothering vote. My initial reaction to such statements is– this person has a decent job, this person has medical insurance, this person, most probably, owns their own home, and, definitely, this  person is not worried about student debts.

The real sadness in such comments is the complete lack of care and concern for Hispanic children who might be deported,along with their parents, the inability to recognize the prejudice, the fears of Muslim children in America as they confront open hatred. A ‘President’ Clinton would not deport Hispanics, nor end efforts to deal with climate change, nor ignore the need for higher minimum wages, nor fight for women rights. POLITICAL PARTIES DIFFER! And, POLITICIANS DIFFER. Wake up to reality.

Honest Ben Carson

As you recall or do not recall, Ben Carson was a candidate of the Republican party seeking the nomination for president.  Mr. Carson’s name has been mentioned for  positions in the Trump Cabinet, including Secretary of Education. He declined to accept any Cabinet position because “he did not consider himself qualified to be in charge of a Federal agency.” Let me get this straight, Ben Carson believed himself qualified to be president of the United States,  but did not consider himself qualified to run a single government agency!

Ben, let me write very slowly, very slowly, but, believe it or not, if you had become president, that job entails running ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES! The real humor in this crazy Carson statement is that MILLIONS OF REPUBLICANS WANTED THIS IGNORANT MAN, THIS  UNQUALIFIED MAN AS THIER PRESIDENT!!

Donald Trump And The Constitution

I was raised at a time in American history when most young men served in the military, either being drafted or joined. I joined the Army in 1951 during the Korean War.This was five years after the Nuremberg Trials when leading Nazis were placed on trial for war crimes. Among those prosecuted were officers in the German army who enforced orders to murder millions of innocent people. They were found guilty of violating the Geneva Conventions which makes it a crime to kill civilians. During basic training, we were given lectures about the importance of adhering to the Military Code of Justice which respects the Geneva Convention. We were told that if an officer gives us an unconstitutional order we were to refuse to obey it.

Donald Tump has publicly said he would order ‘waterboarding’ and he would order members of the military to murder, not only terrorists, but their families. Such actions would violate the Code of Military Justice and make any soldier who carries out such orders subject to prison. Donald Trump apparently does not understand that those entering the Armed Forces take a solemn oath to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, and if given an order by the president that contradicts the Constitution, they must refuse such orders.

Unless Donald Trump begins to conduct himself as a President, then he would cause a Constitutional crisis, never before witnessed by members of the US Armed forces!

Why Did Trump Win–Part Two

So, why did Donald Trump, the ignorant candidate, win the election?

This was probably the first Social Media election that determined who won and who lost. The very nature of social media precludes intelligent discussion of ideas. Individuals only read those who agree with them,and block out opposing ideas. Social media also segments individuals into a narrow group of similar thinkers, which precludes engaging in discussions with those of opposing ideas.  In the past, Americans ALL read the same newspapers or magazines and thus had a similar body of information that was considered to be valid.

The election of 2016 witnessed people only  seeing, hearing, and reading a small segment of those with contrasting viewpoints. Each person on social media inhabits a knowledge bubble and never ventures forth. The personality of Hillary  Clinton is not designed for such a world. She seeks to present solid information to people who want wild ideas that promise them glory and great jobs and a wonderful life.

Not once did Donald Trump present  a coherent plan nor did he ever offer a budget or name some numbers as to cost. He just lied and lied,and it was difficult for any American to believe that presidential candidate would so openly lie. He understood the more outrageous the lie, the more likely it was accepted by Americans.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I feel like a  German in 1933 awaiting the assumption of power by Adolf Hitler.

“President Trump” is the nightmare for America.

Jews for Trump is akin to Jews for Hitler.

I wonder what Jeb Bush is feeling today.

Real nightmare for Obama, talking with President Trump.

I guess Trump people actually believe he has AN idea about Something.

How did we Americans get into this place in life?

Mike Pence must feel pensive today.

Get me off this crazy planet!

 

 

 

Religion Still Matters To Some

Most liberals in America assume their ideas on social change are the same as most people in the western world. Liberals believe they are on the side of the future,  a world in which strict observance of fundamental religion belongs to the  disappearing past. Father Giovanni Caralcoli represents the world that feels challenged by new ideas that clash with the world of his birth. He announced to the world discovery  of an important scientific fact regarding recent earthquakes in Italy. NO, they are not the result of physical changes in Italy. No, whatever science claims to be true, is not true.

The good father identified the source of earthquakes. They are the outcome of anger by the guy up in the sky who is furious, and they are “punishment for gay and civil unions.” I guess the old guy just does not enjoy gays and lesbians getting hitched, and he has decided to hitch his star with a few disturbances that shake up buildings and folks. So, if you do not want any geological disturbances, just outlaw gays and lesbians!

Silence Of Hillary

Despite the fact that FBI head James Comey just announced there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton did anything wrong, other than placing thousands of emails on her personal sever. As of this date not a single email uncovered has any relationship to matters of ‘national security.’ So, Hillary is playing this one very smart, just a stony silence of ignoring that FBI head:

1. Broke Justice Department protocols to remain silent while an investigation is in process.

2.  Broke FBI rules when he commented that Hillary Clinton was guilty of bad judgement in having emails on her  personal server. The FBI head, states facts, NOT judgments on the character of a person under investigation, and certainly not on a person who was never convicted of a crime.

3. Hillary Clinton is just remaining silent. Any word she utters to defend herself will be seized upon by Trump to ask: “if she is innocent,then why is she defending herself? What is she hiding?

There are moments when SILENCE IS THE BEST POLICY! Do not respond to anything Trump says, he wants you to get into an argument with him. Silence will devastate the bully  from New York!

Donald Will Shake Up Washington

Donald Trump continues to promise that if elected he will ‘shake up Washington.” For some reason, neither Donald nor his surrogates ever get around to explain how or why he will shake up Washington. There are references to corruption and doing things the ‘old way’ which assumes Trump will do things the new way. Anyway, if the Donald man does become president, you can expect the following:

1. A conservative Supreme Court will reverse Roe vs Wade and women no longer will have control over their bodies.

2. Any  law seeking to protect our environment will be declared illegal.

3.  Nothing will be done to assist students in dealing with their student loan mess.

4. Each child at birth will be given a gun to play with in the crib.

5. The top five percent will no longer control 40% of the wealth, more like 50%.

6. Eleven million ‘bad hombres’ will be sent South.

Allow your mind to run wild, and you can figure out the rest of this shake up!

Dreary Halloween Night

I was raised during the Depression so we never went trick or treating on Halloween for the simple reason, who the hell had extra candy to give away during a Depression? Years later as a parent, I went trick or treating with my four children. Gee, they even gave dad a few of their precious candies. And, I did not have to pay for them.

Last night, there was not a single knock on my door. Not a single child came dressed in costume seeking free goodies. It was all Quiet on the Halloween front last night. So, who to blame?

1. The Hispanic rapists and murderers swarming over our borders?

2. Crooked Hillary Clinton out to steal candy from kids?

3. Muslim terrorists seeking to steal the most precious commodities in America– our candies?

4. The red headed guy who would make out with any female, regardless of age?

Alas, we once knew Halloween.