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On Patriotism

We just celebrated the 240th anniversary of the birth of America. Republicans continue to refer to our FOUNDING FATHERS as though they had the faintest clue to the thinking and behavior of these men from the 18th century. At a time when Republicans boast of their ignorance of “science,” they forget that science was an important characteristic of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson. But, more important was the sense of patriotism that drove these men. They believed in the destiny of the United States of America as a unique model for the res of the world. To be an American was to think about how its model could become the model for all nations.

Let me cite the work of one American patriot–Franklin D. Roosevelt. BEFORE the entry of America into WWII, he had brought two Republicans into his Cabinet to serve the nation. He worked with Republicans to create the United Nations, and Republicans regarded it their duty to work with the President. Roosevelt defeated Wendell Wilkie for the presidency in 1940. He asked Wilkie to work with him during WWII, and the defeated Republican became a close ally of the man who beat him in an election. This was the essence of Patriotism.

Republicans worked with Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights bill of 1965. As Minority leader in 1953, Lyndon Johnson made clear his task was to ASSIST Republican Dwight Eisenhower. Believe it or not in 2016, Republicans and Democrats worked together even while separated by political differences. That was PATRIOTISM.

Tweets Away!

It is  Tuesday and guess what–another Trump tweet that is causing an uproar. There is no question that Donald Trump has gained the reputation of the political candidate who resorts to social media to get across his ideas. That, in itself, would not be  something to complain about, but the real question is exactly which ideas are being conveyed? Donald just sent a tweet about Hillary being the “most corrupt politician ever”and  the image contained a Star of David. It turns out the image is also being used by white supremacists who, naturally, support Donald.

The real question is what is the point being made by Trump? OK, so he charges she is the most corrupt politician ever. At no point does Donald specify the exact nature of “corruption.” Sorry, Donald, use of email may be a mistake, it may have resulted in loss of information, but that does not fall onto any definition of “corruption.” Every single charge he makes about Hillary revolves around mistaken actions, but none fall into the area of corruption.

On the other hand, false advertising to lure students to spend thousands of dollars for nothing, does fall into the category of a crime.

Elie Wiesel Is Dead

There are individuals in our lives who  offer an opportunity to believe in the decency of the human spirit Elie Wiesel survived the Holocaust, he devoted his life fighting for the rights of humans throughout the world. There are those who suffer persecution and  hatred, and learn from that experience to hate and persecute others.  Ironically, Jews on the West Bank in Palestine never learned from the words of Elie Wiesel that those who experience the horror of hate, must never resort to that emotion towards those who are weak.

I once heard Elie Wiesel say in a speech, the wise man poses questions, the ignorant man provides answers. I wonder how those in  Israel fail to heed those wise words by raising questions pertaining to their actions against Palestinians?  How many Israelis are posing questions as to whether there are other options than those presently being followed by their government to attain peace. NO, those supporting Palestinians, are not perfect humans, yes, some have resorted to hate and violence. BUT, the fact there are evil Palestinians only makes it more important to support the mass of Palestinians who seek to have a homeland and live in peace with Israel. That would be the lesson one gains from the life of Elie Wiesel.

What If Republicans Triumph?

There are continual dire predictions that if Donald Trump became president of the United States of America the end of civilization as we know it, would soon arrive. So, let’s exam a Trump presidency:

1. Donald would ask Congress to appropriate $50 billion to build a Great Wall only to discover the bill never made it out of the Appropriations Committee. Donald,  your guys don’t  like spending money.

2. Donald would gather military leaders and propose bombing the shit out of ISIS. They would inform him about air campaigns for over three years aimed at bombing the shit out of ISIS. Trump would announce it was his words that set in motion the bombing three years ago!

3. Donald would get Congress to pass tax reductions only to discover there was not enough money to run the federal government. Donald would propose reductions in military spending which would create months and months of gridlock.

4. Donald would order roundup of 11,000,000 illegal immigrants which would negatively impact the economy. Donald, these people BUY goods made in America and when they depart, so does their money! Oh,and the shit and garbage would pile up because there are not enough folks to shovel it!

5. Oh, Donald, those damn immigrants care for children so what happens when they are gone?

6. Within seven months, the hair of Donald would turn white once he has to actually  run a government.  OH, Donald, you can’t declare America bankrupt!

New Suggestion For UK

I realize there is consternation in England over the entire Brexit controversy and millions are uncertain about their future.Many just woke up to the reality their nation will no longer have access to a 500 million people economy. Within a few years European owned plants in England will move back to Germany or France or Italy to take advantage of a tariff free economy. But, folks in England, there is a way out of this problem. How about:

Become the 51st state of America! Think of it as coming home to a place you once called home. We have a 300 million people economy and laws that also allow access to Canada and many nations in Latin America. We also speak an English language that is sort of like the one you speak. OK, we do not have your English “football’ –we call it soccer– but we do have the American version of football.

The flip side, of course, is having to endure our American dysfunctional political system. It will make you yearn for a House of Lords to make sense of what our Congress does or does not do. Being an American is sure better than being part of a Little England that has lost Scotland and northern Ireland!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Only Republicans would play political games when defeating the Zika virus is at stake.

I wonder how many British folks are asking, ‘what the hell did we just do?’

Among the great battles in American history will be Gettysburg, the Battle of the Bulge and Benghazi.

Only Republicans worry about the death of four people, of course, the hundred of thousands dying because  of poor health is not their concern.

Justice Kennedy is a real Kennedy–sometimes!

Whatever happened to Ted Cruz, is he still standing tall for America?

I guess many workers in America believe a billionaire is concerned about their economic interests.

 

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a twenty five year old mind trapped in an eighty five year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Trump choice: golf courses or President. Guess which he chooses?

If Trump becomes president, he sets a new record: first president to have been married three times.

If only English colonists did not allow foreign immigrants to arrive like those damn Germans, no Trump.

Now in season for NBA stars to determine their next team.

Play ‘Hamilton’ about a man interested in money, so what’s new in American politics?

As long as money determines where one goes to college, that is the ultimate Affirmative action decision.

I worry about the silence of the Bush family. Is there a young Bush on the political make?

 

Donald Trump On England

The people of England voted by 52% to 48% to separate from England. Donald Trump happened to be in Scotland to open a new golf course so he naturally had to offer his views on the vote. First, he naturally blamed Obama for the vote count since the President urged England to remain. “A lot of people don’t like him.” He went on to predict that “the American people will have a chance come November to declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies.”

Ironically, Donald told the people of Great Britain they were right to leave, and he made these comments in Scotland which voted over 60% to REMAIN. As always, Donald Trump will simplify the most complex issue and reduce it to nonsense. At this point there is no poll indicating Donald Trump will get 50% of the vote.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

A brocken clock is right twice a day.

Some place today an illegal immigrant will commit a crime.

Some place today, a native born American will commit a crime.

If you blast away with  your AR-15 at a shooting range you will hit the bullseye.

Chris Christie IS a great valet.

I sure want one of those high paying jobs Donald promises one and all.

Brett leads one from one group of insane people to another such group.

You don’t want David Cameron handling your retirement funds.

A duck knows when to put head in or out of water.

I always wind up behind the old lady at the check-out line.

Whoever said ‘age wears well’ sure was never old.

Some like intelligent leaders, some like Trump.

The silence of Jeb Bush is deafening.

I miss Ted Cruz pretending to be a fighting sheriff.

Whatever happened to Carly Fiorina?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

God, would I love to hear the conversation between Trump and Kim Jong un.

Yes, Donald is creating well paid jobs–for those working in jobs that provide items Donald needs in his campaign.

So where next does LeBron James go to help a city which needs to have a basketball championship?

Another Independence Day fight against alien invaders — now we know how to make America, Great Again!

I wonder if there are Aliens who just exude love and peace?

Let’s hope we Earthians are unusual in the universe with our hate and violence.

So where next for Bernie is the question of the hour?

Has anyone thought of sending Bernie to North Korea to spark a youth rebellion agains the Establishment?

After Scotland leaves we can call Great Britain –Little England.

I am an Elizabeth Warren supporter for vice president.