Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

Thus Spake the NRA … and their Minion, Trump

November 8, 2017

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Garry Kasparov: “Trump is a wake-up call for the free world.”

September 20, 2017

Garry Kasparov as a child

Many people have criticized Donald Trump as a person and a president, and many have called him dangerous, both domestically and internationally. Today I read some very interesting comments by a man who was born and raised in Russia, the brilliant chess player Garry Kasparov. As someone who knows the Soviet system intimately, Kasparov’s logic was, needless to say, impeccable, and his warning was chilling. You might wish to read the entire interview printed in the “Boston Globe”, to find out what he said.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/columns/2017/09/19/kasparov-trump-wake-call-for-free-world/o5o5epijYGDzHCm4V1niXJ/story.html#comments

Stupid Democrats . . . and Republicans

March 23, 2017

“A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat on a lake below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”

She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

Republicans claim Democrats are ‘all about welfare’. Well:

Why Donald Trump may Ultimately be Good for America

February 9, 2017

When a forest has been allowed to grow rampantly, many problems crop up. There’s a lot of dead wood, and other shrubbery becomes overgrown. Young trees have a hard time getting nutrition and sunlight in which to grow properly. Diseases spread amongst the mature trees. Vermin have an easier time hiding from predators, whose place in the ecology is to keep their numbers down. The list goes on.

fireNature has a way of taking care of this problem: forest fires. Huge conflagrations that burn everything to the ground, eliminating this chaotic decay of a once healthy environment.

Let’s face it: this once great country has indeed deteriorated. In that sense, it is very much like an overgrown forest.

Where once nearly everyone did something useful for society, there’s one hell of a lot of deadwood. But deadwood does not merely mean people on welfare who could easily perform constructive work, whether for a wage or as a volunteer.

It also includes bloated bureaucracies where the ‘workers’ push paper around from one desk to another to justify their incredible benefits packages, including retirement deals that are bankrupting city after city. Just look at Greece. It also includes ‘vermin’, such as those who exist in the dark spaces between the government and corporations, ‘lobbying’ with special payments and generous gifts for legislators to vote for the special interests of their clients. It also includes the people on Wall Street who live in mansions due to their ability to sell invisible paper, ‘leveraging’ real assets into castles made of cards.

Sadly, the actual environment is decaying. Our industrial model, dependent on rapid and unchecked growth, is destroying the world we live in. In the name of bloated profits, we are willing to cut down any forest or grassland that regenerates oxygen, pollute any waterway that sustains life on our planet, and contaminate the very air that we and those plants breathe. And when the vast majority of scientists as well as environmentalists protest our unconcern, they are shouted down by the capitalistic businesses and politicians who live off of those profits. They are dismissed as reactionaries. So now we have a climate change denier in charge of the EPA. That’s going to promote real progress.

Small businesses, which were once the backbone of the entrepreneurial spirit, are being stunted by the huge corporations granted monopolies by fat-cat bureaucrats. The concept of small, local banks who fed those budding businesses is being blotted out by huge international banks and the Fed, a private corporation controlled by a few uber-wealthy individuals who have a stronghold on the American economic structure. Monopolies are being encouraged by those politicians who are paid by them. And Trump has appointed another billionaire’s boys club member from the wonderful Goldman-Sachs disaster to advise him on finances. Didn’t they help create the 2008 recession?

Our attempt at a national health service, the ACA, is indeed a disaster. Never mind that the Republicans gutted the intended structure so badly that it barely limps along, with Mr. Trump ready to kick the crutches away. It was a first attempt to fix the towering healthcare costs generated by outrageous med school tuitions, greedy insurance companies, litigious attorneys, and, not least, the unmitigated avarice of Big Pharma. Now there will be a lot more Americans who will have reduced qualities of life or even die because they cannot afford decent treatment.

Our once proud public educational system, one of the finest is the world, is now nearly moribund. Most states have passed laws that send the property taxes to the state government instead of the local school district, meaning that all students suffer. While state legislators pass more and more demands on teachers, further crippling their ability to serve the students, federal legislators demand standardized tests that creates a “one size fits all” delivery and caters to the lowest common denominator, rather than encouraging our best and brightest to rise above mediocrity. And Trump wants to completely destroy the public system through his pay-back choice as Secretary of Education, who is all about privatized and charter schools, and has possibly never set foot in an actual classroom in her life.

If you want a healthy country, you need healthy people who are well educated. It is obvious that taking care of unhealthy people is tremendously more expensive than the reverse, so the cost benefits should be obvious to even the most obtuse capitalist. And the benefits of education to the economy (as shown by personal lifetime income) are touted by all educational systems, so why is that even a question? Ours is a system that requires educated, modernized employees, not mindless workers.

Perhaps the worst destruction has been to traditional American values, such as equality and justice. Once again, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Nancy Pelosi explained how we have entered the age of shareholder capitalism, which is why CEO pay continues to climb while the average worker sees little to no income growth. Our “melting pot” mentality has melted down, to the point where we discriminate against well-educated professionals wanting to gain citizenship while allowing manual laborers to pour across our borders because Americans have become lazy and entitled. In that sense, Trump’s policies may actually serve a purpose. However, he wants to enforce his policies with dictates that violate the laws of our land, both technically and in intent, that were incorporated into the Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

So, the Trump administration may ultimately prove to be beneficial to America. But it is not because our latest president is a careful gardener. It is because he is a forest fire, who will leave our earth scorched and barren, destroying everything we love about our world. We can only hope that, many years after the conflagration has passed away, the American people will once more look at what really made this country great. That we will—like a forest consumed by a terribly destructive fire—regenerate the fresh and positive growth that brings new life and hope.

First International, Now Domestic Totalitarianism has Started

February 3, 2017

If you read the attached article, you will see that Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, as invited by the Republican students on campus. There was a protest from those who are opposed to his virulent support of Donald Trump; it was originally non-violent, but then a large group of masked agitators escalated the protest to violence. It is unclear if those agitators were students or outsiders.
As is his wont, Donald Trump had an immediate reaction via his favorite media, Twitter (the British have a word, ‘twit’, that perfectly describes why Mr. Trump might like that format). To wit:

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

First, I am in nearly full agreement—for once—with Mr. Trump. Free speech should work both ways. And the people who wore masks in order to incite violence are cowards and hypocrites. If Trump had stopped there, I would have been amazed. But this is not a man who understands moderation or objective condemnation.83125-henry-ii-becket-p1

No, he had to go and threaten to withdraw federal funding from an exemplary public university because of the actions of a few radicals, who then incited otherwise peaceful students. Once again, he showed how his reactionary thoughts translate to a shoot-from-the-lip policy making via a medium that is best used by entertainers and teenagers. I take him seriously, that, if it were in his power, he would curtail all federal funding to a landmark center of education because of one incident where his most vocal supporter was essentially run off the campus. It is the same type of hysterical reaction he applies to virtually every situation.
Can no one convince this man that even a few careless words from a man with great power can lead to disaster, as in the case of Henry II and Thomas Beckett? Oh, right . . . he’s probably never heard of either man.

As a president, he is a complete disgrace.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-threatens-to-defund-berkeley-after-violent-protests-force-cancellation-of-breitbart-editors-speech-145048174.html

America’s “smartest” president

November 9, 2016

chute I wish I could take credit for the below joke, but it was lifted from the Facebook page of a friend.

An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only 3 parachutes.
The 1st passenger said, “I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me, and I can’t afford to die.” So he took the 1st pack and left the plane.
The 2nd passenger, Donald Trump, said, “I am the newly-elected U.S. President, and I am the smartest President in American history, so my people don’t want me to die.” He took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane.
The 3rd passenger, the Pope, said to the 4th passenger, a 10 year old schoolboy, “My son, I am old and don’t have many years left, you have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.”
The little boy said, “That’s okay, Your Holiness, there’s a parachute left for you. America ‘s smartest President took my school backpack.”

The Death of an Ideal … the Disgrace of a Country

November 9, 2016

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When Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many human ideals died. His reign of terror lasted for less than 12 years, yet many millions of lives were lost and the humanistic and political repercussions still echo today. Although Germany has recovered much of its former luster as a nation of strength and intelligence, there still remains the taint of the Third Reich.

Hitler had his Brown Shirts and the support of many German citizens who made hate their primary agendas. Donald Trump has the white supremacist groups, including the KKK and American Nazi Party, who support his election. While it is doubtful that he can do the same damage to the world, the essential principles remain the same.

Make no mistake: I believe that Hillary Clinton was also a potential presidential disgrace. She is a privileged, smug, self-entitled, corrupt, cynical representative of a “business as usual” governmental process. But she is not a maniac who would deliberately lead her country into a battle of religious and ethnic bigotry that could lead to another world war—one that could involve nuclear weapons.

There are many ideals that died today. Religious, racial and sexual tolerance. Human equality. The quest for a peaceful solution to human problems rather than the radical methods that Trump has espoused during his campaign. And more.

Throughout the world, this will be seen as a very similar disgrace as to what Germany experienced during and after the Hitler regime. I can only hope that the following decades do not bewail the same aftermaths in America with the rise to power of Donald Trump.

Why I am Less Afraid of Clinton than Trump

October 23, 2016

Honestly, which one do you trust?th

I’m afraid. Afraid of the upcoming results of this election. Afraid of what it says about our nation and our political process that we have come to this point, with two such undesirable options for the office of the President of the United States.

It seems that everyone in the world sees and understands this predicament. And the world is also very worried, as demonstrated by the prediction of many (relatively) unbiased think tanks regarding the domestic and international economic impacts and the political stability based on either outcome.

But that’s only a secondary worry. What frightens me the most is what each major candidate might bring to our domestic stability. More honestly, how they might critically destabilize it. Frankly, this is based mostly on how I perceive the relative intelligence of the two candidates. Or perhaps their thought processes.

Trump is clearly of (at best) average intelligence, and does not think things through. Hillary is of above average intelligence, and spends a lot of time thinking about issues, as evidenced by her preparation for the presidential debates. Do we want a president who reacts to issues in such ways as: “I’d build a wall. I’d bomb them. She should be in prison.” Yes, he has actually said those things. Or do we want a president who openly boasts about her political experience and having thought international events through? Yes, that includes admitting she spent many hours preparing for these presidential debates.

People who believe that Trump is at least economically astute, if not politically and socially, are wrong on that count. He has failed many times as a businessman, in spite of the incredible advantages that were handed to him by his father, and had to be bailed out several times. Clinton, although cynical and opportunistic, is much more astute in all regards.

Clinton is a politics as usual, corrupt egoist. But she clearly weighs her options before making decisions and reacting to situations. Trump is a shoot from the lip, I’ll take the cheap joke and the low road, and I don’t care who I alienate when I express my opinions sort of guy. Clinton is just as arrogant and entitled, but she is very aware that you do not deliberately alienate people, whether they are domestic or foreign.

Bottom line: Clinton is dangerous because she will not care about the average American, but only what the masses can do to enhance her power and ego. But Trump is more dangerous because he is actively encouraging hate in the form of racism, gender discrimination, white supremacy, and class consciousness. Moreover, he has openly courted Russian favor while denigrating our democratic process. Clinton will not improve our nation. Trump will actively work to destroy it.

This upcoming presidential election is, from my standpoint, clearly a no-win situation. However, it is also clearly a huge loss possibility. I have my hopes, but I am still very afraid of the lack of overall insight of the voters in this country. I am not so much afraid of Trump getting elected as I am about the people in this country who are eager to elect him.

 

The Rape Culture of Donald Trump

October 10, 2016

This is much more important than Donald Trump bragging about his “locker room” powers. This is about the rape culture men in power feel they have over women.


https://www.yahoo.com/music/voice-star-meghan-linsey-speaks-out-about-sexual-harassment-in-frank-trump-inspired-facebook-post-212149195.html

You do NOT have to vote for Trump or Clinton

September 16, 2016

Our two-party political system has been getting worse for several elections. The question today is: Who is the worst possible person to be the president, so that I can vote for the other one? Many Americans feel they are trapped, hating those options, but not wanting to ‘waste’ their vote. But so often I hear the silly choice: “I just won’t vote.” Isn’t that an absolute waste of your vote?

steinPersonally, I would rather make a positive vote, that is, for a person I would actually like to see elected rather than truly ‘waste’ my vote because it was negative. While Trump has the potential to be the American Hitler, Clinton is a known quantity of back-room politics as usual.

At this point, Gary Johnson is on the ballot on all 50 states, and Jill Stein is getting close to those numbers, while currently eligible as a write-in. While I am attaching an article about Johnson, I am also attaching the official site where Stein states her views. I am voting for one of them, and, if you hate the majority options, hope you will investigate these viable alternatives and vote for one of them.

garyIf nothing else, a strong showing for a third-party candidate will send a loud message that we will no longer let the major parties force some horrendous candidate down our throats. I think that will make it a positive vote.

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/119077/who-is-gary-johnson-2016

http://www.ontheissues.org/Jill_Stein.htm