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Hail to the Chief!

This black immigrant female is watching the Trump Inauguration (01/20/2017). I started watching yesterday. I love the pageantry, the orchestration, the gravitas, the peaceful transition of power.

New First lady Melania Trump is looking wow as she makes her way to the church service. When I saw her step out of Blair House, with her pale blue? outfit and the gloves I thought Jackie Kennedy. (CNN now saying she’s wearing Ralph Lauren). I’ve heard several commentators also use the Jackie comparison.

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Wives hugging – husbands not!

So some Democrats are boycotting the Inauguration. I don’t support that.

Democrats need to put their fake outrage aside and REPRESENT the nation. The “protesting” donkeys need to remember they’re not only representing their districts, they’re representing the entire nation, because without them there is NO Congress. Their actions don’t just reflect on THEIR districts; their senate confirmations don’t have consequences for just THEIR districts; their actions have consequences for the ENTIRE nation.

I hope they will feel the same when the next Democrat takes over and a group of Republicans boycott too. Guess what, they’re politicians, and so they will be screaming blue murder (whatever that means), hypocritically come up with fake reasons why THEY are now justified because it is SUCH a different situation, and be totally OUTRAGED at the way these Republicans are eroding the nation’s democracy by daring, yes DARING, to challenge the legitimacy of “their” President…like Republicans did to President Obama!

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Really? Grow up! 

Obviously there are NO Trump supporters in the districts these Democrats represent. They want and call for a unified nation, while alienating Trump supporters and other republicans in their districts! To me, these Democrats are grand-standing and posturing for the next vote count.

I don’t care how much they preach “principle”. Principle my — thumb?

  • They’re upset Hillary Clinton lost.
  • They think Russia helped Trump Win.
  • They’re upset a Republican won an election they should have easily won.
  • They’re upset at themselves, but can’t express that.
  • They’re peeved things did not go their way.

And to all this I say: Grow up!  Morons. She lost, Trump won, HE’s the PRESIDENT. Boo Hoo!

Clinton Lost: because of HER. She ran a campaign that was lacking. SHE was lacking as a candidate. Bernie Sanders told you! YOU didn’t listen. NOW you want to protest! Blacks did not warm towards Clinton. Women did not warm towards her – imagine that! Women listened the FIRST female to secure either major party’s nomination for President, a former First Lady and former Secretary of State, a  professional, world-class high profile well-educated leader … then they listened to Donald Trump and heard about his alleged mistreatment of women, his thoughts about women, his infidelities, his many marriages, and STILL VOTED FOR TRUMP. They choose Trump.

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Former President Bill Clinton and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

Democrats think that these foolish American women could not process any of this information about Trump — so when the Russian leader phoned personally asking these befuddled, undecided women to:  “Vote for Trump” — THAT just cinched the deal!

Ironically Mrs. Clinton attended the Inauguration and the luncheon! Kudos to her. She did not have to attend. Yes she was the MOST justified to SKIP, given some of the things Trump said about HER and her family. But good for her, stiff upper lip and all…she came, and I applaud her for it, and thank her too! Good reflection on her, her husband and Democrats – as opposed to those fools now taunting police, setting garbage cans on fire and thrashing buildings! Very gracious, appropriate and conciliatory move by Trump to recognize Hillary Clinton at the luncheon too! 

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Oh no! THAT will stop President Trump from coming to work Monday!!!

Russia helped Trump Win: May have helped solidify her negatives, but the MEDIA helped do that the MOST. Are they also boycotting the media? NO! Trump’s supporters were just MORE loyal or loyal-er! Like Trump said: he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and his supporters would still support him. He was right. He gauged his supporters correctly. Clinton did NOT have that kind of LOYALTY from her rank and file supporters. Yes, she had a CORE of loyal supporters, but not at Trump’s level!

The whites in middle America who lost their jobs, voters watching their kids/loved ones overdose on heroin and Meth, voters watching their state over-run with immigrants (from THEIR point of view), voters seeing their slice of the pie being eroded…and who voted for Trump. Russia did not so that.

Russia did not make Clinton, who should have know better, use a PRIVATE server (or maybe they did!). Maybe the grand Russian plan started years ago when Mrs. Clinton became Secretary of State and they planted an advisor who URGED her to use a private server.

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And maybe the Russians urged Wall Street to invite Mrs. Clinton to speak and ensured the banks paid her astronomical fees so that it would come back to haunt her later?

Those Russians are wily! Many adjectives available to describe politicians who fall for those wily Russian ploys!

How do you describe politicians who avoid the press, because the Russians told them to do so? … OR changed their positions on things because the Russians made them misspeak? or fake apologize because the Russians told them NOT to apologize sincerely?

Democrats are upset and peeved Republicans won: They should be upset at THEMSELVES for rigging things so Clinton could win the nomination even when many predicted that she was a flawed candidate AND “The Establishment” did not listen.

The Dems automatically assumed that disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters would embrace their candidate…The Berns did not. Dems automatically assumed that blacks would turn out in droves in an anti-Trump backlash – blacks did not.

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Russians?

Disgruntled democrats should remember that Clinton’s NEGATIVES among women and white males were LOW long before Russia appeared on the scene.

So I say: Let Trump have his day. And maybe Democrats will live to see another day that goes their way!

By the way: Where is Chris Christie?

Finally THINK on this: Know how republicans are always claiming that ineligible people vote in U.S elections! Well, they’re right! Because an intelligent (not intelligence) source told me that: Mrs. Clinton would have lost more states…if so many Russians who dislike Vladimir Putin (the Russian leader) had not voted FOR Hillary. I will leak that to Buzzfeed!

Photos: Google images and internet stories.

WHY Dems lost?

Let ME count some ways?

Republicans and I finally AGREE on something!

I CANNOT stand Nancy Pelosi…either, and I’m going to check which representatives from MA voted to keep her as House Minority Leader — and to ask them about it. (Seth Moulton did NOT. Good for him!)

Pelosi does not get it, the other democrats who support her DON’T get it…(well, they get fund-raising to get RE-elected!) and the Clinton circle STILL DOESN’T GET IT!

Why the HELL are they still blaming Trump for losing the election? Isn’t that what he’s supposed to do – make the challenger lose?

They don’t get why Trump won. They’re only looking at false news and negative attacks, Russia, the FBI, etc, everything and anything but them and their poor campaign, their plastic candidate, their negativity, their lack of connection, their manipulation behind the scenes, their lack of counter-punch, their arrogant assumptions…and keep missing the economics, disappointments and frustrations of people’s lives, missing the forest for the trees…while they earn millions and we earn zero…but keep asking you to DONATE, DONATE, CHIP IN.

Chip in – you dumb, insensitive (whatever!) With what…you out-of-touch (whatever)! Why can’t YOU chip in some of your millions? I need my 3-dollars to pay my rent. I don’t own an 11-room, 2-million-dollar mansion in Chappaqua. Donate WHAT?

I did NOTHING to support democrats in this election cycle – and that’s NOT because of Trump. It’s because I’m FED UP with democrats, (starting with President Obama), and their inability to connect with the cares of everyday people like me. I’m frustrated with Democrats because of their laissez-faire attitude to Immigration Reform, blaming Republicans for their failure to act, then pandering at election time with DACA. Trump appealed to HIS BASE. You did NOT! Multiply MY feelings by millions of other disgruntled, frustrated “liberals” who feel like me, for various reasons, and you get why Democrats lost. But don’t tell them, let them blame Trump. It’s easier.

I didn’t support Bernie. But if you ask him why Democrats lost, he will NOT lay the blame on Trump. He doesn’t…

At this point I’m actually thinking of going Republican, if they’d have me…eew!

Who knows, maybe Trump, crazy as it seems, MAY work out better for blacks like me!

Should I care if Trump has white supremacists in his cabinet – if he brings jobs and peace/security to my inner city? Or should I keep supporting no supremacists in the cabinet – and instead live with fear and economic depression?

Did I say I CANNOT STAND NANCY PELOSI? I am NOT a Trump hater. 20 million Americans voted for him. He is different. He is crazy. Hell, I’m giving him a chance. 2 years (midterms?) before I get on his case. I want to SEE what he will do, before I crucify him.

Did I say I cannot stand Nancy Pelosi and most of the current hierarchy in the Democratic Party?

Can someone tell me WHY Donna Brazile felt that Hillary Clinton, a seasoned politician, was NOT capable of answering a question from a CNN reporter? WHY she felt a need to slip Clinton the question on the sly beforehand? I find that morally reprehensible. If a candidate CANNOT answer a SIMPLE question off-the-cuff, then you have NO freaking right wanting to be – or BEING, president!

  • It’s not like the answer determined whether you went before a firing squad. Yes, in a situation where a wrong answer meant death or dismemberment, by all means, go ahead and “save” your candidate…but really? She needed prep to answer a question on the DEATH PENALTY? Why?
  • Did Hillary clinton NOT know that she was going to run for president? Are you telling me that all the while she was Secretary of State, she did NOT know she was running for president and only made THAT decision suddenly, in a great “aha” moment in March 2015? How do you explain her NOT knowing that she should have 2 separate and clearly demarcated servers – one to email daughter Chelsea to ask her to check on Bill – and one to email the State Department and the White House…and to KEEP THEM separate? Why the hell did she NOT know that?
  • I wrote to the president in 2008 begging him to tackle Immigration Reform FIRST. But no, he had to go tackle Health Care Reform, (because his mama had insurance issues) and so, he listened to Rahm Emmanuel (his then Chief of Staff) who thought that immigrants should remain a political football that would never deflate. Obama/democrats disregarded counter arguments. Well congratulations on “Obamacare” that unwieldy monstrosity that democrats sold out to the health care lobby. That was a great help. Helped you lose the mid-term, which meant NO immigration reform which pissed off Hispanics and immigrants and led to apathy. Great help! Helped in 2016 too! 
  • How about Montana Democrat, Max Baucus? HE chaired the Senate Finance Committee and was one of the LEADING architects of Obamacare. According to news reports, Baucus RESISTED including a public option (which would let people choose a government Medicare-like plan, instead of private insurers, and help keep costs down). THAT is understandable, since according to news reports HE, the great and mighty Baucus,  got nearly 2-million dollars from the insurers, hospitals and related groups – WHILE HE WAS SPEARHEADING OBAMACARE! Smelling a swamp? 
  • Do democrats LISTEN to ordinary people who are NOT Harvard’s grads or billionaires or celebrities? I’m no Katy Perry, how can I compete? If I live in the heartland and coal is going out of style and my town is dying, shouldn’t I be glad that I have clean air to breathe – even though I can’t pay my mortgage or feed my family. Ah, all that oxygen filling my stomach! Isn’t the O in O2 really tasty? Hey, the bank will accept the C too, if you tell your loan officer C stands for the Roman Numeral for hundreds!
  • Living in the inner city? For the FIRST week in November, three police/fire/EMS responses to my 14-family section, in one week! Fighting, drug use, trespassing. What a life. I look out my peephole and people are injecting drugs, buying drugs, selling drugs. Yep, I’m raring to donate! Yet I’m being asked to CHIP-IN 3-dollars to make the Boston fund-raising quota. F-you! What have you done for me lately?

Republicans are right – Democrats dice and slice voters. Blacks? Hispanics? Asians? Women? Blue-collar? Dog-lovers! Muslims! Gays! Immigrants! BULLSHIT. People.

Still don’t understand, MS. Pelosi? Fund-raising and MONEY DID not win 2016. Gender did NOT win. Experience did not WIN. Get THE freaking MESSAGE. What the hell are you doing for me, immigrant? What the hell are you doing for me – job loser in company deserting to Mexico or India? What the hell are doing for ME, working poor with two jobs earning minimum wage who still CANNOT afford to rent an apartment in Boston where the median rent is about 3-thousand dollars in many neighborhoods?

After all, earning minimum wage in Massachusetts, working 40 hours a week at $10 an hour is $400 BEFORE TAX. That is 16-hundred dollars a week. Holding TWO minimum wage jobs, working 80 hours a week (if you can), is $32-hundred dollars a month. STILL CANNOT MAKE THE RENT…not counting food, travel, clothing, utilities, etc. But hell, we’ll CHIP IN so you can win and cut deals benefitting your rich friends and cronies!

Guess what: Get lost!

Yes, I said it. F-you, Democrats. How much do you earn in Congress. before factoring in the perks and the bribes and the lobbying trips? The dinners/gifts/favors? The insider deals made IN THE SWAMP, on stocks, etc…

PS:  And Clinton staffers yelling at Kellyanne Conway (Trump’s campaign manager) and trying to vilify HER for your loss…just, in MY eyes…UNDERSCORES how much YOU still don’t GET it – and yes, your bitterness shows. Ha! HA HA!  

JOIN DA CLUB!!!

In other words? MOVEON.LOST!!!

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2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Have you checked the nominees for this year’s (2016) Presidential Medal of Freedom? It certainly helped ME understand in part why Democrats lost the election to Donald Trump. “Out of Touch!”

About a-third of the recipients are linked to Hollywood/the entertainment arena.

Are they contributors who need to be rewarded? I say NO! Just me, since most people seem to have no objections. But I do!

These entertainers have FAME and money. Now we’re giving them a medal too? For what? It we think they need a trophy…how about an Oscar or a Cy Young or whatever award their industry gives out…and award the Presidential Medals to people who actually CONTRIBUTE to society AS A WHOLE, in a MEANINGFUL way that changes lives for the better?

Yes we go to a movie, watch a show, dance at a concert etc, to “unwind”.  Fun is good. But compare that to the doctors who beg for medicines and contributions to bring healthcare to rural poor — or the struggling single mom who steps up and gives her kid an extra bagged lunch for that other kid who does not have any lunch, then collects funds to PAY for school lunches for those who can’t afford it?

THOSE are my kinds of people.

Yes, “celebrities” are fine. I even like some of them but apart from those who embrace causes (like Bono), I don’t see a “celebrity” as being uber important just because the person makes millions from acting or singing or playing a sport…

Are there NO police, no teachers, no firemen who worked without sleep for 2 days or more to battle a stubborn wildfire; no “regular” person worthy of commendation? Or is it that the criteria for that Medal does not fit the category of person I’m referring to? I don’t know…

I prefer to champion hard-working men and women who go about their lives helping others everyday. These dedicated citizens don’t travel in limos or wear thousand-dollar shoes or eat at fancy restaurants or live in million-dollar homes. But they brave attitude, ingratitude, bodily harm and economic loss daily to serve the greater good…without fame or million-dollar payouts and DON’T EXPECT fame or millions for what they do!

What about those who VOLUNTEER to read to kids, visit the elderly, take pride in doing their jobs well, even leave their jobs/families to help after disasters? Yes, some celebrities do that too (without a court mandating they do community service).

But how about Medals of Freedom for overworked social workers who troll the streets looking for drug overdoses and the homeless in winter? Teachers who use their own money to buy art supplies or turn under-performing schools around? Professionals who organize homework help or tutor disadvantaged kids or start youth leagues? Medics who rush to disasters? Cops who do karaoke sing-alongs in their car to foster better community relations? Volunteers who organize for our troops? Kids who do great things?

Have we forgotten these people? No wonder election 2016 “these people” developed their own case of amnesia! Puh-leese!

I would give the Presidential medal of Freedom to more worthy recipients than the following people:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer. So what?
  • Ellen DeGeneres – comedian. So what?
  • Robert De Niro – actor. So what?
  • Tom Hanks – actor. So what?
  • Michael Jordan – actor/film-maker. So what?
  • Lorne Michaels – producer and screenwriter, best known for creating and producingSaturday Night Live. Ha Ha!
  • Diana Ross – entertainer. And what else?
  • Vin Scully – broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. So what?
  • Bruce Springsteen – singer, songwriter, and bandleader. So what?
  • Cicely Tyson – entertainer. So what?

EXCEPTION: Robert Redford – YES! I would honor HIM. NOT because he is a famous actor but because HE founded the Sundance Institute. Sundance advances the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers throughout the world, including through the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance gives voice to film-makers who would not otherwise get heard or seen. Redford DID something with his fame and money, something to BENEFIT others on a large scale.

My criteria when deciding who gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom would be: What did you do over your lifetime/career to benefit others – NOT whether you’re famous for singing, acting or playing ball! But what did you do with that fame, that opportunity, that platform – to benefit others? In other words: “What have you done for US (U.S?) lately?”

But then, maybe their contributions are political? As in donations? How would I, you, we know?

Because famous only? SO WHAT?! When a “star” wins an Oscar or makes 10-million for a film, a new Ferrari may go into production, but that payout does not help fill a poor child’s stomach in the inner city or pay the mortgage for some family facing foreclosure in the heartland.  There are people fighting these issues every day, at great personal cost. How about a MEDAL for them? Them who have no-one and nothing but grit and perseverance and determination…?

Is this the Presidential Medal of Famedom? If so, I see several in Kim Kardashian’s future!

Let’s Cruise…CRUZ!

I would like someone, anyone, particularly republicans (and especially Ted Cruz) TO EXPLAIN TO ME HOW ON EARTH he plans to WIN a general election…across an America that does NOT give a fig about his brand of “values” especially those that say gays should NOT be able to marry whomever they choose – and that undocumented immigrants should be rounded up and deported even if they’ve lived in the U.S. for decades!

(I’m not asking how Cruz plans to campaign and what his strategy is).  I just want Cruz to explain to me:

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Senator Ted Cruz “filibuster” on Health Care

1. WHICH are THE states that he sees himself WINNING in a general election?
2. More specifically, among the states that President Obama won, which are the ones Cruz sees will go to him in 2016 ?
3. Does he see himself winning California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts etc?
4. Does Cruz see himself winning over Democrats and Independents?
5. Does Cruz see himself winning the BLACK vote?
6. Does Cruz see himself winning the Hispanic vote?
7. Does Cruz see himself winning the Immigrant vote?
8. Does Cruz see himself winning with the Gay/Transgender community?
9. Or do republicans think that they can win a presidential election with only the “conservative” vote?

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10. Does Cruz understand that he is winning with only the Tea Party faction within the Republican Party?Unlike Donald Trump, he has so far NOT pulled in a diverse demographic.

Moderate, aka “Establishment” republicans DON’T like Cruz – they don’t want him as their nominee. (Yes, they’re now saying they may hold their nose and vote for him just to oppose Donald Trump) but HE is not their first or even second or any choice. But he thinks that the nation likes him – when his own republicans find him too extreme!Cruz unfavourable May 2014
11. The Republican Party is a joke – it has long tried to SUPPRESS voting by poor people, minorities/immigrants. NOW it’s coming up with ways to try to suppress voting by its OWN republicans. That should be easy give the GOP’s history!

The God republicans like to laud so much (when it suits them) is indeed alive — and laughing!

The way I see it, even if every old or poorly educated or rural Tea Party white person who’s never voted turns out to vote for Cruz, (will Trump’s coalition vote for Cruz?) he still needs the rest of us, don’t he? Or do he?

Maybe he don’t – bring it on!

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New York, May 2013. should read: “city of immigrants unwelcomes immigrant!”

I can already see the ads reminding us about the government shutdown…and threatened shutdowns…and NO compromise…and the efforts he led, SUCCESSFULLY, to DERAIL Immigration Reform and to CHALLENGE Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to BLOCK President Obama’s executive Order on Immigration.

Hispanics, the fastest growing voting bloc, just LOVE Ted Cruz. Trump says he would deport the undocumented and “let them come back” with conditions. Cruz says: I’ll round you up and DEPORT you and you can take your U.S. born kids with you plus YOU WILL NOT EVER COME BACK IF I CAN HELP IT! Such Christian charity and compassion…such values!

As of 2013, Cuban immigrants made up nearly 3-percent of the immigrants living in America…that’s MORE than a million Cuban immigrants who, incidentally, are NOT taking U.S. jobs – they’re all somehow working in Florida for Fidel Castro. (I’m NOT bashing YOU, Cuban immigrant. I’m an immigrant too! Just calling out Cruz on immigrants taking U.S. jobs!)

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Like I said: BRING IT ON!

Because democrats may not be flocking to the Primaries like republicans are right now, but rest assured, a nominee Cruz WOULD  BRING every old or poorly educated or urban black, Hispanic, immigrant, gay person out of the woodwork too!

Did I say “bring it on!”? Let’s cruise…Cruz!

Photos: Google images

GOP Assault on Freedom

OK, here’s my serious take on the Republican MELTDOWN…

freedomRepublican voters are watching debates and Town Halls, attending rallies, listening to the candidates and VOTING FOR Trump and IT IS NOT THE PURVIEW OF THE REPUBLICAN HIERARCHY to “Pick and Choose” the candidate…(this also applies to DEMOCRATS, as well. If voters choose Bernie Sanders or George Orwell (definitely not a republican) then THAT’S the candidate the party has to settle for, LIKE IT OR NOT!).

If party leaders, in their wisdom or arrogance think that voters are irrelevant, then why go through the SHAM of a Primary?

THAT is a problem with the Political Ruling Class right there – and one of the many reasons why things DON’T work in Washington and elsewhere and why voters ON BOTH SIDES are so disgusted with politics. AND, why only certain types of candidates get elected or are PROPOSED for election – and why “We THE People” end up with MORE of the same.

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Putting Democrats ON NOTICE: I’m giving you a pass with Hillary because (a) I think it’s time for a Female in the White House and (b) I want to give Republicans indigestion for another 8 years…but AFTER Hillary, Democrats/Democratic National Committee, AFTER Hillary, we no longer want MORE OF THE SAME! You have 8-years to get that house in order.

Seems to me that VOTERS apparently are NOT the ones choosing candidates – seems the PARTIES are choosing the candidates and voters are just granting their seal of approval. Many people understand that – but now it’s become glaringly OBVIOUS to all.

Example: I just watched a spokesperson for a group of republican foreign policy analysts and campaign advisers say  PROUDLY, that Trump basically is a moron and his foreign policy is a disaster and they have decided that NONE of them will help Trump OR WORK FOR HIM if he wins! How about doing it IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COUNTRY?

Does that help you understand now WHY they have worked so diligently to BLOCK President Obama’s agenda – to destabilize Obama and cause him to FAIL, even if that means America also fails?Republicans blockIf they can DO this to THEIR leading candidate for president, what do you think they will do to a democrat?

WHAT does THAT say about the state of politics, particularly U.S politics?
You’d think that they would be eager to help Trump, if he really is so green.

The party hierarchy, donors, etc meet behind closed doors to hand-pick the people THEY want, the people THEY think will be pliable and biddable and beholden and then trot them out and fund them and groom them and FOIST them on an unsuspecting public.

When the party elites find themselves in a position where they CANNOT control the process, they are at a loss. And instead of supporting the candidate that their party voters seem to be embracing, they try to derail him or her.

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I reckon ONE self-destruct button is NOT sufficient…republicans need TWO! An auto, just in case the manual fails!

self-destruct 2Now I’m not saying that Trump is the ideal candidate or the best candidate or an acceptable candidate, whatever…I’m just saying, in the process of U.S. democracy and representative voting and electoral freedom, Trump is the leading candidate and INSTEAD of derailing HIM, (if the GOP does not want him – and who are they to speak for voters?)…

However, IF, in the interests of their party the GOP hierarchy (or the hierarchy of any other party) DOES NOT LIKE OR WANT the leading candidate, then please DON’T destroy or belittle him/her.

Simply PUMP UP the candidates you like and want: fund them, go campaign for them, groom them etc.

BUT DO NOT DESTROY OR DENIGRATE THE LEADING CANDIDATE THAT AMERICANS ARE VOTING FOR!

Or does the GOP think that it is DEMOCRATS who are voting for Trump?
While I enjoy the spectacle of the GOP self-destructing (and don’t for a moment believe that Democrats might not also walk that road – because we humans NEVER learn, we always think that WE will be the ones to get it right!) I find it SAD and PETTY and from the standpoint of democracy – an “Assault on Freedom.”

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But then republicans are no strangers to assaults on voter suppression – they’ve simply turned the dagger on themselves this time. And good riddance. This is a monster you created – YOU and your pals on the Supreme Court.

You somehow thought that unlimited amounts of cash can buy an election; well apparently, it can’t always do that.

You somehow thought that when your pals on the Supreme Court handed the election to George Bush with a big red bow, that you were advancing your cause. Well, IT DID NOT. It created this entertaining cringe-inducing fiasco.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices

I maintain that if the Supreme Court had let Florida count its votes or let people vote again, Al Gore would have won that election – and that is what the republicans on the court were afraid of.

So they gave it to Bush. Bush took the U.S. into Iraq and paved the way for rock-star Obama.

Gore would NOT have bombed Iraq – and after Gore, who knows if there would have been an Obama – or another republican president?

It is NOT good to meddle in things based on impure motives – because it has a way of coming back VERY painfully.

respect!And harm to none. As you do to others – so shall it be done, TO YOU!

By the way, even Martians will be watching that republican debate tonight!

And yes Mitt Romney – we’ll be sitting…we won’t be on our knees!!! Especially as we’re NOT looking for endorsements…

But there’s still time. I haven’t decided yet whether I will throw my hat into the ring – or should that be my heart?

All photos: Google Images. (Except for those I take myself like at a parade or in Boston or Washington DC…photos usually come from the web)

MARCO – NO POLO

Republicans are ALWAYS trying to negate the votes of SOMEBODY they DO NOT LIKE…

They’ve done it for decades to black people, Asians, Hispanics – especially poor, disenfranchised urban minorities who vote Democrat. So it pleases me greatly to see them trying to do it to their OWN people NOW.

My question is: WHY is the GOP Establishment trying to negate the vote of their own republican voters?

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Self Explanatory

They’re focusing on Trump, instead of focusing on the people voting FOR Trump!

It’s no wonder these disenfranchised republicans are angry. The GOP “establishment” is STILL not getting it. These voters who are supporting Trump LIKE what Trump is saying and whatever it is that they think Trump stands for.

But the clueless GOP “Establishment” just announced that the GOP is going to pour millions into a new super PAC  – The “Our Principles” (snigger) PAC – to derail Trump. Guess who is going to run it? Tim Miller, the former communications director for the Jeb Bush campaign. So we already KNOW how successful that will be!

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Donald Trump

But to think, that after all these people have voted, and spoken, the GOP is planning to derail the person they voted for! Well THAT will go down well. I can already see these Trump supporters rushing to vote for whomever the “establishment” decides to choose for them!

Meantime…

I cannot STAND  Marco Rubio! I call him Marco No Polo!

Why, you ask?

Because  point number one, he is UNGRATEFUL:

Marco Rubio could have told the Republican “Establishment” :

“Yes, I know you want me to run as your candidate for President…to be the republican party’s nominee for 2016. But I have to say No. It’s not that I don’t want to run, but I’d be running against my friend and mentor Jeb Bush. I was his protege and I don’t feel right going up against him. I am still young. In 4 years I’ll be 48 and in 8 years I’ll be 52, still young enough to run for president. Plus as a 2-term Senator with no executive experience, if Jeb wins, I can get a position in his administration which will broaden my experience and build my credentials.”

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Should have dome a LOT more thinking, No Polo.

Then, Rubio would come out smelling like an angel (however angels smell) and Rubio would have the eternal devotion and support of the Bush family and their backers/supporters/political machine so that when he did make a run, he’d be very well-positioned indeed!

But no, blinded by equally blind ambition, Rubio rushes ahead, and competes with Bush to be “the” Establishment candidate; then while professing LOVE for his mentor, he turns around and attacks poor Jeb, effectively derailing Bush’s stuttering campaign and earning the wrath (eternal) of the Bush family and their supporters.

Yep, I don’t think the Bush family loves Marco very much…and neither do I or the voters in Florida!

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We love Marco Rubio! Join us for Thanksgiving 2016…NOT!

Point number 2: His position on Immigration.

You can go back in time and read posts I did when Marco, NO Polo, was part of the Gang Of Eight Congressmen working on Immigration Reform. But the moment, nah, the nano-second Rubio decided that making a run for President was in his future, he did a 180-degree.

Now he has the AUDACITY to insist that HE will END President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration called DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows the kids of undocumented immigrants in the USA to get a Social Security number and work permit…that they renew about every 2-years. The majority of these young immigrants are Hispanic, like Rubio. Many entered with their parents 10, 15 years ago when they were toddlers. However, Marco now says, unequivocally, that he will end DACA – that DACA is unconstitutional.

How about the U.S. ENDING the concept that as soon as an ILLEGAL Cuban IMMIGRANT touches U.S. soil he or she is GUARANTEED asylum. THAT needs to end, Rubio?!

Cuban refugees

See Reuters article: Time to end special privileges for Cuban immigrantshttp://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/01/05/time-to-end-special-privileges-for-cuban-immigrants/

And finally, I dislike Rubio for his plasticity, his programmed responses that make me see him as a younger version of Mitt Romney. HE is Romney 2-point-0!

So go ahead Rubio, hire someone to break Trump’s knees so you can get the nomination…

Apparently when Rubio speaks at debates and Town Halls and other gatherings, the world watches and hears him, but Trump has apparently put a 6-month delay on U.S. TV’s, so voters are NOT hearing Rubio, they can only hear Trump….and THAT’s why they’re not voting for Rubio.

Naturally, voters just LOOOVE what Rubio is saying, they support all his policies wholeheartedly, they just Looove the fact that he is the “Establishment” candidate especially as those people voting for Trump Looove the ESTABLISHMENT SO MUCH…

Trump great

Eat your hat out GOP Establishment!

But that Donald Trump, he is just STANDING in Rubio’s way – Rubio’s anointed way. How dare Trump!

And if Beyonce or Lady Gaga go away, I will get a recording contract. Yep, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, heck you too, Sam Smith – just go away so people can buy those records I will make – soon as you go away!

Oh, and Rubio – any voters you chased from Trump went to Ted Cruz…ha ha! HA!!!

piper

Hey Marco, if the people won’t follow…?

Photos: Courtesy Getty’s Images.

Get OUT of the Middle East, America!

Are you prepared for more Middle East turmoil? Well get ready.

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Netanyahu

If Israeli hardliners vote for Benjamin Netanyahu (again), on his “One State” mandate then get ready for more: MORE bombings, MORE beheadings, MORE executions, MORE chaos, MORE despair, MORE nightmares, MORE fear, MORE uncertainty!

And for MORE American intransigence — with MORE European dis-involvement and MORE world-wide disenchantment!

I was in Washington DC when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to storm America’s Bastille: the U.S. Capitol.

 Amid super, super-tight security, I’m annoyed that I can’t cut across the Capitol grounds to get to the House Buildings. But I’m really, really outraged that Republicans invite/allow a foreign government to enter their Congress and DICTATE to the American people AND the American government – how America should conduct its foreign policy.

netanyahu house

State of this War Union is VERY strong!

Do you see any other government allowing the U.S. president to address their parliament and TELL them, nay DICTATE to them HOW to run their government? I can’t see it happening. Yet Republicans allowed it because they are:

So blinded by partisan politics, so consumed by their dislike of President Obama, so enthralled with the profits they and their cronies stand to gain from the monetary profits of war, so misguided by their imaginings of the resulting Shangri La from bombing Iran, so enraptured by their Biblical perceptions of Israel as David (forgetting that a nuclear arsenal is NOT a slingshot) – that they not only LET it happen, they orchestrated, embraced and encouraged that protocol faux-pas!

 What a misguided precedent for this country!

If Republicans wanted Netanyahu to make his point, it needed to be made before the United Nations. That’s where you go to grandstand and try to influence world politics in your favor. You do NOT breach the parliament of a sovereign nation with your hard-line, extreme right morass of more war and mayhem that will only DRAG America deeper into terrorism and wasteful spending.

Why again must we bomb Iran? To do what bombing Iraq was supposed to do? Bring about world peace? Well we have so much peace now I guess we have room to start another teeny war with another Middle East oil producer – to keep our troops from getting bored.

Except Iran is NOT Iraq.

Iran is a more sophisticated, educated and literate populace. And while many Iranians may not like their hard-line regime, they will hate U.S. bombings even more!

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Well, you and I understand that – but not one Republican among the Netanyahu war faction will subscribe to that theory. To them, Americans will be seen as the Great Deliverer and the Iranian government will roll over and play dead. Iran will never think of unleashing a barrage of state-sponsored terrorism against the U. S. Why on earth would they? If Mexico or Canada decided to bomb Yucca Mountain, would you not be well pleased?

No American would see any such bombing of U.S facilities as a threat and retaliate in any way – neither would the U.S. government. See? The Republican point of view makes a lot of sense! But then again, Mexico and Canada are too close by – how about India bombing us because India feels threatened by our cows! 

methane cow

Cows are not a good example because cows do not threaten the world? I say they do, with methane gas and global warning, etc…BUT, assuming you are a Republican who does NOT believe in Global Warming (especially given the 7+ feet  of snow we got in Boston, Winter 2015 – which just goes to prove, Republicans claim, that we are facing Global Cooling, NOT warming) I say how about if China bombed the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California because China sees the lab as a threat?

What would you do? What would America do?

Nothing, of course – and that is exactly what Iran will do too, if we are smart enough to bomb their nuclear facilities!

The idea, that only the Americans, the French, the British and a handful of nations are the ONLY ones who are bright enough, intelligent enough, dependable enough, SANE enough to have nuclear weapons is the height of arrogance. Nobody should have nuclear weapons – and yes I’d feel safer if more nations did NOT have nuclear weapons – but who are we to punish them for something that we are flaunting with impunity?

Middle East

Middle East map

America needs to get out of the Middle East and let the chips fall where they may. Where is Kuwait, which America rushed to help in the name of crude and which was instrumental in oiling this slippery slope we’re now slip-sliding on? Where is Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar? They and their over-indulged kids are yachting in Cannes dressed in haute couture, driving exotic, one-of-a-kind sports cars and guzzling Cristal champagne – while American kids, sons, daughters, brothers, husbands and wives are being slaughtered, blown up and executed in a costly no-win, no-reason-we-are-still-there enemy-generating war!

AMERICANS WAKE UP – because Republicans never will!!!

These myopic, clueless politicians play their games – and other people (who may not even agree with their questionable positions) get beheaded!

ISIS

Photos: Google images

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