Posted By Edgy

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that he's grateful to President Donald Trump for showing "the true face of the US."

Last week, when asked about the Trump Muslim ban, Hillary Clinton said that this is 'not who we are' as Americans.

Viewing the first two weeks of the Trump Administration, I'd say that Hillary is wrong on this one, and the Ayatollah is right. This is 'who we are' ....

The white supremacists who are now running the US Government do indeed show the face of electoral college America - although perhaps not the face of the plural majority.

Americans in Electoral College America are sometimes called 'forgotten' and 'left-behind', but they are indeed haters. They hate blacks, and would reinstitute slavery if they could. When and where they can't, they are re-establishing Jim Crow laws, to keep people of color from voting. Which will cause a further erosion of civil rights and liberties.
Once they get their White Supremacist Supreme Court Justice installed, he will help make civil injustice the law of the land. Trump will indeed 'Make America Great Again', by returning to 1930's style, white male American's supreme leadership...


They hate Muslims - some hate Jews - and anyone else who is not Evangelical Christian, and want to impose vast restrictions on all non-white, non-christian minorities.
They hate Latinos, Mexicans and others from Central America, who are often being hired to jobs by GOP leaning companies and GOP leaning bosses.
They hate the Asians, because they have been told that the Chinese have stolen all their good jobs, when in fact it was the very companies supported by the GOP (NOT the US Government) who sent those jobs overseas.

Therefore, as we look into the mirror, and take an honest look at ourselves, this is WHO WE ARE, that is who we ELECTED, and that is who we have BECOME... HATERS !

 
Posted By Edgy

The 'main-stream' media is losing this war with the Trump administration, and they will continue to do so until they re-evaluate change their strategy.

Now, let me say that I'm not a journalist, although I have owned my own little newspaper, once upon a time in a 'state' far, far away. But its clear that the media is in a war, and the winner of that war may well determine the future of the Free Press and of democracy in general. The press cannot afford to make any more mistakes, and must - MUST - realize that the game has changed, and that they must change with it, or die.

Let me make an example that I hope is easily understood. Lets use this latest dust-up over the size of the crowd at the inauguration. Instead of trying to prove that the crowd was smaller (as it obviously is from the picture), and thereby inviting blow-back from the Trump administration, take a different tack.

  1. Establish that the pictures were taken at a specific time – probably at 12:00 noon, the exact moment of the swearing in – just my guess.

  2. Establish that the pictures were taken by a particular agency of the US Government – probably the National Park Service, or some other agency.

  3. Don't use 'unNamed' sources very much. This also plays into the hands of the Trump people.

Now, It's really not necessary to get anyone in trouble, or jepordize some poor employee's job, so no questions about 'crowd size' should be asked. Simply ask if the photo is genuine? Is it the standard practice of this agency to take these pictures? Were they taken at the same time? (not counting years). Have the employee just verify these things. Then go with that story – just as outlined – and leave it up to the citizens to make a judgment on the crowd size.

But this constant desire on the part of the media to get a 'gotcha' on the spot just plays into the hands of people like KellyAnne Conway. It gives her an opening to hit back with THEIR message, and that is that the media is trying to de-legitimize the Trump Election. This story should have been plain and simple... Here's the photo-evidence America, you decide....

One more thing: The MSM needs to take a deep look inside itself. We all have biases, but are they sure (on every story) that theirs is being held in check? Because it is unmistakably apparent that some (even small) biases that creep into a given story, instantly kill any (ANY) of the otherwise truthful and accurate information. If you aren't 100% accurate, you're more than just part of the problem, you ARE the problem.

 
Posted By Edgy

The Democratic Party has lost its footing, its seat at the political table of governance...

Right now, at this very moment, is a great time for Democrats nationwide to access exactly where they are, and what they are doing. And I notice that many 'big names' among the media centric ideologue's are doing just that. Yet I have not heard one peep of sanity or long-term sanity that regains the foundation so needed at this time. Consequently, I am afraid that they will end up in the same place they were before.... With NO PLAN....

I've said many times before that the Democrats just don't seem to get it - - They have NO PLAN.... They can't seem to think beyond the Presidency and the Senate. Yes, they do care about the Supreme Court, but only through the appointment process that comes with a President and control of the Senate. And that doesn't make for a good long-range plan.

Way back (when I was much younger), perhaps in the late 1960's or 1970's, the GOP realized that they were on a road that would ultimately lead to their marginalization. Perhaps as early as 2000.... So the long-range thinkers (yes, the GOP does have long-range thinkers) devised a plan, and they have stuck to it for these past 40-50 years. And as evidenced during this time, their plan has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Yes, they suffered through years and even decades of being a secondary power. But their plan was filled with long-range goals, that were being built at the foundation level. The now control 32/50ths of the state governorships, and nearly 99 percent of state legislatures. Their base may not be great in raw numbers, but they control wides swaths of territory (electorial college territory).

If the Dems want to succeed in winning, and continue doing it over a greater period of time, they need a plan... And as of right now, they DON'T have one....

 
Posted By Edgy

Take a moment, and look around you. . . Open your ears and listen. Just for a moment.

Listen to the voices filling the airwaves, the television channels, and the political discourse. Look at the comment section on most any political story. Do you hear the voices of hope and love ? Or do you hear the cries of fear, of loathing, of hatred, of vitriol being spewed towards your fellow man? For years, and years these voices have been ringing out the disdain we show for each other. Can anything good come from all this hatred? All this anger ?

When I was a little boy, my father built a bomb shelter in the basement of our house. We were sure that the Soviets were about to start a nuclear war, and that in order to survive we had to prepare for the worst. Now, as my grandchildren play in the old bomb shelter, I am cleaning it out, and preparing it again for its ultimate reason for existence - - To provide a safe shelter for me and my family in a time of widespread war and desolation.

This anger I hear... This hatred I watch unfold in front of my very eyes, convinces me we are headed to disaster. But disaster NOT from the outside... Not from the Chinese or even the Russians, but from each other... From ourselves. The bad guys could not defeat us from outside, it had to be an inside job.

They practiced their art well, They sewed fear among the population, and drove doubt into our minds about our system of government. They planned well, and took the long course. Now they are near their goal, and this lovely experiment of freedom is closing its doors.

My country is dying, and the only good thing I can say is that I am dying with it...

 
Posted By Edgy

I, like my country, am dying. . .

It seems to be a natural course of events. People, like countries, emerge into the world in a young and invigorated state. We want to learn new things, and as we grow up we develop an ever increasing sense of 'ourselves'. . . While we are growing we seem nearly invincible, as we become stronger and more sure of ourselves. We take on greater and greater responsibilities and as we grow, so it seems does our worthiness, and perceived grandeur. We graduate from being a learner to that of being a 'player'. . .

As we mature, we find that things are indeed changing, but not always to our liking. As we reach the 'September of our years', we tend to long for the 'good ole days', which only exist in our condensed ideas of what was perceived 'at that time', but in fact was only a dream.

And now, as I approach my death, I find myself surrounded by people who are angry and despise all those others around them who seem (in those closed minds) to have taken advantage of our past generosity.

I am completely (or nearly completely) unable to do anything to change this situation. People age. Countries age. And while they are aging they either grow in wisdom or they do not. As seems the case of the USA, I'd say we have taken a very large step backwards, and perhaps will face yet another challenge to our 'being'. Another test of the idea of being 'United', or divided. A test of our ability to compromise or not, or more exactly, a test to decide if we shall live or die.

This trend to want to 'Make America Great Again', and to return to the 'good old days' of slavery, of no rights for women, of concentration camps for people who don't have the same religious beliefs as us, of jack-boot policemen, and authoritarian politics is a cancer. . . A cancer that eats at the very organs that keep me and my country alive.

I am dying. It's a natural process for humans. Is my country dying also ?

 

 

 
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