A Forum

I would like this to be a forum for political and social thought. I would like to try to keep it civil. That can be difficult as people, myself included, usually feel strongly about these issues. I will try not to be insulting though insult is often in the eye of the beholder.

Maybe no one will ever read this but me, maybe it will just turn out to be my private journal. We'll see.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Impotent Republicans

It now seems that the Republicans are totally impotent when it comes to governing.  I wonder if there are little blue pills that can help them get up to the task.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Nunes Revealed

Congressman Nunes seemed to think that what he revealed to Trump and the press was big news, that it proved that Trump was right about the wire taps.  No, it didn't vindicate Trump for his ludicrous claims.  What it showed was far more disturbing, it showed us that foreign agents who were under surveillance by  our counterintelligence agencies were talking to members of the Trump team.  Rather than proving Trump was accurate his accusations  it suggests that members of his team may not be honest brokers of Americas interests.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Trump's March to an American Oligarchy

 We are beginning to understand Trump's admiration for Putin as he seeks to establish a Russian type oligarchy in the United States.
  Let's start with his cabinet:
   1.  Department of Labor--a man who wishes to replace as many workers as possible with robots.  Those that remain he would deny a living wage.
   2.  Housing and Urban Development--a man who does not believe in fair housing.
   3.  The Environmental Protection Agency--a man who doesn't believe in climate change nor does he believe that the EPA has a mandate to protect the environment except in very limited circumstances.  He has sued the EPA from his position of Attorney General of Oklahoma.
   4.  Health and Human Services--a man who will not only eliminate the Affordable Care act but radically alter Medicare and Social Security.
   5.  Treasury--a man who wants to eliminate not only the regulations intended to keep banks solvent but deposit insurance as well.
   6.  Secretary of State--a man who is good buddies with Vladimir Putin.

 Then there is the troubling questionnaire Trump's transition team sent to the Department of Energy.  The questions suggest a witch hunt against those in the department who are working to limit the effects of climate change.

 We already have seen how Trump will threaten and intimidate those who criticize him.  He will make up "facts", repeat false news.  Trump likes to schmooze with the rich and the powerful and those are the people he has chosen for his cabinet.   It's not the "Bully Pulpit"  he's just a bully.

 He admires Putin's ability to manipulate his public and surround himself with wealthy oligarchs and it seems that is the way he will rule the United States.  He has put in place a team devoted to relieving the American people of all the protections they have enjoyed and replacing those protections with a system in which there are a few very rich and the rest struggle to survive.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Something Good Came From This Election

As I listened to some of my sixties folk music I wondered where the idealism of our youth had gone, the hope for a better world?  Back then our primary concern was for an end to war and for civil rights for all.  Environmental issues were in the mix, remember "Diet for a small Planet" and zero population growth? These were largely fringe issues, though, important to some, including myself, but not most.

Now war has dropped in the concern of the idealists and the environment has risen to the top, shoulder to shoulder with civil rights and our youth are again on the march.  They rallied with Bernie Sanders, they marched on the Dakota Access pipeline.  They decry the killing of black men for the crime of driving or walking while black. They support the LGBTQ community.  Some may find their activism naive but I applaud their passion.

I give Trump credit along with Bernie for stirring them up, they give me hope for the future.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

America May Be the Loser

 I fear that whichever candidate wins this election it is the American people who will be the losers.
  Should Trump win rather than making us great we will be he laughing stalk of the world.  I fear an economic collapse greater than the Bush's great recession.  Listen to his speeches, they are full of platitudes and short on specifics.  When he does try to be specific he shows himself to be lacking a true understanding of the issues and the facts.
  Should Clinton win it will be four more years of gridlock.  Republicans have promised to again block any initiatives of a democratically elected president not of their own party.  America can not function with another four years of gridlock, we can not continue to be a great nation.  Without a Democrat majority in Congress Clinton's hands would be tied.
 A Republican president and Congress will mean a windfall for the one percent.
 A Democrat president and Republican Congress will mean gridlock with no progress on needed reforms to benefit the middle class.
  Only the unlikely outcome of a Democrat president and Congress will mean  real progress for the American people!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Would You Let Trump Remove Your Apendix?

  Governing is a profession, like medicine, dentistry, law, carpentry, plumbing and even business.  Each has its own unique set of skills and they are not interchangeable.  We certainly wouldn't want a novice to do surgery on us and we wouldn't want a builder to build our house just because he lives in one but knows nothing about how it was put together.
  Why, then, do some think that it is a good idea to have a novice run the greatest nation in the world?  A man who by all accounts is not even a very good business man.  Multiple bankruptcies does not give me much confidence in his abilities.  Multiple lawsuits against him in which he plays tricks, deletes emails and looses documents does not give me confidence in his honesty.
  Too be honest, Clinton was not my first choice for president.  She does, with out a doubt possess the skills needed for governing.  Any questions one might have as to her honesty are also true in spades where Trump is concerned. 
  We are not electing our new bff, we are choosing the person with the necessary skills to govern this great country and that person is Hillery Clinton.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Does It Matter?

  It has come to the point that it does not matter if Trump's accusers are telling the truth.  Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to minimize their experience of these women, if true (and I do believe them) it is an horrific experience and not to be taken lightly.
  A bigger issue has arisen,  and we have these women to thank.  They have stripped the facade from Trump and exposed the monster underneath.
  This is a man who is willing to incite insurrection, puts the very constitution at risk and stirred up the worst in his supporters.  The things that many of his supporters are saying are truly deplorable and rather than trying to damp down this rhetoric he feeds the flames.
  Donald Trump is inciting sedition and maybe treason, in any other nation he would be in jail but this is The United States of America and we have a right to say what we want, up to a point.  We do not have a right to sedition and were he not running for president he would probably be in jail.