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Impeach Donald Trump – Be careful what you wish for

Impeach Donald Trump.

Liberals smile with glee at the very mention of the I word but liberals everywhere should be careful what they wish for. Removing Trump from office will elevate Mike Pence to the Presidency and while you may think the Trump’s administration has been nothing less than a circus a Pence administration will be nothing if not extremely dangerous to the progress achieved by liberals over the years. Pence will be sane and rational. He will comport himself with decency. He won’t be bogged down in one scandal after another and with all that going for him he will be able to methodically push his ultra conservative agenda through congress. Here’s just a sample of what President Pence would bring to the table.

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed the most abortion-restrictive regulations in the nation, banning abortion even in cases where the fetus has a “genetic abnormality” such as Down syndrome and holding doctors legally liable if they had knowingly performed such procedures.

He led the national fight to defund Planned Parenthood and forced so many of its clinics to close in Indiana that he triggered an H.I.V. epidemic in one county.

in 2015 he helped pass one of the nation’s harshest “religious freedom” laws that would have protected businesses who wanted to refuse service to LGBT people if they cited religious objections.

As a congressman he opposed federal funding that would support treatment for people suffering from H.I.V. and AIDS, unless the government simultaneously invested in programs to discourage people from engaging in same-sex relationships.

He is opposed to any restrictions on assault rifles.

He is skeptical of climate change and wrote a letter to then President Obama threatening to disobey the new regulations on coal mandated by the Clean Power Plan.

President Pence.
Liberals be careful what you wish for.

Message from the Earth

Hi Humans it’s me Earth. I just wanted to remind you that I’ve been around 4.5 Billion years. I was here when there were no oceans, continents or even a moon. I was here before the dinosaurs and I was here after the dinosaurs. I have survived countless asteroids and several ice ages. Through it all I have changed but I am still here. You on the other hand have been around just a blink of an eye, roughly 200,000 years, you are no more than a child. Yet despite your youth you are the most arrogant of species to ever walk upon me. Throughout your brief history you have grown in intelligence, yet the smarter you get the less respect you show me. While that seems odd and doesn’t make any sense, it is true. You look only at the world as it is today. You have no eye toward your own future. You are consumed more by the concept of making money than keeping me safe. It is as if you have no understanding of the fact that without me in my present condition you will cease to exist and believe me that is the path you are currently headed down. Now don’t go blaming me, it is not as if I have not tried to warn you to the errors of your ways. You simply have refused to listen me. I have send you sign after sign that your actions are changing me, heating me up, destroying my forests, polluting my oceans and my air. Yet you do not listen. It’s ok because like in the past I will simply adapt to my new self and I will keep on circling my friend the sun for billions of years to come. But sadly I will no longer be able to support you. You will go the way of the dinosaur and maybe like that great species your demise will be a mystery to be solved by what ever or who ever takes your place. I take no pleasure in telling you this, in fact it saddens me, after all despite your arrogance you were a most promising of species. But in the end for all your promise you were simply to self important and quite frankly not smart enough too hear my cries when I tried to warn you.

Presidential three-card Monte

In three-card Monte the dealer employs sleight of hand and misdirection to prevent the mark from finding the queen.

America wake up and step away from the three-card Monte table before it’s too late.

Slight of hand – While running for President Trump closing campaign ad flashed an ominous image of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein just as Trump condemned the “global power structure” for robbing America’s working class and enriching the elite. He repeatedly told us Hilary Clinton would be bound to her “Wall Street” buddies. However since winning the Presidency Trump has now selected four nominees with Goldman Sachs ties for prominent posts in his administration all the while still boasting that he is going to give the country back to the working man.

Misdirection- Donald Trump lost the popular vote and he knows it. There were more people at Obama’s first inauguration and Trump knows it. There is no such thing as Alternative facts and the Trump team knows it. But they’ll keep saying and tweeting these outrageous things because they know we will be consumed with it and that’s what we will pay attention to. Meanwhile while our attention is focused on these trivial matters Trump and his team will go about implementing change that will roll back many of the progressive gains we have made over the last few decades unabated.

The election is over and Trump is the President for at least the next 4 years that much is true. But we still have a voice as long as we don’t get caught up in the game of three-card Monte. We all need to get involved, read yes I said read about and be informed on the core issues, vote not just in the national elections but in your local elections as well and most importantly hold your politicians accountable. Remind them you vote them into their seat and you can vote them out.  That’s democracy and that’s what makes America great.

Step away from the three-card Monte table.

Thank You Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

I wanted to take this moment to thank you for what you have meant to me and this country. Eight years ago I watched with tears in my eyes as you spoke to the nation from Grant Park as the first African-American President elect. I thought to myself as I watched you and your beautiful family that night, they look like me. I never thought I would say that in my lifetime but they look like me. But you were more than that, you were not just my President, you were a President of all the people as you said that night:

“We rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

Sadly many who opposed you did not take heed to those words. Rather from the very start they did everything in their power to see to it that you failed. But you never sank to the depths of their pettiness. You held firm to your principles and worked for the betterment of all people in this country. You carried yourself with dignity and class and as such you were admired not just in America but around the globe. You were a fitting face of America and you made us all proud. You not only showed us what a great leader you were but also showed the world what a true family man looks like. Forever devoted to and respectful of your loving wife Michelle, a doting father to two beautiful daughters, you are the role model to which all men should aspire to. You leave us now, despite all of the push back you had to endure, in a better place than we were 8 years ago. You will be missed but not forgotten. They will try to erase your legacy now but history always remembers and you Mr. President will be remembered as one of the great ones.

Thank you President Obama

The Morning After

According to exit polls 61% who voted said that Trump was unqualified yet they voted for him. The KKK and other hate groups endorsed him for President yet they voted for him. He promised to ban an entire group from entering the country based on their religious beliefs yet they voted for him. They chanted USA during his acceptance speech and anyone who knows this country knows what the underlying meaning to that chant in that venue at that moment was meant to say.

America has spoken it has spoken loud and clear. We had 8 straight years of economic growth after an economic collapse at the end of Bush’s presidency. We had 8 years of progressive social growth from the affordable care act to gay marriage but it was accomplished under a man with a progressive agenda, it was achieved under a man of color so it was not deemed an achievement it was in fact deemed a failure an attack on true American values.

Then last night we sat in disbelief. How could this be happening? The polls all had it the other way. Then it dawned on us we were watching the Bradley effect at play. The Bradley effect is a theory concerning observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some United States government elections where a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. The theory proposes that some voters who intend to vote for the white candidate would nonetheless tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for the non-white candidate. It was named after Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor’s race despite being ahead in voter polls going into the elections. Hilary was not a non white candidate but she wasn’t promising to “make America great again” with rhetoric that shouted and by America great I mean let’s take “our” country back.

But nevertheless the country has spoken and Donald Trump is the President elect we must now move forward in a positive fashion and do everything we can, within the boundaries of the political process, to hold on to the progressive gains that we have made through the years and minimize the damage that is sure to come. We must double down on voter registration, we must mobilize in the communities with an eye toward the mid term elections, we must hold our Senators and congresspersons accountable to the highest levels. We may be disappointed by the outcome but we must abide by the voice of the people, peacefully transfer power to President Elect Trump and prepare for the next political battle.

Threats of Violence – Is that what some think will make America great again?

Yes I am a democrat, yes I am voting for Clinton but I have always believed that no matter who you support or vote for the actual act of voting is the most important thing. I may disagree with you even vehemently but at the end of the day one of the things that makes America great is the fact we can disagree, vote and have the PEACEFUL transfer of power. It has been that way since our government was founded. But now that process is being threatened and it is time to call it like it is. Trump with his talk of a rigged election, with no evidence to support his claims, is nothing but a THUG! His talk of a rigged election is to do nothing more than to bring out this type of reaction in his more ardent supporters.

push comes to shove,” he added, and Mrs. Clinton “has to go by any means necessary, it will be done.”

Threats of Violence,
Threats of Voter intimidation
Threats directed at the opposing candidates

Is this what will make America great again?
I think not.
Let’s call the individuals who call for this type of action what they are, what FOX news would blast out to the world if they were democrats. THUGS!!!

Maybe it’s time to stop worrying about silent protests of athletes kneeling during the national anthem and worry about the real threat. The threat of blood being spilled at the hands of thugs who support Trump and their ringleader Trump himself who all but calls for it.

We as a country will forever be divided…Until

Another shooting. Another unarmed person of color killed. Another night of unrest. The racial divide continues to grow. Yet here’s what the dimwits who dismiss the protests taking place in the NFL and other places as nonsense and disrespectful or who say to those who do protest if you don’t love this flag get out, still don’t get. It’s not about respect for America it’s about demanding America live up to what it is suppose to be, what it was founded on. In theory if not practice in 1776.

I’m a 50 year old African American who:

Loves both humanity as a whole and America as my country.

Who respects and is grateful to the police and the job they do everyday to keep me and those around me safe.

Who has never been in any kind of trouble with the law.

Yet anytime I see a police car in my rear view mirror there is a sense of anxiety that comes over me as a person of color because at that moment I don’t know who’s in that car and what their intentions may be. That’s a feeling if you are not a person of color you nor your children will ever have to deal with and if you’re not a person of color is something you should be grateful for because the reality is it’s something people of color and their children always have to deal with.

Simply put:

Until we stop telling people to turn a blind eye, chant USA, wrap yourself in the flag and assume that 100% of the police shootings in America are justified.

Until we understand that it’s the principle this country was founded on, we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, not the flag itself that is what is worth defending and worth dying for.

Until we understands there is a problem with race in this country that isn’t going to get better by ignoring it but rather by having an open and honest discussion that leads to real solutions.

Until we stop pushing the false narrative that by calling for justice and the removal of the few rotten eggs that smear the reputation of the hundred of thousands of men and women of all ethnicities in blue who put their lives on the line to keep us safe is not an attack on the police but rather on those racist individual who simply put on but do not deserve to wear the uniform.

Until we start to do these things we as a country will forever be divided.