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Destroyed from within. How Trump and the GOP are eroding our democracy

As Robert Muller a registered Republican and former Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War who receiving a Bronze Star for heroism and a Purple Heart. A man appointed to positions by both Republican and Democratic presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Seemingly the definition of a true blood American frets that after the findings of his investigation the Trump’s campaign openly accepting Russian assistance would prove to be a new norm and that Russian interference in our democratic elections is happening right now.

The President, who used suspect medical deferments to avoid service to our country. Has attacked the character of Gold Star family members and made light of Vietnam war hero John McCain’s service record and sacrifice by saying “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” refuses to admit Russian interference is a problem or even occurred and the GOP Congress men and women, who like sheep go along with his madness afraid of how it may impact their new election rather than how it impacts the country as a whole blocks 4 election security bills since Muller’s warning. Making matters more laughable, if it wasn’t such a threat to American democracy, Trump has the audacity to say the Russian investigation was treason.  Never mind the fact that the investigation has yielded 199 criminal counts against 37 people and entities of which 7 have already pleaded guilty and 5 have been sentenced to prison but according to our President this investigation was treason. Treason? It appears to me the real crime against American democracy is the decision by the President and the GOP to continue to let this type of interference go on.  

Meanwhile Americans for the most part yawn more interested in the results of the Bachelor than the protection of our democracy from a foreign power and Russian President Putin laughs as he pull the strings of our elections like a puppeteer pulls the string of a puppet. 

Sadly the words of great 16th President Abraham Lincoln come closer to fruition 

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

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A Bad Beat for Trump

A Bad Beat is a poker term for a hand in which a player with very strong cards loses to an opponent who is statistically unlikely to win, but hits a lucky card (or two) and unexpectedly takes the pot. The losing player is then said to have suffered a “bad beat”.   In looking at the 2016 Presidential election some may say Hilary Clinton suffered a bad beat. But the reality is the bad beat went to Donald Trump. 

Trump who I firmly believed right up to Election Day expected to lose had mapped out with others (Roger Ailes?) how to turn this presidential run into post election BIG MONEY. But then the unthinkable happened he won. All the big money dreams derailed but worst now there would be a huge spotlight on everything crooked he was involved in. From the moment he watched as FOX NEWS, what other channel do you think he was watching, declared him the winner he went defensive. Lying and doing one over the top thing after another to distract America as he tried cover up his actions in an attempt to stay one step ahead of what he knew was coming for him, the truth and likely jail time for him, his friends and his family. 

His Shaggy defense of say it wasn’t you has kept his base at bay but his lies, deceit and attempts at cover ups haven’t protected many of his friends who, Rodger Stone aside,  when faced with prison turned on him. While slowly it has begun to drive people who originally were in his corner, mostly for their own good, away.  More and more isolated his act gets crazier and crazier and as such more dangerous for the United States. 

Hopefully we are coming to a conclusion in which Trump, however it may happen,  resigns or is impeached from a position of power he was never qualified to hold and probably really never really wanted.  After all with Trump like everything else it was just supposed to be about the money. A bad beat indeed for Donald. 

Power to the people Boogie to the beat

November 6, 2018 we must awaken with a single purpose:

To go to the polls and take government back from the charlatans who profess they have been elected to serve the people when the truth is they serve only themselves and the all mighty dollar.

To go to the polls and remove from the halls of government those who use hate and look to divide us so that they may expand their own power and increase their own wealth.

To go to the polls and restore what democracy truly is – The voice of the people.

On November 6, 2018 we must boogie to the new beat that is rising up in this country.

Racism based on the color of one skin fading away.

Discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation vanishing by the day

Disrespect of women no longer accepted as one of society’s dirty little norms

Bullying someone because they don’t fit neatly into a box that society claims is normal waning as we speak

Division being increasingly replaced by unity

Exclusion being increasingly replaced by inclusion

On November 6 we must rise as a people and boogie to the growing beat, that they are so desperate to shut down, and make America truly Great

Dear American People

Dear American people

The problem with politics today is that the government is suppose to derive its power from the will of the people but we have essentially given up their authority. Having divided ourselves into two parties who no longer hold politicians accountable but blindly follow the sound bites of those in power based on if they have a (R) or a (D) after their name. Individuals who. have only a casual interest in educating themselves to maintain their wealth and power.

Let us take back our government by

Informing ourselves on the issues
Educating ourselves on the options
Holding our representatives accountable

Let us retake control of the government after all it is our government

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I Voted You Into That Seat – I Can Vote You Out

As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good. – John Adams – “Thoughts on Government”

One can only imagine what John Adams would think about the current state of the United States government as we prepare for the 2014 mid-term elections. My gut feeling is that it would be something along the lines that Americans be they Democrats or Republicans should be embarrassed. Our Congress created over 200 years ago as a place where men and women would engage in intellectual debate and fashion laws to shape the country and benefit the greater good of all people has devolved into nothing more than a sandbox full of school children who pout when they don’t get their way and accomplish nothing. Yet somehow profit individually from their immature behavior. Much of the current dysfunction is Washington can be blamed on the inherent flaws of the two party system. Paralyzed by extremist on both sides and dominated by big money from special interest groups and corporations. Congress today has little interest in accomplishing anything during their current term other than ensuring their reelection and that requires money. Lots and lots of money, according to TIME the cost of running for Congress has increased more than 500 percent since 1984. And if you think most of that money is probably not coming from ordinary citizens like you and me, well you would be right. According to the Center for American Progress:

The total cost of federal campaigns in 2012 totaled $6.3 billion. This huge sum was raised from a very small percentage of U.S. residents, with 0.12 percent of the population giving $200 or more to candidates, political parties, or political action committees and 0.02 percent giving $2,600 or more. Unsurprisingly, most of these contributions come from Americans who can most afford them. The total spent on federal lobbying in 2013 stood at slightly more than $3.2 billion, with large businesses and business associations comprising the largest lobbying spenders. And these figures underestimate the total amount of money in politics, as some types of spending are not required to be disclosed and a considerable amount is spent on campaigns and lobbying at the state and local levels.

Wondering what the impact of that is? Well in a nutshell it means that government in America, our government, is not working for the good of you and me but for the good of big business. Study after study of campaign fundraising show that political parties and candidates in both parties tend to tailor their policy priorities to the desires of specific donor communities. A study by political science professors Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. Examining survey data on 1,779 national policy issues for which they could gauge the preferences of average citizens they concluded that the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a “non-significant, near-zero level.”

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it. – John Adams – “Thoughts on Government”

Fortunately. the power of the vote still remains the ultimate weapon of the masses in leveling the playing field and ensuring that those sent to Washington to represent the will of the people do just that. Sadly a large percentage of Americans have eschewed that responsibility and the country that holds itself up as the model of democracy has fallen far behind other countries. In countries with compulsory voting, like Australia, Belgium, and Chile voter turnout hovered near 90% in the 2000s. Other countries, like Austria, Sweden, and Italy, experienced turnout rates near 80%. Overall, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries experience turnout rates of about 70%, while in the U.S., about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom”. John Adams -Defense of the Constitutions, 1787

America’s shame when it comes to voting is even more pronounced by those who have the most to lose, our future. The percentage of Americans age 18-29 who say they will “definitely be voting” in November fell to 23 percent, a steep drop of 11 points from December, according to a new survey by Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Youth turnout has stayed between 22 percent and 25 percent in all midterm elections since 1998, according to Gallup. It has also stayed at about the same level in 2010 Many point to the growing disillusion with politicians in general and the political system as a whole for the declining youth participation in the election process. While there is without a doubt plenty to be disillusioned about, by choosing to remain outside of the process entirely future generations of this country are actively forfeiting their right to have a voice in decisions that will impact them decades to come.

It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly . . . and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party [loyalty] and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us. – John Adams, The Papers of John Adams,

For the 40% that will vote in this mid-term election it is critical that they not cast their ballot blindly for either a democrat or republican. That they not let the talking heads on FOX News, MSNBC or CNN influence their vote or be swayed by a 30 second commercial that accuses someone of doing something without any evidence. It is our responsibility as the electorate to educate ourselves on the issues, to fully investigate and comprehend the positions and moral character of those we give the responsibility of representing our interest. It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said it best. “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

It is time we sent a message to those in Washington, on both sides of the floor, that we have had enough of their antics that they serve only at the pleasure of our vote not at the hand of special interests and multibillion dollar corporations. Simply stated it is time we let them know, we voted you into that seat, we can vote you out.