THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SUCKS

AND WE’RE STUCK

The US Constitution was written by a small group of elitist blue-bloods in the 18th Century. It is a pretty remarkable document when taken in context to the world at that time, but when taken in today’s context it looks like a misogynistic, racist, and quaint-to-a-fault document. Slaves and women were property, only the landed gentry could vote, and because the founders did not trust the riff-raft, or one another for that matter, to select our president we ended up with this crazy-assed and undemocratic Electoral College. Now it will take an amendment to the Constitution to correct their oligarchic intentions. Thanks guys.

Here we are in 2016, therefore, having to deal with a multi-million voter loser as our President. As was true back in the 1700’s when our Constitution was written, America has no right to call itself a democracy, no less wag its crusty old finger at any other nation on Earth when it comes to trusting its citizens to elect its leader. The Electoral College, all 538 of them, select our President based upon an unfair and rural-weighted system of selecting Electoral College members who then pick our president.

Just to give you a flavor for how screwed up this system has gotten, why does a voter in Wyoming or Alaska count 2 to 3 times+ more than a voter in New Jersey or California?

Here’s how the math works.

There are about 325 million people in the US these days. There are 538 Electoral College members who are charged with electing our president. When we divide 538 into 325 million, we get about 604,000 voters/Electoral College member. Therefore, Wyoming’s population of a little over 584,000 gets the minimum number of Electoral College members of 3. Alaska’s population of a little fewer than 737,000 voters also gets 3 members. And Montana’s 1.024 million voters get 3 Electoral College members as well. California’s 38.8 million voters get 55 Electoral College members, New Jersey gets 14 College members to represent its 8.94 million residents, and New York gets 29 Electoral College members to represent their 19.75 residents.

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See how this works? Wyoming’s 195,300 residents are represented by one Electoral College member, whereas 705,000 residents are represented by one Electoral College member in California. In this one example that means that every voter in Wyoming is 3.6 times more important than a voter in California (the seventh-largest economy in the world!). In the case of Alaska, 245,667 residents there are the equivalent of 643,000 residents of New Jersey, or about 2.62 times more important.

That’s how we end up with a LOSER! for a president.

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When 2,500,000+ voters elected Hillary Clinton as our next president, and Donald “The Pussy Grabber” becomes our Apprentice President, something has gone terribly wrong in a country that claims to revere democracy. What’s even more un-nerving is when this Liar-In-Chief has the unmitigated gall to declare he has a mandate to blow up a virtuous and caring America. By doing so, he invokes a declaration of disgust by the majority of us who saw through his carnival-barker façade. He was not simply a politically poor alternative to Hillary; he demonstrated he was a very bad man.

I accept the fact that our BS democracy has managed to elect this poor excuse for a human being as its president; just realize we will oppose this mendacious manipulating monster every time he works against America’s best interests while enriching his billionaire buddies.

J W-Bee

December 4, 2016

MY TWO CENTS WORTH

“Keep your powder dry.”

“Stay alert, be careful, as in go ahead and take on the opposition, but keep your powder dry. This colloquial expression, which originally alluded to keeping gunpowder dry so that it would ignite, has been used figuratively since the 1800s, but today it is less common than take care.”

 

Donald J. Trump and his merry band of miscreants just can’t wait to give their mean-spirited natures voice, and their worst instincts legal legs. This is not a threat to just Americans of modest and no means, it is a promise Donald telegraphed and sealed with a Mafioso-style kiss throughout his campaign. I want to console those low/no-information voters on screwing themselves and their family and friends. I don’t blame you in large part because you saw a need for change. We won’t need to wait long; change is on its way in the form of a shift kick in the arse.

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The only thing that really roasts my chestnuts over an open fire is that this yuge mistake is going to cost all of America dearly, when indeed he lost the election by well over 500,000 votes and climbing. Ain’t democracy grand?

Each one of us in this loosely forming American resistance movement will have to make up their own minds about how to approach this travesty and impending disaster. I am simply pleading with all of us who know Trump to be a threat to everything we know and love about America, heed the non-violent organizational underpinnings of Martin Luther King, Jr.; adhere closely to the three basic principles of civil disobedience.

1) The first principle is that you maintain respect for the rule of law even while disobeying the specific law that you perceive as unjust.

 
2) The second principle of civil disobedience follows from the first: you should plead guilty to any violation of the law. (This is what gave King hope that the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.)

3) The third principle of civil disobedience: you should attempt to convert your opponent by demonstrating the justice of your cause. (Active nonviolence does not seek, as Gandhi says, to defeat or humiliate your opponents, but to win their friendship and understanding.)

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As upset and disappointed as I am with how this great American tragedy has come to pass, that’s polluted water under the bridge. Democrats, and that sure includes yours truly, lost touch with the people in those parts of our country we stopped looking at or caring much about. We left them to drown in their Republican-run states. But here’s the good news, they remain our natural allies if we are intelligent enough to stop and explain ourselves, and not just arrogantly assume they don’t have the brain power to understand. There must be no question that to the degree these good people are motivated by racism, Donald J. Trump is their kindred spirit, and they are welcome to each other. However, when it comes to their economic well-being and the well-being of their families, progressives have been, are now, and always be their natural political home base. Unfortunately, we have forgotten how to make that case and listen to how we can be supportive. A one size fits all, federally regulated solution, is often not what is required and needed here, and we must demonstrate the willingness to listen and support their dreams that will serve all of their people.

The one thing I am 100% sure of, however, Donald J. Trump has no clue as to who these good people are, and the political party to which he has attached his star, has no self-interests invested in their concerns. The unvarnished truth is that Republicans have consistently legislated against their best interests. Indeed, as any fair minded person will note, these former progressive constituents gave up on us, their natural-born allies, because once we hit that Republican-wall-of-greed our Democratic leaders fought by partaking in its bounty and called it fighting fire-with-fire. Either we fight greed by opposing it at every turn, or we wear our current garb of hypocrisy and accept the fact that there’s not a defensible difference between us.

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Blowing shit up, and continuing to talk down to disenfranchised Whites, is exactly the wrong reaction to this crisis in representation. Based upon who legitimately should have wanted Donald in the office of the US presidency, he should have gotten about 5% (tops) of the votes. Therefore, if we are strategic and “keep our powder dry”, we can win way more than half of his supporters back simply by demonstrating through our actions that their best interests are completely aligned with progressive populism. This must start at the local level and be community-based. The coastal elites (in their eyes that’s most of us, despite our opposition to being seen that way) have shown ourselves to be self-serving and dislodged from the realities of those fly-over states.

We can go to the bank in predicting that it will not take long for the bunch Donald is now surrounding himself with to alienate the hell out of hard-working and forgotten Americans. This wrecking crew of conservative elites doesn’t know the constituency that just voted for Trump. However, Banana Republicans are eternally grateful to them for their ignorance of how Washington, D.C. works, and they are betting that by the time Trump royally screws them economically, FOX News will spin the blame onto Obama.

For this American resistance movement to work, therefore, we need to stay hyper-vigilant and consistently loud about every mean-spirited step the Trump Administration is already planning regarding unraveling the social safety net that supports strong communities and healthy families.

Listen, Donald J. Trump is going to go down in flames for one simple reason; his gigantic ego and arrogance has proven time and again to exceed his leadership skills. The man is a walking-talking self-admiring narcissist. (Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.) He can’t help himself; screwing up and taking those around him down is in his DNA. He is beyond certain that he is the smartest guy in the room at all times, and if you don’t believe that and reinforce this belief, you are a disposable piece of garbage.

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The presidency in America’s checks and balances system requires everything Donald is not; thoughtful, knowledgeable, systemically strategic, and focused. Just how far will his carnival-barking skills take him? Well, he is the president-elect, and he has now dragged us into his fun house for the show.

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But when we expose what’s really behind the curtain of lies Donald has been hiding behind, can his vengeful arrogance be far behind?

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My next several blogs will advance and highlight the multiple examples of civil disobedience and resistance movements emerging as we speak. After presidential elections (especially the past two) progressives have patted themselves on the back and politically gone to sleep. As evidence I simply need to point out the election of 2010.

Not this time; we must mobilize, mobilize, and mobilize. Women, white guys that know better, people of color (especially African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians), the LGBT community, the interfaith community, science believers, and people who believe in a future that serves the needs of all humankind must not go back to sleep now. We have all been brutally slapped in the face and denigrated by this man’s words; and if we leave him alone, he will turn those words into deeds. We can let him “Make America Hate Again”, or we can help him realize that he needs to seek therapy for his narcissistic personality disorder. He can certainly afford to live out his years in some secluded and peaceful place, and it must be our mission to help him attain that state-of-being as quickly as possible.

J W-Bee

November 13, 2016

THE 5 STAGES OF NATIONAL GRIEF & LOSS

Most of us at some point have been introduced to the 5 stages of grief and loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. She proposed these in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying.” Below is a summary of her profound work.

“The 5 stages of grief and loss are: 1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression; 5. Acceptance. People who are grieving do not necessarily go through the stages in the same order or experience all of them.”

“The stages of grief and morning are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life, across many cultures. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal [and I am adding national identity].”

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What I am proposing is that America, at least the fact-based half of America, has now entered into the “5 stages of national grief and loss.” My proposal uses the same well-beaten path first forged by the good doctor.

Those of us who were alive and remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, followed 5 short years later by the murder of his brother Robert and Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, have a sense of what I will be attempting to put forward. These were events that strike at the core of who we are as a people. In the 70’s we went through another traumatic and gut-wrenching experience around the Watergate affair, and the impeachment and impending conviction of Richard M. Nixon. Within this one 10 to 11 year span, we suffered great grief and loss as a nation. These types of events shake the very foundational ground upon which well-meaning and patriotic Americans walk.

I am proposing that the defeat of what would have been the first impressively qualified woman President in our 240 year history by a deeply flawed and embarrassingly inept man, is in some ways worse than the tragedies of the 60’s and 70’s. I will defend that view a little later.

Currently, around the nation we see, and I personally experienced a bout of denial and isolation. I could not comprehend this senseless loss of our most cherished national values. I wanted to hide my head in shame that the nation I was born and raised in would commit societal suicide before all of the nations of the world that look up to us and rely upon us for our assistance in maintaining their safety and security.

This disbelief, however, has turned remarkably quickly to intense anger. We now see evidence of this from coast-to-coast. Thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators have marched in major cities across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

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What was our new President’s ignorant and childish response?

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No, Mr. President-Elect, these are not “professional protesters”; these are injured and angry representatives of a nation dealing with the grief and loss of the nation they thought they lived in. Indeed they are part of the majority of Americans who voted for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and, with you sir, they are seeing a culturally threatening disease, authoritarianism, and the pursuit of greed in America. That simply pisses us off; deal with it.

With that experienced, we may move onto some bargaining, but that totally depends on you and the Banana Republican Party which you now lead. You sir are in control of our nation’s civility and the common good, and we are mourning your articulations of those values. We did not make up your objectifying women. We did not make up your declaring a racial war with our nearest neighbor, and then threatening their respect of America. We did not make up your buffoonish mocking of war heroes and the handicapped. We did not make up your immense propensity for lying, and when called on it, you doubled down on the lie. We did not make up your appreciation for the strongmen and dictators of the world. All of this crap, and so much more, is on digital video recordings and we will not let you forget it.

Political progressives and moderates will not allow you to simply pull the plug on healthcare for the 20 million Americans in the struggling class. If you truly believe in a single-payer-Medicare-for-all system, we will be over-joyed to work with you to make that a reality. If you truly believe in a massive infrastructure improvement program, we will be delighted to help you promote that as long as you don’t load that debt onto future generations through exploding our national debt like prior Republican administrations have done.

However, if you continue to deny climate change and the impending over-heating of our planet, we will oppose you with every last fiber of our being. If you start building more walls on our southern border, we will knock them down as quickly as you build it. Protect our borders, of course, but the world has seen enough wall building, especially because it is a bizarre misuse of public funds. If you want to throw more of our blood and treasure into our military industrial complex we will march and protest and oppose every sick day of your presidency. If you want a civil war sir, we will not bargain with you.

Depression? Mr. Trump does not possess the emotional intelligence to comprehend just how depressing his election is for us; and as for acceptance, the odds on that are greater than the odds he overcame to become our 45th President.

A very dear friend and I were talking this morning. He was born and raised in the parts of America that voted for Trump. Because he is proudly gay and from a generation that knows what that physical and emotional scarring feels like, that same malicious ignorance has raised its ugly head and feels very present again. I simply cannot imagine the equivalent fear and anger now being experienced by proud Muslims that sacrificed everything to come to this country for a new life. Those incredible Dreamers, out of no fault of their own, can’t help but feel gripped by this same fear of being hunted down and persecuted for just being who they are.

In the case of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., no less the Watergate scandal, at least there was a Lyndon Johnson, or a Hubert Humphrey, or an entire movement of proud African-American patriots, or a Gerald R. Ford to immediately step in and lead us to a new and better day. But in this newest period of national grief and loss, we now will have to endure this emotional insanity for at least 4 years.

I know this too shall pass, and the great states, predominantly along our coasts and around the Great Lakes will coalesce to refute and reject the prejudice and malice our nation must now experience thanks to this arcane Electoral College nightmare. The majority of Americans that voted for Hillary, or at least against Donald Trump, must do themselves proud by staying open to the opportunities presented by his presidency, but maintain the sanctity of a caring and loving nation whose role in the world is to promote freedom and justice for all.

Also, if you have not read the U.S. Constitution, please make yourself familiar with its beauty and simplicity. It will be our guide through the perilous and authoritarian instincts that are now sure to plague our nation’s immediate future. Surround yourself with caring people and protect those who are now in the crosshairs of this next administration.

We will overcome this because love does trump hate; eventually.

J W-Bee
November 11, 2016

STRONGER TOGETHER

Game on!

We have all made mistakes in our lives; some of us more than our fair share. But at our individual cores, we know who we are; and in my case I have always known that goodness wins out over vengefulness. I know deep inside that what goes around comes around, and being intentionally hurtful (unless being truthful is intentionally hurtful) toward others is an illness no one should seek to bear. I love the people I am attracted to because it is one of the truest reflections of who I am; and I have great respect for, and possess unending gratitude to, those who have helped me become who I am. We build one another up when we work together.

So; this election result will force any decent and thoughtful person to reexamine what’s really important in their lives, and pledge to never take life or doing the right thing for granted.

The election of Donald J. Trump sets America back in profound and totally avoidable ways; so much so that future generations will have every right to question and be repulsed by this mistake. American history is filled with examples that have made me wonder, what the hell were they thinking? This is another big one, and the only defense I can generate at this moment is to ask future generations to understand more people voted for Clinton than Trump. It’s a small but important conciliation prize. Unfortunately for us, the Electoral College system was put into place to protect the majority of our populace that made their livelihood in agriculture; in the 18th Century! Here in the 21st Century, our rural and small town citizens were unfortunately taken in by a con artist in $4,000 suits, accompanied by his third trophy wife, and who lives in a castle filled with nice shiny objects (in other words, the epitome of the big city super wealthy and arrogant person they were rebelling against; it’s a profound irony I know). That in no way excuses their willingness to overlook his racism, his xenophobia, his ignorance for, and complete lack of preparedness to become our 45th President. He has insulted just about everyone a civil society needs to be successful; and most of us will not forget it. In other words, this was a yuge red-white-and-blue screw up for which the least well-off will be badly damaged and the middle class will be enlisted in becoming corporate cannon fodder.

The saying that Mr. Trump subliminally used to entice voters was “Make America Hate Again.” He has promoted racial unrest, religious intolerance, objectifying women, and he has reinforced the idea that might makes right. Everything that has made America a welcoming land of opportunity will now be set back. I can’t express strongly enough just how repugnant and mean-spirited this man has been throughout this campaign season; he is a true reflection of a societal sickness some of us thought we had overcome.

Therefore, to those young people not quite old enough to fully grasp what a profoundly stupid thing we have just done, I can only say I am so very sorry for what we are about to unleash on your futures. America, when it is at its best, is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, what we are about to endure is the destructive dark side of the force.

Please, work hard to learn the lessons we have clearly forgotten, insist upon a high quality education for everyone, and never stop trying to make the world you now inhabit a loving and caring place for everyone.

America has always been at its best when we have pulled together.

J W-Bee
November 10, 2016

WINNERS & LOSERS

THE 2016 EDITION

I am starting this blog post on Election Day morning, with an eye to summarizing why Americans are the biggest losers in this protracted nightmare we call a “national election.” The parties are broken, the means by which we get our news is broken, the nation is miserably divided, the Electoral College is a disenfranchising joke, and when I listen to what passes for reasoning as to why people are voting the way they are I am stunned by the ignorance of too many good people.

There are winners, of course. The media outlets have made billions of advertising dollars (political TV ad spending will top $4.4 billion for federal races this year, up from $3.8 billion in 2012), the campaign insulting-consulting industry is bigger than ever (political campaigning is a multi-billion dollar industry), Russian hack-jobbery has proven remarkably effective (Russia has played an unexpectedly prominent role in this year’s US election, although the extent of the Kremlin’s involvement in hacking Democratic servers and the WikiLeaks disclosures will probably never be known.) the alt-right has emerged from the pits of hell to prove American racism is far from dead (Liberty, free speech and the right to offend are its touchstones.), women and girls can know they are equals as the last of the great glass ceilings has been shattered, the emergence of the new minority/majority America has been born (the new silent majority is minorities and educated women), and with any luck over the next few months we will not take up arms against one another.

If I sound just a little cynical, good, my writing has improved enough to reflect my overall consternation that this electoral process has shown us just how screwed up Americans have allowed their electoral system to get. This election rightfully demonstrates that America’s constitutional republic is failing to meet anything close to its potential.

The media has collectively decided that fair and balanced means all opinions are equal, all truth is relative, all facts are debatable, and all candidates are untrustworthy self-serving manipulators. (Is it any wonder why Americans are so incredibly disgusted by this process?) One thing is for sure; our election process needs to be dramatically shortened and broadened. Every American by the fact of their citizenship should be assured the right to vote, and required as an obligation of their citizenship to become informed and participate in their democracy. Every candidate running for the highest office of this nation must be required to talk about, and intelligently discuss with the American people, what they believe we should be doing regarding the 20 or 30 most critical issues of our times.

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INITIAL REACTIONS

First of all, this reinforces that sense of disgust I have been feeling. Americans have made up their collective mind and I wish us well based upon this decision. It is very hard to digest such a remarkable mistake. I never thought that as a nation we could ever choose someone like this to be our President. It truly is beyond comprehension, reason, or the American decency I feel I was taught and exhibited throughout my own life. I will not look at my nation of birth in the same way again. Great civilizations have grown and prospered over the history of humankind, but inevitably they implode and are brought down out of fear of “the other.”

There are a majority of voters in America tonight that are celebrating her stunning victory over normality. But I feel nothing but great pain tonight for those “others” that bet on America to be a place where if you could dream it, this was that place on Earth where dreams come true. Those of us who have worked hard, played by the rules, loved our neighbors regardless of skin color, faith tradition, or economic status, can’t apologize enough for setting you up like this. This part of the world just became a much crueler and unforgiving a place tonight, and my heart goes out to you; I am so sorry for your loss and the role I played in helping you believe in us.

Will life go on? Of course it will; but it will never be what it could have been going forward.

Personally, my wife and I will now hunker down, reassess…big time… and become much less willing to invest in this version of America’s future. This too shall pass, but a depression cannot be ruled out at this point because who in their right mind will now bet on this great nation prospering after this level of self-inflicted ignorance.

I saw a path forward before tonight, as damaged and bruised as we were, we were on the right trajectory. Not now; at least not for the foreseeable future. Hate has trumped love, and what comes next is much more conflict and disruption.

This new Banana Republican Party put up a good fight against modernity and civility, and the question to now be answered is can the common good and civil discourse show it is capable of redirecting this profound societal malfeasance.

I only hope I still have it in me to wage that struggle. Tonight, however, that is far from certain.

J W-Bee

November 9, 2016

WHY ARE PEOPLE DISGUSTED?

Voters Express Disgust Over U.S. Politics in New Times/CBS Poll

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“An overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted by the state of American politics, and many harbor doubts that either major-party nominee can unite the country after a historically ugly presidential campaign, according to the final pre-election New York Times/CBS News Poll.”

 

As most of my friends and readers know, I believe deeply in politics. The principle reason for that is simple; it beats war and maiming and killing one another. The peaceful transfer of power is at the very center of America’s republic. Sometimes our candidate wins, sometimes they don’t. It is the mark of a true democracy that no matter which candidate wins, however, the majority rules and we go about our lives as citizens of these United States.

This current disgusting election, therefore, stands out among all of the other times I have witnessed and participated in this system. Usually, there is an attempt to present ideas and proposals to make this a more perfect union. This time, however, we don’t have that. What we are deciding, however, is do we want to retain and attempt to improve on our constitutional checks-and-balances republic, or are we going to basically scrap the current system and move to a more streamlined authoritarian system. (Strong daddy-types kind of like the idea of having Big Daddy make the decisions, and right or wrong if that’s the way he says it is that’s the end of any discussion.)

This election has become about whether one of our two candidates will work to jail their opposition, follow a path of abusing and excluding anyone who is not white and Christian, encourage lawlessness in the name of the end justifying his needs, and throwing away any sense of being truthful because the truth is what he says it is. His bottom line in this election is to bring about civil unrest with the ultimate goal of creating a system where his definition of right is gospel. This is about as far from our most cherished American values and dreams as anyone has tried to take us.

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What makes this election so disgusting, therefore, is that he has unleashed meanness into our nation’s political blood stream. It is kind of like the mutation that goes on at the cellular level that allows cancer to get a foot hold in our body. We may all very well have some cancer cells in our bodies most of our lives (the dark side of the force), but when we are fairly healthy our bodies know how to dispose of these mutated cells.

The point of this analogy is that we all have it in us to be spiteful and mean-spirited. Anyone of us can rationalize the dark drives that come from identifying a person or group of people we believe are harmful to our well-being. Once we step over that line and fall into the abyss of hate (societal cancer), civility and decency are cast aside in the name of survival. Once we reach that point, however, please realize we have societal cancer.

This election, due overwhelmingly to Mr. Trump, crossed the line of civility from his opening announcement to run. Those of us who find him so repugnant are responding in kind. This has led most observers and participants to take sides and we have all come to rationalize disgusting behaviors. As someone who finds Donald J. Trump to be America’s cancerous tumor, I just want the doctor to cut it out, irradiate it, or poison it with chemotherapy. The cells that support Trump, however, want to lock up or execute the person they believe is at the center of their nation’s sickness.

Here’s the question that stands out to me as we go into the last weekend before Election Day. Is Hillary Clinton the central reason America has gone to hell, or is Donald Trump’s fact-less rhetorical hate-speech such a threat to our democracy that it could place America on the road to hell?

First, has America gone to hell?

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OR

Seven Years Later, Recovery Remains the Weakest of the Post-World War II Era

 

Secondly, is Hillary Clinton to blame for our slow recovery?

Republicans have themselves to blame for the slow economy, study says

 

Thirdly, what is the state of the US economy in 2016?

“The U.S. economy seems to be back on track for robust growth in Q3, as monthly indicators strengthened in September following August’s overall cool down. Dynamics in private consumption are intact, as evidenced by September’s rise in consumer confidence to a pre-crisis high and an uptick in retail sales. The industrial sector also regained some traction, with the ISM Manufacturing Index rebounding and industrial production returning to tepid growth. Ahead of November’s presidential elections, polls suggest that Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has widened. A Clinton presidency would broadly involve a continuation of current economic policy while a victory of Trump would increase policy uncertainty and lead the U.S. into unchartered waters.”

United States Economy Data

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Stocks, dollar slip on U.S. election worries

“There is some anticipation that the markets have built in a Hillary victory, and that a Trump victory is going to roil the markets,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. “And that’s why we’re seeing the market sell off here, because some of the poll numbers have tightened up over the last week.”

 

In summary, I completely agree that I am, and most of the people I know and love think this election cycle, more than any we have ever seen, is disgusting. We are all acting like disgusting brats; but “he started it!”

Clearly, Mr. Trump’s ailing supporters have bought into, based upon their individual experience fueled by FOX News and the alt-right media conglomerates, the idea that America has gone to hell, and Hillary Clinton represents how and why we have gotten there.

Secretary Clinton’s supporters have factual information to show that we have been on a slow but steady climb out of the hellish mess Barack Obama inherited, and the principal reason it has not been more robust is because the Banana Republican Party has done everything it can do to slow down the economy to serve its own political position.

Nothing I can say or do at this point will make a difference in either of those political perceptions. However, my money is on the American public being awake enough to see that we do not want to be wasting our time and money fighting a Trumpian cancer in the White House. We are now up and on our own two feet and we are beginning to see and feel a brighter future. The lies being told by this reality TV star, on the other hand, only reflect who he wants us to become; divided and distracted. Because once we are divided and distracted our assets are devalued and that makes them cheaper for him and his cronies to buy at a fire sale.

Vote for a healthy future.

J W-Bee
November 5, 2016

IT’S TIME TO GO JAMES

I don’t exactly know how this should work because I am just a loud mouthed citizen. It seems though that someone within the law and order side of the Obama Administration should care about our elections. It’s the one time every few years that American citizens get to have a say in what is purported to be our representative democracy. I hear tell that justice officials of our government understand that they are to remain neutral (although it is beginning to look like FOX News’ “fair and balanced”) while we mere mortals make our choices.

I even remember when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used to be pretty hot shit, until they booted the pooch on 9/11. After 3,000 people died, however, they got put under the supervision of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), who I trust 98 out of 100 Americans could not name if their life depended on it. In addition, the FBI Director is also supervised by the Attorney General, who I trust could not be identified by more that 3 out of 100 Americans. All of these people are appointed by and report to the President.

Here’s how the Wikipedia describes the “responsibilities” of the FBI Director (the first sentence is a real hoot).

“Along with the Deputy Director, the Director ensures cases and operations are handled correctly. The Director also is in charge of staffing the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents. The Director briefed the president on any issues that arose from within the FBI until the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was enacted in response to the September 11 attacks. Since then, the director reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn reports to the President.[3]. The Director is also supervised by the Attorney General, as the FBI is an agency of the Department of Justice.[4] ”

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2013.  Clapper told Congress that cyberattacks and cyberspying are the leading threats to US security.     AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.  Lynch announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

You all know I love Barack Obama, but Barack, baby, this is total bullshit man! One of these two unknowns, you pick, need to step up and take some responsibility for the fact that “Big Jim” Comey has either intentionally or unintentionally (it does not matter today) infused the FBI into our electoral process on their (your) watch, one week before we go to the polls to choose the next leader of the free world.

Now had the outrageous release of Tony Weeny’s connection to the Clinton campaign (via his once upon a time wife) not been enough of a clue for a supervisor’s eyes, we now get the totally unrelated and clearly partisan release of some decade and a half old horsecrap about a Bill Clinton pardon that has absolutely no relevance; other than maybe make the big guy look like he wants to be the head of the RNC (Republican National Committee).

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Big Jim Comey, Dead-Director-Walking of the FBI

 

The FBI Director is on a 10 year leash (J. Edgar Hoover over-stayed his welcome), although the President can, and has once, fired the FBI Director.

Obviously, firing an FBI Director is not an insignificant act because it looks awfully political. Frankly, if Hillary were to do it after her election and inauguration, the Republicans would not be nice to her for doing that; as if she has a prayer of having a honeymoon to begin with.

However, here’s my unsolicited suggestion. President Obama has some pretty good approval ratings, and I think everybody is beginning to realize just how much the country is going to miss him (well, everybody who is not part of The Klan). So, if he were to sit his FBI appointee, Mr. Comey, down over a beer and explain to him just how devastating his actions during the closing days of this election have been, and given that Big Jim has some modicum of respect for The Bureau (one would hope), he should resign effective January 20, 2017.

It’s either that, or the FBI will be operating from the Washington, D.C. equivalent of Siberia for at least 4 years.

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J W-Bee
November 2, 2016

MOVE ALONG…NOTHING TO SEE HERE

FBI Director James Comey seems to have opened up a can of bias, and a smelly fart came out; imagine that, politics in Washington, D.C.

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As a hard core Democrat, I guess I should put on my gorilla outfit (it is Halloween after all) and beat my chest, roar my most ferocious roar, and threaten to hit that man so hard on the top of his head, he will have to untie his shoes to brush his teeth. Then, after making that scene and frightening all the children away from getting candy at Mrs. Goodness’ house, I take all the candy for myself and rack up a beaut of a sugar high.

Can you tell I am not taking this whole Comey stunt very seriously?

Listen my dear and devoted readers, the guy got caught up in his own duplicitous game, and he really had no other good choice. Please remember; it was only a few months ago, Big Jim was taken to the wood shed by Republicans for not “locking her up” at the end of the FBI’s investigation (now there’s a misnomer) into Hillary’s emails. This “email controversy” was a bullshit political football that never held air, no less was it a prosecutable offense…stupid, sure, but if stupid were prosecutable in D.C., the government would shut down.

Then the FBI started to chase, I mean investigate, their favorite Weiner.

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Guess what they found; Anthony’s laptop…ick!

We don’t need to go into what additional Weiner jokes were on that computer, but apparently his soon-to-be-ex-wife (Hillary’s close aide) had some communications show up on this same laptop; double-ick!.

What was Jimmy Too Tall to do? Take a rash of chest beating from the Democrats newest mascot (which sure beats a donkey)?

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Or, show his true political stripes to his Republican friends, and expose Anthony’s dick-pics and some emails to/from (who the hell knows?) Hillary (“lock her up”) Clinton that somehow ended up on that nasty laptop.

Listen folks, Donald J. Trump has exposed himself as someone who gropes-and-tells. If some poor soul still likes this sexual predator (but more likely hates Hillary), then this gives those in the Banana Republican Party one final hurrah and opportunity to yell, “lock her up.” If there’s still an “undecided” voter left out there (and don’t you have to wonder what more they need to know?), this looks as seedy as it does confusing. James Comey has given all of us N-O-T-H-I-N-G to go on, so it’s just time for another bath. If, like me, you are a Democrat, well Katy bar the doors, we all get to be righteously pissed off because the FBI Director is a political dead-man-walking when Hillary becomes President.

As I said in my title, there’s nothing to see here.

J W-Bee
October 31, 2016

THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY?

(This is the movie trailer for “The Presidential Campaign of 2016”)

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This last 2 weeks of the 2016 Presidential campaign makes me glad I do not have to meet any publication deadlines; I am worn-out, exhausted, and spent. What more can anyone say at this stage of our national electoral nightmarish embarrassment? Enough!? No mas!? Wipe that shit-eating grin off your face you loser!?

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Nothing seems quite strong enough to truly capture this sour mood.

There is no segment of the American family left for Dorky Donald Drumpf to insult. There is no Trump policy plan to debate because there are no consistent Trump policy plans. There are few nations on the planet left that have not shaken their respective and collective heads in disbelief that the great American republic somehow deceived itself into thinking this human waste dump was fit to be President of The United States. There are incredibly few women left within the GOP who are proud to have their “P-word” groped by this sexual predator. There are fewer and fewer people left who are willing to shell out obscene amounts of cash to stay in buildings with this person’s name on it; the newest Pennsylvania Avenue hotel in DC is no exception. And for the men and women who work hard for a living, and love Donald’s embrace of their issues, we find he prefers to hire undocumented immigrants, while buying his steel from abroad. To say that Donald is a two-faced con artist is an insult to other two-faced con artists.

The first woman to be elected President seems almost as anti-climactic as Perry Mason’s next trial, Superman’s jumping over another tall building with a single bound, or one of “El Tres Tramposos” getting their next divorce.

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I think that’s sad actually. Finally after allowing non-property owning white men to vote (1850), then technically allowing slaves their freedom and letting them vote (1870), and eventually allowing women the right to express an opinion and vote (1920), it has taken a century to elect a woman to lead our nation. (Oh by the way, in 1924 the Indian Citizenship Act granted all Native Americans the rights of citizenship, including the right to vote in federal elections. Imagine that, it was their home for millennia, but they were the last in line to be recognized as legitimate Americans. Our civics classes seemed to have missed teaching this basket of deplorable facts.)

But to listen to the death rattle coming from the GOP and white men of a certain persuasion, she is still not smart enough or pretty enough to lead the country? As for her being trustworthy enough, that sentiment is a real puzzlement to me. She has been beaten up and left for dead in this great American meat grinder we call politics and some blame her for being less than trusting around the media. (Have you heard Donald talking about the media lately?) She has fought for women and children her whole adult life; she’s been a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State who has seen just about every miserable aspect of a male dominated world that can be less than friendly, and we don’t think she’s as lovable and cuddly as we like our women-folk to be? I don’t know what any decent and modestly empathetic human being could possibly want from her at this stage of her incredible life. We are not electing your prom queen here, and seriously, you don’t have to like her. This will be the leader of the free world who can be tough as nails against our enemies, and as insistent as any man about her right to a private life which has had its share of drama. She has proven her willingness to absorb hard work; certainly more than many of those prima donnas she’s going to have to match wits with on Capitol Hill. So dislike what the first woman president of the US has to go through to make it into that job, and don’t invite her to be your newest BFF, but don’t blame her for her detractor’s duplicitous attitudes regarding what it takes to become the first woman president of the United States.

Last but not least, some “damn emails” are back in the news. They are not Hillary’s emails; in fact these emails come from yet another Trump-like horn dog, Anthony “Mr. Dick-Pics” Weiner. We unfortunately will have to listen to the droning voices of a decimated GOP, and their standard bearer, Donald “The P-Word Groper” Trump, wax desperately to somehow make this an issue. This is a total distraction from anything that resembles a real issue, but then the Trump campaign and the flailing GOP don’t have real issues or proposals to reinforce the lives of middle class Americans. Therefore, this disgusting display of disparaging dialogue is all they’ve got left.

I pray to George Washington’s “Rules of Civility” that we get back to serving our common good, because this crap has got to stop.

VOTE!

J W-Bee
October 29, 2016

Well, Here’s Another Nice Mess

” Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”

laurel__hardy3Laurel & Hardy (or is that Trump & Christie?)

 

As promised, I could not take watching one more debate starring “The Worst Presidential Candidate in History” and “The Most Qualified Candidate in History.” I love good docudramas, but this billion dollar reality TV destruction-production was one gut-knot over the top for me. Hillary had to out-perform this lout one more time, but I did not sign up to absorb his bile one more time.

So, did I miss anything my fellow Americans? Apparent-ly!

A red line crossed: Takeaways from the final debate (USA Today)

 

US presidential debate: Trump won’t commit to accept election result (BBC.com)

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From Politico.com/politics we have this fine display of WTF just happened here?

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I could go on, but why bother? This (thank-you-Jesus-Allah-and-Buddha) last debate of the 2016 campaign seems to have surpassed all expectations for arrogance, self-absorption, and unquestionable anti-democratic-anti-American insanity by Donald J. Trump. I have to give it to Mr. Trump, just when I could not imagine this getting any worse this orange-haired-misogynist-racist-xenophobe comes through like a real chump. It’s one thing to be a jerk and a jackass, but it takes an ego the size of King Kong and the mind of a five year old brat-and-a-half to pull this level of embarrassment off.

In preparation for this blog post, I had to go back over some of my most recent postings to bathe in my powers of prognostication; I wish I could say that was a cleansing exercise. But like every American alive and attentive for this Cirque du Trump-leil, let there be no question as to how and why Hillary Clinton will not only be elected our first woman President, but elected with one of the greatest electoral victories in our nation’s history. In my mind she has earned it on her own merits, but she sure as hell got a gift of monumental proportions from a Russian-backed-Julian-Assange-tainted con artist.

Here he is, Ms. Un-American…

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LIVE BY THE MEDIA, DIE BY THE MEDIA

YOU BROKE IT – YOU OWN IT

THE DEATH RATTLE

 

Where to from here my decent Republican friends? Your leadership booted the pooch big time by allowing Donald to destroy your big tent; now what?

J W-Bee
October 20, 2016