GOP Wake-up Call #1

GOP Wake-up Call #1

To my many dear Republican friends. You’re great people, and I treasure our friendship.  You know that’s true because you know me. I’m not a: a) Democrat b) Liberal c) Socialist d) Communist e) Leftist f) Any other kind of “…ist.” (I do root for the New York Giants and Yankees…sorry about that.) But come on folks!  For a moment set aside the horror – and impending tragedy — of his foreign policy, environmental policy, healthcare policy, and budget for a moment. Overlook the fact that he’s an obsessive sexual predator whom no conscientious person would want to allow in the same room with a female family member  — unless she were your dead great-grandmother. Trump is nut case delusional and so desperate for approval, that  if he had a pussy he’d grope himself. Trump: “Never has there been a president….with few exceptions…who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.” Then after making that astoundingly Alice in Wonderland claim in his recent televised cabinet meeting, Trump required each of his cabinet members to say “We love you, Donald. You’re the best.” For a sample: White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said about Trump: “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.” How do you keep from...
4 Ways to Handle “Trump Stress”

4 Ways to Handle “Trump Stress”

The 65,844,954 Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 (48.2% of the popular vote against Trump’s 46.1%) are suffering from dangerous levels of stress. I’m a registered Republican who, for decades, has actually been an Independent. I’ve voted for candidates at the local, state, and national level based on their qualities as human beings and potential leaders. So count me in among the large number of people who are still asking themselves in shock and disbelief, “How could the America I love actually have DONE this?” Unmanaged stress is unhealthy. Fortunately, we don’t need to just sit back and bewail the train wreck that’s happened to our country. We can do what Americans have always done in times of peril: stand up and fight for what we believe. Of course, the roughly 110 million voting age Americans who didn’t vote should be feeling stress now.( I except the millions who were prevented or discouraged from voting − see https://mic.com/articles/162275/voting-millennials-minorities-key-states-faced-election-day-2016-barriers-new-study#.iYfzChS9N).  Tragically,  a lot of Americans sat this one out. We’re all paying for that lack of responsibility and trust in American democracy.  But you can make up for your indifference – see below. I get the fact that Trump was running against a terribly flawed candidate – Hillary was part of the problem, not its solution. If you’re still questioning this, read Bernie Sanders’ s Our Revolution (available from Amazon for under $10.00). I don’t agree with all Bernie’s solutions, but he hits the problems dead on. Bernie’s just as right about the GOP’s contributions to the problems and the non-solutions they now trumpet. And Hillary was supported by...

Time to Break up the Washington Hog Trough

We know our government’s broken.  Congress does nothing except ensure its own privileged perpetuity. Every four years we elect a president whom half roughly half the voting population (those who still bother to vote) distrusts — regardless of which party wins. We’re turning from a democracy into an oligarchy — which now has really become a kleptocracy. For just one example, check out this story about how the very wealthiest (Republicans and Democrats) shield billions of dollars from taxes while the rest of us get hosed. And they’re the ones whose lobbying and contributions create the “laws” that continue to protect them.  Now add the billions of dollars spent by corporations to ensure that congress passes laws that favor their interests and not those of their customers or their communities. Asking Congress to fix the corruption they engage in is like asking the fattest pigs to move from the front of the trough to the back.  Getting caught up in the election attack frenzy of “Democrats vs. Republicans” and “Liberals against Conservatives” only ensures that the same self-serving people in both parties continue to live High on the Hog. What we need is a voter wake-up call followed by a voter revolution leading up to November.  Demand that the candidates you vote for can actually articulate a plan and demonstrate a commitment to stop a fraction of our population from running the country through their paid servants in Congress. Last November 63 percent of Americans didn’t vote; 80 percent of young people didn’t vote. But giving up isn’t an option.  Neither is turning to a political leader who claims...