A Complete Disconnect…

There seems to be a complete disconnect between what the President Elect says and what anyone hears.  Evidence of that shines in the Pennsylvina response on resistance to do a recount.

In a filing on Saturday, a lawyer for Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, who began the recount bids in Pennsylvania — as well as in Michigan and Wisconsin — said “petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means” and could not afford a $1 million bond payment that was ordered by Pennsylvania courts.

A lawyer for Ms. Stein’s recount campaign indicated on Saturday night that they were not giving up in Pennsylvania and planned to request that the federal courts on Monday intervene to order a statewide recount.

Lawyers for Pennsylvania Republicans and Mr. Trump had asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss Ms. Stein’s request, saying she had not identified any fraud or illegal activity during the Nov. 8 election.

Source: Jill Stein’s Pennsylvania Recount Effort Is Dealt a Major Setback – The New York Times

It seems that everyday I hear Mr. Trump state that there is massive fraud in our election process and that millions of illegal votes are cast.  And yet here are the State and especially the Trump lawyers saying there is no evidence of illegal activity??  Doesn’t what the future president say account for anything?  Is this the way the country will run after January 20?

Don’t worry about what President Trump says, it is his handlers who are running things.

That seems to be the theme of the upcoming presidential term. Kind of like what happened during the Reagan years, especially the last four when he was plagued with Alzheimer’s. Is President Trump going to be the acting King of the U.S.? That seems to be what he really wants anyway.  Since he admits that he doesn’t like to read just give him the high level details and let someone else take  care of the nitty gritty.

Given the choices he has made to fill out his cabinet posts I can already see that this will be a presidency unlike any others in my lifetime and probably the entire life of the country.

Getting back to the original topic to close out this post.  Every State should be doing a recount to purge all those millions of votes fraudulently cast as Mr. Trump proclaims. I’m sure he doesn’t want to be president if it was won by voter fraud. Maybe we should also be looking to see if we can actually find evidence of Russian manipulation of our systems. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that was found when the recount is done?

My British friends frequently say “God Save The Queen”, I know Mr Trump really wants to be a king but I think I will end many of my posts in this area with this phrase instead…

God Save The Country

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Part 1 – How Did We Get Here — Hillary Was Just Not The Answer…

slice26This post will start a series called “How Did We Get Here”. Looking back reflectively is something I will likely be doing for some time yet. Mr Trump is getting into the Oval Office due to our failure to comprehend just how drastic some people were to see something, anything different.  The discussion on this topic will likely include politics, human behavior, as well as other life issues.  I will also try to occasionally look back at history for some parallel events.  We need to learn from our mistakes in order to plot a course forward. Let’s get started….

How did we almost completely miss the Trump protest vote? I suspect the answer to that question will take a while to comprehend. But I want to start it off here with thoughts about Hillary.

2016-11-13_09-15-43.pngI was never enthused about a Hillary Clinton presidency.  It seemed more like us becoming a monarchy to me. We just couldn’t keep doing a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. It was time for new leadership. The Democratic establishment determined early on that Hillary would be the nominee and they set about doing whatever it took to make that happen.  I don’t imagine there was much thought given to other possibilities.  But, then there was Bernie. He was the was one person who dared to say they might be wrong. He put up a noble fight but they weren’t ready to counter Trump’s populism stands with some of their own. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if they had.

Hillary, like her husband Bill was never really a Democrat’s Democrat. They both seem to sway with whatever direction the wind blows. I don’t doubt that Hillary was the driving force behind her husband’s political aspirations and when he reach the pinnacle she decided it was her time. Yes, she is a wonk like me but she is just too “establishment” for these unsettled times. We need change, real change, to shake up the gridlock inside the Washington beltway and she just wasn’t that.

For these reasons I was never that enthused about her candidacy. But when Trump managed to bully his way through 16 presidential GOP candidates I chose the lesser of two evils and voted for her. It looks like many others last Tuesday were not as patient to wait for a viable change candidate so they thought it is Trump or the status quo and chose Trump.

Given how polluted our current political environment is I find it hard to see anyone with any integrity being willing to put themselves up for a national office. Will there ever be  a true leader rise up to the challenge of battling the partisan hatred that embeds both political parties?  Hindsight now tells us that Hillary was simply the wrong candidate for these times. I saw that but the alternative was just to scary for me but obviously not for many others like me. God help us in the coming months and years…

Coping With The Idea Of A President Trump…

Last Wednesday morning about 3 am a very dark cloud ascended over me. I was totally devastated that a such a flawed person would soon be the President of the country. I, like so many others never actually considered that possibility.  I stayed up the rest of the night working a picture puzzle as I knew I was just too upset to even attempt sleep. (As a side story, I found it ironic that when I finished the puzzle a little over twenty four hours later I found that it had three missing pieces. That almost never happens…)

It would be Thursday morning before I began to think reasonably again. Can I possibly talk about politics here on RJsCorner in any objective way? Maybe I should just shut it down and walk away from this horror story? I don’t want to become another gloom and doom site on the Internet.

After some serious contemplation I have decided to try and maintain an open-minded attitude toward Mr. Trump at least until he shows me by his actions in addition to his campaign rhetoric that he is unworthy of it.  Like many of his followers, I do believe that it is time for some serious changes to be made in our federal government. Changes like term limits, pulling back some from our military alliances, and changing the environment in the presently caustic  nation’s capital.   As long as he can make those changes without stifling our inalienable rights in the process I will give him at least some level of support.  But I will fight tooth and nail his apparent lack of compassion for diversity, the right of everyone to have healthcare, and equal opportunities.

slice26So, I have decided to continue posting here at RJsCorner. I have already lined up a 10 post series entitled “How Did We Get Here” that will flesh out how I think we got to a Trump presidency. In this series and going forward from there I will try to always “go high” no matter how low the coming administration might  choose to go.  But having said all that I will likely put a greater emphasis on the InSearchOfAmerica posts, my 5Star Posts, and my occasional post about spiritual things as well as my personal stories of life.  I might have to very conscientiously reign in my “Question Everything” theme as I expect there will be a LOT of things that I will question in the coming months. I don’t want those issues to dominate here or in my life in general  :)

We must always remember that there are stops, starts, and even reversals in any successful democracy. We shouldn’t be surprised when the backpedaling happens but remember that is it only a temporary pause in an otherwise forward moving country. During this backpedaling period between 2016 and 2020 we need to keep the faith and speak out for progressive change wherever we can. That is what I will try to do here at RJsCorner in the coming years.  Lets not give up future hope because of some dark clouds on the current horizon. Blue skies will eventually return….

The Calm In The Eye Of The Storm…

ISOA Banner  Anyone who has experienced a hurricane knows that in the middle of the storm there is a point of almost complete calm when the eye of the hurricane passes over. Being that our national elections are tomorrow I thought it appropriate to try and write a calming post here today.  To do that I went all the way back to my 1976 mountain hiking in Colorado and my honeymoon in Maui Hawaii in 1986.

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The first two are of the time I and a buddy hiked up to a mountain top lake at  14,000 feet in Colorado and spent the night in a tent. It was probably the most peaceful in my life. The night time air was super crisp, the water was near freezing, and the night time sky was beyond imagination.

The rest of the pictures are from Maui Hawaii.  If these don’t calm you down a little then maybe you need a tall glass of Jack Danial’s… maybe both..

Hang on, it will soon be over….