A Message from Elizabeth Warren

For this new year my intention in the political arena is to overwhelmingly focus on the issues and programs that are put in jeopardy and on the congress and to ignore for the most part what is happening on in the executive branch. The less I use the “T” word the happier I will be. The battle in 2017 is to try to preserve our democratic (little “d”) values, liberties and accomplishments. 

I recently got an email from Elizabeth Warren and as usual she is compassionate about keeping Donald Trump and the Republicans from dismantling what it means to be an American. Here are some words from that email:

We know what we are fighting for:

  • We will NOT let them gut the rules on Wall Street or weaken the CFPB.
  • We will NOT let them privatize Social Security and Medicare.
  • We will NOT let them completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
  • We will NOT let them weaken workers’ rights to good pay, decent benefits and the right to organize for better conditions.
  • We will NOT let them cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations.
  • We will NOT let them cut investments in education, infrastructure, or medical research.
  • We will NOT let them poison our air and water and destroy our planet.
  • We will NOT let them rip apart families or build Trump’s stupid wall.
  • And we will NOT let them legalize hate and bigotry against African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, immigrants, women, or LGBT Americans.

We will fight them whenever and wherever we need to fight them. We will fight them with more energy, more passion and more determination than ever before because the fights to come are going to decide who we are as a people, and what kind of country we will be.

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2016-12-30_10-10-54If only Elizabeth had managed to be the Democratic nominee in 2016 our country would be looking a at a very different future.

I posted a few days ago about the Republican proposal to privatize Medicare and it is a scary one.  Basically they want to give the healthcare providers the ability to charge whatever they want and to put the increased bill totally on the backs of us seniors. I don’t understand how they, primarily Mr. Ryan, thinks they can get away with that. But then again I can’t see why they think the same thing about this whole list of programs as cited above they plan on dismantling .

GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY…

The New Norm?

Please forgive me if I don’t want to make the President-Elect’s actions the new norm for our country or the world. Blatant lying and narcissistic exaggerations are offensive to me.  I will do my best to stay in that mode for the next four years until someone with more sanity occupies the highest office in this land.

2016-12-24_07-56-45.png“People who expect the past are going to be shocked that there’s a new way of doing things,” said Barry Bennett, a Republican strategist who served as an adviser to Trump during the general-election campaign. “This is a glimpse of where he’s headed, and in a way, it’s highly transparent, but just not the way Washington has done business for the past 40 or 50 years.”

But others warn that Democrats and Republicans alike on Capitol Hill could have a hard time reading Trump and discerning his true priorities if he continues to operate as he has during the transition.“

It’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff — what comes out that he really wants and what’s just said at the spur of the moment,” said Jim Manley, a former longtime aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). “In the past, a president-elect doing something like this would have been unfathomable.”

Source: The chaos theory of Donald Trump: Sowing confusion through tweets – The Washington Post

Yes, in the past these actions would have been unfathomable, but they are also unfathomable in the present and the future as far as I am concerned. Is our world  is going to be figuratively, but hopefully not literally,  turned upside down in the coming  few years?  Different cultures have different views of actions  and words and I pray that this very offensive behavior in our culture is not deadly in others.  The way Mr. Trump disses people on a daily basis would be a death sentence in the “Street” underworld. I wonder where else that might apply?

  • Will ISIS grow because his tweeting rhetoric is a massive recruitment tool  where many in that part of the world are literalists? I don’t know…
  • Will Israel come to believe that they can nuke Iran because of his reckless words?  I don’t know…
  • Will Russia increase their meddling in our democratic systems because of his complacency with their past attempts? I don’t know…

Let us pray that the rest of the world takes Mr. Trump in the same way that Barry Bennet does and disregard what he says and instead wait for an interpretation by his staff handlers.

God Save Our Country…..

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? Read more

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….