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The Prosperous and the Pushovers

I’ve tried to understand why anyone with an independent free will would support a person like Donald Trump, I have. What I have come to realize is that people, not only politicians, but all people, by nature are selfish. Politicians have more opportunities than the average person to feed their greed, and they’re more likely to be caught with their hands in the cookie jar. This is why Trump hates the media…they’re watching the cookie jar.

Trump’s fellow republican politicians are now standing behind him, whether they agree with him or not, for their own personal reasons. They want to push through tax cuts for themselves, the wealthy, which they will achieve by dismantling Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, the arts, preschool…

Pardon me while I explain how something as frivolous as the arts can be lumped in the same category as healthcare and education. The arts make life bearable. Picasso said:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Whose soul is covered in more dust than the working class? Those who struggle most need the arts to shed light on their bleak dusty lives. Who would take a violin out of the hands of a child in order to stuff more money in an already bulging pocket? Paul Ryan perhaps.

Regulations that keep toxins out of our drinking water, and keep our air safe to breathe, regulations that protect consumers from unethical brokers and bankers—why would those be at the top of the chopping block agenda for republicans? Because without the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump and Tillerson can resume their big deal with Putin, to drain the earth of oil- for their own personal gain- without considering the damage to the planet. 

At the risk of slurring a war hero, someone who deserves respect, I need to say I find the most disappointing republicans of all are those like John McCain. He says what I want to hear, talks the talk, calling Trump out at every unconstitutional turn. The “maverick” McCain however votes with Trump 94% of the time. John McCaine even voted for Betsy Devos our new Education Secretary. Was it because he agrees with her belief that schools need guns to protect from “potential grizzlies”, or is it because he has accepted campaign donations from her family? 

I want to hear from a republican who is not wealthy, and whose information does not come directly from Trump, to explain how a man who exports his own businesses to places like China and India is going to help the middle class? A man who abuses bankruptcy laws in order to avoid paying contractors and vendors is not going to do anything for the working class. He may want to “Make America Great Again,” but great for whom? 
The only way we are going to take America back from the billionaires is to find leaders from our own ranks. Donald Trump does not care. Tell me to “get over it” if that makes you feel better, but I will not sit back silently while Donald Trump (who did not win the popular vote, and who has the lowest approval rating in modern history), follows through on his plans to use his position to enrich himself and his friends.

Christianity is your argument?

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Mark 10:25

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February 23, 2017

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Trump Travel Costs Surpass What He Paid in Taxes 

Billionaire US President, who hasn’t paid taxes in over 20 years, has drained $11.3 million tax dollars, (paid by stupid American tax payers), in a single month…that’s just under what President Obama’s travel expenses totaled in an average year. 

I guess this makes him even smarter than he was when he just didn’t pay taxes…hypocrite? I’d say so.

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February 22, 2017

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What Makes a Republican?

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CNN published an article which I read this morning written by correspondent Jodi Edna. It’s about five or so republicans who went from not liking Donald Trump to “liking what they see,” thinking “he’s a breath of fresh air,” and “you have to confront evil,” and “in the inner cities people want jobs.”

I want to have an open mind. I like to imagine myself in the position of those speaking to me, or those who write whatever I’m reading. I believe often the only thing that differentiates one person from the next is the sum of their life experiences. Experiences make the man, and all that.

 Just one example of something that would make a person think differently than others: horrible abuse during childhood might make a person become an abuser, or it might make them afraid of intimacy, or they might hate the type of person who abused them. That hate might be as specific as: hating all agressive men with red hair and a gold tooth who speak with a Kentucky accent, or more general: hating all women. In all cases, the abuse changes them somehow. 

My point is, not everyone thinks the way I do, but I do listen with an open mind, and I try not to pass judgement on a person for saying something offensive to me. Something makes them think that way. I don’t know if their parents raised them to be a white supremacist (for example), which would be a hard thing to overcome…my upbringing was difficult, and my parents weren’t perfect, and that is part of what makes me who I am today. 
This might be a method actors ideology, (I’m not an actor, but I studied it for years), but I imagine the entire life that brought this person speaking, or writing, to say what they’re saying.

So with this extremely open mind of mine, I read this CNN article…and I just don’t understand these people.

February 21, 2017

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Donald Trump: America’s New Role Model 

Parenting isn’t easy, it never has been. That said, we parents today have a few challenges previous generations didn’t have. One such challenge can be explained using the item at the top of my list of parenting goals. My priority has always been to teach my children ethics: the differnce between right and wrong, respecting people’s differences, having compassion, putting in an honest hard day’s work, owning your mistakes, remaining humble, do unto others…etc. 

It helps to use examples when making a point: people who have achieved high status by following these basic principals of ethics. Unfortunately, any examples of successful ethical people today have been overshadowed by one person who  demonstrates that ethics aren’t necessary to succeed. By my title, you should know of whom I speak. 

The lesson we learn from our current “president” is that to succeed in 2017, we must apply a different set of rules.

1• Make up your achievements, and repeat the story at every turn, even when the subject doesn’t apply:

  • “I put it out before the American people, got 306 Electoral College votes. I wasn’t supposed to get 222. They said there’s no way to get 222, 230’s impossible. 270 which you need, that was laughable. We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”  Donald Trump, 2/16/2017

2• And if called out on it, play dumb:

  • “I was given that information. I was given — I actually, I’ve seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory.” Donald Trump, 2/16/2017

3• Take Credit for other peoples work:

  • Nov 18, 2016 President-elect Donald J. Trump claimed credit for persuading Ford to keep an automaking plant in Kentucky rather than moving it to Mexico. … Minutes later, Mr. Trump wrote in a second tweet: “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant …
  • The New York Times › Dec 28, 2016 – Trump Takes Credit for Sprint Plan to Add 5,000 Jobs in U.S. Sprint said the jobs were part of an earlier commitment by the Japanese company, which owns a controlling stake in the wireless carrier.
  • MSNBC.com ›Dec 1, 2016 – Trump travels to Indiana to  take credit for saving Carrier jobs. 

4• Never say the word “lie”—ever. Instead say: truthful hyperbole, misstated facts, alternate facts, may have forgot to mention, it’s what I was told.

  • “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.” Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal
  • “He didn’t tell the vice president of the United States the facts and then he didn’t remember.” ~Donald Trump on Flynn

5• Accuse others of that which you are guilty:

  • “And I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged,” the New York billionaire told Fox. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.” ~ Donald Trump, October 2016

6• It doesn’t matter what others think of you. What matters is what you tell others to think of you. 

  • “I’m here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration. We have made incredible progress. I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.” ~ Donald Trump 2/16/2017

7• Treason is okay, but those who discover it, and report it are bigly bad:

  • “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!” ~ Donald Trump
  • “The FAKE NEWS media (failing@NYTimes@CNN@NBC, and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!”

8• Surround yourself with people who will agree with everything you say:

  • “Donald Trump has just always elevated women to the highest level.” ~Kellyanne Conway
  • “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe” ~Sean Spicer
  • Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon who’s signature quotes include:“Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy,” “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?” and “Gay rights have made us dumber, it’s time to get back in the closet.” Has praised Trump, saying: “He gets it; he gets it intuitively” 

9• When confronted with your misogynistic, white-supremacist tendencies: use alternative facts. 

  • “Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!” (third person is a nice touch) ~ Donald Trump
  • “It was locker room talk.” ~Donald Trump
  • “I didn’t know he was disabled.” ~Donald Trump (The reporter, Mr. Kovaleski said that he met with Mr. Trump repeatedly: “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,”)
  • “I am the least anti- Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” ~Donald Trump
  • “the least racist person” Donald Trump

10• Only stupid people pay taxes:

  • “That makes me smart.”~ DonaldTrump

The parenting lesson in this is that ethics and success do not always translate. We have to be the role models our children need.

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