Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Trump Exhibits Symptoms of a Messiah Complex

Today, Donald Trump looked at the sky and proclaimed: “I am the Chosen One.”  After seeing the video of him saying this, one Trump fan wrote: “He was chosen for the task at hand… I'll go further.  He WAS chosen by God to save America.”  https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html
Our country is in deep trouble.  The person occupying the White House is becoming more mentally unstable each day. And, some of his supporters are beginning to see him as a God who can do no wrong.
Trump, who is clearly a destructive narcissist, has become even more delusional.  There is a name for the mental disorder is now exhibiting—Messiah Complex. 
“…the symptoms of the(Messiah Complex) closely resemble those found in individuals suffering from delusions of grandeur or that they have grandiose self-images that veer towards the delusional
The messiah complex is most often reported in patients suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_complex  and. https://flowpsychology.com/messiah-complex-psychology/

Consider this from an article on the Messiah Compex.  The world has seen the damage a politician with a Messiah Complex can do if left unchecked.  
Adolf Hitler is considered to have had an acute case of the messiah complex. This was evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the German people. Hitler believed that he was fated to lead Germany to a thousand-year-long period of European domination and that he was chosen to rid Europe of undesirable people.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_complex  
Now change this quote to read Donald Trump instead of Adolf Hitler and America instead of Germany and Europe so that it reads:
Donald Trump has and acute case of the messiah complex. This is evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the American people.Trump believes that he is fated to lead America to a thousand-year-long period of American domination and that he was chosen to rid America of undesirable people
Most people reading the altered quote I just presented would agree that it is an accurate description of  Donald Trump.  If that doesn't bother you, it should.
It is unlikely that Trump will be impeached and removed from office.  But, he is too mentally unstable to be re-elected and given 4 more years in office.  
Vote Democrat in 2020 and ONLY Democrat.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your country.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Statue of Liberty Poem-A Republican Revision

As the Statue of Liberty Poem Reads Today:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!    The Statue of Liberty

As It Might Read After Trump’s Re-Election:

Give me your tired and your poor white people who can stand on their own two feet, work for slave wages, keep their mouths shut and not become a public charge to me. Better yet, send only the rich and famous from your foreign shore.  Send these, the already powerful in comfort to me, I lift my lamp beside the Republican door.   The Statue of Republican Liberty

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Facts About Gun Violence—And, how to stop it.

Mass shootings in the United States are epidemic
Thru July of this year, there had been 248 mass shootings in the United States with 246 Americans killed and 975 wounded.  Now the El Paso shooting will add to those terrible statistics.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2019
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2019

Republicans are in the pocket of Pro-Gun groups
Pro-Gun groups (the NRA, gun manufacturers, and others) spent 10 times as much on campaign contributions as Gun Control advocates.  All of the top 20 recipients of Pro-Gun campaign money from 1988 thru 2018 were Republicans.  All of the top 20 recipients of Gun Control campaign money were Democrats.
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/guns
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/guns

Republicans are blocking gun control
Whenever Democrats propose reasonable gun control legislation, Republican block it.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/gun-control-legislation-pass-house-but-faces-dim-prospects-in-senate
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/gun-control-legislation-pass-house-but-faces-dim-prospects-in-senate

If you are concerned about mass shootings (and you should be), then you should NEVER vote for a Republican.  Period.

We will never make progress on ending gun violence in this country as long as Republicans are in power.

As long as Republican are in control and under financial obligation to the Pro-Gun groups, there will never be any reasonable effort to end mass shootings.  And, as long as we are not taking steps to end these mass shootings by making it difficult for potential mass murderers to obtain guns, you and your love ones can never be safe in a shopping mall, in a movie theater,  at a concert, or anywhere where people gather, shop or go about their daily lives.

We may not be able to end the killing given how many guns are in circulation in this country.

But, shouldn’t we at least TRY?

End the violence.  VOTE DEMOCRAT.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Most Important Thing We Learned Mueller Testimony Today

The most important thing we learned from the Mueller testimony today came not from Mueller or the Democrats, but from the Republicans.  They made it clear.  They are not at all concerned about Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Nor are they concerned about probable interference in the 2020 election.  Why. They know the Russians will do everything they can to help Republicans, not just Trump, win.  Republicans are primarily interested in winning and they don't care how they win or if they win because a foreign power and enemy of our country helps them do so with dirty tricks.

That's it folks.  That's what we learned.  If the fact that the Republican Party has now officially joined hands with Russia and who knows what other enemies of the U.S. to cheat to win doesn't bother you, it should.  This is how a democracy is destroyed.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/robert-mueller-testimony-republican-attacks_n_5d385f32e4b004b6adb909d2



Thursday, July 18, 2019

Love It or Leave it? Wrong!

If you love your country, don't leave it.  Stay and fix it.  Make it better. 
Blind love for a country or anything is no love at all. 
The true patriot doesn’t ignore his country’s defects.  The true patriot doesn’t abandon his country because things aren’t right.  The true patriot stays and fights and complains and yells and screams and demands change for the better.  The true patriot recognizes that the path to a better future starts with admitting what is wrong today and having a plan for change.  The true patriot says things that are uncomfortable for the rest of us to hear.  We have problems.  We aren’t’ perfect. We need to change.  The true patriot doesn’t celebrate myths.  The true patriot tells the truth even when it hurts.
Love it or leave it? I hope not.  If you really love this country, don’t leave it and don’t just stay and pretend it is perfect when you know it isn’t.  Make it better.  Make the rest of us make it better.  That’s what love of country is really all about.
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Senator Carl Schurz, Wisconsin
“I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves … too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: ‘Our country—when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.’”—Schurz, “The Policy of Imperialism,” Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119–20 (1913).

Friday, April 19, 2019

Impeachment-Not Yet.

Should the House begin Impeachment proceedings against Trump based on the Mueller Report?  Not yet.

Instead, Pelosi should appoint a special House Committee to throughly review the non-redacted Mueller Report together with evidence Mueller collected and other available evidence with the purpose of recommending whether the House should, based upon the Mueller investigation and other reports of wrong doing by Trump provide sufficient justification for the imitation of formal impeachment proceedings.

This committee should be bi-partisan and should be given a short deadline, say four to six weeks, to report back to the Speaker and House as a whole. To the maximum extent possible, the work of the committee should be public with due consideration to protecting national security secrets and evidence that might interfere with ongoing criminal investigations.

Note: The mandate of the Committee is not Impeachment but rather a determination of whether or not there is a bi-partisan agreement that serious charges have been raised concerning Trump behavior that justify the consideration of possible impeachment.

This approach accomplishes several things.  First, the Democrats do not rush to impeachment, nor do they just ignore the findings of the Mueller report.  Second, the Committee can educate the public on the content and viability of charges against Trump to avoid having the Impeachment process being viewed as a partisan exercise.  Again, the consensus being sought is NOT whether Trump should be impeached but whether sufficient evidence exists to justify the start of formal impeachment proceedings.  Third, Impeachment is a very serious matter.  If advocates of impeachment, of which I are one, can not convince the American public and, at least some, Republican that formal impeachment proceeding are called for given what we know about Trump's behavior revealed by the Mueller Report and other sources, then it is foolish to move forward since we will be giving Trump a powerful weapon to deploy against Democratic candidates in 2020.

Let's be smart folks.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Democrat Progressives Medicare For All--The Facts

You may have heard that Democratic Party Progressives have introduced their version of Medicare For All-a single-payer health insurance system for America like most other countries have.  A lot of what you have heard is inaccurate.  Here is a link to a Fact Sheet that explains what the Democratic Party Progressives are proposing.

MEDICARE FOR ALL FACT SHEET


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

State of the Union-Can Trump Demand a Joint Session to Hear His Address? Maybe.

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution says:  “He (The President) shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper…”


Two points:

1. The Constitution DOES NOT specify HOW the President shall give information about the State of the Union to Congress.  With the exception of George Washington, all Presidents until Woodrow Wilson issued a WRITTEN REPORT.  Thomas Jefferson adopted the written report because he thought a formal address would make the President appear more like a King.

2. The President can “on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them…”  Trump could announce that the “crisis” on the border was an “extraordinary Occasion” requiring that the State of the Union be delivered by him in person to a joint session of Congress.  That’s happened 46 times to recall the Senate and 28 times to recall both Houses.. For example, Truman called a special Joint Session on inflation, housing and civil rights on July 27, 1948.  See: https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1901-1950/President-Harry-S--Truman-s-special-Joint-Session-on-inflation,-housing,-and-civil-rights/

Could Trump use his power to convene both Houses so he could deliver his State of the Union Address?  Maybe.  Truman did it.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Doofus Donald wants the U.S. to have its own World Wide Network..We got Five Already

Donald.  We already have our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are.  In fact, we have five networks, you dufus or doofus (if you choose).  

So foolish.  So inept. So uninformed.  So DUMB.  That's Donald.
More
....and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!

In 1942, the U.S. created the Voice of America (VOA) to tell the world about America.  Today VOA is one of five U.S. civilian broadcast networks including Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia as part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. 

Look it up Doofus Donald. Or, how about just asking someone, anyone in the White House or U.S. Government.  

U.S. Agency for Global Media


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FOX NEWS AND TRUMP—A TEAM OF LIARS

If you watch or listen to Fox  Fox News and Fox News Personalities, most of what you learn about any topic is Mostly or Completely or Outrageously False according to Punditfact.  

Almost 60% off statements made on Fox and Fox guests are either Mostly False, False or so out of the realm of reality to get a “Pants on Fire” rating.   If you add in statements that are misleading or only half true,  Fox viewers are lied to or misled nearly 80% of the time.










Fox News is almost as bad at spreading misinformation as Trump.  According to Fact Checker, Trump averaged 5 lies or misleading claims per day during the first nine months of his presidency.  In the run up to the mid-term election, he increased his lies to a breathtaking 30 a day on average.  He topped a thousand lies in October alone. 

And you wonder how Trumpians can believe such weird stuff.  

Check out a list of the lies here:


Friday, November 9, 2018

Good Sign for 2020—States Key to Trump’s Win in 2016 Went Blue on Tuesday.

Yesterday in an article in The Nation, John Nichols made an excellent point about the significance of the 2018 Blue Wave to Democratic Party prospects in 2020.  Nichols notes in his article that Trump won in 2016 largely because he sneaked out extremely narrow victories in three traditionally Democratic states—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  His victories were narrow—0.7 points in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and just 0.2 points in Michigan.

Now fast forward to 2018.  There were six major races in the three key 2016 states Trump in 2018.  Democrats won ALL of these races.

“Three Democratic senators—Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, and Pennsylvania’s Robert Casey—all won with ease. Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates—Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania—were also winners.

Additionally, progressive Democrats won the races for Attorney General in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

If Democrats have similar success in these three states in 2020, Trump is going to find it very hard to win a second term.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Why Didn’t Trumpians Run on their Economic Record?

Why didn’t Trumpians run on their economic record under Trump?  They don’t have much of a record to run on.  

What about job creation?  True, jobs are being created and unemployment is down to pre-recession levels under Trump.  However, jobs were already being created a steady rate under Obama and unemployment had been on a steady decline since 2010.  The most the Trumpians could say about jobs and unemployment is that they didn’t mess up the Obama trend.  Take a look at these charts:












What about the tax cut?  Trumpians cut taxes.  That’s true.  However, the average America didn’t see much of an increase in their after-tax income, only a slight 1.3% increase in their take home pay.  Compare that to the 3.5% increase the richest 5% of taxpayers saw in their income and the 40% tax cut corporations enjoyed and there isn’t much for Trumpians to brag about when it came to helping the average American family.

What about the deficit and fiscal responsibility?  Understandably, Trumpians don’t want to talk about the deficit.  The Trumpian tax cut is a disaster when it comes to the deficit.  The U.S. government deficit reached $770 billion in 2018, a 17% increase over 2017 before the tax cut, the highest it has been in 6 years.  The exploding deficit is largely due to a $92 billion or 31% decline in corporate tax receipts between 2017 and 2018.  Additionally, the deficit is expected to reach $981 billion in 2019 and then top $1 trillion every year thereafter.  So much for the party that decried deficits and argued for fiscal responsibility.  So much for the Trickle Down Theory.  Once again there wasn’t much of a trickle, if any at all. 

Nope, the Trumpians didn’t run on their economic record for a simple reason.  Their fiscal record is pretty bad and their economic record is nothing to shout about.

READ MORE HERE:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Could Trump Try to Use Presidential Emergency Power to Prevent Democrats from Taking Control of the House?

The President of the United States has extraordinary Emergency Powers.   FDR used those powers to put Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII.  Truman used those powers to seize private steel mills in 1952.  The Emergency Powers of the President are broad and vague.  

Trump has said that he considers House investigations some Democrats have proposed as “a waste of Taxpayer Money” and that he would retaliate.  Just today, he fired Jeff Sessions and installed a lackey to end or restrict the Mueller Russia probe.  

It is no secret that Trump views the powers of the President as nearly unlimited.  For example, he has maintained the he can end Birthright Citizenship by executive order even though Birthright Citizenship is established by the 14th Amendment off the U.S. Constitution as affirmed by Supreme Court rulings. 

Might Trump attempt to use the Presidential Emergency Powers to stop or postpone Democrats from taking control of the House in January in order to prevent them from launching investigations that would be a “waste of Taxpayer money?” Might Trump argue that investigations by House Democrats would endanger the full and effective operation of the Executive branch at a time when the U.S. in under attack from convoys of criminals threatening to cross our southern border?  What would Trump’s good friend Putin advise?



Executive Powers of President:  https://legaldictionary.net/emergency-power/

Beginning of End to Mueller Russian Investigation?

Today, Trump asked for and received the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker, an outspoken critic of the Mueller Russian investigation as Acting Attorney General.   Whitaker is expected to shut down or curtail the scope of the Mueller investigation since he has stated in the past that he believes: “It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel." 

This is probably the beginning of a Constitutional crisis over the question of presidential power to cover up illegal and/or unethical acts involving himself and/or his closest aides.



Monday, November 5, 2018

Trump Administration Mobilizing Troops to Stop Second Alien Invasion

If it wasn’t bad enough that the Trump administration has to battle the equivalent of 0.002% of the U.S. population (mostly large, evil terrorists disguised as small children) INVADING the U.S. from Mexico, the administration now finds itself having to defend the country from hoards of winter-adverse Canadians in flip-flops loading up their mini-vans with decent beer and forming convoys determined to reach Florida before the first snow.  Loyal Americans are terrified that the invading hoards from the north will overrun swimming pools and switch sports bar TVs to hockey games rather than football.  Read this scary story here: 



Friday, November 2, 2018

Trump Says Immigrants are Criminals. HE LIES

Trump says immigrants, particular those entering the U.S. illegally, are criminals.  Are they?  Once again Trump is telling a total lie.  Here are the facts.

In 2015 the National Academy of Sciences released the results of a study on crime rates by immigrants.  It found that, ”Immigrants are in fact much less likely to commit crime than natives, and the presence of large numbers of immigrants seems to lower crime rates." The study added that, ”this disparity also holds for young men most likely to be undocumented immigrants: Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men.”

The libertarian Cato Institute studied the issue.  It found that, ”Illegal immigrants are 44 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal immigrants are 69 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal and illegal immigrants are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while natives are overrepresented.”

The American Immigration Council found that while 1.6 immigrant males were incarcerated, 3.3 percent of native-born males were in prison.  The Council also found that, “incarceration rates of young, less educated Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan men — which comprise the bulk of the unauthorized population — are "significantly lower" than incarceration rates of native-born young men without a high-school diploma.”  The Council said: “for Mexican men ages 18 to 39, the incarceration rate in 2010 was 2.8 percent, compared to 10.7 percent for native-born men in the same age group.”

Finally, Politifact looked at the period between 1990 and 2013.  It found that, “the foreign-born share of the U.S. population increased from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent, and the number of unauthorized immigrants went up from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. At the same time, the violent crime rate (murder, rape and aggravated assault) decreased 48 percent and property crime rate fell 41 percent” according to FBI data.  More immigrants resulted in LESS crime, not more.

FACT:  Immigrants, legal or illegal, do not commit crimes any more often than native-born Americans.  In fact, an immigrant from Mexico, Salvador or Guatemala is, if anything, is LESS likely to commit a crime than a person born in the United States.  Trump is trying to fool you.



ELECT PEOPLE WHO TELL THE TRUTH--VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS AND ONLY DEMOCRATS.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Research Evidence: We Should Welcome Asylum Seekers, Not Resist Them

A body of research on the impact of immigration on income levels suggests that instead of resisting immigrants and asylum seekers, we should welcome them with open arms and help them transition to full citizenship as soon as possible.  

Specifically, research suggests that “a 1 percentage point increase in the share of migrants in the adult population can raise GDP per capita by up to 2 percent in the long term.”  See:  

The increase in GDP comes from a combination of labor productivity increases and an increase in the ratio of working-age to total population.  Both high- and low-skilled immigrants raise labor productivity, the benefits of which are shared in average per-capita income growth for the bottom 90 percent and top 10 percent of wage earners.  An increase in high-skilled immigrants tends to benefit the top 10 percent more whereas an increase in lower-skilled immigrant workers benefits the top 10 and bottom 90 percent of wage earners equally.

The GDP benefit from an increase in the ratio of working-age population is most pronounced when the host economy is an advanced economy with an aging population and the immigrant population is working age or younger.

The research suggests that not only should we welcome immigrants and asylum seekers but that we should adopt programs and policies to help their transition/assimilation process by, for example, providing language training, helping immigrants access and upgrade their existing skills, and reducing barriers to entrepreneurship.  In short, we should help immigrants to become fully employed and integrated into U.S. society as quickly as possible.

Read more on this research here:



Good News for Democrats--Young, Black and Hispanic Turnout Up Sharply in Battleground States

Analysis of early voting in key battleground states indicate that early voting among key Democratic Party leaning groups is way up compared to 2014.   In Georgia, voting by 18 20 29 year-olds in up an amazing 429% and 571% among Hispanics.  African-American voting is up 165%.

We are seeing similar results in Texas
18-29. +503%
Hispanic +214%
African-American +208%

In both states, the increase in turnout vs 2014 is higher among Democrats and Independents than among Republicans;

Check out the charts below:















For information about turnout in other battleground states go to:

https://medium.com/@tombonier/early-vote-data-shows-young-and-non-white-voter-turnout-surge-a160dc7a9bb7

For additional information on early voting turnout go here:

https://targetearly.targetsmart.com/

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Donald Thinks He is KING and Can Ignore the Constitution


Donald has decided he isn’t bound by the Constitution or the Courts.  He can just issue an executive order to do whatever he wants.  This time he wants to be the one who decides who and who cannot be an American citizen.

The first clause of the 14th Amendment to our Constitution reads:

"All person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Donald doesn’t like the part about “all persons born” in the U.S. automatically becoming citizens because sometimes it allows Hispanics to automatically become citizens if they are born on U.S. soil even though their parents might not be U.S. citizens themselves.

Donald’s problem is that the meaning of the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment is established law and has been for over 120 years.  The Supreme Court decided the issue in 1898 in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark.  (See the Supreme Court opinion here:  https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/169/649/). That ruling has never been overturned and forms the basis for our immigration and naturalization laws.

Most (no make that ALL) lawyers and Constitutional scholars agree that the 14th Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court is binding and that the only way the law can be changed is via an amendment to the Constitution.

Donald doesn’t like what our Constitution says.  And, he doesn’t think he should have to go through the tedious process of amending our Constitution.  In fact, he doesn’t even want to ask Congress about changing the law since some Democrats might disagree.  So, Donald has decided that he will just change the law by executive decree, the Constitution be damned.  After all, says Donald, I am the KING.

Nope Donald.  You are not our KING.  We had a KING once and got rid of him.  We don’t need another one, particular not YOU.

So, what can you do to stop Donald.  VOTE DEMOCRAT AND ONLY DEMOCRAT.

Donald needs to learn who is boss in the country—Us, the people.

Read more about Donald’s latest scheme here:


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GA Voting Machines make “mistakes” in Recording Votes

During early voting in Georgia, some voting machines have “mistakenly” recorded votes cast for Democratic Party candidate Tracy Abrams as votes for Republican Party candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp who also is in charge of voting.  We are confident that the voting machines that made these errors will apologize for these all too human errors.  Many of these machines are apparently old and, as we all know, as we age we are prone to more errors—“Oh, you said Abrams, I thought you said Kemp.”  This problem with mis-recorded votes seems to occur only when the Democratic candidate is selected.  Voters wishing to cast their ballot for the Republican candidate, Kemp, have not experienced this problem and can rest easy that their vote will be recorded as at least one vote for the Republican candidates, if not more.

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting machines incorrectly registered votes


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Kavanaugh Affair-The Fourth and Correct Point of View For Our Country

When it comes to the Kavanaugh affair there are at least four points of view one can take.

Let’s dispose of the first one right away since it is the most despicable.  

POV #1: Boys Will Be Boys

One can take the point of view that when it comes to sexual assault and sexual harassment, the acts don’t really matter.  This is pretty much the “Boys Will Be Boys” view point.  Males, particularly of a certain age-say up 90, just can’t control themselves when it comes to sex and women.  Women just have to learn to put up with it and get on with their lives.  Don’t complain.  Sexual harassment, assault and even rape are just to be expected in America and there is nothing anyone can or should do about it.  For obvious reasons, most but not all people who hold this point of view will not openly admit they think this way.  However, some do.  Fortunately, the number of people who really hold the “Boys Will Be Boys” point of view is very, very small.  If I am wrong about that, we are really in trouble as a nation.

POV #2: The Left-Wing Conspiracy

This is the point of view held by most Republicans I think, particular those who love Trump and watch Fox News.  According to this point of view, these accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are nothing more than a conspiracy on the part of the Democrats and Radical Left to deny Kavanaugh a seat on the court because they hate his stand on issues likely to come before the court and, anyway, they hate Trump.  The Democrats/Left have recruited left-leaning women to come forward and perjure themselves in support of “the Cause.”  Or, the Democrats/Left have found vulnerable women and have convinced them that they were abused and that the abuser was Kavanaugh. In reality, there is no truth whatsoever to the allegations against Kavanaugh because the women are either lying or delusional.  These charges should be put aside as soon as possible and Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

POV #3: The Republicans Must Be Prevented from Packing the Court with Conservatives

This point of view is held by most Democrats.  According to this point of view, Kavanaugh would be a disaster for the court and the country, not just because he would provide the court with a conservative majority that could overturn Roe vs Wade but a court majority that would do great harm to women’s rights in general, LBGT rights, the environment, consumer protection, voting rights and a host of other hard-won rights and privileges. Kavanaugh is the key to turning back the clock.  Accordingly, his confirmation must be stopped completely or, at least, delayed until after the mid-term elections where Democrats have a shot at gaining control of the Senate and the ability to prevent Conservatives from gaining control of the Supreme Court.  The recent allegations are a surprise, but a welcome surprise and offer the best chance the Democrats have to delay and perhaps prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  All progress toward confirming Kavanaugh should cease so the FBI can conduct a full investigation and determine the facts.

POV#4:  We Must Change How We Respond to Charges of Sexual Abuse and Harassment

This is a point of view that is held by most Democrats and, I think, a great many Republicans. It is non-ideological and non-partisan.  According to this point of view, America must change the way it responds to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse.  For too long, American women, particularly young women, have been reluctant to come forward and report male sexual misconduct because they justifiably feel they will not be believed and may even be accused of wrong doing themselves. Their complaint will be either dismissed out of hand and/or they will be charged with “trying to ruin a good man’s life” out of spite or for some other reason.  Even if their accusation is accepted as possibly true, the women making the accusation will be accused of “tempting the man” or engaging in some other behavior that provoked the attacked.  Blame is equally shared.  The man did wrong but so did the woman.  A message is sent to men, young men in particular, that their behavior toward women, treating women as sexual objects, will be ignored or, at least, not punished. They can do as they please without worrying very much about the consequences of their actions in the immediate or even distant future.

According to this point of view, the response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse that I just described, and which has historically been the response to charges of sexual harassment and sexual assault in this country, must change.  If women are going to feel free to come forward and report sexual harassment and assault, then they must feel confident that the allegations they make will be taken seriously, regardless of whether they are initially believed or even believable.  Women must be confident that any charge of sexual wrong doing, no matter by whom or when or under what circumstances it occurred will be fully investigated and that their motives for making the accusations will not be pre-judged. In short, there will be an honest search for the truth.

Thanks to the Me Too Movement, some progress is being made on changing how we respond to sexual harassment and assault charges.  According to this view, a lot more needs to be done and the Kavanaugh charges are a place to start.  In fact, to ignore the Kavanaugh charges when the man charged is being considered for the highest court in the land, would send a message to women that in spite of the Me Too Movement, nothing has or will change.  A thorough investigation of the Kavanaugh charges will send a powerful message to American women that they are and will be heard.  If Kavanaugh is innocent of the charges that have been made, then a thorough investigation is the best way to clear his name.  Free of these charges, he can proceed with his life, even to service on the Supreme Court if that is what the Senate decides. The accusers can take some comfort that they go a fair hearing.  If the charges are found to be true, then Kavanaugh’s accusers will be vindicated. The wrong done to them will not be undone but, at least, they and others like them will be able to take some comfort in the knowledge that things may finally be changing.  

According to this view, a thorough investigation of the charges against Kavanaugh is not just the right thing to do but the ONLY accepted response or point of view that makes sense for our country.

Let me know your point of view.  I hope for the future of women and our country, that you pick POV #4.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Satan is Behind Attack on Kavanaugh

It’s not the Democrats or hated Liberals that have ganged up on poor Judge Kavanaugh, the truth can now be told.  These accusations of sexual misconduct are coming from none other than old Beelzebub himself—Satan.  We have that from one of the world’s foremost demon detectors, Bryan Fischer or the American Family Association.  Fischer says the fight to save Kavanaugh’s confirmation is “the biggest conflict between good and evil that we have seen in the last year.”  Apparently, there have been many good vs evil conflicts that Fischer has witnessed but this is the biglyist.  We reached out to Fischer for last year’s biglyist good/evil struggle but don’t have his answer yet.  Of course, everyone knows the biglyist good vs evil struggle in 2016 was between God’s candidate Donald Trump and Satan’s favorite Hilary Clinton.

According to Fischer what we are witnessing today is nothing less than “big league spiritual warfare” where one man who remained a virgin most of his life and never had even a beer unless it was root, stands alone, with a few billion dollars from the Koch Brothers and the help of God’s warriors Trump, Saint Mitch and Arch Angel Grassely against Satan and the Democrats and female demons of hell. That’s right, the “the forces of hell” are out to get this good man, this saint, this..well..really goodly conservative guy who will save the unborn babies.  Fischer isn’t having any of this.  The forces of goodlyness are aligned.  The soldiers of Heaven will have no more of these accusations.  Fischer has issued the call to arms.  “We say to Satan, ‘Satan, if you’re going to get to Brett Kavanaugh, you are going to have to go through us, because we are standing firm in the strength and the power of the Lord,'”

I don’t make this stuff up folks.

Read more:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bryan-fischer-wages-major-league-spiritual-warfare-against-the-demons-of-hell-attacking-kavanaugh/

Monday, September 24, 2018

Third Kavanaugh Accuser Expected to Go Public Wednesday-Republicans Don’t Care

A third woman (or man) is expected to go public Wednesday with an accusation of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh according to the victim’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Republicans are already preparing to employ their Trump-taught “Deny and Attack the Accuser” strategy to attempt to bully the new accuser into submission as they have attempted with the first two.  

Mitch McConnell has announced that Kavanaugh will be confirmed at the earliest opportunity regardless of the charges against him and/or the will of American voters.  Republicans are confident that women of America will forget their rush to put an accused attempted rapist and sexual predator on the Supreme Court without an real investigation of the charges against him.  Republicans appear confident that they have little to fear from a backlash from American women and the Republican stable of old white male conservatives will be returned to power in November.

 VOTE DEMOCRAT AND ONLY DEMOCRAT THIS NOV.