Likeability – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
01.05.2019

Likeability
There has been a lot of talk this week about the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachessets and her likeability.

There are a lot of people excited about the prospect of her running for President, I am. She brings a sharp and focused understanding of public policy to the field, and the ensuing debates will be elevated because of her participation in them.

We need candidates like her in the mix, like Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont, but questions have been raised about Elizabeth Warren’s likeability, some are suggesting that it is unfair to judge her by such a standard, even sexist, or misogynistic.

I disagree.

Likeability is a huge factor in electability, and if it is sexist or misogynistic to judge her by that standard then it was also sexist and misandronistic to judge Al Gore, or John Kerry by that standard when they were running against George W. Bush.

Do you remember the question that was asked over and over again during those campaigns, Gallop even did poling on it: “Who would you rather have a beer with?”

It is a question that is both totally absurd and completely relevant at one and the same time.

If it is sexist and misogynistic to judge a female candidate by her appearance or her hair style, then it is also sexist and misandronistic to judge a male candidate by his height, or baldness.

It would be better if we could all just set aside judgements based on superficial criteria, but not all judgements based on appearance are superficial. Matters that the candidate has no control over should be off the table, a person cannot become taller than they are, but they do make choices about the clothes they wear, or the way they cut their hair, fashion their tupee, and those choices say something about the candidate.

Those choices communicate things to us about the candidate, both intentionally and unintentionally, they say something about the candidate and they are fair game.

Beyond appearances, likeability is definitely a factor in electability, it is not as great of a factor as other intangibles, like moment, but it is a factor nonetheless, and it contributes to moment, boosting it or dragging it down according to the candidates relative degree of charisma.

If elections were won on policy points alone then Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic nomination. He had better policies and more likeability, but Hillary had insurmountable momentum, and it bore itself out.
If elections were won on policy points alone, then Hillary would have beaten Trump and she would be president right now and America, the World itself would be in a much better place.

Trump had no policies. His campaign was a total fraud, based on cons, scams and lies, he used those effectively to exploits Hillary’s basic problems with likeability, and stole a sufficient amount of her momentum so that he was able to cross the finish line even without having won the popular vote.

Charisma matters, and it is also in the eye of the beholder, but it still matters.

Elizabeth Warren scores very low on the likeability scale. This will hurt her. It hurts her with me.

I would not like to be scolded by her, and when she speaks about the issues she cares about I feel like she is scolding her audience. I would not like to be hear a male candidate speak to the same issues in the same way.

Nevertheless, Elizabeth warren’s run raises the bar for all Democratic candidates in the primaries. If she grabs the momentum, she will have my support, likeability aside.

What is Done is Done – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
08.25.2018

What is Done is Done
We do not get to unwind the clock my friends. The genie is out of the bottle. Hillary will never be president. We are stuck with Donald Trump and his criminal, a moral, un-American regime.

We do not get to unwind the clock, but the time on his clock is winding down. The best we can hope for is a soft landing, to be able to do some damage control, to keep him from destroying any more of our institutions, damaging our alliances and doing further harm to the nation by his ignorance and recklessness.

Messaging is important in this political season. We cannot make the message, impeachment or bust. Here this, if Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, he should be impeached by the House, and tried in the Senate. If found guilty he should be removed from office.

We can afford to wait for the Mueller investigation to be completed. If T-Rump takes action to hinder, or impede or close the investigation, that can be used as evidence against him.

What is important in the coming months is that liberals and progressives, democrats and independents, concentrate on taking control of Congress. The House of Representatives is in reach, the Senate is more dicey, but it can be done.

We are unlikely to get the super-majority we need to actually remove T-Rump from office. It is possible but improbable, and we should not waste energy or political capital planning on what we would do in the event of a miracle, we should plan for what we will do given the most likely outcome, the best possible scenario we are likely to achieve.

Remember this, the victory we are hoping for this November has to be sustainable, we need to win, and we need to build on that win in 2020, that is the most crucial election we will ever see; 2020 is when we will have the opportunity to remove T-Rump from office, but more importantly redistricting will occur in that cycle, and if want to make our government more representative we have to hold on to congress, and win the majority of Gubernatorial seats, and state houses across the country.

The Democratic Party must expand its voting base, we can do it this year, and we can build on it. The opportunity in front of us will make the party even more centrist than it already is, for those on the Democratic left, this means compromising with you allies, holding the line in your districts, and not vilifying those who do not share your ideals.

We are at a critical moment. The road ahead is long and fraught with trouble, we can make it if we keep our heads, speak softly, and carry a big stick.

The Fake President – Part X

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

05.20.2017

 

I was listening to the news on my drive home last night. The news of the day was that former FBI Director James Comey would testify in open hearings at the Senate, sometime after Memorial Day holiday.

 

The New York Times Reported that T-Rump slandered Comey in his Oval Office conversations with the Russian Foreign Minister, and the Ambassador, the day after he fired him. T-Rump called him “crazy,” and a “nut job.” He told the Russian’s that he was relieved after firing the FBI director, because it took the pressure off of them in regard to the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in our elections, and the possible collusion of the T-Rump campaign, his family, or even T-Rump himself in those treasonous activities.

 

T-Rump said it, admitting to the Russians, that the Russia investigation was at the root of his firing the FBI Director, making any other assertion about his rational a demonstrable lie.

 

It was also revealed on Friday that a senior white house aide, someone close to T-Rump, was the target of a criminal investigation in the FBI probe. No one has confirmed this, but the story is that the senior aide is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and now I remember the photographs from the summer of 2016 of Ivanka on vacation with Putin’s mistress.

 

These people are criminals.

 

I was listening to these reports and I was saddened by the fact that America rejected a person for the office on Commander in Chief, who was possibly the most well prepared candidate for the office that we have ever had.

 

Granted, she was a flawed candidate, she had conflicts of interest, she would not have lived up to my own liberal and progressive ideals.

 

I was an ardent supporter of hers, from beginning to end.

 

She would have been the first woman to hold the office, she would have been an effective administrator, she would not have been at the center of the type of drama you see unfolding now.

 

It made me sad.

 

Russian interference, criminal collusion, treason, voter suppression, bogus investigations about her e-mail server, her role in the tragedy at Benghazi, and on and on, they stole from us, the American people, the opportunity to have an immanently qualified public servant managing the most complicated bureaucracy in the world.

 

If this had not been stolen from us, we would not be facing a disastrous change in our health insurance policy, we would be looking at reforms that strengthen the system.

 

We would not have a President who did not sit down for the Presidential Daily Briefing, who would have a Commander in Chief who was genuinely interested in National Security.

 

We would not be entertaining a budget that pushes American wealth away from lower and middle income families, into the hands of the 1%, we would not have a secretary of education, threatening to cut the promises made to college graduates to forgive their loans if they went to work in non-profits and the public sector.

 

We would not have an Attorney General promising to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes, and promising to breathe new life into the “for-profit” prison system.

 

We would not have these things

 

The woman who won the popular vote was denied the office she aspired to because of treason, collusion, corruption, and suppression. It is not right, and there is nothing we can do to change it.

 

Even if the Republican party comes to its sense and gets rid of T-Rump, we will only replace him with people who are likely more sane, but just as bad for public policy as the orange monster.

Face Book Politics

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

04.29.2017

 

Last year I argued with a lot of my friends on Face Book. We argued a great deal during the primaries. We argued about Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, old BS, and HRC.

 

I was, and am a Hillary supporter, the nation lost out on a good leader when we failed to elect her.

 

I love to argue, I have an instinct for it, maybe an addiction. I find certain things in politics very hard to resist. I think it is a character flaw.

 

Ultimately, I had to result in a program of self-censorship. In an argument I can be aggressive uncompromising, this largely stems from my conviction that I am right (I am not giving that up). It also comes from my desire to cut back all the noise, to go for the close when I am in that argumentative mode.

 

As I have said, I have a character flaw, I love to argue. I like to win. I believe I am right, and I can sometimes be impatient.

 

These are all good reasons not to argue with people that I genuinely like, on Face Book.

 

Sometimes I cannot resist.

 

I waded into an argument yesterday. A friend of mine posted a link to an article by Harvard Professor, Dr. Cornell West.

 

Dr. West has been arguing for progressive thinkers and voters to abandon the Democratic Party. The basis for this is his interest in social justice. He believes that the Democratic party cannot cure itself of its racism, homophobia, militarism, or its alignment with big, banks, big agra, big oil, all of which perpetuate grave injustices on the people, but more importantly on those who are the most marginalized already.

 

While Dr. West sees the problem for it is, the Democratic Party, like the majority of Americans, is deeply tied to economic forces, those fears, those corrupting social issues, those matters of identity politics. He is right about that, but he is wrong, and absolutely wrong about the prescription.

 

My response to this post was simply to say that Cornell West is an idiot. That was not very nice, but it is true. When he, or anyone speaks about dividing the political power of the Democratic party, of abandoning it, they is being idiotic.

 

I quickly edited my response to remove the incendiary language. My edited comment read, Cornell West doesn’t know what he is talking about.” This is true. Cornell West, who has legitimate roots as an activist, who is a brilliant writer, public speaker, public intellectual, he is also someone who stopped living in the real world some decades ago. Because he is disconnected from the world, he finds himself, like Noam Chomsky trying to solve problems from his office in the ivory tower at Harvard square.

 

His answer to the real problems of social injustice have become, “take an ideologically pure position and make a lot of noise.” When the real solution has to be, “change public policy.”

 

The social injustices that beset the poor and the marginalized, are matters of law, and public policy. We cannot bring justice without changing law and policy. To make those kinds of changes, we need to win elections. We need to elect people to public office, at every level of government who will do the right thing. Put the bills on the floor, bring them up for a vote, and pass them into law.

 

I understand if people want to take umbrage with democratic lawmakers, and policy shapers, for being sellouts, and not being good at their jobs. Those individuals are a fraction of the party, the party is tens of millions of people, slightly larger than half of the electorate, spread throughout the nation.

 

When Dr, West argues that we should abandon the Democratic Party, he is saying, abandon those people. Stop working with them. The very people he purports to want to help.

 

Politics is a game of compromise, and compromise never satisfies anyone. Politics should be informed by idealism, but cannot be held hostage to it. Advancing public policy requires political legislative victories, and that requires victories at the ballot box. We on the left need to stay together, work together, collaborate and compromise if we are to have any hope getting control of the ship again.

 

Dr, West, Noam Chomsky, people like my friend who I argued with yesterday, they look right past this point. They want to draw power away from the place where it is most heavily concentrated, rather than add to it. They want to divide and diffuse it, because they believe that being right, is more important than doing right.

 

That is a shame.

The Second Week of Trump

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.19.2016

 

The Second Week of Trump

 

There are appointments being made, and policies being rolled out. Everything I am hearing or reading about in the news seems typical of what I would expect from the same Donald Trump who ran for President on the Republican ticket.

 

There were not any big rallies, but they have been scheduled to return. The President Elect promises a victory tour.

 

We are hearing from the media that he may not plan on living in the White House, preferring the opulence of his penthouse apartment in New York City, the gilded halls, painted in gold.

 

He gave an interview to 60 Minutes, his children accompanied him, and sat behind him in a row. His daughter’s PR firm live Tweeted to her followers during the airing, that they could buy the clothes and jewelry Ivanka was wearing “right now” from her website.

 

The presidency has merged with a shop at home channel. Hurry, buy it now!

 

The President Elect settled his class action lawsuit for twenty-five million dollars. Putting the civil complaint to rest, and avoiding an admission of any wrongdoing. He will not have to admit to being fraud, to racketeering or anything else in this case. But there are dozens of more law suits he is embroiled in at the moment, including a case in which it is alleged that he raped a twelve-year old girl.

 

The President Elect is seeking ways around the laws against nepotism, laws which prevent the president from hiring members of his family to work on his staff. One of his arguments suggests that he could appointment them if they were not paid, another of his arguments suggests that the presidency is not in reality the executive branch.

 

It is sophistry, it is all lies.

 

He wants his children to whom he says he will turn over the management of his business, he wants them to have security clearances, and to sit in on meetings with the heads of state of other nations, as he did this week with the Prime Minister of Japan. Ivanka joined him, and in the official photos of the event, Trump branded water was prominently on display.

 

These are the least disturbing developments happening in the burgeoning Trump administration.

 

He has named an outspoken White Supremecist to be his principle strategic advisor. Steve Bannon of Britebart News.

 

He named Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to be the Attorney General, a man who once said that he didn’t have a problem with the KKK until he learned that they smoked pot.

 

He named retired General Mike Flynn to be his National Security Advisor, a man who has said that the Islamic Faith was merely a political ideology disguised as a religion.

 

It is a sad day for most Americans, as the votes keep being counted and Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote continues to grow, approaching two million.

 

There is a dramatic spike in the incidences of hate crimes, and intimidation against Jews, against Muslims, against African-Americans and other minorities in the days after the election.

 

The hypocrisy of the Trump campaign appears to be limitless. They ignore it. They claim that liberals and progressive are staging the events to make Trump look bad. They claim that the hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the street in protest are merely paid actors. They are living in denial, and they would like their followers to be in denial as well.

 

What is for me a trivial matter, will probably get no play among the right wing Christians who supported Trump, is the fact that White Supremecist Steve Bannon said just yesterday that operating from the darkness is good, he invoked the figures of Darth Vader and even Satan as examples of the kind of power he would seek to wield from the oval office.

 

Did you hear that Christian conservatives?

 

President Elect Trump’s chief Strategist has openly invoked the name of Satan, and the powers of darkness to guide him in his advice to the President of the United States.

 

Are you comfortable with that?

 

Did you get what you paid for?

 

Do you still think you will?

The Election and the Aftermath

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.12.2016

 

The Election and the Aftermath

 

Election night was horrible.

 

By nine o’clock I could see the conversation among the broadcasters had begun to turn. On CNN, on MSNBC they were openly doubting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning, and acknowledging Donald Trump’s very real chances of a victory.

 

I wanted to be skeptical, almost everything was falling they way most of the forecasters had expected it to, the only difference between what was happening in reality, and what had been prognosticated, was the timing. The fact that the votes in places like Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Wisconsin had not shown up for Hillary as the clear winner, by ten o’clock through the whole race in doubt.

 

My feelings went from joyful optimism, to uneasy, to guarded skepticism, to bewilderment, and finally; nausea.

 

I was lying on the couch, and I drifted off to sleep for a half an hour here, and a half an hour there. The news only got worse.

 

I had to turn the channel away from MSNBC, because I could not watch or listen to their set of television personality go into panic, to begin to make excuses, to search for anecdotal reasons for why the election was not going as planned.

 

I found the moderators on CNN to be a more measured group. That, in itself, was comforting.

 

Throughout the night I exchanged text messages with friends, most of whom were as dismayed as me, some of whom were snarky.

 

I am a person who was for Hillary throughout the entire political season. My support for her never waivered. I supported in 2008 during the primaries with President Obama. I have great respect for her intelligence, her diligence, and her mastery of public policy. I supported her, not because I agreed with all of her positions. In my heart, I am much more liberal than she is. I supported Hillary because I thought she would be the best manager of the Federal Government, and because I believe that progressive change must be predicated first on sound management. This remains my conviction. I still believe it is true.

 

Up until the moment when Donald Trump took the stage, and announced that he had received a call from Hillary conceding the election. I had a pit of angst in my stomach that was making me feel ill.

 

The victories Donald Trump racked up, in all of the “swing states,” appeared to be close enough to merit a recount, and I would have supported Hillary if she had called for one. There are many hundreds of thousands of ballots all across the country that would never be counted if recounts were not triggered; overseas ballots, absentee ballots, and provisional ballots especially; there were enough to change the outcomes (theoretically).

 

However, Hillary conceded. Such a course of events was not going to be.

 

The angst I was experiencing evaporated almost immediately. I went directly too acceptance. The resolution of those feelings was not dissimilar to the feeling I get when I read the Powerball numbers and realize that I had not won the jackpot.

 

It is done.

 

Over the past few days I have been listening to so many people express their dismay, their indifference, their feeling of triumph.

 

The very few people in my social network who actually supported Donald Trump, those people have been quiet, I have not heard any boasting from them.

 

There are a larger number of people in my social network who did not support either candidate, voted third party, or did not vote at all. I have heard more from them; from them I have heard expressions of hope, the hope that with the defeat of Hillary Clinton we might be able to get a truly liberal, truly progressive third party might be able to form. That particular group of people, always blind, and uncritical, believe in the simple proposition that electoral justice will occur if people have more options, as if A = B, but that is not the case at all. No such thing could be guaranteed.

 

The vast majority of my friends, supported Hillary, they went out and voted for her, they were hopeful that she would win. Most of those friends were latecomers to Hillary’s camp. Most of them had supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, some had fully come over to Hillary’s side, but many were merely voting against Donald Trump.

 

Most of the people I know, if they voted for Hillary, they are as perplexed as me as to why a person like Donald Trump could win the election for President of the United States. Donald Trump is a man without a demonstrable sense of personal dignity; a tax dodger, an abuser of women, a fraud, a phony billionaire, a liar, a cheat, a reality TV star, a bully, a man who was so comfortable ginning up racial animosity among disparate groups of Americans, that you have to assume he is a racist and a bigot himself.

 

They are searching for the answer as to why this happened. To them I say, give it up; you will never know.

 

A smaller number are only interested in moving forward, getting past their feelings and stepping out with a determination to reassert progressive agenda in the next cycle.

 

I am with them.

 

There are many, very many of my friends who are stuck in the middle, desiring to move forward but still looking back, still trying to find the person, persons, or ideology to blame.

 

Hillary Clinton earned more votes, but Donald Trump won the election. Blame the electoral college.

 

Ninety million eligible voters did not vote at all. Blame their indifference. Though if they had voted, there is no reason to believe the result would have been any different.

 

Enough votes were cast for third party candidates, that if there had been no third party candidates Hillary might have won. Or, those people might not have voted at all, or their votes would have been cast in the same proportion as went for Hillary and Donald anyway.

 

There is no way to know the answer to these question, and such idle speculation is useless.

 

Some people are asserting that if Bernie Sanders had won the Democratic Primary, he would have beat Donald Trump easily. There is no way to know. There is no reason to believe that a candidate who could not win a primary, could have won in the general election. He might have done better than Donald Trump with some demographic groups. I think that is a fair assumption, but you would also have to assume that he would have done worse with others. The campaign would have been different. To suggest that it would have had a different outcome…that is vanity.

 

Some would like to blame the media; for not taking Donald Trump seriously, for not exposing his sex crimes, for not exposing his cheating and his fraud, for not exposing his ties to Russia. That is who I would like to blame, and yet nevertheless, his supporters heard those stories and they did not seem to care. His supporters voted in a guy who is openly supported by the Klu Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. His supporters are people that deny the science of climate change, and will tell you to your face that the planet earth in only six thousand years old. There is no amount of truth telling that can sway those voters.

 

Some would like to blame Hillary for her own flaws as a candidate; for the fact that she was not more adept at controlling her narrative, that she was beset by spurious investigations, that she seemed to take certain states for granted, like Wisconsin and Michigan, never campaigning there after the primaries were over. The person who bears the most responsibility for Hillary’s loss is Hillary herself. As much as I have been proud to support her, this is true, and she knows this true. Nevertheless, she is not to blame.

 

The factors leading up to the election of Donald Trump are myriad. It is not one single thing.

 

If you have ever read the tawdry soap opera that made Leo Tolstoy famous, War and Peace, you might be able to see the truth in this. The principle reflection in that novel is the awareness that complex events are governed by complex factors. It is impossible to trace all of the antecedents of those events, many powerful social forces are simply cancelled out by other powerful social forces. Even though Napoleon took credit for his victories, he was not responsible for them, and the same is true of his failures.

 

Most of the people I know who are playing the blame game, are really just looking for a way to serve their own vanity, for the vehicle by which they can reassure themselves that they were right about something all along; that if only they had been listened to, if only more people had voted for Bernie Sanders, if the media had been more objective about Donald Trump, if the FBI had not leaked information about their investigations that were underway, if there had been no spying by Russia, no Wikileaks etc…then their candidate would have won, and they would be right after all.

 

It is time to give up that vanity, and move on with what we know to be true. The Republican Party has an unprecedented control of government at every level. Their agenda is dangerous, divisive and harmful to America, and the world at large. There is an election coming in two years, and two years after that. Progressive minded people need to unify, consolidate their strength, compromise with their numerous factions, and push forward to a brighter future.

Voting for Hillary – Part V

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.05.2016

 

Voting for Hillary – Part V

 

In three days I will be casting my vote for President of the United States, I will be voting as a nearly always have, for the nominee of the Democratic Party, Hillary Rodham Clinton; former Secretary of State, Former Senator from the State of New York, Former First Lady of the United States, Former First Lady of Arkansas.

 

I have been an active partisan for her candidacy this entire campaign season, as I was in 2008 when she ran against our sitting President Barrack Obama. When she lost the nomination in that year, I turned became an ardent supporter of Obama. I did not hesitate, because eight years of Republican governance got us involved in two major wars, the near destruction of our economy, the housing collapse, Federal budget surpluses transformed into skyrocketing deficit spending, the collapse of the housing market, years of record high gas prices, a further coarsening of public discourse, a retreat into; anti-science, anti-intellectual fundamentalism, an expanded role for private religion in public policy, deep harm done to the reputation of the United States abroad; an abrogation of our duties under the Geneva Convention, the denial of constitutional rights and due process to people held under the aegis of American authority, an embrace of torture, murder, war profiteering, outing intelligence officer who threaten to expose lies being used to support a rationale for war, and the use of overseas/offshore prisons in order to carry out war crimes.

 

That is what we got with the last Republican administration.

 

The last Republican administration, the George W. Bush administration was comprised of people who believed, at least a little bit, in the institutions of government; that public policy can make a difference in the lives of citizens, that if you are “caught” committing crimes you need to be held accountable, that there is such a thing as due process, that freedom of religion is as important to our democracy as the right to bear arms, that freedom of speech and freedom of the press must be preserved, that America is a melting pot and a nation of immigrants.

 

The current Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, does not believe in any of things, apparently. He may not believe in anything at all. He appears to most observers to be a classic narcissist, a megalomaniac, a nihilist, for whom winning is the only thing that matters. He has surrounded himself with the unwise and the unscrupulous, with “yes people”, he buys his own press and he would, if he could, deny the right of others to criticize him.

 

Hillary Clinton, has her flaws, but they are the ordinary flaws of all politicians. Her flaws may be slightly more magnified in her, or it may be that we are more aware of them because of the intense scrutiny she has endured over the past twenty-five years of her public life. Despite her flaws she is known to be a tireless worker, a dedicated public servant, a close observer of public policy, hyper intelligent, realistic, unflinching. A woman of resolve.

 

If we are fortunate enough to have her as our president we will have succeeded in electing the first woman to our highest office only a few years short of one hundred, since we gave women the right to vote.

 

Hillary is not perfect. Nobody is perfect. She is not dangerous, Donald is.

 

Donald has been endorsed by the KKK, the American Nazi Party, and every other white supremacist, right wing hate group in the country. They show up at his rallies, they fly confederate flags, they are not “officially encouraged,” but they are not censured. They are not disavowed. They are in fact, a vital part of his constituency, with leaders from that wing of American political deeply embedded in his campaign, in the highest positions of leadership.

 

I am voting for Hillary because I know that she will be levelheaded, fair minded, and a competent manager of the federal government. The Clintons and their team already presided over one of the most successful administrations of modern times, and they will be joined by veterans of the current administration who are even handed and adept at what they do. That is what we need right now.

 

A Hillary Clinton administration is what we need right now. She will not advance the most progressive policies that have been proposed, but she will advance the progressive policies that she able to. Her administration will continue the track record of stability that President Obama has managed to engender. Her administration will be a continuance of that steady and calm leadership. In that place, verses a place of chaos and uncertainty, self-aggrandizement and profiteering, we will come away with the best deal possible.

 

Vote for Hillary if you have not already. Get out there and vote for the first woman to be president. Vote against the spiteful, erratic, mean spirited Donald Trump. Vote for clear headed, thoughtful, progressive policies. Vote against, the KKK, the American Nazi Party, do not give them the candidate they desire. Vote for the party that wants to expand the franchise, making it easier to vote. Do not vote for the party seeking to obstruct it. Vote for women’s rights, the freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. Vote against those who seek to suppress those freedoms at the point of violence.

 

The election is in our hands, and we will get what we deserve.

 

Vote Hillary Rodham Clinton for President!

 

Bury Trump in a landslide!

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse (Part Ten)

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.29.2016

 

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse

 

Part Ten

 

There has been a lot of talk throughout the month of October, about the so-called October surprise; the piece of breaking news that will slip into the consciousness of the electorate and throw the election one way or another.

 

For Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, there were no surprises, there was just a steady stream of revelations regarding his character, and conduct toward women; revelations that were not surprising at all, because they were consistent with a decades long history of public statements he has made, and actions he has taken that show him in the light of a serial abuser of women, some in his employ, some merely seeking work, other merely sitting next to him at a nightclub, or on an airplane.

 

T-Rump strikes again, and again in a long stand pattern, or habit of sexual assault.

 

For the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the surprise came in the form of a statement from the director of the FBI; James Comey. A man whose office was charged with investigating thousands of e-mails; either sent to, or sent by Hillary Clinton, through a private server at her estate in New York.

 

Throughout the political season, until July of 2016, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had been operating under a cloud of suspicion, the suspicion that she may have broken the law, by revealing or sharing classified intelligence materials through her private system. Other prominent public officials had recently been charged with crimes, found guilty, faced imprisonment, and heavy fines for such violations.

 

However, in July, after an intensive investigation, and after hours of testimony given by Hillary, to the FBI, and to Congressional committees; it was the judgement of the investigators that no crimes had been committed by Hillary. She had, perhaps been careless, but no there was no evidence of a crime they felt they could prosecute, or prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

Comey, the FBI director; he has been serving the Obama administration throughout Obama’s two terms. He was appointed to the ten-year post by President George W. Bush. He is a republican, and he had previously held partisan political posts, nevertheless he is the director of the FBI.

 

When he issued the statement in July, that Hillary would not be prosecuted for any crimes related to her e-mails, he did so in such a way as to level serious criticism against her. He accused her of incompetence, carelessness, and malfeasance to a level just shy of being criminal.

 

His political friends cried foul, while at the same time making as much hay out of his statement as they possibly could. His political friends wanted Hillary prosecutes, regardless of the fact that there was no evidence of any crime.

 

Now, two and half months later, with just eleven days to go before the election; Comey announces that he has reopened the investigation into Hillary’s e-mails, based on some evidence they found in an unrelated case.

 

He gave no other information, except to say that the new evidence may not be significant at all; the FBI was merely investigating it, and Hillary’s critics pounced.

 

The FBI director did this; contrary to a long standing protocol of the justice department, to not issues statements about investigations or any political matter within sixty days of an election. He violated justice department protocols in order to aid his republican allies in the current election cycle.

 

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse (Part Nine)

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.21.2016

 

We are in the last three weeks of the campaign for President of the United States.

 

Last week marked the end of the presidential debates between the Democratic Party’s nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and the Republican Party’s nominee, television personality Donald Trump, the T-Rump. The two of them wrapped up the third and final debate, in what was the most substantive of their contests, in which both candidates performed better than they had in the previous two debates, even though T-Rump continued to talk fact-free, to fidget, to sniffle, to cast insults, call names, and at the end suggested that he would not concede the race if he lost.

 

This would be a first in American politics, it is a threat to cyclical, peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next that has been the hallmark of our Republic.

 

This is not new for T-Rump. During the primaries, while he eventually promised to support the Republican nominee, if it should turn out to not be him; after that promise was extracted from him, he began to cast doubt on it by suggesting that he would not support the nominee if he lost in a contest that he deemed to be unfair.

 

T-Rump knows he losing, but he cannot entertain the thought, his mental illness is such that he can only admit to losing if the conditions were not fair; in which case he did not lose at all, but he was cheated.

 

His rhetoric three weeks before the election has encouraged people in the crowds at his rallies to suggest that if T-Rump loses there will be an armed revolution, that Hillary should be forcibly removed from office, and the government should be overthrown.

 

T-Rump has not called for the violent overthrow of the government. But he has not condemned the people in his crowds who are speaking this way. And he has told Hillary that if by some miracle he should win, he would lock her up, put her in jail; despite the fact that she has never been charged with a crime.

 

I believe that Donald Trump is a threat to our Democracy. While he promotes himself as a defender of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution; an appeal to his armed and radical followers, whom he has asked to provide “2nd Amendment remedies” on his behalf should he lose; at the same time he threatens to lock up journalists, deny the freedom of the press, approve standards of religious persecution, commit torture, deny people due process and etc…

 

Vote…Bury Donald Trump in a landslide!

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse (Part Eight)

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

10.15.2016

 

Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States.

 

T-Rump wants to be President, he has never held public office.

 

T-Rump asserts that he is qualified on the basis of his business acumen. He has bankrupted several companies, claimed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax write offs due to losses (perhaps billions). He has been sued hundreds of times by contractors for failing to meet his agreements. He is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to foreign banks (perhaps billions).

 

He has no business acumen.

 

T-Rump claims that he alone can fix the economy and bring jobs back to America.

 

We have the strongest economy in the industrialized world, and T-Rump manufactures all of the products bearing his name in foreign countries. He uses foreign steal to build his buildings.

 

T-Rump has been caught on video describing his habitual sexual assault of women; his fondness for it. He denied this during the second presidential debate. Numerous women have come out to accuse him of doing the things he has said he likes to do. He is calling them all liars.

 

T-Rump is a liar, and a sex-offender.

 

T-Rump is openly calling for the arrest and imprisonment of his Opponent; former Secretary of State, Former Senator from New York, Former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

 

He claims that the election is rigged, the American people are being cheated, and that civilization itself is stake. The Democrats, and a powerful cabal of international bankers, and international media elite are the enemy that must be stopped. He is calling for violence, and he has stated that his campaign is a path to Heaven.

 

Many so-called evangelical Christians support him nonetheless.

 

T-Rump is a danger to the United States, our Constitution, and the people of the world.