Ladies and gentleman, step right this way, it's time for some magic...
They could not stop him from winning the presidency.
They could not stop him from instituting the Affordable Care Act.
They could not stop his re election.
They hate that he was the president.
They have tried everything they can think of to discredit him.
But to no avail and so now...
They are attempting to make his presidency simply disappear.
One by one while they distract the media with outrageous daily headlines,
they are carefully and deliberately deconstructing all of his accomplishments until there is no trace of his presidency left behind.
Creating friction with the United Nations and many of our allies.
Reinstating mandatory sentencing.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with magic beans.
Undoing all the progress we've made to combat climate change.
De regulating methane emissions
Rolling back voting rights.
Undoing banking regulations so we don't have another collapse.
Undoing consumer protections.
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Deconstructing the EPA
Undoing Dodd - Frank
De funding Planned Parenthood
Bibbity, bobbitty, boo...
Watch as we make president Obama's eight years in the White House magically disappear!
And now for the big finally...
There goes your health care,
We just cut your Social Security in half!
Bye, bye Medicare...
Keep your eyes on this bright and shiny object and...
Hello tax cuts for the rich.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the great Republican agenda! It's magic!
He lied about Ted Cruz's father being involved in the JFK assassination.
He lied when he told the world he would disentangle himself from all his business dealings .
He lied about donating money to veteran's charities.
He lied when he accused President Obama of bugging Trump Tower.
He probably lied when he suggested there are tapes of his conversations with Comey.
And he lied bigley when he said he would 100% testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey. ( never going to happen folks)
I could go on and on and on...
But you get the point.
Now it all comes down to who do you believe?
On one side there is Donald Trump with his panties a blaze and on the other there is James Comey with memos NOT LEAKS. With witnesses, with a paper trail.
On the Trump side you have him asking all other parties in the room to leave, even Jeff Sessions who was very reluctant to do so.
No tapes ( see above ).
And a seemingly endless stream of whoppers coming non stop from the presidents own mouth.
Trumps own words verbatim; “That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost,” he said. “But we were very, very happy, and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”
Um-m-m-m, wait, which is it? He confirmed what you said was or wasn't true?
And if Mr. Trump thinks that part is true, just how does he delineate which of Comey's statements are true and which aren't?
And this; If Comey wasn't fired for investigating the Russia thing, are we really supposed to believe Donald Trump fired him for being too hard on Hillary Clinton? Really, Mr. lock her up?!
He makes the best deals...
Just don't pay any attention to all those pesky little bankruptcies and lawsuits.
I guess all those other business men are wrong even though most of them have far surpassed him in the business world
And his decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord will cost jobs, not create them.
Not good business.
He has the best brain;
again I refer you to covfefe...
Look, I get it, he's an outsider.
He's not part of the Washington DC elite.
He's going to shake things up.
He's going to make America great again!
Here's my question....
What was so wrong with America in the first place?
Jobs were on the increase for 75 straight months under Obama.
The price of gas was low
The economy was coming back, granted slower than most would like but still coming back, steadily.
Did you know that President Obama had the largest increase of jobs in history, 22.309 million!
We had severely slowed Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
We were cleaning up the planet for our kids and their kids...
Here is what I have deduced,
what those who think there was something so very wrong with America seem to be referring to is;
The number of people who don't look like they do
or talk like they do
You know...those people.
The ones we can blame all of our problems on.
The ones who have somehow created a reason you don't have a job or didn't get a raise or lost your house or caused the government to take all your guns...oh wait, okay not that.
But they did stuff and it made America not great by God!
President Trump said in his speech yesterday that "we won't be laughed at any more"
It seems to me that most of the laughing began after he took office.
"Believe me!"he shouted.
Where's that wall?
And is Mexico going to pay for it or not?
Where's the repeal of Obama Care?
More importantly, where's the replacement?
Where's this great tax bill?
Where's all that infrastructure?
Did I miss it when you pulled out of NATO?
Are we winning yet?
I remember someone saying " we're going to win so much you will get tired of winning"
When does that start?
He's also touted as being a strong leader by his supporters.
Because all I ever seem to hear is whining, bi*ching and moaning.
"They're mean to me, it's not fair, so and so said bad things about me, it's a which hunt".
Sounds a lot more like a victim than a leader to me.
Ever heard the phrase; if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen?
If this is what is considered the best, I'll pass thanks...
We are coming to you late in the day because originally this was going to be a very different post and then I ran into someone I see once in a while at the gym.
She mentioned that she was going to participate in a march this weekend I think it's The March For Truth. Which got me to thinking about a discussion I had just had with someone the night before.
If you haven't heard, there's an uprising!
It goes by various names in various places but it's people unhappy with the system, with how the country is going, with how the election turned out...
It's about Trump but it's also about Bernie verses Hillary.
It's about the evolution of robotics invading the workplace and taking jobs (some say seven million in the next several years!)
You name it...people aren't happy and they are taking to the streets.
We all saw the mass marches the day after the election and there have been on going protests ever since.
Millions of people marching and letting the world know that they are not okay with the status quo.
There are hundreds of groups that have sprung up all over the country and the world.
#Resist, Indivisible groups, MoveOn groups and on and on.
This is great, to an extent...
We are having a conversation in this country and that's wonderful.
But at what point do we take the next step?
A conversation is a way to get people motivated to do something.
But what I'm seeing is people who are content just having the conversation, somehow the conversation has become their something to do.
But a conversation is just that.
Marching in a rally is marching.
They are all great first steps.
The thing is, if the first step is the only step you take what have you actually accomplished?
Sure maybe you make yourself feel better, kind of like the person who goes to the gym once a week but can't understand why they aren't in better shape.
It seems to me that if we really want change we need to get up off our best intentions and actually do
Great but then volunteer at your local ACLU, greet refugee families who are new to the area, RUN FOR OFFICE!
Here's an example of what I mean; during World War I, the united states instituted widespread surveillance of immigrants and political radicals.
Some feared that the country was abandoning cherished traditions of tolerance and free speech.
In response a small group of progressives founded an organization that would be come to be known as the American Civil Liberties Union.
They lost many early courtroom battles, but their vision of a nation in which civil liberties were taken seriously eventually changed the face of American law and politics.
What if they had stopped at protesting or marching?
Our hope is that you go to the marches. That you protest. That you speak up.
But after that...
Evolve from conversation and taking a stand to action.
It's a lot more work but it's worth it.
Remember it only takes one candle to light the darkness so go out and shine.
Let's all just agree that whether you like him or not Donald Trump is so far out of his depth of ability that he is drowning and he's pulling us all down with him.
He is not unlike a child who stands before a broken cookie jar, face covered in cookie crumbs adamantly denying any involvement in the shattered crockery at his feet.
To say that he exhibits many of the characteristics of a toddler is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows but, if it walks like a duck...
You should not be speaking about the head of the country and keep using phrases like " he's on a learning curve,
he's not a politician or he's an outsider so he didn't know not to pass on classified information", especially to our adversary's.
In this the real world If the nukes start flying there will be no do overs.
Our current president is a spoiled brat, period!
He has one tantrum after another.
If he thinks he's been slighted he picks up his toys and goes home where he is surrounded by those who are willing to say whatever need be to pacify his ego.
He runs amok from hour to hour cracking , breaking, and chipping at our democracy and the world as if they were his personal play things.
Right now, there is no adult in the room to child proof his environment and thus our own.
You wouldn't leave a toddler in charge of an unlocked gun cabinet or sit him alone in the car with the motor running, but that is exactly what we have done.
And now it's time for the grownups to take away the keys before the kid kills himself or someone else.
The Oval Office is not a preschool!
And as to the assumption that MR. Trump will be becoming presidential any time soon, if ever?
Just remember; if it look like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...it's a fricking duck!
So, there is this big kerfuffle going on about a comedy monologue that was delivered by Stephen Colbert about Donald Trump.
Now this is nothing new of course. Comedian's and late night talk hosts have been skewering politician's for years.
What's interesting is that some, are now whining about this "terrible" hate speech and having the government via the FCC , investigate...
These are the same people who espoused the government for being too big and oh by the way, what ever happened to those same folks and their righteous indignation when it came to their freedom of speech?
Let me get this straight, it's okay for "people" to say things like "I grab them by the pussy" and imply that Ted Cruz's father had something to do with JFK's assassination,
but a late night talk show host, known to be a comedian who tells a joke you don't find amusing, well that's just too much?
Let me throw out my humble opinion on what's going on here...
It seems to me that we have become a nation, no a world, of people who are convinced that our opinion is the correct opinion.
It doesn't seem to matter anymore whether you can back it up with facts because facts are subjective now days.
We watch MSNBC or FOX,
we listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh.
We wrap ourselves in our little protective cocoon's where the only thing we let in are the things we agree with and convince ourselves that our facts are the right facts, our way is the right way, our God is the right God and our beliefs are the right beliefs.
We don't bother to listen to anyone whose views don't correspond to ours so we never even think about other view points.
DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!
We need dialogue people!
We need to talk to each other!
Some one made the case the other day that the Democratic party has basically proclaimed that if you are Pro Life you are not welcome.
That's just bad politics!
But we all know it's not just Democrats...
If you are a Republican running for a seat by god you better be against immigration reform and threatening to eviscerate Planned Parenthood.
And don't get me started on climate change.
And let's not forget those pesky Independents...
Look, you may be pro gun, pro life, pro the wall and all sorts of things someone like me finds totally unacceptable...but opinion's TRUE OPINIONS really do matter.
We all need to give a little here.
Inclusive not exclusive makes for a much better and productive society and isn't that what we all want?
So how about we take compromise off the dirty words list for a while.
How about we challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and actually listen to other points of view?
Just because you open yourself up to other ideas doesn't mean you have to change your mind and it doesn't mean you are a traitor to your belief's.
There's a lot of talk about the upcoming first hundred days of this new presidency...
Even as Mr.Trump now seems to dismiss this marker.
It seems to me like we are all in a waiting game, a kind of weird holding pattern.
Those who support the president and his agenda are waiting for:
all those jobs.
They are waiting for that wall to get built.
All the illegal immigrants to be deported.
All those manufacturing jobs to appear
They are waiting for the repeal of Obama Care,
Those who didn't vote for him are waiting too.
They are waiting to see where women who can't afford it will get health care now that he has defunded Planned Parenthood.
They are waiting to see who is next on the list of those who are not welcome here.
Waiting to see if the Emoluments Clause is still even relevant.
Waiting to see where all those ties to Russia end up...
Everyone is waiting to see if we will go to war with North Korea or Iran (or maybe even Canada).
And many are waiting to see just how much of all of this not normal stuff will be one thing too many
and what will that lead to?
Just more of the same?
And so we wait...
It fells like we are all on auto pilot, drifting round and round high above the airport just waiting to finally land and running out of fuel.
It almost feels normal...but not quite.
Let's hope we get to land soon.
Before we don't even question the normalcy of it all anymore.
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We have a very different post this weekend.
We were busy on Valentines Day (and the following several days) working on an art project with
students, many of whom have family members who are undocumented or are here with visa's or those
who have come here as refugee's, who are understandably frightened and anxious what
with all of the current rhetoric about deportation and refugee bans and ICE raids that are taking place right now.
So, we got kids and crayons together along with three hundred feet of white butcher paper to help
them make a visual statement to send to local politician's.
We decided that due to the potential for some type of retribution directed at those who participated or their families we would have to do the whole project in anonymity, hence the no faces, no names, title.
What started out as three hundred feet of blank paper, over three days turned into a breath taking and
inspiring work of art with powerful messages.
We decided to share a tiny fraction of their work with you...