Saturday, June 17, 2017

Compromise Is Not A Dirty Word, Regardless of What Some Politicians Think

"All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter."
- Edmund Burke

                                      Good Day World!

I'm here today to say, it's wise to compromise.

I don't care what some Republicans say, it's the path to getting fair legislation passed for all Americans, rich and poor. 

Because the Republicans dominate Congress and the White House, there's been no forum for compromise. They're changing the rules to suit their agenda. The nomination process has uncovered that fact.

Consider this recent poll taken by The Hill: 

"In a survey we conducted, 69 percent of those who voted for Republicans for Congress admired “political leaders who stick to their positions” over those “who make compromises.” Just 31 percent preferred leaders willing to make compromises.
Voters who supported Democrats presented nearly a mirror image. Sixty-seven percent admired leaders who make compromises, while just 33 percent were inclined toward those who stick to their positions."
Republicans’ inability to work with Democrats, or even each other, to achieve the possible is evident across their flagging agenda.
Tax and budget bills that don’t yet exist are on life support because GOP lawmakers can’t agree with each other on the basics.
The difference between a totalitarian state and a democracy is compromise. For the good of the country, I hope Congress will get the message.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Who Will Take The First Step To Promote Unity For All Americans?

                                   Good Day World!

It wasn't an ISIS inspired terrorist who shot Rep. Steve Scalise while he was practicing for an upcoming annual Congressional baseball game between the two parties Wednesday.

It was one lone deranged man. A white man. A man who hated Trump, and the Republican party with a sick passion.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois had a long public record of crimes, including domestic abuse.

Using an assault rifle, Hodgkinson shot seven people before being shot - and killed - himself. 

The aftermath. 

* Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) said members of Congress should cut down the number of town halls they host due to security concerns.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been receiving various threats in the wake of the shooting.

The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), for example, reported receiving a message saying, One down, 216 to go.”  

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.) said several Democratic House lawmakers were at the receiving end of threatening phone calls saying, "You guys are next.”

In a highly unusual bi-partisan emergency meeting in Congress, all members called for unity. Both sides saw the shooting for what it was:

A reflection of the deadly polarization that is tearing America in half.

A possible catalyst for more crazies that want to kill lawmakers.

A possible Civil War.

All the talk about banning Muslims from six countries to make us safe is missing the mark. The real problem is homegrown. Police and lawmakers across the nation have been saying this for years.

Politics have turned so toxic we have people like Hodgkinson who blindly hated Republicans to the point he was ready to kill some. The same is true for Democrats.

There is no way to stop a determined lone gunman from killing people. No matter how many laws are passed. So what's the answer?

It seems to me that we need a national dialogue about respecting people's opinions, and the art of compromise. Perhaps the two parties can fund efforts to bring all Americans together.

Numerous events could be planned to pursue a mission of peace among Americans. Rallies could be held showing unity. 

Parades and picnics dedicated to bringing Americans of all nationalities together are another avenue for a proactive campaign to reverse the hate that has taken hold.

We just need someone to take the first step.

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Memo To Trump: Build a Cyber Firewall - Not a Wall Between Two Countries

Good Day World!

Question of the day: why doesn't America have an "election firewall?"  

Germany is building a cyber firewall - it's currently up and running - to protect their voting system from being compromised by hackers.

I applaud Germany's urgency, and for being so proactive about the problem.

You'd think it would be our number one priority to protect our democracy and electoral process going forward after what happened last year. Apparently it's not. 

We've had plenty of warnings from cyber experts to protect ourselves quickly.

Ex-FBI director, James Comey, identified the Russian threat in a public hearing, but never got a chance to be part of a cyber team devoted to protecting our elections.

Trump fired him because of that "Russian thing."

The fact is, security department heads have been calling for a concerted effort at combating cyber hacking since Day One of Trump's presidency.

It comes as no surprise then when you hear Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, telling members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump never spoke to him about Russia's interference in the elections.

We all know Trump wants the whole "Russian thing" to go away. So don't expect him to initiate anything that ties into Russian influence among his campaign staff.

It's up to Congress to do something immediately. It's up to 17 intelligence agencies to come together and to propose something. that cyber wall, or step down and let someone else do it!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dictators and Kings: Trump Aspires To Incorporate The Two

                 King Trump's rapture as his Cabinet members praise him                                              
                                     Good Day World!

It was a surreal moment on live TV (Fox of course).

Trump channeling his best North Korean dictator during his first full Cabinet meeting Monday.

Each cabinet member was summoned upon to heap praise upon the Strong Man. Like Kim Jong-un, who only surrounds himself with adoring minions, Trump called upon his gutless cronies to compliment him.

Frankly I was surprised none of them dropped to their knees to pledge their eternal loyalty. That probably happened off camera while they were kissing Trump's gold ring inscribed with the motto "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute."

If you have the stomach to listen to these kiss-asses here's the video showing them shredding whatever dignity they may have once had.

I wonder of the knights of the fabled King Arthur's Round Table summarily debased themselves while pledging allegiance to their lord?

My guess is they did. 

There's a real difference however, between Trump's men, and the knights. King Arthur's brave lads were out and about in the country doing good deeds.

Trump's crew is out and about destroying our country. They're turning back environmental laws to help Big Oil and associated corporations get richer.

Trump himself has tried to flout the laws of the land, but the judiciary system has stymied him thus far. His illegal Muslim Ban has been repeatedly repealed.

If you watched that vomit-worthy video, did you take note of the rapt expression on King Trump's face? I'd say it was almost...regal.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How Exciting! It's Jeffy's Big Day Today

                                        Good Day World!

Attorney General, Jeff "the Elf" Sessions, is sweating a lot these days.

No wonder. He's been on the run ever since Comey brought his name up as part of the Russian investigation last week.

Today he's appearing before The Senate Intelligence Committee to testify about his involvement in the firing of James Comey...and more.

At the last minute Jeffy agreed to let it be a public hearing after pressure from the Democrats. 

Running and hiding. Jeffy was scheduled to publicly testify before the House Appropriations Committee (the one he sits on) twice, but cancelled both times.

The reason was obvious. 

Senator Patrick Leahy has it out for Jeffy tweeting, "Atty Gen Sessions provided false testimony in response to questions from me."

I loved Leahy's warning to Jeffy, "You can run, but you can't hide."

We'll find out today about that.

Jeffy is now on borrowed time. One way, or the other, he's going to lose his job, as investigators uncover his complicity in this whole Russian mess.

He may lose it before the investigation goes too far. Daddy Trump has been mad at him - especially lately. He's seeing Jeffy as a liability, and when that happens it doesn't matter if you were the first senator to endorse the Donald - you're fired!

Wouldn't it be interesting if Jeffy made a deal with the Justice Department where he could deflect any liability (such as treason) towards himself by ratting Trump out?

I'd pay bigly for a seat to that hearing...

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Donny Won't Visit England If People Aren't Nice To Him

Good Day World!

Donny Little-Hands isn't going to visit Britain until everyone there promises to be nice to him.

Trump recently contacted Britain's Theresa May by phone and said that he won't come to visit if there were going to be large-scale protests.

That thin-skinned condition effectively put the visit on hold forever.

Millions of Britain's can sleep good now, knowing that the Mango Mussolini won't be sitting in a carriage with the Queen. 

Earlier this year, the Brits put together an online petition requesting the government not let Chump visit.

It was signed by millions, which kind of put the government in an awkward position.

May had already offered an invitation to visit.

But it looks like little Donny won't be coming by anytime soon since the majority of Brits hate him and will make it a field day if he dares to show up.

I can almost understand Stump's position. 

He's fully aware the Brit's hate him, and the government can't stop protests, unlike when he was in Saudi Arabia where protesters lose their heads and are rarer than the fabled Dodo bird.

I can see this becoming a trend. Rump won't be able to visit countries like France and Germany (where he's deeply unpopular) because there will be mass protests.

It'll get to the point that the only countries Rump can visit
will be totalitarian ones with a strong grip on their people. It's enough to bust a narcissists chops.

Lump the Showman isn't enjoying his real life worldwide audience. There's a difference between fans of his TV show, and the entire rest of the world.

White House apologizers like Sean Spicer and KellyAnne Conway spend a lot of time lamenting how unpopular their boss is and how unfair the media is to him.

I'm pretty sure there's a good reason why. The man is senile, a racist, a liar, and also quite nuts!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hate Group Sponsored Anti-Muslim Rallies Nationwide And Was Met With Counter-Protesters

                                     Good Day World!

Hate was on the march again.

Yesterday anti-Muslim rallies swept across nearly 30 cities across America. Far-right activists held so-called "anti-Sharia" rallies organized by Act For America.

The group claims to be protesting human rights violations but has been deemed an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Each rally was met with large crowds of counter-protesters. Mosques across the country were on high alert. This all comes at a time when hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise.

At least some elected officials condemned the rallies, which they argued promoted fear and hatred under the guise of free speech.

Concerns within the Muslim American community have risen since the election of Donald Trump, whose campaign routinely drew upon Islamophobic comments. 

Trump pledged to ban Muslims from entering the US, falsely claimed Muslims celebrated on the roofs of New Jersey on 9/11 and suggested Barack Obama sympathized with extremists.

Those pledges are what stopped Trump's attempted Muslim Ban twice in Federal courts. Now it's going to the Supreme Court.

The fact that hate groups of all stripes have slithered out from beneath their rocks since Trump's election hasn't been lost on most Americans.

Resistance against hate rallies has been strong and is increasingly becoming more organized. 

Resistance against Trump's policies spurned nationwide counter-protests that will continue until Trump is either impeached or leaves office after his first (and only) term.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...