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Emerson on Trump Presidency
Posted:Nov 18, 2018 10:11 am
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 9:18 am
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) is quoted as saying "People see only what they are prepared to see". The loyal 30% were, and still are, prepared to see President Trump as a strong leader and successful president. Therefore, that's what they see. They seem to overlook the lies, insults, misdirection and failures which have been the earmarks of his administration. No administration is perfect. All have made their mistakes and future administrations will make theirs as well. We are, after all, human. The mistakes, malfeasance and misfeasance committed by this and other administrations will live on well past the life of the particular administration. The single hope all Americans carry is the mistakes will not harm our nation and will, instead, carry it forward to a better and more Utilitarian government.

Donald Trump has been the antithesis of this philosophy. We are at a time in our history when the United States needs a strong leader, well versed in diplomacy, the workings of government and leadership. President Trump has not managed to reach any of those goals and has, instead, sought goals of his own, at his own level, which will provide sufficient results from which he can claim some sort of victory or success. When compared to the actual needs of the nation, however, he has failed miserably, except, of course, in the eyes of those who were prepared to see him succeed. We currently need a leader, not a general contractor.

As long as the 30% continue their blind, unsubstantiated loyalty our beloved nation will continue its slide into the doldrums of mediocrity when we should, at this tenuous time in world history, be leading the world toward those humanistic and even Biblical goals of Peace on Earth. The hatred, misunderstanding and misdirection created by this blind and unsubstantiated loyalty will sink our Ship of State and keep us from the lofty, but attainable, goals we once had. We shouldn't be responding to what we want to hear and see, we should be responding to what we need to hear and see.
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Something for the deniers to contemplate
Posted:Nov 14, 2018 8:11 am
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2018 9:05 pm
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Demographically there has been a change in the voting patterns in the United States. Suburban voters overwhelmingly turned away from President Trump after two years of a failing administration. The suburbs consist, in large part, college educated folks with the emphasis on females. The Trump misogyny and outright abuse drove them from what used to be the GOP but is now the Party of Trump. There are currently 31 seats in the House which have flipped from Republican to Democrat with the distinct possibility the could rise to 40.

This mass desertion of the Trump agenda has affected the President adversely, most notably in his interaction with the press and the increased turmoil in the White House. His demeanor is visibly shaken given the monumental effort he gave to the re-election of those he thought were his base and strongest supporters. Those chickens have come home to roost and our erstwhile president is about to discover the true meaning of adversity. The whining, crying and disparaging rhetoric failed leaving Mr. Trump twisting in the wind without a clue as to how to proceed. He will not, of course, accept any responsibility for this and his remaining supporters will take up his cause and blame the media, the democrats and the traitors whose change of heart led to this blue wave. The fact he lies on a daily basis, is educationally deficient in matters pertaining to how our government works and manages to survive with a decreased mental capacity, will have no bearing on the decision of the blind loyalists to remain blind and loyal.

There is still great power in the presidency both on its own and as one of the three branches, so the times ahead will be interesting. My fear is the President has not learned anything from this defeat which means there will be no changes in the manner in which the Executive Branch operates. We have already seen the panic with the firing of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of one of the blind loyalists. His actions and demeanor in the trip to France reveal the anger and disdain which have become the foundation of his presidency. Each time he meets with foreign leaders the reputation of the United States drops a bit lower. It seems to me its a political faux pas to pick a fight with the leader of a nation where dead American heroes from two world wars are buried. Pro-Trumpists, however, support this position demonstrating the gross lack of understanding among them.

I can say all this and even repeat the Trump loyalists will bear some responsibility for all this but the hatred they carry in their hearts is far more powerful than any words of mine. This is what happens, however, when important decisions are made emotionally rather then intellectually.[/SIZE
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They just don't get it
Posted:Nov 11, 2018 6:24 pm
Last Updated:Nov 14, 2018 9:19 am
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In the two years Donald Trump has been president there have been numerous elections and numerous appointments. It appears none of them have worked out too well for the GOP. Senate and House districts President Trump won by enormous margins either lost to democrats or the margin of difference was double digit figures lower than the 2016 elections. There was considerable controversy and discussion over this change of events, but the GOP apparently disregarded the drastic change or at least gave it little thought.

The polls indicated strongly the same changes, but, once again, polls are worthless endeavors unless they favor the GOP.

Now comes the 2018 midterm elections and the GOP stands to lose perhaps as many as 40 seats in the House. Fearful of such a vast loss of power, overtones of voter fraud fill the air, despite Florida's long time reputation for voting irregularities. President Trump is in full panic mode and suddenly the rumors of firing Jeff Sessions become a reality, his seat to be filled temporarily by a loyal Trump supporter. No surprise there. The reality of impeachment and indictment suddenly loom high with the President and his minions.

Now we send the President of the United States to Paris to celebrate the end of WWI and he hasn't the common decency to attend one of the important events of the visit because of rain. No one has reported the whereabouts of Vladimir Putin during this time. You can boast about the economy, which began during the Obama Administration, you can boast about tax cuts which seems to benefit the wealthy more than anyone, and you can somehow brag about 5200 troops on the border to greet a few hundred potential immigrants, but in reality we have a president ill-equipped to perform the job for which he was elected. As I have repeatedly said, you blind and loyal followers of this miscreant bear much responsibility for the damage to our nation. Believe me when I tell you your feet will be held to the fire during the recovery.
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Wondering
Posted:Nov 3, 2018 9:58 am
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2018 11:39 pm
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The GOP won the White House, even with fewer actual votes, the GOP won the Senate, and the GOP won the House of Representatives. These being the only victories they've seen in decades, they still castigate Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. Neither Clinton nor Obama pose an electoral threat to the GOP, but they, apparently, have a strong need to hate someone, so, why not hate someone already high on the hate list despite the fact there exists no discernible reason for doing so.

Add to this the deep seeded anger which is apparent in most, if not all, the GOP posters here, and it makes me wonder where the source of this hatred and anger lies. To the best of my recollection, I have not seen any GOP post here which was positive and helpful to America. They seem to predicate their actions on the hatred and anger they can't seem to escape.

Yet they want us to continue to trust the product of this hatred and anger.

Good luck with all that........
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Ironic
Posted:Oct 29, 2018 2:50 pm
Last Updated:Nov 5, 2018 7:10 pm
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Rose Mallinger, born in 1921, managed to survive the Holocaust, but failed to survive Trump's United States. President Trump sends 5200 U.S. troops to the Mexican border when the caravan isn't expected to arrive at the border until after the mid term election. (No politicalization there) However, pandering to fear keeps the 30% solidly behind the President. Someone once said "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". The President has used this statement to produce right wing folks who write nonsensical blogs here in SFF. It is more than mere coincidence that President Trump attends rallies in almost entirely southern states.
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Patiently waiting
Posted:Oct 28, 2018 11:58 am
Last Updated:Nov 4, 2018 7:15 am
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Here I sit before my computer awaiting news from the right as to how exactly democrats and the left managed to kill eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. I'm sure the explanation is out there, it's just a matter of who exposes it and which lefties are to blame.

Maisie will, I think, produce some amazing statistic which will prove beyond a doubt the left is primarily responsible for the massacre. Liszt will support her and offer his philosophical assessment of the damage caused by the democrats. BigBlock will ramble on with some nonsensical tale of connections within the Democratic Party which cause Mr. Bowers to take action. All will defend the NRA in posting armed guards at the entrances of religious facilities because a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. Fossil Fetcher will defend the right against any spurious complaints which might connect Mr. Bowers with the massacre or expose his accomplices. He won't know, of course, but that has never bothered him before.

So, I petition the right to fulfill my hopes and dreams in somehow making this a democratic maneuver with the GOP having virtually nothing to do with it. Better yet, relate this to some action taken by a wayward democrat 20 years ago which will justify the actions of Mr. Bowers and exonerate the innocent Donald Trump.
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"I didn't do it"
Posted:Oct 28, 2018 8:05 am
Last Updated:Nov 4, 2018 7:14 am
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I wrote a blog asking the GOP to assume responsibility for their various [positions and cease blaming the democrats for everything they themselves do. BigBlock is a right wing blogger bereft of any ability of critical thinking and is one of the primary users of the "I didn't do it" response., I have grown weary of his ignorant position on most issues and in the absence of some cogent response to my blogs have begun a policy of deleting his nonsense. He is not banned in the hope he may, someday, offer a cogent response.

Most recently I posted a blog titled "The "I didn't do it" response" explaining the use of the actions of others is not an excuse to commit some heinous infraction. BigBlock wrote his usual nonsense which was promptly deleted. In response, BigBlock wrote his own blog and his response was the following;

" Don’t you lecture me or anyone else about turning down the rhetoric when you people have become unspooled because your gal didn’t win an election. Also, Left Wing America, you fired first…with an actual gun…and people were injured, a handful critically injured. So, spare us your “thank God for me” attitude. It’s nauseating."

He did exactly what he's been doing all along, blaming the Clintons or the democrats for the idiocy of the GOP. I suggest anyone on whose blog BigBlock posts to read his response carefully and if he continues blaming everyone but the perpetrator, delete his response. Sooner or later he'll get the picture, although I say that with more hope than fact.
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The "I didn't do it" response
Posted:Oct 27, 2018 11:37 am
Last Updated:Oct 31, 2018 11:43 am
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I'm wondering when the GOP will assume responsibility for their actions and cease blaming democrats or anyone else not a Trumpian. That's been Donald Trump's agenda since he announced his candidacy. His loyal supporters have taken up this cause with vigor and use it incessantly to answer for their errors. They blame everyone else when it's their own incompetence which causes the problems. The democrats are not in control of the White House, Senate or the House but somehow become the scapegoat for the ills of America while President Trump claims to be the hero of the United States. There's a dichotomy there I can't seem to understand.
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Words have meaning
Posted:Oct 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2018 9:02 pm
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When President Trump stands before his faithful followers and makes the outrageous statements to which he is prone, the heavily breathing multitude listens with great interest and undying loyalty. So it was with Cesar Sayoc. His hatred for the opposition became so strong he followed in the footsteps of those who murdered doctors who perform abortions. The hatred which led him to these deadly acts was planted and fertilized by the President himself. The war against the media, blaming everything on the previous administration and his worthy opponent in the last election. President Trump did all this in a pique of self-aggrandizement in a failing effort to make a do nothing administration look productive.

Those of you who actually believe the words escaping the promiscuous lips of our President are being led down the garden path. Ya Ya's fear of intellectualism is far more widespread than I had originally believed, and therefore far more dangerous. Thus, I describe Cesar Sayoc's actions as a result of President Trump's rhetoric, but the true cure for this abhorrent behavior will come only when the Trump faithful come to the same realization. Unfortunately, the hatred is so strong and so instilled the task may be insurmountable.

Keep it up, sure there are a few more Cesar Sayocs out there to make the point, many of them law abiding citizens imminently prepared for an armed revolution. The pride you feel must be popping you shirt buttons, but don't let one little arrest deter you from the others who will follow.
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I was thinking it couldn't get any worse and then today came along.
Posted:Oct 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Last Updated:Nov 5, 2018 7:08 am
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Someone sent explosive devices to the Clintons, Obamas, Eric Holder and CNN. The President of the United States should have been outraged and taken immediate steps to protect these victims and other potential victims. Instead, he's been sitting there with thumb fully implanted rectally wondering what he should do next. This is no time for rhetoric or the meaningless words which flow so effortlessly from the President's lips, it's time for action. He has the full weight of the United States Government behind him and he should use it. He should also put an immediate stop to the nonsense emanating from his supporters. He has done nothing. I fear that's his forte', nothing.

I have never been so embarrassed about my country. If I were Melania I'd be incommunicado also.

Now it is announced the Chinese have been tapping President Trump's cell phone. They listened in on confidential conversations and are aware of those in whom he bestows his trust.

Now the Trumps supporters ( AKA Clinton haters ) in these rooms will rack their brains coming up with some reasonable explanation for this behavior. I am anxious to see what they come up with.
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