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The GINs finally speak
Posted:Jul 18, 2018 4:12 pm
Last Updated:Aug 5, 2018 7:02 pm

Well, now that the GINs have come out of hiding, let's review their respective positions on the bombastic revelations from President Trump. We have some with that old time feeling despite some "reservations" about President Trump. We see the name calling, that bastion of relief for those lacking any cogent argument. We see the old stand by know it alls who try unsuccessfully to convince folks they have the right idea, and the sheep who follow without question into the jaws of Cerberus. That just about covers most of the facets of the definition of GIN.

In an "if only" world, if only they realized the futility of their respective beliefs we, as Americans, might be in a far better place socially, politically, economically and legally. Socially, the GINs are emboldened by the refutation of the much hated "politically correct" world. To accurately sum it up we now have a president who explains things so the ignorant can understand them. Of course our president hasn't a clue about to politics and protocol necessary to lead a nation, but he's saying things differently than previous presidents and fortunately his words are in sync with the GINs. How lucky can you get?

Politically, our leader had alienated our long time allies and cozied up to the authoritarian regimes who he respects out of fear. President Trump embodies Marc Antony's words "...the evil that men do lives after them...". If, politically, we can recover from this abomination, it will take years, if not decades, to do so.

Economically, the prestidigitation is even more pronounced. The economic gains, begun under the Obama Administration, President Trump claims for himself, but the economic gains are limited to the upper 10%. While the wage increase for the Middle Class which has increased a mere 0.02% over the past two decades, the Trump Administration passed a tax bill which unabashedly favors the top 10% adding to the subjugation of the Middle Class. The GINs, however, have embraced this policy because President Trump told them to do so. President Trump mat very well be a great leader, but the problem lies in those he leads...GINs.

So, the GINs have predictably supported the Head GIN, despite the lack of a substantial foundation upon which such support can be safe from collapsing. I have deliberately avoided the fact none of the GIN posts are deserving of individual reply. Instead I prefer to demonstrate the futility of the GIN paradigm and its prolific presence in that belief system.
If only they were as adamant about being an American as they are about being a GIN...
Posted:Jul 15, 2018 9:38 am
Last Updated:Aug 6, 2018 9:54 am

The Russians hacked our election system. I think even the most oppositional folks are beginning to acknowledge this fact. However, we must keep in mind facts seldom have relevance to those dedicated to a personality rather than a nation. I've already seen a post dismayed over the lack of Americans being indicted while at the same time discrediting the Mueller Investigation because only Russians have been indicted.

First, not only have Americans been indicted, some have pleaded guilty and have agreed to assist the government in the continuing process. I hasten to point out the investigation is not over. Even if the investigation was over and the President was impeached the GINs would be crying foul. Now, before the GINs begin their vitriolic tirade, I don't know what Robert Mueller knows and I have no idea where this investigation is going. To the GINs this means the investigation is illegitimate because they need something to hang their supportive hat on. They have nothing else.

What we're looking at here is the Gullible portion of the GIN paradigm. Arguing against such gullibility is a fruitless endeavor especially when the gullibility extends to the lengths we see in the GIN mindset. This obstinence is a direct result of an inability to think critically and a total unwillingness to admit their non-critical thinking may be erroneous. You see, right or wrong here is of no moment. This is not an intellectual determination, rather it has become an emotional determination guided by feelings rather then facts. The hatred welled up in their souls prevents rational thinking or or opinions predicated on facts and reduces their position to one more substantiated by the use of key words rather than key ideas.

Now, I apologize to those emotionally injured by my words. I don't want this behavior to continue from either side of the aisle. But, then again, I'm more concerned with the nation than I am with any single individual especially when the behavior of any single individual comes by way of embarrassment rather than pride.
Roe v. Wade
Posted:Jul 2, 2018 2:08 pm
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2018 7:21 am

Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land since 1973, fully 45 years. As purported conservatives collect their eggs in their single basket, they violate the very principles upon which conservatism is predicated. Conservatism struggles against "activist" judges, those who use the power of the judiciary to actually create laws. Since numerous attempts to overturn the onerous abortion decision have failed, it's clear the rule is well ensconced in the laws of the United States. Therefore, any attempts at altering or abolishing the law would have to be done by an "activist" judge. Apparently, conservatives are willing to forego their own principles in favor of emotional issues not part of any law or rule.

This is not an all together foreign concept to the right wing. They have, after all, foregone nearly all conservative principles in their blind loyalty to Donald Trump. They will rail against this observation in their responses here, but there will be virtually no evidence for their opposition, but there is good reason for that, there is none.
Posted:Jun 6, 2018 3:31 am
Last Updated:Jun 29, 2018 3:33 pm

If one is willing to pay the price for protesting, shouldn't the method or the manner of the protest be his own choice?
Posted:Jun 5, 2018 2:41 am
Last Updated:Jun 30, 2018 1:17 am

As the righties revel in the cake maker's decision, they fail to see the dichotomy created by that very same decision. It is this dichotomy which sways me to agree with the decision. Ultimately, this decision rests on the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. The cake maker, a deeply religious Christian, objects to same sex marriages and therefore refuses to use his artistic talents to produce a wedding cake for a gay couple. In his decision, Justice Kennedy makes clear the basis for the holding.

Hidden in the penumbras of this decision, however, is the reiteration and substantiation of the principle of separation of church and state. As Justice Kennedy states;

"The Court’s precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity
as the owner of a business serving the public, might
have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by
generally applicable laws. Still, the delicate question of
when the free exercise of his religion must yield to an
otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined
in an adjudication in which religious hostility on
the part of the State itself would not be a factor in the
balance the State sought to reach."

For those of you who strongly believe the United States is a Christian Nation, it's not, and this decision says so. While we, as citizens, enjoy the free exercise of religion, the First Amendment stops well short of establishing a state religion. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

This is a seriously complicated case. It contains a plethora of conflicts in the laws and interpretations of the Constitution. Justice Kennedy recognized this in making this narrowly decided opinion. However, one thing Justice Kennedy did was to vividly point out the fact we have no state religion, nor will we have one.
We have forgotten
Posted:May 13, 2018 6:38 am
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2018 7:30 am

We have forgotten how we became the star of Earth's nations. We are reminded, however, in a book by Jacob Hackler and Paul Pierson titled "American Amnesia". One facet of the United States' rise to power was how we got rich. We got rich in large part by recognizing the value of science. A man named Vannevar Bush was the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development. This was the organization which spearheaded the Manhattan Project and helped inaugurate the National Science Foundation. In 1945 he wrote a report titled Science: The Endless Frontier. In the report, Bush advocated governmental involvement in the opening of new frontiers, not the least of which was the frontier of science. World War II has ushered in Sen. William Fulbright's " military-industrial-academic complex". America has forgotten this complex fostered the post war boom of both babies and production.

This post war boom was accomplished primarily because the government took an active role in both promoting and regulating commerce. Ronald Reagan came along and told us big government was the problem, not the solution. However, the solution is not necessarily smaller government, but more competent government. Government is in a position to perform jobs unable to be performed privately, thus assisting commerce where needed and allowing regulated commerce to proceed where most efficient privately. If you look at the east Asian nations which have grown exponentially you'll see the free market paradigm often failed. Successful nations used a mixed economic paradigm where government ensured stability, encouraged investment and regulated markets. However, once someone labelled them "socialist" because of the governmental intrusion into the ill-perceived domain of private industry and free markets, we here in the United States immediately abandoned success for free markets and Bernie Madoff. We aren't fighting a commercial and economic war against China because they are failing, we're fighting the war because we are failing.

Our economic failure is predicated on greed. At the upper levels of finance those we call leaders have forgone the basis of our success for the easy buck. The United States suffers from economic demise because we don't make anything, anymore. We pay people in other countries less to actually make things and then we sell them here so the upper levels of finance can turn a delightful profit. To these folks governmental regulation is an obscenity because they don't wish to share any portion of their largess with anyone, least of all the government. Thus, when one needs assistance with their computer, they speak with a person sporting an Indian accent.
Posted:May 6, 2018 3:06 pm
Last Updated:Jul 5, 2018 2:47 pm

As the stock market falls, the midwest farmers look for other customers for their soybeans, the Indiana Carrier workers seek new employment, roads disintegrate, bridges collapse, railroad cars keep falling off the tracks, we are lied to on a daily basis and the electorate wonders on a daily basis whether or not our elected president will be impeached, arrested or institutionalized, I remain full of hope well stated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
More anti-government hypocrisy
Posted:Apr 28, 2018 4:53 pm
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2018 7:36 am

The latest matter tying the honorable right wingers undies in a knot is the death of a child in England. They took that opportunity to condemn that socialist, evil, governmental entity called national health care. Judges making life or death decisions, people dying, even the Pope offered to help and yet the damned government overstepped its bounds and allowed the child to die. What happened to those good ole days when the house call making doctor made all the medical decisions?

Well, it has apparently slipped their minds the insurance companies ( you remember those hallowed job creators ) have had MBAs making medical decisions based on financial criteria since HMOs and managed care started making them more and more money back in the 80s and 90s. Not to mention the premier program for the Trump Administration was to do away with the ACA, which they finally did by including funding cuts in the tax bill, will remove health insurance from millions of Americans and, to date, no plan has been proposed to replace either the plan or the insurance for the Americans. At least judges have some experience making life and death decisions.

However, there's a bigger issue at stake here. The honorable right wing had made smaller government their mantra. Get the government out of our lives, we are adults and can make reasonable decisions. I won't get into some of the magnificent personnel decisions made by the Trump Administration, but I will remind our right honorable friends they use the government as a tool. It's a horrible intrusion in our lives right up to the point it becomes advantageous, and then it's perfectly acceptable to take advantage of it.

Whatever do you mean by this? Well, the vast majority of welfare payments, those dastardly entitlements which seem to be sending our prosperous nation to the poor house, are made in red states. Yes, they are. At the same time corporate welfare is perfectly acceptable because of the job creators (which they aren't ). Furthermore, entitlements in the agricultural field where farmers were paid not to grow crops was vociferously condemned up until it was noted several elected officials from the republican party in farming states were taking advantage of the program to the tune of millions of dollars annually.
Hey, anybody want a job?
Posted:Apr 24, 2018 1:27 pm
Last Updated:Apr 30, 2018 12:50 pm

I look to my right honorable friends on the right to assist me in understanding why the United States of America can't seem to find qualified individuals to fill the important positions essential for running a government. There has never a time since January 20, 2017 when all or even nearly all the essential government positions have been filled. Then, when someone finally emerges ostensibly qualified to run an important bureau of our government, suddenly we find the appointee has flaws which the vetting process should have revealed. I don't recall this volume of erroneous vetting in my lifetime.
Read my lips, "No Donald Trump"
Posted:Apr 23, 2018 10:55 am
Last Updated:Apr 27, 2018 3:38 pm

As all the Righties post their accolades of Melania Trump, there seems to be an avoidance of the 800 pound gorilla absent from the room. President Trump's absence from Barbara Bush's funeral was not predicated on a more burning desire to play golf, it was because he wasn't invited. In normal and civil diplomatic circles the fact the President of the United States wasn't invited to the funeral of a revered First Lady should be an embarrassment. Apparently, it's not. The fact it's not an embarrassment pretty much sums up the basis of the Trump election. They don't really care.

The pomp and circumstance accompanying high governmental offices is more than mere show, it's civility. It's a sign our elected officials can rise above the argumentative discussions and act in a civil manner. It's a sign of decorum which elevates their meetings from a few pals getting together over a few beers. This is but one of the acts of normalcy missing from the Trump Administration, yet it's an act revered by Trump supporters as the deviation they sought in his election.

So, as the British Parliament periodically discusses whether or not to allow the President of the United States into their country and as Angela Merkel sits stone faced through what appears to be the punishment of having to deal with Donald Trump, we are left with Emannuel Macron of France as a possible ally as long as he furnishes enough Freedom Fries.

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