Jangled Lying

Jangled Lying

To accept something that is inferior only to back former false claims is tantamount to displacing loyalty to party over nation. That is the crux of the GOPs drive to erase Obama’s signature legislation in healthcare and to Hades to the American public. Whether it is the GOP House majority’s ‘American Healthcare Act’ (AHCA) or the GOP Senate majority’s ‘Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act’ (BHRA) plan, neither of them are better than the ACA; in fact they’re much worse.

The thing is...Republican congressmen remained too busy obstructing and repealing Obamacare (ACA) and, although they gave hints of a plan in place by waving blank sheets of paper, while current House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI) kept falsely insisting a replacement to the ACA was at hand, they never gave one briefing concerning their alternate for seven years. In fact, House Republicans kept it in secret lock down until finally a cast of a few Ryan handpicked Republicans hastily put a healthcare bill plan piecemealed together behind closed doors within the closing weeks. The whole process stunk and the outcome stunk.

This new ‘American Healthcare Act’ (AHCA) was so bad; it would not pass a House vote even with Republicans holding a solid majority. American folks lashed out against it so strongly that Republican congressmen began cancelling town hall meetings with their constituents. So, to appease the extreme right membership of the House, Ryan revised and tweaked it enough to make it even worse. Indeed the tweak worked as some Tea Party congressional members hopped aboard and it passed by a mere five votes...217 to 212. I called this AHCA the Trumyancare bill in rhyming it with onion...yum-yum eat ‘em up.

After Trump led the House Republican parade and gathering on the White House lawns to issue proclamations of adulation for the GOP success in finally passing an inferior bill, it was now the GOP Senate’s turn to come up with their version. So, for their final version, after weeks of behind closed door meetings consisting of only thirteen Republican white male senators and tons of health insurer lobbyists, they came up with an even worse version to healthcare going by the name of ‘Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act’ (BHRA). Since Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell was in charge of all the secrecy surrounding the senate version I call the BHRA the McRumpyancare as analogous to cheap McDonalds’ burgers and fries...more scummy yummy for the tummy.

Now, McConnell, during the secretive Republican collusion (in which even most GOP senators weren’t privy to) in piecing together a plan, incessantly promised there would be a senate vote before the July 4th recess. He felt assured ya know that the bill would be passed since his reconciliation had brought the passing of the bill down to a 50 majority, deleting the original 60 vote senate requirement. With 50 GOP senatorial votes, then Vice-President Pence could waltz into the senate chamber and vote to give the majority 51st deciding vote. Well, as it turns out, McConnell couldn’t even reach the 50 vote threshold. So now, he defers the vote to commence after the recess hoping that a couple of stray Republicans might come on board once a tweaked amendment or two will coerce them. Pretty much the same predicament Ryan had over at the House.

Unfortunately though, what McConnell did not want is for the vote to go beyond the recess. This gives the American public more time to review the Republican version of healthcare, which he knows they won’t like and he does not want his GOP senators having to face the wrath of any constituent meetings that might be held over the recess.

Through recent survey polling, it shows just how much Americans don’t like the Republican versions of healthcare. Since Republicans have a disdain for survey results that don’t agree with their rhetoric, I won’t go into detail on the GOP healthcare plan favorability of the ‘Quinnipiac’ result of 58% oppose – 16%, or the ‘Suffolk/USA Today’ result of 45% oppose – 12% support, or the ‘NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist’ result of 55% oppose – 17% support. Instead I’ll dwell a bit on the right-wingers’ cherished ‘Fox News’ result.

The ‘Fox News’ polling result is pretty much the same as the others with 54% opposing – 27% supporting. So, I ask the right-winger...is ‘Fox News’ ‘fake news’ as well? While their own polling shows the unpopularity of the GOPs version of healthcare, ‘Fox News’ nonetheless will still push it.    

Going back to McConnell, he’s indeed in devious mode and does not want Democrats involved to be included in nonpartisan negotiations. Why ol’ Turtle Face, Mitch is even threatening Republicans, their staffers and even Trump that if, God forbid, the GOP vote still comes up short, Republicans will have to come to the dire conclusion that they will have to negotiate with Democrats.

McConnell is also using high handed bribery by using $188 billion taxpayer dollars to dole out to any Republicans still insisting their hesitant in voting yes. The $188 billion comes from the expense of twenty-two million American folks losing their healthcare. McConnell wants to use that as slush money in side deals and private deals to persuade Republican senators to cast a yea vote by telling them they can use this money on a carrot stick for whatever they want. Concerning McConnell’s maneuver, one White House official stated, “There’s no one-size-fits all to getting these people on board. Each one of them wants different things and we have to figure out if there is a path.” It’s kind of like a smorgasbord ‘green’ salad menu.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), is one of the conservative holdouts. He would like a total repeal of Obamacare. If he gets assurances that more will be chipped away, he’ll gladly accept the money for his yes vote. But, if he feels enough votes may not occur, he’ll vote no insisting he is the conservative rightwing savior opposing another healthcare bill disguised merely as a weaker version of Obamacare. Cruz is an opportunist in every sense of carpetbagger terms.

Oh, the lying to push the Republican healthcare agenda. From White House administrators like ‘Human Health and Services’ (HHS), Tom Price to Republican politicians and even Trump himself, the GOP has been lying to the American public to push through their anti-health agenda.

First off, Dan Heyman, a reporter for, ‘Public News Services’ was arrested in West Virginia for asking Price a simple healthcare question. His mistake was that he did it in a public square. The question Heyman asked was whether domestic violence is classed as a “pre-existing condition” under the health care bill recently passed in the House. This was asked since the House passed their bill eliminating proper coverage for pre-existing conditions. For doing his job and asking about ending the ban on discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions, Heyman was arrested and charged with some obnoxious made-up complaint of, “willful disruption of governmental processes.”

Anyway, on 06/25/2017, Price went on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ stating, “What — and what I’m telling you is that the system, the plan that we have, would put in place would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks, would not — we would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family.”  Price flat out lied. The GOP Medicaid cuts will be pulling the rug out from under at least 15 million people by next year alone and at least another 9 million will lose their coverage if Republicans cut or get rid of the subsidies.

Kellyanne Conway on ABCs 06/25/2017 ‘This Week’ airing, actually persisted in stating Medicaid cuts do not exist in the Republican healthcare plans. She emphatically stated to the show’s host, George Stephanopoulos, “These are not cuts to Medicaid, George.”

Over on CBSs 06/25/2017 ‘Face the Nation’ show, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) chimed in with Conway when he proclaimed to John Dickerson, “The Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion. No one loses coverage.” 

Republicans cannot defend their health plans, so are reduced to lying about it. Fact is, folks will lose healthcare coverage for the senate bill is readied to cut more than a trillion dollars from Medicaid simply to gain tax cuts for the rich; as Warren Buffet more appropriately calls the GOP plan, ‘Relief for the Rich Act’.

As far as Trump goes in spreading the lies, here are a few:

We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.” Trump, 07/21/2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ever since employer based insurance plans, doctor switching has been around long before Obamacare. As insurers are still in charge of healthcare, Obamacare did not address this issue, but neither would either GOP plan.

We will create quality, reliable, affordable health care in a free market where parents can make the health care decisions that they really want to make for their families. It will be a much better health care at a much less expensive cost.”  Trump, 11/01/2016 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

In reality, under Obamacare annual premium increases have been the slowest in decades. As compared, both the House and Senate healthcare versions lead to skyrocketing increases and won’t compete with Obamacare in keeping deductibles down. Also, in eliminating essential Obamacare benefits lowers the overall quality of healthcare policies and prices pre-existing conditions as untenable.

Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.” — Trump campaign website.

Neither Republican bill addresses this with no mention whatsoever of any control of medical provider costs.

You're going to have such great healthcare at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it is going to be so easy.” Trump, 10/25/2016, Sanford, Florida rally.

It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Trump, 02/27/2017, Washington, D.C. press conference.

Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare. Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S.” 06/28/2017 Trump tweet

On a 06/27/2017 White House meeting with all the Republican senators, a reporter asked Trump about Medicaid in the senate bill. In all of his vast knowledge his reply was, “I think the senate bill is going to be great.” I mean how generalized can a reply be?

In February of 2016, Trump told ‘Fox News’, Sean Hannity when it comes to his employees, “I treat them really good with health care. It's a very important thing.”

In October 2016 at a Doral, Florida resort he claimed, “All of my employees are having tremendous problems with Obamacare.” So, which one is it?

At a time when economic change is making life more difficult for all but the relatively well-to- do, denying people access to health insurance is a giant step in the wrong direction.

With six Nobel Prize winners in the mix, forty economist professionals wiped the GOP lying slate clean in a letter addressed to, McConnell. In the nonpartisan letter, it stated:

The Senate bill will expose millions to increased out-of-pocket health care costs. It would base tax credits on a plan with greatly increased cost sharing and deductibles that could run to $12,000 per family or more. Far from improving Obamacare, the Senate bill would reduce assistance for the millions of people who buy coverage through the state and federal marketplaces. Many now eligible for tax credits would be denied them entirely. States would be allowed to opt out of regulations that allow less healthy people to buy insurance at reasonable rates. The savings from slashing health subsidies and coverage would go largely to bestowing tax cuts on upper-income tax filers. The richest 0.1 percent of tax filers would receive tax cuts averaging over $200,000 per return. We call on Congress to work on legislation to improve the health delivery system, in general, and The Affordable Care Act, in particular. The goal should be to hold down health costs and increase access to affordable, quality health coverage for all. Unfortunately, the Better Care Reconciliation Act threatens reduced coverage and higher costs for those who continue to have it.”

On top of all this as explained earlier, McConnell who threatened Republican politicians they might have to do the unthinkable and work with Democrats in nonpartisan fashion if their atrocious healthcare bill isn’t passed, said on the senate floor, “I regret that our Democratic friends made clear early on they did not want to work with us.”

Right, McConnell made sure there was to be no public hearings, no press conferences, no Democrat invitations but secret selected Republican hearings composed of a baker’s dozen 13 white male senators, yeah, it is truly regrettable.

On Wisconsin’s 06/29/2017 ‘Dan O’Donnell’ radio show, Paul Ryan whinnied, “Let’s all fight with respect and civility for the beliefs and causes we believe in, but let’s be civil with one another… and accusing people who are trying to solve a health care problem of trying to kill people is not having a civil debate.”

Ryan’s doing his best to cover the Republican efforts in getting 22-23 million folks off of healthcare. Some of those, without medical treatment are going to die. Apparently he feels that’s not too big a deal, but I query, why with his civil self, did he cheer on his fellow Republicans false charges of Obamacare as death panels for the elderly?

Ryan was grilled by of all people, Tucker Carlson of ‘Fox News’. Ryan was blindsided from the normally cordial Carlson to anything Republican. When discussing healthcare Carlson dropped this into Ryan’s cold loins...

But also I mean you have the overview here is that the all the wealth basically in the last years is stuck to the top end. That's one of the reasons we've had all this political turmoil as you know. And so kind of a hard sell to say yeah we're going to repeal Obamacare, but we're going to send more money to people who've already gotten the richest over the last ten years I mean that's what this does no? I'm not leftist. It's just that's true.”

Ryan was speechless, as the deer caught frozen in the headlights. He simply gave a shrugged shoulder look away smirk smile as if saying, “So!”

All for the money, the vulnerable are sacrificed to make the rich richer in this healthcare bill. It is the rollout for the GOP’s tax overhaul giving a prelude in who wins when it comes to average American Jack and Jill versus the rich. These two Republican healthcare bills do not save taxpayer dollars, for it merely rolls it over to the rich. To validate this I give you two examples.

The Koch brothers and their networks are getting antsy with Republicans on their failure as a majority to get their healthcare bill with the rich tax breaks passed. One of the Koch brothers’ main missions was to get Obamacare repealed to gut the Medicaid expansion regaining more wealth from the rich tax break afforded by Republican policy.

At a weekend 400 member donor gathering this month in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Koch’s ‘Americans for Prosperity’ president, Timothy Phillips said concerning the lack of Republican success in repealing Obamacare, “Perhaps we were naïve in thinking a full repeal vote would happen. This has been humbling for us.”

Texan billionaire, Doug Deason is threatening to pull his so-called “Dallas piggy bank” Republican donations if the GOP doesn’t “get Obamacare repealed and replaced and get tax reform passed.”                 

The point from all the above is that there is no process to coming up with a deserving Republican healthcare plan. It’s a secretive interred partisan plan that has no merit in even coming close to what healthcare should be for American citizens. Switching quality healthcare for the American public to give the rich tax cuts is an assault to all commoner Americans. Disease does not care who is Republican or not; it will attack all. Accidents are not prejudice; it will occur on both sides of the political aisle, no matter whether you voted for Hillary or Trump. Opioid addiction affects anyone, no matter the color, creed or social standing. In turn it affects any community negatively.

Point blank though, these Republican healthcare bills will have fellow Americans saying goodbye with their last farewells. It will affect all personally, whether it is a friend, a relative or you individually. It is not healthcare...it is the first stage of Republican tax reform, in the dismantling of healthcare to further empower the richest of the land at the expense of those afflicted, injured, diseased and addicted.  

Devious Acts:
Just within a month, Trump has done some fairly insidious acts. Here are a few.

Towards the end of May while he was traveling the world, conveniently Trump came out with his budget proposal and it is brutal to those Americans that are poor or disabled. You can forget Trump’s campaign promises to keep Social Security advantages intact, for in his budget, it entails significant cuts to ‘Social Security Disability Insurance’ (SSDI) and ‘Supplemental Security Income’ (SSI), which benefit disabled and low-income Americans. In fact, cuts to SSI would be so deep that the savings would be comparable to if the program were converted into a block grant. Block grants are Republican strategies where the federal government doles out control of tax dollars to state governments but with annual caps. Once the cap ceiling is reached, no more federal funding.

Social programs for the littlest Americans (children) will have cuts as well. ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’ (SNAP) will have cuts geared towards hungry families while on his wish list, the ‘Children’s Health Insurance Program’ (CHIP) is to take a defunding hit as well. Along with completely ending financial aid to poor college students, all told, Trump is taking away $1.7 trillion from these supplemental programs.

Trump’s comment on his budget is, “This budget’s defining ambition is to unleash the dreams of the American people.” Question is...what dreams? In adding another 10% to the federal debt for the military that already takes up 58% of the federal budget, Trump is glorifying a warlord mentality on the back of poorer Americans.

Trump’s anti-immigrant laws are primarily directed at skin of brown tone. Under Trump’s stepped-up immigration laws, anyone who evaded a border inspection or overstayed a visa could be charged with a misdemeanor or fraud and face deportation. Arrests are way up on Latinos in the U.S. and for sure, has discouraged their movement into and in the states. End results, U.S. farmers and ranchers have no one to hire as their labor pool has drastically shrunk.

According to chief strategy officer at ‘Cattle Empire’ the country’s fifth-largest feed yard, Trisha Priest, 86% of Cattle Empire’s work force is Latino simply because Americans will not take on jobs offered by the company. Ms. Priest elaborates, “The threat of deportation and the potential loss of our workforce has been very terrifying for all of us businesses here.” The company is located in Trump friendly Kansas. I suppose the old adage, ‘ya get what ya paid for’ applies here.

The ‘American Farm Bureau Federation’ reports, “Where American workers are unwilling or unavailable, workers from other countries have stepped in.” The bureau, even though it realizes the Trump administration is not receptive, are pushing for Latinos who have worked in the industry for a set period of time be permitted permanent legal status.

It is not only in the agricultural end, as the restaurant, hospitality and construction industries are complaining about shrinking labor pools. These industries are also requesting that the Trump administration make working in the U.S. more obliging for the undocumented labor force they rely on.

Trump personally knows nothing about these laws, it is his Republican officials and lobbyists that are making policy; Trump merely signs them. For instance, a law permanently banning immigrants from welfare and other benefits was passed and put into law in 1996. Today Trump promises to ban immigrants from welfare programs for at least five years...redundant ignorance...

On June, 09 in a joint press conference between Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis and Trump, ABCs, Jon Karl asked Trump about James Comey’s testimony where Trump was framing Comey as a liar under oath. Karl then asked Trump, “So he said those things under oath, would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?” Trump’s reply, “One-hundred percent!”

To no one’s surprise though, on June 12, the White House announced that Trump under no circumstances would be testifying whether under oath or not. What credibility and sound security we have in this president.

With Eric Trump’s charity for the children cancer patients of St. Jude’s Hospital, Donald Trump shifted donated money into his businesses; a total thus far of $1.2 million. Once this scam was exposed Eric hopped on over to ‘Fox News’ 06/07/2017 Sean Hannity airing and proclaimed that liberal folks criticizing it are “not even people.” Actually, one would, in common sense fashion, feel that those taking money away from sick children to pad their own pockets are more likely the ones less than human. Of course, Trump did this with his own ‘Trump Foundation’ charity when he skimmed donations from it to pay for portraits of him and for his lawsuit legal fees.

On June 19, the Trump administration blacked out the White House daily press conference briefing insisting on no video or audio to be recorded. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment and suppression of information. 

Although this past January, Trump made a promise to the American people that he would donate his hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. treasury, currently he hasn’t even donated a penny, nor will he provide a copy of his policy to do so or at least explain how they will separate foreign government profits from other profits.

Last week at his Washington D.C. Trump hotel, Trump held a secretive campaign fundraiser with 300 participants paying $35,000.00 per head to attend. He gained $10 million in funding, but also profited in taxpayer dollars funding the event at his hotel, while profiting further in the attendees staying at his hotel. After the story broke, but of course Trump whined that the ‘fake news’ was conspiring against him. For sure, this is in direct violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

According to NPR stats, of Trump’s political activities, $1.00 out of every $10.00 that went into his presidential campaign went back to Trump, while $1.00 out of every $5.00 Trump donated found its way back to Trump brands and properties.

As of late with the ongoing Russian investigation, it’s funny how all of a sudden there are a slew of lawyers joining the White House administration. This doesn’t include officials already in place that are lawyers such as Mike Pence and Pete Sessions. What makes it even more amazing is that in a Trump tweet, he claimed that the Russian deal is all a Democrat hoax; so why all the influx of lawyering? Current White house lawyers are even hiring their own lawyers. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen has hired attorney, Stephen Ryan to represent him.

Criminal lawyer, Chuck Cooper has been hired by Sessions. Now, let me ask ya, Sessions supposedly holds the highest lawyer office in the land as attorney general, so what does that make Cooper? Another side note on Cooper is that, although he lost, he defended California’s homophobic Proposition 8 during its Supreme Court trial. What’s so unusual, while at the same time he was defending Prop 8, he was planning his stepdaughter’s same-sex wedding.    

There are some thirty-one personal and defense lawyers now in the White House. The newest one on Trump’s personal fielded little army of lawyers is, Jay Sekulow. What a scumbag this guy is. Sekulow moonlights as a religious right attorney. He has manipulated two nonprofits known as, ‘Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism’ (CASE) and the ‘American Center for Law and Justice’ (ACLJ) to steer $60 million to members of his family and businesses. These are donations primarily from the elderly poor and lonely.

On normally friendly ‘Fox News’ on his debut to speak on behalf of the president, Sekulow got grilled by Chris Wallace. See the video below, for it’s worth it.

As the Russian investigation intensifies, Vice-president Mike Pence with campaign funds has hired a defense lawyer. In Dominoes Park in Miami, Florida, when asked by a press pool about the hiring, Pence retorted, “It’s very routine. Very routine.” Oh, is it? Former vice-president, Joe Biden certainly never hired a criminal lawyer. In fact going all the way back to the Carter years, there has been only one vice-president to hire a criminal lawyer and that was Dick Cheney.

On June 22 at an Iowan campaign rally, Trump defended his filling the swamp instead of his promised drainage by admitting, “I love all people, rich or poor. But in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?” Sean Hannity later defended Trump’s remark on his show stating, “I’ve never been hired by a poor person.” Wealthy or in poverty is not an adequate sign of intelligence. I just suppose it’s quite clear now the distinction between classes is loud and clear under Trumpism.

Trump was called out by ‘Time Magazine’ on June 27 to remove the ‘fake news’ headlines of the magazine’s covers Trump has plastered over his golfing club’s walls. The fake Time covers feature a Trump photo with stupendous headlines falsely claiming exaggerated successes. The magazine has asked for the bogus covers to be taken down, but as yet has received no response.

The covers are on at least eight of Trump’s properties’ walls, but no one is explaining why. Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press briefing wouldn’t explain why, but did follow up in an e-mail, “We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”     

I won’t rehash all the Russian/Trump connections, but the latest is that intelligence investigators have revealed Russian hackers were caught discussing how to get hacked Clinton emails to Mike Flynn of the Trump campaign, which would be proof that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

A June 29 ‘Wall Street Journal’ article as well, reported that a top GOP operative, Peter W. Smith was also involved. In the article the paper reported, “Emails written by Mr. Smith and one of his associates show that his small group considered Mr. Flynn and his consulting company, Flynn Intel Group, to be allies in their quest.” The puzzle pieces that fit are being put in place.

In summation: evidence is now there and mounting that individuals connected to the Trump campaign were seeking stolen emails from Russian hackers and evidence that Russian hackers were trying to provide them to a top Trump adviser. Whether Trump was ignorant of this fact or knew of it, both ways are damming.

Days before Independence Day, it appears Trump’s federal government of forcing itself upon states’ rights is melting. Funny this,  states’ rights has always been a rallying cry for Republicans except when a Republican president is in power.

What I’m discussing here, is Trump’s self-devised and state-imposed commission led by, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to collect voter data from all the states. This commission was borne out of the bogus Trump claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because of people voting illegally.

As it turns out, so far, twenty-four states are not cooperating with the mandate and will not turn over their sensitive and personal voting data and guess what...they’re not all Democrat states. Of the trump demands for states to hand over voter names, Social Security numbers, addresses and birthdates, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has refused the order emphatically stating, “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from.”

The twenty-four states that are thus far not cooperating are in the tweet below:

With Trump, I don’t quite know whether it’s a hang-up or an infatuation when it comes to blood and women. In his tweet below, it’s no surprise but merely a continuation of the indignity and shame he’s casting upon each and every American. Trump’s tweet was in retaliation for Mika Brezinski saying on the MSNBC, ‘Morning Joe’ show in reference to Trump, “Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC, and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under the (bus) — that person would be thrown out. It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concerns that the person who runs the company is out of his mind.”

Whether his bucket claim of never watching the morning show holds water or not, Trump’s retaliatory tweet came minutes after she said it. His bleeding and facelift add is wholly a made-up lie, but if he’s so concerned about cosmetic surgery, he might want to check out a few of the Trump women.

This tweet only shows how shallow in temperance and character Trump is. What a president the U.S.A. has. So thin-skinned, he can’t even handle a petty tweet. Imagine how the rightwing would act if Obama had responded in just a minutia microcosm amount in the same way Trump did. They would’ve torn into him. But of all the bogus dirty and filthy things they said about Obama, as a leader, as a man of wisdom, he allowed it all to simply roll off of his shoulders.

Shame on the GOP politician...yes they commented on Trump’s Mika tweet saying it “bothered” them that they were “agitated” by it and it was “unnecessary,” but then go right back to his side and fall back in line...what cowardice. They knew they had to say something to appease the public, but then in a flash go back to the carrot-head to do his bidding. Stand-up to him for gosh sake!

From wishbone to jawbone, but absent of backbone; where is the mustered courage by any Republican to stand up to Trump and say, ‘enough is enough.’ Trump should be scolded then scorned. He should be specifically confronted and told to quit acting the baby and become a tad bit more mature, if not more presidential. Where is the ethics in today’s Republican arena? If Trump is verbally “attacked he will punch back ten times more,” my aspirin. As my wife expresses, Trump’s not punching harder, he’s punching lower.                         
Below is a list of the seven sailors killed while serving their country after their ship the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship four times the size off the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Unfortunately, this current president had nothing to neither say or do concerning these fallen naval men, nor acknowledge publicly our nation’s loss.

Whether it’s from Canada or through Europe to Australia, the global map is taking note of Trump’s antics. Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement has really set back America’s lead on the world stage and has given allies the will to go do it on their own without the U.S. We’ll begin ending this segment with a video by former Mexican president, Vicente Fox. It’s a bit humorous but somber at the same time.


Trump over nation is obsessed with erasing anything Obama achieved. You see it in his executive orders rescinding Obama’s environmental and financial protections, in repealing Obamacare with inferior legislation and in reintroducing the wealthy tax breaks. Just today this June 30, Trump told U.S. Republican senators to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new health-care plan to take its place. This would be catastrophic to folks depending on Obamacare. He’s also reversed Obama’s Cuban policy, so is now making it harder for families to reunite.

Trump indeed is a weak president and what makes that worse is that even with frailties in mind and character, an impuissant U.S. president still wields a lot of authority. Trump fights for Trump ignoring obligations to speak on behalf of the nation. In fact, he’s using the highest power of the globe to gloat about himself, enrich himself and mock anyone whom he feels steps in his way. Trump is merely a manipulator of his own worst instincts.

As Far as why the Republican Party overall is no longer in existence, much less controlling the government that they can’t even legislate out of a cardboard box, is a quandary. Oh yeah, need I be reminded of the lying rhetoric, fundamentalist Christian collusion with white nationalism, voter ID suppression laws, scapegoating crusades, ‘Citizens United’ and an ill-informed base.           

A Bid Adieu:
Below is a true contrast in how democracy works in Republican efforts versus Democrat efforts.

The first are scenes from a Mitch McConnell command for capital police officers to arrest the handicapped in the hallways protesting the repeal of Obamacare that they depend on. I must include though, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) once asked if he wanted protesters near his office doorway removed by police force, he declined the offer. The second set of scenes is how Democrats work.

Police on McConnell’s orders begin arresting wheelchair bound Americans practicing their First Amendment rights.

Once the hallway was cleared of the disabled by his order, Mitch McConnell casually strolls through wearing that smirk smile of his. A fine job Mitch...

First off, for Democrats, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sit alone on the capitol steps strategizing.

Then others filter in.

More join.

Then more Democrats along with passersby join in as if it was a remake of an ancient Greek Athenian meeting where Democracy was first born.

These step scenes were captured by, Ben Winkler of ‘MoveOn.org’ as he was walking through the capitol building grounds on a June 26 evening. The scenes happened spontaneously and luckily, Winkler happened to be walking by at the right moment to catch it. Amazing grace...

Happy Firecracker Day!


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