Last Word Before Election

Finally, almost over. It seems like this election has gone on forever. Never has it been so divisive and toxic. Lie flying through the air and mud flung like never before. The hate and evil raised up from Trump has awakened a sleeping giant and has mobilized a lot of very scary people who were probably best left to their rest.

My final observations of this election cycle will not be polite. They will  not be measured. I’m jut freaking annoyed! First, I support Hillary. Like many, MANY people do. Every bad thing I hear about her, and I have heard it all since Bill’s tenure in the White House, fail to hold up to good old fashioned research. Read an article. Engage. Everything you hear about the Clintons, come from people who don’t know them, weren’t there when whatever went down went down, and usually just heard it from some drunk talk at the urinal, or worse, Fox News. 25 years of investigations and nothing has been found. Which means she’s either innocent of the charges or she is so smart she has avoided prosecution in the face of these endless probes; in which case I feel it makes her an even better candidate. To do that is the act of a genius, because no one has ever done it before in the history of this country.

People say they don’t like her because she’s dishonest. She’s a politician. Of course she’s dishonest, but only about 28% of the time. The rest of the time she is truthful. Trump however has been proven to be dishonest over 80% of the time. He even lied about something he said on live television barely an hour after saying it. Everything that Hillary is accused of, Trump is also guilty of, more so  in a lot of cases. The only difference is he really is guilty and she is only believed to be guilty.

I have seen smart  people turn into complete idiots during this election. Trump supporters will rationalize ANYTHING. He could release a video of him screwing  a mother and her under age daughter and they will just say he’s promoting family values. I think defending him actually destroyed brain cells, by the estimation of his supporters. A panelist on a talk show also claimed that Trump does indeed pay his bills. No, he doesn’t. I have read countless stories of contractors he has left high and dry. He simply thinks he doesn’t have to pay if he doesn’t want to. He then gets his Trump Foundation to funnel in some money for himself. Of all the crap that man has  pulled, why is none of it reported? It’s verifiable, it’s proven and it’s real, but no. Maybe you say things he said 10 years ago have no bearing now. Okay. Then why are Hillary’s words from the past fair game? If you’re going to play by those rules, you have to expect the other side to play by them as well. It doesn’t really matter I guess. It doesn’t matter how much you tear away at Hillary. No matter how bad you make her look, it will never make Trump a better candidate. She could commit murder on national television and I would still proudly vote for her over Trump. Let’s talk about his Russian ties. Let’s talk about his Bromance with Putin. Let’s talk about his outrage over foreign powers,  such as China, yet check out where the clothes that bear his brand are made. CHINA! God damn it people! What’s it going to take for you to see him for what he really is!? The quick facts are Hillary IS qualified. She is not guilty of any wrong doing. What she did many other politicians before her, including George Bush and Reagan, also did. In fact, under Bush Jr, there was a higher body count when it came to embassy attacks. Millions of emails deleted. Tell me how Hillary’s emails mean anything compared to that.

If you’re voting for that man, you are stupid. Flat out. His policies are ridiculous. They are the stuff of Saturday morning cartoons, only the joke will be on us. That wall will never get built, and  if it does, it won’t be done until long after his first term is over. This is all an ego trip for him. Can you really see that man up at 4 in the morning dealing with an international crisis? Him in the Situation Room? He will go right for the nukes, you know it. I know a lot of his supporters love him for that, but those are the real idiots. I have seen these people and got a sample of how they think and deplorable doesn’t even cover it. They must all live on a steady diet of Red Bull and lead paint chips. Whenever they speak I just want to slap them and tell them to shut the hell  up! They base all their beliefs on the words of Fox news and all the other Conservative pundits who, despite their intelligence, bend over backwards to defend and boost up this nightmare of a human being.

Basically, if you aren’t voting for Hillary because you just don’t like her, you should still vote for her. You’re not voting for your new best friend. You’re voting to put someone who is tough, smart, diplomatic and strong enough to face the challenges this country poses in the seat of the president. She may be a bitch. So what? As Tina Fey once said, bitches get s**t done! (paraphrasing). All these calls to impeach her on day one and plans to hit her with constant investigations should she win are ridiculous. It’s actually almost treasonous to plot like that about your president. Openly stating you will not participate in your own duties because of that candidate.

Trump will lose, but in a sense he has won. He has empowered  an army of racist, inbred immature idiots and Nazis. Literally. If you are with Trump, you are aligning with honest to God Nazis. A simple Google search of Hillary’s accomplishments will show you how effective she is and how hard she works. The fact that the FBI has investigated her seven ways from Sunday but still found nothing to prosecute her on should be enough. She and Bill aren’t rich or powerful enough to escape that kind of scrutiny. I don’t know. It just seems like such an obvious choice here. If you prefer to believe heresay, lies and baseless accusations, you’re a Trumper, and you are literally what’s wrong with this country.

Let’s just get to the 8th, get Hillary elected and maybe then we can go about the business of living once more.

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Campaign 2016

After this last debate, I am sure there are still Trump supporters convinced their guy will win. People who believe despite the atrocities this man spews, he is a better choice than Clinton. Have you googled her accomplishments? Have you done the real research on her or are you basing this opinion on all the rumors and unsubstantiated rumors that have dogged them for decades? When you go to the trouble of learning about her, you will discover she is a capable, intelligent and hard working person who has done amazing things and have helped countless people all over the world and still inspires. Perfect? No, but no candidate is perfect, but she will do something Trump will NOT do and that is fight for this country. Hundreds of papers are endorsing her. Papers that haven’t endorsed a Democratic candidate in literally hundreds of years. I think that in itself says a lot. I know, you say it’s all liberal media bias. Whenever things conflict with what you believe, it’s a lie. Sure she has a few black mars on her record, but there is nothing she could have done that would make Trump a better choice. She’s a liar, they say. She does lie. About 28% of the time, which is average for a politician. Trump, your boy, lies 80% of the time. He lied after the first debate about something he said during the debate. He lied about something millions of people heard him say barely an hour after saying it on camera and into his mic. You trust that? You honestly trust that!? All the failed business ventures, the late night Twitter rants. This man is a child and I honestly believe if he is elected, he will probably resign before his first year is up because he won’t be able to handle it. This isn’t hosting a reality show or being a suit. This is a 24/7, super important job that never ends and he just doesn’t have the fortitude. Although, to his credit, I agree with term limits in congress and the senate, but we don’t need him to get that done.

You say anything is better than Clinton, and I say, NO!!! We’re going to be fortunate to have her as our president. So much progress has been made in these past 8 years. We can’t slip back. I admit, I’m less concerned with foreign policy than I am with the war at home, but even still, if your complaint about her is still Benghazi, remember that the Republicans cut security funding for that embassy shortly before the attack, so there is plenty of blame to go around there.

The point is, she is uniquely qualified for this job and he is the exact opposite. It’s not even a subtle shade of quality. If you fall in the camp of being against marriage equality, conservation of our environment and all that, well, all I can say is the world is changing and you can only fight it for so long. If the problem runs that deep in you, maybe you should look into moving to a remote island where you can found your own civilization and you can create that narrow minded world you dream of. Until then, we’re all going to have to find a way to get along until that big asteroid comes and sets all accounts right.

H 4 P

So the first Presidential debate is about to begin and tempers are flaring all around. There are just two points I’d like to look at before this happens.

First, I keep hearing people complain about how both candidates are terrible and they aren’t even going to vote because of that. Well, I got news for you. That’s how you end up with two candidates you don’t like. It’s because you didn’t vote this has happened. I don’t understand how two people that are lightning rods for such hate could have managed to lock in the nomination. So few people have anything positive to say about either candidate, for one reason or another, so I wonder in a system where we vote for our candidates, how did they wind up on top? Someone voted for them. A lot of someones. The time for bitching about it is over. You don’t like who  is offered up for president? Next time get off your ass and vote.

Next, why wouldn’t Hillary make a great president? I hear so many people automatically say she wouldn’t right after saying Trump wouldn’t either. I wonder to myself how they make this assertion. What evidence do they have to prove Hillary is not fit for the job? She has legal experience, foreign policy experience, diplomatic experience. She’s an intelligent, hard working legal professional who has built a career of helping people and reaching out to the less advantaged. The Clinton Foundation helps people all around the world. I have read articles, seen testaments and have just researched the Hell  out of Hillary and while I agree she has no specific presidential experience, she has logged plenty of miles in that arena over the years. She has as much as experience as any other presidential candidate ever has before her. There’s no evidence to suggest she couldn’t be a great  president. Do you have any? Or have you based  your opinion of her only on some of the many rumors and lies that have been spread about the Clintons  since Bill left the White House? The honest to God truth is if there had been any illegal activity and any evidence to prove it, Bill and Hillary would be in jail; or at least paying out huge fines but the reality is they broke no laws and that’s that. What’s that? You say they just bought their way out of the trouble? Oh, okay. You can prove this? You have evidence of them paying people off? You don’t. Oh, I see. Well, how can you prove this accusation? You can’t? Oh. Okay. You just know because they have money and that’s how all people with money get out of trouble. You heard someone say they were guilty? Okay. And this informant is trustworthy? They haven’t been paid off by someone else with an agenda? For every powerful person out there, there’s an army of opportunists who are willing to lie their asses off for a decent paycheck. The point is we don’t know who is going to be a good president or who’s going to be a bad one, but to proclaim someone with Hillary’s credentials as a bad president off the bat is ignorant. People thought Obama was going to be bad(some still do) but he, factually, proved everyone wrong. He rebounded the economy, steered us out of the recession Bush got us into. He’s made huge strides in the civil rights arena now that we have legal same sex marriage. In my book that’s good. I want higher taxes for the rich. I want stricter gun laws. I want this country to pull its head out of the muck and accept the fact that God is not in charge of everything. A lot of people are making hay about Clinton’s 64% estate tax, but what many fail to add is that it’s for larger estates. Not everyone is going to be affected by it and those who are are rich enough to afford it. I know no one likes taxes, but the fact is government isn’t a magical beast that just makes money. You want that overblown military? You’re going to have to pay for it.

The final point is that no matter how bad a president you think Hillary will be, she WILL be better than Trump and that’s the important thing with this election. You don’t like Hillary, fine, but tearing her down doesn’t make Trump better. Not voting for Hillary is voting for Trump. It’s one of those difficult moments when you have to swallow that bitter pill, that is if it’s bitter for you. If you’re a reasonable person you will see this simply as voting for the more qualified candidate. Don’t worry, Hillary haters, you can vote her out in 2020 and hopefully by then the Republicans will have found a not-terrible person to run. Good luck with that.

It’s Going To Be Alt-Right

It must be an election year because if feels like the entire country is self-destructing and it gets worse with every day. No matter what side of the fence you live on, the one thing we can all agree on is that after this year’s election, nothing will ever be the same.

Trump’s path to victory is narrow and it’s not likely he will win, but even if he doesn’t, he still will. While the office of president may elude him, his mission to divide and forever scar this country has been realized. Because of his inflammatory rhetoric, a rabid level of racism, xenophobia and flat out hatred is spreading across this country like a virus. The hate groups that have lurked in the shadows are coming out into the light with no apology and a new, disturbing, sense of purpose. They see this as their moment to ‘reclaim’ this country; although the only ones with any real claim are the Native Americans.

This has created  a nauseating level of irrational hatred, similar to what helped fuel the Nazi party in Germany. After Trump leaves the stage, this cloud of evil will remain and sadly will only grow stronger as those who supported him will be even more angry because their savior lost. Look forward to generations of more violence and hatred while high ranking Republicans will fight to defend their right to enact their vicious attacks, urging on the flames of hate because that’s where votes come from.

What I hate the most is the hypocrisy of these people. They say the ‘bleeding heart liberals’ are easily offended and call anything that pays respect to others ‘politically correct’, as if that’s an insult. While on the flip side of that coin, let’s look at all the right leaning organizations who lose their shit whenever a gay couple gets married, or a transgender dares use a public restroom. Also take a look at the case of a 65 year old woman being punched in the face at a Trump rally for a simple comment directed at a Trump supporter. She challenged him with an opposing viewpoint and his response was to cold cock her in the face, knocking her down, over her oxygen tank. Who’s sensitive? I think both sides have their share of crybabies, so let’s walk away from that attack because neither side has anything to be proud of there.

Just a couple months away and we can put all this ugliness behind us, in time to deal with all the ugliness that awaits us in 2017. Buckle up!

New NRA Ad

Okay, I’m trying to keep my blog light, but I just saw a new ad by the NRA with some woman who got raped talking about how she was afraid of guns before she was attacked and now has seen ‘the light’ and has become a gun advocate. She claims that the right to bear arms is at risk in this election. First off, No it isn’t. Hillary is not after your precious guns anymore than Obama was. All that is being offered are some common sense gun safety laws that would keep military grade weaponry off the streets, close up the gun show loophole and enact more stringent background checks before the purchase of guns. I honestly don’t know what the NRA’s objections to these guidelines are. So much opposition to common sense laws that will keep everyone safe. If you’re on the no-fly list, why should you be allowed to have a gun. Too dangerous to fly but it’s A-OK for you to have a gun? I also don’t understand why the NRA makes such a leap in logic. Gun safety laws = taking our rights away to them. I get that they’re trying to hold onto their grip on our law makers. They don’t want to give up their power and if any gun safety measures ever get through, it’ll be a downward slide for them. They will lose their clout and the ability to control our congressmen and senators, but I think that would be good. Most of them are a bunch of uneducated, paranoid reactionary freaks who for their guns before thinking.  Is that the world we want? Do we want to go back to the wild west? Gun fight in the streets? Daily mass shootings? How many dead will it take before the NRA sees that something has to be done in order to protect the people? We need driver’s licenses to drive cars. Why not apply that to guns? Regular testing. Annual registrations. Keep on top of those out there who are carrying around tools of death, because that’s what they are. Guns are designed to kill and only kill. Anyone who really believes in gun safety should agree that these measures are not violations of their rights and are completely reasonable methods by which to ensure public safety. We are not animals ruled by our fear. We have the ability to reason and think. There also other methods of self defense. Pepper spray. Tazers. Basic self defense. I’d like to know what would have happened to that woman if she did have a gun and her rapist found it. Then you’d be raped and killed. A gun does not guarantee safety. In fact, its presence increases your chance of death. You think it won’t happen to you. You know better. There are plenty of people buried who thought just like you do. The average gun owner may be willing to bet their life on that weapon, but I’m not, and my life isn’t yours to wager on.

Election 2016

The primaries are over and it’s looking like Hillary is going to get the nomination. That fact was the dinner bell for all the Hillary Haters out there and they are coming out of the woodwork like no one’s business. Very quick to decry her and label her as a liar and corrupt. Even if that were true, would she be the first? Politicians at every level of our government have been lying to our faces for decades upon decades.We lie. They lie. Who the fuck doesn’t lie? Is it wrong? Yes, but that’s how it happens. I wonder why it’s okay for everyone else but for some reason inexcusable for Hillary. Even Trump gets a pass on his mountain of lies. I also see a lot of people making dismal predictions of Hillary’s administration. They see a swollen deficit and a demolished economy. They must be having flashbacks of GWB’s reign of terror. I seem to remember 8 years ago everyone said Obama’s policies were going to bury this country and today we have record job growth, an improving economy, low unemployment and stronger ties with our allies than ever before. The lesson is YOU all were WRONG! What will happen when Hillary becomes president? I can’t say. I wouldn’t dream of making such predictions, but I can say if her tenure as Secretary of State is any indication, she is going to work her ass off for us amid the vicious lies and slanderous rumors that have dogged her since her days as First Lady. Let’s not forget that the Clintons left the White House with a strong economy and an actual SURPLUS of money. I remember those days. The whole country was humming like a fine tuned machine and then came W and everything went to Hell and the Repubs insist on dragging use further down.

You don’t like Hillary? Fine. You  hate her so much you will NOT vote for her in the general election? All right. If you want the Trump-inator to take the seat of power and gut this country and let it collapse like so many of his business failures of recent history, be my guest. What do you think he’s going to do that’s so God damned great? Does he reflect those shiny Christian Republican values with his multiple divorces and his loud,obnoxious demeanor? You think he’s so truthful and honest? Is that what you think? He’s always been destined for the political arena because he is as big a liar as anyone else on Capitol Hill. Wouldn’t it be great if politicians DIDN’T lie? Sure would, but they do and we keep voting the best ones in. That’s a fact we have to live with. The game is to get the liar who will do the best job or at least do the least damage. With Trumps ‘quick to anger’ style, I would not rule out nuclear war within his first year.

Is there a perfect candidate? Is there anyone out there who can win and solve all this country’s problems? No. There’s never been any such candidate ever and there never will be. No one person can be expected to clean up this mess all on their own. We as a people need to sack  up and realize if we’re going to get this place back on track we’re going to have to swallow some bitter medicine. There will be sacrifices. Those big life giving corporations are going to have to start paying their taxes. We’re going to have to act together for the good of all, not just the fortunate few. I can’t say Hillary will be a a great president, but anyone can see that Trump will be a disaster. No experience. Completely incapable of getting over his own ego. Zero experience as a public servant and I’m willing to bet little knowledge of the Constitution. Clinton brings experience, knowledge and from what I’ve seen, incredible dignity and grace and the wisdom to listen to not only her allies,  but her detractors as well. She knows how the machine works and that’s what we need in a leader. I support Hillary and respect Bernie for his work as well. He would have made a fine president as well, but there can only be one candidate. Even if you hate her, I urge you to vote for Hillary if only to spare  us four dark years of President Trump. No matter how bad you think she could be, I’d take her on her worst day over Trump on his best.