Good Clown or Bad Clown

160907_milo_yiannopolis_b_0127_prt

In an op-ed piece in CNN, the writers state, “the protesters, whose actions led to the cancellation of (Milo Yiannopoulos’s) talk at Berkeley and elsewhere, have done a disservice to the First Amendment.” Let’s take a look at the First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Well, there looks to be a bit of a conflict – Milo was trying to exercise his freedom to speak and the Berkley students were exercising their right to peaceably assemble. So in the end, it came down to which voice was stronger and more persuasive.

Is Milo someone we need to worry about? Yes, and others like him. Milo Yiannopoulos is a caricature not dissimilar to Hulk Hogan, Howard Stern or Trump himself. To follow a caricature is not that different from swooning over your favorite band…like the Beatles, or believing that professional wrestling is real. In the name of fighting against political correctness, Milo and others like him use hate and shock speech to bring attention upon themselves and make themselves appear like rock stars when all they are doing is recruiting college students that are vulnerable and conflicted about who they are by using a Nazi/ISIS style recruitment technique.

Berkley got it right and I believe we should continue to push against Milo and others like him all the way up to Bannon himself.

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

 

I give no one the right or permission to steer me otherwise.

 

 

 

Crossroads

deal-w-devil

On January 20th 2017, Trump will officially take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I have to somehow find it within myself to accept him as the man who will speak for all people of the United States – it’s not easy. Reason being, I need to find something positive about him or his purpose in order for me to accept him and as of yet, I have not.

Maybe its because I have no idea as to what he is going to do in the future. Or, maybe because I know what he is going to do based on what he has done in the past.

This might be the moment that I use a statement made by Donald Rumsfeld to describe my quandary.

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

 Maybe “it is a failure of imagination” I lack. Rumsfeld also believed that is was this, “failure of imagination” that brought about the attack on Pearl Harbor, Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Who would have thought that Japan would be able to perform a sneak attack on a US base in Hawaii? Who would have thought that a group of men affiliated with Al-Qaeda would be able to learn how to fly a plane in the United States, and then hijack three jets in order to use them as missiles…failure of imagination. Maybe what I need to do is imagine a positive outcome to what I don’t know because for me, the known known is that Trump is going to be president. The known unknown for me is that I know that I have no idea what Trump and his cabinet is going to do to my future. Finally, the unknown unknown for me are the things that I have no prior knowledge of that can provide me with the information to predict what will happen in the future.

So lets create one…a positive one.

Trump has the potential to, “splinter the (Republican Party) into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds” (Kennedy), thus leaving room for a new party or to give legitimacy to other parties that have been practically non-existent or just waiting in the wings.

A known known about Trump is that he doesn’t believe that global warming is an issue. As a result, there will be more coal mining, fracking and drilling – The Dakota Pipeline issue won’t be one after Trump is in office. Using a bit of imagination, there is going to be a lot more pollution everywhere giving the Green Party a golden opportunity to push hard to be heard and I believe that people will start listening.

Trump will also make the rich a lot richer, playing right into the hands of the Independent Party and Bernie Sanders (which is probably why he still sounds like he’s campaigning on his message). If Bernie doesn’t croak, I’m fairly sure that he won’t have a problem getting the nomination.

As for the Democrats…I don’t know what to say. We lost our chance with Hillary and I can’t stretch my imagination far enough to see her or anyone else win the next time. As we saw with Trump, he won not because he spoke the truth but because he spoke his mind and he didn’t give a rats ass about what anyone thought about it. We have a lot of people in this country that are angry and in a sense, Trump spoke for them and they ate it up. As we can see today, Trump didn’t drain the swamp he just filled it with crocodiles as a means of managing it and making it his own.

Maybe this is a turning point for America, a tipping point…a crossroad where we may have to make a deal with the devil, or maybe we made that deal years ago and now the devil has come for our souls. Well, I’m not ready to give up my soul and I would wager that there are a lot of people that are not ready to give up theirs. This may be the time for a new Party – a Peoples Party. A Party that believes that power should only be wielded by the creator (whoever the creator may be) and that we…all people living on this planet, should be allowed to work in order to provide for his/her family and to serve his/her community in whatever capacity. A Peoples Party that believes that the health of everyone is tantamount for a healthier community and a healthier planet. A Peoples Party that believes that education is not a game of numbers but a pathway to a life of fulfillment. A Peoples Party that believes that poverty is an anachronism. A Peoples Party that believes that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not just a bunch of empty words but a calling, that a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

I’m not a leader. The last person that I would run to the ends of the earth with has just left office. I just need someone that I could believe in and maybe Trump, being the new president of the United States, will fracture this planet enough so that something new may come shining through.

That’s what I’m holding on to…

 

 

 

 

 

Bernie on the Bully-Pulpit

khi5aolixgx83qzhghkb

I have to hand it to Bernie for displaying a blow-up of a tweet belonging to Trump to highlight the fact that he stated that there would be no cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Unfortunately it seems that Bernie may have arrived late to the party.

I could be wrong but I think the point that he was trying to make may have fallen on deaf ears.

Bernie should know by now that Trump’s supporters did not vote for him because they believe that he speaks the truth, they voted for him because he says what’s on his mind – the truth is inconsequential. When Trump made this statement,

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,”

his own wife, Melania, along with other male and female Trump supporters, dismissed the statement as, “boy talk.” The take away was that Trump didn’t really mean what he said and the result is his presidency.

Is Hillary in jail?

Did Trump really drain the swamp?

Come on Bernie…you can’t be that naive.

Why Sanders Lost my Vote and Trump Never had a Chance to Gain it

2016-05-05-1462458204-5726540-sanderstrump2

In the beginning, I was a Bernie fan through and through. I loved his ideas especially on health care. But as time went on, Bernie began to sound monotonous, almost militant in his message – not that much different than Trump but on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Trump has never done anything for anyone but himself. Until I have proof, I will have no choice but to believe that Trump never paid taxes, doesn’t give to charities, never held public office, doesn’t have a clue of how to be a father and cannot take criticism, which is a virtue that comes with being an adult.

Humans are complex beings. We sway from one emotion to the other. One day we crave one thing then something else the next. The world is not one sided – so I don’t believe that policies should be one sided. I chose her because I believed that she possessed the ability to govern closer to the middle than her opponents – That she had a better chance at governing in a way so that at least all parties would be somewhat represented.

Clearly, I didn’t get what I wanted. However, I have the feeling that neither did anyone else.

About 100 Million People Didn’t Vote

tumblr_nyn6ixhrv01slz52ro1_1280

I don’t know if I should be sad by these results or just flat-out angry that we have so many dunderheads living in this country. If I were to choose one, I think that I would sway more towards being flat-out angry, and here’s why.

So, Hillary was not elected and yes…I voted for her. Even if I were a Bernie supporter I would have voted for her because voting for someone like Trump is not in my nature…he just doesn’t speak to me or for me. On the other hand, not voting at all would not be in my nature because I am not a dunderhead.

The fact that there are so many dunderheads in this country is just maddening. I don’t understand why so many people would choose not to vote in an election such as this. If I were to speculate what some nonvoters would say, I guess I would hear; “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust Hillary” – “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust Trump” – “I didn’t vote because Bernie lost” – “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust the government.” Whatever the reason, what I hear is, “I didn’t vote.”

Deep down, I believe the reason why so many people chose not to vote has very little to with laziness or because they were trying to make some sort of political statement and more to do with ignorance. Ignorance is the root of much of our failures as a human race. Ignorance is the root of racism, drug addiction, the act of finding the right partner, war, the conflict between Israel & Palestine, why we lost the peace in the Middle East – ignorance is the root of our evils. If we don’t take the time to learn, how in the hell are we going to understand? Instead, we complain, rant and rave on our fears and misgivings – blaming them all on OTHERS, whatever others may be, and not taking responsibility for your own choices – even if it is the choice of not doing anything at all.

So, the majority of the village has chosen the village idiot to lead us for the next 4 years and god forbid he gets impeached because what we would be left with would be much worse. All we can do is MOVE ON and hope that he doesn’t fuck things up so much that the next administration or the one after that, or the one after that, would be left with such a tangled mess that it would take a generation to figure out how to untangle it. The parable of having such a great fall that all of the king’s horses and men couldn’t put things back together, is beginning to feel less than a nursery rhyme and more like a premonition.

Trumpty Dumpty…the irony of it all.

YES…Hamilton

ham-fb

I just want to personally commend the cast of Hamilton for asking VP Pence to, “uphold our American values,” after Pence attended a performance recently. Unfortunately, Trump had to take the encounter out of context by outright calling it harassment and saying that the cast was “rude” and should “apologize.” So when Trump takes office in January and he is met with protesters that are asking for Trump to uphold their American values, is he going to use that same rhetoric…your damn right he is.

A Person More Crookeder Than Hillary

crooked-trump

Trump supporters have said that out of several reasons for choosing Trump for President of the Divided States of America, some of the key reasons were because they didn’t trust Hillary and that they wanted someone in the White House that would take our country in a different direction.

Well, I think I finally understand.

Its not that Trump supporters wanted someone in office that was less crooked than Hillary…they wanted someone that was crookeder than Hillary. Case in point – instead of going to court to testify in the now defunct Trump University trial, he chose to settle to the tune of $25 million dollars.

It’s quite clear that the reason that he settled was to avoid having to face the truth that he ruined the lives of about 6,000 people that believed in him. Now imagine what he can do to this country.

Yea…Trump is going to take this country in another direction and it’s not up.

 

Right to Bear Arms (part 1)

Untitled

The Second Amendment of our Constitution was ratified in 1791. Before then, “The Brown Bess muzzle-loading smoothbore musket was one of the most commonly used weapons in the American Revolution” (Wikipedia).

The Brown Bess, “was capable of firing approximately three to four shots per minute and was a “flint-lock musket, meaning it would use flint in order to spark the gunpowder loaded into the gun to eventually cause the metal ball/bullet to leave the barrel” (Wikipedia).

When the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, this was the type of weapon that was on their minds not the type of assault rifles we have today. Frankly, I believe that if these men were brought back from the dead today, they would be ashamed and question why we did not do anything to amend the Second Amendment so that it protects us from ourselves.