Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hesitation Projects The Wrong Image

Wake Up, America!
I cannot believe the attitude and the consistent lies. Blatant lies. He's screaming things to defend himself. What leader of the free world acts like this? And who are the buffoons cheering this scumbag.
-Facebook Post August 23rd, 1979 

It is August 23rd,2017
It is a gorgeous day here in New York after a torrential rainstorm last night here in Sparkill (Rockland County, New York).
August 23 is the 235th day of the year (. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year.
I feel like my heart requires a bit more attention than usual.  I'm sure there are close loved ones who are even needier than you.
As I sat down to begin my blog today, I was listening to Baby Jane Dexter's CD, You're
Following Me! Live at The Metropolitan Room.
Music is a great healer and boy do we need it today!
OMG! LOL! PATHETIC!!! How do they think they are going to get away with this over and over? They keep getting caught...but keep doing it!  
That tweet may seem out of left field and make no sense but it is out of response to POTUS' 'campaign rally' last night in Phoenix.
I watched the speech last night and I am gravely concerned for where we are now at this time and place. As you read this blog today, most of the opinions and views are my own with posts that have popped up in my social media. These will be

from those that are seeing loud and clear what I am experiencing.
There is no denying that I don't like our POTUS. On the slight chance that he may see this someday. My views are not based on the 'fake media', but rather, from his own actions and words.
On Day One, June 16th, 2016, he and Melania descended the escalator at Trump Towers and declared his entry into the race for POTUS.
POTUS was born during an eclipse on June 14, 1946. ... Being born on June 14, 1946 put his sun in Gemini and his moon in Sagittarius — exactly on the other side of the chart! That's an eclipse, people!

It was at that time that he referred to Mexicans as rapists, murderers, and that 'they' sending us, not the best, but the worst. Everything, I needed to know about him was solidified at that moment. He was a bigot, racist, and xenophobic. However, as disgusted as I was, there were many who felt that he was speaking directly to them. These were the disenfranchised.
People are watching events unfold as if it were entertainment
That core group of people who go through life feeling that they are perpetual victims. They live in fear that the 'government' is going to take their guns. Illegal immigrants are coming to take their jobs (and their women). This is a group of people going through life taking rather than giving. I KNOW that I am speaking in generalities, but this is what I see.
HE knew how to tap into their fears and built his entire campaign instilling fear in America as opposed to hope. THAT is why he will never be a leader.
As if that wasn't enough, he spent a campaign with school boy taunts and name calling. He had a derogatory name for every other candidate.

It's easy to fall into the trap of making everything about Trump. But this is about his GOP defenders, his voters, and his media enablers.-Peter Daou

If he was the age that he acts, he would be expelled from school.  If he was on a regular job, he would be fired. If he was on the subway or any other mode of transportation, he would be taken off in handcuffs. 
If he gave the speech yesterday on any street in the USA and was not POTUS, he would be in a padded wagon on his way to the nearest mental institution. I don't say these things to be flippant or snarky. I truly believe this. People around the country now are disconnected on an emotional level and they find his antics amusing and/or entertaining. I don't.

Five years ago, I was not that political. I thought there was no reason to be. Yes, I spoke out about injustices and things that I did not think were right, but that was the extent of it. 
That changed when this guy through his hat into the ring. 
I do believe that many people voted for him because he is a celebrity. They THINK he is a successful business man because that is the image he presents to the world. 

Tonight, I'll "boo!" Tomorrow, I'll donate. The day after, I'll sign up to volunteer. Next, I'll register voters. Finally, I'll vote.
From Twitter

To me, he is not a success and never will be. We saw all too clearly yesterday when a 'successful' woman slammed a woman on Instagram for having less money than her! 

Everything that is vile and despicable is embodied in the person of Donald Trump. He has
not ONE admirable quality. By even the most objective standard, he is a man devoid of empathy, incapable of humility, a perpetual braggart, a TRULY pathological liar, and the textbook definition of a narcissist. And that's only scratching the surface.
-Facebook post

Were I an honoree or a performer, I'd PAY them not to come! (Regarding POTUS' decision not to attend this year's Kennedy Center Honors)
-Facebook Post

From CNN: First, the nation saw Teleprompter
Trump soberly announce a new strategy on Afghanistan. Next up: Freewheelin' Trump, during a rally Tuesday night in Arizona, and so... much... happened. Where should we begin? 

With the fact that the President said he'll probably go ahead and pull the US out of NAFTA (the first round of negotiations with Mexico and Canada are underway). Or with his strong hint that he'll pardon controversial ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio. There also was his threat to shut down the government over funding for his promised border wall. Plus, a 30-minute tirade against the media. And his mention of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom he hasn't spoken to in almost two weeks, and the last time they talked, well, it didn't go well.

But that wasn't all. The President defended his controversial remarks about the deadly violence in Charlottesville without mentioning his infamous "many sides" lines. Trump's base loved every bit of it, but the whole thing left James Clapper, ex-director of national intelligence, openly questioning Trump's fitness for office.

Finally, there was action outside the rally, too, as thousands of protesters showed up and mixed it up with Trump supporters and the police. Rocks and bottles were thrown; tear gas was used; a few people got arrested.

So I've watched PutzUS' parapatatic speeches on Monday, regarding Afghanistan, Tuesday's rally in Phoenix and just now with the veterans of the American Legion and I've come to the conclusion that he has split/multiple personalities and is clearly schizophrenic.
G_d help us!

-Facebook Post

I say this to be very honest and blunt with people. Democrats need to do three things to have a chance at winning national campaigns again: stop hinging your hopes on Robert Mueller, stop the infighting between the Bernie and Hillary crowds and to start organizing Democrats at the local level: Library boards,
School boards, village, town, county and state races. Painting the country blue at the local level is the most pragmatic approach.
If we invest time in crafting a message to win votes as much as we care about having the moral high ground with protests and rallies, enough voters will come back again.

-Facebook Post

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.  
-Mark Twain

We cannot do great things. We can only do little things with great love Mother Theresa

Dan Rather tonight:
"Blame the press. Blame President Obama. Insist down is up and up is down. Create an alternate reality. Gaslight. Gaslight. Gaslight. Misquote yourself. Leave out the words that outraged a majority of a nation.

The speech that President Trump gave tonight was not the teleprompter-confined President of last night's speech on Afghanistan. He was the martyr to an unfair witch hunt. His words after Charlottesville were in reality healing - if the press would just tell the truth. He was misquoted and taken out of context. He has drawn the battle lines to divide a nation between his "us" and the "them" of the others. And he basks in the swagger.

Never mind all the critics outside of the press, the CEOs, the GOP officials who have questioned his mental stability, and the global condemnation.

But why does he attack the press, as "bad people" who "don't like our country?" "Sick people?" Why does he say "the only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media and the fake news?" CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post is the enemy. Fox News and Sean Hannity are the good guys.

This bombast is because the press is a check on power. The press is performing its constitutional responsibilities. The investigative reporting has drawn blood.

The forces of political gravity that have tethered his agenda to reality went unstated. So he attacks sanctuary cities. He touts a wall that is apparently being built, and over which he is willing to apparently shut down the government. He hinted at a pardon for the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Sheriff Joe can feel good."

He keeps fighting the battle over healthcare, unable to let go of a stinging defeat. Over and over he said "one vote away..." fully conscious that one of those key votes that doomed his healthcare effort was the senior senator from Arizona, John McCain. "I won't mention any names. Very presidential." And then he attacked the junior senator from Arizona, Republican and Trump critic Jeff Flake, without mentioning his name either. But the tenor was clear. Mr. Trump was ready to attack any GOP senator who has the temerity to go against him.

This was Trump as candidate, uncaged, unscripted, unabashed, and frankly unhinged. The crowd got to chant "lock her up" to the name of Hillary Clinton and cheer a president who claims that he has accomplished more than any president at this point in a term (nevermind reality). He was playing to the home crowd. But
there is a much bigger world out there, no matter the picture Mr. Trump may wish to paint."

A coalition of American rabbis has decided not to hold its annual conference call with the president to mark Jewish holidays.
Citing Trump’s remarks supporting “those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.
-Saw in Newsfeed

  The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

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