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Limit the power of all politicians - Vote!

IMG 0271An apocryphal saying attributed to both Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken declares the only way to look at a politician is “down.”
I can certainly understand the sentiment and add the only thing worse than a die-hard Republican is a die-hard Democrat.

The battle between the press and the President

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Of the two comments I’ve heard most regarding media activity in the White House press room, the most ridiculous comment I hear is “Why don’t you guys all get up and walk out?”
This comment assumes almost the same kind of mindset attributed to the president: The press is a monolithic group of reporters working in unison to create a narrative. The president believes we’re trying to create a false narrative or are unfair in the way we cover his administration; everyone else just thinks we’re often full of it.

King, Kennedy, Mom and Dad - Deja Vu all over again

Martin Luther King Killed 2 666x276In the early Spring of 1968 my mother began playing a Michelle Lee album she’d purchased.
For Weeks “L. David Sloane” and the laments of a woman trying to escape a lover she knew was bad for her filled the house. When Lee said at the end of the song, “Get off my Back!” I can remember on more than one occasion my 30-year-old mother vamping in her hip-length boots and best Jane Fonda hairdo as she lip-synched to the song

Remember the Hawking Legacy

Stephen Hawking warns us to stop reaching out to aliens before its too late"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all." – Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s last warning for us before he died is chilling: Get off the planet or face extinction.
We are an ignorant, nasty, brutish lot – us humans. But we are also a curious, loving lot. Our dichotomy is apparent by simply looking at the U.S. electoral landscape.
However, this isn’t one of those columns.
This is about hope.

Putting a Gun to Our Head

cowboy 940083 960 720Somewhere today in this country there is a troubled kid who believes life isn’t worth living. People see him or her as a freak, a danger junkie, a gun-nut, a nerd, a weirdo, or someone who otherwise doesn’t fit in.
That child is stockpiling weapons and plans to make the rest of the world pay for his or her pain.

Trump, Pence and Nuclear War

NuclearExplosionTurns out the President of the United States may not be a misogynist after all. He’s a misanthrope.
There is little else to conclude after the events of the past week.
It began with the breaking news that White House Staff Secretary for President Donald Trump, Rob Porter, apparently beat two of his ex-wives.
The information came to light when the FBI investigated Porter to give him security clearance. The story, complete with pictures of one of his wives with a black eye made the rounds and the White House began spinning like a turbo-charged child’s top.

Out of Many - One

POTUSsouthlawnFor those who love President Donald Trump, his first State of the Union Address remains an affirmation of the reasons why they voted for the man. Rick Santorum, not the president’s favorite person by far said it was a noteworthy address. It, “is different in that it is laced throughout with narratives.

America is Open For Business!

artofmoneygetting rg 1506 librivoxAmerica is open for business.
How refreshing. The United States of America, according to the President of the United States is one giant Walmart ready to do business with the world.
That’s the message he’s taking with him to Davos this week, but the world isn’t listening.

Once the world was much larger

DSuDmbIWAAAiwxK.jpg largeI don’t wish to anger anyone but this latest government shutdown has taught me something I long suspected, but now know for a fact – most people have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to our government though they think they do. They just want to preach.
I cover politics, and have for years, and I don’t know. But I want to and I speak with politicians daily to find out what’s going on.
Others do not and still tell me they know more than I do – though I often times possess first hand knowledge they do not have.
I cannot tell you the number of times people have told me what was said in the White House briefing room – though I was there and they were not.
I smile and often just ignore those claims though they seem to be as valid as walking into a doctor’s office with no training and diagnosing what’s wrong with the patient.
But that’s not all that bothers me.

Truth to Power - Part R2 Deux too

trumpnmeDuring the last year, President Donald Trump has had one solo news conference. One.

No other president has ever had fewer in the modern era. Ronald Reagan, a man also notoriously known for trying to control the message by limiting his interaction with the press had about a half a dozen news conferences during the same time span.

Presidential supporters like to say the president has circumvented the press by talking directly to the public via his multitude of insulting, demeaning and error-ridden tweets. What he's really done is conducted a sermon through his twitter account and has avoided any accountability to the American people with that move.

For, let's be honest, it isn't just The New York Times and CNN in the press room, there are a variety of reporters from a multitude of media organizations around the world - some who view the president favorably - who are not getting to question the person they've been sent to cover.

Trump controls the message, and convinces his base he is being transparent by refusing to answer questions from the public. And, by only appearing at carefully controlled rallies, he makes it nearly impossible to speak truth to power.

Somewhere between “Covfefe” and “The Bowling Green Massacre,” probably right around the time Kellyanne Conway and others decided President Trump could reside in a nation of “alternative facts,” and definitely after Sean Spicer told us Trump’s inaugural audience was the largest in history, speaking truth to power became irrelevant to the president.
Mind you many of us still care about facts. Despite being labeled an “Enemy of the People,” and a supplier of “Fake News” most reporters I know do not gleefully attempt to manipulate reality the way the president does. If we get something wrong then we correct it. And that remains our greatest strength. That’s why you know we’re not wielding the red light sabers.

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