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A teacher, who often doesn’t have the resources needed in the classroom and uses their own money to help support her students, who is considered to be not worth the time of day to pay a decent salary or be entitled to a pension or decent healthcare for the work she has to do, now should be armed.

Where will the money come from to pay for the training to use the weapon? Who will be paying for the guns? (Why can we afford guns in the classroom, but not books or other supplies?) How are we going to secure the guns from unhappy students?

Most importantly, how can anyone with any experience with guns expect that a teacher with a pistol will be able to stop someone with a semi-automatic rifle? Or are the teachers supposed to be protecting their students with semi-automatics of their own?

And kudos to the Florida Legislature, for refusing to discuss guns, but declare porn to be dangerous, especially to teenagers, and also to think that forcing schools to place “In God We Trust” on the schools will make a difference.

This is how children will be taken out of schools and either taught at home or not taught at all. Yes, this is making America great again, if you think that life in the old, wild, lawless West was great.


A little over 5 years ago this nation was shocked by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Every shooting at a school has since been followed by prayers and condolences, but its always too soon to look at our gun laws, which have been relaxed since then. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the site of the latest victims of politicians with the power to protect our children, but not the inclination.

I hate to wish this on them, but I can only hope that the next school targeted is one of the exclusive private schools attended by children of Republican congressmen. I’d like to see them continue to say that its a mental health issue and guns are not responsible. I don’t want more children hurt or killed, but I want the GOP to know how other parents feel when their children are in danger because of the inaction of the party of family values.

I stress again, I don’t want more children hurt or killed, but I want GOP congressman to know the pain their inaction for years has caused.

Apparently our esteemed Congressmen (that includes our Senators) have forgotten the basics of getting a bill turned into a law.

The short and non-tedious version:
1. Either house creates and votes on a bill.
2. Then the other house votes on it.
3. Assuming it passes both houses, it goes to the President.
4. The President can sign it, veto it, or ignore it. The first and third options give it a chance to automatically become law.
5. The second option, the Presidential veto, takes a little bit of backbone, but if both houses override the veto with a 2/3 vote, the bill can still become law.

If Congress were serious about doing something about DACA and the Dreamers, or anything else for that matter, they could do what the people of the U.S. want, rather than bow to the President.

Karma may take some time, but every elected and appointed representative supporting the President against the people of the United States will eventually feel the wrath caused by their (in)actions and behaviour.

Yes, yes, go ahead and release the memo without having either the FBI or DOJ check it to ensure there is nothing classified in it, and that it is factual. Then, once it is made public, and we can see exactly what should be protected information about agents, sources, collection techniques and anything else that can be used to endanger our national security, we can bring charges of treason against everyone who voted for its release without proper redaction, from the aides writing the memo right up to the President who authorizes its release.

I worked on a highly secure military base, with a team who all held top-secret security clearances, and we were not allowed to discuss our work outside of our work area under penalty of treason.

It would be nice to see politicians who are trying to make points held to the same standard we were. Especially since most of the these politicians do not have the same high-level clearances held by the people against whom they are railing.

I responded to one of their polls. Once. It took me a week of trying to get myself unsubscribed. As much as they rant and rave against the “lies” of the Democrats, all they seem to want from me was my money, for the purpose of electing more of themselves. No goals ever stated for what they will do once they are in power, just that more of them need to be there. If all they are going to do is restrict the rights of women , deport those who have made a life for themselves and are active in their community, and keep out people, unlike the way their ancestors were allowed to stay here, and enriching the few while impoverishing everyone else, then I have no desire to support them. The leadership of this party of “family values” seems only to consider themselves as family and everyone else as an outsider.

I don’t approve of Democrats much more than this, and would love to see the ability of minority parties to get some standing before the American public. Then, when the legislators have to compromise, the American public may finally see some benefits of government. As it stands now, only a small portion of our citizenry is getting any benefit from the federal government. And some state governments are even worse. When elected officials stop working for the good of the people, they need to get out of office and get a real job, just like the rest of us, and see what their shenanigans have wrought.

My blessing for your decision to support your party over your fellow Americans.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who is appointing people who will curtail free speech and provide your grandchildren with less freedom.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who is appointing people to carve up and despoil protected public property so your grandchildren will have fewer places to vacation.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who is appointing people who will farm out education to for-profit vendors so your grandchildren will not be well educated.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who is supporting those who will tear down Social Security, Medicare and the VA so your grandchildren will struggle to have a life when they can no longer work.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who is too smart to need briefings by people who know how to collect and analyze information so your grandchildren will be less secure.
My blessing for your decision to support a man who will not Buy American to bring more income to you and your family, friends and neighbors who work for American companies.

The Electoral College was created to protect America from an uninformed citizenry. Those selected to serve were expected to make the best decision possible for the future of the country.

You felt it was more important to vote the party line, to vote for people who want to privatize or eradicate our social safety nets, despoil the lands that were made public in order to preserve them for posterity, and support people who will antagonize our friends and increase the need for our men and women to die needlessly overseas. Our country thanks you for that.

I am willing to say that I may still be wrong about the future I envisioned under a President Trump or President Pence, but having sworn to uphold the Constitution and defend my country with my life, and not affiliating with any party for years in order that I may make my decisions by looking to the future and not my party leadership, I thought long and hard about who I voted for. I wish you had done the same. I pray that whatever diety it is that you profess to believe in has pity on us all, and will bless each person according to their due. My prayers are simply that we are granted the ability to make good decisions for the benefit of all of us in the future, and that we can return to the constitutional republic with a representative democracy from the oligarchy we have become.

For seven, no, eight long years the GOP has clamored for Repeal and Replace of Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act was an attempt to follow the template provided by “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, which has improved healthcare in Massachusetts. While the GOP screams that this is not good enough, they have never sat down and really planned what healthcare should look like, preferring to tear down anyone else’s ideas. Why they want to delegate health care to the states is beyond me; it’s a surefire way to get people who can afford to make the move to relocate to states with good healthcare. I can almost guarantee that it would wind up putting more people in states that are willing to spend money on their citizens, something that seems to be more common in blue states than red states. Hmmmm, wouldn’t that change the numbers in Congress and put the Democrats back in a place to revamp healthcare for all without any Republican input, just like the Republicans have been trying to do for the last year or so? Too bad that so many children and grandparents will have to die in the meantime because healthcare will be out of the reach of most families that don’t make enough money now to have both food, shelter and good health.

The ACA covers those that are not on Medicare and are not covered by an employer plan. It is not the largest percentage of healthcare recipients, but it is the part of the population most in need of having affordable healthcare because they have to pay for all of it themselves. It’s a lot harder for a family of four with a household income of $40,000 to pay premiums for the entire family than it is for a member of Congress to get pay for their premiums with a subsidy that comes out of the taxes on those who pay the salaries of those who are supposed to represent them.

I don’t know about repealing, but I’d like to replace every congressman who is more concerned about lining their own pockets and satisfying their donors than they are about providing jobs and basic health and financial security for the people they are supposed to represent.