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Let us be represented by men with no respect or regard for women except as baby-making housekeeping machines who never question men.
Let us roll back protections so that our air and water are filled with pollutants.
Let us upturn all land so that oil and gas companies take everything they can out of the land without repairing the damage.
Let us kill animals indiscriminately if they insult our existence in any way. Not even to hunt them and give them a chance to survive, but to go after them in their dens while they are sleeping and hunt from moving conveyances after tiring them out.
Let us reward people who inherit their money or make it on the backs of others without giving credit to or sharing with those who allowed them to make their money.
Let us distrust anyone not lily white or with family in this country for generations. Oh, wait, we have to make exceptions for the president whose grandfather who came here to make his fortune and couldn’t return home because he was considered a draft-dodger there. Just like a man with money and bone spurs can avoid the draft while men without money but flat feet and poor vision get drafted.
Let us not learn from history, or anything except a certain version of the Bible, and then wonder why we are not competitive on the world stage
Let us abdicate our position as a world leader by turning inward and demanding everything be done for our benefit.
Let us antagonize our friends, undermine other democratic nations, and praise oligarchs and autocrats who are anathema to everything America represents.
Let us insult those who have made our country better by giving backhanded compliments when honest acknowledgement of achievements should be made.

If this is what it takes to Make America Great Again, I really have to wonder why were so well respected by the rest of the world for so many years.

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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.

Democratic politicians accused of sexual harassment and assault are apologizing and resigning, yet the Republicans being accused of same deny, deny, deny, and belittle and attack the women who are making the accusations. #MeToo is proving that our culture has long held a bias against the equality of women, and yet our party of family values still doesn’t get it.

Our party of family values is also the party that is more adamant about removing any security nets for family members, while many of them had the use of them while they were growing up. I know a couple, where the wife had to take retirement early at 62 because her (younger) husband is disabled. His social security disability payment is going up $200 a month in 2018, and her retirement s is going up all of $20 a month. She gets no assistance with him, and while he can get extra assistance from their State’s Medicaid program, if she makes more than $200 a month by doing odd jobs for other people, she will not be eligible for such assistance. She is grateful that being a veteran she is getting some mental health care through the VA for giving up her life and money she could have been getting from Social Security if she could have waited to retire at 66 (at least another $400 per month) by having to stop working to care for her husband. And now the party of family values wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. What are they going to do?

Then there’s the tax overhaul that the party of family values wants to pass. Cut exemptions for student loans, mortgage interest and costs, state and local taxes, and more, but expect that cutting corporate taxes will trickle down and raise employee wages, just like they have since the days of Reagan. NOT. I also noticed how cutting out the exemption for state and local taxes affects blue states. You know, the ones that use their taxes for the benefit of their citizens, and give more to the federal government than they receive. Just like American citizens, who give to the government more than they will receive in any kind of benefit if the party of family values has its way.

One of the first things I learned as I was being groomed to be a good manager was that foul language and an attacking attitude on the part of one of my staff would not be good for the rest of the staff, and would not be tolerated.

I guess that Trump’s management style, as a chief executive with no one to account to, allows him to let his people snipe at one another and use foul language whenever they want with no repercussions. I’ve heard that he likes his people to be highly competitive, and maybe that works for a business that is only there to make money for its chief executive and his family, but its no way to be responsible for the safety and security of over 300 million people.

As President, Trump has shown no leadership ability. While he has signed 42 Executive Orders to date, evidence of the way he wants things to be managed, he has not provided guidance to Congress, which is what a leader would do to get legislation enacted.

Our country has no clear vision of where it is going, although we are seeing that the protections put in place by previous presidents for groups that have been subjected to discrimination are being thrown out the window. Civility and cooperation (and this has nothing to do with so-called political correctness) have also been tossed aside, as Trump does not exhibit either of those traits. He wants his word to be law, and will bully to get it, which may work in a business where he is the absolute boss, but not in government, where he is technically an employee of the American people and is expected to be looking out for them and not himself.

While I am personally not a fan of Reince Priebus, I expect his treatment by Trump and the White House to have serious repercussions. Priebus was probably the only one in the Administration who understood how the government works and how to get the Republican Congress and governors to support the president’s plans. Trump now is surrounded by millionaires, billionaires and Goldman Sachs people who don’t necessarily have the trust of the American people, or their elected officials. Congressmen will stand together, and the Administration’s veiled threats to individual congressional members, even if they are Senate females, will not be tolerated.

Maybe the White House needs to take some refresher courses on the changes that have affected rules of management if they ever want to get anything accomplished.

Having had a chance to step back from the craziness to take time to review the US Constitution, I suddenly realized that Trump’s tweets, whether official or not, have no bearing on US policy without the backing of Congress. Unlike the Trump Organization, Trump’s word is not law. He can send off tweet after tweet, but our founding fathers came up with a form of government where the Executive Branch is supported or constrained by the Legislative Branch.

Trump can tweet all he wants, and sign Executive Order after Executive Order, but if any tweet or EO requires funding or the approval of Congress, he is dead in the water. Much like Obama was during his second term.

Trump’s tweets are displaying his total betrayal of the people he promised to support and protect. His veiled threats to members of Congress and his own congressionally-approved appointees show that he cares not a whit for them if they disagree with him. So much for his loyalty to others when he demands it from them.

Loyalty and respect require a two-way street, and as we have been seeing with Trump, it is his way or the highway. At least in his own mind. As he has not yet managed a coup on our democracy, he is only as strong as Congress allows him to be. They represent the will of the people, unlike the bankers and backers he has appointed to tear down the governmental agencies by which they feel constrained.

It is time for Congress to take a stand, either for the American people, all of them, or for a man who would be an autocrat, if allowed. And its time for the American people to remember how their Congressmen vote on issues that affect them.

So long as the women do what the men feel they should be doing.

Representative Buddy Carter of Georgia said on live television appearance on MSNBC that he wants to “snatch a knot” in Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s “ass”. In other words, he feels beating a female member of Congress is acceptable because she didn’t vote for something that would have hurt her constituents.

This followed Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas, speaking of Senator Susan Collins’ vote against the quickly and secretly drafted repeal and replace bills, telling a local radio station that, “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.” Again, the threat that violence is acceptable, although he stopped short of saying that it was appropriate to attack a woman. Those two at least had the decency to offer and accept one another’s apologies for statements made.

I’m not surprised by Buddy Carter. Georgia Republicans have a long history of charming their constituents with all the right words, but then working to cut the legs out from under those same constituents. Georgia, one of the red states that did not expand Medicaid “because it would be too costly”, has a high percentage of workers living under the poverty level. While expanding Medicaid would have helped reduce that, the Republican legislature all rejected it. But what can you expect from a state that will not submit disability applications to the federal agency making those decisions, despite the examining doctors confirming to the patient that they should be on disability, unless an attorney forces the issue?

Back to the non-war on women. It is Republican-dominated legislatures that are now trying to force raped women wanting an abortion to get the permission of the rapist. I guarantee that if it was the men who had to go through the experience, it would be shot down immediately. Generally speaking, men are competitive and have to be winners, while women are more cooperative and try to do what is best for their community. Taking that to the political arena, I’ve been noticing that most of the (too few) women in Congress are often shut out of secret meetings and are more likely to consider what is best for their constituents while the men are more interested in making a name for themselves amongst their constituents rather than helping all but a few who can help them retain power and enrich themselves.

Men who cheat on their wives, serially marry, or beget children off multiple women are praised and looked up to, while mothers who have been abandoned and try to get on with their lives are sluts and worse. Heaven forbid a working woman tries to assert herself and her expertise, as she is usually considered, at least among much of corporate management, to be aggressive and bitchy. If, as the Bible says, Eve was created to be an equal and helpmate to Adam, why do men consider women to be no better than chattel, and have to restrict their actions and liberty.

I have yet to hear of Democratic Congressmen inciting violence against women, so I find it hard to believe reports of Democrats having a war on women. Democrats have other problems, but they pale in comparison to the way Republicans are currently acting against half the population (and I am not just considering women in that statement).