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I recently posted a column which led with a quote from DR. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. This quote is: “Patriotism is the refuge of a scoundrel“. When I read this the image of the current administration and more notably Steve Bannon whose extreme views propelled TOTUS to the White House while we all watched in a mix of elation, awe, disbelief and wonder. This year 2017 has shown that this Residency is an aberration much like a boil that has to be lanced at some point to prevent further infection. In my opinion Steve Bannon pulled off a coup but the “chosen one” has not fulfilled his part primarily because he is not always the star. This failing of the Legislature, his cabinet and most of America’s citizens to adore him is tantamount to a slap in the face and he has slapped back with under thought actions that could hurt us even up to and including an unwanted or needed war of destruction. His cabinet choices have shown that he is looking for an entourage rather than people who can further and protect the interests of the United States. The upshot of this Residency can end in several ways, none of them good for us. If impeached and removed from office, VP Pence could be promoted, equivalent to a pet rock, if Pence is removed we will have Rep. Paul Ryan who can hardly string 2 thoughts together without trying to take money from the oft cited American people. What we as voters have to do, is replace as many mid-term candidates as we can with more moderate people who WE have vetted through our own research and investigation. It is well to remember that sound bites, slogans and buzzwords are no more than attention grabbers with no substance. This year’s end will be celebrated in the usual manner with parties and gaiety but with a dim view of 2018. The way to lift the veil of a dimmer 2018 is to begin to research potential candidates for office, new and incumbent to improve our Government and by extension improve us all.

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With the beginning of a new calendar year most people are seeking some sort of renewal. Where we need to start is with ourselves. We have been so caught up in the Presidential idiosyncrasies that we have lost sight of what we as voters need to be looking at. Our Congress is the biggest failure we have right now. Their lack of desire it seems to work for us instead of against us is reason enough to vote for someone else when that time comes. There is no better reason to reject the incumbents than their pushing of a poor tax bill just to show they have accomplished something. The worst part of this is that several signers of this poor legislation now have regrets. Having regrets after the fact shows the weakness of those legislators and provide a reason to vote them out of office. We must remember that these are the same people who ridiculed the ACA and labeled it Obamacare as a slur. This is the same Medical care that 90%   of Americans enjoy in one form or another. These 535 seat fillers have failed us in so many ways including not doing their jobs for the past 10 years and then using the current White House Resident as a tool to get their agenda done. This is the time to start looking at any one seeking office with a critical but honest eye so that we can begin elect people who really want to serve.

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The Resident has made his New Years speech and there was very little substance beyond what we have seen so far or including his agenda. It appears to me that signing his name in lack felt tips and tweeting are his strong points. There has or possibly will be no more substantial work done beyond executive orders to undo whatever he can no matter what the outcome is. It is the job of the President to do what is best for the country and that includes the population (all of us). The cabinet choices appear to be a group of backslappers who have no real abilities that will benefit the country but make up the Resident’s “Amen chorus”. The recent release of excerpts from a new “tell all” book By Michael Wolff has pitted TOTUS against his one time associate Steve Bannon. The Resident has again reacted by pointing his barbs at Bannon with statements as to his mental stability (pot calling the kettle?). It is curious that the Resident’s method of dealing with issues is to attack in the child like fashion that has become his signature from the beginning.  For a country (US) that was up until 2017 was considered a world leader we have become a joke in some areas and  non player in others. Our ability to protect our selves and assist allies is severely compromised by the tweetstorm method of governing.  It appears to me that governing is about the Country and it’s people not about 1 person who happens be the Titular head. Essentially: ” Dude, it’s not about you!” At the rate we are going I am wondering “When will we see the gurney with a towel covered head leaving the White house by a secret or rear door”.

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