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The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. His main strength is his imagination. His great weakness is his eccentric side, which is difficult to keep under control. This is a sign that is automatically attracted by the unusual and is soon bored by the everyday. The dominant force of this sign is Yang.

As I was researching this, it became apparent that it almost perfectly described our former president. The Chinese New Year past was the year of the Rat and the actions of TOTUS closely relates in many ways to that personality. Aside from the uncountable misdeeds and political misdeeds at home and abroad TOTUS was completely inept at the job. His concern was how much he was adored or “Kow Towed ” to rather than the effects of his poor management of the Government. Installing “toadies”, sycophants and family in positions of importance is no way to run a country. These positions require serious minded and Qualified people to get the job done. Revolving door administration never works. Now that “The Former Guy” is out, he is still in as de facto leader of the GOP. It is evident that the current members of Congress and the greater GOP across the country still have a loyalty to YOTUS to the detriment of us all and especially the loyal GOP voters. TOTUS was and still is a cancerous anomaly which the country as whole cannot afford to let grow. The recent interviews and statements from major GOP mouthpieces belies their “working across the aisle” statements. They (the GOP) have gone far right with no regard for the “American People” that they purport to work for. If the voting public wants better government then they (we) need to get involved with an understanding of what or perhaps “who” we vote for and support. If it isn’t clear what the state of our politics are, then we need to take a step back from “tweets’ and Facebook for information and read in depth on other sites that give detailed information rather than quick bites, this is sometimes called “research”!

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With the advent of TOTUS we have seen the worst of our political system. Under the Trump (mis) administration the Religious “right” possible an off shoot or renaming of the “moral Majority” of the late 70’s and early 80’s has emerged again as financial supporters of the GOP. While it is odd that that religious community so strongly supports a morally and mentality corrupt national leader, it is not surprising since these folks have roots in the Puritans who came over to escape religious persecution only to put that on the backs of the indigenous people. Those actions continued to this day and are evidenced in the extreme with the Religious conservatives who supported Donald J. Trump based on his ability to “Ponzi” any idea that promotes him. Totus’s ambitions are limited to what in “his” best interest alone and will through anyone under the bus in that pursuit. This trait as it were is the glue that pulled his coalition together under the umbrella of Republican Conservatism (which is much different than traditional Republican conservatism). No matter the differences of beliefs most members of Congress believe in what’s best for America in general. There are and will always be differences in execution and philosophy but TOTUS has effectively given us (the Voters) a good look at who we have and currently support to represent us. It is our duty as voters to pay careful attention to this first year of the new presidency to understand what better government should look like but keeping in mind the trash that has to cleaned up while addressing the major issues of Covid-19 and the accompanying fiscal issues.

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After the 2nd impeachment trial of TOTUS, the members of the GOP save a few did exactly what anyone who thinks suspected nd expected them to do-ACQUIT a known liar and criminal. The GOP members who voted to impeach are now receiving threats and censure from their own party, one member’s State party stated that “they did not send him to Congress to do the right thing!” What we have to lose is the America that works for all of us. Currently Bitch McConnel is looking to legally force his State’s Governor to replace him with a Republican should he decide to retire. It appears to me that this is post Civil War thinking in that long serving GOP members are looking to maintain the status quo and reverse what ever they can with no regard to the damage and harm it can cause to the voters. There will always be hardcore voters who will never see beyond the lies told by their representatives (no matter the party) so it is solely up to the informed voters (no matter the party) to elect better and open minded representatives. At this time we have neer do wells like Botch McConnell, Rand Paul, Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Brain dead Josh Hawley, Lindsey “HOP” Graham and Ron Johnson to name a few whose loyalty lie with TOTUS and the party not their constituents whom they invoke regularly without a consensus or the consent of those constituents. The named above are all members of the GOP and unfortunately this supposed to be the party of Lincoln who if if it were possible would be spinning in his grave or at the least crying in his hands. These so called leaders for the most part are seeking as much publicity as possible in readiness to run for the Presidency or aid Donald Trump to do so. Alternately they looking to gain control of the Congress in order to regulate the lives of the voters as THEY think it should be (sounds like Dictatorial ambitions to me). We are not so far removed from the post civil war reconstruction period as time indicates we should be, many of the same evils that occurred then are still in evidence now eg. police killing of black men with consequences )Minnesota, Maryland and on), instituting or changing voting rules (Georgia, Texas). Couple all of this with the immigration fiasco it appears that we have not progressed so much deep down and just barely on the surface. The questions to be asked are many but the one answer we have is : we have a lot to lose if we do not pay close attention to the GOP members and their questionable activities especially when tied to a former President who was impeached twice and is facing civil legal difficulties which surely point to jail time if convicted. WE HAVE THE REAL AMERICA TO LOSE if we are not vigilant.

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The GOP (Dupublicans) and DEMS (Scamocrats) have reinforced what many of us have suspected and believed for years-Politicians lie and are dishonest , save a few! It is reported that several GOP members have received push back and threats due to their siding with the Dems on impeaching TOTUS. So the new normal is to side with a miscreant leader against the voters well being. We have already seen the gross disingenuousness of many Congressional members highlighted by their flip flopping and ignoring of the danger they were in during TOTUS’s “insurrection”. Their action to support a self serving leader is as near treason as one can get without selling state secrets. Their devotion to TOTUS is a clear affront to the people who voted them in time after time. This the point where voters should remember that these people work for them not the other way around. If any of these folks survive the next election cycle it will be shame on us (the voters), our sole job is to become informed and elect the best people we can and dare not be afraid to unelect them when required and as far as I am concerned this requirement needs to be met now!

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Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

Mitch McConnel orchestrated the vote to acquit the criminal know as Trump and throwing the good of the people into the trash heap. Anyone who votes and allows this to stand in the next election is playing into the hands of the worst elements of our society. Remember “Bitch” was in hiding during the storming of the capital along with everyone else yet he has made a political decision to acquit an unrepentant criminal who put lives in danger for the sake of personal preservation. If we (voters) are smart we will give neither of them any cover now and in the future. We now know that a majority of our Congress have no regard for the well being of the voters or the country and they need to be held accountable. It is worth looking at the members of both parties on both sides to determine who we want to represent us in the future. “Bitch’s head should be one the first on the block!

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Jeff Danziger Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

No matter your politics, the actions of former president Trump aka “TOTUS” in the insurrection was evident and the GOP members who are defending those actions and his part in it does not bode well for the Country. I fail to see how the Dupublican Senators for the most part can still support possibly the worst President in history when his actions and words contributed directly to the assault on the Capitol. They seem to ignore the fact their safety was threatened because of it and their “Champion” did not care if they were affected. This appears to be a case of “Stockholm Syndrome”. The very people we elected to represent us and our interests are representing Trump and his interests in pursuit of maintaining the loyalty of Trumps “base”, the same people who committed the assault on the capitol and put them in harms way. The option we (voters) have is vote for people who truly have the interest of all of us in mind or continue with the “HUTA” pact that now vocalize and show their contempt for the needs of the voters.

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After 4 years of malfeasance some TOTUS cabinet members have resigned and others were just there until January 20, 12:01. while some are acting as if they care, others have moved into other jobs yet too many of the enabling members of the GOP are still around and pursuing an agenda that is in their interests and not in the interests of the nation as a whole. I would recommend that all voters no matter the party look carefully at what these currently serving members of congress are doing and saying. Their actions and statements are not new but have been emboldened by the Previous president and their own sense of entitlement(?). Their entitlement is at the behest of the voters and nothing more, that being said it is time for the voters to correct previous errors by electing folks who truly have the interest of the people who elected them. Keep in mind that many people who are elected hire loyalists and enablers rather that the most qualified people. The only term limits at this time is mandated by vote and not any regulation (although the subject has been debated several times). As voters we have one mandate, elect the people we think will do the best job albeit usually based on what we hear from the candidate. There is no quick way to determine who will do the best job or the job the voters think should be done. There is the measure of the aspirants past deeds and actions which sometimes are more telling than what’s said on the campaign trail. It’s hard to judge the honesty of any person beyond what is publicly known without investigating their background which is done rarely unless the candidate is extreme one way or another or perhaps aired some extremes currently or in the past. With all of this being said I submit that an informed voter is the most powerful tool we have to insure Government works as well as it should for all of us. The majority parties only serve as a conduit for general information and aspirations of their largest (monetary) supporters not the everyday voters who are always affected by poor legislation yet never it seems by the high end matters. The recent insurrection by the Titular head of the GOP has persuaded too many members of Congress to follow his poor leadership and they are now protecting a lifetime miscreant who has the con man’s mentality and has used it well. Our job as voters is to remove these self serving members and replace them with hopefully a better class of representatives.

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What concerns me and it should concern you also is the “hypocrisy” of our elected officials and how it affects our lives. This impeachment trial is one sided however it is something that should be done to protect the Democracy. Instead it has become a tit for tat game where our elected representatives bring up old news to support their ideas. Each side may have some merit in what they present but what does it do for us, The voters? I have found it hard to trust any of them as they do not for the most part truly represent any of us (voters) in the manner they proport to. The election of Trump supporters who still carry on unfounded and disproven ideas to the Congress is troubling but even more concerning is the fact that the GOP (Dupublican) members aren’t concerned with this purveyor of Trumpian tropes. It is unfortunate that many Americans have become what I call JSP’s (no offense: JERRY SPRINGER PEOPLE). The reason is that this show no matter how entertaining is staged for entertainment more than information. The same can be said for the daily “soaps” enjoyed by many. This devotion to entertainment and misleading politics show the sad state of our Politics and the nefariousness of the Hawkers of this misinformation for political gain. Our purpose as voters should and needs to be a demand for more honesty (if possible) in politics along with our own “VETTING” of people seeking election to Government service on our behalf. It is well to remember that as it should be that the two middle letters in poLItician is “LI” and too many spin the truth to gain access to government seats. That lead to long term poor performance for us and a well paid career for them. This concerns me and should concern you too!

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Why is it that the pro Trump faction that believes the election was stolen from TOTUS do not realize they are being deluded? Following a known liar and perhaps thief into the fray of delusionary thinking is more of a threat to them than the assumed illegitimacy of the recent election. The Constitution guarantees a right to a free and fair election not an overturning of a “perceived” stolen election. Pursuing an idea that the election is illegitimate by members of Congress is in itself a violation of your Constitutional voting rights. Following blindly behind your elected officials on an uninformed pursuit regarding unproven election fraud is against your own interests and is no ones fault but your own. The Greater GOP has continued the ongoing farce that the election was rigged in spite of the proven security of the election. The GOP is now preparing to play games with Senate and possibly House rules wherever they can. These changes are not in the interest of their constituents (voters) but more leaning towards the new “reconstructionist” agenda which promoted the segregationist agendas of the pre civil war era. Since many were directly unaware or unaffected by these agendas, they have a hard time believing the facts as presented to them. It is your constitutional right to vote as you see fit but not to be manipulated by political factions that present false information to alter that vote. The political class are no better than the “dictatorial” class in other countries except “We The People” have the power to elect who we want in office but only if we use our intelligence when doing so. The shout of “Constitutional Rights” is meaningless if you’ve never bothered to read or understand them. Those rights are broad and narrow at the same time so are subject to interpretation much like the Bible. Your Constitutional rights do not cover the right to prevent someone from voting, living where they want or pursuing the happiness guaranteed by the Constitution. Your Constitutional rights do cover who you want to represent you through your voting rights. Intelligent use of your Constitutional rights is the best weapon we have to get good governance. Do not be mislead by FAUX news talking heads such as Newt Gingrich, Tucker Carlson and Mr. Hannity whose main objective is ratings at any cost (the cost of your right to correct and true information).

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Dear Lawmaker:

  • “As a constituent, I am writing to urge you not to raise the state income tax.I’m already paying substantially more of my hard earned income in taxes because of the last two income tax hikes over the past few years, not to mention hundreds of dollars more annually as a result of the additional tax and fee increases passed by the Legislature in recent years.  And that doesn’t include the perennial increases in my property taxes, which are nearly the highest in the nation! I know that I am not alone in my frustration as an Illinois taxpayer in the lack of progress on any meaningful reforms to state spending and an unwillingness to address our disastrous pension problem. I am asking that you publicly oppose and vote against any proposal to increase the state income tax. Thank you for your consideration.”

The above letter presented in an ad by Americans For Prosperity appears on many web pages. Illinois has fiscal problems that are well documented but so many Illinoisans failed to take the step of voting for a tax amendment which could have assisted the State in moving towards a partial resolution (raising the taxes on the wealthier citizens and corporations who often pay less than the average citizen). This failure was due to the millions spent by Billionaires who pay those low to no taxes. This ad attempts to restrain the State from raising taxes because we the people refused to read the few pages explaining the Tax reform initiative. While the initiative would not have solved all of the State’s fiscal issues but it would have captured the lost tax revenues garnered by the supporters against Tax reform. It is important that voters get correct information on fiscal issues rather than follow rhetorical and often untrue statements on Tax reform. Remember the State has fiscal issues but they will not be solved by those benefitting from the current fiscal status quo. Do not be drawn in by letters like the one above, they are no more than scams that benefit the wealthy, none of their reforms will “trickle down”! It is apparent that modern politics is more about personal gain for the political “ins” , their backers and cohorts. The real power is in the hands of the voters who seem to be easily influenced by “real” sounding “demi facts” and largely ignore real facts. With apologies: Many voters have become what I call ” Jerry Springer People”, the type of folks who believe the events on stage are spontaneous. It is unfortunately the norm for some news outlets to lie, present “alternative facts” an otherwise proffer misinformation as fact with the aplomb of the POPE! Facts are facts and always will be facts while lies lie fallow even though they are still recycled on a daily basis.

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