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The 1960’s? Is it possible that we never left the 60’s Racial issues behind or corrected the underlying problems? The recent Charlottesville riots?, kerfuffle? or what ever it may be called pointedly shows how little pockets of resistance to change can create dangerous situations. TOTUS has almost inadvertently created a rise in the racial divide and somehow persuaded uninformed people that he alone will make America Great Again. What we have seen since his election is that he apparently has no idea what he is doing other than repealing  anything the former President did. Since it seems that the now sitting idiot reads nothing beyond 140 characters. It is a wonder to me that we have so few real or possibly intelligent news reporters yet these lesser of these seem to garner the attention of the leader(?) of the free world. Years ago in the Nixon era the phrase ” A mind is a terrible thing to waste” was coined by Arthur Fletcher, with that in mind, we seem to have a wasted space in the Oval office. The idea of rational thinking appears to be an unwelcome guest in the White House given the  many actions by the TIC (Tweeter In Chief) that leave many us of stunned. His ability to move crowds with fiction has grown exponentially and with the effects of this fiction our Allies are seeking their own counsel rather than expecting any leadership from this administration. It is true that the racial divide has never completely gone away however rationality and education  has over time eroded the wall down to a bump. The wall that Trump has proposed apparently starts with the one he is building between Americans with his lack of engagement as a leader of all  America.

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Each of us has an opinion on something and that is as it should be. What should not be is any opinion on anything that is not based on correct information. It often takes several readings and some research to find the true information behind your opinion. Many quotes by well known people (living and dead) have been repeated as fact but are often repeated incomplete or out of context. These misapplied quotes have been the subject of many debates and arguments. It is incumbent on us all to get the real quote and its background to fully understand what is said or intended. All of this information is readily available if one chooses to seek it out. We are already under siege by the constant stream of inaccuracies (lies if you will) from some media outlets, our political leaders(?) and influencers which puts the onus on us readers and citizens to parse out the truth. Our ability to read and reason is the strength we have over lower animals yet we (some of us) still follow the ludicrous nattering of politicians and so called experts or well known pundits.  Many writings are designed as thought pieces with as much truth as is available, others are just slightly less than full blown lies. It is the duty of us all to seek the truth when the so called fresh fish stinks!

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Recently there was a report suggesting that Vice President Pence is setting up a “shadow” campaign for a 2020 run for the Presidency. This has been vehemently denied by the VP and Kellyanne Conwoman/ Since these two have gone on record denying the report, it’s plausibility has been greatly increased. This administration  is built on lies and implausible deniability, so it is no big stretch to believe the report to be true or plausible at the least. The current administration is no more than a barely cohesive group of non descript talking heads serving at the pleasure of an adoration maniac. The GOP has flowed along with the machinations and unrealistic utterances of the White House with little or no reactions since they hope their own nefarious activities will be hidden. The turnstile actions of the administration’s press liaisons serves only to show the disarray in this White House. Looking at the fact that Mr. Trump really did not want this job but now has to do it gives rise to the question of “what Now?” Recent events in South Carolina show the impact of Trumps Presidency, the thugs of the alt- right, Neo Nazi’s and other aligned White supremacy groups feel they have the right to issue their non-American message with impunity. Donald aka TOTUS is too busy to perform the duties of his office since there is no adoration in it. The TWEETER in Chief reluctantly and begrudgingly  denounced the unrest in Charlottesville. His primary minion  ( Steve Bannon) has tacitly denounced the followers of his former entity (Breitbart) and that shows his lack of loyalty to anything or anyone that is not Steve Bannon). This situation is slowly coming to a head along with the Head of DJT aka TOTUS. As an added message to the members of the Alt Right, Neo Nazis and White supremacists- The Native Americans were here first and you stole the country from them! 

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Politics has brought us many new terms or at least made us aware of them. The common terms are right and left which ordinarily tell us directions or how to unscrew a bolt or common screw. In the political arena it points out the mind set of political parties and their followers. These mind sets range from moderate to extreme or in some cases ALT. Taking the two directions in account, where would we be if these two opposites did not work together from time to time such as shooting hoops, driving a car, holding a baby or just unlocking a door? With this in mind why is it so difficult for people to understand that the two directions need one another to make good decisions no matter what the issue is. In my opinion taking a direction as ones credo is dangerous and probably uninformed. Using the old Newtonian law: for “every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. To presume or assume your direction is correct and no others matter is an opening for the election of poor representatives who unfortunately last longer in service than they should and  to our detriment. We have been fortunate to have had many right and lefts who understood the concept of  meshing the fingers of the two hands together to accomplish the work of representing. When your two hands are interlaced, you can no longer make a fist!

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The recent clash and injuries in Charlottesville show the extent of Trump’s influence on the Neo-Nazi’s, alt right and New Klan. Mr Trump is considered their champion. There have been many “spokespersons” for Mr. Trump who have “parsed” his statements. No one can actually speak for the President except the President and what he says is usually not the whole truth or any truth at all. The President in real words is just a Bully who now has a national platform. He is a half (?) step away from megalomania. It is unfortunate that his cabinet is composed of folks who have no good intentions for us as a nation and  are merely high profile folks who are determined to undo anything done by President Obama and making their supporters like it even though it harms them as well. Article below explains it all very well. MA.


My meeting with Donald Trump: A damaged, pathetic personality — whose obvious impairment has only gotten worse

I didn’t get his endorsement when I ran for governor — but the severely troubled man I met has only gotten worse


In 1994, I visited the home of Donald Trump. He was a Democrat then, of sorts, and I was the party’s nominee for governor of Connecticut. He’d taken an interest in our state owing to his keen desire to lodge a casino in Bridgeport, an idea I found economically and morally dubious. I had scant hope of enlisting him, but made the trip anyway, thinking that if I convinced him I might win, he’d be less apt to bankroll my opponent.

I arrived at Trump Tower in early evening, accompanied by my finance chair and an old friend and colleague. Stepping off the elevator into his apartment, we were met by a display of sterile, vulgar ostentation: all gold, silver, brass, marble; nothing soft, welcoming or warm. Trump soon appeared and we began to converse, but not really. In campaigns, we candidates do most of the talking; because we like to, and because people ask us lots of questions. Not this time. Not by a long shot.

Trump talked very rapidly and virtually nonstop for nearly an hour; not of my campaign or even of politics, but only of himself, and almost always in the third person. He’d given himself a nickname: “the Trumpster,” as in “everybody wants to know what the Trumpster’s gonna do,” a claim he made more than once.

He mostly told stories. Some were about his business deals; others about trips he’d taken or things he owned. All were unrelated to the alleged point of our meeting, and to one another. That he seldom even attempted segues made each tale seem more disconnected from reality than the last. It was funny at first, then pathetic, and finally deeply unsettling.

On the drive home, we all burst out laughing, then grew quiet. What the hell just happened? My first theory, that Trump was high on cocaine, didn’t feel quite right, but he was clearly emotionally impaired: in constant need of approbation; lacking impulse control, self-awareness or awareness of others. We’d heard tales of his monumental vanity, but were still shocked by the sad spectacle of him.

That visit colored all my later impressions of Trump. Over time, his mental health seemed to decline. He threw more and bigger public tantrums; lied more often and less artfully. The media, also in decline and knowing a ratings magnet when it saw one, turned a blind eye. Sensing impunity, Trump revived the racist ‘birther’ lie. In 2011, he told the “Today” show’s Meredith Vieira he had unearthed some dark secrets:

Vieira: You have people now down there searching, I mean in Hawaii?

Trump: Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they’re finding.

As Trump recycled old lies, Vieira had a queasy look but no apparent knowledge of the facts. Of course, there weren’t any. Trump had no proof of Obama being born in Kenya. (Since there is none.) It’s highly doubtful he had any researchers in Hawaii. (It was only after Vieira asked him that he claimed he did.) Later, when Trump’s story crumbled, he followed a rule taught by his mentor, Roy Cohn, infamous architect of McCarthyism: Admit nothing. To Trump, a lie is worth a thousand pictures.

By 2016, the private Trump was on permanent public display, raging over mere slights, seeing plots in every ill turn of events and, as always, stunningly self-absorbed. He was called a racist, a sexist and a bully. But his mental health issues were euphemized as problems of “temperament.” He lied ceaselessly, reflexively and clumsily, but his lies were called merely “unproven” or, later, “false.” The New York Times called the birther story a lie only after Trump grudgingly retracted it. Not till he was safe in office claiming that millions of phantom immigrants cast votes for Clinton did the paper of record use the word “lie” in reference to a tale Trump was still telling.

In 2016, the precariousness of Trump’s mental health was clear to all with eyes to see, but like extras in a remake of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” reporters averted their glances. The day after the election, they were all in a state of shock, like staff at an asylum who woke one morning to find that the patient who thought he was Napoleon had just been named emperor of France. Once he took office, many publications began keeping running tallies of his lies. But all take a more cautious approach to questions of their origins in his deeply troubled psyche. To date, no major network, newspaper or magazine has run an in-depth analysis of Trump’s mental health.

The pathologies of American journalism are by now clichés: aversion to policy analysis; addiction to horse-race politics; smashing of walls that once separated news, opinion and advertising; an ideology that mistakes evenhandedness for objectivity. Yet we hear scant talk of reform. The press excels at public rituals of soul-searching but has little taste for the real thing.  That said, its reluctance to discuss mental health reflects its virtues as well as its vices. Of major outlets, Fox News does by far the most psychological profiling. (It turns out all liberals are crazy.)

Like the language of politics, the language of psychology is imprecise; the term “sociopath” is as hard to nail down as “liberal” or “conservative.” What separates a serial liar from a pathological liar? Mere suspicion from paranoia? Righteous anger from uncontrolled rage? How do we ever tell mental illness from ill character? Our view of any antisocial behavior hinges on whether we view it through a moral, legal or therapeutic lens; to take a human life other than in self-defense is insane, and also criminal and, to many, sinful. Do we treat, punish or forgive? It’s so hard to say.

The diagnosis we associate with Trump is “narcissistic personality disorder” (a term that only lately replaced “narcissistic character disorder”). You’ll find it in the Diagnostic Survey Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, fifth edition. Back in February, a principal author of the prior edition, Dr. Allen Frances, wrote a letter to the Times rebuking mental health professionals for “diagnosing public figures from a distance” and “amateur diagnosticians” for “mislabeling” Trump with narcissistic personality disorder. Allen says he wrote the criteria defining the disorder and Trump doesn’t have it. His reasoning: Trump “does not suffer the disorder and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.”

Frances does what he accuses others of doing. By saying flatly that Trump doesn’t suffer a disorder, he diagnoses a public figure we assume — for multiple reasons — he hasn’t treated. Nor can he or anyone else tell “from a distance” that Trump doesn’t suffer the requisite impairment and disorder. No president ever seemed so impaired or disordered, but we needn’t compare him only to other rotten presidents. Trump is the Chuck Yeager of lying, a shatterer of records thought untouchable. That he is frozen in pathological, crotch-grabbing adolescence is well documented; that his judgment is often deranged by rage is self-evident.

This week the world watched two men of obvious, serious emotional impairment in control of ungodly nuclear weapons trade puerile taunts while threatening to incinerate millions of innocent human beings. Donald Trump, having made war on Mitch McConnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nordstrom, China, Mexico, Australia and the cast of “Hamilton,” baiting a man who idolizes Dennis Rodman and just murdered his own brother. This is simply unacceptable. We know how Kim Jong-Un got his job. It’s time we thought about how Trump got his. One answer is that he got it the way authoritarian leaders do in liberal democracies: by exploiting the weakness and naïve politesse of the old order. To contain him, let alone remove him, we must relearn the rules of debate.

We can start by distinguishing name calling (bad) from merely naming (which is not just good but vital). I too recoil from quack therapists diagnosing strangers on cable TV. But you don’t need to be a botanist to tell a rose from a dandelion. In 2016 Trump compared Ben Carson to a child molester and pronounced him “incurable,” but few raised the far more real question of Trump’s own mental health. Do we dare not state the obvious? You needn’t be an amateur diagnostician to see that Donald Trump is mentally ill.

Trump embodies that old therapists’ saw “perception is projection.” You can use this handy tool to locate the truth, exactly opposite from whatever he just said. He has a weight management problem, so women are “fat pigs.” He can’t stop fibbing, so his primary opponent becomes “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” His career is rife with fraud so the former secretary of state becomes “Crooked Hillary.” He is terrified of ridicule, so Barack Obama is a “laughingstock.” When he says America’s a wasteland but he’ll make it great again, we know his secret fear.

Late in the presidential campaign Hillary Clinton famously dubbed some large portion of Trump’s base a “basket of deplorables.” A constant theme and core belief of her campaign was that his campaign was fueled by racism and misogyny, evils against which Democrats stand united. The evils are genuine and enduring, but political corruption and the economic inequality it fosters did at least as much and probably more to fuel Trump’s rise.

It’s likely that Trump’s arrested development also got him white working-class votes, among males especially. The infantilization of the American male is a phenomenon we have been slow to recognize. It is a product of fast-narrowing economic horizons fueled by cultural forces; by beer ads and anti-intellectualism, by addiction and violent video games, and now by Trump, on whom Jon Stewart pinned the fitting moniker “man baby.”

Countless surveys say our children are less racist and sexist than our parents. What many may not be is more adult. The issue isn’t the bros in the beer ads; we assume they have jobs. It’s the tinderbox we create by mixing ignorance and inequality with dashed hopes and an overwrought sense of victimization. They say presidents lead us down the paths we’re already on. It’s our job to make sure this one doesn’t.

One thing Trump has taught us is that the drafters of the 25th Amendment weren’t thinking about mental illness. It is unlikely anyone it puts in charge would have the courage to take action. In any case, progressives must put their primary emphasis on crafting a blueprint for political reform and economic justice. While they’re at it they could try making better cases on national security and climate change.

They must take another lesson from Trump: to say out loud things they never said before, not as Trump does, but with honesty, decency, reason and specificity. Trump got to be president in part because there were so many things Democrats and the media didn’t think or couldn’t bring themselves to say. Trump’s whole life is a fraud that Robert Mueller may soon expose as a criminal enterprise. His business career was a disaster till a book someone else wrote and a TV show someone else produced made him a celebrity. He then fell into the only line of work he ever prospered in: licensing that celebrity. He does it pretty well, but Zsa Zsa Gabor did it first and Kim Kardashian did it better and neither of them should be president.

In 2016 Trump’s real vulnerabilities were his mental health and personal finances. We can now add his proto-fascism and his possible or intended treason to the list. Trump was lucky in the draw. His defects were so monumental, so toxic, we had no protocol for talking about them. There are effective and responsible ways to talk about all such things, but first our media and political elites must find the courage to name them. They know as well as you or I who he is.


Bill Curry

Bill Curry was White House counselor to President Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut. He is at work on a book on President Obama and the politics of populism.

It is quite difficult to not write or post from others on Donald Trump and this article points out why. MA

Paul Waldman
August 7, 2017
As things get worse for President Trump, his need for praise only increases.
In an age where our children are supposedly being made soft by too many participation trophies and too much praise, no one is thirstier for tributes than the president of the United States. Give him the chance and he’ll tell you how amazing he is with all the self-awareness of a 3-year-old; as we recently learned, in explaining the political importance of his anti-immigration stance to Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump said, “I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.” And if you work for Trump or depend on him for your position, you know that you have to praise him, too. You need to convince him he has your love and your loyalty, and the best way to do that is to extol his fabulousness to all who will listen, especially on TV.
If you’re looking for a model, you might take Corey Lewandowski, who was Trump’s campaign manager and now runs a lobbying firm established to profit off that connection to the administration in the most shameless way possible. Lewandowski recently said on Fox News that Trump is “the greatest politician our country has ever seen.” Marvel at that for a moment. Lincoln? FDR? JFK, LBJ, Reagan, Clinton, Obama? Losers, all of them.
But for epic lickspittlery, few can match Vice President Mike Pence, who spent a good deal of the 2016 campaign talking about the awe-inspiring majesty of Trump’s shoulder-width. (“To be around Donald Trump is to be around a man with broad shoulders. … He’s a man with broad shoulders, he’s got a clear vision, he’s strong. … They are responding to Donald Trump’s broad-shouldered, plainspoken leadership. … I think it shows the kind of broad-shouldered leader he is.”) On Sunday, The New York Times published an article about Republican politicians taking some preparatory steps toward potential 2020 presidential bids, including Pence. “Multiple advisers to Mr. Pence have already intimated to party donors that he would plan to run if Mr. Trump did not,” they reported, noting that Pence has established his own PAC which will make donations to candidates, has hired a seasoned campaign operative as his chief of staff (as opposed to someone with government experience), and is aggressively courting donors and connected political figures in key states.
Given the fact that it’s always possible that President Trump will decide not to run for re-election, all that seems like little more than prudence from a politician who plainly wants to be president one day. But no doubt anticipating his boss’s displeasure at the story, Pence responded with an almost comical overreaction:
Today’s article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration. …
Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.
you’ll notice that while saying everything in the article was false, Pence couldn’t actually point to anything in the article that was false. But the true audience for his statement was one person, the desperately insecure man in the Oval Office, for whom it amounted to, “C’mon baby, you know you’re the only one for me.”
And the president needs that reassurance more than ever. He has shown that he has a deep desire for loyalty (you’ll recall that he demanded it of James Comey, whose answer wasn’t satisfying), but he’s not getting nearly enough. In fact, Trump’s own aides could be described as less loyal than any White House staff in history. All that leaking—much of which serves to portray the president as a buffoon—comes from a White House where everyone’s looking out for themselves rather than doing what Trump would hope, i.e. contributing to the greater aggrandizement of Donald Trump.
Once you get past his own family and a few aides he brought with him from the Trump Organization, the number of true believers who would do anything for this president is tiny. On a recent podcast, Slate’s Isaac Chotiner asked Olivia Nuzzi, a White House reporter for New York magazine, “Do you get a sense that there are people in the White House who genuinely think Trump is a great leader and have great respect for him, and see this as deep down as something other than a shit show?” She responded simply, “No.” After a brief pause, she went on, saying “Most people are here for very self-serving reasons. … I never get the impression that anyone thinks that he’s some kind of genius.” Not that there are self-serving staff in every White House, but nearly every president also has many people around him who genuinely respect and admire him.
It’s hard to know whether Trump understands what his own underlings think of him, but by being so abusive to people who work for him, sometimes even taking pains to humiliate them publicly, he creates an atmosphere in which resentment and fear must surely be rampant. That’s one reason there are so many leaks, and it also leaves those who want to retain their position knowing that they have to go the extra mile to assure the president they’re still behind him. It won’t be enough to tout the administration’s accomplishments—you have be effusive about Trump himself, telling him that he is a giant among Lilliputians, a man whose wisdom, skill, and accomplishments are so spectacular that we should all fall to our knees and thank our gods that we were privileged enough to inhabit the same historical period as such a person.
The worse things get for Trump—approval ratings in the 30s, the widening Russia investigation, legislative failures—the more he needs this validation. But curiously enough, the person who laid on the praise more thickly than almost anyone else—Anthony Scaramucci—found it wasn’t enough to save himself. After a tumultuous ten days as communication director, Scaramucci was shown the door by the new chief of staff, John Kelly, who was brought in to impose some order on the mess in the West Wing.
Perhaps Trump assented to the firing because he was getting jealous of all the attention Scaramucci was getting, or perhaps Kelly made it a non-negotiable condition of accepting the rescue mission. Either way, it shows that going on TV to tell everyone how much you love Donald Trump won’t guarantee that you’ll remain in his favor. But when the president is watching—and he always is—it’s the least he expects.

During the last 10 years we have had many high profile TV and radio commentators, pundits and other so called experts extolling the virtues of, or condemning some politicians. These utterances are usually quite political aka Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal. It has become apparent to me that many of the well known people are pushing hate speech as truth, exhorting people to take back something that was never gone and pushing agendas that do more harm than good. All the while writing books that sound right but have no new information beyond what is common knowledge and available to anyone who will look for it. These folks have one aim and that is to sell books. Several of the book sellers have been publicly outed as racists, misogynists and supporters of the highest payers for their services. There is no need to enumerate or name any of these people as this entire post will be taken up by the list. The point is: we ALL need to begin the trek to reading as many opinions, writings and news sources as you deem necessary to your path of learning. There is no greater need now than an informed voter and not someone who respond to half truths and innuendo.


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Again we see the Governor doing the know it all shuffle. After 2 years of no budget and having his veto overrode , the Gov is attacking schools (again). His cutting of parts of the school budget specifically targeting the pensions of Chicago teachers is appalling and small minded, short sighted and possibly just mean spirited. It is well known that the mayor of Chicago and the Governor are not “friends” however to punish the teachers and by extension the students of Chicago schools is poor judgement and uncalled for. With the upcoming election there is sure to be a backlash in spite of the obscene amount of money the Governor will surely spend to get his way. Essentially the Governor wants to stay in office and get his way “by hook or by crook “. If we as voters do not pay attention to what the Governor is doing to us, we are doomed to another round of hurtful actions by a small minded man with a lot of money.

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Apparently younger Trump is seeking a little spotlight for himself or approval from his Dad. Perhaps this is another side ploy from TOTUS. No one can fight for anyone who keeps shooting himself in the foot or putting that foot in his mouth. If the Tweeter in chief ever understands that he has to learn what the job entails and gather the details on the world and the US so that rational decisions can be made, then maybe he can gain some help. To date he has alienated many in the Nation from the day he entered the Presidential race and has continued his reality show ways since entering the office. His actions have not made his election very welcoming except for the GOP who are using his actions as a hat to hide their own nefarious activities. MA

“I want somebody to start fighting for him,” Trump told Fox News’s “Hannity,” on Monday night.
“How much weight does he have to carry by himself?”
Trump’s comments come several days after the Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obama Care, a key campaign promise of both President Trump and congressional Republicans.
“My father has the voice of this country, the people of this country love him. Why wouldn’t they get in line? It doesn’t make sense,” Trump said about Republicans during his Monday interview.
President Trump has hammered the GOP since the Senate’s failure to pass a healthcare bill last week, and his son boosted that effort in his interview with Sean Hannity.
“They would rather see this country fail than see my father succeed,” he added, seeming to refer to Democrats whom he said refused to work with the GOP on healthcare reform

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The recent press for repeal and replace of the ACA (Obamacare) has failed and is a big issue due to the staunch resistance and miscasting of what it does and has done. All of the failures of this law sits squarely on the shoulders of the Congress which is overwhelmingly Dupublican. For those who do not know Dupublican is my copyrighted, invented word for the Republicans. After 7 years of trying to repeal and replace unsuccessfully, the legislature has spent the past 6 months trying to do the same with the TOTUS pushing it along because he  and they promised. They have tried to place their failure on the Scamocrats (Democrats) because they resisted throwing millions off of their healthcare (there were many Dupublicans against it also). Their promise would at best throw millions off of a working healthcare system even with its problems. Instead of using the past 7 years plus to assist in tweaking the law, they condemned it because they did not like the President and promised at the outset that he would get no work done with their help. With all of the normal distrust many of us have for the Government, these neer do wells have shown how bad they really are. They campaigned on repealing a law that has helped many rather than campaigning on fixing its bad parts. It was determined that they exempted their healthcare from the repeal and replace  action but this was never told to the oft quoted “American People”. They (Congress) cite incomplete and incorrect facts about the ACA. It is well known that the ACA works well in some areas and not so good in others but in the same spirit neither does the VA medical system and they have not done as much as they could for that system either. We the people have been misled (partially our own fault) for years, we no longer have any real serving representatives but we do have many self serving members of Congress. If we want better government we need to get better educated as to what they do and are doing. We need to hold them to a higher standard and take them to task on what they tell us. It is always wise to remember that for the most part they are being less than forthright in what they say and to that end do some reading across multiple platforms to get the truth. Our only recourse is to get out of the rut of listening to what inflames our anger or entertains  as this is not news or many time not facts, this is merely the  nattering of paid spokespeople who make statements that appear true but are less honest than an infomercial offering a free item with the payment of “additional handling”.


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