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The modern political system has devolved into systemic power brokering and self interest. The electeds have put party interests and backing over service to the voters and the country. Voters have ONE job, vet anyone running for office, the first time or for retention. Billions of dollars are spent to gain or retain an office that pays under 200 thousand dollars annually yet the people we elected leave the job millionaires and sometimes Billionaires. How does this happen? The cause is that the morals and ethics of the people we elect being bought by financial entities with agendas that which impact ALL citizens no matter their social status. An ironic comparative comes to mind when thinking about this. In 1933 Adolph Hitler came to power and proceeded to dominate the country while building a war machine to take over the world. In 2016 Donald J. Trump won the presidential election and proceeded to act in similar ways as Hitler with the backing of the “new” GOP which is powered by the ultra conservative “right”. Now we have a GOP that denies the attack on the capital much like the “former Guy” while slow walking to snail pacing legislation that is designed to put the country back on track financially and health wise. The GOP is concerned as they say that the deficit is ballooning to non viable limits. The economic community has shown time after time that this is not true. Each time a reasonable and rational solution is offered the TGOP (TOTUS Party) spews more disinformation which by the way has created more harm to the public and slowed the control of the current pandemic. There is no way to overcome this other than listening to the experts and paying particular attention to the loudest government voices (which are often less than truthful).

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for July 27, 2021
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The past 4-6 years should be a wake up call to all of us, if we would pay attention. We have had a close shave with a near dictatorial leader whose sole objective while in office is to gratify and serve himself. WE still have the remains of his regime in the GOP congressional members who supported his “eccentricities” since they used it as a cover for their self serving activities which did nothing for the betterment of the voters (you know the people they swore to serve along with upholding the Constitution). The rise of right leaning to extreme right news sources have poisoned the media pool so that many of us can no longer identify the line between truth and fiction. There is always a way to get at the truth, that involves the simple act of reading and listening to several avenues of information because the truth is always there if we chose to see it. Right now the GOP is pushing hard against the massive spending bill which they attempt to employ the idea that our grandchildren’s futures are being “mortgaged”. All with no proof other than their stale party line which has for years brought no relief to voters if they are not big donors to the party. The 2017 “tax Reform” cost taxpayers 1.3 trillion dollars with no benefit to 90% of the taxpayers and in some cases pushing more people towards or even into poverty. Each time a person is pushed into poverty it costs the Government more money as they have to rely on public assistance to survive even while working a low to middle wage job. The actions of the current GOP can be likened to the post civil war era (reconstruction) which was supposed to reconcile the differences between the states and bring the country together. This failure was ignored and exacerbated by the ensuing leaders from Federal to local since it served their interests not the voters. Using an unspoken rule on race they created or allowed the rise of the haves and have-nots to a new level which exists today and is now become widely known. We have one job as the statement goes and that is to vote with intelligence in the hope of having that “more perfect Union” imagined 200 plus years ago.

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If you are a avid fan of the Star Wars franchise or if you are a casual observer, you will understand the comparison of the Current Congress especially the GOP which has by all and any means subverted the real heart of that party. In SW there is a SITH lord pulling strings from without and within, we have a parallel view right now with the outer rim of the party being manipulated by the former guy and internally being molded by Bitch McConnell and his minions in many states. The current state of politics are as bad and sometimes worse than pre civil war times yet mirroring the “reconstruction” era. The actions of this Congress especially the so called “conservatives are aimed at getting and keeping power for their own benefit not the people who elected them based on the promises made. Unfortunately as in so many instances the people who are pulled in by the sound bites and politispeak learn too late that they have been duped. The only solution is not always a matter of changing parties but more the fact of carefully examining who you vote for as a person, in other words their track record in private and political life. The Republic, Democracy or what ever you want to call our system of Government consists of the people and their votes not the people in office as many times we have no idea of their actions until we are hit by their results. This will be the case until we stop thinking in naïve terms about the politicians we’ve elected to serve US. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Congress bites us in the rear if we do not participate or pay attention to what they are saying or doing.

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The Nazi Party, officially the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, was a far-right political party in Germany active between 1920 and 1945, that created and supported the ideology of Nazism. Its precursor, the German Workers’ Party, existed from 1919 to 1920. Wikipedia.

The party of TOTUS is considered a Nationalist or Populist movement which each by definition is not inclusive of ALL citizens of the country. The definition of Nazi party above is merely to explain its definition. TOTUS has been called a populist meaning he resonated with many people not so much for a well-defined message but more of an assailing raging rhetoric that evinced cheers and agreement over perceived injustices by the then current government and previous ones. The underlying message for TOTUS was his perceived personal value in spite of his dearth of knowledge of administration. His rise was presaged by the outrageous actions and statements of former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin who campaigned in the same style with the same un substantiated statements and bravado that earned the cheers and support of many of the same people who eventually lined up behind TOTUS. In essence Sarah Palin cracked the “Populist” door open and TOTUS kicked it wide open! TOTUS took the worst of his own personal (fallacious) beliefs mainstream creating a more divided country not unlike the immediate post-civil war era.  And the pre-World War II German Republic (as constructed by Hitler). The worst of it is the support (overt and covert) by members of congress for their own ends, not for the country and people they swore an oath to protect and support. With the current GOP having a thin edge (not a majority) in the Congress we are in for another year of unsubstantiated claims that play into the beliefs and fears of TOTUS’ supporters whose support they need to remain in office. It is unfortunate that these base supporters are literally “cutting off their noses to spite their faces” by continuing to follow the political demagogues (aka Congress) who will all retire better than 5 to 6 of the average American families who follow and support them. The past has and always will dictate the present and possibly the future if we as voters do not watch our elected leaders closely. Those we have elected are not our friends , they are OUR Employees!

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Chris Britt Comic Strip for July 09, 2021
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90 years ago the seed and subsequent growth of the Hitlerian era of history engulfed Europe and affected the globe much like Covid has currently. The united states is in the grips of a political party whose de facto leader is a failed businessman and former President. There have been several Congressional members whose only attributes seem to be the ability to spin a tale of woe that doesn’t exist. This followed by an intransient Congressional leader whose sole objective is to turn back the clock to pre civil war times where the least of us are restricted and even constrained from exercising the right to vote. All of this to aid and abet the baser elements of the country while lining their own pockets. The worst of it is that their followers do not realize their complicity in their own misfortunes by supporting these self serving “leaders”. The high court seemingly has abdicated its duties to the voters with recent rulings effectively rolling back established voting initiatives and allowing restrictive voting laws enacted by several states under GOP leadership. It is ironic that the high court appears to be decidedly conservative in nature effectively making them partisan rather than apolitical in their judgements. Too many of us have in some respects watched silently while our fellow Americans suffer from the centuries old “White European” style of governing which is to overwhelm all “lesser” folks and people of color with might and or lies. The current political climate is skewed by “conservatives” whose objectives are decidedly not conservative, liberal or any of the other commonly used sobriquets but based in the pursuit of power and money on the backs of the greater segment of society. This is how America was built and how the baser elements of the political system continues to work. We in America fought a war over this to the tune 100’s of thousand lives thrown away, in todays dollars Billions in property loss. It seems that WE have not fully recovered since “Jim Crow” apparently has been in evidence since the civil war tacitly and overtly with impunity. As the well worn statement proclaims: “we have one job”, that is to vote for the best available people to administer our country for the good of us all yet we are still being distracted by “shiny objects” and missing the evil deeds done to us and in our names. Information on the people we elect is our only and most valuable tool in building the envisioned government of 1776. It must be pointed out that the signers and crafters of the declaration and it’s amendments had hoped that future generations would execute the promise of that document but left us a number of unresolved issues that plague us today. Our method of correction is the vote and we must become smarter about it and not be led by rhetoric and lies but pragmatically listen and observe-remember the truth never changes but lies shift by the minute.

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Recent high court ruling upholding voting rights rollbacks and alterations show that Clarence Thomas is no Thurgood Marshall. Thomas’ siding against voting rights which affect folks of color primarily is a slap in the face of Thurgood Marshall’s lifetime fight against injustice and racism. Shall we call him Uncle?. These actions of gutting voting rights affect us all no matter the color and too many Americans still fail to see the forest for the trees.
The high court has effectively negated the 1965 voting rights act which made the right to vote available for all eligible Americans regardless of race or ethnicities. This has bolstered the false claims of a failed president and his backers about election fraud which has been proven to be unfounded and contrived. We now have the task of looking closely and understanding that our Congressional members have failed us in general for their own purposes. It is time for all voters to understand what the Declaration Of Independence actually means and apply it to the present

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Clay Bennett Comic Strip for June 29, 2021

Could also be : “the McConnell Organization”, The “graham Organization” or perhaps “the GOP Organization”.



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Dilbert Classics Comic Strip for June 22, 2021

WE had four years of U.B.R.

 

Thanks you Scott Adams

 

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The ongoing and frequently altered GOP positions on Covid, infrastructure and denials of accountability should be on the minds of voters now and during the upcoming elections. After 4 years of lies, denials, bridge burnings the GOP appears to be the party of conspiracies’ rather than addressing legislation to help the voters (who put them in office). There seems to be a trend that attacking Medical experts and pushing for solutions to made up problems is better than actually understanding the issues and finding solutions for what’s known. Jim Jordan of Ohio is a prime example of a ‘heat seeking missle searching for a target in the dessert”! Then we have Bitch McConnell “boldly going where he has gone before” in stating President Biden will get nothing done, this is who supposedly works for us as a country. The current legislature has shown us that the problems facing the country as a whole are not what interests them. They have the sole purpose of being the major party in the Whitehouse, Congress and the judiciary which would be a disaster for all of us. We the people have the right to good government but only if we pay attention to who we elect and be prepared to replace them when required. Right now the political system is not serving us at all. The obstructive members of Congress do not think we deserve good roads so perhaps they deserve to be replaced. It’s remarkable how thick the “wall of lies” is and how deceptive they are.

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