Searching for common sense in politics

Monday, November 28, 2016

Trump Claims Popular Vote Win

According to CNN, President-Elect Donald Trump is claiming that, despite all evidence to the contrary, he actually won the popular vote in addition to the electoral vote.

I have several problems with this complaint.

First, I had hoped that Trump's demeanor would change after he won. I hoped he would be more conciliatory and less inflammatory. He will not be able to govern effectively if he doesn't tone down his combativeness. He showed signs of going that route in the weeks after the election (his victory speech was a great start). But this reckless diatribe - along with his crazy Twitter rants - shows that he will continue to pick meaningless fights that will only distract him (and the country) from the real issues.

(Side note: can't somebody on his team take away his access to Twitter?!? Seriously! He does nothing but get himself into trouble on there).

Second, if millions of the votes cast on November 7 were illegitimate, as Trump claims, then it's entirely possible that the shadiness went both ways and Hillary actually would benefit from the recount that is now going on in several states. So he seems to be undermining his own cause a bit.

Personally, I think the recount thing is a waste of time. There is almost no chance that there will be enough of a change in all three of those swing states (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) to change the result. At the most, Hillary picks up one of them and makes the election look a little closer. Is that really the point of the whole thing, just to make Hillary feel a little better about herself?

Buckle up, America. It's going to be a wild four years. And, yes, I mean four years. I'd bet money that Trump is a one-term president.


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Racism Is Not Natural

What a concept!

My 3-year-old son's best friend is a black boy. Those two little men have no clue what racism is. It's so sad to think that, in just a few years, they will have a much different view of their relationship because our society is so hell bent on dividing people.


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Liberal Racism Flowchart

You have to admire the simplicity of the liberal mind. If you don't agree with them, and/or they don't like you, you must be a racist bigot. It must be nice to live in such a cut-and-dry world.



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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tucker Carlson Destroys a Liberal

Watch Tucker Carlson destroy a liberal for calling Jeff Sessions a racist with no evidence.

It really sickens me to see so many "journalists" smearing Republicans in general, and Trump supporters in particular, as racists simply because they are, well, Republicans. It's nice to see one of them called out for it. Good job Tucker.



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Jon Stewart Slams Liberal Hypocrisy

Well isn't this special.

According to the Washington Times, Jon Stewart is calling out liberals for their hypocrisy in labeling all Trump voters "racist."



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Monday, November 14, 2016

Trump Sets Up Two-Headed WH Monster

The NY Times is reporting that Donald Trump has selected Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, and also chose Stephen Bannon as Strategist.
Having a two-headed monster running White House operations is probably not a great idea. To me, that sounds like a recipe for infighting and power struggles.
It reminds me of the Nixon White House, where a very small group of people controlled all of the power around the president, and those few individuals constantly maneuvered against each other to gain Nixon's favor.
I'm not saying this administration will be that disastrous, just that I wish Trump had chosen one Chief of Staff and left it at that.


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

MLK Jr

Sadly, but not surprisingly, I bet many Millennials don't even know who this is.



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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hillary's Hiking Photo Op Scam

When I first heard about a hiker having a chance encounter with Hillary the day after her concession, it struck me as suspicious. How could a presidential candidate and a former president, likely with half a dozen Secret Service agents in tow, wander down a public trail without people noticing? To me, it smelled like a staged photo op.
Turns out that was probably the case. It's now known that the woman who posted the "chance encounter" photo has met Hillary in the past. And now she's removed the photo from her Facebook page.
Shocker!


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Friday, November 11, 2016

When it Comes to Presidents...You Just Never Know

I am a presidential history buff, and I just wanted to remind everyone that presidents have often turned out to be much different than they were perceived to be before taking office. Like many people, I am concerned about some of the things that President-elect Trump has said on the campaign trail. But until we see him in action, we cannot be sure which way his administration will go.
Here are some examples of our past misjudgments of presidents:
Thomas Jefferson
In 1800, Thomas Jefferson was the champion of the common man and the farmer. He vehemently opposed a powerful central government and believed that power should be held primarily by the states and local communities. By the end of his second term, he had vastly expanded the power and scope of the federal government.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was seen as a weak country bumpkin who was only elected because of the division of the country's electorate. The real power in the Administration was thought to be William Seward, his Secretary of State, and many figured Lincoln would be nothing more than Seward's puppet. Of course, Lincoln turned out to be perhaps the strongest and most capable president we've ever had. And Seward became one of his staunchest supporters.
Abraham Lincoln
In 1881, Chester Arthur became president when James Garfield was assassinated. Arthur came into office with a reputation of being a corrupt career politician who believed in the "spoils" system, under which government employees were chosen not on merit, but based on their political views. In the end, he did as much as any president up to that time to reform government and make it more fair.
In 1945, Harry Truman took over for Franklin Roosevelt, the liberal hero who served as president longer than anyone else. Truman was widely thought to be a caretaker president, only keeping the seat warm until the next election. Instead, he showed incredible leadership, ended the war in the Pacific, and won a shocking victory in 1948.
Ronald Reagan
In 1980, Ronald Reagan was commonly seen as a lunatic who would be quick to resort to the use of nuclear weapons to defeat the Soviet Union. By the time he left office, he had established a close relationship with Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, and together they eliminated thousands of nuclear weapons.
In 2000, George W. Bush took office after a bitterly disputed election. His campaign was built almost entirely around his domestic agenda, and his highest priorities were tax reform and education. Because of this, his administration was expected to focus on those issues to the exclusion of foreign affairs. Now, he is remembered for his response to 9/11 and starting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
All of this is to say...you never really know.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

What Is The Deal?

Why does everything have to be so generalized now?
If you voted for Hillary, it does not mean that you are a supporter of corruption and perjury.
If you voted for Trump, it does not mean that are a supporter of racism and bigotry.
The two choices we had for president (at least the ones that had a feasible chance of winning) were very, very bad. The majority of people who voted did so because they felt their candidate was slightly less bad than the other. That doesn't make them supporters of their candidates' worst traits.


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