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Heads I Win! Tails I’m President!

16 Nov
Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere - The New York Times

When was the last time that you were with a group of people who couldn’t decide what to do, so you took a vote… and the minority won?

And in what kind of Democracy does the lead vote getter in an election get 5 million more votes than his opponent and yet everyone is walking around for days trying to come to a consensus as to who won the vote?

Since the year 2000 in the United States of America, this has happened twice in 5 presidential elections and now in 2020, 70 or so million people would like to see it happen again to make it 3 times out of 6!

“Gee, who has the most votes after 150 million citizens cast their ballots?”

” Why it’s Mr. Democrat that’s who by a margin of over 5 million!”

” Well, at least he has a 50% chance of winning!”

In fact 5 presidents in the history of the United States’ presidency did not win the popular vote. That’s 11%! Not bad if you don’t receive the most votes in any election you always lose… But in a presidential election…You still have an 11% chance of winning?

And now many folks (Republicans) want it to be 6 out of 46 or 13% of US Presidents winning the White House while losing the people! Who thought of this crazy idea anyway? Our Founding Fathers, that’s who! Supposedly the smartest, most revered men on the Earth at that time…and possibly the most overrated?

And so now we have a president who, when he won with 306 electoral votes in 2016 but lost the popular vote by 3.5 million votes, said that it was a landslide victory and a mandate from the people! And that he lost the popular vote because millions of illegal votes had been cast against him.

Then after presiding over the country for 4 years, while making us great again…he once again loses the popular vote, but this time by over 5 and a half million votes!… and he loses the Electoral College by 306 electoral votes to 232 and yet… he announces that the election is too close to call! and was probably rigged! (again) and that millions more people voted illegally (and all against him) than in 2016!

Some job he did, huh? It was “American Carnage!” at his 2016 inaugural and this time, 4 years later, he’s crying: “America 2020! Now with MORE Carnage!” And he is refusing to concede his defeat and accept the new President-Elect and he is refusing to aid in the transition of presidential power and carry out the people’s will.

So now! Oh Great Founding Fathers! What do we do with a petulant and childish President who refuses to abide by the Constitution of the United States of America but yet is still supported in his refusal by 1(only) of the (only) 2 political parties that you saw fit to create?

Oh right…now we go to The Electoral College…of course! Where state electors, chosen by their own state legislators, go to cast the electoral votes that we citizens have instructed them to do with our popular votes, that we cast in each state…in the first place!

Another election? Because one is just never good enough?

Good grief! What could possibly go wrong there?!

Illegal voting?

They say it can’t be done!

Stay tuned! It all happens Monday! (after the second Wednesday in December of presidential election years) When else?…

So save that date: December 14th, 2021… Only in the USA!

Why Is Voting So Hard To Do in America?

4 Nov

And during this year’s election with the coronavirus and the partisan politics it seems even harder…even though they have supposedly made it easier with early balloting and mail-in voting.

However, It always amazes me that whenever I walk into a polling station it feels like I’m time traveling back into the 1970s when I was first able to cast a ballot in an election. When it comes to voting in the United States, it seems to me as though nothing has changed in the last 40 years…not even the machines…or the tables or chairs or buildings or the people inside. They too all seem to be about 40 years older than they were when I first encountered them back in the day…another reason why mail in voting is a good idea, not just to keep the voters safe but our aged poll workers too!

What gives? How come everything else in the world has become modernized and electrified and computerized to the point where it can be accessed with a hand held device and the point of a finger tip, but not voting. And now in certain states they are making it even harder for people to get to the polling stations and vote in person, requiring them to wait on longer lines and making it more difficult for people to prove who they are…in person!

And all the while still asking us to push a button on an old machine, or punch a card, or mark a paper ballot and drop it in a box…and all because there supposedly just isn’t any other safe way to do it… for after all what could be a safer and more accurate way to count votes in an election than by having people count paper ballots by hand or reading numbers from machines and then adding them up together and then handing them over to other people who continue to do the same. Did you ever play telephone? It seems to me that that is how archaic our voting system is.

And why is everyone who works in the polling stations old…and getting older? (At least where I vote) Where are all of the young voters and volunteers? And why is the largest voting block in America the non-voter? It seems as though everyone is being turned off by America’s “Can’t Do” voting policies.

We can’t get to the polls. We can’t keep them open. We can’t count the votes quickly. We can’t keep the voting machines secure. We can’t rely on the Post Office. We can’t secure the ballots. We can’t trust the states to make accurate counts. We can’t keep the dead from voting. We can’t keep the ballots from bursting into flames in a ditch down by the river???

What can we do? Are we living in the 21st century or am I just dreaming? Is this the age of the iPad and smart phone and Ebay and Etrade and E banking and computerized, drone warfare? Or isn’t it?

Can we at least start to modernize our voting system in what most Americans seem to agree is the greatest democracy in the free world (I’m always saying this…is it really true?) so that each and every one of our citizens, of voting age, can vote in a timely, safe, quick and easy manner? I know it can be done because it is the 21st century and voting should be convenient, computerized, simple and secure…just like on-line shopping for crying out loud.

If our economy worked this slowly and tried to prevent 1/3 of all shoppers from getting out to the stores and buying stuff, we’d be a third world country!

Did you know that there are 118 electoral democracies in the world and all but 11 of them guarantee their citizens the “right to vote” as part of their nation’s constitution?

And Amazingly enough, The United States, is one of those 11 democracies that does not guarantee its citizens the right to vote within its own constitution. When the country was founded, the U.S. Constitution did not define who could vote and ironically the United States, while always helping and encouraging new democracies to include the guaranteed right to vote for all citizens in their constitutions, has never adopted an amendment that afforded such a right to its own.

In 2005 the United States helped Iraq to write its new constitution which included the declaration that Iraqi citizens, both men and women, would have the right to vote. And now in Afghanistan thanks to the U.S. all citizens are also guaranteed the right to elect and be elected. When the U.S. army occupied Japan after World War II we helped them to write a constitution guaranteeing “Universal adult suffrage” and in Germany after that same war the new German constitution was written to include the phrase, “Any person who has attained the age of 18 shall be entitled to vote.”

Yet here in the United States Over 30 states recently passed new and more prohibitive voter ID laws in efforts to supposedly thwart voter ID fraud when there have only been 31 recorded incidents of identity impersonation since 2000… out of over 1 billion votes cast!

So what’s the deal? Why are so many political forces trying to scare, deceive and suppress the American electorate? And now those political forces even include our President. Why doesn’t the United States pass a constitutional amendment simply and explicitly guaranteeing all of its citizens the right to vote? Was this a right that our forefathers overlooked or was there method in their mistake by accidentally on purpose creating an escape clause that might come in handy someday when say a Congressman’s approval rate was at 9 percent while at the same time their reelection rate was over 90 percent?

How are those statistics in any way shape or form indicative of a democratic and representative form of government for the “Greatest democracy the world has ever seen”?

Anyone?

Don’t Forget to Vote! Twice!

23 Sep
The President Just Committed a Felony': Trump Tells NC Residents to Vote  Twice, Openly Encouraging Voter Fraud | Common Dreams News
Yes, I want you! To Vote Twice!

United States President Donald Trump has told people in the state of North Carolina to vote twice in this November’s election! He has suggested to voters that in order to test the voting system they should send in a vote by mail postal and then go vote in person on Election Day just in case.

You know just in case you’d like to take a chance and commit a Federal crime punishable by a 10 thousand dollar fine and 5 years in the federal pokey. “Let them send it in and let them go vote,” he told North Carolina broadcaster WECT-TV…(and let them have a piece of cake too!)

And then, just to be clear about what he wanted U.S. voters to do, (in case you thought you’d heard him wrong) he tweeted the next day: if people vote by post they should also go to the polling station “to see whether or not your mail-in vote has been tabulated” and then vote in person if necessary.

And then when President Trump’s comments were put to Attorney General William Barr, he said it was unclear what the president meant!?!

WTF? How is anything that the President says ever unclear? He usually repeats himself, then smiles and waves, later retweets it on Twitter and then goes on FOX News and repeats himself on camera and in front of a microphone… and several million witnesses!

And our Attorney General, the ultimate arbiter of law in our country, doesn’t understand what he means when he speaks in English, tweets in English and repeats himself on TV????? How does he do his freakin’ job if he can’t understand what people say?

Our POTUS tells us to go break the law of the country that he is President of and our Attorney General when asked for a clarification says, Duh, I dunno? And both of these “law and order” statesmen have already sanctioned committees and investigative bodies to look into our election laws and practices to see if there was any fraudulent hank panky going on…and came up with…

Nada! Zilch! Nil! Zero! Bupkis! Zip! Sweet Fanny Adams! Nothing at all.

And yet when Speaking at the Republican National Convention last month, The President claimed “there’s tremendous fraud involved” with postal voting and that “we have to be very, very careful”.

But these claims have been strongly and repeatedly debunked by experts. Ellen Weintraub, the commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, responded at the time that “there’s simply no basis for the conspiracy theory that voting by mail causes fraud”. In addition, numerous nationwide and state-level studies over the years have not revealed evidence of major, widespread fraud. And according to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice, The rate of voting fraud overall in the US is between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.

In the 2016 US presidential election, nearly one quarter of votes were cast by post, and did you hear then President Elect Donald J. Trump complain about that?

Nope! Nada! Zilch! Bupkis! Zip! Not a goose egg nor a dicky bird…

Yet both our President and our Attorney General continue to float completely baseless hypothetical and nonsensical theories in which thousands of ballots and voters will appear from out of nowhere. THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY are deliberately and maliciously undermining our normal and legitimate election procedures and dismissing any criticism of them as delusional.

And! Our President has already stated the the only way he can lose this election is if it is “rigged” and that there is “no way in which the Democrats can legitimately win” and that if they do win he is “not sure that he will accept the results”!

The 2 top authoritative figures in America are mocking America not trying to make it great! And no one seems to care? And their Republican minions think it’s outrageously patriotic for them to be so dismissive of American institutions, traditions and laws! All while making America great again???

I just don’t get it. It seems as though The POTUS and The AGOTUS are rooting against America, doing their best to divide the citizens of the United States and hoping to create chaos in our country come November no matter what the outcome of the election may be.

They couldn’t be doing a better job of undermining America’s values and constitutional principles than if they were actually working for a foreign government. Maybe they are? If they aren’t then they certainly are putting together a fantastic resume for their next job interview…that is if they lose!

How could they possibly win when they are openly displaying their dirty tricks, dirty laundry and dirty tactics in front of the entire world and their sycophantic, gullible minions to see?…And they still want to see what was in Hillary’s emails?! What could Hillary possibly have emailed anyone, friend or foe, that could have possibly compromised America as much as these 2 men openly do on a daily basis?

If this carnival show is picked up for another season ladies and gentlemen…and it is just that: a grotesque circus of perverse entertainment… just unplug your television sets, sit quietly and wait for the sky to fall on Democracy, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, apple pie and George Washington’s Holy Ghost…because I can’t seem to shake this horrible feeling that it will truly be over.

Finished! fini! The end! cancelled! The fat lady will belt out her big finale! goodnight sweet prince!…and God bless us…everyone.

A First Family Example

14 Dec

Board of Elections absentee ballot forms for President Trump

President Trump and the First family live in the White House now but their official address for voting purposes is still in New York City so during the 2017 election this November the First Family sent in absentee ballots to cast their official votes in the election.

President Trump however, signed and mailed in his absentee ballot for NYC’s mayoral race, with the wrong date of birth. Above is a copy of his ballot obtained and published by the New York Daily News. The President was born in June and not July as his ballot states.

Meanwhile, First Lady, Melania Trump, had her absentee ballot rejected because she incorrectly wrote in her address… Under “county” she wrote in “USA” rather than “New York.” She also failed to sign the inner envelope, per the instructions.

Then First Daughter, Ivanka, had her ballot rejected because she mailed it too late!… And her husband Jared? Well, he just didn’t bother to vote at all… Perhaps he was too busy brokering peace in the Middle East?

So there you have it: The First Family goes 0 for 4 in their first election after winning the White House in 2016…And this from a President whose first order of business was to create a special Presidential Commission to look into what is wrong with our electoral system!?!

So much for the common folk of America trying to clean the government swamp that is filled with too many career politicians and the serial wealthy…I guess this is what happens when you’re like, really smart…huh? Hey where’s the forest? All I can see is a bunch of trees! Now let’s all eat some cake! Chocolate! Mmmmmmmm, yummy!

 

 

The Government We Deserve

15 Feb

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In Florida, state officials recently released a report showing that more than 161,000 of the voters casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election did not cast a valid vote for president!… And the rate of invalid votes for president in 2016 was more than double the rate it was in 2012 and 2008.

That number includes those who wrote another name on the ballot, like Mickey Mouse, or Bart Simpson and then voted for those “joke” candidates. Others simply left the ballot blank. And still others decided to vote for more than one candidate thereby making their vote invalid.

And when you consider that Republican Donald Trump won Florida and its 29 electoral votes by just about 113,000 votes, then those 161,000 wasted votes might have made a big difference in the outcome.

But when you consider the fact that here in the United States, according to The Elections Project, there are 251,107,404 Americans who classify as members of the voting-age population, but 2.5 percent of those Americans or 3.2 million people are ineligible to vote because they are felons…And of the 248 million or so voting-age Americans left, only about 200 million are registered to vote… and of those 200 million only 138,884,643 Americans voted.

That means that 46.3% of all voting-age Americans did not cast a ballot during the 2016 elections. That’s almost half! That’s 144 million Americans who couldn’t or wouldn’t vote or who wasted their vote!

But it gets worse because while the top vote getter for the Presidency of the United States received close to 66 million votes, that was only 26% of all potential US voters…but that person lost the presidential election to someone who received 3 million fewer votes! Which represents only 25% of all voting-age Americans!…

So what gives! Americans today, in the greatest democracy ever invented, refuse to vote. 1/2 of them just can’t be bothered about going to the polls to choose a leader or they go there and then vote for a cartoon character for shits and giggles… Apparently, for most citizens, It’s just not a big deal.

And our leaders, AKA those already in political leadership positions, don’t try to make it any easier for Americans to vote either. In fact they try to make it harder each year by adding more voting rules, regulations, and restrictions, eliminating already registered voters from the voting roles, and gerrymandering more districts in favor of one party so as to render more votes insignificant…And besides all that it all comes down to only 538 elected electors (out of 330 million citizens) voting for the POTUS anyway!

So here we are living in a wonderful, free and democratic society where citizens don’t want to vote and our political leaders don’t want them to vote and their votes pretty much don’t count anyway! Is this anyway to run a democracy?

So I ask you: With a convoluted system like this and a disinterested electorate like ours, Is it any wonder that after only 241 years of Independence we now have our own “Mad King George” and his merry court of unqualified sycophants running the country?

And perhaps I should add: What took us so long?!

 

 

 

 

Vlad the decider?

16 Dec

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Last week, the CIA revealed their most recent, top-secret assessment of the situation to lawmakers in Washington. The CIA, now believes that the Russians tampered with the American presidential election in order to help Trump win the presidency of the United States.

In fact it has even been revealed that this information was released to the presidential candidates back in August during an intelligence briefing. So both Hillary and Donald were aware that our intelligence agencies had targeted Russia as the ones who were responsible for the on going and continued hacking of our political system.

But President elect Donald Trump still doesn’t believe it and has publicly ridiculed our intelligence agencies (soon to be his responsibility) by basically saying, “What do they know?” He says it could have been anyone… like the Chinese or a man in New Jersey.

Of course that is not a denial, it’s an acknowledgement! President Trump agrees that our political system was hacked by someone or some group. He just doesn’t know who or why. And he doesn’t seem in the least bit disturbed by it nor do any of his supporters.

So if we are under cyber attack by the Chinese government…that’s better? That’s OK? Or how about a guy from New Jersey?! That’s better than being hacked by the Russians and Vladimir Putin?

Just some guy in New Jersey, sitting alone in his pajamas, is accessing private emails and tampering with election sites and who knows what all, on his personal computer…and all the king’s horsemen and all the king’s men can’t catch him? And the new king to be isn’t the least bit concerned????

And today it has been announced that  our Intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved. And they are fairly certain that he did it because he wanted Donal trump to win the United States Presidency and not Hillary Clinton who he personally dislikes. So in effect and for all intents and purposes, Vladimir Putin was a player in deciding the outcome of our National election.

But still says President-elect Trump: Why does it have to be Putin? It could be anybody. I dunno? I’m like a smart person and the CIA and FBI don’t know crap. Now excuse me, I’ve got to get to a rally to celebrate my victory…which I assure you is completely legitimate. (even though I lost by 3 million votes…but who is counting?)

Maybe by tomorrow when pork roll is mysteriously named our national bird we’ll know for sure that it was the guy from Joisey… But until then folks our president elect apparently couldn’t care less…and doesn’t that make you suspect that he’s known all along? Because isn’t the possibility that he doesn’t really care… completely and utterly frightening?!

Says Vladamir Putin: “Take the (smoking) gun. Leave the cannolis….”

 

I Just Want To Be Like Our New President: 2

11 Nov

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Earlier in this year’s presidential campaign, President Elect Trump said this about  Arizona senator and former prisoner of war, Mr. John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Mr. McCain, was shot down during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than five years in Hanoi, refusing early release even after being repeatedly beaten.

Later when asked if he wished to retract his statement about the veteran and senator Mr. Trump clarified his statement by saying: “You do things and you say things. And what I said, frankly, is what I said. And you know some people like what I said, if you want to know the truth. Many people that like what I said. You know after I said that, my poll numbers went up seven points.”

In fact over 59 million Americans voted for Donald Trump and did not seem in the least bit bothered nor swayed by his comments about Veteran’s and war heroes. And although Mr. McCain did not agree with Mr. Trump’s comments he still decided to support his candidacy for President.

So if our new President picks and chooses who is an heroic veteran and who is not, then tomorrow on Veteran’s day, should I only cheer for the Veteran’s who weren’t also POWs?

I just want to be like our new President.

Is that so wrong?

(Please feel free to mock my post or say nasty things in the comments section. Then you can be just like our new President too)

Thank You Ladies?

10 Nov

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53% of America’s voters in this year’s presidential election were women and this was their chance to finally crack the greatest glass ceiling of them all and elect the first woman POTUS in the history of the United States. And they could have done it without any men votes at all!

But instead only 54% of the 53% voted for Hillary while an astonishing 53% of all white women voters voted for Donald. I say astonishingly only because you would never see this happen among men. If we know that we control the outcome of something we definitely win that something.

And according to the AP, six in 10 women were bothered by how Trump treated women, compared to about four in 10 men but again, that didn’t make any difference at all.

So basically America’s white women have spoken not only to America’s women but to the watching world of women everywhere and have said: “We don’t need no stinking rights! We have men!”

So ladies? Good luck with that.

Channeling a Former First Lady and Just Saying…

29 Oct

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Melania Trump recently announced that if she were to become the First Lady, her focus would be on teaching children the right way to use social media,  as in— no bullying.

“I will focus on helping children and women, and also about social media. In this 21st century, what’s going on, it’s very hurtful to children. To some adults as well, but we need to take care of children.” Said the possible first lady.

Mr. Trump, our possible next president, added: “We need to teach them how to use it, what is right to say, what is not right to say, because it is very bad out there. I’ve seen so many people hurt so badly.”

Wow! Perhaps Mr. trump has seen so many people hurt so badly by social media because…oh well, you know…because he’s been the one leading the charge!

Anyway, on a lighter note, it is believed that Melania’s message to children everywhere, should she become the next First Lady of the United States,  will be a very simple and straight forward one. Something like:

Kids, when it comes to social media and bullying? Just Say LOL!

People Who Live in Glass Houses…

21 Oct

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In a 2005 audio recording with Howard Stern, Donald Trump had this to say about his time as a Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant owner:

“Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, I’m inspecting, I want to make sure that everything is good.

You know, the dresses. ‘Is everyone okay?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that. But no, I’ve been very good. ”

Since then 4 women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA Beauty Pageant made similar allegations about Mr. Trump walking in on them while they were in various states of dress and undress. Those particular allegations however, have not been proven nor disproved but from what we know about Mr. Trump’s attitudes toward women from his own recorded words they are more than possibly, very true.

And yet Mr. Trump has promised that if elected President of the United States he will personally appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and then jail his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for her Email crimes.

One can only wonder if he will also order a special prosecutor to have himself investigated for possible sex offender crimes. And will Congress, during his presidential term, call him before 9 different investigative committees to get to the bottom of these very serious allegations? Will Russia hack his private Emails to get to the truth and then have Julian Assange release them to the American public? Will Fox News follow this story every minute of every day in order to shed as much light upon it as it deserves?

Probably not. These were just women and girls being harmlessly embarrassed by a grown man who was more than likely just playing like a teenage boy…Only crazy people and really nasty women would think otherwise…right?

And all 747,000 registered sex offenders in the USA too?

 

 

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