We need an outreach program.
Trump's numbers are, unsurprisingly, at an all-time low. Of course, there's a range of surveys, and some will have slightly higher numbers in Trump's favour, some lower. The big take away is that the numbers are the worst numbers ever.
Still, shockingly, there are 36% of people who still are will to say they support Trump, despite confessing to sexually assaulting women, trying to trash the ecology in favour of business, trying to take away market protections that were designed to protect us, trying to make hate and prejudice an official governmental plan, and trying to take healthcare away from 24 million people, damaging it for the rest, and incredibly firing the head of the FBI because Trump didn't want to be investigated.
Long story short, he's bad for the country, he's bad for the people, he's bad for business, and now he's clearly demonstrated he's bad for Democracy.
The time for "giving him time", "letting him work", "giving him a chance"...well...that's all past now. he's proven himself destructive, petulant, arrogant to the point of danger, narcissistic, willfully ignorant and shallow all at the same time. A mental AND moral midget.
It's not the FBI in which w've lost faith. It's the White House. It's time to talk regime change for the US. It's time to impeach.
Let's get him out of there, and restore the country's faith in the government and the way we live.
When hiring a new employee, you cannot simply go on their words alone. You have to pry into their claims on their CV. You have to call their references.
The bottom line: the best way to predict someone's future behaviour is to look at their past behaviour.
Looking at Trump's behaviour, anyone who is heading an investigation into his ties with Russia gets fired.
Think about that for a minute: the people who are meant to be making sure Trump is doing things legally, the people who are meant to investigate and make sure that a sitting President did not commit Treason and collude with a foreign power, have been fired for doing their jobs.
I've heard the saying used often recently: Where there's smoke, there's fire. Despite repeated denials from the Trump campaign things have been smokey for a while now...but nobody believed that Trump would be foolish enough to fire Comey while he was investigating Trump.
Trump proved them all wrong.
So, we can no longer count on anyone to be able to rein in (or even investigate) Trump's potential treason, his likelihood to steal from the American public, or his unprecedented nepotism. Never has there been such a clear, obvious, and intentional attack on the United States' form of democracy.
We owe Trump a thanks, really. He's made things quite simple: Either we impeach Trump and remove him (and his family) from office with prejudice and quickly, or we give in and throw a hell of a coronation for King Trump (Comrade Trump? Supreme Chancellor? High Priest? Chairman? What's his title going to be? Does it really matter? Probably should be unisex though, as his daughter will need to wear it after he passes away.)
The United State will no longer be a Republic of States, but rather a dictatorship with trappings of democracy but without the substance.
The rich have always tried to manipulate the systems of their countries to ensure the status quo stayed as it was.
They've developed a new tool now: the internet and big data. They have every detail of your life in their computers...and they're starting to wield it.
The military-industrial complex has gotten into bed with some very dark people to completely undermine democracy and twist events to their purposes.
Is it too late or not?
Have you heard about the "investor visa" that the Kushner family is selling in China?
Jared Kushner's sister (Nicole Kushner Meyer) was speaking to a room full of potential Chinese investors to get them to invest in the family Real Estate business.
Apparently only $500,000 will get them an investor visa under the current rules (hurry though, as the rules are likely to change).
You couldn't ask for a more clear cut case of why allowing money and immigration to conflate is a bad idea, especially when the money is going directly into the Presidential Family pockets.
This must end! Fire Jared and Ivanka, and impeach Trump.
We've all been brainwashed. We've all been inundated and drenched in national patriotism all our lives.
We haven't, in fact, been taught the full truth...or the full truth is so horrible, we don't want to face it.
Take the North Korean situation, for instance. Why do they hate us? That might explain a bit.
What about the Islamic terrorists? Why do they hate us?
Did you ever stop and think about how many bombs you hear about in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, the countries in Africa, etc compared to the number of verified Islamic terrorist attacks in the UK or the US?
Tragedy anywhere is tragedy. Not just when it happens to Americans and on American soil.
I can't imagine Trump pulling out a compassion card. Even when he allegedly felt moved by the plight of children in Syria, his response was to toss $59 Million worth of missiles at Syria.
There's no chance he'd be likely to make friends with the North Koreans. There are many reasons, Trump's thundering ego not least of which, but to me the biggest reason is that North Korea simply doesn't (and cannot) forget.
We're in for a tough time here. The North Koreans are still angry (with some justification) for the past evil inflicted upon them. Surely those bombing runs must have been seen as over the top even by the Americans performing them.
I don't see an easy way out.
Considering that North Korea is holding near 2 billion people hostage to nuclear attack right now it's very dangerous indeed to send in the troops.
Considering the past, North Korea will do anything to make sure that it doesn't happen again, which means they'll get to a nuclear capable missile that can reach the US eventually.
After Trump's performance in Syria, there's every chance that he's going to give Kim a chance to demonstrate his nuclear weapons...the only question is where it will be aimed.
Never let it be said that Trump, despite all evidence to the contrary, dislikes science.
In fact, he's setting up a demonstration of Darwinism right now.
By proposing that the Office of National Drug Control Policy has 95% of its budget cut, it pretty much destroys any chance that office has of trying to fight drug use.
This happens at the same time as opioid addiction is at an all-time high.
Oh, and of course the new ACHA or Trumpcare bill which will remove healthcare from the poorest 15-20% of the population, and cause hospitals to go into meltdown when they descend on the Emermgency rooms of the hospitals for treatment.
The only conclusion that can be drawn here is that Trump is hoping Darwinism's "survival of the fittest" will kick in pretty quick here, allowing all the pesky poor to just die and get out of his hair.
Trump, can't wait until you get to crow about how you're "winning" against the drug users.
Trump's not doing well with campaign promises.
To his credit though, Trump is assiduously sticking to one of his campaign promises: to drain the swamp.
Of course, what he clearly meant by that is that as President, he was going to visit, with entourage, as many of his properties as he can fit into his schedule. This means that the draining of the public purse continues directly into his own.
The nonsense his staff is claiming about how Trump is trying to keep costs down would be more believable if he kept his butt in the chair that the American Taxpayer is paying for in Washington.
Good to know that Trump can, sorta, a little, if you tilt your head to the left, squint, and hum "Mares Eat Oats" to yourself, fulfil his campaign promises.
The saying goes "what's good for the goose is good for the gander".
So, the head of the FCC has declared that he's going to "scrutinize" a course joke told, by a comedian, during a late-night live broadcast where he normally tells rude jokes.
Rude jokes are not illegal, even on TV. We could find lots of examples of that.
Take for instance, the time the sitting president confessed to sexually harassing women. Not a joke, not during late-night TV but rather on the news, and heard by my children. Nothing bad happened to him. In fact, he got elected President (even if it was only an electoral college win and not the popular vote).
Might just be me here, but this looks decidedly like Trump didn't like the comment, and asked the FCC to "send a message" to comedians.
By the by, this authoritarian approach to government is exactly why Trump is unfit to be President.
For the record, I'd donate to Colbert's defence fund as I happen to agree with him, in full, on his comments the other day.
I'd also donate to any effort to get Trump to pay for his comments, crimes, and misdeeds. Oh, and while we're at it, where are his tax returns?
I read an interesting book review the other day:
KARL MARX famously proclaimed that religion is “the opiate of the masses.” As such he was making a functionalist argument about the nature of religion, namely, that it serves a purpose. Thus much like opium can help a sick person, so, too, can religion; with its stories, rituals, and communal structures, religion can help ease the horrors of industrial capitalism. At the same time, however, Marx believed that religion, much like opium itself, clouds the mind and thereby obscures the higher purpose of overthrowing capitalism.
It's an interesting observation. If you think about it, through the ages we've had many movements that captures an era's imagination: the crusades, Protestantism, Pilgrims, Manifest Destiny, Colonialism, Slavery, the Industrial Revolution.
Up to that point in history, when we needed a break from the harshness of reality, we as humans could generally go receive solace from our religions.
However, the thinking that Marx's quote represents must have been wide-spread...as this last century has played out, churches have dwindled, been repurposed, sold off, and religions have regrouped.
Seemingly, Churches aren't, currently at least, doing it. They don't provide the required comfort needed to calm the world.
If I'm right, then what is the opiate of the masses now?
Is it the horror-show of the US presidency? Is it the hate and xenophobia on show there? Is it social media where every single thought is read out in lurid and breathtaking detail? Is it worship of money? Is it nothing more than actual drugs including opiates, alcohol and so on?
A significant portion of our troubles might stem from the thought that we feel we have nowhere to go to get away from the horrors of modern life.
It would be great if we could find a way to comfort the world that didn't cause people to hate one another, didn't make people kill one another, didn't make people do drugs or ruin their lives and the lives of others.
Would our world improve if only we all started going back to church to see what wisdom we can find and apply in our own lives?
The religious political efforts have gathered steam, with Trump issuing an executive order allowing churches to endorse and donate to candidates.
In general, religions lay claim to moral high ground by definition. Religions are, by and large, founded upon faith. Upon belief in the unknowable or unprovable. Indeed, the fact that they are unprovable is what, for some people, make religions something they can cling to in an uncertain world. Certainty is not required, merely belief. Sometimes blind, unwavering and unquestioning belief.
To each their own, I say. You want to believe in a man who was crucified, died, and then rose from the dead? Fine! You want to believe in someone parting the seas so his people could escape? Great. You want to believe in a flood that swept away all but a remnant of all life? Wonderful, most religions do. I don't think many people who aren't with ISIS would claim that ISIS' beliefs are "good", but they are, still, beliefs. What about the pastafarians who worship the flying spaghetti monster?
All of these are examples of religions. There are nearly as many religions as there are people as different people believe different things.
The problem I have with this whole thing is that religions disagree. Sometimes in detail, sometimes in the bigger picture...but they disagree.
How can you base even a single law on unfathomable, unknowable and unchallengeable belief? How can you base a political role like a Presidency on something like that? How could you possibly run a country's government on nothing more than belief? What about the overwhelming majority of the people who will disagree with you on one subject or another?
Where does it end?
Thomas Jefferson made himself quite clear:
"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
This separation is there for a good reason: government must be able to be challenged, and changed to remain relevant to the people who elected it.
Not to mention the tax implications. Established and accepted religions are tax exempt. If you create a non-taxed body that can still operate in the political world, you know full well we're going to be seeing "The Church of People Who Want Lower Taxes", and "The Church of Business", and so on. These would be "Churches" formed solely as tax dodges.
Base a government on religion and you're creating a government that cannot adapt to meet changing needs, will alienate a large percentage of its population, lose vast amounts of revenue and will, sooner rather than later, bring itself down.