Am I the only one who is irritated by Trump’s Campaign Slogan: “Let’s Make America Great Again..”?
Before reading this, I want to point out that I love this country! I am a loyal American who wouldn’t want to live in any other country in the world. There are, without a doubt, a lot of great things about this nation, today and we have a long way to go. But I look at how far we have come, as evidence of how far we can go. And my motto, adopted from my old Jr. High School Slogan is “Forward, Ever; Backward, never. However, Mr. Trump seems interested in taking us back….
And as he courts Black People and Hispanic People, he should recognize that this slogan represents a return to a glorious time in American History for Caucasians, that was far from glorious for anyone else.
What great American time does he speak of? The time the Native Americans were slaughtered and their land was systematically taken away from them? The time Black People were slaves or Serfs or the time we were being hung from random trees or the time we were being hosed down in the streets and dogs were being sicked on us and we were not allowed to vote or eat at certain places or maybe that time during the 60’s and 70’s when our kids attended segregated schools and we weren’t allowed to live where we wanted and were discriminated against in housing and financing and so on? Was it that great time when we rounded up all the Japanese Americans and put them in camps, the way the Nazi’s did the Jewish People?
You see, when he says he wants America to return to one of these great times in American History; I don’t get excited; I cringe and get worried and a little angry, even. Especially when he follows up this slogan with talk about banning entire groups of people, based on their religion, all while touting the Constitution, which clearly supports Freedom of Religion. And he has talked about rounding up Hispanics and shipping them out like old Nazi Germany, but, now, wants us to forget he ever said it.
So, he and his core supporters wonder why the polls show that his support among every group in America other than Older, Non-College Educated, White People, is in the single digits… We want to keep moving forward to a better kind of Greatness and are not interested in going back to that old kind of Greatness.
You and your spouse have a car accident. You survive, but your spouse doesn’t. You get charged with murdering the person you love most. The evidence gets mishandled, there’s Prosecutor Misconduct, Witnesses and Professionals change their testimonies and the entire small town turns against you. You go to Prison. What now? Who will tell your story and who will listen? Who will help you?
Part I told the story; but now we will highlight the improprieties and we tri those who committed them in the Superior Court of Public Opinion. In addition to Mr. Wlasiuk, those on trial also include:
Judge Howard Sullivan; Judge Martin Smith; Judge Joseph Cawley; Prosecutor Joseph McBride; Lead Investigator James Lloyd’ Joyce Worden; Defense Attorney Frederick Neroni; Sheriff Deputy C.T. Ellingsen; Dr. Terzian and Sheriff Deputy Richard Cobb…
Join us on Sunday, September 11th, at 6:00 PM, by clicking this link or dial (818) 739-8909 to listen by phone, from anywhere. Please share…
WHAT THE HELL?!
I was using a public restroom and just as I began to piss, a voice from the next stall said, “Hi! How are you?” Embarrassed… I said, “I’m aight!!” The voice said, “So what are you up to?” I said, “Just doing the same as you, …I guess!” Then I hear, “Can I come over?” Annoyed… I said “Yoo, what the f*ck?!?!.” Then the voice said, “Listen, I will have to call you back, there’s an idiot in the next stall answering all my questions!”
When will the people who support Trump wake up? The President of the United States is Head of State. That means he is the face of America. People outside of the US will hang on every word he says and every action he takes as being representative of our nation, every person in it, our intent as a nation and as a clue to our future actions. And they will respond to those words in ways that will affect our world’s opinion of the US, our world economy, world stability and world peace.
People within our nation will hang on every word as our Leader. And many of us will take his lead. Leaders have followers and they follow their Leader. The most radical, the most extreme and the most racist and violent among us sit back and wait for their Leader to utter any one word they can interpret as a signal to take action.
We cannot have a President who simply says anything that comes to mind, rather he means it or not. When you study Government, as I have, you learn that the President’s power most prominent power, are in the words he speaks. His words have power. We need a President who understands that power and knows how to be responsible with it.
I am in 100% agreement with the idea that Gun Control is not the solution to Gun Violence and Terrorism. Blaming a gun for murder is like blaming a pencil for a Dear John Letter. A gun is simply a tool that can be used for either good or evil, depending on the user. It can be used to protect and defend or to murder, depending on the morality and values of the user.
But it is important to understand that the call for tougher Gun Control measures is not about blaming the gun for the problem and is certainly not about eliminating guns as the solution, as much as Conservatives enjoy framing it that way.
It is about sensible regulation. Take automobiles, for example: The mortality rate in Automobile Accidents use to be ridiculous! So, the government did what it is designed to do, which is regulate things that present a public hazard. They required better seat belts and shoulder belts, required child seats and air bags, tougher standards on tires and breaking systems, stronger windshields and so on… and so on… They even required better Driver’s Education in schools and tougher Driver’s Tests and developed tough DUI Laws and much more… And today, the mortality rate in Auto Accidents is much, much better. What didn’t happen, was that they took all of our cars away. There are more cars on the road than ever. But even with more cars; driving is much safer, than ever before.
Common sense gun laws isn’t about blaming the gun and it isn’t about taking our guns away, it is about common sense regulation that will make the usage of guns, safer. For example: There are so many accidental deaths, each year, by kids and others who find guns. The proposal for the Gun Safety to become Finger print or thumb print activated is a great way to almost completely eliminate these types of accidental injuries and deaths, without limiting effective speed and functionality. Usage is as quick and functional as flipping a normal Gun Safety Switch. Once activated, it remains functional for the person you hand it or toss it to. Another example is the elimination of the ability for a person who is being investigated for Terrorism being able to buy an Assault Rifle that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. Or the ability of people who have a history of violent mental illness from being able to purchase a gun, etc…
None of these proposals are designed or will result in taking any sane and law abiding citizen’s gun away and none of them blame the gun; but simply restrict access by people who should not have access. So, we should not allow ourselves to get caught up in the Conservative rhetoric, which accuses Liberals of trying to take away our right to bear arms. There is a Public Hazard, right now. The government’s job is to regulate that hazard away, as much as possible. And I agree that government can only do so much. But clearly it has an obligation to do something, the same way it did something by regulating Automobile Usage. Again, which did not result in taking away everyone’s car. The key is to recognize that almost none of life’s problems and solutions are as simple as either black or white. Most problems and their solutions can be found in shades of grey. In other words. It is not a mater of rather to regulate guns away or not to regulate them at all; it is a matter of finding the correct level of sensible regulation that makes us all safer, without tampering with the right of law abiding, mentally sane citizens to purchase and use firearms.
With all that said… It is our position (Unlimited Education) that although common sense Gun Legislation does make sense; we are fooling ourselves if we think that this legislation will be the absolute solution to gun violence in our society. The root cause of this violence is not the availability of guns, but is based in the moral fabric of our union. Place a table full of Assault Rifles in front of a moral person, with a strong value of life and everyone is safe. Place it in front of an immoral person, who does not value life and everyone is in danger. The guns are not the problem; but the morality and sense of values of many of the people who use them are the core problem.
Until we re-institute Morals, Values & Ethics Education back into our Public Schools, we will never be able to successfully change the violent culture in our society. The idea that violence is the solution to our problems is unconsciously ingrained into our psyche by unqualified parents, TV, Radio, Music, Internet and even within our schools, where our kids spend 6-10 hours per day, for 13 plus years of their lives. They grow up, run into adversity and are way too easily influenced into a life of crime, gangs, drug sales, violence and radical ideology, because their sense of morality and values is weak. And this is simply because the very basic morals, values and ethics that God Almighty intended to be the very basic foundation we build our relationships, businesses, communities, government and society on, are not being properly taught and reinforced within our families, schools and communities. And it is a difficult thing for us to admit, let alone work to change. Our moral foundation is weak and therefore, so is everything we have built upon it. Now, we must rebuild our moral foundation; which is difficult, because we have already built upon it. How difficult is it to repair a foundation that has a building sitting on it?
In summary: Take away guns? No. Sensible legislation? Yes. Buying into Gun Legislation as the ultimate solution? No. Morals, Values and Ethics Education as a solution? Yes.
D-Source (Unlimited Education)
I estimate that 97% of all people die and are forgotten by 99% of the people who ever knew them, before the week is out. That 1% being family and very close friends. But 3% of all people make their mark on the hearts and minds of many people for generations to come. Among these are Musicians, who make timeless music that brings joy to peoples’ lives and Writers, whose timeless words touch people for generations and so on…
I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of living a meaningless life. I want my life to mean something to people, after I am gone. I want to leave my mark on this Earth. I want to do something great! I believe God has instilled ‘Greatness’ in us all, but only a very few of us actually aspire to be great. Most of us work hard and aspire to GET great things; but in order to BE great, you must work hard and aspire to GIVE great things. And 97% of us would much rather get, than give and when gone, will be soon forgotten…
ELKHART, Ind. — President Obama defended his economic record on Wednesday during a visit to an Indiana city that has come to symbolize the nation’s uneven recovery, saying that he created millions of new jobs and questioning Republican Donald Trump’s ability to steer the economy in the right direction.
In a far-ranging interview and town-hall event with PBS NewsHour in Elkhart, Obama touted the economic gains seen under his watch in hard-hit counties like Elkhart, where the unemployment rate soared to nearly 20 percent soon after he took office.
Unemployment in the county, which the Obama administration used as a touchstone early on to gauge its economic recovery plan, now stands at roughly four percent.
“We’re going to have to make sure that we make some good decisions going forward, but the notion that somehow America is in decline is just not born out by the facts,” Obama said in an interview with the NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill.
Nevertheless, in the interview and a town hall held immediately after in downtown Elkhart, the president acknowledged that many people around the country remain worried about making ends meet.
“Even though we’ve recovered, people feel like the ground under their feet isn’t quite as solid,” Obama said. “If they’re feeling insecure, and they’re offered a simple reason to be more secure, people are going to be tempted by it.”
The comment was clearly aimed at Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. Trump’s populist economic message has energized millions of voters, but his critics — including Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee — have long argued that Trump does not have the experience or gravity to lead the country.
The president declined to invoke the real estate mogul’s full name, saying that he would let Trump “do his advertising for him.”
But Obama criticized Trump’s claims that he could use his business acumen to spur economic growth and tackle other complex issues.
“He just says, ‘I’m gonna negotiate a better deal.’ Well how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that?” Obama said during the town hall portion of the event. “What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”
The remarks were a preview of Obama’s likely line of attack later this summer, when he plans to head out on the road to campaign for the Democratic nominee. But while Obama touched on the 2016 presidential election, he spent the bulk of the town hall addressing Elkhart residents’ concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.
Obama first came to Elkhart County in May 2008, during his presidential campaign. At the time of his visit, the county’s unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent. The president returned later that year, after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, and gave a speech vowing to spur economic growth in the region.
But the local economy took a nosedive soon after. By the time of Obama’s next visit, in February 2009, the county’s unemployment rate had shot up to 20 percent, making Elkhart a symbol of the many communities struggling to cope with the Great Recession.
Obama used that trip, his first as president outside of Washington, D.C., to make a last-minute push for the stimulus bill, a proposed package of federal spending and tax cuts aimed at reviving the economy.
In August 2009, after Congress passed the $787 billion recovery plan, Obama returned to Elkhart for the fourth time to announce stimulus funding for Indiana. The president also used the trip to push back against Republicans who argued that the stimulus plan wasn’t working.
Most economists now credit the stimulus bill with helping avert a deeper recession. The bill is often cited by Obama supporters as one of the president’s most important achievements. But Republican attacks on the recovery plan never stopped.
And the recovery in Elkhart has been uneven. After several years of slow but steady growth, the recreational vehicle manufacturing industry, which is based in Elkhart and anchors the regional economy, is back in full swing.
“Right now, things are going very well. We’ve gone from high unemployment to having jobs we can’t fill,” said Kyle Hannon, the president of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.
Victoria Bowen, a lifelong Elkhart resident who works at an RV factory, said she was struck by the number of help wanted signs around the town, just a few years after many businesses were shutting down or laying off workers.
“That means the economy is going again,” Bowen said, adding that she credits Obama for the city’s resurgence. “The economy was down, and he brought it back. I think Obama has done a good job.”
But others scoffed at the notion that Elkhart had recovered, and criticized Obama for not doing enough to create new jobs.
“He’s come to Elkhart a few times, and it seems like he’s done nothing to try and make things better,” said Steven Good, a homeless man who has struggled to find housing and work in the area. “He made lots of announcements but they were just words. Empty promises.”
Conversations with residents across the city revealed a racial divide, in particular among white conservatives who said they disliked the president and African-Americans, like Bowen, who are Democrats and support Obama.
The divide mirrored nationwide surveys that show more than 80 percent of blacks approve of the job Obama is doing. In contrast, his approval rating among whites has been stuck below 50 percent for the past several years.
More broadly, opinions of Obama in Elkhart broke down largely along partisan lines, with most Democrats in interviews expressing support for the president and most Republicans opposing his economic policies.
Obama focused on his record in the PBS NewsHour town hall, and has used other interviews this year to burnish his legacy in the final months before he leaves office. But as Hannon noted, arguments over Obama’s legacy will continue long after he departs the White House.
“It’s going to take several years for that legacy to settle in,” Hannon said.
In the short term, Obama’s popularity in places like Elkhart could help determine the presidential election.
Trump will need to perform well in states across the Midwest in order to beat Clinton in the fall. Obama carried Indiana in the 2008 general election, becoming the first Democratic candidate to win the state since 1964. But Obama lost Indiana to Mitt Romney by 10 points in 2012, and the state is leaning Republican this year as well.
Trump won the GOP primary in Indiana by nearly 20 points last month, forcing Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich out of the race.
At the NewsHour town hall, Obama said there would be “plenty of time” for him to campaign for Trump’s opponent once the last major primaries take place next Tuesday.
“There’s been a healthy debate in the Democratic primary, and it’s almost over,” Obama said. “I think we’ll probably have a pretty good sense next week of who the nominee is going to be.”
Clinton has a large delegate lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, but Sanders won several states last month and could be competitive in California, which awards the bulk of the remaining pledged delegates, next week.
Obama appeared eager to take on Trump, though he lamented the culture of modern-day campaigning.
“Politicians get the most attention the more outrageous they sound. So if you’re civil and quiet and polite, nobody covers you. But if you say something crazy and rude you’re all over the news,” Obama said.
He added, “that has fed this kind of arms race of insults and controversy that doesn’t shed a lot of light even though it generates a lot of heat.”
Whatever happens statewide in November, Elkhart County will likely wind up in the Republican column. The county has voted for the Republican candidate in the past four presidential races.
“This is a very, very Republican county,” Hannon said. “And that might be part of the reason why Obama doesn’t get a lot of credit around here.”
The NewsHour published a series of stories on Elkhart this week. Among them:
U.S. President Barack Obama signs legislation in the Oval Office at the White House.
As the country begins to reconcile its sometimes inglorious past, as with Confederate statues and heroes being swept into the dustbin of history, President Barack Obama signed a bill taking racially offensive words such as “negro” and “Oriental” out of all Federal laws, reports Mediate.
Sponsored by Congresswoman Grace Meng and co-sponsored by all 51 members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, bill H.R.4238 will strike words such as “Negro, American Indian, Eskimo, Oriental, or Aleut or a Spanish speaking individual of Spanish descent” and replace them with “Asian American, Native Hawaiian, a Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Native American, or an Alaska Native.”
Watch: Morris Brown’s Herndon Stadium Now in Shambles
Tamar Braxton Reportedly Fired From The Real
Convicted Rapist Daniel Hotlzclaw Speaks: And We Wish He Hadn’t
African-American Woman Named as Head of Teen Vogue
Camille Cosby on Bill’s Infidelities and Drugging Women: ‘I Have No Opinion’
Watch: NYC Cop Loses Badge for Punching, Drawing Gun on Bystanders During Violent Arrest
There has been a lot of controversy lately about how “ethnic” groups in the U.S. are referred to, especially with racially-charged words such as “r–skins,” the “n-word” and “Oriental,” and so this bill is just one more way that people of color can and will define themselves with words they find acceptable.
Rep. Meng, who is Chinese-American and from Queens, N.Y., said that she is especially happy that the word Oriental is going the way of the covered wagon.
“Many Americans may not be aware that the word ‘Oriental’ is derogatory,” says Meng. “But it is an insulting term that needed to be removed from the books, and I am extremely pleased that my legislation to do that is now the law of the land.”
President Obama announced on Thursday that he commuted the prison sentences of 58 people doing time for drug-related offenses — just over a month after doing the same for 61 others. The decision is the latest example of Obama’s effort to reform the country’s broken criminal justice system during his last term.
“It just doesn’t make sense to require a nonviolent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison,” Obama wrote on the website Medium. “An excessive punishment like that doesn’t fit the crime. It’s not serving taxpayers, and it’s not making us safer.”
Eighteen inmates benefiting from the decision are serving life sentences. Most of the 58 people serving time for drug possession, intent to sell, or related crimes will be released September 2.
Obama has now commuted the sentences 306 inmates during his two terms — “more than the previous six presidents combined,” he noted.
The number is still a far cry from his 2014 promise to shorten 10,000 prison sentences, Vox reported. In fact, the White House’s own pardon attorney was so frustrated with the president’s lack of support, she resigned earlier this year.
“Given that the Department has not fulfilled its commitment to provide the resources necessary for my office…the requests of thousands of petitioners seeking justice will lie unheard,” former Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff wrote in herresignation letter in January.
Obama still has seven months to reach the promised ten thousand commutations,but that’s unlikely.
Besides commuting drug sentences, the Obama administration has made big strides toward criminal justice reform. In 2014 the Justice Department changed drug sentencing guidelines retroactively, freeing about 6,100 federal prison inmates last year. Last summer, Obama became the first U.S. president to visit a federal prison, which was followed by an executive order for federal employers to “ban the box”asking job applicants whether they had been convicted of a crime. Months later, the White House announced that Obama would ban solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons.