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November 24, 2016

If We Lose then Everybody Loses

 

The demonstrations (riots) occurring across the United States largely in the major cities, especially Democrat Party strongholds claiming that Trump is not, can not and never will be their President refuse to abate. Apart from this being a definite example of delusional denial, it is also much ado about nothing as the rules on how the office of President is chosen has been known for well over two-hundred years and all contenders understood the rules going in. It is not like Hillary Clinton has even shown the slightest designs or desires to challenge the results. There has been a number of disgusting results turn from these examples of bad behavior with one of the most egregious was the beating of a fifteen year old Rockville, Maryland High School student by numerous classmates for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. This was far from the only casualty from the protests where stores have been breached with their windows smashed and merchandise stolen. In one case a Starbucks Coffee store was broken into and coffee mugs were stolen and used as projectiles thrown at the police. Numerous other reports have surfaced of Trump supporters or just some refusing to join the protests being pummeled and beaten simply for not agreeing with the mob. For those who agree with these activities I have a simple question, what would your reaction have been if Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College vote but lost narrowly in the popular vote and Trump supporters took to the streets rioting and beating Hillary supporters? If that would have struck you as indefensible, as I would hope it would, why are the current malcontents then tolerated. If Hillary supporters and all who voted for any of the candidates other than Trump, especially respected members of those groups, would come out and denounce these rioters then perhaps the United States could start working towards healing.

 

Civility is the basis for civilization and what allows disparate groups to coexist despite differing opinions. Elections are presumably the peaceful means for choosing leaders which has presumably been accepted as a replacement for generals or others leading their band of armed insurrectionists and taking the seat of power by force. That is the alternative which these demonstrators, especially those causing damage and beating anyone thought to be from the opposition, and the reason elections were initiated. Changing government by revolution every time a sizeable and well-armed group decided they should lead coming in and murdering the current leaders and destroying much of the capital city and sometimes leading to a major civil war destroying much of the kingdom all just to make a transition in power might be considered paying too high a price when compared to simply voting. Is this the system which is now being proposed by those rioting in the streets? Do any of them really believe they are going to get their way and Hillary Clinton will suddenly become the next President because they are rioting and destroying property? Lastly, what gives with the governors and mayors who are permitting such lawlessness? And lastly, enough with the ridiculous Trump supports the KKK or the Nazis or white supremacists of any stripe. That is no more true than Hillary Clinton being called a Communist or an Anarchist simply because some well-know Communist sympathizers or Anarchists came out supporting her, as I am sure there were at least a few. Just because some malcontent from any extreme on the political spectrum comes out in support does not make the candidate a supporter of the extremists represented by the particular claim of support. We do not control which crazies support a candidate and often cannot fathom even why there might be any reason for such support. Donald Trump has little to no actions in his past which infer in the slightest that he has a bigoted bone in his body. He is not a racist, anti-Semite, homophobe, sexist or even misogynist, though some might try to argue the last due to his action in decades past when male-female relations were quite different than today.

 

Anti Trump Demonstration

Anti-Trump Demonstration

 

Then there is the claim that the Electoral College is unfair as it grants a resident of Wyoming as carrying greater weight than a resident of California or Texas or New York or even Alaska. Oddly enough, that was the whole idea of the Electoral College. When the Constitution was drawn up the founding Fathers realized quite quickly that any candidate for President if they could win New York and Virginia by wide margins could lose nine of the remaining eleven states and still win the election. This, in their thoughtful minds, seemed to give Virginia and New York far too much power and they needed all the states to sign onto the new Constitution. Remember the Federated States of America was the dysfunctional governance where the Federal government was too weak to run the nation and the country was disintegrating. The Constitution was the grand compromise which gave the smaller states significant additional representation in choosing a President simply by adding two Electoral Votes, one for each Senator, to the number of Representatives and thus making it so all the states would be represented in the White House. As the United States grew and Wyoming became the least settled state per square mile, Wyoming receives the greatest benefit of the Electoral College system and California is likely harmed the most followed by Texas, but it all works in the end as Wyoming still has but three Electoral Votes and is seldom the deciding state. We need remember that without the Electoral College system the United States would never have come into being and the Federated States of America would have dissolved into individual states and more resembled Europe economically, militarily and in all too many other ways, Alaska would still be a part of Russia, Hawaii would still be a Spanish colony or an independent nation, Texas would either be its own nation or still part of Mexico after Santa Anna beat the Texas militias. And Wyoming would still be Wyoming all alone and pretty much ignored as nobody would want to take the time or energy to conquer her. Wyoming would be pretty much unchanged as any invading army would need to defeat a number of states before reaching Wyoming and then would stand little chance against the mountain men who know their woodlands and highlands very well and live as they please even now. Lastly, Wyoming has some of the most breathtaking views that can be found anywhere within the United States, and that comes from having lived there.

 

In closing, can we do something which has gotten the United States through tougher and more distressing times than anything a President Trump can cause. The country is nowhere near as divided as many seem to wish to have it appear. You might have heard of this other time when brother took up arms against brother and the nation was divided into the blue and the grey and we fought a Civil War, a real Civil War and not just civil unrest. We realize you believe you are fighting a civil war, but trust that you are not and should you actually become that violent, well, let us just warn that you would not like how that would end. The United States survived President Grant, it survived President James K. Polk who did not even campaign but was elected due to two things, the party he represented had the election in the bag and his opponent ran on the slogan of, “Who the h3ll is James K. Polk?” Perhaps if his opponent, who is just as nameless today as then, had campaigned with his name in a slogan instead of his opposition, perhaps he might have won but instead all anyone knew was both sides were preoccupied with James K. Polk. He ran against Henry Clay who was one of the founding members of the Whig Party. We even survived a President who pretended to have a middle name, well, middle initial because all the great Presidents had a middle name. Thus we had President Harry S (for nothing) Truman sometimes stated by his contemporaries as Harry ask for nothing Truman because persuading Harry Truman was wasted effort as he drew his own course and never deviated from a decision and was the reason for a sign on his desk which faced the door reading, “The Buck Stops Here.” We survived a President who was an avid big game hunter, went hunting with the Czar of Russia and spent as little time in Washington as possible, a man who despite great wealth gathered a group of roughnecks and went to war because it would be jolly fun, yep, President Theodore Roosevelt. The United States has survived virtually every kind of President imaginable, Harvard educated, Yale educated and self-taught, raised in luxury and poverty, military men and pacifists and somehow the United States has developed a life of its own which manages to always return to a central pillar based on equal freedoms being granted to ever wider portions of the nation’s peoples. One example was due to President elect Donald Trump who opened his Palm Beach resort called Mar-a-Lago; he insisted that it be opened to everybody including specifically Jews and Blacks, something never permitted in “exclusive” resorts, clubs and other venues breaking this barrier which held into the 1990s. The outrageous fact here is not that it was Donald Trump who broke the barrier and fought a running battle with the city officials for over a decade because of his inclusive policies but that Palm Beach had such rules in place into the 1990s and was still regarded as an all American resort town, now that is unbelievable and a truth that needs more emphasis. Still, if we all calm down we will survive the coming four years and then we can review whether Donald Trump was more President or clown and if clown, replace him and get on with life. Thank you.

 

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January 23, 2013

Conservative Pundits, Please, Enough Already!

All right, I realize that many conservatives would not give President Obama credit for helping a handicapped person across a street safely and would warn that there must have been some conspiracy or that it was a ploy for some nefarious ends involved. I might even agree with some, possibly many, of the insinuations, inferences, and blatant calls for progressive, communist even, programs and laws which curtailed Constitutional rights that could be found buried within his Inaugural Speech. You have disagreements over virtually everything President Obama stands for and represents. That is all fine and worthy of complaint and even opposition if that be your desires. But please, give it a rest when it begins to encroach on pure hatred and unimportant criticisms which sound unbelievably similar in nature to what the most ardent leftists used to say about President Bush and family during his eight years in the White House.

If I have to suffer one more talking head whining about the First Lady’s custom designer dress and the broach holding the halter in place with questions of how much it cost and what better purposes could have been found for those funds I will likely scream. I do not care how much they spent on his celebration on his inauguration as he earned it when he won the election. Enough with what the progressives would have said if Mitt and Ann Romney had worn similar expensive clothes and thrown an equally lavish number of Inaugural celebrations, it does not make your whining sound any less like sour grapes. I do not care what the Progressives would have said about the Romneys had they acted similarly if they had won the election. Are you conservative expounders not constantly claiming how you are superior to the progressives and are the grown-ups who do not stoop to such low levels in political discourse? Well, today, with your inane whining and roiling criticisms over the lavish and extravagant excesses of the Inaugural celebrations, many just seemed to have completely lost their minds over trivial minutia. Just let it go; it will be the Obama’s last one, so live with it. Save your vitriol for actual actions and legislative overreach. Save your venom for their excessive spending which is ongoing and setting baseline budgetary levels which are unsustainable.

The Inaugural celebrations were simply lavish excess because they actually earned it. Allow them their hard earned victory in the election. It is understandable that there may be some sore spots that were scratched causing you pain because it rubbed in that you lost yet another election you thought you had or should have won. It is not President Obama who ran an insufficient campaign that left more of your voters staying home on Election Day than the progressives did. If you had simply gotten as many votes as you had four years earlier you would have likely had won because President Obama also received less votes that he had received four years ago. So, you were just as unpopular with your base as he was with his and that means the result remained the same. For that reason he gets to celebrate and if you were really all grown up you would have just let it be. Sounding like a spoiled brat who is jealous of his sibling because they got the Christmas present that you wanted and you just got a sweater does your credibility no good. You did your causes and supporters absolutely no good today with your petty criticisms and empty jealousies. It is absolutely counter-productive to gripe over such inanities. Save your vitriol for the coming actual damages he will attempt to perform against our Constitution. Keep your ammunition ready to shoot down actual criminal intent through decree by Executive Orders. Lay in wait to trip those agendas hidden piecemeal, slowly being assembled by attaching individual pieces onto vital budgetary and other legislation just as the initial setups for Obama Care was attached and passed with the renewal of the Patriot Act. Be prepared to reveal any and every scheme to shortcut around the delegated authorities of the Congress and the Judicial Branch. Stay your voice as there will be reasons, real and damaging reasons which will call for your voice to rise above the din of the distractions and disguises of misdirection woven into speeches and grand visions used to disguise vile intents. But the petty complaints of lavish celebration is below those claiming to answer to the high calling of protector of the people’s rights and guard of the Constitutional limitations of the excesses of governmental power which will be attempted over the coming four years. Remember the boy who cried wolf was ignored simply because he abused the right to cry warnings simply by misuse of that right. You are crying excess when it matters little. Save the cry of alarm for when the damages really amount to something worthy of crying wolf or your future warnings will fall on deaf ears. Decrying that the parties thrown to celebrate his last Inauguration were excessive, please, get real.

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