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The Unimaginable Happened…Trump Was Elected President — Here are the FACTS

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

ovaloffice1Many Electors and Americans believe Trump will be a disaster as president. His cabinet picks, refusal to attend daily briefings, or divest himself from his companies, continue to reinforce that idea. His involvement with his children as close government advisers while they run the business is wrong and possibly unconstitutional. We need to work as hard as we can to reach out to the Electoral College TODAY to work together to do what is right for every American. We can’t let bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, white supremacists and others affect the outcome of the 2016 election and the future of our country.

FACT: The election isn’t really over until Dec 19 when the Electoral College meets. If we can convince enough of the Electorates to vote for Clinton, who won the popular vote by more than 2.7 million votes, our country would have a stable and sane president that would save us from his dangerous views, and bring hope to those who aren’t in the 1%.

FACT: After the 2016 election is resolved, we need to dismantle the archaic Electoral College, or at least make their vote proportionate to the vote in each state, not winner take all .

FACT: Rather than praising NATO and our allies, Trump praises Putin. Does he want a dictator style of government and Putin is his role model? Does Trump have ties with Russia that will influence how he operates as President?

FACT: Trump refused to release his taxes. Why? Will these documents show he has paid no taxes? Will they show that he actually does not contribute to charities? Will they show he has substantial business and financial dealings with Russia and high-ranking Russians? How much does he owe to Russia and China?

FACT: He isn’t putting his businesses in a blind trust, but rather appointing his children to the helm while he is in office. By choosing this path, Trump can pass laws that are in his best interest, not the country’s. It is unprecedented for a president to do this.

FACT: FBI Director James Comey was wrong for reopening the Hillary Clinton email investigation 11 days out from the election. He had no evidence; it was a deliberate attempt to sway the election for the Republicans.

FACT: President Obama was wrong not to then release the evidence that Russia hacked our election to influence it in favor of Trump prior to the election. Why didn’t the FBI release this info instead of what they did on Clinton?

FACT: Trump University was a fraud and 3500 lawsuits are still pending by unpaid workers. Do we really want to pay for all of Donald’s bad conduct? Are the taxpayers the ones who will pay his legal bills for these suits?

FACT: He chose to use his Trump Foundation donors’ money to buy personal items and pay off legal bills, while contributing zero to the charity. Why isn’t this being investigated by the IRS or the DOJ?

FACT: He has no foreign or domestic governing experience. No Trump has served in the military, as Donald got numerous deferments. How can he be an effective Commander-in-Chief?

FACT: He, along with a GOP Congress and his big corporation cabinet selections, will cut taxes for the wealthy and social services for the elders, disabled, and needy, while driving up our country’s debt and deficit. His controversial cabinet will destroy our public schools, the EPA (our water, land, and air), our energy potential, and healthcare.

FACT: People are protesting peacefully for a different result—they want to protect the EPA, bank regulations, raising the minimum wage, public education, religious freedoms, voters’ rights, healthcare, and a fair Supreme Court.

FACT: Immigrants, minorities, and women are all under attack by Trump and his Alt-right campaign manager.

FACT: Women’s right to choice including Roe v. Wade will disappear, as will funding for Planned Parenthood. Same-sex marriage will no longer be legal, as well as the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

FACT: It is important to question whether we want an unstable, thinned-skinned person to have his finger on the nuclear code after saying he likes war and more countries should have nuclear weapons. Do we want a president that continually criticizes our world-class military and their covert operations, as he selects three generals to be in his cabinet?

FACT: Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, claims of fraud, voting site closures (868), suspension of early voting days, and abuse of legislature powers federally and statewide will intensify with no checks and balances by the judicial or executive branches under this administration.

FACT: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, yet Americans don’t get the president they voted for…again! (In 2000 Bush v. Gore, Gore got more popular votes, but the Supreme Court gave Bush Florida, and the presidency.

Why I’m no longer a Republican

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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In 1988 when I voted for George H. W. Bush for president, there was nothing unusual about it. From the time I turned 21, I had always voted Republican. But, after he broke his promise not to raise taxes and the country was in the midst of a recession, I reconsidered my position in 1992.

As Bush floundered, the brilliant and charismatic campaign and message of William Jefferson Clinton hit the scene and I voted for my first Democrat.

During the next eight years, I watched how President Clinton oversaw the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history; how the nation enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in decades; how the home ownership rate grew to the highest it’s ever been in the country’s history; how he improved economic equality that led to a strong economy and a surplus federal budget. Though his tenure was plagued with scandals and impeachment, it is important to remember, he was acquitted of all charges.

In 1996, I still didn’t consider myself a Democrat, even though I voted to reelect Clinton. I was an Independent who voted for the best person. But, when the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush in 2000…I began to think of myself as a Democrat.

Living in Texas, I saw Bush’s policies and ignorance first hand. I could foresee many problems the country would face if he was elected and, unfortunately, he didn’t prove me wrong. Against strong counsel from his own financial advisors, he cut taxes while starting two wars; something no other president had ever done. These decisions began the immeasurable damage to our country that would take decades to recover from.

He took a substantial surplus, and turned it into a huge deficit; he changed America’s standing in the world, by trying to force his views on other cultures; he chose to invade Iraq first, rather than Afghanistan, allowing Osama bin Laden to continue his reign of terrorism for years; he destabilized the Middle East which led to more insurgents. Bush and Cheney did not listen to Americans or our Allies and millions of lives were lost.

As the neocons continually promote just one more war to spread democracy, I believe we should fix America’s democracy first before we try to change the cultures of other countries to mirror our own.

Near the end of Bush’s disastrous two-term Presidency, it was an easy decision for me to vote for Obama over McCain. But, it was the creation of the Tea Party facet of the Republican Party in 2010 that turned me into a loyal Democrat, rather than an Independent. I don’t feel I abandoned the Republican Party but, I do feel the Republican Party abandoned me. Their emerging views on government, religion, women’s rights, workers’ rights, income inequality, violence against women, equal pay for women, minorities’ voting rights, made me move away from these radical ideologues as quickly as possible.

In 2014, the Republican Party is now split between the old GOP idealists and the new GOP obstructionists; between those who know their message is losing voters and want to change it and, those who would rather suppress and buy the vote, than change the message. The GOP no longer stands for Grand Old Party, but for Greedy Old Plutocrats.

Democrats must rally their base. There are many smart and educated Republicans who believe their Party’s lies, support their Party’s positions and who will come out to vote Republican at any cost. In America that is their prerogative. But, it is up to the rest of us to make sure these extremists are defeated in 2014, in 2016 and beyond. It is critical to this country’s future, maybe more than any other election in our history that you vote in November. Choosing not to vote because you think your vote doesn’t matter is just plain wrong. I worry that if people do not stand up for what they believe in, and vote, then our future right to vote may vanish.

I support the Democratic message because I’m for job creation, rather than obstructionism. I support healthcare for all, rather than repealing the ACA with no alternative plan. I think we should keep the safety net for those who need it and have paid into it all their lives. I support Social Security, and believe the system could be solvent for years if the income cap was removed and people paid into the system for every pay check they received. And unlike many Republican Governors, I also support Medicaid expansion which saves lives, adds billions in federal funds, and creates jobs.

I’m for keeping America safe and strong, but not for sending Americans into harm’s way when it isn’t necessary. I’m for helping veterans when they return from serving our country, rather than cutting their benefits. I’m for lowering Congressional pay and perks, so that elected officials’ jobs aren’t about becoming millionaires, but rather are about their responsibility to serve their constituents and their country.

I believe in food stamps for the hungry, but not subsidies to big agricultural firms. I believe in healthy school lunches for our children, but not Republican supported junk food lobbyists. I believe in putting people to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and bridges, rather than blocking the vote on job development, and asking “where are the jobs?” I believe in energy independence, but not at a cost to our society and way of life. I believe we should do something about man-made climate change, not deny it exists. I believe we should leave America, and the planet, a better place for my kids and my grandkids, rather than a worse place.

I’m for easy to vote elections, rather than designing restrictions that make it harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote. I’m for term limits for all elected officials, rather than lifetime politicians. In other words, I’m for democracy…a democracy that is quickly diminishing under the current Republican leadership.