Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dear Women's March: You don't represent us all

Dear Women’s March,

I appreciate the fact that you lumped all women together in your march. Really, I do. There is only one problem. I don’t agree with you, and there are good reasons why. We don’t have a real dialogue going on here. What we have is a bunch of women who are marching and no one seems to be able to nail down what the march is about. This includes those in other countries who “marched in solidarity” with you. It is shocking to me that the same people who laud those in other countries agreeing with them, they tell those who disagree with them they have no say because they are in other countries. This is one of the reasons that you don’t speak for me.

It was nice to see Gloria Steinem renewing her interest in headlines. She crawls in her hole for decades and then peeks out when she sees an opportunity to strike. Yes, it’s nice to get a visit from a woman who promoted the purely disgusting attitude that women can be anything they want, unless of course, some women choose to stay home and raise their children. Hypocrisy at it’s best.

It was also enjoyable to hear that Madonna wants to blow up the White House because Trump is supposedly anti-woman. By all means, go for it. You want to blow up the White House, that’s your problem, not mine. Don’t reflect that kind of hate on me, as a woman who does NOT promote that kind of hatred towards another human being. She has been trying to crawl out of her washed up hole for years and failed. Now she decides to get out there and promote violence. It’s her new 15 minutes of fame.

How about that Ashely Judd though? She believes along with these crowds, that Donald Trump is the new Adolph Hitler. You, Judd, are nobody. You spit in the face of the Jewish community who lived through the Hitler era. You also spit in the face of the millions of Jewish families who are in the United States because their ancestors truly did need a safe place to live.

While I find it admirable that people are willing to show solidarity for their beliefs and are able to because that’s just the kind of country we live in, it is also appalling that you speak this untruth. The truth is, there are millions of women in the United States who feel the opposite of your views. They weren’t welcome to your “march”. Women who are pro-life, as well as many other opposite views to yours were snubbed from the event. You do not speak for ALL women. You speak for yourselves.

You put little girls, little girls out with signs about a woman’s right to an abortion. I would lay bets that the parents of these children didn’t even know what an abortion entails. I find that appalling and you don’t speak for me.

The women I admire are those like my grandmother who raised seven children without excuses as to why she should ever give up. My mother, oh, how I admire my mother who literally worked her fingers to the bone to raise her two children. My mother who’s will and strength got us through the hardest of times. My daughter who went through so many trials in her life, not brought on by herself, but at the hands of others, fought back and won. A woman who has worked since she was 14 because she wanted to have the extra things. My daughter who, while pregnant, worked until she physically couldn’t anymore, because she wanted to make sure her children were well taken care of. My daughter who probably cried a lot after their house burned down, but held it back so many times because she wanted to be strong for her children. My daughter who at times struggled, but always came out on top. She’s a woman, she’s a strong woman, she is her own self, she made things happen for herself and her children. She never sacrificed her family relationships, her friendships or the men in her life to get what she wanted and/or needed. Yes, I admire her so much that she doesn’t even know. These are proud women who DID things to make their world better. They didn’t talk about it, they just did it.

I’ve heard so many different versions of what this march was supposed to be about. I’ve heard that it isn’t about Donald Trump, yet that’s all we on the other side heard. We heard that it’s about reproductive rights, we’ve heard that it’s about the environment (really, that argument is out the window when you trash the city streets with garbage), we’ve heard that it’s about women all around the world who are raped, murdered, and treated like things. We’ve heard that it is about women in this country who fear, not actually lost, but feared loss of their rights. These are all the things we heard, but for all the marching that was done around the world on behalf of all the women in the United States, the “messages” were lost completely. It was lost in the name-calling, the violence that occurred the night before, the constant bashing of President Trump (I know you hate hearing those two words in the same sentence, but it is a fact), the vagina heads and the foul language. Those are the things that were heard.

Do not dare to presume that you speak for all the women in the United States. You do not speak for the millions of women who did not and do not agree with your views. In fact, you don’t even speak for yourselves. Proof is in the pudding, so they say. The pudding is the people who were watching in confusion as to what the issue really was. The pudding is the fact that so many of the women who marched just put out a hate message for Donald Trump. Again, the message was lost and you have no clue that it was.

The only ones to hear it are the ones who marched. I’m not even sure they heard it. It was confusing and it was overridden with hate, although there were many signs that said love. My personal favorite were the signs that said “I’m with her”. I can only assume that “her” is Hillary Clinton, since that was the “slogan” used during the campaign. Newsflash, the election is over. The new president has been sworn in. None of the hate spewed from your side of the street is going to change that. The fact is, it only hurts the “cause”. We don’t get each other. We don’t understand each other and we don’t care if we do. We are so wrapped up in our own selves and that we forget what really matters.

The least you environmentalists could have done was take your signs home. If you choose, because it’s a choice, to walk with signs rather than do something constructive, that’s on you. I can’t believe that people are so anti-prosperous America, people who are mad because ILLEGAL immigrants are being told they need to come in the right way, people who are mad because not everyone agrees with their viewpoints.

You can’t be progressives if you want to stay in a past ridden with loss of jobs, homes, hungry children and vets. You can’t be tolerant if you are intolerant. You can’t be peaceful while spewing violent speech. You can’t be heard unless you have a specific message. You can’t be unified while creating more division. And you can’t do anything if you are not DOING something.

You hate Donald Trump. We get that. You hate that he got the win. We get that. You can hate Donald Trump all you want. It won’t change a thing. You have to give credit where credit is due though. Donald Trump saw a lot of things wrong and so did millions of other people who voted for him. Donald Trump did something about it. He became involved at the highest level possible. The people who felt they wanted change did something about it. They changed it by making their voices heard on election day. If you want to moan that we are, in your mind, going backwards, then DO something about it. If you don’t like the direction the country has gone over the next four, then DO something about it.

Your message wasn’t heard by those you targeted as the people you want to listen to you. You want people to listen to you, then make it count in real time. Stop being pissed at people because they want to stop feeling helpless to get out of the cyclone of welfare and despair. We want our jobs back. We want our feeling of American pride back. American pride isn’t living off welfare. American pride is doing the work, having sustainable work. We want our strength back. We want people to stop feeling stuck in the system. We want the drug problem to decrease and we want our children to live in a safer world.

We aren’t looking to the people who live in their hilltop mansions with their millions of dollars telling us what we should and shouldn’t do. Yes, President Trump happens to be a billionaire. The difference between him and you is that he gave up living in his penthouse filled with glittery gold to serve the people who feel forgotten. He should be punished or dismissed because he made a prosperous life for himself and his family? He should be punished for speaking the truth about the state of our union, the real truth? He should be punished because his wife and children have been bashed over and over again by you, the tolerant ones? He should be punished because his life hasn’t been as sterile as you think yours is? You, the people, want to kill your babies, wear pussy hats and show your private parts to people who don’t want to see it, you are the ones telling us President Trump is immoral and has no respect for women?

There is a speech by President Kennedy during his campaign about his ability to run the country regardless of his faith. Would you agree that he did a fabulous job at it? Yes, he did. He did it, even though he was boinking women, who were not his wife, in the White House and probably around the world. He did it regardless of his faith or his other personal beliefs. He was a womanizing pig in reference to his personal life, but he fought hard for the people, all people in spite of that. Just replace the references to religion with references to personal beliefs and acts, and you have it in a nutshell.

It is odd that you had no problem re-electing Bill Clinton who not only was and probably still is a womanizing pig who vehemently lied to the people, but you are worried President Trump can’t do his job because he has done the same things your candidate’s husband did while he was in office. It’s baffling to me.

So much more to say, so little time.

The Opposite of Your World

Saturday, January 21, 2017

President Trump's Controversial Inauguration

SNL’s ridiculous attack on young Barron Trump was uncalled for. I now understand the reason my friends would say the had to get high before they watched the show back during my teen years. Odd that they would feel the need to smoke marijuana in order to make SNL funny? Not really, but we won’t give that anymore attention.

Barron was adorable throughout the day, but the most adorable and heart-filling moment was when he played peek-a-boo with his nephew. It makes him all the more human to those of us who might otherwise think he would probably be a spoiled little brat. Didn’t appear to be that at all. Other moments included his humble smile and wave as he walked in front of his parents during the procession. I think he may just be warming up to his role as part of the first family.

Let’s talk Melania’s dress for the inaugural. She looked amazing. If you deny that, then you are simply looking fruitlessly for ways to stomp on her. She evoked a sense of style, grace, and beauty, even to those who didn’t necessarily like Trump. She trended on Facebook, in the number one spot, all day and night, and the trend was all about her classy style.

As the new First Lady, she looked on at her husband as adoringly as any woman can for the man she loves. There was no pretense in her eyes, it was pure love, respect and adoration. Not every man can say that their wives look at them so sincerely as she did with President Trump. Say what you will, she loves this man whether you approve of it or not.

Melania’s ball gown was beautiful, but according to CNN, it wasn’t up to their liking. Newsflash, she was gorgeous and you all know it. You don’t have to like her in order to give her credit for having fabulous taste in clothing.

The long day of events must have been so tiring for Barron and Donald Trump’s grandchildren. You wouldn’t have known it to watch them though. His grandchildren standing next to him while he signed papers, as they played with the pens was to die for. He didn’t miss a beat as he talked to them while signing. It was an interesting and lovable exchange that shows the softer side of our new President.

The entire family looked amazing, but more than that, they truly had a good time enjoying the festivities of the day. They all stood watching the parade and clapping along with the music. There were genuine smiles on their faces and even though the men were in suits and the women in high heels, there were no “stuffed suits” there. The best part is no one missed the likes of naked Beyonce because the entertainment was fabulous.

At the ball, the first dance was a little awkward feeling there for a minute. For those taking points off for the President because he wasn’t an elegant dancer, he has never had time to take ballroom dance lessons. He is a very serious businessman, and that should be a good sign to us. That means he works harder than he plays and that’s something the country needs. Give back those points and add some though. The way he looked at his wife and she to him was priceless. These two people love each other, no doubt, unless you are looking for something to criticize.

We have to comment on Ivanka’s ball gown. It was gorgeous. She looked as a princess who has already found her Prince Charming. That is her style and she does it well. What a beautiful woman. All of the Trump ladies looked stupendous in their gowns as well.

There were two big controversies of the day. The first was the inaugural speech. President Trump first thanked the Obama’s for their service and he gave them wonderful compliments. After he did that, he talked about putting Americans in charge of the government instead of the other way around. He, in effect, took a sledgehammer to the system and soundly put them in their place. He talked about Americans, jobs, God, police officers and the armed services. Many of which have taken a back seat for many years, not just in the Obama years. He spoke from his heart, though many would prefer a prepared speech. He could have been more diplomatic, that is certain, but he is not jumping on the diplomatic train. He is speaking the truth about how far downhill this country has gone and how we are going to fix it. He spoke confidence, such as, “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done”.  Much of the speech was motivational rather than prim and proper and that is refreshing.

The second point of contention was the signing of his first executive order. It came immediately following the ceremony and regarded relief of burden from the ACA. People were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. “He shouldn’t do something like that until he tells us what it means”. Blah, blah, blah. In reality, it turns out to be very good news for people who have been forced to take healthcare who couldn’t afford it, but subsequently were forced to pay a penalty, some of which went up to $1500 for a couple.

How does that affect people on Medicaid? It doesn’t. Medicaid recipients are still getting their healthcare. What it does do is relieve hard workers of the odd punishment that they have been burdened with since ACA went into effect. You can’t take away from one group of people to give to another and make it work.

The wording of the executive order to relieve the burden:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the "Act"). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
Sec. 3. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act, shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.
Sec. 4. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the head of each department or agency with responsibilities relating to healthcare or health insurance shall encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.
Sec. 5. To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.
Sec. 6. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
January 20, 2017.

To all you angry people with hate-filled hearts that want to see this country fail, or who have not paid attention to what Trump actually said during his campaign trails, or didn’t take the time to watch his interviews throughout the years that shows his stick-to-it-ness, or want to get back at those who “did this to Obama” for 8 years, and to all those who would prefer that the Trump family remain in their sights as the “evil” leader, go for it. It won’t stop the rest of the country from living their lives with happiness and hope that things will get better. I just hope you are happy that you tore up yet another city by smashing windows out of businesses, burning trashcans and setting cars on fire. This doesn’t even mention those people who were physically aggressive to other human beings.

While "Protesters" do this, Trump is over there like...

There is one thing that I can say with certainty (for me anyway). Everything will be alright. That means something different for those who don’t believe in God. In my case, it means that everything that is happening is meant to happen. It means that we don’t have to fear anything because in the end, everything truly will be alright. It doesn’t mean there won’t be strife, it simply means that we have a peace about us because we know what is waiting on the other side for us. With that said, God bless all of you, God bless President Trump, his family and the Vice-President and his family as they begin to lead the country, God bless our country, and thank you for doing all of the above. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inauguration Day is on the Horizon

Here we are, one day before the inauguration of one of the most contested president in the history of the United States. He is controversial for many reasons, some real, some imagined. Has president-elect Donald Trump said and done some bad things along the way? He certainly has, there is no doubt about that. He’s also done some really wonderful things along the way as well. Everyone concentrates on the dark rather than the light. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

The election is over and Donald Trump won. That is a fact no matter how many times a person says, “but Hillary got the popular vote”. It is now time to concentrate on the things that will make this country look and feel like it once did. It is a time to come together rather than to fall further and further apart. We are not enemies; we are friends of a sort. We may not agree with each other’s politics, but we have one common ground. That is for the country to thrive. It is a place that has always been very powerful around the world. That power has diminished, not in just the last eight years, but slowly and methodically, by those who may not always have the people’s best interest at heart.

Do we not stop and think about the impact of the loss of large companies over the last decade? Do we really think it is a better thing that the countries around us are growing prosperous at our expense? I don’t believe that for a minute. Will the changes Donald Trump has proposed going to hurt our country or help it? We have yet to see, but it is truly worth the effort to find out.

Manufacturing jobs go overseas because the government has made it consistently more difficult for them to survive in the United States. They can’t make a profit, but they sure can make a loss. Companies cannot operate like that. This isn’t an argument for Donald Trump. This is an argument for the United States.

The worst part about this is that so many people are busy preparing to protest the inauguration. It is most certainly counter-productive. If there is an issue that arises during the presidency, that is most certainly the time to bring it to the table and protest to your representatives. No one can make a change on something that has not happened.

When we have gotten to the extreme that people will actually set themselves on fire in protest, there is something very wrong. That kind of protest just hurts the cause. It helps nothing except the medical field when they have to fix the damage. It makes zero sense to set yourself on fire in protest, not to mention, it’s far more painful than working towards actual change.

I want to see this country prosper again. A new Amazondistribution center is slated for the county I am from. It will be opened in the town I grew up in. This is fantastic news that will grow our local economy by putting 700 or more people to work in a job that pays more than a living wage with benefits. One of the news stations interviewed a woman who has been looking for a job for three or so years. She said that she was just hired after fighting for position after position where 100 people apply but only one position is available. That’s what I would like to see throughout the country. It is not our job to send all of our jobs overseas to make other countries thrive when we can’t thrive.

Nothing has happened yet. Nothing. You can’t change something that hasn’t happened. You can’t change the outcome either. Just know that your protests slated for today, tomorrow and Saturday will only be met with the other side. It will only ignite division further. Go back and listen to Trump through the years where he has talked about the problems facing the United States and tell me that he has been inconsistent with anything he said in his campaign. He loves the United States and only wants to do those things that will bring back pride to the citizens of this country. You may not agree with all of it, but it is certain that there will be many things that he will do that you will not be able to, legitimately, deny as better results for the U.S.

No one has been successful in trying to unify the country at this point. It’s not about what is best for you, or Joe Smoe, or even the president-elect. Unity is what is best for the country. If you are not willing to do that for your country, you don’t truly love this country, and it is as simple as that.

This might sound like a directive, but in reality it is a plea. The name-calling, the threats of violence, the downright disrespect for each other in the last several months is sad and disheartening. Please, please consider coming together as a unified country. Just imagine if this country came together every day as it  did on days such as 9/11 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Imagine how much more powerful we are as a people during those times.

If you are afraid of this country being prosperous and safe again, then you go against everything you say you stand for. Progressives are meant to move forward, not backward. We have continually moved backwards for decades and it’s time to take some steps forward. Onward and upward, my friends, my countrymen/women, my neighbors. Onward and upward.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hashtag Wars and the Future

When I began writing blogs about the election and the fall out post-election, I never imagined some of the things I would have to look at in the process. Imagine my surprise when I opened Twitter to find a hashtag that belongs in the backroom of a dank and dirty video store. When it dawned on me that it was in regards to President-elect Trump, it made me sick to my stomach. Before you go on and on, again, I was not a fan of Trump’s or Clinton’s, but enough is enough.

There was no reason for #PizzaGate. It was unfounded and a ridiculous allegation with no proof at all. There are just as many reasons for #GoldenShower. There is no evidence of it and is ridiculous and unfounded. Each so-called story was fabricated to humiliate Clinton and Trump, respectively, because people have no idea that they were supposed to grow up by the time they turned 18, or 21 depending on how you look at it.

Why is it so hard to find adults between the Republican and Democrat parties? The name-calling at each other, the downright hatred and venom, fake news that people EAGERLY wait for day by day, more and more “news” sources that we can’t trust on a daily basis, and the disgusting prayers from some who hope the country will fail. What kind of sick mind wants their own country to fail?

I have been on this earth for over half a century now and have never seen such disrespectful behavior from a group of people who think they have the right. One has the right to behave that way because they put up with it for eight years. The other side has the right because that’s how their person was treated for eight years. There are so many people worried about saving the planet for their children and grandchildren, and I agree, but we forget that if we continue to swirl in the vortex, our children and grandchildren will be the ones who pay the ultimate price. So, stop it. Two-year-olds don’t behave this way on their worst day.

Here is what we know about that hashtag. We know that John McCain handed over a dossier to the FBI several months ago. We know that McCain says that he didn’t know what to do with it when it was handed to him, and that is why he gave it to the FBI. We also know that there is supposed to be a source, but there is no name with the source, therefore, there is no way to confirm anything about this supposed dossier. We also know that Buzzfeed decided it was a good story, though admitted that they had no source and no verification for the report. CNN repeated the story. Shame on both of them. There was no information to confirm it, no proof, and no one willing to say who the supposed source is. This is why the new hashtag caused a firestorm.

The only thing I can say about this is, grow up. Your children and grandchildren are watching you. If they aren’t watching you now, they will find all of these things in the future and what do you think they will think about you. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you want them to know you behaved this way. Be honest with yourself about it. How will you feel if your children and all the children in the future sees you participated in the hashtag wars, especially ones like this. If you think it is okay, then by all means, do what you want. The story has no basis in truth, drop it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hollywood is Make-Believe; So are the People who Created it

As with most people, I love to watch movies, television shows, and interviews by my favorite actors. As with most people, there are songs that I love and have supported so many musical careers along the way. Unfortunately, at the time I was supporting those “artists”, I didn’t realize that they would pick and choose to make political statements on my dime. These are the same people who turn a blind eye to the true injustices occurring in their own backyard.

The most recent, is the Meryl Streep’s diatribe about how unjust the president-elect is. She claimed that Hollywood has no voice, (give me a break), yet they have the biggest voice of the entire nation. These are the same rich people, of whom most are millionaires with nothing better to do than to further divide a nation that is in great need of healing among citizens.

There are many who support Streep using an entertainment venue to air her indignation that her candidate did not win. There are many more who truly feel that it was the wrong place and time for that type of speech. People do not watch awards shows to hear political opinion pieces. It’s time that entertainers take a different stage to voice those opinions to those who care to hear it.

Let’s put this into perspective. People say that Trump supporters (I’ll leave out the expletives) shouldn’t have a voice and should not say what they want to say. Those same people are the ones who scream “freedom of speech” when it comes to their own tirades. If someone got up on that stage and said that it is time for the country to come together and “let’s stop the division and come together as a country”, that person would have gotten booed off the stage. It is a sad world we live in that it has come down to this.

I will say again, because I understand some of you will think that I am a Trump supporter. The truth is, I have a choice and I have a voice. Over the next four to eight years, this will be my president and I will support him. I did not; however, support him during the campaign. I didn’t support Hillary either and I had good reason in both cases not to support either one of them.

Fortunately, I was never a big Meryl Streep fan. I watched a few of her movies, all of which she played a wretched bitch with little to no moral foundation. It really says a lot about her character (in the real life sense, not in the sense of her roles). I am glad that this is not one of the people that I have ever supported in any strong way. I don’t buy any movie she has been in. I don’t make a point to go see her in action. I don’t listen to her political views either.

Now let’s talk about the adoration that we give to the people who entertain us. We have given them so much attention over the years that they think it is them who’s opinion should matter to us. As they would always say, it is no one’s business about their real life, or they don’t love me, they love the character or the music. That is true. We don’t know the real person and in most cases, I wouldn’t care to. Hollywood is a fantasyland. It is where people come together to show the perfect side and hide the ugly side. It is a place where people think they are God and they sit in their mansions with their millions of dollars and have not one clue about what real life is like today. This and yet they still have such a high opinion of themselves as to think they should inject their political poison on everyone else.

Here is a little more perspective. The film and music industry is infamous for hiding the very dark side of the “business”. Just ask any child actor who has been left in the hands of a child rapist. No one says a thing. No one says it’s wrong or bad or that it even exists. All too often, these kids are left to fend for themselves because parents also turn a blind eye. The money and attention are all worth it to them. These are the people whose political opinions we care about? Why don’t you ask Corey Haim about that? Why don’t you ask Mackenzie Phillips about that? Or Elijah Wood, CoreyFeldman, Joey Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dylan and Mia Farrow, Samantha Geimer (Drugged and raped by Roman Polanski, who Meryl Streep gave a standing ovation for), Michael Egan, Alison Arngrim, and Evan Henzi. I suspect there are many more child stars who have been exploited and trapped in a world they could not have possibly known existed.

Hollywood is no shining example of morals and good standings. There are those who have maintained their true convictions, but they are far and few between. Be careful who you idolize, you never know the secrets they hold and whose secrets they cover for. This is why I give little credence to anything they say or do. That should also give you reason to give pause as to their true motives. “Oh, if I would have said anything about the things I saw and heard, I would have been black-listed, so please understand” doesn’t cut it with me and it shouldn’t with anyone.

Then what do we do? We denigrate people, even young people, when they have stood by their convictions throughout their lives. We have KirkCameron and his sister Candace. Kirk’s career took a big hit when he turned his life over to Jesus. I applaud him for those convictions. Never mind the fact of whether you are a Christian or not. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that he took a stand and was, and still is raked over the coals for it. He chose not to do scenes that were against his beliefs, even though it cost him his fame and fortune career. It’s a very sad day when someone does stick by his convictions and gets sliced to bits and those who flip flop depending on which topic of the day is running wildly popular get the applause.

If you support someone who changes their mind every five minutes, as in Meryl’s case; if you choose to listen and adhere to her point-of-view when she can’t agree with herself about causes, then you are just as guilty as the general population of Hollywood. Not everyone applauded when Roman Polanski won his award. He’s the guy who went into self-imposed exile because he didn’t want to finish out his sentence after drugging and raping a young girl. Newsflash: No one, save for Charles Manson, wants to finish their sentence. Not everyone gave him a standing ovation and not everyone was happy about the choice. What is astounding is that there were far too many who did clap with a smile on their face and some who went further by giving a standing ovation. Meryl Streep was one of the latter. That, in and of itself, is disturbing. Why would anyone give a standing ovation to someone who committed child molestation, as even Polanski admits is true? Why would that same person stand up and say they don’t have a voice because their candidate didn’t win? That’s what her speech amounted to.

Don’t turn to Hollywood for your answers. That’s the worst possible choice you can make. Just because someone is wildly popular in make believe land doesn’t mean they are popular in real life. Ask those who live in Beverly Hills. They know that you are “in one minute and out the next” when it comes to socializing. They love you when you are the “toast of the town” and turn their back on you when you are not. There is nothing real there and there never will be. If they came down from their hilltop mansions and walk among people who are homeless, people who are struggling to make ends meet, people who are in dangerous neighborhoods, and all the other “little people” who live real life struggles, that’s when I will listen to their cries of having no voice. Go live where these people live. Go where there truly is no voice.  

When I watch a show that is meant to be entertaining, I support that show and the people who are in it. We, collectively, pay these people to do the job of entertaining. If I go to a play, I want to see the play, not hear political ramblings. When I go to a concert, I want to hear the music, not political points of view. When I watch a television show, I expect to see the entertainment that one would expect from that type of show, not political diatribes. When I go to a presidential rally or a town hall meeting, I expect to see and hear politics. When I watch the political debates, I want to hear politics.

The point is, if you are paid to do a job, do your job and leave politics out. Unless, of course, your job is to politically rant. It’s unbecoming and it freezes out at least half of your fan base, WHO, by the way, PAY YOUR BILLS! After all, if you freeze us out, you eventually freeze out your own bank account.

That is just a little food for thought on this beautifully perfect day! Go out in the world and make it a better place. Bring people together rather than drive them further apart. It’s your world, make it count.

Monday, January 9, 2017

What about that Fiat-Chrysler Announcement!

It’s that time again. The time when I respectfully share a point of view seen favorably by a select group of people who have chosen to support the president-elect. It strikes me odd that so many people (actors, to be specific), feel the need to continually press issues that were originally brought up during the campaign. I have many thoughts on this, but we will start with the new announcement by Fiat-Chrysler.

The first thing is a background on Fiat-Chrysler because it is very important to put this into perspective. Chrysler was once it’s own entity that went by several different names. It was Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep. These three brand names provided thousands of good paying jobs to people. This, in turn, delivered a booming economy for decades, but then came the recession.

The recession created one of the worst economic periods in American history, save for the Great Depression. The recession occurred under the guidance of President George W. Bush; no one is disputing that. It was a horrible time to live through. Although we can say we were right behind President Bush when he took a hard line with terrorists while maintaining an understanding sympathy for the citizens of the United States, things turned for the worst and many lives were destroyed because of it.

Then came President Obama, the one who was going to fix everything for Americans and get us working again. The idea that bailouts were the answer to the problem created a new wave of complications. We did it anyway, and then the automakers left the U.S. and gave the jobs we needed to foreign workers. People were still losing good paying, full-time jobs with medical, dental and vision benefits. There are still thousands of people losing their homes to foreclosure. Enter Obamacare, AKA, the Affordable Healthcare Act, one that costs thousands of Americans to either lose benefits or who have to pay out enormous amounts of money for healthcare, not only for themselves, but for people who do not work at all. This has led to one great big circle jerk and it is time for that to stop. After all, we can’t ignore the fact that most jobs are now part-time occupations with no benefits at all.

Let’s fast forward to today. President Obama is leaving office soon. We are down to eleven days before President-Elect Donald Trump takes office. I covered the many things that have occurred as a direct result of Trump’s election, including companies keeping and/or moving back to America. Consider one more added to that list. Chrysler-Fiat made the decision to invest back into the United States that which was taken away over the last eight years. The building of new Chrysler-Fiat plants is amazing news and one that most of us never expected to happen.

The truth is, discussions about this possibility may have been occurring prior to the election results; however, the company made the final decision on the heels of President-Elect Trump’s win and less than two weeks prior to his inauguration. This is important and good news for Americans. It means thousands of new jobs and it all depends on negotiations with the states in which the plants are slated for construction. Trump continually calls out companies on his Twitter account that refuse to keep their businesses here in the States. There is a consensus of people in a particular group that believe the Tweeting from a president-elect is outlandish, but the reality is social media is a driving force in today’s world. If social networking is successful to get word out about particular companies leaving, it gives more incentive for them to stay. It is miraculous news because people here need jobs.

Part of the populous, those who want to fight Trump all the way, believe that making companies think twice about leaving to or staying in foreign lands to do business will hurt our economy. I, personally, believe that it can only help the economy. People can’t feel comfortable spending when they know they are only working part-time jobs that offer little more than the need to work several more part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. You can’t spend money if you are afraid you won’t meet the rent or electric bill.

Knowing that you have a good job provides the incentive to spend, even if the prices on products go up slightly. It is called supply and demand, a basic economic idea based on the truth that the more in demand a product is, the lower prices companies can afford to put on them. It also provides not only incentive, but a stronger sense of self, to Americans who gave up hope for the comfort of knowing that they will have longer periods of time to get unemployment checks or welfare help with food and sometimes money. The more full-time, good paying jobs with good benefits, the more pride Americans will take in going to their jobs instead of fearing they will lose what little they have to making a few dollars and no benefits. It literally pays more to stay home and get welfare or unemployment checks than it does to work in many cases.

People who used to have college degrees work those assembly jobs now. People who used to work those assembly jobs are now flipping burgers, and the people who used to flip burgers are out of luck when it comes to working. I know of no people with college degrees who would prefer to work in assembly over the jobs that they once were able to obtain, or assembly workers who prefer to flip burgers or high school students who want to earn a few extra dollars of their own who would disagree with the fact that a change is needed.

If you were fortunate to have a job that survived the recession, that is great news. You don’t have to go out in the world as it is today to only find out you have very little chance in finding a decent paying line of work. Many people do have that problem though, and it’s not getting any better. The fight for these particular lines of work is dog eats dog and the work slowly trickles out of the United States and into someone else’s economy.

Why, you wonder out loud, do people insist they should make $15 an hour to flip burgers? It is because these are people who are trying to survive on jobs that were never meant to keep people going for the rest of their lives. They work these jobs because they have to, not because they want to. They work these jobs because they are still looking for jobs that are no longer there. It’s as simple as that.

What amazes me is that people are willing to settle for things just as they are. There are no aspirations left? There is no one who wants to get us back on our feet so that the economy is booming again? There is no one who is afraid that their job will be the next one out the proverbial door? Is there no one who would like to call customer service and get a person you can actually understand? Can we just stop settling for good enough? Can we just get back to thriving? Yes, we can do it, but not with the resolve to be happy just the way we are.

On another note: It is ridiculous that washed up actors, singers, public figures, still haven’t learned that they forgot too many people in too many states. It is appalling to think that their opinions matter so much that they feel a need to use any stage to tell people what they think of President-Elect Trump. If you choose to sit so high and mighty over the rest of us minions, then you try to get a regular job and not rely on the millions that you have made off us, the consumers that want to see you perform. You are not paid to tell us what to think. You are paid to do your job of entertaining. This includes you, Streep and Baldwin. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Did You Just Say It's Wrong to Bring Back Jobs?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to bring businesses back to the United States and keep other businesses from wanting to leave the states. This is one of the main reasons people voted for him. It is called hope that Americans still matter, and jobs are a little bit important to our overall economy.

Trump recently said that GM is bringing back production to the United States from Mexico for one of their cars. This is a big deal. If you were a person who worked for Chrysler, GM or any other car manufacturer during it’s heyday here in the US, you know how many people made a good living building your cars in the United States.

We have heard people (I won’t name any particular group. We will leave that to the imagination), say, first, that the Carrier deal and a few others, were already in the works or were already staying in the country prior to Trump’s election win. They also said that those jobs were already staying and he didn’t do anything. They say all this in spite of Carrier officials stating themselves that they are keeping hundreds of jobs here that were previously being moved to other countries because of Trump.

There are plenty of excuses for people to hate Trump. It’s this thing, or that thing, or one thing and then the other, but some people will never admit that he is doing more for the country before he even takes the oath of office than any other in recent history. I could go on and on listing those things, like Boeing working with him to get a better price on the new Air Force One, or the meetings with people who can help bring about change in the crime rate in the inner cities. Those who are against Trump despite an obvious move towards restoring the landscape of American pride will continue to bash, using one excuse after the other. My favorite is when people say that black Americans who talk with Trump are nothing but traitors to their culture. What? You have a problem with trying to fix what is most definitely broken? These are things that make most normal people scratch their head in confusion.

Now we have people saying that it is wrong to bring businesses back to the United States. One person even responded to Trump on Twitter asking how many people would be able to buy an iPhone if Apple brought production back here. What? You’re worried about buying an iPhone? How about we consider reality. The reality is that there are an enormous number of jobs in the United States that are now part-time. People who want to work hard have to struggle to make ends meet and often have to work up to four different jobs just so they can put food on the table. Maybe you should think about it this way. If Apple brought production back to the United States, more people would have decent paying full-time jobs with good benefits, which means that more people in the United States could afford iPhones, not less.

People can’t even find jobs in convenience stores anymore because those who own them are rewarded and paid to open these stores. They only “hire” family members, leaving out the most basic of part-time jobs for people who really need, at the very least, some money coming in.

Why would any American want to keep jobs overseas rather than give them the incentive to stay here? The more jobs there are here, the better the economy. Yes, consumers might pay a little more for a product if it is manufactured here. I have to question why it is better to have a ton of part-time jobs and very few decent wage jobs that allow people to not only survive, but to thrive. Normal people who work might love to have an iPhone, but if we keep encouraging businesses to go overseas, there will be less and less people who can afford them anyway. Jobs, we need these jobs!

Again, it is reprehensible that anyone thinks it is a bad thing to bring back jobs has lost their mind. Admit it, you are looking for a way to keep moaning because your rants have not been effective yet. It makes your previous arguments look ridiculous and you simply cannot stand to admit that he’s working hard, prior to inauguration and that success is already noted on several fronts. Come on, just admit it, you were wrong and you can’t stand that.