Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nordstrom Vs. Ivanka Trump = Ridiculous Political Statement


Nordstrom decided in January to end their sale of IvankaTrump’s line after great pressure from certain groups. Those groups provide a very small number of customers throughout the United States, yet the company knuckled under pressure, just as many celebrities did when it came to performing at the inauguration. It is shameful to bring politics into our television, movie, sports and shopping experiences (some via commercials as in television and movies).

Let’s be clear about one thing. It is not only Nordstrom stores that have taken such actions. Oddly enough, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s didn’t remove the line from their stores. They, instead, removed all signs pointing to Ivanka Trump products and mixed them in with all the other merchandise. It appears they have no backbone either way. They don’t want to alienate women who claim they feel selling Ivanka Trump items takes away their ability to feel like a strong, independent woman. They also don’t want to alienate the group of customers who fight back against pulling a line because of politics.

Let’s put it another way. Does anyone remember the Duck Dynasty line that was pulled from many retail outlets after a controversial statement made by one of the family members? Does anyone remember the idea that firing Phil Robertson was a smart choice by A&E? Of course, we all remember that.

The point is, in both of those cases, people fought back. Cracker Barrel pulled all Duck Dynasty products from their shelves in a political statement after pressure from one side. When the other side pushed back, those items were promptly returned to the shelves. Does anyone understand why? In the same push from one side to fire Phil Robertson from the A&E cast, but the other side pushed back and A&E lost millions of viewers over it. They even ran a Duck Dynasty super marathon that same week. Rerun after rerun, but they lost their audience as a whole because of their ill-advised move. Robertson was soon added back to the cast as a result.

There is only so far that you can push against one side before they push back. The election results should tell you that; if it doesn’t, then you are in denial. The fact is, there are three groups of people. There are the people who don’t believe in sucking away somebody’s life because they have an opinion. There is the other side that wants to stop somebody’s life because that person had an opinion. Then there are those that don’t care either way. Businesses should be the latter of those groups. Businesses have no place in a political fight for power.

When I shop, I’m not looking at the brand name to determine whether I like what I see. I see it, I like it, I buy it. That changes when a person or a business takes that option away. When shopping now, I will look for the Ivanka brand. I will purchase it, even if I don’t like what I see. Maybe I’ll buy three or four and give some as gifts, because that’s just the kind of asshole I am. I will support a business that does NOT knuckle under to pressure from one side to remove the products of a hardworking, strong and independent woman. That is shameful and it is shameful that people would try to say that Ivanka Trump is anything less than that hardworking, strong and independent woman.

Don’t under estimate the power of people who don’t picket, people who don’t make their voice heard in a tirade of fit throwing, but who fight back silently. They fought back silently with their vote in November. So many people disappointed to stand in Hillary’s corner on election night, shocked that such a thing as her not getting elected could actually happen. They will fight back silently again with their money. They will go to stores that don’t believe it is a good idea to take sides in a political battle rather than stores that refuse to see that not everyone has the same opinions as everyone else.


I’ve always heard that it is the silent ones you have to watch out for. It bears repeating over and over again that this couldn’t be more true. Look at the election outcome to see that. The squeaky wheel might be the first one oiled, but it is also the first one to get replaced. For every one that stops buying because they were bullies, there are ten more to take their place because they weren’t bullies. Remember that Nordstrom and any other store planning to do the same thing. We, the believers in fair business practices, are putting you on notice and putting our money where our mouths are.







Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Immigration Vs. Illegal Immigration: Get it Straight

Immigration vs. Illegal Immigration are two terms with two different meanings. People often confuse the pair. The standalone word, immigration, is a term used for people who took the steps to come to the United States legally. They are here on Visas and/or have since become citizens. If you are here legally, no one is going to haul you off in a paddy wagon to send you back to the country you came from.

Illegal immigration is a completely different term and apparently needs explaining. Illegal immigration means that the person is not here legally. It means that they have somehow snuck in, overstayed the Visa, or any other number of illegal entries into the country. That is why it is called illegal immigration. If you are here illegally and the government agencies find you, you are detained and sent back at the earliest date possible.

While Los Angeles and New York City, and perhaps other cities around the country, have already decided that they will be sanctuary cities. It is likely federal funding will be withheld from sanctuary cities, and that’s okay. That will save federal money to help in other areas of the country where it is sorely needed. These cities should also make certain that they urge the illegal immigrants to stay in the sanctuary city or they put their freedom at higher risk.

People are already having hissy fits about this. I hear screams for anarchy, civil unrest, civil disorder, or whatever other word you want to use to describe it. This will result in the same thing that all of the other protests, etc. have resulted in. It will result in arrests, it will result in no results for what you are fighting for and if pushed too far, it could quite possibly turn to Civil War. That would be quite a shame, but if that’s what you want, keep pushing until the other side pushes back. When they start pushing back, you may regret that you pushed so hard. Would it be too hard to consider why these moves are in the best interest of the United States?

We should cover the wall first. The cost of the wall will ultimately go to Mexico. They may not reach in their pockets and hand over the cash, but they could pay for it in many other ways, and I can bet a dollar to a donut that President Trump already has it figured out. Think of it as arm wrestling. One has bigger muscles than the other. The muscle, in this case, is funding, trades, etc. The benefits mostly go to Mexico from the United States. We aren’t required to send them any type of funding. If they refuse to pay, that’s okay because they will pay in other ways. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

The next obstacle people see is that the wall might stop them from stepping over, but won’t keep them from coming under. Trump has that covered already. He’s been saying it from the start. The wall will not be built level with the ground. It will go rather far underground. He definitely has it covered.

The next monkey-wrench people enjoy throwing out there is the fact that people don’t just come over the borders. True, we agree on that. They come in ways you would think are impossible, but that is something that will change as well. Why? Because catch and release no longer applies. If they are caught, they aren’t released. They go into holding and are processed as quickly as possible and returned to their home country. Catch and release was a bad policy that simply allowed illegals to come in and stay at their leisure. I can hear you saying, “what’s wrong with that”. Bear with me.

We all know that immigration reform is not going to completely rid us of illegals. It still should be enforced because it will change the face of America in a good way, even if you don’t see the end result now.

Problems Related to Illegal Immigration:

Drug Trafficking— Do drugs only come from Mexico? No, we know that. We also know that a tremendous amount of illegal drugs do come over the border from Mexico. Don’t worry, we also know that there is a serious issue with prescription drugs, and there are plans in action for this as well. What we are talking about here are the other deadly drugs. I’m not sure about you, but I know I am sick and tired of seeing teenagers, young adults and even some older people dying from drug addiction problems. I don’t care what way we work to stop it as much as possible as long as we do it. If that means a wall, and if that means catch, retain, return, so-be-it.

Human Trafficking— People are coming over our borders and vice versa, for the sole purpose of human trafficking. People, usually young people, very often children. This is unacceptable and should be to anyone in this country. These “stolen people” disappear, it seems, into thin air. It is virtually impossible to find and/or stop without some border control. That means a wall and other means of controlling who comes into the country and who doesn’t. Safety for our children, teenagers and young adults comes first in my mind.

Criminality— By no means do the majority of illegal immigrants commit criminal acts. On the other hand, many of them do. We have enough problems with our own citizens without having to arrest and put them in the system, send them to court, and house them during the term of their commitment. The majority of prisons in the United States are and have been in overflow for years. That is one of the reason that people are released so far ahead of their actual release date. There are rapists, murderers and thieves who are United States citizens. No one is arguing that. What we are arguing is that a pound of prevention is better than a cure. Again, there are enough problems with our own citizens without having to deal with people who have not come here legally.

Government Aid— Like it or not, millions of dollars in government funding goes to aid illegal immigrants. Schooling, housing, food stamps, cash assistance and medical. It is a fact and if you deny it, you are only lying to yourself. Those millions of dollars in assistance each year are needed in the United States because we are going broke. It is not fair that our senior citizens and our vets are consistently screwed, but it is made worse when the money that should go to things to aid vets and seniors is going to people who are not here legally. Like it or not, America First! These resources going to illegal immigrants gives them incentives to be here illegally and we leave the vets without housing and with poor healthcare, and senior citizens without the ability to pay for all of their medications that help them stay alive.

Employment— This is a two-part deal. Employers who can get away with hiring illegals do so because it’s cheap labor. No doubt that illegals will often do what “Americans” won’t, so they say, are hard workers with drive. The main reason that employers hire them is because they can get away with paying them sub-par wages. Then there is the “they pay taxes” argument. That doesn’t really apply here because you don’t pay taxes when you are not hired legally. It’s all “under the table” work. There are no records of the employee because they are illegal. No taxes, no contribution to the welfare system that is currently being drained dry. That’s a problem that will take a long time to fix as well. Far too many people, citizens, are living off of welfare. We need the jobs that are often taken by illegal immigrants. We need the incentives that illegal immigrants currently get, and that is the ability to find gainful employment so they can get off the welfare rolls.

Overall Economy— The economy sucks in many parts of the country. People are fighting to get jobs, which goes to my point in the last paragraph. Now we have a problem of fighting illegal immigrants for jobs. Many illegal immigrants do not spend their money here in the states. They most often send money back to Mexico to their families, thus it boosts the economy of Mexico, not the United States. Again, America First!

Legal Immigration— The final point is that people attempting to come into the United States in order to gain citizenship are not getting a fair shake. They have worked towards coming in legally. It is not fair to give illegal immigrants the chance to be citizens when there are so many waiting their turn in order to do it the proper way. The people on the waiting list are not just being held back because of the red tape to get in; illegal immigrants also hold them back. Red tape is also on the President’s list as well. He plans on making the process a little easier, a lot friendlier and even more quickly than it currently is.

Illegal means criminal no matter how you look at it. When the borders were open for people to come in through Ellis Island, the United States was in a better position to handle it. Right now, we are not in that position. Things have gotten out of hand here. We have to work on getting back to the thriving country we once had. The problems have only been getting worse and until we get it under control, that’s not going to change. Fight it as much as you want, but be prepared for an eventual push back from people who are sick and tired of not being able to find sustainable work. Illegal immigrants are part of that problem and that is something that has kept some parts of the country in a never-ending cycle of poverty. No longer. Enough is enough and if you are one of those who believe that you can bully the rest of us who have felt forgotten for years, you are sorely mistaken.

Not everything is about LBGTQ rights. That has been a priority for years. Women’s rights have been priority for years. There is nothing wrong with wanting things to be better in those areas, but something has got to give when the other end of the spectrum have not felt like a priority in as long as they can remember. Other things are now taking priority. A spur in job growth, backing the military and police forces that keep us safe, families who are struggling to survive, healthcare issues (yes, including repeal of ACA along with replacement with something all Americans can afford), and law and order in a country running rampant with crime. You’ve a right to your opinions and I’ve a right to mine. This is an op-ed piece and should be taken as such except in areas that I have given sources to back it up.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nazi: A Strong Word Used by Weak Minds

The word Nazi is always a tricky little bugger. It insinuates that someone is like Hitler. Let’s be quite honest about what a Nazi represents. The Nazis were intent on, for one, “cleansing”. They didn’t want the Jewish people to live. That is what cleansing boils down to.  No one is trying to do that in the United States, most especially President Trump. Yet they call him and his supporters Nazis.

Nazis were violent. They beat, hung and destroyed the lives of those who did not agree with or pander to their own thoughts and actions. Hitler put his own men on trial and they were found guilty. They were hung in the “public square” for all to see. This tactic was to let people know what happens if you oppose their views. They wanted to bend and mold everyone to them and only them, no matter if they agreed or not.

Nazis didn’t care anymore about their country, namely Hitler, than Satan cares about your survival. He ordered the out and out torture and murder of millions in his own Jewish community. There were those who fought for freedom, some of them dying because of it. There were non-Jewish helping the Jewish escape the confines of concentration camps, and many paid with their lives. To compare anyone to Hitler for your own amusement or gain, is a slap in the face to those millions of people who were truly oppressed. So stop slapping the faces of those brave men, women and children who suffered much greater problems than we have ever had to face in the United States.

Let’s talk Hitler/Nazi behavior for a moment. I would be willing to bet that most people can’t truthfully find one thing that compares Donald Trump or the Republicans as Nazi. If they were Nazis, after all, they would have threatened the lives of those people who disagreed with them. They would have sent death threats to electoral college members if they did not vote the way they wanted them to. They would have blocked the path to any rally of a candidate for presidency and/or blocked traffic on freeways to keep opposing views from expressing their own viewpoints. They would have loudly and proudly said that anyone with an opposing view should die.

Nazis would behave in such a manner as to demand that the electoral college be ruled as too old fashioned for them and that it should be changed immediately. They would intimidate, threaten and harass people who have chosen to perform at an inauguration because they didn’t want that person to be president.  

Nazis would name-call and shame anyone in the path, all the while screaming that their cause and views were the only important ones in the country. They would even threaten, wish or call for the assassination of the president if they didn’t like the outcome. They would concentrate on non-issues in order to overshadow the real accomplishments of a person so they wouldn’t have to say they are wrong. They would eventually push so hard against people with opposing views that the only voice people hear are their voice rather than the equal voice of everyone.

They would throw slurs about white supremacy and they would mock the police who are only trying to keep the public safe. Nazis would then decide it was time they overran any and all law and order officials that were not part of their cause. If a criminal was on their “side”, they would prefer freeing the criminal in the name of their cause as long as that criminal played along with their agenda.

Let’s not forget that Nazis also indoctrinated children into their fierce and powerful agenda. Who could forget the little children who were taught that hate is love and love is hate. Nazis would take any form of personal protection that citizens have in order to continue their rampage of hatred and their sick need to reign power over their people. Let me know if any of this at all sounds familiar to you.

Let’s take a look at what the democrats, the women’s “movement”, the “resistance”, the protestors, and the Hillary supporters/Trump haters have done in the name of their version of “democracy”.



Putting their children in the middle of a “movement” to indoctrinate them to their belief by wearing pussies on their heads, walking around naked, using the F-bomb at every turn, and setting hair on fire of those who oppose them.

Keeping out those from a “women’s rights movement” because they had differing viewpoints.

Threats of violence to members of the electoral boards in states that Trump won.

Death threats and intimidation used to keep actors, singers, dancers etc. from performing at the inauguration.

The belittlement of women with views opposing theirs.




Burning cars, ironically a limo owned by a company whose owner is a Muslim immigrant, burning trash cans, blocking passages to the inauguration, blocking roadways into the election route, blocking roads to rallies of a presidential candidate, breaking store windows and over 200 arrests for felony rioting.





Spitting on, throwing drinks at, screaming at, and shaming those who chose to support to go to inauguration events.


You may not want to admit that this came from the people who believe whole-heartedly that they are all for liberty, equal rights, and democracy, but sometimes truth slams you in the face like a brick into a window. You, the “I can’t believe it’s not Hillary, #NotMyPresident, it can’t be Trump” people, who have caused damage to your party as no other party since the Hitler regime, that you will not likely recover from.

Millions of people sat at home, Hillary supporters, Democrats and Republicans alike, and scratched their head as they watched this foolishness. They sat at home watching all of these things occurring and they said “whoa, that doesn’t represent anything I agree with” or “whoa, I was thinking about changing to democrat, but not now” and “whoa, this party no longer looks like the party that I joined so it’s time for a change”. Thus, in all your own hype, you are still unable to see why this is the exact type of behavior the Republicans have been hoping would happen for years.

You have harmed your cause, not helped it. You have made yourselves look foolish and are trying to let the world now that we are still a weak nation like we have been for the past eight years. This irreparable damage could, in fact, cause the demise of the party you say you love.

It could, and most likely will, result in the next election going exactly the way you don’t want it to. Who wants to be associated with a cause that can’t even figure out what they are fighting for. People’s whose mind you are trying to change don’t want the blanket “we’re fight for everything and everyone” cause. That’s not a cause. That is a reason to play vagina dress up games and pretend as though you speak for everyone. You don’t even speak for everyone in your own party, let alone for everyone who voted for Trump.

You cannot win a fight unless you have a truthful argument. You cannot love with hate and you cannot hate with love. You cannot force or attempt to force people to think your way if you claim democracy. You cannot expect someone to take you seriously about how badly men treat you, look at you, or even suggest that they find you sexy while you throw your boobs on the proverbial table and wear pussies on your head.

You cannot advance your cause without a clear outlook on a solution to a problem that doesn’t actually exist. You cannot put your children, your little girls in an atmosphere full of women who talk about men as nothing but evil, stand naked in the streets screaming “pussy” all day long, and threaten to burn the White House down with foul mouths if you want people to believe that you are serious about teaching your daughters that they should be treated with respect. You cannot make people hear when you drown out your own voice. You can’t protest while rioting or riot while protesting. Most of all, you cannot feign the idea of equality for all when you are willing to sacrifice one set of people for another.







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.

Sincerely,
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:

MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL
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.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
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.