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Thanks A Lot Gary Johnson and Jill Stein (and all of your supporters)

In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton lost by 68,236 votes.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 191,565 votes.

In Florida, Hillary Clinton lost by 119,770 votes.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 270,026 votes.

In Michigan, Hillary Clinton lost by only 11,837 votes.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 242,867 votes.

If neither of these third party candidates had run and only 1 out of every 2 of their voters had cast their votes for Clinton, she would have won all of these major states.

Both Johnson and Stein knew that they couldn’t win.  Both of them knew the kind of man Trump is and how dirty and deceitful his campaign against Hillary Clinton was and how important it was for this nation NOT to have Trump as its President.  They would have been legends if they had said to their supporters “This election is too important for me to remain on the ballot and possibly splitting the vote.  I am withdrawing and asking my supporters to use the power of their vote to prevent Donald Trump from ever taking office.”   They would have been justified in doing this because Trump, as President, was not going to benefit or advance their own causes, whereas it might have been possible to work with Clinton.  Instead, knowing that they couldn’t win, knowing what might happen, they remained in the race and now a racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, pro-big business,  climate change denier, narcissist, sexual predator, voter suppressor, and serial liar is going to be our next President.

Forget about addressing the “national state of emergency”, as Stein put it, which is being caused by climate change and forget about protecting the United States and the world and all of our children and descendants from the irresponsible and corrupt actions of corporations who want to continue raping the environment for the sake of putting more money into their own pockets.   Trump, as most of you already know, does not believe in climate change and thinks that it’s a “Chinese hoax”.  He has indicated that he wants to renege on the Paris Agreement – an agreement by 200 countries to reduce the carbon emissions of their countries.  200 countries finally decide on something because it’s THAT important and America, supposed leader of the free world, is going to sabotage the deal. He has also expressed the desire of doing away with the EPA.   (Gary Johnson also does not believe in climate change so maybe his supporters don’t care much about this issue anyway – but they should.  How can sane people not care about the kind of world they are going to leave to their children and other descendants?)

Forget about protecting a woman’s right to control her own body or to be free from sexual harassment or to receive equal pay.  Trump’s position, as stated during his campaign, is that there should be some sort of punishment for women who seek to have an abortion.  He believes that his appointment(s) to the Supreme Court will “automatically” reverse Roe vs Wade.   Trump, by his own words on that infamous Billy Bush videotape, also believes that his status as a “star” gives him the right to kiss and grab the genitals of any woman without their permission.  His son, Donald Jr., thinks that a woman who is being sexually harassed at her job should just go and find another job.  So to any woman who voted for Johnson or Stein and helped this group of anti-women rich, white men into office, I hope you’re happy.

Forget about helping college kids with student debt – something that Stein AND Clinton had proposed.  Clinton wanted to make public college education free and to help students who already had debt to reduce the interest rates and terms of their student loans.  So, for all of you who have student debt which is NOT dischargeable in bankruptcy or who have children who will be attending college and who voted for Johnson or Stein, thanks a lot.

Forget about keeping lobbyists, Wall Street, and “insiders” out of politics.  Trump’s entire economic team is a bunch of white, male billionaires, hedge fund managers, and bank CEOs whose economic plan will, of course, benefit primarily the rich, do away with consumer protection such as the Dodd-Frank Act, and give them free reign to operate with less regulation so that they can continue to rip-off the American people.  Trump (and Johnson) want people to believe that trickle-down economics is a good thing – make the rich (including corporations) richer and they will create jobs.  Trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s the kind of economic plan that Bush put into action which resulted in the Great Recession.  So, again, thanks so much for voting for Johnson and Stein without having a clue about how economics actually works.

These are only a few of the areas which affect every citizen that will be detrimentally affected by a Trump presidency, possibly for decades.   If you are a person of color or part of the 30% of Americans who do not consider themselves Christians, be very worried since the Trump administration is backed by the KKK and the alt-right.  Even if Trump now says that he doesn’t approve of any racist acts, the fact is, he caused it with his fear mongering and hate-filled speeches and did nothing to control the obvious racism at his rallies.  The KKK, who threw a victory party after Trump’s election, now thinks that their position and actions are permissible and stamped with the approval of the president.

So, thanks a lot Gary Johnson and Jill Stein and all of your delusional, uninformed supporters.

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Trump Has Made America An International Joke

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will make America great again but other nations are laughing at us – laughing at the fact that a con man like Trump could make it this far in a Presidential election.

Vilnius, Lithuania: an artist painted a street mural of Donald Trump and Putin kissing.

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Scotland:  After Trump congratulated Scotland on Brexit even though Scotland voted against Brexit, many Scots voiced their opinion of Trump directly to Trump:

@realDonaldTrump You are a fucking moron.

— Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) June 24, 2016

@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron

— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016

@realdonaldtrump Scotland voted Remain, you weapons-grade plum.

— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) June 24, 2016

Britain:  As reported in the Washington Post, the British Parliament debated on Jan. 18 whether to ban Trump from the country for peddling “hate speech.” Even though only the Home Secretary can actually ban someone in Britain, more than 570,000 people signed a petition demanding that he be outlawed.

Germany:  A few weeks after Trump announced his candidacy, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung stated: “Weird, egomaniac, racist…yet he leads in the polls; how can that be?”  In 2015, an article appeared in Der Spiegel, the leading news magazine in Germany, which concluded “It may turn out that Trump is doing his country a major service with his candidacy because he is demonstrating very vividly what is rotten about this system. With all due respect, he’s a useful idiot.”  And this float was part of the city of Düsseldorf’s annual Carnival parade.  “Make Fascism Great Again.”

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Vatican City (The Pope):  On February 18, Pope Francis said “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

England:  Boris Johnson (now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) on Trump’s comments about areas in London being so radicalized that the police fear for their lives.  “Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense.  Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York — and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

France:  President Francois Hollande said to the French Press Association that Trump’s “excesses end up making you feel like you want to retch,”  He also said that Trump’s comments about the Khan family were “hurtful and humiliating.”  French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, speaking on France Inter radio, called Trump’s comments about women “sordid and revealing about his personality.” The French newspaper Le Monde calls Trump “a wrecking ball”.  France’s Liberation Newspaper August 27th cover story, “Trump: The American Nightmare.”

Mexico:  The Foreign Relations Department issued a statement about Trump’s proposals concerning Mexico and Mexican immigrants.  “We maintain our position that these comments reflect prejudice, racism and total ignorance.”  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a statement to the Excelsior newspaper:  “There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of strident rhetoric have led to very ominous situations,” he said. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in.”

Belgium:  Alderman Philippe Close, responsible for the tourism of Brussels, has called Trump “a totally vulgar clown.” after Trump called the city a hellhole.  Insulted people began tweeting.  One showed a picture of LaGrand Place and “WHERE is the #hellhole @realDonaldTrump? Brussels or your mouth???”

Afghanistan:  Zardasht Shams, the deputy minister of information, said to the Daily Beast:  “Sorry, I’m not well updated on this fool’s policy or stand on Afghanistan.”

The Taliban in Afghanistan:  After watching the first Trump vs Clinton debate, the Taliban said through a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, that  Trump is a “non-serious” candidate who says “anything that comes to his tongue.”  Yes, even the Taliban can see what Trump supporters cannot.  How embarrassing is that?

Donald Trump’s mouth and tweets have done far more damage to this country than any of Hillary Clinton’s emails if, in fact, there are any emails to prove that any damage was done at all because as of today, there is NOTHING.

WHO HASN’T CRITICIZED TRUMP?

Vladimir Putin (former KGB agent, now President of the Russian Federation).  In December 2015, Putin said about Trump “He’s a very lively man, talented without doubt.”  Trump, of course, has praised Putin on numerous occasions.

Kim Jong Un (maniac of North Korea):  Jeung Sang Wook of Korean Business News Daily commenting on Kim Jong Un’s endorsement of Trump said that “Kim Jong-Un is not in favor of Donald Trump’s policies on guns as, obviously, he’d like to see an America that is weaker militarily. However, he does apparently feel that of all of the potential United States candidates, Trump has the closest mindset to himself.”

Donald Trump is the last person who can make this nation greater than it already is.

Trump supporters may not care about the opinions that leaders and citizens of other countries have of  their candidate, but they should.  I know that I don’t want any member of my family having to go to war because of the insulting, indecent, crass, racist, and ignorant comments that come out of Trump’s mouth or through his fingers on Twitter.  We all know that Trump’s kids certainly won’t ever be on the front lines of any war.  The only thing his sons use their guns for is to kill animals for trophies which they collect like Trump collects wives.  I don’t want to feel unsafe or have any member of my family feel unsafe when we travel outside of the United States because people in other countries assume that just because we’re Americans, we share the same beliefs as this hateful demagogue.  Trump puts ALL Americans at risk in this way.

So Trump supporters can believe all the conspiracy theories they want about emails and blindly follow their “hero” over a cliff.  I’ll be voting for the OTHER candidate on November 8th – the sane one who isn’t a worldwide joke – and I implore those who really do want America to continue to be viewed as a great and powerful nation to do the same.

Hillary Clinton – Why She Isn’t Winning In More States

Whenever Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity is discussed, there are three issues that come up repeatedly.  First, the Benghazi incident.  Second, her emails.  Third, the Clinton Foundation.

However, none of those issues is the real basis for her unpopularity.

BENGHAZI:  There were eight hearings held on Benghazi spearheaded by the Republicans which cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.  They were unable to find anything to hold her directly responsible for – and everyone knows how hard the GOP must have tried.

EMAILS:  Tens of thousands reviewed by the FBI and other than the fact that a woman in her 60’s should probably not have assumed that a private server was actually private, should have carried two phones, and should have been more careful,   the FBI found no criminal wrongdoing.  As for the emails now being released by Wikileaks, they are mostly John Podesta’s emails and only show that the Clinton camp was planning political strategy like every other political camp does.  Besides, there are good reasons why those Wikileaks emails are not credible. (See my other post about Julian Assange).

CLINTON FOUNDATION:  Let’s not forget that this Foundation has received 4 stars from both Charity Watch and Charity Navigator, files tax returns as a non-profit, and can and has established that the majority of its funds goes towards solving global problems such as hunger, education, and HIV.  In any case, Hillary Clinton was not part of the Foundation while she served as Secretary of State, was not involved in the sale of the uranium mine to Russia which the media and Trump tried to make a big deal about, and that sale required and received the approval of 8 other government agencies over which she had no control.

Compare all of those things to what Trump has done (the continual lying, the insults hurled against people of color, POWs, a gold star family who lost their son in battle, a federal judge because of his Mexican heritage, the media, other Republicans, and, of course, women, his refusal to release his tax returns, the numerous shady deals made through his Trump Foundation, his tax plan which he says will help the American people but is designed to benefit the rich, his failure as a businessman, his past of discriminating against blacks when renting apartments in his buildings, his disparaging remarks about an Indian tribe when he was trying to prevent them from getting a gaming license, his admission that he has committed sexual assault against women, his most recent claims that everything relating to this election is rigged against him, etc.) and it’s absolutely no contest.  It’s absolutely clear who the liar and crook really is.

So, why is Hillary still so unpopular in so many States?  One article I read suggests that it’s because she doesn’t come across as warm or approachable; no one knows what she does “for fun”.   Another mentioned that she should smile more.  Comments have been made about the pants suits that she wears.  Those comments, whether or not the people who made them realize it, illustrates a major problem that Hillary Clinton faces – gender bias.

As a professional woman who has worked in a field dominated by men, I fully understand the narrow line that Hillary Clinton has to walk.  For example, when a man walks into a meeting to negotiate a deal, he can be brash and aggressive, even condescending, and although many may consider him a jerk, he’s still thought of as strong and a formidable opponent.  If a woman behaves the same way, people will call her a “bitch”, say that she’s being overly emotional, and make remarks about PMS.  And yet, if a woman comes across as caring or too friendly in a male-dominated environment, she’s thought of as “weak”.   I’ve seen it happen time and time again.  Disturbingly, it isn’t only men who feel this way.  A white female supporter of Trump who was interviewed on television  said that when she thinks of a President, she thinks of a man because women have “hormones”.

So many women who are serious about their careers develop a professional persona.   They try to come to meetings more prepared than their male counterparts.  They  try to dress appropriately – not too sexy, not too “mannish”. ( I, too, began wearing pants suits when I heard a man murmur “Hmmm…sexy.” one day as I was passing by his office.  I wasn’t  wearing anything revealing but I was wearing a dress that revealed my legs so I began covering them up.)  They try to ignore stupid comments and even brush off compliments about their appearance.  They are wary about sharing personal information or gushing about a brand new baby or a pet.  At the same time, they need to be concerned about appearing too cold – an “ice queen” is what some men have labeled their female counterparts if they perceive her as not friendly enough.  Their guard is always up.  This may not be who they are in their personal lives, but it’s who they feel they have to be in their professional lives.

So what about Michelle Obama you may ask?  She’s an intelligent and attractive woman, an attorney, who is a dynamic speaker and yet appears approachable.  She dances with Ellen DeGeneres on stage.  She sings karaoke in a car with James Cordon.  People love her as do I.  But it’s unfair to compare these two women.  Michelle Obama has done great work in her private career and has been an exceptional First Lady, but she has never been and does not care to be involved in politics and was even reluctant about her husband’s involvement even though she committed to supporting him.  She seems almost relieved to be leaving the White House.

Hillary Clinton, however, has always been ambitious and politically inclined.  She even kept her own name for a while because she wanted to be a separate person from her husband and was involved in the political arena long before Bill Clinton became President.  Bill Clinton even said that if he was elected, the people would get “two for the price of one”.  And although there are women in high political offices, politics is still very much a male-dominated field where women hold slightly less than 20% of the seats in Congress.

So Hillary Clinton may not be likeable in the warm and cuddly sense – in the ways that you would like to envision a woman of her age to be.  What she is, however, is intelligent, a hard worker, and experienced in navigating the “good old boy” mentality that still pervades politics.  Whether she will be a great President, who knows?  I think that she would try her hardest to be since she has something to prove  and she cares about the kind of legacy that she would leave.  In any case, the worst that she would be is a so-so President.   We’ve had those before.  In fact, we’ve had really bad Presidents before.  Our nation has always managed to survive.  Our nation, however, may not survive if Donald Trump becomes President.

I would like Trump supporters, and those who are still undecided, to try, just for a minute, to put aside their hate and fear and blind faith and disappointment and ask themselves two simple questions:  What would I do if it was a Democratic candidate who had been on that Access Hollywood tape, whose lies were constantly being exposed, who made claims that he/she knew more about ISIS than the generals do, who refused to produce tax returns, who quoted an erroneous Russian propaganda statement as fact, who praised Putin, and who is now claiming that the entire voting system, run independently in 50 States, are all rigged?  Would I still ignore all of that or would I be calling that Democratic candidate unhinged and out of control?

Horrible and unreasonable behavior doesn’t suddenly become justifiable and reasonable because a person and you happen to belong to the same political party.  At football games (and all athletic games), we root for our team no matter what.  It doesn’t matter if we don’t like the coach or a particular player or their performance during the season.  The Presidential election, especially this election, is not a football game.  This is no longer about Republicans vs. Democrats.  I cannot forget the woman in Columbus, Ohio who was interviewed by MSNBC and who said:

“I am voting for the Conservative Party.  And if this jackass just happens to be leading this mule train, so be it.”  (MSNBC  – Sept. 26)

The problem with that is Donald Trump is neither a conservative nor a true Republican.  He has simply slapped a Republican label on his forehead, thereby ensuring himself the vote of people like that woman in Ohio.  But nothing justifies unleashing THIS particular “jackass” on the entire nation in the name of party politics.  I can say one thing without any hesitation:  If Trump was running as a Democrat, I’d be voting Republican.

(c) 2016

Understanding Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been repeatedly called a narcissist.  Is he?  You decide.

A previous director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic found that this personality type is stimulated by real or imagined insult or injury and is characterized by holding grudges, low tolerance for criticism, excessive demands for attention, inability to express gratitude, a tendency to belittle, bully, and blame others, desire for revenge, persistence in the face of defeat, extreme self-will, self-trust, inability to take a joke, and compulsive criminality.  More specifically, this personality type:

– has never shown any capacity to perceive or admit his errors and defects; has a policy of denying them, this being considered by him to be politically expedient.

– has very little respect for the female sex; believes every woman could be had.

– has an inability to resolve conflicts and to control emotion.

– has a tendency to admire and then to acquire the technique of a powerful opponent.

– has an inability to keep his word and fulfill obligations.

– has a love of power-sees himself as the country’s greatest strategist, war lord, savior of the people and as the mouthpiece of the whole people.

– has a low tolerance of belittlement, criticism, contradiction, mockery, failure; inability to take a joke; tendency to harbor grudges, not forgetting and forgiving.

– is prone to self-display and extravagant demands for attention and applause.

– plans and make decisions without consulting others; resents disagreements and interference; is annoyed by opposition.

– insists on being sole ruler of one’s home, business, political party, nation.

– is disinclined to express gratitude or acknowledge help received.

– denies or minimizes the contribution of others, belittles the worth of others especially if they are superiors, rivals, and potential critics.

– repays an insult in double measure.

– accuses, condemns, curses, or mocks an enemy to his face, or behind his back by criticism, slander, subtle undermining of prestige, smear campaigns, etc.

(Summary of a report by Dr. Henry A. Murray, pre-war Director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic, who was asked to prepare a psychological report of Adolf Hitler. Personality type – counteractive narcissist)

          “But even if we could not conquer them, we should drag half the world into
destruction with us, and leave no one to triumph ….We shall not surrender.”
                                                                                                                                  – Adolf Hitler

(C) 2016