My own opinion 4 – Further Down The Trumphole

Moo Four – Further Down The Trumphole



For those of you who haven’t seen/read any of my previous opinion pieces, I want to say a couple of things right off.

1) – I am not in any way a leading business owner/employer, civic leader or any other type of community leader/activist. I’m just an ordinary working stiff like the majority of Americans out there.

2) – I do not identify as either democrat or republican. Further, I don’t like the radical ends of either political ideology. I will admit that the majority (but not all) of my core beliefs tend to lean to the left (some further than others).

3) – I also do not identify with any specific religion. I’m more spiritually than religiously inclined. I dislike all organized religions equally, though I do believe and will fight for other’s rights to believe and worship as they wish. Just don’t try force those beliefs on me or anyone else who doesn’t want them, and keep them the hell out of our public schools.

So, now.



I was going to try to work gradually from my last Moo post to this one—maybe take some time to explain how and why my outlook changed between then and now—but it’s been almost a year since that post and this one, and the pace of events has made rational discussion with what’s left of *45’s willfully ignorant supporters impossible. One cannot argue with stupid, as the old saying goes.

Everyone on the planet knows about the shit-storm that is going on in the USA right now. Both of the far ends are posting—and railing about—#FAKENEWSand many other, far more disturbing things. Trolls from both sides are denigrating each other with little to no actual, constructive dialog going on.

I have to admit that I have been, and continue to be, guilty of this myself. It’s very hard not to respond to some of the crazier things that get put up on Twitter (and on Facebook, though I left that platform last summer and do not regret it one bit).

# (Short rant)

Sadly, America is tearing herself apart in real life just as surely as it is on Twitter (and even more so on Facebook). I’ve already mentioned in a previous opinion piece (Moo 1) that I believe the vast majority of eligible voters fall somewhere in the moderate middle of the ideological spectrum (liberal/conservative in a 60/40 split either way). I would really like those of us in that middle to break away from the insanity and try to figure some way out of this mess.


*Note: While I agree with some, maybe even many, of the Progressive policies and goals (Health Care for all, free education, etc.), I think they they should be implemented one at a time, with adequate time to observe and assess the effects of each one before moving on to another. Pushing them en masse to a large percentage of a population not ready for or willing to accept them isn’t a good plan. It’s partly what got us where we are now.


At the risk of alienating some on-the-bubble *45 supporters right off the bat, I will not accept trying to get @realDonaldTrump to come to his senses. That isn’t going to happen and it isn’t an option. It never was. I truly believe that he (*45) is unstable, possibly deranged, and most definitely dangerous to this country and our way of life.


He’s been lying from his very first public appearance in the 70s (probably long before) and continues to do so now. There is plenty of evidence of this on *45’s twitter account but I have no intention of paging through it to find all of his many contradictions. Others have already done so. Repeatedly.

Speaking for myself only, there is no compromise that can include Trump/Pence or any of his advisors or political nominees. They must all be removed from office and/or their respective positions this November and in 2020. Every last one. I would very much like to see real Independents—along with what’s left of the major parties, afterward—involved in the recovery of our freedoms. Not the fake ones from Libertarian or Green Parties, either, but real, actual Independents.

Aside from the fact that he lost the popular vote, I also believe that *45 was fraudulently elected by the Electoral College. That’s an institution that needs some serious reforming, if not outright elimination.

Interference from both foreign entities (Russia, Saudi Arabia …) and domestic agencies and individuals, including but not limited to: James Comey, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Devin Nunes, pretty much ALL of the @GOP (House & Senate) & the above mentioned Trump/Pence, plus shithead Bannon (though he’s becoming more and more irrelevant as he drinks himself to death): has corrupted our election process and we need to right this ship.

While *45 and his enablers continue to relentlessly undermine an honest and straightforward investigation with innumerable and interminable lies and false accusations—which have now descended to trying destroy: the rule of law; our intelligence community; our DOJ; and Mueller himself, among others—Mueller pushes relentlessly onward, ignoring the constant barrage of bullshit coming from DJT, the White House reps, and every last one of his other ass-kissing spokespeople. Thank you, sir.

I also believe that most of the rest of the Grand Obstructionist Party leadership was aware of, and directly involved in this as it was happening. I’d love to help bring about the GOP’s downfall, but they’re doing a damn fine job of it all by themselves.


Screw it, I’ll gladly help all I can, anyway.

And while all of this is going on, the democratic leadership and several other Dem MOCs make bullshit public pronouncements (or offer/sponsor ‘bipartisan’ bills or actions they know damn good and well will never even be seen much less brought up for a vote), threaten toothless investigations, sit on their hands (and their asses), and stage inept demonstrations that accomplish nothing. I am sick to death of this whiny bullshit.


If you can’t or won’t do that, then sit down, shut up, keep wringing your hands and get the hell out of the way. Real people are trying to do stuff out here.

↓ ↓ From last January (2017) ↓ ↓


# (End rant)

Now that I’ve got that out of the way (and thanks for putting up with it if you’re still here), I’d like to apologize to any and all of those that my occasional over-reactions on Twitter may have upset or angered. Those were (mostly) angry, heat-of-the-moment responses and I will attempt to be more rational going forward.

It’s a mistake to ignore what’s happening in this country right now. The willfully and purposely stupid people that comprise the majority of *45’s base (what’s left of it) are perfectly happy to watch, and in many cases participate in the destruction of an almost two-hundred-fifty-year-old democracy (democratic republic for the sticklers out there) along with the @GOP (all of them, there are no GOP heroes).

Sadly, the minority party either can’t or won’t do anything tangible to stop it. Real people really are frightened, but, dammit, we’re the only ones who can fix this. It’s up to us to help restore all the things we’re losing every damn day, and while I don’t like saying this, for now our only chance is to #VoteBlue in November. Once the shit-stain that is the @GOP has been removed we can address the corruption in the Democratic Party—and it is there.

So, register to vote if you haven’t already, check to make sure you’re still registered if you have, and get the hell out there and vote these fucks out in November.

Oh yes—feel free to disagree with me. You have that right.


*Note – If anyone publicly identified here wants those things (tweets) removed, let me know. It will be done ASAP.

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My own opinion 3 – End Times


Do I have your attention?

Cool, but that’s not what this piece is really about. Much like the title of My own opinion 2, this one is a little bit of a misleading play on words. Those of you who might have been expecting a ramble about Armageddon, Ragnarok (Götterdämmerung), or maybe ‘The Rapture’ are doomed to be disappointed. This is a list of things I would like to see come to an end. After the first two or three, the rest are not ranked in any particular order of importance.

I’m not going to bother with over-reaching goals like ending: world hunger, war, racism, or any other mostly impossible dreams. Pretty much all rational, well-intentioned people want to see those things end even as they disagree (sometimes violently) on how to get such results. This is more about things that are, at least theoretically, [semi] achievable.

I’ll be giving various reasons for each, and the first couple may drag on a bit, but I’ll try to keep them as succinct and civil as possible, though that wont be an easy job considering the subject.

*Note: I’ve made no secret of my intense dislike of Trump/Pence and my desire to see that stain on our nation legally removed. This includes ALL of the advisors, appointees (whether or not Senate approval was required), aides, and, most especially, an end to his [Trump’s] nepotism.

Anyway, here’s the list of things I want to see end.

* * *

First – The GOP, or rather the end of the GOP as a significant or relevant political party.

This doesn’t mean I want to see an end to conservatives or conservatism. Some of my own beliefs and ideals tend in that direction on certain issues. Conservatives are a necessary component of our political system, there to keep runaway socialism in check. Not that I believe one or the other is evil. In and of themselves, political/ideological beliefs are neither good nor evil. Take capitalism, for example. For the last couple of centuries it’s been a driving force behind innovation, technological advancement in particular, and the advancement of the middle-class in general. It has also been one of the most egregious abusers of the that same middle/working class, labor-wise and economically (especially lately)I’m no fan of over-regulation, but runaway capitalism—unfettered, unregulated capitalism—is, in my opinion, an evil thing. This lesson was driven home quite emphatically in 1929, 1986-1995 and 2008.

Many things, both good and bad, can also be said for socialism and communism as well. Ideologically, neither of them are bad things. Much like capitalism, it’s their implementation, their real world practice, that leaves much to be desired, and this is partly why I want to see an end to the GOP.

Aside from their purposeful obstruction of all investigations of Donald J. Trump’s (then, but no longer) alleged collusion with Putin/Russia before the appointment of Robert Mueller, they’ve been fully complicit in everything Trump is intentionally and blatantly trying to destroy (all mentioned in my previous opinion piece). Sadly, and despite the fact that both one of his top advisors (the Necromancer Bannon) and *45, himself having specifically stating their intentions:


the GOP continues to enable and support everything this administration does.

The list of individual Republicans I’d like to see replaced is far too long to post in this piece, which is why I’d rather just eliminate the party wholesale. Much as I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, listed below are just some of the things that this party supports and/or is actively trying to accomplish. (Click on each for links to information and feel free to look up more on your own.)


Citizens United – founded in 1988 by Floyd Brown, with major funding from the *Koch family (industrialists who own “the second largest privately owned company in the United States”).

*Note: These folks, along with the Mercer and DeVos families, among others, will come up in several of the following listed items

America First Policies – or as I call them, Asshole First Policies. A (supposedly) non-profit organization founded by a group of Trump loyalists (incl. the Mercers), many with deep connections to Mike Pence, including Nick Ayers, a Republican consultant who is regarded as the vice president’s top political adviser.

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – Also heavily funded by the Koch brothers, among many others. Highly conservative group with far too much influence on State/Federal legislative agendas. This group, along with the Convention of States Project, is trying to get enough states together to call for a constitutional convention, ostensibly to try to call for and ratify a “Balanced Budget Amendment,” but is really about much much more – here and here and here are examples of what they’re attempting to force on everyone.

This might be where you think I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but these things are happening right now, and if they’re allowed to succeed, things will go very badly, for science, education, voter rights, and many other freedoms we take for granted right now.

Freedom PartnersAnother supposed nonprofit 501(c) organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Founded in 2011 under the name Association for American Innovation, it purports to promote “the benefits of free markets and a free society. “It is partially funded by the Koch brothers, and sponsors various Republican politicians and conservative groups.


From their previous and disastrous attempts to ‘Repeal and Replace’ the ACA (the Seven-Year-Bitch-Plan), to their current attempts to do the same in the sort of secrecy they accused the Democrats of doing, and their very obvious attempts to suppress the votes of minorities and other poor, disenfranchised citizens, the GOP has been engaged in the systematic destruction of every last one of our hard-won protections, all in the name of ‘less government’, and it was already happening long before Trump was elected.

This ‘less government’ mantra, sadly, is their not so subtle code for the slow move from a democratic republic to an authoritarian state (dictatorship). It’s already begun at the departmental levels with the dismantling of the US State Department (Tillerson), the Department of Justice (Sessions), the Department of Education (DeVos), the EPA (Pruitt), the Department of Energy (Perry) and the Department of Health & Human Services (Price) to name more than a few. With only one or two dissents, all of these people were approved by the full Senate GOP (except Sessions), and, sadly, many Democrats as well. I’ll get around to what I want done to that party in a different, future opinion piece.

There are more of these things that the ultra conservative right is trying to force down everyone‘s throats, but I don’t have room here to detail them all. The above things are more than enough to scare the hell out of me, and should give any rational, open-minded person reason to pause and take a second look at the party that’s trying to do this to our country.

I don’t want to lump all of the Trump/Pence/Bannon supporters into one category, mostly because I don’t believe they all belong there (the majority don’t), but Trump’s election has emboldened a shitload of hate-fueled racists to crawl out from under their rocks and parade around in the open more than they’ve done in decades. This is not in any way, shape or form a good thing, and the entire GOP, along with Trump and his whole administration, are turning a blind eye to it at the very least. Many, far too many for my peace of mind, are fully and actively supporting it.

So . . . the time has come, at least to my mind, to end the GOP as a relevant or influential political party.


* * *

Second – Reality TV shows. End them. All of them. Every last one. Immediately. Now and forever more. No exceptions.

This one is on all of us, I’m afraid. Liberals, moderates and conservatives. While others may legitimately argue about when it started, in my mind it is reality television thats responsible for the exponential increase in “The Stupiding of America”. And yes, I realize stupiding is not a word, but it’s appropriate, I think, that a non-word be used to describe what this bullshit medium is doing to American Culture.

It began with that fucking ‘Survivor’ show, and I specifically blame Mark Burnett for the decline of quality shows from national television networks, and the mind-numbing stupidity it engendered in the American Electorate. There are easily hundreds, if not thousands, of these cheaply and easily produced pieces of shit out there and it’s precisely for this reason that there’s no end in sight. And please, please, please stop referring to these people as ‘celebrities’. There is no such thing as a reality TV star. That’s a misnomer at the very least, if not an outright oxymoron.

Sadly, I don’t see this crap phenomenon ever ending, but it’s definitely very high up there on my wish list.

* * *

Third – Very closely related to my second thing, please let’s have no more ‘celebrities’ of any kind running for public office. Kid Rock? No fucking way! Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? Same. No fucking way! Al Franken is a rare and welcome exception, since he at least brings some intelligence to the job along with a dash of humor. But those kinds of exceptional people are rare finds, and I don’t want to see an experimental merry-go-round of candidates trying to follow his lead. It’s a recipe for disaster.

And while I’m on this subject—no more fucking business executives either. We’ve had several, (eight, including the latest) and none of them, not a single one, is considered great or even all that good. They rank in the bottom third of the 44 we’ve had to far. (Yes, that’s 44. Grover Cleveland brings the count to 45 only because he counts twice—his two terms were not consecutive. He was the 22nd and the 24th president).

While the jury is still out on the orange clown now in office, history and his performance to date suggest that his reign, as I’m sure he likes to think of it, will not be a successful one. I’m sure I won’t be asked when the time comes to rate him, but he’s already the worst president ever in my book.

Anyway, it’s time to end this celebrity/business executive as political animals nonsense. Now.

* * *

Fourth – Hmmm. I had several more things in mind when I started this, but they seem to have slipped my mind. 😳 Ah well, this has already gotten longer than I wanted it to be, largely because my first rant ran on a bit. Some of you may be thinking to yourselves—this guy sure bitches a lot for someone who offers no solutions—and you’re right.

Well, I actually do have some general ideas about that, but like my first opinion piece, they’ll require smarter folks than I to make them workable, if they even are. But that’s going to have to wait until next time.

Anyway, it’s time for me to end this bullshit entry . . . for now.



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My own opinion 2 – Trump, Lies & Video Tapes


Despite the title, I don’t actually have any videos to post, and I wouldn’t be able to even if I did. The free version of WordPress doesn’t support that, and I can’t afford to upgrade it at this time. Besides, most everyone is aware of @realDonaldTrump‘s most embarrassing moments. Theyre easily found with minimal effort. Most of them are still making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.

I need to make something clear that may or may not have been so in my first opinion piece (My own opinion 1 – Change).

I do not like the far left any more than I like the far (alt) right, and I absolutely detest the hate-fueled, fear-mongering far right. Both get far too carried away with their political views and agendas. Also, violence advocated—much less perpetrated—by a few right and left wing nut jobs against any and all people regardless of political opinions, race, creed, gender, color, etcetera should:

1. Always be condemned by anyone and everyone with morals and/or a conscience.


2. Never be associated with or used to denigrate everyone associated with those movements. Their views may be extreme, but the majority of them (not counting the actual hate groups) aren’t violently so.

That being said . . . onward.

Much of the following comes from a rant I posted on twitter May 26th, though this is much longer and far more detailed because I’m not character limited here. Also, a lot has happened between then and now. Other bits are from older opinion pieces that I took down a while ago but am reusing now as they’re still relevant. So here goes.

First off, I am not in any way a leading business owner/employer, civic leader or any other type of community leader/activist. I’m not a well-known commentator or experienced political analyst. I don’t have any degrees in political science or journalism. In fact, besides the knowledge living gives everyone, (and bearing in mind that knowledge does not always equal wisdom), I don’t have any relevant experience at all, except maybe the kind those who’ve served a few years (or ten) in the military get, but Donald J. Trump wouldn’t know anything about that.

I’m just an ordinary average person like the majority of Americans out there. I do not identify as either democrat or republican. I will admit that the majority (but not all) of my core beliefs do tend to lean to the left, some further than others depending on the issue. I also do not identify with any specific religion, I’m more spiritually than religiously inclined. I dislike all organized religions equally, though I’m fully for and will defend others’ rights to believe and worship as they wish, when they wish and where they wish—with a few exceptions (public schools, for one, unless it’s privately).

About a month ago, our ‘so-called’ president claimed that appointing a special counsel for the Russia investigation would divide the country.


Well, @realDonaldTrump, here’s the thing. You are the one who has been dividing this country, starting with your bullshit ‘birtherism’ shtick, and continuing on in an uninterrupted flow up to and including today. Despite your painful, pitiful, sorry calls for unity, none has come nor is it going to. No one bought those lame, emotionless, half-hearted pleas then, and no one is buying them now. Your mostly hate-fueled rhetoric and false claims of persecution have done nothing positive for our country.

From the moment you first rode down that escalator in your gold-encrusted tower, you stepped up your divisive agenda, referring to all Mexicans as criminals, rapists and drug dealers and calling for their deportation.

You called for a complete and total Muslim Ban with a very broad and open-ended “until we can figure out what the hell is going on” tag line, which effectively let your most corrosive followers interpret as “forever.”

You still pursue extreme versions of both of these policies today, even though there were already adequate measures in place that only needed a little fine tuning (removing corrupt/incompetent managers, supervisors and senior personnel, and other possible improvements).

You’ve alienated and denigrated the the MSM, the Justice Department, the Judiciary itself, and all of our intelligence agencies with your constant accusations and #FakeNews bullshit. The Mainstream Media is not the enemy of the people, sir. You are.

You openly mocked a disabled reporter—and please stop telling us you didn’t … it’s on video—and you’ve done nothing at all designed to unite anyone except your cult core. None of us have the time, energy, inclination or experience to deprogram them, although we will welcome any of those who finally become disillusioned with your bullshit and see the light on their own.

You had a chance to begin uniting the country during your transition period, but you didn’t. Instead, you spent it undermining US policy, alienating our allies, toadying up to every dictator you could find, and apparently avoiding the chance to fill most of your cabinet positions. You could at least have used that time to denounce the overtly racist, minority portion of your fan base, but you didn’t. And, by the way, when your friends, closest advisors, appointees and policy makers (Bannon, Miller, Sessions, Spencer, Jones et al) are known racist assholes, you don’t get to claim you aren’t.

Your inauguration speech could have been a message of hope and unity; it could have been a chance to bring the country together and move forward, but it wasn’t and you didn’t. Instead it was a dark, uninspired message from an uninspiring man—a message of despair and division, appropriately delivered in the rain.

No, the sun did not shine upon you that day, but it did the next, when millions of women and their friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, pets and all, did, in fact, deliver a positive message. A message of hope and unity that should have come from you, but didn’t.

You also could have delivered a positive and inspiring message to congress during your speech to them—but again, you did not, even if a few pundits were temporarily fooled into thinking you’d become ‘Presidential’. By the weekend, you, Donald J. Trumpcorrected that mistaken impression by accusing your predecessor of ‘wiretapping’ you in your own Golden Tower.

You could have publicly, repeatedly and believably denounced the rampant antisemitism that has markedly increased since your election/inauguration, but you didn’t. Not convincingly, anyway.

You spent your first days (month) appointing people who immediately began dismantling their respective departments (specifically: the aforementioned Justice Department, Education, The EPA, the State Department to name just a few). You’ve spent the majority of your time creating scandal after scandal and praising every petty dictator, tyrant and demagog that had nice things to say to/about you while spurning decades (centuries in some cases) old friends and allies. Well done, by the way. WELL DONE!

This continued even as you made your first overseas visits, embarrassing both yourself and, more importantly, us . . . the US . . . Americans . . . with your incredibly accurate portrayal of the stereotypical ‘ugly American’. The boorish, arrogant, petty, childish lout who needs to be the center of attention despite having accomplished little to nothing of real or lasting consequence.


Your Travel Ban has been rejected multiple times; the Health Care proposals (Trump/Ryan/McConnellCare) being secretly concocted and put forward by both houses are a joke; you have no actual tax plan to speak of (that useless, one-page piece of shit doesn’t count); and most of your EOs are being legally opposed or only partially implemented.

And now . . . NOW, sir, you’ve got left wing nut jobs shooting elected officials and right wing nut jobs killing whoever they don’t like (POC and Muslims or suspected Muslims mostly, but others as well). Despite calls for unity from both sides after the shooting, that situation is already degenerating to the point where your @GOP supporters are using that incident to make and air extreme ads that are not only nauseating, but just plain old, outright lies.

All of this and I haven’t even gotten to the #RussiaCollusionInvestigations or the obstruction of justice #ComeyFiring yet, and I’m not going to bother going there. I’ve already more than made my case for you being a complete and utter failure as a president. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try or how many of your predecessor’s accomplishments you attempt to eliminate, your greatest achievement will never match the least of Obama’s accomplishments.

You will never be as loved or as respected or as popular. You will never be seen as anything other than a failure as a president, and most likely a criminal politically, as well as a mediocre criminal/businessman.

I realize that I am also of little consequence by myself, but I am not alone. While I’m sure your cult core and most of the complicit @GOP will always be with you (the complicit ones don’t really have a choice, anymore), they are not the majority. We are.

#TheResistance may be fragmented in some ways, but we’re united in far more. You are not now, and never will be, our President. We will not allow you, your racist/nationalist advisors/appointees, or the @GOP to dismantle our democracy. Despite this banner:


we aren’t going away. We aren’t giving up. The continuing obstruction of the @GOP will not stop us. We’re coming for you. Slowly but surely—WE. ARE. COMING.

Believe me.



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My own opinion 1 – Political Change


I feel fairly confident in stating that pretty much everyone wanted to see some sort of change in our representation during our last election cycle. Sadly, at least in my mind, the same people who wanted—demanded, really—that change, voted for and returned all of the same old clowns back to the house and the senate with relatively few and mostly insignificant changes. Except for one.

A very large percentage of our population somehow came to believe that a lying, buffoonish, narcissistic, immature, reality show clown who is almost certainly corrupt and quite possibly deranged would be a good president. While some of them may be starting to become disillusioned with this man, a fairly large percentage of his core supporters still believe in his constant cries of #FakeNews and complete bullshit that have come streaming out of his mouth (and his Twitter fingers) every day since he first rode down that escalator.

He promised change and he definitely brought some. Not all change is good, however, and change simply for its own sake is almost always bad. In this case, it has been very bad. I have no desire to get into all the things that have gone wrong (the #RussianHack of our election or the constant bombardment of our media by foreign sites before and after it) and are still going wrong. This isn’t about that—it can’t be, anymore.

This is about how actual change in the current system can be accomplished.

I’m guessing that there are more than a few people who are dissatisfied with our current two-party system. It was, in my own opinion (Moo), the second biggest mistake the founding fathers made. Personally, I’d like to see a zero party system or a thousand (infinite) party one. Either would accomplish the same thing—a lot of *Independent candidates. (*More on this below.)

It doesn’t require that any laws or amendments be proposed/submitted or approved/ratified/passed. No action of any kind is required by either house of congress, or any branch of the government for that matter. The only things really needed are: for the next generation of politicians/leaders to follow their hearts and offer real, rational, well thought out plans for the future – and an informed electorate (the rest of us) to keep a close eye on their careers, and the plans and policies they propose. (There’s an element of the media that needs to change/be involved also, but there’s nothing voters can do about that except not follow them.)

It won’t be easy and it certainly won’t be fast. There are a number of things that have to happen before these changes can occur. While most of the specific information and links that follow pertain to national elections for the Senate, the House of Representatives and the President, the basic premises can and should be applied to all elections from the local level on up. I believe that the local/state levels are where the real changes need to start, and are also where they have the best chances of succeeding.

First and foremost are our future representatives. Pretty much everyone knows that the office of the President of the United States comes up for election or re-election every four years and he/she is limited to two terms. I assume I don’t need to provide a link to prove that.

U.S. Senate terms run for six years, with one third of the Senate seats up for election/re-election on even numbered years. –

The House of Representatives, on the other hand, is a different story. All of its members come up for election/re-election every two years. –

I recommend that everyone reading this click on those links and thoroughly read the contents (and follow at least some of the sub links). This is part of what I mean by an informed electorate.

That being said, the next things are some basic ideas/suggestions for how real change can be accomplished. This is not an all-inclusive list. Wiser souls than I should consider revising and/or adding to these suggestions. In fact, I recommend it.

Future Political Leaders (all levels):

One: Beliefs, Goals & Policies – It’s not possible to be everything to everyone, so be very clear and precise about your platform and do not vacillate once you’ve made it known. It will be restricted if you join a party, any party, so consider running as an *Independent very seriously before making a choice.

#Side note: There’s no such thing as an Independent Party. That’s an oxymoron. By definition, one cannot be part of a large group of people with common beliefs, goals and ambitions and still be independent.

Two: Campaign Financing & Promotion – Accept only individual donations. No donations of any kind from any business, PAC, SuperPAC, organization/group (AARP, NRA, NAACP, ACLU, Church etc.), or other private/public/religious enterprise. Make sure all donation records are kept open and public at all times. There are already laws concerning this,

but some forms of donations can be kept private (certain types of PACs etc.). Don’t.

#Side note 2: I would have posted the links to, but considering how much info has been changed/removed from all .gov sites by the current administration, I do not trust those at all.

Avoid negative campaigning & advertising. Stick to your own beliefs and policies and promote them positively. The other candidate(s) believe just as strongly in their message(s) as you do in yours, so try to avoid negative confrontations with them and do not marginalize your opponents or their supporters. No one wins when that happens, and it only turns the public off in most cases. (Debates are an entirely different story, but you should try to keep those as positive as you can as well.)

Also, denounce/refute any independent ads that concern or are about you or your opponents immediately, regardless of their content. Don’t let others make your case, they’ll want some sort of tit-for-tat.

Three: Media Coverage/Endorsements – This should probably follow along the same rules as corporate/organizational donations. Avoid allowing any media endorsements (newspapers, media groups, etc.) to have any influence in policy stances in exchange for their public support. Any endorsements from that area should come with no strings attached or not at all.

The Electorate/Voting Public (Us)

One: Above all else, keep informed and make every effort to get legitimate information from multiple sources (The candidates’ own official platforms first). Bear in mind that pretty much all other sources are going to be biased in one way or another to one extent or another, so keep an open mind when reading/listening to their opinions. Be especially leery of unsourced stories, or ones that claim to have witnesses/sources with only a first name such as Moe or Chaz or Kwasi or something.

At the risk of marginalizing some folks, I implore those who tend to read and believe only fringe news sites to please consider other, more mainstream sources and try to combine the information available from both areas. Much as I’d like to go on, it would only become a confusing and biased ramble so I’m going to stop here on this subject.

Two: Pay attention to all of the words and deeds of the person or persons you intend to support. Under the conditions proposed here there are going to be a lot of different positions taken by various candidates, and likely a fairly large pool of candidates if few to none of them follow/join a specific party.

This approach will eventually work itself out, but in the beginning it’s unlikely any one candidate will have a perfect platform. We will have to prioritize our stances in this regard and choose to support whoever we’re in agreement with on the most issues that are of the most importance to us as individuals at that time. Much of this will depend on the various candidates and on how they get their message(s) out.

The Media

This is where we, the voters, have the least amount of control except as far as viewership/readership is concerned, so I cannot give any specific steps for them to take. By design, the media outlets are free to cover any thing in any manner they choose. A free and independent media is both necessary and desirable in a free state, especially if it wants to remain free. Sadly, recent media coverage has not been fair and balanced (despite a certain organization’s claim), especially in this last cycle. As stated above, a lot of the unfairness was due to the huge amount of actual #FakeNews that was forced into our feeds (twitter, Facebook, etc.) and the ease and degree with which it was spread by those all too willing to believe it.

I especially recommend that all of the 24-hour news channels be viewed skeptically at best. Despite their claim, FoxNEWS is very obviously a conservative republican propaganda machine. msnbc is just as obviously a liberal democratic propaganda machine, though, in my opinion only (Moo), they do make some small attempt to present more sides of certain issues. I have no idea what CNN is trying to do, they seem to be all over the place. HLN does not qualify as a news organization at all (sorry HLN fans, but it’s true).

Generally, I tend to flip back and forth between CBS and ABC for evening and early morning news, and otherwise I follow the news feeds from my homepage and tend to pick and choose which stories to read depending on its source. Sadly, every damn one of them is ad-driven, which tells me one of the biggest problems going forward will be trying to reduce the amount of influence big bucks (the previously mentioned Corps. Pacs etc.) have on American politics. (Again, Moo)

Some final thoughts:

I realize that the list is incomplete and the above suggestions are simplistic and probably infeasible/unworkable as presented. Many issues have not been addressed (getting registered nationally if you have presidential designs is a major one, for example). They’ll need a lot of tweaking and reworking to be become even remotely possible. Considering the immense obstacles, they are likely completely impossible, but that doesn’t mean I can’t propose them, or that some future, modified, more workable version can’t be tried at some point.

Even if anyone starts following this plan, it will take several election cycles for any results to start becoming noticeable. At this point in time, I support anyone and everyone who is dedicated to removing Donald J. Trump and the majority of the gutless @GOP asses who are selling our country out and allowing *45 to destroy our democracy. #Resist #NeverTrump #IllegitimatePrez


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