Category Archives: opinion

The Electoral college

In my last blog post, I said that the only reason Trump won was the electoral college. A candidate doesn’t have to get the most votes, only the most electors. A candidate schedules most of their campaigning and spends the most time and money in states with the most electors. Most federal elections are decided in the east well before the polls close in the west. The media tries not to indicate who won but the fact remains, winners are decided well before many have voted.

I got several comments and many made sense, but there was one that commented that then we would have New York and California electing the president.  

In the 2016 election there were 135,500,034 votes cast nationwide.

In New York there were 7,046,175 votes cast. Of those votes 4,143,874 went to Hillary, 2,640,570 went to Trump and 261,731 went to down-ballot candidates.

In California there were 11, 954,317 votes cast. Of those votes 7,362,490 went to Hillary, 3,916,209 went to trump and 675,618 went to down-ballot candidates.

The total votes cast between the two states comes to 19,676,924. Subtract that from 135,500,034 and that leaves 115,823,924 or approximately 80% of the voting is done in the other 48 states. There is no way California and New York could elect the president.

One other thing, I saw a post that declared that those who wanted to get rid of the electoral college are far left. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not far left. In fact, I am more of a centrist. I believe the country does best just a little left of center and with compromise. Republicans have taken both from us.

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The American Massacre

Here is an interesting read. It lists all the known school shootings in the US from 1700 to 2010. You’ll notice that the more sophisticated the weapon and the more people that owned guns, the more people were killed. It should also be noted that Parkland was the 19th school shooting this year and there are still five days left in what is only the second month. And it’s not just school shootings that concern me. The people in Las Vegas expected to enjoy a nice evening dancing and listening to good music and 58 of them are now and 500 more injured.

We can never completely stop it but we can definitely slow it down by outlawing automatic rifles, extended clips and requiring background checks to make sure that criminals and mentally ill can’t have guns.  

To those who say, “If we outlaw them they’ll just find another way to get them,” I say let them, we’ll close that loophole too.

To those that say, “these people are criminals, if we make laws they will just violate them,” I say that’s like saying we should repeal all traffic laws because people just violate them anyway.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” One of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard. No gun can get up and just kill somebody, there always has to be “people” involvement. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase I would be a rich man today. I can’t believe so many people are dumb enough to fall for that NRA propaganda.

One of my favorites is, “The only way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” These guys have surprise on their side. I don’t know about anybody else, but I think that in Los Vegas if the shooter had looked out that window and saw a person with an AK47 or AR15, that would be the first person shot.

And finally, to those that say now is not the time to talk about it, I say–YOU ARE WRONG, IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.

The students at Parkland are fed up. They are marching and demonstrating and making their voices heard.

I hope they don’t give up. I hope they become like the hippies of the 70’s who brought about the end of the Vietnam war, or those that marched with MLK for civil rights and voting rights.

Americas Shame

As an amateure blogger I sometimes find myself at a loss. You see, here’s my problem. In my writing I demand truth. I am very careful with my sources and only use ones that I believe to be truthful and accurate. I do not share or post anything just because it says what I want to hear or read.

When a meme was posted to facebook that suggested that The Homestead Act was in effect for 130 years and was for whites only I just had to research it. Many were getting mad and calling it 130 years of white privilege and other more colorful things.

The first paragraph of the Homestead Act is as follows:

“That any person who is the head of a family, or who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of the United States, or who shall have filed his declaration of intention to become such, as required by the naturalization laws of the United States, and who has never borne arms against the United States Government or given aid and comfort to its enemies, shall… be entitled to enter one quarter-section or a less quantity of unappropriated public lands.”  

When the Homestead Act went into effect in 1863 blacks were not citizens.

Black people were not allowed to become citizens until the 14th amendment was ratified in 1866.

“Although individual African Americans had moved to the west throughout the early decades of the 19th century, it was in the years following the end of the civil war and the end of Reconstruction that thousands of African Americans migrated to western regions in an attempt to move away from the socio-economic and political oppression of the south. Encouraged by the advertisement of bountiful land, African Americans migrated to Kansas and neighboring states, forming the movement known as Exodusters. They acquired land, developed homesteads, and started a number of all-black towns mainly in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. By the turn of the century, 765,000 African Americans lived in the West, focusing on building towns and agricultural colonies as collective enterprises in a project of racial uplift. Many black towns, including Nicodemus, soon began to decline as a result of dry conditions and the unpredictability of rainfall. The fate of many was sealed when the towns were bypassed by the railroad and dwellers started moving to cities.”

I am well aware of white privilege, having been a “victim” of it all my life.I have never been refused service in a restaurant because of the color of my skin or  been skipped over for  promotion because of the color of my skin or been beaten or shot by a cop at a routine traffic stop. To my shame I realize that whites have more advantage than minorities. Do I know how it feels? NO, there’s no way I could, but I understand how angry minorities must feel. This is not just my shame, this is America’s shame. A country founded on the premise that “all men are created equal” (as Abraham Lincoln once so eloquently stated) unless they are black or Mexican or Chinese or native American or Irish or women and now muslim, that is America’s shame.

Obamacare and Other Stuff


OK, so my last couple of posts has been kind of gloomy even though I try to keep a sense of humor. I find that if I write one like that once in a while it is therapeutic; at least it’s better than running down the street naked screaming at the top of my lungs. That may come, but I’m not quite there yet.

I have always known that there was corruption in government but I never in a million years would have dreamed that it would be so widespread and as open as it is today. Virtually every top administration official is corrupt, including the “president.” When confronted with it they don’t bother to deny it, they just deflect the blame. (What about when Hillary colluded with the Russians. or, it’s Obama’s fault.)

Has anybody really thought about why Republicans are so dead set on repealing Obamacare? I mean why they really want to kill it? Republicans claim it isn’t working, so if it isn’t working why not just fix it? Why all this hullapaloo about repeal and replace? The truth is that although it needs some tweaking here and there, it is working. Thanks to Obamacare 33million people that previously couldn’t afford health insurance now can. Republicans called Obamacare a jobs killer and yet millions of jobs have been created since it went into effect, our economy is good. There are two reasons Republicans hate Obamacare. One is that it taxed the rich but the real and true reason they hate it, (drum roll please) It was signed into law by president Obama and he is black. Republicans are doing all they can to destroy his legacy. After all, how dare an uppity n****r presume to lead the free world. Republicans attempt to replace has failed so now they are just going to try repeal. Of course the repeal won’t go into effect for two years, until after the 2018 mid-terms. We need to keep the pressure up and see that they fail with the repeal too.

Republicans are so afraid of town halls that now they are resorting to conference calls. I got one from Jeff Flake last night, I refused. I presume that the reason for the conference call is so that if you say something they don’t like they can disconnect you.

Would You

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  • Vote to lose your health insurance? Many did. They may lose ACA in its entirety.
  • Vote to lose your Medicare? Republicans want to give a voucher which may cover ⅓ of your health care cost. At least you would be insured ⅓ of the time.
  • How about losing or privatizing Social Security? They want to give your money to Wall Street. How many people close to retiring lost their 401K and were prevented because of Bush’s recession. How many seniors would that add to the poverty rolls.
  • Send your children to war led by a madman who has no idea why you can’t use nuclear weapons. (It’s a possibility) Bush started  two wars but was at least smart enough not to use nuclear weapons.
  • Work 80 hours a week with no overtime and low pay, forcing you to live in tenements with barely enough food to feed your family. That’s what many in China do, that’s why so many American companies move there.
  • Put your children to work in the fields and factories rather than send them to school because all migrant workers have been deported.

 

All this and more, that is what the people of this country voted tor. There are some recounts happening but I don’t expect them to change much. I believe this is Just Jill Stein trying to keep her name in the news and look like a hero. I really don’t expect republicans to do all of this, I believe democrats will be successful in stopping most of it. What does upset me is that millions did vote for this, and for what, to keep a woman out of the whitehouse? UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE.

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We Need A Redo

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Here’s the thing about recounts, anybody can call for one as long as they are willing to pay for it, even you or I. Most states call for an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than a certain percentage. Trump threatening to sue or prosecute Hillary because of the recounts is pure ignorance. I don’t know what Jill Stein’s motive is but it can only help democrats. Already four districts in Wisconsin have admitted that they “padded the ballot box” to the tune of 5000 or more votes to help insure a Trump victory.While I don’t think much will change as far as the electee is concerned [yet] It could very well prove that this election needs a redo.

If four districts in Wisconsin did this, I wonder how many others, Maybe Florida, where Hillary had a supposedly insurmountable lead, yet loses. Trump warned us that this election was going to be rigged, of course he was talking about it being rigged if Hillary wins. We should have known, Republicans talk in opposites, often blaming others for what they have done or are about to do.

In a psychological profile on Hitler during WWII the United States Offices of Strategic Services noted,

“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

Different versions of this were also expressed by Hitler himself in his book Mein Kampf and by Joseph Goebbels. This, is the exact strategy Republicans have been using on Americans since Reagan was president. It started gradually and by the time GW Bush was elected was in full force.

We have just seen an election like none other. We have had interference by Wikileaks and Russia and the FBI. We have seen the media concentrating on Hillary’s emails and ignoring Trumps serial philandering and bankruptcies and his wife’s photo shoots and many other scandals.  We have seen an entire campaign run, not the issues, but on hate, misogyny, ignorance and the “big lie.”

We need a redo, but the only ones that can make that happen is the Supreme Court, and I don’t expect that.

A Lesson and a Rant

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The founders knew what they were doing when they set up our government. They knew that there had to be a system of checks and balances so they created three branches

of government, the executive branch, the judicial branch and the legislative branch.The executive  branch consists of the president, vice president and the president’s cabinet. The legislative branch is the senate and house of representatives, usually referred to as congress. The judicial branch consists of the supreme court and all federal courts.

Most of you probably remember from school that in order to become law both houses of congress have to agree on it and send it to the president for his signature. The president has three options, he can sign it into law, he can veto it or he can send it back to congress for changes. If congress so chooses they can override the president’s veto but it takes a ⅔ majority in both houses of congress.

If someone disagrees with the law they can take it to court, which will decide if it is within the bounds of the constitution. If it makes it through the lower federal courts, the supreme court will rule on it and that is the final word. The courts are there to interpret the constitution-they are not supposed to make decisions based on their political or religious beliefs.

That is the way it is supposed to work, BUT…………

Greed and corruption have taken over our government. [to be clear, there has always been greed and corruption in government, but never at this level and this openly] Congress passes laws based solely on their bastardized version of a Christian religion and bigotry. Laws that should be to benefit all people instead benefit corporations and the very wealthy. Some members of both congress and the supreme court take gifts from lobbyists in exchange for rulings or laws that favor their clients. The constitution is largely ignored or interpreted in favor of lobbyists, such as the second amendment and the NRA.

The only “check” we have left is the filibuster and some republicans are talking about changing senate rules to remove the filibuster. If they do that, they will have what is effectively a dictatorship. They can pass whatever bills they want and the packed Supreme Court will back them up. Even if Democrats do win back the majority, the Supreme will still be packed. The constitution really does become “just a goddamn piece of paper,” as Bush once referred to it. The only bright spot here is that Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is against it and there may be others.

The only time Republicans have had this large of a majority was in 1929 and that was short lived, mainly because they owned the economy when the great depression hit. It could be that Hatch is thinking about that and if they remove the filibuster, what will happen when they lose the majority.