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Thousands of events occur in the world in a time period of seventy-five years. Today’s blog will briefly highlight four of them, and then elaborate on a fifth, which is about to happen.

What makes a singular occurrence so important that you immediately recall exactly what you were doing, where you were, and who you were with when you heard this news?

December 7th, 1941, most of you readers including me, were not born yet. But we’ve seen the grainy film footage, maybe even visited Pearl Harbor. We can be outraged and saddened by this deadly ambush by the Japanese which pulled the trigger for the U.S. to declare war. A true World War that was fought in the Pacific, Europe, and North Africa. President Roosevelt refused to back down from the Nazis and President Truman had no choice but to eventually bomb Japan to ensure their surrender. So much death, destruction and carnage, but necessary at that point in history.

November 22, 1963, a large wound was inflicted on America when JFK was assassinated. This truly changed the course of our history. I am convinced we would never continued our presence in Viet Nam had the Kennedy brothers remained in office for eight years. LBJ was both a weak and reluctant leader, and Nixon was a paranoid egomaniac. Two flawed presidencies that paved the way for a division of America on so many levels.

September 11, 2001, all of you readers were witnesses to this, the first attack on American soil, targeting innocent people in a horrific fashion that, at the time was unfathomable. Tragic is too mild a word to describe these acts of cowardice. ‘Atrocities’ would come closer, but these were not only enemies of the Western World, they were terrorists with no value for theirs or anyone else’s life. They were not a nation with a government, but rather fanatical ideologists with a calling to kill anyone not a Muslim, and even some honorable Muslims in the process.

This led to an unwinnable war in the Middle East, already a hotbed of geopolitical madness since 1948 when Israel established the only democracy in the region. President George W. Bush did a good job of unifying the country and healing our nation, but relying on advice of Chaney and Rumsfeld, he began a war with no exit strategy. Not all countries can be democracies and it was naïve to believe a country deeply divided by religious zealotry could ever unite under a democratic style of government.  Arab countries simply cannot embrace the freedoms that we in America enjoy. Most are ruled by dictators who are tyrannical and culturally unable to even tolerate civilians having rights and liberties. Bush may have been well-intentioned but deeply flawed in his idea of nation-building. Too much American blood and treasure was sacrificed.

The fourth landmark event occurred on November 4, 2008, the election of Barrack Hussein Obama. A historical landmark indeed in that he was our first African-American president! Many Americans voted for him for just that reason…It was long overdue, they reasoned. Many Republicans crossed the aisle and pulled the lever for Obama, thinking maybe, just maybe, this would finally unify the country and racial unrest would improve with a Black president.

Barack Obama pledged to transform America, and he did not break that promise. But we are now a weaker nation, no longer leading other nations who looked up to America. He has spent seven years apologizing for centuries of American imperialism and denying our exceptionalism as a noble nation. He has divided us by citing income inequality, social injustices, gender bias, sexual orientation discrimination, racial animus, and above all a refusal to acknowledge Islamic Terrorism as the most dangerous problem we face. Instead he opts for Climate Change, while fanatical Muslim extremists infiltrate our neighborhoods and assimilate into the culture while scheming and succeeding to kill innocent Americans.

Barack Obama is a disciple of social activist Saul Alinsky, a community organizer and an advocate of radicalism and author of “The Rules for Radicals”. Obama was influenced by the writings and philosophies of Saul Alinsky, and later by Frank Marshall Davis, with similar philosophies. Barack Obama followed the teachings of these 'role models' throughout his days as a Community Organizer for ACORN, using tactics that appeared to some as 'shaking down' businesses in exchange for not branding them 'hate groups.' And many Americans believe Obama is still following those radical rules today.

It is also true that Hillary Clinton did her college thesis on Alinsky’s writings and Barack Hussein Obama has written about him in his own books. To be clear, Alinsky was not a Communist, but some of his basic tenets align with creating a Communist Society.

It is believed there are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a Communist society.

The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) from the wealthy with the support of the poor.



I submit to you…Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States today? I am not labelling either President Obama or Hillary Clinton ‘Communists’. They and their families have certainly benefitted from a capitalistic system of government. But…Their policies bear some resemblance to the aforementioned criteria, and the Obama administration has drifted toward a ‘social democracy’. Both are huge advocates of a huge Federal Government apparatus.

You can make that judgment yourself on Election Day, 2016. If you want more of the Obama legacy, you will punch Hillary Clinton’s ticket. To those of you believing electing Donald Trump is problematic, I say I am also hesitant to vote for him. However, if this is the choice we are faced with, here is my viewpoint: THERE IS NO WAY I COULD EVER, EVER VOTE FOR THIS WOMAN!

I wish, after all the time and money spent during both presidential primaries, we could have a better choice available. But the divisiveness of a nation has created rancor and hatred resulting in two very flawed candidates. I will not waste my right to vote, and since “Never Hillary” has been my mantra longer than I can remember, I will reluctantly vote for Donald Trump.  I will not donate to his campaign, attend his rallies, or support his candidacy.

To summarize, the election of Hillary Clinton has the potential to be the 5th disastrous event in our last 75 years. At the very least it would be the worst political presidential outcome in our history. I actually believe a woman is exactly what we need in the Oval Office. Just never this one!

If you have read all of this blog, I admire you for your stamina. Trust me, it takes even more endurance to write it than read it! But don’t stop now…Respond, even if you fervently disagree with all these premises. Say something that indicates you have a pulse and you give a damn about your country, whatever position you take.

As always, guide yourself accordingly.

Straight Ahead,
johntheblogger

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 15th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
The last 75 years
John:

I was pleased to see you are back to writing your blog. Your stance on your fourth landmark was well written and from my perspective fact based. Unfortunately I am in a stalemate. I will not vote for Hillary but for different reasons. I don't see her staying close to Obama's policies and that alone leads me further away from her than I would be anyway. Why? Because I believe she is so dishonest she is willing to say things she says to get his followers votes. She will do the same to lure the Sanders supporters. I would rather see a person honest to their values. At least you know what your getting.

At the same time I am having a very difficult time casting a vote for Trump. Similar to Hillary I am not sure he is honest in what he believes in. For vast majority of his life he was a democrat. There are many other reasons but I neither have the time or inclination to list them. I am disgusted by what this political process has done to this country. I will use my right to vote but will probably write in a candidate. You will say that is a vote for Hillary. It will be worse to go against my own integrity and vote for someone I don't feel could lead the country. I can only continue to pray that God will bless America and keep us, children and our grandchildren in his care.

Sorry brother but although I agree with your writings I can't agree and vote for Trump.

Dominick
Keep straight---Dominick
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: The last 75 years
Dominick, thanks for responding. We both agree that both candidates are poor choices. And we both live in 'swing states' where every vote cast could be critical. Whether Hillary follows Obama's lead or not, she and her husband cannot be permitted to occupy the people's house again.
Our government is so corrupt on both sides, it's shameful. Trump is currently losing traction. I hope he will enlist some advisors whom he will listen to or it's moot point.. the Clinton's sail through.
I am voting for whomever has a chance to defeat Clinton. At the moment it's Donald Trump.
Tyler Hoffer
Jun. 16th, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
John:

Not a big fan of Hillary, but I think President Trump would be more likely to create another disastrous event. Whoever becomes president will be limited greatly by Congress domestically. But Trump in control of foreign policy where Congress will be weaker in restraining him is a scary thought. He is way too thin skinned, impulsive, and unpredictable to be trusted with that power.

Trump’s rhetoric fuels the extremists, and creates the perception that American leaders are declaring war on Islam; his presidency would greatly hurt us internationally in many respects. Even if you like him I am not sure how you could pin down what his positions really are because he will make logically contradictory statements within any given speech.

I obviously think we are moving more left as of now, but we are not even close to communism. Political ideologies are complex and nuanced; they should not be quickly generalized, even on the right wing side.

As to your list I think that’s a very unfortunate way of looking at a liberal society. It’s probably the most cynical and conspiratorial construction of the liberal agenda that I could almost conceive of. It’s more or less the plot of 1984.

Almost everything within that list in my view is a response to a legitimate societal problem with no long-term ulterior motive.

The debt we have is a Keynesian response to a legitimate crisis. And religion should not be in public schools because the 1st amendment of the Constitution calls for separation of church and state, the Founders were not communists. Class warfare exists because capitalism creates classes, the warfare happens because an examination of the system shows there are class distinctions that consequently upset people.

Sincerely,

Tyler
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
"Ask and you shall receive"! I asked for an opposing viewpoint...I knew I could count on you Tyler to represent the liberal point of view. Thanks for replying so promptly. While some of your "liberal society" criteria may be noble, the government has proven it cannot efficiently run anything without corruption, fraud, and red ink creeping into its infrastructure. And the Dems want even more control and overreach. Winston Churchill said it best..."Eventually you run out of other people's money".
When your law career is established, you may feel differently about how much of your tax money is being wasted.
But again, I always appreciate your feedback!
John
(Anonymous)
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
The Donald
John, you hit the nail on the head with every word and thought on my mind and you said it so well. How anyone can possibly vote for Hillary is beyond me. It will be worse than Obama because on day 1 she and the 'Clinton Machine' will have a jump start because of their ties in politics and a cash machine.
For Dominick to write in a candidate is handing his vote to Hillary and if he can live with that, well, that's on him. I won't be a part of it. If, with one of these candidates this country 'goes down', I'd rather go down fighting, screaming and hollering all the way knowing we did our best to change the Obama route to dictatorship and PC correctness rather than vote for more of the same but actually worse. Any GOP candidate will have trouble getting elected in the future as the dems have a hold on the minority vote and the poor. And we will never win those citizens over in a world of such reliance on our government to support them with a handout rather than a hand with a real future.
And Tyler has every right to feel the way he does and vote the way he wants. My only thought is he was raised in a university system that leans (well actually hangs) left and poisons the mind. And I say that with all due respect to his hard work and dedication to his 'schooling'. I'm positive he is honest, hard working, and more intelligent than I, and he is an American who wants the best for his family and his future. But us old guys just know our parents would be rolling over in their graves if only they could see where this country is today. The country and way of life our Dad and his generation fought and died for is history.
Brother Steve
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: The Donald
Steve, I know you're a fan of Trump. I am not, but will roll the dice with anyone opposing Hillary. (However, Sarah Palin would force a write-in).
Our country allows each of us a say in the process. When I was in my early 20s I voted McGovern so I understand young people being liberal. Time on earth can change that for some (like me) but there are many who depend on big government from cradle to grave.
We do need safety nets for the deserving but too many Americans have figured out how to play the social entitlements system, resulting in abuse, corruption and red ink which we are drowning in. Maybe Trump gets tough on proper enforcement...I hope.
Thanks for responding.
John
Tyler Hoffer
Jun. 17th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: The Donald
Steve/John:

I am sure you two have good intentions also. That may be the nicest way anyone has told me I have been brainwashed by college. Usually I’m characterized as one of my professor’s mindless minions, incapable of independent thought.

Everyone has his or her biases. It’s a matter of your life experiences. You can get indoctrinated by your parents, the media, books, college, your friends, anything. Who isn’t indoctrinated by their parents at some level? So if you go down that road it can becomes a zero sum game where everyone can just refute the source of everyone’s knowledge and experience to validate their respective position. Not that it’s an entirely unfair thing to do.


As to how you two think about welfare, you’re right it’s a problem where there is abuse.

However, most government spending goes to Medicare and Medicaid, not free income for the lazy. So I say why don’t these huge corporations start paying for their employee’s health care instead of making the middle class tax-payer subsidize their greed.

The richest 1% own 50% of the world’s wealth. They should at the very least provide their workers with the fundamental right to proper health care. Then we could mostly avoid government run health care.

Companies like Walmart are a disgrace that destroy small business, sell cheap Chinese crap after building the company on American made products, and then screw their workers on health care.

On that note I think the first 5 seconds of this video are appropriate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfmwGAd1L-o&t=2m43s

P.S. For the record I had this attitude before college. And neither of my parents are liberal. My dad refers to me as a “libtard”, and yes I think it’s funny and I enjoy politically incorrect humor.

Best to you both,

Tyler
johntheblogger
Jun. 19th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: The Donald
Tyler, hilarious video clip. Two talented liberals who can still ridicule those they support.
I wish I could tell you the GOP is smarter but I can't. Your Dems will prevail much to my chagrin. My beliefs have been shaped by years of cynicism. Be true to yourself and it will all work out well.
Best to you,
John
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
from JimPotter via email

John: You have hit the nail on its head!! I am in agreement with you.

Jim
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: from JimPotter via email
Thanks for checking in Jim...How many of 'us' are out there will tell the tale in November.
John
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
from Carole Zanath via email
John, you are one talented writer. Thank you for keeping us updated. Unfortunately, these are not good times in America. Keep the faith.
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: from Carole Zanath via email
Thanks Carole, this is the worst period in my lifetime (not having lived through the Great Depression).We are short on leadership and that's the core problem.
I'll try to keep my head up.
John
(Anonymous)
Jun. 16th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
Differing opinions.
John, you and I differ on some very basic stuff. I lost the "Kennedy" Camelot blinders a long, long time ago. In addition to being a pig in his personal life,(as was his daddy and brothers), JFK and his best and brightest crew had not a clue. Think about it, Berlin Crisis, Laos Accord, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile crisis (our asses saved by Nikita when we now know Bobby wanted to Bomb! Bomb! Bomb!)and you think he would have pulled the plug on "Nam"? I think he might have actually won it because JFK could have sold snow to Eskimos. LBJ like Hillary was a self aggrandizing liar who never held a job yet left office a millionaire many times over. Nixon, a rogue but nothing and I mean nothing compared to Bill or Hillary. Billy's claim to fame occurred only after Gingrich rammed the,"contract with America", depending on your point of view, either down his throat or up his anal sphincter.

Worst President ever, as of 13 years ago, Jimmy Carter with his "malise" and initial reset of the ENTIRE mid east by dumping the despotic (but less despotic than the Ayatollah) Shah! 13 years ago, the mantle was assumed by the dumbest POS ever out of Texas. Ably aided by the dumbest POS out of North Dakota as VP and one very confused Sec Def. In order to make their case for their dumbness they had to drag the most honorable in government, Colin Powell, trough their pig slop. In a way, it would be better if "Bush Lied" because stupid is far, far worse. Fortunately, Bush the Younger as he will be known in history only had to wait less than one year to be replaced on the "worst" list by his successor who doubles down on stupid while protected by the that word "racism" as in "Any criticism of Obama is because he is black." Therefore, for example, Libya is "brilliant", the pull out from Iraq "masterful", poking teh Russians in teh eye repeatedly "statesmanlike" and of course Obamacare, positively breathtaking in its genius!

Trump annoys me, a whole lot. I think I know what he is doing but do not like the way it is being done. Right now, he is getting the full "Goldwater" treatment, 15 second soundbites edited and taken out of context but, that goes with the turf when you run against Goldman-Sachs.

What everybody has missed so far, except us fans of Teddy Roosevelt is that Trump is a "populist" with conservative leanings. By conservative I mean the CONSERVE part. Conserve what is left of this formerly great republic before it was deliberately Balkanized.

I have no clue what you Brooklyn guys believe in in your heart of hearts but ONE more judge on the Supreme Court who believes in a flexible interpretation of the Constitution and it is over. Back in Manhattan Prep, my Junior & Senior year history teacher, Brother Patrick made it very clear to us the Constitution is designed to mean exactly what it says. His proof of that was the Amendment process which allows change, modification and revision. The "liberal" interpretation of the Constitution is based solely on the fact they CANNOT convince the vast majority of the people of the changes they so dearly want to implement for all the "right" reasons of course.
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Differing opinions.
You forgot to sign your name, but I know it's you, Ken. I can always count on you for both a history lesson and a plethora of corrections and inaccuracies in my writings (inject smile here).
A benefit of writing these blogs is actually listening to opinions that run from the far left to the far right.
Yes you and I have 'differing opinions' but I do agree we are one justice away from a total blowup of the Constitution, and it will last for decades, maybe forever!
We have no way of finding a present-day Teddy so what's your solution? The Clintons are even more dangerous than the Obamas in that they have decades of corruption-training and have the 'stay out of jail 'skill set mastered...slicker than anyone dead or alive. And here they are, able to pull off the con, again!
Thanks for your consistent responses to my blogs. It takes a lot to come up with this stuff! For both of us.
Stephen K. Trynosky
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Differing opinions.
Just a thought. Think it a coincidence that the Donald's latest Grandson is named "Theodore"? One of my blogger friends dropped a bomb on me the other day when he said, "Just what the hell is a conservative these days?" Damn good question. The GOP seems to think Bush 1, 2, Dole, Ryan, McConnell,McCain, Romney etc are conservatives. As one who remembers being in the trenches for Goldwater and Buckley, I did not sign on for those other guys. As a matter of fact it is pretty obvious where they would have fallen in '64.
johntheblogger
Jun. 17th, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Differing opinions.
Wanna hear a LOUD bomb, Ken? If Hillary wins, she appoints Obama to the Supreme Court. This is plausible!
Stephen K. Trynosky
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Differing opinions.
Forgot to mention Hillary got a get out of jail free card with the endorsement of O. That is until AG Christie indicts her. The fun part of this year has been the Trump/Bernie thing. The American people KNOW what is happening. They finally understand they have been sold down the river by both parties.
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Differing opinions.
So as not to confuse readers... Stephen and Ken are the same person.
Ken, not ALL Americans know what's happening, as you put it. If you think Trump will harness Bernie's gang of supporters, you're tripping on a Timothy O'Leary hallucinogen.
I agree we have all been hijacked by politicians' empty promises. Maybe Donald is different, we'll see, but he's not getting out of the starting gate very fast. He needs a crash course but I don't think he thinks he needs to learn anything.
John
(Anonymous)
Jun. 16th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hey John....this is Steve from Denver....not Anonymous, but it was the only choice I had with LiveJournal. Thoroughly enjoyed your latest blog and the extremely well-articulated responses from your readers. With less than 5 months remaining until Election Day, I am so..so conflicted. This election cycle has been like no other in our memory. And in my wildest fantasy (or state of denial), I think it's possible that the final slate of candidates hasn't been set.....Hillary is indicted...Trump does something even more outrageous and " out-Trumps" himself. .....Biden steps in, Ryan steps in. And order is restored. But back to reality, given the choice, I will vote for Trump, while holding my nose.
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hey Steve, thanks for your always cogent responses. I will vigorously disagree with you on only one point. Hillary will never be indicted and I think you were being facetious with that one. She and BHO made an agreement in 2008 that it will be her turn and he would guarantee it. Two equally despicable political bed-fellows! She's being protected by his DOJ.

I will say I feel an undercurrent in the GOP that will result in dumping Trump at the convention. If this occurs, it's all over, the Clintons are in again. Trump supporters will never support an alternative candidate.

I also agree that it's fun and interesting to hear readers of this blog express their views, wherever they lie on the political landscape.

We should talk soon but I don't expect we won't have any solutions to offer.

Best to you,
John
(Anonymous)
Jun. 16th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
Responses
John, I also love reading your 'readers' comments! Ken and Steve (not me) had some interesting thoughts and point on too! Keep it coming big Brother.
Tennessee Steve
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Responses
Steve, the intent of this blog has always been engagement of readers via their responses. This goes out to 100 people PLUS on my facebook page, yet only a small fraction of these readers give a reply. I often wonder how many even read it. I am de-motivated when there is no feedback.
The current blog has been well-received.
Please share on your facebook page.
Thanks,
John
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
via email from Steve Glavey
Right on John. You hit the nail on the head.
All the best,
Steve
johntheblogger
Jun. 16th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: via email from Steve Glavey
Hi Steve,
Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate your support.

Best to you,
John
(Anonymous)
Jun. 17th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Agree
I agree with your assessments of the prior History changing events & I share your dismay as to where the country is headed. Gloom & doom if Hillary is elected. You got to wonder how badly misinformed the voting public was when they refused to see how distructive Mr O was & reelected him a second time. It's sad to see how many people refuse to acknowledge her lying & deceitful ways. The press will not call her out for Bengazhi or the email scandals, not to mention her slush fund trickery.....Sad also is that the GOP stood by and let Mr O get away with anything without trying to stop him... Shame on them as well.....
johntheblogger
Jun. 17th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree
I don't know who you are, can you ID yourself in a response? Two points you made are indisputable.
#1 BHO's second term election was inexcusable. Romney was a dismal failure coupled with undeniable cheating in Democrat precincts that did not require voter ID, and allowed same-day registration. Dems know how to mobilize minorities in presidential elections. GOP still clueless!
#2 HRC is being protected by Obama and his DOJ. She will NEVER be indicted regardless of the evidence. Also, the Clinton Foundation has been recipient of millions in donations from Arab nations who persecute gays and women, the very groups this slimy creature is pandering to.
There is ample shame to go around and no real leader emerging anywhere in America.
johntheblogger
Jun. 18th, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)


Jun. 17th, 2016 06:10 pm (local)

from Marynita Anderson

I agree with all you have to say except that Kennedy would have withdrawn from Viet Nam. To my knowledge, he was the first President to send in American troops. I think his administration was too short to judge its quality; however I do believe he was not strong in foreign affairs. The Bay of Pigs was a disaster.

This nomination process has been a sham and a great diaster. If these are the best candidates that America has to offer, we have no hope for our future. I do understand the frustration of the millenials who are strapped with tuition debt and have no hope of attaining gainful employment. Sanders' solution to revamp the entire capitalistic democracy into a Canadian or British solution seems the only alternative to a country that has failed them.

Clinton or Obama? What a ludicrous and lousy dilemma. I am betwixted, bothered and bewildered over this choice! Actually speechless! And frankly I can not understand the people I have admired who now see Trump as a viable wonderful choice. Not the better of two bad candidates, like you John, but actually think he is a great choice. He is rude, ignorant, small and close minded, probably a bigot and certainly not Presidential material.
So who will I vote for? Frankly, I hope God intervenes over the next months and we have some real choice. Not between a political hack and a buffoon. Can the Republicans come up with a strong charasmatic statesman as an alternative? Will he/she be able to attract the real Trump supporters? I doubt it, but I can only hope. Till then, I'll pray and hope that Americans stop reacting to fear that triggers their base emotions, and start reasoning with their brains. Otherwise we deserve what we get. But then sgain, it's only 4 years!!!
johntheblogger
Jun. 18th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
Marynita, thanks for your thought-provoking remarks. My opinion on JFK stems from RFK's stance against the Viet Nam War. Granted he was trying to get elected in 1968 but the Kennedys were politicians first and the war was unpopular and unwinnable. As always, I could be wrong on this point.

The messiah you are hoping for would only split the vote and the 'political hack' becomes president. And I believe it will be eight years...the Clinton's crave power. She's not enduring this abuse and humiliation for only a 4-year stint.

There's no good outcome short of divine intervention...please God, we're running out of time!
Thanks again for reading and responding.
johntheblogger
Jun. 18th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
from Jim Lawlor via email
As an avowed anti-Kennedy I must take issue with your assessment of the Kennedy brothers.Jack was a lightweight as a senator(sound familiar)except he had a war record which some have questioned.Bobby was a pain in the butt. I believe they both enjoyed the trappings of Camelot and believed daddy could fix anything that went wrong which he often did.Jack incrementally increased our troop level in Vietnam. He did not do it to the extent that Johnson did but that was 1963 and not 1967. It was a quagmire in both years.

Bo
(Anonymous)
Jun. 19th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
Trump
We might want to do a little more reading on Germany 1933 and how Hitler came to power. We tend to forget history. In our dislike of Mrs. Clinton we may be looking at something worse.
johntheblogger
Jun. 19th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Trump
Since you are anonymous, I don't know who "we" includes. ID yourself please and be more specific in comparing Trump to Hitler. Trump can be outrageous and obnoxious but the Hitler comparison is a stretch...And we are not Germany.
There can be nothing worse than Clinton, plus you get two of them.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 19th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
The Donald
Steve/John:

I am sure you two have good intentions also. That may be the nicest way anyone has told me I have been brainwashed by college. Usually I’m characterized as one of my professor’s mindless minions, incapable of independent thought.

Everyone has his or her biases. It’s a matter of your life experiences. You can get indoctrinated by your parents, the media, books, college, your friends, anything. Who isn’t indoctrinated by their parents at some level? So if you go down that road it can becomes a zero sum game where everyone can just refute the source of everyone’s knowledge and experience to validate their respective position. Not that it’s an entirely unfair thing to do.


As to how you and John think about welfare, you’re right it’s a problem where there is abuse.

However, most government spending goes to Medicare and Medicaid, not free income for the lazy. So I say why don’t these huge corporations start paying for their employee’s health care instead of making the middle class tax-payer subsidize their greed.

The richest 1% own 50% of the world’s wealth. They should at the very least provide their workers with the fundamental right to proper health care. Then we could mostly avoid government run health care.

Companies like Walmart are a disgrace that destroy small business, sell cheap Chinese crap after building the company on American made products, and then screw their workers on health care.

P.S. For the record I had this attitude before college. And neither of my parents are liberal. My dad refers to me as a “libtard”, and yes I think it’s funny and I enjoy politically incorrect humor.


Tyler
(Anonymous)
Jun. 26th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
Peter's connent
It difficult to see yet long term how the election of BO will rate in terms of historical significance. But your takedown of his Presidency is spot on. I blame Obama though more than Bush for the current state of affairs in the Middle East. Obama abandon Iraq and has largely abandoned Israel. ironically if he is asked I'm sure he believes the world is actually a safer better world since his presidency then before . The largest problem with the Islamic faith from the geopolitical standpoint is that embedded in it is a way of governance called sharia law. In it there is no tolerance for other points of view or belief systems. And the broader problem now with mass immigration of Muslims to Europe and America is the fact that these people have no intention of assimilating. As for the upcoming election I think we're on the same page. But I will not shed any tears if the Republicans find a way to dump Trump at the convention .
johntheblogger
Jun. 26th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Peter's comment
Our current president has damaged America in countless ways, too numerous to list but the Iran Nuke deal, the POW exchange, the endorsement of radical far left groups, and his failure to protect the homeland are just a few. I have always believed he's part of a larger plan/movement to transform America from a democratic sovereign republic to a submissive haven for Islamists to propagate and eventually rule which would abandon our freedom and invoke Sharia law across the land. The proof is the vast number of Muslims with key jobs in his administration, beginning with Valerie Jarrett.

Someone casually asked me the other day: "Wouldn't you like to be young again?" I quickly responded without hesitation: "Actually, no I wouldn't. I don't want to be here twenty years from now to see what America has become!"

As always, thanks for your thoughts, Peter...always insightful.

John
johntheblogger
Jun. 26th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
from Tony Said via email
I think people need to grow up and make a decision because they only have two choices. And they aren't close to being the two best choices, but that's how it goes. People need to consider the two candidates, what they stand for and what they will do if elected.

Hillary feels she is to be coronated and will continue her journey of peddling favors for those who kiss her ring, donate to the Foundation sign up for one of Bill's $300,000 30 minute speeches. Lord knows what she will do in a 3rd Obama-like term where she feels rules are for fools. She will do as she pleases without regard for laws. She has not been held accountable by Obama's Administration or the media and an appointment to the highest office will unleash something I cannot and do not want to imagine.

Trump has been in business over 30 years and has been vetted over that time by the law of the land and business. If he were a cheat or a racist he would have been exposed long ago. He would not rule by his gut but through others whom he trusts as the best in their fields. Our country is broken and infected with two political parties who look too similar to distinguish and differences.

He's the anti-republican, Republican! I like the sound of that and the belief that he would weed out the gutless life-time politicians who promise everything and deliver nothing. He has a chance to apply business rules to a rigged and corrupt system that feeds upon the inefficiency of government. Simply put, he offers me some hope. For me he is the only choice and our only real hope.

That's what I think!
johntheblogger
Jun. 26th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: from Tony Said via email
Now that's the Tony Said I know and played basketball with in the 'Bad Boys' era! You're convincing me to believe in Trump...I think.

Well said, Mr. Said!

John
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