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Are You a Victim?

Today’s blog will begin with a disclaimer. I have said this in prior blogs that I am tired and bored with the American political two-party system. However, a legitimate third party remains a fantasy and this alternative has never and will not be viable anytime soon…Certainly not in my lifetime.

Meanwhile, both parties spend (waste) hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns, using both private donations and devious super-pac funding. All of this backroom money-laundering by both parties contribute to the disillusionment of the American people regarding politics in general, and this upcoming presidential election in specific.

There is actually a solution here. Create a ceiling or limit that each candidate can spend in advertising, force them to raise their own funding, and impose a ‘do not exceed’ campaign budget that is equal for all. No candidate should have an unfair monetary advantage. This would ensure each campaign would have to strategize with the same amount of capital to truly earn each vote.

Now let’s address the subject of this blog.   Are you a victim? The Democrat candidates thrive on the concept of victimization.  This party has spent decades creating a ‘grievance industry’ targeted at selected groups and suggesting they need extraordinary political attention to assure they are treated fairly. There is a word for this…”pandering”. Depicting certain Americans as victims is insulting as it portrays them as weak and powerless. Only the powerful, paternalistic politician who empathizes with their plight can help them achieve parity with successful Americans, whose wish it is to keep them in subservient social and economic positions. This treatment encourages a culture of dependency, (not to mention divisiveness) which has been elevated to even greater heights in the last seven years of the current administration.

Hillary Clinton possesses the exact skill set required to promote victimization, and she entices voters to believe she is the one who will enact the social justice that has eluded these poor souls. She’s painting with a broad brush, claiming ‘Wall Street one-percenters’, and the Republican Party have been responsible for all social ills inflicted on these mistreated Americans.

Selected segments of the electorate when viewed collectively, now comprise enough of a majority to affect the outcome of the general election. Ethnic minorities such as African Americans, Hispanics, Asian and Native-Americans, and undocumented immigrants have been courted by both Bill and Hillary Clinton. This is an old, tired form of racial politics that serves to divide rather than unite Americans designed to instill fear in the hearts and minds of these groups.

Beyond the component of race, the Clintons play the women’s card trying to guilt woman voters into partaking in another historical milestone, the election of the first woman president.  In addition, she attempts to woo sub-groups such as union workers, the LGBT community, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood supporters, Occupy Wall Street, Pro-Choice proponents, sanctuary city advocates… the list of 'oppressed’ Americans simply never ends in the Democrat political narrative.

I am clearly not a Donald Trump fan. In my judgment, he is the Republican whom I would rank last among the remaining five candidates at this point in time.  However, if he becomes the nominee, I would absolutely vote for him to keep the Clintons out of power.

This blog began in 2008 prior to Obama’s victory. It wasn’t at all difficult to predict the path our country would take with Barack Obama’s promise to transform America. He delivered on that promise. We have had seven years of a hijacked America, which includes a foreign policy that has made America weaker and more vulnerable to terrorists’ attacks, both homegrown and from abroad. This by itself should concern all Americans.

Electing Hillary Clinton will be an extension of the Obama administration, and another mandate for an approval of his failed policies. If you are a Democrat or an Independent who is leaning toward, but on the fence about trusting Clinton, and also despise Donald Trump, then I am pleading with you to stay away from your polling place on Election Day. I have never advocated that, but this blog’s mission is to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president. If you thought the Obama monarchy was despicable, her regime will be even more unstoppable!

Imagine our country governed by both Clintons? It’s corrupt enough now without entrusting it to the pair who created The Clinton Foundation, an ostensible charity which has allegedly become a money-laundering stream of personal income. What story do you believe?

I’ll close with this observation. At least Bernie Sanders is honest and has been from day one. An admitted socialist adored by millennials, he will be marginalized by the Clinton machine as the primaries enter the southern states where black voters have been hypnotized by the Clinton con for decades. Millennials can see through the Clinton smokescreen. Who will they vote for when Bernie is dismissed? This will become a key component of the election…Many could simply opt out of voting in disillusionment with what they view as a failed system. It will all unfold soon.

And finally, to any of you Clinton-haters who believe a federal indictment is coming at her, get over your fantasy. The Obama DOJ has her back or it would have occurred by now. The irony is BHO and HRC despise each other. Go figure, politics makes strange bedfellows.

That’s a wrap for today. Keep hope alive for a better America!

Straight Ahead,



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Tony Said
Feb. 28th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
Well done! I guess the only thing you forgot to mention is that the "Mean Republicans" don't want to allow any minorities to vote! How dare they even consider asking someone for identification or picture ID!! How intolerant.

Keep writing, I will let you know if you get anything wrong.

Feb. 28th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks Tony, as a regular reader of this blog, you are aware that I addressed the voter ID issue many times. This blog was long enough for most readers to endure.
Feb. 28th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
from Jim Dwyer via email
Feb. 29th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: from Jim Dwyer via email
Thanks Jim, but I can't promise she won't be mentioned again. But I do admit I share your disdain for this woman and her husband. Somehow, through it all, she maintains a loyal following...and that's incredible to me.

Stephen K. Trynosky
Feb. 29th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
Yes I am!
In answer to your question, Yes. I was pleasantly surprised several weeks when I did some very basic genealogical research. After 30 or 40 years courtesy of the internet and FB the Trynosky/Troynousky cousins are coming together. With the older generation now completely gone. It is up to us to recover (re-invent?) our family history. Thanks to a cousin-in-law, Mike Burke, we have determined that grandpappy immigrated from Austro-Hungary circa 1905. It actually says Austrian on his papers! No, no, no we are not going to start singing "The Hills are Alive With The Sound of Music" or anything like that.

It actually gets better. We are Galitzianers from Galitia in the sub-Carpathian region. This was a part of the A-H empire. In 1919 as all empires must, it went up in a poof of smoke called WW 1. There was this mad scramble in France of all places to create new countries to be invaded by somebody later. For one very short day, our people were proud citizens of Ruthenia! If I remember correctly that was in that early Peter Sellers movie. Well the Ruthenian dream ended badly for us. We were now members of the new Poland. Some very distant cousins became members of the Ukraine just in time to be annexed by the USSR.

Now, what does it mean to be a Ruthenian. Well, turns out they have another name, the Rus. Rus as in Russia! Our forefathers invented Russia! And, then they threw us out. But why? Well because the first and original Russians were not Russian at all, they were Vikings from Sweden who rowed their longboats up the rivers going East rather than going West with Lief Ericcson and the gang. This by the way explains the two very prominent streaks of bright red in the beard I grew after getting out of the army.

Apparently we were a smart and prosperous group, hightailing out of Russia proper and setting up shop as traders and horse ranchers in what became Poland. But alas, we were successful people, not content with just our little farms we expanded and, to the native Poles became a genuine, authentic persecuted and despised minority. It actually got so bad that in 1919 a Ruthenian delegation composed of the Rus and Jews together petitioned the big shots at Versailles to let us remain part of Austria. Didn't happen thanks to the Polish Lobby.

So, somewhere out there, there is a Ruthenian independence movement which I am going to look for. I will contribute, get us on the map and hopefully guarantee my grandchildren equal opportunity admission into Harvard, Princeton or Yale!

Feb. 29th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Yes I am!
Thanks for sharing your geneology. Yes, your ancestors were victims, as were many of ours. I know you are speaking tongue in cheek, because I know YOU don't consider yourself a victim in this blog's context.
Any other words of wisdom to add? Like who are you recommending and endorsing to beat Hillary?

Stephen K. Trynosky
Mar. 3rd, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: Yes I am!
In Basic Combat Training we were taught first, "Stop the Bleeding!"

Therefore the question becomes not who is more ideologically pure, the question is, who can shore up this mess fast enough to prevent a complete collapse? After the hemorrhage has been stopped then and only then can you talk about putting things back together again in a way which might vaguely resemble the framers intent.

Been thinking about this one for a long time. Ronnie Reagan is probably everyone's favorite conservative. When elected he saw one tremendous overriding concern. End the evil empire. 100,000,000 plus dead in the 20th century. So, while he did espouse conservative thinking domestically, he did not do a hell of a lot to reverse course. Instead he, with Maggie Thatcher and the Pope collapsed Communism .

I always thought that Reagan felt after he delivered this boon to the US it would be up to his successors to implement real conservative reform. Unfortunately his biggest mistake was leaving the county in the hands of the ultimate insider. So, Bush the elder who had at one point an 82% favorability rating managed to lose the presidency and the good will of the American people to some two bit hick rapist from Arkansas. As if that were not bad enough, when he and the hick were both out of office, they could be seen chumming it up on the golf course and other watering holes.

That could have been the end right there, the election of Billy. Except he felt his oats a bit too soon and his wife was a harridan. Fortunately for us, the Gingrich revolution managed to pull the plug on his "transformative" plans for the US. When lunkhead,(Bush the younger) became president he handed the country over to the Dems and a real piece of work.

So, just who do you think could stop the bleeding? I have my man, don't particularly think I like him as a person but pretty sure he knows first aid.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Yes I am!
We need a team of ER surgeons to stop this bloody mess. Of the four left in the GOP, I simply want the most winnable and it could take months to discern who he is. Looks like Trump will crash the Party and be the candidate. I hope he exposes more of her skels that we don't already know about.
Then there's the questions about Trump and what is in his closet?
Feels fatalistic to me, Ken.
Mar. 1st, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
I really can't agree with you more or add to this blog, you covered it all. God help us brother. Well stated.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Hope
After last night's results, only divine intervention can help, maybe God can get involved!
Mar. 4th, 2016 02:05 am (UTC)
via mail from Steve Ray
Hi John,

I loved the Jackie Gleason "Good morning, America. What are we offended by today?" Funny, yet it speaks volumes about our society today. Wonder how many people would even know who Jackie Gleason is/was.

This has to be the craziest political season EVER. Not to sound like "negative Nellie", but I am really concerned about our country and the next couple of generations

Hope you're handling all this with charm and grace.....it ain't easy.

Hi to Joyce,
Mar. 4th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: via mail from Steve Ray
Hi Steve,
Charm and grace? Now you're asking too much of me. After Tuesday's debacle, I think we are done. Trump cannot defeat Hillary, he's offended too many of the needed sub-groups, and he has further divided the party, which I never thought could escalate any higher.

Remember the term...Duck and cover!

Best to Cindy and the girls.

Tyler Hoffer
Mar. 4th, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)

Interesting post as usual. I have not heard much about campaign finance reform from the Republican candidates, but I think it is something that should be addressed. Hillary is a political chameleon that would be prepared to back any popular left wing view that could gain voters. So of course she is prepared to facilitate victimization. Did you see that Biden basically called her out for this fairly recently?

Just as Democrats blame the elites for oppressive socioeconomic conditions of low-income individuals, the Republicans claim entitlements/liberal policies skew the economic system against the interests of middle-upper class members of society, in effect blaming the underclass for their economic problems. The idea that Democrats/Obama create class warfare and divisiveness fails to hold Republicans to the same standard because they are just as guilty.

I am highly skeptical of the emphasis the Right places on our weakness abroad and threatened national security. It is a classic political maneuver to portray the opposing party as weak and exposing the country to national security threats because fear is perhaps the most potent manipulator of people. By Republican standards Obama is a submissive pacifist despite launching drone strikes unilaterally, using PRISM, and maintaining a constant military force throughout the entire world. Examples of so called aggression abroad (Ukraine/South China Sea/Iran) should not be policed by the U.S. Every country that can acts in it's own best interest close to their borders militarily; we do the same and this should be expected.


Edited at 2016-03-04 06:33 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
Neither party cares about campaign finance reform, as long as the dollars flow to them.
I don't want my president to be an apologist for the evils America has wrought upon the world. That's what Obama has been. He was radicalized at an early age and wasn't really raised like most Americans were...And yes he's a pacifist masquerading as a Commander-in-Chief. It's a contradiction in terms.
You're right about Hillary, whichever way the political wind blows, she will follow. She and Bill are architects of political animalism, and they are masters of deceit.
We are doomed and you have many more years than I do to endure it. God be with you and your generation!
Thanks for posting, Tyler.
Tyler Hoffer
Mar. 5th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
Sanders does advocate for finance reform fairly often, but I imagine you don't like much he says otherwise. I think there's a difference between being an apologist and acknowledging wrongs occurred, which they certainly did. You can acknowledge a past wrong (truth) without compromising your present strength; and it builds diplomacy and mutual respect instead of escalating tensions. And I think Obama simply does not fit within the definition of pacifist based on his foreign policy. If you said he should be more aggressive that's different, but he's not opposed to war and violence to achieve goals; he actively supports it, he ran on the platform of an Afghan. war build up.

Have you seen House of Cards? The main characters remind me of how the Clintons probably act behind closed doors. You should watch it if you haven't seen it; it's a great show.
Mar. 5th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
We watched all seasons of House of Cards on Netflix last fall. Yes, it must be based on the Clintons. Season 6 begins today. A perfect depiction of politicians.
Tyler, the next time I see you, I will unfold my entire vision of President Obama, but it's too involved to do it here.
Hope you and Corine have a great time in Iceland...Be safe and as Dominick says, keep your earbuds in, rock your backpack, and hold a Starbucks cup with your free hand!
Vaya con Dios,
PS Give Corine a hug from Joyce and me
Tyler Hoffer
Mar. 5th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
Haha Will do! And I look forward to it.
Mar. 8th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
My mistake
Tyler, you were right. Bernie Sanders has advocated for campaign finance reform so I stand corrected. I respect Sanders for his candor, he is a true believer unlike your other candidate. Your characterizing her as a political chameleon is perfect.
I can say I even like Bernie...But I'll never "feel the bern"!

Stay safe.
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