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Marathon of Agony

Why bother writing a blog? I often ask myself that question. Does what I say and think really matter?  And does anyone really believe what I opine about can actually change hearts and minds on any topic. The answer is a clear “NO”.

Regarding current politics in specific, there is surely an overabundance of opinions available to the point of nausea, so please indulge me as I will add to it! We all know politicians have lied and deceived voters since the early days of the Republic. However, there is one point I believe all readers can agree on. This upcoming presidential election offers American citizens the worst two choices in our lifetime!

It’s a disgrace, but whose fault is it that we have this dilemma at such a critical time in American history?  The answer is not a singular one. I will give you my thoughts.

Blame can be first assigned to the low regard that voters have for Congress. Donald Trump played into this sentiment by playing the outsider role, and it resonated with people who despise politicians even more than billionaires. Making deliberately controversial statements endeared him to the anti-political correctness crew, which has become a large segment of the electorate. 

The selection of Trump as the GOP candidate has been characterized as a mandate from the people who yearn for a “populist” form of candidate. Maybe so. But in the process, the Republican Party has been broken, wounded and left for dead. I am unequivocally stating that Donald Trump will never defeat Hillary Clinton in this election. He has self-destructed. This is an easy call to make, but I make it with much regret and sadness.  As a result, the GOP Primary voters are also responsible (now for three consecutive cycles) for selecting an unwinnable candidate.

To underscore the tragic nature of this election, I submit it could have been a slam dunk for the GOP.  Hillary Clinton is clearly the most flawed Democrat choice ever to grace the top of their ticket. She is essentially an un-convicted criminal. The breaches to national security she allowed, and the conflicts of interest created by the Clinton Foundation (which is in effect a revenue stream [allegedly] for the Clinton family) would be sufficient to indict anyone not named Clinton. At the very least it should disqualify her as a candidate for president!

But no, the Clinton’s are not held to a standard of conduct average Americans or even other politicians are held to. They are political elitists who have been enjoying freedom from accountability in both state and federal government positions since the 1970’s. Much of it has been covert, but lately they have been almost blatantly flaunting the bullet-proof nature of their questionable activities, almost daring anyone to challenge them. To be clear, they don’t totally escape the scrutiny of their behavior - the proverbial smoking guns are everywhere, but nothing ever sticks to them. They are resourceful, relentless, and unrepentant. Political survivors doesn’t begin to describe their persona.

Yet with all this nefarious baggage attaching to her, HRC continues to attract legions of supporters, victims of the ravages of corporate America, and she is their self-appointed champion. She will free them from the bondage of a flawed capitalist system that has rendered them defenseless. The irony is unbearable that a woman who hasn’t driven her own car for twenty years can even remotely relate to the problems of middle class Americans. (Yes I am aware Donald Trump also has a chauffeur. But Trump brags about his wealth while Hillary bobs and weaves around her privileged life).

The final piece of blame belongs to the Obama administration.  He and his Department of Justice has chosen to protect and insulate Clinton from any danger of a potential loss. Her scandals are merely right wing conspiracies designed to discontinue Obama’s vision of the new America he has created in the last eight years.

In summary, here’s my theory on what transpired in June, 2008, when HRC bowed out of the Primary and pledged support for BHO. Likely it went something like this…

“Hillary, you back off, endorse and support me for President. In return I’ll appoint you Secretary of State (where you can build your foreign policy experience and enhance your resume). I’ll arrange for your huge campaign debt be taken care of, and guarantee you the nomination in 2016. It will happen. Then I’ll campaign for you to ensure your victory by teaching you all the strategies I used to defeat you. This begins with exploiting the historical component of being the first woman president. I’ll coach you on being a champion of the grievance industry, pandering to all minorities, sub-cultures, illegal immigrants, LGBT’s, environmentalists, and of course the most aggrieved group…women, who will identify and relate to all the hardships you have endured for decades as a woman in America. This is your chance for redemption, and you will break through the thickest of glass ceilings!”

Excuse me for a moment, I am now welling up with emotion as I write this litany of conspiracy! Barack Obama’s administration has been a ‘marathon of agony’ for me and millions of other Americans. We are more divided, angrier, less secure, less competitive, more reliant on big government, and weaker in the eyes of our enemies. And that’s the abridged version. I could but I won’t go on for hours on his failures and inadequacies as a leader.

As I said at the start of this blog, what I have written is merely my own opinion, not likely to convince anyone who hadn’t already agreed with it. And that’s the problem, lines have been drawn and unlikely to change unless a catastrophic ‘October surprise’ occurs…And that’s wishful thinking.

Meanwhile, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst!

Straight Ahead,



( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 14th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
Jack, this might be the best blog you have ever written. I can't agree with you more on every point you made. An "October" miracle might be what we need. Mary SVF
Aug. 14th, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: gop
Thanks Mary,

Such a miracle would be the equivalent of "Miracle on the Hudson". I wouldn't be expecting it, but it sure would be a case of "Karma's a bitch, Hillary" if something derailed her!
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
From Jim Olson via email
Amen and well put.

I talked to my sister yesterday and although we have a shaky truce involving politics, (she is a Sanders fan) I did jab her about Bernie buy a 600K house. (and I'll bet a club box seat the Clinton Foundation paid for it) Her answer, "how many houses does Donald Trump have?" I said, "Mary, Trump brags about his wealth, Bernie is selling himself as a person who has nothing and is the savior of the little guy." I think that answer is the answer. As you said in your blog, People on the left are searching for a reason to justify voting for Clinton, and everyday Trump gives them the reasons.


Aug. 14th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: From Jim Olson via email
For a smart guy, Trump makes lots of mistakes, and doesn't learn from them!
Thanks for commenting, Jim.
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: From Jim Olson via email
You are so right, Jim. Trump speaks before thinking, and thinks before consulting experts. Never apologizes for his gaffes. So our choice is between a crooked liar and a clown! I'm voting Green!
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: From Jim Olson via email
You are now the second reader who has flipped from GOP to Green Party...very interesting!
Aug. 14th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: From Jim Olson via email
And now I see Clinton ads using Krauthammer and O'Reilly. Out of context, but being used. I cancelled my subscription to the WJS and the National Review. I figured I was smarter the they are.


Aug. 14th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
From Cindy Ray via email
Well said!! Sad state we are in
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: From Cindy Ray via email
Cindy, this is what happens when zealotry gets in the way of common sense...On both sides!
Thanks for reading and replying.
Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
I love when people say _____________(fill in the blank), could beat Hillary? Just who?

Ted Cruz, (if you think Trump's getting hit bad you have no clue what would have happened to this true, let's roll the world back to 1954 believer.

Bush,Really! you think anyone would vote for Bush, Hell, I'd stay home.

Carly, Who never met a company she could not destroy.

Huckabee, I like him, that's about it.

Rubio, Would be treated as a "child" because he looks like one, acts like one and doesn't really give a crap about his job as senator.

The Rest?

Either McCain or Romney, by all measures should have wiped the floor with Obama. They did not! Why? Were they bad men? No, my friend because the media pounced on them as soon as the convention was over. Both were "respected" republicans by all media, being nice middle of the road guys until the real game started.

Maybe it is because I politically became of age in '64. I have never gotten the "daisy" commercial out of my craw. LBJ was going to "save" us from Viet-nam while that evil warmongeringSOB Goldwater was going to blow up the world.

For years now, in judicial nominations people have acknowledged that Robert Bork has become both a noun and a verb. One "borks" a candidate one does not approve of. I submit, that the same has happened to Barry Goldwater's name. Donald Trump is being "Goldwatered" at every turn. Comments out of context, comments edited, comments fabricated for God's sake! Nothing new there for anyone who had a "Goldwater 64" bumper sticker on his car.

Look at the litany of crap that is Hillary Clinton. How much is reported on, how much is investigated? No press conferences? Nothing said. Outright lies, nothing said. Stiffed the kids in Haiti with the money raised through the "Clinton foundation" nothing ever said. They make the news cycle once and die.

What I think you are missing is just that Trump is a taller lightening rod than all the other Republican pygmies. It is easy to speculate that someone else could do better but if you are honest, and I believe that you are, you know that Bush 1 should have beaten Clinton except for the "spike" placed on anti-Clinton (rape) stories in the news. Ditto Romney, ditto McCain. Clinton's 2nd term? Dole is perhaps the most likable, truly moderate republican in the universe not to mention his war service yet he was torn apart like a wet paper bag in a hurricane by the media. Once he lost he was back to being their "poster" boy for a likable moderate Republican.

I do not wake up in the morning looking to see what faux pas Trump made the night before. I wake up to see what misinformation, mis-direction, disinformation and outright lie has been told about him today.

Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Quick example. This morning, all morning 10-10 News has been reporting about the murdered Iman in Queens. Over a two hour period, I have heard "Trump's" anti-Islam comments brought in as a reason for the killing, every twenty minutes. Same time, on the police shooting of an armed black man in Milwaukee, I have heard WINS mention that the police "say" (emphasis on SAY) he was armed,. Turned down the dial to 880. The Iman murder is reported as an incident "under investigation" with, "no indication it was a bias crime". Same time Milwaukee is reported as , police kill an armed suspect after a traffic stop with the gun recovered reported as stolen along with 500 rounds of ammunition. 10-10 put on a Milwaukee Councilman claiming Milwaukee was the least safe city in America to be black. 880, CBS puts on a different black councilman who says that people should remain calm and wait for the investigation to be concluded.

Honestly, did YOU learn anything from my last paragraph?

I learned in 1964, do not believe a single thing said about anything by the "NEWS" unless it can be independently verified from three other sources. For years now, thanks to the internet, I can, when I hear an outrageous comment attributed to a Republican, go to the internet and LISTEN TO THE COMMENT. I honestly wish everyone else would do the same. Just two days ago, I heard a man on the street interview where the interviewee swore that he actually HEARD Donald Trump call for the assassination of Hillary Clinton. John, I did not do 63 credits of psych for nothin! Propaganda is fascinating.

For year I listened to Rush Limbaugh until he became a shill for Bush 2, arguably the 2nd worst president (after Obama) in American history. Fortunately, Rush, has put the Bush's far, far behind him. I have not heard him say anything positive about that family for years. He is now fun to listen to again. His take usually mirrors what I have already said, days or weeks earlier (ask Denise if you don't believe me). I have never followed the marching orders of anyone. The United States Army (God Bless them, an education they actually PAY you to get) taught me that most people who want to give me marching orders are trying to get me killed.
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
Thanks for the rant, Ken. If nothing else you are reliable and consistent. You're not wrong about what you say.
I disagree on two points: Were it not for Trump's celebrity and outspokenness, Rubio had a good chance of defeating this witch (substitute a "b" if you like).I also believe Bush the elder lost to Clinton because people like me voted for Ross Perrot, an ideological decision I regret.
And finally, I don't need to ask Denise, you are quite credible and your passion is clear in every post you make.
Thanks again for reading, and providing provocative ideas to this blog.
Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
Back in 1970, Albert Speer's autobiography "Inside the Third Reich" came out. Being a history buff, I rushed out and paid full price. Great book but, 40 years plus what I took out of it was a quote from Joseph Goebbels:

"The only thing more dangerous than believing the enemies propaganda is believing your own".

Almost everything I have done since reading this has been governed by it. I know what I think, but am I deluding myself? It plays in rather nicely to the way the master bartender raised me. "Be able to defend everything you say and be able to argue the other guy's side".

Rubio intrigued me in the beginning. My son the most conservative (and well read one)was never impressed.

Let me give you some of his weaknesses which Hillary would have driven a 4-8-4 steam locomotive through.

No experience, no record, not really.
Not interested in his job. Jeb made that one VERY clear with his
record of attendance (or lack thereof).
Unwillingness to run for re-election.
Tangled personal finances. (in a hole and buy a boat?)
Flip flops, especially immigration where he lost both sides!

I could also mention how he blew his "gravitas" when he tried to go toe to toe with Trump.

If you need a lesson on how Hillary could have taken down all but the very best opponents (Gingrich, Trump, Huckabee are the only ones that come to mind) just replay the Lazio vs. Clinton debate. She said nothing but demolished him or rather he demolished himself.

As we get closer to the end, I wonder what Trump will do? He is not stupid, not by a long shot. There is a strategy there. I cannot even guess at it at the moment. Well, actually I could. It is interesting to point out, with all the crap he has taken he still has not spent anything from the warchest. Why?
Aug. 14th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
Debates will decide winner. Polls are snapshots and biased. I'm afraid Trump will wing it while HRC will be better prepared and actually have a strategy to outsmart Trump, who will not study or listen to advice.
She is a vile, conniving woman, but she is not stupid when it comes to guerilla politics.
As always I could be wrong and I actually hope I am!
Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
Going to invite you to check out a blog I play around with. Right now we have the Colonel a Texican our age with a 40 year Army career behind him having a running debate with Mathius a late 20 early 30 something kinda upper West Side NY liberal. Been playing with these guys for years. Lotsa knowledge, lotsa experience and a very diverse view point.

Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Addendum
Check your spam cage, made a link referral. Apparently when you do that you get moved to the processed meat department.
Aug. 14th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
I totally agree, John. Since this is the best America has,to offer, we are on real trouble. I can't vote for HRC, for many reasons ... too many to list here. If any average,middle class worker in American had committed one tenth of her tricks, foibles, crimes, he or she would be in jail. FBI came as close as they could say she was guilty without losing their jobs and pensions. And if she didn't knowingly commit a crime. Then she is too incompetent to be President. Those who vote for her don't care, and buy into the mortician agenda of pro-death. (Abortion and euthanasia) You are right about the Trump supporters, they are fearful of losing jobs, losing their investments, and Trump has pushed all their buttons of paranoia. It is so easy to find and blame a scapegoat. So this time it's immigrants and Muslems. How can Americans - all of whom come from immigrant roots, and many of us who have ancestors who were sneered at and blackballed because they were the wrong ethnicity, wrong race, wrong color or wrong regilions - forget our roots? Sure illegal immigration is a problem for the country and the immigrants. Instead of randomly blaming others, we should be fixing the problem. There must be a rational solution. I leave my ideas for solutions for another of your future blogs. I have ranted enough. I'll blame it on 5 days of unbearable heat.
Just for the record, I have tried to convince myself that a vote for Trump is a vote against Clinton, but I just can't vote for such an unpredictable, arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, no-it-all clown as my President. So I am thinking of voting for Dr. Jill Stein on the Green ticket. I am certainly in favor of 100% clean renewable energy, social justice, gender equality, participatory grassroots democracy non-violence and reducing student debt. They don't accept donations front corporations or PACs. Hold on, I think I have convinced myself. At least I can walk out of the voting booth in November with my integrity in tact!
Stephen K. Trynosky
Aug. 14th, 2016 10:44 pm (UTC)
and probably Hillary as president!
Aug. 14th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add my name. It's Marynita who is going Green!
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts, Marynita.
I used the "integrity argument" in 1992 when I voted for Ross Perrot. I held my head high like many others, and subsequently watched as the origin of the Clinton regime/machine started to re-shape America. Then Bush the younger allowed Chaney to be the de facto President, and now Obama has now radicalized much of America.
Yes, I want a clean country but Dr.Stein is a virtual unknown, with zero chance of winning.
However, I am happy to know there is at least one professional, female educator from New York who will NOT buy into HRC's playing the woman card (Not that I ever thought you would!).
Marynita, thanks for taking the time to respond...You know this blog is dependent on feedback, regardless of point of view.
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
from Carol Rath via email

I just want you to know that I love your blogs. You always say exactly what I am thinking but you word it so much better then I ever could.
I agree with you that we do not stand a chance this November. My brother (the democrat) said last year that Trump is the greatest gift to the democrats and I knew he was right. I too am afraid that this is the end of the republican party and if Trump is the best we can do we probably deserve it.
Take care,
Aug. 14th, 2016 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: from Carol Rath via email
Thanks for your kind words, high praise from one of the brightest minds in the class of '61! Don't ever underestimate yourself!
So you and George have divergent political viewpoints. That's very interesting to me, but I guess shouldn't be surprising.
I do agree with his observation on Trump being a gift. My original choice was Carly Fiorina but she never achieved any traction. The 'right' woman would be a great idea for America.
Thanks for writing, Carol.
Tony Said
Aug. 15th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
Marathon Decision
Another great blog...one of your best. This is a very complex issue which needs to be broken down in order to make a decision. I don't believe a third party is making a choice, it's avoiding one. I think that if you want a third Obama Term and like the direction we are going in, then vote Hilary. If you want something different, do not like the status quo, then Trump is your choice. If you don't think someone can say one thing and mean another (with good intentions) then you didn't grow up in my fathers house.

The choice is pretty clear for me.

I also think that you can make things easy on yourself by writing some "Human Interest" blogs to inform and entertain your readers. I understand how Politics could wear out anyone! How about other troubling issues we can all relate to like why some people feel it's OK to wear sandals just because it is summer? I mean that is an assault I could definitely do without! Seriously, what are some people thinking??
Aug. 15th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Marathon Decision
Mr.Said, I refer you to previous blog dated July 4th, 2016 for the ultimate "human interest" story. Stop taking so many exotic vacations and attend class more often and pay attention!

And yes, ALL politicians lie to get elected, and a few are actually un-convicted felons. One of them is the Democrat nominee for President.

Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

Tony Said
Aug. 15th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Marathon Decision
I apologize, that was an uplifting "human interest" blog.

And, by the way, all of my absents are excusable and definitely necessary. I find that in order to re-set, I need to go further away and learn about different places...perhaps I have the foundation for a potential blog??

"Tony's Travel Tips"...coming soon??
Aug. 15th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Marathon Decision
"Re-set"... Isn't that a HRC-ism? She and Obama used it with the Russian Federation...That worked out well, didn't it?

Edited at 2016-08-16 01:07 am (UTC)
Stephen K. Trynosky
Sep. 10th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
One to chew on John.
Heavy thought for the day (for people willing to think).

For months now I have been hearing about how "We don't get along anymore" in America, "We don't compromise anymore", We do not respect each other". I would posit that we have, after an unusual 70 years in the 20th Century, merely returned to normal.

I would submit as evidence, the very last chapter in Stephen Ambrose's masterful book, "Citizen Soldier". In that chapter he discusses the returning GI from WW 2, our fathers and grandfathers. He, in a mere four pages, pointed out that this generation was unique to America. They faced the possible loss of the Republic during the Great Depression and the loss of their Freedoms in WW 2. They triumphed over both exactly because they worked together!

Remember though this was not voluntary. There was none of that, "C'mon kids, let's put on a show" you see in Andy Hardy movies. Instead, there was a directed response to a very real threat recognized by every living American at the time.

Ambrose takes it to the next level. In praising America's growth and maturation in the Eisenhower decade, he lays it at the very feet of both earlier crises. It was exactly because the"greatest generation" had seen the effects of that immense power of working together that it was able to accomplish what it did in the 1950's and 1960's. So a truly middle class society was born and the grave injustices of the past were finally dealt with. It was not the baby boomers who ended segregation but their fathers who did.

With the retirement of that generation and the loss of the personal, hands on experiences they had, their wisdom was lost too. It is unfortunately the nature of man to dismiss the "old" way of thinking, for every generation to discover what it thinks a "better" way to manufacture the wheel. To put those old fogies and their antiquated view of things in the retirement home relegated to the dustbin of history while we cherish, "new" and "better" until it is our turn to be dismissed. . .

We have returned to the pre 1930 America. The one where there was no commonality of interest, no "agreement" on priorities, where everybody "knows" that they are right. This was the America of the Free Silver folks, the anarchists of the teens and 20's, the reds, the red scare, the KKK and its ilk, the know nothings, the progressives (good and bad), nascent labor unions, labor violence, management violence, oodles of other things and that very big disagreement, The Civil War. Barring a new crisis that threatens us all, this is the way it was, is and will continue to be and, perhaps, it is the way America is supposed to be. .
Sep. 22nd, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: One to chew on John.
Subject: Re: One to chew on, John.

Ken, sorry for the delay in responding. I read this several times and it made more sense each time.
From my earliest blogs I have sung the praises of the Greatest Generation and opined that ours or any current generation could never live up to their sacrifice and their integrity and pure grit. Their success in regaining the great America that was disappearing was borne out of pure need for survival and they rose to the occasion.

What we have now is failure to communicate and a total loss of unity and dignity. We may not recover in our lifetime. I see no real leader(s)emerging to be a catalyst. The two candidates selected by the people are a disgrace. If this is our best of the best, it is near hopeless. As I often say (and this is selfish) "I'm glad I'm on the short side of my lifetime."

So I'm agreeing with most of your post but the cynical side of me says the comeback is a long way off, if at all.
We witnessed the 60's firsthand and I submit what we have today could be even worse. George Soros and his wealthy Hollywood pals are hell-bent on total transformation and many uninformed Americans can't see it coming. Add to that, the war against the police and the anarchy that ensues and it's a recipe for a civil war.

I suppose there has always been corruption in politics but it's now more blatant and there are no consequences. If the Clintons can regain all this power in spite of their history of malfeasance and elitism then we are in for a very rough ride.

Thanks for your thought-provoking analysis and poignant references to Mr. Ambrose's book.

Sep. 22nd, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
emailreply from StephenTrynosky
Glad you enjoyed it. The more I chew on it, the more I think that the courts are pretty responsible for this mess. Essentially they have gelded the Constitution and so few Americans even have a clue what it is about. When, for example, did foreigners in the US illegally suddenly get endowed with the rights of a citizen? As recently as Dwight Eisenhower, he rounded up the illegals and shipped them back. No howl from the courts. Imagine what will happen when Trump tries it. The 14th amendment (equal protection) has been bent like a pretzel regarding things like homosexual marriage when it was clearly intended to guarantee rights to former slaves only! We pass an innocuous bill that helps and protects the handicapped (the ADA) and the court adds alcoholism and drug addiction as disabilities. I was actually a little surprised to find out from Trump that the churches being muzzled (by the threat of losing their tax status) was actually introduced by LBJ while in the Senate. I find it interesting that that has never been challenged. Again, if you follow current Gov’t threats against Church affiliated organizations on the gay thing or contraception or abortion you see what mischief it has led to. I would have expected such a Gov’t threat from Nazi Germany not the Senator from Texas. But then again, I never had much use for the senator from Texas,.
If you watch modern post democrat Texas vis a vis the Feds what is happening is interesting. Essentially they have said screw you on voter ID and now on resettlement of “refugees”. Now Texas, surprisingly has some rights other states do not since it is the ONLY state to enter the union as a fully functioning country. It also takes probably the least amount of fed money (with strings attached) of any state.
As a bad example of what an executive can do but as an example nonetheless I point to Andy Jackson . When he physically removed the peaceful Indian tribes of the southeast to Oklahoma, the Court held he could not do it. Jackson is famous (infamous) for having said, “Mr. Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it”.
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