In a series of morning Tweets, President Trump announced that transgender people are banned from the military. No matter how you feel about LGBTQ, here is what is wrong with Trump’s doing this:
- First of all, no ONE PERSON should have the authority to make decisions of military policy. We are still a democratic republic and not ruled by a king or tyrant.
- The fact that Congress ceded their authority to the Executive opened the door wide open for this to happen.
- Trump is using social media to create policy. How long are members of his own party in Congress going to cower in fear?
- If Trump succeeds in getting away with banning members of the LGBTQ community, who’s next? Consider the history of tyrants and you will understand that tyrants start with one group and continue until no one is left.
It is time for Congress to do its job and take back its power as a co-equal branch of government. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, everyone in Congress must join together now, for the sake of the Country!
Smith was very well connected with Flynn and other highly placed persons in the Trump campaign, according to Tait, and frequently revealed intimate details of conversations and thinking of Flynn and the campaign that he could not have gotten otherwise.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Secretary of State (and former Exxon CEO) showed just how much disdain Trump and his Oligarchy have for the American People and our Constitution.
Asked by host Chuck Todd to respond to a comment by Senator John McCain (R, Arizona), Tillerson said this:
If any has earned the Right to express their views, Senator McCain has…
Earned the Right?
The Right to express one’s views is not a Right to earn! It is The First Amendment and is therefore unalienable, that is, it is inherent in humankind, not granted or created by Government (or its Agents like the Secretary of State), but secured for us by our law, the Constitution of the United States.
Senator McCain, a Vietnam Veteran, former POW, and hands-down, a war hero, has certainly earned respect in his Service to this Country, but Senator McCain, like the rest of us, was born with the right to express his views. Guaranteed to all Americans, no matter what. We don’t have to earn free speech, we have it.
I am surprised that no one in the Sunday cacophony of political media has addressed Tillerson’s remarks.
Certainly, Tillerson might be patronizing “The Maverick” McCain (who is getting back to being a maverick again), but he is also disdaining the rest of us by implying that he, or Trump, or any of the others in the corrupt Administration think they have the power over us and our views.
To that, I say, Hah, oh no you don’t!
Read this: http://www.gemworld.com/usa-unalienable.htm
We already know the hatred that Trump stirred up in this country when it comes to race, gender, and religion. But, come on, how can anyone, I mean anyone in this country, NOT feel compassion when it comes to a child?
Judging from the response to Jimmy Kimmel’s on-air disclosure about his son, conservative right-wing media and politicians are just as hateful to a newborn baby and his parents as to anyone else that isn’t them!
Calling Kimmel “you elitist creep” and telling him to “shut your fat trap” is just one example of the response from the Right’s leadership.
A right-wing lawmaker says a newborn baby’s life hanging in the balance doesn’t “obligate” him to help that baby! Really?!
Those on the right who still do believe in the Bible’s instruction to love and take care of the “very least” of us should be appalled at their leadership right now. Especially as their lawmakers stand on the brink of stripping away life-saving healthcare from those most in need if they pass Trumpcare.
The Washington Post is reporting that Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a top supporter of President Trump, met with a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin nine days before Trump was inaugurated. The meeting was to set up as a “back channel” between Putin and the incoming President Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Why is this important?
Because it shows that Trump – or at least those close to him who are now in his administration – were associated with or attempting to broker deals with Russia even before Trump was sworn into office.
Who is Prince and what is his association with the Trump Administration?
Prince is infamous for his ownership of Blackwater, a company guilty of abuse and corruption during the Iraq War. (Blackwater guards were convicted in killing innocent Iraqi civilians in 2007.)
But this doesn’t seem to matter to Trump. Prince is close to Presidential counselor Stephen K. Bannon. Also, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Prince’s sister!
Prince has not made a secret of his love and support for Donald Trump. He donated a quarter of a million dollars after the Republican Convention to get him elected!
I know that I said in an earlier post (Is It Time to Come Together?) that we should give the incoming President and his administration a chance.
Well, chance has been given!
It is now becoming crystal clear that Trump and his inner circle have not been on the level with the American People. At best, Trump is what Marco Rubio called him, a con artist. At worst, Trump and his people could turn out to be actors and agents of a foreign power that does not have our best interests, Trump acting either consciously or out of pure greed and power.
Either way, best or worse, it is now time for all of us to keep a close eye on this White House. Much worse than the Nixon Administration Watergate, the Trump Administration could well threaten our very core or nation and our security!
Like it or not Donald J. Trump is now the President of the United States and, unless there is incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, he was elected freely and fairly by at least half the citizens of our country. (I do not believe that Russia, nor anyone else for that matter, actually influenced those who voted for Mr. Trump. Russia, by the way, has been trying, unsuccessfully, to disrupt our elections at least since the 1950’s so now is no different.)
After a weekend full of foul-mouthed celebrities and vandalism and arson excusing itself as “protest” it is clear that those who make the biggest stink over the election results do not have clean hands and could have another agenda other than “protecting” American freedoms and way of life.
All this disruption comes at the expense of the American People and will only prove itself to be a distraction and impediment to achieving anything, once again, if we allow it.
Didn’t we go through all this before? When President Obama was elected, there were those on the Right who said they “hoped he failed” and that their only purpose was to “stop him.” (A reminder that these were celebs and politicians saying these things to influence us.)
Where it get us? Nowhere!
Legislation was tied up or stopped. Judges and cabinet appointees were not voted on. The wheels of government, and the economy, ground almost to a halt. The Left at that time rightfully criticized talk show radio and Congressional leaders for doing nothing but obstructing.
Now we have a new President from the other party and this time, it’s the Left who are the obstructionists.
And if we allow ourselves go along with the celebs and politicians obstructing this time, we will get the same results: nothing will get done!
We have a country and an economy to repair. Like Barack Obama, I believe that Donald Trump is a good person who loves this country and has its best interest in his heart.
Let’s give him, and his administration, a chance to get something done. Hold him accountable? Absolutely! But do so responsibly and civilly. Letter writing, phone calls to Congress, and yes even Tweeting, are all ways to make our voices heard. But going along with media-driven spectacles that are nothing more than publicity stunts for has-been celebrities, is a waste!
Time to come together as a People and make things happen for our country!
Megyn Kelly, host of “The Kelly Files” on Fox News, is leaving the right-slanted news channel for a position at NBC. Citing more time to spend with her young family, Kelly, in her public announcement last night on her show, said she will be hosting a daytime show and Sunday evening show at the Peacock Network. She told viewers that Friday will be her last show on Fox.
Kelly has had her issues recently with Fox News and is also known for her opening salvo question to then-candidate Donald Trump in the first debate. So it seems a little more than just family matters that have inspired her move.
Whatever side of politics you are on, Megyn Kelly is fair in her striving to get the truth from powerful people. Like it or not, Kelly does not choose sides, she soft-soaps no one.
Fox News, on the other hand, has grown tired in its right-wing spin, that certain people can do no wrong, no matter what. Kelly, because of her commitment to fairness, was becoming more out of place on the stilted network.
I wish Megyn Kelly the best!
There is a horror going on in the South Pacific islands of Manus and Nauru. In what would otherwise be a tropical island paradise, thousands of war refugees are held indefinitely in squalor in internment camps.
Already broken from war-ravaged regions of the Middle East, these men, women, children, and families escaped only with their lives, many having witnessed their relatives and neighbors brutalized and slaughtered. After finding their way across the oceans, often in danger of sinking or from those seeking to capitalize on their misfortune, these individuals now find themselves separated and detained at the hands of an Australian government policy that smacks in the face of the Human Rights treaties to which is party.
And this tragedy has been going on IN SECRET at least SINCE 2013!
These islands are remote. Manus has facilities from World War II whose decaying remains are now being used to house the refugees.
Australia’s detention policy is a result of public fears in the country of allowing war refugees into the country. These public fears are fed by people like Peter Dutton, Australia’s “own little Trump,” according to Roger Cohen of The New York Times.
In Peter Dutton, the immigration minister, the country has its own little Trump. Last May he portrayed the asylum seekers as illiterates bent on stealing Australian jobs”…Roger Cohen “Broken Men in Paradise
Irrational fears of jobs loss, disease, violence from these individuals running for their lives is not unique to Australia or its people. It is happening here in the United States and also in Europe. But Australia has taken these fears to the next level. Politicians concerned more about keeping their own power are playing into the fears rather than working to allay them.
Because of Australia’s remote location to the rest of the world, and because they can get away with it under the cover of tiny remote islands of their shores, this country has been getting away with the internment of human beings, a la World War II. The imprisonment and detention of these people is NOT because they have done anything wrong nor pose any danger. Rather it is ONLY BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY COME FROM!
One wonders, now with the new Trump Administration coming in, how long it will be before the United States and Western Europe goes the way of Australia?!
Read more here:
- Broken Men in Paradise, Roger Cohen, The New York Times
- May 2016: Peter Dutton Responds to Roger Cohen’s Column About Australia’s Immigration Policy, storify.com