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Ok, here is the 3rd part.

I try to be agnostic. I’ll admit to attempting to be impartial for the most part, though I am sure I fail miserably. Well, I am not going to be impartial right now. Honestly this election has insulted me to the core of my being. And you america, have let me down.

What the ever loving f*** is going on in this country?

I am so sick and tired of all the bullshit. I am tired of the media hype. I am tired of every little thing being blown out of proportion for ratings. I am tired of cheap, imbecilic talking heads, pandering on TV. I am so tired of dull cow eyed, soul deprived meat sacks defending indefensible stances that fly in the face of fact and common sense. It’s like pissing in my face and telling me it’s rain.

I’ll just put this out there, I was a Bernie supporter. I liked his stance on a lot of issues and I thought he could do some good. I will not get into the whole conspiracy blah blah blah and how he got cut out. It is what it is at this point and bitching about it isn’t going to change this fact. But he can still do a lot from where his, fighting the same battles he has been fighting his entire career.

Trump disgusts me.

Not for the philandering, the misogyny, the detestable views he possesses about women, minorities, and pretty much anybody not married to him, related to him, rich, white, or old and privileged. No, it isn’t any of that. It is the bold faced way he tries to speak to and for the common people in this country. The slimy way he tries to pass himself off as one of “us” and tries to identify with our plight, our struggles, and our day to day lives. This is monumentally insulting. He wouldn’t have the faintest idea about any of those things because he has never existed anywhere near those things in daily life. He hasn’t got a single clue on what real life is like for you and I. If anything, he is the epitome of everything you and I have been saying is wrong with this country. He is the sly bullshit artist CEO that cajoles your support for the “company” while screwing you with low pay, little or no bonuses while taking his fat piece of the pie you worked hard to bake. He and his brand are exactly what is wrong with this country. The fat cat rich elite sucking on the teat of our labor. Has he really created jobs ? Or has he created jobs just long enough for him to tank a business and escape with a bonus due to shady business dealings while you and I are left out in the cold. How many small business has he ripped off the years while he robs them of hard worked product saying it was “sub-standard” and then doesn’t pay or pays them much less than they worked for? Tons. This man is the true crook. He is the kind that will screw you to your face while he shakes your hand and pats you on the back. He doesn’t care.

And you eat it up america. Your fear, your reluctance to embrace the one constant in this universe – change. You have given in to the lies. Your religion is not under attack. How can somebody attack a belief system you carry inside of you? We are not one step away from sharia law- and do you even know what sharia law is? All Muslims are not terrorists. There are people of all races and creeds, all over. Welcome to the rest of the planet. Get out of the bubble.

Immigrants are not taking your jobs. They are taking the jobs you aren’t doing. When was the last time you worked in a field picking fruits and veggies ? When was the last time you mowed a lawn that wasn’t your own ? When was the last time you worked a food line at a cafeteria ? Cleaned a hotel room as a maid? Janitor? Day labor at a construction sight?

Is that stunned silence? …I thought so.

Plenty of other things are taking jobs away from you. A lack of education. Lack of development of new skills. Corporations operating in a more global market and honoring their bottom line and earnings declarations for wall street more then valuing creating jobs in our country. Changes in markets far and wide. Industry decline. Trump isn’t going to fix this. He capitalizes on it.

And if you knew anything about government and how it operates, you’d know the president alone cannot fix any of the major issues that have been called out. Much of this work is done in the house and the senate. This is why Trumps constant quips about Hilary not getting anything done is false.

Trump is a Brexit vote and nothing more. He is not the solution. He offers no real solution. He offers no substance.

Stop falling for trumpery.

election 2016

I think I can say that this election has been a first in American history for a multitude of reasons. We’ve had many ups and downs in election 2016. A lot of candidate churn early on, a lot of drama (still going), and what seems to be a fever pitch of turmoil in this country.

Let me set a tone- This election is for the highest seat of power in our country. This is not a popularity contest. This is not a beauty pageant. This is not reality TV. This , above all else, is a for a job. One of service to and for the American People. Government works for us,  and we should make it so and take it seriously.

I want to break things down into two major parts that I think are very important, maybe three… The issues themselves, and us as a people…we’ll see if that 3rd one materializes.

The Issues:

I want to side step all the bullshit for a moment and just get down to the point- Climate change, jobs, taxes, healthcare, security, and our overseas relations with other countries.  Hopefully you will agree that stripped of all the bluster and fan fair, these are the major issues we are voting on. I’ve read through the plans and solutions offered by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on these issues; and others, and I can’t say it strongly enough – YOU SHOULD AS WELL!!!. While I am no finance guru, I can do math, check information sources, etc., and see if things jive. I can also read a coherently written paper on any topic and understand it. I would strongly recommend you do the leg work and read up.  Keep in mind that each issue by itself does little. This is a system of inter-related items that have direct and indirect consequences on other items, i.e., Focusing on jobs in energy as it is today (coal, natural gas, oil, etc.) will directly effect the climate, directly effect jobs, health, etc. Pushing for clean energy initiatives effects climate, jobs, etc.

I would keep that in mind when reading through these plans and solutions. Also keep a keen eye out for plans and solutions that have that inter-relatedness in mind. There is no one size fits all solution, but there are solutions that can step us into better situations and set a path forward. I am trying to stay agnostic but I’ll insert a little opinion here. I can appreciate that everyone’s current state of being is of the utmost importance. If you are suffering job loss, low income, or bad health right now,  an immediate solution will be very tempting and sound great. But I want to ask you to do something. I want you to move outside of that for just a moment and consider something a little more long term. Sometimes that long term solution can have benefit for us now, we just may not see it due to our current suffering.

We the People:

Here is where the opinions flow a little more freely but hopefully I have rooted them enough in fact that they hit home.

We have let ourselves be duped. We, as a people, have let ourselves be used, pandered to, and blinded by fancy bullshit for a long time. We have allowed ourselves to be emotionally manipulated by fear mongering and hype. We have let ourselves lose sight of what the job of government is and who it works for. We complain about the candidate choices we have, and yet, we are to blame for those choices. We have spent more time getting swept up in reality TV antics then we have conducting a job interview, and that is what an election is..a job interview.

Let’s recap what the job of government is:

To act as defined by and uphold the constitution. – I know, so simple when put like that and I’ll add the will of the people.

And we have to give a nod to state and local governments. They to must act in accordance with the constitution, and the will of the people.

Yes, this is a very cursory summation. What this leaves is a huge opportunity for corruption from local/state on up. We have let this happen. We as a people can’t agree on jack shit, even when things might be in our best interest. If it offends a harbored sensibility then all hell breaks loose. Look at congress. They have pretty much not done the job they were elected to do; and got big bucks with a fat raises, and we let them because they were siding with us on our “hatred” of Obama. So..we let a bunch of “children” throw a tantrum and not do a job they are getting paid for while giving themselves fat raises that come from our hard earned tax dollars..and we are ok with this because they are “on our side”…?
I’ll ask you this…if a person comes up to you on the street and says “man, that boss of yours is an asshole”, of course you agree, and then you two exchange “feelings” of shared contempt for the situation, all the while this person is taking your wallet. Are you are ok with this because of feelings…? Because they made you feel recognized ? That they share your situation?

So here we are, election 2016, two crap choices; three if you really take the libertarian candidates seriously, and we have to choose. On one side we have a career politician who has done some good over time but has been an actor in an overly corrupt system and has taken advantage of being in that system. On the other, we have a career business man, who has never been part of the middle class or a “working” man, has a long history of demonstrated corporate abuses of power with highly questionable and ethically challenged business practices.

All I can say is stop being snowed by the hype, the slight of hand, the constant character assassinations, and judge them on the merit of their proposed solutions. You owe it to yourself to do some leg work and exercise some mental power on what plans will actually work. Which solutions offer you, and the rest of us, some solid ground to move forward with. And make them prove it. For any job interview you have references that can attest to your skill and execution in a related skill set, job field, etc. So, let’s see it. I want the meat of the plans, the details, any previous plans, job execution in previous positions, all of it. Quit the sale pitch and start showing proof.

Why should I give you the job? Don’t tell me you are on my side, you don’t know my side. Don’t tell me you are going to look out for me, I’m an adult and that’s my job. What I want from you is to do your job, you know, the one I hired you for by voting for you.

 

that third one will have to be another post….

In America; especially after another mass shooting, the debate on gun control is an ongoing battle with no resolution. Gun supporters constantly tout the 2nd amendment and stand rigorously behind the freedom and right to bare arms. They take any move toward the tightening of gun regulations as a move to take away that freedom.

Let’s look at the 2nd amendment in context. It was adopted in December 1791 (over 200 years ago). What was going in America in 1791? America was a fledgling country, ripe from the battle for freedom from English monarchy and tyranny, revolution all over the place, and questing for an identity of it’s own. Pioneers venturing into uncharted portions of the country, battling with native americans in a constant land grab, we new settlers sought out to carve our own bloody path and make our stake in this new country.

Pretty tumultuous and dangerous to say the least. Obviously, given everything that was happening, it seemed appropriate at the time to include some type of self defense measure for the new citizens of this new country.

Fast forward 200 years. We are supposed to be a nation that has evolved, grown up, moved with the times. We are a nation of refined laws and systems of justice and law enforcement that has been forged over the years to adapt to our society and our country. Right ?

Crime is a fact in any reasonably developed nation. We could debate endlessly on causes and effects, ways to address the issue etc. And yes, criminals are armed, some more than others. Guns are tools used to kill things. The gun was not invented as a toy, for sport, or any other casual pastime. It was invented to fight and kill other people. (some firearm history)

I know many gun owners who fancy themselves a conceal carry hero and believe we all need to carry one for protection in general. They feel safer knowing they have it…just in case. Admittedly I am not one, though I know how to shoot and at one point I was rather good at it. I have also worked in industries where it was my job to remove said gun and person holding it for the security of all, and I was always unarmed.

Let’s break that point of view down a bit to practical application. Most gun and safety training offered to civilians covers safe operation of the gun in a controlled environment with some possible simulated situation courses with targets. Law enforcement, military, and affiliated agencies usually receive advanced training, tactical training, etc., which is supposed to prepare them for more egregious situations. These trained professionals deal with these situations as a matter of daily operation and are trained to respond in various fashions to de-escalate the situation and minimize harm to the general populous as well as neutralize the threat.

Even highly trained individuals do not respond in the best way possible in these situations. And these are highly trained individuals with express knowledge geared towards dealing with exceptional situations.

So why do people think they can honestly do a better job than the people that are expressly trained to deal with it?

Let’s take the most recent mass shooting in Orlando. Guy opens fire, mass panic, hail of bullets supposedly, people running, screaming, nobody knows what is actually going on and everyone is in fight or flight mode. How are armed civilians with standard safety training going to be a value add to this situation ? Would they be able to make sense of the situation anymore than the trained professionals responding? Probably not. Would there be a potential for them to be mis-identified as the gunman in all the panic – very likely. Think about it. Law Enforcement is responding, they know who they are -uniforms, badges, etc, they don’t know who you are outside of you being just some yahoo with a gun who may may not be an assailant at that point.

Or, let’s say you had a chance to fire back at the gun man. Can you do it without shooting anyone else in the fray ? Getting yourself killed?

There are also those that want to carry a gun with them everywhere. Seriously? Why? What are you so absolutely paranoid or fearful about that you feel the need to have it on you when you are out and about? To me, a person operating under that level of fear or paranoia is more of a danger then some idiot hopped up on drugs with a gun.

Isn’t it about time we as a people push for more common sense in our gun laws ? The media streams on all sides blow things way out of proportion but the facts are plain, guns kill no matter who has them. There are several other countries who have stripped guns from their lives with no ill effects. No tyranny has over taken them, no mass invasion has left them without a means to defend themselves, criminals haven’t run rampant over the common folk. So what is our problem ? Do we like the mass shootings ? Were the old west movies really that appealing ?

Don’t you think it’s time we got smart and pass some sensible legislation that actually keeps us all safer ?