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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Who are you to Judge?

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As a child growing up in a religious household, you are taught how to respect others and simply be nice. However, I did learn what hypocrites were at a relatively young age. I learned it the hard way.

My father was a minister at a small country church so the parishioners were mainly farmers in the area. We all knew each other and spent time at each other’s homes. The ladies in the church took turns watching each other’s kids and all of us kids became friends. We spent Sundays, Wednesdays, and any other day that involved church, together.  Needless to say, we were all fairly close. It wouldn’t last.

When I was about 10, an issue came up in the church regarding a possible candidate for deacon. One group wanted to make him a deacon, but my father was against it for reasons based on Biblical teachings. The man had been divorced and my father felt he should not be a deacon because it is frowned upon in religious teachings.  It caused a split that meant some members changed churches. But there was plenty of drama before that happened.

Because of my age, I didn’t understand all of it. What did cause me more hurt was what I heard while the debate was still going on. People I thought were wonderful people were talking about my parents behind their backs but they didn’t seem to see me or understand I could hear them. The things I heard were so confusing and hurtful. I couldn’t understand how these people I adored were being so hateful about my parents. It shaped how I look at others forever.

Hypocrites come in all forms. Claims that they are good people have to be backed up by actions. When I say that, I mean by not telling others they are bad because they don’t believe the same as you. Accusing them of being something they are not is not being a good person either. The more I hear these things, the less respect I have for them. I was taught to be kind, understanding, and non-judgmental.

What I learned was not to judge a book by its cover. An old cliché perhaps, but apropos.  Just because someone looks different on the outside doesn’t mean they are bad. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they are bad. On the flip side, just because they proclaim and present themselves as a good person doesn’t mean they are.  The Bible tells us we are not to judge. That is not our place. So why do so many people think they have the right to do so? It doesn’t seem to me they are following the teachings of Jesus any more than what they accuse us Liberals and Democrats of doing.

He is Getting Closer

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McCabe’s firing by Sessions proves that Sessions isn’t above taking orders that are contradictory to common sense. With McCabe’s firing, are we looking at a Nixon-esque “Saturday Night Massacre”?

During Nixon’s presidency, break-in occurred at the Democratic Headquarters that were located in the Watergate Hotel at the time. When someone says Watergate now, we know it refers to Nixon and the break-in. The events are eerily similar to what is happening today.

In 1973, Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox issued a subpoena for the now infamous Nixon tapes. When Nixon offered to have Mississippi Senator William Stennis listen to the tapes and give a summary. Of course, Cox refused knowing that Stennis was hard of hearing and he wanted the tapes to listen to himself. The massacre happened after the refusal.

The day after the refusal, a Saturday, Nixon ordered AG Richardson to fire Cox. He refused however and promptly resigned. Nixon then ordered Assistant AG Rucklshaus to fire Cox. Rucklshaus also resigned. Next in line was Solicitor General Robert Bork who immediately fired Cox. This all happened within a 24 hour period.

Trump has been very vocal about wanting the Russia investigation to end. On Thursday, his attorney called for the end of the investigation stating he was speaking for Trump. Later the same day, he backed off that saying he was only speaking for himself. That might have played better if it had not been for Friday night.

Since then Trump has been very vocal on Twitter about the Russia investigation stating “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!’ Now, he may take aim at Rosenstein who has publicly stated that he does not see any reason for cause to remove Mueller.

The news this last week besides McCabe, has been that Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents. We already know that Mueller has found some financial misdeeds among Trump associates and this may be an indication that some of those who have already pled out may have information about Trump’s own financial transactions. That question is still to be answered. Trump will continue to deny and distract as that has been his normal MO.

Whatever the outcome, more people will definitely be involved and there may be more indictments coming. Only time will tell if there is any more to the investigation can tell us. This could prove interesting.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

For the Moment

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The Russia investigation continues for the moment. The length of it is up for debate. The closer Mueller gets to Trump, the more Trump and his cronies attack anyone who might be remotely connected. Some of these have been shockingly close to the Trump camp.

Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI regarding his contacts, and the nature thereof, with Russian operatives during the Trump campaign. He has yet to be sentenced and is said to be cooperating with Mueller and his team in any way he can. He faces 118 years in prison.

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, has also been indicted for a multitude of offenses. Those include conspiracy against the United States, laundering money, failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, not registering as a foreign agent, and lying in documents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. According to the prosecutors, he laundered approximately $18 million dollars. Although they do not have anything to do with his time as his association with the Trump campaign, the Obama administration warned Trump about Manafort’s connection with foreign entities. Trump hired him anyway.

Rick Gates, an associate of Manafort’s, was also indicted on the same charges as he was Manafort’s number two on the Trump campaign. During the subsequent investigation, Gates’ attorneys requested to be relieved of their duties as his counsel. Since then, he has reportedly been working with Mueller’s team to iron out a plea deal and cooperate with the investigation. The question is how much he knows about the campaign.

Although George Papadoupolis has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, the Trump campaign said he was a “coffee boy” who had no significant role in the campaign. The contradiction of photographs is easily seen. Other contradictions include setting up a meeting between Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and meeting with the Israeli and Australian embassies on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Alex van der Zwaan was also charged with and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in regards to communications with Gates and deleting emails that were requested by the investigation team. Richard Pinedo accepted a plea deal regarding identity fraud and unlawfully using those to gain access to sites like Ebay, to move money through. There have been a total of 13 additional indictments of Russians and three Russian companies connected to the investigation in various ways.

From the time the investigation began and Jeff Sessions recused himself, Trump has been trying to get Mueller fired. From the time Sessions recused himself, he has been a favorite target of Trump’s. That objective is the basis for the possibility of a charge of obstruction of justice on his behalf. When AG Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, he opened the door to that real possibility. Now that the House investigation has been halted, Trump may get his wish for firing Mueller.

For the moment the investigation with Special Counsel is ongoing; however, there is the real possibility it may end at any time. At this point, we are in a wait and see game. How long will the investigation continue? How long will Mueller be in his appointed role? We shall see.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Reality of Economics

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For most of us, our economic state is a constant concern. Most of us do not have a fortune we can tap into when our daily lives make that stress a real issue in our lives. For those who are not affected by every day financial fluctuations, it is difficult for them to understand.

Trickle down, or supply side, economics is a fairly simple concept. The question is whether it is effective. It essentially gives the largest tax cuts to the wealthiest companies in the country. The idea is that those companies will pass those cuts onto the employees and hire more employees as the company grows. This theory believes the wealthy drive the economy however history shows this type of economic plan does not live up to its claims.

The vast majority of the benefits of this type of economic plan are used by companies to engage in buy backs of shares rather than raise wages or hire more employees. That only increases the divide between the rich and the poor. It does not do anything for the middle class. They stay the same while stockholders reap the benefits.

In addition to the employees not benefitting, the long term shows that unemployment will rise. If companies are investing more into the company, they are most likely to be using those funds to update the technology which requires fewer people to employ. That has proven to be truer in the last few decades as we gain more effective technology that does not need as much human input to be efficient. The auto industry would be an impressive example of how technology can take over and leave humans behind.

When automobiles were first put into production, they were completely hand built. When Henry Ford revolutionized the factory, human input was still a large part of the factory setting. There was still a large amount of hand finishing work done when producing the automobile. Welding was not automated, nuts and bolts were still put in by hand, and body parts were put on by hand. The Ford factory had to be manned by many employees every step of the production line. Today, there are dramatically fewer humans needed to finish any part of the process.

As technology increases, human interaction decreases. This results in more people being employed because the need to have them in the factories is considerably lower. There is more to this than just unemployment numbers. Unemployed people are not buying as many products, such as cars and trucks. It follows a logical process that is hard to agree with.

The new tax cuts that have been put in place have an instant detriment. It will increase the national deficit by $1.7 trillion dollars over the next few years. Taxes are supposed to be what pays the bills of our country. Without the additional income from taxes, cuts have to come from other places.

The 2019 budget cuts are going to come from places such as the EPA, Head Start, the National Science Foundation, law enforcement, the Army Corp of Engineers, Medicare, and SNAP.  These cuts will affect the most vulnerable in society. Our youngest citizens and our oldest citizens will be most affected by these cuts. Our infrastructure will suffer due to cutting funding of the Army Corp of Engineers. That infrastructure is our roads and bridges, levies, and waterways throughout the country.

Whether you support Trump or not, you must be knowledgeable regarding the realities of how this type of economic plan will affect your life. Understand that for most of us, these tax cuts do not benefit us the way it has been proposed. Do some research for your own peace of mind. If you feel it helps you, then that is great. But if you are middle class, you will not see the benefits you think you will. In the long term, you will find it to be less than favorable to your bottom line. Think about it and voice your opinion. Stand up and demand fairness. You owe it to yourself.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What is Happening?

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The last week has once again been one for the record books. For the first time in history, a porn star is suing the resident of the Oval Office.  And that isn’t all. He has also suggested we should have a president for life, just like China’s President Xi. And when it comes to Russia, he also believes Putin when he denies interfering with the 2016 election. Now he is suggesting we use the death penalty for drug dealers.  The more he talks, the more unhinged I think he is.

With the Porter scandal, the resignation of Hope Hicks, the resignation of Gary Cohn, and agreeing to meet Kim, the news out of D. C. is more bizarre every day. And now the White House is hiring an impeachment attorney. There are more reports of people in the White House spending tax dollars like it’s their personal money. I don’t even know where to start on this.

It is mind-boggling to watch this administration. It is mind-boggling to think that there are still people out there who think what Trump does is acceptable. We have had scandals in the White House before. Usually it is somewhat limited. With Trump it is more and more confusing as to why we are supposed to think he is the best. Conflict and lies have followed him more than any other person we’ve had to watch.

I’m still trying to sort it out. Why are we constantly questioning him? Why do we have to wonder if he is telling the truth? A leader is someone who wants people to believe him, but he has to be trustworthy. He has to have morals and understands that lies hurt more than can be overcome. People who voted for him have to ask themselves a serious question. Do you believe a leader should lie consistently and, if so, should we have that person in the Oval Office? Should that kind of person have access to the biggest bully pulpit in the world?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Revolving Door of Trump

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With Rex Tillerson being fired by Tweet, it is apparent that Trump does not respect those who work for him in the White House. He has a revolving door that finds unsuspecting people in its grip. The door opens up, devours them, and spits them out.

This morning, Trump tweeted that Tillerson was out as his Secretary of State. He did not call Tillerson until hours later. He has already named Mike Pompeo as his replacement with a questionable CIA candidate in Gina Haspel. After the resignation of Gary Cohn, Trump stated he was looking at Larry Kudlow to replace Cohn.

In the meantime, there are still dozens of people in the White House without security clearance. One of those looked at being Jared Kushner by Mueller. That was preceded by Rob Porter’s abuse scandal and ouster. Now we hear that Johnny McEntee was escorted out of the White House without his coat then offered a position with Trump’s reelection campaign.

It seems as though Trump likes to be surrounded by not so stellar people who have questionable ethical and legal issues. Maybe that is part of the revolving door. He keeps trying to hide who these people really are and, unfortunately for him, he can’t seem to keep it secret. It is Washington after all.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Being a Progressive is Hard

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I have learned the hard way about being a Progressive.  The lessons have come from being called names, denigrated, called a sheep, and other words I will not say here.  No matter what has been said to me, I have tried to still use my voice because I truly feel that staying silent is just as bad as name calling.

As a child you are not always allowed to speak your mind. You are told to respect your elders and listen to them because they know more than you. You are forced to be on a schedule someone else chooses, no matter how you feel about it. And before anyone thinks I’m advocating for utter chaos in child land, I am not. Children need structure. It teaches them so many things about how to cope with life’s challenges. But it does have some drawbacks. It teaches us to keep our mouths shut most of the time too, which is why it’s hard to be a Progressive.

I am a firm believer in helping people when we can. I mean that as the society as a whole. We should make sure everyone has health care and can see an actual doctor as opposed to going to the ER. That just makes financial sense for the rest of us who have health care through work. Our cost will stay lower because hospitals and clinics won’t have to raise prices to cover the costs incurred by those who can’t pay the bill.

Does that make me a socialist? No. It makes me a person who thinks everyone should have health care. I want people to be able to be healthy and have access to treatment when they need it. Women should have access to birth control. Not only does it help with population control, it also helps their every day health. And even though I don’t agree with abortion, I don’t feel it is my place to force my feelings on someone else.

I am also a firm believer in the separation of church and state.  The reason our founders felt it was important to ensure that no religion could run the government was because of what they had been through in regards to England. The Catholic Church ruled England for many years. In fact for centuries it made laws and executed people who dared to oppose it. For that reason, no one religion is allowed to rule this country.

Because of these and other beliefs, I have been called many names. I have seen memes on Facebook that state anyone who is not a conservative is against Jesus. That couldn’t be farther than the truth, but it is a great way to attack anyone, specifically Progressives, who thinks we should leave the church out of government. It does make them seem completely without morals which work well when attacking others.
So when you Conservatives decide to argue with Progressives, remember that they are not the enemy. They may not agree with you, but you really should understand you are responsible for your actions and words as well.  And sometimes you are downright mean.

Friday, March 9, 2018

I Miss You

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Dear Amanda,

You have been gone now almost as long as you were with us. It has been 14 years since you left. Some days it seems like another lifetime ago. In some ways, it has been a lifetime. In other ways, it was yesterday. Either way, you are still loved every day.

I miss seeing your face every day. The smile you gave me when you woke up, or any other time of day. Your smile was genuine and given freely to everyone in your circle. Your laughter was contagious. If you laughed, everyone laughed.  You laughed so hard sometimes we had to tell you to breathe.

You were a formidable child. I say that in a loving way. Okay, you were a terror. From the beginning, you were stubborn and independent. You weren’t the baby that needed a lot of holding even though everyone else wanted to hold you. You didn’t go to sleep until I laid you down in the crib. Even if I rocked you for hours, you waited till I put you down. Your independence continued from there.

The minute you learned how to walk, you were climbing. You climbed the bunk beds until three boards were removed. And it was only then that you stopped doing that, because you were too short to stretch that far. Yes, you were short. You were a little bitty thing that was convinced you could do anything the big kids were doing.

You never ceased to be funny and aggravating. I remember trying to get you to stay in bed one night and it wasn’t going well. You seemed to think I couldn’t hear you walking around but you were like a bull in a china shop and walked very loudly. After about the fifth or sixth time I walked in the room, I found you standing in the middle of the room with your hands on your hips, tears rolling down your face. You were angry enough to blow a gasket. You looked at me and said, “Are ya ‘happy?” You were angry at me for catching you. All I could do was turn around so you couldn’t see me laugh. That would have been much worse.

That was the you we knew. We knew you loved us unconditionally just as we love you the same. You loved being the mascot during the boys’ Little League games, camping in the Rockies, sledding on Christmas Day, snowmobiling, and especially family occasions. You were not limited even though you were in a wheelchair.

You gave us a new look at life. No matter what you were going through, you still had that smiled and enjoyed every moment you could. You are the reason I still find joy in the world. You would love your nieces and nephews and they would love you too. I’m sad they didn’t know you. Their world would be so much better. We do talk about you as much as possible.

I am so grateful that I had the privilege of being your mom. I am the only one that can claim that role and I would do it all over again. You were Cari’s, Brandon’s, and David’s sister. And they are the only ones who can claim that. They miss you every day. You will never be far from our minds and will always be in our hearts. You experience everything we do because you’re always along for the ride. We love you more than we can express and wish you were still here.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Dominoes Continue to Fall

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As the Mueller investigation continues, there are new names added to his list of people he is investigating. One of those is Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump may be next on the list. There have been questions regarding her business entanglements. I don’t think it’s over either.

Additional charges have been filed against those already named or under indictment. Manafort has new charges and so does Gates. With the charges against 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies involving the 2016 election, Mueller seems to be picking up steam.

The news now is regarding Kushner’s business affiliations. He supposedly had divested his interest in a building he was working on prior to the election. According to Bloomberg, he had sought investors from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, South Korea, Israel, and France. Although none of these potential investors acted on these requests, the contact was prohibited post election. There is a reason for the concern.

Anyone who has done business overseas is subject to certain restrictions with top secret security clearance. In this case, Kushner held the position of senior advisor to his father-in-law. The reason for this is due to the fact he might be vulnerable to blackmail. With access to the highest top secret information involving the U.S., it could be devastating to the country. Besides lying to the FBI, that is why all the former Trump associates have been indicted. There has been too much interaction with foreign business interests. Ivanka Trump’s financials are now under investigation too.

Where it goes we may never know. Trump may fire Jeff Sessions and then he may have a way to fire Mueller. He is working his way there. What we see is Mueller pushing forward and ignoring the public jabs from Trump. I think Mueller may have more dominoes we know nothing about. I can’t wait to see.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Trump, China, and Russia

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With China on the verge of changing their constitution to make Xi Jinping president for life, there have been some words from Trump about that. It seems that he approves of the move and suggested that is what the United States should do. This is only one instance in a long line of instances where Trump has publicly stated his admiration of leaders that have shown to allow human rights inside their countries.

Trump has not been one to hold back praise on either Xi or Putin. Both leaders have been held up as examples of great leadership. The question is simple. Why? What is it about these two leaders that he seems to have an affinity for? Why does he continue to deny the Russia interference in the 2016 election? Why does he now think Xi has the right way to run a country?

The criticism of Xi has been ongoing since the campaign. Trump has criticized China’s economical superiority over the U.S. and has also stated that they have been no help in putting pressure on North Korea in order to get control, and subsequent elimination, of their nuclear program. After that, tensions were palpable between the two entities. Then Trump changed his mind and now thinks president for life is a good move because “they might be on to something.” That is quite the turnaround from the campaign.

Where to begin on the subject of Vladimir Putin and Russia? That is a multi-faceted topic. This country has had many issues with Russia, and the Soviet Union, for many more years than I have been alive. Suffice it to say, since before I was born. Apparently Trump, who has been around longer does not remember the history or forgets Putin’s background.

Trump has consistently denied the Russian interference in our election, calling the investigation a hoax and those reporting on it fake media. He was warned by the Obama administration in an effort to make him understand the implications it had. Instead of listening to the ones doing the investigating in the first place, he disregarded their advice and claimed it wasn’t real. He continued to deny it while his associates who have had contacts with the Russians have continued to fall for lying to the FBI. The list keeps growing. Manafort, Gates, Flynn, Papadopoulis, and the list continues to growing.

Most of us have changed our political stances since we were very young and had not really experienced much of life. We have formed more solid ideas as we grow older. Our basic values might be set in stone, but we may understand the grays in between black and white a bit more.

Trump waffles every time he speaks. Is it because he just says what he feels at that time? Is it because he doesn’t really have any set values? My guess is the latter.  Is that how we are supposed to govern? At his age, he should have made up his mind about his values. The problem is that he has. He has shown us that he can’t make up his mind about issues and he prefers leaders he considers strong men. He doesn’t care if they are abusers. He thinks those are strong leadership values. The world is watching. So are our children. Is this what you want your children to emulate?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

In Mueller World

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It seems as though every week we hear new information about the Russia investigation. Either new people are involved or there have been new charges against those already under indictment. The web is beginning to include family members of the White House. Mueller is on a mission and he has made progress.

Since Mueller was appointed as special counsel, he has made headway. Paul Manafort is under indictment with more charges added to the initial charges. Rick Gates has also been under indictment. George Papadoupolis has already pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI and is reportedly providing information to Mueller about anything he knows.

One of the other people involved is Michael Flynn and that is maybe the highest on the list. He was involved in the campaign, the transition, and was originally appointed National Security Advisor. All of his roles have been very integral to Trump during crucial times in the spotlight. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is currently cooperating with Mueller. He has not been sentenced as of yet.

Another person, Richard Pineda, was also indicted and pleaded guilty to identity theft and using those identities to commit fraud. He was also involved in assisting people who had been barred from sites like PayPal and eBay, purchase from those sites.

In addition, 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities have been indicted on charges related to interference during the 2016 US elections. There has also been another guilty plea by Alex van der Zwaan, attorney, for lying to the FBI after admitting to communicating with Rick Gates and another person involved. In other words, Mueller is pushing ahead with the investigation regardless of the end results.

Currently, Mueller’s office is in negotiations with Trump’s attorneys to sit down with Trump himself for an interview. Although Trump has recently said that he is looking forward to it, he has continually called the investigation a hoax and a witch hunt. Any coverage that has been given time on media sites has been called fake news even though their coverage has proven correct time and time again.

There have been reports that state Trump has attempted to get Mueller fired; however, these have been unsuccessful. White House counsel, Don McGahn was said to have refused. Trump had already fired James Comey in an effort to stop the investigation and to continue to fire those who did not agree with him would have been catastrophic.

No matter what happens from here, it will be interesting to see how many snares Mueller has set or will set. It will be interesting to see if they will catch anything.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Spreading Hope and Kindness

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After the recent Florida school shooting I was made aware that the students were being harassed online. Some were being accused of being actors who had never been at the school and were being paid to make the tragedy more intense. Others were targeted in an effort to silence them for the demand to do something. Whatever they were told, they did not stay silent. They spoke up so their voices would be heard.

Cyber bullying is one of today’s biggest disgraces. When I was young we had bullies, but they were not in our home. They were at school or at an organization we were involved in. Our home was our safe place. We didn’t have computers or cell phones that would keep the bullies in contact with us. The kids today have it very different than we did.

With social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, bullies have immediate access to their targets. Bullies can text, denigrate, or spread lies on social media about the person they want to hurt. It has caused more than one suicide over the last several years and it needs to stop.

Over 40% of all teens have been cyber bullied at some point their lives. Until the last few years, it was mainly by text. Now if you want to bully someone, you can post online to Facebook. Teens are the most common targets of bullying. But anyone can be bullied. Even though someone is an adult, they can be bullied. I know this personally.

I have been one of those people that have been attacked online for speaking my mind. Silence is consent. No matter what is said to you, you must be a voice. You must speak up and stand for your beliefs. If you do nothing, you let them win. We cannot let bullies win. We have to step up and be heard.  We have to tell people our hope and spread kindness. Spread hope and kindness. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Obama vs Trump

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The question I have asked myself over and over is, why does Trump, and his followers, focus so much on blaming Obama for everything? He continually tweets about what Obama failed to do or that he was criminally responsible for other things without any proof of it. He includes Hillary in there many times too. He still blathers on about throwing her in jail and blaming Obama for everything that is wrong in government today.

One of the most significant bit of news happened last week when we learned that Rob Porter, an important Trump associate, had a history of spousal abuse, including a live-in girlfriend. One of those resulted in a protection order. He is currently involved with another Trump associate, Hope Hicks. Trump completely ignored the issue of abuse against women and defended Porter, saying that accusations can ruin lives.

Trump has his own history of allegations. Mostly for womanizing, but he also has a history of publicly denigrating women for their looks. He has also been married three times and cheating on at least his first two. With Roy Moore, he also defended Moore and said the women accusing him were lying. He has also said the same about his own accusers. He never defends the women ever. There seems to be a pattern here.

Obama, on the other hand, came out with a tweet quickly denouncing abuse. As hard as I could, I could not find any information that would suggest that Obama has participated in any way spousal abuse or needing a protection order against him. He is always concerned about abuse in any form and speaks out about it, unlike Trump.

So what does he have to say about the recent school shooting where 17 people lost their lives? Obama came out with a statement regarding the Florida shooting and speaking about how we can try to prevent it. Meanwhile, Trump had signed an executive order that took away the mental illness check to buy a weapon. He still refuses to use the word “gun” in anything he tweets or says on television. What is he afraid of? He’s received $30 million from the NRA. Nice bonus, don’t you think? How many of us could live the rest of our lives on that? How many houses could that buy for hard working Americans?

The difference between the two is so large there is no way to do it justice. For anyone who thinks Trump is better has obviously not been paying attention to the fact that he only cares how things affect them. There really is no way to compare them. Trump is all about him and Obama is all about making society better.  Which way do you want the country to go? Shouldn’t we try to make it better for everyone? What do you have against that?