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Still here after all these years

Name Calling

Recently I was called a ‘snowflake’ by someone who may or may not know me. Now, normally I wouldn’t be offended or even disturbed by this event. I’m a big girl, and I can take criticism, when warranted (or not).

What got me rather upset is the idea that when one is attempting to show the reasons why one would be of a certain political persuasion, based on facts that have been repeatedly proven, is grounds for other people to call you a derogatory name.

In this case, I was presenting the editorial series from the LA Times that bluntly states why and how Donald Trump is not fit to be president. It is an excellent series, and if you want to read it, here’s the link for it: Our Dishonest President

In my post I had commented that a lot of what the Times was saying was already apparent, had been for quite some time, and that I had already done so long before a lot of the MSM started to discover that Trump is, indeed, a very disturbed person who should not be in the position he holds.

I’m rather curious about why this offends others, and how it provokes them to insult people who might not share their political beliefs.

Hillary Clinton was not a perfect candidate-that much I will admit, and more. She did not do the Democratic Party any favors by calling Trump supporters “Deplorables”. That was over the line and demeaning for her to do. It didn’t help her at all, and probably contributed to the perception that she is a ‘East Coast elitist’ with no empathy or sympathy for the common man.

It also probably cost her a lot of votes and the election. Those who had been willing to overlook her faults and vote for her stepped back and decided otherwise. The Trump supporters, emboldened by her mistake, started to think that they were in the right, and therefore, everyone who voted for her, were in all likelihood, people who called others names as well-and therefore, targets to catcall with the brand of “Snowflake’.

What the Trump supporters overlook is that their candidate acted even worse than Clinton ever did-by openly mocking a disabled reporter on live television, and constantly demeaning others while assuming the mantle of being for the ‘little guy’.

While Clinton has apologized for her mistake publicly, Donald Trump has continued his brand of name calling and derogatory remarks. He has never once apologized for anything he has ever said that could be hurtful or disrespectful of others. He has in fact, doubled down on it while denying that he ever said such things, even when confronted with the proof of it.

It’s very clear that Donald Trump is not fit to be President. That is a fact. It is also a fact that anyone who calls opponents of his presidency derogatory names in their defense of it is not being a rational human being.

Defending a bully for his bad actions by mocking others who oppose him is not a good way to prove your case.

Donald Trump should not get a pass for being a bully, and neither should his supporters who do the same.

Name calling is a horrible way to argue your point and it leads to nothing but hurt feelings and no common ground for an actual and rational discussion of opposing beliefs.

It’s time we all stopped acting like school kids on the playground and started talking to each other like adults with brains in our heads. Let’s show each other a little more respect and understanding.

Just because Donald Trump is a bully does not mean we have to be bullies to each other.

We’re better than that. Let’s prove it.

Our Tainted Country

No matter how one looks at the picture of this country now, there is no disputing that we have crossed the threshold from being the most respected country in the world to that of being the most corrupt,venal and ignorant-one that deserves the mockery and disrespect given by other countries.

We deserve it without question. We have earned the status of a banana republic. We are an outright laughingstock as a country and a power.

For we have a government headed by a known pathological liar, who is surrounded by sycophants, billionaires and an untold number of unsavory people who would be best described as ‘scum’. They’re running the country-right into the sewer.

He has as a support group his followers, who are for the most part, stupid and uneducated, willing to cheer his incompetence and greed on with lusty cheers-not realizing until recently that he had no intentions of serving them. He serves only himself and his cronies.

Aided and abetted by a supine and equally clueless Congress, which has for the most part allowed him to continue his reign of cupidity unchecked. The Republican party has absolutely no moral leadership, no spine and no intention of changing.

They only look to get re-elected, and hold their noses while rubber-stamping their approval of their leader’s heartless and inhumane policies and executive orders. They don’t even bother with their constituency anymore, because that would need being held accountable. They don’t do that.

The Republicans are as corrupt as Donald Trump is, and they know a fellow traveler when they see one.

The media only assisted with so much as a ‘great ratings!’ when reporting on the election. They enabled his rise without a check on their and his lust for viewers. They are as much to blame as the voters who elected Trump.

Not content with running a campaign based on a platform, Donald Trump and his campaign staff seem to have kept company with the Russians on many levels. Only the FBI now knows how deep this is, and it looks very bad from what James Comey has stated in a public hearing.

Collusion is akin to treason, and that’s what we’re seeing here with the administration-one that is completely and utterly corrupt, capable of selling their very souls for money, which it seems they did with enthusiasm, to a foreign power.

The damage this has done is untold. Watergate was nothing compared to this.

Let’s get real. It’s going to take decades (if then) to remove the stain and taint that Donald Trump has brought on our country. We may never recover our dignity or status as a world power or leader.

We only have ourselves to blame.

The founders would be shaking their heads in shame and weeping for all their lost ideals, with good reason.

They worked so hard to do this right. They fought a war to get it done. So many people sacrificed so much to found this country-and we just threw out 243 years worth of democracy without so much as a “Bye, Felicia.”

And that’s the real shame.

Instilling Fear

This post is dedicated to the hard-working staff of @RoguePOTUSStaff, and all of our followers, with gratitude.

Yesterday I came across an article that caught my eye-nothing surprising there. I read a lot of articles in my travels across the Internet, and this one just jumped out.

It was a report that Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, had been demanding all staff in the White House surrender their phones for inspection.

This article that was carried by several news media and when I read it, the idea of being employed and subjected to such an arbitrary demand for a personal communication device from your employer smacked of censorship and repression.

So I got curious-and got on Twitter. I tweeted this to begin with:

Mary Hilton‏ @FMHilton Feb 26 #notmypresident I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll lose @RoguePOTUSStaff tweets! (asshole..)

A few minutes later, they somehow had seen this, and replied this (with a link to the actual article quoted):

“The Q to ask here is “How many leaks occur via text msg?” They weren’t actually looking for evidence of media leaks.”

Intrigued, I did what any normal journalist (I act like one sometimes) would do-sent the question that had to be asked:

@RoguePOTUSStaff So what were they looking for? Can you tell us?”

The answer came back shortly-and it was an answer that has reverberated around Twitter for about 24 hours now. My Timeline is still getting replies, and retweets of the answer:

“Feb 26: @FMHilton Maybe nothing. Maybe anything. Maybe twitter apps. Maybe they just wanted to instill fear in people.”

That was all it took.
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It appears that this administration is one that depends and encourages fear-fear of people, countries, governments, and the media. Nothing is to be trusted, nobody and certainly no institution. All news is fake, all truth is subjective.

It is driven by making fear the currency of the day. It makes people fear for their lives, their homes, families and survival.

How many times have we heard Donald Trump warn of the ‘bad hombres’ crossing the border to murder, rape and steal from us?

How many millions of people has he told us should not be allowed into this country because they are bad people, and are going to kill us? That they don’t love America?

Instead of a President who instills hope and change, we have one that demands that we turn our backs on our fellow human beings, deny them their chance to live their lives in peace and without fear. He does it by making us fear the unknown-people and ideas. He enforces it with Executive Orders that bar citizens of entire countries from entering this one.

It makes enemies of people you called friends 24 hours ago. It makes ICE come knocking on a door and arresting everyone in the building for suspicion that they’re all undocumented and illegal aliens, and then deporting them without court dates-to a country they’ve not seen in any of their lives.

It encourages the detaining and questioning of American citizens who are re-entering the US who appear to be ‘different’. People such as Muhammed Ali Jr, or the French-born historian, or an Australian children’s author…or even a NASA scientist returning from his travels and with a ‘Global Entry’ passport.

This is unacceptable. We have come so far from when FDR once stated “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, to this.

We have come to suspect everyone and everything-which is a travesty of not only all we hold dear, but what our founders wanted us to do.

There is no other option than to reject this cycle of fear and intimidation. It isn’t enough to just say “Well, I’m not one of those people”, because in time, given the chance, we all are going to become ‘one of those people’.

We cannot afford to do this. We can’t go back to fearing everything and everyone. Perhaps this quote by Mark Twain will do in the end, because I think he was right.

“@RoguePOTUSStaff “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain. Words to remember.”

We must resist, with all of our being-no matter who you are, what you do, or who you talk to.

Because fear is the real enemy, and one we must fight with all of our being, lest we become the victims.

Impeachment

This is a post that I had hoped to avoid writing. This is a post I did not want to write, did not want to even contemplate writing. I looked closely at my motives, my feelings for the reasoning behind writing it, and I still cannot avoid writing it because it has to be written.

If you had read my previous posts from about March of last year on, you will know that I was and am fervently opposed to Donald Trump as a person and as a president.

You will notice that I do not address him as “The President” even when I know legally he is. I did not vote for him and while I did not vote for his earlier predecessor, George W. Bush, I always called Mr. Bush the President, even when I disagreed profoundly and morally about his tenure in office. I didn’t respect Mr. Bush that much (and still do not), but I knew then that he had come into his office on a solid and respectable legal footing even when he was not prepared for it.

Donald Trump is a another matter. He is not and has never been of presidential caliber. He is totally unfit for the office, and came into it under a huge cloud of suspicion that should have called into question the way he did so. That it has not led to greater questioning is something that the history books will have to report on in the future.

There is traditionally a ‘honeymoon’ period for all new Presidents when they come into office-however brief or long it may be is dependent on their ability to adapt to the office.

Donald Trump has blown away any vestiges of goodwill from any quarter from the very first by attacking nearly everyone and everything every single day on his personal Twitter account. Nobody is safe from his tantrums. Nobody is worthy of respect from Trump-not judges, countries or his own country. He despises everyone equally.

His supporters still ask to have us give him a chance. There are no chances left to give. By his actions and words, he has utterly demeaned the office he holds. He has nominated literally the worst people ever to become his cabinet-billionaires with no ethics, scruples or morals.

In his cabinet he has billionaires assembled to run a country populated by non-billionaires. For the most part they have absolutely no related work experience and no business being in the positions they hold. He has on his personal staff a known quantity of racist Neo-nazis who have become too powerful to be in a position to affect his decisions-and have positioned themselves to do exactly that.

Donald Trump has not divested himself of his ties to his business, even when he stated that he would. He lied then, and he continues to lie daily. He allows his own family to attend important meetings without question. He attacks those who do question their presence in the White House, and attacks those who would seemingly impugn their character by denying them the chance to personally profit from their access to his office.

He has issued executive orders which are constitutionally insane. They go against every ideal that America stands for, every hope and dream we all hold dear.

In short, he has forfeited the right to call himself a capable leader. It is the view of many people that he is mentally ill, unstable, and unfit to hold the office. He has demonstrated no capacity to lead, no ability to do the task he has been given.

We cannot afford 4 years of this. He has already damaged our country in so many ways that it will take decades to recover from it, if ever. He has tarnished our cherished ideals, our way of life and our very existence as a country.

He must be removed from office.

It is no easy matter to demand removal of a sitting President, nor should it be. The last President to actually be in peril of his office was Richard Nixon, who was intelligent enough to understand that his crimes were beyond the pale, and resigned before being formally removed.

Donald Trump has to be removed from office, and the sooner the better for our country. We cannot wait for the next disaster to strike before we find out how truly terrible he is as a leader, because we already know the truth and it is staring us in the face.

Let’s face up to our responsibility as citizens and do the only thing that our founders would have us do, if only for our own survival as a country-by forcing the least fit person in the country out of his office.

Donald Trump must be impeached and removed from the Presidency.

We need to do this. We have to do this.

To do otherwise is to throw the Constitution in the gutter and let it wash away like yesterday’s trash and end our existence as a free nation founded on the words of “We the People”.

History Lessons Learned

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Alternative Facts

We all knew that Donald Trump has been, and always will be a liar-he’s not done anything to dispel that truth about his personality throughout his life.

In fact, it is the one enduring trait he exhibits. It’s so ingrained in him that it even rubs off on people he has working for him..such as KellyAnne Conway, and Sean Spicer, both of whom demonstrated the uncanny ability to absorb their employer’s habits over the past weekend.

It didn’t even take 48 hours to make it apparent that this administration is going to be the least truthful and candid one we’ve seen in quite a while..or at least since Richard Nixon was in the White House.

What is so disturbing about this set of events is the reality that they even happened. Not happy with the media showing pictures (and not photoshopped, either) of the Washington Mall during the Obama inauguration and Trump’s, Spicer came lashing out that the media was distorting facts and numbers about the attendance at Trump’s-both of which were provable beyond a shadow of a doubt. Pictures don’t lie.

It was arguably the most ridiculous press briefing of the new administration, and to follow it up later with a quote from Conway stating that Spicer was dealing with “alternative facts” was just mind-boggling, to say the least.

In the midst of this debacle was the news that Trump will not release his taxes, which Conway said wasn’t going to happen because ‘nobody cares.’

We do care-and we care about the honesty quotients of this new President and his staff. They all show woefully low bars of honesty and integrity, which are attributes most normal people appreciate.

In short, most people do not like liars.

It’s becoming more and more obvious each passing day that this election raised to power the most unfit man and his cohort of inept enablers ever to cross the portal of the White House.

It’s clear that we can no longer trust any of them to do anything to dispel the notion that they don’t have our best interests at heart, and that they’re all not in it for the long con, because that’s becoming an outright lie. They prove it every time they speak.

Unless we can remove them from their perches of lofty disregard for the truth by whatever legal means whatsoever, it’s going to be a very long 4 years of lies, evasions and distortions of reality. Richard Nixon would have been proud of this bunch.

We cannot and must not normalize or accept their version of truth. It’s unacceptable and so are they.

We deserve better than a bunch of liars running this country.

Presidenting for Dummies

While I know that Donald Trump will never, ever read this (or any other book, by any account), I’d like to share my wisdom from the perspective of a 61-year-old American voter.

Yeah, I know. I did not vote for him, I’m protesting his election-but I thought it’d be good to list those things that I (and probably many others) would like to have happen while he’s supposedly running the country.

So here goes with my list of ideas that I believe Trump would be wise to heed:

1. GET OFF TWITTER, FOREVER. It makes you look like a whiny, spoiled 4-year-old throwing a temper tantrum every single time you get riled up and tweet something obnoxious. You’ve ranted and raved about so many things and people, it’s getting exhausting to keep track of who you’re mad at now. We’re tired of it. Your phone could probably use the break, too.

2. Learn some new words:’big league,”beautiful’,’great’,’fantastic’,’wonderful’, etc, are all adjectives used to describe things or people. You are not one of those people they describe by using them too much. Your vocabulary is so limited I’m surprised when you use a word that has more than 2 syllables and 10 letters.

3. DIVEST ALL OF YOUR HOLDINGS, NOW: This is a big thing. By having the appearance of conflicts of interest going into the White House, it makes you look like a 2 bit hustler looking for the next scam victim. Those who voted for you probably don’t realize that you’re indebted to at least 10 banks, domestic and foreign for hundreds of millions of dollars. That you do does not count for very wise business or money management. I can see why your companies went bankrupt-you just walked away with no scars after stiffing all of your investors.

4. Stop dissing our country and government: Every time you say that the CIA, or other government agencies are making things up, can’t be trusted or lying, you are telling us that we don’t have a government that we can trust. Some of these people put their lives on the line for you, me, and millions of others every day to keep this country safe. A little respect would go a long way to healing the huge divide that has appeared and is growing by leaps and bounds every day. PS :Please remember that you are now the head of the very same government you’re so disrespectful of.

5. Get over the election, already: you are the sorest winner in the history of this country. You keep slamming those who did not vote for you as losers and your enemies. That’s a good way to keep them as such. We’re stuck with you for 4 years-you could be at least gracious about it.

6. Get rid of those low-life trash types in your administration: Steve Bannon is a racist..as is Jeff Sessions. Your billionaire friends are not our best friends. They’d rather take the money and run the country to dust. Thanks a lot. This is not ‘change and hope’..more like ‘death and destruction’.

7. Stop admiring Vladimir Putin: as much as you’d like to be best buds with this guy, don’t do it. He’s a thug, killer and former KGB agent who’s personally had people murdered on his personal orders. He’s invaded and taken over entire countries. He helped Syria to destroy Aleppo and killing thousands of innocent men, women and children. He’s not someone I’d want to cross, ever. Tony Soprano had it right: “Don’t ever fuck with the Russians”. It makes you look like a traitor to do this..and we don’t like our presidents to be traitors, either.

8. Start acting your age: You’re 70 years old. I’ve never known anyone that age to behave so immaturely as you have. You really do have a problem with your ego, your temper and your attitude. Being a narcissist is a handicap, I know, but you don’t have to prove it every single day.

9. Realize that we have laws and rules for a reason: Read the Constitution, if you ever get the chance to break away from Twitter. It’s an enlightening document. It’s all about how this country is supposed to be governed. Because you’ve never held elected office, you might be surprised that it exists at all. Have someone interpret it for you, if need be-or write it out in crayon. It’s important.

10. Stop with the ‘I, I, I” theme: Nobody likes an egotist..and you’re a great one, who claims credit for everything, including the sun rising and setting. You’re not the only person in this universe, nor are you the only American who counts. There are a lot of people in this country and world. You’re just one of them.

11. Learn how to tell the truth: There’s an old joke about lawyers that applies to you-“How do you tell a lawyer is lying? When his lips move.” To be perfectly blunt, you have never told the truth about anything in the past 70 years that we’re aware of. You don’t seem to know the difference between the truth and a lie; perhaps to your poorly trained mind they are the same. No matter: you’re an inveterate and intolerable liar and we’re going to call you out on this every single time. You’re not going to get away with it now, nor should you. Most people don’t like liars, either in their personal life or as a President.

Finally, one last admonition:

12. START ACTING LIKE A PRESIDENT AND NOT A 10 YEAR OLD SCHOOLYARD BULLY: You were elected to this damned job, so start acting like you can even do it. If you can’t handle it, just resign and leave us to choose someone who can. We’ll allow you to admit you were badly mistaken in your capabilities..and I’m sure we can find someone who is far better qualified to do this job.

I’ll leave this here, and pray for the people in power to use the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove this most unfit and unstable man from the highest office in this country.

It can’t come soon enough.

On the Record

I find myself increasingly spending my days avoiding hearing the news or watching it.

I also am spending less time reading the papers in the real world and on line. I now avoid going to their sites, or even sites with any news of any sort whatsoever-entertainment or otherwise.

It’s really hard to do this..as I’ve described before. The urge to know what’s happening is sometimes overwhelming and I have to fight it tooth and nail-but I must do it to keep from getting angry with everyone and in real trouble.

When I do encounter someone who tells me to ‘get over it’, I react to it very forcefully and profanely. I’m tired of being polite to idiots and fools.

No, I’m not in denial, as much as my actions appear.

I’m in a constant silent seething rage.

You see, I was brought up to believe (wrongly, as it now appears) that our country and government are worthy institutions, full of well-meaning and intelligent people who work for the common good of this country.

That our elected officials are working for the will of the people and the noble goal of making us the best country in the world, shining in the darkness as a beacon of hope for others to emulate.

That we’re smart enough to avoid the past brutal lessons of the past-that we learned from other countries’ mistakes and our own.

What I’ve learned in the past 3 months is that this country is full of fools, charlatans, liars and traitors. That nothing I’ve ever believed in is correct or true.

And that I can’t do a damned thing about it, much as everyone says one individual can and must do.

I’ve seen my own US Senator endorse a well-known racist to become US Attorney General and proclaim “He is a different man now from the past”, when nothing of the sort has happened.

When the Republicans declare that all the nominees for the cabinet level appointments are perfectly fine without extreme vetting on their past financial and personal histories-just let them get to be appointed, ok? That it doesn’t matter that those nominees are loaded with conflicts of interest-not a problem. The laws are written for other people, you know.

That the Republicans will rewrite their own rules to allow it to happen without a fight-steamrolling all objections with “Oh, not a problem..” They even attempted to eliminate an office of ethics because obviously it wasn’t needed or wanted by them. Too much hard work to comply with basic human decency, apparently.

When the President-Elect blatantly lies repeatedly on every subject he ever discusses. That this same person is mentally, emotionally, and ethically unfit to serve as President, but nobody calls him out on those deficiencies. Nobody protests when his background as a failed businessman is so overwhelming that it demands closer attention to his conflicts of interest.

That he is actively breaking the laws on nepotism and emolution from the very start.

That we’re fast approaching the failed state status of a banana republic without a fight.

That nobody in public office is worthy of their job-that they all have spines of jelly fish, and the level of cowardice is just plain appalling when it comes to voting or acting for the better good of this country.

That apparently nobody gives a shit about any of it, including the media. They’re the first to normalize this state of insanity. They’re jumping on the bandwagon in droves, to drive up their revenues and readership.

No..I just learned that everything that I was taught from an early age is wrong..and that I am no longer just an American citizen, but an enemy of the state for objecting to all that is wrong in this country right now.

I’m told to move to another country, and to shut up about this state of affairs, that I don’t count any more, my vote was worthless, the election wasn’t rigged and the results weren’t tainted by interference from another country seeking to influence the election with their choice of president.

In the future, when history books are written about this election and the results, I’m afraid that the title will be: “The Big Fatal American Mistake”.

Because that is exactly what this entire time in our history is, without a doubt.

We’ll be paying for it for a very, very long time. We may never get over it, either. We’ll have a country named “The United States of America” but it won’t resemble anything the Founding Fathers framed in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.

We’re done as a noble exercise in democracy and idealism. We’ve given up without a fight.

God save the United States, because apparently that’s the only way this country will survive in any form.

I’d like to be proven wrong in that statement, just as I was proven wrong about the election-but I’ve learned to never assume belief is the same thing as reality.

Because the reality is that we’re just as stupid a country and people as any other, and we’re willing to sell it out for pennies on the dollar, to be led by a 5th grade bully with the mentality and speech of a common 2 bit hustler.

Some country this was, huh? Too bad we couldn’t keep it.

From Bad to Worse

Never in my life have I seen an election, president-elect and the results of ignorance laid out bare for all to see.

It’s a witches’ brew of incompetence, greed, fascism, venality and indifference to morality or decency.

It’s enough to cause utter and complete despair for a country.

No, it wasn’t bad enough that Donald Trump got elected-that one was a stunner. It wasn’t shameful enough that his legion of ‘low-education’ followers are one step away from parading with the sign saying “One True Believer”. It’s not demeaning enough that the president-elect has not stopped using Twitter to communicate his domestic policy before consulting the media.

It’s not horrible enough when you realize the quality of people he’s nominating to run our government-nearly all of whom have practically no government experience in the past. They were, for the most part, all big donors to his campaign. That was good enough for him to consider them capable-but not one of them are competent enough to have had jobs at Burger King in the past.

The real capping instance among many other provocations is the fact that it now appears that Russia deliberately assisted in getting this incompetent fraud and huckster elected. That should sound (and has in fact) huge bells of alarm all over the country, and in Washington.

We shouldn’t really be surprised. Trump did call out during the campaign for the Russians to come and hack us for those emails to Hillary Clinton. They did so with abandon. They did it to make sure he got elected, and to thank them for the favor, he has now nominated the CEO of Exxon-Mobil to be our Secretary of State.

How many ways can you say rigged? He was right-but for his side. It appears that he knew about it, was informed about it and encouraged it. Now he’s awarded the Russians for their loyalty with a man who’s a personal friend of Vladimir Putin as our chief foreign policy guy-and who also got a medal from the Russians for being so nice to them.

Where does this stop? It will not be undone by the votes of the Electors-nice magical thinking there, but that won’t do it. Nor will Congressional committees to investigate the hacking, unless it leads to actual legal charges. It won’t come from bashing him on Twitter. It won’t be because of editorials in the NY Times and the Washington Post.

It will have to be a groundswell of public outrage and an active bi-partisan effort to get him legally removed from office before he’s had a chance to damage it and our country forever.

It’s in the Constitution-several articles in that document address the problem of having a man so far removed from the abilities of being President to be legally severed from this position.

I suggest that the best and brightest legal minds begin by investigating the legal options to do it, and soon. It took over 3 years to remove Nixon from office, but that looks like peanuts in contrast to what Trump is capable of doing before he even takes the oath of office.

In short, we now have a President-elect who is so unfit and unqualified to hold this office that it demands that we not give him a chance to be in it for more than a few months-and we’d better start doing something about it now.

Because too much is wrong in having Donald Trump as President. It’s wrong in more ways than you can ever possibly imagine-and we’re going to pay a steep price for being such suckers that he must laugh every night when he goes to bed:

“Ha! Pulled another one over their heads! It’s nice to be President-elect!”

Let’s not let him have the last laugh.

That Dreadful Feeling

Have you ever had those days when everything you read makes you cringe or wonder what the hell is going on in this world?

Me, too.

I can’t stand to read the papers on-line any more, or even in the real world. I can’t watch the evening news without shutting it off after the headlines.

Now, this is very bad for me. I am a literal news-junkie. Love to hit every single important news site-the NY Times, Washington Post, even the smaller papers of the Portland Press Herald and the Lewiston Sun-Journal. Heck, I even read the Huffington Post, Daily Beast and Salon magazine.

Or I used to.

Seems though, now that I can’t stand to hit those links, because every time I do and read the headlines or the sub headlines, it makes my stomach turn and my fear factor go up a notch or two.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected President, the headlines have been full of the changes he’s making, and they’re all bad to read.

He’s bringing in people to run the government who aren’t fit to hold jobs at Burger King. He’s proposed so many drastic and bad things that if they are carried out, millions of people will suffer from them-among them, his own army of supporters.

Privatizing Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, schools. Building walls and deporting millions of people. Telling everyone that if they burn flags they should be jailed or stripped of their citizenship. Nominating people to the DOJ who believe that anyone who isn’t white doesn’t deserve respect, or rights.

Nominating the same people who stole our money, our houses and trashed the entire economy for their own profit to run the Treasury Department. Hiring advisors who are white supremacists. Making the Secret Service pay for the privilege of protecting him in NY at our expense.

Cutting the funding for science, education, the EPA. Bringing back coal mines. Using public lands for gas and oil development. Appointing SC justices on the basis of scuttling rights to health care.

No, it’s not pleasant to read this, and it’s on a daily basis. Plus the fact that he does most major announcements on Twitter. Now, I ask you, is this a normal guy?

I know it isn’t. What he thinks, does and tweets is literally turning this country back to the 1900’s in a way that I’ve never seen before.

Where nobody is protected from the ravages of big corporations having their way to destroy our lives. Where everyone is a profit point, and can be bought for pennies on a dollar.

His proposed cabinet is full of millionaires, billionaires and petty thieves who are just in it for the glory and the money.

Just like him.

He’s not making America great again-or even draining the swamp. He’s doing exactly what he wants and that was to get as much out of it as possible without having been held to account.

The swamp is getting stocked with mean, hungry alligators.

The only people who are powerful enough to stop this guy are the most craven: the Congress.

The majority of whom are Republican and are very willing to lie down and let him step over them. They’re trampling over each other trying to accommodate him. They’re his major cheerleaders.

My question is: When does this nightmare train to hell stop?

Because it’s not stopping at the train station that reads “Welcome to America, land of opportunity”, but rather to the station where the sign reads, “Work makes you free.”

Guess I’ll just have to stop reading the papers and listening to the news for the next 4 years, because I feel that the world has just gone insane and we’re not only the audience but the victims of the worst political upheaval in our lifetimes.

That’s not a good feeling – it’s guaranteed to ruin your digestion, and life.