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Great American Scandal

Just finished a book titled: “Great American Scandals“by Michael Farquhar. Fascinating reading about those nasty things that have gone on in this country since our founding.

It’s about the duels, betrayals, fights, crimes and other things that have taken place in the years past-mostly by our Founding Fathers and their friends-later other illustrious people, all in glorious and sordid detail.

There is an Appendix to this book and I read it quite thoroughly. It lists the details of every single President to George W. Bush and lists their singular historical distinction.

So it’s only missing Barack Obama and the new President-elect.

I can say with pretty good odds that Mr. Obama’s distinction is going to be that he is the first African-American president elected with the majority of the popular vote. Pretty obvious to anyone who knows American history.

The new President is going to have many distinctions in our history if placed into this context, and not many of them very good.

Here’s a partial list:

1. Richest man to ever win the Presidency, and not by his own hard work-Daddy was rich, too. Only President to have an active role in the company he owns and has declared he will not divest of before taking office.

2. Won with a historical lower percentage of the popular vote, but with an over-whelming Electoral College vote.

3. First President to have ever been married 3 times. Ronald Reagan was previously the only one to have been divorced.

4. First President to have been involved in an active fraud case at the time of his election, which he settled out of court. First to also have a huge number of active lawsuits pending before his taking office, and still not settled.

5. First President to have openly insulted large groups of the American people with impunity during the campaign without stint. Openly mocked many people, and never apologized to any of them.

6. First President to be aligned with the white nationalist groups and neo-Nazis. He also has never (to date) disavowed this. He’s also been noted as a sexual predator by numerous women.

I could go on and on about the list of dubious distinctions that Donald Trump will have with his taking the oath of office. I won’t bore you with the many other things that he is very well-known to have done, like the “Billy Bush” tapes. There are too many of them to list in one column.

Because of that, I will just ask this one question that puzzled me since Election night:

How the hell is this country going to survive being run by an erratic, ignorant racist without any shred of ethics or morals?

I don’t know, and that is why so many people are so very scared right now.

Because Donald Trump is completely the antithesis of the type of man who should be in the White House: a man with a clear past and a promising administration who will bring hope to all.

From what I can see, all we can look forward to is more scandal, slime and mud-slinging for the next 4 years, with untold damage to our country, reputation and lives.

Charles M. Blow did an outstanding column last week which resonated with millions of people, and I recommend it to you to read.

It’s worthy of a Pulitzer, and absolutely true-far better written than anything I could ever hope to write in my wildest dreams. Please read it if you haven’t, and re-read it if you have.

It’s the truth about our new President and it should be required reading for everyone who voted for him.

To that, I say, “Amen, brother!”.

Stand up and Fight

It is with a very sorrowful and heavy heart that I write this post.

It has become very obvious to me and millions of other people that we have a totally unfit and corrupt man who has been elected President of this country.

The past week has shown more than cursory evidence of this statement.

He has appointed a well-known racist to be his chief of staff-Steve Bannon.

He has nominated Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the country. If you don’t remember your history well, Sessions was shut down as a racist a very long time ago when undergoing confirmation for a lesser post. He was not confirmed.

Trump himself has refused to communicate fully with the State Department in dealing with foreign leaders, and has been in talks with his own company during the transition-a clear violation of federal rules regarding blind trusts.

He has refused to create one for his business.

He has proposed having his children be entrusted with security clearances to be able to discuss national security issues. Nepotism at its’ worst. His daughter was in the same conference as he was during the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister. She had no business being there.

He has taken to being on Twitter, decrying the cast of Hamilton’s plea to his VP after a performance.

He’s refused to openly disavow the racist rhetoric and attacks going on in his name.

He has welcomed with open arms some of the biggest Wall Street names, to be proposed as leaders in his administration. Those same people who drove the economy down to the ground during the last recession. They’re gleeful about the prospect of being able to fatten themselves at the trough, and in doing so, weaken or abolish most of the protections we have against their greed and criminal activity.

He settled the lawsuit regarding Trump University. Imagine-an incoming president having done that to avoid a fraud conviction.

This is only the beginning, too. He hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. 2 months to go, and we have a full-fledged disaster coming at us full-force.

We cannot let this happen.

We must take back this country from this man and his political and business cronies.

He will only destroy everything this country stands for.

I will be writing my Senators to urge them to take action in blocking any nominations of his appointees. The Senate is the blocking wall, and if they do not do something to stop this travesty of a future president, we are lost.

Please, sit down and write or call your Senators and Congresspeople. Urge them to listen to the American people in a plea for our country.

To do no less is to betray our country and our Constitution. It’s very apparent that unless we do, we will have a dictatorship which will drive a stake into it.

And he’s still not my president. Never will be.

He’s not anyone’s, nor should he be.

Suffering the Consequences

The election is over, and the people have spoken. Donald Trump is now the President-elect.

No, this is not the post where I publicly rescind everything I wrote in the past. I will never still accept him as my President, because he’s not. He does not represent me, or my views.

I did not vote for him, for many reasons-but I, like many others (better paid to do so, too) have pondered why this happened and what will happen now that he is.

He ran on the platform of populism-for the common person. Now, I can understand why people would vote for such a theme, and I don’t blame them at all. It’s very hard to turn down the prospect of jobs, and a better life.

What is not understandable is why anyone would want to not look past the facade and take a harder look at what he really is, and represents.

Let’s face it-he’s a billionaire (if what he states is the truth), and he’s never wanted for a damned thing in his life. Money, a job, a place to live, access to the best health care, etc.

He was born with the proverbial spoon in his mouth. He went to good schools, graduated from Wharton Business (which they would rather he not mention), and took over his father’s properties and empire when his father died.

In other words, he is the 1% that the 99% resent. He doesn’t know what suffering is. He doesn’t know what discrimination is. He’s never been turned down for a job, never had to suffer from hunger, or homelessness.

So he comes from the part of the planet which rules the other part. He is in essence the guy you hate because he cut in front of you if you’re in that line. He’s the one who always says “Do you know who I am?” to staff at a restaurant or hotel. He’s entitled to it, and he makes sure they know who he is. Hell, he usually owns the place, too.

That’s the important part that most don’t get. He is the last person to need this job of presiding over a country that has millions suffering from the consequences of the 1% running amok over us.

Then you will not misunderstand that when he is playing this role, he’s just playing himself, and the people around him will continue on their agendas, unhindered by the fact that he lied to everyone, including himself. They will continue their rule.

Nothing will change. Not the politics, the people or the mindset-‘we’re in charge of this country, you just stay out of our way-and thanks for your vote”.

And you’ll start to understand that this is not the right person to do this job. Hillary Clinton had tons of baggage, true-and while she wasn’t perfect, she at least had some knowledge of living on the edge. She knew the challenges facing most people.

Which is why we’re going to be living on the edge for quite some time to come.

The most unfit person running the country has no clue where this country came from and couldn’t really care less. All he wants is the publicity and ego stroking.

The rest of us have to suffer while he gets what he wants, and the 1% gets everything we’re denied.

Because the American Dream is just that-for only those who can afford it.

The rest of us are still going to suffer, no matter what the campaign slogans said.

Not My President

So this is the reality: Donald Trump is the POTUS.
Voted in by people who are pissed off at the establishment in Washington.

Let me get this right, though.

We now have a President who:

Was a draft dodger-4 times during the Vietnam War. He’s now the Commander in Chief.

Cheated on his taxes-he avoided paying taxes for 20 years. He hasn’t released his taxes yet, either.

Was a serial philanderer-with 2 of his 3 wives. 2 of whom were immigrants.

Has been seen quoted as saying “Grab them by the pussy. They’ll let you do anything when you’re a star.”

Has been accused of groping, and stalking women, by multiple women.

He’s being sued for fraud in Federal Court.

Has had more businesses fail through bankruptcy. First president to have done this.

Has openly insulted entire groups of people: Muslims, disabled people, women, Mexicans, Hispanics, veterans.

He believes that everyone not white should be deported.

He’s never held elected office in his life.

My question to everyone who voted for him is this:

What the hell were you thinking?

He is not fit to hold the office.
He isn’t about ‘change’. He’s about keeping his friends in high places there, keeping the rest of us in our places, like good little sheep.
He’s not about uniting this country. He’d like to throw out half of us because we’re not the right color, heritage or sex.

The only reason I can see why he won is simple:
He wasn’t a female.

Females are dangerous. Intelligent, thinking, hard-working females are to be feared.

Funny thing is, a whole shit load of Republican women voted for this travesty.

WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?

You want change?
You got it in spades-all the way back to the 1950’s of make believe happy families, which wasn’t true then, and never was.

Guess what?

We just lost 50 years of social progress because
HE WASN’T A FEMALE.

God save the United States, because nobody else will.

We were sold out by idiots to be led by an idiot with the IQ and temperament of a 12 year old.

Thanks a lot, everyone.

It was a nice country while it lasted.

I will never accept him as my president, not now, or ever.

Shock and Shame

To be honest, I’m not really thinking very clearly right now. I’m in the place where shock has not yet taken hold, in despair, in that zone where even Rod Serling would be comfortable.

The Twilight Zone-only this time, it’s called the United States of America.

There really are no comforting words to be had. I can’t think of any, and I dare say most editorial writers feel the same. It’s just too bizarre and unreal to even begin to plumb the depths of this election.

As Paul Krugman wrote last night, we really didn’t know our fellow Americans-how they could possibly have voted for the most unfit person on the planet to be President.

Are they that unhinged, that uncomfortable when faced with the prospect of having had a woman become President? Are they that racist? Are they that xenophobic to buy into the idea that building a wall to keep out people is actually going to work?

I think they are. I think we have just done the ultimate sin, and the Founders of this country would hang their heads in shame if they knew what we’ve just done.

It’s enough to make you cry.

It’s enough to make people really despair over this country-and with damned good reason.

I know I am in that uncharted territory, where I am no longer considered a citizen of this country because I voted for a woman, and not someone who insults on Twitter.

All I can say is that I have never been this despondent. This is the result of having had our educational system dumbed down, our system of government paralyzed for the sake of political end-gaming.

I can no longer be proud to be an American and I am not.

So, for all of you who read my blog, I apologize for not being more witty, succinct or wise.

I can’t do that anymore, when faced with the fact that America is now a total laughingstock.

So I will go off and cry in the corner, and hope we can survive as a nation for 4 years of Donald Trump as President.

We are so screwed.

Real Americans

During this election season, Donald Trump has made his campaign one of ‘no immigrants allowed’.

He insults with impunity all those who have other colored skin than white, he criticizes those who have come here looking for opportunities as bums and welfare cheats.

He casts aspersions on the characters of those who have ‘other’ ethnicities for having had the audacity to be born that way.

Never mind that he’s the great grand-son of immigrants (who changed their name..), never mind that 2 of his wives were immigrants.

No-he’s talking about everyone else. Muslims, Hispanics, anyone who does not fit into his little parade of white privilege.

So he thinks that being an American should be decided on race and religion.

It happens that he’s American and proud of it. Descended from immigrants.

So am I, but don’t start frothing at the mouth-because my ancestry goes way back beyond his, and I can honestly claim that some of my ancestors built this country from the ground up.

But in doing so, I’m going to break a few myths along the way.

My great (x8) grandfather, Levi Durrer is described in one of our family histories as being a kind and good man. That he was born in Scotland and settled in Virginia.

That’s where the myth ends.

The truth of my ancestry is this:

Levi Durrer was not named that-he was born in Germany, and was either recruited, sold into service (impressed) or volunteered for the Hessian Army which was part of the English Army during the Revolutionary War.

I found this information about him from another family member on Ancestry’s boards:

“P.S. I, for one, don’t believe our family came from Scotland. In fact, I’m pretty sure of it. I believe we all descend from a Brunswick soldier, Levin Doerge, who fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War. He is then found as Johann Levien Doerrie(s), born in Arholzen, Braunschweig, Germany, 17 Oct 1749, to Peter Doerries and Anna Margaretha Fischer.”

Yes-you read that right. He fought for the other side.

He probably deserted his post. He most undoubtedly did, because he changed his name and started his family with a name that cannot possibly be genealogically correct. The famous Durer family (which includes Albrecht) had no relation to ours. So, my family made up a relationship. It’s been part of our lore forever. Enshrined in the DAR of Virginia. Sad to say, it’s not real or true.

There were no immigration laws back then. Half of our founders came from other countries-and some of them actually liked their place of birth.

We are all the sons and daughters of immigrants, who took land from the real natives, and then rewrote history to suit our needs.

So when you hear that phrase, “illegal immigrants” you must think back and wonder if you really can stand up and declare yourself a ‘real American’ when you deny the right for other people to come to our country to restart their lives.

Because we’re all descended from immigrants, in one form or another.

Including Donald Trump.

Denial is not a River

Ever since that infamous tape with Billy Bush and Donald Trump was released, there has been a literal firestorm of accusations, denials, and threats.

From women to Donald Trump and by him.

It’s all been very chaotic, but these facts seems to be very clear:
Donald Trump is a misogynist, sexual predator and a liar.

He’s been caught lying on tape, lying in public, and attacking women for having the audacity to call him out on his predatory ways. He defends his talk as “locker room banter”..which is in turn being vigorously denied by those who actually inhabit some locker rooms.

He has called these women various names, most of which are not very nice. He trashes their looks, their reputations, their lives and their stories.

Then he has the nerve to say that this was all orchestrated by the Democrats and especially Hillary Clinton, while during which time he has also brought up the subject of her husband’s marital infidelity-as if that were proof that she was part of this ‘conspiracy’ to defame him.

Of course the New York Times reported on it, and Trump then threatened (with his lawyer sending off a legal notice to the paper) to sue them for libel.

In a scathing and well-written response to Trump, the Times’ own lawyer said in so many words: “Bring it on!”
The letter noted that Trump himself brought this on-by being taped saying those horrific things, by acting exactly as he was described. That he trashed his own reputation all by himself. They were just reporting what happened.

Funny thing is, Trump’s lawyer and Trump himself have not replied to the letter, which was published in the Times the following week.

You’d think that if someone was so badly defamed and hurt by something like this, they’d be in court the next week screaming for blood.

Not now-because there is nothing to defend in this case. Trump is well aware (if his lawyer isn’t) that being a public figure does not allow for libel in most cases unless it is proven to be published with malicious intent with a clear disregard for the law.

So when you hear about another woman who steps out of the shadows to accuse Donald Trump of manhandling, groping or sexually harassing her, it would only be wise to remember that where there’s smoke there’s usually a fire nearby.

Because these women don’t come from nowhere-they’re telling the truth, and they’re telling us that Donald Trump in essence is a liar who thinks he can do anything he likes with women without consequences.

They don’t gain anything by doing this. They lose more than gain-and they are well-advised to do this kind of public statement only after they’re warned of the consequences.

They know they’ll never get a dime from Trump. What they do want, though is for the rest of the world to know what kind of man Donald Trump is.

Which is less than a man.

One who should never be in a position to govern anyone. He’s got enough on his plate doing so for himself, and badly.

Too bad he never did grow up out of 12th grade sexually or morally.

So to those women who are and were brave enough to come forward with their experiences, I say, “Thank you!”.

They saved the United States by telling the truth.

Donald Trump never has and never will.

Words have consequences.

One of which is never being President of the United States.

Relentless

A friend of mine recently described me as that in posting items and my beliefs about Donald Trump, and I agreed with their assessment wholeheartedly.

I’m not normally one of those people called a SJW (Social Justice Warrior), but this election cycle has brought out of my most dominant traits-to get radical, and over-the-top in making myself obnoxious.

Because I believe that it is the duty of every American to express their opinion, to make sure their voice is not drowned out in the avalanche of media blitz, cat and name calling that has become so endemic in this election.

It is my right as an American to do this. It’s guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, by the Constitution and by our history as a country.

People have fought and died for this right. They sacrificed their lives to allow me the privilege of being allowed to express my political beliefs.

More people need to stand up for their right to be heard. Sure, this election has brought out the very worst and awful emotions in people in this country. It has polarized entire sections of this country. It has brought hate speech and actions to the forefront. It has made enemies out of former friends, shattered the idea that we’re all of one mind, one country, one set of beliefs.

I don’t care if you vote for Donald Trump. Sure, I don’t like him, or his values, ‘vision’ or his words and actions.

What I do know is that with the possibility that he could be elected to the Presidency of the United States, my right to be heard might just be endangered and erased by it. That I and millions of other Americans who feel the same way would be told to shut up and go back to the kitchen is the most terrible idea that has ever been expressed.

It is plainly not the “American Way”. It would lead to consequences so terrible that we would suffer as a people, and country. We would lose too much by allowing it to happen.

So when I go on Facebook to post another opinion, to say what I really feel about this election, these candidates, that man, it is only because I have the right to do so.

I won’t allow anyone to stop me.

It is my right, and my duty as an American not only to express my opinion, but also to put those words into action by voting my conscience. I have done so.

Our country was founded on this.

Vote as if your citizenship is the most important thing in the world.

Because it is. Others have come to this country because of our freedom to be able to vote. They were denied that right in their country of origin. They were repressed, jailed and some never even made it because they died in the attempt.

We have a choice: to stand up and be heard, or to let it all pass by without action.

It’s up to all of us.

VOTE!

Is This Enough?

This past week there was a video released showing Donald Trump talking to some jerk named Billy Bush about women.

It was a classic full-on sexist display, complete with how he views women and how he moves on them. He implied sexual assault and no compunction to regard a woman as anything other than a sexual object made for conquest.

It is indefensible. It is gross and repugnant. It is also the unfiltered and real Donald Trump on display.

Donald Trump took 10 hours to record an ‘apology’ that wasn’t an apology at all. He stated that he isn’t like this in real life, and that he’s changed.

I call bullshit.

He was 59 when he stated his actual views on women. Can anyone actually change that much in 11 years from being a sexist pig to being a respectful and thoughtful human being?

Answer is, no.

Because he got caught telling his actual mindset..and it takes a major life change to do anything like become a decent human being.

He hasn’t become anything of the sort. He’s only trying to backpedal on the truth of being Donald Trump. It wasn’t an apology, so much as “whoops, I got caught saying bad things and I have to make it look like I didn’t mean it..” while deflecting blame onto another woman.

The truth is that he’s a sexist, racist pig of a human being with money. He’s never worked a day in his life, has cheated, lied and stolen from others in many forms: his wives, his business partners, his family.

There is no such thing as a reformed Donald Trump. He will always be what he is-a shallow narcissist with no soul, empathy or compassion for other humans beings. He is not fit for being elected as a dog catcher and certainly not as President of the United States.

We dare not vote him near the office, because he would instantly degrade and debase it.

We must stop this man from becoming the most powerful person in this country.

To this end, I implore all women, and people who care about this country to please register and vote on November 4th as if it was the only important duty you will ever have.

Because this time-your vote matters.

Drunk Uncles

Every family has one..the guy who gets a little crazy with their booze and goes off at every family event. The guy you don’t want to see coming to visit you. That guy who others thank their lucky stars that they’re not related to. He mouths off to everyone and about everything. Usually with profanity that even longshoremen would be loath to use, and normally under the extreme influence of alcohol.

AKA the ‘black sheep’ of the family. That one.

It’s bad when you have one in your family..but only you have to deal with him.

It’s even worse when you have one running a state or running for President.

Both Paul LePage and Donald Trump qualify in spades for the title.

Trump, of course, is a jerk-has been from day one and everyone knows it. What’s scary is that he’s running for the highest elected office in the country and thinks he has the cure for everything. He knows how to fix everything-just ask him.

Paul LePage, on the other hand, says he ‘was Trump” before Trump ever appeared.

The difference is that LePage has taken the act further and deeper into the gutter than Donald Trump has, and in doing so, become the national laughingstock of this country.

Not bad for a kid from the streets. Not good for the State of Maine, however.

He’s been Governor for about 6 years now, and his act is getting far worse than even his staunchest supporters could have imagined.

He sends voicemails to public officials loaded with profanity-laced insults. He challenges people to duels. He threatens bodily harm to those who oppose him. He insults people of color with impunity, and derision. This has been his act for 6 years. It’s not funny now and it wasn’t when he was first elected.

In other words, he’s everyone’s drunk uncle, and he’s not getting better.

It’s time for him to go. He’s destroyed whatever credibility he had when elected and now is intent on destroying Maine’s public perception as a state where people treat others with respect. He shows little respect for anyone.

He does not represent the State of Maine and he should be removed from office as being totally unfit to hold it.

He’s proven that beyond a doubt, repeatedly.

Because in the end, drunk uncles destroy everything they touch.