VOTING IN AMERICA

Trump’s Greatest Challenge & Flaw

Statistics provide a clear picture of who we are as a people. Many Americans have taken the right of voting for granted. In 2016, 250,056,000 Americans voted, which was only 55.5% of eligible voters. That’s a strange statistic for a country where more than a million people have fought and died to protect the right to vote. Why do so many not take that privilege seriously?

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In 1964, only six percent of African Americans voted, but after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 more Black people voted. By 1969, 59 percent of African Americans voted. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2016 declined for the first time in twenty years, falling to 59.6% after reaching a record-high of 66.6% in 2012. That seven percent decline from the previous election is the largest on record for Blacks. One could conclude that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were attractive to those voters, or perhaps African Americans felt they had a sure win with Obama in the race.

Another statistic that cracks right between the eyes is 38% of those in Congress are millionaires. Startlingly, that’s not much different from the first years of the American government. The flatly stated theory goes like this; let the rich, white, planter-plantation owner class protect their business interests, and everyone else will be fine. Sadly, there’s not much difference today.

While Trump stirs up dust about Twitter and Facebook taking down his lies and misinformation they feel will hurt their subscribers, more people are dying of COVID-19 infections. While Trump is passing along stupid QAnon conspiracy theories and lies, there are people in Georgia and other states waiting eight hours in sprawling, hot lines to vote. How can any of us believe we are a great country when one of our political parties works so hard at voter suppression? They openly state their belief that when fewer people vote they do better. What is the difference between Republican actions to suppress voting and ballot burning in a third-world country after all the citizens have voted? Any US citizen involved in vote suppression, regardless of their place in society, should at least be charged with voter intimidation.

Trump sees the electorate through the filter of his belief that the American public will believe whatever he tells them. Remember, he said he could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters. Maybe Trump feels he must react to some of the “fake news” that has been published about him. But in reality, this guy has no credibility pushing back because he’s stuck in a ad hominem loop. He truly believes all negatives about him are untrue, therefore, even when the other guys tell almost truths about him, no one on the Democratic side believes him. He’s the boy who cried wolf so much, no one is really listening anymore.

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Probably emboldened by Trump’s successful fight with COVID, the West Wing is now pushing the B.S. that “everyone is going to get the virus.” It’s the same “herd immunity” idea Dr. Atlas dumped into Donald’s defective brain months ago. Our President now says, “See, it’s not that bad. Get back to work and reelect me.” What about losing the lives of two million people? “We are just going to have to live with it.” To a young person, the fact that they are still living is an invitation to party recklessly.

The flaw in Trump’s thinking is that people thoughtlessly do what he says. All his supporters shouting and screaming arm to arm at his rallies won’t get sick and die, but maybe some of them will come to their senses when they or a loved one starts to violently cough while gasping for air. Each false step, each tragic error, forces another crack in Trump’s armor.

The reality Trump must now confront is the wave of voters who are NOT going to stay at home. We already know that more than 15 million people have voted, and more than 60% of all mail in ballots were cast by Democrats. Trump made so many amateur mistakes as an incumbent. He could have embraced mask wearing from the beginning and air dropped millions of MAGA masks into swing states. It’s too late now. He politically over-positioned mask-wearing and the result could be many of his supporters too sick to vote.

Another junior achievement Trump ploy was getting his donor-lover-boy Louis DeJoy to disrupt the United States Postal Service in an attempt to sabotage mail in voting efforts. The overweight, orange pumpkin did this while fomenting distrust by saying the process of mail in ballots is ripe with fraud. If true, why did he make no effort to fix the problem? He is the most impotent president of all time if he can’t stop a pervasive fraud.

It’s impossible to apply logic to the actions of Trump and his grifter-enablers in Congress. They are all broke-dick cult followers and failures as patriots and people. It takes a whole nation to be a whole nation, and despite Trump’s position of needing walls to have a nation, what we truly need are voters to save our democracy. As many as legally possible. Maybe I am naïve or over-optimistic, but I believe the 2020 election turnout will be larger than ever. After the election, I want to start a campaign against the hypocrites who have too much power over us. I will be writing letters to suppress not only their voices but their Congressional votes.

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JUST A SAD, OLD LIAR

Trump’s Sour, Off-Key Singing

I saw a meme the other day that outlined some of the things Donald John Trump promised America that never happened. He told us Mexico would pay for the wall. Instead, trusting citizens paid the Steve “Bannon Bandits” who then stole the money to remodel their homes and buy big cars. He told us that everyone would have healthcare insurance, but he has done nothing to enact an improved version of Obamacare. He says that in “two-weeks” he will roll out a healthcare plan that will be strong and protect those with preexisting conditions, yet every healthcare action of this administration has weakened what we had.

Trump claimed that US Steel was going to open six new plants. That never happened. He told us that North Korea was NO LONGER a nuclear threat. They have become stronger. He touted the coal industry (LOL) and said his deregulation would bring back mining jobs. Another failure.

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He bragged how easy it is to win a tariff war, yet he is completely ignorant of the reality. Suppliers pay the tariffs when the products hit our shores and then they pass along the cost to us, the consumers. His actions against China killed the domestic soybean farmers’ market. Who is actually winning?

The Donald stood before us and said he would eliminate the national debt in his first term. In fact, Donald Trump will add $4.832 trillion to the debt in fiscal year 2021. That’s a 24% increase from the $20.245 trillion debt in Obama’s final budget.

Trump repeatedly told us he couldn’t release his tax returns because he was under an IRS audit. There, another lie. He also told us that, if we elected him, he would release his tax returns like every other president has done over the past forty years. He lied again. If you are breathing and alive, you certainly realize our 45th President is a game playing liar.

We learned yesterday that Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign strategist and White House advisor, was arrested for fraud regarding his actions with the nonprofit organization We Build the Wall. A federal grand jury in New York indicted Bannon on charges of money laundering and wire fraud, alleging he and his partners diverted a million dollars from the group. It is alleged that Bannon spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his personal expenses. So, how did Trump react?

When asked about the charge, Donald Trump said, “It’s a very sad thing by Mr. Bannon… I didn’t like that project. I thought it was a project being done for showboating reasons. I didn’t want a wall that was going to be an inferior wall. It was something I very much felt was inappropriate to be doing.” First, why is everything surrounding Trump so “sad?” Is this President chronically depressed? If Trump is so perceptive and powerful why didn’t he tell the group to STOP IT? Sitting next to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the leader of a country he has accused of corruption for years, Trump used the term “showboating” three times in his adlibbed response. Embarrassing!

According to the El Paso Times newspaper, Donald Trump Jr. was a special guest last year at an event hosted by the We Build the Wall group fronted by its CEO, Steve Bannon. Don Jr. praised the group as “private enterprise at its finest.” He went on to say, “This is what capitalism is all about. What you guys are doing is amazing.” Wow, so the old man thought it was a bad idea but didn’t tell his son not to endorse the bloody project? Fake apple falls from fake tree.

Trump Caught in Lie

Many of the things that Trump does are obviously deceitful and blatantly ignorant. For example, when a former employee gets caught in a criminal, unethical or immoral situation Trump claims, “I hardly knew that guy.” Really? He told us that George Papadopoulos, the man who triggered the Russian investigation, was just a coffee boy. The very next day, we learned about a high-level campaign meeting with Trump and Mr. Papadopoulos sitting at the same table. See, he lies.

This morning, a story broke on the website THE HILL stating, “President Trump said he plans to send law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to the polls in November to prevent voter fraud. ‘We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement. And we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals.’”

Perhaps the Attorney General of the United States should make the president aware of this law: 18 U.S. Code § 594.Intimidation of voters – “Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

So, there you have it. If carried out, Trump’s plan will be a crime. The President of the United States is not above the law. He must be stopped. All of us should go to D.C., surround the White House and make him leave, NOW! I am sick of the same old song and the stupid things he says and does. He’s totally out of tune and fewer and fewer people want to sing with him. Unplug the amplifiers, dismiss the band and remove him from office.

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