Archive | January 2017

I, POTUS: A final thought on Executive disOrder

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Just to point out the obvious as a final thought. The POTUS said he’d undo all of Obama’s Executive Orders on day 1. He hasn’t. The only thing he’s done is write a bunch of nonsensical new ones and then hold them up for display like it’s some sort achievement.

Here’s my issue with that, the one no one is really talking about.  The POTUS is of the same party holding the majority in the House and Senate and said he would sign whatever came to his desk. So, why isn’t POTUS waiting on his party to send him legislation that’s been thought through by the best most experienced legal minds?

Apparently he just wants to be seen to be doing something important? Because it’s certainly not about writing good law that will help our country. And I’m all for creating modern and better law that meets the needs of our current state. The US has a ton of things that need addressing. Even Republicans agree

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said:

“My biggest fear is that by doing it in this way, by doing it by executive order, by ignoring the Congress, it’s going to make it very hard to get something done that is permanent and that’s really where the solution lies on this issue.”

(BYT, this is Rubio actually talking about Obama’s use of discretion to halt deportation of immigrant youths who had been brought into this country as infants, and failing to realize that a president’s discretionary directive, which is not law, is not an Executive Order, which is law.)

Obama tried and tried to work with Congress to make things happen. But the Republicans took a stance not to do their job (or help the country) by passing needed legislation or even installing a new Supreme Court Justice. Only as a last resort did Obama get into discretionary memos and Executive Orders.

The current POTUS has been wallpapering his new office with ill considered, unvetted, ridiculous Executive Orders and discretionary memos from day 4 (the day he actually got to his office). Why? He only has to ask his party in Congress or his officials at the various government departments if something is possible and then, if so, ask that Department to make it happen.

Why does the POTUS feel he has to use Executive Orders at all? And wasn’t the use of Executive Orders the very thing that had all the Republicans up in arms and calling Obama a petty dictator over? Didn’t the GOP say it was an “unprecedented power grab” using “end-runs around Congress” and “executive overreach” or government by “executive fiat”?

For anyone that cares, there is a list of POTUS discretionary directives/memos, proclamations, and executive orders kept as  running tab by CNN. If you don’t know the difference between these things, you can read the article about by USA Today.

The most important points to know?

Publication: Executive orders are required by law to be published in the Federal Register. Presidential memoranda may be published or not, depending on the subject. But it’s the publication of the memorandum that gives them “general applicability and legal effect.”

Authority: An executive order must cite the authority the president has to issue it. That could be the constitution, or a specific statute. Presidential memoranda have no such requirement.

Amendments: An executive order can only be amended or rescinded by another executive order. A presidential memorandum can only be changed with another memorandum.

Cost estimates: Congress requires the White House Office of Management and Budget to report the cost of ALL executive orders and only those memorandum with an estimated regulatory cost of $100 million or more.

It makes no sense for the current POTUS to be whipping off Executive Orders or directive memos at this point in his administration given he has full support in both houses, unless it’s being used as a means to make certain things law that he and only he as POTUS can reverse, thus all together eliminating democratic government even by the elected members of his own party Congress.

I personally don’t mind having a functioning government. I did not vote Republican this year but I wasn’t going off the rails over having a functioning Republican govt because just functioning was a big step in the right direction. But the truth is, we don’t even have that. We have an actual dictator making law ignoring his own 100% supportive Congress. And the Republican majority just sits there and twiddles their thumbs. Do your job, Congress. Make rational laws, and represent the interests of the nation and the people! Act as a check and balance on the Executive Branch.

Honestly, if you aren’t appalled by all this, you’re probably the citizen of another country.

 

I, POTUS: The Muslim Ban

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Look pretty Ivanka and try to keep your dad from saying anything about Muslims before he gets his check.

 

I want to point out that as of January 2016, under Obama, the visa waiver did not apply in cases where a person had previously traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen on or after 1 March 2011 or for those folks who were dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria. Certain categories such as diplomats, military, journalists, humanitarian workers or legitimate businessmen could however have their visa requirement waived but only by the Secretary of Homeland Security. So, in a sense, there was already, under Obama, for a year, a closer scrutiny going on with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and those designated countries were singled out by Obama’s administration.

So those are facts. Obama’s administration tagged these states. Trump’s just went the extra insane mile on them.

Now could all of this been handled a different way, a better way, a quite way, as Obama had? Sure. The current POTUS could have said, “In 14 days all green card holders and visa holders from a certain regional block (the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Asian subcontinent) have to be in the country or be locked out.” He could have done that. (Not sure on the legality, but he could have said it.)

Instead, POTUS chose to single out the Obama-administration flagged nations.

POTUS also chose to announce on CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network) that he was interested in helping Christians from these flagged nations, but not anyone else in those nations. Here’s a section of the interview below

DAVID BRODY: “Persecuted Christians, we’ve talked about this, the refugees overseas. The refugee program, or the refugee changes you’re looking to make. As it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yes.”

DAVID BRODY: “You do?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”

So we are going to help Syrian Christians, but not Syrian Muslims. Does that translate into a Muslim Ban? Yeah, it kinda does. And for the record, all these countries have minority groups of Christians. Apparently even practitioners of other minority religions, like Yazidis, don’t rank for help either despite the fact they went through a genocide at the hands of ISIS.

POTUS could have left current visa/ green card holders alone and simplysaid no more green cards or visas would be issued for certain countries after X date until all current green card and visa holders from those countries were vetted. He could have done that.  But he didn’t. He could even have quietly had all these visa and green cards investigated while quietly ramping down any new visas or green cards to people from those countries. But he didn’t.

So you have to ask yourself, why did he do it this way?

The POTUS wanted to cause a lot of chaos abroad to provoke these nations and at home to create a smokescreen his other actions. This executive action, done this way, was intended to smoke screen changes to the National Security Council at home, without attracting much fuss from the press. Mission accomplished. (Wake up media!) It was also intended to provoke these nations and Muslim groups into overt hostile action so that POTUS can start a war, build up the military, and use nukes. As he’s said over and over, in multiple interviews, he wants to take and keep their oil.

That’s how people in the region will view his actions. I can’t actually disagree with them. It’s how I view them. His actions have no other apparent purpose.

I want to add that cancelling all the visas and green cards from these countries, documents the USA already issued, is just going to result in Supreme Court action because these are federally issued documents. I’m sure we will see a lawsuit Monday morning, as well as more protests.

This is a totally ridiculous ban on refugee and immigrant people who were already vetted once, even more than once in the case of those who served as Army translators (which is how they got documents in the first place). So all of this is stupid and simply intended to distract and inflame.

My guess is that vulnerable poor refugee people will be locked out, indefinitely. They can go to Canada, as Canada has said they would honor those visas and green cards. But it’s insulting. Green cards say right on them “United States of America Permanent Resident”  meaning, they are allowed to be in the USA permanently. There’s nowhere else they can go. Learn to read, POTUS.

Rich people with connections to big companies like Google and Apple will just enter on private corporate planes landing at private air strips. This happens all the time. It’s what being rich is all about. No on bats an eye.

People with moderate means might fly into Mexico and try to get across the border with coyotes or even sail in on boats under the cover of night. If I was Mexico, I’d certainly let them in just to stick it to the POTUS. I’d send them with Mexican troops to help those folks walk across the border.

Let’s face it, all these immigrants / refugees have legal documents allowing them to be in the US and once they are back in the US, what can the POTUS actually do? Nothing.

All of this stuff is just further proof the POTUS needs to be replaced on grounds of mental illness.  To cause this sort of chaos and upset and offense to so many people who did all the right things is just insane. To put our embassies, armies, and business people in jeopardy abroad with this kind of childish behavior is literally insane.

I’d like to think the Republican party will remove POTUS from office in the first 100 days under the 25th amendment. I guess ideally they’d rather he have a heart attack from age or overwork so as not alienate voters who voted for him. But they can hardly act as representatives of the American people, sworn to uphold the government and protect it from all threats foreign and domestic, and let a mentally ill POTUS continue to destroy the nation.

I suppose on the plus side, the Trump children have finally been able to rip control of the Trump businesses from his hands. I expect they actually encouraged him to run in the hopes of doing just that. They seem very much a family being held hostage. Every time I look at poor Melania, I cringe.  So pretty and kind, caring and intelligent, yet the POTUS humiliates her time and again. This week, the Vogue Mexico cover blew up in her face like eggs from a microwave. It’s like he just does these things to her for kicks.

I do think his wife and family genuinely love him. I think they are trying to protect him and the people of America from his madness, but at a certain point, you just have to come clean. It’s not helping anyone to let a madman destroy what it took all of America 250 years to build.

So, that’s my two cents. I probably won’t say more on this subject. You can feel free to disagree. At least for now. I mean I’m not sure how long free speech will be a given.

I, POTUS: The Wall and Immigration

 

I’m just going to touch on the wall issue here as proof of how compromised POTUS is mentally. I’m not at all political and I don’t have a million-dollar business, but even I can understand the problems of a wall. Using a wall to stop illegal immigration is like using Howitzer to kill a fly. With much the same result. You end up destroying your own house.

  1. First of all, there’s no way to tax Mexico that doesn’t end up meaning taxpayers foot the bill, twice, and alienating our democratic neighbor to the south. It was stupid to say this from the beginning.
  2.  Second, taking people’s wire transfers is stealing. A legal citizen who sends money to Mexico by wire transfer — only to have that legal money confiscated by the US government to pay for a wall — is theft. Pure and simple. Even if the person is in the country illegally, and sending money out of the country, you can’t prove the money wasn’t a charitable gift to that person.

Here are practical cheap ways to curb immigration, using existing systems, without blowing up existing international good will .

E Verify.

It already exists, just make a law saying  every employer and property manager that’s renting property must use it. f employers or landlords fail to E verify they lose tax breaks or are penalized severely. If they are found to have employed or rented property to persons here illegally, the government can seize that business or property.

E Verify could be extended to every school that receives federal funds as well. When a child registers at school, E verify the parents/guardians, if they are not in the country legally. If the school fails to report that, the congress can deny federal funds to that school.

If you have no job and no place to live, and you can’t put your child in school without being deported, you don’t stay.

Refuse Asylum Requests from Citizens of Countries with stable governments

As these countries have the rule of law and stable government, asylum isn’t necessary. This allows the US to immediately deport everyone from these countries — without a hearing — and eliminates people needlessly being stuck in detention centers or let loose in the county for years to await a court date. The immigration courts are currently backed up 5 years with asylum claims — 80% of which are denied. Eliminating claims from a countries with a stable govt means, real cases can be processed quickly.

Remand unaccompanied child immigrants to their embassy or consulate immediately upon arrival.

The best thing for these children is to be in the care of their own countrymen, who speak their own language, and are able to reunite them with their parents. This is why embassy people exist, to help their own people. The country of origin can use its better placed resources to find the parents and pay for the care and then return of the child.

Don’t allow non-citizens to own property.

Sure they can rent it long term, but not own it. Lots of countries do this. They have 99-year leases. It doesn’t effect trade or employment or tourism at all. It’s simple. It keeps American soil in American hands.

Change the 10th Amendment.

The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States (38 of 50 States).

It’s entirely possible with so many Republican governors and state assemblies, that they can change the 10th Amendment. They only need 33 state legislatures to call a convention. currently Republicans control 32. (By the way, media folks and Democrats, you should be all over this fact. You’re failing to see that radical constitutional changes are 1 state away) 

If the 2018 election adds to that number one state legislature, or Republicans can swing one more legislature to vote with them, they can change the 10th amendment so that no one can be a US citizen without being born to a citizen. They might even back date it to anyone born to a non citizen in the last 7 years.

Lots of countries have this rule. This eliminates things like birth-tourism. California recently had Chinese nationals coming in and giving birth to get US citizenship for their children then going back to China. Think about that. Communist Party elite, intentionally come to California to give birth to an “American”, takes that child back to China and raises them in the Communist Party system, then sends that child back at 18 to be claim “US citizenship” and that child is then eligible to be the US President.

No one should be allowed to enter the country without a visa.

Right now we have visa waiver program with some countries (about 40). People from other countries are required to have visas. About 50% of those who are illegal overstayed their visa.  That’s the government’s statistic. Our visa tracking system should issue a BOLO on someone’s passport that person hasn’t left the country after his/her visa expired. Then that person should be deported and banned from returning.

This list below shows only suspected overstays by people from visa waiver countries who remained in the US after they should have left. The reason they’re suspected is because they came in on the waiver, so we don’t really keep that tight an eye on them. This should be changed because, as we know from the terrorists attacks in France and Germany,  Europe’s refugee / immigration confirmation situation isn’t that great.[45]  

Country Number of
suspected
in-country
overstays
In-country
overstay rate
(against
total number
of expected
departures)
Andorra 3 0.24%
Australia 3,964 0.30%
Austria 2,694 1.28%
Belgium 1,477 0.51%
Brunei 10 0.87%
Chile 6,553 2.14%
Czech Republic 1,422 1.46%
Denmark 1,812 0.56%
Estonia 191 0.49%
Finland 747 0.49%
France 11,973 0.68%
Germany 21,394 1.02%
Greece 1,333 1.87%
Hungary 1,860 2.45%
Iceland 199 0.39%
Ireland 1,797 0.40%
Italy 17,661 1.49%
Japan 5,603 0.19%
Korea, South 7,120 0.63%
Latvia 273 1.46%
Liechtenstein 12 0.59%
Lithuania 480 1.81%
Luxembourg 75 0.53%
Malta 44 0.80%
Monaco 4 0.44%
Netherlands 7,723 1.09%
New Zealand 1,451 0.40%
Norway 1,423 0.39%
Portugal 3,822 2.01%
San Marino 16 2.28%
Singapore 481 0.29%
Slovakia 1,043 2.09%
Slovenia 278 0.99%
Spain 12,559 1.21%
Sweden 2,782 0.42%
Switzerland 2,402 0.48%
Taiwan 1,888 0.33%
United Kingdom 18,950 0.43%
TOTAL 153,166 0.73%

Put a stricter controls and limits on all non-immigrant visas.

This would be things such as H2A (agricultural) worker visas, student visas, tourist visas, H1 visas, etc. Stop H1 visas for a couple years. It’s entirely possible to train US citizens to do the work. Companies just want cheap labor. This has been a huge problem over and over again. Student visas are a similar problem. I run into it frequently when I hire people. For example, I actually had Indian woman, a student from a Christian university, call me up in response to a temp job I had posted and tell me I should give her a job but I had to pay her in cash as she was here on a student visa. She wanted to knowingly violate her student visa. I reported her to her school who said “she would be spoken to and her status would be clarified.”

Use a cross check system to eliminate dual citizenship.

It’s not legal for a US citizen to have dual citizenship,  but the US hasn’t really enforced this to date. In order to get US citizenship, you have to surrender your old passport to get a US one. My British friend who became a citizen told me this. The problem is, she can (and did) then go back to her old country’s embassy and get a British passport again because they allow you to have one if you were born there.

This is a problem. It’s divided loyalty for one. We have this law, we just don’t enforce it. Look a the list of countries where dual citizenship is allowed. Note the number of countries that terrorists come from. Do you really want a US citizen to have dual citizenship with Russia? It’s probably time the US tightened up on this law.

Countries which Allow Dual Citizenship

Countries which allow the acquisition of dual citizenship include:

Albania
Armenia
Austria
Denmark Grenada Latvia Philippines Switzerland
Australia Dominica Hungary Lebanon Poland Syria
Bangladesh Ecuador Iceland Lithuania
Luxembourg
Portugal Thailand
Belgium Egypt Macedonia Romania Turkey
El Salvador Iraq Malta Russia United Kingdom
Brazil
Bulgaria*
Fiji Ireland Mexico
Moldova
Serbia
Slovenia
United States of America
Canada Finland Israel Montenegro Spain Vietnam
Chile France Italy New Zealand Sri Lanka Western Samoa
Colombia Germany Jordan Pakistan St. Kitts and Nevis
Cyprus Georgia
Greece
Kenya
Kosovo
Peru Sweden

Make GENDER/AGE a consideration for every type of visa.

Something people tend to forget about when issuing visas and green cards is gender. The US should consider gender as a primary factor in granting ANY green card or visa. If they let in 40 single men from on H1 visas, they should let in 42 single women on H1 visas. This not about equality, although that would be a good reason to do it. It’s about keeping your society from experience more crime.

A normal society has 105 women born to every 100 men. When societies end up with more men than women (like India and China, because of years of aborting female fetuses), they tend to end up with a lot of sexual frustration and turn into rape cultures. Poor men can’t afford wives, they have no available women to marry, so …. rape, incest, use of prostitutes, sexual trafficking of young girls and women all becomes way prevalent. In such cultures authorities don’t do much about rape, gang rape, etc, except ignore it or blame the victim. They don’t care about women.

Unfortunately now we see this same kind of things happening in Europe (in places like Germany and Sweden) as a direct result of allowing in a sudden influx of thousands of young male refugees (almost exclusively from countries which have no cultural construct of women’s rights) and refugee families, without admitting thousands of young women.

They have seen an uptick in crimes of a sexual nature. And I’m not accusing these young  refugees. What I’m saying is that refugee/immigrant young men + the native young men, create a sudden and severe gender imbalance that never goes away. And that leads to an increase in crimes of a sexual nature. And while Western governments do prosecute rape and are working harder to integrate people, it’s not going help unless they address the underlying problem, a politically created gender imbalance across the age groups.

If the US wants to keep society on an even keel, it should focus on creating a natural balance of the genders among age groups. When 50 25-year-old men come in on an H1 visa to work. There should be 55  20-25 year old woman allowed in from other countries on H1 visas to work.  This keeps the peace in society. And I’m using gender as a basis understanding that a natural portion of those folks will be LGBTQ as well.

So, to recap.

  1. I’m not in any way anti-immigration.
  2. I’m not advocating doing any of these things I just mentioned.
  3. I’m just saying even I can think of ways that are simple, cheap, logical, largely inoffensive steps (many of which have existed for decades) the US can use to start to fix immigration problems — all of which the POTUS ignored in favor of a sweeping, probably illegal, unconstitutional, totally ill-advised and self-aggrandizing gesture.

To be honest, Republicans don’t really want to fix immigration, at all. They never have. Have you ever seen a Republican govt do anything about immigration? Nope. So this is all about optics. Building a big wall seems like POTUS is doing something about immigration. But in reality POTUS is just inflating his ego, while harming international relations and hurting people.

Okay, the Muslim Ban, next up.

I, POTUS: thoughts on the insanity of the American Caesar

My issue with this whole election and the aftermath administration is facts. I believe in facts. For instance, Hillary Clinton loved her privacy and her blackberry more than her country. That’s a fact. The current POTUS loves himself and his money more than his country. That’s a fact. Both of them were horrible choices for president. I mean, really bad. They’re two sides of the same coin.: billionaire elite, political elite.

What the country really needed in 2016 was a moderate, sane, middle-ground candidate with a rational approach to both foreign policy and domestic issues who was open to looking at immigration reform, tax reform, entitlements, Obamacare, education, and how globalization did and did not work for the US people. Instead, we got the current POTUS, a man that has failed as businessman, failed as husband (3x), failed as philanthropist (his charity only gives to himself), failed as just about everything. And, all due respect, you do have to fail a lot to get it right eventually, that’s true. But no one needs a POTUS failing a lot on the job to learn how to do that job.

My big issue with the current POTUS  is that he is not competent to run a government of any size, due to Alzheimer’s disease and uncontrolled adult ADHD.

Here’s a partial list of Adult ADHD symptoms.

Lack of Focus

Possibly the most telltale sign of ADHD, “lack of focus” goes beyond difficulty paying attention. It means being easily distracted, finding it hard to listen to others in a conversation, overlooking details, and not completing tasks or projects.

Disorganizaton

Life can seem chaotic for everyone at times. But someone with ADHD experiences a more hectic life on a regular basis. This can make it difficult to keep everything in its right place. A person with ADHD may struggle with these organizational skills:

  • time management
  • keeping track of tasks
  • prioritizing in a logical manner
  • timelines

Impusivity

Impulsiveness in someone with ADHD can manifest in several ways:

  • interrupting others during conversation
  • being socially inappropriate
  • rushing through tasks
  • acting without much consideration to the consequences

Emotional Problems

Life with ADHD can seem chaotic, as though your emotions are on a constantly up-and-down journey. You can easily become bored and go looking for excitement on a whim. Small frustrations can seem intolerable or bring on depression and mood swings. Untreated emotional problems can have a polarizing effect, which can add complications to personal and professional relationships.

Restlessness & Anxiety

 As an adult with ADHD, you may feel like your motor can’t shut off. Your yearning to keep moving and doing things can lead to frustration when you can’t do something immediately. This leads to restlessness, which can lead to frustrations and anxiety. Anxiety is a very common symptom of adult ADHD, as the mind tends to replay worrisome events repeatedly.

Relationship Issues

An adult with ADHD often has trouble in relationships, whether they are professional, romantic, or platonic. The traits of talking over people in conversation, inattentiveness, and easily being bored can be draining on relationships as a person can come across as insensitive, irresponsible, or uncaring. Repeated patterns of relationship issues, including divorce, are common.

Here’s a partial list of Alzheimer’s warning signs from the Mayo Clinic

Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. POTUS is always in the care of minders or family. They always have to redirect him when he goes off the rails. In fact,  Tim Cooke, CEO of Apple took a meeting with Ivanka and Jared about the immigration ban. Not the POTUS. That’s just weird. POTUS is mentally unable to discuss things with people.

Challenges in planning or solving problems
Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan. They may have difficulty concentrating. POTUS can’t plan anything, seriously. Nothing he has done has a plan behind it. He can’t focus long enough to make one.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of POTUS, he’s unable to see that his inauguration crowd was smaller than Obama’s.

Problems with words in speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”). All of the above happens to POTUS. He rambles about himself endlessly because even he doesn’t know what he’s saying. He forgets his words. Count how often he uses Good or Great in any statement.

Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers — or trying to make Mexico pay for $15 billion wall. Or thinking torture is okay. Or talking about yourself as supporting the intelligence community after saying you didn’t on Twitter. Or groping strange women when you’re already married to a nice woman.

Changes in mood and personality
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. POTUS is pretty much the definition here. Suspicious and confused he’s shutting down all communication between taxpayers and the agencies that work for taxpayers, such as the EPA or the National Parks. The phrase paranoid delusions springs to mind. One of the president’s confidantes told Politico that his staffers have to “control information that may infuriate him,” a task made difficult by the fact that the leader of the free world “gets bored and likes to watch TV.”

I support anyone struggling with Adults with ADHD or Alzheimer’s. But I have a problem having someone with both of these conditions, both untreated, running the USA with a group of advisers that could at best be described as morally dubious, politically sketchy, vultures out to pick America’s bones clean.

Okay, next up. The wall.

 

I, POTUS: thoughts on how we got to This is not US

Okay, I haven’t written anything in a while, but I feel like posting some things about the new POTUS. This is the first of 5 posts. If your not political, feel free to give them a miss.

I want to clear up my position first.

  • I did not vote for the current POTUS.
  • As a registered Independent, I’ve voted for presidents from both sides of the aisle.
  • I am against severely mentally compromised people of any party running the US government.
  • It’s clear the current POTUS most likely suffers from uncontrolled Adult ADHD and early Alzheimer’s.

Keeping in mind that Trump’s positions always start at nuclear to purposefully upset (or distract) people (the media) from his real goal so he can end up at the atomic level (rather than some rational midpoint) because atomic looks better than nuclear, the media ought to be paying more attention to the stuff that goes on behind the big, loud, splashy the stuff.

So, let’s start with the current big, loud, splashy stuff: “The Muslim Ban”. This issue makes the restructuring of the National Security Council — and placing of white supremacist propagandist Steve Bannon on that new version of the NSC, while removing people who actually should be there such as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Director — fall to the background. But in the long run, the NSC structure is a “how the country is run” issue while the “Muslim Ban” is a court issue.

It’s important to care about the ban, but it’s way more important that your country doesn’t become a police state run by propagandists who have no regard for truth or facts. No one wants to live in Nazi / Stazi/ KGB land. So again, while the Muslim ban is super important, the courts will resolve it correctly. The change to the security council, on the other hand, won’t be resolved unless Congress speaks out about it. People aren’t up in arms about it, and they should be. The media should be on top of this, and they aren’t.

The media has real problems following the actual ball. Mostly because there’s so many balls going. But still, they have to learn to see what’s really going on and focus on that. Not being focused on what’s really going on, is how the media came to miss what was happening with the electorate and why Trump was going to win. More on that next.

My belief is that some people are right about something things, other people are right about other things. At the end of the day, most people agree on basic things even if they don’t agree on the same  solution. For instance, everyone can agree good schools are important. But the best solution to getting good schools, typically either public funded or private charter (for some reason no one thinks there might be 3rd, 4th or 5th option), is where the divergence happens. In general though, people want the same things, a good life in a place where the rule of law is both reasonable and enforced.

It’s no surprise that Republican voters voted Republican or Democrats voted Democratic. That’s herd mentality. It’s a shame, because it shows no one in those parties was really thinking of the candidate, asking if the candidate was right for the job. But okay, that’s how it is. So basically the election came down to swing voters, and the media was aware of that and that the most important swing voters were in Rust Belt states. The media (and pollsters) should have paid attention to those voters, but they didn’t.

Absolutely no one can blame swing voters in the Rust Belt for voting for change (not necessarily voting for Trump, but voting against Obama or Clinton, Obama’s legacy candidate). Why? Because their lived experience left them feeling as if

  1. all the economic gains seemed to be happening in other states, specifically the East/West coasts,
  2. that the rest of the country was ignoring the fact the real unemployment figure, which they experienced, was around 10%,
  3. and that they should be able to return to the job they’s done in the past rather than have to mourn and move on, try to learn something new, or move to states with better prospects.

No one really made the case to them that 1. Democrats in govt had dumped a crap load of money in rust belt auto manufacturers to save jobs there, which they did; 2. Republicans controlling congress refused to make a Democratic president look good or help people by passing big costly infrastructure bills (although now, suddenly, a $15 billion wall is okay with said Republican congressional members);  or 3. that there were a lot of government retraining program available to them but their Republican controlled states refused “federal” help.

I agree that ideally one should be able to find work one can do in one’s own state. But I also understand that most of the time that’s a function of the state government and self-will rather than congressional or presidential will. If a state’s business climate sucks, it’s hard to find a job. If you have no resources in your state open to you to allow you to change professions or move, it’s hard to find a job. In other words, I do understand why the majority of people in some hard-hit states (but not the majority of voters in the US) would vote Republican as a vote for change.

Let’s be honest. Obama did a lot but he didn’t do everything he could for these voters. In some cases he couldn’t. His hands were tied, by Republicans in Congress. In some cases, his attention was drawn away from these folks to other important issues, like the Arab Spring or the Newtown massacre. But voters in those recession-destabilized states felt, and were, lost in the shuffle. The recovery wasn’t happening for them and that should have been a red flag for the Democrats.

I can also understand how people in that situation came to feel about the media. The media quest was for ever more “new exciting” stories. On any given day, the media  was consumed with reporting on NC’s transgender bathroom problems, the plight of DREAMERS, or the Syrian’s war/refugee crisis. Don’t get me wrong, all these things were very important and deserved coverage. But when I think back to the election, I didn’t hear much about the millions of American people the recovery was passing by.

The media overlooked a huge swath of American voters. This made those voters feel like their problems weren’t being seen, which they weren’t. And, because the mainstream media overlooked how tens of millions of citizens were doing, they never saw a Republican victory coming. The media wrote off the voters who told them what they really thought and called them right-wing nut jobs, which then made these voters a) more reluctant to talk to the media and b) more reluctant to listen to the media.

After all, if the media all around you can’t see what is obviously going on in the lives of yourself and your neighbors and everyone you know, then how can you be convinced the media are telling the objective truth in their reporting? It’s really logical when you think about it.

More to follow.