The Nation might be better served by politicians with less grey hair


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Americans Held Hostage Year 10

If you regularly read this blog, you know I’m not a fan of Donald Trump.  While we have never have seen a man as divisive as President Trump.  It impossible to blame the political climate on Trump. 

There where serious problems within the individual parties  before he was elected. After becoming President, the GREAT DIVIDE between the two parties has grown wider. Child like, finger pointing in the order of the day.  “But what about what they did ”  .

Let’s be clear, its Party Before Country!!!!

Prestige Position and Power! men and women shaking the hands of the right people in the parties. Voting as told, a lifetime of patience waiting to be assigned to an influential and powerful committee.  A few years ago, the Tea Party opposed the system and nearly divided the Republican party as members of the Tea Party weren’t life long politicians and demanded a place at the table. 

 As Americans are entering  the tenth year as hostages of their government.  There isn’t any indication of a meeting of the minds between the two parties.   As the infighting between the two parties continues, important legislation remains unsigned  Bipartisanship is simply a word or Idea.  Americans are still waiting.

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The Current State of the Union

“Given a choice, I would prefer you to marry out of  your race and religion than to marry a Democrat”

“I Don’t Care how nice his mother is ! You are not allowed to play with ANY Republicans “

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Grace 

1. simple elegance or refinement of movement “she moved through the water with effortless grace”.

2. To honor or credit to (someone or something )by one’s presence.  “he bowed out from the sport he has graced for two decades” 

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A few Democrats boycotted the President’s State of the Union Address.  A mistake in my view..   We may not  like or respect the views of the man in office, however as politicians they need to respect the office.   

We teach our children to be respectful, to be a good sport ,to stick it out and not retreat because we don’t like their opinion or their personality.

Someone has to rise above, the Crazy.  Someone who st remembered the basic lessons from his parents.   Perhaps we would be better served by those who still remember.  Perhaps someone with less gray hair.

It cant be any worse than it is today

CityFella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Republican Party: Hero’s Needed !


 

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Winning the Battle and Losing the War

More than 30 Republicans have announced they planned to retire by 2019. The latest, is California’s Darrell Issa.   Issa was first elected to Congress in in 2001. For many years his  district representing Western San Diego Country was considered safe district for the Republican Party. The demographics have changed ,there are more Hispanics and Asians in his district then ever before.    In 2016’s general election Issa beat his Democratic challenger Doug Applegate by 1600 votes.

The challenge for many Republicans in 2018.  Incumbents will need to alien themselves with Presidents Trumps to survive the primaries and then broaden their appeal to win the General Election.

 

The General Election

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The Current GOP is viewed as Racist,Sexist, and Cruel by  Millennials.  This large demograpic went to integrated Schools, they tend to support LGB issues. While there are not enamored with the Democratic Party, they are more likely to vote with the Demos.

The Republican Party Needs a few Superheros 

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31 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018. That number will likely grow, as Republicans in competitive districts have to make decisions about whether to run in an election year where their president has a low approval rating.

Choosing Party Over Personal Political Aspirations

President Trumps words, tweets is having a profound negative effect on the nation and his party.   His adminstration has alienated nations and racial groups throughout the world.  America is no longer viewed as a welcoming place.   The White Houses isn’t welcoming to many Americans.

The GOP is in desperate need of Superheros.  George W Bush and Arizona’s John McCain and Bob Corker, Jeff Flake cant do it alone.   The party needs SUPERHEROS Men and Women who will say Donald Trump’s views do not reflect the Republican Party.   Proud Republicans who will say his positions on Muslims, Mexicans, Gays, and the Poor is not who they are as a party!   The GOP dangeriously is teetering near edge.

Memories are long and the pain is deep.  The recovery is likely long,the healing process may take decades.

The Trump Administration’s basement doesn’t appear to have a bottom. Paul Ryan, The Speaker of the House of Representatives response to Donald Trumps latest faux pas was to say it was “Very unfortunate and unhelpful”.   The future of the party isn’t promising.

 

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Beyond the Primary: The Death of the GOP


 

An an Independent, I’m very concerned for the future of the Republican Party.  In short time pillars of the GOP has been dismantled .  Much of the damage can be attributed  to President Trump’s ineptitude. However much of it lies at the feet of elected Senators and members of the house, who have chosen party over country as they do not want to offend the narrow base of Trump supporters who’ll they’ll need in the primary.

The Republican party has had a long fragile relationship with women, blacks and Latinos.     Within the first year of his presidency, Millennials, LGBTQ, communities and other groups of color have joined that long and growing list of Americans who have been negatively affected by the presidents policies.  A gap that is widening by the day.

Winning the Battle and Losing the War

Within the next few years, once solid red states will become purple. Trumps voters overall were considerably older than Hillary Clinton.  The current average age of  baby boomers is 50.   After four years of President Trump, how does the party  broaden its appeal?

Today, the  future seems to be of little interest to  stake holders.  There is little opposition to the Presidents Policies, the focus in 2017 is a win at all costs.

While I’m not enamored by either party. I’m convinced we need at the minimum   two parties.  The question is, will one of those parties be the Republican party ?

CityFella

F Everbody! DT Goes Lower! (25 Days of Madness to Go)


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“KRAZYTOWN”

THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Its very possible the number of women who said DT has touched or fondled could very well match or exceed Bill Cosby accusers.

Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crook, People Magazine’s Natasha Stoynoff and Mindy McGillivary are just some of the women who have come forward.

Donald Says False Attacks!

Donald has threaten to sue the New York Times for its story AND wants a full retraction.  With smoke filling the room, the press is clamoring for Apprentice footage where it is alleged, DT has been inappropriate with female cast members.

Expect another leak by the weekend!

 

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He plans to ratchet up the attacks on Bill Clinton. He wants to paint former President Bill Clinton “as Bill Cosby”  Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon  said “We’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby. He’s a violent sexual predator who physically abuses women who he assaults. And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims.”

In a tweet, he says the shackles have come off.

HE IS GOING AFTER EVERY BODY

He is at war with everybody. The media (who have been unfair to him) the GOP,  “disloyal” members of his own party are more of an impediment than Hillary Clinton.  Disloyal R’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win – I will teach them!

The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!

“When They go Low, We go High”

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Will They?

Will they listen to Michelle Obama, and go high?

Bill is off his game and VERY protective of his wife. Will he go  low to defend his wife?  Being an Alpha female will she respond to Donald’s attacks on her husband?

Hacked E-Mail 

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta prodded the candidate to court “needy Latinos” during the Democratic presidential primary fight in 2015, according to an email published by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The subject of the Aug. 21, 2015, email from Podesta to Clinton and her top aide, Huma Abedin, reads: “Needy Latinos and 1 easy call.”Podesta suggests Clinton make calls to three politicians: Federico Pena, the former secretary of energy and of transportation under President Bill Clinton; Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor who spurned the Clintons by endorsing Barack Obama in 2008 and former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges.

What was in those E-mails?

During the primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tried to make Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street banks a major issues but she refused to release the transcripts.

 

Clinton Has Expressed Support For Fracking. Although Clinton cast herself as a fracking skeptic during the primaries, Clinton told paid audiences that she has promoted fracking around the world.

 

“Fracking was developed at the Department of Energy,” she told Deutsche Bank executives in a speech attached to an email from earlier this year. “I mean, the whole idea of how fracking came to be available in the marketplace is because of research done by our government. And I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world.”

She also implied that fracking is an important part of the country’s future to become energy independent.

“Now the technology gives us the chance to go in and recover oil and gas” Clinton said in the document. “Or with the new technology known as fracking, we are truly on a path — and it’s not just United States; it’s all of North America — that will be net energy exporters assuming we do it right.”

 The transcripts, if accurate, also show that Clinton has slightly different things to say behind closed doors to bank executives when it comes to her relationship with ordinary Americans. In one of the transcripts she is quoted as saying that she’s “removed” from the struggles of ordinary Americans as a result of her family’s financial fortunes but that she hasn’t forgotten her upbringing. The transcripts also contained a line — brought up during Sunday’s second presidential debate — where Clinton said “you need both a public and private position” in politics.

“I mean, politics is like sausage being made,” she said during the 2013 speech to the National Multi-Housing Council. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”

Clinton also reportedly said in a paid speech that terrorism is not a threat to the United States as a nation though it is concerning.

It’s about to get Real Ugly Real Nasty!

 

Its desperation time, Donald plans to throw everything .  ABC News said, Roger Stone a Trump ally paid  Kathy Shelton $2,500 to attend Sunday’s debate. How many more will they dig up?   Will Hillary, talk about issues or play tit for tat.  Trump supporters are becoming more aggressive toward the press.

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If your in one of the early voting states

Do yourself a MAJOR FAVOR!   Vote ASAP.

Then turn off the News.

25 Days

CityFella

 

Dear Paul Ryan, I’m not a Mexican


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I’m a black man from the great state of California.  When I was a young man, some of my employers would tell me how exceptional I was as a black man.  How different I was, at the time I felt special “EXCEPTIONAL” I was better than those other blacks.

As I matured, I realized being the good one wasn’t a compliment.

Through the years, I have been in many organizations where I was the only person of color.  In these organisations, people would praise black people, politicians, entertainer and sport figures.   However, they would openly speak negatively about other races. Praising “African Americans” and disparaging  Mexicans, Indians, and Filipino’s in my presence.

After a meeting, I shared my discomfort with someone I thought was a friend, two days later I was called into a meeting and a week later I was demoted.  They said I would be reconsidered.

If your a person of color, you can sense who is a racist. There is often a distance, and an ignorance (which is the root of racism) that seeps out in a comment or statement.   No hue is exempt and  you when an individual makes a negative statement about a person of color, it resonates with all people of color.

No, I’m not Mexican, however the negative words used by the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for the President of the United States affects more than Mexicans.

If you looks closely at the televised protests,they include many African Americans.We know how it feels to be called, thugs, rapists, murderers. Earlier this year Maine’s Governor Paul Le Page said “Drug dealers with names like “D-Money,” “Smoothie,” and “Shifty” who bring heroin in from out of state and often “impregnate a young white girl” before they leave.   So  we can realate,the wound for many if us is fresh

As an Independent voter, who believe the system is rigged and third or fourth party is needed for real change in this country.  I have hoped for leadership within the Republican Party, because I cant imaging a one party system . However, its hasn’t happened.

Your support of this racist brings your judgement into question. For every Republican who supports this politician WILL damage there position in their community. Perhaps for many many years to come.  It’s possible he may win the race but lose the war. There are many who believe he will lose the race and the war .

The day After New York


Forget the second or third largest state. New York was the ‘If you can make it here?” State!

An outsider, who entered politics in the seventies. Running for the President of the United States in his seventies.  His  views and opinions are considered extreme by members of his own party.  During the early months he was ignored by the media.  But his message appealed to a non traditional voting bloc, voters under 30.

His anti-establishment views ,defending the importance of free enterprise and the limited role of government appealed to this group. He ignited this group, who’s enthusiasm grew by the week.   This appeal, initially ignored by the other candidates was rapidly gaining ground and by spring it was clear, he owned this bloc of voters . Not only did they pledge their allegiance to him, they opened their wallets in large numbers.

In 2008, Ron Paul ran for President as a Republican.Twelve years earlier he was a Libertarian.  His presence annoyed Mitt Rooney, John McCain  and most of the GOP establishment. His team used You Tube and Social Media (a technology underused by the GOP) to help spread his message. Donations to his campaign though small, kept him in the race through June.

Ron Paul did not endorse any GOP candidates in 2008, preferring third party candidates.  If someone within the Republican Party brokered a deal with Paul as the Democrats did with Howard Dean in 2005, 2012 may have had a different outcome.

In 2004, the former Governor of Vermont campaign appealed to younger voters.  Many Democrats considered Dean an outsider.  But Dean’s campaign could not be ignored, and his non traditional campaign utilizing the net and social media was the foundation of Obama’s 2008 Presidential bid.

Not Yet

Bernie Sanders is the ticket, his campaign is drawing thousands. People want to be near him and feel the bern.   As for drawing power there  isn’t a close second this political season he is the Rock Star.   Like Ron Paul ,those large crowds and the enthusiasm does’t necessarily translates into votes.

Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at UCLA, noted that it was early in the election cycle and that support for Sanders may not translate to votes.  “Just because people are interested, it does not mean people will actually cast a ballot in support,” Vavreck said. “People showing up for these rallies have a strong interest in politics. They’re not average voters, who are barely tuned in to the election at this point.”

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and two associates, “It’s important to remember that crowd size fundamentally doesn’t matter much. Comparisons between how large one candidate’s crowd is compared to another are ripe for misunderstanding.”

They cite 2012, “when press reports and GOP partisans frequently mentioned the large numbers that Mitt Romney was drawing on the campaign trail. Did this end up mattering? Obama won the popular vote by about 5 million votes. “

Bernie Sanders isn’t going to sing anytime soon.  He has loyal followers who will finance him to the Convention.  Like Paul, he has a large following and if current polling holds true, only one in four Bernie supporters will vote for Hillary in the fall.
Sanders is an outsider, like Paul he changed his party affiliation from Independent to Democrat to run for President.  Like Paul, he has little support from the establishment in the Democratic Party.    However, the Democrat’s needs to regain those voters who enthusiastically supported Obama in 2008.

Real Change Happens from the Bottom up

Many of the young voters who supported Obama in 2008 are disappointed many are still waiting for the Change he promised.   Many of those young voters are disillusioned and have walked way from politics.
In an ideal world, those voters would have participated in local and state races.  This is where real change happens.   However, most of the members of the House and Senate have been in office for decades and holding on to power is the goal.   These (establishment) politicians have prevented change on both sides of the aisle and will continue until there is change from the bottom up.
In 2005 Howard Dean became the chair Democratic National Committee (DNC) he held that position for four years.
If the DNC is wise, they would broker a deal with Bernie Sanders. Again like Paul, many of his supporters would follow him.
The real failure of Ron Paul, was not using his appeal to generate interest in the Libertarian  Party.

Yes The System is Rigged

The are local, state and Convention rules for the Delegates. The objective is control over members of the two parties.  Its important that are choices are limited to Skippy or Jif.

The top of the ticket is important for the make up of the Supreme Court..
American are angry!   For eight years we are hostages in the war of  Rhetoric and ideologies.    Unfortunately most people believe its the President who has the power.
In the red states if you are poor, Obamacare isn’t an option. Many counties are without clinics and people are without medical care.   If you are a woman,your legal right to have an choice has been stripped away  with new laws intending to make it difficult for physicians and their patients are on the books. Texas the second largest state in the country with over 26 million people has less than 6 clinics.
If you are Gay or Trangendered your civil rights have been stripped and businesses  can legally fire you for being Gay.  In resent weeks some states have added new law that further restricts the LGBT community.
Stagnation plagues many of the blue states.  Internal issues power struggles within the Democrats prevents movement within the states.  Lost in the middle is  adequate funding for education, repair roadways and polices that will attract business.
The President can not change these policies that adversely affects Americans. These changes can only happen when we change the make up state and local politicians.
The Day After New York expect more of the same.
CityFella
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(Lynn Vavreck)

Donald Trumps Racist Comment : Mexico Speaks, Hillary Speaks, The Republican Party continues to be the stupid party


By: CityFella

A few years ago Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal  urged his party to “stop being the stupid party.”

“We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth,”

“We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments,”

Donald Trump was not happy with Jindal

“He was stupid for using that term,” Trump told “Fox and Friends.” “Because that term is so obnoxious, and so good for the other side, he should not have used that term. That term is going to be living now for a long time, and they’re going to have his face on television using it.”


The Republican party wants Latino’s (especially Mexicans) voters. In the last presidential election 71% of Mexican voters choose Obama over Mitt Romney 71% to 27%      There are many in the GOP, believe attracting Mexican voters is important to growing the party.


June 15,2015

Donald Trump:  “When Mexico sends its people,”  “they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people,  I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

June 17th 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on Fox America Newsroom.

Perry derided Trump’s proposal on Tuesday to build a wall across the Mexican border, saying that while it makes for good television, “Americans are not looking for rhetoric.”

Interviewer Bill Hemmer finished the discussion by pointing to Trump’s statements about Mexican immigrants taking advantage of the American economy, asking Perry, “Are they ripping us off?” “I think you have to have diplomatic relationships with a lot of different countries. Mexico happens to be the number one trading partner with the state of Texas,” Perry said. “We may disagree on a number of things, but, again, I’m not going to get distracted on what is important to the people of this country.”

Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said at an anti-discrimination event in the Mexican capital that Trump’s comments are “prejudiced” and “absurd,” adding that the business magnate was “clearly ignorant” of the Mexican migrants’ contributions to the U.S.’ economy.”I think what (Trump) did is generate controversy, but not a plan,” Osorio Chong continued, “[Trump] surely doesn’t know the contributions made by migrants from practically every nation in the world, who have supported the development of the United States,” as quoted by Reuters.

June 18,2015

Thursday on “Ralston Live” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about Mexico sending criminals to the United States during his announcement speech could “trigger” shootings like the one in Charleston’s Emanuel AME church yesterday.

“We have to have a candid national conversation about race, and about discrimination, prejudice, hatred. The people who do this kind of dastardly, horrible act are a very small percentage. But unfortunately public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who is less than stable to do something like this.”

Clinton continued, “I think we have to speak out against it. Like, for example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable. You know you don’t talk like that on talk radio. You dont talk like that on the kind of political campaigns. I think he is emblematic. So I want people to understand, it’s not just him, it’s about everybody.

Trump countered with an Instagram response:

“Wow–it’s pretty pathetic that Hillary Clinton just blamed me for the horrendous attack that took place in South Carolina. This is why politicians are just no good. Our country’s in trouble.”

The Trump video clip has received more than 3,000 Instagram likes so far, along with lots of polarized, profane comments.

Lisa Navarrete, a spokeswomen for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organisation said  “absurd” “This is a man who has a pathological need for attention,”

“Part of the reason why Latinos are so alienated from the Republican party these days is there’s a sense that there are people who actually believe [what Trump said],”.I’m hoping that the saner, more rational people in the Republican party can put a stop to this kind of thing, and say: ‘No, we’re going to be constructive, we’re not going to needlessly and consciously alienate the fastest-growing group of voters in this country.”

Pablo Manriquez, Hispanic media director of the Democratic National Committee, told  Forbes that Trump’s “utter disrespect for Mexicans and immigrants” is “nothing new. In fact, it’s just the same old Latino outreach playbook the GOP turns to every election, just with less packaging and finish.”


So Far no one from the Republican Party has condemned Trumps racist comment.

Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush, expressed their plans to pave a way for the citizenship legalization of undocumented immigrants, Fox News Latino added. The two also boasted of their projects benefiting Hispanics while in office.

2016 is a crucial year for the Republican Party.  The GOP cant afford a repeat of 2012 with too many fringe candidates.  Donald Trump is more than a distraction, he needs to be shut down.     The core is rapidly fading, in the next 10 years voters of color will determine elections, Hispanic, Asian and Black voters are slowly reshaping America.  The writing is on the wall, in California, the majority of the populations is of color where the Republicans have little power.

The party needs to shut him down as a group.  It should not be a one on one war. ( Having said that, in the short term,  taking on Trump could do much for a candidates visibility)  Trump loves nothing more than a media war.  Trump dominates social media and with each passing day he damages the party.  They should say his racist comments do not reflect our views.

Who remembers Jeb Bush? he announced his candidacy one day before Trump.  Donald has made the other candidates Irrelevant. Republican strategist are pulling their hair out as they have seen his road show before, he bolts before the lights dims and decides not to run.

For each day, the Party is silent, it further damages the brand, Donald didn’t just insult Mexicans, he insulted every person of color, every working woman and gay individual,everyone who isn’t a white conservative male.    The silence confirms what Bobby Jimdal said a few year back, the stupid party.

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