GO AHEAD...CALL ME A RINO AGAIN! Why this latest Trump gaffe makes my support of Clinton look genius

I heard the "drug dealers and rapists" comments about Mexicans during his campaign announcement in Trump Tower.  I heard the "We're going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it". OK... I get it. There are Americans who believe that border security is a key issue and he was pandering to his up and coming base of voters. I can move on from there. 

I saw the bullying and amateur attacks on other Republicans during the debates in the GOP primary.  OK, he is an @*$hole.  There are Americans who believe that America is too politically correct.  He continued to pander to his up and coming base of voters. I can move on from there, too.

I even saw the HORRIBLE debate performance by the GOP nominee where he looked like a boorish amateur in a race for class president.  I thought that Hillary did a great job of putting chum in the water and watching Trump bite like a rabid Great White Shark on a feeding frenzy. She looked presidential...he looked like Animal House.  But, hey....I get it...there are those in the Republican Party that will back the GOP nominee no matter what.  And I can respect that.  I am not one of those Republicans...but I get it, none the less.

BUT NOW...we have this video that has the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, do everything from admitting that "when you are a star", you can do anything, including sexual assault by grabbing a woman "by the (insert derogatory term for female genitalia)"... to admitting that he was actively trying to engage in marital infidelity... THIS IS NOT PRESIDENTIAL!!!  NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!  

THEN, if that was not HORRIBLE ENOUGH...he puts out that shameful apology video! Let's fact check the claims in Trump's video message on Facebook.  

TRUMP CLAIM- "I never claimed to be a perfect person". 
FACT CHECK- This is true... he has never admitted that he was GOD, but he has claimed to be a minor deity in the Republican Party.  

(JOKE BREAK- Do you know the difference between God and Donald Trump? God has never claimed to be Donald Trump!)

TRUMP CLAIM: "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am"
FACT CHECK:  This is complete and total B.S.  These words reflect EXACTLY who you are...which is a shallow, egotistical, misogynistic, sociopath who will lie, cheat and steal to whatever he feels best suits his needs.  In this case...running for President.

Well... enough is enough. 

First, to Mr. Trump... you have demonstrated your complete and total lack of qualification, capability, credibility, and experience to be President of the United States.  You have created a campaign based on lies, fear, demagoguery, and hatred.  You have alienated the following sectors of the Republican Party...
-Women
-Hispanics
-Blacks
-Muslims
-LGBT (or the Log Cabin sector)
-Native Americans
-Elected Republican Officials
-College Educated White Males
And on top of that, you are hemorrhaging political support.  Hell, YOUR OWN RUNNING MATE IS RUNNING FOR THE DOOR... HE WON'T EVEN SHOW UP TO AN EVENT WITH YOU! If this is not a telling sign of the political apocalypse that is ahead for the Republican Ticket, I do not know what is. 

To the Republican Party leadership, you made this bed...now you get to lay in it!  From Reince on down the line...you did NOTHING to try and prevent this.  This is going to be a disaster of historic magnitude. And practical Republicans, like myself, get to stand by and watch it like the Towering Inferno it is.  What are we going to do....have another political "autopsy" and create another Growth and Outreach Plan?  We've done that, and look what IT got us....TRUMP!!!!

Now, to all of my Republican "friends" that call me a Democrat or a RINO (Republican In Name Only)...keep calling me those names.  All I know is, that those monikers do not bother me at all.  What keeps me awake at night is the current state of the political party that I have been proud to call my own since I was of age to register to vote in this country.  

Let me be clear...Trump and all of his lemmings in the party, do not represent the party that I know.  The party that I know is the Party of Lincoln.  The party that I know is the compassionate conservative that was Ronald Reagan.  The party that I know is the political courage of George H.W. Bush in his term as President.  In today's terms, the Party that I know lies in the hearts of people like Gov. Charlie Baker (Ma.), Gov. Larry Hogan (Md), Gov. Nikki Haley (SC), Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John Thune... These are practical Republicans who represent the future of the Republican Party that I can be proud of calling my own again.

Finally, to everyone that asks me why do I not switch parties and just join the Democrats? Well, the answer is simple...that is the easy and cowardice way to deal with this situation.  What I am doing is not easy.  What I am doing by staying in the GOP is what everyone should be doing...changing the party from within.

So go ahead... call me a RINO... call me a Democrat.  I get to sleep peacefully at night knowing that I have made choices that I believe are the best for the nation...not just party line.

 

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Trump isn't corrupt?

Much negative has been said of Sec. Hillary Clinton, namely, that she is unfit to serve as President because she is untrustworthy.  Some have even said that Donald Trump is a better choice because, unlike Sec. Clinton, he is not corrupt.  

In order to better understand this claim, one should ask, "What makes a politician corrupt?"

First, let's define the term such that we are all on the same page.

Corrupt:  —adjective (From Dictionary.com)

  • guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
  • debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.
  • made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text.
  • infected; tainted.
  • decayed; putrid.

So, in plain words, if one lies, cheats, or steals, that person is corrupt.

Based on this definition, I submit that Sec. Clinton is no more corrupt that Donald Trump.  Nor is Donald Trump any more corrupt than Sec. Clinton. Both have issues that support the theory that both candidates have challenges in the area of corruption.

For instance:

  • Clinton's Email Issues
  • Clinton's Whitewater Involvement
  • Clinton Foundation Alignment with State Department

 

  • Trump's lies with regard to his support of the Iraq Invasion
  • Trump doing business in Cuba before the lifting of sanctions
  • Trump using his foundation to fund his personal initiatives

These are only samples of the integrity shortfalls of both of these people. Neither occupy the moral high ground on this front. At the end of the day, voters have to figure out which of their nostrils they will push closed. Calling out one of them over the other on this filter is oxymoronic.

At the end of the day, voters will make their choice on rational and irrational bases. Irrationally, I am not a Clinton supporter. In short, I really don't like her.  I think she is shrill, arrogant, and two-faced.  That said, I think she better understands how our Government works than Trump. She also has demonstrated some level of intellectual curiosity about things that she doesn't understand.  My issues with Donald Trump, beyond those cited above, are too numerous to list here.  

Rationally, voters should take a "blind taste test" of these candidates.  For instance, if you were sitting in the departure lounge of an airport talking to one of two possible pilots, would you climb on the plane with the guy in a pilot's uniform or the guy who talks about flying but can't even discuss the plane's nomenclature? Granted, both have their risks, but one presents a far less risky proposition than the other.  

This is an over-simplistic view of the choice before Our Country. However, there exists an axiom at play that has so far powered Trump's rise to power: The less one knows about something, the simpler it must be."  The thought that someone without knowledge can "shake things up" without doing more damage than good makes as much sense as letting Homer Simpson run a nuclear power plant.

Kaepernick takes a seat: Patriotism in Sports

On August 14, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in a silent protest for the treatment of black people in the Unites States. He sat again during the anthem on August 20, the second game of the season. He didn’t receive attention or ridicule from the media until August 26 for sitting during the anthem while dressed in uniform.

Kaepernick’s quiet, but public refusal to stand during the National Anthem calls into question the relationship between sports and patriotism. Since his kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner, many have found him unpatriotic and disrespectful to the men and women who serve and have served in the United States military, while others have found his actions ‘very admirable.’

According to author of the book “Star-Spangled Banner” Marc Ferris, the first documented playing of the Star-Spangled Banner was in 1862 in Brooklyn. Because hiring a band was too expensive, the song wasn’t easily played at events until the 1930s when sound systems were invented. However, many football teams felt playing the song regularly made its impact less significant.

At Fenway Park in 1918, the Cubs realized the impact the song had on the crowd and the spirit of the game. The front office had the band play the song during the seventh inning stretch, then at pregame events, according to ESPN. Many players in major league baseball had served in the military, along with the veterans and members in active-duty who sat in the stands.  Since then, the standing up and singing the anthem became a national tradition.

However, the NFL does not require players to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner. According to the NFL, they encourage it.

Some have found Kaepernick’s actions unpatriotic and disrespectful. On August 29, Congressman Lee Zeldin tweeted:

#Kaepernick should think about the service members risking their lives to protect his freedom to be both rich and unpatriotic in NFL #USA

In addition, the quarterback has received death threats. According to CNN, the threats have come from different sources including social media. However, Kaepernick is aware and understands the reasons he is receiving these threats.

“There's a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country. And people don't like to address that. And they don't like to address what the root of this protest is," he told CNN.

Although some are disgruntled by Kaepernick’s thoughts and actions, others have voiced their respect for his protest. On September 5, President Obama remarked on Kaepernick, explaining that he was exercising his constitutional right to kneel, according to USA Today.

"When it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past," President Obama said.

President Obama also mentioned that Kaepernick’s goal was to give attention and create a national conversation about the issues at hand.  If that is true, his goal was achieved. 

How the Old Grey Lady Made Me Cry

How the Old Grey Lady Made Me Cry

So, as the 2016 race for the White House begins...and the Republican Candidates line up like Rockettes... the New York Times came out strong about a chilling criminal revelation regarding GOP Senator Marco Rubio.  They exposed the junior Senator from Florida to be criminal of the highest order....he has a history of TRAFFIC TICKETS!!!

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