Can’t Convince a Trumper

As members of the collective of 65,884,610 voters that voted for Hillary Clinton, we  continue to wonder how 62,979,636 voted for Donald Trump. It is clear to us that the Donald conned them into believing the lies he was telling. Our frustration is that you cannot convince his supporters of this. No amount of knowledge, common sense, or facts will dissuade their rationale for supporting him. I just don’t understand.

Then, being a Mark Twain enthusiast, I came across the meme below. This totally clarified it for me… I will no longer try to have a common sense conversation with a Trumper on this topic.

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I have no source for this meme to credit.

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America, I Am Concerned…

I am concerned about what we have done to ourselves.

I am concerned because we have elected a billionaire, authoritarian egomaniac and pathological liar to be President of the United States. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, yet he convinced his supporters that he truly cared about them, understood their problems, would “drain the swamp ” (government) of lobbyists and Wall Street elites, and he was the only one that can fix America’s problems (because he is rich and smart).

I am concerned because during his presidential campaign he refused to adhere to historical protocols for presidential candidates. Unlike his predecessors, he refused to release past years of tax returns; he refused to have a medical evaluation done at a valid medical facility to determine his medical condition (he is 70 years old); and he threatened to “lock up” his opponent if he was elected.

I am concerned because he ran the nastiest, most unprofessional presidential campaign in history. His campaign speeches and actions clearly defined him as a racist, xenophobe, narcissist, misogynist and extremely vindictive person.

I am concerned because in the past five weeks we have gotten a preview of exactly what kind of president Donald Trump will be. I believe he did not really understand what the job of being President was about until his first meeting with President Obama. His transition has been like a television show, parading candidates through Trump tower to kneel at the feet of the “Don.” His transition has been extremely disruptive, causing international tension by his uncontrolled actions, loose lips and tweeting. He has caused the stock prices of major American companies to drop due to his vindictive comments and tweets toward those that disagreed with him. He has not been receiving the daily security briefings because he is a “smart guy.” During the time when he should be preparing to be the President, he takes time off to do a “victory tour.” This tour provides him with a venue to get the adulation and worship he so desperately needs and an opportunity to shape the thinking of his supporters by feeding them more lies and false claims.

I am concerned because he has filled his cabinet with Wall Street billionaires and millionaires, “oil and gas industry” friends and ex-military hawks. Most are unqualified for the departments they will lead because prior to their new roles, they fought against what they will now lead.

I am concerned because the House and Senate Republicans have been the “Party of No” for the past eight years of President Obama’s administration, but now they are more than willing to help Trump “make America great again.” They now see the opportunity to implement their agenda to repeal the Affordable Care Act (taking insurance away from over 20 million people), reform Social Security (reducing benefits for the elderly), privatizing Medicare (taking away Medicare so elderly can buy their own insurance in the market, with a voucher to help pay for it), and killing Medicaid, CHIPS, and food stamps for the poor. Of course all these actions come with a tax cut for the wealthy.

I am concerned because all the societal safety nets and protections we have put in place for the American people, thanks to Democrats, are now in jeopardy of being discarded by Trump’s administration and the GOP in the name of corporate profits.

Most of all I am concerned because our election was hijacked and manipulated by Russia and Vladimir Putin to help get Trump elected. This hijacking was known months ago but because of our current state of politics, it was not made public. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader of the Senate, threatened to make it a partisan attempt to impact the election if the information was released. The Majority Leader of the Senate chose loyalty to his Republican party over the security of America and this threat to our democracy. He was rewarded by Trump when he picked McConnell’s wife to be Secretary of Transportation in his new administration. Now that this information has been made public, McConnell is suddenly on board with investigation of the hijacking. While this hijacking is now getting a lot of attention, it is not enough. This is serious. We were attacked by Russia to influence the outcome of our democratic elections and undermine our democracy.

We need to do more…NOW!  The world is watching how we respond to this attack.

This Is A Historical Moment For America

The latest breaking news is the Washington Post article about Russia’s interference in the presidential election. They referred to a secret assessment by the CIA where they concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just undermining confidence in the U.S. electoral system.

Assuming this is all true, this is a historical moment like none before in America. The legitimacy of our government and democracy are in question. We have a foreign country that has clearly undermined our electoral system and influenced the outcome of the election toward their favored candidate, which won. The scope and magnitude of this interference by a foreign country nullifies the validity of this election.

The timing of these findings provide one window-of-opportunity to resolve this issue. On December 19, each state will send their Electoral College electors to their state capitol to cast their vote for their candidate. Prior to that date all of the Electoral College electors should be assembled and receive the CIA’s briefing on this interference by Russia. After they have all the facts about this interference and after having a full month preview of Trump’s behavior, they can make a more informed decision on how to vote. Are they going to be true American “patriots” and vote for what’s best for their country or are they going to be a “political party over country” partisan hack and vote for what’s best for their party? I can’t see Trump supporters changing their votes, regardless of the facts, because they only believe what Trump tells them.

Right, wrong, or indifferent, a cloud of doubt has been embedded in the minds of Americans reference the legitimacy of this election. The level of interference by Russia and the widespread use of voter disenfranchisement is more than enough to deem this election illegitimate.

The only fair way to resolve this is to have a re-election using only auditable methods of voting (preferably paper votes) and a resolution for those large number of voters that were unfairly disenfranchised previously.