Stop the illegal inauguration!

Russia manipulated the presidential election in the United States of America. That fact is incontrovertible. Trump openly invited Russia to hack into servers of United States’ citizens. Trump was elected because that is who Putin wanted as the next president of the United States.

All of the above are facts! Nobody involved is really disputing these facts. The only discussion is what, if anything, will be done. From what I’ve heard and read, the only focus is whether we can/should prevent such interference in future U.S. elections. That isn’t enough for me.

I want to know how and why we should accept the candidate that we know was put in place by Putin. I believe if we let this crime go unchallenged, we have handed out country over to Russia. Why would we let this illegal election result stand?

Since no one seems to be taking the fact that Trump won the election illegally, I am not hearing much about what can be done to correct the result. My sense of fair play says that Trump should be disqualified and Clinton should be made President-elect. Of course, I know that a lot of people would protest that choice. Still, if in a competition, one team cheats and is caught, the other team wins. Why should an election be treated differently?

More importantly, why should we accept the choice made by and installed by Putin? Isn’t this a clear degradation of our democratic government? Can no one see that accepting this behavior is the same as saying, “take over, we give Russia control of our government”?

Perhaps someone out there can explain to me the reasons that this travesty can’t or won’t be corrected. If there is no precedent, let’s not make a precedent by allowing the crime to go unpunished. If there is no known method of making this right, let’s create a method that is just and true to our fundamental principles of democracy.

I don’t know where to go or how to do it but I know that someone has to stop the inauguration of Trump. We can not accept a president that we know was promoted by outside sources to the point of manipulating the election.

Please, explain the statement, “we can’t afford to keep going the way we were”!

There is something that has been repeated over and over during the election cycle and since. It’s something I profoundly don’t understand. It’s something I wish I could actually sit down and talk about with someone who says it. That something is: “We can’t afford to keep going the way we were”.

Here’s the thing. In the past eight years, so much has improved in our country. Yes, it was slow. Yes, it was frustrating. Yes, it took hard work.

So, here’s my question to each one of you who say, “we can’t afford to keep going the way we were”. What is wrong with “going the way we were”?

What was wrong with your life in the last eight years? Were you unable to find a job? Did your investments/retirement accounts diminish? Were you denied healthcare insurance or treatment because of a pre-existing condition? Were you ashamed by how other countries viewed us?

Just what exactly was so bad that you think we need to go back to the leadership that got us into the worst recession in our history, involved us in a war based on false information, created animosity toward our country around the world, and increased unemployment and the national debt?

The process of digging out of the recession has been difficult, at best. Many of the hurdles were caused by Congress refusing to cooperate/compromise in any way with any measures put forth by the President. Our government, historically, is not run by one person. It is a joint effort that includes all three branches of government working together for the good of the citizens. That important cooperation has been non-existent since President Obama took office. Republican members of Congress stated emphatically that they would block anything the the President proposed.

Despite this environment of opposition, President Obama and some members of Congress were able to achieve much to improve our country and our lives.

From TheFactCheck.org:

Since President Barack Obama first took office:

  • The economy has added more than 10 million jobs, and job openings are at a 15-year high.
  • The unemployment rate has dropped well below the historical norm, but long-term unemployment remains higher than at the start of the Great Recession.
  • The buying power of the average worker’s weekly paycheck is up 4.4 percent.
  • Corporate profits are running 152 percent higher, and stock prices have soared.
  • The number of immigrants caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally has dropped 53 percent.
  • Federal debt has more than doubled, and annual deficits, after shrinking, are again on the rise.
  • The home ownership rate has dropped by 4 percentage points.
  • The number of Americans on food stamps is up 36 percent.
  • Oil imports are down 53 percent, and wind and solar power have quadrupled.
  • The number of people lacking health insurance has gone down by 15.2 million.

factcheck.org has much more information regarding changes since President Obama took office. Check it out for yourselves.

Now, notice that not all the numbers are good and not all are what we’d like. Yet, despite massive obstruction by the Republicans in Congress, much as gotten better during the past eight years.

So, again, back to where I find myself so confused. Please, tell me what exactly was so wrong with the direction in which we were moving? I’d really like to hear. I pray that it wasn’t because you oppose equality for all, compassion for those who suffer, and opportunity for those in need.

Then, please tell me exactly what Trump said that made you think he would or could make your lives better because that is the second part of my conundrum.