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I just wish I could understand…

Lately, I find myself wondering what it would be like to talk with a Republican, more specifically a Trump supporter, about the current events of our country. I know we couldn’t change one another’s opinions but I wonder if we could even hear what the other has to say.

I like to picture myself sitting down over coffee and sharing our opinions, ideas, and feelings about what is happening in our world since Trump took over. I’m sure I’d be shocked by the opinions and view-point of the other side. Could I maintain my civility when faced with false “truths”? Are there Trump supporters who see the truth but still find a way to support him?

It’s all pretty unlikely but sometimes I really wish I could just ask a few questions and then listen to the answers. Here’s what I’d like to ask:

  1. Do you think Trump really cares about the working person? If so, on what do you base your conclusion?
  2. Do you think Trump has the necessary education, experience, and character to be President? Do you think it matters?
  3. Are you concerned that he hasn’t surrounded himself with experienced, knowledgeable people?
  4. Do you think he is hiding anything in his tax returns?
  5. Do you think Trump will make our country better economically? Do you care that he has never provided any solid evidence of a plan?

There are many more questions I have but these would cover a lot of time and probably move into other areas in discussion. I guess I’m still just trying to understand how intelligent, loving, compassionate people could support someone so self-absorbed, immoral, and dishonest to lead our great country.

 

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.

Why A Recount Is Important

I’m sorry to say I’ve had quite a lot of experience with skilled liars. I even spent some time married to someone who was so good at lying he could have taught a course on it. I certainly learned a lot about how a liar operates during my time with this person.

Probably the most important thing I learned is that a liar frequently accuses others of the sins he himself is guilty of committing. For example, if someone steals from his friends, he will accuse his friends of stealing from him. Or, if your spouse is having an extramarital affair, he will accuse you of the same. Thus, I find myself wondering about the number of times Donald Trump claimed that the election was “rigged”.

We all know Trump is a prolific and accomplished liar. The facts are too numerous and easily verified to even try to ignore. He has been judged one of the most untruthful candidates of all time. Clearly, he is a skilled, experienced liar.

So, is it any wonder that many of the voters are now questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 Presidential election? Knowing that Russia hacked into our computer system and manipulated the voters, who wouldn’t question the results? I, for one, keep coming back to the lessons I learned so many years ago. When a liar accuses another of a certain behavior, it’s a good idea to look behind the accusations for motivation.

If the election is legitimate, there is no reason to oppose a recount of any state. If there was no illegal activity, there should be no concern about a recount. If one is without any guilt, there would be no reason to complain about those who want to ensure the validity of the results.

In order to restore, and preserve, our faith in our election process, it is imperative that we conduct recounts openly and thoroughly. If the results are validated, then our system is validated. If the results are overturned, then we have proven that we have a system to protect the voters and the legitimacy of every election.

 

Vote!!!

We have sixty-eight days to endure the current election cycle. Sixty-eight days to shout that “my candidate” is the best. Sixty-eight days to shake our heads and wonder how anyone can support “that candidate”.

I am passionate about many causes. Most fall under the category of justice. Justice for all races. Justice for all sexual orientation. Justice for all genders. Justice for children. Justice for victims of crime. Justice for criminals. Just justice!

Knowing that, you can probably guess that I’m a liberal. And I’m a proud liberal. I wouldn’t want to be anything else because it wouldn’t fit with my passion for justice.

We live in the greatest country on earth and it’s not because of the politicians, the 1%, the lobbyists, or the huge corporate machines. It’s because of all the others. The working people, the students, the parents and their children.  All of us.

I believe in my fellow citizens. I believe that most of the people of this country care about this country and their fellow human beings around the world. Those of us who work, study, raise a family, and love one another want our country to continue being the best in the world.

Right now, I feel another passion welling in my heart. It is a passion for my fellow American citizens to stand up and show the politicians, the 1%, the lobbyists, the huge corporate machines, and all who think they own our Democracy that we’re taking back our country.  Now is the time for the citizens of the United States of America to stand up and show the world who we are and what we stand for. How do we do that?

We vote! We turn out. We show up. We make the effort. We take responsibility. We do our civic duty. We vote.