I woke to see that conservatives had elected a president. Congratulations. Now we can see what we have to lose. Until then, hold your heads up. There is no benefit crying over spilt milk. The Pottery Barn rule applies. You break it; you own it. Now, they have to replace Obamacare. Now, they have to cut taxes for billionaires and balance the budget. Now, they have to renegotiate NAFTA. Now, they have to eliminate the EPA. Now, they have to deport 11 million of our neighbors. Now, they have to get Mexico to pay for a wall.
True leadership requires correctly seeing a problem. A leader creates a realistic plan to solve the problem and then mobilizes followers to put the plan into action. Only one of the 2016 presidential candidates has been a leader in this election. Only one candidate has defended the least among us from the vulgar rhetoric of the mob. That candidate is Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Secretary Clinton has never been shy about tackling the problems America faces. She has laid out detailed plans to secure Social Security and Medicare. Clinton is mobilizing an unprecedented majority of Republicans and Democrats who are sick of the division and obstructionism of the past. Americans have learned from our parents and grandparents that we can get more done together.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, feeds the gossip and the vulgarity. Will good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who brags about sexually assaulting women in the work place? Will good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who would turn his back on NATO? Would good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who failed to pay income taxes while our family members are deployed to fight terrorism?
Over the last 30 years, Republicans have wasted millions of tax payer dollars investigating the Clintons. What have we learned? They are human. They have human faults. Which one of our lives could stand up to the scrutiny of federal agents pouring over every intimate detail? And yet, not a single criminal charge has ever been brought against them. The goal was simply to smear them with gossip and vulgarity.
Why did these relentless assaults bear false witness? The Clintons have led the fight against trickledown economics since the 1990s. During the Bill Clinton administration, he raised taxes on the wealthy, balanced the budget and reformed welfare. The result was a thriving economy that worked for all Americans.
Now, Trump wants us to believe that a crude version of George W. Bush’s policies will make our lives better. It didn’t work the first time. Why would it work this time? Slashing taxes on billionaire and millionaires will only put Social Security and Medicare at risk. Tax cuts at the very top will also hinder our ability to pay our troops in the field and support our veterans at home.
Over the years we learned much about Secretary Clinton. She is basically an Eisenhower Republican. Ike built the interstate highway system. Ike protected the Civil Rights of school children. Ike stood tall abroad without engaging in risky overseas adventures. Clinton has studied and learned our history, and her job experiences have taught us much about her grace and grit.
Despite Donald’s Hollywood celebrity status, however, he is a blank slate. Every week a new revelation exposes his lack of self-control. How can a man fight for “liberty and justice for all” when he insults women who oppose him? How can he deal with heads of state when he refuses to do his homework? How can he fight for decent wages when he refuses to pay his workers at the end of a job? Insults and ignorance may be popular on the internet, but as President of the United States of America, we deserve better.
My mom and dad raised me to believe in America. America is the land of opportunity, a nation of justice and the home of the brave. We’ve made our share of mistakes as a nation. Never in our history has a politician so openly called on voters to turn their backs on their neighbors and their values. Leaders don’t incite fear. They chart a path forward. Leaders call us together to solve problems. Only Secretary Clinton has asked us to be an American leader.
The internet is buzzing with the US presidential race this afternoon. Huffpost Pollster did a nice comparison with the 2012 Obama-Romney race. I merged the two images to better illustrate the dynamics. I added the dark red and blue lines to the image to the Clinton-Trump graphic. It’s not perfect, but it makes the point well.
Yet Clinton is in a better place than Barack Obama was at this point in 2012. In the HuffPost Pollster chart, Obama widened his lead to just 1.5 percentage points over Mitt Romney nationally ― but that was good enough for Simon Jackman’s HuffPost model and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight model to give Obama a 91 percent chance of winning. Obama’s odds in the states were good enough that he was predicted to get 332 electoral votes (which is what he got).
I am the proud father of a son who serves in the United States Army, and the proud son of a father who served 27 years. I’ve thought many times about them not coming home to us. Any parent, or child, knows the feeling of waiting for their loved ones to return. When our family is deployed in overseas hotspots, our anxiety rises higher than anyone can imagine.
We, the voters of the United States of American, have a solemn duty not to pour fuel on any of those fires. Secretary Clinton has learned to take a cautious approach to overseas problems. Donald Trump can’t make it through a night without lashing out against his imaginary enemies on Twitter. We must have a steady hand on our rudder to navigate safely through troubled waters. Secretary Clinton is that steady hand. Donald can’t even keep his campaign from burning down from one day to the next.
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It’s not a secret that America’s economy is changing rapidly. In the 1950s, our products were sold on the world market with little or no competition. Today, Europe and Asia have vibrant industrial and technological businesses that rival our own. Hillary Clinton wants to invest in America, building industries and services that will be the envy of the world. Donald Trump wants lower American wages and benefits to foster competition.
We have learned a few things from America’s history. All of us are better off when we invest in world class roads, electrical grids and schools. These are services that the private sector can’t provide at an affordable price. In the years following World War Two, the United States led the world in public investments. Businesses could easily ship their products, power their factories and hire educated workers. Public investment raised our standard of living.
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Yes, I am my brother’s keeper, my sister’s too. Yes, Life is complicated, but life requires all of us loving our neighbor. Respecting our neighbor. Trusting our neighbor. Tolerating our neighbor. Standing up for our neighbor.
Give expecting nothing there of.
Both faith and reason teach us that in giving we shall receive.
Life is complicated. We don’t live in a perfect world. Our laws should take that into account.
In 1987 in Washington, 27-year-old Angela Carder was 26 weeks’ pregnant and gravely ill with cancer. It wasn’t clear that Carder, who was sedated, wanted to deliver via a Cesarean section, which her doctors said was too risky. The hospital obtained a court order, however, saying that she was to have the surgery to save the life of her fetus. Her daughter survived two hours, and Carder died two days later, with the C-section listed as a contributing factor. Carder’s family appealed the decision, and the District’s highest court ultimately ruled that a pregnant woman has the right to make medical decisions for herself and for her fetus. Beyond Washington, however, that right is unevenly protected.
Some straight talk from a friend. I didn’t ID her. Life issues tend to bring out the worst in conservatives from verbal abuse to outright violent threats. Ironic no?
When I look at the abortion debate, I think of several things:
1. No woman in the United States has ever been forced to have an abortion. [I’ll add that neither has any man been forced to have one.]
2. Abortion did not start in 1973 with Roe v Wade.
3. Prior to Roe v Wade, women who found themselves pregnant outside of marriage were treated like dirt. There was no assistance for them. No one offered any support. Instead, they were shunned by churches and polite society.
4. Young girls were sent away and after they had the baby, it was given up and when they returned, no one spoke of “the unfortunate incident.” There was no emotional support for a young woman who had been forced to give up her child. People whispered about them and said hateful, hurtful things because they were “immoral”.
5. Abortions occurred. They took place later in the pregnancy because the young women had to find a place to have the abortion. Young women tried to abort themselves with coat hangers. They went to people who had no training, in hidden places and the abortions were performed with ice picks and other assorted devices. Nothing was sterile.
6. Young women died of sepsis and bleeding. Many times, they became sterile afterwards because of the infections.
7. There were no statistics because it was considered a criminal act and the young woman as well as the abortionist faced the legal system if it was reported.
8. The Sunday after Roe v Wade, I remember the priest saying that people were going to have to find another way to deal with pregnant women if we wanted to prevent abortion. I remember him saying we would “have to be kinder to women who found themselves with an unwanted pregnancy”.
9. Repeal of Roe v Wade will not end abortion. It will re-criminalize women as they return to back alley abortionists.
We need positive steps to reduce the number of abortions. No expectant mother should feel alone and compelled to terminate a pregnancy. Every pregnant woman should have access to health care before and after her child is born. Women also need to know that Congress is working to improve job opportunities — more than 20% of women in the United States who have an abortion do so because they can’t afford a baby. To give them an alternative, we should work to remove the restrictions to adoption and to improve the foster care system. In Texas this system is on the verge of collapse because conservatives refuse to fund it. Congress must make sure low income mothers have access to child care so they can work and take care of their families. When women feel part of a community, they will be less likely to turn to abortion as a form of birth control.
Real birth control needs to be readily available to prevent unwanted pregnancies. While conservatives may complain about the “sin” of birth control, the success of reducing the number of abortions is real. Look at Colorado..
“They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate among teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.”
We can either address our problems as Americans together. Or remained locked in an endless name calling match.
Dealing with reality is an essential part of growing up. A wise person can weigh risks and benefits before making a decision. At Sunday night’s debate, we saw two different portraits of America. Secretary Hillary Clinton said repeatedly, “America is great because it is good.” Donald Trump recited a list of evil things about Modern America and claimed he would “Make America Great Again.” The voters have a clear choice between these two descriptions of reality.