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The New Yorker Cover And The Las Vegas Shooting

October 14, 2017

The New Yorker, once again, nails it with a cover that speaks powerfully to the time in which we live.

Bill Clinton Writes Book Review For Ron Chernow’s Latest Must Read “Grant”

October 14, 2017

Ron Chernow is a national treasure.  Now there will be yet another reason to deeply admire him as we head to our favorite bookstore.

Sunday’s New York Times newspaper will feature a book review of Grant, the latest historical read the nation will be talking about. What makes this review all the more interesting is due to it being penned by President Bill Clinton.

For all its scholarly and literary strengths, this book’s greatest service is to remind us of Grant’s significant achievements at the end of the war and after, which have too long been overlooked and are too important today to be left in the dark. Considered by many detractors to be, as a general, little more than a stoic butcher, Grant, in the written terms of surrender at Appomattox, showed the empathy he felt toward the defeated and downtrodden — conditions he knew from harsh personal experience. The terms presented to Robert E. Lee carried “no tinge of malice” and “breathed a spirit of charity reminiscent of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.” He notably allowed the exhausted and starving Confederate regulars to keep their mules and horses, knowing from the rough experience of his failed Missouri farm (Grant presciently named its log cabin “Hardscrabble”) that only by putting in a crop as soon as they returned home would these destitute farmers — and their families — have a chance to survive the coming winter. Grant also knew that if the country had any chance of being brought back together, it needed something other than a harsh peace. In making national healing a priority, he — like Lincoln — took the long view.

Chernow shows a fine balance in exposing Grant’s flaws and missteps as president, and the ill-fated turn that Reconstruction took after a promising start, while making it clear that Grant’s contributions after Appomattox were as consequential to the survival of our democracy as any that came before. As Americans continue the struggle to defend justice and equality in our tumultuous and divisive era, we need to know what Grant did when our country’s very existence hung in the balance. If we still believe in forming a more perfect union, his steady and courageous example is more valuable than ever.

 

Yes, President Trump, They ARE American Citizens

October 13, 2017

From CNN.

Jose Luis Rodriguez waited in line Friday to fill plastic jugs in the back of his pickup truck with water for drinking, doing the dishes and bathing.

But there is something about this water Rodriguez didn’t know: It was being pumped to him by water authorities from a federally designated hazardous waste site, CNN learned after reviewing Superfund documents and interviewing federal and local officials. 

Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn’t startle him. 

“I don’t have a choice,” he said. “This is the only option I have.”

More than three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged this island, more than 35% of the island’s residents.

Big News Day For Robert Mueller Investigation

October 13, 2017

Big news day as the Russian investigation into the under-handed affairs of the Trump family along with their cronies continues.

Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Trump, was found to have much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than have been previously reported.  Some are not surprised at the idea that Manafort was connected to Russian power bases, but were surprised at the extent his financial ties were bound up with the underside from that country.

News reports today reveal that $26 million changed hands in the form of a loan between a company linked to Manafort and the Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin, bringing their business relationship to $60 million.   Why this matter is Manafort is under investigation for alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The screws are tightening on Manafort and one has to assume that at some point he may wish to talk in detail and in so doing point investigators in the direction everyone knows this probe is leading–straight to the heart of the Trump family.

Meanwhile former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team today and one can only imagine how quick the songbird sang.  After all, being fired by the White House means there is no more reason to keep the secrets of the nursery.

Just another week of what is certainly a most thorough and exhausting investigation.

What You Need To Know About The 25th Amendment–The Way To Remove President Trump From The Oval Office

October 13, 2017

The corridors of power are talking about the 25th Amendment.  Those in the nation who need to learn should do so, too as Donald Trump is not morally, psychologically, or intellectually fit to serve as president.  There is a national disaster playing out with Trump in office but the Constitution has a clear path for the removal of one who is not fit to lead as president.  This path is required for the sake of our democracy.

 

 

 

Trump Voters In Red Counties Just Took A Direct Hit–Should America Even Care?

October 12, 2017

President Donald Trump plans to end the cost-sharing subsidies that have helped some lower-income Americans purchase health insurance on the Obamacare marketplace.  The subsidies have required a monthly payment approved by Trump, which until now have gone forward. The White House has said it would consider each month’s payment on an individual basis.

The move has the potential to dramatically increase costs for some Obamacare customers. It’s the latest step taken by Trump to dismantle aspects of the signature health law signed by his predecessor.

We all have heard and seen the Trump voters who while being interviewed railed against Obamacare but once told that it was really called the Affordable Care Act they looked stunned.  Too many Trump voters have been easily deluded and led to think anything done by President Obama (a black man) must be bad.

Now in a truly backhanded slap to those economically poor Trump voters in red counties all over the nation they are about to truly feel the folly of their misplaced vote.   And in time their plight will be hitting hard and they will complain why the media is not reporting enough about their anger over Trump’s move.  And they will have to answer how it is that Trump was elected which caused their pain.  Mirrors will be given to those voters and reporters should take photos.

While this is a most dreadful policy move that will undermine the insurance market and cause premiums to soar it will take some really gut-wrenching story to sway many towards any empathy regarding the voters who created this national disgrace called the Trump White House.

Simply Because They Have Brown Skin

October 12, 2017

This is just not the way a President of the United States should act.  Just one more reason, added to a long list, as to why the 25th Amendment needs to be invoked.

President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Puerto Rico, claiming its infrastructure was a “disaster” before it was hit by two hurricanes. He threatened to pull out federal emergency management workers from the storm-ravaged island.

Democrats immediately ripped Trump, saying he continues to treat Americans there as “second-class citizens,” and saying he would not make the same threats about Texas or Mississippi.

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