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Published: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:42:10 -0600

 



The Russian Investigation: 4 Options

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:20:05 -0600

The possibility of Russian interference in last year's election, and the possible degree and implications of that, have dominated the news, for over a year! Although the Intelligence Agencies of the United States, have stated, they've definitively determined, this interference, President Trump, has claimed, he is not convinced! While we may never know, completely, the entire story, including who was involved, why, whether their was a concerted effort, collusion, or an attempt, by Russia, to create disharmony, within the U.



The Song Biafra: A Dirge Sung by a Sect on a Solemn Procession

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:33:03 -0600

The bees in their hives buzz better in that they match their buzzing activities with their stings to cause severe pains on a perceived enemy. They understand the power of unity. The Igbos are the 'most disunited ethnic group' of the world, although they are industrious. Treat them as you would faeces, they would turn a desert into an orchard of roses. Show them where to keep their feet and they shall turn it into a gold mine. However, they lack unity of purpose and have no understanding of the politics of the masses. The irony of the song Biafra is rooted in the cry for secession tethered by a leviathan, Nigeria, to harshness of sorrowful marginalization, and fed fat by discordant squall of a people devoid of unity. May it suffice to say that Nigeria cannot afford to part with her integrity, her precincts which also include those inhabited by the Igbos. Agitators of Biafra had included five oil-rich states-Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, and Akwa Ibom-on their map. However, this inclusion has in recent times been rejected and harshly censured by various governors and key political actors of the said states.



Why Does Congress Propose Obviously Unpopular Legislation? 5 Possibilities

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:34:55 -0600

While most would state, this year, has been unlike, nearly any previous one, in recent memory, because of the political and social distrust, and polarization, many have failed to realize, it has also resulted, in far more posturing, than meaningful, relevant results! The two major proposed pieces of legislation, promoted and introduced, by the majority Republican Party, have resulted in extremely high unfavorable polls, but, despite that, has been pursued. Both, the health care legislation, commonly referred to, as, Repeal and Replace, as well as, the supposed, tax reform proposals, have failed to benefit, the majority of the American people.



Why Have We Been TRUMPED?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:19:51 -0600

There can be little doubt, we are currently experiencing times, which are far different, than any, in recent memory! Whether one supports, or opposes, Donald J. Trump, either when he was running, or, presently, as he's serving in the position of President of the United States, they must agree, his leadership, seems not to resemble, previous administrations.



Political Disorientation Has No Age Limit in the Ugandan Parliament

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:28:58 -0600

The issue of amending article 102 (b) of the Ugandan constitution to remove the presidential age limit has been a subject of contentious debate over the last several weeks. Members of the opposition believe that the planned bill is a ploy by the ruling party to pave way for the incumbent president to run for another presidential term in 2021 after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 75 years. While amending the constitution is supposed to be a normal parliamentary exercise, it is curious that this issue has engendered hysteria on the opposition side and euphoria on the ruling party side.



Change: For The Better, Worse, Or Change-Sake?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:15:51 -0600

How often have we heard, a politician, articulate, the need for change, and claiming, he will be the best instrument, to achieve a difference? President John Kennedy, spoke of the torch, being passed, to a new generation, while Richard Nixon, promised his secret plan, to change our direction, in the Vietnam war. Jimmy Carter emphasized the need for enhanced integrity, and doing the right thing, while Ronald Reagan, claimed to be, a different type of leader, who would alter economic policy, in the best interests of the nation.



Tax Reform, Or Welfare For The Wealthiest: 5 Examples

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:15:55 -0600

While there is little doubt, our tax system, is far from perfect or ideal, and could benefit, significantly, from being improved, the introduction of the proposed legislation (or, at least, what we know, of these proposals), seem to indicate, it's becoming, far more about politics, and self - interest/ personal agenda, rather than making a difference, for the better! In fact, recent polls have indicated, between two - thirds, and three - quarters, of Americans, do not support the way, this legislation, is proceeding. While President Trump, and the Republican Congressional leadership, continue to claim, this is middle- class, focused,...



6 Apparent Abuses Of Political Power

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:05:52 -0600

When Donald J. Trump campaigned, for the Presidency, he often referred to the weaknesses, in the culture of the Washington, D.C.



Battle Against the Dominance of WMC: Tough But Not Impossible by Any Means

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:53:11 -0600

Before we try to find a solution, we should first understand the logic and the structure behind this White Colonialism. This structure which originated well during the apartheid era, when the country was under crisis related to its Socio Economic structure and also the Political instabilities going around. The Natives of the country were fighting their battle for survival at the toughest of the Circumstances with low wages. Its worth mentioning here that they are amongst the lowest paid and most overworked in the in the country. Moreover they get the lowest deals amongst the hands of the white suppliers and banking institutions in terms of Small businesses and get to work around in the economically backward conditions altogether.



Why We Don't TRUST Most Public Officials

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:03:17 -0600

Nearly every public opinion poll, which seeks information, regarding the most, as well as least respected professionals, indicate politicians, are consistently, among, the least respected, of all! While this has appeared to be the case, for many generations, at the present time, politicians appear to be, at the lowest level of respect, in recent memory. Whether this is because of the continuous empty rhetoric, and promises, the level of vitriol, and polarization, etc, it seems worthwhile to examine, some of the reasons, we don't TRUST public officials.



Politically Conservative: Social, Economic, Or Rhetoric?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:17:39 -0600

We live in confusing times, both from a political perspective, as well as how, we percieve and conceive of, what's going on! There seems to be a concerted focus, and emphasis, on putting labels, and/ or names, on every policy, politician, and approach, but, like, is true, of so many other things, in life, when we over - simplify, we avoid getting the entire, accurate picture! One of these, is today's reference to nearly, everything, as either conservative or progressive, although precisely what this means, often differs, depending upon who is doing the evaluation, and/ or labels!



Continuous Lies: Why So Many Still Believe: 5 Possibilities

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:10 -0600

If you look at things, as I do, you probably have wondered, why so many people, still support and follow, Donald J. Trump, even though, nearly every day, since he was elected one year ago (and even during his candidacy), the political fact - checkers have discovered, considerably, less than truthful, performances and statements, from the man, elected President, last November! While most polls, indicate Trump is the least popular President (at this point in time), since polling was started, his core supporters, seem to, not care, and continue to buy - into his rhetoric and empty promises!



Power Vs Empathy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:51:01 -0600

More and more lately, I have an impression that the results of parliamentary elections across the world partly reflect the percentage of population who admire power/money and individuals who have power/money. The desire for power and admiration for those who have power is one of human biological instincts, and is often in conflict with the instinct of empathy.



Evaluating The 2017 Elections: Was It Trump, Local, Or Other Factors?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:38:25 -0600

Historically, mid - term elections, often become declarations and proclamations, on what voters believe and feel, about those, presently, in office. However, this year's election cycle, appeared, to be even, more, so, telling, because of the uncharacteristic, first - year, of the tenure of Donald J. Trump, as President of the United States.



5 Key Employment Issues: Why Don't Public Officials Pay Attention?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:01:36 -0600

During the course of nearly every significant election campaign, politicians speak about the need for addressing employment, creating better jobs, and focusing on enhancing the economy, in a way, which best serves the needs, concerns and priorities, of their constituents. Unfortunately, however, we often notice, these discussions end up being merely empty rhetoric, and unfulfilled promises, because, many politicians, focus far more on politics, and popularity, rather than transforming to being a statesman, who considers viable approaches, which might actually make a significant difference, for the better! Therefore, this article will attempt to briefly examine and discuss, 5 key employment...



The 5 P's Of A Poor Public Official

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:13:07 -0600

Have you ever thought about, what might differentiate between, someone serving as a true, quality, public official, and a rather, poor excuse, for doing so? Far too often, it seems, those serving in these types of positions, fail to realize, or, perhaps, even, care, about, either the nation (or locality), they serve, and/ or, their constituents, who they are elected, to represent! This article, therefore, will attempt to briefly examine, review, and discuss, what I refer to, as the 5 P's of Being A Run - of - the - mill, Poor Public Official.



The Essential DECAB Of Our President

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:15:40 -0600

Both supporters, and opponents, of President Donald Trump, often differ on the man, himself, as well as his modus operandi, there can be little disagreement, his approach, and performance, as President of the United States, is certainly far different, from anything we have witnessed, in recent memory. Without discussing specific policies, and politics, this article will review, how, the man, himself, proceeds, especially when he is challenged, or disagreed with! I refer to this as the essential, DECAB of this President.



Winners, Losers, And Also-Rans, In Proposed Tax Reform

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:58:21 -0600

Just as the recent attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, with a substitute, health plan, the proposal (or at least, the drafts, to date), are far more focused, on politics, and political agendas, than on what's best, for most Americans. Because of the apparent apathy, of most of the electorate, it often appears, elected officials, feel no obligation, to undergo the necessary transformation, from being politicians, to genuine statesmen! This article will briefly examine the tax reform proposals, or, at least, what we know, of them, and examine the winners, versus the losers.



Why Whites Are Running Out of South Africa

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:37:30 -0500

In South Africa, the white people are found to be leaving the country since the past three decades. The country estimates that about half a million people have left, whereas remaining 112,740 would move abroad in the next 5 years.



Who Gets Hurt When Representatives Play Politics?

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:11:36 -0500

It's obvious, in order to get elected, there must be a certain degree of politics, involved! Unfortunately, we have witnessed, in recent years, a far, greater degree and amount of, somewhat - extreme rhetoric and positioning, and a considerable amount of political, dirty tricks, in this election process! Few representatives seem to be ready, willing and/ or able, to transform themselves, once elected, from politician, to statesman!



Why Deductions For State And Local Taxes Are Fair And Just: 5 Reasons

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:08:42 -0500

With all the rhetoric, promises and vitriol, which exists, in these challenging times, it's often, relatively simple, to lose track, of what's going on, being discussed, and legislation, being proposed! Perhaps more than any time, in recent memory, it's been easy, to lose sight of the most relevant needs, priorities, and goals, because, there has been so much focus, on politics, and political considerations, rather than creating, developing, and implementing, the best legislation, serving the nation, and its citizens. After numerous controversies, and the many proposals, regarding, health care legislation, which clearly were focused more on political agenda, than public...



The Trump Doctrine: Lies, Distortions, Distractions, Blame? 5 Examples

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:00:47 -0500

Whether one supported, or opposed, Donald J. Trump, when he ran for President, there is general agreement, we have never, in recent history, any leader of the free world, who has performed his duties, in the same way! Since so many of his statements have been considered misstatements, and/ or lies, and Trump, never apologizes, but rather, doubles - down on his statements, I refer to his behavior, and/ or approach, as, The Trump Doctrine.



What Government Budgets Say About Your Representatives: 5 Keys

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:36:22 -0500

How can our government representatives, claim, to be responsible and responsive, if they are either unwilling or unable, to consider, develop, pass, and implement, a balanced, focused, quality budget? Our country has run deficits for most of the recent generations, only finishing with a surplus, in the last years of the Clinton administration. While some seem to believe, these deficits are not that important, because, after - all, the country prints its own currency/ money, the costs of deficits impact the ability to spend monies, where they might be needed, such as in reducing certain types of diseases, job training,...



Trump's Art Of The CON

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:03:29 -0500

Whether one is a supporter, or detractor, of President Donald Trump. or if you voted for, or against him, when he was a candidate, the reality is, for better or worse, in recent times, we have never witnessed any previous holder of national office, quite like him! Mr.



Fighting the Incivility Virus

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:50:50 -0500

Civility is the grease that keeps the social gears running smoothly. It facilitates all forms and levels of transactions, from the bedroom, to the coffeehouse counter, to the business deal, and to the halls of Congress. But nearly everyone is aware something has shifted in public discourse in the last 20 years, and the process is accelerating: incivility has infected the body politic. The result is a lack of good will and cooperation needed to reach solutions in our homes, neighborhoods and nation. The solution is to grasp that civility is a basic requirement of social exchange. We get want we want by giving others what they want: basic dignity and respect.



Wake Up America: They're Not REFORMING Your Taxes

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:38:38 -0500

The greatest threat to our way of life, perhaps, is the high degree of voter/ citizen apathy! Because of the large number of unaware, unfocused, apathetic constituents, many elected officials, who supposedly, are elected, to serve and represent the needs of the nation, appear to feel, they are allowed to proceed, focused, solely (or, at least, largely), on their political self - interest, and personal agenda, rather than, on the best interests, and needs, of the public! Although this tendency, has been evident for years, it has become, far more obvious, this year, since Donald J.



Why Great Britain Is Not Really a Constitutional Monarchy

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:52:51 -0500

The United Kingdom is considered a constitutional monarchy with a unitary government in the form of a parliament. This term will now be put under the microscope: Is it really representative of the current system? Here are some interesting facts: The Monarch is the head of state while the Prime Minister is the head of government.



The Politics Of Distraction: 5 Examples

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:10:29 -0500

Although I have worked on numerous political campaigns, since the late 1960's. I have never witnessed, a political climate, or any previous, politician, or elected official, who, so consistently, resorted, to the politics of distraction, as President Donald J. Trump, consistently utilizes!



Turnbull's Folly and Bad Judgment

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:10:10 -0500

The decision of the High Court of Australia to boot out the deputy Prime Minister from parliament, along with his deputy, shows what an out-of-touch leader we have. Having assured the Parliament in August that the decision would be favourable Turnbull allowed this now non-member to remain in his position and to vote on contentious bills, many of which passed by just one vote. Barnaby Joyce became the subject of the PM's senseless decision to keep him in the house in order to avoid losing his one seat majority.



Selective Approach To Freedoms: 5 Areas Of Concern

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:09:13 -0500

Whether one believes, our freedoms are what distinguishes America, from most of the rest of the world, and must be cherished and/ or protected, or if they agree with the words of a song, made famous by Janis Joplin, Freedom's just another word, for nothing left to lose, it must be recognized, one cannot and shouldn't pick - and - choose, which freedoms to respect, based on one's personal philosophy, politics and ideology. Today, more than any period, in recent American history, are witnessing, a threat to many of these rights, which we, so often, take for granted! While many areas...



Wake Up America! Why Are They Pushing Health And Tax Reform Which Hurts So Many

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:09:03 -0500

We've never seen anything, quite like, what's going on, in Washington, D.C., today! In the past, even when proposed policies, and/ or legislation, might have been either self - serving, or pushing a personal agenda, there seemed to be an attempt to disguise their intentions, and, at least, give constituents, the impression, they were hoping to do something, for the good of those they serve and represent!



X-Ray on Sit Tight Leaders in Africa - Dr Robert Mugabe an Example (Part 2)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:42:27 -0500

In the first part of this article, a cursory look at the British foray into the land now known as Zimbabwe in the 19th Century. Recall how Mr. Cecil Rhodes, a British entrepreneur landed in that land in 1871 and systematically through his company, established the British protectorate, with the backing of the British government.



White Racism Prejudice Rednecks and Funny Jokes

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:20:10 -0500

The world is riddled with political correctness and offended people. There is not that much hate in the world but a over abundance of insecurity.



Why Trump's Rhetoric Harms His Ability To Deal: 5 Ramifications

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:00:24 -0500

Before he was elected President, Donald J. Trump, was primarily known, as a rea; estate developer, author of The Art of The Deal, and a reality show host, where he infamously, made the line, You're fired, well - known, and popular! While his supporters, often, were encouraged by his portrayal as an outsider, who would bring business acumen, to the position, his detractors, disagreed about the quality and/ or relevance of his business expertise.



Why Public Officials Must Tell The TRUTH

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:12:34 -0500

We have never witnessed a political climate, quite like we are presently observing and witnessing! While, historically, the public has held their public officials, in lower esteem, because of the many distortions, and half - truths, we have never had any political leader, in recent history, who has appeared to lied, consistently, like the individual, who presently occupies the White House! While we often have caught politicians in a lie, in the past, these individuals, backed - away, from these untrue statements, but, President Trump, continues to make the same misstatements, even when he is caught in his lies.



What's Needed For Political CHANGES To Make A Difference?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:11:51 -0500

One of the most over - used terms, expressions, and political rhetoric, is when a politician, proclaims he will be the vehicle for change! Unfortunately, far more than we might hope, these proclamations, avoid focused, relevant solutions, and rather, merely, are, little, more - than - empty rhetoric! Change, for - change - sake, rarely improves things, in a sustainable manner, but, rather, often seems to break - down, to little more than blaming and complaining!



Trickle-Down Economics: 5 Flaws

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:09:16 -0500

Everyone seeks a situation, where we proceed, with the best possible economy, which addresses needs, goals and priorities! There are numerous ideas, and theories, about the best way to proceed, and which philosophy and/ or approach, to use and follow. We often attempt to use rhetoric, and promises, rather than focusing on what might, best serve, the needs, and best interests, of our citizens, and nation, as a whole!



You Can't Pick-And-Choose Your Freedoms

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:39:51 -0500

Many people, today, seem to seek, sources other than America media, to get their news, because, it often appears, there is very little, fair and balanced, reporting! Whether a report is slanted, in either, one direction, or another, it is wrong! While it's certainly, fine, for individuals to express, their personal beliefs, as long as these are clearly indicated to be opinions, rather than news, when supposed, news sources, slant their stories, it potentially, becomes, a dangerous trend.



Wake Up America: Beware Of Internal And External Threats!

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:39:49 -0500

Although most polls seem to indicate, the biggest, single concern, of most Americans, is our worsening relationship, with North Korea, and there are obvious threats to our security and way of life, coming from Russia, and the Middle East, as well as other areas of the world, we must beware, both, of what's occurring internationally, as well as the inherent threats to America's cherished freedoms, occuring from internal politics and policies! Why are we being concerned, disturbed and concerned, with outside forces, unless, we fight, consistently, to maintain, all of the freedoms, America stands for, and represents? When we begin...



Understanding Health Insurance: Subsidies Don't Enrich Companies: 5 Key Issues

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:59:15 -0500

Rather than focusing on the needs, priorities and goals, needed and necessary/ desirable, for most Americans, the issue of health care, has become a political, hot - potato, filled with empty rhetoric, promises, blaming and complaining. Ever since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, under the administration of President Obama, in 2010, members of the opposition party have pointed out its flaws, but, avoided introducing viable solutions. The Republicans have proposed dozens of pieces of legislation, focused solely on repealing it, and complaining, for years, Obama would veto their attempts.



Why So Little Common Sense Governing? 6 Areas Of Concern

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:02:47 -0500

Have you, also, wondered, where the grown - ups, are, in terms of our public officials, and the way they govern, etc? Does it appear, common sense, is anything but common, but, rather, a much - needed. rare component, which may be, what is most lacking, from those who are supposed to be serving, and representing, our best interests?



Why Will You VOTE For That Candidate?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:02:11 -0500

We, Americans, are privileged, to have the right to live in a free country, which includes the right to vote, and elect those, who will represent us. However, all too often, we either, are unwilling or able, to effectively evaluate our options, and differentiate between the empty rhetoric and promises, made by certain politicians, versus, some others, who might be better, and best equipped, to make a difference, for the better! With this in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, review and consider, why one might decide to VOTE for a specific candidate, or, perhaps, more importantly, some of the...



How The US Is Diminished By Voter APATHY

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:59:20 -0500

While much of the rest of the world, is denied the right to vote, in free elections, a large percentage of Americans, take it for granted, and consider it unnecessary, to fully commit, to the process, on a consistent basis. In fact, in most elections, only about half the eligible voters, or, even fewer, actually exercise this right. Voting is a right, but we need it to be considered, an important responsibility, as well.



Advising Duterte: Carry On, But There Must Be Changes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:48:53 -0500

I have seen President Rodrigo Duterte perform in public long enough to think that he does not need advise from anyone, even from his trusted allies. This article/post is therefore not meant for the prince or his principality.



Trump's Leadership, By Negativity: 5 Examples

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:57:17 -0500

While most, who have examined, and/ or trained individuals, in some of the necessities of quality leadership, emphasize the need, for maintaining a relevant, realistic, positive attitude, there have always been, some, pseudo - leaders, who have focused on the negatives, emphasizing, blaming and complaining, while avoiding perceiving of, creating, developing and implementing viable, positive, sustainable solutions! While this negative behavior is nearly always divisive, adversarial, and non - productive, regardless of the position held, when it comes to being the leader of the free world, may also be dangerous, and/ or irresponsible! With this in mind, this article will...



The Real American Tragedy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:34:09 -0500

"The history of the world is still being written by Valiant's and Cowards, by heroic and treacherous acts, the vanquished are restrained, the victorious write it, the courageous die and the cowards steal the glory." This quote pretty well sums up what has transpired through-out the history of the world. Even more poignant for the times of today.



The Longer-Term, Trump Effect

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:02:15 -0500

The perception of the public, during the period, someone might serve as President of the United States, often differs, sometimes significantly, from the longer - term impact, of the administration's policies, strategies. and decisions. Sometimes, a quality office - holder may be somewhat unpopular, and perceived as being less than a stellar leader, because of the lack of popularity, of some, and/ or many of the decisions, etc, of his policies/ decisions/ actions!



Teddy's "Speak Softly," Versus Donald's Approach

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:13:50 -0500

Have you ever wondered, how some of the best - known, respected, deceased, American President's, might perceive of, and evaluate, our present leader of the free world? There can be little doubt, Donald Trump, has approached the necessities of holding this office, as well as the responsibilities, and proper approaches, in a far different way, than most, if not all, his predecessors. Because of Mr.



T R A President For Our Time

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:27:53 -0500

True to form history is repeating. It was at the turn of the 20th century when the United States first experienced the great wealth divide. The robber barons of the day, the Rockefeller's, the Morgan's, the Vanderbilt's, etc all amassed great fortunes on the backs of the American worker.



Health Care: Is It A Right, Privilege, Or Some Combination?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:13:21 -0500

Isn't it a shame, that our elected representatives, spend far more time, with political manipulations, than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they are supposed to serve and represent? Nowhere is this more obvious, than by the discussions and debates, regarding health care! Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the Republican legislators have dedicated much time, effort on resources, on blaming and complaining, and trying to reverse and/ or repeal the legislation, coining the phrase, Repeal and Replace.



President Trump's Motives: Policy, Politics, Or Getting His Way? 5 Circumstances

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:12:42 -0500

Every President has the potential, to make a difference, for the nation, and its citizens. While there are never any guarantees, it's important to realize and recognize, this impact, might be, for the better, or for the worse. We presently have, as our leader of the free world, an individual, who, is certainty, somewhat different, from any, in recent memory!



Do You Yearn For The Days When Exposed Lies Weren't Repeated? 5 Examples

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:56 -0500

Do you ever feel, somewhat, nostalgic, for the good - old - days, when, once a lie, was disputed, and/ or exposed, it was never repeated? One of the things, we've observed, during the period of the political campaign, as well as these early stages of the term, of President Donald J. Trump, is, his apparent diversion, from many norms, and his treatment of lies/ misstatements, is certainly, glaring and obvious!



Review of One Nation Under Trump

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:04:18 -0500

I happened upon One Nation After Trump in The Bunch of Grapes, an independent bookstore in Martha's Vineyard which I have never left without finding a writing treasure. I picked up and put down the book several times. Did I really want to delve any further into the Trump quagmire? I finally let my sense of obligation to my country overcome the increasing trepidation I have felt since the last election day.



Trump's Attacks On The Freedoms He Doesn't Like: 5 Examples

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:53:33 -0500

After the greatest, single tragedy, in recent American history, was the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This created a level of fear, blaming, and bias/ hatred. like we haven't publicly witnessed, on a large - scale, in generations.



WHAT We Should Expect From Our President

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:35:21 -0500

Having voted in elections for over four decades, and working on several poltical campaigns, for five decades, I have often, had strong feelings, either, for, or against a particular candidate, and often voted, for the losing candidate! While often disappointed, and although, politically, I've disagreed, this last Presidential election, was the only time, in my memory, I have truly felt, the individual, elected, was not only wrong, on the issues, but, lacked the character, etc, we need and deserve, and should expect, from the person, elected to the highest office in the land! The apparent, chaos, dysfunction, etc, combined with...



Trump: The Art Of Changing The Topic: 5 Examples

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:08:39 -0500

Before he ever ran for, and was elected, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was predominantly known, as a real estate developer, casino and hotel operator, author of The Art of the Deal, and reality - show star, whose tag - line, was, You're fired. Whether one supported him, and voted for him, or opposed and continue to oppose his apparent objectives, there can be little doubt, he possesses a rare skill, to effectively market himself, and use Social Media, to effectively motivate supporters, to endorse his efforts, and give him, their loyalty!



Don't Let Public Officials Be POWER Hungry

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:05:17 -0500

During most political campaigns, we witness candidates use lots of rhetoric, and make empty promises! While it is certainly unfortunate, voters elect individuals, not based on actual qualifications, or what they'll do, or the solutions and courses of action, they recommend, there is very little time, and/ or focus, placed on their true reason, for wanting to be elected to a specific position! When asked, they usually provide standard - type responses, always stating how much they want to serve, or reverting to making unrealistic promises, often having nothing to do, with the position, itself!



Demand Public Officials Be FIT

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:59:32 -0500

Americans are proud of the fact, we have certain rights and privileges, guaranteed, by our Constitution. We boast about our free elections, often, contrasting them, to other nations, around the world, where this right, and many others, are denied, and/ or extremely limited. However, in recent times, nearly every poll, indicates, we consider, and deem, politicians, and elected officials, in a most, unfavorable light, and consider these individuals, as less than ideal, etc!



Trump In Puerto Rico: Listening Tour, Photo Op, Ego, Politics, Or Diversion?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:04:11 -0500

Whether one supports or opposes him, there is little doubt, we have never witnessed, in recent memory, any other President, and/ or public official, like President Donald J. Trump! Mr. Trump's recent performance, statements, and behavior, related to the disaster/ catastrophe, in Puerto Rico, clearly demonstrated, his unique characteristics/ character.



True Public Officials: Don't PAT Yourself On The Back

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:03:28 -0500

It's not enough to be elected, because of one's empty rhetoric, and/ or empty promises! Once one ends up serving in a specific position, it's essential to focus on what's needed, and necessary, for the best interests of one's constituents, and the nation, without making it, all about him! Some refer to this tendency, to try to constantly hog the credit, as being narcissistic, while others seem to think, it's about how big one's ego is.



Reinventing the Invention Called Nigeria

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:07:25 -0500

Albert Einstein is perhaps one of the greatest inventors the world will always remember, as many of his inventions are still in great use today, while some others have made way for further re-inventions. The amazing thing about inventions is that they all have a purpose to serve. Some inventions have greater purposes and outlived their inventors, while some others may serve an awkward purpose at a time, before they are then eventually overtaken by the harsh realities of the times. Think about main frame computers and photography!



Look Past Political Views, But Demand COMPETENT Public Officials

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:08:10 -0500

In the United States, we elect our public officials, in free elections, every few years. Obviously, since no one is elected unanimously, and there is a wide range of political dispute/ variety on many issues, the reality is, one will often disagree with some decisions, made by those elected. However, although we might disagree about programs, plans, and/ or approaches, there comes a time, when we must realize, there is a big difference between politically - based decisions/ concepts/ actions, etc, and expecting to receive COMPETENT leadership.



The Dangers Of Articulating Foreign Policy Without Considering Ramifications

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:24:23 -0500

In the first eight - and- a - half months, of the new administration of President Donald Trump, we have witnessed several scenarios, where he has articulated messages, which have, most likely, confused much of the rest of the world! Whether it is the opposition to NAFTA, NATO, the Iran Nuclear Pact, the Trans - Pacific Agreement, the Paris Accords, Russian relations, or dealings with North Korea, he has articulated messages, which seem to contradict, and/ or strongly disagree/ differ from those previous administrations, have endorsed. This article will focus on some of the challenges this creates, as well as...



5 Harmful Effects When The President Keeps Telling Lies

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:02:09 -0500

Whether one is a supporter, or opposes, President Donald J. Trump, there is little doubt, we have never witnessed, any previous President, and/ or administration, quite like him! While some will say, all politicians tell lies, or articulate many misstatements, the level of vitriol, lying, and adversarial leadership, of this man, is indeed unique!



Tell Your Representatives: No More HATRED

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:34:31 -0500

It might be only me, but I certainly hope it's not, and that, most Americans are sick and tired, of this present political climate, of prejudice, bigotry, bias, and prejudice! Haven't we had enough of this terrible, horrific level of vitriol, empty rhetoric and promises, which have created disharmony, and a pitting of one segment of society, against another? Wouldn't we all, be, better served, if our public officials focused on relevant, sustainable solutions, which served the common good, and all of the people, rather than presenting, ill - conceived legislation, and wasting time, doing things, such as weakening our...



Wake Up America: Don't Let Freedom Be Another Word

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:17:49 -0500

The vintage years of rock - and - roll, what we now refer to, as Classic Rock, offers us the lyrics, Freedom's just another word, for nothing left to lose. While there might be multiple explanations of these lyrics, they are particularly applicable, to, the world, we live in, today! The late, great comedian, and political sage, George Carlin, consistently warned us, after the horrific tragedy, which occurred on September 11, 2001, if we take away, any of our freedoms, because of our fears about terrorism, and world events/ tragedies, then, The terrorists win.



Health Care: Stop Politics, Seek Bipartisan Solutions - 5 Considerations

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:40:58 -0500

I often think of the famous lines from the movie, Network, "I'm mad as hell, and not going to take it any more!" However, rarely have those words rung truer, than what is occurring in today's political climate, where the level of empty rhetoric, phony promises, and blaming and complaining, have become dominant over, seeking relevant, viable solutions, which might make things better! Perhaps the most obvious example of this situation, is the battle over the all - important, health care dispute and discussion, that has been, a constantly polarizing issue, since the introduction, and enacting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...



Trump's Tweets: Diversion, Direct Communication, Motivating, Polarizing, Or Politics?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:03:28 -0500

Whether one supports, or opposes, President Donald J. Trump, and/ or, if he believes, in his positions, and the directions, he opts to proceed with, we must all agree, this President's use of Social Media, especially, Twitter, is unprecedented! While some enjoy these, others feel, they are an inappropriate form of communication, for the individual, serving in the highest office in the land!



Politics In My View

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:40:22 -0500

Politics the opium of the masses, however, it has some detrimental effects on the developing countries. Read on and learn on some of these effects in Kenya.



Where Is the Intelligence In Washington Today?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:17:20 -0500

The language and the way our elected officials are behaving especially the present Administration many of us are thinking that old saying from Star Trek "Beam me up Scotty" ought to be "Beam me up Scotty because there is no intelligent life in Washington." Today, there are millions of people who have been questioning sanity of our Congress and President. No one in their right mind would advocate a first military strike against a nation who is just trying to assert itself on the world stage.



5 Important Reasons, Now More Than Ever, We Need A Bipartisan Approach

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:53:59 -0500

Nearly everyone, even the most - casual observer, realizes today's political atmosphere, appears, more tainted, adversarial, and/ or nasty, than we have ever previously witnessed, and/ or experienced! Whether this is because of the election of President Donald Trump, the impact from the earliest part of this decade, of the Tea Party, or if these scenarios, occurred, because of the inherent political discontent and discourse, it serves little purpose, to blame, and/ or even observe, what caused this, but, rather, indicates, we need to pay more attention, to the best path, to follow, to better serve the needs of the...



Common Sense Governing: The Dangers Of Ego-Driven, Uninformed Foreign Relations

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:19:10 -0500

Whether one supports, or disapproves of President Donald J. Trump, everyone agrees, we have never, in recent memory, witnessed his personal brand of leadership. While previous Presidents, whether one agreed with them, or not, focused on leading America, in a way, which emphasized, the common - good, this man has articulated, what many consider, unthinkable, continuously polarized, by pitting one segment against the other, and made, nearly every scenario, more, about him, personally, than about the national interests of most Americans!



Wasting Time And Resources: The Sad State Of Today's Health Care Discussions

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:26:36 -0500

The more one pays attention to what goes on, in Washington, D.C., the more concerning, it often is!



Why Trump Was Elected

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:25:29 -0500

Many have wondered how this blustery, tactless, and outright bully of a man was elected president of the United States. But wonder no more as the reasons are right before our eyes. Only he can fulfil the role of taking the world to the predicted total disaster.



Wake Up America! Beware Of Change For Change Sake: The Health Care Debate/Debacle

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:58:51 -0500

Ever since, the, then - controlled, Democratic Congress, passed/ enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare), the opposition, Republican Party (GOP), has continuously attempted to repeal this legislation. While Obama was President, he possessed the veto - power, so the dozens of attempts, became little more than costly, time - wasting positioning. These politicians were able to try to motivate their bases/ constituencies, using a combination of empty rhetoric and promises, blaming, complaining, and negativity, while not having to bring forth a viable solution/ replacement.



Why Are There So Many Fake Facts Today? 4 Main Factors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:06:15 -0500

In this past decade, we have witnessed, an ever - increasing amount/ degree of disinformation, which rarely serves the best interests, needs, and relevant concerns of our society! This seems to have come, to, a - head, in our most recent election cycles, especially the last Presidential contest. Our nation elected an individual, who had no public service experience and/ or expertise, often seemed unprepared, apparently gets his information from questionable sources, and many, who have done business with him, question, whether he was as great, and/ or successful, a businessman, as he claims.



Change Has Come to Washington

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:54:37 -0500

President Trump has been in the office for a little over 100 days but managed to take Washington (and the entire world) by storm with his politics. Trump's first months of the presidency have been just as unusual as his candidacy, with scandals, resignations, and an investigation into the administration's relationship with Russia. In some regards, however, Trump proved that even a leader so unpredictable as him can still revert to tradition when it comes to important issues, such as foreign policy.



Winning Politics: Often Quite Different Than Public Service: 3 Considerations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:34 -0500

Last year's Presidential elections, resulting in Donald J. Trump, becoming President, has brought into added focus, the emphasis on winning, because our newly elected, leader of the free world, often indicates, by his rhetoric and/ or promises, he believes America needs to win, more often, and has made that, an essential component, in his articulation of Make America Great Again. However, the American people, and the nation, would probably, be better served, if the focus and top priority, was doing what is the best interest of the nation and its citizens, while seeking to bring people together, and unify, rather than...



Medicare For All: The Good, The Bad, and The Questions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:04:39 -0500

Observers of national politics, often become concerned, because the rhetoric, insufficiently - developed programs and concepts, and populist appeals (with very little chance of becoming law), take a larger place, over reasonable, realistic, focused, viable solutions. Recently, the vast majority of elected Republicans, have devoted significant efforts, to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare), although, their suggested replacements, seem to achieve little (other than political), because they have, potentially, reduced coverage, added costs (for thorough coverage), made unrealistic prejudgments (such as taking the least, at - risk, out of the overall pool, and claiming it...



Why Public Officials Must Have HEART

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:08:51 -0500

You've gotta have heart. Miles and miles and miles, of heart. Who has never heard these lyrics, from this popular song?



The Russian Investigation: Politics/Fake Facts - Coincidence, Or Misconduct?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:20:03 -0500

Ever since President Donald J. Trump, assumed office, there has been a so - called, cloud, hanging over his political campaign, associates, campaign workers, his family's involvement, and whether he was involved, in the entanglement, Russia, apparently had, in the last Presidential election. Although he has consistently referred to this as a Nothing Burger, and/ or False Facts, every United States intelligence agency, has stated, they are convinced, there is no doubt, there was some sort of sinister involvement, and/ or intent.



6 Reasons We Need More Consistency From Our Public Officials

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:03:53 -0500

There is very little, more disturbing to the public, than when elected officials offer inconsistent messages, etc! In today's society, where there is an increasing degree of dependency on using Social Media, and other forms of media, etc, to send out trial - balloons, testing the so - called, waters, we often are challenged to differentiate between the facts, and innuendo! The election of Donald J.



The Important 6 C's Of Health Care Legislation

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:13:13 -0500

Ever since the Affordable Care Act, was enacted, there have been numerous political attempts, to repeal the legislation. Unfortunately, the discussion has rarely, been based, on what's best for citizens, and/ or what's necessary, needed and the proper approach. Rather than seeking to improve the imperfections and/ or flaws, of the health care act, it has seemed to be, based more on politics, etc, than the best course of action!



Wouldn't It Be Best If Elected Officials Exhibited JUDGMENT?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:57:59 -0500

Have you ever wondered why, it appears, most Americans believe, they are being poorly represented and served, and what appears to be common sense, is rarely the way, elected officials proceed, and perform? How else can one explain and/ or understand, why the so - called Dreamers are being under - served, by President Trump's approach to DACA, event though, the vast majority of Americans, have stated, they oppose that approach, and support these individuals? How might anyone understand, why the Republican party continues to pursue their repeal - and - replace approach to health care/ insurance, rather than tweaking the existing...



Why Don't Elected Officials' Promises Align With Their Actions? 3 Possibilities

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:57:59 -0500

Students of political science, or even, individuals with a casual interest in the news and politics, have observed/ witnessed, the rhetoric and promises made, when politicians run for office, rarely coincide/ align with their behavior and actions, when they are elected, and hold some position! Unfortunately, the reality is, often, most public officials, never make a quality transition, from running for office, to becoming a meaningful public official. One of the reasons, the public's perception of politicians, is one of low popularity, and/ or respect, is, we grow tired of continuous empty rhetoric and unfulfilled promises.



Why Don't Public Officials Use COMMON Sense?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:43:44 -0500

Have you ever wondered, why common sense, seems to be so rarely evident, especially, when it comes, to how we are governed, as well as how, these individuals consider priorities, approaches, and actions? Although nearly every poll, continues to clearly indicate, politicians are among, the least respected, most distrusted, etc, occupational group, we continue to elect, even more, of these types of elected officials! With this in mind, especially, in these times, when so little of consequence, or relevance, appears to occur, in Washington, D.



Analyzing One Man's Governing: Discipline, Belief, Or Political Ploys?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:26:03 -0500

Few politicians have elicited the degree of clear - cut response (either positive or negative), as Donald J. Trump. Polls indicate, approximately 30 - 35% of voters, are his core supporters, and to many of them, he can do, nothing but good!



What's Your Elected Official's FOCUS?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:57:24 -0500

Nearly every poll, has indicated, most politicians are held in very low esteem! Few citizens believe in their integrity, quality, level of serve, and most question the motivations, and reasons, those individuals, hold public office. The late Senator Charles Goodell said, Politicians are like antelopes.



Why Public Officials Should Enhance Our DREAMS

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:14:20 -0500

How can any politician make a difference, for the better, if he proceeds with negativity, blaming and complaining, rather than a necessary, positive attitude, which consistently seeks viable, meaningful, relevant, sustainable solutions, for the common good? We are currently experiencing a period, where the degree of bipartisan cooperation, may be at the lowest, in recent memory. Whether this is due to the emergence, in the last decade, of extreme, partisan groups, such as Tea Party, or, the election of President Donald Trump, this year, after relying on a campaign, focused on polarizing rhetoric, and vitriol, the impact has been one,...



What Should Elected Officials Seek To ACHIEVE?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:49:28 -0500

Nearly everyone would agree, we are experiencing a large degree of unchartered waters, as it relates to world and national events, and challenges! The 2016 Presidential election of Donald Trump, was driven, in large part, by the public's disenchantment, with the way things are, and desiring, pursuing a significantly different approach, and course of action! While the President has, both, his supporters, as well as detractors, there can be little doubt, his rhetoric and promises, have an impact (positive or negative, depending on one's political perspective).



We Must Take The MEAN Out Of Today's Politics

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:14 -0500

In the five decades of being a voter, I have never witnessed and/ or observed, the current level of hatred and vitriol, which currently exists! It seems a significant minority, perhaps about one - third of the electorate, prefers to support candidates, who proceed with blaming and complaining, vitriol, and creating an atmosphere, focused on pitting one segment against another! For example, when one examines the 2016 Presidential election, and the tone of rhetoric, we realize, the candidate, who was elected President, nearly every day, articulated some negative, divisive message, and, it seemed to work, in getting him elected.



Politicians Are Elected to Represent Us, Not Lead Us

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:17:31 -0500

We elect all politicians to represent us, not to lead us. To this end, we must tell them how we want to be represented. This includes those in the House, the Senate, and in the Presidency regardless of party affiliation. It is our tax money that's being spent. And when they run up a debt that's approaching 20 trillion dollars, they must be held accountable for such profligate spending. Not one dollar should be spent until they have demonstrated to us that they are willing to cut waste, fraud, and abuse.



Why Donald Trump Can't Tame Kim Jong-Un

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:15:04 -0500

In life, if you want to be respected, then give the same respect to others. A pastor who preaches virtue to his congregation and practices vice will not only be disrespected but will also lose all his church members. In the name of democracy, the American government has established itself in the eyes of the world as a great nation and the land of opportunity but they have no respect for human lives.



Seek QUALITY Elected Officials

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:14 -0500

All too often, we have elected individuals, either unwilling, not ready, unprepared, or, otherwise, unfit to serve constituents, as they deserve to be represented! While elected officials, have, often been focused on their own agenda, and self - interest, it seems, this scenario, has rarely been, as evident as it is today! Rather than blaming those in office, the voters should focus on their responsibility, towards creating a system, where they do not hold elected officials, responsible for the behavior and/ or effectiveness.



Biased Media Undermine American Democracy

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:40:44 -0500

The media bias against president Trump and his administration is remarkable. More people, especially liberals, progressives and Democrats, should critically think about the loss of objective and fair journalism. In the longer term, the widespread media bias threatens American democracy.



Why We Don't Need Any More LOUSY Public Officials

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:07:21 -0500

Over 40 years ago, one of the hit movies, was a combination of satire, comedy and drama, Network, whose core message, continues to resonate, today! This movie, about an individual, put out to pasture. provided the vehicle, for one of the greatest lines from any film, I'm sick and tired, and not going to take it any more!



Elected Officials: Why Quantity Without Quality Isn't Meaningful: 3 Examples

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:02:02 -0500

Aren't you tired of having elected officials, who focus on legislative, so - called victories, rather than serving the best interests of their constituents, and the nation, they should represent? Our 2016 Presidential elections, pointed to the fact, many voters are attracted to a candidate, who emphasized winning, seemingly, regardless of other factors! What does winning mean?



Vitriol Might Gain Popularity/Votes, But Creates Dangerous Leadership

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:56:07 -0500

Those who follow, or have been involved in political campaigns, as I have, for four decades, recognize, we are experiencing unusual, unique times, in so - called, uncharted waters! Whether, this is something, cyclical, or, what might be referred to as the Trump Phenomenon, it is important to recognize, and realize, we are observing a level of political mistrust, and adversarial relations, we have never seen before! Years ago, when Donald Trump was a real estate developer, and reality show star, famous for saying, You're fired, it was easy to overlook his dramatic statements, vitriol, and exaggerations.



Robo And Annoying Calls: Why More Of Them, And They Don't Stop: 4 Challenges

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:54:46 -0500

How many times per day, either/ both on your land line, as well a mobile telephone, do you get, what we refer to as robo - calls, or other unsolicited, annoying telephone calls? If you are like me, this is occurring at an ever - maddening frequency, and, it doesn't seem to matter, what steps you take, whether being on the Do not call list, putting software of Call Blocking apps, etc. This article will briefly, address and consider, why we don't seem to be able to stop these, and, specifically, 4 of the challenges, to effectively doing so.



Tyranny of Trump and His Deplorables

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:21:36 -0500

America is being ruled by an authoritarian president who purposefully appeals to a small "base" of deplorables rather than keeping his oath to the American people. It is time for action by Republican congressional leaders.