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Politics and Reading

I haven’t written too much about politics on this site yet.  Anyone that follows my Facebook page would be surprised because the majority of the posts are political.  It wasn’t always like that, but since Trump was elected I’ve devoted a lot more space and time on Facebook to politics.  And for anyone that hasn’t read my Facebook page, just to let you know, I’m not a Trump fan.  I think he’s a terrible person and only out for one person, himself.  The country could fall apart but if he makes some money off it, he’s happy.

Which brings us to this post.  I just had Katy Tur’s new book delivered to my Kindle today.  One day soon I’m going to have to write about how much I love my Kindle.  Yes, I love books and will always love the feel and smell and touch of a book in my hands, but I also love my Kindle.  I had forgotten I had ordered this book ahead of time, so that when it came out it was just sent straight to my Kindle.

Katy Tur is the journalist that Trump called out (more than once) at one of his rallies and basically incited the crowd against her.  Two secret service agents escorted her to her car afterwards.  She was one of the first, if not first, serious journalists that covered Trump from the beginning of his campaign to the end.  This is her story of that campaign.  “My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History” is the byline of the book.  And so true.

I’m about half way through the book now and enjoying every page of it.

I’m just going to recite one event she mentions to show how dishonest Trump is.  At one point in the campaign, Mitt Romney gives a speech in which he destroys Trump.  He doesn’t just shred him as a politician, he shreds him as a business man.  He cites Trump Steaks, Trump water, Trump magazine as all ventures that Trump attempted and failed at.  So what does Trump do?  At his next press conference, he has a pallet of steaks, water, and magazines sitting by the stage.  The problem is that he didn’t rope it off or try to keep the press away from said pallet.  They wandered up to it before Trump took the stage and looked at the what was sitting there.  The steaks had stickers that said Trump Steaks on them, but you could see the markings from the company they really came from.  The same with the water and the magazines weren’t his either.  So when he came up on stage he mentions how Romney said he failed and Trump smiles and waves at the pallet to prove that the companies Romney said Trump had failed at was a lie, see there’s Trump Steaks.  There’s Trump water.  Suck a liar.

That is just an indication of the type of things Trump was capable of.  I think he believes if he says it enough then it must be true.

I definitely give this book a good review and you should check it out.  (I really need to get Amazon links up so you can just click and buy from my site.)



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I truly believe that Trump is not going to finish what he’s started.  Like a child throwing a tantrum once he realizes that he cannot win he will drop out and than he will be able to say that he would have won if he stayed in and things hadn’t been rigged against him.  He’s going to keep claiming that the outcome is rigged and he has no chance and eventually he will use this as his reason for dropping out.  And than later it will be his face saving moment.  If anyone can’t tell by now, Trump can never admit he made a mistake or he wasn’t the best.  What will happen when he drops out I have no idea.

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Ken Burns Commencement Speech

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The Fall of the Republican Party

One of my favorite writers about politics is Matt Taibbi, who writes for Rolling Stone magazine, and his most recent column is up now.  It’s about the destruction of the Republican Party.  While I shed no tears for the GOP I’m not quite as positive that it’s over for the party.  I remember not long after President Obama won for the first time all the experts were claiming that this was the end of the Republican Party, it was over for them.  Unfortunately they ended up coming back and becoming the majority in the House and pretty much fighting everything the President proposed because, not that it was bad or might not be good for the country, but mainly because it was the President’s idea.  It didn’t matter if it was the best idea in the world, if Obama suggested it, than the House Republicans were going to say no.  They were so sure of themselves that they basically said their whole purpose was to make sure Obama not win the next election.  Now I understand about rival parties and you want your guy or girl in office, but isn’t the time inbetween elections supposed to be about working together for the greater good.  Somewhere over the years we’ve seem to have lost that concept.

Which is a shame.

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Her Decision

This was written, probably at least eight years ago, and my mind has not changed in what I think when I wrote it.  It’s not really a story, more of a part of one, maybe one that one day I’ll flesh out, I really like this part, but it was written after the events of the day I describe after the story (or story part is you want to be precise).  What I didn’t know at the time I’m talking about, the day in question, it was the anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision and that’s why there were so many more people  protesting that day.

She has to drive herself even though he said he would be there for her and they would go together so she didn’t have to go through this by herself. She waited as long as she could, but couldn’t wait any longer because her appointment was for one. Really she’s not that surprised he didn’t show. He hasn’t shown himself much around here since she told him. But it would have been nice to have someone go with her. She’s scared.

She tries not to cry on the ride to the clinic, but she can’t help it. She’s thought about this decision long and hard and to her it’s the only choice she can make. It’s not fair, but than what’s happened isn’t fair either. She keeps wiping at her eyes as she drives. Her hands shake as she takes them off the steering wheel to wipe at her eyes.

As she pulls up towards the street she sees a crowd in the street and the parking lot. This is just too much for her. She pulls the car to the side and just sits behind her steering wheel and cries. She is close enough to see the signs and the pictures they have on the signs. She feels sick. She wants to have the strength to continue and do what she knows she must, but she doesn’t know if she can go through that crowd.

She’s never felt more alone than at this moment.

This post might, no change that, this post will upset some people. I can’t help it. This subject is probably one of the most emotional subjects in politics today. What am I talking about? Abortion. Anyone that doesn’t want to read any farther feel free to excuse yourself now.

Saturday when I went over to visit my brother we drove over to Metairie to check out the book stores and CompUSA. To get to Borders we drive through the back roads and one road brings us past a clinic. Yes, one of those clinics. And in the street and the parking lot are a crowd of people with signs and little children and yelling and you know the drill.

I’ve driven this way plenty of times before and there are ususally a few people walking around outside the clinic with signs, but this time there had to be at least fifty people protesting. Adults with their children. I saw kids in strollers, kids that were just walking, kids older…all following behind a protesting Mommy or Daddy.

How could someone that needed to get to this clinic even get to the parking lot? It was chaos. I can’t even begin to imagine what a young girl that has made what is probably one of the most difficult decisions of her life has to think when she gets to this clinic and has to basically fight her way to the front door.

Last time I looked abortion was legal in this country. I know protesting what you don’t believe in is a time honored tradition and there is no shame in it, but this is going beyond simple protesting. They are trying to make it impossible for someone to get into the clinic.

Now I’m a man so I feel like I’m a little out of my depth in this arguement. Why should I be able to tell a woman what she can do with her body? What right do I have to tell her to have the baby, no matter what the consquences. I don’t believe I do. It is her decision whether to have the abortion or not.

This issue hits so many hot points. The religious right have taken it as their ralling point. Supreme Court justices are decided on by whether if they’ll overturn Roe vs. Wade. The basic premise of state and church being separate get a lot closer to each other when the subject is abortion. The religious right want to ban abortions because every life is sacred, but it supports the death penalty. I guess it gets to decide which life is worth saving or not.

I guess it depends on when you decide life begins. The anti abortion side wants to keep pushing that definition back, until it basically becomes life as soon as the sperm does its job.

I’m not talking about abortion as birth control. I really don’t think that is as common as the anti abortion side tries to claim it is. They want to use a lot of scare tactics to make people think everyone that has an abortion is evil.

There are no easy answers, but the one answer I know is that if a woman wants to have an abortion that is her right and she should be able to and at the moment that is the law and she should not have to feel like a pariah to accomplish this.

Everyone should remember it’s not their decision, it’s not my decision, it’s her decision.

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The Importance of Science

In 1945 Vannevar Bush wrote a letter to the President of the United States about the importance of science and the role the government should have in promoting it and helping advance it.  You can find the entire letter here.   While some of it is dated, talking about World War II, the basic premise stands.  When I look at the members of our government today that are charged with the advancement of science I all but weep.    We have Men and Women serving in our Capital that our proud of their ignorance and wear it as a badge of honor.   When we as a nation celebrate stupidity and complain that a candidate for office is too smart, where are we headed?  I can tell you that I want the smartest people helping to make the decisions that matter.  I want people that understand the way the world works and are not afraid of science.

Once upon a time it was deemed important to learn everything you could.  To try to gain knowledge.  When did it change?

To end I’ll just put up one quote from the letter that I think is more important than ever in our day and age when higher education seems to be forever out of the grasp of so many.

Higher education in this country is largely for those who have the means. If those who have the means coincided entirely with those persons who have the talent we should not be squandering a part of our higher education on those undeserving of it, nor neglecting great talent among those who fail to attend college for economic reasons. There are talented individuals in every segment of the population, but with few exceptions those without the means of buying higher education go without it. Here is a tremendous waste of the greatest resource of a nation — the intelligence of its citizens.

If ability, and not the circumstance of family fortune, is made to determine who shall receive higher education in science, then we shall be assured of constantly improving quality at every level of scientific activity.

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