blind, deaf and dumb…

Dear America,

I heard it again…some Republican Party person or individual who makes predictions about the Republican primaries and caucuses…who while being interviewed by one of the many pundits, said, “Republicans are not voting for Trump…”

HELLO??

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

Republicans are NOT voting for Trump???

Then, if that is so, just how is it that he is winning primary after primary, and caucus after caucus, and piling up Republican delegates as he seeks to become the GOP’s nominee for President of the United States??? Somebody MUST be voting for him…and since these are Republican primaries and Republican caucuses that he is winning, it only makes sense that Republicans ARE voting for him…

Not only are Republicans voting for him, the candidates that he is still running against have all said they would support him if he was the nominee… and some of the Republican Senators and Congressional Representatives have also said they would support him if he was to become their party’s nominee…

Apparently, some Republicans are both blind (deaf and dumb) to what is happening, AND more concerned with party politics, and the supposed good of the Republican Party, rather than being concerned with the good of the United States of America…

Patriotically yours,

A Concerned American Citizen

p.s. Just in case you don’t realize it, Trump would be a disastrous President!! Surely we Americans (and our allies across the globe) deserve better!!

Oh…and by the way… If by some chance he does win the Presidential election in November, becoming President Trump…and he does indeed bring disaster upon the United States… the Republicans will not be able to blame President Obama…

**author’s note**  This post was originally written and posted by me (trekkerjay) on tumblr at trekkerjay.tumblr.com

Rest in Peace, Beautiful Lady…

I heard today that Nancy Reagan, loving wife of the late president, President Ronald Reagan, left this mortal life, and is now once again re-united with her “Ronnie”, the love of her life…  All afternoon, as the news stations have covered this news, I have heard story after story of the ways in which she loved and protected and cared for President Reagan… as well as stories of how she and President Reagan worked as a team, and how she won the respect and admiration of those who were fortunate to know this gracious lady.

As I was looking on Facebook a few minutes ago, I saw the following post and decided to share it on this blog.  Thank you President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for this tribute to a beautiful soul, as well as for your heartfelt expression of condolence to the family.

“Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House. She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.

Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.

We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.”

—President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Goodbye, Nancy Reagan.  The world is a better place because you lived and loved and cared, not just about yourself and your loved ones, but because you cared for others, most of whom you did not even know.  May you rest in peace forever.

#TheDonald… next President of the United States?

#TheDonald…  just what the GOP deserves for their Presidential candidate…

After eight years of Republican Congressional Representatives’ and Senators’ complete obstinacy and obstructionism, as well as completely refusing in any way, shape or form to even attempt in a meaningful way to work with President Obama on anything…

After eight years of Republicans blaming everything bad on President Obama…and giving him no credit for anything good that has happened…

After eight years of encouraging the American public to think and believe that they would probably need to revolt at some time against President Obama, as Republicans suggested encouraged, and cheered when the Tea Party, with its “Don’t Tread on Me” flags began to form and rally, because President Obama was somehow going to become a dictator…

After eight years of Republicans creating fear and division where none was needed, and playing up (down?) to peoples’ fears about President Obama…

Now, after all of this, we the American People, are in an election year…  oh…wait a minute…I thought we weren’t supposed to be having any more elections because President Obama was going to abolish the constitution, take everyone’s guns and become Supreme Emperor of America…or something like that…

Anyway, now we are in an election year where people are angry, and so they are voting for #TheDonald…

And the mainline, mainstream GOP leaders are all in a tizzy, because #TheDonald is the LAST person they want to have as the party’s Republican Presidential candidate…

They keep saying that he can’t win…

They keep saying that he won’t win…

Yet… He seems unstoppable, as he wins Republican caucus after caucus and Republican primary after primary… And he isn’t winning because he is such a great statesman, or because he has shared any substantive plans or policies for how he will address the many difficulties that people in our country face every day… No… he has not shared anything along those lines with the American voters…

#TheDonald…

A joke that is backfiring on the Republican Party…

And he is just what they deserve…

But…there are some things I would not wish on even the most obstinate, obstructionist, uncooperative, ideological of Republicans…

Because while #TheDonald might be just what the GOP deserves, he is NOT what the American People deserve for a President of the United States…

Nor is he what the rest of the world deserves from the President of the United States…

 

… all lives matter…

I have recently seen pictures going up on social media of African American people with the tag line:

Black lives matter

This, in response to the highly publicized deaths of several African American individuals, deaths that occurred within the last couple of years, and which were a result of, or happened after an encounter with police officers… usually white police officers.  These incidences, occurring in several U.S. cities, usually also caused some measure of unrest and rioting…

Also recently, there have been some cases of police officers being ambushed and shot (killed) by persons unknown… In my humble opinion, those who have perpetrated these murders have probably done so as a response, perhaps as a “backlash” to the deaths in the above mentioned incidences between police and African Americans…

And so, in response to the police officers’ deaths, I have seen on social media, pictures posted of police officers, with tag lines such as:

Police lives matter

The way it is playing out in social media, it almost seems to be encouraging an “us” vs. “them” mentality…

But in actuality, both tag lines are correct…because every persons’ life matters

Whether an individual is a member of law enforcement…or an African American…that individual’s life matters!!

Whether an individual is a thief or a murderer, white or black, teacher, preacher or cop…

No matter what might be true about a person, that person’s life matters…

Instead of seeing pictures on social media with slogans, “Police lives matter” or “Black lives matter”, drawing our thinking into the “us” vs. “them” mentality, I would like to see pictures with the tag line:

All Lives Matter

…marriage licenses vs. religious beliefs…

Ok…   so here is an opinion about the individual who was jailed for contempt (and subsequently released) because she would not issue marriage licenses to gay couples… because of her religious beliefs…

And I know… opinions are like certain body parts, and everyone has one… never-the-less… here is an opinion…

It is ok for this woman to believe what she wants to believe about the issue…

BUT…

She is an elected official, and expected to carry out certain duties, as a civil servant…  legal duties that are considered to be constitutional…  issuing marriage licenses is one such legal and constitutional duty for which she is responsible…

And now, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that it is indeed legal and constitutional for gay people to enjoy the legal benefits of marriage with those who they love, and to whom they want to join together with in marriage.

This being the case, this woman, and other clerks who are in her position all over the United States, have an obligation to the public they have been elected to serve, to issue marriage licenses to couples, both gay and straight, who wish to be married, and who meet all other legal requirements for marriage (age, etc…).

If she, in good conscience, and because of her religious beliefs, cannot fulfill this requirement of her job, that being the issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples, then she needs to resign her position, and find one that will not be in conflict with her strongly held beliefs and convictions.

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