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RePost: President Trump Shits on Rank and File Military Personnel

An OP posted in February, 2020.

President Trump Shits on Rank and File Military Personnel

Trump is relying solely on his nuclear arsenal and the command thereof as leverage on the world stage. He is a danger to National Security because he canít quickly muster American support for US boots on the ground, let alone muster an international coalition to support America in time of need.

The President knows, as a dishonorable Commander in Chief, he doesnít have an absolute and unquestionable backing to fight a war. It takes a decent, moral leader to convince the American people and itís precious military to rally and take up arms for a just cause.

Military members are naturally loyal to America and one another, and to be a strong, cohesive force, this loyalty must move up the chain of command all the way to the President. Sadly, and tragically, loyalty stops at President Trump. Time and time again, Trumpís actions towards the troops have been disgustingly disrespectful and disloyal.

These are four virtues an ethical leader should possess, as theorized by Aristotle, with a nod to Socrates and Plato:

Prudence- The habit of choosing the right means to a worthy end. Reasoning.

Justice- The habit of rendering his/her rights. Legal justice. Patriotism.

Temperance- The habit of moderation in use of pleasurable things. Modesty. Dignity.

Fortitude- habit of restraining fear or moderation of rash behavior in the face of danger or difficulty. Patience.

The President possesses none of even the basic virtues or values needed to unite Americans in time of peril or peace, or even to effectively govern. His transactional personality and leadership style breeds division and back stabbing, and promotes self-enrichment.

Trump speaks to the worst human conditions and gleefully rewards those who emulate and praise him, while he berates and criticizes good, honest and patriotic Americans. His underlings must truckle under his worst demands or suffer public humiliation.

He knows our American military will obey his commands, but he also knows itís not because they want to, rather they are honorable and sworn to it. Unlike Trump, our patriotic troops love their country and respect the Constitution and obey their oaths.

Rank and file members know they are not Trumpís private security. They know their loyalty and allegiance is to each other and the Constitution and America, not to a temporary, in-name-only Commander. The President has squandered Americaís confidence of government to protect national security.

President Trump is untrustworthy and has been shown to act solely on impulse and makes any decision grounded in self dealing, not grounded in the security of all Americans. Trump makes all directives based on what course of action will first benefit him personally and financially, not based on whatís good for America.

Posted by Baked Potato | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 10:07 AM (4 replies)

The Landscape is Ripe for Persuading All Americans to Come Over to the Democratic Party

The Landscape is Ripe for Persuading All Americans to Come Over to the Democratic Party

Many everyday Americans are being manipulated and lied to by the GOP and can be persuaded to join Democrats with proper and relentless counter-messaging of Democratic values and core decencies. Democratic outreach should include a robust micro-targeted push in rural communities. Republicans have long exploited the less educated and less affluent, and in places like Kentucky, kept them doped up on opiates. Itís a cruel and cynical psychological operation using many levels of brainwashing and control.

Through the use of clever and destructive propaganda, Republicans have convinced folks, many of them in rural communities, that ďhigh minded DemocratsĒ are out to get them, and out to take away their freedoms. Freedom to NOT have healthcare, for example, is one of their ploys pushed on Talk Radio, the Republican go-to means for the promotion of fear and hate.

Republicans shun education for the people because an educated American tends to be Democratic in their politics and thinking. Democrats want to lift folks up and create a decent, safe, and kinder environment in which to live and love, and be proud to be a respectful and respected American citizen. Republicans want Americans to quarrel, segregate, and distrust each other and be afraid of change. Republicans canít win national elections without maintaining their divide-and-conquer operations.

Using deceit, Republicans have managed to hoodwink many less savvy and less informed voters that any faults they have are not their fault. They preach itís always someone elseís fault they are living in poverty, and itís always someone elseís fault they canít get an education and move up and out of poor communities. In fact, say many Republicans to their constituents, itís the Democratsí fault they are poor at all. When these same folks see people who may be more successful and also look different than them, their conditioned reaction can be anger at the person, their people, and the system. There is also anger at Democrats and anger at anyone but themselves. This anger is psychologically channeled by Republican operatives to promote racism and division... some subtle, some out in the open.

It took a long time to get America where we are with regard to people voting against their own well being. It will take much work to get these people to come around. We shouldnít give up on them. They can change. They have to be shown a way out of Republican hold and out of Trumpís rallies. The way out has to be crafted so people can cross over or come back to Democrats with dignity. Chiding them and pointing out their failings is short-term satisfaction, but ultimately counterproductive and feeds the cycle of mistrust and hatred towards Democrats. There is a compromise which, if utilized, can ensure a Democratic dominancy which can render Republicanism obsolete in a country thirsting for equality.

Getting rid of Republicans at every level of government is the best way forward, from school boards to Governorships, to Washington DC. Republicans will continue to pollute Middle America and the South with propaganda using racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny. More sophisticated Republicans are in it for the money and judicial control. The basic draw to Republicanism used to be conservative family values, conservative economic polices, and personal responsibility. The draw now to their party is greed for the well-to-do Republicans, and a home to sustain fear and tribalism and nurture racism for the rest.

Democrats have not changed. Republicans have changed. Democrats are passionate about fairness in life, work, politics, and governing. Democrats are stronger because their tent keeps getting larger while the Republican tent keeps shrinking. Republicans have a knack of kicking many of their remaining core members out of their tent altogether, such as the military and the elderly, along with minorities. This is why Republicans try so hard to get law enforcement and the military in their corner. They are scared of change and the future, so scared they crave protection. But, times are changing and Americans are really more informed than ever before.

President Trump and Republicans, through selfish ineptitude, have opened a political portal, a portal which creates opportunities which must be exploited. Through this gateway, Democratic leadership can stand shoulder-to-shoulder while bringing decent and patriotic Americans along and push straight to the halls of Congress and on to the White House. But, this fugacious portal, while open, will be a tough passageway to cross. There will be harsh and sustained pressures which will push back hard on Democrats. Democrats must be prepared to battle seditious Republicans with a steely resolve that failure to save America is not an option.

The "Governing Wars" are Flaring Up, and Democrats are Winning

The ďGoverning WarsĒ are Flaring Up, and Democrats are Winning

From Democratic Governors leading the way on disaster response and protecting their people and their States from panic and pandemic, to Republicans making sure folks can still pack shoulder-to-shoulder to sing and worship in huge groups during a Social Distancing order, we are in a full blown War. The Governing Wars.

Democratic Governors are running circles around laggard, uninformed, and ill-advised Republicans. Democrats take real action on problems and may ask for Godís help in carrying out the mission, while Republicans shirk responsibility and wuss out from doing the actual work and put the whole job on Godís strong, but weary shoulders, straight from the get-go.

Republicans have always had problems with governing, even with supermajorities in their States and Washington DC. Sure, they can legislate away some kind of right or restrict a privilege faster than Trump can blurt out ďNasty Question!Ē, but Republicans really hate getting up off their asses and really solving problems. And, it sure doesnít help that they are terrified of angering the Producer, lest they get fired from the Cast.

From Healthcare to Childcare, from Homeland Security to Social Security, from Voting Rights to Human Rights, from supporting Teachers to fixing Classrooms, from Military Readiness to Military Wellbeing, from bringing all Americans together to recognizing a need for empathy and compassion, Republicans are woefully and dangerously inadequate.

Republicans are adept at separating Americans into warring factions and they are real swell at keeping old prejudices percolating up just when they need some reminder folks can still act ugly. To compensate for not having the wherewithal to connect with down-to-earth Americans, Republicans sow seeds of crazy conspiracies and create mind blowing alternate realities where their constituents can camp out in ignorant bliss.

Republican lawmakers prance and dance and bark out their code words to let their bullshitted folks back home think they are still doing something, while Democratic lawmakers work hard into the night to hammer out real solutions to real challenges. Republican lawmakers are lazy loafers collecting checks, while their Democratic colleagues keep-on keeping-on by working out the difficulties of a tough, changing world.

The Governing Wars are playing out in real time and Democrats are winning. From Governor Newsomís decisive actions securing critical medical equipment for Californians, to Governor Cuomo making tough decisions and really showing care and compassion for New Yorkers, Democrats are shining brightly. Their daily, informative briefings are a sharp contrast to Trumpís laughable, but tragic yammering.

From Governor Whitmer to Governor Inslee, Democratic Governors know the real war is against Covid 19. Ignoramus Dastard Trump, and the kowtowed Republicans, are deluded into thinking the war is against Democrats and Democratic Institutions. This will be their ultimate failing. The American people need real leadership and real fighters on their side, and Americans will find that leadership in Democrats. Republicans are losing the battles and will surely lose the War.

Princess, Princess, Call My Name

Princess, Princess, Call My Name

Princess, Princess, call my name
Nasty question say me blame
What I do now, daddy girl?
Itchy, coughy, maybe hurl

Princess, Princess, love me so
Meany Biden tell me go
Say me failure, shake him head
All them people wish I dead

Princess, Princess, what I do?
Whisper secret, trust in you
Tell me finish, golf I play?
No no rally, home I stay

Princess, Princess, press to me
Super secret plan it be
China virus treat me right
Out of prison stay I might

Here's Why Big Christianity Will Back Trump and Republicans Forever

Hereís Why Big Christianity Will Back Trump and Republicans Forever

The Christian Right believe people in the US and the world are protected by the hand of Trump, acting as a servant of God. They believe that a trust in God and prayer ward off demons. These demons can be anyone or any realism which is against Trump or against Republican values and reasoning, or other so-called deeply held religious beliefs. The demons can also include an unfortunate or untimely disease. To protect Trump, these demons and truths must be denied as lies, fake, or simply a hoax.

God will protect them, they hope, if they act sincere and pray in earnest. Thatís why they donít believe CoronaVirus is going to hurt them. Trump knows this and exploits their religiosity for his own gain. The believers know Trump is despicable. But, they also think God is using Trump and believe Trump will protect them. They believe Jesusí hand will heal them through Trump.

Donald Trumpís core believers are in a conundrum. If Jesus loves them, why did He send them Trump, a man who embodies every sin imaginable? They support Trump *because* he is so bad. Supporters think Trump must be certainly legitimate, because their God, ďa loving and caring GodĒ, would not forsake them and allow a religious imposter as President, while they overlook him being bad to the core. They believe Trump has cleverly cloaked himself in sin to be mesmeric and enable him to get chosen as the savior.

Trump is terrible, they believe, because thatís the way God *wants* it. They believe it takes a terrible man to beat down a terrible threat. The terrible threat to them are nonbelievers and others they are conditioned to believe are bad. The nonbelievers and undesirable people can be anybody they conjure up in their heads as not deserving to be treated as a human. We know these non-humans, to them, are the immigrants and the homeless and non-white and the LGBT community. And, the Democrats.

To Trumpís sycophants, Democrats are the Devil and they believe the Devil must be defeated under any circumstances, or by any means. They believe God sent them Trump, with all his faults, to accomplish that mission. And, they believe that for Trump to fail, it would mean they have personally failed as well. And, that failure would be unbearable to them. To have Trump fail would mean God and Christianity itself has failed, and that would mean everything they deeply believe is wrong.

The Trump believers will do anything to support Trump because in their eyes Trump is an agent of God and must be helped to perfect Godís plan. To fail Trump is to fail their God and all humanity. Anything or anyone that stands in their or Trumpís way, is an enemy. Even the Truth is now the enemy, and they are committed to Trump, and will never believe otherwise. Trump and his ilk know they can control the ďtruthĒ through religion. ďTruthĒ is what people believe as fact, not necessarily fact itself.

What is the way forward? The way is to not give up or give in. Donít be tricked or cajoled into fighting dirty. Thatís what they want because it reinforces their belief Democrats are bad. The religious right are masters at deception and deceit. The Right Wing controls vast sums of money, and thus a vast people. They have the means and motivation to carry on toward their belief and ultimate goal that only Armageddon or a total world calamity will shock a non-believing world into their thinking. We can be fierce and strong fighters, but also be righteous, decent, and morally upright.

The power of people to control their own destiny is being whittled away. The ultimate fear of the religious right is a fear that the very people they have hurt and oppressed will rise up and destroy them. They oppress, but convince their followers that they are the oppressed ones. We fight back with a peaceful, but massive assemblage of patriots and citizens who cherish decency and Democracy. We fight back with a stern resolve to not allow any freedom to be taken away under the guise of religion, or the workings of a false Messiah.

Trump is ruling using the time tested Republican tactic of fear. The fanatical religious right and the oligarchs loathe Trump, but will use him until he is no longer a viable tool. Trump uses racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia for control. So, we fight back against those enemies of Democracy and decency. We elect women and men, regardless of ethnicity or gender or sexuality. We vote and help others to register and vote. We also may have deeply held beliefs, and those beliefs may include a god or higher being. Democrats are inclusive and open to all people. Together, we are the supreme and perfect champions! Together, we will win!

Are Democrats Prepared to Take the Low Road With Bloomberg?

Are Democrats Prepared to Take the Low Road With Bloomberg?

Mike Bloomberg wants company on his Low Road Express to TrumpLand. Are Democrats going to jump on Bloombergís bandwagon and go with him? Are they going to leave President Obama and Michelle at the fork in the road and take the low road, a road in which there is no turning back? The road leading to indecency and indignation. The well-worn road on which Trump and his toadies use when traveling to the land of greed and vice.

Mike Bloomberg would have us believe the low road is the only way back from the Trump-Republican disaster. His route would take us on the same old path Donald Trump has scuffed into the landscape on his many journeys in life. Mike is using his bulging chest full of personal campaign cash to buy us all into his journey. His journey with the tempting free passes and the gaudy, flashing billboards.

Democrats live, love, and exist on a decent and moral high ground. Our roads have always been well above the inhumanity and hatred, and our roads tend to take us to even higher levels. This will always be. There is no need to take a low road to an ill and evil place, even if that road has all the tolls paid by Bloomberg. There is no need to meet Trump in TrumpLand. He is the Road-Ranger of despair. He absorbs the goodness from all who get near him, even those seeking revenge.

Democrats should not travel on any road which leads to Trump and his village of vile, as tempting as it is to fight filth, with filth. Once there, in Donaldís world, he will surround us with his evilness and destroy our happiness. We should engage him in our arena, in our realm. Make him stay in our world and slay his presidency under our rules. Trump is naked and harmless on the high road, a place where he is powerless and canít survive.

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