Basking in the Glory of “Words”

This just in:  I see that Trump allowed himself to get played by North Korea; today, stepping out of the proposed summit so that “He could do it before they did.”

Just in case you missed it, Trump has accomplished virtually nothing since taking office.  Yes, some things have happened but nothing that would (or should) be considered an accomplishment.

Trump is very big on making a bold promise and then basking in the adulation.  Here’s the deal…he actually doesn’t do anything other than say the words.  I’m going to post a list of things that Trump has claimed credit for doing simple because he “says he’s going to do it.”

First, a couple of footnotes:  (1) Trump recently told Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes that he calls news fake so that people will not believe it when bad stories are written about him and (2) In his book, The Art of the Deal, he says you can lie to people and then do whatever you want to do.

Here is my list….

  1. Trump promised better healthcare at a much, much lower price.  “The best healthcare you have ever seen.”  He got lots of applause for this on the campaign trail…then did nothing.  That’s not quite true.  He actually made it worse by eliminating the “individual mandate”; a move that is supposed to add $1,000 to the average medical bill next year.
  2. Trump promised to cut taxes which will bring jobs back to America, lower the debt and spur grow “like we’ve never seen before.”  He claimed, without evidence, that GDP would grow at a rate above 5% under his plan.  Again, people ate this up on the campaign trail believing that Trump could turn water into wine.  As it turns out, he had no plan.  This allowed the GOP to cut taxes for their billionaire donors, leaving the rest of the 99% to foot the bill of the largest deficit ever.
  3. Trump promised to deal with North Korea.  So far, his strongest action has been a tweet calling the leader of North Korea “rocket man.”  On his watch, North Korea has developed the ability to strike North America with a nuclear tipped ballistic missile.
  4. Trump said he would deal with the Iran threat.  Instead, he reneged on a treaty with Iran and 5 other countries; opening the door for Iran to once again pursue the development of nuclear weapons.
  5. Trump claimed that he would renegotiate the TransPacific Partnership trade deal.  Instead, we dropped out and the deal moved forward without us; effectively reducing our ability to trade with about half the world.
  6. Trump claimed that he would renegotiate NAFTA.  Instead, both Canada and Mexico are looking for trading partners to replace us with.
  7. Trump claimed he was going to “deal with China”.  Instead, China claimed the South China Sea as their own.  Economically, they have outplayed him in every way.  China knows that Trump responds to flattery and bribes so they use both to great effect.
  8. Trump claimed he would build a Mexico wall and have them pay for this.  His supporters (those that fear we will become a non-Christian, non-white country) loved this idea.  Mexico has told him to pack sand.
  9. The biggest one is simply Trump getting on television and saying, “We have been the most productive administration of all time.”  His followers believe this and applaud wildly.

Sadly, this too is just words.  He brags.  People hear what they want to hear.  He retains his power.

Sad.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

What I Believe About Trump

This just in:  I just wanted to take an opportunity to put down what I think about Trump.  This way I can look back in the future and see how right…or wrong I was.

My beliefs, as stated will not be accompanied by any facts or anecdotal evidence.  My assumption is that you have the same access to information as I do.  This is basically just my interpretation of that data.

Interpretations can be wrong.  For example, suppose a guy walked into a restaurant and started grabbing food off of everyone’s plate and shoved that food into his mouth as fast as he could.  What would you assume?  I might guess that he’s hungry or maybe just behaving this way on a dare.  However, it could be that he is from outer space and has never tasted food.  Maybe he was on the last flight in from the deep Amazon and his tribe had a tradition of sharing food.

Could be anything…but it’s more likely that he was hungry.

That’s how I view the following list with regards to Trump.  I could be wrong but I don’t think I am.

Here we go…

  1. Trump is a white supremacist.
  2. Trump is a misogynist.
  3. Trump is a compulsive liar.
  4. Trump made his fortune laundering money for Russia (and others)
  5. Trump makes decisions while in office based on how much they will either (1) enrich himself or (2) how they will get high television ratings.
  6. Trump is a narcissist.
  7. Trump does not care about the Constitution.
  8. Trump does not care about Civil Rights.
  9. Trump fears those that are not white and not Christian.
  10. Trump is a bully.
  11. Trump can be manipulated by praise.
  12. Trump has no idea how to make a deal.
  13. Trump will make friends and then toss them under a bus without a second thought.
  14. Trump is extremely fearful of what Mueller is discovering.
  15. Trump has a below level intelligence.
  16. Trump is a coward.
  17. Trump has tantrums like a baby.
  18. Trump does not understand Healthcare, Taxes, International Trade, Treaties or Alliances.
  19. Trump is being knowingly manipulated by Putin.  This is money related.
  20. Trump’s family know all about Trump and are in bed with him.
  21. Trump knows that the Republican Party needs him because they are unpopular nationally.
  22. Trump does and says things that embarrass me as an American
  23. Trump has no firm beliefs about anything.  He does not care either way about abortion or gun rights or legalization of marijuana.  He pretends he does.
  24. Trump is morbidly obese.
  25. Trump thinks his wife is a hood ornament.
  26. Trump is a failure at business several times over.
  27. Trump believes he is above the law.
  28. Trump’s biggest fear is never having enough.

I think that is about it.  Not a very long list really.  I suppose it’s because the statements are so broad.  I could write 10,000 words on his lying only and still only touch what’s happened in recent weeks.

This is our president; the one we deserve.

Hopefully, we’ll deserve something better next time around.

Up, up and away…

Jim

 

 

 

I looked in the mirror and came away…disapointed

This just in:  Some things really get to me and others just roll off my shoulders, unnoticed.

I woke up this morning and checked my news feed and felt like our country is crumbling before my eyes as I stand by and do nothing – other than pound my chest via this blog.

There are three things that really bothered me in the news today, but first…I want to start with a quote:

“Every country has the government it deserves.” – Joseph de Maistre

In short, what I am about to complain about is my fault.  Rather, its our fault.  It’s our fault because we allow it.   It’s our fault because we feel helpless.  It’s our fault because we do nothing. It’s our fault because we ignore it.  It’s our fault because we think it’s not.

Item #1:  Guns

I’m not going to make an argument about gun control.  I won’t because it won’t change a single mind.  But, I need to be clear…Without guns, the United States wouldn’t have 36,000 gun deaths a year.  I’m tired of hearing things like “We, in congress, will do whatever it takes to make this stop…even if it means sending twice as many thoughts and prayers as normal.”

We have gun deaths because we allow it.  We don’t need to pull triggers to be culpable in every preventable gun death.

Item #2: Religion

I don’t care if you are Christian, Muslim or belong to the Order of the Jedi.  The only thing I truly believe is that if there is a supreme being, it would either be (1) indifferent about us or (2) a total asshole or (3) deeply disappointed in the fact that we use religion like we do.

I think the Pope is a great guy.  I also think he has as much of a direct line to God as my Labrador.  None of us knows the will of God.  Those that tell you they do are just making a power grab.

The biggest problem with religion in the United States is that the same people that don’t think gun deaths are related to guns, also fear that Christianity is going to become a minority “belief system” in the United States.  They think that guy over there will convince someone to believe that he knows the will of God instead of the charlatan that is currently telling you that very same thing.  The biggest problem is that these people vote…in droves.

Item #3: Racism

In the last week, a lawyer went off script in New York because people around him were speaking Spanish.  Two dark skinned guys were detained by an ICE officer because they were speaking Spanish in public (both were U.S. citizens).  A black man was pulled over for not using his turn signal.  They noticed leaves on his windshield and said, “That looks like vegetation” and used that as an excuse to search his car.  Black people are being shot and threatened daily.

Historically, in our country, steps forward in Civil Liberties have always come by way of legislation.  Left to our own devices, we would still have laws that say, “You can’t eat here because the color of your skin if offensive to me.”

Living in a system where Civil Liberties are Legislated, allows me to pretend that we are not racist.  The racism is hidden because that type of behavior is illegal.

Now that we have a racist president, it has become okay to be racist again.  You can call the cops because there is a black man walking down “your” street.  You can call the FBI because a Muslim is talking into a cell phone in “your” mall.

So there you have it…my morning rant.

We don’t have to be country that puts up with any of this.  In fact, we were born into  the world were these behaviors would have been unthinkable.  I can’t see our Forefathers writing a Constitution that says: (1) Unlimited and unregulated guns will make us great or (2) To be a citizen you must first pledge allegiance to a Christian sect of your choice or (3) Only white people will have rights.

I you disagree with me, I’d love to hear about it.  If you agree, then I suggest you start doing something about it….Something like voting in November.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

 

“We will do whatever is humanly possible…” – Ted Cruz

This just in:  So, big surprise, there was another shooting at another school, this time in Texas.

Three things happened immediately: (1) Thoughts and prayer were sent out by the politicians, (2) Promises from everyone to fix the problem and (3) Announcing fixes that have nothing to do with gun control.

Ted Cruz even made the title quote above.  He has absolutely no plan to fix anything but this make it look like for the first time…He’s going to get to the bottom of this.  Right?

Let’s start with this: Texas is a “gun state.”  They like their guns and I think they should have all the guns they want.  They don’t need my permission.  The NRA, last year, gave $73,000 to Republican politicians in the state, all of whom got NRA grades of A or A+.  They did give $3,000 to Democrats but nearly all Texas Democrats got a grade of F.

Now, if I was running for political office, I would tattoo the “F” on my forehead.  I would want everyone to know that I think the NRA is a Russian sponsored terrorist organization that only wants your money and the money they get from selling guns (actually, promoting gun ownership so their sponsors can sell guns.)

Texas Lt. Governor was on the news laying out his plan which includes (1) faster background checks  (2) better mental health screening and (3) arm teachers.   So, if we know people have a history of gun violence, we can keep them from getting guns.  A couple of notes on this…it currently takes about 3 minutes to run a background check.  I’m not sure the ability to do this in 2 minutes will make much of a difference.

The “mental health” issue seems to imply that we have more mental health problems that drive people to mass killings than every other industrialized nation.  I find this logic astoundingly flawed.  The only thing more amazing that an educated person would say this is that other educated people believe it.

There is also the argument that laws to control guns will not be followed by people that don’t want to follow them.  What follows from this logic is “Therefore, we should not make gun laws.”  What is interesting to me is that this “Let’s not make laws because they don’t work” is the main argument for no gun control by lawmakers.

That’s right, if the NRA pays you enough money, you, a lawmaker, will stand up and tell people that laws don’t work.

On a completely unrelated note…

Did you know that kids in the United States between the ages of 15 and 18 are 82 times more likely to die from gun violence that kids of the same age in the other industrialized nations?

Here is the bottom line:  Our guns are out of control.  We don’t need to take away everyone’s guns to fix this.  If you are a Republican that takes money from the NRA, you are guilty of murder about 36,000 times a year.  If you vote for Republicans that support the NRA you are just as guilty.

Take a look at the gun control link in my toolbar at the top of this page.  I made up that list with no experience and no deep thought….in about 5 minutes.  Maybe none of those ideas are good.  But it does tell me that there are options besides relying on “Thoughts and Prayers.”

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

Perspective

This just in:  For those of you that read my blogs, you may remember that my favorite quote is from Wayne Dyer and reads, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

I mention this because a few days ago, I wrote about the idea that Conservative Views are not so much based on “longing for the past” as much as they are about “fearing the future.”

For me, this cleared up a lot of things.  Why would they long for the past?  Did they not like the internet, airconditioning and computers?  Did they prefer covered wagons?  What was it?

As I said, they really were longing for a past where America, in their minds, was a White, Christian nation.  They see the tide turning to where we have Muslims and non-white immigrants in increasing numbers.

Their Conservatism gives way to racism and its all based on FEAR.

I am restating this because of the man in NY that went on a racist rant in a restaurant.  Here is a link to the video.  Turns out that the man is a lawyer.  He has been kicked out of his office and a petition with more than 10,000 signatures has already been generated seeking to have him disbarred.

I could look at him as a racist; a person that hates others simply because of the color of their skin and their non-english speaking ways.

Instead, I see a man overwhelmed with fear.  Fear of a change that is coming; that has always been coming.  Fear of a condition that he cannot control.  Fear of a condition that his “future eyes” see but that does not, and may not ever come to be.

This does not justify his actions.  It does not make him less racist.  But it does help me to understand the root cause of his behavior.

In the end, I don’t get mad at him.  Instead, I pity him.

That is how my perspective changed when I looked at this situation differently.

Now…a word about Vinegar…

I started taking 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar in the morning and again at night.  I feel great!  Could be the Placebo Effect or I could be onto something.  Turns out I am not alone. Here is a link to 6 proven health benefits of vinegar.

While I’m on the “secrets of good health” wagon…

Do you have arthritis?  I know a guy that went on disability at the age of 50 because his was so bad.  He tried everything.  Eventually, he tried becoming a Vegan.  Once he did this, he quickly recovered and is completely pain free.  Has been for years.

On the Dog pain page…

I had an older dog that started limping.  The doctor said it was because of his age and the fact that the dog walked up and down stairs at the house.  He recommended trying MSM.  He said it works for some dogs with some conditions.  I tried it and in less than a week, my dog stopped limping.

I tried this on another dog with a different cause of leg pain and had no result.

Now, keep in mind, I’m not a doctor, but I pretend to be one on my blog so you know you can trust me.

In reality, I’m a superhero that spends a lot of time thinking about saving the world.  Someday I hope to actually get around to it.

Up, up and away…

Jim

Said in my best “not fake news” voice

This just in:  I saw some responses from Trump supporters when they were asked about the Mueller investigation.  They used terms like “witch hunt” and “fake news”.  In spite of the fact that there are about 20 indictments and 5 guilty findings so far, people seem to think this is all about nothing.  My guess is that they watch Fox News.  However, I watch other stations and maybe I’m being influenced as well.

So, I thought that I would report some facts and leave out the commentary.  This will let you, the reader, make up your own mind without my influence.

Here we go…

  1. Trump Lawyer Cohen set up a company that has received millions of dollars from other countries and businesses based on Cohen’s promise of access to the president.
  2. A mysterious source of banned CFC emissions has been discovered coming from East Asia. These are the banned ozone-destroying chemicals.
  3. Trump wants to help China save 75,000 Chinese jobs by helping a telephone manufacturing company that the United States has found to be a danger to national security.
  4. China is providing $500,000,000 to a Trump-linked project in Indonesia. (Note:  The announcement about this money and Trump saving China jobs came within about 2 days of each other).
  5. Canada is pissed that Israeli snipers shot a Canadian doctor at the Israeli border with Palestine. The doctor was in Doctor Garb and helping a wounded man at the time he was shot.  60 Palestinian people died that day for protesting at the border.  Note: Some protesters threw fire bombs at the fence/border.
  6. Japan is planning on a $400,000,000 hit on U.S. Goods in response to Trump’s tariff.
  7. Senate investigation concludes Russia wanted to help Trump win the election.
  8. France complains to U.N. about Israeli killings of Palestinian protesters.
  9. European Union President warns world the U.S. President is “A bad friend who acts with capricious assertiveness.”
  10. Ebola outbreak in Congo
  11. E.U. is willing to block U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  12. Trump lawyer asked Qatari government for $1,000,000 which he claimed would be passed along the Trump family.
  13. North Korea calls South Korea “incompetent”
  14. Without evidence, Trump claims Obama put a spy on his campaign.
  15. Two more women claim Trump paid them “hush” money.
  16. China buys record amount of soy from India as they drop U.S. suppliers because of Trump tariffs.
  17. 13% of Americans consider Trump honest and trustworthy.
  18. FBI head warns about Trump deal with China company ZTE.
  19. The UK agrees with France and Germany that they can uphold the Iran deal without the U.S.
  20. Ex-Secretary of State warns of “alternative realities” with Trump administration.
  21. Steve Bannon asked Cambridge Analytica to help suppress minority voters.
  22. Trump eliminates job of national Cyber-Security Coordinator.
  23. Trump calls some immigrants “animals”
  24. GOP lawmaker says oceans are rising because “rocks are falling into the water.”
  25. The senate narrowly passed Net Neutrality Bill. 100% of those that voted against it were Republicans.
  26. North Korea says it will not hold talks with U.S. unless concessions are made.
  27. There are 186 things Donald Trump Jr. can’t remember of doesn’t know about the meeting with Russians in the Trump Tower.

So, there you have it. These are the top headlines for today.  Just the facts.  Make your own decision.  For example.  North Korea did say what the headline says.  This is a fact.  No speculation about what this means.

However, if I might be so bold as to notice some things….

  1. It looks like Trump and Russia are wearing the same pajamas.
  2. The world does not like that the U.S. reneged on the Iran deal.
  3. Also, the world is against the U.S. tariffs.
  4. China understands that Trump can be bribed.
  5. North Korea looked like they were going to make it easy for Trump…but then changed their mind.
  6. The GOP doesn’t believe in a lot of things that they are paid to “not believe in.”
  7. Trump is a racist that thinks immigrants are “animals” and Africa is a “shithole.”

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

 

Life Hack #4: Make a list

This just in:  We had a saying in the Navy…”You can expect what you can inspect.”

In other words, if you can measure something, you can evaluate it.  Failure to be able to do so means you are just going by your gut instinct.

Ask yourself, “How much exercise did I get last week?  Is that more or less than the week before?  Is that more or less than I should be getting?”

If you are not tracking your exercise, you are relying on your memory and a gut feeling.

My experience is that if I want to exercise a certain amount every day or week, I need to track it.  I write it down.  I make goals and note if I’m achieving them or not.

I’m not trying to be your motivational personal trainer.  I’m just making the point that if you really want to get something done on a regular basis, it might help to track it.  Make it measurable.

So, what am I doing?  Well, those of you that know me already know the answer.  I make a list.

I have a list that I made 62 days ago.  I know it was 62 days ago because I’m keeping track of it.

This list has 21 items.  Some of the items include posing this blog, doing pushups and pullups, doing back exercises, writing my book, meditation, eating a salad, playing my digideroo, calling a family member or friend etc.

Notice that not everything is exercise.  In fact, less than half of the list is about fitness.  There are things I want to do and I have found that tracking them greatly increases the chance of me doing that.  For example, my mom always says that I don’t stay in touch with my sisters.  I started tracking and found that in my mind, I called Mary Sue a couple of days ago.  But, in my documented list, its been about 6 weeks.  I can see this easily and take steps to fix it.

My goal is to complete at least 11 of the 21 items every day.  Because of the way I have set it up and color-coded it, I can easily see trends.  Am I improving in pullups?  What item am I regularly avoiding.

It’s day 63 and today, just like every other day since I started, I opened my list and started planning when I can do various tasks today.

This works for me.  It may not work for you but if you are feeling like you are not advancing in your life or wasting too much time daily, just remember, “If you do what you did, you will get what you got.”

Not satisfied…then change.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

Pay to Play

This just in:  Ever since Trump first ran for office, we’ve been hearing about the Emoluments Clause (aka Title of Nobility Clause).  Here is what it says in the Constitution:

The Title of Nobility Clause is a provision in Article ISection 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution,[1] that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving giftsemoluments, offices or titles from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress. Also known as the Emoluments Clause, it was designed to shield the republican character of the United States against so-called “corrupting foreign influences.” This shield is reinforced by the corresponding prohibition on state titles of nobility in Article I, Section 10, and more generally by the Republican Guarantee Clause in Article IV, Section 4.

In simple terms, it says the President should not be bribable.  He should not profit from foreign enterprises.  He should do his job as president.

Now, on a completely unrelated subject…

Trump has decided to help China’s telephone company ZTE because our sanctions are costing them jobs.  We put these sanctions in place because ZTE shipped banned components to Iran.

Trump made this decision about 72 hours after China agreed to contribute $500,000,000 to a Trump linked project in Indonesia.

Elsewhere...

Trump’s lawyer is in deep trouble for selling access to the president.  He received over $4,000,000 for providing this access.  Money that he can’t account for and some suspect he passed along to his boss…Trump.

Elsewhere…

Last year, Trump’s son-in-law asked Qatar for a personal  loan of about $500,000,000.  When they said “no”, the United States immediately sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in punishing Qatar.

Now, if Trump wasn’t associated with a lifetime of corruption, I might be willing to overlook this.  However, it appears to me that he has turned his presidency into a “Cash Grab.”  This include his apparent love of Russia, who bailed him out of several bankruptcies when no one else would.

On the entertainment page...

My wife and I like to find shows we can watch together.  It’s not unusual for us to spend an hour watching an episode of some show we both like, before turning in for the night.  We look for shows that have a lot of episodes.  There are two reasons for this.  First, if they probably don’t make a lot of episodes of a show no one will like.  Secondly, we don’t want to have to research for a new batch of shows to watch every few days.  Finding an show with a lot of episodes means we have something to watch for weeks.

We have just started watching two shows that we like: Numb3rs and Chuck.

As for shows that I watch without my wife: Justified and Expanse.

Also…I watched the remake of the Lost in Space series.  I liked it a lot.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

Plan B? We don’t need to stinkin Plan B!

This just in:  When we live in a world devoid of facts, we shouldn’t be surprised when our actions, based on fantasy, give us less than optimal results.  This is why it’s important to have a Plan B.

Let’s look at a couple of actions that are either (1) not turning out as expected or (2) probably won’t turn out as expected…

  1. We moved the U.S. Embassy for Israel to Jerusalem.  I accurately predicted that people would die because of this.  Today, more than 50 did just that.  Now, this seems to be a bipartisan issue.  Democrats and Republicans think this was a good idea (I don’t).  The problem is that they all also agree that this move essentially puts an end to any attempt at peace between Palestine and Israel.  If this is not the end, what is the plan?  What is plan B?
  2. Iran’s nuclear development program was stopped and dismantled.  In return, we let them have access to their own money and lifted other sanctions.  Everyone agrees that Iran was in compliance with the deal.  Trump pulls us out of the deal in spite of this. My guess is this has something to do with his National Security Advisor, Bolton.  Bolton is a fellow draft dodger, along with Trump.  It has been his long standing position that the idea of war with Iran gives him an erection.  So now, Iran can go back to building nukes.  If Europe tries to enter a deal with Iran without us, Bolton has said we’ll impose sanctions on Europe.  So, when these things happen, what is our Plan B?  There was no crisis in Iran and now there is…now what?
  3. The Republican Party spent 8 years chanting “Elect us so we can repeal Obamacare and create great insurance for everyone.”  So, the last budget cut out the individual mandate forcing people to buy insurance or pay a penalty.  This is a cornerstone of Obamacare and without it, we can expect to see millions more uninsured and prices shooting up.  So, they broke healthcare and have absolutely no Plan B.
  4. The tax cut passed recently gives the average person almost no relief in taxes.   The top 1% and corporations are raking in billions.  Meanwhile, our national debt is soaring at a rate never seen before.  Essentially, we passed a tax plan that says, “Borrow $1 trillion a year and give it all to the richest people in the country.”  Early data is showing that the economy is no better than before the tax cut.  Yes, unemployment is down but it has been dropping steadily for 8 years.  The tax break had no impact on this.  So, now that it’s clearly not working…what is Plan B?
  5. We are rolling back every environmental protection program we have.  Faced with the fact that Global Warming is going to change everything for our kids and grandkids (and not for the better) what is Plan B?  How will we save Florida when it goes underwater?

Asking for a Plan B is a must with Trump.  Why?  Because he revels in boasting about what he just did and the results that exist only in his mind.  He does this because we let him get away with it.  We forget about lie number 3,002 because he is already basking in the fake outcome that is lie number 3,003.

Trump exists because we don’t hold him accountable.

The Republican Party exists for the exact same reason.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

 

It all makes sense now…

This just in:  I read an article a couple of days ago (N.Y. Times or Wapo) that said we shouldn’t keep trying to understand Trump voters.  Then it went on to explain why.

First, let me start with a short story.  I grew up in Wasco, Ca, population 7,000 in the 1960’s.  We had about 40% hispanics and maybe 10% blacks.  The rest were white.  I have fond memories of growing up in this small nest in the middle of nowhere.  Life was good.

Last year, Wasco made the list of the top 10 places in California that you don’t want to live in.  Crime was so high you had a 1 in 12 chance in being involved in a crime in a single year.  Years ago they had built a prison nearby.  The population surged  to about 25,000.  The demographics changed strongly in the direction of hispanics.  The last time I drove through, all of the stores had Mexican names.  It felt like I was in a different country.

I longed for my hometown to return to its Mayberry roots.  No crime.  Small.  Simple.

There you have it.  My little story.  I’m not blaming the prison or the Latinos or any other specific influencer for the change.  I’m just saying that it changed.

So, what about the story I read in the paper.

It basically said, “Trump supporters have noticed that the United States, is no longer a predominant White, Christian nation…and they resent this.”  It went on to say they support Trump because they think he will stop this.

When I thought about this…everything became clear.

People are not conservatives because they want to return to the past.  They are conservatives because they are uncomfortable with the future.

Trump comes along and promised to basically erase anything and everything that is not White and Christian.  He has lots of other loopy ideas as well but for those that fear change…he had them at “White and Christian.”

It turns out that race is a very divisive issue.  More than half of the Russian Troll Machine posts had to do with race.

So, to fear that we are becoming a non-white country seems to be a powerful thing for some people.

This is a fundamental part of their psyche.  You can’t argue them out of this rut because to give it up would be to give up what makes them who they are.

It’s not wrong to long for the past.  It is wrong to think you can turn back the clock.

You can’t because time only moves forward.

Long for the past but continue to look forward.

Why?

Because that is where the future is.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim