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Term Limits

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Limiting the number of elected terms for Federal representatives seems like a good method of removing long kept public servants who longer serve the public or, in some cases, never served the public.   But who picks the candidates who run for elections to replace the existing congressman or senator?  Limiting the number of terms for any elected representative does not guarantee the replacement will be any different than the existing representative.  Yes, committee controls may be affected but the new candidate could be another denizen of the swamp who will grow to accomplish the same results of the ‘old’ creature who now retires to a lucrative ‘post’ service lobbying position.  My thinking is the concept of term limits is to replace  ‘poor’ representation with an individual willing to perform actual service for his/her constituency.  To be more clear, voters need the ability to select the candidates in order to avoid replacing one miscreant with another shill provided and sold by a party seeking power, not service.

Another point argued by those against term limits is the inception of bureaucratic amateurs replacing seasoned professionals.  This argument may seem specious on the surface but there do exist some honest bureaucrats who are not corrupt, (don’t ask me to provide names).  California has state term limits and the resulting chaos is available for the review of interested people.

Term limits sounds good on the surface but our election process; controlled by campaign money, disinformation, negative propaganda, and a corrupt academia supported by an even more corrupt media needs further analysis in order to avoid making the same mistakes over and over while seeking different results.

The Election in Terms of Two Candidates

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Well, what/who do you really believe?

If you believe the candidates description of themselves – they are both wonderful.

If you believe the candidates description of each other – they are both despicable.

Most news agencies agree with Hillary’s description of Trump.

The FBI, however, agrees with Trump’s description of Hillary.

Our media generally describes Trump as being a racist, sociopath, misogynist, who hates Muslims, Mexicans, and free speech.  They even printed front page stories about women being mistreated by the billionaire. Unfortunately, the stories were debunked by the very women described in the interviews.  Their rebuttal was largely ignored.

The media reported that Trump didn’t pay his taxes but that was also not true.  The IRS, proven to be corrupt and prejudiced, would definitely go after any conservative who didn’t pay taxes.  The liberal led IRS minions even go after conservative groups based on conservative identification but there are no tax fraud charges against Trump. He must have obeyed the rules – something not mentioned by Hillary’s legions too busy making ad hominem attacks to be concerned with details and platform descriptions that provide an antithesis to their reporting.

It may be difficult to understand how trying to establish jobs and education for inner city citizens and immigrants is considered to be racist by the media and other Hillary supporters, because any Trump proposal to improve economic growth for all Americans is also largely ignored by the media.  Ignored unless they call him a racist for having a willingness to compete with Mexico and China for manufacturing and exports based upon fair trade practices.

Trump’s hatred and despicable attitude for women is surely represented by his campaign organizer who is, allegedly, a woman.  People are expected to believe she runs the campaign for a woman hater.  Her views of him defy the mainstream news by agreeing with the views of other women, the first woman to build a skyscraper, employees, and of course, the women that rebuked the NYT article describing how he mistreated them.  Still other women have come forward to claim his misconduct. Claims of payment from Hillary advocates for the timing of their oddly opportune accusations are being investigated.

In an election cycle where platforms and past accomplishments of one candidate cannot be addressed without embarrassment, only character assassination can be employed in order to convince voters that the opposing individual should not be elected.  Honesty has been abandoned in this arena.  The media supports Hillary’s misleading statements as true, her dishonest facts as being verifiable, and her distortions as benevolent revelations.  The FBI has publicly testified against many of her prior statements but her lies are still described as honest by liberal agenda driven pundits and media.

Nevertheless, Trump hardly portrays a statesman.  He mouths ‘off the cuff’ proclamations, often making inane statements and embellishments that are contrary to specific details and offering fodder to his enemies who really do understand the gist of his spurious comments but pretend dismay and offer the worst possible interpretation.  He very obviously is not a polished politician and too often blurts out his honest feelings in public venues. He has done so in a manner that can be taken out of context and used against him as propaganda by his opponents.

His opponents are everywhere.  DNC, Republicans, news media, and liberal school educators all decry his candidacy.  They teach divisive hate and the DNC has even hired people to inspire violence at Trump rallies.  Hillary audaciously accused Trump of inciting and encouraging violence at rallies when she knew her minions had hired the protesters directed to incite violent acts.  They even bragged about closing a Chicago Trump rally.  The media pays scant attention to distributing such information. Knowledgeable voters may not support their chosen candidate so a plethora of negative attention is reported against Trump while Hillary enjoys myriad reports that demean her opponent, his supporters, and potential voters.  She describes them all as racist ‘deplorables’.

Trump, in turn, responds aggressively against the disparaging charges of racism and misogyny.  His inexperience shows in his being actually angry at all the lies being told and supported by a corrupt media.  The left wing strategy of dividing voters by sex and race, popular and successful for years, seems irksome and surprising to him.  It seems like he almost expected an honest discussion of platforms and solutions to problems caused by current and prior politicians.  He even promised to ‘Drain the Swamp’ of Washington D.C government corruption.  With an ego about the size of the Atlantic, he may certainly try but our congress will become inspired to grow a spine in self defense of their hierarchy in the swamp.  There will be no emperor Trump but he may yet succeed at improving our economy, education, health, while ensuring a semblance of world peace.  This has yet to be determined as it seems fairly obvious that the swamp dwellers do not yearn to support his goals.  Besides, he would have to win a ‘rigged’ election.

Trump has been married three times and he has admitted to saying some nasty words.  He has had some failures in business and has been involved in many suits.  Business fiascos can be explained by a depressed economy and suits are rampant in public buildings where a slip on ice or debt on a gambling bill can result in a lawsuit. He, obviously, has had more successes than failures.  His family does him credit but none of them demand the level of payment for speaking fees that have been rewarded to the Clintons in return for ‘favors’ supplied by the American government.

Hillary reminds one of the Boy Who Cried Wolf story – How would anyone know if she is telling the truth?  Her supporting media lowers the value of all public information.  The corrupted Department of Justice manages to retain Hillary as a viable candidate even when the facts display actions that can easily and appropriately be described as criminal.  Most of these comments can be verified by viewing short videos and longer articles.  Perform succinct searches on topics and review sources outside of areas you normally address.  Confirm the veracity of these statements to your own satisfaction.

So – believe ABC, CNN, NYT, Huffington Post, NBC, et al – or the FBI, but if you don’t know what the platforms are or what is at stake for the future of your republic, please refrain from voting.  Our system has plenty of flaws but ignorance in the voting booth can only be individually conquered.

Is the Moral Spine of America Broken?

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A perusal of information on the internet reveals a mountain of hate disguised as news, history, and current events. Unchecked misinformation runs rampant across our social media but viewers and readers alike seem to accept deceit as a tolerable manner of discourse. Many lies go unchallenged and the perpetrators continue to espouse dishonest accusations, false histories, and libelous claims without having to worry about any repercussion. People vehemently apply a vitriolic hatred against any disagreeable point of view, regardless of its veracity. Is the moral spine of America broken? Are lies, spin, and prevarication acceptable because a majority of people no longer have a moral background that would impede using deception to achieve a selfish objective? Has the ‘Ends Justify the Means’ developed into our new code of ethics?

News media has always had a large impact upon American thought, especially in politics and cultural morals. (For example; Hearst promised to support a MacArthur presidential run and albeit guaranteed him the presidency – but the General refused). This promise could be proffered because most people had a high confidence of newspaper’s reporting. The number of news competitors, however, curtailed fabrications or at least attempted a balance of stories by offering differing points of view. Yellow journalism, a term used by a New York Press newspaper editor to describe and decry the dishonest journalism of Hearst and Pulitzer’s papers, eventually exposed dishonest reporting. Competitive sources allowed readers to eventually determine misinformation and they responded by banishing blatant fraudulence to the garbage. Competition allowed news agencies to regulate themselves by establishing an ethical journalistic practice and gaining readers by gleefully attacking corrupt purveyors of information.

Such is not the case today. Competitors are available but the people willing to expend the effort in reading and analysis have insufficient time and energy to verify the accuracy of most news reports, blog entries, or a search provider’s return of information. Hate and vitriolic attack has replaced analysis and thoughtful discussion. Lies are vehemently defended as truth while misinformation is often regarded as acceptable spin. What is morally right depends on the meaning of ‘is’.

Why I Can’t be a Republican

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Democrats have labeled every Republican presidential candidate as being a racist for over half a century. Within the last decade, Democrat pundits have also accused each candidate as being fascist, often comparing any Republican aspirant to Hitler. They insist that republicans hate all women and this indictment has no regard for a candidate’s race, sex, religion, or affiliation with any style of government beyond a planet polluting oligarchy. There are no exceptions; even minority Republican candidates are labeled as being racist. One must also conclude, by Democrat accusations, that anyone voting for a Republican is also a racist, woman hating, fascist loving cretin who enjoys polluting our planet. Republican voters must be busy raising little racists at home who are obviously taught to hate the planet and, if they are male children, they must also learn to hate their mothers. Decades of this vitriol have been accented and supported by Democrat politicians, public school teachers, academia, and media.

My love of truth and honest discourse is antithetical to being a Democrat but neither can I support Republicans who have allowed such an inane discourse to flourish by ignoring or, in some cases, abandoning potential constituents in favor of political expedience. Their acceptance of the Democrat’s successful misleading of the public through false information and advertising has left a large number of our populace drowning in propaganda, misinformation, and a dishonest rewriting of history.

Now is a good time to frequent libraries and hoard old books before they are completely replaced by an internet where honesty is difficult to ascertain amongst the many agenda driven pundits dumping propaganda and polluting the mainstream of information.

Written by poyhonen

May 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Fish Have Loins

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We live in a new age of communication where it seems almost impossible to turn off the many ‘voices’ pummeling our senses. The internet allows the promulgation of ideas and concepts that have changed our daily habits, inspired our economy, and opened a floodgate of information freely available to the world.
This should be an age of enlightenment but it is not. Propaganda rules the airwaves. Greed and vice abound in a world where habit inducing drugs build empires that fight over territories that obey no country’s borders. Politicians lie and the lies are accepted by a populace that accepts misinformation as a normal occurrence, or in worse cases, accepts the deception as truth.
Fish and chickens now have loins. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to gain political power for a job that pays less than two hundred thousand. Automobiles have become ‘sexy’. Eating is a fun pastime. Responsibility has become a foreign object – an exterior influence under which you have become a victim.
Very little is private. Everyone is exposed to atrocities, sex, drugs, and graphic mayhem at an early age where even the evening news often conveys very frightening visuals. Fear mongering information is disseminated to ‘lead’ the masses in a direction that makes a few people rich and powerful for the singular purpose of making a few people rich and powerful.
We live in an age where someone, completely safe in Virginia, can kill someone thousands of miles away while we ignore the same technology used to apply the controlling efforts of skilled propaganda specialists. Missiles of misinformation, lies, and propaganda strike us daily.
We are at war. A war where advertisements and social media seek to be in command of our culture by controlling our perception. Everyone now needs a new car, phone, television and clothes for the latest style.
Our schools do not teach the pitfalls of misinformation and are often supporting institutions of ideologues. The information they used to teach, and sometimes continue to espouse, is freely available and often in a better format but where are the instructions on how to determine what is valid and what is false? Schools that hire terrorists as teachers don’t bother to make such differentiations. They change history and modify facts. They spread guilt and demean cultures. They control.
Brainwashing used to be a term applied to evil doers forcibly and/or covertly changing the thoughts and beliefs of another person. Today it is a ‘Fifth Avenue’ accepted process rewarded by sales, laws, and elections. A successful indoctrination induces one to accept contrasting and regimented ideas formally held as offensive or at least undesirable. We are all subject to such indoctrination attempts being launched from every aspect of communication, (to include this paper) – until you apply my admonition to question everything. Question what you read, see, hear, and think. Question yourself. Inspect your beliefs and offer yourself change without outside interference. The truth may be difficult to find amidst the noise of design and concept advertising but the greatest truth, and sometimes the most difficult to find, is inside yourself.
Freedom is more than being physically mobile, it is also an idea, a concept that allows a mind to move in all directions. When the avenue of thought is coerced into selected directions, freedom is diminished. The fight is still raging but where the ideologues win, freedom isn’t so much lost as it is given away.