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Opinion: Donald Trump – The man who would be ‘king’.

 

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You get no crown Donald.

It has become increasingly clear, that while Trump desired to be president of the United States, he had no clue as to what that really meant.  He does not understand the checks and balances contained within the Constitution of the United States, and apparently, he thought he would be ‘king’ of the United States with all of its branches of government, and its citizens subservient to him as his ‘subjects’. Um … no Donald, you are not the ‘king’ of America. In fact, it is you who is the servant. Remember when you raised your right hand, and took the oath of office? You vowed to serve the Constitution of the United States and the people of the United States, not just yourself, your family, and your base which consists of about 30% of all Americans, but all the people.

His frustration with the court rulings have left him and his ‘base’ perplexed, as has the need for Congress to approve legislation. That indicates a lack of understanding of the fundamental values of the Constitution. He did not seem to know that the courts are co-equal with his own office, as is the congress. There is no one ruler of America, and that is exactly what the founding fathers of America wanted. No monarchy, no king, no tyrant. And it appears that without the phenomenal foresight of those statesmen, we would indeed be now in the hands of a tyrant – instead of a ‘wannabe tyrant’. But those writers of the Constitution protected us all, because Donald Trump is exactly the sort of person whom they feared, and thank goodness for that protection.

Donald Trump is a man who seems to believe that he is above the law, but also appears to be desperate for others to believe the lies he spews out on a daily basis. If lying were a crime, he would be convicted already. His lack of conscience for lying to the American people is unsettling. He promised to release his tax returns, but after he won, he refused to do so. And, it was his own base to whom he made that promise. He has proven that his word means nothing. There appear to be voids where a conscience and a heart should be.  And most of all, there appears to be an empty abyss where intelligence and knowledge are usually housed. Putin’s phrase for people such as Trump, is  a “useful idiot”.

And because he loves his children, he seems to expect all Americans to do so. But most Americans resent his bringing his adult children into the White House to work, salary or no salary.  It is nepotism that is being flaunted in the face of Americans, and it is, indeed, against the law, but the Republican-led congress does not seem to have a spine, and so they watch as he breaks rule after rule, law after law, and why? Because they want the power, and they want someone there who will rubber-stamp whatever legislation they send his way as many surmise that he does not possess the cognitive and comprehensive reading skills required to actually read, and understand, what he is signing, relying upon someone to just tell him what is written, or, watching “the shows” so that he can learn about it that way. So the Republicans watch and shake their head, but do nothing.

Donald Trump swore his allegiance to the Constitution while placing his hand on a Bible which he has admitted he seldom reads or turns to in time of crisis. So his vow means nothing, and one can search history to find those like him, who will honor nothing but their own immediate desires. One such as King Henry VIII , who changed everything so that he could get his way. But then, he was a king. Trump is not, he is merely  one of the checks and balances within the constitution – not a king. And his children are not princes and princesses who are currently treating the presidency as if it is their personal plaything.

He is firing people as if he is still on his reality television show. Someone should tell him that he was indeed the ‘king’ of that fake boardroom, but he is not ‘king’ of America. Firing good people has consequences. The people who he has fired for no reason at all, were professional civil servants who were doing their job. But in his distorted reality, he fired Comey and Yates as if they were only mere contestants on ‘The Apprentice’.  He seems to have a delusional sense of grandeur in which he envisions himself as ‘king’. Note to Donald: you did not get elected ‘king’. This is America, not Russia. This is a republic without a banana.

Perhaps Mr. Trump should resign, purchase an island, and take his circus with him, along with his ‘base’, then they can all worship him as the ‘king’ as he appears to so desperately need to be.

He continually calls any news about himself and his administration “fake news”, but that is just his way of defending that which has absolutely no defense. As with his description of  ‘climate change’ he opines that the Russia issue is just a hoax.  If that were true, it would mean that his son, Donald Jr., is a participant in the hoax, as it was his emails which became the fire from the preceding smoke. The only hoax is that Donald Trump thinks that  he is ‘king’. A prime example of his delusional sense of entitlement is that he had the audacity to advise the Queen of England that he wanted to ride in her gold leafed carriage. His trip to England has been cancelled, but even had it not been, there would be no carriage ride for Donald. Why not? Because he is not a king.

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July 23, 2017 · 6:45 am

Opinion: Note To Millennials-Why Hillary Is Admired

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It is hope that this explanation and admonition is not received as a condescending lecture to young people, but rather as an insightful retrospective regarding Hillary Clinton. For, although history can be recited to you via historians and pundits, her enemies and foes, and her friends, there is nothing quite the same as a view from the cheap seats. The seats in which regular persons sat from afar and formed not only opinions, but loyalty to Hillary Clinton. So this begins at not quite the beginning, but a beginning of which you, and perhaps even your parents, were not even yet born. A beginning which stretched over decades, that you can not understand unless you yourself were part of it.

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For those who watched history when the Nixon impeachment investigation commenced, the daily news was filled with a cast of players, whose names became either famous or infamous. There was one player, whose name did not become a household one during that time. But, nevertheless, that person had a key role – one of the attorneys for the committee, assigned to research, review and investigate for that committee. That person, was Hillary. The results of the findings of that committee, based up the work of those attorneys, led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, and the conviction and imprisonment of many others. And, although the general public did not know her, those Republicans in power did, and like the elephant which is the symbol of their party, they remembered and did not forget her role. It would be forever remembered as Watergate and for many it was the historical event of a lifetime. For Republicans, it was the defeat of a lifetime, and they took names, and Hillary’s name was on that list.

Fast forward to when Hillary Rodham  became First Lady of Arkansas. She was criticized for gender based strength. And, during a time when it was unheard of, she refused to relinquish her own surname. But not only her surname, but her profession. She was a brilliant attorney, and was determined to not let go of her vocation. She was of that new generation of women which refused to be placed in the boxes and roles to which their parents had been forced to conform. She continued her work on behalf of children and families. But apparently, it was too much for the aged powers that be and a community which did not want to move too fast, and wanted their governor and first lady to remain recognizable to the past from which they all came. So, Bill Clinton lost his re-election bid. Knowing how much it meant to her husband, Hillary dropped her surname and became “Mrs. Clinton”, but she did not take a back seat, she managed his campaign, and he won.

Fast forward, Bill Clinton was running for president. Suddenly, a woman with whom he had a long-term affair came out of the shadows to disparage him to the press. But it was Hillary who sat beside him during an interview and said if you don’t like him then don’t vote for him, and, saying without saying it, if I can handle it, then so can you. In fact, so must you.  Asserting that she was not channeling Tammy Wynette, (stand by your man), but was stating her belief that he was the best man for the job. Bill Clinton won the election.hillary-young-3

The press continued to try to pigeon-hole Hillary into that ‘female’ box and challenged her about not wanting to have ‘teas’ and “bake cookies”.  Thus, when she actually had the press served cookies, most took it as tongue-in-cheek. Her appearance was criticized, there were even stories about her eyebrows.  And she was given such a hard time that there were signs made saying “Don’t pillory Hillary.”  But her arrival in Washington refreshed the memories of those elephants and she never really had a chance. There was no ‘let bygones be bygones’. When she presented her healthcare package to Congress, she was not given a fair chance. Her demeanor was not that of today, because she was learning, the hard way, that it was not about fairness, substance, or her capability – it was about her role. A role which the mostly male congress defined for her. First lady – chief ‘smiler’ and hostess with appropriate eyebrows. Those in the cheap seats saw and learned right along with her. She lost that fight, but with the public – score one for Hillary Clinton.

There were all sorts of fake scandals including one called ‘travelgate’. Fueled by press that wanted to be the next Berstien and  Woodward. But there was no there there. Score another for Hillary Clinton with the public.

And there was the courageous Hillary, again refusing to be put into that box, who, as First Lady traveled to China for an international women’s congress. Her speech was read by President Bill Clinton’s staff and advisers. They advised that she not attend. That she not say what was in her speech. But there, on China’s soil, challenged the abysmal human rights record of China towards its women, and  in that speech, she coined the phrase: “Women’s rights, are human rights.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXM4E23Efvk   And there it was, Hillary on the world stage, using her pulpit to call out China … on their own soil. The women of the world cheered her, because, again, it was during a period of time when women were expected to ‘behave appropriately’ and to remember their place. To be nice ladies. Hillary stood her ground and it was yet another milestone for women everywhere.

But then all hell broke loose with the Monica Lewinski scandal, fueled by the Republicans and their players, to take down a popular president and his wife. Watergate would be avenged. But it didn’t work out that way.Because Hillary did not believe it to be true. She had seen so many attempts by the Republicans, she could only believe that this was yet another one, and, on live television, she called it a “vast right-wing conspiracy“.  And looking back, one can clearly see with the benefit of hindsight, Bill Clinton was not lying to America when he denied the consensual affair, he was denying

President Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, center, and wife Hillary Rodham Clinton walk from the White House toward a helicopter as they depart for vacation Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998. The first family will travel to Martha's Vineyard, Mass. for a two week vacation. Late Monday night, the president confessed to a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky following an afternoon of testimony before the independent counsel's grand jury. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

President Clinton, Chelsea, Hillary Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998. Late Monday night, the president confessed to a relationship with a White House intern

it to Hillary. She was his audience. But soon, it was revealed that the allegation was true. And the next morning after he publicly admitted it, the despair could be seen with Chelsea walking in between the two of them, holding their hands. Hillary not looking at the press, but clearly putting one step in front of the other. But still walking with her family. Scone yet another for Hillary Clinton. Because everyone knew that she had believed him, as did many of his close

friends within his administration. They were publicly disappointed, and said so, for they, as did Hillary, had come to his defense. So if they were disappointed, any person could see and know that she was heartbroken.

Fast forward to the Republican led impeachment of Bill Clinton. Unlike Nixon, he did not resign.  And on that day, the look on her face, trying to appear brave, walking beside her husband, told the story. She, like many others knew that he did not deserve that. And many of those who had led the impeachment, had their own tales of infidelity come to light, including Newt Gingrinch. But Hillary weathered it, stood by Bill, and he was acquitted in the senate. It was over. And all eyes were on Hillary. She did not budge from Bill’s side, even after he left office. She stayed and there it was – love and loyalty – score another for hillary-on-day-of-bills-impeachmentHillary with the general public. And with Ken Starr as special prosecutor with wide-sweeping powers, there was the onslaught of investigations, Whitewater, and too many to name. There was the right-wing hit squad which calls itself ‘Judicial Watch’ with their bombardment of civil lawsuits, merely to get them under oath or to obtain documents. Ken Starr admitted that there was no there there after millions and millions of dollars, grand juries.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whitewater-case-closed/

She ran for senate and won.She refused to not achieve her own personal potential. She won and was re-elected to the same office by even a larger margin.

Fast forward to her tenure as secretary of state, and the praise which was heaped upon her from both sides of the aisle … until the whispers of a possible presidential run began to circulate. After she left that office, suddenly there were investigations over the deaths of four Americans in Libya. Even though that was probably the smallest number to die during an attack upon what was not even an embassy, but a consulate, the Republican led congress decided that they wanted to build a cross upon which they could nail Hillary. But the public who had watched her through the years, remembered, and did the math themselves. They had seen her under attack so many times, and they were at it again.Unabashedly partisan, those congresspersons, had her go before congress over and over again. The final time was for 11 hours. But this was not the Hillary that had appeared before Congress decades ago, this was the woman with a spine of steel, who sat there and answered all of their questions. They even tried to assign her the role of the Secretary of Defense when military instructions were given, something which did not come from her. Soon, that too was over. She answered questions of regarding security concerns, even though it was the Congress which denied the State Department’s request for additional funding for security.Score another for Hillary.

Then during the primaries, suddenly, all of the debunked scandals, and conspiracy theories resurfaced and those who hillary-wins-nominationhad been in those cheap seats for years fought back for her. Not through large rallies, but through quietly voting, knowing that all of those lies had not only been proven to be lies, but that Hillary had stood through so much, and that is the Hillary for whom they voted. The survivor.The woman who dared to be different. The woman who had stood up to so many and stood by her husband when the world felt she should do differently.As usual allegations  without explanation and right-wing furor over imagined events and  worn conspiracy theories.

It is no wonder when the email issue arose, that it was felt that she would be held to a different standard, not only because of being a woman, but because the Republicans were in charge. The same Republicans who did and said nothing when Bush and Cheney deleted nearly 22 million emails on a private server. http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/web-video/missing-white-house-emails                                                             There was no outcry, no investigation.

And no investigation of an administration that had lied to send us to war in Iraq and one in which the vice-president made a handsome profit. To this day – no investigation. Chanting that she should be in jail, even though those same persons chanting can not even cite a crime that she has committed. The American citizens in the cheap seats were watching, and were ignoring the right-wing frenzy fueled by obsession and lies, and which culminated in an unprecedented letter from the Director of the FBI. But those citizens and supporters did not turn on her, they became entrenched in their positions of support and to this moment support her. Why? Because  they remember. They remember each and every issue which either turned out to be nothing, and the strength and loyalty she exuded when she stood by and with her family .They remember that when everyone expected Hillary to cut and run, she stood her ground and showed us that strength has nothing to do with gender. Yes, a spine of steel that makes Putin tremble because he recognizes that Hillary is not the one who will put up with his crap or anyone’s for that matter. And isn’t that what we want in a leader?

So, when you cast your vote, do so from the same view as those who watched over decades and admired her for her strength and loyalty, for her toughness and for her warrior spirit.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech "Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality" at Dublin City University in Ireland December 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech “Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality” Ireland December 6, 2012.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-hillary-clinton-republicans-benghazi_us_560c8493e4b0af3706df90ec

http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/07/30/fox-turns-to-20-year-old-debunked-conspiracy-th/195136

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/03/giving-hillary-credit-for-schip/

http://addictinginfo.org/2015/04/13/heres-a-list-of-hillary-clintons-accomplishments-so-quit-saying-she-doesnt-have-any/

 

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