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We ALL Believe

We ALL believe we understand what this nation needs.

We ALL are fools.

Since when have YOU fixed a problem that even began to approach this magnitude? You know that uncle at your Thanksgiving table you can’t talk with? If you can’t talk to him, you think you can talk to soemone even more adamant they are right?

And it’s not HIS fault. It is HIS fault. It is also YOUR fault. And it’s also not YOUR fault.

It is ALL of OUR failures.

“When they go low, we go high.” Nope, that didn’t work.

“Just say no.” Nope, that didn’t work.

Your C is high school biology (what? you never even took biology but you think you understand DNA?) does NOT provide you with any expertise to correct anyone else’s understanding.

Your medical degree from the school of hard knocks does not qualify you to tell me public health experts are wrong.

There has been a lot on us. Eight years of an African-American President was enough for some people. Four years of an orange-toned President was also enough for some people. A highly infectious new illness that is still confusing doctors was also more than enough for millions of people. We are not the same as we used to be.

ALL of us.

If you think you are fine, trust me on this: you’re not and please go to the front of the line to get help.

My best advice is to go home, listen. Read. Turn the channel! Read another aspect. Think. Calm yourself.

Let the people who need to act out with high energy to destroy, rip apart, tear down get it out of their system.

Then, if you can demonstrate behavior control and a calm tone of voice, we can start to work. Ready? Don’t come and join the workers until you are ready to roll up your sleeves. This will take all of us.



Facts Be Damned…You Know How You Feel

We are in for a real roller coaster ride the next 18 months….and I hate roller coasters. I do NOT like the feeling of my stomach up in my throat.  I also do not like what I am seeing at this point….knowing it will get even uglier in the months to come.roller coaster

A lot of people like Donald Trump because “he speaks his mind.” In general, speaking out against something that is wrong is an important action. However, there seems to be no analysis by those Trump admirers about the things he say that they do NOT agree with….like lusting for his daughter’s body.  It’s as if they admit he is foolish to speak about something they would then have to start thinking about his decision making about everything.  There also seems to be no willingness to discuss that a leader needs to be somewhat careful with the words he chooses to use, especially when trying to come to some agreement with someone he does not personally like. And Presidents have to do that.wpid-plato-picture-quoteSome people say they admire Ted Cruz, even though he discounts the civil rights of women. It is also true that all I have heard support him are men. But women are half the population. So the President needs to consider all the people.

I have heard people continue to focus on Bengazi whenever Hillary Clinton is mentioned, even if the issue being discussed has no relevance to Bengazi. Even though Republican Congressional investigation could not find any malfeasance. These people know what they feel; the truth is not important. And a President needs to balance the public need to know, the Congressional actions that support or detract, and overall leadership.number-of-congressional-committeess-to-investigate-benghazi

And others keep bringing up communism and how awful it is, as their way to discredit Bernie Sanders. None of these people join in any attempt to share the facts of democratic socialism. They were raised to hate communism and they do not want that. Understood, and I agree. But Bernie Sanders is not a communist nor is he pushing any concepts that would lead a thinking person to believe he is. A President that speaks to needs of most of the population, not just the wealthy, is rare. DemocraticSocialismPeople I know who are definitely NOT in the top 1% of income in this country argue that the wealthy deserve their money. They also say the poor are sucking the Federal budget dry. They never respond to information about the amount of federal spending for public assistance compared to the amount provided as business incentives to corporations that have moved much of their business offshore and enjoy lots of tax loopholes.wealth-divide

People are angry. I understand that. What I don’t understand is the desire to stay uninformed. Unwilling to read full articles and not just headlines.  Eagerness to spread innuendo and untruths because it speaks to some emotion of their own that got massaged.

People, if a message causes you to have a sense of greed or a sense of anger, distrust it. Take a few minutes and do some personal verification from a wide range of news sources…not all conservative nor all liberal in viewpoint.

And if your source of information is not dated, if it does not include the five basic elements of news reporting (who, what, when, why and how)  it is an editorial, not a news article.few factsUse your brain please. Do not sell your country short because you “know how you feel and do not need the facts.”brain-is-like-a-muscle-carl-sagan