This has been a tumultuous 2 years, actually much longer than that depending on your perspective and position in this society. I can only speak from mine, what I have personally seen, how my views have been influenced or changed over that time and how I feel today. In trying to make people see both sides of the fence and giving factual data in a time of non-facts, or in the current trendy thing of “Fake News”, I can see now why that would not be appreciated by some, I must admit, it made no sense to me at that time. I think I understand that thought process more now, although I must admit I still insist that a fact is fact.
I read an article and saw a you tube video a some time ago from one of the founders of the “False News” reports in social media. He was a young guy and at the time I dismissed it because I thought he was just running his mouth. This was NOT the man shown all over television for making money on doing this on the sites, this was the guy who planted the ideas for the stories. I thought it odd he was something called a “new republican” and he lived not far from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. That was the first time I had heard about that and now some of those things are coming to light just now.
I'm still looking into the difference between “new republican”, The GOP and the tea party. I think I have it down and they are NOT the same. The Tea Party just wants smaller government, less interference, period. The GOP is the opposition for the Democrats and they vary on views, but differ greatly within on the size and scope of governance. Now the new Republicans I am told are the disenfranchised, forgotten by both parties. The ones that are angry and currently the driving force in America. To me they all overlap, but apparently not in many cases. I could be wrong, but like I said that’s my take on it so far.
I am a registered Democrat, but had a hard time with that this election cycle and was not supportive. Now I kind of feel bad about that because I actually don’t know what happened or why. I’m torn on this part because I have not been a fan of the overreach by our intelligence for many years now. In not being a fan, I often have had concerns about where the line gets drawn. I have in fact fought against intelligence overreach on many occasions. But the recent news concerns me for only one reason, Putin. Not the Russian people or their way of life, which if you listen to the Russian people who do live there, Putin can be a dangerous man, like anyone with absolute power. Many of his people support him though, he is a strong leader for the Ultra Nationalistic country. There are other leaders like that in this world, he is only one of them. In Russia, there is the ЛДПР party, which is a liberal democratic party growing in strength. I have heard two different versions on Crimea, so I remain neutral on that issue. We can hope for a peace and an open communication with Russia, but while others are eager to jump in that pond, historically with Putin, operating on the cautious side might be best. However, how far he has affected the elections, remains to be seen, and if he did interfere with our democracy FOR ANY REASON, sanctions are a mild form of punishment for that. I'm not going to debate this because no one on here has enough evidence to convince me over a skilled intelligence department evidence that is so far reaching we haven’t even begun to estimate as civilians what exactly happened. As I said, this is my opinion and observation over some time and good bit of research on our intelligence departments.
Which brings me to the PPACA. Its going to be repealed, due to the costs which I fully understand. It concerns me though that people are so self-involved. No other country in the world does not have a healthcare plan for their citizens. Unfortunately, I believe its much more than just worrying about ones self that will end the PPACA. The program is very extensive and involves so much than just 20 million people, there will be a slice of America that will be injured by the plan to repeal without a replacement. The Republicans have never promoted a plan in Congress that will insure people with pre-existing conditions and that is self- funding for those that have high insurance rates. This is discriminatory for the 135 million Americans (51%) living with a preexisting condition. I know the cost of a policy without the protection of the PPACA w/o coverage for my medicines or healthcare on any preexisting condition, its almost 1,200 a month for HDC and that was some time ago. Currently, Im sure it will be double if not triple that. I can remember when you could not get healthcare with a preexisting condition even at your job or you got coverage but not for your preexisting condition. This included life insurance, car insurance, home owners insurance, etc. There is a great deal of Discrimination for those with a disability or preexisting conditions. Several Presidents have addressed this; both Bush 41 and Bush 43 in legislation against discrimination for specific disabilities, along with Obama with healthcare. There have been others that made great strides, but none so much as those in recent years. The proposed plan is called “A Better Way” and will be similar to the PPACA. The motivation is different due to required continuous coverage. We will see, all I can tell you is the current law is VERY detailed and will affect people in various sectors aside from those on the PPACA due to the interrelated health and social programs. This isn’t as much Trump though as it is Republicans in Congress. Although if it does not go through as planned, Trump will bear the brunt of the backlash should it fail.
Now last but not least, Pres-elect Trump. I will say this first and foremost, I don’t care for Trump, as an person, not at all. I have not cared much for his antics during the transition although I promised to be tolerant. But I do respect the office of President of these United States, therefore he will have some respect as he takes office and I will give him an opportunity to show what he is capable of doing for this country. I don’t have to like him, he just needs to do his job and represent all the people. I must add, I don’t think he is capable of doing this, with both current and past performance. But I will give him the opportunity to try, which is FAR more than more than half the country is willing to do. Again, its opinion and what I have observed.
I kept my protesting at a minimum during his transition because I have spoken to the offices of the Senators directly, for issues I needed to address. I have been out a few times however, and the movement is quite large against everything this team is doing. But please don’t say its worthless to do so, it really is how the tea party was formed in the first place which obstructed Obama for much of his two terms, even when Government was in Democratic control.
Now I am going to address the recent Golden Globe comment by Streep, because I saw it on another post. “But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hook in my heart not because it was good. It was — there was nothing good about it, but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart, and I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence insights violence. When the powerful use definition to bully others, we all lose.” This isn’t a lecture, or a righteous indignation, it’s a request…from someone who was listed as a favorite performer of Trump’s both in talent and as a person, to the elected leader of our country. It directly speaks to the violence that can be incited by an influential person speaking out, or in his case acting out against the disadvantaged. It is something commonly done by the ignorant, I felt she was VERY kind and not ballsy at all. She made a request of her President-elect, one celebrity to another in a public forum, something he is accustomed to. Even his KellyAnn had a hard time defending this one, ”can’t you just look at whats in his heart?” Nope I can’t, of the LONG list of offensive things he did during the election, this was by far the worst. But that was an observation and something that offended me personally. I am genuinely hoping he can act more professionally as President.
Lastly, the nominees for Trump’s cabinet, a very conservative bunch. I am sure he picked mostly with heavy influence from Pence. Partly due to the statements of Trump for his vision and the statements of the nominees of their positions, which I watched most of these so far on CSPAN. I don’t care for Sessions, Tillerson and Mnuchin. There are others that are problematic, but none so much as these three. I was actually going to write an article just on Mnuchin, but decided he wasn’t worth my time. He will do some damage when paired with Trump to the American public. I do like General Mattis, General John Kelly, Gov. Nikki Hayley, and I am still undecided on a couple of the others. Mostly I have observed, Trump has NOT drained the swamp, he has filled it with some serious complexities and while his nominees are not politicians, many are not public servants either. This just feels like one huge business deal, what remains to be seen, is will Americans benefit or will it be Trump his and band of merry business men? Im going to ignore totally the LACK of ethics in any of this group, it’s a foregone conclusion. I don’t even understand why everyone is Soo upset. I really don’t, you can’t change anyone but yourself. He is NEVER going to take his name and or likeness off anything, ever and he loves being involved in his business. I will not even be shocked if he has a picture of himself transposed via lights on the White House. LOL. IF and when something happens, hopefully it is ONLY an Ethical problem for Trump.
So with all that being said, next week is inauguration day and we will see. IT will NOT be boring, I am sure of that. We are used to comfort and a sureness of a regal couple with high standards in office, we are about to find out about the “new norm” and all that implies. Perhaps, this is what we needed, perhaps not. Welcome to 2017.