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  • Jorg Aadahl 12:58 pm on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Anti-Liberal rants 

    The term “Liberal” so often meant to be derogatory by right-wingers, makes me wonder if the users have even bothered to look up the word “liberal” in a dictionary, where they would find characteristics like “generous, favoring individual liberty and social and political reform … open-minded, not prejudiced, strict or rigorous .. favoring broadening of the mind, regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change”, – characteristics apparently not favored among the conservatives, or non-liberals, if you prefer.
    Do these people even know any so-called “liberals”, – or would such more enlightened individuals tend to shy away from their conservative circles?
    I have a vast circle of liberal, progressive, democratic and independent friends and acquaintances, in addition to many on the more conservative side, – none of which would even dream of voting for Trump, who is widely considered an incompetent, unqualified, self-centered egomaniac and a threat to our own well-fare, security and world peace. The “liberals” I know are all very well educated, intelligent and informed, generous with others less fortunate, willing to pay higher taxes than most in order to make for a more even and fair society. And, yes, that also includes at least one in the top 0.1% of income earners, – yet wouldn’t dream of voting for Trump in the hope of reducing his 50+% tax burden. Liberals believe in science and the need to protect the Earth and the environment, and as a group they are far less superstitious. i.e. religious, than Republicans.

    I don’t see any sign of the often alleged “low self-esteem and self-delusion” among my somewhat “liberal” friends, so I wonder what kind of people the more conservative crowd is so obsessed with. Those I know are decent, law-abiding working people, most of them home owners, many entrepreneurs and business executives, educators and professionals, – all striving both for their own families and to make for a better and more just society, – without being obsessed with personal gain.
    My “liberal” acquaintances are a diversified flock, spanning a wide range of social positions; however, with at least something in common: they are all well behaved, but deeply embarrassed that we have a sexual predator like Donald Trump in the WH, a habitual liar and a laughing stock around the world, reflecting badly on the gullible that voted for him, and a society that let it happen.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:44 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump going, going, gone … soon? 

    A growing mass of newspapers here and abroad, as well as media in general, with comedy shows having a field day, the growing consensus is that Donald Trump is incredibly incompetent, uninformed and outright clueless, a dangerous joke of a president he has shown himself to be. A laughingstock around the world!
    Day by day and with every early morning tweet, he is pushing himself closer to impeachment, even criminal persecution. His apparent obstruction of justice, consistent lies and disorderly mind, war with the media, cussing out in a most un-presidential manner everyone crossing his irregular path, and even battling the FBI, raise serious questions. How much more damage will he be permitted to do, before he is taken down, one way or another? And how can we undo the damage done in the opinion of other countries, whose cooperation we need? We have come across as a bunch of raving idiots, who not only were gullible enough to let someone as unqualified and morally corrupt as Trumpy into the most powerful office in the world, but now apparently reluctant to boot him out and start repairing the damage, including a vastly damaged world opinion, – not to mention our own social structure evolved through decades of hard work? There is reason to fear that irreparable damage will be done unless serious action is taken. Soon! And don’t wait for Trump to improve, he has already proven himself completely unfit and unable to engage in self-examination!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:07 am on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy over and out, – anytime soon? 

    Please refer to an updated list of Trump exposés under “Article-Links”, describing how incredibly incompetent, uninformed and outright clueless our dangerous joke of a president has shown himself to be, pushing himself closer to impeachment by the day and every early morning tweet. Check out articles about his pending impeachment, obstruction of justice, consistent lies and disorderly mind, war with the media, cussing out everyone crossing his irregular path, and even battling the FBI.
    The imminent question is, how much more damage will he be permitted to do, before he is taken down, one way or another? And how can we undo the damage done in the opinion of other countries, whose cooperation we need? We have come across as a bunch of raving idiots, who not only were gullible enough to let someone as unqualified and morally corrupt as Trumpy into the most powerful office in the world, but now apparently reluctant to boot him out and start repairing the damage, including a vastly damaged world opinion, – not to mention our own social structure evolved through decades of hard work? There is reason to fear that irreparable damage is done unless serious action is taken. Soon! And don’t wait for Trump to improve, he has already proven himself completely unfit!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:27 am on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s Fake Security Needs? 

    I can’t quite understand why Donald Trump needs such a heavy Secret Service detail, no matter where he choses to play.
    I thought VP Mike Pence was picked mainly as a life insurance?
    Same as VP Dan Quayle for Bush #1 and VP Dick Cheney for Bush #2, which worked quite well in both cases.
    Seems like Republican presidents are particularly good at picking scary VPs as their phantom body guards, so why the need for such costly security for Trump, – except perhaps for the thrill of being surrounded by SS?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:24 pm on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    HANDS OFF! 

    That first-daughter Ivanka Trump now will be strategically positioned as an advisor next to her dad, may be a good thing.
    She’ll probably be able to make sure that his hands are kept off the nuclear button, –
    not to mention other tempting buttons, like those of the female variety!

    Latest additions under “Article-Links”:
    Trumpy’s fog machine
    Trumpy exposed
    Trumpy’s Chumps
    Trumpy, – a Russian puppet

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:37 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    FEELING FOOLED, – YET? 

    Donald Trump’s support crowd is shrinking, raising the obvious question of how dumb they must feel for having been taken so thoroughly by a lying con artist like him, already flunking as a self-styled “negotiator” without a clue to governmental affairs.
    For the remaining faithful, what would it take for that sorry crowd to understand that they have been taken for fools? Would even more lying help them to see the light? Further exposure of his past business failures, his ungentlemanlike sexual assaults, his tax evasion, cheating of employees and contractors, his shallow religiosity and questionable family values? What will it take to wake up the rest of his supporters? Anything, or nothing? Are they so brain washed that anything and anyone labelled “conservative” or “Republican” automatically will get a stamp of unquestioned approval and nausiating admiration? Are they shielded from all info? Don’t they watch main stream TV or read the more fact-based newspapers? Any constructive thinking or books except a few selected to solidify outdated, asocial views?
    Will it make a difference if he makes himself more of a laughingstock around the world, making the rest of us look like idiots for letting such an incomptetent egomaniac into the highst and most important office of the world? What if he was exposed as the traitor it now looks like he has been, and still is, conspiring with foreign adversaries to undermine our own democracy? Will he need to surround himself with more incompetents set on destroying our most vital social functions before his remaining supporters begin to see the light?

    For a cross-section of articles exposing this unqualified and unfit occupant of the White House, please refer to “Article Links”, ranging from Trumpy the Liar to “Groper-in-Chief, from his insanity and twitter bugging to the Russian scandal.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:35 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy a slow learner? 

    It took Donald Trump 5 years to understand that President Obama was born in the US and thus a citizen, – something both President Obama and most people had understood all along.
    It took Donald Trump until now to realize that health care is a complicated issue, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along.
    How long will it take Donald Trump to understand that he is totally unfit for the Office of the US presidency, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along?
    How long will it take for enough Republicans to understand that Donald Trump is a slow learner and totally unfit for the US Presidency, – not to mention being an embarrassment for the nation and someone who has already destroyed much of the good work done by former presidents of the Democratic persuasion? As if the last Republican president wasn’t enough to convince even the slower learners that Republican administrations have no future in a progressive country.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:53 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s dangerous rhetoric 

    With such a loose canon for President as Donald Trump, with threating rhetoric in every direction, lies, irrational behavior, and suggestion that nuclear weapons should be more wide spread and put to use, – we run a risk that another nation, like Russia, China, North Korea or Iran, would try to take us out with a preemptive strike.
    Like what we did to Iraq, – inspired by another lying loose canon.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:28 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Make America “blessed” again? 

    Donald Trump’s shallow and disingenuous “godliness” is as empty and false as the rest of him.
    Unfortunately, it works to sway gullible, low-info believers. Despite his wide reputation as a sexual assaulter, his cheating, lying and tax evasion, the evangelicals all of a sudden turned into blind Trump supporters when he waved the Bible and declared, with poorly covered modesty, that it was a book even better than his own, – which he hadn’t even written, and probably not read any more critically than the Bible.
    This is the core of the problem we’re faced with. If the most fanatic bible followers had even read that collection of made-up, mostly impossible stories, – and read it with an open mind, they certainly wouldn’t have held it up as a moral guide, and certainly not supported someone who would hold it up as such, when in fact it is the exact opposite! The “God” portrayed is a jealous, self-centered, blood thirsty, immoral maniac, – and obviously made up, just like most of what comes out of Trumpy’s foul mouth.
    Which leaves us wondering if Trump would have been able to eke out even a narrow “win” if mixing politics and religion had been outlawed, like the Founding Fathers obviously intended. So, why are we still so obsessed about religion that someone as uniquely unqualified as Donald Trump can get extra points by faking a “faith”, despite his rather immoral character, which he has even bragged about himself? And now we see what a sorry cabal of cabinet members he has selected, partly incompetent and unqualified, mostly inexperienced in governmental affairs, and many there to promote self-interests at the expense of what is considered common good in a more progressive society.
    The US Constitution, Article II, Section 1 does specify what happens if the President has to be removed. Are we getting there before Trump does more damage than he has managed to do in less than a month of anti-Government actions? His approval rating is dropping daily to new lows, setting presidential records and suggesting that his base of voters is eroding. Then again, if you listened to his election speeches, nothing should be much of a surprise, – even for those with an R stamped to the forehead.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:21 am on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The US Dis-education Compartment 

    The pre-college US educational system is already lagging badly behind other comparable Western countries.
    The election of someone as uniquely unqualified, religiously obsessed and anti-science motivated as wealthy socialite Betsy deVos to lead the Eductional Department, doesn’t point towards a much needed academic upgrade.
    Perhaps the opposite was intended? This could very well be a part of a Republican longer range planning to secure future voters among the more poorly educated, religiously indoctrinated, gullible and easily fooled.
    Just remember how Trumpy gained evangelical support by waving the Bible, – a horrible collection of made-up, scary, immoral, and impossible stories. That’s all it took! And it may work again, – unless voters get better, fact-based education.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:21 pm on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest Post: Trump, – and why not? by Jeremy Mitchell/FB 

    “I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
    I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
    I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
    I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
    I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
    I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
    I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
    I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
    I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
    I watched as they did just that.
    I listened.
    I watched.
    I paid attention.
    Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
    To move forward.
    To denounce protesters.
    To “Get over it.”
    To accept this…
    I will not.
    I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the
    embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
    I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
    I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
    I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
    I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a
    promise he made to them. Them. The people who voted for him. The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
    I will do this so that they never forget.
    And they will hear me.
    They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
    They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
    They will know that I know who they are.
    They will know that I know what they are.
    Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
    Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
    Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in
    our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they
    thought it was Obama’s.
    I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely
    unwilling to give.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:38 am on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Trump’d up travel mess 

    It is difficult understand why we have this embarrassing Trump-caused travel mess all of a sudden!
    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process!
    If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!

    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly!
    Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

    On the other hand, if you are a US citizen or holding a green card, you get back in without a hitch. A green card holder has already been found OK. If he/she commits a crime, the card and the holder go!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:06 pm on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s voter fraud fantasy 

    Donald Trump now wants to investigate the voter fraud he claims made him lose the popular vote, while all previous studies have shown insignificant number of fraudulent votes cast, with no impact on the final results. With heavy fines and the risk of being deported, who would be dumb enough to cast an illegal vote? If that dumb, it is far more likely the illegal vote would be cast in favor of Trump!

    A much more important issue is Republican initiated voter suppression, which makes it harder for voters to
    exercise their constitutional rights. Here, a thorough, in-depth, independent and non-partisan investigation is called for, with results publicized no matter which way they go. How many were prevented from voting, and who would they have voted for if they had been able to cast their vote?
    Do such unsuccessful voters have a claim against their state for being denied their constitutional rights to cast a vote unobstructed, and without unnecessary hardship? Any reprisals due for those who set up such barriers?
    I am confident that the results of such an investigation will please the majority of voters, – and expose just another of Trump’s numerous lies!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:23 pm on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s Backwards Cabinet 

    This is the embarrassing gallery of superstitious ignorami Donald J. Trump has picked for his cabinet:
    Carson: Evolution is from the Devil!
    DeVos: Put God in schools!
    LtGen Flynn: Christianity is at war with Islam!
    Perry: Fire? Pray for rain!
    Pompeo: Evil is all around us until the Rapture!
    Perdue: Drought? Pray for rain!
    Pruitt: Hand out bibles in schools!
    Sessions: Secular people can’t understand the truth!

    And those characters are supposed to “Make America Great Again”?
    Instead, they will set us back and “Make America Regret Again”, – not to mention making us the laughing stock of the developed world!
    As if we haven’t had enough of Republican administrations and the damage they cause! Haven’t we seen how backwards and outright dangerous they are? When will we learn? The Trump administration may even turn out to be worse than the one preceding President Obama’s progressive reign, which leaves a question of when we can expect to be back on track again to a better, safer and more equal society? Will we ever? Or, perhaps that train has left for good?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:01 pm on January 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy lying, – or not? 

    All the talk about President-elect Donald Trumps lies, reminds me of George Costanza on the Jerry Seinfeld TV series: “A lie is not a lie if you believe it!”
    So, in all fairness, let’s give Trump the benefit of doubt: he may not lie, but only be so incredibly dumb and uneducated that he actually believes all the nonsense he comes up with, whether that is President Obama’s birth certificate, scores of Muslims cheering on 9/11, – or an avalanche of other nonsense he makes up.
    A glaring difference between Trump and his lying Republican predecessors, though, is that
    his lies have surfaced before his inauguration, while for example George W. Bush’ lies about WMDs in Iraq, and Nixon’s lies about not monkey-wrenching the Paris peace talks, only became painfully apparent too late, resulting in unnecessary loss of thousands of lives around the world. And, that’s no lie!
    Do we learn from history, – or do we need to have our noses rubbed into the mess now building up before we can smell what is coming? Not enough yet of the mess Republican administrations always make? How slowly do we learn? Then again, it took Donald Trump 5 years to understand what was abundantly clear to most of us, that President Obama was born in the US. Or, did he lie about that, too, just to score a cheap point among his intellectually challenged, racist followers? Makes you wonder, – which is something everybody should do!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:19 pm on December 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Final Solution 

    Dear Red States:
    We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we’ve decided we’re leaving.
    We in New York intend to form our own country and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.
    In case you aren’t aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota,
    Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

    We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).
    To sum up briefly:
    You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
    We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.
    We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Opry-Land.
    We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
    We get Harvard. You get Oral Roberts University.
    We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama.
    We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share.
    Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.

    With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water,
    more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit,
    95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners),
    90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal,
    all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools
    including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

    With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists,
    virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

    We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
    38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
    We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.
    Sincerely,
    Citizen of the Enlightened States of America
    (JLG, Internet)
    Oh, by the way, – you can keep Trumpy, too, while the majority of us will elect the best qualified, best educated and informed, most even-tempered, least ego-maniacal, research- and science-oriented, secular president we can find.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:33 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpocrazy coming our way? 

    While there are some clear differences between Republicans and Democrats at the core, we can argue about whether we have a democracy or a republic, or whether there is any difference at all. That the Founding Fathers wanted us as far away from the old European monarchies as possible, should be no ground for much argument.

    However, if Donald Trump really gets elected, despite efforts to redistribute electorates in some states with questionable results, we need a new term. What about “Trumpocrazy”?
    You won’t find it in dictionaries yet, but “Trump” is defined as “an advantage involving surprise”, “Trump up” means “fabricate or invent … accusations, excuses, etc.”, while “Trumpery” is defined as “worthless finery, delusive, shallow”.
    The latter part, “crazy” is defined as “insane or mad, foolish, extremely enthusiastic, unrestrained”.
    Therefore, the term “Trumpocrazy” is introduced if the uniquely unqualified Donald Trump
    should, heaven forbid, end up as our next President, – an unprecedented dent in our otherwise respectable
    political history.

     
    • Al Ward 3:27 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty clever. Do you have an idea as to how to get this creative term adopted? Perhaps just feed it to all of the Leftie media: newspapers, MSNBC, ABC, etc. Possibly it will end up in Webster’s and the Oxford English.
      As to Trump being unqualified….well, we’ll see.
      His clownish showman’s act got him to where he is. That was not by accident.
      Maybe as he adjusts to putting on his presidential hat, his showman’s hat will fall off.
      I certainly hope so, and time will tell.

      The Progressives will continue their outrage no matter what he does…that is a given.
      But he may wind up doing a good job of turning the nation away from its path toward progressive wishful daydreams…he isn’t stupid…and I wonder if the impulsiveness is just part of the showman’s act.

      • Jorg 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You may be right, – and I certainly hope you are! The alternative is very scary, and could be enormously costly, – for generations to come!

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:44 am on November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s recount fear 

    Republican boisterous presidential candidate Donald Trump kept claiming that the election was rigged and that he wouldn’t accept the outcome, – unless he won.
    Now that it is over and it looks like he is the winner, he goes ballistic over the recount effort planned for the swing states with the most suspicious outcome.
    Sounds like he knew something, but wasn’t quite sure it would work, and now that it did, he’s afraid it will be exposed. That could be very embarrassing, of course.

     
    • Al Ward 5:14 pm on November 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HRC conceded the election to Trump and in her speech graciously requested that everyone should keep an open mind regarding his presidency (what an accomplished actress she is).
      Now the truth of what HRC really thinks is shown by her letting her people go along and join with Jill Stein’s ridiculous recount circus.
      What this appears to be is just another Democrat fund raising effort. To find the truth, follow the money.

      How much better off Trump would be if he just ignored this recount silliness. It should be beneath him, unworthy of his attention.
      But being Trump, that doesn’t seem possible.

      • Jorg Aadahl 7:13 am on November 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I agree completely with you re. your last part, – Trump just can’t help himself. So typical, too, to reverse himself, this time from ridiculing any recount effort, to turn around and claiming that millions of illegals voted against him! Like so much else from him: grabbed out of thin air.
        To be fair, Hillary Clinton graciously accepted the surprising outcome initially, but why not support a recount effort started by others when so many suspicious circumstances emerge? If it turns out that the initial results don’t change, fine. But if is found that the outcome should be different if irregularities are accounted for, why not? And especially in a case like the current situation, where a uniquely unqualified, self-centered egomaniac, a liar with a shameless history of personal behavior is about to assume the most important position in the world, – every possible effort should be employed to keep him out of a position that very possibly could turn out to be disastrous. We have just been through 8 years with another unqualified, unelected Republican president, who did so much damage that it took President Obama another 8 years to partially get us out of the ditch. Haven’t we learned yet?

    • Al Ward 11:58 am on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of going into a ditch and not having learned anything, I see that today the progressive congressional nitwits re-elected Nancy Pelosi as leader of the minority party. If you look across the country you see Democrats in their weakest position in decades. Not just the US Congress, but also governorships and state assemblies. It appears that California’s Pelosi will continue to lead the Democrat charge to oblivion.
      Thank goodness that all that remains of HRC and her supporters is a floundering around of pinning pathetic hopes on recounts.
      Thanks to the election of the Great Showman, Trump, the SCOTUS is safe for a generation.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:26 pm on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Electile dysfunction 

    Considering the importance of electing the best person as President of the United States, I find it very disturbing how arbitrary the entire election process was! Besides Donald Trump being uniquely unqualified for the job of POTUS, not to mention his habitual lying, total lack of respect the world over, his bankruptcies, rape charges and behavior unbecoming our most import and visible representative, – so much seemed left to chance:
    1) What would the outcome have been without a third party player like Gary Johnson, who for some crucial states received more votes than the difference between Trump and Clinton?
    2) What impact did voter suppression have? It is a fact that lines were longer, voting machines fewer and voting periods shorter in some predominantly Democratic areas. Voter intimidation may also have played a role, especially against minority groups and the disadvantaged, directly in line with what had been promoted by the Trump campaign beforehand!
    3) Was there interference from foreign nations, like Russia, or tampering with voting machines here and there?
    4) Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama all had more popular votes than their opposing candidates, while both Gore and Clinton lost out on Electoral votes, for various reasons. About time to abolish the Electorate, especially in a situation where the majority of voters wanted the far more qualified candidate?
    5) Donald Trump has numerous lawsuits hanging over him, including the Trump University scandal to begin later this month, besides dozens more.
    6) What was the impact of FBI Director James Comey’s e-mail interference during the last few days before the election?
    7) What was the impact of Donald Trump’s sudden Bible waving, claiming that book was even better than his own, – which someone else wrote? That mock act had an instant impact on the evangelicals, who flocked to Trump, while conveniently ignoring his utterly immoral life.
    8) What if Trump’s tax returns had been revealed, as has been customary?

    All-in-all, way too arbitrary election for the most important office in the world, – for which Hillary Clinton would have been elected if it hadn’t been for the electoral college! About time to abolish it!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:05 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Election rigged? 

    During the campaign, Donald Trump kept insisting that the system was rigged.
    Looks like he was right! Perhaps he knew something hidden from the rest of us?
    To third party ignoramus Gary Johnson, who received more votes than the difference
    between Trump and Clinton in certain crucial states, I would say: “Happy now?”

     
    • Al Ward 6:10 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The system is rigged according to how the Founding Fathers intended. The Electoral System deliberately gives more weight to the voters in low population states. The more populous your state, the less your vote is worth regarding election of the President. It was set up to protect the interests of the smaller states.
      Hillary’s popular vote margin is due to nothing more than California’s population. Same happened with Al Gore. If his (small) home state of TN had voted for him, he’d have been president.

      In a related topic, I saw remarks by Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren on today’s news.
      They were disparaging Trump, saying disgusting things as foul or more-so than anything said by Trump about American politicians. What a nice way to welcome the President-Elect.
      Quite an irony that Trump owes his success to people like those two…any voter who is not a flaming progressive finds them utterly out of touch with reality and a danger to the nation.

      Another irony is the actions of the idiots in the streets violently demonstrating to protest the election results. They are demonstrating one of the phenomena that got Trump elected…mindless, lawless and violent rebellion which does nothing other than upset the stable elements of society…such as Trump voters.

    • Al Ward 11:11 am on November 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      On the other hand it was gratifying to hear HRC’s gracious concession speech and also Obama’s remarks wishing Trump well for his coming presidency.
      It is going to be very interesting to see what happens when Trump ascends to the throne being vacated by Obama. To quote Obama,”Elections have consequences.”.

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