Trump: Worst President Ever

Donald Trump will surely be seen by future historians as the worst president in our history. Dozens of respected historians are saying that now. The reasons are clear to anyone who follows the news:

  • He has massively increased the federal budget deficit. The stock market and job market are artificially inflated and the coming downturn cannot be avoided. His tax cuts were a boon for corporations and the wealthy while doing little or nothing for the middle class.
  • He has severely weakened health care for millions of Americans without providing any viable alternative.
  • He continually endangers future generations by cancelling environmental protections.
  • He has made America a laughing stock, literally, within the community of nations.
  • He has done nothing to stop what he called “this American carnage.” Mass killings continue unabated, while he cozies up to the NRA.
  • His long-standing barrage of attacks on our most valuable and cherished institutions – the Intelligence agencies, the FBI, the election process, the Free Press – have done harm that cannot be easily repaired.
  • He has done nothing to improve our crumbling infrastructure.
  • He shows us daily that he considers being president to be a part-time job. Between his non-stop campaign rallies and his golfing, along with his obvious lack of knowledge about the most basic issues, we know we have a narcissist, not a leader, in the Oval Office.
  • And worst of all, he has horrifyingly debased the office of the President of the United States. His mean-spirited school-yard bullying, his wide-spread and treasonous conflicts-of-interest, his continual pitting of one segment of America against another, his debasement of women, minorities, immigrants, scientists, professors, journalists, all accompanied by his incessant deluge of daily lies, have all combined to diminish the integrity of, and respect for, the Office.

For all that (and much more) he can never be forgiven. And we must shout that message out tomorrow.

Please vote. Please vote straight Democratic. We need to save America!

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Ken

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Fox News Anchor Blasts Trump!

Hell might be freezing over, but today I’m asking you to watch a clip from Fox News.

Fox anchor Shepard Smith slammed the President after the disastrous press conference yesterday. (Shep Smith and Chris Wallace are the only true journalists at Fox; they seem to possess actual integrity.)

“This president keeps telling untrue things and he does it every single time he’s in front of a microphone,” Smith said. And that was one of the milder moments.

I was unable to locate a “pure” video clip of his angry rant, so this article from The Huffington Post is the best I have. Scroll down to the second video (skip the top one) to see Smith’s furious take-down of our Liar-In-Chief.

It’s only about a minute long but you still see the fury about the constant lies and the bashing of the press. We can only hope that every Foxie saw it.  More and more we are starting to see “moderate” Republicans backing away from the President. Let’s hope it snowballs.

And by the way, as I told my FaceBook friends …

“If ‘fake news’ is your mantra, you’re a fake American.”

The framers of the Constitution put Freedom of the Press into the First Amendment. Without a vigorous and unencumbered press (now called “the media”) we become a dictatorship. Trump seems to have no problem with that.

But you do, right?

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Ken

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Watch Weld. Amazing Interview!

Here’s one for the history books. A man actively running for national office came within a hair’s width of fully endorsing a competing ticket!

Last night Libertarian VP candidate William Weld, the former Republican Governor of Massachusetts, gave an explosive interview to Rachel Maddow.

He didn’t officially endorse Hillary, but he walked up to the line and his toes were touching that line. Aside from that, he blasted Trump in clear and damning language. “I fear for the country,” if Trump wins, he told Maddow.

Equally importantly, he spoke glowingly and effusively about Hillary, a woman he’s known for decades. And as a former U.S. prosecutor (U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts) he also decisively dismissed the FBI’s botched handling of Hillary’s email case.

Rachel Maddow seemed somewhat flummoxed by what she was hearing, and it made for compelling television.

Weld’s running mate, Gary Johnson, must be pissed, but Weld knows the stakes are too high for political selfishness.

BRAVO, Governor Weld!

Watch it. Get everyone to watch it.

Thanks for caring about the truth.

Ken

The Rock-Solid Case Against Trump (and for Hillary)

Forget, if you can, about grabbing and groping. The case against him and for her goes far beyond the sleaze factor.

Here’s your eye-opening brick-by-brick summary of how this campaign looks right now. For Trump supporters, it’s brutal. Most of these articles have been posted to my Facebook page over the past two months, but seeing them all strung together like this is stunning.

Never has any major party candidate been so thoroughly repudiated by so many competent observers.

Every story here includes links to the sources.

  1. The Arizona Republic

“Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never.

Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America ahead.”

  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer

“The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century … Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.

That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.”

  1. USA Today

“The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We’re doing it now. … Donald Trump is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”

  1. No Fortune 100 CEOs Back Republican Donald Trump

From the Wall Street Journal: “Democrat Hillary Clinton has 11 contributors and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney had far more.”

  1. Trump v. Clinton: Comparing the costs of their Economic plans (CBS News)

“The latest estimate shows Clinton’s economic plan would add $200 billion to the national debt over the next decade, while Donald Trump’s would add $5.3 trillion – or 26.5 times as much as Clinton’s – according to a new report from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.”

  1. Military Officers for Clinton

“While only a tiny portion of military officers reach the rank of admiral or general, an even smaller sliver earn three or four stars.

Fifteen percent of Mr. Trump’s retired officer supporters are among those most senior officers.

Mrs. Clinton’s backers include nearly twice that number of highest-ranked officers.”

  1. Dallas Morning News Endorses Democrat For President For First Time In Over 75 Years

“For all her warts, she is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president.

Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation.”

  1. No Former Members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Support Trump

“In a WSJ (Wall Street Journal) survey, no former members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers—spanning eight presidents—openly support Mr. Trump”

  1. The Atlantic

“For the third time since The Atlantic’s founding (in 1857!), the editors endorse a candidate for president. The case for Hillary Clinton.”

  1. Foreign Policy magazine

“In the nearly half-century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication’s independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our readers, regardless of political orientation.

It is for all these reasons that FP’s editors are now breaking with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.”

  1. 50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’

“Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump ‘lacks the character, values and experience’ to be president and ‘would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.’

Mr. Trump, the officials warn, ‘would be the most reckless president in American history.’”

  1. Here are all the major newspapers that have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president

From Business Insider: “This presidential election may have the most lopsided batch of newspaper endorsements the US has ever seen.

While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has garnered the support of a long list of editorial boards, her Republican rival Donald Trump hasn’t received any.”

 

Whew. Quite a list, and it’s only a small fraction of what I could post!

How could any breathing, sentient voter still be supporting Trump?

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Ken

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The Veep Debate, Style vs. Facts

Mike Pence, a former radio talk show host, showed off his smooth radio personality at the debate. He clearly won on style points. But poor Mikey had to defend the indefensible, and the only way he could do that was to lie, over and over. I wish he had been more forceful. He could have and should have swatted away, with hard facts, so much more of what Pence said.

Overall however, Pence will be seen as a fool for constantly denying things we all know are true. Here’s a brilliant 90 second video that wipes away any doubts about who blatantly lied.

And for a look at it all with greater detail and clarity, try this article from the Huffington Post. The title sums up the debate — Mike Pence to America: Trump Never Said Those Things He Said.

Finally, let me apologize for being lax with these posts. I’m afraid I’ve become addicted to FaceBook where it’s so easy to put my political thoughts (almost always with links to reputable sources) up on my Timeline. I’d love you to check it out. Here’s one to get you started.

Thanks for caring about the truth.

Ken

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SHAMEFUL: Zika and the GOP

Here’s a story you probably don’t know. It’s sickening.

You do know that the destructive Zika virus is here. It’s infecting many thousands of people in South America and now it’s spreading in the U.S. There is no cure for the devastating problems it causes for mothers and their babies.

President Obama and Democrats in Congress wanted to act quickly. They put together a bill to combat this encroaching disease — a pure, Zika-fighting bill.

Republicans agreed, apparently, that action was necessary.  But instead of agreeing on a bi-partisan compromise, they tacked on poison-pill provisions that they KNEW the Dems could never swallow. Their version blocked funds for Planned Parenthood and loosened environmental protections! As a result, they can now run TV ads saying “Senator So-and-So voted against protecting babies.”

So now there is no bill at all!

This is outrageous, and once again, the Democrats have done a lousy job of getting the public riled up about this grievous offense against women’s and children’s health.

Yes, a few media outlets have covered this shameful episode. This editorial from Columbus, Ohio (originally in the LA Times) makes the story quite clear and I hope you read it.

Republicans repeatedly play political games with people’s lives. Why do we stand for it?

Thanks for caring about the truth.

Ken

 

Takin’ It Back

In the past week Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio have each shouted, “It’s time to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” That phrase, “take our country back,” has been a favorite of GOP candidates for several years, and it certainly picked up steam when Barack Hussein Obama moved into the White House.

But the phrase begs the question; take our country back from whom?

Keep in mind that Obama was elected by a majority of American voters, twice, so they’re saying they want a minority to take it back from the majority. Then too, in the last presidential election a million more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans in Congressional races but thanks to gerrymandering the House is firmly under GOP control.

So who are they talking about? From whom must they wrest control? Here, in no particular order, are some of the nefarious groups who need to hand back the country to the Real Americans.

• Blacks
• Hispanics
• Muslims
• Jews
• Women
• Gays
• Unions
• Progressives (who used to be called liberals)
• Teachers
• Journalists and others in “the mainstream news media.”
• Hollywood
• Scientists
• College students
• College professors
• The unemployed
• The working poor
• The lower middle-class

As a member of two of those groups, Liberal Jew, I find it deeply disturbing when Republicans say they want to take my country from me! Take our country back is dark, divisive language. Why aren’t the pundits calling it out?

Democrats campaign with equal vigor but they don’t paint their opponents with such a broad brush. Hillary and Bernie’s ire is targeted to special interest lobbyists, polluters, billionaires whose “dark money” attempts to control elections, climate change deniers, war mongers and so on.

So the next time you hear some right-leaning blowhard spout “take our country back!,” understand that they just might be talking about you.

Thanks for caring about the truth.

Ken