The exact opposite of what is needed

The U.S. is not being properly governed and the resulting chaos gets worse with each passing day. There are things that our nation needs, but the current administration is taking steps to ensure the exact opposite will occur. Blogger-friend Keith has neatly summarized some of these needs and the moves being made by Trump & Co. to ensure those needs will not be met. Please take a few moments to read his post, for it summarizes and clarifies some examples of the issues that are moving our country in the exact wrong direction. Thank you, Keith, for an excellent post and for permission to share!

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Since tribal fervor gets in the way of good information sharing and debate, we end up with laws, bills and executive orders/ comments which are the exact opposite of what is needed. This troubles me greatly, as if you took the time to look at data and explained what the change would do, people would not be supportive of the change.

Here are a few working examples:

– Treating Muslim Americans poorly, blocking travel from Muslim countries, and criticizing the London Mayor who is an exemplar of successful Muslims in the western world make us less safer. Ostracizing Muslims feeds into the recruiting messaging for Islamic extremist groups; welcoming Muslims and involving them in conversations and diligence is making us safer.

– Defunding Planned Parenthood will increase the abortion rates, health care cost and poverty. Poverty is highly correlated with larger family size. Family planning reduces the number of unwanted…

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20 thoughts on “The exact opposite of what is needed

    • Thanks Roger! Yes, Keith does good work … he is generally more reserved than I and knowledgeable about everything from music to politics to history, as are you! And I’m not sure I would even refer to the buffoon in the White House as a ‘person’, but … πŸ™‚

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        • Ah yes … setting an example … I sometimes forget that responsibility. Now, mind you, I have set a good example in the sense that my children and grandchildren are people of great humanity and compassion, but I admittedly fall short when it comes to avoiding colourful language! Though I wish I had been able to take a picture the first time I uttered FORNACAZONI!!! in lieu of my usual F-word … my daughter and granddaughter looked at me as if I had lost my bloomin’ mind, and then they burst out laughing! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Sigh … I shall try to do better … really I shall … :/

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          • There are other alternatives: πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜„
            F’instance.
            Check out Monty Python’s ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and John Cleese’s French Knights list of insults.
            Here’s one of my own: ‘I would call that moronic but I’d only be accused of trying to win you over by flattery’
            When in doubt from the world of the Patchwork Warriors; “Ohhh….spiffle!!”
            Then there’s enigmatic 19th century ‘Ah me’
            Or you could go back to the (err..not too sure by at least 500 years ago) with the expletive ‘S’Blood!!’ (short for the very naughty ‘God’s Blood- nobles used to use it all the time apparently)
            And let us not forget MAD’s classic ‘Furshlugginer!’ or ‘Oooh I’m getting so Farshemelt!’
            Who needs the f-bomb? πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜„

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    • Thank you … that is a compliment, for that is part of what I hope to do. My fear is that if we don’t keep speaking out, what is happening right now will eventually become ‘normal’, the status quo. And we just cannot let that happen!

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