If It Worked For Trump …

So many of us have high hopes for the mid-term elections in November.  The republican candidates, democrats say, are running scared of that big “blue wave” — the vast majority of voters who will vote the democratic ticket simply because Trump has been such an abomination, a failed experiment.  And it may well be that the GOP is running … well, if not exactly ‘scared’, at least nervous.  And so … they have developed a strategy:  emulate Trump.  If it worked for Donald Trump in 2016, it can, they believe, work for them in 2018.  What they fail to consider is that in more than a year of Trump, many of us have soured on him, seen him for the brash, crass monster he really is, and we will do everything in our power to ensure there are no more like him.  But, am I right? 🤔

Mike Braun, the Indiana candidate for U.S. Senate, is parroting Trump’s rhetoric, speaking of ‘draining the swamp, disparaging the Mueller investigation, and even calling for those tired old chants of “Lock her up!”  Sheesh … when will they realize that Hillary Clinton poses no threat and leave her alone? Indiana, in fact, appears to have three locos running for the senate seat, and the other two are just as bad as Braun.  Todd Rokita proudly slaps on a red “Make America Great Again” cap in a new ad as he promises to “proudly stand with our president and Mike Pence to drain the swamp.” Oh, puh-leeeze.  And in the spirit of Trump, the third candidate, Luke Messer, refers to Rokita as “Lyin’ Todd”.  Anyone else feeling sick yet?

The other thing the republican candidates fail to consider is that Trump did not actually win the election … Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million, even though Trump had help from the Russians, from gerrymandered districting, from social media, and from Jim Comey’s ‘October surprise’.  Were it not for the machinations of the electoral college, Trump would still be sitting in Trump Tower sucking his thumb and whining about how unfair it all was.

Don Blankenship, running on the republican ticket for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, says, “We don’t need to investigate our president. We need to arrest Hillary,” in one of his campaign ads.  Funny thing about that … Blankenship himself spent a year in prison, being released less than a year ago. Like his hero Trump, he also has almost no experience in government, but is a coal mine operator.  Think on that one for a minute … coal mine owner … senator … oh the opportunities for corruption! Interestingly, I have heard Blankenship referred to as “the most hated man in West Virginia”, as well as “the next Roy Moore”.  I may have to do a profile on this one …

In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, who is hoping to fill the seat being vacated by Bob Corker, brags about her ‘shooting skills’ and the gun that she keeps in her purse at all times, and then promises to “stand with Mr. Trump every step of the way to build that wall.”

So, one might think that if the republicans are going to push forth with the same messages of hate and violence that Trump did, democrats, being above all that, have yet another thing in their favour, yes?  But don’t jump too soon.  Democratic strategist Philippe Reines is advising democratic candidates to put away Michelle Obama’s slogan of “When they go low, we go high”, and instead get in the pig pen and slough around with the rest of the bunch.

“Trump never says, ‘I’m not dignifying that with an answer. He has no dignity. He leaves no attack unanswered. I spent 15 years recommending ignoring stupidity. ‘It has no legs. Don’t give it oxygen. There’s no pickup.’ I was wrong.”

My personal opinion is that no, Mr. Reines, you were not wrong, that at the end of the day, a strong platform coupled with grace, dignity, kindness and compassion win the race.  But am I right?  🤔

Republican political strategist, Frank Luntz, claims, “Today the goal is linguistic. We are no longer rewarding policy; we are rewarding rhetoric.”

That, my friends, is frightening.  It says that the voters don’t care about, don’t consider policies and platforms, but merely how the candidate speaks.  And the louder, the more brash, the more foul language and threats, the happier the voters are.  Have we really become such an ignorant, shallow nation?

Republican Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general who is running for Senate, has degrees from Yale and Stanford. He clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.  One might expect him to be an intellectual, well-spoken, right?  Yet in a recent speech, he copied Trump almost word-for-word when he claimed there is a big conspiracy between Hollywood, Wall Street, and democrats to rig the system against the republicans.  Say what???

Mid-term elections typically cost the president’s party some seats in Congress, as people are finding the fatal flaws in the president and his policies.  I think that effect should be multiplied this year, as we are caught up in a tangled web of corruption and lies that center around the president.  But, am I wrong?  🤔  Are enough people still enamored of a ‘man’ who consistently lies, cheats and steals, a ‘man’ with a loud and vulgar mouth who cannot even string a few words into a coherent sentence?

Throughout Trump’s 2015-2016 campaign, he never once spoke of actual policies, but rather his ‘policy’ was verbalized in the form of a threat.  A threat to rid the nation of Muslims.  A threat to build a wall to keep our Mexican friends out.  A threat to roll back regulations that were protecting our environment.  A threat to pull out of the Iran deal, the international trade agreements, and the Paris Accords.  A threat to destroy the democratic values that we once held dear.  If the GOP candidates follow in Trump’s footsteps, they should not be able to compete successfully, for we have seen where Trump’s threats have led us.  But … am I wrong?  🤔

122 thoughts on “If It Worked For Trump …

  1. The bluewave is a defensive posture that rose out of fear of the Trump effect. Hey, whether or not Trumplican candidates win, I have to ask: what is it about the Democrat party that appeals to you besides the obvious “feel good” social justice positioning? Is it the 30% tax increase they will enforce, the open borders that we can’t possibly sustain, or is it that you just don’t like what Trump tweets? Genuine question folks.

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    • Open borders are the best. Christ, I say build a friggin’ cement highway across the Atlantic to Europe and let EVERY Mooslim over there drive on over in horse drawn carriages. We need ’em fer target practice, the thievin’ buggers.
      Taxes? Who needs the Dems for that, the rat, snowflake bums. Christ, the omnibus bill the Repubs just passed and Putin’s lil puppet, President Donny Bone-Spurs, just signed, jacked up our deficit by what,1.8 trillion or so? I mean COME ON, that’s got libtard/Democrat written ALL over it. But I’m bettin’ Draft Dodge Don and his Russian/Repuclicans can do better than that! Why not put 8 or 9 trillion more onto that spending bill and give a 95% tax cut to the rich to jack it up another 6 or 7 trillion? It’ll make ya feel all warm ‘n Democrat-like inside. It will me at least.
      And hell, we actually need to beg more people to cross our borders. Man, just last night, I shot and killed 56 German and Polish illegals who were trying to kick in my front door. A-holes wanted food or some such crap. Can you believe that? As well, I’ve been attacked by, like, I don’t know, 89 Mexican and Italian illegals in the last month alone. They said, in really broken English, mind you, that they wanted to grab some pussy like lil Donny does and wanted me to show ’em how. ‘Course, I shot ‘n killed the bastards. Ain’t no friggin’ illegal som’bitch gonna talk to me about puissy-grabbin; That’s for American Presidents alone to do. Ha! I sure showed them. So, let ’em keep on comin’ over. I like shootin’ ’em. Makes me almost as happy as kickin’ Dems in their privates. Almost, but not quite.

      May the love of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the ONE TRUE GOD, be with everyone out there. May His Holy Arms wrap over you and bring you freedom from Republican omnibus bills, pussy-grabbers, traitorous political parties in line with Russian oligarchs, and deficit raisin’ conservatives who’ve lately made even the wildest, leftist Democrats look like Ronald Reagan. $Amen$

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    • Sorry for the delay in responding …

      First, the ‘blue wave’ is not a result of fear at all. It is a result of several things. Since you say you are asking this as a serious question, I will give you a serious answer. People who do not support Trump see almost all of his actions as abhorrent. He has destroyed much just in order to undo anything and everything that Obama did. The environment, trade agreements, health care, education and social services, to name only a few. Now, we should be able to rely on the legislative branch of government, Congress, to keep some of these things from happening — checks and balances. But the current Congress is, for whatever reason, blindly giving into Trump at every turn. When this happens, the voices of We The People are not heard, and this is a dangerous situation. Thus, we need some fresh blood in Congress, some people who will stand up for what is right, who will remember that they work for the people, not Donald Trump.

      I am an independent voter who has voted both republican and democrat in the past. I am not tied to either party, but vote for whomever I consider the candidate with the most sound platform. That said, these days the republican party does not seem to stand for any of the values I hold. My values are humanitarian, rather than capitalistic, and I lean toward socialism. I think it is more important to ensure that everybody can get medical treatment when they need it than putting more money in the pockets of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. I value clean air to breathe and potable water to drink far more than the profits of ExxonMobil. I could go on with numerous examples, but the bottom line is that there is a grotesque inequality of wealth in this nation and the republicans are committed to making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.

      I have given you my opinion only, and I hope it helps you to understand.

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      • I agree with that – heck, I don’t like everything Trump has said and done either, but he ran on a platform of reversing every bad decision that Obama made and he’s keeping his word to We the People who voted for him. I would disagree that congress is blindly giving in – there are too many RINOs stopping him at every turn and too many Dems who vote no simply because it’s from Trump.

        I honestly believe the blue wave has trickled to a puddle at this point. Republicans are fired up and showing up unlike any mid term in the past. We definitely need some new blood!

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        • He’s not reversing every BAD decision Obama made … he’s making it a point to reverse EVERY decision Obama made. He hated the man and now he’s doing everything he can to essentially write him out of the history books.

          This is not to say Obama was perfect. No president is. He made some bad decisions of his own. BUT … to try and totally wipe out everything he did just because you dislike the man is nothing but infantile behavior. And even more to the point, Trump is downgrading our reputation among other countries. PLUS … in his efforts to pad the bank accounts of his cronies, he’s ignoring and/or removing services and benefits for many of the “We the People.”

          Regrettably, I doubt very many of his supporters have a clue on what’s happening since they refuse to look beyond what the conservative pundits are feeding them. As with anything in life, the smart person will look at all viewpoints before forming opinions and/or making decisions.

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          • While I disagree it’s every decision, I do agree it’s every bad decision Obama made (in our political opinion.)

            You are 100% correct about being spoon fed from left or right leaning sources. I read CNN, Vox, Politico, Fox and the Hill. I actually prefer local papers and international ones over the MSM here. I don’t think many read a variety with an open mind in order to hear different viewpoints and they (both Left and right) just sound like parrots. It’s annoying.

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            • I have to ask a couple of things here, since you say that in your opinion, Trump has reversed every “bad” decision Obama made. Do you believe that lifting the regulations on the coal and oil industries, allowing them to cause possibly irreparable damage to our air and water, was a good thing? Do you think the fact that the number of uninsured people has jumped dramatically due to Trump’s chiseling away at ACA is good? Tell me what you think was wrong with the Paris Accord? And the fact that his refusal to uphold our commitment to the Iran nuclear deal has further de-stabilized the Middle East? These are just a few of the things that I see as more destructive than helpful.

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              • I do think lifting the oil/coal regulations was needed. I think there are enough regulations on those industries to keep the possible risks from irreversibly harming nearby land and water.

                Look I’m in healthcare – the # of real people who can’t afford their premiums was a growing trend as 2016 elections came around. Spikes in rates in the triple digits meant for most, a choice between groceries or coverage. So I don’t believe the reduction in uninsured is fully attributable to the impending repeal of the individual mandate. People are choosing to cancel their coverage because they can’t afford it. We will see another reduction is exchange members when 2019 rolls around for the same reason. The high cost of implementing those plans and paying for services that most will never benefit from. Were you aware that ACA mandated gender reassignment surgery? The Bob’s and Judy’s out there who need their diabetes medicine pay through the nose for their meds, but hormones and surgery are free for a trans person. See the outrage?

                The Paris Accord was simple unfair to America. First, it was never put to Congress (like many other deals Obama made), but more importantly, it put the US in a position to bear the majority of the cost – even through US already complied with reducing effects of the so called greenhouse effect. In fact, there really is no reason why the US cannot and should not continue to move toward cleaner energy. We just don’t need to pay emerging nations to also do it. I say that because I’m one of “those people” who believe Mother Earth is not going to die because of carbon emissions. As a perpetual student (I’m in college for another degree in Psychology), I find that it’s quite easy to produce a fully researched report that supports the popular opinion and if you produce findings that the public doesn’t like, you can lose your job. Remember, these scientific reports are all funded. Climate change is a trillion dollar industry – be skeptical about it.

                Iran – this was a very bad deal and once again, it should have been a treaty, requiring congressional support. Timing is highly suspect – I wrote a post about this. https://snarkyactivist.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/the-iran-deal. Be sure to read the international timeline I posted at the end – really lays out how badly this (the deal, not the reversal) was handled.

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                • I greatly appreciate your honest, yet respectful answers to my questions! I have been trying for two years to get somebody commenting who disagrees, but is willing to state their opinions without anger, so thank you!

                  Coal? It’s dead, or dying. It is dirty, unhealthy, and mostly the coal that was easy to get to has been mined. Coal mining is no longer cost-beneficial, nor environmentally safe, so it is, no matter what Trump does or doesn’t do, on it’s last legs. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar are becoming more and more cost-effective as the technology improves, and whether anybody likes it or not, WILL be the future of energy. So, when he removes certain regulations on coal mine operators, they can once again dump their residue, their sludge, in the creeks and streams that feed into the drinking water source. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be buying Ice Mountain!

                  My daughter is also in healthcare, a nurse-supervisor for a urology group, though she is quickly burning out and hopes to move into computer programming one day soon. It’s irrelevant to our discussion, but I’m so proud of her that I take a chance to brag every now and then. 🙂 Let me tell you a bit about my own experience. I am Type I diabetic, insulin-dependent. If I play by the rules, go to the doctors and get my prescriptions filled here in the U.S., my meds, including two types of insulin, heart meds and thyroid meds, cost me over $2,000 per month. My social security check is $1,475 per month. As you can see, it doesn’t computer. Thus, I do not get regular check ups and buy all my medication from a Canadian pharmacy, where my costs are under $500 per month. Healthcare in the U.S. is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry and it is all operated as a business, rather than a humanitarian enterprise. ACA was the first chance people who live below or near the poverty level had to actually be able to afford health insurance, and Trump is chipping away at that, bit by bit, for no other reason than it has Obama’s name on it. He has no viable replacement, doesn’t care if poor people die for lack of emergency medical care.

                  No, Mother Earth will not die. But … there WILL come a time when we cannot breathe the air, when we cannot grow enough food to feed the population, and when we do not have potable water to drink. Will you or I live to see that day? Probably not. But what about our grandchildren and their grandchildren? We cannot simply keep taking without giving back. There is a law of finite resources.

                  There is still more here to answer, but it is after 4:00 a.m. and I have been hard at work for 20 straight hours now, so I must leave the rest for a bit later. Again, thank you for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully … I appreciate it!

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                  • I don’t think any good comes from a position of “reactiposting” – so you’re welcome! How can we learn where the middle is without hearing each other?

                    I had a rough weekend with my ailing dog. He won’t eat and it’s breaking my heart. Today I’m mentally exhausted so won’t really reply point by point, but am totally open to keeping the convo going.

                    I’ll leave you with this: Dems and Repubs won’t agree on everything but there has to be some give. I’d challenge you and your followers to find just ONE thing you can agree on that Trump has done for the betterment of America or the World. That of course means you have to accept he is instrumental in the good things that have happened. Be well today!

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                    • I fully agree with you … if we are ever to begin to heal the great divide in this country, we must learn to listen to each other and find common ground, learn to compromise. But, more importantly today … I am so, so sorry about your dog. I have been in that position so many times and every time, my heart breaks. I hope that he recovers. I will keep you in my thoughts today. Meanwhile, I will ponder your question and see if I can come up with a way to get some discussion going. Take care of yourself and the dog.

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                    • Tomorrow morning’s post will be an invitation to my readers (almost all of whom are, like me, liberal and either independent of democrat) to respond to your challenge of trying to find one thing that Trump has done for the betterment of the U.S. or the World. I really hope to get some meaningful discussion going and find some common ground. And then again, it could fall flat. We shall see. Hope your canine buddy is doing better?

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                    • Huge hugs to Sparky! One of our 7 kitties is also dying. Two weeks ago he suffered a stroke and we did not expect him to live, but he rebounded (sort of). Still, it is a matter of days, I think. Though he has not lost his appetite, he has gone from being the pudgiest kittie to a bag of bones. But, he is 18 years old and has lived a happy life with lots of love. I think that is all we can do. My heart goes out to you, though, for it is hard. Oh yes, I have often said I wished we could read their minds! All our kitties are rescue kitties with varying degrees of physical/mental problems, so you can imagine the crazy dynamics we sometimes live with! If only we could read their minds. In case you haven’t figured it out, I am a lover of ALL animals … 😉 Hugs to you and Sparky!

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                    • I’m so sorry about your kitty! It is indeed hard not to read their minds. I’m just hopeful that my OG makes it until after my business trip next week. I’m sick inside thinking he could pass or be in distress while I’m gone for a whole week 😦

                      Good attitude about the cycle of life – I share it as well!

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                    • Thanks!!! Awww … it’s a shame you have to travel while Sparky is so sick. I can imagine how awful, for every night when I just go to bed, I fear what I will find when I get up in the morning. But so far, every morning when I come downstairs, he is waiting for me by the food dishes and chatters at me until I feed!

                      There have been many comments on the post “Give-and-Take” I put out with your question. Have you had a chance to take a look yet? You will likely be disappointed, but not surprised, by most, but feel free to respond to any of them at your leisure. Another hug for Sparky! And one for you, my new friend!

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                    • Good grief, woman! Do you ever sleep? Yes, I put a note to readers yesterday explaining that I wanted to let you peruse them before I commented, and that you were going through a tough time, so no rush. Do take time for those deep breaths! 😌

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                    • I’ve been working my way through the comments on the ‘Give-and-Take’ post, and though I have argued with you on most points, I would like to tell you how very much I appreciate your well-reasoned and respectful responses! I applaud you, in fact, and I’m really glad we opened this conversation. I have many thoughts to get organized, but plan a follow up either tomorrow or Friday. You probably noted that the majority of my readers are from outside the U.S. I often find they are better able to “see the forest through the trees” and often offer valuable insights that we are too mired in the muck to see. Thanks again … I think this was a good conversation! Also … overlook rawgod … he can be a bit contentious, but deep down he’s a good guy (Canadian).

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        • Every president has made some bad decisions, and Obama was no exception. BUT … not every decision he made was bad, and Trump is attempting to undo every single thing he did, good and bad alike. That is, as my mother used to say, ‘throwing out the baby with the bathwater’. Intelligent analysis before deciding whether to change a policy, scrap it and start over, or simply leave it alone, would have been a much better method. I have to laugh when you say the dems are blocking legislation simply because it’s Trump! For at least the last four years of the Obama administration, that was exactly what the republicans did! The bulk of their legislation was naming highways for the last year or two!

          Admittedly, I have concerns about the mid-terms. There is a strong devotion on the part of most democrats to taking the republicans out of control in at least one chamber of Congress, but there are certainly some hurdles. I would just like to see some honesty and integrity in the campaigns on both sides, and see discussion of ISSUES instead of underhandedness and mud-slinging.

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          • Honesty and integrity are at odds with special interest groups and money.

            So far, I’ve agreed with most of the reversals. The one that challenged me was the environmental reversal that could result in wolf hunting again. The only reason I ended up agreeing with it is that states should govern their lands – not federal. I’m sure there must be exceptions to this, but big government overreach never seems to be a good idea.

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            • Ahhh … a fellow lover of wolves!!! See … we have found common ground! 🐺 Well, I respectfully disagree. Let me qualify that. IF state governments could be counted on to do the right thing, then yes, they should have more autonomy. But when you see southern states initiating legislation that restricts voting rights, especially for minorities, or passing legislation that discriminates against LGBT, it’s a Pandora’s box. I am most concerned about humanitarian and environmental issues, for those are the ones where the damage could be partly irreversible. Question for you: do you believe the scientists who say that CO2 is destroying our atmosphere and that there is a point at which this planet will not be able to sustain human life?

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              • I do believe the earth’s climate is changing, but like many other climatologists and natural scientists who don’t support it being attributed solely to man made causes, I disagree that earth will be unable to sustain life in such a short period of time (e.g. 2100). I think funded studies provide research that fits the study goals.

                I absolutely believe that earth, which is a living and changing planet, will cease at some point, but that’s more because we see planets die and new ones “appear” in our solar system.

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                • Well, unfortunately we can see signs of significant destruction just in the past few years. Look at the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. And consider that the Sahara Desert is expanding, encroaching on viable land, which contributed, in part, to the rise of groups like daesh (ISIS). And, some 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree that, while there may be other factors also, humans are causing almost all of the damage to the environment. Science is my Achilles Heel (the only course I ever failed … TWICE!), but these are highly educated, trained scientists and I’m inclined to believe they know what they’re doing. At any rate, it is too important to make a mistake, so if we are to err, let it be on the side of caution. The planet will survive … it doesn’t need us. But we DO need it, for there is no ‘Plan B’, as they say. And even if you don’t want to believe in it as a global problem, consider this. In February 2017, Trump signed a bill reversing safeguards that kept coal companies from dumping their sludge (waste) into nearby streams. Those streams feed into the drinking water source for nearby communities. Hmmmm … I don’t think I would want to drink the water. Yes, there is filtration, etc., but I recently read (I cannot recall the source at the moment) that there are already water problems in West Virginia because of it.

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                  • All very good points, let me focus on two thing I’m hearing:
                    – Climate change science. Any good scientist will tell you that science relies on evidence. Climate change evidence is quite difficult to gather mainly because we have limited capabilities and rely on testing core samples. Did you know we have had many “Little Ice Ages” which result (apparently) after a period of extreme warmer conditions? The last ice age was centuries long and no studies confirm each other – other than the fact there was extreme cooling – and ended in the mid 1800s. This cooling period lead to an increasing warmer period and that’s what we have now. Our ability to show evidence of warming is not even 100 years old. This is why there are many skeptics that the world will self destruct with the Paris Accord. A real and honest scientist will always recognize how flawed their data is. This leads me personally to believe the so-called 97% of all “paid for” scientific studies are just that. Paid for. I don’t deny climate change, I just don’t trust a trillion dollar industry that is banking on solar, wind, and renewables to offset coal, gas and other “black” energy methods. Like I said before, follow the money, and you’ll find corruption.

                    – Coal industry. Look I’m not gonna lie, it breaks my heart that some state may allow their coal industries to bypass their own laws and EPA rules against waste dumping. We are a federation of States. The role of our Federal government should exist primarily to ensure our national security and responsibilities to our Constitution. It’s pretty out of hand when a President or Congress enacts laws meant to circumvent state autonomy. The overreach of any administration should be fought hard. We are not a socialist state and my side will continue to #RESIST that.

                    Note: I searched for any claim with WV about stream pollution and couldn’t find it. I would absolutely expect the locals to give a damn if existing regulations governing the disposal of waste were ignored. Because there are laws on this. The rule you reference from Feb 2017 is about rescinding the Federal governments overreach on state rules because there were already EPA regulations governing safe disposal. Not to mention job killing and business bankrupting.

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                  • Hey, what are your thoughts about all this volcano activity in Hawaii? The emissions from this sucker are definitely not man made but are absolutely worse than anything man could do. Like 10x worse and that’s just in an annual basis. Just musing here.

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  3. Great post. Trump’s endorsement of candidates has been the kiss of death in many cases. Here in Florida, we had two candidates that spent a fortune on advertising themselves as ‘Trump Republicans’ and aligned themselves heavily with the President’s policies. They both had their butts handed to them in the primaries without making it to the election. This may be a glimmer of hope for the sanity of my state.

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    • Thanks Don! Let us hope for that sanity to spread throughout the nation between now and November! It would help if his approval rating would start dropping … it’s hanging in at around 40%, which I simply do not understand!

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  4. Don’t have much to say, Jill, except that don’t count too heavily on a “blue wave.” Trump will buy votes, if he has to. And who knows what Put in will devise this time. I want the Dems to win, but elections can be influenced if not outright rigged. Anything is possible.

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        • If only it worked that way. I have been having terrible nightmares of late, and awaken every 20 minutes like clockwork. It takes a toll, as I’m sure you already know. Hang in there, dear friend … you know I think of you often and hope you are going okay.

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          • At every twenty minutes you’ve got me beat. And most of my dreams, even the ones that start out happy, are turning into nightmares by the time they wake me up. Really, we have to stop connecting like this, lol…

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            • Indeed so!!! I don’t know why this is happening all of a sudden. Is it the dark stuff I write about and the daily news dosage I willingly expose myself to? Is it some troubles I’ve been going through with my ‘significant other’? Or health problems that keep cropping up as a part of this ‘aging’ thing? I really don’t know, but it is awful, for I awaken and I think I am screaming at the top of my lungs, but not a sound is coming out of me. I’m so sorry to hear you are having nightmares too … perhaps we could take turns? I could do Monday, Wednesday, Friday, you do Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and we’ll both take Sunday off! 😀

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              • Sounds good to me. Or could we compare notes. How well do you remember your dreams? I cannot give you any specifics right now, but my dreams start out nice enough. But these days something always happens to turn them into situational nightmares. A couple nights ago I was dreaming of being me, but suddenly I was a rookie cop trying to pass my final exam. I was given the chore of having to pass on a message to a fellow rookie whom I had never met, just a name. He or she would then have to pass that message verbatim back to the examiner. Wouldn’t you know that I could not find my target, and the closer I came to the end of the time limit, the more I panicked.
                No, I never passed my test, but I cannot believe I let myself panic over failing to get to become a cop. I’m not a criminal, but I have never wanted to be a cop either. Yet in this dream-cum-nightmare it was the most important thing to me. And those are the kinds of things I have been dreaming about. They aren’t terrifying or horrific, but they are all situations that become untenable. I wake up in cold sweats.
                Any ideas what your nightmares are like?

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  5. I hear your fears and doubts, Jill, but I firmly believe that the only folks who will be favorably affected by the ugly rhetoric are the President’s base supporters. I think we have ample proof that the Blue Wave is real and that it will not vaporize by November.

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    • True, but what is concerning is that Trump still has a fairly healthy supply of base supporters, as evidenced by his approval rating which is still around 40%. Just look at the comments by kenslifesite … in my book, he’s s loon, but there are a whole lot like him. Why? I dunno … can’t figure it out at all!

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        • I honestly think the guy could kill an infant on live TV and his supporters would blame the infant for getting blood on Trump’s suit. I see many good things happening, however. The election last Tuesday in Arizona where a Dem came in just 3 or 4 points behind the GOP winner in an area that is so red it’s almost a second Mars, is pretty telling. All these Republican congress people”retiring” is telling, too. Paul Ryan would NOT be retiring if he believed he’d still be 3rd in line to the Presidency in November–no matter what other b.s. he says. As well, young people are not only highly motivated these days against Trump and the gun-loving Congress we have, they’re organizing and taking to the streets to make their voices heard. These are good things. Hard to find hope in all of this ugliness, but it’s there. Cohen taking the 5th yesterday in the Daniels’ case is just priceless. Trump stated in 2016 that only mafia members and gangsters take the 5th. I guess he was right. I believe it will be Stormy Daniels and her hawk of an attorney who will bring down the Orange Don in the end. Irony is sweeter than sugar sometimes.

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          • You make excellent points! And I have said, too, that the Stormy Daniels affair will be his undoing, even though other things, such as Russian collusion and obstruction of justice are more important. Funny, isn’t it, how his supporters are such “good Christians” who are against abortion, same sex marriage, interracial marriage … but it’s okay for Trump to cheat on his wives, sexually harass underage girls, and have who-knows-how-many affairs. Can we say, “double standard” … or is hypocrisy the better word? 😉

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  6. Dear Jill,
    You are having similar discussions as to what my son and me have been having for the past month.

    I want to win but I don’t want to further divide this country. I do want to believe that peoples are tired of the denigration of others who think differently like “kenslifesite.” Keith responded in the way that I would like democrats to respond.

    IF peoples in the US Congress with differing perspectives cannot even talk civilly with each other, nothing will get done.

    I have no problem with voters selecting their representative based on their pocketbooks but that is no reason for them to compromise in the restoration of decency back into our body politics. It is possible to have both.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I agree with you fully, Gronda. We have lost the sense of decency and values in our government, in large part because people wanted change and didn’t care what kind of change, didn’t try to think what they were bringing about. Yes, I was so happy to see Keith’s response to kenslifesite, for he responded much better than I could have. You know I have a temper when I get fired up. 😉 Hugs!!!

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  7. As a flat earth creationist, I must say, I LOVE Trump. Since his election the world has become younger and flatter almost by the hour. Thanks to one of the most devout Christians to ever hold the title of President, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ has embraced America, and soon we’ll have what I’ve always wanted: a fully functioning Christian theocracy where any and all who do not properly worship Our True Lord, Jesus Christ, will be physically put on a boat and shipped to the Middle East where they belong. I’m personally writing Trump’s mentor, Vladimir Putin, a long letter thanking him for helping Trump make America great again, just like it was in 1952 when Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was President. Well, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the Mexican border to use my body as a human shield to keep Mexicans out of my country until Trump gets Mexico to pay for the wall to end all walls making America safe again from Hispanic rapists and hoodlums. $Amen$

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    • Oh my gosh! Really!?! Even if you don’t agree with conservatives or Trump supporters, you don’t have to belittle political diversity, forsake the tolerance ideal that our country was founded upon, and totally misrepresent and disrespect around 50% of the population in this country. I am a evangelical Christian. I am a conservative. I feel that you are ruthlessly and disrespectfully attacking my relationship with Jesus and the beliefs that I have come to hold after deep soul searching. Conservatives don’t want the America that’s you have satired. Christians don’t want the America that you have satired. And, believe it or not, I do not know one Trumps supporter who wants the America that you have satired. I realized that you are joking, but please consider how hurtful you’re words are to a people that you evidently don’t understand.

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      • Frankly, I found merit in the humour of inspired’s comment. He pointed to the hypocrisy of the far-right religionists, aka, “evangelical Christians” in a way that far too few have the nerve to do. Do you, then, truly not see the hypocrisy? For example, the incessant yelling about the ‘evils’ of abortion, claiming to be ‘pro-life’, and yet once a child is born to a single mother, refusing responsibility for seeing that the child will be fed and have medical care. Or, ‘pro-lifers’ who staunchly advocate for the death penalty. Sorry, but those of us who disagree with the tenets, such as they are, of the far right ‘Christians’, are free to do so, and if we can do so with humour and satire, then so much the better. if you can rebuttal specific points, then fine, but this general air of arrogance just makes you look rather silly.

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        • $Amen$ Like Teddy Roosevelt once said to his shoe cobbler, Martin McNutter, “Martin, you can judge the amount of truth in your satire by the response of its target audience. The more “snowflakie” they act about it, the more on the money it is. Hard to upset people if there’s simply no truth to what you’ve said, especially if you’re an ABSOLUTE no one commenting on a WP blog.” Teddy Roosevelt circa 1906

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      • Welp, as I’ve come to realize, snowflakery is certainly alive and thriving with conservatives. You all can dish it out, but man, you can’t take it. I’ll never stop satirizing the nonsense I see around me, no matter where it comes from or who’s creating it. For being SO far off the conservative reality mark on what I’ve satirized here, I certainly seem to have hit a nerve. The hypocrisy on the right is simply stunning. You don’t like it? Don’t read it. You want it to stop? Stop commenting on it. You’ve drawn more attention to it now, and now, I’m even more inspired by divine providence to continue satirizing the nonsense I hear daily from the political and religious right. My goodness, hypersensitivity is alive and well nowadays with conservatives.

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      • We are not attacking your relationship with Jesus. Christians should really listen to what Jesus said. Where did he talk about locking up his opponents, or murdering someone in the middle of 5th Avenue, or grabbing pussy because he could or separating children from their parents because they are Mexican or excluding immigrants fleeing from horrible governments or taking money from average people to give to the very rich? Did Jesus say that? Or did he say just the opposite?

        Political diversity? No Donald thinks he IS a god. That’s why he holds rallies. So that his fans can worship him. His fans are people of faith. They believe the unbelievable with no proof and follow him, what ever he does. They listen to his tweeted sermons and believe lies. They worship him. He gains strength from their worship. No, Donald has started a NEW religion.

        Religions have a long history of devolving to hate, crime, murder and exclusion to further the exaltation of their chosen God and fill church coffers. The church of Donald is skipping the love, hope and fairness part and going right for the festering heart of hate, vindictiveness, exclusion, authoritarianism and war. Sadly, Evangelical Christian leaders have jumped on his bandwagon.

        We are attacking the new god on the block and the people who have faith in him and his horrible dogma.

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        • Excellent response!!! You’ve said it better than I could have, so thank you! Yes, Trump believes he IS God, that he is all-powerful and that he has all the answers. Only problem is, he didn’t understand the questions.

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    • Sorry about that. I got off in a rut. I was offended by the post but am glad to see that political satire is alive and well in this nation. It helps to make America, America. I would disagree that hypersensitivity is merely an issue of conservatives, but that is neither here nor there. I am usually the one to make political jokes so idk what happened here. The humor was creative. Even though I did not bring up any specific political points in my comment, which was focused towards the attitude of the satire I would be willing to have a discussion on specific points of my political views. I am in no way attacking your right to hold a political view or to question the views of those you disagree with. In fact, I believe that only through thoughtful discussion of these sort of things can we come to a truly balanced view. Although I do come into this younger than ya’ll in both age and usage of this platform, I do hope to be able to have many great discussions with y’all.

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  8. Reblogged this on The Secular Jurist and commented:
    In this thought-provoking editorial, Jill Dennison asks herself if Trump-fatigue will result in a “blue wave” this November, if Americans’ political devolution is real, if historical trends in midterm elections will redress incumbent Republican fortunes, and if GOP candidates can be successful in 2018 running on Trump’s coattails.
    These are all excellent questions for everyone to consider because this isn’t just about politics. Jill is essentially asking Americans what kind of nation do they want, and what kind of people do they wish to be. Is it an angry, bitter, combative, and regressive one? Or, do Americans really see themselves as rational, compassionate, cooperative, and progressive?
    The 2018 midterms may or may not definitively answer her questions, for they spark the long unresolved debate over human nature versus nurture. However, one thing I can say for certain. The America of today is neither the nation nor the people I grew up to know and admire.

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  9. Trump is NOT a failed experiment. He is president, and actually like many of his predecessors, is doing EXACTLY what he said he would do. AND doing a very nice job in many aspects, despite the fact that not only many do not like him, they are so blinded by hate, they can’t even give him a chance. #2) HRC DID NOT WIN! Please! Get over the whole popular vote crap. It doesn’t matter. And you know it. Not to mention, go look at the friggin map. She won the popular vote because of NYC and CA – the 2 coasts. The rest of the map is completely red. Please tell me how that is even close to being ‘popular.’ To say she is the winner is like saying a football team won because they gained more yards or scores 3 field goals when the other team scored 2 TDs.

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    • Ken, interesting comment. I am an Independent, former Republican voter. Yes, Trump won. But, I do think a fair look at what he has done is appropriate, some of what he promised, some of what he did not. The economy continues to do well with our second longest economic growth period of 106 consecutive months and seven straight years of 2 million plus jobs, but we should remember he has only been President for fifteen of those months. The numbers did not just get better in January, 2017. And, he has provided some impetus by cutting some regulations, but we must remember all regulations are not bad, some may just need paring not cutting.

      I was all for some corporate tax reduction, but we went way too far and we added to our debt by $1.5 trillion and then we tacked on a spending bill to make it worse. We are at $21 trillion in debt and it is expected to grow by $10 trillion in ten years before the tax bill. I find that beyond poor stewardship. Then, we have the attacks on the environmental regulations and pulling out of Paris Climate Change accord. Fortunately, he cannot stop the train toward renewable energy, but it would be nice if he gave it some tailwinds.

      But, what he has also done is attack civil rights, civil discourse and the free press. The man is on record as lying more than 2/3 of the time, so he is the biggest purveyor of fake news. His worst enemy looks back from the mirror when he shaves. He would be better received he thought before he tweeted or spoke. So, our global leadership role has waned due to his tempestuous and untruthful bent and the cuts in diplomats. As for draining the swamp, his cabinet apparently follows his lead and likes nice things and to travel well. It is hard to drain the swamp with so many Yertle the Turtles.

      So, I strongly disagree with what a great job this President has done. Some good things have been accomplished, but he is taking our country down a perilous path. I have said this before, but if he is allowed to have a full term (and God forbid two terms), historians will look back at this period as when the US ceded its global leadership role. And, that scares me. Sorry to disagree. Keith

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    • Trump won electorally, but he didn’t win the most number of votes. Therefore, he wasn’t popularly elected. In a true representative democracy, it doesn’t matter WHERE voters live. America is still one nation, and the one-person-one-vote concept should apply.

      But, Trump supporters care not for democracy, the rule of law, or any other ethical principle. They are only motivated by “winning” us-versus-them contests artificially constructed along political, economic, religious, and ethnic lines. Their “success” will be temporary, however, as the damage caused by their primal impulses tears this country apart from within.

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    • Ken … first, I’m not “blinded by hate.” In fact, my eyes are wide open to what this man has been doing to the dignity of the U.S.. (Are you even aware that he’s the laughing stock of several countries?)

      Second … I don’t give a diddly squat that Hillary didn’t win. In fact, I’m glad she didn’t. However, having said that, the bumpkin that DID win has clearly shown he hasn’t a CLUE on how to be POTUS.

      This man is NOT interested in you or any of your neighbors and/or friends that voted for him. He’s interested in HIMSELF, his family, and his rich friends. He will say he cares about you … he may even sign a gratuitous Executive Order related to something he’s “promised,” but in the long run, YOU will be the loser.

      Don’t believe me? Hide and watch.

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      • Are you even aware that he has more respect than you realize? Do you think ANYONE, even those in politics has any clue what they are doing as president? I would completely disagree and say he does care more about us as Americans and as voters than anyone else. He has certainly tried in that respect. But to think that HRC or Obama or anyone did care is absolutely ridiculous. Perhaps if you opened your eyes a bit more and (as I was told for many years under Obama) just gave him a chance, you would see that he has done some very good things. Is he perfect? Of course not. But unlike Obama supporters, I know Trump is a human being, not a god.

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        • My opinion of Trump has absolutely NOTHING to do with how I feel about any past or “potential” presidents. It has to do with HIM and his actions as the CURRENT president. And those actions have embarrassed me on more than one occasion. Further, are you at all aware of the number of times he has reneged on his promises to people like you who voted for and continue to support him? I urge you to start keeping tabs.

          There’s most certainly one thing we an agree on related to Trump. He’s FAR from being a god!

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    • Frankly, you are entitled to your opinion, as I am to mine. In my opinion, he is the worst example of a leader in my 66 years on this planet. He incites violence, praises white supremacists, has had numerous shady, if not downright illegal business dealings, has cheated on all 3 of his wives with impunity, is a sexual predator, has no dignity nor compassion, and is destroying the safeguards that were previously in place to protect our very planet. And that is the shortlist. Whatever you can find to like about him, to respect or admire, is beyond me. But again, if you maintain respect, your comments and opinions are welcome here. If you cross the line into disrespect, you will not be welcomed.

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  10. Salutary warning Jill.
    Sounds like the GOP are putting out the message which worked so well amongst their core to ensure the core will get out and vote. They will ensure they have their vote out in their states, holding their numbers is all important at this stage.
    In a divided nation holding your ‘folk’ together untied is all important. This won’t be about convincing masses of undecided. Mobilise, mobilise, mobilise is the key word.
    Democrats will need to ensure they have the same unity of purpose, in their cases ‘win’, ‘win’ ‘win’.
    The direction of the nation will rest, as paradoxically, it often does on the size of the non-vote….
    1.The apathetic.(Urr-what’s on TV tonight?….Oooh lookit this new app!)
    2. The trendy cynic (huh I don’t vote because I ‘know things’- I read ’em on the web)
    3. The genuine, Honest-To-God ‘Gee. I dunno. I got a family to feed, Y’know?’
    4. Those amongst the minorities who are so fed up of the whole thing, they don’t see the point anyway.
    Forget category ‘2’ they are suffering from Terminal Stupidity which is as yet an incurable state.
    The other three categories are where the battles will be won.

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    • You have summed it all up quite well, my friend! I suspect that none of us is quite sure how to go about winning those battles, though. I have a new theory … I think Trump & Co are doing much of what they do in order to make us all so angry that half of us have heart failure, go belly-up and die. The other half will be so worn down that they just give up. And that is my conspiracy theory of the day. But yes, you are right, and it isn’t, I think, going to be as easy a battle to win as some think it will. Long time between now and November, so we need to pace the resources, lest we run out. Then again, November will be here before you know it, so we need to get BUSY!!!

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      • The battle will be won in the middle ground Jill, amongst those undecided and those disillusioned.
        As you say the Democrats will need to get BUSY.
        Direct attacks on the GOP personalities and Trump won’t ‘hack it’ at this stage. They are hunkered down and expecting this.
        Efforts will be best deployed by targeting the aforementioned groups, analysing just what will motivate them and work on that. The Faithful will vote Democrat because of the popularisation; the Faithful should be appealed to not just to vote, but deploy ‘in the field’.
        Hard times Jill, Hard Times.

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          • This is the time Jill when one pulls back for a while and let others take over. This is basic strategy.
            There also comes a time when the focus is to be adjusted, whereas the political struggle is important. Being part of ‘the hearth and home’ is equally vital.
            The struggles will continue unabated, meanwhile your personal well-being is essential.
            Take a tip from a Thatcher-era & post-Thatcher Waste land survivor, sometimes we have to say ‘I’m outta here for a while’
            (Of course that doesn’t stop things running around in our heads, but that way we don’t add news ones….for a while)

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