There are days when my focus is sharp, I’m on a story like a dog with a bone.  Then there are days when my mind bounces furiously from topic-to-topic and I cannot seem to concentrate on any one for more than 47 seconds at a time.  Then, there are days like today when I am introspective, have some thought that isn’t particularly apropos of anything, but it stays in my mind, begging to be let out.  Thus, I share with you today, two of the thoughts that are meandering through the crevices of my mind.

An incumbent president should not be spending massive amounts of time campaigning for the next election, especially when that election is nearly two years away.  First of all, a sitting president has a full-time, all-encompassing job to do … it is what he was elected for, what he gets paid for, and what We the People expect him to be doing:  running the country.  Second, and perhaps even more importantly, if … IF he is doing that job properly, he has no need to be on the campaign trail, for his record will serve as his campaign.

In the case of the current officeholder, he has been on the campaign trail virtually since before he took office on January 20, 2017.  He officially filed his campaign with the Federal Election Commission on the day of his inauguration and began spending on his re-election campaign weeks before even taking office.  Could explain why he never had time for all those pesky transition meetings that were scheduled to help him learn his new job.  In December 2016, the month before his inauguration, he held nine campaign 2020 rallies!  He held approximately 64 rallies in 2017-2018, and has held an average of one per month this year.

Now, it seems to me that if he were doing a great job, as he claims, he wouldn’t need to go out and rile the masses with rhetoric, for his performance in office, the results of his hard work, would convince people to vote for him.  One earns respect, and he is in a position that he has every opportunity to earn the respect of the nation, but instead he chooses to do a poor job and rely on campaign rallies to help him keep that job.  Hopefully, the voters of this nation are astute enough to see that he can somewhat talk the talk, but after two-and-a-half years, hasn’t yet learned to walk the walk.

There is some evidence that voters are waking up, for in eleven battleground states (seven of which Trump won in 2016), Trump faces a net approval rating that’s in the negative. Several of those states have net disapprovals that are in the double-digits.  In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — three states that helped propel Trump to victory three years ago — Trump’s net approval ratings were -13, -7, and -12, respectively.

In business, the best strategy for keeping your job is to do a good job, rather than pandering to the bosses.  Trump claims to know a lot about business, but that is a lesson he has failed to learn.

In one corner of my kitchen, we have a three-tier metal rack on which we keep canned foods, among other things.  Yesterday, I was looking for a can of ancho chilies in adobo sauce, a small can buried somewhere among the cans of corn, tomatoes, and green beans, and as I searched, I found myself thinking about labels … how happy I was that all these cans had labels to tell me what was inside.  (Yes, I have strange thought processes.)  Labels, like almost anything else, can be useful if used properly.  What if, though, every can had a label that just read “Vegetable”?  Confusing, yes?  Surely corn, peas, green beans and the like are vegetables, but beyond that, they have differences that are important.

People are much the same … no, Joe, I’m not saying people are vegetables, though some might as well be.  There are times we have no choice but to label a person.  If I am witness to a hit-and-run accident, it might be necessary for me to describe the driver of the car by saying it was a white female with blonde hair.  That is not to say, however, that all hit-and-run drivers are white blonde women!  And that is what we do when we refer to republicans or democrats or journalists or immigrants as “the enemy”.  Sure, most republicans have some things in common, but they also have individual beliefs that may or may not fit in the label as we perceive it.  Christians, presumably, all believe in a higher being, but beyond that, there are vast differences in their set of beliefs.  Most Christians I know, for example, are not homophobic and have friends within the LGBT community.  Yet there are those, like Franklin Graham, who give the impression that all Christians are anti-LGBT when he says that Christians are “offended” by the rainbow-adorned gay pride flag.

Most of us are able to laugh off the labels people assign to us, for we know there is much more depth to us than the colour of our skin, our religion or lack of, our hair & eye colour, or level of education.  But, when we crucify people based on any of those traits alone, we automatically give ourselves a label:  bigot.  A bigot is defined as a person who is intolerant to those who are different or hold different opinions.  It takes many forms from racism to Islamophobia to misogyny, but the one thing they have in common is that they are self-limiting and cruel.

I could offer a thousand examples, but you all know what I’m talking about.  It’s when we hear people in power say, “all democrats believe in socialism”, or “all republicans are against abortion”.  Or when the head of government says that all Hispanics are gang members and rapists, all Muslims are terrorists, all women are sex objects.  We need to try harder to remember that the members of every group are unique individuals.  If we praise or criticize, we should do so based on actions alone, not on characteristics.  Criticize the group that sets out to burn a synagogue or burn a cross on someone’s yard, but criticize them for their actions, not for the colour of their skin or their religion.

Okay, I’m done thinking for today.  Yes, I know that was rather a rambling bit of monologue, but sometimes I just need to clear the detritus from my brain.  Thanks for listening!

34 thoughts on “Thoughts

  1. Joe Biden is the perfect person to counteract Trump’s mouth now as we approach the next election. The idiocy of our President smearing him to fire up his base demonstrates his lack of lackadaisical attention to the duties of the President.

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    • He is, indeed, and obviously Trump believes so too, for you notice that they are working hard to dig up dirt on Biden. I hear that agents in the Ukraine have even been hired to discredit Joe. What a lovely world we live in, eh?


  2. Words to ponder, Jill. The seeds of destruction are sown by parasitic propagators. If the labels on the cans were misleading (and in politics, the labels certainly are) so that we end up with only beans when what we wanted was beans and corn, we would start to mistrust the label. I think this is where we all are when it comes to figure out what is real.
    Great points.

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  3. Unfortunately. I think DJT and his gang know “the base” feedsoff these rallys. He also knows that the media is going to eat up and wiill continue to repeat for the rest of the day, any “alternative facts” that he feeds to that base. Remember he wasn’t “hired” because he had qualified but because he was a celebrity and they love seeing him play out his role as the billionair boss who “fires the losers.” The people are getting what they wanted – A big top circus act.

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    • You’re right, of course, his base do feed off of them, and he has to keep doing them, lest his base lose their momentum, their enthusiasm. He forgets, however, that his job is to represent the whole nation, all 330 million people, not just the 30% or so who constitute his base. I say FIRE the bum!!!! Yep, our government has become a three-ring circus, complete with a snake oil salesman … a few of them, actually.

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    • You may be right. I sense that something is going to come to a head soon … globally, not just in your country or mine. Too many people are suffering while a small handful are living in the lap of luxury and flaunting it, waving it under our noses. Sigh.

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  4. I think the majority of Christians should be offended that Franklin Graham has spoken as if he heads the Christian Church and has passed a message on their behalf that goes against the very grain of Christianity, live and let live. The regular Joe Christians who accept their neighbours for who they are and what they do for others.need beware that Graham’s plans of Evangelist dominance in the Church and in Government don’t progress any further or they will find their form of praise curtailed.

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    • You would think they would be offended by Mr. Graham presuming to speak such hateful words on behalf of all Christians, but I’m not seeing anybody speak out and say, “No, wait, he does NOT speak for all of us”. Sigh. I wonder why? Does is mean that somewhere deep down, they DO all feel that way, or are they just too meek to speak?

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          • Hello Jill. On this part of your post I wish to push back a bit. Often in the past we have heard conservatives complain that moderate Muslims need to speak out against the extremist Muslims who commit terrorism. Remember the demand that Obama denounce Rev. Wright? The right hammered on it. So if it is OK for them to demand this so can we! I as a gay man want to know where the vocal Christian up rising against the evangelical haters who right now are coming to Florida where I live to have a convention to mock and demand my death while they celebrate / mock the deaths of the LGBTQ+ in the Pulse night club. If this was not a LGBTQ+ situation but a Jewish one the outcry would have stopped it already. I do not believe anyone can call themselves a Republican and not be in the cult of tRump. If so where is the huge out cry for what he has done to the party. The Republican party was this way before tRump, he just took it that last step and proved what it was. There is no Republican party other than the deplorable cult of tRump. He is the top man of that party and his word is set in stone in it. So if you claim to be a Republican then that is what you are affirming as no one in power in that party has risen against him and that is because the base will destroy any one claiming to be a Republican who doesn’t give 100% loyalty to the cult leader. The co-founder of the Freedom Caucus of the party had to leave it because he angered the dear leader. The most right wing part of the Republican party was no longer welcome because he spoke out against the cult leader. So no there is no Republican party , there is only the former party now the deplorable cult of tRump. Hugs

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            • Hey Scottie! I certainly understand, in light of what is happening down your way right now, your outrage. I, too, am outraged by those Christians who have no compassion, no tolerance for that which they don’t understand, and you’re right that they are particularly cruel to the LGBT community. But, I can’t agree to lump all republicans into the category of ‘deplorable’, though I sometimes do so in a moment of anger. I also agree with you, however, that there are too few of those republicans speaking out against the abominations that Trump and his gang of thugs are committing against us. I have at least three friends who are republicans who hate Trump, will stay home rather than vote for him again, and yet they won’t speak against him either. Why? I’m not sure … when I ask any of they, they deflect the question, turn it around to something they perceive the democrats have done in order to try to put me on the defensive. So, to that extent, yes, they are enablers, but … I still think it’s wrong to label all republicans, all democrats, all Christians, or all members of any ‘group’, for we are all individuals. Sigh. These are difficult times in which to try to be fair, but … for me, at least, I have to believe that there are good people out there, even among republicans. Hugs!

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              • Hello Jill. Do you think your “republican” friends would come to your assistance politically if your position were attacked, or would they stay silent and remain under the cover of the cult. I was taught about many “good” people in Germany who let the abuses in the Nazi days happen because even though they did not really believe in that behavior and in that party, they stayed in it and looked the other way. They all had reasons. It was safer, it was better in some way. We view them the same as all other Nazis. When I was in Germany I never heard about good Nazis and bad Nazis, I heard about the Nazis. I do not see good republicans and bad republicans, I see republicans, supported by people staying in a cult that has taken over a political party. Hugs

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                • I don’t even have to think about the question, for I know darn good and well that they would stay silent, or perhaps even go a step further and claim they never saw me before! 🤣 But do I care? Nope. I’ve been tarred and feathered enough times that I’ve developed a tough exterior and don’t need them to come to my rescue. I just don’t care anymore, for I am what I am, I’m honest in my beliefs and don’t pretend to be anything other than I am. And, in any argument, I can defend myself, armed with facts and my wit. Being a republican is not quite on an even plain with being a Nazi. I do not defend the republican ideology, which is one of unfettered freedoms, no social safety nets, and unlimited weapons in the hands of fools and children. However, there are people who are republicans that are more moderate thinkers. Then why, you might ask, aren’t those people democrats? Because they feel the democratic platform goes too far in restricting capitalism, for one thing. For another, they fear democrats will raise their taxes just to help those “shiftless, lazy poor people”, in other words they fear we will turn this into a socialist nation. Personally, I would vote for socialism right now, as opposed to the unfettered capitalism that is the cause of our great divide in income disparity. Anyway, no, I won’t paint them all with a broad brush, for many are more moderate than the ones we hear the most from. Sigh.

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                  • Hello Jill. I understand what you are saying, however I will remind you the Nazi party was not thought of in the beginning as it is today. It started out a populous party that played to the peoples need to feel better about the reparations of ww1 and to help workers among other things. Yes there were rumors and speculations of thugs on the fringes, the Proud Boys of their day. The party got a lot worse as they got more power. They became the Nazis we think of over time. When I was in Germany in the 1980’s the common joke was you couldn’t find anyone who would admit to being in the Nazi party or that their parents were. Every German worked hard to defeat Hitler? No German supported him? The idea makes no sense. I see the same happening today in the Republican party. tRump did not create the party he is in, he took it over. The Republican base was already primed for him. Think of the tea party, which now is thought by the base as not far enough right. OK, got to go start my editorial cartoon hunt. Talk later. Hugs

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  5. Jill, I saw historian and author Jon Meacham today. He has co-authored a book and is doing a tour with Tim McGraw, the country singer. The book is called “Songs of America.” In short, he said people put up monuments to leades who broaden the rights of more people, not narrow. These populist movements are all about exclusion and narrowing the rights of more people. Donald Trump, Franklin Graham, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Marie Le Pen are all from the populist narrowing group.

    Both McGraw and Meacham said we will make it through this period. This is a key reason they are speaking. Keith

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  6. I’ve been watching the old series, Designated Survivor, on Netflix for the past week or so. Now I know that TV characters are not necessarily replicas of the “real thing,” but the “president” in this series most definitely acts and talks in ways that I would hope/expect a real-life leader would do. His life is so busy with making decisions to keep the country running, negotiating with Congress and world leaders on important matters, overseeing military actions … that he has little to no time for family, let alone anything else!

    Yes, I know. This is TV. Nevertheless, shouldn’t we be able to see OUR leader spending his time running the country instead of gallivanting on his golf courses or spending hours tweeting insults to anyone that disagrees with him?

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    • The country runs itself, Nan, don’t you know? That’s why he can put all those no-nothings into cabinet positions. They can’t hurt anything. All they do is watch as the country runs itself–into the ground, and its populace with it.

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    • I’ve never heard of that show, but then I watch almost no television. But, while you’re right that these are actors, fictional characters, fiction often quite accurately mimics reality. Think back to Obama … he was always busy, he WORKED as president, and it showed, for after a year he had turned mostly grey! Trump, on the other hand, after criticizing Obama’s occasional game of golf, managed to play more golf in two years than Obama played in eight! And his hair just goes different shades of ugly. “Work” for him is tweeting hate speech about the press, democrats, and any who don’t praise him. We do not have a president. Period.

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