Filosofa For President!

There is a saying that I’ve seen many times and have even used a time or two in my ‘good people’ posts:  Be the change you want to see in the world.  Makes sense, don’t you think?  It’s akin to another saying I’ve heard ever since I was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper:  If you want something done right, do it yourself.  I’ve lain awake many a night pondering how I can make a difference.  Oh sure, I get multiple emails daily telling me that if I donate to one political candidate or another, I will be making a difference, but I learned long ago that if you donate once, they will hound you until you take your last breath.  And frankly, I don’t have any money to spare for the cost of my medications pretty much equal my monthly stipend from Social Security … what little I do have leftover I donate to humanitarian causes, not to greedy politicians.

So, after much thought, I’ve decided that the only way I can make a real change in this nation’s well-being is to run for president myself!  Do I hear you laughing?  Now wait … think about it for a minute.  I meet all the constitutional requirements:  I’m over 35 years of age – way over, but not as far over as either the current president or the former guy.  I’m a natural-born U.S. citizen, and I’ve lived all my life in the U.S.  In addition, I am college-educated with an M.A. in Political Science and have been a political-minded person since around the age of five.  I’ve read the entire U.S. Constitution more times than I can count, so I will understand what I’m swearing to protect and preserve when I take my oath of office.  I care about people, animals, and life in general.  I believe that climate change is real and will fight to reverse the effects caused by corporate and human greed for the past century or so.  I don’t believe that such things as the colour of a person’s skin, the religion one follows, one’s gender or gender identification, or one’s ethnicity should be a basis for discrimination.  I believe in judging people by their actions, not what they look like.

Now, I’ve got my work cut out for me, so I better order an extra case of coffee next month.  I’ll need to develop a platform, come up with a campaign slogan, define my goals, choose a running mate, and figure out how the hell I’m gonna get my name out there without any money!  One thing I know, and it will be the cornerstone of my campaign, is that I will not sink into the mudhole that is so prevalent in politics today.  I will not respond to hate, and I will not engage in name-calling, screaming & screeching, or telling lies.  I want honest dialog, civil discourse, I want conversations to mean something, not just denigrate the other party.  I want us to have a dialog about the things that matter to all of us, like healthcare, jobs, the minimum wage, gun regulation, education and much more.  I want to remember to whom I owe my job – not the party, not the wealthy, but the average voter.

There will be no corruption, no conspiracy theories, no bigotry whatsoever allowed in either my campaign or later in my administration.  One strike in any of those areas and you’re out for the count.  I intend to be that ‘better angel’ our friend Keith sometimes mentions.  I want to make a difference.  I would say I want to unify this nation, but President Biden tried that and look how that’s working out for him.  Not through any fault of his own, but simply because the things that divide us are too numerous and feelings are running too strong today.  My ultimate goal would be to unify the country, but I’m convinced that for the time being, it is an unattainable goal, so I’ll focus instead on those things I can do.

Where to start?  A list!  YES!  That’s it … I must make a list!  Every achievement always began with a list, and I am the consummate list-maker!  Now … where’s my pen … has anybody seen my pen? 🖋️ Oh never mind … I can start the list on my phone … now where’s my darned phone???

Just Some Notes I Jotted Down …

The news media, social media and blogs have been filled with nothing but the decision of the Supreme Court to invalidate women’s rights, so I needed to step back from that topic for just a little bit.  In addition, the Republicans in the state I currently reside in decided to nominate a nasty fool to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Rob Portman and I am so incensed I cannot write about this just yet, though you know I will before long.  So … I have a number of notes I’ve jotted down recently about topics that came to my mind at one point or another, and I thought to address a few of those today, since my page is getting full of scribbled notes & thoughts (so THIS is what my brain looks like, eh?)


“Republicans are so much better at politics. Democrats stick to the moral high ground while Republicans focus on winning by any means necessary.” 

In this case, politics is defined as the ability to lie, cheat, and steal, to do whatever it takes to win votes.  Now, before anybody jumps up and yells, “Objection!!!”, let me clarify that there are exceptions on both sides.  There are some Republicans in government who do have values, who do take their oaths of office seriously, and who are well-qualified for the positions they hold, and conversely there are certainly some Democratic governors and members of Congress who have failed to act in the best interest of We the People.  Unfortunately, ‘governance’ and ‘politics’ are not synonymous, though both are irrevocably linked in any form of government where people have a vote.  To my way of thinking, if a person will lie in order to get elected, then he or she does NOT have the integrity needed to serve in a public office, for they will be no more honest once in office than they were on their way there.  And anyone … ANYONE who votes for a liar and a cheat, deserves what they get, but unfortunately they condemn the rest of us as well.


“If a legislator breaks their oath of office, then they no longer have the right to occupy that office.  Then again, if we tossed all those who have broken their oaths, who would be left in Congress???”

I think there are many things that are important for our elected officials:  qualifications, experience, integrity and honesty being the top four.  If they fail in those areas, doesn’t it stand to reason that they should not be re-elected?  If you’re a department manager in a company and one of your employees is not only under-performing, but also stealing from the company, what are you going to do?  Right – you’re going to fire that employee.  Our representatives, senators, president, governor, etc., are our employees!  They sometimes seem to forget that they serve at our pleasure!  Frankly, I take no pleasure from a lying, cheating employee.  These people are paid by us, with our hard-earned tax dollars, to act in our best interest!  We are being cheated and robbed blind by many of them.  I would opt for expelling them from Congress, but election day is only another six months, so let’s vote them the hell out.  PLEASE!!!!  🥺


“Stupidity abounds:  Examples, Ron Johnson saying COVID vaccine causes AIDS and the theory that Democrats support “post-birth abortion” by Cassie Smedile, executive director of America Rising pro-Trump PAC.  WTF is “post-birth abortion”???  It defies definition!”

Yes, you read that right.  Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin claimed in an interview recently that the COVID vaccine ‘may’ give people AIDS!  Say WHAT???  AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease that cannot possibly be a side effect of the COVID vaccine!  But even worse was Ms. Smedile’s claim that Democrats support ‘post birth abortion’.  WHAT THE HELL even is that???  Abortion is the extraction of a fetus from a woman’s womb.  Once birth has taken place, there is no longer anything or anyone to extract, thus there can be no abortion!  What planet does this ‘woman’ even live on?  The point being that people like Johnson and Smedile are either very ignorant (I try to avoid the word ‘stupid’, for I was called that enough times in my childhood that I developed an aversion to it) or seek the spotlight.  In Johnson’s case, perhaps he hopes to scare his constituents enough to garner some votes, and Smedile is likely hoping for donations for her PAC.  Either way, though, this pushes the boundaries of my patience, it shows an ignorance that, unfortunately, is prevailing in the United States today.  How many people will believe what these two say?  And worse yet, these are just two examples that popped onto my radar yesterday … there are many, many, many more.


What say we end with a few cartoons?  This first one, I think, speaks volumes …

A Woman Of Principles

There aren’t too many congressional Republicans for whom I have even a modicum of respect these days.  Liz Cheney is at the top of the list of those I respect.  I don’t agree with her political positions, and quite often detested her father, but … Ms. Cheney has proven herself to be a woman of conscience, a woman who is not afraid to stand by the courage of her convictions.  She has what so many … almost all … Republicans lack these days:  integrity.

And it is because of her conscience, her integrity, her refusal to support the lies being told by the former guy and his minions, that she is almost certain to lose her leadership position as the third highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Think about that one … because she is honest, she is to be punished by dishonest people like Kevin McCarthy, who knows damn well that the election results were fair and aboveboard, but for his own political purposes has tied himself to the former guy’s train.

Ms. Cheney has written an OpEd for The Washington Post that I think deserves to be widely read.  I don’t agree with everything she says toward the end of her column, but that doesn’t diminish my respect for her for being one of only a handful of people in her party who put country before self.  I expect to have ideological differences with those on the right … I just don’t expect to be lied to, deceived, and threatened as we all have been by today’s Republican Party. This is what sets Liz Cheney apart from the rest of the party … her honesty.


Liz Cheney: The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us.

Opinion by Liz Cheney

May 5, 2021 at 5:05 p.m. EDT

In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen. His message: I am still the rightful president, and President Biden is illegitimate. Trump repeats these words now with full knowledge that exactly this type of language provoked violence on Jan. 6. And, as the Justice Department and multiple federal judges have suggested, there is good reason to believe that Trump’s language can provoke violence again. Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this.

The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution. In the immediate wake of the violence of Jan. 6, almost all of us knew the gravity and the cause of what had just happened — we had witnessed it firsthand.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) left no doubt in his public remarks. On the floor of the House on Jan. 13, McCarthy said: “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” Now, McCarthy has changed his story.

I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative values is reverence for the rule of law. Each of us swears an oath before God to uphold our Constitution. The electoral college has spoken. More than 60 state and federal courts, including multiple Trump-appointed judges, have rejected the former president’s arguments, and refused to overturn election results. That is the rule of law; that is our constitutional system for resolving claims of election fraud.

The question before us now is whether we will join Trump’s crusade to delegitimize and undo the legal outcome of the 2020 election, with all the consequences that might have. I have worked overseas in nations where changes in leadership come only with violence, where democracy takes hold only until the next violent upheaval. America is exceptional because our constitutional system guards against that. At the heart of our republic is a commitment to the peaceful transfer of power among political rivals in accordance with law. President Ronald Reagan described this as our American “miracle.”

While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country. Trump has never expressed remorse or regret for the attack of Jan. 6 and now suggests that our elections, and our legal and constitutional system, cannot be trusted to do the will of the people. This is immensely harmful, especially as we now compete on the world stage against Communist China and its claims that democracy is a failed system.

For Republicans, the path forward is clear.

First, support the ongoing Justice Department criminal investigations of the Jan. 6 attack. Those investigations must be comprehensive and objective; neither the White House nor any member of Congress should interfere.

Second, we must support a parallel bipartisan review by a commission with subpoena power to seek and find facts; it will describe for all Americans what happened. This is critical to defeat the misinformation and nonsense circulating in the press and on social media. No currently serving member of Congress — with an eye to the upcoming election cycle — should participate. We should appoint former officials, members of the judiciary and other prominent Americans who can be objective, just as we did after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The commission should be focused on the Jan. 6 attacks. The Black Lives Matter and antifa violence of last summer was illegal and reprehensible, but it is a different problem with a different solution.

Finally, we Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality. In our hearts, we are devoted to the American miracle. We believe in the rule of law, in limited government, in a strong national defense, and in prosperity and opportunity brought by low taxes and fiscally conservative policies.

There is much at stake now, including the ridiculous wokeness of our political rivals, the irrational policies at the border and runaway spending that threatens a return to the catastrophic inflation of the 1970s. Reagan formed a broad coalition from across the political spectrum to return America to sanity, and we need to do the same now. We know how. But this will not happen if Republicans choose to abandon the rule of law and join Trump’s crusade to undermine the foundation of our democracy and reverse the legal outcome of the last election.

History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.

YOU’RE FIRED!!!

 

We the People
Sea to Shining Sea
United State

Mr. Donald F. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

29 March 2020

Dear Mr. Trump,

We the People regret to inform you that your services will no longer be needed.  We understood in the beginning, more than three years ago, that you were inexperienced and new to this type of work, and we decided after your first big mistakes that you would need time to grow into the job.  We have given you that time … more than three years of time … but instead of growing into the job, you have become increasingly inept and incompetent.

It would take more than this letter to list all the many mistakes you have made, but let us clarify a few of the worst:

  • Constantly demeaning citizens of this nation who are, technically, your employers. This has included lying about them and name-calling reminiscent of a junior high student.
  • Unprecedented racism and bigotry that is far beneath the dignity of your position and damaging to the continuity of this nation.
  • The terrible things you have allowed to happen to immigrants who came here seeking asylum, seeking to make a better life for their families. You tore their children out of their very arms, threw them in cages, and thus far six of those children have died as a result.  Not only was this in violation of the laws of this country, but it qualifies as international ‘crimes against humanity’.
  • When you were hired, it was made clear to you that you must step away from your own businesses for the duration of your employment with us, but instead, you have used our money to fund your own businesses, with nearly-every-weekend visits to your Florida resort, requiring your staff and Secret Service protection to pay you for the “privilege” of traveling with you.
  • A man is judged by the company he keeps, and to date a number of your companions and associates are in prison, or soon will be. This speaks volumes to us about your character, or rather lack thereof.
  • On at least eight occasions you have directly incited violence, calling on people to attack those who criticized you. In addition, you have made utterly ridiculous videos of yourself that you posted on Twitter … again, something we would expect of a 13-year-old boy, not a public office-holder.
  • One of the most important aspects of your job is honesty and integrity, and you have failed miserably in both. It would take a book to enumerate every instance, but suffice it to say that your employers no longer trust or believe a word you say.
  • Your negligence cost nearly 3,000 lives in Puerto Rico in 2017-2018 after Hurricane Maria. In addition, your bungling and mishandling of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic has already cost thousands of lives and we cannot even begin to estimate what the ultimate death toll will be.  Many of those lives would have been saved if you had not allowed your greed and ego to get in the way of taking appropriate action.
  • Your predecessor implemented some excellent regulations to, along with every other nation on the planet, work toward reversing the damages caused by years of burning carbon-based fossil fuels. Within a matter of weeks after accepting your job, you destroyed almost every one of those regulations and have contributed significantly to the decline of the air we breathe, water we drink, and the safety of the food we eat.  It is almost as if you are willfully attempting to kill your employers.
  • You have acted without dignity or compunction toward our friends and allies, and as a result we no longer have the respect or trust of the very friends who we may someday need to be able to call on for help. Meanwhile, you have cozied up to our enemies and acted without the oversight of Congress, which we mandated when we hired you.

All in all, Mr. Trump, you have been given more than ample time to prove yourself up to the task, and in every single instance, you have failed.  You have abused your power, and devalued the office you hold. As a result of your failures, we are left with a debt of more than $25 trillion and a large number of terrible messes that will take decades to clean up.  Therefore, we are requesting your resignation, effective immediately, to be submitted in writing to We the People in care of The Washington Post.

You will have exactly one week, until Sunday, April 5th, to remove your family and personal belongings from the residence we provided you at the above address.  Your possessions will be closely checked by White House security to ensure that you take only that which belongs to you and your family.  Any damages found after you have left will be billed to you through your attorney.

You will receive one month’s severance pay, but we cannot provide Secret Service protection once you are gone, as we have done for all of your predecessors, as you have bankrupted the country and we simply cannot afford it.

Best wishes for your future endeavours,

We-the-People

He Speaks The Truth …

Two thumbs-up to President Jimmy Carter  👍👍

President Jimmy Carter spoke with historian/author Jon Meacham this week, and this is, in part, what he said …

“There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election, and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated, would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

Asked by Meacham if he considers Trump to be an ‘illegitimate president’ …

“Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract. I would say yes.”

I like a man who isn’t afraid to speak what he believes, and President Carter has always been one such person.  In addition, he is, first and foremost, a humanitarian, a man who spends his spare time building houses for the poor.  A good person.  The antithesis of Donald Trump.

I don’t know nor care what Trump’s response to Carter’s assertion was, but I have just one question for you all, especially for any stray republicans that might accidentally stumble across this post:  Who would you trust more … a liar, a cheat, and a thief, or a man who builds houses for the poor?

I know my answer … what’s yours?Jimmy-Carter