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From Rebecca: Happy 4th of July next week

Greetings, Joe’s readers. The 4th of July is next Tuesday. We will celebrate the courageous and breathtaking chances our first leaders took when setting up the United States of America, and the people who carried forward the promises of a free and equal country. Our nation is experiencing a time of conflict and anger now, as it has many times before, and, like each of those times before, I expect the county will emerge from the struggle closer to freedom for all.

Our first leaders, coming from an experience of monarchy and long reigns for rulers, decided to base their new government on elections by the people being governed, and to have a peaceful transfer of power. No overthrowing (or killing) one leader to install another, but a voluntary giving up of power. That was such an amazing concept for a brand new country to even try. It is still an amazing concept even today. We see it play out on all levels, from school board members to state legislators, to governors, to federal legislators, to the president. That much turn-over in leadership, and it has made our country among the most stable governments in the world. That is something to celebrate.

We also have something to celebrate in these words from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

When I was a child in school, I was taught that the word men in this statement meant mankind, and included women and children in the unalienable rights too. I was also taught that when the country began, voting rights applied to only white men, aged 21 years or older, who owned land. That shiny ideal that all people are created equal and endowed with certain rights was a long way from practice when our country started. In fact, with slavery, indentured servants, and class systems, the country was as far from the shiny ideal as it could be. But it was a beginning.

Every day, month, year, decade, generation, and century that goes by we get closer to equal rights for all. With non-land owners getting the vote, the official end to slavery, black men getting the vote and then getting elected to offices, women getting the vote and getting elected to offices, the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the legalization of same-sex marriages, and every other step small and large, The United States of America has moved closer to that beacon in the distance. Social change is slow, even at times when it comes in big bursts. But no matter the speed, social change is always headed towards that awesome ideal given to us all at the beginning of this nation: That all are created equal with certain unalienable rights.

Happy July 4th everybody. Have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

The United States of America has chosen their President

Greetings, readers. I never thought it possible that a person with no political experience and no military service could obtain the White House, but that’s exactly what happened. Shortly after 3AM, Donald J. Trump became President-Elect of the United State of America. When sworn in, he will be the country’s 45th President.

I knew things were brewing at 9:20 last evening when I saw on a man’s laptop at Denny’s, that Trump owned the entire part of the country known as tornado alley. That’s when I knew Hillary Clinton was in for a dog fight. I still believed she would win.

By the time I got home at ten o’clock, the electoral college was 163 to 109 for Trump, and my hopes of being able to say that I was alive when the first woman President was elected were fading fast.

I watched the NBC broadcast from 10:00 until 3:15, when Donald Trump made his acceptance speech. Even though it pains me to say it, his speech was gracious and eloquent. He thanked Mrs. Clinton on her hard-fought campaign, as well as his family and all the workers who helped him. After the, “We’re going to make America great again,” part of his speech, I went to bed.

What does a Donald Trump Presidency mean to our country if his temper and mouth explode? Well…, it will mean loss of allies for certain, and in the worst-case-scenario, a war with an angered foreign country. Let’s hope that does not happen. Please, President-Elect Trump, let cooler heads prevail. War is never the answer.

We’ll have to see if Mr. Trump can make good on his promises to the people. I’m not sure he can. I just don’t think he can ‘play together with others’ well enough. We’ll see how he responds the first time he doesn’t get what he wants. Time will tell.

Until tomorrow, I bid you a good day, take care and happy reading.

I’m getting into controversy today

Greetings, readers. I was going to write a blog entry this morning about how upset I am with CBS and Paramount’s decision to clamp down on Star Trek fan fiction films and episodes. I still need to do a little more research into the guidelines that they have set up. So far I am not impressed. I do understand that Star Trek is the intellectual property of Paramount and CBS. However I am a firm believer that any non-profit fan fiction production is simply a love letter to the series, and really will not hurt the new show coming out in 2017. Could I be wrong? Most definitely. To me though, if I owned a song or film and someone honored me with a tribute, I would be flattered as long as they weren’t making a gazillion dollars off me. As I understand it, fan fic films make little or no money. It is all for the love of the series.

My topic today will be about how disgusted I am with the political onslaught the American people have to put up with until voting day in November. Let’s go over the main candidates. First is Hillary Clinton. There is speculation at this moment about her health concerns. Some folks would have you think she is dying. The truth is that she has a case of pneumonia and will most likely be fine.

I want this understood right now before we go any further. I have not gone on to any websites for the front running candidates. Former Secretary Clinton is a Democrat and her opponent Donald Trump is running as the Republican candidate. Gary Johnson and his running mate are the Libertarian candidates who, I feel, have zero chance of obtaining the presidency.

I don’t particularly like Hillary Clinton. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because of all the accusations against her all these years. Maybe it is because she comes across as a cold woman. She and her husband have been in trouble since Arkansas. Rebecca has explained to me before what she knows about the scandals and accusations against Hillary Clinton, but I just can’t shake the feeling that she did something wrong and got away with it. Is anybody perfect? Of course not. Everybody has faults, but when you are running for president they are always magnified. I do like some things about Mrs. Clinton. She is highly educated with way more foreign policy experience than Donald Trump. She might not be as powerful a speaker as her opponent, but she can back up her claims.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, comes across to me as a pompous, arrogant ass. He is a racist, a bigot, and on at least one occasion, made fun of a handicapped person. That is when he lost any hope of my vote. Even though my handicap is mild, I will not support anyone who makes fun of a physically challenged person, for political gain or to prove a point.

Mr. Trump’s idea to build a wall between Mexico and the United States and have the Mexicans pay for it, is, quite frankly, absurd. Do I want illegal aliens taking our jobs? No. But there must be a better way than duplicating the Great Wall of China. To be perfectly honest with you readers, I did watch a couple of his speeches on YouTube, and I’ll give you that he is a rousing speaker. But that is it. I don’t think any one of his policies would work. Now let’s go into his economics. Multiple casinos – bankrupt. Trump Airlines – failed. A lot of his business ventures have gone belly up. I don’t know what makes him think that he is qualified at all at being our president. Here is another point for you. Does Donald Trump have any foreign policy experience? I would wager no. If Mr. Trump squeezed through by some miracle to win the White House, he will have to have advisors on top of advisors. And as is shown many times on news clips, Donald Trump likes to talk, not listen. Donald Trump would make George W. Bush look like a great president. With Donald Trump’s big mouth, we just might get into another war. One we might not be able to win.

Do we really have a great choice for president this time around? I suppose Hillary Clinton is the lessor of two evils. And her foreign policy experience is a plus. As long as the Clinton’s can keep their noses clean for four to eight years, we might be okay. If Donald Trump wins, I might be blogging from Canada. Ha ha.

This might not be my greatest blog entry ever, as I don’t go into politics often. I did want to put my two cents in about the major candidates. You may be wondering who I am going to vote for. Quite honestly, I’m not certain yet. Could it be Bernie Sanders? Possibly. Could it be Hillary Clinton? More than likely. Will it be Donald Trump? ROTFL. Definitely not.

One thing I do know is that the mud-slinging from this election has gone on way too long. It is the reason I rarely watch TV anymore.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

Do we really want Donald Trump as President?

Greetings, readers. I’m finally going to do it. I’m going political. There comes a time when every blogger has to put his or her two cents in about the presidential candidates. I’m taking my two cents out of my pocket today.

Over the years I’ve tried not to offend anyone. I’ve been Mr. Safe. That might very well end today. What follows, I feel very strongly about, and I’m going to share with you my personal feelings on candidate Donald Trump.

From what I’ve seen on the Yahoo! news page and heard from TV news anchors, Mr. Trump will say just about anything that comes to his mind. He does not stop to think rather said language is offensive or not. That is where he is going to get himself in the deepest trouble. I know for a fact he has taken potshots at women, and Latinos. Well, Mr. Trump, right there you have just pissed off a huge contingent of voters. Oops.

The other big concern I have is his lack of foreign policy experience. If his temper and mouth go unchecked, he would be very likely to insult or anger a foreign head of state, causing us to lose allies, which we need in these terrorist times. I’m not saying he would get us into a war, but the odds are high that he might. The man scares me.

I would suggest to Mr. Trump that as an alternate strategy he use his business smarts to aid our ailing economy, and also create opportunities for the physically and emotionally challenged. I have a handicap, though slight, and there are lots of people like me who could benefit from just such an endeavor.

I do admire his courage during his bid for the presidency, but I fear he lacks the necessary skills to be taken seriously. I know that at this point he is leading most preliminary polls. I’m just worried about when the first crisis happens. In good conscience, I cannot vote for him. My vote will go to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Until tomorrow, I bid you a good day, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of my favorite United States Presidents

Greetings, readers. I thought this might be a fun topic to blog about today. With the next presidential election a year and half away, I started to think about all the presidents we’ve had, not only in my lifetime, but throughout history. Sometimes I like people even though they might not be called the best by experts. Let us keep that in mind for this list.

#10. Richard Nixon. [I was very young at the time when Watergate was going on. Even though he did wrong, and betrayed the American people’s trust, there was something touching about that victory salute wave he gave as he got into the helicopter to leave the White House. A little bit of style for a disgraced president.]

#9. Jimmy Carter. [Such a sweet guy. Not really a good president. When the American hostages were being held in Iran, a massive rescue attempt was mounted. As I understand it, everything that could go wrong did. President Carter had to take the blame for he was the chief of the military. Later in life, former President Carter had some major milestones including Homes for Humanity and his work in Africa.]

#8. George H. Bush. [After Ronald Reagan left office, as one of the more popular presidents of my lifetime, I really thought that President Bush could keep the country going. I thought he was well-spoken, and liked him. The economy really began to slide in his presidency. The American people were tired of Republicans after 12 years and elected my next choice, Bill Clinton.]

#7. Bill Clinton. [President Clinton did a marvelous job resurrecting our economy. For the first time I was aware of, this country was not in debt and we actually had a surplus. His extra-curricular activities left a little to be desired.]

#6. Lyndon B. Johnson. [I don’t know tons about LBJ but I heard a story about him on a documentary about Air Force One. After his presidency was over, he ordered the airplane stripped of all the “trinkets and trash” such as towels, ashtrays, and basically everything that said Air Force One on it. He also installed a hydrologic chair that he could raise above other people in a meeting, so he could sit above everyone else. To me, that is a feeling of power and authority. I like that.]

#5. Ronald Reagan. [One of the more feared presidents by other countries in the world. After he was elected, Iran, not wanting to deal with him, freed the American hostages. Instead of taking Air Force One to greet the freed hostages himself, he let former President Jimmy Carter take the flight and welcome the people back. Jimmy Carter said it was an extremely touching moment for him.]

#4. George H. W. Bush. [I felt sorry for G.W. He was a highly educated man who had a knack of looking silly and stupid much more than he should have. The day of 9-11 however, he appeared extremely strong and resilient, and vowed not to quit until the terrorists were brought to justice. Little did he know that al-Qaeda is virtually all over the world. It is much different than fighting an army of a thousand people. He had vocal quirks such as Nuc-a-ler, and his war on terra (earth) A.K.A terror. I’ll chalk that last one up to his accent.]

#3. Franklin D. Roosevelt. [This president had to resurrect a country from a depression and take us through a world war. Not wanting the country to go a different direction, he kept running for reelection every four years and kept winning. Seems that people didn’t want to change the jockey mid-race. After his death, congress passed a law limiting presidents to two terms.]

#2. John F. Kennedy. [I was not born yet when President Kennedy was assassinated. Through school and documentaries, I learned that he got our space program started. He also stood tall and prevented a nuclear incident near Cuba.]

#1. Abraham Lincoln. [He freed the slaves. He worked hard to keep the United States together. Unfortunately the north and the south fought a civil war. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.]

Honorable mention – George Washington. [The first American President, as everyone knows. Some people at the time suggested he lead the country as a king, and he turned it down. Our peaceful transfer of power at the end of elected terms started with him.]

There’s your list for today. As usual, chime in with yours in the comments if you wish to.

Take care, have a good weekend, and happy reading.