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Trump is a racist

Have you ever heard of the Ellis Island Award?  As defined by NECO (National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations), “The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America. As always, NECO remains dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of America’s greatest symbol of its immigrant history, Ellis Island.”

Trump received the Ellis Island award in 1986 alongside Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks, among others.

What President in the last decade pushed and signed into law a criminal reform bill that freed many non-violent African American men from prisons across the United States?  Was it America’s first black President Barack Obama?  No.  Donald Trump signed the First Step Act into law on December 21st, 2018.  He commuted Alice Marie Johnson’s prison sentence and sent the mother of 5 home on time served over a drug conviction.

“He just says, ‘I’m gonna negotiate a better deal.’ Well how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.” – Barack Obama

In their first two years in office, President Obama’s policies led to the highest number of citizens on food stamps, up 42.6% from when he took office, while President Trump led to the lowest minority unemployment numbers in the last 7 decades.  Would you rather have a handout or a job?

Stating that some of the illegal immigrants that cross our southern border are rapists and drug dealers isn’t racist.  It’s true.  It’s like saying some American citizens are rapists and drug dealers.  I don’t take offense, I’m not one of them.  Look at the news headlines in Sanctuary State Maryland.  In less than a month, a 4th illegal immigrant has been accused of rape.  In reference to illegal immigrants crossing our border, Trump also said, “Some of them are good people.” I tend to agree – though it is indisputable that the first act they commit in our country is a crime – crossing the border at a non-port of entry.

Wars have been fought, people have been killed and lives have been enslaved and destroyed over the centuries due to the shade of brown in your epidermis.  We need to start assigning value to people based on how they act and what they stand for and not the color of their skin!

Trump is a bigot

Bigot – noun – a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

     Trump employs minorities in his companies, he has them in his Cabinet and his policies have benefited them across the country.  Not wanting unknown persons entering your country from countries with failing economies and justice systems is not bigotry.  America has a right to know and approve who enters our country.

The two Supreme Court justices appointed by President Trump have voted more moderately than current conservative Judges on the bench.  Would a bigot appoint moderate thinkers to the most important life long position in the country?

Or is it more likely that a biased, agenda driven news media is filled with bigots?  Someone unwilling to take the full context of what someone says and assess it as a whole?  These people take 2/3rds of a sentence out of context from a 20-minute speech and tell the country that the man is a racist bigot.  They want to tell you what to believe!

The Travel Ban of 2017 was labeled by the media as the “Muslim Ban”.  The top six countries (Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Egypt holding an estimated 1 billion) with the highest Muslim populations in the world weren’t banned from traveling to the United States.  How in God’s name can that be a “Muslim Ban”?

 

Conclusion

     When someone says that someone is a racist or a bigot, ask them for proof.  Is it in context?  Is there evidence in their past?  Is there evidence against the claim?

Calling someone a racist or a bigot doesn’t make it true, no matter how many times you say it. 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Trump

Opponents of the President have seemingly exposed themselves to the remaining Americans with brain cells swimming around in our heads.  They’ve gone from 2 years of “collusion” straight to delusion.  Rachel Maddow (MSNBC), everyone’s favorite meltdown artist from Election Day 2016 (I’ll leave this here…), has doubled down on collusion.  After her vehement faith in the almost 2 year long Special Counsel led by Robert Mueller with at least 14 openly liberal prosecutors have found no collusion and no crimes committed by President, she still believes it.  At this point she’s about as objective, biased and trustworthy as Alex Jones.  Do people believe that the media is unbiased?  Is that still a thing?

Policies have not polarized America.  Policies like talk of Amnesty for the impossibly removable 11 million immigrants.  Policies like prison reform, better trade deals, eliminating bump stocks and less foreign wars have not polarized America.  The way Trump has handled illegal immigration isn’t even polarizing, Congress has been talking about building a barrier for decades, and Obama deported more illegals in his first year in office than Trump did in his.  It’s not about policies, it’s about effectiveness.  Before Trump, no one had the balls to actually do something about the problem at the border.  It was all talk, no action.  I’ll leave this video of Obama speaking on illegal immigration here.  “We all agree on the need to better secure the border.” – Barack Obama

 Policies have not polarized America.  Blind hatred has.  Hatred for an eccentric, egotistical, successful, brash, “call it how I see it” public figure.  Trump is far from perfect, but he has exposed the stupidity and blatant bias in the media.  It’s nauseating.  Trump has committed two crimes since he’s been put into office; exaggerations and sarcasm.  People who can think for themselves understand that when Trump says “I will build the wall” it doesn’t mean he’s going to go to the border and actually build it himself, he’s being magniloquent.

Some have moved on from collusion and have started their “tax return” chants.  It’s like a religion, you know… hating Trump.  These imbeciles actually think they are going to find something illegal that wouldn’t have been already referred to prosecutors by the Internal Revenue Service’s consistent annual audits of Trump’s taxes for decades.  The man has publicly stated that he has “used the tax laws to my benefit.” and that “paying less tax makes me smart.” which is something that a majority of Americans would do themselves if they had the resources and wherewithal to.

Trump isn’t stupid.  He’s not eloquent.  He’s not polished.  He’s made poor personal decisions just like everyone else.  No stupid man becomes President of the United States.  A man can only be propped up by his aides so much.  It was Trump on that stage of 17 other Republican candidates for President.  It was Trump who handled them all, in his own way.  It was Trump who made the entire auditorium laugh when Megyn Kelly was trying to pin him on being sexist.  “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”  You see, when it comes to value, Trump doesn’t see black and he doesn’t see white.  Trump doesn’t see woman and he doesn’t see man.  His perception is based on his experience with the individual.  He has called men and women all sorts of names.  Is it Presidential?  It is now.  He’s the President.  There was outcry when Trump called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man”, then they proceeded to have the first diplomatic summit in a decade.  His methods are unique, but all too often they work.  They always have.  I don’t know many people who could turn a 1 million dollar loan into 10 billion in assets.  Something like that takes intelligence, the ability to delegate and an eye for talented people.

You can agree or disagree with Trump, that makes no difference to me.  But I can tell you with complete certainty that his intent is not to harm America in any way.  It is to strengthen our borders, help us compete internationally in influence and trade and protect our citizens from threats foreign and domestic.  He is not a Russian puppet, he is an American middle class puppet, a steel worker puppet, a coal miner puppet, and a good ‘ole boy patriot that loves America and all of its citizens.  So many have wanted to bring great change to our country, and Trump just wants America to stay America.  A place where people work, where all are treated equally and where the world knows we are nation of laws and a beacon of hope and strength in the chaos that is this world.

Trump is not the problem, hate is.
Facts are not the problem, feeling-based policies are.
Context is not the problem, bias is.

 

 

 

John McCain

The Maverick is gone, but with news headlines across the nation mentioning a continued feud with President Trump, you’d think he was still the Senator from Arizona.

Let’s agree to remember John as the war hero he was.  Let’s try to forget that time President Trump diminished that during the campaign – “I like people who weren’t captured.”  A stupid comeback and a gaff that hasn’t hurt him as much as it should have.

But McCain capped his career in politics (something no one should be proud of) with a decisive vote against killing Obamacare’s individual mandate (which despite SCOTUS’ interpretation as a “tax”, is obviously an infringement on our freedoms).

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He played poker on his phone while lawmakers were debating Syria strategies, then laughed it off on national news.  Everyday Americans understand that as something we would lose our jobs over.

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Just a few short months after posing with Syrian rebels he had just helped broker an arms deal with, might I add.  A questionable alliance with people who had mutual interests with Al Qaeda (the group responsible for 9/11).

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He was so blinded by his hate for Trump (like so many others) that he was the perfect mark for Democratic operatives to use as a patsy to push fake intel to the FBI.  It wouldn’t have been taken seriously if it came from a Democrat.

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He voted against the Bush tax cuts.  He seemed to often side with the government taking and keeping more of your money.  He brought a conservative icon, Sarah Palin, to the limelight in order to procure the Evangelical base, then trashed her and blamed her for his Presidential Campaign loss in 2008.  He was a poor loser.  I think the loss had more to do with his disconnection from the reality of everyday Americans.  Everyday Americans know how many houses we own. Click here to hear him struggle to remember how many houses he owned.  Maybe that’s why he thought the government deserves to take and keep more of our money – because he was so wealthy it made no difference to him.

He championed legislation with Ted Kennedy (D – Massachusetts) which started the conversation about providing illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship.  Something that someone who breaks our immigration laws should never have.  Currently there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.  That’s literally like someone stealing a bike and then instead of punishing them, you just give them the bike.  11 million times.  And how do you explain it to the millions of people that worked hard and spent years saving up to buy the bike?  Rewarding illegal behavior is a dangerous precedent.  America is a nation of immigrants, that’s correct.  Legal ones.  The rest are not a part of our nation, they are by definition criminals that do not belong here.

John’s daughter, Meghan McCain has continued his feud with President Trump.  She recently said Trump was jealous of her father’s family.  Which makes very little sense since Trump has healthy, intelligent kids that are loyal and come to his defense often.  She has called him bizarre, low and pathetic.  I understand her need to defend a father that cannot defend himself, but with a track record like John McCain’s, she’s not doing herself any favors.

The Maverick will soon fade from the headlines once again.  He won’t be remembered for his service to our country and defiance as a POW.  He’ll be remembered as a little man, a lifelong politician that was out of touch with the citizens of his country, entitled to special treatment and so blinded by his disdain for our President that he harmed the Republic he claimed to love.  A waffling representative of his constituents.  Hardly a conservative.  History will not be gentle.  His service to our country should be celebrated, but the man himself, not so much.