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Well, tomorrow, January 20, 2017, America gets what they asked for. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in and begin his term as POTUS. The majority of American voters chose him, and now he’s what we’ve got. And there’s nothing we can do to change that.

There will be protests tomorrow at the inauguration. Other than John Wilkes Booth attending Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, I don’t recall any protests at the ceremony before. I guess they are protesting the election process, because that’s what stuck us with Trump. I just pray the protests will be peaceful. It is our Constitutional right to peaceably assemble to express grievance with our government; however, that right is forfeited if violence or the threat of violence erupts.

And speaking of our Constitutional rights, whether we like our new president or not, he is our president. But, I want to remind everyone of something Mr. Trump may not realize. Starting tomorrow, he will hold a position he has probably never had before… EMPLOYEE.

That’s right! POTUS works for us, the American people! He is accountable to us. So, WE THE PEOPLE need to constantly remind him who his employer is!

Think about it… Then act like it!

The Hillary Clinton Show

Now that Bernie Sanders, in the best interest of the Democratic party, has decided to withdraw from the race and endorse her, the already-inevitable nomination is even more unavoidable. Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential candidate this November.

Unlike her Republican counterpart, Mrs. Clinton is a known quantity. We have seen her in political leadership for many years. As first lady to her impeached husband Bill, she was an intricate part of his administration, overstepping the bounds of former first ladies.

She has been a successful businesswoman who has escaped conviction repeatedly for questionable and possibly felonious actions. Perhaps she was not guilty. Perhaps her husband, the governor at that time, stood faithfully at her side to fight the criminal charges.

She went straight from the White House to being a Senator of a state in which she did not live.  Honestly, I never did figure that one out.

President Obama appointed her Secretary of State, where her primary duties were to handle America’s relations with other countries. Everybody’s human. We all make mistakes. If I’m not mistaken, those criminal charges have been dropped.

Also while SoS, Hillary used her personal email to communicate highly sensitive and top secret information. The problem with that is normal email is easily accessible to public. This oversight may have been just a lapse in judgment. We all have those sometimes. However, when a person in a position such as Secretary of State risks a breach such as this, it warrants criminal charges, possibly even treason allegations. The normal procedure is immediate cut-off of access to information. That’s logical, since the person has mishandled it, wouldn’t you think?

However, the Democratic presidential candidate has apparently learned about TEFLON from her husband. After preliminary investigation, there are no information restraints on Hillary Clinton, nor are there any impending criminal charges.

Now, with that background information, let’s speculate what it would be like if Hillary (whatever happened to her hyphenated name?) Clinton is elected POTUS.

  • She is an experienced politician with the full support of her party. This increases her chances of accomplishing her agenda; especially since she will likely be appointing one or two Supreme Court Justices. She knows how to play the political game.
  • Hillary has a concrete agenda. She is not vague about anything. She has been clear where she stands and what she wants to do on everything. She would enter the White House next January with a to-do list on day one.
  • Some of the changes she could probably successfully make:
  1. LGBT would essentially become a legally protected group. Any public speech or action deemed unsupportive will be hate-speech, possibly punishable by law.
  2. Individual states will lose sovereignty (their ability to approve or reject certain laws).
  3. Minimum wage will increase by 25%, causing inflation to rise by at least 30%, and unemployment to rise by at least 30%.
  4. If during the Clinton administration, there is a Democratic majority in Congress, an equitable income tax system will be re-instituted, based on income. This may help with the greater need for government assistance programs.
  5. If possible, federally-funded programs to educate and assist people on public assistance to find gainful employment will grow. Even though this has traditionally been a Republican idea, president Clinton will see the need to fund these programs as numbers of recipients explodes.
  6. Another idea originally from the Republicans, but Hillary is smart enough to see the need, is some sort of initiative program(s) to encourage American businesses to stay in the US, and to assist new business ventures. It is essential to the economic survival of the United States.
  7. As POTUS, she will strive to eliminate any social stigma from experiences such as abortion, gay marriage, trans-sexuality, mental illness, and many other ways that sometimes single people out.

As I wrote about the Trump administration, it’s a fact that whoever our next president is will step into a big bowl of… well, I think you know. Our country is torn over racial issues, maybe even worse than we were in the ’60’s. There are all kinds of prejudice against people of certain religions, sexual orientations, and any other ignorant excuse people can find to hate others.

Our economy is weak and unsteadily trying to recover, while trying to pretend like we are strong in a weak world economy.

We are fifteen years in a war against terrorism, a war that most Americans have forgotten why we’re fighting, and just want it to stop.

We have a generation entering adulthood who (generally-speaking) lack social interaction skills, work ethic, respect for any authority, and worst of all… they have no inventive/ creative spirit; without that, America can become a third world country within one generation.

So, to Hillary Clinton, as I did to Donald Trump, I say two things:

  1. GOOD LUCK!
  2. ARE YOU SURE THIS IS REALLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO?

 

The Trump Administration

****** I seem to be very politically and socially-conscious today. *******

In spite of resistance from Republican party leadership, the primary process and the threat of violence has left no choice for the convention but to nominate Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate.

Although he has never campaigned for any political office, if he adheres to the counsel of his party leaders, he may have a chance of being elected to the highest office in the nation.

If Donald Trump is elected president, what will it be like? Since our nation has never been led by an egocentric, openly-offensive non-politician before, this is all speculation. The thing about speculation is that it’s seldom objective and not necessarily based on fact. Now, with that disclaimer out of the way, here goes…

  • First of all, Donald Trump is accustomed to heading boards of businesses, where these board members were his employees, whose job security was based on agreeing and obeying the boss. His wise choice for cabinet members would be advisors who challenge him; however, he’s not used to that.
  • POTUS requires majority cooperation and collaboration of congress to accomplish anything.Democrats will always oppose Trump. Most Republicans don’t approve of him either. Who does that leave to approve president Trump’s plans?
  • Donald Trump is not, nor has he ever been a politician. Some believe that’s a primary reason for his public appeal.However, in the political world, there are rules to the game (as clandestine as they may be) to get things done. President Trump may have trouble learning about these rules and the true power limitations of the position of president.
  • Thus far in the primary process, he has polarized and offended most Americans (which makes his popularity a mystery to many). As president, will he be able to repair the bridges he has demolished and unite Americans?
  • The United States and the world are in a tenuous and fragile state now. Would president Trump be sensitive to our situations in foreign affairs? Let’s hope so.

POTUS Donald Trump will make mistakes, like every other president who has held the office. He will be loved, and hated. There will be cries for impeachment, and cries for re-election. He will be inheriting an economy that is unsteadily attempting recovery (not that the POTUS has any control over the economy. They don’t), and stepping into a war against terrorism that Americans have forgotten the reason and just want it to stop. He will be stepping into office when the country is in racial turmoil comparable to the ’60’s. He will be the president to a generation of young adults who have no concept of respect for authority (in general), work ethic, or inventive/ creative ambitions.

To President Donald Trump, I say two things:

  1. GOOD LUCK!
  2. ARE YOU SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO?

******** Tomorrow I will address the Hillary Clinton Administration. Stay Tuned! ******

The Appeal of Trump and Clinton

I don’t normally get political, but I just can’t resist. This has been occupying my mind, so I have to get a few things out there. I am not going to express my preference in this post; so if you’re wondering about that… too bad. I’m going to express my opinion about what I have observed as to why each of these two front-runners are front-runners. And we all know what they say about opinions, right? Everybody’s got one.

Let’s talk about Hillary Clinton first. I believe there are many reasons why she is the current Democratic leader:

  • She is a woman. Many Americans have felt for some time that it’s time for a woman to be President.
  • She is a straight party-line Democrat. Her platform is essentially the same as the party’s. That’s why I believe the party has been preparing her since her husband’s presidency. They got her elected senator for a state in which she didn’t live. The party got her into the key position of Secretary of State in the Obama administration (a position from which she was required to resign). At every opportunity to place Hillary in the political foreground, the Democratic party has taken advantage for the last 20 years.
  • Hillary has been a successful businesswoman. Although there were numerous allegations of felonious business practices, she has never been convicted. In fact, those allegations have been spun out of America’s short memory.
  • During her husband’s presidency, when it was finally revealed what had been known for many years of his decades of dishonesty and unfaithfulness in his marriage, America watched for Hillary’s reaction. She certainly would have been justified in divorcing him. But it was politically advantageous for her to remain. I’m not suggesting that was her motivation, but it hasn’t hurt her political career to be seen as the woman who stands by her man no matter what he does. And when Bill was impeached for lying on the witness stand under oath, she still supported his decision to remain in office.
  • Hillary Clinton is a thoroughbred politician. She knows the game and the players, and how to get things done in the political arena. The American voters who have approved of the Obama administration may be thinking her administration will perhaps be similar in objectives.
  • She has the experience in international affairs; although there were some questionable actions leading to her resignation.

But now let’s look at the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, and what I think makes him appealing to many people:

  • He is diametrically opposite of the liberal platform of the Democratic party, the Obama administration, and the Clinton campaign. He is, in fact, so extreme in his views, he scares the Republican party.
  • Trump is a very successful businessman. Many believe his business acumen may be what it would take to set our country on the road to economic solvency.
  • Donald Trump is not a politician. He has no political background, and no knowledge of the political process. This actually appeals to many Americans, who are tired of politicians playing games. They desire a president who will step into office and kick butts and get things done. They believe Donald Trump can do that.
  • Trump seems honest. His brash words suggest he’s not very concerned about his opinions wining a popularity contest. He speaks his mind, and people seem to appreciate that.
  • His extremist views reflect some common feelings in many Americans. They not only respect his courage in giving voice to these ideas, but see him as a lone champion for causes they never thought they would ever hear from a White House hopeful.
  • Donald Trump has no experience in international affairs. However, considering his national-isolationist platform, there’s no need. He seems to be promoting the United States withdraw from our involvement in the world affairs: a “we stay in and we keep them out” strategy. Many Americans agree wholeheartedly with that idea.

Well, in a nutshell, that’s my opinion about the main reasons these two candidates are the most appealing to Americans. Me… I don’t know…