Sympathy for the Devil

I almost feel sorry for him… day after day, speech after speech, meeting after meeting and tweet after tweet… people still support him ~ those same people who wore the red hats and flooded the internet spreading fake news ~ they are standing tall by their man.  Billing himself as the only one who could come in and ‘save’ our country, he was (and probably still is) look at as the Messiah. I recall reading  and hearing his supporters  speak about Trump being the choice of God.  How frightening for them to think that God was really not in charge of our election but actually a narcissistic loose cannon and his helpful Russian friends (whether he knew it or not).  Trump is spiraling out of control, digging his hole deeper by the day, and alienating our global friends. Most every day we can hear him speaking the alternate truth.  Watching Trump’s presidency is like watching a train wreck or a singer perform who can’t carry a tune… cringing, I watch, through my finger, shaking my head…  I almost feel sorry for him because he is making himself and our country look like a fool…. and a man in his 70’s should behave with more dignity and speak with more care…

Impeachment? I don’t think it will happen…. but I can hope…

People say that everything is either a gift or a lesson…. well, America?  Have we learned our lesson yet?  If so, it is time to move on and do better next time.

Building An Effective Wall

I just read that the ‘Wall Proposals’ are due on Wednesday.  I had this picture in my mind of people all over the world sitting in little teams contemplating materials and design.  Suddenly I had a flash of a children’s story I read to my first grade class every year: The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas.  From the title you can see that the classic tale is flip flopped and the sweet little wolves are terrorized by this big mean ugly pig.  The wolves like to play games like badminton, hopscotch and croquet … they try to protect themselves by using not straw, sticks and bricks, but iron bars, metal plates, concrete block and a video surveillance system… each time the Big Bad Pig blasts their home to bits with dynamite, sledgehammers, or his ever ready pneumatic drill.  Finally the wolves give up trying to build this fortress against their enemy….

I imagine our wall as their final house, a wall of flowers (or better yet edible plants) swaying delicately in the wind, having a similar effect on boarder dwellers, as the wolves flower house had on the Pig…. as one draws near our wall “they are filled with the fragrant scent of flowers”… their hearts grow and they begin to dance.  At my wall they may pick a strawberry or snack on an apple before shaking hands with the boarder control, who tend the wall, take selfies with the crossers and welcome them to America.

Gone are the people dying in the desert, gone are people dying in storage containers or the backs of overheated trucks and gone are those profiting from human trafficking…

I am sure there are holes in my dream… but if you don’t have the dream nothing can ever change…

Fake News

I was certain, when I turned on the television this morning, that what I was getting was ‘fake news’.  It HAD to be.  Certainly it was put forward by those Trump hating, rainbow bleeding, far-left leaning, CNN loving, paid protestors and other subversive organizations who scream ‘Not My President’ and wear those horrid ‘pussy’ hats.  The story was so outrageous that it must be fake…

CNN, The New York Times, Politico and other news organizations had been banned from a press conference.  Only Trump-friendly press were allowed to be at the briefing.  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you are not interested in truth and only want to see news that supports our president and you are willing to take what he says as fact without question, then you are good.  If however, you wonder what the hell is going on in Washington, then you should be very upset about this latest development.

Let me be clear, CNN is not going anywhere… they are on right now, reporting on the DNC election, on statements released by the White House, and by actions that are happening every day… what we won’t get to see is the White House and President having to answer questions that challenge them and make them uncomfortable.  Those banned news organizations are the voice of critical thinkers and, yes, the opposition.

I understand that part of the competitiveness of media is getting the scoop… it would have been nice if the reporters and the organizations they represent had made a statement by saying ‘if they don’t go in, we don’t go in’… sometimes we need to step beyond our rolls and join in the action.  It is time for the press to step out from behind their cameras and note pads and stand up for what they know is right.  As much as our President likes a crowd, speaking to an empty room just might send a message.

We believe in the free press… they are integral to our democracy whether you agree with them or not.  If you don’t like their slant you can change the channel. The ‘fake news’ needs to be challenged and if all we have are Trump-supporting news organizations doing the reporting, all that ‘fake news’ that originates from the White House, will be all we hear…. SAD

Dishing it Out

It is so interesting that Trump and Trump supporters are calling foul when the opposition and news jump on his ‘missteps’ and ‘alternative facts’.  It is interesting when they shout unfair, untrue, and unpatriotic as he is called out and scrutinized by the public.  Have they forgotten the election?  Have they forgotten ‘Lock Her Up’ and ‘Drain the Swamp’, Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, and Lying Ted, ? Have they forgotten ‘ Look at that Face?’, ‘Snore Fest Jeb’… where were they? Where was he?  He spent over a year saying the most outrageously untrue things, calling names, and disrespecting  respected leaders in our government… how quickly they have all forgotten his SOP.

Trump and his supporters are concerned that there is an unprecedented level of fake news, yet they won their election by promoting fake news.  His head man, Steve Bannon, is the king of fake news… get a grip, people!

The problem is, that unlike Obama (who our current president seems to be obsessed with), Trump reacts, highlights and defends every bit of news that paints him in a bad light.  He is obsessed with the past statements of people who spoke out against him during his campaign which is why, after a month in office he has only appointed 14 people to key positions… he can’t find anyone with much experience who did not support one of the 17 other candidates!  His vetting process is whether or not they said something mean about him in the past.

Last night my husband asked me what HAPPENED in Sweden.  Nothing.  Nothing happened.  Is the media and public supposed to just ignore that.  Trump got his information from Fox News. I am not saying they peddle untruths, but Trump must not have really been paying attention to what the story was really about (an issue for him) and then repeated what he thought he heard to thousands and then millions of people.  HE IS THE PRESIDENT! It is our duty and the media’s duty to call him out when he says crazy s***.  Our DUTY!  This is not being unfair, this is about public safety and world respect. It is about holding our president accountable.

He was, and still is, great at dishing it out… if he can’t take the heat… time to get out of the kitchen.  All this whining does need to stop… Mr. Trump, enough is enough, stop whining!

Watch Those Chickens!

I am so very disappointed in the Republican senators… 50 of them voted to put Billionaire Betsy DeVos, devout private school graduate, business woman with a BA from a private religious college, whose children have never stepped foot in a public school, in charge of our national public school system!  I am appalled that they are putting their trust in her and I am saddened that they didn’t have the guts to stand up and say we can do better and we must do better for our children and our education system.

I should not be shocked.  Is it possible that the republican senators who voted her in are worried about the wrath of Trump… they could possibly be the subjects of his next tweets.  These same people have decided that someone with no political experience, no diplomacy and absolutely no decorum will rule THEIR roost… I applaud those two Republican senators who broke with their party and voted against this nomination… but two was not enough to make a difference. It is shameful, but now SOP, for this new administration… we are now ruled by billionaires… November 2018 can not come soon enough.

I wrote emails to Senators.  What else could I do?  I sat and watched the news as our public education system was turned over to someone who does not believe in public education.  Much like Trump’s pick for other departments and agencies, she does not believe in the very thing she will now be in charge of?!?  I am sickened thinking about someone with no vested interested in public education leading reform… I am horrified that someone with no educational experience or teaching degree will decide matters of the utmost importance in public schools.  I am worried that my little rural school will suffer financially because of her misunderstanding of all things that have to do with what happens in public schools on a daily basis.  I am fearful that science will no longer be taught and that the cry for prayer in schools will become louder and stronger.  I worry that good talented teachers will decide that enough is enough and that they will take their talents to another field.

Let’s shake things up, they say.  Let’s put fresh eyes on this issue… A new sheriff is in town… but really it’s the fox guarding the hen house.. .

What is our next move?  A nationwide strike – by parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff?  Am I even allowed to suggest that? If it is led by parents and students would more people listen? Where are my fellow pussy-cap marchers? There must be something that can be done!

Wow, what a crazy time we live in… you better hold on to your chickens!

An International Embarrassment

Since the election and inauguration friends from all over the world have contacted us about Trump.  What was America thinking? Do we know what Trumps is saying and doing? We used to think so highly of America, we used to hold it up as an ideal, and strive for things American.  We are scared and worried about the future.

We can’t defend our country or the decisions and attitudes of our leader.  We are as sad and shocked as our friends around the world.  We want them to know that we didn’t pick him, are speaking out against him and don’t agree with the path he is leading our country down.

Years ago we traveled to Europe… we wore shirts and hats from New Zealand.  It wasn’t long after 9-11 and we thought about not wanting to be targeted by people who looked to hurt Americans.  That sentiment and feeling is even stronger now.  Being an American abroad means you need to defend this disastrous decision, his policies, antics and tweets… he is the ultimate Ugly American. I feel lucky to be American, but embarrassed by our president and the fact that so many of us voted for him.  America First is reminiscent of the spoiled child yelling ‘me first’ over and over.  Yes, I know what it really means… but I believe we are part of a world and that we need to work together and help each other.  If your country is so great and GOD is so much a part of who you think we are, then where is our faith in the good in people, our common decency, our compassion and  our care for our fellow man.

Our partners around the world are worried that our past promises will not be honored, that we have become a country of hate and fear, and that we are not who we once were.  We need to show that this is not true… our leader does not speak for the majority of Americans and he does not speak for me.  If we are lucky he will implode sooner than later.  Even so, I think the International community will forever have an altered opinion of who we are… sad, very sad