Do yourself a favor and watch this campaign ad. You know you want to.
As if we needed reminders. As if you couldn’t imagine this sort of thing happen. In case you need to show the difference in the two parties.
Show ’em this.
J.J. Holmes has severe cerebral palsy. He is 12 and is confined to a wheel chair.
On Saturday, his mother took him to a Trump rally, where he wanted to protest Trump’s treatment of folks with disabilities. So they raised a Hillary placard. And they were thrown out.
According to one report I read:
This is truly disturbing to me … What I witnessed while covering a Trump rally today. Wheelchair-bound JJ Holmes, 12, who has cerebral palsy, and his family were ordered out of Saturday’s Trump rally by Trump after they chanted for Hillary Clinton. JJ begged his mom, Alison, to travel over two hours so he could attend. JJ begged his mom, Alison, to travel over two hours so he could attend. Unable to speak, JJ communicates through a special device similar to Stephen Hawkings. JJ is passionate about politics and concerned about the future of all humans but especially those with disabilites. Alison said the family was kicked by Trump supporters and had to shield JJ’s wheelchair as Trump supporters gathered to push JJ’s wheelchair out of their space. Alison was called a child abuser and a murderer. This is just so, so sad! Tears are burning my eyeballs but then I look at JJ smiling afterwards when he asked his mom if she is proud of him.
Trump himself ordered the boy and his mother to be thrown out of the rally. His deplorable supporters taunted them on the way out. Taunting a disabled child? The lowest of the low.
That’s not exactly how the Democrats acted.
Instead, J.J. and his family got to meet President Obama.
Since Hillary started her advocacy working to get disabled students admitted to school, I’m pretty sure s he’s good with Obama supporting her on this one.
Trump’s supporters were kicking at JJ’s wheelchair. What sort of people do that?
Oh yeah. Deplorable ones.
Don’t be confused by the second half of my title. I don’t think that Hillary IS chicken. Nope, not a bit.
But she DOES makes a fine chicken dish that made it into the 1987 Congressional Club Cookbook, which has recipes from all sorts of congress members, their spouses, governors and their spouses. Both Bill and Hillary have recipes in it, befitting the first power couple — both cook.
It’s quick, easy and perfect for a weeknight meal.
This time, I may have it with champagne.
I’m really looking forward to writing about non-campaign related shit!
So you thought I was a more or less law abiding citizen, except for when I bribe French government officials. In fact, reality is far worse.
Because on Election Day, November 8, 2016, I will be in an undisclosed polling booth, watching. And I’ve even been trained for this nefarious activity. In fact, I’m one of the folks Donald Trump is so concerned will “rig” the election.
It’s true. A coordinated effort has been made by the Democratic Party. You see, on Saturday, I went to a class where my fellow instigators and I learned what to do. And “fixing” an election is as easy as taking candy from a baby.
What did we learn?
Well, you may have to cover your ears/eyes/heart. Because it is evil unbridled.
Nefarious, no? Downright wicked. The evil continues all day until the polls close at 7 p.m. Then comes the fun stuff.
Try to stay awake long enough to learn who won the election.
My badge from last time with my friend, Rigger.
I should tell you that when I did this in 2012, there was one incident. I’m sure you’ll agree it was obviously voter fraud.
An 86 year old woman came in to vote, but had already voted absentee. She forgot she’d voted already. She had trouble walking and had been dropped off at the voting station by her daughter. “Oh, I guess you’re right,” she said when told she had voted already. “I forget things sometimes.” I called her daughter for her on my cell phone, and the woman and I chatted as she waited, eating baked goods.
There are poll observers from both parties at many polling stations across the country. It is one of the ways that our system ensures the integrity of the vote. As a man I respect and admire said earlier today:
Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference with Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, Mr. Obama also called it “unprecedented” for any presidential candidate to “discredit the elections” before any votes were even cast, as Mr. Trump has done repeatedly in recent days.
“One of the great things about America’s democracy is we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest, and when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy and we move forward,” Mr. Obama said.
Speaking of the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power after presidential elections, Mr. Obama said, “That’s how democracy survives.”
“I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
Vote on November 8
Make sure you know where to vote and have appropriate ID in states where ID is required.
You will be surprised to know that I am on Trump’s mailing list. But I am, and I have been for ages. I’m always curious what they are up to, what they’re telling their folks, and what sort of information they think will get folks to send them money.
I’m not sure which polls they’re talking about in this fundraiser. Because the ones I’m reading won’t put Donald Trump into the White House.
And you know what? I’m really OK if Trump ends up in the White House. As long as it’s not located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
There are two other White Houses nearby. Both are for sale.
These White Houses are both for sale according to this article in the Washington Post. So Donald Trump can have the White House. Either of these two. Let’s elect to put Trump in a different house all together.
And I think you’d agree that both are tacky enough for The Donald.
Throughout that grueling 90 minutes, this was all I could think of as I watched that creep loom over Hillary Clinton and threaten her both with jail and with his constant lurking behind her. Creepy.
Spoiler Alert: Grace Kelly survived.
So did Hillary.
And I’m starting to think even Melania is gonna vote for Hillary. Did you hear about what she wore to the debate last night?
Isn’t it funny how when you’re procrastinating about doing something, you get just the right push from behind to do it. Or maybe in this case, the push came more from the Right. Regardless. It’s time.
I need to do a serious political post.
Earlier today, I got a comment on an old-ish post I wrote about Trump — It’s Just Not Funny Any More. Zen Hiker wrote:
I have been amazed at all of the people who say they would never vote for Trump (for whatever reason) still rabidly follow and will vote for Hillary. And this is after everything that she has done, beginning with demonizing the women who accused her husband of sexual improprieties. Now I know that some of you on the left will start with the “He’s a sexist” etc. nonsense, but if you are truly honest with yourselves, you will admit that Hillary is no better than Trump and to continue the attack that he is running a hate filled campaign is just intellectually dishonest. Also, to say that Trump followers are uniformed and blindly follow him, what about (some) Hillary supporters? The bottom line is this-both sides are filled with people who blindly follow their candidate. Both sides have supporters who are not truly informed. And to those of you on the left and extreme left-Please get the idea that just because people don’t agree with every word you say it doesn’t make them a sexist, homophobe, islamaphobe etc. People just disagree with you. That is the beauty of the 1st amendment. I don’t have to agree with you. BTW-I am pretty much a Libertarian these days based on the fact that both of the candidates are not worth my vote.
There are two parts to the answer. Why I’m voting FOR Hillary, and Why I would NEVER, EVER, EVER vote for Trump.
Why I’m voting FOR Hillary
I will admit, I came about my regard for Hillary slowly. Still, I have never truly understood the hatred so many people feel towards her. I disagree with some of the positions she’s taken (Iraq, for example). But she is smart, thoughtful, and she can change her mind.
She’s a Democrat, as am I. We both believe in using government for public purposes. That folks shouldn’t be left just on their own. That we as a society has responsibilities to children, to the poor, to the disabled. That a civilized society takes care of the less fortunate among us.
Hillary Clinton has spent a lifetime studying law and government, and public service has truly been her life. She has brokered international agreements — fostered peace. Brought different sides together across the world, and across the aisle as a Senator. She is the type of public servant, in fact, that makes me hearken back to the old days, before Ronald Reagan created the scorn for government service with his “The Government IS the Problem” comment. We need thoughtful, smart people to work in government as a calling. Hillary Clinton has met that call admirably. I have no doubt she will continue to do so.
She is imperfect. She makes mistakes. But she is strong, thinks problems through, makes decisions based on facts; she doesn’t shoot from the hip. Government decisions can be made over a long process, or they can be required in an instant. She is suited to making decisions either way — in part because she has spent a lifetime learning.
I am someone who understands government — I’ve worked with it and watched just how difficult it is to pass legislation (and how an ability to compromise is vital). I know how complex the regulation of the hundreds of industries that do business in the US is — regulations that keep all of us every single day of our lives whether by the standards set for food, safety standards for machinery in factories, or standards for airplanes and trains.
I want somebody as president who is smart and understands how to examine a problem, analyze it, look at options and come up with solutions based on reality. Someone who makes decisions based on science, or engineering, or whatever is necessary for that particular problem.
I recently discovered the blog of an old friend of mine, where she was challenged to find the reasons to vote FOR Hillary, instead of just voting AGAINST Trump. She started a blog and lists one reason she’s FOR Hillary every day.
As I scrolled through her blog, I realized that my old friend had made this post significantly easier, since Karen listed many of the same reasons I am supporting Hillary.
Karen has various post that illustrate and provide references for other reasons she has for voting FOR Hillary. They include post elaborating on how Hillary Clinton has worked hard and effectively for her beliefs — particularly those geared toward children. She has unceasingly promoted healthcare and education for children, particularly those in need due to poverty and/or disability. She has an even temperament — it’s highly unlikely that foreign sailors flipping the bird at US sailors would result in a war, for example. She has shown grace under pressure — whether that be sexism, political harassment (can you say Benghazi?) or what I believe is a lack of balance in comparing anything Hillary does to anything someone else does (the discrepancy in the way the Clinton and Trump Foundations are viewed makes me wonder how I have any hair left on my head).
The list of Hillary Clinton’s admirable traits is long. It’s just that few of us bother to re-familiarize ourselves with them. And we keep hearing nothing but the negative in the press.
I was originally against Hillary Clinton for the simple (and prescient) reason that I didn’t want to rehash the same damn scandals all over again, not because I didn’t like her or her policies. I just had to re-look at her policies, and how she decided upon them. I’ve been doing that for a year now.
Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, for sure. But which candidate isn’t? Certainly no one running today.
Why I would NEVER, EVER, EVER vote for Trump
In the late 1980s, the news that Trump was stiffing contractors at his NJ casinos hit the news just as my friend Elizabeth was visiting John and I. It turned out that Elizabeth’s father was one of the cheated contractors. He had worked at the casino nearly exclusively for more than a year. I learned early on that “trust” was unlikely to be a word I’d use in connection with a man who would do that.
I could recite a litany of the horrible, dishonorable things that Donald Trump has done. In fact, I’ve written dozens of posts about him.
Even if I didn’t think he was:
Even if I liked his “ideas” (can they really be called ideas if there is no meat on the bones?), even if I agreed with everything he claims to believe, I would be against Donald Trump.
Trump hasn’t got a single iota of experience in government or public service. Not a shred. I don’t believe that one should get their feet wet with government experience by running the country.
Trump’s knowledge and understanding of laws and government and regulation consists entirely of circumventing it. We are a nation of laws. Anybody who thinks this con-man is going to follow our laws and the constitution (which I believe, like Mr. Khan that he hasn’t read or at least hasn’t understood), is a fool.
Electing Donald Trump would beg the question: If we are not following our laws and our constitution, are we still Americans?
Moreover, Trump has no interest in learning anything. He doesn’t think he needs to learn any more — doesn’t need to listen to the generals, for example. Well, you know what? Donald Trump is not an expert in anything. If, god help us, he becomes president, he cannot do everything alone. He needs to understand the importance and value of the experts who have spent their lives studying their specialties.
What about 3rd Party Candidates?
I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I’m responsible for inflicting Ronald Reagan on all of us. I will be sorry until I die, believe me.
Ask anybody who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000.
Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States in 2016. If you look at history, you can see that third party candidates don’t get elected. Ever. There is ZERO chance that Gary Johnson or Jill Stein will get elected. Sorry, but it’s a combination of history and math and common sense. Ain’t gonna happen, no matter how many stars you wish upon.
Maybe some day, a third party candidate will have a chance. But this is not the election where that will happen. More importantly, votes for either will count towards Donald Trump.
Elections Matter. Choose wisely.
This election depends on me.
But it also depends on you.
My most important job this year is to vote. Yours too.
Will you be able to? Are you registered to vote? Or will you feel as foolish as Donald Trump’s kids who weren’t registered to vote in the primaries
I’m registered. I just double checked, because a lot of monkey business has been going on. I wanted to be sure.
You can do this from your living room. Your office. Your phone while waiting in line at the grocery store.
Don’t let Donald Trump sit in the Oval Office.
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