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What I learned by Watching the Democratic Convention

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Okay, I will admit it.. I drank the Kool-Aid that the Democratic Party offered.  After the horrifyingly  bleak Trump Convention, my mouth was so dry that  I gulped the optimistic message this week like a drunken sailor. And by Friday morning, I was so refreshed, enthused about life and ready to take on the world.

What I learned from watching this convention was why I should be on board for Hillary Clinton. It was a stark contrast to what I learned about Donald Trump from the RNC . The first fact is that Hillary Clinton has  worked to help our country for over 25 years, as a lawyer, first lady in Arkansas, first lady to the President, Senator of New York and Secretary of State. During that same time,  Trump has done nothing but help himself. He has built a business by filing Chapter 11 four different times and in his personal life, has been married three  times. This shows me that he has a tendency to give up quickly and take the easiest way out he can find. On the other hand, Hillary worked through the  difficult times in her marriage and when her attempt at working on the healthcare program failed, she pushed on to make it work in another way.

I learned this week that Hillary is a fighter, not because she is some power hungry demon trying to destroy our way of life but because she believes in helping people when they are in need and she wants to make our lives better.  Her motto  is from the Methodist founder, John Wesley “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I learned that if Hillary had been more public about all the good things she was doing for people, maybe all the demonizing could have been squashed or at least tempered. But I guess her good deeds were not driven by that evil ego that she is supposed to possess.

I learned that Hillary is strong and when it comes to being commander in chief, she has a steady nature that will keep our country safe. She is an avid listener which is a quality for any good leader. By listening, she will learn the heart of a problem and take advice to attempt to fix the problem. Trump feels he “alone” knows how to fix everything and probably with little thought or consideration for anyone around him.

I learned that Hillary is fair enough to acknowledge what Bernie Sanders has done for the Democratic Party. She is smart enough to work with him to include his ideas into the party platform. I only wish some of his “dreamers” had enough vision to understand the process and realize that if they waste their vote by not voting for Hillary, any viable chance of what  they have been fighting for will be lost to the wind, if she doesn’t win.

I learned that Hillary gets along with both sides of the aisle. When she was a Senator she was commended by Republicans for working with them. Maybe that is why so many Republicans are with her this time. She understands the system and how it works in order to work with in it. Now this baffles me the most. I understand that our system needs a lot of work and that we need a change. But Hillary Clinton is the most qualified to lead us to a solution. Change does not mean hiring someone for the job who is woefully unqualified. Would you hire someone who knows nothing about automobiles to fix your car? Would you hire someone who knows nothing about the mechanics of your pipes to fix your plumbing? Or any other problem that you have? Now is not the time to be stupid about your choices.

And most of all, I learned that the people who know Hillary the best, trust her. They have dealt with her one on one  for years. They trust her nature. They know what motivates her and they trust her. They know her first hand. All we really know about her is what we have read.

In order to get through until November without having a stroke by worrying about the failure that is Donald Trump, I have chosen to visualize our First Woman President being elected. I have chosen positivity over hate, misogyny  and bigotry. After all, I belong to an Optimistic Party with a diversity of inclusion.

And as Susan B Anthony instructed us “Failure is Impossible”

So I can very proudly say, “I’m With Her!!!”

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What I Learned from Watching Trump’s Convention

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I am so glad that Trump’s Convention is over and we can get back into a more believable and tolerable reality.  His fear tactics did the trick but not for the reasons he had intended.

I tried to be open-minded and watch most of his convention but it was extremely hard to watch so  I had to turn it off and take breaks. Call me a wimp but I am not used to listening to that much hate, at that kind of level, for that length of time. Particularly when that sort of venom is spewed at me, my party and my candidate, Hillary Clinton.  But from what I was able to stomach, I learned this from HIS convention.

Trump came in and bulldozed his way into being the Republican’s candidate. Just like an industrial  business man, he bought a piece of property and bulldozed all the trees that added the charm to the place but were in his way. He built a skyscraper that blocks everyone’s views so that he is center of attention. And he topped it off with his name in Gold letters. Most of the Republicans I know are pretty fair-minded people and most are not Trump supporters but are feeling bullied into accepting him as their candidate because they are left with no other choice. I truly feel sorry for them.

I learned that Trump’s America is one of the worst places to live on our planet. It is so dangerous and horrible that we should probably all carry guns just to protect ourselves all the time. That we should first of all,  jail Hillary Clinton because she caused everything to be this way and that she is as heinous as probably Hitler. She is a liar, cheater and etc. She is, of course, the main obstacle standing in his way of taking over the White House so the more fear he can create about her the better.  What Chris Christie did with his mock trial was so over the top that I would imagine regular Republicans cringed with embarrassment. At least I hope so. And perhaps the bravest moment I witnessed was Ted Cruz’s speech. I never thought I would say those words because I am not fond of Ted Cruz at all. But he did not succumb to Trump’s tyrannical bullying and endorse him. He stood before a huge crowd of his peers and he spoke honestly. A rarity for the people who spoke at Trump’s convention.  It took guts for him to stand up to Trump and be booed off the stage while Trump entered the convention to victoriously observe Cruz being eaten by the lions.  Perhaps that was Trump’s sole purpose of having Cruz there in the first place.

I learned that there were 18 black delegates there in Cleveland. It is no wonder that they feel incensed by the Black Lives Matter movement…  Trump’s Republicans support the novelty of knowing a few so they don’t appear too racist. Simply put, Trump’s people believe that it is Black Lives against Blue Lives.. or All Lives. All Black Lives Matter is saying is that Black lives matter, too… not exclusively so why is that so threatening to anyone? I saw a woman holding up a sign that said No Racism, No Hate being attacked on the floor of the convention and having her sign ripped from her hands and escorted from the hall. And she was white…How was that threatening?

I learned that our very own president Barack Obama along with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, created ISIS because he is a Muslim and sympathizes with them. Now we need semi automatic weapons to wipe them out quickly .  I am not saying that our times are not weird and dangerous right now but the cause is much deeper than Trump  has an understanding for.  His biggest lie of last evening was to say there would be no lies. And then he started his lies.  He understands the system better than anyone and he ALONE can fix all of America’s problems. He is not going to tell us what his solution might be except to build a wall and lower taxes. We  know that most politicians lie so  please check the chart above (a count of lies checked by PolitiFact) to see who lies the most.

And I learned that Plagiarism is acceptable now.

I have not gotten into Nato, imprisoning women for abortion, changing anything that Obama has improved in our country with like LGBT rights, affordable healthcare or addressing the enviroment.  What I was left with is the thought that OUR America under Trump will be a very scary place indeed.

 

 

The Irony of Melania Trump’s Speech

 

As a feminist, I try very hard not to bash other women.  I don’t do so well when it comes to women like Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter but Melania Trump is a different situation.

I debated whether or not to even watch her speech but it appears that I didn’t have to since I saw some of it in 2008, when Michelle delivered it.  Yes, I will admit that late last night I had a little giggle as the reports rolled in about her plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.

Now the irony of this awkward situation for the Trump campaign is that they are trying loudly and abusively to distance themselves from President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And Yet….. the person closest to Donald Trump comes out and pointedly says that they have the same family values as Barack Obama and his wife. Can it get any better than this?

As much as Trump wants to be divisive, his dear wife inadvertently brings us all together and copies not the speech of another Republican president’s  wife, like Laura, Barbara, or Nancy but she relies on the help of the much ridiculed but brilliant wife, Michelle Obama. She admitted several days before to Matt Lauer that she had written most of the speech herself but she neglected to say that got help from Michelle. She had painted herself into a corner.  Sadly, it wouldn’t have been plagiarism  if she had just stated that “just like Michelle Obama, I……” but she very well couldn’t have done that in front of those gnashing wolves at the convention. If she hadn’t been Trump’s wife, they would have eaten her alive.

So this morning, as a feminist, I have to admire Melania’s efforts. She emulated someone she admired. A woman who is a Democrat. She may not have the best taste in men but in women…. she couldn’t have done any better.

Happy 4th of July, Everyone

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Today, I am thinking about my Dad. I wish I could talk to him today. He died last August and I miss him. He was an honest man and he was a Republican. We debated many times about politics and although we hardly agreed, we respected each other. Not many debates go that way these days. I learned from listening to his opinions and he taught me how to debate. One thing he explained to me is that when your opposition starts name calling, you have won the debate because they have nothing more to add of importance.

I think of that when I listen to all of the Hillary bashing. Conservatives are so consumed with making  Hillary  look as evil as possible that they lead with name calling to destroy her character.  She is a liar, she is cold, she is plain out evil, she is not trustworthy, She is a shrew who cusses as much as she can. She is a money hungry opportunist . She doesn’t follow the rules about emails. How much did she spend on that outfit? Oh, did I say she is a liar. Well, we can add that in several times because I don’t think you can have a conversation about Hillary without pointing that out, straight up.

When will we ever get to the important part of our discussions if we are always being side tracked to address the name calling. Perhaps that is  all the conservatives have.  It is much harder to discuss the issues when your candidate has only offered vaguely what he will do. Most of which are not useful because we don’t live in a dictatorship nor are they legal. So it is much easier to just dismiss Hillary by slandering her. What else can they say?

This election will be the toughest for Republicans because most of them don’t like any of their choices. And they have the worry that if they don’t vote at all, will that be a vote for Hillary? So that makes me wonder what my Dad would say and what he would do. I can only guess but before he died we did talk about Trump. I know my Dad would never have abandoned his morals and voted for Trump. He would never have voted for Hillary either. My Dad would have voted, perhaps not for President but for a Republican Congress to do checks and balances on Hillary.

I wish I could talk to my Dad today.

 

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