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The GOP’s Insanity Over Obamacare

(This was written before the vote on the “Health Care Freedom Act” which was defeated 49-51. Sen McCain, Sen Murkowski & Sen Collins all voted against the GOP grain and put their constituents over their Party. Thank you, Senators.  I wrote this tonight waiting for the vote. It is not very well edited but is raw & true. I had to get it out so I could move on and start to write again.)

I feel politically dead. It seems as if we are up against an enemy that will stop at nothing to win. Unfortunately, the enemy is American. It is just not supposed to happen this way. I am not sure if I have been naïve all my 55+ years as an American or was content to not see things I didn’t want to see. I just don’t know. All I really know is I feel lost, broken and in the crosshairs of the entire political process.

Since November 2016 a lot of questions have darted through my mind. All of them, if answered, possibly showing me the underbelly of an America I am reluctant to want to see. The hate & anger that Trump stirred up regarding so many topics haunt me and most of the answers lead to the truth that makes me wrestle with the only truth that would explain the chaos. America has not really moved on from a dark time & place that I thought or believed I thought, was in our rearview mirror. If the answer to these questions is what I think, it means we are still the racist, hate-filled, prejudiced, sexist, prudish white male driven mindset society that is sure to doom the advancement of the American political process & is crippling any possibility that the majority of voter’s concerns to be addressed.

My God, haven’t we been through all this already? Haven’t we moved on to equality of the races, ethnic groups, religion, sexual preferences and women’s rights in this society? How many times are we going to have to have the same battles over & over & over again? When will the fight be the good one and we can say we did it for our children, and their children, and their children, etc.? If what I hear, read and discern from opinions floating around this country it appears that the Presidency of Barack Obama did the opposite of what I have assumed it did. I thought it showed we had evolved as a country and that we were moving forward. Now, some of what I am getting seems to imply this is the backlash from the disgruntled citizens of this country that felt a black man was not worthy nor should ever occupy the office of the President of the United States. Are you fucking kidding me?

President Obama is a brilliant man (no, I am not going to dissect his Administration, I am simply stating his superb qualifications to be a statesman and his awesome brain). Not to mention he was so passionate about his job as President. He loved American. He loved the political process of America. He loved the citizens and voters of America. He LOVED America. He was beyond qualified. But, because he was black this ugly minority of America viewed him as a bad politician, unworthy to occupy the Oval Office? I am ashamed of those that would be a part of such narrow-minded, racist rhetoric.

My “friends” who are Republicans *sigh* refer to me as stupid, or a libertard….they verbally attack my political affiliations as if I was the densest, uneducated and politically ignorant person to exist since the beginning of time. The Left is either supporting or are themselves, lazy, uneducated leeches of society that have a sense of entitlement if not for others, then for themselves. In my opinion, this supersedes all political affiliations. This attack on personally held political opinions shows that diversity & personal opinion are not valued, or at worst, are not allowed. To not have human compassion for others, to view those in need as burdens, to judge simply bc of color, religion, sexual preference or simply bc of sex is an insult to all that humans are supposed to be. Compassion and rational thought are what separate the humans from others that roam this earth and now it is viewed as a liability to the GOP.

The thoughts that such ignorance exist in MY America makes my heart literally ache & hurt as if it is truly breaking. I don’t remember my heart feeling this way in a long, long time. When it happened last it was because of an unrequited love which I knew I could never have and my heart broke because I knew it would never be possible. Is that the truth I have failed to see? Is my version of America an impossible goal that I have to say goodbye to, forever & always? Am I saying goodbye to a love that isn’t possible?

And tonight the GOP is trying to repeal Obamacare, again. The Republicans have named it the “Health Care Freedom Act.” This is an ironic name for a piece of legislation that will “act” upon taking away “health care” for 15 million people. I have no idea where the “Freedom” came from – I can only speculate the GOP inserted it in the name because they will be “free” of Obamacare.

So, I will wait and see how this plays out. Even if the Senate fails to pass this really bad piece of legislation it does not change the fact that when I look in the mirror now I have to wonder if I have been looking through rose colored glasses?

 

 

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Trump is Head-Over-Insane for Putin

I hope SCROTUS (So-called Ruler of the United States) is brushing up on his Russian and going to the Mall for his new “Sunday-go-to-meeting” clothes because his honey is coming to visit.

Seriously though, Putin is meeting with Trump. Who, in any world or Universe, would think this scenario has a snowball’s chance in hell of ending in any manner but not good?

Putin has been SCROTUS secret (maybe not so much) crush for awhile. We really don’t know how long because Donnie claims the two have barely exchanged words while the many press accounts document endless comments, meeting & business dealings between the Orange Trumpkin and Russia/Putin. Putin, for the most part, has remained demure and rather quiet about the whole “affair.”

The intertwining of the relationship between the two is so vague, yet so publicly alluded to, that there has been commissions & councils created to try and find out the real scoop about their relationship. The councils are still council-ling and the commissions are still commissioning, verdict and fate still undetermined.

Another question is how is the Orange RWNJ (RightWingNutJob) going to handle access for the press, especially with a leader so revered by SCROTUS and so notoriously despised by not only the Republican party but, the country as a whole? Is he going to appease the naysayers and prove beyond all doubt there is no collusion of any kind? Or will he simply add fuel to the fire and hold most of the “intimate” meetings behind closed doors and away from America’s ears?

But, an almost bigger unknown is what is going to happen when they finally meet, again, face-to-face *blush*?

We all remember the success and public love the Idiot received on his last (1st) foreign visit (Donnie doesn’t like to sleep in strange beds, has some germ aversion and just generally is a bitch to travel with) to the ME (yes both of them) & Brussels. Good times. SCROTUS sure showed us what “presidential” meant, to an orange, delusional Martian maybe. He elbowed a man, insulted a woman, kissed Saudi Arabian ass (almost literally), rode in a golf cart instead of walking and pissed off every world leader he could remember the name of, and some he couldn’t pronounce. It sucked.

So now comes Round 2. Fuckery. All Vlad has to say is something along the lines of, “I admire you bigly brain contained in your good-haired Orange head,” and Trump will be a puddle of love and adoration ripe for the picking.

Goodbye, resolve. Goodbye, common sense. Goodbye State secrets. Goodbye nuclear codes. Goodbye strategic military planning. Goodbye America.

There is no way Trump will be able to resist those puppy-dog eyes, lingering looks, and a hand-shake that last just a sec too long. You know what I mean? Trump is in lust. This will not end well.

Any chance that America’s concerns about what we have been hearing from SCROTUS himself with the backing of a deluge of press releases (a lot from the Trump Corp itself) will be assuaged and laid to rest are nil to none.

Trump won’t take the advice from seasoned Repubs and try and at least appear to be removed from the TrumpRussia suspicions. If anything, after he quits melting and composes his hair, he will begin to blither all over himself in a “bigly manner, the likes of which have never been seen before.”

Vlad will see him for the idiot and fool which he is, and reports out of Russia will confirm this. SCROTUS will see it as a “very productive and satisfying meeting of which he can’t comment on further as it would compromise National Security (I won’t even touch the “satisfying” part).”

Funny thing is, we’ll have no more National Security after that meeting because our American souls will have been sold to the Russian Satan.

Trump is clueless to how viciously precise the former KGB leader of Russia is when “negotiating.”  The Orange embarrassment doesn’t realize he’s just a tool. He’s just a means to an end for Vlad who relishes nothing more than the day he can compromise the US in such a way that we may never fully recover.

Putin has finally found, in Donald Trump, the weakest link possible to begin to dismantle our Democratic Republic and he’s going for it and Trump will never know what hit him.

Sad.


The Insanity of the GOP, Women & the AHCA

Well after more than 7 years of moaning and pissing the GOP, as well as their morose leader, are attempting, for the second time, to push the AHCA (American Healthcare Act) through Congress to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their purported intent is to cut what they feel are unnecessary and frivolous services currently mandated to Americans under Obamacare while restating some conditions the GOP felt were too liberal to be applied as “essential” women’s health care options. 

The position of women in American social programs, including health care cost, is under assault by the Right-Wing-Nut-Jobs (RWNJ) of the GOP. Lead by the erratic, So-called Ruler of the United States (SCROTUS aka Donald Trump) it appears the direction and the ultimate fate of women in the 21st century is to be regulated back to the dark ages when women were not only viewed as second-class citizens but, were also seen as the gender who, in and of themselves, had no social value to the Christian-based extremism that has once again unpacked their bags on Capital Hill. 

The American woman has fought long and hard since the early 1900’s to change the patriarchal guidelines that had become the expected “gold standard” for acceptable behavior of women, sisters, wives, and daughters in America.  Women made strides in that century which catapulted them from character actors on the sidelines to starring actors with equal billing to their co-stars (men).

Before the creation of the ACA under President Obama women were still subjected to health care options and alternatives that left a lot to be desired. It seemed women always paid higher premiums because our health care directives were decided behind closed doors by a room full of men who only gave lip-service to women’s health care to appease the societal pressure they felt exploded from the bowels of the “pesky” woman’s liberation movement of the 1960’s.

With this new-found voice woman in America through protest, voice, votes and Supreme Court decisions carved out a unique position in America’s health care doctrine to support their well-being and safety. Reproductive rights, health care, pregnancy and mental health issues became a woman’s decision based on their individual needs unique to the place and time they found themselves in life. Women’s rights to quality health care were no longer a one size fits all solution, lacking individuality or wiggle room for the ever-changing role women held in society. 

Come to find out that under all that pomp and circumstance there still lives the white, entitled, sexist American male that truly believes that women are of no value, really, only put on earth to please men. The kicker is they cite the Bible as to why women are not equals. No, not all men feel this way. Probably the majority of men don’t feel that way and view women as equals. But the few assholes who do visualize a women’s existence beholden to them, unfortunately, are wearing their big boy britches and have decided females can’t play with their toys in their sandbox any longer. 

The insults that are publicly being bantered right in front of the American woman, as if they are invisible and incapable of their own personal health care decisions, has been beyond unacceptable on many levels. The extreme right, under a GOP leader who claimed to “grab a woman by the pussy because he was rich,” proceeds forward with gloves off, cherry picking disastrous offerings to women, content in knowing that public opinion has reached a fervor as to not even miss a beat when misogynistic sexism becomes the mainstream mindset towards women’s health care choices. 

The sexist, all-white, Right-wing-nut GOP, who cloak themselves in the guise of evangelistic saviors while bearing witness to God’s true beliefs and desires are meeting behind closed doors once again.  As usual, it is a bunch of old cronies who for some reason believe their religious principles and doctrine are the one and only bar of measurement as to what services women should have available to them, especially in family planning and health care. 

The women of today have come full circle and now find themselves just about where they started, with laws & attitudes that belittle and diminish their existence. This feeling of going backward is felt all the more deeply because they have tasted the life full of rights allowing control over who they are, what they are and where they want to go in life.

Now SCROTUS, who himself possesses no moral compass, and who has flip-flopped from the stance of a woman’s right to choose to thoughts that women should have some kind of consequence for having an abortion, has decided to swing to the far right to join the rest of the GOP’s guise of religious principle and conviction. SCROTUS has even gone as far as to sign an EO (Executive Order) supporting the rights for businesses to decline to offer birth control. Citing religious beliefs & doctrine, the good ol’ boys have decided that birth control should not be offered to the female worker if the owner of said business has “moral” objections to the concept and intent of birth control. Not just religious objection but merely moral objections as well. 

Nothing is ever enough for those zealots who seem to think they are unduly put upon to exist in a world with a government that would allow any type of funding towards birth control and/or the Constitutionally determined right to an abortion. These people aren’t content to be exempt from providing family planning/health care services to women in their employment because of the employer’s religious beliefs. No, these diehards feel that to offer birth control of any kind, even by employers who have no moral or religious reservations per se, is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Somehow it has come down that for women to be offered birth control, by itself, promotes an ideology that the GOP feels causes irrevocable harm to the conscience of everyone umbrellaed under the health care system. 

The exemption provided in the ACA was originally geared toward non-profits with religious objections to be exempt from providing any form of birth control for their female employee. That did not mean the women did not receive the essential mandated benefit that was offered under ObamaCare. (The employer had to submit paperwork stating that due to religious beliefs that birth control would not be offered in the employer’s heath care packages. But the employers countered saying that they still felt they were directly involved with providing birth control simply because they had to fill out the paperwork submitted to the government. This went to the Supreme Court who remanded it back down to the lower court for decision – a decision that has yet to be rendered.) No, it simply meant the federal government circumvented the employer and paid for the reproductive health care services directly, with the money coming from a federal fund that was paid directly to the provider of such services. This kept the Christian RWNJ’s hands clean from the dirty deed of participating in family planning in a direct manner. Now their objection, simply put, wants to eliminate the United States federal government from offering birth control as a mandate within the AHCA stating that by offering birth control the act itself imposes such a substantial burden that it affects their religious freedoms

Wonderful, so a white, middle-class, Republican zealot who sees any and all opportunities to control the “barefoot & pregnant” ideology to which he clings to with drooling contentment of a hypocrite gets to decide, in essence, not only the sex life, or lack thereof, of his female employees, but actually has his beliefs and religion decide the family planning options of all women with whom he employs. 

The American working women is in essence once again being forced to sleep with their bosses. The GOP of 2017 just turned the clock back for women’s rights and control over their bodies. Women are getting fucked and they don’t have any birth control!

 

(Disclaimer: This article did not address the other egregious decisions by the GOP to take away essential benefits such as screening & preventive health care options that maintain a women’s health nor did it address the unfair description of pre-existing conditions that could increase health care cost while decreasing health care mandates, especially for women, in regards to breast cancer, pregnancy, maternity & newborn care.)


The Insane Take-Over of the White House Daily Press Briefing (DPB)

Since his tiny hands first opened up the door to the Oval Office #SCROTUS has quite regularly tweeted out veiled threats to either limit or stop the White House daily press briefings. His excuses range from the “fake news,” “fake media,” or the latest reasoning which alluded to the need to possibly hand out responses to maintain accuracy in information flowing out of his insane asylum of a White House.

Maintaining accuracy seems like a bit of a far-fetched excuse for a man who does not appear to care nor try to adhere to anything that resembles truthful continuity to any given situation occurring in real-time on planet earth.’

Another recent explanation has been that the White House is looking to replace the quite colorful yet tight-lipped Communication Director/Press Secretary Sean Spicer due to the recent departure of Mike Dubke who departed stating personal reasons. It has been mentioned that Spicer will move up and replace the duties that Dubke had formerly been in charge of.

I guess like all things Trumptarian only time will tell if this is another pouty moment because everyone is being mean to the Orange Delusion or if he is going to continue to try to dilute another backbone of America’s Democratic Republic.


EXCLUSIVE: Sealed Indictment granted against Donald Trump

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By Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor

Separate sources with links to the intelligence and justice communities have stated that a sealed indictment has been granted against Donald Trump.

While it is understood that the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution means that, until Mr. Trump is impeached, he cannot be prosecuted, sources say that the indictment is intended by the FBI and prosecutors in the Justice Department to form the basis of Mr. Trump’s impeachment. The indictment is, perhaps uniquely, not intended or expected to be used for prosecution, sources say, because of the constitutional position of the President.


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“Trump’s Presidency Ended May 9th” – Hatch Getting Security Briefings

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Exclusive: Several sources familiar with the matter say that Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is being given security briefings to prepare him for the Presidency.

Sources close to the legal community indicate that matters are proceeding rapidly in the forthcoming proceedings to remove Donald Trump from office, and to indict the co-conspirators around him.

Sources with links to the intelligence community described a sense of both inevitability and urgency over the unraveling of the Trump-Pence administration over their attempts to obstruct justice. “Trump’s presdidency ended May 9th,” said one source, referring to the overtly politicized dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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What’s Left is Just Insanity

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In January of 2016, I had a series of unfortunate events that culminated in the loss of my job & a broken ankle. Hell of a way to start the new year of 2016, which it turned out was a shit year for a lot of people.

At first, I was held hostage by a cast and the inability to navigate myself around my house. Add the bonus round of winter in the Southern Rocky Mountains and we’re looking at a rocking good time in the sack.

As I lay in wait for healing and my next pain pill I slowly was drawn into the insanity of the 2016 Presidential election. I had seen “that crazy fuck” giving lip service to the contemplation of running for America’s #1 political position, and as many, I brushed off the actuality of that coming to fruition as little to none.

But as I slowly began to heal I watched in absolute mind-numbing denial, and somewhat amazement I must admit, that this crazy mother fucker was angling to make his incomplete & void ego whole by fucking with the sanctity of the political process of my very beloved America.

Each and every day I frantically flipped through the channels on my cable provider for affirmation or denial of the feelings of outrage and fear about the despot inclined New Yorker vying for the GOP nomination. For the most part, at the time, it was viewed both by the general population and the “man” himself as a long shot. But he got the nomination by the GOP and game was on.

Then the real insanity started. The DNC nominee Hillary Clinton was hit with one setback after another in what seemed like the worst luck ever experienced by a Presidential candidate. Add that to the email & Benghazi events which were seized upon by the unconventional child-like representative of the GOP and chaos ensued like none that had seen before this election.

The GOP nominee attacked the left in ways that brought no class or expected decorum in a Presidential race. There was name-calling, sexist comments, behavior unfit for even a 3-year-old and bullying on levels that left the majority of America speechless. The self-admitted respect towards a Dictator of one of America’s long-running adversaries troubled us as well. The average American of sane mind, manners, and true family values shook their head in disbelief but with the conviction that such “creature” would never pass mustard for any length of time.

But people could feel it in the air. Something was off. The vibe didn’t feel right and odd things were happening that didn’t make sense and we just couldn’t put our fingers on exactly what was amiss. Polling numbers seemed to belie the takeaway from news involving daily events but for the moment provided skeptical comfort.  Everything just felt off about the 2016 election in the United States of America.

Then on November 8, 2016, the rumblings of inevitability that many had experienced through the last leg of the electoral process bore out. The crazy mother fucker won. The voters who cast their vote for his “rule” were unsatisfied buyers of the political status quo from which they cast their ballot. People didn’t think he would win they were just pissed off at the flow of politics under President Obama. They wanted change and they got it. Unfortunately so did the majority of Americans who did not wish to be dictated upon by such a clueless, self-impressed shadow of a man.

He didn’t win the popular vote. He won the electoral vote. The lack of popular support is still a thorn he bears, fresh scars and blood from recent and regular battle.  Still, he won and the majority of America felt the black cloud of ignorance and greed moving in like a horrible storm on the horizon.

At first many hoped and even believed that his antics and boorishness displayed and witnessed during the campaigns. The depths of how wrong we were is yet to be measured or even quite possibly discovered much less explored for answers to questions that dark path has lead us down. Doubt surrounded us all dressed-up as fools among the crowd. Then we looked around.

We saw we weren’t alone in the dark and our sheer numbers could not be ignored. There were many lights down many tunnels and many choices that needed to be made. So like the Americans we were, solid red, white and blue, proudly holding our “Rights” we decided like hell that we’d simply give up and sit down.

We were going to fight and resist.