Friday, August 18, 2017

Hitler or the Confederacy?

OK Hitler, or the Confederacy? Granted, Generals Lee and Jackson didn't send millions of Jews to the gas chambers, but they fought a bloody and deadly war in favor of an idea that one man could own another. Sadly, so many years after the civil war, race animosity in America has not subsided. It's a local issue, it's your next door neighbor, it's America.

In Germany they put a stop to that sh*t right then and there. The war was won. The judges listened to the Nazis defend themselves, then executed them. Because there are some things humanity will not tolerate nor should it. Estimates of over 80 million people died defeating the Nazi ideology of race supremacy, xenophobic hate and bigotry and unmentionable brutalities, so that it would never be tolerated anyplace in the world again.

The recent Charllotesville events are that Nazi ideology using the mask of Confederate "history and pride" to incite and create an environment condusive to their agenda. A resurgence of hate and race supremacy in America. Like they think they're going to show up in a city flying Nazi flags, carrying guns, and spewing hate, and someone's not going to get hurt? The authorities were imbeciles for issuing the permits in the first place. Statistical data should have been enough for them to know that it's was a bad idea and too big of a risk to public safety to allow it to happen.

None the less, what happened was purposeful and premeditated incitement. It's not a freedom of speech issue over hate speech. Even hate speech has been Constitutionally defended. However, pernicious speech that incites violence and results in murder, that's not a Constitutional issue, that's a criminal issue and has nothing to do with the Constitution or protected speech. Nazis "demonstrators" and white supremacists caused the murder of a young woman in Charllotesville and should be held criminally responsible.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What to do...What to do...I'm so confused....

As the question of Confederate monuments seems to be America's dysfunction d' jour, and may lead to armed insurrection, here's a novel idea. Stop the engagement of any high dollar contracted piece of military apparatus before it's manufactured. Better make it one that's around $500 million dollars. That's a chair on a jet right? Then, deploy units of the Army Corps of Engineers to remove, transfer, and place any and all Confederate monuments (that weren't in cemeteries) in a designated and secure area, until transfer to it's final resting place. What's good for America is good for government. So monuments on or near government grounds on Capitol Hill and statehouse grounds in every state have to go, all of them. Oh and one more thing. Let's not forget William Tecumseh Sherman, a Union General, and the one we named a tank after. He was one of the most brutal generals of the entire northern army, more so in times of war.

Then take what's left over and start a Congressionally funded construction of the National Confederate Museum. We have a museum that enshrines the holocaust so that those that perished, and the barbaric degenerate's that ordered the horror in which they perished, will never be forgotten. We might as well have one that commemorates the horrors of our nation's civil war between the north and south. A war in which families and brothers fought against each other. A war fought to destroy the idea that any man may own another.

OK, seriously, our country's going down the tubes. We have a president that's a spit away from impeachment and you're killing each other over statues of dead people? Exactly who the f*** do you think we are?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pernicious Incitement Is Not a Protected Freedom

We as Americans enjoy freedom of speech and other civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. But, nothing about Charlottesville was civil. Nor was it protected free speech. This was not peaceable assembly, nor a redress grievances by the aggrieved. This was pernicious incitement, by fanatics and anarchists disguised as a protected freedom. We can not allow replays of incidents like Germany's "Kristallnacht" anyplace in America. Humanity is witness to how that turned out. Do not let anyone twist the truth. Hate is hate, no matter what words are used to describe it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Are We As A Nation Worthy Of Humanity's Redemption?

We are deeply damaged as a nation. Honor, integrity, wisdom, and your word being your bond, bygone days before the defilement of politics and it's effects on our society. The smell is as bad as the disdain, and yet there are those who still think this will fix itself.

These are the times of crisis faced by our nation, which demanded Constitutional Conventions and amendments. Times when the Constitution was amended to provide a just and honorable remedy to a crisis of Nation. Such a crisis requires enduring wisdom and forethought, based in reason and critical thinking, to craft such amendments to ensure the reasons and events for which they were created in the first place, can never again come upon this nation.

But the long term damage and corruption is deep. There are precious few in Congress who will step up or down, unselfishly for the nation, without wanting something in return, even though it is their job. After all, why stop the buck when it goes into their own pockets? We must all ask ourselves; has the flame of democracy, and the honor and integrity of this nation been extinguished? Have we become the sum of all that we despise and fear?

Our next steps in the coming days will determine if honor, integrity, and wisdom still exist in this nation, or if we've become a fallacious political abomination, devoid of humanity, and compelled by power, greed, privilege and ubiquitous corruption. And finally, we must ask ourselves, are we as a nation worthy of humanity's redemption? We can ill afford to get this one wrong.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dear MSM,

Dear MSM,
We already know Trump's a rich imbecile who tweets. It's not breaking news. In fact, it's bullshit. Try multi-tasking, only this time try spending 85% of your time not on Trump. Speculation is not breaking news. It's not even regular news. Every day cable tv, broadcast TV, radio, and internet is filled with one continuous Trump-a-thon. It's misdirection to obfuscate what's really going on in this country. The rich are screwing the poor, the poor die in war, they die from lack of health care, they die because their skin color isn't the same as the racist's, the entire government is in the crapper, everybody and their mother wants to kill us, and you put this clown in front of us daily to distract everyone while it's happening...
Focus America.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

America's Civil War Continues

America's civil war continues.No lessons have been learned. No justice has been done and the people remain in peril caused by, or not prevented by, our own government. Wars, health care, taxes, jobs, civil rights, violence and the death of innocents in our streets. We've had the same grievances for the better part of 50 years, and for those same years our elected government has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye, choosing instead politics and self enrichment over the well being of the people every time. The charlatans and carpetbaggers who have managed to get themselves and keep themselves elected maintain change takes time. It's been their daily excuse for 50 years to conceal their theft of service to the American people. This same civil war and this aversion to changes we desperately need as a nation has been going on for far too long. If our government and the people of our nation can not reconcile these grievances soon, we will become a casualty of our own doing.

For Love of Country

"Let they be the patriots who honor country and flag over those who would pervert them for misdeed or personal gain. Let they be the patriots who will defend honor, integrity, and justice for all. Let they be the patriots whose ethics, word, and humanity can't be compromised. Let those be the patriots that lead this country America."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Power acquired is seldom relinquished, especially if accompanied by self enrichment.

The unmitigated damage America has suffered as a result of the 2016 elections both at home and abroad, should be a wake up call that it is time to amend the Constitution. There's just one problem. The miscreants we've elected are under no obligation under the Constitution to do so because the result would be a decided shift in power from government to the people. Power acquired is seldom relinquished, especially if accompanied by self enrichment. This must be changed.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

About McCain's Social Media Tragedy

It's tragic that John McCain has taken ill and now looks like he's taken a turn for the worse. While I don't know him personally, we held much different stances on issues, a lot of them, and I've said some pretty nasty stuff about him. Douche bag, Depends, imbecile, I went there. I looked at it like, we're Veterans, we can take it. But the crap I've been reading lately on social media, actually relishing in the fact he's got brain cancer, that right there crosses the fucking line! And I don't give a rats ass what you call yourselves politically.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There is a malignancy in America that's killing us, but the cure is purposely being ignored.

America has struggled over how to ensure affordable health care for decades, long before President Obama. It's not like this is all Obama's fault. At least he tried to do something. And, it's not like he wasn't obstructed up the ying ying at every turn. The point is, the ACA was only a band-aid on the hemorrhaging state of health care in America. It was incapable of being more because of its poor design elements. Once Obama ripped the scab off of American health care, we knew going forward that anything new would eventually have to be modified as required if it was to accommodate the growing health care needs of the masses.

The ACA (ObamaCare) has been in an incubator in ICU fighting for it's life for about eight years, and the only doctor Republicans could find was Kavorkian? So much for pro life. What we desperately need is an expert emergency surgical team to come in and cut out the malignancy that's killing the patient. The for profit health insurance industry is that malignancy. Choosing the Kavorkian approach, the Republicans have chosen to save the life of the for profit insurance industry, allowing it to metastasize instead of letting that surgical team save the lives of the patients, the America people.

There are a plethora of problems with health care in America. Affordability, access, and the ability to pay are the biggest, and that's mostly because of the way it was allowed to be set up and run. We chose to allow a profit driven industry market to hold command over the life and death of people. The government can not continue to subsidize and endorse the for profit health insurance industry whose principle driver is profit over life. An industry whose risk mitigation strategies considers delivering needed health care a risk to be avoided at all costs. I would also add "physician heal thyself", before the effects are irreversible and you're all turned into Dr. Kavorkians
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

H.R.676 Changes I'd like to see...This is just a start.

Changes I'd like to see made to H.R.676 (single payer)
These changes are not complete and only a start.

SEC. 101. ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION.
STRIKE:(a) "In General"

(b) Registration
STRIKE: "at a health care provider"
INSERT: on line or by mail

(d) Residency Criteria
STRIKE: "residency for" and "purposes"
INSERT: undocumented individuals

SEC. 102. BENEFITS AND PORTABILITY.
STRIKE (a) "In General"

(11) The full scope of dental services,
NEEDS WORK AROUND FOR IMPLANTS, BRIDGES, AND CROWNS WHICH COULD BE CONSTRUED TO BE COSMETIC PURPOSES. MUST INCLUDE PREVENTIVE CARE/CHECK UPS.

(13) Chiropractic services
STRIKE: not including electrical stimulation.

(14) Basic vision care and vision correction
STRIKE: (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes).
Let's face it, getting rid of glasses will be construed as cosmetic purposes.

INSERT:
(17) WOMEN'S CARE INCLUDING PREGNANCY, PRENATAL, CHILD BIRTH, BIRTH CONTROL, AND ABORTION.
IN CASES OF ABORTION, NO ABORTION SHALL BE PERFORMED FOR PURPOSES OF GENDER GUARANTEE. PATIENT'S PHYSICIAN MUST CONCUR ABORTION IS PREFERRED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

(b) Portability
STRIKE: qualified to provide the benefits.
INSERT: LICENSED AND QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE.

SEC. 103. QUALIFICATION OF PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS.
(a) Requirement To Be Public Or Non-Profit.—

(1) IN GENERAL.
STRIKE: THE ENTIRE SECTION (a)
WE DON'T CARE WHO OWNS THEM. TO PARTICIPATE THEY MUST AGREE TO ACCEPT THE SCHEDULE OF RATES AS DEFINED AND NOT DIFFERENTIATE OR REDUCE THE LEVEL OF MEDICAL CARE/SERVICES FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS.

(b) Quality Standards.—
A MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARD MUST BE CREATED AND ALL STATES MUST ADHERE TO MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARDS.

(1) IN GENERAL...receive global budgets or capitation payments as specified in section 202.
WHY?

(2) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS...
WE CAN ILL AFFORD TO EXCLUDE EXISTING, LICENSED, BONA FIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICE PROVIDERS. THIS NEEDS TO BE REWORKED.

Universal Health Care/Single Payer - It's not politics, it's common sense.

If we seriously want to cut the budget then we must deescalate military conflicts, rewrite the tax code, then surround Capitol Hill, and lock up everyone for dereliction of sanity. Then start all over again from scratch. Notify SCOTUS and every member of Congress, that from 1 year after the current fiscal year they may remain on the bench or in office for eight years. Hey, cutting the budget requires some drastic changes. We spend more on a military budget than the entire world combined and we can't ensure Americans get the health care they need without paying an arm and a leg? It has to stop. We must transition our health care system to a single payer/medicare for all type system. It must be a national system that includes every state and territory of the United States. It is for the good of the county and has nothing to do with if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Green Party (oh by the way they already know), Berniecrat, Clintonite, Reaganite, Trumpster, or any other political persuasion. It's not politics it's just common sense. Instead of trying to figure out how to assist the for profit health insurance industry in extorting skyrocketing health insurance premiums from Americans, we should be figuring out how to just pay for the health care they need and forget about the middle man.

There's a lot to worry about in America right now. The current administration may fall quicker than Paris Hilton's panties, and the Republicans want to place 24 million people in peril of being without health care. Mostly because they want a tax break for the rich. The middle class is taking it from all sides. But people, we can chew gum and walk at the same time. Our path is clear. Affordable, universal health care for all Americans. Anytime, anyplace in America. All you'll need is a medicare type ID card. Show them your card and your taxes take care of the rest. You'll pay a bit more in taxes but much less than you'd be paying for your current insurance premiums and deductibles. Being a national medical plan, every state must participate or lose all federal funding. There's is no playing around here anymore. Additionally, states must require in writing, an acknowledgment and consent of all physicians seeking a licence to practice medicine in the United States, that they will participate and accept national health care patients. This includes dentists as well. If you want to practice medicine in America it's going to be a part of your license requirement. We all must make sacrifices if we are to finally have affordable health care and we're not going to get there with the for profit insurance industry at the helm.

It makes sense because everyone is in. There are no risk pools for this or that. It's one big pool. The combined buying power of every American is the only negotiating tool to lower costs. That is our power and we must use it. It's time to tell the gougers to lower their prices or find another profession. That $20 aspirin, that's going to be 20 cents now so get over it. Couldn't negotiate for lower drug pricing before? Well now they'll be negotiating against everyone in American. Let's see how that works out for them. Oh and those of you who don't want to pay for someone else's health care or procedure. Smile, they won't be paying for yours either. But you'll both be paying taxes and saving money. Stay focused America. The Republicans in this country may be taking away your health care and no one cares but you. That's not something I'm willing to let them do, you shouldn't either. Single Payer Now!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ObamaCare is a failure. No, Republicans killed it. Now there's really only one solution left.

I'd like to preface this by first saying that after decades of destroying bank accounts, defrauding government and tax payers, disregarding the well being of patients, and the advice of physicians, I think America has had enough of health care being doled out by the for profit health insurance industry. It's profit-over-life risk management, it's insurance, it's skyrocketing premiums, but don't call it health care.

Now on to why you may be reading this. Some say the Obama administration passed the most comprehensive health care legislation since Medicare and Medicaid. Some have quite a different story. For many, it all boils down to their ability to see a doctor when they need to without going broke or bankrupt. I have personal knowledge on this issue.

ObamaCare was an attempt to slow the out of control costs of health care in America. Since insurance companies were calling the shots, President Obama's logical step was to engage them. In his pocket, if he could put it off, was a deal whereby every American would be required buy a health insurance policy if one wasn't provided by their employer.

The Republicans saw this as an attempt of a government take over of health care. They totally missed that it was really the for profit health insurance industry that was doing the taking over. That mattered not to Republicans as their mouthpiece blurted out over national television that their sole purpose would be to make Obama a one term president. Then began to obstruct in any manner possible any advancements and implementation of the legislation in every state in America. The thing is, there was so much in it that according to Nancy Pelosi, "we won't know what's in it until we pass it." Now that slogan has become the Republican's theme as they attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare without killing anyone and oh by the way, "the money they save" will go to the rich as a tax break.

ObamaCare relied on the expansion of the proven health care provisions of Medicare and Medicaid and expanded "health insurance markets". Insurance reneged. They couldn't create new or sustain existing markets without losing profits because now they were actually forced to provide comprehensive health care. Something they should have already been doing but didn't.

So yes, in some places, ObamaCare is failing. Just ask states where Medicare and Medicaid were not expanded. Just ask the state who allowed insurance companies not to service their state and who did not file a federal class action suit on behalf of the people of their state, against the insurance industry. There was plenty of wrong doing and blame to go around. But the obstruction by Republicans allowed insurance to close markets and engage purposely in supply and demand manipulation of health care costs. As insurance profits skyrocketed, more Americans were getting insurance because of ObamaCare but for many, the costs became too prohibitive. And worse, they were fined if they didn't comply.

Nothing really changed. People aren't getting health care and going broke trying. It's why insurance premiums have been skyrocketing for decades, long before Obama was in office. Tragically Obama's misguided solution to lower health care costs was to trust the for profit health insurance industry when they were largely responsible for rising costs in the first place. President Obama was more successful helping the less fortunate receive critically needed health care than any President since LBJ. Tragically his other choice was single payer. It was a good idea. It was a great idea, it was the best idea for a national health care system. Affordable health care for every American in every state, and yet here we are. Being threatened with a vote that will deny 24 million Americans health care to support a tax break for the rich is unconscionable.

There were some good things about ObamaCare. No preexisting conditions, kids stayed on parent's policies and some expanded actual health care. But in their zeal to repeal and replace ObamaCare simply because it was a campaign promise of a disgraced party, it will place millions of Americans in peril.  Some may actually die because of it. There is a solution. But Congress on both sides of the aisle remain willfully blind. It will take the strength of conviction and the common sense of right and wrong to break the chains of the profit-over-life drivers of the health insurance industry. Those drivers should never have control over health care in America. Health insurance companies are paying handsomely to make sure it remains in control.

Our Constitution guarantees the right to life. That should include the health care required to sustain that life. Universal health care, Single Payer, Medicare for All, call it what you will, but it's the only solution we have left unless we want to keep getting killed by health insurance premiums.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Where the hell have they been?

I just witnessed on cable news a report that included a story about someone losing their security clearance for not paying a cell phone bill. What I want to know is who gave the order to yank that clearance and where the hell have they been for the last 3 or 4 years?

I'll have the Blue Plate Special

Fact: The 2 party system doesn't need us anymore. They have the electoral college. The DNC and GOP have evolved. Oh and by the way, thank you SCOTUS for allowing inanimate, lifeless objects a vote in democracy. The 2 party system now operates on big money from special interests and corporate "sponsorship's" on a global level. All kinds of money from everywhere. Congress gets their marching orders from those with the most money. Democracy by proxy, as a sea of strife and destitution swallows up the working class, the true backbone of America.
I guess the good news is that dollar in your hand, that's politics. That will buy you all the democracy you want. The bad news is, chances are if you're in the middle class, you can't afford it and it's pretty much all been bought up anyway. There's not much left to go around. We're too busy trying to spread it all around the world. America's Blue Plate Special is all out of democracy today, you'll have to settle for corrupt politics.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

None but the voter has the right

Political parties are not government. That's just the excuse they use. They are a private membership of people, who may or may not work for the government. If we're serious about fair elections, elections free of manipulation and fraud, elections whose candidates are worthy of the people's vote, and where the most worthiest wins, perhaps we shouldn't allow private political parties running them. Free and open elections are the basis of democracy. None but the voter, has the right to choose a candidate or influence the outcome of elections except by their vote.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Naked Truth About Health Care In America

With all this "fake news", did you ever stop to wonder if we might have fake government? How is it that the US can sell billions of dollars worth of weapons, then set aside 500+ Billion dollars of tax payers money for military defense, yet they can't ensure every American has affordable health care? Does the world hate us that much that we spend so much on war? If the answer is yes, then what the hell have we done and why the hell did we do it? It's getting a little ridiculous over here.

That wasn't really the worst part. Our government, particularly the Republicans, if successful, will pass legislation that will strip health care from millions of people. They are doing it for 2 reasons. The most heinous is a tax break for the richest. The growing lower middle class, filled with the older and failing middle class will benefit little if any. But Republicans are OK with that. They're making $174K per year of tax payer's money, it won't affect them. They don't even try to disguise it. People will get very sick, some may die if their benefits and guarantees are cut by this legislation. Yet they persist with this tax breaks for the rich stuff.

The second reason is that they've been paid very handsomely to become willfully deaf and blind to any health care solutions which do not include the for profit health insurance industry. They're OK with the idea of allowing them to determine who may live or die from illness or injury based upon the sick or a relative's ability to pay insurance premiums which have more to do with advertising than actual health care. This profit-over-life business model has no place in humanity. It is fundamentally draconian and will force millions into destitution as the for profit health care industry squeezes the last dollar out of Americans or lets them die. This is the Republican answer to health care in America. Sadly, it appears many Democrats feel the same way. They just got to have affordable health insurance. When it's affordable health care they really need.

The ACA has been in place for what now, about 7 years? The Republicans claim that insurance premiums are going up because of ObamaCare. That's depends on who's getting rich. My memory isn't that short. Insurance premiums have been sky rocketing for decades, then they took a page from the canned soup industry, packaging less but charging more.  This didn't happen because of the Obama administration. On the contrary, This has been going on LONG before him. He only sought a solution. And he probably would have had a much better success had the mouth peace for the Republican carpetbaggers not blurted out how they were bound and determined to make him a 1 term president. Then proceeded to direct Republicans all over America to obstruct and hinder in every way possible, the crucial steps to full implementation of the ACA on a state wide basis. In hind sight, the Republican's anti Obama obsessiveness appears psychotic. Don't get me wrong, the ACA is no piece of cake. It was rather poorly thought out, but It was better than what we had. We always seem to settle.

If you missed any of that, here's the kicker. The ACA was responsible for getting millions more Americans sucked into the web of for profit health insurance at the risk of actual health care. It cemented into the fabric of America's health care system, the for profit health insurance industry's profit-over-life business driver. We've got to break up that cement.

I'm all for letting insurance companies do what they do best. Insure cars and truck, boats and homes. You know, that kind of stuff. But this, this has got to stop. They've been bankrupting us for decades and have been responsible for a lot of death along the way. Non profit, Medicare for all, universal health care, single payer, what ever you want to call it, is really America's last hope. Both political parties, the Republicans and Democrats, are receiving lobby money or favor from the for-profit health care industry and they are standing in the way of affordable health care. What our government is doing to the health and well being of the American people, is not the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the Constitution had in mind.

When Eyes Deceive and Words Lie, There Is Complicity and Deception

Now that you've clicked the link...You can all go back to your local discussions about that uh oh moment when accordingly, we discovered we've all been victims of a psychological warfare attack, whose objective was to make eyes not see and words not match the truth. The test of democracy is in the eyes, words, and mind of the people. When eyes deceive and words lie, there is complicity and deception.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Emptiness in Closed Eyes...

Yeah...I'm that guy...I'm the agitator. The face book group Run Tulsi Run doesn't want to hear anything that rocks their milquetoast boat...I write, I only call people names when they call me names. Almost everything I've posted gets favorable likes..yet gets deleted because apparently, the purpose of the group is just rah, rah, rah, and not really interested in solving or discussing the REAL issues that plague America especially anything thought provoking or controversial, or an occasional opposing view...Thing is...I've got to wonder if the REAL Tulsi Gabbard is involved A...and B...would she approve of how they systematically delete posts which stir though and reason.rather than become blind followers and lemmings which is how I seem to remember the status quo Democrats acting. They don't want anyone posting anything if it's too thought provoking apparently. If the REAL Tulsi Gabbard actually has anything to do with this group or worse, condones the manner in which this stuff goes down....Perhaps I need a second look. Thing is, I've been pushing the idea of Tulsi Gabbard for president in 2020 since Nov. 2016...so yeah...maybe I do need to take a second look. Granted, it is just a facebook page...and compared to protests and water cannons, it's a spit in the ocean...but just sayin...Hopefully the above is just a case of misconception...anyhow...

You can all go back to your local discussions about that uh oh moment when accordingly, we discover we've all been victims of a psychological warfare attack, whose objective was to make eyes not see and words not match the truth. The test of democracy is in the eyes, words, and mind of the people. When eyes deceive and words lie, there is complicity.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Let me tell you about trust...

Trust that we'll do the right thing after 241 years? Let me tell you about trust. I was betrayed by my party, my candidate, my president, my Congress, my government, and now my country... and the way things are going, it won't be long until I lose trust in the Constitution. The one that I donned a uniform for and took an oath to defend against all enemies both foreign and domestic. So don't lecture me about trust or my country. I think I got this one.

Monday, July 3, 2017

It's America's Birthday...There's a lot of people not very happy...

It's the day before we commemorate our independence from Great Britain 241 years ago. Yet, the mood of the nation is one that calls out for impeachment, charges of treason, collusion, financial crimes, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. We have conservatives voting on tax breaks for the rich disguised as a health care bill, that will ensure millions lose their health care putting their very lives in peril. We have enough problems to go around.

However, if we are to evade the embarrassment of another impeachment and a triggering of the line of succession, our only hope is that the scope of Mueller's investigation is wide and encompasses a strategy of simultaneous, multi agency and multi jurisdictional operations.

It is this citizen's concern that in the case of the United States vs Donald Trump, President, the Constitutional line of succession may contain possible persons of interest in several ongoing investigations, or worse, defendants in Federal prosecutions. Let the fire works begin.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When Darkness Fades With Daylight

If Congress works for us, If we pay them very well, and give them the best health care plan available and a very good retirement for life plan, they should be doing what we pay them to do. The work required of We the People, and if they don't, we should be able to fire them. We shouldn't have to wait for elections to have them removed from office. They should be able to be pink slipped just like the rest of working America. It is a job that they spend billions to get, but we're the ones giving it to them and they work for us. It is my belief that the Constitution was purposely ambiguous about this matter and therefore left it to the interpretation of we the people. Again I must reiterate, they work for us, therefore we determine their fate by vote of confidence or otherwise. It is NOT in their power to ignore or override the will of the people. Oh, they think they can, but they can not by virtue of the Constitution.

Our government and Congress claim they operate with oversight, with checks and balances. We should be the check and balance for Congress and government. We elected them, we didn't make them gods. When was the last time government actually asked us what they should do before they do it? And I don't mean naming a post office. I mean what they should do about crime, government corruption, war, and most obvious, health care for all Americans? When they do ask us and we respond, they don't listen to us anyway. They believe they are untouchable when in actuality, they've become impervious to reason, common sense, and conscience.

What has become abundantly and painfully apparent, is they can not be left to their own designs nor to police themselves. Simply too much corruption and impropriety have been exposed to the point that we the people, our foreign allies and indeed the world, now see us as a disgrace to the ideal of America. Oversight of Congress can not be a circumstance in which the "foxes oversee the hen house". Americans are deeply concerned with the behavior and direction of our government. Many feel it's out of control and has become authoritarian by design. Some say it's broken beyond redemption, others, bordering on just plain lunacy.

Are We the People, prepared to make the hard choices, to do what is necessary to reclaim the helm of America? What ever actions that may entail, or circumstances we will face because of those actions, only history will tell. Now is the time for America to make history.
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"When darkness fades with daylight, and the sheep are able to look upon the wolves, only then can they survive."
~ George Legeros

Friday, June 23, 2017

Health Care; The Bankrupting of a Nation

Dear America (and Congress),
Haven't they screwed around with health care long enough? Harry S friggen Truman had the right answer...But no! Health care in America was sold to the highest bidder, and they've been slowly but surely bankrupting America ever since. Hasn't America gone broke on health care long enough or fast enough for you?

If you are considering a solution other than universal health care, which is not universal for profit insurance, you're either woefully dimwitted or willfully blind and compromised. I'm going with the latter.

It's time to raise taxes on everyone a few percent to help pay for everyone's health care. Notice I said raise taxes on everyone to pay for everyone's health care. I don't want to hear you don't want to pay for this or that, or his or her health care because of your greed or your religion. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. We're Americans, health care belongs to everyone. Who are we to deny the right to health care, the right to survive illness to any American? We must be fair to all. We can not allow some to have health care and some not because of politics or bureaucracy.

Universal health care can only be achieved on a national basis. It must be implemented in every state of the union, unencumbered by layers of bureaucracy and without hesitation or hindrance. It is after all a matter of national security. We as a nation can not be truly secure if we as a people are unhealthy physically, or mentally.

Along with a slight increase in taxes, we must also initially appropriate and divert $400 Billion Dollars from the defense budget over 10 years, in the name of National Security, for start up and operating expenses. It's money we already have. We'll just be using it to help save American lives instead of spending it on weapons and bombs that we sell to and drop on other countries.

We need to improve the Medicare formula and expand on it. Negotiate for medication and required medical services but don't give the farm away. Only the vastness of the US government has the buying power to drive medical/health care costs down. It can't be done by the private sector because they operate on a for profit business model. If you don't believe me, then please explain how one can purchase a medication for $10 in another country, yet we in American, must pay an exorbitant amount for the same medication. That's just greed.

We need to break the chains of for profit health insurance and the greed in the pharmaceutical and medical industry in general, that have been holding this country slaves to stock markets, board room bonuses, and denial of claims. We need to let insurance companies do what they do best. Insure houses, cars, boats and air planes, that kind of stuff. They're good at that. But they've had their chance at insuring health care. They've been killing us with their health insurance business long enough. The end effect of their profits-over-life business model either kills or bankrupts their customers, or inflicts enough sorrw and grief to last them a life time.

Universal health care will eliminate the profits-over-life drivers of the medical industry from the mix. The quality of your health care and the relationship between doctor and patient will produce better results because it will be based directly on individual patient's needs and not on corporate bonuses or stock market ticks. The best part, the minimal tax increase will be less for everyone (notice I said everyone) than monthly insurance premiums. And, it will end the faux hand wringing of those we elected who don't care as much because we the people pay for their health care. And finally, for those die hard health insurance bean counters, if you're going to argue that coverage determines premiums, you already lost the argument.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Continue At Your Own Peril

America may never require another election in the foreseeable future. If this Republican death sentence known as the AHCA passes in it's present form, and people start realizing they've been had because they're going broke, they've lost access to health care, and folks are actually dying from it, I am loath to say I predict a very brutal and bloody insurrection.

If you back the poor and middle class into a corner, if you push people who have nothing left to lose to their limit, you better be prepared for the worst because it can't get any worse than insurrection.

So when we get there, and people start asking themselves how we got there, their answer will be Donald Trump and his Republican Congressional charlatans who have little concern for those who elected them. They may think they're safe in their castle on Capitol Hill, but I predict they will be the first to go. There will be no place to run or hide from the fate they wrought on themselves.

"A country born out of insurrection will do what is necessary to save the republic from pirates, blaggards, and robber barons disguised as patriots" ~ George Legeros

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Elections and National Security

Today I listened intently to Jeh Johnson, the former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, testify on Capitol Hill relative to alleged Russian cyber intrusion, and it's effect on the 2016 elections. As someone who has held a security clearance, I am appalled by what I heard. Here's why. From everything I was able to understand, the operation of our elections by political parties that are private, non governmental organizations, has national security implications and therefore are a matter of national security. Yet, these private political parties are allowed to deny the plethora of agencies who's job it is to detect and combat cyber intrusions and to intervene where these types of confirmed breaches have occurred, and to provide assistance in stemming and/or eliminating such threats. I couldn't help but think about a TV commercial I'd recently seen about a security company that only provided security monitoring services to a bank, which only warned it's customers and employees that the bank was being robbed, but were not actually able to do anything about it. In fact, that is exactly what has apparently happened

If we are in agreement that fair, free, open, elections are the life blood of our Constitution and the fiber our our nation, they must remain untampered, and safe from fraud and cyber manipulation. Our election are a matter of national security. How then is it even possible that these private non governmental political organizations who have been entrusted with the election of the President of the United States are allowed to continue to operate when their 17 intelligence agency insist their systems are and have been compromised by a person or persons, who in all probability are actors of a foreign nation. Those agencies have concluded it was Russian...But for matters of national security we're going to have to take their word for it. The whole idea itself is ludicrous and certainly unacceptable. We don't allow any government official to operate in any manner that would put our national security in jeopardy, why should we allow anyone? Especially the compromised! It involves the highest position in government. Yep, that's national security right there.

If we are serious about the integrity of our election system, and we agree that our elections are a matter of national security, we can no longer continue to allow private, non governmental organizations, (political parties), the responsibility of ensuring the integrity of our election systems against cyber intrusion and/or manipulation. Normal civilian, nongovernmental protections and off the shelf software is inadequate. They do not have the requisite capabilities, nor the knowledge required to ensure the integrity of elections from a national security standard.

The fact that the political parties were approached by members of America's national security agencies, and they outright refused their assistance is unacceptable and should not be allowed to continue. The security of our elections is at stake. This is a monumental failure and one that Congress, the American people, and every alphabet agency tasked with national security should mandate a remedy to be immediately implemented to ensure these kind of activities cease . To allow this nonchalant approach to national security and election integrity to continue is tantamount to having a counter terrorist swat team surround a suspected terrorist strong hold, then pack up and leave because they heard a voice from inside say "there's nobody home".

Friday, June 16, 2017

Is America Politically Enfeebled?

There's just something about the mentally ill possessing firearms...It's bad enough everyday idiots have them but the mentally ill? Seriously? If there's a lesson to be learned from life, it has to be that people have been killing each other since the dawn of man for one reason or another. Isn't it time we at least make that harder for some? The notion that untenable government is responsible for one's suffering isn't a new one, and it's not unique to the United States. But when the obsessive political divisiveness and odious discourse of our elected, enfeebles a populous to the point of violence, it's time to take a hard look at the politics. Because if you allow the politically enfeebled the freedom to own a gun, they're going to shoot someone eventually.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Crisis Never Before Faced In This Nation's History

If the latest news reports are true, the untouchable has just been touched and everyone around him just got a tap on the shoulder from the long reach of Mueller's multi-jurisdictional net that is tightening around perhaps the biggest Constitutional challenge in generations.

What I'm not sure about is the Constitutional order of succession as a remedy under the current circumstances. There are 17 people in the order of succession to the office of president. Currently one of them is ineligible by reason of Constitutional citizenship requirements. If things keep going they way they are, every one of the 16 eligible successors to president may be a person of interest in Congressional hearings or found to be complicit,  and a defendant in federal criminal trials,

Therein is a Constitutional crisis that we have never faced in the entire history of our nation. If the Constitution has no workable remedy in this situation, we must rely on our wisdom and common sense, or we shall certainly perish as a nation. We can not in good conscience replace the corrupt with the corrupted.

I for one think we should hold immediate, new, open and fair elections, There must be independent oversight at every voter location by a federally appointed body OTHER than the political parties. There should be no association with political parties or surrogates, nor shall they have possession or access to ballots, balloting, vote counting or ballot transporting or storage, to ensure the integrity of the election. Additionally, the operation of the electoral college shall be suspended indefinitely. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Don't Care What You Feel Sir...

"We know these truths to be self evident." Others we're not so sure of. Purposeful murder is only permitted in war. There is no call to arms in America but we are in perilous times. Humanity is being challenged not only in America, but around the world. Is life that cheap a commodity? Diametrically opposed factions or wingnuts thereof, are making news. Apparently the blame for the alleged, politically motivated violence in Virginia is being placed on a three way tie between the right, the left, and that dirty commie Bernie Sanders. Personally, with what's happening in America, I'm only slightly surprised it hadn't happened sooner. Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, could you pass me a biscuit Martha?

On a side note, we've lost confidence in our government to do the right thing and we've got an economy whose Band-Aid is about to hemorrhage. People are shooting people. There is practically no one in Washington capable of a straight answer or telling the truth, and we still don't know for sure if it's collusion, perjury, obstruction of justice, the Russians, or Bueller. They just don't feel like telling us.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What happens when the Constitutional remedy of the line of succession, becomes an attempt to replace the corrupt with the corrupted?

What has becoming increasingly apparent is that wanton corruption has deeply embedded itself into the very fabric of America. Once elections are held, an outgoing administration is replaced with the incoming president and their administration. Following the installment of a new president and administration, should there become a situation in which the president and their administration is deemed untenable and unworthy to continue, impeachment is the only remedy provided  by our Constitution. That in and of itself is a Constitutional crisis. But then a new crisis becomes alarmingly evident. The remedy of the line of succession. When the basis of impeachment flows through the very fabric of our government, our country, the impeached president, his cabinet, his appointees, and members of Congress who have blatantly and with purpose, acted to further the administration's agenda and ideology becomes tainted, there becomes a new crisis of epic consequences.

Succession, being our only Constitutional remedy for impeachment, will then become an attempt to fix corruption with the corrupt. This must not stand. The Constitution in its present form is ill equipped to handle such a crisis as the framers could not in a thousand years have predicted such a scenario would engulf a democracy. Americans should demand that a Constitutional Convention be convened to fix this blaring flaw in the guiding document of our democratic republic. Our Constitution should provide an option where by We the People, by one person, one vote, with no intervention of any body such as an electoral college, can enable a remedy which makes the election and the administration null and void, and by doing so, also makes null and void any actions, executive orders, or legislation created by, or on behalf of the administration in question.

This will provide an alternative remedy to the Constitutional line of succession. Additionally, this remedy must include a declaration for the installment of temporary government, to remain in power for no longer than 90 days, a temporary suspension of Congressional rules and processes where by all acts and legislation conducted shall be ruled by two thirds majority vote, and Congress will be required to remain in emergency session until immediate, new, statewide, fair and open primary and general elections are completed. This is in my opinion the only way to correct this flaw in our system and to reverse any and all actions, decisions, and damage that may have occurred under the reprobate president and administration.

What say ye?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bill Maher, IceCube, the "N" word, and growing up in the 50s and 60's inner cities.

My take on Bill Maher and IceCube's discussion of the "N" word on Maher's show last night. I want to first say this post should not be construed to be an excuse for it's use in any manner, shape, or form. It's not. It's simply background for understanding.
First, a little background on where I came from. I grew up in inner city DC in the 50s and 60s...the "N" word was in full bloom by both whites and "Negros" as they were mostly referred to back then...well in my family anyway. I don't exactly remember when the word "black" was "officially adopted" as acceptable, but back then, POC, black kids, my friends, called me the "N" word. I wore it as a badge of honor I guess mostly because as a white kid, I thought I was accepted. The grade school I attended was mostly black as well as the high school I attended. Then, In 68 when DC was burning and racial unrest hit a boiling point; the tear gas and burning cars and neighborhoods got to be a little too much to handle daily. Our closest neighbors who were of course black, gave my pop a sign to put on his car; "Soul Brother", thinking it would save it from being burned. It did
We eventually moved to Virginia. It was a complete culture shock for me because I went from schools that were primarily black, to a Virginia public school that had maybe 2 black kids in the entire school, and this wasn't in some podunk, rural VA hick town. it was Annandale, VA. Only about 25 miles from the inner city DC where I grew up...
Fast forward 50 years and the issue now becomes; who is allowed to use this word? My black friends in my youth referred to me as one. Evidently they thought it appropriate and hey, I didn't mind..it meant I fit in. But now I struggle to understand. Yes, I know one should NEVER call a black man the "N" word although as kids we did it all the time to each other. My friends knew me. It was OK with them.. It was OK with me. it meant we were friends. But now I'm all grown up, and I KNOW it's not an OK thing to say, even to my oldest living friends from my inner city youth. Yes, a few are still alive and we catch up occasionally but haven't for several years now...Hell, they're probably all dead...I'm not far behind.
I guess what I'm saying is...IceCube and others want to claim the word for black peoples use only...I'm OK with that I guess. But one must understand that no one is born a racist. it's not an inherited trait. It is a learned one, and if anyone called me a racist, I'd knock their fucking teeth down their throat.. but I digress. Unfortunately we start "learning" when we're young, in our environment and through our social interaction.
So, when I hear anyone, yes, even IceCube, use the "N" word, in movies, in public, or otherwise, I never hear a disclaimer. They NEVER bother to say "look...I can use it but you can't", until it's too late. Until someone says it out loud with mal-intent or not. So in that context, when kids, (both POC and not) too young to understand the implications, hear it being used in movies, in music, etc, (and I believe they hear it a lot), they don't/won't know any better. They'll think, "hey IceCube said it" so it's OK, and they'll continue to be mistaken.
Again, I friggen luv IceCube. I think he's funny as shit. But he and others who have "claimed" this word for black use only need to understand what I'm trying to say here....Kids repeat what they hear...they don't know any better. And. sometimes grown ups, who should know better don't. But, It's not always racism. Sometimes it's just ignorance. And that's a fact of life..OK...I'll shut up now....

Russia, the elections, and America...the short and sweet version..

Russian hacking isn't even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to explaining the 2016 elections. Most won't want to hear the real truth. The Russians aren't the only ones to have figured out that because of the dumbing down of our education system, there are generations of Americans that have either lost the ability to reason and think critically or never actually had it. They've used this flaw against us and they've been doing it for decades. Flood our airwaves, our media and most means of communication with a constant stream of chaos, fake news, and the next shiny thing...by then, there's so much chaos and confusion, they can march in backwards and tell everyone they're leaving, and no one's the wiser. Psychological wars are cheaper than wars with soldiers, tanks, and bombs. Sadly, all it takes is an Internet connection. The actual hacking into emails, servers, etc was just the side show...We're in this mess because we've been had...and let's face it...looks like we're just as stupid as the next guy....We may recover from this...But, the changes required to make a full recovery and ensure this debauchery never happens again may just end up killing us anyway. Because sometimes we're not as smart or strong as we think. Which by the way, is exactly what they planned...

Friday, June 9, 2017

What Would You Have Asked Director Comey?

I would have asked Mr. Comey if while Director, was he aware of any attempts by any country other than Russia, to engage in cyber attacks designed to penetrate, influence, and/or manipulate our system of elections that extended to the level of political parties and their operatives and surrogates? If the answer is yes, we're in real trouble. The implications are that our system of elections has been compromised.

The "intelligence" gathered by those attacks by foreign actors has rendered it virtually obsolete and dangerously compromised and broken. The IT breaches are one thing, but the primary and secondary payloads of the attack are more dangerous because it was a concerted effort to prosecute a psychological operation against Americans, it's 4th estate, and the one of the prime means by which many Americans form "educated" decisions, the media.

When one considers the report by the US Intelligence Operations in it's entirely, the magnitude and content of these attacks against the fabric of our nation, and the total effect they had on the 2016 election, couple that with multiple reports from around the country of primary election improprieties perpetrated by the DNC, the only remedy that comes to my mind is the elections should be declared null and void, voiding the entire administration and any actions effected by the administration. When considering the implication of a null and voided election, the Constitutional remedy of succession is not in this case adequate, because the founding fathers could not have imagined such a sequence of events that would taint an entire administration. New, fair, and immediate elections is the only remedy. It is my opinion that until this happens, we will have an illegitimate president, and an entire administration, operating against the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ABOUT THE FISA AND COMEY HEARINGS AND TESTIMONY...

At the PUBLIC FISA hearing today, no one who testified wanted to go on a public record, that could be used by special investigator Mueller, as evidence of obstruction of justice, one of many predicates for impeachment. I'm pretty sure those actually following this know the "meat" testimony will occur in the SCIF, out of the eyes and ears of We the People.

Keep in mind, the reasons for those who would not testify in public had nothing to do with saving the lives of intelligence assets under the guise of National Security. Or exposing the means and methods of intelligence gathering. On the contrary, it has everything to do with how quickly this administration is fitted for orange or striped jump suits, or given the opportunity to resign. I can wait a few more hours I guess.

That being said, I believe the same thing will happen during Comey's public testimony. He is a civilian, but I believe he will provide nothing in public testimony we haven't already heard or already knew. It will be the testimony given in the SCIF. That is where the rubber will meet the road.

What will be key is that special council Meuller is present at both the FISA and Comey classified testimony hearings. If this investigation is to have integrity and credibility, it is imperative that he has the opportunity to hear the testimony and ask specific questions of those testifying, rather than rely on hearsay or 3rd party "evaluations" of what was actually said.

Friday, June 2, 2017

All Bets May Be Off...

I'm an old man. Retired, disabled, and a veteran. Sometimes I'm lewd, and sometimes crude, but I always speak my mind, and I suffer no douche bags. The only thing I'm sure of is that I know right from wrong and what's going on with this Trump administration is wrong. Every second this presidency and administration is allowed to continue, plunges America deeper in what may very well be an unrecoverable spiral into irrelevance. From the leader of the entire free world to a disgraceful, fascist, banana republic, which the entire world now holds in disgust and disdain, and all within 6 months of the election. We've witnessed first hand a reportedly rigged and manipulated election with untenable rumors of corruption, violence, and foreign government interference. We've also witnessed the inability of those we elected and those they appointed, to get to the bottom of it. In fact, a reasonable person would conclude they're intentionally dragging their feet, looking the other way, hoping no one would notice. Guess what? We noticed!

There is only so much Americans can tolerate. This administration was never suited for the task of running the country that was once the leader of the entire free world. And, there is no doubt we've alienated every major country in the world except one...and $10 bucks says they're playing us. Their president was KGB, ours is an ASS and no match for him, and this administration is well on it's way to alienating the majority of it's own people from the goodly amount of daily lunacy and rumors of wrong doing pouring out of the White House. Once that happens, all bets are off as to what happens next, or if America will survive as a nation. Even Las Vegas won't hold the paper on that bet.

That being said, and what is particularly troubling, is that Congress continues to prove it's only interested in self enrichment and reelection, country be damned. And they're using this Constitutional crisis as a smoke screen to continue the dismantling of middle class, it's safety nets, and the deregulation of financial institutions which continue to rip off the people, all while circle jerking Americans out of their hard earned tax dollars to pay for war and tax breaks for the rich. And don't get me started on the legal bribery and "emoluments" in the form of special interest lobby money flooding Congress.

Any way you look at it, this is not our daddy's America...well except for the religious and partisan whack jobs, and the violent, racist motherf*ckers that continue to live life abundantly from trailer park to shining trailer park, in a country that couldn't find it's own ass in the dark with two hands and a flashlight. We've been had America...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

As A Veteran, I'm Loath To Say We No Longer Deserve A Country


I'm guessing it's gonna take Trump breaking the glass at the National Archives and burning the Constitution before America finally wakes up and removes this traitorous stain on America and drags him and his entire traitorous and subversive administration to Gitmo. But who's got the stones to do it? FBI? Nope...DOJ? Don't think so...Our military? Fat chance. If we don't act fast, Russian troops will be guarding the White House and rolling down the streets of our cities. 

Apparently, we really are a country of fucking sheep, so much so, I now truly believe we don't deserve a country. We elected an imbecile, a fascist, and a puppet of Russia and Putin's personal nut sack huger. If the majority of America can't see this, we have no shot, and we're already dead as a country....I'm sad to say that I'm almost glad I have cancer, because as a veteran who served his country at a time the wars were fought in jungles and rice paddies, I don't want to live to see this shit happen to my country. The country I served honorably and swore to defend against all enemies both foreign and domestic. I'm pretty sure if we don't stop Trump and his minions, it will happen and again as a veteran, I'm ashamed of what my country has become.

Wake up America...Wake up NATO...Wake up Europe...Wake up WORLD...Save the planet from this fascist stain on humanity and piece of crap government he created...Don't like what you just read?...Sorry...I have no more fucks to give and I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain it to anyone anymore...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

IT'S TIME AMERICA...GROW A PAIR!

FBI must have been getting too close. Trump fires Comey. It's time for our generals to command their units to storm the white house and congress to put an end to America's nightmare. Declare Marshal Law! Invalidate the 2016 election and everything subsequent. We must have new, fair, primary and general elections that are open and in which the outcome is not manipulated. The true will of the people. Down with fascism! SAVE AMERICA!

Republicans Push Fake News At Yates Hearing

If the spectacle Republicans put on in the Yates hearing on capitol hill yesterday is indicative of how things should be done, Watergate would have been fake news, and Woodward and Bernstein would have been labeled as foreign agents intent on damaging America...or unwilling dupes manipulated by [insert foreign country], because uncovering the damage is worse than the damage....Grow a pair America...it's time...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For Profit Health Insurance Wants Your Money And Your Life...

The so called "Freedom Caucus" pushing a rewrite of the death decree of American Health Care, the AHCA, Donald Trumps idea of how health care should be administered in the greatest country on earth. His plan? Go ahead, let them die, but they gotta pay for it. The biggest winner isn't America, it's big, for profit, health insurance.
I would caution them. At this point many Americans pretty much have nothing left to lose except the empty promises of bought and paid for politicians. More than half the country thinks the election was rigged and the other half think Russia did it. So when the people see politicians in State houses and Congress working in concert with the for profit health care industry, in this case for profit health Insurance, in a relationship that can only be described as incestuous from the obscene amounts of lobby money "exchanging hands"....there is only one conclusion. We're being had.
Again, I caution you America. Health care is a right. You will fan the flames of civil war when you try to collect a bounty for our rights. The last time our government dared the people to start shooting over their rights, it wasn't pretty. Don't make health care be the spark to the next "shot heard round the world". Donald Trump's AHCA in it's present form will decimate what's left of actual health care for millions of Americans. It's a poli-corporate suckers game of money and favor much like three card Monte. Yet another nail in the coffin of the middle class to pay for tax breaks for the rich, enhanced corporate profits, and more lobby money to influence legislation to allow the industry to squeeze the last dime out of Americans while providing one step above worthless, health insurance policies. Single Payer/Medicare for All is the only remedy to break this shackle of death by deceit. We have the right to life. It says so in the Constitution. The for profit health insurance industry wants your money and your life. That's a price America is not willing to pay. to pay.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Will America and Her Allies Endure such Historic and Monumental Failure?

I'm not going to attempt to rehash the actual chain of events relative to the massacre in Benghazi. My only comment on that subject is that it was a monumental failure of the Pentagon, the White House, and the assemblage of government and private sector agencies tasked with theater operational security and keeping the lives of our embassy support staff safe.

Now on to the situation at hand. Once upon a time there were 2 private organizations that for decades upon decades, have been mustering candidates (apparently from anywhere and everywhere) for which the people will vote for the president of the most powerful country in the world. Two organizations, that both failed miserably at actually vetting the candidates they put forward for suitability of office. Now comes the juicy part. Russia, (probably along with every other Tom, Dick, and Yuri) decides to engage in "Cyber warfare" to disrupt America's elections. How did they do it? There was only one way. Russia found the weakest links in our Democracy, our government, and our system of elections. Our political parties. Make no mistake. Russia didn't act alone. We helped. We left the gates wide open for them, and in some cases, we gave them the keys to the entire house.

FBI, and US Intelligence officials have publicly stated that after reviewing the evidence, both the RNC and DNC were hacked, and they were hacked by Russian State and possibly other operatives working simultaneously to overload our media and our national communications networks with misinformation, and documents retrieved surreptitiously and maliciously, by means of wire fraud (Cyber fraud) to influence US Elections.

Apparently now, the FBI and US Intelligence officials have proof that those we intended to elect, failed us before they've even been elected. This entire cyber warfare attack by Russia and other "cyber operatives" from around the world, the hacking of servers and emails, is all the direct result of complete Internet and data security ineptness of the political parties, and/or violations of classified information handling protocols by people "digitally" connected to those servers. Think about it just for a minute. It's not the rocket science they would have you believe. While you're at it, think about the damning information that was hacked and released for public consumption. The information contained in those hacks was in my opinion, far worse than for example, the Hillary Clinton "smoke and mirrors" story of naivety, cluelessness, and Internet ineptness, FBI Director Comey related in sworn testimony before Congress.

America is in chaos, run a muck with rumors of subversion, treason, and allegations of other wrong doing by both candidates and members of their team, and facts relative to the propriety of corporate collusion with foreign states and their operatives. The ruthlessness of both political parties, and the lows to which they will stoop to get their candidates elected is untenable. And now revealed for all America and the world to see, a damaged and corrupted political process, something that should be repugnant to every American. Ironic isn't it? That those in which we put so much faith in to know better....don't.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Humanity Demands the Pen Must Remain Mightier than the Sword


America, we were outraged when we heard ISIS was destroying antiquities of eons and historic relevance. Are we not outraged that the Trump administration has set into motion the dismantling and destruction of the public archiving of the arts and humanity of America, and the means by which we the people have public access to them. The viewer driven, non-commercial laden, public broadcast systems that dot the nation, keeping people up to date on America and the world.

What's next CSPAN? The Trump administration's cutting of the funding for the arts and humanities, and the most prolific means by which they are made public and accessible, is akin to going back into the pre-cold war historic darkness. How is this not the same as ISIS? How is this not the same as Nazi's burning books in the 1930's and 40's. No!...America is, and must be better than this! We must stand against the Trump administration's systematic eradication of access, and ultimately, the ability of the public to archive America's creativity and historic relevance. We must learn the lessons of history and stand strong in defiance of the iniquitous of eras past. Humanity demands it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Block Granting Health Care to the States is an Abdication of Congress's Constitutional Responsibility to Promote the Welfare" of the People.

Republicans want to block grant their responsibility to the states to change health care in America. A VERY bad move. Let's for the sake of argument say there are 5 of the biggest for profit health insurance providers participating in this "block grant" health care system. There are 50 disparate states who must negotiate with 5 different for profit insurance companies. Business 101 says the more densely populated states will get better deals. That's how for profit health insurance policies are currently sold in America, and there's a bunch of restrictions to go along with them. The ACA mandated the insurance companies provide a minimum coverage to all Americans (their policy holders) as well as doing away with preexisting conditions.

What Republicans fail to grip is that there are economies of scale that will be lost once 50 disparate states are forced to fend for themselves against the crippling grip of the loosely regulated health insurance industry. A task most certain to fail, and the strangle hold on health care in America will remain. I ask you...Why would anyone think it was a good idea to negotiate insurance rates on a state's population when the entire US population will get a better deal?

The health insurance industry profited greatly from the ACA because it forced Americans to buy health insurance from them. Obama's ACA created a market for the insurance industry, and like most mega, for profit, corporate entities, what they're supposed to do comes in a far second,or third, to profits for their share holders. It was basically a gift that cemented the for profit insurance industry into America's health care system for decades to come.

This whole block grant thing is yet another example of how our federally elected officials abdicate their Constitutional responsibilities of promoting "the general welfare" of the people to someone other than the federal government. Their pockets are full from the insurance industry lobby money. It's appalling the lengths they will go to push off the hard things and get rich from it. Hell, they did the same thing in 1913 when they pushed their Constitutional responsibility for monetary control to a non governmental banking consortium known forever as the Federal Reserve.

This is what elected officials are supposed to do! We pay you to do your Constitutional duty. Your duty is to the people not the corporations that line your pockets. We will not just sit back and pay salaries and benefits of the elected while they shirk their responsibilities. The federal government must negotiate for every American's health care! The entire insured populous of America, in every state, the same rate. Either that, or scrap the whole idea of for profit insurance and go to Single Payer, Medicare for all.

The Republican plan for block granting health care simply won't work and will cost middle class tax payers much more, their quality of care will degrade, their stress will increase, and the rich will get their tax breaks. Republicans will throw the American people under the bus because that was their party's mantra for the past 8 years. REPEAL OBAMA CARE! They tried over 50 times to repeal the ACA with NO PLANS for replacing it with something at least as good or better. I'm telling you, these people are very lucky the American people have turned into sheep easily led to the slaughter. Otherwise, there'd be a bunch of tar and feathering going on...