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Today is President’s Day and I Honor All but 3
Today is President’s Day and I Honor All but 3
By David Jolly - February 18, 2019
For most of my life, we celebrated Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb. 12 and Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22. After all, they were the 2 greatest presidents in American history, with Washington being the first president and Lincoln being the president who freed the slaves.
Just as many believed racial tensions and divisions were improving, black Americans began insisting on a holiday for them, so Martin Luther King Jr., was chosen. To appease black Americans, Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays were combined with all other presidents in order to allow for a federal holiday for black Americans.
So, today is the day chosen as the legal federal holiday known as President’s Day in which we honor the birth of all American presidents.
This morning, I raised my American flag and thought about honoring the birthdays of America’s presidents, but realized there are three that I refuse to honor.
First is Lyndon B. Johnson. I truly believe that he was war criminal and should have been tried as such in the courts of America. In the 1964 presidential campaign, Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) ran for the White House, promising to end the Vietnam War by whatever means possible. He was labeled a hawk and warmonger. Johnson ran on a platform of peace, saying he would end the war by bringing our troops home. Johnson won a landslide victory over Goldwater on the promise of peace. Instead, Johnson escalated the US involvement in Vietnam and sent 50,000 more American military personnel to their death. He lied to the American people and the American military just to win the election. Additionally, Johnson was a strong racist and bigot.
Second is Bill Clinton. I cannot honor any man who carries on adulterous affairs while serving as president. It was proven during his impeachment that he had affairs before the White House and then had oral sex in the Oval Office while he was president. Then he lied about it and tried to obstruct justice to protect himself. After the House voted to impeach Clinton, the Senate should have found him guilty on all charges, but they were afraid to do so and be the first in American history to oust a president.
Third is Barack Obama. First of all, President’s Day is supposed to honor the birth of our presidents, but there is still a lot of questions concerning the birth of Obama. It was proven by a law enforcement agency that the official birth certificate presented by the White House was a forgery, as was Obama’s Selective Service Card. During that investigation, it was found that the supposed record of Obama’s birth in Hawaii was missing.
Additionally, Obama was the greatest criminal ever to hold the nation’s highest office. He regularly violated the US Constitution and federal laws. He intentionally changed federal laws to his own choosing, a right or power no president has. He violated Congress, lied to Congress, obstructed justice, supported and fueled the racial tension and fires that are still burning in our country. Barack Obama was so evil that he makes the worst organized crime boss seems like the proverbial choir boy.
So, on this President’s Day, I proudly and patriotically raised my American flag to honor all but three presidents, of whom all belonged in prison.
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Question to Republicans/Democrats and Trump supporters
Here is just a few question for Republicans/Democrats and Trump supporters. Please identify what States or region of the country you are From. I am understanding taking some reseach and these question are a start. I spent 3 years traveling around the country I spent time in 46 states. One thing I learned was people in different parts of the country have a certain ideology of how our government funds are to be spent.
Do you agree with Tax payer Funded Sports stadiums around the country.
Do you agree with Tax payer funds to entice major corporations to move to your cities.
Do you agree with Tax payer funds being paid to our capitalist in the form of subsidies.
Do you believe in housing subsidies such as low rent housing.
Do you believe in SS system.
Do you agree with Medicare.
Do you agree with Welfare for the poor.
Do you agree in Corporate welfare.
Do you believe in Affordable healthcare for all.
No need to ask about common sense gun control or Climate change.
Trump Considering Pulling U.S. Out of Constitution
SATIRE, By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it “maybe the worst deal ever,” Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he is considering pulling the United States out of the United States Constitution.
“I’ve seen a lot of bad deals in my life, but this Constitution is a total mess,” he said. “We need to tear it up and start over.”
Trump was scathing in his remarks about the two-hundred-and-twenty-nine-year-old document, singling out for special scorn its insistence on three branches of government. “The branches thing is maybe the worst part of this deal,” he said. “The first thing we do when we pull out of the Constitution is get rid of two of those branches.”
He also called the First Amendment “something that really has to go.”
“No one in his right mind would put something like that in a Constitution,” he said. “Russia doesn’t have it. North Korea doesn’t have it. All the best countries don’t have it.”
He stopped short of accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of writing the United States Constitution, but said, “He’s working hard behind the scenes trying to save it, because he knows that the Constitution is very, very bad for me.”
Vowing to replace the Constitution with “a new, much, much better Constitution,” he acknowledged that there might be some elements of the original document worth salvaging. “We’re going to keep the Second Amendment,” he said, “and definitely the Fifth.”
The Golden Rule: Love Thy Neighbor; When will America embrace this idea.
I really don't know if anyone will read this but here's a shot!
Do you remember these songs:
My Sweet Lord- George Harrison
Let it be- John Lennon
Imagine- John Lennon
We are the world- Michael Jackson
Sound of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel
Losing My Religion- REM
Hey Jude- The Beatles
Something to Believe in- Poison
Band on the Run- Paul McCartney
These songs show what America is. They express a love, that only America can give. Have we lost our minds!
Out of the ashes of the Cold War, tempered by terrorism, came forth a new generation of Americans. These Americans are filling the void of Generation X, The Baby-boomers, the Hippies and the Yuppies. Are you an American who remembers a time when we, Americans, did "Love one another"?
To the liberal socialist progressives, let me say to you: Remember Adolf Hitler.
Hitler ran on a fascist ticket of socialism through marxism. In Germany he was part of the progressive liberal movement.
To the rest of us, what caused us to get to where we are? Do we still 'Love Thy Neighbor'?
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr loved America. Simon and Garfunkel loved America. Michael Jackson and many 1980s musicians, singers, song-writers, actors and actresses loved America. Ronald Reagan told Gorbachev to "Tear down the Berlin Wall" which he did in 1989.
But today, human comerateray, brotherhood, and charity is being portrayed as a distant dream.
John Lennon sings Imagine. In that song he says imagine a world with no possessions, no death, no heaven or hell. He explores a world, a life, with no negative feelings just love. Why can't we have that today?
Has the pride of the Obama and Clinton administrations turned the warm hearts of Americans cold?
Does the hatred of a man, by the name of Donald Trump, totally destroy the actions of reason?
Donald Trump simply wants to do one thing: Lead the country in prosperity and safety. It is a simple, yet noble cause: Make America Great. The pride and false confidence in 'We are already great' has finally faded into the past. It fades, because of a simple principle, "You are only as great as your performance at your last job"
Listen to the song of silence, that is where we are headed. We, America, will destroy ourselves. Donald Trump has helped this country yet people are still against him. Why?
Shall we journey to the past? Two years ago in 2016, Donald started running for president, and it seemed like it was a joke. But a hatred of him arose. A unsubstantiated hatred. Good God, if the principle of 'Love Thy Neighbor' was still alive, Donald Trump would be loved not hated.
The proof is in the pudding. A man must be judged by both the good and evil the man does. Some lines can be crossed while others cannot. But in this time and place, the hatred is going to cause a civil war. Don't think it could happen?
In 1859 Dred Scott was decided. By 1860 the Southern states had declared secession from the union of states, because the northern states did not abide by the constitution. Congress voted to go to war to preserve the union of states. Are we refusing to remember this?
Remember Billy Joel with 'We didn't Start the Fire'? Now before us, we have the Executive Branch of government being obstructed in violation of the Constitution. Many people say read Article I of the Constitution, I have. But have they read Article II or III for that matter.
I can write until I am blue in the face. I can argue for Justice, freedom, and the American way. But all of that is just words and deeds swept away by the wind. It is meaningless if no one will take heed on to the words I speak and write.
Some Americans hear the words but do not listen. So the solution is Socialism? What a big mistake! Nazi Germany was Socialist on the side of Fascism. The USSR, the union of the soviet socialist republic, was socialist on the side of communism. America is Capitalist and Democratic but most importantly it is a free republic. We are the manufacturers of life, liberty, freedom, prosperity and justice. We are fair! The media is not. Lobbyists are not.
Now is the time when it all comes to a head. Where will you be? What will you be? Will you be a slave or free? Donald is leading us to freedom. His enemies are leading us to slavery. What do you want? Do you want to be free to decide your destiny or enslaved in a ruling class of people. It is your choice. Either we become the world as Michael Jackson says, and we Let it be, like John Lennon wrote. While 'Mother Mary speaking words of wisdom' or we end up creating our own destruction. What say you America?!
Trumps illegal emergency action
The emergency action Trump did is wrong and not to mention illegal.
His ignorant supporters have been parroting his foolishness that Clinton, Bush, and Obama invoked emergency action. (BUT THESE PRESIDENTS DID NOT USE EMERGENCY POWERS TO PAY FOR A PROJECT THAT CONGRESS DID NOT SUPPORT.)
It’s amazing and someone needs to explain these Trump supporters that attempt to justify this emergency when the the toddler in Chief actually tells them I don’t need to do this. The National Security Director’s disagree and told Congress there is no emergency on the southern border. CBP said no more barriers needed they wanted technology upgrades they wanted upraged X-ray equipment at the ports of entry. These are all Trump appointees.
Now let’s fill in what Trump left out when he said other presidents did it. Emergency declarations by Obama, Clinton and Bush were overwhelmingly for addressing crisis that emerged aboard. Obama and Bush Emergency Powers blocked foreign interest linked to terrorist and denied them access to funds.
But still the ignorant Trump supporters love to attack Obama I think it’s because he is black not sure but I think so. But Obama’s Emergency Powers were aimed at blocking property of certain persons invovled with terrorism crisis abroad and cutting off funds.Obamas only declaration not centered on foreign interest came in 2009 when he declared a national emergency to deal with the H1N1 flue pandemic.
It was typical with Bush and Clinton who focused on prohibiting transactions with the US and Taliban, Bush issued several in response to 2001 terrorist activities. They cut off funds. Not circumvent congress.
Let’s take a couple and there all the same with presidents use emergency powers.
Carter for example Froze Iran assets in response to Iran hostage crisis. Reagan prohibited trade and financial trans actions involving Nicaragua. He did the same with Libya, South Africa Panama.
These actions are all typical if Trumps ignorant base ever bothered to read legislation, emergency actions by past presidents, or Executive orders they just might be saved from that alternate universe of stupidity that they live in.
But what Trump did not tell his ignorant to facts base is no emergency was ever invocked to circumvent Congress it’s totally against the law.
(WHAT IS IT WITH THESE TRUMP SUPPORTERS WHEN THE PRESIDENT INVOKES AN EMERGENCY ACTION WHERE HE CIRCUMVENTS CONGRESS AND THEN TELLS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT HE DID NOT HAVE TO DO THIS I HAVE ALREADY DONE ENOUGH FOR THE 2020 ELECTION)
But now these ignorant people who choose to listen to the toddler in Chief on such an extreme issue want to avoid debate seem to think because Nancy Pelosi said happy thanksgiving instead of happy Valentine’s Day. This shows where the hate filled racist Trump supporters priorities are.
Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘loser teachers’ comment was ‘a chilling moment’
You may recall that President Trump held a border wall rally in El Paso on Monday and that his eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., made a speech that roused the crowd.
The president’s son drew cheers when he urged young conservatives to “bring it to your schools” (though he didn’t say exactly what “it” was) because “you don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.”
Three teachers explain why Trump Jr.'s comment was more than simply mean.
Jelmer Evers of the Netherlands, Michael Soskil of the United States and Armand Doucet of Canada were featured authors in the 2018 book “Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice.”
Evers is also the author of “Flip the System: Changing Education From the Ground Up.” Soskil was the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. Doucet was a recipient of Canada’s teachers award and is the author of “Teaching Life: Our Calling, Our Choices, Our Challenges.”
By Jelmer Evers, Michael Soskil and Armand Doucet.....
“You know what I love? I love seeing some young conservatives because I know it’s not easy. (Crowd applauds and shouts.) Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it. Because you can think for yourselves. They can’t.” (Crowd applauds and shouts again.) – Donald Trump Jr. in Texas on Feb. 11, 2019
For teachers around the globe, this was a chilling moment.
In a stadium filled with people chanting “USA, USA,” the son of the president of the United States called for hostility toward teachers because of their so-called political leanings. This is a message you would expect in an authoritarian regime, not at a rally for the U.S. president.
As teachers, we come from varied backgrounds and political leanings, but there is an undeniable core to who we are and what we stand for. Teachers nurture, care and protect students. Teachers champion the pursuit of knowledge.
By working daily with young people, teachers are the stewards of the future. Whether Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, right, left, center, blue or red — seeing and reinforcing the value of a teacher should be a national pillar that rises high above partisan politics and cheap applause.
Throughout history, schools and teachers have always been among the first to be targeted by authoritarian regimes and extremists. Independent thinking, creativity, compassion and curiosity are threats to dogmatic beliefs and rule.
Many of our colleagues in countries ravaged by war or in shackled societies teach in difficult circumstances. They are often ruthlessly persecuted and even killed for providing a well-balanced education to children, which should be a basic human right.
Echoes of these authoritarian practices are increasingly being heard in democratic countries as well. In Germany, the radical right party Alternative for Germany has launched a website where students and parents can report “left-wing teachers.”
In the Netherlands, right-wing parliamentarians have called on students to out their socialist teachers because they were indoctrinating their students in “climate change propaganda.”
In Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has accused student unions of “crazy Marxist nonsense” and has raised alarms by throwing out one of the most progressive sex education curriculums, which dealt with topics from consent, to gender identity to “sexting” in the age of social media.
In Hungary, textbooks are censored to follow the government’s nationalistic agenda. After years of denouncing teachers and schools, President Jair Bolsonaro’s first education policy in Brazil is to go after the “Marxist” curriculums, which bars teachers talking about feminism and LGBTQ issues.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has fired thousands of teachers. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is attacking teacher unions.
Research by the United Nations has shown that the globe is spinning toward a dramatic teacher shortage, with analysts predicting a shortage of 69 million teachers by 2030. This is the crisis we should be talking about.
We’ve seen overcrowded classrooms, long working hours, lack of professional development, burn out, low salaries, terrible retention rates and teachers across the United States striking to demand better teaching and learning conditions.
How does Donald Trump Jr.’s description of teachers as “losers” and the encouragement of hostility toward us solve these problems? How does it ignite passion in a new generation to pursue the world’s most important profession?
If we can be accused of anything, it is that we are on the front line of democracy. Education reformer John Dewey famously said, “Democracy has to be born again each generation and education is its midwife.”
As members of a global profession, we reject the narrowing of the mind and we stand by our colleagues defending academic freedom. We call upon parents, teachers and politicians to stand with us. Our academic freedom is what allows our democracies to remain strong.
Is It Really That Hard To Figure Out The Truth Behind Reality And Facts?
To me it's not that hard to see something that has hard documents or irrefutable facts that we see unfolding before our eyes and recognize realities whether we like them or not.
One thing is taken with a bit of skepticism, two that match up with a grain of salt, when three and four things that prove out start matching up with more they take on more and more credibility. Pretty soon you have a situation where the parts start painting a picture and things that don't fit start standing out as likely untrue.
When people reject something that is actually very clear, and more and more that actually has a high credibility, automatic rejections of new additional facts surfacing start sounding very weak. Often we are seeing conclusions drawn before we even have a chance to see the facts.
My point here, and the question is for the right...when facts are clear, you are looking at court documents or other hard evidence, evidence that would actually be impossible to make up...
Do you actually deep down know that the things being denied are actually real? Is there a part of you that knows your position is bogus, but that it is the position the group you are part of is taking so you stick to it?
I'm hoping this is the case, otherwise we are dealing with an ability to delude yourselves that is truly frightening. Wars could be fought over complete delusions.
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