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Dear Steve,
It's nice to be back in the realm of searing and honest comment (even from a Kiwi). Very well said and I love the title "Mob Boss".
Best regards
Reg


 Comment Written 11-Nov-2019



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    Reg, where've you been? Hope all is well. In any case, welcome back.

    You may find that I have recently been somewhat obsessed with the whole Trump saga. I am following as closely as I can from this distance. Thank goodness for CNN!

    More to come from my pen, I am sure.

    Steve
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When it comes to politics I should never comment. So I'll zip my lip but I'll say that it's awful how they want to dig up dirt on each other. How can we get along; start respecting one another, if we don't start seeing the good a person has done. I liked your story.


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    I am not sure why you say you 'should not comment.' Actually, I can guess.

    Respecting each other should be a given, but the example given from the top is the exact opposite of that, I'm afraid.

    Steve
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Yikes, this is an interesting and terrifying story.
How could things get so out of hand?
Your story is well told and easy to follow.
Well done.
Sharon


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reply by the author on 11-Nov-2019
    Thanks, Sharon.

    I can tell you how it got out of hand. It started with the election of a President who considers himself above the law...

    Steve
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I hate to admit it but I have got to where I don't believe anything I read or hear on the news. I do believe both sides slant to news for their own agenda therefore leaving the public not knowing what is going on.


 Comment Written 09-Nov-2019



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    Thanks, Barbara.

    I would agree that both sides are slanted, although I would argue that one side is so slanted that it would topple over without support. However, many facts are clear, and the testimony given under oath by respected and professional foreign service officials who have devoted their lives to serving under various administrations has a powerful ring of truth. I believe Yovanovitch and in fact no one has denied this version of her recall. The smear campaign against her has been corroborated by other witnesses. The whole saga is a disgrace and an embarrassment.

    Steve
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I cannot even begin to understand what prompted a majority vote for this man, and your story simply adds to my complete bewilderment (as clear and well-written as it is... *sigh*)


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    Thanks, Dawn. I'm going to follow his train-wreck downfall with great interest, even if it means getting up at 4 in the morning NZ time to watch the public hearings!

    Steve
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This brief non-fiction is very well written, resembles a press release.
You are preaching to the quire, in my case. What of the religious right?
I see no separation of church and state.
Thank you for this worthy posting.


 Comment Written 08-Nov-2019



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    Thank you. It bewilders me that any Christian can see Trump as someone sent from God!

    Steve

reply by Rmocruz on 10-Nov-2019
    You're welcome Steve!
    Thank you for the valid question!
    ~Rich
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Just the facts, man! Though that doesn't seem to matter to the president's supporters.

Amazingly, you seem to be preaching to the choir. I thoroughly expected yards of prose here declaring you an apologist for the deep state and an advocate of the nefarious schemes to invalidate the president's election by removing him from office.

I have a campaign button left over from the 2000 Bush versus Gore election that I often wear in public as a challenge.

"DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED WITH THE MAJORITY."

I have fielded a few comments by Trump supporters, still unwilling to admit the improprieties by the FBI in its handling of the Clinton server query timing, as in Wikileaks posting hacks from the DNC, and the verified, known, imposition of divisive and deceptive plants by Russian operatives in social media. Especially that Trump won by a vast majority of the popular vote.

I simply ask them if they voted in California. If they did and voted for anyone other than Clinton, I tell them they should have stayed home as their vote did not count. California is a winner take all state and fifty percent plus one was for Clinton. Some deny that fact, others say that their man won anyway.

The electoral college is the rub here. States, not the citizen voters, elect the president based on their population and the requisite number of the individual states' electors.

Article II Section 1 is the last vestige of slaver-owner supportive legislation still in the Constitution of the United States.

Amazingly, the compromise needed to gain the signatures to pass it required the delegates to accept the fiction that three/fifths of the slave population was to be counted in the census as citizens. This though they had no civil rights and existed as property only. I wonder why they did not also include the cattle, pigs, horses and chickens, too? Maybe the dogs and cats? By the logic of the slave holders, it made sense. Can you imagine the hair-pulling when the other states also counted their non-voting domestic population, too?

I'd have loved to be the fly on the wall during those debates.

Trump lost the popular vote by nearly three million people whose votes were dismissed by the electoral college which voted for Trump.

The chilling fact is this anomaly has occurred five times in our history, the last two instances within sixteen years, 2000 and 2016.

Technically electors have always had the privilege of voting for anyone they want to. Some states have passed laws requiring their state's electors to observe the majority and cast their votes accordingly. This year, the US Supreme Court affirmed the independence of the electors and guaranteed their right to vote any way they wished, apparently without any penalty.

Since the census is used to apportion representatives to the states based on their population, the increasingly mobile population will result in some states with representatives they do not deserve while others are short-changed.

As you know, presidential elections are every four years while the ten year period between the census taking guarantees that the number of electors is always out of step with the actual numbers some states are entitled to.

The only remedy in the short term is for the states to require a proportional vote with the candidates receiving a percentage of the electors based on their vote totals, which they can do as only the states have the right to determine their procedures for choosing electors.

The truest correction is to eliminate this last stain from our slave-owning past. Article II, Section 1 should be stricken from the U.S. Constitution.


 Comment Written 08-Nov-2019



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    Thanks for the strongly supportive review and of course the sixth star.

    I think most Trump-supporting members know me by now. In any case, few are prepared to argue. Last time I bashed Trump i was told that, as a New Zealander, I had no right and couldn't possibly have the knowledge to comment on this disaster who has somehow managed to take over the White House and is trying his best to singlehandedly destroy the Constitution. Actually, singlehandedly is wrong, isn't it? He has a legion of Republican Senators who have traded their souls for a hint of political advantage...

    Thanks again. Sometimes it doesn't feel like it, but I know there are a great many Americans who do know what Trump is really like/.

    Steve

reply by Allezw2 on 08-Nov-2019
    Imagine fielding a question: "Is the media as hard on Trump here (in prairie Wyoming at the Independence Rock Monument) as it is at home?" This, from a middle-aged couple visiting from Brisbane, startled me.
    I remembered the fuss when Trump had a less than cordial chat with the Australian prime minister. The lady was curious.
    Wyoming is my home state and I was raised near the monument. They overheard me telling our daughter (a California native) what it was like living in this rather sere land and a bit of the history of the monument. Curious, they introduced themselves and the conversation began. They were traveling across the US following the Oregon Trail from the west coast to its trail head in Missouri. They would continue on to Michigan for a family wedding, then fly home from New York, New York.
    They did not understand how the popular vote could be overridden in the U.S. presidential election. As you know, parliamentary form democratic governments elect a party who then select the head of government from among their ranks. A representative democracy in the US mode indirectly elects the president by virtue of the individual states' appointed electors based on their respective population numbers. It was when I explained the genesis of the electoral college that I was rudely interrupted by a gentleman who believed that the electoral college was the only thing that protected the small states from the absolute domination by the liberal coastal states. (He clearly absolved the Gulf of Mexico states, described as deep red conservative and Republican).) He clearly did not understand the function of the electoral college. He also erroneously believed the ratio was 1/3 of the slave population to be enumerated instead of the 3/5 codified in the the U.S. Constitution as equivalent citizens.
    I asked him if he really believed the total U.S. population of near 400 million is so easily swayed that they would follow in lock step with California's twenty seven million? That flummoxed him. When our daughter raised the point that it was the larger coastal states that subsidized the smaller states for their tax-supported federal government services.
    His companion promptly retorted that they paid their taxes.
    Steph fired back, "Not enough!"
    "Well, California gets federal money, too."
    "Yes, as a rebate on the amount of taxes overpaid to the federal government. It was the wealthier states in the northeast and Florida, Texas and the west coast paying more than their share that provided these services to the smaller states. Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Idaho are perfect examples, receiving far more in federal benefits than they pay for." They left after that exchange.
    As I mentioned to the Australians, this exchange was a perfect example of the political schism, where uninformed people's politics are so personalized as to be unreachable by any reasoned discourse.
    Trump is a misogynistic lout supported by his rhetoric and support by an extreme minority who might look askance at his morals but applaud his stance on certain social issues. Promise them cake when they clamor for bread!

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    Since you brought it up, most of the people here in this country are truly in awe as the immediate and truly magnificent response by your prime minister to the tragedies of the mass murders became known. That it was perpetrated by an alien to ENZED was stupifying.
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Wow this sounds serious, and you have captured my interest. You have written this story well and as I only get a small clipping on the daily news of what goes on in the world, I don't know enough about political news to involve on the subject. keep writing. Mary Ann.


 Comment Written 07-Nov-2019



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    Thanks, Mary Ann. I am sure at least some of this news trickles across the Atlantic. I have to admit that I am a little obsessed with this stuff (while still keeping an eye on your own Brexit turmoil)

    In my opinion, Trump is a fruit loop - but a dangerous fruit loop.

    Steve
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Social media, don't get me started on this matter. Back in the day, when the news didn't travel so fast, life was better. Thank you for sharing this well-crafted piece, my friend.
God bless
Steve


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    Thanks, Steve. Not sure I agree with you, but it is certain that social media has dangers. The problem this time is the nut behind the steering wheel, as they used to say about the cause of car accidents. Guess we need a new metaphor here. Perhaps the Twit behind the tweets?

    Steve

reply by Neonewman on 08-Nov-2019
    LOL, The twit behind the tweet is perfect. I'm cracking up at 9 a.m.
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Did any of this really happen? I'm afraid I haven't been paying any attention to American politics or their tweeting president. Does anybody care what he tweets? I can't imagine why.


 Comment Written 07-Nov-2019



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    Oh, yes, it really happened. next week the live, prime-time TV will hit our screens. Best drama since Breaking Bad, I reckon!

    Steve
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