We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
People (since I live in NYC and have so many liberal or so-called 'moderate' leaning friends) wonder why I consider Obama divisive. He is, without a doubt, among the most deliberately divisive presidents in our history. Bush was divisive, but not deliberately so. His mere existence caused Progressives to vomit (I considered him divisive because he caused me to leave the Republican Party based on his behavior, which I'm not sure was deliberate, but he certainly behaved like he had to do the things he did).
But the Obama speech at the Dallas memorial was a classic in division politics. His supporters have cheered him as a 'caring' man, someone who is 'willing to do something' - even if that something is lie. Lying seems to come easily to this man, and his supporters love it.
The memorial was no place to make a political statement. Yet he did. He made outrageous claims about "our" lack of willingness to fund schools, fund health programs, and how it's easier to buy a Glock than get a computer or a book. Yet school funding is at all time highs, with many of the worst districts among the most heavily funded on a per student basis, and health support is also at all time highs. Meanwhile, I've noticed that Barnes & Noble and Amazon are still making some decent money, while schools hand out computers to their students for use during the school year. How does he have the gall to lie so brazenly? Because he can. Nobody questions him, particularly at a memorial for slain officers.
Meanwhile, his speech was another call for gun control. Which, in the aftermath of the Bastille Day massacre, should raise some eyebrows. After all, are we likely to start asking for 'truck control' now? France did a good job of controlling guns, so I suppose that is the logical next step, is it not?
I tired of emotional appeals in politics long ago, but it seems this is all we get any more. From the bombastic and aggressive emotional outbursts of Trump to the lies and deceit of the 'caring' Left wing triumvirate of Bernie, Hillary, and Barry. We're a nation divided more over feelings and lacking the capacity or willingness to look at what we can, and have, accomplished.
At least Trump has identified the problems: Islam, drugs pouring through our porous borders, out-sourced jobs (with The O killing one industry after another with regulations galore), Common Core (I dare you to add columns using their protocol), ghastly expensive healthcare, etc. And he appears to be the only one leading a crusade to restore our patriotism and stability.
Meanwhile, The Boy Wonder just blames racism and passes another illegal executive order limiting individuals ability to help themselves. Law enforcement is a joke, BLM rules the streets, mosques are taking over cities along with their calls to prayer, illegals line up for benefits while vets are ignored, and so on…and so on. America's destruction is a joke for his amusement, second only in disdain to the U.K., the colonial empire his father so hated. Pay-to-Play Clinton is just as bad and has been for longer.
Only a little off topic. Be interesting to see if this turns out to be true.
Although the radical left has days of protests planned and has a history of protests, the Cleveland police has issued a stand down order to officers, I can exclusively report.
Remember when thugs from the left attacked Trump supporters at his San Jose rally? The San Jose mayor and police chief claimed it would have been “too dangerous” for officers to do their jobs by defending Trump supporters.
That same “logic” is being applied by Cleveland officials, who have given up on even trying to control the radical left.
If you’re attending the RNC, do not travel alone. Be street smart and travel in groups.
I am having less and less of a problem with Trump every day.
I suspect at this point in the terms of actual voters, he is way, way ahead of Hillary. And every BLM "protest" is giving him more votes, as well as every terrorist incident that is being downplayed or politicized by ridiculous leftwing rhetoric.
I think the Democrats will find they made a fatal error by their open borders policy and encouraging illegals.
I am no fan of Obama. But I can show you neighborhoods in Chicago where you would have to travel a lot farther to buy a book than you would to buy a firearm (although a Glock in particular might not be on the market).
Oh, saints preserve us. My elderly Dad, a staunch Democrat who adores politics but usually refrains from talking politics with me because he doesn't like being confronted with facts, actually got all starry-eyed and rhapsodized over the president's brilliant, fantastic speech. I was as respectful as possible. Leftism is a mental illness.