British Prime Minister: “Too Much Tolerance for Extremism”

TheresaMayIn the wake of the recent London Bridge terror attack…What do you think Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May means when she says there is too much tolerance toward “extremism” in our country?

The very critical thing to understand, and that is currently considered ‘politically incorrect’ by many Liberals and the mainstream media, is that generally these violent acts are NOT viewed by the attackers as ‘terrorism’ per se…They are intended and carried out as a RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL WAR against all ‘infidels’, especially Christians and Jews, around the world.

KoranIt is critical to begin to face the hard and unpopular truth that these acts we routinely refer to as ‘terrorism’ are seen by the Muslims committing them simply as an obedient EXPRESSION OF MUSLIM FAITH, as called for SPECIFICALLY in the Koran. To deny this fundamental truth is political correctness gone ‘off the reservation!’

Liberals and the mainstream media are doing a severe disservice to humanity in ignoring this truth, effectively burying their heads in the sand about it, and calling others ‘bigots’ who refuse to follow in their misguided, politically correct “ostrich footsteps” (as ostriches have the stereotype of wanting to bury their heads in the sand:)

Western media has seized on and relentlessly hypes the word ‘terrorism’ to describe these violent acts of Muslim religious faith for maximum ratings. Whenever there is such a faith-based act of ‘religious war’ by Muslims, the media almost seems to become a ‘partner’ of sorts, with the dutiful way they immediately eclipse all other important news, and give the attackers WALL TO WALL, worldwide nonstop coverage for HOURS UPON HOURS, and often DAYS UPON DAYS.

Have we learned nothing of how that kind of media ‘glorification’ was motivating more young men to copycat the mass killers of Columbine and the like? Such over-exposed attention to each extremist act is a GIGANTIC contributor to the problem. This is a no brainer.

If you don’t think it does, keep in mind that it has just been reported by the Brits that the individuals responsible for the London Bridge attack were COPYCATS of the previous attack in Britain in which a van and knives were used. EVEN THEIR SUICIDE VESTS WERE FAKES! They were obsessed with ‘acting’ like the non-stop blockbuster movie coverage that had been hyped and glorified by the media in the process.

There is an insane amount of ratings driven hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty behind all of this. This is one of the areas that moderate Progressives like myself find solid common ground with moderate Conservatives. It is time to face the hard truth, and that is what Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to say when she says there is too much ‘tolerance for extremism.’

ExtremistKoranFIRST AND FOREMOST, we have to stop allowing the media and dishonest Liberals to ignore the Islamic FAITH-BASED nature of these violent acts at their core, as such faith-based acts of religious war are plainly and repeatedly called for in the Muslim Koran.

When you understand that truth, you can begin to grasp how those committing such ‘faith based’ violent acts DO NOT see themselves necessarily as terrorists. Quite the contrary, they see themselves entirely as obedient followers of Allah…fulfilling Mohammed’s teaching that such acts are necessary in the ‘end times’, and actually demanded by Allah in order to create their worldwide Muslim ‘Caliphate’, bringing ‘Sharia Law’ by force to the entire world.

Rather than seeing themselves as ‘terrorists’ (as our media loves to call it in dishonestly removing this religious faith equation) they see themselves as obedient and holy PRACTITIONERS OF THEIR FAITH…as ‘martyrs’ who will receive an eternal reward in heaven from Allah.

That belief is FUNDAMENTAL ISLAM, as taught fundamentally in the scriptures of the Koran. There are a lot of people who are actively trying to deny that truth right now, and that is not just misguided ‘tolerance’ of a religion, it is insanely dangerous and irresponsible! Because we cannot ever begin to address and heal such hateful divisive thinking as long as we lie to each other and PRETEND IT IS SOMETHING ELSE!

Now please follow me on this next point, because here’s where the truth gets even more unpopular…

BibleKoranThisMeansWarPicHistorically, this kind of ‘faith-based’ violence (that others outside of said faith always see as ‘terrorism’) has not been isolated to just Islam and the teachings in the Koran! As I said above, it is rooted in religious ‘end times’ teaching and fear-mongering. That said, WHERE ELSE do we find that ‘end times’ teaching and fear-mongering? You guessed it…The BIBLE!

I was talking with a good friend of mine recently, and he made the correct observation that MOST people who call themselves Christians don’t really know what the Bible says about their faith…

BibleKoranThey also don’t know about the EXACT SAME KIND of violent faith-based mass killing of ‘infidels/unbelievers’ committed over and over by both Jews and Christians all throughout history. This is because most people don’t like to READ anymore, as many recent polls and studies have reported.

Such mass killings and ‘holy genocide’ of ‘unbelievers’ are supposedly authorized and demanded by the God of the Jews all throughout the Old Testament (See Joshua chapter 6 and the story of Jericho for but one of countless examples)

For but just a few examples:

CathInquisitionChristians and the Catholic Church engaged in their mass
faith-based killing in the interest of their own ‘worldwide Christian Caliphate’ during the Crusades, in the Great Inquisition, and in the genocidal killing of millions and millions of Native Americans who naturally fought to protect their homeland and refused to ‘convert’ to Christianity when Christians invaded North, South and Central America, conquering it ‘in the name of God’…These were nothing but similar ‘caliphate’ faith-based religious acts just like what is taught to Muslims in the Koran.

In closing, understand that there is NO MORE IMPORTANT topic than this in our world today. If like me, you want nothing more than to bring healing and peace to mankind, it is time that you faced the uncomfortable truth regarding the DIVISIVE nature of organized religion…

MotherOfPeaceBOTH Judeo/Christianity AND Islam are what has constantly stood in the way of uniting humanity and allowing for world peace. All they do is DIVIDE with their sick and bigoted man-made teaching that MASQUERADES as “God’s” teaching, that their beliefs (BOTH Christian AND Muslim alike) are the ONLY true belief, and that all who don’t convert are worthy of condemnation in the eyes of God.

HellpicI am saddened and embarrassed to say that my own mother embraces such condemning Bible beliefs as an ‘evangelical Christian’, rooted in those very teachings found all throughout the King James Bible…That all others who don’t convert to Christianity are ‘infidels’ and will be destroyed by the armies of Jesus upon his return, etc…

As I spelled out above, this kind of belief is the SAME as the fundamental teachings in the Koran fueling these violent faith-based acts by Muslims. It is nothing short of a miracle that I was ‘saved’ from my mother trying to cram such religious hate and bigotry down my throat as a child.

This is at the root of what Prime Minister Theresa May is saying, when she says there is too much ‘tolerance for extremism’. It is time to stop pretending number one, that the extremism is just ‘terrorism’ and not an obedient FAITH-BASED act to standard fundamental teachings in the Islamic faith…and number two, that the extremism is LIMITED to Islam…

HeavenHellPicThe extremism is fundamentally found in each of the main religious teachings, and has produced this kind of genocidal worldwide war and violence, falsely in the ‘name of God/Allah’ for thousands of years. It is time to confront it in ALL forms of religion for the MAN MADE hate and bigotry that it is.

As long as we don’t face that ‘unpopular truth’, we are lying to ourselves, and in such misplaced ‘tolerance’, we not only will be continuing to ignore the ONE path toward HEALING the problem, but we will be as guilty of enabling it as the mainstream media is when they in effect glorify every violent act with wall to wall coverage for ratings.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

Republicans Not Only Ones With Growing Cancer In Their Party

SurgeryPicWhat we are witnessing with Donald Trump and his perversion of the highest office of our land is a clear symptom of a chronic disease within the Republican Party. If the Republican Party were a patient, their doctor would rush them into surgery as soon as possible to attempt to remove the dangerous life threatening tumor.

I will address THE SAME life threatening cancer within the Democratic Party momentarily.

But first…Let’s do a comprehensive recap followed by a current update of the massive evidence of vulgar, corrupt and low character Trump behavior…

mccainwarheroHis mind blowing denigrating of beloved prisoner of war hero Senator John McCain, saying ‘He’s no hero, I like soldiers who DON’T GET CAUGHT'(after Trump himself sought 4 draft deferments to avoid serving in the military)…

His many well reported and documented strong business ties to ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILIES in the building of his casino empire in New York and New Jersey…

trumpivankaHis multiple references ON CAMERA on at least two network television interviews saying that his daughter Ivanka is so hot that if she wasn’t his daughter ‘he’d be dating her’…

The tape from his interview with Access Hollywood that reveals him proudly claiming that because of his star status he can treat women any way he wants, saying that when he meets hot women for the first time, he does whatever he wants including ‘grabbing them by the p#ssy’…

TrumpWallCrowdHis routine hate speech toward Mexican and Muslim immigrants, seeking an absolute Muslim ban on new Muslims coming to America, and repeatedly on the campaign trail characterizing the majority of Mexican immigrants to our country as being nothing but ‘rapists and violent felons'(nothing could be further from the truth)…

trumpunivHis fraudulent “Trump University” that reportedly has defrauded thousands, including many senior citizens, of millions of dollars of their tuition, and which has recently settled for 25 million in order to make the investigation ‘go away’…

And now for a comprehensive update to those and many other corrupt, low character things we have routinely witnessed from Trump just during the campaign alone…he has now engaged in the following compounding lies and bewildering corruption while most of his ‘diseased’ supporters and simpletons react by burying their heads in their hypocritical sandboxes…

trumpflynnTrump flat out lied saying repeatedly during his campaign and after the election that ‘NO MEMBER of my campaign staff has ever had any contact with the Russians’…Then of course it leaked out that one of his closest top advisers, General Flynn, had not only had contact with the Russians, but had received a large sum of money from Russia, and had failed to register as a ‘foreign agent’ for Turkey, where he also was being paid large sums of money…

Flat out IGNORED Attorney General Sally Yates and the Obama administration’s specific warning about Flynn, when Yates came to the White House and told Trump about known intelligence developed on Flynn, and warned him that General Flynn was compromised by the Russians. Trump elected to take no action.

After Trump continued to be asked if any of his campaign or administration had ever talked to the Russians and specifically whether any of them EVER DISCUSSED SANCTIONS with the Russians, Trump continued with his lies to the press saying no…

RussianAmbassadorWe only discovered he was lying ‘big league’ about this when his hand was forced to reluctantly fire General Flynn, after it leaked out that Flynn had in fact been talking to the Russian Ambassador secretively, and that they had absolutely discussed the Russians’ number one concern of the sanctions against them by the United States.

Thankfully we discovered this because Flynn (and apparently some others) had been inadvertently overheard by diligent American intelligence officials who were legally monitoring the communications of known Russian agents such as the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the Flynn conversations with him were recorded.

TrumpClspTrump begins his nonstop rant ever since, attempting to distract from his cover up attempt by raving against the ‘leaking’ of the information, as though the leaking and revelation of his corrupt dishonesty to the nation is the treasonous problem, and not his administration’s attempting to cover up their communications with the Russians…and this after our election is now known to have been hacked by the Russians in an effort to elect Trump!

But wait, there’s much more…

While Trump can’t say a negative word about monstrous war criminal Vladimir Putin, who is responsible for the violent murders of scores of ethical journalists who reported on his corruption, human rights atrocities and war crimes, and who is responsible for ordering the mass killing of tens of thousands of innocent refugees in both Ukraine and Syria (many of the carpet bombing war planes in Syria were RUSSIAN PILOTS, not just Assad’s Syrian pilots)…

trumpputinbarechestWhile Trump cannot say a negative word about Putin despite the above known facts about his murderous, war crime history in order to hold on to power, and while Trump is known for calling Putin a great leader of all things, we now have the mind-blowing contrast of Trump calling well respected patriot and FBI Director James Comey a total ‘nut job’…

This after Trump was unable to get Comey to be his personal lapdog – After he was unable to get Comey to ‘pledge loyalty’ to him – After he actually asked and was unable to get Comey to DROP the Flynn investigation! (These things being documented by Comey in a detailed memo he wrote documenting the inappropriate communications by Trump in at least two of their private meetings.)

TrumpComeyTrump then seeks out his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and tasks him with writing up an unfavorable memo regarding criticism of Comey, due to Comey’s supposedly ‘unfair treatment’ of Hillary Clinton of all things! Riiiiight…Because we all know Trump thought Hillary was being treated UNFAIRLY by Comey during the campaign!

On the contrary, one could argue that Trump owes Comey a lifelong debt of gratitude for HANDING HIM THE ELECTION with his revealing to the nation that he had re-opened the investigation into her private email communications only a month before election day.

And how do we remember Trump and his supporters reacting? Nothing but nonstop praise of James Comey for being the consummate patriot and professional. So let’s get real.

After Trump’s Deputy Atty General tenders the requested memo Trump asked him to write, Trump summarily FIRES Director Comey, and initially tries to use the Deputy Atty General’s memo and “recommendation” for the firing.

TrumpNBCIntBut in no time at all, during an interview on NBC’s Nightly News, Trump revealed that he was in fact lying about that, and he slips and admits during the interview that he knew long beforehand that he was going to fire Comey, and that his decision was primarily because of his anger regarding the FBI’s ongoing investigation into his administration’s possible ties to Russia…

Not only did Trump admit this as his motivation during the interview, he further added that the FBI’s investigation into his administration is nothing but a “hoax” by the Democrats, angry because they lost the election.

But speaking of ‘hoaxes’, if that wasn’t enough, we then find that Deputy Atty General Rosenstein had become very angry behind the scenes that he had been ‘played’ and used as the initial excuse by the President for the rationale for firing Comey. (This is probably what forced Trump to have the motivation to change that ‘story’ during the NBC interview)…

TrumpRussiansOvalOfcThen unbelievably, what does this corrupt President do? He invites the known top Russian spy leader, Ambassador Kislyak and one of his top Russian colleagues INTO THE OVAL OFFICE. He bans all American reporters and photographers, but ALLOWS a Russian photographer…

During this blatant ‘ass kissing’ of the Russians, Trump reveals top classified intelligence that we hadn’t even revealed to many of our top allies yet, but Trump reveals this sensitive information to one of our KNOWN KEY ADVERSARIES, while entertaining them in the oval office.

What happens immediately after he does so? General McMaster proceeds to lie to the press in an official interview answering questions about this, in which McMasters tells the press that Trump NEVER revealed any sensitive intelligence to the Russians.

But as is becoming the norm with the Trump administration’s culture of dishonesty, this is exposed as a lie. Within 24 hours Trump sends out one of his tweets to the world saying with impunity that as President, he had every right to reveal sensitive information he deems fit to the Russians.

Then within a day or so of this happening, the news leaks from the transcripts of Trump’s meeting with the Russians in the Oval Office that not only did Trump brag about firing Comey for being a ‘crazy nut job’, but that he told the Russians that his firing of Comey was in fact done for the purpose of ending the Russian investigation…specifically that it had eased a lot of pressure and that he was ‘not under investigation’ now.

TrumpOvalOfcWindowTaken together, it is clear at a minimum that Trump has engaged in repeated efforts to impede and/or stop the FBI investigation into his administration’s possible ties to Russia. That is what is called “obstruction of justice”. But that is just at a minimum what we are ultimately going to find he is guilty of. (yes I ended that sentence with a preposition…get over it, we have more pressing concerns)

JaredKushner1On the heels of the above news, NBC is now reporting that the FBI investigation has now identified one of the top senior advisers to the President, Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner, as a key “person of interest.”

KushnerFlynnAs you can see by now, it is impossible to write about this subject in any comprehensive way without feeling like you are writing a dog gone BOOK for crying out loud! But I am doing it in the interest of reminding you of all the things that are happening at a sort of fever pitch…Behavior of a seriously dishonest and corrupt nature that happens so fast, and then the media is on to the next, and you just can’t keep up with it all.

So when you start to forget some of his many compounding lies as you encounter any Trump supporters who try to hit you with their inevitable and bewildering: “What proof do you have?”, you can keep this as a reminder of the proof to refresh your memory (and their’s) of most of the key corrupt Trump lies and cover up attempts taking place over the last few months that are perverting and disgracing the highest office of our land.

Major proof of the actual crimes committed will be coming down the line, as the FBI has revealed that the investigation has expanded from initially just being a counter-intelligence investigation, to now being a full on criminal investigation. They have also revealed that it has expanded to specifically include a major focus on possible financial crimes and money-laundering.

BobMuellerSpecProsBut of course much of it is still confidential in the ongoing FBI investigation, thankfully now being conducted by former FBI director, Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller. But don’t forget this folks…It is often the COVER UP, not the crimes, that brings down a corrupt President.

And the ‘PROOF’ of cover up attempts and their associated compounding lies by Trump and his key staff are repeatedly found left and right. That is what tells us there is something huge there, and that is why Trump told the Russians he had fired Comey to ‘ease the pressure’. It is obvious he is sweating bullets and knows he has a lot to hide.

Now, to payoff my initial statement that this kind of ‘cancerous disease’ is not unique to Republicans…

DNCLogoThere is a lot of talk right now about what has become of the Democratic Party as a result of our major loss in the last Presidential election that has led to this current national crisis and disgrace…There’s a lot of introspection and concern about what direction we need to take to recover from this, and get our ‘mojo’ back, for lack of a better word.

Well I will tell you exactly what the problem is, and it isn’t going to be popular. But understand something…what is ‘popular’ is often NOT what is ethical and moral. And that is at the root of the problem in the Democratic Party.

Honesty about this is required if we are going to heal the disease within our ranks that has led to our low voter turnout and the consequential success by Trump voters in the last election.

The reason that happened is because we have lost SO MANY people who have bailed on our party and become Republicans and/or Independents, who had they not left our party, we would have won hands down…But so many have left our party and continue to do so at present, for the precise reason that they have become sick of the LACK OF VALUES AND ETHICS reflected by the ‘do whatever feels good’ culture embraced by many Liberals and the Democratic Party in general.

What direction does the Democratic Party need to go from here? To get our ‘mojo’ back, we must get our MORALS back…But don’t get me wrong I’m talking about COMMUNITY morals, not religious morals.

Like the cancerous disease in the Republican Party which includes a major hypocritical blend of evangelical religion, Wall Street and corporate corruption and angry white elitism and bigotry…Democrats have a different disease on the other end of the spectrum, so to speak…

LiberalDemsWhile we can recognize there is a need for legal abortion in order for women to control their reproduction the same as a man, we have to STOP CELEBRATING ABORTION. That is the impression our party has given to the world, that Liberals ‘celebrate’ abortion, as though there is nothing about it that is sad, or necessary to be avoided if possible.

We can understand that abortion should be legal, without creating that sick impression that there is nothing about it which reveals a lack of responsibility. We can embrace the moral values that every Liberal Democrat parent should be teaching their daughters: That sex is for adults, because it comes with such incredibly serious adult responsibilities, including getting pregnant and the responsibility of the life of another human being in your hands…

Not to mention the potential for contracting sexually transmitted diseases…Teaching our kids that abortion is an unfortunate, sad LAST RESORT…that is absolutely is nothing to be ‘celebrated’…and that while we as Democrats will defend a woman’s right to control her reproduction, our new adjusted position on this topic is that we hope for abortion to be ‘EARLY and RARE’ as opposed to ‘LATE in a pregnancy and OFTEN’.

That is the biggest evidence of our lack of embracing basic normal community morals and values that has led to many who would otherwise be in our party, to have left the party.

doperAnother strong example of the disease we are contending with within our party is the way Liberals have irresponsibly taken to celebrating RECREATIONAL DRUG USE. We can understand that drug USERS as opposed to “DEALERS” do not need to be imprisoned (Dealers of course DO need to be imprisoned) without attaching to that understanding the sick celebration of marijuana and other recreational drug use, as though there is nothing dangerous or wrong about it!

What kind of message does that send to young people? It certainly does not send a responsible message that embraces community morals and values, I can assure you of that.

Liberals’ common display of CELEBRATION of the right to get high and use recreational drugs has become a hallmark of the general impression Liberals and Democrats have given the world, and that has to change if we are going to be the healing LEADERS that our nation desperately needs right now.

Democrats have to change course and realize that we have to show the world we are taking back the moral ground…Moral ground we mistakenly forsook very irresponsibly in the past…Moral ground that has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with COMMUNITY MORALS, and setting the right HEALTHY EXAMPLE for young people.

When we do that, it will show we have matured and are ready for the responsibility that is needed now from political leaders…Freedom REQUIRES MORAL RESPONSIBILITY. Freedom does not mean you celebrate DOING WHATEVER MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD as long as you aren’t harming others. It doesn’t mean you ignore the fact that a ‘person’ is being harmed when an unborn child is aborted. Moral responsibility recognizes a woman’s right to choose while SIMULTANEOUSLY HOPING SHE CHOOSES LIFE.

In other words, the Democratic Party needs to change course drastically and make it known how THAT is our new platform…We are calling on those who have bolted because of our former immaturity and irresponsibility to return, and we embrace those of you who recognize a woman’s right to choose while yourselves hoping she chooses life for the unborn child.

StonedBabyIt is simple…We have to rid our party of that cancerous disease described above that has abandoned setting a moral healthy common sense example for young people…

To get our party’s MOJO back, we have to realize it is time we get our MORALS back.

And I would tag that with the slogan I recently coined, and I’m hoping maybe the Bernie Sanders camp might embrace it if he will consider running again:

“Bernie Sanders…HINDSIGHT IS 2020”

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

The Self Destruction of a Dishonest President

TrumpClspWith the recent shocking events involving Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in the MIDDLE of the FBI’s huge investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Putin and Russia, we are witnessing the self destruction of a dishonest President who likely will not last one full year in office.

In his most recent interview on the NBC Nightly News, Trump contradicted the reason for firing Comey, given by Vice President Pence, Sean Spicer and other key members of his administration, who had said Trump simply “followed the recommendations” of the Deputy Attorney General.

TrumpNBCIntHe revealed in the NBC Nightly News interview that in fact, he was angry about what he called a “hoax” of an FBI investigation into his campaign, and that he had ALREADY decided to fire Director Comey long before that recommendation (which by the way, Trump had specifically asked his Deputy Attorney General to draft a letter about).

At a minimum, this reveals two very corrupt things…One being that Trump was caught in a huge lie here, having instructed his top administration members and key spokesperson to tell the world one story, then letting the truth slip out during the NBC interview that the reason the White House had initially given was absolutely not the case.

TrumpComeySecondly, Trump revealed in that NBC interview that his reason absolutely was motivated primarily by his anger regarding what he tried to call a “hoax” of an investigation into his campaign’s possible connections to Russia.  Amazingly, this is an admission of committing what is called “obstruction of justice”.

Understand this important point: When you admit that your fundamental reason behind firing the top law enforcement investigator who is investigating you is that you didn’t like what he was investigating and considered it bull sh#t or a ‘hoax’, you have admitted that you obstructed justice. Republicans continue to just ignore this truth, which is simply unbelievable.

Now we hear the news that in addition to Director Comey being fired by Trump, there is another corrupt similarity now being revealed with respect to Trump’s firing of well respected US Attorney for the New York District, Preet Barara…

PreetBhararaWe are now hearing from sources in the FBI that US Atty Bararra was in fact pursuing an active investigation into possible MONEY LAUNDERING by Russian individuals using TRUMP BUSINESSES. And what happened there? Trump also fired Bharara, which seems like ancient news now, doesn’t it? Yet it was only about a month ago.

Trump has taken to saying recently that “I don’t have any investments in Russia”…This is likely a matter of ‘semantics’ or word play…While he may not technically have investments currently in Russia, Russian individuals easily could have made huge investments in Trump businesses.

As a matter of fact, recently there was a business man names James Dodson interviewed in the news in which he recounted a specific conversation that surprised him when he was riding in the same golf cart with Trump’s son Eric.

EricTrumpHe said that when he asked what banks were funding their Trump developments, Eric had no reservation in informing him that they did not depend on any banks, but saying: “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
(Here is the link:http://www.vanityfair.com/…/eric-trump-russia-investment-go…)

TrumpJrAnd let’s not forget the now fairly well known comment made by Donald Trump Jr. in 2008, saying that the Russians represent a ‘disproportionate cross section of investment in our businesses in Dubai and abroad’.

Those ignoring this avalanche of corruption and dishonesty we are all witnessing, and refusing to acknowledge it are shameful hypocrites beyond comprehension. If this behavior were happening from a Democrat President, i.e. Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, they’d see it clearly and plainly.

So make no mistake, what makes them gigantic shameful hypocrites is precisely because they DO see it, yet they are more than willing to play the same Trump game, pretending they love the “emperor’s new clothes,” while the rest of us have seen from the beginning the ugly orange shade of ‘naked’ the con artist really is.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

Trump’s Own Words Sum Up His Incompetent First 100 Days

TrumpOvalOfcWindowTrump supporters desperate to distract from the first incompetent 100 days of Trump in the White House love to say it is a “meaningless measuring stick”…REALLY? You mean as meaningless of a “measuring stick” as his tiny fingers’ first 100 GROPES of women by their p*ssy? (His words not ours)

Another thing I’ve noticed from his deeply character-challenged supporters is how much they love to try to rub his election in everyone elses face, saying “Democrats just can’t believe he beat Hillary!”

No, what Democrats can’t believe is NOT that Hillary lost…What Democrats AND many Republicans are shocked by is that so many of you were either that low character or that easily gas lit and fooled by such a gigantic orange reality show con artist.

TrumpWallCrowdWe were shocked that there was that degree of national ugliness, combined with mind-blowing stupidity and ignorance…We were shocked that those things could still be so prevalent in our communities across this country today.

And it isn’t any kind of argument to ignore all the huge disreputable, bad character and corrupt things about Trump, while simultaneously bringing up Hillary as your excuse… That does nothing to negate your horribly bad judgement.

One can think Hillary was a horrible choice – but using that same code of ethics, if one then looks at Trump and chooses to ignore his gigantic boatload of major corruption, fraud investigations, refusal to release his taxes, strong ties to organized crime, etc, etc, that only serves to make one a GIGANTIC hypocrite. It is a simple as that…there is no moral or ethical ground with Trump, only wild hypocrisy and bad judgement.

In the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s vulgar, bigoted, white elitist hate-speech driven campaign, you’d have to be mentally challenged NOT to see the egregious reports of a lifelong pattern of corruption in the building of his New York and New Jersey casino empire, his significantly reported ties to organized crime (Google it!), the reported fraud surrounding his Trump University, his refusal to release his taxes after bragging that he was “smart because I don’t pay taxes”…

His history of making sexual remarks with respect to his daughter Ivanka, REPEATEDLY in television interviews saying things like ‘Ivanka is so gorgeous if she weren’t my daughter I’d be dating her’…

Or in another similar television interview, when asked what interests he and Ivanka might share in common, after Ivanka mentioned “real estate”, Trump’s response was to say “SEX” after which he soft-pedaled that answer a little by saying he wasn’t sure if that answer was in fact mutually shared by Ivanka…And all Ivanka did as a result was to giggle embarrassingly.

trumpivankaBUT EVERYONE WITNESSED THESE THINGS IN LIVING ORANGE COLOR…And what Democrats (and as I said, many Republicans as well) were shocked by was how many dumb-asses and low character angry white Americans and their angry white wives heard and saw those things with their very own ears and eyes, and STILL said “Hell yeah, I like THAT GUY!”

Democrats knew that Hillary had created an impression with many Americans that she and her husband had found ways to enrich themselves through the Clinton Foundation, and that there were serious trust issues surrounding her as a result of the “coy” way she handled her private email server issue.

trumpunivBut compared to Trump’s widely reported record of ties to organized crime, along with all the documented fraud and corruption investigations, many of which he managed to ‘settle’ to avoid convictions…And compared to all the vulgar hate-speech, womanizing and angry white bigotry that regularly spews out of his mouth, Trump makes Hillary look like a Hollywood yoga instructor who got caught operating without a license…

Democrats (and many Republicans) are outraged that so many of you could be so irresponsible as to place our country in such grave danger by electing such a disgraceful, climate change denying, incompetent, egocentric con artist to the highest office of our land at such a critical time in our history.

And then we hear from Trump’s own 12 year old mind: ‘I thought it would be easier’…and ‘Who would have thought health care could be so complicated?’…and ‘This is more work than my previous life’…ALL HIS WORDS NOT OURS…
And in his own words they very effectively sum up the meaning of Trump’s embarrassing and incompetent first 100 days.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

What Are We? The “Mother of all PEACE” or the “Mother of all WAR?”

MotherOfPeaceDon’t you think it’s time that we moved on by now to the NEXT LEVEL as leaders on this planet? Are we EVER going to set the example, carrying a torch of “America the PEACEMAKER” instead of “America the WARMAKER?”

This is a little bit longer oped than I usually write, but there is no more important topic facing mankind today. So I hope you won’t let the length deter you, as there are a lot of very important specific points that need addressing here, in showing how peacemaking is achievable and NOT just pie in the sky “rainbows and unicorn talk”.

Recently, our military used the largest conventional (non-nuclear) bomb in our inventory in Afghanistan. They seemed outright celebratory and giddy in their desire to tell us about the bomb’s ‘name’, strangely attaching the counter-intuitive loving term “Mother” to it: “The MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS”…

MoabBombThey even proudly provided pictures to the press of the ‘mother’ bomb, with those actual initials “MOAB” painted on the side, and told us that was the bomb’s actual name, “Moab”.  America has always loved to name our bombs. We proudly announced the names of the atomic bombs we dropped on Japan, and had them also painted on the side of those atomic bombs. Even as a little kid, when I first learned that, I intuitively knew that was really sick.

Obviously it is important for a free nation to have a strong military. I am a former Security Police sergeant in the Air Force…I actually guarded our nation’s priority A nuclear weapons systems for my entire term of enlistment, including the ICBM Minuteman missile system and the B-52 and B-1 bombers. I believe in a strong military as a deterrent.

But there is a huge difference between that and the widely known, longstanding reputation for America’s “Mother of All Love Affairs” with war, and the selfish profiteering we obsessively seek from it.

But that isn’t what mankind and the world in general needs…What the world desperately needs now more than ever from America’s leadership as the strongest nation on the planet, is that we be the “Mother of All Peace” instead of the “Mother of All War”.

For the overwhelming majority of all the years we’ve been a country, we have been making war anywhere we could in a posture of imperialism, which some history scholars say really took off during and after President Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency.

 

KimJongUnIf our goal is to see just what a nuclear holocaust might be like, then we should just continue with the status quo of the reputation we have built in the minds of the rest of the world, especially since we have the perfect storm for that now, with such an ego-maniacal, napoleon complex, wanna-be dictator with the weird hairdo…But enough about DONALD TRUMP!! (Insert drum rim shot)

You thought I meant Kim Jong Un…Yeah, so with two highly unpredictable, egocentric world leaders who both appear to be competing for the title of the “Mother of all Weird Hairdos”, is the answer what Trump has been doing?…Ramping up the war rhetoric as though we are happy to be off to the ‘mother of all nuclear races’?(It is simply mind-blowing, the absurd ignorance of it all.)

trumpputinbarechestBut it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time for a change to be demanded from honorable Americans who knew better than to vote for this Putin-loving, fake-haired, used car salesman on steroids.

We need to change direction in a major and effective way, and reverse course from the centuries old warmongering, imperialistic rhetoric that has caused so much deep-seeded fear and nuclear posturing from many other countries, such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, not to mention Pakistan… just to name a few.

We need a few national leaders to get to a microphone in front of the press…and regularly at the United Nations…And the new United States message to the world needs to be drastically different in tone: “WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE FRIENDS AND HELP EACH OTHER?”

More than that, the SPECIFIC message needs to be to a country like North Korea: “WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE AT PEACE WITH SOUTH KOREA?…AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR YOU AND YOUR SUFFERING PEOPLE?”

THAT is the message the world is waiting on overall…THAT is the “next step” in humanity’s ‘spiritual evolution’ if we are going to survive.

NukeMushCloudHere’s the thing…Precisely BECAUSE we claim to believe in such humanitarian values per our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, WE need to be the ones to begin beating that drum, challenging all the other countries to try coming together as friends.

WE need to lead and champion that message of universal friendship BY EXAMPLE…Not by increased ‘nuclear posturing’ (Remember Trump’s comments during the campaign saying words to the effect that it doesn’t make sense to have nukes if you aren’t willing to use them, etc?)…and we certainly don’t lead in that example by electing the “MOTHER OF ALL LIARS” or the “MOTHER OF ALL FAKE-HAIRED REALITY SHOW HOSTS.”

Trump is just turning up our age old war maker rhetoric to “11” on a amplification dial that is only meant to go to “10” (If you’ve seen the movie “Spinal Tap”, that has more comic effect) To former President OBama’s credit, he sought to tone down such war maker rhetoric, while effectively taking out many, many terrorists with drone strikes and Navy Seal Ops like the ballsy one that he ordered in taking out Osama Bin Laden.

BibleKoranThisMeansWarPicMajor organized religion on all sides, Judeo/Christianity and Islam, each ignorantly teach of an end times holocaust of sorts, in which each of their respective “SAVIORS” come to destroy all of the “UNBELIEVERS,” and bring in “heaven on earth” for only their religion. If you are a Christian who doesn’t believe that, you clearly haven’t read your Bible much…The book you claim to believe in is replete with such condemning teachings and end times mandates.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…The next step is needed now…it is WAY overdue…That step is understanding that we are CITIZENS OF EARTH, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, all of us an EQUAL PART of what we refer to as “God”.

And if the United States has ANY “EXCEPTIONALISM” left to show the world, WE NEED TO BE THAT CHANGE, and we need to be that change NOW! We need to be that change, before this Bill OReilly loving, “Napoleon-Concept-In-Chief” keeps freaking everybody out worldwide, with one of his orange fingers near the nuclear button, and the others God only knows where.

BernieSandersThis solution isn’t going to come from Trump…It will have to come from some other leaders like those of us who understand how to properly communicate this message to our brothers and sisters in China…Our brothers and sisters in North Korea…Our brothers and sisters in Russia…Our brothers and sisters in Iran…Our brothers and sisters in Israel…Our brothers and sisters in Palestine…Our brothers and sisters in Pakistan…Our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan…

But we have to set the example by SENDING THEM A FRIEND REQUEST! Is it as simple as that? Well it has to be REAL one, not a “FAKEBOOK” friend request… A sincere request to come to the table and join hands as brothers and sisters, with a sincere change of heart demonstrated first from us as the most powerful nation, seeking to help each other and respect each other mutually. So no, it requires the real thing…I guess maybe a COKE AND A SMILE would be a nice touch.

But in other words, the solution is NOT to keep ramping up the nuclear war rhetoric! There are many of us who know how this can be done, that being the creating of peace on this planet that I am writing about here. The problem is, those of us who know how to approach WORLD FRIENDSHIP and help to create it, are kept from having that opportunity by the powers that be, whose selfish profiteering, world domination agenda stands to be DEFEATED from such a world peace leadership model.

mikepenceFirst and foremost, as I said above, you don’t do as Trump and his administration are currently doing…you don’t play “nuclear chicken” with ramping up the war rhetoric…You don’t keep tweeting and announcing to the world, in response to North Korea’s awareness of our “Mother of All Flaky Presidents,” that “ALL OPTIONS REMAIN ON THE TABLE!”…That is the exact opposite of what is needed now.

Instead of that reckless, egocentric bluster, a responsible leader sees the impression that countries like North Korea have of the United States – an impression that we are out to destroy them like we did to Saddam Hussein and many others – A responsible leader understands that perspective of Kim Jong Un and engages them in an honest effort to change that impression.  Instead of beating the ‘Mother of all War Drums’ once again as our history has branded us, instead of saying “All OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE,” we take a different approach…

As the most powerful nation on the planet, we set the right example, that of being the ‘Mother of All PEACE’ first and foremost as opposed to the ‘Mother of all NUKES’…We choose to change our age old reckless warmongering posture, and begin setting a new leadership example…

earthspacepicWe say that it is overdue to realize that the age old stand-off, cease fire, demilitarized zone between the North and South in the Korean Peninsula is anachronistic, and it is time for it to be finally replaced with complete PEACE…

As such, we choose to place a SINCERE FRIENDSHIP REQUEST as the PRIMARY “option on the table”, and not more of the same war posturing. In that endeavor, we ask that China join us in offering that hand of friendship to the North Korean people.

As the most powerful nation on the planet, we seek first and foremost now, to bring HEALING to the table! That is the kind of real leadership the entire world is desperately needing from the United States as we celebrate “Earth Day” 2017.

Here’s another critical part of the NEW MESSAGE we must be giving to the world:

For the longest time we have been COMPETING AGAINST one another…But we all have the same needs…We all laugh and cry for the same happiness and pain in our lives…

As such, we must BE one another’s helpers …While Judeo/Christianity and Islam both love to claim how much they “help”, history has shown how they only divide and create war with their ‘we’re the only true religion’ conditional dogma, often tied closely to nationalism…But the real SPIRITUAL TRUTH is, all of us must BE one another’s salvation ourselves! In other words, no religion has a corner on the market of ‘HEAVEN’…

We must begin CREATING HEAVEN ON EARTH, and the only way we can is by doing that TOGETHER…We don’t have to be in a constant posture of competing against one another anymore…WHEN DID ‘TRADING’ BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH ‘COMPETING’…That is the tired, ugly, angry, divisive, selfish behavior of a political system that does not have the needs of humanity as its number one reason for existing!

tillersonputinexxonWhen did we forget that government is meant to exist for enriching the lives OF THE PEOPLE, not enriching the lives of CORPORATIONS AND THE PRIVILEGED FEW, whether those privileged few use business, nationality or religion as the source of their perceived ELITISM!

Now..RIGHT NOW is the time to begin this new renaissance of brother and sisterhood as CITIZENS OF THE EARTH.

Lets speak out and tell our current “Ego-Trip-In-Chief” to tone down the “bombing” rhetoric while we TURN UP the “Brotherhood Rhetoric” with a surprising GESTURE OF FRIENDSHIP TO NORTH KOREA, and do so in the absolute interest of helping its direly suffering population…and of course do so in the interest of assuring them that we have no desire to harm them, as our nation’s historical imperialism has led much of the world to conclude.

(On a side note, when this was initially posted on Facebook, it prompted the following “Trump supporter’s” very ugly and hateful reply:

“Josh Stearns: My GOD!! Have you seen what liberals are doing in the country right now??? Do you even know who George Soros is?? I was literally attacked by black people the morning after the election. They had a big hillary sticker on the back of their mini van. I didn’t do anything . They were out trolling for a random white victim. Fuck you Connie Bryan.You are the problem!! I will make sure every musician I know , knows the truth about you, You fucking NAZI!!”

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

Associated Press Reports Russia KNEW IN ADVANCE About Assad’s Chemical Attack

ChemAttackPicThe Associated Press reported Monday morning that a senior U.S. official has confirmed that Russia KNEW IN ADVANCE about Syria’s planned chemical attack…Here’s a quote from the blockbuster story written by ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, WASHINGTON (AP):

“The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.”

ChemAttackTwoMake no mistake, this takes things to an all knew corrupt level…because this directly points to COMPLICITY by Putin in Assad’s use of chemical weapons. And as surprising as this may be to some, it really comes as no surprise to many of us who have been paying close attention…

Because it is SOOOO obvious that this whole thing has been choreographed and carefully “scripted” to help Trump try to distract from the huge heat that he was feeling from the media refusing to take the main topic off of the growing evidence of his administration’s connections to Putin and Russia. And a chemical attack with the accompanying pictures, followed by a photo op flurry of shooting off a bunch of ‘fireworks’ to suddenly appear like a ‘humanitarian’ certainly provides that distraction (By the way, tell me you have you seen ‘Wag the Dog’…You haven’t? Well you need to find it on Netflix and watch it soon.)

As I have recently written about, Trump’s trademark sh#t for character, all the way up to the moment this chemical attack occurred, was NOT TO GIVE A RATS ASS over the last year about the tens of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and yes “LITTLE BABIES”, bombed and killed unceasingly by both Russian and Syrian war planes…

TENS OF THOUSANDS KILLED BY PUTIN AND ASSAD BEFORE THIS…But Trump consistently made it publicly clear he could have cared less. He routinely looked at those bombings and killings, and those refugees in general, with utter disdain. And as a result his angry white supporters largely PRAISED him for that, with their like-minded support.

He only cared when suddenly the world was being shown the horrible pictures of the “scripted” chemical gassing. But understand…that was the plan! Then in his ‘scripted reality show’ he could suddenly ‘act’ like he was such a caring humanitarian toward those innocent Syrian victims, and many people would forget his prior utter disdain of them in the ‘last episode’s script’ the week before.

But “THE PRODUCERS” (Trump and Putin) didn’t count on Russia being exposed for their behind the scenes complicity with Syria, thus completely and effectively spoiling their show.

RussianDroneWe find out what should be no surprise really…Putin was complicit in the whole thing with a Russian controlled drone flying over the very hospital where most of the victims had run to for emergency life saving treatment… Said hospital was subsequently bombed by a Russian fighter only 5 hours after the Russian operated drone had flown over it. Does that make you mad? If it doesn’t, you don’t have an ounce of good character and you should be ashamed.

Here is the link to the AP story: https://www.apnews.com/19772be1238e49fbb62c509a5b659b3d

Let me make something crystal clear here…”Regime change” is not just desperately needed where Syria’s President Assad is concerned…It is now clear from Putin’s complicity with Assad not just in the chemical attack, but in the unconscionable, ongoing overall crusade of genocide of Assad’s own people, that in the interest of international peace, justice and human rights, “regime change” now MUST INCLUDE Vladimir Putin in Russia.

Honorable Americans aren’t going to let the “Russia Connection” heat be removed from the orange ass of our corrupt, con-artist hand puppet of Putin, Donald Trump, so disgracefully elected to our highest office by indescribable mass ignorance.

As sure as the sun rises in the east, honorable Americans will soon be taking care of that necessary “regime change” here as well.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

DEMOCRATS HAVE SOME INTELLECTUALLY HONEST SOUL SEARCHING TO DO IF WE ARE TO LEAD BY ‘EXAMPLE’

First off, just because one is a Conservative does not mean they support this disgrace of a human being in the White House any more than if one is a Liberal or Progressive means they would support tax revenue from legalizing recreational drugs. Morals, values and character are found ON BOTH SIDES of the political aisle.

Accordingly, you Liberals who go around ‘celebrating’ abortion rights, rather than soberly recognizing there is an unfortunate need for it on occasion and we hope that it is both rare and early…you have the very one and the same bad character that someone has who sees and hears all the vulgar, ugly, corrupt and dishonest things we’ve seen and heard from Trump, and says “Hey, I like that guy!”

As for the Conservatives who voted for Trump…You know you wouldn’t buy a used car from a ‘player’ as fake as he obviously is.  Just that ‘cirque de TOUPEE act’ on top of his head is a dead giveaway. But you voted for him and continue to ignore both his constant lying, his growing profit-motivated, unethical conflict of interests and his clear corrupt connection with Vladimir Putin…You ignore it all because you only care about holding him to his promises to kick out millions of Mexicans and Muslims, build a wall and give you an $80.00 per hour COAL MINING JOB…

But the truth is, all of those things were also ‘used car salesman’ lies. They aren’t going to come to fruition. And if you have an ounce of good character somewhere deep down below all that selfish angry white hate, pretty soon you are going to start feeling something coming on worse than a cold or the flu, that you haven’t felt in a while.

It’s going to make you feel like you just want to avoid people for weeks at a time because you know that THEY KNOW who you voted for…Do you know what it is I’m talking about…It’s called SHAME. What we are witnessing from this joke of a President is nothing short of the epitome of shame, and it speaks much more about YOU CONSERVATIVES who voted for him than it ever will of Trump.

Conservatives also usually love to remind people that they are so called “Christians”. Well, I was raised in the Christian church. I cut my teeth on the Bible. I have since learned the truth that the Bible is a very fraudulent book full of man-made politically motivated bigotry…However, I do know that the purported teachings of Jesus in the New Testament are in DIRECT OPPOSITION to the main desires that are motivating all of you Trump supporters.

Jesus would rebuke each and every one of you…He would SHAME each and every one of you, just like he did the hypocritical Scribes and Pharisees, for your desire to build a wall around our nation of immigrants, for your hate toward Muslims and your vitriol you expressed for those desperate Syrian immigrants who needed asylum, and you loved how Trump refused to help them…

Based on all of the supposed teachings of Jesus, if you really are a so called “Christian”, you would know that Jesus would SHAME each and every one of you for all your anger that you daily express among your like-minded Trump supporters toward Mexican immigrants, and your deep desire to have millions of them deported.

And what did Jesus teach about the love of money? What did he say about giving money to the poor and those in need…i.e. social programs and welfare? When he was asked by the ‘rich young ruler’ how he could ensure he would go to Heaven when he died, what did Jesus tell him?

That’s right…Jesus told him he must GIVE ALL HIS MONEY TO THE POOR. And all you Trump supporters love Corporations, the rich and the wealthy SO much, while you harbor an equal measure of disdain for social welfare programs targeted for the poor that come from your precious tax dollars.

Ironically, Jesus’ teachings are in most cases in strong alignment with the equality for all, non-elitist, ‘arms wide open’ desire to help the poor philosophy of Liberals and Progressives. Notice I said in MOST cases.

I’m going to get very real and unpopular with my fellow Liberals and Progressives now, because there is shame on both sides of the aisle, and if the Democratic Party really wants to heal this country and be strong again, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUR MORAL FIBER BACK!

You want to criticize all the current hypocrisy you see from Conservatives? Good, but you can’t do that while you run around smoking your dope and setting such a sh#tty example for young people. Do you have kids? Do you have grandkids? Do you want them to smoke pot and do other drugs?

If you have a shred of good character and common sense, of course the answer is a resounding NO! So live by example, don’t go around living like a freaking hypocrite, like we see from many Trump supporting Conservatives!

Same thing when it comes to other issues like I mentioned above. Sure, there needs to be the option for women in desperate situations to have the choice to have an abortion. But abortion is nothing to CELEBRATE! It is a horribly unfortunate last resort. It is the ending of at least a ‘potential life’ no matter how you try to spin it.

And this is very important: Democrats have to understand something very key to why many Conservatives aren’t Democrats. It is SOLELY because of their perception that Liberals have lost their moral fiber, specifically on the issues of abortion and recreational drugs.

We have to ‘turn on a dime’ very soon on such topics, and once again embrace morals and human values in order to be the party of healing leadership that our nation needs.

Certainly our nation does not need a hypocritical Republican Party that gives its middle finger to the fundamental doctrines in our Constitution that protect equality, immigrants and freedom of religion. Our nation needs a party that understands and respects those things, seeks to raise awareness that love and real spirituality have ZERO to do with organized religion, BUT ALSO a Party that understands the need to set the right example for young people…the need to teach HEALTHY LIVING, meaning ‘abstinence IS COOL’, abortion is legal but it IS NOT COOL, and it certainly is not to be ‘celebrated’ or just seen as a ‘simple fix’ or ‘green light’ enabling one to ignore the serious adult responsibility and consequences that come with sexual activity… And certainly this need to teach healthy moral living also includes teaching that smoking marijuana IS harmful, REGARDLESS OF DEGREE compared to other recreational drugs, etc., etc.

Turning all this ignorant, disgraceful hypocrisy around is going to require serious ‘heavy lifting’ from the Democratic Party. One of the heaviest parts of that lifting is going to require facing such hypocrisies that have been unaddressed for far too long, and that have significantly contributed to the weakening of the Democratic Party.

If we celebrate freedom without responsibility…without community morals, not necessarily religious morals…then that freedom will not be there eventually. That is because freedom requires responsibility. For too long Democrats and Liberals have ignorantly and irresponsibly sent the message that you should do WHATEVER MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD, deep down knowing that if we are any kind of decent parent, we seek to teach our children the opposite.

We want our kids to know that there are very bad consequences for having sex too early before they are old enough to handle the adult responsibilities that come with it, right? OF COURSE.

We want our children to know the dangers of smoking, and the dangers of using marijuana and other recreational drugs, right? OF COURSE. But still for too long we’ve tolerated this over-arching hypocritical Liberal platform in our Party that has created the impression in the media of just the opposite.

If we want to be the healing change our nation needs right now more than ever, then ENOUGH IS ENOUGH folks. If the Democratic Party is going to be strong again, we have to ‘turn on the dime’ of embracing strong morals again. If we don’t do it, what other Party is going to step up and do the right thing, and show the Conservatives how it is supposed to be done?

There are a lot of members of the Conservative Party who are only in that party because of these unhealthy, irresponsible and immoral aspects I am referring to, that have for too long run rampant within our Democratic Party. Again, those moral hypocrisies have zero to do with ‘religious morals’ and everything to do with ‘community morals’ and ‘family values’, which have been seen by many who would otherwise be Democrats, as having been kicked to the curb in our Party.

If we as Democrats are going to lead by example, and bring about the desperate healing change that our nation needs right now, we have to clear out such hypocrisies in our own house.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

COMEY CONFIRMS INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE TRUMP-RUSSIA CONNECTIONS, AND TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE ‘TATTLETALES’??

ComeyPicSo we heard FBI Director James Comey formally speak to members of Congress last Monday, confirming what many of us have predicted for some time…FIRST, that there is an ongoing major classified criminal investigation into possible Trump campaign connections with Russia, and into the Russian meddling in our election in general…and SECONDLY, that there is absolutely ZERO evidence found to support Trump’s tweets that maligned the character of President OBama, accusing him of masterminding a “wiretapping” campaign against Trump during his campaign.

Recently I posted a list of at least 10 of Trump’s major lies. (I am including it here below at the end of this article.) Democratic Senator Adam Schiff said it well recently, when he said there is a serious amount of circumstantial evidence pointing to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian individuals, and there is serious DIRECT evidence of DECEPTION at this point. And then within less than a full week of making that statement, he has amended it and is now revealing that he has seen more than circumstantial evidence that points to collusion.

When you have that much dishonesty and in Schiff’s words, “direct evidence of deception” from Trump and his campaign…When you have their repeated efforts to hide things that they eventually had to admit, but only AFTER they were exposed, that is very damning to the office of the President, not to mention a major indication of guilt.

TrumpCasinoWhiteHsAnd in addition to that dishonesty, what is even more damning to Trump and many of his misguided, blindly supporting sheep, including many Republican members of Congress, is their childish ‘tattletale’ defense…Their unconscionable excuse-making to distract from all the damning things coming to the surface, in which they try to distract from that grave, treasonous information by saying: “The more important problem that needs investigating is who is responsible for LEAKING the information”.

REALLY?? The ‘tattletale’ is the real corruption?? The whistle-blower who may have technically violated some law to protect confidential communication, but who in the interest of patriotism, may have leaked information to prove that General Flynn and the Trump campaign were being dishonest about his having never discussed the Russian sanctions?…THAT is the more damning concern, much more so than Trump and his associates’ possible COLLUSION with Russian?? You are really able to say that with a straight face??

tillersonputinexxonLike Trump’s growing ‘greatest hits’ of lies that I mentioned above, such an absurd, clearly partisan effort to distract from Director Comey informing us of his investigation into possible Trump campaign connections with Russia is not just ignorant and irresponsible, but the degree to which we have heard it as a major talking point from Donald Trump and his administration is huge evidence in itself of guilt.

An innocent person would never make such a ridiculously ignorant assertion. They would welcome the investigation, not try to undermine it by attacking the whistle-blower as the ‘real problem’.

putintrumpbabyWhat are we, in second grade? More often than not, Trump creates that impression…He knows he’s in the cross hairs for his corrupt behavior…He knows he is in deep sh#t just based on what has been leaked, so what does he do? He acts like a second grader, throws a tantrum and points his finger at other kids in the class he suspects of ‘telling on him’ to the teacher, screaming ‘TATTLETALE’. And just look at all the childish, low character ‘sheep’ for Republicans that want to embrace that behavior! It is beyond belief, and it is FAR from patriotic or intellectually honest.

trumpflynnBut again, when your lies are exposed by such damning ‘leaks’ by those ‘whistle-blowers’, what choice do you have but to make such insane assertions? When it comes to possible treason, thank God for the brave and patriotic ‘tattletales’ in the interest of preserving our nation’s precious and apparently still fragile democracy.

Here’s my list of Trump’s Top Ten Greatest Hits (Or should we say Greatest Bull Sh#ts) Feel free to add a few more in the comments section, if you think of some big ones I left off…

1.Repeatedly doubling down on his lies that President Obama ‘wiretapped his phones’ at Trump Tower, even after admitting he had ZERO evidence, and only cited an article in the New York Times and one episode of Bret Baier’s Fox News program. This is a serious crime to accuse someone of such an egregious felony with no evidence.

2. Lied when he promised during the campaign that he would absolutely release his tax returns. Then immediately after the election he formally announced he will no longer honor that promise.

3. Lied during the campaign when he and his campaign advisers denied having anything to do with the change in the Republican Party platform with respect to military aid to Ukraine. The party platform had wording at the time that called for aid, including military aid to Ukraine in their fight to stop Russian backed aggression by insurgents after Crimea had been invaded.

The party platform was suddenly changed during the Republican National Convention, and the only change was to that portion of the platform. It was changed to reflect that the Republican Party DOES NOT support providing military aid to Ukraine. This change in the party platform is in direct support of Russian interests. Trump lied repeatedly to the press saying that he and his campaign had zero to do with this and had no idea where it came from. Since then, one of his key advisers has admitted that in fact the Trump campaign was behind it, and that it came as a directive from Donald Trump.

4. Lied when the Trump administration repeatedly and adamantly stated that Trump’s National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn had NEVER discussed the U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian Ambassador.

Ultimately it leaked out that in fact Flynn had absolutely discussed sanctions when he met with the Russian Ambassador, on the very SAME day that President Obama launched even stronger additional sanctions against Russia in retaliation and punishment for their interference in our election. In addition, it came out that Trump had been aware of this fact for several weeks, and had not taken any action against Flynn, but instead had kept silent only until this was exposed in the press.

5. Lied when he repeatedly denied over and over that NO ONE in his administration or his campaign staff had EVER had ANY contact or communications with Russian individuals. Now it has leaked out that in fact several top Trump advisers, including even his son-in-law Jarod Kushner all met with Russian individuals before and after Trump’s election. One of those meetings involving Jarod Kushner and Gen. Flynn took place during Trump’s transition in December, and was held AT TRUMP TOWER. There is no way Trump was not aware of this.

6. Lied when he and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly tried to claim that the press had taken steps to hide the huge record numbers of people who turned out to his inauguration. Trump and Spicer repeatedly tried to claim that his inauguration resulted in a historical record crowd turnout, the most in Presidential history, ‘both here in Washington and across the globe’. This of course was quickly proven to be an absurd lie, and side by side pics of Obama’s inauguration next to Trump’s, taken at about the same time of day, showed an aerial view of Trump’s inauguration with huge sparse areas, and Obama’s so large there were no sparse areas on the Washington Mall.

7. Lied when he gave a recent Presidential press conference in which he similarly tried to claim that he set an electoral college landslide record with his electoral votes. Immediately when he said this, he was caught and held to account for this lie by an on the ball NBC reporter who he called on for a question. The reporter promptly educated him about the fact that Presidents OBama and Clinton had both achieved much larger electoral college votes in their elections.

Trump, visibly shaken, then made an additional lie in reply, attempting to make the excuse that he ‘meant among Republicans only’. Again, the reporter promptly educated Trump to the fact that Ronald Reagan and President Bush Sr. and Richard Nixon all had much more electoral college numbers than he.

Trump’s reply was to then blame some unknown staffer saying, “I don’t know, that’s the information I was given”. (In an article on this in the New York Times, they point out that there have been 45 Presidential elections in America’s history in which the winner received more electoral votes than Donald Trump https://www.nytimes.com/…/donald-trump-electoral-college-po…)

8. .Lied when he tried to say that the only reason he lost the popular vote by 3 to 5 MILLION votes, was because those were votes cast by illegal immigrants engaging in massive national voter fraud…Then he added another lie to support that one, saying he would prove it by launching an immediate investigation to provide the evidence of this…What happened since then? Was there an investigation providing any such ‘evidence’?…OF COURSE NOT. This was the same as his accusation of wiretapping by Obama, and that it would be ‘proven’ after an investigation, claiming there absolutely was evidence of it, and then he finally admitted this week that he had no ‘evidence’ of that either.

9. Lied when he repeatedly pledged to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “Healthcare for EVERYONE, and everyone would PAY LESS!” Now the Congressional Budget Office and other analysts are saying that his plan would not only be more expensive for most over the next 10 years, but 20 to 24 MILLION Americans would not be covered under his plan, many of whom are at the poverty level and will lose their Medicaid coverage they had obtained under Obamacare.

10. Going back a while, we mustn’t forget his huge lie when he kept announcing to the press that he had special ‘investigators’ on the “Birther” case, supposedly finding proof that he would be bringing forward soon that OBama wasn’t an American citizen, which of course he never produced, and has never apologized for.

This ego-maniacal, narcissistic con-artist is doing grave damage to our country and the office of President, with his constant dishonesty. And it is shocking how many ugly, low character Republican and Independent white voters are ignoring all of this because they think he’s either going to get rid of all the Mexicans and Muslims, or get them a lucrative manufacturing job back at a GM factory building cars for $80.00 an hour. They should be ashamed of themselves for harboring such selfish greed and hate. Trump and his corruption and lies are simply a reflection in the mirror of those voters.

Connie Bryan

(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her blog and website at http://www.conniebryan.com)

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE and SMOKE and SMOKE and SMOKE…

(The above title is borrowed from part of a great article by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, which I will reference at the end of this oped)

trumpbankruptcyDo we need a repeated draft-deferring con artist telling us that our country will only be ‘great again’ because of him?

Do we stand for this repeated draft deferring con artist going on and on for baited applause to his words, saying that our Navy is great and that he ‘will never let them down’ after he began his campaign going out of his way to castigate a tortured Navy prisoner of war, that being Senator John McCain, scoffing with disgust at his heroic sacrifice, and saying he isn’t a hero, ‘I like soldiers who don’t get caught’?

mccainwarheroSenator John McCain was a Navy pilot. shot down in his fighter jet over Vietnam, tortured for years by the Vietcong…had opportunities to be released but refused to say what they were trying to force him to say in order to be released, and barely made it back alive after being a prisoner of war for approx. 7 years!

Insert disgraceful Donald Trump, telling us how he and only he can make our country GREAT again (when we know it is already great because of heroes like McCain and many others) who shortly after he began his campaign for President, sought to tear down Senator McCain, specifically stating that he was not any kind of hero, because he ‘got caught’.

Are we going to stand by and allow this draft-deferring perversion of the highest office of our country who sought to never serve in the military, to hypocritically boast that he is now Commander-in-Chief and ‘will never let our Navy down’ as he shows us how to make this country ‘great’, after not only his cowardly attacks on Senator McCain, but also just days ago, his refusing to take responsibility for the death of a Navy Seal, going out of his way under criticism of his decision to green light that Seal operation, saying that it was entirely the “generals’ fault” for that death?

SealWifeAre we going to tolerate this draft-deferring hypocrite then using the wife of that Navy Seal as a ‘prop’ in his recent address to Congress, exploiting her grief and the shared grief of the nation on her behalf, to make the resulting standing ovation and clapping into a ‘contest’, claiming that at least the slain Navy Seal can take consolation that ‘they had just set a record’? (Again, Trump implying praise for himself for that as well)

JeffSessionsAdd to this today’s news that has revealed that not just General Flynn, (Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser) but now a SECOND top Trump cabinet official, Attorney General Sessions, was not truthful under oath in his Senate confirmation hearings when asked if he had EVER had any contact with Russian officials during his time as a key member of the Trump campaign.

trumpunivHow do honorable Americans ignore the MOUNTAIN of indications of Trump’s hypocritical, unethical and corrupt character throughout his life: Huge Trump University fraud investigation, well reported and documented ties to organized crime in the building of his casino in New York and New Jersey(Google it), adamant refusal to release his taxes after promising to do so, Trump housing discrimination against Black applicants in a housing project he owned…

trumpivankaHis repeating during two different interviews that if he wasn’t her father, he would want to DATE his daughter Ivanka, and of course his bragging in another well known interview now, that because of his star status, he routinely gets away with grabbing women by their p*ssy with impunity, and in other documented interviews, saying that many women need to be treated ‘roughly’, etc, just to name but only a few…

putintrumpbabyAnd choosing to irresponsibly and unconscionably ignore those things, how do we continue to ignore the growing second mountain of indications of his connections and collusion with Russia and Vladimir Putin, and two of his top cabinet officials now caught being out and out dishonest in order to cover up their contacts with the Russian Ambassador during his campaign?

And let me say this…It is beyond ignorant to respond to this revelation about Atty General Sessions by saying, “Well it isn’t unusual at all for a Senator to have communications with the Russian Ambassador in the course of his duties.” That is going out of your way to ignore the 300 pound hairpiece in the room…

Yes a Senator can have reason to contact the Russian Ambassador. But if you are Jeff Sessions, going through Senate confirmation, WELL AWARE OF THE SH#TSTORM in the press about the growing reports of Russia’s interference in the election…Are you not going to get out in front of that problem IMMEDIATELY if you are honest and ethical?

FrankenSessionsIn other words, prepping for those confirmation hearings, what is the number one question your prep team is going to ‘prep’ you about primarily? JUST THAT VERY QUESTION!

Prep team: “Uh, Senator, you can set your watch to the fact that they are going to want to ask you about any contact you may have had with the Russians, specifically the Russian ambassador…So you need to get out in front of that and admit that you did so not just once, but on two occasions, and you need to tell them what the nature of those conversations were about sir.”

But see, that is of course the ethical, honest thing one would know they had an obligation and responsibility to do…However, if you have something to hide you would be motivated to try to hide those contacts period. And that is what happened during Sessions’ confirmation hearing.

And what made it even more obvious was the fact that the question Senator Al Franken asked him was not even specifically DIRECTED AT SESSIONS! Senator Franken asked Sessions if he was confirmed as Attorney General, and ultimately discovered that members of the Trump campaign had contact with the Russians, WHAT WOULD HE DO as Atty General?

In response to that broad querry, Sessions chose on his own volition to make it about him personally…He never answered what he would do if he discovered another member of Trump’s campaign involved with communications with Russia…Instead, he leaps over that question, and chooses to go on record to Franken in those hearings, admitting that while he has often been referred to as a ‘surrogate’ for the Trump campaign, he himself had NEVER had ANY contact with Russian officials…oddly adding the words ‘about the Trump campaign’ at the end.

RussianAmbassadorUnfortunately for Atty General Sessions, last week the breaking news reported by the Washington Post was that he DID in fact have contact with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s campaign in which Sessions was a key part…That he did so not just once, but TWICE…And wait for it…The first of those meetings was actually AT THE TRUMP REPUBLICAN CONVENTION RALLY.

And one other important point to shoot down here, for those pitiful individuals who want to keep ignoring this dangerous and corrupt trail of smoke…It very well could be true that what he discussed with the Russian ambassador technically had nothing specifically to do with Trump’s campaign…What they discussed could have easily just been about what Trump’s administration would be willing to do if elected, specifically regarding the U.S. sanctions against Russia, just like Flynn had discussed with that same Russian ambassador and LIED ABOUT ALSO.

The bottom line is, Sessions sought to hide the truth in his under oath testimony when asked about whether he had any contact with Russian officials. Senator Patrick Leahy also asked Sessions about that specifically in a formal written letter he sent to Sessions during that same time frame in January…In that letter he asked:

“Several of the president-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?”

Sessions response to that written request was “No”.

The other damning truth that cannot be denied in all of this is the fact that if you were Sessions, knowing the severity of all the news and reporting on this disturbing Russia connection, you would have plenty of time since those confirmation hearings to on your own, have come forward to set the record straight, and correct what you had said on the record, and explain the nature of those meetings with the Russian ambassador. But to instead use the answer as he has done, that ‘you don’t recall’…That is not going to fly.

Such a completely unbelievable response to this revelation points to nothing but guilt, especially when you have not just Sessions, but Flynn having lied about the very SAME thing as well, around the same time frame. Then add to that Trump not being out front of all of this, demanding an investigation. Instead, Trump is trying to call all of these Russian concerns “FAKE NEWS”.

trumpalwysregrtpicAny ethical President who was not corrupt and had nothing to hide would be just as concerned about all of this as the rest of the country, and at his own direction would be demanding a special prosecutor and intensive investigation to expose those involved.

Trump’s unwillingness to do that is a dangerous dark plume of smoke unto itself. Here’s a very well put quote in an article by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post:

“In short: Where there’s smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke, most reasonable people will assume there is fire — or that there should be an independent investigation to determine whether there is fire. Arguing that “there’s nothing to see here” is simply not a tenable position for Republicans at this point.”

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)

IS IT “CPAC” or “PPAC”(PUTIN POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE)?

putintrumpsnlOK I give up…So is it “CPAC” or “PPAC”? We’re going with PPAC now right? (PUTIN POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE)??

bannonpriebuscpacReince Priebus (Trump’s White House Chief of Staff) and Steve Bannon (Trump’s poorly trained Rottweiler) gave their staged “Dumb and Dumber” buddy movie show at CPAC today (or better put, “LIAR and LIARER”…I realize “LIARER” isn’t a word, but it’s funny), and it was covered on all the cable news channels. This pseudo-‘mutual admiration society’ event was a deliberate photo op for these two, in an effort to convince and reassure their supporters that they are on the same page, and not at odds with one another.

The fundamental “lie” that was the theme through their entire appearance together today, was their rallying the audience with the assertion that CPAC and Republican Conservatives were always the die-hard supporters of this “amazing Trump movement”.

cpactedcruzIn reality, CPAC in particular was one of the loudest Trump denouncers for the longest time, that is until he managed to con his way to winning the nomination. It was only after that when CPAC reluctantly became Trump’s obedient lapdog. Today it was Bannon and Priebus with nothing but “revisionist history”.

trumpkellyconwayIn preparation for this photo-op at CPAC, Kelly Anne Conway took it upon herself to be quoted calling it “TPAC” for TRUMP Political Action Conference. But anyone who is paying attention, and not letting their eyes be taken off of the ball…Let me say that one more time for maximum effect…

putintrumpbabyANYONE WHO IS PAYING ATTENTION…Anyone who is INTELLECTUALLY HONEST and not letting their eyes be taken off of the ball, knows the correct acronym for this monumentally hypocritical organization would now be “PPAC”, for “PUTIN Political Action Conference! Putin is laughing all the way to his KGB poison medicine cabinet as he has successfully pulled Trump’s strings for the last 12 months or more, amazingly with no objection or outcry from the Trump “sheep movement”.

My heart goes out to Senators John McCain and Lyndsay Graham, (and possibly now we can add Senator Marco Rubio to their effort) who are trying to act as ‘Paul Reveres’ among the masses of seemingly hypnotized Republican Trump “zombies” for lack of a better descriptive…

paulrevereBut as they are mounting their respective horses, riding through the streets yelling “The RUSSIANS ARE NOT JUST COMING, THEY ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!”, these hypnotized Trump sheep just DON’T CARE…They don’t give a damn as long as they hear what Trump knows they want to hear from him.

trumpputinbarechestThis is one of the key points I need to make here…Trump, Bannon and his talented ‘con-artist’ staff of Russian “key assets” UNDERSTOOD THAT CRITICAL COMPONENT FROM THE JUMP…They knew from the beginning the huge price they’d have to pay, and that was fine with them…They knew that the way to succeed with receiving Russian intelligence assistance would require TWO QUID PRO QUO’s – Or put another way, TWO BLANK CHECKS…

One of those bottomless blank checks of course belonging to Vladimir Putin. And the other? It is at least promised, if not always delivered, to Trump supporters by placating them with the things they want to hear.

tillersonputinexxonAnd that was absolutely fine with Trump, because his tight group of American corporate allies (such as Exxon and Rex Tillerson for but one example) and their indescribably profitable, cozy business partnerships with Russia and Putin would then either go unnoticed by those blindly loyal, placated supporters, just happy with the couple of bones he tossed them…OR, by the time they realize the massive CON pulled on them, it would be TOO LATE.

trumpalwysregrtpicThe good news is, there are enough honorable Americans of all major parties that clearly see Trump for the Russian SHILL that he is:

With his Russian mail order bride, his lengthy well reported and documented connections with organized crime members and businesses owned by the mob in the building of his casino empire in New York and New Jersey(GOOGLE IT PLEASE!!), his shamelessly and blatantly calling out to the Russians during one of his actual Presidential debates, personally IMPLORING them to hack and interfere in the election and access Hillary’s emails (Does it get any more obvious than that? Um, actually yes it does)…

The now numerous number of intelligence reports that are coming to the surface from top intelligence officials documenting Trump and his key campaign advisers ROUTINELY being in contact with RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE operatives as early as June 2016, BEFORE THE ELECTION! (Does it get any more obvious than that? WHAT DO YOU THINK??…

His National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn, caught on tape speaking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions ON THE VERY SAME DAY that President Obama levied additional harsh sanctions against Russia as a punishment for having interfered in our Presidential election, and having done so in their effort to FAVOR TRUMP…Then, when asked about this, General Flynn lies about having done so for weeks until Trump makes him a ‘sacrificial lamb’ and has to fire him…And the evidence is only just developing.

notmyprezSo the good news is there is a national majority of honorable Americans who are not blind sheep, who see Trump clearly for the compromised Russian ‘asset’ and con-artist that he is, and we are NOT GOING TO TAKE OUR EYES OFF OF THAT BALL until he is held accountable for this nationally compromising and treasonous behavior.

The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves for turning a blind eye to this while you presume to call yourselves “patriots”. You make me want to vomit when I see and hear your dishonorable hypocrisy. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU THAT YOU ARE SO EASILY BOUGHT OFF?

Bannon praised you for being ‘on their team’ today…REALLY? With all the dishonesty and evidence of Russian colluding we are now finding out, IS THAT THE TEAM YOU REALLY WANT TO BE ON?

I will admit there are a couple of things Trump advocates that I agree with, which is why I supported Bernie Sanders…things I’ve been crusading for and writing about in my columns and on my blog for YEARS, that being the unAmerican “CORPORATISM” and “BIG-BOX CHAIN” insanity that has replaced true American capitalism, and has almost completely destroyed the “American Dream” for anyone who isn’t in the upper 1%!

clintonpicFor a long time I’ve been stunned and dumbfounded as I have watched Democrats allow this rampant “corporatism” to go unchecked, at the expense of working class Americans. Hell, Bill Clinton was one of the BIGGEST CHAMPIONS and ARCHITECTS for creating and implementing it in the first place! And I’ve been shaking my head non-stop ever since (Seriously, anyone know a good chiropractor??)

The truth is, corporatism and the global free trade model started strongly under Reagan and his horse sh#t “trickle down economics.” But shockingly, then President Clinton and other corporate shill Democrats in Congress teamed up with many similarly bought off Republicans with bi-partisan support for NAFTA and CAFTA.

Why did Democrats allow a situation like that to go unchecked for so long?

trumppencepicThat ever-perplexing, unanswered question is LARGELY at the root of why Trump was able to con his way into the White House folks. He simply stole the message the Democrats had every reason to have been shouting from the rooftops, but had not been doing so.

berniehillarypicAnd if we are being intellectually honest, we have to then admit that a large part of the blame goes to Hillary for that. The ONLY reason she ever finally began to try to distance herself from her husband’s support of NAFTA and the global corporatism model of “FREE TRADE” that has resulted in the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, and has caused the overwhelming majority of remaining American mom and pop businesses to operate on virtual life support, is thankfully because BERNIE SANDERS FORCED HER HAND!

There is no excuse for that. And Democrats now have only one choice: TAKE THAT MESSAGE BACK, the way Bernie was trying to do, before even he ironically became a victim of the DNC undermining his campaign.

Connie Bryan

ConnieHdshtSmallFile1(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at http://www.conniebryan.com)