Mr. Trump, You’re No President

I can’t understand how anybody is still in Donald Trump’s corner. I was an early supporter for about 3 weeks, until I publicly acknowledged my disappointment with his comments and activity and that I could no longer support him as the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.
This, changing your mind/admitting a mistake, is okay….especially when a person has given you so many reasons to do so. I’ve always liked him personally…from what I had seen on Apprentice and from those that knew him, he seemed like a decent guy. I didn’t view him as a bigot or a racist or a misogynist or a fascist (all things that today, I’m afraid he is).
But he’s slowly pecked away at all of that. His comments are one thing, we all step on our tongues…but his inability to step back from them and admit a mistake and move on!? Also, his inability to let ANYTHING someone says about him go. I swear…I’m opening myself up to public condemnation from the man with this Facebook post! If someone showed Donald Trump, millionaire, and presidential candidate, this Facebook post from Matt Van Every “ie: Nobody in Oklahoma.” What do you think he’d do? Do you doubt for a second he’d take time out of his day to personally attack me? I don’t think there’s a person insignificant enough for Trump to let a negative comment he go if they said it. A kindergartener could errantly mutter on camera that they don’t like the man…and he’d be berating them with “they’re a known cutter in the water line,” and “keeps a dirty sleeping mat, and last week this kid wet his pants…why doesn’t he focus on his own bladder and worry less about trying to criticize me.”
Thick-skin, and prudent ability to turn the other cheek are a couple basic, inflexible qualities that 18 months ago every person in the country, Republican or Democrat, Conservative, Evangelical, Hippie, Homosexual or Homophobe would have agreed are necessary in our leaders, particularly our president. But today, because there’s no other Republican choice, half of those are supporting this boob.
The guy is steadily losing his mind, publicly, for all to see. On a daily basis, he appears to become more and more unhinged and out of touch with reality…
This is obvious to all of us…but a large portion, don’t seem to care. This man might become the US president….can you imagine him with a blank check and nobody to hold him accountable for what he writes on it? That’s the first (and undoubtedly only) Trump presidential term in a nutshell. I say “undoubtedly,” because he’ll finally alienate even his supporters if he’s elected, that….or, we’ll all be dead because of nuclear armageddon. Either way, this will not end well if he’s elected. Search your heart…WE ALL KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE.
Just because he’s the republican candidate and you’re a conservative, doesn’t mean you have to vote for him. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
I know plenty of good people, that aren’t willing to vote against him, or more apropos to vote for Hillary Clinton. I don’t think Hillary is ideal…she’s not my first choice, or second…but at this point, she seems to be the alternative to a, at the best clown, at worst a maniacal fascist. This should be the election where Oklahoma finally votes for a Democrat for president…why? Because it’s the option that isn’t total insanity! I’m not saying you who support him are insane, but your support is absolutely insane…it’s self-loathing and dangerous to my children, not to mention yours.
Hillary, like her or not, is a former United States senator, first lady to one of the most successful presidents of all time, and the former United States Secretary of State..say what you will about individual episodes where many disagree with her handling of a situation, which happens every day to anyone in any job…but overall, by any reasonable measure…she was wildly successful…in all three positions. I don’t honestly know why I’m not a bigger fan…I guess she just sticks in my craw a bit. But on paper, she’s possibly the single most qualified person to be president, outside our formers and Joe Biden, living in the United States today. She may be…the most qualified candidate EVER! Laugh or disagree, but then stop and really think about it…it’s debatable, but barely. So she’s that qualified, and she may lose…to a fascist, egoist, reality TV star, that’s proven in his own line of work, to have failed far more than not, and birthed his way into his start. Oh yeah….and he’s undoubtedly by any reasonable measurement….batshit crazy. He wasn’t 18 months ago, but this election has melted his mind or something, and it’s created a monster. I’m serious….the man needs to spend time in a white room, not the White House!
It’s okay to admit a mistaken choice, in this case….it’s not even a mistaken choice. I’d say it’s more like an anullment….if you supported him, as I once did, you bought a bill of goods that isn’t what you eventually received. It was bait and switch at best, and outright hustling at worst. Call it what you will, the man I supported briefly a year ago, is not the man ripping deceased American servicemen today. Really….ripping servicemen? Because? Because his father spoke at the Democratic National Convention and made disparaging remarks against him, along with dozens of other speakers. What do these “dozens,” of speakers have in common with the father of our dead American soldier? They too have systematically been ripped by Trump, attacked in vengeance for speaking at a convention which has a stated intention, and has for a century, of zealously touting a party choice for president, and nearly as zealously degrading the opponent. This isn’t new, this is what happens every four years at both conventions. Historically, candidates remain above the fray and exercise their dignity and good sense by shrugging off the attacks of the other side. I don’t think a candidate has EVER even acknowledged anything said about them at the opposition’s convention… This year, that changed, as Mr. Trump attacked every single speaker who said anything against him. What did he expect? Does he not get how these campaign things work? You hype yourself, the other side does the same….contrarywise, both sides knock on the other. Occasionally you reply directly to a remark made by your opponent….although we the people tend to give you brownie points for taking the high road. The high road? HA! Donald Trump hasn’t gone there in nearly two years…if he ever did. His skin has the thickness of Kleenex. The cheap, industrial kind…
Please, conservatives and Republicans…just this once….vote in your best interest. Hold your nose and vote for Hillary Clinton…not the Libertarian, or the Green Party nobody…vote for Hillary. Any other vote cast is one for MADNESS! If someday we compare a Trump presidency to that of say an Amin, Hussein, Mao, Ceausescu, Pinochet, or yes I’ll say it..a Hitler presidency. Because a madman fooled his way into office, and then used his power to bring about worldwide chaos. And at that point, who will be able to say they’re surprised? If you vote for him, you probably deserve him.
The writing is on the wall, the choice is clear….vote for a degrading ticking time-bomb….flaking away and growing more unstable every day, before our eyes. Or for possibly the most qualified presidential candidate in the history of this great nation. Our forefathers would be warning us, of this, there is no doubt. Trump is only five letters away from tyranny….and this, is why we are the nation we are because we chose to fight tyranny. Today, we’re considering it for elected office, the highest in the land….”The leader of the Free World.” Where’s Lloyd Bentsen, crossbred with Rufus from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Time Traveler’s Wife’s, husband…or Connecticut Yankee, when we need him? “Sir, I served with every president ever, I knew every president ever, every president ever, well they were friends of mine….and Mr. Trump, you’re no president.”

Mr. Baseball Meets Mr. Mom

Drake LaRoche, the son of recently (very recently) retired big leaguer Adam LaRoche, has the issue of kids in the workplace front and center.  However it’s interesting to me that there’s not been more about what was going on, and not just the manner in which it abruptly ended thanks to Chicago White Sox upper management.

Across America, 95% of the working class have jobs which preclude a parent, to varying degrees, from toting their child along to work as they would a snack.  So is it odd for LaRoche to drag his school aged kid to his place of business and pick him out a locker? Does it come across pampered, or at the least entitled, for LaRoche to take his ball and go home when it’s decided the persistent hanging around of his child, to the point he has his own locker, needs to be slightly dialed back?

LaRoche is not an underpaid, underappreciated intern, but a veteran employee, making a hefty paycheck for what he does.  Because of which, my inclination is to say his status and compensation entitle his employer to the expectation of maximum professionalism.  But on the other hand, because of his value, or clout, does that entitle him to house his family in the equipment room if he so chooses? Make no mistake, unless you’re a teacher with your child a student, there is no universe that you can spin bringing your kid to work as professional. Nuh-uh…

What requirements are there for the team and management regarding children in their locker room?  Do they need to hire child care professionals for staff?  What if Drake gets a toothache while his dad is out shagging fly balls? Should they have people ready to tend to the children of their players, perhaps toting them around in a pinstriped Baby Bjorn?

Somewhere in that clubhouse, maybe quite introspectively, there have to be players pleased they don’t have to watch their language or actions, and can cut loose without worrying if LaRoche’s kid is in earshot of a crass comment. I’ve never been a professional athlete in a team sport, but as an amateur at the local 24 Hour Fitness, I can attest that there is a certain sanctity to a locker room or clubhouse that is disrupted by outsiders, particularly someone not a peer. And if one player was less comfortable, going to work each day with the omnipresence of LaRoche’s kid in the clubhouse, that is one too many.

On the other hand, there’s likely a Coleman water cooler coming to the realization that the buffer protecting it from the business end of a bat-wielding tirade, just emptied out his locker and retired along with his father.

Largely going unmentioned, is whether or not spending his childhood in this company, instead of amongst peers and in school in the best interest of young Drake LaRoche?  Where is he learning peer group socialization? Drake is home-schooled, so spending his summers with grown men in a locker room seems to me as further limiting his exposure to the world beyond his home.

Interesting that for years the debate raged as to whether or not women belonged in a locker room as reporters. That issue still has flare ups of awkwardness and a poll of 10 professional athletes might not yield a unanimous response.  Yet a child, spending so much time in one that he necessitates his own locker, isn’t a concept striking anyone as awry?

What is the perspective of a teacher or child psychologist, someone qualified to discern a healthy from a “limited,” environment and upbringing? The kid doesn’t go to school, and if he’s in clubhouses to the point of having his own locker….where and when does he get to interact with his peer group? Not the one’s that are grown men with dip in their mouths, but the group of booger eaters eating Cracker Jack’s in the stands, while he’s grabbing towels for grown men in an MLB clubhouse….which holds the only locker he’s ever known.

The more I think about this…the more it doesn’t seem right on a lot of levels. When I first heard the specifics, there were some red flags but I kind of overlooked them. But in hindsight, this doesn’t seem like a healthy way to raise a healthy and well-adjusted adult. A team mascot…sure, but not a child. When Drake finally leaves the nest and goes to college…something tells me it won’t be more than a stone’s throw from where he can go do laundry at home on the weekends.

I’m sure they’ve got a great father/son relationship. And who am I to tell Adam LaRoche what is best for his kid. But it just seems a bit extreme…..home schooled, attached like a fungus to the ball club. That’s a pretty cool story to retell when you’re older….but is it a childhood? The story may become rehab or jailhouse lore, rather than grandpa’s tales of yesteryear. Maybe not…..but parents aren’t friends. We can be our child’s friend, but that’s a secondary or even more removed role. When I go to work, be it in a call center, a law office or a baseball clubhouse, I need to be able to focus 100% on my job. “Leave your crap at the door, and don’t bring it to the workplace…..when you’re here, it’s all business.” How can that possibly be the case when you’re attention is divided between bringing home the bacon and bringing up baby?

File photo of Republican presidential candidate Trump gesturing and declaring "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

The Trump Circus, Too Outrageous for Barnum & Bailey

The Donald Trump traveling circus has grown beyond ridiculous.

I admit, at one point I voiced support for the man. I was wrong, and he has no business as the President. Even his most ardent supporters have got to be getting doubts right?

I feel for my GOP friends. And for all of us… I thought this election could bring about the return to the Ike/Reagan/T. Roosevelt types of the Republican party. Firm on defense, fiscally conservative and less government….with policing morality and the relevance of one’s personal religious opinions not relevant.

But it appears that the GOP may be on life support…at least, as we know it. Are we looking at a Bullmoose (Speaking of TR) type of possibility perhaps?

Who’d have ever thought that Democrats, at least relative to Republicans….would be the one’s appearing to have their shit together!?

I think Trump isn’t as bad as he’s behaving….but he’s becoming the worst caricature of himself, it’s sad, pathetic and kind of scary. Right now the words “Trump,” and “President,” have as much business being mentioned in the same breath as “Child,” and “Strap-on,” do.

I watched a lot of The Apprentice over the years and felt like I had gotten to know him a bit. My beautiful wife, Amanda, and I both were always impressed, as he seemed relatively humble, and a decent and fair person.

I believe the real Trump is closer to that guy from Apprentice. That for some reason this caricature personality he has adopted, much like a Gremlin exposed to light or water, has taken on a life of its own and spun out of control.

Because yes, from mocking the intellectually disadvantaged, to professing that he would pay medical bills for his supporters whom physically removed protesters from a rally., the man couldn’t be less presidential.

Can he ever turn the other cheek? Must he reply to every single jab at him? Does the elevator in Trump Tower stop just before it reaches anywhere near The High Road?

He is poisonous, and what should scare us all, is his support seems to be growing.

For every one person, such as myself, who initially thought he might be the right person to fix our economy and restore the United States image in world affairs, but based on his repeated and worsening behavior chooses to abandon him. It appears that two people, often less educated, always less cultured; many of these individuals have never before seen the inside of a ballot boot. But they hear his rallying cry of hate and decide to come down from the hills and join the ranks of his army.

So many people will be marginalized by him if elected. Starting with about 2/3 of the people that are supporting him.

At this point, little he may do or say would surprise me. If tomorrow he pledged to invade and homogenize Canada if elected, with the goal being to secure more oil and mineral assets I’d not bat an eyelash in surprise. (But another couple would march down from their treehouse and pledge their support.)

Just got to hope that representative government functions as intended, preventing the masses from themselves.

If a person is registering for the first time, directly to vote for him…please don’t. I’m sure they have redeeming qualities, but they don’t need to involve themselves in selecting our government representation.

I always used to think that no matter who you vote for, please just vote and participate in the electoral process. By my count, that’s now two mistakes I confess in this article.

Why Would Someone Like Nancy Grace Be Allowed in Law Enforcement?


Why is law enforcement, from DA’s to beat cops….graded out and judged with any “quota,” attached? Why are they incentivized to manifest guilt via a radar gun or reviewed for promotion based on conviction percentage?

When a defendant at trial, is found not guilty based on a clear presentation of all the relevant evidence….this is a win for all of us, no?  A good thing…

I watch trials and see stories about trials, and so often prosecutors seem so terribly to want people to be guilty. Not that it happens much, but I know that when a person charged with a crime enters the court without an attorney, scared out of their wits. DA officials will offer them deals that are awful, and would NEVER attempt to pass if a person versed in the law were advocating for them. Why does this EVER occur?

When a charged person accepts a bad deal, “favorable,” to the prosecution (I put that in quotations, because why is putting anyone anytime behind bars ever pleasant to anyone, other than a revenge ((often justified)) seeking victim), do they retire to their offices and high five? I’d think the goal would be to rehabilitate offenders, and return them to society with as little negative impact on their record as possible? Take, for example, a marijuana offender….who after being charged with a permanently impactful classification of crime, eventually, will emerge into society from serving a draconian sentence, with the potential to make our society more dangerous. There’s a chance a patchouli smelling hippie, will emerge three years from now from prison…now a potentially aggressive felon, with an education in violence. Maybe, a minority of them could be viewed as dangerous based on their pot smoking, but in my experience and interaction, pot smokers are paranoid, uber careful and placid.

Why do prosecutors fight the inclusion of evidence of ANY kind? I know that’s a naive question….so don’t tell me they want to win…I get that. But when a piece of evidence exists that helps a defendant..why is it EVER not allowed? If it’s legitimate? Baffles me….

In my opinion, this is a stark example of society’s descent into…well, not a society at all…but a series of self-absorbed individuals, lacking any concern for their fellows. Many adults have little to no care or sympathy for anyone outside their family or circle. And of course, what’s so bizarre and hypocritical is that a large number of these folks self-identify as “religious.” I”m not picking on one religious opinion either as this class includes Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindu, Santeria, and people of almost every other faith that deify a central figure, or at the very least is supposed to live by a code of conduct of behavior. Almost always that practice revolves around humility, lack of self, concern for fellows, love and charity.

Back to the main point which is why do prosecutors want to put people behind bars? Criminals, clear-cut dangers to society, sure I want them to serve time as well. But that is not the only class of criminal whose successfully tried case leads to inter-office high fives. It’s a shame that there isn’t a premium put on compassion and accuracy at all costs. Accurately, proven and clear cut wins should be the goal, but often a hotly disputed, subjective and questionable outcome seems to be just as good to them. To me, this is the foundation of why we so often hear of our justice system being “broken,” and backward. And plainly, it contributes to the preponderance of poor and underprivileged who end up harshly sentenced for minor offenses, counter to the privileged and wealthy getting just the opposite.

Let Peyton Rewrite His Legacy Today

tom-brady-vs-peyton-manning_pg_600I’ve got total respect for Tom Brady. Both on the field, where I see him as all-time 1 or 1A with Montana. Definitely, the biggest factor is postseason and his “winstinct.” Also, he’s a good dude….and hard to not like off the field.

Peyton Manning…I never liked all his hype…never been a “hype guy.” Rarely do I hop on a bandwagon… So just kind of always rooted against him since Tennessee… I loved when Charles Woodson beat him for the Heisman, and then when Tennessee won the national title the year after Manning graduated….with Tee Martin at QB. But, the past decade or so….between the commercials and SNL appearances….it’s apparent he’s just a pretty wonderful human being. And upon reflection, I can count his missteps or misspeaks on one hand….total class act. Brady is more the hothead….but also a classy guy.


20160117_084036_brady-manningAs a Charger fan, I despise the Broncos as my most hated NFL team.  When Peyton chose them, he had started to grow on me and I really was pissed. A Super Bowl is not a fun thought with orange and blue involved.

But in all the leadup to Manning/Brady 58 or whatever, and with the poor season and benching Manning went through. Being doubted and it appears that he is on his last leg….with just the one title, coming in a year where there really weren’t great teams…Brady was hurt…and not a memorable Super Bowl….conrary to the legend that will always be Tom Brady.

So today, I’m torn…Manning really does seem like a special person…..and his family is a class act. Even if I didn’t always think so…and the Eli/Chargers debacle set me back on him more.brady-manning20handshake20usa20today-thumb-600x450-123323-thumb-609x457-123798

I hate the Broncos and never want them to win…but it would balance the scales a tiny bit and shut up some of the “best regulars seasons QB ever…” people if Manning could pull the upset today…and be an integral part of the win. So I kind of want that to happen. Even though most of these years I’ve quietly supported the Pats..because I appreciate greatness…a la, the 80’s 49ers.

Dang..what to think!? I don’t see the Broncos beating either the Cardinals or the Panthers….where I maybe do see the Patriots doing so. If Manning can win today, I think it may exhaust his reserves and leave him spent. So would it be a waste?

So yeah…I think I want to see Manning in a postgame press conference with champagne in his eyes and a smile….I can’t even picture or remember what tDenver Broncos Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette Stadiumhat looks like…which is sad….he’s a great QB…all-time great….probably top 5. Just drawn the short straw to Brady so many times….played Sergio Garcia
or Mickelson to Brady’s Tiger Woods. At least, he did get the one SB win…even if all I can picture is him in a suit…the two red knots on his forehead explaining what happened and why his team lost the big game…again. ALWAYS…without fail…putting it on him, and not even hinting that anyone carries blame other than number 18. Class act….


On the other hand Brady, all lI can picture is the smile and confetti…..his arms over his head in celebration, awestruck by the accomplishment.   He always looks so grateful, and is a good winner…take nothing away from him as he’s an amazing competitor and maybe one of the 25 best people of the last century at their job….anywhere. The guy is clutch, despite the Super Bowl’s he’s lost. For crying out

For crying out loud, Brady really is “Captain Clutch,” always saving his best game for when it’s needed most. He’s the personification of clutch…despite the Super Bowl losses. For crying out loud it’s so hard just to play in one….just ask Peyton. And he’s won more than he’s lost….he’s lost more than most have played in too, just think of that!

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Sorry Brady…your swell… a peach, but I’m gonna spread the wealth and satisfaction around and cheer for ecoes of “Omaha, Omaha….” coming live from my TV Super Bowl Sunday 2016. Brady’s piece of the pie is substantial….let Peyton’s plate is far too bare, let him take your place in line and grab seconds….he’s got to leave anyway so it’s now or never.


Only the biggest Patriot hating, conspiracy theorists even suggest Peyton Manning isn’t worthy of his accolades and put his teams losses all on him. “The best regular season QB,” etc…it’s a crock.  So much more goes into things…’s not all the QB.


Eli won the first one despite himself.  Same with Roethlisberger….  A couple different picks and maybe this is a three way discussion between Manning, Brady and Rivers of the Steelers.  I’ll go to my grave believing Philip is probably the most underappreciated and underrated player I’ve ever seen in professional sports.  Steeler franchise…Giants….or my Chargers?  C’mon…I love the team, but put Rivers at either…and he does at least what the other two from his class have done, if not quite a bit more.  Rivers is a top 10 QB all-time…yes, I said it….ask his peers.  Look at some of his receivers that caught TD passes?  Few have done so so much with so little….  Look at the list of names who caught a Rivers TD pass in 2010, the year Vincent Jackson held out until like week 9.  Jeez, that franchise was so manhandled by the talented, but egomaniacal AJ Smith…Philip is a great guy, he’s got the rep, but his peers, even those he jaws with…listen to them talk about him. You NEVER hear a bad word or opinion….and talent…shoot, ask Peyton…


But I digress…so back to Peyton and Tom…

tumblr_kxj83044sr1qzys08o1_500We have seen a lot of Manning-angst-postgame face….and it’s left its mark. Thus as far as greatness, Peyton’s is debated quite a little bit.  Silly…rubbish…it absolutely shouldn’t be. To honestly suggest he’s not a Hall of Famer, or one of the top 5 or 10 all time QB’s in the NFL…

Well if you are in that group, just stop….and bummer, because it’s a collection of societies more ignorant, black and white seeing, underexposed and educated, hyperbole spouting jackwagons. That blame every loss of his career on him, as harshly as only he himself does.  Give me a break… Fortunately, as we’ve see with Dan Marino…and this was counterintuitive for me, but Dan, now near a decade removed from pro ball, actually is viewed more favorably I estimate.  Peyton may finish top 3…shoot some may suggest even the top 2 (Montana is no lower than 2 for me).  It’s just haters…same people that think Timberlake “sucks.”


As far as a win today, and really a second title…Peyton deserves it…and I will sing a quick Redemption Song in the name of Peyton Manning today. I want to see that Brady look of satifaction on Manning’s face….to have it be the resonant image in my memory, instead of angst and guilt. To see a much deserved shit eating grin across that pizza millionaire man’s awkward looking-Manning-gene laced face.

Besides…Brady appears to miraculously have found the fountain of youth and is still improving! Meanwhile Manning, most of this season appared akin to a rusty old Dodge pickup with a flat tire.  Brady may win another three….but this is absolutely Peyton’s last hurrah I believe.  Don’t let a field goal sail wide to rob him…

Go get ’em #18! Silently, and with gusto tell your critics to suck it.  Smile and put a fist in the air….console Tom Brady for crying out loud!  Don’t let Eli be the only Manning to experience it.

It would be a fitting finale….


It’s Time to Play “THE BLAME GAME” (in fact, it’s overdue)


I’ve stayed clear of the political fray for the most part of late, but I had an observation based on the outpouring of sentiment following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Gay Marriage.

The vehemently hateful comments that have poured from Facebook and much of Fox TV, etc. The vitriolic, often threatening and if not encouraging than at least hinting at violence and suppression….

Why, when a controversial policy or issue is decided in government, ending in a favorable outcome for “liberals,” or Democrats.  Before Shepherd Smith’s lips are done moving with announcement of the decision, both social and national media is lit up by extremists spewing vitriolic poison from the GOP and conservatives? Some of which is so hateful and menacing that in those moments not an elephant is the symbol of the party, but a spitting cobra. Why is there no effort to understand or tolerate, or simply acknowledge

“you know what, we lost this one…we’ll win the next one, but meanwhile let’s talk and maybe figure out why so many people disagree on this that it’s now law.”

Which is part of my point…when conservatives or Republicans win…do you hear this type of speech coming from Democrats and Liberals/Progressives? I’m sorry, you may be able to point out exceptions and finite cases where it’s happened in a very isolated instance…but overwhelmingly the answer is NO.

Typically Liberals/Democrats are more willing to move on, and even to try to understand why so many people seem to passionately disagree, at least so many disagree that in a vote or decision, they came out on the losing end.

For  those that view themselves as a person of value, who cares and wants good things to happen for people other than him or herself.  Can’t we agree it’s beyond time for a glance at your associations and a reevaluation of standing aside some of these zealots. The extremists promoting violence and casting themselves to decide what is “right,” or “American,” for other people, mostly strangers, to do?  Those who regurgitate what they heard someone else say, but stand tall and defend it because it reinforces their already limited and self-centered worldview? It’s shocking to me some of the people that I know deep down, and even some on the surface, are kind and do care about others.  But they choose to align with a party growing more and more radical and unaccepting of any outcome that isn’t 100% what they want; even if it disregards the will of a group, often a large group or even a majority, of other Americans.

Liberals mostly encourage you to say your piece and share your opinion, and often they even think about it, and try to relate to it and put themselves in your shoes! This may be a concept I should asterisk and offer more detail on below, as it’s sure to puzzle any GOP’s that don’t stop reading this after the first few sentences.

The vast majority of “Libtards,” I know, all have an open-mind in common.  Even to the point of saying “change my mind if you can.”  Understanding and not planting a deep wedge of dissent of disagreement is a frequent characteristic of Liberals I know.  Typically leaving the back door out in case future information or events shed new light on a subject, is a unique characteristic only displayed by one side.  Personally I’m proud of the fact I don’t plant my flag and declare myself immovable. I like to think it takes a certain amount of humility, but also, and this is really not up for debate, but it takes a whole lot of intelligence.  Some of my most provocative discussions have ended with the statement:

“you know, I never thought of it that way, I am going to have to reconsider.”

I always want to keep up with the opposing side, and see both sides of anything.  For my own good, if not for my ability to discuss current events.  You never know when the winds of change blow in, and I’m a firm believer that more knowledge is always better than less.

I know progressives open to listen to Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck and other radical entertainers. Conversely, I can’t tell you of any conservatives, at least of those I know, willing to listen or give thought to what is said by Rachel Maddow or Keith Olberman. I use the most extreme examples on each side, to make a point. But am I wrong?

One side seems overwhelmingly to be willing to listen to what the other has to say, and attempt to put the shoe on the other foot and see where the opposition is coming from.  But on the other side, the GOP side…simply it isn’t reciprocated, or really even considered.

A few days ago, during an online forum discussion on a site I frequent, one of the posters made a comparison on a point to climate change.  Once I was able to interpret analogy, reading on I came to his closing statement of

“or whatever Al Gore is calling it today.”

REALLY? Do some still believe that climate change, “or whatever it’s called” is a trumped up Al Gore manifestation existing only to make the ol’ guy not feel useless?

Regardless of your conclusion, whether you believe climate change is real, man-made, a natural cycle, a menstrual cycle, or a motorcycle.  That I understand, as I realize conservatives avoid reputable sources and don’t listen if they don’t agree. But to suggest Al Gore is the sole source and that his demagoguery on the topic is all keeping it relevant, is ignorant at best and flipping moronic at worst.

That’s a relevant example here, because, not the issue, but the tactic because it’s worn out by conservatives related to any debatable issue they don’t like to discuss. “Liberals want to kill business and industry,” “they’re a bunch of socialists,” “they want to give my job to an immigrant.” Really? I know many of the extremists concocting this hyperbole don’t have a iron-clad understanding of exactly what these statements mean.  Or what process of deduction they used to logically come to these conclusions with such certainty. But c’mon…is that all Sean Hannity told you to see?

If so, then it reinforces my point that it’s past time to expose yourself to some of the drivel from the other side. Because these issues are so much more complex and “grey,” than that. I don’t care what anyone says, we live in a world of grey, and black nor white seldom apply. Foreign policy? Climate change? Economics? Systems of governance? How can anyone see these as black and white?  And with our recent controversy relating to gay marriage. I will understand a person seeing the right or wrong of homosexuality as black and white based on their beliefs. But the concept of marriage isn’t unique to any one race, creed, religion, nation or tribe.  It’s a universal way two people bind themselves and commit to partner through the rest of their lives.  Even if the issue of them personally having to accept it, I don’t care if they do, that’s their right.  But the right for them to get involved and decide what other people may or may not do? Obviously some think it’s black, to others it’s white.  Indicating that accepting it as grey, is probably pretty logical.  Living in the grey, or at least accepting grey, is how compromise happens.  And in the history of the world, compromise has led to quality outcomes.

In the United States today, we hear comments like “both sides shoulder blame.”  Which because we do disagree, in that respect we do share blame.  But if the answer is compromise, as history has shown it over and over to be.

Yet one side still refuses to budge a millimeter or consider why there so many think they’re right, and vehemently disagree. This viewpoint and unwillingness is not unique to both “parties,” or “affiliations.”  When heels are dug in, teeth are gnashed, threats and personal insults are hurled…honestly, which side is associated with those actions? Is the blame really 50/50….or even 60/40? Can you look in the mirror and tell yourself that with a straight face?

When it comes to financial issues and economics, conservatives want to keep what’s theirs, which is a common view and may surprise them but so do liberals.  Many liberals of today are fiscally moderate to conservative, this one included.  We like the ideas of financial prudence and playing some things safe. When discussed, I nod my head along and think “uh-huh.”  Right up

to the point that the opinion moves from reasonable to what any rational person has to see as bing the definition of “greedy,” or at best extremely “self-centered.” If the government has to fund our country, and it comes to who to ask for more from.  If the money will either come from my country club membership fund, or your food and shelter fund….I have no problem taking the hit, in reality…I insist.  I neither want or work for more than my share, and I certainly don’t need to be rewarded for working hard by taking more than my share and leaving someone else with less.  I want my share, and I want you to have your share.  Then maybe we can both hang out, talk and enjoy life and company.  Maybe there will even be a chance that neither of us has to be too concerned with debt, or bills or gas prices and we can focus on our fellows.  And if that’s the case for me, but not for you, then I’d like to know what I can do to help, if anything,” and someone who starts off as a stranger, maybe we can help one another and in enrich both of our lives and enjoy the pursuit of happiness as friends, who care about each other and are always there to help. Finances separate us all today, creating the imagined concept of social class, which we then turn around and exploit and excuse many of our actions.  Further we allow it to justify why things are how they are, and to remove empathy for those that have less.

Class is directly related to levels of crime, as 80% of crime is related to finances….stealing, gangs, drugs? All those things represent segments of the population that are marginalized and don’t have near a fair share. The other 20%….it’s white collar crime. So crime is either because people are miserable, or they’re selfish and greedy….oh well, throw them both in jail….

I’ve actually heard friends I respect say that’s the answer “throw them in jail.” WOW!

Some people spewing, believe it or not, are active churchgoers identifying as “moral.” They not only see themselves as good, but take it upon themselves to decide who is else is good, and who else is not.  Just like their politics they skew over the line into judgment and closed mindedness in almost all of their opinions.

The GOP is closely associated with the church today, which counterintuitively is part of where this “closed for business,” approach to politics is originates. While I agree with their faith, I don’t agree with their practice of it or their steadfast insistence on their way.  Further, I don’t want my faith and beliefs to be forced on other who may not share the beliefs.  I would imagine many “Libtards,” regardless of faith feel the same.  There’s a pattern here, and it’s one of acceptance, tolerance and empathy.

On almost all issues, Liberals and Democrats will listen to what the other side has to say. They not only listen…but they consider, and ponder….they give some thought to. Unfortunately, for all of us, it’s just a one way street.

Conservatives, don’t want to hear what “Libtards,” think, they don’t care about any opposing argument.  It might as well not exist, because they’re not going to consider it. If discussing it, more often than not, descend into ad hominem arguments that have no relevance, but act as a crutch for people who frankly, and this is just my opinion, but they can’t explain why they think what they think.  Often they realize somewhere in them it’s illogical…and avoid discussion that leads to that conclusion at all costs.   This is the core of the problem, discussion creates questions, and questions in the case of these extremists, they really don’t have answers that make real sense.  It’s a situation that doesn’t appear to be changing soon.  Liberals will continue with “let’s talk,” and conservatives with “if you don’t agree, you’re unAmerican, socialist and of low moral character.

Not all conservatives are bad people, but all conservatives are misguided at least in their insistence that issues not have two sides.  I challenge those that are good people, who care for their fellows and want to help other people and in turn help themselves.  How can you associate with extremists and allow these loud and radical voices to speak on your behalf.  There needs to be another group step up within the group.  To say not all of them are on board with what’s being spewed so hatefully in their name.  To embrace education and logic and no longer stand with others that are so extreme, often willing to espouse or at least hint at violence. So extreme, that they equate more closely to radical Islam than “Libtards.” Time to reassess just which side carries blame, or at least the majority.  It will never be our way or the highway with Democrats, we’re not going to rollover and just change everything we think without you giving some too.  Compromise is about two sides of the coin, agreeing to work things out and find common ground.  It’s time to take accept responsibility and stop trying to blame others for our misguided opinions.  We all have to say “let’s talk,” and stop saying “buzz off.”