I welcome you to the rough draft of the second chapter from my newest book which is due for release in just weeks. Fondly named>>>>
The Decline of Civility: How to rise to the occasion
“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.”
Chapter 2: The Grand Old Politico
I am a current events news junkie. I am non-party affiliated. I am an advocate for the American PEOPLE, period. I absorb information from my own chosen tailored outlets & I stand proud of my influences & resources which will remain undisclosed for now. I will say though, The View is my talk show candy. Nothin’ like a panel of kick ass, strong, intelligent, stand up women to start my day, who always have the most brilliant guests, & a well-seasoned, well-educated, well-rounded team with standpoints from every direction to consider, evaluate & chew on.
I truly believe Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) should be our next president, & Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) his V.P. If you Google Corey Booker & see his Docuseries (“Brick City”) on how he renovated the poor, crime & drug infested streets of Newark New Jersey into a productive thriving community, you will understand why this man is a wonderful candidate. Kirsten Gillibrand is a tough as nails attorney & current New York Senator since 2009, who has a proven track record for fighting for rights. Whether it is women, sexual suits in the military, students, workers, families… this lady is who we want on our team. She is also a published Author of such titles as: Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World. If that gives you an idea of her caliber. Google her. And hands down, I would gladly endorse Mister former Vice President Joe Biden as well. I gotta say, he is obviously a superior candidate just as similarly as John McCain was. The quality of his character & the caliber of his content is second to none. Can I get an Amen??
Good (moral & ethical), smart, wise, fearless, enlightened, aware, strong minded, ambitious, empathetic, honest, fair, genuine, positive, progressive, articulate people who stand firm for human rights & dignity… that have an excellent work ethic, track record & impressive resume… make good leaders, the right kind. Makes sense. Don’t ya think? Who cares what side (party) they’re on. It’s the quality of character that matters. Despite the court of public opinion, divisiveness, & the polarization of our Nation… electing a proper leader for the free world is a non-partisan issue, if ya ask me.
Politics aside, I think former President Obama is Super Fly, I miss his swagger & calming nature. Barack & Michelle are an A#1 class act & I’m not gonna lie, I miss their charming romance. It was like tea & cupcakes in the afternoon under a green fluffy tree on a happy hill. Ahhh, the good old days…
My candid opinion about the current dude in office is that Trump might appear to be a train-wreck, a cruel joke, or a page out of some sinister playbook, but… I honestly think the breakdown of everything is Awesome. Let’s look through the “love our enemy” lens for just one minute.
The guy is Awesome with a capital A, actually. Why? Because he went into an otherwise most sacred elected office & literally pissed all over it like a dog marking his territory with no shame, no rhyme or reason & no apologies & didn’t even take the government’s presidential salary, perks or benefit package. The guy gives new meaning to the word: unorthodox. El Trumpo is tearin’ his presidentalhood right the heck up. Let’s call it like it is. Whether you are for or against the guy, dem or GOP or in between, if yer living & breathing in this country today & have a TV of sorts, ya cannot deny the mark this guy is making.
Kudos to you, man… for keepin’ it fresh & keepin’ it real… despite nasty rumors, rhetoric, fake news, real news, & your lovely track record. Sometimes the best way to renovate something is to fetch the wrecking ball, have at it, then start from scratch. I’ll be damned if Mr. Trump isn’t facilitating that gracefully. Like a Pro, he just rather effortlessly, instigates & erupts change, in every direction, everywhere he goes. He is like an anomaly of sorts, lol.
From Main Street to Wall Street to Shakedown Street. Raid, renovate, remodel is the name of the game. Every time ya turn around, another tree’s on fire, there’s a cat fight in the ally, or the tweet bird is singing its high & mighty unsolicited buns off. Pretty rad. I know Bobby De Niro wouldn’t concur… sorry, sweetie, but what appears to be falling apart might actually be things falling into place. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Hot mess? Or blessing in disguise…?
Donald Trump is certainly not responsible for the decline of civility, we have done that all by ourselves, over the course of some time now. But, I just felt like something had to be said. I was born in America & I believe in the power of our union & the binding principles of the constitution that this country was built upon. It doesn’t take a Political Science major to see that Donald Trump is no great patriot, he is a business man. Defying ANY prototype, the man is in a class of his own, quite frankly. Fondly referred to as “the great divider in Chief,” him & his goons have invaded the white house & now have relinquished control of the whole goddamn program, if you will, doing as they please without real opposition or consequence it seems. People fear him, & therefore keep their mouths shut essentially at this point, after witnessing his “clean sweep” of everyone who disagrees with him.
His voters, the peanut gallery, middle Americana, middle to low income demographics, buy into his not so charming rhetoric of being a mascot for the working class & underdog. I mean the guy did create significant tax cuts, create jobs, lower gas prices & smoothed out certain foreign leader relations, but honestly, the guy has a continuously running self-motivated agenda. Clearly, he has little authentic regard for all of us due to this, let alone the working-class citizens. Why? The government shutdown is why. It has been reported that there are 800,000 with blank paychecks today… all cause of him not getting his way.
I actually had respected Mister Trump as president, for many & various valid reasons for most of his presidency. I will admit, though not particularly “presidential,” I bought into his proven entrepreneurial track record, business savvy, unconventional tactics, & his “method behind madness” ways. I honestly had conceded to allow him to govern as he saw fit. I disregarded his philandering ways, his uncouth demeanor & apparent obvious lying problem. I even kept my mouth shut around certain circles, because of how controversial it is to actually support him. But, I really did feel he had a certain what they call: Je nai sai quoi that actually, as uncouth as it may be, was ironically liberating us on some level as a country. At the very least Trump’s position has compelled people to wake up & is motivating the underdog to step up & run for offices & also lighting fires under otherwise complacent butts, if you will.
However… hear this Mister President, sir!
Last time I checked we lived in a free democracy not a communist/socialist dictatorship. This wild west modern-day standoff we have going on regarding the “borderwall” has the American Federal Government shut down & thousands of families without pay longer than ever in history. News media reported that the Coast guard “tip sheet” for their government employees on a hiatus said:
“Have a garage sale, clean out your attic or basement, sell unwanted larger ticket items, offer to watch children, walk pets, house sit, turn hobbies into income, become a mystery shopper.” ????
This is NOT what our ancestors who migrated here to have a shot at the “American Dream” for themselves & their future families… signed up for. TO BE TOLD that they should scrimp & save, grub & scrounge & essentially collect cans to pay their rent & light bill. If I was one of those government workers on leave with a pregnant wife, sick kid & bills to pay… I would surely exclaim: “SUCK MY BIG FAT DICK, Mister Trump… you unempathetic, insensitive, rat bastard Russian dictator man. I WAS on your team, dude, (struggling to support my president, but still…) until ya pulled this one.”
This is America, land of the free, home of the brave, not a pigpen of partisan politics, where citizens are essentially deprived of their right to work & provide for their families due to feuding egos, stare down contests & temper tantrums.
No one disagrees with having tighter border security but honestly, there are far more COST EFFECTIVE & sophisticated ways to “build a wall.” There are far more sophisticated ways to detect drug smugglers & deter asylum seekers than a metallic wall that costs almost SIX billion (BILLION) dollars & takes a million years to build. Not to mention TAX PAYERS will wind up footing the bill??? And as big & as relevant as all of that is, it is actually BESIDE THE POINT>>>> Negotiate your little buns off all ya want El Chapo… oops, I mean El Trumpo, Nanc & Chuckster… but do it on yer own friggin time. Forcing an extended government shutdown is very damaging, dangerous & unconstitutional as far as I’m concerned & puts us all at risk as a Nation. That, Mister President… has gone too far, my friend.
It is my understanding that a bill to reopen the government has been on the table for quite some time now & Trump refuses to sign it. We can thank Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter for that. They basically threatened to publicly shame him if he signed it without the wall, & Trump cowered. COWARD! So now, the dude in the white House is holdin’ out like a toddler with his hands on his hips & stomping feet saying “No!” like a little bratty baby.
Anxiety is very high nationwide, people are beginning to protest, to picket, tempers are flaring, fear is rampant, financial security compromised. This can cause great problems & ripple effects felt for years to come. Parents are having to pause extracurricular activities for their kids due to fees that cannot be paid at this time. Peoples whole lives are getting tossed upside down. Folks are on the verge of losing their homes for god sake. 250 thousand veterans are not receiving their benefits. Certain air traffic control & TSA employees are absent causing a whole new kind of national security risk. Christ, I just heard they are SUING the federal government for lost wages etc etc. Not to mention, it was just announced that there is no salmonella control crew to inspect imported produce. The FDA (a government agency) is in charge of keeping our food safe for consumption. Day 25, The FAA is now ordering TSA safety inspectors back to work without pay, due to uninspected passenger planes. The fucking Coastguard is not being paid, for god’s sake. Both air & sea security is being compromised. Hmmmm, I wonder what kind of threat that might pose?
The American people are now subject to all kinds of dangers. These are just a few examples of the immense impact. Doesn’t Mr. Trump see how we must look to our enemies? Heck, who’s to say that our enemies abroad aren’t watching “dumbass” America fighting on the playground again distracted with our defenses down, & decide to pull some dirty attack. “Look ShahzadAkeemSamir! …America’s on strike again… round up the S-Bomber crew, dude!!”
Maybe that’s what Trump wants. He wants to inadvertently create an invasion that leads to a war, so we all have no choice but to unite & get behind him, (cause we are America, after all… hear us ROAR!) making it almost necessary to reelect him just like Bush did with 9-11. Am I lying?
They’re all a bunch of dirty rats.<<<<<<<<<<< (!!!!!!!)
Did someone say Military Industrial Complex?
Oh, that was me…
Military-industrial complex: network of individuals and institutions involved in the production of weapons and military technologies. The military-industrial complex in a country typically attempts to marshal political support for continued or increased military spending by the national government.
The Military Industrial Complex is the first of the “Big Business” sharks of our Nation I will speak about here. It is the richest, most powerful outfit in the world. The “War” business is the BIGGEST most capitalized on, corporation to have ever existed in the duration of human history.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger & are not fed, those who are cold & are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”
—Dwight Eisenhower Circa 1961
I am not opposed to retaining our military for services that protect & serve us as a Nation, I am not opposed to military spending as needed in a moderate way. President Trump did in fact withdraw our troops recently from Syria & Afghanistan… most likely so he could transfer the senseless military costs to a more personal project like his “wall.” He made the move of releasing our troops back home look like a noble play. He basically stood before the troops abroad one covert night & made a speech talking about how America should no longer be policing the world. I kinda like that idea. It makes perfect sense. However, Isis IS NOT DEFEATED. Trump & Pence keep exclaiming this false idea. Trump has retracted our troops for his own agenda… guaranteed. Hence, the Military Industrial Complex WILL prevail. It’s just a matter of time. Things are never what they seem in this government’s grand facade.
“Politics is the entertainment division of the Military Industrial Complex.” — Frank Zappa
I’m not currently, but I would like to be a proud gun owner. I am not against guns, I do believe in tighter back ground checks, more detailed applications, & mental evals, etc, etc. But, this “Military Industrial Complex’” Eisenhower is speaking of, is a very large BULL (bully) just eating up every single extra dollar we may ever have, while sacrificing the education of our children, & the health & welfare of our sick or impoverished citizens.
The dollar amount that pours into this Military Industrial Complex is so high, that it is almost unspeakable. They have lobbyists, & ambassadors that sell fabricated scare tactics instilling fear into the public, so folks agree to support “the protection” that Military & national security measures provide. These grand safety measures are truly not necessary at the great lengths that these people deceptively profess. It’s a big LEGAL scam.
Meanwhile… teachers are on strike (yet again & again & again), government workers, middle America, & students in debt are the casualties. So much money all going to weapons & war, when it could be evenly distributed to the proper channels. We would thrive, then. We would flourish. We would be a debt free, non-struggling people. The middle-class society at war with eachother would cease to exist. We would be nourished & blessed & progressive & grateful… so much MORE, than we are now. The M.I.C. is STEALING from us daily, while endorsing WAR on a grand international scale as a means to keep the “business” booming.
That… is… fucked up, man.
When is enough enough??? Yep… smoke & mirrors, people… smoke & mirrors.
By the time this book jumps off, the “shutdown” will likely have blown over. But I am recording these events right now in real time, to demonstrate what is happening in this current administration. We are living through this & will continue to live through this. One day, our children’s children will be reading about these times in a text book. (Hopefully written by a fearless unbiased transparent Author) like me. We can only hope.
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