The silence of the Dems is deafening in the afternath of the GOP’s hostile takeover of Washington   Leave a comment

…And no one should be surprised.

A few months ago, I made the case for need for a third party. Others across social media share my opinion on this. There are those feel “it would be more efficient” to reform the party from within than to commit to a new political party.

Recent history says otherwise:

  • How quickly people forget about the rise of the Tea Party Movement, which was the pre-cursor to the Alt-Right Movement within the Republican Party during President Obama’s first term. They came about in response to the implosion of the GOP during Bush 43’s 2nd term and the Dems regaining control of the White House and Congress in 2008.
  • Oh, how the Dems continue to insist on passing the blame for losing the 2012 election. They had a sure thing with Bernie Sanders but decided to bet everything on an unelectable candidate. It would be fair to say the Dems HANDED the White House to Trump and the GOP. When they pulled out all the stops to prevent Sanders from ever having a chance, that ensured Trump would win the election.

“Reform the Party”, Shaun King keeps saying. Yeah, that was why Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat and they rejected him outright. “We need someone with REAL ideas”, Liberal Progressives said. “We need someone who can continue Obama’s legacy”, Establishment Dems said. THAT was why the Dems lost the election: They wanted someone who would maintain the status quo. Bernie Sanders ran to force the party to move in a different direction. So, to those of you who said “Sanders supporters need to get over themselves”, now you know how they feel.

…And the GOP is loving it. LOL.

Yes, the GOP is still divided but they are united when and where it counts. They know when to put aside infighting for a mutual benefit. The Dems haven’t had to do that since Reagan and Bush 41 were president (The last time a party controlled the White House for two consecutive presidencies actually). The Dems got lucky in 2004 when then senator Barack Obama spoke at the DNC in Boston. That set the stage for his run four years later and his subsequent two terms as president.

The Democratic Party revealed their true colors in the aftermath of the 2016 Election: Having lost the White House and are now at the mercy of the GOP–and EVERYONE should be concerned Trump supporter or not–the Dems have elected to still tout the same public shaming tactics that ultimately cost them the White House. That’s a waste to even try on the GOP, which doesn’t know the meaning of the word. The Dems had no contingency plan going into the 2016 election if Hillary lost. It was all or nothing as far as they cared.

…The GOP on the other hand did have a backup plan after the 2008 and 2012 elections: Take control of Congress, which they did. Republicans also control all 3 branches of government in all but 4 states. This is why the Dems lost so many seats in the 2010 and 2014 elections in traditionally “Blue” States and the “Battlegound” States: ALL of them have a Republican Governor, Congress and State Supreme Court. If the Dems want to regain power in Washington, they first need to focus on State and Local politics.

Take a look at my own state of Massachusetts. There have only been 2 Democratic Governors over the last 25 years: Mike Dukakis (early 90s) and Deval Patrick (late 2000s). Three Republicans held office on Beacon Hill after Dukakis: The Late Paul Celluci (died 4 years ago from M.S.), Jane Swift (first female MA Governor and the first U.S. Governor to give birth while in office) and of course, former presidental candidate Mitt Romney (also tried running for governor in New York after he left MA). Charlie Baker easily won the 2014 election to replace Deval Patrick (served two terms) and honestly, I don’t even remember who the Dems picks to run against him. I do know and I’m sure Baker knows he won’t get a 2nd term. LOL.

That same year, Massachusetts State Rep Marty Walsh was elected Mayor of Boston. after the late Tom Menino announced he would not be running for re-election. Menino died in 2015 after serving as mayor of Boston for 22 years. You literally had a whole generation who only knew Menino as the mayor of Boston.

Getting back to my original train of thought: The founders of this country actually warned against the dangers of a 2-Party system. There were always at least three parties until just before World War I. The other two most notable parties that no longer exist are the Whig and Federalist parties. This was wav before Perot and Nader championed the Green Party.

The first President, Washington was a Federalist. Federalists championed Checks and Balances. It stands to reason given Washington was the Supreme Commander of the U.S. Army, which fought and defeated what was then without question the most powerful military on earth. Sometime during the 2nd half of the 19th Century they merged with the then emerging Democratic Party. The Whig Party was basically the party for the Upper and High Class. They merged with the Republican Party in the years following the Civil War.
The thing about Donald Trump most Liberals and Democrats don’t care about is even though Conservatives and Republicans know he’s not one of them, he’s said and promised to do alot of things they agree with. THAT is why they’re tolerating him for the time being. As long as that remains true, they could care less about everything else about him.  The same can’t be said about most Democrats and Liberals, who like to deflect responsability to everyone but them.

It’s time to bring back a third party. The Democrats and the Republicans are tearing this country apart.

New England Patriots make history at Super Bowl IL; Alot of Super Bowl Babies gettin’ made!   Leave a comment

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…The Revenge Tour is complete: Almost 2 hours ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell handed Tom Brady his fourth MVP Trophy. Unlke Brady and Belicheck, Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t hold back in his comments on how sweet this Super Bowl Victory is. Non-Patriots fans be damned, the New England Patriots are America’s Football Team.

Damn those who had the audacity to compare the Patriots’ comeback victory to last year’s Presidential Election. The Falcons winning probably would have been best for business but in the long run, the Patriots ended up being the better team. There’s also this:
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As you know from my last post, the Celtics played Sunday afternoon in Boston. During last summers’ Kevin Durant Sweepstakes IT4 and TB12 met before they met with Kevin Durant. IT said in an interview in recent weeks he and TB have texted back and fourth since they met last summer. Isaiah Thomas is known as the King of the Fourth this season. He earned that title because he takes over the game in the fourth quarter. Brady was seen texting on the sidelines last night. I doubt either would make it public but I would not be surprised if the Brady took some advice from the King of the Fourth watching the game from Boston. As we all know, the Patriots won the game in the Fourth Quarter. It’s hard for me imagine the two didn’t exchange words before or during the game at some point ^_^

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…That brings me to this interesting statistic the NFL apparently started tracking two years ago (LOL!): There is a surge in births 9 months after a Super Bowl, most notably in cities and towns that are fans of the teams involved in the big game. In other words, some babies are gettin’ made!

All the more reason the day after the Super Bowl should be made a national holiday. LOL.

As Paul Pierce plays his final game in Boston, the future of the Celtics is bright   Leave a comment

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…Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. One is sure to have his number added to the rafters after he retires. The other is primed to lead the Celtics to their 18th NBA Championship. This is the first time since the 1980s that the future of the Celtics isn’t in doubt.

Who could have imagined the Len Bias incident would have seen the Celtics drop out of the playoff picture for almost a decade? When Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish retired (1993, 1994 and 1996) and when Reggie Lewis died in 1995, there were serious questions as to weather or not the team could return to who they once were. The ill-fated Rick Pitino era–and then the now-imfamous “Larry Bird is not walking through that door” jab on his way out after failing to lead the Celtics back to the playoffs–made the possability of a 17th Championship feel more and more like a faraway dream.

Then the Celtics signed Paul Pierce in 1999. Three years later Danny Ainge hired Doc Rivers, who led the Celtics to the 2nd Round of the NBA Playoffs in his first year as Head Coach of the Celtics (2002). The untimely death of legendary Celtics coach Red Aurbach (8 Championships in 10 years) in 2006 reminded the team that although they were getting good, they weren’t good enough to contend with the then emerging superstar LeBron James or the favorite to return to the NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons.

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So, during the summer of 2007 Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on a trade that brought Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Gerald Green (who is now back with the Celtics this year) and 3 other young players. A few weeks later, the Celtics signed Free Agent Ray Allen. Just like that, the Celtics were now contenders going into the 2007-08 NBA Season. 1 year later, the Celtics woyld raise Banner 17 to the rafters.

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As the last and most beloved member of what was then The New Big 3 prepares to retire, the Celtics firmly control their own destiny. Isaiah Thomas, who was drafted last in the 2nd round of the 2010 NBA Draft is 2nd in Points Per Game behind Russell Westbrook this year. He became the first Celtic since Paul Pierce back in 2006 to score 50+ points in a game in December. He has had SEVERAL 40+ games since mid-December including Friday’s win over the Lakers.

I haven’t even gotten to the supporting cast: You’ve got Al Horford (signed with Boston during the offseason), Avery Bradey (when he returns from injury), Terry Rozier and 1st Round Draft Pick Jaylen Brown (A workhorse with LeBron James’ basketball IQ). You also have Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynik.

There’s also the Brooklyn Nets picks from the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston to Brooklyn. Looks like the Celtics are primed to hit it BIG in the next draft to boot: Last year’s draft was just about Ben Simmons (missed half the season with an injury) and Brandon Ingram but Jaylen Brown’s been having one hell of season. Don’t even get me started on the NBA Players who have come up in conversation for a possible trade to Boston before the deadline.

…Getting back to The Truth, he ended his final appearance in Boston with a streak that would remain unbroken: He has scored a basket in every game he’s ever played in The Garden. Fitting that Paul Pierce would score the final basket and his only basket of the game. It would not be enough as the Celtics would go on to win the game 107-102. The three-pointer was more of a token from the home team, who gave him the wide open shot. No doubt the “We want Paul Pierce!” chants during most of the fourth quarter will be a moment he will never forget. As many have said, you can be sure Celtics fans will see more of The Truth after he retires as a player.

 

The time is now to think about who will come after Trump   Leave a comment

This is the GOP’s message to the world more or less.

Based on the events of this past weekend, there are serious questions as to weather or not Trump will even last the rest of the year: Republicans have already started to rebel barely two weeks into Trump’s presidency. Of course, we knew the GOP was just planning to use Trump to deregulate everything, increase military spending and give tax cuts to those who don’t need ’em. That was the plan from the beginning but things have clearly escalated much faster than expected.

We’ll know for sure over the next two months for sure. That brings me to the subject of the title: Mike Pence.

We will need to watch very closely to see how they package Trump’s exit and how they present Pence being sworn in as President. I see one of two things happening:

 

  1.  Pence starts publicly speaking out against Trump in the next few weeks or months (“My loyalty is to the will of the American people first”, etc.), leading to him asking Congress to impeach Trump (Very Likely).
  2. The GOP moves to impeach Trump on their own and declares Pence will be acting President (Most Likely).

 

I doubt it will be anything other than one of those two things. It will all be about how the GOP packages Trump’s exit we need to pay very close attention to. He will likely be presented as a “Benevolent Ruler” or a “Savior” coming to fix everything Trump did. In fact, that should be the assumption unless there is a full reset on the cabinet.

One thing you should know about the GOP if you don’t already: They ALWAYS do what they say they will. Of course, it’s early to be thinking about that but it’s something to keep in mind. It’s not a matter of if but “WHEN” and When is probably happening alot sooner than anyone could have imagined:

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In case you don’t know who she is, this is Sally Yates. Until Monday afternoon, she was the Federal Attorney General. She was fired by President Trump within an hour of declaring she would not defend Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim executive order last Friday Jess Sessions was appointed acting AG and has ordered Federal Judges nationwide to upjold Trump’s executive order. Of course, they can’t since the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the government to court over it and won. LOL. Round 2 should be in a matter of days if not hours. Thanks to the $24.1 million in donations they received over the weekend–20 times what they normally get a year–they’re good to go.

…Mind you, This is on top of Trump removing the the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the National Security Council and replacing them with Steve Bannon on Friday. Yes, THAT Steve Bannon.

The thing about all these moves that folks need to keep in mind is there ARE checks and Balances. Some of those in the middle and most on the Left are wondering why the Dems aren’t doing anything other than angrily shaking their fists at the White House. Some of those in the middle and many on the Right are cheering on Trump’s actions so far, feeling “This is how things are suppose to be”.

…Weather you’re in the middle, on the left, on the right or wherever, this is something you should know: There are checks and balances and what Trump is doing IS a blatant abuse of power. It’s just a question of when the GOP will move to impeach Trump and I can assure those of you who are pro-Trump, they WILL. They’ll do it when it’s most convenient for them to do so. Timing’s not quite there yet.

When you know what’s going to happen next, you have no reason to be too concerned. By all means, be careful but what will happen in the near future is too easy to not know at this point. Please donate to the ACLU. They are non-partisan and are for everyone.

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A REPUBLICAN Washington Insider confirmed what I said over the last 6 months!   Leave a comment

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As a reminder, I said this on the eve of the Republican National Convention last summer:

“We all laughed at the very idea. Then he started saying all the things the Republican Party didn’t dare say publicly. “There’s no way he’s serious about getting elected.” we thought to ourselves. “He’s getting bad advice.” we thought. Perhaps to his own surprise, racists and biggots who felt the same came out of their parents’ basements and out of the woodwork to voice their support of him. Much to the shagrin of  the at one point 17 other Republican Candidates, Trump’s popularity within the party continued to rise until he was the last man standing.”

 

A few weeks later, I said this:

“The one thing you have to give the GOP credit for is at least you know where they stand 100% of the time.”

 

In September, I said this after the first debate:

“Based on what I saw tonight, I honestly would not be bothered with Trump as president simply because we know what will be getting.”

 

I said this the day after the election:

The proverbial “Nightmare Scenario” is now a reality. No, not Trump winning the White House but the GOP controlling Washington. The Republicans control the House, the Senate and soon the Supreme Court. THAT is an even bigger problem in comparison.”

 

…Man oh man, maybe I should be a political advisor for someone. LOL. I did you the favor of not only provinig the quotes relevant to what I’m about to share but the links so you can go back and read the articles they all came from. When you read what I’m about to share with you, it will make a whole lot of sense.

Robert Reich posted an interesting conversation he had with an unnamed former REPUBLICAN Congressman in Washington this week on Facebook. Here is the FULL Text of their conversation:

I had breakfast recently with a friend who’s a former Republican member of Congress. Here’s what he said:

Him: Trump is no Republican. He’s just a big fat ego.

Me: Then why didn’t you speak out against him during the campaign?

Him: You kidding? I was surrounded by Trump voters. I’d have been shot.

Me: So what now? What are your former Republican colleagues going to do?

Him (smirking): They’ll play along for a while.

Me: A while?

Him: They’ll get as much as they want – tax cuts galore, deregulation, military buildup, slash all those poverty programs, and then get to work on Social Security and Medicare – and blame him. And he’s such a fool he’ll want to take credit for everything.

Me: And then what?

Him (laughing): They like Pence.

Me: What do you mean?

Him: Pence is their guy. They all think Trump is out of his mind.

Me: So what?

Him: So the moment Trump does something really dumb – steps over the line – violates the law in a big stupid clumsy way … and you know he will …

Me: They impeach him?

Him: You bet. They pull the trigger.

There ya go. I have shared this post with several people but this conversation has been verified as AUTHENTIC.

Finally, read this article I wrote last month. The whole thing.

…NOW do you see why my last two posts about Trump were so restrained? NOW Do you understand WHY I said what I said in that last article?

Turns out I was right: The Trump’s the scapegoat. Pence is being prepped to take over for him, which the GOP apparently believes will be before or by the midterm elections. Trump gets impeached and forced out of office and Pence takes his place. By default, the current Speaker of the House–Paul Ryan–will become the new Vice President. Exactly as planned.

The GOP’s just patiently waiting for right the oppoortunity to turn on Trump. The fact that this was revealed a week into the new adminstration tells me they are confident they won’t have to wait too long to impeach him. The funny thing is it’s likely Trump already knows this and doesn’t care. So, the GOP and Trump are keeping up appearances for now. What Trump will find out when the time comes is the limits of the Executive Branch.

Note the things listed above the GOP is rushing to get. They’ll get most of them:

  • Most of the Deregulation and midterms will probably be rolled back after the midterms. I already know which ones.
  • Military buildup will probably not happen. One thing President Obama did the Republicans actually AGREED with was he proved the Military can operate just fine on a reduced budget. The GOP might divert money to black projects but nothing more than that.
  • Poverty Programs…the GOP will be forced to back out of this, more so if a natural disaster like Katrina hits.
  • Social Security and Medicare…the Everest of “Welfare” programs the GOP has wanted to get rid of for DECADES. They will try but they will ultimately fail to eliminate both.
  • Trump is no fool. He’s an egolomaniac but he’s no fool. He’s made it clear he loves revenge. If he goes down, you can be damned sure he’s taking as many people down with him as possible.

The GOP actually thinks they’re playing Trump. The GOP still hasn’t figured out they won’t be able to use Trump like they think they will. By the time they do, it’ll be too late and they will have handed Washington back to the Democrats on a silver platter!

So, all we have to do is sit back, watch and wait. Of course, we need to make sure our voices are heard, too.

What really sucks about these four years is those in need and the working poor will be made to suffer the most. Why? Because they’re not privileged, multi-national corporations or billionaires, that’s why. The GOP should lose control of Congress in 2018 if the current course doesn’t change. Assuming Trump is impeached before that time–and the GOP will likely try to arrange for Trump’s exit before the midterms so Pence is president for at least two full years–Pence will make the case for four more years. Since he’d be finishing what would be Trump’s first term, he would only be able to serve an additional term as President and would not be allowed to run again.

When the Dems retake Washington, they need to have it made clear WHO they’re supposed to be working for, not who they take money from. That was their mistake last year and it cost them the White House. I may no longer endorse the Democratic Party but whoever the Dems package for 2020 needs to be someone strong enough to defeat both Trump (if he’s still in office) and Pence (assuming he takes over). Pence is the GOP’s Ace in the Hole so whoever challenges the GOP needs to be strong enough to beat him in the 2020 election should that matchup happen. That’s when the Dems have their opening: Unless they repeat last year’s mistakes (which sadly is very possible), it should not be too hard to make the case for change in 2020, more so if they retake Congress in 2018.

 

Donald Trump signs Executive Order to continue the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines   Leave a comment

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…We knew this was coming. Thanks to insider info leaked to Shaun King back in November, we knew this was the day the Fossil Fuel Industry had been patiently waiting for. After all, President Donald Trump not only has a stake in both projects but he promised to do this.

Opponents to the DAPL are not backing down. Shaun King sent an email this afternoon requesting emergency aid of any kind for the protestors at Standing Rock with an ominous tone. Here it is in part:

“I want to ask you a principled question.

How far are you willing to go to stop the construction of this pipeline through sacred grounds?

Are you willing to donate? Are you willing to fund the fight? Are you willing to pull your funds out of the banks that are backing the pipeline? Are you willing to travel there and put your body on the line? Are you willing to do what it takes to stop this?

Because that’s what I’m asking of you.”

~ Civil Rights Activist and New York Daily News Editor Shaun King

…By the way, here is the full list of all of the banks who are funding the DAPL:

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…If you are against the DAPL and you see your bank on this list, you need to do two things:

  1. Close your account with the banks and switch over to a local credit union.
  2. Tell the bank why you’re closing your account with them and urge them to stop funding DAPL.

I always used a local credit union so I’m set. I plan to share this info with some interested folks though.

This will be the first major battle for Injustice Boycott, a grassroots Civil Rights organization Shaun King launched last month. The showdown to come at Standing Rock will be the movement’s most important: This is the first time Mr. King is requesting manpower for the cause. Up to now, the movement worked from their keyboards to make change. That is what makes this a critical time.

I’ll be honest: I’m more worried about low turnout than what the resistence will do. Low turnout will severely hurt the movement’s credability. If Injustice Boycott can’t get at least 10,000 people to Standing Rock, they will not be taken seriously. I get the feeling Mr. King is worried about not getting enough people to commit to Standing Rock based on the tone of the email.

 

 

Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th POTUS as protests are carried out nationwide   Leave a comment

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…And so it begins.

Contrary to what I’m sure many folks are expecting, the point of this particular Op-Ed isn’t to bash the new president. I don’t need to when folks like Shaun King do it daily via social media and at public appearances. What I WILL say is I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how the first 100 days go for the new administration. Right now, the focus is Policy Setting. As of Friday evening, only two members of Trump’s cabinet have been confirmed and sworn in. Out of…I believe it’s a few dozen cabinet positions? Anyway, my point is there is much work to be done.

I want to make something very clear: I am not Anti-Trump OR Pro-Trump as President. I will make up my mind for sure on that later this year. I waited until 2004 to decide I didn’t like Bush 43 as a President. I lost all respect for Bill Clinton as a President after the scandals. Believe it or not, I felt Obama holding back as much as he did hurt him in the end. All three of them I wouldn’t mind hanging out with, though. Same with John McCain and John Boehner. Sure, those last two are Republicans but I know enough about them to know they’re good people.

…For those who need to see me say it: If the sitting president invited me to the White House, I would not turn them down. Not the first time since I’ve never beeen to D.C., anyway. As I do when I visit my elected officials in Boston, I would give him a hand-written letter outlining my concerns and thoughts on what he can do to be a more effective politician.

Moving on, The new president will deliver his first State of the Union Address in a few weeks. It’s extremely important that everyone watch it weather you like the guy or not. That speech will set the tone for his entire term, not just his first year. The whole world will be watching to see what President Trump will say. As a reminder, The SOTUA isn’t just seen by the American people but the whole world, too. Relationships with certain countries could be mended or strained depending on what he says.

I have no expectations on what he might say personally. All we can do is wait and see.

~ B.A.

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