I Am Not a Crook

That statement by then President Nixon was seen by those who opposed his administration and its handling of the war in Vietnam among other things in the times of that era that were turbulent, to say the least. Mr. Nixon was caught in a lie related to recordings he had made secretly of those who spoke to him in the Oval Office. President Nixon did not hide his contempt for the media as his lies were made public.

Our current president appears to have the same difficulties as “Tricky Dick” as Nixon was labeled by the press as his presidency was collapsing around him. He resigned and went home to California in disgrace.

Our current leader also speaks constantly of his contempt for the “lying media” who likewise have no love for his administration. The president declared a national emergency in order to bypass the Congress in order to obtain funds for his wall at the border, he then left for some time off to relax in Florida. Where is the emergency? This is a power grab that will change the way we look at presidential control of the powers granted to Congress. The power of the purse. When we look at what Nixon went through and the similarities with Trump I can only say the date on the calendar is the only real change here.

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“I Didn’t Need To Do This”

The president used the power of his office to call for a national emergency because the Democrats would not give the requested funds to build his border wall. This action would give him access to almost seven billion dollars in funds from other branches especially the military which would be hit the hardest by the loss of funding. Mr. Trump then stated that he did not think the military budget was that important compared to his wall.

Although there is no guarantee that this money will be available anytime soon because of legal opposition to this act by our president to appease his base supporters. The talking heads in the media all agreed that this is a bad precedent for those who will occupy the oval office in the future. The so-called crisis at the border does not exist except for those thousands of migrants either waiting for months for a chance to apply for asylum or who just jump the fence and turn themselves into the border patrol in an attempt to fast forward the process.

Today is an important day in the history of our government that we may not feel the impact of the president’s action right away but it will change our view of those we choose to lead going forward in this experiment we call democracy. The Russian involvement in our elections and the investigations related to them cannot be ruled out in this distraction at our southern border.

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Something Has To Give

The president said he would go along with the Democrats and sign a bill to prevent another government shutdown but he also stated he will declare a national emergency because of events along the border with Mexico. This is once again is a move to deflect the American people away from the investigation of his cronies and their convoluted relationships with the Russians and his family business dealings with them.

Mexico will not pay for the wall as the president stated emphatically that they would, he has accepted far less funding for the wall that he first demanded at the beginning of this political debacle. Our national debt has reached twenty-two trillion dollars which at the current rate we will in the future spend 95% of our GDP on interest on the debt that will never be paid by future generations who will feel the pain of our economic failures.

The wall is not the problem for the Trump administration it is just a distraction from the reality of running the world and his family financial opportunities that may or may not have been exploited in the name of the Trump brand. The border issue is nothing but a distraction from what is coming. The potential downfall of a president of the United States. That is the real and not fake news that we have been exposed to on a daily basis. This president, in my opinion, is in it only for the money and prestige that comes with the office. A wall on the border will end up like the one in China. A tourist attraction for future generations.

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Mariel_1980

In the year 1980, the leader of Cuba Fidel Castro took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to rid his country of dissidents, criminals, the mentally ill and anybody who wanted to leave was given a chance to go to America a mere 90 miles away. The United States government under George H. Bush was on board to accept these refugees.

In a six week period between April and October of 1980 more than 125.000 Cubans were relocated to first Florida and then across the United States all of this was done in a six-week period. There was no outcry from the citizens of this country that we are being overrun by criminals and drug dealers and let’s not forget the rapist’s that are always present to do harm to anyone within their reach once they cross our southern border.

Those people from countries that our current president wants to keep out of our sacred land because of their lack of education and let’s not forget their skin color which is a major concern for those who want to enter a country which was built by the sweat of immigrants from around the world. Europe, Asia, Africa all of these continents provided the people and ideas that are the backbone to what we call the American dream.

The point I am trying to make is how did we accept 125.000 Cubans then and now we have a problem with a few thousand now. America is now an aging society with the baby-boomers reaching 65 at the rate 10,000 per day for the next 20 years at least. Who will take on the work of a nation of old people in the future? That is a question we all will need an answer to in the coming years and decades. Robotics will not replace the human touch. Period.

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The Un-Cash Society

Our modern society is rapidly moving towards a world where paper money is being used less and less by the masses as a way to buy the things and services we use on a daily basis. There are now certain business’s that refuse to accept paper money because they like the convenience and safety of using credit and debit cards. This system is loved by the government because it follows every penny spent by an individual. It also eliminates the “under the table” transactions that cannot be taxed.

Those who for one reason or another who do not have access to a bank account are the ones who will find themselves relegated to the world of the past. It is believed that at least 34% of black Americans and some seniors fall into this category. Those who are left behind because of dependence on paper money will find themselves even more isolated from society as a whole. The rest of us will slowly and surely be weaned from using paper currency. The new world order continues unabated. The mark of the beast awaits us all.

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Paper Tiger

The immigrant song is about the future of humanity as it has always been. Lest we forget.

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The migrant caravan from countries south of Mexico have finally with some media fanfare made to the border at Tijuana. Will there be a mad rush by hundreds of desperate people looking for a chance no matter how slim but a chance at something better than what was left behind. Troops from the National Guard were sent to the border to monitor but not take an active role such as arresting or even having any contact with people crossing our border with Mexico. The migrants will go through the border and ask for asylum. The Border Patrol and Customs cannot refuse that legal request because that is the law, and we are a country of laws.

Instead of paying thousands of dollars and risking ones life walking through burning deserts… just show up at a legal border crossing and do it legally. The backlog of cases relating to immigration matters…

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400 Years

The month of February 2019 not only recognizes black history in America but it also is the month when some twenty odd African slaves arrived in the colonial city of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. This was the beginning of centuries of abuse and exclusion of people of color in the new world that the colonist envisioned where all whites were to be treated with a high level of respect by those who served them from birth to death.

America grudgingly accepted giving a national holiday to Martin Luther King after much discussion. The civil rights act of 1964 and the opportunities for black Americans to at least find meaningful work in the government because even to this day employment in the private sector is still restricted to a few blacks usually those with degrees in higher education.

Today’s date and its relation to slavery will be downplayed by the media and even in the black community as a whole, but it should be a reminder of how long we have suffered as a people of color in America and as we watch the events in Virginia about the governor and a picture related to racism in his past. This is another chapter of American racial history that seems not to change no matter how much time passes. That is the sad part of our society.

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