A Trump Presidency; this too shall pass

I see myself as a President Teddy Roosevelt progressive. To understand what that means, you might have to read They Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The 2016 election is over and the unknown future will reveal itself a day at a time, and in the passing of those days there’s nothing we can do but hope this too shall pass into history, because the future waits for no man, even Donald Trump, and the midterm elections will take place in November 2018, after two years of Trump allegedly running rampant with support from today’s Republican Party (GOP).

The fact is that Donald Trump and the GOP can’t run rampant, because of the U.S. Constitution written to protect the republic from becoming a dictatorship. Any serious attempt by Trump or the Republicans to illegally alter the Constitution will result in a bloody Civil War that will tear the United States apart, and most members of both parties know this is a fact even if Donald Trump allegedly doesn’t.

The reason for that is because there is no easy, legal way for the GOP to change the U.S. Constitution. Simply, the GOP does not have enough votes in both Houses of Congress. To propose an amendment to the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote in the U.S. Congress and then that proposed amendment must be approved by two-thirds (33) of the 50 state legislatures.

In 2017:

  • The GOP will only control 26 states
  • The GOP will hold 52 seats in the US Senate and needs 66 votes to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • The GOP holds 238 seats in the House and needs about 284 votes to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Founding Fathers did all they could to block one party or president from controlling every element of the U.S. government by making it extremely difficult to change the U.S. Constitution, and the rule of law as defined in the U.S. Constitution still stands as a defense against any tyrant.

Yes, the GOP and Trump will do serious damage to the achievements of the progressive movement started by Republican President Teddy Roosevelt in 1901, but the U.S. Constitution will still be there to guide the United States when Trump’s 4 or 8 years in the White House ends. Hopefully, the Trump presidency will end in 4 years if his mouth and actions keeps shooting hollow-point bullets.

That means between January 2017 and January 2019, the GOP will do all it can to achieve their tyrannical, right-wing agenda to support the wealthiest Americans and weaken or dismantle the Social Safety net for all Americans that FDR started when he was president from 1933 – 1945: Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, food stamps, etc.

The GOP had to wait more than 100 years to dismantle what two progressive presidents accomplished for all the people of the United States. And they are eager to get started.

Once the Democrats return to a majority, if the Democrats abandon neo-liberalism that defined the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and win back the angry voters they lost in the 2016 election, the political winds of power will shift once again, and to do that, the Democratic Party must learn from the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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38 responses to “A Trump Presidency; this too shall pass”

  1. John, in response to your November 12, 2105 at 22:40 comment.

    I don’t know what happened but for some reason, I can’t reply to comments on my own blog, because a warning popped up telling me that your comment could be altered if I clicked on reply. I don’t understand what happened and what that means so I’m resorting to leaving a comment to reply to your comment with the time stamp listed above.

    I also believe in a woman’s right to control her body and support Roe vs Wade and abortion. I also enjoy the right to own firearms, and I have a small arsenal safety stored away in a weapons safe inside the safe room in my house – at least as safe and difficult to break into as I can make it without building a bunker with a bank vault door.

    I don’t support the neo-liberal movement in the Democratic Party called nation building. Nation building means forcing other countries to accept what America tells them their government should be, etc., etc. etc. I won’t go into detail, but let it suffice that I didn’t agree with the ideology of nation building that forces, using our military, other nations and cultures to accept whatever America’s neo-liberal vision/agenda is for the world.

    But, this is where we disagree.

    John said, “I want America to remain as an independent country which focuses upon closed borders while improving conditions for all its legal citizens. Other nations must solve their own problems because we cannot be everything to everyone around the globe. Humanitarianism needs to be applied within our own borders.”

    Isolationism is not the answer and never will be. We cannot build a wall and ignore the world. If the U.S. does that, there will be a global power vacuum that will result in wars to see who takes America’s place on the world stage. This is exactly what Putin wants because he envisions Russia as that new global power, but China, India, Iran, Pakistan, and the EU (etc.) are not going to let Putin roll over them without fighting back.

    How many countries have nuclear weapons other than the U.S. and Russia?

    Nine Nations Have Nukes

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nine-nations-have-nukes–heres-how-many-each-country-has-2014-6

    But how many will have nukes if the U.S. isolates itself and leaves a global power vacuum?

    If Russia ends up in a war with China and they both use nuclear weapons, who will eventually end up breathing that nuclear laced air after it crosses the pacific? No Great Wall of Trump is going to keep out that radioactive air pollution.

    After World War III ends, if our species survives, who will be the standing superpower – the EU, Russia or China, and when will that new superpower come for us?

    And history supports the fact that isolationism, turning our back on the world, does not work. In fact, it is very dangerous.

    For instance, isolationism will not bring back factor jobs that were lost to automation. Up until a couple of years ago, the U.S. manufacturing sector that Donald Trump lied and said doesn’t make anything anymore was the largest manufacturing sector in the world. Now it is #2. China became #1 about two years ago. That doesn’t mean the U.S. manufacturing sector is shrinking and losing production because since 1979, the U.S. manufacturing sector almost double production while cutting 7 million jobs. A recent study pointed out that 88 percent of those lost jobs were due to automation; and only 13 percent were jobs lost to other countries.
    What happened due to American isolationism in the 1930s? I’m not going to copy and paste. Click on the link and educate yourself about the perils of building that isolationist wall and ignoring what goes on around the world we share with the rest of our species outside of that wall.

    https://history.state.gov/milestones/1937-1945/american-isolationism

    China isolated itself once during the Ming Dynasty. That was when China stopped being the world wealthiest, most technologically advanced, and most powerful nation in the world. Before the Ming Dynasty did that, China was the most technologically advanced country/civilization on the planet for 1,500 years. To learn about that,

    I recommend reading “The Man Who Loved China” by Simon Winchester.

    https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Loved-China-Fantastic/dp/0060884614

    History also teaches us what happens when we ignore the public’s welfare and turn the public sector over to the profit motivated private sector. During the Han Dynasty, Emperor Wu of Han (he ruled from 141-81 BC) set up a price controlled public sector so even poor Chinese could afford to buy essential products like iron and sat. No one in the brutal, shark infested world of the profit driven private sector dared challenge him because Wu was a brutal tyrant that might, on a whim, have their heads removed. But when he died and the court became corrupt under the next weak Emperor, those private sector profit mongers were emboldened bribed the ministers to get rid of the price controlled public sector. The succeeded and that ushered in the beginning of the end of the Han Dynasty.

    If we learn from history, then we learn that we cannot trust the profit-focused private sector to solve all of our problems. It has never happened before and it isn’t about to happen now. There must be a health public sector monistored by the voters and elected represented who are empowered and guided by the U.S. Constitution to step in and adjust when needed, but never abandoned and turned over to the greedy mongers. The neo-conservative movement in the GOP to get rid of all democratic public labor unions, and privatize the public sector so the private sector can profit from public funds will lead to a horrible disaster.

    The lure of Isolationism isn’t a new ideology. It dates to colonial times. Click the link and educate yourself.

    https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Loved-China-Fantastic/dp/0060884614

    The United States is not on another planet orbiting another star. We share one planet with all of humanity. And what happens outside of our borders will affect us if we turn our backs on what’s going on in the world. For instance, air pollution from China crosses the Pacific and Americans breathe that pollution. That same air pollution turns rain to acid and that acid rain destroys all life in the lakes that water flowed into. That same air pollution helps destroy croplands and crops.

    Before you condemn China for its carbon emissions, what happens to carbon emissions produced in the U.S. What doesn’t affect our health blows across the Atlantic to Europe. What’s produced in Europe blows toward Asia, etc.

    It doesn’t matter if carbon emissions are causing climate change/global warming or not, because we know that he does pollute the air we breathe affecting our health, the water we depend on to drink and grow our crops, and the soil we grow our crops in.

    1. Lloyd, Thank you for taking your time to pen me another thoughtful and informative email. I need to explain my philosophy further because long term isolationism is not intended when I speak of closed borders on focusing on America. Suffice it to say, for now, that I believe America needs to stop 90% of all immigration until we get our own country in order. “Illegal immigration…immigrants…aliens..et al” strike a discordant chord with myself and many legal citizens, primarily because we have watched our immigration laws be thwarted by all prior administrations since 1968+/-. This has resulted in an open, festering problem which has impacted America’s entire social and economic structure, including voting, demonstrations, and angry vitriol that has widened a schism within America. My hope is, and has been since Reagan days, that our borders will become secure and inviolable to all foreigners other than those who migrate here legally, just like any sovereign nation needs to do. To accommodate foreign workers, we need some restricted work program, like the bracero program that existed in the late 50’s and 60’s. As a youth, I worked in the vast Santa Clara County orchard fields alongside Mexican workers who were brought here under the bracero program. These were wonderful people who worked faster than I was able to do, who had their children work without complaining as hard as adults, and who were grateful to share their camps and food with me. There was no obvious animosity, no acts of hostility, but much after-work laughter and commaradiship. I value those memories.
      Today, those jobs and worker programs are mostly gone, except for the H-1b hybrid labor exchange. To address this solvable problem, I want to close our borders completely and severely restrict illegal entry UNTIL America gets complete control of what has become an abused, misused, misconstrued, fractious immigration policy without proper controls and limitations. I advocate we close borders and all illegal entry until we can account for every illegal immigrant, export anyone with a criminal record, establish programs for repatriation of anyone we decide to deport, and help solve our own social and economic problems with a major emphasis on improving our educational system, improving our inner cities, adapting programs for our homeless and citizens living in poverty. (forgive my long, run-on sentence. I am a two-finger typist and don’t have much time to edit).
      The existing system has been exploited and patronized by both parties who use disharmony as an intended problem that will incite hatred in order to take our attention off our leaders ineptitudes and poorly crafted policies. The GOP extorts the criminal aspects of illegals, yet they encourage illegal entry with poor enforcement in order to drive labor costs down while driving profits up. They don’t care about the negative affects this causes our own lower-income citizens or how this negatively impacts our schools, healthcare system, our jails and crime, our neighborhoods which experience housing shortages and drive rents to intolerable levels, etc. The GOP encourages these social and economic problems through greed, which is at the core of capitalism. Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Larry Ellis (Oracle), Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway), Zuckerberg (Facebook), former Steve Jobs and hid replacements (Apple) illustrate the insanity of our wanton, egregious corporate-democracy. Capitalism left unchecked will devour itself as the existential question becomes “When is enough, enough?” In practice, the answer is Never! This is one issue why I supported Bernie Sanders before Hillary, before Trump. In the end, I believe DT will do more to solve our countries economic, racial, social, and class divides and other inequities than more unrestricted socialism.
      This partially explains my restricted immigration system which exacerbates racial, social, and economic divides. We need to start our nation’s healing here. Since no single issue dominates the stage at any time, we need to focus on solving other issues concommitently. Is this too big a task to burden our leaders with? No, this is what we citizens have been demanding of our elected leaders since I first voted for JFK. While there are many reasons this hasn’t happened, the primary reason has been because our legislators have used their offices for their own personal gains, they have become bought and paid for minions of the ultra-wealthy and of corporations who have NO allegiance to any nation or it’s citizens. They operate like seagulls scavenging for easy food and then crapping on the people who fed (elected) them. But even birds and animals have limits to what they gorge themselves on while our leaders, corporations, and the ultra-wealthy have insatiable apetites where enough money and power is never enough since their goal is greed based. Gordon Gecho, in “Wall Street” expressed their axiom “Greed is good”
      On another much more interesting topic to me, I would like to share with you some of my favorite books about Asia, including China, Vietnam, India, et al.
      Anchee Min heads the list of my favorite authors. I liked “Red Azalea” best, followed by “Becoming Madame Mao”, The Cooked Seed (I’m dropping the ” “s), and Wild Ginger.
      Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Fan, China Dolls, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy.
      Jung Chang: Wild Swan
      Mo Yan: Red Sorghum
      Iris Chang: Rape of Nanking
      Yu Hua: China in Ten Words
      Graham Greene: The Quiet American
      Le Ly Hayslip: When Heavan and Earth Changed Places
      Viet Than Nguyen” The Sympathizer
      Duong Huan” Novel without a name
      Robert Kaplan: Asia’s Cauldron, The South China Seas
      I have read Ian Iggulden’s Genghis Khan series and Goghal’s ??? trilogy beginning with “Poppy” which details India and Great Britain’s audacious poppy trade into China, including their colonization policies. I also read most WSJ articles about China, its economy, and its transition from Mao through today’s Xi Xingping. I am an avid student of China because it is the greatest living example of an isolated, mysterious country with 1.3 people that is transitioning successfully and expediently into becoming one of the world’s most powerful, prosperous, and developed nations. I am fascinated by the evolution of their economic system, their stock market, evolving international trade laws, their easing policies for its citizens, including their ability to travel internationally, the development of their educational system, their growing leadership role in technology, how they handle social issues, and how they balance an autocratic socialism while maintaing what I believe are strong internal controls, including censorship. I believe that Xi has to control the press UNTIL China achieves a viable system of goverance that amalgamates their provinces into a more cohesive nation. Once that is achieved, their system will continue to evolve progressively with a minimum of fractious parties and policies. I feel privileged to learn about economics, nation building, social structures, aculturalism, and powerful, progressive change from a country that was out of phase with the world pre-1977. If China can change so dramatically and quickly, then I pray that America can follow their lead (not their system of governance) as it takes a stand against our own corrupt, bought and paid for system of politics. I like that DT is a successful businessman who largely paid for his own election and isn’t beholden to the big money players and lobbyists who have brought America to the brink of disaster. He isn’t any more flawed in his sexual escapades than JFK, Bill C, and many other world leaders who have proven to be great leaders. I understand that you dislike his business dealings, however, as a business major and a small business entrepreneur, our leaders correctly established bankruptcy to save companies and creditors from further credit losses, and to allow companies and individuals to restructure their debts, sell assets and reemerge from BK as a viable entity. Great companies like Chrysler, GMC, and 1,000s of others have emerged from bk and have served our country well. Trump has sought protection legally under our laws and has been able to build some of America’s finest developments, not to mention in other countries as well. He has negotiated many deals with China in order to stay competitive, and he has innumerable contacts with people and countries internationally. I regard his bussiness acumen and successes as superior achievements to anything Hillary, Reagan, Bush, and all but a few president’s accomplishments. It is much easier to rule a nation than to create success from vision because you don’t have a nation’s deep pockets, unlimited contacts, and established systems to help you. Trump has more to lose than any other citizen by assuming this low-paying position when measured in monetary and legacy metrics. He is driven by his need to succeed plus his concerns and love of America.

      1. You think Trump loves America. I don’t think he is capable of loving anyone but himself, maybe, and after that maybe he loves some of his children. More than fifty years of his business life show he certainly doesn’t love anyone else. Donald Trump is a con man first, second, third and last.

    2. YOU are my go-to these days, Lloyd. Not only do I agree with the point of view in your articles, but also because both the articles and your comprehensive replies to comments inform my thinking further.

      Thank you SO much — especially for the numbers above that encourage me to believe that *perhaps* things won’t be as horrific as I fear. SURELY there are enough cool heads, even in Washington, to think before they swallow, and certainly before they vote for policies that would decimate the freedoms at least *some* of us enjoy in America still.

      But then, I’m reminded of the story of the frog on the stove. As long as the water temperature is increased gradually, he will ultimately be boiled to death. Cause and effect thinking doesn’t seem to be a strong suit of the party currently in a majority position (nor of those who voted them into office). Politicians in general seem to be focused more on personal and political gains anymore than what’s truly in the best interest of this country.

      Waiting, hoping and praying – and ready to support candidates who offer REAL change.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  2. Thank you for helping me/us through this, Mr. Lofthouse. I cannot afford professional therapy. 😉

    1. You’re welcome. If you were vet, you could get professional therapy from the VA and/or a vet center that’s part of be separate from the VA. But even that could end of the GOP succeeds in getting rid of the VA and giving every vet an annual voucher, that will never be enough, to help them pay for health care.

  3. Thank you, Mr. Lofthouse, for calming me down a little. 😦 I, too, am in despair and terrified of what is going to happen to our Nation. People need to start talking to each other, understanding each other. All faiths, all races, all classes of people. As for Mr. Mortensen, I say to him the election is over and Hillary Clinton has conceded. She and Bill have left the building, done. Yet he still wants a pound of flesh — LOCK HER UP, continue the pursuit? What good would that do for our fractured country? Why harbor so much anger. It’s time to heal, I know I am trying. It’s over sir, and you got the result you wanted. Now the only ones you are free to blame will be the new POTUS and his administration.

    1. Arresting opposition candidates is what they do in 3rd world dictatorships/banana republics, and has never happened in the United States. The Clintons have been dragged into court before, investigated, etc, for more than 30 years, and have weathered every attempt to find them guilty of anything, but now the hateful, biased, racist, fire breathing Trump campaign wants to retry all of these alleged crimes that were already judged by Republicans and found innocent and lock her up anyway.

      I think that California, Oregon, and Washington states should leave the union and join together as a separate, independent republic with our own president, Congress and Supreme Court. Instead of leaving the union to fight to keep slavery, we’d be leaving to stay free.

      1. Absolutely, sir, re: being arrested and locked up with due process. As to leaving the Union, that’s something that would also frighten me. We are the 50 United States of America. Somebody has to come up with a method to keep us that way.

      2. The United States as we know it will not last forever. No powerful nation ever has.

        In fact, the Roman Empire split into the Western and Eastern Roman Empires each ruled by a different emperor, one from Rome and one from Constantinople. When the Western Roman Empire collapsed due to corruption ushering in the dark ages of Europe, the Eastern Roman Empire survived and thrived for several hundred more years before it to vanished into the annals of written history.

        It is not inconceivable that the United States might eventually divide into three countries. There would be the Eastern United States, the Western United States, and the Bible-Rust-Belt United States. In fact, Texas might make a fourth country all by itself and be happy to do it.

      3. Vickster, I will vote for a prevaricator any day over an SOS who treats classified emails with wanton recklessness. I have accepted the results of this election and am looking forward rather than fighting over a lost cause. As a consolation prize, you can be proud that Hillary garnered about 400,000 more popular votes than DT, which indicates to me that very few voters voted incorrectly. In sports, I would call the race a tie, but our founders’ electoral college calls this a victory for Trump. My concerns are about how DT administers and leads our nation going forward. I agree with Lloyd, the first 100 days+ of President Trump’s presidency are critical and will be watched carefully by all Americans. In two years the public will judge his results at the mid-term elections which will be the real first test of his presidency. What you and Susan can do is to publish your blogs in a manner that will help quell the law-breaking criminal-rioters who are destroying property, attacking innocents, and acting in an unlawful, seditious manner. Regarding the legal pursuit of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, DT has a mandate by his supporters, including myself, to prosecute them to the full extent of the law for alleged criminal acts which are separate issues from the election. For many of us, the trust of our FBI, the DOJ, and the presidency must be reestablished for our nation to heal. The media will be judged by viewership and add revenues. Now, stop spreading the lie that the sky is falling and our nation is doomed. We were saved from that scenario on November 8.

  4. I pray you are right. I am in such despair now.

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    1. Keep the faith, you are among 50% of the people.

  5. Lloyd, I fully understand the constitution. I’m not trying to attack you personally, I am just expressing my opinion as an educated, white, male, citizen who happens to believe in defending our constitution, and in American patriotism. I also understand that you censored my honest opinions about the necessity of maintaining closed borders to “illegal aliens or immigrants as you prefer to call them”. You construed my opinions as racist, something I am not. Trump was, and is more adamant in his stand against illegals entering and “homesteading” America without following our nation’s immigration laws. This election proved that closed borders is what Americans want AND will fight to get. I am happy to know that illegals will someday, somehow be repatriated back to their own countries from whence they fled. You see, Lloyd, America is viewed as a land of opportunity, os stability, of great beauty, a safe land where people can walk the streets safely. America isn’t a Communist “anything” or a fascist nation where a 3rd world dictator can destroy people’s lives on a whim. We aren’t Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, a hostage African nation, or a sectarian fanatical Mid-East nation where women are worth less than a donkey. Neither are we a divergent and unworkable union of disparate little countries which defines the EU. Let me just say that Europe is a great example of a continent which is already in the process of losing its freedoms, its cultures, and its borders, because they went so progressively left that they are in the throes of an early takeover by Muslim terrorists who are clearing the way for their insane caliphate. The English middle class voted for Brexit as a statement of freedom from a communist-socialist group of leaders like Angela Merkel, Belgian bankers, French pacifists, and a basket full of debt-laden, bankrupt nations. Populism voted against the EU largely because Muslims were not assimilating into their culture. Muslims are proving to be poor neighbors who present a “Clear and present danger” to all “Free and prosperous Christian nations.
    When you call Trump a serial liar (how about Hillary’s lies under oath to congress), you prejudge him to be a really bad person, like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, John Podesta, Donna Brazil, James Comey, Obama, George Soros, and the entire cabal of criminal hacks who have crapped on America since 1990 (I throw GWB into that swamp of politicians who have been destroying America from within.
    Lloyd, like you I married an Asian and have raised an incredible family. We have much in common, including our great passions for liberty, freedom, honesty, integrity, and everything the constitution stands for. We just happen to be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, something that I hope and pray that President Trump and his able associates will help cobble closer together during the course of his administration. I am willing to have a “wait and see” supportive attitude and am giving him the benefit of my trust and belief. I also started the election campaign leaning favorably towards Hillary, but my mind was changed more by her intolerable criminal acts against America via her unacceptable email and equipment destructions, and about 20 other major acts of incompetence and outright criminal actions for which the RICO act should be applied by AG Guliani. Her day of reckoning is coming soon; when that happens, it will prove that Americans were correct in electing Donald Trump as our president. How about you and I giving him a chance and instead of making disparaging remarks and doomsday predictions, let him lead us back to civility and greatness again.

    1. You are alleging that I censored your comment. LIAR! I didn’t do anything but bold one sentence. And I already said I’m willing to give him a chance. What will you do and think if he fails to deliver on most if not all of what you think he promised?

      1. An easy answer; I will simply vote for someone else. Until then, I will support him in any way I can, which is very small at best. You are in a much better position of influence as the writer of a popular blog which I do enjoy reading, most of the time. I don’t regard myself as a LIAR, as you have called me, but your inflammatory responses to me in the past caused me to pause for several+ months before responding to any more of your blogs. Let’s civilly agree to disagree, when our passions and beliefs are strained. Until then, I will continue to learn about China and many other POIs from you.

      2. I could be wrong. You think I censored you because of my comment and what I thought you said, but that is not censorship. What I wrote in my response to your comment is my opinion based on what I thought you meant. That was me exercising my freedom to express what I think you meant. If I was wrong, then it is your turn to correct my thinking about what you really meant.

        I did not change any of your words in your comment.

        This is censorship: http://gilc.org/speech/osistudy/censorship/

        And here is what the ACLU says about censorship.

        https://www.aclu.org/other/what-censorship

        The Oxford English Dictionary says this about censorship

        The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security:‘the regulation imposes censorship on all media’

        If this is correct, that you don’t know what censorship really means, then your alleged knowledge of the U.S. Constitution is questionable. Reading the U.S. Constitution is one thing. Knowing what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote it is different then what any individual more than two centuries later thinks they meant. That’s why many scholars also study what the Founding Fathers wrote in essays, letters, etc. to find support for what they probably intended the U.S. Constitution to mean.

      3. Interesting response by this person who actually believes it.
        he is sincere. Your correct,. So wierd today.
        I listened to The BIllMaher show address what these Trump supporters are feeling– that they ar misunderstood, and being picked, and everything they say is inviolate.

  6. I love the things you explain. You ar every special in my book!

  7. The fact is, our constitution and national sovereignty were both saved by President-elect Donald Trump’s historic election. Beginning Jan 21st, President Trump, and his constitutionalist appointees will begin a crackdown on angry liberals who were close to destroying America from within. Obama, Soros, and the Clinton-cabal were bending to the globalist movement, led by the ultra-liberal George Soros and his “move-on” movement (including “Black Lives Matter”). They attempted to force America onto a dangerous, destructive path that the EU is pursuing as they follow Angela Merkel’s policies over the cliff. Brexit was a prescient warning to America to “Wake up and overthrow reverse-progressivism before it is too late”. Brexit was a revolt by the subdued middle-class of working people, just as Trump’s decisive victory is our revolt by the disenfranchised against a failed system which supported an incompetent, pay-to-play candidate, Corrupt-Hillary. After Jan 21st, the new AG, Rudy Guliani (hopefully) will “Lock her up” as the enthusiastic GOP supporters DEMAND of her for her “Crimes against America”. “Drain the swamp” won’t stop until Bill C and the Clinton Foundation-piggybank are found guilty of RICO crimes along with the entire cabal in the DOJ, the media, et al. The leaders must be sent to jail for our nation to heal, and for us to bring honor, trust, respect, patriotism, and integrity back to the presidency, DOJ, AG department, SCOTUS, and our military. Riots by angry, misguided liberals must be stopped with force and rioters must be imprisoned for acts of treason against America. A nation which yields to anarchy will soon be destroyed, something our new president will prevent from happening. Believe me when I say “Thank you, God, for saving America from its death-spiral by backing Donald Trump for president”.
    Let’s see if you, Mr. Lofthouse, are open and objective enough to support Article 1 of our constitution by printing my response. I hope you are patriotic enough to acknowledge, “There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Trump”. May God bless America!

    1. Do you really know what the 1st Amendment says? I don’t think so, and that shows exactly how ignorant and mislead Donald Trump’s followers are.

      The 1st Amendment only protects us against the goverment censoring us – not anyone in the private sector like my Blog.

      From the American Bar Association (lawyers and judges, not bars where booze is swilled): “First Amendment in the Workplace”

      In reality, however, American employees’ free speech rights may be more accurately summarized by this paraphrase of a 1891 statement by Oli­ver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: “A employee may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be employed.” In other words: to keep your job, you often can’t say what you like, and Donald Trump probably doesn’t even know that.

      http://www.americanbar.org/publications/insights_on_law_andsociety/15/winter-2015/chill-around-the-water-cooler.html

      I think “the new sheriff in town” is a con man, a serial liar, a fraud, a psycho, and a narcissist of the worst kind, but I’m willing to give him the beneift of the doubt and hope he delivers those jobs he promised to millions of desperate Americans even though presidents have little to do with the job market.

      Here the first amendment. Read it very carefully.

      Amendment I. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

      “The most basic component of freedom of expression is the right of freedom of speech. The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government.”

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/first_amendment

      The Congress can’t do it, but corporations and private sector business, charities, and foundation can legally censor their employees and even fire them if the management doesn’t like what they say or write. It happens all the time.

      In conclusion, Donald Trump isn’t a sheriff. New Sheriff in town is used when a new auditory figure takes charge. Trump is currently the President Elect of the United States and nothing he does up until the inauguration day on January 20, 2017 counts. Obama is still the president of the United States until then.

      In fact, what power does the president of the United States actually have? “The Constitution explicitly assigns to the president the power to sign or veto legislation (from Congress), command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of his or her Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors.”

      I suggest you check Article II of the U.S. Constitution to learn know limited “this new sheriff” is.

      http://reverbpress.com/politics/much-power-president-actually/

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