The Latest Trump Twitter-Tantrum Alleges the Press Isn’t Covering Enough Terrorist Attacks

The world, except for Russia and North Korea, is concerned. The UK’s Independent reports, “More and more mental health experts are sharing their diagnoses to warn the public.”

The malignant narcissist President Littlefingers (this is the street name I gave him) Donald Trump’s latest Cry Wolf, the Sky is Falling, is that the media is ignoring attacks by Islamist militants in Europe. He acts like an infant in diapers crying for another piece of candy, another sip of soda, and when he doesn’t get what he wants, he gets angry and often Throws another Twitter Tantrum spewing more lies; more misinformation.

Foreign Policy Magazine said on February 7, 2017, the White House “released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it claimed were not widely reported. The list included the attacks in Paris, Nice, San Bernardino, Brussels, and Berlin that received massive, wall-to-wall coverage in print and broadcast media.”

The Daily Wire lists 101 of Trump’s Greatest Lies. “But there’s only one truly massive liar in this race: Donald Trump. When Politico attempted to measure how many lies Trump told over the course of 4.6 hours of speeches, they found that he lied, on average, once every five minutes. When Huffington Post catalogued his lies over the course of just one town hall event, they came up with 71 lies.”

And this is from the popular-vote losing President of the so-called free world. The biggest documented liar on the planet rants that the press is very dishonest.

Reuters, a European news service, reports, “Trump at one point cited attacks in the French cities of Paris and Nice, which were widely covered.”

During the election campaign, Littlefingers often claimed the election was rigged but if the won, it didn’t matter. The UK’s Daily Mail reported, He (Trump) joked about voter fraud and said it would be ‘okay’ for people to cheat because he might actually benefit.

During the election, the malignant narcissi said he wouldn’t lose his (deplorable, ignorant, racist, biased) supporters even if he shot someone dead in Times Square in front of thousands of witnesses.

When this tantrum-throwing toddler claimed the election was rigged, he was right.

There was widespread voter suppression of minorities in several Republican-dominated States. The Atlantic reported, “Trump’s ‘Voter Suppression Operation’ Targets Black Voters. Even as the Republican launches a purported African American outreach campaign 12-days before the election, his aides say their goal is to depress turnout in the bloc.”

The Republican Party helped. Think Progress reports, “Republicans were wildly successful at suppressing voters in 2016.”  … “Their systematic disenfranchisement was intentional and politically motivated. In the years leading up to 2016, Republican governors and state legislatures implemented new laws restricting when, where, and how people could vote — laws that disproportionately harmed studentsthe poor, and people of color. In several instances, lawmakers pushing such policies said explicitly that their goal was suppression of voters who favor the Democratic Party.”

Using the internet, an operation approved by Vladimir Putin, Russians tampered with the election by spreading gossip, rumors, and lies, to mislead as many American voters as possible. Reuters reports, “For Russia, U.S. election meddling claims strip Trump win of luster.” … “The belief, widely held in the West, that the Kremlin helped discredit Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by orchestrating embarrassing media leaks, has relegated U.S.-Russia relations to a post-Cold War low and stoked fears Russia will try to subvert French and German elections this year.”

In addition, the director of the FBI, a life-long conservative, released information on investigations of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails before those investigations were concluded. The FBI and police do not release information for ongoing investigations. This was a first. After it was too late, those investigations concluded there was nothing to take to court.

Media matters reports, “The recent FBI leaks about the bureau’s investigations surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are “dangerous” for democracy and “unprecedented,” according to FBI historians and former agents who tell Media Matters that the leaks harm the FBI’s reputation and unfairly influence the presidential election.

Rewire says, “Our democracy is in danger. Within a day of taking office, President Donald Trump began spewing lies right and left on national television. He has threatened freedom of speech and of assembly by attacking both journalists and protesters. And he’s repeatedly and falsely claimed there was massive voter fraud in the national election, setting the stage for another round of voter restrictions. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway calls the administration’s lies ‘alternative facts,’ but what we are really seeing is propaganda, conspiracy theories, and lies.”

The Republican Party holds the majority in both Houses of Congress and is doing little to nothing to safeguard the U.S. Constitution from its lying, con-man president who won an obviously rigged election that favored him.

Everything most of the people of United States want to believe in about their country is at risk. Everything!

Business Insider tells us the United States has 1,920 deployed nuclear warheads and another 5,380 warheads in storage ready to use. This malignant narcissist of a president always has his little fingers close to the button that launches those missiles.

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The Nightmare for Everyone on the Planet that some Clinical Psychologists call A Dream Come True

How dangerous is President Donald Trump? The answer is that he is very dangerous, and what does that mean?

Malignant Narcissism Described by Psychologia.com

“If you are hearing about malignant narcissism for the first time, you may be wondering how is that different from narcissistic personality disorder or simply narcissism. Isn’t narcissism malignant in itself? …

“Narcissistic personality disorder is a destructive preoccupation with one’s own personal adequacy, power and prestige. People with this disorder crave for admiration, have an unreasonably strong sense of entitlement and are often preoccupied with unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty and ideal love. Unlike malignant narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder is defined as a mental illness in DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Fifth Edition). …

“Campbells’ Psychiatric Dictionary defines malignant narcissism as a mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression and sadism. …

“the Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology has described the film American Psycho as a screen illustration of malignant narcissism.”

Vanity Fair.com reports, “For mental-health professionals, Donald Trump is at once easily diagnosed but slightly confounding. ‘Remarkably narcissistic,’ said developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. ‘Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,’ echoed clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis. ‘He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics,” said clinical psychologist George Simon, who conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior. ‘Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.’”

Officer.com shows us The Malignant Narcissist.

“Malignant narcissists seek omnipotence and total control, and will attempt to achieve those goals by any means. They will defy those in authority, challenge them, and attempt to demean them. Narcissists cast themselves as victims, justifying all of their feelings and actions. They blame all of their shortcomings on perceived enemies. …

“Malignant narcissists are predators who hunt easy prey. Being a predator puts the narcissist in the class of psychopathology; in fact all psychopaths are narcissists. Serial bullies, serial adulterers, gold-diggers, pedophiliac priests, rapists, child molesters, terrorists and serial killers are all examples of malignant narcissists. They prey on others simply for ego gratification. They are able to violate the rights of others because they are incapable of feeling empathy for anyone else. They tend to view others as objects or tools, to further exploit for their sense of entitlement. …

“There has been no real success in treating people with NPD. Those who commit the most heinous offenses are frequently repeat offenders (rapists, pedophiles, serial killers). There is no magic medicine to cure a personality disorder, and talk therapy isn’t the answer with predators.”

Officer.com is “Law Enforcement’s leading source for News, Training, Jobs and Online Forums for local, county, state and federal law enforcement police and officers.”

Learn more about Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States:

The Mind of Donald Trump

‘Malignant narcissism’: Donald Trump displays classic traits of mental illness, claim psychologists. More and more mental health experts are sharing their diagnoses to warn the public

Temperament Tantrum

Some say President Donald Trump’s personality isn’t just flawed, it’s dangerous

NOTE: This morning on another forum, I was accused of an ad hominem attack for calling Donald Trump by the street name I have given him, LittlefingersHowever, in some cases, ad hominem attacks can be non-fallacious; i.e., if the attack on the character of the person is directly tackling the argument itself. For example, if the truth of the argument relies on the truthfulness of the person making the argument—rather than known facts—then pointing out that the person has previously lied is not a fallacious argument.

The 45th President of the United States is a known conman, a fraud, a serial liar, an alleged serial sex offender, a malignant narcissist, and he has earned the street name of Littlefingers.

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Does the United States have a CEO, a dictator, or a President in Donald Trump?

I woke up this morning thinking, “Trump is still a private citizen. Trump is the unofficial president elect. He isn’t the president until January 20. In fact, Trump isn’t officially even the president elect until December 19 when the Electoral College makes it official, but he’s acting as if he were already the president with powers that a president of the United States doesn’t legally have.”

Whitehouse.gov clearly defines the role of a sitting U.S. President: “The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet.”

In fact, even the U.S. Constitution, written by the Founding Fathers in the 18th century, says, “Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress. Fifteen executive departments — each led by an appointed member of the President’s Cabinet — carry out the day-to-day administration of the federal government.”

Trump, as the unofficial president elect of the United States, does not have the legal authority to make deals with other countries or corporations, even to save jobs. Whatever deal Trump negotiated to keep about 1,000 jobs in the United States in Indiana with Carrier, a division of United Technologies, is not legal and binding without the consent of the state legislature.

Furthermore, from Whitehouse.gov, we learn “The Executive Branch conducts diplomacy with other nations (it doesn’t say corporations), and the President has the power to negotiate and sign treaties, which also must be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. The President can issue executive orders, which direct executive officers or clarify and further existing laws. The President also has unlimited power to extend pardons and clemencies for federal crimes, except in cases of impeachment.”

Finally, everyone should know, and that includes Trump’s supporters ignorantly cheering him at that rally in Cincinnati, the oath of office that Trump must take to become president of the United States on January 20, 2017.  Once he takes that oath, he will be risking impeachment if he does what he just did with Carrier to allegedly save about 1,000 jobs in Indiana from going to Mexico.  If Trump really wants to save jobs, he’ll have to get Congress to pass laws he can sign that limits how many human jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector can be given to robots, because that’s where 88 percent of the lost jobs in manufacturing have gone since 1979. “The vast majority of the lost jobs — 88 percent — were taken by robots and other homegrown factors that reduce factories’ need for human labor.” – Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses.

From PresidentsUSA.net we learn that before Donald Trump will be allowed to become the president of the United States, he must take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

What Trump just did in Indiana with Carrier is a publicity stunt; it’s all for show, and when Trump acts (on one of his rally stages), it’s obvious that the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law for the United States, isn’t important to him.

If the state of Indiana, the U.S. Congress and/or the Republican Party, since they hold the majority of seats in Congress, and the courts from Indiana to the U.S. Supreme Court do nothing to stop Trump, the United States has elected its first emperor, king, or dictator, and the U.S. Constitution is now worth less than the cost of a package of toilet paper sold at Costco.

Alt-Right fascist, often misleading news sources like Brietbart, the Conservative Tribune, and Fox News are all trumpeting this as a victory for the autocratic, billionaire oligarch that’s about to become President of the United States. However, Business Insider, a valid and reputable media source, reports, “Conservatives are worried Trump’s Carrier deal could set a bad precedent.”

“This is not a precedent we want to see — American presidents aren’t supposed to interfere on behalf of individual companies,” said David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. … He added, “Frankly, it brings to mind the term ‘banana republic.’”  But two of Trump’s billionaire appointees – Trump’s billionaire cabinet could be the wealthiest administration ever –  said, “this will be business as usual in a Trump administration.”

“BUSINESS as USUAL”

If correct, that means the U.S. will not have a president in Donald Trump. It will have a dictator, because that’s what corporate CEOs do. It’s obvious that Trump plans to rule the United States as if it were part of his business empire, and ignore the U.S. Constitution that he will swear an oath to support, but most Americans already know that lying and breaking promises comes very easy to Donald Trump.

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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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Has President Obama abused his Power by Vetoing a Bill passed by both Houses of Congress?

On another forum, there was an allegation that President Obama abused his power when he vetoed the Bill that both Houses of Congress recently passed to eliminate what’s known as Obamacare, the national health care plan called The Affordable Care Act.

The allegation said, “Why should Congress make the effort to pass bills only to have them vetoed by the President? To say that this has been a ‘do nothing’ Congress is to ignore the fact that there hasn’t been anything they could do consistent with their beliefs and the beliefs of the people who elected them. If they did so, they would be betraying the trust of the voters.”

But the Framers of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, gave every President of the United States the power to veto Bills passed by Congress and prevent the legislative branch from becoming too powerful. This is an illustration of the separation of powers integral to the U.S. Constitution.

While the word “veto” does not appear in the Constitution the power of the President to refuse to sign legislation is clearly outlined in the Constitution:

“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.” –  U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 7, clause 2

Note, Article I was not added to the U.S. Constitution by an Amendment. Therefore the veto power of a U.S. President comes from the Founding Fathers as another method to control the abuse of power by another branch of the Federal government.

Therefore, President Obama has not abused his veto power. In fact, he has only used his Constitutional veto power 8 times and none were overridden with a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress as the U.S. Constitution spells out in detail.

In fact, G. W. Bush used his Constitutional veto power 12 times and 4 were overridden by both Houses of Congress.

President Bill Clinton used his veto power 37 times and 2 were overridden by Congress.

H. W. Bush used his Presidential veto power as written in the U.S. Constitutions by the Founding fathers 44 times and only 1 was overridden.

Ronald Reagan used his veto power 78 times and had 9 overridden by Congress.

In total, there have been 2,570 vetoes by U.S. Presidents and only 110 were overridden by Congress. There have only been six presidents who never used their veto power. Do you know who they were, and who used the Presidential veto the most?

Here’s the link to the list of Presidential vetoes all the way back to George Washington, who used his Constitutional veto power 2 times. If you are curious to discover if Congress overrode Washington’s 2 vetoes, you’ll have to click the link and scroll to the bottom of the list that is found on the U.S. Senate’s website.

If you are reading this Blog post and have read or heard that President Obama abused his power by using the presidential veto as it is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, then whatever source you got this idea from is a liar and a fraud and cannot be trusted—ever.

Never forget what Abraham Lincoln, who used his veto power 7 times, said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Several presidents before Obama failed to get a national health care plan through Congress: for instance, Truman, Nixon, Carter and Clinton.

Do you remember the original question in the 2nd paragraph of this post: “Why should Congress make the effort to pass bills only to have them vetoed by the President?”

Well, since Obama has been President, Congress has enacted 1,080 laws and Obama vetoed EIGHT, less than one percent. – govtrack.us

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A preview of what will happen if the GOP controls all three branches of the federal government

To find out, start by looking at North Carolina. Diane Ravitch reports, “In 2010, Republicans swept control of the Legislature in North Carolina for the first time in a century. Two years later, a Republican governor was elected. Since then, the Republicans have sought to shred any safety net for anyone who needed it.” Click the link in this paragraph to read the rest. It’s much worse than you might think.

What is happening in North Carolina is the perfect far-right conservative storm to destroy the United State if the GOP continues to add states to its list and seats in both Houses of the U.S. Congress. If the GOP wins the presidential election in 2016 and keeps both Houses of Congress along with its current five seat conservative majority in the Supreme Court, what is happening in North Carolina will repeat across the country in every state. America will become the House of Punishment and prison populations will soar along with more laws designed to send people to those prisons for longer sentences. If you think America is a free country, then why are so many Americans in prison—the U.S. is ranked number one? Guess who is #2 and #3. Click the link in this paragraph to find out.

For instance, who started the war on drugs? A GOP president. His name was Richard Nixon, the only president of the United States to resign from office to avoid facing impeachment. In the late 1970s, under President Carter, a Democrat, drug arrests fell. But the overall trend starting in the 1980s was upward with increased arrests. Who was the GOP president during the 1980s—one guess?

Under GOP President George H. W. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, drug arrests climbed again, and then under Clinton they fluctuated, but under President G. W. Bush, arrests started to climb again. Drug arrests in 2006, were 3.25 times what they were in 1980.

Imagine, ending up in prison because of an addiction that is a disease.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs. – Drug Abuse.gov

This is a preview of our world if the GOP rules the United States without the possibility of compromise—a world where women can go to prison for taking pain killers when they are pregnant, and that is already happening in some states dominated by the GOP.

Take a Valium, Lose Your Kids, Go to Jailpropublica.org

In Alabama—a state dominated by the GOP—anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country’s harsher weapons against pregnant women.

Other States that Take a Hard Line:

  • South Carolina – 100% GOP dominated
  • Tennessee – 100% GOP dominated
  • Wisconsin – 100% GOP dominated

The GOP will win if too many registered Democrats and independent voters do NOT vote, because that is the reason the GOP has been winning elections in recent years—not because the majority of Americans are voting for far-right conservatives. Voters also have to be aware of fake Democrats running for election. Some of them are neo-liberals, and it is arguable that only fools and ignorant people vote for neo-liberals.

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

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Who do you think should pick the elected leaders of the United States?

My old friend did it again. He’s a good bellwether for far-right conservative thinking, because he is a born-again fundamentalist Christian, far-right libertarian who thinks abortion is murder and that women should be ruled by men because, well, women are women, and the Bible supports what he thinks.  He reads far-right writers, and he watches and listens to far-right media. If he thinks something, you can easily guess where he is getting his ideas.

Anyway, he recently wrote in an e-mail: “You’ve probably heard Churchill’s comment on democracy – ‘It’s the worse form of government except for all the others.’ This can be said about money and elections also – ‘The rich are the worse ones to choose our leaders except for all others.’ Society can be looked at as composed of various groups – rich, poor, artists, criminals, theologians, those living on welfare, students, men, and woman – a vast number of different groups. To become rich takes drive, perseverance, intelligence, ability to comprehend reality, etc., and I for one would rather have the rich chose my leaders than another group’s choice.

After reading that last quote in bold print, I think my old friend is planning to vote for Trump. Hail Julius Caesar or should I say Heil Hitler?

My old friend also wrote: “As far as labor unions donating to a candidate there is nothing wrong with that except when that union is a government union. It’s a vicious circle with the public as the victim. Government unions donate the most money to politicians because their bought politician will sit across the bargaining table when deciding pay and benefits for that union.”

A government union?  Really? I didn’t know we had government unions. Was he talking about labor unions for government employees? He hasn’t replied to my e-mail response yet, so I don’t know.

I Googled “government union” and found this: “The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas (less than one half of one percent of all workers in the U.S.). Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.”

In addition, the U.S. Census reports that there are about 90,000 state and local governments. What about the people who work for them? Do they count? In March 2013, federal, state and local governments employed 21.9 million people, but only 35.7% belonged to public-sector labor unions, or 7.8 million workers.

My old friend alleged that “government unions” victimized the public. What about the 21.9 million Americans who work in the public sector—are they victimized too by those evil government unions? If he meant union workers earn more than non-union workers, he’s right. According to the AFL-CIO on average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts. Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions. More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do.

Wow, that should make all workers, who aren’t rich, want to belong to a labor union. What’s wrong with all those workers who don’t want to belong to a labor union? Are they stupid like my old friend thinks?

According to bls.gov, there are 147,331,000 workers in the U.S. employed in the private sector and only 7.4 million belong to private sector unions. – bls.gov & bls.gov

What about my old friend’s claim that “government unions” (the proper term is public sector unions) have more money to donate to the elections of representatives who will do what’s best for the millions of workers the unions represent?

Let’s find out. The National Education Association (NEA) funding comes from dues paid by its members ($295 million in dues from a $341 million total budget in 2005). Typically, local chapters negotiate a contract with automatic deduction of dues from members’ paychecks. Part of the dues remain with the local affiliate (the district association), a portion goes to the state association, and a portion is given to the national association. The NEA returned 39 percent of dues money back to state affiliates in 2012-2013, and federal law prohibits unions from using dues money or other assets to contribute to or otherwise assist federal candidates or political parties, in accordance with their tax-exempt status.

But billionaires like Bill Gates (worth $79.2 billion), the Walton family ($144.7 billion), or the Koch brothers ($100 billion) do not have laws that stop them from contributing money or otherwise assisting federal candidates or political parties.

Did you know that in the 18th century the U.S. Constitution only allowed white men (but not Jews) who owned property to vote—about 10% of the total population?

Who votes today?

  • Young people are much less likely to vote than older ones. From 1972 to 2012, citizens 18-29 years old turned out at a rate 15 to 20 points lower than citizens 30 year and older.
  • Voter turnout also varies by race and ethnicity.  In 2012, turnout rates among eligible white and black voters was 64.1% and 66.2%, respectively, while it was only 48.0% and 47.3% among Latino and Asian American voters respectively. The 2012 election was the first presidential election in which black turnout exceeded white turnout.
  • Women’s voter turnout has surpassed men’s in every presidential election since 1980. In the 2012 election, 7.8 more women than men voted. Interestingly though, older women are actually less like to vote than older men. In 2008, 72.2% of men 75 years and older voted, compared to only 64.9% of women that age.
  • Wealthy Americans vote at much higher rates than those of lower socio-economic status. During the 2008 presidential election, only 41% of eligible voters making less than $15,000 a year voted compared to 78% of those making $150,000 a year or more. Studies have shown that this difference in turnout affects public policy: politicians are more likely to respond to the desires of their wealthy constituents than of their poorer constituents, in part because more of their wealthy constituents vote.
  • According to the Census Bureau, 46.2 million people—about 15 percent of the U.S. population—currently lives below the poverty line (and 16 million of those who live in poverty are children who can’t vote). Crunch the numbers and about 12 million, who are poor, vote. In 2012, more than 130.2 million Americans voted, and the poor, my old friend thinks shouldn’t vote, because they aren’t as intelligent as the rich, represent less than 10% of the total that voted. But my old friend also thinks the rest of us ignorant fools, who aren’t poor or rich, should not be allowed to vote too.

Instead, my far right, conservative friend wants the 536 billionaires in the United States to rule the rest of us, but maybe he includes the 9.63 million households that are worth $1 million or more.

What about the rest of us ignorant losers who aren’t as intelligent as the rich—you know, the other 242 million adult Americans that aren’t members of the 2.9% who are millionaires and billionaires?

It’s obvious that my old friend supports an oligarchy and not the republic the U.S. Founding fathers gave us. Do you know the difference between an oligarchy, a republic and a democracy? I hope so, because our future depends on it (please watch the video included with this post). When you vote, if you vote, don’t vote for any candidate supported by millionaires and billionaires. Vote for the candidates that most labor unions endorse, because labor unions represent the interests of almost 150 million American workers even if they don’t belong to a labor union. The wealthy—on the other hand—support their own interests, the interests of the 2.9%.

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

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Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy followed by his award winning memoir Crazy is Normal.

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