In the daily noise that serves as debate in this country, it occurs to me that we have totally lost the idea of respecting one another enough that we can plan to have another debate in the near future. We are in an era of “Hit and Run” conversation where we throw down our viewpoint , then tread water for a few minutes while we ignore what you have to say in response. That is because we are feverishly preparing our next volley of opinionated facts that we have memorized, and are ready to spew no matter what you say. That, unfortunately, serves as debate in 2018, and never advances to the level of listening and lifting the conversation to a higher level. We see it in our politicians daily as they use their political “sideism” to go after each other, while they bend events so that their view might become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are subjected to a base time of names being hurled at opponents, and stories thrown against the wall as the never-ending game of “gotcha” is played. Ignorance of fact is on a daily parade by many who can’t name the three branches of government, let alone explain how to pay for “Free” education and medical care. Social media is ripe with the horrible language and pettiness that hearkens back to a high school conversation when we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Now, we should know better, shouldn’t we? Large Media conglomerates are now looking to shut down one side of the so-called conversation that could be had on social media, while upholding another side’s right to say whatever they want. That shows no respect for another point of view, but attacks the very thought of free speech as laid out in the First Amendment. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “What are each of us doing to advance debate, and discussion to another level that is healthy for the country and respectful of our fellow citizen?” How do we return to a passionate, principled, informed, yet respectful debate? Ground rules must be set. Number One, We do it by truly listening and hearing what is being said by the other person. We respect that they have a point of view that may be different from our own, yet we are willing to listen. Number Two, We must ask them to do the same, or no discussion/debate can occur. Number Three, We attack the points made, not the person making them. Number Four, We do not call the other person any kind of “ist” or “phobe.” It shows our ignorance to continue on in the conversation/debate. Finally, we agree to disagree , and to continue to talk with, not at, one another again, all in the spirit of making this nation “the more perfect union” our forefathers envisioned. When we do those things, we can start to respect one another again…..Gary Sutton
What a sad time we are in. People are happy because we are feeding on ourselves? That is a reason to be happy? A Memo comes out today which will accuse high echelon officials of the FBI and perhaps Justice Department in working on behalf of one political party to keep the other from winning, and later, even governing effectively. I hear people on the Right hyperventilating with smiles on their faces, licking their chops to hear the news today. On the Left, we have seen them manipulating the news, throwing everything they have at President Trump this past year to get him on something. The snide remarks nightly from late night talk show hosts to the hatred portrayed by Media, to the ridiculousness of the politicians who cannot even admit that this administration could have done anything right, we are treated to a daily tearing down of a president. It has been equally pathetic and sad watching the joy they have in doing so.
Now step back and take a breath for a moment. Think about this on a mature level without viewing it through the prism of “your side.” Who loses when both the Right and Left, Conservative and Liberal, Democrat and Republican are so invested in making sure their side wins while the other side loses? I’ll tell you who, from my perspective. THE COUNTRY LOSES! When people ask me who I am rooting for in the Mueller Investigation, or the House and Senate Investigation, I tell them that I am rooting for the truth. What do I hope? I hope that we have people representing us in those positions of responsibility who have not done wrong, whether it is an FBI official, a Justice Department Official, a presidential candidate, or a president. That is my hope. I want my representatives not to abuse the power to which they have been entrusted. Dishonesty does not know just one side, however. If there has been abuse of power, then justice in correcting those offenses cannot know any side except that of finding the truth and bringing abusers to justice no matter where they are found or what side they inhabit.
At the end of the day, we should all be sad in watching power corrupt anyone who represents us. There is no reason to be giddy, however, over this political feeding frenzy. Instead, it seems to me that we have to remove ANY official who would weaponize their powers to misrepresent the will of the government; yes, the will of the people of the United States. There should be no joy, but grim-faced determination in that unhappy task to remove those political cancers to truth. ……Gary Sutton
- ACLU says that the President mentioning Americans over 89 times in SOTU is exclusionary. He also said WE 129 times which is also exclusionary. Here is where we find the Great Divide in America. Difference between feelings for fellow human beings, and citizenship status. One does not justify the other. They are two distinctly different things.
- Hatred of and lack of trust for the President has totally clouded any ability to be fair in giving credit for achievements that his administration has made.
- It has also made people look silly in what they are saying, and they don ‘t even realize it. They are forced to go to the enth degree to justify why they think Trump doesn’t belong.
- How does congressional Black Caucus refuse to acknowledge that Black unemployment is lowest since it has been measured. What does that say about them? That they are disappointed by good news?
- If we refuse to try to be fair as we look at all that is happening, aren’t we lying to ourselves and others in our arguments and debate/discussion?
- Didn’t Trump preach independence for individual Americans in his SOTU address? Isn’t that what we should be doing in a society that espouses liberty and freedom? Doesn’t preaching dependence on government erode the very reason we began and involved as the United States?
- Peoples’ State of The Union: Biggest Questions from Here Going Forward:
- Will the Achievements of a Trump Administration outweigh the Distractions?
- Are there as many Americans opposed to the Trump Presidency as Media and Polls would suggest?
- Is Donald Trump too outrageous to be President?
- Is Donald Trump too potentially dangerous to be President?
- Is there anything that Donald Trump can do to appeal to the “Other Side” from him whoever that may be?
- Is there anything that Donald Trump could do to be a “popular” president?
- Congressman Devin Nunes is the Man of the Moment today. He is either a liar or is telling the truth in releasing the memo about the FBI. I will tell by the reaction to its release if it comes. If he were going to crash and burn in front of the nation, and I was on the other side politically, I would be getting the microphone ready for him to make a fool of himself. Just My Thoughts….What do you think?…Gary Sutton
Just A Voice on Main Street: Are We Looking for Real Justice with Russians? OR Do We want to Just Rid Ourselves of Trump?
The DOJ may choose Special Prosecutor to investigate Clinton allegations on Uranium and other specific matters. What do people really want? They are tired of the Clintons operating on one moral plane while the rest of us must operate on another. They are the epitomy of misuse of power for themselves, deal-making, and enriching themselves while claiming to be doing service. While the Weinsteins, Spaceys, and Moores are condemned and being purged, not a whisper about Bill Clinton as an alleged rapist and serial predator using power to do so. We are told to ignore that because it is his personal business. How is Juanita Broderick different from any women now coming forth in America to tell their stories as victims? Why did Hillary Clinton cover up 30,000 emails and more with a separate server that no one else used? Why can the Clintons have a foundation that appears to be more of a money laundering operation than a place to help people? Why can Hillary Clinton tell parents of Benghazi victims that “we’ll get that filmmaker who was responsible, then claim she didn’t when they out her? How can she get away with fixing the Democratic nomination , buying the DNC, and paying money for a dossier that has yet to be verified from an agent who paid at least two people working in the Kremlin for information. Talk about a Russian connection. How do deals get made concerning Russian control of our Uraniam through a government-controlled company, then money ends up in the Clinton Foundation, and $500,000 for a 20-minute speech (Twice the normal amount) for Bill Clinton on the eve of the deal. People want to know that there is fairness in investigations for our leaders and would-be leaders in this country. It is not about the fact that since Hillary Clinton didn’t win she is absolved of all responsibility for her alleged crimes, and we only have room to investigate Donald Trump for having relationships with Russians before and after the election. For those of us on Main Street who want justice no matter where it leads, the Clintons are the Gigantic Elephants in the room that you must constantly talk around. Most are saying, “It’s about time they be brought out into the open.”…..Gary Sutton
We begin by gnashing our teeth and tearing our clothes apart over what WE need to do as a nation and government when yet another mass shooting happens. Some of our governmental leaders immediately rush to a microphone to tell the world that this wouldn’t have happened if WE had done something, like either restrict types of guns, or accessories, or if we had confiscated all of the guns from every citizen and non-citizen in America. Yeah, that’s it. If WE had done that, these senseless killings would not be happening every few days. WE continue to be simpletons by trying to plug every hole in a dam that seems to be collapsing. What is that dam that is crumbling, you ask? It’s the dam of decency; unity around what is right and wrong, the dam built around individual and group responsibility, the dam which consistently re-enforces the idea that freedom and liberty are “perfect concepts” and it is our individual responsibility to do our parts to guard our role in a society that claims to espouse it. The problem in the aftermath is that WE want to write a group memo to society and group everyone into the shooter and his intentions to do horrific harm to fellow humans. WE write that group memo by immediately screaming that WE must do something. What can WE do? Could we love each other more? Could we listen to each other better? Could we act kinder to each other? No, when we hear WE talk, it means we need to do something like take away some freedom from somebody because THEY don’t know how to use it. THEY by the way are fellow citizens, most of whom already abide by the laws. What would WE have us do? Register all guns? Outlaw devices which allow us to shoot more people more quickly? Should we strengthen laws which already tell us that it is wrong to kill people for no reason? Don’t we already have that? Don’t most of us already do that? What is ironic in the latest Church shooting in Sutherland , Texas is that after this shooter had killed 26 and wounded 20 more with his rifle, he was shot at and possibly killed by another citizen who saw what happened . Was this citizen wrong in his shooting at the gunmen? If it turns out his bullets stopped this madman from killing at another church service elsewhere, did he do the wrong thing? You see; it’s all about intentions , isn’t it. The gunman used his liberty to fire at and into a church. He misused his liberty to make that choice. Another man used his liberty to use the same kind of device to stop him from doing more. WE, the government, wants to somehow say that they can govern those intentions by restricting the liberty of all, when really all they will do is salve their conscience for a moment. No, WE can’t do anything about those who have the intention to abuse the liberty they have been afforded here in this country. The only way that they will be “safer” will be if WE thinks that liberty and freedom are no longer “perfect” and that building a more “perfect union” by respecting those ideals should end. Until then, we remain a very imperfect, but free society…..Gary Sutton
One of the great stories of the Presidential election was that many in the so-called working Middle Class rose up and let people know that they were left wanting in what their governmental representatives were providing. I find that we are wanting again in terms of wanting truth. If you are a citizen who desires it, you are probably disappointed. Under the guise of handing you truth each day, we find news organizations reporting that which fits their narratives by manipulating the real news that is out there. By massaging the wording, adding adjectives that fit their purposes, or by omitting key points which do not fit the narrative, these so-called protectors of truth delude themselves, their viewers, their readers, and their listeners into thinking they are providing a real service. This happens on right and left from news people, commentators, and the “experts.” By being so caught up in their own agenda, whatever that may be, they pass by truth like a train rolling by and missing a stop. They forget or miss the truth because they do not have a pure desire to find it. There are still people in our country who want this place to be a “City on the Hill” that was once a desire or maybe just a wish. For that to happen, we must first be willing to re-engage in a relentless reach for what is real; for what is true. For that to happen, there must be an awakening; a desire if you will that at the moment seems sadly missing in the United States……Gary Sutton
The latest furor and alleged misdeed of President Donald Trump is that he called the wife of a fallen soldier, and was hurtful and insensitive to her in his comments. This story is courtesy of Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Here is a question: Is this manufacturing a situation to fit the narrative that Donald Trump is a racist, and totally insensitive? Then the main question; Does anyone really think in their heart of hearts or mind of minds, or soul of souls, that the President of the United States called a bereaved wife to hurt her feelings? Really? I am more appalled that this Representative would in a moment of grief, politicize even this. Her lack of class in doing this is breathtaking to me. It looks like a political setup. Can I imagine President Trump saying something like this during a conversation with the wife of a fallen soldier? Absolutely. In fact, I would surmise that many of us, who were not this soldier’s Commander in Chief , would say the same thing. Was this family gratified that the President thought enough to call them, or were they waiting to find fault with Donald Trump. I would like to think the former, not the latter. Were they manipulated by a congresswoman in a moment of vulnerability? That remains to be seen. At the end, however, we have to ask, Is there nothing that Donald Trump can do in any situation that is good? Apparently, for critics like Congresswoman Wilson, the answer is sadly, “No.”
What a shame….Gary Sutton
I keep watching the so-called Russian Investigation with interest as Special Investigator Robert Mueller searches for evidence that the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russians to illegally win the 2017 Election. As near as I can tell after pouring through lots of reports and stories over the past year, nothing has been found that corroborates any of this. Oh, there were meetings and associations over the years, but absolutely nothing to pull it all together. Did the Russians try to affect our election? Absolutely, but again it does not appear that they did it with the aid or collusion of the Trump Campaign. We keep bouncing along from Carter Page to Paul Manafort to Jared Kushner to Donald Trump Jr. and still nothing from the Investigative Committees in Congress, The FBI, or the Robert Mueller and his Democratic contributing lawyers. So, the question begs to be asked, “What are they investigating or really trying to do?” Hmm? That is an intriguing question! Let’s deconstruct this a bit, shall we, and possibly offer an alternative point of view, shall we.
When you have an investigation , there is supposed to be a crime, right? In Watergate, for example, and the subsequent coverup, there was the break-in at the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Men were arrested and arraigned. Some were very interesting, and the investigation led to connections to the Committee to Re-Elect Nixon, as well as to the White House, and the President himself. The question here is, what was the crime? To many watching, the perception is that the crime was that Her Highness, Hillary Clinton did not win the election to which she was entitled, and lost to some buffoon named Donald Trump. There is no way that could happen, therefore he must have cheated, right? After all, it was yet another election where the Dems won the popular vote, but lost the electoral , (even though the large popular majorities in California and New York accounted for the bulge; the other 48 states not so much.) If Hillary Clinton had won, would there be an investigation right now? You know the answer. It appears that this is an investigation in search of a crime, and they will keep searching until they find something, no matter how small, as long as it validates that Hillary somehow got cheated, as she has outlined in her book, “What Happened?” So, the investigations of this President will continue throughout Donald Trump’s presidency so as to cast a pall over anything he might do that would be positive for the country.
This is an extraordinary effort by the Status Quo to knock out the Populist Intruder onto its territory. One would think if they had anything beyond throwing the occasional name and person against the wall to see if it sticks., that it would be out there in glaring headlines in the Mainstream Media. Many citizens have grown weary of the leaks in this investigation, but are very aware of what the investigation and those conducting it might really be trying to do. What is that, you ask? Well, there are 63 million American citizens who elected Donald Trump as president, who will be none to happy if the results of the election are overthrown by some committees and Robert Mueller for light and transient causes. In addition, this may well serve as the model, depending on what happens, for upcoming elections. In other words, the loser will always conduct an investigation, not because they ran a bad campaign and lost, but because obviously they were cheated. That is why the Status Quo is being careful in this witch hunt. If this blows up in their collective faces, it could pose great electoral danger for future elections….Gary Sutton
Are you trying to understand Donald Trump? Good luck! For those trying to do that on a daily basis, be careful; you may need some counseling later if you are not already there. In the meantime, here are some questions that are most intriguing or disturbing to his supporters and non supporters for that matter. What are your thoughts
First up, Is he becoming one of the type of politicians, Democrat or Republican, he was voted in to replace? So many are asking that question this past week as many have watched him pivot to apparently work with the opposition party led by Schumer and Pelosi on solutions that seem contrary to what he ran on to become president? In short, Is Washington watering down his resolve as it has done to so many and dragging him into the political swamp?
OR, Is he playing both sides against the middle which he sees as pragmatic solutions which have no ideological basis with either party, or conservatives or liberals? Upon the announcement of working with Democrats, Republicans are rushing to come up with tax relief or cut and Obamacare replacement programs. Maybe he is trying to get the status quo off their political “duffs.” For Democrats, maybe they have come to realize that chasing Trump around has become an exercise not dissimilar to a dog chasing his tail. President Trump possibly realizes that both parties are up against the political wall called the mid-terms of 2018, and that both need something to show for their existence.
OR, Maybe it is as simple as wanting someone to like him and treat him nicely? After 50 plus years in business, is he so used to people kowtowing to him that the idea of those working with him in government not feeling the same way about him is diving him crazy? That would explain the quick turnover of people who have worked with him so far in government.
OR Maybe he is just taking time to size up how to apply his understanding of the private sector to the public sector with which he is now connected? Outsiders have not been welcome in Washington for a long time. Those who have gone there have been forced to play by the rules of those in control. They have created the rules of the game which have allowed them to retreat into a cocoon of power. Can you imagine an outsider not understanding, or worse, not abiding by those rules. Maybe Trump is that entity that the Status Quo Powerbrokers and Rulesmakers most detest and fear? This might explain why he seems to relish the idea of keeping everyone uneasy, and off balance while he “bones up” on the game of politics, and political dealing?
The Final Question and most important one I might offer, “Is he in control of situations or are they in control of him?” If you can get away from your hate or love of him, it is the one that will deserve most of your analysis, and has yet to be answered in my opinion. In the meantime, take two tylenol and call for a psycho analysis in the morning…..Gary Sutton.
For those of you who are supporters of President Trump, did he let you down by striking a compromise with Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi on a deal where they agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement?. “Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us.”, OR did he open up grounds for cooperation and getting things done? Who is Donald Trump??? Are we moving away from hard core liberals and hardcore conservatives, and simply looking for problem solvers in this country? Is this the formation of the Pragmatic Party which has no allegiance to a specific ideology? Is this what we saw in the past election with the voters for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders looking for something different than right and left; conservative or liberal; Republican or Democrat? Do they provide a middle ground for citizens who don’t want to keep any score but getting things done for the country? How many of you feel mislead by President Trump? Are you surprised? I am not, because he never presented himself as hard-core dogmatic….He presented himself as a guy who could make deals. He presented a wish list of what he wanted to do, then got into the office and found out it wasn’t that easy, so he is trying to figure out how to work with a world that is foreign to him to do what he thinks he is really good at…solving problems and concluding tasks. OR Is he just wishy-washy and has no core values? Those are your questions about Donald Trump. What is your answer? Mine is that he is exactly who he has always been as a citizen, a business owner, and now as a President….unpredictable, but interested in resolution of problems….. Gary Sutton