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Hey GOP Congress!!

We heard all through the election about how you will Repeal and Replace Obamacare. What the heck are you doing?  You had eight years to put something together and you are more worried about possible Russian influence in the election.   Maybe it is time to make you re-read all those history books you used to sit on in school.  You know the real history books.  Not the ones that have been slanted so far to the right or left that are now meaningless.

Since the beginning of this country, there have been other countries trying to influence the election of our leaders to their own ends. Just as we have been trying to influence the election or appointment of leaders in other countries for our own ends.  You can start with the first election of our very first President.  You had our allies the French, who supplied us with weapons, ships, ammo, and personnel that helped train the colonists.  You had our enemies, The British and their Prussian mercenary forces.  Who even after being defeated desperately wanted the trade goods and some relations with the former colonies.  You can follow every election since to see who wanted to influence our elected leaders to gain an upper hand or foothold in the world we live in.

In today’s world, I am not worried about outside influence as much as I am the free lunches, dinners, and vacations you get from all those corporations and special PAC’s that have no problem handing money or special gifts under the table and nothing is done about them. How much are the Health Insurance companies giving you to sit on the problem?  Hell, the Democrats rammed Obamacare through without it ever being read and you cannot even put anything on paper!

So, why are you and the Democrats so worried about Trump?

Is it because he is not of or part of your established order?

Are you worried that the American people are getting tired of you?

Will the next election bring more elected representatives that are not part of your little club?

The above questions will start being asked if you do not get off your rears and actually start getting things done.

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Congress was put on Notice

A show of hands, for those that watched President Trump’s address Tuesday night?

Did you enjoy the floor show that Congress put on?

Did you know that the President could have done the same thing by inviting the congressional leaders and small groups to the White House and spent the next four years trying to get a consensus for his agenda?

Did you know he could have done a Press conference and we would not have heard exactly how something was going to get done? We would have heard a different version, I bet.

Both houses of Congress were present, along with the members of the Supreme Court and some invited guests. President Trump was not there to talk to them.  He did talk about some of the life changes of the invited guests as bullet points to his speech.  All of this was done on live television without the ability of the Press cutting up all the sound bites.

President Trump was talking to the American People. Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever political affiliation you want to name them.  He presented his plan to the American Public in the name of talking to Congress.  Because it doesn’t matter what the Congressional members political affiliation is, if the people they represent, start yelling at them to go with or fight this plan, when it is time for reelection, you may see many just quit or actually start listening to their constitute.  President Trump has just put the political elite on the proverbial hot seat.

It is the job of the American Citizen to make our thoughts heard by them in a legal way. Not like some of those so called protesters that some say are being paid to riot in the streets in the name of free speech.  Change is not made overnight but if we keep Congress’s nose to the grindstone, we may see the light at the end of the pit we are in.

Cry Wolf

I was reading a story this morning about the Associated Press fake news by Andy Cush and it got me to thinking about the boy who cried wolf. You can see that the media is a cut throat business.  First one with a story wins.  And here lies the problem.

Any good reporter or news agency knows, you must have hard confirmation of any fact or facts before you run it. As a reader, I expect the story I am reading to be true and factually.  If it is a theory or an opinion piece, it should state that at the beginning and ending of a story to let the reader know.

In any administration or business you get “idea” or “draft” memos flying around. These can be anything from “good” thoughts to “are you out of your mind” thoughts.  These are not the final run or signed executive actions.  Even if this was a planned event to try to find a “Leaker” in what is supposed to be a working administration, a good reporter should have not run with a draft copy.  I just hope the Reporter who got this leak did not pay cash money for it.

The Media is crying wolf too much now that the public had no idea what is true any more.  What will happen when they actually write a truth and nothing happens.

American Press: Help I Have Fallen and Can’t Get Up!

For the many months before the election, the Press was touting that another candidate would win and the glory of the one side would continue to run America. On Election Day, they found that a majority of their readers, listeners, and watchers, had decided that all their propaganda and slanted stories was nothing but trash and some of the worse kindling that had ever come out.  They voted the other way.  It has been over three months since the presidential election that was said by the Press to go the other way.

They are still in the deep hole they dug themselves. Very few readily accept what is being told to the masses is true.  Even if one reporter or paper does find something criminal, with proof, on an elected leader all the rest slide away to another story because it does not fit their agenda.  We never see if justice is done or was it all a propaganda ruse.

It is bad when you can find more truth in a supermarket tabloid than in what the leading news media puts out.

There are many of our government officials that really need to be put under a microscope.  Not just the President.  I am talking about all elected and appointed positions in government.  Some of them need a real vetting themselves.

Locally, we have a reporter that really does some good digging and reporting on what he finds. You know when watching his report and he finds that person that it is going to get dropped on, you get to see that deer in the headlights look as they see their career, job, or elected position yanked out from under them.  Sometimes, they even go to jail.  That is a good reporter.  Why can’t we have that on the national level?

Have the national media dug themselves so much of a hole that they can’t get out?

Will the Press ever become the watchdog they are there for again?

Will the Press become respected as a whole again?

Influenced or Rigged, A matter of Semantics?

In the last year like every election year since the founding of this county someone has gone around and cried that the elections are rigged. In some cases they are right but the winners and/or the losers always made sure that in the aftermath that there is no evidence that it had ever happened.  For those that dig into history and find some proof, they are labeled as conspiracy theorists or Crack-Pots or something else.

We don’t want the ignorant sheep that is the public to rise up in anger to learn that the Political Elite have been running the show from birth the death.

“Do as I say, Not as I do.”

“We know what is best for you.”

Since the beginning of this country the other countries of the world have tried to influence the elections for the top power spots of this country and we have been doing the same to the rest of the world. Now with internet social forums and the modern electronic age it is more work to keep it low keyed.  You never know when it might turn around and bite you in the ass.  Take a look on how hard the United States did not want President Putin in power in the new Russia.  Maybe he was just returning the favor.  Was his election influenced or rigged for him by outsiders or Russia’s political elite?

If you look at history, you will find that some of the biggest power players in the influence business have been the News Media. It probably started with the story telling bards of old.  They went around telling the next village the triumphs or fall of Kings and Heroes.  This grew into the Newspapers and then into the Television News.  Now we have the Internet Media and the old way of doing business is not putting the money into their pockets like they want.  With the advent of the social platforms of the internet, those losing money to the new way of doing things now scream everything is Rigged.  With every type of media used through the ages, there have been good and bad users.  It is still the same today.

There are some groups of hackers that may be associated or in the hire of a country that has caused trouble in one country or another. This has been an ongoing struggle to keep them in check.  There are many very smart or very lucky people out there that work on both sides of the issue.  Some for nationalist pride and some just for the money.

So, we find that in today’s world, if you no longer can influence a favorable outcome you cry that it was rigged.

OR

You find a better hacker.