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There have been many changes in Trump’s world. Some make sense to me and some do not. He has been fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. I think he thought his party would stand behind him after he won, but they have not. Here is a partial overview of what has happened and my reasons why I am still in Trump’s corner.
The first head to roll was Mike Flynn over reports that he may have had improper Russian meetings. Derek Harvey, a middle east adviser, who was appointed by Flynn, made it for more than six months. Tera Daha, Deputy chief of staff and former writer for Breitbart, who was appointed by Flynn, left before serving six months. Ezra Chon-Walnick, Director for Intelligence, part of the National Security Council and appointed by Flynn, left after serving over six months. K. T. McFarland, Deputy National Adviser, and appointed by Flynn, also left after four months.
In July Rich Higgins, a NSC staffer was fired by H. R. McMaster for calling out radical Islam. He was in the strategic planning office. He argued that Trump was being subserved by an array of foreign and domestic enemies in a memo that apparently McMaster disagreed with. I suggest going to YouTube and type in Rich Higgins. The video I watched was a 30 minute interview by Ginni Thomas of the Daily Caller. The interview was done in 2016 but is very relevent today.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and Michael C. Short, a senior press secretary are gone. Sean has been a recent guest on an award show and has been interviewed on a station that regularly bashes Trump.
Reince Priebus, past head of the Republican National Committee and Trump’s Chief of Staff for over six months is gone. So is Katie Walsh, deputy Chief of Staff. I never trusted Trump’s choice when he picked Pribus. During the time leading up to the election he seemed lukewarm and not really on board for Trump. He seemed to me to just be going through the motions because Trump was the nominee. I think he and many in his camp could very well have been the source of many leaks coming out of the White House. I am pleased that he and Walsh are gone.
Others who have left are, Walter Shaub, the Director of Government Ethics and Angella Reid, Chief Usher. Both seem like smart moves. Reid had full range of the Whitehouse without being noticed.
James Comey, FBI Director is gone and should have been fired on January 21st in my opinion. There was going to a backlash no matter when he was fired. Many of the voters were surprised that Trump waited so long.
Sally Yates, acting AG, got the ax when she refused to back Trump on his legal move against a travel ban.
Two that saddened me were Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. But after stepping back and hearing what Bannon has said I think he can be more helpful where he is and can speak freely and support Trump’s “Make America Great Again”agenda. The same goes for Gorka. These are two very public patriots.
Recently President Trump accepted the resignation of Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes.
So here are my thoughts behind why I am standing firmly behind my president, Donald J. Trump. I think Trump has made some mis-steps. But when he recognizes his mistake, or see people using poor judgement he steps in and corrects the problem.
I am not ready to throw the baby out with the bath water. The left is hoping we will stop supporting him. He is my President for this 4 year term. I am not going to spend my time tearing him down. He has done much good and that seems to be overlooked by the press and many others who hate him. No matter what he does he is going to have an abundance of dart throwers using him as a bullseye. I will NEVER join that group.
We have never had a politician, in my memory, who loves America more. He needs more in Congress who are in his corner. The turn coats need to be dealt with. The Republican party is fractured and needs to come together. Trump has uncovered the fact that the swamp is full of elected officials in both parties. Maybe working to get rid of McConnell, Ryan, Collins, Flake, and especially Cruz and Rubio, who are eying the 2020 presidential race and others, would be a better place to expend energy. Trump is still fighting The DEEP STATE corrupt hold overs from Obama in all agency’s including the FBI, CIA, NSA, some in the Military, IRS and leakers, to name a few.
And has it dawned on anyone that Trump is not the problem but Congress is. A president is in office four or eight years. Some in Congress have been in office for decades. So if they are so interested in America’s well-being how did America reach the point of being destroyed? Why aren’t these “Leaders” furious that our laws are being ignored and feelings are coming before honoring the laws of the land? If they disagree with the law they can work to change it but stop breaking it.Why is the constitution that they all promised to defend being challenged by them? Why did they let America reach the point where America needs to become great again? Did they let America reach the point where America needs to become great again. Why didn’t we remain great? Why did they let America reach the point where America needs to become great again?
As long as Trump is willing to take the hits from those who hate him and America, and is willing to drain the swamp and try to help this great country regain its greatness no one will hear me bash my president during his four-year term. He might just surprise the left and the swamp and complete eight years.
These statements in this humorous reblog were really spoken in the 50’s. I think there were hidden meanings showing through. Parents had an easier time back then. Society, parenting and high values were in sync in the 50’s. I think the flavor of these statements showed that parents were trying to get their kids to think and realize there were consequences attached to their actions in a way that got the kid’s attention. I think this approach might even have awaken problem solving in their noggin. This blog, presented by a friend and fellow blogger, sure gives the world a glimpse of yesterday, and will provide a chuckle or two.
Photo from the 1950’s ‘Father Knows Best’ sitcom starring Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
4. My father taught me LOGIC.
” Because I said so, that’s why.”
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
7. My father taught me IRONY.
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Rob McPherson Hits The Nail On The Head When Talking About The NFL Only Being A Bussiness….And More.
I wish Rob was a blogger, but since he is not, I had to share his journalistic-style post. His research and views are a great insight on the NFL and some of the players. He graciously gave me permission to share his post. When posting on Facebook the message is lost and forgotten in a week or so. I want Rob’s words to have a broader and more lasting audience. He is from Tacoma, WA. Here is what he had to say…………………………….
“It is becoming increasingly hard to remain a Seahawks Fan. I know all the loyal 12’s will chirp in, “Then you never were a Fan”. Wrong, because I once choose to follow a team doesn’t mean that I will blindly follow them for eternity regardless of their actions. The real fact is, and many of you miss it, the NFL is a business and their business model thrives by creating a fan base. They are a business just like Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, and a million others. The difference is their business plays a game for a living and profits by creating “Fanatical” fans that will buy jerseys, tickets, flags, and any piece of merchandise they can make marketable. And if you think that loyalty is mutual think again. How many teams made moves today to more marketable cities? How about the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders? They left their fans for more profitable locations. The Hawks are no different. Do you remember Ken Bering was a fraction of an inch away from moving the Hawks to Southern California? If you think this is a new phenomenon I suggest you do your research. Very few teams are in their original location. By the way where are the Sonics? They are another good example of professional sports business.
The Players, with few exceptions, are no different. They will go to the next team that offers them more money and a better contract. Think about how many players have come and gone from the Seahawks roster, a staggering number. Jerry Rice, Franco Harris, and John Randle (all in the Hall of Fame) all played for the Seahawks. This is a perfect example of the mercenary business of the NFL. Once again, it is a business for both the owners and players, always vying for the next best opportunity. Do I blame them, “No”, it is a business. They have every right to do that to create the best opportunity for themselves.
In summary, the NFL, and to that extent the Seahawks, have created a blind loyalty through a great business model. They have created a herd of Lemmings that will blindly follow their Team over the cliff regardless of what they stand for or do.
Now that I have, without a doubt, exposed the NFL for what it truly is, a Business, let me move onto my second point. I don’t care to hear Players opinions on political matters, especially when so much hypocrisy is involved. This mainly stems from the recent political voices aired by Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett.
My problem with the Seahawks began a few years ago when I heard an interview on the radio from a former Seahawk lineman, John Moffit, say that he had asked Marshawn Lynch, “Why don’t we ever hang out”, to which Lynch replied, “Cause I don’t like white people”. Think about that for a second, and if the roles had been reversed and Moffit replied that he didn’t like black people what would have happened? There would have been a public outcry to have Moffit kicked off the team. But there exists a double standard in discrimination.
Around the same time I attended the annual Richard Sherman charity softball game, which was great and for a worthy cause. But at the end of it Michael Bennett grabbed the microphone so that he could tell the crowd that he wanted to thank Black Santa, Black Jesus, Oprah Winfrey, and Barrack Obama. Again, the double standard for prejudices continued. Last year, before the Detroit game, I heard Michael Bennett during a radio interview being asked about facing Zach Miller, the Detroit Running Back, to which Bennett replied that Miller wasn’t bad for a White Running Back. How many hypocritical prejudices do I need to hear from this person before realizing that perhaps he has no objectivity.
Now Bennett has decided to join the likes of Colin Kaepernick in disrespecting the Flag and National Anthem, for a cause that is not entirely justified. Yes, prejudices still exist, and all is not perfect in America, but I defy you to go anywhere else in this world that has it better, or a place that is trying to make it better more than America. If Black lives matter to you so much I suggest that you look no further than your own culture for the remedy.
It would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of others black men in 2012 alone. University of Toledo criminologist, Dr. Richard R. Johnson, examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012. Professor Johnson’s research further concluded that 112 black men died from both justified and unjustified police-involved killings annually during this same period.
If facts don’t matter to you the above will probably have no bearing on your emotional and erroneous beliefs. However, if you want to make things better look at yourself, and your community, and honestly ask yourself if you are making a difference, or simply confusing the issues that are really devastating your culture. It is no longer, 1861 (Civil War), or the 1960’s (Civil Rights). It is 2017. We have had a President of the United States, Secretary of States (twice), Supreme Court Justices, and countless other high-ranking Offices filled by Black Men and Women. Progress has been made, and continues to be made in spite of some people’s efforts to divide us further.
For those of you that believe the NFL is a friend to the Black culture, prepare to have your world unraveled. For years the fallacy and myth that the NFL offers poor Blacks youths the only opportunity to escape the inner city life has been bought hook, line, and sinker. These misguided young men have been lead to believe that through hard work and exercise they can achieve fame and riches in the NFL. The chances of a young Black man making it through High School sports, college Football and then arriving at the NFL are miniscule. However, the myth has been engrained in the culture, and young men spend all their time and energy working out, practicing, and preparing for an NFL career, only to find out that it is like winning the lottery with a one in a ten million odds. If we, as a society, could convince these young men that through study and hard work they could achieve more attainable and rewarding results we could be ahead of the success curve. True, typically, a Bachelor of Arts Degree isn’t going to land you a multi-million dollar contract, but it can land you a very secure and rewarding career that would allow you to further your life and that of your family, a much more attainable and realistic goal.
Just this past week Michael Bennett came out and accused the Las Vegas Police of misconduct. Without hearing both sides of the story Pete Carroll and the NFL came out in support of Bennett. Now the Police are threatening a suit against Bennett for Liable and Slander, and have asked the NFL to investigate the instance and possibly take action against Bennett. The NFL has denied their request. Funny how they jumped to a player’s defense and support without any facts, but when asked to investigate the facts they would rather play the role of an Ostrich and stick their head in the sand. Additionally, how much of a coincidence is it that the player leading the cause against Police misconduct finds himself in Las Vegas and the target of misconduct – what are the odds.
I am tired of the erroneous truths being put forth by misguided and malicious people. When I have to pick between the USA and your flawed believes, that run contrary to everything I believe in I will gladly chose my side – America. I will continue to watch football, I do love the sport. But I will avoid the beginning of the game and your imprudent antics towards the Flag and Anthem. I will no longer buy any jerseys, hats, flags, and/or any such paraphernalia as it is only lining the pockets of those further dividing our Country.
To the NFL and the Seahawks, kudos to you. You have truly developed an envious business model that is serving you well. You are all becoming multi-millionaires for playing a game.
If we want to know who to value in our culture look no further than those we could not do without. What would our cities and towns look like without Police Officers, Nurses, Soldiers, Doctors, Teachers, Builders, and so many more hard-working people? Our society would come to a complete and utter stop with anarchy soon to follow without these unmentioned Hero’s. However, remove Football Players, Coaches, and Owners and what would happen? Nothing, other than a loss of short-term entertainment. Think about who we should value and listen to in our lives. It is definitely not grown men that play a game for a living.”
There are many issues the African-American community is facing, and Colin missed them miserably. His concerns could have addressed the wholesale murdering of black babies through abortions. The killing of blacks by blacks is another biggie. Instead he chose to attack America. This country has afforded him great monetary wealth and popularity. Then there are calls for boycotts from all sides which I think is quite interesting. Thank goodness some respected people have come out against his misguided behavior. This movement should be stomped out.
Kaepernick first started his protest in 2016. Why did he ignore facts this 2015 list of statistics provided if he was concerned with the well-being of blacks?
Blacks killed by Whites: 2%
Blacks killed by Police: 1%
Whites killed by Police: 3%
Whites killed by Whites: 16%
Whites killed by Blacks: 81%
Blacks killed by Blacks:
I could not remember the reason Colin started his protest and had to do some research. I found that his focus was his perception of Police brutality against blacks, which is clearly a false narrative based on the list above.
I believe the clones who are following his behavior are misguided by attacking America, our flag and the national anthem. Instead of facilitating dialog to correct their concerns they are putting a wedge between American’s and any positive resolution. They are creating a tug of war between those who love America and those who want it destroyed. They are also damaging the NFL which accounts for their lively hood and entertainment for Americans to enjoy. Shame on all levels of management who have not put a stop to this nonsense.
There are calls for boycotts from both sides. One is from people who are mad that no team wants to hire this “Hot Potato”. They seem to ignore the fact that Colin is no longer an effective Quarter Back, and is a distraction and detriment to the concept of “Team player”, which is important in developing a winning model. Single star players seldom are able to carry a team to victory. I think many teams want to focus on being the best team possible and leave politics and protests outside of their sport.
Others calling for boycotts are the fans who want sports to be solely entertainment. Another segment loves America, our flag, and hearing and singing our national anthem at games. I think this group realises there are problems in out society but think there are better and more productive ways to target them. This group will speak loudly with their dollars when they refuse to attend games and avoid buying sports related paraphernalia. Last year there were a lot of empty seats in some stadiums. The number will increase this year if this kind of protest continues. This group will not entertain the games on TV or radio.
I recently was listening to a conservative radio station in Seattle, WA. Callers flooded the station with their views when asked if the Seahawks continued to allow protests on their field what would be their reaction. Callers who had followed them for years said they would not watch ANY GAME that allowed protesters on the field.
Here is what a famous and well-respected retired football player had to say about the protests, and Colin. To paraphrase Jim Brown, he criticized the way Colin Kaepernick chose to protest during the presentation of The Star Spangle Banner before football games saying it was disrespectful towards the American Flag. He spoke to his old team, the Cleveland Browns. He said that Kaepernick started his protest because of his belief that police were treating minorities unfairly. He continued saying that any protest should be well thought out and be geared for others to help work to correct the problem if it exists. He also said he thought the players should honor the wishes of the owners who are paying the players millions. He added that Colin had to make up his mind whether he was truly an activist or was he a football player? He added that playing football is a job working for owners who pay their salaries. There are fans to be considered as well. Both need to be honored in exchange for making huge salaries. I understand the entire team stood after Jim Brown spoke to them, and they also stood in a line with arms interlocked with law enforcement and military personality. This kind of action can have a healing effect and lead to meaningful dialog going forward.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, has made it clear that he expects everyone on the sideline of his games to stand, put their hand over their heart, and be respectful when the National Anethum is being played before every game. He made a statement after the opening game this past week-end. He commented that he was proud of his team coaching staff, and his entire organization, by the way they showed respect. He also added that he strongly supports the flag in every possible way possible. He added that anyone who acts in any way to disrespect the flag during any game is disappointing to him personally. His coach, Jason Garrett, said that the players, franchises, and the NFL as a whole make a lot of money using their massive public platform, and that they should not abuse that privilege.
I think, as fans, we can contact companies who endorse any player who uses his place on a team to show disrespect to the American Flag. It is a small gesture but worth doing. Maybe that will get the athletes attention.
I wish we could all consider ourselves Americans, and stop the fighting, and begin healing, and strive to solve the many glaring problems America is facing. The trouble makers need to be shut down. I believe in free speech and free expression, but much thought needs to be exercised to not misuse those sacred gifts and work to make all of our lives better.