The UNITED States of America

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Continuing the theme of unity…

I really liked this amazing American flag.

Instead of stars, it has the abbreviations for all 50 states.

Imagine what we can accomplish if we all learn to love each other and band together again.

And know for sure what will happen it this hate and infighting continues.

Unfortunately, there seems to be selfish forces of corruption and evil at play.

Put the country first.

By all means disagree and constructively criticize.

Influence things for the good.

Work together and solve problems.

And let’s try to be the UNITED States once again!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

U.S. National Demise From Political and Media Extremism

When media becomes propaganda, this country is in serious trouble.


We are so busy telling each other what “the truth” is that nothing is getting done. 


While Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and radical Islamist terrorists increase in strength and bravado, we are fighting one another here at home.


As more people in the U.S. gravitate to the extremes–alt-left and alt-right–lines in sand are drawn between us, while the red lines defending our common interests are eviscerated. 


Self-destructing from within, while we outwardly spend $600 billion on defense–34% of that of the entire world!


No strategy or weapons can defend us, when fake news and alternate facts and hatred of one another is at our present-day core. 


Tearing us apart, the endless hateful calls of:


– “Not my President”


– “Resistance and persistence


– “Love Trumps Hate”


– “Deplorables, Nazis, Communists!”


The political extremists and their media henchmen are leading the charge to America’s downfall and possible doomsday. 


Unless we, the American people, can moderate and unify and love each other again.


We must before our enemies take advantage of our inner divisiveness and weakness.


If we don’t come to our common senses, then we may very well pay a most heavy price in our persons, property, and freedom that we all so cherish and value. 😉

Anarchy Senses Opportunity

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So this is what they are reading in Washington, D.C. now:


To Change Everything…An Anarchists Appeal”


Anarchists and Anonymous are no longer underground, but are coming up and above it. 


Legions of people looking not to change the system, but to violently overthrow it. 


According to the anarchists’ video propaganda:

“The more stable our structures, the less stable our lives…No piecemeal reform can fix this, we have to rethink everything to fix this.”


They are advocating the power of the masses to overthrow ALL authority!

“The only way to secure the things we care about is to build a leaderless mutual aid network capable of self defense…to abolish domination all together…not to stabilize the system by reforming it. Rather than calling for more legitimate rules and rules…set our own agenda on our own terms…develop the power to act autonomously.


Unfortunately, with the extremely low ratings and low trust of the government, people are turning to anarchy instead:

“To change everything. Start everywhere.”


The fearsome hacker group Anonymous’s tag line is:

“We are a legion.  We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”


So, while left and right are fighting and denigrating each other, the political system, and our institutions, and gridlock–rather than effective governance and progress–is the dominant force in DC, a frightening vacuum is opening up to those who seek chaos and mayhem.


Stupid, stupid, stupid!


Everyone is so busy fighting for a larger slice of the pie for themselves, that we are putting the entire societal pizza in danger of landing flat. 


It’s not just Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS taking advantage of the selfish and greedy aspirations of politicians and special interests in our society.


Those individuals and groups–internally–that distrust and dislike what they perceive as “Big Brother,” and the arbitrary and abuse of authority, for power and money’s sake, are sensing their chance to agitate, disrupt and overthrow the civilized society we depend on. 


Apocalypse is not just World War III, weapons of mass destruction, and earth-shattering disaster, but it can be the disaffected masses that decide there is no reforming the system, only overthrowing it and taking their chance at chaos, rather than continue to live with corruption. 


And if this is what people are reading in the Capital of the United States of America…if you are not afraid of this awful mess, you most certainly ought to be. 😉


(Source photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Politicized Justice

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DC is in partisanship chaos once again, but this time it’s our very justice system at the heart of it. 


There is widely publicized internal fighting at the FBI and Department of Justice over whether and how far to investigate, let alone ever prosecute, emails and foundation issues from a presidential candidate. 


As the FBI can only investigate, they have no jurisdiction over whether prosecutors are willing to then take the case forward. 


Downtown today, there were signs that said:


“I Need Some Good News.com”


This was referencing the new soundtrack of “Good News” by Ocean Park Standoff, but it could easily summarize the standoff between the FBI and Justice Department and the political parties lining up behind them. 

So there is certainly the need for some good news, as a dour mood settles over the capital and the people around the nation watching this play out so awfully, where politics have gotten in between us and our candidates and doing what’s right. 


From the song:


“I need some good news baby ’cause the world’s gone crazy.”


When even our law enforcement authorities can no longer function without impediment, and when there is no core impunity from political infringement and recriminations, we know even our most basic system of justice has gone awry with political dysfunction. 


Yes, it’s crazy and it’s definitely not good news for the progress and righteousness of this great nation. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Left or Right?

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This sign from yesterday reminded me of the debates last night. 


Arguments, attacks, and counterpunchs between the candidates (and the parties they represent).


But in the end, the sign is pointing us in the wrong direction anyway. 


While we keep hitting each other up for getting and maintaining the awesome scepter of American power, our competitors on the international stage are moving on with their personal and national agendas, and we are in seemingly perpetual gridlock. 


The big problems that we face are not going away, and declaring who is the winner of the showtime debates, daily rallies, and witty sound bites, may feel good from the standpoint of whether our candidate is winning or not, but frankly is not solving any of our problems either.


A good fight is spectacular to watch, but we can be our own worst enemies as we are lost in shallow policy and rhetoric debates amidst leadership confusion, indecision, and (un)popularity contests, and even the winner may take home nothing but the rights to hoist another upside down sign.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Russia’s Iron Fist

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Russia is enormously resurgent (as is China), and they are modernizing their military, while we are “busy” and distracted with ridiculous dysfunctional political infighting here in the U.S.


– Between Republicans and Democrats. 

– Between Trump and Hillary.

– Between running mouths and utter corruption.

– Between what our values are and aren’t.

– Between racism and cop killings.

– Between sequestrations, filibusters, and government shutdowns.

– Between fighting terrorism and not even being able to say it’s name and origin.

– Between support for NATO and our allies and abandoning them.

– Between invading Iraq and Afghanistan and then hasty and wasty retreats.

– Between capturing terrorists and locking them away in Gitmo and then throwing them back out on the streets to plot and attack again.

– Between calls for a strong military, policing the world, and keeping the peace and that being replaced by leadership from behind, disengagement, appeasement, and weakness.

– Between a healthy, vibrant economy and a shallow recession, failing Obamacare, slowing innovation, and ballooning national debt and welfare state.


In the meantime, the Russians, if no one has noticed is moving critically forward in the world. 


– Ukraine’s Crimea has been gone since 2014, separatists are fighting in the east, and tens of thousands of troops are massing on the border. 


– Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia was  occupied by Russia in the war in 2008


– Chechnya was taken by Russia in 1999 and Grozny, the capital, was completely leveled. 


– Bases around Damascus and in Iran have been built up and are in active use in the civil war in Syria going on today, and Aleppo, the largest city in Syria is becoming apocalyptic. 


– The Baltics are under threat by encroaching Russian forces. 


– U.S. military ships and planes and being regularly “buzzed” and Russia is flying mock nuclear bombing runs on the U.S.A. and Europe. 


– Russia is proposing a counter-alliance to NATO by them, China, India, and arch enemy, Iran


So while the U.S. spends more on military than the next 8 nations combined, with the U.S. at $610 billion to Russia’s much more modest $85 billion, nevertheless, we are falling over our own feet, while Russia is clearly on a determined march.


We can’t afford to play politics and suck our thumbs here at home, while Russia is determined and strategic in their moves geopolitically advancing their interests.


We are playing a losing hand and wasting valuable blood and treasure unless we get our democratic house in much needed order, focus, and resolve. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Difference Between Art and Politics

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There is a difference between art and politics. 

Art is just brilliant and beautiful. 

But politics can be insane and ugly.

(Well maybe some art actually can be that way too.)

Read today how Congressional Bills are being held up for something as fundamental as funding to fight the Zika virus that causes severe infant brain defects and life-altering disabilities. Moreover, if Congress did pass it as-is, the President has threatened to veto it!

Another no-brainer bill still not passed before Summer recess is the common sense one that would tighten access on gun sales to suspected terrorists and call for expanded background checks, including for private sales and at gun shows. 

As amazing for the soul as art is, politics gone wrong can be damaging to the very people they are supposed to be protecting for national security and health and well-being.  

This is a system that is either broken or have people leading it that are horribly flawed, but either way the nation’s people are being hurt, when they should be properly taken care of and governed. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Counter Terrorism Response Level: DYSFUNCTIONAL

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OMG, this is completely dysfunctional and embarrassing. 


Can we stop the fighting among ourselves–Democrats and Republicans, Judeo-Christians and Muslims, CNN and FOX, NRA and gun control advocates, immigration pros and foes, etc.)


AND


Instead focus and go after the real murderous culprits–the radical Islamist terrorists who are killing, imprisoning, torturing, raping, enslaving, and taking over vast lands to build a shariah-rule caliphate and take our freedoms and lives away?


We are losing the war on terror, because we can’t get our collective act together! 😉


(Source Photo: adapted from here with attribution for original to Elliott Brown)