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America Has A Problem And It's Americans

Updated on August 1, 2020




"United we stand, divided we fall". This phrase has often been used as a Patriotic trope in America and, to some, accurately describes the philosophy that binds the people of America together in the great American democracy experiment begun by the countries Founders, when The Constitution was ratified and instated on March 4th in the year 1789. Sounds great does it not? You can almost hear The Marine Band playing the Star-Spangled Banner as Americans of all race and gender banded together to help defeat Hitler's Nazis, Mussolini's Fascists and Hirohito's Imperialist armies in World War ll. The phrase is universally thought to describe a group of people working together to achieve a common goal and the belief that if they fail to do so, they are doomed to fail. What a thought! What a motto!
But what if it is used against you?
That is right folks, I said it first. Okay, maybe second or maybe……oh well, I digress. The two-party system in America has done everything it could possibly do (or not do), to separate the people of America into two opposing factions. These two camps are easily defined. Conservative and Liberal. There are no other distinctions. In doing so they have hardened that separation through extreme partisanship that has created two factions that are diametrically opposed to one another. Their thought is, on either side, I am right, and you are wrong. There is no in-between and, therefore, no common ground and therefore no chance of discussion. And that, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with America.
And that is Americans.
While the rise of extreme partisan politics can be dated back to as early as the 1800's and later 1952, the consensus of the current radical division in political stance has been attributed mostly to the rise of the modern Republican Party in the Era of Newt Gingrich. Gingrich's no holds barred style of character assassination, destroying normal operational congressional etiquette and attacking government institutions, according to experts, ruined every chance congress would have at bi-partisanship and birthed The Tea Party in 2009 further leading to the election of a divisive figure like Donald Trump as President of the United States. Some current data indicates that 31% of the voting population leans Democrat while 29% lean Republican with 40% identifying as Independent. If the 40 percent of Independents would split equally you have a 50/50 society that is firmly divided into two camps. I have lived long enough to remember when our politicians would, in many cases, work together to hash out agreements that could be passed into law. It is called bi-partisanship and it worked because our elected officials understood that they worked for the ALL the people of America. Combine the huge amount of money and influence being poured into our system of governance with the hardened separation of Conservative and Liberal views and what do you have left? A two-party system that is so locked into their own ideas that they are incapable of the one thing that it takes to operate a true Democracy.
COMPROMISE
Whatever happened to compromise? Is it all that hard for all of us to step outside of our box and consider another person's opinion? Are we so adamant that our individual stance is so absolute, so correct, that we cannot give and take? If that is the case, I propose that we have closed our minds and that is exactly what our two-party system wants us to do. Here are our every election choices from either party. A: THE ONE WE DON'T WANT, and B: THE OTHER ONE WE DON’T WANT. That is all folks. We vote for bad or worse and, the proof is, four times in history, by popular vote WE DON'T EVEN GET WHAT WE DON’T WANT! Huh? Oh yeah, we forgot about the totally unnecessary and should-have-been-defunct-a-hundred-years-ago Electoral College. Yup I said it again. The electoral college was invented solely for the purpose of keeping election results in the hands of ELECTORS. Who selects the ELECTORS? Simple, the people in each Party who are placed in charge of SELECTING the ELECTORS. The voting populace have no say over who is elected. Start laughing now. Why not just put the fox in the henhouse and close the door. Are we getting it yet? It is a scam. It has been since the very beginning when, to quote the movie Dazed and Confused : "Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American Fourth of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes!"
DIVISION
All the two-party efforts in the last 50 years, since Nixon in the 70's, have done nothing but furthered the divide between Americans and it all started in 1976 when NBC Network used the first color-coded map to differentiate between Republican and Democrat. By 2004 the metamorphosis was complete as all Networks began to ascribe Red as Republican and Blue as Democrat cementing all of us into separate States, camps, and voters. Toss in the fact that, now, Republicans are all considered Conservative and all Democrats are considered Liberal and the total separation of Americans was complete. Never mind that, in 2020, more people identify as Independent than either Republican or Democrat so why don't all states start as Purple and gradually change color as the vote is counted? Simple again, the powers that be do not want it that way. Want more proof? Okay, try this on. Public schools versus Charter schools. In most every case Charter schools have been identified as being less diverse than Public Schools while being more expensive through fees and transportation necessity than Public schools. Add to this that there is no proof that children receive any better education in Charter schools than Public schools, so why the great push for Charter schools to receive more funding when Public schools are down as much as 12% in funding. Once again, it does not take a rocket surgeon (not a typo but an inside joke like brain scientist) to figure it out. The system does not want you or your children exposed to any more diversity than necessary. It is a threat to their power. They want to be comfortable in knowing that whatever your race, gender, sexual identification, or religion, that you are firmly in their pocket, and in their base of voters. That way, they must only worry about the free and critical thinkers, the independents.
CONCLUSION. RESTRUCTURING OR REVOLUTION
I am not a liberal/Democrat. Neither am I a conservative/Republican. While Independent might get close, neither does it describe my political stance. I am a Social Revolutionary and I believe the one thing we can all agree on is that the GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT, as written by the Founders of this Country is the best system of governance in equal Democracy ever attempted since the Greeks first experimented with rule by the people. It is unfortunate that the original attempt has now been so watered down by amendments, court decisions and outright fraud through the introduction of Big Money, Corporate Control, and lifetime politicians. We cannot blame the Founders; how could they have possibly foreseen the chaos of the future. It is all our fault. Through largess and inaction, we have allowed the System to so divide us that reconciliation can now only happen through direct action by a UNITED population that is willing to take back their Country. It is a well-known fact that Congress approves more laws in the interest of Big Money and Corporations than it does in consideration of the populace and what we would prefer. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT US ANYMORE. Through the regular channels of the current system it has become evident that only two avenues are left to WE THE PEOPLE AND I MEAN ALL PEOPLE.
A. RESTRUCTURING OF THE CURRENT GOVERNING SYSTEM.
1. Remove and outlaw Big Money in our political system through reversal of Citizens United that gave Corporations the power of unlimited spending on political campaigns. Instead, force the government to provide an equal amount of money in the exact amount of individual contributions not over a set amount.
2. Set term limits. No more lifetime politicians. Example: Six years for Congressmen. Six years for Senators rotating in off years for each. All elections would apply to item 1 above.
3. Make it easier to Vote. I am not saying ignore requirements for identification or citizenship. I am saying, at the least, give the people more time to vote. Why does it have to be a day? And a Tuesday at that? Why not a week. We all know that, especially during a pandemic or due to peoples work schedules, giving all the people in America one day to vote is designed only to keep the voting to a minimum. Or vote by mail. I know many have been convinced that this opens the Vote to fraud but consensus by experts indicate this is extremely rare and if people are worried about it (other than politicians) there should be a system that can be implemented that assures this does not happen. Or Vote online. I know what many are thinking on this one. HACKERS! No offence but I bank online. My Social Security is online. I pay my taxes online. I order dozens of different products online. My accounts have never once been compromised. Are you telling me our Government cannot create a secure online voting apparatus? If you are, you are proving my point that our current government is an abject failure.
Those are just three thoughts. I am more than welcome to entertain other thoughts that would improve our governance.
B. REVOLUTION.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" (John F. Kennedy-1962). The absolute end of a massive government failure is Revolution. Understand what I am saying in no uncertain terms. I have no desire for civil war. I got way to close to that in 1968-69. What I am expounding on now is a mass demonstration of all peoples United to make America a better Democracy. It is way past time that we stop letting the government and corporate media instill fear in us and put the fear in them. There are many ways to institute peaceful revolution, but the best way is always a show of massive discontent. Several examples follow.
1. A RETAIL MASS STRIKE. Form a website and get millions of signatures indicating on a given date, for one day people would refuse to spend on anything not necessary. Adult population 2018 in America was right at 254,000,000. If just 20% or 50,000,000 people took this step, it would be devastating to the America's economy. Current figures indicate that the average American spends around $165 per day (per Fox News business). Considering a good majority of that is for housing healthcare, insurance, and groceries, I have calculated the figure of corporate loss at less than 1/3 (or $50 per individual consumer) times 50,000,000 people. That figure is a staggering two billion five hundred million dollars (2,500,000,000). That is ONE DAY folks. On July 8th of 2020, black Americans participated in a similar movement called BLACKOUT DAY. Oddly enough I can find no figures on the exact effect this has had on corporate America. As I am not a conspiracy theorist, I will attribute this to a lack of the government being able to produce the figures yet. Regardless, this type of action would send a big message to the powers that be. Congress often talks about "the power of the purse" and American consumer spending accounts for 70% of the American economy so my question is: Who holds the purse? We do.
2. A THIRD PARTY. America is ready for a third party to challenge the dual authority of the defunct two-party, winner take all system. With 40% of the voting population voting Independent, isn't it about time for another option? I propose that the American People come up with A NEW PARTY. A party of people who are NOT locked in to being labeled as Conservative or Liberal. Imagine, for a moment, people working together to select one candidate for all of us. No RED, No BLUE, just people looking for someone that can represent every American. My personal favorite would be the Bravely Enjoying Every Revolution Party (The BEER Party). Okay, I stole that from the Rock Icon Alice Cooper, so sue me, I can use the publicity. But seriously folks, a viable third party would do two things to the current Two-Party System. First, it would threaten their dominance, and second, even if it does not, it makes them usurp that party's stance. It is an old political ploy. If the public likes it, support it, and change your stance later.
3. MASS PROTEST DEMONSTRATION. Take the same fifty million people and put them in Washington D.C. on any given day/week. Consider the mayhem and reaction by the government if this were to take place. It only took 200,000 protestors to nudge the Secret Service to move President Donald Trump to a secured bunker (DISCLAIMER: I should state here that I am not claiming it was Trump's fear that sent him to a safe space. There is no proof of that, but I will say this; when they tell me a tornado is coming I, personally, do not head for the basement. I go to the porch to look for it). Mass protest has been proven to force concessions by politicians including Congress and the Executive branch. On November 15, 1969, an estimated 500,000 protesters assembled on the Mall in Washington DC to protest the Vietnam War. This act almost certainly sealed Nixon's resignation from the Office of the Presidency. Imagine, if you will, ten times that number and you probably understand the true Power of the People.
4. REVOLUTION. The last act of a desperate populace is total and complete Revolution. As a reference, the last 20th century revolution happened in the former Soviet Union under leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev instituted Perestroika (oddly enough RESTRUCTURING) as an initial movement toward a semi-free form of capitalism. Later, he changed that system to Glasnost (Openness) and completed the Soviet Union's transformation to Capitalism in entirety. As we all know at this point this has become a movement straight back to Authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin. We do not need a permanent President in these United States. If the government of this country is unwilling to answer to the demands of the People, then it is time to remove them from office. I propose, at this point that same 50,000,000 protesters surround the White House and the Capitol and demand that the current government officials resign on the spot. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? But it is not. The government has a system for the loss of the entire Executive and Congressional branch. It is called COGCON and, like DEFCON, it has levels of what would happen in a National Emergency (I urge you to Google COGCON for more information). While originally designed for the catastrophe of a total nuclear attack that would devastate all the ruling branch of the current government, this system would be implemented if the three branches of ruling government were to be removed in mass. At this point the governmental line of succession would cease to exist as all those in line of succession would be removed from office. Senatorial replacement would be easy as State government would not be affected. As in the case of the death or retirement of a Senator, each states' elected Governor would replace removed Senators until the next election. House representatives MUST BE ELECTED so a special election period would be assigned immediately for the public to select House Representatives. As for the Executive position of President of the United States, as all officials in line for succession , including the designated survivor, will have been removed, the most likely person to ascend to the Emergency President position until a special emergency election would be the highest ranking member of the Military. At the time of this writing, that would be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley (on a personal note, General Milley has shown himself to be independent in that he rebuked President Trump's attempt to use Federal Military Forces to control protestors). Also Milley would be perfect in that he ultimately controls Military disbursement in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, Cogcon indicates that there would be no interruption in major services. Postal, DOT, Social Security and all other Federal Services would remain intact. As states are separate from Federal, all state services would also operate as usual. It would not be the end of Democracy as we know it but rather the beginning of the new Democracy every American deserves.
POSTSCIPT: IN A NUTSHELL.
I realize, at this point most of you are thinking "in a nutshell? This guy couldn't put it in a bucket without a bottom". I also realize many of you will see my ideas and myself as Radical. You would be wrong. I would prefer to be seen as an EXTREME Radical. Radical change is exactly what this country needs. The past 50 years has been nothing more than WASH, RINSE AND REPEAT. It is the same sad story, same sad song again and again. George W. Bush stood on watch as the financial industry was allowed to tank the economy thus giving rise to Barack Obama. Obama then oversaw the bailout of financial giants that, obviously, avoided any personal responsibility by being allowed to be TOO BIG TO FAIL into bankruptcy while millions of middle-class main street homeowners lost their homes. Even Obama's HARP act was a dismal failure. Then WASH, RINSE and REPEAT gave the country Donald Trump. I have many Conservative and Liberal friends. In my own poll of 10 Conservatives, four solid Trump voters have stated they will not vote for Trump in 2020. I should add that three of those Conservatives made it plain they do not disagree with everything Trump has done but just wished he would stop running his mouth. On the Liberal side, two of ten stated they will not vote for Biden because he is a milquetoast, lifetime politician with nothing to promise but a return to the status quo. I dislike predictions, but I am willing to say this election will not be about policy or politics. I believe it will be close and Trump will lose because Independents are fed up with all the drama and just want to return to WASH, RINSE AND REPEAT and that is the whole point of this article. The truth is, if you want years more of McConnell and Schumer and Pelosi and McCarthy, go ahead and buy another bottle of cheap political shampoo and WASH, RINSE and REPEAT. Otherwise, change the narrative to UNITED THEY STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.


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  • The Masked Marauder profile imageAUTHOR

    Jimmi Zollini 

    11 months ago from South Carolina

    Dear MizBejabbers,

    This probably will not come as a shock to you, but I agree with you 110% LOL. I, too, was around for that term limit experiment and, in my opinion, it was a minor disaster. Certainly, age and experience are a prerequisite to proper governance. I wish I has a better answer to career politicians (and I do have one really radical idea for a change that I think is pretty cool, but might be full of holes) but also, I do believe that a good deal of Senators and Representatives become intoxicated by power and greed.

    Also, it's almost a universal fact that lifetime politicians are more likely to become millionaires than the general public. I believe we both know that the reason is they have access to avenues that are capable of enriching them more than the common American businessman or worker.

    I have to say that I'm very disappointed that, especially now in these partisan, divided times, our representatives are unable to work across party lines to approve good legislation that leans toward the American working folks. It is practically a fact that our representatives give more attention to passing laws that favor the wealthy than the regular American citizen. To me, it's beginning to look like the more entrenched politicians are in the system, the more corrupt they become.

    Due to your previous career experience, I would also like to address the far right and, specifically Trump's, attacks on journalism and the free press. This as an obvious authoritarian tactic that has been used by a multitude of dictatorial figures to cast doubt on the honesty of our journalists. Evidently, right wing zealots are unable to remember that Tricky Dick was exposed and terminated by the research of Woodward and Bernstein by cooperation with his own party. You know, back when politicians were relatively honest.

    Finally, through my readings of your posts, I have determined that you are, mostly, a left leaning centrist, that views today's politics from both sides. I respect that and your opinions.

    Sincerely, The Masked Marauder.

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    Doris James MizBejabbers 

    11 months ago from Beautiful South

    If we had a good democratic republic like the forefathers planned, wash, rinse and repeat would be exactly what we need. But every so often, we throw the baby out with the bath water, and then there comes a struggle to put things back in order. The pendulum swings totally in the opposite direction, and somehow the baby gets lost again.

    Some of your ideas are very good, and some, well, let me say that I've lived through one of them and it was a bad experience.

    Term limits. In my 30 years as a legal editor for the state of Arkansas, I saw state government go into a tailspin when all the experienced cool heads were term-limited out. The new guys couldn't wait to exercise their newly acquired "powers" and show the old hands how it's done. The state voted in term limits because there was a rash of old timers getting caught with their pants down in the middle of corruption. Some of them went to prison, and at least one of them died before receiving justice. Terms were staggered so newbies would be gradually brought in and give time for some of them to gain experience. The result was that instead of having 30 or so years to fill their pockets, they knew they had to get in, fill er up and get out. I never saw so much instant corruption going on. Sons and nephews (weren't too many women legislators then in this good ole boy state) of previous big-name politicians got caught and a few of them went to prison.

    Our agency usually saw around 1,500 acts passed in a session, but we labored under a backbreaking load of nearly 4,000 acts. We worked it without a budget to hire more people to take care of the load. Talk about overtime! But things finally calmed down and the workload settled in to less than 3,000. So, my viewpoint is that term limits come with their own burdens. It ain't the promised land, I'll tell you.

    I was fortunate enough to make a trip to the Soviet Union during Perestroika. I really enjoyed talking to the Russian people, but they were still living under the KGB, so that part was still hair-raising. Most of the folks, especially the young were really supportive of Gorbachev, but their one fear was being taken over by the Russian mafia. Their fears were eventually realized because it has been substantiated that Putin was big in it, possible their leader. Now you made a good point about Putin. We do not need a leader who expresses admiration for this totalitarian. Does Trump now realize how big a mistake he made? I think he does.

    You have made some other good points in your article, but I think I'll limit my say to things I really know something about. I'm not an authority on much, so anything else I have to say would just be my opinion. And you know what they say about opinions.

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    Credence2 

    11 months ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    Thank you, Jimmie. Looking as the campaign between the Democrats and how it was conducted made me realize that too often the differences in the two parties amounts to 6 of one or half dozen of the other

    When Bloomberg decides to arrogantly enter the contest and the Democratic establishment was determined to remove people like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders from consideration, it appeared to be that both political parties were untimely under control of the corporates. It is basically the blue M & M verses the Red one, different candy shells with the same stuff in the middle.

    The corporate Class or Wall Street apparatchiks retain ultimate control and can call foul when either political party poses a threat to the true hegemony they have in this society.

    The only two this Class actually feared and would do anything to keep from the nomination were Warren and Sanders, why is that? They threatened to put a magnifying glass on their activities and its unwarranted influence in governance and the economy.

    I knew that Trump and the Republicans have always been allied with such a sort as the very foundation of their existence, but the Democrats disappointed me, by offering more of the same bromide to drink, instead offering a new course,

    I am always forced to select the lesser of two evils. Trump is a plutocrat with all the arrogance one would expect from such. He is a dangerous authoritarian and reactionary on top of being a lackey and a member of the corporate class. At worse, Biden is a lackey of the Corporate Class, who should be put off by most progressives as having much of the substance of Trump and the GOP, treated with a little Air freshioner.

    The powers that be, which are financial and economic will never permit any real challenge to their power. The Democrats, having an opportunity to get to root of so many problems in this society by bringing this group under more scrutiny, chose to look the other way.

    I must vote for Biden, not because he is so inspiring, but only because I see Trump and the GOP as a greater threat to democracy and a chance at a fair and just society.

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    Sharlee 

    11 months ago

    Thank you for replying to my comment. I appreciate the good respect you have shown me. I too am a "baby boomer", and have witnessed so many changes, and the lack of change in our Federal government. Your "wash, rinse, repeat really sums it up.

    I think you hit it on the nail with your explanation of why Trump won in 2016. However, and this is just my view. I think his 2016 agenda was more than wash, rinse, and repeat. He was a real disrupter, he went against every previous political ploy. He did wake up many to the fact we have been lead along for years by a Government that truly was not for the people. The Obama presidency was the final nail. It woke me up to the fact that I had voted in a man that was pleasing to look at and listen to. He was a perfect hologram... But in the end, he was no different to most that he had followed.

    Trump talked about real problems that plagued America for many years. Problems I myself was willing to keep under a carpet. He was not in any respect well spoke or was he pleasant to look at. But, what he had was a form of transparency that I had not seen in a politician in my lifetime. What I saw was a true disrupter, sort of a "union like buster". Someone that would go in and face problems others had not.

    I have followed Trump closely. In the first year, Trump posted his daily schedule. Each day I would check it out, each morning I would look at what he would be doing, and who he would be meeting with. It became evident that he was a hands-on representative. He handled problems himself. He seemed to meet with many different organizations and became involved with their agenda's. He daily met with CEO's from our biggest industries, and all CEO's from the tech world. I started to realize this is a man that likes to learn, likes to get to know people. I have watched his solve problems, and not be afraid of ruffling feathers. I watched him call out other Nation leaders when he felt it was necessary.

    "It's time to demand better representation and I believe all Americans are ready for that. Viva La Revolutione."

    You may not recognize it --- And this again is my opinion. The definition of a revolution is the movement of one object around a center or another object, a forceful overthrow of a government by the people or any sudden or grand change.

    Trump was a movement like no other movement we have witnessed in my lifetime. He did come in and forcefully work for change for the people that took a big chance voting in a man that was and will never be a politician. The changes have taken place, but there is a segment that refuses to acknowledge what has changed. In my view, it is those that are not willing to progress, to really except change. Yes, Trump is a true disrupter.

    Just today he put forth the idea of excepting the nomination on the White House lawn. He explained it would cost less, would be safer for all due to the virus, He pointed out how not having to take all on the road would cut down on chances of becoming infected with the virus.

    Immediately Nancy Pelosi and many other Democrats in Washington have offered statements that this would be inappropriate. None considering that this is a time in our history that we must consider things very differently. They attract as politicians do, not using any form of common sense. Just wash, rinse, repeat...

    Let me say it this way --- Trump done tossed a brick in the spin cycle...

    Hopefully, I have you thinking about the same old same old... The Democrats have not offered you a revolution, they have offered you more Government corruption, more nutshell games that no one but them wins at. My advice --- Sit down, no really sit down really look at what they have offered you. I person that seeks a revolution... They have offered a man that is clearly experiencing symptoms of dementia. A man that will literally hardly venture out of his home. he has no agenda other than 110 pages that Sanders put together, and actually he some of his agenda are things Trump has already accomplished. Biden really has no real agenda. The Dems have now stuped to the lowest ploy I have seen in my lifetime. They have backed a man that they clearly consider a puppet. They have made every attempt to divide the country, promoting hate and nothing more... Many will vote for Biden due to hate, hate for Trump. They will not be voting for a president they will be voting to get rid of someone they blindly hate.

    To really get to know Trump, and look at what he has accomplished would be hard at this point, due to just not really being able to see through all the rhetoric. I know him due to from day one weeding through the rhetoric day by day...

    I saw the revolution first hand, while many did not. But, I think if you looked hard and long you might even be able to truthfully say --- Trump did provide me with ------. Because he has made things very much better for many American's.

  • The Masked Marauder profile imageAUTHOR

    Jimmi Zollini 

    11 months ago from South Carolina

    Sharlee,

    Well thanks a lot for throwing my voting decision into even more disarray. Allow me to explain. You used the words "hold your nose election" and you're right. You said you would read my article and you did. You're comment is every bit in the vein I thought it would be and was intelligently written with not a hint of anger or malice. So, to encapsulate, You're intelligent, you speak your mind, you follow through on your promises and your capable of conversation without total partisanship. I'm not pandering when i say those are the exact qualities I would like to see in a politician. Do you think it would show up in the media that you received ONE vote for President? LOL. If that's not funny try this. I actually agree with you on most all of your comments. NAFTA was a bad deal from the git-go. Like so many good ideas that go through the political process it gets watered down and weighted with changes that it no longer represents what it was meant to be. NATO never was able to live up to any of it's ideals other than building a block of Countries meant to counter authoritarian/communist aggression. They have been little help. Their forces are ill-trained and not effective much like another ill-fated organization called INTERPOL. You didn't mention this but myself, along with most all liberal and conservative people I know, do not agree with ILLEGAL immigration. My Grandparents legally immigrated through Ellis Island and followed all protocol to become naturalized Americans. I do not believe you should just be able to walk across the border, like you own the joint. I do not, however, agree that all immigration is bad. It is governmental failure on both parts that's created the problem. It's absolutely necessary that Americans understand the benefits of immigration. Legal immigrants do the jobs that no American wants or are willing to do due to wages and the labor accordant to the job. Without immigrants the prices of fruits, meats, roofing and concrete work would triple in price. Also, a wall, considering todays technology is totally inadequate. Not a single wall/barrier in the history of mankind has stopped an invader. The Great Wall of China was a failure at stopping the Mongols from conquering China. The Berlin Wall (under Ronald Reagan, who I actually respected as a good President) fell to Democracy and Capitalism. There are only two kinds of people in the world, people who see a wall and give up and people who encounter a wall and want to know what's on the other side. In 2020 a tunnel from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, California, complete with lighting and railroad type tracks was discovered. If they can't go over it, they'll go under it. Take into consideration that people have used a $129 battery operated reciprocal saws to cut through this barrier, it has been climbed and an entire section has been blown over by wind, and you have another example of government failure.

    As far as Trump goes, I've done much research on what he has accomplished and, considering al the angry, partisan division, as stated above, I don't disagree with all or some of it. But it is also necessary to fact check Donald Trump in a clear and concise fashion. At 67 years old I've seen Trump operate for decades. I fully realize the the product of his election to President, is that the status quo politicians have let a the poor and the middle class down and they are angry. It has come to the point where a certain populace will vote for anything that promises them relief from the same old thing, and that is the point of my article Both Joe and Don suck. It's time to demand better representation and I believe all Americans are ready for that. Viva La Revolutione.

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    Sharlee 

    12 months ago

    WASH, RINSE, and REPEAT

    I read your article, and I can see you put lots of historical research into putting it together. I am down with some of your views, not all. However, you did offer very good food for thought and did it in a very straight forward way.

    In regard to President Trump, I have a very different view of what he offered as President. Not sure how he could place him in any category when it comes to previous president. In my opinion, he may not qualify for Wash, Rince, Repeat president. If one really sits back and considers his agenda alone one will see he is not repeating the same old same old. He is a disruptor. Consider how disruptive he has actually been pulling out of many "Old Boy Clubs" --- NAFTA for one. This deal had the US losing jobs and tons of cash. Then we have NATO, A do-nothing club that sucks cash, and most countries chose not to even pay their dues. Trump had the fortitude to call them out on the world stage. Then there was the Transatlantic Trade, once again a do-nothing organization that was once again structured to give the US the shaft. He certainly went after Obama's regulations and tossed most he did out the window. He cut taxes, and then there is his opposition in regard to Obamacare, which was certainly very controversial. In some respect, any well-fed liberal should recognize we have actually never had such a truly progressive president.

    Perhaps Trump is conveying no more wash, rinse, or repeat. He is disruptive, and many Americans don't have the stomach to stop the was cycle. Andehat surprised me so many just don't as a disrupture, progressive and geared to change status quo. It baffles me how very conditioned many Americans have become. They seem very well dummied down, and just can't make real change. Change that came about with a common-sense type president, that was willing to say our leaders have skrewed us and will continue to do so, due to we innately want them to, we give them the power to do so...

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AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
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Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)