America's Problems Are Serious -- And Piling Up Quickly

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  1. Sharlee01 profile image82
    Sharlee01posted 13 months ago

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    I feel like America has become the Twilight zone.

    The border exploding with migrants and drugs pouring in daily, as well as migrants infected with COVID, and thousands of unaccompanied minors being in need of care.

    Historic crime in democratic cites 

    COVID cases once again souring, and an administration that can't persuade people to get the vaccine.

    Inflation getting worse daily.

    China still not cooperating with COVID information.

    Russia  and Germany toasting their newfound cash cow  Pipeline

    Government Spending - spending - spending  On PORK!

    And now,  a nightmare just waiting to happen --- The U.S. military will help evacuate Americans from the embassy in Kabul as the security situation deteriorates across Afghanistan.

    It makes me wonder if we will see Military coffins being flown home...  All due to Biden's poor planning, more or less being a day late and a dollar short?  Hopefully and pray, the troops will make it home unscathed. 

    Biden's approval rate is plummeting in my opinion due to his inability to solve problems... I guess I had become accustomed to a president that was efficient in problem-solving.  In my view  Biden is scary, a mess.   

    Any thoughts?  What do you think about Biden's first six months? Are you satisfied with his job performance?

    1. Credence2 profile image77
      Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I am....

    2. crankalicious profile image92
      crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I find your continued worship of a President who consistently attempted to murder the U.S. Constitution appalling.

      But let's take a look at Afghanistan. Obama, Trump, and Biden all advocated for the end of American occupation of Afghanistan. Given just how quickly the situation has deteriorated, what exactly has more than 20 years of an American military presence there got us? Apparently nothing.

      So what's your solution for Afghanistan? Just how much more money and American lives should we spend propping up a government that seems destined to fail. Given 20 years hasn't even been remotely enough, how much longer should we stay there?

      1. Sharlee01 profile image82
        Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I am all for pulling out of Afghanistan, never support the US being there. My concern was the American civilians should have been brought home as well as the Afghanistan workers before troops were pulled out. Seem like that would have been a sensible thing to do. I hope being a day late and a dollar short does not cause some to lose their lives due to backward planning. We are now entering cities that have already been taken back by the Taliban. Cities that were held and secured only weeks ago.

        I guess we armchair quarterbacks will be safe. But will our military, and other American citizens?  Hopefully, they will.

        1. crankalicious profile image92
          crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          I applaud Trump for pushing to get us out of foreign entanglements, like Afghanistan.

          I was listening to NPR today and the anchor was asking the most annoying questions of a military person. I found it offensive. Something like: "did you think everything you were doing would amount to nothing?" and "why did we get so little out of being there?" and "why have the Taliban taken over so quickly?"

          To his credit, the guy responded by saying we could never succeed there because of the fact that the Taliban are not based in Afghanistan (I assume they're in Pakistan). Can't go bombing Pakistan.

          It's a shame the politicians just can't extricate themselves from bad situations when it becomes obvious there's nothing to gain there.

          1. Sharlee01 profile image82
            Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Agree, this is another example of the foolishness of sending the military into a country where there is no end to conflict (like Vietnam) and it is evident from the very day we send troops in.

            1. crankalicious profile image92
              crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              It comes from the hubris of thinking we know better what people in other countries want rather than letting the people in those countries decide for themselves.

              All we knew at the time is that we needed to make the Taliban pay for 9/11. Unfortunately, the Taliban are based in Pakistan. As the military guy said, this was never going to work. The Taliban have been sitting back waiting for us to leave, which they knew would happen eventually. The Taliban has been growing stronger, not weaker.

              The only avenue to success in Afghanistan is permanent occupation, which is not tenable.

              It is a sad fact of existence that there are crappy governments in other countries that oppress their people that we cannot do anything about, no matter how hard we try or how much money we throw at the problem. We can provide aid, when requested, but the countries and their people have to do the work.

              It's not even clear in our own country that citizens believe anymore that democracy is the best form of government.

              1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                I certainly agree it's becoming obvious many are ready to do away with democracy.  I have always enjoyed living in a democracy. At this point in my life, I will go with the flow., I have made sure to have options.  Can't really fight generational changes.

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  We have created and are creating the generations. Why give up, Sharlee?
                  Answer that!

                  Maybe we need to undo what we have done. What did WE do, you might ask?
                  Oh nothing .... but rebel and take everything that was handed to us by the greatest generation, who worked like the dickens for everything America has brought forth, for granted.
                  We need to take a step back and show reverence for what was created not only for us (and we have enjoyed it!), but posterity in general.
                  I do not believe our democratic republic was created to un-create.
                  I believe we have a duty to educate the youth. We CAN show them the error of our ways / yesterday, and their ways / today.

                  We must guide them through the school of hard knocks toward enlightenment. For such guidance, we need to become enlightened ourselves. Is it too late for that?
                  NO!

                  Thanks for this freedom of (a) speech.

                  1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                    Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    I think your attitude is wonderful, and I appreciate it... Your words are poignant, and very much common sense. I hope more citizens wake up to your sentiments.

              2. Ken Burgess profile image84
                Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                That is where you are so very wrong.

                Our actions come from greed, avarice, contempt, disdain and corruption being at the heart of such decision making.

                The United States is home to half of the world’s 10 largest defense contractors and to 45 of the top 100 defense companies. These companies accounted for 61% of total arms sales by the world’s 100 largest defense contractors in 2019.

                Congress has passed record high defense spending bills the past decade averaging over $600 Billion dollars a year.

                During the Bush administration, Halliburton made nearly $40 billion from lucrative government contracts, Dick Cheney and his corporate allies got incredibly rich, over 100 Billion went to corporations that Cheney had ties to during his time as VP.

                As of January 2020 the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen,  and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $6.8 trillion since they began in 2001.

                Now do you understand?

    3. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Sharlee, remember that karma is a b-----h.  Karma is coming for America and it isn't going to be pretty.

      1. Sharlee01 profile image82
        Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I am willing to consider the possibility karma is just about to bite us in the ass...  Scary days ahead...

    4. Sharlee01 profile image82
      Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

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      Biden breaks vow and leaves stranded Americans in the hands of bloodthirsty Taliban

      "President Biden appears to have broken his promise to stay in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated.

      Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced Monday evening that the last of the U.S. troops stationed at the Kabul airport had left, completing the military’s drawdown in the country, even though hundreds of Americans likely remain.

      McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said some American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan remain in-country".
      President Joe Biden told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos during an interview on Aug. 18 that the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan was to get "everyone" out, including Americans and Afghan allies and their families.

      "That's what we're doing now, that's the path we're on. And I think we'll get there," he said. "If there are American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out."

      A senior State Department official told Fox News on Monday that there is still a "small number" of Americans who are in Afghanistan.

      That official put the number of Americans at "below 250," adding that some additional Americans have departed Afghanistan in recent hours. The official added that the State Department is also committed to evacuating "those who worked with us," referring to Afghan "partners."

      "There's a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure. We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out," McKenzie said
      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden- … -evacuated
      Really Joe Really - He is a disgrace. He is dangerous, He is an embarrassment --- And he lies without thought...

  2. Valeant profile image88
    Valeantposted 13 months ago

    I definitely am.

    Afghanistan was a Trump policy decision.  Any withdrawal was going to be difficult, and Biden is making choices to keep our soldiers safe upon withdrawal.  If you really feel the Taliban wants to risk hurting any American and giving us a reason to go back at them, you've got the scenario all wrong.

    The Biden Administration has convinced plenty of reasonable people to get the vaccine.  That sentence should have said, 'Biden being undermined by right-wing media in helping to protect Americans.  Cases soaring but only hospitalizations rising in Red States.'

    Not historic crime.  Less than three decades ago and started 14 months ago during Covid while Trump was President.  Biden gets tasked to clean up the mess.

    Biden mends alliance with Germany by allowing the final 10% of a pipeline to be built.  Ted Cruz endangers national security by blocking state department nominations in retaliation.

    Inflation is what happens when no production takes place and then people get lots of money to spend.  Limited goods and high demand leads to inflation.  None of that is Biden's fault at all.

    Central America economies in turmoil, natural disasters, cartel violence all leading to an influx in migration north.  Biden deporting as fast as he can while not pulling a Trump and killing double digit children while in US custody or committing human rights violations by separating children from their families.

    Much needed government spending on Climate crisis that the right entirely denies.  The western US is on fire, going through historic draught.  Right thinks it best to close eyes and ignore it.  Ever think that might a reason they lost Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico?

    1. Live to Learn profile image75
      Live to Learnposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Afghanistan was a Trump decision? Lordy. Way to rewrite history.

      1. Valeant profile image88
        Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        In your latest denial of reality, apparently you missed Trump negotiating a deal and signing it with the Taliban with a timeline for withdrawal of American troops.

        https://www.state.gov/wp-content/upload … .29.20.pdf

      2. MizBejabbers profile image87
        MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        You need to study history, especially the history of the Trump years. To wit:

        Trump's deal with the Taliban set the stage for the Afghan collapse

        https://thehill.com/opinion/national-se … n-collapse

        GOP Quietly Scrubs Webpage Detailing Trump's 'Historic Peace Agreement With the Taliban'

        https://gizmodo.com/gop-quietly-scrubs- … 1847492947

        GOP Removes Page Praising Donald Trump's - Newsweek

        https://www.newsweek.com/gop-removes-we … an-1619605

        1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
          Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this
        2. Ken Burgess profile image84
          Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          What does Trump have to do with the decisions of the Biden Administration regarding Afghanistan?

          Nothing.

          What Trump, or Obama before him, or Bush before him did in Afghanistan isn't relevant.

          The Biden Administration could choose whatever course it wanted to.

          This is what Biden alone chose.

          The Biden Administration could have chosen to send the bulk of our military forces to Afghanistan if he wanted to.  It was his choice, it is his Presidency, it really is as simple as that.

          1. Sharlee01 profile image82
            Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Ken. I wonder if anyone has read the agreement the US made with the Taliban under Trump. He has the situation under control. It would appear if Biden would have respected the signed agreement all might have gone smoothly. I am tired of seeing Trump take the brunt of the blame for this horrific mess Biden has caused. Biden has the right not to respect the US agreement, but he also should have offered a plan of his own to evacuate Afghanistan. How can other nations respect America when we disregard contracts?  Trump left troops to show he wanted a smooth withdrawal of citizens that needed to leave. Biden let all the airport fall into the Taliban's hands without any thought to getting people out. he is an idiot. In my view we need to impeach him, he is dangerous to the nation, and can not handle the job.

            The US agreement with the Taliban---    https://www.state.gov/wp-content/upload … .29.20.pdf

            He had none, he left for vacation ...

            1. Ken Burgess profile image84
              Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              It seems the withdrawal should have occurred before now according to that.

              I still put the responsibility on the Biden Administration, they could have chosen to go in any direction, take any course, other than the current fiasco the whole world is watching now.

              And we know Trump would have not allowed them to invade and slaughter people in the cities like they are doing now.  He promised the Taliban leaders in those meetings he would unleash retribution on them for breaking that treaty like the world had never seen (paraphrasing his threat/promise).

              1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                Yes, the pull-out and evacuations were to be completed by May 1, 2021. Biden just decided not to respect the agreement. 

                This is such a time bomb, it's hard to watch. Biden needs to step down or be impeached. I realize harris would be a poor replacement. However, she at best is not cognitively compromised. I am truly afraid of this man holding power over our nuclear codes. Time for the Democrats to toss in their cards. Biden is not fit to govern.

                1. Ken Burgess profile image84
                  Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  I disagree, Harris is completely incompetent for other reasons, its hard to believe we have both a President and VP completely and totally incompetent, but we do.

                  1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                    Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    Yes incompetent, but not mentally compromised.  Neither are suited for the job --- so now what?   How in the hell did we come to all of this?  I just hope we can get our people and troops the hell out of there by some miracle.  This mess needs to be investigated from the bottom up. We need answers, and we need them quickly.

          2. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
            Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            ... is this what "beholden to China" looks like?

          3. MizBejabbers profile image87
            MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            But he went by the decision of the American polls that demanded that our troops be removed from Afghanistan. It would be interesting to see if Trump had followed through on that treaty had he been re-elected, so Biden picked up Trump's ball and ran with it. And that's different, how?

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
              Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this
            2. Sharlee01 profile image82
              Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Biden in no respect kept to the US agreement with the Taliban. He had a plan to follow he chose not to respect that agreement. We will never know if we would have departed as promised by May 1 2021 that it would have gone more smoothly. Biden knew of the agreement he ignored it. After May 1 the Taliban once again became more aggressive, and abandon the agreement. I posted a copy of the agreement, I hope more will read it,

              When Trump was in office he kept to the agreement, the Taliban did break it a bit but were also pretty much keeping it. We had not had one soldier killed in 18 months due to Trump's strength, and trying to keep to the US agreement.

              1. crankalicious profile image92
                crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                Here's what you don't understand.

                To pull out of Afghanistan on May 1, those plans would have already needed to be set in motion by Trump. Either they were or they weren't. If they weren't already set in motion, then Trump set Biden up.

                1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                  Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  I appreciate your thoughts. However, I disagree after doing lots of research on the matter. To sum up my research, I studied the Trump/Talibab contract, I considered what was going on in Afghanistan in Trump's last months (Taliban were somewhat keeping to the contract, and not a single soldier was killed in 18 months). All looked as it was going smoothly until Biden took office. The Taliban then became aggressive, and nothing was done to attempt to start pulling out civilians. Trump's plan was to remove civilians first and then weaponry, then troops. I feel his May 1 withdrawal plans would have gone smoother.

                  It has now been proven factually he did not listen to the CIA, military, or his own State Department. I think at this point it is better to wait until the investigation into its mess before we dispute Biden's handling of the problem. I will go out on a limb and predict no one will take a fall for the mess in regards to the CIA, Military, or the State Department.... Leaks are already out covering all butts.

                  I just hope Biden is impeached sooner than later.

                  1. crankalicious profile image92
                    crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    Never in history has a President said more often he would do stuff and then never do it (Trump).

                    Impeachment requires a crime, generally. If we're going to impeach Presidents for making mistakes or doing a poor job, this country is done. And if Biden is impeached, I suspect D.C. will burn to the ground. If Republicans can gain control of the Senate and House in 2022, it may very well happen.

                  2. Valeant profile image88
                    Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    And in every post, your 'research' never once mentions the 5,000 Taliban prisoners that Trump and Pompeo helped release before we finished our withdrawal.  Check to see if that might have been around the same time the Taliban 'became aggressive.'

                    Again, giving the Taliban the strength they needed to overwhelm the Afghan government before we finished our withdrawal is simple stupidity.

            3. Ken Burgess profile image84
              Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              That's the problem, he didn't pick up the ball and run with it.

              In fact, he has disappeared from world view during this fiasco.

              By my understanding of the Treaty, the Taliban have broken it, therefore there should be massive retaliation against them.  That is what Trump promised to do if they broke the treaty.

              Regardless, the optics of seeing people hanging onto planes as they move down the runway, the optics of seeing the Taliban sitting in the Capitol Palace, is damning.

              The speed at which Afghan cities fell, in days rather than the months predicted by U.S. intelligence, and the likely crimes against humanity that will soon follow and be told on international news sites all over the globe (though probably not in the US) is going to have a long lasting impact on the Biden Administration's ability to do anything regarding foreign policy.

              1. Valeant profile image88
                Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                The fall of the Afghan government was assumed the minute Trump signed the agreement and Biden chose to honor it by US intelligence.  Whether the government fell today or 18 months from now, this agreement led to the same conclusion - that the Taliban would take control of the country.

                And why would Pompeo and Trump convinced the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners before we finished our withdrawal?  That doesn't seem very smart at all.

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this
                2. Sharlee01 profile image82
                  Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  It is true Afganastans' fall would bring confusion and even death of the people. We are dealing with terrorists with a religion that condones torture and even the death of non-believers. 

                  But should it have ever brought us to the day our military was trapped at one airport in the country, unable to leave and do the job they are there for?  Our Government sending out the message to Americans that they want them to come to an airport, but the US government would not be responsible for their safety.

                  In my view Biden has proved over and over he can't solve problems, only make them worse.  His lack of listening skills, as well as his ill-placed ego, thinking he himself could run such a military plan is outrageous in my view. 

                  The very facts show he has put our troops and citizens in great danger, Gen. Milley made that very clear in his press conference yesterday. 

                  The investigations that will follow will show he did not listen to this own military expert. Gen. Milley gave a preview of what's to come yesterday when he claimed enough troops did not provide to safely complete the mission of saving  Bagram airbase and the embassy... The Gen. was given one or the other choice.  None of those in command will fall on a sword for Biden.  I am very sure in the end blame will land where it is deserved. I have faith that Milley and any others that are called will be truthful.

                  All I have stated is about the here and now--- all Biden decisions are what lead to this mess. He should be impeached, and quickly so America can regain the respect from our allies.  Yeah, Biden promised to put us back on the world stage --- he did and has made a mockery of America. All of the world are witnessing a military with no might and a weak president that does not have governing skills.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    And yet our reputation still is the best. The world knows we are capable and strong, militarily.

                  2. MizBejabbers profile image87
                    MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    Yes, in your eyes and the eyes of other Republicans (like that idiotic Tom Cotton). The fact of the matter is that the Afghan people will NOT defend themselves. We could have been there for the next 100 years, and the same thing would have happened when we pulled out. They depended on the U.S. to fight their battles for them. We spent time and money training them to fight, but they fled like rabbits as soon as their protectors pulled out. They have had hundreds, maybe thousands, of years to learn to fight for their freedom like other Arabs and Jews have, but why have they not developed the courage, like other Arabs and Jews, to do so? Why are we their keeper? Because George W. Bush started the whole dang thing! Go back to him. He should have pulled our troops out of the middle East when he saw he'd started a war that we wouldn't win anyway. Neither he nor any president after him was willing to pull out. Why? Big Oil. Now that we are reducing our dependence on middle East oil, Biden is willing to pull out, and most of the noise that you are hearing is from Big Oil.

                  3. crankalicious profile image92
                    crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    What exactly would you expect from signing a "peace" treaty with the Taliban?

                3. MizBejabbers profile image87
                  MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  Thank you!

              2. crankalicious profile image92
                crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                Mostly correct. But massive retaliation how?

                There's not enough time to get troops into the country. And because the Taliban are guerrilla fighters, infiltrated into the general population throughout the country, what are we going to do, bomb? Bomb the country to save it?

                1. Credence2 profile image77
                  Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  Well, Crank and Sharlee, check this out.

                  https://thehill.com/opinion/national-se … n-collapse

                  1. The agreement with the Taliban that Trump crowed about was just political crap not worth the paper it was printed on. How do you not involve the Afghan Governent in any such agreement? Can that be taken seriously?

                  2. This is the same guy that actually believed that Greenland could be for sale by Denmark

                  3. He trashes the agreement with Iran consummated by Barack Obama in 2015, unilaterally without bothering to consult with other signatories and allies.

                  Is there not a pattern to be identified here?

                  1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                    Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    I suggest you read the agreement and make a more educated opinion on what is in the agreement.

                    I have read it. It is a very simple, and short, forward agreement. I am never impressed by opinion pieces when I can look at a factual document, and come to my own conclusions.

                    I have posted the like to the document about 10 times here on HP. It still appears no one is willing to discuss the contents of it and the fact that much of the agreement was being upheld by both sides.
                    https://www.state.gov/wp-content/upload … .29.20.pdf

                    "Of course, the agreement was not, and could not possibly have been, a “peace” deal since one of the parties currently at war — the Afghan government — was not a signatory. Rather, this was a “withdrawal” agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban that set the terms for the complete departure of American troops from Afghanistan by May 2021."

                    This is a true assessment, however, although it is true the agreement was labeled as "Bringing Peace " it was solely an agreement that set down a negotiation on the US pulling out of Afghanistan, and the safe evacuation of the people that needed evacuating. In my opinion, it was a smart move that could have assured a smooth or smoother pull-out. I was on the border with this form of the pullout, a planed one... I feel Trump used good sense and had a plan which first got citizens evacuated, then the equipment, lastly troops. He had a plan, he also held a huge stick, and the Taliban knew he would use it.  There, you have my opinion... For what it's worth --- I am standing by it.

                    And yes, Trump did offer his opinion and trashed paying cash to a country that supports terrorism in the middle east (even though yes it was their cash) no president but Obama made the decision to hand it over.   At the very time, we were fighting terrorism at home, as well as in the middle east fighting ISIS!    Obama literally financed what we see today --offered up cash to literally support those we were fighting. Trump certainly had an opinion in the case of Obama's agreement.  Did not we all?   I was so proud the president said what I was thinking.  That's the difference, Trump did share his opinion and it was not a guarded political ploy. He said what he felt, it was very much agreed with by many American's.

                    I won't be at all surprised if Biden tries to pay our way out of this mess... Giving this bunch more funds to keep their violence going.

                    It is very apparent we have different ways of coming to an opinion, and we as a rule disagree. I will at this point remind you I have been warning all along this man can not solve problems, only make them. It's clear you feel differently,  At this juncture and due to the horrific mess Biden has caused due to not having the skills to govern, I can honestly say --- I don't respect where you are coming from. He has brought shame and embarrassment to the country. This could also turn into a bloodbath. I pray it does not...

                    Biden needs to step down, this problem is inexcusable, and never had to occur.

                    .

  3. Sharlee01 profile image82
    Sharlee01posted 13 months ago

    Nice excuses but none make much sense in my view. However, we all have opinions and come by them differently.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Don't know how anyone can figure we are not in a worst mess now ever!!! Than when Trump was in power in the country. With faster growing Covid ever, into the lowest season for infections.
      I personally don't like Trump, he stolen $10,000 from me, as I earned it on a job for him.

      1. Sharlee01 profile image82
        Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I think you are in good company we have half the country really disliking or one could say hating Trump. LOL

        I truly can say from my point of view --- I have not witnessed a more inept president, and we certainly have had some in our short history.  Biden win's first prize.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image73
          Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Don't like politicans at all on the federal level, since JFK or maybe Carter, would call both intelligence.

          Biden sounds tipsy or like part- timers with a foot in the grave. Primed fit for a zombie and robot apocalypse.
          At least Trump was my favorite comedian, accept what he was actually doing, was not funny any more.

        2. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
          Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          we all understand there is a group behind the president. We know the facts of the matter. That Obama walks into the White House at least once a week.
          But we have no leaders willing to fix this mess.
          Impeachment at this point would be a relief ...
          But then they would have to deal with the next-in-line.



          I wonder if Noam would make a good president? She's like an angel!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0eiQ8O8Qf4

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Ron Paul was the best man, except too honest to be a president.

            1. MizBejabbers profile image87
              MizBejabbersposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              lol What cantalope truck did you fall off of?

              1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                You can't prove any harm or dis-honesty coming from Ron Paul.
                Where as for US presidents you can easily prove  they can win a Nobel peace prize wail  killing millions of people and meet under 25% of their promises.

                Nothing honorable there.

    2. Ken Burgess profile image84
      Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      https://hubstatic.com/15681926.jpg

      If this is what Biden can accomplish in 7 months... imagine what he can do with 7 more years!!!  big_smile big_smile yikes

      1. Valeant profile image88
        Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        And if you can ignore the factors that cause these things, many of which were long before Biden was elected, then you can be a brainwashed right-wing blogger.

      2. Sharlee01 profile image82
        Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Oh, I have imagined, and it scares the hell out of me.  Hopefully, he resigns and moves back to his basement...

        1. crankalicious profile image92
          crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, and maybe we can that guy who tried to wipe his ass with the Constitution back in office. That will solve everything.

          How about we elect a Republican president who doesn't set fire to everything and leave a huge mess for Democrats to clean up?

          1. Sharlee01 profile image82
            Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            I think we saw Trump's job performance differently. I saw him as a problem solver. Yes, he was a disrupture, but I felt safe with him at the helm.

            We followed his presidency differently, I looked just at outcomes, not what-ifs. I venture to say not many real new what Trump was accomplishing on a day-to-day basis. Are you aware Trump had a very good agreement with the Taliban on how we would pull out, and how we would remove any citizens we needed to from the country?

            Biden did not keep to the agreement, and now we have a mess in Afghanistan. Trump was keeping to the agreement, as was the Taliban in most parts.

            I get wiery of seeing such hate for a man that was trying to do a good job for all of us.

            I know we disagree, that is your prerogative. But I feel very strongly about my opinion too. I have come to it with lots of research. . Let's just respect each other's right to their own opinion.

        2. Ken Burgess profile image84
          Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          If he retires... then we have Harris... give it a couple months and she'll be declared mentally unfit... so then it becomes Pelosi running the show...

          Well, I don't see any improvements if Biden resigns... maybe you see something I don't.

          1. Sharlee01 profile image82
            Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Well, you certainly laid out a very unpleasant picture. And I guess we have no real way out from this nightmare other than our vote in 2024... And that does not seem reassuring after witnessing the last election, and the current hopes of the Dems to legalize millions of illegal immigrants.

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
              Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Queen Nancy!

            2. Ken Burgess profile image84
              Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Now you are getting the picture.

              Legalized or not, what difference does it make... everyone can vote either way, not that it matters, just slap together some Mail-In ballots and call them legit.  No one has to provide proof of identity remember?

              1. Sharlee01 profile image82
                Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                It is surreal to think more of us are not seeing the writing on the wall. Hopefully, more will soon wake up and help stop the madness or maybe I should say wake up from their woke state.

        3. Castlepaloma profile image73
          Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Basement of a nursing home, where he can tell endless nonsense fairtytales.

          1. Sharlee01 profile image82
            Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

            I do agree...

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
              Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              There is only one super-hero who can save us. The one who was elected and then got cancelled.

              1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                We must Save ourselves.

      3. crankalicious profile image92
        crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Presumably you understand supply and demand, but perhaps not.

  4. emge profile image80
    emgeposted 13 months ago

    I think the rot in Afghanistan started with Trump as president. He was a man who had no clear policy on any matter and saw everything as a business proposition. You don't need people like him and obviously, the man who has come in his place, Joe Biden is just not a capable man; he has limitations the least of which is a lack of horizon. He hasn't realized that the defeat and withdrawal from Afghanistan is the beginning of the end of the American hegemony. Forces are going to be unleashed that is going to be like the proverbial hydra. With America rocked by problems at home with the white population declining by the day, I don't have to be an astrologer to tell that the future is pretty bleak for the United States. The only way it could have been arrested was if the United States had stayed put in Afghanistan and fought and at the same time destroyed the sanctuaries of the Taliban in Pakistan.

    1. Ken Burgess profile image84
      Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Economics will be the biggest factor to our future.

      What happens to any Well Off nation when their economy tanks?

      What draconian methods does a government use to control the populace when the economy collapses?

      America has had a booming economy for essentially the last 75 years.

      We have not had to deal with a REAL Depression since before WWII.

      But with an economic Super Power like China on the rise, and the draconian reactions to a virus crippling businesses and trade relations, and the world's nations working to free themselves from the Dollar (reserve currency)  selling off their Bonds slowly but surely, I think any number of dire outcomes is possible in the not too distant future.

    2. Sharlee01 profile image82
      Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      The war in Afghanistan is 20 years raging.IMO Trump saw no sense in it from early on in his administration. He was America's first to hell with any and all wars. America is rocked due to problems politicians are creating to keep their given party in power. One better hope the US does not go done, if it does so does the world economy. the fact is The United States is the world's single largest importer and exporter of goods and services.

      It is clear half of the country has a more socialist agenda, which could bring the US down. But, in the end, one can hope the boat stays steady with those that have the ability to right it.

    3. Credence2 profile image77
      Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Ok, Emge, who would be your candidate as you neither like Trump or Biden?

      We are bleeding ourselves dry in Afghanistan, whose idea is it that our military resources to pursue these kinds of conflicts are unlimited?

      You consider the decline of the white population a problem?

      1. Valeant profile image88
        Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        When someone says the quiet part out loud....

        1. Credence2 profile image77
          Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          It is just the elephant in the room that people would be more comfortable ignoring.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
            Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            ... how is the decline of the white population significant in the least?

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
              Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              who the Heck cares about that?
              whites? where is your proof?

            2. Credence2 profile image77
              Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Why ask me KH, ask the right wingers on the forum? I take no issue with naturally occurring demographic changes.

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                I ask you because you pinpointed it.

                1. crankalicious profile image92
                  crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  The proof is in the continued, unrelenting effort of the GOP to make it harder for people of color who are citizens of the U.S. to vote.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    Lol.

  5. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 13 months ago

    I hear you! And, all I can say is, "What are you doing about it?"

  6. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    Truly, to the average Joe/Jill (!) of any skin hue, none of this makes any difference.
    What matters is that we get along, can help one another and maintain good feelings of common courtesy and respect. After all, we are all of the same (human) race.

    It was the BLM movement that wanted to spew hatred for the police
    and in so doing brought about the black/white issue.
    We had elected a black president for goodness sakes!

    So, thanks for absolutely nothing, BLM et all!

    1. Credence2 profile image77
      Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      "What matters is that we get along, can help one another and maintain good feelings of common courtesy and respect. After all, we are all of the same (human) race."

      There is no reason why we cannot do as you suggest, it is just that in many areas of our coexistence we are not doing this as well and therein lies the rub. Attention has to be brought to continued failings that have not been addressed.

      The Black and white issue has always been here as long as I have been here and beyond, it just takes differing forms and points of contention in each period. More cosmopolitanism and time may well have much of this finally pass. It may well be within my lifetime.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
        Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        We were on the road. We have had a terrible terrible set back.

        1. Credence2 profile image77
          Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Were we? But we can get back on the road when "respect" once again become a mutual concept and "progress" is not only on the terms of the majority culture.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
            Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Could you elucidate on the majority culture?
            Can you also tell us why you have a chip on your shoulder?

            1. Credence2 profile image77
              Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

              Majority culture is you, white folks, particularly right wing leaning ones.

              I have to ask you about the burr in your saddle?

              I educate you about a different perspective on things. How I see things is not directed to anyone personally, but reflect a profound distrust of Rightwingers their ideals, etc. You are just as adamant about your points of view, i.e. Communists, socialists and the love fest with Trump and all of that. So, I would say that I have a chip on my shoulder but a revelation to your group and their supporters.

              The pen is mightier than the sword and is quite therapeutic.

              1. crankalicious profile image92
                crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                Credence, don't you know that when a black person becomes educated and informed and is capable of outthinking a white person, they "have a chip on their shoulder" or just become annoying?

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  I am not irritated by truth. I could name many black persons who do not irritate me ... who speak the truth. Of course you know who they are. The right wing blacks. For instance, I will be voting for Larry Elder for CA Governor.

                  1. Credence2 profile image77
                    Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                    KH,

                    So, of course, it has to be inevitable that you are going to be irritated with me for not parroting the standard rightwing bromides. Your irritation is taken by you to mean that I have a "chip" on my shoulder?

                2. Credence2 profile image77
                  Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  Most gracious of you, Crank,

                  Perhaps deep, deep down that is why the Right is so offended having underestimated the resolve of blacks in urban areas to remove Trump. But rather than come to the most logical conclusion as to why, they would rather dabble in elaborate conspiracy theories, criminal accusations, or somehow we are all being spitefully used by the Democratic Party, none of which holds water even under the most cursory of  analyses.

  7. Kathleen Cochran profile image79
    Kathleen Cochranposted 13 months ago

    "Nice excuses but none make much sense in my view. " Take your FOX News/GOP blinders off, stop drinking the Kool-Aid and your view might improve. Every GOP president since Hoover has brought us a disaster and a Democrat president has had to clean up after them. Then republicans complain because the mess can't be cleaned up in 4 to 8 years.
    The Great Depression
    Vietnam
    Watergate
    Iran/Contra
    Pardons for Iran/Contra
    End  of a surplus, 9ll, Afghanistan & Iraq, Economic failure
    Tax cuts for the rich, laughing stock of the world, Capitol riots

  8. Valeant profile image88
    Valeantposted 13 months ago

    As expected, the Taliban approaches the Capitol but refuses to attack, instead sending negotiators in to work towards the transfer of power while Americans continue evacuation.  Another non-issue that the right got their blood pressure up for.

    I actually think this Trump policy is something Biden should have left in place.  Glad the judiciary agreed...
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/federal-judg … 32849.html

  9. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    The American people should be given a fair vote and a do-over of the election.
    That's the only way to save this nation.

    A  FAIR-VOTE DO-OVER ! Its not too late to save the nation. But a do-over election would be the only way.
    Would the founding fathers agree?



    Ask the nation's constitutional lawyers.
    https://testmaxprep.com/blog/bar-exam/c … gLxAvD_BwE

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
      Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Otherwise, we are toast.

      1. Valeant profile image88
        Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Please define fair-vote, I need a good laugh.

    2. Credence2 profile image77
      Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      They would say NO!!!

      1. Valeant profile image88
        Valeantposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Fair-vote sounds like code for votes not cast by black people in cities.

        1. crankalicious profile image92
          crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          No evidence whatsoever of voter fraud and yet they're still talking "fair vote".

          Even Trump's lawyers can't provide evidence and that Mike the Pillow Guy, the ex-crack addict, promised huge revelations at his conference, had months to prepare, and then claimed he was hacked.

        2. crankalicious profile image92
          crankaliciousposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          It really is just code for "white, rural votes".

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
            Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            The jurisdiction for voting is mandated by The Constitution of the U.S. to the states. It was stolen from the states by Federal mandates based on the Killer Microbe.

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
              Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

              We need an election recall. That would be the revolution which the founding fathers would insist on.
              And the next time it will be done according to the individual state's policies which have already been set up.
              Black discrimination is a figment of someones imagination.
              We as a nation, need to stop buying into this L I E !

              "State authority to regulate the times, places, and manner of holding congressional elections has been described by the Court as embracing authority to provide a complete code for congressional elections; in short, to enact the numerous requirements as to procedure and safeguards which experience shows are necessary in order to enforce the fundamental rights involved. The Court has upheld a variety of state laws designed to ensure that elections—including federal elections – are fair and honest and orderly."

              https://constitution.congress.gov/brows … 1_1_1_1_1/

    3. Ken Burgess profile image84
      Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      HAH! The founding fathers probably would be organizing another revolution.

  10. Don Bobbitt profile image91
    Don Bobbittposted 13 months ago

    Yeah! I HAVE TO AGREE. The writing is on the wall and there is no way around the coming storm! Just the fisco of of afghanistan will drive us into another war, and soon! But no one is listening, so grab a hold of something and hold on!!!!!!

    1. Sharlee01 profile image82
      Sharlee01posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Agree --- I got my seatbelt ready the day Biden was elected.  I just knew too much about Joe and his 50 years in Washington, and his propensity to showboat, and pretty much never make much sense at all... And he has the nuclear codes... SMH

      1. Castlepaloma profile image73
        Castlepalomaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Safe part is he will forget the numbers along the ways.

  11. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago
  12. emge profile image80
    emgeposted 13 months ago

    The only people I have observed who were jumping with joy when Biden became president were the Afro- Americans, I wonder if anybody can tell me which Democratic president earlier including Roosevelt did anything for the blacks? Biden, of course, is not going to do anything except making statements here and there but his actions especially the chaotic retreat and killing of American soldiers in Kabul will hang on his head. He also failed on the border problem and people are walking in following the 'push and pull 'theory of migration but the result is America is going to become poorer and with a man like Biden at the head whose son has been taking the pecuniary benefit from China, the writing is on the wall.  I wish there was a clause and the American people could straight away remove this man as president because another three years of him and America will be finished and then who is going to sing and dance?

    1. Credence2 profile image77
      Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Yep, I jumped for joy, anything to be rid of Trump, his ideas and policies.

      Why should I be concerned about Democratic presidents' contribution to our cause and issues prior to 1932? What came after FDR is more pertinent.

      Biden makes mistakes and admits them, Trump makes them an blames everyone else.

      I will take my chances with Biden over any alternative my adversaries would offer.

      The rest is just more right wing talking points of no consequence.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
        Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I have come to believe neither president has very little power in the big scheme of things. We might as well search out our common enemy. Bickering will lead us astray and divert our attention from reality.
        What is that reality?
        We don't know yet.

        1. Credence2 profile image77
          Credence2posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          "I have come to believe neither president has very little power in the big scheme of things."
          -------
          I really have no dispute with the substance of this comment...

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image75
            Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            I meant neither president has much power. Is that what you thought I meant?

          2. Ken Burgess profile image84
            Ken Burgessposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            Yes, there is substance to this.

            Certainly we saw how constrained the Presidency was during Trump's Administration.

            But we also see now where he was able to make substantive change despite overwhelming resistance and internal (DC insiders) sabotage.

            Trump put in place a legitimate means to control the flow of illegal immigrants at the Southern Border. 

            Right after Biden took office, he ended the policy known as "remain in Mexico" that resulted in tens of thousands of non-Mexican migrants having to wait in Mexico.  An agreement Trump hammered out with Mexico.

            Knowing this was going on, the migrants stopped coming, once Biden was elected, his words of "No one would be deported who hasn't committed a felony"  and "all immigrants would be welcome" messages he extolled during his campaign motivated millions to come.

            We essentially have no enforcement authority at the border under Biden.

            We see what halting Oil and Gas production efforts within America has done as well, outside of those jobs lost, it has increased our dependency on foreign oil and increased the prices of Oil and Gas.

            These are examples of what a difference a President can make, even considering Trump had few allies and few means of getting things done.

  13. emge profile image80
    emgeposted 13 months ago

    The mess in Afghanistan cannot be put entirely at the door of Joe Biden. I think Donald Trump has a big hand in this because he really had no comprehension of world power being a businessman all his life. Despite all the reports he was the man who gave legitimacy to the Taliban, knowing fully well that they were hand in glove with Al-Qaeda. I blame him for his shaking the hands of the terrorists and giving legitimacy to a terrorist organization. It will take a long time for America to live down this shame. Joe Biden can be faulted for the fact that he overturned every policy of Trump from Iran to climate change, so why did he not overturn the Afghan policy.

  14. emge profile image80
    emgeposted 13 months ago

    I will  further add that in case the USA had just maintained 3000 troops with requsite air power this rot would never have set in. After all the uSA is maintaining nearly 30,000 troops in Korea and a bigger number in Europe. It is difficult to comprehend US policy unless the American leadership had worked out a deal with terror. Like all deals if true, it will collapse in no time and Americans all over will be under threat. America's impotence was on display during the Iran hostage crisis ; so people who are thinking otherwise better re-think. Already there is thinking in Southeast Asia that America cannot be relied upon and the first casuality is QUAD where Japan and India hare having second thoughts.

 
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