The Business Mind in Government

Late January, 2017, I wrote:

I have to comment on the mess our businessman, for-profit president is now doing to create ill-will, and enemies, to the United States with his ban on people of certain Muslim nations from entering our nation.

Business people may be good in business, but, for the most part, they do not need to be running our governmental institutions, imho. Usually, they lack the intellectual gift of a sense of history, and the degree of compassion, which are needed to govern this nation wisely and to be a leader in this world who is respected, from what I have already seen of Donald Trump’s leadership as president.

We must keep the business mind from taking over our public schools because, with their often vainglorious arrogance and wealth, they usually cannot see how the public sector is not where their gifts lie. Government, or the public sector, is not one of their gifts because the public sector is service-oriented, not profit-oriented. Thomas Jefferson knew that well, as he held his own against business genius Alexander Hamilton, as a strong counter-balance to the commercial ideas of Hamilton, in favor of his Jeffersonian ideas of public education for all Americans and egalitarianism for humankind.

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On February 2, 2017, I wrote the following on Jay Bookman’s blog: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/02/02/opinion-no-worries-mate-its-all-safe-in-trumps-hands/ )

“Unfortunately, the business mind is so arrogant, imo, that it perceives that only that kind of mind is capable of running anything. Trump falls into that category. The reason for the Republican goal of cutting government to the bone decades ago, was because their business minds believed that if you worked for the government you contributed little of value to society and that you were a “taker,” or a leech, upon the private sector who supports us all. Thus, we have fallen for that hype and elected a billionaire who is the most famous businessman on Earth as our president, and his wife does not care to live in the White House.

Am I the only one who sees the spiritual emptiness of this kind of thinking? Generally speaking, government workers are service-oriented people. They contribute as much to our world as does the private sector, maybe more so, in the long run.

With most of the words that I write on this blog, I see myself as speaking the governmental vision of Thomas Jefferson (ironically to the purists who only see Jefferson’s mind supporting states’ rights in a narrow sense) against the governmental vision of Alexander Hamilton, who understood brilliantly business, but would never be able to understand government’s role in helping to create a “more loving and harmonious world” as Jefferson had stated to the King of England, in 1774.

We had better start to appreciate the value of Jefferson’s brilliant mind as much, if not more than Hamilton’s, or we are going to destroy ourselves and our planet with the business mind in isolation from anything truly spiritual, and I am not referring to religious dogma.”

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Another of my post’s on Jay Bookman’s blog on Feb. 2, 2017:

“Businessman, ‘Nam51,’ far below, wrote that the world is better off when America takes the lead in the world. I answered him with my thought that he lacked evolutionary vision.

Barack Obama had that evolutionary vision. President Obama knew that the world was becoming a community of nations, great and small, in which each one would have an egalitarian voice on the world’s stage. President Obama tried to show American’s and the world’s population, that the best way for America to lead was through modeling that visionary consciousness, as we moved forward as a world community. That means that America would henceforth not be a bully on the world’s stage, dominating every nation it cared to dominate. Moral authority is the greatest power on Earth, even greater than military power, as our first president George Washington well knew when he relinquished his power upon victory in the Revolutionary War, and when he stepped down as U. S. president after two terms only, in that role. Washington was a man of great humility.

Now, we have the opposite kind of leader on the world’s stage in Donald Trump, braggart, bully, and businessman who believes the world is better when America leads by force, not by spiritual strength.

Here is what I think. By Obama’s success in his modeling a world’s leader who has the vision of egalitarianism on the planet and by Trump’s failure to lead effectively in modeling a world’s leader who sees America as the world’s bully-in-chief in implementation, together these two most recent American presidents will reveal God’s plan for America to lead by moral authority and by humility of the authentic kind. God works in very mysterious ways. Observe it from a distance. Quite revealing.”

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Another couple of posts of mine on Jay Bookman’s blog, Feb. 2, 2017:

“Trump is casting America as the world’s victim when he states that most of the nations of the world have taken advantage of the U.S. and laughed at America. How sad. Most white racists think they are victims. Now, Trump is going to correct that image by talking “tough.”

The world has grown past Trump’s perceptions and insecurities. They are going to see him for the little, crass man who he is. There is little nobility in his thinking. He is about to create a self-fulling prophecy with America’s reputation.

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That self-fulfilling prophecy would be that America will become seen throughout the world as being as small a country as its leader, Trump, in the future, because of his “talking tough” publicly with America’s allies, but failing to talk tough with Putin. (Trump has the bully characteristics of a coward, I might add.)”

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On Abortion

I penned these words on abortion on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 27, 2017:

Men do not have the right to determine abortion laws. That is the right of privacy of the woman by law. Furthermore, the views regarding abortion of many men are often ignorant, pompous, and shallow. Yet, many are too self-righteous and chauvinistic to see their own arrogance.

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Trump and Economic Inequality

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 26, 2017: Link:http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/01/26/opinion-trump-demands-mexicos-complete-humiliation-or-else/

I came here at this time to share some insights from the book I am reading, “White Trash,” by Nancy Isenberg. I see that Trump’s follies continue. At the moment, I am sick of this man. The below will explain why we are suffering economic inequality in America because of the policies of the top 1% in America, of which Trump is only the culmination of 45 years of greed from the top, manipulated into power by fooling the masses.

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From the book, ‘White Trash,’ pp. 214 and 216:

“At its most visionary, (social scientist Milburn Lincoln) Wilson saw rehabilitation as the process of taking stranded coal miners in abandoned towns, displaced factory workers without jobs, and tenants trapped on unproductive land and helping them all adopt a new way of life. The modern homestead of his design was a source of genuine democracy, producing ‘a sturdy rather than servile citizenry.’ If ever there was a proactive policy for creating the yeoman republic of Thomas Jefferson’s imagination, this was it. . . .

Both Wilson and (Secretary of Agriculture Henry) Wallace dismissed the notion that class (or even race) was biologically preordained. Wallace stressed the importance of understanding class insecurity. Over time, he warned, economic benefits accrued to the stronger, shrewder people in society, and if unrestrained by government, conditions would lead to ‘economic autocracy’ and ‘political despotism.’ Sounding a lot like the critics in our present who deplore the concentration of wealthy among the top 1 percent of Americans, Wallace in 1936 argued that liberty was impossible if ’36 thousand families at the top of the economic pyramid get as much income as 12 million families at the bottom.’ ” (Footnote 25: Wilson, “Problem of Poverty in Agriculture,” 20, 23, 28; Wallace, “Chapter VII: The Blessing of General Liberty” in “Whose Constitution? An Inquiry into the General Welfare,” 102 -103.)

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One World

“WE THE PEOPLE. . .”
Late last evening on MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell had a poet on his after midnight show (I did not catch his name) but this poet said that what is frightening to the American people is that they are coming to realize, with the election of Donald Trump, that even their sacred institutions may not keep them free. The only thing that will keep them free, they are coming to realize, is themselves, joined together, to assert that freedom.

Thomas Jefferson: “Nothing is unchangeable (including the Constitution itself) except the inalienable rights of man.”

Hillary Clinton lost the presidency by 80,000 votes which changed the dynamics of the Electoral College. However, she had nearly 3,000,000 more popular votes than Donald Trump for the presidency. “We, the people” spoke in the Women’s March on Washington (and throughout the world) on January 21, 2017. Our voices cannot be denied, nor our freedoms.

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I posted the following words on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 21, 2017. I have yet to edit them into a formal entry here. I don’t want to lose my thoughts in writing, thus, I am posting my rough draft now, in this form below:

MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@Kamchak

It is so obvious that these marches throughout the world today were organic in spirit, not contrived. Any sensitive person could ascertain the differences in these marches and the Tea Party PR machine at work to “create” reality and truth after Obama was elected. (Even though many Tea Party people later were authentic in their beliefs of smaller government and paying off debt.)

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td1234 9 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings Total 100% BS. These protest have been in the organizing stage since the day after the election and they were paid for my some of the left oligarchs. For you to be blind of these facts shows your lack of nuance and intelligence.

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MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

No, it shows that YOU are not thinking with nuance. Just because something has been well-organized (like the Civil Rights March “I have a Dream” march of 1963 which was highly organized), does not mean that these marches are not ALSO organic and that real people wish fervently to be present at them.

The nuance of understanding is that that was not the initial feeling behind the Tea Party marches. This organic desire has nothing to do with organization or who paid for the organization, td.

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td1234 9 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings Blahahahahahaha.

Just wait until the house bill that defunds Obamacare also defunds Planned parenthood. LOL

Just wait until Trump nominates Prior for the SCOTUS

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_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_ 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

Dammit, TD! How many times do we have to tell you to think with nuance?
Go sit in the corner until you can think with more nuance.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

Are you really so much into winning and losing, like in a football game, td? I really feel sorry for you, td. I don’t share your passion for “winning.” Your remarks, above, are simply sad to me.

Real people’s lives will be adversely affected by doing away with Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, as well as the composition of the U. S. Supreme Court.

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YouLibs
YouLibs 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

You are the cancer that has grown on our government in the past 25 years.

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DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy 9 hours ago
Clinton was prez 25 years ago…

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td1234
td1234 9 hours ago
@YouLibs I am a patriot that shares the same views as the founding fathers of this nation. The cancer is progressivesim.

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_GodlessHeathen_ 9 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings @td1234

IMO, it is the progs that seem to be the most concerned about “winning and losing”.

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td1234 9 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings If you are not a winner then you are a loser. Your sheltered life in academia has made you delusional to what real life is all about.

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MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@td1234 @YouLibs

You do not share the same views as our Founding Fathers, td. And, in my humble opinion, your spiritual views are not those of Jesus nor of God.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

You are simply wrong about me, td. Just more cliched and shallow thought by you.

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honested
honested 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

You have reached “maximum fool”.

The next step is to melt and reform as a porta-pottie seat.

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td1234
td1234 9 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings The one thing I know in life is that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. I also know that there is no way in hell that Jesus Christ would back the platform of abortion or gay marriage. If you think he would then you need to get right with the Lord.

I will tell you once again. I do not question your intelligence level when it comes to English because you have the credentials in that subject matter so stop questioning my understanding of History since that is where my credentials are way more impressive than your distorted understanding.

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honested
honested 9 hours ago
@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings

Ok, now you have reached “maximum fool” (unless you have more stupid in your pocket).

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Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko 10 hours ago
Wow. Look at tiny little Jonesborough, Tennessee today.

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rimsky
rimsky 9 hours ago
@Donnie_Pinko I have been to Jonesboro several times. My buddy’s nephew lives there They are predominantly Republican.

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DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy 9 hours ago
Tennessee…..red state

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@DoubleNaughtSpy

There are pockets of Blue voices throughout the Red States, and vice versa. That is why we are now evolved politically to the point that we should do away with the Electoral College, imo.

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TetoLeo
TetoLeo 9 hours ago
Maryelizabeth,

“we should do away with the Electoral College, imo.”

So it has nothing to do with the undesired result of this past election to you?

How long have you wanted to abolish the electoral college?

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@TetoLeo

Time and thought evolve as the world evolves. We are not living in the same world today as Alexander Hamilton lived in. Hamilton was the designer of the Electoral College and even he tried to get it stopped but once launched, even Hamilton could not stop its being sealed in concrete. Now the world is getting smaller and people throughout the world know that they are becoming one, in things like food, climate, etc. Popular vote is more aligned with that evolutionary consciousness of today than is Electoral College.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@TetoLeo

Time and thought evolve as the world evolves. We are not living in the same world today as Alexander Hamilton lived in. Hamilton was the designer of the Electoral College and even he tried to get it stopped but once launched, even Hamilton could not stop its being sealed in concrete. Now the world is getting smaller and people throughout the world know that they are becoming one, in things like food, climate, etc. Popular vote is more aligned with that evolutionary consciousness of today than is Electoral College, imho.

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TetoLeo
TetoLeo 9 hours ago
MaryElizabeth,

If we are all becoming one,

Why have states or countries with their own elections, why not one ruling body or government for all?

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@TetoLeo

I do not know which post below of mine can be seen by viewers so I will not delete either, myself. Sorry for the duplication.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@TetoLeo

We are evolving. That means we have not arrived yet. We are in the process of becoming. I have no idea what kind of governmental framework that will take, decades or centuries from now, but I do have a strong spiritual feeling that we will start to see ourselves as Earthlings more than any other demarcation in the future. And, Martin Luther King was prophetic when he said we must live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools. That means we are one.

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TetoLeo
TetoLeo 9 hours ago
MaryElizabeth,

Wouldn’t want you to delete and no need to apologize for duplication. Shoot i need to red things twice sometimes, trust me, just makes it easier for me to do.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 9 hours ago
@TetoLeo

Thank you, Teto.

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Starik
Starik 8 hours ago
@TetoLeo I don’t know about MES, but I’ve wanted to eliminate that weirdness since I first heard of it. Remember the county unit system? it was declared unconstitutional long ago.

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Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko 9 hours ago
@DoubleNaughtSpy

Tennessee…..red state

Lol. Can you miss the point any more completely?

Would you have agreed 6 months ago that Pennsylvania is a blue state?

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PaulinNH
PaulinNH 9 hours ago
@Donnie_Pinko @DoubleNaughtSpy 00 is like a 6 year old kid jumping up and down making a noise and looking for attention.

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DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy 9 hours ago
Says the guy posting and looking for attention…BAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

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PaulinNH
PaulinNH 9 hours ago
@DoubleNaughtSpy Try pepto – it may help. Hey congrats – you corrected your typo

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DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy 9 hours ago
Since the election I’m sure Dems are quite familiar with pepto…

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DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy 9 hours ago
I think the bigger question is whether hillary considered PA to be a blue state…

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lvg
lvg 10 hours ago
Orange Clown stood before a memorial for fallen CIA agents and tells political stories and jokes about himself. No respect for the fallen heroes.

Fuque Donald Trump

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I posted the following words on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 22, 2017:

“Donald Trump is a professional salesman. That means he knows how to BS.

That also means that he believes that if he tells enough people what the truth is (‘millions at my inauguration’), often enough, then most people will start embracing his truth as THE truth, even if it is not. That is how he has made his millions; that, and being the biggest bully of ‘charm’ in the room. Superficial nonsense, not really related to truth.

What is so sad to me is that Hillary is genuinely a real person with ideas to help others but because she did not have the BS gift, she lost. People as a group can be fools.”

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My thoughts about the One World to be on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 23, 2017:

Here is a point of irony that I would like others to consider:

In President Obama’s vision for this nation and this world, we as a globe would move from domination and submission between nations and human beings into a growing egalitarianism to, together, work through our common problems. That vision would probably diminish America’s dominant position in the world, temporarily, but in the long run, America would gain additional respect and moral authority for leading the world in this evolving consciousness of humankind.

Now, we have elected Donald Trump as our president, and he has the opposite vision for America. He wants, as he said in his inaugural address, to look after ONLY America’s interests in the world. (The word “ONLY” was not in print in his formal speech, but Trump inserted “only” into his inaugural address, verbally, as he spoke.)

By taking that point of view, with his words, he will probably alienate people of goodwill throughout the globe in respect for America. America, in the long run, will be diminished, in my opinion, not by Obama’s vision but by Trump’s. God does work in mysterious ways. As we become a world community, it will be necessary that egalitarianism, not domination and submission, control our common future. Ironically, it will be Obama AND Trump who will insure this change in trajectory of how America fits in to the community of nations of this world. One of many. As it should be. If we lead, it must be by moral authority of compassion for all.

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Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth 13 minutes ago
Kim-bye-ahhhh stuff led FDR to give Eastern Europe to the the USSR leading to decades of the Cold War.

Wake up. World is full of dirtbags, who only understand the pointy end of a bayonet.

Ours needs to be big, sharp, with dirtbag blood dripping off of it. Otherwise we’re doomed.

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rimsky
rimsky 11 minutes ago
@Philo_Farnsworth chump may grant your wish. So you have any family members in the military?

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Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth 8 minutes ago
I have tri-folded flags of relatives displayed on my wall. Buried with military honors.

Do you have a point?

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 8 minutes ago
@Philo_Farnsworth

The people and nations of this world are definitely doomed if we adhere to your vision of this world.

I believe FDR was near death and did not have the energy to contest the USSR leader, Stalin, at that threesome conference with Winston Churchill, also, in attendance. FDR could only leave Eastern Europe’s destiny to the future and hope for the best. That is all he had left to give. At Malta (Yalta Conference), FDR’s primary goal was not to have the U. S. alienated from Russia in the aftermath of WWII.

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Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth 5 minutes ago
Patton said he would have kicked their as s in short order. Rooskies worst army ever. I believe him.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 4 minutes ago
@Philo_Farnsworth

That is why the military men/women (with their penchant for war), and the business women/men (with their penchant for wealth), must never be the primary leaders of government in a democratic-republic such as ours, imho.

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President Donald Trump

What are the values that we will instill in our young people, the next generation of Americans? Will we confirm that the end justifies the means or, instead, will we teach them that there resides something in the soul of humankind which requires more than that?

Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is a man with a corrupted soul, imo. I did not watch his inaugural today nor his celebrations, thereafter. I try to keep as much corruption from my spirit as possible.

Donald Trump’s actions and words, which were so destructive and divisive to our nation throughout the Republican primaries and the general election, can never be forgotten but perhaps they can be forgiven. He owes this nation an apology for what he has done to wreak havoc in the emotional lives of so many Americans, and, if he does not check himself, I have no doubt that he will, also, be wreaking havoc in the physical lives of some Americans.

However, I believe that, through God’s grace, every human being is able to be redeemed, and I hope that Donald Trump will seek redemption for how he has modeled himself for all Americans in order that he might become President of the United States of America.

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I also posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog in response to his column regarding the inauguration of President Donald Trump, on January 20, 2017: (Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/01/20/opinion-a-dismal-inaugural-speech-in-many-ways/ )

“The differences in the visions for America of President Obama and President Trump are profound. Obama has a high order of intellect that is far-reaching and generous in spirit. Trump has a more limited intellect that perceives mainly in terms of winners and losers, a mind that is petty and full of cliches, combined with a spirit that is self-motivated and vindictive.

A high order of intellect matters in our presidents. Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s and Obama’s stand as shining examples.”

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I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 23, 2017:

“Donald Trump does not have the caliber of mind to understand that globalization is a phenomenon that is going to continue well into the future, even after he is dead.

Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama, however, did have the caliber of mind to understand that fact. That is why Hillary ran on a complex policy that would balance our oncoming globalization with bringing more jobs to Americans, particularly in hiring for infrastructure improvement and retraining our coal workers to more currently needed jobs. (I do not think even Bernie Sanders has that complexity of pragmatic thought that is needed today, morally righteous as he is. That is why I communicated that Hillary was steadier and more pragmatic than either Bernie or Trump.)

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MaryElizabethSings 17 minutes ago
Donald Trump was having a televised public conference with CEOs, not press people, around a conference table this morning in which the CEOs ask the questions of him, regarding free trade in this instance, instead of the press.

This is how the model of Hamilton (the business world) thinks. The business professional, like Trump, thinks that “real” leaders in America – who make money for themselves in their professional jobs – are to be the all-consuming American leaders. Trump does not value those who lead through working in the “public service” arena for little financial gain, personally, but prefer to serve people with their lives while they accrue retirement benefits.

That is why Trump is cutting so many government, federal jobs, and that is why he is trying to get a billionaire with no educational experience confirmed as his Secretary of Education. She wants to do away with traditional public education and instead put in action a business-controlled educational system throughout our nation (using public tax dollars to transform our educational systems).

Call 202-225-3121 today at the U.S. Capitol and protest the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, along with thousands and even 10s of thousands of other Americans who will be making the same phone calls. (Thanks for that level of Democratic organization, Michael Moore.)”

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On the Power of Love and Vision to Change the Trajectory of our World

Saving the following words from Jay Bookman’s blog on January 18, 2017, for editing later:

MaryElizabethSings 32 minutes ago
Intellect matters, folks. The caliber of Obama’s last press conference is full of ideas, and humane ideas.

How I dread listening to the voice of Donald Trump for the next 4 years. Not just because of the lack of sentence continuity, but mainly because of the lack of substantive ideas.

Obama had the grace to recognize the merit of Ellen Degeneres in advancing gay rights simply because she is a kind, aware, and brave person/citizen.

Ending his last press conference, now.

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stefpe 30 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings “Not just because of the lack of sentence continuity, but mainly because of the lack of substantive ideas.”

I find the former an insurmountable obstacle to determining the presence of the latter.

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MaryElizabethSings 29 minutes ago
@stefpe @MaryElizabethSings

And, both reflect a lack of substance of thought.

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Fly-On-The-Wall 28 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings @stefpe When ego is place above everything else, this is what you get.

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MaryElizabethSings 25 minutes ago
@Fly-On-The-Wall @MaryElizabethSings @stefpe

And, that kind of out-of-balanced ego is reflective of a very insecure person who is terribly aware of his inadequacies.

Pray for the people of our country to rise up, together, and save the presidency of Donald Trump and, thus, to save America for the future of humankind so that united, not divided, we shall not fail in our tenets through the gift of God’s grace, inspired through our common love for our country.

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Visual_Cortex 6 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe

Hey, MES–just wanted to let you know, I did see your kind words to me way down below, earlier.

I’d really rather not get any more involved in the personal health issues here, however, so maybe let’s just leave it at that.

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MaryElizabethSings 4 minutes ago
@Visual_Cortex @MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe

Thank you for this post from you, VC. I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and that will remain so. God bless.

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rimsky 3 minutes ago
@Visual_Cortex @MaryElizabethSings @Fly-On-The-Wall @stefpe You will get more luv from this crowd than trump will ever get. Now I will shut up too.

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rimsky 27 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings

How I dread listening to the voice of Donald Trump

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Don’t have to. You can bet whatever comes out that mouth is filth and lies.

Use the remote like I usually do.

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MaryElizabethSings 19 minutes ago
@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings

I can never put my head in the sand, rimsky, as to the evolution of our nation and our world, as it is occurring.

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rimsky 17 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings @rimsky Ms MES I can see the train wreck happening from miles away.

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MaryElizabethSings 12 minutes ago
@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings

As Jesse Jackson said so eloquently at the end of his campaign for the presidency in the 1980s, “Keep hope alive.”

Now, for the mystical Mary Elizabeth: I believe that the mental energy of thought, especially the combined mental energy of thought (or prayers) of the masses, can sway our future. Hope, faith, and love never fail. Fear, anger, and hate always fail, ultimately.

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rimsky 10 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings @rimsky You sound just like my mom used to. I mean it as a complement.

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MaryElizabethSings 9 minutes ago
@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings

Thank you, rimsky. I appreciate your words.

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Citizen-of-the-World 26 minutes ago
@MaryElizabethSings Yes, and the “well, he’s just not a good public speaker” excuse doesn’t fly. If you know what you’re talking about — with depth and breadth — you can articulate it just fine. Bush also had the fluency problem because he was not prepared in his mind.

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It is so obvious that Trump has nominated those people who would destroy the very departments that they will head in his insane effort to destroy public “government” institutions for those of wealthy corporations.

Jefferson weeps.

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A Farewell Letter From President Obama to me (and others)

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 17, 2016:

In this era of fake news, one hardly knows what to believe based on facts. As I have written previously, one has to look more and more toward character to ascertain truth. Jay Bookman was correct when he said that with the Republicans you can always count on more deaths of the poor and less taxes for the rich. That is in line, as I see it, with the vision (and character) of Republican politicians of today.

Today, I received an e-mail thank you from President Obama, addressing me by my given first name.* I have no doubt that he sent the same letter to many others, but I want to share his last two paragraphs because they are a reflection of his character and a reflection of what he wanted for Americans through the ACA (and other policies):

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“And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,

Barack Obama”

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* Full letter from President Obama to me today, via email, in which he greeted me by my first name:

“One of the most important things I’ve done as President is read messages from Americans like you. And whether you sat down to write me a letter back in 2009 or just last week, I wanted to say thank you for writing.

Letters like yours have given me the chance to hear the real stories that make up the ever changing narrative of America. They are stories of your setbacks and successes, your fears and your hopes not just for today—but for the country and the world we’ll leave to our children and our grandchildren. I want you to know that I was listening. I heard your stories. And you made me a better President.

In 2014, a young mom took a chance and shared her family’s story with me. She said she knew that “staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference.” She was right. And so, while serving you has been the greatest privilege of my life, I want you to know that when I leave the White House, I’ll still hold the most important title of all: that of citizen.

And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,

Barack Obama

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