Apr 012017
 

 

Well, it seems to me that politics as usual has entered the White Fortress at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C.  Despite all the talking to the contrary of draining the proverbial swamp, politics has managed to seep under the cracks.

First, there was the issue with the crowd size of the President’ Inauguration.  Supposedly, the White Fortress has said it was the largest crowd ever.  When this was challenged by the FREE Press, a spokesperson for the man in the White Fortress said that the administration had “alternative facts.”  Wow, that was good one!

At least the FREE Press caught on to this and corrected the spokesperson in hopes future communications coming from the man in the White Fortress are clearly understood to the press and the general public.  But I wonder why crowd size was so important.

I watched it on live TV and saw the empty bleachers on the parade route.  Seems to me it would have been impossible to erase all the people from their seats while filming live.  Maybe we had a 20 second delay I missed.

The spokespeople for the man in the White Fortress are speaking with forked tongues just like cold hearted snakes.  The constitutionally guaranteed FREE press is being restricted from the White Fortress press briefings, and the “Real President” not number 45, is running the show with the aim of Making America Hate Again.

In his recent appearance at CPAC, the real president and shot caller mentioned that the goal of the Trump Administration was to dismantle the “administrative state.”  Yet, the mouthpiece of the White Fortress has recently said he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against marijuana use.

At the Republican convention, when #45 accepted the nomination of the Republican Party, he promised to protect the LGBTQ community.  Here are his exact words, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”  But, #45 has recently rolled back guidance put out by #44 on restrooms with “potentially disastrous effects,” according to the Daily Beast.

The First Amendment

First amendment violations are popping up in several states as protests continuing to plague this administration.  As a reminder, the first amendment states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Even though he is not the Congress, number #45’s spokesperson has already abridged the freedom of the press by barring certain news groups from the White Fortress briefings, because #45 doesn’t like what they are saying about him.

Congress has yet to call foul, because they probably are “dumb founded.”

Florida, Washington, Arizona, North Dakota, Tennessee, Iowa, and Minnesota are all considering legislation considering protesting as rioting.  Now I agree that when you protest, you should not riot as that just takes away from the message of the protest.

But, when peaceful protesters are preemptively arrested for marching in the street, it will bring back memories of Bloody Sunday.  States do not have the right to prohibit our constitutional right to peaceably assemble or petition the government for a redress of grievances.

My Analysis of #45’s Speech to Congress

Wow.  Did you catch that speech before Congress?  What a different tone.  The man in the White Fortress aka POTUS rocked the house with his speech about what he hopes to see America accomplish in the next 9 years.  He said we are witnessing a renewal of the American spirit.

I totally agree with him.  More people marched on Washington and in cities around the world the days after his inauguration, then attended his inauguration.

Republican members of Congress have had more voters present at their town hall meetings than ever before.  It got so bad in Tampa where Little Marco Rubio has an office, his landlord ended up evicting his staff.

Trump said a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.  I totally agree.  You can find the details of how to surge optimism in a handbook called “Indivisible.”

POTUS talked about our crumbling infrastructure.  He is correct.  We have spent millions of dollars overseas building an $80 million dollars Embassy in Afghanistan and a $750 million Embassy in Baghdad.  We’ve left military equipment behind in Iraq only to see it stolen by the ISIS and used against us and the Iraqi Army.  Therefore, I agree we could use a boost to our own economy by rebuilding crumbling infrastructure.

POTUS mentioned he issued a directive that new American pipelines be built with American steel.  That’s a big plus, but it seems someone forgot to tell the people building the Keystone pipeline, because somehow they got an exemption.

POTUS mentioned he formed a council with Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada to help women entrepreneurs.  I’m not really sure how a council with our neighbors in Canada would help ensure women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets, and capital they need to start a business help the America first policy.  Is he saying American women should forget finding capital here in the United States and look to the north (Canada) to find the resources they need?

I agree those given the honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and values.  However, I also believe racist men should not be shooting people and telling them to get out of “my” country just because they are different or came from another country legally. Just suppose every Native American decided they would find every European descendant and do the same thing.

POTUS mentioned Obamacare is collapsing.  He specifically mentioned Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky said Obamacare is failing in his state.  What POTUS failed to mention was that Governor started to dismantle the highly successful healthcare exchange known as Kynect as soon as he took office.  He also FROZE the Medicare expansion that the previous Democrat Governor had put in place.  So maybe, if he gave our state governors the flexibility they need with Medicaid, more people will be covered by health insurance.

POTUS mentioned he wanted to provide tax relief for the middle class.  I support this idea.  We could use a break.  However, I wonder how we are going to pay for the huge defense build-up he also proposes.

POTUS mentioned since his election, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, and Wal-Mart have announced they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and create billions of jobs.  I can confirm the truth about GM as they did announce on January 16, 2017, they would be investing $1 billion dollars in their factories that will keep around 1.000 jobs.

I give POTUS thumbs up on that one.  It is my hope all the other companies will keep their promises and POTUS will keep his promises as well.

Of course, one of the best parts of the speech was the recognition he gave to Carryn Owen, the widow of Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owen who was killed in the raid on Yemen.  There are some that say the raid was successful, because it yielded valuable intelligence.  There are some that say it was a failure, because we didn’t get the Al Queada leader we were trying to get, and we lost a valuable piece of military equipment.

The loss of the military equipment reminds me of the failed raid on Tehran in 1979.   I was glad to see Carryn get such a thunderous applause for the sake of her HERO.  RIP Senior Chief Owens.

Finally, I’d like to close by saying America is the land of the FREE and the Home of the BRAVE.  We need to continue to believe in ourselves and in the future and not let anyone or any organization take away our right to seek redress of grievances, by restricting our right to protest peacefully.

Actions speak louder than words; and, from what I have been seeking in the last few weeks, there are some crazy actions coming out from the man in the White Fortress.

POTUS mentioned, “The Bible teaches us that there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s LIFE for one’s friends.”  Jesus laid down his LIFE for me, and He rose again on Resurrection Day just as He promised.

If I don’t have a friend in the White Fortress, I know I have a Friend in Jesus. God Bless You and Happy Easter.

Dr. Arthur (Art) Glover is a retired US Navy Submarine Officer who currently resides in Silver Spring, MD. He holds an MPA Degree from Valdosta State University, an MS in Theology from Southern Christian University and Doctorate in Practical Theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity.  He served his community as an Election Judge for 10 years and continues to serve his fellow veterans as 1st VP of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Military Officers Association and as Base Commander for the Capitol Base, United States Submarine Veterans.  ContactFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn

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