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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Did Donald Trump Say Republicans Are The Dumbest Group Of People?

Have you seen this meme on the internet that contain's a photo of Donald Trump with an allegeded quote from him citing its source as a People Magazine, 1998?


According to eBaum's World, this MEME is spreading FAKE NEWS.
Read the article from eBaum's World for yourself by following this embedded link

Sunday, August 27, 2017

United States of America, Under God, Pledge of Allegiance

Over on that Great American Institution known as Facebook, I often see the following about the Pledge of Allegiance (or something very similar to it) posted:
I remember all through grade school saying this every morning to start the day... "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all!" We no longer do that for fear of OFFENDING SOMEONE!!!  If this offends you then you live in the wrong place. Repost this if you agree. Let's see how many AMERICANS will re-post this & NOT CARE about offending anyone... GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Well, guess what. Don't guess, I will tell you.

Prior to 1954, the words "under God" were not part of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was in 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today.

Francis Julius Bellamy (May 18, 1855 – August 28, 1931) was a Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Bellamy's original Pledge read:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. It was at this time that the Pledge of Allegiance was then recited as:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

For further reading, I refer you to:


I personally see no reason for anyone, but especially freedom-loving Constitution-abiding Americans, to impose their religious belief system or deity on me or anyone else.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Former President Reagan Advisor Bruce Bartlett On Donald Trump



"Take Nixon in the deepest days of his Watergate paranoia, subtract 50 IQ points, add Twitter, and you have Trump today."
Source: Twitter, Bruce Bartlett @BruceBartlett 10:40 AM - Mar 4, 2017

More from Bruce Bartlett may be read over at The Guardian. Go on over to read:
Donald Trump's incompetence is a problem. His staff should intervene
Bruce Bartlett, Thursday 1 June 2017 11.01 EDT

And then, there is a little something from Bruce Bartlett over at USA Today.
Take a look and read:
Will Republicans ever stop defending Donald Trump?
Bruce Bartlett, Opinion contributor Published 3:16 a.m. ET June 12, 2017 | Updated 1:55 p.m. ET June 12, 2017

Yet even more from Bruce Bartlett over at Politico Magazine. Take a look-see and read:
‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’
As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics.
By BRUCE BARTLETT June 24, 2017

"Bruce Reeves Bartlett (born October 11, 1951) is an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics. He served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush."
ref: Bruce Bartlett, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bruce Bartlett is a knowledgeable professional: and, I respect him for calling it as he sees it.

In my opinion, Bruce Bartlett is right on target retarding Donald J.Trump. Furthermore, it is my stongly held perspective that Donald J. Trump has brought disgrace to the Office of the President Of The United States Of America.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Mr. Fake News' Himself, Donald J. Trump, Makes Fake Healthcare Promises

Donald J. Trump campaigned for President of the United States of America making many promises to the American people.

And yet, many of Donald Trump's promises have not been kept.

  • There is no southern border wall being paid for by Mexico. 
  • There is no tax reform relieving lower and middle income Americans. 
  • There is no ban on foreign lobbyists from raising money for American elections. 
  • There is no proposal for a constitutional amendment on Congressional term limits. 
  • There is no directive to the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. trade representatives to immediately end foreign trading abuses. 
  • There is no national registry of Muslims in the United States. 
  • There is no plan to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • There is no Trump healthcare plan!

A big campaign promise made by Donald J. Trump was that he had a better healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. Trump said he would provide better healthcare and cover more people at less cost than Obamacare.

Read the following articles contained within the respective embedded links to review Trump's record on healthcare:


Donald Trump is the fellow who constantly refers to mass media news reports with which he disagrees and mass media news reports about him that are negative as "fake news." That has become Trump's mantra.

I say. Donald Trump is Mr. Fake News himself and makes fake healthcare promises.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio Career Politician Wade Kapszukiewicz

In Toledo, Ohio, there is a fellow seeking election to the position of Mayor who labels himself as an "outsider." I refer to Wade Patrick Kapszukiewicz, who was born on October 30, 1972 in San Diego, California.

In 1995, after having just reached the age of 23, Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected in November to the Governing Board of the Lucas County Educational Service Center. 

Very soon afterwards, while in the middle of his elected 4-year term on the LCESC Governing Board, Wade announced he was having a political fundraiser as he proclaimed his intention to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He abandoned that political goal when the Lucas County Democratic Party tapped Toledo City Councilwoman Jeanine Perry for State Representative; and in return, Wade received a promise that he would be appointed to the unexpired term on Toledo City Council vacated by Jeanine Perry upon her election to the Ohio House seat. Wade resigned his seat on the LCESC Governing Board in order to accept the appointment to Toledo City Council.

In 1999, after having been first appointed to an unexpired term on Toledo City Council, Wade sought and won election to a full term on Toledo City Council.

In 2002, while on Toledo City Council, Wade unsuccessfully sought appointment to a vacant unexpired elected term on the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.

In 2004, while still on Toledo City Council and shortly after having won a new elected term to that seat, Wade sought and won election to become Lucas County Treasurer. While the election for Lucas County Treasurer takes place in November, the term of office for Lucas County Treasurer actually does not begin until September of the following year. Rather than fulfilling his elected time on Toledo City Council, Wade lobbied almost immediately to be appointed to the office of Lucas County Treasurer many, many months prior to the official beginning date of the term to which he was elected. An early appointment did not happen, and Wade had to wait until September 2005 to take over the Treasurer’s office.

In 2015, Wade announced his desire to run for Mayor of the City of Toledo, Ohio in the special election that was being held due to the unfortunate death of incumbent Mayor Mike Collins in mid-term. However, Wade dropped those plans and instead publicly announced his support and endorsement of Paula Hicks-Hudson to be elected as Mayor.

In 2016, Wade ran for re-election as Lucas County Treasurer. He won that election in November: but, the new term does not begin until September 2017.

So, here we are now in the year 2017 and Wade has decided he really doesn’t want to be Lucas County Treasurer, after all. Instead, he has decided that he would rather be the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio.

The following is a direct quote from Wade's mayoral campaign website:
"We know what the status quo looks like.  We know what doing the same old thing and making the same old decisions will produce: more of the same.
I’m not a member of City Council.  I’m not the Mayor.  If you are happy with the status quo, I am not your candidate.  If you think Toledo government is headed in the right direction, I am not your candidate.  If you think the answers to Toledo’s problems reside within city government, I am not your candidate.
But if you think we need fresh ideas, new energy, and an outsider’s perspective, I will be your voice."
Note: Within the quote, I have placed in bold type part of Wade's campaign rhetoric in order to draw attention to the irony and the hypocrisy of the words he uses with the reality of Wade's political history itself.

Now you tell me: How can a person who has held one political office or another in the same community for the past 22 years be considered an outsider?

Wade reminds me of a joke. Let me tell you the joke and decide for yourself if it doesn't seem to allude to Wade.
Question: How do you tell when a politician is lying?
Answer: When his lips are moving.
Presently age 44. it sure seems to me that Wade Kapszukiewicz of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio is nothing short of being a Career Politician.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

USA: Independence Day, July 4, The Fourth of July, Freedom.

Today is July 4th and it is the celebration of Independence Day, aka The Fourth of July, in the United States of Americe.

This is America's annual celebration of freedom. I am reminded of an entry on my Roland's Ramblings blog that I wrote back on May, 26, 2012 entitled Freedom. Rather than linking to it, I am reproducing it in its entirity here on Roland Hansen Commentary as follows:
Freedom 
When the symbol of freedom becomes more important than freedom itself, then we have no freedom.- Roland Louis Hansen
The question "What is the importance of freedom?" was posted on the political science pages of eNotes. Click here to read the responses.
In the United States of America, our flag is the world's symbol of freedom; and, symbols of freedom are taught to 1st grade children.
Freedom is a valued aspect of American democracy; and, yet many Americans want to limit the freedom of other people, especially when they place a higher value on the symbol of freedom, such as the Flag of the United States or the Pledge of Allegiance, than they place on freedom itself. Read what Ron Gibbons wrote in Letter: A symbol of freedom not more important than freedom itself.
You might find it interesting to read what American children write about freedom. Click on over to American Freedom Essay Contest, Student Winners, and from there you may follow the embedded links to read the actual essays.
Now, how about going on over to read:
Freedom quotes from ThinkExist.com, "You think, therefore You exist."
Freedom Quotes courtesy of BrainyQuote.com.
Quotations about Freedom from The Quote Garden.

I am also reminded of another previous blog entry I made back on July 3, 2014. Please take a look see at:
The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GOP Ignores Threat To USA. America Is At Risk! America Is Under Attack.

On June 25, 2017, Dan Rather wrote the following on his Facebook page:
The United States was attacked. It was attacked by a hostile foreign power who wished to harm our democracy. It was a sneak attack and its damage we are only starting to understand.
What Russia did in the 2016 elections should have every patriotic American angry and determined to rally to the defense of the nation. The Russian attack is back to being the talk of Washington thanks to a blockbuster report in the Washington Post which laid bare the response of the Obama Administration. The facts detailed in that important piece of journalism have raised a series of recriminations among the political chattering class over whether President Obama acted forcefully enough. That is an important debate, and one that will likely be pored over by historians in the future. 
But while we shouldn't shy away from that discussion, we should also recognize that the threat posed by Russia has not dissipated. If anything it has only increased as Vladimir Putin has seen the success of his efforts to create political chaos in the United States. 
President Trump has to this point shown no interest in taking this threat seriously. If anything, he hasn't demonstrated that he even understands the nature of the threat. He famously has been flippant about whether he even believed Russia was involved - that was until he could tweet out attacks on Obama's handling of the attack yesterday. How convenient. But that doesn't excuse him, our current Commander and Chief, of his responsibility to protect our Republic. 
What hasn't gotten enough attention in the Post report, in my opinion, is how the Republicans in Congress reacted back in 2016. 
(From the Washington Post article)"the (Obama) White House turned to Congress for help, hoping that a bipartisan appeal to states would be more effective...(but) the meeting devolved into a partisan squabble. 'The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting." 
In 1947, Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously said, "we must stop partisan politics at the water's edge.” And by this he meant in foreign policy and issues of national security. Well in a digital world, there is no water's edge. But there certainly is politics. Criticize the response of the Obama Administration all you want. But we cannot let political point scoring distract us from the current threat to national security. 
The safety and security of this nation is now in the hands of President Trump and his allies in Congress. Will they take this Russia threat seriously? Or will they continue to play politics? 
"When it comes to keeping America safe and strong, when it comes to keeping America free, there should be no Republicans or Democrats, only patriotic Americans working together." That was President Ronald Reagan at the height of the Cold War. What would he say about the game the GOP is playing today?
Where is the American political leadership?
Where is the leadership from the current occupant of the White House?
Where is the American political courage?

Have you ever read, or even heard of, Profiles in Courage?

What would John F. Kennedy have to say about the current fiasco in American national government?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In the Spirit of Donald J Trump, Is Christmas Fake News?

Midsummer and other pagan festivals from days of old had many traditions that were "stolen" by Christianity and were then incorporated into Christian holidays.

The Feast Day of St. John the Baptist and Christmas are but two examples of Christianity adapting pagan rituals as part of Christian observances in order to secure more converts to Christianity.
"Traditionally, Midsummer was celebrated on June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, but the holiday has its roots in a pre-Christian solstice festival. Rather than trying to stamp out such pagan festivals, the early Catholic Church found it useful to coopt them by associating them with Christian celebrations. By establishing December 25 – conveniently close to the winter solstice – as the date when Jesus was born, the Church was able to absorb the pagan midwinter festival of Yule into the Christian celebration of Christmas."
The preceding paragraph is a direct quote that is an excerpt from the web page Midsummer in Sweden: Origins and Traditions that you may read in its entirity by opening the embedded link that I have placed in its title.

The term fake news has been popularized by Donald J Trump in recent times.

Upon reading the quoted excerpt from the web page Midsummer in Sweden: Origins and Traditions to which I linked, and in keeping with and in the form of Donald Trump's consistent, continuous. and constant allegations of fake news here and fake news there and fake news everywhere, I now pose the question:
Is Christmas Fake News?