Friday, April 5, 2019

The Final Farewell......

After 10 years on Blogger it is time to say goodbye. It’s been an interesting up and down run, one that has been both fun and frustrating. In fact with so many ill-informed and hyper partisan folks out there it has even been maddening from time to time. I know our American politics have always been somewhat lively and partisan, but, I honestly don’t recall any time in my adult life that they have been as divided and nasty as they are right now. Trump bears a GREAT deal of responsibility for the rapid deterioration of civil and rational discourse over the last 3 + years.

When America elected its first bi-racial President division took on a new and more sinister face. I say this not because Barack Obama actively attempted to divide our nation, I say this because the white conservative/republican/Evangelical alliance against President Obama set about to insure his Presidency would fail. You may remember the republican leadership actually verbalizing their desire to see Obama fail. When he was reelected it sent the conservatives and republicans into meltdown.

With a growing economy and an ever improving job market at the end of President Obama’s second term Americans elected one Donald J. Trump to the most powerful job in the free world. Unlike Obama, a man who wished only to unite all Americans, Trump set about dividing Americans along socio-economic, cultural, and racial lines.

Trump has been called a narcissist, a misogynist, a bigot, a racist, a xenophobe, a crook, and a mendacious story teller among other undesirable character traits. All true to a very high degree. As many of my associates and acquaintances would say, Donald Trump is a real piece of work. I assure you they don’t mean it in a complimentary way! For an excellent perspective on Trump be sure to head on over to Progressive Eruptions.

Interesting enough I was once a staunch conservative and a successful business manager for most of my adult life. Until I realized (belatedly) that the modern conservative (republican) agenda is in fact a scam. Conservatism was once about fiscal responsibility and making an honest attempt to maintain a manageable federal debt. No longer is this the case.

Today conservatives/republicans TALK the talk of fiscal responsibility, reducing deficits, and the federal debt. Yet in reality they spend like drunken sailors on the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) and maintaining the USA war machine. At the same time they ignore the nation’s infrastructure and minimize the importance of the social safety net. IE, their words and actions clearly demonstrate that conservatives and republicans really don’t care about the middle class, the disadvantaged, or the working poor. Conservatives and republicans are ONLY concerned about cutting taxes for corporations and insuring that their multimillionaire and billionaire buddies are able to avoid paying their equitable share of taxes. In short their attitude is I got mine, screw you. IMO (In My Opinion) the majority have zero social conscience and fail to realize their present course may very well result in a major social/economic upheaval of gargantuan proportions. If and when it happens is ain’t gonna be pretty. Mark my words.

As for the blogosphere? Let us just say that the wealth of misinformation and totally false information is astounding. Unscrupulous individuals with misguided agendas spend their time pushing boat loads of bullsh*t that ill-informed and uninformed folks believe simply because it is what they WANT to hear and believe. It is made worse because we have a president, Donald J. Trump, that is as guilty of willfully spreading misinformation and outright lies as anyone in blogistan. Either right or left blogistan.

I consider myself a classical liberal. Although, for most of my adult life I identified as a conservative. Now, at 67 years young seeing where conservatism has led us, to Donald J. Trump, I find myself questioning how I let myself be hoodwinked for so many years. It really has been very clear since GWB, and maybe even as far back as Ronald Reagan, that Republicans, many conservative, and even some Evangelicals have become the consummate hypocrites. Like the old saying goes, better to find out late than never.

While I have refused to join the Democratic Party since leaving the Republican Party over ten years ago I plan to support every effort to defeat President Trump in 2020. The democratic presidential field has some promising candidates. If Joe Biden decides to run he likely will be my early on favorite. However, I must say Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke are both impressive. Rounding out the front four, albeit in the back, is Bernie Sanders. No matter which democratic candidate secures the party’s nomination they will get my vote. I encourage every knowledable and patriotic American to do whatever they can to insure the defeat of arguably the worst president in American presidential history.

I still believe America will figure out that Donald J. Trump is a malignancy on our democratic republic. And, I believe it is possible she will get it right in 2020 and send our national malignancy packing back to where he came from. The pressure now being brought to bear on Trump by the democratic majority in the House as a result of the Mueller investigation and the Southern District of New York is both proper and a very good thing. Truth always has a way of finding the surface. When it does justice will be served. One way or the other. The foundations of our representative democracy is solid and it is sound. It has withstood many difficult challenges over the course of its history and it most likely will be able to withstand the huge fart that Americans allowed to blow into the Oval Office on January 20, 2017.

As this final post goes up I want to say thanks to ALL of my readers who happened to stop in over this 10 year run. For their positive comments as well as their criticisms. They have been appreciated in more ways than some could ever imagine. My readers, both supporters and detractors, have taught me more than I ever imagined they would 10 years ago when I first entered the troubled waters of America’s political blogosphere.

Thanks again. Enjoy life and don’t sweat the small stuff.


Social Security is not a retirement savings plan; it is a social insurance program. It's a contract that says, as a society, we will look out for you and your family when you can no longer work. 

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25 comments:

  1. Les... great post.

    I fear many, weary of the cacophony prevalent on the net will also take the road you've decided to travel. And sadly, we will be poorer for it.

    People like you, telling your story as you did here, are desperately needed. How else to counter the constant barrage of "false facts", racist hate and misogyny that we see on sites like WYD. While you frequently got baited into playing the game over there, here you were reasoned, factual and civil. I respected that as you realized what was happening under President Obama. You realized the struggles many had with Obama, while including his policies, also had a dimension of racial animus.

    Thanks for your blog, your passion and of course, your desire to see President Trump defeated in 2020. I'm not sure it'll happen, but we'll be in the fight together. And Les, thanks too for tolerating a Jesus guy like me. We're not all fans of Trump.

    Peace brother... you know how to reach me.

    Dave

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  2. As one of your regular readers, I'm sorry to see you leave blogging. I can't remember when I started reading RN USA, but I do know it's been years. During that time, we've had lively discussions and, I'm happy to say, those discussions have been polite, stimulating, and in good faith. You've influenced my thinking in more ways than you know. One of the more important ways is to be willing to be open to other people's ideas and points of view. You've been an inspiration.

    If you ever change you mind and re-open RN USA for an occasional blog, please let us know via fb or email. Your voice has been important and sane in an ever-increasing insane political world.

    Keep the faith, friend. And thank you, again, for being a voice of reason in an irrational time.

    Shaw

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  3. Dave and Shaw... Thank you for your kind words. I hope I have eared them. I know that even though my indentions have always been to strive to achieve and maintain the high ground I have too many times failed. As an honest individual, despite what Franco (FreeThinke and others would have folks believe) I know this. When I allowed myself to succumb to the temptation to respond to folks in the same way the cons always do I know that I failed. In doing so I let myself down and hurt my own credibility. Both of you are by far better at enunciating the critical issues of disagreement w/o resorting to the same sh*t cons always do. So, thank you both for regularly reminding me by example that there is a better way.

    Whether you know it or not I have been changed by the reasoned and honest views you both regularly present. Truth is ALWAYS the sharpest and most exacting sword. Both of you have always stuck to truth and have supported your positions by citing credible evidence.

    Truth needs no embellishments nor does it need allies. Truth is reality and those who view reality as it is, not necessarily as they might wish it to be. Those like you two are the true warriors for truth. As well as the American way!

    Thank you both for all YOU have done to keep the truth out there and working its influence. It s because of the millions of honest folks like you that America is a great nation. Not the cons, neocons, so called Trumpian conservatives, or the new age libertarians.

    Keep up the good wrk and the right fight. You know where to find me.

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  4. Another Final Farewell, your Final Farewells are like a bad case of the Herpes, it never goes away!

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  5. Nursie PooPoo comes by again, flinging Poo, Poo.
    Go back, RN, to the Swoosh Zone, or to that other Shit pile of BS where you hangout at.. If act go quit bloging once and for all, and make us all happy!.

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  6. Don't forget to pick up your smelly a*s dropping when you leave Donkey.

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  7. YOU HAVE LONG BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A PARTICULARLY OBNOXIOUS SPECIES OF INTERNET TROLL –– A SLIMY, SMARMY, DISGUSTING PIG, WHO IS WHOLLY DISHONEST, DISINGENUOUS, A WOULD_BE MISCHIEF MAKER WHO CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN ANY CAPACITY WHATSOEVER.

    YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD YOU REPEATEDLY IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS –– FOR YEARS –– THAT YOU ARE PARTICULARLY UNWELCOME ANYWHERE THAT WE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANY BRAINS IN OUR HEADS ARE... IN FACT WE DESPISE YOU.

    WE ALL DESPISE YOU. AND FRANKLY IT'S IMPOSSBLE TO STATE OUR OPINION OF YOU MORE PLAINLY THAN THAT.

    WE REGARD YOU AS AN OUT_AND_OUT CREEP. YOU ARE LOWER THAN WHALE DUNG AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PHILLIPINE TROUGH.

    SO GET OUT OF LISA'S BLOG AND STAY OUT. AND AS FAR AS YOUR RETIRING, THAT COULD NOT COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ANY OF US.
    DO I WISH YOU WELL? NOT IN THE LEAST! JUST GO, AND DON'T COME BACK!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Franco, FreeThinke, or whoever you happen to be. Don't let the door hit ya on the a*s on your way out.

      BTW, You STINKE, as well as being the biggest liar in blogistan.

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  8. When will we ALL BE BLESSED WITH YOUR FINAL FAREWELL ?

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  9. Your comments were right on track with mine Mr.Divine One.
    You have indeed said exactly they way I feel, and I'm sure that there are many others that feel the exact same way!

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    1. Once again Nursie PooPoo comes by .
      Go back to the Progressive Shit-Hole,or to the Swoosh Zone, or better yet go ahead and retire and spare us all from your Poopoo flinging!

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  10. We need to have the Senate conduct a full-blown investigation into both Obama's and their children, including rectal exams.

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    1. Yup... That's the state of mind of the modern day advocates of Trumpism that fill the ranks of conservatism, the GOP, and Evangelicals. There no accounting for their irrationality.

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  12. This Blog is becoming a sewer very quickly. And the Blog Author seems to Feel at home here with the rest of the Sewer Rats..

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    1. Indeed! It always does when the sewer rats from the right-wing blogs like WYD and Franco Aragosta, as well as others, visit and deposit their bile. Apparently you floated in with the other sewer rats as well.

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  13. OK. So basically, the GOP is acting like some Trump campaign staff getting caught up in surveillance of Russian efforts to meddle in the election should have been ignored. This is like saying that cops surveiling a drug house should not follow up on a person visiting there several times because he's the mayor's son. And if they buy drugs from the mayor's son, they should not charge him with anything because they had it in for the mayor. Whether they knew they didn't like the mayor or not.

    This is all bullshit. The GOP is trying to blame Obama because he didn't stop the Russians. But McConnell go chef any publicity on the efforts. Now, Barr is saying he is investigating the FBI and DOJ under Obama, inferring they were spying on Trump. Two problems there. The DOJ is not supposed to announce investigations, and should not confirm or deny an investigation is under way. Although Coney had no problem reopening an investigation on Hillary just days before the election on an extremely flimsy basis that proved to be totally wrong. And like that flimsy basis, there must be strong evidence of actual wrong doing, not demands by the president. Yet Barr says publicly he is investigating people but refusing to present any coherent basis for that investigation.

    Snowflake Trump like his supporter Franco the fat fuckwad whines about Manafort being convicted of several serious crimes, although there was no mention of the investigation on Manafort until he was indicted. Yet Barr goes out and publicly says he intends to investigate top leaders in the FBI and DOJ under Obama for illegal actions against Trump, placing them under a cloud of acting illegally, but refusing to give a shred of justification for his claim. Although he named no names, it is obvious who he is talking about. They should sue him, telling him to put up or shut up.

    I hope when a Democrat takes the White House in January 2021, he, or she releases the entire Mueller report. And all the other correspondence between the Republicans in congress, the White House, and party officials contained in government records. And Barr is disbarred and sent to prison with the rest of Trump's cronies , like John Mitchell, who covered for Nixon.

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    1. First, while I support full public disclosure of the Mueller Report in principal I do not want anything that could compromise national security released to the public. The full congress should see the full report however.

      It is now abundantly clear that AG Barr was hired to cover up as much as possible for his boss. Trump and Barr have the republican senate behind them as they stifle information that is damaging to Trump and his illicit administration.

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    2. All this bulls*it by Barr is simply distraction and stalling technique. Ultimately Ray the truth WILL prevail. Whether certain groups of the nation learns from the truth or not is another issue altogether.

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  14. Hi RN, The "Ray Cranston" above is not me, it is an impostor from Lisa's blog. They do the same to you. The impostor has also used Shaw's name. They find a home aat Lisa's crappy blog because like their leader, tRump, they are liars, cheats, and frauds. I did not write what was published on 4/11/2019, 12:59. One of Lisa's half-wits did that.

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    1. Guess I missed that one Ray. Will have to start checking blogger ID's and the ones matching the sock puppet(s) at WYD may just get deleted.

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