Friday, July 29, 2016

Thoughts On The RNC And The DNC 2016...

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We will start today's post with an early fact check of HRC's acceptance speech, just as we did with DJT's acceptance speech last week. It comes as no surprise to those following the campaign statements of the two nominees that HRC's acceptance speech (the issues checked) was more honest than DJT's. HRC, as well as DJT, cherry picked some data to highlight a point. Something all politicians do, and have done since the beginning of our republic.

Fact Check Summary:

A) Stated Donald Trump said at the Republican convention “I alone can fix it.” -- Mostly True

B) Said Donald Trump "claimed our armed forces are 'a disaster.'" - Mostly True

C) Clinton also attacked Trump’s campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," by claiming his merchandise was primarily made overseas. -- Mostly True

D) Said the Iran nuclear deal effectively closed the door on Iran getting a nuclear weapon. -- Mostly true

E) Said that the economy has improved significantly under President Barack Obama’s leadership, and said she would continue to build on his progress. -- Half True

F) Clinton claimed that the auto industry had its best year ever. -- Mostly True

G) Clinton said "More than 90 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent." -- Half True

H) Said after the shootings of Dallas policemen, "nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days." -- True

Read full article BELOW THE FOLD.

More important than the fact checking of a limited number of specific statements by the candidates is the vision each candidate has for America, where they want to lead the nation, and what they want the nation to achieve as it moves forward. A belief in, and a proper understanding of America's founding principles and values, as well as a belief that the American people, regardless of color, ethnicity, or religious belief can, and will, accomplish remarkable things if given the opportunity and a level playing field.

The contrast between the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention was stark. It gave the nation the opportunity to compare the vision each party and its presidential candidate have for America, as well as the type of country our nation might become under their leadership. As stated previously the contrast is stark. Dark and ominous versus light and uplifting. Divisiveness versus unity. Walls versus bridges. Economic prosperity for the few versus the many. Global conflict versus global cooperation. Social regression versus social progress. The list goes on.

Which party and candidate you think represents which vision for America will decide America's direction for the next 4-8 years and possibly beyond. Be deliberate and thoughtful in your considerations, the health of the nation depends on it. We here at Rational Nation USA know which choice we will be making on November 8th. We hope you will make the right one too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Trump, A Disgrace To America And All She Has Stood For...

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Donald J. Trump, a man that has been called many things from narcissist, to misogynist, to demagogue, to racist, to xenophobe, to a-hole has hit a new low. A low that not even those who had great dislike or disdain for him thought he would sink to. Yet we shouldn't be surprised really. It is as if he is intentionally testing the limits of American stupidity. Trump, the little man that he is now deserved to be despised by any true patriotic American. And by despised we mean completely and totally despised.

POLITICO - Donald Trump's call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails has shocked, flabbergasted and appalled lawmakers and national security experts across the political spectrum, with one saying it was "tantamount to treason."

Few would argue Wednesday that what the Republican presidential nominee said will directly cause Russia to conduct more cyber-espionage against the U.S. than it already is doing. But several described Trump's statements as dangerous for America's global standing. Some echoed the Clinton campaign in calling the comments a threat to national security.

"It’s just one more example of the reckless and dangerous comments that Donald Trump makes that compromises American foreign policy objectives," said Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Read the complete story BELOW THE FOLD.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Early Fact Check Summary - Trump's Acceptance Speech...

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Early fact checking of Trump's acceptance speech indicates he may becoming less dishonest. Although in some cases he engaged in cherry picking the data, something all politicians are guilty of doing.

Overall his speech was more a denunciation of what he and the right consider Obama's disastrous eight years and how Clinton would be a continuation of the same. He painted the bleakest picture he possibly could of America's present economic and social condition and how he, and presumably he alone can fix all the ills and dangers currently facing our nation.

What most of America wants to hear is just how, specifically how, Trump plans to fix all the problems all Americans are facing. Thursday evening we heard none of that. It is likely we will continue to hear talking points and hyperbole but the specifics will likely remain buried somewhere in a deep dark corner of Trump's mind.

Fact Check Summary:

A) Rising homicides -- Half True

B) New immigrant families -- Half True

C) The plight of poverty -- Half True

D) (More) Americans are on food stamps -- True

E) Trade and job loss -- Half True

F) Trade deficit in goods -- True

G) Fighting illegal immigration -- Mostly True

H) Did Hillary Clinton create ISIS? -- Mostly False

I) Screening refugees -- Half True

J) Comparing tax plans -- Mostly True

K) The U.S. tax code to other countries’ - high tax rates make America less competitive -- Mostly False

L) Clinton on the Second Amendment -- False

M) Household incomes -- Mostly True

N)Church and state -- True

Read analysts BELOW THE FOLD

Talking with many people this morning, most of who are members of the over 65 set, the general felling is it was a speech of in which no real direction was given while Trump took the nationb on a walk through the dark side.

To crib Governor Scott Walker, America Deserves Better.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Musings of Jeb Bush...

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Neither does the Republican Party represent the future of our  nation Jeb. The republican party has made itself a relic and it has no one to blame but itself.

It's Pence!...

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Donald Trump, in his first significant decision as GOP presumptive nominee, officially announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. For Trump it is a good political decision. Pence, with a decade experience as a congressman, understands the workings of congress, something Trump actually has little if any knowledge of. Pence's executive experience as governor with be helpful as Trump has little executive experience other than reality show host and marketing the Trump brand. Pence, a born again Christian is sure to lock in the Evangelical base for Trump. Finally, Pence, a respected conservative will be helpful in calming the jitters of many conservatives that have expressed concern over Trump's unorthodox campaign antics. A real grand slam for Trump one could say.

What is puzzling is why Pence would want to align himself with the most divisive demagogue in American political history since disgraced Senator Joseph McCarthy. Could it be the overwhelming lure of possible political power? One has to wonder given 2016 could very well turn out like 2008.

Read the complete POLITICO article HERE.

Via: Memeorandum

RNC Rules Committee Makes The Right Decision...

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The Republican National Convention rules committee voted to stop the movement by some delegates to block Trump's nomination. As unqualified and divisive as Trump is he received the primary votes necessary to secure the Republican nomination. Therefore the committee vote was, as it should be. A clear majority of primary voters wanted Trump, so, let it be. In November the entirety of the American electorate will have its say. Odds are Trump will be the loser he has always boasted about not being.

Bloomberg - A key Republican National Convention committee crushed a long-shot attempt by rogue delegates to block Donald Trump’s nomination, as internal strife that’s roiled the party for much of the past decade was on full display Thursday amid fights over governing rules for the next four years.

The convention’s Rules Committee -- convened exactly a week before Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination -- worked well into the evening Thursday as an air of distrust hovered over the 112-member panel.

While an attempt can still be made to try to unbind delegates from Trump, the committee voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposed amendment to allow delegates to vote their conscience and ignore the results of primaries and caucuses in their states. Kendal Unruh, a delegate from Colorado and a leader of the effort to stop Trump, offered the amendment.


“It’s over folks,” Steve Scheffler, a delegate from Iowa, said during debate on a previous amendment dealing with binding delegates. “We need to get behind our candidate.”

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, celebrated the committee’s actions. “As far as I’m concerned, the Never Trump movement is nevermore,” Manafort said Friday on Fox News.


Minority Report

The tensions played out even before the panel grapples with the question of whether a so-called minority report should be issued voicing opposition to Trump’s nomination. That quest appears likely to come to a head Monday when the report could be delivered on the first day of the full convention, if 28 votes for it can be secured from the committee.

Unless the full convention accepted the minority report, however, the delegates would remain bound. A bid to change the rules could always be initiated from the floor of the convention, but the hurdles for passage there are significantly higher.

The effort against Trump is being pushed by those within the party who view him as an unqualified candidate who has alienated women and minorities and could lead the party to devastating electoral defeat in November.


Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Major Problem For HRC...

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The Clinton political drama has become perpetual, and, it is damaging to her political ambitions. While the bloodthirsty republican party has pledged itself to destroying HRC, foolishly so IMO, she has certainly reacted in ways that have heled to keep the drama alive. The following article from The New Yorker does a credible job of accurately pointing out why.

Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for President is widely, and aptly, described as historic. Here’s one of the reasons: If she wins, she will have spent a longer time under criminal investigation than any President in history. Why is this? Is she uniquely corrupt? Unduly targeted?


Clinton’s first experience with a criminal investigation came with Whitewater, the name given to various activities centered around a money-losing land deal that she and her husband invested in during the nineteen-eighties. Republican (and journalistic) claims of illegality in connection with the investment led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, Robert Fiske, in 1994. Fiske quickly cleared the Clintons of allegations of wrongdoing that had arisen in connection with an earlier investigation of Whitewater, as well as in the suicide of their friend and colleague Vincent Foster. Shortly after Fiske’s report, however, the court in charge of the case, under the independent-counsel law, replaced Fiske with Kenneth Starr, and Clinton’s true ordeal began.

Starr and his successors spent eight years, and more than seventy million dollars, on an investigation that began with the remains of the Whitewater probe and metastasized into an open-ended search-and-destroy mission into the personal and political lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Only true nineties-trivia buffs will be able to recall the full range of the accusations, which included Travelgate, Filegate, and the mystery of the missing (then found) Rose Law Firm billing records. The Clintons were pursued by a prosecutorial office fired up with political rage, but the investigation, as far as she was concerned, came to naught. The lesson she took was that Republicans used criminal investigations as a political weapon against her. In what remains her most famous utterance as a public figure, she asserted, with some justification, that there was “a vast right-wing conspiracy” out to get her family.

Starr did find pay dirt, of a sort, when he learned that Bill Clinton had lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, in his deposition in a sexual-harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, giving the prosecutor the ammunition to present evidence purportedly justifying impeachment to the House of Representatives. A bill of impeachment passed the House, but the Senate failed to convict the President, and the experience hardened the Clintons’ belief that ethics investigations existed primarily to achieve political, not legal, ends.

It was against this backdrop that the story of Secretary Clinton’s private e-mail server came to light. That Clinton would even install such a rattletrap system suggests the influence of the Starr legacy. Clinton wanted a way to shield her personal business (which was her right) while also conducting State Department business on the same e-mail account. As a Washington veteran, she should have known that such a system was fraught with peril. Most government officials avoid the problem by keeping a separate account, like one on Gmail, for private e-mail. Clinton could have done that and avoided the problems, but instead she jerry-rigged a system that supposedly could handle both personal and professional work. It was a terrible idea.

When first confronted by reports about the e-mails, Clinton reacted like a cornered perp, denying everything. She had to know (as most everyone in Washington does) that the government vastly overclassifies information, so her flat denial that there had been any classified information on her server was destined to be disproved, as it was. Retreating from that line, she said that nothing “marked” classified was on her server, and that, too, turned out to be wrong. ...

Clinton has committed no crimes with regard to her e-mails, but she has developed an unhealthy relationship with her pursuers, who surely will only redouble their efforts if she becomes President. Burned in the past, she has become excessively defensive, and harms herself more than those who long to bring her down. The next time she’s under fire—and there will be a next time—Clinton would be best advised to forget her past and act like she hasn’t seen it all before. (Emphasis mine()

Full article BELOW THE FOLD.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

As We Honor Our Fallen, Words Of Truth And Unity...

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Only an irrational and or blind partisan could escape the truth in President Obama's remarks. A speech rich with truth, and, most importantly, a unifying speech.

Those with open heart and ears will hear and respond positively to the President's remarks. Those with hearts of stone and closed ears are indeed the internal enemies of The United States of America.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Where Is America Headed?...

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Donald Trump understands how much money and power these groups have over the political process. Trump’s demonization of Latinos, Muslims, immigrants and even African Americans is a long held tradition in the United States. He’s just capitalizing on it and giving people permission to jump on the hate bandwagon. Trump even used bogus statistics from a Hate Group called The Center for Security Policy during one of his speeches when he claimed that a quarter of American Muslims are violent jihadists.

Source - American News X

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Racism, and Xenophobia...

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Racism is alive and thriving in 21st century America. It remains as virulent, hateful, and destructive as it ever was, the only difference being the absent of Jim Crow laws and lynching by the KKK. We have federal law to thanks for that.

Following the terrible events in LA and MN this week where two innocent black people lost their lives at the hands of white police officers, and the death of 5 white police officers and wounding of 7 others by a violent black criminal, some rightwing weblogs and rightwing bloggers have responded as expected. By blaming Black Lives Matter, even as BLM denounced the horrific violence against white police officers by black thugs, and President Obama with the usual false rhetoric and narrative.

While the number of xenophobic and racist rightwing weblogs are plentiful one in particular stands out as among the most virulent and dangerous of the lot. Dangerous because the weblog proprietor is an educated, articulate, and a convincing manipulator of both facts and emotion. In short he plays on ignorance and fear, combined these make for a volatile and very dangerous mixture.

This particular weblog owner/administrator rightfully imposes strict standards for posting on his weblog. His standards as published are reasonable and if enforced as they are published would result in creating a community of diverse ideas as well as the tolerance and understanding that would help built the cohesive and dynamic culture/society that this nation is capable of achieving. Unfortunately this weblog owner's real intent is to foster and encourage divisiveness and support for the extreme rightwing agenda in the Unites States of America. Including nationalism, nativism, and possibly a belief in, and support for,  white supremacy.

This site could post many examples of  racist, xenophobic, and anti American comments found at FreeThinke's weblog as they are legion. However, rather than copying and pasting comments we will provide links to several of his more outrageously racist, xenophobic, and divisively dangerous posts. They are aplenty and this weblog encourages all of good will to take a perusal through the archives of FreeThinke. He, and those like him, represent the greatest threat to the United States of America's and to our American Values.

We note that FreeThinke has recently deleted comments that point out the errors and intentional misrepresentations that he dare not allow. One that follows was posted by this weblog proprietor.

Thank you FreeThinke. It stands not only in direct opposition to your blatant racism it stands on TRUTH, as opposed to your hideous misrepresentations and lies.

You FreeThinke are not only not a Good and True Christian you are a hideous human being.

BTW Mr. FreeStinke, should you decide to delete this comment know that it is saved and WILL be published elsewhere should you take the cowardly action of deleting it. As a matter of fact, on second thought, I may just do a post exposing your blatant racism anyway.

Have a good day FreeStinke.

Perhaps I should not have addressed FreeThinke in closing as FreeStinke, however, his post and comments are so odious that the reference to stink(e) is ultimately a truthful one and therefore appropriate.

Following is a representative list of posts with links for your perusal. Pay close attention to comments in the comment section as they reveal as much (or more) about FreeThinke and his followers as do his actual posts on occasion.


The Naked Face of ISLAM Run Amok



DIDADIN - Detain, Intern, Disempower, And Deport Islamaniacs Now - D-I-D-A-D-I-N!


The above are but a few links to a weblog that has demonstrated a overwhelming desire and dogged persistence to spread fear, hatred, racism, xenophobia, and influence the ill informed and blindly partisan people who constantly watch and listen to; FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Mark Levin, et all as well as support Donald Trump because he is going to "Make America Great Again".

This nation has become a boiling cauldron and the stark bitter partisanship in today's political environment only adds to the divisions that are tearing this nation apart. No longer is it about unifying the nation and healing the scars of the past, instead it is about adding fuel to the fires of fear, xenophobia, and divisiveness. While the conservative evangelical right are most guilty by far the more tolerant and understanding left (and moderates) are also guilty of the same partisan virus that closes their eyes and ears to reasonable compromise at times. For this reason this weblog, for an undetermined amount of time, will be silent following publication of this post.

Enjoy the balance of the summer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Is It Time For Americans Supporting Hillary's Candidacy To Rethink Their Position?...

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Yesterday the FBI, following a yearlong investigation of HRC's e-mails and her use of private servers, decided not to refer criminal charges to the DOJ, thus playing into the hands of the Trump campaign's claim that the system is rigged.

Here, in summary, is what FBI Director Comey acknowledged. Edited for clarity.

    1. She did not, as she claimed, turn over all her work-related messages for release.
    2. Her private email server did carry classified emails, also contrary to her past statements.
    3. Clinton used many devices to send and receive email despite her statements that she set up her email system so that she only needed to carry one.

The facts, uncovered by the FBI are as follows. Again edited for clarity

    1. The FBI identified at least 113 emails that passed through Clinton's server and contained materials that were classified at the time they were sent, including some that were Top Secret.
    2. Clinton has separately clung to her rationale that there were no classification markings on her emails that would have warned her and others not to transmit the sensitive material. But the private system did, in fact, handle emails that bore markings indicating they contained classified information.
    3. When his forensic team examined Clinton's server it found there were "several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000" that had been returned by Clinton to the State Department.
    4. Clinton "used numerous mobile devices to view and send email" using her personal account. Clinton also used different servers.
    5. . The FBI did not uncover a breach but made clear that that possibility cannot be ruled out. It is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account
    6. Comey highlighted the perils in routing sensitive information through a home server.

Given the facts uncovered by the FBI's investigation it is difficult to understand exactly why Director Comey arrived at his decision not
to refer criminal charges to the DOJ.  It is however reasonably easy to conclude the decision was very possibly politically motivated, and or made under pressure by those who are politically motivated. Of course that is conjecture, and, as we all know, the strokes will be viewed differently by different folks.

What it is abundantly clear is HRC, a candidate whose credibility and integrity has been under fire for two years, has added fuel to the fire and undoubtedly cased many who may have been leaning her way (I am one) to re-examine the candidate.

Clinton's actions exposed the nation to security risks that could have seriously compromised our security. Something all Americans ought be concerned with and consider during their decision making process on who to vote for in November. Clinton's handling of her e-mails call into question her judgement at the very least.

Putting the above aside, even if there was "no intent to comit criminal activity" her lying does highlight her disregard for honesty and a willingness to put her personal political ambitions above the interests of the nation. Questioning her honesty, integrity, judgment, intelligence,  trustworthiness, and ability to serve the nation and its best interest is now both reasonable and rational.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independendence Day 2016 and a Look Back...

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Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Trump Ain't Got What It Takes...

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As we look to Independence Day 2016 a look back at one of the most inspiring leaders of the last six decades.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Trump, America's Premier Lying Presidential Candidate...

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For those paying close attention and doing their due diligence the following is welcome confirmation of what we already knew to be true. Hopefully it will nudge the fence sitters in their decision not to vote for Trump in November. The man is so untruthful he makes HRC appear to be a beacon of honesty.

PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking outlet based in Florida, is out today with its mid-year report on the 2016 election. It's an attempt to take a step back from the day-to-day grind of the campaign and see which candidates are telling the truth and which aren't.

Donald Trump isn't.

Of the 158 Trump claims that PolitiFact has checked out, 95 have been rated either "False" or "Pants on Fire." That's 60 percent of all Trump claims. As PolitiFact notes, if you include the Trump statements rated "mostly false" in that group, 78 percent of all of Trump's fact-checked claims have been scored "mostly false" or worse.

That's not even the most amazing fact in the PolitiFact report. That honor goes to this: "Trump has more statements rated Pants on Fire, 30, than the 21 other candidates for president we’ve fact-checked this cycle combined." Ben Carson comes in second in "Pants on Fire" ratings -- with four!

Complete article BELOW THE FOLD .

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, July 1, 2016

Revving Up The Sheeple For The Demagogue...

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The Trump Republican's intellectual mascot.

Sarah Palin assailed fellow Republicans on Friday for failing to support Donald Trump as their party's presumptive nominee, suggesting that they feel "threatened." Her message: You're either with us or you're against us. "That gang, they call themselves Never hashtag, whatever, I just call ‘em Republicans Against Trump, or RAT for short," the former governor of Alaska told attendees of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, ahead of Trump's address.
RAT, or Republicans Against Trump. Must be the smart republicans. They should wear that intended smear with great honor methinks.
"This isn't a game, nor some drama to be played out on the convention stage. No, they're playing with dynamite and arming those opposed to the planks in the platform on which Lincoln and Reagan stood," she said of Republicans opposed to Trump. "We're talking about the direction of our country, our children's future, the direction of the Supreme Court, all of this hinging on the next election. And at such a time as this, you cannot be lukewarm. We're going to take our country back, and you are either with us or against us."
The planks on which Lincoln and Reagan stood? It is more likely that the present day republican agenda is one Lincoln and Reagan would have ran from at lightning speed. But ya gotta give Palin credit, she has a way with hyperbole and sophistry.
"Thinking Americans thought and watched Donald Trump rip the veil off a rigged system that has betrayed your everyday, hard-workin’, garden-variety, ticked-off American. And there are more of us than the disconnected left can ever even fathom," Palin remarked.
Well, okay, a very good try. But no soap for the hard-thinking, garden variety, ticked off fiscal conservative.
Even with the GOP's intraparty squabbles, Palin said, she is "glad the tent is growing, with people understanding you know, these common-sense, time-tested principles and truths that will make America great again. We’ll apply those." "We just needed that revolutionary who’s in the right position to lead us to that," Palin said of Trump.
One thing is abundantly clear, Trump and Palin's hot air tent is surely growing. Each and every time either opens their mouth. Trump a revolutionary? LMAO. Dreams of 1776 apparently flit through Sara's head nightly. What is most amazing is she makes the leap that Trump is somehow like the founders of this Great Nation. But it is Sarah, and, as I previously, she is good with hyperbole and sophistry. Full article BELOW THE FOLD.