2016 election

I, Virginia Bergman, pledge not to vote for a male presidential candidate in 2016 just because he's male.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Crossing the border

In recent years, supermarket aisles have become increasingly long for me; by the time I load my groceries into the trunk of my car, my arthritic knees complain mightily – that was even after a young boy dashed across the parking lot to come to my aid. He pulled up at my Honda Civic's rear bumper and announced, “I helped my mom load up her groceries, and she told me
to come help you.”

I offered to pay him for his help, but Mom had coached him well: he was not to accept money for an act of kindness.

Arriving home, I hauled my three bags of groceries up to my third-floor apartment and hastened to put the frozen foods in the freezer and stash the rest on cupboard shelves.

It was mid-afternoon by then, and I welcomed time to lie down for a few minutes and catch my breath. Sighing as I leaned back on my pillow, I envisioned a border crossing. I ached for all the immigrants trying to make it to the other side in hope of finding freedom and a new life.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Trump's presidency of the "Raised Fist."

Photo by Jeff Reed, Courtesy, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles
It's been awhile since I last posted at Katalusis, and a lot has happened. For one thing, the "crooked Donald" I mentioned on Nov. 22 has since become president and continuously fails to live up to his campaign promises.

At the Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus tells us that Trump's administration will be "the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand".

Marcus writes: " Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of national leader, president of and for all the people. If any new president should have sounded that soothing note, it was President Trump. If any nation needed to hear it, it was America today."

I agree with Marcus, America is not likely to experience inclusion and healing under President Donald J. Trump, who only recently recommended that all Muslims be banned from our country. Writing for the Washington Post, Marcus reminds us:

"The state of our union is dangerously frayed. The country is in a volatile and fragile condition that requires attending to, not ignoring. More citizens voted against the new president than for him, and the reports since Election Day about Russian efforts to install Trump in the presidency have only served to deepen those anxieties. The 45th president takes office with less popular support than any president in the history of polling."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren nails Crooked Donald

via of /nymag.com/thecut/2016/05/

It was to be expected that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would lead the charge for Democrats against the Crooked Donald Trump's usurpation of power for his fraudulent enterprises in America and elsewhere. Throughout his campaign, Crooked Donald insisted that the system was rigged against him; now we all know that, yes, the system was rigged, but it continues to be rigged in his favor as he pompously offers to help Hillary Clinton, the most honest among her opponents in the 2016 presidential campaign, restore her reputation.

In the video below, Sen. Warren details Crooked Donald's lies and other misleading statements that he made in the campaign and has since failed to live up to:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hillary more honest and trustworthy than Trump

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast, via the Daily Beast

Any U.S. citizen who believes that Donald Trump is more honest and trustworthy than Hillary Clinton has not been following the trail of lies Trump leaves behind him at every exchange with a media representative or at one of his violence-prone rallies. Well, at least Nicholas Kristof, NY Times op-ed columnist, isn't buying Trump's fabrications; Kristof tells it like it is regarding Trumpism.

Here's an excerpt from Kristof's September 15, 2016 column:
One of the mental traps that we all fall into, journalists included, is to perceive politics through narratives.

President Gerald Ford had been a star football player, yet somehow we in the media developed a narrative of him as a klutz — so that every time he stumbled, a clip was on the evening news. Likewise, we in the media wrongly portrayed President Jimmy Carter as a bumbling lightweight, even as he tackled the toughest challenges, from recognizing China to returning the Panama Canal.
Then in 2000, we painted Al Gore as inauthentic and having a penchant for self-aggrandizing exaggerations, and the most memorable element of the presidential debates that year became not George W. Bush’s misstatements but Gore’s dramatic sighs.

I bring up this checkered track record because I wonder if once again our collective reporting isn’t fueling misperceptions.

A CNN/ORC poll this month found that by a margin of 15 percentage points, voters thought Donald Trump was “more honest and trustworthy” than Hillary Clinton. Let’s be frank: This public perception is completely at odds with all evidence.

On the PolitiFact website, 13 percent of Clinton’s statements that were checked were rated “false” or “pants on fire,” compared with 53 percent of Trump’s. Conversely, half of Clinton’s are rated “true” or “mostly true” compared to 15 percent of Trump statements.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Whoa! The Donald is sexist!!

Presidential Hillary Clinton, photo via Daily Kos.
 Dear Katalusis readers,

I suppose none of you has guessed by now that Donald Trump is a sexist?!!

Shouldn't the Donald's accusation that all Hillary has going for her is "the woman's card"
have given you a clue as to his distorted view of women? Anyway, the word is out now that the Daily Kos's expose by Kevin Cirilli is published:


TRUMP on Clinton:

"Does she look presidential, fellas? Give me a break."

Attacking a female public figure for her appearance is the dictionary definition of a sexist remark. It’s exactly what women in the workplace face all too often, an attack on their professionalism based on their appearance. There’s no acceptable alternate explanation for this one.

The Clinton campaign is all over it already. Tim Kaine responded with a nice jab at this afternoon’s Clinton-Kaine rally in Cleveland:
“Donald Trump put out a tweet that said she doesn’t look presidential, does she fellas? Does she fellas,” he said repeating the tail end of Trump’s remarks.
“Here’s my prediction, at the end of a second-term Hillary Clinton, Trump will be saying that same thing as he’s hocking bottled water somewhere and we’ve forgotten he ever ran for president.”
Apparently Kaine placed emphasis on the word “fellas”. He didn’t miss the implications either.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump incites Americans to violence

The face of hatred. Photo via Wonkette.
Come on, people! Are we so desensitized by politics as usual in the US of A that we brush aside Donald Trump's casual suggestion that it would be okay to shoot Hillary Clinton or maybe her appointees to the Supreme Court?

Do Americans have no recourse in this situation as the nominee of one of our two major political parties encourages murdering his opponent? .

Are we not even surprised or shocked? How on earth did Donald Trump get as far as he has in our supposedly developed nation? Or maybe if we look a little deeper, we're as underdeveloped as those nations we like to hold up as examples of those backward folks.

My fellow Americans, is there no defense in our supposedly civilized culture against incitement to violence, even murder?

It's past time for Republicans to take action and boot the Donald out of their camp. Dan Rather has the right idea:

Former anchorman Dan Rather has issued a challenge to his colleagues: "This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign." 

Rather is talking about Donald Trump's remark that "Second Amendment people" might be able to stop Hillary Clinton's appointment of Supreme Court justices.

The comment raised the specter of political violence and earned widespread condemnation, though Trump supporters denied that he was encouraging violence.

"To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh," Rather wrote on Facebook shortly after it happened on Tuesday afternoon.

Related: New York Daily News calls for Trump to end his campaign
Rather -- who covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas -- called Trump's "Second Amendment people" remark "a new low," unprecedented "in the history of American presidential politics."
Writing about political figures who have reluctantly endorsed Trump, he said, "Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate."
Fellow journalists were the other audience for his Facebook post.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hillary's lead over Trump grows post DNC Convention

Hillary Clinton arrives on the final night at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016.
 Photo by Jim Young, Reuters, via CNBC.
My hope for the America I've known throughout my life has been nearly restored. You understand, I've been seriously worried by the apparent support Donald Trump has -with his ethics of  bigotry and "me first" -
philosophy that he has received from those apparently blind folks who have followed in line behind little Donnie. Hopefully the news of Hillary's bounce from the Democratic Convention will inspire others to check out her years of public service, keeping in mind that relentless attempts by the GOP to take her down have failed. Never once has Hillary been charged of willful wrongdoing and that includes the fake Benghazi and email scandals.

And get this dear readers, little Donnie's response to the above breaking news is to name HRC "the devil" FYI Donnie, Hillary is a saint compared to you. Here's the latest on the general election race between little Donnie and Hillary who has continued to comport herself from a centered position of compassion, respect for others, intelligence, and overall ethical values  throughout her longtime service to her country. Now hear this from NBC:

Following the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by 8 points — 50 percent to 42 percent — up from a single-point difference last week, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.

Clinton's gain also comes after a series of controversial comments made by the Republican nominee this past week regarding the family of a fallen American soldier and Trump's suggestion that Russian hackers should seek out deleted Clinton emails. (graphs included below.)

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