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Thought of the Day: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

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When Franklin D. Roosevelt said “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” in his first inaugural speech, he was talking about how fear can paralyze us.  But, during this election, it seems that fear has led to a different primal reaction, that of tribalism, anger, and in some cases, even hate.

While I believe that my fear is “rational”, in that Trump shows many signs of having the temperament of a despot, and that it is scary how most Republicans have just gone along, and that if he wins today, there is little backstop to him being able to abuse his powers.

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November 8th, 2016 at 7:00 am

Dictatorship is not the solution to a Dysfunctional Democracy

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So which presidential candidate would more likely be dictatorial in their presidency?  Evidence shows that the Clintons overall followed the rule of law, and worked with the legislature during Bill’s term in office.  Trump on the other hand continually breaks or skirts the law (like his dealings with Fidel Castro in Cuba, right after saying he would not do anything in Cuba), says “I alone can fix this problem”, and has all the personality traits of a dictator, as Trevor Noah has humorously, yet scarily pointed out.  His father told trump as a kid that he was a “king and a killer”.  Will we let this come true?  Our founding fathers fought to be free from a King.  We don’t need King Trump.   (And for the Hillary haters: I respect your freedom of speech, but I need evidence and not anger to change my mind)

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October 3rd, 2016 at 11:59 am

Yes, our system is rigged, and Trump will make it WORSE

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There were some interesting debate a while back on Intelligence Squared about the two party system that we have in the United States, and also about money in U.S. elections.  I think that these both show different ways that our election system is now “rigged”.  But, the biggest one, is with the two party system.  Because, I can understand how many of my conservative friends might not want to vote for Hillary.  But, there has been no serious counter evidence to suggest that Trump wouldn’t use the NSA, and any other means possible to keep himself in power.  The solution, is to hold your nose, vote Hillary, and then have a Constitutional Convention.

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August 4th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: “Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.”

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Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.

Max Boot, conservative author

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July 26th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: “Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither”

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Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

– Benjamin Franklin

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July 25th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: Is Trump running for President or Dictator?

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Trump: “I alone can fix this.”
Is this guy running for president or dictator?

– Bernie Sanders tweet on July 21, 2016

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July 24th, 2016 at 11:59 am