I Never Thought I’d Live to See this day: Donald Trump

Electors do the right thing.

Electors do the right thing.

I was a child of the 60’s. I vaguely remember President Dwight Eisenhower talking to the nation on TV. I watched the Vietnam War on the evening news for years and years. I grieved the assassinations of both Kennedy brothers. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

I remember Martin Luther King, alive and later dead. I watched in dismay as people demonstrated in this country, peacefully and violently. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

Most of all, I remember Richard Nixon, forcing to resign from office because of covering up a robbery at the Watergate, I never thought I’d live to see this day.

But Watergate is nothing compared with the corruption, lies, and deceit of this man taking office. He has not one redeeming quality. Not one ounce of goodness. The only emotion he seems to express is revenge.

I also watched with real hope when Barack Obama was elected for the first time.

I thought, our country has overcome prejudice. Now, things will change for the better. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

At first I laughed when I watched Fox news and heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio. I thought, nobody can take these people seriously. I never thought I’d live to see this day.

I dubiously watched Donald Trump on TV. I cringed when he imitated a person with disabilities, I found his rallies reminiscent of films I’d seen of Adolph Hitler. (Having distant relatives who perished in the Holocaust, I’ve read diaries and stories from that time. I’ve listened to people who were living witnesses to that time. He also had victory rallies.)

There are too many similarities. People thought Hitler was a silly fool who couldn’t possibly last. He suppressed the press, and targeted groups of people: Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, mentally and physically disabled, and those brave enough to resist him. They never thought they’d  live to see that day.

Too many perished because they were bystanders.

Why do people like this man? He preys on people’s fears. They are afraid that “Isis” is coming to their shores, and they think this narcissistic dictator is going to keep them out. They think they will get rich like him. And who really knows how rich he is? No tax return, and he can’t discern between the truth and a lie.

People think him promoting “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holiday shows he’s a good Christian. This man stands for the total opposite of any religion.

Now, I understand how evil people get in power. They masquerade as something they’re not, and work on people’s fears. They suppress the free press. They promise revenge on anyone who opposes them. They tell people they lied to them and they laugh at them. Those followers are so confused they still don’t acknowledge his shallow soul.

Most of all they tell lies, and after a while the lies start to make sense. Say 2+2=5 long enough and people will start to believe you. Read “1984” by George Orwell. It’s all there.

If somehow, any elector read this post, do the right thing.

Ohio Buckeyes : Register to vote and win some points for democracy

Doing my civic duty, I decided to help register people to vote. As creepy as this election has gotten, I decided I had to do something to stop  a very dangerous candidate from winning the election.

Even if you’re not excited about either candidate there are other issues and people to be voting for. I’m sorry to say, I am not as familiar with those things as I should be, but after attending a registration training talk, I am going to be very familiar with the ballot before I get there.

I found out how dead set against voting some people were when I canvassed a neighborhood registering people to vote. People wearing Ohio State University garb were enthusiastic about football, but did not see why it was important to vote for issues, senators, judges, etc. “We don’t vote,” they said with conviction. I’m sure if I’d asked them the score of the game between Indiana and OSU yesterday they would’ve known which players made the touchdowns. I’m sure they know who Urban Meyers is, but do they know who is running for the senate?

Maybe they  don’t stop to think that the popular vote influences how many electoral votes the presidential candidate gets. Maybe they don’t stop to think that the congressman and senators they vote for effect  environmental, insurance decisions, education, and all aspects of their lives.

Some people were enthusiastic, smiling, and saying “yes, I vote.”.An elderly man wearing his church clothes, asked how he could help get out the vote. A great-grandfather said, “Damn right I vote.”  This is not surprising since a good percentage of elderly people vote. We did convince a 19-year-old it wasn’t a big deal to fill out the paperwork.

How to make a field goal

If you’re not registered to vote: https://www.register2.rockthevote.com

Encourage every member of your family to register and vote.

Check out your polling places. Know that the voting places are open from 6:30 a.m. To 7:30 p.m. Voting is Tuesday, November 8.

If someone can’t get there, offer to take them there.

Make sure people have an ID when they vote. It can be a state ID license, birth certificate, bank statement, social security card.

Know that your vote determines the outcome!

Vote and make a Touchdown!!!

Remember: you can’t win the game if you don’t play! 

10 of my pet peeves

1. One-upmanship

These are the people who always do better than you do. Before you finish a sentence, they are competing with you.


2. Dishonesty

When I see something that doesn’t belong to me, I try to find the rightful owner. Some people do believe this: “If someone is stupid or careless enough to leave something out, they deserve to lose it.” People these days even steal things like your identity.

Your fault for letting me steal it?

3. Boasters

I hate people who go around boasting about themselves, their kids, etc. Oh, my child is so beautiful, smart, and popular. The irony of that whole thing is that those bragging parents usually have kids who are beautiful, smart and popular.

I am so great!

4. Unfairness

Life ain’t fair. Why can’t I get used to this reality. Equality? Nope


5. Really, really, white teeth

Back a few years ago, your teeth could get a little yellow when you got older. Now, we have to bleach our teeth? I guess I got to get with it a little more. I’m already using white tooth rinse. It doesn’t taste that great. But, since I have crowns all over the place, I better whiten those jewels.


6. Pressure to look young

Watch any of those old movies from the 30’s and 40’s. The parents looked older than their children!

Remember when mothers and fathers looked realistic?

7. Complainers

Nobody is interested in your aches and pains.  Nobody wants to be around a Debby Downer. Take 2 aspirin and don’t call me in the morning.


8. Bullies

Now only do they bully in person: they do it online. I remember when some people said some bad things about me in something called a slam book. I’m glad I’m not a kid now. I still remember this and it was 52 years ago give or take a year. And thanks to the “friend” who showed it to me.

Teh precurrser to cyber bullying

9. Name callers

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Whoever thought that one up must have been delusional.

Cyber bullying

10. Presidential Campaigns

Wake me up when it’s  past the 2016 election. I’m just worried that someone who reflects some of my pet peeves might become president.


What do you think? Do you share any of my pet peeves?

It’s a Nail Biter but Get Off my Telephone (I’ve never been so popular!)

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll be happy when this election is over. It’s not exactly making my life pleasant.

I live in Ohio, and the candidates just won’t stop calling me. First it was Sherrod Brown, and then it was Josh Mandel. Who knew I was going to be so popular?

Not only are people calling me on the phone, they are knocking on my door. They are giving me pamphlets, and telling me how excited they are about their candidates.  I have to admire their tenacity,  but I’m not answering the door until election day is over.

On TV, the talking heads are reduced to talking about the candidates with Body Language experts. Why was Obama’s head tilted to the left? Why did Romney raise his chin?  It’s reminds me of the George Orwell book, 1984. Thought police were going around checking out the population.

Why didn’t “the super pacs”  take all the money they spent on all those annoying advertisements and start reducing the deficit with it.

Do, go out and vote. By now, you ought to know there is a difference between the candidates. Don’t let other people affect your life!

What do you think?

Go out and vote: It’s a hard won American right!

Going to a rally to see President Obama at The Ohio State University was a fun experience. First of all, I went to college there, and remember going on the Oval for various rock concerts and protests. So, it made me feel at least 19. Plus, it was a gorgeous fall day in Columbus, Ohio.

A text logo for Ohio State University

A text logo for Ohio State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were some people my age there to talk to, and it’s fun being part of a crowd that wants the same things. There were actually two people there from Sweden. The woman is teaching chemistry for a quarter. Her boyfriend accompanied her to the United States.

She told me how great socialized medicine is in Sweden. She also told me that in Sweden they vote more for the party than for one individual.  They both  seemed pretty excited about being at the rally. They were excited enough to stand there for 3 hours to hear Obama.

I couldn’t see “Will I am” from the Black Eyed Peas, but I could hear him. I was happy to say, I knew most of the songs he was playing (as a DJ) and singing.  I enjoyed it when he played the theme from Sesame Street and all the kids from OSU sung along. (You know Romney doesn’t like financing PBS).

I liked watching some little kids dance. They were so cute, but their dancing looked pretty good! They were definitely cool little kids.

The crowd looked more like the real America than a Romney crowd looks like. People from all races were represented there.  It was a peaceful rally too.(Nobody was pouring any tea.)

President Obama gave his standard stump speech, and he energized the crowd. His speech was about helping out the middle class. I couldn’t see him up close, but I could see him good enough.   He said, “I know you love me, but go vote.” They were trying to get people to register to vote because yesterday was the deadline. They also encouraged people to vote before November 2.

It was a good experience. I love excitement, Obama and I liked being among all those college kids. I also had fun watching some little kids dancing to “Will I am.”

I’m doing my part by encouraging everyone to vote.  Here it is,”Go vote!”

I think it’s sad that people won’t take the responsibility to exercise this hard-fought American right. People have died in wars so you would have this right.  The least you can do is go out and vote. Show your support for the American way.

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