Okay folks, it has been quite some time since I have last posted a blog. On top of having to deal with a lingering c-6 Cervical Spine problem, I was also out of the country for 2 1/2 weeks over the holidays and just have returned from a week out of the country with a speaking engagement aboard P & O's mv Arcadia cruise ship. Now don't take this the wrong way. I did not use the excuse of my neck and nerve problems to simply get away and avoid writing. Both trips took me away from my desk yet could not be enjoyed to their fullest due to my current condition. In fact, for each of the four speaking days on the ship, I simply forced myself to get out of bed, make the presentations, bite my lip and greet passengers after each talk only to find myself shortly thereafter on my back in my cabin. As of today, I am feeling a bit better, but not best. I am awaiting further word on an additional C-6 Cervical epidural. Hopefully one more will "do the trick!"
So although there is plenty to deal with in the realm of politics, I am unable to spend a lot of time standing and writing at my desk (I still cannot sit in my desk chair without pain). So keep a close eye on matters coming from Washington (especially from Mueller), as the nation prepares for the full frontal attack by Trump in the form of his State of the Union. How many lies will he tell to the nation in that forum? Will the media call him out or will they accept the fact that our Commander-In-Chief is a pathological liar? Pay attention to the House Oversight Committees as they begin to sharpen their focus on the Trump Administration that their colleagues from across the aisle openly and negligently ignored in an efforts to save themselves and their GOP party. May we all demand politicians begin to put County over Party. Let's hope we begin to see evidence that this notion still exists!
A few weeks ago (right after the November elections), I awoke with severe pains spreading from my left shoulder all the way down through my fingertips. Granted, I am at the age when otherwise harmless sleep seems to have the ability to inflict great pain, the remedies aren't always so easy to deal with. After a morning in the hospital and a variety of scans and images, it appears I have a bulging disc in my C-6 cervical spine - which explains a lot why I am in so much discomfort.
So armed with new MRI's, I have undertaken daily physical therapy in order to "settle down" my inflamed nerves. PT helps, but it is is not an easy route. Pain must be managed and addictive drugs are to be avoided. So here I spend my time traveling (sitting in a driving position "burns" my shoulder) daily to PT and hoping every evening is easier to cope with the the previous.
To the many that have raised concerns about my being "absent" from many social media sites, I appreciate your concerns! It is always nice to be missed. I hope to be "back in the saddle" again within the next two weeks. In the interim, be well and stay focused on real facts and news versus fake news and talking points and I will focus in on taking the appropriate time to heal. Have a great week!
This is the week we have been waiting for since November 2016! Like some, I was willing to give Donald Trump the chance to prove his ability to lead this great nation of ours, even though I did not vote for him. And ever since his inauguration - from DAY ONE, the man has proven time and time again to be unfit to serve as president. Any American who subscribes to Trump's view of the world as either "with him or against him" certainly fails to appreciate that in a democracy, opposing voices are not only allowed to be heard, they are allowed to be seriously considered. But not in Trump's America. If you do not support the man, you must be some kind of "Evil" or "Commie" or simply a person who sold their soul in order to tarnish the reputation of their newest savior. As former President Obama recently said, "for a party that won an election, why are they so angry?" They are angry because they honestly dislike democracy and what it entails. They don't like having a "messy" media that highlights Trump's lies. They don't like critics that cite our history to prove Trump is unfit to serve.
As usual, Trump supporters are willing to sacrifice everything except their undying loyalty to the man, because of "all the good he has done!" But when pressed on what good he has done the answer remains singularly focussed on two confirmations of Supreme Court justices. Not the failed tax cuts. Not the gutting of the ACA (and pre-existing conditions protections). Not the "successful" negotiations with North Korea that accomplished nothing. Just that "he's done good for America" without any further basis for maintaining this belief. Now that we have finally have reached the Mid-Term elections, those supporting Trump seem only interested in preserving his platform that spews hate and division - all under the guise of maintaining power, even if by dishonest and corrupt means (see voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc).
It's high time we take our country back from the fools that support Trump and his agenda. How can I say this? Easy. The man's platform is destroying the social fabric of America - which does more to destroy America as a whole than any foreign enemy could possibly do militarily. Trump is a fool. Yes I said it. He is a manipulative fool that deserves scorn and rebuke - something we would have expected from the GOP just two decades ago. Yet by today's standards, the GOP supports an authoritative regime in the White House and shows little regard to truth and integrity. Something we all demand and deserve from the president, commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.
What can you do about it? VOTE for forcing Trump and his allies to become accountable for their lies, distortions and potential corruption. VOTE for a check on a rogue presidency that flaunts the Constitution ("I can change the 14th Amendment via an Executive Order", etc). VOTE FOR AMERICA by ensuring the Framers' intent of creating a check and balance on an Executive that sees himself above the law. VOTE for integrity and honesty - something the GOP and Trump certainly lack!
As President Harry S. Truman once said; "I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases." The only way we can guarantee we work together is to put a check on those that think they alone have all of the answers! ON TUESDAY, VOTE FOR AMERICAN VALUES OF HONESTY! VOTE FOR INTEGRITY. VOTE FOR AMERICA! VOTE BLUE! Have a great week!
Could it get any worse? First we have a spate of pipe bombs being sent to vocal opponents of Donald Trump followed by the mass murder of Jews praying in their Synagogue in Pittsburgh and now we have Trump claiming he can wipe away the 14th Amendment by the stroke of his pen. All after boasting of a middle class tax cut by election day. For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can support this buffoon!
Ironically, Trump's supporters can't seem to see the forest from the trees as they continue to deflect and defend the man. Case in point. Immediately after the pipe bombs were discovered, Republicans began raising the notion that the matter was a Left-Wing hoax designed to enflame the rhetoric against their savior, Donald Trump. Talking Heads like Rush Limbaugh used his platform to doubt not only the existence of the bombs, but also whether democrats themselves sent them. Then you have Republican Senate candidate and Neo-Nazi Corey Stewart of Virginia claiming that the bombs weren't really bombs at all, but were fake bombs. He went on to claim that the van seized by the FBI and owned by the bomber were "fake" and a product of the media's bias against Trump. This moron dropped his tweet shortly after it was revealed that the images of the van were accurate and the perpetrator is an avid and rabid Trump supporter. What has happened to many Republicans? Have they been overwhelmed by their hatred of political opponents that they have become blind to what is real and obvious?
Then we have Donald Trump publicly blaming the victims of the mass shooting in Pittsburgh for not having enough armed security at their synagogue. What? Four armed policemen were shot during their efforts to apprehend the shooter. Blaming Jews for their own deaths is one thing, but then rushing off to a rally of his cult followers and blaming the media for all of the unrest in the nation is a step off the ledge of decency. As if this was not bad enough, Vice-President Pence hand picking a "rabbi" to offer prayers for the victims of the largest incident of Anti-Semitism in American history with the mass murder of Jews praying in their synagogue. Except the guy he chose to offer prayers for the Jews is actually a follower of Christ! Second only to the insult of Trump blaming Jews for being victims, is the notion that a follower of Christ would be tapped to pray for Jews is an insult that will not go away. This should be the last straw for Jews that support Trump and his Administration. "But his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish!" That argument is filled with holes the size of the space between Trump's two ears! This man has made Nationalism v. Globalism into a fight between White Supremacists and Jews (whom many see as running the world's banks and media). Dog whistle anyone?
To make matters worse. Trump, in an effort to get the vote out for his base of morons, tells reporters he can change the natural born citizenship rights written into the 14th Amendment by the stroke of his Executive pen. Seriously? Throughout Obama's presidency, Right Wingers claimed that the man was a "Tyrant, hell bent on destroying the Constitution!" Except Obama did no such thing. Now we have direct evidence from Trump that he believes he can alter the Constitution by presidential whim. This belief, can only lead one to believe that Trump is both ignorant of the Constitution and is woefully in violation of his oath of office - which includes the responsibility to uphold the document in its entirety! This is not something that should be subject to any Court's interpretation. The 14th Amendment is clear and Trump has NO authority to alter it. He then claimed that Congress can do so as well. No they cannot - they could only initiate a Constitutional Amendment to alter the document - and there is little doubt no members of Congress would even consider, let alone attempt to do so.
Regardless, Trump knows his caravan of ignorant followers will believe whatever he says, whether it is true or a lie. Richard Nixon would be jealous of Trump, as had Republicans put party over country back in the 1970's, Richard Nixon would have become King instead of the political pariah. We are in a dark period in our political history. Recent events should be a realistic wake-up call! Voting for the opposition party is the remedy so that this rogue president can finally have a check on his actions - just as the Framers had intended by separating powers between the institutions of our government. Try to have a great week and VOTE!
Had an interesting week while in New York spending time with my son and daughter-in-law. The purpose of the visit was to promote the October 16 release of our new book, "Boomers to Millennials: Moving America Forward." In the process of promoting our new book, Nathan was invited three times to appear on Fox News and Fox Business channels. Not one to miss an opportunity to witness first hand how Fox News actually operates, I tagged along with Nathan for his appearances on that network. What I found was to be expected. Most folks working at Fox on air and off the air, do not believe any of the rhetoric being spewed on air. It appears to me that many on-air personalities personally don't believe what they claim on television, as they are heavily scripted to read the "company line." The one guy that is a true journalist (let's just call him "S.S."), has been pushed further and further from the spotlight due to audiences preferring a "company talking head" versus anyone that actually has a journalism background. Sad to learn that Fox convinces their audiences of hyper-partisan divisive rhetoric while not believing very much themselves in the very messages they broadcast. Oh well, that's Fox for 'ya.
Also in New York, Nathan and I conducted a Live Stream on our book. It can be found at www.pscp.tv/w/1gqxvXjkvXeGB?t=12m38s. Over 17,600 folks have tuned in to watch. Then we were off to Bold TV to discuss our book. You can catch that interview at www.pscp.tv/w/1MYxNqwDyyZJw?t=19m16s. Our interview begins at the 19:15 mark in the broadcast. We have additional interviews being requested and will let you know when and where you will be able to catch us together again! Of course, the new book can be found at www.amazon.com/Boomers-Millennials-Moving-America-Forward/dp/1938842413/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540140773&sr=8-2&keywords=daniel+r+rubin and www.barnesandnoble.com/w/boomers-to-millennials-daniel-r-rubin/1129727459?ean=9781938842412.
One of things Conservative Media is doing is trying to guide the narratives heading into the election to favor the Right. One way is to attempt to confuse the electorate about the influx of refugees into America and to promote the talking points that Liberals want open borders and prefer "Mobs to jobs." These narratives were clearly presented while witnessing Fox News and their agenda. While constantly arguing the Democrats fail to present a close to election message and have "struck out" on their handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, they seem to ignore the negative impact of GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's admission that the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans will have to be paid for by cutting Social Security and Medicare - things the elderly and poor rely upon to exist. Seems the GOP thinks it is a winning message to admit they favor the wealthiest Americans and that it is proper to slash "entitlements" - another way of saying benefits all Americans have been paying into since they stated working. I started paying into the system when I was 14 years old and have been paying into it ever since. Ironically, Social Security and Medicare are not part of the budget process - they are rightfully considered "Non-discretionary" spending. In other words, they are not subject to budget tinkering - despite the fact the GOP has been stealing from Social Security for decades now - all in an effort to claim such spending adds to our budget deficits - but nothing adds to it more that the GOP's $1.2 Trillion budget busting tax "reform."
Former GOP presidents from Eisenhower to Nixon, to Reagan to H.W Bush have all called for Social Security to be protected. Now we have a GOP that no longer resembles its old self AND is so severely out of touch with what Americans truly need and expect from their government. So much for being the party of "Fiscal Responsibility." Come to think of it, I'm not sure what under Trump the GOP actually stands for - except divisive rhetoric designed to suppress opposition and freedom.
So buy our new book and vote to ensure our system of government is preserved over the hyper-partisan rhetoric of the Right. It's time for Country over Party - something Trump and the GOP seem to have never understood. As President Ronald Reagan once said, "Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit!" "It has nothing to do with raising or lowering the deficit!" (See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihUoRD4pYzI ). Have a great week and VOTE EARLY!
As I begin to prepare for my trip to New York to work with my son Nathan on the promotion of our new book, "Boomers to Millennials - Moving America Forward", I couldn't help but notice all of the lies that are being spread by the Right Wing. Somehow, someone subscribed me to both Judicial Watch and TeaParty.Org. Both are seemingly dedicated to distorting all news in an effort to manipulate followers into sharing fake news to anyone that will listen or read their "arguments." Except their allegations are so transparently false, only the most ignorant would pass them along. Which tells us a lot about those who support the Right Wing and Trump. They are either willingly ignorant or simply incapable of recognizing truth from lies.
One of the Whoppers this week was from Trump himself while campaigning in Ohio - telling his adoring fans how great Robert E. Lee was as a general. Except Lee led the Army of Virginia and was responsible for the deaths of over 32,000 Ohio troops fighting for the Union. Despite the fact that Union Generals U.S. Grant and Tecumseh Sherman (who defeated Lee) were native born Buckeyes! Yet the crowd cheered! That's enough to verify his followers are, frankly, IDIOTS. (See: www.ohiohistory.org/learn/collections/history/history-blog/2011/april-2011/ohio-in-the-civil-war-interesting-facts).
The following stories have also been passed along recently by these flame-throwing liars -
From the Tea Party; "Four Democrats Caught in Voter Fraud Ring Targeting Seniors in Fort Worth!" Except the "ring" were four related people working with seniors to ensure their voter registrations were up to date. Did they change anything that would be viewed as "fraudulent?" I guess if you consider they signed the voter's name and it differs from what it appears on their original registration. It did not change their identification, address or other voter related information of the elderly that were using the form. An innocent matter made to look sinister by "Four Democrats" - except nowhere in the article (they made up) is there any indication what the four's political affiliation actually is. A lot is assumed.
My favorite from the Tea Party is their claim "There have been more than three separate Democrat attempts to impeach President Trump!" Does this even require a comment? A majority of the House of Representatives is required to move forward with Impeachment. Anyone think the Dems can get around the GOP Majority on this front? I guess only ignorant Tea Party followers do.
Another example from the Tea Party is "Breaking News! Portland Police Want to Charge Driver With Crimes After Escaping Mob Protest - Violent Protesters Considered "Victims"..." Seriously!? But it gets much, much worse! "Breaking News! Rod Rosenstein Refuses to Turn Over Subpoenaed Memos - Backs Out of Thursday's Congressional Hearing!" Except there are no outstanding "memos" being sought that Rosenstein is "refusing to turn over" and the man was supposed to have been meeting with Trump that day instead. The best one yet? "Breaking News! LOCK HER UP! Hillary Has Secret Service Details Pulled Due To Her Illegal Emails!" It was reported that Clinton herself requested the Secret Service curtail protection for herself and four others that worked closely with her. It was reported to the public by Chuck Schumer. So much for "Lock Her Up!" Ironic the Right demands Hillary be locked up without any actual evidence yet demand Kavanaugh and others be afforded "Due Process Rights! and Innocent until proven guilty!" Can't teach stupid!
Judicial Watch is another doozy. They claim to keep an eye on everything Judicial, except they routinely ignore anything that may implicate Republicans as wrongdoers. Instead they continue the attack on Obama and Clinton as "Lawless Traitors!" They also file a lot of Amicus Briefs for Conservative Causes. Their latest? A Freedom of Information Act request for all FBI documents relating to the FISA Warrant relating to Carter Page. Yep, they are still stuck on this nonsense (conveniently ignoring all of the GUILTY PLEAS Mueller has already secured from Senior Trump campaign officials). Anyone know where their funding comes from for their hyper-partisan legal defying nonsense?
And while the Right was distracting the media with a blitz calling Dems "Unruly, Uncivil, Violent Mobs", the GOP led Senate affirmed a Trump Administrative rule allowing States to determine the levels of minimal insurance they can offer citizens. Not too bad right? Except the Rule "omits the ACA coverage requirements that protects consumers with pre-existing conditions protection." You read that right. (See SJRes. 63, passed 10/10/2018).
So if we want the GOP-led Congress and Trump to continue to LIE to the American Public, stay home and don't vote. If you want a change in our Government, one that we can again begin to believe in, Vote BLUE!
As Harry Sl Truman once wrote; "It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work." Boy could we really use Harry Truman these days! Have a great week
Going to be a very busy couple of weeks! Our new book, "Boomers to Millennials - Moving America Forward" will be officially released for sale to the public on Monday, October 15! As a result, I will be heading to New York to promote the release with Nathan, my son and Co-Author. Early pre-release endorsements of the book have been flowing in. Here are but a few examples;
"This is a wonderful handbook for bringing together Baby Boomers, Millennials and anyone interested
in creating ripples of hope through political activism. Every young person would benefit from this
crash course in American politics."
Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert K. Kennedy Human Rights
"Boomers to Millennials calmly and reasonably makes the case for progressive America. With
bullseye accuracy, the authors take all if the subterfuge created by the right-wing machine and offer
a counter vision that stays within the lines of facts, reality and action. With the Boomer's knowledge
of the backstory, and the Millennial's savvy, open-minded approach, the lessons in this book could
just be the thing that stops the corporate greed that's eviscerating America."
Heidi-Siegmund Cuda, Emmy winning reporter, filmmaker, author and activist
"This clarion call is a must read for all voters, but especially the young. We're seeing a rebirth of activism
in this country, but we need millennials to save America from the excesses of Donald Trump allowed
or encouraged by older voters. Boomers to Millennials is a how to guide to a better, more
John Weaver, Chief Strategist for former Senator John McCain and Ohio Governor John Kasich
Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. ISBN:9781938842412. $15.95 paperback, $5.99 e-book.
We hope you enjoy this easy to read yet serious book. In the meantime - VOTE! Be well and have a great week!
Nathan and I are looking at a release date of our new book for October 15. Pre-release reviews have thankfully been extremely encouraging. Look for it soon! ISBN: 9781193884 24112
So the "secret" is officially out. Part of the reason my blogs have been shorter than usual is because I was very busy writing a new book with my son Nathan. I am pleased to say that it is now complete and is expected to be published Mid-October. Early reviews have been very positive which is always encouraging. The book tackles a lot of issues and we hope it is considered very timely considering the political times we are now living in. One of my favorite quotes cited in our book says a lot about it - "Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children." Robert F. Kennedy. Have a great week!
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Educator, Lecturer and National Award Winning Author. He is a retired adjunct professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.