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America’s Dilemma: Too Many People Can’t Handle the Truth

The past eight years America has had an ineffective president, not because he didn’t try, but because so many refused to work with him and give him a chance.  What this country needs now is four more years of ineffective leadership because so many people refuse to give the new guy a chance.  Regardless how you feel about Obama as President or feel about Trump as the President elect, both of these men were elected by the same Electoral College that represented the will of the people.  Some screamed for eight years that Obama was not their President, and now some are screaming Trump is not their President.  The truth is Barack Obama was America’s President and now in a couple of months, Donald Trump will be America’s new President.  That is the truth whether you can handle it or not!

However, I am not sure America really wants the truth.  It has become obvious the only truth America can handle is the truth as each individual sees it.  We are no longer a collective nation of patriots with the common sense to embrace the good of all people.  Today, the collective patriotism of America extends no further than individual agendas.  As a nation, we clamor for the truth, yet we prove over and over we can’t handle the truth that we are one nation made up of many diverse groups and ideas rather than one group’s idea for a nation.

The wisdom of our forefathers gave us America’s truth; it is called the Constitution of the United States.  A Constitution that was never envisioned to be interpreted along the lines of politics, religion, or personal agendas but rather intended to be interpreted with common sense and respect for ALL citizens.  That is the truth, and America needs to relearn how to handle that truth.  Until we do, the division in America will continue unabated.  Anyone who cannot handle that truth is a part of the problem.

The Truth Whether You Can Handle It or Not?

  1. Voting for Donald Trump brings into question a person’s Christianity no more than voting for Hillary Clinton brings into question a person’s integrity;
  2. Regardless who you voted for in the 2016 Presidential election, you had a despicable decision to make. Both candidates clearly represented all that is wrong with America today;
  3. Protesting peacefully is as American as apple pie – so is voting! The contradiction occurs when those protesting do not bother to vote.  By not voting, they are the very problem they protest against;
  4. The way to resolve all the cry babying in future elections is to do what American society normally does to pacify competition – give everybody a participation trophy and send them home;
  5. The primary reason for division in America is we tag everybody. By tagging people as conservative, liberal, Christian, non-Christian, Muslim, gay, etc., we fail to recognize their humanity.  Respect for the humanity of those who disagree with us or believe and live differently is the key ingredient missing from today’s America!

Can you handle the truth?

JL

©Jack Linton, November 21, 2016

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Six Quick Questions for President Clinton or President Trump

The name calling, theatrics, and worrying are almost over.  After nearly two years of scandal, controversy, and boisterous policies that often beneath their rumbustious surfaces lacked sensitivity and understanding of the fears and vulnerability of the American people, the race for the Presidency of the United States is thankfully coming to an end.  Political campaigns traditionally offer little substance, but the 2016 campaign will most likely go down in history as the loudest campaign with the least substance of all.  Fortunately, come Tuesday, voters will decide which of the two most despised presidential candidates in history will lead the nation for the next four years.  Some will rejoice for the victor, but most will sigh in relief that it is over regardless who wins.

Wednesday morning, November 9, will definitely bring a sense of relief and hopefully peace.  In America’s most contentious and bombastic election, the American people have been played and manipulated to the fullest.  They have been baptized in ignorance, misinformation, and deception to the point they are disgusted with the whole ugly process.  The credibility of both political parties has been greatly compromised and both will most likely be stained for years to come.  Most people will agree, it would have taken a complete “do over” to lend any credibility to the campaign, but that was impossible once the political machine was rolling.

Politics have always been about sleeping in the bed you make, and unfortunately, during the 2016 presidential campaign, the people were forced to sleep in the lumpiest, most bizarre, uncomfortable political bed of all time.  Millions tuned into the news and social media each evening hoping to gain insight into a campaign that often resembled caricatures of the blind leading the blind.  During a campaign conducted more for the benefit of the two parties than the American people, few of the voters’ questions were answered in a sincerely honest way on either side of the fence.  Their questions and concerns were lost under the smoking cover of deleted emails, lies, misinformation, barroom antics, and locker room talk.   As a result, America is likely to remain doomed to crawl under this rhetorical fog for at least the next four years and possibly much longer.  Therefore, in one last attempt to get some clarity, there are six questions, as legitimate as the 2016 campaign itself, that the winner needs to address before he or she takes a two month hiatus from the public to begin the transition to the White House.  The questions may be uncomfortable, but no more so than the discomfort experienced by most Americans during the travesty of the election campaign.

Questions for Mr. or Mrs. President

  1. A question for the Democrats if they win the White House: President Clinton, how do you plan to convince America you know the difference between the truth and buggering the truth?
  2. A question for the Republicans if they win the White House:  President Trump, if you put a stop to immigration, what will become of IHOP?
  3. A question for the Democrats if they win the White House:  President Clinton, to qualify for the tax breaks you promised middle class families, how do I set myself up as a non-profit organization similar to the Clinton Foundation?”
  4. A question for the Republicans if they win the White House:  President Trump, how do I set myself up as business corporation to avoid your middle class tax increase and take advantage of your proposed corporate tax cuts?
  5. A question for the Democrats if they win the White House:  President Clinton, this presidential campaign has shaken America to its core, and exposed American insecurities.  How will you help Americans, especially those on Facebook, feel good about themselves again?  You know the ones who post such messages as – “If you are truly my friend and care about me and my dog and also my cat, you will like and paste this post to your timeline and my timeline, so I can leave you a comment;”  and
  6. A question for the Republicans if they win the White House:  President Trump, you have said climate change is not a real issue, so do you also see explorers who visit both the North Pole and South Pole as bi-polar?

To some, these questions may seem a bit shallow, but the odds of getting a legitimate deep response to any question after the election are even greater than the odds prior to the election.  Face it, the Democrat and the Republican Parties, have taken Americans for an old fashioned hayride soiled by bull poo.  Though it is highly unlikely the election process is rigged as claimed by some, it has been clear for quite some time the legitimacy of either candidate for the presidency is highly flawed at best.  The only consolation is that maybe when we tackle this process again in four years, we will pay closer attention and get it right the next time.  Until then, Americans will sleep in the bed they and their political parties, which lately only pay lip service to representing the people, have made for themselves.  The coming four years may be rocky, but we will make it through them.  How do I know?  It’s simple; there are too many deep rich pockets involved for the future of this country to go any other way.

JL

©Jack Linton, November 7, 2016

Why We Shouldn’t Worry about Clinton or Trump

Why in the world would the Republican Party back Donald Trump, maybe, the most divisive presidential candidate in history? Why would anyone, especially Christians, support a candidate they would lynch if he said about them the things he has said about Hispanics and women? Supporters of Trump laugh and say it doesn’t matter that he is offensive and abrasive because he is not a politician. Holy Hogwash! The truth is he became a politician the moment he announced his intention to run for the Presidency, but politician or not, as the potential President of the United States, it matters what he says, how he says it, how he acts, and what he does! Politically, it matters because he is running for the supreme public office in the nation – an office that represents the integrity of the nation! There is no integrity in demeaning people, and I doubt seriously if the rest of the world will be as forgiving as his supporters of a President with a demeaning mouth and disposition.

On the other side of the fence sits the first serious woman candidate for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton. However, why in the world would the Democrat Party hitch their wagon behind maybe the most untrustworthy presidential candidate in history? From her numerous shifts on political positions and subsequent patented denials to her blatant lies regarding her misuse and destruction of classified emails, she has proven over and over again she cannot be trusted. Supporters can argue she has apologized all they want, but how far will apologies take a President with poor judgement? It matters that a President is trustworthy – at least above the table.

The dilemma we find ourselves in did not happen overnight. It is the result of years of voter apathy that has allowed the politicians, Democrats and Republicans, to do as they please without accountability. The only accountability is the vote, but due to lack of long term memory, by the next election, voters have forgotten the issues and 90% of what was said the first go around. Voters rarely hold politicians accountable for their promises, so why shouldn’t politicians promise the world when all they need deliver is peanuts such as Clinton and Trump? Why shouldn’t they lie as long as they keep straight who they lie to and keep a smile on their faces (i.e. Clinton and Trump)? Bottom line, the people – the voters – are as much responsible for the mess we are in as the politicians and the political parties we blindly follow.

So, how do we get out of this? We don’t, and there is little need to waste time worrying about it. Prayer may help, but I am afraid the good Lord is going to let us wallow in the bed we have made for ourselves for a while. The conservatives can blame the liberals and the liberals can blame the conservatives, but name calling and bellyaching will do nothing but hurt our ears. Regardless of how much we moan and groan, one of the two misfits will be elected in November. The only bright spot is that America has made it through tough times before, and we will most likely make it through this as well. After four years, we will be invited to the dance once again, and hopefully, the next dance card will be a little more balanced in favor of sanity.

Until we dance that dance, “We are stuck with the ugly duckling,” as Trump might say. The Presidency will not change Clinton or Trump for the better; they are who they are, and those two old dogs are not about to change for anybody or anything. So, we might as well suck it up and have a hardy laugh. The rest of the world is certainly laughing, so why not join in and save our concerns and worries for a later day when it might matter. Unfortunately for America, the train has left the station, and all tickets have been punched for the next four years.

JL

©Jack Linton, October 8, 2016

Democrats vs Republicans vs Libertarians

A quick look at what Americans need to know:

Republicans Democrats Libertarians
Believe Nancy Reagan coined the phrase “Are you yanking my chain?” Believe Donald Trump is “Yanking our chain!” Wish “They had a chain to yank.”
Believe it takes 10 chickens to make 10 McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Believe chicken should only be eaten fried. Only eat leftovers.
Believe Republicans win 65% of all coin tosses. Believe 65% is the chance the Republicans have of losing the election Believe 65% of all coin tosses will land on edge unless tampered with by Democrats or Republicans.
Believe it is time for Donald Trump to be President since the USA has never had a President named Donald. Believe it is scary to imagine a Pope named Donald. Can’t follow this line of thinking.
Believe Donald Trump put the jokes to rest about his hair when he let Jimmy Fallon muss his hair on national television. Believe Fallon mussing Trump’s hair explains the sudden spike in glue sales shortly before the show aired. Believe the bigger issue is lice control.
Believe the biggest danger in the USA is electing Hillary Clinton as President. Believe the biggest danger in the USA is ingesting Donald Trump’s malarkey. Can’t believe they are not the whackos on the ticket.
Believe a 2,000 mile border wall between the USA and Mexico is the best solution to immigration. Believe such a wall would be an unfair deterrent to their voter recruiting efforts. Believe it is impossible to build a wall between the USA and Mexico since the border is only six inches wide.
Believe Democrats were behind replacing silicone breasts implants with cookie dough as part of their concerns for the ecosystem. Believe Republicans are full of hot air, but for environmental reasons, think cookie dough does rise to the occasion. Wonder what the Cookie Monster has to do with the election.
Believe there is scientific evidence to support that at any given moment, there are American men who don’t realize their fly is down. Believe Donald Trump is one of those men, but they are not sure if it is intentional or not. Are hoping both Hillary and Donald are “temps.”
Believe the letter “F” should be removed from alphabet soup to remove the temptation to spell dirty words. Believe the letter “R” should be removed from alphabet soup to make it taste better. Didn’t know anyone still ate alphabet soup.

America, the choice is yours!?

JL

Jack Linton, September 18, 2016

America’s Love with Misery: Ten Habits of Miserable People

I just turned off my television in disgust.  This misery fest that has engulfed our nation is getting very old and out of hand.  However, it appears that everyone, including the politicians, the news media, and the people, are having a grand time being miserable!  Why?  Our country in spite of its problems is still, by far, the greatest nation in the world.  No other country can come close to matching the military power, the freedoms, and the opportunities offered to citizens in The United States of America.  Nevertheless, misery seems to be taking over the country.

Whether it is politics, the economy, world events, or simple everyday life, it seems misery is fast becoming a way of life in America.  Every day, more and more people appear to be jumping on the misery bandwagon.  Maybe, it gives them a sense of self-importance or a sense of camaraderie with other miserable people.  Maybe, miserable people sustain one another by providing empathy and encouragement to each other.  I don/t know, but for some reason, the ranks of the miserable are swelling.

In today’s society, miserable people are more likely to be accepted than happy people.  It is unfortunate, but happy people tend to make unhappy people uncomfortable.  The reason is that happy takes effort while misery grows freely like weeds in an unkempt garden.  Like bad habits, the weeds are allowed to fester and grow until the garden as a whole is poisoned and smothered out completely.  To this point, I have listed ten of the most common habits of miserable people below.  As you will see, most of these habits, like common weeds in a garden, occur with little or no effort.

Ten Habits of Miserable People

  1. Stuck in an on-going relationship with a cell phone. People who constantly have a cell phone at their ear or in front of their nose often do so at the expense of family and friends.  Over time they grow more disjointed from those that matter most;
  2. Living your life as an impending funeral rather than a celebration. Yes, the world is a mess, and God may indeed intervene soon, but that doesn’t mean you must be miserable while you wait.  God expects us to be prepared for his return, but in the meantime, he put us on earth to love life, love others, and love ourselves.  He didn’t put us here to worry when the world will end, or to use his return to scare the hell out of people;
  3. Keeping things pent up inside. Sometimes you just need to go into a closet and scream or say a bad word.  Sometimes it is okay to relax and indulge in that second glass or bottle of wine;
  4. Taking yourself too seriously! Every once in a while, it is okay to laugh a little, act silly, read something none political, read something non-religious, read something unromantic, read something not work-related, and indulge in the lighter side!  Turn the news off!  Shred the newspaper!  Listen to children’s songs instead of the radio!  Go to the park and swing from the monkey bars!  Read Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, or Mark Twain!  Fart occasionally!
  5. Having nothing better to do than be bored or engaged in self-pity. Idle time rarely breeds anything worthwhile, and it does nothing to cure boredom or self-pity.  People need face to face human engagement and stimulation that cannot be provided over a cell phone or in front of a computer;
  6. Waking up looking for something to be pissed off about. Getting up on the wrong side of the bed is a personal choice!  Nobody controls your outlook on life and people, but you!
  7. Blaming others and playing the part of the victim! Those who point fingers rather than seek solutions are the problem.  Those who point out blame enjoy the role of the victim;
  8. Glorifying the past! Like the present, the past is no better and no worse than you made it.  You are living tomorrow’s “good old days,” so make the best of it today.
  9. Believing everything seen, heard, or read in the news or social media! Occasionally, tune out the outside world and tune in the inside world of family and friends to discover what really matters.  There is nothing on a TV, cell, tablet, or computer screen more important than family and friends;
  10. Enjoy misery! Miserable people enjoy misery – the misery of others as well as their own.  If they didn’t, they would not let it consume their lives.

Look around!  You will more than likely see people entangled in these habits everywhere.  Turn on your television or sign-in to Facebook or some other social media, and these habits will jump out at you.  Unfortunately, America is in love with misery, but why shouldn’t it be?  Misery is easy; happiness takes work!

Jl

©Jack Linton, July 31, 2016