Horrified, Terrified, and Angry

 

The media has been jumping through hoops trying to understand those who voted for Trump. Progressive media like the L.A. Times, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-donald-trump-american-voices-20161113-story.html , the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-kirk-edgerton/why-those-people-are-voti_b_9418568.html and on and on. And I’ve tried to understand. But, maybe it’s time for the Trump voters to try to understand why the majority of voters, http://heavy.com/news/2016/11/popular-vote-clinton-trump-2016-lead-update-2012-vs-electoral-college-definition-meaning-2008-hillary-california-election-results/ are truly horrified by the outcome of this election.

First is the question of electing a racist. I’m quite sure that if Canada were to suddenly have some sort of unprecedented calamity, and millions of Canadians were to suddenly immigrate to the USA, Trump, and Trump voters would have no problem accepting these English-speaking, white immigrants. The same could be said for the Brexit vote, which was fueled in part by the increased immigration of Pakistanis and other brown people from former British colonies. It is a fear of white people becoming a minority. Something Van Jones called white-lash. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/us/obama-trump-white-backlash/ While I think Jones makes some good points, I would agree that the economic plight of some Trump and Brexit voters certainly was a part of their motivation. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-why-did-he-win-a7414716.html But, I cannot ignore the things that Trump has said about Mexicans and Muslims. Trump voters have said it is okay to be racist.

Second is the question of electing a woman-assaulting, misogynist. I’m sure you’ve all seen the tape recording exposed by the Washington Post on October 7th. Trump voters rationalize this a “boy talk”. Well, sorry, to those of us who had been paying attention, Trump’s attitude, exposed by this tape, has been evident for a long time. His comments about women, Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly, and many others  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a44629/donald-trump-insults-women/ make it clear he thinks of women as decorative sex toys. His first wife accused him of rape at one time, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-ex-wife-claim-he-raped-her-resurfaces-in-new-documentary-a6836151.html . Trump voters have indicated it is okay to be a misogynistic assaulter of women.

Third is his ignorance about global climate change. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jun/03/hillary-clinton/yes-donald-trump-did-call-climate-change-chinese-h/ The evidence for climate change is overwhelming, http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ; 110 nations have agreed to that overwhelming consensus by signing the Paris Agreement. Rising sea levels with increased flooding, increase in intensity and damage of wildfires, stronger hurricanes, more deadly hot spells, the list of climate change problems goes on and on—far more costly to the world’s economy than the move to green energy would be. http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/global-warming-impacts#.WCzvxbIrIYs Maybe when the Trump voters in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas lose thousands of neighborhoods to flooding, they will see the error of their vote. Trump voters are saying it’s just fine to ignore science.

Fourth is the fact that Trump has bilked hundreds, if not thousands of people out of millions of dollars. Even the Wall Street Journal, hardly a liberal rag, has reported this. http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trumps-business-plan-left-a-trail-of-unpaid-bills-1465504454  Also, the relatively moderate USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/ We don’t know how much the man has paid in taxes, if anything. But, he did tell Hillary Clinton that such tax avoidance made him smart. Guess that means he thinks that we schmos, who feel like paying taxes is a patriotic duty are stupid. Trump voters are saying that cheating people and not paying taxes is just fine.

Fifth is the fact that the man is totally unqualified for the job, and doesn’t seem to be enlisting people who are knowledgeable. http://www.salon.com/2016/11/14/donald-trump-is-unprepared-to-be-president-and-doesnt-even-know-how-the-west-wing-works/ And, the few knowledgeable people he had on board are being let go, evidently as a result of animosity from certain family members. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/trump-transition.html  Trump voters have said that experience and knowledge of the job doesn’t matter.

Sixth is the influence on my country’s presidential election by the Russian government. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/trump-transition.html If a Democratic candidate had had such a connection the Republicans would have been screaming “traitor”. Trump voters seem to be unworried about having someone heavily influenced and perhaps in debt to the vicious dictator Putin. http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/

This is my short list of objections to Trump. I could go on for another ten pages.

Trump supporters seem to be able to rationalize all the things the majority of voters have found appalling about him. “It’s just hearsay” one claimed. He’ll be much more statesmanlike in office they affirm. “Give him a chance.” Well, it hasn’t started out very well. There’s the aforementioned shake up of his staff. He has said his family will run his businesses, while all other recent presidents have put their assets in a blind trust. http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/ Oh, and, by the way, he would like to have security clearances for those family members. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/donald-trump-children-security-clearance/  I wonder if Trump voters are so naïve as to say “What possible conflict of interest could that create?”

It’s apparent to me that the only thing Trump is concerned about is his empire. His family are already trying to take advantage of their position to sell their products. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trumps-using-office-to-promote-products-810042435998 .  I guess Trump voters don’t mind a little commercialization of the office.

I know that writing this will not change the minds of most Trump voters. I can hope that it might give the independents and “lesser of two evils” voters some understanding of why so many of us are horrified, terrified, and very, very upset about this election. When G.W. Bush was elected, I was very unhappy, but I did not refuse to recognize him as president. I will never recognize this racist, woman-assaulting misogynist, climate-change denier, business huckster, tax-avoider, political science ignoramus, Putin admiring, exploiter of the presidency, as the leader of my country. He is deplorable. Voting for him is saying that it’s acceptable to be deplorable. I will always find that to be un-American.

ECCHO’s Shills for Developers

 

 

About a year ago, I wrote about the agreement that the city had reached with the current owner of what was the Escondido Country Club. https://ablueviewescondido.com/2015/10/07/ecchos-in-the-council-chamber/

At the time I wondered if the ECCHO folks would “think any better of Olga Diaz who recognized the reality of the no-win situation between the City and Schlesinger, and tried her best to reduce the financial damage to the city? Will they now understand that Abed’s main interest from the start was his campaign for Mayor, and tried to make them feel that he was on their side, while all the time calculating his political situation.” I concluded “No, I think they will continue with their pipe dream of a new golf course, at whatever expense to Escondido it takes. Meanwhile the City will process any application. Bet any such application will include over 250 homes, and no golf course.” Turns out I was correct in my forecast.”

But, I did not think their animosity would continue to the point where they would campaign against Diaz. But that’s what they’re doing: http://sandiegouniontribune.ca.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=352389246 . Why aren’t they just as mad at Mayor Sam Abed—he voted for the agreement after stringing them along for a year or two. It is his handpicked tool, Joe Garcia, who is running against Diaz in district three. Garcia will do whatever Abed and his other crony capitalists on the City Council decide is in the best interests of the building industry, including voting for the awful Safari Highlands Ranch that only Diaz voted against. A development that would destroy unique and rare native habitat, which seems to me much more egregious than building homes on a golf-course gone to weed. https://ablueviewescondido.com/2014/04/29/62/

But, evidently, consistency isn’t important to the ECCHO folks, all they care about is their own pipedream of a restored golf course, regardless of what effect it will have on the entire city. I wrote about the hypocrisy of ECCHO people before, https://ablueviewescondido.com/2014/06/27/ecchos-of-hypocrisy/ .

But, when I learned that Ken Lounsbury who heads the go-to law firm for developers to get their projects passed by the Escondido City Council has been blessing ECCHO’s efforts, it all began to make sense. There’s nothing Lounsbury, the City Council male majority, and all the rest of the good ole boy crony capitalist mob would like better than to get rid of the one voice on the council who objected to waiving developer impact fees by the millions, passing the cost of infrastructure needed for new development onto the taxpayers. That one voice for taxpayers is Olga Diaz.

Members of ECCHO wise up!!!  You are being shills for the developers. If you think getting Garcia elected will somehow return your beloved golf course, you are living in a fantasyland. You have been treated like dirt by a developer, now you’re cleaning up the dirt for other developers.

 

 

A Response to the Reverend Douglas

 

I just read a post on Facebook from someone of whom I would have expected better. It read:

My friend and one time fellow pastor, Dalton Douglas, shares some powerful thoughts concerning Donald Trump: “I’ve heard too many say lately that we, the American people have no choice in this November election!

Do you really think that God would leave us with no choice?

Come on people! Where’s your faith? He has heard our cries!

In defense of Donald Trump: Try to keep
this in mind,

Donald Trump did not steal your money.

Donald Trump did not raise your taxes.

Donald Trump did not quadruple the price of food.

Donald Trump is not starting a race war.

Donald Trump did not leave any US soldiers in Benghazi to be slaughtered and desecrated by Muslims.

Donald Trump did not send the US Navy to fight for Syrian Al-Qaeda.

Donald Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East.

Donald Trump did not betray Israel.

Donald Trump did not provide financing and technology to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Donald Trump did not give our military secrets to China.

Donald Trump did not remove our nuclear missile shield in Poland at the behest of Russia.

Donald Trump did not shrivel our military, and betray our veterans.

Donald Trump did not cripple our economy.

Donald Trump did not increase our debt to 20 trillion dollars.

Donald Trump did not ruin our credit, twice.

Donald Trump did not double African American
unem ployment.

Donald Trump did not increase welfare to a record level for eight years.

Donald Trump did not sign a law making it legal to execute and imprison Americans.

Donald Trump did not set free all of terrorists in Guantanamo bay.

Donald Trump did not steal your rights, violate US Constitutional law, or commit treason hundreds of times.

Yet Trump is being ripped apart in the news, nonstop. Barrack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton and the criminals occupying our government, are not.

The media is the Democratic Party; save our culture. Stop listening to them!

So, in response to the Reverend Douglas:

Trump has not stolen from me, but he has from countless others: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

Trump may not have raised my taxes, but his avoidance of paying taxes has increased the need for the middle class to pay taxes. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/opinion/campaign-stops/trumps-tax-avoidance-plan.html?_r=0

Trump may not have caused the quadrupling of the price of food, but the thing he denies as a hoax, global warming, has definitely contributed. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5106

And https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/05/climate-change-food-oxfam

Donald Trump did not start the race war, but he brought out the underbelly of racism by his extremely racist language, that has appealed to the KKK and other ignorant, racist whites. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/08/the-gop-has-made-its-peace-with-trumps-racism.html

Donald Trump had nothing to do with Benghazi. Clinton did, but to blame her is to blame G.W. Bush for 9/11. http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/chris-stevenss-family-dont-blame-hillary-clinton-for-benghazi

Trump (being otherwise occupied with reality T.V.) also had nothing to do with the U.S. Navy being sent “to fight for the Syrian  Al-Qaeda.) Well, that was a mess, but “… much of what has gone wrong can be attributed to the Bush decision to invade Iraq, which ranks among the greatest foreign-policy fiascoes in the nation’s history.” http://nationalinterest.org/feature/who-more-responsible-the-rise-isis-bush-or-obama-11296?page=2

No Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East. Neither did the Obama Administration.See previous citations.

Donald Trump did not betray Isreal. Neither did Obama or Clinton, to say otherwise ignores the facts and the personality of the war-monger Netanyahu. http://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/03/bernie-sanders-slams-netanyahus-warmongering-speech-congress.html.

Trump did not provide financing and Technology to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Well, since he’s often wondered what could be wrong with using nuclear weapons, he probably doesn’t really care that much, but then to accuse the Obama administration of that is nonsense. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/sep/08/politifact-sheet-6-things-know-about-iran-nuclear-/

The Obama administration gave military secrets to China? Can find no conclusive evidence of same.

The Obama administration removed our nuclear missile shield in Poland at the behest of Russia. It was never there to begin with. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/17/missile-defence-shield-barack-obama

Trump did not shrivel our military, and betray our veterans??? He did sort of forget that he was going to contribute to veterans. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/05/25/how-social-media-helped-crack-the-case-of-donald-trumps-1-million-donation-to-veterans/  But to claim that the military force (we spend more on national defense than most of the rest of the developed nations put together,) is not at all factual. http://www.npr.org/2016/04/29/476048024/fact-check-has-president-obama-depleted-the-military

Donald Trump did not cripple the economy??? No, maybe not individually, but it was the Trump mentality that he has shown over the years—”anyone who can’t make money like me is a loser”—that did the trick. Alan Greenspan summed up this basic error in thinking  “ I made a mistake,” he admitted in a hearing, “ in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in  the firms.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2012/06/02/the-2008-meltdown-and-where-the-blame-falls/#3fa9c8ff6fd0Donald Trump was right there with those “self-interests” who crashed the economy.

Donald Trump did not increase our debt? Yes he did actually. One, by avoiding taxes.  Two, by cheating people out of their due payments, often closing down their small businesses. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/13/politics/trump-small-business-owners/ It is the insane adherence to trickle-down economics, that Trump promotes, that is the greatest threat to our economy.

Donald Trump did not ruin our credit, twice. No the Republican Congress did that all by themselves.

Donald Trump did not double African American unemployment. Neither did the Obama administration http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/15/news/economy/blacks-trump-obama/

Trump did not increase welfare to a record level for eight years—no the Republican/Bush recession did that job.  They’re now beginning to decline. http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/welfare_spending

Trump did not set free all of the terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. No. Neither did Obama. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/01/released-guantanamo-bay-detainees-160110094618370.html

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/04/us/gitmo-detainees-history/

Donald Trump did not steal your rights? Yes he did to those he owed money to. Trump did not violate US Constitutional law? He certainly proposes to do so. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/07/14/aclu-several-of-trumps-policy-proposals-violate-constitution/ Even the National Review agrees: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435296/donald-trump-constitution-end-separation-power Or commit treason? No maybe not, but his praise of Putin begs that question. I’ve looked at the charges against Obama, they are totally specious arguments.

Arguments from people like the Rev. Douglas are that they wish to “save our culture”. Let me interpret. Save our male chauvinist, white supremacist, homophobic, anti-choice, theocratic, WASP culture. A culture that white males cling to. Too late. It’s long gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is hope

So, tonight I began my job as a Grassroots Organizing team for the San Diego County Democratic Party. I began with the five other Democrats living on my street (actually three homes—four including mine.) At one of the homes I discovered that the Democrat on my list had moved away. I was taken a bit aback, and introduced myself as a neighbor who was with the GO team for the Democratic Party—were they voters? Were they Democrats? “No” the woman I faced said, we’re Republicans. I started to apologize, as I heard in the background “Trump Trump, Trump, Trump” “No, not Trump” quietly said the woman who had opened the door. I apologized for disturbing their peace. There is hope.

A Correction

In my last blog I said there were four Republicans, that was an error. Mr. Ryan Clark is non-partisan. He wrote:

Thank you for the excellent write-up. Just a minor point of clarification: I’m not a Republican (I’m non-partisan), so I would prefer to not be lumped into that bunch. Like you, I was really disappointed with how some of our local elected officials appeared to try and roll out the red carpet for their guy. We deserve better. That’s much of the reason why I was asked to run for office–Blaise and I were both late entries to provide better alternatives than the guy who was picked / groomed for the job.

My apologies for lumping him in with that bunch.

A Treasure of a Treasurer’s Position

 

There are five candidates running for the office of Escondido City Treasurer http://www.times-advocate.com/news/2016-08-25/Front_Page/Five_candidates_vie_for_city_treasurer.html . This is not too surprising, since:  “The city council shall fix the treasurer’s salary annually at no less than one-half (1/2) the highest salary paid to a city department head other than the city manager, unless a lower salary is requested by the city treasurer, with benefits equal to those provided such appointee.” http://qcode.us/codes/escondido/?view=desktop&topic=2  Interpretation: the total compensation well over $100K—for what all seem to agree to be a part time position.

Under California law, a general law city like Escondido can either elect or appoint the offices of City Treasurer and City Clerk. http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/06/05/ca/cc/meas/L/

Escondido’s Treasurer has always been an elected position. But in 1984 Escondido citizens voted in Proposition F, which, according to the L.A. Times, was an attempt to “restore the salaries and powers of office to both the Escondido city clerk and treasurer, powers that were removed by the City Council in a dispute over investment of city funds.” https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/173914614/ Proposition N, passed two years later seems to have increased the independent authority of the City Treasurer and Clerk. In the argument against Prop. N, there is an interesting statement by the former City Treasurer, Ruth V. Thomas. Ruth.png

The City Treasurer, since 1984, has been Kenneth C. Hugins. In his last election in November 2012, he won by only 27 votes. His opponent was 23-year old Michelle Fawcett who had no political experience. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-candidates-reflect-on-close-escondido-treasurer-2012dec07-story.html  In 2012, he claimed to have returned more than $500,000 in salary. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-escondido-treasurer-race-a-contrast-in-age-style-2012oct13-story.html

In his candidate statement of 2012, Hugins avowed that he served on a part time basis. So it was a bit of a surprise when the candidate endorsed by not only Hugins, but the four white Republican males on the City Council announced at a forum held on September 13, by the first United Methodist Church, that he, Douglas W. Shultz, was especially qualified for the job, because he had been serving as a “volunteer assistant City Treasurer.” Say what? A part-time position that pays close to $200K per year needs an assistant? Even a volunteer assistant? It is impossible to imagine that such assistance did not involve some use of the City staffs’ time. A contribution of a sort to a candidate for city office. If this is not illegal, it certainly should be. One can just imagine how the good ole’ boys dreamt up this supposed embellishment to their candidates credentials. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Same ole’ crony capitalism manure.

There are three other Republicans running, including Robroy Fawcett, father of the aforementioned Michelle and perennial gadfly. Fawcett is the man who started the recall campaign against Olga Diaz, for no particular reason other than he disagreed with her politics. Fortunately, Fawcett couldn’t organize a one-car parade.

One can only hope that the Republicans will split the vote sufficiently to allow the one reasonable progressive, Blaise Jackson to win.

Home Again

 

We got back to San Diego on Saturday, after what seemed a marathon flight from D.C. through Dallas. Crowded planes, crowded airports, no time for lunch at Dallas, so a very dry pre-packaged sandwich purchased at Dulles. I can remember, back in the last century, when plane travel was a lot nicer.

We took a tour of the Capitol on Friday, then went to a wonderful Turkish restaurant for lunch across the street from the National Portrait Gallery. We toured that briefly, then took the Metro to Dupont Circle and walked to the Phillips Gallery which is near our “boutique” hotel. After touring that small but impressive gallery, we walked back to get our luggage and catch a taxi to our hotel near Dulles for that night.

We had a great vacation, shouldn’t really complain, but we did have on big disappointment, no white house visit, even though we had requested one well in advance. Here is a letter that I just wrote to Senator Boxer that explains the situation.

Dear Senator Boxer

Last Friday my husband and I took a tour of the Capitol with two charming young women from your office. They did a good job, and we enjoyed it. I had called your office the day before to confirm the call, explaining that I would probably be on the Metro one hour before the tour time of 10:00 am when someone from your office would call me on my cell to confirm our appointment for the tour, and might not hear the call. The young man I spoke with said he would confirm our tour, and told us we should be there by 9:40 am, even though the email letter I received on June 20th said we only needed to be there 15 minutes early. At about 9:30 am on Friday, while we were walking from the Metro to the Capitol, I received a call from our tour guide, asking us if we were going on the tour, and I confirmed. We were standing under the statue of Liberty by 9:40 am. Our guides showed up around 9:50 am. We then waited around 15 minutes for another couple to arrive. We were a bit unhappy.

I had also asked to have a tour of the White House last June. I had understood that the tours were given on a first come first serve basis, and that the tour could be requested as early as three months in advance, and that the tours would depend on the White House schedule. In the email letter I received from your office on June 20th, I was told I would receive an email seven to ten days before the requested dates (June 20th through June 23rd.) Even though we were traveling to New York, Philadelphia, and Gettysburg during that time, I checked my email daily. No email from your office. I finally called on June 19th when we arrived in Washington. The young man I spoke to was a bit vague about why I had not received an email, but said that no, we had been rejected by the White House—something about a large volume of visitors. He then went on about what could be done to get us a tour—in the next four days (?) I asked. Well no. I was very upset, but didn’t say anything more.

I probably would have thought no more about the matter until I spoke with the other couple on our Capitol tour. I had said I had been disappointed not to get a tour of the White House. She asked if I had received an email from your office. No, I said. Well she hadn’t either, and had called the week before. She had been a bit more insistent. She had requested the tour last May. She had found out that there had been a recent change in your computer system, and that some of tour request had been lost in the process—hers being one. Mine another I guess—since there were White House tours going on that week. She had been allowed to go on a tour with the new Senate interns.

I am still very disappointed. My husband is 75 and I am 71. I doubt we will get to Washington again.

Sincerely,

Margaret McCown Liles