Above All … VOTE!

As I’ve indicated to various individuals now and again, my other-half leans Republican; however, I didn’t realize that he not only leans, he’s actually fallen over the bannister!

He did not watch last night’s debate, but at one point when Trump made an especially idiotic remark, he happened to be in the same room with me. I knew he couldn’t help but hear what Trump had said, so I turned to him and asked:

“I have a question and I want a one-word answer. I’m not looking for a discussion. I know you support Republican ideals, but you’ve also repeatedly said you can’t stand Trump. Are you still going to vote for him?”

His answer?

“Yes.”

He went on to reiterate his intense dislike for Trump — and then began to rail against the ideals and policies of the Democrats. I quickly reminded him that I did not want to get into a political discussion. Fortunately, he took me at my word and left the room.

I tend to think this is typical behavior of many Trump supporters. Over the years, for whatever reason, they have formed negative ideas about Democratic policies and actions to the point that, in many cases, there is simply no reasoning with them.

This is why, no matter what Trump has said and done … no matter how he’s harmed this country … no matter that he might one day fully assume a dictatorship role … the Republican “ideals” remain the motivating factor in their voting decisions.

To those who support him, they believe he has their back and he’s going to run this country they way it should be run. He’s going to ensure the “American Way” is front and center. And most of all, he’s going to keep “Christ in Christmas.”

For myself, I’ve never been that much into politics. It wasn’t until Obama got elected that I began to pay any attention at all to what was going on. Then when Trump came along and began dismantling this country’s ideals and standards, I became very interested. And worried.

None of us can predict the future. The best we can do is try and influence the direction it takes, not by our words, but by our actions. And at this particular moment in space and time, our concentrated action must be to VOTE. And then “think positive” that under new leadership, this country will resume its respected and admired place on the world’s stage.

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Michele Bachmann Defines Submissiveness

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In the recent Republican presidential debate held in Iowa on August 11, 2011, one of the moderators asked U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) about her 2006 remarks that she studied tax law because her husband told her to, even though she hated the idea. At the time Bachmann said, “But the Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'”

He then asked her, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

Bachmann paused for a few moments and then responded with what was, essentially, a non-answer:

Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10th. I’m in love with him. I’m so proud of him,” she said. “And both he and I — what submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful, godly man, and a great father. And he respects me as his wife. That’s how we operate our marriage. We respect each other. We love each other.”

The key words in her answer are … “what submission means … is respect.”

Apparently Michele is unaware that submission and respect have two quite different meanings:

Definition of Respect

  • An attitude of admiration or esteem
  • Regard highly; think much of
  • A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Definition of Submissive

  • Characterized by tendencies to yield to the will or authority of others
  • Inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others
  • Of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
  • Synonyms: obedient, subordinate, subservient

Michele, you weren’t asked how much you and and your husband respect each other. You were asked: “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

In 2006, you apparently subscribed to these bible instructions. It would seem you have now, for expediency’s sake, chosen to sweep this belief under the rug.

How typical of a politician.

Presidential Debate: John McCain’s Smirk

McCain came out swinging in last night’s presidential debate. He was powerful, pointed, and passionate.

But as the debate wore on and he sat there with a constant smirk on his face whenever Obama was talking, I got so mad I wanted to pick up something and throw it at him!

I’m sure McCain considers his plans for the nation far superior to Obama — and there’s nothing wrong with that. But to sit there with this condescending look on his face was totally uncalled for.

CNN analysts said what they saw was internal anger … that McCain was “seething” inside. Maybe. Maybe not. But even if the analysts were correct, do we want a president who has trouble controlling his temper and who is known for emotional outbursts? Someone who might hit The Button just because an enemy pushed him a little too far? 

And then his snide remarks about Obama’s oratory skills. What’s with that? Afraid that Obama might convince people because he knows how to talk to them on their level?

To me, McCain’s ‘superior’ attitude was simply a demonstration of his sense of inadequacy and inferiority in the face of a person who had far more control, far more self-assurance, and a far better chance of becoming the next President of the United States.