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First and foremost I want to remember John McCain as the American hero he was. Captured in Vietnam and held for five years. He was offered a quick release by his captors because his father was an admiral but he said until his Conrad’s who had been captured were released as well he would not leave. He was tortured, beaten and brought to the edge of death more than once. I remember the day he came off the plane to a hero’s welcome. His body may have been broken but his Spirit was not.
To me John McCain has been fun enigma. His autobiography is called maverick and yet one here and against President Obama in 2008 he was anything but. He brought Sarah Palin to the four front and I believe that that has had a profound affect on our politics. He picked her the way Trump pics his nominees without knowing them. She was a long person for the job and she made a trump presidency more acceptable. So it’ll way I do blame cetera McCain for Trump.
Since Trump has been in office McCain has been a thorn in his side but an important votes like the tax plan he went along with the terrible ideals of this presidency. A tax plan that Republicans are walking back now because 1.5 trillion dollars would have easily paid for college for every single American who wants to go. And there would have been lots more left over from that. Instead we gave the rich a tax break and they are never going to spend the money. And the middle class has got a whopping $15 every two weeks in their paycheck!
In the end I wonder if Trump will be attending John McCain’s funeral. I hope not, he is a stain on our country and its institutions and should not be honored.
Each time the Trump Pence and their Republican collaborators attack President Obama they are going against the will of the people. President Obama is at an unprecedented popularity right now for a president leaving office. Our country is not the same place as it was when President Obama took office.
Remember how we couldn’t even call unemployment because the lines were so busy?
Remember when the stock market crashed?
Remember when the American Auto industry was about to go under?
Remember when our banks were all failing?
We all remember that and we remember what an impact it had on our lives. I for one experience a life-changing event because of this. So when the Republicans and their presidential ticket attack President Obama it’s falling on deaf ears. Thank you Obama and I look forward to Hillary continuing your legacy for the next 8 years.
Oh Canada Oh Canada. Yes they were screaming for more years to our president. When you mix that in with the fact that only 14% of Canadians have confidence that Trump would make a good president you can understand then else tells you for our current president. Actually Canada sophomore of Donald Trump then almost every other country in the world. Only 3% of people in Greece thought that he had what it takes to be president of the United States, 5% in Germany 7% in France and the numbers go down and down. Republicans used to say that President Obama was only a superstar in foreign lands and yet he has the highest approval rating of any president at this time in his term and a very long time. I know Hillary will do a great job in the Oval Office but President Obama was one of a kind.
I applaud Susan Collins for standing up to Mitch McConnell. But I am not perplexed as to why Mitch McConnell is blocking President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell has said from the beginning of the Obama Administration he will obstruct, obstruct, and obstruct. So this is just the latest of his crippling our nation. In fact today the Supreme Court had to rule again for the for this time I’m sure to the unhappiness of the GOP establishment as they left standing a decision favoring labor unions. President Obama could not have found a more Centrist judge has Judge Garland. To be honest I would have like to seen someone younger and more Progressive but President Obama knew the lay of the land in Congress and pick someone they could not refuse. But these are obstructionists and they refuse everything. AVB http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/29/3764297/susan-collins-merrick-garland-mitch-mcconnell/
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Paul Krugman has a realistic view of why the Donald Trump phenomenon has happened. The constant hatred for President Obama by the Republican Party has basically put their foot in an anthill and now that the answer coming out they don’t know what to do. People say this is the end of the Republican Party , I don’t think so. I think there will be some soul-searching and eventually they will come to their senses. It will be too late to fix the harm done to our country and to the office of the presidency. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves they are the Constitution thumping people who are doing exactly the opposite of what our constitution says. AVB http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/14/opinion/trump-is-no-accident.html
Sarcasm, as only the New Yorker magazine can dish it out. They eviscerate Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for not being willing to even look at a nominee from President Obama. They talk about the fact they hit the pedal too early and made themselves look bad announcing only an hour after Justice Scalia’s death that they would not allow for nomination.. This is a trap that President Obama is Now setting for them: The reason that Grassley was invited to the meeting is that he’s thinking of nominating a judge from Iowa that Grassley warmly praised in an article. I’ve said this a million times, I would never want to play the game of chess with President Obama. AVB http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/mitch-mcconnells-supreme-court-strategy
President Obama is on a roll. Making the trip to Cuba makes all the sense in the world. 90 miles away from the United States and a country starving for our culture or economic help and our people. I look forward to seeing Cuba and United States as friends once again sometime near in the future. AVB http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/17/obama-cuba-visit/80513264/
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With the public announcement US Supreme Court justices Anthony Tullius death only a few hours ago his fellow Republicans already jumping on his grave. The highly, & I say that with great sarcasm, religious Ted Cruz and the always so handsome Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already announced that they did not believe that it was correct for President Obama to make a decision on a Supreme Court justice until a new president is elected. For people that claim that the Constitution is a holy document they sure like to stay from its edicts when it suits them and their agendas. No Senators Cruz and McConnell, President Obama will get to pick the next member of the Supreme Court and you will have to live with it. Our country would be so much better served by someone who is not guided by religious and doctrinal dogma. AVB