Remember “Occupy Wall Street?” More currently, “Black Lives Matter?” And the latest example, “Women’s March?” They have this much in common:
- Loose Organization
- Diverse Membership
- Aggregate Complaints
- Unfocused Intentions
- Non-Specific Proposals
- Outdoor Meetings
- Catchy Names
“Occupy Wall Street” was pretty much just news items about their encampment. “Black Lives Matter” fails to note that Federal statistics show that 80-90% of murdered “black lives that matter” are victims of black killers. Half of all murder victims, nationally, are black; blacks are less than 15% of the population. Where is that protest and call to action?
In the context of this protest, do they mean “Black, Mexican, Muslim, LGBTQ, Women’s Lives Matter?” Or do they mean “Black, Young, Men’s Lives Matter,” but this just happens to be a women’s march? Just what do they mean?
It seems that the “Women’s March” was all about disappointment, fear, and frustration transformed into pink anger. Disappointment that Hillary did not win, fear that women’s rights will be undermined, and frustration that women do not receive equal pay.
Trump became the effigy to blame for everything.
Misogyny: How many participants, do you think, could cite specific instances when President Trump recently disrespected women who were not attacking him? Where is the acknowledgement of the nonchalant treatment of wives and women by iconic presidents such as JFK, and Bill Clinton?
If the marchers are promoting equality for women, his business organizations reflect great respect for women by hiring them, promoting them into management and paying them well; sounds like equality to me. Why not ask women who work for the Trump organization how they feel about their misogynist boss?
Immigration: First, Trump got trapped in the “Newspeak” of the way we use “immigrant.” Many foreign nationals, from many countries, apply for visas, “green cards,” and citizenship every year. Those who gain permanent residence or citizenship can rightly be called immigrants. A great number of Americans are immigrants or children of immigrants.
The proponents of unlimited immigration and aligned journalists fought to not use the legal term “alien.” They insisted on substituting “______-immigrant” until it became commonplace. The problem is that non-hyphenated, legal immigrants heard these “_______-immigrants” being criticized and threatened, and felt included in that group; they took personally the anger, fear, and distain.
By verbally lumping the “_______-immigrants” together with immigrant citizens, they built support for their open-borders philosophy. If we had stuck with “aliens,” and “foreign nationals,” the citizens would not have felt combined with them.
Exactly, what did he say about Mexicans? Not just the clips, the whole statements. He said that among the illegal migrants were, drug smugglers, human traffickers, fugitive criminals, including murders, and rapists. Is that true? Yes. Trump’s opponents extracted this description and implied that he meant ALL Mexicans fit these profiles.
Muslims: Trump wants to limit and vet prospective refugees entering the US from Islamist countries tied to terrorism. He wants Muslim communities to help identify and thwart jihadist terrorists.
Women who live in Muslim countries might not be sympathetic with the complaints of the marchers; certainly, they would or could not march on their capitals protesting. Why not ask Muslim-American women what they would face if they went home to Arabia and Africa? What would you face going there as a Christian? Count your blessings that you live here in America.
There are no government proposals or actions right now that threaten women; he just took office Friday. All the rhetoric is about what could happen; what rights they fear might be lost; what affronts they fear they may face. Fear is a factor, but not fact
The one thing that stands out to me is concern about reversing Roe v. Wade. I understand opposition to abortion challenges. I support safe, informed, reasoned choice for every woman. So, focus on defending that right or you risk people writing you off as generally disappointed with the election results, and righteously irritated at the challenges of being a woman.
The last point is this: What do you propose, aside from replacing Donald Trump? Many commentators have shrugged their shoulders about the purposes of the march because the marchers are not clear about what they are championing. It was a shame that all the time, money, effort, and commitment it took to get people on the streets ended in a fog of vague purposes.
Over the 52 years and 13 presidential elections I have been eligible to vote, I have never seen such sore losers, and humble winners.
I am disappointed with the disparate responses to the results of the 2016 presidential election. Smug expectations from pollsters and pundits seem to have set a trap for Hillary’s disciples, and set a stage for impetuous, righteous indignation. Rejection, disputation, refutation, spoilsport language, protests, and denial among disgruntled Clinton supporters is “over-the-top,” and “unpresidented.” “He is not my president,” spake Gloria Steinem, Wednesday morning. (Ironically, in the past, she also said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”)
Why have Mrs. Clinton’s avid proponents gone off the rails into the deep waters of denial and despair?
I believe the presumption that Hillary Clinton had a commanding lead over Donald Trump was their downfall. Belief in optimistic statistics led to haughty attitudes and supercilious sneers on the faces of Hillary’s fans. The extreme vanity of the oracles’ predictions led to nasty, braggadocios, arrogance. When pride met gravity, the indignity of the pratfall magnified the embarrassment of hubris. The expectations of overwhelming victory were shredded, by the unexpected appearance at the polls of hordes of angry, underserved workers. The ambush of the uncounted, disenfranchised citizens prevailed.
The carefully crafted deception of optimistic unemployment statistics did not fool the people who took discounted wages and lesser jobs over the last eight years. These voters had no voice among Democrats who applauded the “champion of hope” for his rescue of the economy, and restoration of the American Dream. They were not deceived by or grateful for their thinly disguised demotions and the smiling, dismissive, carefully worded denigrations spun by an accommodating media on behalf of the Obama administration.
The scales did not fall from their eyes, because no scales formed as they lost their jobs, houses, cars, and pride. The Affordable Care Act did not replace the healthcare insurance they lost when their employer dropped their health coverage; when they lost their jobs, their hopes were dashed by the failure of the “marketplace” to make personal health insurance and their out-of-pocket costs affordable. Instead, they found themselves ravaged by astronomical premiums, deductibles, copays, and incredible prescription prices. Hospitals and pharmacies raised their nominal, private pay prices to offset the discounts demanded by insurance providers. The uninsured were left with impossible choices.
Promise after promise lay fallow by the roadside. Example after example of the USA borrowing trillions of dollars to pay for the rest of the world’s problems and defense festered, while Americans suffered from the Great Recession. Pact after pact, treaty after treaty left us at disadvantage. Military efforts left us looking weak, as we shrank from conflicts under cover of spin. Former allies spat disparaging invectives on our leaders.
Did Hillary’s followers believe she could pull us out of the ditch of weakness and doubt created these past eight years? Did her apostles think her baggage and prevarications would evaporate by inauguration? No wonder they were blindsided when Trump won.
At the time of Hillary Clinton’s departure from the 9/11 ceremony, the temperature in Manhattan was 79 degrees with 54% humidity, & wind 6-8mph. The Government Heat Index for those conditions is 80 degrees. 90 minutes would not cause dehydration, though it might aggravate existing dehydration.
Mrs. Clinton’s complaints of overheating, and the subsequent difficulties with walking could be from a combination of medicines and dehydration.
Mr. Clinton takes medicine such as Synthroid for hypothyroidism, takes Coumadin as a blood thinner, is under great emotional stress, and has pneumonia. She may also be dehydrated.
According to Barbara S Lougheed, author of Tired Thyroid book and website, “When someone is VERY hypothyroid, noradrenaline will kick in to compensate for the lack of thyroid hormone, which makes the person feel hot and sweaty with an elevated heart rate.“ Medicine to treat hypothyroidism such as Synthroid may have similar symptoms.
Sources of feeling overheated are discussed at http://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/hot-flash-causes#Overview1
- Side effects of Coumadin, which Hillary takes to combat deep vein thrombosis
- Side effects of Synthroid or similar drugs, which Hillary takes for hypothyroidism
- Alcohol, which can also aggravate dehydration
- Emotional Stress
- Infections, such as flu or pneumonia
Dehydration symptoms include:
So the question is, why is Hillary suffering from these symptoms and side effects while under constant care of her physician? The testing and regulation of Hillary’s drugs and dosages, as well as the monitoring of her hydration is her doctor’s responsibility. The treatment of infections, including pneumonia is also her responsibility. Vaccinations are available for the most common causes of pneumonia, including the flu; has Mrs. Clinton had those vaccinations? There are news reports of several campaign staffers going to the emergency room for illnesses like pneumonia or flu last week. http://www.people.com/article/hillary-clinton-staff-sick-pneumonia
I guess what I am getting at is, could these problems have been avoided by proper medical attention? The management of the disclosures is a separate matter.
I have never seen a person draw so much negative press as Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign. Anyone who wants and article to draw “hits” will just put “Trump” in the title. He is a lightning rod for every fear traditional politicians can imagine. He is like an extraterrestrial to the powers-that-be.
The only possible exception is Hillary Clinton; she embodies the body politic, but does not have the confidence of the people. Her ingrained, “House of Cards” mentality, leaves doubt about her at every turn. After all, she is not the most qualified candidate for president, ever, no matter how many times her supporters proclaim it.
And so it is; article after article, interview after interview, debate after debate, no substantive idea can stand the blizzard of hysteria the press and the parties have created.
The failure of either party to produce a clear-thinking, charismatic, appealing candidate is sad. We are partisan couch potatoes, stuck in our recliners, left with a broken remote, stuck on the TV reality show, “Survivor, White House.”
I have read dozens of online articles naming Trump and Clinton without finding anything valuable or substantive. Opinion, after opinion, after opinion. The absence of information without spin is a yawning chasm.
I have seen diatribe, tirade, harangue, ad hominem attack, denunciation, fulmination, polemic, condemnation, censure, invective, and criticism – about what? Inflated imbroglios and peccadillos?
On top of that, I have grudgingly witnessed both candidates bloviate about themselves without humility, honesty, or remorse.
“Wasted days and wasted nights,” as the song goes.
We are in trouble no matter who wins this election; neither candidate is forthright, honest, and humble enough to lead our government. Why? Because no really good candidate will run the gauntlet that politics has become.
Health care providers are rejecting people with Obamacare policies, Medicare, and Medicaid because of reimbursement rates, and the financial inabilities of Obamacare patients to pay their share.
Insurance spreads large financial risks over a pool of people who face that risk. Only some of the people will actually experience the losses. Members of the pool pay “premiums” to pay the losses, administer the process, and provide a profit to the owners of the insurance company.
Insurance companies use “underwriters” to:
- Measure the potential financial risks of issuing policies
- Set the conditions included and excluded
- Set the premiums and duration of coverage
The idea is to:
- Keep premiums low for normal risk people
- Set higher premiums for people with higher risks
- Limit coverage for conditions that already exist
- Decline people who are high risk
Obamacare health insurance plans cannot decline people with pre-existing conditions, by law. The medical costs are not a risk for these people, they are an enormous, financial certainty. These high costs must be covered by premiums paid by other insured policy holders, or absorbed by the insurance company.
Obamacare prohibits “marketplace” insurers from rejecting high-risk applicants, and people with preexisting conditions. However, not all policies are created equal. The variables are:
- Government premium subsidies
- Patient co-payments
- Patient and family deductibles
- Reimbursement rates (the amounts insurers pay the doctors, laboratories, imaging clinics, and hospitals)
Service providers need to get paid an acceptable amount, in an acceptable amount of time. Insurers offer reimbursement levels, but providers do not have to accept them. Providers can set the minimum for their services, but the insurers do not have to include them in their “network.”
The medical community now does what insurance companies used to do – when in doubt, decline Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid patients.
The top quality insurance companies are withdrawing from the marketplaces to avoid the losses they experience from the pre-existing condition patients. The insurers are limiting the types of plans to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s) which only use selected providers. They are eliminating Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO’s) which give the insured choices of providers within a selected “Network,” and “Out of Network” for higher copays.
People are dropping their health insurance because the combined costs of premiums, co-pays, deductibles; the lack of providers who accept their insurance contributes to this attrition.
Fear and distrust of “Muslims” feeds on horrific events like a cutthroat murder of a poor 85-year-old priest giving mass today in Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, France. What can Muslims do about ISIS besides decry, denounce, and deny involvement? I do not have the answers either.
To complicate matters, Islamic sects attack other Muslims they believe are not “true believers.” In addition, turmoil, fragmentation, propaganda, and disenchantment, can divert young minds from seeing other people as human beings if they represent “The Enemy,” “The Satan,” or any name they regard as worthy of killing.
Some of the greatest scientific, mathematical, and poetic minds in the history of humanity came from the Middle East. I do not believe that the Muslim community lacks the abilities or resources to thwart such despicable members of their faith. I believe that we lack trust and cooperation with each other.
Would it be “profiling” for predominately Muslim communities to join together and purposely organize to identify these murderers in their midst? No one knows the signs and subtle indicators of violence on any streets better than the people who live there.
We already have analogous problems in predominately black neighborhoods – no one talks because they are afraid of reprisals. I am not sure that is the problem in the Muslim community, but something is in the way of finding and stopping these monsters.
Please, do not leave this problem on the doorsteps of condolences and denial; it does not matter what you believe, or how you practice your beliefs, join us to stop this madness.