Here are some of the headlines from the past few days:

McConnell announces Senate probe of suspected Russian election interference: ‘The Russians are not our friends’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday strongly condemned any foreign interference with U.S. elections and announced that the Senate intelligence panel will investigate Russia’s suspected election interference.

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win …

Prominent senators say Russian election interference should alarm all …
32 mins ago – Tensions erupt between Trump and the CIA over Russia’s hacking during the 2016 campaign. Trump is poised to pick an oil tycoon with ties to Russia as secretary of State, reports say. … In a rare joint statement Sunday morning, four high-profile Republican and Democratic senators said .

Electors want briefing on Russian interference
Why Vladimir Putin’s Russia Is Backing Donald Trump – Newsweek
Meanwhile, Trump mocks intelligence reports, indicating that the matter of Russian interference is nothing but sour grapes on the part of Democrats.
He also said, “I’m a smart person…”  “I don’t need daily security briefings.”
I have only just begun to recognize the far reaching ramifications of this.
*Hacking American systems is an act of war.  It is an invasion.
*Tampering with an election undermines the democratic process.
*If political systems can be hacked, what else is vulnerable:  Power grid?  Defense?  Transportation??
*That we might have someone for President who fraternizes with enemies while destroying alliances is gravely distressing.

I am encouraged to learn that Congress is taking this seriously, to the point of an investigation.  I also like that the electors want a briefing before they vote.

Personally, I would like to see Trump’s inauguration postponed until this whole thing is straightened out.

What would you want done at this point?  I strongly encourage you to contact senators and representatives to let them know.


Take Back the Power…

…Raise the Standard

The notion that our government is “Of the people, for the people.”  is basically obselete.

Because our choice for the Presidency and Congress is limited to people who have the money, standing and ambition, we don’t really get much of a selection.

Can we turn that around at all?  If so, how?

I don’t have the answers, but I really want a change; I don’t want to be in the position of choosing between two candidates that are more or less undesirable.  And who did we end up with?  Someone who does not represent the majority of Americans at all!
“Our Revolution” has some good ideas and may help to turn the tide in a number of ways; however, they are pretty much deciding the agenda, while they solicit donations from the general population without listening to them.

Somehow, we need to find our voice.  We need to take back the power that our forefathers intended for us and we need to raise the standard.

A piece of the solution is to start locally.  That is where each person has the most impact, from writing to the editor of the newspaper to supporting qualified candidates.

Next, I wonder if writing to larger media outlets would make a difference.
Then, there’s becoming active in a political party or movement, if you have the energy for it.
Writing to representatives and senators never hurts, although I’m not convinced it helps all that much either….okay, a little cynical.

Any ideas on this?  How do we have a better election next time?

Who Would You Choose?

Who do you want to be President of the United States in the 2020 election?  Why?  What do you look for in leadership?

Here are a few “pump primers” for you:

Elizabeth Warren

Mario Rubio

Michelle Obama

John Kerry

Admittedly, each of these people is associated with a major political party.  Your choice may or may not be.


I am writing this two days after the end of the most contentious, difficult election of my lifetime for sure, possibly in the entire history of the United States.  I could spend plenty of time commenting on candidates, issues and all of that, but I think we have heard quite enough!


What has my attention is this:  We the people need to have a much stronger voice.


AT this point, we sort of get swept along, being left with choices that we don’t really want to make.


Oh, there’s Bernie Sander’s “Our Revolution,” which has merit; but the common person doesn’t have a say in the agenda or issues to be addressed.


We can contact representatives, senators and the White House, but again, we don’t really get heard.


So this is my attempt to give everyone who wants to express opinions, ask questions or make suggestions a chance to speak and be heard.


I do have a couple of simple ground rules:


  1.  Please refrain from name calling, profanity, insulting others who comment or advertising.  In other words, please be respectful.  If your post is offensive, I’ll remove it.
  2. Please be constructive.  If I get suggestions and ideas that are noteworthy, I’ll pass them on to appropriate parties.
  3. Please be patient.  I try to answer comments, but there is more to my life than blogging.


Thank you for participating; have a powerful, encouraging visit.