William Thien

I don’t know about you but I’m getting sick of hearing and seeing campaign ad after campaign ad suggest that if you vote for the other guy, you will practically end up dead, destitute, or homeless and out of work.

Your medical insurance will be canceled. Voting for the other guy is akin to getting cancer in some ads with a medical angle.

Mass murderers and thug rapist inmates will be freed from jail if you vote for the other guy in some ads.

You will all lose your jobs and then your houses.

People will practically die in the streets if you vote for the other guy.

Do our politicians have that much control over our fates? Because they should not. The media would have us all believe though that it is so with the amount of ads they are running and making a killing on themselves.

Ugh! Another campaign season. Another season of fear.

Makes you want to vote for the third party candidate. They don’t have any money to run such ads, yet.

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After the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the primary thing that is clear to me about sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations is that such allegations are used against men as a “weapon,” often in an offensive sense, to achieve or acquire something such as social promotion or an employment promotion, perhaps a lawsuit to acquire financial compensation, you name it. Obviously I’m stating the obvious here.

In the case of Judge Kavanaugh, sexual harassment allegations were brought as a means to prevent something, his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Otherwise, why wait so long to make such allegations?

Another thing about sexual harassment allegations is that they are a weapon really only available in the female arsenal. And because the onus is on the accused to defend himself and regain his innocence once the accusations are made, sexual harassment allegations not only have the power to wound the falsely accused, the allegations automatically disarm the accused and make it nearly impossible to defend himself because half of the population, women, want to believe the accusations almost automatically in the kangaroo court that is mass media fueled feminism.

Sexual harassment allegations seem almost to bypass the public court system in that regard.

I should add that men themselves do not generally make sexual harassment allegations because society and the pandering media do not view them in the same manner as allegations brought by women against men. So there is a cultural context to sexual harassment and assault claims when maybe there shouldn’t be.  We are all equal, right?

Yet, I have heard from many men that they have been harassed sexually, particularly in the work place. Does that mean that men are more civil in the work place? Or are female employees just that much more devious and disruptive to the work environment? Which raises the question: Are equal rights laws so open to such abuse as a plethora of false claims that the laws are totally undermining productivity and success in the American work place, crippling American industry in a contemporaneously global industrial environment where such laws are not commonplace elsewhere? Then, perhaps the threshold for what defines sexual harassment and assault is way too low.

Finally, after the media’s focus on the sexual harassment allegations brought against Judge Kavanaugh and the massive harangue from women in every town square about what clearly appear now to be nefarious claims by Kavanaugh’s accuser, you would think all women have been sexually harassed.

That causes me to reach only one conclusion as only one conclusion could be reached about sexual harassment claims. It is clear that the definitions of sexual harassment go too far and that they undermine the natural order between men and women when ultimately such definitions should restore harmony. But we don’t see that today. We see only discord. Just look at the masses of protesters everywhere.

The law, laws, the “system,” so to speak, is supposed to enhance order and harmony but as more and more laws are put in the books about such matters, and the definitions of what such matters involve supposedly evolve, more and more women claim to be harassed and assaulted. Perhaps there will come a time, as it would appear many would have it, when every interaction between the sexes will potentially be classified as sexual harassment or sexual assault and no man or boy will be safe from accusation. Masculinity will be forbidden in that time and only femininity, if you can call it that, will be legal.

The definitions of sexual harassment need to be re-evaluated to include behaviors by both participants in what appears often to be interaction between consenting individuals where one it appears quite plainly is simply using such allegations to get what they want when they could not any other way. Even if it is simply revenge.

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Word to the “politically wise.”

As the midterm elections approach the media and many in the political power classes would have us all believe that if there is a massive shift from red to blue, right to left during the election, it is because of President Trump.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

What is happening with the voter is that so many laws have been created, so many people have suffered through the last “great recession” financially, and there has been a massive expansion of the “surveillance state” * (see note at conclusion) both state sponsored surveillance and corporate surveillance of the citizen that a large, generational and criminal class has been created by the system lead by a class of do-gooders and holier-than-thous that carry little, real social weight, work little compared to the guy in the trenches, but have been able to position themselves, primarily through clever use of the media, as “the righteous” when in fact they are merely flinging their excrement around like a bunch of primates in a glass cage at the zoo.

Many consensual behaviors have also been regulated for so long and driven into a dark corner by the political classes and the mainstream media that we are witnessing a backlash from the voter. And who can blame them?

So many people have had run-ins with the law in some capacity or another and so many have lost everything for no good reason except greed and excessive taxation pulling the final piece out of the American puzzle that it all came down for so many and now the voter is reacting to it. Ssssslowly. But America is a sleeping giant. Watch out!

The political elite would like to blame somebody for their transgressions against the public on behalf of special interests, certain corporations, religious rightists and certain belief systems, you name it, whomever and whatever contributed the largest sums, and they’ve picked Trump as a convenient scapegoat.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Trump and his administration have probably done more good for the finances of the people of this country than the last five consecutive presidents, maybe more.

The political right, and many on the left, have painted themselves into a corner with the voter.

Luckily we have a democracy and the change in leadership can happen at the ballot box and it doesn’t happen on the town square with the guillotine.

It’s not about Trump and the political elite know it.

If there really is even a shift from right to left in this midterm, from red to blue as so many fear, the political elite created the voter that is about to displace them and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

Note: I changed “police state” to “surveillance state” as I believe that is  a more accurate description of the circumstances and I believe the police in general are not themselves responsible for a “police state” and have acquired a negative image recently, mainly for political expediency and media assertion into the marketplace. In other words, the police have been made a convenient fall guy.

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The real problem we are witnessing as a country today is that it would appear that much of the country is still reeling from Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump via The Electoral College and they simply cannot put it to rest.

They refuse to let the person who won the election do the job of the people that voted for him. There is a reason for The Electoral College and we are seeing it manifest itself today and throughout Trump’s presidency.

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One can’t help but believe that all of this anti-Trump activity coming from the mainstream media and from the entrenched Washington establishment is merely an orchestrated drama meant to make the voting public believe that Washington is doing what it was elected to do instead of catering to special interests and covering their hides.

I would agree that Trump and his administration have done incredible things for the economy such as halving corporate income taxes and removing many stifling regulations. One the regulatory side, though, I will say that enhancements are needed for such measures as The Clean Water and Clean Air Acts and not deregulation. Fuel economy standards should be increased as well, not lessened.

One major party would have us believe that without Trump, it would be the end of the democracy while the other plays a supporting role with violent outbursts on inauguration day and all that followed.

The entire system would have us believe they are doing our bidding but I am not so sure there has been that much of a shift in our favor. They have just gotten better at making us believe there has been change and much of that is due to the Oscar-winning performance by the lead actor President Trump. Much of that is due to the fact that even though we believe we are escaping the mass media’s scabby claw by going on the internet to get our news from a larger variety of sources, they have wheedled their way in to that, too.

One of the nice things about the country’s form of democracy is that change is inevitable when it comes to leadership in many offices and there is nothing that can be done about it.

But the political drama coming out of Washington D.C. is without a doubt orchestrated and the media are key players broadcasting the acts as they are written.

I’m still paying a lot of taxes, particularly for a single male with no property or dependents, while others get a “vote for me the so-called conservative because I gave a socialist tax break even though you use all the services and the single guy doesn’t” tax break.

I don’t feel any freer, either. I am probably not considering more laws are written every day.

So, I’m not entirely convinced unlike many I read. I guess my tolerance for whatever is in the cool-aid is much higher than most.

It’s still drama that’s coming out of Washington, and personally I like action.

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Discussing politics with a friend who “thinks” he is a conservative he brought up the age-old adage, “if you vote for the third-party candidate, it’s the same as voting for the competition.”

“WRONG!” I replied. You have just been programmed to be a voting robot by the two major parties, that’s all. That’s just what the two major parties would have you believe.

Voting for a third-party candidate is not like voting for the other party in a two-party system. Voting for the third party candidate is voting for the third party candidate.

I would add that if you feel your situation hasn’t improved and you keep voting year after year for one of the two major parties, that is the same thing as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, what many consider a form of insanity.

So, if you have voted for one of the two major parties year after election year and your situation hasn’t changed and you want it to change for the better, start looking at third-party candidates.

You might be glad you did.

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Debt is debt no matter how you package it.

Now rapidly approaching $22 Trillion ($22,000,000,000,000) the nation’s debt is substantial, and though I am not a historian apparently the last time anything similar occurred was following World War II due to the cost of the war.

The logic behind the current mountain of debt is that we are selling US Treasury bonds that other countries actually want to buy. The US agrees to pay a low interest rate on those bonds and countries are happy to buy our bonds because they feel our ability to repay the money is substantial enough that their money is secure.

The US is then getting the money by selling bonds at a much lower rate than would be available if the country were simply to borrow the money in the form of a loan.

Sounds pretty slick, doesn’t it? You can find all kinds of explanations about the process I have described on the internet made by lofty economists and Wall Street money movers.

The problem in my opinion is that the money is supposed to be used to improve the country’s infrastructure, run the government, and pay other bills. I don’t see that happening. Where I live we have the second worst roads in the country. Public schools are starving for funding. You name it. At the national level our fiscally conservative elected often threaten to shut the government down due to insufficient funds. In other words, our government is a massive mess.

You would think that having borrowed $22 Trillion the country would look like a shining city on a hill but for most it is quite the opposite.

Personally, I think the explanation that the country is selling US Treasury bonds in order to get a better interest rate on money is a good one. But the money obtained from selling the bonds is not being used effectively and so I would say the process of selling the bonds en masse should be limited or curtailed until the country can figure out how to efficiently use the borrowed funds.

Otherwise it just looks like someone running up the credit card to pay for things they can’t afford in the first place.

Debt is debt no matter how you package it.

Here is a link to The National Debt Clock: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

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