Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Repolishing The Repulsive Republican Health Care Turd Bill Hopefully For The Last Time


September 26th, 2017



My Dear America:

As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as other Devastated Island Regions, try to recover from Hurricane destruction damage and President Trump continues his foolish and dangerous war of words with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump has decided to start a Tweet Storm about National Football League players kneeling during the National Anthem.  

Talk about Tone Deaf.  Donald Trump is the Poster Child for that affliction.  

While all of these things have gone on Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have once again made an attempt to resurrect the awful, hated by all, worthless and shameless Health Care Bill that most sane Americans had hoped they had seen the last of.

Why did Graham and Cassidy try to bring this Turd of a bill back from the dead?  Good Question.

The only good answers that I can think of are the following: 

1) the fact that as of next Saturday the Republicans will lose their opportunity to Jam this bill through the Senate with only 50 votes needed.

2) The Republican Congress along with the So Called Republican American President have not passed any significant legislation since the inauguration of Donald Trump.

3) Although this Turd Bill was promoted as a Health Care Bill, certainly the real reason that it was presented and promoted by the Republicans in the first place was that by saving or taking away millions of dollars from Health Care it would provide an opportunity for Republicans to repay their Millionaire and Billionaire donors by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthy.

Right now it appears as though the Zombie Health Care Bill is finally truly dead with a stake in its heart and hopefully will no longer rise from the grave any longer.  But who knows really.  This is Republican Run America, after all and anything can happen here and as we have seen this year it usually does.

If the Republican Health Care Turd Bill is truly dead I think Americans have a few people to thank.

John McCain, for one.  McCain has shown once again that he continues to have the courage that he showed in Vietnam during his time living in the Hanoi Hilton.  Thank You, John.  We appreciate your courage and feel badly that your Friend, Lindsey Graham did not show you enough respect by putting you in the difficult position that he did put you in. 

Thank You Susan Collins for once again showing that you also have the courage to look past party loyalty to vote for what is best for average Americans, not just support for the Rich and Privileged.

I suppose that we need to be also thankful for the probable "No Votes" of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, even though their "No Votes" are probably only because the Republican Health Care Turd Bill is not Radical or Reprehensible enough to suit them.

Probably one of the most influential people in this latest Health Care Debate has been Jimmy Kimmel, who showed himself to be not only a very concerned father to his son who has heart surgeries in his future but very concerned about other parents and children in similar circumstances as his family.  Health Care Bill Sponsor Bill Cassidy apparently made the mistake of lying to Kimmel on air about what his bill would propose and Kimmel, thinking about those other parents who could not afford the surgeries his child will need, made it a point all last week and this week to point out the outright lies that Cassidy had promised him.
Thank you Jimmy Kimmel.

Also thank you to all those individuals who showed up at Congress to demand that Congress should not take away their Obamacare lifeline.

These people may have finally kicked off The New American Revolution in which all of us who truly care about America and, like Jimmy Kimmel, care about our fellow Americans can band together to throw the Republican Bums out and vote in Democrats and Independents to Congress who will care more about Average Americans than they do about their wealthy Donors.



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher
      

Friday, June 9, 2017

Echoes Of Watergate

Friday, June 9th, 2017



My Dear America:

It is with the greatest regret that I write to you today.  

It is one day after the Testimony of fired FBI Director, James Comey before the Senate Committee investigating the involvement of Russia in the 2016 Election of Donald Trump as your President.  I found the Testimony of James Comey to be fascinating.  I also found the testimony to be reminiscent of the Testimony back in the 1970's of John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House Counsel until he was fired by Nixon.  Nixon had obviously planned to make Dean the scapegoat for the Watergate Scandal as the Watergate bubble burst and set in motion a Senate Inquiry and Special Prosecutors.

Watergate was a Travesty and I would like to remind any readers of this post that I wrote what I consider to be a well researched book on Watergate that is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Websites.  My book is titled "Letters To A Lost Nation: A Watergate Chronicle."  It includes "A Brief History of Watergate," as well as a listing of a Cast of Watergate Characters, as well as a number of letters commenting on the Watergate Committee Hearings and other Watergate Happenings.  

What we are witnessing today is almost a mirror image of the Watergate Scandal, complete with Special Prosecutors and firings of high Administration officials.  Unfortunately for US the present day Scandal is far worse than Watergate.  Watergate was certainly a series of unfortunate political events topped off by the threat of imminent Impeachment Hearings and ultimately the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  There were dastardly deeds committed in the name of the Nixon White House.  That is true.  But Watergate had no hint of collusion with the Russians.  Watergate was strictly an All American Fiasco.

President Trump's less than Six Months in office has been a disaster for clear thinking Americans. Clearly a monumental mistake has been made in America And as we all watch Trump destroying America piece by piece it is time for the American Public to wake up as they did in Watergate and let their legislators know that it is time for impeachment.  

For God's Sake Donald Trump fired James Comey and within days was bragging to the Russians about how he got rid of Comey, the "Nut Job".  He also told the Russians in the Oval Office that he had taken care of the Russian investigation. This Treasonous conversation with the Russians alone should prove that Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nightmare On Pennsylvania Avenue

Friday, March 31, 2017


My Dear America:

After more than 100 days of Donald Trump in the White House one thing is for sure.  We in the United States are sinking fast and at this point there is no sign of a Lifeboat arriving any time soon.  Trump's Freak Show Presidential Campaign allowed many Americans to feel rather calm and reassured that Hillary Clinton would win easily over Donald Trump in this past November's Election.  I am deeply ashamed that even in my normally Blue State of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump eked out a small but significant Election Victory.  I am proud, however, that in my Election District Trump lost to Hillary Clinton.

In the end, however, despite Hillary's vote count being nearly three million more than Trump's overall, she lost three significant normally Blue States and in so doing lost the Electoral College Vote.

Whatever the reason was that Trump won and Hillary lost, what has followed since the 2016 Election and later on the Inauguration has been, to use one of Donald Trump's favorite words, A DISASTER.

Although it is less than 3 months since Donald Trump was inaugurated, it seems to feel more like 3 years.  Trump has put into power in nearly all of the Cabinet Positions people who are not just unqualified but are well known enemies of the US. Departments they lead, for example Scott Pruitt in Environmental Protection and Rick Perry in Energy.  

Although members of the Republican Congress and Senate seemed to have fits and even sued when President Barack Obama issued Executive Orders, the Republicans this time around seemed to be cheering on President Trump when he continually issues his Executive Orders.  

In these relatively early days of the Trump Presidency we have all gotten used to hearing Trump distort, lie and distract over and over again to the point where Americans are almost numb to it.  

What has happened and is continuing to happen is that Trump's efforts to "Drain The Swamp" never happened and instead of Trump disposing of Individuals with Special Interests, Trump has hired them for his cabinet and other important Government positions.  So in the end the Swamp is far more dangerous and destructive than it had been before.

What has emerged as probably the most disturbing aspect of the Election of Donald Trump is the increasingly obvious Russian connection to the Trump Presidential Campaign and the Trump White House.  The House of Representatives Investigation into Russia's connection with the Trump White House seems to have stalled due to the bizarre behavior of its Chairman, Devin Nunes.  The FBI, however, is continuing to investigate the Russia-Trump Connection and the Senate Intelligence Committee seems to be also in pursuit of the Truth about Russia and Trump.

Although clearly there is a lot more out there to find regarding Russia and Trump, in my opinion most of the relevant information can be found by googling the following:
                                    Trump Russia Dossier

and click on    Trump Intelligence Allegations-Document Cloud 

After reading this 35 page Dossier good luck getting to sleep tonight America.  I guarantee this information will give you some well deserved Nightmares.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallgher

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Are We Living in Nazi Germany

Thursday, January 12th, 2017



My Dear America:

"Are we living in Nazi Germany."

President Elect, Donald Trump has recently proposed this question in one of his Tweets.

The answer to that question is as follows:

No, Mr. Trump, up to this point we have not been living in Nazi Germany or Russia or any other dictatorship or near dictatorship.

It is worrisome to me, however, that as we near the point where you will formally take the reins of Government in the United States of America that you would have the nerve to ask this question.

It was encouraging to me that you, at last, admitted that Russia was behind the hacks of The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Although all of the United States Intelligence Agencies have made it clear that they were all united in their belief that this was true, you seemed to be unconvinced up until yesterday's "News Conference."

Although you admitted that the Russians did the hacking you then praised what we had learned from the hacking and from Wikkileaks, which was, of course, not the point. 

You also took time to denigrate the Intelligence agencies who had taken pains to make you aware of the extent of the hacking.

No, Mr. President Elect, we are not living in Nazi Germany despite the fact that you seem to be making it an effort to make it look that way.  

We are, however,  living in The United States of America, the World's Greatest Democracy and we intend to keep it the World's Greatest Democracy despite your efforts to call into question and in some cases delegitimize important American Government Agencies such as the FBI and the CIA because their conclusions do not always agree with yours.  

It is also worrisome that in your campaign for the Presidency your Presidential Campaign had nothing but praise for the press and especially CNN which covered your every move with tons of free press in the early stages of your Presidential Campaign.  Clearly the press coverage of your controversial words and deeds in the Republican Primary Campaign led to your victory in that Primary.  

In your Campaign against former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton you changed your strategy of kissing up to the press and began your Nazi style bashing of the press and doing all you could to turn your followers against the press. Suddenly the same press people who had been responsible for helping you to gain a primary victory became "disgusting" and worse other such words.  

Delegitimazation and control of the press was certainly a successful hallmark issue in Nazi Germany.  Based on your incredibly rude and downright abusive and inappropriate treatment of Jim Acosta of CNN during yesterday's "News Conference" those Nazi principles may continue to be alive and well in the upcoming Trump Administration.

Clearly the cry of "Fake News" seems to be something that we are going to hear over and over during the Trump Administration whenever you are confronted with a report or an issue which is embarrassing to you or that you simply do not wish to deal with.

Clearly, Mr. Trump you seem to be fascinated by dictators.  Your first Wife, Ivanna some years ago when asked by a magazine writer what you read at night stated that you had a copy of Hitler's speeches on your bedside table and often read it before you went to sleep 

You have also been quoted as admiring Saddam Hussein, Bashar al Assad and, of course, Vladimir Putin. 

You will also have a noted White Supremacist, Steve Bannon, working in a White House office just down the hall from you and a great many problematic Cabinet Officials.

You have made your reputation during this past election by denigrating Mexicans, Muslims, Blacks, and Women.  

As Jewish Americans can attest to, Nazi Germany also made scapegoats of those races and religions which were "Others." 

Are We Living in Nazi Germany?

No, Mr. Trump.  We are not living in Nazi Germany.

Not Yet, at least, and although you have fooled enough people to get yourself elected you have not fooled all of the people of America and you never will.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hooray for Hillary Clinton

January 2nd, 2017



My Dear America:

It has taken me awhile to get revved up enough to return to this Blog and try to post again. 

It is a new year and normally when it is a New Year I get excited about the positive prospects of what might be coming in the New Year.  

That is not the case this New Year.  

I had hoped that I would be excited at this point in time about the coming Hillary Clinton Administration, which I expected would generally continue the incredible progress made throughout the 8 years of the Obama Administration, despite the constant obstruction by Republican Legislators.  

It seemed like a slam dunk to me, America.  Hillary Clinton was such an overqualified Candidate for President and Donald Trump was such an unqualified Candidate that it seemed to me as though there was hardly any way that Donald Trump had a ghost of a chance to pull off a win on November 8th.

I was wrong, though.  

Although I saw Hillary Clinton through the lens of her incredible experience and commitment to the American people, there were enough Americans out there in the Heartland who did not see the Hillary Clinton that I saw.  

Many of the same voters who supported Barack Obama in his two successful Presidential Campaigns apparently drank the Kool Aid provided by Donald Trump in his quest to Character Assassinate his way to the Presidency.  

Hillary Clinton had plans to fix what might still be wrong with America.

Donald Trump, on the other hand had tapped into the mean spirit of America with his "Make America Great Again" hats and often repeated slogans at his disturbingly Hitlerian rallies.

"Lock Her Up" shouted Donald Trump and his supporters.

Lock her up for What?  For having a personal E Mail Account.  Oh My God the Russians could have tapped into her E Mails, Trump shouted to his followers.

That was terrible Trump convinced his followers.

Now Trump has nothing but praise for Putin and dismisses the overwhelming evidence presented by every American Intelligence Agency that Vladimir Putin was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign during the past year's Presidential Campaign.  The largely boring information gained from those leaks released through Wikkileaks was presented by Trump as evidence that Clinton was a "Disaster"

What Nonsense.

Nothing released in Wikkileaks pointed to anything other than some backroom shennanigans on the part of the DNC staff and the Clinton Campaign Staff.

Nothing released by Wikkileaks shows that Hillary Clinton did anything wrong yet Donald Trump with a long and disturbing history throughout his life of questionable if not criminal activity is now in line to become President of the United States later this month.  

Something is truly wrong in America.

First of All, when it comes to lessons that should be learned by this past year's Presidential Campaign it seems to me that after the Al Gore and Hillary Clinton Debacles that it is time to get rid of the Electoral College once and for all. 

I would like to say to Hillary Clinton that I am proud of you.  

I was thrilled when you announced that you were running for President and although I voted for Barack in the Pennsylvania Primary in 2008 and voted for Bernie Sanders this past year in the PA Primary, in the 2016 General Election I was not only proud to vote for you but also proud to call voters on your behalf in the weeks before the election.

Even though you did not win the Electoral College Vote you won the votes of more than a couple of million  voters more than Trump.

You had a Convention that Democrats could be proud of.  You won every debate with Donald Trump and throughout your campaign you conducted yourself with dignity and respect, unlike your Republican opponent.

You, Hillary are a Class Act.  You always have been, even under the most difficult of circumstances and although I am sure you are frustrated and angry that America has now been stuck with Donald Trump, please don't think it is your fault. 

You did the best you could have done, Hillary, to show that you were more qualified than Donald Trump.  You certainly were more qualified than Donald Trump.  

You were certainly right about the deplorables supporting Donald Trump. Unfortunately on November 8th the deplorables were out in force and had convinced enough Americans to vote against their interests once again, something that the Republicans seem to be very good at.

As you and Bill walk in the Long Island Woods and spend time with your daughter and your grandchildren I hope that you can forgive the American People for their foolish fascination with the Carnival Barker and Snake Oil Salesman who will shortly become our President.

We love You Hillary and We wish you and your family and all of our families a very Happy New Year.



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher



Friday, November 11, 2016

Hard Times for Democrats

November 11th, 2016


My Dear America:

How are you holding up, America.  I, like millions of other Americans, am having a hard time waking up every day to the harsh Nightmare Reality of recognizing that in January of 2017 we are going to have Donald Trump as our President.

For my Friends, My Wife, Daughters and Fellow Democrats we are still in shock. My anger has begun to subside largely due to the decent and democratic behavior on the part of Hillary Clinton, President Obama and yes, Amazingly enough, Donald Trump.  

After the extremely troubling behavior exhibited by Trump over the course of his Primary Campaign and his Race with Hillary Clinton it was astonishing to hear his rather gracious acceptance speech.  It was also encouraging to hear Hillary's gracious concession speech.

Yesterday President Elect Trump met with President Obama and after a long and bitterly divided Election Campaign both Trump and Obama met in the Oval Office and after a long meeting sat together and talked with hardly a hint of bitterness in their remarks.

Will the Kumbaya moment last.

I hope so but I am afraid that once Trump takes over the White House it is going to be the continuation of some very hard times for Democrats of all colors, religions and genders.

God Bless us all, America. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Man in the High Trump Tower

November 5th, 2016


My Dear America:

We are just days away from what may very well be the most important Election in your long and distinguished history.  November 8th of 2016 will certainly be the most important election of my lifetime and I have been a voter in every Presidential Election since 1960.  

I feel that you are on the edge of a cliff, and in fact all Americans are on that cliff with you.  We are trying our best not to fall off the cliff into an unknown and dangerous chasm which may very well kill us all, or at the very least change you and all of us with you into a land that none of us may recognize ever again. 

Certainly there are those people who might feel as though I am overstating the case.  I do not feel as though I am overstating the case, however.

As I see it we are on the verge of an election which will be historic regardless of the two major Democratic and Republican Candidates.  

If Hillary Clinton wins she will be the First Woman to be elected President of the United States.  She will also be the most highly prepared Candidate elected to that office certainly in my lifetime.  If Hillary is elected we are not out of the woods by any means because she will still have a very unstable world to deal with. 

The incredibly Mean Spirited and Reckless Republican Party created the Highly Toxic Election Atmosphere that allowed the Mean Spirited and Reckless Frankenstein Monster called Donald Trump to character assassinate all of their other mean spirited and reckless candidates on his way to victory in the Republican Presidential Primary.  

Now as we approach the Edge of Darkness like the Walking Dead it seems as though the Republican Party and many Republican Candidates are choosing to swallow their pride and any sense of decency that they might have previously maintained and rush back to support the deeply flawed candidate that they had initially rejected.

Republicans have some nerve bitching about Hillary Clinton, especially those like John McCain, who worked with her in the Senate and had very positive things to say about her then until she had the audacity to run for President a second time.  Many of those Republicans who at least seemed to have great affection for Hillary when she was the First Lady and later on when she was a Senator and Secretary of State now act as though Hillary is a creature who is somewhere between Lady Macbeth and the Dragon Lady. 

Ridiculous.

Any Republican who claims to stand for Family Values or in fact any values at all should not be supporting Donald Trump.  Certainly his Cons are many and his Pros are few but there he is, "The Donald" , standing out there every day lying constantly about everything, proposing that the Media are his enemy, even though the media made him what he is due to the free publicity he got as he continued to talk and act inappropriately and outrageously over the course of first the Republican Primary and later on the Final Presidential Election Showdown.

When Phillip K. Dick wrote "The Man in the High Castle" many years ago I doubt that he realized that his fictional picture of You, America, as a Dictatorship would ever or could ever come true.  

The same is true of Sinclair Lewis, who wrote "It Can't  Happen Here" as a highly cautionary tale. 

What Donald Trump has shown us, however, is that It Can Happen Here and, in fact,  It has already happened here.  Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump
there is no denying the fact that this Megalomaniac Sociopath has proved and is living proof, in fact, that you can fool some of the people all of the time.

As the Presidential Candidates in the Election of 2016 race each other to the finish line we can only hope that Hillary Clinton's Campaign can help drive her potential voters to the polls and that when the Election Numbers are tabulated that in the end Democracy Trumps Dictatorship.

Good Luck, America.  

Whatever Happens We Love You.




Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher