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



Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Few Words about Debbie Wasserman Schultz

June 28th, 2016


My Dear America:

Tonight it will be Hillary Clinton's turn to accept the Nomination of the Democratic Party to be the official and only Democratic Party Candidate for President this year.

It has been an outstanding Democratic National Convention.

Unfortunately it started out with a very strangely orchestrated controversy.  The Long Time Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz first of all gave up much of her scheduled duties as Party Chairperson at the Convention in Philadelphia. 

Then finally by the end of the first day of the Convention it was announced that Debbie had resigned from her position as Democratic Party Chairwoman.

The reason for Debbie's departure was an oddly timed release by Wikkileaks of hundreds of E Mails that had been hacked some time ago from the Democratic National Committee.  Although it could not be proved, there was a strong suspicion that the hackers were Russians working in collusion with the Putin Government's intelligence agency.

Certainly, the Bromance that seemed to have been brewing between Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump and his Dictator Buddy, Vladimir Putin, made this last minute Democratic distraction and smear campaign particularly troubling.  What was even more troubling was the content of the E Mails.  

The E Mails clearly showed that not only was Debbie Wasserman Schultz guilty of tipping the scales in Hillary Clinton's favor but that it seemed as though mostly every top person at the DNC was doing the same thing. 

Now clearly in the early days of the Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign it must have appeared to DWS and all the other top staffers as the DNC as though it was an open and shut case for Hillary's Primary Campaign.  It seemed pretty clear at the early stages after Hillary announced her run that pretty much everyone who could have run against her was getting out of the way and allowing Hillary the space to run unencumbered.  

Only a few lightweight Democrats, Namely Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee and Martin O'Malley seemed to be in the way of Hillary's Nomination.  Clearly she would finish off Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Webb in the first Democratic Debate.  

Martin O'Malley would last a bit longer but he also would fall by the Democratic wayside eventually.

To almost everyone's shock and surprise, however, a serious candidate would eventually emerge to challenge Hillary Clinton.  This Candidate was a long time Independent Socialist Senator from Vermont named Bernie Sanders.  Bernie had not even identified himself as a Democrat in decades.  At first, as Bernie has bragged, his poll numbers were as low as 3 percent.  As Bernie's campaign challenge to Hillary Clinton took hold, however, his poll numbers grew steadily and rather rapidly and in the end Bernie Sanders saw his fledgling campaign turn into a National Movement and well financed Revolution within the Democratic Party.

As a Bernie Sanders supporter myself, I in no way shape or form condone the obvious prejudice and what I feel were improper discussions and actions that the DNC bigwigs took against Bernie Sanders.  

I think that I can understand their prejudice, however, especially that of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  

When not too many people were interested in talking seriously or truthfully about the Democrats, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was everywhere, especially on many Cable TV News Programs acting as an intelligent spokeswoman for the Democratic Party time after time.  Clearly Debbie and her cohorts at the DNC saw the prospect of success in 2016 in the election of Hillary Clinton as a given.  

That is until Bernie Sanders came along.  More than likely the way Debbie and company saw it this Radical Independent Socialist Jew Senator from Vermont was about to gum up the works and these DNC Staffers were not going to let that happen.

I feel very badly that after working hard to make this 2016 Democratic Convention such a success that Debbie Wassereman Schultz will not be able to take pride in her accomplishment.

Clearly, this Convention has been for the past 3 days and nights a resounding success and Debbie will not be allowed to participate in it's glory.  

And the Radical Jewish Candidate that Debbie and her comrades were so afraid was going to ruin their convention has in fact been a resounding star of this convention.  

While he can't be happy about the conspiring that the DNC did to him, he has not taken it out on the party.  Bernie pursued his goals with the Democratic Platform Committee and was able to guide Hillary Clinton to run on a platform of No TPP, A public Option for Healthcare and debt free college, all Bernie's goals. Certainly Bernie Sanders could have encouraged his supporters to wreck the Convention.  Bernie has, however, requested his supporters to support Hillary Clinton and to defeat Donald Trump.

The Bernie Sanders Revolution has not really been defeated.  It has been energized by this convention and when Hillary takes her oath of office in January of next year I hope she realizes that although some Sanders Voters won't vote for her, most will.

Hillary will owe her victory, at least partially, to both Bernie Sanders and to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  

I hope that in the end Hillary will thank them both.  



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Monday, July 25, 2016

Trumpzilla Invades Cleveland For A Week - Megalomania Gone Wild - Or The Scum Also Rises

July 25th, 2016



My Dear America:

What if the Republican Party had a National Convention and Nobody came?

Well, that wasn't quite what happened in Cleveland last week but it was close.

Former Republican Presidential Standard bearers, John Mccain and Mitt Romney felt that they had been insulted enough by Donald Trump and passed on the Convention.  Many, if not most of Trump's rivals in the incredibly inappropriate bloodbath that passed as a Republican Primary Campaign skipped the Convention also.  None of the Bushes were there.  

There were a couple of Republican Presidential Primary Also Rans who made the trek to Cleveland, Namely "Blind" Ben Carson, "Little Marco" Rubio and "Lyin Ted" Cruz, who got booed off the stage for not endorsing Trump.  Some other long gone Candidates were there also including Scott Walker and Chris Christie, who after thankfully failing to gain the VP Spot, tried out for Attorney General by trying Hillary Clinton on the Bully Pulpit for crimes against Republicans. Christie encouraged repeated choruses of "Lock Her Up" yelled by Trump's crowd of bullies. 

Truth be told, I didn't watch much of the Convention on Television.  I watched a good deal of the first night, some reruns of the second and Trumps speech on the last night.  I couldn't stand to put myself through much of the dark hell on earth that Trump put his convention goers through.  

Clearly this convention was something that had never been seen before and hopefully will never be seen again.  It was truly Trumps Convention from start to finish.  Trump's ego was everywhere every night.  His wife gave what appeared to be a good speech until it was figured out that some of it had been taken word for word from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver.  Actually from the bits and pieces of the convention I saw, Trump's children performed well and were probably his greatest asset at this convention.

Trumps Vice Presidential Pick, Mike Pence did OK staying far away from most of the extreme right wing views that has made him such a darling of the Tea Party for so long.  Pence was probably the best pick of Trump's final three which included Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich.  Many other Republicans who Trump might have wanted to Pick let him know early that they weren't interested in being considered for Trump's VP.  Therefore, in the end Trump picked Pence who was clearly the lesser of three evils.

Some of the darker moments of the Trumpzilla Convention were the "Duck Dynasty" guy with his flag bandanna praising Trump, former Judge and present Senator Jeff Sessions kissing Trump's rump and Rudy Giuliani's hate filled verbal indictment of Hillary Clinton.  Benghazi was once again dragged out and blamed on Hillary Clinton as if the 9 incredibly expensive congressional committees had found her guilty of something.

One positive note was that Donald Trump proved during his acceptance speech that he can actually stay on message for a long long long period of time.  His messages were as awful and dark as they have been throughout the primary campaign.  There was plenty to blame Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for and Donald did so.

Overall, the Trumpublican Convention was Dark and Disgusting.  It is incredibly frightening to me that this Unqualified Sociopathic Egomainiac has done as well as he has during this election season.  But to tell the truth as bad as Donald Trump is there were no other better Republican Candidates in the mix when Trump joined the Candidate Army last year.  It has been a sad time for America up to now as we have seen what used to be a Republican Party made up of at least some moderates degenerate into a party full of hate filled people like Trumpzilla.

God Bless us.  This hate filled monster named Donald Trump is one person away from becoming President of the United States.  

I will be looking forward this week to a far different kind of Convention in Philadelphia, the city where liberty began a long time ago. 

Those of us who are concerned about the continuation and protection of that liberty need to get off our cans and get involved in our local Democratic Partys to help get out the vote for Hillary Clinton before it's too late.

If Donald Trump is elected our country is going to be as dark and disgusting as Trumpzilla's Convention was.  Lets do what we can to keep that from happening.



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher   


Friday, July 15, 2016

Thank You Mister President

Friday, July 15th, 2016


My Dear America:

Although I know that I don't speak for all Americans, or even all reasonable Americans, I know that I do speak for many reasonable Americans when I say "Thank You President Obama for all of the positive things you have done and have tried to do during your presidency for America and the rest of the world."

I know it hasn't been easy to be the First Black President.  Your Election was something that set right wing America, including the KKK, The TEA Party and the Republican Party into attack mode from your first day in the White House. How you have managed to keep your cool under the constant fire of Republican insults and obstruction is beyond me.  But you did keep your cool, at least in public and for that I thank you.  

Thank you also for your efforts to follow through on George W. Bush's promise to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  You did the best you could to get us out of Iraq but when circumstances beyond your control dictated a need for the return of special forces to Iraq you acted responsibly despite the constant criticism of the Republicans regarding the Iraq policy, as well as every other policy of yours.

Thank you also for your courageous decision regarding taking out Osama bin laden.  You got little or no credit for that either.

Thank you also for improving the economy, saving Wall Street and the Auto Industry.  You also improved the employment situation which was a disaster when you took office.

Thank you also for your advocacy in looking out for the health of all Americans and turning Obamacare into a reality.  The Public Option would have been better but you succeeded where many others had failed.

I watched the ABC Town Hall last night on Television and was once again impressed with your caring and consideration of those who have been affected by gun violence over the course of your Presidency.  You have traveled to many cities in America where gun violence has killed many and left survivors with their lives turned upside down.  I applaud your caring and consideration for the victims and the survivors of gun violence.

There are many other issues you have dealt with during your Presidency which I could and do applaud but I think that one of the main things that I am proud of is that you have improved the reputation of America in the eyes of most of the countries of the world.  

I thank you for your wise and courageous behavior during this past Presidential Primary and for your honest support for Hillary Clinton, who seriously needs your help and support as she fights for the continuation of sanity in the White House.  I encourage you to continue to help Hillary and other Democrats in their quest to retrieve real Democracy during the coming years.

I hope that you have a great retirement and enjoy your time with your family and your friends.  You have many friends in this country and elsewhere in the world although it might be nice for Hillary, if she is elected, to recommend you for an appointment to the Supreme Court.  I think that this would be great for the country if we can get enough Democrats elected in the House and Senate to get you approved by Congress.

Whatever you do and whoever is elected this November, please realize that you will be missed by many, if not most of the Americans who have elected you twice and would elect you again if we had the chance to do so.


Sincerely Yours 

Jerry Gallagher