Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Being Free Vociferously, Symbolically to Criticize Government Is What American Stands For


Antonin Scalia
"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag -- if they do, there must be consequences -- perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" tweeted President-elect Donald Trump.

He should not be criticized because he is not alone. President George H.W. Bush and Senator Hillary Clinton have supported criminalization for desecration of the American flag.

However, it’s not against the law to burn the American flag. Correctly, the Supreme Court ruled burning the flag is a symbolic form of free speech and constitutionally protected.

Deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who Trump praised as a "brilliant Supreme Court Justice, one of the best of all time,” once said, "If I were king, I would not allow people to go around burning the American flag -- however, we have a First Amendment which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged -- and it is addressed in particular to speech critical of the government."

Senate majority leader Mitch O’Connell said, “Flag stands for freedom, even to desecrate.”

Desecrations of the American Flag, refusing to stand when the national anthem is played, refusing to salute the flag, refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance, or any other kind of symbolic form of free speech must be protected. To do otherwise is reminiscent of a nationalism that is associated with fascist governments. A President of the United States is not a King. Being free vociferously and symbolically to criticize government is what the American flag stands for. We must preserve and defend the values that the United States of America represents.


Copyright © Horatio Green 2016


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Republican Hypocrisy Really Gets Under My Skin


Even though republicans vowed to be obstructionist to President Obama, Trump’s supporters and our political leaders are telling us we must unite. Senate Republicans said, if Senator Clinton were elected, they would never confirm any Supreme Court Justice she nominates. Their goal was to make sure there would still be an opening on the Supreme Court four years from now. Now Republicans have the gall to say we should get over Trump’s campaign rhetoric and unite behind him.

So how can I root for Donald Trump’s success. How can I unite with Trump and the Republican Party when they are the antithesis of everything I believe in . . . Trump violates every value, and the Republicans most of them. Giving Trump a chance to lead with support from a Republican Congress means giving him a chance to implement all the things I detest. When I loathe everything Donald Trump stands for, how can I root for the success of such a despicable and distasteful man?

None of us should ever stop fighting for what is right. By uniting with Trump and the Republicans, we are surrendering to what is not right. What is not moral.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Americans Who Oppose Donald Trump Should Never Surrender Their Morality For The Sake Of Unity

Barack Obama is "rooting for [Trump’s] success in leading and unifying the country."

Hillary Clinton hopes Trump “will be a successful president for all Americans. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Even though republicans vowed to be obstructionist to President Obama, Trump’s supporters and our political leaders are telling us we must unite. Senate Republicans said, if Senator Clinton were elected, they would never confirm any Supreme Court Justice she nominates. Their goal was to make sure there would still be an opening on the Supreme Court four years from now. Now Republicans have the gall to say we should get over Trump’s campaign rhetoric and unite behind him.

Mr. Blow’s of the New York Times and I agree: Mr. Trump “. . . is one of the worst possible people who could be elected president. I remain convinced that Trump has a fundamentally flawed character and is literally dangerous for world stability and injurious to America’s standing in that world. . . . let me be clear: Businessman Donald Trump was a bigot. Candidate Donald Trump was a bigot. Republican nominee Donald Trump was a bigot. And I can only assume that President Donald Trump will be a bigot.”

“America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.” — Neal Garber, “Farewell, America

So how can I root for Donald Trump’s success. How can I unite with Trump and the Republican Party when they are the antithesis of everything I believe in . . . Trump violates every value, and the Republicans most of them. Giving Trump a chance to lead with support from a Republican Congress means giving him a chance to implement all the things I detest. When I loathe everything Donald Trump stands for, how can I root for the success of such a despicable and distasteful man?

None of us should ever stop fighting for what is right. By uniting with Trump and the Republicans, we are surrendering to what is not right. What is not moral.

I have respect for the office of President of the United States, but the people who support and voted for Trump do not.



Copyright © Horatio Green 2016






Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Clinton’s Accomplishments and Failures Outweigh Any of Trump’s Accomplishments

Despite all the criticism of Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments, unlike Trump, who was only serving his own interest and making a lot of money, Clinton was there meeting head-on the complicated task of addressing national and international issues the United States faced.

All of Trump’s supporters have perceived Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments as failures. Failure, however, can also be described as lacking an attempt to even try. If Clinton has had failures—such as her attempt at initiating a healthcare plan in 1993—at least she didn't fail at trying. Even the failed 93 healthcare plan is the essence of the Affordable Care Act. It laid the groundwork for what we know as Obamacare today.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trump’s Untruths Are Facts Not Hard to Find

The conservative Facebook page, U.S. Constitution, and constitution.com, have the audacity to claim Trump did not mock a disabled reporter and he was being truthful when he said thousands of people were watching and cheering when the towers came down on 9/11.

Seventy-six percent of Trump’s statements have been false according to PoliticalFact.com. Yet, all of his supporters have believed every one of them.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s Protest and America’s Fascism

Hailee Buterbaugh holds the flag
while her kindergarten classmates recite
 the Pledge of Allegiance
 at Seipelt Elemenary School in Milford, Ohio.
Credit: Cincinnati Inquirer, photo by Dick Swaim
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand when the national anthem was played in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

Social media went berserk with messages of hate over the incident.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Black Communities Cannot Fix Their Own Problems When the Rest of Us Are Part of the Problem

To this meme, “Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American . . .” Donald Trump supporters, white supremacist, and a good portion of the Republican Party, essentially say they believe it's up to the black community to fix their problems.


They are blind to the fact that black communities cannot fix their own problems when the rest of us are part of the problem.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Convince Me That I Should Vote For Trump

Violence, intimidation, and racism, evidently is what Trump supporters’ support. Therefore, every one of Trump's supporters must approve of vulgar behavior, incivility, intimidation, racism, and acts or threats of violence. There is no other reasonable conclusion. It really needs to be explained why it is reasonable to support Donald Trump. I would really be interested in an honest coherent answer, not just political talking points, to that question. Particularly from those who call themselves Christians.

I will not vote for Trump because he will bring to the presidency all behaviors I abhor and ideas that I don’t support. He will bring to the presidency all of what America should not be.

I am even ashamed that Americans could find his qualities and ideas to be so outstanding that he’s nominated for President of the United States.

It seems not one Trump supporter is willing to, or simply cannot, give me an answer to my question: why is it reasonable to vote for Donald Trump?

I posted this question on social media two days ago. I find it very interesting and amusing that there are no replies.

Please convince me that I should vote for Trump.



Copyright © Horatio Green 2016



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fear is a Manifestation of Ignorance, the Fearmongering of Donald Trump and David Horowitz

Donald Trump and David Horowitz
David Horowitz states, “The Communist Party is the Democratic Party.”

Communism is an inflammatory word. That’s why Horowitz uses the word. He knows to the older generation Communism drums up hysteria of the “Red Scare” and McCarthyism. To have a better understanding of Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, and the free market system, it’s important to understand there are differences, variations, and adaptations in economic systems. If Horowitz’s followers take him at his word, believing that Democrats are Communist, their ignorance—lack of knowledge—will lead to unfounded fear and hate of Democrats.

Monday, August 15, 2016

When will Enough be enough?

It has repeatedly been said that if we’re concerned over how we are governed, our perpetual wars, our lack of gun control, our capitalistic ways, our cultural ways, our politics, police tactics, and the decline of our freedoms, and want things to change, collectively we have the power to bring those changes to fruition.