PostHeaderIcon How Much Worse Can It Get?

As we enter the final leg of the 2016 presidential race, we get mounting evidence that neither front-runner is fit to be elected dogcatcher, much less president.

I feel as if we are a nation of trapped rats because I see little or nothing that realistically can be done at this point. Electing Johnson/Weld is simply not going to happen, no matter how much I approve the idea. People are simply too ignorant to see what is about to happen. Massive protests would only enable the Obamanation to declare martial law and cancel the election. Moving Pence to the top of the GOP ticket might work but Trump is far too egotistical to do the right thing and resign the race. Ergo, it seems inevitable that we will elect either a known criminal who has now been exposed as a traitor as well, or, increasingly less likely, we will elect an egomaniac who, if elected, would most likely cause a global trade war while violating every aspect of our Constitution as well.

BTW, I am less bothered by Trump’s adolescent sexual chatter because the Republic has already survived two other sexual predators (Kennedy and Clinton) although I do think that such behavior did contribute to the failing moral character of the Republic.

I see from the polls (which I do not trust in the least) that the top issues in the minds of our citizens are the economy and terrorism, with illegal immigration close behind. If this is truly what concerns us then we should be very ashamed because the most obvious (IMHO) real issues confronting us are corruption and a failed education system.

Corruption pervades our Republic at every turn: corrupt government at all levels; corrupt businesses, especially in the financial sector; corrupt individuals at every level of our society.

The so-called “dumbing down” of America is making us an international laughing stock and has rendered the average American too ignorant to effectively participate is his/her own self government.

Our society, in addition to being morally corrupt, is sharply divided into makers and takers with the latter group growing significantly year to year. One hope for a better future is for the makers to revolt, either by actual physical resistance or by simply refusing to continue producing. Either way, the system would quickly collapse, offering, one might hope, the opportunity to “institute new government” as Jefferson foresaw in the Declaration. However, we have allowed the overall international situation to deteriorate to the point where there are too many “wolves at the door” waiting to devour us as soon as we appear weak enough so we can hardly expect to be allowed the luxury of a rebuilding.

What hope do we have then? As I have suggested before – none (unless you are content to exist as a powerless, rights-deprived subject in a brutal dictatorship).

Were I young and healthy enough, I would immediately head for New Zealand. Alas, in my current condition, all I can do is sit here and wait to be discarded by the coming juggernaut. I hope that each of you have better plans and prospects and would be encouraged to hear what they might be. Realistic ones only please.

Think about it.

Troy L Robinson

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38 Responses to “How Much Worse Can It Get?”

  • Jerry Elkins says:

    Troy. Trump is not running for Pope. Compared to Clinton he is a Pope. We didn’t need a gay blade as President but we got one that is muslim too boot. Or a old bag that just wants the title and the money that comes with the title. So Trump bragged in a locker room setting. Ever been in a locker room?

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    • Ever been in a locker room?

      BINGO!
      I wrote about this earlier today:
      http://usa-wethepeople.com/2016/10/donald-trump-locker-talk/

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      • Chris says:

        I have been in many locker rooms. I have engaged in quite a bit of less than flattering talk. Yet I have never spoke of groping a woman uninvited or intentionally trying to bed someone else’s wife. Talk of sex is one thing. Talk of a lack of common decency is another. Your giving him a pass on things that you think are common. Most men don’t go where he went and I’ll tell you why. Most men one would talk to also have wives and daughters.

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        • Chris I don’t want to shock you but I have been around and counseled many women (and men) over my 74 years.

          No doubt you have heard the saying “it takes 2 to tango” … have you not?

          What you say might be your standard … trust me when I tell you that is not the case with the majority (married or single) then or now.

          By the way when I was single (out and about) 80% AT LEAST of the men who hit on me WERE MARRIED.
          Many who had taken off their wedding rings looking for a quick score and that was some 20 years ago. Two that lied to me and that I dated for a few weeks before I found they were indeed married. When I found out I SAID NOTHING but promptly called their wives and ratted on them. I gave the little wife my telephone number so they could have a little chat after if they had further questions.

          It is 100 times worse today.

          So a pass?
          Hardly!
          Reality is more like it.
          You think any of those Millennials give a flip about what Trump said?
          They have grown up with 1,000 times worse.

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        • Chris says:

          You are confusing what people do and what people say they do. There is probably nobody around who hasn’t done something they wouldn’t brag about. That at least indicates some level of remorse or at least acknowledgement that it was inappropriate. Apparently that bar is pretty low for Mr. Trump. Stand by. There’s more to come. We have yet to see how low the Donald would go.

          Now does this sort of thing matter in an election? Should it? I myself don’t care. I hope they all go down in flames. I can only think back to the primaries. You know when the suggestion of infidelity was a pretty big deal according to Trump. I suggest he should simply be held to his own standards. Is that too much to even ask?

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    • Troy Robinson says:

      Jerry, As I said in my article, I am not that much bothered by Trump’s sophomoric sexual chatter. I am, however, bothered by his obvious lack of self control, his obvious lack of judgment, and the fact that accomplishing much of what he promises would require further trampling on our Constitution.

      Sorry but, while Pence comes off presidential, Trump comes off like a fool.

      Troy

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  • Chris says:

    My plan? Continue being a “maker” for the next couple years or as long as they will let me. Then become a “taker” for as long as I can, hoping they don’t notice and decide to end that. Even though I have provided for my own basic needs for probably as long as I will need I actually don’t see it as taking though. I figure by then contributing consistently for fifty years they must owe me something. I’m just worried that they won’t pay up. Otherwise I don’t give a rats ass what they do.

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    • Yeah, I am a net ‘Taker’ now myself. We have zero to worry about them ever stopping SSI payments. Codgers vote, and it is just fiat funny money anyway. They will keep printing it for our foreseeable lifetimes. 😉 â—„Daveâ–º

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      • Troy Robinson says:

        Surely we all know the difference between participating in a “system” where one both gives and takes -and- living one’s entire life as a leech feeding on the labor of others.

        Troy

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        • The SSI “system” is, and always has been, a Ponzi scheme, which we are coerced into “participating in” at the point of a gun. I don’t know about you; but I never contributed a dime to it voluntarily, and quite frankly never expected to get a dime back out of it. Of course, it was just beyond my ken that they could simply keep printing ever more worthless currency, and promising that our grand-kids would eventually pay the tab. â—„Daveâ–º

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  • I see from the polls (which I do not trust in the least) that the top issues in the minds of our citizens are the economy and terrorism, with illegal immigration close behind. If this is truly what concerns us then we should be very ashamed because the most obvious (IMHO) real issues confronting us are corruption and a failed education system.

    Just my thought but there would be no “Trump Movement” if the mass was not concerned about “corruption”.

    The CLEARLY FAILED educational system is moot if we are blown to smithereens by terrorists be they foreign or in house.

    The “moral corruption” will take a couple generations to correct … how that happens at this point escapes me since exactly where that could have been avoided it was not (in the home).

    NO PRESIDENT is capable of fixing that.

    What to do?
    Be prepared for anything and if that has not already occurred it is likely too late to catch up.

    Electing Johnson/Weld is simply not going to happen, no matter how much I approve the idea.

    No it is not nor was it ever going to be.
    Thinking Johnson had what it takes to fix anything has to be one of the largest pipe dreams I have ever encountered. He does not appear to have the wit to fix a dripping faucet. Fixing this nation is far above his pay grade.

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    • Troy Robinson says:

      He does not appear to have the wit to fix a dripping faucet.

      Was the pun intended? (you surely know that Gov. Johnson made his fortune from what started as a handy man home repair business?)

      You have to see Johnson in a more personal setting, as we did at FreedomFest last July, to appreciate what he is all about. For sure, he is not much of an on-stage entertainer but his principles (those which would drive his decisions) are spot on. Likewise, his refusal to promise things that simply cannot be delivered. IMHO, the major failure of our election process is that far too many of us are focused on the circus rather than on the substance in the campaigns.

      An American president actually does NOT need to know a lot of detail about anything. Such they can command almost at the snap of their fingers. What matters are: 1. the ability to quickly absorb and process information, and, 2. an inner foundation of values and principles that will help guide their decision making process in the right direction. Note that item 2. is spectacularly lacking in both Clinton and Trump, both of whom are totally self-absorbed.

      Troy

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      • You have to see Johnson in a more personal setting, … to appreciate what he is all about.

        To be fair, much the same is said about Trump, and even Hillary, by those who have had the opportunity to interface with them on a personal level. Your own remarks seem to belie that such observations mean much in the real world, as it is how they present themselves, and are perceived, on the world stage that counts in national politics.

        Please give me an example of a decision that you might require a politician of any demeanor, core principles, leadership qualities, or level of integrity to make for you. Personally, I prefer not to outsource my life’s decisions, or allow anyone to claim a collective right to direct and regulate it, for the good of the herd. 😉 â—„Daveâ–º

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        • Troy Robinson says:

          Please give me an example of a decision that you might require a politician of any demeanor, core principles, leadership qualities, or level of integrity to make for you.

          How about the decision to attack another country simply to appease domestic anger after a terrorist attack? (think GWBush and Iraq)

          Troy

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        • It surprises me that you would wish for someone to start a war for you, out of revenge for religious atrocities. Personally, I would prefer to eradicate any dangerous religious nuts I might find in my own neighborhood myself, than to permit politicians to sacrifice blood and treasure in foreign wars. It seems to me that in the absence of a government to protect them from an intolerant native population, few Jihadists could even exist hereabouts. 😉 â—„Daveâ–º

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    • Chris says:

      The libertarians had a chance if they nominated Austin Petersen. He was a “pragmatic libertarian” that realizes what the landscape looks like now and that it takes time to change. They went with the failed retread.

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  • It is good to see your input here for a change, Troy, even if it consists mostly of despair. I was anxious to comment on much of it; but then your caveat, that alternative ideas and future plans for dealing with the demise of this country must be “realistic,” effectively took the lead out of my pencil.

    At the risk of irritating you again, I will again point out that every ill you have cataloged above, would be instantly solved, if the Federal government were simply abolished, in favor of more local efforts to secure individual Liberty, to live our lives as we choose to live them.

    Of necessity, my plan for the future is to live the life you think New Zealand offers, right here on the coast of California. I will simply continue to bob and weave anytime I leave my hermitage, and ignore that the United States of America even exists. Harry Browne taught me how to do that almost 40 years ago, and it still serves me well. â—„Daveâ–º

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  • Troy Robinson says:

    At the risk of irritating you again,

    I hate to deny you pleasure but nothing you can possibly write would irritate me. The pain from my spreading arthritis does that so completely that there is nothing left for other sources.

    I will again point out that every ill you have cataloged above, would be instantly solved, if the Federal government were simply abolished, in favor of more local efforts to secure individual Liberty, to live our lives as we choose to live them.

    Not instantly but perhaps eventu