Caught My Eye…

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. – José N. Harris

To my fellow Veterans: THANK YOU for your service!

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the first CME since Election Day, so watch out!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include TWW counseling session, the next two years, Barry Beach, my election night post, the 2018 election, one more thing, and much more!

TWW Counseling Session:

If the 2016 Presidential Election was tough on you and you are having problems accepting the results, please read on. If you are excited about the results, please read on.

You might need to lie on the couch for this…

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Exhale. Repeat.

OK, whether he is qualified or not, on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be the President of the United States of America.

You can accept it or not. Not accepting it won’t change it. This election is over. Just because Clinton won the popular vote, does not change things, either. That’s not the rules. If it makes you feel better, protest peacefully. If you voted for Trump, spike the ball in the face of the Clinton supporters if you want. Write nasty things on Facebook and Twitter if you want. Un-friend people if you want. Free speech, baby! Thick skin, baby!

This is the United States of America! We can handle this, damn it! Remember that.

Gallup Polling reported that 42% of adults feel “afraid” since the Trump win. Back in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected 27% felt “afraid.”

Plenty of people never accepted the fact that Obama was President of the United States. We’ve survived that. The world did not end with Obama. I’ll bet you probably still have as many guns as you did eight years ago. I’m betting we survive Trump, too.

If your candidate lost this last election, the good news is in less than four years our country will elect another President. I’m hoping for better choices next time, how about you? In two years, every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will be up for sale election as will one-third of the seats in the U.S. Senate.

See, things are brighter already!

I’ve worked on several campaigns and found it rewarding. So volunteer on a campaign of someone you support for 2018 and for 2020. There’s a lot more to our political process than posting silly and hateful things to your friends and follows on social media.

Now get out there and make a difference…

Next Two Years:

In 2017-18 the Republicans will have majorities in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republican Donald Trump will be President.

In other words, they own it. They are in charge.

There are really only two things to keep them from passing just about any bill that is introduced: First, they need 60 votes in the senate to end filibusters, and second, themselves. Republicans may try to end the filibuster so they can pass legislation with a simple majority.

Get your popcorn ready because this is going to be fun to watch!

The Republicans are good at forming a circular firing squad and hurting themselves when they run the show. They seem to implode when they get so much power. It’s happened before when they “had it all” because there are batcrap crazy members of the Republican Party who will fight with the more moderate members.

Although Republicans will have control for two years, after the first year they will need to get back into campaign mode for the 2018 elections.

In Washington, it’s all about the next election….

Barry Beach:

Barry Beach was convicted of a 1979 murder and was granted clemency by Montana Governor Steve Bullock last November and placed on supervised probation. There was support for Beach to be released from prison from all around Montana and from both sides of the political fence. You can read more about Beach by searching this website.

Beach was recently arrested for probation violations. He could end up back in prison, or he could still be free depending on what a judge decides. Read a recent story HERE.

Since Bullock whipped Republican Greg Gianforte in the gubernatorial election Tuesday, some of the Republicans just before the election and afterward have been saying Bullock showed “bad judgment” in releasing Beach.

That’s petty and hypocritical. The Republican-controlled state legislature in Montana overwhelming passed HB 43 last session. That bill was basically introduced to help Beach obtain clemency. If I remember correctly HB 43 passed 50-0 in the state senate and almost unanimous support in the state House with only a dozen or so (out of 100) voting “no” on it.

We already know that the Montana state legislature is like a 90-day circus every two years and few legislators are respected. The “gotcha” politics don’t help.

My Election Night Post:

I posted the following message on Facebook and a shorter version on Twitter when Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential election:

ATTENTION FACEBOOK FRIENDS: To those of you who said you would move to another country if Donald Trump was elected President, please send me your new address so I can update my Christmas card list. Thanks!

Disclaimer: I am an independent. I’ve seen it all in politics up close and personal. I would have sent one with Hillary Clinton’s name if she had won.

That might not have been as funny to some…

2018 Election:

Is it too early to talk 2018 elections? Yes? Then don’t read the following.

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, is up for reelection. He’s a Democrat. If he runs, it will be for his third term. Two-term House member Ryan Zinke is up for reelection. He’s a Republican.

I don’t want Zinke to run against Tester. I want someone from Montana to stay in the freakin’ U.S. House of Representatives long enough so the people at the door to the House chambers know their name. Dennis Rehberg ticked me off when he decided to run for U.S. Senate as a member of the House just as he was just getting some clout built up. Steve Daines ticked me off when he did the same thing, only he did it successfully. They did not get my vote. Zinke won’t either.

I wonder what Greg Gianforte will be doing? Jesse Laslovich? Monica Lindeen? Denise Juneau?

Send the rumors my way!

One More Thing:

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest. – Barack Obama


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