Updated date:

Once Upon a Time in America When We Were Encouraged and Conditioned, to Hate Our President

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame STAR

Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame STAR

Trump's STAR reduced to space junk

Trump's STAR reduced to space junk

Worked Up and Woke

Donald Trump's Hollywood star has been vandalized, multiple times!

The last time it happened, it was destroyed, smashed to pieces, turned into rubbish.

The culprit? A pick axe, found at the scene, appearing very suspicious, no word as to why this pick axe chose to take like a beaver to wood, on the harmless little star....

In all seriousness, the pick axe was a tool, used by a very agitated person

I guess there weren’t any 100+ year old Historic statues or Purple Heart recipient Memorials or Peace Crosses or little old ladies...as easily accessible as the star, in which the obviously agitated criminal might take out their worked-up, woke, frenzied frustrations upon!

In the news around the same time -

Lanny Davis; friend, advisor, confidant, fixer, defender and attorney to none other than Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave CNN a copy of a taped, 'so-called' private conversation between {then citizen} Donald Trump and citizen Donald Trump’s Attorney, Michael Cohen; aka: Snake in the grass:

Breaking News: CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

Funny or is it ironic, that same Attorney, Michael Cohen, now calls Lanny Davis his confidant and friend, for he too is now a client, just as Bill and Hillary Clinton are.

Birds of a feather...

In the meantime, another tape; a video, was circulating of a so-called Comedian, relieving himself or pretending to relieve himself, in a very convincing enactment, over Trump's Hollywood star.

Yes, that same little abused star that never hurt anyone

I am guessing the star was fully intact at that time, inviting and again, so easily accessible, for the so-called Comedian to release his --- make that, relieve himself of, his worked-up, woke, frenzied frustrations!

So disgusting, not the least bit funny George Lopez and anyone thinking it is, might need an intervention before they too lose it on the street one day! Just sayin', people get arrested for that stuff!

But I guess it just depends on who you are, who you know and what you have chosen to relieve yourself upon, that is the determining factor.

Do George Lopez, Michelle Wolf and Kathy Griffin {of Trump severed head fame} all share the same comedy writers or is it just a lack of talent, they all share?

Just curious!

Respect.....

I've made myself quite clear over the years, in numerous articles, as to my thoughts on Barack Obama, as President:

In his attempts to move us fast and furiously away from capitalism toward full-blown socialism, many Americans looked no further than Amendment I to the U.S. Constitution, in order to show our disappointment and frustrations with President Obama's dangerous progression.

I've also written articles about the path, that the latter part of the very first Amendment in the Bill of Rights, took me and one million plus other U.S. citizens on.

It never entered my mind to threaten President Obama, his family or members of his administration.

I don’t know anyone that did nor even threatened too.

It would never enter my mind to deface a photo of him or destroy his star (if he'd had one) or of any one else for that matter and I do not know of one single person that would do such things.

Not once did I make nor did I hear derogatory remarks about his appearance or that of his wife or of his daughters.

I would never have questioned their choices in clothing or speculated about their combined I.Q. at round table discussions

I never witnessed any news programming where round table discussions regularly questioned such things, when it came to Trump, all while belittling and disrespecting him, his wife, his family, members of his administration and his supporters.

If I had witnessed such behavior, I would have called out those responsible.

I'd not ignore it, I'd not let it lie, as so many so-called professionals did throughout Trump's entire term

I'd see Obama/Biden stickers on cars (still do) and pro-Obama t-shirts often, I don’t confront these people, I don’t, never have, never would, get in the face of Obama or Clinton supporters.

They were both Presidents of the United States, I respect that, just as I have every other President of the United States.

I personally thought Obama, just like Jimmy Carter, wasn’t cut out to be President and was not only out of his league, but was detrimental to the Country, as founded.

I did not hate them then, I do not hate them now and I'd never wish them or anyone associated with them, any harm!

Too bad that President Donald J. Trump was never shown such courtesy!

A Return of Civility

What happened, here in America, with a popular, sitting U.S. President was sickening!

Too many people saying and doing disgusting things, worked up into frenzies by an embedded, wayward, leftist Media. Worked up into frenzies by clueless Representatives, who can barely represent themselves in public, much less an entire Constituency!

I kept waiting for a respectable Democrat or a respectable member of the MSM to come to President Trump’s defense, but they never did! Maybe there aren’t any left!

We must seem the laughing stock to the world, not because of the man that was once at the helm, he, that leaders of other Countries were tripping over themselves to meet with, to get near, to make deals with...but because of the hijacked Democratic Party, equally as pathetic and embarrassing as the so-called Comedians.

This is all coming from someone who was definitely not on the Trump train!

I kept an open mind, considered the big picture and could see for myself the many great things he continually did for America.

Far from perfect as we all are, he persevered...somehow, despite ignorance and so much hate, with everything stacked against him, he kept on keeping on, for the good of the Country.

We never witnessed him get a fair shake, many doubled down, even after he left D.C., even now he is being censored by big tech/the left/the Democratic Party, mainstream media, all seemingly, one in the same!

So he is gone and the left is still miserable, attempting to make us all as miserable as they -

So what else is new?

Will we ever have a return of civility?

Is it even possible with the hateful left and the stranglehold they have on this Country?

Is it a possibility or are we a Nation too divided, too far gone!

I pray not - God Bless and Keep this Nation!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 08, 2018:

Apparently, the West Hollywood City Council has unanimously voted to remove Donald Trump's Walk of Fame Star, because he doesn't "measure up to their standards". Hmm...so my question, is the behavior of those destroying Walk of Fame property, urinating on sidewalks, breaking out in brawls and shouting expletives at the mere sight of the star, Hollywood's "standards"?

Jesus asking "those without sin to cast the first stone", wouldn't work by today's "standards", everyone immediately throws stones, so as not to come off as the imperfect people they are.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 30, 2018:

Thanks Tim for commenting, I did not receive a notice of your response to this article. I do not like it a bit when my friends respond to something I've written and I am not informed.

That being said, I so agree with you. We are not Ruled here in the U.S.A., we may be far from perfect, but we are not forced to measure up to the expectations and demands of a Dictator. God Bless America! :)

I believe we have a President that cares about our future, wants what's best for all law-abiders and works incessantly at building us up and keeping us safe.

That should mean something to everyone, regardless of their political leanings!

Let us keep on keeping on, as we keep on writing on Tim!

Thanks again my friend, have a wonderful week.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on July 29, 2018:

Hi, abwilliams,

Now, maybe we can leave people's honors alone and get on with running the republic. He's not the greatest president (neither was Obama, and fill in the blank here with whichever president you like), but he is in the White House. Our Office of President is bigger than any one man who occupies it, and over time, all of them had to get better at it.

In any case, our flaw, some would say, as Americans has to be we can take the energies of internal conflict and rise to new heights. We will survive DJT, like we survived Barack, because we keep trying and trying again. We have hope in this country.

We are a nation brought up from:

people thrown out of countries, people brought here in chains, people who had their lands taken, people forced to serve as indentured servants, land holding slave owners.

But wait!

We landed on the moon --

We are the dominant power of the internet--

When laughed at by some countries, we said: "We will give a Black man a chance to be the president, and he probably will not be the last minority to hold the position because we believe in the right of a person to achieve to his/her highest levels."

Now, if that sounds like propaganda, then "hope" is my propaganda.

The heat and emotions of our infernos will be channeled into constructive action - it's what we do best as a nation. Others can't always understand that. Even if I don't necessarily like my president, at least, he is not my king or queen, meaning I can work to vote him out during the next election. Tearing up his star diminishes our star.

Thanks again, Abwilliams.

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 28, 2018:

The culprit in the pickaxe wielding criminal act has been identified, he is a 24 year old male. I’ll not mention his name....it doesn’t matter. He obviously has ‘Issues’ and needs professional help.

The star has been replaced...again, but before it could sufficiently set in, a scuffle, involving many loud, potty-mouthed TDS sufferers, broke out in the presence of the setting-star on Thursday night.

Pathetic!

ValKaras on July 27, 2018:

Leland---It's a relief to realize that you don't see in me a geezer (actually I like making jokes on my own account, hence this word). Likewise, I don't see in you "just someone half my age", but an intelligent young man with good conversational skills---good spelling too, LOL. (Now we both passed the test).

Yes, we do look at life differently, and it's O.K. I think both you and A.B. are great patriots and this is something to be respected.

I am an individualist of my own version, so most of the collectivistic matters are not really my cup of tea. In all of my hubs touching politics you would find my disclaim that I don't know anything about politics---but like treating those matters in a purely logical way.

My life interests are in my exploring my own unused potential, refining my models of psychophysical functioning with disciplines like meditation, self-hypnosis, qigong, alpha-brainwave training, and other modalities.

That makes me a pacifist, so anything having to do with any form of imposing a force, whether physical, brainwashing, intimidating or other---doesn't look O.K. to me. That includes competing of course. By the way, as a young man I served as an army drill sergeant, so this attitude is not generated by my wimpy emotional predisposition.

Therefore, we don't really share any interests, and I guess we have said enough to make it obvious. While being an individualist, I am not a normative dude telling anyone that they should follow my example in any detail.

Actually that brings us to the concept of freedom, where we are different as well. The only freedom to me is being free from any social suggestive influences, using my own mind, not belonging to any mainstream on the culture market. I would feel free in a dictatorial regime as well, because no one can give me freedom but myself.

I am not a patriot. I see nation as an illusion consisting of many different individuals connected by the necessities of sharing a territory, language and rules of interacting. I don't wave flags, but you will see me as a typical law abiding citizen, a loving, caring, supportive human being.

Labels are not my thing. I am I, and what I make of myself. I am paying taxes and I expect leaders to do their job like a bus driver is doing his. I know nothing about my Prime Minister's job, I have no education in political science, diplomacy, economy, home security, etc. In other words I don't pretend to know more than I know.

In this little addition to what I already said I wanted to say a little about "where I am coming from".

And I won't keep proving that we are different with any more unnecessary evidence of it.

I wish you luck at affecting some changes in the political reality of your country by your strong positions.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2018:

Well stated Leland, although if I were you, I would have heaped a little more praise on the incomparable Ronald Wilson Reagan. :)

I watched the clip T, thank you for the Friday Funnies.

The Logician from then to now on on July 27, 2018:

AB this will make you laugh, pay attention when Bremer starts to speak, they expect him to denigrate Trump and he blind sides them. Notice when Bremer says let’s leave “CNN LAND” for a second Camerota agrees basically admitting that CNN is a fantasy land of hate trump bias. Lol CNN and everyone on that station are a joke.

https://www.mediaite.com/online/ian-bremmer-tells-...

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 27, 2018:

Vlad- I can tell you're a smart guy (not a geezer by any means) by your intelligent conversational skills. We just don't see life the same way. I think the fighting spirit of the US constrains us Americans from taking on a globalist world view. We still see ourselves as possessing the "rugged individualism" elucidated by one of my hero's, Ronald Reagan. I don't know for how much longer my countrymen will espouse that virtue, but it'll be with me til my last breath. Peace and blessings to you, Vlad.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2018:

I'll get in the last word, Vlad, because along with having a healthy dose of competitive, fighting spirit, I am stubborn and hardheaded to boot.....but always, always civil!

Good day!

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 27, 2018:

I agree with AB about us not agreeing on everything not necessarily making us disagreeable people. I'd even be willing to sign a written agreement to that effect. "French Canadian" that made my day :)

ValKaras on July 27, 2018:

AB Williams---O.K., let me delay my final retreat from this amusing exchange, by first asking you what you see so "healthy" about debating?

Discussions are different---that's where people show a common effort to find a best solution. But debating is crazy---that's where people exercise their intellectual stubbornness and in my view just embarrass themselves with a lack of maturity. I am not calling YOU either crazy or immature, I am calling that kind of behavior that way.

Namely, it's only kids who push their opinion---or those political crazies at presidential debates. Theirs, too, is not a discussion but a silly competition who is going to outsmart whom.

So I had to tell you guys that you "don't understand". Here you are with this new response almost proud of your past debates and calling them "healthy".

There is nothing healthy about two people going creative about the ways how to discredit each other, put each other's opinion down, or in some cases going very personal and start attacking each other. That, my dear is insane, not because I say so, but because any shrink would say so.

Conflicts are unhealthy---or do I have to explain this too? They stem from inner conflicts in people who just exteriorize them by finding a fighting partner outside. They may sugarcoat them by calling them "debates", but it's all about unresolved issues that a person has with themselves.

Emotionally stable people don't need to debate. They don't need to fish for injustices in this world to feed that conflict within.

I can already see your next response, or a part of it saying: "You don't like debates, but keep "stubbornly proving your points." AGAIN, I don't care how much you agree with me, I am simply making my own verbal expressions clear. In this case, since I said in my previous response that "competing is not healthy", you obviously didn't see my point, so I have to use some other angle to explain it---not to "persuade you to agree with me", as Leland would call it.

If you DID understand it the first time, you would have said something like: "I got your point, we are different individuals, and within your mind style competitions are not healthy feature". Maybe you would even start questioning the source of your own need to compete and debate.

So, again, I have no use for competing, because putting another person down doesn't make me any better human---there is always someone better than me, and then what is left of my victories? Does it mean that I have to always pick on wimps without a stamina to withstand a long debate, while avoiding those who might make a fool of me?

Really, what's the strategy about debating, about proving something to ourselves and to others---aren't we sure about our value, so we have to keep testing it all the time on someone who will pull out of debate making us a winner?

Can't you see what that fighting spirit is doing to your country, and to those countries in the Middle East that feel the sick effects of this fighting spirit? Who is attacking your territory that you have to bomb those people for more than dozen of years? Can't you see that you keep fighting with bombs and with tariffs, and with intimidation, and with economic coercing, and losing friends all over the world in the process???

And you are calling that "healthy"? So all those peaceful countries in the world are bunch of wimps who don't know how to fight for their "national interests"???

You started your article by talking about "being civil". Well, my dear, how can I EXPLAIN to you "civil" if you see advantages in fighting, which is not "civil". Imposing our will on others is not civil, but I don't need you to agree with me---as long as you UNDERSTAND my point.

Can I retreat now, or will I see yet another smart provocation, because again I didn't make myself clear enough?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2018:

Come on Vlad, “you have to explain simple things to us”, sounds a little condescending to me, are you French-Canadian?

I see how you did that, tried to sneak it in....

I doubt very seriously Leland and I agree on everything, if he or anyone else disagrees with me, I’ve no doubt they’d let me know. Believe me, I’ve had some healthy discussions and debates here at HP over the years. I’ve even had complaints registered against me (this is typically done by those unable to compete in the discussion, because they have nothing susbstantive to add) so instead, they get their feelings hurt, go behind my back and register complaints.

I digress.

I am glad you are healthy and I wish you well!

ValKaras on July 26, 2018:

A B Williams & Leland---You guys make me laugh. You both like competition but seem to agree about everything. Don't agree, compete, find something challenging in each other's position, fight, it's healthy for you!

O.K., Leland, you don't seem to get it. When I think that somebody has a misconception about something, I try to EXPLAIN my view---I want people to UNDERSTAND my point, not to "agree" with me.

I don't want to hurt anyone feelings here, but I don't really care who "agrees" with me or not.

You have a right to your opinion, I have right to mine---period. So, I was not trying to "persuade" anybody to agree with me, being "competitive". Look at me now, what am I trying to do here? Am I trying to "persuade" you into anything? You simply don't get my point and I am trying to make it clear, so maybe I'll succeed, although I doubt it..

I am 73 years old, and I have read over thousand books on human nature, so it's pretty clear to me that we are having only one problem here---you don't trust me, you suspect everything I say, so what's the use trying to make you understand something if your distrust will reject it? That's how mind works---or fails to work.

Why am I even responding now? Because you guys are fun. Well I must say, less and less fun--since I have to explain some very simple things, which is no fun.

So, what is an old geezer likely to do in such situation? Look for fun elsewhere. As for the two of you, please, please, compete, don't agree, it's healthy, good for your stress management, for your blood pressure, for your hyperactive sympathetic system, for your acidity, for your sugar level, even for your beauty. Look at me, I haven't seen a doctor for a dozen of years---something must be wrong with me, I should compete more. LOL.---Be well my friends and all the best.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Hi Leland, absolutely nothing wrong with competition, it's a good, healthy thing, so I do not get that!

Glad you enjoyed the article.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Thank you Tim. There are a lot of people that need to learn deep breath therapy and just move on, it can't be healthy to be consumed by hate.

It is always nice to hear from you. I hope you and your family are doing well.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 26, 2018:

I find it interesting how Vlad says he's not competitive (as if there's something wrong with being competitive) then writes multiple paragraphs attempting to persuade you to agree with him. That's being competitive! Anyway, great article AB.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on July 26, 2018:

Hi, Abwilliams,

I can say I've never read a word you have written attacking Barack Obama or his family personally - You have always approached that subject as a matter of his values and politics, not the man, his wife, or children. That's one of the many reasons I have so much respect for you. You have what is missing with the media, to put it in a word: class.

These people who are so upset with our president, here's a suggestion: try voting next time.

I watched the video you had in one of your articles where they totally tormented those poor people at that restaurant - disgusting isn't a strong enough word for that.

Anyone who reads your article will recognize that you call it out whether it's Trump or anyone else.

With this, I am in agreement with you: leave the man's deserved honors alone. Show some dignity.

Every time you write an article, Abwilliams, you get it right (I don't mean necessarily right wing here), you speak the truth.

Thanks again for your well written and well thought out article.

Much respect,

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Ya’ll especially make my day on days like today, when my individual score/my article scores here at HP and my FB Page exposure are dissipating like a snowball, in Florida, in July.....

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Aww....fine friends, make my day!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 26, 2018:

A great slant I like it. Best humor has some truth to it. Oh my God would the freak out on his famous words here.

Suzie from Carson City on July 26, 2018:

Angie....To those who have so much to say, whether to you or about you......I applaud them for their fine choice of subject matter. At least they realize someone who is worthy of attention and comment, deserves being mentioned. Some of them are illiterate except for using slang or profanity, so they only get an "E" for effort. They won't spell anything correctly but in our kindness, we'll let them slide.

If they only knew how little we care about their lame opinions, they'd save their time to spend watching their educational cartoons.

These creeps are not exactly the scholars of the world. Tolerance is the key. Soon they'll all be forced to return the gutters from whence they came.......Peace, Girl! Paula

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Hi Eric, thanks for checking in. I'm afraid another JFK wouldn't be accepted by the far left that has taken over the Democratic Party.

Use your imagination; the Democratic Convention, in walks young KFJ (like that?) "My fellow Americans, ask not what your Country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Country"....he'd get booed off the stage, kind of like God did, during one of their recent Conventions.

Not enough of those in the JFK camp have been willing to stand up and say, "Enough, you radicals can't have this Party, stand down and get outta town"

Hi Vlad, agreed, so you don't want a few Comedians and Actors? ;)

ValKaras on July 26, 2018:

AB Williams---I am not criticizing your country, I am only talking about some aspects where it could do better---unless you think it's already perfect.

To comment on your political reality is not belittling the people of America. You, yourself just showed a reluctance to be identified with your "rulers".

Somehow you keep bringing back the subject of many people "wishing to live in the US". Well, in 1980 I moved to the US with my family as a legal immigrant---with a green card and a social security number, and worked there for a while. Then I came back to Canada.

I must say, there is too much of that "fighting spirit" in you---some would even call it paranoid, because there is nothing in anything I am saying that is belittling America.

I don't really care much for that "fighting spirit", as I see American politicians being at a constant war somewhere in the world, and of all 195 countries in the world America being one of the only three (beside Guatemala and Mexico) where constitution is granting civilians right to have firearms.

Fight...fight...fight---well, I am done here. I apologize if anything I have said sounded like my disrespect for your country. I am always just targeting politicians---anywhere, whether Canadian, American, or otherwise, because that's one profession I honestly despise. I don't see any nations hating each other, it's always politicians being the instigators. And from strictly psychological viewpoint, I don't think much of people being brainwashed sheep dragged into political power games.

But, I won't say more, before you possibly find again something derogatory about your country here. I hope it is not disrespectful if I expressed my honest opinion about fighting spirit. Sorry, but you and I have a different opinion about what's "healthy".

Let's leave it at that, shall we.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 26, 2018:

Great stuff though I do not see it so critical mass at this time.

Read about 6 polls. If even the lowest approval ratings put him over the top if this were 2020 -- That is unless Democrats find another JFK, you have a full 15-20 percent dissaproving of their candidate more.

At this time I am reminded of Muslims. The vast majority are opposed to what the radicals do. But they do nothing to rebuke them. Probably to a lessor extent Christians.

A bit ago they were talking of the radical anti-Trumpers were made mentally and emotionally sick because of Trump. Somehow they missed what they were claiming - regardless of "cause". That is that they were sick. I am sure they said this but got no therapy -- maybe some Valium which the should take more of.

Assault and battery is a crime together or stand alone. It is criminal. Against children it is "enhanced" Yet Hillary and Sanders seem not to condemn it. That is over the top back to being "sick". In psychotherapy the cause or trauma that could cause it (excluding a true case of PTSD) is dealt with toot sweet and the underlying distortion is what is worked on.

A conspiracy is when to or more plan illegality and then act on it - although simple preparing on it is sufficient to incite is a slam dunk on haters.

I here of white privilege - not in my hood - but now we have hater privilege.

The nation is not so divided, but losing the equally applied sanctity of a nation of laws not men is bad news.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

The United States of America exists today, without a King/without a Ruler, due to a healthy dose of "fighting spirit". It is at our core, it is who we are.

I can't explain to your satisfaction, what is innately in me.

The reason all of my articles, basically, share the same theme, is because over many decades (still today), many undoers work to destroy those things innately a part of us all; our fighting spirit, our pride, our Faith, our Patriotism, our stewardship (believe me I could go on and on....)

I for one, cannot and will not ignore it, dismiss it and hope it goes away.

As for our political differences here, they've been with us since our inception. It's healthy, as long as people do not allow themselves to become as sheep, as long as we all remember that U.S. citizens hold all the cards, not the Gov. (no Rulers)

You've asked me not to judge your Country, but you can't help but to judge mine.

Why is that?

Why do so many diss the U.S., all while wishing to be a part of it, breaking our laws to get here?

Why do some talk BIG about getting out, all while staying put and prospering? (could Canada use some so-called Comedians and Actors?)

ValKaras on July 26, 2018:

AB Williams---Here we are scooping deeper into the nature of human coexistence. Just because something is customary within the global cultural paradigm, that doesn't make it plausible. There are many aspects of human interactions which are taken for granted as good, that are actually carrying a seed of something negative.

One of them is---guess what---competitive sport. Digging into the very psychological texture of it, it's only socially acceptable form of arrogance, otherwise seen in animal kingdom where males are fighting for an alpha status in the herd.

We all marvel the lavish ceremonies of the Olympics, and our competitive spirit is nothing but a compensation for some inner insecurity. We cheer for our teams, as if it's about "our own" victory in question.

That same competitive spirit is present in the political arena---and yes, national. We want to feel at the top, to compensate for all those losses in private and intimate arena of life. Otherwise, why is it that the more spiritual and emotionally stable a person is---the less they are into sports? Why is it that such individuals just compete with themselves-of-yesteryear, not with other people? Why is it that they cultivate a peace of mind in an ambient of harmony and support and cooperation---rather than seeking proofs of their superiority over others?

Whether you see it by now or not---I am talking from personal experience. Don't you think your country would do much better if both political camps would seek a common ground to make your country "great"---whatever "great" means to you? Wouldn't that be healthier without all those low blows coming from both sides, each playing at some "political Olympics" and hoping to prevail, while tearing the spirit of the nation apart?

I don't know about you, but in my family we don't keep justifying our individual differences and fighting all the time---we always look for a logical, objective solution.

When fighting spirit is all that's left in a nation's unity, trust me, audience is laughing, not clapping at that Olympics.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Also, Vladimir, one last thought on this subject. The Olympics have withstood the test of time; each Olympian there to do their personal and absolute best, all while hoping to be the one that has their flag waving higher than all other flags. (even Kim Jong-un wanted to be a part)

Initially, all Nations join together, then it is all about the competition, the fight, the Win... ending up, together again, all taking pride in/feeling blessed to...have had a part in representing their Country! It is a beautiful thing!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Vlad, I believe I live in the best Country in the world, you believe you do, nothing wrong with taking pride in one's Country.....assets, faults and all!

ValKaras on July 26, 2018:

A B Williams---Allow me, for my last comment here, to say a few words that have no direct connection to the theme of your article. It would be about the misconceptions people in the US have about the quality of life in Canada---when judged by "some" folks coming there for medical treatments.

In my view it's like saying that there are also many Canadian tourists in the US, or many Canadian businesses, which is also a fact.

"What, there are no nice places in Canada to visit, so they have to come here?' Or, "What, it's impossible to have a business in Canada so they have to invest here?"

It would be like me wondering why so many American investors invest in Canada. "What, are the conditions in America so bad for investing?" Also, there is an incredible number of American tourists coming to Canada year after year, so: "What, Florida is not good enough for swimming, and Aspen, Colorado for skiing?"

As for the free medical care, I can have anything from a simple yearly visit to ANY test, including MRI and CAT scan, or cancer treatment, or any heart and brain surgery for free.

What happens from time to time is that the waiting period for a treatment is longer than people's patience is allowing, so some folks opt for American services.

Otherwise, you show me one Canadian who says that "life in Canada sucks", and I'll also show you an American saying that "life in America sucks". We just can't generalize from a few individual cases, don't you agree?

Patriotism is fine, as long as it doesn't turn into nationalism or an illusion of a superiority. If we would talk about the homeless in Canada for a fact, we shouldn't forget all ghettos and the homeless living in New York, or any other American city.

Let us be objective, that's all, and then we can love our countries all we want --- exactly as they are, nonjudgmentally.

By the way, nothing that I am saying here is to be understood as "competing". I am not a competitive type, but a cool head meditator for 50 years, and ultimately I don't really give a rat's ass which country is better to live in, it's ALL individual, and it's ALL what we are making of our life, not what ANY politician is making of it.

I can't live a nation's life, only my own. That's what my sense of logicalness is telling me. I visit the US almost every year, and I see happy and unhappy individuals, just like here in Canada, and that's all there is to say on this theme---nothing to "compete" with.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Good Morning Paula...Beautiful Lady, I love the pic. Thank you for checking in.

I know you'll get a kick out of this, my initial title was, 'No More Mrs. Nice Guy; Enough With.....'.

In the course of one day, I was told I was too nice, but... I was also called the B-word.

Alrighty then!

Many people are too accepting of things they totally abhor or disagree with, many are little programmed bots/followers, but the majority are kind, while taking no bunk from nobody! Guess that's me...a kind B! ;)

Suzie from Carson City on July 26, 2018:

Readmike.....You're so right. The wretched actions and disgusting behavior of the left, among other results, has given birth to the "walk away" campaign. Intelligent, sane, decent individuals have been forced to take an honest hard look at all of it. These people come to the realization that they do not wish to be a part of any of it. The reality is, they do not want to be associated with such unacceptable, shameful behavior. More importantly, they can't help but see & hear the ignorance & moral bankruptcy of it, as well as the futility of such vitriol. Absolutely the libs have been digging their own graves. Months ago I remember coming to the conclusion that we could sit back and just allow them to totally destroy their own party. This is precisely what they're doing. (Too stupid to realize this?) Unbelievable.

It truly is making DJT stronger and more determined to continue to go forward, not to mention that more and more Americans are waking up. I see it on a small level, all around me and it's obvious that the change is spreading.

Angie...another great article! You have an excellent handle on what's going on, what's coming next and how we can all get through it & maintain a positive attitude. Slowly but surely, the Right is destined to be our country's saving grace. Peace, Paula

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Good Morning Mike - There is no doubt in my mind that all of this bad behavior (such as knocking a kid's MAGA hat off his head and then stealing it) has been egged on by 'very bad sports' in D.C. and in media. They who thought they could collude, meddle and manipulate their way back into the White House.

I agree that Trump's popularity is increasing with each new day. I believe that the Dems will be very disappointed...again...come November.

In the meantime, I am waiting for one or more of them, (Dems) to take the high road and settle down the many out of control wrecking balls, they've created.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 26, 2018:

Good Morning Vlad and Leland, I am so glad that you two worked through this, while I was sleeping. :)

It is refreshing to see adults, able to discuss, banter, disagree, admit mistakes and move on.

Cool heads and kind hearts prevail.

As beautiful as Canada is, I count myself blessed to be born in the U S.A.! Leland, I've also talked to Canadians that are here in the States seeking medical treatment. (where do they go, if Democratic Socialists have their way here?)

Readmikenow on July 26, 2018:

I think it's important for the Democrat party, and those opposed to President Donald Trump, to realize their hatred is only making him stronger. Recent polling show him with over an 85 percent approval rating with Republicans. What this means is the Republicans running for reelection are in good shape and Democrats in all Red states need to be careful what they say about the President Donald Trump. I don't care if you disagree with President Donald Trump. If all of their disagreements were done in an adult manner, and they respectfully disagreed, I believe more people would listen to them. Kicking members of his administration out of restaurants, taking MAGA hats from teenagers, destroying his star, the vile things said by celebrities is only making Republicans more united and President Donald Trump stronger. It also makes the Democrats not look too intelligent.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 26, 2018:

Vlad- and thank you sir. I appreciate the kind word. I think only real men can be gracious.

ValKaras on July 25, 2018:

Leland---It was a small mistake I didn't take seriously---but thank you, it takes a true man to admit a mistake, I respect it.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 25, 2018:

Vlad- I tried to modify my last comment but it wouldn't let me. You didn't slander our president.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 25, 2018:

there isn't enough room to list my thoughts about Canada, but I assure you I am not limited to the anecdote I shared. I don't think Americans appreciate foreigners "explaining" our Constitution to us. For example, I took a course entitled "Constitution 101" and I write about it with some frequency. You shouldn't assume Americans don't know there own Constitution. I doubt we could kick it around all day. I don't know a single American that has moved to Canada, but I know plenty of Canadians that have come, or are trying to come, to the U.S. I'm not bashing Canadians. You started this by slandering our president. If you want no further conversation here's your chance- don't respond.

ValKaras on July 25, 2018:

Leland---You wrote all this just to say how you "talked to a couple of Canadians" and picked up some impressions which were good enough to describe the whole nation. Good for you.

By the way, I was not "criticizing" your Constitution, I was explaining it. Constitution is not "wrong", it's the people who don't live by it--- but I guess that was too complicated to figure from my comment.

Well, why am I saying this---you are in the mood to put Canadians down, so what's the use. Yes, SOME Canadians come for medical treatment to the US. And yes, SOME Americans can't stand "situation" in the US so they move to Canada. We could kick this crap back and forth till tomorrow, but you lost me already with that stereotyping and generalizations. Not interested in further discussion.

ValKaras on July 25, 2018:

AB Williams----If you are asking for "return to civility", then yes---you ARE asking for too much.

You Americans are fine folks, but there are so many of you that there will always be those "bad" ones making front page headlines, as if giving the character to the most of you.

So, think of those civil ones who are in that majority---otherwise you will forever keep asking for the "return to civility", my friend. There are many people around you just like yourself, with values and principles and a clear sense of patriotism.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on July 25, 2018:

I love it when Canadians criticize our Constitution or lecture Americans about the meaning of freedom. Canadians really know very little about freedom. They have free health care which really means they are free from quality health care, which is why they come running to the U.S. when they need it. Over 60? No dialysis for you!

I was at a bed and breakfast a few years ago and there was a Canadian man and his wife eating at our table. They were very nice, but politically very wrong. The man said, "We just passed a law making it illegal to talk to people about religion in the streets." I said, "and you think that's a good thing?" He said, "Yes, because people don't want to talk about religion in public. It's uncomfortable." I asked him, "Can you still say the name Jesus Christ as a curse, or can you say god&%#! in public?" He said "yes." Then I said, "So it's ok to talk about God so long as you are disrespecting Him?" He just looked at me and didn't respond. Awkward! Anyway, regarding AB's article. It's another gem as usual. I hadn't heard about the President's star being vandalized. It was a cowardly, dastardly act. We'll probably never find out who did it although we can probably rule out Anderson Cooper. If he'd done it there'd be lots of tears spattered all over the crime scene.

I would just like to say in regard to freedom- Freedom is the right to do what is right. In most other countries the citizens are not able to do what is right due to the paranoia and insecurity of their leaders. They see the people as a threat to their power so they deny them the freedom to disagree, to protest, to write articles like this one, to be a member of a non-mainstream religion. America has fought long and hard to provide those freedoms to our people, and yes, Americans have abused those freedoms. Whenever people abuse freedom by acting on their animal urges then hiding behind our national documents masquerading simply as people exercising their freedoms, they invite censure and the likelihood of losing their freedoms. They also redefine the meaning of freedom. They make it mean "I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want" which is precisely one of Canada's big problems right now. Extending open arms to homeless people and drug users is chasing away tourism. A friend of mine just returned from Toronto and told me he was shocked at how many homeless people there were and that they were EVERYWHERE! Is that what Canadians call freedom? An abundance of homeless people? In America we have shelters, we have soup kitchens, programs and government benefits. It's getting hard to be homeless in this country (unless you want to be). Apparently that's not the case in Canada. I guess it rubs me wrong when Canadians criticize the U.S. It's enough that we have to deal with them when they clog our malls and hospitals because they come here to get what they can't get in their own country.

Thanks again AB. Another doozie of an article as usual.

A B Williams on July 25, 2018:

Hi Vladimir, I'd dare not ask or demand any such thing of anyone. I am not asking that those opposed to Trump learn to love him, what I am asking for, is a return to civility.

Is that too much to ask for?

As much as I disliked Obama's actions; knowing the way he truly felt about this Country, upset me, it did not corrupt me. Additionally, there was no entity constantly working to convince me to do things out of my character... in an all out effort to convince me that I should hate him, disrespect him, get in people's faces, not accept the Will of the people, destroy things!

I didn't destroy property or insult his wife or get in the face of anyone. I peaceably took to the streets of D.C. and I petitioned the Government for a redress of grievances. Because I could, because we have the freedom to that here in America.

Yes we have the freedom to act the fool as well, that doesn't mean we should.

Thanks for commenting!

ValKaras on July 25, 2018:

ABWilliams---Basically you are asking how can anybody be so violent as to deface Trump's Hollywood star.

And that's how far your complaint can go, For, you can't ask how can anybody dare to dislike the President, because it's everybody's right to either like or dislike a leader, whether present or past. That's what freedom is all about.

I am not taking anybody's side here, just preaching your Constitution. Now, why that star was ruined---that's easy to explain. A person hates the president with passion, so they wanted to make it public and obvious. Was it nice? No.

How good or bad president Trump is---remains to be seen. There are individuals of much higher education and political insight than yours or mine who have two totally different interpretations of Trump's actions.

While they are cherry-picking to prove their opposite arguments---funny---they are both right. You probably know it much better than I, because I am not into politics, just playing with logic---every political action, while looked from a different angle, can be interpreted differently. Politics is not an exact science where 2+2=4 all the time, but an interpretive art.

However, my main point being that you are perfectly right to call any name that violent act. And you are right to wonder why so many people don't think about Trump as you do.

Nevertheless, your very Constitution is also giving your opponents right to disagree. That's the price of freedom. There is no uniformity in human race, and we have to live with it.

American public reality is forever either blessed or doomed by its exaggerated freedoms. Anything goes, and values may quickly be forgotten by a momentary whim to deface someone's star or to burn someone's car.

Oh, by the way, that star will be repaired, and the next time it will be somebody else's star.

Related Articles