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President Obama Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Here’s the thing about me. I am not a politician. I am not a professional political pundit. I am not a political media journalist, or any of the other people in America who get paid to spend all day studying what’s going on in the political world, analyzing statistics and polls, and trying to predict what American voters are going to do in November. I AM the American voter. I am a wife, a mom, a Christian, and yes, a conservative. And quite frankly, I am tired of being lied to, and being insulted by our government, specifically the Obama administration.

This has been happening at record pace for the last 8 years. It has been happening since the whole “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” situation. That was untrue. It happened when the IRS scandal broke where it came out that the IRS was targeting Tea Party and Conservative groups. Initially, Obama came out and said he would investigate it. Shortly after, he started downplaying it and calling the whole controversy “overblown”. It happened with the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012, where 4 Americans died and the administration blamed a You Tube video. I remember watching Susan Rice on the Sunday shows that very Sunday, practically yelling at the TV because I knew at that point that she was straight out lying to the American people (and because I am a little crazy like that). Over and over again, this administration has told us one thing, while our eyes, facts, evidence, and common sense have told us something else.

This week, the news has been the $400 million dollars that was paid to the Iranians on the very day they released 4 of our hostages. I know they say that was already the Iranians money. I know they say we agreed to pay it to them in the nuclear deal anyway. But that doesn’t mean that Iran didn’t use our hostages as a way to secure the return of that money by a specific date. They clearly did. An unmarked plane. Pallets full of cash, foreign bills. And one of the hostages, Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, confirmed in an interview on Fox News that they were all set to take off on their plane out of Iran, but were made to wait for hours and were told they could not take off until the “other plane arrived”. But the White House, the administration, and Obama himself tell us “there is nothing to see here”. Come. On.

The administration tells us it was not a ransom payment when it clearly was. Hillary Clinton doubles down on her flat-out lie about what James Comey said about her statements to the public regarding her emails. They are not even trying to hide it or be sly about it anymore. They are just flat out lying, because they think the American people are too stupid to realize it ~ or care.

But this is not the saddest part to me. These people are politicians who only care about being in power. It’s not completely insane that they would have no problems lying to the public to keep that power. No, the saddest part to me is the complicit behavior of the main stream media, and the fact that so many Americans are, in fact, stupid enough to believe the lies. Or at the very least, willfully ignorant.

During an Obama press conference, he received ONE question about the Iran situation. The rest of the questions were about Donald Trump. If the news media’s job is to report the NEWS, they are failing miserably at it. The fact that Obama does not like Trump is not news. We already know this. We already know that he thinks he is “unfit” to be president. We already know he has endorsed Hillary Clinton. He has said so many times before, and they had an entire convention last week where they made if very clear they do not support the idea of a Trump presidency. All they did yesterday was ask Obama questions to try to get another one-liner that they could use in a headline or Tweet against Trump. No, Obama’s dislike for the presidential candidate from the rival political party was not news. News was the fact that our government paid $400 million dollars in ransom when it is against US policy to pay cash ransom for hostages. News was the fact that this payment was made to a regime that our government considers a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and that we just gave money to enable terrorism. News was the fact that this was all done on the hush-hush, without letting anyone in Congress know it was happening. THAT was the news, and other than a few sources, the majority of the media completely ignored it. Because they are far more interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected than they are in having any credibility with the American people.

And then there are the American people. People just believe these lies. They believe what Obama says, and there are even a small number of people who believe that Hillary Clinton is trustworthy (those people should really have their heads examined). How many lies do they have to be caught in before people start to ask questions? How many times do they have to point the finger at someone else before people start to say, “hmm, maybe it’s them?”.

The problem is that people do not care as long as the politician representing their side is in power and is winning. To me, there are two separate entities we are talking about in politics. One is the specific set of principles, ideals, values, and morals that I hold dear that make me identify as a Christian Conservative. The second are the politicians who run for office who claim to represent those same principles, ideals, values, and morals. And just because someone claims to represent those things for me, doesn’t mean that I will just blindly follow them to oblivion. If there is a politician who claims to be a conservative, but who is saying one thing while obviously doing something completely different, I will call them out on their B.S. But far too many Americans, liberals in particular, fail to do that. If they consider themselves liberal, they have to support the liberal candidate at all costs, no matter how blatant their lies, no matter how obvious their arrogance. They listen to the talking points and blindly repeat them. They speak in circles, bringing up all sorts of irrelevant matters to try to spin the conversation off of the topics at hand. And when all else fails, when they lose the actual argument based on facts and evidence and common sense, they call you a racist or a sexist or a bigot.

Because truth doesn’t seem to matter to far too many Americans. The only thing that matters is winning and power. For some, the only thing that matters is getting free stuff from the government. TRUTH is something they can take or leave, depending on which corner the lies are coming from. For Americans who DO care about truth, for those of us who care about knowing what is actually happening, who are tired of being insulted by a government who has nothing but contempt for the intelligence of it’s people, it is very painful to see the direction in which we are heading like an out of control freight train.

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

I read the most absurd opinion piece yesterday, written by Peggy Drexler and published by CNN (of course), entitled “The Surprising Secret to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Marriage“. It was quite possibly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read, and that is truly saying something. The point and purpose of the article was to outline how the Clinton’s marriage is the ideal modern role model for marriage, and how people can look at how they have walked through many challenges and difficult times and yet stayed together as proof that if she can keep her marriage together, then should she win the presidency the country is in capable hands.

I was literally dumbfounded as I read this. When Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president in the 2016 election cycle, the strength and example of her marriage was not something that I, nor any sane person in America, would ever have assumed would have been one of her selling points. Americans know that Bill Clinton is a chronic womanizer and has had numerous affairs on his wife. They know that women have accused him of sexual assault and even rape. And many assume that the only reason Hillary stayed with him was for her own political gain (Drexler calls people who have made that assumption “cynical”. The word “realistic” also works.) In fact, it was kind of taken as a give-in that anyone supporting Hillary for president would just kind of overlook her marriage, or not focus on it, or state that it is not a deal-breaker in their support for her. All of those are actually fine arguments to make. No one in their right mind would have thought that you would have people actually coming out with articles talking about what a wonderful marriage they have, built on love and mutual respect. For most Americans, a spouse who has committed infidelities throughout a couple’s marriage is not exemplary of what marriage should be. Having a husband who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault is not just the normal everyday challenges that most couples face. She uses the term “modern” marriage, as if that makes it any more acceptable. No, Ms. Drexler, this is not and should not be exemplary of any marriage in America, now or ever.

However, this article just further proves something that I have been saying about our society for a long time: Americans have a bad habit of forming our opinions of situations based on the people involved, and not on the actions or facts. We have a bad habit of defending the indefensible when the person committing the act is an ally, and condemning the actions when the person committing them is an adversary. The fact that so many women in America who claim to be feminists, claim to fight against “rape culture“, claim to be for women’s rights, can support and be excited about Hillary being the first woman president, and also have a positive view of Bill Clinton, is a shining example of this problem.

For the last 8 years, this has been my biggest problem with Obama’s supporters. No matter what he said, what he did, what situations in our nation or in our world came to, his proponents defended him, with only a few exceptions. His supporters have defended his unconstitutional executive orders, even though the courts have struck them down. They have defended his politicizing of our country’s tragedies, while simultaneously condemning conservatives who speak about political issues too close to a tragedy. They have defended his foreign policy, even through the rise and spread of ISIS, and the disasters that are Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria. They defended him when it took 5 entire days to order the flags in the country down to half staff after the military murders in Chattanooga, but was able to light up the white house in rainbow colors the night of the Supreme Court Gay Marriage ruling. There are even people who are still defending his “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” promise that was a complete and utter lie.

In the 2016 election cycle, this mentality has now spilled over to both sides of the aisle. This weekend Hillary Clinton was on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show and flat out said, and I quote, “Director Comey said my answers were truthful” when referring to what she told the American people about sending classified information over her unsecured email server. No, no he didn’t. In fact, he blatantly said just the opposite. But as I sit and listen to her flat out lie, once again, directly to the American people, I ask myself, “how can she get away with it?”.

The answer is this: Tomorrow, when some of the media are critical of her on her lies, she will have her people go out and spin it, and her ardent followers will believe the spin and continue to defend and justify what she said. The TRUTH is that she told a flat out lie. James Comey said the direct opposite of what she claimed. But it doesn’t matter. Her people will defend all her lies, while calling out any time Trump lies, because she is their candidate and he is not.

The strongest Trump supporters do the exact same thing. In the Michelle Fields incident, when Fields accused then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of grabbing her roughly by the arm and pulling her away from Trump, Trump’s campaign came out and said the incident never happened, that Fields was lying and that Lewandowski never touched her. Then a video emerged showing Lewandowski grabbing Michelle Fields by the arm and pulling her away from Trump. The Trump supporters proceeded to say that Fields exaggerated the incident, that he didn’t grab her that hard and that it was hardly a situation worth filing a police report over. Ok, maybe… but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Trump campaign flat out LIED about the incident to begin with. If you would have told most of Trump’s supporters two years ago that there was a candidate running for president in 2016 that said that George W. Bush lied to get us into Iraq, those people would have assumed it was the Democratic candidate saying that, and probably would have ridiculed that person for “blaming Bush for everything”. If you would have told most of Donald Trump’s supporters two years ago that someone running for president would have said that John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured, those people would have been infuriated. But throughout the primary, when Trump said one ridiculous thing after another, his supporters not only stuck with him, but actually defended the ridiculous things he was saying.

So many Americans are unhappy with our two choices of candidates in this election, but the truth is that it is our fault that we have come down to these two people. Americans need to stop making excuses for terrible behavior just because the person committing the act is someone we like, while simultaneously condemning the person we don’t like for their bad actions. We need to make judgments and stand up for a set standard of morals, values, and principles, and call out everyone equally for doing things that are offensive to those standards. I can respect someone who says honestly that Trump’s actions in the Michelle Fields case were out of line, that acknowledge that his campaign clearly lied, but who says that based on Trump’s policy positions, and their fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency, they will choose to support him anyway and not make that a deal breaker. I can respect someone who acknowledges Hillary Clinton is a liar and is corrupt but says they will vote for her anyway because her policies are more closely aligned with theirs. I may disagree, but I can respect that. After all, realistically, one of these two is going to be president, so our options are extremely limited. What I cannot respect, what I cannot understand, are how so many Americans can defend the bad actions of these two candidates because they are choosing to support them. No candidate is perfect, and you are not going to agree with everything a candidate says or approve of everything a candidate does. This is true. However, it seems that in today’s society, we are moving further and further away from acknowledging and calling out the candidates, even our own, for bad behavior, and moving to a point where we are defending ridiculous and sometimes even criminal behavior, just for the sake of politics.

The fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two candidates we ended up with in this election cycle is a direct result of this behavior on the part of the American people. We pick a side, and defend that side at all costs, including the cost of our own values, principles, and integrity. As long as Americans engage in this practice, as long as we allow double standards to take place, as long as we have political pundits putting out spin for their candidates that Americans blindly repeat, we will continue to have terrible politicians representing us.

Bernie Sanders Supporter Protester DNC 2016

This Democratic convention seems to have a very disturbing underlying theme, and it is one that I believe accurately reflects the current state of the party and of liberals in America. That is the theme of criminality: the party supports criminal behavior, and does not support rule of law or enforcing American laws.

Yesterday on the opening day of the convention, they highlighted a young girl and her illegal immigrant mother. This girl told her very sad story of how she is constantly afraid every day that her parents are going to get deported. She also told of how Hillary Clinton told her that she was very “brave”. Well, her mother cannot be too afraid of deportation if she chooses to go and stand on a national stage in front of the entire country and declare that she is here illegally. She cannot be that afraid of being deported if she is going to put herself out there and declare that she is a law-breaker. Because that is what she is – a lawbreaker. She has broken the laws of our country by coming into it and living here illegally. So what is the message that the democratic party is sending by having this person speak? That this particular law doesn’t matter. We do not like this law, so we advocate just ignoring it. We support people who ignore this law, and we want to assist them to continue ignoring this law as much as we can. President Obama’s executive orders on immigration were deemed unconstitutional by the courts because, well, they were. A president, a candidate, or any other individual person in America cannot just decide that they do not like a particular law and therefore rule that as a nation we no longer have to enforce that law. If Donald Trump were to become president and were to sign an executive order stating that all gun control measures currently on the books, including background checks, were not going to be enforced because he doesn’t like them, would we as a nation be ok with that? No, of course not. If you do not like a law on the books, there are channels to try to change the law. But choosing to just ignore a law that does not fit in with your party’s platform is not supposed to be an option. But the Democrats don’t seem to care.

Tonight, some of the speakers at the convention are “Mothers of the Movement”, and speaking are mothers of young black Americans who have died in police custody or at the hands of violence. One speaker in particular is the mother of Michael Brown of Ferguson Missouri. This is the same Michael Brown who the Eric Holder Justice Department concluded attacked a police officer and reached for the officer’s gun before being shot to death by the officer. They ruled that the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative was completely FALSE, and that the officer not only acted in accordance with the law, but also did not violate Brown’s civil rights in any way. Even though that was the ruling by Obama’s Justice Department, officer Darren Wilson still had his livelihood taken from him. He lost his career, and his life will never be the same, when the courts found that he did nothing wrong. Michael Brown was a criminal whose own actions led to his death. In a time when we are seeing police officers murdered in the name of “Black Lives Matter justice”, in one of the deadliest years in recent history for police officers, the Democratic Party decides to have the mother of a criminal speak at their convention. It is a clear indication that facts and evidence do not matter; the only thing that matters is furthering the political agenda, even if that is only by trying to repeat something over and over again until people take it as fact. The fact that they are NOT having any family members of slain police officers speak indicates that they have chosen a side in this situation, and it is the side against the police. It is the side against waiting for facts and evidence to come out before making conclusions. There HAVE been cases where the police were deemed to have acted illegally, and have been charged for their crimes. But that is not who the Democrats are having come to speak. They are having the mother of Michael Brown, a criminal, once again choosing the side of criminality over law and order.

This is the same party that has been working hard across the country to give convicted felons back their right to vote. This is the same political party that, like in the state of California, is releasing thousands of criminals onto the streets early, and wondering why crime rates are increasing. This is the same political party that is systematically insulting police officers, and creating an atmosphere of tension and danger around the very people that are trusted to enforce the laws that our government passes.

But is this really surprising? When the Democratic Party is nominating a woman who, if it were not for her name and political connections, would be facing an indictment for putting national security at risk? The FBI concluded that she was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information, and that she more than likely put national security at risk by doing so. Comey testified to congress that at the very least, she knowingly and willfully gave people with no security clearance (her lawyers) access to classified information. And he made sure to state that if someone else in the future does the same thing as her, this does not mean they will not face charges. This is the woman who, after Debbie Wasserman-Shultz resigns as chairwoman of the DNC over corruption and bias that worked to get Hillary elected over Bernie Sanders, promptly hires her to help with her campaign. This is a woman who clearly understands she is above the law. But it is not just her. It is a culture within the Democratic Party of 2016. Laws do not matter. Rules do not matter. Facts and evidence do not matter. Criminality does not matter. The only thing that matters is power.

Barack Obama Baton Rouge

On Sunday, our nation once again witnessed a horrific and cowardly attack on law enforcement officers, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three officers were killed and another three were injured, with one officer still very much fighting for his life according to reports. Once again, the nation mourns. Once again, there are calls for prayers and unity in our community. It seems like the nation’s flags flying at half staff might just be the new normal.

I believe most people in America are outraged over these attacks. I believe that most people are good-hearted people, who even if they hold a feeling of contempt towards police right now due to the controversial police shootings that have happened recently, do not want to see these kinds of attacks on law enforcement. But the problem is that there are far too many in this world who are justifying these killings. Whether it is some loser on social media or a high profile person like Bill Maher, there are far too many people in our society who are saying that they “do not condone the violence towards police, but they understand it”. That is an absolutely awful statement. And by the way, it is in fact a justification for the violence we are seeing. You do not get to say that you do not condone the violence but you understand it. If you state that you UNDERSTAND why someone would want to kill an innocent police officer, you ARE condoning it. The preamble of stating that “while I do not condone it BUT” may help you to sleep better at night and make you feel like not so terrible a person, but if you state that you understand why people are wanting to commit these vicious acts, you are a part of the problem.

President Obama also decided to come out today to speak in regards to the Baton Rouge police killings…

I must admit that after 7 1/2 years of having this man as our president, I cringe every time there is a tragedy or a crime such as this and they announce that he is going to come out and speak. I cringe because I know what we can expect. We can expect rhetoric that is going to be full of politics, listening to him use the tragedy to push his own political agenda. We are going to hear a lecture about how somehow this is the fault of conservatives or America as a whole and somehow we need to change something that WE are doing to become Obama’s idea of “who we are”. We are going to hear words that are going to further divide our country instead of uniting or inspiring it. So today, when I heard he was going to speak, I thought to myself, “oh why? Why can’t he just be quiet and go away?”. But I listened to what he had to say, always hoping that this time will be the one time he will stand up and do the right thing and be a leader for ALL Americans, and not just the few that he chooses to represent. Today, his speech was a good one. He said the right things. He left out the political pushes. For once in his life, he did not push for gun control. If this speech were to be taken all by itself, I would say there were no problems with it whatsoever.

But after 7 1/2 years of this president, I do not see how we can take this speech all by itself. It was, in fact, painful to listen to because while he was saying the right things, it pointed to a painfully serious lack of self-awareness on his part. The first thing he came out to say is that we do not know the suspect’s motive, and that we need to wait to see what the evidence shows as to what his motive was. And he is right. We do not know the suspect’s motive. We do not know if he was motivated by Black Lives Matter or by Isis. We do not know if he was trying to achieve suicide by cop or if he was suffering from a complete nervous breakdown caused by PTSD. We absolutely do not know yet. So yes, the president is right. But then it begs the question… why is he so determined to wait to see what the evidence shows when it is violence against police, or even a terrorist attack, but he is so quick to come out and declare a police officer guilty and state that a police shooting was racially motivated, before any of the facts of the case are known?

He then goes on to completely condemn the attacks on police and praise police officers for the job they do for our country every day. These were good words. He spoke them, for once, without feeling the need to also justify the feelings of anti-police demonstrators and those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. But then, the kicker, because it always comes. He calls on people and political leaders of all organizations and political parties to focus on words that unite instead of words that divide. He said that as we enter into the next couple of weeks of political conventions, we need to focus not on making accusations but on uniting rhetoric. Again, if you erase this president’s words over the last 7 1/2 years, I would say he is right and this is all true. But you cannot erase the entirety of this man’s presidency. You cannot erase the fact that only a few days ago, this is the president who stood in front of family members of innocent dead police officers and called police departments across America racist. You cannot erase the fact that at that same memorial, he said that we are an inherently racist country and if we deny the racism that HE knows exists in our police departments, institutions, homes, and even our own heads, we are not being honest with ourselves. You cannot erase the fact that every time something happens in our nation, he is out there calling for gun control. And then today, on the eve of the start of the Republican National Convention, when he knows that the news coverage is going to be entirely devoted to covering the arguments of his political adversaries, he calls on political leaders to make sure to “not point the finger at anyone” and focus on words that unite. To me, it sounds like a pre-emptive strike. It sounds like he knows that in the last two weeks, we have witnessed two major assaults on police officers as well as a large international terrorist attack. He knows that the Republican Convention is largely going to be about ripping apart his 8 years in office, and pointing to a lot of his own words and actions as contributing to the environment of division and unrest that we are currently seeing in the country. So now is the time that he is going to come out and be presidential. Now is the time he is going to call on everyone to stop pointing fingers, and focus on using words that unite instead of divide us. Once again, it is not about what is right for the country, it is about what furthers his political agenda. He knows that Hillary Clinton has had a very rough past few weeks. He knows that the party and candidate typically gets a bump from their convention, and he knows that the right have a lot of ammunition to throw against him and the state of the country and the world after 8 years of an Obama administration.

For anyone who thinks I am being overly critical of him, for anyone who thinks I am being overly-cynical, I reiterate this: the president’s speech today taken by itself was a good speech. But you simply cannot take one speech by itself and ignore this man’s rhetoric and actions over the course of his presidency. He gave a presidential and unifying speech today. Unfortunately, at this point, it is too little, far too late.