Every thing America is or is not?

1. Is Mr. Trump everything America is
Or everything America is not?
Or none of the two?

2. choose the one that goes with you:
Mr. Trump make Americans:
. Proud
. Ashamed
. Embarrassed,
. Confused
. None of these.

3. Mr. Trump will make:
>A great president;
>A mediocre president;
>A mediocre president;
>A loving president;
>None of these;

America’s world leadership

Should it ever be said
That financial giant, Donald Trump gave up?
Mr. Trump has to hold fast;
Why would anyone want Mr. Trump to give up?
If you don’t praise him for sticking on, I do;
An American dies but never surrenders;
But Donald Trump knows what many know;
Donald Trump is politically dead;
Not still to die;
It’s only not been announced;
The formal announcement is scheduled for
The early hours of November 9, 2016;
Mr. Trump will make the announcement himself;
The writing is clear on the wall;
Americans are wise and smart;
Americans are great;
Americans are men and women of honor;
Many around the world believe in America;
People everywhere trust America;
Billions like me look up to America and Americans;
For leadership; to show the light;
Can America fail us?
Can America give darkness instead of light?
America will never fail its admirers;
Of that I am sure;
Why should anyone expect America to fail the world
In this election?
Thank you, American of this generation;
You stand for and are fighting for
The same America your founders founded over
400 years ago.
Well done America!
Your wise choice in this election
Gives you world leadership.

#founders, #hillary, #poem, #presidency, #trump, #us-election, #values, #white-house

South Africa: what’s happening there?

Do you know what is happening to Nelson Mandela’s party in South Africa? Nelson Mandela lifted the ANC virtually to the sky and it freed the country from Apartheid. Then, it was the darling of the country and Africa.

Nelson Mandela is resting peacefully in the world beyond; but what is happening to his party. How did they perform in the recent local elections? https://www.yahoo.com/news/anc-beaten-african-capital-electoral-commission-114711964.html

Don’t Americans weaken their leaders?

American presidents perform less than they are capable of doing. Do you know why? Before they become president, they are already weakened. Americans weaken their leaders maybe without knowing or wanting to. The system they have put in place makes them weaken their leaders by being too critical of them. Before you become a leader in the US, you are virtually torn apart, dissected, and disabled by the public – media, fellow politicians, your opponents and the public in general. This, I think is not good.

True that it is done in the name of democracy, freedom of expression etc. But what I am asking myself is if this helps. Who does it help? How does it help?

There will never be a time in our times when the world will have perfect human beings. That might be possible in future centuries but not in ours. Those who want a saint to be their president are fighting a lost battle. We all make mistakes in our lives. The fact that I might have made a mistake at one time in my life does not mean I will make the same or a similar mistake in future.

What is important is what I am now not what I was yesterday. It is what I have proven capable of doing now and in the future. If I have made no mistake in the past but there are indications that I may make mistakes in the future, I am worse than someone who has made mistakes in the past, learned from them and is ready to stay clear of them in future.

What is important is how Hillary plans to handle E-mails when she becomes President not what she did with emails when she was in office as Secretary of State. If the later is important, it should not be blown beyond proportions. I get upset and confused when the same Americans who have taught me over the years not to let my past define me are letting the past define them. History is important to build the future by avoiding the mistakes of the past not refusing to give anyone a chance because they made a mistake in the past. Americans are at the forefront of rags-t-riches stories, meaning they believe in changing for the better. How comes it in politics they hang on what people have done?

I will understand if from a moral perspective someone’s immoral past disqualifies them for public office not that someone is deprived of the opportunity to serve because in trying to do their work in the past they made a mistake or two. Let anyone who has lived a mistake-free life step forward and present themselves. Even the greatest men and women in history made mistakes.

When Americans scrutinize and criticize their leaders too much, they not only tear them apart they inhibit them; and when such inhibited persons get to power they tend to perform less than they are really capable of performing.

I dare to call on dear Americans to criticize their leaders less. Tear your leaders apart less, dear Americans; inhibit your leaders less. Judge them on what they say and do now not on what they said and did yesterday. What are Hillary and Trump doing now? What are they ready to do now? Looking at their pronouncements now, can they be trusted? not what they said and did many years ago.

Why do I go into all this? Who am I to give a lesson to anyone? I am a citizen of the world. I have a right to talk about this because an American president has a world impact. An American election to the White House concerns me as well. If the world becomes unsafe because of the leadership given by America, all of us will suffer. I thank and congratulate the wise, honest and honorable American leaders who are courageous enough to speak out in favor of the right path for their country and the world; who have taken the path that should be taken without fear or favor. Who are consistent with American values.

#americans, #call-to-review, #democracy, #freedom-of-expression, #hillary, #leadership, #system, #trump, #us-presidential-elections, #white-house

Only one candidate running?

In reality only one candidate is running for president in this year’s U.S.Presidential election.

True or false?

That is the way I see it. I believe every right-thinking person sees it the same way.

I know, of course,that wayward people see it differently. They have their candidate. Birds of a feather flock together. Otherwise, I do not see who can consider a candidate as serious who is antagonizing everybody, quarreling with people here and there, criticized by everybody who matters, makes irresponsible, racist, divisive and discriminatory statements every time.

The good people of America must fight to protect their country. Although I see the candidate of the right-thinking people having a landslide victory of 70% to 30% for the candidate of the wayward people, the good people still have to fight. They must take no chances. They have to fight to protect the image of their country.

Danger looms ahead.

Evaluation of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at DNC Convention

It is a reality that many people become dishonest when they want to protect their interest. But can you imagine how shocking it can be to hear someone you thought was very honest lying! It looks to me like people think they are free to lie in the domain of politics.

I watched and listened to Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic Party’s National Convention Thursday and thought it a great speech. To my greatest shock, there are people who say it was not great. Some of them have written to discredit the speech. This forced me to look for it and read from start to finish.

With all honest, Hillary said it all and brilliantly too. It is a speech to listen to or hear. I would like that you to read it and tell me what you think. I also challenge all those like to know what is absent that would have made it a great speech.

Hillary started by thanking everyone:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you all so much.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Thank you! Thank you!

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you all very, very much! Thank you for that amazing welcome!

Thank you all for the great convention that we’ve had.

(APPLAUSE)

And Chelsea, thank you. I am so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you’ve become. Thank you for bringing Mark into our family and Charlotte and Aidan into the world.

And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago…

(APPLAUSE)

…it is still going strong.

AUDIENCE: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

You know, that conversation has lasted through good times that filled us with joy and hard times that tested us. And I’ve even gotten a few words in along the way.

(APPLAUSE)

On Tuesday night I was so happy to see that my “explainer in chief” is still on the job.

I’m also grateful to the rest of my family and to the friends of a lifetime.

To all of you whose hard work brought us here tonight and to those of you who joined this campaign this week, thank you. What a remarkable week it’s been!

(APPLAUSE)

We heard the man from Hope, Bill Clinton, and the man of hope, Barack Obama. (APPLAUSE)

America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership. And I’m better because of his friendship.

(APPLAUSE)

We heard from our terrific vice president, the one and only Joe Biden.

(APPLAUSE)

He spoke from his big heart about our party’s commitment to working people as only he can do.

And first lady Michelle Obama reminded us…

(APPLAUSE)

…that our children are watching. And the president we elect is going to be their president, too.

And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine…

(APPLAUSE)

…you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him from city council and mayor to governor and now senator. And he will make our whole country proud as our vice president.

(APPLAUSE)

And I want to thank Bernie Sanders.

(APPLAUSE)

Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary.

(APPLAUSE)

You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong.

(APPLAUSE)

And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause.

(APPLAUSE)

Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. (APPLAUSE)

We wrote it together, now let’s go out and make it happen together!

(APPLAUSE)

My friends, we’ve come to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, because what happened in this city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today. We all know the story, but we usually focus on how it turned out and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all.

When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road from here, some wanted to stick with the king and some wanted to stick it to the king.

(LAUGHTER)

The Revolution hung in the balance, and somehow they began listening to each other, compromising, finding common purpose. And by the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation. That’s what made it possible to stand up to a king. That took courage, they had courage. Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.

(APPLAUSE)

Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our Founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together.

(APPLAUSE)

Our country’s motto is E Pluribus Unum, out of many we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?

Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other. He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from morning in America to midnight in America.

He wants us to fear the future and fear each other. Well, you know, a great Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 years ago during a much more perilous time: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!

(APPLAUSE)

Now, we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge just as we always have. We will not build a wall; instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. (APPLAUSE)

And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy.

(APPLAUSE)

We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Yet, we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the crash. There’s too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington.

Too many threats at home and abroad. But just look for a minute at the strengths we bring as Americans to meet these challenges.

We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had.

(APPLAUSE)

We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values, freedom and equality, justice and opportunity, we should be so proud that those words are associated with us.

AUDIENCE: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

I have to tell you, as your secretary of state I went to 112 countries. When people hear those words, they hear America!

(APPLAUSE)

So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says I alone can fix it.

(APPLAUSE)

Yes, those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? I alone can fix it? Isn’t he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and firefighters who run toward danger, doctors and nurses who care for us, teachers who change lives, entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem, mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe? He’s forgetting every last one of us.

Americans don’t say “I alone can fix it.” We say “we’ll fix it together!”

(APPLAUSE)

And remember, remember, our Founders fought a Revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.

(APPLAUSE)

240 years later, we still put our faith in each other. Look at what happened in Dallas after the assassinations of five brave police officers. Police Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them. And you know how the community responded? Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s how Americans answer when the call for help goes out.

Twenty years ago I wrote a book called “It Takes a Village.” And a lot of people looked at the title and asked, what the heck do you mean by that? This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.

(APPLAUSE)

America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger. I believe that with all my heart. That’s why “stronger together” is not just a lesson from our history, it’s not just a slogan for our campaign, it’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build, a country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.

(APPLAUSE)

Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what ZIP code you live in. A country where all our children can dream and those dreams are within reach, where families are strong, communities are safe and, yes, where love trumps hate.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s the country we’re fighting for. That’s the future we’re working toward. And so, my friends, it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States!

(APPLAUSE)

Now, sometimes — sometimes — the people at this podium are new to the national stage. As you know, I’m not one of those people. I’ve been your first lady, served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York…

(APPLAUSE) …then I represented all of you as secretary of state.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: But my job titles only tell you what I’ve done. They don’t tell you why. The truth is, through all these years of public service, the service part has always come easier to me than the public part.

I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me.

(LAUGHTER)

So let me tell you. The family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind, builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them and whatever life in America provided and built better lives and better futures for their kids.

My grandfather worked in the same Scranton lace mill for 50 years.

(APPLAUSE)

Because he believed that if he gave everything he had, his children would have a better life than he did. And he was right. My dad, Hugh, made it to college, he played football at Penn State and enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. When the war was over, he started his own small business printing fabric for draperies. I remember watching him stand for hours over silkscreens. He wanted to give my brothers and me opportunities he never had, and he did.

My mother, Dorothy, was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She ended up on her own at 14 working as a housemaid. She was saved by the kindness of others. Her first-grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch, and brought extra food to share the entire year.

The lessons she passed on to me years later stuck with me. No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up. And she made sure I learned the words from our Methodist faith: Do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can as long as ever you can.

(APPLAUSE)

So I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to- door in New Bedford, Massachusetts… (APPLAUSE)

…on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school. I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house. She told me how badly she wanted to go to school. It just didn’t seem possible in those days. And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she’d gone through as a child.

It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action.

(APPLAUSE)

So we gathered facts, we built a coalition and our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities. It’s a big idea, isn’t it? Every kid with a disability has the right to go to school.

(APPLAUSE)

But how? How do you make an idea like that real? You do it step by step, year by year, sometimes even door by door. My heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza representing millions of young people on this stage.

(APPLAUSE)

Because we changed our law to make sure she got an education. So it’s true. I sweat the details of policy, whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa or the cost of your prescription drugs.

(APPLAUSE)

Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to you president, too.

(APPLAUSE)

After the four days of this convention, you’ve seen some of the people who have inspired me, people who let me into their lives and became a part of mine, people like Ryan Moore and Lauren Manning. They told their stories Tuesday night.

I first met Ryan as a 7-year old. He was wearing a full-body brace that must have weighed 40 pounds because I leaned over to lift him up. Children like Ryan kept me going when our plan for universal health care failed and kept me working with leaders of both parties to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that covers 8 million kids in our country.

(APPLAUSE) Lauren Manning, who stood here with such grace and power, was gravely injured on 9/11. It was the thought of her and Debbie St. John who you saw in the movie and John Dolan and Joe Sweeney and all the victims and survivors that kept me working as hard as I could in the Senate on behalf of 9/11 families and our first responders who got sick from their time at ground zero.

I was thinking of Lauren, Debbie and all the others 10 years later in the White House Situation Room when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice.

(APPLAUSE)

And in this campaign, I’ve met many more people who motivate me to keep fighting for change. And with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House.

(APPLAUSE)

And you heard from Republicans and independents who are supporting our campaign. Well, I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, independents, for the struggling, the striving, the successful, for all those who vote for me and for those who don’t. For all Americans together!

(APPLAUSE)

Tonight we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union. The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president!

(APPLAUSE)

Standing here as my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men. Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.

After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit!

(APPLAUSE)

So let’s keep going. Let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have!

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: But even more important than the history we make tonight is the history we will write together in the years ahead.

Let’s begin with what we’re going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead.

Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.

(APPLAUSE)

Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private sector jobs, 20 million more Americans with health insurance, and an auto industry that just had its best year ever.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, that’s real progress, but none of us can be satisfied with the status quo, not by a long shot. We’re still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery.

I’ve gone around the country talking to working families and I’ve heard from many who feel like the economy sure isn’t working for them. Some of you are frustrated, even furious. And you know what? You’re right. It’s not yet working the way it should. Americans are willing to work and work hard, but right now an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do and less respect for them, period.

Democrats, we are the party of working people.

(APPLAUSE)

But we haven’t done a good enough job showing we get what you’re going through, and we’re going to do something to help. So tonight I want to tell you how we will empower Americans to live better lives.

My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

From my first day in office to my last, especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind, from our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian country to coal country…

(APPLAUSE)

…from communities ravaged by addiction, to regions hollowed out by plant closures.

And here’s what I believe. I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them.

(APPLAUSE)

And if necessary, we will pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!

(APPLAUSE)

I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return. Many of them are, but too many aren’t. It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.

(APPLAUSE)

And I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again.

(APPLAUSE)

And I believe in science!

(APPLAUSE)

I believe climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying, clean-energy jobs.

(APPLAUSE)

I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to try to kick them out.

(APPLAUSE)

Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together. And it’s the right thing to do.

(APPLAUSE)

So whatever party you belong to or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign.

(APPLAUSE)

If you believe that companies should share profits, not pad executive bonuses, join us!

(APPLAUSE)

If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty, join us!

(APPLAUSE)

If you believe that every man, woman and child in America has the right to affordable health care, join us!

(APPLAUSE)

If you believe that we should say no to unfair trade deals, that we should stand up to China, that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and home-grown manufacturers, then join us!

(APPLAUSE)

If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, then join us!

(APPLAUSE)

And yes, yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister or daughter deserves equal pay, join us!

(APPLAUSE)

That’s how we’re going to make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Now, you didn’t hear any of this, did you, from Donald Trump at his convention? He spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd…

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

…and he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things. No wonder he doesn’t like talking about his plans. You might have noticed I love talking about mine.

(APPLAUSE)

In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. (APPLAUSE)

Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future. And we will also transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs.

Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all.

(APPLAUSE)

We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt.

(APPLAUSE)

It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts and students and families can’t refinance their debts.

(APPLAUSE)

And something we don’t say often enough, sure, college is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job.

(APPLAUSE)

We will help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.

(APPLAUSE)

We will give small businesses, like my dad’s, a boost, make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it you should be able to build it.

(APPLAUSE)

And we will help you balance family and work. And you know what? If fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the woman card, then deal me in!

(APPLAUSE)

Now, here’s the other thing.

Now, we’re not only going to make all of these investments, we’re going to pay for every single one of them. And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations and the super rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: This is not because we resent success. But when more than 90 percent of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, that’s where the money is. And we are going to follow the money.

(APPLAUSE)

And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we’ll make them pay us back and we’ll put that money to work where it belongs, creating jobs here at home.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, I imagine that some of you are sitting at home thinking, well, that all sounds pretty good, but how are you going to get it done? How are you going to break through the gridlock in Washington?

Well, look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of people. And if you give me the chance, that’s exactly what I’ll do as president.

(APPLAUSE)

But then I also imagine people are thinking out there, but Trump, he’s a businessman, he must know something about the economy.

(AUDIENCE JEERS)

Well, let’s take a closer look, shall we? In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.

(AUDIENCE JEERS)

Now, remember what the president said last night: Don’t boo; vote!

(APPLAUSE)

But think of this. People who did the work and needed the money, not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them. He just stiffed them. And you know that sales pitch he’s making to be president, put your faith in him and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away and left working people holding the bag.

He also talks a big game about putting America first. Well, please explain what part of “America first” leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado, Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan, Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio, Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin?

Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, he could start by actually making things in America again.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, the choice we face in this election is just as stark when it comes to our national security.

AUDIENCE: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

You know, anyone — anyone — reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face, from Baghdad to Kabul to Nice and Paris and Brussels, from San Bernardino to Orlando. We’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated.

So it’s no wonder that people are anxious and looking for reassurance, looking for steady leadership, wanting a leader who understands we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world and care for our veterans here at home.

(APPLAUSE)

Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do that work will be my highest priority. I’m proud that we’ve put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.

(APPLAUSE)

Now we have to enforce it. And we must keep supporting Israel’s security.

(APPLAUSE)

I’m proud that we shaped a global climate agreement. Now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.

And I’m proud to stand by our allies in NATO against any threat they face, including from Russia.

(APPLAUSE)

I’ve laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country.

(APPLAUSE) It won’t be easy or quick, but make no mistake we will prevail.

Now, Donald Trump, Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” No, Donald, you don’t.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

He thinks he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are a disaster.

(AUDIENCE JEERS)

Well, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with our troops and our veterans for many years, including as a senator on the Armed Services Committee, and I know how wrong he is. Our military is a national treasure. We entrust our commander in chief to make the hardest decisions our nation faces, decisions about war and peace, life and death. A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country…

(APPLAUSE)

…including Captain Khan and the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines.

So just ask yourself, do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation, when he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter, when he’s challenged in a debate, when he sees a protester at a rally. Imagine, if you dare, imagine, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis.

A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons!

(APPLAUSE)

I can’t put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men, the ones moved by fear and pride.

(APPLAUSE)

America’s strength doesn’t come from lashing out. It relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve and the precise and strategic application of power. And that’s the kind of commander in chief I pledge to be.

(APPLAUSE)

And if we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a president who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.

(APPLAUSE)

I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.

(APPLAUSE)

We will work tirelessly with responsible gun owners to pass common sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.

You know, for decades people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics too hot to touch. But I ask you, how can we just stand by and do nothing? You heard, you saw family members of people killed by gun violence, on this stage. You heard, you saw family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals.

I refuse to believe we can’t find common ground here. We have to heal the divides in our country, not just on guns, but on race, immigration and more.

(APPLAUSE)

And that starts with listening, listening to each other, trying as best we can to walk in each other’s shoes. So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable!

(APPLAUSE)

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers kissing their kids and spouses good-bye every day, heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job. We will reform our criminal justice system from end to end and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

(APPLAUSE)

And we will defend all our rights, civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities.

(APPLAUSE)

And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from. You know, for the past year many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments, excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show.

They thought he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says. Like when he called women pigs, or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage, or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability or insults prisoners of war, like John McCain, a hero and a patriot who deserves our respect.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, at first, at first, I admit, I couldn’t he meant it either. It was just too hard to fathom that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things, could be like that. But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump, this is it.

And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: America is great because America is good!

(APPLAUSE)

So enough with the bigotry and the bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change, he’s offering empty promises. And what are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, to get your kids the opportunities they deserve.

(APPLAUSE)

The choice is clear, my friends. Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer and stronger. None of us ever have or can do it alone. I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we’ll ever pull together. But I’m here to tell you tonight progress is possible. I know because I’ve seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up.

(APPLAUSE)

And I know it from my own life. More than a few times I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.

(APPLAUSE)

Like so much else in my life, I got this from my mother, too. She never let me back down from any challenge. When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door, go back out there, she said. And she was right.

You have to stand up to bullies. You have to keep working to make things better, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce.

We lost our mother a few years ago, but I miss her every day. And I still hear her voice urging me to keep working, keep fighting for right no matter what. That’s what we need to do together as a nation.

(APPLAUSE)

And though we may not live to see the glory, as the song from the musical “Hamilton” goes, let us gladly join the fight, let our legacy be about planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. That’s why we’re here, not just in this hall, but on this earth. The Founders showed us that and so have many others since. They were drawn together by love of country and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow.

That is the story of America. And we begin a new chapter tonight.

Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together, my fellow Americans!

(APPLAUSE)

Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever!

Thank you, and may God bless you and the United States of America!

(APPLAUSE


I honestly think that Hillary did a great job. She was refined, graceful, and eloquent. What do you think?

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Fear: a political weapon?

Who wants us to live in fear in a world of hope?
Who wants us to believe that all is lost in a world
That is so full of opportunity?
And where nothing is lost?
Why must we live in fear and doubt?
Why must we be pessimistic about the future?
And start to doubt when we have such incredible potential?
When I look around me, I see so much opportunity;
So much reason to believe and to be hopeful;
Although life is not a bed of roses and never will be,
Although there is more work to be done;
Challenges to overcome and discouraging moments,,
We shall not live in a state of fear and doubt;
We are up to what lies ahead;
We can overcome our obstacles and setbacks;
We can triumph and we will triumph;
We are not a people of fear and never will be;
We are a people of courage and resolve;
Sterling qualities which we must pass on
To our children and feed them with hope and optimism;
Not dwarf them with a false alarm of an impending disaster
That is only in our distorted minds;
What is ahead of us is not the worst but the best;
The best is still to come and will come;
We should hope for the best not the worst.
I hear somebody saying he wants alone
To make America great again;
When has America never been great?
America has always been great;
America is not only a great nation;
America is the greatest nation in the whole wide world;
No one needs to make America great again
America has always been great;
America has never stopped being great;
What America needs during this time of election
Is to get someone from among them
Who is seasoned;
And who will give the country a leadership of love,
Hope, courage and togetherness;
A leadership that will take the country
To yet unattained heights of greatness;
The universe, with its unfathomable riches lies
Before us waiting to be explored; discovered
And exploited for the good of humanity;
The future calls and challenges us to inspire
The human mind to rise to its full potential;
That has nothing to do with fear and doubt;
That has nothing to do with pessimism;
That has everything to do with hope and love
And coming together as a world,
Removing barriers and building bridges
Over the rivers of life;
Not building walls that exclude and keep people apart;
Let us refrain from instilling fear, doubt
And pessimism into our people;
Using fear as a political weapon;
Instead, let us fill them with hope of a great future;
Let us not say and do things that divide people;
Let us say and do things that unite people.
Because it is only in working together that we can
Rise up to our destiny.

Choice between love and hate

The world needs love not hate;
The world will have love not hate;
Watching the finest of America tonight;
Watching the finest of the world tonight;
Watching an outpouring of emotions tonight;
An outpouring of love; appreciation; and gratitude;
Watching the joy that love can generate in the world;
Watching the love and peace and happiness
That humans can bring to others;
As tonight, I watch the Democratic National Convention,
My eyes fill with tears not of sorrow but of joy;
That America is filled with people like Hillary Clinton
Whose hearts burn with passionate love for all;
Regardless of color, background or where they are coming from;
As I watch the Democrats speak out their hearts tonight
One after another;
I tell myself love must be allowed to prevail;
Love must be allowed to grow and spread and save the world;
Love must not be stifled by hate;
That is why America has a choice to make between love and hate;
Shall you choose Hillary and love or her opponent and hate?
Hillary Clinton stands for the love that America needs
And wants and shall have;
Hillary Clinton invites Americans and through Americans, the world
To choose love; and reject hate and all those who represent hate;
And all those who fan the flames of hate and division instead of unity.
The world needs love; and the world will have love not hate;
All Americans are called upon to come together and say no to hate;
To come together and say yes to love in America and the world;
All Americans both red and blue are called tonight to stand together
And give love to the world and that is Hillary Clinton;
To lead America for the next four years and put hate behind;
And bring love to all homes;
And bring love to all hearts;
And bring love to all Americans
And bring love to all the world,
Highly threatened by hate;
With Hillary Clinton, let love triumph over hate;
Let love bury hate;
Let love prevail in America and in the world.

Beware who you vote for!

Only an unscrupulous person
Will vote
For an unscrupulous person
To get into office.
Only a wayward person
Will vote
For a wayward person
To get into office;
Only a racist
Will vote
For a racist
To get into power;
Only a dishonest person
Will vote
For a dishonest person
To get into power;
Only a crooked person
Will vote
For a crooked person
To get into power;
Therefore beware of who you
Will vote
For in this election
For it will reflect who you are.

#advice, #beware, #candidates, #choice, #election, #politics, #vote

Pray for Donald Trump

Let us pray for US Presidential hopeful big DoTru;
That God may spare him the embarrassment
Of becoming the Republican nominee
For the October election;
Let us pray for big DoTru;
That his ambition to become the President
Of the greatest country in the world called
The United States of America may die;
Let us pray for DoTru;
That he may listen to the voice of wisdom in him
And withdraw from this election;
So that he may not be dragged into mud.
Let us pray for DoTru;
That he may have an honorable exit from the race
At the current stormy, chaotic party convention.
Who is willing to join me to pray for DoTru?
Which other prayer intention would you like to add?