All posts by lrfalstad

Writer and seeker of truth..


The Republicans in congress are not giving us a chance to catch our breath from their last fiasco before they start another one.  Because Netanyahu’s speech didn’t have the effect they wanted they are trying again. This time, forty seven Senators wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran warning them the possible nuclear deal the President (and other countries) are negotiating won’t mean anything and it won’t last because these Republicans are in charge!  In this letter they wrote “President Obama will leave office in January, 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then, perhaps decades”!  WOW!  This is the most optimistic bunch of “hoodlums” (only older) I have ever heard!

Evidently, these hoodlums aren’t thinking very far ahead.  Do they really believe they will be re-elected after eight years of spending their entire time in office playing their game, “Let’s Get President Obama”??  After totally ignoring the majority of Americans and the needs of this country?  Because they are encouraged by the minority of radicals in their party, they think they are indestructible. These radicals, like those who came before them, will fade away and be replaced by people who may actually care about this country. These hoodlums forget how quickly things can change.  Their destructive behavior will come back to haunt them.

I am not in agreement with everything President Obama does but I do know this.  Faced with this outrageous behavior from Republicans from the day he was elected to office, he has been courageous throughout.  He has been calm, courteous and conciliatory towards all of them.  The night President Obama was first installed as President, a group of Republicans had a meeting to discuss how they could undermine this President.  It is well documented and Senator McConnell (from Kentucky) said their top priority was making President Obama a one term president.  This has been their agenda from the day he took office and have not deterred from that course in six years!  These are some of the people you have running the United States government!!

President Obama has many serious issues to handle but is still serving his term in office as a courageous, intelligent and thoughtful President who cares deeply for our country (yes, he does love America!), even after all the hoodlum attacks.  I wished I could say the same for these forty seven so called “Senators”!




I don’t think anyone has given the alternative to Hillary Clinton running for president.  It is Hillary not running for president!  She could just graciously tell everyone she has done enough for her country.  That she feels the current media attacks on her trustworthiness as well as all the other Clinton negatives that keep resurfacing are not the way she wants to live her life.  I for one would certainly understand and welcome her decision. There comes a time for everyone when enough is enough!  I believe this would be good for the country and the Democratic party as well.

It appears the “loyal” Clinton supporters feel it is Hillary’s “turn” and there should be no competition.  They have made it extremely difficult for anyone to run against her (politically as well as financially). Her supporters truly believe she would win.  They also believed she would win the 2008 primary election as well.  I don’t think it serves any good purpose at this point to “put all your eggs in one basket”!  Our democracy means “choice”, not “coronation”.

No one has the courage to talk about the age factor for fear of being called “biased”.  However, it is a factor whether anyone wants to admit it or not.  It is an important factor when it comes to the presidency and should be discussed.  How important is that factor especially in a possible two term presidency?   It should be addressed along with all her qualifications, etc.  It is part of who she is whether people want to address it or not.

What it boils down to is do we want another campaign where the Republicans muddy the waters so much it will turn to mud?  Consequently, this campaign for president will not be about who is best suited to lead our country.  It will be about Bill and Hillary.  Only this time it will be about Hillary and Bill and their entire political past.  Whether what is said is true or not.

Yes, Hillary has worked tirelessly in politics.  That has been her choice. I do think she cares for the American people.  However, this does not preclude the fact her first priority will be winning the race. As campaigns go.  I am concerned she will make “misstatements” as she did in the 2008 primary.  We know how that worked out.

I admire Hillary Clinton for all she has accomplished and give her credit for what she has done.  However, for the good of this country, I feel she should not continue the path for the presidency.  Her past as well as her husbands, will continue to be the spotlight news and this will take away the time that should be spent on issues that are important to the American people.  Again, whether the news reports are right or wrong makes no difference.  It is the time spent on them when this time should be about what is important for America, not what is important for the Clintons.

There are surely more qualified Democrats who can do this.


Preface:  This post was done on March 4th of this year when it was a “hot topic” in the news.  I still don’t understand!


I cannot understand President Obama’s insistence to Fast Track the TPP!  I do not understand why he is not giving the US Congress the details of this agreement before they have to vote on it.  Nor do I understand why he does not go to the citizens of this country and explain his reasons (not the short explanations he has given). This is contrary to everything I believed about this president.  I believed he would always be transparent and open about what his agenda is.  He took a much longer amount of time to explain his health care program, which was needed. Why won’t he do the same concerning

the TPP Agreement?  This agreement needs the same amount of explaining, if not more.

it is common knowledge that all the previous trade agreements have resulted in the loss of jobs for Americans.  The pay for the foreign workers who make these products is minimal.  These workers are made to work long hours with no overtime in appalling work conditions. These agreements have certainly not helped the poor in these countries.  These countries continue to break the rules without any consequences.  The only people these agreements have helped are the corporations who make outrageous profits at the expense of American jobs and the labor of people who have no choice.

I understand how much our president cares for the “downtrodden” (whatever country they live in) and I appreciate his concern.  However, this agreement falls short of actually helping them in any true sense.  As much as I am sure he wants to help them, he must remember he is President of the United States, not the world.   I believe he would serve the citizens of this country better if he continued to work on the many problems here in America.

This article is not intended to “criticize” our president.  It is to ask for clarification on every one of the details in this agreement and the hope he will consider the will of the American people on this Fast Track proposal.


Boehner/Netanyahu – Conspirators??

Boehner/Netanyahu – Conspirators??

The fact Rep. John Boehner (leader in one of the most powerful institutions in America) invited a leader from another country to speak to Congress without telling the President and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s acceptance tells us a lot about both men and their grab for power.  It is a slap in the face to every American as well as the President of the United States!!

While the President is in very difficult negotiations with Iran concerning nuclear weapons these two men are trying to throw a “monkey wrench” into these negotiations.  This is very close to “treason” on Boehner’s part and certainly at the very least, an intrusion into U.S. policy and our democracy by Netanyahu.

The United States and Israel’s friendship has never been questioned until Netanyahu decided to deliberately intervene in our foreign policy.  He told G.W. Bush he wanted the U.S. to invade Iraq!  He will not have “peace” talks with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian West Bank where Netanyahu has boldly taken land for Israeli settlers. Netanyahu does not want peace with the Palestinians and he wants us to bomb Iran.  This is his “foreign policy”!!

The U.S. has given billions of dollars to Israel to support their economy and weapons to defend themselves.  President Obama has continued to fund and arm Israel. Yet, Netanyahu continues to blame Obama for the current relations between the two countries.  The fact is President Reagan was not concerned about having a good relationship with Israel. He did many things Israel was unhappy with.  However, no one blamed him for that strained relationship.  Netanyahu’s only concern is winning the upcoming election in his own country.  He is an egotistical trouble maker and does nothing to help his own people.  He should be concentrating on how to make peace with the Palestinians rather than interfering in other countries foreign policy!!

As for Boehner.  He is also a loser.  He has sold his soul for power.  He knows the right thing to do for our country but he chooses to ignore it.  He chooses the wrong way in order to appease his rebellious friends in the House so he can hold onto his “power”.  What he refuses to accept is the fact that he no longer has that power or any control over these renegades.  These “friends” could care less about him or our country.  Their concern is to get their own way and make laws to reflect these ways, whether it is good for the country or not!  What a bunch of charlatans!

This is just one example of what is happening to our democracy today.  When the few can dictate policy, there is something very wrong!

Elections  blog will be comments and thoughts about what is happening in our country. This will include politics, corporations, wealthy people, middle class, poverty, health care, wages and anything else that affects every one of us who live in America. To begin, the 2016 Presidential election is already the talk of the talkers, almost two years before the actual election.  TV, radio, etc. are full of who is in, who is out, who is on top, who is on the bottom, etc., ad nauseam. This, of course, is the bread and butter of the hosts of these talk shows.  They will tell us the latest gossip about one of those supposedly (but not actually declared yet) entering this race….past remarks that differ from what they are saying now…who has the biggest backing of the wealthy, etc. When watching or listening to these talk shows we should remember what they say isn’t necessarily true.  It is their “take” on the truth.  I have to laugh when someone says journalists, reporters, etc. are “unbiased”.  Every person, no matter what his position in life is definitely biased about the way they think the government should work.   With these people, their bias will come through in their reporting.  How they expose this bias is only by a matter of degree.  Their reporting is on a “biased” TV station as well, based on who owns this station and his own “bias”.  There is no way to get around this except to do our own research for the true facts of every statement made.  I recall one particular host of a long standing, “supposedly unbiased and respected” political TV program.  When asked why he didn’t question his guests when they were telling obvious lies, his answer was “It’s up to the viewer to research the facts.”!!  This election is for the most important and powerful position in America.  We can’t leave it up to others to decide who the leader of our country should be.  This goes for members of congress as well. There have always been the “movers and shakers” in politics but not to the degree it is today.  Today the wealthy of this country can control who wins, who votes, who gets the most attention in the media, etc. with the financial support for a candidate of their choice.  (a candidate who will get laws passed to benefit themselves).  They not only try to “buy” the presidency but the majority of seats in both houses of congress.  They also “buy” the U.S. Supreme Court (appointed by the president they placed in power).  Remember this highest court in America stopped the vote counting and “anointed” G.W. Bush as president in 2000!). On June 27, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his acceptance speech for the nomination of his second term in office.  He said “These economic Royalists” complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America.  What they really complain of is that we wish to take away their power.”  He added “The immortal Dante tells us Divine Justice weighs the sins of the cold blooded and the sins of the warm hearted in different scales” and “The forces of organized money are unanimous in their hatred for me.” It is disheartening to realize nothing has changed in the past eighty years as far as the intervention in our democracy by the wealthy ‘Royalists”. What is happening to our country today is certainly not what our Founding Fathers envisioned.  An informed vote is the best way to get “the scoundrels” (those who vote on behalf of the “Royalists”, not the American people) out of office to begin the change that needs to take place in this country.  An informed vote says you have done your part.