Many of us warned that this was coming. Disappointingly, not enough people were paying attention.

Donald Trump’s antagonistic behavior toward the press will continue. It will get much worse.

Source: Perspectives: Donald Trump Says He Will Evict the Press from the White House

2017-01-05t032729z_01_tor659_rtridsp_3_usa-obamacare-hiv-1917President-Elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he called “a disaster.”

The problem is the Republicans don’t have a replacement plan. And, despite rhetoric of needing to keep some aspects of Obamacare intact, Senate Republicans voted to completely repeal ACA. The Senate’s repeal package is now in the hands of House Republicans.

Source: Perspectives: The Good Old Days before Obamacare

It’s our right to criticize whether qualified to do so or not. That’s free speech, granted under the United States Constitution. But apparently it’s not if your criticism is of president-elect Donald Trump. Walter Shaub, director of the federal Office of Government Ethics, whose independent office is responsible for making sure that federal officials observe conflict-of-interest laws, called the arrangement for Trump’s business “wholly inadequate and would leave him susceptible to “suspicions of corruption.” That roused the ire of the Republican Party who have summoned Walter Shaub to a closed-door interrogation session to explain his criticism of President-elect Donald Trump’s conflict-of-interest plans.

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, “noted that his committee has the power to decide whether to reauthorize the ethics office — a pointed threat to punish the office for the director doing his job.”

The United States of America has always bragged of its lofty ideals. However, it can no longer. We have a soon to be President Donald Trump who has no sense of ethical or moral behavior, and a Republican Party and citizenry who are complicit in it.

Source: Perspectives: President-Elect Trump, Republican Party, and a Country with No Sense of Ethical or Moral Behavior

untitledRepresentative John Lewis was a significant participant in the dangerous days of the Civil Rights Movement.

“One thing you cannot say about John Lewis is that he is “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results,” says Dan Rather of Trumps Tweet: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”

Lewis’ whole life has been about combating civil rights violations. His actions speak load and clear that he is not a man of just talk: “Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At the end of the bridge, Alabama State Troopers who ordered them to disperse met them. When the marchers stopped to pray, the police discharged tear gas and mounted troopers charged the demonstrators, beating them with night sticks. Lewis’s skull was fractured, but he escaped across the bridge to Brown Chapel, the movement’s headquarter church in Selma. Before Lewis could be taken to the hospital, he appeared before the television cameras calling on President Johnson to intervene in Alabama. Lewis bears scars from the incident on his head that are still visible today.”

Here is Dan Rather’s take”:

Source: Perspectives: Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis

untitled“A Senate Republican is blasting President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), praising the lawmaker for his leadership in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

“Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Saturday seized on Trump’s characterization of Lewis as ‘All talk, talk, talk – no action,’ pointing out that his ‘talk’ made a significant contribution in the civil rights movement.

‘John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world,’ Sasse tweeted.

Source: Perspectives: There are a few conscientious Republicans, believe it or not.

Robert Reich, who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, always has a point of view worth considering. He is always a good read.

Here is Reich’s view on Trump’s Russia problem and Trump’s financial conflicts.

Source: Perspectives: Robert Reich:Trump is Nixon squared

Clearly, President Obama and Joe Biden exemplify family values. It would be very difficult, maybe impossible, for anyone to set a better example, and not just family values but of friendship and what a relationship between a President and Vice President of the United States should be.

Source: Perspectives: President Obama, Vice Presiden Joe Biden: A Very Classic Act

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