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Thursday, January 18, 2018

James Schlankey: Was I blind to [Donald] Trump's shortcomings? No. I was vehemently against, even hateful, to the man all the way up to the point he won my Republican Party's nomination. After his primary victory, I then simply donned my sheep costume and followed my herd. Little did I know then that we were being herded to a place where our fur would be dyed orange and coiffed into a Bozo the clown look. ... Naïve doesn't even come close to how wrong my assumption and dearest hope was that the office would change the man. As I voted for Trump, I likened myself to a bowler rolling a ball down the lane. It was a gutter ball that I was sure would right its course once the gravity and import of the office of president of the United States became a reality for the Donald. No such luck.

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Unlike the man I helped put in office, I'm not going to deny my wrong ever took place. Consider this my public confession. At the same time, I realize it's one thing to admit a mistake, a better thing to correct it.

Therefore, my votes at midterm will only go to candidates sworn to evict the Trump family from the White House. Party loyalty is now a thing of my past.

From this point forward, I will only vote American. I will follow my gut (as I should have with Trump) and if there's anything about a candidate even the slightest bit "icky," vote against him or her.

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"One of the wisest men I ever met was a driller on an offshore oil rig I worked on to earn money for college. He once asked me if I knew where virgin wool comes from. After shaking my head no, he enlightened me: ugly sheep.

Now, years later, I also know where orange wool comes from: stupid sheep.

I hope there will be enough "sheeple" like me who will confess and correct instead of continuing to stand in the field with no hope of affordable health care coverage, tax cuts benefiting only the ultra-rich, no wall on our border, and a world that increasingly points and laughs at our once-proud country and one of the most respected elected offices on the planet.

That is, when it's not hating our country for our leader referencing impoverished, disaster-ravaged, malnourished and underdeveloped countries as "---------." It's time for a new hairdo and for us to spell out the end of this madness."

So... he knew Goatman.... who certainly knew about ugly sheep.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 11:06 PM | Reply

We'll see soon enough if there's enough buyers remorse to make a difference.

Hell, it might even be nice to have a moderate GOP back.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-17 01:17 AM | Reply

Per the link ...

Yes. I voted for him.

Today, I can't apologize enough to my fellow Americans who I only sought to protect from the Hillary Clinton crime syndicate with my vote.

I was wrought with fear Clinton would steal even more money from us and eventually bankrupt the country.

In hindsight, I can't help but think a Hillary Clinton-run America might very well end up penniless...


This Schlankey guy is still screwed-up in the head and not understanding what's going on.

Our annual GDP is ~ $18 trillion (give or take)

Here's all the big ticket items we've spent as a nation within the last twenty years ...

• Two Bush Tax Cuts = $6.6 trillion (2001, 2003)
• Medicare Part D = $1 trillion (2003)
• Iraq War = $7 trillion (2003 - 2009)
• Wall Street Bank Bailout = $12.8 trillion (2008)
• Obama Stimulus = $1 trillion (2009)
• Trump/GOP Tax Cuts = $1.5 trillion (2017)

Almost $30 trillion since 2001.

Trump and the Republicans just stole trillions of dollars from the United States Treasury -- right in front of all our eyes -- with the Trump Tax Cuts. And Trump and the Republicans didn't even hide it! They said what they were going to do, and did it! If that's not corruption, then nothing is.

So this whole narrative about Obama driving up the debt is ridiculous -- as is the idea "a Hillary Clinton-run America might very well end up penniless".

I'm no great shake intellectually, and even I can figure this stuff out.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-17 07:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Vote American" is a great idea. Being American means a commitment to certain values. Trump and his useless children are foreigners.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-17 07:20 AM | Reply

This is a rare Trump voter. Most are in their Faux Snooze bubble and think he's doing great things. Most Rs will never understand how badly they screwed up, much less admit it.

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-01-17 10:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hell, it might even be nice to have a moderate GOP back.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-17 01:17 AM | Reply

The backers of the teaterds have spent so much creating an uber partisan right wing base that is a very long shot.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-18 07:11 AM | Reply

I don't believe this essay for a minute. His concerns about HRC were what drove him to The Dotard, and his concerns were founded upon lies ginned up by a factory producing lies upon lies. So introspective an analytical now, but during the election this writer ran on the emotion. And now he realizes he has been played...

Now here's what I want you all to do for me
Back caught you lookin' for the same thing
It's a new thing-check out this I bring
Uhh, oh, the roll below the level, 'cause I'm livin' low
Next to the bass, c'mon, turn up the radio
They claimin' I'm a criminal
By now I wonder how, some people never know
The enemy could be their friend, guardian
I'm not a hooligan, I rock the party and clear all the madness
I'm not a racist, preach to teach to all
'Cause some they never had this
Number one, not born to run about the gun
I wasn't licensed to have one
The minute they see me, fear me
I'm the epitome, of Public Enemy
Used, abused, without clues
I refused to blow a fuse
They even had it on the news
Don't believe the hype
--Public Enemy "Don't Believe the Hype"

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-18 08:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Buyer's remorse, the American way.

#8 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-01-18 09:07 AM | Reply

I bet this Rube would vote for Dotard again though.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-18 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Now, if they will just figure out that their Clinton Derangement Syndrome was never based on reality, we might get somewhere...

#10 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-01-18 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf

That's a great summary. I don't know why people don't actually use those details more. I KNOW that the Trump types would just call it fake news and still blame everything on Obama but you know facts are pesky things...

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-18 11:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If that's not corruption, then nothing is.
#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at

Yes it's corruption, but it's also "starve the beast". Next they'll whine about how bad the deficit is and how we have to cut all social programs, EPA, and anything else Rs don't like. 'Cause we can put taxes back where they were. It's easy to vote for a tax cut, hard to vote for a tax increase. It's an old plan Rs have been working of for a long time.

#12 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-01-18 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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