Alone

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 – 1849

Trump, Continuing His Descent, Is Now At 36% Approval…

Our pretend POTUS, always the winner according to his self proclamations, seems to be having a bit of a problem with the majority of people in our ALREADY GREAT NATION.

Before we go further this site will acknowledge that Trump does well in the more affluent suburbs and rural areas of America. Just as he does in the less educated areas of America among those who are heavily influenced by hyperbole and alternative facts.  Those who prefer not to take the time to educate themselves so they FULLY understand what is REALLY  in their own best self-interest.

Gallup has Trump’s approval rating at 36% as of this weekend. Let that sink in for a moment… … This means that 64% of Americas either disapprove of Trump’s performance after 67 days in office, or, they are at least concerned enough not to give him a positive rating.

Heretofore no modern president has garnered such dismal approval ratings this early in their administration. Given Trump’s spectacular failing on healthcare insurance reform, and the likelihood his foray into tax reform will be met with strident opposition, his approval numbers my very well experience further descent into the abyss.

Frankly, from our POV, is approval numbers are well EARNED.

From GALLUP:

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating fell to 36% for the three-day period of March 24-26, following Republican House leaders’ failed effort to pass a new healthcare bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act.

Trump’s three-day reading prior to Friday’s events was 41%. His previous low point was 37%, recorded March 16-18. His highest reading was 46% in the week following his Jan. 20 inauguration, and he has averaged 42% for his term to date.

Trump’s current 36% is two percentage points below Barack Obama’s low point of 38%, recorded in 2011 and 2014. Trump has also edged below Bill Clinton’s all-time low of 37%, recorded in the summer of 1993, his first year in office, as well as Gerald Ford’s 37% low point in January and March 1975. John F. Kennedy’s lowest approval rating was 56%; Dwight Eisenhower’s was 48%.

Presidents George W. Bush (lowest approval rating: 25%), George H.W. Bush (29%), Ronald Reagan (35%), Jimmy Carter (28%), Richard Nixon (24%), Lyndon Johnson (35%) and Harry Truman (22%) all had job approval ratings lower than 36% at least once during their administrations.

Presidential job approval ratings are fluid, and all presidents have seen both upward and downward swings in their ratings at various points in their administrations — a historical precedent indicating Trump’s approval could drop further or recover in the weeks and months ahead. An encouraging sign for Trump, perhaps, is that all presidents whose ratings fell below 36% — with the exception of Nixon — saw their ratings improve thereafter. Clinton provides a particularly relevant example. His approval rating dropped to 37% in June 1993 but recovered to 56% by September of that year.

 

 

Mending Wall

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
“Stay where you are until our backs are turned!”
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
Why do they make good neighbours? Isn’t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.” I could say “Elves” to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”

Trump Surrogate Judge Jeanine Pirro Wants Ryan To Go…

Judge Jeanine Pirro, another Trump surrogate blasted Speaker Ryan on her Justice With Judge Jeanine show. Pirro laid blame at Ryan’s feet and said that he needed to go

Before her show Trump tweeted out to his followers urging them to watch her program.

Trump himself first laid blame on democrats because not a single one supported the seriously flawed piece of legislation. One that would have resulted in 24 million souls losing insurance coverage. Then he shifted gears and blamed conservatives for his yuuuuuge failure.

While there is no confirmation Trump had spoken with Pirro the fact of Trump’s tweet out certainly makes it appear as though he might have.

“Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare. The one that he had seven years to work on. The one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress. The one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.”

“But this bill didn’t just fail. It failed when Republicans had the House, the Senate, the White House.”

“Americans elected the one man they believed could do it: a complete outsider beholden to no one but them . And Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger and experience, and you sell them a bill of goods, which ends up a complete and total failure, and you allow our president, in his first 100 days, to come out of the box like that?”

“I want to be clear. This is not on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon whom he would be able to rely?” {edited for brevity}

SOURCE

This Just in. More from FOX News.

 

“Hard Working” POTUS #45 …

“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf” Donald J. Trump, August 2016

On the campaign trail Trump worked very hard at conning folks into believe that he was going to be hard at work working for them when he became POTUS. Getting thing done to Make America Great “Again”.

Records show that since becoming POTUS Trump has spent twenty one of the sixty six days he has been our Commander in Chief at one of his properties. Thirteen of these at his own golf courses.

The Washington Post reported a breakdown showing Trump has spent time at his properties as follows:

• Trump International Hotel in Washington.
• Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
• Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.
• Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Apparently Trump is working so hard for the American people it requires that he be away from his office in Washington DC 31.8% of the time. There are many serious issue facing America and it is possible the stress, combined with his hard work floating conspiracy theories and pushing a failed repeal and replace of the ACA has him near burn out.

Seriously, remember how republicans went bonkers over President Obama’s time on the golf course. Which by the way was MUCH less time than the current occupant of the White House has spent golfing and watching TV at the 19th hole.

Apparently neither Trump or the Goopers see the irony.