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Recent essays:
DC statehood is unconstitutional
The virus and the climate solution
Klobuchar and other candidates
Slow down, America!
The wasteful skies
The scourge of tourism
Democracy and demagoguery
What about marijuana?
Silent Spring arriving?
Elections, parties, and privacy
Campaign against climate change
Football kills the brain
Charlottesville and statuemania
Let's ignore Trump's tweets
We need a third party
Blame game:Who gave us Trump?
The American Revolt of 2016
Cancel the election
Gary Johnson, President??
Hillary Clinton, war lover
Mindless campaign and media
Presidential Candidates 2016
The Press in elections
The flap over voter ID
The Real population problem
Democrat President'l Candidates?
The Georgia Guidestones
Islamist terror & Islamic culture
Unconstitutional amendments
Nationhood & Multiculturalism
Good Friday
NSA, Snowden, national security
Nebulous cosmology
Another Washington disaster
Bye-bye privacy
U.S. states as power centers
Asteroids, meteors, and us
World peace - regional security
A New Year's wish list
Israel and Palestine
No Emancipation Celebration?
Presidential debates again!
The "Roberts trick"
The sins of The Fathers
NC vote on same-sex marriage
Updating the U.S. Constitution
Reforming a moribund Congress
A Civilization built on hot air
The "Occupy Wall St." protests
Arguing about God
The irrational stock exchange
The danger of belief
Obama's asteroid boondoggle
Presidential MQ's
"Don't ask, don't tell"
The Second Coming
Glob. Warm'g - western guilt?
Rot of campaign finance
Health care debacle
Cities in the sea
On human population
Education for democracy
Are 3 gods better than 1?
Stupid is as stupid does
A new economics
Immediate energy solution
A Public Stock Exchange
The Dawkins delusion
Viceroy of the carpenter?
Charisma and Democracy
US missile shield for Europe
Eve of Eden
A fable of fools
China's cheap labor
Memorial Day: an addition
Congress & representation
On doing stupid things
The Calendar & diplomacy
Science & Religion
The American President
The spark of life
Liberal & Conservative
Real campaign issues
Evolut'n/Creat'n conundrum
The toy kings of Europe
The disease of militarism
The Supreme Court...
Reps, Dems & coup d'état
On going to Heaven
"Creationism" in school
Mars Madness
Global warming
Free public transit
Lotto: a new poor tax
EU: the new imperialism

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Ignore Trump's tweets   and:    Mr. Trump and Congress

Current essay:
Election of the President, 2020

There's one rational choice: Joe Biden

Americans as well as the rest of the world have for 3 1/2 years observed the performance of Donald Trump as US president. That performance has, in a word, been pathetic, which is perhaps not surprising, since he came to the office with no qualifications for it and with no knowledge of the workings of our government or our military services, nor of our relations with foreign nations. No serious presidential candidate, let alone president, has ever known so little about so much.

How we got here is not the important question now. It's rather how we correct the disaster of 2016 (which, it must be admitted, was facilitated by the Democratic Party fielding the country's most unpopular politician, Hillary Clinton, perhaps the only Democrat who could have managed to lose to Mr. Trump).

We are in position, with our ballot, to choose between two completely different futures. Let us take a quick look at the alternatives. What will it mean to elect Joe Biden vs Donald Trump?

1. Because our greatest problem – a crisis in fact – is the warming global climate, which if not faced and acted on will threaten all the world's peoples with submerged coastlines, horrendous temperatures, refugee streams in the billions, along with diseases and wars, President Biden will immediately rejoin the US to the Paris Agreement on the Climate and will commit to exceed the goals of that agreement, which are known to be inadequate. President Biden will place the United States squarely among the world leaders on climate action. Mr. Trump yanked our country out of that agreement because he thought corporate profit was a greater good than saving civilization. A continued Trump presidency will clearly continue the policy of climate denial, with disastrous consequences for our country.

2. Where Mr. Trump has worked to destroy the health insurance program adopted in the previous administration, Mr. Biden is committed to improve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act to ensure that every American has health insurance. Trump has had 3 1/2 years to propose the health legislation he had promised but has not delivered. It appears that he does not want a national health plan, and that a continued Trump presidency will see a return to purely profit-based private health insurance, which will leave us where we were: the only major "advanced" country with millions of residents unable to afford health care.

3. For the past 3 1/2 years, "environmental protection" in the US has been in the hands of oil and gas company executives and lobbyists appointed by Mr. Trump. Their mission from Mr. Trump has been to relax every protection for the environment by allowing greater industrial releases of toxic chemicals into our air and waters. They have done precisely that, but under a Biden presidency the damage done by Mr. Trump will be reversed and the primacy of our environmental health will be restored. Medical science has shown clearly that environmental contaminants play a significant role in our country's deteriorating health. A continued Trump presidency ensures further environmental contamination for the purpose of maximizing corporate profit.

4. Our most serious national problem, after the world climate crisis, is the shameful level of poverty in America. Our country has a rate of poverty that is unheard of among the industrial countries (e.g., Europe) that we compare ourselves to. Since Lyndon Johnson's presidency, no major national project devoted to lift the American poor out of poverty has been attempted. Poverty is as much a crisis in rural as in urban areas, though the problems are different. Mr. Trump's solution to rural poverty was to promise to ramp up coal production. But the opposite has occurred as states have retired their highly polluting coal-fired power plants. Urban poverty has not been an issue for Mr. Trump, beyond promising to beef up police enforcement of the laws. The state of our cities is in crisis. Major areas of our larger cities have for a long time been poverty-ridden communities characterized by desperation and the crime that it breeds. While these problems go back to the mid-nineteenth century, Mr. Trump has failed to pay any attention to them. Joe Biden is committed to attacking poverty head-on, while as we have seen, Mr. Trump's economic concern is mainly that the ultra-rich get richer, which was assured by his tax revision of 2017 that favored the wealthy. A continuation of the Trump presidency will result in even greater economic inequality, and no solution to the problem of poverty in the US.

In addition to the few points I've mentioned above, the US has dozens of serious social issues that need to be dealt with. The fundamental problem with Mr. Trump is that he has little knowledge of, and no interest in the social problems of the country. He has no empathy with people who suffer; in fact his only signs of empathy are for himself. His self-centeredness, his need for adulation, appears to know no bounds. We cannot face four more years of this charlatan president. The way out:

Restore America

H. Paul Lillebo

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Previous essay: 
DC Statehood is Unconstitutional

Democrats gerrymandering on a national scale

Never before have we needed an honest and competent alternative in Washington more than now. But with their dishonest "District of Columbia Statehood" ploy, the Democratic Party has employed a political "dirty trick" that rivals any from the past. They need to apologize and come clean.

Next previous essay: 
The Virus and the Climate Solution

A case of consilience

Our response to the ongoing viral pandemic has been to slow our economies. That's a good start on what we need to do to solve our larger problem – the warming of the Earth.

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