After more than Three Years, America must Reclaim its Intelligence

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Trump and the Trump Cult are the reason for the “dumbing down of America.” Beginning in June of 2015, our national intelligence quotient dropped. Trump, his Klan, the Trumpenstein administration, and the members of his cult have proven that their intellect is deficient. The entire right-wing exists in an atmosphere of lies and chosen ignorance.

On November 9, 2016, I made one of the most important decisions of my life. First, I promised myself that I would never watch television news again. Lies of omission are more harmful than blatant falsifications of the facts. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and other fake-news networks intentionally gave Trump five-times more coverage than all other candidates combined. They allowed Trump and the members of his team to avoid answering questions, lie constantly, while ignoring the fact that he is a racist and a sexual predator. To put it simply, he was given a ‘free pass,’ while Hillary Clinton was held to an impossibly high standard. Russia knew this to be the truth, and used social media to help Trump win the Electoral College. Attacks on Clinton resulted in a smaller voter turnout than expected in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

When Trump began to hold his hate rallies, I found them hilarious. Trump’s speech was nonsensical and its content was less intelligent than that of a third grader. His cult was no better, constantly chanting and cheering, although they couldn’t have known what he was talking about. Anger and hatred are the impetus for the members of his cult.

His choices for key positions in the administration were equally unqualified. The right-wing propaganda machine, Fox Noise has always employed  some of the most poorly educated liars in America. They spew nonsense and lies to an audience which chooses to believe ‘alternative facts.’

Therefore, I made a list of people and organizations I would never listen to as well. This list is composed of men and women who hate my America; the creation of our founding fathers: all right-wing politicians, Fox Noise, Rush Limbaugh, anyone associated with the Trump administration, and of course Trump himself. I detest liars, and not one of these individuals understands how to tell the truth.

Truth be told, I don’t listen to anyone without investigating the facts. Capitol Hill was a swamp, and the right-wing administration of Donald John Trump added a cesspool.

The government of the United States of America is the most corrupt in the world, and on every occasion when any member of our government finds it necessary to cover-up the facts they claim that the situation is “is a matter of national security.” Just think back how William Barr censored the Robert Mueller report falsely claiming that “the American people had no right to know the truth.”

To save America real change must be made in Washington. First and foremost, the way we elect our president must be rewritten. The Electoral College is a travesty and prevents democracy. The people must be allowed to choose the man or woman who will lead their nation. Once again, for those of you who don’t read me regularly. If the popular vote decided who would become our president, a Democrat would be living in the White House today, and would have been since 1993. This terrorizes the nightmares of every right-wing presidential candidate.

Second, and of equal importance, term limits for congress must become a reality. Old, white men, who have overstayed their welcome and ignore the people have harmed America for far too long. Until we eliminate “career politicians,” my advice is to vote out any member of the House who has served four terms, and every senator who has served two terms or more. Our nation’s average age is 38.2 years of age. The average age in congress is 60+. They are completely out of touch with 21st century Americans.

The Equal Rights Amendment is not only necessary, it is simply the right thing to do. In less than two months our nation will be 244 years old, and women have never experienced rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution. This fact is a travesty.

Finally, younger, more diverse, men and women must run for political office. Until Washington is composed of percentages representing our nation, it will fail. Women compose 51 percent of the population. Diversity in America is growing at a faster pace than anyone could have predicted. The fastest growing religion in America is the Religion of Islam.

America should have joined the rest of developed nations decades in the past. We lag far behind on issues including healthcare, income inequality, higher education, women’s rights, and the acceptance of the rights of the LGBTQ community and Muslim-Americans.

Think about these facts and you will understand why single women and younger Americans consider voting “a waste of time.”

Op-ed by James Turnage

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