My View of Socialism.

I’ll describe how I believe it works, or at least should work, rather briefly.

First, and foremost, for it to help everyone in the United States of America, every American citizen should benefit. Regardless. The only people who should be exempt are prisoners.

A monthly stipend is to be issued to every American citizen. It should be given in conjunction with our pay from work. An income bracket will outline what the recipient’s stipend will be.

Taxes are not reduced. Taxes increase.

A tax is created for healthcare, allowing healthcare to be free. Free Healthcare includes mandatory assistance for pregnant women, unlimited childcare, and routine semi-annually mandated doctor’s visits for tax paying American citizens. Prescriptions, operations, and other medical expenses are covered with working wage pay, stipend pay, and other allocated payment agreements with the patient and the hospital. The system for procedures would ensure that the patient never accrues too much debt.

The educational system becomes the focus of modern American society. K-12 remains the same while teacher’s wages increase, along with infrastructure funding. It becomes America’s leading industry. Colleges ought to, at this time, create agreements with states to begin offering free college education to qualifying citizens. Private Universities probably remain the same. Collegiate level institutions are created (hopefully many of them are privatized, created by companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Walmart and others that accrue vast amounts of wealth) to ease the strain on other Universities.

Obviously, War is still the issue. Socialism would destabilize The United States of America. We spend an obnoxious amount of money on modern warfare as it stands, so we would have to become a Nation of Peace, that adheres to The Constitution. Thus, we maintain our military, and our militias, if you may.

For it to be socialism, we shouldn’t care how much it costs. What will matter most is if The American People, as a majority, decide to live off of the benefit of socialism, and not their labor’s worth. It is a system that requires vast selflessness.

There are other obvious works to be installed in this system, and obvious faults that could lead to a Nation’s downfall (especially a Democratic Republic that thrives off of capitalism) but all in all, and oddly so, that is my best description of how a socialist system would play out.

The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

Has President Trump Been Compromised?

Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with Russia, giving tremendous detail into Trump’s business dealings. Trump consistently refuted the notion that he had any previous deals with anyone in Russia, but revelations from Cohen’s testimony to the FBI proves that he had in fact been in negotiations with Russia about a hotel as early as 2015. The master suite of the hotel would have allegedly been granted to Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes discusses the plausible argument Donald Trump has been compromised.

If these revelations are true, all of which are a part of Robert Mueller’s FBI investigation into Trump’s financial ties with Russia, it would prove in various ways that Donald Trump could be compromised by Russia, and also that information may be withheld from Trump that could significantly damage his reputation.

Perhaps we now know why Donald Trump didn’t want anyone to know he has conducted business in Russia.

American Politics Is Becoming Disheartening

While it grows to unite us, it tears us a part. The divisiveness of it all has become overtly disheartening. There are factions who want more for Americans, to include more healthcare and more education, and there are those who oppose those views, arguing that it would bankrupt the entire country. Some argue for a socialist agenda, others argue for capitalism to continue to reign supreme.

In the midst of all of the arguing and debate, The American citizen suffers. Their suffering, our suffering, it transcends just physical pain. It is also emotional. The imagery we see from neighboring states, the rhetoric of elected politicians, and our military involvement around the world can at times be too much for some Americans to stomach. For others, there isn’t enough defense spending and citizenry bashing to go around.

We are entering quite trivial times. Our economy may appear to be performing well, but the debt continues to climb. We are treating foreigners seeking asylum like enemy combatants, mobilizing thousands of Active Duty troops to defend us from a faux invasion. Citizens are dying from aid they cannot receive for lack of healthcare. Teenagers are signing their lives away to ever growing college tuition rates. The Government says that climate change is real, and that it will impact us all if we do not change our ways, and The President of The United States, Donald Trump, discredits it. He doesn’t believe it. At all.

We live in incredibly disheartening times. Of course, we will continue to be our best in this world. Many will suffer daily, and some will be successful. Others will aspire for success, while battling life’s many obstacles. The Republican narrative is that “hand outs” are a really bad thing, but many Americans are suffering beyond repair. Perhaps a hand-out wouldn’t suffice. 

“The American Dream is dead.” 

-Donald John Trump, 45th President of The United States of America

Vote: Election Day, November 6th 2018

The time of the year is upon us, where citizens across The United States of America now have the chance to exercise their rights and vote into office the candidates they believe will best represent them as Mayors, Governors, and congressional representatives in both The House and The Senate.

This Tuesday, November 6th 2018 is Election Day. Commonly referred to as The Midterms, this marks a day where we’ll essentially see either The Republican party maintain their dominance across the country, or The Democrats gaining much needed representation and control in The House or The Senate, to begin their process of amending many of the decisions Republicans have made.

For The Democrats, it is crucial that enough representatives are elected to seize control of either The House or The Senate, or both. If not, and if their campaigning fails as it did during the Presidential Election of 2016, where Donald Trump managed to seize victory over long-time Government server Hillary Clinton, The United States of America could begin to see policy implementation by The Republicans ramp up. Americans could also see the eradication of The Obama Era Healthcare Plan, an end to Birthright Citizenship, and tremendous cuts to spending on Social aid (Medicaid and Social Security).

It is important to vote.

Regardless of your party affiliation, if you feel concerned about a topic, or wish for change in your neighborhood and society, it is important to vote. As a registered Democrat, I am eager to vote, and I hope to see The Democrats pull off significant power grabs in Congress. As someone who voted in 2016 for a Democrat to be President, I’ve learned that polls are are no longer a trustworthy source to grasp voter turnout demographics. This year, the message is clear: go out and vote.

Come Tuesday, we decide the direction our country moves in. Vote for what you believe in. If Donald Trump does not sit right with you, and if you demand change right now, go out and vote. Your voice can be heard, and your power to vote can and will change the entire course of this Nation. It is of utmost importance, and I urge anyone who reads this, to go out and vote.

Looming Chaos: Debt In The United States.

Say what you will about The United States of America, you have to accept that it is now the strongest Country to ever exist. An unimaginable amount of money is spent on The Military, and victory after victory ensures the continuity of receiving upwards of 60% of Government spending annually, $500 to $700 Billion Dollars a year, more than the combined military expenditures of the next two most powerful nations combined. It is a trend that is likely never to change.

Ever.

Since the year 2000, after George W. Bush assumed office, U.S. debt sat at $5.6 Trillion Dollars. Unfortunate events plagued Bush’s Presidency, and the cost of fighting wars on two fronts, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, would later take a significant toll on the country. Once Obama assumed office, the debt had swelled to over $9 Trillion dollars. The unfortunate circumstances of the rising debt crippled many Americans (citizens, banks and corporations alike), and of it’s effects forced the nation into a period economic depression. With no other choice, a Stimulus Bill of $800 Billion Dollars was passed, enabling Americans to escape the effects of the recession and keep the government afloat.

Jobs were created. Americans had truly regained hope.

But the debt by the end of Obama’s Presidency had skyrocketed. The Stimulus Bill and increased defense spending had left now President Trump with a National debt of $19 Trillion Dollars, with 76% percent being held by the public.

Since 2016, the U.S. has increased spending and continued to lower taxes on corporations and wealthy citizens, and they also continued their excessive trend of military spending.

The debt now sits at $21 Trillion Dollars, and some estimates argue that by 2028 it will climb to $28 Trillion Dollars, eclipsing WWII deficits and outgrowing the overall U.S. economy.

But, this is not what politicians talk about. What they talk about is how Medicaid is too expensive, how Social Security needs to be cut and how Healthcare is either never going to be universal, or needs to be universal. It is almost as if no one wants to discuss the rising debts, and how it could very well be the true catalyst toward plummeting the United States into economic straits similar to Venezuela or Greece, a situation potentially worse than the recession of 2008. While some politicians do discuss the issue, like long time Independent from Vermont Bernie Sanders, they are often written off by the elite, with the argument that any strategic plan to tax the rich exponentially more than the poor or middle class would be chaotic and socialist, and that socialism in any form will never, ever work. But of those arguments there never emerges answers to the looming and unforeseen future we all will one day face because of our Government’s excessive military spending and other increasing government expenditures.

The future is bright. It is because we’ll pave it that way. But, also in the future is the looming presence of great adversity. The debt of The United States of America is an actual looming adversity waiting to happen, and it is time that a true bi-partisan effort is set in motion to fix this problem before it grows out of proportion.