Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidential election. That is very clear, yet Donald Trump has thus far refused to concede and is making baseless, destructive accusations of fraud. In addition to that, Trump is refusing to allow the Biden transition team the access it needs to prepare for the peaceful, safe transfer of power from the old administration to the new.
All states are reporting that no significant irregularities occurred this election. International observers monitored the election as well and are also reporting that no widespread irregularities happened. As a matter of fact, an international observer report has criticized Trump for making baseless claims against the election.
The United States is deeply divided to a scary, unhealthy degree with people, organizations, and political parties not trusting each other and often even hating one another. It’s hurting our nation. Donald Trump has exacerbated these divisions throughout his time in politics and the presidency.
It’s no surprise that Trump is making unfounded claims of fraud despite having no evidence for it. He has been sending clear signals for months that he would act like this if he lost. Thing is, Trump’s childish behavior making baseless attacks upon the election is hurting our democracy. Even when Trump is clearly lying, millions of Americans still choose to believe him. This means that even though there is overwhelming evidence that the election was fair, millions of Americans think the contrary.
This is dangerous and is really hurting our nation.
Elections and the peaceful transfer of power is part of the very foundation of the United States. It’s a major factor in making this nation great. But Donald Trump (along with the millions of Americans going along with his dangerous behavior) is undermining the entire process with false claims of fraud and in doing this is undermining the United States itself.
By impeding the transition process as he is currently doing, Trump is endangering this country’s national security as well as increasing the likelihood that more innocent people will needlessly die from COVID. Biden should be receiving intelligence briefings like Trump does, but Trump is blocking this from happening. Biden officials should be coordinating with Trump officials in the various government departments (such as the State Dept, Intelligence, Defense, Health, and so on) to ensure a smooth transition so that things don’t get screwed up and fall through the cracks. Again, Trump is blocking this. The production and distribution of new COVID vaccines is a monumental, complex operation that will go well beyond the date of the inauguration. Biden’s COVID officials need to be coordinating with Trump’s to avoid confusion and delays that would cost lives. But Trump is preventing this from occurring as well.
People need to open their minds.
Joe Biden won in a free, fair election, and Donald Trump lost. Time for people to accept this and move forward.
To be blunt, stop blindly following Donald Trump! Don’t blindly follow anyone. Look at the facts using varied, reliable, independent sources for information. Don’t use sites that just tell you what you want to hear.
There is no evidence of widespread irregularities. None.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election fairly.
Time for people to accept that and move forward. Demand that the transition process proceed. Put pressure on Republican officials to demand this as well.
And for goodness sakes, quit blindly following Donald Trump’s outrageous, dangerous lies and rhetoric. Don’t contribute to undermining democracy, people’s health, and the security of this nation because that is what Trump’s actions are doing right now.
Stand up for truth, honesty, democracy, helping one another, and trying to do the right thing.
We need to start working together so that we can begin healing this nation and get through this pandemic.
Cold weather is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it is a rising tide of COVID cases, especially in the United States. To anyone paying attention to what has been going on, this should come as no surprise.
Other viruses such as the common cold and flu often seem worse in terms of numbers during colder weather as compared to warmer weather. There are a variety of possible causes for this phenomenon that we won’t delve into here.
Now, consider how the United States as a whole has done a terrible job in trying to deal with the COVID pandemic. The Trump Administration has grossly mishandled the crisis with confusion, incompetence, false information, and a lack of coordination coming from the White House. States have in many ways been left to their own devices in battling the pandemic far more than they should have been. Their tactics have varied with some being more effective than others. The result has been a kind of ad hoc, patchwork approach instead of a coordinated national strategy. On top of this is the fact many Americans (including Donald Trump) are not taking this pandemic seriously and frequently disregard social distancing and mask wearing guidelines.
As a result of this confused quagmire of a response, it is no surprise that we are now seeing record numbers of cases throughout the country, and tragically, it will get worse. Many more people are going to die.
Since Trump is president until Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, we cannot expect much, or any, new help from the federal government for the next couple of months. It will primarily be up to local and state governments to do what they can in addition to every day people.
Each and every one of us has a responsibility to do our part in combating COVID.
Practice social distancing and mask wearing whenever you are in public. Educate yourself in what you need to do in fighting the pandemic. Avoid big crowds, especially when indoors. Don’t have big holiday gatherings with people coming from all around because doing so would spread the virus.
Remember since people can carry the virus without even knowing it, this is more than keeping yourself safe. It’s about keeping everyone you come in contact with safe as well.
By working together, we can get through this.
It’s up to all of us!
Let’s get one thing out of the way. I’m an Independent politically and don’t blindly follow anyone or anything. I look at the evidence and make the best decisions I can.
It’s very clear how horrendously bad a president Donald Trump is. His outrageous hurtful rhetoric, colossal scale of lying, authoritarian tendencies, xenophobic behavior, and gross mishandling of the COVID pandemic are well known. Trump seems to go out of his way to avoid upsetting Russia and has not held the adversarial nation accountable for its ongoing cyber attacks on the United States. He has also not adequately addressed the serious accusations of Russia paying bounties for killing US and Coalition soldiers in the Middle East. On top of that, he and other Republicans are using the courts to try to take away Obamacare in the middle of this pandemic without having any replacement whatsoever. If they succeed, millions of Americans with pre-existing medical conditions would be at risk of losing their health insurance during the COVID 19 crisis. Think about that. If you don’t have a pre-existing medical condition, I bet you know someone who does. Trump is also engaged in voter suppression with his baseless, unfounded attacks on mail in voting. He is clearly trying to hinder the ability of people (whom he fears will vote against him) to vote. This sort of behavior goes against the very foundation of our country and democracy itself.
Now consider this: Trump is totally disregarding social distancing and mask wearing guidelines at his political rallies. During these events, people are gathering in very close quarters (often shoulder to shoulder) and the majority are not wearing masks. The September 26 White House event in the Rose Garden has already proven to be a COVID super-spreader event that led to over 20 confirmed cases and has potentially led to the exposure of hundreds (or even thousands) more people. Some of these rallies could end up being even worse super-spreader events. How many people are going to get sick from these Trump rallies, and how many will die? Think about that. This exemplifies how horribly the Trump Administration has been handling the COVID pandemic.
I could go on and on. The point is that whatever your political views, it’s time to unite behind Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because we must vote Trump out of the White House. We also need to vote a Democratic majority to both Chambers of Congress in order to start trying to repair the damage being done to this country by Trump and numerous other DC Republicans.
The United States cannot afford 4 more years of Donald Trump.
It’s time to bring back decency, thoughtfulness, respect, humanity, empathy, and service to the White House and Federal Government.
The event held September 26 at the White House Rose Garden announcing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is the latest example of how badly the Trump Administration has botched its handling of the COVID pandemic.
Look at photos of the event and think about what you are seeing.
While in the midst of a pandemic which is costing lives, the majority of attendees, including Trump and Melania, were not wearing masks. On top of that, most were crammed in like sardines, virtually shoulder to shoulder, in the seating area where again the majority were not wearing masks.
To the COVID 19 virus, this was like an invitation of please come to spread and multiply.
And the virus did just that.
Multiple attendees have tested positive for COVID in the week following the event. At the time of writing this piece, Donald Trump, Melania, 3 Republican Senators, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kellyanne Conway, and Rev John Jenkins have tested positive. Several other White House officials and reporters have tested positive this week as well.
The way this event was so badly set up and carried out is just the latest in Trump Administration’s gross mishandling of the COVID pandemic. Trump has been dangerously downplaying the seriousness of the COVID pandemic from the beginning. He has lied and exaggerated about it over and over, disregarding the advice of scientists and other experts. Trump has frequently spread false information about COVID and the pandemic that goes against what his own government scientists are saying. The United States has been desperately needing effective leadership that includes national mask wearing/social distancing rules with the President setting a good example. Instead, there has been a serious lack of leadership from the Trump Administration resulting in terrible confusion and disorganization. People don’t know where to turn for reliable information. States have varied in their responses with differing degrees of effectiveness and in an inefficient ad hoc manner devoid of federal leadership or coordination. Add to that the way Trump himself has flagrantly ignored mask wearing and social distancing in his personal activities and you can see how and why the United States’ response to COVID has been so abysmally ineffective.
Thus, it is of no surprise that Trump, Melania, and others who attended the Rose Garden event now have COVID 19. The gross mishandling by the Trump Administration of the COVID pandemic led to this as well as unnecessary suffering and loss of life for people all across this nation.
Did you know that 2 crewless spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977, Voyager 1 and 2, are now in Interstellar Space? It’s true. Quite an amazing achievement when you think about it.
Now, what exactly is Interstellar Space? Where does it begin?
Ever consider that? It’s not so simple when you think about it because the Solar System is quite complex.
First you have the Sun. Then the Planets and Asteroid Belt. Out beyond Neptune is the Kuiper Belt where Pluto and many other objects exist. Then as you go way beyond that you’ll finally arrive at the Oort Cloud where some comets originate from.
So, where does Interstellar Space begin?
The Sun is the most powerful structure in our Solar System. It creates a massive magnetic field and affects the flow of particles. This combination is known as the Solar Wind, and the effects of this “Wind” are felt out beyond the Kuiper Belt. The point at which the Solar Wind and Interstellar Wind are in balance is known as the Heliopause. So beyond this boundary is what scientists consider Interstellar Space, even though the Oort Cloud exists farther out.
The shape of the Heliopause fluctuates, but it’s approximately 11 billion miles from the Sun. Yes, you heard me right, 11 billion.
Voyager 1 crossed it in 2012, and Voyager 2 in 2018.
Humanity now has spacecraft in Interstellar Space. And the 2 little craft are still sending data back to Earth, even after all these years.
I’d say that’s an achievement to be proud of.
If all goes well, NASA is launching a new mission to Mars called Perseverance. It will arrive at the Red Planet in February, 2021.
The landing site is Jezero Crater. NASA chose this site because scientists feel it’s a good spot to look for evidence of ancient microbial life.
The crater was likely formed billions of years ago by the impact of a meteor or comet. Then scientists believe it turned into a lake with a connected river when liquid water existed on the planet. Since rivers and lakes are teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms on Earth, this is a good location to search for any evidence that microbial life might have once existed on Mars.
There is a crewless rover with multiple instruments that will be able to explore and analyze the area. And for the first time, NASA is sending a drone sized helicopter that will be able to fly short distances and obtain views from above.
It’s quite exciting, and I hope that all goes well. It would be amazing if evidence that life had once lived on Mars was found. But either way, it will be a great accomplishment that will help us understand the Solar System in which we live that much more.
Good luck NASA and thanks to all the people who have worked so tirelessly and anonymously to make this mission happen.
Check the links I’ve provided for more information including some nifty graphics.
The United States has not come anywhere remotely close to controlling the COVID Pandemic. New case numbers are rising throughout the country, and frankly, the Trump Administration has grossly mishandled this crisis. We need nationwide rules requiring everyone to wear a mask in public when social distancing is not possible in order to get a better handle on this pandemic.
We are in the middle of a pandemic, yet the Trump Administration continues to grossly mishandle this crisis.
Trump has tried to downplay the seriousness and severity of this pandemic from the very beginning. He wasted weeks early on instead of being proactive, and as COVID 19 has continued to spread, his response has been erratic, irresponsible, disjointed, and disorganized.
Social distancing and mask wearing in public are vital to controlling this pandemic, yet Trump almost never wears a mask. This alone is sickeningly irresponsible since millions of Americans follow his example. As a result, because he doesn’t appear to take COVID seriously, neither do they. This has clearly increased the number of people who are not social distancing or wearing masks like they should.
On top of that is Trump’s being all over the place in terms of what he says and does with regards to the pandemic. He has blatantly exaggerated and lied numerous times, undermining his own scientists and other government officials. Because of this confused, chaotic behavior from the White House, governors have been left to their own devices far too much, resulting in a disorganized, patchwork response to the COVID pandemic where some states have done a decent job and others have done an abysmal one.
Now, the White House is ordering hospitals to report new COVID cases directly to Washington, bypassing the CDC. This is deeply disturbing. The CDC is a key organization in the fight against COVID. Will it still have access to all the data? Will it be allowed to make the information public as it has been doing, or will the White House attempt to restrict access for political purposes?
The consequences of this grossly mishandled response to the crisis is plain to see when you compare how the US is doing compared to other places like South Korea, Europe, and Canada. To this point, the US has not dropped the curve like these other nations have done, and the American rate of infection is going up significantly.
We need to speak up and demand that the government do a better job at both the state and federal levels. They should work together in a more responsible, proactive, organized way.
Unfortunately, I doubt this will happen until Trump is voted out of office.
Whatever your political beliefs, it is time for everyone to unite behind the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden, in order to vote Trump out of office because like it or not, the next president will be Trump or Biden. We cannot afford 4 more years of Donald Trump. Too many lives are on the line.
American citizens 18 and over have the Constitutional right to vote. This is one of the fundamental principles of democracy in the United States.
Another thing is that Americans should be able to vote safely.
We are going through a pandemic with COVID 19, and a vaccine will probably not be available until next year. Thus, the virus will still be around this November, and we don’t know how much control we’ll have over it.
Right now, the number of people who qualify for mail in (absentee) voting varies from state to state. In some places, any adult can do so while in others many people can’t. People who can’t are required to show up at their polling station in order to vote.
With COVID 19 out there, many medical experts are recommending all voters nationwide vote by mail in order to avoid COVID spreading at polling stations where crowds of people would be gathering and standing in close proximity to each other.
Makes sense. Everyone mailing in their vote would be much safer and help more people exercise their Constitutional right to vote!
A major problem is that many Republicans, including Donald Trump, oppose this idea.
They claim mail in voting would be ripe with fraud. But the evidence does not back this up. Mail in (absentee) voting has been done for years in many states without any significant problems with fraud.
The real reason why so many Republicans oppose nationwide mail in voting is because they fear large voter turnout. They are afraid that more people voting would hurt them and help Democrats. It is not a coincidence that Republicans around the country have closed many polling stations in poor areas. It’s because people who are poor are more likely to vote for a Democrat than a Republican.
This is a form of voter suppression. No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist or an extremist. I’m looking at the evidence.
Folks, suppressing people’s right to vote is disgraceful, undemocratic, and goes against what the United States is supposed to be about. American adults have the Constitutional right to vote! And we should be able to do so safely.
With the ongoing pandemic, nationwide mail in voting makes sense. Everyone should be able to vote and do so safely.
We all need to speak out and demand our elected officials fight for nationwide mail in voting!
American adults should be able to vote and do so safely!
The Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. If they succeed, over 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance because Republicans have no replacement. Not even a bad replacement!
Think about that. We are literally in the middle of a pandemic, and Trump, along with other Republicans, is still trying to sabotage Obamacare.
Obamacare is not perfect, but it has helped millions of Americans obtain health insurance who couldn’t get it otherwise. This has literally saved lives. One of the most popular parts of Obamacare is how it protects people with pre-existing medical conditions so that they can get affordable health insurance. Otherwise, many would be outright rejected by insurance companies, or their premiums would be so astronomically high that they couldn’t afford to get it.
Guess what folks, when you have a serious case of cancer and can’t get health insurance, unless you are incredibly rich, you will likely die, and much more quickly.
Now consider this: many of the people who could lose their health insurance, if the Trump Administration succeeds here, are in high risk categories for COVID 19. If they lose their health insurance and catch a severe case of the coronavirus, they will be much more likely going to die.
We should fix and improve Obamacare, not obliterate it without a replacement!
The obsession of Trump and other Republicans with trying to destroy Obamacare has gone too far. They are risking the lives of innocent people for what? Politics? Because they don’t like Barack Obama?
This is sickeningly outrageous. We must all speak out against this horrible move, and we need to vote Trump and the other Republicans who are doing this out of office!
Lives are literally at stake folks…