It’s All About the Yard Signs: I am struck by the number of Trump yard signs and Trump flags flying from trucks and boats. This show of candidate support is remarkable.
I put people in the patriot column when they wear a cap or fly a flag or plant a sign in their yard to honor their candidate. It exposes their political viewpoint, which is not always popular and often harassed.
Remarkably, Trump mania has produced roadside Trump pop-up shops with a number of Trump-Pence souvenir items for purchase.
Enthusiasm is on Trump’s side decidedly from the show of yard signs, flags, and flotillas. I snapped a few photos from my drive in the countryside.
I am hurting for Biden signs. E-mail a pic of your signs and flags to add to the gallery 2020.
Thinking back on my first run at jogging as a young mother, son Jeff, nine at the time, ran alongside me on my trial loop around the block. I was proudly huffing and puffing and in my mind jogging at great speeds. Suddenly, my son flipped around so that he was jogging backwards, smiling. He outpaced me, running backwards. I gave it my best, but my son ran circles around me. That flashback is how I see Trump, smiling and outdistancing candidates while running backwards.
Whereas our 44th President was more professorial, dipped in gold as he took office, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in anticipation of greatness, our 45th President launched into orbit from an elevator, into the great unknown, with us onboard.
Talk about jet lag
Google tracks my phone and I can view the data tracking where I have been. It’s not that impressive. I smile to imagine the Google Map of Prez Trump’s journey of his four trips around the sun on Air Force 1, Marine 1, and the countless Presidential Motorcades.
2020, Entering the Unknown
We find ourselves in the middle of another campaign season. Feeling civic, I made my first political contribution ever in response to one of those mailers. It was Melania’s birthday contribution request. Signed a whopping $15 check for birthday wishes and to thank our amazing First Lady.
Your candidate needs your support to win the race.
I think back on what Trump said as he took office in 2016. He will lead us but it is we who must dream the dreams and work for what we want. Every President needs the trust and spirit of the American people.
Well, it’s running season for the 2020 election. Lace up and cheer on your candidate. Run to the finish line. Vote to realize your ideals and a better America.
President Donald Trump talks about a wall at our southern border for immigrants, a wall with a big, beautiful door, and that puts him behind the eight ball.
We’ve always had a door on the southern border for immigration. I first learned about it 40 years ago from Mom.
We propped the door open. It was a giant turn-style. Hispanics and immigrants seeking opportunity were embraced. They brought skills, values, and a work ethic. Businesses rolled out the red carpet to welcome a people who value hard work. Y’All come!
Back then, we were living in Aurora, Illinois, and my mother managed an assembly line that built telephones at Western Electric in nearby Montgomery.
Mom knew businesses welcomed immigrants. She heard there were signs at the southern border with big letters, Welcome! Come to Aurora!
In current times, the evolving of immigration to illegal-immigration has become nothing more than a political debate thanks to a do-nothing congress clashing with a changing America that requires security.
Congress Fails to Act
Congress has made immigration a political game, tugged around by voters and special interests groups. Our leaders shrink from action and lack creative thinking.
It’s time to call for a bill rather than a recess. Put an immigration act on the books.
Our open door on the border once served to welcome our neighboring country with whom we share a continent. Today it’s a detour for immigrants and a loophole for gangs, terrorists, and drug traffic.
We simply want a door on that wall — a door with a doorbell!
Punxsutawney Phil of Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney PA saw his shadow today, and predicts six more weeks of winter.
It’s always nicer to hear bad news from a groundhog.
Anyways, who cares about a little winter weather if it comes with snowmen, sledding, hot cocoa, s’mores ….
Phil, a No-Show at State of the Union Address
Possibly, Phil is a Democrat. He plans to sleep like a baby, Feb. 28. Conspiracy theory: Phil sleeps not to insulate from winter weather but to boycott Trump’s address to the nation.
Republican or Democrat, my guess Phil is burrowing in to avoid political noise.
News Flash: the party is over
It was not enough for the Dems to boycott the Inauguration and duck out of meetings to confirm Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Nope, they are toiling on a Trojan Horse for the State of the Union Address.
Our dignified leaders plan to dump on the President’s recent policies for extreme vetting of immigrants by inviting immigrants and non-citizens as guests to pack the Senate floor and balcony during the State of the Union Address.
Hmm. Their goal is to gain sympathy against Trump’s executive order. Their hope is to glorify illegal immigration and retain flexible borders. Democrats see no need for extreme vetting.
They have donned Superman capes and appointed our President their nemesis. They elevate immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens and snub their President. I know there is logic hiding in that somewhere.
Children, play nice together
In the fabulous words of Hollywood’s Matthew McConaughey on President Trump: He’s our President now. We must embrace, shake hands, and be constructive with him.
Children, say hello to your neighbors
I liked what Prez Trump said about building the wall during the presidential campaign (Aug. 6, 2016) – he wants to build a wall with a “big, beautiful door” for people to come into the country legally.
Make that a golden door with a Welcome mat. Build ports-of-entry along our southern border with immigration clearing booths to document immigrants using the newest technology as they enter the U.S.
Give each of the families who enter with identification a bus ticket, corporate sponsorship, and a bag of groceries. Send President Pena Nieto of Mexico a bill for their crossing fee.
Color me happy
Celebrate our history, our diversity, and our freedom. It’s better to hear unity of hope than the din of divisiveness. Contribute ideas to the dialogue.
I smile when I imagine all the national leaders and journalists who opened new Twitter accounts in 2016 to follow a President who Tweets.
Add playfulness to politics and with a box of crayons
Here’s a page to color and doodle for a playful, political time-out. Or, maybe to color and fold into a paper airplane. Send it soaring through the air with your bad thoughts and fears aboard …. or rather, keep it afloat with your hopes and dreams.
When President Trump first approved his photograph for press releases, it was not with a smile or even a half-smile. His face had a determined look. It was a face at rest, waiting to spring into action.
This illustration is a caricature inspired by an early press portrait of the President.
Listening to candidate Trump on the campaign trail, I grabbed onto his idealism and hung onto his positive self view and unrivaled sense of well-being. Why not add those formidable characteristics to my playbook, I thought …. all things considered, they have served Prez Trump well.
Take some plays from the Trump playbook
Trump: I say what I say
Say what you are thinking and strive for straightforward communication. Often I may wish that President Donald Trump was less direct in his opinions and attacks and have hoped with fingers crossed that he would backtrack, but softening his rhetoric or changing his opinion mid-course never seems to come. I no longer wish-for or wait-for a retraction because Trump “says what he says.”
In one sense this non-filtered form of speech lacking in jabber talk, lawyerese, political jumbo, and double talk, is refreshing.
Trump: I have a brain
Don’t we all … so stop apologizing for not being smart if you fall prey to self loathing. Have the confidence and courage to make your own decisions and chart your own course.
Trump:I had very, very good parents
Speak lovingly and with pride about your parents. Trump does. He may be one of the lucky ones who had perfect parents but possibly The Donald is rather a son who holds a high regard for his parents because he is respectful and loving. Be the person who sees the best in others.
Trump: I am very, very rich – richer than most people think
Not everyone can add the status of wealth to their playbook unless you count the immeasurable wealth your loved ones and family bring to your bottom line. And for those who are heirs of the King of Kings, streets of gold, pure as glass are waiting them.
Trump: It’s going to be huuuugggge
Think big. Add a few more comparatives and superlatives to your vocabulary. Two of Trump’s favorites, huge and bigly. And something is not just good or very good. It’s very, very, very good. Bigly: adverb: “It’s going to happen bigly.” -Donald J. Trump
Trump: Make America Great Again
That hope resonates with me. I jumped aboard Trump’s boat [yacht] and have set sail for a period of idealism with hopes that as a nation we will strengthen our union.
Trump says he started a movement to Make America Great Again, but it is the American people who will write the future. We must dream big and set goals for a future we envision. Trump will be at the front running interference, but we are the ones to write the future.
Trump’s Tweets make headlines
Just when Twitter was losing its star power, along came the gift of Donald J. Trump and a barrage of information, 140 characters at a time, leaving ripples into the future.
If you want to verify information and see photos, follow the real Donald Trump on Instagram or go to his website, Donald J. Trump.
Cheers for Trump’s positive energy
You cannot deny the good fortune of having a President who strives for honest, straightforward, energetic, and patriotic dialogue. His slogan, Make America Great Again, resonated with people on the campaign trail because we dream of living in a world where someone is looking out for us, who wants the best for us, and who speaks to us as a friend.
I look forward to the inspiring and creative leadership of POTUS Donald Trump.
I have a page of Quotes that will no doubt fill quickly in 2017, thanks to a President who is dreaming a dream for us and who — says what he says. Buckle up.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice. –T.S. Eliot