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Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:47 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I awaken. In the middle of the night. Either laughing. Or crying. Sometimes in a state of high anxiety. Strange, isn’t it? I must tell my psychotherapist. Such a wide range of emotion. Being experienced in my sleep. I’m imagining. That I’ve become a novelist. Writing masterful fiction. A preposterous story. Yet it seems so real. The main character in my novel is both hilariously funny and very, very scary. A rich business tycoon. With a narcissistic personality. A shrewd manipulator. Turned politician. A pathological liar, too. Through a weird series of events, he becomes the president of the United States of America.  And that’s where the awful phase of my recurring dream begins. I wake up. Trembling. Terror stricken. And worst of all. I’m unable to convince myself. That it’s all fantasy. That it ain’t real. Little wonder. That I need to see a psychotherapist.  It’s a nightmare. That won’t go away. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 9:13 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


A good friend. And supporter of Donald Trump. Cautions me. To not get hot and bothered by Trump. She knows I’m a political liberal.  And that I abhor Trump. And virtually everything he stands for. I write to the friend. About Trump. And she writes back. With good advice. Either learn to laugh at Trump. Or ignore him. Pretend he doesn’t exist. Of course, that makes sense. Trump will be Trump.  And I can’t change him or the political climate. Might just as well get on with life. Focused on the stuff over which I have control. In my unending pursuit of happiness. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:19 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Was I the blind man? The one who didn’t see the coming light? Could be, I suppose. After all, here I am. Wondering how Trump won the presidency. When initially, I thought, confidently, that he had no chance. That he would be soundly rejected. But then, ever so slowly. I became scared. Flustered.  That he might win. Yes, by golly, like so many others, I miscalculated the mood of the fickle American electorate. How could it be? Now I know. Trump hypnotized the voters. In a deceptively entertaining way.  So brash. So outlandish. That people began to ponder. What would happen? If a political freak got to the White House. Therefore. Maybe out of curiosity. Barely enough voters. Took the calculated risk. To find out. And so, here we are. A witness to a potentially tragic chapter in our history. But hey, that’s the absurdity of life. And now I’m asking. Is there anything we can do about it? Or must we glumly ride out the nightmare. Of a nation gone crazy. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017 10:28 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Donald Trump is my enemy. Not the media. Though they aren’t always my friends, either. Trump says we Americans need an enemy or two or three. And he tries to identify them. I’d rather select my own enemies. And I have very few. At the moment, only one. Trump. If I could get Trump out of my mind and my way, life would be much better. Of course, I’m often told to love my enemies. Believe me, I try. But I can’t get over the hurdle of loving, or even respecting, the president of the United States.  Maybe that’s what makes me a true patriot. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 6:12 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Donald Trump is not my president. Or our president. That’s my position. That is, if I’m talking for the majority of Americans. Please wake up, Mr. Trump. The majority voted for Hillary Clinton. By a margin of almost 3 million.  You won. Legitimately. But on an electoral college fluke. If you were a fair-minded and decent guy, you’d be president for all Americans. Not merely for your base. Which actually represents only a minority of Americans.  Might be wise, Mr. Trump, to follow the example of other presidents. The ones that truly tried to represent everyone. Even the people that voted against them. That’s the way a president is supposed to operate. Honorably. Working for the common good. Not just for the good of his base. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:29 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


As always, you make a good point, Andy. But I'm really having fun. By challenging Trump. And his motives. Knowing full well. That I can do little about it. Other than having fun. I really don't lose sleep over it. By the way, I don't hate Trump. I merely dislike him. He's not my kind of guy. You, on the other hand, qualify as a friend. I like you. Even when we disagree. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:47 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I don’t get it. When politicians. Such as Donald Trump. Tell me. That I should be living in fear. Of illegal immigrants. Of refugees. And of people from Muslim countries. Fear. Fear. Fear. That seems to be the message. And we are supposed to elect Trump and other fear-mongers. To protect us. As far as I’m concerned. That’s hogwash. Trump doesn’t want me to trust anyone. Not even the news media. Instead, Trump wants me to look at him as the nation’s protector-in-chief. If I ever become that stupid, please put me out of my misery. Anyway, I’m trying to be a fearless fellow. A trustful lover of mankind, period. At the moment, the only person I don’t trust. Is none other than Donald Trump --charlatan, snake oil salesman and goofball. – Fearless Jim
w/e
Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 2:23 PM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 1752


Anti-colonialism. Anti-imperialism. Anti-neocolonialism.

The people. Under the banner of freedom. Marching. Protesting. Resisting.

Bare-naked Lady Liberty. The architect for defeating every level of oppression.

Bare-naked Lady Liberty. Uncovering the lies. And the covered tracks. Of the enemies of compassion.

Bare-naked Lady Liberty. With evidence. With facts. Marching. Protesting. Resisting.

I kiss the bare-breast of Liberty.

Lady Liberty. Kind. Caring. Loving. Compassionate.

Democratic. And free.


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:07 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Don’t let it be said that I oppose Donald Trump on everything. He and I are both pro-Russia. We look kindly. On the Russian people. Even on Vladimer Putin. Yes, I know. That Putin is perceived, by many Americans, as an evil autocrat. But I can forgive that. If we Americans can cultivate a better relationship with Russia. Yes, I’d seek Russia as an ally. A friend. If Russia and America could find common ground on key political and ideological issues, it probably would make for a better world. We don’t have to remain enemies. I’m for finding ways to love our enemies. Yes. Yes. I wouldn’t stop there either. I’m imagining a scenario. In which Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, learned to love each other. Setting another glowing example. Of true love. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 12:33 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


When it comes to health care, I want to be treated like a very important person. Yes, give me the best. The same as the president of the United States. At the very least, I want to be part of a universal health care system. Where everyone is treated fairly and equally. Regardless of economic status. So-called Obama Care started to move health care in the right direction. Bringing coverage to an additional 20 million Americans. But still, we have a long way to go.  Republicans tell us they want to repeal Obama Care. And give us something less. I have a better idea. Keep it. And call it Trump Care. And make it even better.  True universal health care. Give us nothing but the best. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:06 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Don’t know why I care. About stuff over which I have no control. Really, I’m wasting my time. Because I can’t do anything about it. I’d be better off. Not caring one iota about mean-spirited politics. It is what it is. Yet I pay attention. And anguish. And lament. To no avail. If I had any sense. I’d ignore politics. And go for a walk. Or read a funny book. I’d like to model myself. After the people who don’t give a damn about politics. They don’t vote. And don’t even know who’s running for office. They have no idea about the issues. Instead, they just get on with life. And seldom worry about anything. Yes, I envy these people. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:03 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Give every American decent health care. No matter the cost. Primarily through a single payer system. Such as government-run Medicare. Which I have. I also have private supplemental insurance. To make up for whatever isn’t covered by Medicare. It’s affordable. For me. And I’m thankful to have it. As for people who can’t afford health insurance. I want the government to step in. And do the right thing. By guaranteeing health insurance. For everyone. It’s that simple. The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is a step in the right direction. By bringing 20 million previously uninsured Americans into the system. But Republicans are trying to repeal Obamacare. And replace it with a private-based free market system. That critics say will cost more and provide less care. I tend to agree with the critics who tell me it’s going to substantially increase the number of uninsured. Yes, a step back. Rather than forward. But that’s the way politics works.  For the common bad. Please tell me. Whatever happened to the common good? --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 7:56 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Used to be. That I looked with complete disdain. On people who didn’t share my views on political, social and economic matters. That was a long time ago. Before I learned to respect. Just about anyone. Even if they voted for Donald Trump. Yes, I owe respect.  Even to terrorists. Even to white supremacists. Even to Republicans. Yes, even to so-called scumbags. Of course, it’s one thing to mouth open-mindedness. Another to live it. To practice what one preaches.  I confess. I don’t always reach my goal. Perfection eludes me. Always has. Always will. Let’s put it this way. I’ve edged from complete disdain. To moderate disdain. I’ll listen to anyone. I’ll try to grasp where they are coming from. Without necessarily accepting their premises. Meanwhile, it would be nice. If they backed away from total disdain of me. And listened, too. True understanding, after all, is a two-way street. It takes work. To keep an open mind. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:37 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I’m for the common good. For universal health care. Right here in the U.S. A single payer system. Run much like Medicare. Covering every man, woman and child. But it won’t happen. Because that’s construed by the ill-informed as abhorrent socialism. Not by me, however. I love socialism. Including social security and Medicare and public education.  Socialism is designed for the common good. But too many of our political decision makers prefer catering  to special interests. And the common good be damned. That’s the way it is. I don’t like the political climate. But then, I’m lucky and fortunate. To be 81. Thereby qualifying me for Medicare. Also, I can afford private insurance to supplement Medicare. I’m safe and secure. So are the politicians in Washington. They qualify for deluxe health insurance. I’m of a mind that everyone deserves health insurance. Even those who can’t afford it.  It’s the responsibility of government to make it happen. Yes, serving the common good. It’s the right thing to do. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 2:31 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


A living nightmare. I’m better to fall asleep. And hope for a sweet dream. To replace the nightmarish reality I’m experiencing in my waking hours. I need relief. A respite from my on-going, fully-conscious nightmare.  It’s driving me crazy. Don’t know how much longer I can endure it. My heart is pounding. I’m scared. Yes, it’s possible.  I could die of fright.  Tell me. Tell me, please. That Donald Trump isn’t our president.  --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:52 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Too bad, Andy, that we always seem to need winners and losers. In the skirmishes in politics and life. I’m for finding ways to create more so-called win-win situations. Where both sides feel they’ve won something. They’ve learned to accommodate each other. They’ve learned the art of give and take. Not necessarily a total win. Or not a total loss.  Where we walk away as friends. Rather than enemies. Am I being too much of an idealist? A Pollyanna? I believe in diplomacy.  As an alternative to war. Let’s talk to each other. And to listen to each other. Truly talk. Truly listen. By the way, isn’t it a Christian virtue? To love thy enemy. Seems to me that both Trump and Obama are professed Christians.  Do they come close to loving each other? Does one come closer than the other? Does it matter? Seems to me that in the realm of politics, there’s no such thing as true love. It’s a game of selfishness. Not played for the common good. Maybe that’s the story of life . Too many of us out for ourselves.  A game of distinct winners and distinct losers. I don’t like it. Let’s create a winning civilization. Out of this cosmos. That the creator has given us. We are doing a pretty shoddy job of it. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:05 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I have socialist leanings. Because I see socialists working for the common good. For spreading the wealth. Making the rich less rich. And the poor less poor. Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and public education are examples of socialism. Of course, socialism has been a dirty word in America. For a long time. But it’s always been a clean word with me. I hereby declare my love for socialism. Little wonder. That I’m a strong advocate for universal health care. Everyone should have a right to decent health care. Especially the poor and destitute. Many of us have no desire to be rich. But that shouldn’t matter. When it comes to health care. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:18 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Democrats and Republicans. You aren’t that far apart. You can resolve virtually all political issues. If you learn to act like decent and fair-minded people. It’s not impossible. I do it every day.  By reaching those around me. We accommodate each other.  By being nice. We get along. And become friends. Doing favors for each other. We devise plans.  Ways. To resolve controversial health care issues. With give and take. When’s the last time that legislation passed Congress with bipartisan support? It used to happen. On a regular basis. No gridlock. And we celebrated. Together We linked arms. And sang ‘We Shall Overcome.’ And then did what was best. For the common good. Not for selfish special interests. Yes, for the good of America. For all of us.  But we’ve become obstinate.  We tell the other side to go to Hell.  We allow no room for compromise. Democrats and Republicans vote as separate blocs. Engaged in open warfare. And here I am. On the sidelines. Trying to avoid the hateful taunts. Sometimes called tweets. From an embittered president. Tell me, when will this all end? And we become a civil society again. --Jim

 


chrisp1653
Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:22 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1320


I remember being at a marriage seminar long ago, and at one point the speaker said that in a marriage, the 2 partners should each be " bending over backwards to please the other " so much so that eventually they would end up face to face. Ok, I admit, it only makes physical sense in a pretzel sort of way, but I always liked it. People today don't consider concessions to others as a way of life. When did " my way or the highway " become the way to run a country. It doesn't work all that well on a personal front, so how did we ever think we can just multiply it by a million and suddenly it will work ?

I know sometimes it looks like you are the middle-of-the-road guy with traffic whizzing all around you, but you bring a certain logic with you, which I like. A " lets sit down and all take a deep breath " kind of thinking.

I wonder what would happen if the Congress was in session and the doors were locked and the power went out. Imagine the chaos. Or, imagine people working together to find the aisles and then... something good, I would hope.

Chris


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:38 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Walking out of step. Just for the sake of walking out of step. I’m for it. If it doesn’t cause irreparable harm. Those who deny climate change. Such as the Trump Administration. They are out of step. With the scientific community.  They are Neanderthals. Living in a modern world. I’d not tolerate it. I would demand. That they learn to walk in step. Before it’s too late. To avert a disaster. At some point. We must serve the common good. And walk in step.  For the sake of the planet.  Better that. Than the way of the Neanderthals.  Pardon me. If I am being too blunt. With the truth. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 2:37 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


 

Perhaps I am living. During the strangest period of American History. When an idiot. Became president. If I had to choose any stage. This would be it. Yes, one would have to live in it. To believe it. Future generations will claim it never happened. It was imagined. It was too preposterous to be true.   It had to be made up.  But I’m leaving this note behind. For future generations to read. In 1,000 years. This is not a fairy tale. Inserted into American History. As a joke. On April Fool’s Day. In the year 2017. I, Jim Broede, lived it. Saw it. Believe me. It happened. Have pity. On those of us. Who endured.  The living Hell of it. ---Jim

 


cowboys
Posted: Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:45 AM
Joined: 12/10/2011
Posts: 338


Jim you and I go way back. I can't believe you're still musing. It's a balm on your grief and something you have always enjoyed or have gotten something out of. People don't understand that we don't have to wallow or talk about the ravages of AD constantly. Diversion is vital to one's mental health if you ask me.

So muse on, Stay healthy, Stay in love and I Will buy you a virtual cup of cheer when Trump is impeached!!


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 4:34 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Boils down to this. I refuse to believe bold-faced pathological liars. I will not be duped. If others choose to be duped, god bless 'em. No politician (and especially Trump) deserves to be treated like a Messiah.   Whatever happened to the truth? Time to call a liar a liar. I want to live in a truthful world. I will settle for nothing less. I am a truth-seeker. Always have been. Always will. Even if it hurts. I will die. Defending my truth. Give me truth. Or give me death.  So many of us would rather live by lies. Rather than die in defense of the truth. That's the shameful state we have come to. Living a life of lies. We tolerate the lies. We embrace the lies. We believe the lies.  I refuse to join the parade of liars. I will march on my own, if necessary. Yes, liars, liars. Your pants are on fire. That's what every liar deserves. Flaming pants. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 1:44 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Blowing things out of proportion. Also known as overreacting. This is a bugaboo that I try to avoid. Not always successfully. But then, I have lots of company. I live in a world of over-reactors. Especially in the political realm. But I’ve learned to play it cool. To step back. And evaluate the situation. Before sounding off. No sense in making a fool of one’s self. Better to let the other guy put his foot in mouth. Anyway, I like to let people know where I stand. On all sorts of political issues. But I’m a good listener, too. Knowing when to shut my mouth. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:41 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I’m learning to be entertained. By the stuff beyond my control. Such as the Trump presidency. It’s so unpredictable. Keeps me guessing. And laughing, too. That something could be so funny. Of course, it could be tragic, too. And I might start crying. But for now, it’s laugh after laugh after laugh. That a presidency could be so ridiculous. The comedians are having a field day. For them, Trump is a gift from Nirvana. He’s absolutely unbelievable. Not only because he’s a pathological liar. But because Trump’s antics and personality are beyond belief.  Centuries from now, people will still be looking back on the Trump era. Incredulously. As an example of truth being far stranger than fiction. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 11:37 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I wonder. If there will be a World War III some day. Seems that Donald Trump is in the mood for war. He’s willing to push us to the brink.  In an effort to ‘make America great again.’  And he wins plaudits. From his supporters. Every time that he talks tough. And fires off missiles and drops the ‘mother of all bombs.’  Believe me. He doesn’t need any encouragement to turn the planet into a living Hell. Maybe it’s my imagination. Or just a nightmare. I need to wake up. Soon. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 11:28 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


Fear. Fear. That’s what I sense. Is taking over the world. Fear. Fear. Lack of confidence in our political systems. We have lost faith in democracy.  Therefore, we have allowed an autocrat, namely Donald Trump, to come to power. Maybe that would be all right. If Trump was a political genius and a decent human being. But Trump is an outlandish know-nothing egomaniac. As are so many autocrats. Unfortunately, a fearful know-nothing element of the electorate was willing to take a chance. Duped. Into believing a pompous know-nothing really knew something. And we are stuck. For four painful, excruciating years. With a know-nothing nincompoop. That’s the way I see it, folks. Hope I'm wrong. And that I’m the know nothing ignoramus. Time will tell. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:07 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I find pleasure. In spouting off. Over stuff that I can’t control. For instance. I can’t do anything about political outcomes. I am compelled to accept the fact that Donald Trump is president. But nothing stops me. From complaining. From protesting. From expressing my displeasure. That is precisely what gives me pleasure. To put into words. My disdain for Trump. It gives me a sense of freedom. Yes, I’m thankful for freedom of speech. I can bellyache about Trump. Poke fun at him. Hurl insults. In much the same manner as Trump himself. Of course, I also have the option to ignore Trump. Pretending that he doesn’t exist. But I find that difficult. It’s easier to do what I’m doing now. Taking pleasure. And pride. For knowing. That I have sense enough. To oppose Trump. With my heart and soul. Puts me on the right side of human decency. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 10:32 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I know. I know. I shouldn’t wish bad on anyone. Including Donald Trump. Therefore, I apologize. But with a lack of sincerity. I have to be honest about it. I’ve noticed that the opposition to Trump is increasing. Significantly.  That’s good for my morale and our society and our country. But bad for Trump. And his unbridled ego. Yes, there’s some bad and some good. In just about anything and everything. For a liberal like me, I catch bad vibes when tuned in to Fox News. And good vibes when switching to MS NBC. At least I try to listen to both sides. Sometimes with respect. Especially if it’s my diehard conservative friend Andy. But I have very little, if any,  respect for Trump and his cronies. I can’t help it. That’s the way I am. Of course, Trump probably deserves better from me. But hey, I can’t do it. And I can’t claim to be truly sorry. That would make me a liar. And I try to avoid lying. With a passion.  Setting an example. For Trump. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 11:01 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I don't like your politics, Andy. But I sure like your attitude. It's getting you through life. In fine fashion. You know your priorities. And you live by them. You are honest with yourself. Yes. Yes. Know thyself. You do. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 8:29 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


If I speak what I think is the truth.  But it isn’t. Does that make me a liar? Probably not. Assuming a ‘liar’ has to know he’s telling a lie. And that may let President Trump off the hook. I suspect that in many instances Trump believes in all sorts of conspiracy theories.  In cockamamie stuff. In a reality that most people don’t accept. Maybe Trump is delusional. Rather than a bona fide liar. Must I give him the benefit of doubt?  --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:34 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I like the notion. Of a political alliance. Between the U.S. and Russia. To solve the world’s worst problems. Together, the once Cold War enemies, can perform a miracle. The defeat of common enemies. Namely, ISIS and terrorism. With the creation of a new world order. In which the alliance between the U. S. and Russia rules supreme. I suspect. That’s what Donald Trump and his cronies have in mind. But they know. That they can’t get away with such a plan. Unless it’s done secretly. In a way that skirts the inevitable opposition from far right political conservatives. Still brainwashed by the inbred mentality of a Cold War. In which the Soviet Union (aka Russia) is cast as the enemy. Of course, I long ago abandoned the perception that Russia was the Evil Empire.. Instead, Russia is our potential best friend. Our principal ally. In efforts to bring about a new world order. Yes, I support a fresh thinking alliance. That makes the combined Russia and America. The world’s new Super Power. --Jim

 

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:52 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I’m not supposed to be annoyed. Over Donald Trump. Or so my sister Babs and good friend Rosie tell me. They say take life in buoyant stride. And focus on the pleasantries. The stuff going right in the world. Yes, I’m instructed to ignore their hero, Trump. Well and good for them to give me such astute advice. Nevertheless, I choose to be annoyed. Even on the verge of anger.  It’s hard for usually easy-going me to tolerate the existence of a jerk of the magnitude of Trump.  Sorry about that. I try to love my enemies.  With some success. But I can’t find an ounce of love in my heart. For a jerk. Yes, a rose is a rose is a rose. Unfortunately, it’s also true that a jerk is a jerk is a jerk. Worse than a mere enemy. Forgive me, please, for being a jerk, too. A judgmental jerk.  - -Jim

 


chrisp1653
Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:49 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 1320


Andy, I've tried a few times to taunt Jim with Cubs comments, but he never seems to bite. Maybe with you it'll be different. You two have the knack for riling each other up.

I'll be at the coast for a week, starting on the 9th. Finding a nice place to scatter my mom's ashes, and enjoying the only ocean that really matters.

 

Chris


Jim Broede
Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 5:19 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 5462


I’m an unabashed political liberal. So where do I go? Virtually every night. For my news and commentary.  Yes, to MSNBC. With good reason.  Because it’s comforting. To get the so-called liberal slant. It’s stuff I want to hear. In support of the way I think. Seldom do I turn to conservative-leaning Fox News. It’s a waste of time. I’ve been there. As a young man, I was duped. I was politically conservative. Now I know better. I’ve rejected political conservatism. I’m happy being a liberal. To have MSNBC around to help fortify my views. Of course. I’m encouraged. By my conservative friends. To be more objective.  To listen to opinions contrary to mine. Fact is, I do. That’s why I am what I am.  Accepting a liberal or progressive label. Though really, I’m a maverick. An independent. Constantly evolving. Always on the move. Probing. Learning. Listening. --Jim