Dec 082016
 

Time’s 2016 Person Of The Year

According to Wikipedia: “Person of the Year (called Man of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

And the 2016 Time’s Person Of The Year is President Elect Donald Trump. No one could dispute that Donald Trump has influenced the events of 2016 more than others. Political novice, he run for the highest office in the Country against seasoned politicians and defeated them all. He encountered plenty of opposition and has been repeatedly rebuked by members of the Democratic and Republican party. But nothing, not his lack of experience or compliance, not his ethics, not his wealth, not the many alleged sex scandals prevented him from succeeding in his presidential bid.

As controversial as Donald Trump has been during the presidential race and after, he has captured hearts of nearly half of American voters who felt disenfranchised and unheard. He managed to convince them that he – a billionaire – can empathize with their hardship. That it is possible to Make America Strong Again by turning back the clock: disregarding natural environment and international treaties, stopping progress, restoring discrimination and torture, abandoning women’s rights and human rights, etc. His supporters believe him.

Love him or hate him, there is no doubt that Donald Trump won the presidential election and the title of Time’s 2016 Person Of The Year, fair and square.

As stated by the Time, President Elect Trump has been chosen: “For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”

2017 lies ahead. Winning the presidential race as an outsider is one thing. Earning respect as a good President is another. Let’s hope that “demolishing yesterday’s political culture” won’t destroy the future of the Country we all love. God Bless America!

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, Eve Elrich

 

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Nov 092016
 
President Trump

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The presidential race was fierce; the presidential debates outright vicious. In the end, it all came down to the popular – and electoral – vote. The people have spoken. In a very tight race, Donald Trump nearly won the popular vote and decisively won the electoral vote. Donald Trump, New York real estate mogul and Apprentice star, conquered the hearts of Americans and will become the 45th President of the United States.

In the first speech after the election, the President Elect was gracious and reconciliatory. Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, his passion and patriotism are obvious. But if he truly wants to bring a nearly evenly divided Nation together (Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote be a narrow margin), he’ll need also the ability to compromise and listen. Winning is one thing. Succeeding in the Highest Office in the Land – with the support of the Nation! – is another.

During the race, presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that he’ll make many of our our collective dreams come true. Let’s hope that President Trump will keep his word and “make America great, again”. Our differences aside, that’s what we all need. God Bless America!

 

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Oct 202016
 

The Last Presidential Debate Of 2016

For the third and last time before the Presidential Election, the two presidential candidates took on issues and one another at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. (The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.)

This time, both presidential candidates appeared composed. The tone of the debate itself was significantly more civil that the previous two. Each of the candidates revealed and elaborated on their respective visions for our Country’s future and debated their often contrasting views on such topics as guns, abortion, Russia, ISIS, Syria, taxes, national debt, and more.

As the election approaches it becomes clearer that one of the candidates plans a Country based on a strong, educated and prosperous middle class and the other on the wealthy few. One is progressive, sharp and yes: reasonable, while the other insists on turning back the clock and reversing progress. One understands the lessons of history and the other is eager to repeat its darkest moments. One knows the facts and the other is guessing.

Still, the most perplexing moment of the evening came when Donald Trump implied that he may not concede the election, if Hillary Clinton is elected. The American political system is the foundation of our Country. It brought the United States into existence and sustained it for 240 years. It’s shocking that a presidential contender would seek to question its integrity.

Civilized societies expand and evolve from their existing foundations. Is the process always smooth and error-free? No, but it’s always forward. Civilized societies don’t regress.

In her closing statement, Hillary Clinton asked for America’s vote. Donald Trump didn’t.

VOTE! This time, it isn’t about a candidate A or a Candidate B, but about our future. You get to choose:

  • the return to isolationism and walls separating countries; times when the many were exploited by a few (feudalism); when women were told how to live, when impending catastrophes (global warming will become one!) were ignored

OR

  • common sense, progress, peaceful coexistence, reasonable problem and conflict resolution, good education, greener energy and environmental preservation

In closing, no one asked the question so far, but it might be the right time to ask: what are the expectations of a savvy businessman who invested many millions of his own money in any venture, including a presidential run? Isn’t the primary expectation of a businessman making a profit on investment? What ROI does the Republican candidate expect and more importantly, WHO will have to produce it?……

There might be more to politics than running a successful business, after all. The “more” may very well be the responsibility for “the greatest good for the greatest number”.

BREAKING NEWS

Donald Trump will accept the outcome of the presidential election, if he wins…. (Duh…) This was obviously said by the candidate as a joke. On a more serious note, Trump rushed to state for the record that he will accept the outcome of the election but reserves the right to contest or challenge the election’s result in court.

Every American citizen – who can substantiate his or her claim – is entitled to use our court system in the pursuit of justice. There is nothing wrong when a person is seeking justice but plenty wrong when a person is questioning the American democracy using words wide open for interpretation (one of which could potentially include a coup).

Donald Trump moved for a swift damage control, first thing in the morning on the day (10/20/16) following the final presidential debate of 2016. His latest statement is an improvement over “I’ll keep you in suspense” statement Trump made during the debate.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

 

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Oct 102016
 

Social Commentary On the Second Presidential Debate 2016

 

Quoted from Twitter:

 

“I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri.”
Moustafa Bayoumi @BayoumiMoustafa

”According to Trump the world is on fire, everything is a disaster, grab your pets, and hurl yourself over the balcony.”
Erin Foley @erinfoleycomic

”There something wrong with Trump’s mic again. I only hear garbage come out of it.”
George Takei @GeorgeTakei

”He is a PSA for cocaine and anybody who’s ever done cocaine or been around people on cocaine can tell you that.”
Lauren Brown @LaurenBrownMD

 

 

“How stupid is our country?”–Donald Trump
Not as stupid as you hope we are.

Mark Harris @MarkHarrisNYC

“Never had there been a truer thing said “Mr. Trump, you’re time is up.”
Madison Shepard @MadisonShepard

 

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