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And the confirmations begin

Today is the second day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for President Elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet.  I probably will not be able to watch all of the hearings for those who have been nominated, but I will be watching more than most people are willing.  I have been concerned about the future of this great land for the past eight years and especially over the past year during the election.  I certainly did not want Hillary Clinton to win, and I sure was not a fan of Donald Trump so I had a dilemma as to what or how I should feel about the results.

I must be honest and admit that I really did not have any expectation that Donald Trump would be the forty-fifth President of the United States of America.  His ability to speak in a way I was used to, no not any American was used to.  He often rambled, repeated himself over and over and just did not always sound coherent.  His need to use the teleprompter was clear and when he did, his message was usually one I could live with, sometimes he even sounded like he was ready for the responsibility ahead of him.

When election day arrived then passed, my fear that Hillary Clinton would win was alleviated and I had to digest the fact that this Narcissist, who came across as someone who wanted this “Win” only for his need to reach his next ambition in life, and that was to be “President of the United States of America”!  After I watched, listened, and researched even more his past along with his current statements and now Appointments to his cabinet, I am rather impressed with his calculated and deliberate vetting of those he wanted in his “Cabinet”.  My early concerns were now found to be unwarranted.  I think I understand how he got to be the success he is, at least I hope so.

The Senate hearings began yesterday with Senator Jeff Sessios nominated for Attorney General and John Kelly nominated for Homeland Security Secretary.  The only one I was able to watch was the hearings on Jeff Sessions as CSPAN did not show John Kelly’s hearings.  The confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions lasted most of the day and was about all I could handle anyway.  I was glad I watched because I really have always liked Senator Jeff Sessions in spite of his lack of flowery speaking ability.  He came across the smart and intelligent man I thought he was and clearly is.  I am very glad I watched.  The Democrats found it difficult to attach him on the points they thought they might destroy him on, mainly his being a racists.  That was difficult to do, at least yesterday it was.

Later today, Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., will be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee against Senator Jeff Sessions.  Booker is not the only one, he will be joined by Rep. John Lewis, D-GA and Rep Cedric Richmond, D-La., the head of the Black Caucus.  This of course is an effort by the Democrats to paint Senator Sessions as “out of the mainstream on civil rights legislation.  I will probably miss this as I am watching the hearings being held for former Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson.  There is no question he is in for a very tough battle as the Democrats are really grilling him so far.  

Yesterday incoming Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump has an “unbelievable group of all-star nominees,” and said that they will al be confirmed with support from Republicans and Democrats.  I am not so sure it will be that easy from what I am watching so far today.  At least one, and that is Rex Tillerson, is not having an easy time of it as the Democrats are really grilling him, and so is at least one Republican and that is Senator Rand Paul, who indicated the other day that he was not happy with Tillerson as Trump’s choice for Secretary of State.  I think Tillerson is handling all the questions very well.  I am really impressed with what I have seen so far.

There are three main areas that Tillerson is being questions on, in my view, and they are; Ties to Russia, Business dealings, and Tillerson’s lack of Government experience.  He certainly is and will be questioned on other areas, but those I think are the main concerns dogging the Democrats, and even at least one Republican at the moment.  I think he will be confirmed, as will all of Trump’s choices or nominees.  I could be wrong, but I just have a gut feeling that the Democrats do not want to damage their chances in the 2018 elections for the House and Senate.  I believe the Democrats have heard the American peoples voice for reform and change loud and clear.  I just think I am right on this, but I was wrong once before, back in 1963 I think.  (Just kidding)

Over all, I am beginning to believe that Donald J. Trump (President Elect) just might be not only a good President, but a President that will restore a lagging economy and cut a lot of the corruption out of Washington.  The economy will be a tough one to fix, but reducing the corruption will be a much tougher job to tackle, after all corruption is embedded throughout government, not only in Washington, but in every State. 

All the fraud in government must be the main reason for monetary waste throughout this great country and just has to be fixed or we are in greater peril than I ever thought.  I know I have not been as active lately due to many reasons, my physical challenges being just one.  I feel I must get back into the business of posing how I feel again, and reading what others are posting to get a better grip on the direction of “We the People”.  We must be vigilant at motivating each other during these trying times.  The last eight years have been far more damaging than I ever believed possible.  We must not allow this wonderful country to fall, and it will if we do not care for her.  It is time for us to make our voice heard, make it loud and make it clear!

I was sure America would not survive a second four years of Obama, and we almost did not.  So, we have a reprieve and just maybe Donald J. Trump will be the one who for whatever unknown reason will save America from a certain derailing of the American dream.  Just maybe Trump will be the one who brings America back from the abyss!  I am not sure just how long we can survive if he fails.  I guess the answer is, he must not fail!

 

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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