Friday, January 20, 2017

President Donald J. Trump, Inauguration Speech



President and Mrs. Donald J. Trump

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. 


That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you! It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. 


Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops RIGHT HERE and stops RIGHT NOW. We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.


One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.


We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator. 

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again.... and Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. 

Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

Donald J. Trump
45th President of the United States



Emphasis mine - Sally



 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016 Election Review



One of the most complete Voter's Guides I've found has been published by The Constitutional Coalition - Frontline. If you can't find the paper version you can find and download the online pdf at: http://constitutionalcoalition.org/category/front-line/


 JUDGES



There are 48 judges in various districts and counties on some ballots. Frontline has an entire section dedicated to all of them under "Court Watch."

The only judge on the ballot in my district is for Missouri Supreme Court Judge, Richard B. Teitleman. Some highlights from the summary are:

Judge  Teitelman was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1998 by Gov. Mel Carnahan. In February 2002 Gov. Bob Holden appointed him to the Supreme Court of Missouri.

TEITELMAN IN THE NEWS:

In 2013, in a case that shows the significance of not only who is appointing judges, but in who those judges are and what political, moral and legal philosophy they bring to the court, Judge Teitelman took a distinctly liberal position on a case involving same-sex partners and benefits for a surviving partner. “By taking a narrow view of the law, the Missouri Supreme Court may have made the correct legal decision – and dodged political controversy – in denying survivor benefits to (a) same-sex partner of a fallen Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. But a powerful dissent by Judge Richard B. Teitelman points out (what he sees as) the real problem – Missouri’s constitutional prohibition on gay marriage.  His dissent served as a rallying cry to those who want the ban lifted.” In a 5-2 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court found Mr. Glossip ineligible for pension benefits that normally go to the spouse of a trooper killed in the line of duty. The decision was based on the fact that Mr. Glossip and the trooper, Cpl. Dennis Englehard, were not married.

In 2015, the Supreme Court held in a 5-2 decision that Ameren Missouri was not liable for the deaths of two children electrocuted by faulty wiring on a dock located on a lake owned by Ameren. The court held that a dock fee charged by Ameren does not make them liable under the Missouri Recreational Use Act. This Act limits liability for companies that let the public use their property free of charge. The court agreed with the circuit court judge and against a broad reading of the law. Judge Teitelman dissented from the majority arguing that the dock fees amounted to a “charge” for the children to use the dock to access the lake and that the dock would not exist absent the fees charged by Ameren.



AMENDMENTS AND PROPOSITION

Thank you, Aaron Baker, for putting together a summary of the (always confusing) Amendments and Proposition on the 2016 ballot: 


A simple man’s view of the questions on our Missouri Ballot on 11/8/16. One suggestion - you can always vote "no" if you don't "know." Changing the state's constitution through amendments is a significant thing! 

Amendment 1 – This is a continuation of a Parks and Soils tax that works. Farm Bureau is for it. People that don’t like taxes of any kind are against it. I appreciate that this doesn’t renew automatically. This will pass. I’m voting “yes.”

Amendment 2 – This would return campaign contribution limits in Missouri. Money flows to politics no matter if there are limits or not. Without limits, there is more transparency and voters can tell where the funds are flowing from. With limits, dark money still flows to campaigns with no transparency. Some say limits also restrict free speech. Other say elections are decided by big money. This will pass. I’m voting “no.”

Amendment 3 – This is the most controversial of all the ballot measures. This tax increase is funded by the makers of Joe Camel. It raises taxes on all cigarettes by 60 cents and an additional 67 cents or $1.27 total if you aren’t Joe Camel or others considered “Big tobacco.” It also contains troubling provisions relating to abortion and stem cell research. The money goes “to the kids.” It is disgusting. It will not pass. I’m voting “no.”

Amendment 4 – This is the toughest question. Realtors have put this on the ballot to ensure we never have a sales tax on labor and services in this state. It solves a problem that does not currently exist. Some say that its passage will make it harder to not have an income tax in the state, which I support. However, I’d rather pay for that by raising the current sales tax, not by creating new ones. If you don’t ever want to pay a tax on a haircut, mowing or real estate transaction then vote “yes.” If it fails – nothing changes. It is so confusing that I don’t think this one will pass. I’m voting “yes.”

Sonja Legan adds:

#4 ...is not just a Realtor thing! It is a concern for anyone that provides a service or is on receiving end of service! Just to name a few services that would be involved: Doctors, Therapists, Attorneys, Banking, Accountant, Financial planners, Counseling, Hair Stylist/ Barbers, Manicure or Pedicures, Janitorial services, Pet Grooming, Vet care, Pet boarding, moving or storage services, Day care, Preschool & babysitters, Home & Auto Repairs & Maintenance, real estate services! It will increase costs of these services thus affecting us all!
I agree the ballet wording is confusing and normally not for constitutional changes but a vote to stop new taxes is worth fighting for !


Amendment 6 – This amendment will require a photo ID when you vote. If voters are unable to present a photo ID, they can still cast a provisional ballot. In addition, a free photo ID can be provided to those that miraculously live in 2016 without one. This will pass. I’m voting “yes.”

Proposition A – This proposal raises taxes on cigarettes by 23 cents, ending Missouri’s “lowest in the nation” status. The money goes to roads. This will likely not pass. Vote your conscience.
 

I hope this helps encourage you to research and go to the polls educated.  I used to believe that EVERYbody needed to get to the polls and vote. After the last 8 years I now hope that the uneducated, main stream media fed stay away from the voting booth. 



- Sally
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lois Noland reflects on service as Macon County Public Administrator




Some say it is the hardest job in all of Macon County.

Elected in 2004, Lois Noland is in her twelfth year as Macon County’s Public Administrator. Charged with taking care of individuals in the county that are not able to make decisions for themselves, Noland sees the task as a ministry more than a job.  “I filed for this position after much prayer and consideration, and there have been many situations that I’ve just had to turn over to God.”

Growing up in extreme Northwest Missouri, Noland’s had experience with many dysfunctional families, including poverty, mental illness and developmental disabilities to help prepare her for the job.  “The more I work with families the more I understand we all have members who are stronger and weaker, but everyone I’ve met has a strength that can be built upon.”

Former Public Administrator Dick Jones recruited Noland for the position while she served as the activities director of Macon Health Care. At that job, Noland learned the challenges of working with the elderly.

“I worried about my heart, that I’d fall in love with those people and lose bits of it, and I did…In my first week, a resident had a heart attack in the dining room.  We all rushed in and he died with his head in my lap. I learned so much about life and death, dementia, depression, mental illness, diabetes and elderly issues that I assist my clients with still today,” said Noland. “But it is still very challenging dealing with the emotional attachment to my clients.”

The job takes more than just a big heart.

Public Administrators serve in the capacity of a guardian taking the responsibility of the decisions regarding the person, a conservator taking the responsibility of the decisions regarding the finances or a personal representative taking responsibility regarding an estate.

Noland is charged with tending to a current case load of 76 individuals. “Each year, I provide a report to the court, accounting for every dollar and cent for the transactions for every person under my care,” explained Noland.

Public Administrators are charged with handling paperwork for Medicaid, Medicare, disability, insurance policies,  pre-paid burials, the Veterans Administration… the list goes on and on.  Some estates we deal with are owned by millionaires,” explained Noland. “The paperwork and accounting responsibilities are significant.”

“I also oversee my assistant’s work and handle the monthly financial obligations and life decisions of dozens of clients with very complicated lives,” added Noland. “I speak with doctors, lawyers, judges and occasionally call and complain to those in the state capitol!”

Prior to filing for office, public administrator candidates in Missouri must be bonded, protecting taxpayers from potential fraud and abuse by officeholders. Public administrators have access to all financial information of their clients. Often, candidates with personal credit issues have trouble getting bonded.

Public administrators deal with a variety of individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Noland says her caseload is filled with individuals who have been deemed incapacitated or disabled. The diagnoses includes borderline personality disorder, bipolar, paranoid schizophrenia, MRDD, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Noland’s background in childcare for 19 years also helped prepared her for the job. “I always taught kids and their parents about expected behavior. When behavior is not appropriate there are consequences. The same is true for my clients.  When serving as their guardian/conservator there is accountability,” said Noland.

“Today I’m teaching clients that their negative behavior will have consequences and that it’s not always caused by their mental illness - sometimes it’s a choice.  By that same standard, I’m teaching positive actions lead to a less restrictive environment such as independent living,” added Noland.

“Medication and dietary compliance are two very important issues that have consequences and oversight is sometimes necessary for the health of the client.”

A job that comes with many risks and difficult decisions.

The dangers of the job of public administrators are growing, as the average age of clients becomes younger due to substance abuse and other societal problems. “Working with clients dealing with PTSD or certain drug addictions adds a certain level of difficulty to the job,” added Noland.

“Finding placement is an extra challenge that’s increasing every year.  For clients with difficult diagnoses such as PICA, it is extremely difficult.  There are no facilities in this area so you’re seeking placement in St. Louis or Kansas City and those beds are hard to come by.”

Other tough issues facing public administrators include end-of life-decisions, guardianship of minors and lack of funding and health benefits to pay for care.

The next Macon County Public Administrator will be chosen in August.

The election to replace Noland as Public Administrator will be decided in the August primary as no Democrats and four Republicans filed for the position. Candidates include Johnny Contratto, John Czuba, Craig Fuller and Joe Thomas.

Noland encourages voters to carefully review candidates’ experiences that fit the task: “Anyone you know can come under the care of the public administrator,” said Noland.  

During Noland’s years of service, she has served many of the county’s poorest residents, but has also served as the guardian of a retired MU Professor, an electrical engineer, a retired medical doctor and retired teachers. “Sometimes there is no family to serve as the guardian/conservator and then sometimes there is a wonderful family but for one reason or the other they are not the best choice to make the tough decisions that need to be made,” explained Noland.

“We should look for candidates that have not only a big heart, but also the maturity and experience to deal with the paperwork and integrity to protect the clients and the office.”

Noland added that she looks forward to working with the next public administrator to ensure the clients she has befriended over the years have their needs met.



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