WHITE HOUSE CHOOSES CONTAINMENT TO FREEDOM OF SPEACH

OLD STYLE TECHNIQUES DON’T WORK, NEVER DID

            By Nicholas R. De Stefano

NEW YORK — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides’ cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked. As reported in MSN news today, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, as reported by DAVID BAUDER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

What is this BULLY DICTATOR in the White House doing to Democracy in our country?

He is clamping down on freedom of speech, controlling our movements, building up of our military, making enemies of our allies, and building walls of containment.

Exactly what is his bully, Mr. Trump up to?

To me, it seems our freedom as we know it, is over!

We no longer can feel free to express ourselves as usual.

Mr. Trump is becoming a Dictator! Is this what we, the people of freedom want in our United States of America?

If these actions are not curtailed, I see the United States of America as a lone aggressor and friend to no Allies! I see other nations looking to crack down on our arrogance to the world. I see a third world war on the horizon!

In the halls of Congress, I want to hear shouts instead of whispers to Impeachment! I want to hear the Representatives of the people of these United States stand up to this President and say Enough is enough, that we the people of the United States have enough of tampering with our freedom!

We want to rid ourselves of this BULLY in the WHITE HOUSE and take charge of our destiny with a new leader, not a bully, in the white House.

We deserve BETTER! And demand BETTER!

Like this outdated photo, Trump needs to go! He belongs to history, not in this

modern era.

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GUNS- DEATH, DESTRUCTION

When I was in the Army, I was taught how to empty, store, clean and shoot my weapons.

I became a Sharpshooter in the Army because I enjoyed the art and practice of shooting.

One feels the awesome power of shooting a weapon and becomes very familiar with the weapon and the consequences of using a weapon. The larger the weapon the more destruction one will inflict.

Why must we think of destruction when discussing weapons? What else are they used for, if not destruction?

Target shooting comes to mind because of the skills necessary to hit the Bullseye; Breathing for one; keeping the target in the sights, another; a soft and steady squeeze of the trigger does it.

A good shooter knows not to pull the trigger, rather a steady squeeze does the trick. Pulling the trigger will cause a reflex motion altering the trajectory of the bullet, likely missing the target.

Another use of a weapon is sports hunting, a very challenging sport.

• How many gun owners know and realize the damage their weapons will cause?

• How many gun owners know the proper use and storage of their weapons?

• How many children have been killed because of an improperly stored gun?

TOO MANY!

How many gun owners will use their weapons for target shooting? I wonder if an AK-47 style rifle is good for target shooting; why else would a person own one?

Knowing why you want to purchase and use a weapon is paramount in making that decision. An AK-47 style weapon has only one purpose and that is to KILL! If one is not on the battlefield, why would a person own one of these destructive weapons?

Besides sports hunting and target shooting, why else would we want to own a weapon? Some sight an awareness in violence as a need to protect themselves. Some sight the Second Amendment to our Constitution as giving us the right to bear arms.

However, because we have a right to own weapons, is this a good enough reason to own one? Some say yes, others say no, some have no opinion. What do you think?
Owning a weapon is a carefully considered responsibility not to be made in haste. Because there is violence somewhere, or a perceived violence, ought not to be the rationale for a perceived threat to us or our family and the reason to own a weapon.

There are many reasons hatched to own a weapon, and fear is one of them.

We live in a very safe environment. Should we require protection we have the numerous police agencies to call to our aid. They are professionals, trained to care for our needs and handle dangerous situations. Are you?

There are numerous documented cases where one who had a weapon for protection and had that weapon used to harm the owner of that weapon, by an assailant.

Having a weapon for self-protection, and not being convinced that if attached you could actually shoot or stab someone, it is foolhardy to carry such a weapon. It may be the cause of your death!

Before one purchases a weapon, one ought to answer the following question.

Can you in good conscience kill another person?

I mean, actually, think about killing someone and then carry out the act? Isn’t that what one does by carrying a weapon for self-protection?

GUNS kill!

They can also help build responsibility and help increase one’s confidence!

By being aware of the dangers in the use of a weapon, and how to properly store a weapon is paramount to ownership and use of a weapon.

Do we really need to arm ourselves in a society such as ours?

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THE OVAL OFFICE, A BULLY PULPIT

 

By Nicholas R. De Stefano

Dateline: Washington, DC

From his bully pulpit, President Donald J. Trump begins to live up to his campaign

Promises, by decrees!

Mr. Trump recently signs an Executive Order banning Muslims from entering the United

States of America, a country proud of its Immigrant Status, causing an uproar in the world.

The United States is a culmination of Immigrants from all over the world. How is it that

we pompously decree the denial of entry to Her Shores by what appears to be a BULLY in the

Oval Office?

It took the courage of a Federal Judge, the Honorable James Robart, to halt the

enforcement of this decree claiming the order violates the Constitution of the United States of

America.

Not only did the Order cause confusion and dismay within our governing agencies, it

caused the same from around the world including demonstrations against this decree. It appears

forethought had not a place in this decision.

Furthermore, it appears Mr. Trump may not have read the Constitution of the United

States. Regardless, he clearly intends not to follow the Constitution as evidenced by his behavior.

Moreover, aren’t the American People franchised with a president of all the people? It

would seem by Mr. Trumps’ behavior so far, that the American people have not.

Must we, the American people, stand by while our President insults our allies? Must we

accept our President to argue openly with an international friend for the world to hear, with one

of our strongest allies and supporters, and without prior confrontation as evidence?

Recently, we have heard allies of the United States begin to speak of the United States in

the Past Tense.  It sounds like our allies, if not openly distancing themselves from our Bully

President, see the United States as not being of such sound judgement today, as in the past.

Is it possible the United States, in just two short weeks, is beginning to unravel all

the good it has acquired from around the world, that has taken so many generations to build?

I hear uprising in motion, not only within our shores, but from around the world as well.

I sense others around the world are feeling less secure in their hamlets today because the

President of the United States is acting as a Bully, not of sound judgment as one would expect

from the President of all the people, the President of the Free World, the President of the United

States of America.

Where is the World Leader of the mightiest nation on earth?

Is it not reasonable to expect sound judgement with adequate research and forethought

from our President of the United States before implementing confrontational objectives?

As with all bullies, their intention is to demand from you what is best for them.

Bullies care not of your thoughts or rights, but for theirs only. It seems to me, no care or,

very little care has been given to the fallout from the citizens of these United States of America

or from the people around the world when a demand is pronounced from the Oval Office.

One may say they care about your welfare, but when one’s actions contradict one’s

statement, it is time for change! What shall we expect next to further erode our esteem?

What more shall we endure before there is a major uprising in our country?

What more shall we endure before our Constitution is trampled upon?

What more shall we endure before we lose respect in the world?

What more shall we endure before we act to remove this bully from office?

 

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FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AMERICAN WAY

Keep family close, keep your enemies closer!

I take these words literally to mean; to help protect my family, it is important for me to understand my enemies and their intentions, their values, and their motives.

Building walls between us will only serve to antagonize those
on the other side of the barricade!

I am an immigrant!

Well, second generation of immigrant grandparents on both parents’ side.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, my grandparents made their way from Italy to the shores of this wonderful land of ours, the United States of America.

They were treated poorly by some, welcomed by others. Maybe that too, is the American way.

Sure, as a child I felt some were against me because of my ancestry but, they never built a wall or destroyed any bridge between us! We are in the land of opportunity, not a war-torn culture.

We are a nation of immigrants—how poorly shall we treat others who are like us? We’re like family—how poorly shall we treat our family?

We live together under the best banner ever yet, at times we forget to keep our enemies a little closer in order to study them but, moreover, for them to see us as well.

Let them see who we are, we as a nation, what we stand for, see and hear our values! They and we, shall see that we are very much alike. We all bleed the same, smile the same, feel happy or sad the same. Our values are the same: we all want what is best for our children.

Building walls will keep those who want to know what it is like to live under this banner from ever knowing who we are.

Does our flag stand for Isolationism—no it doesn’t! It stands for freedom! Building blockades will only serve to build anger against us as the isolationism grows!

Are walls FREEDOM, JUSTICE or the AMERICAN WAY? You know in your heart, it is not!

Why barricade ourselves from our future?

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LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Nurture me, your gift from God

To become a powerful liberator of mankind

Guide me not by your desires or failures

Rather, look into me and see who I am

Look into me and hear my thoughts

 

Look into me and see my ideals

To be motivated by what you have created

An independent, intelligent, autonomous leader of mankind

Encourage me to reach the level of importance in life that I wish

And not be swayed by your passions or desires, but by mine

 

Guide me patiently

To become an affable adolescent

Where I may favor mankind

To grow and benefit others

 

Do not corrupt me by your wisdom

With your passions of despair

Do not interfere with my core principles, rather

Allow me to morph into the life I am destined to assume

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TESTIMONIAL

Nick De Stefano has been a friend and mentor to me for many years.

Nick is passionate about his desire to share his knowledge and experience about business that he has amassed over a lifetime of the practical application of the principles.

He is dogged in his efforts to teach good business principles so that others might avoid the pitfalls that await anyone who sets out to start a business without the knowledge that they need to succeed.

His written word and videos are stepping stones designed to make it easier to get where you are going and keep your feet dry on the journey.

I wish him well in his noble mission to help others!

Jim Webb

Tampa, Florida

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GROWING ARROGANCE and SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS in USA

With the astounding victorious achievement of President elect Donald Trump, in the US National Election this past November, 2016, comes a growing concern for the people in our country who feel less-than in their daily lives!

Some may feel cheated, disenfranchised or simply forgotten by the government of the United States. Some farmers who feel the weight of toil for so little fear, the government has let them down. Factory workers who have lost their jobs feel angry because they feel their jobs were taken from them by a foreign worker in another country such as China.

These people all feel our government has let them down and, along comes mister Trump fueling their angst and promising them what they imagine will satisfy their hunger and desires for a better life. The government of the United States, up till now, hasn’t provided for them they feel but, mister Trump will he said and, they believed him. But, do they have trust in him this morning?

Mr. Trump already appears to be noncommittal in many of his campaign promises reversing on things such as, building a partial fence instead of that huge wall he promised everyone with the assurance Mexico would pay for it.

And, his promise to deport all illegal immigrants? Well, he has changed his mind on that too. Now he claims to deport only criminal immigrants.

Oh, what about Crooked Hillary? Well, she now seems less than a criminal and he will not pursue any legal action against her?

If you voted for Mr. Trump, are you feeling let down? His he a man of his word in your mind right now?

Mr. Trump is a person, regardless of his business acumen, who, in my opinion cannot be trusted to keep his word. He uses words to get what he wants, he doesn’t mean to keep them.

How can we trust him in the Oval Office?
Will our Allies, who already have their doubts about his trustworthiness, be confident in negotiations in matters of Global importance with this man?

At this point, and it’s only been less than one week since voting day, can we believe anything he says? About the rhetoric during the campaign? Well, if it hasn’t occurred to you yet, he was telling the large list of voters exactly what he knew they wanted to here.

Now that he’s been elected? Well, all of that rhetoric goes out the window; he didn’t mean one word of it. He fished us in and hooked us all.

His campaigning was all a well-choreographed act and well-orchestrated to get your vote. He’s a terrific salesman and we bought it all!

If we stop looking for others to solve our problems, if we take charge of ourselves and be more responsible for our actions, we will rid ourselves of self-righteousness and, with a growing confidence in ourselves, we will rid ourselves of the arrogance we display while relying on others to do for us what we can do for ourselves.

If we continue, as a populous with our arrogance and self-righteousness, we will lead ourselves into the hands of some despot or an autocrat who will destroy us and our country.

We must maintain our democracy by strengthening and reinforcing our convictions in ourselves and be more responsible for ourselves and our actions. We ought to be more autonomous and self-assured in our dealings with ourselves and show the world we are a self-actualized society, strong and independent as our forefathers were and who envisioned the same for us and our future society.

I believe in being responsible with our autonomy and confident in ourselves to thwart the attempt by a despot or autocrat to take us over.

Strength in ourselves is what they fear the most because, if we have fear in ourselves they have the fuel to make us burn!

Self-confidence, pride in ourselves, the willingness to stand up for ourselves and, strength from within is what we need for continued growth in ourselves and our democracy! Let’s rid ourselves of our self-destructive arrogance and self-righteousness so the world will see us as before, a strong friend they can count on.

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