This is Ms. Q.
I’m back and feeling better, I want to Thank all of you for your Good Wishes for my getting better, Thank You again.
Some of you have posted questions please be patient I will answer them as soon as humanly possible.
I have to admit that when I get a vaccination shot be it for the flu, shingles (that can really hurt), or pneumonia, that I am flattened, down and out for the count, and the only thing is to rest for a few days, no fever or chills, just a general achiness, sleepiness and tiredness, more than usual. And as one gets older one has to be careful even with vaccinations.
This one really did me in, I know with younger folks they feel a little off, the arm hurts and then the next day they’re fine. Not me, just let me find my bed and let me sleep.
And it seems I slept through all the “nail biting” watching the results of the polls, well as I said to my niece “It’s in the hands of the people” and the people spoke and sent a clear message to the former administration.
A lot of people protested across the nation, even doing vandalism, students walked out of class rooms, and Teachers even in our area a Principal walked out with them and voiced their displeasure.
But the teachers and that Principal made a big mistake. Instead of walking out they should have made this election a “Teachable Moment” and taught the students how this all worked and why it happened, and educate them on how our election process as well as how the government works. They lost an opportunity and instead went with emotion instead of logic, at least we have the right of free assembly, there are countries that do not grant that right, but even so it does not give people the right to destroy and vandalize property.
If you look at the numbers, Trump carried 30 states to Clinton’s 20 states, and even though she might have won the popular vote by over 100 thousand, Trump got the Electoral Votes of 288 to Clinton’s 233 (or was it 218) and that is what decides the election. The Electoral College will meet on December 19 after all the ballots are counted (mail in’s and absentee) to vote and declare who is the winner and if that person is qualified (either by health or mental stability) to be president. That is part of the checks and balances in play.
We also have to look at each state county by county (or in Louisiana parish by parish) and see which way each county voted and that is telling, very telling, it’s sending a message to the administration what people are thinking and saying, even in blue states, you have to look at each county to see how the vote went because even if a State went blue (democrat) if you look at the counties, not all of them went blue they went red (republican) we as a nation have to look at that.
If nothing else this is a Teachable moment, for a lot of people especially our younger generation, they truly need to understand how our government system works and how constitutional law works and the checks and balances that was put into our governing system by our Founding Fathers, they did that to prevent mob rule and a monarchy, they had seen in Europe what happened they did not want it here. (Think French Revolution and the unwarranted execution of innocent people)
When I got my head back together after my vaccination shot, I meditated and I decided to draw a card to get an idea of what the people of this nation need to do to get itself back together and It seems we need to know if we have the ability to carry on after the events of this past election day so drawing a card from Tarot I drew STRENGTH. And just like in one of those car insurance commercials I say “Perfect”! But in a good way.
Strength's Meaning is about Energy · Facing problems · Strength · Vitality · Willpower: Raw power. Health and physical fortitude. A surge of tremendous force. Recovery from sickness. Victory after apprehension and fear. The ability to face and overcome opposition brings the inner qualities of strength and forbearance. Delays and setbacks will be overcome.
Strength is the rawest form of power, and this nation possess it in some form. It is a very happy card if people are fighting illness or recovering from injury. As might be suspected, its influence over this nation, and the use this nation can put it to, can trend towards light or dark. This nation likely trends towards facing its problems courageously, head-on, and conquering them through perseverance and will. With this ability to overcome life's obstacles, though, comes the responsibility for this nation to control itself, and it this card may be a warning this nation to take command of its actions or emotions before they damage each individual or the people one cares about. Stop the protests, stop the rioting, stop the vandalism, it solves Nothing! And only divides this nation even further.
This nation’s strength can be balanced and have both physical endurance and mental strength. This inner strength may lead this nation to explore the other potentials for its abilities.
It should not turn down any offers that will change and improve its future. It must Have faith in its own convictions, and be strong enough to trust where it will land.
There is a strong, energetic release in this nation’s future which will lead it into major life changes. By understanding this nation’s true value, the people will make the most of a wonderful chance to improve their lives.
The Strength card shows a presence of self-assurance and confidently facing problems in this nation’s life. It suggests those who enjoys power but has the capacity to exercise great self-control in all matters. Patience and strength may be required in all pursuits, and the answer this nation seeks is most likely yes.
This is perhaps the best card to draw for the days after an election, it doesn’t matter who won or lost, what is important is that we draw upon the strength that we have, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to get on with our lives and do the best we can, make the most of what we have and know that we have the courage of our personal convictions to carry on.
The beauty about this card is it gives a person the courage to know who are really good friends and who are fly by nights, who will be one’s friend in spite of political differences because a true friend knows that not everyone will agree on everything. And that takes strength.
We have the strength to face life’s difficulties, its foibles, its ups and downs and if we can laugh about it and learn from it even better. Or at least to know how to rant at it and then get on with trying to solve it. And that takes strength.
We have to see what develops and work with it accordingly, the local measures is what will directly affect us, but what happens on a nationwide level will take years to affect us. The main thing is to not run to Canada, which some people plan to do which is foolish and stupid, that means that they do not have the strength to deal with things or be active in making changes or even adapting.
By having strength on mental, emotional, spiritual and to a certain extent physical levels we are the better persons, we are truly the courageous persons, we rise about the fray, those that rant and rail at things are small minded and ineffective, they do nothing, but truly strong people will see where their abilities can help to make things strong.
Those that stay stuck in the past the “shoulda bins”, are not seeing past what is now nor are they looking for positive opportunities but instead will try to shove their agenda down one’s throat until they force one to accept it. No, a truly strong person will say or think “I Know my own mind, I will make up my own mind and it doesn’t have to be your way”
Because a truly strong person will draw strength to follow their own path, not someone else’s. We may might find losing some friends, but then were they really friends? The real friends will stay with you in spite of differences.
We should not have protests that block commerce or vandalize businesses, that is not dignified, it only shows the losers to be nothing more than thugs, and that projects a negative image to other countries, and that is something we don’t want to do.
The Founding Fathers of this country created a democratic republic, not a democracy, the system they created has three separate divisions that are equal and within that there are checks and balances they did that because they, the Founding Fathers, saw what happened in foreign countries, so they created a system with checks and balances to prevent mob rule, but if people protest in the streets and do not look at how the governmental system works, then they are pushing mob rule which causes chaos.
The winner of this election cannot become a monarch, because of our checks and balances in our governmental system, but the people of this country needs to let their representatives know that they, the people, are not being listened to, that is why we have elections. From my perspective it seems that the loosing candidate has not really listened to all the people of this country and that is why the loosing candidate loss. And that sends a very strong message to everyone in the former and in the up-coming administration, they lost touch which what was and is really best for this country. And that is a serious wake up call.
And that is what the protestors are not hearing, and are following the old agenda, and they need to learn from this election, they need to look at the demographics. They need to listen to what the ignored people are saying and work with them, not protest but build together to make this country even better.
My Dad use to say “When a new president and administration is voted into office it’s like going to the dentist for a teeth cleaning or to take care of a toothache, we don’t like going to the dentist, it’s painful, but working with the dentist we have healthier teeth, working with a new president might make for a healthier government” My Dad was right, and it takes strength to do that because sometimes we have to make concessions to help achieve something greater.
I am going to reprint here an article by Noah Feldman.
Noah Feldman is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of constitutional and international law at Harvard University and was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. His books include “Cool War: The Future of Global Competition” and “Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem -- and What We Should Do About It.”
In reading this article we as a nation should take heart and strength from it.
The Constitution Is Built to Protect the Losers
Nov 9, 2016 9:56 AM EST
It’s all about the Constitution now. Republicans will control the White House and both chambers of Congress. They will be able to pass -- or repeal -- their preferred laws, because that’s democracy. But to the Donald Trump opponents worried about what his presidency will bring, know this: There will still be limits to congressional or executive action, limits dictated by the Constitution and enforceable by the courts. The Constitution is designed to resist the tyranny of the majority. James Madison’s machine of constitutional protection is about to kick into gear.
The Bill of Rights and the principle of equal protection give the main limits on government action, but the list of enumerated rights alone doesn’t capture the purpose of the system. Most crucially, free speech and equal protection are supposed to preserve the capacity of electoral losers -- Democrats this time around -- to continue to participate in government.
That means Trump and the Republican Party can’t stop their political opponents from expressing their views. They can’t jail opponents in violation of habeas corpus. And they can’t adopt laws that discriminate on the basis of race or sex or religion or national origin.
The good news is that the courts as presently configured are overwhelmingly likely to enforce these restrictions. Start with the First Amendment jurisprudence. Today’s judicial conservatives are more likely to be free-speech absolutists than judicial liberals. I have great confidence that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for example, would continue to apply his strongly speech-protectionist reading of the free-speech clause against laws passed by a Republican Congress, and that he would have no trouble getting a majority for his approach.
As for equal protection, the deepest judicial divisions for several decades have been over affirmative action, which conservatives say amounts to prohibited discrimination. There’s been much less disagreement about whether laws that facially discriminate on the basis of race are permitted: The consensus is that they are not unless justified by a compelling interest and narrowly tailored to it. A Republican-passed law that discriminated overtly would almost certainly be struck down.
True, the justices have sometimes divided about whether laws that are facially race-neutral are actually discriminatory. It might be hard to get consensus about such laws. But once the Supreme Court is back to full strength with the appointment and confirmation of a conservative to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat, the swing vote is going to be Justice Anthony Kennedy once again. And as the gay-rights cases demonstrated, Kennedy is acutely attuned to the value of human dignity. He’s also made it extremely clear that he has no interest in reversing Roe v. Wade.
If Trump gets to replace a liberal justice -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age 83) or Stephen Breyer (78) -- then the court would have an outright conservative majority. Conceivably, that could lead to revisiting decisions like Roe v. Wade or the gay-marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges.
But it’s extremely unlikely that the court would fundamentally roll back either of these rights. Despite its unpopularity, Roe has proved stunningly durable over the 43 (!) years since it was decided. Reversing it at this point would mark the court as wildly disrespectful of precedent. Chief Justice John Roberts has repeatedly signaled that he considers such extreme activism to be distasteful. And as a practical political matter, a reversal of Roe would fuel backlash against Republican candidates.
Gay marriage is, of course, a much newer right, and it would be easier for a conservative majority to overturn Obergefell, which has not yet acquired the patina of precedent. Yet the small-c conservative aspect of the Obergefell decision, with its celebration of the bourgeois institution of marriage, renders it much safer than might otherwise be thought. There would also be the tremendous practical problem of what to do about thousands of gay people who are already married -- not to mention the further practical difficulties associated with gay marriage being recognized in some states but not others.
This is not to deny that a conservative Supreme Court could render strongly conservative decisions on a wide range of issues. It could, and it would.
Rather, the point is that even a conservative court would police the boundaries of legislation to preserve the basic structures of fundamental democratic rights. It might not do so aggressively, but it would still impose limits on Congress and the president.
Why am I so confident the courts would play their designated role of protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority? The answer lies in the power of the institutional culture of the judiciary and of the rule of law.
There are many controversial issues in American legal thought, and there exist strongly conservative views on all of them. But even the most conservative judges and lawyers believe today that one purpose of the Constitution is to protect against majority oppression and that it’s the job of judges to make it do so.
There is good reason for legal conservatives to celebrate the election results and for legal liberals to deplore them. And if the court goes conservative, there will be plenty of opportunities for conservative justices to push their agenda.
The crucial takeaway, however, is that the basic rights and the rule of law aren’t going to disappear because Donald Trump was elected. The Constitution was built for our situation. It will endure, whatever challenges it may face.
Sometimes it’s takes strength to keep silent and just listen and then do what works best, sometimes we slip up, but if we can maintain that strength of one’s own convictions, in a dignified and coming together way then this nation can come out of it stronger. And that is what we should do.