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A Prayer For Donald Trump And America, From An Old Friend

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I have known Donald Trump for nearly thirty years. He has been a real friend. He has been in my home, my office and I have been in his. While I vigorously campaigned against his presidential candidacy, he won the election and I hope he hears these words.

Donald, congratulations on becoming our next president of the United States. While almost everyone in this country doubted that you could win, you believed in yourself and pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history. Now, your new job begins and I offer you some friendly advice. As a yogi, not a priest.

You’ve never been a part of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, as neither of them ever fully embraced you. You have been an independent thinker and successful businessman, who has spoken your own truth during your entire life. While I disagree with many of the things that you have said during your campaign and many of your policies that you have proposed, you will still be our president, and I am willing to work for and with you.

You have many progressive friends from New York and your campaign has alienated many of them. It is time to bring them back into your circle, so you can get honest advice from people who have known you for years. Those who have surrounded you during the campaign have offered some very dangerous policies that would hurt people and the planet, which I want to believe you still care about. The far right wing and the alt-right were your most staunch supporters, but those people are not your friends and you know that. You have the chance to be the first true independent president this country has ever seen, but your radical beliefs you ran on during your campaign must be addressed.

Donald, you cannot target a religious group of people. That is dangerous. You cannot separate families and deport people who have only known this country as their home. That is immoral. Donald, you cannot further militarize the police and empower them to antagonize and terrorize black communities. That is unjust. You cannot wage war against women’s rights. That is disastrous. You must stop with the hateful and harmful language towards women and people of color. That is unacceptable. Donald, you cannot rip up all of our regulations that protect our planet, continue to subsidize the meat industry and put people in power that think climate change is a hoax (the rumor of who you want to appoint to run the EPA is frightening). That is beyond repair. There are a lot of people who felt the government had forgotten about them, lead them to outcomes that don’t hurt those who did not support you. Put the pain on the lack of ingenuity and opportunity that government might have not provided to them, but never punish those that think differently than you.

Since you were elected, Donald, we have already seen hundreds of incidents around the country of hate, whether swastikas spray-painted on buildings or students taunting children of color… it is terrifying. And many of them claim to do it in your name. As our president-elect, as a man, as a human being with children (who I have known since they were all born), it is your duty to denounce this kind of behavior immediately. This is not the legacy you want to leave behind.

I, like millions of Americans, will watch you very closely. Every statement you make. Every tweet you send out. Every person you hire. Every document you sign. We will be watching you to make sure that your power does not corrupt the entire union. We will never be caught off guard by any move you make that would hurt the most vulnerable in this country. In that first hundred days, you have expressed your desire to deport two million people, implement a ban on Muslims and propose a Supreme Court justice that will favor overturning Roe v. Wade. Donald, you don’t work for the Republicans in the House or the Senate (or the Democrats either), you work for the American people. And you didn’t win the popular vote, so more people in this country disagree with what you propose, so remember that if you make a dangerous move, the people will be at your front door — I am sure you heard the 100,000 people who showed up last night in front of your New York City apartment. The numbers will only grow and they will be in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every night for four years. And I will be there with them.

An entire generation of young people fear that this country has just elected its first dictator, and I cannot blame them for thinking that. However, I know you and I have to believe that you want to listen to outside people. But if you want to just listen to people like Rudy Giuliani and Mike Pence, then I am sorry to tell you that your four years in the White House will be incredibly unpleasant. As always I stand with ALL the people and strongly admonish you to do the same.

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Ready for Hillary 2016′

“Power Corrupts & Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” – John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

Message to Voters regarding the 2016 Election,

I guess the funny thing is that the same people Hillary labeled as Super Predators now make up a Good portion of the Black and Latino vote. I also remember when Bill Clinton finalized NAFTA, (National Free Trade Agreement), an agreement that crippled local economies and industries throughout the country. During the debates, the media somehow blamed Nixon for this; however I remember watching it live on television in 1993, myself. So how can we trust the media to be honest with the public without steering them or allowing them to make an honest decision? I have seen firsthand how those local economies that depended on those industries were impacted by the unfair trade agreements. If the Clintons were asked for a real answer to those and any other questions, I’m sure the response would be that those decisions were the best descions that could have been made at the time based on their level of perception. I understand that. The question is, on Election Day, do you?

I also wish there could be a three party system, but in reality that could really never work. For example if Bernie Sanders lost to Clinton and then went back and ran as an Independent, neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders would stand a chance at winning because they would split their parties votes.

So any way you look at it in this election, a vote for an Independent is a vote for Trump. Or if you choose to not participate, that is also a vote for Trump. If you don’t believe that your vote counts then you are disloyal to your ancestors who fought for that right…and it’s a vote for Trump. Get it??? Is or was the Election rigged? Do the Rothschild’s and Rockefellers control the world? Well it really doesn’t matter right now. The only thing that you can control is your one vote. You have control over your vote and also knowing that you did the right thing. So get involved in the process on all levels and unify our vote.

Quite Honestly, I do not know Trump and I do not know Hillary Clinton. I only know of their accomplishments and track record. I have heard Locker Room Talk before (mostly in Jr. High) and although I don’t agree with that language, I understand that kind of Alpha Male Egotistical language can be a sharp contrast to a person’s real outlook. As it relates to Hip-Hop? Come on let’s be real… I personally would like that kind of language totally taken out of our music period. It’s pure stupidity at this point in our evolution.

I don’t care about the e-mails that were deleted. I don’t pretend to understand all of the intricacies or the diplomatic decision making that goes into making sure that the world’s economy is not destabilized by some random sociopath or any other radical extremist groups. You should not pretend to understand the role of the Secretary of State either, or what should have been done based on your favorite media outlet or political affiliation.

I don’t care about how the Clinton Foundation was funded; mainly because the Foundation has shown that those funds were used for a good cause. I don’t care if the bag (money) was personally delivered by Pablo Escobar Himself. Does Washington need to be reformed? Yes. Is this the right time to do it? Is Trump the right candidate to do it? Trump obviously speaks for allot of people that are in need of something, and this is America, so like it or not those concerns need to be addressed.

The fact of the matter is Hillary Clinton is a woman who has dedicated her Life to Public Service. I like that and believe that she is the best person for the job. I care about forward progression. The policies that President Obama put in place will take time to work. I trust my past two Presidential votes and would like to see the glass ceiling shattered for everyone. Barack and Michelle’s endorsement of Hillary is good enough for me no matter what the mistakes of the past were. Now if you disagree with the Fact that POTUS has brought this country out of the recession of 2008 and placed us back on the right track, then you my friend are an extremist who listens to the media and does not research the FACTS for himself. We’re still cool tho… You have the right to your opinion, as do I. and that is why after careful research and analysis of the situation, I AM WITH HER!

Best Regards,

Rick M. Cruz
Biltmore Records Inc.