We need to lay off the family members of candidates and office holders

We need to lay off the family members of candidates and office holders
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Twitter is riled up today. There’s no news in that statement. Twitter is always riled up about something. It’s the nature of twitter.

Today is a bit different. Today, the tweets are about Melania Trump, and whether she did or didn’t plagiarize several lines of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech about her husband, then-Senator Barack Obama.


I have a hell of a good recipe for Blueberry Pancakes I’ll share with my readers in a minute after I dispense with this breaking news.

In the big scheme of things, who cares, and besides, isn’t this just a tad, no, a lot hypocritical?

We’ve just come through 8 years where Michelle Obama, a beautiful, intelligent and accomplished woman in her own right has been compared to a chimpanzee, called stupid, and made the butt of racist remarks and unkind statements.

Democrats have been justifiably angered and appalled by the remarks hurled Mrs. Obama’s direction. It is wrong, racist, and everything bad one can think of to describe the base tactics of ignorant, small minded people who would attack the First Lady in such a UN-ladylike manner.

Enter Melania Trump, who is younger than her husband by a great deal, a good looking woman, and speaks with an accent.

This morning, she is the fresh kill on the fires being roasted by those who just a few days ago were horrified at the treatment of the First Lady.

It appears we have a double standard. If they are from our party, they are to be protected and we are to be horrified. If they are from the other party, then all bets are off and they are fair game.

I have a thought. Let’s not be hypocritical and when we say lay off the families, then lay off the families.

The role of the First Lady has always been to adore her husband publicly. Mrs. Trump did that last night in her speech just as Mrs. Obama did in her speech in 2008.

The defeat of ISIS, the security of the USA, last night’s theme of the convention by the way, and not Melania Trump, our trade deficits, nor immigration reform are affected by Mrs. Trump’s speech. Her words have zero impact on the pressing issues facing the USA.

Democrats, if you are sincere about how awful you think the treatment of Mrs. Obama has been over the past 8 years, then please cease participating in the same type of behavior with regard to Mrs. Trump. Whether she was a model who posed in scanty costume or a gold-digger as I have read some accuse her of being has nothing to do with you, or the nation as a whole. It is the business of Mr. Trump and between him and his wife and none of our business, so knock it off.
As far as the speech being plagiarized, whatever. I guess MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams, himself no stranger to creative invention, have to fill dead air with words no matter how shallow.

More important to me is why would the RNC have great security experts like Scott Baio, and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, speaking on a night that is supposed to be about national security? What do they have to offer? We all know the answer to that, absolutely nothing.

The convention infomercial enters its second day amid charges it is a rigged process.

It’s an infomercial and no longer a convention. TV killed the conventions and turned them into commercials in 1960. They are not about politics they are about the promotion of candidates.

Now, about those Blueberry Pancakes which are every bit as important as Mrs. Trump’s speech. You can find the recipe at Food Network.

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
21/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, plus some for frying
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat the eggs with the buttermilk and melted butter. Combine the dry and the wet ingredients into a lumpy batter, being careful not to over mix, see Cook’s Note*.
Heat some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Spoon 1/3 cup of batter into the skillet and sprinkle the top with some of the blueberries. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and maple syrup.
*Cook’s Note: Over mixed batter will result in flat, heavy pancakes.
Recipe courtesy of The Cookworks

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