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Presidential Quotes

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I was born at the end of 1957. The year I was born more babies were born than any year in history. Today we enter our retirement years, and there are quite a few of us, transitioning  into our senior years.

When I was born, Dwight D.Eisenhower was president of the United States.

Through my life, I only recall one year, when our country was not at war. That was 1975.

The issues that have plagued our country since I arrived, are the same issues we face today, only today they are more extreme, and worse, than ever before.

In 1957, a distant cousin of mine, Senator Sam Dash, cautioned us about electronic surveillance, and its intrusion on the American People. 

Today, Edward Snowden, lives in Russia, for fear of persecution, and prosecution, because he revealed the extremities of the deep state matrix of electronic surveillance, against the American people.

Senator Dash chaired the impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon, which ultimately led to his resignation. I still remember Nixon boarding that airplane on that final day in office, waving goodbye.

Today, we have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on the Robert Mueller Russia investigation, investigating a president. Then we spent millions more on the John Durham investigation, investigating the investigators.

We have a President voted by the people out of office, who vows to retaliate, for this investigation happening, and is determined to overturn the results of this election.

I doubt I will be watching him board an airplane waving goodbye.

It’s not like we didn’t see this degradation evolving over decades. Every president since my birth has warned us. We the people have grown complacent in creating change. We have trusted our leaders, trusted congress, trusted the media, trusted everybody except ourselves and our higher power.

We need to restart.

The following are quotes from presidents of my past.

Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles, soon loses both.”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

“Beware of the military industrial complex”

Kennedy

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.”

Johnson

“A rioter with a molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties, and ultimately destroyers of a free America.

Nixon

“I think congress has spent enough time on ethics. I think it’s time they moved onto something else.”

“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam war. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. “

“When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” “The press is the enemy.”

Ford

“The political lesson of watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant elite guard of political adolescents to bypass the regular party organization, and dictate the terms of a national election.”

Carter

“When you single out any particular group of people for secondary citizenship status, that is a violation of basic human rights.”

“We have become an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“My constant prayer, my number one foreign goal is to bring peace to Israel, and in the process to Israels neighbors.”

“We cannot be both the worlds leading champions of peace and the world’s leading supplier of weapons of war.”

Reagan

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” “

“ I have wondered at times what the ten commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US congress.”

“Facts are stubborn things.”

Bush George 11

“Debates, I hate.”

I think the 24 hour news cycle has helped exaggerate the differences between the parties.” You can always find somebody on Television harping about something. That didn’t happen 20 years ago”

( add the internet to the mix)

Clinton

“Our democracy cannot survive its current downward drift into tribalism, extremism and seething resentment. Today, it’s us versus them in America. Politics is little more than blood sport. As a result our willingness to believe the worst about everyone outside our bubble is growing, and our ability to solve problems and seize opportunities is shrinking” We must do better. We have honest differences. We need rigorous debates. Healthy skepticism is good. It saves us from being too naive or too cynical. But it is impossible to preserve democracy when the well of trust runs completely dry.

Bush George W

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.

When I take action, I’m not going to fire a 2 million dollar weapon and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.

Obama, Barack

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists to protect them and to promote their common welfare, all else is lost.

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of America.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem, and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase Americas debt.

Trump, Donald

I will reserve his comments until after he has left office.

For 63 years, I have listened to the rhetoric. I have watched one endless war after another, and i have watched our country move deeper and deeper into darkness.

We have debt in the trillions and so many hungry and cold. We are gagged in our homes and told to socially distance from others. We are fragmented as a people. Our businesses have closed, due to government mandates.

And our leaders from both political parties are preaching justice and liberty, and all the things we the American people want to hear, and it is the same rhetoric year after year.

One thing is clear. If we are going to remain a free country, where the statute of liberty stops shaking her fist, then it is up to the citizens to take our country back, and put some checks and balances on the money going out the door.

Somehow, someway, we need to return to basics and restart. And I don’t think it’s through another budget expenditure for the poor, or another tax deduction for the rich, it’s through creating, developing, and building businesses, and strengthening the middle class.

Back at the beginning, we went to nursery school, or preschool, as we call it today and we learned a rhyme.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses, and all the kings men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.”

It is beyond time to build new. We have waited too long for our leaders to do something to take care of us, while they steal more and more from not only our wealth, but our liberty and justice, under the disguise, that they are “helping us”. 

Our government does a lot to help us when we are in a crisis mode. We have systems in place to prevent us from falling through cracks on many levels, but the one group that has been left out, is the middle class. 

We don’t need a handout. We need to use our money more efficiently, to become more resourceful with what we do have. We need to create jobs. It is the middle class that built this country and it is the middle class that needs to take it back.

It is time for the American people, the middle class, the citizens from every walk of life,  to take our country back, from leaders who are ripping us off in backdoor underhanded deals, and then adding insult to injury by saying we are doing it to ourselves.

It is beyond time to strengthen the middle class

We build a better back when we open doors.

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The Power of Word – That we’ll leave behind

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Tammy Stoner Pinkerton


Our words matter. When we have departed this earth, the one thing we will have left behind will be our words. They will be our legacy, to our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and family who knew us. The memory of what we said will last beyond our lifetime. Our words have the power to change the world for better, or for worse. 
In this culture that we live in today, of instant messaging, Twitter texts, Instagram, it is easy to forget that our words have the ability to transform the world. We let them roll off our tongue without thought of the impact they may have on others or on ourselves. It is very difficult to take them back.


Our words carry a lot of power. They have the power to keep possibilities alive, and the power to create lots of problems. When we have a powerful relationship to our word and are committed to choosing the words we mean, communication is effortless.

There is not a person among us who hasn’t regretted words spoken or written. All of us, have wished we said something just a little differently, not said something in anger, or not stumbled our way through an awkward situation, with poorly chosen words. None of us have perfect words 100% of the time. We are human, and as humans we err.
It’s not just important to give our word, but give our word and mean it. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard and even done it myself, given my word until something better comes up. We give our word until faced with the blah, blah, blahs of life. When our word is good only until something better comes up, then we have situations that don’t work, and create upsets.


Once we are able to comprehend that our words matter, that our words are a declaration, that they work to create desired results, that we are trying to achieve, we are able to develop workability and simplicity in our life.


Our words are our agreements. They are doing what is expected of us when it’s expected. They give form and structure and substance to our lives. They generate possibility, power, and freedom. They bring peace of mind.
When we look at sources of what hasn’t worked in our lives, we will find broken promises in our agreements or broken words. When we put structures in our place to keep our word, we have the power to transform anything.


Failure to keep one’s word doesn’t mean people are bad, it just means that situations become unworkable. In a nutshell, broken words or agreements spell unworkable situations, not bad people.

Often that concept becomes mixed up. We believe when people say they will do something and don’t, they are bad. People are good even if they break their word but when words are broken, situations don’t work. Thus, it is important to agree only to words one can keep.

Today our country is under an implosion unlike any that we have seen since the civil war. We stand divided, and fragmented. Our words are all over the place, spoken randomly, and without concern for the impact they have on ourselves or on another human being. We have become careless with our words.


If we are to begin to restore some sanity during some very insane times, each of us has to stop and look at the words we choose, and the impact they have on another and on ourselves, and recognize that while seemingly fleeting, they leave permanent marks. Our words do matter.

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Walking Your Way To Stress Relief

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By Tammy S. Pinkerton

There might be no better way to reduce stress then to take a brisk walk in the park. It is active, easy, and even free. It provides you opportunity, to move fast or slow, stop and start, and notice the woods and trees, as you go.

Depressed and anxious, get off of the computer, hang up the phone, walk outside, breathe deep, and enjoy the change in scenery.

The difficult part of walking, for those who have two working legs, is getting started. That is the challenge for all. However once you experience the mental health benefits, and added benefits to the heart, it becomes much easier to start.

Walking helps increase happiness, because when you walk, you release endorphins, a chemical that helps you improve your mental outlook. When you walk, you send happy cells into the air, and watch depression disappear.

You can see a therapist, a psychiatrist, another treatment provider, but before you lay on the couch, and figure out how you got to be this way, take a walk, it’s healthy, active and free. Plus, walking moves you forward.

It just isn’t easy to walk backwards for any length of time.

Walking doesn’t just help the mind, it helps the body too. When you walk, your bones and muscles become stronger, and you reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes. This means that walking actually helps you live longer. 

Living longer and stronger, with a better mental outlook, you can’t beat that, knowing that you can add that bagel and cream cheese later, because walking just helped you reduce the fat.

 Haven’t taken a walk in a long time? Begin slow, start with an easy pace, just five or ten minutes a day. Walk three or four times in a week, and you will earn physical and mental benefits too. Then when you have some steps under your feet, add another thirty minutes or so, and walk three or four times in the week.

Fast paced walking can be a real plus, so don’t be afraid to step up the beat when moving the feet.  Brisk walking 45 minutes a day, increases the heart rate, and burns fat. If overweight, that’s like devouring a Reuben sandwich without calories. 

Find a friend to share the walk. Time speeds up, as you walk and talk, at the same time, breathing heavier, as you go, increasing the benefits to the cardiovascular system.

Do you have a dog? Take him with you. If he is on a leash, he will move at the pace you do. He has to. He is walking with you. The benefits to walking a dog, is many might want to stop and talk with you, or talk with your dog. Either way, you might meet somebody along the way. Or the dog will.

Don’t have a clear path to walk? Are you in the middle of suburban sprawl? Just walk on down to the city hall and complain, give them a word or two, and if nobody listens, just head to the mall. You can always walk there. Just remember the walk was meant to be free, so “buyer beware,” when you walk there.

(Stones like amethyst are also calming.)