Fun Fact: Vince was the brother of John Albano, creator of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex.
America’s 37th President is now only our second most corrupt Commander-in-Chief of all time, thanks to Donald Trump.
Nixon was many things, but he refused to challenge the election results after his close 1960 loss to John Kennedy, because he knew the damage it would do to our country. And when Barry Goldwater and other old guard, conservative Senators traveled to the White House in 1974 to tell Nixon it was over, he left office peaceably. Trump, on the other hand, has repeatedly refused to say he will honor the results of this election, and has spoken many times about ignoring the constitutional two-term limit.
If you live in the United States and haven’t voted yet, today is your last chance. Perhaps for a long time. VOTE.
(This is a distinctly political post; those of you who follow me strictly for photography
and lighter subjects can read on at your own peril)
In 1984, I was 25 years old, and two years earlier, I had defeated the local Republican boss in a Primary Election. As the new State Committeeman and District Leader for Brooklyn’s old 51st Assembly District, I represented the area from Park Slope to Bay Ridge, communities with a healthy mix of liberals, blue collar conservatives, and Latinos.
Note to my friends on the left: I am not demonizing addicts, sex workers, or pool boys. Just the kind of people who preach and lecture the rest of us, then rip babies from their mothers’ arms and toss children into cages.
I will point out that the central message from this week’s convention — that Donald Trump will never abandon you or America — was delivered by his third wife, whom he cheated on with a porn star. Character is everything, and Trump has none. But I digress.
Reporter Tony Aiello asked me about Trump’s decision to boycott the latest GOP Debate on Fox News.
My response: “If he can’t handle a hostile debate, how’s he going to handle China or Russia or any of the other 1,001 problems that are going to confront the next president of the U.S.?”
What I also told him, which ended up on the cutting room floor, was:
Crain’s New York Business ran an excellent piece by @ on the recent war of words between Donald Trump and Mayor de Blasio.
Some of my colleagues and I were interviewed for the story, which you can read at the link here:
Has anyone seen or heard anything in the media about today’s anniversary?
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.