VACATION, NOT A VACATION

Trump Thrown Out of White House

One of the things that every opposing party does is criticizes the president for taking too many days of vacation. This may come as a shock, but I feel sorry for Trump, although, his defensiveness is unbecoming on this issue.

According to the web site SBNATION, Donald Trump whined and tweeted 27 times about Barack Obama playing too much golf. And they actually list them all here. Mr. Trump’s beratements of Barack Obama are so ironic coming from someone who loves golf so much he builds golf courses all over the world. You would think he would promote the sport and encouraging anyone to take up the game.

Democrats used to put down George W. Bush for spending so much time on his Crawford, TX ranch. The Bush’s 1,583-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch was a place the 43rd President could get away from Washington and recharge his battery. There is nothing wrong with having a rested President in the White House. I don’t understand why we don’t follow Europe’s lead and close down everything for two weeks in August.

Our great Orange Leader tweeted today (8-7-2017), “Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings.” And we get it and understand your depression era guilt and desire to be viewed as the martyr here, but please. take some time to relax.

The Donald must keep everyone abreast on the details of working hard while banished to the Bedminster property. You are working to promote your brand and being President at the same time. Wow, Multi-Tasker-in-Chief.

This time you have an excuse, they are remodeling the White House and you had to leave that “dump” so they can fix the AC and Heat. While retooling the ducts, we only hope that they put in the microphones and cameras. Did you check if the workers have NSA backgrounds, Mr. President?

It would be good if Trump did actually take some time off and think about what he has wrought on our great nation. I would hope that someone would spend some time with him and figure out a way to better communicate.

It seems that everyone out of the White House is continually pushing back on one issue or the other. They are seen by the non-supporters as argumentative and constantly in a state of agitation. They get anxious and annoyed at the least judgmental question. As they say on TV, the speakers for Trump aren’t addressing the audience or the interviewer, they are simply performing for an audience of one: Trump.

Which brings me to an observation about this administration and the President we currently have. Everything that is done or said, seems to be aimed at smaller and smaller segments of the population. The President seems to only focus on those who voted for him. The people who speak on behalf of the President seem to only address the Orange man in the White House.

The Congress cares about each one of the areas that they represent, but as we can see with their lack of bi-partisan effort, they only care about the people who will re-elect them.

We hope the Supreme Court cares about all of America, but we shall see if their individual dogmas determine the way they rule. Shame on them if they do.

But that begs the question, who’s speaking for me? I am a liberal, a Democrat, and I pay taxes just like anyone else. When I hear someone say that things ought to be a certain way, I ask, what gave you the right to tell me how to live? I certainly didn’t ask you to decide what I believe in, so, why would your far-right, religiously motivated thinking cast a net over all the electorate?

I would probably NOT have a lot in common with Mike Pence. He seems like a nice guy, but his homophobia seems to make him unfit for government work. I am being serious. Mike and his wife ought to take a vacation at a gay nudist colony. You know, just to balance out his feelings.

Mr. Pence, you are there to help govern in the spirit of separation of church and state, not attempt to convert the unworthy. Remember that when you are running for President in 2020.

My conservative friends, yes, I have some, are all pushing back on my dream of getting Trump out of office. They claim I am just jealous of Trump’s big victory and cannot understand that Trump is the best thing that ever happened to America. As anyone who has read this blog from the beginning, I do not to look backwards and only judge what this administration does, or doesn’t do.

If Trump is good for America, why do millions of people not like him? It’s not like the polarity of a “shock jock” on the radio where ratings come from those who hate the person and those who love him. This is our country. I really don’t care what the 70% of hard-core Republicans think. I worry about the 66% of all voters who think he’s doing a bad job. Isn’t a Democracy supposed to be where everyone votes and the majority rules?

Trump is anti­-Democracy. That would be a good message for Democrats. Why would we ever want someone to lead us who lies most of the time and is basically against Democracy? The guy really does need a vacation. I sure could use a three-year vacation from him.

 


ALL TIME LOWS

Trump Sinks & Blames

When the latest polls came out today (8-3-2017), we could feel a shiver move through the Republican party. The 2018 elections aren’t that far away and those running for re-election now worry that the political depression from the big guy might rain on their parade.

In the latest Quinnipiac poll really demonstrates that there is another leak the President should be focusing on; the leak of his popularity. The headline out of the latest stats is the fact that Trump’s approval rating is only 33%. Wow, that isn’t very popular. I wonder why the administration isn’t trying to figure out what to do about that, or is it too late?

The poll surveyed 1,125 voters around the country from July 27 to August 1, 2017. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.4 points.

  • 54% said they were embarrassed to have him as president
  • 57% said they he was abusing the powers of his office
  • 60% said they believed he was above the law
  • 71% said Trump was not levelheaded
  • 62% said Trump was not honest
  • 63% said Trump did not have good leadership skills
  • 59% said he did not care about average Americans
  • 63% said he did not share their values

The number that jumps out for me is the 62% of the people surveyed said that the 45th President of the United States is not honest. The other number that really hurts me is the 59% who said that Trump doesn’t care about average Americans. Sad!

As these numbers hit the press today, Trump was back on Twitter with his latest whine: “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” [sic]

We can always count on the Donald to deflect blame and to attempt to position himself far away from the kitchen of governance. And the military is starting to get a taste of his modus operandi, served up with a side of naiveté.

He pissed off “his generals” in the Situation Room by complaining about not winning in Afghanistan. Really? The great Orange Leader should pick up the phone and call his friend in Russia learn how well they did in Afghanistan. They spend 10 years in the country and the only accomplishment was empowering Osama bin Laden, a terrorist.

Trump’s lack of awareness of history is astounding. And his pathological way of shifting blame away from himself is not only disturbing, it’s counterproductive. The reason our relationship with Russia is bad is because we caught them trying to hack our election and pushing propaganda to help Trump get elected. Congress was just doing their job, finally.

When 71% of those surveyed said that you are not levelheaded Mr. Trump, you should be thinking about how to manage the damage that has been done, rather than casting blame toward the Legislative branch.

This is all part of the things we have outline on this blog over that last 8 months. We can keep doing the same thing over and over again, but in reality, the more we experience of this White House, the more those stats from Quinnipiac seem extremely plausible.

Trump always took pride in his ability to manipulate the press and handle his own P.R., but when he’s finally put under the microscope by the American public, they see the little germs and viruses in his current sample of leadership.

Trump will get on the taxpayer funded jet airplane tonight and go to West Virginia and get feedback from a select group of rabid fans.  He will once again get some love from people who actual believe he was the right choice. But as time goes on, and things don’t get better, that 33% approval rating will drop lower. And the truth is, the only person to blame is Trump himself.

 

 

 

 


THE MASTER MICROMANAGER

Trump’s Midsummer Coarse Correction

We have all worked for people who were oppressive micromanagers. Their need to be involved in everything we did stole our souls and self-determination. Some micromanagers would tell you they simply wanted things to be done right, when, in fact, their need for control was greater than our mental well-being or feeling of empowerment.

Donald J. Trump is not only a micromanager, he’s also a lazy worker. Rather than spending his valuable time studying the security reports and detailed analysis from seasoned professionals, he watches TV for his information. Much of what Trump seeks on his TiVo and cable is what people are saying about him. Trump isn’t entirely wrong when saying lots of fake news is being pumped out daily, but he doesn’t have the wherewithal to ascertain which channels are abundantly fake. The number of uninformed opinions and preposterous predictions that come out of my TV is dangerous for anyone and totally alarming for this President to use in decision making.

Retired General John Kelly was tapped for Chief of Staff and the Mooch became meat. Booting Scaramucci on the first day of the Kelly command is a classic, old school tactic. I was once told by a self-proclaimed expert on management that I should fire one person (the troublemaker) on my first day on the job to gain the respect of the rest of those I would manage. I was told this by a master micromanager.

Bringing in Kelly was a clear indication that the head micromanager decided he was too close to the situation. But wait, Donald Trump is like an alcoholic who knows he shouldn’t drink, but all his friends (his base) urge him to have one more glass. “Ah, come on Donald, just one more tweet for the road.” Can a micromanager ever be cured? Also realize that Trump has only a limited number of people he can fire before everyone in the world realizes that it’s not your poorly chosen people, it’s Trump that’s the problem. The old yarn about a given place being a revolving door meant steer clear, dear.

The decision to hire Scaramucci was the President’s and the President’s alone. There are those surrogates who are already saying that Anthony served a purpose. Really? Exactly what purpose was that? Advancing the vocabulary of common speech?

History will forget that little foul-mouthed tyrant, because the real bully remains in power. What Trump doesn’t understand is that micromanaging automatically sets one up to be responsible for everything, all the blame with no deniably. At least Scaramucci was sacked before he got a paycheck.

Last night’s Washington Post (7-31-2017) reported that Trump dictated his son’s account of the meeting with the Russian lawyer in 2015, which would mean that, once again, our great Orange Leader lied about his involvement. It’s not a crime to lie for your kids, we all have probably done it, but that doesn’t make it right. This spineless, controlling fool in our nation’s highest office thinks he is smarter than his lawyers and does whatever he wants. Classic micromanager.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on NBC’s Today show (8-1-2017) that all the chaos in the White House is created by the President himself, and the cracks in the Republican dam are beginning to resonate with others in the party.

Jeff Flake, the ultra-conservative Senator from Arizona said, “…his party is in ‘denial’ about President Donald Trump.” Flake goes on to say in a Politico op-ed some very honest things, “It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our number-one priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president — the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime.”  Trump has pledged $10 million to defeat Flake in the 2018 election. What a fine Republican the Donald turned out to be; breaking Ronald Reagan’s golden rule, never say anything bad about a party member.

Donald Trump is not a Democrat not a Republican and not a Conservative.  He is a Reactionary who opposes any political or social liberalization or reform. He isn’t changing Washington.  He is attempting to micromanage every detail of America while making tons of money for his companies and kids. Why did Congress pass such a tough sanctions bill on Russia? They don’t trust Trump.

Managing the White House staff won’t be a difficult task for John Kelly, but managing the 14-year-old in the Oval Office will be a full-time job. While the Donald nervously awaits the evidence that Robert Mueller will bring to the table, I imagine he feels he has been dealt a bad hand from a soiled deck of cards. Nothing is ever his fault.

When someone lies, the energy and time it takes to micromanage the fabrications by creating even more deceptions keeps them from getting things done. It was reported in the Washington Post that that President Trump worked on the flight back from the G20 meeting structuring untruthful statements about how Donald Trump Junior would respond to questions about his meeting with the Russians. The good news, Trump Sr. wasn’t watching TV. The bad news, he was investing time on a lie, which ended up biting him on his bulbous buttocks.

As we approach his 200th day in office, it is clear to this writer that the President of the United States is a seriously flawed human being with neither the talent nor the patience needed for his job. Perhaps his ascent to the Presidency started as a mean joke to get Obama, or maybe a need to micromanage the world, but we now have a man in office who hates his job, hates his critics, hates the press and hates the arcane political processes of our country. And slowly but surely, we are seeing that Donald Trump even hates the people he picks to help him govern. To use his word, Sad!

 


DISRUPTION COMBUSTION

The Unpeaceful Transfer of Power

There is some wisdom in the structure of the United States government. Having three branches gives some feeling of checks and balances, but we are entering the twilight zone with the current executive branch.

The interview with the new Communications Chief, Anthony Scaramucci, that appeared today (7-27-2017) in The New Yorker magazine bared the visceral and raw nature of the people President Trump chooses to advise him. The little white lie that Trump hires only the best people was torn down in one fell swoop with Slick Anthony’s trashing of the Trump team.

The airing of dirty laundry in public is one thing, but the use of locker room terminologies to decry the chief of staff and the senior advisor seemed far beneath what we expect from our White House. If the First Lady calls it “boy talk” I will probably just throw up. Remember, she was the one who said her pet cause would be cyber-bullying. The whole family from son-in-law to daughter to daddy all seem to be the greatest cons and hypocrites of the century.

Such harassment of a fellow employee would never be allowed in business. Remember, Trump said he would use his successful businessman skills to fix the country while it appears that he cannot tie his shoes.

Scaramucci’s vulgar public flogging of Priebus and Bannon, two people I have no respect for, was childish, disturbing and disruptive. If you don’t like them, fire them. But here is the question, beyond the Bannon self-pleasuring and dime-store psychological analysis of Reince Priebus, Scaramucci has done nothing but make the situation worse. He’s another egomaniacal rich white guy who thinks he can fix things, just like his boss.

The reason Anthony got the job is because he was able to hit back against CNN and get two reporters fired. What the Donald doesn’t understand is that Scaramucci was in the private sector when he went after CNN.  Now he is part of the administration and the rules have changed. Every move he makes will be put under the microscope and the freedom of information act will not work in his favor. We do have the 1st amendment when it comes to covering the White House. And maybe it’s time to remind King Donald that, (a.) he’s not a nice guy and, (b.) he actually works for the taxpayers of this great land.

If I hear one more self-anointed ass wipe say that he “serves at the pleasure of the President” I am going throw a sledgehammer through the TV screen. You serve the American public. You are nothing but a government employee. And if Anthony Scaramucci used that language on the floor of the Congress, he would be disciplined and censured. And Trump won’t restrain Scaramucci, because he thinks this is funny and entertaining.

If Trump cares so much about ratings, he should look at his own ratings. With only 36% approval, his TV show would have been canceled.

The lack of clarity with this administration is due to the shoddy communication and the distractions that Trump himself drops into the punch bowl. We knew that he would be different, he reminds us every day that he is neither a statesman nor a smart politician. He shows us with his actions that he is an amateur at governance and not qualified to be the leader of the free world.

Bringing Scaramucci into the White House will prove to be a colossal error. His words and deeds so far remind me of the old business guy who used to say, “I’m going to fire one person every day until morale improves around this place.” It doesn’t really work and, in the end, finding the leaks will not be as important as finding out ‘why’ people are leaking.

Just to get this on the record, White House Communications chief Anthony Scaramucci said (Reince) “Priebus is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” He also laid into the President’s adviser Steve Bannon with, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” So, there you have it folks. We’ve entrusted our government and military to these people. Really? Thanks to The New Yorker magazine for their brilliant UNFAKE NEWS.

If I said those things about my co-workers with that language, I would have been hauled into H.R. Does the White House even have a Human Resources office? Any of us using such uncouth and reprehensible language would have received a memo urging enrollment in anger management classes with a copy of that memo placed in their personnel folder.

These people are nothing more than bush league bureaucrats. That is what happens when you elect the wrong person for the wrong reason. Time will tell, as the Donald said about Jeff Sessions, is what most thoughtful citizens of this country are saying is true. Time will tell how long it will take for people in America to wake up and realize they made a drastic mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Steve, Stephen & Agent Orange

The Brains Behind the Curtain

We now know the source of poison that leaks out of the windows and the doors of the White House. Every president has had people who whisper into their ear. Some objective observers have said that these aids are not just advisors, but they actually control the leader of the free world.

George W. Bush had Dick Cheney, who like his father, had roots and connections in the C.I.A. There are those who say that Cheney misled and manipulated the younger President Bush and gave him justification to re-enter Iraq and finish the job that his father failed to accomplish.

Richard Nixon had John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman, who historians believed were pulling the strings of the soon-to-be broken president during the Watergate scandal. Haldeman was an experienced advertising man who used his talents to sell Nixon to the American public. Ehrlichman was an attorney who believed the President had unlimited powers and could not be held accountable for dirty deeds.

Trump has Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller pulling strings and writing up executive orders based on their ideology and political beliefs. It is quite obvious that their efforts were never filtered or tested through any analysis of who this is good for and will this hurt anyone? They simply don’t care about people; they care about creating a world they believe is right.

While Stephen Miller read his answers to the questions from all the Sunday morning talk shows, one could feel the defensiveness and witness the deflection laced vitriol. The non-fact of voter fraud was repeated, covering the fib of the older brother President showed that he too, has bought into the lie, or did he create the lie?

Mr. Miller’s pronouncement that Federal judges didn’t have the authority to stop the President’s travel ban was nothing more than an attempt to argue his position on the media, that same media they claim is so dishonest and terrible. Judges judge, presidents lead.

Mr. Miller and Mr. Bannon should remember that both Haldeman and Ehrlichman were convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury and both served time in prison. Steve and Stephen should focus on the phrase “obstruction of justice” as they carry on the business of President Trump.

The key to keeping America safe from terrorism starts with keeping America safe from tyranny. Let Democracy win first and the rest will be fine. Who is the puppet and who are the puppeteers?  Time will tell whether the pitch-man is reading a well-prepared script, or is true to his convictions.

 

 


Impeachment is the tool

The Constitution and Impeachment

The Constitution, Article II, Section 4: 
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

The Constitution, Article I, Section 3: 
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.  When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.  When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside:  And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.Judgment in Cases of Impeachments shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust, or Profit under the United States, but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to Law.