THE RELEVANCE OF MICHAEL COHEN

Trump’s Discarded Minions Turn Against Him

There used to be a halo around the heads of most of our Presidents. Newspapers didn’t mention George Washington’s bad teeth. They ignored Woodrow Wilson’s incapacitation during the last year of his final term. Some newspapers might have photographed Eleanor Roosevelt with her mouth open, but they never ran a shot of FDR in his wheelchair. They knew Kennedy was having affairs with Marilyn Monroe and others but gave the guy some space. By the time we got to Bill Clinton, the media went wild reporting Monica Lewinski’s exact words.

We almost expect our presidents to lie about their private lives, but when a leader misleads the American public on domestic policies, public safety and important dealings with other countries, that’s bad, really bad. If this makes you think about Donald Trump, let me drop this in your cup. Lies from his loyalists have only made matters worse.

One could argue the that if John Bolton and Michael Cohen had gone to Capitol Hill and testified truthfully about Trump, he’d be, to quote The Eagles, already gone. But that “coulda, shoulda, woulda” mindset doesn’t solve the current problem. Cohen knew that Trump broke the law. He’s a lawyer and was doing the dirty work. Bolton knew that Trump had committed unethical and possibly illegal acts in his dealings with other countries, but John remained silent. I can hear the justification, “Well, I didn’t want to say anything because the Democrats are also wrong.” Cohen believed that he could get a pardon. He openly admits that when the feds said they were going to indict his wife, he started to help the prosecutors. He’s just another lying, chicken shit, opportunistic fool.

America has a strange way of reconciling justice. Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel which ultimately proved fatal to Hamilton, yet Burr was never convicted of murder. Instead of New York, the duel took place in New Jersey, where killing someone in a duel was less of a crime. In a small measure of justice, there’s a Broadway play about Hamilton, but not one about Burr. Vice President Aaron Burr went behind President Jefferson’s back to buy land in Louisiana and start his own negotiations with Great Britain. The government charged him with treason, but Burr was found not guilty. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall presided over the trial and ruled there was no evidence and not one credible piece of testimony strong enough to convict Burr. The star witness for the prosecution admitted that he had doctored a letter implicating Burr. Why does this feel familiar?

Each of Trump’s former appointees fits into one of two buckets. Michael Cohen, Anthony Scaramucci and Omarosa Manigault knew and worked with Trump for years and have seen the light. The other box contains many sycophants who worship Trump, and are nothing but members of a death cult.

The people who have come to their sense, know the dark recesses of this man’s mind. Michael knows the Donald cheated on his taxes, charities and applications for loans. The racism, Cohen adds, is just icing on a shit pie. Scaramucci is a money man and he knows more about economics and trade than Trump ever could. Anthony didn’t get a million-dollar hope chest from his father and I trust him. He knows Trump is a liar and fraud, but he wanted to bask in the power. He thought he could save the country by being in the White House. He actually did help, and we can thank Scaramucci for getting rid of Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, two useless ideologs.

Omarosa worked with Trump on his TV show and says that Donald John Trump changed from the person she worked with back then. She knows that his ambition, once seen as a good thing, has eaten him up. To use the words of Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Ms. Manigault focuses on Trump’s style and his lack of care for others. Okay, but it was her decision to join the administration and it’s unclear what her job was in the White House. Perhaps it was believed she would provide outreach to the African American community, but mostly she sat in the background at meetings.

Michael Cohen’s book will probably produce a giant yawn from not only the public but also from those who cover and analyze this presidency. Most of what Cohen has written are things we already know. From Cohen’s testimony, we know Trump lied about the worth of his holdings to get a better insurance deal, while he gave the IRS different sets of numbers to pay less tax. We know Trump makes racist statements behind closed doors. Remember, he’s never denied saying that certain African and Caribbean counties are “shithole countries.” Certainly, Trump’s high regard for Russia is not based solely on Trump’s “boy love” of Putin’s power and wealth. I’m willing to wager that money and business deals are factors in that equation.

Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York have not seen Donald Trump’s taxes. What the fuck, people? Watergate’s “deep throat” told Woodward and Bernstein to “follow the money,” so why in the hell are we listening to Michael Cohen? When someone accused of a crime keeps telling you he cannot provide a single piece of evidence that would either acquit him or convict him, it’s probably the later he’s worried about.

Of one thing I’m certain, if retired Generals John Kelly and Jim Mattis held a press conference and verified what Trump allegedly said about our fallen war heroes, they could change the course of history. Why do these men remain loyal to Trump? Could it be that their military madness compels them to be loyal to the concept of the presidency and, thus, seem loyal to America? It’s sad that they feel no loyalty to the American people by revealing Trump’s feelings and essence before a critical election. Or maybe they’re holding back so they will have information to nest in the future books they will write about this space in time.

Over 1200 books have been written about Trump since he took office. I wrote one of them, and it called for Trump’s impeachment after only 200 days in office. I guess that makes me a “never ever Trumper.” Regardless, Trump will remain president for at least, another four months and I do not look forward to what “lame duck” Donald will do in his last hours in the Oval Office. I am sure he will sell pardons and change laws as fast as he can. The incoming president will be challenged by all the things he will have to unravel.

Michael Cohen is not relevant and won’t change any minds. His time has passed and in the end America will make a choice. That choosing should not be based on the damage of one man’s lies over another man’s lies but, as they say, it should be made based on love for the soul of America. Yes, it might sound like a cliché, but if we let Donald J. Trump have four more years, he will become a total dictator. But then if you regularly read this blog you already know how I feel. I have never wobbled or wavered from my convictions.

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PLAYING THE TRUMP CARD

Being Political Has Become Too Political

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Virginia Apple (yes that was her real name), used to constantly preach, “Be specific!” Back in the 1960s, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but today I keep that little jewel in mind when I start any work of word.

Donald Trump is a horrible communicator. Most times, his desire to be political is so political that he clouds the very point he’s trying to make. The concept of playing a “trump card” in a game gives one person or group the advantage over another. For example, in a card playing game a trump card is elevated above its usual rank. The Donald constantly plays games and attempts to divert your attention from whatever it is that he’s trying to say. The opposite of being specific is being vague.

I was trained as a journalist and broadcaster, and last weekend’s setup for a press conference at the Trump golf course in New Jersey appalled me. First, if Donald John Trump wants America to take him seriously, why would he create an environment in which his $350,000-paying golf club customers joined his press and media bully team? He’s claiming to help those who have been hurt by the pandemic and economic collapse, yet his approach is soiling his very own messaging. He really doesn’t see the flaw in having a bunch of rich people laughing at him while America suffers.

He viewed his press conference about signing legally questionable “executive orders” which he mistakenly called “bills,” the real purpose of the gathering was getting his putrid puss on TV. He blew it. We would all rather be watching baseball, but he interrupted our weekend with another lying, dystopian diatribe. He was more interested in telling us why the Democrats are a demonic force than convincing any thinking person that he’s on top of the problem. In fact, Democrats are asking for MORE MONEY for the people and states. And to be clear, the executive branch can declare “Executive Orders” which are like proclamations that carry the force of law, but the judicial branch can declare such acts unconstitutional. This happens frequently.

The president doesn’t understand the laws. He says he’s the law and order president, yeah, ignore the law and sign an order. White House officials have studied using leftover money approved by Congress for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the Washington Post, “It is unclear if the administration can repurpose those funds for unemployment benefits without violating the Antideficiency Act, a federal budgeting law.”  I am not making this shit up, The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from: making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)(A).

What the Donald did try to do with one of those executive turds signed with the big felt tipped instrument of ego, was taking the payroll tax away for the year. BECAUSE HE WANTED TO. No one wanted it, Republican or Democrat and he lied when he said everyone wanted it.

Trump wants to DEFUND social security, Medicare and Medicaid. He’s a snake selling snake oil. Listen to these words, he signed an executive order to defer payroll tax payments from August 1 – retroactively – through December for people who earn less than $100,000. He said if he wins in November, he will seek to extend the deferral and “terminate the tax” WTF? That tax funds Social Security and Medicare benefits! What happens to those funds if no tax is collected to keep those programs running?

Just as we said, America, if you don’t see this bait and switch, we’re doomed! One of the executive orders would aim to provide $400 in weekly unemployment aid for millions of Americans whose $600 in weekly benefits expired last month. But 25% of these benefits would be required to be paid by states, many of which are already dealing with major budget shortfalls and have pleaded with Congress for more aid. One would assume, if the state said, “NO WAY,” no one could get the extra money. The myth that this will motivate people to go back to work is total BULLSHIT. People are either able to work or not. If they quit their jobs, they don’t get benefits.

The vague notions that Trump was spewing over the weekend were just a stunt. Another confusing and disruptive diatribe engineered to get the media to talk about him. The analysis and critical thinking are not being done in the White House before they mush his dictation into flimsy law, he holds up with a large insecurity driven signature, it’s being done by the press. What a terrible way to run a government.

VERY IMPORTANT POINT, hardly any well-run company would stop taking the federal employment taxes out of their employee’s paychecks. Why? Because if they did, and later the court ruled his actions were unconstitutional, the IRS could immediately demand the corporations or LLCs pay the tax. Then, the company would ask the employee if they wanted the whole tax debt to be taken out of the next paycheck in one fell swoop, or just taken out in small gulps over 2021. How would that be good for anyone trying to put all the pieces back together as we get control of this pandemic?

To be more specific, Trump is like the drunken day trader who has a nice fancy dashboard in his computer who rides the ups and downs down to the minute, than someone with a long-term strategy and respect for over-arching events. He’s trying to push a poll rather than think through the reality of life and death in America. The fact he used the words, “If Congress doesn’t do something, I’m going to take matters into my own hands,” is so OBAMA! In February 2016, Trump said, “The country wasn’t based on executive orders! Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can’t even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It’s a basic disaster. You can’t do it.” The Donald sure spends a lot of time telling people what they can’t do, while he does the very thing he has condemned.

Hate to sound political, but, of course Congress is absolutely dysfunctional, but Donald Trump is totally a petty, juvenile, vicious and disreputable habitual liar. His damned self-aggrandizing and need to make himself immune to criticism has cost lives and hurt the democracy. The real trump card is just a fake piece of paper, which may end up in the public records, but could be just as easily shredded by the next president. Let’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and get a new president.

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ODE TO THE DUNCE

A Pandemic Poem of Love

Ode To The Dunce

I woke up this morning and looked at the numbers of the dead,

My eyes got weary, my face grew flush, so sad, blood red.

We want to believe in truth and always go with what’s right,

Too bad we find ourselves being led by a chief without sight.

The dunce in the corner wants to do right, but he’s shrunken,

Into himself and his lies and those fans who seem drunken.

Let’s have another rally and bring them all together to cheer,

Spreading the curse, talking stupid and adding lots of fear.

The orange man filled his head with tons of hydroxychloroquine,

The unprepared dolt believes he can just command a vaccine.

We all know that a dunce hat can protect a wretched comb over,

But he keeps preaching, all this COVID stuff will just blow over.

Deep down inside this dullard doesn’t do anything to help the cause,

Can’t wear a mask, or tell us the truth, just leads us into the virus jaws.

The denials of the dunce, pull us deeper, down into the corona curse,

He wants your money for another four, he’s halfway into your purse.

There is nothing more convincing than a cold, dead body of a friend,

Never trust a damning charlatan with what he cannot comprehend.

There once was a little man who deep down just wanted to be king,

Being pushed by the bigots and angry cowards of the right wing.

He misses the point of what we are going through in this great land,

He thinks he can put out the embers, while his words are a big fan.

What must the dunce do when people all around him test positive?

He makes things up and thinks lying is his God-given prerogative.

The virus dominates our lives, it creeps closer to the dunce in the corner,

He’s so fearful of poisonous leaks but shows no empathy for the mourner.

This gutless whore doesn’t deserve to be President of this wonderful place,

He’s a disgrace to our people, and to the whole damn human race.

We all want to get back to something we can call normal right now,

But the dunce at the top, cannot help us, it’s just not his style.

He’s just another politician with his hand out and his small brain closed,

Trump told us we were on our own, with him in power, we’re certainly hosed.

And when the dunce leaves the corner for good, he’ll go back to playing golf,

We will be free to progress, while he can call his buddies, Vladimir and Adolph.

He can tell his heroes about how great he made America and lie another day,

While we’re left to kneel and ask God to save the world and pray.

May we find solace when this man is cast aside for reason and direction,

Not in a man, but in our values and conclusions after our great confession.

TRUMP WAS THE WRONG GUY. Just a dunce with a silver spoon in his mouth,

And no brains in his cranium. May peace be with you, I’m out!

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DESTRUCTIVE COMMENTS AND POLICIES

Trump’s Disconnection with the Reality of Death

Credible news sources and the US Administration are saying that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is about to run out of money and small businesses may have to go bankrupt. WHY? You see, the very banks that Trump is using to distribute the money are pressuring small business owners to pay loans, rent and vendors. Why can’t the President of the United States tell the banks to back off for 90 days? He claims to be so “all powerful,” but he has been slow to act on everything concerning this COVID-19 crisis. Best description? Asleep at the wheel!

There is evidence that some Trump loyalists are planning protests, blockades and civil disobedience against local governments’ social distancing and stay-home orders. Some of the most radical groups are being funded by Super PACs that support the President. Really? Donald Trump refused to do a national stay at home order and now we know why. He was worried that the far-right groups would revolt against him. Rather than go on TV and tell the protestors to follow the guidelines, he will simply ignore his disruptive fans.

I keep thinking back to the original misinformation that Trump transmitted at the beginning of the crisis. This was our President’s most destructive comment, “This new virus is no more harmful than the flu.” As of 4-16-2020, the new coronavirus causing COVID-19 has led to more than 640,291 illnesses and more than 31,015 deaths in the United States. By comparison, the flu (also called influenza) causes an estimated 38 million illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths in the US during a typical season. COVID-19 is winning.

According to John Hopkins University, “A possible difference from the normal flu, is that COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remain in the air and could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.”  Thus, the handwashing aspect of prevention. What really makes coronavirus more dangerous than the seasonal flu is there is no vaccine available, and there’s this. South Korea is finding some people who they thought were over COVID-19 are now testing positive again. Ouch!

Yesterday, I drove into the parking lot of my local grocery store here in Florida. Because I am an older male, I wear a mask and latex gloves when food shopping. I pulled into a parking space right next to a big Harley motorcycle and got out of the car. The bike owner arrived and looked at my mask and gloves with a small smile. He said, “You know, we might get as many deaths as the flu.” Right after I got out of ear shot, I said to myself, “Was that a political statement?” Then it dawned on me. There he was, no helmet, no mask, no gloves and, of course, he was parroting Trump’s early statement that coronavirus is only as bad as the flu. With the seasonal flu we have a vaccine, we have treatments like Theraflu or decongestants and other such medicines. Yes, people die from the flu, and car accidents, which is the ad hominem Trump used to confuse people, but please, there is NO CURE FOR COVID-19.

I force myself to watch the Coronavirus Task Force on TV every night, not because I enjoy it, but because I write every day and I need to know what is happening. I have never felt better after watching and consuming Trump’s pathological vomit. Sorry, if you think the Donald is a great leader who will save us from this “invisible enemy” by screaming, “You’re fired,” then you need to pay more attention to what is happening. Ask Boris Johnson if the coronavirus is a hoax.

There are frauds, swindlers, cons, quacks, and half-baked experts shouting a ruthless Ayn Rand philosophy into Donald Trump’s ear. They are pushing Trump to open the doors and let us just get back to business. One of the things that is missing from Trump’s daily shit show is empathy. The obvious disconnection from the reality of death during his diatribes is disheartening and disgraceful. When President Obama spoke of the horrible mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we saw tears rolling down his face. Trump is without emotion concerning death. He gets animated and expressive only when throwing up his personal grievances.

People tune in to the nightly task force briefings to find out what to do and, more importantly, what the government is doing to keep us safe. Trump pushes and pitches reopening our country and how it was not built to be closed, claiming he is just being a cheerleader, but in reality he is making the virus seem less dangerous. As I have said, fifty percent of America doesn’t believe anything this president says and the other fifty percent are praying to God he will do the right thing.

Sometimes people believe what they want to believe, especially if they think it’s good for them personally. If you are told that your taxes will be reduced if your community spends less on education, you might develop an opinion that governments over-fund schools. That is totally “fake news” because schools have never been given “extra money.”

Some of the conspiracy minds want you to believe that this virus was manufactured by China as a biological weapon. STOP! The virus came from a bat and not a chemical plot to hurt America. This COVID-19 virus was just as damaging to China’s citizens and economy as it is to ours. They may have kept it secret until they were sure and that cost the world six days, but we lost six weeks with Trump’s inability to comprehend the threat.

Trump is a poor messenger, and our exposure to him every night is dangerous to our health. If Donald Trump creates an undertow and infects his base with the illusion that WE MUST OPEN THE COUNTRY and they then pressure him to force states to open prematurely, people will die.

Someone posed the question on Facebook, “Would Trump kill people just to get re-elected?” The sad truth is, yes. The ironic aspect of this is Democratic governors will probably keep their states closed longer, keeping their voters alive. Ruby red states will do whatever Trump says, and that could kill many of his own voters. This makes me particularly worried because I live in Florida. Our governor, Ron DeSantis, would put his arm in an alligator’s jaws to please Trump.

Why would we, as a nation, do anything to cause death? Why would any politician believe they have the right to risk human life? To all those shitheads on social media who are protesting and rallying around Trump’s selfishness, please head out on your motorcycles and wave your Trump flags. Get really close to people, forget about social distancing and kiss a sneezer. Hey, the virus is only as dangerous as the flu. Trump said so, right?

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EPSTEIN, ACOSTA & TRUMP

The Corruptibility of the Rich & Famous

The Southern District of New York is always front and center on the stage of justice and investigations of corruption. Because of the magnet of power and money, many happenings in the United States have tentacles that reach into the Empire State.

Let’s look at the case of Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier and philanthropist. In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution and served 13 months in “custody with work release,” which meant he could spend more than half each day outside of prison. Some said the billionaire bought his way out of an appropriate jail sentence, and there’s convincing evidence that Epstein’s illicit activities involved far more than one teenage girl.

Even though Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14, he was sentenced to only 18 months in prison. Instead of being sent to state prison like most sex offenders convicted in Florida, Epstein was housed in a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade. He served 13 months before being released for a year of probation. While on probation, he was allowed numerous trips on his corporate jet to his homes in Manhattan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At release, he was registered in New York State as a level three sex offender, a lifelong classification for an individual having a high risk of re-offense.

Now here’s where it gets political and suspicious. Epstein, allegedly a good friend of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, was a big contributor to political campaigns, and some see a pattern of judicial abuse in this matter. A California woman filed a federal lawsuit against Epstein and Trump in April 2016, alleging the men sexually assaulted her at a series of parties at Epstein’s Manhattan home in 1994 when she was 13 years of age. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in May 2016 because it didn’t raise valid claims under federal law.

The same woman filed a federal suit in New York in June 2016, but it was withdrawn three months later, apparently without being served on the defendants. A third federal suit was filed in New York in September 2016 and the plaintiff, who filed anonymously as Jane Doe, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles press conference six days before the 2016 election. That event was abruptly canceled with Doe’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, asserting the woman had received threats and the suit was dropped on November 4, 2016. Trump attorney, Alan Garten, flatly denied the allegations while Epstein declined to comment. What exactly was Donald Trump’s role in this mess? Could this be the case that Michael Cohen alluded to when he warned that the Southern District will be a major risk for Trump?

Epstein was physically arrested again Saturday night (July 6, 2019) as he disembarked his private jet after flying back into the US from Europe. The charge he faces is sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. This has serious implications for the President of the United States, since the case involves a Federal crime and Trump would have to testify in person. Should it be found that Donald Trump knew about the crimes leading to these charges and did nothing, he would, in sense, be an accomplice. Trump could be listed as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Also, of note here, according to the Miami Herald, “Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz. It was an unusual meeting for the then-38-year-old prosecutor, a rising Republican star who had served in several White House posts before being named U.S. attorney in Miami by President George W. Bush. Instead of meeting at the prosecutor’s Miami headquarters, the two men — both with professional roots in the prestigious Washington law firm of Kirkland & Ellis — convened at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, about 70 miles away. For Lefkowitz, 44, a U.S. special envoy to North Korea and corporate lawyer, the meeting was critical.” Most experts believe this was the meeting where Lefkowitz and Acosta “colluded” to give Epstein what could only be called a pass on his criminal atrocities.

Then there’s this. Alexander Acosta was appointed by President Trump as the United States Secretary of Labor. Could this be a case of Trump buying Acosta’s silence and loyalty by giving him such an important political appointment? In February 2019, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility notified Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse that it had opened an investigation into Epstein’s prosecution. Congress may have confirmed Acosta, but they are now having buyers’ remorse. Even Republicans.

The speculation today is that prosecutors of the Southern District of New York may have new evidence of conspiracy of sex trafficking and Mann Act malfeasance. This is the federal law that makes it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of “any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose. If underage girls were transported over state lines, Mr. Epstein could get ten years for each count. If the prosecutors pile on kidnapping charges, he will sit in jail for the rest of his life.

If the case moves forward, it could pull in other high-profile people. During the divorce of the UK’s Prince Andrew from Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Epstein paid off some of the Duchess’ debts. There is speculation that there may be considerably more to the prince’s involvement with Epstein. Another Epstein friend, former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski and has a reputation of sexual indiscretions, might know something more about Epstein’s girls and the activities of his buddy.

This brings us to Trump. According to USA Today, the President and Epstein socialized before the 2016 election at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. In a New York Magazine profile, Tim O’Brien quoted the Donald, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” Now Trump uses the word “terrific” a lot, even referencing people like Putin and Kim Jong-Un, so you must take that with a grain of salt. Regardless, it sure sounds creepy knowing what we know now.

The Jeffrey Epstein case may disclose a colossal coverup by the Justice Department, which could prove to be a giant test for the current AG, William Barr, to stay out of the way of the SDNY. It’s also likely this case will have a major effect on Alexander Acosta’s life in the administration.

But what it might expose on the national stage, is the lack of moral fiber in Donald Trump’s body. If the evangelicals don’t see the real Trump after this case is laid out, then they will never be able to see the difference between God and the Devil. The Devil seems to be winning, and he just might be a player in the Trump Administration.

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MISINFORMED PEOPLE

The Trumping Down of America

Every year, thousands of buzzards flock to Hinckley, Ohio. They have been doing this since 1957. I have no idea why they go there, but it leads to today’s question. When will the flocks of the country arrive at a logical perspective on Donald J. Trump? When will Republicans become clear thinking and realize that it must be country above party?

Obviously, the country is divided. The percentages are roughly 33% for Trump and 66% against him. Interestingly, we have three viable cable news networks. Two-thirds of them are against Trump and one is directly connected to his brain to make money for an Australian media mogul and his sons. This is more like Game of Thrones than a democratic, functioning government. Winter is here and it came in the form of a constitutional crisis. Trump wants more power, and if the courts and Congress give it to him, we will lose the foundation of our government.

Imagine if a school decided that all its teachers would be replaced by one crazy D-student off his meds. The classes would erupt in chaos, law makers would be summoned to hearings and parents would sue the school system. There is one executive who would be held responsible for the mess. The President. This is a great analogy for what is happening in our country.

Trump has decided that he knows more than anyone else. He believes Putin more than dedicated intelligence officers and law enforcement. His desire to proclaim a boogieman at the border and use of fear to govern the people of the United States is disturbing. He’s never graduated to a real president and he continues to be a tacky politician blaming everything on others. An authentic leader rarely takes credit and assumes blame when justified. Harry Truman’s great slogan was “the buck stops here.” Trump puts the buck in his pocket.

A friend of mine was watching CNN over the weekend instead of her favorite, Fox News. She said, “Gee, all the news they report are bad things about Trump.” I chuckled and replied, “They are super serving their base.” That is the way to get high ratings today. Stephen Colbert was doing okay until he launched his comedic attacks on Trump, then his ratings soared. The lesson is there that more people don’t like Trump than like him. It’s plain math. Are we paying attention?

Donald Trump has single-handedly dumbed down a certain segment of our citizens and they will follow him off the cliff. Many misinformed Americans are walking around believing that it’s okay to “make nice” with Russia and Putin. WTF?

Too many people are getting more aggressive and mean in the way they treat others. This is a side effect of a mean, uncaring President who has little to no empathy for anyone. I, for one, have become more aggressive as well. While I’m not particularly proud of that, it’s my nature to argue with anyone who spreads lies and propaganda. Anyone should do the same when confronted.

One of Trump’s most ardent supporters is Anne Coulter. During the press conference about his phony emergency, Trump said, “I hardly know her, I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year, but the press loves saying ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice, but she’s off the reservation.” Remember, she wrote the book, In Trump We Trust.

To her credit, Anne shot back with this tweet, “It was one thing, the promise he made every single day at every single speech. Forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave. The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.”

Anne has a strange world view and isn’t a patriot, but she’s not dumb. She was confronted and properly responded. I may not be a Republican, but if someone like Mitt Romney or John McCain can articulate why their viewpoint makes sense, I listen. However, I no longer listen to Trump. He makes no sense whatsoever and it’s clear that he’s in it solely for himself. Even if Mueller were to “vindicate” him, he will still be a shitty president and a lousy leader.

Will the smart people from both sides come together and make the changes we need in America today? Will honest, hard-working Americans find comfort in knowing the top guy will be replaced by someone who doesn’t lie, or will they revolt and cast aside their values to walk downwind of the demagogue? How can they endure the stench?

And here is a question for the court. When Trump says something stupid, why do you not take him at his word? Why did the courts ignore what he said about the travel ban ruling when he was a candidate? Why did the high court, in a sense, sanction Trump’s lies? This will be the question in the high court soon. Will the justices hear the words of our founding fathers and intrepret their true meaning, or have they also been dumbed down by Trump’s rhetoric?

There is no crisis at the border. It’s the same problem we have had since the beginning of America. When Trump takes credit for making America so great that everyone wants to come here, he disrespects who we are as a people. It’s the freedom they are coming to, asshole. We have always been the place people wanted to call home. That’s how my family got here. Step aside, you big orange blowhard. We have the future to face, and America will be a greater, better place only when you are gone.

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DENIERS AND DINGBATS

Trump Ignores Domestic Danger

What kind of President do we have? What kind of person blames the press for what has happened in the last 72 hours? The mailing of explosive devices to Democrats and critics of Donald Trump puts him is a precarious position. His mild condemnation of these findings was nullified by a reintroduction of his blast at the press. If you follow his tweets, you can easily see his redirection rather than leadership.

Last night’s tweet gave us, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’”

This is the second attack on America that Donald J. Trump is choosing to ignore or attempt to use for his own gain. The “leader” of the free world still doesn’t believe Russia tried to wreak havoc on our 2016 elections, and now he is swatting away the criticism of his harsh rhetoric with more divisive bombast. Why doesn’t he just admit that the list of those receiving the devices contains the names of many people on his shit list?

Trump sends out his dingbats, like Sarah Sanders, to agree with this assessment that the free press is somehow to blame for the deeds of a crazy person. If he and his deniers would just SHUT UP and wait for the facts, they would better serve the American people.

And then this morning (10-26-2018), the President of the United States responded to two additional bombs being sent to Former CIA Director James Clapper and NJ Senator Cory Booker with this tweet, “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”

By putting the word “Bomb” in quotes, it’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t take these terrorist acts seriously. I thought he was the President. Isn’t that what a president is supposed to do?

The terrorist mailed several bombs to people using the mail address of CNN. This shows the playbook of the nutcase is intended to disrupt the news network that Trump fears and hates the most. It’s almost like Trump is blaming CNN because their mailing address was used.

In the end, we will not gain any insight from the White House. We cannot depend on Donald Trump to tell us the truth, even when citizen lives are at risk. There is a voice in my head that whispers, “He likes what is happening.” Why would I think that? Maybe because President Trump has done nothing to make me think otherwise.

I am ashamed that Donald Trump is president.  He is just a politician who cannot see anything that happens outside of the context of elections and his own reputation. It’s all so sad for America.

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FIRE AND FURY: THE BOOK

Trump’s Unquestioned Certitudes

In the age when books have taken a back seat to the internet and cable TV, it was good seeing a book break through the clutter and create the kind of buzz that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House did last week. I, for one, having written my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, was quite interested in how this tome was constructed. For starters, Wolff’s book is a better read than my offering. As a friend mentioned, “He interviewed 200 people and did all that journalism stuff, while you just ranted.” Point made.

Being a reader and downloading the book a few minutes after it was available, I was able to read it in two days. It’s compelling. We already think that the White House is a chaotic place to work because of the massive leaks that paint a clear picture of our crazy orange king. Wolff’s book, in a sense, confirms that Donald Trump simply transplanted his bizarre need for love and lack of focus to the most important job in America.

The phrase “unquestioned certitudes” in the last chapter jumped out at me as evidence of Trump’s greatest weakness. He simply believes that “father knows best,” and the fact that this government and the people of the United States have allowed him to break a government rule on nepotism is shameful. If you have some time, Google 5 U.S. Code § 3110 – Employment of relatives; restrictions. It’s all there in plain English, Trump and his administration are in violation, and no one has stepped up to say, “NO!”

Wolff’s book is called a lie by the White House. They even released an official statement. Yet the President’s first act was to attack Steve Bannon. Then, proving the allegation about being “unfit for office,” Trump ordered his attorneys to send cease and desist letters to Bannon, the author and the publisher. REALLY? And what effect did that have? The writer laughed and the publisher advanced the release date. Trump’s pattern of self-inflicted fuckery continues. He is the problem, not the people he fires.

When Humpty Trumpty finally falls off the wall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men will not be able to help him. His harem of female enablers, from Hope Hicks, to Kellyanne Conway, to his daughter, Ivanka, have only made him less objective and dense. For all the talk of female empowerment, Trump has grabbed the wrong women to fortify his ego. According to the book, none of them really care about America and the Constitution, they care only about HIM and their position in his court.

The book doesn’t go easy on the men either. First, I must take issued with Michael Wolff on one of his talking points. He said, “This isn’t a book about Steve Bannon, this is a book about the White House in the first 200 days.” That’s bullshit. This book, and might I suggest Wolff himself, were tools of Bannon to get back at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The conspiracy is clear throughout the book. Bannon was the source of most of what has been written. Some of the sources have denied their quotes in the book, while Steve Bannon has apologized.

When Trump made the call to Bob and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Alt-Right backers of Breitbart and Trump, Bannon offered his mea culpa, Latin for “through my fault.” Don’t believe any of this bullshit being shoveled by the White House and Trump about this book being a total fabrication. Bannon has effectively screwed the President once again. Brannon is apologizing for the statements in the book, meaning he made them. And if only some of the descriptions are accurate, we are ALL IN TROUBLE.

In a few days, we will forget the stirring speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globe Awards show, but the Michael Wolff book will leave a nagging sensation in the hearts and minds of the people who have surrounded Donald Trump in a self-validating cocoon. Do they still believe that they must remain in place to save the Republic?

Please let me share fives things I took away from the book. Then I will shut up:

1.The deep-state that Bannon obsesses on is NOT some nefarious cadre of bureaucrats trying to bring down the White House. The deep state is the “Jarvanka” monster Trump created. Trump’s worst mistake was bringing his kids and family closer than experts.

2.Donald John Trump will never change and even his best ideas are nullified by the confusion and paranoia of his own mind. Trump is Richard Nixon on his worst day, every day, sans alcohol. Wolff nailed the evidence to the door that Trump has been manipulated by Bannon, Hicks, Conway, Omarosa, Scaramucci, his daughter and son-in-law from the beginning. Trump is being played like a video game.

3.Trump has no respect for women and their intellects. They are mere pieces of meat or comfort blankets existing solely for his use.

4. The Donald is a media junky and what he says he hates, he cannot live without. He craves attention and his actions and reactions to everything are based not on what is right and good for the American people but what makes him feel warm and fuzzy. Trump declares that he doesn’t drink, but he self-medicates with Diet Coke all day to get the necessary high allowing him to get through the insanity of a job he never wanted. According to Wolff, Donald never thought he would win. Oops!

5.Trump harbors a dark, unproductive need to create drama to amuse himself. He’s bored, having no attention span or need for intellectual engagement. I suspect that this man is dyslectic. Nothing wrong with that, but it would explain his lack of desire to read. It would also point to that fact that he was never corrected or taught how to overcome this flaw.

Wolff took advantage of getting just enough truth from his White House visits to piece together a truly sad story of a man who was made by other people’s money and smarts. We don’t have a focused businessperson as the leader of the free world. We have, according to Wolff’s account, a person truly unfit to be President.

A smart news organization would sue for access to the White House visitor logs. We need to see how many visits Wolff made to the place to judge the veracity of the stories he tells. Once again, what Trump doesn’t show us is what we all want to see.

With all the conflict in the world, why do we need conflict in the White House? The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is good book, even though it doesn’t have an ending. Hopefully we might get that soon, right Mr. Mueller?

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LET THE BUYER BEWARE

Trump’s Inability to Empathize

This past Trump-week was another example of the man’s complete lack of empathy and sympathy for what the human spirit can endure. And, if I may be so bold, the media’s approach to the 45th President of the United States isn’t up to the task. This was a special moment and the media missed a major point of it all.

As I have offered before, there is a feeling of collective guilt that the press didn’t take Donald Trump seriously from the beginning. They covered him as if he was a circus act coming to town. Believing that the show would soon hit the road, they over-promoted the big, fat elephant. Well now, the elephant is here to stay and is stepping on more than your collective toes. (EPA, BANKS, LAWS, TAXES)

The Niger fallen-soldier tragedy this last week was nothing less than depressing and revolting on very many levels. A reporter asked a fair question concerning the lack of mention from our loquacious leader about the attack and the deaths of four brave men. Why hasn’t he mentioned it in twelve days? And the result? Pure defensive bullshit, a hurry up, “let’s do it now” attempt at face-saving, which was a sheer disaster.

When calling the loved ones of the fallen heroes, Donald Trump managed to make it worse. Our great Orange Leader devastated a family in Florida. Yes, we can all agree that Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who heard the call, was overly emotional. She raged about the words of our Commander in Chief. Some say it was a political move. Well it’s true that she’s a damn politician and that is what politicians do, but she is also a friend of the family.

What happened next highlights my deepest concern with this president. He lied. He lies all the time. Lying is his defense mechanism. When he is confronted or doesn’t know what he is talking about, he simply makes stuff up, “It was Obama’s fault.” Just what an African-American family wants to hear! Trump created a severe problem, and retired General John Kelly stepped in to manage the disaster.

As the Chief of Staff of this administration, many have said that Kelly is the filter of what gets to the President and the manager of those who work in the White House. I am sure he is doing a great job at that. Just look at how many inept people have been sent away. But seeing him fall on his sword for this clown-of-a-president saddened me greatly. My respect for John Kelly hasn’t been diminished by his actions, but they were motivated by his employment and his remarks will always have a tint of politics in them.

I am the son of a Word War II veteran. My father was a Master Sergeant and served in Europe. Even when he and I argued about Vietnam, I never doubted his mission or his service. I am glad his parents didn’t become Gold Star parents, because that would mean I wouldn’t be here. More importantly, my father taught me the most essential lesson, always tell the truth, no matter what.

Now, I want you to read these next words very carefully, General Kelly wasn’t defending the President. His presentation in the press room yesterday (10-19-2017) was a cry for help, a demand for respect. It was a vastly more intellectual approach to what is happening with this president. John Kelly spoke in code, a code that conveys a message totally different from what the media is dishing out.

First, Kelly explained how someone who has never worn a military uniform or fought in a war can understand that experience. It’s clear that he is trying to work with a President that he must teach. In short, he is working with someone who doesn’t know more than the Generals.

Kelly said many things that we need to comprehend. He’s right about what the country has become and how the things that were sacred in his day are no longer so. His code was a message to his boss. Kelly was crying deep inside about the lack of respect for his personal pain. The military ritual of bringing back and burying our dead warriors was pushed into the spotlight by his inept boss. The saddest thing for me is Donald Trump will never understand the code. He should have stopped talking about this incident and should not have USED General Kelly in an attempt to nullify his mistake.

Let’s analyze the Kelly code, “Hey give this Trump guy a break because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.” I’m very proud that John Kelly told the truth and confirmed what Trump actually said on the call. Trump parroted what two generals said to each other during a moment of grief. Generals talk to Generals in a different way than a President should speak to his people. Both General Kelly and Trump made bad judgements on all sides of this issue. When a person has a limited intellectual capacity and a lack of common sense to craft a message for an audience, then someone must write every word for them. Kelly was, in a way, confessing it was his fault for Trump’s actions.

General Kelly told Trump the words he heard when learning of his son’s death, “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war.” These are not the words a grieving mother or wife wants to hear. Trump never spoke the fallen soldier’s name during the conversation, truly horrible.

So, this is over, right? Kelly called a cease fire. No, that won’t work for the orange person is in the Oval Office. Trump decided to lie rather than simply admit said he didn’t convey a proper message. A soldier’s life isn’t a “let the buyer beware” reality. If Donald Trump was a real man, he would publicly apologize for misusing his words. He really should just stop talking about it, but he won’t; he can’t.

This morning, the great Orange Leader tweeted again: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”

Your obsessive-compulsive nature to continue to lie about the most sacred and sad things guarantees you the top position, Donald. You are the winner. You are Number One. You are the worst President ever!

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IMPATIENT AND “UN” AWARE

Trump’s Challenge: North Korea

That great term, “sword rattling” takes us back to simpler times, which were just as complicated as they are today. As a country, we don’t get to pick the leaders of the nations of the world. Leaders move to the top of a government sometimes because of birthright, while others kill their way to the top. And in democratic places, some run, campaign and get elected. Their viewpoints will either light the way, or cast a shadow over the land they rule.

Donald Trump ran his campaign on hardened opinions based on his consumption of extremely skewed media outlets and conspiracy theories. He railed against China by mentioning their currency manipulation and trade advantage over the US in almost every rally. He said few negative things about Russia. Trump also claimed he knew more about things like ISIS than his generals, but now that he is President it’s important that he actually listens to his generals.

On the day before the 4th of July, this nation’s 241st birthday, Kim Jong Un ordered the launch of what his press described as an ICBM that could reach the United States. Trump is now becoming aware that Little Kim is taunting the leader of the free world. In fact, the missile traveled 578 miles and made it two-thirds of the way to Japan.

In the Rose Garden (6-30-2017) Trump made a big announcement about the Asian country when he said, “The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. And, frankly, that patience is over.” Okay, not quite a red line, but in a communist country, red is not such a bad color.

Once again, our federally paid tweet teenager took to the internet even before he knew the nature of the missile to weigh in on this crisis, “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”

When I read that tweet, I LOL’d. The line that stuck out was, Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? And I thought, yeah, that little monster, lucky-sperm leader is launching missiles and our great orange hope is launching tweets. Why isn’t he just talking to Japan and South Korea? It sounds like he is pitching a movie idea to China. What does he mean by “heavy move.” Isn’t that what Trump said he did with women he thought attractive?

According to the New York Times (6-26-2017): “South Korea’s foreign minister indicated strongly on Monday that her government would honor an agreement to deploy an American missile-defense system despite protests and economic retaliation from China.” That seems a bit far from what you want China to do, Mr. Trump.

The Donald might be impatient with North Korea, but he has to understand that country’s complexities. If General MacArthur in the 1950s would have been allowed to continue his march beyond the 38th parallel, who knows what Korea would be as a unified country, today. China wanted a buffer between a working democracy, albeit corruptible, in South Korea and what they want to believe is modern communism in China. Remember, it was China that convinced Truman to “stand down” and fire MacArthur to avoid another world war.

Trump showed his feelings about China’s lack of involvement in his tweet (June 20, 2017), “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Why is our President attempting to shame leaders of major countries into action? It’s almost more important for him to have a running commentary on his feelings. O.M.G. Our president is like a teenage girl writing in her diary every night: Dear Diary…

While China and South Korea would like more discourse between countries, Trump is doing his best at making this about the cult of personality rather than real political diplomacy. Well, to be truthful, Trump is not a diplomatic person. Why is he President again?

Trump toys with people on tweeter and screams about his big bad enemy, the press, at his politically motivated rallies, while Kim Jong Un toys with nations with missiles. The frightening reality is that Un would sacrifice his country’s 25 million people just to prove that he is the boss. What are Trump’s priorities?

Trump may say he is impatient, but what is next? If the President of the United States cannot rally nations and the strong characters who care about the world, he is wasting his time with those 140 characters on Twitter. Those leaders want to know what is the plan and that includes, what happens after Kim Jong Un is gone. Unfortunately, most of those same leaders are looking forward to the time Trump is gone.