JUMP, MOVE & ACT UP AMERICA

Trump Cannot Stop US from Being Great, Again

Is it time for some positive news? The cable and over-the-air network news outlets have been adding an additional story at the end of each hour to make us feel better. I get it. That’s great programming, but it doesn’t help us deal with the next hour. All too soon we learn about more damage caused by both the virus and the Trump administration. Let’s face it. America, and quite frankly the world, were not ready for a global pandemic. “Who knew this could happen?” I guess only the experts, scientists and doctors who focus on health issues, and they tried to tell those in charge.

Donald Trump has been using the phrase “pent up demand” to express the desire of people wanting to get out of their homes and do the things they could do before this pandemic came ashore. His mantra is more salesman than realist. No matter how many times he says “pent up” that alone won’t make it happen. We need lots of smart ideas to get back to business, education and entertainment. What we get instead is a ton of hype and misinformation from the White House and this President. The latest hook, “…We’re Back!” is just another lie from his puckered little lips.

The man first told us this virus wasn’t going to hurt America, then it arrived and hurt this country terribly. He told us about an “off-the-shelf” drug for malaria that would be a big “game-changer” that did absolutely nothing other than harming some patients. We were told many lies and opinions that will do more harm than good, like drinking disinfectants. And if you need some stats, as of today, May 16, 2020, there have been 1,484,579 Americans infected with the curse, and over 88,000 people in this country have died. More than 300,000 people have been taken worldwide.

Yes, We Can Do Better

We were told that the national stockpile of ventilators, PPE and medicines were left bare by Obama. Really? What Dr. Rick Bright laid out during a House of Representatives’ hearing into the Health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is not exactly the wonderful report card that Trump always gives himself. Most workers in the Trump administration avoid any subject that angers the boss, so they never discussed the possibility of a pandemic. The Donald surrounds himself with only agreeable people, not the best people. Trump views agreement as loyalty.

Had the President been more proactive, honest and helpful with the states, we could have opened the country earlier. Instead he offloaded the responsibilities and duties to the states instead of using the bounty of help that exists on the federal level. We have FEMA, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Public Health Service and even more. Sure, they are all involved in the fight against COVID-19, but Trump doesn’t want them to get too involved. Why? Could it be he wants to cloak the seriousness and deleterious effects of the coronavirus in a hope it will make him more re-electable?

There is little expertise in world governments about handling a pandemic, but that cannot be an excuse for not protecting the planet’s citizens. While Trump fumes and foments hate and fear through his minions at Fox News and by his tweets and pressers, the rest of the country must deal with a serious viral threat. I want to face Donald Trump right now and ask him this question, “When did you become the president of everyone?” I know he would talk and talk and talk and go down his list of performance slogans, clichés and conspiracy theories, repeating his tired, old, hackneyed taglines. Of course, he wouldn’t answer my question. More likely he would accuse me of being a “never Trumper” or “Trump Hater” or some other besmirching name. He’s a fool.

Until I get a better picture of the spread and toxicity of this virus, there are places I will not go and activities I will avoid. Being in the demographic and health categories considered to be most vulnerable, I will tread lightly. My age, however, doesn’t keep me from saying that the depth of ignorance in this administration is stunning. They blather about wanting us to be safe, yet they are urging America to get back to work, school and play with no certainty that it’s safe to do so. When a state judge rules that a stay-at-home-order is unlawful, they are complicit in a coverup of the truth. Remember that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” doesn’t work on a dead person.

Look to smart corporate leaders like McDonald’s that issued their own guidelines for safely opening their stores and franchisee’s properties. It’s a specific, detailed set of smart procedures designed to keep employees and customers safe. Companies that employ smart standards are good neighbors and should be patronized.  I’ll have a Big Mac please. Those who engage in fraud and deception during this critical time should NOT get your money. Most Americans know how to analyze data and can recognize plans and practices that will keep them safe. They will reopen America safely, not this lame-ass, broke-dick President.

This global pandemic has really changed me. My pissed off retorts to people on Twitter got me suspended. I’ve become less caring about Trump fans and know that if they follow this man into battle, he will sacrifice them if need be to look good. By the way, in this context “sacrifice” means death. Why should Americans put their lives on the line for a buffoon? Why do we have to suffer the pain and experience the disillusionment of bad governance when we are the richest and smartest country in the world? I’ll tell you why. It’s because Donald John Trump has no comprehension of science. He’s a pilot who cannot take off, fly or land the plane. How can we possibly avoid a crash?

The energy of protesters demanding their states to reopen is just one example of the poison that results from Trump’s grip on the militia types. Maybe he was test driving his civil war forces, but he should not be so cocky. We saw small groups of support that the National Guard or State Police could easily defeat. For the most part, people respect their local governments and law enforcement. The also tend to social distance from Neo-Nazi, Klan sympathizers and white supremacists, just like I do.

We will conquer the virus, and even though Donald Trump is President we will make America great again. He’s not helpful and we need to use our intelligence and common sense to do what is right, and STOP LISTENING TO THIS IDIOT PRESIDENT!

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THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

Trump’s Attempt at Voter Suppression 

I believe there is a way for the United States to make voting safer with more accountable and reliable results. I am proposing the PANDEMIC VOTING ACT, which you will see later in this post.

I don’t remember the first time I voted, not because it wasn’t a special moment, but because it was more than fifty years ago. The only time I failed to vote was in 2000 when I was living in India. We saw how that one turned out. I was embarrassed by not voting, but the Bush vs. Gore fiasco that gave us “hanging chads” proved that EVERY VOTE COUNTS. So, we should always vote.

Let’s look at what the Constitution says. In Article I, Section 4, the most important document in our country says, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.” It’s clear that the time and rules of elections are not in the domain of the Executive Branch.

Congress determined in Title 3 of the United States Code that we will have presidential elections every four years, on the first Tuesday in the month of November. The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States, who are registered to vote in one of the fifty US states or in Washington, DC, cast ballots not directly for those offices but instead for members of the Electoral College. Those members may or may not have to pledge to vote for the person who won the state or their district, but this might become more defined by the Supreme Court before November of this year.

The 15th Amendment states, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution eliminated poll taxes nationwide, which means that no one must pay to vote. And that would include, paying with their lives.

 

Now with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we need to consider safer and better ways to vote. We should never see long lines of potentially sick people like we did in the most recent Wisconsin primary election. As of this writing, state health officials in Wisconsin are reporting 19 new cases of coronavirus linked to election activities. So, what are we going to do?

Even though November 3, 2020 seems like a long time from today, we don’t know what is going to take place with the virus, and we have someone in power who thinks that anything other than face-to-face voting is somehow tainted. Donald Trump has long suffered from a mental defect where he takes one little piece of information and then explodes it into a full-blown conspiracy theory without any further research. He has proven repeatedly that he lacks the ability or intelligence to figure out what is really happening in any complicated issue.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the last election, NOT because of cheating voters or a bad system, but because some of the largest states have democratic majorities. Trump also has been told by partisan political statisticians that if America had a mail in vote Republicans would never win another election. How do I know this strange revelation? Because he said it out loud!

This thin-skinned, paranoid, narcissist of a president cannot imagine losing and looking bad, so he is going to do everything he can to push back on voting by mail, even though he himself used an absentee ballot in the 2018 midterm election. If Congress oversees the rules and procedures of voting, exactly how far is Trump willing to go to block voting by mail?

How diabolical is Trump? He’s attempting to bankrupt the Post Office. If the USPS is not operating in November, there is no way for America to vote by mail. He’s not really attacking the Post Office just because they deliver packages for Amazon, he’s doing it to divert your attention from his true goal, SUPPRESSION OF VOTES.

THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

The best way to handle our elections is simple. First, why just one day? Polling places should open on November 3, 2020 and stay open for four days to eliminate the long lines for those who want to vote in person. Next, any registered voter should be able to obtain in advance of voting a paper ballot, then mail it or drop it off at their voting place. This becomes a record of their vote, and the voting officials in every state should feel good about having a paper back up for every vote cast. One person, one vote.

Trump cannot and will not stop this election. If he attempts to delay or postpone the election, the people will rise and act. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed our lives and four days of voting would encourage more people to vote. An unfound fear of paper ballots hasn’t stopped this concept from successful use in many states. Twenty states permit voters to cast absentee ballots but require an excuse, six states and the District of Columbia allow voters to request “Permanent Absentee Status” and three states (Oregon, Washington and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail. If you want to read more on the subject, click here. That’s 28 states, plus the District, that already have these procedures in place, and they’re working.

Donald Trump is a Neanderthal. He wants us to go back to coal, his minions have gotten rid of many environmental rules and policies and he doesn’t want us to vote by mail. It’s good enough for him, but not for the common man? Trump simply doesn’t understand technology and wants everything to revert to the good old days. It’s time for the American public to just scream at the guy in charge, “We don’t want to go backwards!”

Trump couldn’t conceive of a novel virus bringing down the economy. How did he miss that? He keeps mentioning the pandemic of 1917, when it really started in 1918. You would think he would remember because the flu that year killed his grandfather. Frederick died on May 30,1918. Donald Trump should recuse himself from any discussion about voting and voting restrictions. I mean, why should he be involved; he’s one of the candidates.

Yes, if the virus is still here in November millions of people will vote regardless of how they cast their ballot. A smart government, however, would use this crisis to make our voting procedures better and safer.  Every vote should count. Trump’s opinions are worthless. I am sure a bunch of lawyers are waiting for any false move from Trump and will seek legal relief from the courts. We all must keep our eyes on him. Trump cannot be allowed to pry Democracy from our caring, protective arms.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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FROM COVFEFE TO CONVID

Trump’s Longwinded Attempt at Truth

This high verbal, self-focused and confrontational style of Donald J. Trump will never convince most Americans that he truly cares about people. He talks in terms of keeping the coronavirus body count below 100,000 people and says that will mean his administration did a good job. Really? Recall that just a few weeks ago he told his rally fans that the virus was a hoax, he enabled Fox News to claim it was a Democratic plot and he told us that 15 patients will be down to zero “real soon.”

He was lying and he sent a message to many of his sycophants that you don’t need to worry about this pandemic. Now he’s saying things are going to be really bad and you probably should worry. He cannot bring himself to tell his fan boy in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, to shut the state down. DeSantis has left it up to the counties, just like Trump has allowed the states to bear most of the responsibilities during this crisis. Who are these guys? They claim to be tough on crime, law and order kind of politicians, when they are just political whores who care more about money than saving lives. Trump waited too long to take it seriously and now claims he was just trying to be positive. THIS JUST IN: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order – finally.

Ronnie and Donnie

When I think about misinformation being used in what some say is a positive way, I have to believe that they don’t see any difference between a lie and the truth. Donald Trump is a liar, and he simply makes up a lot of the information he pumps out. If a “little lie” leads to deaths, how is that constructive? Trump also misinterprets what people say. We’ve seen it when the doctors and experts say something, and then Trump attempts to reiterate their point while changing the facts. The authorities then come back and attempt to clear up the misinformation, but Trump doesn’t comprehend his error and the damage has been done.

The misuse of time with these long-winded press conferences, which he loves because they’re getting big ratings, are less productive than what New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo does each day. Cuomo’s well focused pressers give valuable, precise, concise information. I guess Trump likes Cuomo’s reports as well because yesterday he used the exact same line that Andrew delivered hours earlier.

Trump believes that the more he talks the better things get. What our idiot president doesn’t realize, and no one has the balls to tell him, is the more he talks the greater the chance he will say something that is either misleading or totally WRONG. Donald only makes things worse when he attacks the press and Democrats and repeats that strange talking point that he inherited a broken system. Well he’s been President for more than three years so he’s admitting that he never saw it, or worse, knew it was broken but did nothing to fix it. He is so blame-oriented that he cannot objectively analyze his own words and moves. He’s disconnected from the truth and has been fora long time. He’s not well.

Let’s be clear on one point, when your press conference is broadcast on all three major cable news networks and many local TV stations you should have good ratings. People tune in because they want to know what’s going on. More than 40% of Americans believe Trump and think he’s going to help them. The pollsters got their underwear in a knot when they saw Trump’s approval ratings on the coronavirus polices jumped to 49% but pull the curtain back and see that Andrew Cuomo’s rating is 80% to 85% positive. The latest Fox News poll shows that if the election were held today, Biden would get 49% of the vote while Trump would net only 40%. The blowhard on TV keeps telling everyone what a great job he’s doing but most of America isn’t buying it.

Trump talks about how his efforts prevented millions from dying while every day the death toll in this country gets larger. It’s clear that he acted too late and incompetently yet what does he do? He claims that New York and New Jersey were tardy to the party. That brought this tweet from the New York Governor’s office, “This is not the time to debate, but the states were not slow to respond — the federal government was absent.”

Why is this happening? Why are people working hard to save lives being taunted by some fat-ass loser from the sidelines? Trump talks about how hard his team is working, and I am sure they are, but when does this bullshit stop? I think Trump feels he can talk and buy his way out of this problem. He got caught cheating on his wife then sent the porn star a $130,000 stimulus plan, or as we call it HUSH MONEY. This president saw Obamacare working too well and did tried to crush it. Can you believe the Department of Justice is suing to get rid of a legislative act? WTF? Can you believe that Trump questions the orders for ventilators from hospitals? Who is the feckless dick?

I don’t believe anything Trump says. He claims that 500,000 test kits were sent out but were never used. So, where the fuck are the kits? Why wouldn’t he have known where they were and why they couldn’t be used? The answers given in the latest briefing were farcical. It’s just like this administration didn’t know the location of the kids who were separated from their parents at the southern border and now the Federal Government cannot track the test kits they sent out. Does no one in the White House have a computer?

I think they are lying about a lot of things, perhaps even the death count. Trump’s team urges the stay at home policy, but this president doesn’t have the balls to sign a nationwide shutdown. When it comes to the cruise ships needing to offload sick and dead people, Trump simply says, “DeSantis should do the right thing,” BUT TRUMP NEVER SAYS WHAT THE RIGHT THING IS. The man cannot admit that he is wrong, and his disciples carry forth this insane, egotistical approach to management. They are all idiots and the sooner we get rid of them the better off America will be.

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The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 


A MORAL OBLIGATION

Being Firm with Church Leaders

I grew up in a home where the moral grounding was simple. Put your faith in God and everything will work out. For most of my lucky life, things have gone very well. I’m no longer aligned with organized religion and churches, but I respect what they represent and what good they can do when the community comes together. I have always felt safe when visiting churches, synagogues and temples. Which brings us to COVID-19.

There are some people in America who truly feel that they can pray away diseases and disorders. Some even believe they can urge the Lord to eliminate homosexuality. In our world of science, we are sometimes asked to modify the text of holy scriptures. There are some religious leaders who believe that science is the enemy and the more we learn the more they must justify certain parts of the gospel. As I like to point out, George Washington came to an early death because the applied science of the day instructed doctors to drain pints of his blood to cure a cold. In President Washington’s case, a few good prayers may have kept him alive.

Some pertinent facts are in on this coronavirus crisis, if you get the virus, most likely you will not die. However, if you are part of the 1% that has an underlying condition, you could perish. So why are church leaders in many communities promoting services and urging their congregations to come together under one roof? Yes, people who are depressed and afraid need God right now, but what if some parishioners contract the virus while in the church? How is that possibly a good thing?

A foundation of our country is the separation of church and state. Some of our founders, like Thomas Jefferson, held that tenant more so than others, but it was also enriched by the First Amendment which clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… “So, the same amendment codified freedom of both speech and religion.

Many government officials, especially those who cater to the religious right, do not want to come down hard on churches. They would never demand churches STOP gathering to exercise their freedom to worship, but this brings us to a higher authority, God. Most religions have a notion of a God, and this supreme power usually protects human life. You cannot be “pro-life” and spit into the face of a virus like COVID-19. People who come to your place of worship might bring young kids and babies and they are not immune to coronavirus. Even if you are okay with exposing older Americans to the germs, why would you take the chance of killing a young person or a baby?

I believe that a priest, minister, preacher, imam, or rabbi has a moral calling to protect their flocks. Just as we have seen with mass shooter situations, the leaders of the church have endorsed methods such as armed parishioners to save their followers.

Why would they put their congregation in harm’s way? They can say that God will protect the members of the church but surely, they understand disease, illness and death. One of their main jobs is providing comfort to people who are suffering. Don’t they understand that their ignorance and disregard could create suffering? What moral standing gives the clergy a pass on protecting their people from a dangerous pathogen?

There have been plagues and pandemics throughout recorded history. The Holy Bible uses them to show the power of the Old Testament God as well as some strange vindictive curses inflicted on those who hurt Christians, but that doesn’t mean that a gathering place can protect believers from a worldly disease. What would Jesus do? Well, he would heal the sick, but he would never place the weak in a dangerous place. So, why are the mega-churches and small-town places of worship not going online and bringing their messages to the congregations in a safe way?

As a member of society, and someone who respects freedom of speech and religion, I must disagree with our leaders who don’t take a bold stance on this misplaced faith. They don’t have to use force or penalize churches and their members, but they should make a strong statement that, for the benefit of the whole society, congregants should be smart. Just as I finished writing this piece, this news broke out of Florida. A Tampa megachurch pastor was arrested after leading packed services despite the “safer-at-home“ orders by the local authorities. The charge is unlawful assembly and violating public health emergency rules. Surely, the ACLU will take up this case.

The advice might be to pray at home, go on the internet and find church videos or live streams, but stop putting people in harm’s way. I’ll even pray for you, and that is truly saying something.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 


FALSE TRANSPARENCY

Trump’s Limited Vocabulary & Honesty

There are times when our children ask us a question we cannot, or don’t want, to answer. I remember a time when a teacher of one of my kid’s explained to the class that there wasn’t a Santa Claus. I know, I know, why would she do that? But the fact of the matter is what she said was true; there is no Santa Claus, but I was less than that direct when trying to comfort my kids. I assured them they would still get presents. And so, it goes. There are times in life when we find ourselves face to face with false transparency.

As youngsters, we are introduced to the notion of “little white lies.” You know, untruths which get us out of uncomfortable situations. There is never a penalty for a white lie, with the exception of someone figuring out that we lied to their face and we then lose that friendship. On the grand scale, however, everyone tells white lies. I just have never understood why we attach a color to them.

Our culture involves a reasonable amount of mythology and religious faith to support our believe in self-worth. I grew up in Pittsburgh where we learned about Joe Magarac, a bigger-than-life steel worker. It was folklore, but that didn’t stop parents, teachers, uncles and friends from spreading the story of Magarac. We all need heroes.

We also had Paul Bunyan, who was not real, but perhaps a combination of different historical characters from Canada or France. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, but his story was stretched to fit the amazing feat of him planting millions of apple trees in the Midwest, as if Mother Nature needed help. By the way, she’s not real either.

Donald Trump, unfortunately, is a real person who, for some unknown reason, tells tons of lies. It would be easy to say that he’s suffering from brain damage, but after deep research I cannot find anything that would have caused such an impairment.

Trump is not an attractive mythological character because he frightens children and can never convince more than 45% of the people that his story makes any sense. His birth story has been a lie, his growth through adulthood is filled with failures and false claims and the elderly man now claims to be the smartest of them all, but he delivers no facts to back up the claim and much evidence to prove it’s a lie.

He has a limited vocabulary and repeats trite phrases over and over. He says he loves things, but his actions show he loves nothing other than himself. Now he’s stupidly saying, “I would love to have this guy testify,” when it’s abundantly clear that is not what he wants at all.

If a woman disagrees with him, she’s “nasty” and anything that overwhelms him is “sad.” If only we knew he suffered from some neurological ailment that continually triggers his venom and sadness, we could get him some free help at Walter Reed Hospital. Now let’s address the elephant in the room, transparency.

You see, transparency is a good thing in government. Voters want to know as much as possible about the candidates, the elected officials and how the government actually works. We don’t need to review the Federal budget line-by-line, but we would like the guy who decides where the money is spent to tell us where he thinks the money should be spent.

For example, when the orange baboon on TV keeps saying, “I want clear air and crystal-clear water,” we expect that he is going to make policies and spend monies to facilitate that desire. On the contrary, this president has cut funding to the EPA and relaxed laws so companies can legally make the air worse and the water undrinkable. Once again, false transparency, or as we used to say on the streets of Pittsburgh, “He’s a fucking liar.”

There is a great quote running around the internet from former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci. According to the Mooch, Trump once admitted that his entire political aura is an act and he cannot believe that people stupidly fall for it. Does that sound like the man who claims he’s the most transparent president for all times? Of course, it does.

America can be a great place and our achievements, quality of life and freedoms are, for most part, amazing. For those following along, “amazing” is better than “great.” Donald Trump is a false prophet brought to our country by the less than great part of America that says greed rules and a person’s ego is all that matters. So, as you watch the 53 soulless senators vote for Donald Trump and make him feel more powerful, know that they are NOT America. When the time comes, let’s vote all of them out of office.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Malformed, Myopic & Malignant

If I were the president of a company and more than 49% of my employees wanted me gone from my job, I would leave a sonic boom as I blasted out the door after resigning. However, the public is a bit fickle when it comes to presidents, and sometimes they look better long after they left office. Jimmy Carter might have been a mediocre one-term president, but he’s an amazing human being.

Let’s consider this famous movie line, “If you build it, they will come.” In case you forgot, that was the tagline for Field of Dreams, a movie about a man’s desire to reconnect with his father and the past to somehow make it right. Yes, it’s a baseball movie, but it’s really a story about how the past generation should always give the next generation something good to take with them.

Forming a government is a parliamentary phrase. Presidents build administrations. We all know that Donald Trump, up to the time he became President, had only a donor’s viewpoint of politics. Judging by the recipients of Trump’s donations over the years, it’s clear that his contributions were more like bribes and less like gestures of loyalty to politicians’ dogmas. From state’s attorney generals to dogcatchers, he gave them money to get things done. That’s who he is and how he works.

When putting together his own team, he was led more by the way things looked rather than vetting people. In some cases, he didn’t even talk with the person he hired. What was that all about? The end results were disastrous.

People he hired solely because they were “generals,” even after the Donald said he knew more than all the generals, didn’t work out. Think about H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, James Mattis and Michael Flynn. They are all generals and they are all gone. I have said many times that Trump hired Mattis just because he liked saying the man’s nickname, “Mad Dog Mattis.”

Trump constantly told us that rich successful businesspeople would help him govern. He ended up with a bunch of self-serving people who saw Trump as a goofball or, as Rex Tillerson called him, “a fucking moron.” Whatever they thought they were bringing to the goal of making America great was neutered by Trump’s inability to absorb important details or learn proper procedures from them.

Trump’s frustration with how things worked lured him into recruiting people outside of the government like Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski and Rudy Giuliani. He wanted them to do his dirty deeds beyond the chain of command, rules of government and Congressional oversight.

From the beginning, Trump placed terrible people in his cabinet. Bringing in Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy, while he campaigned to eliminate it, was a stupid move. Perry didn’t even know his department controlled the nuclear arsenal. Then there’s Betsy de Vos, who knows nothing about public or private schools. A judge just fined her $100,000 personally because she was too dim to understand what she did wrong.

The lack of vision, planning and problem solving with this group of wannabe’s and family members is appalling. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are useless, vapid trophy posers. Jared didn’t fix the Middle East and Ivanka totally blasted that equal rights thing right past her father’s cock block of maternity pay and time off. Why are they still there?

Trump went through two press secretaries until he surrendered by elevating his wife’s press person, Stephanie Grisham. She ended press briefings so the press couldn’t challenge the administration or ask questions about its policies. This news blackout is contra to Trump’s need for camera time, so he holds impromptu and unprepared press briefings himself, screaming over the whine of a helicopter on the south lawn. Shoddy, at best.

Some people with serious credentials and experience have been pulled into Trump’s inner circle of harshness and lack of empathy. When you see the angry, defensive, anti-press actions of Peter Navarro, Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney, understand that they are simply echoing their boss’s personality.

Cancers of deception, ignorance and stonewalling have infected all the troops that remain in the White House. Those who disagree with this president get sent packing or left to write books on their own accord. It has been reported that John Bolton received a $2 million advance on a book deal to tell all. This is the main reason he is not testifying; it would queer the book deal.

We are at the stage four level of this presidency. Yes, there is an election coming in less than a year, but what we have seen so far should teach America a great lesson. Maybe the major benefit of all this impeachment crap is a lesson about how NOT to be a president. In the end, it’s all Trump’s fault. He never graduated to governance and stayed too long in politician mode. His sick need to win at any cost has replaced the kind of sound judgement required for leadership.

The worst part of the Trump presidency will be a lingering anger and distrust of facts. When Trump goes, and he will one way or the other, there are those who will be frustrated and will continually claim how unfair Donald was treated. That cult will have to find another leader, but they will always be pissed off at something they cannot understand. That is what is most sad.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


FREE FOOD FRIDAY

What’s More Fun Than Freedom?

Screw all of you goofball politicians, lying narcissists and half-baked barkers. You want to make the world a better place? Then put your money where my mouth is. There, I said it. Stop with all of your thinly veiled, bullshit proposals and do something remarkable.

I used to work for a New York software company. One of the problems facing any firm in that place is getting people to work on a Friday. So, the owners instituted what became known as Free Food Friday. Guess what? It worked! People showed up at the office and stood in line to get themselves fed. It made the company feel more like a family. Of course, when new bosses took over the first thing they did was eliminate that cost.

I hear some of the Democratic politicians saying they will figure out how to eliminate college debt and make higher-education FREE! I am sure that “free college” has a ring to it, but once Donald Trump gets his little sweaty hands on their idea he will slap the flimsy label of “socialism” on it, just as he does for anything that is “free.” Of course, all the mindless followers of the Orange Goddess of New York will get in line, lock step with the Führer.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are two guys who believe their shit doesn’t stink, but here in the grandstand we all can smell their putrid ideas. No one wants to live in a bad world, but what would make a better world? Short of a death by a thousand sharpies, how about buzz-haircuts for those two loathing assholes in power?

Let’s end the week on a bright note, with some proposals that just might move the world along a bit.

First, here’s a rather Darwinian suggestion of FREE TRADE. It Trump believes that America is so great, why does he insist on using the power of government to manipulate world markets? So far he’s created only chaos and uncertainty. How is that a good idea for anyone? Or is this just another move to put more money in his pocket?

We have soybeans. Why not sell them to the Chinese and forget about tariffs? Move the product. Make the money. Stop getting in the way of capitalism. Tariffs aren’t part of capitalism; they are the creation of protectionist fear mongers. Always have been. There isn’t much difference between a “trade war” and a real war. Sure, fewer people die but more people go broke in a trade war. How is that good for the world or our farmers?

Next, what about FREE FOOD and FREE MONEY? If each country was asked to contribute a certain percentage of their gross national product to a world hunger fund, we could feed all the starving people in the world. Look what happens when a natural disaster like a hurricane hits a place. Food gets delivered on planes. Ever wonder how that food gets there? Non-government organizations mobilize and deliver the much need supplies. Isn’t hunger a natural, human disaster? I can already hear Mr. Trump screaming about America First. Well fuck you Mr. empty suit with your face full of man tan. People are starving in America, so feed them first!

On the surface, the concept of FREE MONEY sounds communistic, but isn’t that what we do with our tax system? We take money from all the people, unfairly collected of course, and then we give that money back in the form of services and roads, etc. BUT if the people kept all their money, they surely wouldn’t just stash it in their mattresses; they would spend it. Let them have all the money they make and then watch their big smiles. Screw taxation. It’s had its chance and it’s not working. No one is getting rich except Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi.

It’s not FREE COLLEGE that matters. It’s demanding that the educational system knows who should go to college and who should go right into training programs. Stop with this pie-in-the-sky idea that everyone will become a doctor or lawyer. Quit bribing universities to let your brain-dead offspring push someone who could really make a difference off the acceptance lists. If you have enough money to buy your way into a college, your kids don’t need that education anyway. Make education work by putting more money into the process.

We saw what a generation did with FREE LOVE. Well maybe a little more “free love” and a little less cable news would be the cure for what divides us. I never met a horny Republican who didn’t want the same thing that I wanted after a night of hard partying. Why are we letting Donald Trump fuck us? He’s a total loser who spends his time saying negative things while getting everything in his life for free.

Maybe in the end, the Donald will get FREE FOOD from one of our “higher” educational institutions. You know, those with names like, Allenwood, Leavenworth, Lompoc, or since he seems to hate California so much, maybe he could matriculate at Victorville. I’m willing to bet that being on a federally mandated diet of mushy food will help his ever-expanding waistline. The good news, Donald, is you will no longer have the evil free press to point out what a frail and miserable liar you are. Oh, you might get that occasional Dateline-type reporter coming to interview you about prison reform, and then you can go on and on about how unfairly you were treated. And you’ll be able to complain about how bad the food is and share the latest conspiracy theories from the white supremist gang in prison. You could even get a free tear tattoo on your cheek. Perhaps then we’ll all be able to rest knowing there is justice in America and we all are finally FREE of you.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


THE NEED TO INFLICT PAIN

Trump Finds Pleasure Without Gain

With more and more Republican Representatives and Senators deciding to retire rather than deal with the devil in the White House, we are seeing the effect of Trump being the head of the party and the government. The defectors know that anyone who says anything negative about the Donald will be doomed to ridicule and possible presidential endorsement of a primary challenger.

One of the most disturbing aspects of Trump’s personality is that he seems to get off on putting people down and inflicting pain. Even when there is no apparent gain or reward for him, this President has a deep need to feel superior to other people. He not only never admits a mistake, but he adds lies on top of lies to protect his fragile ego. We saw that clearly with the doctored weather map he used to defend his blunder of warning Alabama about a hurricane that wasn’t going to happen there.

Why does the press make such a big deal about this visual lie Trump showed to defend himself? Well, besides it being against the law to alter a federally issued weather report, it’s just plain stupid. When will Donald Trump learn to let the experts report the facts and stay out of the way? Oh yeah, that’s right, he’s not capable of learning. Being rich doesn’t make him smart; many wealthy people are mentally bankrupt.

At a New Year’s Eve party this year, a widowed millionaire asked what I thought about Trump. I told her, “Trump is an idiot.” She quickly disagreed saying that he was a brilliant marketer and great for our economy. I wasn’t interested in having a negative discussion ruin a perfectly good party, but I took that as evidence that most people who are on the R side of the political spectrum don’t give a rat’s ass about anything other than their money. And that is where we part company. If the only thing Americans care about is money, then why do we even pay taxes? If most of the money goes to the rich people, then why wouldn’t there be a revolution?

Trump focuses on things that help himself and his friends. If you analyze his tweets, his inter feelings and thoughts, you will see a pattern of putdowns and falsehoods that have no connection to the important priorities of our country. Sure, it’s important for a president to warn people if a storm is coming their way, but if Donald Trump doesn’t have the time to consult with experts from the agencies that work to keep us safe, he is unqualified to hold the office.

Bill Maher calls Trump a “Whiny Little Bitch,” and that certainly has a ring to it, but I would rather just call him a dangerous pathological liar. So, where do we go from here? As we head into an election year, we all know who Donald Trump is and we will all be challenged to decide what to do about him. Some would like to impeach him, a solution I do not prefer unless he gets reelected. If Congress was to impeach Trump before the election, President Pence would pardon him, and we would never learn the depth of corruption.

As we go through additional oversight hearings, we will learn more but, please people, stop the stupid arguments. It’s clear that Donald Trump is not doing the people’s business; he is taking care of his own bank account. The fact that a judge said that the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia didn’t have standing in court to challenge him on Emoluments, Trump now believes he can push as much money to his properties as he wants. Why wouldn’t a state have standing to challenge the chief executive on a law codified in the Constitution? States must approve changes to the Constitution, why can’t they challenge an infraction?

For those not aware, the Emoluments law is Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. It prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without asking Congress for permission. Trump didn’t ask Congress before Mike Pence transferred large amounts of money to a property owned by Trump in Ireland. Since conflicts of interest don’t seem to bother our President and Vice President, they both are complicit.

When Trump’s actions and words hurt people, few of his own party are there to protect the victims of his wrath. Those who do complain about his stupid remarks are simply wasting their breath. They should be taking actions against his bad policies and hurtful executive orders. You can either deny the hurt and live your life like an abused spouse, or you can confront the person who is making life bad for you.

I choose to confront Trump and tell the truth. This guy is a lousy piece of shit who would lie to anyone just to make it seem like he knows what he is doing. He’s a feeble, feckless fart who doesn’t have the wherewithal to differentiate right from wrong. He doesn’t feel the pain he causes because he lacks empathy and care. Who made this guy president? Who will remove him from office?

When I saw the altered weather map, a phrase popped out of my mouth, “What a small man.” There is irony here. He’s a big, fat, overweight asshole who acts like a small little man without a true north star. It would be comforting if we found out later than he was suffering from a mental disorder because then we could feel sorry for him.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 


A PREGNANT ECONOMY

Trump’s Denial of Umbilical Connection

Donald Trump has been railing against globalism for a long time. Perhaps he fails to understand the structural foundation of trade, or, worse doesn’t have the knowledge and facts a true world leader should.

As President, historians will note either what you did you to help people (Obamacare) or what you did to hurt people (#TrumpTradeWar). There’s nothing a person can do to change facts or repair their narrative. Trump just may be writing a one-term reality.

If you see the stock market as the sole indicator of economic stability in America, you are only half right. Only 50% of working citizens own stock, the rest usually hold debt. Trump is so far from middle-class reality that he cannot possibly understand the challenges of a working family. Rather than show empathy, he transmits tropes of hate and fear.

I’m noticing that the shelves at Target and Walmart seem to have less inventory. Some stores have reconfigured with wider aisles, so that fewer choices aren’t so glaring. There is a wait and see attitude regarding buying based on tariffs and customer demand.

Macy’s CEO warns that the trade war could force stores to raise prices and send a message to President Trump that his consumers do not have an appetite for higher prices. Brick and mortar retailers are nervous. Will American malls become the next shuttered structures, victims of globalism and bad trade policies?

Like a pregnant woman engaging in risky behavior, Trump is wielding significant damage to not only our economy, but to the world’s monetary structure. China is only part of Trump’s problems. The Donald’s bullheadedness is killing our farmers and the insulting act of throwing them scant domestic aid while their soybeans are rotting is shameful and un-American.

Trump’s use of Twitter as an economic weapon against the central bank and its chairman is beneath the presidency. He continually equates experts and hard-working people to enemies when they suggest a different position than his. Trump’s ego appears to be his sole priority and his fear of recession might be the only reality that gets his unfettered attention. He seems to comprehend that a bad economy will be sure death in the voting booth for him.

The Donald is going to kill the baby. He refuses to take the doctor’s advice because he thinks he knows better than anyone else. He’s bad for the environment. He’s bad for the economy. He’s bad for America. And, oh yeah, he’s a racist. It’s time to abort his presidency. We have a fool in the White House.


MESSAGE TO REPUBLICANS

Take the Money and Run

Math has always been a secondary reality for me, but I have managed to make and spend a lot of money in my life. I am like many in our country. I carry a little more debt than I should, but hey, why not live a comfortable lifestyle? When my kids wanted something, I usually found a way, and now that they are having kids, I expect them to make sure their children are neatly clothed, properly nourished and unconditionally loved. That brings me to Donald Trump.

I woke up this morning to this headline on the CNBC Financial Network: Trump’s tariffs cost US businesses $3.4 billion in June. Because the current liar-in-chief sits in the Oval Office, his misdirection is far beyond a game. Trump is going to damage the core American business model. True Republicans know free markets and they understand that controlling spending by balancing budgets make sense, but currently there are NO REAL REPUBLICANS. They are just Trump lemmings following him over the cliff. Not to pour salt into Republican wounds, but the People’s Bank of China said this, “The Chinese side advises the U.S. to leap over the cliffs and return to the correct track of rationality.”

There is a theme here and Republicans should cut ties with the maniac in the White House who listens to no one and, like a snapping turtle, stays clenched and hyper focused solely on what he wants, even when it hurts hard-working Americans. Most experts warned Donald Trump that his theory on how to change world economics was flawed and thought he demonstrated a lack of knowledge on how global markets work. This has now been proven, much to the chagrin of those who know better.

The best thing Senator Leader Mitch McConnell can do is call his chamber back to work right now to address several important issues. Not only is there a genuine need to pass reasonable gun control measures but having the Senate in town to talk to Trump about what the Trade War is doing would be productive. Someone needs to massage some patience and reasoned strategy into his thick skull. The 1% has made enough money and the tax cuts were mostly used for stock buybacks, not wage increases. According to AP, “Companies in the S&P 500 spent $806 billion on stock buybacks in 2018, blowing away the previous record of nearly $590 billion set in 2007.” Maybe the Republicans should sell all their stocks and begin buying real estate. In short, they should take the money and run. Their party is about to end.

Trump supporters in Congress should reevaluate Trump and his destructive policies. Everyone wants America to do well, and part of that is the stock market. However, the middle class of this country is focused on paying for housing, diapers, backpacks and waffles. As prices soar to pay for Trump’s vindictive trade fiasco, all the benefits of the tax cuts have been eroded by an overzealous demigod.

Why have we put our faith and economy in the hands of a man who has taken countless companies and enterprises into bankruptcy? Why did millions of Americans believe Trump would make things better? Are we all that stupid? Why can’t we hear the truth when it hits us in our heads? I remember when the stock market was crashing in 2008 and Senator John McCain said that he believed the fundamentals of the economy were “strong.” As pensions were drying up and 401Ks were imploding, McCain showed his misunderstanding of the market and economics. Between that and Sarah Palin, McCain sunk his chances to be president.

By electing Trump, the Republicans have forced themselves to the edge of a cliff based on his lack of knowledge about global economics. Trump has always been against globalization, but that never stopped him from taking his own brands around the world. Assuming for a second that Trump actually knows what he’s doing, that would mean that all he does is meant to create hate toward countries and people in order to get elected. Wow, how shallow and immoral. Just to put a bow on this bag of shit, most of the Trump MAGA hats are made in China.

The Donald keeps talking about how bad things are in China, which begs the question why is that good for the world? He claims that companies are returning their bases to America, but why would they? With uncertainty and tariffs, is it wise to move an operation to a country without a firm economic foundation?

When will a Republican knowledgeable about economics and global supply stand up and state, in clear language, that the current tactics with China will ripple through the world and perhaps cause a global recession? No one wants to be negative, but without some sense of realism in the Oval Office, we are putting all our chickens in one basket. And one person controls that basket. WHY?

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.