THE SERIOUSNESS OF IT ALL

The Day I Finally Figured Out Trump

Today, Flag Day 2017, gun shots rang out on a baseball field in Virginia. The GOP baseball team was practicing for their annual charity game with the Democrats. Both parties take this event extraordinarily seriously; to the point of practicing in early mornings weeks leading up to the event.

I’ve often said that I am not very smart. I don’t mean that in some self-deprecating way, I truly don’t understand people. How I have been able to understand things at times is by converting the abstracts of life into pictures. My emotions are tied to visuals of every kind. My father was born on Flag Day, so when I see the flags on the streets of our great nation I think of my father. He used to joke, “Hey, look, everyone is celebrating my birthday. They’ve put their flags out.”

When I learned of a man shooting members of the GOP baseball team during their practice today I had a sick feeling. Not just because it was an act of violence but, that as we later learned, there probably was a political motive to the shooting.

For me to understand how politics work I draw a circle. At the top of the circle, say 12 o’clock, exists a place I call the middle, or the moderate, position. Then I can move to the right or the left on that circle. When I get so far down, say around 6 o’clock, it’s hard to distinguish the far right from the far left. They galvanize into this exposed nerve ending. The far right, Alt-Right or white supremacists, look similar to the far left, Patriot fighters, anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries.

On Fox News, Newt Gingrich, a political financial exploitation artist, talked about the meaning of the shootings. He said, “It’s part of a pattern. You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left.” Maybe you see only the intense increase of the left, Mr. Gingrich, but there has been an increase intensity on both sides and the reason is Donald Trump. You either own that and take your rewards from dirty dark political money, or stop your intellectual charade.

Trump opened a can of worms and no one wants to eat worms. No matter how you serve it up, someone, somewhere, has to stand up and say, TRUMP put the worms in the can. And here is how he started it.

It began with his message against political correctness. People got the message. It was banged on TV for weeks and weeks. It’s okay to say what you want. So, when we had violent rallies the emotional band aids were ripped off and people screamed. They screamed at the Bernie rallies, they screamed at the Donald rallies. The moderate people, like Hillary Clinton, bounced between 11 o’clock, to lure some Bernie voters, and 1 o’clock, to buffer some of the Trump nuts.  But Hilary’s moves didn’t matter.  The distrust that was sown over the years by critics and the campaign bombardment of hateful fake news and mistruths on social media created a myth too big for Clinton to overcome in the Electoral College.

Trump was louder than Bernie and the Democrat machine didn’t want to turn over the reins to a part-time Independent socialist. On the other hand, the avarice of the Republican party permitted Trump to hijack their club. Winning mattered more than principals, which is page one in the Trump and Newt playbook. Trump needs to cut the silly game show crap and start to become serious about America and ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The fact that the Capitol Hill Police were able to kill the gunman who targeted Republicans on that field means we won’t get to hear his side of the story, but his electronic footprint is the same as those angry “let’s take some action” radicals on the right. You see, when you go so far to the right, you meet up with the crazies who have taken the message of hate too far to the left. They see themselves as freedom fighters, like the minute men. Oppressed white people with guns, far right, or far left?

Trump has to lead or leave. If he had a real brain and better people around him, he would see that he has stirred the pot and added hate toward immigrants, putting just enough salt into the wounds of people who have been economically displaced by years of globalization.  He has “called for things” rather than really getting anything done. He is as fake as the real news he dislikes.

Wait until the people figure out that his “great movement” has achieved only drug prices without oversight, fake job creation without training, education without a budget, environmental policy without a result and healthcare that doesn’t work for the very people who voted for him. They will be screaming, “Lock him up!”

I loved the irony of members of Congress quickly cancelling their hearing on gun control because of the shootings. What, too soon? The language they used in the halls of democracy, “An attack on one of us, is an attack on us all” Finally they understand why NATO exists. Doh!

The Trump administration should realize the harder they push the more push back they will get. Where are all the “best people” Trump said he would get to help him? All the President’s men, and a few women, sat around the cabinet table the other day kissing his ass and wasting the taxpayers’ money.

The more Donald Trump governs only to his base the angrier the rest of America becomes. The thing that gets in the way of any good ideas Trump has is his inability to float above his emotional level and need to be original. It’s not a bad piece of advice to be a moderate in America, especially with so many guns in the hands of crazy people.


BODY-SLAMMING IN MONTANA

Trump Bad Mouths Media

The state slogan of Montana is Oro y Plata, which means Gold and Silver. Perhaps, their recent political headline will set the gold standard on how a Republican should handle the press. Tomorrow we will learn whether the alleged man-handling of a reporter, who just asked a question, had any effect on the special election for their sole member for the House of Representatives. (Because of massive mail-in votes in Montana that were cast before the incident and the fact that the state is primarily Republican, Greg Gianforte won the election and will take the vacant seat).

From Fox News web site (5-25-2017):

Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. … I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!”

Nixon, the first president to regularly refer to reporters as “the media” and stayed away from the more Constitutionally acceptable term, “the press”, lives on in the Trump Administration.

From the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

I have long believed that activities of some people are usually based on some kind of whisper or permission slip from someone else higher up in power. In this case, perhaps Gianforte was just having a bad multi-millionaire day. Poor Baby!

The “press” says that Gianforte and his wife founded the customer relationship management software company called RightNow Technologies. They certainly must have a grasp of helping customers be successful, or in this case the voter, for positive gains and results. What positives can come from a body slam?

Trump is the source of the negative energy toward the press and the “mainstream media.” A very dear friend of mine just said, “I don’t know what to believe anymore.” Deep inside that sentence is the dogmatic doubt and disingenuous evaluation of our press as all evil, all wrong, all uninformed. How can one TV news network keep belittling all the other media outlets, when they themselves are a “Media” outlet? No brotherhood, no defense when you do wrong. Read: sexual harassment.

When the President focuses on the leaks rather than the truth, he drives a wedge between the purpose of the press in a democracy and the responsibility of any administration to manage its information.

Trump’s team is horrible at messaging and their boss is worse. With all the golf Donald plays, he certainly should understand what a wedge does. Certainly, he knows the difference between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge.

Instead of thoughtfully using a wedge to get himself out of the sand trap of anti-press philosophy, he generally pulls a driver and whacks the press with it. Instead of making the press wither, it makes them stronger. His harangue makes the media motivated to work harder. The greater the number of shots the press takes the more they will find even more things you are doing; right or wrong.

There is no physical contact in Golf and shouldn’t be any in politics. During the campaign, Donald Trump said it’s very appropriate for his supporters to beat protesters at his rallies. Candidate Trump added as a protester was being escorted away, “The guards are being very gentle with him… I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that.”

Now that Donald J. Trump is President of the United States many seem to disregard what the “candidate” said compared to what the President utters. But really folks, the damage is already done. Trump said it was okay, he won the election, therefore those activities are okay. He has already declared war on the press. The media armies are not going away. They are marching toward him. Even Fox News (above) is forced to tell the truth.

Any fool can launch a web site and blast out their true feelings and thoughts. We are all THE PRESS. We are all THE MEDIA.


ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT VS. ESTABLISHMENT

Trump’s Outside Agitator Role

I remember vividly when protesters in the late 1960s grew in numbers. President Nixon and his Trump-like bullhorn, Spiro Agnew, claimed that “outside agitators” were behind all the protests against his administration and the Vietnam war. Funny, that a President couldn’t understand Americans against war.

The term “agitators” goes back to an era of labor disputes when unions would bus in thugs to disrupt the picket lines at job sites. This would give the local police departments justification to go in and bust some heads. While the owners of the factory said, the union had bussed the hooligans in, the unions accused the owners of paying the disrupters. The idea was to create fear and thus end the labor dispute. Bricks were thrown, blood was shed.

Like a 1950s politician, Trump uses the expression that “protesters against him are paid” leading some to make the joke, “Well, see Trump fulfilled his promise, he has created jobs.”

But the real question: Is the President really anti-establishment, or just modifying truth to build his own establishment. A world where nepotism is perfectly legal and the only people who have opinions worthy of his attention are those with as much money as he or are related to him.

The problem with Trump is that he focuses so much on what people are saying about him that he misses the most important part of the job: Actually, getting things done.

When he losses a battle in Congress, he wants to change the rules. Sure, it would get more things done if there was a 51% margin on votes, but 60% is there for a reason.

In his case, it appears that Donald Trump fails to understand that by being anti-establishment he is really being anti-constitution and anti-separation of the branches of government.

Article 2 of the Constitution clearly states that: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur… Clearly the founding fathers were establishing what they thought was an established order of things especially on treaties with other nations. Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, et al. didn’t want a king, they wanted an executive.

With all the huffing and puffing done by candidate Donnie on the trail, supporters would have believed that their anti-Washington savior was going to unleash his wrath on all the terrible things in government as soon as he got there. They joined a cult headed by a charismatic leader who lies.

Trump supporters hate the government until they get dragged off an airplane by police. They hate government until they discover their drinking water has poison in it. They hate the establishment because Fox News has been feeding their heads with the gossip according to Rupert Murdoch that everything is wrong, as long as it makes him money.

But in reality, the job of heading the executive branch is not as all powerful as it might be in some other countries or in certain companies. If young Donald would have spent more time in civics class, he would have had a fuller understanding of how things worked before he got to the White House.

To say Kim Jong Un is a “smart cookie” is really DUMB. Ask Kim Jong Un’s uncle how much of a “cookie” he thinks he is; Oh, that’s right, you can’t, because Kim killed him.

And what does this President think is the priority? Well, his campaign (which is now taking money for his 2020 re-election pursuit) said they will spend $1.5 million on TV and online to run a commercial that says mainstream media is “fake news.” That is what you would call anti-establishment, but what is the next step? Can censorship be too far behind? Why not use the $1.5 to explain how the budget works, or why your ideas on healthcare are good? Too complicated?

Freedom is part of this establishment we call the United States of America. Protecting people from abuses and schemes is pretty much an established goal of government. Keeping citizens safe is a must, but how is tweeting at three-in-the-morning keeping us safe? Get some sleep Agent Orange, it’s a well-thought-out establishment out there to get you.

Established facts, like Andrew Jackson’s involvement in American’s Civil War was only his 100 slaves he owned until his death, which took place 16 years before the war started. “Old Hickory” might be your hero Mr. Trump, but the Donald ought to also learn that Jackson was credited with causing the Panic of 1837, which started an almost ten-year recession. Please don’t be like Jackson, Mr. President. Shut up and lead.