SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER!

Trump’s Classroom Conundrum

I could open today’s post with a wise crack about the commander in chief not knowing the meaning of the word, “conundrum,” but I won’t. We are at a fork in the road with two possible routes, and both are challenging.

Our kids have been out of school for more than five months. Some districts and families created robust, online programs to keep the students up to speed, but no one would argue that non-teacher interactions are better than real schools. Most children would also agree because they want to see their friends and learn. Yes, once a kid gets into the discovery mode they want more.

In my recent book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs – A Collection of Essays on America, I included two chapters that focused on education in America, 165 Doors and Charter Vs. Public. Public schools are both taxpayer-funded and managed by an array of political people and structures, which can keep a good district down. While teachers’ unions and bargaining agents were created to get teachers better deals, some believe their draconian rule making interferes with community budget planning and any contraction attempts. Our future has always depended on education of the next generation and no one wants to go backwards.

I can’t imagine many mothers and fathers returning to work without the publicly funded babysitter program. Sorry, but that is what some people call it. However, I am sure we all can agree that getting our offspring back to school will make America better. The person who inflicts the most damage to American schools is not Donald Trump. It’s his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who is a totally unqualified Republican donor promoting a 21st century segregation scheme under the cloak of “vouchers” and “school choice.” By funding religious and private schools with public money, DeVos is helping to disenfranchise those who cannot afford private education. It’s a policy that divides people from their very first day of school.

Unfortunately, people are focusing on the kids, assuming school administrators and teachers can remain safe at work. Sure, one can scrub down those facilities, but will the schools do this five times a day? Unlikely. The theory that children can deal with the virus better than adults may be the biggest flaw in a rush to get back to school. If a school infection breaks out and a student dies from COVID-19, it it will reflect very poorly on Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Of course, Trump will simply blame or fire DeVos for anything bad that happens.

The burden of school districts to clean the structures and test their teachers will demand more money from the federal government and state leaders. Keeping kids safe and smart is paramount. Because the President of the United States has diabolically made the global pandemic personal and political, we will never know what could have been if we had taken careful and scientific steps. We tend to go overboard in protecting our children, and the rush to open schools violates the thoughts and feelings of most parents. Some don’t even let their kids be vaccinated, so why would those same PTA members want to take such a risk? No parent wants their child to be the lab rat in a government experiment.

Most school districts take their guidance and funding of safety measures from their state, not the federal government. Yes, all schools get money from the national budget, but most school boards believe Washington doesn’t know how to run their schools. The President dictates that schools open on his command, but only teachers and administrators understand the stark implications. School districts are currently calling on their administrators to craft a plan, while teachers are seeking a strong strategy to stay safe. Teachers unions are asking important questions that I am sure have never been considered by the village idiots, Donald and Betsy. And of course, the states to open first have the highest percentages of positivity rates.

The most frustrating thing about the coronavirus is the lack of proven and reliable information. One day we are told it spreads six feet, then we are told it doesn’t stay on surfaces, then we are told it that it does stay on surfaces, for hours, then we are told that small droplets can stay in the air for a long time and infect more. Could our indoor social distancing guidelines not be based on exact science? Our slow uptake on mask wearing means we have lost an advantage in this fight. We are playing catch-up ball.

I want to ask Donald Trump why he is pressuring schools to open after saying that decision is up to the state governors? He’s been rebuked for not issuing a national order of mask-wearing and was told directly that he doesn’t have the power to make governors do his bidding. He might want to ask the local leaders what they think is best and stop being a bully.

The misinformation and lies by our President have made the pandemic worse. He forced his sycophant governors to open early, and they are paying the price. The skyrocketing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Texas, Georgia, Florida and Arizona show the power of this virus and the biggest reason NOT TO OPEN SCHOOLS until we are certain it is safe to do so.

The large orange ostrich with his head in the ground needs a good swift kick in his fat ass so he can pull his head out of his partisan hole. The conundrum of reopening schools should not be a global endeavor. Each school and district are unique. Private schools, even with some sense of immunity from prosecution, will shutter their businesses rather than going through a wrongful death lawsuit, and that places the public schools directly in the crosshairs of this virus. What a terrible way to run a country.

Trump has now tweeted that those states ignoring his arbitrary demand to open their schools will lose federal funding. The Department of Education in every state should be happy they are being treated the same way Trump treats Ukraine. It’s a big, fat quid-pro-quo! Trump’s deal is simple, “You make me look good, and you get the money.” What a horrible President!

During Wednesday’s presser Dr. Robert Redfield didn’t answer the question whether he would change the latest guidelines because Trump didn’t like them. Then a minute later, the large white puppet Pence said the CDC will be revising and publishing a new guideline next week. What a dodge.

The big news out of the COVID Task Force press conference was that there has been very little, if any, testing of kids under 10 years of age. They admit they don’t know the dangers, especially with those with pre-existing conditions. This is another failure of leadership that could be a catastrophe for our kids.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

 


TRUMP’S MANIACAL MINDSET

“We are just going to have to live with it.”

Powerful people in this country don’t have a clue about what they are doing. They are killing tens of thousands of people because they cannot see the forest for the trees or the science from hearsay. These so called “public servants” are not learning the facts behind the global pandemic and they are making things worse, not better.

Let’s talk about the head monkey in the misinformation zoo, Donald John Trump. He’s clearly not qualified to disseminate information on economics, trade, culture, manufacturing, labor, healthcare or medicine. Come to think of it, he’s even unqualified to say how one should wipe their butt crack after a poop. Maybe we need to begin administering IQ tests to all presidential candidates. Forget the IQ of the nimrod currently in office, we don’t even know the details of his tax returns. He’s fought hard and spent an enormous amount of money keeping those facts and figures from the American public. Why is he afraid about what we could learn about his finances?

The wild, unreasonable, illogical and most inappropriate part of President Trump is his need for daily attention and the ways he creates conflict at every turn. A person who exhibits extreme symptoms of crazy behavior, especially when violent and dangerous, is called a maniac. The Trump-sycophant talking heads on TV attempt to laugh off his off-center comments as sarcasm or jokes but this man is dangerous, not funny. He has made racist remarks that lead to Asians being attacked. He refuses to state a clear case against neo-Nazis and white supremacists, instead he’s aiding and abetting them. Why else would they endorse him in their propaganda?

Trump plays the media like a fiddle and the cloud of rosin from his little fingers blinds those who decide what to broadcast and what to print. The intent of Donald’s Bubba Wallace putdown tweet was diverting the attention of our news people away from the shocking COVID-19 statistics. The White House test drives concepts by leaking comments, trying to position the pandemic in citizens’ minds. The lame phrase they floated at the start this week was, “We are just going to have to live with it.”

When someone is presented with a problem or challenge and their response is, “that’s just the way it is,” you can be certain they simply don’t care and won’t even lift a finger to find a solution. Donald Trump is ignoring the virus curse exploding across America. It’s just an inconvenient speed bump to him. He will drive over the death and destruction and never look back. The ping-ponging stock market proves every day that the traders have figured out Trump and determined that he’s a fool and an inopportune drag on their investments.

There’s something wrong when one tweet from the Donald can send the market into a 500-point swing either way. We are now learning that Trump benefited many family members and friends with the PPP relief money. Here’s a quote from the Washington Post, “As part of its $660 billion small-business relief program, the SBA also handed out loans to private schools catering to elite clientele, firms owned by foreign companies and large chains backed by well-heeled Wall Street firms. Nearly 90,000 companies in the program took the aid without promising on their applications they would rehire workers or create jobs.”

If this doesn’t anger you, I can’t fathom who you are. Trump lied, Congress lied, and Steve Mnuchin is a criminal with a title. My blood boiled when the man who oversees the Treasury claimed that he would keep secret the payouts to companies and individuals. The Trump Administration is awash with grifters and swindlers.

Trump tries to tell me I have to live with COVID-19, but doesn’t living with it mean I may die? Well guess what. He can eat shit, die himself and go to hell. Sorry for the old trope, but Donald Trump brings out the worst of everyone. Look at the many ways he has divided America. He made wearing a mask to protect our neighbors a statement of political affiliation, and I will never forgive him for it.

I cannot believe the President of the United States is worried more about Confederate statues, its flag and the anti-American rebels who want to overthrow our Union than he is about the health and lives Americans facing a deadly virus. If people walked through our communities spraying a toxin that killed, we would arrest them and put them in jail. If three million people contracted syphilis, the President of the United States would outlaw sex. The immoral, feckless coward currently in office won’t even sign an executive order saying Americans must wear a mask in public.

Here’s a parting thought. The statement that teachers are brainwashing kids to hate America is the most outrageous and dishonest pronouncement of any American president, ever. Trump pushed an early opening of states in a feeble attempt to get his poll numbers up, and he never considered the cost of his reckless deed — Death. If you don’t like the way I speak, ask yourself why things aren’t better. Ask yourself why we weren’t ready to confront a pandemic. Trump can blame Obama or Hillary or the Lord himself, but he will eventually face a judgement day. Let’s allow the better angels in all of us to forgive him for what he has done, and then let’s lock him up!

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


TORTURE OF DONALD TRUMP

When do we get to tear down his statue?

Torture is the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or to force them to do or say something for the pleasure of the person inflicting the pain. Some in Congress permit Trump to bully and torture them because they fear he will scream at them on Twitter and work against their reelection if they push back. The President can inflict pain on any city or state by withholding Federal funds. He can urge his boy, Bill Barr, to go after a state legally with unnecessary lawsuits and decrees. Barr can withhold tax dollars to any police department or state police force. This needs to change.

When it comes to the health and welfare of the citizens of this country, Trump is working behind the scenes to, at best, downplay or, at worst, to sabotage the fight against COVID-19. His administration asked the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare today, you know, to hurt all the people who signed up after they lost their employer-based healthcare insurance. Trump is claiming Presidential immunity to wearing a mask, alleging he doesn’t have to wear a mask because those around him are tested. His words form an assumption that the only way to stay safe at work would be daily checks of all your co-workers to know their medical status. The lies and misinformation that Trump and his press secretary put out daily could fertilize an acre of tomato plants, if only that bullshit could be bagged.

Donald Trump may say that he wants to reform the police in America, but that is not true, not true at all.  Every time Trump speaks about the police he praises, protects and complements them. Trump is fond of police unions but decries those in labor who have come out against him. Trump thinks he has the privilege of picking winners and putting his knee on the neck of unions, groups, movements or policy makers he doesn’t like. This president does not acknowledge the right of people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievance. His only wish about them is they will go away.

Donald Trump feels he’s invincible and genuinely believes the people who don’t wear masks are FOR HIM and those who do wear masks are AGAINST HIM. What a small uninformed, retarded brain. This paranoia and stupidity beg an answer to one question, “Does Donald John Trump care about anyone other than himself?”

John Bolton is making the rounds pumping up interest in his new book, but his sharp Baltimorean accent isn’t an excuse for his lack of logic and denial that his testimony would not have mattered during the Senate impeachment trial against Trump. We’re getting tired of the routine where Trump hires someone, tells America how great they are, then fires them after a couple of years or less, then hearing the ousted person tell us how bad Trump is as a president. Their self-absorbed personalities and brain functions are void of any real patriotic vision.

I wrote a book three years ago about Donald Trump, and while researching I read many hatchet jobs against the President. I took the common threads and patched together a timeline and story, which provided an excellent picture of who Trump is and how he operates. The boisterous, large, orange buffoon doesn’t read, cannot concentrate on important details and is motivated only by his personal gain. He cares not for you, not for me and not for our country or even his political party. He could care less about Republicans, conservatives or evangelicals. He simply craves hearing the applause and the praise of those who adore him.

As we end another week, there are more than 124,000 Americas dead from the COVID-19 virus and more than 47 million Americans have filed unemployment claims in the last 14 weeks. The states that were pushed to open early by Trump are now suffering huge surges in cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, more death.

In my remaining time on this planet, I will protest any city, state or community that wants to erect a statue of Donald Trump. This man has aligned himself against most Americans who would like to see the symbols of slavery and hate be taken away. I refuse to be tortured by Donald Trump’s stupidity, corruption and disregard of norms. Should some place in the US feel so moved to erect a statue of the Donald, I hope my grandkids will pull it down and destroy it. I have a feeling they will do just that.

Trump’s actions cause people pain. To those non-mask-wearers who ventured out to attend one of his rallies because of the foolish influence of the Donald, I hope you don’t get sick. COVID-19 is painful. If one could prove their severe pain was the result of attending an unsafe Trump event, wouldn’t that make him a torturer? Was pain inflicted as a punishment for being too trustful of Trump or was the President of the United States torturing them to do or say something? Finally, I must ask, does Trump find pleasure while inflicting the pain?

All the rally attendees agreed to indemnify Trump and the Campaign corporation from lawsuits should they get sick. By demanding this agreement, the Campaign and the President showed they were aware of the danger at the rallies, but that doesn’t lessen their moral depravity and disregard. There might be a way to prove you caught a virus from a Trump rally, but don’t expect that man to help you with the costs of being sick. Trump’s track record on healthcare for America can be summed up with his own words, “I take no responsibility. You’re on your own.” He doesn’t care about people. Maybe that is what should be on the base of his statue, Here stands a man who didn’t care about people and almost destroyed America for Putin.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE

Trump Infects Judicial System & DOJ

When I was growing up in America it was all too easy to see corruption and face the reality that who a person was determined how they would be handled by the police and the courts. The mayor’s son was arrested for painting cars in the visitors parking lot of my school. He was never charged. The case just disappeared. Most Americans believe that there are two systems of justice, one for the famous and wealthy and another for the rest of us.

I think we would all like to believe that when facts prove offenses they will be dealt with fairly in the judicial system. We know that our founders wanted to limit the power of judges, so they gave the Chief Executive lots of flexibility in determining how the law was administered. The Executive Branch gets to not only run the Department of Justice that decides which cases are brought to a court, but also which infractions they deem either unworthy of prosecution or below the level for legal action. We put a lot of faith in how they operate because they have the power to ruin a person’s life or allow them to start over and redeem themselves. We can only hope they get it right most of the time.

Let me add a wrinkle here. The President of the United States has the power to appoint judges with congressional confirmation. A president can shape the court by those he appoints. The founders also gave the President the undisputed power to pardon anyone he feels was unjustly charged or convicted. That’s an awesome privilege in the hands of a reasonable person which can be used to overturn the errors of a malicious judge, but what happens if the President is a vindictive lunatic?

Trump bullied, manipulated and forced the DOJ to drop all charges against Michael Flynn, who lied about talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn admitted to the infraction in court, twice. He also lied to Mike Pence and this so disturbed the Vice President he demanded that Trump fire Flynn. Trump removed Flynn from government and said it was because he lied, a fact which no one disputes. He plead guilty to the charges and was about to be sentenced when along came William Barr. Attorney General Barr acts more like Trump’s personal attorney instead of caring about American citizens and the law.

Trump keeps declaring himself the “law and order” President while his base claps and cheers and coughs on each other. One thing is crystal clear; Trump is attempting to change the way America does business and, like a third-world dictator, has moved in ways that may make it difficult to recover our democracy when his term is over. If you control the decisions of this country’s judges, why wouldn’t you simply do whatever you want despite your action breaking a law? Trump is undermining the very foundation of our system of government. The three supposedly equal branches are being unduly influenced and controlled by Trump the man, not the President.

The courts don’t always give us logic or reason or even fairness. They give us opinions and those opinions become law.

You might say, “Oh, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill! Trump’s just joking.” Don’t be such a blind fool. He wakes up every morning asking, “What can I do to take more power and stay here forever?” He’s the demon the forefathers warned us about and if we don’t stand up and demonstrate, we will lose our freedoms and will render the phrase “justice for all” inoperative.

Will other people who lie to the FBI or mislead the courts also get a pass simply because they have a friend in the Oval Office? Does this constitute a precedent, or is it just a goddamn miscarriage of justice? Here is what happened. A US appeals court directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. It’s no secret that this demand came from Trump to those in the Justice Department, and it prevents a judicial review to determine the propriety of the request. In other words, the Executive Branch has power over the DOJ and can manipulate which cases are brought to court.

Just as William Barr stood before a national TV audience and declared that the Mueller Report didn’t find any laws that were broken, he has now placed himself above the court, and the disrespect he shows for truth and law is more than appalling.

In any other time, Barr would have been impeached. Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, Griffin Bell and General Harry M. Daugherty were on the chopping block, but they all exited rather than go through the embarrassment of impeachment. Their offenses were varied. Daugherty was allegedly involved in kickback scam involving bootleggers and the Congress delayed action.

The case of Griffin Bell is somewhat blurred by time, but five Department of Justice attorneys resigned over A.G. Bell’s reluctance to pursue others in the department for illegal activities related to domestic spying. Bell indicted the Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, Mark Felt and former FBI Assistant Director Edward Miller for authorizing break-ins of New York City radical political activists’ offices and residences. This was in 1978, long after the Watergate break-in. He must have been a true-blue Democrat because President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be his Attorney General, but Bell only served two years before the chicken shit the fan. Oh, by the way, the spying truly took place. It wasn’t a hoax.

The case against George W. Bush’s A.G. Alberto Gonzales is straightforward. He was politically damaged by Democrats who lost confidence in Gonzales and accused him of excessive politicization of the Attorney General’s office. If my memory serves me right, Alberto Gonzales, kowtowed to Bush and VP Dick Cheney and paved the way for justifications of torture and the onerous Patriot Act. Lifelong Republican William Barr, who served in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is nothing but a political operative for the Red States.

Trump has infected the Department of Justice. All those who work in the DOJ should be wearing masks to protect themselves from the orange dementia virus. I have said this before; the first dismissal by the next president should be William Barr. He’s unworthy of the position and will go down in history as a big, fat liar. I can surely prove he’s fat, and so is the President. They have been eating at the same table for decades and taking everything they wanted. I hold hope that justice will eventually be served. Barr and Trump will not swallow the truth, but time will show how dishonest these “hombres” have been behind the scenes.

Although his sentence might have been only three or four months in jail, the fact that Michael Flynn is going to get off SCOTT FREE disturbs me greatly. It will be the ultimate slap to the face of justice if Trump brings him back into the administration. Of course, we know Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about having rats in the People’s House. Disgraceful.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


THE UNMASKING OF AMERICA

The Folly of Trumpean Politics

I noticed something in 2002 when SARS hit, and then again in 2009 with the coming of the H1N1 virus. Asians who lived in big cities were wearing face masks. I’ll admit I chuckled then about their worry of catching a bird flu, but now I get it.

Healthcare should be the number one focus the American government. When people cannot work everything else goes to shit. If this global pandemic has taught us anything, it would be that, yes, we are connected and global and our imprudent, populist president cannot change this reality. Always remember that the military is driven by human beings, and a virus that plows through our population will challenge our readiness to defend the country. It’s the commander in chief’s responsibility to protect our nation, but he’s too busy arranging rallies.

Doctor Fauci finally admitted the reason that the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health didn’t advise mask wearing early on was stoked by fear that healthcare workers would run out of protective gear. He knew US stockpiles lacked a sufficient supply of PPE. This is more than a smoking gun. It’s proof that Donald Trump lied about the pandemic and his advice to not worry was total folly. It’s a coverup that Doctors Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci helped facilitate.

The old “I told you so” works only when written in a cover-your-ass memo after the fact. More Americans were exposed to COVID-19 because we were not told the truth. It’s a little like the finger pointing that took place after 9-11. The agencies tasked with protecting us were able to demonstrate the lack of sharing, collaboration and communication, but nowhere in that analysis was there thinking about prevention against it happening again. It did, and the coronavirus proves we have a serious lack of leadership at the top and our trillions-dollars of resources are not properly being used to coordinate our government agencies. Trump should never have been the spokesperson of the effort against COVID. He’s just too brainless to understand or handle it.

As happened in the JFK assassination and the 9-11 attacks, ego, turf and political bullshit are in the way and lives are being lost in this pandemic. Unnecessary death never looks good on your resume. Donald John Trump only makes things worse with his off-center viewpoint that it’s all about him. It appears he will continue to fly around the country hosting dangerous rallies, directly exposing his team members and voter base to COVID-19.

If we believed we could be brought to our knees by a virus, wouldn’t we have had sufficient stockpiles of masks to blunt the disease when it came ashore? Trump never thought it would happen to him, but he failed to understand that he’s not America, we are. His disregard of the advice to wear a mask at the start of this insane ride is utter proof he has done more harm than good in our crisis. He’s like the teenager in the backseat urging his drunk buddy to drive faster and faster during their late-night joyride. Then, just when the driver thought it couldn’t get worse, the bully in the backseat screams, “Turn off the headlights!”

Deer in headlights

Trump hates virus testing because it reminds him of how deeply damaging this global pandemic is. The orange, overweight cheerleader wants us all to simply think “happy thoughts” and re-elect him, but the citizens of this country are analyzing, thinking and drawing their own conclusion. Many of those in Trump’s base know he’s lying, but the sycophants cannot seem to articulate the reality. They fear the virus and hope Trump is right. He isn’t.

With two perfect storms collide, we hear repeated use of words such as “unprecedented,” “uncharted” and “unknown.” We are witnessing the despicable result that many predicted would happen if Trump was challenged by situations and events his feeble mind can’t comprehend. He gets an “F” grade for the way he’s handled both the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s on the wrong side of history and will never be able to dig himself out of this mess with his tired political tricks and mudslinging. He can no longer blame others when blood is dripping off his little fingers. What is his goal? Does he want to inflect everyone who works for him with the coronavirus?

Unfortunately, we will soon see states who pushed their openings too quickly falling back, slowing their openings and, once again, enforcing draconian measures to stop the spread of the virus. MASKS must be worn when going out in public. Wait-people in restaurants must wear masks or they will do more than kill their businesses; they will kill their customers.

All of us want Americans to get back to their jobs, but we must create safe places for our workers and customers. With all the smart people in the US who profoundly understand these things, why are we letting a lard-ass lunatic ruin America? John Bolton is right; Trump is unfit, and a second term will flatten the curve of our economy, further tarnish our world status and damage the health of the people who call the USA home. Again, I ask why is this man president?

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


TAKE OUT “Executive” ORDERS

The Limited Intelligence of Our Leader

An obsession with alien lifeforms was a hallmark of American cinema in the 1950s and 60s. The topic of Unidentified Flying Objects, UFOs, filled many hours of late-night TV in that era. The infamous line “Take me to your leader” was used in movies, television shows and cartoons as the first words spoken by creatures from another planet who landed on Earth, but where did that line come from? Some believe it originated in an iconic 1953 cartoon created by Alex Graham in The New Yorker magazine, in which two aliens, their flying saucer parked nearby, stand in front of a horse with the cartoon’s caption reading, “Kindly take us to your President!”

The case of mistaken identity and the twist that intelligent life from a place “where man has never gone before” do not know that humans are the dominant life forms on Earth is funny. One would assume the leader of any planet or country would be intelligent, knowledgeable and worthy of that position. That’s a bad assumption. As proof, just look at President Donald Trump. If they flew out of our skies today, aliens would probably be better off talking to the horse, or they could spin the horse around to talk directly to the horse’s ass.

It’s unlikely that illiterate Donald Trump wrote any of the more than 160 Executive Orders he has signed while in office, but someone had that job. For each one, they probably listened to one of his long rants, took notes, then put those random, stream-of-conscious thoughts into a readable form. Perhaps there is a single person who oversees all of those White House rewrites, but let’s take a close look at Executive Order #139256, signed on June 16, 2020, and what it really says.

The order has a good start with some worthy ideas. This line caught my eye, “By working directly with their communities, law enforcement officers can help foster a safe environment where we all can prosper.” Who can argue with that? And as much as I hate the word “redouble,” the order goes on to say, “Particularly in African-American communities, we must redouble our efforts as a Nation to swiftly address instances of misconduct.”

The notion of certifying and credentialing police departments and their officers is a great idea. The order goes on to say, “…allow for the identification and correction of internal deficiencies before those deficiencies result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers.” I assume this means find bad cops and get them off the force. This reform deals with law enforcement, meaning the Attorney General has most of the power in the equation. In fact, the A.G. could stop funding any police department or city he or she deemed disqualified.

Let’s now talk about “chokeholds.” This term has recently become so pervasive that it is no longer hyphenated. The order says, “the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.” Someone at the Justice Department will have to spend a lot of time reviewing the laws in every state and city. You see, a local law could be written to allow “chokeholds” and the executive order discussed here would not apply. Don’t beat up Trump. He never read the order; he just signed it. It’s customary that the US states have rights over their own laws, not the federal government. Still, we should be calling Trump out about the words, under which, he signed his name.

Trump tells us that chokeholds can be used “when an officer’s life is in danger,” but that is not in the order. The words “race,” “racism,” “systemic racism,” “violence,” and “brutality” do not appear in the text, either. There’s a liberal sprinkling of soft words and phrases, such as the line that the A.G. is to “encourage” police departments to share instances of excessive use of force with other law enforcement agencies and departments. It doesn’t say must; it only says “encourage.”

The order also states, “The Attorney General shall take appropriate steps to ensure that the information in the database consists only of instances in which law enforcement officers were afforded fair process.” Please forgive me if I am sounding like a first-year law student, but that line indicates that the case of an officer shooting an unarmed man at the Wendy’s in Atlanta, would NOT be in the database. After watching the video of that incident, the department fired the officer. Did his removal involve any “due process?” If the person controlling the database feels like an officer was treated “unfairly,” their misdeeds could be ignored.

The order outlines a need for mental health and addiction counseling, but why should the A.G., the national head of law enforcement, be involved with the social services organization of a state, county or city? Why do we think that the Justice Department should oversee a concept they have never promoted over the decades?

The document also talks about the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, an office of 25 people that is supposed to help the President with domestic policy matters, excluding economic matters. Joe Grogan, was recently replaced by Brooke Rollins as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and she is known as an advocate of criminal justice reform. The order, like most, also adds the standard formatic language that asks Congress to write this into real law, which begs the question, what is an executive order?

The legalese goes this way, Provided the order has a solid basis either in the Constitution, and the powers it vests in the president, as head of state, head of the executive branch and commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces, in laws passed by Congress, an executive order has the force of law.” Smart presidents make sure their order writers provide a certain number of escape hatches, so that the order doesn’t get tied up in lawsuits and legal actions.

An executive order is not necessarily a bad thing. It turns the legal gears faster than the arduous process of Congressional law making, but it’s always important to read the fine print. Executive Order #139256 is not a bad start, but it’s only a start and everyone knows it. The Senate is working on a new bill and we will see what happens.

For now, this order would have been much better if it didn’t include Trump’s political mudslinging and misinformation. He’s not saying in firm and indisputable language that he’s against rogue cops. This order is something he felt he needed to help himself. It wasn’t more than 8 hours before Trump was on TV introducing negative sentiments toward the victim in the Atlanta shooting. He never thought of an executive order on the subject until the protesters took to the streets. This was NOT his idea. His poll numbers are terrible, and this is his way of trying to seem legit. He’s not. Trump remains a PHONY FAKER.

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: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


WAKE UP AND GO TO SLEEP

Brave New Trump, Just Ignore Problems

There was a running routine in the Three Stooges comedy movies in which the three men were in a small bed together attempting to sleep. Brother Larry Fine was snoring loudly which motivated brother Moe, the antagonist, to slap him and use this ironic line, “Wake up and go to sleep!” America is in this place right now, and the adversary in our current story is the President of the United States.

Donald Trump attempts to be the president he has defined as “normal,” but his actions fail to mirror any reasonable or customary expectations. When one says to me that I should respect the office of the presidency, that doesn’t mean I have to award the current resident of the White House deference he hasn’t earned. After reviewing his hundreds of actions, thousands of comments and stacks of executive orders, I have no reverence for Donald Trump’s administration. To the contrary, I disagree with 99.999% of all he’s done.

When the COVID-19 global pandemic appeared, Trump was faced with something he claimed had totally taken him by surprise. It didn’t take medical professionals and scientists by surprise; they knew the facts and even authored papers about it. Because Trump decided the pandemic would never be a problem, his administration expelled many experts who could have helped him and us with competent public health decisions.

It’s too bad Trump didn’t bother to surf the internet. Had he done so he might have learned about the ongoing struggle between man and virus. If Trump just looked at Wikipedia he would have seen this. During Donald Trump’s time in office, the world has suffered through Dengue fever in Pakistan, Gorakhpur encephalitis, the 2017 flu, the Nipah virus outbreak, the Kivu Ebola epidemic and measles eruptions in the Congo, New Zealand and the Philippines. There have been Kuala Koh, Samoa measles and then, the big one, COVID-19. The slowness in Donald Trump’s action and the overly naïve way he downplayed the reality of this virus led to more disease and death than was necessary. It’s Trump’s fault that we have had unnecessary death.

Trump made a Faustian bargain and sold his soul to the greed and money devil. Simply put, Trump has decided that all we have to do is kill some of our elderly, sick and weak citizens to get the economy moving. He justifies the need to grow the economy through more deaths but, until the man himself gets the virus, he will never take it seriously. I froze when I heard a teenager answering a TV reporter’s question about why he wasn’t wearing a mask. “Why should I wear a mask, the President doesn’t wear one.” That’s when I understood this whole human kindness thing was over and that Trump’s words and lack of action on this one aspect of the pandemic was utterly hurtful and stupid, I cannot scream this loudly enough.

You don’t stop someone’s snoring by slapping them awake then telling them to go back to sleep. They will eventually slip into a deeper state and begin snoring again. The reason people snore when sleeping is because they aren’t breathing properly. The concept of not being able to breathe has a new, special meaning in America, but it’s just another virus that Trump will deny. He’s incompetent and cannot deal with the racism hurting our country, as evidenced by this comment he made in Dallas last week, “The work of confronting bigotry and prejudice will ‘go quickly and it’ll go very easily.’” The man clearly lacks intelligence. A peace treaty in the Middle East and the eradication of racism in America cannot be fixed by Trump’s magic wand. As for racism, America has known it since 1619, the year the first slave was brought to America from Africa. But let’s get back to our snoring problem.

According to USNews.com, “US Governors across America have eased lockdowns, but a new analysis shows coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half of U.S. states.” The Washington Post reports, “Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest seven-day averages of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.” Two big lies are exposed here. One is the half-baked presidential theory that when the temperature goes up the virus will go away, like a “miracle.” The other is the hype and push by Trump to open the country based on his “analysis” of which states could reopen. The Republican governors first carried his water and they are now carrying caskets. Trump’s push to restart the economy has caused the virus to spread faster in many states.

Trump has moved on from the global pandemic and has pushed the COVID-19 Task Force from public view. It has been more than a month since the last nationally televised press conference by this important group. It’s clearly Trump’s way of taking emphasis off healthcare, medicine and virus-fighting in favor of goosing the stock market. Trump dastardly deeds have not only hurt people, they have killed people and, apparently, he has decided it doesn’t matter.

Grasp the gravity of these statistics. The New York Times reports 115,472 people have died from coronavirus in the United States. There have been at least 75,560 cases of coronavirus in Florida and at least 2,930 people have died there. The state of Georgia has seen 54,874 cases of coronavirus with at least 2,416 deaths. There have been at least 35,953 cases of coronavirus in Arizona and at least 1,194 people have died. As of Monday morning, Texas has seen at least 89,542 cases of coronavirus with at least 1,995 people dead. These are the states that followed our inept leader. They reopened early and are now suffering from the weight of Trump’s ignorance. This did not have to happen.

I could go on, but I’m sure you can see the picture. After being taunted by Governors and public healthcare officials, Donald Trump finally told us the global pandemic was going to be bad and that we should all be angry with China for starting it. His vindictiveness was more important to him than strong public health measures. He urged you to follow his White House guidelines, then unilaterally disregarded them, including the need to wear a mask in public. Donald Trump is a denier and that’s dangerous. People are dying. Don’t wake up and then go back to sleep; wake up and stay awake!

Trump seeks the approval of his mysterious base of miscreants and forges that feedback into public policy. Republicans often claim that whistleblowers and other strong voices of dissent are not credible because those folks were not ELECTED. May I remind those right-wing wackos that Supreme Court justices are also not elected, yet they decide how we live our lives under the rule of law. Let’s also remember that Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were never elected, yet they have a strangely powerful influence over Trump on public policy. Who vetted them?

We will be able to breath better and protect our rights, but to do so we must remove Trump from office.

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 If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

 


RESPECTING THE FLAG

Trump’s Failure to Recognize Human Pain

I love America. Even with all our flaws and family fights, we are united under not so much colors and cloth, but an attitude and culture. Our assertiveness does turn off people from other countries, but when that happens, I just laugh and shake my head at someone who believes speaking loudly to a non-English speaker will make them understand.

I grew up in the sixties and there were some rather radical hippies who decided to burn the American flag in protest of the Vietnam War. I never felt comfortable with that move, but I understood the symbolism.

According to BusinessInsider.com, there’s someone else who thought it was legal to burn the stars and stripes. “The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stressed that flag burning is protected by the Constitution — even if he doesn’t think it should be.

In 1989, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Texas v. Johnson, which found a man named Gregory Lee Johnson had a Constitutional right to burn the American flag during the Republican National Convention.” And I’m sure he could have done it at a Democratic National Convention, by the way.

The confusing message from Donald Trump is that the US flag is so sacred, that anyone who disrespects it, in his mind, is a turncoat. WOW! If the red, white and blue is so important to America, why is Trump protecting Confederate monuments and thus, the “stars and bars” of the flag of the Confederate States of America? That wasn’t AMERICA! Those who decided to leave the Union were “legally” traitors. Monuments, by their very nature, celebrate heroes and great leaders.

Now, I know all the rebels out there will say it’s “part of our history and heritage” and while that contains some inverted logic, you should ask yourself this question, “Would you build a monument with a slave owner standing over a black man whipping him into submission?” Of course not, but if you were wondering what the result looks like, click here. Sorry, but I wanted you to see it. That is true human pain. Remember, what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis was worse, he died.

When President Donald Trump brags and boasts he will stand against taking down status of Confederate Generals and famous slave owners, he’s on the wrong side of history. This lack of awareness of the African American experience is shameful. His antithetical response is diabolical coming from the leader of the free world. Honestly, I don’t think he will ever understand what black people have endured and continue to experience. Perhaps we should take a vote of confidence, NOW!

It’s disingenuous for people like Attorney General William Barr to state that bias and prejudice exists in society, then declare with certainty that law enforcement is NOT systemically racist. It’s like what happened in baseball until 1947. African Americans were not allowed to play the national pastime, period. But even when Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, racism didn’t just go away. The man received death threats every year of his career.

Police Departments hire black men and women every day in America, but that doesn’t change the way many go after citizens of color. The one bad apple theory has denial at its core. The best question asked by one of the pundits on TV, why are we using violence against people who the police are accusing of violence? That’s like the father who says, “Stop slapping your sister!” as he is slapping the kid. Hopefully when those kids grow up, they won’t do the same.

When I wrote my book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, we weren’t facing a global pandemic or a racial relations awakening, but there are some essays in the collection that examine areas and policies of American we can improve.

In the chapter titled, American Symbolic Graffiti I wrote, “We have turned our American highway system into a maniacal wall of symbolic graffiti. As you drive from Florida to New York, you will see some people displaying giant Confederate flags. Those jerks are in some confederate mental retardation phase and I wish they would save us all from their racist-driven need to celebrate that dark part of our history. If you want to be clear and honest, why not wave a large flag that says, “BRING BACK SLAVERY!” Sorry, is it too soon?

The “Star and Bars” those folks want to wave is anti-American. They may argue it’s their right, and I can’t make them take it down, but I would like to challenge their little pea brains. Don’t you realize that symbol makes 7,144,530 people or, 12.1%, or more of the US population, feel very uncomfortable? Why would you spend that much money to make people feel awful in their own country? What if someone put up a flag saying, ALL WHITE PEOPLE GO BACK TO EUROPE! How would you feel?”

Brandon, Florida

This matter will not be solved by one blog from one American. I do understand what “white privilege” means and over my 71 years on the planet, I’ve seen some bad moments and heard some terrible words spoken. I was born in the north, but I’ve spent almost half my life in the south — Virginia, Georgia and Florida. When I moved to Florida three years ago and drove down US I75 through a town called Brandon, I saw a giant Confederate flag on the side of the highway. I am sure it’s on someone’s private property, but it’s a disgrace to the town of Brandon and our country.

Here is my message to the citizens of this great country, RESPECT THE FLAG! And the first thing you can do to respect the stars and stripes of the United States of America is to take down all the graven and craven images of the past. It’s not your “heritage and history” as much as disrespect for all those who died protecting this country. Yes, you are showing contempt for the 360,222 men and one brave REPUBLICAN President who lost their lives keeping America, well, American!

I’ve never really understood NASCAR as a sport, but I am extremely proud of the organization and especially driver Bubba Wallace. He stood up and was counted with the millions of Americans who believe we should stop celebrating hate, racism and division. NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate flag, WOW! That is change!

The strange thing about Bubba, my new favorite driver, is that I never knew he was African American. I guess I just assumed that a man wearing a NASCAR uniform would not be black. My bad. I guess we all have a lot to learn. God bless America.

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 If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


DEFUNDING DEMANDS

Turning a Trumpian Weapon on America

No matter what political party people are in, they don’t get it. They are befuddled by the protester’s sign that reads: DEFUND THE POLICE. The unvarnished truth is that people don’t understand words. The first step in true communication is knowing the difference between a verbal trick and nuance. That word started out in Latin word for “cloud” and then moves into French as “to shade” and the English derivative as “a subtle difference in or shade of meaning.” Let me light the way.

About two years ago, I attended a fund raiser for a local botanical garden. I sat next to a genuinely nice and intelligent lady who was a guest of a local lawyer. As the conversation turned to politics, my single malt scotch whiskey started talking and I forcefully answered her question about what I thought of Donald Trump. I clearly barked, “He’s an idiot.” She looked incredibly surprised and said, “No he’s not. He’s a successful businessperson and doing great things for America.” Yes, you guessed it, the rest of the night I avoided talking politics or religion.

The irony of the 42-year-old botanical garden is that recently, the local wealthy Republican controlled government attempted to strip the landmark of its non-profit status. The local council has also blocked a new parking garage from being built, which may force the garden to leave the city limits. Why? Because local governments are not always long-term thinkers. The garden is a civic asset.

Think about it! They fund local schools, police, fire departments, libraries and parks. But while they are mandated to do good things with your tax dollars, they don’t always see the forest from the trees. They will constantly increase the amount of money for police, police stations, military-style equipment, but will cut funding for things like gardens, parks, libraries, homeless shelters, food banks, animal welfare centers and additional mental health personnel in our schools. They have the power to defund any project or organization they see as unnecessary or frivolous.

Oh, there will be hearings, when the citizen taxpayers are given a few minutes to express themselves. But it’s inevitable that only a few people decide how they spend your money. If they are blatantly wrong, you must wait for an election to change them out. What if something is systemically wrong? What if one of the departments was not only wasting money, but was gaming the system so that oversight, review and reform was not possible? My old line, “Too busy to get the job done” applies to this ailment.

Trump has been “very effective” in changing government and one of the arrows in his demented quiver is DEFUNDING. He just goes into the budget of America and says, we don’t need inspectors “for this or that.” He just defunds a department and renders it unworkable. Trump got rid of the team in the White House that was supposed to look out for a global pandemic. He’s been cannibalizing Obamacare from the day he took office. He’s an unworthy caretaker of the Earth who took away all the environmental rules and staff to patrol polluters. He buffoons at the microphone about how we have the cleanest air and purest water. That sounds like an “idiot” to me.

Trump is a tough guy wannabe who thinks the police will defend him if things go horribly wrong. He used to think that about the military, as well, but lately he’s not so sure they are on his side. What I am feeling right now is the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are merging into an evil cloud over America. Please allow me to expand.

Trump continually brands himself as the “law and order” president. That rhetoric has been used by many local mayors and governors to send a message that they are not going to take any shit from anyone. Okay, but who is the real enemy in this equation? In Trump’s viewpoint, anyone who disagrees with him is the adversary.

With all this crazy stuff with COVID and then the George Floyd disaster, the Donald is staring right into a double-barreled challenge. Unrest is not good. Recent polls show that 80% of the people surveyed think the nation is out of control.

A President is supposed to fix things and bring the country together, not make things worse. The President believes if he just tweets “everything is under control,” everyone will follow him. They won’t. Trump will galvanize the left with this tough talk, while alienating the moderates with his inability to see anything beyond money and his own need for admiration. If I were to march in the street tomorrow, I would he holding a sign DEFUND THE WHITE HOUSE. I don’t want those assholes he’s assembled there deciding what to do with my money.

That brings us to these young kids with their posters saying DEFUND THE POLICE. Most people don’t get it. It’s brilliant. The only thing that gets a politician’s attention is when you threaten to defund one of their pet projects. And the only way to really reform the police departments is to take away the funds, and then, ask the city mothers and fathers to sit down and talk about how to make law enforcement work better. First, get rid of all that military stuff. You don’t need a tank or a rocket launcher in domestic law enforcement unless you are planning to kill us all. And next, why are you killing people who are not involved in violent crime?

There are 17,985 U.S. police agencies in the United States which include City Police Departments, County Sheriff’s offices, State Police/Highway Patrol and Federal Law Enforcement agencies and all those agencies employ about 800,000 policemen and women; 15.5% are African American. We have the most people per capita imprisoned than any country in the world with almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails.

It’s a little bit like when they say, “The more testing for COVID-19, the more cases you’ll get.” I say, “The more police you have, the more people you’ll arrest,” and the more people will end up in jail. Don’t get me wrong, we need police, but we need a better system. This is systemic stupidity and failure.

So, first, take the money that’s currently invested into the military-industrial police state and use it to build and run better schools. And let’s teach people to not call 9-11 to report things that are NOT crimes. What a waste of time and money when cops come to help get a cat out of the tree in the front yard. We need more service-oriented people and specific phone numbers for auxiliary services. Let the police do police work. That must be defined during defunding.

Next, stop the iron fisted control of law enforcement by the FOP and bring in total transparency. There should be a national database for all 17,985 police agencies and their personnel so we know who those fucking bad apples are. Stop saying it’s only a few bad apples. Bad apples next to other apples, makes the whole barrel rot. Not only is it a bad metaphor, we saw the other three “good apples” in Minneapolis keep the unarmed black man down until he was dead.

And after defunding your police department, why don’t you re-interview all the officers who want to come back to work. Get to know them and find out what their personnel files really hold. You might be surprised that some of the people on the thin blue line don’t deserve to get their jobs back. And the good apples, bring them back, give them a raise, and count on them to do a good job keeping you safe.

We need to stop listening to the idiot in the White House, who wants to pick fights with professional athletes, movie stars and even NASCAR drivers who will take a knee this time. Trump is on the wrong side of this issue because he cannot read America properly and because he just can’t read. IF THE GOAL OF THOSE PROTESTING THE POLICE WAS TO GET YOUR ATTENTION, THEY GOT YOUR ATTENTION! NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

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 If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


ONEROUS OPTICS OF AN OBNOXIOUS OAF

Trump’s Treachery & Actions Loudly Backfiring

We’ve all experienced the harsh reality of spending so much time with someone, like a roommate, where even small annoyances are amplified when around them. This might not be fair, but it’s something we do as human beings. I have a major uneasiness when I see Donald Trump standing. Why does he lean unnaturally forward? It looks like a bizarre attempt to redistribute his 245 pounds of heavy fat.

Off Balance President

I remember my son’s first roommate in college was an overweight guy who never went to class, stayed in the room and played video games all day. I asked my son if he was bothered by him. He smiled, “He’ll be gone soon, Dad. He doesn’t go to class.” I was immensely proud of my son’s logical evaluation of what I would have seen as a major problem. That guy was gone after 40 days and my son then had his own room.

Admittedly, I see Donald Trump much differently now that I live in Florida then how I viewed him when he was my state neighbor in New York. I always thought he was nothing more than a bottom feeder, slum lord and classless publicity whore. He seemed a bit ashamed that he wasn’t part of the ultra-rich elite of the city. He always appeared to be trying too hard. No one of any real power and intelligence ever took him seriously.

On June 4, 2020, many of the news outlets were covering the harsh rebuke of the 45th President by former Secretary of Defense and retired General James Mattis’ op-ed in The Atlantic. It reminded me of the September 5, 2018 essay the New York Times published titled, I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.

Mattis’ piece stated, “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

The most potent line in the article is, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.” While the liberal media was quoting Mattis’ frustration with Trump dividing the country, I wanted to scream, “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?”

Fox News was doing the president’s bidding by playing up a New York Times op-ed written by Arkansas’ Senator Tom Cotton titled Tom Cotton: Send in the Troops. I’m sure Donald John Trump knew the Mattis slam job was coming and recruited another cotton-pickin’ politician to write something that attempted to take the heat off Trump. Backfired, again.

Let’s deal with the truth. Cotton is a decorated veteran who served as a Captain in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s a well-educated Harvard graduate with degrees in government and law. Cotton has been against Affirmative Action and other attempts to deal with long-term, systemic racism. This is not an opinion; it’s fact. I am not saying he’s a racist, but he’s been frustrated with mandated benefits for African Americans in education and life.

Tom Cotton has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket. I don’t like Pence, but if Trump were to make such a big change so close to the election there would be major backlash and possible panic with evangelicals.

Of course, a soldier takes his command from the President. I suggest that Cotton’s Send in the Troops is part of a plan for Donald Trump and his administration to take more power and control the election narrative. Captain, or shall I say Capo, Cotton is wanting to control you if you disagree with him.

Do we really need a strong man wannabe dictator in the White House? It’s so Nixon-like to say that protesters, whether looting or not, should be rapped upside the head to learn their lesson. The dissenters are trying to inform the President that we cannot keep killing unarmed people, whatever their color, and get away with it. Trump clearing out Lafayette Park so that he could walk to a church and stand, leaning into the camera, with the Holy Bible in his little hands didn’t do what he imagined.

It sent ripples through the Pentagon, which created difficulty for those men and women who are sworn to protect the Constitution. It sparked more anger from those who truly dislike Trump and forced religious leaders to take a stand against what he did. Why is no one intelligently, or even strategically, discussing what Trump will do next? Well, here he goes again, saying one thing and doing another. President Donald Trump tweeted out a letter Thursday (6-4-2020) that referred to a group of protesters as “terrorists.” The letter was from Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd, who proved he’s more an ideologue than a good lawyer.

What is so insane and so obsessive is Trump’s need to always be right or seen as an honest broker. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Defense, admitted that he didn’t know why they walked to the church. Trump claimed he didn’t give the order to clear the park. He said it was Attorney General William who decided to move on the peaceful protesters. Trump preached that his church stunt was not a photo-op, but a symbolic message of hope to the country. Really? When asked whether the bible he held was his, Trump replied, “It’s A bible.” Jeez, what a stupid thing to say.

I hope that more and more voters will come to realize that Donald Trump is more than an evil threat to the Constitution. He’s poisonousness, and if you let this obnoxious oaf spend have more time in the White House he will destroy our democracy. More people will die from viruses, military force and neglect. This insanity must stop.

When we started this blog, we asked “Why Wait 4 Years?” This is not merely a Trump-thing. It’s an enticement to every person in this great land to get involved, state your case, and make people listen to what you want from your government. America isn’t just for Trump, Cotton, Mattis and old, rich white guys; it’s for all of us. As ironic as it might seem for me to use this phrase, “It’s time to take our country back.”

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 If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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