LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT

The Trump Divide Widens

One could argue that without Donald John Trump’s candidacy and presidency, we would have sailed along without committing to any particular position along the “left-right scale.” When I first joined social media, I listed myself on Facebook as a “radical Democrat.” When one of my posts was later rebuked by a right-wing hooey, I had a change of mind. The goofball stated that I had no credibility because of my political declaration. Perhaps I was being a weakling, but I deleted my political listing that very day. I would like people to hear me without prejudging according to my tongue-in-cheek quip from the past. In fact, because of Trump I’ve become more radical, not less. It’s all his fault!

The people who have joined the “cult,” as Michael Cohen calls it, possess neither the mood nor the mentality for a thoughtful discussion about why four more years of the orange pumpkin would be bad. See, I did it! I “disrespected” the man by calling him a name, because that is what he’s done to us, to me. I can argue intellectually to delineate the difference between a barb and a substantial act that might harm more that help people. On the other hand, most Trumpettes do not have the capacity or desire to take on facts that are against their preconceived notions. It’s such an ordeal to point out that those very predetermined opinions are incorrect. Trump is not a good guy.

I used to describe political polarity using the image of a giant circle, with 12 o’clock being at the top middle. As you move to the right, or to the left, you traverse the circle until the most radical forms of right and left meet at the bottom, near 6 o’clock. Think about it. Those in the ANTIFA movement are right next to the far-right Neo-Nazi and aggressive militias. Both are into violence and carry weapons they aren’t afraid to use. When local police departments endorse, support or look the other way with the far-right crazies, they are tilting justice toward that political segment. Where should the police department be on the political scale? I hope they would be in the middle, near 12 o’clock, but many aren’t.

The “Blue Lives Matter” campaign is not a cry for help. It’s a general defense of the institution of law enforcement. I get that, but call me a patriotic moderate when I ask why Blue Lives Matter proponents desecrate the US flag to underline their position? In the 1960s, it was an offense to create peace flags by changing the American flag. Why is it okay now? Aside from the fact that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that burning the US flag was supported under our First Amendment rights, it bothers me when people change the flag. LGBTQ banners did so, and the day has passed when our flag colors were sacred.

At a demonstration in Tampa, Florida over the weekend, the rallying cry of the activists said America needs to be saved from the “destruction and division” being promoted by the left wing. They claim that the far-left is intolerant. Not only is that oxymoronic, it’s a childish reverse response, “No, you’re the idiot.” Unbelievably, the President of the United States has taken the liberty of telling millions of us which other Americans we are supposed to hate. Why? Because he believes that pushing radical people further into their political leanings will somehow help him. Sorry, but I don’t see how that helps at all.

Let me say this as clearly as possible. I would rather not have visceral, emotional reactions to the things Donald Trump says. I would like to see him go away after we elect a true moderate to the presidency, moving us toward healing without the daily desperation and heat blasted forth from the current administration. Trump’s deceitful tweets and proclamations zap energy from all of us, be we left, center or right. We all must decry his ridiculous claims and point out the hypocrisies, otherwise our silence justifies his insanity. Donald Trump is like the drunken uncle who keeps grabbing the young girls at family dinners. We can say he’s losing his mind, or laugh at him for being himself, but in the end he’s just a dirty old man, not President of the United States.

Sure, I tend to lean toward social programs that help people and keep the peace. The intrinsic inner core of my being is based on the Christian principles that we should love our neighbor and help those souls in trouble. Wow, I guess I am a faith-based “radical Democrat.” How can that be? Well, because it’s who I am. Who are you? People on the far-right have a kind of baked-in racism which manifests as a denigration of “lesser beings.” They honestly believe the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” to fix your problems, and don’t forget to add the demand, “don’t expect me to pay for it!”

I wrote a book titled “If God Could Talk.” God is a character in the book and, spoiler alert, he speaks. While doing so, he points out some fallacies of the Holy Bible. He’s quite a pro-life deity, and why wouldn’t he be? You can read the book, but I’m always curious about why the far-right and evangelicals are so hell bent on getting rid of Roe Vs. Wade when they have absolutely no desire to pay for the care and education of all those unwanted babies. Sure, adoption is an option, but that will never offset the large population bubble without a pro-choice law left intact.

Now we face a significant national debate about putting far-right conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Why are judges right or left? Why would it matter if there are three or eleven judges on the high court? Shouldn’t a judge simply read the complaint, apply the law and write a well-researched, deeply considered opinion? They know their words will be read for hundreds of years after, and they certainly don’t want to embarrass themselves and the court. The fact that any judge is known for their political leanings taints the court, lowers the faith in justice and gives the President of the United States too much credit. I am not suggesting that we all get a vote, that’s how we got Trump, but there must be a more pure, better way.

If I think your ideas are stupid, I am not necessarily against you. If I concentrate on your opinions, with a fair and balanced perspective, I can still like you while thinking your conclusions are shit. Should your beliefs be harmful to others, I won’t like you — the person. I don’t like David Duke, the KKK guy, because he believes white people are superior to Black people. I won’t shed a single tear when he goes “Bye Bye, in the Car Car.” When someone on the right goes too far, they are dangerous. When someone on the left goes too far, they are dangerous. A person can never be “too moderate.” Think about it. We need moderates right now, not people like Donald Trump, William Barr, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruise. They can all go pleasure themselves while reading QAnon posts. And God forbid any of “those people” ever get appointed to the Supreme Court.

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RACISM IS REAL

Trump’s New Ministry of Truth

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when someone tries to rewrite history. The latest Trump riff is he will fix America by controlling what our kids learn in school. As much as that may bother you, keep in mind that many school districts in the “red states” have been under the influence of stupidity for decades. There are school board members who have banned books on sex, homosexuality, the Civil War and religion. While you may not want your school’s gym teacher exposing your children to the “facts of life,” you might want to consider if your own biases and misinformation are not helping your kids.

Trump’s announcement of forming some kind of “1776 Commission” to investigate the latest conspiracy sprouting in his inadequate brain states that our kids have been exposed to left-leaning-learning that has made them disgruntled little protesters and never-Trumpers. Our bulbous president goes further by claiming he must point out the lies and elevate our Founding Fathers to a holy level. I am not sure what “lies” your kids have been taught, but now might a good time to sit them down and ask what they know about 1776. But don’t stop there, find out what they know about 1619 and why that year is significant.

I’m at an advantage and disadvantage because I am reading the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. This scholarly work on racism should be read by every high school student in America, but then, I’m not the president so my opinion probably doesn’t matter. I used the word “disadvantage” because I’m learning so much about our country and its leaders that I’m left in a simmering anger. That is not a good position for a thinking person trying to analyze current events, but all this pushback against the New York Times 1619 Project gives me the “advantage” of clearly seeing how uninformed Donald Trump and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton are.

Known Racist

I sent an open letter to Senator Cotton asking him to withdraw his bill S.4292 that attempts to censor those school districts teaching a deeper understanding of what slavery meant to America from its inception, not starting with the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Donald John Trump is proposing to erase all things racist that happened prior to 1776 so that we can paint our Founding Fathers as more patriotic and just. Nice try, Donnie Boy, but the facts exist and speak for themselves. You can read my letter here: OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR TOM COTTON

And in case you’ve been totally brain dead, a lot of bad racist things happened after 1776 and continue to happen in America. Why there was even a landlord in New York City in the 1970s named TRUMP, who banned African Americans from his buildings.

President Trump keeps telling us how bad everything is while babbling endlessly about how he will fix it all, but he has never presented or even suggested a plan for change. When he falls short, he blames the Democrats, the “deep state” or even himself. Yes, we have heard the Donald complain about the result of something he initiated, only later realizing and admitting the idea was bad. He becomes that boss who yells, “Who approved this?” only to have a co-worker remind him, “You did!” The sad news is no one in his administration has the balls to tell him the truth.

Racism is little understood by white Americans, even though they think they understand all its nuances. As we work our way through the slave trade of the 1600s, and the deployment of over 462,000 Africans as free labor by 1770 in the 13 colonies, we fail to comprehend the scope of this injustice. There were almost 700,000 slaves in the US in 1790 which was 18 percent of the total population or roughly one in every six people. And remember, Black slaves were considered three-fifths of a person when determining taxation and representation in the House of Representatives. Boy, I have always been a whole person; you?

Maybe Donald Trump wants to stamp out the fact that Thomas Jefferson took a 14-year-old slave girl to Paris with him. She was the daughter of a bi-racial union between his father-in-law and one of his slaves. Her name was Sally Hemmings, and she had at least six children fathered by Thomas Jefferson. Eventually, our third President freed all of Sally Hemings’s children, but he did nothing for the two hundred other slaves at Monticello. Nice guy. These are the kinds of facts that Trump would like to eradicate with his book burning 1776 Commission.

Trump said Democrats and the New York Times’ 1619 Project promote an inaccurate version of US history by over-emphasizing race and the legacy of slavery. The big, orange pumpkin emphasizes “patriotic education,” saying that his commission “will encourage our educators to teach your children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding in 2026.” It’s funny to me that he made his speech warning of “left-wing segregation” at the National Archives, which is the very building holding all the facts and statistics to prove he’s dead wrong. By the way, Mr. Trump, it wasn’t a miracle to be raped, whipped and killed by white “supremacist” landowners.

Trump justifies confederate statues as “part of our heritage.” Those are strange words coming from a guy who was born and raised in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens, New York. We would have called him a “damn Yankee” in Georgia. He’s defended neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK, while claiming he’s done more for African Americans than any other president, except maybe Abraham Lincoln. Well, there’s a fine Honest Abe shout-out, but Trump knows little of Lincoln. Yes, he was a Republican President, but the comparisons between him and Trump stop there. I can’t imagine what historians will eventually write about Trump; oh boy.

Far-Left Republican President

Yes, Lincoln created the Emancipation Declaration that freed all slaves, but the results didn’t happen all at once. Many southern border states continued their slaving ways for years in exchange for loyalty to Lincoln. We will never know what Lincoln would have done with reconstruction had he lived. Many historians are driven crazy when learning that many of the presidents after the Civil War openly regretted giving Black men the right to vote. Remember, women didn’t get the right to vote until 1920. If you would like a sober and uncensored view about how the south reacted to a freed Black man, here’s a quote from the NAACP, “From 1882-1968, 4,743 were lynched in the United States. Of these people, t 3,446 were black and African Americans represented 73% of all people murdered.” You did notice the dates, right?

In George Orwell’s timeless book 1984, our hero, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth where, as a writer, he corrects the archives and news clippings so that they align with what Big Brother and the government want to call “history.” I froze when learning that Michael Caputo, a Trump loyalist and information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, changed the documents released by that agency so that their message would line-up with the misinformation Trump was promoting.

What happens to these people? Who is the lord of truth? It cannot be Trump. Spoiler Alert: At the end of the book 1984, Winston Smith is symbolically lynched. In the movie, we saw the character O’Brien, played by Richard Burton, torture Winston until he was a broken man or, as they say, a dead man. By using pain and brainwashing, the 1984 government erased the real man to make him into “one of them.”

Be careful, dear readers, you are seeing yet another cancer on the presidency of Donald Trump. He is certainly a racist because he goes out of his way to claim he isn’t. Look at his deeds and actions trying to revise the history of racism in America. Trump and people like him (Tom Cotton) believe that if they can obliterate racism, they will have no guilt for openly being racists. You can try to change history, Donald, but you will look foolish and terrible after all those left-wing writers disclose and describe your buffoonery. Sorry, but you certainly deserve it.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Trump’s “Fake” Nobel Peace Prize

When elected president, Donald Trump claimed he would bring peace to the Middle East. One of the biggest challenges surrounding that goal is the profound and ongoing distrust between the Palestinians and the Jewish State of Israel. One might have thought that the 2004 death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would bring a first step toward peace for the region. After all, Arafat was the person who disseminated a still-prevailing narrative among Palestinians who deny Jewish history, such as the holocaust, and the legitimacy of Israel as a sovereign nation.

Palestine theoretically includes the West Bank, a territory that divides modern-day Israel and Jordan, and the Gaza Strip, land bordering modern-day Israel and Egypt. Instead of traditional, fixed borders, most regions have been drawn in the sand in years past. Wars, conflicts and overreach have changed those flimsily determined boundaries many times.

In the Islamic faith, the divide between the Sunni and Shia has pitted Persians against Arabs and Arabs against Arabs. Iraq sees Iran as a natural enemy because of a difference in belief about who has a right to rule Muslims. When Donald Trump declared that he would ban all Muslims from coming into the United States, he didn’t specify Sunni or Shia; his words were anyone of Islamic faith. It’s unclear how he would have determined a person’s religious affiliation at a US entry point, but Trump never thinks things through, thus the confusion at the airports and in the courts.

Mahmoud Abbas

It’s rather amazing that anyone of the Islamic faith would listen to what xenophobic, bat-shit-crazy, blathering-old-fool Donald Trump would have say about future relations between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Palestinians don’t recognized Israel, which has refused to accept Palestine as its own state. That is why it’s intriguing that Orthodox Jew Jared Kushner believes he could convince hard-core Arabs and Muslims that peace is possible.

Yes, both Jared and his wife Ivanka practice Orthodox Judaism. Ivanka Trump had to convert to Judaism in 2009 to marry Jared Kushner, which can be viewed in a positive light regarding Jared’s acceptance as a faithful servant of peace in the Middle East. In fact, the Kushner’s and the Netanyahu’s had a personal relationship before Jared’s rise to senior advisor to President Trump. That, too, is an advantage in this matter of agreements.

The strategy is to convince those Middle East countries that have NOT recognized Israel to do so now in order to help Trump. It started with the United Arab Emirates, and more recently, Bahrain. In case you don’t know, the “Emirates” is not Saudi Arabia. It’s a much smaller country located on the Gulf of Oman with a population of about ten million. Dubai, the Vegas of the Middle East is located there. Bahrain’s population is about 1.6 million, and it’s located on a small island in the Persian Gulf off the coast of the Emirates and north of Qatar.

It would be unfair to say the progress between these two countries and Israel is not a good thing. The first step in any viable negotiation is all parties admitting the existence of the others. When Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, much of the Arab world was skeptical and many cursed the deal believing our President didn’t care about their thoughts and feelings. Well, they were right. Donald Trump doesn’t care about what the Palestinians think. Trump wants rich countries to deal with this conflict, and the first nations that joined the coalition of diplomatic acknowledgement have been large US oil, money and power interests.

Moving the embassy to Jerusalem, was simply following international agreement. The embassy of a nation should be in that country’s capital city. A consulate conducts a nation’s business in a non-capital city.

This brings us to the announcement that two radicals in Norway have nominated Donald John Trump for the Nobel Peace prize for the efforts of normalized relations between three nations. The fact that Palestinians are not involved in these discussions and their waiting in limbo since 1948 casts serious doubt about the outcome of these negotiations.

The Gaza Strip, a 140 square mile area isolated by walls and economic sanctions by Israel, has produced some angry young men who are attracted to the viewpoints and radicalization of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic positions. Just as an out of work coal miner in West Virginia doesn’t care about what Bahrain does with Israel, these Middle East protestors with rocks, and sometimes bombs, don’t care about Jared Kushner’s braggadocio. They want jobs, money and a better life. Nowhere in all this peace prize hype is an explanation about how it all might help Palestinians. And this just in, hours after the agreements were signed in Washington, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a site in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. And this is why this whole P.R. hype from Trump has nothing to do with peace.

When asked why the Palestinians aren’t part of these discussions, Jared Kushner simply slaps away the question and brags about his father-in-law. The Palestinians have nothing to gain by declaring these actions as a great feat. In fact, they continue to assert these moves as insufficient and unimportant to their struggle. I am always amazed by the Trump administration’s discussions without any representation or involvement of the sovereign nation. It’s like Kushner meeting with the owners of a meat factory to solve a labor problem without hearing from the workers. This is the ultimate example of the “owner-controller” class they live in.

This Middle East “peace accord,” with the headline that these agreements will “end the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts forever,” is purely hype and bullshit. Even if every Arab nation were to normalize their relationship with Israel, how can Israel cure the border challenges without recognition and involvement of the Palestinians? Most Americans don’t know that the 1,890,000 people who live in Israel are Palestinians. In fact, more than 60% of Israeli Arabs identify as Palestinians. There is no way that Israel would agree to a two-state solution without also moving more than two-million people to, ah, where?

Should I have a voice in the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, I certainly would NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP. He’s not worthy. Should Donnie Boy eventually win a Nobel Peace Prize for this, then Elon Musk should also get one for his nifty manipulation of the stock market. Hey, you gotta laugh at the audacity of this White House. They really do think 50% of the people in America are STUPID.

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KILLER PRESIDENT

Trump’s Horrific Pandemic Failure

When does this end? Why is Donald John Trump putting his own voters in harm’s way? We know that he knows COVID-19 is insidious; we heard the Woodward tapes. He has lured his followers into the dark, dank pit of infection. Why? Because putting people in harm’s way is totally worth it if the result is his reelection. Who is this person? Obviously, all those who said he lacks a moral compass were not exaggerating. He’s a wicked, wrinkled fraud.

Once again, the Donald’s blame game surfaces. His psychological illness drives him to assail and impugn others for his own inappropriate, erroneous and dangerous acts. Trump claims that his downplaying and lying about the coronavirus is Bob Woodward’s fault. Really? The fat, orange clown with the long red ties claims that if Woodward thought those lies were so bad, he would have reported them immediately and saved lives. OMG that’s preposterous!

Woodward’s reasoning that he wasn’t sure Trump was telling the truth is totally valid. It’s not Woodward’s job to fix the President or to prevent the fallout of his irresponsible actions. Yes, one sells books containing flaming facts, flawed characters and salacious stories, and Woodward’s latest effort has all that and more. This author’s responsibility is showing the hypocrisies, lies and malfeasance to bring a person with unchecked power to their knees. Just like Donald Trump’s main product is bullshit, Bob Woodward’s finished work is factual, historical framing.

Most people attribute the phrase “News is only the first rough draft of history” to Washington Post publisher, Philip Graham. I read a thought provoking article on the SLATE website that throws some water on the birth of that phrase. The story claims that a 1943 book review in the New Republic, written by journalist Alan Barth, may contain the first usage of that phrase, but such an argument is unimportant right now.

What is crucial is our 45th president stands before us saying he was not lying, when he was lying. As we battle a viral pandemic, a crisis, the White House has lost all credibility on the issues of healthcare and sound virus containment practices. If Trump really believes in “AMERICA FIRST,” then why are we leading the world in infection and death with COVID-19? Trump blathers that it’s China’s fault for not stopping the outbreak. Well, did President Trump stop the virus from attacking our citizens and destroying our economy? No, because he constantly does the opposite of what he should.

The president spoke on Thursday night for an hour and 15 minutes before a crowd estimated at 5,000 people. The event occurred in Michigan, after that state had limited outdoor public gatherings to 100 people to stem the spread of COVID-19. However, there are exemptions for First Amendment-protected events in Michigan and Trump and his death squad would rather NOT follow the rules and, instead, expose voters to the virus.

I first get frustrated then fatigued by this scum sucking swamp lizard of a president. Why can this man say to a reporter that he knows exactly how bad the virus is but cannot bring himself to be honest with the American public? How can he sleep at night when the entire country knows that he’s a damn liar?

Trump tramples so many facts that he has become a walking-talking conspiracy theory. He told us that New Jersey Muslims celebrated the death and destruction of 9-11, which was probably motivated by a video of Palestinians demonstrating against America. They were NOT Americans, but Trump doubled and tripled down on his bizarre, xenophobic lie. His misinformation has hurt minorities. The abuse and violence against those groups have increased since Donald Trump has become president.

Tragically, our psychologically impaired president continues to endorse and promote the conspiracy theory that the COVID pandemic is a either hoax or not serious enough to warrant the wearing of masks. He hardly ever wears one because of his vanity or stupidity. Go ahead, pick one.

Make no mistake, Donald Trump is a killer president! He brings death to his own supporters! Trump is incapable of understanding what we face and we must remove him from power. He is not qualified to make any decisions, especially those concerning healthcare. WAKE UP AMERICA. It’s not worth dying for Donald Trump. He’s just a piece of steaming, stinking excrement.

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TRUMP: TWO-FACED LYING LIZARD

“We have it totally under control”

I hate to be writing this on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on our country, which took place on September 11, 2001, but we are being attacked again. Sadly, the guy in charge does not understand the gravity of the global pandemic. He would rather just ignore it. The American COVID-19 death toll has exceeded 191,000 over the last seven months, which is the numerical equivalent of sixty-four 9-11 attacks. We know that lack of communication and a failed airport security system lead to our vulnerabilities and deaths on that fateful day in 2001. Now we have learned another major piece of the coronavirus story, and it’s not pretty. We can easily apply “the deer in the headlights” metaphor to Donald John Trump. He’s damaged goods.

Most caring Americans have heard the tapes of famed journalist and author Bob Woodward as he interviewed the 45th President of the United States. Trump comes across much differently in those recorded discussions when compared with what he has been telling us. We now have confirmation that Donald Trump is two-faced, meaning he’s insincere and acts one way in certain situations and in contrary ways in other circumstances. Trump has been lying, distorting and misleading America about the coronavirus from the very beginning. On one hand, it’s been a cover-up, and on another, fraudulent application of public health and safety information.

Caught Red-Handed in Lie

You should read the transcripts of the interviews. On February 7, 2020, Trump said that he had confidence that China’s president, Xi Jinping, had the disease under control, but added ominously, “It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. … And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your—you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Pretty amazing. This is more deadly. This is 5 per—you know, this is 5 percent versus 1 percent and less than 1 percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff.”

On the 27th of February, Trump said on national TV, “View this the same as the flu and treat this like you treat the flu.” I could ramble on and on about what the Donald has told us about the COVID-19 crisis and how all of them run contrary to facts, but the simple truth is that he lied, and lied, again and again. Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said, “The good news is that he wasn’t being stupid, he did comprehend how dangerous the coronavirus was. But the terrible news, the President of the United States lied about it over and over.”  And I will add, killed people.

Trump cannot even control the messaging of his administration about the worst pandemic in 100 years, so how in the hell could his team possibly have a virus under control? I was angry on 9-11 because people in our government had forgotten to consider possibilities. We learned later that agency rivalries and wretched communication lead to that atrocious assault on our nation. How many Pearl Harbors or 9-11s must we suffer before we grasp the importance of paying attention to intelligence and planning? Trump’s malfeasance in the handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic is equal to the deadly tragedies of December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. This President has the blood of American victims on his hands.

Donald Trump’s main excuse for lying is he wanted to keep people from panicking. Well, that was the same lame reason the government offered for not releasing its research on UFOs. You know, better not scare the kids. However, no one we know about has died from a UFO encounter.

Us Americans want to believe our government will provide support when we need it. Many people in power have complained about the government, even when they ran it. I was amused by Ronald Reagan’s open negativity toward “big government,” when he was mainly responsible for its expansion. Trump wants us to believe in him, not the institutions around him. It’s an out-of-body experience for the guy in the Oval Office to complain about so many things while also saying we should reelect him because he is the only one who can fix them. Huh?

If this so-called Law & Order administration thinks that lying to the American people is good governance and a lawful way to protect the public, then they are harmful and need to be removed from office, ALL OF THEM! It’s easy to ridicule Trump for saying he’s a stable genius, and then learning that he provided 19 on the record interviewers to Bob Woodward, a seasoned and strategic journalist. Trump’s move was not that of a “genius,” it was the miscalculated mistake of a dummy.

Woodward is the consummate professional writer. Think about it. Woodward and his partner Carl Bernstein figured out President Richard Nixon was lying. In the end, Nixon resigned in shame. In that case we had a dishonest president whose tapes proved Woodward’s case against him. Now we have Trump doing and saying whatever he can to impugn the reputation of Mr. Woodward. The orange administration has already dismissed the act of lying by excusing such bad behavior as a position to help the American public feel good about a pandemic, you know, so they don’t panic. They now want us to buy the T-shirt that says, YOU MIGHT DIE, STAY CALM. They are saying Woodward’s new book Rage is nothing but a “political hit job.” That’s fucking nonsensical. Our bumbling President totally cooperated with Woodward, on the record! Who is the true idiot here?

The fact is this. The President of the United States lied, and people died. He lied; people died. Keep repeating that mantra because it is the truth. Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be the president. He’s shown his true, empathy-empty soul. I am sure now that people know he lied about the severity of the virus, his lack of endorsement of social distancing and mask wearing and his neglect in creating a plan to save lives will be taken to court as soon as he gets out of office. I have a concern that the US Department of Justice will defend him because they no longer work for the taxpayers; they work for Trump. Our great nation is surely in a shitty position.

Donald Trump is the worst president in the history of America. Do you need proof of that? Just count the dead bodies. Don’t expect a memorial every year where all the names of those who have died from COVID-19 to be read out loud on TV. The people in this government just don’t care.

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THE RELEVANCE OF MICHAEL COHEN

Trump’s Discarded Minions Turn Against Him

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Trump’s Perversion of Military Might

Like some strange aberration of a publicity hog, Donald J. Trump hyped his way to becoming a fixture in the New York tabloids. He talks a lot about his lifestyle in the 1970s, which included outings at popular places like Studio 54. In the late 1990s, while bragging about his playboy lifestyle during an interview, Citizen Trump made light of military service in Vietnam and compared it to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in the New York dating scene.

Don, Andy & Unnamed Horse

In Trump’s tiny mind, the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS was just as dangerous as defending our nation in a war. Trump has never said that the Vietnam war was a righteous endeavor, and he has criticized both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as wastes of money. Here’s a quote, “Believe me, Iraq is the biggest disaster ever. It’s making Vietnam look like a good war.” He seems to gloss over the fact that more than 1.3 million people died during the Vietnam War, with more than 58,000 US soldier fatalities. It can certainly be argued that Vietnam was not a “good war,” but making light of it is inappropriate and vulgar.

What keeps coming up with this jerk of a president is a deep-seated belief that war equals sexual risk. In the past, Trump talked about the Vietnam with radio host Howard Stern and joked about his own imaginary “exploits in the war.” In two separate interviews during the 1990s, Trump referred to the avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases on the dating scene as “my personal Vietnam.” He embellished his thinking by saying, “It’s pretty dangerous out there! It’s like Vietnam.” In 1996, the Donald said, “I feel like a very great and very brave soldier.”

Some armchair shrinks claim Donald John Trump feels guilty about his lack of military service and that’s why he is constantly compensating for this perceived weakness. In her recent bombshell book, Mary L. Trump explains how Frederick Crist Trump Jr., Fred Trump Sr.’s first son who was called Freddy by the family, was constantly castigated and put down by his father. Freddy graduated with a B.A. in business and, after completing his ROTC training, entered the Air Force National Guard as a second lieutenant. Enabled by his father, Freddy’s younger brother, Donald Trump, scolded his sibling for wanting to be an aviator, but Freddy eventually became a pilot and flew for TWA.

We know that no member of the German Drumpf family, renamed Trump while living here in the US, has ever served in the military. In early 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower denounced real estate profiteers. The New York Times included Fred Trump and his company on a list of 35 builders accused of profiteering from government contracts. He and others were investigated by a US Senate Banking Committee for windfall gains. While no Trump family member ever served the nation in a uniform, they benefited from not only building housing for returning soldiers and their families but deployed nefarious actors to get huge deals and tremendous profits.

I believe that Donald’s contempt for not only the government but also the military came about because of the government’s investigation of the Trump organization for their many shady deals and their discrimination against African Americans. Donald Trump brags about military budgets, the Veterans Administration and how he got the army a raise, but I believe that deep down inside he fears them.

General Disarray

So, what is the root of all evil. Well, in a rare moment of clarity, I give you this. All wrongdoing can be traced to an excessive attachment to material wealth. This belief comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul and is sometimes shortened to “Money is the root of all evil.” It’s likely that Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because he’s tricked the system and pays extraordinarily little or no taxes. Someone needs to remind President Trump that it’s patriotic to pay taxes because that is the source of funding for a strong military. Trump’s only God and country is the dollar bill.

When the Atlantic magazine/website dropped a story written by Jeffrey Goldberg, the White House and Trump himself went nuclear. The article, drawn from unnamed sources, claims Trump said terrible things about those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin confirmed key aspects of the story that stated Trump disparaged veterans, didn’t want to honor the dead at the Aisne-Marne Cemetery and did not want to lower American flags after the death of John McCain. Trump then went ballistic and called for the termination of the reporter. He also said that he knew nothing about the periodical, which has been around since 1875.

Trump does not say why he has such a profound disrespect of the military, but many of his public comments show a pattern of undermining all of our institutions, including the military. Back in 2016, candidate Trump claimed to be more knowledgeable than our military’s leadership, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me. They don’t know much because they’re not winning!”

Trump disrespected John McCain and he besmirched the reputation of General Mattis when he resigned because of his disagreement with Trump on Syria. When asked if he appreciated “Mad dog Mattis,” Trump riffed about his nickname and added, “What’s he done for me? How has he done in Afghanistan? Not too good! I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan, and I shouldn’t be happy.” Now, just this past Friday, Trump maligned General John Kelly.

Despite his belching of a few buzz words, Trump doesn’t understand the role of NATO, the need for containment on the Korean Peninsula or the intelligence of helping Ukraine keep Russia at bay. He’s weakened the standing, and the value of our military might around the world. When we pull troops out of an ally country to save money, we are hurting the foundations of the Monroe Doctrine and Marshall Plan that have both kept the world safer.

Trump can deny and continue to pontificate, but the military will not protect him should he lose the election. That is what it’s all about. Trump can kiss every police department in the country, but the guys who will march to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to remove him from the people’s house after he loses the election will be commanded by those Generals he has undermined. Trump is just a foolish little boy playing on the floor with his rubber soldiers.

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VOTE EARLY & OFTEN

Trump’s Seditious Chaos Sowing

It’s all just a joke with Donald Trump. Imagine a preacher giving their Sunday sermon at the church pulpit and proclaiming that any woman who had the audacity to wear red is a whore. Not only would that cause much disdain throughout the congregation, but everyone in the sanctuary would be looking around to see what the attendees were wearing. When people in positions of authority say untrue or outrageous things, we sometimes accept them until we think about what they said.

Donald John Trump encouraged people to send in an absentee ballot and then go vote in person on Election Day, “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. That’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do.”

Voting twice in the same election is illegal and both President Trump and Attorney General William Barr know it. During an interview on CNN, Barr didn’t object to President Donald Trump’s statement that voters should cast two ballots this November. Bar expressed no outrage or dissent about Trump’s extreme suggestion. Barr said, “This is playing with fire. We’re a very closely divided country here. People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology — which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion — is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.”

William Barr is a disgrace to American justice. He doesn’t have the balls to stand up and tell the citizens of this country that VOTING TWICE IN AN ELECTION IS UNLAWFUL! To make matters worse, he’s the source of the Trump screed that mail-in voting is full of fraud. Having a loaded gun in your hand is extremely dangerous, but it’s not a “matter of logic” that merely holding a weapon will always lead to death. It’s wrong to demand that sick and vulnerable people risk their lives to vote. If I had a say in the matter, William Barr would be the first person I would fire in a new administration. His father gave us Jeffrey Epstein, and William gives us baskets of bullshit.

Donald Barr & Jeffrey Epstein

Barr went on to answer the question of what Trump was trying to say, “I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but it seems to me what he’s saying is, he’s trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” I am fed up with these feckless, fat assholes telling us how bad things are, but don’t have the brains or conviction to fix them. Listening to Barr could lead you to believe that his Justice Department is an arm of Trump’s campaign.

Continuing from the Trump playbook, Barr claimed, “I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again. It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.” After that pronouncement, he added, “I believe it’s China, because I’ve seen the intelligence and that’s what I’ve concluded.” Following that, Barr declined to give more details.

I am sick and tired of William Barr, a non-elected head of the Department of Justice, spewing out his conclusions like he’s a judge. He’s an employee of the Executive Branch, but he acts more like the President’s personal lawyer.

Let me get this off my chest. When asked if Obama and Biden committed “treason” by “spying” on the Trump campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 election, the Attorney General of the United States said, “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he’s using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice. And if he feels that, he can say it.” No, No, No! If the top guy in the White House is saying that Biden committed “treason” without any charge or credible evidence, he’s attempting to hurt his opponent and not just riffing on the subject of law. Why can’t Barr just say the President shouldn’t use that term? Why did he give Trump a Get-Out-of-Jail card with the word, “colloquially?”

President Trump has said Barr could, “…go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen.” While Barr wants the legal community to believe he’s doing his job in righteous ways, he uses terms like “spying” instead of surveillance, which is something the FBI does every day to Americans. Barr used the term, “Russia-gate thing” describing a fully functional and sanctioned investigation into Russian interference in our election by Robert Mueller. I concluded early on that William Barr was not a real Attorney General. He’s just another political appointee, operating in ways that clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have the American’s people’s back on the subject of “liberty and justice for all.”

Another conclusion that tumbled from his fat, bull-frog mouth is there is “no systemic racism” in America’s law enforcement agencies and police departments. William Barr admits that racism exists, and there are some police officers who might have racism in their souls, but he’s hung up on his own definition of racism. He’s trying to say there aren’t some built in racist polices, practices or procedures in the training of police officers and the exercising of their duties. He did admit that we have much work to do. What work would that involve? Making sure we know who the “bad cops” are and keeping them off the forces or in the streets with loaded guns. You see, if there isn’t a system to fairly, honestly and completely eradicate racists from law enforcement, then we have a systemic weakness. He admitted that in a roundabout way but did not say anything meaningful regarding those he oversees on the federal level.

Thinking ahead, I would love to have the next Attorney General be Preet Bharara. He was the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York before Trump fired him. Bharara is one of the only US attorneys to land a conviction during the housing and money scandal of the mid-2000s. It would then be great if new A.G. Bharara appointed another former SDNY US Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, to serve as special prosecutor in an investigation of the Trump administration. We the people need to know the depth of the corruption, who was involved and who should never hold any political office ever again. Hey, it may sound like LOCK HIM UP… but lots of Trump guys have already been jailed. Sue me if you like, but make sure you have a good attorney.

Finally, I’ll sew up this post. I voted early by mail in the Florida primary that was held on August 18, 2020. I was curious to know what would happen if I tried to vote again in person. I walked into my polling place and spoke with the folks there, explaining that I had already voted by mail and was curious what would happen if I tried to cast another vote here. They were very friendly and helpful, electronically running my driver’s license (one registers to vote in Florida when you get a license) and showing me that my vote had already been counted. They also directed me to a website where I could see if my vote was in the count for the future. You see, William Barr, you and all others who think Florida is unorganized and fraught with “logic-based” fraud are WRONG!

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MONEY OR MORALS IN AMERICA

Commissioners – Presidents are Deaf & Dumb

There is absolutely no reason to spend time on our fat, baby-dictator-president and his lie-filled speeches over the last four days. Stephen Stills wrote these lyrics found in the classic song For What It’s Worth, “There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there, A-telling me, I got to beware…” Well, we do have to beware!

I was trying to explain to my much younger neighbor that I have seen the current eruptions of emotions and fear sweep across our country before. The deaths of President John F. Kennedy, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Bobby Kennedy reminded me that we did finally get over each crisis. I also pointed out that I was in Los Angeles when the Rodney King verdict ignited riots, looting and despair in the African American community there. I wonder if he believed these to be just some fuzzy memories of an old man.

Citi Field, New York

Some people, including Donald Trump, think basketball teams are political and more radical when it comes to protesting racial inequalities and police brutalities. Perhaps the President and his advisors see basketball as ALL BLACK, but when the National Hockey League players also left in protest, it painted a different picture of what’s happening.

New York is always in our national view and the New York Mets are part of that great city. Last night, Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson stepped into the box and both teams seemed in position to start playing the game. Then, everything stopped. All the players stood in silence for 42 seconds, likely in honor of Jackie Robinson who wore number 42 and was the first African American allowed to play Major League baseball in America. What followed was intense and dramatic.

Both the Mets and Marlins exited the field. Brinson, an African American from Florida, left a “Black Lives Matter” shirt at home plate. The game was not played. The word spread quickly, and a total of fourteen teams refused to play ball on Thursday night and seven games were postponed.

The story doesn’t end there. Before the drama on the field, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught on an open mic discussing a major protest among players and he added harsh criticism of Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. For non-sports readers the MLB commissioner is all powerful in both the game and the business of baseball.

In the emotion of the moment Van Wagenen said that the commissioner “doesn’t get it.” He alleged that Manfred’s plan was the Mets and Marlins walking off the field together shortly before the scheduled 7:10 PM first pitch, and then coming back to start play at 8:10 PM. Obviously, that would have been “protest lite.” The Mets General Manager apologized later in the night with a statement saying it was Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon who proposed the “temporary walkout idea” and not the Commissioner. Perhaps that got Van Wagenen off the hook of a considerable fine.

I have never thought of Donald John Trump as a moral leader. He’s more like a mob boss wannabe without a lick of sense about people. Yes, African Americans have excelled in many professional sports, even though white players have dominated tennis and golf for centuries. Over the years, professional sports players, Olympic athletes and even, at times, their managers have acknowledged protests and then moved on. Sure, you can penalize players for not playing or making a mockery of the game, but THEY ARE PEOPLE.

When President Trump was asked about the NBA player-led protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, he claimed, “I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA. They’ve become like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing.”

Hours later, Senior Advisor and Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, echoed his disdain for the NBA players saying they are… “very fortunate to be able to take a night off from work.” This is a theme, and I don’t expect the Trump mob family to see the players in any other light other than the reflections from the gold on their necks and fingers. I am sick and tired of white, privileged, silver-spoon-in-mouth phonies complaining about people they see only as entertainment and a source of advertising dollars.

LeBron James

You might think I am being harsh, but when Donald Trump is asked about someone’s belief in racist, anti-Semitic bullshit and he praised that Georgia candidate for Congress who holds those beliefs, he focused on her win in a primary election and popularity, that’s not the point. It can best be summed up in his putdown of John McCain, “I like heroes who weren’t captured.” Jared Kushner is the Donald’s stiff, underfed, computer-voiced, puny puppet. I prefer my zealots to be human. And I must add, I find it totally baffling that I have to explain why Black people are angry to White people.

Commissioners of professional sports leagues have impossible jobs, but don’t feel sorry for them. MLB’s Rob Manfred makes $11 million a year, NBA’s Adam Silver gets $10 million and the head of the NHL scores $9.6 million. They are trying to help some of the richest people in America, sports club owners, deal with the credibility of their games, their fans, their fields and, most importantly, THEIR MONEY.

President Trump says politics should not be a part of sports in this country. He’s right, but he should get the fuck out of the way as well. When Trump comments about sports, he’s making it political. If I didn’t know better, I would think he was a pro-player with brain damage. His sport is golf, and Tiger Woods, the only famous Black player, is in his back pocket.

White conservatives hate the terms “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police.” They are threated by these words. Why? Because they want to believe that racism has been cured and the police are always right. We must remember everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty in America, and we must comprehend that slogans and words are used to get your attention. The phrase, “Let’s hold police accountable for their actions by reorganizing their budgets,” would never reach the frontal lobes of any person in the US. The phrase, “Let’s treat all citizens the same in policing,” doesn’t even start the conversation. For example, it’s easier to say, “Trump is a racist,” than it is trying to convince people that his policies are hurting African Americans and people of color. But they are.

Trump and Pence and the pothole they live in cannot be repaired. Their existence in that deep-black hole filled with water hides the depth of their depravity and hate. It’s too bad baseball and basketball players didn’t play Thursday night. That would have lowered the ratings of the RNC convention, which is all Trump cared about.

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PROPHECY OF ATTAINMENT

The Confidence Man Cometh, Again

You cannot say a challenge is resolved before you fix it. You cannot solve a problem by pronouncing it conquered. And you cannot wash away this pandemic by pouring wet, little lies over it. Donald Trump believes he can lie his way back into office. Is America really that dimwitted and demented? We are only seventy days away from the answer.

During the opening day of the Republican National Convention, the New York Times put matters in perspective by writing that the campaign will “…engage in sweeping revisionism about Mr. Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, his record on race relations and much else.” They also laid out a dystopian picture of what the United States would look like under a Biden administration, warning of a “‘vengeful mob’ that would lay waste to suburban communities and turn quiet neighborhoods into war zones.”

Here we go, people. Donald Trump wants you to believe America is going down the drain. If the intent of the Republican party was painting a more optimistic picture, then what the hell was that? What I find most disturbing is not only blaming others for what has happened in the last four years but also the constant disassociation with reality. I am not a zombie and I am not on SOMA (for all you H. G. Wells & Aldous Huxley fans).

Let’s take some of the con-man’s words and deeds and put them to the test. Are people rioting in certain cities? Yes. Why? Because African Americans are seeing videos of police shooting Black men and women. Why? Could it be that there is systemic racism in our police departments across America? It does seem many people of color are being snuffed out at the hands of white men. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, “the fatality rate is 2.8 times higher among blacks than whites” during interactions with police officers.

The Republican sales pitch is that COPS are right, and DEMOCRATS are wrong. Really? Why does that surprise anyone? Donald Trump has some deeper motivations that you can either ignore or investigate. If Donald Trump’s party of one sincerely cares about African American rights and societal changes, why are there so few Black voices supporting and echoing him? Oh yeah, there’s Tim Scott of South Carolina, but for the life of me I cannot reconcile his myopic view of the civil rights of Black people. However, we’ve seen this before and my Uncle had a term for it.

The prophecy that electing Joe Biden will destroy western civilization is an extremely strange way to pitch a fraud. Most con artists tell you how great your life will be if you buy what they are selling. The Donald’s positioning at the convention was totally defensive and negative. It was like a bar fight where one of the survivors comes out the carnage to announce, “Well, yes, my mother, father and wife were killed in the fight but I am the winner. I’m still standing.” It’s not the lack of empathy; it’s the unbelievable quote of the bloodied survivor justifying why he couldn’t save more people, “Hey, they were there on their own. If I didn’t get out of there the death count would have been much greater.” Yes, 177,000 people have died from COVID, but let’s remember what Donald Trump said, “It’s going to be just fine. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” He bragged that if we had less than 100,000 deaths it would prove HE did a fantastic job. Really? He also said, “This should have been stopped in China.” Okay, but why haven’t WE stopped it in the United States?

Trump never scrutinizes the effects of his actions and policies. He simply moves on. Achieving a goal is part of leadership but I see no accountability. Trump went so far as to say he takes no responsibility. Wow, who is this guy? Even Jerry Falwell, Jr. faces the truth and is honest for a couple of hours before crawling back into his deep, secret place.

Another Republican talking point is voting for Democrats will make America socialist. I find this funny. The guy who is attempting to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is trying to lump Biden supporters into a “socialist bucket.” There is no altruism in the party of Trump. There is only selfishness and screeds lacking empathy. If socialism is so bad, why did Trump allow the national debt to get so far out of control? If socialism is so evil, why did he sign bailout bills that gave away billions of dollars to companies, organizations and buddies? The money he handed out was a raid on our national bank. Donald somehow believes that donations will keep people from going back to jobs they no longer have. It’s just another ludicrous lie. People want to work safely.

Mrs. George Conway

Now, let’s pull in for a close-up on the ludicrous harangue that Democrats will destroy the suburbs. Trump’s tweet about affordable housing was so racist I cannot understand how Republicans can credibly support the man. The President of the United States tweeted, “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood. Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule [Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing]. Enjoy!”

One of the great TV comedy characters of Key and Peele was Luther, President Obama’s anger translator. His role was helping get Obama’s messages out to African Americans. Please allow me to channel that routine by showing the way Luther would have written that tweet, “Hey WHITE PEOPLE, I know you really don’t want Blacks and trailer trash moving in next door so you should be KISSING MY ASS because I just changed the law that will keep those lowlifes that DEMS call “PEOPLE” out of your clean, white suburbs. YOU OWE ME.”  

Donald Trump has spent his life far removed from the suburbs. He is out of touch on the true meaning of that term. When he uses the outdated word “housewives” to attempt resonance with suburbanites, he sounds like a guy from the 1950s.

Check out the stats from Gwinnett County, Georgia A SUBURB OF ATLANTA. The racial makeup of the county’s population is 47.4% White, 28.5% Black, 18.8% Asian and 28.5% Hispanic, meaning 75.8 of the Gwinnett County population is non-white. Are Republicans happy about Trump’s declaration of “purifying” the suburban neighborhoods of America? Putting this in perspective, Donald Trump will need tons of votes from that 75.8% slice of that county to win. What a misguided strategy. Oh well, we need a new president. Donald Trump’s myth that he’s been the greatest President since Abraham Lincoln is the biggest, STRONGEST and most RIDICULOUS LIE that has ever been articulated, and Trump knows articulation. He uses his left hand to do it.

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