SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Trump’s Next Scapegoat

I’m sure that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, our current Attorney General, has an honest love for America and the laws of this land. We know that Sessions has a relationship with Steve Bannon and that may have been the motivation for him to come out early as an endorser of Donald J. Trump. The phrase, “Be careful what you wish for” comes to mind with what has transpired between the President and his Attorney General.

Jeff’s past comments came back to haunt him and kept him from advancing several times in his career. Once he teamed with Trump, however, making positive references to the KKK didn’t matter to our great Orange Leader. Just as Anita Hill’s testimony didn’t stop the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, we seem to be losing the importance of truth. Telling the truth used to mean something.

On radio station WMAL in Washington, DC last night (11-2-2017), Trump aired his frustration with not being involved in the Justice Department, “…you know the saddest thing is that because I’m the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing. And I’m very frustrated by it.”

This pattern is getting so predictable. Again, he hits back on Twitter: “At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

And then, just as Trump and his first lady got onto to Air Force One for his big Asia trip, he made this remark, “I am really not involved with the Justice Department. I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats. A lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me. Imagine if your boss said those things about your department in a business. One would be polishing their resume.

Just as the Senate and House investigative bodies are asking themselves if Sessions, in a sense the top cop in the land, lied under oath, the President, with the least amount of grey matter involved, thinks he getting to the crux of the matter. He’s wanting to control the courts and Justice, like a third-world dictator.

President Trump believes that all this Russia stuff is a “ruse” or a “hoax” as he calls it. We all know that Russia did something during the election, that is a clear fact. Trump’s denial that this even happened is absurd. When some disgruntled Twitter worker cut off his Twitter account for 11 minutes yesterday, the world didn’t end. Maybe he denies that happened.

Part of what a pathological liar does is repeat an untruth over and over until he believes it and with it, those around him, give in to the lie and accept the propaganda as truth.

Trump is a little boy. He never developed a psychological hardened shell to protect himself from critical comments. Maybe his mother spoiled him. As a kid, his frontal cortex never developed properly. It’s clearly devoid of any logic, restraint and reason. And this not good for the United States of America.

Trump would like to end the collusion investigation by firing everyone involved, but he cannot. The reason he is targeting Jeff Sessions isn’t because of his diminutive statue or southern drawl, it’s because he showed up Trump.

Trump is angry right now and is using aggression to help soothe his broken ego. Yes, folks, this is what’s really happening.

When George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, it wasn’t just the lie, it was the plea deal that disclosed some facts – which has been verified but others at the meeting that took place on March 31, 2016. It was a “national security” meeting in Washington, D.C. with many “volunteers” who were working on the campaign. Everyone seems to think this meeting was a nonentity. No one seems to remember what was said. I guess they didn’t take notes. I always thought “national security” was important to the Donald.

In that meeting, it has been reported that Papadopoulos brought up the opportunity to meet with Russians, and conceivably, Vladimir Putin. Trump has been described as open to the meeting, but Jeff Sessions vetoed the idea.

Imagine, someone like Trump, feeling a bit insecure around what he thought were top-notch security people, only to lose the power of the meeting. Sessions made the decision, not Trump. Jeff Sessions represents the DOJ and Justice is in charge of the people who are investigating his administration for any dastardly deeds done against the republic.

In the end, Jeff Sessions will be forced to do more than recuse himself, he will be asked to resign. Trump may think that getting people out of the way will take the pressure off him and his family, but we go back to that old phrase, “Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President.”  Those who come after Jeff Sessions won’t have taken the loyalty test and aren’t going to ruin their reputations, as so many have already, to protect a man who seems to worry more about himself than whether Bump Stocks are banned or Puerto Rico has electricity. And that is truly, sad!

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SPECIAL COUNSEL LANDS FISH

Trump’s Denials Seem So Nixon-like

There have been moments in time when corruption bubbles up from the swamp and people’s reputations become soiled forever. The Russian Probe has produced two arrests, but what else looms in the future?

In the past, we had the Teapot Dome Scandal, a bribery incident from 1921 to 1922, during President Warren G. Harding’s administration. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall did a deal for Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two locations in California for private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.

This would be like someone giving a $300 million no-bid contract to a new company with only two employees located in the state of the Secretary of the Interior to repair the electrical grid in Puerto Rico. While the headlines screamed corruption, Secretary Zinke attacked the “dishonest media” for asking questions about a shady Whitefish Energy contract. Really? The company is based in the same small town that Ryan Zinke calls home and we are to believe there wasn’t anything fishy?

We had Watergate, which Richard Nixon claimed was a “witch-hunt” – does that sound familiar? That scandal was described by the White House as a third-rate burglary, but morphed into the reality that the President of the United States was involved in a cover-up. Nixon was forced to resign by his own party days before he was to be impeached.

Then we had the Iran-Contra Affair that occurred during the Ronald Reagan administration. This was a complicated scheme to supply weapons to Iran, which then was an enemy of the US, in hopes of securing the release of American hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s leader. Reagan’s men then took millions of dollars from the weapons sale and routed them, along with guns, to the right-wing “Contra” guerrillas in Nicaragua. In 1986, Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa published a series of articles that exposed the weapons-for-hostages deal. I guess they were the “dishonesty media.”

There were almost a dozen people charged for their involvement in Iran-Contra, from the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Adviser, Secretary of State people to CIA personnel. All were convicted for their involvement or perjury. They were all pardoned by George H.W. Bush. And this is the way our government works.

Today, the former manager of Donald Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, and his associate, Rick Gates, have been charged with a 12-count indictment that says they conspired to defraud the United States with money laundering activities, illegal tax schemes and foreign lobbying deeds. In short, they had more than $75 million flow through offshore accounts and managed to, according the indictment, launder $21 million so far with their schemes.

And this just in, according to the Washington Post: “Former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making a false statement to FBI investigators who asked about his contacts with a foreigner connected to Russian officials, and the agreement was unsealed Monday (10-30-2017).” So, there were contacts with Russians during the campaign. FACT.

The good news for Trump is neither his campaign nor the administration was mentioned in this indictment. Most experts believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III has only made his first move and people around Trump should take any request for information very seriously. And, oh yeah, don’t lie.

For those people who have a great desire for impeachment, you should focus on how the White House reacts to these charges. Donald Trump, who says he knows more than lawyers, continually distances himself from Manafort and over-amplifies the distractions. His morning tweet says it all, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????? …Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

Ty Cobb and his murder of attorneys have taken the bull by the horn and are attempting to spin this Mueller thing away from Donald Trump. But in the end, no one controls Trump and that will be his downfall. If he is the only person to really know, then knowing anything about these crimes is a crime itself.

Today is not the end, it is only beginning. At worst, Trump is just like all those other scandal makers in the White House. Deny involvement, blame someone else, and if someone took some pain for you, pardon them. For a “law and order” President, the Donald seems to have no respect for law.

For now, we know, at least, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump is an extremely poor judge of character.

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WHAT IS PATRIOTISM?

Trump’s Attempt to Modify Meanings

I grew up in America and anyone who has spent any time with my musings on this blog and the book: Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach will know that I am loyal to my country and to which it stands. It can be nicely wrapped in the phase, “Liberty for All.” I truly believe those who stand against anyone or any power that wants to take away our freedom is a hero and patriot. Whether they protect us with a gun or a keyboard or a video, they play an important role in keeping this beloved country on the right path.

Last night (10-16-2017), when John McCain was accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, he warned us of something he feels quite strongly about:

“To fear the world the US has led for the better part of a century and abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is unpatriotic.”

In those words, we have a viewpoint of someone I would have no problem saying is a patriot, and we should be listening to him. Aside from the “Keating Five” scandal, McCain was a member of that shameful group of politicians, he has a wonderful record of service to his country. Rather than parse every detail of his career from military service, P.O.W. story, voting records and failed attempt to become President of the United States, we can simply say that John is not a half-baked nationalist.

While our current Commander in Chief stood before the press for more than 40 minutes yesterday trying to cover up the fact that he has major problems with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, he dropped lies like birds drop poop after a good feeding. Trump sure spent a lot of time talking yesterday. He told us that former Presidents didn’t call or comfort the families of our fallen patriots; a bold-faced lie, just thrown out there. When confronted, he used the old, weak excuse, “I was told that.” When will this guy finally realize he cannot make things up in such a dangerous world? And if you are following along at home, count the number of times he is saying, “to be honesty with you…” which is usually said a lot by insecure liars.

Donald J. Trump is a broken man. I am not sure who broke him, but more and more people want to return him and get their vote back. There is a strange concept happening, when you bring up Trump, unless the person has been lured into the cult and is continually drinking the Kool-Aid, they would rather just not talk about it. There were people in Germany who did the same thing in the late 1930s. No, Trump is not Hitler. Adolf stayed on message and never strayed from his mission. Trump is all over the place. He says he hates the press, but cannot go a day without being on TV. He’s addicted to power and publicity.

Today, his nomination for the position of Drug Czar, which, by the way, sounds like a Russian idea, mysteriously evaporated. Representative Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee, withdrew his name following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. We can thank the Washington Post and CBS’ Sixty Minutes for breaking this story and doing the hard work to vet this person. This is why the First Amendment is what makes America great. However, within 24-hours Trump will Tweet more lies to the world and then attack anyone who has a critical thought about his words.

Just as John McCain said last night, Trump would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. I firmly agree. Donald’s actions are cowardly and unpatriotic. He is too busy with his tweets, lies and self-aggrandizement to be a leader of anything, let alone our great nation. It’s time to impeach the son-of-a-bitch; and you can quote me.

 

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THE PRICE OF LOYALTY

Trump Continues to Drain His Own Swamp

It would be easy to make a joke about the Price being wrong, or that every politician has his Price, but the mess that has been uncovered within the Trump Administration is embarrassing, to say the least.

As I have written here before, I don’t like Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price. So, when it was disclosed that he racked up more than a million dollars in government jet use for personal travel, I wasn’t surprised. He is a superficial, first-class B.S. artist.

Knowing some of his constituents in Georgia colored my view of Price before Trump placed him in his cabinet. Many Georgians complained about Price’s lack of attention to details and his slow or absent response to letters that were written to him about critical local issues. His “nobody is home” M.O. was a troubling elitism that the Donald obviously didn’t uncover in his “extreme vetting” of the team he assembled to help run the administration.

Trump will probably justify this firing by the total failure of the health care bills and the fact that Congress couldn’t repeal and replace of Obamacare; a sin worthy of dismissal, if only we knew what the President’s plan really was. There was never any concrete legislation created by the White House. If our great Orange Leader was depending on Tom Price to write that, well, it never got done.

The Washington Post (9-29-2017) claimed, “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia had pushed for the then-congressman to lead HHS, arguing that Price’s medical and policy expertise and congressional ties could help Trump deliver on his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” It’s too bad that President Trump can’t fire Newt Gingrich and expunge his ill-effect on government. We already know that Paul Ryan is a classic politician who does whatever the party says, rather than what America wants.

It was rather obvious that some of Tom Price’s stock trading in the medical and pharmaceutical industries was in direct conflict with his duty as a representative in Congress. It wouldn’t take Inspector Clouseau long to figure out that something was rotten with Dr. Price.

And this points to a serious problem with the talent pool on Capitol Hill. Just because Price was a doctor and a member of Congress, wouldn’t that make him, theoretically, a member of the sleazy underworld that Trump dubbed “the swamp?” Why do we have so many doctors in Congress? Maybe they can make more money in Congress than private practice? Time to investigate them all!

Politico broke the story about Price’s misuse of government funds to the tune of more than $400,000, with another $500,000 tacked on for overseas flights. The most brazen offense being a $25,000 jet flight from DC to Philadelphia, which would have cost no more than $700 round trip on a commercial airliner or a $265 first class ride on Amtrak. You know, the one that Joe Biden used to take every day.

The fallout on this one proves that Donald J. Trump is unaware of how the government works and how people will scam their way around rules and policies, just like he does. This PriceGate shows the fallacy about the belief that America needs a good business man to run the government. We must have gotten a bad one.

So far, Trump has fired more people in nine months than most administrations dismiss in four years. And some of the reasons for these firings were damn good: lying, creating conflict, leaking, using extreme vulgarities, ignoring the Logan Act, being ineffective communication, treason and bilking taxpayers out of money. Where did Trump get these people?

Tom Price is only the tip of the iceberg in an administration which is being run like a family business, with the patriarch and owner existing in a shiny world of hyperbole and vagueness. Trump truly believes that as long as he peppers his speech with catch phrases and slogans, everything back at the office is running smoothly. There seems to be no oversight until it’s too late or until some First Amendment outlet gets in the way.

The United States of America is a public company, Donald, and the stockholders are the millions of hard-working Americans who deserve a real president. Either step up and lead, or get out of the way. We don’t care what you think about football players. That is not your domain.

We care about repairing peoples’ lives in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. We care about help needed by the middle-class and how the rich should not get more benefits than they deserve. Of course, the heath care issues still need attention as well. And by the way, we have countries vowing to destroy us and you can’t afford to take your eyes off that ball. So how about starting to work on these things instead of draining your swamp?

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THE CURSE OF BANNONISM

Trump’s Special Advisor and Puppeteer

When a president leaves office, they usually create a library to house the papers and books that played a major role in the shaping of their term. With Donald J. Trump, we won’t need a library, because he doesn’t read books. His legacy will simply be a building with pictures of people who had his ear, TV screens playing Fox News broadcasts and digital displays of pages from right-winged web sites.

When I watched the Charlie Rose interview with Steve Bannon on CBS’ Sixty Minutes, I was first disappointed that they would give him such a powerful platform. As the program commenced, however, little bombs of truth started to penetrate my frontal lobes. It became very clear that Bannon was the biggest influence on the 45th President and Bannon’s destructive dogma clings to Trump.

I have long said that Team Trump has no concern for political parties. The Donald is neither Republican nor Democrat. He’s a reactionary personality who believes that his charisma can carry him through any challenge. The flaw in Trump’s  thinking is the belief that people like him. Bannon in the interview actually made that same observation. So, Bannon is allowed to critigue the President.

Steve Bannon, clearly not a likeable person, propels his elitist and subversive views in everything he says. He opens by taking a shot at the Grand Old Party, accusing them of trying to nullify the 2016 election. This “civil war” he is flaming is bad for the party in power. Here is an important area of focus. Bannon says the GOP is trying to thwart Trump’s economic nationalist agenda. No one would argue that our business practices should produce positive results for our country and our people, but there seems to a Bannon agenda, darker and more negative than most Americans envision.

Bannon extends his aggression against certain Republicans with the promise to defeat them. Putting his money (well, other people’s money) where his mouth is means he will be buying ads supporting those running against these “rogue” politicians. He talks about “holding them accountable,” which pushed me to ask the question, “Should the elected official behold themselves to a president or their constituents?” The executive branch didn’t appoint them, they were elected by local counties, cities and states.

Bannon’s reveal that following the election the administration embraced the establishment due to the influence of Jared Kushner, was nullified by his comparison to the way he and Jared dress. Really? Are we in high school? Was Kushner’s desire to work with the “establishment” driven by his wardrobe?

Bannon continued to stir the pot with his opinion that Gary Cohn should have resigned if he didn’t like Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville. I see, you can be critical of things Trump does, but the other guys have to be loyal. Maybe Bannon actually thought he was the President.

The common thread here is that both Gary and Jared are Jewish and would obviously despise anything less than total denouncements on Neo-Nazis. It would be too easy at this point to suggest Bannon exposed a constantly rebuffed anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant grounding by this former Navy officer. But hey, he does mention pearls, limousines and the Hamptons in his put-down of the establishment. This is funny coming from a man who made millions in Hollywood.

It seems draconian to purge someone from the administration because they said the great Orange Leader made a mistake in handling the Charlottesville press conference. Why is Bannon so critical of honesty? He said that “a Darwinian environment for ideas is a positive.” Really, Steve, well Jared and Gary are still there and you are gone. I guess it was the survival of the strongest.

This idea that your “work was done” inside of the White House and you will continue the fight outside of the government is a lame ass excuse for being fired. Bannon called himself a “staffer,” with a kind of snobbish air suggesting that his position was beneath him. You were fired because you were opening your mouth, Bannon, and the White House couldn’t trust you. They are distancing themselves from you now, Mr. Alt-Right winged hooey.

We get that you hate the Bushes, Obama and others who have come before. Your abhorrence and vitriol oozes from our President’s narrow mouth. This concept of saying, in a very forceful declaration, that, “… they know, I know and YOU KNOW THIS IS TRUE!” is what Donald Trump uses when he feels confronted. This was a giant poker player “tell” for me. Bannon fed Trump the notion of taking down the Washington Monument and Donald’s little brain spit out that argument. Steve said that the President was taking it to a higher level and he was the only one defending him. Really? You must have a loose screw somewhere because the President, at best, sounded uninformed.

The most repulsive attempt to re-write history by Steve Bannon happened when Charlie Rose suggested that immigrants helped build this country and Bannon replied, “You couldn’t be more, dead wrong. America was built on her citizens.” Okay, so Africans weren’t citizens but did most of the work, yes? Italians, who later became citizens, paved all the brick streets in my hometown. Were they not working and helping to build America? What a stupid thing for Bannon to say.

And when he said that DACA Dreamers will just “self-deport” in six months and there will be no amnesty for their parents either, he made it clear that he is anti-immigrant and that is where the President was getting all his hogwash.

I am sure the 11 million people here illegally would love to help rebuild Houston and Florida for a chance at citizenship. What about that idea, Mr. President?

I don’t care what Steve Bannon says about the Catholic Church. I don’t care about his agenda to make America a whiter place. And I don’t respect his proclamation that the worst modern political decision was the firing of James Comey. If that was so, why didn’t he stop the President? The “I-told-you-so” Bannon dished out was so annoying, with zero enlightenment.

It’s obvious that Bannon was the puppeteer and Trump was the puppet who would say and tweet anything without any logical filter or understanding about the effect of those words. I am glad Steve Bannon is no longer a government employee. He should never have been hired. And, hopefully, the fake news won’t give him any more air time.


DONALD TRUMP PARDONED RACISM

Gorka and Transgenders Out, Sheriff Joe back on the streets

It should come as no surprise that we have a President who doesn’t care about people, laws or loyalty. Let’s look at each of three events that took place as a Category 4 hurricane was about to hit the homeland.

We knew that a Transgender ban was coming to the military, but this complication and reduction in troop size that some thought was just “an idea” of Trump’s was, in fact, his desire to surprise the Pentagon. Power move.

The sober reality is that whatever Donald says he is going to do, he probably will do. A promise to human beings by the federal government and the military has been broken. Brave citizens signed up to fight for their country and they are being turned away. What a bad decision, Mr. President.

When people break the law, they should be punished. That is what we heard from Donald Trump endlessly during the election and since. He took an oath to uphold the laws of the country and to do nothing contrary to the Constitution. His lack of respect for the courts in the US will affect the way decisions are made, especially at the Supreme Court. They too, have been sworn in to protect the Constitution. Agent Orange’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was a symbolic way of pardoning racism in America, the same as his terrible response to the events in Charlottesville. I warned you. He divides us every day.

And that brings us to Sebastian Gorka. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know who he is. The question of why Trump initially surrounded himself with losers and ideologs such as Bannon and Gorka has never been answered to my satisfaction. Could it be simply because these right-wing nut jobs agreed with him? They weren’t controlling the great Orange Leader as much as they were simply reinforcing his own biased, racist and xenophobic philosophies. There is a connection to Jeff Sessions with both of them.

It would make much more sense if we learned that Trump had a collection of Nazi memorabilia hidden away. It would be more believable if we learned that the Donald was abused by a Mexican housekeeper when he was young. It would explain some things if we found out he always wanted to be a cop and crack some heads. But, alas, the President of the United States has demonstrated that he’s just an evil man who made some jokes and convinced millions of people to vote for him.

He announced his news just as a major hurricane with catastrophic potential was hitting land in Texas. Could this show a desire to sneak in his questionable moves while the media was focused on the storm? Or, worse, did he feel Hurricane Harvey would eclipse his visibility and importance? In either case it warrants the name, “Slimy Bastard.” I mean, really, could he possibly be jealous of at hurricane? Sadly, I believe that to be true.

We see a pattern here that will only get worse. Something must be done soon, or Donald J. Trump will destroy America. If he doesn’t understand what real law means, and if he has no respect for his own party and the political ramifications of his actions, then impeachment is the only answer.

 


THE WORLD JUST GOT SERIOUS

Can Trump Follow Suit?

There is a big distance between rhetoric and action, but in Trump World, our leader thinks that if he says it, it is so. Or even worse, he thinks that if he orders something, then it will automatically happen. This pompous, over-blown self-evaluation of his salesmanship prowess and imaginary ability to get things done is really embarrassing in the light of day.

He keeps telling us how much he has completed and all we see are carcasses of the people he has fired along the way. If these people weren’t good enough to go more than six months, then the guy who picked them clearly doesn’t know what he is doing. Trump creates these “Mission Accomplished” moments every day, which really makes them fade into the sea of bullshit on which he floats.

Congress may have boxed Trump in with the sanctions bill against Russia, but their actions were done for all to see. They are working on shoring up their reputations and getting re-elected. They don’t live in an electoral college world, they sink or swim according to a popular vote, therefore, they must be “popular” with as many constituents as possible.

Trump downplayed Russia’s evil agenda during the election for reasons we will hopefully understand better when all of the dust clears from the handful of investigations currently underway. Trump focused his discontentment on China with his campaign rhetoric. He never accused Russia of currency manipulation, unfair trade practices or unfair treatment of the American worker. He dumped all of that on China.

It was no surprise when our President tweeted away July 29, 2017: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

And while he thought he had this “great” relationship with China’s President Xi Jinping, Trump can’t be straight forward about Russia, who increased trade with North Korea by 40% since Trump took office. North Korea showed a 4% growth rate.  What?

Doesn’t the Donald know he is being played by this punk kid Kim Jong, the KGB spy Putin and all-powerful Xi Jinping? The fact is, Russia and China do NOT want to see a united Korean peninsula. They will both prop up North Korea and Kim Jong Un so that unification never happens. Why does the Donald think he can job-out the responsibility of reeling in Un?

Trump just went through an embarrassing week, vividly demonstrated by the vulgar language of his new buddy, “slick Anthony,” “the Mooch,” Scaramucci.  Little Tony, the “front stabber,” revealed the in-fighting and destructive forces in the vortex of Trump’s inner circle. I would even advance the notion here that Trump is being played by his son-in-law and daughter to get rid of all the people who they don’t agree with. Do they think they are “protecting” the President? Well, the apples don’t fall… you know the rest. To fix the general discontent and chaos in the White House, let’s bring in a general. General Mills? General Motors? No, no, a real General.

The final act of this passion play opens with Steve Bannon left dangerous dangling outside of the circle of trust. On the next episode of Reality President, we learn if Bannon will be sent on his merry way, or be given a seat at the grown-up’s table.

Now that John Kelly, the Bostonian former General, is in command of the staff, will he put up with the very thing he hated about Obama: an intellectual approach to solving problems. Generals don’t like thinkers, they get in the way of marching. It won’t take long for Kelly to lose patience with the lack of a chain of command. Those he can fire, he will. The kids, of course, are off limits. The very reason they should NOT be there.

North Korea has tested 14 missiles this year, that’s almost one for every person fired from the Trump administration or government. And as the President preaches about law and order to a group of police officers urging them to not be so nice to people they arrest, his little joke was not taken too well by police federations and departments across this land.

The idea of letting the cops be the prejudger of whether someone arrested should be treated harshly or not during arrest ought to make all Americans nervous. Stop joking around Mr. President. What you suggested is why young Muslim girls get slashed by white supremacists and African-American men get gunned down by over-zealous and nervous cops.

In retaliation for Congress passing a stiff sanctions bill against Russia for meddling in our election, Putin has decided to expel 755 diplomats and foreign service workers from Moscow. Amazingly, Trump says he will sign the bill, which would be a smart and serious move on his part. If he were to veto this bill, he would rip the scab off the wound known as the Russia Investigation. As the investigation takes a break from the front pages, Trump would be wise to press forward and get serious about his role in the world.

Maybe Anthony Scaramucci did something productive when he showed the petty, uncomfortable, back biting working environment that exists inside the White House. This is Trump’s fault. Even privately held corporations would come under scrutiny with this kind of harassment in the workplace.

I still hear Trump voters say how the great Orange one is running the government like a company. Unfortunately for America, he’s running the country like a Trump organization, and all of those loyal Trump voters have never had a chance to work where H1B visa holding, non-Americans get jobs before you do. Boy, what a great boss.

Donald Trump might think he’s doing a great job, but the healthcare fiasco is just one example of Trump failing the test and getting an F for his efforts. He brags about the stock market as if he invented it. The stock market was already on the upward swing before he was elected. The job market opened up in the Spring of 2015, but Trump was too busy bashing Mexicans back then.

One of the things I say to people is this. The stock market doesn’t need Donald Trump to be successful. It was there before he was he was born — the New York Stock Exchange opened in March of 1817 — and it will be there long after he is gone. Just as Obama couldn’t ever take full credit for the stock market, Donald Trump can’t own the bump and then blame any future decease on someone else. If you say you own it, you own it. If Donald Trump was to be impeached and Mike Pence took office, the stock market wouldn’t collapse. It might even go up further. The stock market loves certainty, not unpredictability.

There are many challenges, both domestically and globally, that Trump must confront and manage in a sober manner. Trump has already spent a lot of “serious leader currency” by saying stupid things about world events, organizations and treaties. And back at home, his hurtful attacks on his own people have made it appear to many that he prefers chaos over order. Conflict before country and family before law. This is not the person who will help America stay great.

 


THE AMERICAN ASSHOLE

No Leading, Just Tweeting

 While Russia may be arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, our President sits on the toilet blasting what appears to be his main problem, his Attorney General? While most liberals have few common points with the “law and order” appointed cabinet member, the public flogging of Jefferson Sessions III is disturbing on many levels. This was the headline in this morning’s Guardian newspaper: Donald Trump denounces Jeff Sessions for being ‘weak’ on Hillary Clinton

We are sure that Trump didn’t learn this management style while he attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. His wasteful and harsh tweets today (7-25-2017) are a great example of his truly asinine style: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

If the President of the United States really thinks he can bully the Attorney General into using the Department of Justice to force a political party to release their server or go after the person who ran against him in the election, then we are no better than some banana republic or third-world country with a power-hungry dictator. We have already seen this movie. It was called McCarthyism. With each day in office Donald J. Trump displays an unconscionable distortion of truth and justice.

And then he excuses an ally of collusion with the Democrats with this tweet: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G.” Has Trump totally forgotten what Russia did in Crimea? The President polishes his shallow veneer with the myth that Russia’s cyber-attack was a myth, a hoax, and the investigation is a “witch hunt.” Does he really believe that reporters getting dirt on Paul Manafort and the money he received from a pro-Russian candidate in the Ukraine is a conspiracy by the DNC to hurt him? The facts speak for themselves. Manafort declared the income.

While Trump has tweeted Jeff Sessions onto his list of whipping boys, his spokespeople are saying that Sessions has the President’s confidence. Why are they torturing this person? This is a point of law which Donald Trump doesn’t respect. Our great Orange Leader thinks that Sessions’ primary responsibility is to protect the president and be loyal to Trump himself. Above the law?

Trump embarrassed himself and our great country by giving a speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree filled with brash braggadocio and self-anointing political taunting. He even took this opportunity to deride former President Obama instead of promoting values, honor, country and loyalty which the scout organization touts. The Jamboree even felt the need to issue this note to the attendees: “Chants of certain phrases heard during the campaign (e.g. ‘build the wall’, ‘lock her up’) are considered divisive by many members of our audience, and may cause unnecessary friction.”

Now, we have this human anal opening posing as President of the United States without any respect for the law, without any awareness of the lack of appropriateness of his comments at gatherings of children and minors and worst of all, without any admission that his need for loyalty is a one-way street.

He is not loyal to people he hires and he seems to have no loyalty to the laws of the land. Remember, he did take a loyalty pledge with the American public: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

If we take his tweets at face-value, we can assume he wants to lock Hillary Clinton up and that he wants Jeff Sessions to do what he demands rather than follow the procedure and protocols of the Department of Justice. Donald J. Trump is no lawyer, although he has made many of them rich. He thinks he knows everything about everything, when in reality, he has the emotional make-up of a 14-year old and the legal knowledge of maybe one “Law and Order” episode. Why should we except anything smart from someone who actually reads the National Inquirer?

During his presidential campaign Donald Trump said that John McCain was NOT a hero because he was captured, insulting every POW and their families. Now we get this tweet today: “So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.” When you need his vote, he’s a hero. When the man was just told he has cancer, he’s a hero. And that Mr. President, makes you one large, gaping asshole.

 

 

 

 


“I LOVE THE PRESIDENT”

Respect is Not Enough for Trump

 400 years before the birth of Christ the Greek physician Hippocrates, incorporated four temperaments into his early practice: sanguine (enthusiastic, active, and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise, and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful). And of course, no one person stays in one zone all the time. We all have mixtures of those temperaments at any given time.

Our current president, seems to live in the sanguine and choleric areas and for those around him.  The only way to stay on his team is to broadcast your open ‘love’ for him. With the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, we learned his modus operandi from the get-go was to praise his boss and proclaim his love for the Donald.

Mr. Scaramucci has obviously consumed the whole jug of Kool-Aid and will be framing the argument for and massaging the defense of Trump with the skill of a Wall Street tycoon, which is what he is. But that doesn’t change anything. Trump is still the President and his short-tempered, fast and irritating way of overreacting cannot be polished by a slick, well-dressed pitchman. Donald Trump is a high-risk investment.

The enthusiastic, active and highly social (Sanguine) Trump is hardly ever positive. Our great Orange Leader rails at and uses put-downs to intimidate his critics, while attempting to extort more love from his base. He’s like an abusive parent giving a treat after the beating. He has to front each topic with how bad things are to make himself seem the savior.

Maybe being loved is more important than facts, truth, honesty or transparency. Saying that his son’s extremely incriminating email release was being transparent lacks logic, credibility and honesty. Does he love his son more than he says he loves America? Would he lie for his son?

Scaramucci might think he can turn the gray battleship around, but in reality, he’s just a summer replacement player in the reality show known as the Donald J. Trump Presidency. Even Anthony S. said the President is 71-years-old, “You are not going to change him.” Perhaps, if we think a bit Freudian here, maybe Anthony Scaramucci is the son the Donald wish he had. He obviously likes Jared Kushner like a son. Maybe his kids, other than Ivanka, aren’t quite enough like him.

The new Communications Director Slick Anthony uses the term “mainstream media,” which is code for anything negative about the president reported by any news media outlet. They boxed up negative press as “mainstream” and are attempting to redefine it as “Fake.”

Fox News, a major ratings mass media channel, isn’t considered mainstream media because they usually agree with Trump. Why is that? Someone has to tell me what the true definition of “mainstream.” And then explain to me how a website with a few million readers is more important than any mass media outlet.

Truth has a way of rising and breaking the layer of scum on the surface of the swamp. If the mainstream media is trying to convince the 32% of America who caused this ridiculous embarrassment that Donald Trump was a bad choice, they are wasting their time.

Trump may control the Supreme Court picks while he is in power, but he should be very careful about who he pardons or even thinks about awarding a get-out-of-jail card. That roll of the dice could be as bad as Trump’s monumental failure at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. And when the Republicans finally admit that Trump is politically bankrupt, they will prepare his impeachment to save their own jobs.

One would think the Supreme Court would have a duty to block an aggressive attempt to remodel executive power. Any move that would force America into a constitutional crisis would verify to the other 68% of America that Donald Trump is not an honest human being. Trump will never win over those people.

The analytical, wise, and quiet people who work hard every day to make the government work for all the people are still there. They are in the Justice Department, they file into the Treasury, they sit on the Supreme Court and some are even in Congress. They want to do their job and keep the machine running.

The silliness and departures from normal protocols show the world only one man’s viewpoint on how things should be. There is no proof that what Trump is doing is good for America.

We never want a president to tell us what to believe. We never want a President to “explain” how things are as if they only know the truth.  We expect him or her to listen to us and then make some rational decisions that will benefit as many people as possible. Donald Trump wants everyone to love him every day, but doesn’t understand that he must give love in order to get love.

When the man with the most power in the United States of America can be provoked by the least little criticism, we should worry. When the man who will be his voice says he loves the president more than a half-a-dozen times in his first press briefing, he shows us how it’s done.

He shows us why Putin is more important than protecting America from cyber-attacks from Russia. We saw Macron in France use the love offensive to charm his way right into Trump’s small hands. I don’t want to love the president, I want to respect him.

Trump truly believes that if I don’t say he is 100% right all the time, that I am #1, the enemy and #2, against him. For all those people during the campaign who said that the Donald did not have the temperament to be president, they were right.  He is 90% choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable) and that is why we judge all that he does through a negative lens. No one can trust what he says. Just ask the Carrier workers in Indiana.

Scaramucci’s “new guy” enthusiasm is a nice change, but when he says, “The American people love this guy” I have to stop him there. Anthony, you need to do some research. More than 50% of American’s do not like this “guy;” your buddy. You need more than 50% to get a bill passed in Congress and we certainly ought to have a president who garners more respect and positive feedback than 32% of our citizens. Scaramucci’s job is to make more Americans favor and support the President. Good luck, Anthony.

The standard comeback by the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue talking heads when asked about low approval presidential ratings is that the President has higher ratings than the media or Congress. And they’re bragging about that?

I’m looking forward to a relaxed and peaceful time when we aren’t screaming at each other and the President of the United States has more than 50% approval rating and that his plans actually work. Right now, we have the wrong plans, the wrong message and the wrong President.

Again, we must ask, “What has gotten better?” Insurance rates are sky-high, wages are NOT moving up fast enough and taxes are the same. The big infrastructure plan is frozen. For a guy who said we would be winning really, really fast, we are waiting. Go for accomplishments Mr. President, not love.

 

 

 

 

 

 


RATS LEAVING SHIP

Trump’s Creeping Corruption

When Donald Trump ran for President he promised us he would “drain the swamp,” which was a terrific marketing slogan. Part of the 10-square miles that make up Washington, DC was built on swampland so the language worked. What Donald didn’t comprehend was that once the water was gone he would have lots of angry alligators ready to take him down.

Surveying how Washington works, you find out that one cannot just come in and push all the institutions, customs and traditions aside. I’ve never thought of Donald Trump as anybody but a third-rate entertainer who is addicted to the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint (or orange makeup). He doesn’t take anything seriously until he doesn’t get what he wants. Then he uses the claws of lawyers and influencers and pouts like a little spoiled brat.

As the clock ticks, we learn more and more about Donald Trump and his associates. Today (7-21-2017) it was disclosed that Exxon Mobil violated sanctions by doing business with Russia. The company, which at the time had Rex Tillerson as its CEO, was fined $2 million for this infraction. Immediately, Exxon Mobil announced that they would sue Steven Mnuchin and the Treasury Department, which Mnuchin heads. How can this be happening? During Tillerson’s confirmation hearing he was asked about this. So much for extreme vetting. Under any other administration, the now Secretary of State would be asked to step down during this lawsuit. How can he testify against the very government that employs him?

Ties with Russia seem to be woven into Trump’s words, actions and deeds. We have stopped sending arms to the rebels in Syria, which is what Putin wants us to do.

If the United States returns those two seize properties that were allegedly used for Russian intelligence, we will see that Trump truly is Putin’s puppet.  We were warned this would happen.

If Trump deletes the Magnitsky Act, which puts sanctions on Russia for Human Rights violations, that is just one more give-away to Putin by Trump.

The lack of transparency about Russia seems more like creeping corruption than good diplomacy. The first thing I would ask Trump is this.  What are we getting out of it, Mr. Big-Shot-Dealmaker?

When Trump rambled on in his New York Times interview (7-20-2017), he seemed to threaten the Special Counsel that his companies, his family’s and his own private finances were off-limits. The accused doesn’t get to the block the investigator’s vision while seeking the truth.

Now we learn that Robert Mueller has sent a letter to the White House saying they must preserve all the documents, text messages, voice mails and correspondence pertaining to the 2016 meeting with Don, Jr., et. al. and Russians. The plot thickens.

And if Friday wasn’t hot enough outside, inside the administration just got hotter. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. He told President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to the position of Communications Director. Will we see more rats leaving the ship?

Whether true or not, it has been leaked, probably by Trump himself, that his team of lawyers are discussing how Presidential pardons work. Aren’t they getting the cart in front of the horse here? You don’t talk about how to get out of jail before you are caught doing the crime.

As our great Orange Leader disparages his Attorney General in the interview with the Times and seems to fail to understand the old yarn about not hanging out your dirty laundry.  He is circling his wagons with more loyalists. Trump being loyal to the people around him is one royal LIE.

The theme has been heard before from the Donald. If a legal mind or someone in the judiciary makes a decision against our 14-year-old leader, he wars against judges with his words. He is not fit to be President and something must be done.

The creeping corruption is slowing working its way to the very man who could end it all, just by telling the truth. Those who stay by his side will be dragged into this mess. Time to be a patriot and get away from this madman. Absolute corruption, corrupts absolutely.