WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE?

The Absurdity and Arrogance of Trump 

I have been writing these posts during the COVID-19 global pandemic and much of my content has been negative. I have confronted those in power and have said some important things about the lack of early response that made this crisis worse. But today, I want to tell you a story.

My friend Barney had been feeling tired and lifeless for about the last year. He had a pain in his stomach after eating. He was told by friends that it was probably his medicines causing the stomach pain. He changed his meds, but the pain persisted. He finally consulted a gastrologist who did an endoscopy, which showed no problem. The pain and fatigue continued for the next five months. Then the gastro doctor recommended a colonoscopy.

The results were not good. The doctor found a cancerous growth in his intestine. Barney always said he respected doctors, but he made an appointment with his financial advisor and told the money guy what he was going through. The financial expert suggested Barney buy stocks in medicines. He bought tons of stocks in emerging “game-changer” virus vaccine pharmaceutical firms and he went home feeling much better. In a few weeks, he was feeling badly again. He talked to his landscaper about his stomach pain and the gardener suggested some remedies for cancer he found on the internet for his father. The landscaper sent the links to Barney and he read the ideas with great interest.

One of the ways the internet said to cure cancer, what to rub poison ivy all over your body. The theory was that the rash from poison ivy would make the cancer dissolve. Barney, having deep respect for the way his landscaper killed the aphids on his plants, always followed his advice on chemicals.

Finally, at the urging of three of his doctors, Barney decided that he would have the surgery to take the cancerous mass out of his body. Before deciding on a date though, he consulted his astrologer, Hermione. She told him that the pain would go away when the moon was in Jupiter. When he probed her about the cancer, she said that he shouldn’t worry about anyone with the Cancer sign. Barney put off the surgery.

I’m sad to say that my friend Barney passed away last Sunday. Ironically, he was watching Donald Trump on the coronavirus task force briefing. If you’re thinking about how foolish my friend Barney was, consider what happened to someone as smart as Steve Jobs when it came to disease and the cure one buys into.

You see, the obvious point I am trying to make with this little piece of fiction is that intelligent people always get experts who know best to advise them in business and in life. What we witnessed Sunday night during the press briefing was an incredibly embarrassing and disheartening display of ignorance and abuse of power. The President of the United States stood before us and kept pitching a medicine for COVID-19 that was developed to treat other ailments. Trump admitted that he’s not a doctor, but he “thinks” it could help people, especially someone who is at death’s door. Then he uttered one of his most obnoxious phrases ever, “What do you have to lose?”

The famous TV legal expert Dan Abrams has a web site called LAW AND CRIME, and his headline caught my eye today, Major Producer of Hydroxychloroquine Once Paid Michael Cohen Hefty Sum for Access to Trump”  The meat of the story says, “One of the largest manufacturers of the drug, Novartis, previously paid Trump’s now-incarcerated former personal attorney Michael Cohen more than $1 million for healthcare policy insight following Trump’s election in 2016. The Swiss drug maker signed a contract that paid Cohen’s newly formed limited-liability corporation Essential Consultants $100,000 per month in February of 2017.”

Surprise, surprise! Novartis is certainly getting their money’s worth on that deal. And because the supply of the drug is so low, Trump called the Prime Minister of India asking him to produce more of the drug for export to America. Currently, PM Modi has a ban on exports of that drug to the United States. Let’s see if he submits to Trump’s will.

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that counteracts diseases like malaria that are caused by mosquito bites. It has never been tested to determine its effectiveness with COVID-19. Trump doesn’t understand how drugs work or their interactions with other meds. He is not a doctor and should NOT be on TV telling people that this drug could be a game changer. Is it at all possible that Trump’s pitching on this drug is based on the money that was funneled to him from the manufacturer?

Would pure financial gain push Donald Trump to risk lives and hock unproven drugs just to give people hope, or worse, to help the manufacturer make more money through drug sales? Was he giving people a stock tip or medical advice? He can’t be trusted on either point. Just last week, he made oil prices soar by lying that Russia and Saudi Arabia (OPEC) had a deal to slow the flow of oil. By the way, that action would make our gasoline prices rise.

What do we have to lose? We have science to lose. We have lives to lose. We have trust in government by the citizens of this country to lose. As I said the other day, half the people in this country don’t believe Trump at all. The other half are praying he knows what he is doing. If he’s wrong, we have more death. Why not listen to the doctors, Donald? I wouldn’t let Peter Navarro cut my grass or do my taxes. Why would the president seek advice about what drugs to take from a half-baked radical economist? Trump said he was thinking about taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent getting the virus. Maybe he should drink a whole bottle, you know, just to be sure.


A MORAL OBLIGATION

Being Firm with Church Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 


PARASITE PRESIDENT

Trump vs. Mussolini

The Academy Award winning movie Parasite has a well-conceived plot about conflict between the upper 1% and the lower-middle class in South Korea. Most Korean Americans know this reality but will also say that it’s a thing of the recent past. History can show us a lot about ourselves, and why we must study what has come before to understand what is happening now. As many people have said, Trump is not the problem but just one of the many symptoms of an accelerating mistrust and alienation of Americans.

Let’s talk Benito Mussolini. He was the fascist leader of Italy from 1922 to 1943 and, after the Allies defeated his weak army, he shifted to a resort on the Italian border with Switzerland. He and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, were captured by local partisans near the village of Dongo on Lake Como. Mussolini and Petacci were shot the following afternoon, two days before Adolf Hitler’s suicide. To add humiliation to the death of Benito, he and his mistress were shipped to Milan where they were hung upside down in the parking lot of a gas station. Strange Italian justice.

Mussolini & Trump

After two decades of fear and terror, most Italians found Mussolini’s ending to be quite fitting. After all, this was the man who murdered anyone who openly disagreed with him. He believed it was his duty to keep his country from the iron fist of Bolsheviks and what he thought were the unsuitable desires of Socialists. He rewrote the laws to give him total control of everything. He created a Council of Corporations which decided everything from prices to products to profits. His black shirted thugs moved among the population to intimidate and kill anyone who tried to protest his reign. To placate the Catholic Church, Mussolini basically gave the Vatican sovereign status (Lateran Pacts) and bought them off with a get-out-of-jail card and $1 billion.

Just look at this general description of Mussolini’s strategy before his tyrannical rule surfaced, “Recruiting landowners, industrialists, and the middle class, the PNF (Mussolini’s party) adopted a new, more conservative program that emphasized a pro-business, nationalist agenda, cutting taxes and diminishing the role of government, while boosting military spending and supporting the monarchy and the Catholic Church.” This is from the well-written book The History of Italy by Charles L. Killinger that was published in 2002.

Obviously, this is exactly what Donald Trump has done. It’s not too farfetched to believe that Trump’s military school background made him more interested in people like Hitler and Mussolini than Churchill and Truman. It has been written that his first wife, Ivana Trump, claimed that Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed. She didn’t say he read them, but there we can see a glimmer of his early obsession with dictators, demigods and despots.

But what were Mussolini’s weaknesses? He made decisions based on his narcissistic-personality disorder, not on logic or what was good for the Italian people. He invaded Ethiopia for the second time in 1935 and got into a war to dominate a country where victory brought little strategic, political or monetary value. In fact, it weakened his army so that when Hitler hoodwinked him into joining forces in 1940, the country of Italy was ill-prepared for the conflict against Allied Forces in Europe.

In short, Mussolini wanted to be like Hitler. Italy, after years of being dominated by Austria, wanted to make sure they allied with the right side. Unfortunately for Italy, Mussolini’s thirst for power triggered terrible choices. The good news for Italy, Mussolini was exposed as a bad leader and his demise cleared most of the political mess he created. Massive rebuilding after WWII was helped by Truman’s Marshall Plan and aid from the US. Happy ending.

The parasite that lives inside of Donald Trump’s body and brain is a driven desire to be loved and feared. He cannot believe people don’t like him, and he has only one way of dealing with people who speak out against him. He must destroy them. His vindictive, vitriolic and toxic modus operandi only make things worse. He appears out-of-control when he’s frantically trying to appear strong and dominate. His emotional desperation makes logical people think of him as less statesman and more wannabe dictator. Trump’s constant lying is his way of not dealing with any reality that is too challenging for his 4th grade mentality. Trump’s not killing dissenters, at least not yet, but wait, the head of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee said they couldn’t protect Mitt Romney if he attended their event in Maryland. Protect him from what? Violent retribution? Bodily harm? What country do we live in?

Trump, like Mussolini, has figure out how to placate the religious evangelicals by lying to them with a few Supreme Court picks, with no guarantee his actions will lead to an overturn of Roe vs. Wade.  He has managed to massage the over-zealous oligarchies and titans of business by providing a no-tax lubrication for their game. As the Trump Organization profit-takes from the people, farmers get a bail out for Trump’s lack of understanding of global markets. Hope those markets come back after Trump is gone.

It would be helpful if more people understood Trump and the history of the world. While this parasite feeds on the belly of the American dream, we need to find the poison to kill the worm before it takes us all down. All the money spent on that stupid wall should be going to scientists and the CDC, because viruses are not stopped by walls. Violent crime is a medical crisis which should be dealt with more money, not less. There is some strong research that suggests that if we had more mental health professionals on the middle and high school level, we could find the problems and start to address them. Trump fails to understand the need for better education for more people. He’s an ostrich on most issues facing America. How long can he keep his head in the warm sand?

Trump just proposed a budget that forecasts the deficit hitting $1 trillion this fiscal year and suggests tax cuts for individuals through 2035 at a cost of $1.4 trillion. He’s a madman spending money like a drunken sailor in a Norfolk whore house. If you are one of those people who think that Democrats would spend us into bankruptcy, then you are a fool. Trump’s reckless ways will be exposed and his vindictive attitudes toward those Americans who don’t want to vote for him will bring him down, like a parasite facing powerful penicillin. The medicine is on the way, if only we can get the antidote to middle America fast enough.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 


TRUMP’S PETTY PERSONAL WARS

Miscalculations & Misleading Information

In his three years as president, Donald Trump has lied so much that when things get wretchedly dangerous, he cannot be trusted to lead the nation. One might argue that much of what has happened within the last few months is his fault, but it’s just part of Donald’s petty personal war against so many enemies, so many critics and so many decisions made in the past. Those who decide to stay on “his side” will eventually realize that common sense and long-term strategy have been thrown out of the window.

Donald Trump thinks he is a master salesman. Like a cunningly corrupt deal maker, he says things to close a contract without any comprehension that his pitch was outrageously wrong or not attainable. Like the salesman who takes the money and runs, Trump has forgotten all his promises. He lies his way out of his stance when he gets push back from Fox News. The sad truth is the knuckleheads at Fox News can move our foreign policy with their crafty talk and opinions. They own a strange kind of “thought-control” over the most powerful person in the world.

Trump never believed in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) with Iran, not because he studied it or understood it, but because it was the work of the Obama Administration along with five other nations and the European Union. The thrust of this treaty was nuclear non-proliferation. I guess the Donald didn’t think that aspect of the deal was worth it.

LIE #1

As a candidate, Trump rallied his mobs with a piece of misinformation that he constantly repeated. He claimed that part of JCPA involved the US paying Iran $150 billion. NOT TRUE. During years of sanctions against that country and its leaders, we took their bank accounts and held their money. Under the JCPA we returned those funds. Most experts believe it was more like $60 billion.

LIE #2

Trump thought that Iran’s leaders would come to the table to negotiate a better deal after the US pulled out of the nuclear treaty. Our president’s thick-headed approach to people is always wrong. If Donald Trump hadn’t been given more than a million dollars before he was ten years old, he would never have been able to start a business. He makes a lot of mistakes with his wealth, leading to bankruptcy and heavy borrowing to stay afloat. Trump’s biggest weaknesses are his inability to judge people and his lack of understanding about other cultures and religions. Leaving the JCPA gave Iran the green light to make more nukes, not less. Trump truly believed his oxymoronic logic would prevail.

LIE #3

Donald Trump thought it would be okay to kill Iran’s top military leader when he arrived at the Baghdad airport from Tehran. To me, it’s the tail wagging the dog. For those who don’t get the reference, it describes a situation in which an important event, powerful person or organization is controlled by someone or something much less important or powerful. Let’s apply this to current events. IMPEACHMENT (something hugely big to Trump) was on his mind when he ordered the hit because an ASSASSINATION (something less important in Trump’s head) would be talked about more than impeachment.

Trump also believes in the power of being at war during a reelection campaign. It has been said that America never changes presidents during a war, but could the war itself become the reason to remove him from office? The big lie here is that taking out General Qasem Soleimani has made the world safer. Both Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are LYING when they try to put the lipstick on that ugly pig.

With the lack of strategy and clear communication from our president, there are many rumors already flying around. The Sunday Times out of London claimed that Suleimani was not taken out by the US military but was the victim of Israeli special forces. They seem to be feeding a theory that this whole matter stemmed from a disagreement with people in Syria, and that Trump’s taking responsibility for the strike is a favor to his buddy Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel who is trying to get reelected. Okay, there are some problems with this one, because it would indicate that Trump is risking all credibility with our armed forces for a political favor. What kind of leader would ask another leader to do that kind of “favor?” THIS JUST IN: this rumor was significant enough for Netanyahu to make a statement today that Israel had nothing to do with the hit on the Iranian leader.

Donald Trump’s paranoia and inability to process information with any kind of logical strategy is hurting the United States, and not just the stock market. War does many things to a country and most of them are bad, unless you’re in the weapons and armaments business.

Donald Trump isn’t fit to decide when to go to war, how to fight a war and where the red lines lie. When he has repeated his threat to go after “cultural sites” in the proud Persian area of the world, where many believe civilization began, he is saying he cares not about international laws of war. Should he hit cultural sites, he would be committing a war crime and, if found guilty, his punishment could be a death sentence. But then, President Trump believes he is above the law.

Hope that Trump will enjoy being neighbors with Edward Snowden, but then, that is not how this story will end. Stay tuned. We are about to see America go to war so that Trump can stay in Washington. STOP HIM NOW AMERICA!

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


TWITTER IS THE PROBLEM

Trump Constantly Violates Twitter Policies

The Twitter Rules are clear. “Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”

Those are nice marketing words, but let’s look more deeply inside the policies to get the specifics.

Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.

Terrorism/violent extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.

Abuse/harassment: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

I was once banned from Twitter for 12 hours because I called Lindsey Graham a “political whore.” I was saying that the Senator from South Carolina was politically motivated in his actions and is a person who is willing to do anything to achieve a particular goal (Trump’s attention.) I took my spanking like a man and jumped back on the twitter wagon after I served my 12-hour sentence, but what about Trump?

Let’s look at this tweet from the Commander in Chief of the United States of America, “Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran &  the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”

That is clearly a threat of violence against a group of people. It’s obviously a glorification of violence and a promise to hit specific targets within a country. Does Trump get a pass because he’s president? Yes, and it has been that way since the beginning.

Everyone in the world knows that the United States Department of Defense has weapons of mass destruction at its fingertips, and there is no doubt that Iran and their leaders know that they are under-matched by our destructive force. So, in a very definite way, Donald J. Trump through his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump is bullying a whole nation. What does Twitter say about that?

“People are allowed to post content, including potentially inflammatory content, as long as they’re not violating the Twitter Rules. It’s important to know that Twitter does not screen content or remove potentially offensive content.

As a policy, we do not mediate content or intervene in disputes between users. However, targeted abuse or harassment may constitute a violation of the Twitter Rules and Terms of Service. If you are a victim of targeted abuse or harassment, read more about online abuse.”

So, let’s see if I have this right. One may post inflammatory content if they are not in violation of the rules. Huh? Twitter admits they don’t screen content or remove offensive matter. Huh? If you violate the rules someone must turn you in, otherwise Twitter would never know. Gee, that means that someone who likes Lindsey Graham must have complained about my tweet.

Why don’t we all start complaining about Trump’s tweets? Could one person take down the President’s Twitter account? Unlikely, unless that person is Jack Dorsey, the head man at Twitter, who I believe is a total self-serving goofball. Can I call him that on Twitter?

Apparently, the president and his cohorts are afforded a special place at Twitter. They can threaten and bully companies, organizations, parties and individuals without any scrutiny, oversight or actions. The blood is now on Jack Dorsey’s hands and the hands of all the other rich kids who created social media. Sadly, there is no judgment day as the almighty dollar drives your ethics, morals and policies. If Twitter was to close Trump’s account, that would very likely end their business. How did they become so powerful? Surely, they are the problem, not the person issuing threats on their platform.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


HYSTERICAL & HISTORICAL

Donald Trump’s Confession Letter

In times like these I would rather be on vacation, with a good book and a strong alcoholic drink in my hand. Perhaps laying on a smooth, pure, white sandy beach in the middle of the world, far away from the enraging crowd. Sadly, vacationing is not the business at hand. Today we must impeach a President.

In his missive, which could better be called a missile, launched toward Nancy Pelosi, our asshole president attempted to codify his feelings and rationalize his criminal deeds. Trump has always been a walking cliché, and his words, obviously augmented by the hands of legal counsel, do not clear the air but display his own insecurities and anger. He’s a guilty man, pointing fingers and blaming everyone else for his challenges and problems. Let’s not get sucked into his game. Take it for what it’s worth, for what it is, a confession letter.

There are potentially two broad reactions to this diatribe of defensive writing. If you support this jerk-off president, Trump’s words most likely made you angry at Pelosi and the Democrats. If you don’t like or have never liked the Donald, his letter probably inspired more dislike of the man. So, why did he write the damn thing? Oh, he said he wants to document the situation for readers a hundred years from now, which is funny. Most people won’t read it now and it’s unlikely any will read it in the future. So, what is this letter really all about?

Here’s my take. I suspect that the lawyers explained to Trump that he will not be called to testify in the Senate trial. He will be denied his Colonel Nathan R. Jessep moment, as seen in the movie A Few Good Men, where he gets to scream at everyone. “You can’t handle the truth!” Our imbecile president wanted to get everything off his chest before the vote was cast, before the verdict was in, before people forget he was the 45th President of the United States. What all of us and those to come will remember is that Donald Trump was the third president to be impeached. Bad things are remembered much longer than good things.

Donald Trump doesn’t understand that he is not the judiciary and not the legislative branch. He’s the President. He thinks simply writing the words “your invalid impeachment” are legally binding. He is wrong. A good number of the 135 executive orders he has signed have been challenged in courts of law. It’s not unreasonable to believe he has a severe insecurity disorder which forces him to amplify his own validity at every turn.

In his disillusionment of what it means to be the President of the USA, Donald Trump has failed to understand that respecting and working with all the people of the country is a prerequisite to achieving respect. His letter to Nancy Pelosi is a last-ditch effort to impede impeachment. More importantly, it will become a historical record that dramatically displays this president’s inability to make peace and bring parties together. Whatever happened to the Art of the Deal? Trump confesses that he has no ability, desire or will to work within the system or with anyone who disagrees with him.

In his letter, Trump once again described his call with the President of Ukraine and admitted it was a proposition, thinking it’s okay to solicit help from a foreign government in his next campaign. He says he did nothing wrong, and should he squeal one more time that it was a “perfect call,” half the country will throw up and demand he be removed from office.

Trump is confused by his role. He truly believes that something that’s good for him is equally good for the country. Trump has equated Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden as a crime fighting badge. His hysterical letter to Pelosi stands as one of the most defensive and humiliating efforts by any elected president. And with that in mind, let me make a few confessions here.

First, I started writing a book the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president and completed it after his first 200 days in office. Maybe my calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump was presumptuous but let me get this off my chest. It’s okay to dislike the president. As a matter of fact, it’s more than my First Amendment right, it’s great sport in our land of liberty. There were people who hated FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, and some lunatics out there believe that George W. Bush created 9-11, so my dislike of Donald Trump first as a person and now as president is no big deal. Where does Trump get the misconception that we have to respect him? Oh, I guess that is just another of his character flaws.

Next, Trump’s line “You are making a mockery of impeachment,” almost caused me to fall off my chair. Impeachment is bad for a president, and Donald Trump needs to get over it! Does this man even know the meaning of mockery? The clear truth is you can replace every instance of the words “Democrat” and “Pelosi” in his letter with Trump’s name and BINGO, you have solved the riddle! History will eventually show that Donald Trump made a mockery of the presidency.

Finally, (as if this could ever be the final word from your unpleasant, miserable and cruel old writer) there will not be a fair trial in the Senate for Donald Trump. The harsh reality is that unless Congress passes a “veto proof” law saying that no candidate or president can solicit help in an election from a foreign power, this matter will be thrown out of the Republican controlled Senate. They will vote to acquit him. He will live to scream at us another day and the final blow will come only when he is defeated in the 2020 election. That margin of defeat will have to be substantial, or he will never leave office. He truly believes what is good for him is good for the country. He thinks he’s a demigod.

We cannot leave it here. Let’s tie up the bow on our Christmas impeach present with some extra thoughts and prayers. First, it has been said by Trump and others that the Salem witches had more due process. Well if that’s the case, let’s throw Donald Trump in the Potomac River and see if he floats like the turd he is. One Congressman said that terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan had more due process than what Trump got in the House. Perhaps we should waterboard a confession out of 45 and move this trial along faster.

Trump accuses Ms. Pelosi of “scarcely concealing her hatred” and he challenges her assertion that she prays for him. Really? How would Trump know this unless he has a direct line to God? That aside, I have been wondering why Ms. Nancy would waste her prayers on Trump.

In conclusion, Trump writes about the “damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family.” I cannot talk to my family about America and our political system because of you Donald Trump. The horseshit you have been heaping on this country for the last three years will be remembered for much longer than your immature, temper tantrum letter. Your millionaire offspring will be fine, you self-serving glob of fat cells. See, you have done this to me. You make me angry every day and I do nothing to conceal it. You have altered my frame of mind and after writing one million words about the infection you have shot into the bloodstreams of America, I can only say that millions of my fellow citizens cannot wait until you are gone from office.

And now, let’s impeach this motherfucker. Hey, Stormy Daniels is a mother. Don’t shoot the messenger.

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PRESIDENTIAL PRECEDENTS

Trump’s Ultimate Shame is Coming

We are hearing the word “precedent” quite frequently lately. A precedent is nothing more than an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent, similar circumstances. The thought that something should be considered, however, doesn’t mean it should be thought of as the absolute solution or outcome.

One of the aspects of law that makes it easier, and some might suggest fairer, is a judge considering how things were decided in an earlier case and study the previous judge’s logic when constructing their new decision. As we’re in the thick of presidential impeachment activity, we are hearing many examples from impeachments of the past. What is most stunning in all these pronouncements is that the number of previous impeachments is only three.

People can examine what happened to Richard Nixon, but he was never impeached. It was the threat of impeachment that drove him from office, not a conviction. His party leaders informed Nixon he had only 15 Republican votes against impeachment in the Senate. Certain to be removed from office, Nixon resigned in shame.

Then there are the impeachment proceedings of Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, but neither was removed from office. Johnson was acquitted by only one vote, while Bill Clinton got 45 guilty votes on one charge and 50 on the other. Two-thirds of the Senate must vote guilty before a president is removed from office. Clinton did have to pay penalties in state court cases and lost his license to practice law for life. He also served two-terms as President, but the shame of perjury hangs over him to this day.

In the latest Fox News polls of December 8-11, 2019, 50% of eligible voters said they favored Trump’s impeachment and removal. In those same polls, 53% claimed they thought Trump abused his power, while 48% said he obstructed Congress. I might remind our readers that this is a Fox News poll.

From the time the Donald officially declared he was running for President in June of 2015 through the first two-and-a-half years of his presidency, Trump has tweeted over 17,000 times. These are considered official statements by the President of the United States and they open him up to some harsh criticism from the press and the public. Trump’s tweets more than likely contributed to this impeachment mess in which he’s ensnared.

Historians are being called before the shiny microphones and HD cameras. They can fill us in on what has happened in the past but, let’s get real. Impeachment is not the normal process of our government. Donald John Trump is no more able to use the precedents of previous impeachments than certain people in Congress can ignore all the findings in the Mueller Report.

The two articles of impeachment that the House Judiciary Committee have drawn up, are extremely straightforward. They are ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER and ARTICLE II: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS.

For the first one, it’s clear that asking a foreign government to do anything that would distort or corrupt our process of electing officials is an abuse of power. One thing stands out to me. Trump spent two years telling us he didn’t collude with the Russians to disrupt our 2016 electoral process. He kept repeating that because he knew that his actions constituted a high crime and misdemeanor. He showed the world that he knew soliciting help from a foreign government was unlawful, and he denied wrongdoing over and over. In a rather amazing blog called Lawfare, you can read all of Trump’s statements and tweets on Russian, Putin, et. al. According to this site, the phrase of “no collusion” was transmitted more than 136 times.

Clearly, we have evidence that Trump believed that “colluding with a foreign state” was wrong because he kept telling us he was not guilty of that charge. So, what happens next? He does it again. That is exactly what he was attempting with Ukraine’s new president. He was colluding with a foreign government to help himself in the 2020 election. He even admitted to it on the south lawn of the White House. His partial transcript demonstrates that he asked for something in return for something. He was using the military aid as the bribe to get something, “a favor,” he wanted. Used in the context of that conversation, a “favor” means giving someone something that they wanted.

As for the second article of impeachment, Trump has done everything he possibly could to block witness testimony, conceal documents and not testify himself. Even Bill Clinton testified during his own trial, but the lawyers always cherry-pick those precedents that benefit their case.

All those who want to make this more complicated that what it actually is are mistaken. All those who see it only as a “political act” are wrong. There is nothing more definitive and legally determinative than removing a president from office. Will it hurt the country? Sure, but then what kind of country do we want to have? What kind of lawless executive office do we want to construct for the future? If we overvalue precedents, those mistakes could be codified into law. Trump is guilty of obstruction of Congress and should be removed from office.

In the end, if we think a president’s income taxes should always be in the public domain then we must pass a law that demands it. We should not sit back and complain about people not testifying before Congress after they ignore a subpoena. They should be arrested and imprisoned until they comply. Some reporters are jailed when they don’t reveal their sources. Why are our political appointees insulated by some executive branch cloak of protection? If our country is based on law and order, then let the laws protect the people from a president and all his men who are lying to us. They must come forward and testify or be taken out of their positions. Impeachment is not based on precedents, it’s part of the Constitution and was put there for this very necessary reason.


BLAGOJEVICH & TRUMP

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Laws are normally black and white and clear. If a person is found guilty of breaking a law, they should receive the prescribed sentence. There are a lot of people behind bars who were convicted on circumstantial evidence, which is a kind of proof that points indirectly toward someone’s guilt but does not conclusively prove it. If we were to spend a lot of time debating whether evidence is circumstantial or conclusive, we might have no one in jail.

Let’s talk about a former governor named Rod Blagojevich who was impeached by the Illinois General Assembly and removed from office by the Illinois Senate in January of 2009. After two trials, the corrupt governor was found guilty of 17 charges, which included wire fraud, attempted extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison and he is still in jail. What did this man do?

Blago, his nickname, was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes. The case involved sweeping pay to play and influence peddling allegations, including the solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the US Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after being elected US President. Federal authorities, who had been investigating illegal fundraising activity, quickly learned that Blagojevich was self-dealing when it came to the selection to replace Obama. The bribe was never made; the Quid Pro Quo was suggested but not executed. Regardless, Blagojevich went to jail.

After Blagojevich was thrown out of office and before he went to prison, Donald Trump, who was then the host of Celebrity Apprentice, invited Rod to appear in a season of the show. Our president’s attraction to corrupt and despotic individuals is far beyond anyone’s comprehension. Maybe he considers these people to be unfairly attacked and convicted? Which brings us to Trump’s martyr complex.

Trump sees going against courts and military tribunals as his right. He believes he has a right to proclaim a person’s innocence, even when the facts, truth and laws say otherwise. The lawless and anti-judiciary actions of this president are a problem, and if he isn’t stopped he just might pardon everyone he likes. He has already floated the idea of commuting Blagojevich’s sentence. WHY? And this just in from AP: “Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq.” Why does the President feel he must interfere in any judicial procedure?

Republicans are being seen on millions of TV screens saying that what the Donald did with Ukraine’s president was perfectly perfect. No crime here, nothing to see, just move along. They profess their love for “their president” far beyond any respect for law and policies of the United States. They care only about being re-elected, and sadly, they can be judged only by the people who vote for them. If that electorate doesn’t care about the law, then why should they? What am I saying?

If a Democratic governor gets 14 years in prison for a bribe to sell Obama’s Illinois Senate seat, what is the penalty for a president who tries to bribe a foreign head of state to get dirt on his political opponent? Surely, the President of the United States should be held to some standard of law and principle, right?

Partisan bullshit is the reason why people don’t respect Congress. Remember, their approval rating is in the 17% zone, much lower than the approval grades of the current President. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, almost 54% of the country disapproves of the job Donald J. Trump is doing. That’s not very good.

I hate to break the news to the other 46%, but the minute Trump is out of office he could be arrested for the very things his supporters profess he didn’t do. The Southern District of New York has some very compelling evidence that could propel handcuffs onto the former President’s wrists. I’m not sure why a president cannot be indicted while in office. We know that a DOJ memo is the reason people think that’s true, but why not codify that memo or something more into law? Why? Because no one wants “their” president to be arrested.

If impeachment doesn’t remove Donald Trump from office, we can hope that the recent evidence against him will move some of the independents. As Trump’s re-election becomes less likely, there will be some distancing from the corrupt orange pumpkin but that won’t remove him from office. The Senate will never convict him; debating impeachment is foolish. It would be best to find a great new candidate right now!

Donald Trump cheats at everything he does. His friends have experienced his fraud on the golf course, and now the world knows he conducts this country’s foreign and domestic policies from a pay-to-play game book. Will other countries step forward and offer Trump money or dirt on his political rivals? Only time will tell, but his lack of transparency will probably net more lawsuits, litigation and inquiries. He must be watched now more carefully than ever.

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Is Impeachment Bad for Democracy?

There are many different opinions on what the founding fathers intended when they crafted the part of the Constitution that covers impeachment as a means to remove a president from office. The language is direct: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

It is not a surprise that those conducting the impeachment inquiry are finally using the word “bribery” when accusing the president. For readers of the blog, you might remember that I urged the use of this term in this article.

Like a drunk coming out of a bar, half the public is under the influence of a cult fueled drug known in simpler times as “nationalism.” Ever the victim, Trump seeks to cast his own terrible state as the terrible state of a nation in a terrible state. If that sounds like Trump-speak, point made. The Donald tends to paint the impeachment aspect of our Constitution as some illegal, illegitimate action. Really?

While Trump professes his innocence, he’s blocking every meaningful witness in his administration from testifying. Clearly, Trump is doing everything he can to be the least transparent president in history. It’s a sad time when the court must determine whether people must appear before Congress. Why is Trump disrespecting the Constitution and its sacred words? Another cliché being tossed about is that all presidents attempt to stall and block Congress when they feel there is an overreach. While that is true, an impeachment is a sanctioned action and the only means to remove a President. It’s not against the law, it is the law.

The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach a president. That isn’t the final word on whether a president is removed. Think of the House as a grand jury that brings charges to higher body, the Senate does the rest of the work. The ground rules: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.

The Senate is the only court that can remove a president, but then comes the decision to disqualify the person from holding an office in the future. And once a President is removed from office, he or she is then liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment. With many of the open indictments on Trump, he could be subject to arrest the minute he is removed from office. This is a very serious time for Donald J. Trump.

The problem with impeachment is that it could be used by an over-zealous political party in power. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton knew that this aspect of the Constitution could be abused, but in the more than 240 years of American history it has rarely been used. The idea that the president would be a bad actor was only a slight concern for the founders, but it was feared enough for them to provide a remedy in this new democracy. Parliamentary governments can call votes of confidence at any time, which eliminates the need for impeachment. Some of those countries have royalty, who at their command can remove a sitting prime minister or president. The United States is not a monarchy.

The answer to the question is simple. Impeachment isn’t bad for democracy; impeachment is part of it. If we had faith that the people would always elect a respectable and wholesome statesman or woman to the post, we could eliminate impeachment, by why would we ever take such a chance? This is not a Republican or Democrat principle; it’s an American point of law — a law the President and Vice President, under oath, promised to protect and defend.

All that Trump is experiencing is the result of his lack of experience, inability to manage the larger aspect of his campaign, and a horrid collection of people who speak for him. He creates a communication void by repetitive use of slogans, rather than delivering cohesive thoughts and plans. It’s like half the country believed the pitch man with the monkey at the circus and were convinced to give all their money to the monkey. Some people think Trump is just goofing around and telling jokes, while the clear minded citizens are repulsed by this monkey masturbating in public.

Trump is a bad guy with no moral grounding, no empathy for real people and no capacity to handle the complexities of the office. George W. Bush might not have been a Rhoades Scholar, like Bill Clinton, but he was wired into the bureaucratic reality of Washington and the government. He lined up mostly good people and without a bad VP, Dick Cheney, he could have been a very good President. Barack Obama’s intelligence was never in question and is the real source of Trump’s insecurities. Without a conviction in the Senate, Trump will have to be voted out in the fall of 2020. It might be better if it happens that way, but our elected representatives would be neglecting their duty if they didn’t formally question this faulty executive. Trump is abusing his power and is a danger to the democracy. To make matters worse, the whole world is laughing at this embarrassment of a president.

One good aspect of the impeachment inquiry is that many Americans will learn more about how our government works. The public are seeing truthful people who work hard to keep America safe. Trump can be an isolationist all he wants, but that doesn’t stop America’s need to have people in embassies around the world and to conduct diplomacy that advances our interests.

Trump’s shakedown of South Korea for money to keep our troops there to help protect them against North Korea begs the question, whose side is President Trump on? He believes dictators and rough guys like Putin, Kim and Erdoğan, more than our own State Department and CIA. Who is this guy, this thug president? The clock is ticking.

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THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Malformed, Myopic & Malignant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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