SYMBOLISM & THE SUPREME COURT

Trump’s Weaknesses Revealed Again

America is changing because of Donald Trump and the arduous journey back to normality will take years. I have long believed that Trump’s words and actions do not reflect his hardcore values. They’re just tools to get the job. He’s far more interested in winning than solving the problems of real people.

This brings us to the Supreme Court, which should be an apolitical body that interprets the Constitution and applies same to decisions which move the country forward. Everyone says the Supreme Court doesn’t write law, but that is bullshit. Its legally binding decisions are based on the religious indoctrination and political bias of its justices. Sorry, but that’s the truth. How can they possibly know what the founding fathers thought or meant, when much of today’s practices, terminology and language didn’t even exist back then?

In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court decided that a 40-foot, World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland can stand. According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, “The case began as a lawsuit by three people who live near the cross and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, which includes atheists and agnostics. They argued that the memorial should be moved to private property or modified into a nonreligious monument such as a slab or obelisk.”

Now I know that this “important” decision hammers the First Amendment with the same tool that would have been used to chisel that cross into a slab, but reasonable minds get the point. Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.” That seems logical, but the Supreme Court is full of Catholics and Maryland is a state that has harbored both boats and Catholics for centuries. For the record, six of the Justices were raised Catholic and three came from Jewish homes. Perhaps you might want to reconsider if you believe they are free of their backgrounds and upbringings.

A chapter in my new book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, describes what one sees as they travel our American highways. People are killed by the thousands each year on our roads. Almost 40,000 people die on our motorways each year, and memorial flags and crosses go up all the time. I feel they are more of a distraction and less things that should be protected.

Maybe I am being harsh on the cross, but I suggest that an Islamic edifice on the same land would not only be defaced but the Supreme Court would order its removal. Are Trump’s picks pushing religion?

They will argue that a monument holding words of a religion casts a greater shadow than a symbol alone. They will argue that crosses, which mark the graves of American soldiers, became a symbol closely linked to war. But shouldn’t the star of David, the symbol of Judaism, have equal standing and be added to the memorial? And what about an Islamic symbol, as well?

The Supreme Court had to decide if that monument should be taken down. It’s somewhat strange that their decision devalued the symbol of Christ. They are saying that the symbology of a cross is so widely used it cannot possibly offend. If this was a trademark case, the plaintiff would be up in arms. What will they do when a Swastika is erected on public land? Most people don’t know that symbol originated in the Hindu religion, although Hitler graphically flipped its perspective.

I get it. The court was dealing with only one cross and one lawsuit, but they have now paved the way for Christianity to gain more power over other religions in the US. They have said that the cross is not firmly linked to a religion. Oh, how they offend the Christians of the world. Will we now see more crosses on public lands?

The Supreme Court will never take off their robes and appear in court wearing T-shirts and jeans. They will never abandon their symbolism. Robes impart a sense of religious symbolism, like a church choir. The decorum of the court is paramount in maintaining law and order. Symbolism works where important decisions are made. Just like banning cameras from their court, the formal propriety of dress sends a message to those who must argue before them.

The Supreme Court will be tested again on the separation of church and state. I don’t understand why we have “In God We Trust” inscribed on our money. Why not put a giant cross on the new $20 bill? Why not say a prayer before every session of Congress? Oh wait, they already do that. You see, despite Thomas Jefferson’s thinking that it would be a good idea to keep God out of government, no one seems to know just how to do that.

The symbolism of racism, civil war, hate, white nationalism, the KKK, confederate flags and neo-Nazis are far greater threats to our freedoms than a cross on the side of the road in Maryland. If the Supreme Court decided to outlaw symbolisms of hate, they would be challenged by those factions using them. The bottom line is this. The Supreme Court has imposed their value system on us by deciding the presence or absence of blatant religious messaging in a symbol. Who gave them that power? The Constitution doesn’t support such a responsibility. Is it time to revisit, and perhaps restrict, the power of the Supreme Court?

A good President would try to balance the court. Along with consideration of the political leanings of candidate judges, shouldn’t their religious affiliations be examined as well? Why not have a Protestant on the court? How about an atheist? What about finding a judge who is gay or transgendered? You see, knowing how a prospective justice will rule on a woman’s right to choose is only one of many litmus tests that should be applied. If the Supreme Court cannot be unbiased, it should at least be balanced. The justices need to adjudicate things for what they are, not for what they want or imagine them to be.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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 RE-ELECTION WAR

War Crimes & Criminals

Ask yourself this; who is Iran’s main ally? It’s Russia. And with Trump’s curious desire to be friends with Putin he will surely be tested by rising tensions in the Middle East. When Trump had problems with Syria and ISIS, he turned to Saudi Arabia to act as our broker in the region. When the final body count is in, Trump will be guilty of letting criminals reign, endorsing war crimes and the propping up ideologs who see war as conversation.

The new United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s paper on the unlawful murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, downloadable here: [un report], clearly shows President Trump’s reluctance to place the blame on the Saudi Crown Prince. In a sense, Donald Trump is guilty of aiding and abetting. Under US law, this criminal action is part of Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22).

Trump haters need not get excited. Prosecution against any person under this section may not be instituted without the written approval of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or an Assistant Attorney General. Knowing that William Barr is not a real A.G. but rather a P.O. (Political Operative), Trump will not be brought into court. The Justice Department could bring charges against the Crown Prince and name Donald Trump and Kushner as accomplices, but that could only be done if Turkey would refuse to bring charges there.

Trump abandoned a multi-nation agreement with Iran to curtail their nuclear ambitions. Candidate Donald blathered that the Iran Nuclear Deal was the worst ever, along with the NAFTA agreement, the Paris Accord, and everything else the Obama administration achieved over eight years.

Tension in the Persian Gulf has been amplified by Trump’s rhetoric and actions. Could it be that Trump was amped up by his awkward sword dance in Saudi Arabia? Jared Kushner’s buddy, Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), got exactly what he wanted with both Iran and their war in Yemen, plus major arms sales to his kingdom. Congress voted against our involvement in Yemen, but Trump vetoed that bill proving that he is protecting the royal house of Saudi, not America.

Iran and the Russians view most of what happens in the world through religious or self-determination lenses and they share a common connection to oil and energy profit-taking. Trump and his ideologs need to comprehend that the more they push Iran to the brink of war, the more they will have to rely on Russia to intercede. It’s a fundamental theme of what can loosely be called the Trump doctrine, getting someone else to do the dirty work. But this one is more complex than just sending love letters to Kim Jong-Un or blasting out eight tweets before the sun rises.

The Saudi’s view Iran first as a competitor for the oil market, but also see them as a religious pothole that was created in 632 A.D., when Mohammed died without a clear successor. Iran is a Shia nation, while Saudi Arabia, since 1744, has been aligned with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement. This strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam perceives Iran’s Shiite majority as their natural enemy.

By aligning himself with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Trump has taken sides with the Sunnis. According to the BBC, “Shia make up roughly 10% of all Muslims, and globally their population is estimated between 154 to 200 million.” Their source was Pew Research. Sunnis comprise 85 to 90 percent of all Muslims, totaling 1.6 billion people. So, Trump’s alignment with the religious majority has geo-political implications that are far more complicated than his baby brain can comprehend.

During the formation of our country, we hooked up with French money to defeat the Brits. Then, a few years later, their revolution cut off the king’s head. Early in American history, we changed the name of the Church of England to the Episcopal Church, but we never outlawed the denomination. Our ethic concerns were based on freedom and justice of law.

We have always taken sides in conflicts around the world. We decided that a corrupt government in South Vietnam was more righteous than the North Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh, whom the citizens revered. We know how that worked out. We may have picked the right side in Korea, but we didn’t finish the job and created a greater threat by not working with the Chinese to create a complete country.

Donald Trump is not a good President and he will be tested greatly as the Commander in Chief. He’s not thinking about diplomacy, leadership or keeping the world safe; he’s thinking about being reelected. Every move he makes demonstrates his position as an amateur political hack, not a statesman.

Trump is now interfering with the military judicial system by pardoning or granting clemency to those accused or convicted of war crimes. This unwarranted activity can be debated in military circles, but some experts believe this will lower the moral mission mandate that US troops have always honored. This makes the military weaker and perpetrates the ugly American colonization and control image we have around the world.

Perhaps calmer minds and reluctant actions will prevail with the Iranian situation. It is clearly a challenge for a distracted person who just happened to get elected president. Only 70,000 votes put Trump in the White House. He wants to get reelected and relies on the help of imaginary friends most reasonable people would call foes. Can Putin be tapped to quell the dogmatic viewpoints of Iran and their Supreme Leader?

Let’s get something straight. Iran is a country which chants “Death to America,” while this President pushes his loyal lunatics to scream, “Lock her Up!” After hearing Trump speak, one would think that Democrats are the enemy and not North Korea, Russia, China or Iran. What a misguided, two-bit politician. It’s time for Trump to step up and lead, or he’ll be OUT! And the next president will then have to clean up a war Trump created with his lack of common sense and conspiratorial mindset. To be clear, Trump cannot be trusted.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


THE DANGEROUS DONALD

Are His Disruptions Worth the Risk?

In the last decade, I worked for a media maven who was highly successful at creating wealth from good ideas or simply through his reputation. He once issued a motivational piece for the workers of his large radio broadcast division where he urged us to be “disruptors.” I got its surface meaning, but let’s look beyond the buzz word. The meaning of the word includes, “something that interrupts an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem.” Not all disturbances are good for a group or individual and when you have a smart collection of problem solvers, why would you be giving them something that would move them into disruption? I used to say, with great sarcasm and irony, you better hope that whatever you disrupt is a big success or you’ll be blamed for the problem you created and be the first to go.

This brings us to Donald Trump, who was outraged by Robert Mueller’s public comments and then displayed his anger on the north lawn of the White House. It’s clear that Trump must “punch back” when someone gets in his way, but when did punching ever bring a long-term solution to any problem? Trump would make a horrible poker player because he shows his next move so clearly. While he was putting down Robert Mueller, he announced that he would have a major announcement on the border. By putting those together, he was telegraphing that he would soon be lashing out at another someone or something.

So, late last night, Trump announced “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied…” And now we will see reactions in the world markets because Trump’s disruption is a holy trade war, not a well-developed plan to make trade work better for the US.

from MarketWatch.com

While the financial “news” networks give large slices of airtime to discussions about American entities like Uber, Tesla and Beyond Meat, there are thousands of our major companies that depend on parts, resources and services from firms around the world. To ignore the reality of a world market is not rational on any level. But Donald Trump is being disruptive with his ignorance in tow.

There was a time I worked on the campaign of a politician who would occasionally come late to the brainstorming meetings of the staff. One particular time we had worked up dozens of ideas on the white board and we all were excited about giving him input. He strode late into the meeting, glanced at the board, then said, “Yeah, we aren’t going to do any of that; here’s the plan.” I walked away from the campaign that night with little respect for the politician and had a feeling of retribution when he lost the election. What I learned is that disruption from the top, when it doesn’t work, means the big guy gets all the blame.

We have many people in America who make a lot of money analyzing and predicting our collective financial futures. And some of the more honest of those folks admit that there are instances when they can‘t explain why the market did this or that. Deep down inside, most Americans know the global economy is the reason we lost much of our manufacturing base. Seriously disruptive waves must be met with adjustment, not bucking the tide and standing ground. Executing a stand-still strategy often leads to failure and disaster under water.

If you are drowning in your own personal debt, you will generally swing away at every other possible cause before you look at yourself and determine the real cause of debt is simply spending more money than you have. Doh! After running businesses with tons of debt and using the bankruptcy escape hatch more than most well-managed corporations, it’s disingenuous when Donald Trump froths at his small pie hole about how everyone else is screwing America. Dangerous Donald is running up the debt in America because the military, border walls and pork for rich people are more important to him than stable governance.

Trump is more stubborn than smart. He’s like a snapping turtle who doesn’t quite understand that holding firmly on the stick isn’t going to keep him alive. Wood is not food and trying to win a battle with a decaying object won’t work. Yes, I am comparing the actions of a reptile to the President of the United States of America, who in most cases uses his reptilian brain rather than the logic circuits of his frontal lobes. Perhaps they died from atrophy.

The citizens of this country may feel good about the strength of the turtle and admire his will to fight, but those who worship the man in the White House must connect the dots to see that the head disruptor is messing up things more and more with each misinformed  move. First, and most importantly, after you negotiate a deal you cannot change it. Trump’s moves will blow up the USMCA, which was supposed to fix the “bad” NAFTA trading agreement. NAFTA might not have been perfect, but the USMCA probably has just as many restrictions and weaknesses, but Trump wanted to keep his promise.

The real problems with the migration of people to the US may be greater than our laws. According to the Washington Post, “Migrants say they are coming to the United States because droughts are frying Central American harvests, they can’t pay their bills, and gangs are recruiting children.” Trump ignores the warnings of Climate Change, so how can he possibly apply creative solutions to complex issues?

In the end, the disruptions of the Daft Donald will move us backward. The lack of respect for a deal maker whose word means nothing will haunt America for years to come. Put yourself in the shoes of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. These leaders spent time in good faith negotiating a new deal, only to have it ignored by a moody US President. Yes, the immigration problem is real, but reverse it. What if thousands of Americas were leaving our soil for Mexico? We would expect Mexico to stop us from entering, not stop us from leaving. Trump is putting our economic system at risk over things that could and should have been solved at the negotiation table. Sadly, the art of the deal is just more mistruth from the lie master. We need to start to ask, WWPPD, “What would President Pence do?”

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 


MUELLER KNOWS TRUMP

Are US Presidents Above the Law?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally spoken. His words were exact and well-chosen. He specifically said that his team could not indict a sitting president, period. He also said they would have exonerated him if they could have. They didn’t.

Congress is the only court of law in which a president can be charged. Specifically, the remedy for presidential misconduct is impeachment. It starts in the House of Representatives and courses through a trial in the Senate in which the Chief Justice presides and the members of the Senate are the jury. A two-thirds vote, which is 67 members is necessary to convict and remove a President from office.

We don’t know the procedure after a conviction because impeachment of a US President has never gone that far. One would hope that the person convicted would go honorably, as Richard Nixon did when he was on the precipice of impeachment. That being said, we don’t know what Donald Trump would do. Some say the Congressional Sergeant at Arms would physically remove the president from government property, but that is just an opinion.

Robert Mueller may go down as the most potent silent person in government. He states that he has spoken in the more than 400 pages of his report. If you read the report, you will see that Donald Trump is a paranoid power-hungry crook. Robert Mueller told us what Trump did and urges you to read his work and not bother him with politics.

What we learned today is a special prosecutor and special counsel can’t arrest a president. Being an employee of the Justice Department, a prosecutor or special counsel must follow the guidelines and rules of that department, which were designed to keep an out-of-control prosecutor from unnecessarily hindering the Executive Branch.

Throughout Donald Trump’s life he has thumbed his nose at the law. He’s not a person you would trust in business because he would likely do something illegal and get you entangled in a lawsuit that you will ultimately pay for. It’s a Trump common practice which is both legendary and extremely troubling. It speaks to a real lack of character.

The American taxpayer shelled out more than $25 million to find out that their president has, at least, obstructed justice and weakened our election security. Mueller was very clear, Russian operatives attempted to change our election results. He said that the Russian effort favored a certain candidate (TRUMP) and expressed the truth that if he could have cleared Donald Trump, he would have. This is not a gordian knot but rather clear and specific legal code for “he’s guilty,” and Congress now has the power to do something righteous for the country.

Were Robert Mueller given a truth serum, he would tell you exactly what he thinks of Donald Trump and his minions. I’m sure he probably has a low regard for the president and those around him in the administration, as well as for the Congressmen and women who refuse to focus on the real danger of this president. Trump doesn’t take foreign interference in our elections seriously. Mueller knows that, despite his warm and fuzzy feeling for Attorney General William Barr, that man’s independence is in question. Barr’s statements and actions are driven by his rank and President Trump’s authority over everything he says and does. Mueller knows that Barr is not an independent agent of justice.

The events of this corrupt presidency should be a positive motivation for legislation on several important fronts. First, we need to mandate and codify transparency in the Executive Branch. After fifty-years of the tradition of presidential candidates and presidents releasing their income tax returns, this practice should become part of US law. The refusal of the Treasury Department to release Trump’s tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee in the House means we need a stronger law requiring every major candidate and office holder to make public their tax returns.

Congress should pass a law that commands all political campaigns to disclose to the FBI any communication with a foreign person or government that offers information or “dirt” on another US candidate. Withholding such information should be against the law.

Perhaps the biggest foible in all of this is the fact that a president cannot be charged with a crime while he or she is in office. The legal logic makes sense on the surface, but it weakens the notion that no person is above the law. If a president murdered someone and there was clear proof that he did so, how can this not be a punishable crime in the normal judicial process? If Congress is not the Judicial Branch, can they truly be above the partisan swamp? Can they give a true verdict when they are willing to look the other way for their personal gains and preservation of their elected positions?

We have a lot of work to do and most of it has been caused by a President who cares little for the “normal order” of government, law or fair play. Whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump will soon inherit his own classification of concepts such as “Tea Pot Dome,” “Watergate” and “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

Trump is an inept political operative with too much money to understand the pain of the middle class. He’s above the law in his own mind and Robert Mueller knows it. Trump keeps saying that “he’s the most transparent president in history,” making us wonder why he didn’t sit for an interview with Robert Mueller. Maybe Trump’s just afraid of him. Why doesn’t Trump release his tax returns? Maybe he’s afraid of what we would learn.

Trump must be impeached, or he will think he can do anything. Without impeachment, this country has just elevated a president to King. And the king has no pants.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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 TRADE WAR

Did He Really Need to Do This?

If you review the dogma of Donald Trump, you will see a picture of the administration’s complete lack of intelligent design. If you wanted to bring together many nations to curb Chinese manipulation of world trade, you would sign an TTP agreement. Trump walked away from it. After NAFTA achieved years of strong economic development in the US, Canadian and Mexico, Trump tore it up.

If you want to keep track of the nuclear ambitions of Iran, you make them sign an agreement with many nations. Trump walked away from it. If you want to motivate the countries of the world to establish reasonable pollution control and climate change curtailment, you sign a Paris Accord. Trump walked away from it.

And now, Trump believes that the way to get the world’s economy under the control of American money is to slap tariffs on products from all the top economies of the world. What is a tariff? It’s a tax on imports or exports between sovereign states. It is a means to regulate international trade by taxing foreign products to encourage or safeguard domestic industry. Basically, we add taxes to products so that another country cannot undercut US products with a price advantage. This was first done by Alexander Hamilton to protect new companies from harsh competition.

Consider this. You bought a case of wine in France and tucked it into your luggage as you returned to the US. A customs inspector discovers your cache and analyzes it. Let’s say you bought a case of 36 bottles for two dollars a bottle. So, the value of your case is $72 and the tariff (really a fine in this case) is $8 per bottle or $288 for the case. Now, let’s further say you were bringing the case into America for a friend. Instead of charging your friend $72, you now must charge your drinking buddy $360 for the contraband you delivered. If we apply this to a real-world business situation, one might also have to charge the friend federal and state taxes on the goods, which would raise the cost even more. Yes, the treasury got the $288 in fees, but the tariff was paid by the importer, and the consumer reimbursed the importer for their costs. The money was a tax paid by the consumer and deposited into the treasury.

Now, if France got wind of this tariff and matched the tariff on something coming the other way, let’s say, a John Deere tractor, then their consumers would have to pay an increased price on the US-made tractor. But what if the French refused to pay the tariff and bought a Kubota tractor from Japan? That would mean the US manufacturer would lose the sale and the trade war would damage that company’s bottom-line. These complex layers of global trade are a great pitch to rabid political rally goers, but the consequences of knee jerk trade policies become highly problematic for our producers.

Idiot-in-Chief Trump has a fantasy dream that all the rustbelt states will bring back major manufacturing facilities and we will return to the calmer economy of American in post-war 1950s. This might sound like a great idea on the surface, but it took more than 70 years for these former US industries to be eliminated by sellers importing cheaper goods from other countries and that’s not a clock easily turned back.

Sure, the US could have been a protectionist economic force in the last 50 years, but the rest of the world wouldn’t have bought our expensive goods. Large markets such as China, India and Southeasts Asia would have simply bought items and sold products such as steel and aluminum to and from other nations. Our industries might have collapsed faster.

Instead of trying to bring back those high polluting industries, with no guarantee that we could even produce cheaper products, we need to look toward products of the future. To borrow a sports metaphor from famous hall of fame hockey star Wayne Gretzky, success is “not skating to where the puck was but skating to where the puck is going to be.” And that is precisely what we must do with our industrial developments and plans.

The world is migrating toward wind and sun energy. Why can’t we be the #1 producer of the gear to lead the planet to renewable energy? If the earth is all about technology, why aren’t we investing in education and finding the brightest and smartest inventors for the future? It’s a better investment than cranking up the coal burning power plants. Even investment in nuclear power plants makes more sense then putting money into old technology. We can produce without killing the world markets.

Most smart investors and economists understand how things work, but remember, they are never 100% correct. We have a president who thinks he knows everything about money and how to make billions, yet in his life he lost more than a BILLION dollars and paid no taxes for more than a decade. Sadly, his followers don’t care about the past. They don’t even care about the Mueller report. The reality is we all will lose money because of Donald Trump. WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS MISTAKES? Hey, maybe that’s a good tag line for a political opponent’s commercial in 2020!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


BARRED FROM THE TRUTH

Trump’s Lies and No Recollections!

The wheels are coming off our democracy. William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached by Congress. Barr has exposed himself as an agent of the White House rather than the man the country needs to protect us from illegal acts and determinations. He’s a partisan hack under the power of the president and has lost all credibility because of his verbal whitewashing of the Mueller Report. And yes, any public official can be impeached by Congress.

But let’s back up; what is really happening here? William Barr is simply the result of a terrible, defective President. What we should fear is four more years of this idiot in power and the ideologs and anti-patriotic water boys working in this corrupt administration. What did the Mueller Report really show us?

From the beginning of this presidency, Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a bastion of mediocre, self-serving, self-dealing and misguided criminals. Some of these people have already been convicted and are headed to jail. Some of these poorly vetted individuals were brought into the Trump circle based on superficial Google searches. Yes, that’s in the report. They were given big titles when they were nothing more than eye candy for the campaign, frauds at best. Some of these losers came highly-recommended by lame braindead people who had no idea what they were doing. Judging by the number of high-level fools who have since left the administration, the Mueller Report highlights the fact that Trump is a horrible chief executive.

Next, it’s clear that Robert Mueller and William Barr are not on the same page. The contradictions between Barr’s assessment and Mueller’s document are appalling. Did William Barr even read the report? Rod Rosenstein will likely become known as the biggest political patsy in the history of America. If you read the report (GET IT HERE) you will learn about all the unethical and illegal acts that took place in the Trump administration. Don’t take my word for it, read the damn report. Mueller should have at least named Donald Trump an undisclosed co-conspirator in an illegal campaign contribution, you know, the one that led Michael Cohen to jail time.

The Mueller Report shows us that Vladimir Putin lied, and Donald Trump believed him. Unfortunately, the report also shows us that the President of the United States doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie. Donald Trump embarrasses America by continuing his dialog that says, bad guys are good, good guys are bad. When will someone from the other side of Congress stand up and scream, STOP SHORT-SELLING AMERICA!

One could second guess Robert Mueller in this as well. A huge mistake was NOT having Trump come before the Grand Jury to explain, under oath, what he did. Even if Mueller interviewed Trump, it may not have differed from his written answers where, more than 30 times, Trump said, “No Recollection.” Because Trump wasn’t summoned to the Grand Jury, like any other American would have been, he is now set up to believe he is above the law. This is troublesome.

There will be many detailed examinations of what is in the Mueller Report, and it is good that Barr has finally said he will give Congress a secret peek at the non-grand jury redacted portions, but the damage is already done.

Donald Trump is not going to be arrested or brought before Congress to explain himself. The 45th President of the United States will not be impeached. As Trump has said so loudly and clearly, “the system is rigged.” There’s one he gets right! The Republicans have sold their souls to the devil, Donald Trump. He has hypnotized the evangelicals, bribed Wall Street and demolished common decency, and many people just don’t seem to get it.

In a country that was created because a group of smart, independent men decided that a king could not be above the law, it’s unfathomable that we don’t have strong guidelines concerning a President’s legal standing. Should a one-off policy memo from Robert Bork at the Department of Justice be the definitive guide of law governing the accountability of our president or any other member of the Executive Branch? Shouldn’t we examine this under a legal process and make a firm statute accordingly? Why would we ever have a law that prevents a president from being arrested by law enforcement? We also need a ruling about candidates releasing their tax returns. As a country of law and order, we are failing in these important regards.

I would like to get a few things off my chest before my big finish. Why does Donald Trump get to say that his public words were just a joke or sarcasm? “Hey, I was just having some fun!” He’s the motherfucking President of the United States. I cannot believe that judges, prosecutors and 40% of the American public just laugh and go about their business. Why is it not treason when Trump appears on a broadcast in front of a crowd asking a hostile foreign government to hack into a computer system to get his political rival’s emails? Why are we so dumb as to not take this guy’s request as a legal statement of his actual intent? Why is the Justice Department being allowed to shield some Americans from prosecution? Where does it say that the President is above the law? Could it be that some judges and others in power assume Trump can’t possibly mean his outrageous statements? And after he signs an executive order putting those outrageous statements into policy, why don’t all his words matter?

In conclusion, rather than summarizing — a word that has been forever perverted by the stationary frog William Barr — let me rag on the Mueller Report just a bit more. In black and white, the Report shows the world that Donald J. Trump is a big, fat, fucking liar. He’s always been a liar and always will be a liar. In fact, he’s a pathological liar; look it up. So, I turn to you America, you beautiful shining light on a hill, and ask you this. Aren’t we a better country? Isn’t there an honest broker for democracy who can lead us and the world without deception and lies? We have a liar as a president. Donald Trump is also a cheat, a con, a racist, a xenophobe and, while I’m on the subject, he has a camel-toe neck. Take that you LOSER!

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


SACRED COWS & COWARDS

The Grand Illusions of Trump

Without truth, we are doomed to follow the fools in Washington who lie as part of their body politic. When those in power attempt to manipulate the law and order of the nation by being deceitful, we are destined to a lower standard and a perversion of our democracy.

The problem with Donald Trump is twofold. One, he has never become a real president; he remains frozen in time as a bully politician. Second, his use of Twitter exposes his lack of understanding of basic facts. He truly believes he can say anything in a tweet and constantly overcommits himself. Those things he has posted in the past make his flip-flops apparent. We have a written record of every Trump inner thought, hoax, fear, myth and misguided effort that hurts America: @realDonaldTrump.

That brings us to his new battle with US Representative Ilhan Omar. Might I add that she doesn’t have a grasp on the gravity of her comments and lacks the ability to properly formulate her sentences? All she had to say was, “something [terrible] happened…” and her speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations would have been forgotten by everyone. One could argue that Omar’s comments to this organization were just as irresponsible as some of the things Donald Trump says at his rallies. Sadly, the far left and the far right don’t realize the similarities of their bigotry.

Trump is aware of the power of his platform. He knows if he continues to super serve his base he can count on them to yell loudly enough to scare other people into voting for him again. By using the 9-11 attacks to shame Omar, the Donald has yet again chosen to create negative energy against those of the Muslim faith. It’s completely accurate to accuse the President of the United States of xenophobia, even though it might be a misuse of the First Amendment. The latest fake battle is just another instance of Trump establishing an “US” and “THEM” America rather than advancing a helpful dialog.

Yes, painful moments in our country’s history are sacred cows. You didn’t make jokes about Pearl Harbor to my parents’ generation. The JFK assassination, which came later, is still in the grip of myth and controversary and rarely the punch line of a joke. Omar is not incorrect in her assessment that 9-11 created fear among Muslims and resentment of like people. Sikhs with turbans are not Muslims, but they have been targeted because of appearance. Trump’s rhetoric relies on boogiemen, enemies and challengers. He is not a peaceful man, and if his tweets cause harm to any citizen he should be impeached.

There is something cowardly about a president sitting on his golden throne and blasting out a dozen, poorly written morning tweets. He places little or no thought into his words and his underlings mostly admit they have no power or input into his posts. What I find more disconcerting is that the TV responses of many within his administration make it sound like this President is open to compromise and has thoroughly considered every one of his tweet-based policies. The truth is, they have no idea about what he really believes. When things go badly, they simply blame someone or something else. It’s shameful watching these shallow servants following this lame fool to undo his lies in real time.

When the New York Times broke the story about Trump busing migrants and “illegal aliens” to sanctuary cities, his press corps had to push back. Short of calling the story “fake news,” they said it was discussed but not seriously considered. An hour later, Trump tweeted that it is a good idea which he is seriously considering. Who would want to work for this guy?

This president attempts to create a grand illusion of caring about people. That is so far from the truth, and it hurts to know the person who leads our country has compassion and attention only for those who like him. The more we see how Donald J. Trump treats people and the policies that he has forced on the American public and Congress, the more we know he is not a good person.

If the first aspect of a great leader is honesty, Trump has an empty tank. If the next important attribute is strategic thinking and planning, Donald Trump is a useless blowhard. If we’re looking for a transparent and open leader, we will have to look elsewhere. Trump has darkness all around him and his narcissistic personality disorder drives every thought, every action and every mistake he makes.

America doesn’t need a smoking gun to know who Trump is and how he is dividing and hurting our country. Donald Trump will never be a true president and there is a real possibility that his actions before he became president will land him in jail. But we don’t need to lock up him. We just need to get him out of power.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 

 


FEAR AND PARANOIA IN DC

Trump’s Final Border Solution

This past weekend (4-7-2019), brought another time frame in the disorderly and chaotic administration of Donald J. Trump. Something ominous happened, and we are now seeing the real problem with this presidency; it’s Trump himself.

With the dismissal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen via a Trump Tweet, we see a fuming Chief Executive demanding that our border authorities continue to separate migrant children from their parents as a deterrent to crossings. Trump views US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as his own personal armies. And much like the “thought police” in George Orwell’s book 1984, or the TV dystopia Republic of Gilead as portraited in the Hand Maiden’s Tale, Trump thinks he can use these two forces to execute his agenda, control thought and push away his imaginary crisis.

Nielsen probably warned Trump that some of his actions would be at least unethical and, at worst, against the law. The Donald truly believes he soars above the law and can do whatever he wants. His final solution on the border will be to station the US Military, ICE and CBP soldiers with guns to shot those who want to enter our country. If you find this rather disturbing, think about this story.

In 2012, a CBP agent named Lonnie Swartz was accused of shooting through a border fence in Nogales, Arizona killing 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was on the Mexican side of the border. The agent fired 14 to 30 shots and ten of those bullets hit the teen. Swartz was acquitted of manslaughter. Trump knows this and so does Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigration rants. They have exacerbated a problem, massaged it into a crisis, and now are claiming the only solution is closing the border, which will cause massive economic harm to America.

All the bellicose verbiage from Trump has given the people movers in Mexico a firm sales pitch to make more money. They tell their Spanish speaking brothers and sisters that they must move now before Trump closes the border. Trump’s chest beating has promoted more immigrant crossings. Stupid.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about families seeking asylum. He has clearly stated he wants Congress to end asylum opportunities for immigrants. This is not new. In the summer of 1942, the US government turned away Jews who were seeking asylum from Nazi oppression and death. Some landed in the Dominican Republic. Others were simply sent back to face “their own problems.” Trump has gone all in with his anti-immigrant racist viewpoints and believes this will help him get a second term in office.

The rich irony here comes from the man who is manipulating Trump, Stephen Miller. According to Wikipedia, Miller grew up in Santa Monica, California. His mother’s ancestors had immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s from Belarus, escaping the anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. When his great-grandmother arrived in the US in 1906, she spoke only Yiddish, the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. However, despite the family’s poverty, as was typical of many immigrants, most of the family learned English, worked hard, and opened businesses in Pennsylvania that became successful—”the classic immigration success story”.

Mr. Miller obviously has no moral connection to immigrants because of his half-baked ideology that paints Trump as a messiah and the embodiment of a movement where one cannot question the authority of the president. How do we know this? Because he said so on TV. There is no reason to believe that Trump, if left alone, wouldn’t come to these same conclusions, but it really does feel a lot like Adolf Hitler, doesn’t it?

And just before we posted this article, news arrived that Trump has fired the head of the Secret Service. That person reports to the head of Homeland Security and was a Trump appointment. This is just another example of his terrible vetting, negligent management style and lack of planning and focusing his people.

I would suggest that we all keep our eyes on Donald Trump in the coming months. He will probably not deal with the truth in the Mueller report. That’s likely to spark another lie fest. Trump will stonewall Congress on his tax returns, which will prompt thinking Americans to ask the questions, “What is he hiding? Why did he say he would release them? Why does he keep saying that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit?” That, by the way, is a lie.

Trump is going to do some really bad things at the border and those who stay silent, will claim their place with those who stood by when the government interred Japanese Americans and those who were mute when we turned Jews away at our ports. Some people supported Richard Nixon’s lies and validated his immoral bombing of women and children in North Vietnam. For those who tell me that I should respect the president, I say, he’s not a king. He’s just a president. Why should we stay silent when a president crosses the line of law and order? Trump is a grand liar and a mentally ill dictator in the making.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 


CAPITALISM VS. SOCIALISM

Does Anyone Really Understand?

Many Americans never studied economic principles or techniques and may get confused by emerging trends as the 2020 election approaches. If you are in the baby-boomer generation, you certainly were pounded with the negatives about communism in the 1950s and 60s. The almost demonic label sewn into our very fabric elevated capitalism to an unholy, higher ground.

Here in America we know that money gets things done. It can make a crime go away or embellish a business through creative marketing and awareness. But money is not a capitalist tool. It’s simply a medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes ordained by a government or community for trade. All economic realities must have a means of exchange.

Donald Trump screams his guarantee that America will never be a “socialist country,” but he cannot intelligently discuss the merits of any system other than capitalism. Trump is not a conservative Republican or a fiscally responsible caretaker of the US budget. The debt is soaring under his lack of leadership, despite his promise that wouldn’t happen.

Even as far back as the beginning of the United States, our government’s fiscal fingers have been deep in the many problems and solutions of our society and its evolving programs. The term “Democratic Socialism” is a political philosophy that advocates political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production. But there are gray areas we ignore.

At the time of 9/11, the security of our nation’s more than 15,000 airports was being administered by private companies. When the government discovered how the terrorists were able to penetrate that line of protection, it immediately established the Homeland Security Administration, which ended private, capitalistic oversight and control of our airports. We created the TSA, a fully owned and government operated enterprise. Socialism.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was faced with massive unemployment after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the government created public works programs. These social activities helped millions of people get back on their feet and do useful things for the country. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a government funded infrastructure program which put roughly 8.5 million Americans to work during its eight years of existence. Sheer socialism.

When Social Security was created, it was a purely socialistic program that permitted us American workers to pay into bank accounts held by the government until we were eligible for retirement. Some have described it as the ultimate pyramid scheme, with younger people paying into the administration’s bank which is then used to fund the current crop of retirees. It’s just more socialism.

Strong unions offered wealthy pensions to their members but many people had no parachute to protect them in their later years. Some believe Social Security is a great motivator and keeps people working longer and harder to make that nest egg grow. For many of us, it’s how we now exist.

We also created Medicare for older Americans needing help to maintain their quality of healthcare once they stopped receiving benefits at work. It’s another social program in which the government helps fund healthcare for retired citizens. Someday, it could become the basis for healthcare for all.

As this country grew and a larger disenfranchised group of people emerged, we wanted to help those souls who either couldn’t work or were underemployed, Our country felt morally obligated to fund Food Stamps and Medicaid. These programs help disadvantaged people keep themselves and their families alive and fed. One can argue the worth of these systems, but no one can deny that they are fundamentally socialist programs.

Sure, capitalism funds these programs, just as it bailed out automakers and banks during the collapse of the financial market in 2008. Without them, however, people like Donald Trump would be faced with more anger and disapproval. We saw how quickly the President changed lanes when he attempted to defund the Special Olympics. The money given to his non-profit is just another socialistic handout. The Department of Education distributes vouchers (taxpayer money) so that people can send their children to parochial or private schools; sounds like socialism to me.

When the Trump tariffs cut a hole in the soybean market, the administration jumped up and threw some farm aid in the their faces. This is pure socialism.

The idea of the government taking the reins of an industry might sound okay to some people, but hardcore conservatives would rather allow private industry to assume control. The FAA should be more involved in the approval and safety area of the airline industry. The current Boeing controversy shows us that the FAA did not do its job. Events like 9/11illustrate that private companies might not have the ability to properly rule. People die when the government looks the other way.

The foundational basis of taxation is a form or socialism. We all pay taxes with the expectation that our elected officials will make good decisions on how to spend that money, whether on infrastructure, protection or social programs. When the President declares a national emergency to decide how money will be spent, it becomes taxation without representation.

Donald Trump has little, if any, comprehension of how all this works. He lives in a world of catch-phrases, campaign slogans and lies. The idea that we can eliminate all social programs and steal money from disaster relief and social programs to pay for an unnecessary wall in the south is exactly what socialistic dictators do in other countries. The word we don’t use yet is “Totalitarianism” but that’s where we are headed.

It’s not about labels and misinformation, it’s about the way we treat our people. In 1789 France, the price of bread increased, and people were hungry. They marched to the palace and arrested the King and his wife. If we let the well designed and proven principles of the combination of capitalism and socialism be tossed aside by the screeds of a lunatic President, we are doomed to failure. A revolution is a messy way to solve a problem. Working together to eradicate hunger and provide all Americans with a high quality of life should be priority one. Our brand of socialism keeps us safer and we should not discourage it. We should understand what it is, how it works and embrace it fully.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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 FATAL FLAW

The Government of One

This morning I woke up to a startling newspaper headline, “Trump bans Boeing 737 Max Flights.” To my way of thinking, and many avionics experts agree, this action should have taken place days sooner. A major flaw in the process is that we didn’t hear this decision from the FAA or it’s “acting” Administrator Daniel K. Elwell, nor did the pronouncement come from US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. We had to wait for Trump to decide. The plain truth in this age of a power-hungry president is that government agencies are afraid to act. They are frozen in place because everything is judged on how it will affect the Donald or how he will feel about it. Our government agencies are not making decisions in the best interest of our nation. Their actions are based on emotions, not science.

Donald Trump was more interested in talking to the CEO of Boeing than discussing matters with experts at the FAA and NTSB. He’s more comfortable dealing with business executives than lifelong government specialists. What if a plane had fallen out of the sky while Boeing’s top guy, Dennis Muilenburg, was chatting on the phone with POTUS? Trump took the word of the company that its planes were safe to fly, while every other country grounded the jets out of an abundance of caution if not plain common sense. And I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, came to the administration from Boeing. He worked there for more than two decades and was known as “Mr. Fix-it.” Was he even consulted? What did he have to say?

The United States of America is not a big company to be piloted by one person. The institutions, cabinet positions and administrative heads should be qualified in their specialty and be allowed to state their opinions quickly and unfettered. Trump wants it all to be top down, fighting the foundational concepts of our country where ideas and desires should flow from the bottom up. The people who work in our government aren’t there to agree with Trump. They are supposed to use their radar to find problems and solve them. If we must wait for King Trump to declare anything, we will only get one answer, and that will probably not be a good answer or the correct answer.

The comments from Ms. Chao and Mr. Elwell seem to say that we were making our decision based on facts, rather than emotion. Clearly, Chao wasn’t worried. She flew a Boeing Max 8 to Texas where she spoke that day. But President Donald Trump really mucked things up with this Tweet, “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

Someone should ask Donald Trump if he would like the Einstein’s in the military to take the radar and telemetry out of Air Force One. This response from our Commander in Chief is lacking science, logic and facts. It demonstrates his stupidity. For someone whose company owned jets, Trump shows a worrisome lack of aviation knowledge. His tweets prove he shouldn’t be around any decision that involves science, technology or law.

We heard him on the campaign trail saying he knew more than his military generals. Most of us thought it was just another lame, boastful joke. But the longer we experience this swamp scum of a man, the more we are coming to believe he actually thinks he knows everything. Hopefully, he won’t attempt heart surgery on anyone. Or attempt to invade a country. Or launch a nuke. Or run the FAA. Oh shit, he’s in charge of most of this. Are we doomed?

This morning we are reading the news about how the air crash in Africa is affecting Boeing stock, a loss of some $25 billion. A Boeing 737 Max jet sells for slightly more than $100 million. If you are mentally calculating the cost per life, then you are guilty of the  President’s belief that everything is a transaction. You can kill a journalist, but if you want your oil and money you will look the other way. If  the Saudis, Russians and Iranians want to spray poison on their people, it’s their problem. If you don’t like dissidents, just sneak into a country and kill them. And if you want to use social media to screw with the election in our country, go ahead and do it. Trump’s beliefs and actions are those of a dictator.

Our president dodged a bullet this time. If he had waited longer and another plane had crashed, he would have had to explain to America why this government isn’t working. His supporters will believe that he was strong and made the right decision, but in truth he was SLOW and frozen by the corruption and lies of his underlings. When he should have been meeting with smart people about this air travel dilemma, he was busy watching the sentencing news of Paul Manafort.

We also learned yesterday that Trump most likely attempted to manipulate the Justice Department through his fake “acting” Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. Nonetheless, his followers simply swat another fly away from the slowly rotting administration he has created. The “trumpsters” will continue to disregard facts from the Oversight Committee in Congress while wearing their little red “Hitler hats” in public. It might be time to remind ourselves that those “best people” Trump promised to hire are mostly unpatriotic liars. Many of those people trying to “be best” are now convicted felons. People who Trump put in charge of important parts of his campaign and administration are now in jail. Could this be why the Donald thinks he must make every decision himself? Would it not have been a better idea to hire authentically good people and listen to them? Why do we have a jackass President?

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.