SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Trump’s Next Scapegoat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Low-Level Volunteer

Trump Thinks He’s a Lawyer

Donald Trump constantly acts in ways that would give even the youngest lawyer heartburn. He attempts to litigate and impeach people before he knows all the facts. This jumping of the gun might be his way to secure a win, but it disqualifies him as a credible contestant.

One of the things I learned early in business was emotional reactions to things and events must be confined. When attempting to sue someone for what I thought was wrong-doing, I blasted off what I thought was a stern letter laced with sarcasm and creativity.

When the letter was attached to the response from the other side’s law firm, I was accused of being “cavalier.” My offhandedness, it was explained, would be used against me in court. Trying to understand this, I asked, “Why is that bad?” And my thoughtful lawyer explained, “You come off as arrogant. Most judges and juries usually side against people who are arrogant.” Lesson learned.

This week, we had two top campaign officials indicted on money laundering and conspiracy against the Unites States. We also had one person, who the United States District Court for the District of Columbia calls a foreign policy advisor to the Donald J. Trump campaign, plead guilty to charges of false statements to the FBI.

The Donald, with no restraint, attempted to handle this bad situation as if he was running a TV show, rather than legally managing a major scandal in his administration.

This morning (10-31-2017), the President of the United States tweeted, “The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manafort’s lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!” Aside from the over use of ellipses, exclamation points and missing punctuation, Trump is indeed being arrogant and cavalier.

Words seem to have different meanings for our great Orange Leader. Collusion, a word he always spells correctly, is a secret agreement or cooperation between two or more people, especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose. You know, like acting in collusion with the enemy. That is more like treason. Donald Trump is a deceitful human being.

It’s interesting how Trump uses the term “young” in a disparaging way when talking about someone who seems to be a problem for him, but never uses that when talking about his son-in-law and daughter, who I guess are high-level volunteers. Allegedly, they don’t take paychecks from the government.

The leader of the free world, in the most arrogant way, has no problem saying that someone is “already proven to be a liar.”  Of course, anyone convicted of lying to the FBI is a liar, which is why they must arrange a plea deal. But the Donald didn’t bother to read the statement of offense. The feds are claiming that his actions impeded the investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election.

Okay, that would mean that someone from the campaign had contact with the Russians. This is something Trump, already proven to be a liar, has denied from the beginning. Papadopoulos’ plea proves that there was communication and the nature of those emails and discussions fall into the category of deceitful purpose.

The people involved in this caper surely know who the “overseas professor” might be and, of course, the identity of the “high-ranking campaign official” the complaint lists as the person Papadopoulos was talking to inside Trump-world.

On or about May 21, 2016, George P. emailed that “high-ranking campaign official” with the subject line, “REQUEST FROM RUSSIA TO MEET MR. TRUMP.” (I added the caps). Now, within the scope of arrogance and high-handedness, this also stacks up as blatantly stupid. With Trump and his minions claiming that the Russia-Trump scenario is a hoax with false narrative launched by the cunning Democrats, the name Russia sure shows up a lot in the cross-talk of the campaign. They seem to have been obsessing on Russia before obsessing on Russia was the fashion.

On October 5, 2017, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to these charges and part of that deal means he will get no more than six months in jail, rather than five years. The fines will also be reduced. The court will determine his sentence, but the court is not bound by the plea agreement or the sentencing guidelines. Yes, the court has the final decision Mr. Trump. This is the way America works.

OF NOTE: Something was hand-written into the agreement. Papadopoulos cannot use the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to documents (this part was written in) “for the duration of the Special Counsel’s investigation.” If Trump fires Mueller, George would be able to write a tell-all book about what happened.

In the final analysis, someone who sat with Trump, advised Trump and was called an advisor by Trump himself, willfully and knowingly made a material false, fictitious and fraudulent statement to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I guess the word, “Fake” is not a legal term.

Some call this the new beginning and one more crack in the dam of deceit, distraction and obstruction. The name Papadopoulos will be haunting President Pumpkin for more than just this Halloween. One person’s trick, is another person’s treat. Mueller knows what he is doing and we will eventually get to the very bottom of this horrific White House, which 61% of America is already booing.

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WHAT IS PATRIOTISM?

Trump’s Attempt to Modify Meanings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CORKER AND THE CHAOS

Trump Has No Discipline

All those people who predicted that Donald Trump would not be fit to be president, were right. And all those people who sit back and say nothing about the risk Trump poses to America should be ashamed of themselves. Bob Corker, the junior United States Senator from Tennessee, has been outspoken about the politics, people and policies of this White House. And for his honesty, he is now the target of a substantial tweet campaign by the Presidential bully.

This was the President of the United States on Twitter this weekend: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”

There are many lies and a few exaggerations in his words, but the Donald doesn’t care if anyone knows he’s lying. Trump has weaponized lies throughout his career, and becoming President has not changed his modus operandi. Bob Corker would have made a great Vice President, one who wouldn’t go along with being played like a puppet by the Commander and Chief. The stunt at Lucas Oil Stadium by Mike Pence wasted tons of jet fuel and two perfectly good seats. Spineless Pence really couldn’t be in the stadium with protesters? What a wimp.

While Trump and Pence orchestrated this trick to get NFL protests back into the news, the real focus should have been on what Bob Corker was saying in his tweets over the weekend: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” And the New York Times caught up with Corker to get some additional thoughts: “Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday (10-8-2017) that President Trump was treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation ‘on the path to World War III.’”

When defending Rex Tillerson and the other adults in the administration, Jim Mattis and John Kelly, Corker said those people help separate our country from chaos. And that brings us to most important part of this article.

Why does this President create chaos? Why would someone with so many important priorities, policies and legislative agendas on the line waste his few brain cells on this nonsense?

There is a little quoted statement by Richard Nixon that fits here: “Do you want to make a point or do you want to make a change? Do you want to get something off your chest, or do you want to get something done?” Trump is a lot like Nixon, only not as smart.

Trump is beyond tone-deaf. He psychologically vomits so much that we clearly see his disturbing mental makeup. His staff, his cabinet and his Vice President have all chugged the Kool-Aid and will back him on whatever he says or does, no matter how extreme or ridiculous. Will the Generals? Will the Congress? And, most importantly, will the Supreme Court?

Why do we want a President who spends so much energy on the NFL, rather than focusing on the domestic and global threats? Donald Trump is a dinosaur and we all know what happened to that species. He moves too slowly on vital issues and is distracted by dissent from the least important people. Critical remarks and entertainment control his judgement and lead to the on-going disorder and bedlam. This is more than embarrassing, it’s downright dangerous.

We should read Corker’s words again, “…could set the nation on the path to World War III.” Is this what we want? Trump must go, even at the risk of having a totally weak-willed white guy from Indiana in the Oval Office.


THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Trump Speaks, You Should Listen

It would be too easy to call this guy a “moron,” but we might want to remember that he tends to do everything he says he will do, and he is the President of the United States. But while everyone is trying to analyze the assassin who took 58 lives in Las Vegas, it might be time to keep our eyes on the man in the White House.

The reason most experts are having trouble wrapping their minds around what happened in Vegas is because we rarely must deal with older, rich, white guys having lots of guns and ammunition. We cannot put his actions into the racially motivated box, or the angry immigrant box or the reason we need a wall box. It has not been referred to as “domestic terrorism,” why?

Donald Trump has his fingers on the nuclear codes. We want to believe that this older, rich, white guy wouldn’t use that ultimate power without a logical discussion and game plan. As we learn of the conflicts inside his administration, however, there is an uneasy feeling that logic is not in play here.

Last night (10-5-2017), with military families gathered around him for a photo op at the White House, out of nowhere, the president asked, “You know what this is?” A reporter suggested that Trump tell them, and he replied, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” When pressed to explain himself, he said only, “You’ll find out.”

There is a big difference between a “bully” and a “moron” and it’s possible that one person could be both. Bullies act to keep the power of fear over their victims, but maybe all the cable news channels repeating that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” has forced another part of the Donald to the surface.

Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at, and is a type of social phobia. No one wants to be ridiculed, but some people have an exceedingly deep fear of being laughed at and their actions are driven by this fear.

After mixing narcissism and gelotophobia into the brain of a pathological liar, you get someone like Donald Trump. He has to be front and center, and when he says things that seem to be non-sequiturs, we should listen. They can be revealing forecasts of things to come. Trump believes everything he says and he might even have somewhat of a god complex, an unshakable belief and inflated feeling of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. Does the Donald derive a sense of power with his predictions?

Certainly, you could say he was talking about Hurricane Nate that might be hitting the US this weekend. He could also have been talking about his problems the press is stirring up with this Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Perhaps he was suggesting a future military action somewhere in the world. Perhaps he was hinting that pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal would cause such a fuss that it could be classified in storm terms.

On these pages in the past, we have written about the uncertainty that our great Orange Leader brings to the table in the form of his unpredictability. He may think of it as red meat for his base, but the rest of America doesn’t want to swallow the unknown. Most citizens want their leader to be honest, open and upfront with them.

What we and the whole Republican party now realize is that Donald J. Trump is not a mass appeal person. He was created by conning New Yorkers, inflated by reality TV and blown up into a political character by using Twitter to stir conspiracy theories and self-absorbed opinions. Nothing about him is authentic.

It’s overwhelming to me that we are debating whether his most important cabinet member called him a moron. It is depressing that Trump, who wasn’t voted into his position by a majority of Americans, is allowed to disregard 61% of the nation who disagree with the way he’s handling things. I am not going to wait around to see if he is right. America should say, “You’re fired,” as soon as possible.

Mike Pence (next in line) is another bozo on the bus. Paul Ryan (second in line) can make some sense, but his dogma is apparent when it comes to facts and actions. The person who makes the most sense in the Republican party is the guy who pitched himself for President on his record of getting things done. Sadly, he failed to cut through the circus of Donald Trump. I’m talking about John Kasich. How do we make him President?

Donald Trump will go down as the most colorful and worst US president in our history. But we should listen to him. This is the calm before the storm. The storm will be a constitutional crisis of his own making. Mueller is getting all the facts and when we learn what really happened, we will once again be forced to take sides. Perhaps this time, the majority opinion will prevail?

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THE PRICE OF LOYALTY

Trump Continues to Drain His Own Swamp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE CURSE OF BANNONISM

Trump’s Special Advisor and Puppeteer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRUMP: LOCKED AND LOADED

Amped Up Loose Canon

During an October 25, 2016 interview, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president would lead to World War III, adding that he believed that the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. Nowhere in his pronouncement did he mention the country of North Korea, the country that Obama told him would be his biggest problem.

His warning about “fire and fury” was almost like a prophecy-come-true. He warned us that Clinton would get us into war, when in fact, it was his own dream to get us into war. This is just more of his maniacal way of thinking. Or, as some might say, his lack of tapping into his logical frontal cortex and permitting his over-ripe amygdala to do all the talking. Pure bully.

And now this morning (8-11-2017) Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” If Donald Trump thinks he knows more than the generals, then let’s see what he knows. For sure, he knows how to produce FEAR.

The Donald’s early morning tweet was motivated, according to CNN, by North Korea’s statement, “Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.” What Trump fails to understand is the North Koreans are making a “legal” statement to present a case to the world court in the future. If need be, they will present a case that he was, in fact, the aggressor.

Even though the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on sanctions against North Korea, Trump has no patience to operate in a diplomatic world. He wants all the “nonsense” to stop now. Most experts will tell you that sanctions are a long-term fix for disobedience. There is no quick-fix for sovereign freedoms and actions for self-protection. Now that Trump has threatened North Korea, we are in the stand-off mode. Where are Jack and Bobby Kennedy when we need them?

In most likelihood, if Kim Jong Un will do what he says he will, with four missiles fired over Japan and into the sea near Guam, our great Orange Leader will then have to do something. He has painted himself into a corner. Most aggressions he might employ would kill people. We assume that Donald Trump has never knowingly killed anyone and this challenge is far greater than anything he has encountered in his 71-years on the planet. If “sticking up for America” means killing hundreds of thousands of people, then all who said he does not have the temperament to be President were sadly accurate.

It’s not only the mixed messages, but the fact that Trump is already at war with his own cabinet, the Congress and the courts. When a total idiot like Sebastian Gorka, who the taxpayers fund, said that Rex Tillerson doesn’t have right to talk about the military, that is a problem. The State Department ‘s Heather Nauert even pushed back against Gorka’s assertion that it was “nonsensical” for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak on military matters. Nauert commented about Rex Tillerson, “He’s a Cabinet secretary. He’s fourth in line to the presidency. He carries a big stick.” A surrogate talking-head, like Gorka, is totally out of line critiquing a cabinet member. He should be removed from the White House immediately. Major Trump administration problem.

Trump finds time to battle with Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, rather than keeping the country posted on his plans and explaining how we are safe and that he has some strategy to eliminate this problem in Asia.

When knowledgeable people are saying that Trump is making matters worse, he feels the need to shout. Instead of sucking up the criticism and focusing on the task at hand, Trump choses to battle everyone. He seems more eager to pick a fight than find a solution.

He used a telling phrase yesterday. The Donald was asked if his warning to North Korea was a dare, his response was, “It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. Has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan, and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”

Once again, our President took the bait based on a crafty reporter’s question. Trump used the same word four times in his statement. That is what I call the implication of the opposite. When you emphasize something with repetition, it becomes what is remembered most. So, maybe it is a “dare” and war is just another game this man thinks he wants to play.

No one in their right mind wants war. Trump complains about how no one has ever done anything about the crazy kid in North Korea. Well, Mr. President, I hate to remind you, but your first plan was to get Russia and/or China to take care of the matter. How did that turn out? So now you say you want to go it alone and get the job done. But what does getting the job done look like?

If Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur were alive today, what would they say? Harry Truman would tell Trump to back off and attempt to find some diplomatic solution and while doing it, “shut your damn pie-hole.” But even Harry Truman, if tested, would’ve had no problem dropping an atomic bomb on North Korea. In fact, he dropped two of them on Japan. He claimed use of the nuclear option probably saved one million American lives.

If MacArthur was to be asked for his two-cents worth, he would loudly say, “Take all the land north of the 38th parallel; liberate the North and unite the country.” After all, that was want he wanted to do in 1951. He was so hell-bent on defeating the North he would have sacrificed one million lives to do it. Truman fired MacArthur. The General was never elected President and, in fact, lost his case for vindication in Congress. Clearly, MacArthur did not have the temperament to be president.

In the end, Trump will be seen on the world stage as the lunatic he really is and America will remain divided, as it was during the Vietnam war. There will be those people, the “hawks”, who will get behind the war-minded president, while the “doves” will be protesting in the street. All those things Donald Trump said about our stupid leaders who wasted all that money on wars will demonstrate how much a novice Trump is in this role and how hypocritical his words and actions are.

He would rather be the big guy screaming at everyone and plunging the world into war than ever to be criticized. We will see our 401Ks go down the drain and the economy will once again be as unstable as our leader. Did we pick the right person for president? Only time will tell, Donald.

 


UNECESSARY CHATTER

Trump’s Fan Base Illusion

On NBC’s Today Show, Nikki Haley said that, “Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn’t mean we don’t believe in climate protection. We’re saying we’re not going to sell out American businesses to do that.” But that wasn’t the only thing she said. She agreed with the interviewers that there is some “Unnecessary Chatter” that comes out of the White House. When pressed on whether the administration would accept the new research on climate change, she said, “Sure, they will.”

When someone in the administration uses the term “they” one can assume they are distancing themselves. Nikki is a strong person to have as Ambassador to the United Nations, but she is but one cog in a wheel that appears at times to be dangerously close to shaking off the cart. The driver of that cart, at times, appears to be facing in the wrong direction.

Climate Change is just as important as what we do with North Korea, it’s just that Trump has so over-committed to his “hoax” rhetoric, that there is apparently no turning back. Climate protection, as long as it doesn’t hurt American business, is a bit like a guy saying, “Sure, I’ll use a condom, as long as it doesn’t keep me from making a baby.”

What Trump is really obsessed with this week is the fact all the polls make it seem like his base is eroding. Not sure why Trump, of all people, would even care about polls and research. As he so accurately points out, all the polls were wrong about the election.

But nonetheless, he decided to fight back on Twitter: “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!” The facts are, more and more people in the fringe and the base are getting a little frustrated with our great Orange Leader. We are hearing some blame being given to the Congress, but some of the more aware free-basers remember how the Donald bragged about being the great “dealmaker.” Everything was going to happen fast and would be so “beautiful.”

Of course, while Trump was thrashing the “Fake News” they were reporting that Trump had retweeted a very positive message from one of his followers. The tweet came from Nicole Mincey, who ended up being a Russian bot. Trump was aiding and abetting the Russians in a plot to make him feel good about his base. Funny stuff, until you realize that the same arm of the Russian hackers was trying to discredit General McMaster. This is where Breitbart also saw a soft target. Did the Russians fool such a “reputable” news site like Breitbart?

Twitter, seeing that the subscriber Nicole Mincey was part of the Russian propaganda machine, shut the account down, according the Washington Post (8-8-2017). It’s not quite collusion, but the boys over in Moscow were able to create the illusion that Trump has more fans than he thinks. But, who can really know?

There will be many statisticians and pollsters attempting to understand the real numbers in this so called “base.” But let me remind everyone of that so-called “fire-wall” that Hillary Clinton thought she had in commonwealths like Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were illusions as well. Clinton had no special protection and I would advance the notion that Trump’s base is another imaginary “fire wall.”

The Trump base will not protect against Democratic advances in the 2018 elections. The base got their man into the White House, and will not turn out in droves for Republicans running for re-election in Congress. They already are angry at anyone in Congress for not fixing healthcare.

The “unnecessary chatter” that sister Nikki pointed out is what is getting in the way of this President and his administration’s lack of success on the playing field. Haley said “The ball is in North Korea’s court. They now have to decide where they want to go from here. We hope that they will go the route of peace and security.” Well, if the analogy is to be taken on face value, that would mean that North Korea is on offense? How did that happen?

It is very clear that having a President like Donald Trump, whatever any official in the government says may be quickly displaced by Trump’s next tweet. When asked about the diplomacy-by-tweet-syndrome, Nikki Haley said, “I have not had one country complain to me about the President’s tweets.” Aren’t Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin complaining about what Trump has said in tweets? Actions speak louder than tweets.

The White House hired hands could do the country a big favor by setting up one of Trump’s campaign type rallies, where anyone can attend. Why not have it in, say, Northern California or Seattle? And when the President gets a dose of the people who disapprove of his manic management style, he might be a bit humbler. Maybe even a bit more open to that fact that his “Fan Base” only gets him ratings on the TV show that takes place in Trump’s head. And as that audience dwindles, as all audiences eventually do, he will be forced to face the facts. We don’t have a freaking “Fan Base,” we have a COUNTRY of full of different kinds of Americans.

 


THE WORLD JUST GOT SERIOUS

Can Trump Follow Suit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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