THE RIGHT OVERSIGHT

Trump & Truman, Birds of a Feather?

Why don’t more people compare Harry Truman and Donald Trump? They should because it would provide insight into oversight. Most people don’t go there because Truman was a Democrat and Trump is a “sort of” Republican, but that won’t get in the way of this history lesson.

Harry Truman was not President Roosevelt’s only Vice President. Most younger Americas don’t remember that FDR served eight terms, a loophole that was taken away when the Twenty-Second Amendment said a president may be elected for only two terms with a total of eight years.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President, had three Vice Presidents. He changed his VPs more often than his boxer shorts, mostly for political reasons. Harry Truman was kind of like FDR’s Mike Pence. He hailed from the Midwest and was more conservative than FDR. His claim to fame before becoming Vice President was running a committee that investigated waste and corruption in the military. He became president when FDR died shortly after being reelected for the eighth time.

Here’s where the comparison between Trump and Truman gets a little scary. President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some say the two bombings killed as many as 230,000 civilians and they remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of armed conflict. Thank God. Truman claimed that dropping the big bomb had saved more than a million US lives by not prolonging a war with Japan. Well, we proved it could work and learned how terribly bad a nuclear weapon truly is.

When Harry Truman was confronted about waging war in Korea without a formal declaration and vote in congress, he allegedly told reporters, “I don’t ask their permission — I just consult them.” Appalled by Truman’s comment, Robert Taft from Ohio proclaimed that Harry Truman was courting a “Constitutional crisis.” Trump may say he’s a deal maker, but he’s just doing what HE THINKS is best. At least Truman took advice.

Like most presidents who have Congressional monkeys on their backs, Truman was not liked by the “other party” in Congress. When Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination, the not so fearful General went to Capitol Hill to speak before a joint session of Congress. Many of Truman’s rivals wept openly. They thought MacArthur was infallible. It has been said that Truman was disgusted by the sight of “damn fool Congressmen crying like a bunch of women” after hearing “nothing but a bunch of bullshit!”  The description of Democrats is that they wet their seats when witnessing such emotional loyalty to MacArthur. If Trump gets reelected, Democrats and the nation will need a big box of Depend adult diapers.

When a person hears others saying they are the world’s most powerful person, they start to believe it. Oversight simply becomes an unnecessary burden on their lifestyle and ego. Trump’s similarity to Truman comes in the form of mismanaging crises. Truman used the atomic bomb to end a war but played the Korean conflict like he was walking on eggshells. He also showed the world he was afraid of China and Russia.

Trump is walking away from the fight with the coronavirus like he’s worried about making a mistake. His failed response is only made worse by his inability to know what Americans really need right now, a decisive leader. I question the loyalty to home and flag on the part of those who think Trump’s doing a good job. He’s not.

What makes our situation with the coronavirus even worse is that Trump, like Truman, will leave behind a pile of dung that we will have to clean up. By not using Congress to endorse his war, Truman paved the way for Vietnam, with all its feature creep and death. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon believed they didn’t have to consult Congress on war because Truman set a precedent. Trump doesn’t believe he must engage with Congress during a crisis. Where was he all weekend? Playing golf and entertaining rich people.

Trump is unwilling and incapable of enacting an aggressive plan to end this insane attack on the health of Americans. It’s beyond deer in the headlights. The Donald is nothing but roadkill at this point. COVID-19 is his Korean Conflict and Vietnam war rolled into one and the virus has already killed more people than those conflicts.

We must not get too cocky here. Truman’s approval rating was down to 29% at one point and America elected him. Maybe Donald Trump thinks getting the US into a war will help him win another term, but he’s too chicken shit to fight a germ let alone the Chinese or the Russians.

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One of the post-COVID cow patties we are going to have to scrap off our collective shoes is a notion of oversight, and it’s going to take smart people in the White House and Congress to pull it off. The old school politics of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and old goats like Chuck Grassley and the slowly withering Dianne Feinstein are over. On a cautionary note, we don’t need frat boy pranksters like Florida’s First District Representative Matt Gaetz or troublesome formulators of English words like Representative Ilhan Omar. They are trying to make their mark, but they’re trash ideologs who should never be taken too seriously. Watch the HBO documentary called The Swamp and you’ll see why.

Our inspector generals must be better vetted and protected. There are currently 1,600 people working in the 73 offices of US inspectors general. In the beginning we had only 12 offices. What caused the growth? Harry Truman used those offices to investigate fraudulent contracts and financial improprieties in military procurement. Harry was called on the carpet for employing his wife, Bess, in the government. Trump has his family working for the White House, his campaign and the government, while the family skims money by commanding departments to support Trump kingdom’s hotels and services.

Sure, Harry Truman advanced the concept he called the Marshall Plan, which was a US program to provide aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. Those ideas, like NATO, were designed to keep us out of war yet they’re the very things Donald Trump wants to throw away. Dumb.

As many as 34,000 Americans and allied troops died in Korea, and we ended up right where we started, the 38th Parallel. Sure, Truman avoided a war with China and Russia by not letting MacArthur take the whole Korean peninsula, but Truman’s fear of World War III gave us Kim Jong-Un with a nuclear arsenal. Some would say reasonable tradeoff, but our current president has made that worse.

Trump wants to kowtow to Moscow while taking on China. In the nightmare vision pictured in George Orwell’s classic book, 1984, three nations survived an atomic war. There was Oceania, then, Eurasia, and finally Eastasia, and they were not democracies, at all. They were in constant conflict with two ganging up on one. Then, they would switch sides and do the same thing to the new “enemy of the state.”

The three most powerful nations today are the United States, Russia and China. Truman knew more about the world than Trump could ever dream to fathom. China might be a stronger economic force than Russia, but how many nuclear bombs do you need to end the world? Think about all the terrible things that could possibly happen to the United State of America and there’s Trump, stumped by a virus. It’s totally pitiful and embarrassing. Trump with a phone and a Twitter account thinks he’s the big player. They are laughing in Beijing and Moscow and the Donald doesn’t even know it.

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PLAYING THE TRUMP CARD

Being Political Has Become Too Political

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Virginia Apple (yes that was her real name), used to constantly preach, “Be specific!” Back in the 1960s, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but today I keep that little jewel in mind when I start any work of word.

Donald Trump is a horrible communicator. Most times, his desire to be political is so political that he clouds the very point he’s trying to make. The concept of playing a “trump card” in a game gives one person or group the advantage over another. For example, in a card playing game a trump card is elevated above its usual rank. The Donald constantly plays games and attempts to divert your attention from whatever it is that he’s trying to say. The opposite of being specific is being vague.

I was trained as a journalist and broadcaster, and last weekend’s setup for a press conference at the Trump golf course in New Jersey appalled me. First, if Donald John Trump wants America to take him seriously, why would he create an environment in which his $350,000-paying golf club customers joined his press and media bully team? He’s claiming to help those who have been hurt by the pandemic and economic collapse, yet his approach is soiling his very own messaging. He really doesn’t see the flaw in having a bunch of rich people laughing at him while America suffers.

He viewed his press conference about signing legally questionable “executive orders” which he mistakenly called “bills,” the real purpose of the gathering was getting his putrid puss on TV. He blew it. We would all rather be watching baseball, but he interrupted our weekend with another lying, dystopian diatribe. He was more interested in telling us why the Democrats are a demonic force than convincing any thinking person that he’s on top of the problem. In fact, Democrats are asking for MORE MONEY for the people and states. And to be clear, the executive branch can declare “Executive Orders” which are like proclamations that carry the force of law, but the judicial branch can declare such acts unconstitutional. This happens frequently.

The president doesn’t understand the laws. He says he’s the law and order president, yeah, ignore the law and sign an order. White House officials have studied using leftover money approved by Congress for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the Washington Post, “It is unclear if the administration can repurpose those funds for unemployment benefits without violating the Antideficiency Act, a federal budgeting law.”  I am not making this shit up, The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from: making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)(A).

What the Donald did try to do with one of those executive turds signed with the big felt tipped instrument of ego, was taking the payroll tax away for the year. BECAUSE HE WANTED TO. No one wanted it, Republican or Democrat and he lied when he said everyone wanted it.

Trump wants to DEFUND social security, Medicare and Medicaid. He’s a snake selling snake oil. Listen to these words, he signed an executive order to defer payroll tax payments from August 1 – retroactively – through December for people who earn less than $100,000. He said if he wins in November, he will seek to extend the deferral and “terminate the tax” WTF? That tax funds Social Security and Medicare benefits! What happens to those funds if no tax is collected to keep those programs running?

Just as we said, America, if you don’t see this bait and switch, we’re doomed! One of the executive orders would aim to provide $400 in weekly unemployment aid for millions of Americans whose $600 in weekly benefits expired last month. But 25% of these benefits would be required to be paid by states, many of which are already dealing with major budget shortfalls and have pleaded with Congress for more aid. One would assume, if the state said, “NO WAY,” no one could get the extra money. The myth that this will motivate people to go back to work is total BULLSHIT. People are either able to work or not. If they quit their jobs, they don’t get benefits.

The vague notions that Trump was spewing over the weekend were just a stunt. Another confusing and disruptive diatribe engineered to get the media to talk about him. The analysis and critical thinking are not being done in the White House before they mush his dictation into flimsy law, he holds up with a large insecurity driven signature, it’s being done by the press. What a terrible way to run a government.

VERY IMPORTANT POINT, hardly any well-run company would stop taking the federal employment taxes out of their employee’s paychecks. Why? Because if they did, and later the court ruled his actions were unconstitutional, the IRS could immediately demand the corporations or LLCs pay the tax. Then, the company would ask the employee if they wanted the whole tax debt to be taken out of the next paycheck in one fell swoop, or just taken out in small gulps over 2021. How would that be good for anyone trying to put all the pieces back together as we get control of this pandemic?

To be more specific, Trump is like the drunken day trader who has a nice fancy dashboard in his computer who rides the ups and downs down to the minute, than someone with a long-term strategy and respect for over-arching events. He’s trying to push a poll rather than think through the reality of life and death in America. The fact he used the words, “If Congress doesn’t do something, I’m going to take matters into my own hands,” is so OBAMA! In February 2016, Trump said, “The country wasn’t based on executive orders! Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can’t even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It’s a basic disaster. You can’t do it.” The Donald sure spends a lot of time telling people what they can’t do, while he does the very thing he has condemned.

Hate to sound political, but, of course Congress is absolutely dysfunctional, but Donald Trump is totally a petty, juvenile, vicious and disreputable habitual liar. His damned self-aggrandizing and need to make himself immune to criticism has cost lives and hurt the democracy. The real trump card is just a fake piece of paper, which may end up in the public records, but could be just as easily shredded by the next president. Let’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and get a new president.

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BIDEN AND BLACK PEOPLE

Desperate & Despicable Racist Tongue Lashings

There is something vile about Trump’s inability to see his words as hurtful and racist. He simply doesn’t know or care. There is no difference between the words and actions of our President and the attitudes of southern dixie-crats, bigoted segregationists, sugar daddy John Birchers and the disgruntled workers wanting to take back their country at the expense of people of color. Donald Trump’s need for power drives his lying and thirst for obedience. He’s a fat, white criminal who must be cast out of the People’s House.

I happen to know a lot about white people. My mother and father were white. I was raised to respect the church, God and Jesus, and I understand the nature of faith. It’s a personal commitment, not necessarily a mass following by many. Donald John Trump’s statement that Joe Biden is “against God” is the most ridiculous lie that could possibly be said.

Joe Biden’s statement about the difference between African Americans and Latino Americans was less of a mistake and more truth that all Trump has said in the last 75 years. First, there is a bond with Black people that the Donald will never be able to comprehend. Hispanics have a loyalty toward their individual cultures and homelands and Biden is right, it’s a rainbow of possible actions and reactions. I was amazed when at a baseball game in Puerto Rico and seeing Puerto Ricans making fun of a Mexican pitcher. I asked, “Hey, he’s Mexican, why are you making fun?” They just looked at me, smiled and explained, “Well, he’s Mexican.” The “making fun” was a kind of diversity of opinion, not healthy, but darkly competitive.

Trump and his flock of sycophants are 99.99% white, and that is why they made the mistake of choosing Juneteenth for their rally in Tulsa. The new HBO series WATCHMAN painfully details the riots that took place in Tulsa in 1921. If you don’t know about them you should READ. The racial insensitively of the Trump minions was eclipsed by the foolishness of having a rally during a pandemic. Herman Cain, a powerful conservative voice, was there and now he’s dead. No one knows if he contracted the disease at the rally, but a good detective would suspect the Trump gathering played a role.

Trump said the “Black Lives Matter” movement is made up of terrorists, meaning that African Americans are anti-American in some way. Really? How long can he get away with pushing Kanye West, a troubled, bi-polar star, to run for President in an attempt to pull Black votes from Joe Biden? Oh, you say, he has nothing to do with it. Then why did a Trump campaign lawyer deliver the signed petitions to get West on the ballot in Wisconsin? Hey, READ IT. This was probably Roger Stone’s idea. He’s already been paid with a pardon. Trump is a criminal.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that he felt World War II had taught Americans that, “our well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away.” They must live, “not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger,” but as, “citizens of the world, members of the human community.” Because he’s facing the possibility of being voted out of office, Trump cares not whom he offends or derides. He thinks only about his hold on power.

The “human community” is critically important right now. Despite his “America First” ballyhoo, Trump’s premise that America can exist alone and overpower everyone else is simply wrong. The COVID-19 crisis was created by a global confluence of trade, travel and tribal abuse. Yes, the American tribe is being led by a chief who believes in magic spirits and concoctions, not science. He worships the dollar and sees every citizen as both the benefactor of his deeds, (“I’m doing America a favor.”) and collateral damage (“It is what it is.”) Yes, to stay in office he will kill you if he must.

A great quote from President Harry Truman recently caught my eye, “Ignorance causes most mistakes.” He said, “Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers and the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”

The ignorance of our President is overwhelming, and I conclude that he’s most “Godless” president we’ve had since Thomas Jefferson. There is no moral basis for his theory of the human condition. It’s appalling that religious leaders and evangelicals look the other way and continue to support him. COVID-19 is the plague, but Trump is a massive wave of frogs, lice, flies, boils, hail, and locusts. Out of fairness to the office, I have left the words “darkness and the killing of firstborn children” out of my narrative, but I could say that older Americans with preexisting conditions are being killed by this administration’s inaction and ignorance.

Joe & the Jerk

Trump is more concerned with TikTok and Joe Biden than the pandemic. He views the coronavirus as a minor, personal setback that will soon evaporate. He judges the character of men by whether they attended his inauguration. He doesn’t know Joe Biden; he only knows how to hate. In the end, God will be the final judge on which were his just actions, and which were his lies. When the water turns into blood, we might have cures for all the disorders and diseases in the world, but they will not be the result of any Donald Trump actions. They will flow from the genius of science and scientists.

According to an NPR poll, during the George Floyd protests, Overall, 67% said Trump has mostly increased racial tensions, including 92% of Democrats, 73% of independents, 88% of Africans Americans and 63% of whites. That probably will not change.

Trump’s TV shows tell him the African America vote is important, however there is a strange statistic. Assuming they go to the polls, younger Black voters are a weak spot for Biden. Aha, there’s the idea behind Kanye West. Some polls project Kanye could get 2% of the Black vote. Just like the “Bernie Bros” wasted their votes in 2016, there could be some “I don’t really care for either” voters to lessen a Democratic blowout. But, hey, it’s still early.

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REPETITION IS NOT INTELLIGENCE

Trump’s fallback: “Through no fault of their own.”

When I had less than a pot to pee in, I still had my words. When I achieved a comfortable bank account, I still counted on my words to get me through each day. I have a firm repulsion when the blame-game gets in the way of finding a solution to a problem. We are all occasionally guilty of wasting time and energy on assigning blame or, said in polite terms, giving priority to “accountability” rather than understanding why something took place.

One of the justifications that Donald John Trump uses for helping people is a thin strip of logic using the words, “Through no fault of their own.” His meaning is the subject deserves something but can’t be personally blamed for what happened. I’m not a psychologist, but I sense the Donald is projecting a lack of blame for virus victims as a way of escaping blame for the situation we are in. He often accuses others of what he just did. He says the Democrats are being political, and in the same paragraph he becomes totally political and disingenuous. Donald, a paragraph is a distinct section of a piece of writing usually dealing with a single theme.

The phrase, “Through no fault of their own,” was also used by President Obama to describe the predicament of young children who were brought to America by their illegal, immigrant parents. It was Obama’s way to promote sympathy for the dreamers. He signed an executive order to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helped more than 800,000 young people and, through no fault of their own, many conservatives have been trying to end the program for years. Some of the dreamers have had children themselves by now.

We hear another ad hominem from many on capitol hill that if you give people unemployment compensation during the pandemic they will never want to go back to work. That is total BULLSHIT! First, where are the jobs they can go back to? WHY ARE THEY BLAMING THE VICTIMS? If you work at a movie theater, you aren’t staying home because you want to suck money from the government; your place of business is closed. There are also people trying to decide whether going back to work will lead to a COVID-19 infection that will kill them. Through no fault of their own, they care about staying alive.

When the numbers from two different reliable pollsters came in today, the news was not good for Trump. According to Rasmussen, only 26% of Americans say the US heading in right direction, and that was from the week ending on July 30, 2020. Other polls are backing up those numbers. Clearly, more than 70% of America thinks we are going in the wrong direction with our fight against the global pandemic.

Through no fault of their own, the press report facts and present questions that should be answered. Lying to the press, because of the ever-present ability to play back the actual words that were used just days, weeks or months ago, can not only embarrass a person in power but also drain their credibility on an issue. Many of us have now seen the brilliant interview of Donald Trump by Axios’ Jonathan Swan. When Swan confronted our President with the fact we have a large death count from coronavirus in the United States, this is what we got,

SWAN: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the US is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”

TRUMP: “You can’t do that.”

SWAN: “Why can’t I do that?”

TRUMP: “It is what it is. And we’ll still be lucky if we all live through it.”

This is the fucking President of the United States, throwing up his hands and ignoring reality to the point he cannot be trusted. But then, you already knew that.

There’s a lengthy list of the stupid things Trump has said. After his first hundred days in office, I documented many of them in my Trump impeachment book. If you have the paperback edition, check out the back cover. Added to that list are, “There are fine people on both sides,” and “I fell in love with Kim” (Kim Jong-Un of North Korea) and we should all remember what he said about COVID-19 on February 26, 2020, “This is a flu. This is like a flu. And you treat this like a flu. It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for.” Thirty-three days later, he took all that back and declared the coronavirus was not at all like the flu but “vicious!”  Wonder what changed his mind? People dying?

Through no fault but his own, Donald Trump fails to comprehend that his words have great power and influence. I think he doesn’t believe that anyone will remember the latest lie. He knows there are more than 156,000 dead Americans due to his administration’s lack of actions, plans and preventive measures, yet he insists that he and his minions have done a great job. The reason he repeatedly says that we are having a tremendous success fighting the virus is because he’s knows it’s not true. This might be a push, but does he become aroused sexually when he lies? Okay, yes, too far.

He says many things over and over and anyone who knows anything about media would tell him to just SHUT UP. The more he talks, the more he embarrasses himself and America. Through no fault but his own, he has given the other candidate lots of quotes to use IN CONTEXT in TV ads to lower his numbers. Buffoon is a word that comes to mind. Why would Donald Trump on national TV say the explosion in Lebanon was a “bomb” before anyone from that country determined that the blast was an accident? A good leader would have asked if anyone in the US is storing chemicals in large warehouses.

Fat Man in pickle

I remember a heated and bombastic interview on CBS’ Face The Nation with Stephen Miller, the head ideolog and xenophobe speech writer for Donald Trump, who used the words, “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” That’s much like a reporter asking Trump a reasonable, fact-based question and getting pushback with the reply, You can’t do that!” Where do these people get the idea that they cannot be challenged? If the president’s power to protect our country is so substantial, then why hasn’t he used it to save us from this pandemic? He doesn’t have a clue about what a president is supposed to do. It’s just a game to him. He’s the banker sitting at the monopoly board but not engaged with reality. He’s not responsible for our losses and remains solely focused on how to print more money. FAILED PRESIDENCY!

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CHICKEN LITTLE, “THE SKY IS FALLING!”

Trump’s Terribly Fake Economy is Melting Away

Before the 2016 election, when asked why I didn’t support Donald Trump I would simply smile and calmly say that I lived in New York and I knew Trump. That changed when it looked like he had a serious shot at running for President, Then I just blurted out, “I have never liked him.” To me, his P.T. Barnum routine was inauthentic. When loyalists said that he will help the stock market, get rid of regulations and make us all rich, I never believed it. He is a con man to me and a phony, blowhard, maniacal racist with no concrete facts to support his plans and policies. And by the way, he is still playing with other people’s money, our money.

I am not here to convince you that those people who questioned me were wrong. My blog is the way I release all the steam from the pressurized, overheated, three-pound mass of tissue in my skull. That’s where my logic lives. There is no proof that Trump’s get-even politics and retribution economic policies have made America better or the world economy more stable. He doesn’t understand how trade works and the real effects of tariffs and sanctions. Believing people like Peter Navarro has hurt us, badly.

Let me break it down. Trump is not helping the citizens of this country. His dog-and-pony shows are wasting valuable time needed to solve our country’s coronavirus crisis. The Trump administration has totally disconnected from Congress and it’s 100% the Donald’s fault. The displays of adulation by his sycophants during nationally televised hearings show they care only about how they look, as well. They’re baby Trumps.

The reason why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin goes to Capitol Hill to motivate Congress in moving on relief packages for the American people is because those in power neither LIKE nor TRUST Donald Trump. Think about it. In what previous administration have you seen the leader of the Treasury being involved with foreign relations, domestic policy and moving bills through congress? According to John Bolton’s book In The Room Where It Happened, Steve Mnuchin kept good things from happening and advanced bad ideas. He has too much power in the administration.

The first Treasury Secretary was Alexander Hamilton, but I’ll wager you can’t name the most previous three. Mnuchin’s work comes about because we have a lazy, ineffectual President. HEY TRUMP, Joe Voter doesn’t live or die with the stock market like you do. They just want you to become a leader with a solid plan to end the damn virus so they can get back to work. STOP PLAYING GAMES, Mr. President. Your lies are crashing into one another.

The health of average Americans is in risk solely because of massive amounts of stupidity from Trump. When he told everyone that he would not be wearing a mask, he should have pulled out a white flag, waved it above his fake, comb-over hair and declared the virus the winner. TRUMP LOST. He was more concerned with the way a damn mask made him look than giving us good advice. What’s the net result of his inept leadership? MORE DEATH!

After months of denial, Trump got serious about the virus and masks for one day, then he darted off into conspiracies and bad advice. WHY? Does he really want to kill people? Why doesn’t someone ask him that? He’s a pathological liar, a sociopath and suffering from an industrial-strength version of narcissistic personally disorder. Pathological, as in, caused by a physical or mental disease which shows itself in compulsive and obsessive behavior. He repeatedly lies until he believes his untruths. The term, sociopath denotes a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Trump has no empathy or care for us. He wants all the power and all the money. He wants to be king.

And today, we get this tweet from President Donald John Trump, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” And you thought I was being crazy with my comments? There is no way the November 3, 2020 election will be postponed. Donald Trump is preemptively setting up his challenge to an election result that says he didn’t win. He’s a corrupt, lying, low-life dullard. The President does not have the power to change the date of an election. Let me add that if the election were postponed, all the Representatives and Senators who are on the ballot for November 3, 2020 would have to leave the building on January 1, 2021. Yes, their terms would have expired. I wonder if they know that.

Trump is quite predictable. We now have second quarter economic stats. Remember when the Great Orange Liar was running around the country claiming the economy is wonderful and the second quarter would be great? How did that work out? The GDP dropped 32.9 points, which is not good. Trump sent out a fake economist, Larry Kudlow, to say that we are in good shape and moving in the right direction. The two of them should be evicted from the White House for misrepresenting reality.

Trump’s tweet is intended to distract the media from reporting the real problems — millions out of work, no one has money, the economy is melting down and, by the way, 152,000 Americans ARE DEAD from COVID-19. Donald Trump’s lack of action, poor communication and bad policies have caused DEATH!

The sky is falling. I originally wrote a harsh, name-calling paragraph to go in this spot, but after seeing the wonderful service for Representative John Lewis in Atlanta a golden angel tapped on my shoulder and said, “He’s winning when you call him names.” She is right. Calling the idiot in the White House the c, f, k, m or q word doesn’t do any good. What we really need is another MARCH ON WASHINGTON, where millions of people surround the people’s house, tear down the barriers and peacefully demand he leave. What would happen?

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WILLIAM BARR THE DOOR

Political Operative Ideolog A.G.

I respect most of the institutions of our government, but I never assume everyone nominated and confirmed to run those departments, commissions and agencies are honest or hold our citizens’ interests as a priority. Simply put, we have dishonest people in every walk of life, including government. It’s sad, but true.

When Donald John Trump was elected President, it wasn’t a great surprise that he nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General of the United States of America. Sessions was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and he became a central figure in his campaign. Mr. Sessions led to the administration bringing onboard Stephen Miller, the vile speech writer and immigration hardliner. As much as I do not like Sessions, when he was called upon to do the right thing, the legal thing, he recused himself from the Russian interference investigation.

BORED BILL

Trump lost it and bitched that he didn’t have an Attorney General to protect him from people who wanted to get at the truth. In Trumpean thought, the A.G. is supposed to be the President’s attorney, not the head of all law enforcement in America. That notion is clearly wrong. The White House has their own legal counsel who work with the President and the administration. The Department of Justice is supposed to be a fully independent part of the Executive Branch and work for equal justice under the law. So, Sessions hung on until the Donald found William Barr to be his shield against oversight.

How did Trump find his new A.G.? Barr applied for the job by writing a white paper sharing his belief in the “almost absolute” power of the Chief Executive. Of course, he was the perfect choice. There is no doubt that William Barr is a far-right ideolog who doesn’t see the difference between his political desires to protect his version of the republic and his responsibility to protect the America public from injustices, political tricks and the lies of President Trump. He judged and announced his view of the Mueller Report before we had a chance to see it. Who made him the Supreme Court or Chief Justice?

In his haste to please Trump, William Barr has trampled the First Amendment and caused many to distrust his department and the system. He is making things worse, not better, just as his orange boss does. The members of Congress, and especially those Senators who confirmed Barr, are complicit in his corrupt reign. Showing a long, cunningly edited video during the House Judiciary hearing was an over the top excess of propaganda.

I am highly irritated by William Barr because he never presents unbiased and apolitical viewpoints on law or the Executive Branch. I hate to say this because we have a lawyer in the family, but Barr comes off as a sleazy back office lawyer with his hand out, not so much for cash but for approval from those who agree with him. He’s not focused on ways to make things better. He never advises the President to use negotiation tactics. At every turn, Barr understands what Trump wants, spoken or unspoken, and proceeds to deliver the goods.

Barr is using the statistics of white and Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement as evidence that systemic racism is not part of police departments in America. This is Donald Trump’s position and now we hear Barr’s frog-like mouth spewing the same drivel. After being so confident there is no racism with police, he wraps those decrees with words about Tim Scott, the Black Senator of South Carolina, being pulled over by police in D.C. Isn’t that a glaring example of systemic racism?

“Operation Relentless Pursuit” is an anti-crime program which was started right before the coronavirus pandemic. According to Barr, that plan was brushed aside while the administration wielded their shoddy combat against the pandemic. The program was restarted under orders from Trump who named it “Operation Legend.” I have no idea what that means, but I am always skeptical of any domestic law enforcement effort that needs a name. They should be reserved for military actions abroad. The strange label is Orwellian phraseology to justify their unconstitutional acts.

William Barr thinks he is above the law because he is part of the Executive Branch. He can be arrested and tried for any crime, but here’s a question. Who would arrest him? The person who initiates prosecution is Barr himself. Yes, he could be impeached, but that has proven to be a partisan activity without any truth being presented. We must wait for an election.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

During the House hearing yesterday, Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020, while a US National Guard major testified in different House hearing that tear gas was used, and he knows it. He picked up the shells on the street that day. And when Representative Pramila Jayapal of Michigan challenged Barr on why white nationalist protesters in Michigan earlier this year did not face the same federal response as Black Live Matter protesters, Barr argued it’s a matter for governors. It was alarming to this observer that the Attorney General had no awareness of the threats of death and hanging of the state’s Governor during those protests, where right wing radicals were armed with automatic weaponry. The Justice Department sees the pro-Trump people as positive, while Black Lives Matter people are thought of as terrorists. Who is this man?

I have no respect for William Barr. I am sure that if he was the first Trump A.G. there would never have been the Mueller investigation or report. I’m also quite sure the facts of Russian interference during the 2016 election would have been swept under the rug. We live in a world where the only things that matter are Donald Trump’s priorities, and all that Trump cares about are those things that make him look good. There is no regard for what is best for our citizenry, and Barr is a parasite on the wounded body of American democracy, eating away at people’s rights.

I know that being the Attorney General is a tough job and the number of cases that person must oversee is outrageous. With thousands of pending decisions, the A.G. must keep a focus on the most important matters. Yes, the Attorney General should appear at Congressional hearings to explain to the American public what they are doing and how they are doing it. They also must justify questionable words and actions. When they lie under oath, they are breaking the law. We cannot have a deceitful Attorney General.

Barr will leave when Trump leaves and he will probably write a book that will show him as the big, fat, white-man hero riding a white horse, but he’s just another dirtball politician who shades, covers and lies to protect Donald Trump. It’s just another brick in the wall separating us all from truth and justice. Barr’s father gave us Jeffrey Epstein and he gave pardons to all the Iran-Contra criminals. We need to get serious about confirmation hearings. Barr should never have been confirmed. We need to STOP BAD GUYS from gaining power in America.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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

 

 


SEVERE PERSONALITY DISORDER

“Person, woman, man, camera, TV”

A lucky person gets old and lives as long as possible. Age brings some slowing down physically and some less than glowing moments mentally. A doctor I’ve spent a lot of time with summed it up this way, “Plaque builds up in your brain and there’s nothing you can do about it.” I followed up with, “Well, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?” My mother left us having Alzheimer’s disease and I wonder if those who share her DNA might be prone to such a fate in later years.

We expect and should demand that our presidents be in reasonably good health, both physically and mentally. Seventeen years before he was elected president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was confined to a wheelchair because he suffered from poliomyelitis (Polio), which could have been a misdiagnosis. He probably had Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune neuropathy, but FDR’s doctors never thought that was possible. The press and the White House went out of their way to avoid showing the 32nd President in a wheelchair. This conspiracy extended to his four terms, but he died shortly into his fourth term. The 22nd Amendment limits all presidents to two terms, thank God.

Starting in the 1940s, John Fitzgerald Kennedy suffered Addison’s disease and in 1955 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an insufficient output of thyroid hormones. The symptoms of this disorder include paleness, intolerance to cold, depression and a low heart rate. I guess that’s why he chased women. Both the womanizing and the ailments were known by some but not reported at that time. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President, suffered a severe stroke in October of 1919 and was incapacitated for the remainder of his presidency. He left the White House in 1921 and died in 1924. Historians believe his second wife, Edith Wilson, ran the Executive Branch for the last year of the term.

That brings us to Donald Trump. If you have read the books by John Bolton and Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, you would be totally convinced that Trump should never have been elected President and that he should be removed from office as soon as possible. Not to beat a sick horse, but a stark quote from Bolton’s book, In the Room Where It Happened, makes me believe there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump. “Mulvaney put the call through, and Mnuchin gave Trump the same analysis I had. Trump agreed, hours after disagreeing with precisely the same points, to keep the decisions in place. Hearing this, I asked Mulvaney if I had not been clear about this the day before. “You were very clear about it,” said Mulvaney, “but sometimes it takes two or three tries to get it through.” Mind you, this was not a conversation about choosing a restaurant for dinner, they were discussing a national security issue. Could plaque be wining?

Dr. Ronnie Jackson

Trump’s buddy and former White House doctor, Dr. Ronnie Lynn Jackson will most likely win the Congressional seat for the 13th district of Texas. If you remember, Jackson was nominated by Trump to be the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, but withdrew his bid when questions arose about his conduct while working. It was alleged he dispensed sleeping pills to staffers on long flights, he drank on the job and he created a hostile working environment. But hey, this just proves that anybody can run for office.

Back in 2018, Dr. Ronnie administered the annual physical of the President. When finished, Jackson stood in the press room at the White House to give a glowing, almost adoring, report on the President’s health. Not only did Jackson reinforce a notion that the Donald has superior DNA, but he dropped the fact that he gave Trump a cognitive test. I believe it was the MONTREAL COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT, which you can learn more about here. I must point out that test was administered to Trump two years ago. It’s not clear why Dr. Jackson used that instrument unless Trump asked for it, wanting to prove something.

SIDE BAR: For the last six years of his life, Fred Trump, Donald’s father, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before dying of pneumonia in June 1999. This might be the reason our President wanted to be checked for cognitive decline. He has a strange need to overstate his intelligence and strength. I’m sure it’s due to a deep inferiority complex, but I am not a doctor.

There was a common quip when I was young that went something like this. A crazy person never admits they are crazy. If someone said, “Yeah, sure, I’m nuts!” it led to a belief they weren’t. So, is Trump’s brain in decline? Is he suffering from a severe personality disorder? Let’s me state this very clearly, his defensiveness is a disorder in and of itself.

Some people over-explain things, but that is not necessarily caused by a brain misalignment. However, when speech patterns are extremely repetitive and defensive, one could be led into an armchair analysis. I agree with Mary L. Trump’s supposition that young Donald suffered from a learning disability that caused problems absorbing, retaining and understanding information. Such an incapacity could impair the ability of a president to effectively govern. The wheelchair didn’t keep FDR from winning a World War and JFK’s Addison’s kept him awake at night which probably gave him more time to work, but I worry about our 45th President.

We have heard all the cutting comments from Trump’s critics, but there might be something else in play when he attempts to project worries about his own cognitive durability onto Biden. Trump often accuses others of something he has already done or is about to do. He’s transparent with his flaws but secretive on normal business. It’s clear that he doesn’t know how to act like a president.

Donald Trump’s rambling the other day with Dr. Marc Siegel on Fox News was farcical. He was bragging about scoring a perfect score on a test to determine whether his mind is in decline or showing the onset of dementia. It’s always perfect with Trump, a perfect letter, a perfect call, a perfect meeting. There is never any gradation with him. The Montreal test isn’t about the score, it’s the way answers are given and any delays requiring prompts from the doctor. The score is one aspect of the test, but the doctor’s evaluation and interpretation equally matter. I wouldn’t let Dr. Ronnie Jackson play doctor with my grandkids, let alone believe anything he says about his God figure, Donald Trump. Jackson’s election pitch in Texas was entirely focused on his friendship with Trump. Jeez!

I feel sorry when hearing Trump go over the recall aspect of his test and his repetition of the words, “Person, woman, man, camera, TV.” He’s so proud of a perfect score and somehow believes he achieved something no other person ever has. I’m reminded of a toddler bragging to his mommy about going potty. Dr. Jackson is just another enabler, vocalizing drugs to get the American people hooked on the absurd notion that Trump is supernatural. If Donald has the same DNA as his father, his ending will be similar. Sorry, it’s just science.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


TRUMP’S GRAND CAPITULATION

“That’s not enforceable”

On national TV last night, President Donald John Trump used the words, “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” and with that one phrase he invalidated weeks of words attempting to downplay the crisis, even going so far as calling the whole matter a hoax. He added, “We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect and we need everything we can get.” I’ll ignore the poor construct of the English language. but Donny Boy is going to piss off the far-right, and Fox News will have to rewrite all their anointment scripts and routines. Gee, do they now point out that Trump was wrong all along, or do they just smile and praise him for his quick action to bolster his poor poll numbers?

Many of our state governors have now created a lame-ass justification for their inaction on signing a law to mandate masks. “That’s not enforceable,” they say. Why? I have never seen weaker, less compassionate governance in America. Governors have no problem calling up the National Guard when a disaster hits their states, so why can’t they act to keep people safer? Is it because of a vague notion that people will comply with a regulation only if it can be compelled by law enforcement? What about seat belts, smoking in public locations and having a driver’s license? Heck, in my county I cannot cut down a tree in my yard without replacing it with a tree of equal girth. That could cost me more than $1,000, but is it enforceable? The county can’t possibly know every tree.

Trump will still NOT sign an executive order because he’s a chicken-shit president. I can imagine what Teddy Roosevelt would say if were alive, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” He did speak those words, and he was right. Trump has failed America by not trying to help us. What advice might President John Kennedy have given to Donald Trump? Perhaps, “There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” Abraham Lincoln would whisper in the Donald’s ear, “The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Of course, what those leaders would say to Trump in private would likely contain harsh language and possibly profanity; well, maybe not Lincoln. I am curious how long Trump’s thoughtful stance on the COVID-19 crisis will last. Later today will he revert to whiny diatribes about how great things were before China unleashed this terrible “plague” on America?

Trump has decided that China created a pandemic to hurt him and will start to paint them as the enemy that he, and he alone, can conquer. The Donald insists he has a great relationship with President Xi. I would replace “great” with “dysfunctional” because Xi doesn’t tell Trump the truth. I am disturbed that no one from the media asks our president this question, “Why do you keep scolding Xi for not containing the virus when you have been unable to contain it here?”

There is no proof that any country can totally stop this virus. We saw what happened in Sweden. They killed a lot of older, weaker citizens in their mythical desire for “herd immunity.” We saw karma win in Brazil when their leader made fun of the virus.  Not only did their President get the virus, but their COVID data is horrible.  Brazil has confirmed 2.17 million known cases, with 81,597 deaths.

Trump blaming China for not “stopping the curse in its tracks” is verbiage for a speech but it’s not based on any science or knowledge about how viruses work. You cannot build a wall to stop a virus. Trump claimed to prevent Chinese citizens from entering the USA, but in fact many traveled here. Here’s a New York Times headline from April 4, 2020, “430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced.” They detailed 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since that so-called “ban,” nearly 40,000 Americans and other travelers from China made the trip. Their greeting upon arrival was spotty screening, at best. Trump is either lying or totally unaware of these facts. I’ll go with lying.

Donald Trump is incapable of understanding complex matters and situations. Someone should have taken the orange dumbbell into his private dining room and explained it this way, “Imagine that you have five men and five women sharing a cottage for a week of swinging and debauchery. You, Donald Trump, are one of the men. During the vacation you learn that one of the men in the party has a deadly venereal disease, but his identity cannot be disclosed because of a health privacy law known as HIPAA.”

Trump now considers his options. Should he get a nurse to come to the cabin and test everyone? He thinks no, because the more we test the worse it will seem. I’m extremely strong and healthy and I’ll use protection, but I don’t have enough for everyone so I will protect only myself. The next day the disease has spread to eight of the ten people. Trump thinks it’s going to worse before it gets better, but he’s fine because he’s protected. Next, he gets a fever and realizes he was the source of the sickness. He leaves the campsite to get help at a hospital. He asks another to explain the problem to all the campers so he can avoid facing them. Trump doesn’t even remember how many people he screwed.

I’ll end this post with REALITY. Trump’s change in tone has nothing to do with caring, empathy or knowledge. Kellyanne Conway wrote that announcement to counter the polling crisis, not the pandemic problem.

Trump is a fool. He’ll defund education, healthcare insurance and money for testing. He will attempt to close the CDC and will avoid all good tactics because he’s cares about himself only. God save the nation from this sloth with fake, thin skin.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


THE AUDACITY OF IGNORANCE

Politically Motivated Mask Wearing

Donald John Trump doesn’t want to be President, he wants to be Roger Ailes. Donald Trump doesn’t want to be the “leader of the free world,” he would rather be Mark Burnett. The Donald would much rather be doing a daily TV show, which is why he is always prepared by wearing his orange makeup should a television gig be suddenly offered. Just in case you don’t remember, Roger Ailes is the late CEO of Fox News network who was forced out over dozens of sexual harassment charges. Mark Burnett is a British TV producer who gave us the reality shows, Survivor and The Apprentice. Just yesterday, when Trump announced that the COVID-19 Task Force would resume daily television briefings, he had to brag about the big ratings for those events. WHAT?

That came on the same day this substantially rotund fat storage container tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask saying that he’s been told people who wear masks are patriots. He capped the tweet with this announcement, “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Every time Trump makes what I call a “snowflake” claim, I always ask how can he possibly declare himself to be the most anything? By the way, I use “snowflake” to debunk the claim that every snowflake is unique. Since we cannot capture and photograph every snowflake, the assertion can never be proven. Trump cannot prove anything he says because most of his vocal output is pure bullshit.

I must admit, my mind has been forever changed after reading the brilliant observations in Mary L. Trump’s book. No longer will I give Trump credit for anything he says or does. Billions of dollars of broadcast airtime are wasted by talking about him every week but, sadly, his malfeasance and criminal activities are still not known and understood by all Americans.

Trump’s joy of putting down people and his vindictive and mean personality were exploited by Mark Burnett during The Apprentice show. The truth is, Burnett’s consistent scripting and brilliant editing made Trump look like a competent decision maker and businessman. What the book points out, and what we’ve seen and experienced with Trump’s inability to focus and move quickly, has deeply wounded America.

What Trump most envied about Ailes was his amazing power to shape opinions. After all, this was the guy who controlled everything and everyone at Fox News. The ratings soared and Fox News’ constant anti-Obama rhetoric excited and solidified a group of Americans which Trump exploited to get elected. Trump is titillated by the idea that Roger Ailes brought his women workers into a locked office to leer at and harass them. That is precisely the job Trump wants, but if he were in the corporate world and tried those acts he would be hauled into court. He misses the point that Mr. Ailes is a “disgraced” former head of the network and shortly after he left, he died.

Those who worked on The Apprentice show know that Mark Burnett has tons of outtakes on his hard drives. If they were to be released to the public, they would damage Trump just as much as the Access Hollywood video. NBC/Universal do not own this content, Burnett does. Maybe he has a fantasy to use Donald Trump as talent on a future show or perhaps Trump will start his very own news network after he leaves the White House so that his kids have something to do. Who knows?

Sure, America could use a daily virus task force briefing, but if they become more opportunities for long-winded, unfocused political tirades by Trump, who cares?  We don’t want or need that! What angers me most is the way his puppet governors in red states watch and imitate him and his routines. They are helping to spread COVID-19 by their bad policies while spreading a great amount of another virus, vitriol-2020.

Trump damaged America with his denial, inconsistency, poor language skills and inability to convince anyone he knows how to fight a pandemic. He says something then locks his mind on it, not because it’s a good idea but merely because it’s his idea. He wants to decrease or eliminate payroll taxes, which would cut off funding for Social Security. Why would you want to take away a payroll tax when there is so much unemployment? Once again, he’s talking without thinking.

He brags about taking the Montreal test, which helps medical professional gauge the scourge of Parkinson’s, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. It’s not what he says it is. The test, which you can take yourself RIGHT HERE, has nothing to do with intelligence. Once again, Trump says we have the lowest mortality with the COVID-19 cases, when we don’t. We are 7th in the world, and he won’t even admit he’s wrong even after he’s been shown the facts.

In the well-written conspiracy show on CNN last night, Fareed Zakaria revealed the many conspiracy theories Trump has embraced over the years. The show itself was not a theory, just facts about Trump’s known machinations against truth. He complains constantly about the “deep state,” that was baked into his brain by his father who was, at least, a Nazi and KKK sympathizer. The idea that repeating a lie makes it true is the logic of the ignorant.

Trump didn’t want to wear a mask for the same reason he doesn’t go out in public without wearing a mask of orange-hued foundation from Swiss brand Bronx Colors. What does he think he gains by lathering that putrid orange makeup on his face each day? Has he ever asked his wife if she thinks it looks good? The people around him  consistently protect him from criticism, meaning he will never know how badly he appears to everyone, except Stevie Wonder.

Trump said he wouldn’t wear a mask because it would make him look ridiculous. That was his word, not mine. Now that he’s wearing one proves two things. One, his words mean nothing and two, he’s only doing it now to help his poll numbers. If he were an intelligent person he would have sat down in the beginning of the crisis and gotten the best advice on how to fight this attack and lay out a plan. All he does in meetings is talk, and when others talk he doesn’t listen. With all due respect to Richard Nixon, Trump is the worse president ever. The Nixon mention was irony.

I wanted to make a mask with boldly printed words PRO-LIFE… and in smaller print underneath (mine). After some thought I decided against the plan rather than getting spat upon by some COSTCO shopper. We have systemic ignorance in America, and the head dunce Donald will lead some of the lemmings off the cliff. Don’t listen to him.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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


THE MARY TRUMP BOOK

Just Another Dysfunctional Family?

I know how hard it is to write a book because I currently have four on sale. I was skeptical when I first learned that Mary L. Trump, the niece of the President of the United States, wrote a book about the Donald’s family. Was this just another person trying to make money on a ghosted, tell-all work of semi-nonfiction or was it real? I subscribe to the latter.

Mary Trump is a psychologist, businessperson and author with several impressive degrees from Tufts, Columbia and a Ph. D from Adelphi University. I’m not in love with the title of her book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, but seeing that she sold one million copies during the first release week, what in the hell do I know? I’ve read the book. It’s well-written and tells the unvarnished truth about what she saw growing up as the daughter of Fred and Mary Trump’s oldest son, Donald’s brother, Freddie. Her father died in In September 1981 at the age of 42 from an apparent heart attack because of his alcohol abuse. Mary was sixteen when her father passed.

The writing is compelling and the story, whether you like Donald Trump or not, has a magnetic pull. It’s almost a textbook about what she terms the “sociopathic” nature of Fred Trump, the patriarch of the family and Donald’s dad. President Trump had no protection from the many forms of his father’s criticism and pushback. After reading this book, I now totally understand so many things about Trump. Living the last four years of Trump-world forced me to build a giant arch out of bricks, but I couldn’t find the keystone. This book provides exactly that.

I pledge to not give away too much of the book here because I highly recommend you read it. Still, I need to offer a reasonable spoiler alert because I am about to dig a little more deeply into this book about Trump’s past. Mary’s book informs that Trump’s limited vocabulary is not the product of a concerted effort to streamline or dumb down his messages. It’s not a strategy. It’s how he talks, and it was the way Fred Sr. talked. The fact that “nasty” is Trump’s go to term to express disgust for women was his father’s trope.

Fred and Donald Trump

The President can go on TV and say that the family never liked Mary Trump and that he has had only slight interaction with her, but he also is quite aware that Mary, and her brother Fred Trump III (known as Fritz), sued the family to contest Fred Senior’s will. The two grandchildren were cut out of any benefits even though their grandfather and uncle Donald used secret payments to a shell company for years as a tax shelter. Reading the book, I saw that most of the known timelines and historical details she delivers are totally accurate. Why make up the rest?

The contents of this book deeply troubled me. After getting through its 225 pages, a cloud of depression washed over me. I knew families in the 1950s who had the same kind of grip on their children, and the familial manipulation of one of my high school friends led to his suicide. I came out of my funk when I realized how wonderful a childhood I had. This book will lead you to an understanding of why Donald wears the same suit every day, why he sits and stands the ways he does and why his signature is so bold and strange, It’s all there. Trump is a copy of his father in some ways, but also has his own personal layers of disfunction beyond the sociopath and narcistic personality disorders bestowed by his father. The byproduct of constant abuse, bullying and putdowns by his father led to Donald’s supreme defense mechanisms, an undeserved supremacy complex, frequent gloating and constant lying. Remember, this is not an armchair analysis by Mary Trump. She holds a Ph. D in clinical psychology.

After absorbing her story, I am profoundly fearful that Donald Trump’s mental instability makes him completely unfit for the office of president. Mary writes,He is as incapable of adjusting to changing circumstances as he is of becoming ‘presidential.’” Over the years, a common media myth has been Trump’s need to surround himself with people who are totally loyal. What I learned from reading this book is that it’s not loyalty Trump wants and needs. It’s obedience.

The book Too Much and Never Enough clearly explains why “Donald takes any rebuke as a challenge and doubles down on the behavior that drew fire in the first place, as if the criticism is permission to do worse.” This is what happened after the attempted drive-by impeachment earlier this year. It makes Senator Susan Collins’ comment that Trump has learned his lesson after trial to be one of the densest thoughts of all time.

Frederick Trump

The book highlighted a significant reality of the family structure. I have never been a big fan of a family’s lack of imagination when naming children. Why reuse names or fashion similar names of parents, grandparents and others in the family tree? Remember that Frederick is the writer’s German great grandfather, Fred is the grandfather and Freddie is the father of Mary L. Trump. Confused? Mary is the granddaughter of Mary Anne McLeod and the niece of Maryanne, Donald’s oldest sister. The fact that Donald Trump named his son Don, Jr. is just a continuation of this stupid scion obsession. By the way, Donald’s youngest son is named Barron because Trump used John Barron as a pseudonym when calling newspapers in New York to leak information. Because of the similar names, it’s often a struggle to keep all the stories straight when reading Mary’s book.

While she didn’t say so directly, I learned from Mary Trump’s book that Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States, suffers from an intellectual incapacity. Mary hints at learning disability and says that Trump paid another to take his SAT exam so he could get into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The book doesn’t allude to any large contributions to Penn by the Trump family, but those records have been sealed. The school is instructed to say only, “Donald Trump is an alum of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an undergraduate degree in business.”

It doesn’t take a Ph. D to observe the President’s weak reading skills. When using a teleprompter during a speech, Trump mixes up words, mispronounces terms and has pitiful phrasing. His attempt to loosen things up by adding little comments often distorts the meaning of the message, or worse, makes it redundant and repetitive. Read this book and you will fully understand Mary’s claim that Donald Trump’s vindictive personality is driven by exposure to too much privilege and copious amounts of neglect. I won’t lay out her full premise here, but the fact there was no love in Trump’s family, unless it was connected to money, makes it easy to understand some of his negative behaviors.

No one is left unscathed in Mary Trump’s book, not even her own father. There are so many times I wanted to kick my Kindle when reading about how everyone did whatever Fred Trump wanted and now no one confronts the Donald, no one pushes back because Trump is just one, big, living lie. He’s carries with him the baggage of his inadequacies and requires and demands enormous amounts of adulation and praise. Mary Trump is right. He has not significantly advanced emotionally from a little, four-year-old child and he has the vocabulary of a 14-year-old boy.

Mary’s book is a total A+, and I believe you will agree with me after you read it. Donald Trump must be removed from the White House in January. He must be eradicated from the Presidency and sent back to New York to stand trial. After Mary L. Trump’s revelations, I would not be surprised to see many of his family members being investigated for tax fraud and other illegal activities. She offers no proof, but Mary Trump knows more than she wrote.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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