UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Trump and His Party

The word “rebuke” is a strong stab. This expression of sharp disapproval or criticism was plugged into many headlines today (12-12-2017), to sum up the Doug Jones victory for the vacant Alabama Senate seat. However, there’s much more to this victory than the total number of votes.

First, let us address the corpulent elephant in the room, Donald Trump. This is what he posted on his Twitter feed last night, “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”

And then after a bad night’s sleep, he continued this morning with, “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.  I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”

Now I am not a doctor, but I will attempt some arm-chair psychoanalysis here. First of all, the congratulations tweet came rather early in the night. A clear desire to put this to bed before the sleepy presidential numbskull hit the pillow. Even Roy Moore refused to concede the election with a prayer to God to intercede, perhaps a prayer too late?

Trump mentioned the “write-in” votes being a big factor. Yes, as of this writing, there were more than 22,000 unverified write-in votes and clearly people were saying they didn’t like either candidate. Time will tell if those write-in votes were a Republican protest vote or serious concern about Moore’s history of pedophilia.

Trump brushes away the write-in factor with “a win is a win,” as if to say all that matters is winning, even when the other guy wins. Admirable, or is he setting us up? He says people in Alabama are great, and that “the Republicans” will have another shot soon. Gee, is he distancing himself from “the Republicans,” as if he is some external force in their universe? Some of the old-line Republicans wish he was.

And then, this morning, our great Orange Leader clears the air and disavows his involvement in this sordid affair by using the phrase, “I was right!” It takes so much courage to admit that you were right, even though your man lost. He even declares, “I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.” This is pure Trumpean, or better known in medical circles as anosognosia. This extreme form of denial of the disorder itself is serious, and will eventually cripple this nation and the business of government. Maybe Trump is shooting for a constitutional crisis?

Trump complains to his base with the phrase, “…the deck was stacked against him!”  The President isn’t talking about Roy Moore here, he is lamenting his own predicament. When you collect the language, with “it never ends” and the cards being stacked against him, you can easily see a pattern of self-pity and perhaps a deep, dark, patricidal desire on his part. It’s as if all the enemies in the world are somehow after him and he’s never good enough for his father. He lashes out at anyone who stands in his way in order to prove his father wrong. What was said to this person when he was growing up?

Maybe that is why he likes people like Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte. They represent tyrants who would take out their own fathers to look better to their admiring fans. They are all narcissists and neurotic Nazi wannabes. They want to march their troops into the city, close all the shops, burn the printing presses and detain the dissenters with their guns and generals. They are on the living room carpet playing with their little plastic soldiers imagining they are the total commanders. And they get to decide what is right and wrong.

Trump was played by Bannon, once again, and they both lost in Alabama. Trump was busy picking a fight with demonic democratic women like Kirsten Gillibrand, who has called for him to resign for grabbing some pussy. Why doesn’t the junior Senator from New York understand that all women are liars. Women cannot be believed. She is just another target; a woman he needs to control so he can feel good about himself.

That is what Roy Moore was saying. It’s the same message. Bannon cannot deal with women, Trump cannot deal with women and many Congressmen would rather not work with women. How many women were invited into the inner circle to help write the healthcare bill? None.

Donald Trump is a horrible leader of a political party. He has that role only because he’s the president. What he really wants to do is sit in the corner with the people who tell him how great he is and eat two large pieces of cake, while they have but one. The Republican party will have to pick up the check.

Last night in Alabama, the party paid the check for something that was not only embarrassing to America, but to the people who were born in Alabama. In the moment, former basketball star and Alabama native Charles Barkley said it best, “This is a wakeup call for Democrats and I’ve told this to Doug Jones and I love Mr. Jones. They’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black voters and for people who are poor. They’ve always had our votes and they abused our votes. But this is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people.” A pretty clear message and he used no Twitter page to say it. This was on CNN.

Roy Moore should have never been on the ballot. He’s yesterday’s bigotry. But before we all get stirred up about this one, let’s face some facts.

96% of the African-American vote went to Doug Jones, while only 4% of the minority vote went to Roy Moore. 98% of Black women voted for Doug Jones. But the reality in this special election was that 70% of White women voted for Roy Moore, while 65% of White men went with Moore and he still didn’t win. Why?

This election was less a victory for cross-over voting and more an achievement in high Democrat and African-American turnout. But we have seen this before with Barack Obama. Things were better for people like Judge Roy back when we had slavery, you know, when Black Americans couldn’t vote.

What this does say about our political process is that 60% of the voters stayed home because they weren’t excited about either candidate. That is what determined the outcome. Disinterest is the strongest voter suppression tool in America. Roy Moore intimating that slavery was a “good time” helped motivated those most affected by that sentiment.

Trump can take some of the blame, but only the national marketing blame, because local people don’t care what he says. That is the hardest pill for him to swallow today. Trump is just another politician who thinks putting his weight behind a local candidate means something. The weight he puts on this country, its people and the constitution is more than a bit discomforting. It feels like rape.

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEVE BANNON: AMERICAN HITLER

Trump’s String-Pulling Puppeteer

It concerns me that our esteemed president continues to seek advice from a person he knows is bad for him, simply to convince himself that he wasn’t wrong in hiring the guy in the first place. It’s like a man who has gone through a bad divorce, but cannot stop forcing himself into the ex’s life.

The first time Steve Bannon talked to Donald Trump, he knew that he had found a mark he could mold into the embodiment of his kind of idol. With Trump, Bannon could maneuver the waters of discontent and manipulate the mob to adopt his demonic dogma. Bannon’s agenda is a mix pure xenophobia, white-nationalism, sexism, racism and a touch of Nazism. He would deny, totally deny, that any of those warts are there, but they are. He’s just another rich white guy trying to fix things.

The bargain Trump made with the devil was very simple. Make Bannon his chief strategist who would deliver the Breitbart audience to the base. Trump always needs a strong ideolog to keep him on track, just like he had with Roy Marcus Cohn, his feisty lawyer in the good old days. In short, Trump has never been his own man. He needs a father figure all the time, and that figure never cares about other people, only the prize.

Bannon is rich (tons of money in the TV and movie businesses), which makes him acceptable to Trump. Bannon doesn’t make Trump feel inferior in a physical sense. Next to Bannon, Trump is taller, more attractive and appears to be in control. But the truth is, Trump is totally under Bannon’s spell.

When Trump needed to make a decision on Roy Moore, he sought Bannon’s counsel. When the Donald is mulling a strategy for dealing with Congress or the fallout of the claims of Trump’s sexual misconduct, he calls Bannon. And now, we have Bannon and Breitbart becoming a force in politics, attempting to pick winners and losers. Bannon has declared war on the RNC and, they too, have sold their souls.

Trump backed Luther Strange, while Bannon went all in with Roy Moore. Surely, Bannon must have felt like he was in the Groundhog movie when all the women came out to accuse Judge Roy Moore for having a proclivity toward underage girls. Bannon went right back to the Trump playbook by denying and attacking the accusers.

Bannon claims the accusations of sexual impropriety are “a setup” from the “opposition party,” by which he means the press. Moore even threatened law suits to force them to shut up, just like Donald Trump did last year. And that strategy just might be working. One survey says that 71% of all Republicans in the state of Alabama believe the women who have come forward are lying. Isn’t America great? Roy Moore will probably win.

Last night in Fairhope, Alabama at the Roy Moore rally, Bannon appeared to be running an end game around Roy Moore himself and using the opportunity to attack the Republican party leaders and work toward defeating Mitt Romney in Utah. The rumor is that Mitt will run for the Orin Hatch seat in the US Senate. Yes, early this week, Mitt Romney attacked Roy Moore saying that his election in Alabama would be a stain on the Republican party and this set up Romney as the target.

Bannon attacked Mitt saying he used his religion to get out of Vietnam. I almost fell off my chair when I heard Bannon belittle all Mormons and their religious duty to serve as missionaries in the world. That seemed quite ironic, knowing the head of the Republican party, Donald Trump, never served a day in the military and would have never given up years of his life to non-profit service. Our great Orange Leader wiggled out of fighting in Vietnam via college and medical deferments, the latter for an imaginary bone spur.

The force behind Breitbart tried to shame the whole Romney family by pointing out that Mitt’s five sons did not fight in Afghanistan or Iraq, while thousands died. He must be forgetting that none of Donald Trump’s offspring have served in the military either. But that doesn’t matter. We now see where Donald Trump gets some of his meanness. When Bannon said that “Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your [Romney’s] entire family has in its whole DNA!” I was appalled. One might not agree with Romney’s politics or religious beliefs, but who can question the integrity, honor and faith of his family?

Steve Bannon was, in effect, quoting Romeo and Juliet and wishing a plague on both your houses. One house is the Republican party itself. The other house is a free and open press, the cornerstone of the First Amendment and the backbone of America. We know Bannon doesn’t like Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, poor people, uppity politicians and anyone who thinks he is full of shit. Count me in, Steve.

Winning justifies the means is the true Bannon mantra. Niccolò Machiavelli put it this way, “For although the act condemns the doer, the end may justify him…” Steve Bannon, in another life, and given more power, could become a Hitler. Remember, Adolf took over a party. Adolf used the angst and fear of a whole country to launch himself into power and destroy all those he thought were bad. Hitler and his evil empire justified all that they did in the name of the Vaterland or Fatherland. That very term says that we have to go backward to what our land was for our fathers. You know, when everyone knew his place.

There are those who say, “Well, not everything Hitler did was bad.” We can’t let anyone get away with that remark. And when Bannon says his goal is “the deconstruction of the administrative state” we should all ask what exactly does that mean? What comes next and why are you the expert?

Steve Bannon’s real goal is to be President. He believes that American voters are so dumb you can get them to do anything. I find it rather revealing that Bannon’s nickname for Donald Trump is “Archie Bunker.” Steve knows the President is so unaware of what is really going on, he can play him like a fiddle. We just hope it’s not Nero playing while America burns.

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 


ARMED ASSAULTS

Trumpean Dystopia

Right after Donald Trump was elected President, he said, “I’ve really inherited a mess.” While there is some truth to that statement, history will remember what someone did, rather than what they said. Did you make things better, or did your lack of talent for leadership make it worse, Donald?

When a white man executes a group of human beings, we move quickly to peer into the psychological disturbances in that man’s soul. When a brown man takes lives, we hastily place the blame on the man’s religious dogma or where he came from. When a black man shoots up the place, we swiftly use phrases like “law and order” and “respect.”

The headline on CNN this morning (11-6-2017), points to a serious problem, Trump says Texas shooting result of ‘mental health problem’ not US gun laws. Is there really any difference between a man who has voices whispering in his brain saying “kill, kill” and someone who has been brainwashed into thinking he inherits paradise if he kills? In either case the actions are not those of a mentally stable human being.

These mass killings are a form of terrorism and should be classified as such by the legal system in this country. Why is that important? Because once an attack is considered terrorism, federal resources can be used to figure out why it happened and the penalties for those offenses can be harsher.

When you embrace the Second Amendment and give lip service to the First Amendment, you give the NRA and legal gun owners comfort. Several years ago, gun sales soared because of an imaginary fear that Obama was going to take them away. For a while after Trump’s election, gun sales decreased. But now, America will be marching to the gun shops and ranges to make sure they can protect themselves from the next armed assault.

It’s not Donald Trump’s fault that there are more than 300 million guns and rifles in America. After making a rough guesstimate from older NRA records, there are probably 2,446,294 AR-15 rifles currently available in the United States. Most likely, you are living within a few miles of someone who owns one. Not that comforting, and in this Trumpean dystopia, this will never change. We cannot legally stop the number from increasing.

In the case of the shooter in Texas, the structure that’s in place did not prevent this guy, who assaulted his wife and their child, from getting a gun. The shooter was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force and slapped with 12 months of confinement in 2014 after his court marshaling. When the system we have doesn’t work, we have a bad system.

After being attacked themselves on a baseball field in Virginia, and seeing 59 people mowed down in Las Vegas, our lawmakers have not banned the “bump stock” device that converts a rifle from semi to full automatic weaponry. For some reason, the people who we elect to represent us in Washington, cannot, will not, make any effort to curtail the violence. The collusion with the NRA to thwart any reasonable weapon reform in this country is morally wrong. If you failed to save one life, then you are complicit.

If hate is the root of a massacre, then you have to take off your blinders and realize what is influencing these killers. If you want to end the homegrown incidents of those holding a radical belief system, you don’t build walls or tighten up visas, instead you must peer into the root of those desires. Sure, better vetting will make you feel better, but in the end the president has no power over legal residents being radicalized because they felt left out.

I’m always miffed when someone reacts to my plea for discussion and action on this national tragedy with defense of the amendment, rather than openness for a discussion. We always hear that same refrain, “the guns were purchased legally” and we go on about our business. Nothing to see here. Or is there?

Anyone can get a gun and, if you can get a gun, you can get a semi-automatic rifle. As we painfully learned, it takes only $200 to convert that nine-pound piece of metal into a real killing machine. If you follow Trump’s logic, we don’t need to do anything about the guns, we need to focus on mental health problems.

According to HealthAffairs.org, Trump’s 2018 budget would cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control by $1.3 billion and funding for the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion. It would eliminate the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, folding it into the NIH with reduced funding. Substance Abuse and Mental Health budgeted funding would be cut by almost $400 million. This sounds like a commitment to creating more mental health problems, and, by extension, more mass killings.

The other day Donald Trump announced a big push to get rid of the scourge of drug addiction and death by pills. What is he doing about death by guns.?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse: “There were 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016.” According to the New York Times: “The rate of gun deaths in the United States rose in 2016 to about 12 per 100,000 people, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” We don’t have the total annual numbers beyond 2014, and the NRA is making every effort, through Trump, to block that data. In 2014, there were 33,594-gun deaths, and it’s time we budget money for the CDC to research this menace to our society. Or are we waiting until it grows bigger?

To borrow an expression from Bush #41, this “blowhard” in the White House explains it all to us, and then does the opposite of what he should be doing. We cannot start to conquer the problem without a plan to study and act on the problem of mass killings. We need to replace the planner in chief. Trump clearly doesn’t know what he is doing.

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.


COWARDS AND CONFEDERATES

Trump’s Challenges Come Quickly

There should come a time in a man’s life when he realizes that it’s all bigger than him. And those around him who try to please him should start thinking about what it all means. The mimicry and monotone regurgitation of what the president says, without application of some thinking, is disappointing on an intellectual level.

While General John Kelly was on Fox News trying to explain why the Confederate soldier statues should remain part of American life, another man was executing an attack against Americans in New York City.

John Kelly’s idea that our Civil War was created primarily because of the failure to compromise is the very definition of “false narrative.” The American Civil War was a conflict between states; some wanting to maintain free labor (SLAVES) while other states, loyal to President Lincoln and the American Constitution, wanted to liberate the slaves. The more Kelly speaks, the more he sounds like a Trump puppet, with little foundation in logic and history. Sadly, he is not the adult in the room, just another closed-minded attendee at the day care center.

Once again, the United States of America has been attacked and the debate starts anew. Trump’s morning tweet, predictably, wrongly places blame: “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”

Yes, Mr. Know-It-All President, it’s the Democrats’ fault. We aren’t sure how long it will take before Trump ties Obama to this heinous act but, really, doesn’t this prove that the concept of banning people from certain countries is a total fallacy? And even if we implement a merit based system, how would that stop someone who wants to do harm from getting into our country?

Is it too soon to talk about the Travel Ban? Okay, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are countries that have had some influence on those who committed terrorist attacks in the USA. However, none of those countries are on the current travel ban. Countries aren’t responsible for terrorism; a radical version of a religion and crazy people carry out terrorism.

Tell me how you are going to keep crazy people from killing us, Mr. President. As you attempt to figure that out, your travel ban does nothing. Quit tweeting and find some smarter people to advise you. You don’t need to honor Confederates any more than you should honor cowards who want to kill us. It would be probably good to mention here that 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. When people die, we shouldn’t honor the killers.

I spent two years writing a book about terrorism. If God Could Cry, is a fictional work but deeply researched. It explains why terrorism happens around the world by following the experience of a television journalist through one year of facing terror. Donald, I would suggest that you read this book if you would like to gain some knowledge about terrorists and the dogma that drives them.

As the news about a terrorist’s acts of violence using a rental truck in New York broke yesterday (10-31-2017), my heart broke and my mind traveled back to Paris, Nice, London, Orlando and San Bernardino.

I lived in New York when 9/11 took place, and I will never forget my feelings that day. As people grasp for meaning, the “C word” comes up, calling the perpetrators “cowards.” One meaning, a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things is augmented by a second meaning, excessively afraid of danger or pain. You see, if you believe you are going to heaven where you will be given paradise because you killed an infidel, you probably are not acting like a coward in your mind. Killing another human being doesn’t make you brave or a coward, it makes you immoral.

On the subject of morality, one must look into their own soul to find their moral core. I don’t need or want a president to tell me about God or Cowards or Confederates. I already know what I think about them. Trump isn’t even thinking for himself. He is a bird on the limb of a tree, speaking mindlessly like a parrot. Here’s proof: “Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes (sic) problems” said Col. Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!  @foxandfriends”

Just because our great Orange Leader can quote a talking head on Fox News, that doesn’t make the words right, true or appropriate. Trump has given the keys of the Executive Office to a news network run by an Australian. Now I have nothing against Australians, but you have to be kidding me. Donald chooses to reinforce his dogma by quoting half-baked theories rather than just picking up his damn phone and calling the State Department. He holds his phone in his hand to tweet, but its proper use escapes his feeble mind.

Here’s what President Donald J. Trump must figure out. Is Fox News using him, or is he using Fox News? If The Donald continues to ingest poison, he will slowly lose the ability to think, assuming he ever had that talent in the first place.

 

 


VACATION, NOT A VACATION

Trump Thrown Out of White House

One of the things that every opposing party does is criticizes the president for taking too many days of vacation. This may come as a shock, but I feel sorry for Trump, although, his defensiveness is unbecoming on this issue.

According to the web site SBNATION, Donald Trump whined and tweeted 27 times about Barack Obama playing too much golf. And they actually list them all here. Mr. Trump’s beratements of Barack Obama are so ironic coming from someone who loves golf so much he builds golf courses all over the world. You would think he would promote the sport and encouraging anyone to take up the game.

Democrats used to put down George W. Bush for spending so much time on his Crawford, TX ranch. The Bush’s 1,583-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch was a place the 43rd President could get away from Washington and recharge his battery. There is nothing wrong with having a rested President in the White House. I don’t understand why we don’t follow Europe’s lead and close down everything for two weeks in August.

Our great Orange Leader tweeted today (8-7-2017), “Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings.” And we get it and understand your depression era guilt and desire to be viewed as the martyr here, but please. take some time to relax.

The Donald must keep everyone abreast on the details of working hard while banished to the Bedminster property. You are working to promote your brand and being President at the same time. Wow, Multi-Tasker-in-Chief.

This time you have an excuse, they are remodeling the White House and you had to leave that “dump” so they can fix the AC and Heat. While retooling the ducts, we only hope that they put in the microphones and cameras. Did you check if the workers have NSA backgrounds, Mr. President?

It would be good if Trump did actually take some time off and think about what he has wrought on our great nation. I would hope that someone would spend some time with him and figure out a way to better communicate.

It seems that everyone out of the White House is continually pushing back on one issue or the other. They are seen by the non-supporters as argumentative and constantly in a state of agitation. They get anxious and annoyed at the least judgmental question. As they say on TV, the speakers for Trump aren’t addressing the audience or the interviewer, they are simply performing for an audience of one: Trump.

Which brings me to an observation about this administration and the President we currently have. Everything that is done or said, seems to be aimed at smaller and smaller segments of the population. The President seems to only focus on those who voted for him. The people who speak on behalf of the President seem to only address the Orange man in the White House.

The Congress cares about each one of the areas that they represent, but as we can see with their lack of bi-partisan effort, they only care about the people who will re-elect them.

We hope the Supreme Court cares about all of America, but we shall see if their individual dogmas determine the way they rule. Shame on them if they do.

But that begs the question, who’s speaking for me? I am a liberal, a Democrat, and I pay taxes just like anyone else. When I hear someone say that things ought to be a certain way, I ask, what gave you the right to tell me how to live? I certainly didn’t ask you to decide what I believe in, so, why would your far-right, religiously motivated thinking cast a net over all the electorate?

I would probably NOT have a lot in common with Mike Pence. He seems like a nice guy, but his homophobia seems to make him unfit for government work. I am being serious. Mike and his wife ought to take a vacation at a gay nudist colony. You know, just to balance out his feelings.

Mr. Pence, you are there to help govern in the spirit of separation of church and state, not attempt to convert the unworthy. Remember that when you are running for President in 2020.

My conservative friends, yes, I have some, are all pushing back on my dream of getting Trump out of office. They claim I am just jealous of Trump’s big victory and cannot understand that Trump is the best thing that ever happened to America. As anyone who has read this blog from the beginning, I do not to look backwards and only judge what this administration does, or doesn’t do.

If Trump is good for America, why do millions of people not like him? It’s not like the polarity of a “shock jock” on the radio where ratings come from those who hate the person and those who love him. This is our country. I really don’t care what the 70% of hard-core Republicans think. I worry about the 66% of all voters who think he’s doing a bad job. Isn’t a Democracy supposed to be where everyone votes and the majority rules?

Trump is anti­-Democracy. That would be a good message for Democrats. Why would we ever want someone to lead us who lies most of the time and is basically against Democracy? The guy really does need a vacation. I sure could use a three-year vacation from him.

 


TRUMP GOT PLAYED BY PUTIN

Rookie President, Rookie Mistakes

We are starting to see things the way they really are. The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has a way of throwing things to the side with short little bursts of belligerence and denials. Trump is not an experienced politician. He might be a decent marketer and silly entertainer but, like many famous people, he lacks basic common sense on many levels.

When he recently (7-12-2017) recorded an interview with televangelist Pat Robertson, Trump talked about his “very great” meeting with Vladimir Putin. Trump said claims that Russia wanted to help him win the election is an illogical conclusion. Really?

The Donald said that Putin would have been happier with Hillary Clinton in the White House. He bases his opinion on the Trump administration’s buildup of the military and attempts to become a player in exporting energy. The Donald speculated that this “competition” with Russia makes Putin uneasy and Hillary would not have taken such steps. Huh?

The more we hear from this President, the more we realize that he has no fib filter. How can we possibly believe Agent Orange’s words about his meeting with Putin? Did they discuss sanctions? We don’t know. Did they talk about what could happen in Syria if Assad is dethroned? We don’t know. So much for being transparent, Mr. Trump.

Experts warned Trump that Putin would deny any wrong doing in the 2016 US election.  They also said that Putin would agree with Trump that cyber-security was a major issue and would suggest a joint task force, or “unit,” be established to work on the problem together. Our great Orange Leader fell for that hook, line and sinker. He even proudly announced it, until he heard loudly from thoughtful and fearless Senators that it was a colossally stupid idea. Then, he retreated with a tweet.

The mystery through this whole Russian interference fiasco is the disconnect from reality. When did evangelicals, hardworking middle-class Americans and classic Republicans decide that Russia was our friend? We don’t sell Russian cars here in America. We don’t back Russian aggression in eastern Europe and we certainly don’t like that Russia’s allies are Iran and Syria. So, in what world do these people live?

The Russia Supreme Court firmly recognizes only the Russian Orthodox Church and has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses by labeling them an extremist group. They have criminalized preaching, praying and evangelization outside of registered religious sites. Why wouldn’t Trump bring this issue up with Putin when he had his grand meeting? He didn’t. He didn’t talk about Human Rights at all. I guess it’s a lower priority for a guy who slams journalists, while talking with another guy who kills journalists.

We can now read and study the emails between Donald Trump, Jr. and what was presented as “opposition research” from a foreign adversary. Baby Donald said, “If it is what you say, I love it!” and now his old man says that anyone would have taken that meeting.

While the President was defending his son, the Senate was examining Christopher Wray in a hearing for his approval as the next FBI director.  The senior Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, made sure Wray knew his position on the meetings with known Russian operatives, “You want to be director of the FBI, pal. So, here’s what I want you to tell every politician: If you get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, tell us all to call the FBI.” Graham, a Republican, was very clear what someone should do when something like this happens in the future. Was that a teachable moment, or what?

Putin probably pulled the strings and suggested his people get in touch with Trump’s people and of course, the best avenue to Trump and his associates would be through a business partner. Donald Trump has lied about not having any business in Russia and he keeps that fabrication alive with his inability to embrace the investigation into the Russian meddling into our elections. In short, Donald, Sr. is acting like a guilty person and Donald Jr. is showing the world that he is an inept fool.

Some say that Don Jr’s mistake was just a rookie mistake. His actions were certainly naïve, but driven by a need to please his father. Most people believe that he told his father about the meeting before or shortly after it happened. Only one Donald will have to admit that under oath. Surely, Don Jr. will take the Fifth.

It’s not so much that Don Jr. is a rookie, or that Jared Kushner left the meeting early, or that Paul Manafort’s experience might have been dulled by his rude cellphone addiction during the meeting, but it’s clear that the candidate in the campaign was a just as much a rookie.

Donald Trump can’t fire his son.  This presents a dilemma of epic proportions to our President. He can say only that his son is innocent. Sad!

The real winner in all this is Putin. We have to watch Trump carefully now. Four months after Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara, who was then Manhattan US Attorney, a money-laundering suit was settled for nearly $6 million against a Russian owned Cyprus-based company. Some in the know say that the amount paid was nothing compared to what could have been retrieved in court. Did Trump and Sessions pull strings for Russia?

Trump was played by Putin and this will continually be a shadow on the President’s term in office. As a player on the opposing team once said of Putin’s preference for president, “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”

People are asking could’ve Don Jr. be that naïve.  I ask, can Donald J. Trump be that stupid?

 


CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM

Trump & Pope Behind Closed Doors

It was great to see the first lady Melania Trump wearing a veil when meeting the Pope with the President. It was said that she did this out of respect for the Pontiff, while being the uncovered one in Saudi Arabia. I guess respect is a subjective matter in their household.

While the Trump team makes its way across the Middle East and Europe, the President was, as they say, “lawyering up” by hiring a New York law firm to defend himself in the matter of Russia interfering with the election.

This comes within the same week as Michael Flynn, the fired National Security Advisor of the United States, sent letters to both the House and Senate committees investigating him that he would plead the Fifth Amendment and not turn over evidence or testify. One of the reasons given was the appointment of Special Counsel to get to the bottom of the matter.

For those of my readers who need a quick refresher course on the Fifth, here is what it says:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I added the bolding of the words pertinent to this case. Michael Flynn has the right not to answer any question that could incriminate himself. However, because Flynn is a military officer and the matter of possible collusion with another nation to knowing interfere with our National election, some might want to play the treason card.

The Constitution defines treason as specific acts, namely “levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” The key word here is “adhering” which in this case could mean “obeying” orders from a foreign government. That would be much worse for General Flynn.

Trump is not dumb in matters of lawyers and courts and suits of all kinds. He has lived most of his life defending his business practices and conduct. He knows that once James Comey, Michael Rogers, Director of the NSA and Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence are under oath and testifying to Special Counsel Mueller Trump will be exposed as an over-zealous politician attempting to obstruct the investigation into Michael Flynn.

What possible reason would Donald J. Trump have to put his entire presidency at risk in order to defend Michael Flynn? If he would just let it go, turn over all the information he and staff might have and let the facts speak for themselves, we could get beyond this. If Michael Flynn was simply an embarrassingly bad choice, fine. Flynn would be collateral damage in the quest to restore trust in our election and the President himself.

The news of Trump putting together a crisis management team to deal with this issue is really sad. And might be more proof that we have a real crisis on our hands.

It’s like the Tylenol people trying to find the answer to sabotage and working the PR angle as fast as possible. Tylenol survived as a product, but this matter will give the leader of the free world headaches throughout the summer.

And it does get hot in DC in the summer, especially when there is a crisis in the house.