COVID 96,000 – AMERICA 0

Trump’s Losing Game Plan

When anger slowly morphs into determination, things get done. Donald Trump has neglected to use his authority as President to manage the global pandemic, clearly demonstrating he is concerned only with protecting himself, not the citizens of America.

A major deflection being perpetrated on America is Trump’s obsession with stopping states from executing plans to vote by mail in the November presidential election. REALLY? This hogwash that there is a massive amount of voter fraud is just another senseless claim from Trump, who believes there are people out to get him. Someone told him that Republicans tend to lose where mail in voting is deployed. That is not true; just look at Florida. The states that do ALL VOTING BY MAIL: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington have no problems or fraud. Those aren’t test cases, they are real states, Mr. President.

On Friday, May 22, 2020, a new study was released showing the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, that Trump endlessly pitched to America and now says he is using, puts anyone taking it at risk of DEATH. This study researched 96,000 coronavirus patients in hospital around world and was published by the prestigious medical journal Lancet. So, the cat is out of the bag. TRUMP IS DEADLY WRONG ABOUT THE DRUG. The strange coincidence here, this report of a study of 96,000 people, came the same time COVID deaths in America went over 96,000.

America has weak federal leadership that has led us to becoming the deplorable, symbolic ground zero in this worldwide plague. Trump will continue to use the excuse of the cupboards being bare when he took office, but his administration did nothing to prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic. He disbanded one White House task force, only to hurriedly roll out another. The Donald has removed regulations, cut science and reduced medical and healthcare funding wherever he could. How do we know this? He bragged about it.

He walks around in public bucking his administration’s own recommendations and flaunting his small mindedness by not wearing a mask. He believes he is above it all and cannot be taken down by the viral menace. Clearly, this is a metaphor for his management and governing philosophy. If he cannot see it, it doesn’t exist. I guess he is from the dark ages.

Trump has declared that if the virus comes back — did it truly go away? — he will not close the country. He would rather kill more people than ever admit he was wrong. Should this inept man get the virus because he’s not wearing a mask, all his gofers and goofballs will say that he’s okay while telling tall tales of a brave man beating an illness no more harmful than the flu. I don’t believe Mike Pence and the Chief of Staff; Kevin McCarthy would be transparent and honest about what was happening. They would just take power and make excuses for Trump.

This could be another of those strange moments where a motion picture predicted real life. In the 1993 movie Dave, the titular character played by Kevin Kline ran a temporary employment agency and had a side gig impersonating the President. The Secret Service requested that Kline’s character, a dead ringer for the president, make an appearance for the president at a Washington hotel. Dave is told it’s a matter of national security, but it’s really to cover up an extramarital affair the real president is having with a White House staffer. Now here’s where it gets good. The president in the movie suffers a severe stroke during the rendezvous leaving him in a coma. The White House Chief of Staff, played by Frank Langella, convinces Dave to continue impersonating the president. When Dave challenges them by asking why the Vice President couldn’t just step in, they say the VP is mentally unbalanced.

I won’t spoil the movie’s outcome for you, but I recommend you watch this work of predictive art. What would happen if Trump got sick? When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came down with COVID-19, not only was the country on the precipice of a constitutional crisis, but it challenged their lack of succession protocol and order.

President Donald Trump wants to paint a picture of winning, while being challenged by medical professionals with the question, “At what cost?” His answer back to those who question his advice in a crisis is, “What do you have to lose?”

This brings us to the story of Elizabeth Fleischman, who was a pioneering radiographer and one of the inventors of the X-ray. Fleischman, because of her close work and exposure with the new technology, died in 1905. X-rays killed her. But wait, there’s more.

On September 6, 1901, the Pan-American Exhibition was taking place in Buffalo, New York. One of the exhibits on display there was an X-ray machine. President William McKinley was attending, and shot by a young anarchist who fired two bullets. One superficially punctured his sternum and the other dangerously entered his abdomen. The operating doctors weren’t sure they found and removed all the slugs, so someone suggested employing the X-ray machine to determine if there were more bullets in his body. Experts warned the doctors that internally blasting metal fragments with X-rays could kill the president. The doctors heeded the advice.

The story doesn’t have a happy ending. After being on the mend for a while, McKinley succumbed to his wounds on September 14, 1901. Someone could have said to the doctors, “Hey, what do you have to lose?” and convinced them to plough ahead with use of the X-ray. Even if they had located another bullet and extracted it, there is no guarantee McKinley would have survived.

The anarchist immigrant who killed McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, was convicted and executed in an electric chair on October 29, 1901, another use of electricity.

We know now so much more than they knew then. When Donald Trump ignores science and medical facts, he endangers not only himself but all Americans. Our president is less about defeating the virus and more about opening the economy. We are not winning to the degree Trump wants us to believe. We still have a lot to lose. Perhaps the next President will make us great again.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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HISTORICAL BLANK STARE

The Legacy of the Trump Debacle

President James Polk described one of his generals, Zachary Taylor, in a diary entry. Polk wrote, “I am now satisfied that he is a narrow-minded, bigoted partisan, without resources and wholly unqualified for the command he holds!” I think of Donald Trump and wish I had written that sentence. What do YOU have to lose, democracy, freedom or just your life?

I’m a real history freak and love to return to the past and read the details of how presidents handled the crises and calamities of their eras. Sometimes it gives me comfort that everything is going to be alright, but other times I can only guess what the great leaders of our history would say about Donald Trump. I am sure Andrew Jackson would laugh at him, even though Trump claims to be a big Jackson fan. The circus we are living through with Donald Trump would have been seen by Abraham Lincoln as nothing short of an alien invasion. No, Donald, none of them would have respected you.

Some hope arises when we realize that many presidents were accused of grabbing power, disregarding the Constitution and trampling the balance of power between the three branches of government, but we are still here. America is stronger than any one man, but it’s not unreasonable to distrust a human who has been given that much power. It can go to their heads and they don’t always do what is right.

There is no question in my mind that when “real” historians write the book on Trump, there will be little positive evaluation of his work. He will be mocked and taunted by the truth of the facts that will be revealed after he leaves office. What we do know about Trump for sure is that he never graduated from candidate to president. Time will reveal that this president kept lots of people around who will be indicted as thieves and liars. Perhaps they will say it’s just politics, but when the body count is put in writing, Trump will look like a lying James Polk or a naïve Herbert Hoover, not Lincoln, Kennedy or Obama.

Here’s something from the History.com website, “Many historians rate America’s 15th chief executive, James Buchanan, as the most inept occupant of the White House due mainly to the fact that he took no action to unite a country sharply divided over the issue of slavery and did nothing to stop Southern states from seceding in the lead-up to the Civil War.” It’s important to point out here that 620,000 soldiers were killed in the war between the states, which to this day remains the greatest number of deaths in all US wars. In the Dread Scott decision, which came along shortly after Buchanan’s inauguration, the US Supreme Court ruled that African Americans were not, and never could become, US citizens, and the federal government couldn’t outlaw slavery in its territories. Historians believe that Buchanan manipulated this decision, thinking questions of slavery would be resolved forever.

When reading old headlines such as this, “Trump Sows Division and Confusion as Anxious Country Edges Toward Opening,” future historical archeologists will dig through layers of past posts, articles and speeches to find the truth. The complaints by pundits and political rivals that Trump avoided taking the full leadership role a president should during a global pandemic, will be blasted onto the pages of books and articles. As happened with Buchanan, some will say that state’s rights seemed more important than the federal government taking responsibility during a crisis.

In the history of the United States, presidents have lied to start land-grabbing wars — that is how we got Texas, New Mexico and California. They have lied about dirty deeds, such as secretly facilitating the sale of arms to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. President Ronald Reagan hoped to use the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua, where he had picked a winner. Reagan claimed not to know anything about it, and those who helped him cover up the lie were pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. The man who wrote those pardons? Current Attorney General William Barr.

The death count of COVID-19 will show many people we need a President who understands science and doesn’t disregard expert warnings of danger. The blank stare we get from many of those truth-challenged jackasses in the White House disprove the notion that Trump will hire “the best people.” THAT IS ONE BIG LIE.

Donald John Trump is a deceiver and complainer. He doesn’t get much done because few want to work with him. His word means nothing and his vacillation on so many issues has prevented positive results from all his diplomatic efforts. We get zippo from the man. North Korea has the bomb, Putin has done nothing good for America and Trump’s good friend Chinese President Xi Jinping is now the reason Trump failed to act quickly enough on the pandemic. This Trump guy is unbelievable, NO, REALLY, UNBELIEVABLE!

This just in: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will no longer abide by previous agreements made with Israel. Yes, they just tore up all the agreements for 25 years, I guess one of those “best persons” in the name of Jared Kushner doesn’t know what he’s doing. Totally unqualified for the job his father-in-law assigned him. Nepotism and cronyism are the dual cancers on this presidency.

The bad programs and poorly conceived policies of the Trump Administration have not protected us economically or medically. He spent so much time fighting Obamacare that he failed to understand how it would have helped during a health crisis. He accuses his political rivals of endless picadilloes which pale in comparison to the disastrous, divisionary decisions he’s made as President.

We have witnessed Trump ignoring warning signs, hyping bad drugs, promising imaginary stockpiles and promoting goofy ideas like mask cleaning machines. The idea that a quick blast of UV light will kill any viruses lurking in a room is foolhardy. Trump doesn’t know enough to know what he doesn’t know, but that will never stop him from declaring himself an expert.

The Donald ignores experts on the issues and spouts claims that sound as crazy as the sales pitch of an 1800s elixir salesman before taking the money and running. It happened to my grandfather, who was sold a bottle of medicine that was supposed to rejuvenate his teeth and leave them stain-free. After the salesman left town, my grandfather proceeded to burn the enamel off all his teeth with the elixir he bought. That old phrase “let the buyer beware” didn’t help his attitude when all his teeth had to be pulled.

Trump is like that salesman, ready to leave town right after he bags all the bucks. His handling of this global pandemic will be part of his legacy, forever. Maybe people will forget he was impeached, but I’m sure no competent historian will ignore the large number of people who died on his watch. Donald Trump is worse than James Buchanan, and far more dangerous to our country than Richard Nixon. Remember, Nixon resigned before going through an impeachment trial. Even after losing the election, Trump will have to be removed from the White House biting, frothing, screaming and resisting departure. Trump is an immoral criminal and an embarrassing America catastrophe. The clock is ticking, fat boy.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


SELF-MEDICATED MANIAC

Trump’s Love Affair with Hydroxychloroquine

A snapping turtle on land is can be overly aggressive. When in the water, where it feels safer and less fearful, a snapping turtle tends to avoid a fight. People react to fear in different ways. When a person thinks they are immune to a germ or disease, they have the confidence to go anywhere, but common sense would dictate that they stay away from someone who is ill,. Donald Trump seems to be like the snapping turtle on land, holding on to one idea until long after the danger has been contained.

The problem of a global pandemic has not gone away. The fact that Trump must wait, like all of us, for a proven treatment or powerful vaccine makes him antsy beyond belief. On Monday (5-18-2020), the President of the United States said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19, despite no compelling evidence that the drug is effective against the coronavirus. Even his own FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration) has warned against using hydroxychloroquine or a related compound, chloroquine, for treatment or prevention of COVID-19 unless under medical supervision in a hospital or as part of a clinical trial. So, the Donald is self-medicating. Now that may make some critics happy, but it’s extremely dangerous on two levels.

The first is the fact that the drug he’s taking could kill him. The Secret Service has the responsibility to keep the Commander-in-Chief safe and alive, but it’s unlikely we will ever see a Secret Service agent leap between the pill container and Trump’s mouth. With this little white pill, the president is putting himself in harm’s way. Let’s just look at the side effects: headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, mood changes, feeling nervous or irritable, skin rash or itching and hair loss! Does Donald Trump know that his hair could fall out?

There are more things that this drug can do to a human taking it, like, maculopathies and macular degeneration which can occur three months to several years after exposure to this drug and the symptoms may be irreversible. Oh my, Donald Trump doesn’t know chronic use of hydroxychloroquine can cause blindness if taken for long periods of time.

Ingesting this touted drug can cause cardiomyopathy, a disease which makes your heart have to work harder to pump blood through your body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Okay, does Trump know this? With his weight and verified heart condition, the President is taking a giant risk, but why? The drug that Trump is consuming can also produce mood swings. Great, just what we need, an over-medicated lunatic in the oval office.

My working theory on this hydroxychloroquine insanity connects to everything I have ever written about the man. He’s only interested in himself. Part of that myth, perhaps cultivated by an indulgent mother, is that he’s never wrong and he never apologizes. Again, that image of the snapping turtle holding on for dear death comes into view.

He came out early and touted hydroxychloroquine and kept using the expression, “What do you have to lose?” He never disclosed the expert or person who claimed taking this drug was is good idea. So, his expert is an “unnamed source.” Trump claimed that, “A lot of people are talking about this.” A lot of people talk about suicide, but that doesn’t mean anyone should try it. He keeps talking about the fact the drug has been around for 40 years, but it was never used for COVID-19 until now, because COVID has existed for maybe six months, at most.

If the President backed away from his claim, and listened to the experts around him, he would be admitting that HE MADE A MISTAKE, and he will never do that no matter the consequences, even his own death. That’s not brave, that’s stupid! If the autopsy showed that hydroxychloroquine caused the death, people would make up some conspiracy theory and set medical forensics back a hundred years.

Why would Donald Trump do something that could be detrimental to his very existence? Besides his truculent management style, his reaction to this pandemic has ruined the worldwide image of America. We have given up our medical leadership.

There was an opportunity to celebrate the big pharma news that some of their vaccine work was proving positive. The stock market went up 900 points on the small trial results, but by the end of day no one was talking about the vaccine progress. All the cable networks were quick to tell the story of Trump’s self-medication and how dangerous it was. The next day the terms “obesity” and “heart disease” were being used to describe the man in the White House. Great, so he’s self-medicating.

There are two aspects of this saga and both are totally disturbing. First, one might ask, is Trump really taking hydroxychloroquine or is this just some stunt to save face? If it is ever discovered that Trump never took hydroxychloroquine, or the doctor slipped him a placebo without his knowledge, the medical world will explode. What we have now is a deeply flawed President, with deeply loyal fans who might take hydroxychloroquine thinking it will prevent the virus. If they take it and bad things happen, who will these voters blame?

Trump continued to defend himself from self-medication by claiming the trials that were done on the drug where executed by anti-Trump people who wanted to discredit him. The most damaging study were the findings by Veteran’s Administration facilities. Trump barked, “If you look at the one survey, the only bad survey, they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape. They were very old. Almost dead!” He described the research as, “a Trump-enemy statement.” Remind me not to take medical advice from him when I am “almost dead.”

The next damning part of this is the fact that doctors lie so that Trump saves face. WHY? Doctors take an oath to give people the best possible advice so they can stay healthy and alive. The White House doctor in a late-night memo wrote that he and Trump discussed hydroxychloroquine and “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” The FDA has warned against use of the drug for COVID beyond hospitals & clinical trials, but that doesn’t keep a licensed doctor from giving his boss that drug? If the President dies, would Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, be arrested for murdering the President? Isn’t that what happened to Michael Jackson’s doctor?

When someone talks about “relative risks” of any activity the first thing you should ask is WHAT ARE THOSE RISKS? This love affair with a drug is not what it seems. This is just another demonstration of Trump’s love affair with himself.

He adores himself so greatly that he believes everything he does is right and good. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, I guess. The sauce that Trump wants us to pour on this global pandemic is doing more harm than good. In fact, his misconceptions and bad advice will kill more vulnerable Americans and might just be a mistake that promotes Mike Pence to a more important position in the administration.

Trump is not only a lunatic, but a drug addict. From his need for compliments to Diet Cokes and now, hydroxychloroquine, Trump doesn’t know how to be healthy. He’s 243+ pounds, has high cholesterol levels, heart disease, takes a drug to grow hair, wears an unresearched makeup every day, has a thick head and really doesn’t get much exercise. Most golfers ride carts as they play the sport. I wonder if Melania and Baron are strong enough to do an intervention and help him get off this drug. I’m not complaining, it’s just another stupid fact to add to my next Trump book. Hope it doesn’t hurt him.

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THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Our Beloved President’s Gamble with Human Lives

Back in April, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick said, “There are more important things than living and that’s saving this country.” Recognize that this statement came from a leader whose government has executed 563 persons since 1976, more than any other state. My revulsion and anger at Mr. Patrick’s statement revolve around human life. Many Christian do-gooders value life so sacredly that they ban abortions, but never sacred enough to fund agencies that help single mothers, economically challenged families and homeless people. I think Patrick’s comments exactly echo Donald Trump’s thoughts.

A virus knows no boundaries and cannot be stopped with steel walls or banned flights. We prevented travel from some countries several months ago, but that didn’t halt the invasion of COVID-19. It wasn’t the number of people who did or did not come to America, it was our exasperating lack of preparation that caused the explosion of coronavirus clusters in our cities and states.

The sales pitch that attempts to blame increased numbers of infections on greater virus testing is an irresponsible sleight of hand. Why is there no mention about the power of this disease? During the first blast of HIV/AIDS in the US, we analyzed only deaths. Most scientists had no idea about the origin of the malaise and how many years it spread. As more data surfaced, we assumed the ailment affected only gay men. Research based on that strange supposition kept doctors from understanding what was really happening. As we now know, the disease is not confined to gay men. It can be contracted by any person during a sexual encounter.

Until it’s blue in the face, the Trump administration will try to blame China for COVID-19 but that will not solve the problem. It was almost a hundred years after AIDS leaped from animal to human that it got on human medical radar. We have learned how to control HIV, but we still don’t have a vaccine even though we started working on that project forty years ago. The scientific community has been researching cures and vaccines for SARS-Coronavirus-2 since 2002, which is good news because it provides a head start on COVID-19, but we still have to find a way to stop this latest novel coronavirus.

Intelligent leadership in various fields is helping us to better understand this virus. I give serious credit to Major League Baseball for their negotiations and deliberations on ways to bring professional baseball back into our lives. They understand the need to isolate and test all of their players and workers. They started out with a bad plan of playing all games in one place, which led to push back from players. Even though baseball players are usually on the road 50% of the season, they were not willing to uproot their lives and isolate themselves from their homes, wives and kids. That led to an idea of a shortened season in home ballparks with no audiences in the stands, but with TV and radio coverage to rally the fans.

On the HBO TV show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver mentioned research that claimed as many as 10,000 employees were involved in every nationwide MLB game, meaning 10,000 people per game would have to be tested and retested to keep everyone safe. What if we eventually learned that this virus infects the muscles or brains of those infected? Highly skilled and paid players are the foundation of professional sports. If an entire franchise were to be infected with COVID-19, would they have to quarantine for 14 days causing forfeits on the games they missed?

Major League Baseball’s revenue for the 2019 season was a record $10.7 billion, which was up from $10.3 in 2018. They have tons of money to spend on safety and testing, unlike medium to small businesses. One giant leap of faith here involves the quality and accuracy of the tests. I have personal experience with people who have been tested with sometimes positive, and other times negative, results. That’s frightening.

Donald Trump tells us that somehow this virus will just go away. His wishful thinking is the guiding force of reopening of our country and could lead to the biggest mistake any president in our history has ever made. Donnie Boy brags about how his early actions kept us from losing more than a million people, when just a few minutes later he says that none of the statistics are accurate. He quotes that which he agrees with, but stomps on any other data that paints a more sober picture.

A standard business philosophy states that reward requires risk. If one owns a university, or a company that sells steaks, it’s only money that evaporates when the enterprise goes bust. Then there are pandemics, where wrong moves kill people. Over the weekend, we learned that not many people came into the free, state-run COVID-19 testing centers. Could this be the by-product of Trump not wearing a mask, touting unproven drugs and downplaying the infectious nature of COVID-19? Perhaps it doesn’t matter to Donald Trump, as long as he doesn’t get it. Not sure what he gets?

I could be sarcastic stating my belief that people are acting stupidly, but millions of Americans voted for Trump. I’m not saying they are dumb, but those who believe too solidly in this President may, at this very moment, be huddling closely together in bars and hair salons without masks. Might they discover the depth of Donald Trump’s stupidity? I am still miffed at the Fox News personalities who claim the virus is no big deal, but who remain at home to broadcast for their own personal safety. WTF?

I hope this is NOT the calm before the storm but should that storm come, we know who to blame, those governors who ignored science and their Ringleader-in-Chief, Donald John Trump. Let’s dump the lot of them in November!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


JUMP, MOVE & ACT UP AMERICA

Trump Cannot Stop US from Being Great, Again

Is it time for some positive news? The cable and over-the-air network news outlets have been adding an additional story at the end of each hour to make us feel better. I get it. That’s great programming, but it doesn’t help us deal with the next hour. All too soon we learn about more damage caused by both the virus and the Trump administration. Let’s face it. America, and quite frankly the world, were not ready for a global pandemic. “Who knew this could happen?” I guess only the experts, scientists and doctors who focus on health issues, and they tried to tell those in charge.

Donald Trump has been using the phrase “pent up demand” to express the desire of people wanting to get out of their homes and do the things they could do before this pandemic came ashore. His mantra is more salesman than realist. No matter how many times he says “pent up” that alone won’t make it happen. We need lots of smart ideas to get back to business, education and entertainment. What we get instead is a ton of hype and misinformation from the White House and this President. The latest hook, “…We’re Back!” is just another lie from his puckered little lips.

The man first told us this virus wasn’t going to hurt America, then it arrived and hurt this country terribly. He told us about an “off-the-shelf” drug for malaria that would be a big “game-changer” that did absolutely nothing other than harming some patients. We were told many lies and opinions that will do more harm than good, like drinking disinfectants. And if you need some stats, as of today, May 16, 2020, there have been 1,484,579 Americans infected with the curse, and over 88,000 people in this country have died. More than 300,000 people have been taken worldwide.

Yes, We Can Do Better

We were told that the national stockpile of ventilators, PPE and medicines were left bare by Obama. Really? What Dr. Rick Bright laid out during a House of Representatives’ hearing into the Health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is not exactly the wonderful report card that Trump always gives himself. Most workers in the Trump administration avoid any subject that angers the boss, so they never discussed the possibility of a pandemic. The Donald surrounds himself with only agreeable people, not the best people. Trump views agreement as loyalty.

Had the President been more proactive, honest and helpful with the states, we could have opened the country earlier. Instead he offloaded the responsibilities and duties to the states instead of using the bounty of help that exists on the federal level. We have FEMA, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Public Health Service and even more. Sure, they are all involved in the fight against COVID-19, but Trump doesn’t want them to get too involved. Why? Could it be he wants to cloak the seriousness and deleterious effects of the coronavirus in a hope it will make him more re-electable?

There is little expertise in world governments about handling a pandemic, but that cannot be an excuse for not protecting the planet’s citizens. While Trump fumes and foments hate and fear through his minions at Fox News and by his tweets and pressers, the rest of the country must deal with a serious viral threat. I want to face Donald Trump right now and ask him this question, “When did you become the president of everyone?” I know he would talk and talk and talk and go down his list of performance slogans, clichés and conspiracy theories, repeating his tired, old, hackneyed taglines. Of course, he wouldn’t answer my question. More likely he would accuse me of being a “never Trumper” or “Trump Hater” or some other besmirching name. He’s a fool.

Until I get a better picture of the spread and toxicity of this virus, there are places I will not go and activities I will avoid. Being in the demographic and health categories considered to be most vulnerable, I will tread lightly. My age, however, doesn’t keep me from saying that the depth of ignorance in this administration is stunning. They blather about wanting us to be safe, yet they are urging America to get back to work, school and play with no certainty that it’s safe to do so. When a state judge rules that a stay-at-home-order is unlawful, they are complicit in a coverup of the truth. Remember that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” doesn’t work on a dead person.

Look to smart corporate leaders like McDonald’s that issued their own guidelines for safely opening their stores and franchisee’s properties. It’s a specific, detailed set of smart procedures designed to keep employees and customers safe. Companies that employ smart standards are good neighbors and should be patronized.  I’ll have a Big Mac please. Those who engage in fraud and deception during this critical time should NOT get your money. Most Americans know how to analyze data and can recognize plans and practices that will keep them safe. They will reopen America safely, not this lame-ass, broke-dick President.

This global pandemic has really changed me. My pissed off retorts to people on Twitter got me suspended. I’ve become less caring about Trump fans and know that if they follow this man into battle, he will sacrifice them if need be to look good. By the way, in this context “sacrifice” means death. Why should Americans put their lives on the line for a buffoon? Why do we have to suffer the pain and experience the disillusionment of bad governance when we are the richest and smartest country in the world? I’ll tell you why. It’s because Donald John Trump has no comprehension of science. He’s a pilot who cannot take off, fly or land the plane. How can we possibly avoid a crash?

The energy of protesters demanding their states to reopen is just one example of the poison that results from Trump’s grip on the militia types. Maybe he was test driving his civil war forces, but he should not be so cocky. We saw small groups of support that the National Guard or State Police could easily defeat. For the most part, people respect their local governments and law enforcement. The also tend to social distance from Neo-Nazi, Klan sympathizers and white supremacists, just like I do.

We will conquer the virus, and even though Donald Trump is President we will make America great again. He’s not helpful and we need to use our intelligence and common sense to do what is right, and STOP LISTENING TO THIS IDIOT PRESIDENT!

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THE PANIC OF PANDEMIC

Why Did Trump Politicize a Crisis?

We human beings are challenged by nature, and the way we handle its catastrophes and calamities demonstrate our creative minds and will to survive. When a tornado blows through a midwestern town, we automatically step up, go into action and rescue people from the ruins. We may be confronted with death when the light of day comes, but we pledge to rebuild, remodel and rethink how to guard against the same fate in the future. We even use the cliché, “[Town Name] Strong!” to convince the rest of the world that we will be back.

Donald Trump keeps using the phrase, “invisible enemy” because he, like many others, has figured out that without an electronic microscope one cannot see the coronavirus. These non-living particles invade our bodies, usually in the lungs, and start a war between our immune systems and their camouflaged sharp little crowns. Our body thinks the virus is a friend and lets it multiply and cling to the walls of our organs. Therefore, a patient with the coronavirus has trouble breathing; the growth of the virus blocks the lung’s capacity to process air.

We all know that Donald Trump didn’t invent this virus in a lab. We also know that our President has never been a big believer in science, because he cannot link the value of science to an enterprise. When you build buildings, you argue against the environment because it costs money to comply with the rules. All of this should have been forgotten once Trump got to the White House. He should have evolved and started to use science and experts to our advantage. He didn’t make that transition.

Instead, Trump has promoted and fomented some far-right disdain for experts, up to and including his retweet of the #FireFauci tag. Why? Does he not know that the 20 to 30% of the population who think he walks on water will adopt whatever raw, political meat-dogma he throws into the kennel? He may have ignited protests around the country, but could he not know he’s putting his own voters in harm’s way? Someone called Trump’s political party a “death cult,” because people are going to get the virus by protesting without masks and social distancing. That’s bit rough, but it does have a ring.

I have concluded that Trump politicized this virus and global pandemic because he just doesn’t know what else to do. He was on the stage at the briefings telling us that the virus was going to go away. Remember, “Fifteen down to none.” He told those attending a rally on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Bojangles’ Coliseum that this virus was a “Democrat hoax.” On that date there were less than two known cases in America, but officials in Santa Clara County, California, have now determined that at least two deaths in early February can now be attributed to COVID-19. So, any idea that Donald Trump knew what was really happening all along is false. On March 2, 2020, I was moved to a different hospital for a minor operation because of COVID-19 infected hospital workers. See, there were signs. By the way, I survived that operation.

When I saw the Governor of New York on TV saying that they have gone over the top of the mountain, I felt much better. However, he also said that 166 people died in the past 24 hours. He doesn’t make me panic, but he does make me think. Gee, that could have been me.

I wonder whether more people would be wearing masks if Andrew Cuomo was president right now. Would we have these protests? Probably yes, and they would have been motivated by the zealous ideolog Fox News opinion show hosts who really are in the panic business. They prey on older conservative viewers for ratings and money. They know if they create fear and dissent, ratings will go up. They will continue to do Trump’s monkey business long after Mr. Dorito Face is gone. It’s what they do.

The stark reality? It will take years for the stock market to come back. It’s also true that this virus and global pandemic will change the way we interact as humans. Until we get a vaccine, we all need to be careful. This isn’t panic talk; it’s simply good health advice. Trump is not the leader we need right now. He doesn’t understand complex conundrums and layered challenges. Sorry, but for all of his talk about being so smart, why does he keep saying the wrong things? He has the best experts around him. He should just communicate facts and well-thought-out advice, but he can’t.

If Trump really understood and believed the science behind the novel coronavirus, he wouldn’t have launched such an aggressive campaign to restart. He wouldn’t have tweeted the word LIBERATE to those states that were trying to keep this pandemic under control. He wouldn’t have wasted time verbally abusing reporters who were asking basic questions about the administration’s role in the response to COVID-19. Donald John Trump fails to understand that the politicizing of the crisis turns off moderates and educated suburban women. It creates doubt.

They say that the biggest hinderances to stock market performance is uncertainty. Trump cannot ignore that maxim and the country will react to his actions, inactions and disruptions. By tweeting about topics not related to the pandemic, Trump reveals his lack of focus, which equates to uncertainty. Tweeting every seven minutes over the weekend and tearing into reporters is terribly beneath the office of the President, but MAGA boy doesn’t at all understand the nuances and negativity of his office and actions.

He cannot conceive that his behavior often makes things worse. He could have done a simple, information-laced presser in the Rose Garden, but his handling of the questions made things worse. If you were an alien viewing that appearance from afar, you probably would have asked, “Who put this guy in charge?” I speak alien.

We need to defeat the Pandemic and remove the man who wasn’t ready for a real crisis. The real panic will come if he’s given more time to destroy America. We must not let that happen.

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ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!

Trump Scolds Reporters in the Rose Garden

My father was born in 1913 and if alive today he would be 107 years old. Growing up on a farm, my father dealt with a lot of hard work after his father died when Dad was 15 years of age. He was the youngest of 13 children and acquired most of his beliefs, prejudices and viewpoints during a depression and two wars. I didn’t blame him for his Archie Bunker-type comments, even though I knew why they were wrong.

My father used the term “polack” to describe Polish people, and although he never used the “N” word, he was most comfortable with calling African Americans “colored.” All the schools I attended were not integrated. My schooling took place before controversial busing laws, so I grew up in a white bubble. This was well before there was even the notion of “political correctness,” and many of the things we said then would not be received well today. If my father was around now, he would probably agree with the main guy in the White House.

Maybe because I was schooled as a journalist, my viewpoint on Donald J. Trump has been damaged by his constant disdain of media and disparagement of our free press. Along with my Presbyterian upbringing and the moral core of my being, I take umbrage with any verbal attack of a group of people, especially the downtrodden and persecuted minorities. I guess you can call me a bleeding heart, tree hugging liberal, although I would prefer to be known as a person with an altruistic grounding and who cares about people.

One of the burning questions that many have raised about Trump is whether he has some embedded racist viewpoints. We do know that his father Fred was probably a Nazi sympathizer. Records show that his father was arrested during a Nazi parade in New York in 1927, but let’s not judge a son’s values based on his father’s closed-mindedness.

The 45th President is a cloudy picture that can turn ugly in an instant. He uses the terms, “good people” to describe individuals who carry Nazi symbols of hate. He needs an enemy or combatant on every issue, which forces him to create a demon when none exists. He was quick to desire a ban of all Muslims from entering the US before he knew the details of one shooting.

When Trump runs out of Democrats, people of color, people from other countries or anyone who disagrees with him to bully, he aims his verbal attacks at the press. That is probably one of his easiest targets. When engaging with the press, his uncharted and disjointed verbosity gives us a great portal into his soul. His words are telling.

During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Monday May 11, 2020, President Donald Trump abruptly ended the briefing after he was challenged by one CNN reporter for withdrawing her turn to ask a question, but the damage was already done on mic with a previous reporter. CBS News Asian American reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he emphasized that the US was doing better than any other country with respect to coronavirus testing. Ms. Jiang pressed Trump, “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?” As all the viewers could plainly see, Trump was miffed by the question and loudly retorted, “Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me! Ask China that question!”

Weijia has gotten under Trump’s skin in earlier press conferences, so even with her mask on Trump knew the Asian American reporter from CBS. He has rebuked and disparaged her in the past. The president then called on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, who was walking to the microphone as Jiang leaned over with half her mask off to ask, “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?” The whole world witnessed Donald Trump facing an Asian woman who was confronting the President of the United States.

Donald Trump’s comeback was lame, “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.” The only thing that we could hear clearly after that was Jiang objection, “That is not a nasty question.”

Trump has no idea that what he did was purely racist, but then he doesn’t use logic, science or facts to determine any of his positions. Trump’s outburst was racist because she’s Asian, and he was insinuating that she should ask China because she’s Chinese. His move hearkened back to the time he asked April Ryan, an African American reporter, to talk to the Black Caucus for him. I guess he did so because of the color of April’s skin. He would not have asked a white reporter to be a middle-man or negotiator with African American groups. He assumed she was in cahoots with the Black Caucus.

Donald Trump had a strange comment when asked about the senseless killing of a black man in Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery. Few in the media picked up on this issue because of the intensity Trump created with his Chinese blunder during this week’s truncated press conference.

In response to a black reporter asking how he felt about the delayed justice in Georgia, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible and it’s certainly being looked at by many people – I’m speaking to many people about it.”  Then, the President pointed out that he talked with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, and relayed that Senator Scott said that he too was disturbed by the fatal shooting. Tim Scott is a good guy but he’s not from Georgia. Donald Trump seemed to want people to know that he “has a black friend.” He was attempting to exploit that friendship to demonstrate he understands African American challenges in this country and, in a sense, was researching how he should react. Was he getting permission?

Our current House of Representatives has 56 African Americans while the Senate has only ten. Trump leans on Tim Scott so much in his commentary because of Scott’s special status of being African American and Republican. It’s doubtful that Trump called any Democratic African American members of Congress for their viewpoints on this tragedy.

When the President of the United States yells at a reporter, who was born in China but grew up in West Virginia, “ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!” he is saying he doesn’t have an answer. He doesn’t know why everything is a competition. He told us we would be tired of winning. He was right; we are fatigued with his games. He has proven many times that he doesn’t like direct questions from women and especially women of color. So, he’s not only racist, but a male chauvinist pig. Okay, paste another star on his forehead. What a guy.

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

Trump Train: No Conductor, Wrong Track

I think growing up in Pittsburgh put a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It’s not like us ‘burghers hold grudges or grievances, or stand ready to provoke disputes and arguments, but we can surely talk your leg off. Also, Pittsburghers have a built-in underdog status, which often comes in handy.

In the 1946 Marx Brothers movie, A Night in Casablanca, the female character, Bea, played by Lisette Verea, and Groucho’s Kornblow are both smoking and playfully blowing smoke at each other. As the cloud of smoke surrounds their heads, Groucho says, “This is like living in Pittsburgh – if you can call that ‘living.’” When we were kids, we were told that our hometown was inferior to other places.

The ‘burgh is a sports town. Our insecurity complex came to a screeching halt when our Pirates beat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. We were brought to our feet waving yellow pieces of “terrible towels” when our NFL Steelers won six Super Bowls. Then there were the five Stanley cup wins by our Pittsburgh Penguins, which brought much joy to the hearts of Steel City citizens. The goal has always been respect, not just winning.

I always twitch when I hear a retort start with the words, “With all due respect.” It’s because I know that whatever they are about to say will be contra to my position. That’s fine. I want to know your point, perception or proposition. Afterall, you could be right. I will change my mind if you take the care and time to intellectually lay out the logic.

During the confirmation hearing for William Barr as Attorney General of the US, I believed he was a straight-shooter, even though he orchestrated and wrote all the pardons freeing those involved in the Iran-Contra Affair under President George H.W. Bush. Go ahead and Google it. You see, I have a thing about white collar crime and political infractions. Why are those people treated differently when they break the law? The lame excuse, “I was just following orders,” didn’t cut it at Nuremberg and shouldn’t in the United States of America. Oliver North was not a patriot.

I never liked Michael Flynn and was more than skeptical when Donald Trump appointed him to the post of National Security Advisor. I like smart generals and I have nothing against the military, but when pure ideologs make policies we often end up on shaky ground. Dick Cheney was of that ilk, and after spending a trillion dollars on unnecessary wars we saw the damage an ideolog can wrest when they become too powerful in US decision-making. Dick Cheney was not a patriot.

Take all that Trump has said during his three years in office, boil it down, and you will see a pattern of over-committing to a plan, then throwing water on the plan and, later, blaming someone else for the plan. It’s amazing to me that the guy doesn’t run into himself on his way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Trump is a confused little boy with the thinnest skin of any human.

When William Barr took control of the Department of Justice, he was called to the Senate for a hearing, and that’s when we saw the real Bill Barr. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Barr didn’t change his title from A.G. to P.O. — Political Operative, because that is what he is. He’s not upholding the law when it comes to Trump. He’s out front, blocking for him, running interference and acting more like a bought judge than the Attorney General.

During his first post confirmation hearing, Barr claimed that the FBI “spied on the Trump campaign.” He seemed to say that there were some misdeeds by the agency when they checked out unusual and premature contacts between Russians and those in the Trump campaign. Isn’t that something the FBI should do? Why would Barr think that’s not okay? Is he a Russian agent?

Not too long later, William Barr was discrediting and misquoting the Robert Mueller Report. During his presentation, before the document was released, he basically said that he and Rod Rosenstein reviewed the facts and determined that there was no wrongdoing by Trump or his cohorts. REALLY? I read it and saw a bunch of indictments, admissions of guilt and sentences handed down. The report wasn’t nearly as vague or positive as Barr wanted you to believe. Without the terms being present in the report, it paints Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator and the main obstructer of justice in the probe.

With the thousands of other cases the Attorney General is responsible for managing and directing, we can only hope that his biases and distractions are not affecting the process of justice. Unfortunately, that’s not the circumstance. Keep reading; it gets worse.

I wasn’t surprised when Barr announced that the DOJ was dropping its charges against Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. Flynn admitted to the lying and was convicted of that crime. I am sure Barr can read the law: “Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the name for the federal process crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in ‘any matter within the jurisdiction’ of the federal government of the United States, even by merely denying guilt when asked by a federal agent.” William Barr cannot erase this law from the books and has broken the law by ignoring it.

I don’t trust Trump and I don’t trust William Barr. Had Barr been doing his job properly he would have dug into Trump’s tax returns and attempted to establish motives for some of this president’s bizarre actions. There should be a Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the Attorney General, but we don’t have time right now — you know, election coming, pandemic, virus in the White House, stuff like that.

With all due respect, William Barr is neither a patriot nor a glowing light for justice. He’s simply an ass-kissing Trump sycophant. For those who really care about law and order in America, please step up and help throw Trump out of the White House in November.

I don’t respect people who cannot be objective when administering the law. I know that if Trump losses the election in November, his fake writers will be churning out the pardons for everyone Trump believes treated him unfairly. They will take care of those who suffered terrible injustices that often happen to rich and famous people like Martha Stewart.

I cannot wait to see Donald, Ivanka, Jared and all the Trump knuckleheads walking to the helicopter to fly them back to New York in January. Better yet, why not make them ride a train back to their tower? I don’t mean the Acela Express; I’m talking about the slow train. Maybe we could drop a few trees over the tracks on the way back. That will allow them to appreciate a true, common man traveling experience.

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THE FOUNDATION CRACKS IN FEDERALISM

Trump Dumps the DOJ Down the Drain

I wish schools did a better job teaching young people how our government works. American democracy has worked so well for so long because of the foundation the founders built into the design. We have three separate but equal branches of government, 1. Executive, 2. Legislative, 3. Judicial.

I’ll embellish a bit. Federalism is a system of government in which entities such as states or provinces share power with a national government. The United States government functions according to these principles and evolved from the “philosophy of federalism.” Using “federalism” as an excuse for not helping any state during a global pandemic is malfeasance of the highest order. Saying the states are “on their own” is negligent government.

Many countries around the world employ the parliamentary system, which is rather comical to most Americans. In a parliamentary system of government, the executive branch has the direct or indirect support of the parliament. This support is usually shown by a vote of confidence. The relationship between the executive and the legislature in a parliamentary system is called “responsible government.” In countries with Kings or Queens, the executive answers to the royal head to greater or lesser extents, but let’s get back to America, which is already in progress.

These days we often hear that when designing our democracy, the founding fathers never considered a person as outrageous, capricious, and disruptive as Donald Trump. The Constitution, Bill of Rights and the laws of this country were written with the idea that whatever abuses of power might come up would be batted down by the checks and balances built into the structure.

The Legislative Branch of our government proposes, deliberates and writes the laws which guide and constrain our way of life. If a law is not in the public interest, the chief executive can veto it. The Congress, with a majority vote, has the power to overrule the president and pass the law. If the law conflicts with the Constitution, the people can challenge the law and the judiciary will get involved. If the dispute goes to the top of the judicial structure, the Supreme Court can be asked to render a verdict. Their decision is final.

I would be naïve to suggest that a person, nominated by the President to sit on a court, is not selected for their previous decisions, written opinions and positions on a range of topics. Trump has plastered most federal courts with people holding extremely conservative dogmas, as evidenced by their past rulings.

When President Trump got elected, he placed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions in the position of Attorney General. Our founders placed the Department of Justice under the Executive Branch for a good reason. If the DOJ was under the Judicial Branch, unruly judges could shape the law enforcement agencies and perhaps use them to coerce the Legislative and Executive Branches. If Justice was under the purview of the Congress, they could force the arrest of someone they didn’t like. In the hands of a bad executive, the Department of Justice could be used to decide who gets charged and how the laws are executed. That is what we have now.

Donald Trump, after realizing that his political appointee Jeff Sessions was going to follow the law and listen to the ethics people in the government, went on a highly unproductive campaign to discredit the man he nominated. Trump thought that if he shamed and embarrassed him, Sessions would quit. Instead, Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation, which severely angered Trump. The Attorney General simply followed his legal obligation to pull out of the investigation because he worked on the Trump campaign.

We know from the many books with Trump’s name on the cover that he never saw a law he didn’t consider going around. The Donald brags openly that he knows the tax code so well that he pays no taxes. If he released his tax returns, we would know if this is true, but it does seem rather unpatriotic that such a rich person doesn’t want to give his fair share. He keeps saying how much he loves his country, but he’s probably paid more to keep bunnies and porn stars quiet than he contributed to his beloved country.

Trump snarls and barks that he has full power of the Executive Branch and constantly misquotes Article II of the Constitution, which is very specific:  The Powers of the President are: Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces, commission officers of the armed forces, grant reprieves and pardons for federal offenses (except for impeachment), convene Congress in special sessions, receive ambassadors, take care that the laws be faithfully executed, wield the “executive power”, appoint Cabinet officials and White House staff and Supreme Court justices. Nowhere in this list do we see powers to block witnesses, stonewall Congressional oversight or fire and replace government officials based on a desire to manipulate objective judgements and policies.

There are some shared powers with Congress, and they are: Make treaties, appoint ambassadors, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices and approve legislation. Congress is generally involved in appointments by holding public hearings to determine the qualifications and abilities of those nominated. There is an assumed and codified need for Congress to have oversight of any government action that is counter to the public interest.

If Congress believes a presidential candidate should release their tax returns, they need to pass a law. When a government official is convicted of breaking the law and the President and his Attorney General give the guilty a get-out-of-jail card, by either dropping charges or pardoning the person, the Executive Branch might be involved in malfeasance of justice. The only backstop for this corruption is the Judicial Branch. If judges then do the bidding of the president because of political goals, we have lost our constitutional grounding.

Trump is a bad president who must be checked by Congress and the Courts as soon as possible. By dropping charges against Michael Flynn, Attorney General William Barr is kowtowing to the President rather than following justice and law. Flynn pled guilty and was found guilty on a charge brought by the DOJ. Why does Flynn get a do-over? Well, because he’s a friend of Donald Trump. Michael Cohen couldn’t even get out of jail in a pandemic, while Michael Flynn will walk free.

William Barr should be impeached. The earthquake is coming, and the dictator’s walls must fall.

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WUHAN TO WASHINGTON

No Hush Money Can Make It Go Away

There are certain things that money can’t buy. Some people say that money can’t buy you happiness. The Beatles said money can’t buy you love. Ayn Rand said, “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” On the other hand, Warren Buffet suggests, “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shuts down for ten years.” And that brings us to our present moment.

I totally get Donald Trump. I have worked for many multi-millionaires and a couple of billionaires in my life and they all had two things in common. They loved a great meal and always left the table before the bill came. Trump will do the same thing with America. He will leave office, hopefully sooner rather than later, and hand a giant bill to our children and grandchildren. If you are young, you will be paying for Donald Trump’s mistakes your whole life.

Regular readers of this blog know that I hardly say anything nice about Donald Trump, but here goes. COVID-19 was not caused by our president. Whether you believe his diatribes or not, this pandemic could have started in any country. The common belief that the coronavirus started in Wuhan, China may have cultural overtones, but you cannot blame a whole race of people or one country for this disaster. You cannot impugn Trump, Obama, Bush or any US President for this creepy little germ. In fact, if COVID is Trump’s fault, wouldn’t we just arrest him, put him in jail and throw away the key?

It’s not his fault that we have another plague running around the world and bringing the financial markets to their knees, but what he didn’t do from day one must be analyzed because it’s important to our grandchildren. They shouldn’t be afraid to live. Donald Trump will die well before we figure out a way to end the spread of future viruses. We must have a vaccine to protect us from each future mishap between the animal and human world.

This corona-calamity has brought a new reality. We now have “social distancing” to learn and do. There are signs telling us where to stand in the grocery store. Most people where I live are not following the one-way aisles plan. I guess better signage is needed to fully instill this new abnormal.

The liberal media-types use the term “rage tweeting” to describe what the President of the United States does in his spare time. WHAT? During a global pandemic the president has spare time? He seems to be in a never-ending war with anyone who says he has no idea what he is doing. Why so much rage, Mr. President? Get a shrink.

I am sick of the words, “new normal” and “unprecedented.” First, anything that is new can’t be normal until it’s been around for a while. Donald Trump has brought the word unprecedented to new levels of trending every day. The term means “never done or known before.” We hear the President say, “No one knew this was possible,” as his copout for not knowing about the coming pandemic and his inaction at the beginning of the fight. If he were a boxer, he would have been knocked out cold in March.

More terms are popping into our lexicon, like “herd immunity” and “modeling.” If you ever spent time on a farm you know that when one of the cows gets sick you move that one bovine away from the rest of the herd. Herd immunity doesn’t always work. For a farmer or rancher, if you sacrifice some of the herd while the others get beyond the ailment you are losing money. Full-grown cows can cost between $4,000 to $5,000. Do you remember “Bovine spongiform encephalopathy?” It was better known as “mad cow disease” and farmers had to kill every cow that came down with it. It was highly contagious and destroyed the animals’ central nervous systems. Some believe it was caused by feeding beef to cows. They aren’t cannibals, they are cows. People shouldn’t eat bats and cows should be vegetarian. Got it?

The idea of “modeling” is not new to the scientific community. We use modeling to predict where hurricanes will make land. We use modeling to track where people shop and determine where a new mall should be built. Fashion designers use modeling to sell their designs. Sorry, I just had to write that. Did you laugh? Here’s the important point, though. Modeling is not reality. It’s an estimate or prediction based on all the known data at the time the model is created.

The scientists and doctors of the COVID -19 Task Force once told us that we could have 250,000 deaths. Then they changed their model and predicted we could keep deaths from the coronavirus to below 60,000. Soon that was revised to say the death toll would be larger. Yesterday, the model was recalculated because many states are reopening. Scientists now say that as many as 134,000 Americans will die by June. So, why then should we be taking the risk of opening states right now? I guess the White House thinks opening is worth loss of life. This president thinks the economy will quickly and magically pop big numbers as a result. I’m willing to lay a wager that won’t happen.

People like Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump think they are in charge. They are not. Each one of them will lie to look good. China kept COVID-19 a secret for as long as they could. Putin, in the middle of taking full dictator control of Russia, had to call off his coup d’état because of the coronavirus. Kim Jong-Un probably contracted the virus but kept his discomfort from the world. Trump tried to talk the virus out of coming here. What a pitiful, naïve fool to think his words are that powerful. These boisterous leaders are just mortal men with agendas and misdirection.

Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump view people simply as numbers or statistics. No head of a country can hold the grief of every death in their heart, but it would be better if they attempted to express more empathy during this tragedy with its great loss of life. Numbers are used in science and stock markets, and if you don’t know MATH, you don’t know JACK. Some countries teach math to every child, but because we are in this global pandemic we are now forced to teach adults how math works with respect to percentages of death, percentage of chance of getting the virus and the like.

I surely hope our US State Governors, will keep a body count during their foolish quests to “open the economy.” As former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Monday of this week, politicians should all admit, “people will have to die” to open the malls and entertainment. Perhaps he sees this like Sophie’s Choice. You know, older people’s lives for money. Thanks, Chris. You can take your family back to the beach now. Maybe Trump will make you ambassador to Wuhan.

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