DO WE REALLY CARE?

Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal

I hate the coronavirus and all that it has done to our country and world. I am ashamed of Donald John Trump, our supposed leader. This crisis has revealed his lack of understanding about basic scientific principles. What he and his minions say to the press and their constituents is so partisan and stupid it makes me sick, not like pandemic sick, rather mentally agitated and anxious. So now I will lay down some thoughts to end another week of this global crisis, so that one day when I look back I will be able to say, okay, you did see it, and you reacted. I also want my kids and grand kids to know exactly what I thought about this damn mess.

Washington is wasting time

We should all just stop watching the news and go about our business, but what business might that be? As I walked out of Walmart today, carrying a package of paper towels and some disinfectant, the term “Faustian bargain” came to mind. This is what we have. This is where we’re at.

A Faustian bargain is a mythical pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or their own soul, for worldly or material benefit, such as knowledge, power or riches. It’s like the pact made in the Broadway show and motion picture Damn Yankees, in which a man sold himself to the devil so his team, the Washington Senators, could beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. That man gave up the love of his life to see his team at the top. Let me explain why this is exactly where we are right now in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Satan-like creature who is tempting us with his Faustian bargain is the President of the United States. Donald Trump has been told over and over that with a strong economy he cannot be defeated in the election, and like the man selling his soul in exchange for a team win, Trump will do anything to achieve reelection. I am not exaggerating when I use the word anything.

As Donald Trump attempts to remake America according to his image and thought processes, he fails to understand that family, morality and kindness are more fundamental than people wearing red MAGA hats. He attempts to stir up the independent nature of some people with his LIBERATE tweets, but short of a future civil war what is the value of that contradiction? He told us the coronavirus was bad and we would have to stay safe, but then complained about his own advice. He is in an argument with himself and he truly doesn’t know what to do.

Trump’s Faustian bargain is pushed by his sycophants and miscreants who manipulate him and control his inner bully. These scoundrels don’t give a shit about whether people die or not, they care only about high ratings for their demigod. Trump pushed hard for states to open way before they should have, but that is not the real bargain. His deal with the devil is trading peoples’ lives for an economic return that will satisfy his drive to stay in power.

One reason he doesn’t wear a mask is purely a case of vanity. He slathers orange makeup on his face every morning because he thinks it makes him look better. He wastes tons of time making sure his comb-over hair looks simply perfect. He dresses in the same kinds of outfits every day because he’s insecure about his weight, and he surely believes that long ties, big blue suits and baggy pants make him look thinner. They don’t. He feels that wearing a mask would make him look weak, inferior and vulnerable. He’s the classic control-freak with low self-esteem. Deep down inside he knows he’s a fake, thus his many attacks based on the word “fake.”

There are those who will say that I am being cruel using the words “Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal,” but that is the precise nature of the bargain Trump has taken. He’s pushing hard and lying more and more to get what he wants. He’s in a quandary. If people believe he’s negligent, his numbers will stay low and he will be a one-term president. If he doesn’t push the economy out of this padlocked state, the conservatives and rich donors will let the negatives fly to his detriment, and he will not tolerate that well. He has no built-in self-protection from criticism and does not think clearly when he’s angry. How did he ever become president?

Foul Shot at Puerto Ricans

When a demonic and destructive hurricane whipped through Puerto Rico, Trump was asked for help from the Mayor of San Juan. 2,975 people lost their lives when Maria leveled much of their island. Trump attacked the Mayor verbally, and when he arrived to see the damage, he unleashed his vindictive vitriol and blamed the government of Puerto Rico for the damage. These are the acts of a mean, uncaring human. And to prove this more, Trump commented while touring a plant making ventilators in Michigan yesterday, “We’re not going to close the country if there’s a second wave!” He’s just going to let you die.

The question in the title of this piece is real. Do we really care? When I see the headline: More than 1,200 pastors say they’ll defy California’s state order and resume in-person services, it’s clear these people do not have the safety and health of their flocks on their minds. Recently, a family held a funeral service in Albany, Georgia with a wonderful turnout of more than 200 unmasked, closely huddled people. Within weeks, the coronavirus spread throughout that county of 90,000 people, which now has 135 virus victims.

I get it. We are religious. We are brave. We believe God will protect us, but it’s immoral for a religious leader to promote the gathering of souls only to have them get infected and die. Read the Holy Bible. It’s not a political decision, it’s a public health decision. Protect your flock and be a good shepherd. The First Amendment was written by men who cared about the living and honored the dead by protecting their spirits. Stop producing UNNECESSARY DEATH. Perhaps that should be written on the arrest order for Donald Trump.


WHAT IS THE REAL ANSWER?

Trump Pushes Workers to the Edge

Maybe because I grew up in a household with a former member of the military, I learned to respect authority figures. That lasted until I got to college and was exposed to radical leftist anarchists, which was a joke. Those radicals were basically white kids from the suburbs of northeastern cities who got into college by the skin of their teeth to avoid going to Vietnam.

The college collective rejected Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon with their goosed-up thinking promoted by Pentagon Generals. They said we couldn’t leave Vietnam because so many have already died, and the domino theory meant the entire world would collapse into communism. We assumed they were lying about the Vietnam war, and after the Pentagon Papers were released, we witnessed the enormity of their lies. We saw the carnage right before our eyes as the body bags and blood were blasted nightly over network TV news.

When we were protesting that war, we were just trying to communicate “Our lives matter,” but many parents, teachers and authority figures said that we were being unpatriotic. When African Americans were involved in police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, a cry for help in the form of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan came about. It wasn’t long after when people felt a need to produce an American flag in black and white, with one blue strip to promote the safety and welfare of those in law enforcement. The Thin Blue Line campaign even sells merchandise. Some saw this as backlash to the criticism of various community’s police policies and activities. There were valid protests but didn’t solve the problem.

The power of the President of the United States is vast but can be questioned. We live in a democracy with a strong First Amendment and I use it every day to say what I really think about the distorted, disillusioned and demented man waddling within the White House. While he was busy selling his Make America Great Again hats, the country was attacked by a virus. It’s not a stretch to say our government was caught off guard. The administration was warned and chose to ignore.

People’s lives have been sacrificed throughout the history of our government. We have fought many wars in which some of our best lost their lives to support land grabbing, philosophical differences and aiding our allies. Recently disclosed documents showed that the US military used our soldiers as guinea pigs to examine the effects of drugs.

In 1971, President Nixon initiated a military drug urinalysis program to identify which service members returning from Vietnam should be rehabilitated. Project MK-Ultra was the code name of a clandestine US Central Intelligence Agency mind control program which conducted experiments on human subjects, some of which were illegal. LSD was just one of the mind-altering drugs that were tested in the program to see if and how they could be weaponized to control human behavior. Many of the unwitting subjects of these experiments were subjected to what amounts to psychological torture. Yes, it was our government without oversight or transparency that implemented this program. In 1994, the US General Accounting Office issued a report stating that between 1940 and 1974 the CIA, Department of Defense and other national security agencies used thousands of human subjects in tests and experiments involving hazardous substances.

During Donald Trump’s reality TV show, broadcast live from the (I Never Promised you a) Rose Garden, he said, “I just want to make something clear. It’s very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting a process.” These amazing words were uttered during an utterly ridiculous press briefing on May 15 which did nothing other than revealing the absurd name “Operation Warp Speed” for his quest to quickly deliver a COVID-19 vaccine.  It’s a stupid name and we have no details about how this goal might be achieved.

“Operation Warp Speed” implies it’s going to happen fast, but most experts are doubting that a vaccine will come more quickly just because of a flashy name. Might I add a bit of marketing critique here? When the pilot of the Star Trek vehicle clicked the Warp Speed switch, it was generally to get away from an imminent attack. I am not sure if Trump wants us to run away from problems or get to the unspecified promised land sooner.

As the Washington Post published this weekend, Trump has been touting the drug hydroxychloroquine for more than two months. He even forced the FDA to approve the drug for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Many Fox News hosts have also heavily promoted use of this drug, while clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis showed its danger, especially for those with heart disease. Trump’s justification for taking the drug was “What do you have to lose?” Most experts say that the drug doesn’t seem to have any positive results against coronavirus. A study from the Veterans Administration showed that 27% of the patients treated with hydroxychloroquine died. WHO ELECTED THIS CLOWN?

What the world needs now is not just “love,” but truth. Many Republican governors put reopening their state’s economy way ahead of concern about the continuing challenges of the global pandemic. In states with Democratic governors, a ginned-up revolt has been used to confront their actions to keep their citizens safe. I am sure most of the charges against restaurants, taverns and hair salons will be thrown out of court when all is said and done, but the general ignorance and lack of respect by many of my fellow Americans is depressing. They may die because they believed in Trump’s bullshit.

Trump’s misinformation and distractions have once again divided us into two groups, but there is a more important aspect of his actions. If people take his word as true and then end up suffering or even dying because of it, will we ever believe another president during a pandemic? Maybe the thinning of the herd is based on awareness and knowledge, not muscles.

The good news is Trump does back down on stupid ideas and plans when masses of Americans show their teeth. The most embarrassing thing he suggested was drinking disinfectants. Second was hyping a drug that could kill people. Third was being elected President. We should march on Washington, D.C. The Vietnam war ended because we the people revolted. We need another rebellion now, before it’s too late.

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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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WELCOME TO FAUCI FREE FRIDAYS

Dangerous Rhetoric Trumps Expertise

As I watch this passion play of a global pandemic, there are times I want to ask how our highly educated and experienced experts do not just lose it. One would hope that cooperation and compromise would drive the narrative during this horrible event, but it’s not what seems to be important to judges, governors or the President. By his actions and words, it’s perfectly clear that Donald Trump would like this whole COVID-19 thing to simply go away, but it won’t.

During the hearing in the Senate, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave those who questioned him very direct and, at times, frightening information and advice. For the most part, the elected Senators were open to his help. Aside from Rand Paul, who sought to discredit and denigrate Dr. Fauci, most Senators know that we need a vigorous plan to test as many people as possible, otherwise we will never know the extend and power of the virus. Senator Paul says he refuses to wear a mask because he had the virus and recovered. His assumption that he cannot be re-infected or spread the virus has not been proven by science. Ironically, Rand Paul is an eye doctor and should know that his avoidance of a face mask could hurt someone. Maybe he doesn’t care.

Yesterday, in a meeting with two Governors in the White House, Trump was once again pontificating and misleading people. He decided to answer some questions, which is always a risk for this President. When asked about Dr. Fauci’s testimony in the Senate, Trump bristled and commented that Fauci is trying to play “all sides” of the equation, oblivious to the fact that an equation has only two sides. No one had the nerve to ask, “WHAT SIDES?” as Trump, once again, drew a redline that separates us into “You are either with me or against me” in this fight to reopen the country. The virus knows no sides and fighting it should be the focus of us all.

When a reporter asked what Trump thought of the warnings about opening schools too early, the President said Fauci’s warnings about reopening amid coronavirus crisis are “not acceptable.” Imagine a patient meeting with their doctor who has just stated that they have cancer. Most normal people would ask, “How bad?” or, “How much time do I have?” In that circumstance Donald Trump would likely reply that the advice is unacceptable. REALLY? You know, you still have cancer, right?

During the testimony in the House of Dr. Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, he slammed the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response and urged lawmakers to listen to the voices of scientists and predicted “unprecedented illness and fatalities.” Trump’s comeback was to say that Dr. Bright is just a disgruntled employee. Okay, another person telling the truth gets put on the “I don’t know him. I have never met him” human category. Why has Trump not met the guy in charge of a vaccine? Negligence or Arrogance?

Rational, intelligent human beings of the world know not to take Trump seriously, but he’s the leader of the free world. Why can’t Trump plainly relay the facts and fear, say something positive and then move on? Everything has to be a fight with someone, something or an institution. He cannot stay on message and he cannot stay focused on the most important time in modern American history.

Why is Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, trying to force premature openings in states where he wants to win in November? Recent polls and data show that only 26% to 30% of the people in this country trust his advice and opinions on the COVID crisis. In fact, a number from YouGov.com says that, “Three-quarters of Americans (75%) believe it is likely that state-level plans to reopen large sectors of their economies could result in an increase in COVID-19 cases.” Trump has no credibility with Democrats and perhaps a slight Republican advantage, but in the end people will blame the man who is in charge. The pointed political question is this, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” I’m willing to bet that will get a big, loud “NO!”

When this president uses blame as an involuntary reaction to any question or statement he dislikes, the rest of us waste time trying to defend the person being criticized . It happens on “both sides” of any issue and is lacking the leadership needed to resolve and move forward. With the Donald is in the White House, we cannot move on, we cannot resolve, we cannot take expert advice and face this pandemic responsibly and sensibly.

It’s amazing to me that the President cannot unite us on a prudent path to deal with this nemesis that affects every American. No, the man refuses all responsibility of facing and handling the coronavirus crisis. I am not making this up. He plainly said on TV that he takes no responsibility and we all heard him.

Trump seems to be implementing Fauci Free Fridays and Dr. Birx-free-TV lately. He want to avoid talk about the reality of the pandemic so we can forge on with his insane plan to reopen the country regardless of the amount of additional deaths. Fatso wants to open schools, both colleges and K-12, so parents can go back to work and use the state funded babysitter service known as education. Trump references Purdue University, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, which had only 248 coronavirus cases and two deaths when this post was written. Don’t forget that Purdue students come from all over the country, and even the world, meaning a higher likelihood of more contagion on campus. Opening a college isn’t the same as opening elementary, middle and high schools.

Before we open schools, with their narrow halls and obvious social distancing challenges, we need to be thoughtful and careful. We are now seeing a delayed response to the coronavirus in children with symptoms like Kawasaki disease. Up to 100 children in the UK have been affected and studies suggest the same reaction is being seen in Europe and the United States. Three children, ages 5, 7 and 18, have died from the illness in the state of New York. So, is your rush to open the schools wise at all, Mr. President?  What are you thinking?

Here’s a message for all those Fox News TV personalities who claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci is less than honest, or worse, a traitor. Why are you against Fauci? His job to keep America vigilant, safe and healthy is far more important than what you do for your keepers, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Their agenda is making money, and you have a role in the opinions of millions of Americans. Do Fauci’s death threats bother you at all? Your “news” service constantly relays the mutterings and opinions of Donald Trump. What good are you doing by constantly and aggressively condemning experts and scientists?

He’s right when Trump says the press is the enemy of the people, but he’s aiming his barbs at the wrong outlets. Fox News, One America News Network and webcasters like Alex Jones and Info-Wars are the real enemies. They are making things worse, just like Alex Jones did during the Waco siege, by stirring up the far right. That brought ATF and FBI agents to Waco. Did Alex Jones’ words on TV and radio cause death there? It’s impossible to determine his influence, but 82 people were killed by Federal agents and US military during that siege and Alex Jones’ position was against the government. Did his rhetoric plant a seed in Timothy McVie’s mind? Google: Oklahoma City bombing.

We should all pray that there is never a Fauci-free Friday, or any day, when we cannot turn to doctors, nurses, scientists and experts. Donald Trump has become BIG BROTHER. We need experts now more than ever. Let’s not be led into danger and death by Donald Trump, who cares only about his reelection, not the world’s virus.

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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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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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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.

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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HATE GOES VIRAL IN AMERICA

Trump’s Lack of Leadership Leads to Stupidity

Donald Trump went on Fox News Sunday night and told America that he expects as many as 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. Two vacuous so-called news people sat there, never asking the most important question. “If what you say is true, Mr. President, then why the hell are certain states opening right now?” The families of the next 40,000 people who die can blame the catastrophe on our feckless, reckless, mindless president. Trump has no idea what he is doing.

Trump’s despicable rhetoric always divides us. He tries to deny that he’s doing it and blames the press, Obama, W.H.O. or China, He continually promotes an irritating martyr-syndrome. He has never been the president for all of America, ever, and that is why his hate rubs off on all of us.

Trump complains about many things. He’s a tragically flawed and negative person.  He says no president was treated worse than him. People on social media were quick to use sarcasm by reminding him that Lincoln, McKinley and Kennedy were treated much worse. In case you missed it, the common element between these three presidents is they were all assassinated. Trump has gotten billions of dollars of free TV time just by being a newsworthy asshole. He can criticize the press and media all he wants, but if they stopped covering him he would fold himself into a fetal position and die. I’m not sure where his big gut would go.

The more time we spend with Trump, the angrier we get, collectively. The red “Hitler hat” pro-Trumper thinks I’m anti-American and has a given right to the American story. We are all AMERICANS. Back off with your fucking Nazi signs.

What does Trump say to the lady who owns the small boutique who didn’t get the Small Business bailout check? She’s livid at the administration for a bad web site and mishandling of the money she needed to keep her business afloat. As she files for bankruptcy, she knows that only the big, the rich and the strong get the money. The liberals and never-trumpers are so over Donald Trump and his lies. Check out the internet and see how many people are getting more and more vocal and negative. Hate oozes off the web pages.

Pure animosity was on display last week with OPEN UP NOW protesters marching to state capitals with guns on their shoulders demanding the leaders stop the shutdown. Americans have the right to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. No real America would ever suggest this be taken out of the Constitution, but is carrying a gun into a state house really a peaceful assemblage? It’s quite intimidating in my point of view and should not be allowed in a government building.

The protesters’ lack of regard for other people’s well-being is repulsive. Why are these fools without masks screaming in cops’ faces? I hope the protesters don’t get that wretched kind of “throwing up blood” COVID. OMG, that was so hateful! Who am I?

To add some loathing and foaming poison cream on the bowl of shit, some of those protesters were holding signs with symbols of hate like swastikas, white supremist troupes and Nazi slogans. My late father would be truly disheartened seeing people carrying these signs. He fought in France and Germany during WWII and witnessed the moral debauchery at the death camps with his own eyes.

One of the most disgusting signs had “Arbeit macht frei, JB” painted on it. The unidentified woman marched in Chicago and obviously the sign was aimed at the State Governor J.B. Pritzker, who happens to be Jewish. The German slogan means “work will set you free,” and was on the gates of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. It was a sick Nazi joke to suggest that those captured Jews who worked hard in the camp would be set free after the war. During the Holocaust, there were at least 1.1 million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz.

The protestors’ signs were neither mentioned nor condemned by President Trump. As a matter of fact, Trump’s standard comeback is that he’s NOT anti-Semitic and uses another dissociative response of “how could he be when his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish.” He also keeps telling us that people displaying these appalling signs are “good people.” What is a logical person to think? Trump thinks neo-Nazis are good people. Hey, he said it.

I’ve been so angry at the President and his sycophants that my outrageous comments have gotten me banned by Twitter, but that is not the message here. It’s the realization that Trump has made me that angry person. A good president would make an attempt to bring us together, but the bad one we have fails at this responsibility every day. I will never respect or forgive him because of the many ways he has hurt my fellow Americans. His irresponsible words are likely the cause of some American deaths. One could say that Trump’s words motivated people shooting and killing a dollar store security guard who asked people to wear a mask to shop.

Trump can blame China all he wants with his repetitive propaganda gimmicks, but deep down inside he knows his administration did far less than it should have during the early months of this pandemic. The way we know he believes this is because of his intense defensiveness when questioned. My mouth dropped to the floor when Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said with a smile on his face, “The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.” Now Trump is telling us that 100,000 people are projected to die. This piss poor administration doesn’t even put forth an effort to have consistent messages. Lazy bastards.

Imagine if LBJ had said that less than 100,000 causalities in Vietnam was “a great success story!”  The loss of American lives is never a success story, Mr. Kushner. Vietnam was not a success and 100,000 coronavirus deaths will never be a success. May I remind the reader here that in 1923 Jared’s grandmother, Rae Kushner, escaped the Nazi occupation in Poland through a tunnel with her father and sister. They lived in the woods for nine months before walking over many borders and landing in a refugee camp in Italy. With all this in his family history, one might think Jared would be able to marshal some empathy. Has he forgotten the maxim, “We must never forget?” Kushner is loyal only to money, Trump and nothing else. Sorry, Ivanka.

The hate has gone viral and Trump has gained the ultimate dark result. For some he is the international villain that he’s secretly always wanted to be. For the rest of the world, he’s the laughingstock. Then there are some people who just hate him for Trump being Trump.

The Donald, according to his first wife, used to read Hitler’s speeches before bed, which might explain his actions and words. He’s speaks racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic statements without even realizing it. The association he has made about Jews and money alone would’ve gotten him thrown out of the temple, like a money changer. Trump makes people stupid.

We’ve all got to get beyond this and put someone we can trust into the White House. If Trump is reelected, America will go into a cold dark winter with the poor getting poorer, the rich getting richer and the country we all love being doomed to third world status. We must REMOVE TRUMP, not because we hate him but because everything he touches turns to shit.

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.


ONE BIG STUPID LIE

Loyalty Trumps Logic, Again

We all get it! We’re fed up with staying inside! No one wants to get sick, but many people cannot see the COVID-19 global pandemic through the eyes of an analyst or medical professional. Our perceptions of this calamity are limited to what we can observe, feel and touch, and while we are not touching others, it’s impossible to see the depth of the problem from our porch.

30 million people have signed up for unemployment compensation, yet the White House insists that everything is alright. REALLY? As of this writing, more than 63,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 complications. The virus has spread to more than three million people worldwide, and we have a President who is obsessed with blame. He has ordered the intelligence committee to confirm his conclusion that this virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. So, what if it did?

I can’t fathom why we should spend time and money chasing a scapegoat. Experts have said it’s unlikely that the virus was fabricated in a lab and more probable its genesis was animal to human transmission. The virus was NOT genetically modified, as some conspiracy theorists have claimed. No, that is a gigantic, stupid lie.

Armed Protesters in Michigan

Then there’s the matter the media confronts Trump with every day. Why weren’t we prepared for a pandemic when intelligence professionals warned the White House that it could happen with some saying it will happen. There are documents which will confirm these clear warnings, but it will take a long time to extract evidence from this administration. They will fight to keep their negligence a secret for a bit longer. Maybe we will have an October surprise?

The Donald endlessly recites the tag line that he “inherited a broken system.” It’s a feeble attempt to blame the last resident of the White House for all that has gone wrong, but it begs one question. Mr. Trump, if you were so keenly aware of this “broken system,” why did you wait almost four years to mention or fix it? Another of the Orange Monkey’s logic failures is his claim of saving millions of lives by placing a semi-ban against coming into the US from Wuhan. Okay, but some claim more than 40,000 people, including American citizens, were permitted to enter here after the ban was in place. Trump allowed American citizens who traveled internationally to return home without testing, totally ignoring that one of them could have brought the virus.

In Sweden, a country with no distancing restrictions or quarantines for most of the population, 12% of the coronavirus cases are leading to death. Sweden currently has 21,092 cases and 2,586 deaths. Many citizens there are angry with the government’s lack of action. Sweden’s total population is ten million. Should the death toll rise to 20,000 that would be an exceedingly small percentage, but could it have been lower? As for all those older Swedes who lost their lives, well I guess that’s just too bad.

America’s response to this global pandemic has been unorganized, decentralized and protracted because of one person, Donald John Trump. If it wasn’t for the smart people at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who keep the administration informed and alerted, we might have ended up like Sweden, meaning more than 130,000 people dead right now.

Slowly Losing Confidence

Trump once had a fair number of Americans, about 38%, who believed him. That was before his outlandish suggestion to inject or ingest disinfectants to cure the virus. Now we are finally seeing some commonsense kicking in. According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, “Just 28% of Americans say they’re regularly getting information from Trump about the coronavirus and only 23% say they have high levels of trust in what the president is telling the public. Another 21% trust him a moderate amount.”

I know that those people who voted for Trump feel an obligation to dance with the devil they elected, but even their position is beginning to waver. Trump knows this and, if you believe some of the reporting, he’s lashing out of those who work for him because he is panicked about his numbers. Why shouldn’t he be?

When Trump was running for office in 2016, we constantly heard this “author” of the Art of the Deal was a master businessperson and the perfect cure to heal our ailing government. Although Trump himself has never filed for bankruptcy, his hotels and casino businesses declared bankruptcy six times between 1991 and 2009 due to their inabilities to meet required payments or renegotiate bank debts.

Donnie Boy is not a good deal maker and he’s demonstrated to all of us that he has absolutely no skill in government. Look at how many people have left his administration. Oh, he brags about a few big trade deals, but when you analyze them, they aren’t that large or great.

The new USMC trade deal with Canada and Mexico is only a slight revamp of the original NAFTA, which he constantly attacked. The de-nuke deal with Iran that he abandoned has made the Middle East much less stable. Ditching the Paris Accord was an unnecessary action which lessoned US leadership in the world. This buffoon of a president pulls us out of agreements he’s not even read. He’s not done a full trade deal with China, never achieved a denuclearization pact with North Korea and the Middle East peace deal that Jared Kushner was supposedly going to initiate never happened. And never will.

The one enormous, insane lie that stupid people continue to promote is that Donald Trump is a genius businessperson. We’ve already pointed out that he’s barely a billionaire and there are so many more intelligent billionaires in the world. The old maxim of putting “your money where your mouth is” cannot happen with Trump. He lies too much.

Trump denounces those who criticize him, but that is not how great leaders or businessmen act. He detests details and doesn’t read or research important matters. He lies about his successes and fails to deliver facts or evidence of his assertions of success and talent. How can we possibly know his accomplishments as a “business genius” without seeing his tax returns? Should we ever see them, we will probably learn that he’s in debt to many foreign banks and never had the wealth he claimed. The man is simply not that good at anything.

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BACK AT ANY COST

Trump Devalues Human Life

Donald Trump will do anything to get out of the morass known as the COVID-19 global pandemic. He has now become very vocal about states opening schools as soon as possible. Why? Because with schools closed, only one parent can work. The myth that this President perpetuates is young people are not able to get the virus. That is simply not true.

Before making big decisions about opening theaters, schools and massage parlors, experts say we need to learn much more about this curse. COVID-19 presents many unknowns. A new report says doctors believe that the coronavirus could be attacking other organs in the body. That is quite disturbing.

Any virus can morph and mutate and there can be an antigenic shift.  This is the process by which two or more different strains of a single virus, or strains of two or more different viruses, combine to form a new subtype having a mixture of the surface antigens of the two or more original strains. This could be extremely dangerous to humans. Does the President of the United States have the wherewithal to know what this means and the implications?

If the “subtype” is given a way to move between clusters of closely gathered people, you know, like in a school, it could become even more lethal. The idea that children are somehow immune to the virus is crazy. Why does Trump keep saying that? Is he willing to take that chance? We do know that death from COVID-19 is extremely rare for people under the age of 20, but it does happen. The Washington Post identified nine such cases.

Opening schools now could lead to dozens, hundreds or thousands of dead children. Put simply, it’s an unknown risk. Making such a move with a tragic outcome would be political suicide for any president or governor, but we have a President in Donald Trump who cares about no one other than himself. He would rather take the chance now and deal with the body count later.

We’ve seen this previously in America. It was clear that the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, ignored the signs and evidence that more than 12,000 children in the city of Flint were drinking contaminated water. Did this man not know that Flint’s water system was bleeding out lead and damaging kids’ brains, or could it be that Rick Snyder calculated the additional cost of delivering clean water would hurt him more than damaging the development of minority children in his state?

I understand that Donald Trump, like all little boys, has no patience for this crisis. He just wants it to go away and somehow believes his reckless ideas will work. He has chosen to risk life rather than using care and intelligence in dealing with COVID-19. Why does he get to decide how to face and battle this contamination? Yes, he’s the president, but he’s no expert on medicine or viral pandemics. His every move is all about his reelection and ego. That is the worst evaluation I could possibly give a human. Sadly, this human is our President.

Donald John Trump has placed the Kool-Aid on the table and now wants governors to step up and sip. He urges them to believe in his bullshit and put their citizens in harm’s way. In most cases, the Republicans ignore the science and are not impeding Trump’s power and influence to compel governors to make bad decisions. Wow! Who are these people?

We have seen the coronavirus damage caused by voters gathering for the Wisconsin primary. Since the election on April 7, 2020, the case count in the state has gone from 2,578 to 6,289, as of yesterday. Deaths have increased from 92 to 300 people. I am so distressed by the fact that so many are completely ignoring the COVID-19 Task Force guidelines. WHY? Trump has forced these irresponsible decisions and he will pay for his poor judgement.

Now, the President has said he will sign an executive order to MAKE WORKERS STAY ON THE JOB at virus infected meat processing plants to maintain the supply of meat. There are two sides to this story. Yes, there will be casualties, but we’re having people in grocery stores, the trucking industry, pharmacies and other essential services coming down with the virus now. Without food, we could have riots, robberies and many more dead people. Of course, the federal government should protect vital workers with PPE and other measures, but some companies will not help with protection. You know, it’s not in the budget.

Trump’s intent with the order is most likely related to the economy, but I feel many, many more would die if the food chain breaks. On the other side of this, signing such an order will codify a notion that human life is not as important as getting the economy going. I get it, but why not just test all the workers who must go back to work, just as we do in hospitals?

Trump wants us to get back to normal, even if some people will unnecessarily die. That’s our leader, folks. A careless, horrible chief executive who doesn’t care about America, only himself. I just wish he could muster a bit of humility and empathy while he explains the reason behind the action. He seems to be ping-ponging from one policy to the other, without selling any idea properly. Trump is a poor communicator and the tougher things get, the worse his presentation. Funny, he’s such a conman. Maybe he doesn’t believe in this cause.

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.


COVID-19 VS POTUS-45

Who Can We Depend on Right Now?

People use a funny expression when they offer an opinion about something that doesn’t affect them directly to demonstrate they are objective. They say, “I don’t have skin in the game.” If you have skin in the game, it means you are exposed to risk. The term originated in horse racing, where the owner of the horse has actual “skin” in the game.

With the global pandemic based on the attack of COVID-19, we all have “skin in the game.” Any human being with the bad luck of being infected by the novel coronavirus may have to endure an extended wretched illness, or worse, succumb to the illness and die. The President of the United States has a responsibility to protect the citizens of this country. Every decision or comment that comes out of our White House should help the people. Any comment that creates doubt, foments fear or hurts anyone, is immoral and simply wrong.

Donald Trump is not a valid source of medical advice and needs to stop his adlibbing advice suggesting that a certain drug could keep the virus at bay. We now know that Trump’s recommendation of using Hydroxychloroquine was ALL WRONG. First, it was never tested as a treatment for COVID-19, and although the FDA approved it for treating lupus and malaria no one should assume it will treat any other ailment. We saw this headline after the drug was tested, “FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.” When Donald J. Trump lectured us by asking a most ill-considered question, “What do you have to lose?” The answer to his question is, YOU HAVE YOUR LIFE TO LOSE!

If I was granted one day in the briefing room, here is a list of ten questions I would ask experts and the non-expert Donald Trump:

  1. Donald Trump and the White House have been preaching about their desire to take care of small businesspeople and their employees. So why did all the larger companies get loans in the Paycheck Protection Plan? Smaller businesses were cut out of the first round? Why isn’t there a website or other resource to see who got the loans and for how much?
  2. Would you release the notes of all the COVID-19 briefings before January 31, 2020? HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for the novel coronavirus on January 31, and the President announced travel restrictions to and from China effective February 2, 2020. If the President refuses to provide such documents, a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate.
  3. How much PPE and how many medical devices were sent to China in January, before the administration admitted the virus was a global pandemic? Do we regret sending them supplies which our citizens needed and could have used?
  4. Is the White House ready to admit that the first Chinese travel ban was not applied to all Chinese people traveling to the US but only those from Wuhan? Even after the ban, more than 40,000 people traveled to the US from China. Why?
  5. What would you say to those experts who say that the travel bans from China, European Union and UK did little to stop the spread of the virus? Isn’t the real problem the lack of testing? After weeks of non-disclosure, the New York Times finally ran a story about CDC labs being contaminated, which delayed coronavirus testing by at least one month. They have since admitted this error, but Trump has no acknowledged this.
  6. If the guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN were so well-thought-out and based on known statistics and expertise, why are so many states jumping to Phase One or Phase Two without achieving the major steps outlined in the document? Why are they rejecting the science?
  7. Will the White House COVID-19 Task Force take a stand in real time and firmly tell the truth to America which could prevent another “disinfectant” moment with Trump?
  8. Does anyone on the Task Force, or anyone in the administration, or in the Trump family own stock in any company that manufactured or distributed Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine globally? This needs scrutiny, perhaps in the form of a Congressional hearing.
  9. If there are virus spikes in states opening early, like what we saw in Wisconsin after the primary election, will Trump sign an executive order to extend the distancing and clearly define essential industries nationwide?
  10. Since the virus knows no borders or county and state lines, how can we assume that certain geographic areas with a lower number of cases that open early won’t be putting their and adjacent communities at risk for introducing the virus?

Because of all the media coverage and discussion, policies and recommendations, most Americans are well aware that there is a global pandemic which has deeply affected the citizens of the world. Some people have friends who were infected or killed, while others, have been lucky to escape the pandemic where they live. One funeral in Albany, Georgia led to 108 deaths in their county. When a small town, which is not following social distancing guidelines, gets a single infection, the virus will spread. We have a large and vast country with 328 million people and testing a larger number of our populous will take a major effort by the Federal government. Why is this not happening?

The aspirational suggestion that there is a light at the end of the tunnel may give some comfort to cooped-up families, but it’s just a wish. There is no excuse for our President bragging about the “success” of 100,000 dead people. Sadly, that’s what we get with Trump. We don’t want the COVID-19 virus to beat POTUS-45, but he seems to be rushing the country into what he wants rather than a safe way to progress.

You can order the FDA to fast-track meds and vaccines, but with that comes the need to take responsibility when people get hurt or die. We don’t have a compassionate President; we have a self-serving fat bastard. One of the medical experts was asked on TV if America will see a big win. He answered, “We will not see a win, but we should do everything we can to minimize harm.” There is no one in the administration who is willing to make this point to the Donald. He focuses on winning, when he should be focusing on transparency, truth and facts. It’s amazing how much he seems more like a saboteur than a dedicated leader. He’s such a disappointment as a President, and as a human.

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.