THE WALL VS. THE WATER

Trump’s American Carnage

In the election in 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign hit with the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid!” In the world now, the slogan should be “It’s the environment, stupid!” The Trump Administration fails to comprehend that what has happened in Texas is going to occur more and more because of Climate Change. And the definition of that term includes over-building (man-made) where concrete had replaced wet-lands and levees. When you get 50 inches of rain, it has no place to go.

First of all, if you build a wall that keeps out people, you are going to create an ecological disaster. Animals migrate to find mates and food and when we block their migration patterns, we could kill out a whole species. And the flooding that is taking place now, could be made worse by a wall that redirects water flow. Are they really thinking about that at all? Besides, the money wasted on the wall could be used for better things.

The “Fake News” that the Donald spews out about moving business forward, even if our environmental protection lags the world, makes him look foolish. Our leader is floating on the flood of his ignorance. Our President doesn’t understand that his message to his heads of departments and agencies was actually a not so subtle nod to the denial dingbats. Tell the people in Houston that the water is a “hoax.”

When Congress comes back into session, it will be important for both Democrats and Republicans to step up and send a message to the White House that we don’t need to spend money on fantasy campaign promises in the United States, we must grasp the need to send aid to our own cities.

Environmentalists have always been viewed as lunatics and tree huggers. We have no problem trusting scientists who predicted the exact moment there would be a total eclipse of the sun, but we scoff at their statements that icecaps and glaciers are melting. They warned us that the temperature of the water in the oceans and the gulfs will warm and that would increase and intensify the power of hurricanes and typhoons. Now we see that the volume of water those storms can deliver to the land is nothing short of devastating.

Our government is not paying attention to history. Did they forget the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans? Did they not learn anything from that tragedy? We depend on local officials and their experiences to determine if we need to evacuate citizens from harm’s way. We also need a federal effort to study and evaluate these storms and build models to understand worst-case scenarios in these environmental events. Will Trump figure this out?

This brings us back to whether this President is fit for office. With things being complicated and the earth being our most precious priority, will our great Orange Leader even understand what the environment is? The fact that anyone would have to ask this question about the President of the United States is more proof that we have the wrong guy.

Why would a country like America spend billions of dollars to build a wall to keep people out, when our very own people are being forced from their homes by high winds and floods? Donald Trump has a lot to learn, and he will find that his campaign bullshit doesn’t play during a disaster. People want him to hear the cry, “It’s Climate Change, stupid!”

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UNECESSARY CHATTER

Trump’s Fan Base Illusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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