THE GREAT CONUNDRUM

Clearing Trump’s Debris Field

I was living in Washington, D.C. when Jimmy Carter was elected president. Right after his win, I began seeing many Georgia license plates on the cars around town. It was an amazing, visual representation of the changing of the guard in the nation’s capital.

I am so curious about what will take place at the White House on January 20, 2021. Traditionally, the outgoing president and first lady host the president-elect and their spouse before going to the Capital together for the swearing in ceremony. The attendees usually include the vice president, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers, former presidents, living Medal of Honor recipients, and other dignitaries. Only five former outgoing presidents have chosen not to attend the ceremony, and that list will likely grow by one this year. I can’t imagine Donald John Trump allowing himself to be seen in such a defeatist setting.

JFK, 1960

Trump would much rather have the title “former president” rather than “loser” or “one term president.” Still clutching the myth that he won the election, I have a feeling he will hold a rally during the inauguration, just to pee in the punch bowl. He’s never shown respect for America, democracy or our Constitution, and I’ll go out on a limb by saying he has no respect for the Holy Bible on which he laid his hand four years ago. However, maybe I should temper myself and allow a person without sin to throw the first stone.

Trump’s debris field is extensive. Here are some big picture items. First, let’s consider executive orders and the implications of each. To date, Trump has signed 203 orders. The new administration will have to review each one to determine if it can be unplugged by a new executive order, and how that might affect process and policy. Big job.

Next, we need to unravel the disastrous environmental changes and terminate agreements that upheaved areas such as the US-Mexico border. We must halt the destruction of federal lands and reverse the ridiculous Trump policies that disregarded climate change initiatives and increased pollution. There is nothing more important than our environment.

The wealth inequalities in our country have been skewed by Trump’s non-middle class tax cuts that gave more money to the upper 20% and cheated the lower 80% out of a better life. The deficit the Donald created with his foolish gift to corporate America must be reworked to get more tax dollars into the Treasury to pay for the COVID disaster. Yes, I’ll say it again. The pandemic’s damaging impact would have been must less if only the Trump administration had effectively managed it.

Unlike many others, I am not jacked up on the theory that more conservative judges means less democracy. Our judges looked directly through the eyes of justice when deciding the more than sixty lawsuits brought by Donald Trump in his feeble attempt to overturn the election that Joe Biden fairly won. Now they might overreach in the future on healthcare or pro-choice issues, but basic law precepts require a plaintiff to prove their case using facts, not fantasies. Yes, a new president will appoint judges of their choice, but the net effect will be a stronger judicial.

The biggest job Joe Biden and his team will face is using words and acts to restore confidence in our basic institutions. We must believe in the FBI, ATF and Homeland Security so that we don’t have to fear those miscreants who want to bomb and shoot us. We need to believe in the CDC, WHO and the National Institute of Health and rely on their medical guidance.

It’s time to end this hyper transactional attitude that has dragged down America these past four years. Productive and progressive life cannot be based on an endless “quid-pro-quo stream” in which decisions are based on the personal gain of the president rather that appropriate action for the masses. We need to stop the Trump minions from outrageous and idiotic acts such as placing the entire country of Cuba on a terrorist list. Policies like that are more vindicative that logical. Trump lost a past bid for a hotel-casino in Havana, and that is the reason he pushes normalization away from Cuba.

We must educate the masses about many complex concepts and challenging conundrums. Take China, for example. Our outgoing President has blathered on about China’s trade imbalance and theft of American intellectual property, but there are much deeper and darker problems there. The Chinese government is rounding up people of certain religions and cultures and making them work in labor camps. Human rights issues such as these must be confronted, but it’s complicated. We rely on China for their production lines and products and we will suffer for years without a proper peace treaty that reconciles their governmental overreach with our needs.

The most important goal of our new government is facing the COVID crisis and overcoming institutional inertia so we can start to make progress in fighting the virus. We must get 75% of the population vaccinated and bring forth a viable healthcare system for America’s future. We were totally unprepared for a global pandemic and its fallout will linger for a decade or more. Trump spent so much time, so many words, spreading misinformation about Obamacare that people have no idea how a more robust national health plan would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. It’s time to be smarter and sharper. An effective health system is needed to keep our workers healthy and, oh yeah, working.

I don’t care what Donald Trump will do when he leaves Washington. If he starts a cable network, I won’t be watching. If he tries to force his kids on the Republican party of Florida, good luck with that. Here’s my big closer. We need more long-term planning and less government-by-tweeting. I don’t need a daily diatribe of the top guy’s grievances; I would much rather know what challenges we face and which improvements we made today. Where are we going and how are we going to get there? Over time, the answers to these daily questions will make America great again. Donald Trump is the conundrum. Ironic and simple, isn’t it?

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

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DEAD MAN WALKING

Mike Pence’s Political Career is Over

We are all known by the company we keep but, regardless of our self-image, there are times we must deal with our own words, deeds and thoughts. Michael Richard Pence is a lifetime member of the conservative movement. He was born on June 7, 1959 in the town of Columbus, Indiana. He was governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, then served six terms in the US House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.

Pence has often proclaimed, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order.” Funny, there’s no mention of being an American, and that is a huge part of what makes Mike Pence a terrible communicator. He doesn’t speak for all us citizens. He’s more interested in dictating what our values should be. If you want proof, just remember how he ran Indiana.

While he was Governor of the Hoosier State, Pence signed bills that restricted abortions, even if the reason for the procedure was the fetus’s race, gender or disability. This meant termination could not be performed in his state even if a woman’s fetus was suffering from a disease that would bring pain and suffering if brought to term.

When Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) he was surprised about the blowback from not only liberals, but also from moderate members of his own party, the business community, and LGBT advocates. RFRA provided a legal path of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other criteria. After a horrible press conference where he tried to explain himself, he bent to the will of the people and modified the act. By the way, the NFL threatened to pull Indianapolis as the location for a future Superbowl because of the RFRA, and that fact was probably the main driver of the uproar more than women’s rights.

Mike Pence is a homophobe, a xenophobe and perhaps a weekend racist, but he is our Vice President. Mike and his wife, Karen Batten Pence, have a strange fear of Mike being alone with another woman. They suffer from an illusion that all women he’s not married to are out to seduce him. This is a page ripped from the zealous Islamic custom of covering up women to ward off advances from men. In which century are these people living?

Why did Mike Pence team up with Donald Trump? Simple. He wants to become president. Pence thought it would be an easy path to the Oval Office after two terms of Trump, but that plan went horribly wrong. Why did Trump want Pence? Well, Boy Wonder Jared Kushner recommended Pence to secure votes from evangelicals and hard-core conservatives. Yes, that worked, but Pence’s contributions to date have been repeating the lies of his leader, totally screwing up the Coronavirus Task Force and being absolutely ineffective with legislation. Trump relies on Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to negotiate with Congress more than his Vice President.

There is a giant conflict between Pence’s self-righteous image of a man of God as opposed to the misinformation and fraud he has promoted. If Pence believes lying is not a sin, then what does he truly think? Is it the old maxim that God is using a flawed vehicle — Donald Trump — to do his work here on the Earth? Does Pence imagine he is to facilitate God’s work to end homosexuality, stop abortions and mark those of the devil for the final days? I’m not at all sure about his faith, but his politics are certainly anti-inclusion.

SUPER SPREADER VP

The shit on Mike Pence’s shoes from walking behind Trump has tanked his political career. He’ll need more than Stanley Steemer and a bag full of dung beetles to cleanse his battered soul. Have you noticed that aside from a few hostage tweets he became INVISIBLE after the election? He’s worried about his brand just as much as Javanka (the nickname Steve Bannon uses for Ivanka and Jared Kushner) are concerned about theirs. It’s rumored that the former NYC power couple are trying to convince Daddy to admit he lost. Poor babies. BUT WAIT, this just in, PENCE is going back on the road, why?

Pence has no brand now. The title of this piece might seem a bit harsh, considering its history. Before the 1960s, prison guards would call out “Dead man walking!” as they lead a condemned man down the hallway to his execution. This practice was eventually eliminated, but use of the term has become a euphemism for anyone facing an impending and unavoidable loss. Mike Pence made a bargain with the devil and he lost. One would think a religious man would be more aware of false prophets focused on profits rather than what is good for America.

A man whose value system is based on being a Christian, a conservative and a Republican before being a good public servant, protecting the Constitution and the American people, can never be a good leader in the United States.

My greatest concern is that diabolic Donald Trump will resign from office on January 15, 2021 and newly minted President Pence will pardon Trump and his allies of any wrongdoing while in office. Would Mike Pence sacrifice his future political career for Donald Trump? Pence needs to remember how President Gerald Ford lost all respect after he pardoned former President Richard Nixon. At the end of his term, all Ford and his wife Betty had to show was a substance abuse rehabilitation hospital.

Mike Pence makes personally stupid decisions in the name of his party. As proof that he’s not that bright, recall that he attended COVID super spreader events to please Donald Trump. How could he totally ignore CCD guidelines while heading the virus task force? Is it due to a low I.Q. or just getting caught up in the rapture of the cult?

I have a feeling that Mike Pence will get a slot on the Trump TV network or Fox News to continue spouting the gospel according to Donald Trump. If he had any sense at all, he would run away from Donald Trump as far as possible. He could be called to testify against Trump, and if he lies under oath, he might be awarded an orange jump suit before the Donald gets his. Pence is meat, and not the kind we used to sneak on Fridays. He’s just another broke-dick politician with a phony disc jockey delivery that lacks credibility. Maybe the “My Pillow” guy can hire Pence to pitch a new product line called The Pence Pillow – Truthless Sleep.

As for me, I refuse to sleep! I’m ready to watch the next movie where the fallen devils get their due and Mike Pence openly admits he was wrong. It’s his only road to redemption.

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

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PENETRATING TRUMP’S BRAIN

Who Will Talk Him off the Ledge?

My father’s side of the family came to America in the late 1600s. According to family accounts, they came into James River, Virginia, then traveled up through Dover, Delaware, and finally settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania around 1720. Most of these ancestors’ offspring were farmers, and it took them about a hundred years to spread across the state to Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.

At this writing, we have just received the projected vote count in my home state. As much as this process has created tensions, nervousness and even anger with many citizens, we are finally have a conclusion to this drama. We dealt with the recovery of a damaged democracy after the Civil War, and we can’t even agree on what would have made that work better.

Trump and real president

While I was clicking on my keyboard earlier, an ABC News story came across. “This week, judges in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan have rejected the [Trump] campaign’s efforts to halt the counting process, if only temporarily, or alter it in some way based on shaky allegations of improper or nefarious conduct.” The best line in the story relates to U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond. “He appeared startled when the lawyers then acknowledged that the observers had, in fact, been permitted within 15 feet of the poll workers.” Diamond cracked, “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamonds don’t usually crack.

Just about all Democratic internet posters have the same question. Who should be the one who will tell Trump his show has been cancelled? It won’t be his Chief of Staff; Mark Meadows just came down with COVID. Might it be Lindsey Graham, Trump’s golfing buddy? How about Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate?  Who will have their “Barry Goldwater” moment with the Donald? You might recall that it was Senator Goldwater who dropped the reality bomb of removal on Nixon and convinced him if he didn’t resign he would be impeached and removed from office.

Maybe it will be Ivanka, Melania and Jared Kushner, coming into the Oval Office to smooth talk their way through his swollen ego to get him to admit it’s over? Nah, that won’t happen. I don’t mean to sound demeaning, but Donald’s current wife is loyal to her marriage. She’s merely an actress brought out like a trophy to speak the lines written for her. It will also not be Ivanka and Jared. They are both greedy bastards succeeded because they have the same moral-less values of winning no matter what. They have the most to lose from Trump’s removal from office. They will be continuously testifying to committees and courts for the next five years of their lives.

This brings us to the only thing that motivates Trump, money. Perhaps fellow rich powerbroker, Rupert Murdoch might be able to get through to Donald Trump. In case you don’t know, Murdoch is worth $16 billion and was originally from Australia. He owns tons of newspapers and media companies around the world, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump knows Murdoch and he always takes his call. Why would Murdoch do this?

Rupert Murdoch

I may be sounding a bit diabolic, but Murdoch’s Fox News empire will benefit if Trump loses and goes away mad. For the next four years Murdoch’s network would be able to exploit those sore losers and loners who love the Donald. If Trump stays in office, by hook or crook, Murdoch will have to make his network more responsible and accurate and that would be bad for ratings.

What could Rupert possibly say to Donald that would inspire him to maturely deal with the loss of the presidency but still have something to look forward to? Well, what if he were to offer him a daily show on Fox News? Trump’s ego and narcissism are his central drivers, and he would revel having a daily show where he could bark out his dogma to the world. This would also be a huge win for Fox News because a Trump show will guarantee big ratings and tons of advertising bucks. What could this new job be worth to Trump? I say he might become desperate for a platform should Twitter take down his personal account when Trump leaves office. He has used that as a mouthpiece for his administration and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that account to persist.

I know it seems ludicrous that a former president would make that kind of move but look at what George H.W. Bush did after being a one-term president. He joined the Carlyle Group and exploited his fame for millions of dollars in Arab oil interests. Even one of the Bin Ladens were on his board. After his one-term wonder presidency, Jimmy Carter helped build homes for those unable to afford housing in America. Big difference.

Trump will have many coming after him after January 29, 2021, and it won’t solely be about job offers. The Southern District of New York has some legal matters on its desk. Maybe a new administration will reinstate Geoffrey Berman as the US Attorney in the Southern District so he can complete his work there. There are many other cases and issues that need to be resolved in courts. Trump could do his daily show from the veranda of Mar-A-Lago, sipping diet Cokes and making fun of the people in charge, just as he does now.

Only time will tell, but from my vantage point I see lots of work that must be done. For example, President Trump has signed, 193 Executive Orders since January 2017. Many of them are toothless commentary, rather than substantial policies. Some of them, when challenged in the court, were found to be border line unconstitutional. Others are extremely damaging and must be eradicated ASAP. The most important next step is to replace all the horribly damaged or totally unqualified people Trump has installed in powerful positions. At the top of my list are the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, administrators in EPA, DHS and the entire Trump cabinet. Then there’s Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees who are in desperate need of real leadership!

Rupert are you listening? Remember that Civil War and bodily removal of a president are bad for business. And might I say that Donald John Trump doesn’t want the lasting-forever Wikipedia page showing him being escorted out of the White House. While that would be grossly embarrassing for him, it would be much more so for all of AMERICA.

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LUNATIC LOSER FROTHING AGAIN

Trump Takes a Dump on Democracy

I went into the 2020 election with the belief that it would be remarkably close. Because of the pandemic, I wasn’t sure people would be supportive of cult leader Donald John Trump. The man himself offered this truism, “It’s politics and you never know.” Yes, but what concerns me most is Trump is not a good loser and he will do tremendously awful things if reelected. He never had, and never will have, a mandate to rule. He’s a high polarity personality who pisses off as many people as he pleases.

It didn’t surprise me when, in the middle of the night with more than nine states yet to be decided, President Trump attacked the legitimate vote counting process and suggested any attempt to further tally ballots amounted to disenfranchising his supporters. How can this asshole say that? Well, it’s because he cares only about himself. Trump is a bad actor who should never have been allowed to walk onto the stage.

President Liar

The Donald said, “Millions and millions of people voted for us. There is a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.” What the fuck is he talking about? Millions of people voted for the other guy, too. Are they just chopped liver?

Despite Trump’s misleading statements, falsehoods and lies it’s easy to see that his true motive is an ASSAULT ON OUR DEMOCRACY He actually stood there and insisted that states where vote counts currently show him leading should be frozen in his favor, PERIOD. No need to count them all; just make me the king. What a dolt!

He then extended his grievances and martyr-syndrome with this, “We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off.” His endless gripe about fraud is nauseating. Who is he trying to fool?

Of course, he said he would go to the US Supreme Court and stated that he wants “all voting to stop.” The voting has stopped, you fucking idiot. It’s the counting that goes on. If neither candidate gets to 270, the House of Representatives will pick the president, and the Senate will select a vice president. Yes, we could have a president and vice president from different parties. Used to be that way.

After watching TV all night I don’t have the energy to write more today, but let me assure you that I will fight for a legal outcome of this election with all my strength. Please, let this end so we can focus our attention on getting rid of the virus.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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TRAIL OF SCUM LEFT BEHIND

Donald Trump’s America is Sickening

Tomorrow, millions of people will cast their votes for President, Vice President and thousands of Congressional and state seats. My final argument in this last post before the election is not in support of a candidate. It’s against Donald John Trump.

Goofy President

I have never liked Trump. He was a silly publicity whore in the city that never sleeps and most intelligent people in New York didn’t take him seriously. He was a harmless game player when not in power and an insufferable braggart when he was. People got sucked into the myth watching him play fake boss on the Apprentice TV show. We love a drama and are intrigued by conflict. We get drawn into storylines that make no sense at all but still we want to predict the outcome.

I remember two co-workers at the water cooler having an intense conversation about a person named Omarosa. I was amazed at the emotional intensity of their conversation. I later realized that she was a reality TV character whom everyone seemed to hate. She was a villain of sorts in a show where the person who fired everybody was a hero?

As I watched the news yesterday and saw hundreds of Trump supporters surround the Joe Biden campaign bus in Texas, forcing them to cancel a stop on the trail, I wondered about the things Trump has done. He’s a huge part of the “cancel culture” he derides and the villain of free speech. The Donald attempts to intimidate with his tweets, speeches and rallies, but he’s just a greedy fool. Once he recovered from COVID he didn’t care if anyone else became infected. This is the scum Trump is leaving behind — EMPATHY FREE AMERICA! Who would want to live there?

After Trump was elected President, he named Omarosa, the antagonizing villain from his TV show, as the Director of African American Outreach. I’m not sure what she did in that role, short of just sitting behind Trump during meetings, but she eventually saw the light and turned against him. She was reimaged as a disgruntled, fired employee who the cult of Don did not take seriously. Those people would demonize Jesus Christ himself should he dare question Trump.

The fired-up followers use the word “traitor.” That’s the label they slapped on John Kelly, James Mattis, Stanley McChrystal, H. R. McMaster, Martin Dempsey, David Petraeus, Paul Zukunft and Joseph Dunford. These high-ranking Generals and Admirals have been disgraced by their Commander in Chief. Why? They have been demeaned not for losing a battle, but simply because they spoke out against Trump. The scum this president has slathered over the military is appalling. Notice how these days Trump talks more about police departments than the military. Donald, local cops will stand down when the military steps in, so don’t count on them for your coup.

Disbelief in Science Look

One of the things Trump doesn’t comprehend is that YOU CANNOT FIRE THE VIRUS. And this needless attack on Dr. Fauci for telling the truth is a desperate act of a delusional lunatic.

If Trump is such a great president, why do so many people hate him? Why do so many people talk about rescuing democracy by voting him out? Why are so many people voting? Ensconced in his bubble of enablers and co-liars Trump believes they are his supporters getting out the vote, but statistically a greater number of voters tend to help Democrats. Donald was never good with money or math.

The scum that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Mark Meadows and the rest of the cult capos initially spread across this democracy was thought to be PARTY FIRST, but now it’s become TRUMP IS INFALLIBLE. They know it’s not true, but they are weak human specimens. If they genuinely believed they were protecting the country from unnecessary spending, then they made a huge mistake. President 45 has taken them to the cleaners. When Trump leaves office America will be trillions in debt, so why is keeping Trump in power so important to them? MONEY, their own money.

Almost half of those in Congress are millionaires. They earn more than $400K per year and they will have to give up some of their money when Biden takes over. They are part of the ever-growing 1% wealth class who will do anything to keep their cash, including committing murder. They don’t care about pre-existing conditions.

People get their underwear in a knot when I talk like that, but there is no way to tighten Donald Trump Junior’s briefs firmly enough. Why is that guy allowed to speak in public? He makes the characters in the TV show Succession seem empathetic and likeable. Trump Junior said the number of Americans dying from the coronavirus amounts to “almost nothing.” If fact, as I am writing this, there are about one thousand American COVID deaths every day. Hey Trump Junior, if one of your kids or girlfriends was dying, maybe you wouldn’t think it was nothing. Oh, while I have your attention, GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Dumb Don Jr.

I have always been opinionated and firm in my beliefs, but since Trump has been in office, I’ve become a monster. I got thrown off Twitter, for life it appears, and my posts elsewhere have become more direct and vitriolic. I deeply want to wash this scum off my body and mind this week. I can only hope that Trump is not the sore loser we have seen over the last four years. If he’s thinks it through, and that is not a given, he will take a potential loss properly, by just smiling and walking away. If he does anything illegal to attempt a takeover of the United States, we will march to Washington and remove him from office. That’s what good Americans do when our freedoms are challenged.

The stench and scum of this presidency will last for a long time, but here is a start. William Barr should be disbarred and charged with malfeasance of duty. Dr. Scott Atlas should lose his medical license. Mitch McConnell should be forced to resign from Congress. Lindsey Graham, if reelected, should be stripped of all committee assignments. Congress should get to work on strengthening our oversight laws and creating a firm punishment protocol for those who ignore subpoenas. And finally, while we reform the top judicial processes, let’s add two Justices to the Supreme Court and not replace the next two who die or resign. It will be a rejigger of the juggernaut. Term limits on all elected officials should be imposed at the federal level, including judges. No one is above the law and no one should be gifted a job for life.

If you are shortsighted and ignorant, go ahead and vote for Trump. Satisfy your greedy needs. Since you are reading this you are probably already in the choir, but I warn you it’s not over yet. We have a long way to go to fix the Donald-damage. I just hope I live long enough to see him GONE. Should you want to give me a Christmas gift, an orange winter jumpsuit to match his makeup would really be a nice, warm touch. Okay, it’s time now to VOTE FOR AMERICA.

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THE RIGHT OVERSIGHT

Trump & Truman, Birds of a Feather?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REAL ENEMIES IN THE WORLD

Trump’s Troubling Achilles Heel

Donald Trump didn’t fight in the Vietnam war because he claimed to have bone spurs in his feet. Today, as we witness the decay of democracy before our very eyes, we discover Trump’s true weakness, a troubling Achilles Heel. He doesn’t know the difference between an ally and an enemy. This could possibly hurt American interests in many ways, and something must be done.

It has been discussed ad nauseam that there may be an unusual and disturbing relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said, “All roads lead to Putin” with our President.

The Moscow Project, an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, issued an update on June 3, 2019 that documented 272 contacts, including at least 38 meetings, between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives. None of these contacts were ever reported to the proper authorities. When the Inspector General’s report comes out on Monday, December 9th, 2019, we will learn more about the start of the “Russian thing,” as Trump calls it. Still, many of Trump’s comments and moves indicate a lack of transparency in his dealings with Putin. Why?

Trump’s failure to admit that Russia interfered with the 2016 election fuels the idea that Russia must have something on him. Trump’s repetition of Putin talking points on many foreign policy issues ignites negative emotions in members of the US intelligence community. Their jaws drop and evoke the rhetorical question, “Who’s side is he on?”

Trump looked the other way when the CIA told him that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that it was the Saudi government who killed him. This callous president admitted he looked the other way because there was a large order for military equipment pending. What will he say when he learns that the active shooter event at a Navy Air Station in Pensacola, Florida was the deed of a Saudi national? So, we sell them jets, they come here to train and then one of them decides to kill our citizens. Who is the enemy here, Mr. Trump?

Trump read the response to the Navy base deaths from King Salman, who said that the attack was “barbaric.” Mohammed Saeed Alshamrami, a Saudi National, allegedly killed our people with a handgun. Whether death by use of a handgun or a bone saw, the Saudi’s moral viewpoint of death has no credibility. Trump did the awkward sword dance, sold a bunch of planes to the Saudis, then looked the other way after multiple murders. Not to mention that it was Saudi pilots trained in Florida who flew planes into New York and Washington, D.C. buildings in 2001. According to the Washington Post, “As of Friday, (12-6-2019) there were 852 Saudis in the United States for Pentagon-sponsored training related to security cooperation.” And this just in, the handgun was purchased legally here in the US by using a loophole in our gun laws.

Let me say this in the most explicit way I can. Trump is trusting the wrong people in the world and it’s getting people killed. Now, Kim Jong-Un, another of Trump’s pals, is threatening to give the United States a “Christmas present.” Why doesn’t someone tell Trump to stop believing his own bullshit! What does it take to convince everyone that Donald Trump is BAD FOR AMERICA!

Trump has decided that anyone who didn’t vote for him, or any person or institution that challenges him, are the “enemy.” He declares that the press is the enemy of the people, a quote from such great “leaders” as the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, who used it to describe anyone critical of himself. The phrase has been routinely used by authoritarian rulers as well as Donald Trump. Who would ever want to be associated with Stalin?

Trump demonizes people with his snarky and libelous tweets. Does he feel above reproach because of his position? Does he not understand that after leaving the office of the presidency he could face courts for defamation, slander and corrupt intent? He is not immune.

Russia doesn’t want our way of life to shine. Putin detests the spread of democracy fearing that one day he could be rejected and thrown out of office. MBS and his King father will kiss Donald Trump’s fat ass to get what they want, knowing the Orange One will never hold their feet to the fire. It’s sad to say that our president is a coward when it comes to Russia, North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and, yes, the NRA.

Trump has done nothing to make America safer from mass shooters, neo-Nazis, radical white supremist groups and homegrown terrorists. He freezes during the most tragic times. He works harder at placing blame and fabricating scapegoats than analyzing problems through solution-based logic. He speaks then retreats, listening to the sycophants. He has a perverted concept of friends and enemies, and his actions are based solely on whether he thinks someone likes him. What a fucking asinine fool.

The President of the United States must keep America safe. He or she must bring certain clarity to the job and make sure trusted advisors are heard. Without such vision and trust we have an obese old guy talking dirty shit-lies. Donald Trump is so stupid that he doesn’t understand how bad people are manipulating him. Rudy Giuliani is a bad person. Vladimir Putin is a bad person. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a bad person. Making matters worse, most of the people left in Dickhead Donald’s administration are spineless yes men with no moral grounding or intelligence. You know it’s bad when a liberal like me is saying I wish John Bolton was still around the White House. It’s a dim time in America. Impeachment is fine, but a landslide election defeating Donald Trump would be the best outcome for our republic.

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RICK PERRY & THE BIBLE

The Ultimate Corruption of Christianity

Maybe I went to different Sunday school classes than Rick Perry, but he certainly caught my attention with this expression of his opinion. Perry said in a recent interview that he believes that President Donald Trump was “chosen” by God to lead America at this point in history. Okay, I get it. If God oversees everything then, of course, he was the deity that made sure the electoral college put the Donald in charge of the United States of America. Now call me a doubting Thomas, but I just don’t buy it. Did God appear to Rick Perry to directly deliver this big news?

I happen to hold a very strong belief that God is not involved in politics. To say that God has any power of intervention and control over elections would mean that he/she/it would have helped the German populace elect Adolf Hitler. God is not now and never has been in the election business. There are not chosen people or countries or religions or clubs or parties; there are only people. People who are born, eat, shit, sleep, work, pay taxes and then die. No royal from the history of the world is still alive, which is fairly good evidence that no man is above the law or chosen by God.

The current corruption of Christianity is not unique in world history. Religions and churches have been coopted by leaders, popes and politicians since the beginning of beliefs and organized religion. The Crusades are one example of the church being hi-jacked by politics and choosing to do the wrong thing. Experts claim that there were as many as 1.7 million people killed during the Crusades. How did religious people justify death to forward their dogma?

Rick Perry went on to babble, “God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect. And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago. I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.’” He also added, “I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government.”

As they should say on TV, how do we unpack this heaping pile of camel shit? If Rick Perry really thinks Trump is a “believing Christian” he wouldn’t have needed to give him a paper on Old Testament kings. The brother would have already been speaking in tongues. And what is the origin of the revelation that Trump was chosen by God for anything? How did hard-working, God fearing evangelicals get sucked into this strange idea that we should look beyond the flaws and imperfections of Donald Trump and pronounce a savior status on his head?

I think I got it, and my next statement isn’t going to go down very easily with the 1.2 billion people who call themselves Catholic, but here goes. The ultimate corruption of the church took place here in America and around the world right under the noses of naïve mothers and fathers. For years, young boys and girls were terrorized in their own churches and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church covered it up. This is fact.

There is a common retort from long-term faithful in the church that goes something like this, “I know there were some bad priests, but look at all the good the church has done for so many people.” There it is. The flawed souls and imperfect people have a get-out-jail card that people give institutions and criminals. Jerry Sandusky is in jail for what he did. How many priests were  punished?

Christians of all stripes will tell you that Trump’s lifestyle and language isn’t as important as those Supreme Court justice appointments, the move toward making abortions illegal and his undying support for Israel. Okay, you got those boxes checked my sisters and brothers of the cross, but was the separation of children from their families on your list? Did you overlook the changes to the laws that allowed big business to more easily pollute the world? Did your preacher ignore the tax law that gave the rich more money and hardly helped the middle class? Would Jesus approve?

One might argue you can still support a church, even though some of its authorities sexually abused children. And let me ask you this. Is the binding of Trump’s power to a Godly endorsement the creation of over-eager minds or just people ignoring a few commandments? Do you remember, “you shall have no other gods before me” or “you shall make no idols” or “you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” and of course, “you shall not commit adultery.” Even if you are blind to everything Trump has done so far, you certainly must see that he has, indeed, been bearing false witness against his neighbors? He tells multiple lies every day and some of them put real people in harm’s way. Do you get the term “death threat” my holy friends?

As we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this year, we will all be giving thanks for the many blessings and wonderful things we share in America. I will not be giving thanks for this President, however, because I truly believe he’s not worthy of thanks. He’s a liar living under a blanket of secrets. He claims to be the most transparent president ever, when we cannot even see the skin on his face.

Rick Perry is not very smart, because he’s enabling Trump and his worst instincts. If he truly was a man of God, why would so many people hate him? He’s more than imperfect. He’s so flawed morally and psychologically that the real evil he’s propagated will take years to be discovered. We already have a new generation of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists who rally around this man. How do they get along with the Christian evangelicals? Are they both looking the other way?

If Trump buys into this “chosen one” routine, he will believe every action he takes is ordained by the Lord himself. Isn’t that what Kings and Queens and tyrants of every kind believe? God, if you are listening, please straighten out this hot holy mess. Once Christianity gets corrupted, what will stand against tyranny, hate and disorder? We can only pray.

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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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BRIBERY…

With a Steamy Side of Corrupt Intent

Donald Trump either doesn’t understand law or he simply chooses to ignore what is on the books. I’m fairly sure he can be diagnosed as a pathological liar with narcissistic personality disorder. Perhaps in his quiet, alone time he knows that he’s a fraud on many levels, but then he would have to admit that on top of all his other flaws he has a dual personality. But let’s not get too far into the world of science; it’s a world that Trump never visits.

Federal laws define bribery as the practice of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in discharge of his or her public or legal duties. To put this another way, bribery is used to gain an illicit advantage.

According to USLegal.com, “The General Federal Bribery Statute says that whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official with intent to influence that person’s official act will be fined for the offence of bribery by an amount not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisonment for not more than fifteen years, or both.  And if convicted, that person would be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the U.S government.”

It doesn’t say that the person being bribed must be a US official and it also plainly states that a promise of anything of value can be an ingredient in a bribery case. Clearly, almost $400 million in aid is something of value. After reading all the available testimony and transcripts and digesting the diatribes of the President himself, I believe Donald J. Trump is guilty of bribery. It’s time to stop using the phrase “Quid Pro Quo,” just as we no longer talk about “collusion,” a word Trump thought would shield him from the truth in the last investigation.

There is no doubt that Trump had a corrupt intent, and his defense in the form of a denial is pointless. Trump typically denies everything when he’s accused of wrongdoing. In more than 11,000 tweets, President Trump has lied more than 13,000 times. After many initial claims of non-involvement, evidence has proven that he not only had direct knowledge but participated in the corruption.

The laughable plea that he was trying to root out corruption in Ukraine is astonishing. Trump’s trick of trying to destroy Joe Biden as a political rival could possibly work, which would then become more proof that he is a chronically immoral being. Trump himself has corruptly used the Justice Department to carry his water and attempt to discredit the very people in Justice who are charged with defending our country against crime. Those who are complicit will be remembered.

Going after the whistleblower is a gross injustice being perpetrated and encouraged by the President of the United States. This is against the law and surely will be added to the impeachment charges.

The whistleblower protection act states that anyone who comes forward to point out corruption is afforded protections from retaliation such as reduction in pay or hours, denial of overtime or benefits, a suspension that lasts 14 days or more, termination from serving as federal civil employee, demotion to a lower paying position in federal employment or reducing one’s responsibilities. The death threats that the whistleblowers lawyers have been receiving are important to people like Donald Trump and the Napoleonic Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. Shame on all who break the law!

Bribery is a thug crime and degrading act. Using it in a scheme to keep aid from a country that could affect the security of this country borders on treason is perilous. It’s time we start using proper terms so that the American public can understand exactly what this president did.

People understood the Black Sox scandal of 1919, when baseball players took bribes to throw a World Series. People understand a late breaking case of bribery, in which three Twitter employees allegedly took bribes to help Saudi Arabia spy on dissidents. People understand the stain on politics when some local politician takes a bribe to help his brother-in-law get a big government contract. BRIBERY is the correct word with respect to Trump. Use it!

A person offering a bribe is guilty of an infraction, as is the person who takes the bribe. The President of Ukraine didn’t take the bribe, but the bribe was discovered. It’s time that we use the law, 18 USCS prec § 201(b) against Donald Trump and his corrupt administration. It’s time that this “law and order President” gets a personal dose of that law and order he swore to defend.

Read About The Country We Love

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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WHO’S YOUR DADDY, BAGHDADI?

The Reason Intelligence Matters

In 2011, businessman Donald Trump felt the need to comment about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, “Any president sitting there when the generals come in and say we have him, who’s going to say, oh, let’s leave him alone?” Trump was attempting to lessen any credit President Obama might receive for the raid and killing. Trump also complained about it taking so long, an early slap at military intelligence.

President Trump doesn’t understand that the type of decisions all modern presidents had to make, are now his to make. He gets credit for his good moves and, as he knows, he will get harshly slayed by the press, Congress and his critics when things go wrong. Donald Trump has made no friends with his critical personality.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a main character in my book If God Could Cry, and I was delighted by his killing. My historical novel portraited the so-called leader of the Caliphate based on the many books and articles I read about him. His location in my book was in northern Syria, quite near where he was finally found. This seemed logical to me when I was writing.

The boogie man Trump attempted to create during his “mission accomplished” Sunday morning presentation to the nation probably made some people feel good, but this line about Baghdadi, “Died like a dog, died like a coward,” might be better for someone doing a movie pitch. It was so un-statesman-like. How can there be joy in the murder of an enemy when the “achievement” included the killing of three innocent children? This gloating is a giant turn-off and it’s just more of the “all about me” attitude that constantly seeps out of Trump like puss.

I have always been skeptical about generalizations because they are often used to put down an entire race, religion or culture. Trump uses a bit of undocumented hearsay or obvious racial tropes to make people doubt groups of people. For example, he said that the Kurds “are no angels,” meaning what? The facts suggest that the Kurds provided the information that helped find Baghdadi. Why are we pushing them away?

Trump is also desperately trying to justify his embrace of Putin and Russia as it pertains to Syria, Turkey, the Kurds and what is happening in that part of the world. He paints his personal relationships with non-democratic demigods as something that will help America. I hate to say it, but Donald J. Trump has now drawn a giant target on himself because he personalized the kill. His overt taking of credit for the operation while shaming the terrorist with his graphic description will cause other terrorists to see Trump as the true “infidel.” I am sure the Donald loves his characterization of the whole thing being like a movie, but movies have endings.

Terrorist movements are not motion pictures. They tend to reconstitute, and the next version is always much more heinous. It’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t have any idea about how people in that part of the world think. He has no training in or knowledge of foreign policy, and probably couldn’t explain how a parliamentary system works. If only he had followed the advice of those in the government who know that area, he might have stayed in the game to gain long-term stability.

Trump would rather have a friendship with Kim Jong-Un, even if pushes aside the grief and sorrow of a family from Cincinnati who lost their son at the hands of that monster. Otto Warmbier is person who didn’t have to die. Trump doesn’t care about him, though. He got his mileage and has accepted Kim’s denials.

Because of a U.N. investigation and report, we know how Saudi agents plotted to kill and dismember Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi., Trump, however, is more interested in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. Killing people is okay for Trump if it involves a transaction favorable to him. Trump has accepted the Crown Prince’s denial.

The suggestion that our military will remain in Northern Syria to protect the oil refineries does not mean that Trump will use such military intervention to get the oil of a sovereign nation. The U.N. clearly states, “…in conflict and post-conflict situations, the importance of cooperation in shared responsibility, among source, transit and destination countries in preventing and combating trafficking, illicit trade and illegal exploitation of natural resources.” It would be against international law for us to exploit the resources of any nation. Plus, we really don’t need the oil, according to Trump we have tons of it.

Trump may say he doesn’t respect the United Nations, but he falls all over himself to address that body. He needs to follow the rules in war and conflicts, unless he wants to spend his later years sitting in front of a war tribunal. That’s on him.

The intelligence community and the lifetime experts who work for the federal government are NOT petty people like Trump. They are mission-oriented folks who are totally loyal to the Constitution and the Commander-in-Chief. When difficult times come, Trump needs to turn to those same intelligence people for information that will keep our country safe. When he maligns them on Twitter for political purposes, he not only disrespects those hard-working Americans he stains the presidency. He comes off as trite and burdened by information.

Trump will take the credit for the death of an enemy, but that doesn’t mean he alone can determine who the real enemies are. He needs to stop being so judgmental without facts and evidence. The saddest point concerning the take down of ISIS’ number one man is the glorification of his death could incite “true believers” to do more harm to people who look like us. But then, Trump has all the answers and we hope his guesses work because failure could be terrible for our country. When he’s wrong, we always lose big time.

Read About The Country We Love

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.