DEFINITION OF A DEMOCRAT

Trump’s Lies & Myths Show His Ignorance

I was going to dress up as a Democrat for Halloween, but I couldn’t figure out what to wear. Was I to put horns on my head, or wear a sixties hippy outfit and carry Molotov cocktails? Perhaps I should dress up in a $800 suit and carry a briefcase full of one hundred-dollar bills to give out to passers-by in a socialist effort to spread the wealth?

When Donald Trump was a private citizen, he was a registered Democrat? Why? Maybe the Donald was just flocking with the shakers in New York City. As we now know, back then Trump gave money to all candidates, regardless of party. According to the book written by his niece, Mary L. Trump, the son learned this from his father, who padded the pockets of the politicians who handled building permits in the city. Why should anyone believe anything Trump says about the Democratic party?

We have a rich history of political parties in this country. Once there were the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party, also called “Jeffersonian Republican.” Then we moved around some players into the Whig Party that came out of the National Republican Party and the Democratic Party. During the Civil War, from 1854 to the mid-1890s, we had the anti-slavery Republican Party, which adopted many of the economic policies of the Whigs, and we had the Democratic Party, which was pro-slavery. Along the way, we’ve seen attempts at third party candidates, usually bringing disaster to one of the larger party candidates.

It’s funny how the parties morphed over time. The pro-slavery, anti-labor Southern Democrats of the 1900s became pro-labor and much more liberal, while after freeing the slaves Lincoln Republicans became the staunch, conservative “leave everything as it is” party. Those who know history don’t view the Emancipation Declaration as a benevolent gift from Lincoln. They see it as a pure political move to save the Union. Modern time Republicans, like Trump, believe they have an anti-racism heritage to protect, but as soon as Lincoln was assassinated the country did everything it could to keep the Black man “in his place.”

It’s outrageous when Donald Trump says that he’s done more for African Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln. I am sure Lyndon Johnson’s daughters are deeply offended by this president’s words, but it goes much deeper.

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure and two African American students, Vivian Malone and James A. Hood, were successfully enrolled. Compare that to Donald Trump tear-gassing Black Lives Matter protesters so he could walk across the street for his photo-op of holding a bible. By the way, JFK was a Democrat.

Some say Democrats are just like the Republicans. Oh yeah, they talk a good game but deep down inside they will bend their own dogma to get up on the other party. Bill Clinton, a Democrat, wasn’t exactly a prince to the Black community. The former president made sure low-level drug users felt the full weight of state power at the same time bankers felt the removal of the shackles that bound them. Clinton simply wanted to play the “law and order” card to get reelected. Think about it. He was caught in an affair with an intern, lied about it, was impeached and still got another four years in office. Wow! It must have been the voter suppression by both parties that kept Clinton in power.

The Democratic party does NOT hate the police. As a matter of fact, many big-city cops are Democrats. Party members are not coming to burn down your suburb. And we all are repulsed by anyone tries to say we have a problem with the military. Just because we did not support the Vietnam War, we do honor our father’s service in WWI or WW2, every day. And those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, even if we disagreed, have a place in our hearts.

Yes, Democrats have tons of money. Look at how much Biden has collected from his Democratic donors. Republicans are silly when they claim that all the money is coming from George Soros. It’s true that 90-year-old holocaust survivor donates money to liberal causes, but maybe he knows that tyrants can gain power and turn people against minorities. Most Democrats aren’t braless radicals making bombs in the basement. Clearly that is the action of radical, right wing, nut job militias. They could care less about rich white guys telling them what to do. They are a cult with extraordinarily little financing. The guns they carry are paid for individually. It’s the far right we must watch.

The myth that Democrats are socialists is horse shit, or maybe donkey shit. Democrats feel just as much greed and need to keep money on the D side of the equation as Republicans want for the R group. Trump goes out of his way to paint Nancy Pelosi as a red, communist socialist, but she and her husband Paul Pelosi are worth about $46.5 million in real estate and various blue-chip stock holdings. Compare that to the richest person in Congress, Florida Senate Republican Rick Scott. According to Fox Business news, “Scott is worth an estimated $259 million.” Any claim that the Democrats are going to give away the treasury to out-of-work, single Moms is a bold lie. Democrats are actually, more fiscally responsible.

2016 data show that the net worth of Congressional members can be broken out into classifications of minimum, average and maximum. Based on their average net worth, 48 percent of House and Senate members are worth at least a million dollars. Yes, Mrs. And Mr. Taxpayer, they are rich and getting richer every year. They use information from confidential hearings to guide their investment strategies. This is not totally against the law. Why is that?

I find it richly ironic that Republican presidents tend to claim a Democratic government would somehow spend more money than they would. It’s a total lie. The national debt increased by 186% during the Reagan years, while George W. Bush helped increase that debt by 54%. Now before you get all crazy here, let’s look at the facts. George W. Bush’s “gift” to America totaled $5.9 billion more in debt, while Barack Obama also increased our debt by $8.6 billion.

Now let’s talk about our great bankruptcy-in-chief, Donald Trump. The national debt stood at $19.9 trillion when he took office in January 2017. In October 2020, the national debt reached a new high of $27 trillion, which is up almost 36% in less than four years. That’s an increase of $7 TRILLION! How can we permit this man to operate our country with that type of reckless spending?

Keep in mind that these figures were calculated before the coronavirus stimulus measures. In fact, the greatest debt burden of the country came from the outrageous tax cuts for the rich and large companies and banks. Trump was bribing the rich to like him, and all those fiscal hawks in Congress just looked the other way. Their complicity might help birth a new third party, the New Republicans. Here we go again.

Democrats are not the people Trump tries to imagine. Yes, Democrats generally dislike the 45th President, but they aren’t going to log in Alaska, pollute in Pittsburgh, or get rid of police departments. The need for police will be especially important in a Democrat run government. Those white supremacists, vigilantes and militias will find the men and women in blue defending our property and peace. The coin can flip quickly, and the disruptions and intimidations of automatic weaponry will no longer be tolerated by America. It’s all just a game with Trump, the former Democrat, who changed all his values and beliefs for power. I am sure he prays once every four years.

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NEGATIVE PARTISANSHIP

The Real Challenge for America

Getting rid of Donald Trump will not cure the deep-seated resentment in the hearts and minds of Americans. I have often written about my country, and my book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs lays out my thoughts about weaknesses and solutions for this great nation. Those essays in the book, even though written in ink, will be reevaluated over time because life in this country is mercurial. Each statement must be viewed considering the current space in time.

One of the amazing structural strengths designed by our founders is the balance of powers. With three branches of government, each is supposed to check for any abuse of power by the others. Like a healthy tree, each branch provides the whole with enough power to stand tall, grow and be nourished through the seasons. Political parties were not mandated or endorsed by the Constitution, but it was inevitable they would surface.

Money was at the core of early debates in our country. If you had the pleasure of seeing the brilliant Broadway musical Hamilton, you saw the deep struggle Congress experienced when establishing a federal banking system. From there, we fought over which countries to support or remain neutral. That was the beginning of foreign policy and international standing. We had to be cool back then so that other countries would take us seriously. That’s why we sent our smartest and best people to fill diplomatic posts in England and France. It was important for Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to be away from native soil to keep us safe from hostile invasions.

As we all know, the communication networks of the 18th and 19th centuries were not that good. On some occasions we fought wars for months after a peace treaty was signed because it took so long to get the word. Because of today’s hyper fast and extreme news blasts we are constantly ingesting data, be it true or false. It’s difficult enough to discern the difference between a joke and a lie, an attempt at sarcasm or a legal policy statement, and Donald John Trump has only confounded clarity. I, for one, would appreciate the next president not using Twitter for any purpose other than sharing good news.

There are ways to effectively release official information, policies and rules to the public. That is the purpose of the press and communications office in the White House. I am tired of the banal “I’ve been hearing that…” statements from this president. Before the President of the United States makes an assertion, they should KNOW THE FACTS by thoroughly vetting the information and its source. We don’t need a commander-in-gossip; we need a real leader.

Why the divide in our country? First, people are different. I oversimplify by using the terms altruistic and selfish. I’m puzzled by rich people like Peter Theil, a co-founder of PayPal and billionaire immigrant, giving millions of dollars to organizations designed to curb and slow immigration. It’s like, “Hey, I got in, let’s close the doors.” I am also a bit befuddled when I hear people talk about the relationship between the poor and the Holy Bible. Seriously, if our religious institutions spent as much time helping the unfortunate or feeding hungry children as they do with draconian birth control measures, we would be much better off. Yes, I am saying a little more altruism in the church would profoundly improve our circumstances. The current Pope gets this. Why aren’t more people listening to him?

The Pope of the Poor

Both Republicans and Democrats say things that show their biases and racist thinking. One of my neighbors talked about a video of a woman being stopped by police. He was going on and on about how the woman reacted and I asked, “Was the woman Black?” He said, “Yes, as usual.” He didn’t realize how racist he was being because he doesn’t even know what the word racism means. It’s not his fault, or is it?

Why do we have such sharp divisions? People like Donald Trump really do see things as Black and White, and I mean that both ways. He views rich people as somehow better than those folks who are down on their luck while bouncing off bankruptcies because he’s been a millionaire since the day he was born. He pledges to keep African Americans and poor whites out of your neighborhood. That’s not a dog whistle. It’s a giant fog horn blast. His words and actions make the divide wider, deeper and more damaging than those of any other president in our recent history.

Political parties arose to help organize people having particular beliefs or ideologies. Parties have platforms, which help voters to understand the broad perspectives of each candidate. When a leader strays from their platform, some voters get confused and then lump all politicians into one big basket. Trump has decided to not have a platform so he can never disappoint, or could it be that is he just too lazy to develop a plan?

As a critic, I state my opinions in clear language. I passionately believe that Justice Brett Kavanaugh should NOT be on the Supreme Court. I feel this way not because he drank too much beer in high school or was accused of attempted rape. It’s because he went after a political candidate during his confirmation hearing. He showed himself to be a true Republican and Conservative with an agenda. Supreme Court justices should not use their position as a political weapon. Bad Brett! The court system must be reformed. Why is it okay to count ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina after election day, but not in Wisconsin? There’s an example of bad decisions which should be handled by local jurisdictions, not the Supreme Court. Or maybe, it’s time to codify all the election rules under a federal umbrella.

Congress must be reformed. There is no way that one man like Mitch McConnel should have the power to force a Supreme Court nomination vote desired by a sitting president. We also must figure out how to end the gridlock and wasted time of hearings and procedures. Without this, Congress will never get above its 18% approval rate.

As for the President, we need to reform the pardon laws and the various ways the Chief Executive deals with oversight. The White House should NOT be able to keep a person from testifying to Congress. Those who do not respect the use of a Congressional subpoena should be arrested and jailed until they agree to do so. They have the right to take the Fifth Amendment, what then are they afraid of? I guess they fear being abused or fired by a bad president. Okay, then let’s make a law that the president should NOT be allowed to intimidate a witness. WAIT, we already have the law! Perhaps the law should be modified to include that every time a president blocks a witness, the President should lose their veto power for one round of legislation. That would get their attention.

Republicans pay taxes and have a right to be heard. Democrats believe they are right just as much as Republicans and they should demand truth from our leaders. As I said to my neighbor, we will never agree on “talking points” of the parties, but we can always agree on FACTS. COVID deaths should not form a talking point. They are facts. WAKE UP AMERICA, and go VOTE.

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THE DETAILS ARE IN THE DEVIL

Demonic Donald’s Demise is Near

There are times when I feel sorry for Donald Trump. I have sympathy for the man, even though his actions have brought a giant, flaming bag of horse shit to his feet, where he desperately jumps on it again and again, trying to stifle the flames but only making the stinking, fiery mess spread.

A friend of mine had a strange thought. She imagined hearing the Rolling Stones classic song Sympathy for the Devil playing before a Donald Trump rally. Usually, You Can’t Always Get What You Want plays at that time, not the devil song. My friend’s interesting notion motivated me to write this piece.

Mick & Don from CNN

Many have studied Sympathy for the Devil and expressed theories about its meaning. The cleanest, most direct analysis is the song traces the dark side of humanity where we are swallowed up by evil, thereby feeding the darkness the wickedness it craves. Could there be other interpretations? Of course. So, let’s take a trip through the words of the song.

Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste

Donald Trump claims he’s a man of wealth, but the more we learn the more we understand that brag is just another illusion of this con man. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of his private residences. They show a supreme lack of taste, don’t you think? Even the villain Goldfinger would be ashamed to live in such nouveau riche surroundings.

I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul to waste

Many have commented about Trump’s glaring lack of empathy and apparently damaged soul. That is a harsh statement, but the line about stealing many a man’s soul can easily be applied to those Republican enablers and sycophants who have walked away from their oath of office by lying to and misleading the American people. Donald Trump has stolen their souls.

And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

We all know that Trump has a “god complex,” which has been enlarged by his severe narcissistic personality disorder. These lyrics, however, suggest that he’s the one who carries a lot of pain and doubt. When all of his wrongdoings come to the surface of the swamp, he will simply wash his hands and walk away.

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

This devil guy really needs us to know who he is and, yes, we are all puzzled by his game. Us smart voters know that his “game” is not going to make or maintain this country’s greatness.

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

The coincidence here is that Trump did make a trip to Moscow in 1987 and visited Leningrad and St. Petersburg. He was there to propose Trump hotels in Russia. He saw the changes taking place in the former Soviet Union and thought he could exploit them for his personal gain.

I rode a tank
Held a general’s rank

Trump always adores generals, until they turn against him.

And let’s not forget that he wanted a parade with tanks.

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made

Trump makes fun of other countries, except those led by dictators and tyrants. He laughs at the wars of history but has no comprehension of why they took place.

I shouted out
Who killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me

It seemed demonic when Trump approved a National Enquirer story which claimed that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Of course, we all know it was you and me who killed the Kennedys, not Donald Trump.

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
‘Cause I’m in need of some restraint

Donald John Trump knows that not every cop is a good cop. He has accused the men and women of the FBI of being “bad cops.” He wants to decide who wins and who loses, who is good and who is bad. He flips coins in disregard of all the rules and regulations he doesn’t like. He is Lucifer, and we MUST RESTRAIN HIM NOW!

So, if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah

Trump demands that people be courteous to him, even those he has ruthlessly demeaned. He urges us to have taste, yet he is the most tasteless president of modern times. He asks that we treat him with polite protocol, but if we don’t he will lay our souls to waste.

Okay, I lied earlier. Truth is, I have no sympathy for Donald Trump. I hope he gets exactly what he deserves. Unless he is waterboarded, he will never admit he is or was wrong, but we can hope the judicial system he has so maligned will give this devil his due.

There are 124 “Woo-Woo’s” in Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. After November 3rd we will hopefully all be singing “Woo-Woo!”

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OLD JOE & THE JERK

Pure American Political Graffiti

Most Americans have an aversion to the political season. Every four years it disrupts our lives, goes on far too long and the bombardment of TV spots, direct mail and information overload makes it seem like a giant circus has come to town. Of course, the political process also produces a lot of horse and elephant shit that no one cleans up. I am glad the debates are over, and we are coming to the end of this insanity.

There was no winner at last night’s debate. The Democrats are saying Biden won while Trump followers say their man really landed some punches. All that aside, what we clearly saw last night were the differences between old Joe Biden and the jerk we’ve come to hate, Donald John Trump. Like any two characters in a movie, both are flawed. One is harmlessly competent, while the other is dangerous to our democracy.

Trump is always on defense when it comes to race, racism and racist rhetoric. We heard Joe Biden distance himself from bad decisions of the past. He knows and admits he was wrong in his handling of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. Biden was a major force in the passing of the 1994 crime bill, and he’s played straight regarding its impact on African American men. In the past Joe has said, “There’s another part of my long record that’s being grossly misrepresented: the 1994 crime bill.” Last night, however, he was noticeably direct when saying it was a mistake. That has meaning in a historical context. When looking back at the impact of Ronald Reagan’s policies and executive orders on people of color, you would think Reagan was working for the Klan.

Perhaps Donald Trump’s most unbelievable line during the debate was his repeated statement of, “I am the least racist person in this whole room.” It’s a declaration not only impossible to prove, but nonsensical to any thinking individual. It reminds me of the disingenuous lie often said by a person accused of being a racist, “I am not a racist; some of my best friends are Black.” I have no doubt that Trump is a racist. Here’s an excerpt of a TIME magazine article, “In interviews over the years, Trump has credited his genes for everything from his health to his success, and he’s noted that his children and grandchildren will benefit from them as well.” Once you go down this path, you fall into the trap of what was once known as eugenics, a misguided medical movement of the early 1900s.

This extremely flawed theory was based on the work of British scientist Francis Galton, who concluded that superior intelligence and abilities were inherited. He coined the term “eugenics,” meaning “well born.” Galton theorized that humanity could be improved by encouraging the fittest members of society to have more children. If this sounds a bit like Nazi thinking, you would be right. Trump’s father Fred also believed this to be true, and he taught his kids that they were better than any Black person. My source is the excellent book written by Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece. You should read it.

Joe Biden is not a racist. He’s just an old man who has experienced the pain of personal loss throughout much of his life. As a political operative, he had an ability to move things forward by bringing both sides together on many issues. I doubt that many of the idiots currently in Congress can be moved off their hidden racist agendas, partisan political dogmas and sick use of power, but, hey, let’s give old Joe a try. What we have now is clearly not working.

Donald Trump is a limited human being, at best. He’s like the game show host who has been parroting the intro line and explanation of how “we play the game” rap which has grown tired, cold and perfunctory over the years. Donald’s endless, repetitive babble leads to the same conclusion; he really doesn’t know what the hell he is doing. He used the debate insult that Obama and Biden built the cages, but no one swings the retaliatory bat with “But, Mr. President, you put the kids in them.” Trump brags about his record on immigration and claims the kids who were separated from their mothers and fathers are being treated very well. REALLY?

Biden landed a good debate punch with this, “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life. I have released 22 years of tax returns. You have not released a single year. What are you hiding?” Yes, good question, what is Trump hiding? Few voters care about Hunter Biden. He’s just another offspring, cashing in, like Trump’s kids who aren’t talented, smart or exceptional; they are just Trumps.

Even with new debate rules in place, the Donald interrupted and tried to throw old Joe Biden off the trail, but we aren’t voting for a debate winner. We need a political resolver and uniter. Can Biden unite us? Will Biden unite us? Probably not, but Trump had his damn chance and failed miserably. So much for the myth that we needed a “really good businessman” to run the government. If that was the goal, we should have elected Mitt Romney, who is a great and wealthy entrepreneur. Trump has never been a good businessperson, as the whole world will learn when his tax returns eventually become known.

BusinessInsider.com had this to say about the virus policies of our government, “Upwards of 130,000 coronavirus deaths were ‘avoidable’ if President Donald Trump and his administration had acted sooner and implemented widespread public health precautions, according to a new Columbia University report released on Wednesday (10-21-2020).” The Columbia research is probably correct. Trump cannot defend his conduct related to this pandemic.

Trump stated that the virus is not his fault, and he graciously informed us it’s also not Joe Biden’s fault. Trump blames China and cannot understand why they didn’t stop its spread. His statement about COVID-19 containment proves the Donald has no idea what he’s talking about. If China failed to keep it from “getting out” of their country, then the Trump administration did a morally indefensible, hideous, blatantly incompetent job of controlling its spread across this land. Biden kept reminding us how bad the crisis is, while Trump made fun of Joe in his basement. Comic criticism of Joe Biden’s self-quarantine and mask wearing plays to the hard core Trumpers who deny climate change and the danger of this deadly virus, but most people think Biden should wear a mask. He’s an old guy.

Few of us have ever attained a no-cut, four-year, $400,000 contract to run anything, let alone the United States. Now think about this. Some say Uncle Joe is too old, but let’s not forget Trump promised to hire “expert people” to surround and help him. Remember that line, “Only the best people!” Well, he hired all the wrong people. More than 80 folks have left his administration and, oh yeah, some of them are in jail. One almost put a gun into his mouth to get away from Trump.

The real difference between Trump and Biden is simple. Biden will truly hire the best people. We need Joe only to get us through the next four years, repair Trump’s damage and truly make America great again. Make no mistake, that is exactly what he will do. There’s no reason to debate it.

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OPEN LETTER TO STANFORD

The University Should Protect Its Reputation

Today, I’ve had enough. I’m tired of people who are hurting our fellow citizens and we must speak out. We need to point out that when educational institutions enable false information, they are wrong and must be confronted. Stanford University is a great school, but they may be risking that reputation. So, I wrote a letter:

Dear Stanford University,

Is Stanford University willing to trash its good reputation because of SCOTT ATLAS?

I hope this message finds its way to the person responsible for causing all the problems. Is Dr. Atlas the sole member of Stanford’s HOOVER INSTITUTION? Who oversees this? What oversight is applied by the University? THIS EMAIL SHOULD BE READ BY THE PROVOST AND PRESIDENT. I would have sent this to Marc Tessier-Lavigne, but I can’t find an email address for him.

Let’s start with some basic knowledge.

  1. More than 220,000 people in the United States have died because of the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. The Trump administration has produced a confusing and misinformed policy on fighting the virus.
  3. The White House has hired a Stanford Fellow to advise the President.
  4. Dr. Scott Atlas, that advisor, has contributed to the confusion and misinformation.
  5. Dr. Scott Atlas has tweeted that face coverings (masks) do not work.

So, let’s get real. If I were the President of the United States, I would fire this man ASAP. If I were running Stanford, I would disassociate myself from this individual immediately. Why?

LIES for a LIAR

What Scott Atlas is really saying is that front line people are NOT protected by PPE. ANY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL KNOWS THAT IS NOT TRUE. Doctors wear coverings during an operation to protect the patient and themselves. This is a fact. Is that what Dr. Atlas meant? I assume that SNC uses best practices, so why would the president’s advisor perpetrate a lie? Why wouldn’t Dr. Atlas recommend that people going out in the public during a global pandemic wear a mask to protect themselves? This man is harming people with his false words.

Dr. Atlas told millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions they should take the risk of getting the virus. What oath did he take? What, or who, is guiding his advice? Is he adhering to the Hippocratic Oath? Remember, a piece of that oath says, “First, do no harm.” Could it be that Dr. Atlas is being manipulated by someone trying to affect an election rather than save people’s lives? Only the good doctor knows the answer, but what responsibility does STANFORD UNIVERSITY have in this equation?

I don’t believe Dr. Atlas comprehends the position he is in. He got hired, appeared on TV, got noticed and walked away from all his medical knowledge and expertise just to be “another opinion.” The number of doctors and other medical experts who have spoken out against Dr. Atlas is overwhelming. Perhaps he’s in the leech business wanting to bring back arcane ideas that have long been disproved. He talked about “herd immunity,” then he distanced himself from his own proposal. VACILLATION is not a VACCINATION.

I am not a “cancel culture” person, I am a concerned citizen.

You don’t need to cancel Scott Atlas. You must decide whether you want our grandkids to go to Stanford. Right now, Dr. Atlas is not much better than soiled PPE. You can keep putting him on, but it’s dangerous for America. Ask Paul Romer, ask Dr. Fauci, ask any doctor on the front lines.

I am posting this to social media in the hope that someone will share this with the person responsible for protecting the reputation of STANFORD UNIVERSITY. No action is just complicity, not intelligent management of people you pay. Do the right thing.

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PLANNING HIS ESCAPE

One Last Act of a Wannabe Dictator

We have all read the history stories in which the people of a third-world country finally revolt against their tyrant leader, only to have him escape into the night at the last minute. Then, another larger country helps the dictator with a private jet packed with gold bars stolen from the treasury of his dysfunctional government. Will we soon see a similar story about our fallen president on NBC?

I was very curious about this story that ran in BusinessInsider.com, “Trump says ‘maybe I’ll have to leave the country’ if he loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden.” President Donald John Trump suggested at a rally in Macon, Georgia that he would be extremely embarrassed if he lost to Joe Biden, “Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.” Really?

Could this be motivated by the fact that Biden raised a record $383 million compared to Trump’s $247 million last month, or maybe Trump is realizing some Republicans are openly making cracks in the damn of his enablers in Congress? According to the New York Times, “Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, castigated President Trump in a telephone town hall accusing the president of bungling the response to the coronavirus pandemic, cozying up to dictators and white supremacists, and offending voters so broadly that he might cause a ‘Republican blood bath’ in the Senate.” Wow, it’s huge news when the incumbent president is being blamed for big defeats before they happen!

General John Kelly

In addition to his wretched poll numbers, I am sure Trump has also learned the harsh words that John Kelly, retired General and Marine, allegedly said about him, “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.” Keep in mind that this is from one of “his generals.”

Why would Trump be suggesting that after losing the election he might board his private jet to leave the “greatest nation on the earth” and travel to another place where he thinks he would be safe from… well, what? Prosecution? The death penalty? Such a plan is more than the thought of a flawed human being; it’s the plot of a guilty son-of-a-bitch!

After studying this man’s every political move and writing more than a million words about him, I have some thoughts about Trump-Speak. He has this strange habit of accusing his detractors of exactly what he fears he will get caught doing.

When talks about staying on in office, deep down inside he thinks that would be cool. He would give the ultimate middle finger to not only democracy, but also to those who have constantly reminded him of his failures and inadequacies. From his dead father, to his niece, Mary L. Trump to some of the most powerful people in the world. They are laughing at him.

Which country would accept Mr. Trump? Let’s start with Russia. Now wouldn’t that be funny, in a sick and obvious way? Trump would be living in the same country as Edward Snowden, a guy who he thinks is a traitor. Maybe they could become friends? And let’s not forget that Russia has NO EXTRADITION pact with the USA. Or might the Donald accompany his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared on a junket to Israel? After all, they’re into a lot of Jewish stuff.

Turkey would surely welcome Donald, but then President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would gladly trade him back to the USA for someone Erdoğan wants to kill. Perhaps the orange man could hang out with his buddy and part time lover, Kim Jong-Un, except hanging out might involve some hanging. I’m putting my money on Saudi Arabia. Trump could live like a king there, but wait, don’t they already have one?

Ugly New York Lawyer

Quoting from Vanity Fair, the Washington Post reported that United States intelligence officials cautioned Trump last year that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had become the target of a Kremlin influence operation meant to plant disinformation in the president’s ear. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told our President, “Your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine,” as part of an effort to “protect the president from coming out and saying something stupid.” Trump shrugged off the warnings. Who is this guy?

I would never have written a story like this had Trump not come right out and said it, I would have stored it away in my brain, perhaps never to see the light of day. But now the cards are on the table. What if he tries to leave? Would anyone stop him? Would Lindsey Graham call the FAA and ground his plane? NO! Trump would slip away in his Teflon suit of armor, laughing all the way to the bank.

I hope he does leave. He’ll be in political quarantine for the rest of his life. It’s all a sad and terrible ending to a wretched and horrendous story about a mentally diminished adult being given too much power. After he’s gone all those supporters and sycophants will claim they were “against him” but just couldn’t admit it when he was in power. It will be like those German generals who said they were only taking orders.

The phrase many Democrats have been using for the last four years suddenly makes more sense. “We are better than this.” That is true. We are a better, a greater and a smarter nation than Donald John Trump and his foul and dishonest followers can ever imagine. It’s not QAnon we must worry about; it’s ourselves. Can we mend our nation’s broken heart? Can we get back to basics and really make America great this time? Yes, we can! Here’s another slogan that now makes more sense. IT’S TIME TO TOSS THE TYRANT OUT OF OFFICE!

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VOTING IN AMERICA

Trump’s Greatest Challenge & Flaw

Statistics provide a clear picture of who we are as a people. Many Americans have taken the right of voting for granted. In 2016, 250,056,000 Americans voted, which was only 55.5% of eligible voters. That’s a strange statistic for a country where more than a million people have fought and died to protect the right to vote. Why do so many not take that privilege seriously?

President Johnson

In 1964, only six percent of African Americans voted, but after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 more Black people voted. By 1969, 59 percent of African Americans voted. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2016 declined for the first time in twenty years, falling to 59.6% after reaching a record-high of 66.6% in 2012. That seven percent decline from the previous election is the largest on record for Blacks. One could conclude that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were attractive to those voters, or perhaps African Americans felt they had a sure win with Obama in the race.

Another statistic that cracks right between the eyes is 38% of those in Congress are millionaires. Startlingly, that’s not much different from the first years of the American government. The flatly stated theory goes like this; let the rich, white, planter-plantation owner class protect their business interests, and everyone else will be fine. Sadly, there’s not much difference today.

While Trump stirs up dust about Twitter and Facebook taking down his lies and misinformation they feel will hurt their subscribers, more people are dying of COVID-19 infections. While Trump is passing along stupid QAnon conspiracy theories and lies, there are people in Georgia and other states waiting eight hours in sprawling, hot lines to vote. How can any of us believe we are a great country when one of our political parties works so hard at voter suppression? They openly state their belief that when fewer people vote they do better. What is the difference between Republican actions to suppress voting and ballot burning in a third-world country after all the citizens have voted? Any US citizen involved in vote suppression, regardless of their place in society, should at least be charged with voter intimidation.

Trump sees the electorate through the filter of his belief that the American public will believe whatever he tells them. Remember, he said he could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters. Maybe Trump feels he must react to some of the “fake news” that has been published about him. But in reality, this guy has no credibility pushing back because he’s stuck in a ad hominem loop. He truly believes all negatives about him are untrue, therefore, even when the other guys tell almost truths about him, no one on the Democratic side believes him. He’s the boy who cried wolf so much, no one is really listening anymore.

Lunatic Leader

Probably emboldened by Trump’s successful fight with COVID, the West Wing is now pushing the B.S. that “everyone is going to get the virus.” It’s the same “herd immunity” idea Dr. Atlas dumped into Donald’s defective brain months ago. Our President now says, “See, it’s not that bad. Get back to work and reelect me.” What about losing the lives of two million people? “We are just going to have to live with it.” To a young person, the fact that they are still living is an invitation to party recklessly.

The flaw in Trump’s thinking is that people thoughtlessly do what he says. All his supporters shouting and screaming arm to arm at his rallies won’t get sick and die, but maybe some of them will come to their senses when they or a loved one starts to violently cough while gasping for air. Each false step, each tragic error, forces another crack in Trump’s armor.

The reality Trump must now confront is the wave of voters who are NOT going to stay at home. We already know that more than 15 million people have voted, and more than 60% of all mail in ballots were cast by Democrats. Trump made so many amateur mistakes as an incumbent. He could have embraced mask wearing from the beginning and air dropped millions of MAGA masks into swing states. It’s too late now. He politically over-positioned mask-wearing and the result could be many of his supporters too sick to vote.

Another junior achievement Trump ploy was getting his donor-lover-boy Louis DeJoy to disrupt the United States Postal Service in an attempt to sabotage mail in voting efforts. The overweight, orange pumpkin did this while fomenting distrust by saying the process of mail in ballots is ripe with fraud. If true, why did he make no effort to fix the problem? He is the most impotent president of all time if he can’t stop a pervasive fraud.

It’s impossible to apply logic to the actions of Trump and his grifter-enablers in Congress. They are all broke-dick cult followers and failures as patriots and people. It takes a whole nation to be a whole nation, and despite Trump’s position of needing walls to have a nation, what we truly need are voters to save our democracy. As many as legally possible. Maybe I am naïve or over-optimistic, but I believe the 2020 election turnout will be larger than ever. After the election, I want to start a campaign against the hypocrites who have too much power over us. I will be writing letters to suppress not only their voices but their Congressional votes.

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THE LINCOLN PROJECT

Real Political Radicals Against Trump

As a kid, I loved to play pranks on people. The best part, of course, was watching the reaction of my target. I felt great seeing that look of surprise or dismay. Why have only April Fool’s Day when there are 364 other days to have fun?

Some immature and silly people don’t take things seriously and are more interested in the effect rather than the damage. I used to work with some disgusting people in business and I developed a theory. When a kid is bullied at a young age, maybe teased about his or her weight or some other type of profiling, they hold that germ in their soul. When they grow up and get into a position of power or authority over other people, the virus of revenge appears, and they let others have it. I used to sarcastically, and perhaps unsensitively, call it “fat boy syndrome.”

Perhaps Donald Trump was bullied by his father, who was bullied by his father. The putdowns and abuse through generations becomes a never-ending cycle of family members trying to get back at those who hurt them. I’m not saying all Trumps are afflicted in this way, but it certainly appears that Daddy had his way with Donnie.

You may have heard of the Lincoln Project or seen some of its hard-hitting TV ads against Trump. So , what is this group? It’s a political action committee formed in late 2019 by several current and former Republicans, with a goal of preventing the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. If you wonder if this is legal maneuvering, you might want check out this decision. The Citizen’s United case was about the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that it prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations, including nonprofits, labor unions and other associations. So, if you have money you have a voice.

The people behind the Lincoln Project are George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Rick Wilson, Jennifer Horn, Ron Steslow, Reed Galen and Mike Madrid. These people are truly “never Trumpers;” they HATE DONALD TRUMP. How do I know this? Well, they say they hate him! What more do we need to know?

One of my dear friends, who follows politics like I do, said, “You know, after Trump is gone, they will all go back to being Republicans.” I have no problem with that because a two-party system works only when both parties are honest, fair and promote their authentic platforms. It’s sad, but Donald Trump has destroyed the Republican party. I can’t imagine they will ever win Blacks, Hispanics and educated white suburban people back to the party. So, why are the Lincoln Project people so down on Trump?

Some of them are brilliant tacticians and political operatives who will never be hired by the Democratic National Committee and Trump has forced them out of Republican circles. They are the fat kids getting revenge on the cool kids who put them down in high school, but their deep-seated disdain is more than jealousy. The truly hate our President.

Check out the pitch on their web site. They are raising lots of money because there are millions of people who feel the same way about Donald John Trump. Imagine if there had been a Lincoln Project in Nazi Germany. What would Hitler have done? That was rhetorical; we know what he would have done. If you want to share Lincoln Project ads, you can find them here.

For a lot of reasons, I didn’t think the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court has made America better. In fact, allowing millions of unmarked bills into our political process can be as damaging as Russia manipulating our social media, but it’s too late. The top court in the land has already decided that corporations are people and that money is more important than propaganda. They aren’t wrong, but if they were truly protecting my First Amendment rights how was Twitter able to ban me for life?

Wilson, Schmidt, Conway

I saw a TV interview with key members of the Lincoln Project saying they will continue to bully Trump and work for his removal. They are a force, and even if they don’t raise enough money to dominate the airwaves, they will continue to spread their rebuke of Trump all over the Internet, which is still free.

This is what Lincoln Project founding member Steve Schmidt said of Trump, “When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don’t use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We’ve never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities. It’s just astonishing that this man is president of the United States.”   

The list of those against Donald Trump seems to be growing every day, and this is good. It’s not an effort for the fools without masks who drive 800 miles to cheer on Donald Trump; it’s for the moderates, the old-line Republicans who are finally realizing that the Donald screwed them. They voted for him last time because the mob moved in his direction and they believed that mob was a pure revolt against Obama and Democrats. Now they have figured out they got suckered by a con man, and on November 3rd they can take a parting puff of the addiction and blow out the anger.

I laugh when I hear the President going on and on about radical groups of Democrats ready to burn down the suburbs. The real radicals are former Republicans ready to burn Trump’s house down. Take the opportunity to hear an interview with any of these guys and you will understand. They sound like 1960s radicals against NIXON. Let’s love them! If the Lincoln Project can bring 3% of the moderates over to Biden, Trump will be a one-term president and then we’ll have to get to work to fix all he has broken.

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JUDGES, JERKS & JURISPRUDENCE

The Manipulation of Donald Trump

There are times when I laugh at our President. He lies, yes, but he also has a repulsive arrogance about his “power.” It’s another myth held by this imbecilic fat man. He isn’t picking the judges; they are being picked for him. I doubt that Donald John Trump has taken the time to read the writings and decisions of his nominees. They appear on a list put together by hard-core conservatives and people who run the Heritage Foundation, and Trump blindly follows.

The Heritage Foundation is a think tank based in Washington, D.C. which claims their primarily function is influencing public policy. The foundation was behind much of what spewed from the mouth of Ronald Reagan because, as a former Democrat and union leader, he was “taught how to be a conservative.” For all his conservative badges, Regan was a tax raising lunatic. The Economic Recovery Act of 1981, known politically as the “Reagan tax cuts,” was indeed the largest reduction since the previous 70 years. But, as the man said, “The large print giveth; the small print taketh away.” It’s a fact that those “cuts” produced tax increases. Some say the increases were bigger than the cuts. Thanks, Ronnie.

Most presidents feel a need to kowtow to those who give them money. Some candidates attempt to put together a fan base by combining smaller groups with specific goals that can be easily massaged or gratified. Trump used a simple ploy by bonding with the evangelicals and claiming he is pro-life, even though he’s never held that belief. He claims his loyalty to the Second Amendment, and the NRA buys ads for him. He ignores some fundamental words of that amendment “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

First, what does “well regulated” mean? I’m not sure why that term was not hyphenated, but that doesn’t change its meaning. A judge, especially a Supreme Court justice, should not pump meaning into a set of words. Instead, they must pass judgement on a wide range of challenges to our laws. Jurisprudence, an interesting term, deals with the theory or philosophy of law and, digging deeper, we see that philosophy is the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. If you think any of the Supreme Court justices can throw off all their biases and viewpoints based on their own personal reality, then you are a fool. However, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to be impartial.

A bad decision or poorly worded dissent from the Supreme Court lasts forever. People will read those rulings for decades, even centuries. Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to the Court, is morally opposed to abortion or the right of a woman to choose, but that is why she was picked. It’s quite a strange reason. Why are we packing the court with people philosophically against previously decided law? Well, it’s because our system is deficient and our highly imperfect President is messing things up even more. Justice Barrett won’t be a bad judge, but she will be an intolerant judge because she is an intolerant person. Read what she has written and said about Roe Vs. Wade. Check out her thoughts about why a convicted felon, no matter what the charge, should be able to own a gun. She’s prejudiced regarding some established laws and traditions and unable to see the better good by keeping existing laws intact.

Angry Single Senator from S.C.

The circus that Senator Lindsey Graham will chair in the Judiciary Committee is not necessary. The Republicans will get their woman and, if the Democrats take over, they will add justices to the court. Then, as the more conservative, older judges retire or die, the Court will go back to nine justices. It’s the way politics work.

Possibly the first case Judge Barrett will encounter will be deciding whether the Affordable Care Act should be stuck down. Even though this Act has already cleared other Supreme Court decisions, it could be ended in a Supreme Court ruling which would eliminate the healthcare insurance of 20 million people. Wouldn’t that automatically send 20 million voters to the other guy running for President? We’ll see.

Donald Trump hugs the flag and constantly lies about his beliefs. He evaluates all situations based on whether or not they are good for him. Our Adolescent in Chief doesn’t have the intellectual depth to comprehend the impact of his words. I think he genuinely wants to tear everything down before he leaves. By the way, he will leave, if not in January 2021 then four years later.

The Great Divider

My feelings are simple. I would like our nine Supreme Court justices to NOT be forces of religious belief. They should be unbiased to a fault and non-political. Sure, you can get in there and overturn Roe Vs. Wade but will Congress then increase healthcare services for women and funding to help unwanted, possibly unloved, babies achieve a “Christian” upbringing. These “highly religious” types are hypocrites who want to control a woman’s choice but will look the other way when single moms need help. They will talk about pulling oneself up by their bootstraps. What a shitty thing to say.

Fox News once used the inappropriate tag line “Fair & Balanced.” It was a total lie, but people believed it. If the Supreme Court can rule that your doctor is not allowed to provide the care you want, then maybe the government should have told Donald Trump that he couldn’t have that experimental COVID treatment. He could have pulled himself by the bootstraps and toughed it out. Of course, he’s more important than that girl who was raped on campus and needs to abort that damage, that unwanted memory of the pain and crime. Does Ms. Barrett understand the issue of rape and how she should protect women from the state’s overreach? We don’t have a militia to protect those women, but maybe that will become their plan should their rights be taken away.

SMART TOUGH GIRLS are coming to America. Get ready.

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PLEXIGLASS BUSINESS BOOM

Trump’s Virus Makes Some Rich

I grew up hearing the phrase “American Ingenuity” and was always proud of waving the red, white and blue. We are quite the country with our innovations and advancements, including the telephone, the polio vaccine and, of course, the internet. We are smart and whenever things change or a loophole is found, we invariably move quickly to make money on a success or a tragedy.

When the stock ploy of “selling short” was first explained to me I couldn’t understand how that could possibly be legal. When I hear about the travesties of some people with reverse mortgages I wonder why such a loan even exists in our banking system. Then there’s tobacco. Even after we controlled the sales of those products, their use causes 480,000 deaths per year, which includes more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. So, now that a global pandemic has hit, opportunistic people are stepping up.

I recently learned that Etsy, the resale website, helped sell $346 million worth of homemade masks this year. Plexiglass has become a hot item as the need for coronavirus protection has increased. The Plaskolite company in Columbus, Ohio is working full time to fill their orders. Not only do they make plastic face shields, but the demand for plexiglass dividers for business use has increased. The commodity intelligence service, ICIS, told CNBC, “For some plexiglass manufacturers, April and March output increased by 300% compared to February,”

When I heard the news that Vice President Mike Pence was rejecting the use of plexiglass to protect him at tonight’s debate, I shook my head. Why? The Trump administration systemically fails to comprehend the damage COVID-19 can do, has done and will continue to do if they don’t start taking it seriously. I contend that Pence must run everything past the Donald to get daddy’s permission. I’m sure this latest rub-up happened because a fat, orange guy, high on steroids, screamed bloody murder. They really don’t want more protection. Does Pence also have a death wish?

It wasn’t surprising to see Katie Miller, Pence’s communication person and the wife of top presidential advisory and speech writer Stephen Miller, post a snarky tweet about how the Vice President didn’t want to have a plexiglass shield in front of his face and blamed Kamala Harris for the rule. In the true spirit of poetic justice, hours later her husband tested positive for COVID-19 and they both went into quarantine. Let’s not depend on Katie for important information. She also tweeted this recently, “I know this may be controversial, but I’m anti-umbrella — this Florida girl loves walking in the rain. And you should find yourself a spouse who ALWAYS lets you be YOURSELF.” By the way, we have tons of lightning here in Florida, so walking in the rain could be dangerous.

Stephen Miller Positive for COVID-19

At least 34 people close to Trump have contracted COVID-19 in the past few days. They believed Donald Trump knew more than the experts they first pushed to the back of the podium and then pulled completely from the press conferences. Trump paraded out his puppet, Dr. Scott Atlas, to sing the praises of how he handled the crisis and to promote the stupid concept of herd immunity. I suppose some of Atlas’s medical friends beat him up badly because he started to distance himself from his own message. Also, have you noticed that Atlas has been missing in action since the President got infected by the virus?    

I would love to publish a full-page, open letter to the President in every newspaper in America with the headline, “WHY THE GAMES?” Now we have the Donald John Trump tweet that he has stopped all talks with Congress regarding more coronavirus relief until he gets reelected, after which the stock market fell 375 points. Then, late last night, our President pounded out a sixty-post tweet storm. I might remind our readers that some of the side effects of taking Dexamethasone are vision changes, swelling, rapid weight gain, sleep problems, mood changes, depression, mood swings and agitation. Should this man be allowed to tweet while he’s still high on drugs? Maybe his Twitter account should be disabled until the effects of the medication are gone.

Self-destructive behavior is common when Trump feels he’s losing. After blame was dumped on all the people Donnie wanted to hurt, he ran out of options. Then, he tried to blow everything up like a child with no moral or logical grounding. Can’t we just send him back to military school to “straighten him out?” Maybe we should send him to the time-out chair for the next four months. He’s a dangerous psychopath, suffering from chronic mental disorders. He may soon move into violent social behavior to protect himself and his tender ego. If he lived in Florida, all his guns would be taken away.

If the result of this man’s game playing leads to civil war, it will prove that he’s worse than the virus. There isn’t enough plexiglass to protect us from this jackass. When his eventual trial for insurrection and treason takes place, our law and order leaders should throw the book at this failure of a man. Half of the states are showing increases in COVID infections, almost 211,000 people have died, and their families are still grieving and dealing with the pain of loss. Yet, there’s Trump parading around and bragging about his possible immunity. What a turd.

TRUMP is a problem, but we have a possible cure coming on November the third. Register, vote and stand by! We may need to take the People’s House back by force, but I believe George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and even John Adams would think tossing the bum out is a perfect plan. I hope it doesn’t come to that. I am happy with my government despite this screwed up situation.

Oh, this just in. The Pence campaign now agrees to plexiglass — provided it’s made in the USA. USA! USA! USA!

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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