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.

Russia Claims Vaccine

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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PLAYING THE TRUMP CARD

Being Political Has Become Too Political

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Virginia Apple (yes that was her real name), used to constantly preach, “Be specific!” Back in the 1960s, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but today I keep that little jewel in mind when I start any work of word.

Donald Trump is a horrible communicator. Most times, his desire to be political is so political that he clouds the very point he’s trying to make. The concept of playing a “trump card” in a game gives one person or group the advantage over another. For example, in a card playing game a trump card is elevated above its usual rank. The Donald constantly plays games and attempts to divert your attention from whatever it is that he’s trying to say. The opposite of being specific is being vague.

I was trained as a journalist and broadcaster, and last weekend’s setup for a press conference at the Trump golf course in New Jersey appalled me. First, if Donald John Trump wants America to take him seriously, why would he create an environment in which his $350,000-paying golf club customers joined his press and media bully team? He’s claiming to help those who have been hurt by the pandemic and economic collapse, yet his approach is soiling his very own messaging. He really doesn’t see the flaw in having a bunch of rich people laughing at him while America suffers.

He viewed his press conference about signing legally questionable “executive orders” which he mistakenly called “bills,” the real purpose of the gathering was getting his putrid puss on TV. He blew it. We would all rather be watching baseball, but he interrupted our weekend with another lying, dystopian diatribe. He was more interested in telling us why the Democrats are a demonic force than convincing any thinking person that he’s on top of the problem. In fact, Democrats are asking for MORE MONEY for the people and states. And to be clear, the executive branch can declare “Executive Orders” which are like proclamations that carry the force of law, but the judicial branch can declare such acts unconstitutional. This happens frequently.

The president doesn’t understand the laws. He says he’s the law and order president, yeah, ignore the law and sign an order. White House officials have studied using leftover money approved by Congress for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the Washington Post, “It is unclear if the administration can repurpose those funds for unemployment benefits without violating the Antideficiency Act, a federal budgeting law.”  I am not making this shit up, The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from: making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or fund unless authorized by law. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a)(1)(A).

What the Donald did try to do with one of those executive turds signed with the big felt tipped instrument of ego, was taking the payroll tax away for the year. BECAUSE HE WANTED TO. No one wanted it, Republican or Democrat and he lied when he said everyone wanted it.

Trump wants to DEFUND social security, Medicare and Medicaid. He’s a snake selling snake oil. Listen to these words, he signed an executive order to defer payroll tax payments from August 1 – retroactively – through December for people who earn less than $100,000. He said if he wins in November, he will seek to extend the deferral and “terminate the tax” WTF? That tax funds Social Security and Medicare benefits! What happens to those funds if no tax is collected to keep those programs running?

Just as we said, America, if you don’t see this bait and switch, we’re doomed! One of the executive orders would aim to provide $400 in weekly unemployment aid for millions of Americans whose $600 in weekly benefits expired last month. But 25% of these benefits would be required to be paid by states, many of which are already dealing with major budget shortfalls and have pleaded with Congress for more aid. One would assume, if the state said, “NO WAY,” no one could get the extra money. The myth that this will motivate people to go back to work is total BULLSHIT. People are either able to work or not. If they quit their jobs, they don’t get benefits.

The vague notions that Trump was spewing over the weekend were just a stunt. Another confusing and disruptive diatribe engineered to get the media to talk about him. The analysis and critical thinking are not being done in the White House before they mush his dictation into flimsy law, he holds up with a large insecurity driven signature, it’s being done by the press. What a terrible way to run a government.

VERY IMPORTANT POINT, hardly any well-run company would stop taking the federal employment taxes out of their employee’s paychecks. Why? Because if they did, and later the court ruled his actions were unconstitutional, the IRS could immediately demand the corporations or LLCs pay the tax. Then, the company would ask the employee if they wanted the whole tax debt to be taken out of the next paycheck in one fell swoop, or just taken out in small gulps over 2021. How would that be good for anyone trying to put all the pieces back together as we get control of this pandemic?

To be more specific, Trump is like the drunken day trader who has a nice fancy dashboard in his computer who rides the ups and downs down to the minute, than someone with a long-term strategy and respect for over-arching events. He’s trying to push a poll rather than think through the reality of life and death in America. The fact he used the words, “If Congress doesn’t do something, I’m going to take matters into my own hands,” is so OBAMA! In February 2016, Trump said, “The country wasn’t based on executive orders! Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can’t even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It’s a basic disaster. You can’t do it.” The Donald sure spends a lot of time telling people what they can’t do, while he does the very thing he has condemned.

Hate to sound political, but, of course Congress is absolutely dysfunctional, but Donald Trump is totally a petty, juvenile, vicious and disreputable habitual liar. His damned self-aggrandizing and need to make himself immune to criticism has cost lives and hurt the democracy. The real trump card is just a fake piece of paper, which may end up in the public records, but could be just as easily shredded by the next president. Let’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and get a new president.

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VOTER SUPPRESSION DEPRESSION

Cheater-in-Chief Changes the Rules

It didn’t surprise me when the newspapers broke the story about Donald John Trump, our 45th President, allegedly paying a porn movie star and a Playboy bunny $130,000 each to keep their mouths shut about the affairs. He cheated on his wife right after their son Barron was born. This is not hearsay. According to the testimony of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that is exactly what happened.

Russia helped Trump get elected, but the Donald would rather look the other way than take aggressive actions against further interference from China or Russia. He’s quite comfortable with cheating because he’s done it all his life. From not paying vendors before, during and after bankruptcy, to preventing African Americans from renting his properties in New York, Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules.

If a rule gets in the way, he changes it. His deregulation actions are not keeping America safer, they are endangering communities and kids everywhere. Why would an American president say it’s okay to add pollution to our land, seas and sky? We were making great progress before Trump.

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Brian Kemp, the current Governor of Georgia and previously the state’s Secretary of State, has been investigated by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, claiming that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote, and significant barriers to casting their votes, during the 2018 election. That’s such a blatant conflict of interest. While running for Governor, Secretary of State Kemp headed the administration of the elections. Regardless of party affiliation, any such incidents in other states need to be examined. This is plainly wrong.

Trump has been haranguing and lying about the United States Postal Service (USPS) for years, but now he has placed a true “yes man” in the position of Postmaster General. The New York Times story quoting the President, says it all, ‘“CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’” Trump predicted that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes and then went so far as to suggest delaying the election instead. What a desperate son-of-a-bitch.

Attacking the Post Office is not merely a budget issue with Trump. He put new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in charge and gave him his marching orders. Along with being a major Republican donor, DeJoy’s wife serves as the vice-chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which is tasked with reviewing candidates for White House fellowships, whatever that means. DeJoy’s claim to fame is his High Point, NC company called New Breed Logistics, which he sold for $615 million.

Mr. DeJoy’s opening statement regarding the USPS was rather negative, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.” I boldened that one point on purpose.

Postmaster General DeJoy

It would make much more sense for Congress to fund the service from now until the end of the year, and make a permanent course correction after the election. Let’s not thwart the mail flow during a pandemic and election year. We heard Trump whine about how he didn’t want to wait days and days for the election results, even floating the idea that it could take years. This, while people who get their medicine through the mail are waiting because their packages are being stacked up in their local post office. DeJoy told them that the guarantees on immediately delivery can be ignored. Oh, we know where that is coming from. Regardless of the result, Trump plans to challenge the election in court. It’s what he does.

When the Trump Organization was in trouble financially a few years ago Deutsche Bank called its loan. Then the Donald sued the bank. Really? He owed money, failed to make payments and then he went after them? The bank countersued and part of the settlement involved the bank loaning Trump more money. WTF?

Last night, the New York Times reported, “Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, which was partly owned by Jared Kushner.”

According to the Guardian, “Germany’s troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ because of its role in a $20-80 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. The case, nicknamed the Global Laundromat, took place between 2010 and 2014 and the bank’s internal memo claims it was a scheme to move money into the western financial system.”

If any of those funds were used to pump up the businesses of Trump and/or Kushner, it would be a giant conflict of interest and possibly prosecutable criminal activity. As most experts have figured out, Trump isn’t as liquid and rich as he says he is, and he needed someone’s help to get out of the deep debt brought about by bankruptcies. It’s on record that his company borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, disclosed in an annual personal financial report late Friday that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. After this story broke, Kushner’s lawyer said he had nothing to do with Bergel 715, a real estate company. Not only is that such a disingenuous statement, but the fact they released it late Friday is so Trumpean.

The debacle with the Post Office goes much deeper than its finances; it’s a corrupt and out in the open attempt to suppress the vote. Trump is a criminal, just like Richard Nixon. Congress should step up to the plate and knock this issue right out of the park. We need to fund the states so they can conduct all methods of voting. DO NOT BE BULLIED BY TRUMP.

Now, for you junior crime fighters online, focus on the connection between Trump’s and Kushner’s tax returns, Deutsche Bank and personal banker Rosemary Vrablic. After you get the data, by hook or crook, you will learn why Donald J. Trump kowtows to Putin and Russia. It’s all about the money. Always has been.

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WEEKEND IN WUHAN

Trump’s Blind Spot: Statistics 

President Donald Trump spends a lot of time blaming other people, countries or parties for things that have gone wrong. He openly stated that he takes “No responsibility” for any part of the global pandemic and the war against it here in the USA. He’s more interested in fingering China for his problems because he’s run out of American citizens to throw under the bus.

How is Wuhan, the alleged birthplace of COVID-19, doing? The state of Hubei, which Wuhan calls home, has had 68,135 cases to date, cured more than 63,000 and had only 4,512 deaths. Maybe those aren’t true numbers, but let’s put them in perspective. I live in Florida and we have had more than 465,030 cases with 6,843 deaths. I just hope America can contain the virus as well as the Chinese have.

We keep hearing from our intrepid orange leader that China should have “stopped the virus in its tracks.” Well, if that is true, why haven’t we been able to stop this thing in its tracks? Why can’t Trump fix the situations he critiques? He can’t fix the post office. He can’t fix the mail-in voting dilemma and he obviously cannot stop COVID-19. I guess he’s just not that good at his job.

Donald John Trump will not shut down the economy, no matter how many people die. They come out to the press room every day and read a list of things the administration has done, but it’s more repetition and less revelation of a light is at the end of the tunnel. I don’t see a plan. You know, like we will do A, then we’ll do B, and when we do those things, we should see C. Why is there no strategy?

All the professional sports leagues have commissioners. This is a tradition and those officials have absolute power over multiple, incorporated entities. Sure, players’ associations and unions have a large say in how these multi-millionaire players are treated. Yes, they get COVID tests in the morning and in the afternoon. Their test results obviously have a short turnaround but isn’t that how everyone should be treated? Most states follow the lead of the Feds but some governors are less effective than others. Why can’t the Federal government develop a blueprint to bring all states into the same focus? It’s because the White House is wasting tons of time with Trump’s reelection rather than fighting the virus. After reading Mary L. Trump’s and John Bolton’s books, I see no reason why Trump should be the President of the United States.

Getting back to Wuhan, it’s a city of 19 million people. We need more information from that location to study how they got this virus under control rather than painting them as a demon. Can we learn from the Chinese or will Trump continue to taunt them into silence? Our President has scuttled productive communication with China. No matter how many times Donald Trump brags about his great relationship with President Xi I am sure he will not be getting his help. It’s ironic to suggest, but maybe if Xi didn’t have such a wonderful relationship with Trump we might have known more about the coronavirus from the beginning. Trump keeps saying he loves her, but she’s cheating on him at every turn.

Chinese people are not a strange aberration of human life. They are living, breathing people who allow their smartest scientists to make decisions and deliver opinions. Research is not tweeting. It takes time to gather evidence, discuss possible solutions and then come up with a plot to solve the problem. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of the doctor TV show House, knows how it works. Trump’s fantasyland belief that the more he talks about something the faster it will become a reality is so deeply egotistical and out-of-whack with reality that he’s just plain dangerous.

One can be impressed with the constant diet-Coke stoked energy level pushing the “leader of the free world,” to argue at every turn, but just like any other disgruntled killjoy Trump wastes so many words, gestures and time on complaining and being an ingrate that nothing gets done. When things get bad, he walks away. When confronted with truth, he walks away. Donald Trump, surrounded by the virus, has surrendered. He is so incredibly incompetent, batting away criticism instead of developing a strong game plan.

According to The Economic Times newspaper and website, “Three months after it reopened its economy, Wuhan’s uneven recovery offers a glimpse of the hard road back to normality for cities after containing the coronavirus. As of May, factory output, retail sales and exports in the city were nowhere near the same level as last year. The end of Wuhan’s quarantine on April 8 was a triumphant moment for China and an important show of confidence that it had successfully contained the deadly virus in the place where it first broke out. While factories and offices quickly got back to business, consumers were slower to return, with residents cautious and habits such as cooking at home and shopping online persisting after the 76-day lockdown.”

That’s not propaganda but rather an objective viewpoint on what happens after the virus is confined by an effective strategy. Can we learn from them? They employed extensive contract tracing and surveillance. The government gathered data on the whereabouts of every one of its citizens, well, at least those with cell phones. This draconian effort by the Chinese clearly shows they didn’t “let the virus escape.”

With more than 50,000 people coming to America during the most critical days of the pandemic there was little blame to China. Let’s place culpability where it existed, which was our inability to stop travel from China, Europe and other hotspots. We were dumb because we didn’t jump on the mask bandwagon like China did. We still have little to no contact tracing, unless you work at the White House, are a professional athlete or live on a reservation or commune. Why?

I can’t believe that in a country as smart and rich as the United States we are stalled with rising death counts, famous people succumbing to this virus and shitty testing. When the big orange monster gets up and says, “No one has tested as much as we have!” he is farting out his mouth. I wouldn’t even hire Trump to drive a clown car. He’s a walking disaster.

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WHAT DID WE EXPECT?

The Trump Train Crashes, Again

I hate writing about Donald Trump. I wake up every day and I consume a healthy amount of news articles, posts and pontifications. Ever since I was a newspaper delivery boy in Pittsburgh sixty years ago, I’ve read about our government every day. I know that lunatics usually attract other lunatics to their camp, and when such a group decides to act on a rumor, conspiracy or lie, bad things happen. As we all know, the government is not always on the side of truth or its citizens. Small-minded people in power usually protect themselves at any cost, even if they must lie.

America is being beaten into submission by a global pandemic and many of our leaders either ignore the facts or, unbelievably, pass along false information. Donald John Trump has no idea what he’s talking about, especially when on matters of medical science and COVID-19. Why do they let him talk and who is the “they” in this equation? He cannot accept the fact that he could be wrong about anything. It amazes me that he will likely kill more people with his ongoing, ruthless promotion of an unproven drug. We have 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sitting in the national stockpile. The FDA says we shouldn’t use the drug to treat the coronavirus, while Trump continues pitching it The President says he treated himself with hydroxychloroquine, but no doctor has verified that claim. I wonder who in the administration owns stock in the manufacturers of this treatment?

Could Trump be so focused on his early commitment to this malaria drug that he’s trying to get doctors to treat COVID patients with it simply to justify his decision? Did you notice that the Donald retweeted a total WHACK JOB DOCTOR and claimed that she was creditable when he doesn’t know anything about her? It’s par for the man’s course of non-action. He’s an ineffective fool and needs to be removed from the process of fighting the virus.

At least the stupid tweets of Donald Trump Jr. got him off Twitter for twelve hours. I’ve been there, done that, have the T-shirt and can only hope he will get banned for life, like I did. Twitter claimed that I was, wait for it, “interrupting conversations” and “manipulating multiple accounts” to increase my trends. Isn’t that what the Trump family does? But let’s get back to the real problem, the obese, old man.

The big orange pumpkin is trying to get people to NOT WEAR MASKS, take a drug that could kill them and strong arm local boards to reopen their schools, now! He ignores the science, research and medical realities. He’s like Napoleon going to Waterloo and worrying more about getting the presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton than fortifying his army for the big battle. Trump has met his Waterloo, and it’s a tiny, silent, invisible virus.

Witch Doctor to Trust?

Trump and the media have been tricked into giving a crazy Houston doctor, an immigrant from Cameroon who has practiced medicine in New York at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, too much press and power. Her name is Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel, and when not practicing at her small clinic in a strip mall she preaches at her church in the parking lot. While saying that the devil has a hand in masturbation, she also claims that scientists are taking alien DNA and producing a vaccine that will make people abandon their religions. This is more than a distraction; it’s a travesty.

And this just in from one of our readers, quoting Sean Hamill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “An infamous nursing home in Beaver County (north of Pittsburgh) where so many residents died was administering hydroxychloroquine and zinc with permission from the state department of health. They were supposed to get permission from the patients, or at least, the patients’ guardians, but they didn’t bother with that nicety.” These people should go to jail, and the person who encouraged this witchcraft should be in there with them.

The worst part of the President’s little press briefing yesterday was his stupid denial that there is no disagreement or conflict with the COVID task force. Trump keeps saying that he and Dr. Anthony Fauci get along, but then he maligns him. He says the same thing about Kim Jong-Un, President Xi and Putin. What a dolt! My mouth fell open when he riffed about how Fauci’s poll numbers were so much better than his and couldn’t understand why. He claimed that people don’t like him because of his personality. Poor baby.

To end my pile of steaming anger today I say that Trump’s personality is bothersome and annoying. He overuses the word “strongly” and often applies it incorrectly. I wonder if he ever studied the English language. When he talks about the horribly bad deaths of 151,000 Americans, he uses the word, “tremendous.” Now we know that word means a “great or large amount,” but it also means “extremely good or impressive and excellent.” Connotatively, one might think that Trump believes something that is bad is actually good. He’s full of what I call “hamburger helper” words that don’t add meaning and many times imply the opposite of what he’s trying to communicate. What did we possibly expect would happen? TRUMP IS AN IDIOT AND WE NEED TO BE RID OF HIM!

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HYBRID EDUCATION

DeVos & Trump Need More Facts

Healthy people often have an unaware viewpoint on illness, but that doesn’t stop them from getting COVID-19. Professional baseball player Freddie Freeman was surprised when he became infected with COVID-19. His wife commented, “Freddie never gets sick.” After three days of fever, which topped off at 104.5F, he survived and rested himself back into health and back to the field this weekend. He’s lucky.

Freddie Freeman

When I heard that the mask-free, national political convention scheduled for late August in Jacksonville, Florida was canceled by President Trump, I asked about the inconsistencies. The aspirational bullshit that Trump pumps out of his small pie-hole confuses and divides people. If it’s not safe to have a convention, then how could it possibly be harmless to send kids back to school? United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is either dumb or she’s under the spell of Trump’s insanity. She’s not worthy of her lofty position in America.

Many former Trump administrators have told us that our great orange president does not read. His press secretary claims that the Donald can read, but most people have been successful convincing him with pictures (Syrian use of chemical weapons) or videos (Caravans in Mexico). Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words are where one finds facts, figures and nuances. Trump is NOT into those things.

In my newest book How To Hire Great People, I point out that human beings learn in three different ways. Some folks learn by reading the instructions and studying the how. Others learn by working with a mentor who performs and teaches the task. Then there are those who jump in blindly trying to master the task on their own. The first two are more reasonable. We wouldn’t want airplane pilots or nuclear power plant workers to use the third method. I have always been around educators and have several in the family. My mother was a secretary at my hometown elementary school. I was always put in the third reading group in school because of how slowly I read. I loved reading but speed wasn’t the issue, it was comprehension.

I never did well with mathematics scholastic testing during the 1950s and 60s, but I always scored highly in “abstract thought.” I assumed that meant I was a good daydreamer and storyteller. If only we could understand how to better teach students with specific talents, we might have happier pupils and a more productive educational system.

Betsy DeVos

We turned to home schooling and online learning when the coronavirus pandemic hit America. Some of those programs worked, but those students without an internet connection and computer were left behind. Witch of Education DeVos thinks that giving families money to pay private schools to take their kids back is a workable plan, but that would do NOTHING for all the kids. She’s a disgraceful, rich, privileged disregarder who doesn’t understand children. None of her kids attended public school, she was never a member of a PTA group and I am sure she doesn’t understand the term, “hybrid education.” While she and her husband were conning housewives into an almost-pyramid scheme at Amway, educational budgets were cut to the bone.

Trump wants to reopen schools only because his advisors tell him that parents cannot go back to work if their kids are at home every day. That point is true, but at what cost? Donny and Betsy have not considered the health of teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, security guards and the many volunteers working in schools every day. Their focus is on the kids and an imaginary armor against disease. The unproven statement that kids do not spread the virus as much as adults is as disingenuous as the statement, “Anyone who wants a test can get a test.” It was a lie when Trump said it months ago, and it is still a lie.

I am amazed that this country, which litigated and decided it’s okay to home school our kids, is mandating our students back into classrooms right now! What most parents would like is a hybrid educational plan, so that families can remain safe while advancing their children’s learning. After throwing money to large corporations and cunning small businesses, America has failed the need for education. We didn’t calculate the cost of mitigation for each school. When Trump said the CDC plan to open the schools was too expensive and too difficult to execute, he was being a bully and a supreme asshole. Why shouldn’t we spend money on our kids?

The final straw for me was the advice the CDC promoted after the spanking from our President. After Donald Trump is voted out or leaves office on his own, we should blow up the CDC, Homeland Security and Border Protection services and start all over. When Betsy DeVos is gone, we should invest in a research project to classify students who can learn with online material, who can be taught by reading and who can absorb from experience. We need to revamp our educational systems and funnel tax dollars into methods that work. Screw the notion of choice, it’s just another means of segregation. How much money are we giving to private charter schools and do they make better students? Most importantly, we MUST have an educator run the Department of Education. No more broke-brain donors with wrinkled dumb looks and no answers.

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.”

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


SEVERE PERSONALITY DISORDER

“Person, woman, man, camera, TV”

A lucky person gets old and lives as long as possible. Age brings some slowing down physically and some less than glowing moments mentally. A doctor I’ve spent a lot of time with summed it up this way, “Plaque builds up in your brain and there’s nothing you can do about it.” I followed up with, “Well, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?” My mother left us having Alzheimer’s disease and I wonder if those who share her DNA might be prone to such a fate in later years.

We expect and should demand that our presidents be in reasonably good health, both physically and mentally. Seventeen years before he was elected president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was confined to a wheelchair because he suffered from poliomyelitis (Polio), which could have been a misdiagnosis. He probably had Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune neuropathy, but FDR’s doctors never thought that was possible. The press and the White House went out of their way to avoid showing the 32nd President in a wheelchair. This conspiracy extended to his four terms, but he died shortly into his fourth term. The 22nd Amendment limits all presidents to two terms, thank God.

Starting in the 1940s, John Fitzgerald Kennedy suffered Addison’s disease and in 1955 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an insufficient output of thyroid hormones. The symptoms of this disorder include paleness, intolerance to cold, depression and a low heart rate. I guess that’s why he chased women. Both the womanizing and the ailments were known by some but not reported at that time. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President, suffered a severe stroke in October of 1919 and was incapacitated for the remainder of his presidency. He left the White House in 1921 and died in 1924. Historians believe his second wife, Edith Wilson, ran the Executive Branch for the last year of the term.

That brings us to Donald Trump. If you have read the books by John Bolton and Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, you would be totally convinced that Trump should never have been elected President and that he should be removed from office as soon as possible. Not to beat a sick horse, but a stark quote from Bolton’s book, In the Room Where It Happened, makes me believe there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump. “Mulvaney put the call through, and Mnuchin gave Trump the same analysis I had. Trump agreed, hours after disagreeing with precisely the same points, to keep the decisions in place. Hearing this, I asked Mulvaney if I had not been clear about this the day before. “You were very clear about it,” said Mulvaney, “but sometimes it takes two or three tries to get it through.” Mind you, this was not a conversation about choosing a restaurant for dinner, they were discussing a national security issue. Could plaque be wining?

Dr. Ronnie Jackson

Trump’s buddy and former White House doctor, Dr. Ronnie Lynn Jackson will most likely win the Congressional seat for the 13th district of Texas. If you remember, Jackson was nominated by Trump to be the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, but withdrew his bid when questions arose about his conduct while working. It was alleged he dispensed sleeping pills to staffers on long flights, he drank on the job and he created a hostile working environment. But hey, this just proves that anybody can run for office.

Back in 2018, Dr. Ronnie administered the annual physical of the President. When finished, Jackson stood in the press room at the White House to give a glowing, almost adoring, report on the President’s health. Not only did Jackson reinforce a notion that the Donald has superior DNA, but he dropped the fact that he gave Trump a cognitive test. I believe it was the MONTREAL COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT, which you can learn more about here. I must point out that test was administered to Trump two years ago. It’s not clear why Dr. Jackson used that instrument unless Trump asked for it, wanting to prove something.

SIDE BAR: For the last six years of his life, Fred Trump, Donald’s father, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before dying of pneumonia in June 1999. This might be the reason our President wanted to be checked for cognitive decline. He has a strange need to overstate his intelligence and strength. I’m sure it’s due to a deep inferiority complex, but I am not a doctor.

There was a common quip when I was young that went something like this. A crazy person never admits they are crazy. If someone said, “Yeah, sure, I’m nuts!” it led to a belief they weren’t. So, is Trump’s brain in decline? Is he suffering from a severe personality disorder? Let’s me state this very clearly, his defensiveness is a disorder in and of itself.

Some people over-explain things, but that is not necessarily caused by a brain misalignment. However, when speech patterns are extremely repetitive and defensive, one could be led into an armchair analysis. I agree with Mary L. Trump’s supposition that young Donald suffered from a learning disability that caused problems absorbing, retaining and understanding information. Such an incapacity could impair the ability of a president to effectively govern. The wheelchair didn’t keep FDR from winning a World War and JFK’s Addison’s kept him awake at night which probably gave him more time to work, but I worry about our 45th President.

We have heard all the cutting comments from Trump’s critics, but there might be something else in play when he attempts to project worries about his own cognitive durability onto Biden. Trump often accuses others of something he has already done or is about to do. He’s transparent with his flaws but secretive on normal business. It’s clear that he doesn’t know how to act like a president.

Donald Trump’s rambling the other day with Dr. Marc Siegel on Fox News was farcical. He was bragging about scoring a perfect score on a test to determine whether his mind is in decline or showing the onset of dementia. It’s always perfect with Trump, a perfect letter, a perfect call, a perfect meeting. There is never any gradation with him. The Montreal test isn’t about the score, it’s the way answers are given and any delays requiring prompts from the doctor. The score is one aspect of the test, but the doctor’s evaluation and interpretation equally matter. I wouldn’t let Dr. Ronnie Jackson play doctor with my grandkids, let alone believe anything he says about his God figure, Donald Trump. Jackson’s election pitch in Texas was entirely focused on his friendship with Trump. Jeez!

I feel sorry when hearing Trump go over the recall aspect of his test and his repetition of the words, “Person, woman, man, camera, TV.” He’s so proud of a perfect score and somehow believes he achieved something no other person ever has. I’m reminded of a toddler bragging to his mommy about going potty. Dr. Jackson is just another enabler, vocalizing drugs to get the American people hooked on the absurd notion that Trump is supernatural. If Donald has the same DNA as his father, his ending will be similar. Sorry, it’s just science.

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.”

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


THE EIGHT MYTHS OF COVID-19

Not all that the White House says is true

Donald Trump is a damn bully and the best way to deal with him is to stand up to him. Aside from the on-going self-adulation, dislocated policies and dangerous theories, Trump has managed to confuse his experts, the leaders in the House and Senate, and bamboozle his employers, the American public. I am not a doctor or virologist, but I know how to read and research and today I’d like to bring some logic into the public realm.

As we nearly reach 144,000 coronavirus deaths with four million infected Americans, let’s look at the lies, the myths, the misdirects and the reckless musings of an idiot:

  1. The COVID-19 virus is a novel virus, meaning it has not been seen before and thwarting this evil germ will take techniques that differ from the way doctors treat a flu. The first myth from Donald Trump and many other crazy dictators and leaders around the world was that COVID-19 was just like the flu and not as dangerous. The numbers show otherwise. The global pandemic is twice to four times as dangerous. It’s just math, not myth.
  2. The idea of one country containing a virus might be a semi-valid criticism, and just like Donald Trump downplayed the virus at its start here, President Xi in China did the same. Their motivation was stock market stability. Trump’s over-stated fantasy claimed that he saved two million lives. He also said that keeping the death count below 100,000 would be a total success. What? If we could have confined the virus to those first hotspot states, Washington, California and the tri-state area of New York, we would have saved many of the lives that are now lost. It’s a damn myth that China could have stopped the coronavirus and we can’t either. Calling COVID-19 the “China virus” is like calling a mental disability the Trump syndrome.
  3. If you ignore a virus, it will just go away. Trump’s glowing statements about what he has accomplished when facts prove otherwise, make him look senseless. Here’s a great quote from the highly intelligent Ron Brownstein, “In some ways, Trump has become a prisoner of his own base.” He doesn’t test what he’s about to say against any other measure, than what those red hat heretics want to hear. The fact that Trump said, “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.” Even a dead person, if given the chance, would muster enough strength to suggest, “It’s the death, stupid!”
  4. Keeping people away from work, entertainment and school is going to kill them just the same. Trump and his other propagandists have stated that if the economic shutdown continues, deaths by suicide “definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about” for COVID-19 deaths. That is totally insane, but let’s not get confused by the sad statistics on suicides in America. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America. We had 48,344 people die by suicide in 2018 and they believe there were 1.4 million attempts. In a world where Donald John Trump is so loose with the facts, why would he give anyone the suggestion of suicide as a cure for being confined at home? It’s downright dangerous, but the man never filters his words.
  5. We have heard the distortion by our President that, “99% of COVID-19 cases are totally harmless.” Excuse my French, but “C’est l’idée la plus stupide que quiconque ait jamais dite.” Translation, Trump is fucking nonsensical beyond belief. The facts: 15% of COVID-19 cases become “very serious” and as many as 5% can lead to death. When someone uses the word, “harmless,” the logical conclusion is it’s benign to most people. The jury is still out regarding the long-term effects of COVID-19 and the true percentages. When the word, “harmless” is used, it connotatively suggests we can let our guard down. We cannot.
  6. The latest myth that has crept into the speech patterns of Trump and his clueless sycophants in Congress and around the country is that young kids are not as susceptible to getting COVID and do not spread it as much as adults do. Now I am going to make this personal. My daughter has always worked in daycare and she has been around two-year-old kids for years. In any given year, she and her five-year-old daughter will get as many as five colds and suffer through whatever the current yearly flu might be. To suggest that it’s okay to allow kids to be exposed to the virus and then go home is a form of government sanctioned murder of our teachers and other school workers. Here’s some true bad news for our schools. The Secretary of Education is Betsy DeVos, a rich donor with no experience or expertise in education or medicine; she is simply a useless public servant.
  7. There are no quick fixes like using disinfectants, untested drugs or sunshine to kill the virus. For months we were fed the drivel it will go away as soon as it gets warmer. That lie was based not on specific, scientific COVID data, but on the experiences we’ve had with normal influenza. The successful path would have been rigorous testing to determine who was infected then keeping healthy people away from them. We are doing a terrible job with contact tracing, which could help stop the spread of COVID. If you must go out in public, you should wear a mask. Dr. Debra Birx should be ashamed for not jumping out of her chair saying, “NO, NO, NO,” when Trump suggested ingesting or injecting bleach could cure the virus.
  8. You can trust what is coming out of the President’s mouth regarding the COVID crisis. It’s all defensive posturing, political hogwash and very little useful advice. Any intelligent person watching this governmental cluster-fuck can clearly see that Donald Trump’s approach has made our situation worse, not better. According to Forbes magazine, “64% of Americans distrust what Trump says about the Covid-19 pandemic—including 46% who say they don’t trust him ‘at all’—while only 34% trust what he says.”

I just read something brilliant from Marshall Shepherd, Director of the Atmospheric Science program at the University of Georgia. He has coined the term, “Wishcasting.” This is what we get daily from Donald Trump. Mr. Shepherd amplified his concept, “People ‘wishcast’ scenarios in our minds, but they don’t jibe with what the science or the data is actually bearing out.” When we hear about someone winning the lottery, our first thought is that it should have been us. We don’t feel good for the person who won a million dollars. We “wishcast” our thoughts and prayers every day, but that isn’t how we solve a problem. You could buy a lottery ticket every day of your life and never win a million dollars.

Hopefully, this list of myths will not grow, but I suspect it will. By the way, that is not a wish, just an educated guess. A friend of mine just wrote that in her school district in Georgia, three of her co-worker principals are on ventilators and one high school coach in his twenties has died, I wished it were better there. I know that opening schools is just more “wishcasting” by Trump, who would rather kill some people and win another election then do what is right for America. That isn’t a myth, it’s just who he is.  

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.”

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


THE TRUMP TRAVESTY

Desperate Dictator Disconnected & Down

Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States trusts only his ill-informed opinions and often fires a person as the solution to a problem. He’s not interested in loyalty; he craves only obedience. You follow or you will be fired. Here’s where we stand as another dreadfully mismanaged week is closing.

Between the Bolton book and now, the Mary Trump tome, I am learning that my overbearing belief that the Donald Trump is a truly wicked and deranged human being has not been harsh enough. I have nothing against the mentally ill, until one becomes a risk to life and limb. I had no reaction yesterday to the young man with Turrets syndrome sitting twenty feet away from me in the restaurant. The kid’s loud, verbal ticks made more sense than what the Donald has said this week.

Trump knows that Joe Biden is kicking his ass in the polls. Even though Trump poo-poos polls, he’s sees them as the love meter in his distorted and pathetic life. He doesn’t help anyone unless they help him first. May I throw a left hook here? Trump’s whiteness is neither real nor supreme. This orange make-up-monster is more fake than anything that has ever been written about him. He had to do something about Biden, but, as always, his choice was inept and inappropriate.

Donald Trump’s long and windy political speech, that was misrepresented as a serious press conference, fooled no one other than Fox News. Most of the networks covered only the few questions from the press, which characteristically were not answered. When replying to the question of a CBS reporter, Trump solidly stepped into the horse turds on the highway. He loudly defended the police brutality toward African Americans by stating that cops kill more white people than Black people and concluded by scolding the reporter for her “bad” question. This gives me no comfort. Was he saying the police are systemically violent? He next attempted to defend the displaying of the Confederate flag as good use of the First Amendment. Why does this man continually endorse our lawless leaders and symbols of the south while comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln?

Trump’s move to have all state health departments report directly to the White House instead of the CDC makes no sense. It is simply a way for Trump to control the bad news. DeSantis in Florida and Kemp in Georgia tried the same thing, but they were caught. Neither will be reelected. Trump is a criminal and uses the tactics of dictators, tyrants and autocrats. He’s trying to pull the wool over our eyes instead of asking us to put masks over our faces.

Now we hear that Russia is trying to hack into the institutions doing COVID-19 vaccine research. If the President doesn’t increase sanctions and directly confront Putin, I will be more convinced than ever that Trump is a traitor. He’s had four years to put Putin in his place and has repeatedly failed to lead.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Brad Parscale, the recently demoted Trump Campaign Manager. He got caught in the Donald’s Catch-22 that if you are too close to a bad situation then under the bus you go. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump keep luring the big man into bad choices, people and ideas but somehow, they are never responsible for any following failure. It wasn’t Parscale’s fault that the Tulsa rally wasn’t packed to the rafters; it was Trump’s fault. He should never have asked his loyal subjects to come to a coronavirus petri dish. The people were smart enough to stay away, but Trump’s need for love cannot make things just go away. This disillusioned sociopath really believes the lack of attendance was Parscale’s blunder. Those who are liable must be punished!

The TikTok teenagers flooding the registration system fooled Parscale, but he should have known. Sometimes, people who pledge money never send the money. Similarly, some of Trump’s fans registered for the rally never intending to go to Tulsa for a risky event. I am enjoying what has been written in some back-alley websites. Allegedly, Mr. Brad has been making millions on the side using his personal Facebook page to buy Trump ads. He’s coning the con man out of his money right before his eyes. I would love to see his tax returns, too.

Trump is depressed, and those around him are falling prey to the “abused child syndrome” and doing everything they can to make him feel better. Let’s never forget that close to 138,000 Americans have died and Trump’s Press Secretary stood before us to defend every Trump lie. Kayleigh McEnany is complicit. Mark Meadows is saying and doing things that are killing people. Let’s add in all the Republican dolts blindly supporting Trump. All of them should be held accountable, but not blamed. They are just idiots on Donald Trump’s big stage. It’s the playwright in the oval office who must be charged and defeated.

The real travesty of this President is carved in a cliché that we hear more and more, “None of this had to happen.” The ostrich may not see the danger above ground, but sooner or later a lightning bolt will blast from the sky and strike his feathered butt. I want someone to erect a statue of this demigod, just so we can tear it down, stomp on it and burn the bronze back to the Earth. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Donald is going down and millions of Americans will be happy he’s gone. In NOVEMBER we must save America from all those self-serving goofballs in government. Why should people have to die because Trump is a limp leader? Get angry, get ready and let’s get back to work!

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.”

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


THE BOLTON BOOK

For those too busy to read

Most people have one of two viewpoints on John Bolton. Some see him for what he is, an intelligent neoconservative (neocon) while others view him as a self-serving public servant who decided that he knew better than Donald Trump. According to his book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir this Bolton curmudgeon is always right and has the power to back sell. In diplomatic terms, his righteousness attempts more to impress and less to illuminate. That being said, there is value in reading this book. For those on the left, it reinforces all the previous memoirs and hatchet jobs. For those who follow the neocon religion, you will see that Bolton is just as recalcitrant as Trump. If you call anyone who confronts President Trump’s petulance and lies a traitor, you will only get steamed.

One of the best quotes in the book is Bolton’s reaction to the way Trump typically handled communication. Bolton said, “As was often the case, Trump had truth mixed with misunderstanding and malice.” One of the low points in the tome is Bolton’s defense of his statement that we should employ the “Libyan model” when dealing with North Korea and Kim Jung-Un. In fact, after Muammar al-Gaddafi got rid of his nuclear capabilities the Arab summer came. The two have nothing to do with each other, but in the latter Gaddafi was run out of office, captured by a mob and murdered on a road. Bolton uses the Latin “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” which means after this, therefore, because of this. The use of Latin throughout the book is a literary trick. He inserts arcane words and phrases to stamp his IQ on the text rather than aiming for effective and understandable writing.

Throughout his book, Bolton posits an incredulous vision of the past. Of course, the supreme leader in North Korea heard the phrase “Libyan model” and assumed that America was going to take away his bombs, overthrow him, then kill him and unite the peninsula. The walk-back in the book is flimsy.

Bolton clearly highlights one of Trump’s worst habits, not listening. Certainly, one can keep their mouth shut while not listening, but Bolton points out a different situation with Trump. When someone starts talking, the “leader of the free world” rudely interrupts and filibusters until everyone submits to his will and parrots his opinions. Bolton claims his role was keeping Trump from disastrous actions. He also shares his harsh criticism of the Trump term, “My Generals.” It can best be said that Bolton had a pure Napoleonic complex and viewed himself as “protecting” the nation from an ill-prepared president.

John Bolton’s book is noticeably big. Its 592 pages seem to cover every event that happened while John Bolton was Trump’s “Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.” Hmmm, his title is just about as long as the book. It’s written in diary style and follows the timeline of the way events unfolded. Don’t expect any descriptive passages based on visual observation. The book mostly focuses on the dialogs of its main characters.

Caution, in its initial release this book has many semi-typos. This is probably the result of too many hands touching the work. The White House wanted much of it to be redacted because they said it contained extremely sensitive, classified information. That’s doubtful. I think they were concerned about how the book’s details make Trump look bad.

Most of the book covers what Trump said, and how he handled leaders around the world. Those accounts are embarrassing not only to Trump, but to all of us. We elected an idiot. Trump’s lack of discipline with and execution of the duties of his office is stunningly glaring in this book. I came away from each chapter thinking the 45th President is so misinformed that he’s dangerous.

Who should read this book? The person who first comes to mind is Donald Trump. It’s John Bolton’s big reveal of all those times he didn’t speak truth to Trump’s face and the information he didn’t share with the oversight committees in Congress. If only Trump could read, perhaps he could begin to understand how people feel about him. Of course, it would hurt his feelings, but at this point who gives a damn?

A legal specialist might suggest that much of what is in Bolton’s book is hearsay, but at least he has conveyed those things he “thought” and “witnessed.” It would have been so much better had Bolton testified during the Impeachment Trial. Those involved in supporting Trump during that debacle should study this book and then ask themselves, “Why am I supporting our imbecile president?”

I highly recommend this book to any young person who is thinking about going into government, law or politics. It clearly expresses not only how governance should NOT be conducted, but how things SHOULD work in our Executive Branch. What I took away from this book is that Bolton believes Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are not as smart as he is. Each of his opinions is highly filtered through his own ideological prism. While at times he can be objective, his sense of humor is sarcastic and heavily dosed with ad hominem.

There are some descriptions in Bolton’s book that make me question if he wrote the opposite of what he believes or was just being sarcastic. Most of the time my conclusion was the latter, but anyone could easily misunderstand his position. I have an impression that John Bolton is just as recalcitrant as his former boss. He’s also a “save his own ass-type” with a lengthy chapter on Venezuela, which is Trump’s and Bolton’s personal “bay of pigs” embarrassment. Bolton blames everyone else for the failures, just like Trump blames Bolton.  Bolton admits that he combined the pandemic healthcare group with the biological warfare group, claiming that made them more efficient. He says they did their job on the COVID-19 case but that the real problem was the empty seat behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office, a clear attempt at his own vindication.

Now that we have psychological details about Trump’s life in the new book by his niece, Mary L. Trump, Bolton’s tome will be pushed aside and slowly dropped from news coverage. For a true news freak and political junky like me, Mary L. Trump’s book is amazing. A person trying to figure out who to vote for in November will view the book’s content through their own filters and prejudices.

If you want to save your money, you could wait until Bolton’s book arrives at your public library, if it is still open during the pandemic. To me, John Bolton has confirmed what all others have said before. When your critics think you are bad at what you do, and everyone who once worked for you thinks you are stupid or foolish, what more do we need to know? Many who have any sort of conversation with Donald Trump feel that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Bolton’s book simply confirms this.

Bolton says he won’t vote for Trump or Biden in November. Although Bolton wants us to think he’s some great “patriot,” he will waste his vote on someone else, like a “Bernie-bro.” I had no respect for John Bolton before I read his book and that hasn’t changed. He’s just another person who was tormented in his youth, spent his life being a good student with an excellent IQ and worked over and over to prove himself. He may be getting back at those who scorned his intellect, but he is in no way helping America. He’s helping John Bolton. At best, the book is a B-minus. It has some pictures at then end, but still, Trump will never read it.

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.”

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