LET THE BUYER BEWARE

Trump’s Inability to Empathize

This past Trump-week was another example of the man’s complete lack of empathy and sympathy for what the human spirit can endure. And, if I may be so bold, the media’s approach to the 45th President of the United States isn’t up to the task. This was a special moment and the media missed a major point of it all.

As I have offered before, there is a feeling of collective guilt that the press didn’t take Donald Trump seriously from the beginning. They covered him as if he was a circus act coming to town. Believing that the show would soon hit the road, they over-promoted the big, fat elephant. Well now, the elephant is here to stay and is stepping on more than your collective toes. (EPA, BANKS, LAWS, TAXES)

The Niger fallen-soldier tragedy this last week was nothing less than depressing and revolting on very many levels. A reporter asked a fair question concerning the lack of mention from our loquacious leader about the attack and the deaths of four brave men. Why hasn’t he mentioned it in twelve days? And the result? Pure defensive bullshit, a hurry up, “let’s do it now” attempt at face-saving, which was a sheer disaster.

When calling the loved ones of the fallen heroes, Donald Trump managed to make it worse. Our great Orange Leader devastated a family in Florida. Yes, we can all agree that Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who heard the call, was overly emotional. She raged about the words of our Commander in Chief. Some say it was a political move. Well it’s true that she’s a damn politician and that is what politicians do, but she is also a friend of the family.

What happened next highlights my deepest concern with this president. He lied. He lies all the time. Lying is his defense mechanism. When he is confronted or doesn’t know what he is talking about, he simply makes stuff up, “It was Obama’s fault.” Just what an African-American family wants to hear! Trump created a severe problem, and retired General John Kelly stepped in to manage the disaster.

As the Chief of Staff of this administration, many have said that Kelly is the filter of what gets to the President and the manager of those who work in the White House. I am sure he is doing a great job at that. Just look at how many inept people have been sent away. But seeing him fall on his sword for this clown-of-a-president saddened me greatly. My respect for John Kelly hasn’t been diminished by his actions, but they were motivated by his employment and his remarks will always have a tint of politics in them.

I am the son of a Word War II veteran. My father was a Master Sergeant and served in Europe. Even when he and I argued about Vietnam, I never doubted his mission or his service. I am glad his parents didn’t become Gold Star parents, because that would mean I wouldn’t be here. More importantly, my father taught me the most essential lesson, always tell the truth, no matter what.

Now, I want you to read these next words very carefully, General Kelly wasn’t defending the President. His presentation in the press room yesterday (10-19-2017) was a cry for help, a demand for respect. It was a vastly more intellectual approach to what is happening with this president. John Kelly spoke in code, a code that conveys a message totally different from what the media is dishing out.

First, Kelly explained how someone who has never worn a military uniform or fought in a war can understand that experience. It’s clear that he is trying to work with a President that he must teach. In short, he is working with someone who doesn’t know more than the Generals.

Kelly said many things that we need to comprehend. He’s right about what the country has become and how the things that were sacred in his day are no longer so. His code was a message to his boss. Kelly was crying deep inside about the lack of respect for his personal pain. The military ritual of bringing back and burying our dead warriors was pushed into the spotlight by his inept boss. The saddest thing for me is Donald Trump will never understand the code. He should have stopped talking about this incident and should not have USED General Kelly in an attempt to nullify his mistake.

Let’s analyze the Kelly code, “Hey give this Trump guy a break because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.” I’m very proud that John Kelly told the truth and confirmed what Trump actually said on the call. Trump parroted what two generals said to each other during a moment of grief. Generals talk to Generals in a different way than a President should speak to his people. Both General Kelly and Trump made bad judgements on all sides of this issue. When a person has a limited intellectual capacity and a lack of common sense to craft a message for an audience, then someone must write every word for them. Kelly was, in a way, confessing it was his fault for Trump’s actions.

General Kelly told Trump the words he heard when learning of his son’s death, “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war.” These are not the words a grieving mother or wife wants to hear. Trump never spoke the fallen soldier’s name during the conversation, truly horrible.

So, this is over, right? Kelly called a cease fire. No, that won’t work for the orange person is in the Oval Office. Trump decided to lie rather than simply admit said he didn’t convey a proper message. A soldier’s life isn’t a “let the buyer beware” reality. If Donald Trump was a real man, he would publicly apologize for misusing his words. He really should just stop talking about it, but he won’t; he can’t.

This morning, the great Orange Leader tweeted again: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”

Your obsessive-compulsive nature to continue to lie about the most sacred and sad things guarantees you the top position, Donald. You are the winner. You are Number One. You are the worst President ever!

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DOTARD AND DINGBAT

Trump’s Name Calling Backfires

One of the editors of my new Donald Trump book asked a blunt question, “Why the name calling?” I had to back up and think about why I write in that kind of voice on my blog, which is what drove the book’s content.

The answer to the question is simple. Donald J. Trump has unleashed this kind of immature behavior and verbal openness in all of us. Sure, it’s his fault. I learned that blaming people is what you do when anyone challenges you.

He uses a trick of the bully trade, berating people using a name that others can echo to add pain. Whether the names actually hurt someone or not, they seem to stick. Hillary Clinton will forever be thought of as “Crooked Hillary” and it’s “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted.” Not sure why Marco’s height was negative, but I guess size matters in the Trump family.

When those “Trump names” pour from my fingertips, I don’t think, “Boy this will really get him.” I would be most happy to anger this President, but he will never read what I write because there are so many people saying bad things about him it’s impossible for me to cut through.

It is quite silly that Trump would use the song title, “Rocket Man” as a put-down of Kim Jong-un. After all, it’s a story about a man who is drifting in space without a sense of time or connection to other humans. Part of the Bernie Taupin lyrics are telling in this work:

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time

‘Till touch down brings me round again to find

I’m not the man they think I am at home

Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man

Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.

After all, we are people of words and actions. Words are telling on so many levels. When I call Donald Trump, Agent Orange, I am referring to the pain and suffering of the soldiers who served in Vietnam and were poisoned from the misuse of a chemical by our own military. Mistakes matter. And it is Trump who is burning out his fuse, all alone, with no one trusting him.

When I refer to our 45th President as our Great Orange Leader, I am painting him with words that are intended to make you think of him covering his face with man-tan while realizing that much of what the Donald is doing is fake.

If he is real, why the comb-over? If he is real, why the need to make people believe he has something to hide? Donald Trump might think that he is a global gargantuan, but he’s not the man he thinks he is at home. In the United States, he governs without a mandate and without a majority of voters behind him. Most Americans have little respect for the way he handles important things. Most wish he would stop tweeting, but he doesn’t care about anything other than the rush he gets from tweeting. He is addicted.

One of the nicknames that Steve Bannon allegedly used to describe his boss in the Oval Office was Archie Bunker. Archie, like Donald Trump, felt the need to use sharp, little names for people. His wife, played by Jean Stapleton, was a “dingbat” and his son-in-law, played by Rob Reiner, was “meathead.” A dingbat is a stupid person. A meathead is a stupid person. And, like Archie Bunker, our President uses words in an attempt to command power over people. Name calling is ineffective and sometimes does the opposite of its desired effect.

During his U.N. speech, Trump called Kim Jong-un, “Rocket Man,” and the result was Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, responding in English. And showing some real gamesmanship here, he called the Great Orange Leader, a “dotard.” Not a word that is often used here in the USA, but it does demonstrate that both Kim and Donald are goofballs.

“Dotard” means an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. And now, we have to wait while two people who should not be commanders of armies to make their next move. The question we must ask is this. Will this stupid immature name calling do anything? I don’t believe my name calling will magically get Trump impeached, but that is the goal. I must be as delusional as Trump.

What is Donald Trump’s goal with Kim Jong-un? He is not going to back down; he has an atomic bomb. This was Trump’s tweet today: “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” This is sounding more like a freaking scene out of a SOUTH PARK episode than real life. Mr. President, sanctions work only when there is no black market. You do know, Black Markets Matter? Right?

The meathead dotard in the White House is underestimating the dingbat rocket man. He knows that Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it’s cold as hell. And neither the dotard nor the rocket man can escape to Mars, they have to work out their differences right here on Planet Earth. What would happen if they both turned their words into war? Millions of people would die. Is Trump that stupid? Time to dump the dotard.

 

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BIG MAN AT THE UN

Trump’s Many Messages, on Many Sides

One of the things that Donald J. Trump presidency demonstrates is that he must own everything he says, because his words are recorded and endlessly replayed to the world. It wasn’t that long ago when TV cameras captured Trump berating the United Nations, saying it doesn’t do anything. He spoke as if he was totally uninvolved with the UN. Now the Donald is back in New York to “save” the institution, using the platform in front of the iconic green marble wall to talk of the destruction of a nation. The UN’s mission is to help nations get along and avoid war. Did Trump not read the charter?

Candidate Trump used to complain about the money wasted on an unnecessary war in Iraq. Now he seems to be saying that military action around the world will be his foreign policy. If we wanted to elevate his words linguistically, we could call them the Trump Doctrine. He is whipping out his sword and warning everyone, instead of advancing a well-designed plan to nullify a crisis before it gets out of hand. That is the true spirit of the UN, Mr. Know-it-all.

Trump threatens to blow North Korea off the face of the earth, while claiming he doesn’t want to force American democracy on any country. He preaches his concept of every nation’s right to sovereignty, while also saying that he is prepared to “take further action” to intervene in Venezuela’s democratic collapse. Well, which is it?

There is a difference between a rogue nation with an H-bomb saying they want to annihilate the United States and a nation that covertly bank rolls efforts to advance a Shia agenda. There is no love lost between Iran and the United States. Iran will always be a problem but, clearly, it’s a more controlled situation than North Korea. So, why not see if the deal the President hates so much can work? We aren’t the only nation involved.

When a nation’s leader, like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, pushes his government toward an autocracy, Trump gets all hot and bothered. This is truly an example of what we have termed the “ping-pong President.” There is always some reason the Donald does something, and it usually money is involved.

Venezuela provides 10% of the oil the US consumes and that may be the reason that drives Trump to say he’s planning to use the military a lot more than candidate Trump ever conceived. From someone who appeared to be such an isolationist and, in a sense, anti-globalist, Trump now seems to be coming out of the closet on several important global issues.

As our President trips into the role of America as protector of the world, we have to ask the same question that he did during the campaign, who is going to pay for this?  Is this a pivot, or simply his way of dealing with things that are so over-his-head that he cannot fathom any other solution? He either kisses or punches. There is no middle ground with this loud-mouth.

The great Orange Leader feels so strongly to trample a multi-lateral agreement with Iran that he keeps repeating the same words over and over again. We get it Trump: It’s one of the worst deals every made and an embarrassment for the United States. Really? Keeping Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal is a bad deal? Trump is like a snapping turtle that forgets to eat because he’s keeping grip on a piece of wood thinking it’s going to attack him.

Our President doesn’t understand that the money we gave back to Iran was their money, not ours. We seized all their accounts in the US when Americans were taken hostage at the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. Had we not returned the money, the world court would have ordered the US Treasury to pay fees and interest. At least Trump seems to be talking less about the money part of the deal.

While all of this was unfolding on the world stage, a small group of Republicans back in Washington were trying to, yet again, repeal Obamacare. For now, Trump has moved on from hurricanes, fires and even police shootings, but he’ll be back.  All it took was appearances by Hillary Clinton on TV promoting her new book to bring the Donald back on Twitter, which is what he most enjoys about being President.

Predictably, this morning our President tweeted from his personal account: “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes.” Oh, did we mention that the leader of the free world suffers from O.C.D.? He’s caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Those unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and urges trigger intensely distressing feelings. He is so distraught by what Hillary Clinton says about him that he battles her on Twitter like a 14-year-old school girl. Why doesn’t he just give her some fire and fury like the world has never seen? Too soon?

Teleprompter Trump may seem like knows what he is talking about, but his need to blame everyone else for his problems is a weakness that only a mother could love. Impromptu Trump can be put in the closet for a while, but Twitter Trump never lets us down. The Twitter personality some say is the real Trump. Well, it that is the real Trump, then, surely, I don’t want him anywhere near the nuclear codes.

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SERIOUS TRUMP – GOOFY DONALD

Can We Have the Serious One?

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post was on Meet The Press this week (7-9-2017) using the term “Teleprompter Trump.” She was describing the person who reads someone else’s words and gets better grades for being presidential than the man known as “Twitter Trump.” And may I suggest a third person inside the human Cheeto?  How about the “Impromptu Trump?” This persona appears when Trump goes on camera to make a point that everyone else in his administration has been making for the previous 24-hours, except he says something completely different than they did!

With our multi-personality President, we must divert the different streams of verbiage into the appropriate buckets. When POTUS spoke last week in Poland, we heard from Teleprompter Trump. In that speech we heard this, “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself.”

We live in a sound-bite/headline word. Out of the speech in Warsaw came the line about whether the west has the will to survive, while the warning to Russia was buried in the rest of the lecture. The big speech was a few days before Trump and Tillerson met with Putin and Kislyak. And this meeting, produced more controversy.

Kislyak and Putin claimed in their press briefings at the G20 that, indeed, Trump brought up cyber meddling in our election.  They also said that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial. Trump did not have a press briefing, therefore the story got out in front of him.

The administration thought Trump’s Tweet would soften the astonishment of those who thought he left the Russians off the hook.  Trump wrote, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”

Donald Trump has said that it’s easy to be a critic. I, for one, don’t have to try very hard to muster up some serious criticism about things that Twitter Trump types. But really, are we going to get together with the fox and talk about security at the hen house? Will dinner be served?

As Air Force One made its way back to Washington, the story broke in the New York Times that Donald, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who offered “information” on Hillary Clinton. This meeting occurred right after the Donald won the Republican nomination.

As the weekend progressed, more and more “adjustments” were made to the story.  Finally, we received the official word that, yes, the meeting took place, but the nominee, Donald Trump, was not at the meeting and knew nothing about it. Kushner and Manafort were working for the campaign at that time.

While the super hawks of the Senate, Lyndsey Graham and John McCain, were on the Sunday talk shows making fun of the suggestion of a cyber security unit with Russia, it wasn’t long before the great Orange leader was taking back his own words on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can, & did!” (7-9-2017)

The big question is what would Teleprompter Trump say about this? We hardly ever get to see Impromptu Trump, so we probably won’t get to confront that personality on this issue. But, for sure, if Donald J. Trump was in front of cameras and asked about this he would start to defend himself and then make a quick turn to talk about the ceasefire that is taking place in an area of the least problematic in Syria. But then, Twitter Trump drives the narrative and thus action plan of this White House.

May I point out that what was once known as Multiple Personality Disorder is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder? It’s a condition under which a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states. It’s said that people with this rare condition were often victims of severe abuse. Maybe the metal in the silver-spoon in Donald’s mouth leeched into his tiny brain when he was young. Dissociative Identity Disorder is D.I.D., as in “Did I say that?”

Those who lie and exaggerate are often forced to retract, restate and reform the things they said. With Trump’s tribe of surrogates on-call to course correct Our President’s words, one could honestly ask whether Donald Trump has any talent for clarity. In fact, he continuously and clearly steps on his own proclamations. How can this be good for America?

Trump can restate his mantra of “No Connection, No Collusion” all he wants, but the intent of getting information on Clinton was the reason for the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Don, Jr. threw himself under the bus to protect the old man and now we have an admission of the desire for dirt, thus the first step toward collusion.

Donald Trump should think about negotiating a cease-fire with the free press by giving them some real facts. Slowly, the conflict between Teleprompter Trump, Twitter Trump and Impromptu Trump will continue to plague this administration’s ability to create a positive presidential presence for the majority of Americans; you know, the Popular Vote.

Editor’s Note: We borrowed the “Cheeto” moniker from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor from his book: “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World'”


FAKE NEWS vs. REAL JOURNALISM

Trump’s Attempt to Muddy the Waters

Back in February, 2017 Trump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Then he deleted that tweet and posted something similar, but took ABC off his enemies list. Trump, obviously not a student of history, missed this fact: Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin used the term “enemy of the nation/people” to refer to those who disagreed with the Bolshevik government. Did you write that one, Steve Bannon?

Trump went on a rant July 1, 2017, after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political spectrum due to his attacks on MSNBC talk show hosts, “The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”

And on that same day, Mr. President continued, “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”  Along with his jingoistic rhetoric, Donald Trump, like so many other power-hungry leaders around the world, wants to control the media. He attempts to distort whatever truth is left and brands his lies as official doctrine. And the term Modern Day rings like “Modern Day Prophet” for those following along in church.

For those of us who were schooled in the trade of journalism, we take the responsibility of our craft seriously. The Fourth Estate is usually reserved for the printed press and credible broadcast news teams. The Fifth Estate, the newer term, stands for groupings of outlier viewpoints in contemporary society, such as bloggers and journalists publishing in non-mainstream media outlets and social media. The right of center to Alt-Right people use the term “mainstream media” as a pejorative term, whereas, Breitbart represents what was called “Yellow Journalism” in the 1950s.

The “fourth estate” comes from the European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The Press was supposed to hold the three other estates to a standard with information gathering, storytelling based on truth and distribution to everyone equally. Yes, the King could read that he had no pants.

We know that Donald Trump has tapped into a raw exposed nerve in the disadvantaged and struggling middle class. With much of America moving away from reading the newspaper and getting their news from the internet, the line of what is credible or legit has become extremely blurred.

The price of entry into the newspaper business in most cities is so great that even large companies attempting to bring a new paper to market have an uphill, if not impossible, climb. With the internet providing more outlets than needles on a porcupine’s back there are plenty of free opinions and micro-targeted sites that can sanction what consumers think.

This tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories even has its own term: Confirmation Bias. It is so important to be right in today’s society that many people spend hours of every day watching a news channel that corroborates their baseline beliefs. Fox News leans to the right, while MSNBC leans to the left. That is their branding positions and, depending on who is in power, they will have better ratings.

CNN, the new Trump target, has decided like many channels and programs that there are millions of people who don’t like Trump, so that is a built-in audience. The sad part of all of this is that I haven’t mentioned journalistic integrity or award-winning writing. Those are less important in this instant gratification world. Trump produces ratings and it doesn’t seem to make a difference if you are building him up or beating him down.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS-TV has increased almost 30% according to TV News Desk (7-6-2017) and you can chart his increases with his direct aim at Trump. The Donald, whether he likes it or not, is easy to parody because of what he says and how his administration attempts to govern. Writing jokes and monologues about Trump has a built-in benefit, because if you manage to get under his thin skin he mentions you. Better yet, if he attacks you, your ratings go up even more.

I may be in the minority but I think the “news” that the President maligns is less news than fake. To our great Orange Leader, when confronted with anything that makes fun of him, or puts him down, or (can I say this?) bullies him, he launches into an overly emotional rebuttal.

The people doing the real investigative journalism are at the newspapers. Think about it, every major break or leak has come from the newspapers. The Michael Flynn lies came from the newspapers. The Comey meetings with Trump came from the newspapers. And the ethics conflicts of Kushner and the Trumps all come from the print medium.

The TV journalists at CNN are hampered by the overload of trying fit real journalism into a small box of endless talking heads and opinionated “experts” who, at times, do more harm than good. Stop and think about it, do we need Rick Santorum giving his opinion on what the news means?  He’s a failed neo-conservative right-winged politician spewing nothing by RNC talking points. What about Sean Hannity? Well he couldn’t write a lead to save his life.  Then, of course, we know what happened to poor old Brian Williams. These are the people most Americans would say represent the “news” business.? Really?

The one investigative reporter I want to hear from isn’t a journalist at all. His name is Robert Mueller. I would like to hear his story, in fact, now that would be BREAKING NEWS!