VACATION, NOT A VACATION

Trump Thrown Out of White House

One of the things that every opposing party does is criticizes the president for taking too many days of vacation. This may come as a shock, but I feel sorry for Trump, although, his defensiveness is unbecoming on this issue.

According to the web site SBNATION, Donald Trump whined and tweeted 27 times about Barack Obama playing too much golf. And they actually list them all here. Mr. Trump’s beratements of Barack Obama are so ironic coming from someone who loves golf so much he builds golf courses all over the world. You would think he would promote the sport and encouraging anyone to take up the game.

Democrats used to put down George W. Bush for spending so much time on his Crawford, TX ranch. The Bush’s 1,583-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch was a place the 43rd President could get away from Washington and recharge his battery. There is nothing wrong with having a rested President in the White House. I don’t understand why we don’t follow Europe’s lead and close down everything for two weeks in August.

Our great Orange Leader tweeted today (8-7-2017), “Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings.” And we get it and understand your depression era guilt and desire to be viewed as the martyr here, but please. take some time to relax.

The Donald must keep everyone abreast on the details of working hard while banished to the Bedminster property. You are working to promote your brand and being President at the same time. Wow, Multi-Tasker-in-Chief.

This time you have an excuse, they are remodeling the White House and you had to leave that “dump” so they can fix the AC and Heat. While retooling the ducts, we only hope that they put in the microphones and cameras. Did you check if the workers have NSA backgrounds, Mr. President?

It would be good if Trump did actually take some time off and think about what he has wrought on our great nation. I would hope that someone would spend some time with him and figure out a way to better communicate.

It seems that everyone out of the White House is continually pushing back on one issue or the other. They are seen by the non-supporters as argumentative and constantly in a state of agitation. They get anxious and annoyed at the least judgmental question. As they say on TV, the speakers for Trump aren’t addressing the audience or the interviewer, they are simply performing for an audience of one: Trump.

Which brings me to an observation about this administration and the President we currently have. Everything that is done or said, seems to be aimed at smaller and smaller segments of the population. The President seems to only focus on those who voted for him. The people who speak on behalf of the President seem to only address the Orange man in the White House.

The Congress cares about each one of the areas that they represent, but as we can see with their lack of bi-partisan effort, they only care about the people who will re-elect them.

We hope the Supreme Court cares about all of America, but we shall see if their individual dogmas determine the way they rule. Shame on them if they do.

But that begs the question, who’s speaking for me? I am a liberal, a Democrat, and I pay taxes just like anyone else. When I hear someone say that things ought to be a certain way, I ask, what gave you the right to tell me how to live? I certainly didn’t ask you to decide what I believe in, so, why would your far-right, religiously motivated thinking cast a net over all the electorate?

I would probably NOT have a lot in common with Mike Pence. He seems like a nice guy, but his homophobia seems to make him unfit for government work. I am being serious. Mike and his wife ought to take a vacation at a gay nudist colony. You know, just to balance out his feelings.

Mr. Pence, you are there to help govern in the spirit of separation of church and state, not attempt to convert the unworthy. Remember that when you are running for President in 2020.

My conservative friends, yes, I have some, are all pushing back on my dream of getting Trump out of office. They claim I am just jealous of Trump’s big victory and cannot understand that Trump is the best thing that ever happened to America. As anyone who has read this blog from the beginning, I do not to look backwards and only judge what this administration does, or doesn’t do.

If Trump is good for America, why do millions of people not like him? It’s not like the polarity of a “shock jock” on the radio where ratings come from those who hate the person and those who love him. This is our country. I really don’t care what the 70% of hard-core Republicans think. I worry about the 66% of all voters who think he’s doing a bad job. Isn’t a Democracy supposed to be where everyone votes and the majority rules?

Trump is anti­-Democracy. That would be a good message for Democrats. Why would we ever want someone to lead us who lies most of the time and is basically against Democracy? The guy really does need a vacation. I sure could use a three-year vacation from him.

 


“I LOVE THE PRESIDENT”

Respect is Not Enough for Trump

 400 years before the birth of Christ the Greek physician Hippocrates, incorporated four temperaments into his early practice: sanguine (enthusiastic, active, and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise, and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful). And of course, no one person stays in one zone all the time. We all have mixtures of those temperaments at any given time.

Our current president, seems to live in the sanguine and choleric areas and for those around him.  The only way to stay on his team is to broadcast your open ‘love’ for him. With the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, we learned his modus operandi from the get-go was to praise his boss and proclaim his love for the Donald.

Mr. Scaramucci has obviously consumed the whole jug of Kool-Aid and will be framing the argument for and massaging the defense of Trump with the skill of a Wall Street tycoon, which is what he is. But that doesn’t change anything. Trump is still the President and his short-tempered, fast and irritating way of overreacting cannot be polished by a slick, well-dressed pitchman. Donald Trump is a high-risk investment.

The enthusiastic, active and highly social (Sanguine) Trump is hardly ever positive. Our great Orange Leader rails at and uses put-downs to intimidate his critics, while attempting to extort more love from his base. He’s like an abusive parent giving a treat after the beating. He has to front each topic with how bad things are to make himself seem the savior.

Maybe being loved is more important than facts, truth, honesty or transparency. Saying that his son’s extremely incriminating email release was being transparent lacks logic, credibility and honesty. Does he love his son more than he says he loves America? Would he lie for his son?

Scaramucci might think he can turn the gray battleship around, but in reality, he’s just a summer replacement player in the reality show known as the Donald J. Trump Presidency. Even Anthony S. said the President is 71-years-old, “You are not going to change him.” Perhaps, if we think a bit Freudian here, maybe Anthony Scaramucci is the son the Donald wish he had. He obviously likes Jared Kushner like a son. Maybe his kids, other than Ivanka, aren’t quite enough like him.

The new Communications Director Slick Anthony uses the term “mainstream media,” which is code for anything negative about the president reported by any news media outlet. They boxed up negative press as “mainstream” and are attempting to redefine it as “Fake.”

Fox News, a major ratings mass media channel, isn’t considered mainstream media because they usually agree with Trump. Why is that? Someone has to tell me what the true definition of “mainstream.” And then explain to me how a website with a few million readers is more important than any mass media outlet.

Truth has a way of rising and breaking the layer of scum on the surface of the swamp. If the mainstream media is trying to convince the 32% of America who caused this ridiculous embarrassment that Donald Trump was a bad choice, they are wasting their time.

Trump may control the Supreme Court picks while he is in power, but he should be very careful about who he pardons or even thinks about awarding a get-out-of-jail card. That roll of the dice could be as bad as Trump’s monumental failure at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. And when the Republicans finally admit that Trump is politically bankrupt, they will prepare his impeachment to save their own jobs.

One would think the Supreme Court would have a duty to block an aggressive attempt to remodel executive power. Any move that would force America into a constitutional crisis would verify to the other 68% of America that Donald Trump is not an honest human being. Trump will never win over those people.

The analytical, wise, and quiet people who work hard every day to make the government work for all the people are still there. They are in the Justice Department, they file into the Treasury, they sit on the Supreme Court and some are even in Congress. They want to do their job and keep the machine running.

The silliness and departures from normal protocols show the world only one man’s viewpoint on how things should be. There is no proof that what Trump is doing is good for America.

We never want a president to tell us what to believe. We never want a President to “explain” how things are as if they only know the truth.  We expect him or her to listen to us and then make some rational decisions that will benefit as many people as possible. Donald Trump wants everyone to love him every day, but doesn’t understand that he must give love in order to get love.

When the man with the most power in the United States of America can be provoked by the least little criticism, we should worry. When the man who will be his voice says he loves the president more than a half-a-dozen times in his first press briefing, he shows us how it’s done.

He shows us why Putin is more important than protecting America from cyber-attacks from Russia. We saw Macron in France use the love offensive to charm his way right into Trump’s small hands. I don’t want to love the president, I want to respect him.

Trump truly believes that if I don’t say he is 100% right all the time, that I am #1, the enemy and #2, against him. For all those people during the campaign who said that the Donald did not have the temperament to be president, they were right.  He is 90% choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable) and that is why we judge all that he does through a negative lens. No one can trust what he says. Just ask the Carrier workers in Indiana.

Scaramucci’s “new guy” enthusiasm is a nice change, but when he says, “The American people love this guy” I have to stop him there. Anthony, you need to do some research. More than 50% of American’s do not like this “guy;” your buddy. You need more than 50% to get a bill passed in Congress and we certainly ought to have a president who garners more respect and positive feedback than 32% of our citizens. Scaramucci’s job is to make more Americans favor and support the President. Good luck, Anthony.

The standard comeback by the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue talking heads when asked about low approval presidential ratings is that the President has higher ratings than the media or Congress. And they’re bragging about that?

I’m looking forward to a relaxed and peaceful time when we aren’t screaming at each other and the President of the United States has more than 50% approval rating and that his plans actually work. Right now, we have the wrong plans, the wrong message and the wrong President.

Again, we must ask, “What has gotten better?” Insurance rates are sky-high, wages are NOT moving up fast enough and taxes are the same. The big infrastructure plan is frozen. For a guy who said we would be winning really, really fast, we are waiting. Go for accomplishments Mr. President, not love.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!


FAKE NEWS OR FAKE PRESIDENT?

Trump’s War on the Constitution

Occasionally I see, hear or read a journalist saying that Donald Trump has some grand strategy. And when pressed, the author says that this latest move was pure genius, or the tweet did exactly what he designed it to do, as if the Donald is some intelligent media designer.

There’s not much difference between Trump and a 9-year-old boy grapping the microphone at Walmart and yelling stupid kid-things into the store’s PA system. The kid’s grand plan is to get attention, same as the “leader” of the free world.

In the President’s latest tweet (7-2-2017), he proclaimed, “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! My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”

When I read this my mind heard a spoiled 9-year-old brat saying, “Mommy made me president. I’m the president. I get to be president and do whatever I want!”

This over complaining and endless whining about news coverage in the media isn’t new to presidents. Trump has decided, however, that anyone who disagrees with him, critiques him or attempts to cover his achievements or lack of them, is the enemy. One could change the term “Fake News” to “People who hate me” and it would fit perfectly in all contexts.

Steve Bannon, the administration’s dark, Spiro Agnew evil twin, has said openly that the media is the “opposition party.”  He, along with Trump surrogates, Miller, Conway and that overtly obnoxious, fake intellectual Sebastian Gorka, have crafted a White House position that is obstinate and cantankerous. Any thinking America hearing them speak can clearly see through the pretentious, defensive droning of their propaganda.

Richard M. Nixon did the same thing when he was president, even using the same terms about the media.  However, Trump is no Nixon. The 37th President had to resign in disgrace. This president, when the time comes, will have to be removed from his current residence by the Secret Service, Capitol Hill Police or maybe the Army.

Even Trump’s slogan is not new. It is a total rip-off of Ronald Reagan’s campaign motto, demonstrating that Trump is an even better actor than Ronald Reagan. An actor takes the stage and plays a part while not being the real thing. We now have a fake President and everything he does is directed to making his character likeable, rather than forging policy and decisions that are right and good for the country. #FakePresident

Trump bellyaches that his achievements are not covered in the “fake news” but he broadcasts his tirades on the very same “fake” mainstream media he continually slams. His complaints about not being covered are total lies. The media covers every speech, every signing, every tweet. His “key promises,” such as reforming healthcare, getting a better, fairer, tax code and creating jobs, have become fake, rally fodder rather than reality.

Months ago, President Trump and VP Mike Pence rode their white horses into the Carrier furnace plant in Indianapolis to announce they had convinced the company to abandon a plan to move to Mexico.  They stated publicly that this would save hundreds of jobs.  Update: many employees will soon be losing their jobs at the plant.  CNBC reports (6-22-2017) that Carrier’s plant in Indianapolis is scheduled to lay off about 600 workers by the end of the year. The jobs are going to Mexico. Nice work, little boys.

Donald J. Trump will probably write that off as “FAKE NEWS,” but the road to success for this president has to go through the media. You cannot be a great president in a vacuum. You cannot guard so dearly the Second Amendment and spit in the face of those who employ the First Amendment to keep democracy strong. Without the First Amendment, we don’t need the Second Amendment.

Fake means fraudulent, and the usage of that term by our president in the context of media coverage is troublesome on many levels. When something is fraudulent it is obtained, done by, or has involved deception – especially criminal deception. The American public, the Congress and the courts must be on-guard with this president. There’s a very small step from complaining to outlawing and, in this case, the outlawing would be executed by an elected outlaw.

At this date, the Fake President may not like the Fake Media, but if all the media outlets stopped talking about Trump, he would probably melt into a damp pool of man tan and makeup.  Sad.


SECRETS, RIDDLES AND LIES

Trump’s Russian Roulette

There is a great word that helps us understand the current President. It’s publicity: the notice or attention given to someone or something by the media. It also has a second meaning, the giving out of information about a product, person, or company for advertising or promotional purposes.

With all the complaints about leaks from somewhere inside the White House, Donald Trump just may be the leaker himself. He loves to talk and brag and when no one else is in the room, how do we know what he is saying on the phone to the hundreds of people he talks to in any given week?

The Russia story is a saga because Trump and his surrogates have never been able to say the right things. Their push-back only exacerbates the matter. Donald Trump did business with Russians, that is a fact. Just look up the company Bayrock with which Trump was involved in SoHo and Florida.

According to USA Today, Trump addressed potential investors in Moscow and bragged to Real Estate Weekly about his access to Russia’s rich and powerful, “I have a great relationship with many Russians.”

Also, Donald Trump, Jr. went on the record in September of 2008 by saying, “In terms of high-end product influx into the United States, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

According to Bloomberg News, “One of Bayrock’s principals was a career criminal named Felix Sater who had ties to Russian and American organized crime groups. Before linking up with the company and with Trump, he had worked as a mob informant for the U.S. government, fled to Moscow to avoid criminal charges while boasting of his KGB and Kremlin contacts there, and had gone to prison for slashing apart another man’s face with a broken cocktail glass.”

The first secret isn’t so much a riddle, but an out-and-out lie on Donald Trump’s part about involvement with Russians. Why Congress hasn’t demanded total disclosure of the President’s financial entanglements is a riddle that can only be solved by the old maxim, “winning is all that matters.”

The President of the United States is playing Russian Roulette, the practice of loading a bullet into one chamber of a revolver, spinning the cylinder, and then pulling the trigger while pointing the gun at one’s own head. He can say that this story is a “hoax” and part of “fake news” but deep down inside Trump must have some guilt about his involvement with the Russians.

John Harris, the Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Politico, was on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (6-21-2017).  He made an extremely cogent point about the Trump Era by saying this is one of the most transparent White Houses he’s covered.

Harris added, “It’s the most secretive and transparent administrations.” He made the observation that the President is so obsessed with press coverage, many of the staffers, immersed by infighting, can only get their message to their boss by leaking. They are aware of his lack of openness and cannot find any other way to deal with his isolation as a leader. So, I guess he’s inaccessible and a poor listener.

One of the sad things about this administration is its need to hold political rallies to keep a fist-grip on the base and to extract funds from the middle-class to pay for his ego massages. Donald Trump has created nothing short of a cult who really believe his lies and listen to his harsh rhetoric as something pure and patriotic. He insults them with, “I’d rather have a rich person than a poor person running the economy.” (6-21-2017) I assume he means that poor people aren’t smart enough to make economic decisions because they are poor. Sad!

With each bold-orange-faced lie we learn more and more about the American populace and how far one man can abuse power and obstruct justice. The insults are free. Trump has business dealings with Russians and he has been lying about this from the start. The bullet in the chamber is Michael Flynn. Will Flynn bring the President to his knees?

 


THE INSANE BLAME GAME

Trump Must Look Forward

Donald Trump more than insinuated that the death of Otto Warmbier right after he was released from a North Korean jail was somewhat caused by the slow diplomacy of the Obama administration. One could ask why it took the Trump administration five months to free Mr. Warmbier? And a better question might be, how soon can you get the other American’s Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang-duk and Kim Hak-Song freed from this horrible regime in North Korea?

Sometime soon, Donald J. Trump needs to look forward and stop blaming the last administration for everything that goes wrong. He’s got just as big a problem in Syria right now with the confusion being created by Russia. Within the last 24 hours we have shot down one Syrian jet and two Iranian made drones that the Syrian army is using to scope out their enemies. The imaginary red line in Syria was matched by team Trump with 59 tomahawks, but what did that do? Nothing.

When the Chinese pulled back on trade with North Korea, Russia stepped up and moved their coal and supplies to Kim Jong Un. We have someone who is on the side of Assad, Iran and North Korea; and Trump wants to be open to a productive Russian relationship. Someone has to get to Trump and shake him into the reality that Putin will do anything to bring him down. Time will show that if he cannot control Trump, he will certainly destroy him.

There are serious problems in the world and the Trump administration barely has the ability to handle an investigation into their stupid mistakes with Russia and election meddling. How can they really be affective with crazy demonic leaders like Un or the crafty and soulless Putin? Trump is outclassed by Putin and ineffective with North Korea.

The President’s legal document, called a tweet, sent a message to China today (6-20-2017) While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried! Why does he broadcast this, rather than just sending a communique to the President of China? Trump has let everyone in the world know that he thinks what China did was not good enough for him. Is he really blaming China for the actions of Kim Jong Un?

If Trump can get the other three Americans out of North Korea, we can all salute him and believe that he has some leverage with Un, but that seems unlikely. Trump could end up being played by Un and Putin, while disbelieving they have the upper hand. Could he be that naïve?

The best thing Trump could do would be to help the investigation and get rid of these distractions. There are too many important things to deal with in the world right now. With the Treasury Department sending documents to those on the Congressional oversight committees, it’s getting more and more critical for the President to admit if there are tapes, show his full tax returns and help rid himself of this cancer on his Presidency.

We don’t need more dead Americans shipped home from North Korea. We don’t need to hear the President’s concerns laced with blame and exploitation. We need the President to be a leader and help America. So far, we have someone who is floundering while acting on such basic levels.

 

 

 

 

 


NOT ALL TWEETS ARE EQUAL

Trump’s Newspeak Man: Jay Sekulow

In the brilliant classic 1984, a book by George Orwell, the term “newspeak” was introduced. This noun is defined as ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda. The Wikipedia page on it says: Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother.

While there are those in the Trump administration who hold a belief in some “deep state” that is controlling everything, there are those Americans who believe that if our President was given more power he would become Big Brother.

It is a fact that Steve Bannon, Trump’s right brain, declared his desire to destroy the “Administrative State”, whatever that is. But now we have a new dance partner in this affair. His name is Jay Sekulow and his job is that of personal lawyer for Donald Trump. Good luck, Jay.

While the multiple personalities in Trump’s head appear then disappear, it will be Sekulow’s responsibility to explain and defend the Donald. His role is already off to a rocky start with the tweet that was heard around the world.

Jay Sekulow went on all the Sunday morning talk shows to say to make it “crystal clear” that the President is not, and has never been, under investigation. And the attorney attempted to dismiss the tweet in which the President actually says he is under investigation. Jay also said that the tweet was only acknowledging the Washington Post article. Huh?

In the tweet, Trump didn’t use a question mark.  He used an exclamation mark, which meant he wasn’t questioning the Washington Post story.  He was saying exactly what he wrote. The lame claim by Sekulow that his client was limited by 140 characters is complete BS. Anyone familiar with how Twitter works, including Trump, can create a short string of words to add more meaning. In fact, the candidate and President has many times done precisely that.

If Trump doesn’t know the facts then why are his lawyers saying he does know. How can he not be under investigation? You can’t declare a known when you’ve never been told what it is either way. I could say Donald Trump is a woman, but I have no proof he’s a man or a woman. I just know that he says he’s a man.

The best question on the issue came from Chris Cuomo on CNN (6-19-2017) when he confronted Sekulow with the simple question: You are his attorney of record, why not just pick up the phone and ask Robert Mueller if your client is under investigation? Chris, who has a law degree from Fordham University, asked the right question, a question that all those talking heads on TV who would preface their comments with, “I’m not an attorney but…” but never knew to ask.

Trump and his legal team have a right to ask that question and no prosecutor has to tell a citizen if they are under investigation, but it would be proper for an attorney to, at least, ask the question.

One of my friends over the weekend claimed I was being “hysterical” about all of this political stuff, which seems to be the new go-to word when trying to explain why people forcefully disagree with something. I told my friend, I just want to make sure when the smoke clears, and we really understand all this, that I can be counted with those who spoke out against a President who is wasting time, acting guilty and becoming so untrusted in the world.  Surely our country will suffer.

Newspeak, with its linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought, is what Donald Trump is all about. His lawyers will try to bend the meaning of his words by saying things like, “Oh, he is very good at using social media.” Perhaps, but he’s an abysmal writer. If someone else has to explain what his Tweets mean, then he didn’t write them very well.

When a surrogate then says, “The Tweets stand on their own,” then we must take them at face value. But you cannot Newspeak your way around this. The worst thing Trump does is using Twitter as his psychological vomiting tool. He should invest in a shrink who can come by at 3:30 AM to help him over these emotional mole hills.

If I was his shrink, my first question would be, “Why do you obsess about whether or not you are under investigation?” That comes with the job description. Now you know, Mr. Trump, how Obama felt when every action he made was questioned with a law suit or an investigation of congressional blockade. You wanted the job and you go it. Now, do your job and stop bitching!


CUBAN MISSIVE CRISIS

Trump Turns Back the Clock to 1960

Donald Trump wants to do a better deal with Cuba. What he really doesn’t understand is that Cuba will get a better deal from someone named Vladimir Putin. The same Mr. Putin who used similar language saying he would protect Russians in Ukraine without any respect for their sovereign state. And now, with Donald Trump slapping the sanctions back on Cuba, he has opened the door for Russia to come back into Cuba with gifts and money.

His denunciation of Cuban policies (6-16-2017) in Florida might have fired up the large community of anti-Castro Cuban-Americans in Miami, but didn’t match his actions. It’s a selective sucker punch against the current regime in Havana, but after sixty-years of blockades, sanctions and containment by America, Raúl Castro is already on the phone to Moscow.

Trump used words like maintaining blockades and sanctions and canceling the policy, but in reality, he only modified the Obama executive order. The new order from Trump might block US citizens and companies from doing business with establishments that are controlled by the Cuban military, but it doesn’t stop Americans from going to Cuba. It just adds red tape and more bureaucracy. His rhetoric of making things easier to do and ending unnecessary regulations has been thrown out of the window on this one.

The speech in little Havana in South Florida was full of stories about the struggles that Cubans and Cuban-Americans have endured since Fidel Castro converted the island to communism. The real changes that Trump claimed his new approach will deliver sound more like an attempt to dictate the terms of how Cuba will be governed, a la “nation building.”

Sure, asking them to have elections sounds like a good idea. They must already think it’s a good idea. Elections in Cuba involve nomination of municipal candidates by voters in nomination assemblies, nomination of provincial and national candidates by candidacy commissions, voting by secret ballot, and recall elections. But then, Trump speech writers probably don’t know that.

Donald Trump’s declarations of the human rights violations in Cuban might sound righteous on the surface, but not once did Trump cover the human rights and cruel and unusual punishments of his hosts in Saudi Arabia. And lost in this whole reality is that our government is still holding people without charges or due process at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, right on Cuban soil. As they say, this man speaks with forked-tongue.

Is this is his way of thanking Cuban Americans for their votes and keeping a campaign promise, while creating another opportunity to say something bad about Obama? Why do I find his actions feel like a way to fulfill rather than a introduce a well-thought-out way to change the way we deal with a country.

Trump may have sent a strong missive to other nations who abuse their people, but if America could help the Cuban people with tourism and more American influences, they just might take things into their own hands. We don’t need another Bay of Pigs invasion, but certainly tourism is better than isolation.

Due to the lack of free speech in Cuba, Trump’s harangue will not be heard by Cubans, but the stifling of the tourism industry will surely hurt Cuban workers. Of course, it’s easier to justify communism when things are going badly, but Trump gets to check a promise off the Bannon list.

The question that one should ask now, if you didn’t cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba, why not appoint an ambassador and start talk about a better deal? Or does Trump feel like he’s finished with it?


The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

The Inner Voice of Lunatic

REPOSTED FROM FEB 22, 2017

Most political and marketing experts’ analysis of the presidential election of 2016 showed that Twitter played a major role. And there is no question that social media is a double-edged sword.

It cuts one way when instantaneous reactions and pronouncements are transmitted to a wide number of fans and opponents. Trump has more than 25 million followers and has dumped 34.5 thousand 144-character bundles of wisdom our way. That may seem like a lot, but Kim Kardashian West, Kanye’s wife, has 50.2 million followers.

Like a teenage girl, Mr. Trump must psychologically vomit once a day. He pays a price for his uncensored use of a non-secure consumer phone and exposes his lack of depth and any real desire to ‘bring us all together.’

In this most recent tweet, Trump is deflecting once again, but there is some truth in what he is saying. He just doesn’t see what’s really happening.

Let’s look at this missive. Trump is limited in his mastery of the English language and uses repetition rather than significant revelation to reveal his inner voice. Catch his use of “so-called” which is his code for “Not Legit”; as in “so-called” judges. He could have used that against Obama with a quick slap: “so-called American.”

He uses the word “some” as if he isn’t sure of the facts. He peppers it into his speech like, “some of them are good people, I guess.” Or as I might say, “some of the things you say Mr. President, simply aren’t true.”

He says, “in numerous cases” giving him plausible deniability for later, when someone accuses him of painting with too broad a brush. But the one phrase that is absolutely true is the line, “…planned out by liberal activists.” Yes, can you believe the opposition to your policies have a plan? Planning is good idea, wink, wink.

If he looked a little deeper, or had someone in the White House who wasn’t filling his belly with expense Beluga caviar he would see what those liberals are doing. They use this web site called Twitter to spread the word and organize these protests. They are simply using the other side of the knife against you. Many phones against one.

Time to quote Newton’s third law here: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every Tweet, you push through your illegal phone Mr. President, there will be an opposite reaction and it will continue until you finally grow up and go back to posing as a successful business person.

And finally, Mr. Trump, for the good of the nation, would you please seek psychiatric help from a medical professional. The number of times you have declared your sadness in these legal documents called Tweets is alarming. It’s downright Sad!

REPOSTED FROM FEB 22, 2017

 

 


A CORRUPT INTENT

Trump Paints Himself Into A Corner

There is a kind of arrogance that some people carry and which can be spotted a mile away. And this trait is passed to the next generation and sticks out like a sore thumb on a small hand. Donald J. Trump has the audacity to think that hoping something will happen will be thus, even when it’s good only for him.

The lead on a story from the web site The Hill on 6-9-2017 ran:  Former U.S. Attorney Nick Akerman, who prosecuted the Watergate case, says fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about his conversations with President Trump establishes “corrupt intent up the wazoo.”

Now I don’t know Nick, but I do know that there was certainly a pattern with Trump telling people they could stay in a job only to toy with them in a dance of loyalty. Ask former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. Preet was just another victim of this first glad handing then back stabbing routine. Bharara, one of the great investigator and prosecutors in America, was brusquely fired by Donald Trump after Donald promised Preet could stay on the job.

With his words and actions every day, President Trump dismisses the millions of voters who didn’t cast their voice for him. If he cannot fire you, he ignores you. The episodes of him playing to his “base” are getting old and bothersome.

There have been three presidents in American history who have faced impeachment or the imminent threat of it and those were: Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 before the House could consider four articles of impeachment related to Watergate; Bill Clinton, who came within 17 votes in the Senate of being removed from office on obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1999 and the biggest “almost” loser, Andrew Johnson, who came within a single vote in the Senate of removal due to his handling of the country during Reconstruction.

Nixon was so ambitious that his ego was manipulated by already corrupted cohorts who were out to keep him in office at any cost. Clinton is a lot like Trump, only where Bill has immense intelligence, Donald has money. Johnson, poor old Andrew, like Lyndon Johnson, really “inherited a mess” after the leader of America was gunned down by sinister forces. Andrew Johnson was a trial balloon for how we can right our ship when the wrong person gets into office

Donald Trump is far from being impeached at this date, June 12, 2017, but he has done nothing for his ratings outside of his “base” and he just might have weakened his favorability with some of the moderate Republicans. If confronted, he will lie. Trump keeps playing the role of president, rather than actually being the President.

What Comey’s testimony and Trump’s terrible interview with NBC’s Lester Holt created was a picture of a man who focuses on the wrong things. If he wanted people to think he was firing Comey because of “a thing” then he should have said that “thing” from the beginning. What he did was push smart people into asking for further investigation, not into Michael Flynn but into the President himself.

Why would the President of the United States make a threat of recordings on Twitter to a director of the FBI after he fired him? And then why would he play with the press about whether those tapes exist in a press conference?

The possibility that the President has been recording conversations in the White House, sets the Donald up and paints him into a corner. If tapes are available, then ANY AND ALL TAPES CAN BE ASKED FOR in an investigation. If no tapes were made, then it points to a pathological lying spree perpetrated on the American people.

It makes Trump seem like Nixon and his desire to stay in office at any cost. Democracy and Law and Order be damned, this guy will do anything to keep his job. That is what he wants out of all the president’s men and women. They must do anything to keep their jobs.

Trump is a P.R. nightmare. For a businessman these would be unnecessarily wastes of time that would only make lawyers a bunch of money. As President, these are colossal mistakes that get in the way of making America great, or as I see it, keeping America as great as it was before Trump.

When Trump’s surrogates and lawyers call James Comey a coward, they are using playground language to belittle the tall man of honor. When they call him a leaker, they suppose that all conversations with the king are the property of the king. This “I own my words” is something that Donald Trump has sued people over in the past. In any other circumstance, calling James Comey a liar would be layers of libelous, slander and pillory stacked up on a giant bullshit sandwich.

Trump may think he can wait for the paint to dry and walk away Scott-free, but there are other footsteps a coming. This was the bulletin last night (6-11-2017) from the Washington Post: Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

It may take time, but the Donald will certainly not get renewed for another season and the network executives are debating whether to pull his reality show sooner than later. We all hope that President Pence will at least bring closure to this ugly chapter in American history. And like Andrew Johnson, Pence will really inherit a mess. Sad!