NASTY, MEAN & FEMALE

Trump’s Freudian Flaw Exposed

The President of the United States is a male chauvinist pig. Boy, that not only feels good to say but it’s also true. Remember the Bible story about the woman who had been accused of a sin and was about to be stoned? Recall a group of men there with stones in their hands when Jesus intervened and said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Ancient Form of Punishment

Stoning, also called lapidation, was and is a form of capital punishment in which a group throws stones at a person until the subject dies from blunt trauma. It was used to punish not only adultery but also whatever the men in power considered to be illicit sexual intercourse. The Book of Leviticus in the Holy Bible illustrates that homosexuals and women were given much harsher punishments than men.

I found the descriptions of Donald Trump’s early life in Mary L. Trump’s tell-all-book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, to be quite illuminating. Donald Trump’s father, Frederick Christ Trump, yes that is his real name, was not to be questioned and especially not to be challenged by a woman. The expression Fred Senior used to describe any woman who got in his way was “nasty.”

Having limited intelligence and a sparse vocabulary, the Donald simply inherited the speaking of his father. The word “nasty” wended its way into 18th century parlance to describe an ugly woman. Not only was it a term used to disparage an unattractive woman, but it’s implication of “nasty slut” gave a little more kick to men. Before we accuse Trump of using the word to describe only women, let‘s think again.

Trump has also called many men nasty, including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, evangelical leader Russell Moore, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, CNN’s David Gregory and the late conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, just to name a few. So, Trump’s go-to word is not just for women.

Our President repeatedly uses improper words. Yesterday, Trump had difficulty with the word “fatalities.” He mispronounced the word twice while saying, “99.95% of all “fatilities” are adults.” Think about that. 99.95%, is extremely close to 100%, and the fact that Trump’s statement wasn’t true is just as bad as his inability to utter the word correctly. I had to pour myself another cup of covfefe and watch the video.

But let’s get back to “nasty.” One of Donald Trump’s favorite words connotes a highly unpleasant, physically nauseating, olfactory sensation. In simple terms, the word can be used to describe a smelly person. It can also designate a mean, unpleasant, harmful person or thing. When an older person has an accident when walking, we say “it was a nasty fall.”  The word “nasty” can also mean a person has been behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way. Doesn’t all of this pretty much describe Trump’s daily output?

A Woman

Donald Trump’s putdown of Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris included not only the word “nasty,” but also “mean,” placing a delicious cherry on top of the insult. Trump often focuses on the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. It seems funny that the Republicans were so nervous about their members on the Judiciary Committee acting nasty and mean that they hired a woman to question another woman who was accusing the behavior of the nominated man. So, is it true that only a woman can get another woman to tell the truth in a man’s world?

I hate to break the news, but the demon who brewed Donald Trump in the cauldron of the 1940s added a heavy dose of misogynism, countless spoons of racism and a ton of denial to protect him from all the women and Black people who were either trying to get his money or take power from that little kid in Queens, New York. Even a surface look at how Trump dealt with the Central Park Five shows his racism. The way he’s treated women over the years demonstrates that he’s one, big, fat-assed chauvinist.

If we give him any more time in the White House, Trump will be grabbing all those nasty sluts by the pussy whenever he wants because he is famous and powerful. As for all the men out there, who grew up with strong mothers like I did, you can either sit there and condone or stand up for your mom and vote him the fuck out of office.

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THE RIGHT OVERSIGHT

Trump & Truman, Birds of a Feather?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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BIRX, FAUCI & REDFIELD SHOULD RESIGN

Confront Trump and Save American Lives

There comes a time when things get so bad one must decide a course of action for their own survival. This can happen when a woman in an abusive marriage walks out the door to save her life and assure the future for her children. Sometimes a man stays in an equally terrible relationship and must escape before some bad disaster takes place, such as a murder. Here in America we now face a life or death situation and it’s time for someone to do the right thing.

The President of the United States is saying all the wrong things, pushing lies and distractions and waging a sinister plan that fuels the COVID-19 flames. He’s killing people! Who can step up and make a difference with him? Someone who attended the first Coronavirus Task Force meeting in months leaked a terrible account of the President’s temperament on the pandemic. According to CNN, “As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the President, Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject. He started talking about something else.” There is no reason why anyone would make this up. Was it done to make the Donald change his tune? Assuming what was reported is true, then are we getting closer and closer to the 25th Amendment. Let’s review that potential cure for an ignorant and dangerous President.

From the Globe Gazette

The 25th deals with succession and other issues, but this paragraph should catch your attention: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Mike Pence is liked by many conservatives and evangelicals, but he has a deal with the devil and is so loyal to Donald Trump that he will lie to the American public to make Trump look good. There’s an paradox in that. Pence was so outraged when former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to him that he demanded Trump fire Flynn. In this administration, lying is judged more by the source of the lie rather than its content or lack of validity. So, don’t hold your breath that Pence could muster the balls or morality to suggest he be a replacement President. Remember, it would also take a legal majority of the cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office. The 25th Amendment also mentions Congress as a source for making the move to remove the President.

I’m fairly certain the House of Representatives could attain the votes to enact the 25th, but such a move would die in the Mitch McConnell Senate. So, we are left with a challenge and a problem. Trump’s continual misinformation and pressure on states to reopen schools will probably lead to more infection, more stress on the healthcare system and more death. He has no clue how to solve the problem but he certainly knows how to sugarcoat or dismiss it. He’s ignoring experts and, much worse, he’s poisoning the reasoning of million of Americans and they are doing things that are making this pandemic worse.

I remember the outrage and swift moves that took place during what was named the “Saturday Night Massacre” on the evening of October 20, 1973. On that night, President Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was conducting the legal investigation of the President’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Richardson refused and resigned immediately. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Bork carried out the dismissal but stayed on to “protect” the Justice Department. The Supreme Court made Nixon turn over tapes of White House conversations that proved he was involved in the break in of the Democrat’s office at the Watergate hotel complex and that he initiated a coverup and used the IRS to go after people he considered enemies. Real douchebag, eh?

The resignations and firing triggered an explosion that led to Nixon’s resignation. The President looked extremely guilty to the American public, and Congress turned against the 37th President and convinced him to leave office because they were about to impeach him. Of course, Trump will never resign even if Lindsey Graham came to the Oval Office with a picture of the Donald alongside naked Russian hookers, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

What might make a difference? Imagine Dr. Debra Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield calling a press conference and announcing that they were resigning because they can no longer work with, or trust Trump. Then the fireworks would begin.

One of three things would happen, 1. Trump would say he really didn’t know them that well and he was just thinking about getting rid of them anyway, because they gave him such bad advice, 2. Trump would bring in Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil (a man without a medical degree) to say that everything is fine, or 3. Trump would issue an executive order forcing all schools and states to immediately open. Lots of people would die and Donald John Trump would then cancel the election. Okay, maybe the doctors should stay on duty.

You might be thinking, gee, so negative and panicky, but if you just listen to the B.S. of our President you can imagine what I just said playing out. When you hear Trump say that children are immune to the virus and that is why all schools should OPEN NOW, understand that he’s fucking crazy. In a letter sent to parents and obtained by CNN, the head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Robert Kosasky, announced the K-12 school season will begin in early September with a virtual-learning-only plan. Ironically, Trump’s son Barron attends St. Andrew’s. I guess the sons and daughters of rich people need to be protected more than the millions of middle and lower-class kids in America. Trump is a demonic demigod who is ready and willing to sacrifice your kids to help his campaign. One could argue that Trump caused the death of Herman Cain, but there is no evidence to prove that. Still, he did reject the notion of mask wearing and Cain obeyed.

The sooner we all stop listening to Trump, the better off this country will be. I could say that he’s delusional, but that could be cured by a good doctor. If all the doctors walked away right now, our country would be in deep shit. And isn’t that why Vladimir Putin wanted Donald Trump to be president. He picked a real loser, and so did America.

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REPETITION IS NOT INTELLIGENCE

Trump’s fallback: “Through no fault of their own.”

When I had less than a pot to pee in, I still had my words. When I achieved a comfortable bank account, I still counted on my words to get me through each day. I have a firm repulsion when the blame-game gets in the way of finding a solution to a problem. We are all occasionally guilty of wasting time and energy on assigning blame or, said in polite terms, giving priority to “accountability” rather than understanding why something took place.

One of the justifications that Donald John Trump uses for helping people is a thin strip of logic using the words, “Through no fault of their own.” His meaning is the subject deserves something but can’t be personally blamed for what happened. I’m not a psychologist, but I sense the Donald is projecting a lack of blame for virus victims as a way of escaping blame for the situation we are in. He often accuses others of what he just did. He says the Democrats are being political, and in the same paragraph he becomes totally political and disingenuous. Donald, a paragraph is a distinct section of a piece of writing usually dealing with a single theme.

The phrase, “Through no fault of their own,” was also used by President Obama to describe the predicament of young children who were brought to America by their illegal, immigrant parents. It was Obama’s way to promote sympathy for the dreamers. He signed an executive order to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helped more than 800,000 young people and, through no fault of their own, many conservatives have been trying to end the program for years. Some of the dreamers have had children themselves by now.

We hear another ad hominem from many on capitol hill that if you give people unemployment compensation during the pandemic they will never want to go back to work. That is total BULLSHIT! First, where are the jobs they can go back to? WHY ARE THEY BLAMING THE VICTIMS? If you work at a movie theater, you aren’t staying home because you want to suck money from the government; your place of business is closed. There are also people trying to decide whether going back to work will lead to a COVID-19 infection that will kill them. Through no fault of their own, they care about staying alive.

When the numbers from two different reliable pollsters came in today, the news was not good for Trump. According to Rasmussen, only 26% of Americans say the US heading in right direction, and that was from the week ending on July 30, 2020. Other polls are backing up those numbers. Clearly, more than 70% of America thinks we are going in the wrong direction with our fight against the global pandemic.

Through no fault of their own, the press report facts and present questions that should be answered. Lying to the press, because of the ever-present ability to play back the actual words that were used just days, weeks or months ago, can not only embarrass a person in power but also drain their credibility on an issue. Many of us have now seen the brilliant interview of Donald Trump by Axios’ Jonathan Swan. When Swan confronted our President with the fact we have a large death count from coronavirus in the United States, this is what we got,

SWAN: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the US is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”

TRUMP: “You can’t do that.”

SWAN: “Why can’t I do that?”

TRUMP: “It is what it is. And we’ll still be lucky if we all live through it.”

This is the fucking President of the United States, throwing up his hands and ignoring reality to the point he cannot be trusted. But then, you already knew that.

There’s a lengthy list of the stupid things Trump has said. After his first hundred days in office, I documented many of them in my Trump impeachment book. If you have the paperback edition, check out the back cover. Added to that list are, “There are fine people on both sides,” and “I fell in love with Kim” (Kim Jong-Un of North Korea) and we should all remember what he said about COVID-19 on February 26, 2020, “This is a flu. This is like a flu. And you treat this like a flu. It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for.” Thirty-three days later, he took all that back and declared the coronavirus was not at all like the flu but “vicious!”  Wonder what changed his mind? People dying?

Through no fault but his own, Donald Trump fails to comprehend that his words have great power and influence. I think he doesn’t believe that anyone will remember the latest lie. He knows there are more than 156,000 dead Americans due to his administration’s lack of actions, plans and preventive measures, yet he insists that he and his minions have done a great job. The reason he repeatedly says that we are having a tremendous success fighting the virus is because he’s knows it’s not true. This might be a push, but does he become aroused sexually when he lies? Okay, yes, too far.

He says many things over and over and anyone who knows anything about media would tell him to just SHUT UP. The more he talks, the more he embarrasses himself and America. Through no fault but his own, he has given the other candidate lots of quotes to use IN CONTEXT in TV ads to lower his numbers. Buffoon is a word that comes to mind. Why would Donald Trump on national TV say the explosion in Lebanon was a “bomb” before anyone from that country determined that the blast was an accident? A good leader would have asked if anyone in the US is storing chemicals in large warehouses.

Fat Man in pickle

I remember a heated and bombastic interview on CBS’ Face The Nation with Stephen Miller, the head ideolog and xenophobe speech writer for Donald Trump, who used the words, “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” That’s much like a reporter asking Trump a reasonable, fact-based question and getting pushback with the reply, You can’t do that!” Where do these people get the idea that they cannot be challenged? If the president’s power to protect our country is so substantial, then why hasn’t he used it to save us from this pandemic? He doesn’t have a clue about what a president is supposed to do. It’s just a game to him. He’s the banker sitting at the monopoly board but not engaged with reality. He’s not responsible for our losses and remains solely focused on how to print more money. FAILED PRESIDENCY!

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TIK TOK, TIK TOK, TIK TOK

Don Quixote Takes on Chinese Windmill

Donald Trump thinks he knows technology, but he doesn’t know jack. According to John Bolton’s book, our President talks a good game about stopping China from invading our shores, but he’s a total failure with his actions. Remember when everyone, from 60 Minutes, through Marco Rubio to the heads of our tech companies, was warning the US that we should block the firm Huawei from doing business in the USA? As their website shows you they are here, and their introduction of 5G technology to our nation seems to be a fait accompli.

The first question we all should be asking is why the President of the United States would use access to our communication networks as a bargaining chip in a trade negotiation. If Trump honestly believes that a Chinese technology could hurt our security and privacy in any way, why would he let them in? Trump’s COVID “travel ban” allowed more than 50,000 people from infected countries to enter the USA. He always talks a good game, but he never delivers an effective follow through. Was the security issue with Huawei a hoax? If he takes back all his whiny complaints, I will ask Marco Rubio.

The clock is ticking, and Trump was talking trash Friday night with his tweet claiming that he will ban TikTok in the US with an executive order. Does he know that 100 million of us clicked into TikTok for entertainment during the pandemic? One of my favorites on TikTok is Sarah Cooper, who does a slam-dunk lip-sync parody of Donald Trump. Check out this link to see.

 

It didn’t take long for an article to be penned in Vogue magazine that claims Ms. Cooper is the real reason Trump wants to ban TikTok. Could that be true? The technical question is how would Trump ban an internet product? Would he demand that “the Internet” take one player down citing some sort of security issue? Who exactly oversees the Internet? Is it Al Gore? Maybe the Donald will call his “great friend” President Xi and find out how that country suspends the feeds of internet sites and services they don’t like. Trump is stupid and doesn’t realize any action to ban a website would be a violation of our First Amendment.

When Turkey banned YouTube and Facebook, savvy tech users signed up for a service to jump around the bans so they could access those services without President Erdoğan playing babysitter. Users can always find a way to get what they want, even when it’s a bit more complicated.

Sweaty President

Trump’s bluff was intended to kibosh the sale of TikTok by its Chinese owner to Microsoft. The last time I checked, Microsoft was an American company. Why does Trump work against our own companies? Oh, I almost forgot; he’ll work against anything if it advances his desires or interests.

Donald John Trump thinks he’s acting, in a “strongly” way, but nobody gives a toot about TikTok. Our country is focused on COVID, a hurricane coming to the east coast and getting their jobs back. Trump is beyond tone deaf; he’s blind and mentally retarded.

I am sure someone showed the Sarah Cooper video to the President and it probably made him go ballistic. Why? Because Sarah is simply lip-synching Trump’s exact words and they seem inane in the context of her “speaking” them. She IS making fun of Trump, but he doesn’t realize that most of what he says is STUPID! When hearing the playback of their recorded voice for the very first time most people say, “I don’t sound at all like that!” Of course, the recording is exactly how they sound. Cooper’s comedy is funny because you know those exact words came directly from Trump’s tiny pie-hole.

I love to see how newspapers and websites from all over the world cover our flailing, failing president. This headline was from the New India Express, “US ‘may be banning’ TikTok: Donald Trump on Chinese video app’s censorship concerns.” So, Donald Trump wants to censor a service because of concerns about its censorship? That’s beyond ironic; it’s moronic.

Here is another analysis that appeared, “TikTok’s fun, goofy videos and ease of use has made it immensely popular, and US tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat see it as a competitive threat.” REALLY? The Indian press thinks that Trump may be wanting a TikTok ban to help his pals at Facebook? Huh? Are you confused, yet? And I almost forgot, the TikTok kids were the ones who signed up for the Tulsa rally tickets and made Trump think millions and millions of people were coming. Grudge, hell yeah!

I’ll bet this whole mess will blow over by Monday with Hurricane Isaias moving up the east coast. By the way, if storms have names do they also have social security numbers and IP addresses? Seriously, millions of Americans are in the path of a hurricane and Trump is talking about TikTok. Well, there goes the teen mail-in vote.

I cannot say it any other way. Trump is lacking a BRAIN. He’s making this country less secure, less healthy and less GREAT. He’s a loser who lives in his own private Idaho, and I’ll now quote some lyrics from that famously wonderful song by the B52’s, “You’re living in your own Private Idaho, Keep off the path, beware of the gate, Watch out for signs that say ‘hidden driveways’ Don’t let the chlorine [hydroxychloroquine] in your eyes, Blind you to the awful surprise, That’s been waitin’ for you at the bottom of the bottomless blue, blue, blue pool.”

Okay, time to drain the pool. Microphone drop.

 

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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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WILLIAM BARR THE DOOR

Political Operative Ideolog A.G.

I respect most of the institutions of our government, but I never assume everyone nominated and confirmed to run those departments, commissions and agencies are honest or hold our citizens’ interests as a priority. Simply put, we have dishonest people in every walk of life, including government. It’s sad, but true.

When Donald John Trump was elected President, it wasn’t a great surprise that he nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General of the United States of America. Sessions was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and he became a central figure in his campaign. Mr. Sessions led to the administration bringing onboard Stephen Miller, the vile speech writer and immigration hardliner. As much as I do not like Sessions, when he was called upon to do the right thing, the legal thing, he recused himself from the Russian interference investigation.

BORED BILL

Trump lost it and bitched that he didn’t have an Attorney General to protect him from people who wanted to get at the truth. In Trumpean thought, the A.G. is supposed to be the President’s attorney, not the head of all law enforcement in America. That notion is clearly wrong. The White House has their own legal counsel who work with the President and the administration. The Department of Justice is supposed to be a fully independent part of the Executive Branch and work for equal justice under the law. So, Sessions hung on until the Donald found William Barr to be his shield against oversight.

How did Trump find his new A.G.? Barr applied for the job by writing a white paper sharing his belief in the “almost absolute” power of the Chief Executive. Of course, he was the perfect choice. There is no doubt that William Barr is a far-right ideolog who doesn’t see the difference between his political desires to protect his version of the republic and his responsibility to protect the America public from injustices, political tricks and the lies of President Trump. He judged and announced his view of the Mueller Report before we had a chance to see it. Who made him the Supreme Court or Chief Justice?

In his haste to please Trump, William Barr has trampled the First Amendment and caused many to distrust his department and the system. He is making things worse, not better, just as his orange boss does. The members of Congress, and especially those Senators who confirmed Barr, are complicit in his corrupt reign. Showing a long, cunningly edited video during the House Judiciary hearing was an over the top excess of propaganda.

I am highly irritated by William Barr because he never presents unbiased and apolitical viewpoints on law or the Executive Branch. I hate to say this because we have a lawyer in the family, but Barr comes off as a sleazy back office lawyer with his hand out, not so much for cash but for approval from those who agree with him. He’s not focused on ways to make things better. He never advises the President to use negotiation tactics. At every turn, Barr understands what Trump wants, spoken or unspoken, and proceeds to deliver the goods.

Barr is using the statistics of white and Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement as evidence that systemic racism is not part of police departments in America. This is Donald Trump’s position and now we hear Barr’s frog-like mouth spewing the same drivel. After being so confident there is no racism with police, he wraps those decrees with words about Tim Scott, the Black Senator of South Carolina, being pulled over by police in D.C. Isn’t that a glaring example of systemic racism?

“Operation Relentless Pursuit” is an anti-crime program which was started right before the coronavirus pandemic. According to Barr, that plan was brushed aside while the administration wielded their shoddy combat against the pandemic. The program was restarted under orders from Trump who named it “Operation Legend.” I have no idea what that means, but I am always skeptical of any domestic law enforcement effort that needs a name. They should be reserved for military actions abroad. The strange label is Orwellian phraseology to justify their unconstitutional acts.

William Barr thinks he is above the law because he is part of the Executive Branch. He can be arrested and tried for any crime, but here’s a question. Who would arrest him? The person who initiates prosecution is Barr himself. Yes, he could be impeached, but that has proven to be a partisan activity without any truth being presented. We must wait for an election.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

During the House hearing yesterday, Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020, while a US National Guard major testified in different House hearing that tear gas was used, and he knows it. He picked up the shells on the street that day. And when Representative Pramila Jayapal of Michigan challenged Barr on why white nationalist protesters in Michigan earlier this year did not face the same federal response as Black Live Matter protesters, Barr argued it’s a matter for governors. It was alarming to this observer that the Attorney General had no awareness of the threats of death and hanging of the state’s Governor during those protests, where right wing radicals were armed with automatic weaponry. The Justice Department sees the pro-Trump people as positive, while Black Lives Matter people are thought of as terrorists. Who is this man?

I have no respect for William Barr. I am sure that if he was the first Trump A.G. there would never have been the Mueller investigation or report. I’m also quite sure the facts of Russian interference during the 2016 election would have been swept under the rug. We live in a world where the only things that matter are Donald Trump’s priorities, and all that Trump cares about are those things that make him look good. There is no regard for what is best for our citizenry, and Barr is a parasite on the wounded body of American democracy, eating away at people’s rights.

I know that being the Attorney General is a tough job and the number of cases that person must oversee is outrageous. With thousands of pending decisions, the A.G. must keep a focus on the most important matters. Yes, the Attorney General should appear at Congressional hearings to explain to the American public what they are doing and how they are doing it. They also must justify questionable words and actions. When they lie under oath, they are breaking the law. We cannot have a deceitful Attorney General.

Barr will leave when Trump leaves and he will probably write a book that will show him as the big, fat, white-man hero riding a white horse, but he’s just another dirtball politician who shades, covers and lies to protect Donald Trump. It’s just another brick in the wall separating us all from truth and justice. Barr’s father gave us Jeffrey Epstein and he gave pardons to all the Iran-Contra criminals. We need to get serious about confirmation hearings. Barr should never have been confirmed. We need to STOP BAD GUYS from gaining power in America.

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

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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.”

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DEFUND THE WHITE HOUSE

We Must Stop the Deadly Trump Virus

It’s pretty bad when 64% of all Americans do not trust Donald Trump’s actions on the global pandemic. You don’t need a poll to know that Trump, and those who blindly follow him, are making things worse. The administration is decidedly out of focus and lacking competency to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, while the Democrats are licking their chops for the election of Joe Biden. The real problems are that 1. People are dying and 2. Millions of folks are not working. Let’s not sugarcoat this situation. The words people use have great power, but all too often that power is used to deceive or redirect rather than inform.

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis described the horrible surge of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and death as a, “…higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June,” he shows either a tremendous lack of verbal prowess or miscomprehension. A “blip” is an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend. I am going to get a bit pedantic here, but this proliferation was not “unexpected” because every doctor or expert worth his or her salt told him it was coming. It was not “minor.” The June 28, 2020 headline in the New York Times read: Florida’s Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary.’ Since the end of June, the state has gone from 8,000 to 11,000 new cases per day. This is neither minor nor a “temporary deviation,” and DeSantis’ miserable baby-Trump imitation is even aggravating Republican leaders in the state.

We don’t have to beat up Florida’s DeSantis, Georgia’s Kemp, Texas’ Abbott or Arizona’s Ducey, they aren’t the only misguided governors in America, they just happen to be getting all the negative press. Trump continually says they are good people and doing a great job. That statement rings so hollow that even deaf people can hear the lies, except in Florida, where Governor DeSantis has been sued for not providing an ASL interpreter to hand-sign at coronavirus briefings. How could he be so rude and uncaring?

It’s no great surprise that all the governors making things worse are white. They are in states that bragged about making the right moves with the COVID crisis and they are now all suffering from their collective stupidity. They are the same kind of dumbos that would have given Bernie Madoff all their money.

Donald Trump is digging a deep hole as he stumbles and bumbles through the pandemic. His silence about the virus and his refusal to follow the advice of the experts from the government health agencies we pay to keep us safe and informed will do him in. He’s trying to bury all the bad news so that he can live his life as the hero, but he cannot bring people back from the dead. Then there are those in Congress who suffer from abused child syndrome in Congress. They have a sick need to please their “daddy” and they are complicit in enabling a destroyer, ruining the healthcare system and killing people. They all must go.

The reason that Donald John Trump will never sign an executive order to mandate mask wearing in public is because he’s already decided it’s a stupid idea. When he saw the radical right protest against wearing masks, he seized an excuse for his inaction and rebuke. Snapping turtles have a similar same instinct, and any of them would make a terrible president. A snapping turtle, like Trump, would pull its head inside its shell to dispose of the danger. Because of Donald Trump’s words, actions and attitudes, fewer people have worn masks and more people have become infected. It’s why people from other countries are calling America STUPID! Those same people are also laughing at Trump. To them, he’s a giant-baby cartoon character and they spend thousands of dollars to create ugly hot air balloons in his likeness.

John Lewis

Trump has so much hate in his soul and the lack of empathy there was no surprise that more than twelve hours after the passing of Georgia Representative John Lewis the President of the United States had no reaction, no comment, no tweet. And then, finally when every former President had commented on Mr. Lewis and every news network pointed out that Trump was silent, Trump finally put out this Tweet, “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.” Almost written by someone unfamiliar with English, or the customs of Christianity. You might pray for the family, but you don’t send prayers to the person who has just passed. One might pray for his soul, but John is with God now, and doesn’t need any prayers from Donald and Melania.

John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement and he was a victim at the hands of the Alabama state police on bloody Sunday. If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, click here. Fourteen people were killed by the government and John Lewis had his skull fractured. God let him live, to help start a moment for voting and equal rights. He deserved more than a tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, endeavoring to pay tribute to Rep. Lewis, instead tweeted out a photo of him standing with Rep. Elijah Cummings, another African American leader who died last year. The error might be understandable, but unfortunately is another example of how some people see all Black people by the color of their skin rather than by quality of their character.

America’s problem of race relations stems from a terrible interface with police and the lack of policy and reform coming from the top. Trump cares more about the NRA and police unions and less about doing the right things. Who could have predicted that the #BlackLivesMatter movement would have had such a powerful second wave?

Trump painted himself into the corner with all the other racists and white supremacists when he over-positioned his disdain for NFL players taking a knee. He hammered a nail in his own coffin with the now famous line, “…there were good people on both sides.” He cannot and will not defend African Americans and he denies patriots like John McCain and John Lewis their rightful place in history. Trump is a petri dish of racism that he spreads to others. He’s a virus.

Let me quote Kanye West, “The President doesn’t care about Black people.” We should be ashamed of ourselves if the single outcome of George Floyd’s murder is news services deciding to capitalize the B in Black when it refers to race. I am absolutely and purposefully calling Donald Trump a racist because he is. Thank you, Mary Trump!

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.