THE WORST DEAL EVER

More Posturing Than Progress

Here’s twist of logic that has become the go-to harangue when Trump loses, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” Yes, Donald J. Trump has lost many battles while being the president. He never apologizes but certainly takes time to justify his actions when things go wrong. In most cases he over-talks and shows his real intent with poorly constructed sentences saturated in doubt.

Over the weekend we learned more from leaked cables sent to the UK government by the former United Kingdom ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch. He said the Trump administration was, “set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism,” in its decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. He further opined that President Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to “spite” predecessor Barack Obama. I personally wonder why Donald J. Trump hates Obama so much. Could the President be a racist?

So, the deal that Trump railed against with Iran, which was signed by China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, had no value to Trump other than something he could erase from the list of Obama accomplishments. The pact provided a way to see if Iran was enriching uranium, but Donald never believes the reports he doesn’t read. And all the money he kept referring to during his scream-filled speeches, was money we took from Iran during the sanctions. We were lawfully obligated to give that money back, with interest.

When we pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal), we unilaterally paved the way for Iran to do whatever they wanted. Trump not only failed the American people, but he failed those other countries that believed the JCPA could bring some stability to the region. Trump’s action made things worse.

When Trump receives criticism for his exploits, he dishes up the same red meat that his “base” loves in an attempt to get all the world to believe him. It’s not working. Not only did the UK Ambassador see through Trump, but the whole world is laughing at the fool in the White House.

When Alexander Acosta resigned from his job as Secretary of Labor, Trump brought him out on the lawn to shout at the press over a whining helicopter in a vain attempt to justify his departure. The president expressed regret over Acosta’s decision saying Acosta was a “great labor secretary” and reassured the secretary with “you don’t have to do this.” Trump made it clear that it was Acosta’s decision and not his own. Really? If he’s great at his job and Trump liked him, why would he leave? He left because Trump knows much more that most about the Jeffrey Epstein case, and in his small little mind he believes this will make it all go away. Trump fears being drawn into his own past.

Trump walked away from NAFTA and made Mexico and Canada, our most important trading partners, very uncomfortable with our government. Through the fog and insanity of Trump, the three countries did manage to get a new deal, the USMCA trade agreement. Time will tell if much was gained with this new concept, but Trump’s imaginary problems with NAFTA was more campaign rhetoric than actual crisis. It’s ironic that after the USMCA passes the trade numbers between the countries may be about the same.

One can argue that the damage of NAFTA, or any older trade deal, has already been done because the American work force was never retrained to maximize the global economy. Pittsburgh didn’t die when the steel mills closed, but the hefty union wages disappeared. But then, cheap goods and free trade were hallmarks of the Republican party, so assign blame to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes in addition to the Democrats.

When Trump loses an argument or a deal, he calmly says “we didn’t have to do this.” We didn’t need to shut down the government to work on the budget for border security, but he did, and Americans suffered. We didn’t need to get rid of Alex Acosta, but his resignation was accepted. You see the pattern here? It would be more believable if Trump didn’t pontificate so much. We overdose on today’s lie, only to hear him rescind his entire premise. It’s a dizzy ping-pong game.

Over the weekend, Trump blasted out some extremely racist tweets against women in color in Congress. Rather than back him up, one official source of the White House said it never happened. WTF? Trump by Monday was telling anyone who doesn’t like America to go back to “their country.” Not sure why I would want to go back to Scotland, after all, my family has been here for more than 320 years. And what would he say to a native American?

Trump has no new Paris Accord. Trump has nothing signed with North Korea. Trump has no trade deal with China. Trump hasn’t replaced NAFTA with an amazing agreement that will make us all rich. Trump gives away money to farmers who are suffering because he’s a piss-poor negotiator, and he hasn’t made things better for the future farmers of America. It just might be the time for everyone to ask, “Are we really better off than we were four years ago?”

I’m sick of Donald Trump and his family. I’m sick of the President’s stupid statements and lies. I’m sick of hearing him coddle his base. And by the way, WHO IS HIS BASE? You don’t lose more than 100 people in an administration without realization that the problem is at the top. The fish rots from the head, and the head of our head of government is a lame-ass liar.

Each Day This Book Is Making More Sense

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


INSANE ASYLUM LAWS

Trump Lack of Knowledge Shows

The more President Trump talks, the more he reveals his abysmal lack of knowledge about laws, customs, traditions and the agreements our country has stood behind for more than 70 years. In short, he truly believes that if he doesn’t know what something does, it must be wrong. Because of his bully pulpit stance and the American public’s lack of understanding about International Law, Trump is pushing the masses to adopt his opinions. This might not be a good thing to say, but you cannot make an out-of-work victim of the global economy read a book.

Let’s talk about the term “asylum.” The pun in the headline of this piece harkens back to my childhood, when the term “insane asylums” was used in the newspaper, on TV and in comedy routines. Some synonyms were, mental institution, mental home, mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, crazy house, cuckoo’s nest, funny farm, loony bin, madhouse, nuthouse, sanatorium and snake pit. These derogatory terms helped shape the word “asylum” for us growing up in the 1950s.

But the real meaning of the word is more important. An asylum seeker is a person who flees their home country, enters another country and applies for asylum, a request for international protection. An asylum seeker is a type of migrant who may be a refugee or a displaced person but is not one who enters another country for economic benefit.

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According to the website Immigration Equality, “U.S. asylum law is derived from international agreements written after World War II which provide protection to people fearing or fleeing from persecution. The first agreement, the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, was drafted by the United Nations in response to the large migrations of people in the aftermath of the Second World War.”

In order to bring US law into compliance with its obligations under the UN Protocol, the United States enacted the Refugee Act of 1980. It adopted essentially the same definition of refugee as set forth by the Convention. A person with a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is encouraged to apply for asylum in any country that signed the treaty. We are one of those countries.

Trump either doesn’t know these obligations exist, or he simply doesn’t care about these agreements. Contemporary complications have arisen because the process has become jammed up with so many people claiming “persecution.” Our judicial system is inadequate and unable to process the abundant claims. This is not Donald Trump’s problem. It’s been present for years and the non-solution of previous administrations was camouflaged by lack of transparency and the fact that some did not see this influx of migrants as a problem. Donald Trump cannot present a creative solution because he’s so vocal and afraid of the far-right. He thinks that we just needed to get “tougher“ to make it all go away. He’s an idiot.

Donald Trump is obsessed with immigrants and people who he claims do not belong here. Ironically, his relatives were Drumpfs. In the 1600s they changed their names to Trump, which in German means drum. Not only were his family immigrants from Europe, Donald’s mother, Mary, was a McLeod from Scotland. And Melania, his immigrant wife, brought her parents to America using the loophole that our President likes to call, “Chain Migration.” Their house is literally filled with immigrants

Trump can beat his drum about how bad things are at the southern border, but he is missing the fact that, according to The Center for Migration Studies of New York, “…from 2016-2017, people who overstayed their visas accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally.” Trump is clueless about the difference between “asylum seekers” and those who just visit here then stay. He thinks asylum seekers are liars, while those who pay for an airplane ticket are okay?

Trump screams at his rallies that the problem at the border could be fixed if the Democrats would just change the asylum laws. The Democrats don’t have the will or power to change an International treaty. One would have to go to the UN and propose changes to the 1969 accord, or the president of the US could just invalidate the treaty. He probably doesn’t even know this. The US agreed to take care of asylum seekers, and this is a good idea. If we don’t have the will or desire to go into these “shithole” countries to fix their major human rights problems, then we should just shut up and keep the asylum rules the way they are.

America is an ideal, not necessary a set of rules and regulations. The failed agreements after WWI taught us that bad things can follow. Ask the families of almost six million Jews who were killed by Hitler. That was almost 60% of the Jewish population of Europe. If only they could have sought asylum somewhere.

Donald Trump shames the United States every day and he’s not worthy of being President. He’s spreads lies, hurts human beings and plays games with his power. It’s too bad that we cannot get rid of him sooner. Maybe he will end up in an insane asylum when he realizes, most of America truly dislikes him and clearly hates his policies.

Each Day This Book Is Making More Sense

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


FAILED VETTING PROCESS

Congressional Confirmation Process Broken

We should be able to trust that our congressional representatives will keep bad people from becoming decision makers in our government. Donald Trump’s actions and appointees have exposed the weakness in the system. It’s time to take a hard look at how people are nominated and how the confirmation process works.

Trump bombastically promised that he would hire only the best people. He said that he would employ extreme vetting in not only those he wanted in his cabinet, but those who would be allowed to participate in the governing of our great nation. In the less than three years President Trump has been in office, more than one hundred people have left his administration. Most embarrassingly, there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to those who have left Trump behind.

On the morning news, we learned the fate of the UK Ambassador to the US, Sir Nigel Kim Darroch. He has resigned in light of leaked classified documents in which he called the Trump administration “inept,” and described Donald Trump as “insecure” and “incompetent.” Obviously, Trump had to “punch back,” as he calls it. But his rambling rants on Twitter were not only less than diplomatic, they proved Darroch’s point. In his resignation, Sir Kim said, “The professionalism and integrity of the British civil service is the envy of the world. I will leave it full of confidence that its values remain in safe hands.”

Donald J. Trump has no integrity. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles is not part of Trump’s fiber. Being pals with Putin, Xi and Kim Jong-Un degrades the office of President. Letting Saudi Arabia murder a journalist with no consequences clearly shows how Trump is a compromised, corrupt politician. Keeping a sleezy Secretary of Labor on his team after learning about his conduct in Jeffrey Epstein’s case of sex trafficking in Florida and New York is just another brick in Trump’s wall of insecurity, amoral behavior and lack of patriotic grounding in law.

We don’t get to vet the President of the United States. People vote and sometimes the system gives us a turd. Richard Nixon was fecal matter of the highest order. Trump is just today’s version of the kind of tragic mistakes possible in our imperfect experiment of Democracy. But unlike happenings in the lands of kings, tyrants and dictators, we can fix this blunder.

The misery and distress arising from the lack of teeth in Congress becomes more insidious every week. Maybe the people in our two houses of government are too old and afraid to use their political power to bite down hard on those the President sends for confirmation? Maybe it’s time for more young, aggressive representatives to push candidates for important roles hard up against the wall of scrutiny?

The lack of incisive questioning on Alexander Acosta’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein plea deal is proof that this system is broken. Acosta should have never been approved. We saw a similar lack of proper process in the Bret Kavanaugh hearings.

Listen up congressional people! I get the idea that when “your” president sends someone up to the hill for confirmation, you are to do your “duty” to protect the person from real scrutiny and vetting; but it’s wrong and must stop. When the votes are counted, your decision to confirm a person can become a giant stain on your reputation. Many of the more than one hundred people who have left the White House were never examined as part of Congressional oversight. Some were just hired hands who couldn’t pass FBI security checks, yet they landed in positions with major responsibilities. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have no business occupying their positions in this administration, but no one is holding Trump’s little hands to the fire.

I know businesses that do more vetting and review of potential employees than this administration does. And it’s not just Congress’ fault. The free press must do its job and dig into these lies and lives and reveal the truth about them. Had the Julie K. Brown article about Epstein in the Miami Herald appeared a day before his confirmation hearing, Acosta would have never been confirmed. After all, the damn Department of Labor oversees investigations into human trafficking, the very charge Acosta let Epstein worm his way out of, producing one big fat sloppy happy ending for the billionaire.

Is Congress brain dead or do they not have the intellect or courage to investigate what is right before their very eyes? I was impressed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ questioning of Michael Cohen during a recent hearing. She asked him if Trump was inflating the value of his properties to garner large loans and deflating the value of his enterprises to the IRS for a better tax deal. Good question? Yes! Republicans on the same panel were fixated on reminding us that Cohen is a known liar rather than calling on the IRS to investigate Trump and his companies about tax and loan fraud. This may end up being litigated after Trump leaves office, but it shows exactly where the two-party system disrupts the important work of oversight. It’s why we must wait so long for bad apples to be plucked from a government we should be able to trust.

This system has been weakened by time and partisan politics. It’s time we elect some straight shooters to upend the apple cart so we can see all the rotting fruit. Trump’s message to drain the swamp was successful because most people believe it’s a needed effort. Sadly, Trump didn’t help the situation. His appointments and hires have been and will continue to be purely political. He even placed people into departments or administrative bodies after they claimed they thought those roles should be eliminated. The ignorance of one man has weakened this nation.

If the result of disruption, is the rebuilding and restocking of a government with better people, then one can justify stirring the pot. But what Trump has rendered is nothing short of letting the fox run the hen house. After all the hens have been eaten, and all the foxes leave for the greener pastures of private practice, what will we have left in our government? It’s become a place where talented and gifted people no longer want to belong. Trump has fucked up the law, the environment, diplomatic relations with allies and, tragically, has made America a meaner, more divided populace. Congress needs to get its act together and throw the bums out, especially the douchebags in their own chamber.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


IMAGINARY TOY SOLDIERS

When Do We Get a Real President?

Donald Trump can be an endearing little child, or to some, a spoiled brat. He seems to always be in conflict. Most observers are asked to take a side in whatever he spouts from his little round mouth. Why is that? Why does this man constantly incite argument and controversy? It wastes our time and energy.

At age 13, Trump was sent away to attend a private boarding school, the New York Military Academy. He was taught that men in uniforms were something special. According to the New York Times, Trump said “his five years at N.Y.M.A. matured him after rowdy behavior at a prep school in Queens, and that the experience left him feeling ‘that I was in the military.’” The school closed its doors in 2015, thus ending 126 years of straightening out young boys and building “great” men.

The comment that Trump thought he was in the military is symptomatic of the way he thinks about many things. He said that AIDS was his Vietnam, meaning that the chance of contracting HIV was like being shot in a foreign land. Trump avoided military service via several deferments based on alleged bone spurs in his feet. No one has ever seen x-rays that prove this malady.

Dreaming can be powerful, but there is no value in exaggeration, especially when we have a vital and keen free press. Our news services can quickly find the answers to any lie or misinformed statement. Mere seconds after Trump’s 4th of July speech at the Washington Monument, the press pointed out  that the Revolutionary Army did not take over airports (airplanes had not been invented yet) and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner was not associated with the Revolutionary War but rather the War of 1812. Trump doesn’t write his speeches. Someone else does and he’ll blame them.

Isn’t it ironic that Trump made the Pentagon ship in tanks from all over the country to sit between him and the people at the National Mall in DC, but hurricane fencing was put up around these powerful military machines? Really? Why couldn’t people touch them? They aren’t museum pieces; they are working war machines.

Trump’s obsession with the military not only forced billions of dollars into the budgets of our armed forces, but in a third-world kind of gesture of power he appointed Generals to many positions in his administration. Generals Flynn, Mattis, McMaster and Kelly were major appointments at the beginning of this White House. One of the great quotes came from Claire McCaskill, Democratic senator from Missouri, when speaking about Donald Trump’s cabinet. She said, “I call it the three ‘G’ Cabinet: Goldman, generals and gazillionaires.” But with Trump, don’t blink. The Goldman guy, Cohen, gone. All four Generals, gone. Only the rich people, Ross, de Vos and Mnuchin are still working for Trump. But even after dismissing the Generals, Trump has never lessoned his love affair with the power of being Commander in Chief. We should all mail him some plastic toy soldiers.

The hijacking of the 4th of July celebration at the National Mall was another example of Donald Trump spending money on what he wants without a sober vision of the blowback about the waste. He’s cheating the system in many ways, including the violation of the Emoluments Act, by using his position to increase his personal wealth. He never gave up ownership of his properties, and that should not have been allowed.

The military was put under the power of the president by America’s founders because the first guy to become president was a General. They knew that George Washington had a deep understanding about the workings of the military. Another brilliant move was giving Congress the power of the purse. By letter of the law, the President of the United States doesn’t control the allocation and spending of money. The military cannot run without money, but our Chief Executive has too much leeway in waging wars. The vague language that gives the president the ability to order actions based on their opinion that a conflict could harm our troops needs to be defined much more clearly.

With Mother Earth shaking California and raining on Trump’s parade in Washington, it’s apparent that considerations about climate change, rain, fires, floods and the cost of doing business need more reality. Why are we spending money for a Trump party when there are citizens really needing help?

The longer Trump lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the more we realize that his bullshit, fibs, lies and conspiracy theories are hurting the US standing in the world. They laughed at the Donald at the UN, and we can only imagine what they say about him during their private conversations. We will learn more when they write their autobiographies, but for now, we know that Trump is NOT respected by our allies. And those who do not have America’s back, Xi, Putin and Kim, are playing this fool for everything they can get. Trump appears so naïve around these guys, it’s truly SAD!

The risky aspect of Trump’s narcissism and his bullying ways is that no one will tell him the truth. His advisors speak only the words he wants to hear. He keeps Peter Navarro around because he repeats what Trump says, over and over. Trump says the same things so many times that he believes his own lies. By firing strong players with informed views, Trump stacks the deck with ass kissing lackies who just say YES to whatever he suggests. I have a feeling that no one ever said to Trump in the Oval Office, “You’re full of shit!” which just might be what the doctor ordered.

Even after a Supreme Court ruling on the Census citizenship question, the Commerce and Justice Departments declined to press the issue. Trump then flip-flopped and had them rescind the settlement. This president continually sets up the potential of a Constitutional crisis because he prefers chaos over clarity. To Donald Trump, being right is more important than the truth. The man believes that if he can imagine something, he can order it, and we should all agree and do it.

He’s not often right, and that’s a fact. He’s improperly handling international trade issues, as time will prove without a shadow of a doubt. I have my uncertainties that Trump can ever be a fit President. I see him eventually melting into a pile of oversized politician-like clothing on the ground. All the good witches and evil witches will be laughing when it’s over, and then the country can get back to reality.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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

 


TRUMP BIGGEST LIE EXPOSED

The Implication of the Opposite

I have written over 200,000 words about Donald Trump and his presidency. Above all else, I have attempted to show the truth and the facts. Both seem to elude the 45th President of the United States. If you ask yourself why Donald Trump lies so much, well that appears to be part of his inner wiring. Some might call it pathological.

To quote healthline.com, “A pathological liar is someone who lies compulsively. While there appears to be many possible causes for pathological lying, it’s not yet entirely understood why someone would lie this way. Compulsive lying is also a known trait of some personality disorders, such as antisocial personality disorder.” For purposes of this discussion, let’s assume Donald Trump has antisocial personality disorder. What is that?

Psychology Today provides the answer, “Antisocial personality disorder describes an ingrained pattern of behavior in which individuals consistently disregard and violate the rights of others around them.” Most people with personality disorders deviate noticeably from the expectations of the individual’s culture. They are pervasive and inflexible. The affliction has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood.

So, who enabled Donald to lie as a young boy? Could it have been his mother or father? For someone who talks as much as Donald Trump, it’s rather curious how little he speaks about his mother. A mental health professional would surely probe that area of the Donald’s brain.

Violating the rights of others seems to be Trump’s norm. He doesn’t listen very much. He just blasts his points, even when they don’t connect with the question or subject matter at hand. During a recent exchange with a reporter, Trump said, “I don’t care what people think about me.” And there it was, right on TV, hardly reported but nonetheless the BIGGEST LIE this man has ever told.

There is no logical explanation for most of what Trump says. When he talks about homelessness in America becoming a problem only in the last two years, one wants to ask, “What fucking country do you live in, Mr. President?” Where does he get this stuff? Some people think that he just watches Fox News and then parrots their points to the world through his statements and tweets. But if you look closely, you will see that Fox is more an amplifier of Trump’s unsubstantiated speculations and fake news. He is a walking conspiracy theory.

I have adopted a filter for my brain. If Trump says something is “fake news,” I assume it’s the truth. If he accuses someone of something, I automatically suppose he is telling a lie. This is not a healthy way to view a president. When he says that Hispanics really love what he is doing at the border, I cannot even believe that he would assert such a falsehood. The facts are clear. For example, check the findings of a recent poll of Latinos in four states conducted by Telemundo and Maxon-Dixon Strategies Inc. In California, 66 percent said they would not vote to reelect him. In Texas, it was 69 percent and in New York City, 73 percent. The number was even lower in Florida, at 56 percent. So, where is Trump getting his facts? He just says whatever he thinks will help him. He lies and feels no need to prove the truth of his words. He doesn’t care about lies, but he certainly cares about what people think of him.

Caring too much about how people feel about him is Trump’s #1 weakness as a president. He’s seeking so much love from Putin, Xi and Kim that he will never be able to confront them on any matter, even our security needs, and he will never be successful in negotiating a long-term pact with any of them. A Washington Post article written by Anne Gearan, Robert Costa and David J. Lynch makes a very good point: when the door is closed, Trump is more pleasant and not like his vitriol filled tweets. When he doesn’t get what he wants, he just says, “I am in no rush to get it done.” It’s a transparent attempt to make it look like he’s gotten something, He didn’t have the fastball to accomplish the goals, and his fear of failure motivates more lies.

If most of what he says is not true and he lives in this highly polarized bubble, how could Donald Trump ever expect to get what he wants? It’s like the story about the boy who cried wolf, or on a more personal level, the 1939 Disney cartoon Little Toot, where the personified tug boat is asked in the melody of the song, “Won’t you ever grow up Little Toot?” Trump has played so many tricks and lied so often that when he speaks about something significant, no one believes him.

Donald Trump, the father, has taught his children through example that lying, fabrication and dodging the truth is the path to success. What a terrible lesson! We know why people are meaner and more vocal about things since he was elected. The children of America, no matter what age, are looking to their father figure in the White House for guidance. The net result is people have become downright obnoxious, with the emphasis on noxious.

America is bigger than politics and parties. This is our home and we must find a way back to normalcy. Trump cares so much about what people think about him it should be part of his risk assessment. It’s a threat to our well-being and security that Trump will give things away just be loved. He wants to be seduced by the Saudis, he desires to be prized by Putin and he longs to be adored by Kim Jong-Un. Why?

Could this whole mess of a person really be summed up in mental health terms? Remember the words, “individuals consistently disregard and violate the rights of others around them.”  Perhaps, Donald J. Trump admires people with the same disorder. Maybe he feels a bond with people who treat others poorly. If that is true, we are doomed if he gets reelected. It’s almost like he wakes every morning asking, “Who can I piss off today?” rather than pondering, “How can I make America better today?”

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


OLD WAYS VS. NEW IDEAS

The Real Democratic Challenge

There’s something happening here; what it is, is exactly clear. The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is concerned only with personal wins and his appearance of strength and power. Rather than focusing on what is best for the country and providing progress for the planet, he lives in a photo-op world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin kills people who write or say negative things about him. It’s quite likely that 21 journalists have been killed since Putin came to power in March of 2000. Kim Jong-Un’s regime arrested, incarcerated and killed American Otto Warmbier because he allegedly removed a political poster from a wall. North Korea has executed more than a dozen of Kim’s rivals, including his half-brother.

Saudi Arabia has slain more than 500 people in the last three years, and every investigation has linked the country’s Crown Prince to the extrajudicial execution of a Washington Post journalist. The CNN headline stated, “Trump says he is ‘extremely angry’ about Khashoggi murder but defends MBS relationship.” The beat goes on and Trump’s transactional personality will not let him challenge countries on human rights and injustices. He simply doesn’t care.

Taking Trump at his word, it’s clear that he feels more comfortable with dictators than allies. He speaks the language of a mobster and has an affinity for those who solve political problems with murder and oppression. If you think the Donald’s equivocations and nonconfrontation of the evil in the world with his throwaway line of “everybody does it,” then you are complicit. When will the evangelicals, moderate republicans and thinking democrats step up and restate the meaning of morality? Trump has desecrated American values both at home and abroad.

Watching twenty Democrats duke it out on stage at the debates last week made it apparent how the great number of candidates has made the process unwieldy, but something popped into my brain that revealed the true challenge. The Democratic party must cope with OLD WAYS vs. NEW IDEAS and stop the personalities from getting in the way of resolving issues.

Our founders used clear logic when they decided that a member of the House of Representatives had to be 25 years or older and a Senator had to be at least 30 years of age. They carried through with the rule that a President must be an American born person of 35 years of age or older. Of note, they never adopted a retirement restriction as some states have for judges. So, was it the idea of maturity that moved the framers to say age matters?

Let’s state some facts here. If elected to a second term, Donald Trump will be 74 years old. Joe Biden would be 77 years old if elected president and Bernie Sanders would be 78 if he won. On inaugural day 2020, Nancy Pelosi will be 80.

Donald Trump isn’t a bad president because he’s old. He’s simply a bad person and thus a horrible president. He’s a divisive hater and pathological liar. Age will never be an accurate determinant of quality of leadership. We learn this lesson every day.

There is evidence that the old ways of doing business gets things done in Congress. When former Vice President Joe Biden was attempting to express his political agility, he was accused of befriending racists. Biden had a horrible night on the debate stage when Senator Kalama Harris confronted his old record on school busing. The “new ways” are about more than busing and racial equality, but this is the price of politics. The old expression of eating its young doesn’t apply. This is more about the young casting out its old.

Some of the newly elected members of the House and presidential contenders are pushing a left-leaning, progressive agenda. Trump will use this against any Democrat running for President. He will paint them as leftist, socialistic and radical. Being the revisionist trying to bring back the past, Trump risks alienating younger voters who didn’t live through the cold war. The conservatives, evangelicals and power-hungry Republicans want to move the whole country back to the 1950s, while young Americans feel that they are owed something.

How do we progress as a nation? When state laws take away things like women’s reproductive rights, those under 35 years of age will see it as the OLD people dictating to the next generation. This glaring gap between right and left is growing. Moderates are silent for now, but they will have to take a side soon. An election is coming.

In a perverted, mind-blowing way, Republicans hail Trump as a change maker. A person who doesn’t do predictable things and is not a typical politician makes them feel good, even when it hurts them personally. As the farmer who got screwed with tons of soybeans that no one wants to buy because of tariffs, could they move their vote to a moderate, Midwest, positive Democrat?

Democrats would be wise to position Trump as old fashioned and wrong on healthcare, instead of bleating layered, detailed plans that dim the common man. The wealth gap is real, but those who are hurt from an unbalanced economy need reasons why the new ways are better than the old. Currently, the polls would have you believe that most Americans don’t want a second Trump term but many people, no matter what party, aren’t yet sure who will get their vote.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


SYMBOLISM & THE SUPREME COURT

Trump’s Weaknesses Revealed Again

America is changing because of Donald Trump and the arduous journey back to normality will take years. I have long believed that Trump’s words and actions do not reflect his hardcore values. They’re just tools to get the job. He’s far more interested in winning than solving the problems of real people.

This brings us to the Supreme Court, which should be an apolitical body that interprets the Constitution and applies same to decisions which move the country forward. Everyone says the Supreme Court doesn’t write law, but that is bullshit. Its legally binding decisions are based on the religious indoctrination and political bias of its justices. Sorry, but that’s the truth. How can they possibly know what the founding fathers thought or meant, when much of today’s practices, terminology and language didn’t even exist back then?

In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court decided that a 40-foot, World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland can stand. According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, “The case began as a lawsuit by three people who live near the cross and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, which includes atheists and agnostics. They argued that the memorial should be moved to private property or modified into a nonreligious monument such as a slab or obelisk.”

Now I know that this “important” decision hammers the First Amendment with the same tool that would have been used to chisel that cross into a slab, but reasonable minds get the point. Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.” That seems logical, but the Supreme Court is full of Catholics and Maryland is a state that has harbored both boats and Catholics for centuries. For the record, six of the Justices were raised Catholic and three came from Jewish homes. Perhaps you might want to reconsider if you believe they are free of their backgrounds and upbringings.

A chapter in my new book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, describes what one sees as they travel our American highways. People are killed by the thousands each year on our roads. Almost 40,000 people die on our motorways each year, and memorial flags and crosses go up all the time. I feel they are more of a distraction and less things that should be protected.

Maybe I am being harsh on the cross, but I suggest that an Islamic edifice on the same land would not only be defaced but the Supreme Court would order its removal. Are Trump’s picks pushing religion?

They will argue that a monument holding words of a religion casts a greater shadow than a symbol alone. They will argue that crosses, which mark the graves of American soldiers, became a symbol closely linked to war. But shouldn’t the star of David, the symbol of Judaism, have equal standing and be added to the memorial? And what about an Islamic symbol, as well?

The Supreme Court had to decide if that monument should be taken down. It’s somewhat strange that their decision devalued the symbol of Christ. They are saying that the symbology of a cross is so widely used it cannot possibly offend. If this was a trademark case, the plaintiff would be up in arms. What will they do when a Swastika is erected on public land? Most people don’t know that symbol originated in the Hindu religion, although Hitler graphically flipped its perspective.

I get it. The court was dealing with only one cross and one lawsuit, but they have now paved the way for Christianity to gain more power over other religions in the US. They have said that the cross is not firmly linked to a religion. Oh, how they offend the Christians of the world. Will we now see more crosses on public lands?

The Supreme Court will never take off their robes and appear in court wearing T-shirts and jeans. They will never abandon their symbolism. Robes impart a sense of religious symbolism, like a church choir. The decorum of the court is paramount in maintaining law and order. Symbolism works where important decisions are made. Just like banning cameras from their court, the formal propriety of dress sends a message to those who must argue before them.

The Supreme Court will be tested again on the separation of church and state. I don’t understand why we have “In God We Trust” inscribed on our money. Why not put a giant cross on the new $20 bill? Why not say a prayer before every session of Congress? Oh wait, they already do that. You see, despite Thomas Jefferson’s thinking that it would be a good idea to keep God out of government, no one seems to know just how to do that.

The symbolism of racism, civil war, hate, white nationalism, the KKK, confederate flags and neo-Nazis are far greater threats to our freedoms than a cross on the side of the road in Maryland. If the Supreme Court decided to outlaw symbolisms of hate, they would be challenged by those factions using them. The bottom line is this. The Supreme Court has imposed their value system on us by deciding the presence or absence of blatant religious messaging in a symbol. Who gave them that power? The Constitution doesn’t support such a responsibility. Is it time to revisit, and perhaps restrict, the power of the Supreme Court?

A good President would try to balance the court. Along with consideration of the political leanings of candidate judges, shouldn’t their religious affiliations be examined as well? Why not have a Protestant on the court? How about an atheist? What about finding a judge who is gay or transgendered? You see, knowing how a prospective justice will rule on a woman’s right to choose is only one of many litmus tests that should be applied. If the Supreme Court cannot be unbiased, it should at least be balanced. The justices need to adjudicate things for what they are, not for what they want or imagine them to be.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION WAR

War Crimes & Criminals

Ask yourself this; who is Iran’s main ally? It’s Russia. And with Trump’s curious desire to be friends with Putin he will surely be tested by rising tensions in the Middle East. When Trump had problems with Syria and ISIS, he turned to Saudi Arabia to act as our broker in the region. When the final body count is in, Trump will be guilty of letting criminals reign, endorsing war crimes and the propping up ideologs who see war as conversation.

The new United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s paper on the unlawful murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, downloadable here: [un report], clearly shows President Trump’s reluctance to place the blame on the Saudi Crown Prince. In a sense, Donald Trump is guilty of aiding and abetting. Under US law, this criminal action is part of Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22).

Trump haters need not get excited. Prosecution against any person under this section may not be instituted without the written approval of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or an Assistant Attorney General. Knowing that William Barr is not a real A.G. but rather a P.O. (Political Operative), Trump will not be brought into court. The Justice Department could bring charges against the Crown Prince and name Donald Trump and Kushner as accomplices, but that could only be done if Turkey would refuse to bring charges there.

Trump abandoned a multi-nation agreement with Iran to curtail their nuclear ambitions. Candidate Donald blathered that the Iran Nuclear Deal was the worst ever, along with the NAFTA agreement, the Paris Accord, and everything else the Obama administration achieved over eight years.

Tension in the Persian Gulf has been amplified by Trump’s rhetoric and actions. Could it be that Trump was amped up by his awkward sword dance in Saudi Arabia? Jared Kushner’s buddy, Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), got exactly what he wanted with both Iran and their war in Yemen, plus major arms sales to his kingdom. Congress voted against our involvement in Yemen, but Trump vetoed that bill proving that he is protecting the royal house of Saudi, not America.

Iran and the Russians view most of what happens in the world through religious or self-determination lenses and they share a common connection to oil and energy profit-taking. Trump and his ideologs need to comprehend that the more they push Iran to the brink of war, the more they will have to rely on Russia to intercede. It’s a fundamental theme of what can loosely be called the Trump doctrine, getting someone else to do the dirty work. But this one is more complex than just sending love letters to Kim Jong-Un or blasting out eight tweets before the sun rises.

The Saudi’s view Iran first as a competitor for the oil market, but also see them as a religious pothole that was created in 632 A.D., when Mohammed died without a clear successor. Iran is a Shia nation, while Saudi Arabia, since 1744, has been aligned with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement. This strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam perceives Iran’s Shiite majority as their natural enemy.

By aligning himself with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Trump has taken sides with the Sunnis. According to the BBC, “Shia make up roughly 10% of all Muslims, and globally their population is estimated between 154 to 200 million.” Their source was Pew Research. Sunnis comprise 85 to 90 percent of all Muslims, totaling 1.6 billion people. So, Trump’s alignment with the religious majority has geo-political implications that are far more complicated than his baby brain can comprehend.

During the formation of our country, we hooked up with French money to defeat the Brits. Then, a few years later, their revolution cut off the king’s head. Early in American history, we changed the name of the Church of England to the Episcopal Church, but we never outlawed the denomination. Our ethic concerns were based on freedom and justice of law.

We have always taken sides in conflicts around the world. We decided that a corrupt government in South Vietnam was more righteous than the North Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh, whom the citizens revered. We know how that worked out. We may have picked the right side in Korea, but we didn’t finish the job and created a greater threat by not working with the Chinese to create a complete country.

Donald Trump is not a good President and he will be tested greatly as the Commander in Chief. He’s not thinking about diplomacy, leadership or keeping the world safe; he’s thinking about being reelected. Every move he makes demonstrates his position as an amateur political hack, not a statesman.

Trump is now interfering with the military judicial system by pardoning or granting clemency to those accused or convicted of war crimes. This unwarranted activity can be debated in military circles, but some experts believe this will lower the moral mission mandate that US troops have always honored. This makes the military weaker and perpetrates the ugly American colonization and control image we have around the world.

Perhaps calmer minds and reluctant actions will prevail with the Iranian situation. It is clearly a challenge for a distracted person who just happened to get elected president. Only 70,000 votes put Trump in the White House. He wants to get reelected and relies on the help of imaginary friends most reasonable people would call foes. Can Putin be tapped to quell the dogmatic viewpoints of Iran and their Supreme Leader?

Let’s get something straight. Iran is a country which chants “Death to America,” while this President pushes his loyal lunatics to scream, “Lock her Up!” After hearing Trump speak, one would think that Democrats are the enemy and not North Korea, Russia, China or Iran. What a misguided, two-bit politician. It’s time for Trump to step up and lead, or he’ll be OUT! And the next president will then have to clean up a war Trump created with his lack of common sense and conspiratorial mindset. To be clear, Trump cannot be trusted.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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


AN OPEN LETTER TO DEMOCRATS

Time to think about what is really happening 

This isn’t about winning; this is about America. We are seeing a president who is far beyond the norms of process and law in executing his duty as Chief Executive of the United States of America. If every witness pulled into the Congressional bright light of oversight claims executive privilege, we will never be able to maintain the checks and balances that are fundamental to our form of democratic government.

While Cable News and the multitude of pundits and self-proclaimed experts keep the conservation focused on an election more than 500 days away, there is a concerted effort by Democrats to bring the profound meaning of the Mueller Report to the American public. These hearings, interviews and pronouncements of Donald J. Trump’s guilt may net them considerable TV time, but in the end, they do not have the votes in the Republican controlled Senate to convict Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” So, why all the fuss?

The worst part of Trump’s horrible presidency is that every Tom, Dick and Loraine now wants to run for the highest office in the land. Unfortunately, there will not be a Republican primary challenger to the President, but that is no great surprise. Republicans just want to win, and they will ignore any sins that get in the way.

Joe Biden is running for President and, according to the polls, he’s doing quite well. Perhaps this is just the America people saying they want a return to the past, the recent past when things seemed more normal and less controversial. Maybe the mandate of the next president is simply to make the citizens of this great country feel secure and more focused on important issues.

I would suggest that there is nothing wrong with having lots of candidates running for president, but sometime late in 2019 or early in 2020, the party should have a new Continental Congress boiling down the issues and constructing a strong, ironclad platform. All the Democratic candidates have great ideas, and each seems to have landed on one big idea to push. Bringing all those together under one strong manifesto would be the best way to resolve the issues going forward. This wouldn’t have to be complicated and surely a clearly written document might be a new and welcome means of dismissing Trump.

I would also recommend that we think of the voluminous pitches for president as bids for the Vice-Presidential slot, instead of the top job itself. This would be a great method to vet many of the 2020 hopefuls. The current downside is all the data and conversation surrounding so many topics is confusing the electorate. Sorry to say, but most people in the USA want short phrases, big specific points and emotionally driven resolutions to their personal problems and grievances. Newsflash, they have always been this way.

The fact that Joe Biden seems to be running against Trump more than running on issues shouldn’t surprise anyone. The fragmented marketplace of ideas is nothing new in such a complex and advanced society. Biden says, “This is a marathon” and everyone should know that much will happen from now through the primaries and on to the eventual election. Along the way, plan on seeing much more from Donald Trump’s big bad bag of dirty tricks.

Our president says incredibly stupid things every day. To send a message to Kim Jung-Un that he, as president, wouldn’t permit the CIA to use every trick in their bag to secure this nation against a rogue nuclear state is horrendous and harmful. Donald Trump continues to poison the intelligence community including the FBI, CIA, NSA and even the DOJ, and Stooge William Barr has poisoned justice itself. Barr is not the Attorney General; he’s a political operative for Trump.

My recommendation is not to overreact to the Trump games and slogans, instead, use the chaos to prove your point that the Donald is totally toxic. Democrats are not going to sway hardcore Trumpeteers and Trumpettes. Libertarians are not going to jump on the Biden wagon because they are constantly looking at the atrocities of government no matter what party. The moderate independents are unsure of their political position and could make a difference, but what are the major points of their agenda? They want to step away from the party system that prevents them from voting in primaries. Fourteen states have closed primaries that prohibit voting if you are not a registered Republican or Democrat. How do we fix this?

Trump is not a good president. The fact that his administration eliminates environmental, banking and business rules without any analysis of the effect is wrong. According to the Washington Post, Trump has espoused more than 10,000 lies since he became president, which is a degradation of the morals and values of America. The reckless use of his authority on trade and tariffs proves that he has little patience or desire to negotiate long-term solutions to truly make America better. The stock market is not always the best way to judge whether the middle class can progress and prosper, but Trump uses the ups and ignores the downs. To Trump, it has always been about winning, even if he must cheat to get there. What an ethically corrupt human being.

It will take some time to find the right person to beat Trump in the next election. The goal is not just to rid this land of President Trump, but to make truth the driver in governance and demand that leaders help all United States citizens. We will not get better in America until we have a whole president, a person who leads us all.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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

 


THE DANGEROUS DONALD

Are His Disruptions Worth the Risk?

In the last decade, I worked for a media maven who was highly successful at creating wealth from good ideas or simply through his reputation. He once issued a motivational piece for the workers of his large radio broadcast division where he urged us to be “disruptors.” I got its surface meaning, but let’s look beyond the buzz word. The meaning of the word includes, “something that interrupts an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem.” Not all disturbances are good for a group or individual and when you have a smart collection of problem solvers, why would you be giving them something that would move them into disruption? I used to say, with great sarcasm and irony, you better hope that whatever you disrupt is a big success or you’ll be blamed for the problem you created and be the first to go.

This brings us to Donald Trump, who was outraged by Robert Mueller’s public comments and then displayed his anger on the north lawn of the White House. It’s clear that Trump must “punch back” when someone gets in his way, but when did punching ever bring a long-term solution to any problem? Trump would make a horrible poker player because he shows his next move so clearly. While he was putting down Robert Mueller, he announced that he would have a major announcement on the border. By putting those together, he was telegraphing that he would soon be lashing out at another someone or something.

So, late last night, Trump announced “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied…” And now we will see reactions in the world markets because Trump’s disruption is a holy trade war, not a well-developed plan to make trade work better for the US.

from MarketWatch.com

While the financial “news” networks give large slices of airtime to discussions about American entities like Uber, Tesla and Beyond Meat, there are thousands of our major companies that depend on parts, resources and services from firms around the world. To ignore the reality of a world market is not rational on any level. But Donald Trump is being disruptive with his ignorance in tow.

There was a time I worked on the campaign of a politician who would occasionally come late to the brainstorming meetings of the staff. One particular time we had worked up dozens of ideas on the white board and we all were excited about giving him input. He strode late into the meeting, glanced at the board, then said, “Yeah, we aren’t going to do any of that; here’s the plan.” I walked away from the campaign that night with little respect for the politician and had a feeling of retribution when he lost the election. What I learned is that disruption from the top, when it doesn’t work, means the big guy gets all the blame.

We have many people in America who make a lot of money analyzing and predicting our collective financial futures. And some of the more honest of those folks admit that there are instances when they can‘t explain why the market did this or that. Deep down inside, most Americans know the global economy is the reason we lost much of our manufacturing base. Seriously disruptive waves must be met with adjustment, not bucking the tide and standing ground. Executing a stand-still strategy often leads to failure and disaster under water.

If you are drowning in your own personal debt, you will generally swing away at every other possible cause before you look at yourself and determine the real cause of debt is simply spending more money than you have. Doh! After running businesses with tons of debt and using the bankruptcy escape hatch more than most well-managed corporations, it’s disingenuous when Donald Trump froths at his small pie hole about how everyone else is screwing America. Dangerous Donald is running up the debt in America because the military, border walls and pork for rich people are more important to him than stable governance.

Trump is more stubborn than smart. He’s like a snapping turtle who doesn’t quite understand that holding firmly on the stick isn’t going to keep him alive. Wood is not food and trying to win a battle with a decaying object won’t work. Yes, I am comparing the actions of a reptile to the President of the United States of America, who in most cases uses his reptilian brain rather than the logic circuits of his frontal lobes. Perhaps they died from atrophy.

The citizens of this country may feel good about the strength of the turtle and admire his will to fight, but those who worship the man in the White House must connect the dots to see that the head disruptor is messing up things more and more with each misinformed  move. First, and most importantly, after you negotiate a deal you cannot change it. Trump’s moves will blow up the USMCA, which was supposed to fix the “bad” NAFTA trading agreement. NAFTA might not have been perfect, but the USMCA probably has just as many restrictions and weaknesses, but Trump wanted to keep his promise.

The real problems with the migration of people to the US may be greater than our laws. According to the Washington Post, “Migrants say they are coming to the United States because droughts are frying Central American harvests, they can’t pay their bills, and gangs are recruiting children.” Trump ignores the warnings of Climate Change, so how can he possibly apply creative solutions to complex issues?

In the end, the disruptions of the Daft Donald will move us backward. The lack of respect for a deal maker whose word means nothing will haunt America for years to come. Put yourself in the shoes of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. These leaders spent time in good faith negotiating a new deal, only to have it ignored by a moody US President. Yes, the immigration problem is real, but reverse it. What if thousands of Americas were leaving our soil for Mexico? We would expect Mexico to stop us from entering, not stop us from leaving. Trump is putting our economic system at risk over things that could and should have been solved at the negotiation table. Sadly, the art of the deal is just more mistruth from the lie master. We need to start to ask, WWPPD, “What would President Pence do?”

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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