A POST PARKLAND PRESIDENT

Trump Trips Over an Opportunity

President Donald Trump attempted to shame Congressional leaders in a White House meeting by saying they are afraid of the National Rifle Association. He ranted about how strange it was that an 18-year-old could buy an assault rifle, but not a handgun until he turned 21. He boasted that he had instructed his Attorney General to investigate executing a ban on “bum stocks” a device that turns a semi-automatic firearm into an automatic killing machine. That device was used in Las Vegas during the largest American mass shooting. It’s important to point out that the tragedy happened more than five months ago.

The President has done little. Congress has passed an omnibus bill, a catch all of budget funds, that had some “school safety” money in it, but they haven’t addressed any of the fundamental issues. A casual observer might suggest that the NRA got to Trump and turned him around. The NRA controls Congress and if they don’t act, nothing substantial gets done.

The student protest last weekend (3-24-2018) took place in Washington, DC and cities all over the country and the world. But the old white guys in Washington missed the reality that these protestors are feeding the voter rolls. The youth of the nation has taken up a cause to march for their own lives.

When Donald Trump was shown pictures of Syrian children being gassed, he dropped a couple of bombs within days. I guess no one showed him the pictures of American kids in classrooms lying in their own blood. Maybe someone should confront him with those images. Maybe that could break the spell the NRA has cast over all those with power in Washington. This organization claims their root origins are rifle and gun safety, but their rhetoric is political and ideological. The organization is no longer just a lobbyist. They are, in-effect, a political action committee with guns.

One could ask a simple question. If President Trump cares so much about going after radical terrorism in America – in the name of Mexican cartel gangs – why is it so easy for them to get assault weapons? The NRA fights hard to thwart any gun control, meaning they are complicit with arming the bad guys. Can’t our governmental leaders see that?

I had the pleasure of going to one of the many rallies (Sarasota, FL) and was totally impressed with the young people who spoke. Many of the people I heard graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School, had friends who attended the school or were just kids with a strong message. These are fresh and honest voices who understand the game. They know who is responsible in Washington for their lack of action. This isn’t Pollyanna optimism.

The messaging of the one million student marchers was consistent. It was as if a schooled marketing expert had guided the way, or maybe these kids are experts. They learned social media techniques from a very early age and they used those skills to bring masses of protesters together. They also know that they have to change the system, or at least the people who rule, to get what they want.

And what exactly do they want? First, safe schools. That is a non-partisan issue. Then more gun controls. They want the age limit raised to 21-years of age for gun ownership. They talked about universal background checks, which, from this writer’s perspective, means a national database. Those words make a certain organization nervous.

When kids cheer, “Hey, Hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?” they get the clenched fists and jaws of the NRA. And they get Fox News with blowhards saying that they are somehow part of a left-wing conspiracy. That is not going to deter these young thinkers. They have figured out that gun violence is the problem. Even Sir Paul McCartney marched in New York. He pointed out that one of his best friends was killed by gun violence. You might remember him, John Lennon.

Trump was presented an opportunity to unite one demographic group here, and he blew it. The message that was sent must have been written by the weekend communications intern. It read: “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s.”

Yes, this is the moment you realize that no one is steering this ship and a person named Lindsay Walters, White House spokeswoman, was the only connective tissue between the issue and the President, who was busy playing golf. Donald Trump doesn’t care about gun law reform. He’s another do nothing President.

After Trump’s dinner with the NRA, he sold his soul and the lives of thousands of students in America by trying to please a group he believes controls his base. As we walked from the protest last weekend with our signs, a large truck came around the bend and I could see the NRA sticker in the window. The driver leaned out and yelled, “You fucking idiots!” Then it dawned on me. There are millions of NRA members who fear their guns will be taken away. These are the Trump people.

According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, the CEO of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, is worth $10 million and his annual take averages around $1 million but has been as high as $5 million. So, he’s not only protecting guns, he’s guarding a sizable income. Think about it. He makes more money than the President of the United States. The NRA is the opposing force to getting better laws and systems for gun regulation.

If Trump would have watched the TV coverage of the marches, he would have seen the crowds were much bigger than his inauguration. The President should realize that many of these kids will be voting in 2020. If he has any serious desire to get re-elected, he should have responded with a little more gravitas and meaning than the plastic drivel of that canned statement. Maybe he was thinking more about a porn star, a bunny and a singer than the safety of Americans in our schools.

Donald Trump has deeply sunken in his own swamp. He is complicit and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a con man politician looking out only for himself. In the end, this New York political boss will get richer from being President because he’s changing laws to benefit himself and his family. His attempt to become an American oligarch must be foiled, now.

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BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD

An Open Letter to High School Students of America

As an America more than five times your age, I come to you with some advice and I urge you to listen. In my life, I was opposed to the Vietnam war. My friends and fellow students were being sent 7,400 miles to fight a war we hardly understood. Some of my friends were killed. It was obvious that my government didn’t understand what we felt. History has revealed the lies and illegal actions of the “adults” running the United States of America during that dark time. It was a bi-partisan effort to kill us.

You have been awakened by a demonic tragedy and the misuse of a lethal weapon. You are joining hands and marching and chanting. You want to make a difference. We are with you. We care about you. We cry for you. We will march with you. We understand what you are saying. Wisdom of the past will help you. Learn about civil disobedience and your right to peacefully assemble. This isn’t going to be easy.

To end the Vietnam war, we had to expose the lies. We needed help from the free press and, in some cases, brave whistle-blowers with valuable documents like the Pentagon Papers. Google it. We had to see blood being spilled on the nightly news and middle America had to understand that these were “our boys” who were bleeding in the jungles. Your classroom floors will be cleaned, but you will never forget the terror you experienced. You need to bring that horror to the public. They need to understand what happened. As macabre and disrespectful as some might think, pictures of bloody bodies would make Congress wake up and start talking about solutions.

Next, I want you to know that the NRA and pro-gun factions in this great nation of ours will see you as the enemy. They will come after you and they will attack you. They won’t be using guns; they will be using propaganda. They will do research on you and your parents, and they will disclose connections to anything that even hints at “left-wing radical” associations. They will claim that you are being funded by Democratic Super PACs and you will hear the name George Soros. Do not listen to these talking heads on TV. They are not your friends. They will be attacking your cause célèbre and the fact that you have a platform; you have a voice. Do not get sucked into their nonsense.

If you start to make inroads in your quest to get gun regulations, they will attack you on very personal levels. They will circulate rumors about your sex life, they will put you on an enemy list, they will infiltrate your schools and try to get other students to rally against you. It’s an old playbook and I am simply reading a few pages from it. You will hear the term, “outside agitators,” which is code for linking you to some communist left-winged group. Do not stray from your message.

The NRA is a very powerful lobbyist group and they will pour money into defeating you. Be careful when they say they want to meet with you. And be extremely on guard when it comes to Donald Trump. He will tell you he is open to review and modification of the gun laws. He will suggest that he is “evolving” on the issue. He will even issue a memo to his Attorney General to “look into” whether “bump stocks” are legal, while he uses executive order to push almost a million dreamers to the edge of panic. He waited four and half months after the Las Vegas shooting to write his memo. Score a D- for him.

In the end, Trump will listen to the gun hawks and will walk away from you when the story dies. He already left behind the dead bodies in Las Vegas, Texas and the other killing fields. Donald Trump is not your friend. He will use you to placate moderate Republicans. Donald Trump is not an inadequate President, he’s an inadequate person.

You need to learn the terms of the Second Amendment and their importance to the far right in America. They will continue to let you die to save this sentence: A well -regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Now let’s talk about the March 24, 2018 march on Washington you are planning. Get as many people as you can to attend this event and don’t worry about who will promote it. You know how to use the internet and social media to motivate people.  Do it! You also need to think about giving marchers advice on where to stay and how to get around once there. Get the National Park people to help you. That’s their job. They did it for Martin Luther King, Jr. and they did it for the Million Man March and they did it for right wing groups. They are there for you. And be sure to read up on other rallies and protests in the Capitol, here.

And finally, you must continually state your goal. You must be extremely clear in what you are demanding. An 18-year-old kid can’t buy a beer or a hand-gun but can buy an AR-15 (semi-automatic rifle) and you must change the laws. You must not waiver. If we got Nixon to end the Vietnam War, you surely can motivate a bunch of old white guys to listen. If they don’t, vote them out. Just stay the course, there will be many of them to vote out.

Dwight C. Douglas

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


THE STATE OF THE UNION

What You See, Is What Trump Is 

The hype by the cable news networks about the first State of the Union speech by the 45th President of the United States only proved that even after dressing Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper in formal wear, it was just another night in the swamp. Donald Trump didn’t give the American people some new vision of truth. He simply pushed his artificially tanned face into the cameras and did the same meaningless show he’s been doing for the last two years.

First, he demonized all immigrants… again. His DNA requires him to link immigrants with crime, because he mistakenly believes fear of them magically brings Americans together. The Donald thinks that by reminding us of someone’s pain, he gains power over the base and gets a free pass to waste money on the war against “others.” He is a careless  person, squandering one hour and twenty-minutes of our time with a weak State of the Union address he could have mailed in.

He said the words, “Americans are dreamers, too,” which, on the surface, appeared to equate citizens with DACA kids, but he failed to connect the dots in any meaningful way. If anything, those who hate Trump will say it was a passive-aggressive way to say something like, “All Lives Matter” like a racist’s shield against “Black Lives Matter.” Where does this guy get his words? They seem to be pulled from some dark, tight place that gives them the pungent smell of hypocrisy and a faint odor of bullshit.

The irony of Trump standing before the Congress and the nation at large touting the wonderful gains in the stock market in terms of how much wealth we’ve gained doesn’t mean anything to those having no skin in the game. A game which, ironically, lost 533 points in the two days leading up to the speech. Obviously, Trump has nothing to do with the stock market, or he would have prevented them downward slide from happening the day before he gave his big speech.

I’m not sure if Trump has six more of these speeches in him. Those who dislike him the most are hoping to hear no more than a couple. Most people don’t know that his duty is required by the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to periodically “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union and recommend to their such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” We aren’t sure why it happens every year, but there is value in knowing what the top guy thinks.

Earlier in the day, the White House taunted that something remarkable would be revealed about North Korea in the SOTU, but that was probably a weak attempt to give the press something to mention other than the diving stock numbers. Of course, the talking heads on cable fell for it and started to talk about it. In the end, there was NO NEW NEWS about North Korea and no mention of the consuming smoke surrounding the Russia investigation which is ready to burst into flames right before our eyes. There was not even a whiff of the sanctions deadline the White House once again allowed to come and go, with Trump giving his buddy Putin another pass. Without pain, how do you keep the bear from smashing your face with cyberwarfare? Sanctions. Let’s all say it again class, Sanctions.

And of course, we must mention the fashion show on parade at the joint session of Congress. The First Lady was wearing a white Christian Dior suit, with the emphasis on the “Christian” part. Some fashionistas connected its whiteness to the woman’s suffragist movement. This appeared to some cynics as a statement of opposition toward the Democrat women, who were acknowledging the #MeToo movement by wearing black. In contrast, the First Daughter wore an Oscar De Le Renta asymmetrical plaid dress, which attempted to depict the many directions and opinions the favorite daughter seems to hold. For someone who has been surgegically altered to elminate any asymetric areas of her body, there was some rich irony in her Scottish peasant girl look.

We didn’t see the First Porn Star at the State of the Union, but then, we aren’t sure if she was the first, or the second or just a member of the Trump gratification team. But we would assume that if she would come to the Capitol she would have worn RED — bright red, scarlet red.

Trump on the other hand, continued leaning BLUE with his tie. Maybe he thinks that makes him appear more presidential or thinner. I cannot believe that this highly critical blogger is writing about what the fuck people wore at the State of the Union address. Have I gone mad? How do I get myself back to my normally stable genius state?

Oh yeah, our great Orange Leader, once again, was nothing but a B actor on the biggest American stage turning in another mediocre performance. I admit that I fell asleep twenty-minutes into the show. He was not at all presidential or even interesting. He’s a fake, through and through, and his stale rhetoric is, at best, redundant. Even his manipulative moves are boring me. I wait for the third act of this fatuous play, where the G-men come on stage and put him in handcuffs and all the CNN guys cover the perp-walk wearing Giorgio Armani tuxedoes. Hey, maybe they’ll bring back Kathy Griffin for comic relief. Yeah, now that’s a ticket I would buy!

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 


PRESIDENT MONEYBAGS

Buying His Way Out of Obstruction

We are hearing a lot of about the specular stock market and the grand statistics that candidate Trump claimed were rigged. Today, our great Orange Leader decreed that if the Democrats would have been elected the stock market would have gone down 50%. It’s amazing to any informed financial expert that a president would claim that he, and he alone, was the reason the stock market would go up or down.

There are those who may have gotten a thousand-dollar bonus or seen some uptick in their take-home-pay, but there are many questions about the future based on the actions of this administration. The “America First” mantra that Donald Trump brought to the rich people summit in Davos may seem like something that can be exported to other countries, but the wealth of the world doesn’t have a flag or a nation, it lives only where gold becomes more gold.

When Trump was on the trail he spoke often about the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its lack of growth during the Obama administration. GDP is the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country for one year. When we look at 2017, we see that the first quarter brought a 1.2 GDP, followed by a 3.1 and 3.2 in the middle of the year, but the final quarter of 2017 down to 2.6. That makes the year come in slightly above 2.5 GDP average. To put this in perspective, before the deep dips in 2016, the GDP was at 3.8 in 2015 during the Obama administration. The stock market, as I have said before, was around before Trump and will be around after Trump. He can claim victory now, but how will he explain the next course correction or inflationary sell off? Will he go back to blaming Hillary?

With the news that President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer, there seems to be lots of movement in the investigation into Russian interference, collusion, obstruction of justice, and money laundering. And those are just some of the charges that may come out of this so-called “witch hunt.”

The deeper problem is what members of Congress, especially the Republicans, will have to face if Trump is charged with something. Will they look the other way because their rich donors like what Trump has done for the economy, or will they rise to a higher calling? If you buy into the myth that Trump is the catalyst for the over-performing market, then you can easily jump to the conclusion that even if Trump lied, cheated, colluded or obstructed, he’s good for America. Isn’t that how Bill Clinton survived impeachment? We all know that he lied to the special prosecutor, right?

When people say to me, “Trump has made my life better,” I don’t try to argue that economic improvements are evil, I am glad they are doing well. I am sure if someone else was president the economy would be doing just as well. The surge in the money on Wall Street is based on trying to make Trump look good, as well as a swell of capital for investments. But Trump can claim victory only if there is long-term growth. Anyone can make a spreadsheet look good for one year.

Our country was designed from the very beginning to be a trade machine because of our never-ending resources and valuable products. For more than two-hundred years, the United States’ economy was propelled by free labor. And then, after the Civil War, labor unions had to fight for fair wages to create a middle class.

Founded in 1817, the New York Stock Exchange soared with slavery for more than fifty years. While we could say that there were some major moral and democrat principals violated with slavery, white Americans looked the other way. Using the stock market and the economy as a yardstick to judge the fitness of a person to be the leader of the free world is unenlightened.

Trump can claim that all the trade deals that were done before he arrived on the scene were poorly crafted and bad for America, but there is absolutely no truth to the claim that rules, regulations, tariffs and the creation of NAFTA were not good for the United States. The years of growth may have slowed at times, but even Donald Trump has a blank spot in the causes of his bankruptcies and failed enterprises.

Trump never talks about the reason for the last collapse of our financial institutions. He never links the bad governance at U.S. banks to the world economy downturn. The laws that the Donald and his team of wealthy political whores just lifted were put in place to avoid another blowout of the banking system. But that doesn’t matter to Donald J. Trump, the man who seeks immediate gratification. The real experts in the financial world have already warned us that disaster will happen again, only this time the blame will squarely land on Trump.

He can swat away reporters’ questions with the expression, “Fake News,” but he hurts his case by his actions and words. As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the subsequent dodging and covering for those who had contact with Russians continues, it is totally amazing to me that someone of Trump’s experience in business would react they way he is carrying on. He is acting like he is guilty.

If Trump stays in office, he will have to get rid of his family, his lawyers and his ass-kissing generals so that he can claim he is free of the cancer. He will never come to grips with the fact that he is the cancer and, as his confidence grows, he becomes more of a danger to himself and our Constitution.

The swamp was deeper than he knew and now that he is in the middle of it all, attempting to tread water, the smell is already on him. He’s an evil little ego with not much care for anyone else. Don’t be fooled by the deals and DACA diversion. He’s only in it for himself. He’ll throw his own kids under the bus, assuming there’s any money left for school buses, after he finishes ruining America. He cannot buy his way out this time.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.