TORTURE OF DONALD TRUMP

When do we get to tear down his statue?

Torture is the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or to force them to do or say something for the pleasure of the person inflicting the pain. Some in Congress permit Trump to bully and torture them because they fear he will scream at them on Twitter and work against their reelection if they push back. The President can inflict pain on any city or state by withholding Federal funds. He can urge his boy, Bill Barr, to go after a state legally with unnecessary lawsuits and decrees. Barr can withhold tax dollars to any police department or state police force. This needs to change.

When it comes to the health and welfare of the citizens of this country, Trump is working behind the scenes to, at best, downplay or, at worst, to sabotage the fight against COVID-19. His administration asked the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare today, you know, to hurt all the people who signed up after they lost their employer-based healthcare insurance. Trump is claiming Presidential immunity to wearing a mask, alleging he doesn’t have to wear a mask because those around him are tested. His words form an assumption that the only way to stay safe at work would be daily checks of all your co-workers to know their medical status. The lies and misinformation that Trump and his press secretary put out daily could fertilize an acre of tomato plants, if only that bullshit could be bagged.

Donald Trump may say that he wants to reform the police in America, but that is not true, not true at all.  Every time Trump speaks about the police he praises, protects and complements them. Trump is fond of police unions but decries those in labor who have come out against him. Trump thinks he has the privilege of picking winners and putting his knee on the neck of unions, groups, movements or policy makers he doesn’t like. This president does not acknowledge the right of people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievance. His only wish about them is they will go away.

Donald Trump feels he’s invincible and genuinely believes the people who don’t wear masks are FOR HIM and those who do wear masks are AGAINST HIM. What a small uninformed, retarded brain. This paranoia and stupidity beg an answer to one question, “Does Donald John Trump care about anyone other than himself?”

John Bolton is making the rounds pumping up interest in his new book, but his sharp Baltimorean accent isn’t an excuse for his lack of logic and denial that his testimony would not have mattered during the Senate impeachment trial against Trump. We’re getting tired of the routine where Trump hires someone, tells America how great they are, then fires them after a couple of years or less, then hearing the ousted person tell us how bad Trump is as a president. Their self-absorbed personalities and brain functions are void of any real patriotic vision.

I wrote a book three years ago about Donald Trump, and while researching I read many hatchet jobs against the President. I took the common threads and patched together a timeline and story, which provided an excellent picture of who Trump is and how he operates. The boisterous, large, orange buffoon doesn’t read, cannot concentrate on important details and is motivated only by his personal gain. He cares not for you, not for me and not for our country or even his political party. He could care less about Republicans, conservatives or evangelicals. He simply craves hearing the applause and the praise of those who adore him.

As we end another week, there are more than 124,000 Americas dead from the COVID-19 virus and more than 47 million Americans have filed unemployment claims in the last 14 weeks. The states that were pushed to open early by Trump are now suffering huge surges in cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, more death.

In my remaining time on this planet, I will protest any city, state or community that wants to erect a statue of Donald Trump. This man has aligned himself against most Americans who would like to see the symbols of slavery and hate be taken away. I refuse to be tortured by Donald Trump’s stupidity, corruption and disregard of norms. Should some place in the US feel so moved to erect a statue of the Donald, I hope my grandkids will pull it down and destroy it. I have a feeling they will do just that.

Trump’s actions cause people pain. To those non-mask-wearers who ventured out to attend one of his rallies because of the foolish influence of the Donald, I hope you don’t get sick. COVID-19 is painful. If one could prove their severe pain was the result of attending an unsafe Trump event, wouldn’t that make him a torturer? Was pain inflicted as a punishment for being too trustful of Trump or was the President of the United States torturing them to do or say something? Finally, I must ask, does Trump find pleasure while inflicting the pain?

All the rally attendees agreed to indemnify Trump and the Campaign corporation from lawsuits should they get sick. By demanding this agreement, the Campaign and the President showed they were aware of the danger at the rallies, but that doesn’t lessen their moral depravity and disregard. There might be a way to prove you caught a virus from a Trump rally, but don’t expect that man to help you with the costs of being sick. Trump’s track record on healthcare for America can be summed up with his own words, “I take no responsibility. You’re on your own.” He doesn’t care about people. Maybe that is what should be on the base of his statue, Here stands a man who didn’t care about people and almost destroyed America for Putin.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE

Trump Infects Judicial System & DOJ

When I was growing up in America it was all too easy to see corruption and face the reality that who a person was determined how they would be handled by the police and the courts. The mayor’s son was arrested for painting cars in the visitors parking lot of my school. He was never charged. The case just disappeared. Most Americans believe that there are two systems of justice, one for the famous and wealthy and another for the rest of us.

I think we would all like to believe that when facts prove offenses they will be dealt with fairly in the judicial system. We know that our founders wanted to limit the power of judges, so they gave the Chief Executive lots of flexibility in determining how the law was administered. The Executive Branch gets to not only run the Department of Justice that decides which cases are brought to a court, but also which infractions they deem either unworthy of prosecution or below the level for legal action. We put a lot of faith in how they operate because they have the power to ruin a person’s life or allow them to start over and redeem themselves. We can only hope they get it right most of the time.

Let me add a wrinkle here. The President of the United States has the power to appoint judges with congressional confirmation. A president can shape the court by those he appoints. The founders also gave the President the undisputed power to pardon anyone he feels was unjustly charged or convicted. That’s an awesome privilege in the hands of a reasonable person which can be used to overturn the errors of a malicious judge, but what happens if the President is a vindictive lunatic?

Trump bullied, manipulated and forced the DOJ to drop all charges against Michael Flynn, who lied about talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn admitted to the infraction in court, twice. He also lied to Mike Pence and this so disturbed the Vice President he demanded that Trump fire Flynn. Trump removed Flynn from government and said it was because he lied, a fact which no one disputes. He plead guilty to the charges and was about to be sentenced when along came William Barr. Attorney General Barr acts more like Trump’s personal attorney instead of caring about American citizens and the law.

Trump keeps declaring himself the “law and order” President while his base claps and cheers and coughs on each other. One thing is crystal clear; Trump is attempting to change the way America does business and, like a third-world dictator, has moved in ways that may make it difficult to recover our democracy when his term is over. If you control the decisions of this country’s judges, why wouldn’t you simply do whatever you want despite your action breaking a law? Trump is undermining the very foundation of our system of government. The three supposedly equal branches are being unduly influenced and controlled by Trump the man, not the President.

The courts don’t always give us logic or reason or even fairness. They give us opinions and those opinions become law.

You might say, “Oh, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill! Trump’s just joking.” Don’t be such a blind fool. He wakes up every morning asking, “What can I do to take more power and stay here forever?” He’s the demon the forefathers warned us about and if we don’t stand up and demonstrate, we will lose our freedoms and will render the phrase “justice for all” inoperative.

Will other people who lie to the FBI or mislead the courts also get a pass simply because they have a friend in the Oval Office? Does this constitute a precedent, or is it just a goddamn miscarriage of justice? Here is what happened. A US appeals court directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. It’s no secret that this demand came from Trump to those in the Justice Department, and it prevents a judicial review to determine the propriety of the request. In other words, the Executive Branch has power over the DOJ and can manipulate which cases are brought to court.

Just as William Barr stood before a national TV audience and declared that the Mueller Report didn’t find any laws that were broken, he has now placed himself above the court, and the disrespect he shows for truth and law is more than appalling.

In any other time, Barr would have been impeached. Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, Griffin Bell and General Harry M. Daugherty were on the chopping block, but they all exited rather than go through the embarrassment of impeachment. Their offenses were varied. Daugherty was allegedly involved in kickback scam involving bootleggers and the Congress delayed action.

The case of Griffin Bell is somewhat blurred by time, but five Department of Justice attorneys resigned over A.G. Bell’s reluctance to pursue others in the department for illegal activities related to domestic spying. Bell indicted the Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, Mark Felt and former FBI Assistant Director Edward Miller for authorizing break-ins of New York City radical political activists’ offices and residences. This was in 1978, long after the Watergate break-in. He must have been a true-blue Democrat because President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be his Attorney General, but Bell only served two years before the chicken shit the fan. Oh, by the way, the spying truly took place. It wasn’t a hoax.

The case against George W. Bush’s A.G. Alberto Gonzales is straightforward. He was politically damaged by Democrats who lost confidence in Gonzales and accused him of excessive politicization of the Attorney General’s office. If my memory serves me right, Alberto Gonzales, kowtowed to Bush and VP Dick Cheney and paved the way for justifications of torture and the onerous Patriot Act. Lifelong Republican William Barr, who served in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is nothing but a political operative for the Red States.

Trump has infected the Department of Justice. All those who work in the DOJ should be wearing masks to protect themselves from the orange dementia virus. I have said this before; the first dismissal by the next president should be William Barr. He’s unworthy of the position and will go down in history as a big, fat liar. I can surely prove he’s fat, and so is the President. They have been eating at the same table for decades and taking everything they wanted. I hold hope that justice will eventually be served. Barr and Trump will not swallow the truth, but time will show how dishonest these “hombres” have been behind the scenes.

Although his sentence might have been only three or four months in jail, the fact that Michael Flynn is going to get off SCOTT FREE disturbs me greatly. It will be the ultimate slap to the face of justice if Trump brings him back into the administration. Of course, we know Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about having rats in the People’s House. Disgraceful.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


ARDENT PARTISAN NOISE

Trump’s Claptrap Jingoism Jars Common Sense

Why do I feel compelled to state that I love America before writing a harsh evaluation of someone in power? Donald Trump is no more American than anyone else, including a 22-year old DACA Dreamer, and I am no more American than the guy next door. We are all Americans to the same degree.

With all that has happened lately, I feel a tinge of guilt mentioning my ancestors who got to these shores more than 80 years before the Declaration of Independence was written and signed. The time and the way I got to this country has nothing to do with respect to my loyalty to the United States of America. When the ship sailed up the James River and my relatives landed in Virginia, there were no custom agents or forms to fill out. We left Scotland to come to America because we wanted to, and we weren’t forced into the hull of a smelly old ship at gunpoint. Once we got here, all of us were AMERICANS.

Human Beings in a ship

Some former Trump aides and advisors are coming out of their slumbers and decrying the 45th President. The disparaging remarks include words like, “unfit,” “unaware,” “incompetent” and “unhinged.” Of course, anyone who has been paying attention knows that Trump is all those things, and worse.

Maybe people voted for Donald Trump because they believed his lies. Now why would they believe the outrageous things he has said, such as suggesting the injection of bleach would kill the COVID-19 virus? Is it because they trust him? Then why do they trust him?

Most Trump voters get offended when people make fun of their support of Trump. They will continue to trust Trump more than the truth because they are irritated by liberals and some Democrats calling them dumb. The more they are attacked, the more they bond to the Donald’s ardent partisan posts and pontifications. Like the poor soul whose body has sunken halfway into quicksand, the more Donald moves, the deeper he sinks.

I use the term “jingoism” because that is exactly who Trump is. The term means extreme patriotism, with many of its ilk taking the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy. Many people have observed that Trump supports our traditional enemies (Putin, Xi, Jong-Un, Erdoğan), while pissing off our allies (France, UK, Germany). Trump constantly and consistently wages war with Democrats, NATO, Obama, WHO, Hillary Clinton, the UN and anyone who offers even a slight critique of his policies. If you say something bad about Trump, you are labeled a traitor by the bulky baboon in the Oval Office. Fact: the man weighs 245 pounds.

Trump has convinced even the intelligent governors of certain states to forego the advice of medical experts and reopen their states before they achieved the prescribed downward trends. States have such claptrap policies on the virus because Trump failed to step up and deliver national plans and policies. Having a rally in Oklahoma this weekend might be his diabolic tribute to “Sooners,” but most say it’s too soon. Fatso will lead those states into more death and he really doesn’t give a shit. Nice guy, right?

Slaves to a dogma

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is telling his fellow Texans that even though COVID-19 numbers are going up, “…the state has lots of ICU beds available.” That is tantamount to a social worker in the suicide ward saying, “Don’t worry we have tons of band-aids.” It’s Trump’s fault for flaunting the face mask and telling the world he would not wear one because it would make him LOOK ridiculous. Really? A protective face mask looks bad on a 74-year-old, overweight heterosexual man who wears orange makeup? A mask would cover up the ugliest part of his body, his mouth.

It’s time for all state officials to treat the pandemic seriously and mandate mask wearing. They are all fools being sucked into a political vortex that is killing people for profit. They could prevent unnecessary death by being more consistent and honest, but they won’t because of the pressure from Trump fanatics. Florida has the same problem as Texas. The lack of leadership and common sense is stunning or, as John Bolton would say, “Stunningly uninformed.”

There is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not having four more years of Donald Trump. While doing some yardwork this week, a question popped into my mind that genuinely saddened me. What country would I move to if Trump were reelected? The worrisome thought cloud quickly blew away and sunlight streamed down on my face. I heard these words coming from deep inside me, “Fuck him, this is my country.” We all must stay and fight for freedom, justice and the America way of life. It’s a worthy battle.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


JOHN BOLTON – AMERICAN TRAITOR

Trump Hires, Fires and Then Disassociates

I have never liked John Bolton. This humble taxpayer feels his flavor of Neo-Con* philosophy and his ongoing geopolitical power ego trip is unproductive for America and our democracy. Now we have Bolton’s new book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, providing an inside look into the administration during the time Mr. Bolton was National Security Advisor.

Of course, Donald John Trump will do whatever he can to keep this book from reaching the American public because it is damaging to him on so many levels. Trump calls John Bolton’s new book “nasty & untrue,” and he used this threadbare tagline, “If I listened to him, we would be in World War Six!” Should you think this comment about someone Trump hired is rather outrageous, consider that on the day Trump announced his appointment he told Bolton “not to get us into a war.” Is that comforting?

A Washington Post article from March 22, 2018 pointed out that, “Bolton has touted ‘the legal case for striking North Korea first’ in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. In a subsequent interview with Breitbart News, Bolton warned that the North was on the cusp of being able to strike the continental United States and raised the specter of Pyongyang selling nuclear devices to other hostile actors such as Iran, the Islamic State or al-Qaeda.” Some say that Bolton inspired John McCain’s silly song lyric, “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb-Bomb Iran!”

A few months after Trump fired John Bolton, the President was hyping his first meeting with Supreme Leader and Marshal of the Republic of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. Trump believed that if he simply established a personal relationship with that rotund dictator, he could manipulate him into giving up all his nuclear programs and weapons. How did that work out?

Last week, Kim Jong-Un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, broke her silence when she threatened military action against South Korea because they protested Pyongyang’s live-fire military drill. North Korea then announced it would cut all official channels of communication with the South and used controlled explosives to blow up the de facto inter-Korean embassy just north of the border. Later that same day, the hermit kingdom announced they would redeploy troops and resume military exercises near the border. Wow talk about passive-aggressive! While Bolton might have been right about North Korea and the Kim dynasty, Trump couldn’t deal with John’s intelligence and his reality-based advice. Trump also knew Bolton was not loyal to him.

Did John Bolton sign an agreement to never to talk about what happened in the White House? Does Bolton love his country, and did he take an oath to protect the Constitution swearing that he would always do what’s best for America? He didn’t.

Trump’s Attorney Jay Sekulow

John Bolton’s statements and history indicate that he doesn’t like Congress, he loathes bureaucracies and can’t stand anyone who disagrees with him. He’s just like Trump.

President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to serve as ambassador to the United Nations in August 2005 as a recess appointment — a process in which a President can pass around normal Congressional confirmation hearings. After being formally nominated to the position, Bolton’s confirmation was delayed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They were reluctant to confirm him because they disliked his brusque style. He resigned from the U.N. and moved into the public sector.

It is alleged that John Bolton received a whopping $2 million advance for his new book. Publishers Simon & Schuster surely know they will get a return on that investment once the book hits the market. I bought Bolton’s book, but that doesn’t mean I endorse his actions and deeds done while a public figure. He should have honored his patriotic duty by going before Congress to testify about all the issues raised in his book.

Bolton damns the Democratic effort during the impeachment trials in his book, but in suspended animation he does he not realize that his refusal to testify before Congress was an obstruction of justice that kept those important facts from the America public. Bolton kept silent, except promising his publisher that his book would have immense value. John Bolton is an informational traitor and a self-serving asshole. He should have come forward with his “evidence” to convince not only Mitt Romney, but others, that Trump is an unfit criminal living in the People’s House, the White House, Our House.

Trump is a hopeless, feckless failure of a person. His presidency is the worst in my life, and I was alive when that “crook,” Richard Nixon, approved a break-in, a coverup and deployed the Justice Department to go after his enemies. I thought all that was bad.  The man we now have is much more contemptible and corrupt.

Trump has approved breaking into a computer server owned by the Democratic party, has executed a massive coverup of his misdeeds and now, with the Bolton book, he’s clearly demonstrating he will use the Attorney General to go after his enemies. This president has offered deals to dictators suggesting he would end US legal investigations of them in return for their favors. Apply the terms COLLUDING and QUID PRO QUO here. The book claims that Trump not only asked Ukraine for election help, but that he begged China’s President Xi to buy tons of soybeans to enhance his reelection chances. Dear Susan Collins, he never learned any lessons from his impeachment.

In my eyes, John Bolton is no hero and certainly far from being a patriot. He’s just another political whore who would rather bomb a country and waste our tax dollars on nation-building instead of employing the use of productive diplomacy and strategic humanitarian aid to help our country.

Bolton might be telling it like it is, but it’s less about honesty and more about inflating his bank account and ego. Study history, and you will see that Bolton is like John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles. After World War II they overthrew the governments of other countries for all the wrong reasons. Their overt, secret and unlawful actions helped start the “Cold War” with Communist Russia. I am sure John Bolton believes he’s right, just like the Dulles brothers felt about themselves.

The Supreme Court cannot block the Bolton book, but no matter what happens we don’t need to run out and carve statues of John Bolton in our town squares. He’s a traitor to democracy and someone who must redeem himself with positive actions, now!

If the Representatives in Congress have any scruples or fortitude, they will subpoena Mr. Bolton to testify before them. Should he claim to be too busy with his book tour to attend a hearing, they should arrest him and put him in jail.

Our government needs transparency and truth. If the thought of Bolton being held in a cell in the basement of the Capitol building bothers you, consider this. He failed to honor his oath to protect the Constitution and the presidency. Bolton should be made to read his entire book into the Congressional Record as a payback to the American people. Court is hereby adjourned.

*Neo-Con is short for Neoconservatism and is an American political movement from the 1960s was started by disenchanted liberal hawks who saw the pacification platform of liberals and left leaning voters as a problem. Neo-Cons are devout supporters of Israel and prefer bombing over talking.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


TAKE OUT “Executive” ORDERS

The Limited Intelligence of Our Leader

An obsession with alien lifeforms was a hallmark of American cinema in the 1950s and 60s. The topic of Unidentified Flying Objects, UFOs, filled many hours of late-night TV in that era. The infamous line “Take me to your leader” was used in movies, television shows and cartoons as the first words spoken by creatures from another planet who landed on Earth, but where did that line come from? Some believe it originated in an iconic 1953 cartoon created by Alex Graham in The New Yorker magazine, in which two aliens, their flying saucer parked nearby, stand in front of a horse with the cartoon’s caption reading, “Kindly take us to your President!”

The case of mistaken identity and the twist that intelligent life from a place “where man has never gone before” do not know that humans are the dominant life forms on Earth is funny. One would assume the leader of any planet or country would be intelligent, knowledgeable and worthy of that position. That’s a bad assumption. As proof, just look at President Donald Trump. If they flew out of our skies today, aliens would probably be better off talking to the horse, or they could spin the horse around to talk directly to the horse’s ass.

It’s unlikely that illiterate Donald Trump wrote any of the more than 160 Executive Orders he has signed while in office, but someone had that job. For each one, they probably listened to one of his long rants, took notes, then put those random, stream-of-conscious thoughts into a readable form. Perhaps there is a single person who oversees all of those White House rewrites, but let’s take a close look at Executive Order #139256, signed on June 16, 2020, and what it really says.

The order has a good start with some worthy ideas. This line caught my eye, “By working directly with their communities, law enforcement officers can help foster a safe environment where we all can prosper.” Who can argue with that? And as much as I hate the word “redouble,” the order goes on to say, “Particularly in African-American communities, we must redouble our efforts as a Nation to swiftly address instances of misconduct.”

The notion of certifying and credentialing police departments and their officers is a great idea. The order goes on to say, “…allow for the identification and correction of internal deficiencies before those deficiencies result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers.” I assume this means find bad cops and get them off the force. This reform deals with law enforcement, meaning the Attorney General has most of the power in the equation. In fact, the A.G. could stop funding any police department or city he or she deemed disqualified.

Let’s now talk about “chokeholds.” This term has recently become so pervasive that it is no longer hyphenated. The order says, “the State or local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.” Someone at the Justice Department will have to spend a lot of time reviewing the laws in every state and city. You see, a local law could be written to allow “chokeholds” and the executive order discussed here would not apply. Don’t beat up Trump. He never read the order; he just signed it. It’s customary that the US states have rights over their own laws, not the federal government. Still, we should be calling Trump out about the words, under which, he signed his name.

Trump tells us that chokeholds can be used “when an officer’s life is in danger,” but that is not in the order. The words “race,” “racism,” “systemic racism,” “violence,” and “brutality” do not appear in the text, either. There’s a liberal sprinkling of soft words and phrases, such as the line that the A.G. is to “encourage” police departments to share instances of excessive use of force with other law enforcement agencies and departments. It doesn’t say must; it only says “encourage.”

The order also states, “The Attorney General shall take appropriate steps to ensure that the information in the database consists only of instances in which law enforcement officers were afforded fair process.” Please forgive me if I am sounding like a first-year law student, but that line indicates that the case of an officer shooting an unarmed man at the Wendy’s in Atlanta, would NOT be in the database. After watching the video of that incident, the department fired the officer. Did his removal involve any “due process?” If the person controlling the database feels like an officer was treated “unfairly,” their misdeeds could be ignored.

The order outlines a need for mental health and addiction counseling, but why should the A.G., the national head of law enforcement, be involved with the social services organization of a state, county or city? Why do we think that the Justice Department should oversee a concept they have never promoted over the decades?

The document also talks about the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, an office of 25 people that is supposed to help the President with domestic policy matters, excluding economic matters. Joe Grogan, was recently replaced by Brooke Rollins as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and she is known as an advocate of criminal justice reform. The order, like most, also adds the standard formatic language that asks Congress to write this into real law, which begs the question, what is an executive order?

The legalese goes this way, Provided the order has a solid basis either in the Constitution, and the powers it vests in the president, as head of state, head of the executive branch and commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces, in laws passed by Congress, an executive order has the force of law.” Smart presidents make sure their order writers provide a certain number of escape hatches, so that the order doesn’t get tied up in lawsuits and legal actions.

An executive order is not necessarily a bad thing. It turns the legal gears faster than the arduous process of Congressional law making, but it’s always important to read the fine print. Executive Order #139256 is not a bad start, but it’s only a start and everyone knows it. The Senate is working on a new bill and we will see what happens.

For now, this order would have been much better if it didn’t include Trump’s political mudslinging and misinformation. He’s not saying in firm and indisputable language that he’s against rogue cops. This order is something he felt he needed to help himself. It wasn’t more than 8 hours before Trump was on TV introducing negative sentiments toward the victim in the Atlanta shooting. He never thought of an executive order on the subject until the protesters took to the streets. This was NOT his idea. His poll numbers are terrible, and this is his way of trying to seem legit. He’s not. Trump remains a PHONY FAKER.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


COPS, ROBBERS, RADICALS & REFORM

Trump Chokes Democracy with Buzz Words and Inaction

Yes, we need police protection at times, but we also have solid rights of “due process” and justice. This implies fair treatment through the judicial system, especially with respect to those laws that protect every citizen’s entitlement. One could fill many football fields with documents showing malfeasance and violations of proper police policies throughout US history.

Some will say that a reasonable amount of fear of the police deters violence and crime. That’s a sad commentary and, judging by American crime statistics, that supposed remedy isn’t working. People steal because of the challenge, thrill and reward of taking things that don’t belong to them. People commit violent crimes and destroy property because they are angry or have some deep-seated mental problems. The physiological make up of every person is unique, but why are we having problems with the police, now?

Trump thinks the police will protect him. He believes that all police, because they have what appears to be unchecked power, think like him, and are therefore loyal to his arcane expression of “law and order.” Trump is simply not very aware. There are Democratic, Republican and Independent policemen and policewomen and most know the difference between right and wrong.

The calls to end systemic racism in police departments were slammed by Attorney General William Barr’s denial of the existence of police systemic racism. What most of these tough guy politicians can’t grasp is that the word, “systemic” doesn’t mean all cops are racists. When you focus on the police and the policies they use on the street, it’s clear that people of color receive more deadly force from the cops than white folk. If you think African Americans are more likely to commit crimes, shouldn’t we spend more time trying to figure why instead of filling up our jails and prisons?

Consider these stats from PrisonPolicy.org. Ten years ago, there were 2,306 African Americans per 100,000 citizens incarcerated, while only 450 Caucasian, non-Latino citizens were jailed out of 100,000. There is some evidence that African American sentences have gone down since 2016, but the decreases are not particularly remarkable.

It’s interesting to note that most of those in Federal prisons have been convicted of activities involving illegal substances. Drug addiction and associative crimes are caused by another aspect of society, but we do not prioritize funding and professional solutions for that obstacle. Cops have their hands full, but the solution cannot be kneeling on the necks of people of color. Why is it okay to shoot and kill an unarmed man because he was drunk and asleep at a Wendy’s? They should have focused on getting him off the road and back home. How did we ever get this far? Let me tell you.

The national law enforcement website says there are more than 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. Perhaps we have too many cops. The site also points out that a total of 1,627 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, which is an average of one death every 54 hours or 163 per year. Law enforcement is not an easy job. The plain truth is police work is damn dangerous, but we’ve got to get better on both sides of the thin blue line.

12% of those 800,000 US officers are women. The annual salary of an average female officer is $61,850, while the average male officer receives $70,272 per year. This is not systemic racism, but one could argue that it’s systemic discrimination. This brings us to the assumption that if we had more African American police officers, we would have less racism in those agencies. According to Governing.com, the black police officer percentage in Minneapolis is 8.8%, while the African American population of the city is 17.7%. Sadly, those figures do not stop bad things from happening and in the case of George Floyd not all the officers were white, yet Floyd was still murdered.

What is systemic in all US police departments is a codified law called “qualified immunity.” Now here’s a real bag of worms. Qualified immunity is a judicially created doctrine that shields government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations, such as the right to be free from excessive police force. So long as officials do not violate any “clearly established” law, a suit requiring the payment of money cannot be brought against them. Just reading this stuff should make your brain explode. You mean to tell me that someone wrote a law shielding a government official or employee from legal action if they violate my constitutional right? Why? What are those “clearly established laws” mentioned above? Where does it say that a group of cops can hold an unarmed person on the ground and kneel on his neck until he dies? The police officers involved have been arrested and charged, but how many times have similar actions been swept under the rug? Qualified immunity should be eliminated.

There is another aspect of police reform that must be reviewed and evaluated. It’s called Consent Decree, and It’s one of the more intrusive forms of court interventions. A consent decree entails a settlement agreement filed in federal court between plaintiffs and the local government agency in charge of the police. Typically, a consent decrees is overseen by a judge, who can legally enforce its provisions. A consent decree is intended to promote police department integrity and prevent conduct that deprives individuals of Constitutional rights, privileges and immunities. The reality is consent decrees have not worked and they should be abolished. Police departments have been hiding behind them for years.

Today (6-16-2020), once again, President Donald Trump used police brutality and the death of African American men and women as a prop in his quest to maintain his image of a “Law & Order President” and get re-elected. While his speech had little to do with order, it does outlaw “chokeholds” unless, as Trump said, “an officer’s life is threatened,” which is an excuse often used in investigations. Why is that exemption there? The executive order also establishes a national database of abusive police personnel. Could a national gun ownership database be far behind? Fat chance!

During his Rose Garden speech, the Donald attempted to promote all the “great things” he’s done for minority communities, but went over the line when he claimed that “school choice,” a legal form of segregation, is the greatest civil rights movement of today. WHAT? The greatest, immediate civil rights challenge is how minorities are being treated by the police. This president is more than tone deaf, he’s a vegetable, a rotten, smelly cabbage patch doll.

Trump spent less time in his speech talking about the hurt, the pain and the racial injustice that has occurred, than he did putting down previous administrations and gushing his love for the police. They don’t need love right now; they need review, reform and forgiveness. They must stop killing people to solve domestic disturbances. The world is watching. We all have video cameras and we will document when police departments deprive our rights and privileges. You are on notice, Mr. President.

Trump’s lack of empathy is notoriously lame and disheartening to anyone who has suffered unfair treatment by the police. People of color, please remember that Donald Trump is not your friend and you need to help us get rid of this superficial bureaucratic bullshit artist. His art is ugly and his mind is unqualified to lead.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


PROVOCATION & EXACERBATION

Trump’s Aspirations Are Not America’s Aims

It’s beginning to look like a revolution. In 1968, after meeting with some of the leaders of the student demonstrations against the Vietnam War, John Lennon, wrote a message to them in the lyrics of the song “Revolution.” It wasn’t a simple pop song, it was a missive. One of the lines in the song is, “We all want to change the world, but when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out.”

One theory about those lyrics was that Lennon was being careful and didn’t want to send an endorsement of violence. Not only was John Lennon distancing himself and the Beatles from the looting and destruction, but he was also showing disdain for communism with this line, “You tell me it’s the institution, Well, you know, you better free you mind instead, but if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao, you ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.” Perhaps learning the lesson of his statement two years earlier about the Beatles being bigger than God, John Lennon toned down a song about revolution. Really?

In 2020 America, the discussions about police misconduct and systemic racism are forcing fissures and factions. People who have a family member in law enforcement will generally take the cops’ side in these tragedies of misconduct. On the other hand, people are seeing videos, some beautifully captured in high definition, and no longer guessing about what happened; it’s plainly seen in the videos. Of course, there are some less than productive souls who are just sitting around waiting for a chance to break in, loot and burn down businesses to get attention. They may be angry, but they aren’t the majority of those who want justice.

Donald John Trump believes that the best way to make America great is to give his rich friends in the 1% wealth stratosphere more money. He takes care of the millionaires who buy and sell stock and the businesses that admire his antics. Trump has absolutely no idea how hard it is to make a life on minimum wages across multiple jobs. Even good institutions that help society can be castrated by Trump if they do not profusely and publicly adore him. He would rather provoke a response from people via Twitter than talk to them and work on solutions together. Lack of resolution can lead to revolution, so he’s reaped what he sowed.

This president seizes every opportunity to take a stand and blast out his opinion about those acts and incidents which he believes mirror the credos of his base. He does this capricious communication without intelligent discussion or fact-based deliberation. Trump is an exposed nerve with no feelings for the pain of real people and the cancerous problems in front of us. His bullshit “I’m trying to be a cheerleader” excuse for not being straightforward about the facts on COVID-19 hurt and killed people. His blindness on the current rage against the removal of Confederate monuments and renaming military bases is pouring more salt into long-term wounds. He could care less about solving problems and is decidedly more of a political whore than you ever believed. Yeah, me, too.

What is America’s goal? What is the best result from all this contempt? Certainly, we cannot bake out, legislate away or demand that human beings stop being bigoted and racist, but we must understand the causes. Living in the south gives one a perspective on this issue. I have a North Carolina friend who argues that the South won the civil war and his southern comrades were such gentlemen they allowed the North to say they won. Huh? I would suggest that if you ask young people in the south what caused the Civil War, they would claim it was over states’ rights. That’s not the right answer; it was SLAVERY.

African American Slaves

In my book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I write about how long it took to move the needle of change here in the US. It took 144 years for women to get the right to vote in our country. Why? We had hundreds of years of slavery in North America, while even with the Declaration of Independence it took 87 years to end slavery. Why? The people of 2020 do not have the patience to wait for change. There is something about Trump that keeps the question of equality and justice front and center. One is never sure where he stands with respect to the bright white supremacists who endorse him.

It was never Donald Trump’s goal to bring us all together. He has always been an US and THEM president without a core American value in his body. His only aspiration is making a country where everyone loves him and money flows to him and his rich, elitist friends. He cannot devote himself to analyzing facts. He would rather provoke someone with an outrageous statement or boorish putdown. And so, the cycle continues. The media focuses on Trump’s stupid diversions, which lessens the attention needed to solve our problems. The renaming of military bases is not important. What truly matters is using the power of the Federal government in orders and funding to make law enforcement better.

The aim of America has always been stability. We progress faster and more decisively when we aren’t obsessing about demanding problems. Wars, pandemics and financial recessions steal our attention and slow the processes of government and society. Having two of those things at once is debilitating. I cannot begin to imagine what would happen if Trump was also handed a war right now. But let’s think good thoughts; we have an election in four months.

There’s are lines in the Beatles’ Revolution song that warrant mention here. “You say you’ll change the constitution…We all want to change your head… You tell me it’s the institution…You better free you mind instead.” Yes, we need many Americans to free their minds from the grip of this inept, wannabe dictator and the damage he has brought. Trump supporters frustrate me because they have not figured out how this president has made their lives worse. Can they say they are better off now than they were in 2016? No, they cannot. Trump constantly wails against institutions and has lowered the respect for the very institution he runs, the government. Trump demonstrates that we are not supposed to respect the intelligence community and not to trust the FBI. He’s sold the proposition that all judges are biased, partisan people, but observe the importance of the appointments of “his judges.”

We don’t need destruction, tough cops or a revolution; we just need A BETTER PRESIDENT! The Beatles’ collection of music will be remembered forever, while Trump’s library of lies will eventually be burned to the ground by investigation and truth. As I said before, history will paint a picture that few will be proud of and I, for one, will never whitewash.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA

Is Trump More White Than Right?

I don’t know about you, but when I look down at my hands, I don’t see white, I see what can be best described as “skin color.” That statement is a racism misnomer, but do you understand why? When your kids investigate a box of crayons, what color do they pick to depict skin tone? I am not WHITE. I am a fleshy, old-guy Caucasian color. Just as the skin of a black man or woman is not exactly the color of black, we are all shades of different colors ranging between hardly any pigmentation to extremely dense layers. Even Crayola has a difficult time defining skin colors. They say I will find eight different colors that represent skin tones from around the globe, including apricot, black, burnt sienna, mahogany, peach, sepia, tan, and white. Amazing!

During the first five years of my life, I lived in a neighborhood that was rapidly changing from white to African American. In the 1950s, I attended a church daycare center with kids of every race. The facility had a big round communal urinal, similar in style to one of those champagne fountains you see at big parties. In terms of shape and size, my school buddies looked like me and I have carried this with me my whole life. We were alike biologically, but we had different colors of hair and shades of skin.

You experienced the reverse of the lack of skin coloration the first time you saw an albino. It’s a term that refers to oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), a condition under which a human being produces little or none of the melanin pigment.

Melanin is the term for a group of pigments occurring naturally in most organisms. They determine our skin color. According to experts, humans migrated into the arid, open landscapes of Asia, which is now eastern Europe, about 1.2 million years ago. This migration was most likely triggered by a megadrought on the African continent and the excessive ultraviolet-b radiation led to a human skin evolution, under which a darker pigmentation came about to protect against folate depletion due to increased exposure to sunlight. There is another theory claiming that the shape of certain migrants’ eyes changed to protect their sight from blindness due to a harsh sun, thus the faces of Asians are shaped differently than white Europeans and Africans.

The reason I have spent so much time on the color of skin is because it’s at the root of the racism we are seeing. Racism is simply defined as prejudice, discrimination or antagonism against someone of a different race based on your belief that your own race is superior. Most define race by the color of one’s skin.

I know you are probably thinking, “I don’t believe I am superior,” but are you sure about that? When I was five years old, I moved from the city to the suburbs and spent the next 14 years of my life going to school and living in a community that was totally white. The attitudes of the 1950s and 1960s in Pennsylvania were not as confrontational and verbally abusive as those in some southern states, but were there, under the surface. African Americans were called “colored people” where I lived, and we had black and brown crayons to represent those “others.” In the good old days, there was no “skin color” crayon in the box, only white.

Donald Trump, the present President of the United States, has had to defend a “racist” tag for years. From lawsuits claiming discrimination in housing, to his Central Park Five full-page ad calling for the execution of unjustly charged, convicted and confined African Americans, Trump has a target on his back. Most people just assume he’s a bigot and racist because of the things he does and says. His lack of strength or ability to call-out white supremacists like Neo-Nazis, KKK members and far-right anarchists is apparent. In the last four years, he’s been more white than right.

Great Day for George Floyd

You can plainly see his racism every day. Today, Trump Tweeted a letter that said the peaceful protesters the military cleared out of Lafayette Park for his photo-op with a Bible were TERRORISTS. To be fair, it wasn’t his idea. It was his broke-dick lawyer John Dowd’s letter that inflamed the president. John Dowd almost got Trump thrown out of office, why would the Donald listen to anything he has to say? And Mr. President, when you retweet, you are endorsing the thoughts of another.

We all grow up. Some of us change. According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll out today, 74% of Americans view George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as an underlying racial injustice problem. The rash of African American male deaths by the hands of police officers that happened a hundred years ago never made the white owned and run newspapers. The crack in the ceiling of racism got its first opening because of one brave, African American boy.

After being accused of offending a white woman in his family’s grocery store, 14-year-old African American Emmett Louis Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. FREEZE FRAME THIS. He was executed because he “offended” a white person. We later learned that the offense he was accused of never happened.

When Emmett was six years old, he contracted polio which led to a persistent stutter. Some white people characterized this as a lack of intelligence. Southern newspapers printed funeral pictures of Emmett’s beaten, tortured and mutilated corpse in an open casket. His mother, Mamie Till, demanded that people see what the murderers had done to her son. Some newspapers editorialized, “Now is the time for every citizen who loves the state of Mississippi to ‘Stand up and be counted’ before hoodlum white trash brings us to destruction.” So, things haven’t changed that much. We just saw an unarmed black man shot to death in Georgia and another unarmed African American suffocated to death by a cop kneeing on his throat. Lots of TV people are talking about the racial problems in America, but they are saying the same things Americans heard back in the day.

Trump has done nothing to bring us together as a nation. I often repeat this, but HE IS DOING NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM of systemic racism. His lies are destroying people’s careers, lives and livelihoods. I am hopeful that something is coming, change is coming, and Donald Trump will be dumped on the heap of those people who were too stupid to even know they are racist.

Hey, America, you could have left those Africans in Africa, but you didn’t. You used guns to force them onto boats to come to this country and do your work. You kept them down for hundreds of years. To this day, we continue to keep them underpaid, under-employed and constantly challenged in their quest for the American dream. To move forward, we must not get caught up in the guilt of the original sin of the United States. First, go to the mirror and confront your inner soul. Do you think you are superior? If so, work on yourself. If not, then ask yourself what you have done to make America great for all. You cannot say go back to where you came from unless you are willing to leave yourself. Native Americans can disregard that last sentence.

There is no superior SKIN COLOR, just as there is no singular IQ value or DNA set that makes one human better than the next. Please, for God’s sake, do not turn to Donald Trump for anything. He’s not going to be around forever and when he’s gone, we can put his statue in the Stupid Museum. Remember, he’s the guy who told us how bad immigrants are, and then proceeded to hire lots of undocumented workers and immigrants in his businesses. I’m sure he likes those people because they work for less money. What a damn hypocrite.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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


CHOKEHOLDS & SILENCE

Trump’s Thin Red Line & Leadership

Isn’t it ironic that the color of police activity in America is blue while the color of the law and order Republicans is red? Let’s think about the color red.  What comes to mind? Red is the color of blood. It’s also a reference of warning, “Do not cross this red line.” When we are judged by future generations, will we be taken to task for a lack of law and order or not enough smart training of those who held the guns and badges? Only time will tell.

On Monday, after a weekend of some peaceful demonstrations and some senseless destruction of property and life, we reached a crossroads. President Donald Trump had been invisible and silent all weekend, but on the first day of the new week he held a conference call during which he blamed and slammed US state governors for being “weak” against the protesters.

When Trump demanded “tougher crackdowns on protesters” he didn’t offer anything the governors didn’t already know. You know, arrest more people and get control of the looters, arsons and anarchists. Then, in true Trump style, he bullied the governors by saying, “You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They are going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate!” I’m not sure why he didn’t throw in his stupid “American carnage” phrase, because that is what we have now. The governors don’t care if Trump thinks they are jerks. They must live in the states they govern.

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker

To his credit, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the President to tone down his political rhetoric. The President replied, “I don’t like your rhetoric much, either, but that’s okay, we don’t agree with each other.” Trump uses this play a lot where he says something strong and negative, then softens it with a diluter. Just like when he added, “Some of them are good people, I guess?” right after he characterized Mexicans, as a group, as rapists.

Perhaps Trump feels good when he berates people because he’s mentally instable. Whatever, it’s the way he operates. For those who follow history, you may remember the “superior orders defense” which became interchangeable with “Nuremberg defense.” If protesters are killed by local law enforcement or the National Guard, will the police chiefs, commanders, mayors and governors simply claim they were “just following orders?” We are on dangerous ground, my friends. I do not trust that Trump will consult the Constitution when deciding how to handle this mess. He’s a criminal and we can only hope that the actions he takes while being in charge will lead to him being charged.

Here is a question for Congress. Why not write and pass a law right now that bans the use of a chokehold by any domestic law enforcement agency? That would certainly be a positive sign to our people and leaders who care about what is happening in America. I assume that’s not likely to happen because our representatives are too distracted with their stock purchases and sales.

Why are police utilizing techniques that kill people? Without evidence of any serious crime, why are they executing citizens in the streets? I am sure William Barr has a viewpoint based not on law but aimed at keeping Donald Trump happy. HOW DID THE US SENATE ALLOW THIS APPOINTMENT? Our next president should make sure that Barr is the first to go.

Trump doesn’t give a shit about George Floyd. He cares only about the effect Mr. Floyd’s death has on his polling numbers and chance of being reelected. Trump can no longer finger Democratic mayors and governors because the protests and riots are happening in cities regardless of their voting histories. As I have said many times before, no one state consists of a single party; each has percentages of red and blue. The thinking that any major city or state imported protesters to show a big turnout is dimwitted.

There are 42 million Africa Americas in the USA. When Trump calls them “outside agitators,” he sends this message to all American black people. In your own city, YOU ARE AN OUTSIDER.

There are not any mysterious political ghosts pushing people into violence and destruction. We are seeing pissed off young people who are tired of being told to stay inside and are no longer taking it. This isn’t a plot by the media showing unrest to hurt Donald Trump. Hey, stop slamming the free press, Mr. Orange Doughnut. Let them report what is REALLY happening. I saw that knee and I know it’s truth.

During Trump’s raging conference call with the governors, he urged them to arrest and jail protesters. Mr. Trump, do you not understand that such punishment is the domain of the courts and not yours? This president’s clear attempt to intimidate state leaders into using military tactics against protesters has been noted and, at some point, he will be held responsible. He cannot escape. The Donald sees all protesters as black, white, native or Asian, and all posing one huge problem for him. I am sure he is waddling around the executive mansion wondering why white kids are protesting.

Donald John Trump’s silence over the weekend was good and bad. On the plus side, Trump not talking meant that he wasn’t angering anyone. Half the people in America don’t believe a word he says, while the other half surely hope he knows what he’s doing. There is growing doubt he can handle current events on both sides. The negative aspect of the silent, deadly black cloud hanging over the White House is that it transmits a lack of care. Trump’s words cannot bring us together. Any attempt to comfort the nation, whether it’s Tweeter Trump, Teleprompter Trump or Adlibbing Trump, will fall short. He has no empathy for our pain. Tomorrow we’ll cover the Bible stunt, but the press conference on Tuesday night, was nothing short of kerosene being poured on a fire.

Joe Biden in church

Someone in the administration should notify Trump that he cannot abandon his role as President during a pandemic and then demand total control of a national strike against him. I believe all this political and personal unrest is directly related to the president. Trump denounced the #MeToo movement and he trampled #BlackLivesMatter by calling football players who protested before their games “Sons of Bitches.”  He screwed thousands of family owned farms with his trade war on China. The protests are also the result of Trump not coming out strongly against Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK. There were hundreds of times he could have denounced these far right and terror-driven organizations, but he never did. After the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, he went through the motions but did not decry. He likes the fact that the KKK magazine endorsed him for President in 2020. He’s never said a single bad word about these dangerous groups, but oppressed people know what he is doing. They aren’t dumb.

It’s not a blue line, red line or black line; it’s America’s future that Trump is toying with these days. I hope someone will step up and tell him how to behave, but no one has the balls to confront him and Trump listens to nobody. This bull is destroying the china in our shop, and all of us will have to pay when he’s gone. We are witnessing a supreme failure of governance. Trump should be figuring out how to get people off the streets and into town meetings where he can be confronted by the citizens of this country. I would love to see that, but I won’t hold my breath.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace.

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

 


A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Trump’s Big Lies & Little Tweets

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good marketing phrase or slogan. Words have always been more dependable than people in my life. When listening to the radio today, I heard a commercial for Lexus, the luxury car manufacturer. It was one of those recently produced spots that focus on how we find ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ad urged listeners to access their special website. The hook is “People First” and I thought, yeah, that is exactly where our focus should be. Suddenly, a bell clanged loudly in my head.

Donald Trump pitched himself as the president who would put “America First.” It has a nice ring to it, but it is far from an original idea. The phrase was used by Charles Lindbergh in 1941, while he was touring the US as the leading voice of the “America First” Committee — an isolationist group of some 800,000 members who claimed England was trying to drag America into a war. Not only was Lindbergh a known racist, history has shown that his isolationist and anti-global policies would have given Europe, and perhaps even Russia, to Hitler. He was proposing an alliance with Germany during World War II.

Ronald Regan’s 1980 Presidential campaign used the slogan “Let’s make America great again.” Reagan masterfully exploited the anger in the US over crime increases in the inner cities and the happenings in Iran during Carter’s administration. A group of Iranian college students who supported the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran. The US hostages were held for 444 days and were finally released after Reagan took office.

Trump saw the loss of American jobs to offshore production centers had fired up the long simmering resentment of workers in this country. He also utilized the apparent racist reaction to the African American president who preceded him. The Donald was instrumental in starting a conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in America, therefore not eligible to be president. Trump appropriated the slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again” and “America First” from the past. Most intelligent and aware US citizens believe Trump’s thinking is regressive and backward-looking. Trump has zero ability to solve the problems we face. Complaining about a challenge is NOT delivering a result.

The final line of the opening remarks at the Lexus website reads, “During good times and bad, when we take care of people first, the rest will follow.” It’s a standard car dealer pitch, but it contains a clear message. Mankind, or the people of the earth, are indeed an isolated group. As of this writing, we don’t know for certain of any other peopled colony in our universe, so we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

As Trump concentrates on America First, I am sure he’s not in a particularly good mental place when dealing with all the things he cannot control or dismiss. That’s why the man is hammering out an increasing number of stupid tweets that are totally irrelevant to the crisis at hand.

In the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall, Woody’s character is in a theater line with Annie, played by Diane Keaton. They are both drawn into an overly loud conversation by a pontificating professor. This man claims to know everything about Canadian writer, philosopher and media guru Marshall McLuhan. Woody’s character, Alvy, gets quite irritated, and in one of the best fourth wall breaks in motion picture history, Alvy pulls another man into frame. The man is Marshall McLuhan himself who says, “I hear-I heard what you were saying. You-you know nothing of my work. You mean my whole fallacy is wrong.  How you ever got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing.”

Most people loved the putdown of the arrogant elitist but notice the deeper play on words. McLuhan says, You mean my whole fallacy is wrong.” Over the years, I have frequently thought of that sentence. Most people base their words and actions on premises, while fallacies are someone’s mistaken belief, especially when based on an unsound argument. Once McLuhan used the word, fallacy, he admitted his proposal was based on bad information. If a president creates a fallacy and bases his administration and every decision on that unsound judgement, how could things possibly go well?

Earlier in the same scene from Annie Hall, the target of the ire was discussing movies when he slammed the great film maker Federico Fellini with this line, “You know, you get the feeling that he’s not absolutely sure what it is he wants to say.” No one knowledgeable about cinema would ever say that Italian director Fellini didn’t know what he was trying to say, rather they would tell you he was demanding the viewer fill in the blanks. There are no blanks with Donald Trump. He has stuffed the heads of his moronic followers with every baseless bit he wants them to believe. Whether what he says is true or a lie simply doesn’t matter. His entire fallacy is wrong.

The President of United States doesn’t understand that people of our world are all one, large collective, and things that happen in Wuhan or West Virginia affect us all. Donald Trump’s open campaign against wearing a virus protection mask has produced yet another divide. Here’s proof, straight from a kid on a beach, “I mean, if he’s not wearing a mask, I’m not going to wear a mask. If he’s not worried, I’m not worried.” And there you have it, folks. The fallacy is that if everyone else is wearing a mask, you don’t need to. It’s much like the drunken logic of, “Well, if everyone else on the road is sober, I’ll be just fine driving smashed.”

Do you remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school? The words are simple, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Trump talks a lot about the flag and the importance of American patriotism, but he’s missing the point of the pledge. We are not pledging to the president, we are stating our loyalty to the flag and the country it represents and asserting our belief that this country is indivisible. If Trump sincerely believes that America should be first, then he needs to protect all citizens from any enemy, visible or invisible. Never forget “liberty and justice for all.” America starts with “We the people,” not just Republicans or Democrats but all the people. Trump has done nothing to make us more indivisible. To the contrary, he has made us more divided. It’s a big world, and he is a small man. God help us if he gets reelected.

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