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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SOLDIERS TO FIREMEN TO NURSES

American Memorializes Real Heroes

There are those who think that one’s political opinions can get in the way of true patriotism. This is not true. Any citizen of this great nation has the right to write, publish or comment on whatever they want. Check the First Amendment to our Constitution. The right of freedom of the press gives us freedom of religion and gatherings. The president does not have the right to close churches, or demand they open. Legally speaking, it’s not his call.

Today, we are looking back to the way we view our own countrymen and women. When I was a kid, soldiers marched in parades. Firetrucks were always part of the festivities, and around the area where I grew up, Brentwood, Pennsylvania, the firetrucks were colorful. Brentwood had red trucks, while the neighboring borough, Whitehall, had, yes you guessed it, white trucks. The town of Green Tree, had green trucks. And you wonder why I am the way I am.

My father fought in World War II and had communications responsibilities in Europe. The troops were in charge of raising telephone poles and getting the phone system back up and running in that war-torn land. I was taught to be a patriot and respect America and the flag for which it stands. As I said in my recent book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I sincerely love my country and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I respect the military and don’t need a draft dodger or goodie-two-shoes flag waver to tell me who I am.

Sometime after World War II, we reluctantly sent more of our finest men to Korea to fight another conflict. That war didn’t result in a full victory, thus we now have a North and a South Korea. Later, we got sucked into another conflict between communists and dictators in Vietnam. We picked the side we believed would help us defeat communism. We were wrong and destroyed a country along with the good name of America. Vietnam veterans have not been treated very well in this country. I am sorry for that.

If you are a younger reader, I would suggest you watch these movies: Apocalypse Now, Born on the 4th of July, Platoon, Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket or spend some time with Ken Burns’ 2017 documentary The Vietnam War. There were more than 365,000 Vietnamese civilians killed in that war, while there are 58,276 names of US troops on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The war ended when the United States government evacuated embassy personnel and the communists took over Vietnam. That was not our proudest moment. Unfortunately, distrust of the government by our baby boomer generation, plus the general disdain for the war, splashed hard against our vets who came home, many injured, tired and broken. Drug addiction and despair gripped many of my buddies for years. They should be honored. They were asked to do a job, and they did it.

When terrorists from Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan entered our country and flew jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, these sites became crime scenes and war zones. The press even called the disaster in New York City “Ground Zero,” as if a bomb had been dropped at the site. That is the original meaning of the phrase. Brave police, firemen and first responders rushed to the burnt and fallen buildings, attempting to rescue people from the rubble. Since many perished, the teams turned to searching for human remains. As time has shown us, many of those heroes got terrible diseases and ailments from working on what they called “the pile” at Ground Zero. After years of fighting for benefits, Congress finally gave them some support and aid. It’s embarrassing that those responders had to fight to get credit and the help they needed. We should be honoring those people every day.

Now, we face another external force that has brought death and depression to many in this country, the global pandemic. As I’m writing this, there are close to 98,000 deaths from this evil virus, close to twice the number of casualties in the Vietnam war. Deaths from COVID-19 virus are now thirty-two times the number of US citizens who died on 9-11. Today we also salute those courageous people who are working endless hours in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Thank you for your service.

According to Vox.com, “Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 90,000 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus.” It will probably be a long time before we get verified figures about healthcare worker deaths on the frontline, but it’s interesting that the same Vox article takes the position that we shouldn’t see healthcare workers in the same light as soldiers. You can read it here. I get their point. Soldiers go into war knowing they might die while healthcare workers never agreed to giving their life when doing their jobs. Nurses and doctors should be protected and our government has let them down.

While our present administration effected large increases in military spending, they cut back on funding for healthcare insurance protections, hospital expansions and they allowed the national stockpile of PPE, ventilators and testing equipment to dwindle to dangerous levels. These errors in action and faulty logistical planning can be documented, but this is not the day to hold the government accountable.

This is a day to honor those who did their jobs, saved lives and moved us toward the solution of a horrible global pandemic. When we see our leaders sink to the level of useless bickering, it ruins the American spirit and creates division rather than a united front to win this medical and economic war. Today I can’t help thinking about my father and the five years of his life he gave up helping to save the world from Nazis.

Our damn politicians don’t fool all of us. We see them go into secret meetings and come out with those lugubrious faces, repeating paltry partisan talking points. They are not heroes; they are cardboard cutouts that will fall with the purity of rain. Real heroes don’t ask for praise or keep repeating how exceptional they are. They wake up, get out of bed and do their job. We must honor them with our words and our actions. We shall move forward, with or without those lame leaders who fail to take care of us. If you only listen to those who you agree with, you will never become stronger. The weak may follow, but the truly brave always lead.


WHAT IS THE REAL ANSWER?

Trump Pushes Workers to the Edge

Maybe because I grew up in a household with a former member of the military, I learned to respect authority figures. That lasted until I got to college and was exposed to radical leftist anarchists, which was a joke. Those radicals were basically white kids from the suburbs of northeastern cities who got into college by the skin of their teeth to avoid going to Vietnam.

The college collective rejected Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon with their goosed-up thinking promoted by Pentagon Generals. They said we couldn’t leave Vietnam because so many have already died, and the domino theory meant the entire world would collapse into communism. We assumed they were lying about the Vietnam war, and after the Pentagon Papers were released, we witnessed the enormity of their lies. We saw the carnage right before our eyes as the body bags and blood were blasted nightly over network TV news.

When we were protesting that war, we were just trying to communicate “Our lives matter,” but many parents, teachers and authority figures said that we were being unpatriotic. When African Americans were involved in police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, a cry for help in the form of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan came about. It wasn’t long after when people felt a need to produce an American flag in black and white, with one blue strip to promote the safety and welfare of those in law enforcement. The Thin Blue Line campaign even sells merchandise. Some saw this as backlash to the criticism of various community’s police policies and activities. There were valid protests but didn’t solve the problem.

The power of the President of the United States is vast but can be questioned. We live in a democracy with a strong First Amendment and I use it every day to say what I really think about the distorted, disillusioned and demented man waddling within the White House. While he was busy selling his Make America Great Again hats, the country was attacked by a virus. It’s not a stretch to say our government was caught off guard. The administration was warned and chose to ignore.

People’s lives have been sacrificed throughout the history of our government. We have fought many wars in which some of our best lost their lives to support land grabbing, philosophical differences and aiding our allies. Recently disclosed documents showed that the US military used our soldiers as guinea pigs to examine the effects of drugs.

In 1971, President Nixon initiated a military drug urinalysis program to identify which service members returning from Vietnam should be rehabilitated. Project MK-Ultra was the code name of a clandestine US Central Intelligence Agency mind control program which conducted experiments on human subjects, some of which were illegal. LSD was just one of the mind-altering drugs that were tested in the program to see if and how they could be weaponized to control human behavior. Many of the unwitting subjects of these experiments were subjected to what amounts to psychological torture. Yes, it was our government without oversight or transparency that implemented this program. In 1994, the US General Accounting Office issued a report stating that between 1940 and 1974 the CIA, Department of Defense and other national security agencies used thousands of human subjects in tests and experiments involving hazardous substances.

During Donald Trump’s reality TV show, broadcast live from the (I Never Promised you a) Rose Garden, he said, “I just want to make something clear. It’s very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting a process.” These amazing words were uttered during an utterly ridiculous press briefing on May 15 which did nothing other than revealing the absurd name “Operation Warp Speed” for his quest to quickly deliver a COVID-19 vaccine.  It’s a stupid name and we have no details about how this goal might be achieved.

“Operation Warp Speed” implies it’s going to happen fast, but most experts are doubting that a vaccine will come more quickly just because of a flashy name. Might I add a bit of marketing critique here? When the pilot of the Star Trek vehicle clicked the Warp Speed switch, it was generally to get away from an imminent attack. I am not sure if Trump wants us to run away from problems or get to the unspecified promised land sooner.

As the Washington Post published this weekend, Trump has been touting the drug hydroxychloroquine for more than two months. He even forced the FDA to approve the drug for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Many Fox News hosts have also heavily promoted use of this drug, while clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis showed its danger, especially for those with heart disease. Trump’s justification for taking the drug was “What do you have to lose?” Most experts say that the drug doesn’t seem to have any positive results against coronavirus. A study from the Veterans Administration showed that 27% of the patients treated with hydroxychloroquine died. WHO ELECTED THIS CLOWN?

What the world needs now is not just “love,” but truth. Many Republican governors put reopening their state’s economy way ahead of concern about the continuing challenges of the global pandemic. In states with Democratic governors, a ginned-up revolt has been used to confront their actions to keep their citizens safe. I am sure most of the charges against restaurants, taverns and hair salons will be thrown out of court when all is said and done, but the general ignorance and lack of respect by many of my fellow Americans is depressing. They may die because they believed in Trump’s bullshit.

Trump’s misinformation and distractions have once again divided us into two groups, but there is a more important aspect of his actions. If people take his word as true and then end up suffering or even dying because of it, will we ever believe another president during a pandemic? Maybe the thinning of the herd is based on awareness and knowledge, not muscles.

The good news is Trump does back down on stupid ideas and plans when masses of Americans show their teeth. The most embarrassing thing he suggested was drinking disinfectants. Second was hyping a drug that could kill people. Third was being elected President. We should march on Washington, D.C. The Vietnam war ended because we the people revolted. We need another rebellion now, before it’s too late.

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

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FEAR, FATIGUE & FALLACIES

We Have the Wrong Man in Charge

Let me take the gloves off today. Better get the kids out of the room, adult language to follow. Donald Trump is a fool and an asshole. We have a president who has openly encouraged people to protest the stay-at-home orders — his very own recommendations — putting themselves at risk for infection and spreading the COVID-19 virus further. Where I come from, a person who does obnoxious and stupid things is called a “jagoff,” and that term fits Donald John Trump to a T. His puppet governors in red states will kill people just to please our wannabe dictator. They need to be voted out ASAP. Recall is a method that can be used in some states.

President Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of the state of New York, went to Washington for one reason: to explain to our jagoff-in-chief how coronavirus testing works. Yes, my dear readers, the current President of the United States understands hardly anything about this pandemic. His lack of desire to read, learn or listen to people is obvious. The daily briefings that Trump “puts on” are less meaningful than your kids acting out a play in the garage. He cannot admit that his administration has dropped the ball. Embarrassingly and tragically his inaction has probably killed a bunch of people. My bumper sticker idea is TRUMP, KILLER PRESIDENT.

I get it, the economy sucks, but Trump is telling us that it will take off like a rocket once this medical emergency is over. He doesn’t really believe that and is personally fearful. The government has already bequeathed almost $4 trillion to treat some of the pain, and recovery from that will not come quickly. Now we see Trump promoting premature evacuation of his own guidelines and plan? Why? We haven’t won the war against COVID-19. The man in the Oval Office is worse than irresponsible; he’s a clinically ill less-than-human who is dangerous for our citizens. Why are we are letting him run the country?

In the last 24 hours, Trump tweeted about shutting down immigration, which isn’t even a problem right now. A bunch of people at the White House will now jump and try to construct an official order that matches his tweet. We will probably see that order reshaped into a vague notion of a ban, under which green card agricultural workers will be allowed in. If our president is so decisive why do the advice and the information keep changing? FUCKED UP!

No one wants to immigrate now. Why would they? We can’t control the virus and the kind of smart people we want here are not about to risk travel. Trump woke up today and posted that he’s instructed the Navy to shoot at Iranian ships. WHY? It’s all about messaging his base and moving the headlines off his stupidity and incompetence. Iran is battling COVID-19. They aren’t thinking about America.

The Real Deep-State

We must be careful with Trump. Attorney General Willian Barr is sending a message of fear to the governors. He warns that he’s looking into “draconian or restrictive orders” to their citizens. REALLY? Some say Barr is a politician operative, but he is just a political whore for Trump. I cannot believe that while our fellow countrymen and women are suffering with so much disease and death, we have a Justice Department that is being used by the President to spread fear and promote political unrest. WHAT A FUCKED-UP WAY TO RUN A COUNTRY! Barr is a traitor to his oath.

The fallacies pumped out during this time of crisis are unacceptable. Fox News should be taken to court. They are hurting people. The idea that the open-the-country guidelines were only guidelines is horseshit. Why waste money to distribute and use valuable TV time to promote them when NO ONE IS FOLLOWING THEM, especially in states with feckless leadership. Can you say, “red states?”

Take this for what it’s worth. CDC Director Robert Redfield warned that a second wave of coronavirus this fall is likely to be even more devastating than what we are experiencing now. The very next day, Trump made him walk back his comments, saying that it wouldn’t be “worse,” but if the seasonal flu and the Covid came back at the same time, it would be “more complicated and difficult.” WTF? It’s no comfort to watch Trump, the buffoon in the White House, saying that he’s a cheerleader while he lies every day about the supply lines to fight coronavirus. Why is he even talking? Why is Donald Trump in charge of this? Oh, I almost forgot. It’s because he’s the president. America, are you listening? One minute he says all the states have what they need, then he shows a swab and says that he’s going to use his federal powers to make them. So, I guess there is a shortage.

I am navigating intense emotional waves. There are times when I get so angry that I must take a walk around the neighborhood. I put on my mask and I stay safe, but I am walking with a lack of direction. Then I get fatigued and escape to the endless nature show marathon on the National Geographic cable channel. Seeing the otters get to the river and beating the coyote out of a meal makes me feel better. It’s a win, a feeling that is quite rare during this crisis.

FACT: we have tested only 1.2% of the population and we will never beat this curse without knowing more. It’s treasonous for the elected President of the United States to push back and attempt to slow the use of testing, tracking and antibody analysis. He says he’s all for it, but he’s a fucking liar. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and his ass. Trump said, “Anyone who wants a test, can get a test,” just one of his many lies. By the way, the Washington Post counts them and they say Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims in the first three years of his presidency. Why does anyone listen to him?

And now we have this. The ACLU says that their models show that our death counts will double due to the COVID-19 virus spreading through our prisons. The hospitals in most state and federal prisons can handle maybe two or three patients at a time. Prisoners, no matter what their charges, will die in jail. Are we proud of that, or should we do something about the problem now? First, we must have transparency about the cause of death of every American. Why doesn’t William Barr announce that he will go after any coroner or public heath official who doesn’t report deaths accurately? That would be a good job for the Justice Department.

I am not afraid of the virus as much as I am afraid of what Donald Trump has done and will do to this country I love. Our people deserve better. I just wish Donnie Boy would stroll out of the White House and never come back. Doing so wouldn’t mean this crisis would end, but it would allow the rest of us to solve it sooner. We need to get smarter people in the government but that won’t happen while Donald Trump is president. Yes, you’re right, I don’t like him.

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

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


IMMUNE TO SCIENCE

The Trumping Down of America

Our current situation would make a funny, off-beat movie if it didn’t involve more than 40,000 dead Americans. I can’t help wondering why the President of the United States is encouraging his fanboys and fangirls to be out there on the lawns of the state capitals waving flags, guns and breathing all over each other. I surely hope the dickheads who get infected during these rallies enjoy the part where they are burning with fever, hallucinating, and coughing up blood before they are put on ventilators.

In my quest to interpret and analyze media coverage of this horrible global pandemic, I sampled Fox News this morning. There I heard the Fox and Friends female couch sitter, Ainsley Earhardt, saying that what we don’t know is good news. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, you will find a chapter named Selling Science. I closed that chapter with this sentence, “The goofballs don’t have a vision about the future, because they cannot apply what they do not understand.” Now I am not here to put down Ainsley. I am sure that she, as a “Gamecock” got a BS from the University of South Carolina, but did they not teach her about the BS that flows from her mouth?

President Donald Trump is tainted by his countless false statements. The man seems to be anti-science, but why does he build tall buildings requiring science to determine how those structures will stand? Are his buildings magical creations? Maybe his disconnection from science comes because he’s echoing the inability of his followers to comprehend how things work. Trump is an enabler of stupidity. The good news is you can’t get stupid from another person, unless you believe them too much. The way to be senseless is to trump yourself down.

President Trump has created a dual messaging system in which the experts on his Task Force present facts and Trump appears to agree, for a few minutes. Then, he interjects a comment or two which nullify the words of the experts. Trump says things like warmer weather will kill the virus or the drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure. That one has created a worldwide shortage, bad news for people with malaria or lupus who desperately need the drug for treatment.

Trump’s completely fallacious claim that we have enough coronavirus testing in America is one of his biggest lies and most dangerous ostrich-like behavior during this pandemic. Without testing, we cannot know the true penetration of the virus into our population.

Is Trump resisting testing because he fears we would see the vastness of this crisis, proving his tardiness with testing and locking down LATE was a major mistake. Would testing indicate  that more than 20% of the population have this virus? Yes, that is what some scientists are saying. The Donald fears this would push back economic repair further into the year and cost him the election.

We cannot be immune to medical science and facts. Consider Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computers, and his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He died in 2011, but would have had a better chance at life if he didn’t wait nine months to get treated.

In the case of the COVID-19, we would be better off if we had waited before reopening the country and putting people in harm’s way. Our impatience with antibody testing is showing in the constant discussions about where we are headed. We don’t even know if the plasma from a cured patient can help someone suffering with the virus. It should work, but we will have to prove it with science.

Donald Trump has said we don’t have time to wait for test tubes and clearance on these techniques and drugs. He just wants to roll them out with his friendly cheer, “What do you have to lose?” It takes a futile person to make a comment like that! If anyone asks you why America seems to disregard science in things like melting glaciers and protective vaccines, you can blame Donald Trump just as much as theories from ignoramuses on the internet.

Trump has a calling card he whips out for his sycophants when they are asked why they are doing such stupid things, “We Can’t Have the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem.” And so, with a few tweets, Trump has summoned the far-right to protest local governments, ignoring what Trump and his Task Force have asked us to do. That’s  deeply disturbing and dangerous malpractice by this President.

The game of government and poorly run businesses is the use of committees and task forces to analyze problems and develop solutions. This committee mentality is exactly why things slow to a crawl. Yes, it’s great to get input, but eventually someone in power must make a call. It’s called leadership! We could parade hundreds of doctors in front of Trump and if didn’t already agree with their advice he would never take it. Even his own medical analysis came from a strange personal doctor, who later admitted that he quickly wrote a letter based on what Trump wanted him to say, instead of delivering a serious medical analysis based on science.

With more than 40,000 Americans dead because of COVID-19, the President stands for hours in the press room at the White House doing nothing to advance science or giving us what we need to survive. He talks in terms of himself and prattles on about how he closed the borders and saved millions of lives. That’s not a scientific fact, but someone told him that he did something good, so he keeps repeating it. Some say Trump is an idiot. If Trump were as smart as he claims, he wouldn’t have forced a trade war with the country that produces most of our PPE and medical testing supplies. If he believed in and followed science, he would have taken coronavirus seriously from the beginning. There is credible proof that he was told in December, then again in early January about the coming doom, yet he did nothing.

Trump will keep saying that he acted fast and saved lives, but in fact, what he refers to as a “travel ban” was not an outright embargo. There were exceptions for certain Chinese Nationals and Americans and their family members. More than 40,000 people came into the USA from China after the restrictions were put in place. Science would say that number of untested people arriving on our shore was large enough to eventually infect the whole nation. Some researchers believe the catastrophic infection rate in New York City had its origin in Europe, not China, so Trump was late again. The European Union ban, excluding the UK, wasn’t placed until March 11, 2020. A few days later, the President added the UK, as an afterthought. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 11th the novel coronavirus had infected more than 118,000 people and killed close to 4,300 worldwide, By CNN’s tally, the US had over 1,200 cases. Trump can keep saying “zero death,” but he placed a travel ban thus proving he was concerned. I can’t fathom why he’s blaming the World Health Organization for all his lateness.

We know Trump is pushing back on the inadequate testing in America. We know that he is panicked; we can hear it in his voice. He is lashing out at anyone who questions his judgement and has not taken command of crisis management. What I say to the 42% of the citizenry who think Trump will fix this is, “HE THINKS YOU ARE STUPID!” Why do you let him hold this belief behind your back? Why don’t you confront him? Maybe we will see some of those protesters laying in a hospital, recanting their myth that COVID isn’t any more harmful than the seasonal flu. Maybe then they might ask Trump why he tricked them.

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

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

 


HYPE, LIES & LIVES

Trump Truncates His Own Orders

It’s mind boggling. The President of the United States is now promoting protests by urging people to break the very recommendations his own administration has released. His latest tweets about “liberating” several of our states go against the grain of everything the White House said they are promoting to keep Americans safe. Let’s review.

According to the Washington Post, “The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for President Trump to treat the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The president consistently played down the threat and became a fountain of misinformation and confusion. While visiting the CDC in Atlanta on March 6, Trump incorrectly stated: ‘Anybody that needs a test, gets a test.’ In fact, the nation is desperate for more testing, leading some states to conserve testing for only health-care workers.”

Austin Texas Protests

Have the members of the COVID-19 Task Force forgotten the massive failure of their first attempts at testing? As CNN posted, “Contamination in manufacturing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test for the coronavirus caused weeks of delays that slowed the US response to the pandemic. This problem stemmed in part from the CDC not adhering to its own protocols, according to a Trump Administration US Food and Drug Administration spokesperson.” Why hasn’t anyone in the White House addressed this?

TESTING is the central problem. The administration pledged to get 27 million tests into the country by mid-March, but as of April 18 there were only 3.5 million tests completed. We get one great lie after another in the daily Task Force briefings, which have devolved into lengthy blathers of cloudy, complicated statistics, models, and predictions spattered amongst a heavy dose of pure Trumpian political bullshit. I am now seeing a problem with Dr. Deborah Brix, who is producing “data” that support the things Trump want us to believe. The Friday briefing was a giant smoke cloud to keep us from seeing the real problem, which is TESTING.

Trump’s answers to questions posed by our true journalists attempt to divert our attention from his malfeasance and ignorance. Two or three planted, far right media reporters then ask preplanned questions to cover Trump’s fumbled adlibs and misinformation. Why are they even allowed to be there? Oh yeah, because of the First Amendment. Trump sputters judgement of the questions, the reporters, and their outlets, rather than seriously using his time before the American people to help. What a thoughtless dolt!

A just released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 65% of Americans say Trump did not take the coronavirus seriously, and 52% say they disapprove of the way this president is handling the crisis in which we live. Fortunately, America is hearing through the noise. Only 36% of our citizens believe the things Trump says about the COVID crisis.

Trump is taking major heat about quickly opening the country from both his sycophants and political operatives. Even while the experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Birx, placate Trump with their public statements, you can hear in their words and see in their body language that they are most certainly nervous about a virus rebound caused by reopening the country too early. Fauci talks about a return of the virus and infections in the fall. Oh boy, that would be bad for Trump and the election. Hey kids, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. TRUMP WILL PROBABLY TRY TO CANCEL THE ELECTION.

By promoting protests with his incendiary language, Trump is urging his lower-IQ base to march arm-in-arm, which will help the virus spread faster and more thoroughly. What intelligent human could possibly agree with this? It’s a move by a corrupt politician who is more interested in being reelected than doing what is best for the people. It reminds me of a scene in the 1975 blockbuster movie, JAWS, in which the Amity Island character, Mayor Larry Vaughn, decides to keep the beaches open for the July 4th weekend, leading to the death of five constituents. He’s still the mayor of the town in JAWS 2, so I guess those people didn’t get it. I can’t help wondering why they didn’t learn the lesson.

Half of our country doesn’t trust Trump. The other half cannot see the connection between DEATH and reopening beaches. Really? UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the message quickly after contracting the virus. He probably would have taken the matter much more seriously if the disease had hit him sooner. The COVID-19 death of Trump’s real estate buddy, Stanley Chera, has made Trump more frantic and angry about this virus he cannot control than empathy for the American healthcare and other workers doing all they can to  keep the rest of us alive. Is this president mentally ill? Sorry folks, but I must pose that question.

Our president says whatever he wants and many in Congress get onboard. Then, the next day, Trump reverses course and tramples his own words with tweets and rhetoric that are more destructive than helpful. Captain Bligh, in the Mutiny on the Bounty, suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. Is Trump like him? We will probably never know for sure, but it’s abundantly clear that Fat Ass Golf Boy is totally unqualified and unfit to manage this crisis. He wants only to strike at enemies, both real and imagined, rather than calm and help the populous. What a fucking, inept human.

I wish I could ask Donald Trump this, “Do you know that the people around you are NOT TELLING THE TRUTH because they are afraid of you?” Next, I would ask him why he wears makeup. Yes, I know that seems like a silly question, but it’s a severe quirk we all can see. Like makeup, he’s involved in coverup every day. He’s insecure about the way he looks. I am not sure why he picked the color orange, but I guess that is better than black, which would have clashed with his fake, blonde-dyed hair.

Trump does many wrong things. His hype confuses people. A president recommending unproven medicines to the world is unethical. The lies he presents will hurt and kill people. I rarely agree with Piers Morgan, but his observation that this virus takes a different skill set than just running for office is right on the money. TV-pitchman Trump is incapable of managing a way out of this crisis. He’s a feeble man trying to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to get reelected. TOTAL LOSER!

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

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DEATH VS. DOLLARS

Sophie’s Choice for Trump

You may be unfamiliar with the phrase Sophie’s choice. It refers to an extremely difficult decision a person must make. It describes a situation in which no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or equally undesirable. The saying became popular from a movie, adapted from William Styron’s novel of the same name. The character Sophie is forced to choose which of her two children would be sent to die while the other would live. Donald Trump, with the power of the presidency, is now facing such an exceedingly difficult choice.

I don’t believe our president grasps how his inactions have caused our COVID-19 crisis to be worse than it might have been. There is no evidence that Donald Trump cares about anything other than appearances and winning. He faces a decision to go for the dollars now and deal with the death later or take positive action to help people stay safe.

He has distanced himself from decisions and solutions just enough to say that this “Sophie’s choice” is not his, but a challenge for each state’s governor. When the most important decision is in front of him, he claims the governors must do the work and make the hard choices. His involvement will come only when he will berate them for failing. Trump has said he will “come down strongly” on anyone who makes a mistake, whatever the hell that means.

States Unite to Fight

I would feel much more confident if the person at the top could face every decision with honesty, transparency and intellectual gravitas. I hate conspiracy theories, but here is one I believe. Donald Trump tweeted out “LIBERATE Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia” the other day. It’s not a theory, but clear that his words are whistles blown to his hardcore fans on the far right. I believe he is trying to bully the governors of swing states to open early and kill a bunch of people so he can then blame them. The “up to the governors” ploy was a preamble to Trump’s diabolical scheme, and it’s not at all farfetched, because we know Trump will do anything to win, even if killing people is part of the strategy.

Trump is manipulating radical groups to disrupt states that have taken the coronavirus threat seriously. He is inciting remnants of the tea party along with slimy new elements such as White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and self-serving militias. These groups hate Obama and Democrats. Their “don’t tread on me” philosophy includes vindictive racism and xenophobia, which Trump doesn’t even attempt to tamp down. This president never answers questions about racism and white supremacists correctly. He waves away any connection, while saying that the protestors appear to like him. REALLY? He sees a Trump/Pence flag being waved at a protest, yet he ignores the swastikas and other anti-American references these people carry?

Trump’s suggestive tweets to the three states is a message to these groups to disrupt the very guidelines his administration put into place. His vitriolic language is intended to harm Democrat governors with a maneuver to further divide our nation. He didn’t say LIBERATE ALABAMA or ARIZONA, because he doesn’t want every state to hurt their citizens, only the Democratically governed states. His lack of empathy is obvious and the energy he puts into watching TV, endlessly tweeting and constantly belittling and berating people is glaringly unproductive. He would have been fired long ago if he was employed by a public company. He’s a dirtbag, a scumbag, one could even say he’s a douchebag, but, hey, I am not here to call him bag-names, I just want to help you get angry enough to get rid of him.

It’s hard for me to be critical of the President of the United States while not seeming like I am a partisan, or worse, unpatriotic. I get that, but why would a president go out of his way to put people down in the middle of a global pandemic while constantly blaming others and inciting radical demonstrations against state leaders who are trying to keep people alive? Don’t you think it’s rather demonic to do all that while defunding the World Health Organization during a pandemic?

I have suffered financially in this COVID crisis, but I am willing to forgo that to help the country I love get over this crisis and succeed. Donald Trump is not willing to sacrifice anything to help our country. He has thwarted oversight of the bailout, he disregards the loss of life and he provides money, aid, and medical supplies only to those who kiss his ass. Using an expression Trump loves, “That’s really unfair.” He’s a selfish prick without the intellect or will to get us through this. His focus is on money, not pain. The dollar is his only priority, attendant deaths are just too fucking bad.

Last week Trump floated an idea about a daily two-hour radio show from the White House. REALLY? I thought the President was a terribly busy guy. I’m thinking of conservative pundit Ann Coulter. She called President Trump “lazy and incompetent.” Of course, that spat was about how slowly he was building his wall on the southern border. It didn’t last long. Coulter was attempting to manipulate Trump into doing what she wanted. Nonetheless, she was right in saying Trump is lazy, incompetent and doesn’t get much done. He may think he is working hard, standing at a microphone for two-hours and adlibbing his way through soft questions posed by a timid press corps, but he is just wasting time. There is no substance and little truth in his replies.

Donald Trump’s biggest sin as President has been his inability to act decisively. He has wasted time with the coronavirus epidemic. I’m tired of hearing people who can’t comprehend the timeline defend this man. I am sick of those stupid governors who believe what Trump says is true. They will learn a terrible lesson. When their actions create more death, they too will be on the unemployment line. VOTE ALL OF THESE GOOFBALLS OUT OF OFFICE. PLEASE!

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

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

 


TRUMP POINTS FINGER

Blame-demic Infects White House

I have no hesitation sharing my thought that Donald Trump has no moral grounding and is far from being the Christian he portrays on TV. I am totally ashamed of not only our President, but those of the faith who have fallen for this conman. I will stop short of calling him the antichrist, but some of his vindictive actions and far-fetched lies really do put him in league with the devil.

Fingerpointer vs. Whistleblower

Yesterday, the President of the United States stood in the Rose Garden and spewed an elaborate, convoluted propaganda that blamed the COVID-19 totally on the World Health Organization. His words were wasted. The WHO is not going away, see here. Oh, Trump will huff and puff and hold back the next payment, but the WHO will not stop working on investigating and disseminating information to help all nations. Trump needs an enemy or he dies. He has decided to cover up his inaction and delinquent policies by blaming others for his own malfeasance. Once we pull out of W.H.O., China will be their biggest donor. What is Trump doing?

Someone I hardly agree with, until he decided to run against Donald Trump for President, is that conservative talk show guy, Joe Walsh (not the guitarist). This was his Tweet today: “It’s not Obama. It’s not CNN. It’s not Pelosi & Schumer. It’s not the deep state. It’s not China. It’s not impeachment. It’s not Dr Fauci. It’s not the World Health Organization. It’s Donald Trump. HE ignored the warnings. HE refused to prepare. HE lied to the American people.” Just when Trump was moving forward with his rhetoric on reopening the country, he threw the WHO under the bus and attempted to walk away from his guilt. He cannot hide and we will never forget. We must honor those who have died.

There is a great video clip of Donald Trump being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, where Anderson says to Trump, “That’s a childish argument.” Trump’s comeback? “He started it first.” That says it all. The first thing a young child learns is to place blame elsewhere to avoid punishment or pain. Donny Trump is just a 7-year-old trying to blame others for his glaring inadequacies. The defects of the Donald are far more ingrained than what any doctor could imagine. There must of have been significant amounts of harassment or abuse from his mother or father in his early childhood. His competitive nature is off the rails and not at all natural. He not only wants to win; he must make someone else pay for any negative, personal criticism.

People will kick up a lot of dust because Trump demanded that his signature be on all the stimulus checks going to Americans during these “uncertain” times. WHO CARES? I spend paper money with Steven Mnuchin’s signature on it and I think he’s a pencil-necked elitist pig! Get the check, cash the check and shut up. More than 80 million people have direct deposit anyway. By the way, don’t thank Donald Trump for the money. It’s coming to you because of a bi-partisan bill voted for by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump. It’s not his money, it’s YOUR MONEY, and when it’s all used up, you can blame Donald Trump for all the future problems. After you pay the rent with the one check, what will you do next month?

People in high places blaming other people promote more blaming, and that circle of finger pointing is so unproductive. I just watched a TV spot where the son of Billy Graham, Franklin, was trying to comfort us with the words of a preacher. Then he asked us to pray by opening with an admission to God that we are all sinners. REALLY? While people are suffering and dying, Mr. Graham wants us to take some blame for the pandemic? This is no time for Old Testament blame, Franklin. Even in the Bible, where you cannot blame something on another person or God, you can blame the construct of a devil. Evil vs. Good. World Health Organization officials are now blaming China for not telling them the truth. I guess shit rolls downhill. While our Defense Department hints that a bat in a laboratory might have been the source of the pandemic, all we get is Blame, Blame, Blame.

Could you image if Donald Trump stood before us and said that it wasn’t his fault that we waited six to eight weeks to get serious about the pandemic; it was the devil’s fault? Like the husband caught cheating on his wife starts his defense with, “The devil made me do it.”

A Great American President

Of course, Trump has already answered the question of why America wasn’t prepared for a pandemic and our inadequate testing abilities, “I don’t take responsibility at all!” And there it is. Harry Truman famously had ae sign on his desk with the phrase “the Buck Stops Here,” meaning that if things don’t work right, it’s his responsibility. The phrase “my responsibility” is not same as “my fault.” That might seem like a nuanced word play, but either way Trump doesn’t understand his own job description.

The other countries in the world will continue to fund the World Health Organization and, if you hate Trump, you could send them a donation. If you care about virus and sickness and helping people, go here and give them some money directly. If you want to confront Donald Trump’s lies and deceitful policies, you can tweet and scream and yell, but in the end, you must vote the asshole out of office. And if you believe the WHO is the last receiver of blame from Trump, don’t hold your breath. Tomorrow he will have someone or something else to blame for everything that has and will go wrong. Now that he has taught me how easy it is to do, I BLAME DONALD TRUMP FOR EVERYTHING BAD THAT HAS HAPPENED IN AMERICA. There, that felt good!

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

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


AFRICAN AMERICAN PROBLEM

Trump’s Lack of Vision Keeps Us All Down

During the calamity of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we experienced a totally inadequate effort to rescue the people of New Orleans. FEMA was ill-equipped to deal with the massive disaster and displacement of locals. 1,883 people perished during that catastrophe and, while people were dying, President George W. Bush said to FEMA Administrator Michael Brown, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job!”

Some people remember that line, which nullified some of the great things George W. said during the 9-11 attacks, but I remember another line. During the fundraising event, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, a young black man jumped on stage and took the microphone and uttered these words, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Do you remember who said those words? It was Kanye West. I wonder what he would say about the new death figures coming out of America’s COVID-19 crisis.

Lunatic Trump Fanatic

We are seeing disturbing statistics about the latest coronavirus hot spots in the United States. African Americans are suffering death at a much greater rate than white citizens. According to the Washington Post, “In Milwaukee County, home to Wisconsin’s largest city, African Americans account for about 70 percent of the dead but just 26 percent of the population. The disparity is similar in Louisiana, where 70 percent of the people who have died were black, although African Americans make up just 32 percent of the state’s population.” Why is this happening? During his press briefing last night, Donald Trump said that we don’t know why this is happening, right after Dr. Anthony Fauci explained that African American suffer from more incidents of overweight, high blood pressure, asthma and other preexisting conditions that places them at greater risk. So, here’s yet another example of Trump talking and not listening.

Some people become defensive when I am critical of the head of the free world, but this is not a small issue. A black religious leader reminded me that the use of the “war” metaphor in the virus pandemic possibly encourages violence and should not be used in that way. It’s a valid point and there’s another reason it’s a bad euphemism. During war, we look the other way when it comes to civil rights and ongoing programs. That is precisely how we got the Patriot Act which led to torture and war crimes. Trump knows this and is using the term as justification for taking more power.

Obamacare brought healthcare to millions of Americans, and the Trump administration is doing everything possible to nullify or slow its benefits to low-income and minorities in this country. If we had a better healthcare system, we might have been able to keep people healthier and lower the potential for illness and death in this crisis. I am not ready to jump on stage and grab the microphone away from Taylor Swift and yell, “Donald Trump doesn’t care about black people!” but I am ready to say that his racism and xenophobic policies absolutely hurt African Americans. I realize those are shameful words, but if you analyze the actions taken by this administration, they hold water.

NBC is reporting these COVID-19 fatalities by race in New York City: 34% of the deaths were Hispanics (28% of the population), 28% were African American (22%), 27% were White (32%) and 7% were Asian (14%).

What these terrible statistics suggest is that lower income groups gravitate to cheaper foods, more fat, more salt and less doctor visits as compared to suburban soccer moms. You can see these figures and say, “Well, that’s strange,” or you can figure out what’s truly in play.

Some Republicans are much less altruistic than Democrats and Democratic Socialists and most conservative viewpoints contain that old suggestion that poor people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps and go get a good job. This myopic philosophy keeps minorities and poor people down in our society. Rich people in power don’t understand that an unhealthy population will cost more money than a healthy, well-cared for workforce. More than $156 billion is lost productivity from smoking, including $5.6 billion is lost due to secondhand smoke exposure. If we cannot solve this healthcare problem, how can we possibly help poor people now that a coronavirus epidemic is here?

We will not make our country healthier with Trump’s vision for America. Ponder this. Republicans and Trump said it was crazy offering everyone universal healthcare, but we are doing exactly that right now. People made fun of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang when he suggested sending every adult American citizen a monthly check of one thousand dollars. In fact, we are doing that right now, although not each month.

We heard Donald Trump say that he would never make America a socialist country, but he openly endorses giving both large and small companies big bailouts. Donald John must be monitored and moderated because surely, he will attempt to use the stimulus money to pay donors and fans who have said nice things about him. The My Pillow man will probably get a fat check just because Trump likes him. There needs to be oversight! As I write this, a massive Federal effort to redistribute the wealth of this country is underway without the supervision of an Inspector General.

When this crisis is over and objective minds analyze the data and dig into the truth, we will learn that Trump lied and ignored warnings that this plague was coming. He lied to the American people again in yesterday’s press briefing when he said that he never read Peter Navarro’s memo. ABC News is now reporting, “As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population.”  Either Trump is totally ignorant or doesn’t care about AMERICAN PEOPLE of all races. What a total incompetent, lying bitch of a president! WHY ARE WE LETTING HIM CONTINUE? The American people of all races, religions and persuasions deserve better. WE NEED TO HOLD TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE!

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

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

 


WOEFULLY UNPREPARED

Presidential Clarity Is Imperative Now

This is painful. It’s hard to stay inside and not get close to people. The COVID-19 crisis has placed a cloud over the world and it’s damn depressing. People are dying and medical workers are ill equipped to deal with these health emergencies. To add to this sense of malaise, Trump’s poll numbers are going up. The fact that he denied coronavirus was a problem, made fun of it at a rally and was paralyzed with inaction makes those numbers quite numbing. I believe the figures are caused by surveying the same people who are hoarding toilet paper and eggs. Of course, we cannot blame Donald Trump for the virus, but it’s important that we know as much as possible about what he did and didn’t do to help America.

It’s no big secret that I have always felt that Trump is unfit to be president of our great country, but when we turn to our leaders during horrific events, we want them to lead and succeed. There are times when people should come together and unite. There were even a few times when Trump got my attention and made me feel a little better, but all too often he screws up the message and the feelings with his attacks on people. His blatant appeal for praise and the notion that those states which treat him right would get more attention and supplies was disgusting. This is not the time for a president to take on a mafia-like philosophy of “you are either with me or against me.” Trump is too lazy to bring people together and has a serious and tragic personality disorder that makes him pick fights and cause pain.

Life is too short to demand that your fellow citizens kiss your ass for vital health services, medical supplies and coronavirus test kits. We should all be aiming to shorten the life of this virus and, when we achieve it, maybe we need to pick a different President. When the Donald lies it hurts people and impedes progress. The long inconsistent, vindictive and misleading press conferences are total bullshit! People are dying. Finally, Trump comes to his senses and extends the quarantine until April 30th. Why did he tease Easter?

If Trump makes the mistake of opening sections of the country for commerce and trade and normal activities, he could trigger the spread of COVID-19 in those areas. What convoluted logic brought Trump to this idea? Oh yeah, the drastic stock market declines. He’s obsessed with money and truly believes a stock market failure will be his Waterloo.

Donald John has another misconception that hurts us even more. He sees territories, borders and boundaries as hard-fixed containment areas. He has told us that Mexicans were rapists and we must keep “them” all out of our country. These lies and generalizations are harmful. When he talks to people like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a small-minded man at best, he gets all tweaked up on the idea of state borders being lines of containment. The assumption is that everyone from New York is a risk and DeSantis wants to check people at the Florida border and demand those from the Empire State self-quarantine for 14 days. The checkpoint was so disruptive and caused such a traffic jam on I75, it was closed after a short while. What a waste of gasoline. The equally stupid Governor of Rhode Island, Democrat Gina Raimondo, has ordered law enforcement officers to stop cars and knock on doors in coastal communities to identify people who’ve been to New York State. Yes, that is just what the people need, Rhode Island State Police breathing right in their faces. The number of coronavirus cases in our police forces is frightening. We are the United States of America, not independent units of chemical containment.

We cannot and should not stop truckers and trades people who form the critical supply chain of food and medicine. They must be able to freely cross state borders without being delayed or stopped. Yes, they could unfortunately be spreading the virus but that is not their fault. It’s demonstrative of the virus’ disrespect of borders and walls. A virus is not a Mexican rapist, Mr. President.

I don’t care what kind of poll-bump Trump gets from his grandstanding and misinformation occasionally cloaked in care. I do love our country and want this purgatory to end soon. The fact is that America was woefully unprepared for this crisis. We didn’t plan for a pandemic because the guy at the top doesn’t focus on science and has no interest in discussing it. If you don’t understand climate change, how could you possibly wrap your head around a virus that could bring the world economy to its knees?

We will learn much more over time, but do we have time? When Trump eventually pulled back from his loosely referenced and vague quarantines of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but not before he commanded the Centers for Disease Control and Protection to issue a 14-day travel advisory. He obviously doesn’t comprehend that most people in those areas are already sheltered-in-place and going out only to buy food or get tested for the virus. He is incapable of critical thought and information processing.

Right now, we need clarity. There is no one managing Trump’s messaging. There is no General Kelly to suggest ways to get the message out without belittling the messengers. Why spear the media, when it’s doing all it can to get the message out to all Americans? I don’t have time to wait through the long commercial breaks at Fox News to witness their viewpoints and propaganda. I want to know what to do today.

The daily press coverage of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is most helpful and sometimes inspiring. Trump’s daily cameo appearances at the Task Force press briefing only make me angry. Why is Donald Trump making anyone angry right now? He doesn’t get it. If only he could blow off his bullshit bluster right now and become a leader, he might just merit another term. If we had Trump and Cuomo in an election today, Trump wouldn’t win.

We desperately need presidential clarity right now to protect lives. Trump immediately needs to lose his negativity and over-analysis. He’s not a straight shooter and his laborious status reports dilute the useful dissemination of important information. Trump is presently overthinking the obvious actions and underthinking the quick fixes that could make a difference. He’s a deer standing in the middle of the road and staring at oncoming headlights, not knowing which way to go. Instead of standing and staring he needs to be enacting a plan to have companies manufacture medical items needed now. He’s unable to see that having both the states and FEMA compete for supplies is appalling. Trump is not the president for a crisis. He’s just a former reality star who fails to see and deal with reality. We keep saying we are in this together, but most days I don’t believe Donald Trump is with us at all.

New Book About America

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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