WHAT IS PATRIOTISM?

Trump’s Attempt to Modify Meanings

I grew up in America and anyone who has spent any time with my musings on this blog and the book: Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach will know that I am loyal to my country and to which it stands. It can be nicely wrapped in the phase, “Liberty for All.” I truly believe those who stand against anyone or any power that wants to take away our freedom is a hero and patriot. Whether they protect us with a gun or a keyboard or a video, they play an important role in keeping this beloved country on the right path.

Last night (10-16-2017), when John McCain was accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, he warned us of something he feels quite strongly about:

“To fear the world the US has led for the better part of a century and abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is unpatriotic.”

In those words, we have a viewpoint of someone I would have no problem saying is a patriot, and we should be listening to him. Aside from the “Keating Five” scandal, McCain was a member of that shameful group of politicians, he has a wonderful record of service to his country. Rather than parse every detail of his career from military service, P.O.W. story, voting records and failed attempt to become President of the United States, we can simply say that John is not a half-baked nationalist.

While our current Commander in Chief stood before the press for more than 40 minutes yesterday trying to cover up the fact that he has major problems with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, he dropped lies like birds drop poop after a good feeding. Trump sure spent a lot of time talking yesterday. He told us that former Presidents didn’t call or comfort the families of our fallen patriots; a bold-faced lie, just thrown out there. When confronted, he used the old, weak excuse, “I was told that.” When will this guy finally realize he cannot make things up in such a dangerous world? And if you are following along at home, count the number of times he is saying, “to be honesty with you…” which is usually said a lot by insecure liars.

Donald J. Trump is a broken man. I am not sure who broke him, but more and more people want to return him and get their vote back. There is a strange concept happening, when you bring up Trump, unless the person has been lured into the cult and is continually drinking the Kool-Aid, they would rather just not talk about it. There were people in Germany who did the same thing in the late 1930s. No, Trump is not Hitler. Adolf stayed on message and never strayed from his mission. Trump is all over the place. He says he hates the press, but cannot go a day without being on TV. He’s addicted to power and publicity.

Today, his nomination for the position of Drug Czar, which, by the way, sounds like a Russian idea, mysteriously evaporated. Representative Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee, withdrew his name following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. We can thank the Washington Post and CBS’ Sixty Minutes for breaking this story and doing the hard work to vet this person. This is why the First Amendment is what makes America great. However, within 24-hours Trump will Tweet more lies to the world and then attack anyone who has a critical thought about his words.

Just as John McCain said last night, Trump would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. I firmly agree. Donald’s actions are cowardly and unpatriotic. He is too busy with his tweets, lies and self-aggrandizement to be a leader of anything, let alone our great nation. It’s time to impeach the son-of-a-bitch; and you can quote me.

 

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CORKER AND THE CHAOS

Trump Has No Discipline

All those people who predicted that Donald Trump would not be fit to be president, were right. And all those people who sit back and say nothing about the risk Trump poses to America should be ashamed of themselves. Bob Corker, the junior United States Senator from Tennessee, has been outspoken about the politics, people and policies of this White House. And for his honesty, he is now the target of a substantial tweet campaign by the Presidential bully.

This was the President of the United States on Twitter this weekend: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”

There are many lies and a few exaggerations in his words, but the Donald doesn’t care if anyone knows he’s lying. Trump has weaponized lies throughout his career, and becoming President has not changed his modus operandi. Bob Corker would have made a great Vice President, one who wouldn’t go along with being played like a puppet by the Commander and Chief. The stunt at Lucas Oil Stadium by Mike Pence wasted tons of jet fuel and two perfectly good seats. Spineless Pence really couldn’t be in the stadium with protesters? What a wimp.

While Trump and Pence orchestrated this trick to get NFL protests back into the news, the real focus should have been on what Bob Corker was saying in his tweets over the weekend: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” And the New York Times caught up with Corker to get some additional thoughts: “Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday (10-8-2017) that President Trump was treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation ‘on the path to World War III.’”

When defending Rex Tillerson and the other adults in the administration, Jim Mattis and John Kelly, Corker said those people help separate our country from chaos. And that brings us to most important part of this article.

Why does this President create chaos? Why would someone with so many important priorities, policies and legislative agendas on the line waste his few brain cells on this nonsense?

There is a little quoted statement by Richard Nixon that fits here: “Do you want to make a point or do you want to make a change? Do you want to get something off your chest, or do you want to get something done?” Trump is a lot like Nixon, only not as smart.

Trump is beyond tone-deaf. He psychologically vomits so much that we clearly see his disturbing mental makeup. His staff, his cabinet and his Vice President have all chugged the Kool-Aid and will back him on whatever he says or does, no matter how extreme or ridiculous. Will the Generals? Will the Congress? And, most importantly, will the Supreme Court?

Why do we want a President who spends so much energy on the NFL, rather than focusing on the domestic and global threats? Donald Trump is a dinosaur and we all know what happened to that species. He moves too slowly on vital issues and is distracted by dissent from the least important people. Critical remarks and entertainment control his judgement and lead to the on-going disorder and bedlam. This is more than embarrassing, it’s downright dangerous.

We should read Corker’s words again, “…could set the nation on the path to World War III.” Is this what we want? Trump must go, even at the risk of having a totally weak-willed white guy from Indiana in the Oval Office.


THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Trump Speaks, You Should Listen

It would be too easy to call this guy a “moron,” but we might want to remember that he tends to do everything he says he will do, and he is the President of the United States. But while everyone is trying to analyze the assassin who took 58 lives in Las Vegas, it might be time to keep our eyes on the man in the White House.

The reason most experts are having trouble wrapping their minds around what happened in Vegas is because we rarely must deal with older, rich, white guys having lots of guns and ammunition. We cannot put his actions into the racially motivated box, or the angry immigrant box or the reason we need a wall box. It has not been referred to as “domestic terrorism,” why?

Donald Trump has his fingers on the nuclear codes. We want to believe that this older, rich, white guy wouldn’t use that ultimate power without a logical discussion and game plan. As we learn of the conflicts inside his administration, however, there is an uneasy feeling that logic is not in play here.

Last night (10-5-2017), with military families gathered around him for a photo op at the White House, out of nowhere, the president asked, “You know what this is?” A reporter suggested that Trump tell them, and he replied, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” When pressed to explain himself, he said only, “You’ll find out.”

There is a big difference between a “bully” and a “moron” and it’s possible that one person could be both. Bullies act to keep the power of fear over their victims, but maybe all the cable news channels repeating that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” has forced another part of the Donald to the surface.

Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at, and is a type of social phobia. No one wants to be ridiculed, but some people have an exceedingly deep fear of being laughed at and their actions are driven by this fear.

After mixing narcissism and gelotophobia into the brain of a pathological liar, you get someone like Donald Trump. He has to be front and center, and when he says things that seem to be non-sequiturs, we should listen. They can be revealing forecasts of things to come. Trump believes everything he says and he might even have somewhat of a god complex, an unshakable belief and inflated feeling of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. Does the Donald derive a sense of power with his predictions?

Certainly, you could say he was talking about Hurricane Nate that might be hitting the US this weekend. He could also have been talking about his problems the press is stirring up with this Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Perhaps he was suggesting a future military action somewhere in the world. Perhaps he was hinting that pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal would cause such a fuss that it could be classified in storm terms.

On these pages in the past, we have written about the uncertainty that our great Orange Leader brings to the table in the form of his unpredictability. He may think of it as red meat for his base, but the rest of America doesn’t want to swallow the unknown. Most citizens want their leader to be honest, open and upfront with them.

What we and the whole Republican party now realize is that Donald J. Trump is not a mass appeal person. He was created by conning New Yorkers, inflated by reality TV and blown up into a political character by using Twitter to stir conspiracy theories and self-absorbed opinions. Nothing about him is authentic.

It’s overwhelming to me that we are debating whether his most important cabinet member called him a moron. It is depressing that Trump, who wasn’t voted into his position by a majority of Americans, is allowed to disregard 61% of the nation who disagree with the way he’s handling things. I am not going to wait around to see if he is right. America should say, “You’re fired,” as soon as possible.

Mike Pence (next in line) is another bozo on the bus. Paul Ryan (second in line) can make some sense, but his dogma is apparent when it comes to facts and actions. The person who makes the most sense in the Republican party is the guy who pitched himself for President on his record of getting things done. Sadly, he failed to cut through the circus of Donald Trump. I’m talking about John Kasich. How do we make him President?

Donald Trump will go down as the most colorful and worst US president in our history. But we should listen to him. This is the calm before the storm. The storm will be a constitutional crisis of his own making. Mueller is getting all the facts and when we learn what really happened, we will once again be forced to take sides. Perhaps this time, the majority opinion will prevail?

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MOORE OR LESS A BIGOT

Trump Bets on Wrong Horse in Alabama

It’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump would waste so much time and energy on a runoff election between two Alabama Republicans who want to run for Senate. It’s even more incredible that someone who claims to have all the right-wing conservatives and evangelicals on his side, could pick the wrong candidate.

It seems rather strange, no pun intended, that Moore was endorsed by the recently dismissed Steve Bannon. Meanwhile, Trump made a trip to Alabama, at taxpayers’ expense, to support the campaign of “Big Luther” Strange, who LOST.

This event in Alabama shouldn’t give the liberals or Democrats even a smidgen of optimism. This 2018 election wake-up call is something the White House and the Republicans should watch. Now it is apparent, as we have written on this blog before, that the Grand Old Party has been split once again, only this time, the atoms of democracy are bouncing off each other and creating heat for the establishment.

First of all, why did Trump want Luther Strange? He is the more moderate right-wing offering from Alabama. Strange was the candidate who Mitch McConnel wanted to win. Strange was Jeff Sessions’ pick. The establishment party members didn’t want someone like Roy Moore, who has been proven to put his Christian faith and the Bible before the laws of the land and the Constitution. This isn’t my opinion, his own words underscore the truth of the matter, “I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government.”

He can also be evaluated by his actions. Moore was suspended from his job as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to obey laws he felt violated his religious beliefs; like taking down a large Ten Commandments statue from a court house and urging state judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Moore has compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “an inherent evil against which children must be protected.”

An old man’s homophobic opinions and overbearing religious beliefs are not necessarily evil, but when they determine how a judge rules, or how a member of the Senate votes, then we are starting a church-state. The bargain for Trump is that someone like Luther Strange was manageable, while someone like Roy Moore will aid the far-rights’ ability to stop things from getting done. If more of these Tea-Party-Part-Two types get elected in 2018, the House and Senate will be in conflict for years.

One could say it might be time to elect more Democrats to offset this religious dogma pooping on the rug, but they don’t have a strong enough message to bring more people into the tent. What trumps religion and God? Surely not a failing healthcare bill.

Can a Democrat beat a Republican in Alabama? Not likely, but the amount of money that will be spent will be outrageous.

Roy Moore is, more or less, a bigot. Hey, I am not making this up, he called Islam a “false religion” and suggested there are U.S. “communities under Sharia law right now.” Can Judaism be far behind? If the Bible is the only law that Mr. Moore believes to be true, then Alabama will never have a lottery. But to be serious, having Roy Moore is not much different than giving David Duke a seat in the Senate. To remind the readers, Duke is the former grand wizard of the KKK.

Donald Trump is physically and mentally unable to stop what he has started. Breitbart’s Steve Bannon is fanning the flames of an Alt-Right, uptight takeover of the Republican party. People like Paul Ryan and John Kasich better get their stuff together or we will be saying the Lord’s prayer before a kneeing crowd at all our NFL games. See, kneeing isn’t always bad.

Trump is the village idiot who conned America into his false vision for our great country, and now he is being manipulated by the far-right and White Nationalists. He may not be a bigot, racist, or xenophobe in his heart of hearts, but he is certainly a caustic Cretan of epic proportions. He knows not of what he has reaped, and he is so busy defending himself he cannot find a clear path to making things better.

With each passing week and each new controversy, we see the real man behind the curtain. He erased all his pro-Luther Strange tweets this morning after “big Luther” became what Trump calls, A LOSER.  So, like in book 1984, Trump is attempting to delete any history that embarrasses him. Such a little man to be in charge of our big country.


FIRE THE SONS OF BITCHES

Trump Protests Protesters, Huh?

At one of the ego-booster Trump campaign rallies in Alabama Friday night, Donald Trump weighed in on the kneeling protests we all see during the National Anthem before NFL games. Once again, the Donald wants to fire them all and, in effect, blacklist those players. Not only is he suggesting a walkout of the fans, but now he has disinvited the NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors, who were scheduled to visit the White House.

The Donald is confusing the Pledge of Allegiance with the playing of the National Anthem. When we take the stand in court to testify, we have a right to simply “affirm” that we will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. No gods, Bibles, or anything else religious need to be involved. So, what is this all about really?

Donald Trump has a tender spot in his ego for the NFL. When he owned the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, he manipulated the owners of that upstart league to move their games to the fall to directly compete with the NFL. Trump convinced those same owners to sue the NFL in an attempt to force a government sanction monopoly to merge with his new league. That would have increased the value of the new league’s teams. The USFL owners won damages of only $3. Yes, three dollars. The jury saw through the ruse and signed a death sentence for the new league. Trump lost lots of money.

This latest harangue of our great Orange Leader is the latest assault against people he doesn’t like, the owners in the NFL. He was spanked by them and the court when he wanted to enter their club. Trump has made some really stupid statements about the value of teams in the past. According to the Washington Post (9-24-2017), he once tried to buy into the NFL, “In 1988, he made a bid for the New England Patriots but ultimately bowed out. In 2014, Trump said he offered $1 billion for the Buffalo Bills, but he was bested by a $1.4 billion offer.”

Donald Trump’s lack of business acumen in sports is glaring. He laughed when Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys for $140 million, a team that many experts believe is currently worth almost $5 billion. Who is the genius business person now?

But let’s get back to the political cloud over the President’s put down of players who are protesting under the loose banner of Black Lives Matter, and the obvious move of the Justice Department to the white side of the story with police maleficence and racial imbalance with incarcerations.

The President is now linking this process with disrespect of the flag. It’s not the flag we stand for, it’s the anthem itself. It’s showing respect for a song about America, a song rooted in war and blowing things up. Hey, I would prefer “America The Beautiful” be the National Anthem, but I didn’t get a vote on that one.

What is Donald Trump trying to do? Why would a President use such inflammatory language in the demand that the owners see things his way and fire the players who will not stand? We saw the reaction before every football game on Sunday. Players and teams locked arms and stood up for those kneeing on the sidelines. And it’s not surprising that the majority of the players kneeing are African-American. This is Trump’s problem and he does nothing to soothe or address the issue, he just makes it worse.

Trump has decided that pushing around black people from a stage in Alabama is more important than being a role model for all Americans. He is incapable of understanding the core of American ideals and the number of people who see black football players as heroes.

Donald Trump is truly like the chemical Agent Orange being sprayed into the air for white supremacists to breathe. I must say it’s apparent that the pronouncements of his White Nationalism are not just slams, they are little pills of truth we all must swallow.

The antidote for this poison in the White House is impeachment. The President doesn’t understand why people react so negatively to him. He is beyond tone-deaf, he is actually DEAF.

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BIG MAN AT THE UN

Trump’s Many Messages, on Many Sides

One of the things that Donald J. Trump presidency demonstrates is that he must own everything he says, because his words are recorded and endlessly replayed to the world. It wasn’t that long ago when TV cameras captured Trump berating the United Nations, saying it doesn’t do anything. He spoke as if he was totally uninvolved with the UN. Now the Donald is back in New York to “save” the institution, using the platform in front of the iconic green marble wall to talk of the destruction of a nation. The UN’s mission is to help nations get along and avoid war. Did Trump not read the charter?

Candidate Trump used to complain about the money wasted on an unnecessary war in Iraq. Now he seems to be saying that military action around the world will be his foreign policy. If we wanted to elevate his words linguistically, we could call them the Trump Doctrine. He is whipping out his sword and warning everyone, instead of advancing a well-designed plan to nullify a crisis before it gets out of hand. That is the true spirit of the UN, Mr. Know-it-all.

Trump threatens to blow North Korea off the face of the earth, while claiming he doesn’t want to force American democracy on any country. He preaches his concept of every nation’s right to sovereignty, while also saying that he is prepared to “take further action” to intervene in Venezuela’s democratic collapse. Well, which is it?

There is a difference between a rogue nation with an H-bomb saying they want to annihilate the United States and a nation that covertly bank rolls efforts to advance a Shia agenda. There is no love lost between Iran and the United States. Iran will always be a problem but, clearly, it’s a more controlled situation than North Korea. So, why not see if the deal the President hates so much can work? We aren’t the only nation involved.

When a nation’s leader, like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, pushes his government toward an autocracy, Trump gets all hot and bothered. This is truly an example of what we have termed the “ping-pong President.” There is always some reason the Donald does something, and it usually money is involved.

Venezuela provides 10% of the oil the US consumes and that may be the reason that drives Trump to say he’s planning to use the military a lot more than candidate Trump ever conceived. From someone who appeared to be such an isolationist and, in a sense, anti-globalist, Trump now seems to be coming out of the closet on several important global issues.

As our President trips into the role of America as protector of the world, we have to ask the same question that he did during the campaign, who is going to pay for this?  Is this a pivot, or simply his way of dealing with things that are so over-his-head that he cannot fathom any other solution? He either kisses or punches. There is no middle ground with this loud-mouth.

The great Orange Leader feels so strongly to trample a multi-lateral agreement with Iran that he keeps repeating the same words over and over again. We get it Trump: It’s one of the worst deals every made and an embarrassment for the United States. Really? Keeping Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal is a bad deal? Trump is like a snapping turtle that forgets to eat because he’s keeping grip on a piece of wood thinking it’s going to attack him.

Our President doesn’t understand that the money we gave back to Iran was their money, not ours. We seized all their accounts in the US when Americans were taken hostage at the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. Had we not returned the money, the world court would have ordered the US Treasury to pay fees and interest. At least Trump seems to be talking less about the money part of the deal.

While all of this was unfolding on the world stage, a small group of Republicans back in Washington were trying to, yet again, repeal Obamacare. For now, Trump has moved on from hurricanes, fires and even police shootings, but he’ll be back.  All it took was appearances by Hillary Clinton on TV promoting her new book to bring the Donald back on Twitter, which is what he most enjoys about being President.

Predictably, this morning our President tweeted from his personal account: “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes.” Oh, did we mention that the leader of the free world suffers from O.C.D.? He’s caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Those unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and urges trigger intensely distressing feelings. He is so distraught by what Hillary Clinton says about him that he battles her on Twitter like a 14-year-old school girl. Why doesn’t he just give her some fire and fury like the world has never seen? Too soon?

Teleprompter Trump may seem like knows what he is talking about, but his need to blame everyone else for his problems is a weakness that only a mother could love. Impromptu Trump can be put in the closet for a while, but Twitter Trump never lets us down. The Twitter personality some say is the real Trump. Well, it that is the real Trump, then, surely, I don’t want him anywhere near the nuclear codes.

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DONALD TRUMP PARDONED RACISM

Gorka and Transgenders Out, Sheriff Joe back on the streets

It should come as no surprise that we have a President who doesn’t care about people, laws or loyalty. Let’s look at each of three events that took place as a Category 4 hurricane was about to hit the homeland.

We knew that a Transgender ban was coming to the military, but this complication and reduction in troop size that some thought was just “an idea” of Trump’s was, in fact, his desire to surprise the Pentagon. Power move.

The sober reality is that whatever Donald says he is going to do, he probably will do. A promise to human beings by the federal government and the military has been broken. Brave citizens signed up to fight for their country and they are being turned away. What a bad decision, Mr. President.

When people break the law, they should be punished. That is what we heard from Donald Trump endlessly during the election and since. He took an oath to uphold the laws of the country and to do nothing contrary to the Constitution. His lack of respect for the courts in the US will affect the way decisions are made, especially at the Supreme Court. They too, have been sworn in to protect the Constitution. Agent Orange’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was a symbolic way of pardoning racism in America, the same as his terrible response to the events in Charlottesville. I warned you. He divides us every day.

And that brings us to Sebastian Gorka. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know who he is. The question of why Trump initially surrounded himself with losers and ideologs such as Bannon and Gorka has never been answered to my satisfaction. Could it be simply because these right-wing nut jobs agreed with him? They weren’t controlling the great Orange Leader as much as they were simply reinforcing his own biased, racist and xenophobic philosophies. There is a connection to Jeff Sessions with both of them.

It would make much more sense if we learned that Trump had a collection of Nazi memorabilia hidden away. It would be more believable if we learned that the Donald was abused by a Mexican housekeeper when he was young. It would explain some things if we found out he always wanted to be a cop and crack some heads. But, alas, the President of the United States has demonstrated that he’s just an evil man who made some jokes and convinced millions of people to vote for him.

He announced his news just as a major hurricane with catastrophic potential was hitting land in Texas. Could this show a desire to sneak in his questionable moves while the media was focused on the storm? Or, worse, did he feel Hurricane Harvey would eclipse his visibility and importance? In either case it warrants the name, “Slimy Bastard.” I mean, really, could he possibly be jealous of at hurricane? Sadly, I believe that to be true.

We see a pattern here that will only get worse. Something must be done soon, or Donald J. Trump will destroy America. If he doesn’t understand what real law means, and if he has no respect for his own party and the political ramifications of his actions, then impeachment is the only answer.

 


Did not have a permit?

Trump Rewrites His Own History

You know that feeling you have after a night of some Olympic-level drinking, when you want to stay in bed but realize that you have to get up and start the day? Your head is pounding and your stomach wants food. The room is moving and your hands are shaking and deep down inside you say to yourself, I will never do this again, but the feeling you get from Donald Trump’s words is like a reoccurring hangover.

At a previously planned veteran’s action press conference (8-12-2017), President Trump read a short statement about the tragedy and chaos that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. He took no questions and simply left the room after. This drew a tremendously negative response by both Republicans and Democrats. The press and cable news shows had a field day with the omission of any naming of the parties involved, while using the throwaway line, “… on many sides, on many sides.”

Donald J. Trump waited until Monday afternoon to set the record straight in what has been mockingly referred to as a “hostage video,” where the great Orange Leader finally called out the Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists and KKK by name. That should have, could have, would have been it. However, Trump decided to hold another press conference about, well, we all seem to have forgotten what it was supposed to cover. Once again, our fearless leader took the reporters’ bait and swam right into the deep, dark waters of racism.

He was angry and defiant in a non-presidential way. He lashed out at reporters and swatted away their questions with “Excuse me, Excuse me.” He tripled-down on his assessment that both sides were to blame and even asserted that the Nazis and KKK were legally protesting because they had a permit, as if that was an excuse for murder.

He claimed that on Friday night the Alt-right group was quietly protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in the local park. In fact, they were carrying tiki torches and chanting extremely racist, Nazi, fascist, anti-Semitic phrases while marching through the streets of Charlottesville. They called the press following the entourage, “Faggots.”

Trump’s lack of awareness of the true events that took place on Friday night, and his misrepresentation of what happened the next day, was so breathtakingly hurtful, we can only wish someone in the White House will tell him how wrong he was. But they won’t. General Kelly may be able to command the troops, but he cannot put lipstick on this pig at the luau.

On Saturday, the protests turned into a riot, which included a White Nationalist Nazi cultist driving his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. His terrorist action killed a human being and seriously injured 19 others. While Donald Trump was fumbling, bumbling and trying to win an argument instead of showing true leadership, he added false logic claiming that there was lots of blame to go around.

He rebuked the reporters, claiming they were not reporting the whole story and that he knows more than anyone else about what happened. He pronounced that there are always two sides to every story and proceeded to coddle the Neo-Nazis and KKK by selling them as nice people. “Well, some of them were nice.”

It reminded me of an old friend who was complaining about someone using the words, “That guy’s a Nazi, and not even a good Nazi.” Now, if the President is really saying that people carrying German Swastikas, guns, clubs and torches were there to protect Robert E. Lee from supposed “alt-left” pre-planned violence, then we need a new President.

The idea that one needs a permit to protest is anti-American. Anyone in the United States has the right to peacefully assemble and air their grievances. A notion that any group, no matter who they hate, stands on higher ground because of a permit granting them access to public property is naively marred and diabolically destructive. It’s not the “permit,” stupid, it’s the racism.

While a mother is grieving the loss of her daughter, the President of the United States was on national TV attempting to give evil groups a little love to lower their culpability. He is guilty of obstruction of logic and aiding and abetting the enemy of Democracy.

The Donald thinks he can rewrite history by confusing people, by asking the absurd question of which statues are next to be torn down, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson? As Trump points out, they were slave owners. We know they held slaves, but they weren’t the traitors who left the Union to preserve slavery.

One of the things I can never understand about Donald Trump is the dichotomy of his push to always win, but showing admiration for people who lose. The Germans lost both World Wars and the Southern Confederate army lost the Civil War. Why do losers always admire losers?

Trump’s blatant whispers demonstrate his lack of moral compass. I once heard a southerner say, “I know Hitler was bad, but he did a lot of great things for Germany.” Really? He killed about six million Jews and nine million others. No one precisely knows the number of lives lost. As my father recalled, by the time the war was over, most of Germany was in ruin. What good did Hitler do for anyone?

What a wasted Presidency, and we are only eight months in. If you voted for Trump, you bear part of the blame. If you want to do something good for our country, start to demand that he be removed from office. It’s time to tear down that fake president and write him out of history. Let’s end this national hateful hangover.

 


MCCAIN’S REVENGE

Trump’s Unifying Bridge Burned

What makes people work together? You can talk about common goals, community or sense of family, but what gets things done on the world stage is empathy and truth.

When Donald J. Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States he had an opportunity, a chance to unite all Americans around a more moderate approach rather than the antics of the bombastic clown candidate we witnessed during the campaign. Some of the pundits and experts believed that there would be a substantial pivot to something that was more presidential. They were all wrong. What we saw, is what we got.

Even when veteran judges were asked to evaluate his “Travel Ban” they vocalized their desire to separate what candidate Trump said from what President Trump said and did. I’m not sure why the things Trump said during his presidential pitch would be disallowed in a court of law. When a seller of a product misrepresents what that product does in their marketing they can he held accountable. Why is pre-President Trump being forgotten?

Billionaire Mark Cuban was very direct in his “Shark Tank-like” evaluation of Trump. Mark said that Trump would not just leave the campaign behind. Cuban believed the Donald would double-down on some of the campaign’s aspects and even take them to more absurd levels. Mark was right.

Whatever someone says is important. Words matter. Listen carefully to what someone says and you can look right into their soul. People are not that perfect and they show you so much if you are open to the nuisances.

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s rise in the public atmosphere of New York, he was at best a playboy, at worst a misogynic woman hater. He flaunted it and loved the spotlight that was aimed at him and the beautiful women on his arm. He cheated on his wives and he bragged about conquests. The Access Hollywood tape and the women who came forward saying he actually did touch them inappropriately, might have been forgotten by red-blooded All-American rednecks, but American women know how that attitude feels. It’s learned from an early age.

When Trump was asked about John McCain during the campaign, he very cynically said that he didn’t think McCain was a war hero because he was captured. Then he blasted from every auditorium microphone his plan to make sure every veteran would be treated better by the V.A. Was that simply his deep-seated guilt for his comment, or his fear of being exposed by his obvious scheme to get out of military service himself? As someone who has a bone-spur, I can tell you with the right shoes you can do anything.

Trump thinks he can do everything better than Obama, who had very little interaction with members of the House and Senate. The great Orange Leader bombed with Congress because of too much contact. His little bribing and beating down free luncheons at the White House showed his lack of knowledge on the legislation that they were considering. Even one Republican commented, “He didn’t seem to understand what we were trying to do with the bill.”

His big party on the lawn of the White House with Representatives to celebrate one step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare was his “Mission Accomplished” moment. He truly believes you can throw a beer bash and everyone in D.C. gets in line. Oh, how foolish this naïve business person is.

In the middle of the night, or to be exact, the morning of July 28, 2017, with 49 voting in favor and 51 voting against what was known as the “Skinny Bill”, the Senate stopped repeal dead in its tracks. Three Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted no along with all 48 Democrats.

Why this should be very alarming to the administration comes in many different colored poison pills they are going to have to swallow. First, the obvious fact that Trump has no real sway with the Senate. He has pockets of deeply loyal fans in the House, but you cannot get America to do anything without the Senate, and they know it.

Trump can hurl his psychological vomiting toward the players via Twitter, but deep down inside he’s in a quandary about why this “extremely lovable playboy” cannot be taken seriously. One wouldn’t turn to Hugh Hefner for marriage advice, so why is America depending on a tax-evading, draft dodging, pussy grabbing man-child to run our country?

Let’s put it more simply for the people moving their lips while reading this. The people who voted against all these Trump pushed (but not read) bills is because of things he said in the past.

What do Murkowski and Collins have in common? They are both women. And they are more sensitive to women’s issues. Planned Parenthood has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens. And this legislation would have, more, or less, closed those facilities.

The cookie Congress was throwing in for women’s health was money for community centers to do what? You cannot deal with female issues without dealing with reproduction and diseases that affect their body parts. And of course, the whole world wasn’t watching when 13 male Senators created this bill behind closed doors. No women allowed? And at the 11th hour, the administration threatened these women and see what it got them, a NO VOTE.

I am sure John McCain, who spent six-years as a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, has all the patience of a saint. He brushed aside Trump’s insult on the campaign trail and I am sure never expected an apology. But a prisoner of war learns a lesson that business cannot teach you: you must wait for the right moment.

When Trump asked McCain for his vote, he hailed him as a hero. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Senate. John McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, got on a plane and with his first vote set in motion a series of stateman’s like things. First, he gave a speech about how Congress is getting nothing done and urged his fellow legislatures to get back to what is called “regular order.” He was simply asking them to do things right. As he was giving the speech, I found myself thinking, wow, he would have made a great President.

But what Trump and his band of not-so-merry-men in the West Wing found out is it takes two to tango and McCain was leading while the music played. From my perspective, he got his revenge for the mean and disruptive statements Trump has made. He waited his turn, played his card and voted “NO!”

John McCain already has a legacy much greater than most, but what he did in the dead of night was punch a little crack in the dam of ignorance that has been created by electing a demigod to the high office in the land. The pressure will build behind the Republican dam and others will take their turn at making that crack a little bigger.

When the gate is opened, water from Capitol Hill will be released and flow toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. By then, surely the current occupants will get out in time.


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Now What Are You Going to Do?

One should be proud to be a member of the party that freed the slaves. The President who Donald Trump most admires, Andrew Jackson, was a Democrat. No one seems to mention that. Grant and Lincoln were Republicans, and Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, but his cousin FDR was a Democrat. JFK was a Democrat, while the disgraced Richard Nixon was a Republican. As times change, parties change, but people need to feel the party they support has a core set of values that they can believe in.

The party’s platform says that the RNC believes in American exceptionalism. Okay, USA, USA, USA, but then they say: “This platform is optimistic because the American people are optimistic. This platform lays out — in clear language — the path to making America great and united again. For the past 8 years America has been led in the wrong direction.” So much for the optimism. I wonder how many people in any party read their political party’s platform.

Research shows that there are many factors that make up the decision on affiliation to one party or another. Your family or where you grew up have a great influence over whether you follow the elephant or the donkey. Not sure why those images are used for the parties, but we also have to remember we have many other independent parties. Make no doubt about it, our government, from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the rules and traditions of the Legislative branch, works best with two parties. But it should be pointed out here that the first President, George Washington had no political affiliation.

Donald J. Trump changed from liberal New York Democrat to National Republican. The reason for this move, he claims, is because he changed his viewpoints on so many issues that he just morphed into a Republican. Huh? Most political experts know that Trump’s move to another party was purely a political move with an eye on being elected.

Trump’s public comments demonstrated his obvious hate of Barack Obama. The Donald was also critical of George W. Bush’s governance, which didn’t disqualify him as a Republican, but created a wall between Trump and the Bush family. He even called George W. a liar during the debates. Nice guy, team player.

Donald Trump should have started his own party, but it was so much easier to hijack the Republican party and remodel it around his base of right-winged maniacs. There is some wisdom in putting down Washington and people of both parties, people already dislike our government in a generic way.

Here is my question to the Republicans who jumped on the band wagon, either early on or after nomination, what happened to your so-called moral bedrock? When Donald Trump came down that escalator and claimed that “Mexicans are rapists” you had your chance to pick up the phone and tell him that is not our message and we cannot have that in our party. But you were too busy trying to figure out how to win, rather than standing by your code of ethics.

You even let Donald’s people — read: Paul Manafort — change a plank in the platform to give Russia a stronger hand in the Ukraine. Why did you let that happen? Because you just wanted to win. And now, what do you have, a President without roots in your party and with no respect for the history of this country.

The fact that Trump conned the evangelical into backing him from the pulpits of their mega-churches and televangelist platforms is so unseemly that I would ask them, “What does your Jesus think?” Basically, people like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have sided with the money changers outside of the temple. They will be judged by a higher power, but you shouldn’t be fooled by these few money-hungry fools with lots of money.

The Republican Party is now in deep conflict. You still have deep-seated radical Tea Party people who will block most issues based on far-right initiatives (a minority in America) rather than what their constituents really want. You have half-baked neo-conservatives who pray to their Ronald Reagan photo every night but have little understanding of how Ron was able to get things done. Reagan was able to govern, even with tax increases, with professional acting prowess and statesmanship. He was previously the president of a labor union. He understood both sides.

The Republican party has some great members. Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina, has always told it like it is. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona who’s a bit old-fashioned, understands how it all works and what government is supposed to do. Sure, he sides with his party, but he’s not siding with the nonsense and the sabotage created by political whores like Newt Gingrich.

Winning is great, but you have a poor manager of government in the White House and a godforsaken lousy President. How did you let that happen? You have a president who doesn’t care about law. Where were you during this process of nomination? You have a charismatic show man with his long red ties and his fake hair and makeup trying to be the leader of free world but doing a horrendous job. You slap his back and smile for the cameras, because he was the winner and you didn’t want to lose. You have no balls.

The President and his new consigliere, Slick Anthony, use Twitter to shame and bully employees of the government.  This, is not only uncouth but may be against the law. They are employees of the Federal government. Is not harassment against the labor law?

You Republicans have damaged your own party, but I guess you can sleep at night, because you know how dysfunctional the other party is. But in the end, you are going to have to make the biggest decision in 2020. Do you back the incumbent, or do you find someone else to proudly represent your party? You know, it would be a lot easier just to impeach him.