DEEP STATE vs. DEEP CLEAN

Trump’s Obsessions Obfuscate Reality

Some students at a Georgia school recently tested positive for COVID. When the school board announced they were sending all the kids home and would be doing what they called a “deep cleaning” of the building, I laughed.

I know you must be wondering how the hell I found humor in that news, but I did. You see, buildings don’t carry the virus, people do. Oh sure, they say that the germs on certain surfaces stay active for a time, but how long and how much still seems to be a mystery.

In the article I read there was no mention of testing all the students before they come back to the cleaned school. Why? The article didn’t say there would be contact tracing of the students who tested positive. In three days, after the school gets all nice and clean, the kids will come back and get temperature checks. Really? If any are asymptomatic, they won’t be running hot, making re-infection a true possibility.

President Donald Trump has no knowledge of about how all this virus stuff works, and worse, doesn’t he doesn’t follow the guidelines of the experts. He believes in a deep state and doesn’t know what a deep clean is. He’s the worst possible person to be in charge right now.

Trump keeps demanding the schools to open and says that student athletes, who have “worked so hard,” should be allowed to play. Okay, we get it. TV contracts for College football produce millions of dollars. In fact, according to the NCAA governing body, at 1,100 NCAA schools more than $18 billion was spent on athletics in 2018. Of that figure, $3.5 billion went toward financial aid for student athletes and $3.4 billion was spent on coaches’ compensation. Wow, I guess they can pay the coaches a lot of money because the student athletes don’t get paid, but that’s for another post.

I was recuperating from a hospital stay when the global pandemic started. I focused on my own health after a routine procedure. Once I got back on my feet I had to sit down and stay in because of COVID-19. Since I was interested in making sure a few family members and friends were up to date on the virus, I would get up early every morning and cut and paste data from many websites into a newsletter. As the virus got worse, my daily reports got longer and longer and took more time to compose. I wasn’t claiming to know anything; I was just mining data and then regurgitating it. The daily dose of data gave me a sense of purpose. Oh, yeah, the mailing list grew.

Then I had an epiphany.

First, let’s take some stuff apart. We have a virus. We don’t have a cure or a vaccine. If we did, I would still be sleeping. Next, we have huge numbers of people who have been infected. No offense to the more than 154,000 people who have died but being infected is not always a death sentence. Only 3.2% of those we know had the virus died as a result. In a country with 330 million people that could mean that ten million people could die before we get a vaccine. Now do I have your attention?

Just like contracting HIV/AIDS does not surely lead to death, getting COVID-19 doesn’t mean certain death. HIV/AIDS has been in the US for 40 years. We’ve been working on a vaccine, but we STILL DO NOT HAVE ONE and, take a gulp, we might not see a COVID-19 vaccine in our lifetime.

We have cases of COVID all over the place and the testing of people is going to slow down. WHY? Because of political bullshit, money and time reasons. Who wants to sit in a car queued up in a six-hour line for a test? On top of that, results are so slow some might have to be reminded why the health department is calling.

We can no longer look at CASES and see them as bad things. Yes, a positive test can lead to symptoms and maybe then you have to go to the hospital. I don’t want to sound goofy, but that is called HOSPITALIZATION. If you then cannot defend yourself against the virus it usually leads to DEATH. That’s the bad part.

Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Would someone please pick up the bricks, they are blocking the driveway. Why are we focusing on cases? We know that a certain percentage of reasonably active people are going to get the virus. Focus on this: The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases. If we are so rich and smart and we’ve already been made so GREAT AGAIN, how did this happen?

Let me share a conversation. One of my neighbors causally stated, “Well, no one has died from taking hydroxychloroquine.” and of course, my knee jerk, with the emphasis on jerk, comeback was, “That’s not true.” Here’s what well known FDA cardiologists have stated about the dangers of that drug, “These adverse events included QT interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and in some cases death. The FDA also said patients who have other health issues, such as heart or kidney disease, are at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.”

The only reason we keep talking about this “Fake News” is because Trump is an idiot. Why does he say things without researching them? Because he’s an idiot; did I mention that?

We need to stop focusing on CASES. We should study HOSPITALIZATIONS, INTENSIVE CARE UNIT BEDS, VENTILATORS in use, and DEATH caused by COVID-19. Why are we trying to measure a viral spread by some state health department’s incompetent testing? I am totally convinced that Kansas and West Virginia aren’t even trying.

As Bruce Springsteen once sang, “Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny.” We simply don’t know what we are doing. They didn’t know what to do in 1918 and they had two waves of a virus that killed 50 million worldwide and about 675,000 Americans. We just don’t get it. So, ride your motorcycles and gather. Hopefully, your kids can get some good money for those old hand-me-down Harley’s.

You know, with the sweep of a magic wand this will all magically go away, said the man who claimed that the virus was so bad in 1917 it caused the end of World War II. Wrong year, wrong war, wrong President!

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BIRX, FAUCI & REDFIELD SHOULD RESIGN

Confront Trump and Save American Lives

There comes a time when things get so bad one must decide a course of action for their own survival. This can happen when a woman in an abusive marriage walks out the door to save her life and assure the future for her children. Sometimes a man stays in an equally terrible relationship and must escape before some bad disaster takes place, such as a murder. Here in America we now face a life or death situation and it’s time for someone to do the right thing.

The President of the United States is saying all the wrong things, pushing lies and distractions and waging a sinister plan that fuels the COVID-19 flames. He’s killing people! Who can step up and make a difference with him? Someone who attended the first Coronavirus Task Force meeting in months leaked a terrible account of the President’s temperament on the pandemic. According to CNN, “As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the President, Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject. He started talking about something else.” There is no reason why anyone would make this up. Was it done to make the Donald change his tune? Assuming what was reported is true, then are we getting closer and closer to the 25th Amendment. Let’s review that potential cure for an ignorant and dangerous President.

From the Globe Gazette

The 25th deals with succession and other issues, but this paragraph should catch your attention: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Mike Pence is liked by many conservatives and evangelicals, but he has a deal with the devil and is so loyal to Donald Trump that he will lie to the American public to make Trump look good. There’s an paradox in that. Pence was so outraged when former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to him that he demanded Trump fire Flynn. In this administration, lying is judged more by the source of the lie rather than its content or lack of validity. So, don’t hold your breath that Pence could muster the balls or morality to suggest he be a replacement President. Remember, it would also take a legal majority of the cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office. The 25th Amendment also mentions Congress as a source for making the move to remove the President.

I’m fairly certain the House of Representatives could attain the votes to enact the 25th, but such a move would die in the Mitch McConnell Senate. So, we are left with a challenge and a problem. Trump’s continual misinformation and pressure on states to reopen schools will probably lead to more infection, more stress on the healthcare system and more death. He has no clue how to solve the problem but he certainly knows how to sugarcoat or dismiss it. He’s ignoring experts and, much worse, he’s poisoning the reasoning of million of Americans and they are doing things that are making this pandemic worse.

I remember the outrage and swift moves that took place during what was named the “Saturday Night Massacre” on the evening of October 20, 1973. On that night, President Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was conducting the legal investigation of the President’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Richardson refused and resigned immediately. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Bork carried out the dismissal but stayed on to “protect” the Justice Department. The Supreme Court made Nixon turn over tapes of White House conversations that proved he was involved in the break in of the Democrat’s office at the Watergate hotel complex and that he initiated a coverup and used the IRS to go after people he considered enemies. Real douchebag, eh?

The resignations and firing triggered an explosion that led to Nixon’s resignation. The President looked extremely guilty to the American public, and Congress turned against the 37th President and convinced him to leave office because they were about to impeach him. Of course, Trump will never resign even if Lindsey Graham came to the Oval Office with a picture of the Donald alongside naked Russian hookers, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

What might make a difference? Imagine Dr. Debra Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield calling a press conference and announcing that they were resigning because they can no longer work with, or trust Trump. Then the fireworks would begin.

One of three things would happen, 1. Trump would say he really didn’t know them that well and he was just thinking about getting rid of them anyway, because they gave him such bad advice, 2. Trump would bring in Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil (a man without a medical degree) to say that everything is fine, or 3. Trump would issue an executive order forcing all schools and states to immediately open. Lots of people would die and Donald John Trump would then cancel the election. Okay, maybe the doctors should stay on duty.

You might be thinking, gee, so negative and panicky, but if you just listen to the B.S. of our President you can imagine what I just said playing out. When you hear Trump say that children are immune to the virus and that is why all schools should OPEN NOW, understand that he’s fucking crazy. In a letter sent to parents and obtained by CNN, the head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Robert Kosasky, announced the K-12 school season will begin in early September with a virtual-learning-only plan. Ironically, Trump’s son Barron attends St. Andrew’s. I guess the sons and daughters of rich people need to be protected more than the millions of middle and lower-class kids in America. Trump is a demonic demigod who is ready and willing to sacrifice your kids to help his campaign. One could argue that Trump caused the death of Herman Cain, but there is no evidence to prove that. Still, he did reject the notion of mask wearing and Cain obeyed.

The sooner we all stop listening to Trump, the better off this country will be. I could say that he’s delusional, but that could be cured by a good doctor. If all the doctors walked away right now, our country would be in deep shit. And isn’t that why Vladimir Putin wanted Donald Trump to be president. He picked a real loser, and so did America.

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REPETITION IS NOT INTELLIGENCE

Trump’s fallback: “Through no fault of their own.”

When I had less than a pot to pee in, I still had my words. When I achieved a comfortable bank account, I still counted on my words to get me through each day. I have a firm repulsion when the blame-game gets in the way of finding a solution to a problem. We are all occasionally guilty of wasting time and energy on assigning blame or, said in polite terms, giving priority to “accountability” rather than understanding why something took place.

One of the justifications that Donald John Trump uses for helping people is a thin strip of logic using the words, “Through no fault of their own.” His meaning is the subject deserves something but can’t be personally blamed for what happened. I’m not a psychologist, but I sense the Donald is projecting a lack of blame for virus victims as a way of escaping blame for the situation we are in. He often accuses others of what he just did. He says the Democrats are being political, and in the same paragraph he becomes totally political and disingenuous. Donald, a paragraph is a distinct section of a piece of writing usually dealing with a single theme.

The phrase, “Through no fault of their own,” was also used by President Obama to describe the predicament of young children who were brought to America by their illegal, immigrant parents. It was Obama’s way to promote sympathy for the dreamers. He signed an executive order to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helped more than 800,000 young people and, through no fault of their own, many conservatives have been trying to end the program for years. Some of the dreamers have had children themselves by now.

We hear another ad hominem from many on capitol hill that if you give people unemployment compensation during the pandemic they will never want to go back to work. That is total BULLSHIT! First, where are the jobs they can go back to? WHY ARE THEY BLAMING THE VICTIMS? If you work at a movie theater, you aren’t staying home because you want to suck money from the government; your place of business is closed. There are also people trying to decide whether going back to work will lead to a COVID-19 infection that will kill them. Through no fault of their own, they care about staying alive.

When the numbers from two different reliable pollsters came in today, the news was not good for Trump. According to Rasmussen, only 26% of Americans say the US heading in right direction, and that was from the week ending on July 30, 2020. Other polls are backing up those numbers. Clearly, more than 70% of America thinks we are going in the wrong direction with our fight against the global pandemic.

Through no fault of their own, the press report facts and present questions that should be answered. Lying to the press, because of the ever-present ability to play back the actual words that were used just days, weeks or months ago, can not only embarrass a person in power but also drain their credibility on an issue. Many of us have now seen the brilliant interview of Donald Trump by Axios’ Jonathan Swan. When Swan confronted our President with the fact we have a large death count from coronavirus in the United States, this is what we got,

SWAN: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the US is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”

TRUMP: “You can’t do that.”

SWAN: “Why can’t I do that?”

TRUMP: “It is what it is. And we’ll still be lucky if we all live through it.”

This is the fucking President of the United States, throwing up his hands and ignoring reality to the point he cannot be trusted. But then, you already knew that.

There’s a lengthy list of the stupid things Trump has said. After his first hundred days in office, I documented many of them in my Trump impeachment book. If you have the paperback edition, check out the back cover. Added to that list are, “There are fine people on both sides,” and “I fell in love with Kim” (Kim Jong-Un of North Korea) and we should all remember what he said about COVID-19 on February 26, 2020, “This is a flu. This is like a flu. And you treat this like a flu. It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for.” Thirty-three days later, he took all that back and declared the coronavirus was not at all like the flu but “vicious!”  Wonder what changed his mind? People dying?

Through no fault but his own, Donald Trump fails to comprehend that his words have great power and influence. I think he doesn’t believe that anyone will remember the latest lie. He knows there are more than 156,000 dead Americans due to his administration’s lack of actions, plans and preventive measures, yet he insists that he and his minions have done a great job. The reason he repeatedly says that we are having a tremendous success fighting the virus is because he’s knows it’s not true. This might be a push, but does he become aroused sexually when he lies? Okay, yes, too far.

He says many things over and over and anyone who knows anything about media would tell him to just SHUT UP. The more he talks, the more he embarrasses himself and America. Through no fault but his own, he has given the other candidate lots of quotes to use IN CONTEXT in TV ads to lower his numbers. Buffoon is a word that comes to mind. Why would Donald Trump on national TV say the explosion in Lebanon was a “bomb” before anyone from that country determined that the blast was an accident? A good leader would have asked if anyone in the US is storing chemicals in large warehouses.

Fat Man in pickle

I remember a heated and bombastic interview on CBS’ Face The Nation with Stephen Miller, the head ideolog and xenophobe speech writer for Donald Trump, who used the words, “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” That’s much like a reporter asking Trump a reasonable, fact-based question and getting pushback with the reply, You can’t do that!” Where do these people get the idea that they cannot be challenged? If the president’s power to protect our country is so substantial, then why hasn’t he used it to save us from this pandemic? He doesn’t have a clue about what a president is supposed to do. It’s just a game to him. He’s the banker sitting at the monopoly board but not engaged with reality. He’s not responsible for our losses and remains solely focused on how to print more money. FAILED PRESIDENCY!

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WEEKEND IN WUHAN

Trump’s Blind Spot: Statistics 

President Donald Trump spends a lot of time blaming other people, countries or parties for things that have gone wrong. He openly stated that he takes “No responsibility” for any part of the global pandemic and the war against it here in the USA. He’s more interested in fingering China for his problems because he’s run out of American citizens to throw under the bus.

How is Wuhan, the alleged birthplace of COVID-19, doing? The state of Hubei, which Wuhan calls home, has had 68,135 cases to date, cured more than 63,000 and had only 4,512 deaths. Maybe those aren’t true numbers, but let’s put them in perspective. I live in Florida and we have had more than 465,030 cases with 6,843 deaths. I just hope America can contain the virus as well as the Chinese have.

We keep hearing from our intrepid orange leader that China should have “stopped the virus in its tracks.” Well, if that is true, why haven’t we been able to stop this thing in its tracks? Why can’t Trump fix the situations he critiques? He can’t fix the post office. He can’t fix the mail-in voting dilemma and he obviously cannot stop COVID-19. I guess he’s just not that good at his job.

Donald John Trump will not shut down the economy, no matter how many people die. They come out to the press room every day and read a list of things the administration has done, but it’s more repetition and less revelation of a light is at the end of the tunnel. I don’t see a plan. You know, like we will do A, then we’ll do B, and when we do those things, we should see C. Why is there no strategy?

All the professional sports leagues have commissioners. This is a tradition and those officials have absolute power over multiple, incorporated entities. Sure, players’ associations and unions have a large say in how these multi-millionaire players are treated. Yes, they get COVID tests in the morning and in the afternoon. Their test results obviously have a short turnaround but isn’t that how everyone should be treated? Most states follow the lead of the Feds but some governors are less effective than others. Why can’t the Federal government develop a blueprint to bring all states into the same focus? It’s because the White House is wasting tons of time with Trump’s reelection rather than fighting the virus. After reading Mary L. Trump’s and John Bolton’s books, I see no reason why Trump should be the President of the United States.

Getting back to Wuhan, it’s a city of 19 million people. We need more information from that location to study how they got this virus under control rather than painting them as a demon. Can we learn from the Chinese or will Trump continue to taunt them into silence? Our President has scuttled productive communication with China. No matter how many times Donald Trump brags about his great relationship with President Xi I am sure he will not be getting his help. It’s ironic to suggest, but maybe if Xi didn’t have such a wonderful relationship with Trump we might have known more about the coronavirus from the beginning. Trump keeps saying he loves her, but she’s cheating on him at every turn.

Chinese people are not a strange aberration of human life. They are living, breathing people who allow their smartest scientists to make decisions and deliver opinions. Research is not tweeting. It takes time to gather evidence, discuss possible solutions and then come up with a plot to solve the problem. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of the doctor TV show House, knows how it works. Trump’s fantasyland belief that the more he talks about something the faster it will become a reality is so deeply egotistical and out-of-whack with reality that he’s just plain dangerous.

One can be impressed with the constant diet-Coke stoked energy level pushing the “leader of the free world,” to argue at every turn, but just like any other disgruntled killjoy Trump wastes so many words, gestures and time on complaining and being an ingrate that nothing gets done. When things get bad, he walks away. When confronted with truth, he walks away. Donald Trump, surrounded by the virus, has surrendered. He is so incredibly incompetent, batting away criticism instead of developing a strong game plan.

According to The Economic Times newspaper and website, “Three months after it reopened its economy, Wuhan’s uneven recovery offers a glimpse of the hard road back to normality for cities after containing the coronavirus. As of May, factory output, retail sales and exports in the city were nowhere near the same level as last year. The end of Wuhan’s quarantine on April 8 was a triumphant moment for China and an important show of confidence that it had successfully contained the deadly virus in the place where it first broke out. While factories and offices quickly got back to business, consumers were slower to return, with residents cautious and habits such as cooking at home and shopping online persisting after the 76-day lockdown.”

That’s not propaganda but rather an objective viewpoint on what happens after the virus is confined by an effective strategy. Can we learn from them? They employed extensive contract tracing and surveillance. The government gathered data on the whereabouts of every one of its citizens, well, at least those with cell phones. This draconian effort by the Chinese clearly shows they didn’t “let the virus escape.”

With more than 50,000 people coming to America during the most critical days of the pandemic there was little blame to China. Let’s place culpability where it existed, which was our inability to stop travel from China, Europe and other hotspots. We were dumb because we didn’t jump on the mask bandwagon like China did. We still have little to no contact tracing, unless you work at the White House, are a professional athlete or live on a reservation or commune. Why?

I can’t believe that in a country as smart and rich as the United States we are stalled with rising death counts, famous people succumbing to this virus and shitty testing. When the big orange monster gets up and says, “No one has tested as much as we have!” he is farting out his mouth. I wouldn’t even hire Trump to drive a clown car. He’s a walking disaster.

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WHAT DID WE EXPECT?

The Trump Train Crashes, Again

I hate writing about Donald Trump. I wake up every day and I consume a healthy amount of news articles, posts and pontifications. Ever since I was a newspaper delivery boy in Pittsburgh sixty years ago, I’ve read about our government every day. I know that lunatics usually attract other lunatics to their camp, and when such a group decides to act on a rumor, conspiracy or lie, bad things happen. As we all know, the government is not always on the side of truth or its citizens. Small-minded people in power usually protect themselves at any cost, even if they must lie.

America is being beaten into submission by a global pandemic and many of our leaders either ignore the facts or, unbelievably, pass along false information. Donald John Trump has no idea what he’s talking about, especially when on matters of medical science and COVID-19. Why do they let him talk and who is the “they” in this equation? He cannot accept the fact that he could be wrong about anything. It amazes me that he will likely kill more people with his ongoing, ruthless promotion of an unproven drug. We have 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sitting in the national stockpile. The FDA says we shouldn’t use the drug to treat the coronavirus, while Trump continues pitching it The President says he treated himself with hydroxychloroquine, but no doctor has verified that claim. I wonder who in the administration owns stock in the manufacturers of this treatment?

Could Trump be so focused on his early commitment to this malaria drug that he’s trying to get doctors to treat COVID patients with it simply to justify his decision? Did you notice that the Donald retweeted a total WHACK JOB DOCTOR and claimed that she was creditable when he doesn’t know anything about her? It’s par for the man’s course of non-action. He’s an ineffective fool and needs to be removed from the process of fighting the virus.

At least the stupid tweets of Donald Trump Jr. got him off Twitter for twelve hours. I’ve been there, done that, have the T-shirt and can only hope he will get banned for life, like I did. Twitter claimed that I was, wait for it, “interrupting conversations” and “manipulating multiple accounts” to increase my trends. Isn’t that what the Trump family does? But let’s get back to the real problem, the obese, old man.

The big orange pumpkin is trying to get people to NOT WEAR MASKS, take a drug that could kill them and strong arm local boards to reopen their schools, now! He ignores the science, research and medical realities. He’s like Napoleon going to Waterloo and worrying more about getting the presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton than fortifying his army for the big battle. Trump has met his Waterloo, and it’s a tiny, silent, invisible virus.

Witch Doctor to Trust?

Trump and the media have been tricked into giving a crazy Houston doctor, an immigrant from Cameroon who has practiced medicine in New York at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, too much press and power. Her name is Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel, and when not practicing at her small clinic in a strip mall she preaches at her church in the parking lot. While saying that the devil has a hand in masturbation, she also claims that scientists are taking alien DNA and producing a vaccine that will make people abandon their religions. This is more than a distraction; it’s a travesty.

And this just in from one of our readers, quoting Sean Hamill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “An infamous nursing home in Beaver County (north of Pittsburgh) where so many residents died was administering hydroxychloroquine and zinc with permission from the state department of health. They were supposed to get permission from the patients, or at least, the patients’ guardians, but they didn’t bother with that nicety.” These people should go to jail, and the person who encouraged this witchcraft should be in there with them.

The worst part of the President’s little press briefing yesterday was his stupid denial that there is no disagreement or conflict with the COVID task force. Trump keeps saying that he and Dr. Anthony Fauci get along, but then he maligns him. He says the same thing about Kim Jong-Un, President Xi and Putin. What a dolt! My mouth fell open when he riffed about how Fauci’s poll numbers were so much better than his and couldn’t understand why. He claimed that people don’t like him because of his personality. Poor baby.

To end my pile of steaming anger today I say that Trump’s personality is bothersome and annoying. He overuses the word “strongly” and often applies it incorrectly. I wonder if he ever studied the English language. When he talks about the horribly bad deaths of 151,000 Americans, he uses the word, “tremendous.” Now we know that word means a “great or large amount,” but it also means “extremely good or impressive and excellent.” Connotatively, one might think that Trump believes something that is bad is actually good. He’s full of what I call “hamburger helper” words that don’t add meaning and many times imply the opposite of what he’s trying to communicate. What did we possibly expect would happen? TRUMP IS AN IDIOT AND WE NEED TO BE RID OF HIM!

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THE MARY TRUMP BOOK

Just Another Dysfunctional Family?

I know how hard it is to write a book because I currently have four on sale. I was skeptical when I first learned that Mary L. Trump, the niece of the President of the United States, wrote a book about the Donald’s family. Was this just another person trying to make money on a ghosted, tell-all work of semi-nonfiction or was it real? I subscribe to the latter.

Mary Trump is a psychologist, businessperson and author with several impressive degrees from Tufts, Columbia and a Ph. D from Adelphi University. I’m not in love with the title of her book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, but seeing that she sold one million copies during the first release week, what in the hell do I know? I’ve read the book. It’s well-written and tells the unvarnished truth about what she saw growing up as the daughter of Fred and Mary Trump’s oldest son, Donald’s brother, Freddie. Her father died in In September 1981 at the age of 42 from an apparent heart attack because of his alcohol abuse. Mary was sixteen when her father passed.

The writing is compelling and the story, whether you like Donald Trump or not, has a magnetic pull. It’s almost a textbook about what she terms the “sociopathic” nature of Fred Trump, the patriarch of the family and Donald’s dad. President Trump had no protection from the many forms of his father’s criticism and pushback. After reading this book, I now totally understand so many things about Trump. Living the last four years of Trump-world forced me to build a giant arch out of bricks, but I couldn’t find the keystone. This book provides exactly that.

I pledge to not give away too much of the book here because I highly recommend you read it. Still, I need to offer a reasonable spoiler alert because I am about to dig a little more deeply into this book about Trump’s past. Mary’s book informs that Trump’s limited vocabulary is not the product of a concerted effort to streamline or dumb down his messages. It’s not a strategy. It’s how he talks, and it was the way Fred Sr. talked. The fact that “nasty” is Trump’s go to term to express disgust for women was his father’s trope.

Fred and Donald Trump

The President can go on TV and say that the family never liked Mary Trump and that he has had only slight interaction with her, but he also is quite aware that Mary, and her brother Fred Trump III (known as Fritz), sued the family to contest Fred Senior’s will. The two grandchildren were cut out of any benefits even though their grandfather and uncle Donald used secret payments to a shell company for years as a tax shelter. Reading the book, I saw that most of the known timelines and historical details she delivers are totally accurate. Why make up the rest?

The contents of this book deeply troubled me. After getting through its 225 pages, a cloud of depression washed over me. I knew families in the 1950s who had the same kind of grip on their children, and the familial manipulation of one of my high school friends led to his suicide. I came out of my funk when I realized how wonderful a childhood I had. This book will lead you to an understanding of why Donald wears the same suit every day, why he sits and stands the ways he does and why his signature is so bold and strange, It’s all there. Trump is a copy of his father in some ways, but also has his own personal layers of disfunction beyond the sociopath and narcistic personality disorders bestowed by his father. The byproduct of constant abuse, bullying and putdowns by his father led to Donald’s supreme defense mechanisms, an undeserved supremacy complex, frequent gloating and constant lying. Remember, this is not an armchair analysis by Mary Trump. She holds a Ph. D in clinical psychology.

After absorbing her story, I am profoundly fearful that Donald Trump’s mental instability makes him completely unfit for the office of president. Mary writes,He is as incapable of adjusting to changing circumstances as he is of becoming ‘presidential.’” Over the years, a common media myth has been Trump’s need to surround himself with people who are totally loyal. What I learned from reading this book is that it’s not loyalty Trump wants and needs. It’s obedience.

The book Too Much and Never Enough clearly explains why “Donald takes any rebuke as a challenge and doubles down on the behavior that drew fire in the first place, as if the criticism is permission to do worse.” This is what happened after the attempted drive-by impeachment earlier this year. It makes Senator Susan Collins’ comment that Trump has learned his lesson after trial to be one of the densest thoughts of all time.

Frederick Trump

The book highlighted a significant reality of the family structure. I have never been a big fan of a family’s lack of imagination when naming children. Why reuse names or fashion similar names of parents, grandparents and others in the family tree? Remember that Frederick is the writer’s German great grandfather, Fred is the grandfather and Freddie is the father of Mary L. Trump. Confused? Mary is the granddaughter of Mary Anne McLeod and the niece of Maryanne, Donald’s oldest sister. The fact that Donald Trump named his son Don, Jr. is just a continuation of this stupid scion obsession. By the way, Donald’s youngest son is named Barron because Trump used John Barron as a pseudonym when calling newspapers in New York to leak information. Because of the similar names, it’s often a struggle to keep all the stories straight when reading Mary’s book.

While she didn’t say so directly, I learned from Mary Trump’s book that Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States, suffers from an intellectual incapacity. Mary hints at learning disability and says that Trump paid another to take his SAT exam so he could get into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The book doesn’t allude to any large contributions to Penn by the Trump family, but those records have been sealed. The school is instructed to say only, “Donald Trump is an alum of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an undergraduate degree in business.”

It doesn’t take a Ph. D to observe the President’s weak reading skills. When using a teleprompter during a speech, Trump mixes up words, mispronounces terms and has pitiful phrasing. His attempt to loosen things up by adding little comments often distorts the meaning of the message, or worse, makes it redundant and repetitive. Read this book and you will fully understand Mary’s claim that Donald Trump’s vindictive personality is driven by exposure to too much privilege and copious amounts of neglect. I won’t lay out her full premise here, but the fact there was no love in Trump’s family, unless it was connected to money, makes it easy to understand some of his negative behaviors.

No one is left unscathed in Mary Trump’s book, not even her own father. There are so many times I wanted to kick my Kindle when reading about how everyone did whatever Fred Trump wanted and now no one confronts the Donald, no one pushes back because Trump is just one, big, living lie. He’s carries with him the baggage of his inadequacies and requires and demands enormous amounts of adulation and praise. Mary Trump is right. He has not significantly advanced emotionally from a little, four-year-old child and he has the vocabulary of a 14-year-old boy.

Mary’s book is a total A+, and I believe you will agree with me after you read it. Donald Trump must be removed from the White House in January. He must be eradicated from the Presidency and sent back to New York to stand trial. After Mary L. Trump’s revelations, I would not be surprised to see many of his family members being investigated for tax fraud and other illegal activities. She offers no proof, but Mary Trump knows more than she wrote.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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THE TRUMP TRAVESTY

Desperate Dictator Disconnected & Down

Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States trusts only his ill-informed opinions and often fires a person as the solution to a problem. He’s not interested in loyalty; he craves only obedience. You follow or you will be fired. Here’s where we stand as another dreadfully mismanaged week is closing.

Between the Bolton book and now, the Mary Trump tome, I am learning that my overbearing belief that the Donald Trump is a truly wicked and deranged human being has not been harsh enough. I have nothing against the mentally ill, until one becomes a risk to life and limb. I had no reaction yesterday to the young man with Turrets syndrome sitting twenty feet away from me in the restaurant. The kid’s loud, verbal ticks made more sense than what the Donald has said this week.

Trump knows that Joe Biden is kicking his ass in the polls. Even though Trump poo-poos polls, he’s sees them as the love meter in his distorted and pathetic life. He doesn’t help anyone unless they help him first. May I throw a left hook here? Trump’s whiteness is neither real nor supreme. This orange make-up-monster is more fake than anything that has ever been written about him. He had to do something about Biden, but, as always, his choice was inept and inappropriate.

Donald Trump’s long and windy political speech, that was misrepresented as a serious press conference, fooled no one other than Fox News. Most of the networks covered only the few questions from the press, which characteristically were not answered. When replying to the question of a CBS reporter, Trump solidly stepped into the horse turds on the highway. He loudly defended the police brutality toward African Americans by stating that cops kill more white people than Black people and concluded by scolding the reporter for her “bad” question. This gives me no comfort. Was he saying the police are systemically violent? He next attempted to defend the displaying of the Confederate flag as good use of the First Amendment. Why does this man continually endorse our lawless leaders and symbols of the south while comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln?

Trump’s move to have all state health departments report directly to the White House instead of the CDC makes no sense. It is simply a way for Trump to control the bad news. DeSantis in Florida and Kemp in Georgia tried the same thing, but they were caught. Neither will be reelected. Trump is a criminal and uses the tactics of dictators, tyrants and autocrats. He’s trying to pull the wool over our eyes instead of asking us to put masks over our faces.

Now we hear that Russia is trying to hack into the institutions doing COVID-19 vaccine research. If the President doesn’t increase sanctions and directly confront Putin, I will be more convinced than ever that Trump is a traitor. He’s had four years to put Putin in his place and has repeatedly failed to lead.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Brad Parscale, the recently demoted Trump Campaign Manager. He got caught in the Donald’s Catch-22 that if you are too close to a bad situation then under the bus you go. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump keep luring the big man into bad choices, people and ideas but somehow, they are never responsible for any following failure. It wasn’t Parscale’s fault that the Tulsa rally wasn’t packed to the rafters; it was Trump’s fault. He should never have asked his loyal subjects to come to a coronavirus petri dish. The people were smart enough to stay away, but Trump’s need for love cannot make things just go away. This disillusioned sociopath really believes the lack of attendance was Parscale’s blunder. Those who are liable must be punished!

The TikTok teenagers flooding the registration system fooled Parscale, but he should have known. Sometimes, people who pledge money never send the money. Similarly, some of Trump’s fans registered for the rally never intending to go to Tulsa for a risky event. I am enjoying what has been written in some back-alley websites. Allegedly, Mr. Brad has been making millions on the side using his personal Facebook page to buy Trump ads. He’s coning the con man out of his money right before his eyes. I would love to see his tax returns, too.

Trump is depressed, and those around him are falling prey to the “abused child syndrome” and doing everything they can to make him feel better. Let’s never forget that close to 138,000 Americans have died and Trump’s Press Secretary stood before us to defend every Trump lie. Kayleigh McEnany is complicit. Mark Meadows is saying and doing things that are killing people. Let’s add in all the Republican dolts blindly supporting Trump. All of them should be held accountable, but not blamed. They are just idiots on Donald Trump’s big stage. It’s the playwright in the oval office who must be charged and defeated.

The real travesty of this President is carved in a cliché that we hear more and more, “None of this had to happen.” The ostrich may not see the danger above ground, but sooner or later a lightning bolt will blast from the sky and strike his feathered butt. I want someone to erect a statue of this demigod, just so we can tear it down, stomp on it and burn the bronze back to the Earth. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Donald is going down and millions of Americans will be happy he’s gone. In NOVEMBER we must save America from all those self-serving goofballs in government. Why should people have to die because Trump is a limp leader? Get angry, get ready and let’s get back to work!

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


BULLETS TO BALLOTS TO BOYCOTTS

The New Trump America, Ugly, Cruel & Vindictive

From America’s very beginning, there have always been complaints and grievances about many of our ways. It makes sense. Some people left Europe because of religious persecution and threats. The Amish were jailed and killed for not baptizing their children until they reached late teens. The Catholics were harassed by the Church of England. The Irish ran out of potatoes, complaining so much while making their way to America for the French fries. Seriously, we were against many things over there and we came over here to get away from things bad or unjust.

Once we arrived on these shores, King George III became our complaint target. He was exploiting us at every turn. The biggest break came when England tried to take land away from those early Americans who used guns and bullets to end their indentured servitude. Those settlers never considered they were doing the same thing to African Americans, but that’s another story. The fact that our founding fathers gave only white landowners the right to vote was terrible, but at least ballots replaced bullets in decision making.

All people want to have equal rights and equal voices. As one historian recently said, “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution weren’t perfect, but the language was so well chosen, one could use the words to demand more.” First, we freed the slaves, then we gave African American men the right to vote and, finally, we gave all women the right to vote. We always want more, such as eliminating discrimination and poll taxes, but we have achieved neither. To this day, a vast conspiracy of voter suppression is still happening in our country. We have stupid tricks like gerrymandering which distort voter choices.

We all have a right to protest and peacefully air our grievances. It’s in the First Amendment, which says nothing about looting, burning and bullets. Still, we are allowed to speak our minds. Some even yell at others for wearing a mask to help rid us of a virus, but that too is protected speech. Not wearing a mask is a dumb idea but speaking against doing so is protected.

The other day, a woman asked me about the phrase “cancel culture.” It’s a popular term that refers to a form of boycott after a person has spoken or acted in a questionable way. If the person is a celebrity, they have much they could lose, but when there is nothing of value to take away from someone’s stupid remarks, all you can do is besmirch their reputation. If a former but now cashless Hollywood star posts a rash remark on Twitter, they may be discredited instantly, dashing any chance of a comeback career.

The CEO of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue, visited the White House and said, “We are all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.” The heir and leader of the Goya empire continued, “And that’s what my grandfather did: He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper.” Of course, people of all races and origins took to social media to launch the #Goyaway and the #BoycottGoya hashtags intending to hurt the company. I have a hunch those efforts will be successful.

Now as much I try not to quote anything from unlucky sperm Don Jr., this one fits nicely into the discussion, “The leftist mob wants to cancel one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in America because they recognize that the president has shown great leadership.”

Let me add some perspective. The Unanue family owns the Goya company and the brand is worth $1.1 billion. As legend goes, their grandfather moved from Spain to Puerto Rico with only one dollar in his pocket. He then moved to New York and started the Goya company. Robert Unanue may see similarities between his family and the Trumps, but maybe he should have tempered his praise and questioned why Mexicans are rapists and why kids from that country were put in cages. Before becoming a poster boy for the “Cancel Culture” of America, perhaps Mr. Unanue could have asked President Donald John Trump what he was doing to curtail the damage COVID-19 is doing to the Hispanic communities of his country.

Criminal First Daughter

But getting back to beans, this just in. The president’s advisor and part-time daughter decided to come to the aid of the Goya company and Mr. Unanue by tweeting what was a blatant endorsement to her many followers on the social media platform. This is a violation of law. To be exact, according to the Justice Department, “an employee may not use his public office for his own private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally. An employee’s position or title should not be used to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction.” She should resign today.

What I would like to ask Robert Unanue is whether Goya took PPP money. We should know if they did. Can anyone find out? This might be just another Trump quid-pro-quo, with the bean maker risking his reputation for a fistful of dollars.

Some sponsors are pulling their advertising from Facebook because of that company’s lack of control over political ads and hatred. The sponsors feel that Facebook has created a negative environment for their ads. Some companies have cancelled their ads on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson show. If you want to help in the effort to get a TV show canceled, just find a way to convince the sponsors to retreat.

My theory on all this boycott, cancel culture, putdown stuff is that it comes partly from Trump but also from peoples’ desire to have a say in things. Yes, you can use your ballot, but it’s obvious that great results often don’t follow. Politicians are incredibly flawed and often don’t operate in office the way they said they would when campaigning. Other times we must choose between equally unworthy candidates. My home state is Florida, and I had to choose between an ill-equipped zealot without a brain and a loquacious smooth operator with a recently disclosed addiction problem. The guy without the brain won.

So, yes, we want to cancel things and people. If we could recall the Governor of Florida right now, we would. If we could replace Governor DeSantis with Nikki Fried, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, we would be far better off, but that won’t happen. It’s hard to boycott a Governor, but you it’s great that we can heckle him at a press conference, which is what happened yesterday. I applaud that guy but wonder how in hell he got in there. By the way, the COVID crisis in Florida is real and is being handled ineptly by the guy without a brain.

We don’t need to use bullets and we must wait too long or get poor results when using ballots. For now, let’s use our voices to protest the fools who claim to know best but are doing the worst. Should they be sponsored in any way, boycott whatever it is they are selling.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


COMMUTE OR PARDON?

When Criminals Become Judges

I have never liked Roger Stone. He carries an immature, frat-boy mentality and he will do anything to win. He is a morally depraved asshole of the highest order who now claims he wants vindication. He says President Donald Trump saved his life. Hey, good for him. That’s one life saved by the Donald who doesn’t give a shit about the 134,000 Americans who have left this world because of COVID-19. I can’t help feeling that if Roger Stone were sent to a US prison, he would have contracted the coronavirus and died.

Now Stone wants to go back into court and get a new trial to clear his name. Sure, will Trump pick the judge, the jury and which media will cover the new trial? Donald Trump is a criminal and, just like his Attorney General William Barr, thinks he has the ultimate say about everything that happens in our country. Trump could have pardoned Roger Stone so he wouldn’t have to endure being thumped on the knuckles by some “corrupt judge.” Ha, that is rich, Trump has decided that he knows more about law, order and justice than anyone else. What is next? Maybe Trump should pardon Putin and all the comrades at Russia’s interference team GRU? At this point, nothing would surprise me.

The Russian election interference investigation was NOT a hoax and Trump continues to let Putin off the hook. Why? Roger Stone conspired with Wikileaks and the Russians to help Donald Trump get elected. He’s a fucking traitor and forty months in jail is way too light a sentence. Roger Stone intimidated witnesses by threatening bodily harm, but that is just “doing business” In Trump’s mob world. Maybe it’s time to bring back the firing squad?

I subscribe to Dan Goldman’s insight that the reason Trump acted now is he knows he will lose in November. Let me add that Orange Boy is pissed at the virus and must get revenge, so he’s picking the Justice Department to spank. Who would want to work there when the “leader of the free world” tears up your hard work even when it’s successful? Again, I will mention the brilliant observation of one of our readers that, like a spoiled kid, Trump will trash the gameboard, take the pieces and march on home. If he can’t play, no one else may be allowed to enjoy the game.

This may seem far-fetched, but Trump’s suggestion the other day that he’s going to produce an executive order to give DACA kids a pathway to citizenship might not be a diversion. Perhaps it’s a giant F.U. to the remaining old-line Republicans. He’s railed against DACA so much, how could he possibly think his base will like that move? Wait until Laura Ingraham and Anne Coulter get wind of that plan. He’ll immediately go on their shit lists.

But hey, Roger Stone won’t go to jail. Maybe in Trump’s disillusionment he thinks Roger will be able to pardon him when the prosecutors from New York come to arrest him within hours after he leaves office. Trump is a flight risk. He owns planes and the man should not receive bail. Trump is the largest loser of all time and the most embarrassing president we have ever had.

Does Roger Stone deserve to go to jail? Yes, he broke the law when he lied to Congress and this brings me to the unbalance of power. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate need to show bravery and use their power to regain their power of “equal branches” our founding fathers gave us. Congress needs to stop being so polite!

If someone didn’t show up for a hearing when they were subpoenaed, were I the Speaker of the House, or the Majority Leader of the Senate, I would send the Sergeant at Arms to arrest them for contempt of Congress. I would put them in a basement holding cell and leave them there until they decided to testify or provide the requested documents. Congress has the power to do so, but they haven’t used it recently. The Washington Post reports it was used back in 1935 and again in 1951 when several gamblers were detained. Such a bold move would make criminals more fearful and dismantle the attitude that Congress has no power.

Don’t think this is not a real thing. It is. It’s not an arcane tradition or myth; it’s the law. The House Sergeant at Arms serves on the Capitol Police Board and is responsible for security. Upon an order from the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms can arrest and detain any person who violates Senate rules or who is found in contempt of Congress. If the Democrats win a majority in the Senate this fall, are you ready for some football!

If Lindsey Graham were the pious, old gal he pretends to be, he would call Roger Stone to testify next week. If Stone then didn’t appear, he should be arrested. That would certainly put Trump in a bind, because one of the things that Roger would have to do is tell the truth under oath. He’s not pardoned, only his sentence was commuted. If he lied again he could be tried for the same crime of contempt in the very body he lied to in the first place. It’s not double jeopardy; it’s a continued prosecution of a criminal act. The penalty the second time would probably be much greater than the seven to nine years the prosecutors sought the first time.

William Barr is not a valid Attorney General. He’s broken his oath to protect the Constitution, and under any other circumstance he would have been impeached. Barr is a political operative and liar for the President. He’s soiled himself so much that even a giant Depends diaper can’t save him. Congress is also not our friend. Their partisan drunkenness and self-dealing must be dealt with in the next election.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Roger Stone; the man has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back and would have become someone’s wife in prison in his first week there. Perhaps you can accept the notion that Roger would love being someone’s wife in prison. Look above to the first paragraph about depravity.

I care about America and our form of government. Donald John Trump also deserves a fair trial, but one in which he is judged by a jury of his peers. You know, rich, fat, racist, white Americans with overbearing narcistic personality disorders. Better yet, how about twelve US citizens who have been deeply hurt by the COVID-19 curse. That jury should be composed mostly of African American and Hispanic people who most deeply feel the pain of the pandemic and who have suffered most under the mismanagement of the Trump administration. It would be fair because black is the new orange.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


DONALD TRUMP’S TAXES

Why Can’t America Know the Truth?

Just like you, I hate paying taxes, but deep down inside I am proud that my money is helping America fund our health and security. We are all against government waste and money going to the wrong people, as happened with the PPP program recently. I am not embarrassed by how little money I make and in my 50 years of paying taxes I certainly have done nothing I am ashamed of.

Trump has refused all requests to release his tax returns, a tradition among candidates for President and Vice Presidents since 1976. The Donald repeatedly claimed that his taxes were under an audit, but that would not prevent him from disclosing his tax returns for the years before his candidacy. Trump broke a 44-year tradition and the issue moved to the Supreme Court to address the public’s desire to know how Trump handled his responsibilities as a taxpayer.

There must be something extremely perilous or damaging in Donald Trump’s tax information for him to hold back its release. The Supreme Court had to decide several legal requests related to the returns. One was from the District Attorney of New York County, New York, Cyrus Vance Jr., who most recently got a major conviction against Harvey Weinstein in the Southern District of New York court system. Vance’s request was associated with cases of corruption related to fraudulent campaign contributions based on payments to women in exchange for their silence about their affairs with Donald Trump. The Supreme Court ruled that Trump and his accounting firm must comply with the Grand Jury request.

Vance’s reaction to the decision came quickly, “This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one – not even a president – is above the law.” The cases the SDNY is working on will take months to resolve and it is unlikely that the public will learn much about Trump’s taxes before the election. Should someone else need those tax records to defend themselves in a legal action, then the information would become public. Another possibility is an audit of the tax data, under which the Southern District would be obligated to hand over any evidence of federal tax violations to their corruption attorneys.

Several committees in the House of Representatives subpoenaed the same tax returns for what they deemed legislative actions and determinations. The Supreme Court brandished the term, “Presidential harassment” to express a concern about Congress asking for too much information from a President. Now, I know the left and Democrats might winch at the term, but it’s real. The Supreme Court ruling today implies that Congress has boundaries to what they can request.

Congress makes laws and they could very easily pass a partisan bill through the House, and maybe the Senate, that all Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates must release the most recent five years of their tax returns at least 90 days before an election. Congress has the power to pass such a law, but Trump has the power to veto, meaning both houses of Congress would need a two-thirds super majority to override a veto. That would probably be much more difficult to achieve.

I wonder if Trump is thinking about the potential of not being reelected and having to face charges for things that may be lurking in the tax returns released to the courts. While campaign contribution violations earn a company or person a small fine, a declaration that those payments were business related and a write-off could be tax fraud netting a much greater punishment. If convicted of tax evasion or tax fraud, one could get a maximum five-year prison term and a fine of $100,000. The same conduct which constitutes criminal tax fraud may also be considered civil tax fraud and that crime could not be pardoned by a future president.

That brings us to a real gamble that Trump is about to make with his life. Let’s say that within the next sixty days he sees that he will lose the election in November. Trump then resigns before the election and makes a deal with Mike Pence, the new President, to pardon him of all crimes he committed while being president. Of course, he will say he did nothing wrong and this is just a Democratic plot to get him off his throne.

If Donald John Trump were a real patriot, he would release his tax returns and show the world he has nothing to hide. He not an honest person and the reason he doesn’t want people to see the taxes is probably because he isn’t as rich as he claims or he has used loopholes to pay less tax than you and I do.

What we learned about the illegal actions of Deutsche Bank in the Jeffrey Epstein case should raise some interest in seeing if they handled Trump’s money the same way. If they did, that will be is a can of worms on several levels. Was Deutsche Bank laundering Russian money through Donald Trump or any of his organizations? Wow, that would be a huge story that would put a giant red bow on the package of the Russian “hoax.”

Trump predictably jumped on Twitter to blast out his inner-child with, “The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration! PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT!” Trump is saying New Yorkers don’t like him, funny it’s his home state. The city just presented him with a giant painting in the street facing Trump Tower that says in capital letters, BLACK LIVES MATTER!

President Donald Trump is no better than Richard Nixon. He’s as morally depraved as all the dictators and tyrants in the world and a traitor to American values and law. He’s not the “law and order” president, he’s the “Tony Soprano” president. The difference between fictional godfather Soprano and Trump is Tony sought treatment with a shrink. The only thing that is shrinking with Trump is his credibility with the American people. He’s is willing to kill you to get the stock market moving up and he lacks any plan to make this country great. The next guy or woman will have to take care of that business. Don’t ever stop believing that Trump will get what he deserves, after all, the Supreme Court of the United States of America has just said, TRUMP IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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