“…From many sides, from many sides.”

The Confusion from the Commander-in-Chief

During the campaign at one of Donald J. Trump strident rallies he said, “Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country.” All the things he has said have come back to bite him. And now we witness the President revealed once again. He has this problem when he talks. He can’t seem to say bad things about Putin or about Alt-right, Neo-Nazi and White Nationalists. Why? Whose team is this man on?

Indeed, Donald Trump is a President the likes of which no one has ever seen. And now we’ve had two major events that really bring a burning feeling to the surface of our citizens. Possible war with North Korea and a domestic threat from hate groups in our homeland streets. Commenting on both incidents, the President used the wrong words.

We always want to believe the President of the United States has some moral core that drives his speech and his actions. Honest, direct communication not only creates trust, but also gives Americans a sense of grounding. But what we have here is a man who obsesses on things about himself and how they make him look.

Trump surrounds himself with people like Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Michael Anton, who all carry heavy-dark-dogmas on their backs. How can Donald Trump be objective on race and equality, when he is being counter-programmed by people who see disruption as getting things done?

You can google the names above and read their backgrounds and the things they have said and become familiar with the riffraff the Donald decided to help him with this messaging. They are controlling this President 100 times more than Dick Cheney’s influence on George W. Bush. They are literally writing the words Teleprompter Trump reads.

General McMaster on Meet the Press (8-13-2017) said that the President doesn’t draw a red line. While the phrases “Fire and Fury, like the world has never seen” and announcing that we are “Locked and Loaded” were used to demonstrate the President’s possible retaliation on a country, Trump has yet to develop and disclose a plan. The only reason he doesn’t use the term “red line” is because Obama used that terminology. Whatever Obama did, Trump must do the opposite. Why?

There was a biblical quality in what our great Orange Leader said in his threats toward North Korea, but there are other good book references standing by if Trump runs out of rhetoric. There’s “death and destruction” and, even stronger, “Wrath, wailing, and woe,” or maybe Trump can use this one, “we will wreck and lay waste all your cities and poison the earth, the water, and the air.” But this assumes that the Donald has ever read the bible.

Of course, he hasn’t gone far enough yet. He still has “All the generations to come will be born crippled and twisted, and the living will envy the dead.” He should think about talking to the young North Korea dictator and come up with some Win-Win deal. Say, isn’t this President the guy who said he wrote The Art of the Deal?

Back at home, the deaths last weekend in Charlottesville, VA made the whole world watch and wait for the President to voice our position. What we got wasn’t our voice, but a rather strange grouping of words. He used his speech to distance himself from criticism of the hate groups. I yelled at the TV, “You son-of-a-bitch!” We were waiting for a President to step up and what we got was a fall guy for the white guys. Then he peppered his speech with the words “law and order” code for police brutality in the Black community. Next, not missing a beat, the Donald jumped to selling what a great job he is doing as President. Really?

Trump’s comments were designed to make sure the President didn’t anger the far Alt-Right, neo-Nazis and White Nationalists. However, the use of the words, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” angered many Democrats and some Republicans.

Being hyper-analytical here, when the President said, “strongest possible terms,” without using strong definitive terms he wasn’t being specific. If fact, the far-right neo-Nazis front took the President’s words as an endorsement of sorts.

That brings me to a question that I must ask, “If you are protesting hate, why are you awarded an equal amount of hate?” If I dislike someone’s views and I think my responsibility as the caretaker of common sense and American Democracy is to raise my voice against the hate, why do you label me a hater?

People who think Hitler was cool, are sick. People who believe that being white gives one an advantage to rule are bigoted small-minded terrorists. If you are someone who carries the myth of white supremacy to the point you join a group like the KKK, you are far out of the mainstream and endorsing the sins of others, you know, lynching, church burnings, murdering and, now, running your car into a crowd.

The visual of the torches in Charlottesville on Friday night was the final straw for many people. It was too close to the pain and hate of the past. The stars and bars, swastikas, weapons, military garb and weapons crossed a line, a deep red, white and blue line.

Trump is the wrong President for the United States. History will show how destructive he was for America. It’s time for us to fix the present situation. If I could condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what Trump is doing to my beloved country, I would simply say, “He’s the worst President, the likes of which no one has ever seen.” We need to hit the reset button.


TRUMP’S TRUE COLORS

Inherently Racist Messaging

I don’t profess to know what is in another man’s heart, but after many years of observations I do believe I have found some answers to many of my questions about Trump.

One of the things that most experts tell you about pathological liars is that they hate when someone proves they are lying. And they usually embody the following characteristics: narcissism, selfishness, abusive attitude, obsessive, compulsive behaviors, impulsivity, aggressiveness, jealous behavior, manipulative behaviors, deceptiveness, socially awkward, uncomfortable, low self-esteem, temperamental outbursts and anger. Why do these words feel like they were written about Donald Trump? Actually, those are straight-off-the-shelf descriptions of most pathological liars.

But there is a toxic combination of jealous behavior, low self-esteem and anger that can also deliver another dark disorder called racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

If we dip into the Donald’s past, we know that one of the most embarrassing things that happened to the Trumps in New York City was the law suit accusing them of discrimination in the housing market. According to the Business Insider Website: A civil-rights lawsuit brought by the Justice Department against Donald Trump and his father Fred Trump in 1973 claimed that African-Americans and Puerto Ricans were prevented from renting apartments from Trump. In 1975, Trump agreed to a consent decree, whereby no admission of wrongdoing would be given, however, his management company was ordered to take out ads telling ethnic minorities that they were welcome to seek housing at Trump properties.

Trump’s well-established modus operandi is to blame those who disagree with him or stand in the way of him either getting away with a lie or making money. Blame the accuser and hit back hard. Could the President be harboring deep-seated feelings that African-Americans are out to get him in some way? That is a strange form of racism.

Trump brags constantly about his wealth and success and attributes it to his genetic makeup. He told Playboy in 1990 that he is “a strong believer in genes” and “I’m a strong believer in genes, that my kids can be brought up without adversity and respond well if they have the genes.” Forget about whispers to the Alt-Right, this is a scream.

According to the Independent website: “The [Trump] family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development. “They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.” Doesn’t that sound a bit like what the Germans were talking about in 1939?

Let’s look at his weird responses to white supremacist groups. In TheGuardian: Activists who recently gave Nazi salutes and shouted “hail Trump” at a gathering in Washington will revolt if the new US president fails to meet their expectations, the leaders told the Guardian. And have we heard the President declare his contempt for these groups once?

Steve Bannon stokes the gene fire and white supremacist messaging. Trump is being played like a limp puppet by Stephen Miller and Bannon who actually believe that nationalism trumps pluralism. They want to divide the nation and give the “power” back to white people. Trump, at least, is an accomplice in this terrible affront to American citizen equality.

Now that brings us to the final argument on the racist in the White House. Let’s assume that some of the material that was in the now famous Dossier that was prepared by a British spy was less than accurate, but one point stood out to me. The fact that Donald Trump did not like Michelle Obama and, if Trump’s backward blaming is to believed, he dislikes the former President even more. Get Serious! For years, Donald Trump claimed Barack Obama wasn’t born in America, only to later half-heartedly admit that he was wrong. And Trump has never convincingly pushed back against the Alt-Right’s use of Nazi images of Obama.

Trump actually believes that he can attribute everything that is wrong in his America to Obama. This week Donald Trump blamed Obama for not doing more about the Russian attempts to get him elected. Does he really think the people are that stupid? Yes, he does and, sadly, some are.

Deep down inside, this constant use of Obama as whipping boy speaks to his real true color, prejudice. Some will say I’m being unfair, but it’s all there in front of you. Think about it:

Trump knows that Obama is a better speaker and smarter man (jealous behavior).

Trump knows that no matter what happens in the world Obama’s legacy will be lower unemployment, saving the US auto industry and moving the economy back into the black (uncomfortable, low self-esteem).

Trump’s real job seems to be doing everything he can to justify his presidency by creating a narrative that Obama is inferior to his perfect planned genome (manipulative behaviors, deceptiveness).

And in the end, Trump will find himself all alone in a country whose diversity will never be stopped by racism or tied down by stereotypes. It appears from this vantage point that Donald Trump, our President, is at best, a part-time racist.

 

 

 

 


THE SERIOUSNESS OF IT ALL

The Day I Finally Figured Out Trump

Today, Flag Day 2017, gun shots rang out on a baseball field in Virginia. The GOP baseball team was practicing for their annual charity game with the Democrats. Both parties take this event extraordinarily seriously; to the point of practicing in early mornings weeks leading up to the event.

I’ve often said that I am not very smart. I don’t mean that in some self-deprecating way, I truly don’t understand people. How I have been able to understand things at times is by converting the abstracts of life into pictures. My emotions are tied to visuals of every kind. My father was born on Flag Day, so when I see the flags on the streets of our great nation I think of my father. He used to joke, “Hey, look, everyone is celebrating my birthday. They’ve put their flags out.”

When I learned of a man shooting members of the GOP baseball team during their practice today I had a sick feeling. Not just because it was an act of violence but, that as we later learned, there probably was a political motive to the shooting.

For me to understand how politics work I draw a circle. At the top of the circle, say 12 o’clock, exists a place I call the middle, or the moderate, position. Then I can move to the right or the left on that circle. When I get so far down, say around 6 o’clock, it’s hard to distinguish the far right from the far left. They galvanize into this exposed nerve ending. The far right, Alt-Right or white supremacists, look similar to the far left, Patriot fighters, anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries.

On Fox News, Newt Gingrich, a political financial exploitation artist, talked about the meaning of the shootings. He said, “It’s part of a pattern. You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left.” Maybe you see only the intense increase of the left, Mr. Gingrich, but there has been an increase intensity on both sides and the reason is Donald Trump. You either own that and take your rewards from dirty dark political money, or stop your intellectual charade.

Trump opened a can of worms and no one wants to eat worms. No matter how you serve it up, someone, somewhere, has to stand up and say, TRUMP put the worms in the can. And here is how he started it.

It began with his message against political correctness. People got the message. It was banged on TV for weeks and weeks. It’s okay to say what you want. So, when we had violent rallies the emotional band aids were ripped off and people screamed. They screamed at the Bernie rallies, they screamed at the Donald rallies. The moderate people, like Hillary Clinton, bounced between 11 o’clock, to lure some Bernie voters, and 1 o’clock, to buffer some of the Trump nuts.  But Hilary’s moves didn’t matter.  The distrust that was sown over the years by critics and the campaign bombardment of hateful fake news and mistruths on social media created a myth too big for Clinton to overcome in the Electoral College.

Trump was louder than Bernie and the Democrat machine didn’t want to turn over the reins to a part-time Independent socialist. On the other hand, the avarice of the Republican party permitted Trump to hijack their club. Winning mattered more than principals, which is page one in the Trump and Newt playbook. Trump needs to cut the silly game show crap and start to become serious about America and ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The fact that the Capitol Hill Police were able to kill the gunman who targeted Republicans on that field means we won’t get to hear his side of the story, but his electronic footprint is the same as those angry “let’s take some action” radicals on the right. You see, when you go so far to the right, you meet up with the crazies who have taken the message of hate too far to the left. They see themselves as freedom fighters, like the minute men. Oppressed white people with guns, far right, or far left?

Trump has to lead or leave. If he had a real brain and better people around him, he would see that he has stirred the pot and added hate toward immigrants, putting just enough salt into the wounds of people who have been economically displaced by years of globalization.  He has “called for things” rather than really getting anything done. He is as fake as the real news he dislikes.

Wait until the people figure out that his “great movement” has achieved only drug prices without oversight, fake job creation without training, education without a budget, environmental policy without a result and healthcare that doesn’t work for the very people who voted for him. They will be screaming, “Lock him up!”

I loved the irony of members of Congress quickly cancelling their hearing on gun control because of the shootings. What, too soon? The language they used in the halls of democracy, “An attack on one of us, is an attack on us all” Finally they understand why NATO exists. Doh!

The Trump administration should realize the harder they push the more push back they will get. Where are all the “best people” Trump said he would get to help him? All the President’s men, and a few women, sat around the cabinet table the other day kissing his ass and wasting the taxpayers’ money.

The more Donald Trump governs only to his base the angrier the rest of America becomes. The thing that gets in the way of any good ideas Trump has is his inability to float above his emotional level and need to be original. It’s not a bad piece of advice to be a moderate in America, especially with so many guns in the hands of crazy people.


Muslims, Money, Mexicans & Melania

Trump’s Love-Hate Relationships

If you were to ask me what I thought of Trump buildings, I would say that I neither hate them nor love them. They are plain and from an architectural eye appear to be well-built and substantial, but they aren’t very innovative. I have never found them inviting and the size of his name on the edifice is gaudy, tacky, kitschy and, well you get it.

When Donald Trump started his egomaniacal trip into politics, most people thought it would be short-lived. Some people hated him and some loved him. When he came down the gold-plated escalator, he stood next to his beautiful immigrant wife and proceeded to tear into immigrants. Hate from day one.

The Mexicans seem to bother Trump the most. Even though he employs Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on his construction jobs, he sounds like he hates them. He used a whole ethnic group to get attention and put himself in the limelight. He even wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out.

Donald Trump would surely hate being psychoanalyzed by a two-bit blogger, but he does expose himself to much of what he gets. Much like the bully on the playground or the villain in a good movie, we love to hate him. It’s not war against political correctness that he wages that makes him wrong, it’s the use of hate to separate us and get what he wants. Gee, what is that?

We know that Donald is a religious man. He worships money and power, which brought in the evangelicals, because they too, are protecting their kingdom on earth with money and power. WWJD? And why can he get this anti-Semitic stink off him?

He keeps telling us how successful and rich he is. He loves talking about his wins as if losing is something that makes him an enemy. He says America First, but then seems to turn on America. He repeats his mantra that we are so screwed up, which is what an abusive father would say to a son who wasn’t living up to his expectations. One might say he has a love-hate relationship with the very country he wants to lead.

Hating Muslims is an easy pot to stir. Every time a radical terrorist used the twisted view of his faith as the justification for taking lives there was Trump to endorse, encourage and exploit the hate. He can deny that he hates any religious group, like he denies climate change, but the facts are pretty clear. Could you imagine a candidate for the highest office saying they wanted a complete and total shutdown of all Catholics entering the United States?

I am sure Mr. Know-It-All loves his wife Melania, but from this vantage point it doesn’t seem so lovey-dovey. Of course, you can spare us the over-the-top public displays of affection we saw with Al Gore and Tipper. We are still trying to unravel the strange sense of co-dependency that Mike Pence has demonstrated with his wife.

We know that Jack and Jackie Kennedy didn’t really have a normal marriage. Maybe being President makes it impossible to have a customary relationship with your spouse, but the jury is still out whether Melania staying in New York was really for their son, or just her desire to have a life.

In his previous relationships, Donald Trump was not faithful. Maybe he hates being married. Or maybe, he is the embodiment of the 70s swinger whose only real vice is sex, without the drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Or maybe, he finally grew up?

That brings us to the question, do I hate Donald Trump? I don’t hate him and I don’t like him and I surely don’t love him. I feel sorry for him. He reminds me of my father, who if still alive would be 104 years old. My father’s viewpoints were baked in by a generation of people who believed America was a white country, with white bread and white picket fences. And that Italians, Irish, Russians, Jews and those “other” people should have their own neighborhoods and should stay there unless they went out to shop.

Donald Trump probably believes if he got rid of all the Muslims, Mexicans and minorities who don’t “love” America that magically all the challenges would go away. Hating only gets more hate thrown back at you. Now that he has pulled all the way into his bubble, he will never realize that we are a nation of immigrants who want a better life. Trump’s grandfather and mother came to America as immigrants; does he deny that?

You don’t make America great by getting rid of the others, while catering to the 38% of those people who would actually look the other way when you shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. It’s time for Trump to diminish the hate and increase the love. America is not going to wait for you to catch up to the reality and benefits of love.

 

 

 


The Source of Hate Crimes in America

If you tell them it’s okay to scratch, they will scratch

Lots of people from the #Resistance movement have blamed the President for the rise of hate acts against Muslims and Jews throughout the country. I have always said that in any country about a 25% of the people see the population through a filtered lens. Quite frankly, they are bigots.

If we were in a court of law, one would find it quite difficult to link the actions of a few to the most powerful person in our country. What were his exact words? When did he say them? What would be his motivation?

This starts with the notion of painting a whole class of people with a broad brush, for example: Mexicans are rapists. He didn’t say that all Mexicans are rapists, but it doesn’t matter. Some people are so emotionally affected by the first part of the phrase that they store the whole phrase as fact. Trump links crime and murder to immigrants more than anyone in the world.  He would agree with me.

The Donald may have said all these bad things on the campaign trail, which had been justified with, “I was just being sarcastic” or “I was just having some fun” to “it was just locker room talk;” or as the trophy wife said, “Boy Talk!” but nonetheless, he said them.

What is his motivation? To elicit a reaction from the crowd and use his power of rhetoric to whip them into a mob. We saw Americans punching other Americans at those rallies. Was that his motivation? He only wants to be right and best, not righteous and fair.

Then Trump adds some spice to this by decrying politically correct speech. He launches into a diatribe against the press, now going so far to calling them the “enemy of the people.” It doesn’t take much to link that phrase to many so-called leaders in history.

The Communist leader of China, Mao Zedong, used to call individuals or associations that were critical of his policies ‘enemies of the people’. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, called people his enemies and had them shot or sent to labor camps. In 1997, Boris Yeltsin made Russian state media call journalist Noyaya Gazeta-Mir Ludei ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘enemy of the state’. And who can forget our most respected President, Richard Nixon, along with his criminal Vice President Spiro Agnew, who kept an enemies list.

Trump, along with Stephen K. Bannon, created and disseminated the term “fake news” to give his fans a hook to stab at the ‘enemies’, while Bannon secretly manipulates Breitbart News to craft fake news that he uses to control the President. Joseph Goebbels, a real enemy of the people, would be proud.

Hate and prejudges against people have always been a wound that is hopefully in a healing state. Then, someone comes along and tacitly gives permission to those on the edge to scratch. Once the bleeding begins, the loose nuts keep scratching. They assume that by desecrating and hating they can get rid of the Jews, or the Blacks, or the Muslims, or the people they disagree with. We all must know, we are always just days away from the “Night of the Long Knives,” if we stand by silently.

If I were called to be an “expert” witness in the trial against Donald J. Trump for high-crimes and misdemeanor, I would testify that yes, Mr. Trump created the atmosphere for hate. He gave the masses permission on both sides to be more forward verbally. Trump didn’t ‘drain the swamp’, he merely threw millions of people to the alligators. And I might add, as time will tell, he will even throw his most devout followers out with the partially finished taco bowl.

The other day Donald Trump said that if the Republicans don’t pass a healthcare bill, he would just let Obamacare fail so he could blame the Democrats. Here he is exposing himself as nothing but a bloody politician. And in the early morning hours when he says, “Out damn spots, out,” and his mother appears to ask him, “What have you done, Donnie?” He can look up and say, “I am the best Mommy, aren’t I the best?”

Haters are just like that Mr. President. They have made you into their father-figure and they are pushing over grave stones, and calling in bomb threats and painting the swastika on the wall, to please you, Mr. President. Or in some cases, to show you how much they hate you.

You think you know so much about power, Mr. Trump, when you have never learned the responsibility of power. The misdemeanor you have committed is the promotion of hate. Like screaming fire in a theater full of people, you have given the haters permission to scratch. You must be so proud of yourself.