THE ESSENTIAL DEBATE FOR AMERICA

Trump, Biden or the Soul of the Nation?

We can live a cliché, or we can live a lie, but in America, in my country, we get up every day, pull on our boots and do our jobs. We can believe what we want, and pretty much say what we want, but our actions are typically constrained by one driving, overarching force. It’s something that our fathers taught us, or our mothers demanded from us. It’s RESPECT.

The Clown & the VP

We respect our flag; we respect our neighbors and even if we think the person sitting next to us is a lunatic, we defend that persons’ right to hold and express their viewpoint. The totality of different people and their thoughts is the glue that keeps our country strong, diverse and successful. All of us are all cut from the same cloth embodied by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, but it’s now clear to me that a traitor to our national respect has invaded our house.

Last night we saw two men debate, not under any sort of a traditional format but in an over the top, blatant perversion of the concept. Political performance art is supposed to help us determine who we should task with leading this great nation. Many times in our history, a presidential debate became more of a damn show and entertainment and less a dialog about ideas and plans but at least they included some productive discourse. However, 2020’s first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio last night was a total disaster and waste of time for America.

We hear people talk about the soul of this nation. What exactly is that soul? Some would say it’s a spiritual and immaterial part of our country which forms the immortal essence of who we are collectively as a nation. Others might say it’s the emotional and intellectual energy or intensity living inside all the citizens who call this place home. I believe our country has something beyond the big buildings, big bank accounts and big ideas. We have a spiritual core that keeps us all, well, American!

Last night we saw a desperate child trying to force himself to the front of the stage with nothing but boorish interruptions. He wasn’t even paying close attention, as evidenced by his inability to put forth reasonable rebuttals and lack of a clear, logical path to his next outburst. The President of the United States lacks substance and decorum, and through his shameful performance he embarrassed himself in front of our country and the entire world last night.

Donald John Trump is trailing Joe Biden by as many as ten points in the election polls of some states. Last night we witnessed this frantic man fumbling for a way to claw himself out of the deep, dark, dank, dismal hole he inhabits because of his utter incompetence and lack of understanding. I can’t help wondering what advice Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie offered Trump that led to this public farce. I liken this bullshit “debate” to a public spectacle of feeding an entire meatloaf to a red bellied Piranha, only to have the fish eat so much and so fast that his entire bulbous form explodes right in front of our eyes.

During the early portion of the debate I started to fact check things I heard, but then realized that was a total waste of time. I didn’t need a motherfucking fact check. What I yearned for was a sock full of high school combination locks to bash the heads and knock some sense into the assholes who have let this Trump-monster out of the box. My anger is directed mostly to the complicit bastards in Congress.

Bozos on the Bus

In the more rational light of day, I humbly offer some points about what I learned last night. Donald Trump is a racist who would rather protect right wing crazies with AR-15’s than the rights of all Americans. He’s a fat, fake, mentally challenged, little prince, without any crown jewels. In fact, he’s both financially and morally bankrupt. He stood before the American public last night and lied about his tax returns. What an unpatriotic fool.

He’s not the friend of Black Americans, white Americans or any Americans. He will never hold accountable any police officer who breaks the law because those are “his boys.” How could Trump fairly judge any encounter with law enforcement when he simply believes people who agree with him are right those who disagree with him are the enemy. He sees himself as the top cop with the final word that cannot be challenged. Hey, wake the fuck up America. That is what kings think. Our President’s words and deeds permit and promote the growth of systemic racism.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the well-being of America. He continues the repetition of a strange mantra about his “plan” to solve America’s pandemic crisis, yet he cannot describe his intention beyond use of the vague word “strongly.” Let’s face it. The Donald has no strategy to solve our terrible COVID crisis. As he said to Bob Woodward, “There’s nothing else that can be done.” Donald Trump is not equipped to make decisions because he’s either afraid of being wrong or he just doesn’t care about you.

Things will only get worse If Donald Trump is given four more years. The bile, hate and lies that ooze from his already stiff, stinking carcass has North Korea, China and Russia circling above us like vultures, waiting to swoop down and fight over the scattered remnants of our nation’s soul.

The headlines speak for themselves: “Lying, Cheating, Barking, Bullying: Donald Trump Hijacked the First Presidential Debate” (Huffington Post), or try this one on, “Donald Trump plunges debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Joe Biden” (The Guardian) or how about these shameful thuds, “With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden – Interrupting Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke, President Trump made little attempt to reassure swing voters about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: ‘This is so unpresidential.’” (New York Times).

All those were clever but, quite frankly, CNN’s Dana Bash spoke the truth more concisely and precisely, “This was a shitshow!” Now, there are those who will attack and try to blame the debate’s moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, but if you think he had a bad night imagine his late father, Mike Wallace, looking down and smoking a whole pack of Camels watching an unruly, festering, waste of fucking time.

I will be extremely disappointed if Joe Biden doesn’t end this farce with Trump right now. Why should us Americans have to sit through coverage that does nothing to help us know more about Joe Biden and his policies? We already know that Donald Trump is a sleazy, lowlife grifter who should be arrested for tax evasion, fraud and bad hair. When charged, we hope his punishment will include additional jailtime for his excessive, foul looking makeup. I know drag queens who are more attractive than Trump.

There will come a time for a full Trump postmortem, but can we all realize in this moment that this man is worse than Benjamin Harrison, Chester A. Arthur and Herbert Hoover combined? What is he one thing those three men have in common? They were all ONE TERM PRESIDENTS that America survived. We recovered our nation’s soul after those tragic presidencies, just as we will when our current clown President makes his exit from the Big Top.

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DOUBLE DEALING DONALD

The Flim-Flam Man Exposed

It was no big surprise learning why Donald John Trump has been using various legal tactics and maneuvers to keep his personal tax returns hidden from us. All of it came tumbling out yesterday under this bombshell headline from the New York Times, LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE.

Faithful readers will remember that I called Trump a draft dodger for avoiding Vietnam. He got some doctor to write a letter claiming he had bone spurs. Surprise, we’ve never seen an X-ray. He asserts he has made billions of dollars, but we’ve never seen any documents as proof. The New York Times lays out the truth quite clearly.

“Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.” So, the fat guy who keeps telling us that he is patriotic and loves America has been dodging his civic duty and gaming the system to his financial benefit while in the White House.

Now I understand why he has been giving away his presidential salary. If he took that money, he, like any other US citizen, would have to pay as much as $100,000 in taxes because he wouldn’t be able to claim he is losing money. It’s outrageous that even his “charitable contributions” are scams.

What we know now for sure is that Donald Trump has been in a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service. It’s centered on the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million, but the real problem for the “leader of the free world” is the massive debt that he’s carrying. In the President’s disclosure forms he claimed to have made at least $434.9 million, but the 2018 tax data released by the Times paint a much different picture. Donald Trump had a loss of $47.4 million.

According to an earlier report by financial site Bloomberg, Trump’s debt was at least $605 million in 2016 and he has outstanding loans of $950 million from the Bank of China, Deutsche Bank and other creditors. So, how can Donald John Trump do his job as president without conflict while carrying such huge debts with financial institutions in at least two foreign countries?

I imagine this fresh evidence will not move hardcore fans of the Donald to have an epiphany and vote for Joe Biden. However, we now have excellent source material for new anti-Trump advertisements to point out the hypocrisy and criminal ways of our 45th President. I have included some screen shots from the latest effort to demonstrate Trump’s tax cheats.

Joe Biden Campaign Ad

Get ready to hear Trump’s minions tell us how smart he is in being able to beat the system and pay no taxes for decades. We already know from Mary L. Trump’s book that anti-government and anti-tax plots were firmly enacted by Fred Trump, Donald’s father. For many years, Fred Trump exploited a loophole in US tax law and used young Donald as a tax shelter for millions of dollars. According to Vanity Fair, “…Fred Trump and his wife, Mary, transferred more than $1 billion to their children, a gift that should have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million based on tax rates at the time. Instead, the Trumps ended up paying a mere $52.2 million, tax returns show.” Slimy tactics are systemic in the Trump family and, in the end, we will be able to see a clear picture of a selfish, lawless, pitiful pile of unamerican human beings.

This compost heap of lies, deceit and deception needs to STOP NOW. Unless Donald Trump and his family release all their tax returns, this gooey swamp of reality will seep into future generations of grifters and goofballs named Trump. It’s time for the I.R.S. to step up and do its job!

My father, who would be 107 years old if alive today, would be screaming and yelling at the TV learning that the President paid less tax than he did. He would use the old yarn; the laws are different for rich people. This is not going to go away, and without a full disclosure of Trump’s tax records why should we let him continue giving more money to his rich friends and donor corporations? Trump will never admit to his lies. Liars don’t do that; they just create more lies to cover up the harsh facts.

Joe Biden Campaign Ad

Short of someone photocopying the summary page of every Trump tax return and posting them online (not a bad idea, New York Times) many of the Donald’s loyal minions and sycophants will dismiss the facts as rooted in a socialist plot. It’s funny, in a sick way, that Republicans who kept preaching for years about financial responsibility, are now endorsing a criminal enterprise operating out of the White House.

For almost four years on this blog, I have been saying that Donald Trump didn’t pay any taxes and was attempting to bilk the US Treasury out of millions. Now we learn that the Secret Service has paid millions to the Trump Organization for guest rooms that were, at times, not even used. Trump’s golf course has charged the government outlandish fees to put up associates and visitors even when cheaper lodging located closer to events wasn’t used.

I propose that every American get a Donald Trump rebate for his damaged goods and improperly rendered services. Doesn’t each of us deserve a $750 Trump Rebate?  It seems fair to me that we should all be reimbursed according to his tax payments.

I have no respect for Trump. I want him gone from any position of power as soon as possible. It’s time for this tax evader, draft dodger, pussy grabbing asshole to leave, and all of us have the power to make it happen!

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HERD IMMUNITY

Another Trump Distortion

My father grew up on a farm and my younger brothers helped out there during their high school years. I used to say that farmer kids learn things city kids never do. For example, most farm kids know how reproduction works. It wasn’t the birds and the bees; they learned from the pigs and cows.

We are hearing our President talk about “herd mentality” and “herd immunity” as if they are interchangeable terms. He’s an idiot and knows nothing of the denotation or connotation of his own words. The utterances that tumble out of his mouth aren’t backed by thoughts, they are merely words, and this brings us to a huge problem in our country right now.

Before starting, here are the denotative boundaries for this discussion. Herd immunity occurs when enough people or animals become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. Understanding when herd immunity has been achieved is science, requiring the same kind of disciplines as creating medicines and vaccines.

Connotatively, the term “herd immunity” reduces human beings to the level of farm animals. Decades ago, cattle ranchers believed herd immunity was a solution for bovine brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease. Farmers and ranchers, often with the help of veterinarians from the US Department of Agriculture, blood-tested every animal they owned to discover, trace and isolate the disease’s source and control its spread.

Many European countries had to deal with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative and fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of adult cattle. The ranchers employed surveillance, culled sick animals and banned bovine meat products from their feed. Cows are vegetarian, not cannibals, so their diets do not normally include meat. What did farmers do when they found cows having the virus? They KILLED THEM.

It’s patently clear that Donald Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas, Senator Rand Paul and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have no idea what they are talking about in terms of herd immunity. First, we are not going to kill people and burn their bodies should they test positive for COVID-19. Okay, sick joke here, but who would pay for that? Seriously, these goofballs are using the term “herd immunity,” blissfully ignorant that enacting such a plan requires the execution of human beings. This survival of the fittest routine is rather Darwinian, even by Republican standards.

My head exploded when I read the following in The Lancet, the highly respected medical journal, “Studies in June and July cast doubt on prospects for herd immunity: despite months of exposure, antibody surveys found a low seroprevalence,” less than 10%, in cities in Spain and Switzerland.” Commentators in The Lancet concluded that, ”In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.” *Seroprevalence is the level of a pathogen in a population, as measured in blood serum.

Unfortunately, Americans tend to collect and hold onto buzz words and catch phrases more than they do facts. The goofballs are trying to pull off their greatest lie yet, that somehow it might be better to let the virus “run its course” rather than fighting it head on with science, testing, tracing and a national plan. For months and months, we have heard about the forthcoming “great solution” but no one has presented a reasonable plan of action.

Some of our older readers may remember a hairbrained idea that was bounced around during the HIV/AIDS crisis. It suggested that those having the disease should be shipped to a deserted island. The trouble is, we tried that before with another misunderstood ailment. Until 1969, Hawaiian law allowed leprosy sufferers to be forcibly moved to the islands’ leprosy settlement where, over the years, more than 8,000 patients lived. The sad truth is, Leprosy continues to infect more than 215,000 people globally each year and there is no proof that isolation works. The dark side of HIV/AIDS included discussions about culling the population by execution of those with the virus.

Dangerous Enabler

People like X-Ray doctor Scott Atlas and eye doctor Senator Rand Paul challenge the VIRUS experts and think they know more, when the frontline scientists are openly willing to admit that they don’t know everything. These politician jerks are wasting our time. Every time I hear Rand Paul challenge Dr. Fauci, I can’t discern the point he is trying to make. Paul’s mission seems to be discrediting rather than seeking knowledge.

I’m tired of all this nonsense. Let me say it clearly, “herd mentality” will kill people. “Herd immunity,” by its very nature, will kill people. Let’s work on less death, fewer infections and keep pressing on with the known, scientific methods of mitigation. To be bold and direct, it’s time for Trump, Atlas, Paul and DeSantis to SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Okay, let me put my mask on.

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GET RID OF THE BALLOTS

Trump Controls Nothing

I think our current president’s only daily goal is getting people to talk about him on TV. Then again, it could be that the man simply can’t stop constantly lying. He doesn’t even realize how angry he makes most people in this country. President Publicity Whore shows his true colors every day. At best, he’s a racist race baiter. At worst, he’s an agent of Russia. Everything he’s done is straight out of the Putin playbook.

There is a solid stream of evidence that Fred Trump, Donald’s father, and the Donald himself cheated and lied their way through bountiful deals in the New York real estate market. Applying those approaches to government means someone loses, and that someone is the taxpayer. There are too many odd accounting methods, movements of funds and unexplained shifts in procedures that suggest money is flowing from the US Treasury into the coffers of the Trump Organization. Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump still owns all the companies making up that conglomerate.

Trump’s new Election Day plot involves launching multiple federal lawsuits in “blue” states to have the court declare that all the ballots must be counted on November 3rd, 2020. Not sure why a Law & Order guy like the Donald would not want to count all the ballots? Trump says any ballots not counted before the end of that day should be thrown out. Really, people, pay attention!

I have always believed that voter suppression is just another name for racism. The fact that this evil activity was born during reconstruction after the Civil War gives my opinion great credibility. Georgia’s Secretary of State back then, Brian Kemp, took many African American citizens off the voter rolls. Let’s remember that Mr. Kemp won an election against Stacey Abrams, a Black woman. He oversaw the election but never recused himself because of this serious conflict-of-interest. Say hello to the “new south,” just like the old south.

All secretaries of state swear an oath to not only protect the US Constitution but also their state constitutions. They know that engaging in a conspiracy against voting privileges, or deprivation of the constitutional rights of any citizen (18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 242), could get them a ten-year sentence. It’s a felony to “conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” any person in the free exercise of any right or privilege secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Throwing out ballots or not making every possible effort to count each legally cast vote is a Federal offense. Any worthy secretary of state would probably not want to throw an election, lest they end up in prison alongside Trump.

The argument about why the Supreme Court got involved in the 2001 election fracas between Bush and Gore could go on forever. Some believe the high court should never have gotten involved in a state election procedure, while others would gladly see states’ rights trampled to get their person in the White House. Once again, Trump is baiting the trap and encouraging election officials to commit a felony. He is building a case that mail-in, absentee and other types of non-polling place votes are fraudulent, even though that is how he votes. Could his own ballot be thrown out? Signature verification?

What we really need is a new government. The smoke screen of Trump saying he will not comply with the “peaceful transfer of power” is total bullshit. Why would Donald Trump want his final official photo showing him being escorted out of the People’s House by armed militia? If the US Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court ordained the final vote count, the presidency of Donald John Trump would end. Yes, it’s never been done before but now would be a great time to start!

Deep in my heart I believe that if Trump stole the election millions of Americans would march on Washington to show the world that we are better than Belarus. Even Republican Senator Mitt Romney responded with this tweet, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” Romney’s just another stupid politician, giving Trump a Supreme Court pick yesterday and rattling his sword today. I think Romney fears Trump, knowing for certain that the fat, orange pumpkin will cheat on the election.

What if all the Republicans in Congress just went along with Trump? That could mean that Trump’s legal actions could put their election results in jeopardy as well.

What this President is trying to do is unconscionable, especially during a pandemic. He wants to suppress the vote and cast doubt on the process by claiming it’s rigged. What a revolting plot against America by a sitting president. Putin got just want he wanted with Donald Trump. Promoting peaceful transitions is patriotic. Trump’s plan proves him to be a traitor to America and our principles of democracy.

Trump cares about nothing other than winning. He will continue to lie, distort and denigrate, even going so far as trashing the Constitution and luring state leaders into committing crimes against America. This president is nothing less than a bully who needs a good, swift kick in those big, baggy pants or, as he said, “a good smack in the face.”

The only thing Trump has in his direct control is the news cycle. He’s become worse and worse, and I can imagine his final act will be destroying all the puzzle pieces on the table. America has been constructing this great, experimental jigsaw puzzle called democracy for more than 240 years, and our sack of shit president would gladly obliterate what we’ve accomplished rather than admit defeat.

In the early days of America, when city elections were controlled by mob and/or union bosses, it wasn’t unusual for boxes of hidden ballots to be found months after an election was held. We have worked hard to get organized crime and zealous criminal politicians out of the election process. The amount of voter fraud is so little and Trump’s efforts to make daily headlines based on charges of voting improprieties is a smoke screen. The polls indicate that he’s going to lose, so he is offering blame in advance of his potential loss. He calls voting by mail a “hoax” and a “scam” by Democrats. It’s funny that when he’s winning the processes are fine, but when he’s losing, he tries to find a way for all of us to lose. I can’t wait until this guy is as far as possible away from any institution that involves people unless that institution is located behind iron bars. I do not wish Trump well.

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RUSSIA & CHINA ILLUSION

Trump likes Putin, Now Distrusts Xi

I can’t help wondering if Donald Trump is acting out fantasies planted in his head by two Eastern European bloc wives. Seriously, the Donald’s first wife, Ivana, was from Czechoslovakia. Up until 1990, that country was under Communist rule and regarded as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Ivana was born in 1949 so she knows Red.

Trump’s current wife, Melania, was born in Slovenia, one of the six federal republics that constituted the country of Yugoslavia, which was under Soviet control until 1990. Melania was born in 1970, so she knows the strong arm of Moscow.

Mr. Goldfinger

Maybe Trump thinks that gold is power, and the big guy always gets the woman, based on lore of the James Bond movies back in the sixties. Think Pussy Galore in the flick GOLDFINGER. That film was based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name. It featured Auric Goldfinger, a 42-year-old guy from Riga, Latvia, who emigrated to Britain in 1937 at the age of 20. Latvia was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II and remained a Soviet controlled nation for the next 45 years. Fiction, yes, but the imagery supports Trump’s views of women, movies and power.

Michael Cohen, Trumps’ previous personal attorney, was once asked whether there was a motivation for Trump to play extra nice with Putin. Cohen responded that Trump wanted to build a big tower (Freudian erection) across the street from the Kremlin and he reveled in his natural, yet unhealthy, attraction to strong men. Maybe little Donnie is missing Fred, his tyrannical father. Maybe he views life through the eyes of the women who married him. Marla Maples was not an eastern European woman, but she and Trump were together less than six years.

Trump supposedly views President Xi Jinping of China as an equal and keeps saying how much they get along. Really? How can a man repeatedly regurgitate his perceived inequalities in the “rotten” Chinese trade deal Richard Nixon made, while bouncing around town saying how much he respects Xi? Isn’t it also ironic that the two nations we are talking about bestow the title of President on their leaders?

Russia created the concept of a president so they could look like a democracy, but they are not. Putin is one lifetime away from Czar. Why would a country that is, according to our own CIA, trying to denigrate Joe Biden and interfere with our elections get a pass from Trump? Putin would prefer Donald John Trump as president because he perceives him as a useful idiot. He plans to help get him elected and work the Donald to leave NATO, end all the sanctions and look the other way as he invades Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine. Putin wants to reassemble the old USSR. Donald adverts his gaze, of course, because he can’t admit there are “outside forces” controlling his win.

Now China, the big panda bear with claws, wants to get back into the money game and open trade with the USA so, yes, they are pro-Biden. They aren’t active with propaganda on social media to the extent Russia is, but they also have more to lose if they get caught. In a fit of rage, Trump might shut down all trade with China. Doing so would hurt the whole world, and everyone knows that except Trump.

Trump blames China for the coronavirus coming to America because, as he keeps telling us, “They could have stopped it.” Okay, but then why can’t he stop it here? We all know what wasn’t done by this administration to battle the pandemic on our soil. No matter how many lies Trump tells you, he’s not equipped to understand the real problems of America, let alone the world. Like Goldfinger, Trump foolishly believes that if he controls the gold supply, he controls everything. In his puny mind he thinks the stock market is the economy when it’s just a casino that feeds on the economy. Here’s a great place for all of us to remember here how well Trump did with casinos. And might I also remind our younger readers that Goldfinger, the character, was sucked out of a private jet at 40,000 feet.

While most of US media focuses on the dysfunctional, hypocritical, Senatorial maneuvering to elect the next Supreme Court judge, no one is focused on the bigger picture, the upcoming elections. Democrats winning back the Senate, or Republicans protecting their majority, is the true battle at hand. If the Senate goes Democratic, look out Republicans! In such a scenario, Trump’s reelection would almost guarantee that he would be re-impeached and removed from office. Of course, any Supreme Court justice acting against the Constitution could also be impeached. Even better, a Democratic Senate might increase the number of Supreme Court Justices to eleven, which would balance the court for the next three decades. If the Democrats become the majority in both the House and the Senate, Trump, Pence and all the other president’s men can be thoroughly investigated, and heads will likely roll.

Please don’t count your chickens just yet. Much can happen in a month. Never pluck a bird until you are holding it in your hands. Also, know that cleaning up Washington and reworking our post-Trump democracy will take at least a decade. Trump’s damage to the economy, the environment, healthcare and the trust in our government’s institutions has been devastating. Remember that Trump didn’t permit the release of the JFK assassination files. Why? What is in there? Full trust will come only with complete transparency. Can we handle the truth or would knowledge of the absolute truth only make matters worse?

Putin, Xi and Trump will all eventually die and then each nation will have a new boss. Donald Trump is not a good president; in my opinion he’s the worst. How many Americans must die of COVID-19 before Trump lowers his self-appraisal from A+ to D-? How many more will die? If the death toll rises, and Trump sticks to his A+ grade, it will be time for all of us to ask why he gets to grade himself. He has failed out of class, as if he had any class to begin with. It’s time for us to march him off our campus, forever.

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LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT

The Trump Divide Widens

One could argue that without Donald John Trump’s candidacy and presidency, we would have sailed along without committing to any particular position along the “left-right scale.” When I first joined social media, I listed myself on Facebook as a “radical Democrat.” When one of my posts was later rebuked by a right-wing hooey, I had a change of mind. The goofball stated that I had no credibility because of my political declaration. Perhaps I was being a weakling, but I deleted my political listing that very day. I would like people to hear me without prejudging according to my tongue-in-cheek quip from the past. In fact, because of Trump I’ve become more radical, not less. It’s all his fault!

The people who have joined the “cult,” as Michael Cohen calls it, possess neither the mood nor the mentality for a thoughtful discussion about why four more years of the orange pumpkin would be bad. See, I did it! I “disrespected” the man by calling him a name, because that is what he’s done to us, to me. I can argue intellectually to delineate the difference between a barb and a substantial act that might harm more that help people. On the other hand, most Trumpettes do not have the capacity or desire to take on facts that are against their preconceived notions. It’s such an ordeal to point out that those very predetermined opinions are incorrect. Trump is not a good guy.

I used to describe political polarity using the image of a giant circle, with 12 o’clock being at the top middle. As you move to the right, or to the left, you traverse the circle until the most radical forms of right and left meet at the bottom, near 6 o’clock. Think about it. Those in the ANTIFA movement are right next to the far-right Neo-Nazi and aggressive militias. Both are into violence and carry weapons they aren’t afraid to use. When local police departments endorse, support or look the other way with the far-right crazies, they are tilting justice toward that political segment. Where should the police department be on the political scale? I hope they would be in the middle, near 12 o’clock, but many aren’t.

The “Blue Lives Matter” campaign is not a cry for help. It’s a general defense of the institution of law enforcement. I get that, but call me a patriotic moderate when I ask why Blue Lives Matter proponents desecrate the US flag to underline their position? In the 1960s, it was an offense to create peace flags by changing the American flag. Why is it okay now? Aside from the fact that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that burning the US flag was supported under our First Amendment rights, it bothers me when people change the flag. LGBTQ banners did so, and the day has passed when our flag colors were sacred.

At a demonstration in Tampa, Florida over the weekend, the rallying cry of the activists said America needs to be saved from the “destruction and division” being promoted by the left wing. They claim that the far-left is intolerant. Not only is that oxymoronic, it’s a childish reverse response, “No, you’re the idiot.” Unbelievably, the President of the United States has taken the liberty of telling millions of us which other Americans we are supposed to hate. Why? Because he believes that pushing radical people further into their political leanings will somehow help him. Sorry, but I don’t see how that helps at all.

Let me say this as clearly as possible. I would rather not have visceral, emotional reactions to the things Donald Trump says. I would like to see him go away after we elect a true moderate to the presidency, moving us toward healing without the daily desperation and heat blasted forth from the current administration. Trump’s deceitful tweets and proclamations zap energy from all of us, be we left, center or right. We all must decry his ridiculous claims and point out the hypocrisies, otherwise our silence justifies his insanity. Donald Trump is like the drunken uncle who keeps grabbing the young girls at family dinners. We can say he’s losing his mind, or laugh at him for being himself, but in the end he’s just a dirty old man, not President of the United States.

Sure, I tend to lean toward social programs that help people and keep the peace. The intrinsic inner core of my being is based on the Christian principles that we should love our neighbor and help those souls in trouble. Wow, I guess I am a faith-based “radical Democrat.” How can that be? Well, because it’s who I am. Who are you? People on the far-right have a kind of baked-in racism which manifests as a denigration of “lesser beings.” They honestly believe the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” to fix your problems, and don’t forget to add the demand, “don’t expect me to pay for it!”

I wrote a book titled “If God Could Talk.” God is a character in the book and, spoiler alert, he speaks. While doing so, he points out some fallacies of the Holy Bible. He’s quite a pro-life deity, and why wouldn’t he be? You can read the book, but I’m always curious about why the far-right and evangelicals are so hell bent on getting rid of Roe Vs. Wade when they have absolutely no desire to pay for the care and education of all those unwanted babies. Sure, adoption is an option, but that will never offset the large population bubble without a pro-choice law left intact.

Now we face a significant national debate about putting far-right conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Why are judges right or left? Why would it matter if there are three or eleven judges on the high court? Shouldn’t a judge simply read the complaint, apply the law and write a well-researched, deeply considered opinion? They know their words will be read for hundreds of years after, and they certainly don’t want to embarrass themselves and the court. The fact that any judge is known for their political leanings taints the court, lowers the faith in justice and gives the President of the United States too much credit. I am not suggesting that we all get a vote, that’s how we got Trump, but there must be a more pure, better way.

If I think your ideas are stupid, I am not necessarily against you. If I concentrate on your opinions, with a fair and balanced perspective, I can still like you while thinking your conclusions are shit. Should your beliefs be harmful to others, I won’t like you — the person. I don’t like David Duke, the KKK guy, because he believes white people are superior to Black people. I won’t shed a single tear when he goes “Bye Bye, in the Car Car.” When someone on the right goes too far, they are dangerous. When someone on the left goes too far, they are dangerous. A person can never be “too moderate.” Think about it. We need moderates right now, not people like Donald Trump, William Barr, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruise. They can all go pleasure themselves while reading QAnon posts. And God forbid any of “those people” ever get appointed to the Supreme Court.

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RACISM IS REAL

Trump’s New Ministry of Truth

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when someone tries to rewrite history. The latest Trump riff is he will fix America by controlling what our kids learn in school. As much as that may bother you, keep in mind that many school districts in the “red states” have been under the influence of stupidity for decades. There are school board members who have banned books on sex, homosexuality, the Civil War and religion. While you may not want your school’s gym teacher exposing your children to the “facts of life,” you might want to consider if your own biases and misinformation are not helping your kids.

Trump’s announcement of forming some kind of “1776 Commission” to investigate the latest conspiracy sprouting in his inadequate brain states that our kids have been exposed to left-leaning-learning that has made them disgruntled little protesters and never-Trumpers. Our bulbous president goes further by claiming he must point out the lies and elevate our Founding Fathers to a holy level. I am not sure what “lies” your kids have been taught, but now might a good time to sit them down and ask what they know about 1776. But don’t stop there, find out what they know about 1619 and why that year is significant.

I’m at an advantage and disadvantage because I am reading the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. This scholarly work on racism should be read by every high school student in America, but then, I’m not the president so my opinion probably doesn’t matter. I used the word “disadvantage” because I’m learning so much about our country and its leaders that I’m left in a simmering anger. That is not a good position for a thinking person trying to analyze current events, but all this pushback against the New York Times 1619 Project gives me the “advantage” of clearly seeing how uninformed Donald Trump and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton are.

Known Racist

I sent an open letter to Senator Cotton asking him to withdraw his bill S.4292 that attempts to censor those school districts teaching a deeper understanding of what slavery meant to America from its inception, not starting with the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Donald John Trump is proposing to erase all things racist that happened prior to 1776 so that we can paint our Founding Fathers as more patriotic and just. Nice try, Donnie Boy, but the facts exist and speak for themselves. You can read my letter here: OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR TOM COTTON

And in case you’ve been totally brain dead, a lot of bad racist things happened after 1776 and continue to happen in America. Why there was even a landlord in New York City in the 1970s named TRUMP, who banned African Americans from his buildings.

President Trump keeps telling us how bad everything is while babbling endlessly about how he will fix it all, but he has never presented or even suggested a plan for change. When he falls short, he blames the Democrats, the “deep state” or even himself. Yes, we have heard the Donald complain about the result of something he initiated, only later realizing and admitting the idea was bad. He becomes that boss who yells, “Who approved this?” only to have a co-worker remind him, “You did!” The sad news is no one in his administration has the balls to tell him the truth.

Racism is little understood by white Americans, even though they think they understand all its nuances. As we work our way through the slave trade of the 1600s, and the deployment of over 462,000 Africans as free labor by 1770 in the 13 colonies, we fail to comprehend the scope of this injustice. There were almost 700,000 slaves in the US in 1790 which was 18 percent of the total population or roughly one in every six people. And remember, Black slaves were considered three-fifths of a person when determining taxation and representation in the House of Representatives. Boy, I have always been a whole person; you?

Maybe Donald Trump wants to stamp out the fact that Thomas Jefferson took a 14-year-old slave girl to Paris with him. She was the daughter of a bi-racial union between his father-in-law and one of his slaves. Her name was Sally Hemmings, and she had at least six children fathered by Thomas Jefferson. Eventually, our third President freed all of Sally Hemings’s children, but he did nothing for the two hundred other slaves at Monticello. Nice guy. These are the kinds of facts that Trump would like to eradicate with his book burning 1776 Commission.

Trump said Democrats and the New York Times’ 1619 Project promote an inaccurate version of US history by over-emphasizing race and the legacy of slavery. The big, orange pumpkin emphasizes “patriotic education,” saying that his commission “will encourage our educators to teach your children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding in 2026.” It’s funny to me that he made his speech warning of “left-wing segregation” at the National Archives, which is the very building holding all the facts and statistics to prove he’s dead wrong. By the way, Mr. Trump, it wasn’t a miracle to be raped, whipped and killed by white “supremacist” landowners.

Trump justifies confederate statues as “part of our heritage.” Those are strange words coming from a guy who was born and raised in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens, New York. We would have called him a “damn Yankee” in Georgia. He’s defended neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK, while claiming he’s done more for African Americans than any other president, except maybe Abraham Lincoln. Well, there’s a fine Honest Abe shout-out, but Trump knows little of Lincoln. Yes, he was a Republican President, but the comparisons between him and Trump stop there. I can’t imagine what historians will eventually write about Trump; oh boy.

Far-Left Republican President

Yes, Lincoln created the Emancipation Declaration that freed all slaves, but the results didn’t happen all at once. Many southern border states continued their slaving ways for years in exchange for loyalty to Lincoln. We will never know what Lincoln would have done with reconstruction had he lived. Many historians are driven crazy when learning that many of the presidents after the Civil War openly regretted giving Black men the right to vote. Remember, women didn’t get the right to vote until 1920. If you would like a sober and uncensored view about how the south reacted to a freed Black man, here’s a quote from the NAACP, “From 1882-1968, 4,743 were lynched in the United States. Of these people, t 3,446 were black and African Americans represented 73% of all people murdered.” You did notice the dates, right?

In George Orwell’s timeless book 1984, our hero, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth where, as a writer, he corrects the archives and news clippings so that they align with what Big Brother and the government want to call “history.” I froze when learning that Michael Caputo, a Trump loyalist and information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, changed the documents released by that agency so that their message would line-up with the misinformation Trump was promoting.

What happens to these people? Who is the lord of truth? It cannot be Trump. Spoiler Alert: At the end of the book 1984, Winston Smith is symbolically lynched. In the movie, we saw the character O’Brien, played by Richard Burton, torture Winston until he was a broken man or, as they say, a dead man. By using pain and brainwashing, the 1984 government erased the real man to make him into “one of them.”

Be careful, dear readers, you are seeing yet another cancer on the presidency of Donald Trump. He is certainly a racist because he goes out of his way to claim he isn’t. Look at his deeds and actions trying to revise the history of racism in America. Trump and people like him (Tom Cotton) believe that if they can obliterate racism, they will have no guilt for openly being racists. You can try to change history, Donald, but you will look foolish and terrible after all those left-wing writers disclose and describe your buffoonery. Sorry, but you certainly deserve it.

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SINISTER PERVERSION OF LAW

Trump’s Disregard and Denigration of Truth

Where should we begin to cut into the infection that has weakened the body politic of America? I watched a brilliantly produced documentary on Netflix called The Social Dilemma. You can read about it here. After viewing, I wondered if there is a cure for our addiction to data regardless of its source. The video alleges that we are on a downward slope because of manipulation by social media. The highly heady show talks about the denigration of truth online, concluding it’s so severe that recovery from the infection of hype might not come for another generation, if ever.

You might think Donald Trump is the cause, but he’s not. Trump and his evil crew are just exploiting the free and open internet for sinister purposes. A friend of mine from another country was sorrowful about in his nation’s current leader. He said the whole country is in peril due to its leader’s lies and bad policies. I reminded him that his ruler won’t live forever, but that’s of little comfort while your rights are being taken away. Trump’s latest bold move to undo Chinese influence is attempting to ban Tik-Tok and Snapchat from US platforms. Now, it’s more than a trade war, it’s going to become a real info-war! Pun intended.

Dr. Robert Redfield

Trump claims he knows more than anyone else. How can that be? It’s clear that he knows precious little. He stood before the America public saying that Dr. Robert Redfield, his chosen head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was mistaken when he told Congress his time estimates for delivering a COVID-19 vaccine to the world. Trump also disagreed with Redfield about the effectiveness of protective masks, which Redfield said could be even more helpful than a vaccine in combating the coronavirus. This blatant putdown of Redfield just hours after the CDC leader testified under oath was alarming. Consider the source, however. It’s the same clown who the night before said that the virus will go away without a vaccine. He claims we can recover with “herd mentality.” I’m sure he meant “herd immunity,” but, once again, we see a lack of worth in his words.

Trump’s selection of a phrase may have been a Freudian slip, referencing those Americans who are loyal to him to a fault. Herd mentality, mob mentality and pack mentality are all similar terms related to the lesser known concept of gang mentality, which is a mechanism allowing people to adopt certain behaviors when influenced by their peers on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis. This is what we have with Trump.

This weekend the United States will cross the mark of 198,000 total people perishing because of the COVID-19 virus, and here’s our leader trying to pull off the old move along there’s nothing to see here routine. US Attorney General William Barr, now also Donald’s personal lawyer, has elevated himself to the role of decider regarding committed crimes, discarding the opinions of “younger” associates and lawyers in the Department of Justice. While Mr. Barr was pontificating about his assumed power, he also compared the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders to slavery. That certainly doesn’t speak to his knowledge of pain or slavery. One was free labor at the end of a rifle and the other is a public health effort to protect citizens of all races. One of the stupidest things said by anyone in government, ever.

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Chad Wolf, the “acting” United States Secretary of Homeland Security, refused to show up at a Congressional hearing into threats to America. Wow, I guess this administration will not talk about anything bad until after the election. Isn’t it time for Congress to find the defiant Mr. Wolf in contempt and have the Sergeant at Arms arrest him? The good news is Christopher Wray, the Director of the FBI, did show and testified.

Chris Wray, FBI Director

We learned that military police used to clear the park near the White House for the President photo-op holding a Bible up in front of a church included a discussion of possibly using a “heat ray” weapon against citizens peacefully protesting racial injustice on that day. This is far more than a sinister perversion of justice and law enforcement; it’s the unconstitutional actions of a bad leader. Donald John Trump has broken his promise to protect the Constitution. He should be removed from office.

Herd immunity has been used during other global pandemics, but most experts believe use of that method, as Sweden did, would kill as many as two million people. So, when you hear Donald Trump pitching that method, know that he is asking you to die for his incompetence. We will forgive those of you under the spell of “herd mentality” should you come to your senses before voting on November 3rd.

If you don’t get truth after asking for it and chose to believe a jerk who admitted he wasn’t telling the truth in the first place, then you are the fool. The administration once discussed the possibility of having the USPS send millions of masks to US citizens to confront the virus. According to the Washington Post, “There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic.” So, rather than protect us they let us twist in the wind? If you ever wanted proof that the big, orange pumpkin doesn’t care about you, now you have it.

Trump’s disregard and denigration of truth is more than inexcusable. Trump has lived his life blaming others. When the shit eventually hits the fan, we will see our “leader” with a paste of waste on his face. The 45th President of the United States of America should be, and will be, blamed for his catastrophic policies on healthcare and the coronavirus. He’s truly a “killer president” and a damn lying leader.

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HEROES & VILLAINS

Trump’s Gaggle of Goofballs

The lyrics in the chorus of the Beach Boys’ song Heroes and Villains features a bit of a round where they sing, “Heroes and villains, just see what you’ve done.” That is exactly the way I am feeling right now, some 47 days ahead of the 2020 Presidential election. If we could pull the camera back far enough to see the details of everything that has transpired in the last four years, we would be overwhelmed. For less than half the country Donald John Trump is a hero, but for the millions of the rest of us, he‘s nothing but a Villain of monstrous proportions. Oh, let me count the ways.

As detailed in my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, Trump’s inaugural speech knocked me into the mud of the swamp. This line made me immensely angry, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Most people didn’t capture the preceding paragraph, in which the incoming president talked about mothers and children trapped in poverty and rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. He declared that everything before his presidency was a colossal failure. So, Donald Trump signed on to fix a landscape littered with decay and to help people in need, but he declared those folks dead and walked away from them, just as he did with our country.

Who were the Heroes? They were the people who tried to keep Trump from damaging the nation. Who were the Villains? They were the cretins who pledged allegiance to the President, ignoring their civic duties to protect the US and its Constitution. Today I will look at this week’s fallen Villain, Michael Caputo.

Caputo is a strategist and lobbyist to Republican politicians. Early in his career, he was on the staff of longtime Rep. Jack Kemp of New York. Caputo was mentored by Roger J. Stone while being his personal driver. Michael also worked with Oliver North to develop propaganda in President Ronald Reagan’s “public relations” efforts in South and Central America. That project is best known as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Michael Caputo established residence in Russia in 1994 and became an advisor to Boris Yeltsin. Oh, it gets richer. Caputo worked for Gazprom and Vladimir Putin before 2000. After that, he moved from Russia back to the US. So, once again, we have someone working for the administration with considerable ties to Russia and Putin.

Michael Caputo

During the 2016 Republican primary, Caputo became a political adviser to Donald Trump and helped him win New York. Later, he was dismissed by Paul Manafort after Corey Lewandowsky left the campaign. Caputo then tweeted some derogatory comments about Lewandowsky, which he later said he regretted. Check.

Caputo also posted offensive and derogatory tweets about women and Chinese people, but he deleted those after becoming the top spokesperson for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. With all his dirty laundry one must wonder why he was hired. Heaven only knows, but could it be that Trump placed him there as a favor to Putin? Okay, that may be a road too far but, hey, it fits Donald’s attraction to Villains rather than Heroes.

Is it any surprise that demented soul Caputo broadcast an extended Facebook video where he mentioned a series of conspiracy theories, including the existence of a “resistance unit” within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trying to take down Trump? His broadcast also predicted that if the 2020 election is contested in any way there will be political violence in America. Caputo’s actions could be construed as doing Putin’s bidding.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that its Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Michael Caputo, has decided to take a 60-day leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family. What is happening here? ABC News reported yesterday that Mr. Caputo has had a recent cancer diagnosis and, as a survivor myself, I wish him luck.

Alex Azar, Caputo’s boss, must be equally held to blame for permitting Caputo’s intensely damaging rhetoric to flow from his office during a global pandemic. This is what we get with Trump. His vetting is solely focused on whether a potential hire loves him, rather than examining if they have the skills needed for the job.

The more you know Donald Trump, the more you should fear. If Trump loses the election, he and his gaggle of goofballs may refuse to leave office, which would throw America into a dark abyss of doom which could impact for years. Michael Caputo shows you exactly who Trump is, because Caputo’s words reflect Trump’s beliefs. Both Roger Stone and Michael Caputo are talking about civil war, which is just what Putin wants.

Trump has declared the pandemic over. He cares nothing about graves and families torn apart by his inability to fight for us. He should be fired.

Think back to George Orwell’s classic book 1984 and then imagine how current events are worse. Well, you’re seeing that reality, Bucko. The most amazing Trump quotes from the Bob Woodward tapes relate to his desire for better relationships with despotic leaders. He admitted that the “easy ones” are leaders that he doesn’t, “…get along with as much. It’s funny, the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them, you ought to explain that to me some day, but maybe it’s not a bad thing.” Hey, Donnie Boy, you favor Villains over Heroes because you see yourself as a fully blown bad guy. Problem is, you fucking tool, the real bad guys will eventually get over on you and hurt our country. Why?

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Trump’s “Fake” Nobel Peace Prize

When elected president, Donald Trump claimed he would bring peace to the Middle East. One of the biggest challenges surrounding that goal is the profound and ongoing distrust between the Palestinians and the Jewish State of Israel. One might have thought that the 2004 death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would bring a first step toward peace for the region. After all, Arafat was the person who disseminated a still-prevailing narrative among Palestinians who deny Jewish history, such as the holocaust, and the legitimacy of Israel as a sovereign nation.

Palestine theoretically includes the West Bank, a territory that divides modern-day Israel and Jordan, and the Gaza Strip, land bordering modern-day Israel and Egypt. Instead of traditional, fixed borders, most regions have been drawn in the sand in years past. Wars, conflicts and overreach have changed those flimsily determined boundaries many times.

In the Islamic faith, the divide between the Sunni and Shia has pitted Persians against Arabs and Arabs against Arabs. Iraq sees Iran as a natural enemy because of a difference in belief about who has a right to rule Muslims. When Donald Trump declared that he would ban all Muslims from coming into the United States, he didn’t specify Sunni or Shia; his words were anyone of Islamic faith. It’s unclear how he would have determined a person’s religious affiliation at a US entry point, but Trump never thinks things through, thus the confusion at the airports and in the courts.

Mahmoud Abbas

It’s rather amazing that anyone of the Islamic faith would listen to what xenophobic, bat-shit-crazy, blathering-old-fool Donald Trump would have say about future relations between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Palestinians don’t recognized Israel, which has refused to accept Palestine as its own state. That is why it’s intriguing that Orthodox Jew Jared Kushner believes he could convince hard-core Arabs and Muslims that peace is possible.

Yes, both Jared and his wife Ivanka practice Orthodox Judaism. Ivanka Trump had to convert to Judaism in 2009 to marry Jared Kushner, which can be viewed in a positive light regarding Jared’s acceptance as a faithful servant of peace in the Middle East. In fact, the Kushner’s and the Netanyahu’s had a personal relationship before Jared’s rise to senior advisor to President Trump. That, too, is an advantage in this matter of agreements.

The strategy is to convince those Middle East countries that have NOT recognized Israel to do so now in order to help Trump. It started with the United Arab Emirates, and more recently, Bahrain. In case you don’t know, the “Emirates” is not Saudi Arabia. It’s a much smaller country located on the Gulf of Oman with a population of about ten million. Dubai, the Vegas of the Middle East is located there. Bahrain’s population is about 1.6 million, and it’s located on a small island in the Persian Gulf off the coast of the Emirates and north of Qatar.

It would be unfair to say the progress between these two countries and Israel is not a good thing. The first step in any viable negotiation is all parties admitting the existence of the others. When Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, much of the Arab world was skeptical and many cursed the deal believing our President didn’t care about their thoughts and feelings. Well, they were right. Donald Trump doesn’t care about what the Palestinians think. Trump wants rich countries to deal with this conflict, and the first nations that joined the coalition of diplomatic acknowledgement have been large US oil, money and power interests.

Moving the embassy to Jerusalem, was simply following international agreement. The embassy of a nation should be in that country’s capital city. A consulate conducts a nation’s business in a non-capital city.

This brings us to the announcement that two radicals in Norway have nominated Donald John Trump for the Nobel Peace prize for the efforts of normalized relations between three nations. The fact that Palestinians are not involved in these discussions and their waiting in limbo since 1948 casts serious doubt about the outcome of these negotiations.

The Gaza Strip, a 140 square mile area isolated by walls and economic sanctions by Israel, has produced some angry young men who are attracted to the viewpoints and radicalization of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic positions. Just as an out of work coal miner in West Virginia doesn’t care about what Bahrain does with Israel, these Middle East protestors with rocks, and sometimes bombs, don’t care about Jared Kushner’s braggadocio. They want jobs, money and a better life. Nowhere in all this peace prize hype is an explanation about how it all might help Palestinians. And this just in, hours after the agreements were signed in Washington, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a site in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. And this is why this whole P.R. hype from Trump has nothing to do with peace.

When asked why the Palestinians aren’t part of these discussions, Jared Kushner simply slaps away the question and brags about his father-in-law. The Palestinians have nothing to gain by declaring these actions as a great feat. In fact, they continue to assert these moves as insufficient and unimportant to their struggle. I am always amazed by the Trump administration’s discussions without any representation or involvement of the sovereign nation. It’s like Kushner meeting with the owners of a meat factory to solve a labor problem without hearing from the workers. This is the ultimate example of the “owner-controller” class they live in.

This Middle East “peace accord,” with the headline that these agreements will “end the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts forever,” is purely hype and bullshit. Even if every Arab nation were to normalize their relationship with Israel, how can Israel cure the border challenges without recognition and involvement of the Palestinians? Most Americans don’t know that the 1,890,000 people who live in Israel are Palestinians. In fact, more than 60% of Israeli Arabs identify as Palestinians. There is no way that Israel would agree to a two-state solution without also moving more than two-million people to, ah, where?

Should I have a voice in the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, I certainly would NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP. He’s not worthy. Should Donnie Boy eventually win a Nobel Peace Prize for this, then Elon Musk should also get one for his nifty manipulation of the stock market. Hey, you gotta laugh at the audacity of this White House. They really do think 50% of the people in America are STUPID.

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