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Dangerous Rhetoric Trumps Expertise

As I watch this passion play of a global pandemic, there are times I want to ask how our highly educated and experienced experts do not just lose it. One would hope that cooperation and compromise would drive the narrative during this horrible event, but it’s not what seems to be important to judges, governors or the President. By his actions and words, it’s perfectly clear that Donald Trump would like this whole COVID-19 thing to simply go away, but it won’t.

During the hearing in the Senate, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave those who questioned him very direct and, at times, frightening information and advice. For the most part, the elected Senators were open to his help. Aside from Rand Paul, who sought to discredit and denigrate Dr. Fauci, most Senators know that we need a vigorous plan to test as many people as possible, otherwise we will never know the extend and power of the virus. Senator Paul says he refuses to wear a mask because he had the virus and recovered. His assumption that he cannot be re-infected or spread the virus has not been proven by science. Ironically, Rand Paul is an eye doctor and should know that his avoidance of a face mask could hurt someone. Maybe he doesn’t care.

Yesterday, in a meeting with two Governors in the White House, Trump was once again pontificating and misleading people. He decided to answer some questions, which is always a risk for this President. When asked about Dr. Fauci’s testimony in the Senate, Trump bristled and commented that Fauci is trying to play “all sides” of the equation, oblivious to the fact that an equation has only two sides. No one had the nerve to ask, “WHAT SIDES?” as Trump, once again, drew a redline that separates us into “You are either with me or against me” in this fight to reopen the country. The virus knows no sides and fighting it should be the focus of us all.

When a reporter asked what Trump thought of the warnings about opening schools too early, the President said Fauci’s warnings about reopening amid coronavirus crisis are “not acceptable.” Imagine a patient meeting with their doctor who has just stated that they have cancer. Most normal people would ask, “How bad?” or, “How much time do I have?” In that circumstance Donald Trump would likely reply that the advice is unacceptable. REALLY? You know, you still have cancer, right?

During the testimony in the House of Dr. Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, he slammed the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response and urged lawmakers to listen to the voices of scientists and predicted “unprecedented illness and fatalities.” Trump’s comeback was to say that Dr. Bright is just a disgruntled employee. Okay, another person telling the truth gets put on the “I don’t know him. I have never met him” human category. Why has Trump not met the guy in charge of a vaccine? Negligence or Arrogance?

Rational, intelligent human beings of the world know not to take Trump seriously, but he’s the leader of the free world. Why can’t Trump plainly relay the facts and fear, say something positive and then move on? Everything has to be a fight with someone, something or an institution. He cannot stay on message and he cannot stay focused on the most important time in modern American history.

Why is Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, trying to force premature openings in states where he wants to win in November? Recent polls and data show that only 26% to 30% of the people in this country trust his advice and opinions on the COVID crisis. In fact, a number from YouGov.com says that, “Three-quarters of Americans (75%) believe it is likely that state-level plans to reopen large sectors of their economies could result in an increase in COVID-19 cases.” Trump has no credibility with Democrats and perhaps a slight Republican advantage, but in the end people will blame the man who is in charge. The pointed political question is this, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” I’m willing to bet that will get a big, loud “NO!”

When this president uses blame as an involuntary reaction to any question or statement he dislikes, the rest of us waste time trying to defend the person being criticized . It happens on “both sides” of any issue and is lacking the leadership needed to resolve and move forward. With the Donald is in the White House, we cannot move on, we cannot resolve, we cannot take expert advice and face this pandemic responsibly and sensibly.

It’s amazing to me that the President cannot unite us on a prudent path to deal with this nemesis that affects every American. No, the man refuses all responsibility of facing and handling the coronavirus crisis. I am not making this up. He plainly said on TV that he takes no responsibility and we all heard him.

Trump seems to be implementing Fauci Free Fridays and Dr. Birx-free-TV lately. He want to avoid talk about the reality of the pandemic so we can forge on with his insane plan to reopen the country regardless of the amount of additional deaths. Fatso wants to open schools, both colleges and K-12, so parents can go back to work and use the state funded babysitter service known as education. Trump references Purdue University, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, which had only 248 coronavirus cases and two deaths when this post was written. Don’t forget that Purdue students come from all over the country, and even the world, meaning a higher likelihood of more contagion on campus. Opening a college isn’t the same as opening elementary, middle and high schools.

Before we open schools, with their narrow halls and obvious social distancing challenges, we need to be thoughtful and careful. We are now seeing a delayed response to the coronavirus in children with symptoms like Kawasaki disease. Up to 100 children in the UK have been affected and studies suggest the same reaction is being seen in Europe and the United States. Three children, ages 5, 7 and 18, have died from the illness in the state of New York. So, is your rush to open the schools wise at all, Mr. President?  What are you thinking?

Here’s a message for all those Fox News TV personalities who claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci is less than honest, or worse, a traitor. Why are you against Fauci? His job to keep America vigilant, safe and healthy is far more important than what you do for your keepers, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Their agenda is making money, and you have a role in the opinions of millions of Americans. Do Fauci’s death threats bother you at all? Your “news” service constantly relays the mutterings and opinions of Donald Trump. What good are you doing by constantly and aggressively condemning experts and scientists?

He’s right when Trump says the press is the enemy of the people, but he’s aiming his barbs at the wrong outlets. Fox News, One America News Network and webcasters like Alex Jones and Info-Wars are the real enemies. They are making things worse, just like Alex Jones did during the Waco siege, by stirring up the far right. That brought ATF and FBI agents to Waco. Did Alex Jones’ words on TV and radio cause death there? It’s impossible to determine his influence, but 82 people were killed by Federal agents and US military during that siege and Alex Jones’ position was against the government. Did his rhetoric plant a seed in Timothy McVie’s mind? Google: Oklahoma City bombing.

We should all pray that there is never a Fauci-free Friday, or any day, when we cannot turn to doctors, nurses, scientists and experts. Donald Trump has become BIG BROTHER. We need experts now more than ever. Let’s not be led into danger and death by Donald Trump, who cares only about his reelection, not the world’s virus.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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THE PANIC OF PANDEMIC

Why Did Trump Politicize a Crisis?

We human beings are challenged by nature, and the way we handle its catastrophes and calamities demonstrate our creative minds and will to survive. When a tornado blows through a midwestern town, we automatically step up, go into action and rescue people from the ruins. We may be confronted with death when the light of day comes, but we pledge to rebuild, remodel and rethink how to guard against the same fate in the future. We even use the cliché, “[Town Name] Strong!” to convince the rest of the world that we will be back.

Donald Trump keeps using the phrase, “invisible enemy” because he, like many others, has figured out that without an electronic microscope one cannot see the coronavirus. These non-living particles invade our bodies, usually in the lungs, and start a war between our immune systems and their camouflaged sharp little crowns. Our body thinks the virus is a friend and lets it multiply and cling to the walls of our organs. Therefore, a patient with the coronavirus has trouble breathing; the growth of the virus blocks the lung’s capacity to process air.

We all know that Donald Trump didn’t invent this virus in a lab. We also know that our President has never been a big believer in science, because he cannot link the value of science to an enterprise. When you build buildings, you argue against the environment because it costs money to comply with the rules. All of this should have been forgotten once Trump got to the White House. He should have evolved and started to use science and experts to our advantage. He didn’t make that transition.

Instead, Trump has promoted and fomented some far-right disdain for experts, up to and including his retweet of the #FireFauci tag. Why? Does he not know that the 20 to 30% of the population who think he walks on water will adopt whatever raw, political meat-dogma he throws into the kennel? He may have ignited protests around the country, but could he not know he’s putting his own voters in harm’s way? Someone called Trump’s political party a “death cult,” because people are going to get the virus by protesting without masks and social distancing. That’s bit rough, but it does have a ring.

I have concluded that Trump politicized this virus and global pandemic because he just doesn’t know what else to do. He was on the stage at the briefings telling us that the virus was going to go away. Remember, “Fifteen down to none.” He told those attending a rally on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Bojangles’ Coliseum that this virus was a “Democrat hoax.” On that date there were less than two known cases in America, but officials in Santa Clara County, California, have now determined that at least two deaths in early February can now be attributed to COVID-19. So, any idea that Donald Trump knew what was really happening all along is false. On March 2, 2020, I was moved to a different hospital for a minor operation because of COVID-19 infected hospital workers. See, there were signs. By the way, I survived that operation.

When I saw the Governor of New York on TV saying that they have gone over the top of the mountain, I felt much better. However, he also said that 166 people died in the past 24 hours. He doesn’t make me panic, but he does make me think. Gee, that could have been me.

I wonder whether more people would be wearing masks if Andrew Cuomo was president right now. Would we have these protests? Probably yes, and they would have been motivated by the zealous ideolog Fox News opinion show hosts who really are in the panic business. They prey on older conservative viewers for ratings and money. They know if they create fear and dissent, ratings will go up. They will continue to do Trump’s monkey business long after Mr. Dorito Face is gone. It’s what they do.

The stark reality? It will take years for the stock market to come back. It’s also true that this virus and global pandemic will change the way we interact as humans. Until we get a vaccine, we all need to be careful. This isn’t panic talk; it’s simply good health advice. Trump is not the leader we need right now. He doesn’t understand complex conundrums and layered challenges. Sorry, but for all of his talk about being so smart, why does he keep saying the wrong things? He has the best experts around him. He should just communicate facts and well-thought-out advice, but he can’t.

If Trump really understood and believed the science behind the novel coronavirus, he wouldn’t have launched such an aggressive campaign to restart. He wouldn’t have tweeted the word LIBERATE to those states that were trying to keep this pandemic under control. He wouldn’t have wasted time verbally abusing reporters who were asking basic questions about the administration’s role in the response to COVID-19. Donald John Trump fails to understand that the politicizing of the crisis turns off moderates and educated suburban women. It creates doubt.

They say that the biggest hinderances to stock market performance is uncertainty. Trump cannot ignore that maxim and the country will react to his actions, inactions and disruptions. By tweeting about topics not related to the pandemic, Trump reveals his lack of focus, which equates to uncertainty. Tweeting every seven minutes over the weekend and tearing into reporters is terribly beneath the office of the President, but MAGA boy doesn’t at all understand the nuances and negativity of his office and actions.

He cannot conceive that his behavior often makes things worse. He could have done a simple, information-laced presser in the Rose Garden, but his handling of the questions made things worse. If you were an alien viewing that appearance from afar, you probably would have asked, “Who put this guy in charge?” I speak alien.

We need to defeat the Pandemic and remove the man who wasn’t ready for a real crisis. The real panic will come if he’s given more time to destroy America. We must not let that happen.

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ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!

Trump Scolds Reporters in the Rose Garden

My father was born in 1913 and if alive today he would be 107 years old. Growing up on a farm, my father dealt with a lot of hard work after his father died when Dad was 15 years of age. He was the youngest of 13 children and acquired most of his beliefs, prejudices and viewpoints during a depression and two wars. I didn’t blame him for his Archie Bunker-type comments, even though I knew why they were wrong.

My father used the term “polack” to describe Polish people, and although he never used the “N” word, he was most comfortable with calling African Americans “colored.” All the schools I attended were not integrated. My schooling took place before controversial busing laws, so I grew up in a white bubble. This was well before there was even the notion of “political correctness,” and many of the things we said then would not be received well today. If my father was around now, he would probably agree with the main guy in the White House.

Maybe because I was schooled as a journalist, my viewpoint on Donald J. Trump has been damaged by his constant disdain of media and disparagement of our free press. Along with my Presbyterian upbringing and the moral core of my being, I take umbrage with any verbal attack of a group of people, especially the downtrodden and persecuted minorities. I guess you can call me a bleeding heart, tree hugging liberal, although I would prefer to be known as a person with an altruistic grounding and who cares about people.

One of the burning questions that many have raised about Trump is whether he has some embedded racist viewpoints. We do know that his father Fred was probably a Nazi sympathizer. Records show that his father was arrested during a Nazi parade in New York in 1927, but let’s not judge a son’s values based on his father’s closed-mindedness.

The 45th President is a cloudy picture that can turn ugly in an instant. He uses the terms, “good people” to describe individuals who carry Nazi symbols of hate. He needs an enemy or combatant on every issue, which forces him to create a demon when none exists. He was quick to desire a ban of all Muslims from entering the US before he knew the details of one shooting.

When Trump runs out of Democrats, people of color, people from other countries or anyone who disagrees with him to bully, he aims his verbal attacks at the press. That is probably one of his easiest targets. When engaging with the press, his uncharted and disjointed verbosity gives us a great portal into his soul. His words are telling.

During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Monday May 11, 2020, President Donald Trump abruptly ended the briefing after he was challenged by one CNN reporter for withdrawing her turn to ask a question, but the damage was already done on mic with a previous reporter. CBS News Asian American reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he emphasized that the US was doing better than any other country with respect to coronavirus testing. Ms. Jiang pressed Trump, “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?” As all the viewers could plainly see, Trump was miffed by the question and loudly retorted, “Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me! Ask China that question!”

Weijia has gotten under Trump’s skin in earlier press conferences, so even with her mask on Trump knew the Asian American reporter from CBS. He has rebuked and disparaged her in the past. The president then called on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, who was walking to the microphone as Jiang leaned over with half her mask off to ask, “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?” The whole world witnessed Donald Trump facing an Asian woman who was confronting the President of the United States.

Donald Trump’s comeback was lame, “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.” The only thing that we could hear clearly after that was Jiang objection, “That is not a nasty question.”

Trump has no idea that what he did was purely racist, but then he doesn’t use logic, science or facts to determine any of his positions. Trump’s outburst was racist because she’s Asian, and he was insinuating that she should ask China because she’s Chinese. His move hearkened back to the time he asked April Ryan, an African American reporter, to talk to the Black Caucus for him. I guess he did so because of the color of April’s skin. He would not have asked a white reporter to be a middle-man or negotiator with African American groups. He assumed she was in cahoots with the Black Caucus.

Donald Trump had a strange comment when asked about the senseless killing of a black man in Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery. Few in the media picked up on this issue because of the intensity Trump created with his Chinese blunder during this week’s truncated press conference.

In response to a black reporter asking how he felt about the delayed justice in Georgia, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible and it’s certainly being looked at by many people – I’m speaking to many people about it.”  Then, the President pointed out that he talked with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, and relayed that Senator Scott said that he too was disturbed by the fatal shooting. Tim Scott is a good guy but he’s not from Georgia. Donald Trump seemed to want people to know that he “has a black friend.” He was attempting to exploit that friendship to demonstrate he understands African American challenges in this country and, in a sense, was researching how he should react. Was he getting permission?

Our current House of Representatives has 56 African Americans while the Senate has only ten. Trump leans on Tim Scott so much in his commentary because of Scott’s special status of being African American and Republican. It’s doubtful that Trump called any Democratic African American members of Congress for their viewpoints on this tragedy.

When the President of the United States yells at a reporter, who was born in China but grew up in West Virginia, “ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!” he is saying he doesn’t have an answer. He doesn’t know why everything is a competition. He told us we would be tired of winning. He was right; we are fatigued with his games. He has proven many times that he doesn’t like direct questions from women and especially women of color. So, he’s not only racist, but a male chauvinist pig. Okay, paste another star on his forehead. What a guy.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

BRAVE BRAZILIANS & BAD BATS

Trump Fails the COVID Test

Has anyone ever told you, “It’s all in your head?” That dismissive statement is so disheartening. There are many hypochondriacs in the world. These people are abnormally anxious about their health and they find ailments, diseases and disorders in every corner. However, a little paranoia and fear is good in us humans when it keeps us from doing the wrong things.

We have heard much about the origin of the novel coronavirus. So much that we have no certainty where it came from other than some animal, like a bat. Folklore has demonized the bat by making it the villain in fright movies. That might have started with the vampire bat, found primary in Central America and South America. Their food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. Experts believe they evolved from frugivorous bats, with sharp teeth specialized for piercing fruit. Evolution led to eating parasites on mammals and eventually to piercing the skin of their prey to get to the blood. The human vampire myth is based on this animal. Brazil is one of the countries where vampire bats sleep at day and bite at night.

According to the renowned British medical journal the Lancet, “the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reached Latin America later than other continents. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020. But now, Brazil has the most cases and deaths in Latin America.” I am not at all suggesting that Brazil had something to do with the origin of the global pandemic, but they are an interesting study in stupidity.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world’s leading coronavirus deniers, was out this weekend jet skiing and sending a message to his fellow Brazilians that there is nothing to fear. According to Time magazine, “The far-right firebrand, who was elected in 2018 trading on conspiracy theories and half-truths, has dismissed COVID-19 as a ‘little flu’ and remarked that ’we all die someday.’” He has flouted his own health ministry’s guidance by going on walkabouts to greet supporters and has urged Brazilians to leave isolation and return to work, defying the advice of the World Health Organization.” It would be ironic if Bolsonaro got the “little flu,” but hey, he’s brave.

The medical, health and local governors in Brazil are urging President Bolsonaro to send a more cautious message to the citizens, but it’s too late. Brazil will become a global hotspot because its leader’s lack of understanding. As of May 11, 2020, Brazil had 163,510 cases with 11,207 deaths. As their testing increases, the case count will certainly go up but at what cost? Brazil has a population of 209 million. Some of the early deniers like, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, have finally come to respect the challenge, but there are other world leaders who are militant.

The autocrat in Belarus, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, has yet to impose any restrictions to slow the virus. We have also heard much about Sweden’s approach to the pandemic, do nothing, let the herd take the hit and move on. Might I remind you that the expression “herd immunity” means people will die?

With a population of only 10 million, Sweden currently has 26,322 confirmed cases with 3,225 deaths. They consider this a success. While we are uncertain the stats are accurate, Belarus reported to the World Health Organization that they have 23,906 cases with 135 deaths. I guess the Belarussians can’t be infected with something they don’t know about. It’s important to point out that President Putin in Russian started out being dismissive, until it became necessary to be honest. Russia has 221,000 cases of COVID-19 with 2,009 deaths. Putin is smart and expresses caution, while probably scheming how he can grab more power in this crisis.

Getting back to America, President Donald Trump is now facing the reality that people in his inter sanctum have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is not going to go well. A few minutes after a Sunday afternoon news leak that VP Mike Pence would be self-quarantined, a strongly worded retraction was issued saying that Pence would be going to the White House on Monday, as usual. I am sure a call from Trump motivated that reversal.

Just like the constant whiplash we have learned to expect from the Trump administration, we are seeing stories about the President being uptight about COVID being so close to him. Yes, I am suggesting that a certain strange personification of the COVID is taking place in Trump’s brain. He’s already working from home.

It’s like the hypocrites at Fox News who keep encouraging people to do what the president says about opening the country, yet being fearful and cowering in their homes while they broadcast their nightly diatribes. Trump is also apprehensive. We know he’s a germaphobe, but his love of money, need for approval and obsessive desire to get re-elected produce muddled messages. It’s clearly a “do as I say” rather than “do as I do” warning that he sends.

The lackadaisical attitude of our top guy produces actions by those who still respect his opinion. With each pronouncement of openings and the relaxation of social distancing, we see fewer people wearing masks in public. When Trump said, “…wearing a mask would send the wrong message” and make him look ridiculous, his MAGA sycophants heard, “If you wear a mask YOU will look ridiculous!” Someone please tell me, what is the difference between “Anti-Vaxxers” and Trump? Both say stupid things that cause harm, pain and sometimes death.

Most Americans don’t care about Sweden or Brazil or Belarus, but they do care about their children. Sadly, we are learning that our leaders, both political and medical, were wrong about this virus not being dangerous to children. That was a tragic mistake.

I gasped when this headline appeared, “3 New York Children Die From Syndrome Possibly Linked to COVID-19.” Just when we think we understand what is happening, we learn something new. We now know that COVID-19 (clinically named SARS – CoV-2 virus) will attack organs other than the lungs. We have a monster on our shores, and if we let up now we will be living in fear for a long time.

Donald John Trump has failed the global pandemic test. We were NOT ready, and his mind WAS NOT and IS NOT in the right place to cope. Our experts stepped up and tried to guide him to proper actions, but he was slow and conflicted at every turn. The President will continue to distract by casting an ever-widening net of blame. He will try to focus on some positives, but his feeble attempts will no longer work. The virus is in the White House.

Trump’s nightmares of bats, labs, germs and fear of being poisoned will continue, but deep down inside he knows the only way to beat this curse is to find a cure. His political reputation and career are currently in the hands of others and he can’t stand that. Which brings us to my best advice, “Never send a narcissist to a pandemic.”  

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UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB

The Putrid Fumes of a Presidential Pandemic

In William Shakespeare’s dramatic offering HAMLET, the ultra-famous playwright penned a line that is often quoted, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” It was uttered by palace guard Marcellus, after seeing the ghost of the dead king walking over the palace walls. He is speaking to his philosophical comrade, Horatio, saying that the situation of Denmark is like a fish that rots from head to tail. Marcellus is commenting that everything is not good at top of the political hierarchy.

In the 1979 Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb, the opening lyrics can be dropped directly into your brain without interpretation, “Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me, Is there anyone at home? Come on now, I hear you’re feeling down. Well I can ease your pain, Get you on your feet again, Relax, I’ll need some information first; Just the basic facts…” Eventually, this sonic masterpiece ends with the lines, “The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.”

Something stinks in DC and we are anything but comfortable. Even if we are a bit numb, we are not dumb. We see the numbers on our TV screens every day, there, up on the right, how many infected, how many died. By the end of Mother’s Day 2020, the United States reached the horrible milestones of 80,000 deaths with more than 1.3 million cases of infection. This is real.

A growing number of Americans are figuring out they cannot base their movements, plans or actions on what President Donald Trump says. His latest delusional adlib, at a meeting where no attendee wore a mask, introduces a theory about the COVID-19 virus. He said that it will “go away without a vaccine.” He provides no evidence other than a mention that other viruses went away. Had Limp Brain Donnie googled the subject, he would have seen that many past viruses had no cures. From the Baylor College of Medicine web site, we see that plagues such as HIV/AIDS, Dengue fever, Malaria, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and many more have no cures.

To make matters more clinical, we have a vaccine for smallpox, but that doesn’t mean it’s eliminated. We have won most of the battles with polio, but Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria have never eliminated it even though there’s a vaccine for this crippling disease. We are optimistic that the smart biology, chemistry, medicine and genomic researchers will invent a solution for the current coronavirus, but great ideas take time.

Even with many time-tested inoculations, some American parents refuse vaccines out of a fear spread by misinformed anti-vaxx groups. This bad parenting of not helping their kids with vaccinations has led to an increase in cases of measles. We thought we had it eliminated within the US twenty years ago. Thanks, crazy people. All of you should be on a list to be the last to get a COVID-19 shot; you know, wait until it’s proven safe.

It’s amazing that the lyrics of a Pink Floyd song provide a narrative that could be related to treatments and testing, “Okay, Just a little pinprick, There’ll be no more, ah, But you may feel a little sick, Can you stand up? I do believe it’s working, good, That’ll keep you going through the show, Come on it’s time to go.” Most rock experts will tell you the Floyd were singing about shooting up heroin before a big show, but temporary pills and poisons are a necessary evil when times are tough. We could interpret the last phrase as a call to get back to life, which is exactly what we all want to do right now. It’s time to go.

Now a spoiler alert as we get back to Shakespeare. The play doesn’t end well for Hamlet. He is killed with a poisoned sword, leaving the reader uncertain whether the events of the play resolve Hamlet’s struggles and self-doubt. We will probably never know if self-doubt is the main ingredient in Donald Trump’s self-made conflicts. His ping-ponging and flip-flopping have been seen every day during this pandemic. The man is obviously shaken and unbelieving that his words have not yet whisked the virus away.  Maybe tomorrow.

The Observer Research Foundation provides this, “Whether Hamlet was mad or not is indeed a question that has tormented curious high-school students for generations. He started out – Shakespeare tells us – by playing mad, but by the third act it is really not clear whether he had indeed lost the plot a while back.” As can be easily seen, Donald J. Trump navigates many different universes, but each share the flaws produced by alternative facts, outright lies and stunning scientific stupidity. Is the man insane or has he fallen into the trap of becoming the character he created?

The Observer Research Foundation asks, “Could Trump’s unpredictability be a sign of his inability to quickly calculate the costs and benefits of a dramatic change in US policy?” If only it was that simple. Are we facing the frightening reality that he cannot comprehend the dire impact of this virus? Perhaps that could explain how his staff convinces him to change so many of his pronouncements. Surely everyone who works at the White House knows you should NEVER drink Lysol or any disinfectant. It’s unbelievable they had to straighten him out a few hours after he suggested such a cure.

When dipping into Shakespeare and Pink Floyd looking for parallels and meaning, you will find deeply disturbing things. For example, Donald Trump has said openly that his greatest fear in life is being poisoned. Should someone sneeze on you right now, it could end your life. The virus is a poison of sorts, and its name is derived from the halos, or crowns, seen on each viron under electron microscopic examination, thus the “corona” part of the name. Poetically it could be called a crown of thorns, but I will leave that to the devout.

Painfully we have learned that three of the country’s highest-ranking health officials on the COVID-19 Task Force are now self-quarantining after two White House aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus. They came in contact with Katie Miller, the Press Secretary for Mike Pence, and a valet who serves Trump his meals and endless cans of Diet Coke. Katie Miller is married to Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s main intimates. Will the Millers self-quarantine for 14 days?

When new Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, said the White House was probably the safest workplace in Washington, most people just shook their heads in disbelief. Trump and Pence may never get the virus leading to the terrible symptoms many people their age have and are suffering, but they are terrible role models. Trump didn’t wear a mask when he visited Honeywell and Pence didn’t wear a mask when he toured the Mayo Clinic. Such foolish, selfish clowns! Their painted smiles are covers for their deep-down panic of this pandemic. Fear vs. denial is a wicked drama. THIS JUST IN: Two of the Generals who attended the weekend Joints Chiefs of Staff meeting (without masks) have tested positive for COVID-19.

When I put on my cloth mask, I smell the odor of a presidential pandemic. I will remember that smell when this is finally over. I bounce between anger and numbness, but that numbness is definitely not comfortable. When I hear those Pink Floyd lyrics, “Just a little pinprick, There’ll be no more,” I imagine a time when we will be LIBERATED from this curse, but make no mistake. Trump will not lead you to the promised land. He has no map, no GPS, no plan, no clear understanding of the problem, and, as we have sadly learned, his promises are lies. His inane words and wishful thinking will not bring an end to COVID-19.

The song Comfortably Numb, has this perfectly appropriate observation about Trump, “Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Trump will go away one day, with or without a vaccine. We must conquer the virus with science and oust Trump with our votes.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

Trump Train: No Conductor, Wrong Track

I think growing up in Pittsburgh put a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It’s not like us ‘burghers hold grudges or grievances, or stand ready to provoke disputes and arguments, but we can surely talk your leg off. Also, Pittsburghers have a built-in underdog status, which often comes in handy.

In the 1946 Marx Brothers movie, A Night in Casablanca, the female character, Bea, played by Lisette Verea, and Groucho’s Kornblow are both smoking and playfully blowing smoke at each other. As the cloud of smoke surrounds their heads, Groucho says, “This is like living in Pittsburgh – if you can call that ‘living.’” When we were kids, we were told that our hometown was inferior to other places.

The ‘burgh is a sports town. Our insecurity complex came to a screeching halt when our Pirates beat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. We were brought to our feet waving yellow pieces of “terrible towels” when our NFL Steelers won six Super Bowls. Then there were the five Stanley cup wins by our Pittsburgh Penguins, which brought much joy to the hearts of Steel City citizens. The goal has always been respect, not just winning.

I always twitch when I hear a retort start with the words, “With all due respect.” It’s because I know that whatever they are about to say will be contra to my position. That’s fine. I want to know your point, perception or proposition. Afterall, you could be right. I will change my mind if you take the care and time to intellectually lay out the logic.

During the confirmation hearing for William Barr as Attorney General of the US, I believed he was a straight-shooter, even though he orchestrated and wrote all the pardons freeing those involved in the Iran-Contra Affair under President George H.W. Bush. Go ahead and Google it. You see, I have a thing about white collar crime and political infractions. Why are those people treated differently when they break the law? The lame excuse, “I was just following orders,” didn’t cut it at Nuremberg and shouldn’t in the United States of America. Oliver North was not a patriot.

I never liked Michael Flynn and was more than skeptical when Donald Trump appointed him to the post of National Security Advisor. I like smart generals and I have nothing against the military, but when pure ideologs make policies we often end up on shaky ground. Dick Cheney was of that ilk, and after spending a trillion dollars on unnecessary wars we saw the damage an ideolog can wrest when they become too powerful in US decision-making. Dick Cheney was not a patriot.

Take all that Trump has said during his three years in office, boil it down, and you will see a pattern of over-committing to a plan, then throwing water on the plan and, later, blaming someone else for the plan. It’s amazing to me that the guy doesn’t run into himself on his way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Trump is a confused little boy with the thinnest skin of any human.

When William Barr took control of the Department of Justice, he was called to the Senate for a hearing, and that’s when we saw the real Bill Barr. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Barr didn’t change his title from A.G. to P.O. — Political Operative, because that is what he is. He’s not upholding the law when it comes to Trump. He’s out front, blocking for him, running interference and acting more like a bought judge than the Attorney General.

During his first post confirmation hearing, Barr claimed that the FBI “spied on the Trump campaign.” He seemed to say that there were some misdeeds by the agency when they checked out unusual and premature contacts between Russians and those in the Trump campaign. Isn’t that something the FBI should do? Why would Barr think that’s not okay? Is he a Russian agent?

Not too long later, William Barr was discrediting and misquoting the Robert Mueller Report. During his presentation, before the document was released, he basically said that he and Rod Rosenstein reviewed the facts and determined that there was no wrongdoing by Trump or his cohorts. REALLY? I read it and saw a bunch of indictments, admissions of guilt and sentences handed down. The report wasn’t nearly as vague or positive as Barr wanted you to believe. Without the terms being present in the report, it paints Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator and the main obstructer of justice in the probe.

With the thousands of other cases the Attorney General is responsible for managing and directing, we can only hope that his biases and distractions are not affecting the process of justice. Unfortunately, that’s not the circumstance. Keep reading; it gets worse.

I wasn’t surprised when Barr announced that the DOJ was dropping its charges against Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. Flynn admitted to the lying and was convicted of that crime. I am sure Barr can read the law: “Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the name for the federal process crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in ‘any matter within the jurisdiction’ of the federal government of the United States, even by merely denying guilt when asked by a federal agent.” William Barr cannot erase this law from the books and has broken the law by ignoring it.

I don’t trust Trump and I don’t trust William Barr. Had Barr been doing his job properly he would have dug into Trump’s tax returns and attempted to establish motives for some of this president’s bizarre actions. There should be a Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the Attorney General, but we don’t have time right now — you know, election coming, pandemic, virus in the White House, stuff like that.

With all due respect, William Barr is neither a patriot nor a glowing light for justice. He’s simply an ass-kissing Trump sycophant. For those who really care about law and order in America, please step up and help throw Trump out of the White House in November.

I don’t respect people who cannot be objective when administering the law. I know that if Trump losses the election in November, his fake writers will be churning out the pardons for everyone Trump believes treated him unfairly. They will take care of those who suffered terrible injustices that often happen to rich and famous people like Martha Stewart.

I cannot wait to see Donald, Ivanka, Jared and all the Trump knuckleheads walking to the helicopter to fly them back to New York in January. Better yet, why not make them ride a train back to their tower? I don’t mean the Acela Express; I’m talking about the slow train. Maybe we could drop a few trees over the tracks on the way back. That will allow them to appreciate a true, common man traveling experience.

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THE FOUNDATION CRACKS IN FEDERALISM

Trump Dumps the DOJ Down the Drain

I wish schools did a better job teaching young people how our government works. American democracy has worked so well for so long because of the foundation the founders built into the design. We have three separate but equal branches of government, 1. Executive, 2. Legislative, 3. Judicial.

I’ll embellish a bit. Federalism is a system of government in which entities such as states or provinces share power with a national government. The United States government functions according to these principles and evolved from the “philosophy of federalism.” Using “federalism” as an excuse for not helping any state during a global pandemic is malfeasance of the highest order. Saying the states are “on their own” is negligent government.

Many countries around the world employ the parliamentary system, which is rather comical to most Americans. In a parliamentary system of government, the executive branch has the direct or indirect support of the parliament. This support is usually shown by a vote of confidence. The relationship between the executive and the legislature in a parliamentary system is called “responsible government.” In countries with Kings or Queens, the executive answers to the royal head to greater or lesser extents, but let’s get back to America, which is already in progress.

These days we often hear that when designing our democracy, the founding fathers never considered a person as outrageous, capricious, and disruptive as Donald Trump. The Constitution, Bill of Rights and the laws of this country were written with the idea that whatever abuses of power might come up would be batted down by the checks and balances built into the structure.

The Legislative Branch of our government proposes, deliberates and writes the laws which guide and constrain our way of life. If a law is not in the public interest, the chief executive can veto it. The Congress, with a majority vote, has the power to overrule the president and pass the law. If the law conflicts with the Constitution, the people can challenge the law and the judiciary will get involved. If the dispute goes to the top of the judicial structure, the Supreme Court can be asked to render a verdict. Their decision is final.

I would be naïve to suggest that a person, nominated by the President to sit on a court, is not selected for their previous decisions, written opinions and positions on a range of topics. Trump has plastered most federal courts with people holding extremely conservative dogmas, as evidenced by their past rulings.

When President Trump got elected, he placed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions in the position of Attorney General. Our founders placed the Department of Justice under the Executive Branch for a good reason. If the DOJ was under the Judicial Branch, unruly judges could shape the law enforcement agencies and perhaps use them to coerce the Legislative and Executive Branches. If Justice was under the purview of the Congress, they could force the arrest of someone they didn’t like. In the hands of a bad executive, the Department of Justice could be used to decide who gets charged and how the laws are executed. That is what we have now.

Donald Trump, after realizing that his political appointee Jeff Sessions was going to follow the law and listen to the ethics people in the government, went on a highly unproductive campaign to discredit the man he nominated. Trump thought that if he shamed and embarrassed him, Sessions would quit. Instead, Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation, which severely angered Trump. The Attorney General simply followed his legal obligation to pull out of the investigation because he worked on the Trump campaign.

We know from the many books with Trump’s name on the cover that he never saw a law he didn’t consider going around. The Donald brags openly that he knows the tax code so well that he pays no taxes. If he released his tax returns, we would know if this is true, but it does seem rather unpatriotic that such a rich person doesn’t want to give his fair share. He keeps saying how much he loves his country, but he’s probably paid more to keep bunnies and porn stars quiet than he contributed to his beloved country.

Trump snarls and barks that he has full power of the Executive Branch and constantly misquotes Article II of the Constitution, which is very specific:  The Powers of the President are: Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces, commission officers of the armed forces, grant reprieves and pardons for federal offenses (except for impeachment), convene Congress in special sessions, receive ambassadors, take care that the laws be faithfully executed, wield the “executive power”, appoint Cabinet officials and White House staff and Supreme Court justices. Nowhere in this list do we see powers to block witnesses, stonewall Congressional oversight or fire and replace government officials based on a desire to manipulate objective judgements and policies.

There are some shared powers with Congress, and they are: Make treaties, appoint ambassadors, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices and approve legislation. Congress is generally involved in appointments by holding public hearings to determine the qualifications and abilities of those nominated. There is an assumed and codified need for Congress to have oversight of any government action that is counter to the public interest.

If Congress believes a presidential candidate should release their tax returns, they need to pass a law. When a government official is convicted of breaking the law and the President and his Attorney General give the guilty a get-out-of-jail card, by either dropping charges or pardoning the person, the Executive Branch might be involved in malfeasance of justice. The only backstop for this corruption is the Judicial Branch. If judges then do the bidding of the president because of political goals, we have lost our constitutional grounding.

Trump is a bad president who must be checked by Congress and the Courts as soon as possible. By dropping charges against Michael Flynn, Attorney General William Barr is kowtowing to the President rather than following justice and law. Flynn pled guilty and was found guilty on a charge brought by the DOJ. Why does Flynn get a do-over? Well, because he’s a friend of Donald Trump. Michael Cohen couldn’t even get out of jail in a pandemic, while Michael Flynn will walk free.

William Barr should be impeached. The earthquake is coming, and the dictator’s walls must fall.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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NO PATIENCE FOR PATIENTS

Trump’s Propensity of Pulling Out Early

It’s amazing to me that a person can own a casino, no matter where it is located, and not be successful. There is some math involved. The average casino takes in about 6 to 8 percent of the total amount bet as revenue, while 94 percent is paid out to winners. The profit percentage garnered from the average grocery store is somewhere between 2 and 3.5 percent. A casino must have a reasonable number of winners to generate return customers and players. Trump’s Taj Mahal probably had great food and the required number of wins, but maybe Trump just wasn’t good at that business.

Trump Entertainment Resorts and its predecessors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection four times following the $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal erection. One could speculate that the restructuring of debt may have forced Trump to pull out too early. Perhaps he would have made a killing had he stayed in the game a little longer. Donald Trump claims that it was Atlantic City’s fault, not his. Okay, but again, he was the one who pulled out.

In 1988, Trump Airlines started running shuttle service between Boston, New York and Washington, DC. By 1992, he sold off the routes. Yes, the first Gulf War made jet fuel costs soar, but Trump had invested tons of money into remodeling the planes with maple-wood veneer flooring, chrome seatbelt latches and gold-plated bathroom fixtures. Most customers didn’t care about the glitz, they just wanted a reasonably priced airline to fly them where they wanted or needed to be. Trump misread the customer base and walked away from a potential long-term money maker. He didn’t have the staying power.

Many of Trump’s big ideas are now on display in the museum of business failures. There’s Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage, Trump the boardgame, the Donald Trump clothing line (made in China), Trump Steaks, Trump Magazine, the travel web site GoTrump.com, and, finally, Trump University. Some of these businesses defrauded people out of their money. Donald Trump’s ideas are not always successful, as he claims, but he doesn’t have the patience to hang in long enough to make some of his concepts work. He lacks commitment and scares easily. He pulls out.

Right now, America needs a strong leader to get us through a global pandemic. Instead, we have a guy who acts like a 15-year-old high school boy with ADD. He cannot concentrate on the complexity of the job and would rather trust his gut than listen to people who know more. It’s glaringly apparent that Trump is not paying attention to security briefings, or maybe he just doesn’t believe information he finds challenging or that is against his predispositions. He’s a giant orange ball of prejudgment and bias.

Trump had to finally admit things were going to be bad when he realized he could not convince America that he was protecting us from the pandemic. He couldn’t stick to his position that he was keeping us safe and that building walls and banning travel would keep COVID-19 from attacking our nation.

Let me sprinkle some facts here. The Trump administration announced travel restrictions to and from China, effective February 2. 2020. According to the New York Timesnearly 40,000 people arrived in the US on direct flights from China after Trump imposed those travel restrictions. One could say he was late, but the stronger argument is that what he did wasn’t effective in stopping the virus. His feeble attempt of coronavirus disruption totally dismissed the reality that Europeans coming to America at the same time could cause just as much virus spread as Chinese people.

After pulling together a COVID-19 Task Force to create policies and disseminate valuable information, Trump seemed a little willing to give the experts space in which to operate. However, the more they talked and the more they offered dire warnings, he felt the need to step in front of them. He was too impatient to simply let a crisis be a crisis. No, he had to make it a TRUMP CRISIS. I’m surprised he didn’t trademark that term. He also had to put his name on the stimulus checks, but utterly failed to oversee the Paycheck Protection Program so the money went to those who needed it. Once again, he took credit for an idea, pushed it verbally, then pulled out early. His involvement is always so temporary.

I was impressed when the guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN were published by the task force. It was well-thought out and gave our states a concrete plan for reopening. Mere hours later, Trump was announcing the plan contained only suggestions and he even taunted the task force by saying he would not be wearing a protective face mask. He pulled out of his own plan.

Then, in what will be remembered as one of the most combustible actions by a president, he urged people in states where the governors were less than pleased with his response to LIBERATE! Of course, the goose-stepping chumps brought out their Trump, Nazi and militia flags, strapped on automatic weapons and marched to the capitols to demand their states be opened. Really? Trump’s commitment to the far-right, white supremacists and neo-Nazis is mild, but obvious, “They are good people protesting.” My question to Donald Trump is full-throated, “WHEN HAVE YOU EVER MET A GOOD NAZI?”

Trump has no patience for the game, he wants only a win and the trophy. He has no real sympathy for the COVID-19 patients in hospitals. The way he bargains with their lives by second guessing how many ventilators a state needs is sickening. Just when it looked like we were making progress against this virus with the guidelines, Trump manipulated, pressured and bullied governors into opening their states early. He tried to dismantle the task force, and then, within hours, pulled out of that plan after he got calls from “respected people.” Why doesn’t he just consult those people before he decides?

Now we have Trump’s White House minions admitting these early openings will kill people. Trump even went so far as to call the citizens who will lose their lives to the virus “warriors,” as if they were his soldiers. Mr. President, they aren’t soldiers, they are civilians. I would like every one of those elitist bastards in the Trump administration to remember this term, “unnecessary death.” As a retired 70-year old man and a member of this nation’s “vulnerable class,” I must say to those in charge, “GO FUCK YOURSELVES!”

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IT IS WHAT IT IS

Voices Inside Trump’s Head

There is a common human occurrence that surfaces when people are around a tribe or group for any length of time. They take on the lingo, phrases and accents of those in that group. When pop singer Madonna married a Scotsman and moved to the UK, she soon brandished a new and strange British accent — pretty far from Detroit.

Deer Hunter, one of the more disturbing “Vietnam inspired” movies, was released in 1978. One of my favorite actors, Robert De Niro, played Michael Vronsky and the fabulous character actor John Cazale played Stanley (Stosh). There is a scene that has always bothered me. De Niro’s character says to Stosh, “You see this? This is this. This ain’t something else. This is this. From now on, you’re on your own.”

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D. and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked about the lost time in the Trump administration’s response to the spreading COVID-19 virus in America he said, “It’s a shame but it’s . . . it is what it is.” Dr. Fauci admitted that the Trump administration did a poor job by using the phrase “it is what it is.” He told the truth but softened it for Trump’s ears.

On February 23, 2020, @realDonaldTrump tweeted this, “Democrats talking point is that we are doing badly. If the virus disappeared tomorrow, they would say we did a really poor, and even incompetent, job. Not fair, but it is what it is. So far, by the way, we have not had one death. Let’s keep it that way!” NOTE: Today May 7, 2020 we have more than 75,000 DEATHS.

When people with limited mental and verbal acuity attempt to express complex feelings or psychological disruptions, they typically simplify things with short catch phrases, party lines or nebulous terms.  Reread the above Tweet and make your own conclusions.

Not to get too far into the woods here, but Liane Gabora Ph.D. wrote an article which was posted on the Psychology Today website in 2014. Here are her words, “The increased use of ‘it is what it is’ seemed to be a sign that people are increasingly comfortable with ‘states of potentiality,’ which are states that could ‘collapse’ to different actual states depending on the context.” I’ll take a layman’s whack at this. It seems to indicate that people use the phrase when they know in the back of their head that in the near term something might dramatically change, and they don’t want to look like an idiot. The good news is, should it get worse, they can simply repeat the phrase and move on.

I must now build a bridge back to Deer Hunter, focusing on the last part of what Michael said to Stanley and how it now applies to Donald Trump. Michael, like many Vietnam vets, needed to get a grip on reality as best he could. When he’s saying, “this is this,” he’s not arguing that someone else might not see it the same way he does; he’s just assuring himself. After he established his personal reality, he added, “From now on, you’re on your own,” to distance himself from another person’s problems or perceptions.

Donald Trump’s feeble attempt at informing the country during this coronavirus crisis was mainly through his daily Task Force briefings. During those press conferences we learned of a major conflict between the federal government and the states. I was dumbfounded hearing what came out of Trump’s little puckered mouth as he knocked the Governors, “From now on, you’re on your own when it comes to testing.”

When asked if he should be held accountable for the slow reactions and lack of game plan, he openly admitted, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” What an astounding reaction from the most powerful person in our government. Does he not remember that he took an oath to protect this nation and its Constitution?

While Trump was boasting about pushing financial relief to the cruise industry, he wasn’t thinking at all about the supply line of PPE, testing instruments and procedures hospital workers needed to keep American’s safe. I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that most cruise line companies are not chartered in America and don’t pay US taxes. Many of their employees are foreign nationals. It’s just more cronyism and political corruption pushed into the public domain.

When the President and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were hyper focused on bailing out the airline industry, there was no discussion about securing the food supply in America. We all may soon be enjoying eating food out of cans. While Trump was commenting on lower gas prices, we had no place to go. If you believe that Trump and his store-bought economists were telling the truth when they said they would take care of the small businesses and family farmers; you just swallowed another lie. Most farmers and small businesses aren’t getting relief and Trump knows it.

I could say, well, “It is what it is,” but you don’t need to be told that. You don’t need to hear, “this is this,” either. You’ve been quarantined for more than 49 days and you know exactly what it is. It’s a worldwide shitstorm and we desperately need to hear an intelligent, informed being describe in detail what will exist when we reach that light at the end of the tunnel. Stop continuously telling me that we are there. We aren’t, and we need information and guidance. Here’s a question, “Why didn’t the government tell us to wear masks from the beginning?” Would that have saved more lives?

They didn’t tell us that because Americans would have cleaned out the limited supplies of our PPE and caused more damage at the hospitals where professionals are fighting the curse. You saw what happened with toilet paper. I guess that means we care more about pooping than eating. Why didn’t the government analyze the public needs and try to manage them at the federal level? Well there’s a simple answer to that. It was all too complicated for the meager minds of Donald John Trump and Jared Kushner, a man who isn’t even qualified to be a doorman at 666 Fifth Avenue. This douchebag son-in-law has been a failure at everything he attempts, and when he talks, he embarrasses our nation.

Pompous VP Mike Pence is another sycophant who lives in his artificial world of self-importance. When asked why the White House was considering a phase out the Coronavirus Task Force, he said, “The anticipated wind down could happen after Memorial Day.” Then he added, “…because of the tremendous progress we’ve made as a country.” Great progress, Mikey! Thank you for helping us achieve 100,000 deaths. We couldn’t have done it without you. IRONY READERS! Yesterday Trump said the Task Force will remain on the job forever. These Junior Achievement “leaders” can’t even coordinate their messages.

The President hears people say things and then he repeats them without any filter or analysis. Someone suggested that disinfectants killed the virus, and he repeated the phrase and then embellished it into an embarrassingly stupid and dangerous suggestion.

The President is now openly admitting, as we have opined here, that HIS choice is between people dying or opening the economy. Trump has sided with death. Wow, how can a devout evangelical get behind such an initiative? Seriously, What Would Jesus Do? Better yet, what would God think?

Don’t ever expect to hear much more from Trump other than, “It is what it is.” During an interview with ABC’s David Muir, Trump was asked what he would say to the many families who live with the angst and sadness of death. Not once did he say he was sorry. In his mind, from the beginning and into the future, “You are on your own.” The simple truth is he doesn’t care about you.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

WUHAN TO WASHINGTON

No Hush Money Can Make It Go Away

There are certain things that money can’t buy. Some people say that money can’t buy you happiness. The Beatles said money can’t buy you love. Ayn Rand said, “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” On the other hand, Warren Buffet suggests, “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shuts down for ten years.” And that brings us to our present moment.

I totally get Donald Trump. I have worked for many multi-millionaires and a couple of billionaires in my life and they all had two things in common. They loved a great meal and always left the table before the bill came. Trump will do the same thing with America. He will leave office, hopefully sooner rather than later, and hand a giant bill to our children and grandchildren. If you are young, you will be paying for Donald Trump’s mistakes your whole life.

Regular readers of this blog know that I hardly say anything nice about Donald Trump, but here goes. COVID-19 was not caused by our president. Whether you believe his diatribes or not, this pandemic could have started in any country. The common belief that the coronavirus started in Wuhan, China may have cultural overtones, but you cannot blame a whole race of people or one country for this disaster. You cannot impugn Trump, Obama, Bush or any US President for this creepy little germ. In fact, if COVID is Trump’s fault, wouldn’t we just arrest him, put him in jail and throw away the key?

It’s not his fault that we have another plague running around the world and bringing the financial markets to their knees, but what he didn’t do from day one must be analyzed because it’s important to our grandchildren. They shouldn’t be afraid to live. Donald Trump will die well before we figure out a way to end the spread of future viruses. We must have a vaccine to protect us from each future mishap between the animal and human world.

This corona-calamity has brought a new reality. We now have “social distancing” to learn and do. There are signs telling us where to stand in the grocery store. Most people where I live are not following the one-way aisles plan. I guess better signage is needed to fully instill this new abnormal.

The liberal media-types use the term “rage tweeting” to describe what the President of the United States does in his spare time. WHAT? During a global pandemic the president has spare time? He seems to be in a never-ending war with anyone who says he has no idea what he is doing. Why so much rage, Mr. President? Get a shrink.

I am sick of the words, “new normal” and “unprecedented.” First, anything that is new can’t be normal until it’s been around for a while. Donald Trump has brought the word unprecedented to new levels of trending every day. The term means “never done or known before.” We hear the President say, “No one knew this was possible,” as his copout for not knowing about the coming pandemic and his inaction at the beginning of the fight. If he were a boxer, he would have been knocked out cold in March.

More terms are popping into our lexicon, like “herd immunity” and “modeling.” If you ever spent time on a farm you know that when one of the cows gets sick you move that one bovine away from the rest of the herd. Herd immunity doesn’t always work. For a farmer or rancher, if you sacrifice some of the herd while the others get beyond the ailment you are losing money. Full-grown cows can cost between $4,000 to $5,000. Do you remember “Bovine spongiform encephalopathy?” It was better known as “mad cow disease” and farmers had to kill every cow that came down with it. It was highly contagious and destroyed the animals’ central nervous systems. Some believe it was caused by feeding beef to cows. They aren’t cannibals, they are cows. People shouldn’t eat bats and cows should be vegetarian. Got it?

The idea of “modeling” is not new to the scientific community. We use modeling to predict where hurricanes will make land. We use modeling to track where people shop and determine where a new mall should be built. Fashion designers use modeling to sell their designs. Sorry, I just had to write that. Did you laugh? Here’s the important point, though. Modeling is not reality. It’s an estimate or prediction based on all the known data at the time the model is created.

The scientists and doctors of the COVID -19 Task Force once told us that we could have 250,000 deaths. Then they changed their model and predicted we could keep deaths from the coronavirus to below 60,000. Soon that was revised to say the death toll would be larger. Yesterday, the model was recalculated because many states are reopening. Scientists now say that as many as 134,000 Americans will die by June. So, why then should we be taking the risk of opening states right now? I guess the White House thinks opening is worth loss of life. This president thinks the economy will quickly and magically pop big numbers as a result. I’m willing to lay a wager that won’t happen.

People like Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump think they are in charge. They are not. Each one of them will lie to look good. China kept COVID-19 a secret for as long as they could. Putin, in the middle of taking full dictator control of Russia, had to call off his coup d’état because of the coronavirus. Kim Jong-Un probably contracted the virus but kept his discomfort from the world. Trump tried to talk the virus out of coming here. What a pitiful, naïve fool to think his words are that powerful. These boisterous leaders are just mortal men with agendas and misdirection.

Putin, Xi, Kim and Trump view people simply as numbers or statistics. No head of a country can hold the grief of every death in their heart, but it would be better if they attempted to express more empathy during this tragedy with its great loss of life. Numbers are used in science and stock markets, and if you don’t know MATH, you don’t know JACK. Some countries teach math to every child, but because we are in this global pandemic we are now forced to teach adults how math works with respect to percentages of death, percentage of chance of getting the virus and the like.

I surely hope our US State Governors, will keep a body count during their foolish quests to “open the economy.” As former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Monday of this week, politicians should all admit, “people will have to die” to open the malls and entertainment. Perhaps he sees this like Sophie’s Choice. You know, older people’s lives for money. Thanks, Chris. You can take your family back to the beach now. Maybe Trump will make you ambassador to Wuhan.

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