THE AUDACITY OF IGNORANCE

Politically Motivated Mask Wearing

Donald John Trump doesn’t want to be President, he wants to be Roger Ailes. Donald Trump doesn’t want to be the “leader of the free world,” he would rather be Mark Burnett. The Donald would much rather be doing a daily TV show, which is why he is always prepared by wearing his orange makeup should a television gig be suddenly offered. Just in case you don’t remember, Roger Ailes is the late CEO of Fox News network who was forced out over dozens of sexual harassment charges. Mark Burnett is a British TV producer who gave us the reality shows, Survivor and The Apprentice. Just yesterday, when Trump announced that the COVID-19 Task Force would resume daily television briefings, he had to brag about the big ratings for those events. WHAT?

That came on the same day this substantially rotund fat storage container tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask saying that he’s been told people who wear masks are patriots. He capped the tweet with this announcement, “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Every time Trump makes what I call a “snowflake” claim, I always ask how can he possibly declare himself to be the most anything? By the way, I use “snowflake” to debunk the claim that every snowflake is unique. Since we cannot capture and photograph every snowflake, the assertion can never be proven. Trump cannot prove anything he says because most of his vocal output is pure bullshit.

I must admit, my mind has been forever changed after reading the brilliant observations in Mary L. Trump’s book. No longer will I give Trump credit for anything he says or does. Billions of dollars of broadcast airtime are wasted by talking about him every week but, sadly, his malfeasance and criminal activities are still not known and understood by all Americans.

Trump’s joy of putting down people and his vindictive and mean personality were exploited by Mark Burnett during The Apprentice show. The truth is, Burnett’s consistent scripting and brilliant editing made Trump look like a competent decision maker and businessman. What the book points out, and what we’ve seen and experienced with Trump’s inability to focus and move quickly, has deeply wounded America.

What Trump most envied about Ailes was his amazing power to shape opinions. After all, this was the guy who controlled everything and everyone at Fox News. The ratings soared and Fox News’ constant anti-Obama rhetoric excited and solidified a group of Americans which Trump exploited to get elected. Trump is titillated by the idea that Roger Ailes brought his women workers into a locked office to leer at and harass them. That is precisely the job Trump wants, but if he were in the corporate world and tried those acts he would be hauled into court. He misses the point that Mr. Ailes is a “disgraced” former head of the network and shortly after he left, he died.

Those who worked on The Apprentice show know that Mark Burnett has tons of outtakes on his hard drives. If they were to be released to the public, they would damage Trump just as much as the Access Hollywood video. NBC/Universal do not own this content, Burnett does. Maybe he has a fantasy to use Donald Trump as talent on a future show or perhaps Trump will start his very own news network after he leaves the White House so that his kids have something to do. Who knows?

Sure, America could use a daily virus task force briefing, but if they become more opportunities for long-winded, unfocused political tirades by Trump, who cares?  We don’t want or need that! What angers me most is the way his puppet governors in red states watch and imitate him and his routines. They are helping to spread COVID-19 by their bad policies while spreading a great amount of another virus, vitriol-2020.

Trump damaged America with his denial, inconsistency, poor language skills and inability to convince anyone he knows how to fight a pandemic. He says something then locks his mind on it, not because it’s a good idea but merely because it’s his idea. He wants to decrease or eliminate payroll taxes, which would cut off funding for Social Security. Why would you want to take away a payroll tax when there is so much unemployment? Once again, he’s talking without thinking.

He brags about taking the Montreal test, which helps medical professional gauge the scourge of Parkinson’s, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. It’s not what he says it is. The test, which you can take yourself RIGHT HERE, has nothing to do with intelligence. Once again, Trump says we have the lowest mortality with the COVID-19 cases, when we don’t. We are 7th in the world, and he won’t even admit he’s wrong even after he’s been shown the facts.

In the well-written conspiracy show on CNN last night, Fareed Zakaria revealed the many conspiracy theories Trump has embraced over the years. The show itself was not a theory, just facts about Trump’s known machinations against truth. He complains constantly about the “deep state,” that was baked into his brain by his father who was, at least, a Nazi and KKK sympathizer. The idea that repeating a lie makes it true is the logic of the ignorant.

Trump didn’t want to wear a mask for the same reason he doesn’t go out in public without wearing a mask of orange-hued foundation from Swiss brand Bronx Colors. What does he think he gains by lathering that putrid orange makeup on his face each day? Has he ever asked his wife if she thinks it looks good? The people around him  consistently protect him from criticism, meaning he will never know how badly he appears to everyone, except Stevie Wonder.

Trump said he wouldn’t wear a mask because it would make him look ridiculous. That was his word, not mine. Now that he’s wearing one proves two things. One, his words mean nothing and two, he’s only doing it now to help his poll numbers. If he were an intelligent person he would have sat down in the beginning of the crisis and gotten the best advice on how to fight this attack and lay out a plan. All he does in meetings is talk, and when others talk he doesn’t listen. With all due respect to Richard Nixon, Trump is the worse president ever. The Nixon mention was irony.

I wanted to make a mask with boldly printed words PRO-LIFE… and in smaller print underneath (mine). After some thought I decided against the plan rather than getting spat upon by some COSTCO shopper. We have systemic ignorance in America, and the head dunce Donald will lead some of the lemmings off the cliff. Don’t listen to him.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

THE MARY TRUMP BOOK

Just Another Dysfunctional Family?

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

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

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

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

Fred and Donald Trump

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

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

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

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

Frederick Trump

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

DEFUND THE WHITE HOUSE

We Must Stop the Deadly Trump Virus

It’s pretty bad when 64% of all Americans do not trust Donald Trump’s actions on the global pandemic. You don’t need a poll to know that Trump, and those who blindly follow him, are making things worse. The administration is decidedly out of focus and lacking competency to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, while the Democrats are licking their chops for the election of Joe Biden. The real problems are that 1. People are dying and 2. Millions of folks are not working. Let’s not sugarcoat this situation. The words people use have great power, but all too often that power is used to deceive or redirect rather than inform.

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis described the horrible surge of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and death as a, “…higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June,” he shows either a tremendous lack of verbal prowess or miscomprehension. A “blip” is an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend. I am going to get a bit pedantic here, but this proliferation was not “unexpected” because every doctor or expert worth his or her salt told him it was coming. It was not “minor.” The June 28, 2020 headline in the New York Times read: Florida’s Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary.’ Since the end of June, the state has gone from 8,000 to 11,000 new cases per day. This is neither minor nor a “temporary deviation,” and DeSantis’ miserable baby-Trump imitation is even aggravating Republican leaders in the state.

We don’t have to beat up Florida’s DeSantis, Georgia’s Kemp, Texas’ Abbott or Arizona’s Ducey, they aren’t the only misguided governors in America, they just happen to be getting all the negative press. Trump continually says they are good people and doing a great job. That statement rings so hollow that even deaf people can hear the lies, except in Florida, where Governor DeSantis has been sued for not providing an ASL interpreter to hand-sign at coronavirus briefings. How could he be so rude and uncaring?

It’s no great surprise that all the governors making things worse are white. They are in states that bragged about making the right moves with the COVID crisis and they are now all suffering from their collective stupidity. They are the same kind of dumbos that would have given Bernie Madoff all their money.

Donald Trump is digging a deep hole as he stumbles and bumbles through the pandemic. His silence about the virus and his refusal to follow the advice of the experts from the government health agencies we pay to keep us safe and informed will do him in. He’s trying to bury all the bad news so that he can live his life as the hero, but he cannot bring people back from the dead. Then there are those in Congress who suffer from abused child syndrome in Congress. They have a sick need to please their “daddy” and they are complicit in enabling a destroyer, ruining the healthcare system and killing people. They all must go.

The reason that Donald John Trump will never sign an executive order to mandate mask wearing in public is because he’s already decided it’s a stupid idea. When he saw the radical right protest against wearing masks, he seized an excuse for his inaction and rebuke. Snapping turtles have a similar same instinct, and any of them would make a terrible president. A snapping turtle, like Trump, would pull its head inside its shell to dispose of the danger. Because of Donald Trump’s words, actions and attitudes, fewer people have worn masks and more people have become infected. It’s why people from other countries are calling America STUPID! Those same people are also laughing at Trump. To them, he’s a giant-baby cartoon character and they spend thousands of dollars to create ugly hot air balloons in his likeness.

John Lewis

Trump has so much hate in his soul and the lack of empathy there was no surprise that more than twelve hours after the passing of Georgia Representative John Lewis the President of the United States had no reaction, no comment, no tweet. And then, finally when every former President had commented on Mr. Lewis and every news network pointed out that Trump was silent, Trump finally put out this Tweet, “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.” Almost written by someone unfamiliar with English, or the customs of Christianity. You might pray for the family, but you don’t send prayers to the person who has just passed. One might pray for his soul, but John is with God now, and doesn’t need any prayers from Donald and Melania.

John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement and he was a victim at the hands of the Alabama state police on bloody Sunday. If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, click here. Fourteen people were killed by the government and John Lewis had his skull fractured. God let him live, to help start a moment for voting and equal rights. He deserved more than a tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, endeavoring to pay tribute to Rep. Lewis, instead tweeted out a photo of him standing with Rep. Elijah Cummings, another African American leader who died last year. The error might be understandable, but unfortunately is another example of how some people see all Black people by the color of their skin rather than by quality of their character.

America’s problem of race relations stems from a terrible interface with police and the lack of policy and reform coming from the top. Trump cares more about the NRA and police unions and less about doing the right things. Who could have predicted that the #BlackLivesMatter movement would have had such a powerful second wave?

Trump painted himself into the corner with all the other racists and white supremacists when he over-positioned his disdain for NFL players taking a knee. He hammered a nail in his own coffin with the now famous line, “…there were good people on both sides.” He cannot and will not defend African Americans and he denies patriots like John McCain and John Lewis their rightful place in history. Trump is a petri dish of racism that he spreads to others. He’s a virus.

Let me quote Kanye West, “The President doesn’t care about Black people.” We should be ashamed of ourselves if the single outcome of George Floyd’s murder is news services deciding to capitalize the B in Black when it refers to race. I am absolutely and purposefully calling Donald Trump a racist because he is. Thank you, Mary Trump!

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

THE TRUMP TRAVESTY

Desperate Dictator Disconnected & Down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

THE BOLTON BOOK

For those too busy to read

Most people have one of two viewpoints on John Bolton. Some see him for what he is, an intelligent neoconservative (neocon) while others view him as a self-serving public servant who decided that he knew better than Donald Trump. According to his book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir this Bolton curmudgeon is always right and has the power to back sell. In diplomatic terms, his righteousness attempts more to impress and less to illuminate. That being said, there is value in reading this book. For those on the left, it reinforces all the previous memoirs and hatchet jobs. For those who follow the neocon religion, you will see that Bolton is just as recalcitrant as Trump. If you call anyone who confronts President Trump’s petulance and lies a traitor, you will only get steamed.

One of the best quotes in the book is Bolton’s reaction to the way Trump typically handled communication. Bolton said, “As was often the case, Trump had truth mixed with misunderstanding and malice.” One of the low points in the tome is Bolton’s defense of his statement that we should employ the “Libyan model” when dealing with North Korea and Kim Jung-Un. In fact, after Muammar al-Gaddafi got rid of his nuclear capabilities the Arab summer came. The two have nothing to do with each other, but in the latter Gaddafi was run out of office, captured by a mob and murdered on a road. Bolton uses the Latin “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” which means after this, therefore, because of this. The use of Latin throughout the book is a literary trick. He inserts arcane words and phrases to stamp his IQ on the text rather than aiming for effective and understandable writing.

Throughout his book, Bolton posits an incredulous vision of the past. Of course, the supreme leader in North Korea heard the phrase “Libyan model” and assumed that America was going to take away his bombs, overthrow him, then kill him and unite the peninsula. The walk-back in the book is flimsy.

Bolton clearly highlights one of Trump’s worst habits, not listening. Certainly, one can keep their mouth shut while not listening, but Bolton points out a different situation with Trump. When someone starts talking, the “leader of the free world” rudely interrupts and filibusters until everyone submits to his will and parrots his opinions. Bolton claims his role was keeping Trump from disastrous actions. He also shares his harsh criticism of the Trump term, “My Generals.” It can best be said that Bolton had a pure Napoleonic complex and viewed himself as “protecting” the nation from an ill-prepared president.

John Bolton’s book is noticeably big. Its 592 pages seem to cover every event that happened while John Bolton was Trump’s “Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.” Hmmm, his title is just about as long as the book. It’s written in diary style and follows the timeline of the way events unfolded. Don’t expect any descriptive passages based on visual observation. The book mostly focuses on the dialogs of its main characters.

Caution, in its initial release this book has many semi-typos. This is probably the result of too many hands touching the work. The White House wanted much of it to be redacted because they said it contained extremely sensitive, classified information. That’s doubtful. I think they were concerned about how the book’s details make Trump look bad.

Most of the book covers what Trump said, and how he handled leaders around the world. Those accounts are embarrassing not only to Trump, but to all of us. We elected an idiot. Trump’s lack of discipline with and execution of the duties of his office is stunningly glaring in this book. I came away from each chapter thinking the 45th President is so misinformed that he’s dangerous.

Who should read this book? The person who first comes to mind is Donald Trump. It’s John Bolton’s big reveal of all those times he didn’t speak truth to Trump’s face and the information he didn’t share with the oversight committees in Congress. If only Trump could read, perhaps he could begin to understand how people feel about him. Of course, it would hurt his feelings, but at this point who gives a damn?

A legal specialist might suggest that much of what is in Bolton’s book is hearsay, but at least he has conveyed those things he “thought” and “witnessed.” It would have been so much better had Bolton testified during the Impeachment Trial. Those involved in supporting Trump during that debacle should study this book and then ask themselves, “Why am I supporting our imbecile president?”

I highly recommend this book to any young person who is thinking about going into government, law or politics. It clearly expresses not only how governance should NOT be conducted, but how things SHOULD work in our Executive Branch. What I took away from this book is that Bolton believes Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are not as smart as he is. Each of his opinions is highly filtered through his own ideological prism. While at times he can be objective, his sense of humor is sarcastic and heavily dosed with ad hominem.

There are some descriptions in Bolton’s book that make me question if he wrote the opposite of what he believes or was just being sarcastic. Most of the time my conclusion was the latter, but anyone could easily misunderstand his position. I have an impression that John Bolton is just as recalcitrant as his former boss. He’s also a “save his own ass-type” with a lengthy chapter on Venezuela, which is Trump’s and Bolton’s personal “bay of pigs” embarrassment. Bolton blames everyone else for the failures, just like Trump blames Bolton.  Bolton admits that he combined the pandemic healthcare group with the biological warfare group, claiming that made them more efficient. He says they did their job on the COVID-19 case but that the real problem was the empty seat behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office, a clear attempt at his own vindication.

Now that we have psychological details about Trump’s life in the new book by his niece, Mary L. Trump, Bolton’s tome will be pushed aside and slowly dropped from news coverage. For a true news freak and political junky like me, Mary L. Trump’s book is amazing. A person trying to figure out who to vote for in November will view the book’s content through their own filters and prejudices.

If you want to save your money, you could wait until Bolton’s book arrives at your public library, if it is still open during the pandemic. To me, John Bolton has confirmed what all others have said before. When your critics think you are bad at what you do, and everyone who once worked for you thinks you are stupid or foolish, what more do we need to know? Many who have any sort of conversation with Donald Trump feel that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Bolton’s book simply confirms this.

Bolton says he won’t vote for Trump or Biden in November. Although Bolton wants us to think he’s some great “patriot,” he will waste his vote on someone else, like a “Bernie-bro.” I had no respect for John Bolton before I read his book and that hasn’t changed. He’s just another person who was tormented in his youth, spent his life being a good student with an excellent IQ and worked over and over to prove himself. He may be getting back at those who scorned his intellect, but he is in no way helping America. He’s helping John Bolton. At best, the book is a B-minus. It has some pictures at then end, but still, Trump will never read it.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

BULLETS TO BALLOTS TO BOYCOTTS

The New Trump America, Ugly, Cruel & Vindictive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criminal First Daughter

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

THE FAUCI FACTOR

Trump’s White House… from Hell

Imagine that all media decided to cover a young boy who was born with a brain without the bridge of nerve fibers called the corpus callosum. As you probably know, each side of the brain controls the other side of the body, and the separate halves of the brain provide different aspects of emotion and thinking.

A callosal disconnection syndrome manifests itself when information cannot be directly shared between the two hemispheres of the brain. Split-brain patients display unusual behaviors, particularly concerning speech and object recognition. If blindfolded and given a familiar object, a person with disconnected brain sides cannot verbalize what it is because that side of their brain receives no messaging about touch. Maybe that is what is going on with Donald Trump.

This weekend, the Trump administration, much like a mafia family, has decided to trash Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reputation. Why? May I remind our readers that Fauci isn’t some guy they grabbed off the street, he’s a physician and immunologist and has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. He’s also one of the lead members of the Trump Administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force. Trump must be dreaming about Space Force (I call it Space Farce) because he certainly is ignoring his Task Force. Discrediting Dr. Fauci is a bizarre and stupid stunt to promote Trump’s anti-science cult.

While we are debating the safe reopening or our schools, the President of the United States had his team publish a list of some early statements that Fauci made about the virus that turned out to be incorrect. This organized harassment of a government employee is outrageous, and perhaps a violation of labor law, but as we all know Trump believes he is above the law. Imagine taking everything Trump has said over the last four years and putting them to the test of retroactive 20/20 vision. Well, someone does just that, the Washington Post reports, “In 1,267 days, President Trump has made 20,055 false or misleading claims.”

When the coronavirus first appeared in America and the stock market had its first major dip in response, I asked my accountant, almost with tongue in cheek, “Are we selling or buying today?” He responded that we had nothing to worry about because a friend of his who works at the CDC in Atlanta told him the virus would magically disappear when the weather got warmer. Well, that was not true, but I didn’t hold it against him because the comment was made with the available information he had at the time. Donald’s cherry picking of Fauci’s statements made with early optimism and using them against him makes me feel like our President is trying to blame Fauci for the whole virus mess. In fact, Trump didn’t act on most of what his experts were telling him and he’s been undermining the truth all along.

So far, Trump has blamed the World Health Organization, Obama empty stockpiles (this after more than three years into his own administration), others somewhere in his White House for getting rid of the pandemic team that Obama left in place, China, and now he’s making a ridiculous contention that COVID-19 is a Democratic plot against his reelection as he throws Dr. Fauci under the bus. Okay, but what about all the dead people, Donald Dickhead? THIS JUST IN, in the new John Bolton book, he admits he was the one who merged the chemical-biological warfare threat people withe the pandemic watchers. Bolton claims the team worked well, it was the empty chair behind the resolute desk that was the problem. The White House appears to be Blame Academy.

We are well above 135,000 deaths from the virus and Trump is now running around and blackmailing school districts with threats of defunding them if they don’t open. While people are sick and suffering, our President is screaming about Confederate statues. Maybe we should erect a statue on the north lawn of the White House depicting two young Black men hanging from a tree with a plaque describing the depiction as part of our southern heritage. Let’s see how long that would last. Trump is so on the wrong side of history. Did we elect George Wallace?

George Wallace, Racist

Back to Fauci, let’s stop this painful review of what he’s done or not done and plan how to fix this problem and get our country back. Maybe Donald Trump and his puppet states — Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizona — should make a list of the things that Trump said and all the steps he didn’t take to create the disaster they are now suffering through. Trump is a total failure with the global pandemic and he knows it. He’s lashing out at Fauci because of encouragement from Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. WTF?

Here’s a hypothetical. What if Trump was offered a deal with the devil? Beelzebub might present it this way, “Great Orange Leader, I can end the virus right now but Fox News, One America News Network and all other right-wing media outlets would instantly disappear forever.” Trump would not take that deal. He would walk away and then tweet endlessly about how the devil is unfair and has always been a “never Trumper.” Our President doesn’t need the devil. He has access to experts with answers, but his ideological blindfold prevents him from grasping the solution so close to his hands. He cannot see and cannot comprehend. Just open the schools and let kids and teachers die, I guess.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is not the enemy, Donald Trump is. Those around him in the White House say yes, yes, yes and yes while kissing his plump posterior. It’s diabolical that a public official with power over the people would put them in harm’s way. Trump’s preposterous proposition to throw kids, teachers and administrators back in school is nothing short of a giant virus experiment. Maybe the man should pick just one state and open all its schools to test his theory that it wouldn’t be dangerous. Which state would step into that political puddle of mud? Oh, yeah, Georgia, Florida, Texas or Arizona. Wake up, America! Can’t you see that Trump is willing to kill even more of you for his own political gain?

Where is the Task Force? Why aren’t they on TV? Where is Congress? Why aren’t they stepping up and doing something? At least the Judicial Branch is sort of working, but Trump is not listening to anyone. He’s playing a fucked up game in which the losers will die. It’s too late for Donald Trump. We cannot connect both sides of his malignant, festering brain. He needs something harsher than being thrown out of office. How about a trial? If found guilty the punishment would be one day in prison for each of his lies? That would be 55 years, but Mike Pence would just commute that sentence. They both must go, ASAP!

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

POLITICIANS SUCK!

A Vacuum Without Truth

Politicians are people, and all people have moments when they make senseless statements, but what a politician says matters. Due to our fabulous free press we get fact-checking, opinions and analysis of our “public servants.” Often we see their lies.

Politicians have tons of research and think they know the beliefs of the majority. Before a politician gets elected, he or she will say just about anything to get the job, but many times they don’t follow through on their statements and promises. It gets my goat when a politician continues their lies or misdirection instead of admitting they were wrong. They prefer to make up a second lie to cover the first. That’s why THEY SUCK!

Let’s get specific. Kelly Loeffler is a big donor who bought the Georgia seat in the Senate. She is a Republican who votes 100% the way Trump would want her to do. Ms. Loeffler and her husband handed Donald Trump a million dollars for his reelection. Loeffler has also been accused of insider trading. After she heard a security briefing on the possibility of COVID-19 coming to our shore, she and her husband sold a bunch of stocks. She wasn’t the only person in Congress who sold stock, and they were all questioned and investigated by the Security Exchange Commission. No one was charged. It’s important for you to know that Loeffler’s husband’s company owns the New York Stock Exchange.

Kelly looks like the typical wealthy politician who wants your money to add to the piles she already has. She donated $750,000 to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC supporting former Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. She and her husband recently gave the National Republican Senatorial Committee $247,500. Like I said, she bought her appointment. Trump wants Doug Collins, the House member from the 9th district in North Georgia, to be the Senator in Georgia. Trump believe Collins is more supportive of him. It’s too bad the Democrats don’t have a top-shelf candidate to run in this special “winner takes all” election. By the way, the other two candidates are African American Democrats.

That brings us to racism. I lived in Georgia for more than twenty years, and even as late as 2000 racism could be found on every corner. As one of the original 13 states, Georgia is especially important. The population of the peach state is about 10.6 million, which will probably soar to 12 million after the census. The 2018 US Census Bureau estimated that the state’s population is 58.3% White, 31.6% Black, 4.2% Asian and 2.9% consisting of smaller races and tribes. Kelly Loeffler has no intension of serving that 31.6% of African Americans voters. Here’s proof.

Senator Loeffler owns a minority share of Atlanta’s women’s professional basketball team, the Atlanta Dream. In a letter Loeffler recently sent to WNBA President Cathy Engelbert, she screeched that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is “totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion.” Instead of having WNBA players wear warmup shirts emblazoned with Black Lives Matter and courts painted with the same message, the senator urged the WNBA to put American flags on its jerseys as a “unifying rallying point for the American people.” Doesn’t the arena already have a US flag that we see while singing the National Anthem before every game?

In her letter, Loeffler went on to claim that the BLM movement harbors “anti-Semitic views” and promotes “violence and destruction across the country.” Then, like most Trump sycophants, she appeared on the Fox News channel to amplify her views. During her interview she misdirected with, “This is a very divisive organization based on Marxist principles. They threatened to burn the system down, literally and figuratively, if they don’t get what they want. This is an organization that seeks to destroy American principles, and I had to draw the line.” I’m glad she can draw, but can she read?

PERSONAL NOTE TO MS. LOEFFLER: Kelly, you really embarrassed yourself when trying to link BLM with Karl Marx. I’m not sure what you learned at the DePaul business school, but if you took the time to read you would see that Marx’ and Engel’s theories are more than racist, and they probably had a great influence on Adolf Hitler. They said, “Races endowed with superior qualities would boost economic development and productivity, while the less endowed ones would hold humanity back.” That is why Hitler killed Jews and why southern racists, the KKK and white supremacists killed black people. In short, dog, you are barking up the wrong tree.

I am sure Kelly Loeffler is a “nice person” and she would probably think I’m a jerk, but I would ask her to read the chapter Take a Knee for America in my most recent book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs. Most rich, white people have no grasp of the Black Lives Matter movement and its layers of nuance and power of its message. They aren’t saying a white person’s life doesn’t matter, but they are demanding their lives must mean more that what they currently have.

In February of this year, the House of Representative passed a law moving lynching onto the list of federal crimes. The vote was 410 to 4 and, oh, the fucked up four who voted against it are Ted Yoho (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Justin Amash (I-MI). It has taken us 120 years to get this far, but I am sure Kelly Loeffler will vote against it when that bill comes to the Senate for a vote,.

3,446 African Americans (that we know of) were lynched in America between 1882 and 1968. Murdering Black Americans with ropes was designed to intimidate them. Louie Gohmert serves as the US Representative from Texas’ first congressional district. I am sure he would never stand by and watch any human be lynched, but his actions and words are NOT helpful.

Kelly Loeffler’s comments are just more white people talk to stir up a base. They are also a cry for acceptance from Donald John Trump. I would ask Loeffler if she is against police brutality and wrongful deaths. I would ask if her relatives ever owned slaves. Mine have, and I am deeply embarrassed about it. Loeffler is not deaf on this subject, she’s brain dead about race relations in America today. She comes off like a 1950s politician, and they really SUCKED!

Senator Loeffler will lose the election because she failed to understand the need to serve ALL THE PEOPLE. It’s bad business for her to put down the viewpoints of her players (workers) and most African American basketball fans in Atlanta. If the players don’t play, there are no games. The players of the Atlanta Dream are asking Loeffler to sell her shares of the team and get out of the way. The American dream should trump the inanity of owner of the Atlanta Dream. The vacuum in this case is obviously between Kelly Loeffler’s ears. Next.

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

COMMUTE OR PARDON?

When Criminals Become Judges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

DONALD TRUMP’S TAXES

Why Can’t America Know the Truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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