LIES AND PROMISES

Trump Sinking into Swamp

The news that blasted across the media today was not surprising for those who have been following the salacious lies and sophomoric antics of an inexperienced, half-baked pumpkin politician who somehow was elected President. Retired General Michael Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn was Trump’s guy and held one of the most important positions in the administration for 24 days. He was privy to all security documents and top-secret information while working with foreign entities. If we were at war, he could be charged with treason.

For those asking what this means, Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code states it’s against the law to knowingly and willfully make false or fraudulent statements, or conceal information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States. If convicted, one must either pay a fine, or go to jail for up to five years. Would Michael Flynn throw Trump under the bus to avoid five years in prison?

Trump has lied about many things. Trump said that Michael Flynn is a “good guy,” and in the end we will find out that there has been a glorified cover-up by then President-elect, and now President, of the United States. Imagine if the lunch today (12-1-2017) with Rex Tillerson produces a resignation. That would bring the number of people who have left the Trump Administration to more than ten people. What kind of person appoints people who apparently aren’t suited for such important positions? Or, perhaps the person hiring them has very poor judgement.

The Senate is now attempting to pass a tax reform that would add $1 trillion to the debt. What happened to Trump’s promises of reducing the deficit? He lied. Trump told us no one he knows talked to or met with Russians. He lied. The Donald said that he fired James Comey because of his Department of Justice analysis. He lied. Our Great Orange Leader told us he would not benefit from the new tax cuts. He lied. His enterprises will benefit greatly and his children will benefit by $1 billion on his death.

Lies from our President are unacceptable and have legal implications. Trump will learn painfully that he cannot tweet lies, pronounce untruths and foment hate and get away with it in America. We have a broken President, a hurtful and dysfunctional administration and a constitutional crisis here that can only be dealt with through IMPEACHMENT.

Are you brave enough to spread the word? It’s time to write to your representatives in Congress and demand impeachment. You can find their addresses and phone numbers here.

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WE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT

The Trump Behind the Curtain Has Spoken

Maybe it would be easy to sum up my case against Donald Trump by simply saying that he’s stark raving mad. His recalcitrant actions and disruptive attitudes, sometime based on fanciful conspiracies and fallacies, are surely a disqualifying profile for a democratic leader. For this writer, I am ashamed that my countrymen and women, no matter where they live, decided to elect this putrefied mushroom brain.

Yesterday (11-28-2017), the equally braindead leader of North Korea launched another one of his “toy missiles” into the sky and now claims his death rockets can reach anywhere in the United States. During a press briefing, the President said, “We will take care of it.” After the Donald boasted about his “highly-successful” trip to Asia, where he allegedly got all the leaders on the same page concerning Kim Jong Un, we see nothing has changed, including the ineffectiveness of Trump’s diplomatic prowess.

Our great Orange Leader thinks he can solve any problem, but when he tries to fix things he only creates more problems. I’m not sure why the talking heads on TV want to say Trump’s antics are based on some calculation. In truth, he’s on a reality TV show just doing whatever pops into his mind at the moment. There is no executive producer behind the curtain.

At 2 o’clock in the morning today, Trump retweeted postings of Great Britain’s Jayda Fransen, a hyper religious anti-Muslim propagandist who posts hateful videos of her campaign against Islamists. So, now the President of the United States, by his use of Twitter, had endorsed a racist, xenophobic HATE SITE. Twitter lets Ms. Fransen spread hate. Twitter also allows our President to threaten, what we can only assume, was nuclear violence against a whole country. Twitter’s Terms of Use says it allows some forms of graphic violence. However, Twitter, wiping out a whole country with “fire and fury” is not graphic enough for you? Where is the line? When do you read your own User Agreements?

More importantly, when did America decide that the person in the most powerful seat in the land gets a pass on inappropriate sexual touching, while men in media, entertainment and business get thrown out the door? Why haven’t Trump’s accusers filed written complaints to the Senate for investigation?

The sad reality is that actions taken by business leaders have to do with lawsuits and their cost. Some companies have money piled away for this kind of thing. In their minds, a “possible payout” for wrongful termination is set at $250,000 max. The victims, or plaintiffs in these cases, usually settle for much less, unless they work for Fox News or Houses of Congress. The accompanying non-disclosure agreements in these settlements are standard procedure and should be challenged in the court. A non-disclosure agreement can lead to others being harmed. Why do we, as a nation, tolerate them?

The most important aspect of all these cases is that someone has to go on record. A written complaint must be created. Once that happens, then some action can take place. In Trump’s world, when he was accused of inappropriate behavior, he said he didn’t do it. In his mind, case closed. Or is it?

Roy Moore has been accused by Leigh Corfman, Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, Gloria Thacker Deason, Beverly Young Nelson, Tina Johnson, Becky Gray and Gena Richardson of certain levels of inappropriate or unwanted sexual advances. Roy Moore says they are all lying. Donald Trump tells us we have to listen to Roy Moore. Why? Isn’t the President, by his actions and endorsement of Moore for the Senate, really saying that all of those women are lying? When did the President get to decide who is telling the truth?

Isn’t that what we have said from the beginning in these rants and psychological vomiting sessions? We have been very clear that Donald John Trump is a liar. He lies and incompetently leads from inside his hardened shell of ego-gratification. He’s a dog turd on the sidewalk. We can only wish for a long, hot, harsh summer sun or wind driven torrents of rain to nullify the damage he has created. America will survive this limited man, but those Congress people who kowtow and lick his boots now will be remembered for their spinelessness as they slither back into their lifetime Federal pensions.

Donald Trump has spoken, “We will take care of it.” And now we wait for his next tweet, or his next stupid theory, which can be easily fact checked before being splashed on that sidewalk next to his bodily waste. Can’t strong journalism show the citizenry who is telling the truth?

The threat from North Korea or Tax Reform should have been front and center today. Instead, these are the words coming from the “leader of the free world, “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate! Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!” AND WHY SHOULD THIS BE IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

This guy isn’t our president, he’s a gossip columnist for the Daily News. He missed his calling, or did we miss something in the democratic process of electing a president? As Mr. Trump gets older, his behavior will only get worse. Are we really willing to take this crap? Let it rain, God, please make it rain.

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THE AGE OF THE SHALLOW ARGUMENT

The Truth Bender Trump

On the CNN show Reliable Sources yesterday (11-26-17), the host, Brian Stelter, discussed the gradations of truth we get from our 45th President. With the backdrop of dozens of sexual harassment accusers, along with the Republican conundrum of what happens with Roy Moore in Alabama, now would be a good time to have some moral leadership in the White House. Sadly, it’s not there.

Interestingly, the word “truth(s)” is used only once in the Declaration of Independence and not at all in the Bill of Rights. The founding fathers used the word “truths” in the Declaration in this context, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” They assumed that all the things they wrote were true. Their legal documents mocked the King of England with the words “all men being equal,” meaning no one person could or should rise to the level of royalty.

It is abundantly clear to anyone who reads the newspaper, or finds credible content on the internet, or perhaps spends time watching some of the better reported TV news, that Donald J. Trump lies. He bubbles up his most uncensored feelings on Twitter, while saving the teleprompter for those rare moments when he needs to be believed. In short, Trump weakest tactic is his deal making. Said more directly, he’s a lousy salesman.

The American public accepts a certain amount of hyperbole and exaggeration from a pitchman. We’ve been conned by the best over the years, but Trump is usually light on the proof of what he sells us. When explaining the travel ban, he dipped so low to call it a Muslim Ban, rather than simply presenting some hard facts about the burden that immigration places on our government.

When pitching for healthcare change, he didn’t present a single crystal-clear reason why this was good for people other than the Republican party members. In the end, his cheerleading wasn’t convincing and proved his lack of awareness of what was in the bill.

When presenting tax reform to the American public, he immediately told us how bad it would be for him. Not only was that an outright lie, but the net result of the new tax cuts would benefit corporations far more than citizens. Trump’s offspring would pocket billions after his death because of this proposed “tax reform.”

Trump is focused on the number of pages in a revised tax return, rather than how this change would help people and make a difference in their individual lives. Hard facts tend to get in the way in politics, while creating a solid foundation for the argument is paramount when selling public policy. Trump waved around a one-page House proposal for the tax return, while the bill itself contained more than 400 pages. Some reform.

From the man who fabricated his own Time magazine cover to hang in his golf clubs, comes this beauty of a tweet: “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Time magazine executives took the time to explain to the President that isn’t how it works, but this doesn’t matter to Trump. He’s trying to explain to the dumb kids in his base why his grotesque face won’t be on Time’s cover this year.

From asking for a “thank you” from the arrested UCLA basketball players, to his boastful routines, one might remind the evangelicals to reread this passage from Proverbs 11:2-4 in the Holy Bible: “Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble. Good people are guided by their honesty, but crooks who lie and cheat will ruin themselves. Money is worthless when you face God’s punishment, but living right will save you from death.”

Our great Orange Leader has convinced 30% of the population that everything he says is the truth. No one from that group cares about his lies, his sexual harassments or his ongoing deceptions.

As he bends the truth and attacks the press, Trump creates a martyr syndrome. He is the underdog. This man will not be brought down by his lies, but instead by the result of his actions. He sees the United States of America as a monetary utopia, where power, money and fame twirl together into a murky gray self-rewarding reality. He wants to remake our country into his ugly image.

When people finally realize that all his actions are for him, and him alone, there will be another revolution. That will happen when 70% of the American electorate finally take their country back. Only then will the middle class get a better deal. Meanwhile, we must wait and monitor this raving lunatic.

 

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PARTY BEFORE DECENCY

Trump Endorses Roy Moore

Did anyone think for a second that Donald J. Trump would come out strongly against a man accused of pedophilia and sexual harassment? Trump has, as the expression goes, skeletons in his own closet. And as those bones rattle in the wind of the #MeToo movement, Trump doesn’t care because he knows his base doesn’t care about aberrant behavior and chauvinism, let alone pedophilia.

Trump is not a nice guy. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. Everything is about him. 38% of the voters in America, and probably a healthy dose of the population of Alabama, see his belligerence as strength. The hostility that Trump weaponized against the women who came forward to accuse him of improper behavior right before the election is now being aimed at Roy Moore’s accusers. Trump sided with Moore.

Some people in Washington will argue that Trump didn’t really endorse Roy Moore, but that’s just more happy horseshit being flung over the fence. There are some serious problems on Capitol Hill as the mirror gets focused on harassment crimes without punishment in the House and Senate. We learn, once again, about the lack of discipline of men in power.

Trump’s indiscretions seem to have been washed out of the tidal basin of truth. In short, Trump was right. He could have shot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York and gotten away with it. But, why? Why would a nation of laws and equality have a double-standard for famous people? How can they believe in the Holy Bible while also believing in Roy Moore?

If you remember, this is the exchange on the Access Hollywood bus, Trump: “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” Bush: “Whatever you want.” Trump: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The net result of that disclosure? Billy Bush lost a multi-million-dollar contract with NBC TV and Trump was elected President. After that, more than a dozen women came forward and accused Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact. His position was, “I totally deny that any of what they say happened.”

Trump is like any politician. He cares more about power than morality. Perhaps if Roy Moore wins he can come to the Oval Office and he and Trump can sit around and slap each other on the back and declare a win over women. They can take a victory lap around the oppressed majority: women. How can women not see through the lies?

As Trump was leaving for his Thanksgiving vacation at his castle in Florida, he said, “Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it. And this year, Roy Moore can give thanks to the great Orange Leader for giving the far right, drugged evangelicals and the racist underbelly in Alabama an excuse to vote for a man who the Senate has vowed not to seat for moral reasons. All based on their perceptions that all those women are lying, they will cast their vote for another bad human. You’d think that being banned from a mall would have won them over.

If a woman was accused by dozens of men of drugging them and giving them hickeys all over their bodies so that their wives would think they did something wrong, every man in the House, Senate, Supreme Court and White House would convict that woman without a trial. The Republicans and Fox News have already convicted the Democrats who have been accused of improper behavior. They have made sexual harassment a political cause, terrible!

While all this is going on, Trump’s cronies are changing the way the internet will be governed and paving the way for Internet service providers and phone companies to exploit an international means of communication. You might want to google Net Neutrality and understand what the FCC plans to take away on December 13, 2017.

The hostile and defensive Department of Justice is doing Trump’s dirty work by blocking the merger between AT&T and Time Warner so that the President can make things difficult for CNN. Really? What became of the “end all the restrictions and rules” President YOU elected? He’s just another rich white guy trying to control everything. They call that a dictator in other countries.

Trump should hope that AT&T is NOT forced to sell CNN. They could sell it to AMAZON, or CBS or even the WASHINTON POST or NEW YORK TIMES, then what would Trump say? He cannot block the sale of a company, unless he would abuse his power. Oh, but wait, he’s already done that.

The charade foisted on the American public for the last 11 months has now been exposed and it’s nothing less than what our forefathers feared. They designed a system that no one man would have the amount of power that Trump has stolen. They built in stopgaps and separation of powers to guard against someone doing too much. It’s time to protect the Republic.

Congress needs to manage the little boy in the White House. Can you imagine these words coming from our president, “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long-term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

I wonder why Donald J. Trump needs so much confirmation and adulation thrown his way? This man seems to be so insecure that he cannot physically or mentally stand to be rebuked. It’s time to #RebukeTrump. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” #RebukeTrump

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ETHICS PROBES AND PRESIDENTS

Trump’s #MeToo Moments

With all the investigative reporting being done by the “mainstream” media, I can’t help but wonder if transparency applies to Donald J. Trump. While Trump seems to do more attacking than explaining or addressing, he lacks the credibility needed to pass judgement on anyone else. Can you really have ethics probes in the Senate without including Donald Trump?

After the Access Hollywood tape was released, Trump’s main propagandist, Steve Bannon, cooked up a response to the dozen women who came forward and accused Trump of inappropriately touching them. The Trump camp’s defensive idea was holding a press conference with women who claimed they were abused, harassed and even “raped” by Bill Clinton. This was intended to take the eyes and ears off Trump’s transgressions right before a debate with then candidate Hillary Clinton, and it worked. They morphed the accusing women, including Hillary, into enemies.

They skillfully rolled out the term “locker-room” talk, with the future first lady adding the cute phrase, “boy-talk.” They dismissed the cadre of women saying that Trump was at least a womanizer and, most likely, a sexual harasser and groper. You know, a dirty old man?

This is not a new concept in private, corporate or public life. Some men and women use their power to take physical and sexual advantages of those who work for them. This obstructs transparency on an issue that should be out in the open. Many corporations employ intimidation and confidentiality agreements to keep problems in the office and off the front page. A no disclosure agreement usually includes a payment of money in exchange for silence. Corporate America, which Trump was part of a year ago, has the standard operating procedure to pay off victims, or openly dismiss them with the warning that court costs will break them.

With Alabama’s Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore now being accused by nine women of inappropriate activities with minors or teenagers, the President is in a pickle jar he thought was behind him. After all, the fury from the females he touched had been put to bed. Trump could have simply stood his ground by saying that the people of Alabama should decide the case against Roy Moore with their ballots, but he made a critical mistake.

Al Franken, who spent most of his life writing comedy and saying the most outrageous things on SNL, ran for office, got elected and now serves as the Junior Senator from Minnesota. What may have seemed a fun road trip with the USO tour back in 2006, exposed in graphic detail his wrongdoing. His accuser released an embarrassing photo of Franken’s grope in progress, which put him in a precarious position.

Like a good soldier, Franken fell on his sword, admitted his mistake, apologized and now sees the gravity of his errors. As much as insiders in show business will openly claim that Franken could at times be very difficult to work with professionally, that is not what he has admitted to this time.

Once patterns are established, one can begin to see that it wasn’t just some drunken misbehaving or a belief that one woman gave “all the right signs.” There’s a term in our society, “Getting to second base.” This phrase describes a man’s conquest of a woman based on the baseball lure that once you get to second base it’s much easier to score. Some men in power believe that they can go right to third base without much conversation, and that is always a bad assumption.

Now, we find that President Trump is back in that pickle jar because he didn’t have the discipline to NOT Tweet something about Franken, while being so presidential in how he is handling the Roy Moore affair.

When Trump decided to tweet this gem out, “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” he lost his interested bystander status.  I’m not sure why the President’s spellchecker didn’t fix his Frankenstein and misuse of ellipses. He had 280 characters to ramble on about Franken, but maybe he forgot about the format change on Twitter.

Once Trump attacked Franken, he opened the media flood gates, and they correctly pointed out his hypocrisies. This gave them an opening to draw comparisons to his misdeeds with Franken’s and Moore’s.

The White House said the difference between citizen Trump’s accusers and Franken is that Franken admitted what he did. This could be a great method to use in a court of law. All you have to do is say you didn’t do it and everything goes away. Lying is not a problem for our great Orange Leader, but the implication of the opposite is at work here.

By saying that Roy Moore has legal grounding because he denies the allegations, Trump has now equated himself to Moore. Trump and Moore are attempting to act like judges. Many women are advancing the same charges and both men believe that their word is more powerful than their accusers’ accounts. This power over women and young girls is the exact reason they thought they could get away with it. The words, “who’s going to believe you” paints a deadly assumption no man should every make.

Trump cannot denounce Roy Moore. Trump can’t say vote for him. Trump doesn’t want to fragment his base in Alabama. In short, Trump still believes that Bannon is smarter than he is. One wrong move and Trump could not only lose the Republican majority in the Senate, but also lose Alabama votes in 2020.

While Trump took potshots this weekend on Twitter at Jeff Flake, Hillary Clinton, the NFL players and LaVar Ball, the father of the famous basketball players, he once again revealed his lack of common sense, fundamental truths and principles.

His line, “I should have left them in jail!” caught my attention. When the President of the United States makes an effort to get the release of any US citizen held abroad, he should get the praise without making the return a big deal. The way Trump acted on this issue, practically begging for the “Thank you” from the players even before they had their press conference, was unseemly. Once he got the “Thank you” he should have moved on. The crazy father, LaVar Ball, was messing with Trump, as he does with everyone. Mr. Ball’s comments got the President to turn against all three players. Wow! What a sad little boy on the playground with no friends. Is Trump really prepared for the possibility of being played?

When the time comes, and President Pence is pardoning Donald Trump, we can all say, “We should have left him in jail!” We never seem to learn. We let them get away with things and then we eliminate their punishment. Trump has certainly stunted our growth and buried our values.

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MOORE OR LESS A CHRISTIAN

Trump’s Evangelical Challenge

In 2017, we are surrounded with a serious lack of morality. This isn’t a new story, though. We know about the things FDR, JFK and Bill Clinton did throughout most of their political lives. And it’s not a secret that Donald Trump has said terrible things about women. More than a dozen women have claimed the current President of the United States made unwanted advances, including inappropriate touching. Some of these women include beauty pageant contestants. Where is the outcry about his abuses?

The way Donald J. Trump has exploited the righteous right, mega-church leaders and the great American evangelicals is not a testament to him being a devout Christian, but rather their susceptibility to false prophets for profit and gain. The church of God has been polluted by politics.

Roy Stewart Moore, formerly a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama and also a judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Alabama and previously a county District Attorney, should be held to a higher standard. In the special primary election to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Jeff Session’s elevation to US Attorney General, Mr. Moore was the victor over Luther Strange.

Luther Strange was backed by President Trump, while Roy Moore, was pushed by Steve Bannon and those on the far right. Many evangelicals back Moore because of his blatant disregard for the separation of church and state. It always amazes me when people of faith believe separation of church and state to be a bad thing. Would a Christian or a Jew want the government to have any power over their churches?

Roy Moore was a bad candidate long before the question of dates with 14-year-old girls. From not taking down the ten commandments from the court house, after being ordered to do so by a higher court, to demanding that clerks not issue marriage licenses for same sex couples, violating the US Supreme Court ruling, Roy Moore has been on the wrong side of the judicial system and the order of law. He inserts his own judgement when he disagrees with the law.

One could compare Judge Moore’s approach to that of Sharia Law that is exercised to force citizens of certain countries to follow the path of the religious text rather than the law of the land. The first amendment clearly starts with, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

What does that mean? It could mean that one should not stop another from establishing a religion and it could also mean, that Congress cannot make a law to establish a religion. As our nation grew, we didn’t pick winners between Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Quakers or the Amish. We permitted people to worship, or not worship, in whatever ways were meaningful to them. Religious freedom is granted by our Constitution.

Here’s the real question the faithful in the state of Alabama should be asking, “Is Roy Moore Christian enough to serve as your Senator?” It seems that the definition of a real Christian is changing. Some men of God in Catholic Churches have committed dreadful atrocities against the very children they should have been protecting and nurturing. The Pope and the Vatican didn’t excommunicate them, they promoted and protected them at times.

We all remember televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, with their multimillion dollar PTL TV show. Recall that the Charlotte Observer found and reported that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 of hush money to Jessica Hahn, a 21-year old church secretary, after she had confronted Bakker about a rape she said he committed. Things got ugly and few stood by Jim and Tammy Faye after those allegations came to light.

The arcane system of reporting discrimination in the halls Congress that was exposed this week shows just how inadequate those representing us really are. The concept of H.R. departments and corporate procedures for reporting misdeeds on this level, have passed this body right by. The capitol hill accuser has to enroll in counseling. Really? In what era are they living?

When the story broke in the Washington Post about women coming forward to say that  a 30-somethig Moore either dated or inappropriately touched four teenage girls, it wasn’t surprising. It seems that those who speak the loudest about homosexuality, or sin, or how the holy word has been diluted by our modern society are the very ones to cast the first stone, while they never seem to be sinners themselves. Now there’s a fifth woman plus a mall employee saying that Roy Moore was banned from the place for hitting on young girls. And now a sixth accuser surfaces. All the while, Judge Moore denies.

I don’t care what Donald Trump thinks and I don’t care that Roy Moore won his primary. He’s just another bottom feeder, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who Donald Trump pardoned. Our pitiful president, if given a chance, will break the law if it suits his means. Joe Arpaio broke the law and so did Roy Moore and there doesn’t seem to be a system to check them. How does a man who blocked a Supreme Court ruling get to run for Congress? Where is that “law and order” that Trump said he would bring back to America? He constantly breaks the law and then lies about it.

Roy Moore is far more dangerous than Hillary Clinton, and Trump still wants to lock her up. The people of Alabama are not stupid. They just need to ask this: WWJD, what would Jesus do? Would he let people like Roy Moore keep exploiting people for his personal gains or would he rid the temples of the money changers? This is not a “spiritual battle” Mr. Moore, this is a sinful cover-up of biblical proportions.

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Naiveté, Ignorance or Fear

Trump’s Trip to Asia

It is clear to anyone watching or reading about President Donald Trump that the Russian investigation looms large over him. Trump cannot travel around the world without being asked about his relationship with Russian and, specifically, Vladimir Putin. Our leader answers those questions with confused rhetoric instead of providing a simple, clear and concise response.

Donald Trump said he believed Putin’s response to the question of interference in the US election. Trump failed the test of the great deal maker and helped propel responses from former intelligence chiefs and his own team. Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, said that Trump was showing his naiveté, ignorance or fear.

There is some part of our great Orange Leader’s brain that compels him to continue repeating a claim, even after he himself has diluted the assertion with doubt. After Trump makes a statement, experts rush in to help clarify his thoughts. He then finds some wiggle room to get out of the lie or create a misrepresentation. Afterward he returns to the original claim, either in his speech or on Twitter. One could say that he has an inability to learn or a huge capacity for telling lies.

In Japan, Trump said that no one ever received the red-carpet treatment that he got. Clearly, the Donald doesn’t know that an Emperor in Japan must be referred to as “His Majesty the Emperor” and that no foreigner would ever get, in terms of ceremony, what the royalty of the country would receive. His comments show total naiveté. He is not as special as he believes and his comments to the contrary display his gross Ignorance on the world stage.

The notion of our president’s fear is an interesting observation, and one that I also hold. When Trump comes face to face with a person of power, he tries to make them like him. He does this in the name of getting things done but, in the long run, it makes people uneasy. As soon as Trump starts talking, he says downright stupid things about his hosts and their country or company. He’s like an abusive father who must denigrate a child to establish his power. In his mind, Trump believes this is love.

There is a bit of naiveté, ignorance and fear in every one of the Trump supporters. I assume they get most of that from Trump. He never takes time to think, adlibbing his way through life and chuckling inside every time he believes he has gotten away with something. He wears his ignorance like a badge. Our great Orange Leader proudly proclaims to getting his information from watching TV shows and news networks. He says he hates the media, but bases his theories on shoddy reporting and stories that have no basis in facts. He literally, uses “fake news” to govern, and his cult sees nothing wrong with whatever he does. What have we become as a nation?

Trump displays his fear outwardly. It’s easy to spot. He openly kowtows to leaders he’s not supposed to like, and treats our ally leaders with a dose of disregard and disrespect. Trump clearly indicated that he “believed Putin” when he said he didn’t interfere with our elections, and then he attacked those who were critical of him back home. He called former administration people “political hacks.”

But then, truth entered the picture. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he stands by US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump, backed into a corner, retreated with, “What I said there is that I believe he believes that. And that’s very important for someone to believe. I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election.” And then, in truly Trumpean style, he adds, “As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”

Some say that Trump is being played by Putin. I have said Trump will be played by anyone who compliments him, genuflects, grovels or kisses his big fat ass. Anyone who can get Trump’s brain chemicals oozing messages of gratification can acquire whatever they want. When confronted, Trump simply changes what he said. When caught in a lie, his plan is simple, decide whether to double-down on the lie or change the words to mean something else. He is truly naïve, ignorant, afraid, and, I would add, delusional.

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

I DON’T BLAME CHINA

Trump Flip-Flops on Relationship

Blame is the core psychological posture for our President Know-It-All. The Donald sees himself as the only one without sin while everyone else has made all the mistakes that he must fix. In fact, he’s diminished America in front of world leaders by saying that we have been weak in the past. Trump’s need to position himself by self-promotion and boasting doesn’t make him more respected. It makes him small.

President Trump’s trade policy can be summed up like this, “You suckers have been given a free ride and, from now on, you assholes are going to pay more for everything.” If you open with an insult, how do you manage to muster any kind of esteem for your country or yourself? He paints us as ugly Americans to those all those watching him. I am truly ashamed of him.

China was one of the many whipping boys on the campaign trail for Donald Trump. He said they were raping us. Mexicans are rapists. Chinese are rapists. This is a disturbing common theme for Trump. Now, he blames everyone who has come before him in our country for such bad deals as he congratulates China while standing on their soil. He toasts them for taking advantage of us? What a strange faulty logic from a man who screamed for more than a year about how bad China was. Boy, he really showed them.

In a sense, Trump is setting up China’s President Xi Jinping as the good guy, so that he can get something from the Chinese leader. He wants Xi Jinping to stomp on North Korea and do his dirty work in the war of words with Kim Jong-un. Kim is not a leader, he is considered a god. Xi Jinping is a leader for life, surely Trump is more envious than respectful of both these men. In turn, they see Trump as a temporary inconvenience and a grumpy buyer of products. Trump will be gone long before either of these leaders melt into the earth they rule.

What we Americans must understand is that none of these world leaders respect Donald Trump. They laugh at what he says, but they are also cautious about his proposals. They know that what he says today can change at any moment. Where Trump wants to add ten thousand coal jobs, China has moved ahead of us in renewable energy jobs. According to Forbes Magazine, “China accounted for roughly one quarter of the world’s total $329 billion of new energy investment last year.” Why would any American President let this happen?

According to NPR, “In May, for example, our exports to China totaled $7 billion, and our imports from China totaled $29 billion. That is indeed a big deficit. But that $29 billion in imports is tiny compared with the overall size of the U.S. economy: Our economic output is well over $1 trillion per month.”

For America to turn this around, we would have to create companies and factories to make the products that are sold in US stores like Wal-Mart. Our manufacturing would be more expensive and the increased prices for those Made in America products would be passed along to the America consumer. Once again, the middle-class would be paying for corporate investment.

I used to buy shirts made in Wisconsin until we could get T-shirts for one-third the price from Vietnam. By the way, I didn’t change companies, they just moved their manufacturing. This is the reality of what happened to American products. When Trump claims that these companies will bring their money and manufacturing back to the USA after he lowers taxes, no one asks him, “Why would they do that?”

Why would a company spend so much money to build an infrastructure here? American companies already pay little or no rent for the buildings overseas and the workers are payed small wages with no healthcare or retirement insurance. Believing that US corporate management is more patriotic and profit-driven is false. It’s very much like the “trickle-down” theory that as rich people get more money they just naturally flow it to the middle and lower class. That has been proven WRONG so many times in history that it’s insulting to human beings to even suggest it.

When Trump is face to face with the leaders of countries he has dissed in the recent past, he shows a different face. Yes, Donald Trump is two-faced, which logically makes him a two-faced liar. That’s a fact.

I would suggest that when something negative comes up about trade in the near future, Trump will once again say bad things about China. When King Jong-un publishes another put-down of Trump or launches another ICBM, Trump will say Xi Jinping is not doing enough about Kim and that he will stick it to them with trade. Predictably, the parody president pageant continues.

Trump doesn’t need a Chief-of-Staff General babysitter. He needs a shrink. In the end, we all will realize that our great Orange Leader has actually made America less great. The problem is we don’t have a great leader we can plug-in, but we should surely should pull the plug on this one.

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Elephant, Donkey & Jackass

Two Parties, No Leadership

Living in New York City, it was very convenient for Donald Trump to be a Democrat. When Trump saw no viable way to create a reform party, however, he decided to jump over to the red side of the realm. His hostile take-over of the Republican party made some people happy, but even though the insiders and old-line conservatives knew how risky he was, they remained silent. They deserve exactly what they got.

Trump found himself half-way around the world this week when tragedy hit a small Texas town. He dodged questions about gun control legislation by offering a position that if we had tough gun laws the good guy with a gun wouldn’t have been able to stop more carnage. Amazing how our great Orange Leader ignores the point that if we had better gun laws that were properly executed, we could have avoided the bloodshed in the first place. Of course, Trump doesn’t want to go up against the NRA. They buy ads for him. They have him in their pockets.

Analyze the words that have been coming out of the mouth of the 45th President of the United States during this “goodwill” visit to Asia, and you will think he is merely an arms salesman. And, of course, a good pitchman never tells the prospective buyer about the dangers of what he is selling.

Trump has no answer for gun violence in America and he has nothing new to say about how to resolve the North Korean challenge. He moderates in front of some audiences, while being all bravado and rude when addressing his base. Why would anyone believe what he says? One of the CNN pundits called him “vague,” which is code for he doesn’t say anything of value.

Like a true politician, the Donald thinks you will not remember his last lie if the new fabrication gets him re-elected. Like most soulless politicians, his inconsistencies are shadowed by the cult of personality effect. He tells his followers that elitists are bad, while being the ultimate elitist pig. Really, he gets two-scoops of ice cream, but everyone else in the room gets one.

Last night in Virginia and New Jersey, we learned that Democrats won their races for governor. It wasn’t because they were Democrats, as much as they presented a moderate choice against those Republicans who will never stand up to Trump. Local politics are local, and that means the personalities of those running matter most. Many people voted for Trump one year ago because they hated Hillary. Lots of Democrats are turning out in these state elections because they do not like Trump.

Americans are becoming complainers. We sit around and post our anger, angst and aggravation about the most banal and unimportant things online. We have the freedom to say whatever we want. Trump actually, in his actions and words, teaches people to speak out, act out and do stupid things. If Trump thinks he is getting too many negatives thrown at him, it’s his own fault. He’s set the bar and we are jumping over it.

As I have said before on these pages, all political parties use the same playbook. When in power, you try to ram through what you think is best. When the minority, you block anything the other party proposes. The dog chases its tail and gets hungrier doing it.

We know that both parties have elements of corruption and, if confronted will lie just like our President. In a perfect world there would be no parties, just people, but the infrastructure of government in this country has been shaped for a two-party system. Even Independents must declare with which party they will caucus. This forces independent thinking into a box.

You will hear the word “Repudiation” used to describe what happened in New Jersey and Virginia, but the real tipping point with Trump will come when Democrats win House and Senate seats. That is where the real power is but, so far, we haven’t seen the DNC make any bold statement or show any real marketing prowess. Donna Brazile’s book promotion may have created some more anti-Hillary sentiment, but she will never displace the top Clinton hater: Donald Trump. People have already forgotten her book.

What Trump tweeted once he knew that Ed Gillespie was going to lose in Virginia sums it up, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for…” Only a low human kicks a guy when he’s down. But what makes this rather insolent is the fact that Trump recorded a robocall for Gillespie. According to Politico, it goes something like this, “If you let Ralph Northam be governor, he will be a total disaster for your state. Northam is weak on crime, weak on immigration, and as your lieutenant governor, Northam has driven your economy right into a ditch.” Wow, maybe Trump doesn’t remember he recorded that pitch for the loser.

Even Breitbart blamed Trump for the losses because he’s not getting more done with Congress. If the Bannon people bankroll Alt-Right candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans in 2018, that could the reason more Democrats get elected.

In the end, historians will write that Donald J. Trump was more destructive than Teddy Roosevelt when, in 1912, he created the Bull Moose Party and cratered the Republican Party. But Teddy Roosevelt gave us protected lands and a grand national park system, while Trump is attempting to sell off those same parks and destroy the environment.

The Democrats desperately need to find a strong moderate who is articulate, intelligent and can give people the feeling that we are all in this together. Without a strong personality to bring us together as a nation, Trump will get a second term. That is unless the Donald gets convicted of some terrible treasonous blunder. If only Nixon was alive and could walk him through it.

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

ARMED ASSAULTS

Trumpean Dystopia

Right after Donald Trump was elected President, he said, “I’ve really inherited a mess.” While there is some truth to that statement, history will remember what someone did, rather than what they said. Did you make things better, or did your lack of talent for leadership make it worse, Donald?

When a white man executes a group of human beings, we move quickly to peer into the psychological disturbances in that man’s soul. When a brown man takes lives, we hastily place the blame on the man’s religious dogma or where he came from. When a black man shoots up the place, we swiftly use phrases like “law and order” and “respect.”

The headline on CNN this morning (11-6-2017), points to a serious problem, Trump says Texas shooting result of ‘mental health problem’ not US gun laws. Is there really any difference between a man who has voices whispering in his brain saying “kill, kill” and someone who has been brainwashed into thinking he inherits paradise if he kills? In either case the actions are not those of a mentally stable human being.

These mass killings are a form of terrorism and should be classified as such by the legal system in this country. Why is that important? Because once an attack is considered terrorism, federal resources can be used to figure out why it happened and the penalties for those offenses can be harsher.

When you embrace the Second Amendment and give lip service to the First Amendment, you give the NRA and legal gun owners comfort. Several years ago, gun sales soared because of an imaginary fear that Obama was going to take them away. For a while after Trump’s election, gun sales decreased. But now, America will be marching to the gun shops and ranges to make sure they can protect themselves from the next armed assault.

It’s not Donald Trump’s fault that there are more than 300 million guns and rifles in America. After making a rough guesstimate from older NRA records, there are probably 2,446,294 AR-15 rifles currently available in the United States. Most likely, you are living within a few miles of someone who owns one. Not that comforting, and in this Trumpean dystopia, this will never change. We cannot legally stop the number from increasing.

In the case of the shooter in Texas, the structure that’s in place did not prevent this guy, who assaulted his wife and their child, from getting a gun. The shooter was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force and slapped with 12 months of confinement in 2014 after his court marshaling. When the system we have doesn’t work, we have a bad system.

After being attacked themselves on a baseball field in Virginia, and seeing 59 people mowed down in Las Vegas, our lawmakers have not banned the “bump stock” device that converts a rifle from semi to full automatic weaponry. For some reason, the people who we elect to represent us in Washington, cannot, will not, make any effort to curtail the violence. The collusion with the NRA to thwart any reasonable weapon reform in this country is morally wrong. If you failed to save one life, then you are complicit.

If hate is the root of a massacre, then you have to take off your blinders and realize what is influencing these killers. If you want to end the homegrown incidents of those holding a radical belief system, you don’t build walls or tighten up visas, instead you must peer into the root of those desires. Sure, better vetting will make you feel better, but in the end the president has no power over legal residents being radicalized because they felt left out.

I’m always miffed when someone reacts to my plea for discussion and action on this national tragedy with defense of the amendment, rather than openness for a discussion. We always hear that same refrain, “the guns were purchased legally” and we go on about our business. Nothing to see here. Or is there?

Anyone can get a gun and, if you can get a gun, you can get a semi-automatic rifle. As we painfully learned, it takes only $200 to convert that nine-pound piece of metal into a real killing machine. If you follow Trump’s logic, we don’t need to do anything about the guns, we need to focus on mental health problems.

According to HealthAffairs.org, Trump’s 2018 budget would cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control by $1.3 billion and funding for the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion. It would eliminate the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, folding it into the NIH with reduced funding. Substance Abuse and Mental Health budgeted funding would be cut by almost $400 million. This sounds like a commitment to creating more mental health problems, and, by extension, more mass killings.

The other day Donald Trump announced a big push to get rid of the scourge of drug addiction and death by pills. What is he doing about death by guns.?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse: “There were 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016.” According to the New York Times: “The rate of gun deaths in the United States rose in 2016 to about 12 per 100,000 people, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” We don’t have the total annual numbers beyond 2014, and the NRA is making every effort, through Trump, to block that data. In 2014, there were 33,594-gun deaths, and it’s time we budget money for the CDC to research this menace to our society. Or are we waiting until it grows bigger?

To borrow an expression from Bush #41, this “blowhard” in the White House explains it all to us, and then does the opposite of what he should be doing. We cannot start to conquer the problem without a plan to study and act on the problem of mass killings. We need to replace the planner in chief. Trump clearly doesn’t know what he is doing.

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.