STANDBY TO TAKE OVER

Trump’s Mysterious Hospital Visit

Donald John Trump made an unannounced, unplanned Saturday morning visit to Walter Reed hospital last November. The trip did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, which Trump claimed was the reason for the trip. Many sources have since confirmed that the staff at the hospital did not get any notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. Why the secrecy?

My conjecture, judging by Trump’s age, is the appointment was related to an early morning blood test in the White House showing an elevated level of prostate-specific antigen. PSA is a protein made by both normal and cancerous cells in the prostate gland. A doctor will suggest a biopsy of the prostate cells when there is a high level of PSA. Some patients prefer anesthesia for this procedure because it’s uncomfortable and sometimes painful. This brings us to VP Mike Pence.

According to the New York Times, “Vice President Mike Pence was put on standby to temporarily assume the powers of the presidency during President Donald Trump’s unannounced visit to Walter Reed hospital in November 2019.” The source of this story is Michael Schmidt, a Times writer who is about to publish a book containing the information.

Some men are ashamed of a prostate biopsy and they worry about the possibility of cancer. Perhaps they shouldn’t fret because there are many successful procedures and operations, but we all know Trump is fearful of anything that makes him look vulnerable, weak or less manly than his self-conceived image.

You might ask why in the hell am I making this assumption about Trump. Well, I am just trying to help the discovery process. I wouldn’t have to throw out my opinion had the President and White House told the country what was going on. If Trump’s condition involved an early warning and successful steps to resolve whatever was lurking, his explanation could possibly save other lives. But, of course, he’s too vain to care about anyone other than himself.

We need a reporter to boldly ask Trump, “How’s your health?” He doesn’t release his medical charts or his tax returns. He doesn’t let us know much about the questions we have. Maybe he is the “empty suit” he accuses others of being. The lack of meaningful thoughts, critical information and digestible data from the Donald is dumbing and numbing.

This kind of speculation really drives Trump crazy. In that new book, Donald Trump vs. the United States, New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt claims that Pence was made ready and some are speculating that Trump may have had a mini-stroke. Wow, Trump hearing this report, just had to tweet: “It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!”

I am sure when Trump made that short drive from the White House to Walter Reed he pondered the possibility that Mike Pence would be president for a few hours. Maybe he declined the procedure or manned-up and took the pain of a needle prick in his prostate. Perhaps he justified not getting a test with his patently false premise that if you don’t test for it you don’t have it. If he didn’t get tested he could still have cancer, and cancer, like COVID, doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican. Cancer loves sugar.

Trump’s health information is pertinent to all Americans. The mental and physical well-being of the most powerful leader in the land is paramount, especially on the eve of an election. He can hide under the covers, but sooner or later the President’s health must be known.

This person who accuses others of being crazy and sick seems to be hiding something from us. If only we could get back to transparency with our president. That would also be the best way to restore faith in our institutions. We know this won’t happen with Trump so let’s press on without him!

It’s time to vote him out of office. If you are voting by mail, head for the postal box NOW!

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TAX RETURNS & REVOLUTIONS

Trump’s Financial Dependencies

Until recently, the term “Tea Party” referred to the Boston Tea Party, a protest which took place in 1773. Colonists who objected to British taxation without representation “demonstrated” by taking British tea from docked ships and dumping it into Boston Harbor. The incident had a strange racist overtone because the lawless Bostonians dressed up as Native Americans, complete with face paintings. I’m not sure why the protestors would have wanted the British to think someone else did the deed, but those were strange times. The goal of “looting” and “destruction” was to make it clear to people in American and across the pond that our left-wing, radical patriots wanted change.

Did this rebellion work? Not exactly. In retribution, the British passed the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts. They closed Boston Harbor until those involved with the destruction paid for the dumped tea. They also tore up the Massachusetts Constitution and ended free elections of town officials. So, I guess they figured out they needed a revolution.

Donald Trump brags about not paying taxes because he, genius that he is, found all the loopholes. Instead of working to eliminate those loopholes, he believes it’s okay for rich people to cheat. How unpatriotic to not pay your fair share in this great enterprise known as the United States of America.

We all know that the Donald has no problem deceiving us. He used to say he was under an IRS audit and that is why America could not learn his financial records and monetary entanglements with multinational banks, investors and oligarchs. To whom does Donald Trump and the Trump organizations owe money? He must disclose his financial status.

There are extremely strict penalties for anyone leaking someone’s tax returns, and obviously that punishment stands as a reasonable deterrent. Mary L. Trump released some of Trump’s tax information. That material was part of the discovery process in her lawsuit with the family. Her late uncle, Robert Trump, did all he legally could to stop her from releasing the information, but it wasn’t enough.

The Republican party used to care about taxes and transparency. When they’re in office, however, they usually run up the national debt and give away more money than they take in, just like Donald Trump. It’s totally out of control now, and it might make some sense for the America people to know if this president’s wildly destructive tax changes, regulation purges and easing of environmental constraints aren’t evidence of the true weakness of Donald Trump. He doesn’t manage money very well.

Go back and see the path of red ink that led banks to assume all power of the purse in his companies. Congress has done a mediocre job of managing the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. They’ve put money in the hands of the big companies but have failed small businesses as well as the lower and middle classes. In Donald Trump’s America, many temporary layoffs will become permanent this week.

Sure, Walmart, Fed-Ex, UPS and Amazon are doing well, but there are some profound cracks in our economy. According to the Washington Post, “Yelp Inc., the online reviewer, has data showing more than 80,000 permanently shuttered businesses from March 1 to July 25. About 60,000 were local businesses, or firms with fewer than five locations.” How has this global pandemic affected the Trump Organization, a privately held company?  Let’s see.

Here’s a headline from the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s website, “Trump Hotel in Vancouver closes as company files for bankruptcy.” Most of the Trump properties are not owned by Trump. The boys sell their name and branding to other hotel and housing developers for a percentage of their profits. Over the last four years many of these properties are not doing well. Trump is an asshole and people don’t want to be associated with him.

Time magazine broke this story, “Companies associated with President Donald Trump and members of his administration were among recipients of small-business COVID loans, newly released data show.” Has the Trump family benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program? We need to see their financials AND Trump’s personal tax returns!

Corruption is a dastardly and dirty way to show love of your country. Trump loves only Trump, and that is where it’s at. He would rather lose the election than be forced to release his tax returns. Mark Cuban, a guy with a true business sense, believes that Trump refuses to release his tax returns because it would show, as Mark says, “He ain’t that rich.”

We all owe money. Some are still paying off their college loans. Many people carry a certain amount of debt on the little plastic helpers in our wallets. According to the most recent data from the Survey of Consumer Finances by the US Federal Reserve, Americans have an average credit card debt of $5,700. For some, their family debt lives in the $10,000+ range. It’s how many of us pay for things like dental care, home improvements and yes, even taxes.

If the Donald is deceiving the IRS, a department of the government he oversees, then how can we trust him with our money? In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Tom Friedman wrote, “Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018. Biden has already done so, and they are on his website.” Many political pundits and TV talking heads were quick to denounce the idea. They pointed out that Trump would make a big game of such a confrontation, not disclose his financials and skip the debate. Trump would say that Joe Biden was afraid to debate him and is weak and senile and blah, blah, blah.

The conman residing in the Oval Office will continue to stonewall any attempts at disclosing his money and debt. He’s a blind, little mole in a hole. He cannot bear to have transparency and sunlight show who he really is. The ill-fitting suits, the makeup, lies and deceptions show what a weak, fumbling coward he is. He knows he will be nailed as a failure should his financial material be released. The plain truth is, we don’t need to see his taxes to know he’s a fraud and fiasco. More than 180,000 of our brothers and sisters have died on his watch. Donald Trump is a loser.

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THE DANGERS OF KAREN & KYLE

Two Awful Nations Under Trump

If Trump is doing such a great job, I must ask why so many people hate him. When the White House talks as if the COVID-19 crisis has passed, why are so many people dying every day? Disciplines like anthropology and sociology seem to be lost sciences when considering the insane and diabolical actions of one man, Donald Trump. We need to figure out what to do about him and his cohorts. We must not walk away from knowledge.

“Karen” is a pejorative, slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, often racist, middle-aged, white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behavior. The concept of Karen was dramatically portraited in the video of a woman in Central Park calling the police because she felt a Black man was threatening her. He was simply birdwatching. He took the video.

“Karen” and Kyle

Now, I would like to introduce the term “Kyle,” named for the young man in Kenosha, Wisconsin who allegedly killed two protesters. The name has interesting roots. Kyle is a unisex, English-language name derived from the Scottish Gaelic surname Kyle. My coining this phrase is an attempt to label any male who believes in dark, ridiculous and unreasonable theories about America. A Kyle advances his fears into actions that hurt others, be they citizens or non-citizens.

In Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Young Kyle will be tried as an adult in that state and could face a life sentence if convicted of the most serious crime, first-degree intentional homicide.

The Karen’s of the US are mostly pests, but they carry deeper diseases of misconception, paranoia and sometimes hate. The Kyle’s of America are the guys who buys lots of guns, dress up in camo, join militia and social media groups and eventually grow into active shooters. Their guns and ammo make them whole.

I’m not the only one saying this. A story in the GUARDIAN summed it up nicely, “There is perhaps no greater example of the polarization of American media than the coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who allegedly shot and killed two protesters and injured another at Kenosha this week.”

It’s impossible for this little old blogger to determine what was in the heart of young Kyle, but his social media fingerprints reveal an obsession with guns and strong support of police as in “Blue Lives Matter” — a countermovement to “Black Lives Matter” and endorsed by Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post, Kyle “…had attempted to join the Marine Corps in January but was disqualified from serving after discussing his options with recruiters, said service spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock. She declined to specify why he was disqualified, citing the service’s privacy guidelines.” Wait, the US Military rejected this kid?

In their comments regarding the news coverage of Kyle, the GUARDIAN notes that Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended Rittenhouse on Wednesday based on protestors’ violence and property damage in Kenosha. While also quoting the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, “No one drives to a city with guns because they love someone else’s business so much. They do it because they are hoping to shoot someone. That’s the only reason people like him join these gangs in the first place – yes, I said it, a gang – because this is not the battle of Yorktown, it’s a bunch of dudes threatening people with guns.”

Tucker Carlson & Trevor Noah

It’s important to point out that neither Tucker Carlson nor Trevor Noah host NEWSCASTS. One stars in a comedy show and the other is a racist bigot picking his nose on TV. You might be a free press junkie and cheer “All News Matters” but that is not a proper way to analyze the Karens and Kyles.

People make fun of the Karens and shun them on social media. Their lives are often ruined until the memory of their event fades. The lady in Central Park was a Democrat and a donor to the party, so this is not a one-stereotype fits all. Kenosha Kyle has been transparent about his beliefs and intent. He most likely will be charged with firearms violations and acquitted of murder. The slick, uptown lawyer will prove “self-defense,” but why didn’t the cops stop him and question him?

Kyle’s actions are not Trump’s fault, but this President’s words and actions make things worse. He is promoting vigilante and militia-mania behavior because he believes it will help him get reelected. According to UrbanDictionary.com, Donald Trump is not “woke, meaning the act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue and we can all agree that he’s certainly is “whack,” meaning something in bad taste or is otherwise unappealing.

In 1953, the United States began attaching names to bad storms and hurricanes. It was a way to lessen confusion. Our country does not control the naming of storms, the World Meteorological Organization does. I’m sure if Trump knew this, he would withdraw our membership, but I’m pointing out that personification of bad things results in downgrading of real people who have the names. Every time I meet someone named Katrina I think of the storm and its aftermath.

I have some friends named Karen and none of them have traits anywhere near the insipid, police-calling racists we’ve seen on social media. Now we have names like Dylann, Kyle, Seth and Nikolas, and too many others to mention, who have tainted those names forever by shooting people. How could anyone glorify what they do? Trump does, Carlson does and now, QAnon does.

I keep asking what is the end game? What happens when Trump forces America to adopt his lawless ways of governing? Who will stand up to him? Will he continue pushing racist propositions, thinking that he is saving the Caucasian race from evil doers? The White House mouthpieces and propagandists can’t even see how racist the man is.

It was pointed out on TV this week that we all rallied against the devil when we had bin Laden. Then, an unsuccessful rebuild of Iraq gave us ISIS and we all railed against them. So, who is the enemy now? Well, it’s anyone who disagrees with Donald John Trump. He doesn’t care if his citizens love or hate him. He will plough ahead with his irresponsible behavior until we vote him out of office later this year.

Karen doesn’t realize she’s a racist and a fool. Kyle is proud of being a racist and doesn’t realize his strength comes from the gun in his hands. Without the gun, he would have never gotten involved in the protests. He’d just be another naïve teenager. They don’t have a plan to make America great, they are trying to cancel the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. They are part of the “cancel culture” themselves. It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact.

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MONEY OR MORALS IN AMERICA

Commissioners – Presidents are Deaf & Dumb

There is absolutely no reason to spend time on our fat, baby-dictator-president and his lie-filled speeches over the last four days. Stephen Stills wrote these lyrics found in the classic song For What It’s Worth, “There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there, A-telling me, I got to beware…” Well, we do have to beware!

I was trying to explain to my much younger neighbor that I have seen the current eruptions of emotions and fear sweep across our country before. The deaths of President John F. Kennedy, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Bobby Kennedy reminded me that we did finally get over each crisis. I also pointed out that I was in Los Angeles when the Rodney King verdict ignited riots, looting and despair in the African American community there. I wonder if he believed these to be just some fuzzy memories of an old man.

Citi Field, New York

Some people, including Donald Trump, think basketball teams are political and more radical when it comes to protesting racial inequalities and police brutalities. Perhaps the President and his advisors see basketball as ALL BLACK, but when the National Hockey League players also left in protest, it painted a different picture of what’s happening.

New York is always in our national view and the New York Mets are part of that great city. Last night, Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson stepped into the box and both teams seemed in position to start playing the game. Then, everything stopped. All the players stood in silence for 42 seconds, likely in honor of Jackie Robinson who wore number 42 and was the first African American allowed to play Major League baseball in America. What followed was intense and dramatic.

Both the Mets and Marlins exited the field. Brinson, an African American from Florida, left a “Black Lives Matter” shirt at home plate. The game was not played. The word spread quickly, and a total of fourteen teams refused to play ball on Thursday night and seven games were postponed.

The story doesn’t end there. Before the drama on the field, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught on an open mic discussing a major protest among players and he added harsh criticism of Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. For non-sports readers the MLB commissioner is all powerful in both the game and the business of baseball.

In the emotion of the moment Van Wagenen said that the commissioner “doesn’t get it.” He alleged that Manfred’s plan was the Mets and Marlins walking off the field together shortly before the scheduled 7:10 PM first pitch, and then coming back to start play at 8:10 PM. Obviously, that would have been “protest lite.” The Mets General Manager apologized later in the night with a statement saying it was Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon who proposed the “temporary walkout idea” and not the Commissioner. Perhaps that got Van Wagenen off the hook of a considerable fine.

I have never thought of Donald John Trump as a moral leader. He’s more like a mob boss wannabe without a lick of sense about people. Yes, African Americans have excelled in many professional sports, even though white players have dominated tennis and golf for centuries. Over the years, professional sports players, Olympic athletes and even, at times, their managers have acknowledged protests and then moved on. Sure, you can penalize players for not playing or making a mockery of the game, but THEY ARE PEOPLE.

When President Trump was asked about the NBA player-led protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, he claimed, “I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA. They’ve become like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing.”

Hours later, Senior Advisor and Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, echoed his disdain for the NBA players saying they are… “very fortunate to be able to take a night off from work.” This is a theme, and I don’t expect the Trump mob family to see the players in any other light other than the reflections from the gold on their necks and fingers. I am sick and tired of white, privileged, silver-spoon-in-mouth phonies complaining about people they see only as entertainment and a source of advertising dollars.

LeBron James

You might think I am being harsh, but when Donald Trump is asked about someone’s belief in racist, anti-Semitic bullshit and he praised that Georgia candidate for Congress who holds those beliefs, he focused on her win in a primary election and popularity, that’s not the point. It can best be summed up in his putdown of John McCain, “I like heroes who weren’t captured.” Jared Kushner is the Donald’s stiff, underfed, computer-voiced, puny puppet. I prefer my zealots to be human. And I must add, I find it totally baffling that I have to explain why Black people are angry to White people.

Commissioners of professional sports leagues have impossible jobs, but don’t feel sorry for them. MLB’s Rob Manfred makes $11 million a year, NBA’s Adam Silver gets $10 million and the head of the NHL scores $9.6 million. They are trying to help some of the richest people in America, sports club owners, deal with the credibility of their games, their fans, their fields and, most importantly, THEIR MONEY.

President Trump says politics should not be a part of sports in this country. He’s right, but he should get the fuck out of the way as well. When Trump comments about sports, he’s making it political. If I didn’t know better, I would think he was a pro-player with brain damage. His sport is golf, and Tiger Woods, the only famous Black player, is in his back pocket.

White conservatives hate the terms “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police.” They are threated by these words. Why? Because they want to believe that racism has been cured and the police are always right. We must remember everyone is innocent until PROVEN guilty in America, and we must comprehend that slogans and words are used to get your attention. The phrase, “Let’s hold police accountable for their actions by reorganizing their budgets,” would never reach the frontal lobes of any person in the US. The phrase, “Let’s treat all citizens the same in policing,” doesn’t even start the conversation. For example, it’s easier to say, “Trump is a racist,” than it is trying to convince people that his policies are hurting African Americans and people of color. But they are.

Trump and Pence and the pothole they live in cannot be repaired. Their existence in that deep-black hole filled with water hides the depth of their depravity and hate. It’s too bad baseball and basketball players didn’t play Thursday night. That would have lowered the ratings of the RNC convention, which is all Trump cared about.

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FOUR MORE FEARS!

Asinine Republican Convention

I have never liked political conventions. They always came off like frat parties for old, white guys. Conventions used to be events held in voluminous convention centers where thousands of Republicans or Democrats would come together to act out their zealous, loud, partisan loyalty for their favorite candidate. The conventions have fundamentally changed this year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic and I hope both parties will learn from the new approaches. Streamlined formats like these should survive.

The Democratic approach wasn’t without a bit of partisan gouging and whacking, but the overall message was a positive portrayal for the future. Most of those who were overly critical of the event probably didn’t watch much of it. The pollsters claimed there was no post-convention bounce for Biden and Harris, but then they are already four to eleven points ahead. So, now we have the Trump Show directed by the Donald’s former reality TV producer, Mark Burnett.

The Republican messaging ricochets from the dark to the light that Biden talked about in his acceptance speech. The Trump team promised a positive, uplifting convention, but the only person who seemed to be even a little encouraging was the First Lady. Most of the speakers focused on what I will call the FOUR FEARS that Trump thinks will get him elected:

  1. POLITICAL DOGMA: Trump claims that the Democratic party is in the control of some radical left-wing group that wants to destroy America. Trump has painted all Democrats as SOCIALISTS. By pointing to the edges of any group, Trump’s intent is to take the attention away from the facts that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are very much moderate Democrats who would run the country similar to the way Barack Obama did. Trump’s constant use of ad hominem, saying Harris is a nasty, angry woman and Biden is a weak, mentally unhinged person, may incite his base, but after a while it makes one wonder if the other team is truly that bad. Trump is now trying to position Biden as a boogieman. I thought he was a weak, old guy. Which is it, Trump?
  2. ECONOMIC POWER: Trump claims that he created the greatest economy in the history of the world and that the stock market proves he did a great job. The stock market is more an indication for the owner and investor class, not the middle class. Let’s investigate the facts. When Trump took office we had 4.8% unemployment and now we’re at 10.2%. That’s worse. Two years after President Trump’s corporate tax break was enacted, wages for the average American worker wages have barely increased while corporate profits have skyrocketed. Check out the data at org. The truth is, we will have to raise the corporate tax rate to support the large budgets and massive giveaways Trump signed into law with the PPP program and individual stimulus checks. Money doesn’t grow on trees. And the insanity of eliminating the payroll tax could jeopardize the future funding of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Any politician who supported that would be voted out of office. Trump will make you believe that electing Joe Biden will make our economy worse. Worse than what?
  3. HEALTHCARE CUTS: A key tenet of Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act was preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Trump will claim he’s the hero on healthcare/prescription pricing and protecting pre-existing conditions, while the cost of healthcare and drugs has gone up 10% during his term in office and “his justice department” is suing to get rid of that pre-existing condition stance. Trump and many of the sycophant Republicans have been trying to get rid of “Obamacare” but have not proposed any positive alternatives for healthcare insurance. In fact, the Republicans in the Senate and House have tried to eliminate the act more than sixty times. Trump will try to make people fear that their pre-existing conditions will be taken away under Biden, but reelecting Donald John Trump with a majority of Republicans in the Senate will guarantee the repeal of that current healthcare provision. They will simply let the Big Pharma fat cats run wild and do whatever they want.
  4. LAW & ORDER. This gets Trump aroused like a demonic dictator. Unfortunately for Democrats, the world is responding to racial tensions driven by the continual misconduct and, at times, abuse of power and authority by police departments in America, which surely smells like racism to me. After the recent shooting of a Black man and the ensuing unrest, people in Wisconsin are crying out for LAW AND ORDER, and I’m not talking about the TV show. The rioting and now a possible vigilantly shooting clearly demonstrates the divide Trump has created. He and his criminal cabal of propagandists are trying to make you believe that looting, burning and destruction of property are manifestations of the Democratic party. Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has suggested that the killing of Black protesters in Wisconsin is justified. The President of the United States is screeching that people of color will come to the suburbs and burn everything down if Joe Biden is elected president. He’s combining hate, racism and fear into a toxic cocktail of lies that ALL DEMOCRATS WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA. Trump misses the point when he says Biden, Harris and all Democrats hate America. They hate him.

This asinine RNC political convention we’ve seen was abusive use of media and a disgrace to the working people of America as evidenced by African American NBA players walking off the job. If the President and his minions had addressed unrest, bias, racism and systemic police brutality with Blacks, things would not have gotten this bad. It’s amazing how this President is tone-deaf and unaware of the new America. We’re not afraid, Mr. President, we are angry and we will be heard. America will reject your fear mongering, Donald Trump. We aren’t afraid of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we are afraid of COVID-19 and police brutality. We want a president who can protect us from a bad virus and some bad cops. Are you listening or just talking, Donnie Boy?

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CHATTEL OF THE STATE

Why Do We Have a First Lady; Will We Ever Have a First Man? 

It might be the wrong time for this discussion, but have you ever wondered about the unpaid, unelected White House position officially known as First Lady of the United States or FLOTUS? So far, it’s been the wife of the president of the United States and she serves concurrently with her husband’s term in office.

The phrase First Lady came about in the early 1900s, but Martha Washington was obviously the very first, First Lady. She was referred to as Lady Washington. The role of the First Lady has never been codified or officially defined, but we all know she is supposed to do something. The Office of the current First Lady is headquartered in the East Wing of the White House and it’s been said she has a staff of ten people. The expenses of her office are paid from the Executive Branch budget, but the First Lady takes no salary. The perks are obvious; she gets to do what she wants with the backyard.

I am rather amazed the concept of a First Lady has remained a thing. After all, we broke from many of Britain’s royal trappings. This one, however, grew out of our fantasy and need for royal-lite. We all remember how Jackie Kennedy impressed the world and we have seen the legacies of other first ladies such as Betty Ford’s clinic and Nancy Reagan’s insipid slogan Just Say No, which maybe motivated Nike’s Just Do It? First Ladies often have “causes,” but we don’t know if they enjoy having a job with no pay. Some First Ladies, like Hillary Clinton, are hated for trying to repair healthcare and, I guess, just for being a woman.

Laura Bush, a former teacher, focused on reading while Michelle Obama promoted “Let’s Move!” a campaign for eating better, exercising and thus reducing childhood obesity. We now see the results of Melania Trump’s pet project “Be Best” which translated to English means, try to be better. By fighting cyberbullying and eschewing the behavior of the President of the United States on social media, you can be best.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin’s Delano First Lady and fifth cousin, preached about women’s rights, civil rights and other humanitarian efforts. She opposed the treatment of Japanese Americans and their internment during World War II, but that didn’t stop FDR from committing civil rights violations. Laura Bush couldn’t keep her husband George W. from invading Iraq on false premises, nor could Mary Todd Lincoln stop the Civil War from happening. To be honest, I’m not sure Mary Lincoln could do much more than get out of bed in the morning.

Being afflicted with depression, alcohol or drug addiction might keep a First Lady out of the spotlight, but during her husband’s term she can either hide or promote her brand. Melania Trump was not born in the US. She may speak a few languages, but it’s clear that English is not her native tongue. She does well with our language, but most of what she says formally is written for her. When Melania went to McAllen, Texas to visit kids in detention centers, the gimmick of the “I Really Don’t Care, Do You?” message on her jacket was shocking. Imagine if Eleanor Roosevelt wore that same jacket while touring the Japanese interment camps. The Hearst newspaper chain would have declared her the anti-Christ.

On one level, I feel sorry for Melania. Yes, being the First Lady to Trump’s bizarre reality show is next to impossible. On another level, it was her choice to marry him. I suspect this relationship will end with another divorce for the Donald. She will be taken care of though, just as Jackie Kennedy found security and money with the Onassis name and husband. The former model from Slovenia, Melania Melanija Knavs, will be able to front a major business interest and find a rich, young, good-looking guy and live happily ever after without Donald Trump, but I am getting off track here.

In my more radical and progressive moments, I say get rid of the concept of a First Lady. Does McDonald’s or Walmart have a First Lady? Why do we need one for the president? Well, as Trump unfortunately reminds us all too often, it’s a mean world out there. The First Lady, owned by the country and chattel of the state, doesn’t have many choices. She’s too valuable a person and would be a tremendous score for someone to kidnap and hold for an outrageous ransom demand. The taxpayers fund the Secret Service to make sure she’s kept from danger.

I am having mixed feelings. On the one hand, the speech Melania Trump gave at the virtual RNC last night showed some positiveness. She said, “We deserve total honesty from our President.” Was that code to Donald asking him to be honest with her about things like the other women, the payments, the infidelities and other such things? Every Trump family member, except Barron, spoke at this week’s farcical convention. The New York Times wrote truth in this, “Melania Trump’s convention speech was a moment of calm amid the Trump family rant.” I am sure she will be quite happy when all of her political tasks, fronting dogma speeches and appearances are over. Hey, everyone deserves to live the way they want.

I remain calm knowing that the tradition of a First Lady means nothing. Deep down inside I doubt that arranging the banquet plates, redoing the Rose Garden and smiling for the camera are important. Why do we cover such things? The First Lady is an American gift who should do no harm. When Woodrow Wilson had a stroke and basically became a vegetable, the First Lady ran the country. Really. He was the president when women finally got the right to vote. Edith Wilson wasted no time taking over.

What happens when a woman becomes President? Will we call her spouse the First Man? FMOTUS? What will his role be, mechanic of the First Limo? Much will change when we pass that torch. The title First Lady is demeaning to all other women. After all, why is there a First Lady? Is every other female or spouse in the land second class? Oh, I know, I am a Debbie Downer or maybe I’m just a Dwight Downer. See, terms are changeable. Is America ready?

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PROPHECY OF ATTAINMENT

The Confidence Man Cometh, Again

You cannot say a challenge is resolved before you fix it. You cannot solve a problem by pronouncing it conquered. And you cannot wash away this pandemic by pouring wet, little lies over it. Donald Trump believes he can lie his way back into office. Is America really that dimwitted and demented? We are only seventy days away from the answer.

During the opening day of the Republican National Convention, the New York Times put matters in perspective by writing that the campaign will “…engage in sweeping revisionism about Mr. Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, his record on race relations and much else.” They also laid out a dystopian picture of what the United States would look like under a Biden administration, warning of a “‘vengeful mob’ that would lay waste to suburban communities and turn quiet neighborhoods into war zones.”

Here we go, people. Donald Trump wants you to believe America is going down the drain. If the intent of the Republican party was painting a more optimistic picture, then what the hell was that? What I find most disturbing is not only blaming others for what has happened in the last four years but also the constant disassociation with reality. I am not a zombie and I am not on SOMA (for all you H. G. Wells & Aldous Huxley fans).

Let’s take some of the con-man’s words and deeds and put them to the test. Are people rioting in certain cities? Yes. Why? Because African Americans are seeing videos of police shooting Black men and women. Why? Could it be that there is systemic racism in our police departments across America? It does seem many people of color are being snuffed out at the hands of white men. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, “the fatality rate is 2.8 times higher among blacks than whites” during interactions with police officers.

The Republican sales pitch is that COPS are right, and DEMOCRATS are wrong. Really? Why does that surprise anyone? Donald Trump has some deeper motivations that you can either ignore or investigate. If Donald Trump’s party of one sincerely cares about African American rights and societal changes, why are there so few Black voices supporting and echoing him? Oh yeah, there’s Tim Scott of South Carolina, but for the life of me I cannot reconcile his myopic view of the civil rights of Black people. However, we’ve seen this before and my Uncle had a term for it.

The prophecy that electing Joe Biden will destroy western civilization is an extremely strange way to pitch a fraud. Most con artists tell you how great your life will be if you buy what they are selling. The Donald’s positioning at the convention was totally defensive and negative. It was like a bar fight where one of the survivors comes out the carnage to announce, “Well, yes, my mother, father and wife were killed in the fight but I am the winner. I’m still standing.” It’s not the lack of empathy; it’s the unbelievable quote of the bloodied survivor justifying why he couldn’t save more people, “Hey, they were there on their own. If I didn’t get out of there the death count would have been much greater.” Yes, 177,000 people have died from COVID, but let’s remember what Donald Trump said, “It’s going to be just fine. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” He bragged that if we had less than 100,000 deaths it would prove HE did a fantastic job. Really? He also said, “This should have been stopped in China.” Okay, but why haven’t WE stopped it in the United States?

Trump never scrutinizes the effects of his actions and policies. He simply moves on. Achieving a goal is part of leadership but I see no accountability. Trump went so far as to say he takes no responsibility. Wow, who is this guy? Even Jerry Falwell, Jr. faces the truth and is honest for a couple of hours before crawling back into his deep, secret place.

Another Republican talking point is voting for Democrats will make America socialist. I find this funny. The guy who is attempting to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is trying to lump Biden supporters into a “socialist bucket.” There is no altruism in the party of Trump. There is only selfishness and screeds lacking empathy. If socialism is so bad, why did Trump allow the national debt to get so far out of control? If socialism is so evil, why did he sign bailout bills that gave away billions of dollars to companies, organizations and buddies? The money he handed out was a raid on our national bank. Donald somehow believes that donations will keep people from going back to jobs they no longer have. It’s just another ludicrous lie. People want to work safely.

Mrs. George Conway

Now, let’s pull in for a close-up on the ludicrous harangue that Democrats will destroy the suburbs. Trump’s tweet about affordable housing was so racist I cannot understand how Republicans can credibly support the man. The President of the United States tweeted, “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood. Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule [Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing]. Enjoy!”

One of the great TV comedy characters of Key and Peele was Luther, President Obama’s anger translator. His role was helping get Obama’s messages out to African Americans. Please allow me to channel that routine by showing the way Luther would have written that tweet, “Hey WHITE PEOPLE, I know you really don’t want Blacks and trailer trash moving in next door so you should be KISSING MY ASS because I just changed the law that will keep those lowlifes that DEMS call “PEOPLE” out of your clean, white suburbs. YOU OWE ME.”  

Donald Trump has spent his life far removed from the suburbs. He is out of touch on the true meaning of that term. When he uses the outdated word “housewives” to attempt resonance with suburbanites, he sounds like a guy from the 1950s.

Check out the stats from Gwinnett County, Georgia A SUBURB OF ATLANTA. The racial makeup of the county’s population is 47.4% White, 28.5% Black, 18.8% Asian and 28.5% Hispanic, meaning 75.8 of the Gwinnett County population is non-white. Are Republicans happy about Trump’s declaration of “purifying” the suburban neighborhoods of America? Putting this in perspective, Donald Trump will need tons of votes from that 75.8% slice of that county to win. What a misguided strategy. Oh well, we need a new president. Donald Trump’s myth that he’s been the greatest President since Abraham Lincoln is the biggest, STRONGEST and most RIDICULOUS LIE that has ever been articulated, and Trump knows articulation. He uses his left hand to do it.

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TRUMP IS A DEATH CULT LEADER

The Telltale Signs Revealed

I have always thought Donald Trump’s use of the phrase “deep state” was akin to a belief in the devil. We needed to blame the devil for all the bad things that happened in society early on. I guess we still do.

Although the Book of Genesis does not mention him, the devil is often identified as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. As the religious orders of the world developed their dogmas, this source of blame took on names like Satan, Beelzebub, the devil and Lucifer. Some say the devil is a fallen angel who rebelled against God. In Judaism, Satan is a metaphor for the “yetzer hara” or “evil inclination,” a way to explain why people with free choice did terrible things to their fellow men and women.

The term “deep state” most likely originated in Turkey as “derin devlet,” also known as a state within a state, operating independently of political leadership in pursuit of their own agenda and goals. Donald John Trump suggests there is a network of entrenched career civil servants acting against him by obstructing, resisting, and subverting his policies, conditions and directives. Isn’t it strange that the most powerful person in America could be impeded by an imaginary force? Why does he even use the term “deep state” when he doesn’t know who is in the group?

Jim Jones & Donald Trump

There was a fantastic article that appeared in the Guardian (newspaper and website) by Rick Ross. Even though the piece is more than a decade old, it clanged in my head like a giant church bell. Ross outlined the attributes of a cult and as I read the article Donald Trump’s bloated, orange face appeared before me. I will paraphrase Mr. Ross’s work.

First, a cult must have a charismatic leader who increasingly becomes an object of worship as the general principles (democracy) that originally sustained his followers lose power while his sole voice, with no meaningful accountability, becomes the single, most defining element of his groups existence. The Republican party once had values, norms and platforms. Now there is no party; it’s just TRUMP. Why else will he speak every night at the convention? Are there no other important leaders?

Ross points to another aspect of a cult, the process of indoctrination and coercive persuasion or thought reform. You know, “brainwashing.” The result rears its ugly head when the members of the cult do things that are not in their best interest or the group but consistently in the best interest of the leader.

In most cults there is usually economic, sexual or other member abuses. One could say that Trump’s actions in tax reform benefits the ruling owner class and ignores the needs of others. The followers of the cult leader do not perceive that he’s increasing his status and wealth while ignoring their needs.

Ross adds that the destructiveness of cults vary in their violations and some lead to calls for violence or mass suicide. The focus on QAnon might be Trump’s desire to motivate his cult members into acts of fear, intimidation and acts of violence. Remember, this President tweeted that people should LIBERATE three Democratically held states. Our rotund cult leader demonstrated how he, and he alone, could motivate people to bring automatic weapons to state capitols. Should he attempt that at voting places, he will be in violation of federal law. It’s called voter intimidation.

The Rick Ross article contains a checklist of what constitutes a cult leader and my comments are in the parentheses:

  • Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability. (Who is providing oversight?)
  • No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry. (Ad hominem is Trumps’ go-to)
  • No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement. (No tax returns)
  • Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions. (Deep State)
  • There is no legitimate reason to leave. Former followers are wrong, negative or evil should they abandon the cult. (Ask Anthony Scaramucci about this)
  • Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances. (The various tell-all books about Trump contain the same stories)
  • There are records, books, news articles and broadcast reports that document the abuses of the cult and its leader. (Just watch the news, even Fox News)
  • The group/leader is always right. (Trump has never taken responsibility or apologized for anything)
  • The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or disseminating the validation of his actions. No other process of discovery is acceptable or credible. (Trump says he’s talked to God about the economy. Really?)

You may be wondering why I call Trump a death cult leader. Well, I predict that in his attempt to look good and get four more years in office he will rush a vaccine to the American public. Without science and proper process in the decision he might be directing his cult to drink the Kool-Aid. We’ve seen this before and Trump’s lack of intelligence and common sense with the COVID-19 crisis is more than horrifying. What if the rushed vaccine kills people or, even more depressing, doesn’t work?

The Donald’s need for action is being motivated by two pressures. One, is his terrible poll numbers with respect to TRUST. The most recent IPSOS world poll shows President Trump receiving the lowest marks from his citizens regarding their approval of or trust in the ways he is dealing with the virus. The heavily lathered orange makeup man and death cult leader is attempting to keep his followers in line by claiming the media has exaggerated the outbreak. This belief is widespread among Republicans, while Democrats and Independents have a more sober judgment. We can count the number of deaths. We know how many people died between the time Trump announced he would NOT wear a mask and when he finally, sort of, declared mask wearing a patriotic act. The death cult lost many lives within that timeframe.

The tell-tale signs are present and, short of a wooden cross or strong rebuke, this death cult and its leader will persist. The only thing his followers would do with a wooden cross is burn it in Nancy Pelosi’s front yard. Sad, and destructive.

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BANNON & BADOLATO

Trump’s Real Corrupt Deep State

There have been times in our country when the White House got caught acting illegally for some cooked-up justification. During the Reagan years, fourteen administration officials were indicted, including Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Many were pardoned by George H. W. Bush as a favor to President Reagan, but that never erased the stain.

Those in government who cross a legal line often do so because they love the man in the Oval Office. Other times they act based on a false premise of protecting American interests. The Trump campaign and administration, however, seem to have attracted an unusually seedy, sordid group of gangsters and crooks.

In my book titled DONALD TRUMP: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, I covered his first 200 days in office. Open the chapter named Where did Trump find these people, and you will find a list of various cabinet members with a caustic rebuke of each, Most of these clowns are gone now, meaning either the Donald is extremely difficult to work with or he hired the wrong people. Probably both.

This brings us to the news that one of Trump’s most influential campaign and White House advisors, Steve Bannon, was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Four men were included in the arrest warrant, and one of them is from my area. Andrew Badolato and his decades-long friend Steve Bannon ran a non-profit organization to help Donald Trump build a wall at the US southern border. It was a kind of vigilante construction company which said 100% of its funds would be used for construction. The US Department of Justice claims otherwise.

According to court papers, the four men misled donors and diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars for their personal use. They raised $25 million between January 2019 and October 2019. The “We Build the Wall” campaign appears to be a total scam. Donald Trump was quick to distance himself from the project, but never attempted to stop the project while it was happening. In fact, his son, Don Jr., endorsed and promoted the non-profit. I wonder if he will get his money back.

Trump claims to vigorously vet the people he brings onboard. When confronted about anything that makes him look bad his classic comeback is, “I don’t know anything about that.” He appears to be isolated and unaware. I love when he uses a phrase like, “I’ve seen some things on social media…”  Really? 377 people work in the White House and the President has access to a multi-billion-dollar intelligence community, yet he is always in the dark. Strange.

Due to nifty reporting by my local newspaper, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, we now know much about Mr. Andrew Badolato, including the fact that Badolato and Bannon were in business together for years. Bannon set up a Sarasota shell company named White Knights & Vultures to produce three anti-Democrat, anti- Clinton films. Had the Trump administration rifled through a few old newspaper clippings they would have known a lot more about Badolato.

In a 2018 story, the Herald-Tribune reported that Badolato’ s background included: 1. “numerous lawsuits, substantial monetary judgments and sizeable Internal Revenue Service liens filed against him;” 2. “business dealings with convicted felons for stock-related fraud;” 3.” an extortion attempt after he borrowed money from a self-described mobster that led to him wearing a wire for the FBI;” 4. “an association with a Costa Rican offshore firm that was called a “money laundering hub” by the Justice Department” and 5. “sexual assault allegations made by three women over a period of four years that allegedly took place inside his million-dollar home in Sarasota County.” Wow, how did the White House miss all that?

There has been much talk about the swamp in D.C. Well, scum rises to the surface and it seems large quantities of bacterial growth have been scooped up by the DOJ: 1. Steve Bannon, fraud, money Laundering; 2. Corey Lewandowski, misdemeanor battery; 3. Paul Manafort, tax and bank fraud and conspiracy against the United States; 4. Rick Gates, conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements; 5. Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, was sentenced, then the DOJ withdrew the charge. The case is currently in limbo. 6. George Papadopoulos, the so-called coffee boy who started it all, arrested, charged and tried for lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian intermediaries and 6. Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer who was convicted and jailed for tax evasion, fraud and lying to Congress.

Sporting a sunburned face and wild, long hair, Steve Bannon came out swinging, calling the whole matter “a political hit job” and “nonsense,” while the Manhattan US attorney’s office alleges that Bannon “received over a million dollars from the ‘We Build the Wall’ online campaign, some of which he used to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.” I’m sure it won’t be long, before Bannon claims it’s a nefarious plot by his QAnon promoted “Deep State.” I wonder if Q, the voice of the conspiracy, is actually STEVE BANNON.

I’m not here to judge Bannon, Badolato or the two other guys, Tim Shea and Brian Kolfage, for misleading donors who gave the money to the non-profit because they thought it would help Donald Trump. The guys will be judged by a jury of their peers. Ah, would that be twelve con artists and criminals? After the election, Donald John Trump will pardon them all, emboldened if he is re-elected, angry if he losses. But the people who were bilked should get their money back. Some believe the money is sitting in Badolato’s SunTrust account, the bank now called Truist Financial. Between this domestic bank and the multi-national Deutsche Bank, we could learn much about the Trump organized crime families. There might be some Russian family members we don’t know about yet.

The case against these four slimeballs is pretty much a slam-dunk. Justice has all the correspondence, they have the transactions, they have followed the money and they know exactly what was going on. I suggest to my readers that when a case involves money laundering the officials probably have recordings of phone discussions that occurred during the plot. So, there’s some icing on the cake.

Maryanne & Mary L.

Trump is getting boxed-in and it’s his own fault. When you spend your life being a bastard, sooner or later things come out. Yesterday, the Washington Post published a story detailing secret recordings made by Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece, in 2018 and 2019. On the recordings Donald Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry (a former Federal judge), is talking to Mary and describing her younger brother as a “cruel” man with “no principles.”

I love my sisters, Joan and Donna, and know they would never say bad things about me, but they might make fun of me. It appears that Maryanne Trump Barry is just like the rest of the family. They love to make fun of people, even people they love.

The corruption covered here must not be normalized. Mean people should not run a nation. It’s bad for the people they don’t agree with and it keeps America from being GREAT!

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MEDIA BANDWAGON BLEMISH

Is the Free Press Bringing You Down, Mr. President?

It really helped America that one of its smartest founders was a journalist and newspaper publisher. Benjamin Franklin wisely knew that if a dictator controlled the press they could easily control the country they ruled. As a trained journalist and broadcaster, I studied people like Vance Packard who wrote The Hidden Persuaders and The Naked Society. He was a critic of consumerism and taught us lessons about how media can manipulate us into believing, well, anything.

From outlines of naked women in the ice of touched-up advertising photos for a soft drink to more nefarious “liberties” taken by marketers, the golden rule is, “If it moves product, don’t judge the lie; it’s just an exaggeration.” As Donald Trump has said, “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration —and a very effective form of promotion.” Hey, I didn’t make that up. It’s in his book The Art of the Deal.

When Trump declares that a statement he knows to be false is an innocent form of exaggeration, his intent is deception. When he then pairs the word hyperbole, his claims are not meant to be taken literally. It’s putting lipstick on a big, fat swine sham.

I always urged my kids not to lie. I wonder what Trump’s evangelicals are saying to their children about the President’s lies. Now that we have seen the DNC virtual convention, there’s lots of denigration and exaggerations being tossed around. That brings us to our subject today, the lazy media in America and how they can’t resist “truthful hyperbole.”

First, Joe Biden is not in the grip of a mental meltdown. Clearly, the hashtag #TrumpMeltdown didn’t blow up Twitter by accident. It was the perfect time for people to tweet away to @RealDonaldTrump. Ironically, Trump is in court right now saying that his Twitter account is not official government business and thinks he deserves to block people from saying bad things about our poor little baby.

Even though the White House has said on many occasions that his personal account postings are official declarations, he doesn’t like to be spanked by people he doesn’t know. His Twitter account is official, of course. He’s threatened nuclear annihilation of countries, fired and hired government workers via the platform, and used the account to talk to his over 85 million followers. That case will never make it to the Supreme Court before the election and one could raise the point that when Trump becomes a private citizen after the election the account should be terminated by Twitter.

I confess that I did not watch all 12+ hours of the Democratic National Convention, but I did see all the major speakers and many of the inserts that were used to lay out the viewpoints of the party. I was shocked when I watched TV Friday night into Saturday when multiple critics were blasting the convention and its leaders because they didn’t talk about poverty and those most hurt by the imbalance of wealth in America.

I felt the virtual event was a refreshing way to experience a convention. There were no smoke-filled rooms, backstabbing factions and long-winded, self-serving speeches to make us turn away. An attempt to ignite a war between progressives and establishment would be all too easy. It would be like trying to pit the Tea Party clique in the Republican party against the new QAnon-racists in the party. Does the tea-party even exist anymore?

In a screenwriting class I once attended, the instructor taught us that drama cannot exist without conflict. Modern media outlets often create an artificial conflict and their efforts are transparent and do not create meaningful discussion. Right after the Joe Biden nomination acceptance speech, the commentators on CNN were positive and excited about the presentation, I wondered if it was a commercial for his presidency. True to form, CNN added their token conservative Scott Jennings to the mix. I felt sorry for him. He was outnumbered. I’m sure Scott is a nice guy and he’s a decent writer and thinker, but his comments were thin. I wondered why he was there at all.

Most of the left and slightly left of center media outlets are carrying a heavy guilt for not confronting Trump sooner. Philip T. Griffin, president of MSNBC and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, are not just bending journalism to match their own philosophies, they are doing everything they can to get and keep ratings. They do research and they know about the anger of their base audiences. They can see the fear that most moderates and liberals have about a second Donald Trump term. The happy ending for their cumulative audience would be a defeat of Trump by Joe Biden.

We know that lately Fox News has been showing signs of not being happy about a few Trump things. I couldn’t believe that Laura Ingram said nice things about Biden’s speech, much to the chagrin of her guest, Don Jr. Some insiders claim that all is not rosy in the Rupert Murdoch empire. He’s lost one of his sons in management over the climate crisis and there are those who say that Murdoch is pissed off at Trump for botching the COVID pandemic. They will move slowly like a turtle, however, because most of their guests are full-fledged sycophants of the party. They can challenge those speakers only a little lest it becomes too obvious.

ABC, NBC and CBS, the old grand dames of over-the-air TV, are doing a good job presenting the facts and pointing out the weaknesses of government, but they too can only go so far. CBS’ Sixty Minutes and Fox TV’s Fox News Sunday present penetrating questions, challenge their guests and dissect the facts, but such gutsy, great journalism covers only a couple of weekly hours.

Speaking of the poor, the homeless, those poor Americans left behind, I was amazed how quickly certain networks jumped on this bandwagon of DNC critical reviews claiming the “show” didn’t present enough platform and details, you know, the boring stuff that people don’t watch on TV. Really, media?

While we have more than 175,000 dead Americans, social unrest, wretched government response to the calamity called COVID, twenty major wildfires in California and two large hurricanes threatening the Gulf Coast, are we really going to fault and over-discuss what happened last week? This is the headline they all should be focused on: Chris Wallace says Biden blew ‘a big hole’ in Trump’s ‘mentally shot’ claim with DNC acceptance speech.

Quoting Vance Packard, “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded.”

Why did we let Donald Trump invade our homes? It’s time to turn him off, vote him out and let the Southern District of New York start their march toward justice.

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