OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA

Is Trump More White Than Right?

I don’t know about you, but when I look down at my hands, I don’t see white, I see what can be best described as “skin color.” That statement is a racism misnomer, but do you understand why? When your kids investigate a box of crayons, what color do they pick to depict skin tone? I am not WHITE. I am a fleshy, old-guy Caucasian color. Just as the skin of a black man or woman is not exactly the color of black, we are all shades of different colors ranging between hardly any pigmentation to extremely dense layers. Even Crayola has a difficult time defining skin colors. They say I will find eight different colors that represent skin tones from around the globe, including apricot, black, burnt sienna, mahogany, peach, sepia, tan, and white. Amazing!

During the first five years of my life, I lived in a neighborhood that was rapidly changing from white to African American. In the 1950s, I attended a church daycare center with kids of every race. The facility had a big round communal urinal, similar in style to one of those champagne fountains you see at big parties. In terms of shape and size, my school buddies looked like me and I have carried this with me my whole life. We were alike biologically, but we had different colors of hair and shades of skin.

You experienced the reverse of the lack of skin coloration the first time you saw an albino. It’s a term that refers to oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), a condition under which a human being produces little or none of the melanin pigment.

Melanin is the term for a group of pigments occurring naturally in most organisms. They determine our skin color. According to experts, humans migrated into the arid, open landscapes of Asia, which is now eastern Europe, about 1.2 million years ago. This migration was most likely triggered by a megadrought on the African continent and the excessive ultraviolet-b radiation led to a human skin evolution, under which a darker pigmentation came about to protect against folate depletion due to increased exposure to sunlight. There is another theory claiming that the shape of certain migrants’ eyes changed to protect their sight from blindness due to a harsh sun, thus the faces of Asians are shaped differently than white Europeans and Africans.

The reason I have spent so much time on the color of skin is because it’s at the root of the racism we are seeing. Racism is simply defined as prejudice, discrimination or antagonism against someone of a different race based on your belief that your own race is superior. Most define race by the color of one’s skin.

I know you are probably thinking, “I don’t believe I am superior,” but are you sure about that? When I was five years old, I moved from the city to the suburbs and spent the next 14 years of my life going to school and living in a community that was totally white. The attitudes of the 1950s and 1960s in Pennsylvania were not as confrontational and verbally abusive as those in some southern states, but were there, under the surface. African Americans were called “colored people” where I lived, and we had black and brown crayons to represent those “others.” In the good old days, there was no “skin color” crayon in the box, only white.

Donald Trump, the present President of the United States, has had to defend a “racist” tag for years. From lawsuits claiming discrimination in housing, to his Central Park Five full-page ad calling for the execution of unjustly charged, convicted and confined African Americans, Trump has a target on his back. Most people just assume he’s a bigot and racist because of the things he does and says. His lack of strength or ability to call-out white supremacists like Neo-Nazis, KKK members and far-right anarchists is apparent. In the last four years, he’s been more white than right.

Great Day for George Floyd

You can plainly see his racism every day. Today, Trump Tweeted a letter that said the peaceful protesters the military cleared out of Lafayette Park for his photo-op with a Bible were TERRORISTS. To be fair, it wasn’t his idea. It was his broke-dick lawyer John Dowd’s letter that inflamed the president. John Dowd almost got Trump thrown out of office, why would the Donald listen to anything he has to say? And Mr. President, when you retweet, you are endorsing the thoughts of another.

We all grow up. Some of us change. According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll out today, 74% of Americans view George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as an underlying racial injustice problem. The rash of African American male deaths by the hands of police officers that happened a hundred years ago never made the white owned and run newspapers. The crack in the ceiling of racism got its first opening because of one brave, African American boy.

After being accused of offending a white woman in his family’s grocery store, 14-year-old African American Emmett Louis Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. FREEZE FRAME THIS. He was executed because he “offended” a white person. We later learned that the offense he was accused of never happened.

When Emmett was six years old, he contracted polio which led to a persistent stutter. Some white people characterized this as a lack of intelligence. Southern newspapers printed funeral pictures of Emmett’s beaten, tortured and mutilated corpse in an open casket. His mother, Mamie Till, demanded that people see what the murderers had done to her son. Some newspapers editorialized, “Now is the time for every citizen who loves the state of Mississippi to ‘Stand up and be counted’ before hoodlum white trash brings us to destruction.” So, things haven’t changed that much. We just saw an unarmed black man shot to death in Georgia and another unarmed African American suffocated to death by a cop kneeing on his throat. Lots of TV people are talking about the racial problems in America, but they are saying the same things Americans heard back in the day.

Trump has done nothing to bring us together as a nation. I often repeat this, but HE IS DOING NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM of systemic racism. His lies are destroying people’s careers, lives and livelihoods. I am hopeful that something is coming, change is coming, and Donald Trump will be dumped on the heap of those people who were too stupid to even know they are racist.

Hey, America, you could have left those Africans in Africa, but you didn’t. You used guns to force them onto boats to come to this country and do your work. You kept them down for hundreds of years. To this day, we continue to keep them underpaid, under-employed and constantly challenged in their quest for the American dream. To move forward, we must not get caught up in the guilt of the original sin of the United States. First, go to the mirror and confront your inner soul. Do you think you are superior? If so, work on yourself. If not, then ask yourself what you have done to make America great for all. You cannot say go back to where you came from unless you are willing to leave yourself. Native Americans can disregard that last sentence.

There is no superior SKIN COLOR, just as there is no singular IQ value or DNA set that makes one human better than the next. Please, for God’s sake, do not turn to Donald Trump for anything. He’s not going to be around forever and when he’s gone, we can put his statue in the Stupid Museum. Remember, he’s the guy who told us how bad immigrants are, and then proceeded to hire lots of undocumented workers and immigrants in his businesses. I’m sure he likes those people because they work for less money. What a damn hypocrite.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

ONEROUS OPTICS OF AN OBNOXIOUS OAF

Trump’s Treachery & Actions Loudly Backfiring

We’ve all experienced the harsh reality of spending so much time with someone, like a roommate, where even small annoyances are amplified when around them. This might not be fair, but it’s something we do as human beings. I have a major uneasiness when I see Donald Trump standing. Why does he lean unnaturally forward? It looks like a bizarre attempt to redistribute his 245 pounds of heavy fat.

Off Balance President

I remember my son’s first roommate in college was an overweight guy who never went to class, stayed in the room and played video games all day. I asked my son if he was bothered by him. He smiled, “He’ll be gone soon, Dad. He doesn’t go to class.” I was immensely proud of my son’s logical evaluation of what I would have seen as a major problem. That guy was gone after 40 days and my son then had his own room.

Admittedly, I see Donald Trump much differently now that I live in Florida then how I viewed him when he was my state neighbor in New York. I always thought he was nothing more than a bottom feeder, slum lord and classless publicity whore. He seemed a bit ashamed that he wasn’t part of the ultra-rich elite of the city. He always appeared to be trying too hard. No one of any real power and intelligence ever took him seriously.

On June 4, 2020, many of the news outlets were covering the harsh rebuke of the 45th President by former Secretary of Defense and retired General James Mattis’ op-ed in The Atlantic. It reminded me of the September 5, 2018 essay the New York Times published titled, I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.

Mattis’ piece stated, “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

The most potent line in the article is, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.” While the liberal media was quoting Mattis’ frustration with Trump dividing the country, I wanted to scream, “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?”

Fox News was doing the president’s bidding by playing up a New York Times op-ed written by Arkansas’ Senator Tom Cotton titled Tom Cotton: Send in the Troops. I’m sure Donald John Trump knew the Mattis slam job was coming and recruited another cotton-pickin’ politician to write something that attempted to take the heat off Trump. Backfired, again.

Let’s deal with the truth. Cotton is a decorated veteran who served as a Captain in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s a well-educated Harvard graduate with degrees in government and law. Cotton has been against Affirmative Action and other attempts to deal with long-term, systemic racism. This is not an opinion; it’s fact. I am not saying he’s a racist, but he’s been frustrated with mandated benefits for African Americans in education and life.

Tom Cotton has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket. I don’t like Pence, but if Trump were to make such a big change so close to the election there would be major backlash and possible panic with evangelicals.

Of course, a soldier takes his command from the President. I suggest that Cotton’s Send in the Troops is part of a plan for Donald Trump and his administration to take more power and control the election narrative. Captain, or shall I say Capo, Cotton is wanting to control you if you disagree with him.

Do we really need a strong man wannabe dictator in the White House? It’s so Nixon-like to say that protesters, whether looting or not, should be rapped upside the head to learn their lesson. The dissenters are trying to inform the President that we cannot keep killing unarmed people, whatever their color, and get away with it. Trump clearing out Lafayette Park so that he could walk to a church and stand, leaning into the camera, with the Holy Bible in his little hands didn’t do what he imagined.

It sent ripples through the Pentagon, which created difficulty for those men and women who are sworn to protect the Constitution. It sparked more anger from those who truly dislike Trump and forced religious leaders to take a stand against what he did. Why is no one intelligently, or even strategically, discussing what Trump will do next? Well, here he goes again, saying one thing and doing another. President Donald Trump tweeted out a letter Thursday (6-4-2020) that referred to a group of protesters as “terrorists.” The letter was from Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd, who proved he’s more an ideologue than a good lawyer.

What is so insane and so obsessive is Trump’s need to always be right or seen as an honest broker. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Defense, admitted that he didn’t know why they walked to the church. Trump claimed he didn’t give the order to clear the park. He said it was Attorney General William who decided to move on the peaceful protesters. Trump preached that his church stunt was not a photo-op, but a symbolic message of hope to the country. Really? When asked whether the bible he held was his, Trump replied, “It’s A bible.” Jeez, what a stupid thing to say.

I hope that more and more voters will come to realize that Donald Trump is more than an evil threat to the Constitution. He’s poisonousness, and if you let this obnoxious oaf spend have more time in the White House he will destroy our democracy. More people will die from viruses, military force and neglect. This insanity must stop.

When we started this blog, we asked “Why Wait 4 Years?” This is not merely a Trump-thing. It’s an enticement to every person in this great land to get involved, state your case, and make people listen to what you want from your government. America isn’t just for Trump, Cotton, Mattis and old, rich white guys; it’s for all of us. As ironic as it might seem for me to use this phrase, “It’s time to take our country back.”

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM

Surprise, Surprise! It’s Not Donald Trump 

Sometimes the answer is right before your eyes, but it’s so close you can’t focus on it. The biggest problem with America is not Donald John Trump, it’s the fact that we have been infected with SKEPTICISM.

What does that mean? Skepticism is a mindset that ferments a natural doubt, and then eventually challenges, the very nature of truth. This is different from the old axiom of a glass being half full or half empty. Skepticism happens when distrust and mistrust get married and have a kid who believes the unbelievable but disbelieves proven events and knowns.

You may NOT believe in God, but historians can give you evidence a man named Jesus once walked the earth. You can say that Islam might not be your way of thinking about God, but you don’t need to go far to find strong narratives and proof that Mohammed existed. These prophets or teachers were real. We argue only about who is more righteous.

Then there’s science, a series of ongoing fact-based events with layers of theories, findings and experiments to test premises. Once we harness science to make our life better, it’s nonsensical to turn our back on what we know. If vaccines keep our children healthy, and years of use shows relatively small risk involved, one might swallow the pill of science with informed comfort.

Outside the realms of faith and science we have politics, where for years half-truths, misrepresentations and sleight of hand have been standard operating procedure. I didn’t use the word “lie” in that sentence because it’s use frustrates the political fan boys. However, politicians do lie about things and later, when the facts are on the table, they claim they never said the falsehood. This is incredible, particularly when there is a recording of the person delivering the misstatement which is played over and over again on the radio and TV.

Donald Trump is the fat, white underbelly of skepticism but he’s not the creator of the syndrome. I have often used the expression, “that guy is just smart enough to be a problem.” There are people in the world who can B.S. their way out of anything, but that doesn’t mean they are intelligent. Sometimes they are dangerously convincing. Google: Adolf Hitler.

Trump’s use of the argumentum ad hominem (Latin) to defend himself shows his lack of respect for American voters. Ad hominem is a strategy of debating in which one avoids serious discussion about an issue by attacking the character, motive or other attribute of the person presenting the opposing perspective. It’s blatantly obvious when the Donald uses this technique, but it’s rare when someone speaks truth to power. Occasionally we hear the press ask, “Are you attacking the messenger or the message?” Those sound bites often get displaced by Trump’s attacks on the questioner with his disrespectfully colorful language.

If we eliminate Trump, we will remove the most powerful voice for the promotion of skepticism in America. You cannot say he’s positive, because most of what he says creates fear, anger or pain. His constant refrain about the system being rigged gains increasing ground with his fellow skeptics. If Trump used his power to argue against God and Jesus, he would probably be removed from office, but there would be millions of people in this country who would quit their churches and slap “Down with God and Jesus” stickers on their cars. Should any person have this much power?

An incredibly good friend sent me a note about the current state of our government, Tremors and shifts and rumblings suggest to me that we shall be very lucky if we manage to keep a representative democracy as opposed to an authoritarian state. The person in the White House seems to adore force, punishment and repression, expressions of male id… and has the power to order terrible things done.”

Trump uses FEAR and DOUBT in excruciating ways, and you don’t have to dislike him to be a victim. Americans don’t play the fear card well and we are NOT VICTIMS of our own government. We have the power to change things, and we will. Skepticism is the invisible enemy among us and must be reckoned with, now. We cannot continue to think there is no answer to the problem in front of us.

The solution steps are short and simple:

  1. The government should stop giving out money and use Treasury funds to fund COVID testing for all Americans to get people back to work. When folks are working they will be able to pay their rent and buy food. Trump says he wants to open the economy, but short of signing checks he has done no heavy lifting to get it done. He refuses to use his power for solutions.
  2. Stop talking about reform of the police departments and organize an oversight concept that works, right now. It should include better training and independent review of law enforcement, including the Justice Department. Yes, this probably means hiring more people, but what is wrong with more jobs for Americans?
  3. Stop giving Trump such a big megaphone without directly confronting his lies when they are perpetrated. He’s an unworthy representation of good citizenship and, deep down inside, he is a mean, mentally disturbed human.
  4. Stop the complaints about social media and end any partisan attempts to control them. If you want to know what is happening — really — read the chapter called Social Media Menace in my latest book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs. They didn’t build those platforms to protect privacy. They exist to exploit your foolish openness and you should stop supporting them.
  5. Revise your thinking that America is based on only two parties. Yes, we have an arcane political system, but read the Constitution and see that parties are not mentioned. It’s a construct based on bickering about money. One side wants to spend money while the other side doesn’t want to spend money. Our political parties came about based on conflicts between balanced budgets and borrowing money. Our founding fathers fell into ideas inherited from the British system. They were imitating, not improving, politics. If we were smart, we would eliminate parties, but that would require the rewriting of all the procedures, traditions and governance of Congress. But, hey USA, it’s worth it. Let’s start writing!

You can be skeptical and still be a good citizen. In the last 24-hours, we have seen the current Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, publicly disagree with Trump on the use of the Insurrection Act and the former DOD head, General James Mattis, wrote an Op-Ed in The Atlantic which clearly stated that in his opinion, Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens. They are patriots for telling the truth.

You could also get off your ass and learn a little more about how things work to become a smarter voter. It’s not too much to ask. We see all races represented in the kids and adults in the streets protesting the killing of an unarmed African American. This is not a black thing, my fellow Americans. The protesters are showing you that millions of people do not follow the skepticism of Donald Trump.

Our President lives in his own world and the faster we dispute or ignore his skeptical attitudes, the sooner we will get at TRUTH. When Trump is finally stripped of his power, he will be no more relevant than a homeless man on the street rambling on about what is “really happening.” I believe that Donald J. Trump has little knowledge about people, law, government, deals, trade or even business. He’s just another gigolo who will turn his skepticism into chronic cynicism, and no American will feel safe or happy.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

42 MILLION MARCHERS

Trump’s Blunder of Biblical Proportions

It’s no secret that the President of the United States is the most powerful person in America, but the current one is certainly not the smartest. Donald Trump believes that his base is more important than the masses. One cannot debate this aspect of the builder, turned reality TV actor, turned President. The more he tells us how smart and successful he is, the worse American life gets. His legacy is dirt.

The stunt of having para-military forces clear a peaceful demonstration across from the White House in Lafayette Park so that Trump could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church to have his photo taken while holding a Bible was contemptible. It didn’t take long for religious leaders to take issue with Trump’s use of that famous church and the Holy Bible as props for political gain. So, that was a distraction, but we still have a problem.

According to the 2010 Census, there are 42 million African Americans or Multiracial African Americans and they make up 14% of the total U.S. population. And what the Donald has failed to comprehend is that THEY DON’T THINK LIKE HIM and they never will because Trump is a rich white guy from New York who has never gone hungry. Trump simply cannot relate to the people he blocked from renting his New York apartments. He dislikes black people and believes they are bad for business.

Remember, this is the same guy who placed a full-page newspaper ad calling for the death penalty of the men who were charged in the Central Park Jogger case in 1989. We now know those five young men were wrongfully charged. Had they been executed when Trump urged it, the state would have killed innocent men. Trump has never apologized.

Should all 42 million African Americans march to the White House and demand change, Trump would have the army shoot them down. Then we would have a race war, which is what Russia has always wanted. Trump continually attacks those he doesn’t like instead of looking out for all of us. He doesn’t care about the country; he cares about how he looks.

Many Americans rally around this President because they too carry a strange, asymptomatic version of racism. They say they don’t judge people by the color of their skin, but they do. Trump says stupid things about conspiracies, medical “treatments” and outrageous legal claims while his base takes it all in. He has bolstered racists, xenophobes, anti-Semites, anti-vaccine people and hard-core, tough-cop tactics. A new ABC News/ Washington Post poll shows that 27% of those surveyed say it’s unlikely they will get the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available: “A mix of groups express less interest in getting vaccinated – 46% of Republican women, 45% of very conservative Americans, 40% of Republicans and 37% of evangelical Christians.”

Maybe that is the reason why Trump stood in front of the church holding a bible. His staff may have seen numbers showing that evangelicals are not as happy as they once were being on the Trump train. Could it be that we will never get rid of the virus because a large percentage of unprotected people will allow the curse to continually return in small, deadly clusters? Trump has declared himself to be the “law and order” president, but to me he’s the “divide and death” president.

Trump’s exploitation of bad situations turns up the emotion and anger of those who haven’t bought into his bullshit. He gets press, forces trending and fogs up the room so people can’t see him stealing the gold (and their rights) right in front of them. Soon after rubber bullets and tear gas blasted into peaceful protesters, famed newscaster Bernard Shaw appeared on CNN and commented, “I was thinking that the critical focus of history will judge Donald Trump as a presidential aberration. Walking from the White House through the tear gas-laden Lafayette Park to the steps of the church of the presidents, St. John’s, and holding up that bible would have made P.T. Barnum proud.” WE DON’T HAVE A PRESIDENT; WE HAVE THE RINGLEADER OF A CIRCUS.

This photographic exploit will likely end up as footage in a Trump campaign ad. People of faith, however, probably thought of the 1817 hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers,” or II Timothy 2:3: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Donald Trump’s crusader mentality is similar to the way some Islamists express their allegiance to Mohammed. When war, soldiers and military tactics are brought into our places of worship, we are doomed to repeat the justification of murder under the protective dome of religious rights. Remember, the Nazis kept their gold in the Vatican bank. Some experts believe there were as many as five million people killed during the crusades, which were driven equally by politics and faith. It would be a grave sin for a church or religion to endorse violence against our fellow citizens.

Trump may be looking toward God for an answer, but God is busy and not answering the call. More than 105,000 Americans have died at the knee of COVID-19, but the government has moved on. There’s a DC rumor that our president hasn’t talked to Dr. Anthony Fauci in two weeks. I guess Trump thinks it’s over. He’s such a naïve, thin skinned, reckless, immature asshole. Think about this. When Trump takes no responsibly for the malfeasance or bad policy of his administration, it means Trump is irresponsible.

This just in; a Sarasota cop was caught on video this month putting his knee on the neck and back of a black 27-year-old Sarasota man who was later charged with felony possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The officer has been put on administrative leave, but I have a question. Why is this hold legal? Why hasn’t Trump urged Congress to write and pass a law to prevent such a tactic? Probably because he doesn’t care about the way cops treat “criminals.” He’s already shown that he can prejudge anyone before facts and evidence are on the table. That is exactly how a close-minded bigot operates. Yes, Virginia, we have a bad man in the White House. What if 42 million people stood in defiance and demanded a solution? Trump would have no answer other than force, power and death. He’s really a “killer” president in every incredibly sad sense of that word.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

CHOKEHOLDS & SILENCE

Trump’s Thin Red Line & Leadership

Isn’t it ironic that the color of police activity in America is blue while the color of the law and order Republicans is red? Let’s think about the color red.  What comes to mind? Red is the color of blood. It’s also a reference of warning, “Do not cross this red line.” When we are judged by future generations, will we be taken to task for a lack of law and order or not enough smart training of those who held the guns and badges? Only time will tell.

On Monday, after a weekend of some peaceful demonstrations and some senseless destruction of property and life, we reached a crossroads. President Donald Trump had been invisible and silent all weekend, but on the first day of the new week he held a conference call during which he blamed and slammed US state governors for being “weak” against the protesters.

When Trump demanded “tougher crackdowns on protesters” he didn’t offer anything the governors didn’t already know. You know, arrest more people and get control of the looters, arsons and anarchists. Then, in true Trump style, he bullied the governors by saying, “You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They are going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate!” I’m not sure why he didn’t throw in his stupid “American carnage” phrase, because that is what we have now. The governors don’t care if Trump thinks they are jerks. They must live in the states they govern.

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker

To his credit, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the President to tone down his political rhetoric. The President replied, “I don’t like your rhetoric much, either, but that’s okay, we don’t agree with each other.” Trump uses this play a lot where he says something strong and negative, then softens it with a diluter. Just like when he added, “Some of them are good people, I guess?” right after he characterized Mexicans, as a group, as rapists.

Perhaps Trump feels good when he berates people because he’s mentally instable. Whatever, it’s the way he operates. For those who follow history, you may remember the “superior orders defense” which became interchangeable with “Nuremberg defense.” If protesters are killed by local law enforcement or the National Guard, will the police chiefs, commanders, mayors and governors simply claim they were “just following orders?” We are on dangerous ground, my friends. I do not trust that Trump will consult the Constitution when deciding how to handle this mess. He’s a criminal and we can only hope that the actions he takes while being in charge will lead to him being charged.

Here is a question for Congress. Why not write and pass a law right now that bans the use of a chokehold by any domestic law enforcement agency? That would certainly be a positive sign to our people and leaders who care about what is happening in America. I assume that’s not likely to happen because our representatives are too distracted with their stock purchases and sales.

Why are police utilizing techniques that kill people? Without evidence of any serious crime, why are they executing citizens in the streets? I am sure William Barr has a viewpoint based not on law but aimed at keeping Donald Trump happy. HOW DID THE US SENATE ALLOW THIS APPOINTMENT? Our next president should make sure that Barr is the first to go.

Trump doesn’t give a shit about George Floyd. He cares only about the effect Mr. Floyd’s death has on his polling numbers and chance of being reelected. Trump can no longer finger Democratic mayors and governors because the protests and riots are happening in cities regardless of their voting histories. As I have said many times before, no one state consists of a single party; each has percentages of red and blue. The thinking that any major city or state imported protesters to show a big turnout is dimwitted.

There are 42 million Africa Americas in the USA. When Trump calls them “outside agitators,” he sends this message to all American black people. In your own city, YOU ARE AN OUTSIDER.

There are not any mysterious political ghosts pushing people into violence and destruction. We are seeing pissed off young people who are tired of being told to stay inside and are no longer taking it. This isn’t a plot by the media showing unrest to hurt Donald Trump. Hey, stop slamming the free press, Mr. Orange Doughnut. Let them report what is REALLY happening. I saw that knee and I know it’s truth.

During Trump’s raging conference call with the governors, he urged them to arrest and jail protesters. Mr. Trump, do you not understand that such punishment is the domain of the courts and not yours? This president’s clear attempt to intimidate state leaders into using military tactics against protesters has been noted and, at some point, he will be held responsible. He cannot escape. The Donald sees all protesters as black, white, native or Asian, and all posing one huge problem for him. I am sure he is waddling around the executive mansion wondering why white kids are protesting.

Donald John Trump’s silence over the weekend was good and bad. On the plus side, Trump not talking meant that he wasn’t angering anyone. Half the people in America don’t believe a word he says, while the other half surely hope he knows what he’s doing. There is growing doubt he can handle current events on both sides. The negative aspect of the silent, deadly black cloud hanging over the White House is that it transmits a lack of care. Trump’s words cannot bring us together. Any attempt to comfort the nation, whether it’s Tweeter Trump, Teleprompter Trump or Adlibbing Trump, will fall short. He has no empathy for our pain. Tomorrow we’ll cover the Bible stunt, but the press conference on Tuesday night, was nothing short of kerosene being poured on a fire.

Joe Biden in church

Someone in the administration should notify Trump that he cannot abandon his role as President during a pandemic and then demand total control of a national strike against him. I believe all this political and personal unrest is directly related to the president. Trump denounced the #MeToo movement and he trampled #BlackLivesMatter by calling football players who protested before their games “Sons of Bitches.”  He screwed thousands of family owned farms with his trade war on China. The protests are also the result of Trump not coming out strongly against Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK. There were hundreds of times he could have denounced these far right and terror-driven organizations, but he never did. After the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, he went through the motions but did not decry. He likes the fact that the KKK magazine endorsed him for President in 2020. He’s never said a single bad word about these dangerous groups, but oppressed people know what he is doing. They aren’t dumb.

It’s not a blue line, red line or black line; it’s America’s future that Trump is toying with these days. I hope someone will step up and tell him how to behave, but no one has the balls to confront him and Trump listens to nobody. This bull is destroying the china in our shop, and all of us will have to pay when he’s gone. We are witnessing a supreme failure of governance. Trump should be figuring out how to get people off the streets and into town meetings where he can be confronted by the citizens of this country. I would love to see that, but I won’t hold my breath.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace.

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

 

WHAT IS ANTIFA?

Trump preoccupied with an enemy

Today we’ll look at an ugly part of activism, starting with information from the Wikipedia page on the subject. Antifa is a militant, left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement. which comprises autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives with direct action rather than through policy reform. Activists engage in varied protest tactics, including digital activism, property damage, physical violence and harassment against those whom they identify as fascist, racist or on the far-right. While members of this group may hold anti-capitalist views, they may also subscribe to anarchism, socialism, communism, liberalism and social democracy.” The term antifa, meaning anti-fascism, was created by Benito Mussolini, who once was the leader of Italy’s National Fascist Party. He used the word to denote enemies of fascism in the 1930s and 1040s. Most of his enemies, or those he deemed anti-fascists, were murdered by his administration.

Charlottesville, 2017

After the 2017 protests and riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, Steve Bannon filled Trump’s head with his perspective about the “bad guys” during the “Unite the Right” rally. Trump’s incredibly stupid remarks after that event included the notion of “good people on both sides.” Trump and Bannon sought to define an enemy to cover the activities of the Neo-Nazi, KKK and White Supremacists who killed a person. They repeated the criticism that antifa was an enemy of the people. While that is true, the Neo-Nazis, KKK members and White Supremacists are equal enemies. Both “sides” use unlawful acts to drive home their viewpoints.

Trump tweeted on Sunday, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” The first problem with his statement is antifa is not a specific organization, but rather a description of people and groups who oppose fascism. People with antifa views who protest violently are domestic terrorists, but groups supporting white supremacy deploying hate and violence against classes of people are also terrorists.

Those TV reporters talking about whether there is systemic racism in our police departments are wasting their time. Racism can exist in any single person, in any law enforcement organization or even in the White House. Antifa and fascist groups each utilize domestic terrorism to enforce their points of view and can be lumped together in that regard.

The Merriam-Webster of fascism is a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” Trump and his knucklehead cohorts don’t understand that antifa is not a formal organization, but rather a movement without a hierarchical leadership structure. They also are not comprehending the protests and riots taking place in America today. When Trump complains that protesters have recruited people, organized them and led them during the marches, he’s talking about leadership. So, he knows it when he sees it.

When Donald Trump and his followers see that not all the protesters are people of color, they assume that the white people attacking cop cars and Starbucks must be part of some strange, underground movement. This is how racists think. The white kids screaming and busting things up in the streets have been forced to stay home for weeks. Many of them have lost their jobs, are financially ruined and are distressed by their parents waiting in food bank lines. The violent demonstrators aren’t protesting George Floyd’s terrible death; they are repulsed by their government’s destruction of their lives. Trump has singularly and rightfully earned a burdensome amount of blame for all that’s happening.

America, 2020

Get ready folks. Should Trump get another term, his legacy will be the undoing of many civil rights. Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, the power has gone to his head. The only way Trump and his merry men could possibly unwind antifa would be tracking all citizens’ emails, texts and social media posts. Will Bill Barr’s DOJ task the FBI to spy on American citizens, like he claims they did with Michael Flynn and Roger Stone? So, it’s okay for them to go after antifa but not Russian sympathizers?

Let me be clear. When protesters start to break, loot and burn, they strangle the legitimate reason for the protest. They have become anarchists and are no longer supporting the movement to reform US police departments. To understand why white, brown or black cops kill unarmed black men in America, look at the statistics. It’s clear that cops typically fear a black person more than a white person. That’s why they overreact and make tragic mistakes.

I have said that we treat our African American boys and young men worse that animals in a zoo. If a zebra escapes from a zoo, we don’t unload 41 shots to bring it down. No, we use a tranquilizer gun to subdue the black and white equine. Now, before you get your underwear in a knot, I am using a zebra in my analogy because it is neither black nor white. If you are at all disturbed by my use of an animal, well, face it, I am saying we sometimes treat animals better than our own citizens.

Everything happening now profoundly reminds me of the anti-war demonstrations during the late 1960s and early 1970s. How did we get out of those things? Number one, we ended the Vietnam war, and number two, Nixon left the White House. Our current problem is solvable. We must do visible and hard work to end systemic racism, anti-Semitism and political hate in America. These are not easy things, but we will try. To guarantee our success, Trump must leave the White House.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs This weekend, I picked the book and thumbed through some of the chapters, and I re-read chapter called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment.

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

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

If Only He Could Understand the Truth

Our president has many challenges on his hands. He will be raked over the coals for the rest of his life about his lack of quick and decisive action on the COVID-19 crisis. Trump’s reactions, rhetoric and repulsive threats at the George Floyd protesters will push away any support he might have with African American voters. He’s sounding more like George Wallace or Richard Nixon than a clown-reality TV star.

Moderate, suburban women don’t like the violent references and chauvinistic tone of the Trump tweets. He will never be able to bring those college educated voters back into his camp. Along with the economy’s long trip back from the brink, which will not happen before the upcoming presidential election, the 45th President will never have the right answers. The Donald doesn’t have the mind or skill to unite a country. As time goes on, the questions from legislatures, voters and reporters will get more critical. I wonder if his mind is capable of having this conversation with his ego, “Gee, maybe I am a racist.”

As of this day, the coronavirus has taken more than 104,000 people from the United States, but the TV news today is all about protesters and fires and looting and inner-city destruction. Will Donald Trump once again take no responsibility? To be fair, here’s a quote from the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, “But the seeds of that long day were planted years ago: The press has been attacked and disparaged by politicians for decades, whenever they found it served their purposes to slap around the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism’ as Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, once put it. So no, Trump didn’t start this. But he has made it immeasurably worse.”

There must be a political playbook enclosed in glass on the wall of the Oval Office with a sign that says, “In case of populous protests, BREAK GLASS!” We are hearing the same words of the White-House-past coming out of the  mind of its present resident. Blame some mysterious outside force? For the life of me, I have no idea why the home addresses of protesters have anything to do with this; they are all Americans. People sometimes travel 3,000 miles to see their favorite sports teams play. Why would Americans traveling to another city to protest police actions of injustice and brutality have anything to do with solving the problem? Us Boomers already know that stunt; it’s classic tricky Dick Nixon.

Sadly, the acidic source of this current rumor came from local sources, the Minnesota Governor and Mayors of the Twin Cities, who were duped by bad data which showed some of those arrested were not from the area. In fact, the protesters were local people. Why does anyone find that unbelievable? I’ll bet, however, we will hear that lie again and again on Fox TV.

When protesters marched outside the White House last Friday night, Trump was quick to use harsh language, threats of violence and warnings about guard dogs to ward off the danger. Oh, how pro-segregation of him! When confronted by reporters about his “looting – shooting” reference, he said he didn’t know where that phrase came from, but deep down inside he knew he went too far. Once again, we see proof that people who disagree with this president make him nervous. He respects only the part of the Constitution that gives us guns, not the part that gives us a voice and a right to protest. By the way, it’s against the law to use the US Military against citizens of this country. Hopefully, someone will point this out to Donald John Trump.

A REAL LEADER WOULD HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. If Trump hadn’t treated Barack Obama so poorly over the years, he could’ve picked up the phone, asked Obama to fly to Minneapolis and do a speech on big street screens to quell the violence and suggest some remedies for the pain in the Black community. Trump can’t and won’t use that resource. Obama put out his own message, but we truly need a message of political unity right now. Won’t happen.

Here’s the real problem, Trump doesn’t have many African American advisors. Yes, Ben Carson holds a place in Trump’s cabinet, but his is not exactly the kind of pro-Black voice needed. Carson claimed that providing a safety net for minorities and unemployed Americans is a bad idea, “That’s not helping those people, and all that you have to do is look what’s happened since the Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson. We’ve spent $19 trillion and we have 10 times more people on food stamps, more people in poverty, more broken homes, out of wedlock births, crime, incarceration. Everything is not only worse, it’s much worse.” The most disturbing part of that misconception was his use of the words, “…those people.”  There’s no credible person in this administration who will be believed by the African American community.

The letter I would write would be a short one, because that’s the only kind of letter that will work with Trump. Let me give it a try:

Dear Mr. Trump,

Since you became President, you have been saying how you, and you alone, can fix the problems of the United States. Some of those problems, were exaggerations and just part of your political pitch, but when do you graduate? If you think you can solve all problems yourself, why not start NOW?

When do you become the President of all the people of this great country? Kanye West doesn’t represent the African American experience and neither do the anarchists who would rather burn things down than get things done. It’s time for you to take a good hard look at the realities and the challenges, STOP LYING and START LEADING!

You cannot just arrest everyone or shoot everyone or stay in your ideological cocoon. You must step forward, and present solutions to discrimination and lack of equality in America. The poor need to be helped, the sick need to be healed and the voters need to know you can handle the job. Stop making it worse.

Thank you. 

Donald Trump is out of sync with his fake announcement that he will get involved with the investigation of a police officer killing an unarmed black man. It’s his bullshit attempt to have it both ways. He wants to throw a few bones of sympathy to the Black community, while continually encouraging the violent tactics of police. Trump is so much like Nixon it makes me want to throw up. His attempt to play both sides can be best summed up with this one infamous line from the Charlottesville incident, “…you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

August 2017, Charlottesville

When Trump was asked recently about COVID-19 advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, he once again used the “both sides” reference. Trump said that Fauci, “wants to play all sides of the equation.” Trump sees everything that is said about him or his actions as taking a side. He cannot bring people together because he holds a core philosophy that people are either for him, or against him. He will never be a good president, because it’s all about him and will always be about him. Even about what is best for the American people, Trump will always say the wrong things. He obviously cannot Be Best!

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs This weekend, I picked the book and thumbed through some of the chapters, and I re-read chapter called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment.

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

TRUMPED UP CHARGES

Unreasonable Force & American Justice

As members of the baby boomer generation, we learned that peaceful protesting was part of our great country. We had a soundtrack that played in our brains as we marched against the Vietnam War and the astonishing illegal polices of Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Yes, there were fatalities, at Kent State University and Jackson State and 58,220 soldier deaths in Vietnam. We always knew ours was a just cause driven by the love of democracy.

There were a few songs that some said went too far. One of them was Peace Frog by the Los Angeles band The Doors. Some interpreted the lyrics as police brutality against protesters. Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was arrested in 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut and charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. A year later, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley deployed 12,000 city police officers and called in another 15,000 state and federal officers to contain protesters at the Democratic National Convention. The situation then rapidly spiraled out of control, with the policemen severely beating and gassing not only the crowd but news people and doctors as well. The DNC event was completely covered on TV, and when we heard the lyrics of Peace Frog we knew they had to about us.

The lyrics: “There’s blood in the streets, it’s up to my ankles… There’s blood on the streets, it’s up to my knee… Blood on the streets in the town of Chicago…… Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven. Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice, Blood in my love in the terrible summer, Bloody red sun of Phantastic L.A.” Today, are we moving forward or are we repeating history?

When a minority community feels that American justice is based on the color of one’s skin rather than the national creed “All men are created equal,” we have a problem.

A bad president will always make things worse. When Richard Nixon was faced with massive anti-war protests, he discussed using the Teamsters Union to beat up college kids. Because Nixon taped his Oval Office meetings, we learned about a 1971 conversation in which John Haldeman (Nixon’s Chief of Staff) suggested, “I think that they can get away with this–do it with the Teamsters. Just ask them to dig up those, their eight thugs.” Nixon agreed to a plan to beat up protesters, it’s all true, and the word “thugs” was used.

President Nixon condemned those who threw eggs and stones at his limousine in San Jose as “a thousand haters,” and said the time had come when “appeasement of the thugs and hoodlums” in American society must end. When Nixon called a bunch of white college kids “thugs and hoodlums” the white conservatives and labor unions backed him. As I’m sure you remember, Nixon resigned after it was revealed he was involved in a break-in of the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic National Party and a coverup of that crime. Now, we have Trump.

The recent unrest in Minneapolis expanded to major rioting, looting and burning. At 1:00 AM, the inner bigot in Donald Trump tweeted, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.I added the boldening. The expression wasn’t a Trump original, once again the Donald has dipped into history for his threat of violence. Even though he claimed he doesn’t remember where the slogan came from, he never acknowledged the racist trope embedded in same.

The phrase was first used by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967. He promoted police brutality as a deterrent to street crime when he pitched his department’s “crackdown on … slum hoodlums.” It was a threat in 1967 and it is STILL a threat of violence in 2020. Today, Trump not only threatens shooting protesters, but also unleashing “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons,” on those who surrounded the White House. Now, that is close to home.

Twitter’s management has decided that Trump’s tweet is in violation of their policies. Twitter’s response came fast, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” They put their warning in a gray box that hides Trump’s tweet from public view unless a user clicks to see it. In a way, it’s a “let the buyer beware” notice, but some experts believe more will read the “fact-checked” posting.

I know all too well how much pain, death and division President Nixon caused this nation. His words, policies and attitudes were completely out of sync with the growing population of us baby boomers. We forced Richard Nixon out of office, and it’s now time to do the same to Donald Trump.

Nixon Leaves White House

After massive civil unrest, authorities often attempt to create an US and THEM scenario. The President and State Attorney General are already saying that the protesters are “outside agitators” who were “organized.” We have all been here before, just as Politico has pointed out.

This was Richard Nixon’s routine and Trump and his buddies are now trying it on for size. I ask now, just like I did in the late sixties, “Where are these ‘professional paid protestors’ from? Who is paying them, some external force?”  Why can’t our so-called leaders just admit that the countrywide protests were motivated by the brutal police killing of an unarmed African American in Minnesota? Yes, anyone with a cell phone and presence on a social media platform can ORGANIZE A MARCH. However, when mayors, governors and local police say that the locals don’t like what is happening, they imply and bolster a narrative that all protests are just invasion from outside their borders, thus reinforcing the US and THEM theme.

This isn’t about “Black Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter,” this is about AMERICA. This is about our democracy and life, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Trump is just another broke-Dick Nixon and he’s not worthy of the office of President of the United States. He must be removed by Congress, or the 25th Amendment, perhaps another Impeachment, but most certainly by our votes. If he refuses to leave the White House, he should be removed by force. He’s not above the law and his actions, policies and executive orders prove he truly is America’s #1 THUG!

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

NUMBERS DON’T LIE

Trump’s Pandemic Without a Party

Well, we have made it to the end of another dreadful week. The TV is blaring that more than 100,000 Americans have died by COVID and 40 million people are without a job. We have a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis murdered by police and riots in the streets. Donald John Trump’s journey to the November election now consists of nothing but lying, manipulating and screaming. Let me answer that age-old political question; no, we are not better off than we were four years ago. The numbers don’t lie and Trump’s meaningless pitch that everything would get better fast didn’t prevent death, keep folks working or pay the bills. He has not made life better for the millions of us waiting for a solution.

President Cuomo

It would be different if Trump was living in a vacuum without an example of how to act in a pandemic, but he sees only through the lens of politics. He is so much more partisan than all the previous presidents of my life. All Trump has to do is watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to see how a true leader handles communication, facts and empathy, every day. Trump automatically disregards anyone not in his party. The COVID-19 virus has no political party.

Our glowing orange President always wants to be right. Even when an idea is totally dangerous, harmful and untrue, it doesn’t matter. He will just say it. No one is there to correct him, censor him or nudge him in the right direction. To prove this point, Trump keeps referring to the last major virus outbreak in the United States as happening in 1917. It was called the Spanish Flu, and it raged from 1918 to 1920. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. At least 50 million people worldwide died, with 675,000 deaths occurring in the United States. In 1918, the year that the flu was discovered, it is believed to have killed Donald Trump’s grandfather. If our president can’t get that one year right, how can anyone depend on him for any guidance or wisdom?

Donald Trump knows that opening the country early means more people will die. The man claims to care about the grief that this virus has caused, but he lies. He cares only about money, the economy and his reelection. That is the truth. There are many powerful and rich people in America who endorse Trump’s actions and want to let the coronavirus run its course. What does that mean? There is no difference between this attitude of people being expendable and what Timothy McVie said about the children who were killed by his bomb in Oklahoma City. He called them “collateral damage,” and while you might think this is a harsh comparison, death is death and numbers don’t lie.

When Trump said he takes no responsibility for what is happening during this pandemic, I and many others got extremely pissed off. One of the latest media reports, which has the ring of truth, is that Trump has been stomping around the White House wallowing in despair repeating the words, “Why is this happening to me?” I can hear him say it, not because of my political leanings but simply because it sounds exactly like something he would say. I’m willing to wager that he will eventually say it in public. He claims to be the most transparent US president ever but hasn’t released documents Congress requested for their oversight responsibilities. He says he is rich and totally successful but broke the 40-year tradition of candidates releasing their tax returns. He’s hiding something. I don’t care about his wealth; I just want to know who’s involved in his financial dealings.

This global pandemic was never taken seriously by Trump and his “Yes” men and women in the administration. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx were valuable reality checks, but just as we predicted, the President has thrown them aside for actions and words that please his base but don’t cure the disease or soothe the soul of America. Today, he tweeted again, a horribly violent threat to African Americans. He published, on both the official White House Twitter account and his personal account, the words, “… when the looting starts, the shooting will start.” This Tweet Threat was quickly given a warning and admonishment from Jack Dorsey. How can we ever take Trump seriously.

Predictably, we are seeing COVID cases and death going up in those states where people have listened more to Trump than to the experts. This makes it more Trump’s pandemic and shows his inability to be patient and wait for medical and scientific plans to cure the virus. A sad, terrible and tragic aspect of these deaths is that minorities, people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly are being hit hardest. With their lack of mask wearing and reduced social distancing, Trump loyalists will soon be added to that list. What kind of leader sends citizens of his nation into danger? We all will have to pay for this disregard of experts’ advice.

When the Trump sycophants talk about the origins of the COVID-19 virus, they refer to the “Chinese Communist Party” as the evil doer. They are trying to brand the virus as the product of a political party. Trump has tried to blame Obama and the Democrats for the virus, but that ludicrous digression waters down the anti-communist plot constructed by the Neo-Cons in Congress. Donald Trump is bouncing from one idea to the next without a clear, consistent plan. When the press criticizes his administration for not being clear and factual, Trump just blasts out another lie or distraction.

People are dying. People have died. More than 100,000 people have succumbed to this evil virus. There are more and more people who do not trust in Trump. They want answers but all Trump offers is a loyalty oath. If you believe in me, don’t wear a mask. If you are with me, go out into the sun and take back your freedom. If you are backing me you don’t need a federal plan, just pretend that the virus cannot hurt you. With this idiotic advice, Trump also says if virus deaths increase, he will not shut down the economy. It’s perfectly clear that he cares more about money than the pain of Americans.

When more than 600,000 men died in the Civil War, it was to resolve the sin of slavery and to unite the nation. The death was terrible and maybe taught us that we are stronger when we are together, united. What is happening in Minneapolis and around the country with African American protests, have we really cured the divide? It’s Trump fault we aren’t getting closer to that ideal.

When 675,000 people died between 1918 and 1920, we didn’t know what to do. Our medical knowledge and technologies weren’t effective against that curse. What we should learn from that pandemic is it brought three distinct waves of infections and death. We thought it was over but it kept coming back, thus the high number of deaths. Trump thinks it took place in 1917, a year with no deaths, because the virus hadn’t arrived on our shores yet. I hate to say it again, but TRUMP IS THE WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB. The sooner he leaves the White House, the safer America will be.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

ABUSE OF POWER

Letting Trump Be Trump

Many Trumpers use the term, “Let Trump Be Trump,” and Corey Lewandowski, along with David Bossie, titled their 2017 book with that exact advice. The aphorism is like the well-worn “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” while many modern visionaries say, “Break it, rebuild it and make it better.” In the last decade, more than a few millionaires preached, “Disruption can make you better.”

Here’s a great quote from the book The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine, “Power is neither good nor evil. It just is. It’s what people do with power that matters.”

Every American should be deeply concerned about Donald John Trump’s war against freedom and truth. I have never liked the expression “Let Trump Be Trump” because of its cloaked meaning. That construct is often used when someone is so good at what he or she does, they don’t need to play by the rules. When Babe Ruth was drunk or late for a game they would say, “He’s the Babe!”

We don’t need to let Trump do anything; he’s the President of the United States and we have in writing his responsibilities and duties. There’s no mystery here. His lack of cooperation with Congress’ oversight duties is appalling. Be careful, however, before you turn to history to understand what’s happening. The words “dictator” and “king” have been printed in hundreds of newspapers thousands of times referring to a US president. Even George Washington, the first president, was under the microscope by a watchful free press that kept reminding him of his un-royal status.

Donald John Trump is more blowhard and less a solid thinker or credible leader. You know that I am not a big fan of Twitter management, but I may have an ally in Trump when it comes to social media censorship. Donald lost it when challenged by a new Twitter policy of adding fact checking footnotes to his posts. Twitter’s management believes some of what the President says is misleading. Ironically, he went on a tweet storm protesting this action, which only gives more power to Twitter.

In the Trump Executive Order, he suggests, “A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States. They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences.” Trump continued, “This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power.” He’s not going to prevail, but will Twitter back down? And Mr. Big Pants, you do know that “censorship” is un-American in every sense of the word.

Now, this toothless screed won’t do anything other than getting the press all crazy and giving talk shows some material. And, might I remind you, this is happening in the middle of a pandemic that has seriously impacted America. Mr. Trump is not using this battle with Twitter to create empathy. It’s a ploy to take the spotlight off one hundred thousand dead Americans and 40 million US citizens who are now out of work. What a guy!

Because of Dumbo Donnie’s outbursts and cries of “unfair,” you’ll be hearing discussion about Section 230, a provision tucked into the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996. Most internet providers thought it wasn’t much more than a definition, or guideline. In fact, this stipulation came about to protect record companies from recording artist lawsuits claiming lack of control. In fact, the implications go far beyond the original intention.

The Electronics Media Foundation, a non-profit watchdog that focuses on free speech, privacy, transparency and security in electronic media, has a great article on their website about Section 230. It contains this clause, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This means that online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against libel and defamation suits. This protection is needed because social media sites are not legally classified as publishers, but rather conduits to distribute content. You can’t sue the trucking company that delivers the newspaper containing libelous statements about you. Instead, you need to go after the author and publisher of the content.

Trump is contending that he is being treated poorly and that the factual information Twitter is adding to his posts will interfere with the upcoming election. Maybe now he understands what the Russians accomplished in the 2016 presidential election. Took him a while.

The speaker or publisher of the Facebook and Twitter posts that helped Trump get elected in 2016 were the product of a Russian disinformation campaign, and those bad actors have been charged in court. Trump cannot ignore this fact, his actions against social media today prove his fear of the power of these platforms.

Trump claimed to be the law and justice candidate, but once in power he changed laws to help his friends and cronies. Now, he’s taking a whack at the First Amendment. He used the First Amendment last week to justify his demand that all the churches, temples and mosques open their doors. This week, his fight with Twitter, is just another insecure reaction to being caught in a lie. We all know that press and publicity are Trump’s oxygen, if he doesn’t get enough, he’ll die.

When a newspaper publishes a faulty story, mistake or typo, it will typically print a correction in a future edition admitting the error. Adding background material to anyone’s tweet is a publisher duty and an attempt to correct misleading information. By doing this, one could argue that Twitter is taking responsibility for what is published by their users. This changes their definition.

When Twitter added the fact-check footnote to Trump’s post, they were acting as an editor of the content. Because of their power and influence, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others there have taken the responsibility to correct a lie. They don’t do that for every tweet, so this it’s clear this action is being taken for only one guy, Donald Trump. They never added a footnote to any of my tweets, and as much as I would like all social media to be wide open, we must ask the question, “What happens when it hurts someone or affects an election?”

Nick Johnson, a rather outspoken FCC commissioner (1966-1973), used to quote an old Scottish saying, “Let me control the writer of the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” In today’s world, let me control what people say on social media and I might be able to influence the way people vote. It’s dangerous either way, but somewhere in the rubble can we pull one, simple truth from the ash and breathe life into it? Without truth, democracy dies.

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