MESSAGE FOR THE ORANGE PUMPKIN

Don, go away, you’re no good for me (or anyone)

Last night I powered down my cell phone because the constant barrage of breaking news alerts was driving me crazy. I needed to lock our asshole president out of my mind and life for a bit. Now this may seem like a non sequitur, but I get depressed when I go to the grocery store and see people not wearing masks. It saddens me to think my fellow citizens don’t care about life, but then I realize they don’t know any better because the large man in charge says masks are unnecessary. At times I wonder if I might be taking it all too seriously. For years I have been writing about how Donald Trump is bad for America, but every time another of his acts exposes himself for the authentic jerk he is, I get angry all over again. For example, take his latest onslaught of pardons. Trump would absolve Hitler if Adolf said nice things about him.

I wish I could form a mental blockade to impose a Trump blackout, but that’s not going to happen. He’s so needy for publicity and attention he will always find a way to make news and noise. It’s just not likely that he will ever melt away like snow in Florida. I wake up refreshed, fetch my local paper, read the letters to the editor and get set off all over again.

Let me share this one, Lest we forget, here is a reminder of some of the accomplishments of the Trump administration during Donald Trump’s four years in office.” Okay, I must take a deep breath here and prepare to handle each of these allegations.

The writer, whose name I will keep anonymous, says that Trump kept us out of wars. Well, the act of getting into a war is serious and should be done only if we need to defend our country or help our allies. The so-called success of war avoidance is a terribly low bar for any president. Yes, we didn’t have a war under the Donald but he facilitated global conflict by selling arms and equipment to warring nations. He pulled out of Syria, which was nothing short of abandoning our allies, the Kurds. Obama didn’t get the US into any wars, but he was chastised for leaving Iraq too early and creating ISIS. So, what will probably happen as the result of Trump’s withdrawal of troops from troubled, unsettled conflicts? More war! GRADE: D

Next, there’s the claim that Trump oversaw the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The term “oversaw” is a long stretch. Yes, Israel is trying to play nice in the Middle East but, from the beginning, the goal of the Trump Administration was bringing peace to the region. How will establishing normal diplomatic relations with just a couple of Arab nations bring the Palestinians to the table? GRADE: C+

The writer boasts about Trump’s insistence that NATO countries pay their fair shares of the costs for their own protection. Okay, that’s fair, but realize this is not nations giving money to NATO but rather increasing spending on their military assets and agents. Should any nation demand that the US increase or decrease our military budget we would be repulsed and offended but, okay, time for more guns and bombs. GRADE: B

Our esteemed letter writer continues with a group of deeds and triumphs that can be placed under one heading, Immigration. The letter says Trump got Mexico to keep asylum seekers in their country until their US hearings come up, to strengthen its US border and to work with Central American countries to slow the exodus of their citizens. I guess this would be a reasonable achievement for those who subscribe to the anti-immigrant, xenophobic viewpoints of this administration, but let’s not forget that Trump also separated children from their parents at the border. His Attorney General said that abhorrent policy would deter others wanting to seek asylum. This is less a win and more a sinful, immoral myopia. We must never forget that we are a country of immigrants! GRADE: F

Now, here’s a claim that profoundly pisses me off. The writer alleges that the Clean Power Plan, which Trump repealed, would have increased our electricity bills and he adds that our energy needs were kept affordable by Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is total bullshit. The extreme weather events and catastrophes caused by climate change will cost us more money. In fact, deploying solar energy in a sunshine climate like Florida would lower energy costs significantly. Someone drank all the Kool-Aid, kids. GRADE: F

Our unnamed letter writer concludes his missive with compliments about how Trump confronted China over the theft of American intellectual property and unfair trade practices, how he imposed sanctions on Russia and closed some of our consulates there and how he kept our oil prices low, which hurt the Russian economy.

Okay, I’ll take these things in order, or should I say odor, because they fail the smell test. The first point is rather funny. All the people at “state” and “justice” said Russia was behind the hacking of government servers, but Trump insisted it was China. So, the “confrontation” Trump and his sycophants lowered on China’s head did nothing to stop Russia and China stealing from us.

As for Russians and oil, Trump has bragged about the USA being energy independent due to our large supplies of oil and natural gas. So, how did sanctions against Russia help our gas prices, which are set by OPEC and Trump’s friends in Saudi Arabia? The truth is Trump has gone easy on Russia and used China and Xi as props during his overly long rally speeches. We have not become stronger in foreign policy under Trump. China’s economy grew despite COVID and North Korea has a nuclear bomb. GRADE: F

The final contention of our reader/writer is Trump helped speed the record-breaking development of COVID-19 vaccines. He says, “As bombastic and irritating as Trump is, a lot was accomplished during his tenure.” REALLY? This comment is totally disqualified and no GRADE is low enough. The claim of Trump speeding vaccine development would be like me taking credit for the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. After all, I watched the game on TV.

With more than 323,000 people dead from this wretched virus, a total failure in medical supply chain management, no national policy to defend the US from the pandemic and the administration’s ongoing disregard of expert recommendations for virus mitigation, these past four years have seen America at her worst. The things Trump has said on TV and in his tweets have made matters worse, not better. Because of his lack of action and unconvincing language, Donald John Trump has killed Americans. The man doesn’t deserve to be praised; he should be indicted for malfeasance and put in jail. Maybe someone will pardon him.

All of us want COVID to go away. While that would be great, some of us just can’t wait until the Donald goes away because he’s been bad for America. Perhaps he merits a participation trophy, but don’t try to sell me on any grand accomplishments. My 401K lost a ton of money, I can’t see my grandkids this Christmas, and he’s going to be playing golf. I hate him. Merry Freaking Christmas, Mr. Soon-to-be Ex-President!

[EDITORS NOTE: There will be no blog tomorrow, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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I DARE CALL IT TREASON

Donald’s Dangerous Comedy Routine

Let me be clear. I know the meaning of this word is specific — treason: intentionally betraying one’s allegiance by levying war against the government or giving aid or comfort to its enemies. What’s alarming is the more I hear about what Donald John Trump has been up to, the more I believe he’s guilty of treason.

In his 1964 book titled None Dare Call It Treason, John Stormer wrote that America was losing the cold war with Russia because of betrayal by pro-communist elites. The book was published during Barry Goldwater’s run for President, and beyond the one million copies the book sold, more than six million of them were widely distributed during the Goldwater campaign to push his far-right agenda. In the 1968 sequel The Death of a Nation, Stormer linked collectivism to the work of the Antichrist and discussed signs of the end times. So, there’s another who missed that date.

I remember hearing about the book when I was in college, and it was cited often by people on the left to show how crazy the conservatives were. In fact, Goldwater lost to Lyndon Johnson, who attained 61% of the popular vote. Because of people like Stormer and a TV spot showing the mushroom cloud of a nuclear bomb, people were afraid of Goldwater and the end of times rhetoric. I am sure if Donald’s father Fred read books, he would have frothed over this one.

For the last four years we’ve heard endless diatribes about some “deep-state” that was out to make President Trump’s life miserable. Our 45th president has played the victim card so often that Islamic martyrs in heaven with their 72 virgins are jealous. Trump is a combination of ignorance and unproven dogma that has infected his thinking more deeply than any virus could possibly affect his body. It’s funny to me that a half-baked Republican like Trump could successfully impose his radical, non-conservative viewpoints on so many hard-core, old-line stalwarts of the party, but these things started slowly and then developed and mushroomed.

Barry Goldwater began his political career in 1949 when he was elected to the city council of Phoenix with a focus on eliminating rampant gambling and prostitution. He quickly saw that appealing to the fear of sin could propel him politically. After leaving Congress and as he aged, Goldwater became less far-right and more libertarian. Remember, it was Barry Goldwater who told Nixon he had to resign. It’s so ironic that a man who might have believed in a “deep-state” was, in fact, a true deep state operative who helped get Tricky Dick out of the White House and onto the helicopter.

Trump will be leaving office in January. He has nothing meaningful to do or accomplish in his remaining time as President, but he’s addicted to power. After his final Marine One ride he won’t be joining Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the poor, nor will he be joining the Clinton Foundation to help provide clean water to third-world countries. Trump has only one skill, promoting himself and his whacky ideas.

It was not at all surprising to me when a dreadful leak gushed out of the White House about a meeting that took place in the Oval Office this past Friday. Trump held court with disgraced and pardoned former General Michael Flynn and, of all people, the lawyer Sydney Powell. They allegedly discussed declaring martial law and redoing elections in those key states that Trump lost. WTF? That’s sedition and treason rolled up into an indictable shit sandwich! I find it troubling that Trump denied any connection with Powell weeks ago, but she apparently still has his ear. It’s frightening that Trump either forgot what he said, or worse, didn’t mean what he said.

Martial law is the “temporary” substitution of military authority for civilian rule and should be used only as a remedy during war, rebellion, or natural disaster. The idea of calling up the military to “fix” the election in any state is a treasonous thought and a direct attack on democracy. I’m sure Trump will deny it was his idea, probably saying he was trying to talk his crazy lawyers out of an insane plot, but the fact this was even discussed in the White House is ghastly. Why would Trump even meet with such dangerous people?

Let’s call it treason because it is. Discussion about overthrowing the United States government is a treasonous act. Right now, there are six men sitting in a Michigan jail for talking about overthrowing that state’s government and kidnapping its governor. If convicted, they could serve life in prison. We must take seditious talk and plans to destroy our democracy seriously. Perhaps Michel Flynn thinks he can do whatever he wants, but there is a possibility he could be charged for attempting to overthrow an election.

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This just in, according to ABC News, “Attorney Sidney Powell was back at White House Sunday meeting with President Donald Trump and pushing him to issue an executive order to seize voting machines for examination, two sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News. Sources, who were against the move Friday evening, were stunned to hear Powell was back in the building Sunday.” That woman is batshit crazy and anyone who listens to her is a fool!

Trump isn’t smart enough to know his enemies. I’m sure he’s bewildered that the “conservative” Supreme Court judges he appointed did not act in a corrupt way to support his quest to become the US King. Those political appointees who have given him bad advice or not diverted him from a bad idea are shameful and soulless. What’s ironic is that if we ever needed an authentic “deep-state” to keep a President in-line, Trump would be its perfect target.

It’s all a joke to Trump. I remember a disclosure in John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir. Trump and Bolton had agreed on what they would say publicly about a foreign policy decision. What came out of Trump’s mouth was the opposite of what those involved had decided. On a phone call, Bolton asked Trump why he said what he did, and the Donald replied, “Oh, I was just fucking with them.” So, Donald, is being president just a game where you get to toy with people’s intellects and emotions while holding a briefcase with the codes that could blow up the world? You, sir, are an asshole.

It has been widely reported that the computers of our most important departments and agencies were hacked by a foreign entity. Most of the data showed the exploits originated in Russia. Trump was silent for a week, until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the matter stating, “We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians.” A few hours later when President Pumpkin Head saw all the media coverage of Mike, he jumped in, contradicted his secretary and muddied the intelligence water by suggesting that China might be the responsible party. Is Trump merely a publicity whore, or is he afraid of what Putin can do to him? Could Trump’s fear be that Russia will call in all the loans and he will go bankrupt again?

Russia has used the same playbook for years — set up a fool, exploit them, then throw them away. On January 21, 2021, Donald John Trump will cease to have any value to Putin, Xi and even Kim Jong-Un, unless they manipulate him to spread conflict and chaos to ignite a civil war. If Michael Flynn is thinking about becoming a general in Trump’s third world inspired army, I hope he remembers the military has severe penalties without pardon for treason. All the President’s men, women and children are skating on thin ice. As the sun and transparency heat the air, the ice will gradually melt to reveal the treachery beneath.

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WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?

Democracy Versus Donald Trump

Why all the gaming and waiting for a clear presidential winner? Well, it’s all about the Electoral College, an historical ritual once needed to make American democracy seem legitimate and legal in the eyes of our masters in Great Britain. Also, some of our elitist founders believed certain citizens lacked the intelligence to pick a president. Their intent of keeping demagogues and bullies from attaining the highest offices in the land was clear.

House of Commons

There has always been a “raised-nostril attitude” about some things in England. The fact that they had to say it was “Great” when talking about Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Colonies showed an arrogance that drove some people to the new land in America. They weren’t too subtle either, with the House of Lords and the House of Commons as balancing forces. Oh, yes, they allowed those commoners to discuss things, but the lords were always present to make sure things didn’t go totally wrong.

This distrust of the common man drove our founders to devise a system in which votes of “the “people” in each state became somewhat of a guide to how “special people” would cast the “real” votes for the President and Vice President. It looked good on paper, but they had already weeded out the “riffraff and undeserving.” Only white men who owned land could vote. African slaves could not vote, children and immigrants could not vote and women, no matter what color, could not vote.

The Fifteenth Amendment, passed in 1870, granted all US citizens regardless of race the right to vote, but it took another 54 years before the Snyder Act of 1924 granted voting rights to US born Native Americans. White women didn’t get the right to vote until the 19th amendment to the Constitution came along on August 26, 1920. That amendment promised women that their right to vote would “not be denied” on account of sex, but it wasn’t until 1965 that the Voting Rights Act directed the Attorney General to enforce the right to vote for African Americans. So, yes, the right to vote in America was a long, hard struggle and disenfranchisement was in place all along that route.

The Republican party has made voting difficult for certain people in America. That’s not an unfair indictment. Voting suppression is an evil act, even when enshrined in the term “state’s rights” and used to write bad laws. One of my friends had moved several times. When he went to vote in 2018, the registrar said he was at the wrong polling location and needed to go to another. When he arrived there, he was told there was no record of his registration. They allowed him to fill out a provisional ballot but imagine how he felt. To this day he has no idea if his vote was counted, and that’s precisely how Black people in this country have felt for years.

So, we vote, our ballots are counted, and this becomes what is known as the popular vote. Over the years, we’ve had some real problems with differences between the results of the popular and Electoral College votes. Perhaps you, like many others, wonder why the Electoral College continues to exist.

I believe the word “college” was used to give the process intellectual credibility. It might have been a compromise between the election of the president by a vote in Congress as opposed to a popular vote of qualified citizens, but its actual intent was giving less populous states more of an equal voice in presidential elections. Back in 1776, Rhode Island wanted a pie slice as large as Virginia’s, which was the most populace state at the time. Our founder fathers were worried about Congress becoming deadlocked with election debates about states’ equality that would drag on for weeks.

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. In fact, the electors meet in each state after the popular vote to cast their votes according to the laws of the Constitution and their state mandates. It still is not clear if an elector can legally be “unfaithful” and vote for whomever they want or if they must vote according to the popular vote. Then there’s Maine and Nebraska who have “split electoral votes,” meaning they allocate two electoral votes to the state popular vote winner, and one electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each Congressional district, of which there are two in Maine and three in Nebraska. Are you confused yet?

One might ask that if more states split their electoral votes why even have the Electoral College. Then again, perhaps all states should adopt the “winner takes all” policy. It’s also reasonable to question the need for electoral voters. By the way, if you wondered what would’ve have happened if all states used the “split electoral vote” system, well, in 2016, Trump would have still won, but by a smaller margin, 292 to Clinton’s 246 electoral votes.

The electoral results go directly to Congress, and then, on January 6, 2021, they will be officially received. Some far right radicals are planning to interfere with the process, another aspect of this that should be forbidden. Questions such as these should be addressed before the next federal election, but what happened yesterday was remarkable on a couple of levels.

First, the current president is such a sore loser and cry baby there was suspicion he might cause last-minute political skullduggery with the Electoral College. Because of the possibility of corruption, the major news networks treated the college vote as a major event. The good news is people now have a much better understanding about how the process works.

The Electoral College took place and produced the known result. As I joked on social media, it was like recording a football game, knowing its outcome, then sitting down to watch the recording with full knowledge that the replay would reveal the forgone conclusion. The electoral voting process was mostly boring TV but spiced with a dash of drama because the votes were staggered and there was at least a small possibility of things going sideways. Just as it should have happened, however, Trump lost… again.

Call it regulation, ritual or reality, but the Electoral College is probably no longer necessary. What is the justification for keeping it? Look at it this way. Montana has 3 electoral votes, whereas California has 55. Pennsylvania holds 20 electoral votes, but Rhode Island possesses only 4. The US Census happens every ten years, mainly to recalibrate the voting value of each state according to population. So, any premise that the Electoral College gives smaller states more leverage is poppycock.

Is the Electoral College just a safety net to prevent a totally corrupt election? No, because were that true we wouldn’t have so many elections where a candidate won the popular vote but not the Electoral College vote. US voting is a game of not just winning but winning the right combination of states. If a candidate wins Texas, Florida and Ohio, which Donald Trump did, in most years that candidate would win the presidency. However, Trump failed to take Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. What person in their right mind would think they won the election with such losses? Oh, I almost forgot, Donald John Trump is not in his right mind. But one thing is certain, he’s a certified loser.

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GIVE ME THE CREDIT!

The Donald’s Delirious Defect

I competed in a lot of sports when I was a kid. Between hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer and football in the fall, I was constantly on the field and working hard to win. Most of my coaches preached the old maxim, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” We all learned the lesson of teamwork; the game is not about any individual.

When I grew and began working, I became wary of any manager who spoke in terms of “I did this” or “I decided that” or “I am the sole decider.” A person who constantly micromanages hardly ever asks their workers what they think. When there is success, they take the credit, but when something goes wrong they blame someone else. This is the hallmark of poor leadership.

This headline comes from Forbes, the well-respected magazine and website, “Trump Takes Credit For Vaccine Created By Others, Including Immigrants” The story points out that after the election Trump alleged that Pfizer withheld the positive results of the vaccine trials to hurt him politically. In fact, the pharmaceutical company did not receive the results of the trials until November 8, 2020, five days after the election. While Trump and his COVID infected lawyers are running around like decapitated chickens claiming huge election fraud, Trump is trying to take credit for a vaccine that he had no part in developing.

Yes, the US government stepped up and guaranteed payments for a certain number of doses, but that is something the NIH, CDC and Homeland Security could have pushed through using their budgets. I am amazed at how my Republican neighbors are quick to point out that Joe Biden had nothing to do with this vaccine. Yes, okay, true, but then Biden isn’t the president yet. How can you blame someone’s inaction in a process when they weren’t involved? It’s equally absurd that anyone would applaud the guy in the White House even when there is an “I” in vaccine. Thousands of people worked on this cure for decades, but the fat orange guy has no time to name them. He’s far too busy shoving them all aside as he stomps his way to the front of the line.

Do you remember the time when Trump pushed others aside to get farther ahead in line at the NATO Summit? If you forgot that moment, here’s the video to refresh your memory. Was that move obvious, totally, and it was not only embarrassing, but a great demonstration of Trump’s fragile ego. It’s ironic that the Donald denigrated NATO and its members for years, but when the cameras were on, he tried to look like a leader.

Trump’s actions, words and deeds regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic have been shocking and abysmal. They have led me to a new stance on the man’s competence. If you don’t believe Trump screwed us, I have no need to argue with you. It’s just a waste of energy and time to explain a truth you will never see. When the person at one of Trump’s “super spreader” rally events said, “I’m not afraid of COVID. We all got to go sometime,” I wonder how they would feel in a hospital ICU gasping for their final breaths. What a terrible way to die.

The farcical and fucked up way Trump’s legal team is shitting on democracy and our Judicial Branch is unforgivable, but our system of checks and balances will survive even if only one of its three pillars stands. When the Supreme Court was asked to take up the faulty, flimsy and fallacious case brought by US Congressman Mike Kelly, they didn’t take much time to render a decision. Kelly and his suit sought to throw out 2.5 million Pennsylvania mail-in ballots, attempting to undo President Donald Trump’s election loss there. The Supreme Court slammed the door in his face.

The Order on the Pending Case read: “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.” Now, don’t get focused on Justice Alito’s name, that’s just a formality denoting the person who processed the application, not an indication of the order’s authorship. Because the order had no opinions, either pro or con, it’s clear the application was not considered at all but merely swatted away like an annoying fly buzzing around the lemonade pitcher on the back porch.

Since Trump wants credit, let’s applaud him for pissing off judges, spreading COVID to more than 52 members of his inner circle and being a buffoon on the international stage. Judge Emmet Gael Sullivan, who serves as a judge of the Washington D.C. United States District Court, wrote a 43-page opinion on the dismissal of the Michael Flynn case. He made the point that even though Donald Trump pardoned the lying, former Security Advisor, it doesn’t mean Flynn is innocent. Sullivan alluded to the possibility that Flynn could still be prosecuted because specific crimes were not listed in his pardon. That would be a challenge to the power of a presidential pardon, and someone should go down that road.

As for today, the needy guy in the Oval Office wants us to praise him for all the vaccines coming our way, even though his malfeasance is one of the major reasons why every state in the union is suffering with record numbers of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Trump’s need to take credit for the COVID vaccines is tantamount to my taking credit for the six Superbowl victories of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was there, cheering, wearing my team shirt and being loyal to the club and its players. I tell you, people, IT WAS ALL ME! I am the smartest football fan and the most stable genius motivator of victory in the history of American pro football and, dammit, I want credit. Sure, there are some years when my team doesn’t win, but that’s not my fault. Sometimes the players don’t get it done, but when they win it’s all me.

If that sounds irrational, then you get it. If you believe me, I have some vaccine in the trunk of my car. Only $500 a shot. You in?

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KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM

Don’t Wear Out Your Welcome, Mr. Trump

We all travel through life with colorful American idioms and arcane phrases from our ancestors. In the realm of music, the late, great singer Kenny Rogers reminded us that, You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away.” The maxim of this brilliant song is full of wonderful wisdom. When things are bad, cut your losses and move on.

My mother had a sage phrase that warned us not to be a burden on the families we visited, “Let’s not wear out our welcome.” When hearing those words we knew, in no uncertain terms, to pack our bags because it was time for us to leave!

I’m not a person who readily or easily quotes the Holy Bible, but there are times I find something there that is perfectly in-tune with the times. Here’s a tiny gem that fits seamlessly into where we find ourselves today and, without too much of a stretch, easily applies to Donald John Trump.

It’s from Proverbs 25:17-19: “Don’t wear out your welcome by staying too long at the home of your friends, or they may get fed up with always having you there and wish you hadn’t come. Lying about and slandering people are as bad as hitting them with a club, or wounding them with an arrow, or stabbing them with a sword. You can’t depend on an unreliable person when you really need help. It can be compared to biting down on an abscessed tooth or walking with a sprained ankle.” You know, I always liked that strong Hebrew language.

Although those words originated around 700 BC, they really ring the bell, and that bell is more than an inducement to change class. It’s a piercing proclamation that we are about to transition to a new administration. According to CNBC, “General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office. The notice arrived in a letter from Murphy, who for weeks after the election withheld her ascertainment of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. It was revealed just minutes before President Donald Trump tweeted that he approved of the move.”

May I be snarky here? Trump couldn’t just let it go and allow Murphy’s letter stand on its merit? Portions of Donald‘s tweet were less than convincing, I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols and have told my team to do the same.”

REALLY? He admitted that he kept her from doing her job by starting the transition because she didn’t move forward until he recommended that she do so. The contention in Ms. Murphy’s letter that no one influenced her decision or actions is PURE BULLSHIT, just like most of what has happened in our country over the last four years.

Doctor Evil

I am almost certain that Ms. Murphy will eventually get a six-figure job from a loyal Trump friendly corporation, but really, why did she act so irresponsibly? She endangered the nation’s security and slowed the normal process of government. In any other situation, she would have been fired for wearing out her welcome.

Let me urge everyone to focus on these words from our oversized orange pumpkin of a president, “harassed, threatened, and abused.” That is exactly what Donald Trump has done all his life, and it must stop now. When this man is no longer protected by the shield of Presidential immunity, the lawsuits will fly. He will not be able to restrain himself and all of his tweets will stand as evidence of his abuse, defamation, harassment and threats that will be used against him by the plaintiffs.

Trump will never admit that he lost the election. He will claim to have been forced out of office by a secret cabal of “deep-state” operatives, and will urge his fake army to keep waving those flags. I am reminded of UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she was forced out by her own party. After serving eleven years she reportedly remarked, “…but we’ve made so much progress and I wanted to stay on to get the job done.” Those are the words of a politician who lost their job because they fell in love with power more than people. They hold a firm belief that no one else could possibly finish their work and anyone trying will face certain failure.

We are lucky to live in a country where the people have a vote and there are term-limits on top officials. Let’s all recognize the amazing mandate of the new guy. As I write, Joe Biden has received 51.1% of the popular vote, which adds up to 79,887,852 people. While Donald Trump claims a “loyal base” voted his “landslide” win, it’s not a majority in any way. Trump received 73,815,488 votes, which represents only 47.2% of the ballots cast. Biden won by 4%, This time around the pollsters were right!

No one will remember the GSA’s Emily Murphy or her small effort to gum up the gears of progress, except, perhaps, the bagboy at my grocery store. He’s an astute young man who is very opinionated about Trump, “He’s acting like a sore loser.” Yes, here again the 45th President is playing the martyr card because he knows millions of people don’t like him. He needs his “blanky.”

Let’s end today with more of Kenny Roger’s lyrics, “You never count your money, When you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin,’ When the dealin’s done, You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em…” DONALD TRUMP, it’s time for you to leave the table and go home. You are THE GREATEST LOSER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

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

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BLOWN MEDIA COVERAGE

Postmortem of 2020 Election Night

It’s easier to judge an event and the people involved in it once the incident is over and the parties involved have left the room. Looking back at my own life, I realize there have been moments when I acted foolishly on the fly. Maybe a look back at the election just passed will bring a different perspective to this major political event in a unique year that took no prisoners.

Blown Coverage

In football, sportscasters use the term “blown coverage” when a defensive player misses an assignment and allows a large gain by the offense. This usually involves the quarterback throwing a “bomb,” which is an extremely long pass to a receiver running quickly downfield. It’s embarrassing to the defense when it fails, but an exciting play for the offense. The entire world is now waiting for confirmation about who will become the US president for the next four years and we don’t need anyone bombing the coverage.

In the beginning of September, I took the liberty of sending a letter to the presidents or CEOs of all the major American media news outlets to share my “humble” advice with the people who controlled election night coverage. Here is that letter:

Dear News Executive:

You have an election night responsibility beyond your standard operating procedures. Just as you wouldn’t purposely create panic due to misinformation about a virus or natural disaster, you surely don’t want to force a constitutional crisis by announcing incorrect election results. So, what exactly should you do on election night? I have some suggestions.

First, this election will not be a sprint; it will be a marathon. You will want to have a grand conclusion on election night, but that is highly unlikely. All media outlets should agree that none will forecast any state result until the Secretary of State codifies their winners. I know this will take discipline on your part, but should you feel reluctant to slow things down just remember how foolish you looked with the Gore vs. Bush fiasco. You must manage the expectations of all Americans, while ignoring any conspiracy minded elephant in the room.

You might want to consider changing the format of election coverage. Instead of reporters jumping between multiple screens with miniscule bits of data, maybe employ an “appointment viewing” concept such as, 2020 RETURNS, GET AN UPDATE EVERY TWENTY MINUTES. Give us short, factual information packets and tell your audience you’ll stay on the air until all the ballots are counted. Think of the potential of increased viewing during the entire week.

I know you will be tempted to use exit polls to embellish the coverage because the results will be slow in coming, but I urge you not to do that. If you predict an outcome while ballots are still being counted, you will not only play into conspiracy theories that our election is corrupt, fixed or rigged, but you will confuse the voters. Yes, as much as your million-dollar graphics and skillful on-the-fly pundits and experts deserve to be seen and heard, it will be disastrous if you are later accused of lying.

The “red mirage” being talked about is a real possibility. Americans must believe you and trust that the election results you broadcast are real. Your reputations are presently diminished in the beacons-of-truth and accurate information categories. It’s not entirely your fault. As I have said to my neighbors, we won’t agree on talking points, but we must always agree on facts. It’s your job to deliver verified truth in a way that the word “retraction” is never needed.

You can avoid the crossfire if you ignore the temptation to be sucked into the hyperbole and misdirection of being first with the results. Please, think about how to make this a positive, fact-based event, not a mistake.

I don’t claim to be a visionary or media guru, but my soft warning was mostly ignored. There were some who got it, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace reporting on election night that major swings in the results were likely due to shifts in the ballots that were bring counting. Wallace correctly said, “That’s not anybody stealing the election. That’s simply the order in which votes are being counted.”

Not all of our media outlets did that. CNN’s John King and NBC’s Steve Kornacki frantically poked their touch screens, constantly flipping between 2016 stats and the current race with non-stop, incomprehensible babble about the “meaning” of the incomplete tallies. I guess they have only one format, one speed, one protocol for election night, and they weren’t about to modify that for you, the viewer. It’s what they do.

The combination of the media’s sleight of hand and President Donald John Trump’s fake victory speech at two o’clock in the morning made this coverage terrible, by any measure. From the East Room of the White House, the President attacked the legitimate vote counting effort, baselessly calling it “fraud.” Trump eventually claimed he “did win the election,” despite the millions of votes that were not yet counted. Had the media better managed election expectations, the blathering of crazy man Trump would have had a much-reduced effect.

There is no doubt that former Vice President Joe Biden is the president-elect, but that is not stopping Trump from building a mountain of misinformation around himself and the election results. His hardcore sycophants will continue to wave their flags and march in the streets until the dull orange man in the White House admits he’s lost the election and proceeds with the peaceful transfer of power. He must do this.

The TV and news programmers achieved their goal of holding us to their coverage for as long as possible, but at what cost? The cable news channels did an incredibly great job of repulsing people. Saturday morning, I called two good friends about the Biden victory. They didn’t know because they had turned off the electronic hype. Great job, media!

This was an interesting election, the only ever conducted in the midst of a pandemic with a lunatic liar as the incumbent. Hopefully, this environment will not occur for at least another hundred years. Trump will be a distant memory by then, and we will have learned valuable lessons about the deadly combination of an insidious virus and a fatuous fraud in the White House.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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PENETRATING TRUMP’S BRAIN

Who Will Talk Him off the Ledge?

My father’s side of the family came to America in the late 1600s. According to family accounts, they came into James River, Virginia, then traveled up through Dover, Delaware, and finally settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania around 1720. Most of these ancestors’ offspring were farmers, and it took them about a hundred years to spread across the state to Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.

At this writing, we have just received the projected vote count in my home state. As much as this process has created tensions, nervousness and even anger with many citizens, we are finally have a conclusion to this drama. We dealt with the recovery of a damaged democracy after the Civil War, and we can’t even agree on what would have made that work better.

Trump and real president

While I was clicking on my keyboard earlier, an ABC News story came across. “This week, judges in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan have rejected the [Trump] campaign’s efforts to halt the counting process, if only temporarily, or alter it in some way based on shaky allegations of improper or nefarious conduct.” The best line in the story relates to U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond. “He appeared startled when the lawyers then acknowledged that the observers had, in fact, been permitted within 15 feet of the poll workers.” Diamond cracked, “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamonds don’t usually crack.

Just about all Democratic internet posters have the same question. Who should be the one who will tell Trump his show has been cancelled? It won’t be his Chief of Staff; Mark Meadows just came down with COVID. Might it be Lindsey Graham, Trump’s golfing buddy? How about Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate?  Who will have their “Barry Goldwater” moment with the Donald? You might recall that it was Senator Goldwater who dropped the reality bomb of removal on Nixon and convinced him if he didn’t resign he would be impeached and removed from office.

Maybe it will be Ivanka, Melania and Jared Kushner, coming into the Oval Office to smooth talk their way through his swollen ego to get him to admit it’s over? Nah, that won’t happen. I don’t mean to sound demeaning, but Donald’s current wife is loyal to her marriage. She’s merely an actress brought out like a trophy to speak the lines written for her. It will also not be Ivanka and Jared. They are both greedy bastards succeeded because they have the same moral-less values of winning no matter what. They have the most to lose from Trump’s removal from office. They will be continuously testifying to committees and courts for the next five years of their lives.

This brings us to the only thing that motivates Trump, money. Perhaps fellow rich powerbroker, Rupert Murdoch might be able to get through to Donald Trump. In case you don’t know, Murdoch is worth $16 billion and was originally from Australia. He owns tons of newspapers and media companies around the world, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump knows Murdoch and he always takes his call. Why would Murdoch do this?

Rupert Murdoch

I may be sounding a bit diabolic, but Murdoch’s Fox News empire will benefit if Trump loses and goes away mad. For the next four years Murdoch’s network would be able to exploit those sore losers and loners who love the Donald. If Trump stays in office, by hook or crook, Murdoch will have to make his network more responsible and accurate and that would be bad for ratings.

What could Rupert possibly say to Donald that would inspire him to maturely deal with the loss of the presidency but still have something to look forward to? Well, what if he were to offer him a daily show on Fox News? Trump’s ego and narcissism are his central drivers, and he would revel having a daily show where he could bark out his dogma to the world. This would also be a huge win for Fox News because a Trump show will guarantee big ratings and tons of advertising bucks. What could this new job be worth to Trump? I say he might become desperate for a platform should Twitter take down his personal account when Trump leaves office. He has used that as a mouthpiece for his administration and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that account to persist.

I know it seems ludicrous that a former president would make that kind of move but look at what George H.W. Bush did after being a one-term president. He joined the Carlyle Group and exploited his fame for millions of dollars in Arab oil interests. Even one of the Bin Ladens were on his board. After his one-term wonder presidency, Jimmy Carter helped build homes for those unable to afford housing in America. Big difference.

Trump will have many coming after him after January 29, 2021, and it won’t solely be about job offers. The Southern District of New York has some legal matters on its desk. Maybe a new administration will reinstate Geoffrey Berman as the US Attorney in the Southern District so he can complete his work there. There are many other cases and issues that need to be resolved in courts. Trump could do his daily show from the veranda of Mar-A-Lago, sipping diet Cokes and making fun of the people in charge, just as he does now.

Only time will tell, but from my vantage point I see lots of work that must be done. For example, President Trump has signed, 193 Executive Orders since January 2017. Many of them are toothless commentary, rather than substantial policies. Some of them, when challenged in the court, were found to be border line unconstitutional. Others are extremely damaging and must be eradicated ASAP. The most important next step is to replace all the horribly damaged or totally unqualified people Trump has installed in powerful positions. At the top of my list are the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, administrators in EPA, DHS and the entire Trump cabinet. Then there’s Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees who are in desperate need of real leadership!

Rupert are you listening? Remember that Civil War and bodily removal of a president are bad for business. And might I say that Donald John Trump doesn’t want the lasting-forever Wikipedia page showing him being escorted out of the White House. While that would be grossly embarrassing for him, it would be much more so for all of AMERICA.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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OUR 3D PRESIDENT

Demeaning, Delusional & Dangerous

The ingredients are all there. Start with an overinflated, uncontrollable ego. Add a controlling, yet absent, father and a notion that you are the chosen person. Now slowly blend in a narcistic personality disorder combined with a depression era martyr syndrome doused with a thick layer of “go fuck yourself,” and there stands Donald John Trump.

There are three distinct drivers at the core of this man. The need to put down or bully others gives him a false sense of worth. He demeaned God by saying he will never ask forgiveness. He degrades women with misogynistic attitudes and actions, transparently hating them because of an unfulfilled need for a mother who couldn’t nourish and take care of him. He is a pathological liar, driven by a need to create the illusion that he knows something that others don’t, not realizing that most of us clearly understand he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

His grandiose way of talking shows not only a lack of logic but what I call the “snowflake delusion.” When Donald Trump says he’s the least racist person in the room, then adds that he can’t even see everyone in the room, he exposes himself and his lie to any intelligent witness. The myth that no two snowflakes are ever alike cannot be proven unless every snowflake is captured and compared with all others. That is impossible, of course, and Trump’s self-aggrandizement with statements like, “I’m the only one who can fix it,” or “I’m the only one who knows the truth” illustrate his deep seated need to be smarter and better than everyone else in the world. He continually swirls in a delusional dance with himself truly believing that, “no one else has ever before seen the likes of —.”He is the center of his own world and his need for love fuels a delusional belief that nothing he does or says is ever mundane. It’s a pattern of unfulfilled neediness that may soon explode into desperate action.

When I first saw the title of his niece’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, I thought Mary L. Trump had gone too far. After reading her work, however, I get it. By using a the familiar construct of Donald-speak, Mary holds a lens to his orange face and we clearly see the golden boy, the chosen heir, the little miss “can’t be wrong” starring back at us. It’s just the tip of an iceberg that is dangerous to himself and others. Mary probably believes that the constant demeaning behavior of the spoiled, middle child helped kill her father, Donald’s brother, Freddy. Now we have an unusual and unnecessary number of Americas dead from a pandemic that the Donald ignored.

When someone in his circle does something wrong, he recites the refrain, “I hardly know him.” He contorts his face into a look of innocence he has perfected over the years. When he gets caught, he immediately acts surprised and then blames someone else. His very essence destroys the credibility of his words and the institutions and companies around him. He even debases those relationships he brags about. President Xi of China and President Putin of Russia don’t give a shit about Donald Trump. They are smart actors who know this fake blonde from Queens is a mark, a target, and far removed from American royalty. They laugh at him behind his back, knowing when they play him they make our nation less safe.

Donald Trump doesn’t comprehend his incompetence because he has been trained to deflect all blame or responsibility. Golf is a perfect game for him because it provides what is called a “mulligan,” a second chance for a “do over” to erase a mistake. Blunders never appear on Trump’s scorecard because he gives himself extra attempts  to cover them. Golf doesn’t kill people, but a president can kill, or simply look the other way when murder happens on their watch. Think Jamal Khashoggi.

He wonders out loud to Bob Woodward about his affinity for bad leaders and inability to get along with our allies. He admitted liking people he’s not supposed to as some kind of self-worth enhancement because he’s incapable of doing what he should. He’s the radio shock jock told by his boss not to say the word “douchebag” on the air, and then uses the word fifty times during his next show. Trump can’t see this, but he humiliates himself by doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons. His rebellion has lowered the image, value and safety of his own country.

His dangerous self-image is that of a radical, burn the house down dude, when in reality this little boy needs his father, who is no longer here. He simultaneously wants to have his father and everyone else love him, while he also wants to spit in all those faces. He’s the spoiled brat who rips up the game he’s just lost, leaving a path of destruction behind him. Trump doesn’t need a cabinet to carter to his every whim; he needs a fucking shrink.

Donnie uses the word, “disgraceful” as a weapon against anyone who challenges him. Every woman is “nasty” or “dirty” or “low IQ.” He kept struggling Black people out of his low-income housing because that was the way his father got rich. Donald Trump is a fraud and a fake, projecting those very attributes onto our election process. He has no moral compass because he is his own north star. Every direction, every decision, leads back to him. Donald, the mistakes you made during the past four years weren’t Obama’s fault or caused by Hillary’s emails. They’re all on you, DONALD. When anything goes wrong with something you claim to run, it’s YOUR FAULT.

Donald Trump could have used his latest press conference to soothe and calm the nation. But NO! He launched into a list of hearsay and conspiracy theories about election fraud. It was like a little league coach losing a game because he thought the umpire made a bad call, punching the umpire, then, punching the opposing coach in the mouth.

Us Americans with half a brain are tired of Donald Trump’s demeaning routines. We are nervous because of his delusional, flip-flopping habits and we see this man for what he is, a dangerous, exposed nerve ending with no redeeming qualities just waiting to blow. If he keeps encouraging and creating violence and harm in this country, then the “law & order” guy must just get a dose of his own medicine. He will probably look good in orange.

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

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BELIEVING YOUR OWN EYES

Win or Lose, Trump Has No Mandate

After going in and out of consciousness and drifting between dreams and data from the latest vote count on election night, I was more zombie than human the next day. The biggest flaw in my personal slaw was that I had booked an 8:45 doctor’s appointment that morning. Not a good idea.

I took a brief nap on Wednesday afternoon and awoke to my phone buzzing out some breaking news. The headline was unbelievable, with words to the effect that the President of the United States is suing the state of Michigan and demanding they STOP COUNTING BALLOTS! What? Why would he do that? How could he do that? Do he and his cronies think that ballots are being airlifted from Russia or China just to make him look bad, or is it simply the absentee and mail-in ballots were finally being counted and his chances were diminishing? Yes, and Yes.

Crazy Trump

Even in those states where Donald John Trump won, the margins are not great. As of this writing, in Georgia, Trump received 2,432,097 votes to Joe Biden’s 2,413,999. That’s not a blow-out win. What this election clearly shows is the country is divided and both sides are firmly planted in their opposing values and needs. Here on the west coast of Florida, the enthusiasm of Trump voters was extreme. I watched them drive around all day in pickup trucks bespeckled with Trump flags and stickers. There was also a strong showing for Joe Biden, although less obnoxious and more hopeful.

The daily crap that Trump shovels out to the American people has created an incalcitrant attitude in Republicans that lacks logic, common sense or a desire for truth. Those folks believe most of what Trump says. Intelligent people on both sides wondered if the final count of mail-in votes would ever see the light of day. Workers in the United States Postal Service blew the whistle on Lewis DeJoy’s plan to sabotage mail delivery right before the election, and there was merit to their paranoia. Trump and his donor criminals are doing whatever they can to keep their piece of the rich guy pie, while hurting the country they claim to love. DeJoy, like Trump and his cadre of lawyers, are corrupt partisans, spellbound in their rapture of greed. Those baby Trumps will one day face the music.

America’s election administrators and workers are good, dedicated human beings. With all the observers and poll watchers, it would be almost impossible for any person or group to cook the election results. We are all at the mercy of computers, servers and the cloud these days, but with control in the hands of local people who must face their neighbors and fellow citizens, the price of deception is great. Besides, who would want to be jailed for tainting election results?

I am hopeful that this experience will trigger a reform to our election process. We must have more consistency. Trump complained ad nauseum that we should all know who won on election day. That’s a precious thought, my loudmouth pumpkin, but when a state has a law stating mail-in ballots cannot be processed until election day, your desires are not their commands. The President of the United States should know that he has NO control over how elections are administered. That’s a good thing. It’s not like cheating at golf. Elections are administered by each state and adjudicated by local judges.

Despite the local orientation, a good idea for the near future might be a national convention of Secretary of States and Election organizers to codify how all states handle elections. America is drifting further away from the arcane ways of our Founding Fathers. They might have known about abortions, but they certainly didn’t know Roe or Wade. We need more consistency in our federal elections with similar and effective security, protocols, timing and techniques across states. I was amazed to learn that in Florida millions of dollars were NOT spent on election security because one man said, “Hey, we don’t need that.” Really? When is not spending money on security a good idea?

Donald Trump’s presidency taught us some lessons about America. First, he showed us that if the press gives a candidate and then President, billions of dollars of free airtime, it’s on us to keep them in check. They think their job is to investigate allegations of corruption, but at times they simply publicize the bad actions of one man. Why? It took four years to learn about the guy in office, and now you need to look in the mirror. Common people cannot comprehend malicious behavior, and you need to say more other than “look at this with your own eyes.” You need more fact finding with investigative journalism and less fluff. There are so many commercials in ABC World News Tonight that most stories get only one or two sentences. Dumb.

If Trump cheats and steals his way into another four years he will be hated by as many people as he is now. He’s a dangerous loser-liar whose words and actions have hurt people and probably killed more than 100,000 of us. He has no more of a mandate to run our country than Alex Trebek, and he’s a Canadian.

I am most proud of the way our courts and judges have handled Trump so far, and I hope they never stop being objective, no matter who might be president. There is something magical in the words, “…with liberty and justice for all.” I want everyone in America to understand that “…for all,” means everyone, all of us, not just Trump lovers.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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LUNATIC LOSER FROTHING AGAIN

Trump Takes a Dump on Democracy

I went into the 2020 election with the belief that it would be remarkably close. Because of the pandemic, I wasn’t sure people would be supportive of cult leader Donald John Trump. The man himself offered this truism, “It’s politics and you never know.” Yes, but what concerns me most is Trump is not a good loser and he will do tremendously awful things if reelected. He never had, and never will have, a mandate to rule. He’s a high polarity personality who pisses off as many people as he pleases.

It didn’t surprise me when, in the middle of the night with more than nine states yet to be decided, President Trump attacked the legitimate vote counting process and suggested any attempt to further tally ballots amounted to disenfranchising his supporters. How can this asshole say that? Well, it’s because he cares only about himself. Trump is a bad actor who should never have been allowed to walk onto the stage.

President Liar

The Donald said, “Millions and millions of people voted for us. There is a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.” What the fuck is he talking about? Millions of people voted for the other guy, too. Are they just chopped liver?

Despite Trump’s misleading statements, falsehoods and lies it’s easy to see that his true motive is an ASSAULT ON OUR DEMOCRACY He actually stood there and insisted that states where vote counts currently show him leading should be frozen in his favor, PERIOD. No need to count them all; just make me the king. What a dolt!

He then extended his grievances and martyr-syndrome with this, “We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off.” His endless gripe about fraud is nauseating. Who is he trying to fool?

Of course, he said he would go to the US Supreme Court and stated that he wants “all voting to stop.” The voting has stopped, you fucking idiot. It’s the counting that goes on. If neither candidate gets to 270, the House of Representatives will pick the president, and the Senate will select a vice president. Yes, we could have a president and vice president from different parties. Used to be that way.

After watching TV all night I don’t have the energy to write more today, but let me assure you that I will fight for a legal outcome of this election with all my strength. Please, let this end so we can focus our attention on getting rid of the virus.

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The book that tells it like it is…

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

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