HEROES & VILLAINS

Trump’s Gaggle of Goofballs

The lyrics in the chorus of the Beach Boys’ song Heroes and Villains features a bit of a round where they sing, “Heroes and villains, just see what you’ve done.” That is exactly the way I am feeling right now, some 47 days ahead of the 2020 Presidential election. If we could pull the camera back far enough to see the details of everything that has transpired in the last four years, we would be overwhelmed. For less than half the country Donald John Trump is a hero, but for the millions of the rest of us, he‘s nothing but a Villain of monstrous proportions. Oh, let me count the ways.

As detailed in my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, Trump’s inaugural speech knocked me into the mud of the swamp. This line made me immensely angry, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Most people didn’t capture the preceding paragraph, in which the incoming president talked about mothers and children trapped in poverty and rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. He declared that everything before his presidency was a colossal failure. So, Donald Trump signed on to fix a landscape littered with decay and to help people in need, but he declared those folks dead and walked away from them, just as he did with our country.

Who were the Heroes? They were the people who tried to keep Trump from damaging the nation. Who were the Villains? They were the cretins who pledged allegiance to the President, ignoring their civic duties to protect the US and its Constitution. Today I will look at this week’s fallen Villain, Michael Caputo.

Caputo is a strategist and lobbyist to Republican politicians. Early in his career, he was on the staff of longtime Rep. Jack Kemp of New York. Caputo was mentored by Roger J. Stone while being his personal driver. Michael also worked with Oliver North to develop propaganda in President Ronald Reagan’s “public relations” efforts in South and Central America. That project is best known as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Michael Caputo established residence in Russia in 1994 and became an advisor to Boris Yeltsin. Oh, it gets richer. Caputo worked for Gazprom and Vladimir Putin before 2000. After that, he moved from Russia back to the US. So, once again, we have someone working for the administration with considerable ties to Russia and Putin.

Michael Caputo

During the 2016 Republican primary, Caputo became a political adviser to Donald Trump and helped him win New York. Later, he was dismissed by Paul Manafort after Corey Lewandowsky left the campaign. Caputo then tweeted some derogatory comments about Lewandowsky, which he later said he regretted. Check.

Caputo also posted offensive and derogatory tweets about women and Chinese people, but he deleted those after becoming the top spokesperson for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. With all his dirty laundry one must wonder why he was hired. Heaven only knows, but could it be that Trump placed him there as a favor to Putin? Okay, that may be a road too far but, hey, it fits Donald’s attraction to Villains rather than Heroes.

Is it any surprise that demented soul Caputo broadcast an extended Facebook video where he mentioned a series of conspiracy theories, including the existence of a “resistance unit” within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trying to take down Trump? His broadcast also predicted that if the 2020 election is contested in any way there will be political violence in America. Caputo’s actions could be construed as doing Putin’s bidding.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that its Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Michael Caputo, has decided to take a 60-day leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family. What is happening here? ABC News reported yesterday that Mr. Caputo has had a recent cancer diagnosis and, as a survivor myself, I wish him luck.

Alex Azar, Caputo’s boss, must be equally held to blame for permitting Caputo’s intensely damaging rhetoric to flow from his office during a global pandemic. This is what we get with Trump. His vetting is solely focused on whether a potential hire loves him, rather than examining if they have the skills needed for the job.

The more you know Donald Trump, the more you should fear. If Trump loses the election, he and his gaggle of goofballs may refuse to leave office, which would throw America into a dark abyss of doom which could impact for years. Michael Caputo shows you exactly who Trump is, because Caputo’s words reflect Trump’s beliefs. Both Roger Stone and Michael Caputo are talking about civil war, which is just what Putin wants.

Trump has declared the pandemic over. He cares nothing about graves and families torn apart by his inability to fight for us. He should be fired.

Think back to George Orwell’s classic book 1984 and then imagine how current events are worse. Well, you’re seeing that reality, Bucko. The most amazing Trump quotes from the Bob Woodward tapes relate to his desire for better relationships with despotic leaders. He admitted that the “easy ones” are leaders that he doesn’t, “…get along with as much. It’s funny, the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them, you ought to explain that to me some day, but maybe it’s not a bad thing.” Hey, Donnie Boy, you favor Villains over Heroes because you see yourself as a fully blown bad guy. Problem is, you fucking tool, the real bad guys will eventually get over on you and hurt our country. Why?

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NOTHING’S INEVITABLE

Trump’s Two Stupid Words

One of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is given credit for this statement, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Back then, we didn’t even have an income tax.

After returning from India, Donald Trump tried to ward off the panic of a possible pandemic but his statements and actions only made things worse. From the land of saffron and curry that our idiot president visited comes a word that hasn’t been matched in the American patois; that word is “karma.”

The concept of karma is shared by those who follow Hinduism and Buddhism and is believed to be the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence which decides their fate in future lives. As Donald Trump railed against globalism and preached the need to be treated more fairly, he pushed his America First mantra and most likely permanently damaged his personal karma.

It’s okay if Trump disagrees with Benjamin Franklin. After all, we have a First Amendment because of Ben’s work, but what do we have for the “work” of Donald Trump? We have a divided nation, an uncertain future and an administration that is not qualified to fight coronavirus. Trump spent so much time telling us the danger was coming from Mexico and began building a big expensive wall, but the enterprising drug dealers are digging holes under his massively ugly fortifications. He told us that everyone was out to screw us in trade, and now he’s built a house of cards wobbling on the verge of toppling.

Trade wars were unnecessary and damaging to our farmers. Taking money from science, medicine and research on healthcare was just another karma-damaging trick on the America public. All the money going to the wall, most of it diverted from the military, should have been used to arm the CDC and Homeland Security with the materials and experts they need.

Now we learn that Vice President Pence has been tapped to run a team to battle this health crisis, pushing aside Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar. He, most recently, was President of the US division of Eli Lilly and Company, a major pharmaceutical firm, and he also sat on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby. Yes, he’s an eye doctor like Rand Paul, but he isn’t seeing the whole picture because he’s spending too much time pleasing Donald Trump. As Jimmy Kimmel said, “He better hope you don’t get the virus from kissing ass!”

If you’ve read this blog before you know I have a “take no prisoners” attitude, so let me point out another turd in the punch bowl, Chad Wolf, the acting director of Homeland Security. He’s a fucking idiot who is not qualified to do his job. Appearing before Congress this week, he said that the death rate for the common cold was the same as coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus has a mortality rate of about 2.1% while, in most years, flu is well below 1%. Mr. Wolf was severely unprepared for this one hearing so how can be equipped to run Homeland Security?

Capping off the shit platter that the Trump boys have delivered to our table, Rush Limbaugh said over the air that the coronavirus was being used by the Donald’s enemies to hurt him. Now keep in mind this came from a guy who has stage four lung cancer. It’s incredibly disturbing and un-American for Mr. Limbaugh to claim a possible pandemic is a hoax. Of course, his karma was affected years ago and whatever he reaps is on him, not those Americans who unknowingly supported this fool over the years.

What is inevitable, Mr. President, is that all these clowns around you, all these ass licking sycophants and brain-dead political appointees, will DIE. That is what is inevitable, you big, orange Cheeto. Just because you declare something doesn’t make it true. You are the little boy who cries wolf, and when things get extremely bad everyone will quarantine themselves from you. Your mask of makeup will not protect you. Your demise is inevitable.

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DESPERATE & DISTRACTED

The Growing Fear of Government

Some say that the Trump administration is a train wreck. What seems to have been ignored by this President is the fact we have had two actual train wrecks and more than 50 children have died from the flu. Where was our great leader when US citizens were in pain and dying? He was busy tweeting away for himself:

“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” One would think the President of the United States would use spell check on his phone but, no, accuracy is not his thing.

He continued his harangue, “The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath….The FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier….the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law….The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators. Wall Street Journal”

While this was happening, people were injured and dying. Trump is right, the Russian interference probe is totally distracting him from being a good president. A decent leader would have been front and center on transportation safety and would have been using his pulpit to ask for more money on infrastructure. Maybe he should be calling for all the safety procedures to be put into action right now. You can’t always be anti-rules when people’s lives are in the balance.

While our president wastes his time tweeting and defending himself, two of his important appointees hit the wall. And their importance to the administration should not be ignored.

In July 2017, Tom Price appointed Brenda Fitzgerald as the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first job of the new Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, was getting rid of Director Fitzgerald. After POLITICO reported that the director had traded in tobacco stocks while she led the agency, she was asked to resign. And let’s not forget that Tom Price was forced to resign because of misuse of government funds using private planes.

While this was happening, Kathleen Hartnett White, who was Trump’s choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality under Rick Perry, had her nomination withdrawn by the administration. White, not a scientist, has declared climate change findings as “the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics.” During her Senate hearing last November, she defended past statements that particulate pollution released by burning fuels is not harmful, unless one were to suck on a car’s tailpipe. With Ms. White’s withdrawal for consideration, we see a major flaw in the Trump presidency. There is a complete lack of responsible vetting. These people are being served up to the President by the party in power as paybacks for political deeds done dirt cheap. Not all the bad people are being found and forced out by the process of nominations and hearings. And that is what we should be worrying about. These fools Trump puts into positions of power might harm the very people the President says he is here to protect.

With the release of the phony Nunes memo, it’s clear that we have a President who is manipulating the Speaker of the House, and most Republicans who have sold their souls for political gain and job security. They, too, are flawed in their thinking. While attempting to erect a wall to protect himself from the FBI and the Department of Justice, Trump fails to understand that the men and women who sit on the Supreme Court will follow the law, not a fool soaked in Propecia.

I find it rather strange that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has this growing fear of the government. He is trying to make a case that those in law enforcement are against him. He should just start using #OrangeLivesMatter, because obviously he has some great fear of being abused by the people who are paid to protect us from criminals, drug-cartels, fraud and terrorists. Finally, Trump now knows how someone feels when they have been pulled over in the dead of night by an aggressive cop not willing to hear their side of the story. Poor baby.

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