Trumpean Excuses & Mediocre Leaders
I sincerely don’t understand what is happening with my country. We all know that politicians will say anything to get elected, but once in office, we expect them to sliver out of their slimy huckster skin and bring us together, or, at least, make the right decisions for all the people, not just a boisterous minority.
When I am approached by someone from the far right, or someone in Trump’s base, I quickly asses the degree to which their ideology will have a bearing on the conversation. What Donald Trump has taken from us all is a natural kindness, openness and a common human bond. And there are those who have translated his hate, closemindedness and radical thoughtlessness into a platform for their party. How did that happen?
We all know that when someone joins a club they follow the plans and policies of the club leaders. When the fraternity speaks, everyone must listen and follow the instructions. Hazing hurts people, but we tacitly give approval by letting a system of exclusion exist. We allow a “Tax Cut” bill to hurt millions of people and drain money from our treasury, but members of that club must blindly follow the orders. Once again, in Trump’s America, the rich guys get the money and the poor people must obey.
If the only thing a middle or lower-class person had to worry about was whether the stock market went up, then I would say Trump has really helped a lot of people. It is said that the richest 1% own about 38% of all privately held wealth in the United States, while the bottom 90% carry 73% of all debt. And even though 52% of all Americans own stock, most of that paper is not available to them until they reach 66 years of age. So, what is this all about?
The soul of America has always been independence, hard work and democracy. Whatever Donald Trump wants you to think, he’s not about the working middle class. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he judges people by their status, wealth and standing, rather than the quality of their character, intelligence or desire to contribute to society. He rarely listens to anyone else and has a deep-seated hate for Barack Obama. His actions speak louder than words.
But this isn’t about President or Party, this is about the spurning of 65%, or more, of Americans who disagree with most of what Trump is doing. A leader of the United States of America should be able to open his mind to the fact that when the majority of the people have NO VOICE IN GOVERNMENT, something is wrong.
It’s stunning that in their desire to placate the Donald’s ego, hundreds of legislators are not even taking the time to read a tax bill before they vote on it; negligence of the highest order.
As the Republican money machine, being propelled by Devin Nunes, a Koch brothers’ puppet, the American public cannot get reliable information of what the bill really means to most American taxpayers. They don’t care because their research tells them no one will read it.
As the President’s rich comrades push through tax cuts for the very wealthiest, no one will mention that Koch was the company that helped Adolf Hitler with his oil refineries. You see, capitalism and chemistry make them rich, not feeding the poor. No one will mention their desire to let the ruling class of old money reign over the world and our country. But, perhaps I’m being too dramatic. Perhaps, the sons aren’t like the fathers, you know, like the Trump boys.
Donald Trump Jr. is a mess. He obviously doesn’t have an original thought in his brain. But wait, isn’t that what this is all about? It’s sinister forces controlling the minds of bigots and liars among us. The Koch brothers control Nunes, Trump controls Congress and Fox News controls Donald Trump. Why would rumors being fed to a half-baked TV morning show have more influence over the President than his DOJ, FBI and intelligence community? Rupert Murdoch must be pleased.
It’s not healthy for the President of the United States to sit around and watch four-hours of TV each day while gulping 12 cans of Diet Coke. He’s addicted to the hype, the caffeine and the controversary. He gets up every morning and has to have his fix. He’s a drug addict, like Harvey Weinstein is a sex addict.
Donald John Trump is such a flawed human being he would be a tiresome character in any movie or play. His dialog is much like the Big Brother character on the telescreen in George Orwell’s 1984. Remember these lines: “This is our land. A land of peace and of plenty. A land of harmony and hope. This is our land. Oceania. These are our people. The workers, the strivers, the builders. These are our people. The builders of our world, struggling, fighting, bleeding, dying. On the streets of our cities and on the far-flung battlefields. Fighting against the mutilation of our hopes and dreams. Who are they?”
When Trump says he is the voice of the forgotten people, the voters must believe they have been forgotten. Who told them they were forgotten, Big Brother himself. Our great Orange Leader plants the seeds and nurtures the fear that someone is coming to take away our hopes and dreams. The gut wrenching, wretched truth is that very someone is already here, and he is Donald Trump. Slowly, with each day, he is mutilating our Constitution and attempting to nullify all that stands for a better America. The biggest lie of all is his fantasy that he will, and he alone can, Make America Great Again.
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