QUITERS AND LOSERS

Trump’s Polluted Swamp

What is happening in Washington, DC? With Senators Flake and Corker leaving their offices at the end of this term, they are liberated and able to say what they really think about Donald J. Trump. And what they are saying is the same thing we have been saying here from the beginning of this terrible presidency. But they both stop short of using the “I” word. Why?

When someone declares a leader unfit for office, one would think that they would use any legal method to correct that mistake. But in the world of politics, you cannot accuse someone of being dangerous to democracy and call for his impeachment. Why? Because they are still in the Senate. To use the term, impeachment, you have to back it up.

When you use polite, well-written prose, as Jeff Flake did yesterday (10-24-2017), your words will never be heard by the people you need to convince. The conservative Republicans have bought into this president, partly because they think they can use him to slam through their agenda. That is a fallacy, as they have already realized, but they cannot turn against Trump because of a good-old-boy pledge to party above country.

Donald Trump is not on the same page as the Republican party leaders. If anyone crosses him in any way, he goes after the person without a regard for any possible damage it might do to the Republican brand. Some are so wounded they decide not to run for reelection.  What happened to local politics? What happened to political parties? What is happening to America?

That old adage, “you are either with me, or against me” seems to have been created in Washington and has now seeped into the body politic of a nation. The division between citizens in this nation is one of the worst by-products of the Trump presidency.

I was speaking with a gentleman about the NFL controversy and I used the term “Black Lives Matter.”  He replied, “That’s a false narrative.” I asked, “Is it?” He immediately knew which side I was on and backed off. If you are programmed what to say, you never have to think about what you are saying. Most Republican Trump supporters just mimic what the President or the talking heads plant in their heads. Brainwashed and hung out to dry.

Let’s look at the past ten days. The President of the United States failed to respond to four soldiers being killed in Africa. The press brought it to his attention and asked why he didn’t mention the tragedy. So, Trump made the calls and got caught in bad form and lies, which then dominated the media.

When placing a similar call back in June to Chris Baldridge, the father of a fallen solider, the President learned of Mr. Baldridge’s frustration that his son’s ex-wife would receive a $100,000 death gratuity from the Pentagon, while he would receive nothing. Trump offered to cut him a $25,000 check, which he “forgot about” until the press brought it to his attention. The check was finally mailed, but was dated 10-18-2017.

It was the most glaring example of who Trump really is. Trump related to the sad father’s complaint about an ex-wife and offered a payment of $25,000. The White House was open and upfront about the check mistake, because it made the Donald look good. Will the President be cutting checks for all the soldiers’ fathers?

After speaking with the wife Sgt. La David Johnson, Donald Trump claimed he spoke the serviceman’s name “from the beginning” of the conversation, contradicting his widow’s account of the call. I guess giving your life for your country doesn’t buy you respect. Could it be that Trump can relate only to fathers?  Maybe he has a problem communicating with women, especially black women.

This “exclusionary stance” creates a fear-threat component that Trump exploits, which then explodes on the front pages of the newspapers. The words of Donald Trump hold more weight than anyone else’s, and his base then creates a mob mentality which can take down politicians who challenge him.

If the truth be told, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are not running next year because they know they will be tormented by Trump, brutalized by Bannon and castrated by their own constituents. People on the far right will dismiss anyone who says anything critical about our great Orange Leader. Where is the counter propaganda to this seething idiot?

You cannot say the buck stops here, and then quit. You cannot say you care about the country and then say that you don’t want impeachment. We are the real losers in this scenario. The Koch brothers and Bannon will just line up the people who will do what THEY WANT, and they will pour millions into getting them elected.

In the end, the swamp won’t be drained but simply restocked with a bunch of ideologs who believe America is better without regulations, diversity and constitutional law. The revolution will be televised and those visuals will be bought by those with the most money. It’s a sad day in America when party-shaming keeps honest people from saying what they really feel.

 

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CORKER AND THE CHAOS

Trump Has No Discipline

All those people who predicted that Donald Trump would not be fit to be president, were right. And all those people who sit back and say nothing about the risk Trump poses to America should be ashamed of themselves. Bob Corker, the junior United States Senator from Tennessee, has been outspoken about the politics, people and policies of this White House. And for his honesty, he is now the target of a substantial tweet campaign by the Presidential bully.

This was the President of the United States on Twitter this weekend: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”

There are many lies and a few exaggerations in his words, but the Donald doesn’t care if anyone knows he’s lying. Trump has weaponized lies throughout his career, and becoming President has not changed his modus operandi. Bob Corker would have made a great Vice President, one who wouldn’t go along with being played like a puppet by the Commander and Chief. The stunt at Lucas Oil Stadium by Mike Pence wasted tons of jet fuel and two perfectly good seats. Spineless Pence really couldn’t be in the stadium with protesters? What a wimp.

While Trump and Pence orchestrated this trick to get NFL protests back into the news, the real focus should have been on what Bob Corker was saying in his tweets over the weekend: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” And the New York Times caught up with Corker to get some additional thoughts: “Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday (10-8-2017) that President Trump was treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation ‘on the path to World War III.’”

When defending Rex Tillerson and the other adults in the administration, Jim Mattis and John Kelly, Corker said those people help separate our country from chaos. And that brings us to most important part of this article.

Why does this President create chaos? Why would someone with so many important priorities, policies and legislative agendas on the line waste his few brain cells on this nonsense?

There is a little quoted statement by Richard Nixon that fits here: “Do you want to make a point or do you want to make a change? Do you want to get something off your chest, or do you want to get something done?” Trump is a lot like Nixon, only not as smart.

Trump is beyond tone-deaf. He psychologically vomits so much that we clearly see his disturbing mental makeup. His staff, his cabinet and his Vice President have all chugged the Kool-Aid and will back him on whatever he says or does, no matter how extreme or ridiculous. Will the Generals? Will the Congress? And, most importantly, will the Supreme Court?

Why do we want a President who spends so much energy on the NFL, rather than focusing on the domestic and global threats? Donald Trump is a dinosaur and we all know what happened to that species. He moves too slowly on vital issues and is distracted by dissent from the least important people. Critical remarks and entertainment control his judgement and lead to the on-going disorder and bedlam. This is more than embarrassing, it’s downright dangerous.

We should read Corker’s words again, “…could set the nation on the path to World War III.” Is this what we want? Trump must go, even at the risk of having a totally weak-willed white guy from Indiana in the Oval Office.