Is the Free Press Bringing You Down, Mr. President?

It really helped America that one of its smartest founders was a journalist and newspaper publisher. Benjamin Franklin wisely knew that if a dictator controlled the press they could easily control the country they ruled. As a trained journalist and broadcaster, I studied people like Vance Packard who wrote The Hidden Persuaders and The Naked Society. He was a critic of consumerism and taught us lessons about how media can manipulate us into believing, well, anything.

From outlines of naked women in the ice of touched-up advertising photos for a soft drink to more nefarious “liberties” taken by marketers, the golden rule is, “If it moves product, don’t judge the lie; it’s just an exaggeration.” As Donald Trump has said, “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration —and a very effective form of promotion.” Hey, I didn’t make that up. It’s in his book The Art of the Deal.

When Trump declares that a statement he knows to be false is an innocent form of exaggeration, his intent is deception. When he then pairs the word hyperbole, his claims are not meant to be taken literally. It’s putting lipstick on a big, fat swine sham.

I always urged my kids not to lie. I wonder what Trump’s evangelicals are saying to their children about the President’s lies. Now that we have seen the DNC virtual convention, there’s lots of denigration and exaggerations being tossed around. That brings us to our subject today, the lazy media in America and how they can’t resist “truthful hyperbole.”

First, Joe Biden is not in the grip of a mental meltdown. Clearly, the hashtag #TrumpMeltdown didn’t blow up Twitter by accident. It was the perfect time for people to tweet away to @RealDonaldTrump. Ironically, Trump is in court right now saying that his Twitter account is not official government business and thinks he deserves to block people from saying bad things about our poor little baby.

Even though the White House has said on many occasions that his personal account postings are official declarations, he doesn’t like to be spanked by people he doesn’t know. His Twitter account is official, of course. He’s threatened nuclear annihilation of countries, fired and hired government workers via the platform, and used the account to talk to his over 85 million followers. That case will never make it to the Supreme Court before the election and one could raise the point that when Trump becomes a private citizen after the election the account should be terminated by Twitter.

I confess that I did not watch all 12+ hours of the Democratic National Convention, but I did see all the major speakers and many of the inserts that were used to lay out the viewpoints of the party. I was shocked when I watched TV Friday night into Saturday when multiple critics were blasting the convention and its leaders because they didn’t talk about poverty and those most hurt by the imbalance of wealth in America.

I felt the virtual event was a refreshing way to experience a convention. There were no smoke-filled rooms, backstabbing factions and long-winded, self-serving speeches to make us turn away. An attempt to ignite a war between progressives and establishment would be all too easy. It would be like trying to pit the Tea Party clique in the Republican party against the new QAnon-racists in the party. Does the tea-party even exist anymore?

In a screenwriting class I once attended, the instructor taught us that drama cannot exist without conflict. Modern media outlets often create an artificial conflict and their efforts are transparent and do not create meaningful discussion. Right after the Joe Biden nomination acceptance speech, the commentators on CNN were positive and excited about the presentation, I wondered if it was a commercial for his presidency. True to form, CNN added their token conservative Scott Jennings to the mix. I felt sorry for him. He was outnumbered. I’m sure Scott is a nice guy and he’s a decent writer and thinker, but his comments were thin. I wondered why he was there at all.

Most of the left and slightly left of center media outlets are carrying a heavy guilt for not confronting Trump sooner. Philip T. Griffin, president of MSNBC and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, are not just bending journalism to match their own philosophies, they are doing everything they can to get and keep ratings. They do research and they know about the anger of their base audiences. They can see the fear that most moderates and liberals have about a second Donald Trump term. The happy ending for their cumulative audience would be a defeat of Trump by Joe Biden.

We know that lately Fox News has been showing signs of not being happy about a few Trump things. I couldn’t believe that Laura Ingram said nice things about Biden’s speech, much to the chagrin of her guest, Don Jr. Some insiders claim that all is not rosy in the Rupert Murdoch empire. He’s lost one of his sons in management over the climate crisis and there are those who say that Murdoch is pissed off at Trump for botching the COVID pandemic. They will move slowly like a turtle, however, because most of their guests are full-fledged sycophants of the party. They can challenge those speakers only a little lest it becomes too obvious.

ABC, NBC and CBS, the old grand dames of over-the-air TV, are doing a good job presenting the facts and pointing out the weaknesses of government, but they too can only go so far. CBS’ Sixty Minutes and Fox TV’s Fox News Sunday present penetrating questions, challenge their guests and dissect the facts, but such gutsy, great journalism covers only a couple of weekly hours.

Speaking of the poor, the homeless, those poor Americans left behind, I was amazed how quickly certain networks jumped on this bandwagon of DNC critical reviews claiming the “show” didn’t present enough platform and details, you know, the boring stuff that people don’t watch on TV. Really, media?

While we have more than 175,000 dead Americans, social unrest, wretched government response to the calamity called COVID, twenty major wildfires in California and two large hurricanes threatening the Gulf Coast, are we really going to fault and over-discuss what happened last week? This is the headline they all should be focused on: Chris Wallace says Biden blew ‘a big hole’ in Trump’s ‘mentally shot’ claim with DNC acceptance speech.

Quoting Vance Packard, “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded.”

Why did we let Donald Trump invade our homes? It’s time to turn him off, vote him out and let the Southern District of New York start their march toward justice.

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Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal

I hate the coronavirus and all that it has done to our country and world. I am ashamed of Donald John Trump, our supposed leader. This crisis has revealed his lack of understanding about basic scientific principles. What he and his minions say to the press and their constituents is so partisan and stupid it makes me sick, not like pandemic sick, rather mentally agitated and anxious. So now I will lay down some thoughts to end another week of this global crisis, so that one day when I look back I will be able to say, okay, you did see it, and you reacted. I also want my kids and grand kids to know exactly what I thought about this damn mess.

Washington is wasting time

We should all just stop watching the news and go about our business, but what business might that be? As I walked out of Walmart today, carrying a package of paper towels and some disinfectant, the term “Faustian bargain” came to mind. This is what we have. This is where we’re at.

A Faustian bargain is a mythical pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or their own soul, for worldly or material benefit, such as knowledge, power or riches. It’s like the pact made in the Broadway show and motion picture Damn Yankees, in which a man sold himself to the devil so his team, the Washington Senators, could beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. That man gave up the love of his life to see his team at the top. Let me explain why this is exactly where we are right now in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Satan-like creature who is tempting us with his Faustian bargain is the President of the United States. Donald Trump has been told over and over that with a strong economy he cannot be defeated in the election, and like the man selling his soul in exchange for a team win, Trump will do anything to achieve reelection. I am not exaggerating when I use the word anything.

As Donald Trump attempts to remake America according to his image and thought processes, he fails to understand that family, morality and kindness are more fundamental than people wearing red MAGA hats. He attempts to stir up the independent nature of some people with his LIBERATE tweets, but short of a future civil war what is the value of that contradiction? He told us the coronavirus was bad and we would have to stay safe, but then complained about his own advice. He is in an argument with himself and he truly doesn’t know what to do.

Trump’s Faustian bargain is pushed by his sycophants and miscreants who manipulate him and control his inner bully. These scoundrels don’t give a shit about whether people die or not, they care only about high ratings for their demigod. Trump pushed hard for states to open way before they should have, but that is not the real bargain. His deal with the devil is trading peoples’ lives for an economic return that will satisfy his drive to stay in power.

One reason he doesn’t wear a mask is purely a case of vanity. He slathers orange makeup on his face every morning because he thinks it makes him look better. He wastes tons of time making sure his comb-over hair looks simply perfect. He dresses in the same kinds of outfits every day because he’s insecure about his weight, and he surely believes that long ties, big blue suits and baggy pants make him look thinner. They don’t. He feels that wearing a mask would make him look weak, inferior and vulnerable. He’s the classic control-freak with low self-esteem. Deep down inside he knows he’s a fake, thus his many attacks based on the word “fake.”

There are those who will say that I am being cruel using the words “Kill a Bunch of Weak People, Get Back to Normal,” but that is the precise nature of the bargain Trump has taken. He’s pushing hard and lying more and more to get what he wants. He’s in a quandary. If people believe he’s negligent, his numbers will stay low and he will be a one-term president. If he doesn’t push the economy out of this padlocked state, the conservatives and rich donors will let the negatives fly to his detriment, and he will not tolerate that well. He has no built-in self-protection from criticism and does not think clearly when he’s angry. How did he ever become president?

Foul Shot at Puerto Ricans

When a demonic and destructive hurricane whipped through Puerto Rico, Trump was asked for help from the Mayor of San Juan. 2,975 people lost their lives when Maria leveled much of their island. Trump attacked the Mayor verbally, and when he arrived to see the damage, he unleashed his vindictive vitriol and blamed the government of Puerto Rico for the damage. These are the acts of a mean, uncaring human. And to prove this more, Trump commented while touring a plant making ventilators in Michigan yesterday, “We’re not going to close the country if there’s a second wave!” He’s just going to let you die.

The question in the title of this piece is real. Do we really care? When I see the headline: More than 1,200 pastors say they’ll defy California’s state order and resume in-person services, it’s clear these people do not have the safety and health of their flocks on their minds. Recently, a family held a funeral service in Albany, Georgia with a wonderful turnout of more than 200 unmasked, closely huddled people. Within weeks, the coronavirus spread throughout that county of 90,000 people, which now has 135 virus victims.

I get it. We are religious. We are brave. We believe God will protect us, but it’s immoral for a religious leader to promote the gathering of souls only to have them get infected and die. Read the Holy Bible. It’s not a political decision, it’s a public health decision. Protect your flock and be a good shepherd. The First Amendment was written by men who cared about the living and honored the dead by protecting their spirits. Stop producing UNNECESSARY DEATH. Perhaps that should be written on the arrest order for Donald Trump.


The Legacy of the Trump Debacle

President James Polk described one of his generals, Zachary Taylor, in a diary entry. Polk wrote, “I am now satisfied that he is a narrow-minded, bigoted partisan, without resources and wholly unqualified for the command he holds!” I think of Donald Trump and wish I had written that sentence. What do YOU have to lose, democracy, freedom or just your life?

I’m a real history freak and love to return to the past and read the details of how presidents handled the crises and calamities of their eras. Sometimes it gives me comfort that everything is going to be alright, but other times I can only guess what the great leaders of our history would say about Donald Trump. I am sure Andrew Jackson would laugh at him, even though Trump claims to be a big Jackson fan. The circus we are living through with Donald Trump would have been seen by Abraham Lincoln as nothing short of an alien invasion. No, Donald, none of them would have respected you.

Some hope arises when we realize that many presidents were accused of grabbing power, disregarding the Constitution and trampling the balance of power between the three branches of government, but we are still here. America is stronger than any one man, but it’s not unreasonable to distrust a human who has been given that much power. It can go to their heads and they don’t always do what is right.

There is no question in my mind that when “real” historians write the book on Trump, there will be little positive evaluation of his work. He will be mocked and taunted by the truth of the facts that will be revealed after he leaves office. What we do know about Trump for sure is that he never graduated from candidate to president. Time will reveal that this president kept lots of people around who will be indicted as thieves and liars. Perhaps they will say it’s just politics, but when the body count is put in writing, Trump will look like a lying James Polk or a naïve Herbert Hoover, not Lincoln, Kennedy or Obama.

Here’s something from the website, “Many historians rate America’s 15th chief executive, James Buchanan, as the most inept occupant of the White House due mainly to the fact that he took no action to unite a country sharply divided over the issue of slavery and did nothing to stop Southern states from seceding in the lead-up to the Civil War.” It’s important to point out here that 620,000 soldiers were killed in the war between the states, which to this day remains the greatest number of deaths in all US wars. In the Dread Scott decision, which came along shortly after Buchanan’s inauguration, the US Supreme Court ruled that African Americans were not, and never could become, US citizens, and the federal government couldn’t outlaw slavery in its territories. Historians believe that Buchanan manipulated this decision, thinking questions of slavery would be resolved forever.

When reading old headlines such as this, “Trump Sows Division and Confusion as Anxious Country Edges Toward Opening,” future historical archeologists will dig through layers of past posts, articles and speeches to find the truth. The complaints by pundits and political rivals that Trump avoided taking the full leadership role a president should during a global pandemic, will be blasted onto the pages of books and articles. As happened with Buchanan, some will say that state’s rights seemed more important than the federal government taking responsibility during a crisis.

In the history of the United States, presidents have lied to start land-grabbing wars — that is how we got Texas, New Mexico and California. They have lied about dirty deeds, such as secretly facilitating the sale of arms to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. President Ronald Reagan hoped to use the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua, where he had picked a winner. Reagan claimed not to know anything about it, and those who helped him cover up the lie were pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. The man who wrote those pardons? Current Attorney General William Barr.

The death count of COVID-19 will show many people we need a President who understands science and doesn’t disregard expert warnings of danger. The blank stare we get from many of those truth-challenged jackasses in the White House disprove the notion that Trump will hire “the best people.” THAT IS ONE BIG LIE.

Donald John Trump is a deceiver and complainer. He doesn’t get much done because few want to work with him. His word means nothing and his vacillation on so many issues has prevented positive results from all his diplomatic efforts. We get zippo from the man. North Korea has the bomb, Putin has done nothing good for America and Trump’s good friend Chinese President Xi Jinping is now the reason Trump failed to act quickly enough on the pandemic. This Trump guy is unbelievable, NO, REALLY, UNBELIEVABLE!

This just in: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will no longer abide by previous agreements made with Israel. Yes, they just tore up all the agreements for 25 years, I guess one of those “best persons” in the name of Jared Kushner doesn’t know what he’s doing. Totally unqualified for the job his father-in-law assigned him. Nepotism and cronyism are the dual cancers on this presidency.

The bad programs and poorly conceived policies of the Trump Administration have not protected us economically or medically. He spent so much time fighting Obamacare that he failed to understand how it would have helped during a health crisis. He accuses his political rivals of endless picadilloes which pale in comparison to the disastrous, divisionary decisions he’s made as President.

We have witnessed Trump ignoring warning signs, hyping bad drugs, promising imaginary stockpiles and promoting goofy ideas like mask cleaning machines. The idea that a quick blast of UV light will kill any viruses lurking in a room is foolhardy. Trump doesn’t know enough to know what he doesn’t know, but that will never stop him from declaring himself an expert.

The Donald ignores experts on the issues and spouts claims that sound as crazy as the sales pitch of an 1800s elixir salesman before taking the money and running. It happened to my grandfather, who was sold a bottle of medicine that was supposed to rejuvenate his teeth and leave them stain-free. After the salesman left town, my grandfather proceeded to burn the enamel off all his teeth with the elixir he bought. That old phrase “let the buyer beware” didn’t help his attitude when all his teeth had to be pulled.

Trump is like that salesman, ready to leave town right after he bags all the bucks. His handling of this global pandemic will be part of his legacy, forever. Maybe people will forget he was impeached, but I’m sure no competent historian will ignore the large number of people who died on his watch. Donald Trump is worse than James Buchanan, and far more dangerous to our country than Richard Nixon. Remember, Nixon resigned before going through an impeachment trial. Even after losing the election, Trump will have to be removed from the White House biting, frothing, screaming and resisting departure. Trump is an immoral criminal and an embarrassing America catastrophe. The clock is ticking, fat boy.

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Trump Scolds Reporters in the Rose Garden

My father was born in 1913 and if alive today he would be 107 years old. Growing up on a farm, my father dealt with a lot of hard work after his father died when Dad was 15 years of age. He was the youngest of 13 children and acquired most of his beliefs, prejudices and viewpoints during a depression and two wars. I didn’t blame him for his Archie Bunker-type comments, even though I knew why they were wrong.

My father used the term “polack” to describe Polish people, and although he never used the “N” word, he was most comfortable with calling African Americans “colored.” All the schools I attended were not integrated. My schooling took place before controversial busing laws, so I grew up in a white bubble. This was well before there was even the notion of “political correctness,” and many of the things we said then would not be received well today. If my father was around now, he would probably agree with the main guy in the White House.

Maybe because I was schooled as a journalist, my viewpoint on Donald J. Trump has been damaged by his constant disdain of media and disparagement of our free press. Along with my Presbyterian upbringing and the moral core of my being, I take umbrage with any verbal attack of a group of people, especially the downtrodden and persecuted minorities. I guess you can call me a bleeding heart, tree hugging liberal, although I would prefer to be known as a person with an altruistic grounding and who cares about people.

One of the burning questions that many have raised about Trump is whether he has some embedded racist viewpoints. We do know that his father Fred was probably a Nazi sympathizer. Records show that his father was arrested during a Nazi parade in New York in 1927, but let’s not judge a son’s values based on his father’s closed-mindedness.

The 45th President is a cloudy picture that can turn ugly in an instant. He uses the terms, “good people” to describe individuals who carry Nazi symbols of hate. He needs an enemy or combatant on every issue, which forces him to create a demon when none exists. He was quick to desire a ban of all Muslims from entering the US before he knew the details of one shooting.

When Trump runs out of Democrats, people of color, people from other countries or anyone who disagrees with him to bully, he aims his verbal attacks at the press. That is probably one of his easiest targets. When engaging with the press, his uncharted and disjointed verbosity gives us a great portal into his soul. His words are telling.

During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Monday May 11, 2020, President Donald Trump abruptly ended the briefing after he was challenged by one CNN reporter for withdrawing her turn to ask a question, but the damage was already done on mic with a previous reporter. CBS News Asian American reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he emphasized that the US was doing better than any other country with respect to coronavirus testing. Ms. Jiang pressed Trump, “Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?” As all the viewers could plainly see, Trump was miffed by the question and loudly retorted, “Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me! Ask China that question!”

Weijia has gotten under Trump’s skin in earlier press conferences, so even with her mask on Trump knew the Asian American reporter from CBS. He has rebuked and disparaged her in the past. The president then called on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, who was walking to the microphone as Jiang leaned over with half her mask off to ask, “Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?” The whole world witnessed Donald Trump facing an Asian woman who was confronting the President of the United States.

Donald Trump’s comeback was lame, “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.” The only thing that we could hear clearly after that was Jiang objection, “That is not a nasty question.”

Trump has no idea that what he did was purely racist, but then he doesn’t use logic, science or facts to determine any of his positions. Trump’s outburst was racist because she’s Asian, and he was insinuating that she should ask China because she’s Chinese. His move hearkened back to the time he asked April Ryan, an African American reporter, to talk to the Black Caucus for him. I guess he did so because of the color of April’s skin. He would not have asked a white reporter to be a middle-man or negotiator with African American groups. He assumed she was in cahoots with the Black Caucus.

Donald Trump had a strange comment when asked about the senseless killing of a black man in Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery. Few in the media picked up on this issue because of the intensity Trump created with his Chinese blunder during this week’s truncated press conference.

In response to a black reporter asking how he felt about the delayed justice in Georgia, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible and it’s certainly being looked at by many people – I’m speaking to many people about it.”  Then, the President pointed out that he talked with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the Senate’s only black Republican, and relayed that Senator Scott said that he too was disturbed by the fatal shooting. Tim Scott is a good guy but he’s not from Georgia. Donald Trump seemed to want people to know that he “has a black friend.” He was attempting to exploit that friendship to demonstrate he understands African American challenges in this country and, in a sense, was researching how he should react. Was he getting permission?

Our current House of Representatives has 56 African Americans while the Senate has only ten. Trump leans on Tim Scott so much in his commentary because of Scott’s special status of being African American and Republican. It’s doubtful that Trump called any Democratic African American members of Congress for their viewpoints on this tragedy.

When the President of the United States yells at a reporter, who was born in China but grew up in West Virginia, “ASK CHINA THAT QUESTION!” he is saying he doesn’t have an answer. He doesn’t know why everything is a competition. He told us we would be tired of winning. He was right; we are fatigued with his games. He has proven many times that he doesn’t like direct questions from women and especially women of color. So, he’s not only racist, but a male chauvinist pig. Okay, paste another star on his forehead. What a guy.

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

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

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Trump Fails the COVID Test

Has anyone ever told you, “It’s all in your head?” That dismissive statement is so disheartening. There are many hypochondriacs in the world. These people are abnormally anxious about their health and they find ailments, diseases and disorders in every corner. However, a little paranoia and fear is good in us humans when it keeps us from doing the wrong things.

We have heard much about the origin of the novel coronavirus. So much that we have no certainty where it came from other than some animal, like a bat. Folklore has demonized the bat by making it the villain in fright movies. That might have started with the vampire bat, found primary in Central America and South America. Their food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. Experts believe they evolved from frugivorous bats, with sharp teeth specialized for piercing fruit. Evolution led to eating parasites on mammals and eventually to piercing the skin of their prey to get to the blood. The human vampire myth is based on this animal. Brazil is one of the countries where vampire bats sleep at day and bite at night.

According to the renowned British medical journal the Lancet, “the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reached Latin America later than other continents. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020. But now, Brazil has the most cases and deaths in Latin America.” I am not at all suggesting that Brazil had something to do with the origin of the global pandemic, but they are an interesting study in stupidity.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world’s leading coronavirus deniers, was out this weekend jet skiing and sending a message to his fellow Brazilians that there is nothing to fear. According to Time magazine, “The far-right firebrand, who was elected in 2018 trading on conspiracy theories and half-truths, has dismissed COVID-19 as a ‘little flu’ and remarked that ’we all die someday.’” He has flouted his own health ministry’s guidance by going on walkabouts to greet supporters and has urged Brazilians to leave isolation and return to work, defying the advice of the World Health Organization.” It would be ironic if Bolsonaro got the “little flu,” but hey, he’s brave.

The medical, health and local governors in Brazil are urging President Bolsonaro to send a more cautious message to the citizens, but it’s too late. Brazil will become a global hotspot because its leader’s lack of understanding. As of May 11, 2020, Brazil had 163,510 cases with 11,207 deaths. As their testing increases, the case count will certainly go up but at what cost? Brazil has a population of 209 million. Some of the early deniers like, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, have finally come to respect the challenge, but there are other world leaders who are militant.

The autocrat in Belarus, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, has yet to impose any restrictions to slow the virus. We have also heard much about Sweden’s approach to the pandemic, do nothing, let the herd take the hit and move on. Might I remind you that the expression “herd immunity” means people will die?

With a population of only 10 million, Sweden currently has 26,322 confirmed cases with 3,225 deaths. They consider this a success. While we are uncertain the stats are accurate, Belarus reported to the World Health Organization that they have 23,906 cases with 135 deaths. I guess the Belarussians can’t be infected with something they don’t know about. It’s important to point out that President Putin in Russian started out being dismissive, until it became necessary to be honest. Russia has 221,000 cases of COVID-19 with 2,009 deaths. Putin is smart and expresses caution, while probably scheming how he can grab more power in this crisis.

Getting back to America, President Donald Trump is now facing the reality that people in his inter sanctum have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is not going to go well. A few minutes after a Sunday afternoon news leak that VP Mike Pence would be self-quarantined, a strongly worded retraction was issued saying that Pence would be going to the White House on Monday, as usual. I am sure a call from Trump motivated that reversal.

Just like the constant whiplash we have learned to expect from the Trump administration, we are seeing stories about the President being uptight about COVID being so close to him. Yes, I am suggesting that a certain strange personification of the COVID is taking place in Trump’s brain. He’s already working from home.

It’s like the hypocrites at Fox News who keep encouraging people to do what the president says about opening the country, yet being fearful and cowering in their homes while they broadcast their nightly diatribes. Trump is also apprehensive. We know he’s a germaphobe, but his love of money, need for approval and obsessive desire to get re-elected produce muddled messages. It’s clearly a “do as I say” rather than “do as I do” warning that he sends.

The lackadaisical attitude of our top guy produces actions by those who still respect his opinion. With each pronouncement of openings and the relaxation of social distancing, we see fewer people wearing masks in public. When Trump said, “…wearing a mask would send the wrong message” and make him look ridiculous, his MAGA sycophants heard, “If you wear a mask YOU will look ridiculous!” Someone please tell me, what is the difference between “Anti-Vaxxers” and Trump? Both say stupid things that cause harm, pain and sometimes death.

Most Americans don’t care about Sweden or Brazil or Belarus, but they do care about their children. Sadly, we are learning that our leaders, both political and medical, were wrong about this virus not being dangerous to children. That was a tragic mistake.

I gasped when this headline appeared, “3 New York Children Die From Syndrome Possibly Linked to COVID-19.” Just when we think we understand what is happening, we learn something new. We now know that COVID-19 (clinically named SARS – CoV-2 virus) will attack organs other than the lungs. We have a monster on our shores, and if we let up now we will be living in fear for a long time.

Donald John Trump has failed the global pandemic test. We were NOT ready, and his mind WAS NOT and IS NOT in the right place to cope. Our experts stepped up and tried to guide him to proper actions, but he was slow and conflicted at every turn. The President will continue to distract by casting an ever-widening net of blame. He will try to focus on some positives, but his feeble attempts will no longer work. The virus is in the White House.

Trump’s nightmares of bats, labs, germs and fear of being poisoned will continue, but deep down inside he knows the only way to beat this curse is to find a cure. His political reputation and career are currently in the hands of others and he can’t stand that. Which brings us to my best advice, “Never send a narcissist to a pandemic.”  

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I am just as impatient as any baby boomer. I have been eating far too much maple walnut coffee cake, but hey, it’s “comfort food” for these pandemic times. We are all itching to get back to work, get back to eating out and get back to good times with our fellow men and women. Donald Trump was aware of this unrest and his tweets asking people to LIBERATE certain states pushed the unrest into protest. Judging by the small numbers of protesters, he should be worried.

Not so surprising, all the states Trump mentioned were either swing states or solidly Democratic. The videos and photos from these protests showed not much social distancing and lots of MAGA gear. It was an audacious use of the White House’s own guidelines to create the backlash, and then exploiting the frustrations of quarantining and sacrificing created another problem for the governors. The court ruled in favor of the Governor of Michigan and her desire to keep her citizens protected, but that didn’t stop Trump loyalists from bringing unloaded guns into their capital building. Rather than bringing us all together, the Donald has divided us once again. What a guy, huh?

This just in, a California judge has upheld the beach ban that their Governor Gavin Newsom imposed after the surfers and sun worshipers violated social distancing last weekend. Time to pay attention people.

One of the things that Donald Trump has done all his life is to state an opinion, then add a claim that “everyone knows it” to an audience of reporters. First, that’s an unfair thing to do to reporters who are not there to codify, or fact check him on the fly. Their job is to report truth. It’s rather outrageous for the President of the United States to voice unproven beliefs without any evidence or information that led him to whatever pronouncement he’s made.

Donald Trump has achieved the title of the King of the Ad Hominem. For those not familiar with that term, it’s an argument or reaction directed to a person rather than the position that person is maintaining. Trump does this constantly. He doesn’t have the mental acuity to address facts or pose an intelligent, relevant question. If he feels threatened, he verbally assaults the person asking the question. He cannot smoothly pivot from an unwanted question.

Another obnoxious Trumpian habit is not letting a reporter finish their question. He just ploughs ahead and answers what he thinks the question might be, or he spouts some vitriol and vindictive mold that has nothing to do with the subject. To bounce from a question about a travel ban to bragging about his wall is not only a non-sequitur, but immensely confusing to the viewers. Not to be sardonic, but Trump does know that a steel wall cannot stop a virus, right? Oh, sorry, I was just being sarcastic.

I am just as sick of staying inside as I am of hearing endless bullshit from our idiot-in-chief. This nincompoop spends so much time pooping out poppycock and contagions from his own mouth that he should be wearing a mask 24-hours a day. His belief system is a strange, secret cabal of brain cells that convince him that no matter what he says, he is right, absolutely right. When asked if he has any regrets for which he might ask God’s for forgiveness, he said, “Nothing.” He regrets nothing in his life and claims he’s never done anything needing an apology. Wow! Immaculate President.

Our country is too important to have this narrow-minded knucklehead dictating policies, laws and executive orders that affect our lives and future. A question we should ask anyone running for any office is WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN? Donald Trump spent most of his life in the public eye. He never talked about his “Christian beliefs” until he ran for president. He was pro-choice, a democrat and a self-admitted womanizer before he decided to run for President. He purposefully moved to the Republican ticket because he thought Republicans were stupid. When interviewed in 1998 by People magazine, Trump said, “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.” I’m not making this up. It’s a direct quote. When Trump talks, we should listen. Even his lies are motivated by underlying racist opinions, anti-global beliefs and mystifyingly ludicrous mining of data. He takes one small point and determines a conclusion from that limited viewpoint.

Have you ever seen a recordable greeting card that lets you create an 18-second message to the card’s recipient? Well, that is how Trump’s brain works. Someone speaks and Trump hears only the first 18-seconds, then, like a robot, he repeats that one piece of data. If only he stopped there, he would semi-accurate, but he is driven to keep talking. His addiction to blabbering drives him to add his beliefs and opinions, which many times are total lies. It’s not only about being disingenuous; he’s putting our country and its citizens in harm’s way. It should be noted that Trump’s beliefs are not necessarily the same as his base but, sadly, when he shifts, they shift right along with him. His base is truly a CULT. That’s what I believe.

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Trump Puts Politics Before People

Since the global pandemic swept across our shores, one thing has become abundantly clear. Our healthcare system is more than broken. It’s systemically ill equipped to handle the greatest threat to mankind.

Critics of Donald Trump say they cannot see a plan from his administration, and they are right. We have a patchwork of policies, rules and executive orders coming from the White House and local governors. When we most need an umbrella strategy to defeat this virus and get businesses back up and running, we are confronted with new, often contradictory, ideas every day. There is no thoughtful planning. Trump told us that he and the Republican members of Congress had a new and improved concept to replace what is known as Obamacare. We are now more than 1,000 days into the Trump Administration and there is no plan to improve healthcare. Showing prices for drugs on TV ads does not help me feel good about healthcare. If anything, seeing a $3,000 price tag for a drug makes me depressed.

According to the Miami Herald, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, while sitting with Trump in the Oval Office, said that “our ability to test exceeds the current demand.” That is simply not true. Hospitals in the state say they continue to be constrained by supply shortages of testing components, kits and chemical reagents. DeSantis has no grounding in medicine and clearly has not listened to his frontline people. It’s the Trump Effect. The less you know, the more confident you sound. Why is there so much lying going on here?

Let’s not believe elected officials when they talk about medical issues. Yes, some of our congresspeople or governors are doctors, but they “speak with forked tongues,” which is a native American expression. Think snake.

So, Donald Trump signed an executive order that requires meat processing companies to stay open. The pushback came quickly. The next-day-headline said meat plant workers employees would not show up at work. According to CNN, “The situation has gotten so severe, company executives warned, that the US meat supply could be at risk. John Tyson, chairman of the Tyson brand, warned of limited supply if plant shortages continue.” By signing the order, Trump declared these plants part of critical US infrastructure and declared they must stay open. That brings us to the next problem.

You see, the fat-ass-bastard in the White House, decrying “globalism” and screaming that it’s all about “America First,” has made our country far less prepared to operate in a global environment. We sold medical PPE to China in January to make a buck. Doing so severely crippled America’s ability to control COVID-19 on our own soil.

Yesterday, one of my blog fans submitted an amazing response to my post. She talked about, “A former Labor Department lawyer thought the executive order gave meat packers liability cover to continue operating. I suspect it also gives them license to hire scabs. You cannot make a deathly ill employee stand up and make sausage, and having employees dropping on the line is bad press. The unions can say employees will use their sick time, but employers will waive the ‘executive order’ when it comes to paying those sick workers. They’ll still be waiving as they’re hiring ‘temporary people’ to stand where sick employees stood yesterday. It’ll all go to court of course, but the courts already slow-walk labor issues.”

Have we not learned that imposing tariffs on goods from China looked good on paper but severely hurt our farmers? The fact that Trump brags about giving them a bailout should have been a canary in the coal mine moment. We were dumping soybeans while larger and more politically powerful farmers were getting paid to withhold sales to China. Trump knows how to get into a fight, but he doesn’t comprehend how things are connected. He can squawk all he wants about China as the source of the pandemic, but what would he say if a virus originates here in America and spreads to the rest of the world? We are not CLEANER than any other country, we’re just RICHER and, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DUMBER.

It’s particularly sad that this global pandemic hit the US at the beginning of an election year. It would have been just as bad any other year, but we would have heard less partisan bullshit from both sides. If more members of the Executive Branch had been hit with this virus, perhaps we might have smarter decisions emanating from Trump’s inner circle. This president’s tweets and comments are so tone-deaf and destructive that his credibility is going down each day.

If you care about polls, more numbers are in. 47% of Americans now say they are “very” or “somewhat” likely to follow Trump’s advice on the coronavirus pandemic. This represents a significant, 15 percentage-point drop from a Reuters poll in late March. More notably, 98% of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, say they would not want to be injected with a household disinfectant like bleach if they came down with the coronavirus. Overall, Trump’s job approval now sits at 43%.

If the election were to be held today, Donnie Boy would not win. Let’s hope his poll numbers continue to decline and he gets the big boot from office in November.

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Terms of Trump’s White House

Donald Trump’s most dangerous flaw is there is never any calm in the sea. There is never any normalcy. And while that might be Trump’s trademark in business, being a disrupter in government only makes his task more difficult. There will always be scandals and salacious rumors to handle, but it’s pure incompetence when your own team produces problems.

For those following this story, it’s simple. The FBI is charged with vetting and doing an investigation into anyone who applies for security clearances. Rob Porter, in a sense, failed the test and was granted only a temporary clearance. The long-haired White House lawyer, Don McGahn, knew about it, General Kelly knew about it, but no one with power in this administration stood up and made it clear there was a problem. ONCE AGAIN, THE FBI WAS NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY. When they accuse someone of wrongdoing, we should all take notice.

Aside from the mainstream media outlets trying to take Retired General John Kelly to the woodshed, there are some serious tribulations of law and order, plus potential blackmail, due to a lack of protocol by the President. This appears more precarious than a private email server; a server which obviously was so damn secure no one seems to know what was on it.

One of the more embarrassing aspects of the Rob Porter dismissal is the fact that he’s having a romantic relationship with Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director and good friend of the Trump family. After certain facts were revealed, one of the funnier statements from the administration said Hicks “recused herself.” How does a Communications Director recuse herself of anything?

Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah admitted that Hicks helped draft a supportive statement about Porter from Chief of Staff General John Kelly. So, what is involved in “recusing” on this matter? Are they forced to break up? Are they both sent off the island? Are they allowed to continue their romance while she works in the White House? The old movie Sleeping with the Enemy comes to mind.

Why are so many people being accused of things? Why is there male machismo here which says you can simply deny something that happened with a woman and the world will side with you? Some sources say Porter got encouragement from senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, to “stay and fight.” This Trump-Roy Moore strategy might work with something less emotionally charged but, once again, what women wants to be put through this kind of privacy invasion and abuse from the press? Women in Alabama were the targets of retribution and, just in case you forgot, one of the Roy Moore accusers had her house burned to the ground.

As we move to the next level of this investigation and affair, will there be a tough-guy President reaction with another “You’re fired?” Will Donald Trump, out of loyalty to his girl Hope Hicks, give her some fatherly advice to stay away from an abuser? Will he finally figure out that having people on his team with the same DNA and personal relationships with each other will eventually do him in and hurt our country?

Trump says that when he found out about Rob Porter he was “very sad.” He stated that the man did a good job and worked very hard. Trump wished him well but made no attempt to decry spousal abuse. Instead of saying he believes the wives, he mentioned only that Porter has denied it all. The Roy Moore game plan has become the Donald Trump game plan. This make him complicit, in a sense, and we can only hope that he’s not enabling the behavior.

The FBI should turn over all of its documents and communications on this issue to show they did their job. The ethics lawyers in the government need to step up and start to act responsibly. The laws are on the books for a reason. And if Jeff Sessions was doing his job, he would be advising the White House how they are walking on very thin ice. By the Spring, the ice will melt, and Trump will be deep in the dirty water of the swamp. It’s time for action America.

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