PLEXIGLASS BUSINESS BOOM

Trump’s Virus Makes Some Rich

I grew up hearing the phrase “American Ingenuity” and was always proud of waving the red, white and blue. We are quite the country with our innovations and advancements, including the telephone, the polio vaccine and, of course, the internet. We are smart and whenever things change or a loophole is found, we invariably move quickly to make money on a success or a tragedy.

When the stock ploy of “selling short” was first explained to me I couldn’t understand how that could possibly be legal. When I hear about the travesties of some people with reverse mortgages I wonder why such a loan even exists in our banking system. Then there’s tobacco. Even after we controlled the sales of those products, their use causes 480,000 deaths per year, which includes more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. So, now that a global pandemic has hit, opportunistic people are stepping up.

I recently learned that Etsy, the resale website, helped sell $346 million worth of homemade masks this year. Plexiglass has become a hot item as the need for coronavirus protection has increased. The Plaskolite company in Columbus, Ohio is working full time to fill their orders. Not only do they make plastic face shields, but the demand for plexiglass dividers for business use has increased. The commodity intelligence service, ICIS, told CNBC, “For some plexiglass manufacturers, April and March output increased by 300% compared to February,”

When I heard the news that Vice President Mike Pence was rejecting the use of plexiglass to protect him at tonight’s debate, I shook my head. Why? The Trump administration systemically fails to comprehend the damage COVID-19 can do, has done and will continue to do if they don’t start taking it seriously. I contend that Pence must run everything past the Donald to get daddy’s permission. I’m sure this latest rub-up happened because a fat, orange guy, high on steroids, screamed bloody murder. They really don’t want more protection. Does Pence also have a death wish?

It wasn’t surprising to see Katie Miller, Pence’s communication person and the wife of top presidential advisory and speech writer Stephen Miller, post a snarky tweet about how the Vice President didn’t want to have a plexiglass shield in front of his face and blamed Kamala Harris for the rule. In the true spirit of poetic justice, hours later her husband tested positive for COVID-19 and they both went into quarantine. Let’s not depend on Katie for important information. She also tweeted this recently, “I know this may be controversial, but I’m anti-umbrella — this Florida girl loves walking in the rain. And you should find yourself a spouse who ALWAYS lets you be YOURSELF.” By the way, we have tons of lightning here in Florida, so walking in the rain could be dangerous.

Stephen Miller Positive for COVID-19

At least 34 people close to Trump have contracted COVID-19 in the past few days. They believed Donald Trump knew more than the experts they first pushed to the back of the podium and then pulled completely from the press conferences. Trump paraded out his puppet, Dr. Scott Atlas, to sing the praises of how he handled the crisis and to promote the stupid concept of herd immunity. I suppose some of Atlas’s medical friends beat him up badly because he started to distance himself from his own message. Also, have you noticed that Atlas has been missing in action since the President got infected by the virus?    

I would love to publish a full-page, open letter to the President in every newspaper in America with the headline, “WHY THE GAMES?” Now we have the Donald John Trump tweet that he has stopped all talks with Congress regarding more coronavirus relief until he gets reelected, after which the stock market fell 375 points. Then, late last night, our President pounded out a sixty-post tweet storm. I might remind our readers that some of the side effects of taking Dexamethasone are vision changes, swelling, rapid weight gain, sleep problems, mood changes, depression, mood swings and agitation. Should this man be allowed to tweet while he’s still high on drugs? Maybe his Twitter account should be disabled until the effects of the medication are gone.

Self-destructive behavior is common when Trump feels he’s losing. After blame was dumped on all the people Donnie wanted to hurt, he ran out of options. Then, he tried to blow everything up like a child with no moral or logical grounding. Can’t we just send him back to military school to “straighten him out?” Maybe we should send him to the time-out chair for the next four months. He’s a dangerous psychopath, suffering from chronic mental disorders. He may soon move into violent social behavior to protect himself and his tender ego. If he lived in Florida, all his guns would be taken away.

If the result of this man’s game playing leads to civil war, it will prove that he’s worse than the virus. There isn’t enough plexiglass to protect us from this jackass. When his eventual trial for insurrection and treason takes place, our law and order leaders should throw the book at this failure of a man. Half of the states are showing increases in COVID infections, almost 211,000 people have died, and their families are still grieving and dealing with the pain of loss. Yet, there’s Trump parading around and bragging about his possible immunity. What a turd.

TRUMP is a problem, but we have a possible cure coming on November the third. Register, vote and stand by! We may need to take the People’s House back by force, but I believe George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and even John Adams would think tossing the bum out is a perfect plan. I hope it doesn’t come to that. I am happy with my government despite this screwed up situation.

Oh, this just in. The Pence campaign now agrees to plexiglass — provided it’s made in the USA. USA! USA! USA!

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MOMENT OF TRUTH

Trump’s Terrible Weekend of Death & Fear

I cannot imagine what my emotional state would be if one of my siblings were removed from this earth. Death is an all-powerful notion we humans respect and revere. It was sad to learn that Robert Stewart Trump died last Saturday. Robert is Donald Trump’s younger brother and he’s believed to be a direct opposite to his erratic and self-serving brother. Robert benefited greatly from the Trump fortunes and even worked for his brother, running the Casinos in Atlantic City, NJ.

Unsuccessful Casino

To put this story in perspective, know that the Donald blamed Robert for the failure of the Taj Mahal casino. Auditors claim the casino lost millions because of mismanagement. Donald Trump berated Robert in front of other employees and Robert simply walked out of the room, just like the big, orange presidential pumpkin does when confronted by the press.

Robert patched up things with Donald after his big brother started running for President, which netted Trump an endorsement from his little brother. Robert was about 6’5” while Donald stands at 6’3”. I’m sure that difference bothered the Donald. To the President’s credit, he visited his brother in the hospital the day before he died, then played golf on Saturday.

People are being critical of Trump for that leisure while his brother was living his final hours, but isn’t that consistent? Donald Trump went to a movie with his sister Elizabeth when his older brother Freddie was on his deathbed. I am disturbed by all the hate, vitriol and lashing out about Trump on social media. Hey, he’s afraid of dying and has a bizarre idea that his death will come when someone poisons him. Paranoid?

While 170,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, Trump is laser-focused on his campaign and not the health of American citizens. His new virus task force spokesman, radiologist Dr. Atlas, must be reading more tea leaves than X-rays by claiming virus fear is a product of the media. Do radiologists know anything about viruses?

I am struck by the electioneering being done by loud, angry and spiteful Trump supporters at some of the early voting locations in my county. The Biden supporters will have to walk through the mob to vote on November 3, but hopefully we will get a resolve on the post office drama this week. Trump broke the USPS, and if he doesn’t fix it I am hoping another criminal charge will be added to his permanent record in January.

What is it about Donald Trump that compels him to break things? He is like the spoiled kid losing in Monopoly and throwing everything off the board, toppling the table and yelling, “CHEATER, CHEATER!” as he runs back to mommy — a mother who had no time for him.

I have said to anyone who will listen that the best thing for this country would be Donald Trump or one of his immediate family contracting COVID. I am not saying that I want any of them to succumb, but the reality of this virus cannot be fully understood until it’s on your front porch.

Most conservatives don’t understand the normalcy of homosexuality until one of their kids comes out of the closet. A parent then has three choices, disown, embrace, or deny and only one of them is good. We cannot depend on Trump and his flunkies to make good calls during this pandemic; they just aren’t smart enough. They deny and disengage, but the facts and figures are everywhere. They cannot disown their behavior and inaction. Hey, 170,000 people are DEAD!

I just finished reading, Michael Beschloss’ book, Presidents of War and the more I learned about the men who held the office the less I liked each of them. I am amazed at how many people don’t simply say they dislike Trump. Instead they use words like, “I cannot tell you how much I hate the guy.” Wow! In a weak moment the other day Trump said, “I guess people don’t like me.” There, out loud he admitted his greatest fear, being rejected. I guess all the Democrats and anti-Trump Independents have become Trump’s dead father. Why does he need so much attention and love?

Trump is unprepared for the office of President, unqualified to deal with trade and unable to cope with science, truth, statistics and fatalities. Out of the five Fred and Mary Trump offspring, only the women survive. Yes, swipe intended. The little whiny baby in the White House has no empathy in the tank. He’s a spent little man.

The moment of truth is arriving. There will be much chaos and arguing and debate about whether Donald John Trump is worth saving. He’s not. I wonder if Maine’s Senator Susan Collins now thinks Trump has “learned his lesson” after the impeachment. He hasn’t. Can Trump deal with death? Probably he’ll post a tweet and move on, thinking, “Well, at least it wasn’t me,” and that is terribly sad.

If Trump loses the election, will he be able to concede and walk away like an honorable man would do? He’s running out of people to pardon, but who knows what his reaction will be. Will he become the only president in history to be hauled out of the White House by the D.C. Park Police, or worse, by the military? That would be so totally disgraceful. It would be the ultimate proof he cares more about himself than America.

Why do we have to deal with the Donald? Well, we made a mistake and we must fix it and move on. I am not afraid of the Trump flag wavers giving me the finger, but I am angry that even those sycophants had to endure this idiot. I took a stand in 2016, and I am not going to give it up. HE’S AN IDIOT! And as I drove by the Trump protesters, I put my bullhorn out the window and chanted, “HE’S GONG TO KILL YOU! HE’S GOING TO KILL YOU!”

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BIRX, FAUCI & REDFIELD SHOULD RESIGN

Confront Trump and Save American Lives

There comes a time when things get so bad one must decide a course of action for their own survival. This can happen when a woman in an abusive marriage walks out the door to save her life and assure the future for her children. Sometimes a man stays in an equally terrible relationship and must escape before some bad disaster takes place, such as a murder. Here in America we now face a life or death situation and it’s time for someone to do the right thing.

The President of the United States is saying all the wrong things, pushing lies and distractions and waging a sinister plan that fuels the COVID-19 flames. He’s killing people! Who can step up and make a difference with him? Someone who attended the first Coronavirus Task Force meeting in months leaked a terrible account of the President’s temperament on the pandemic. According to CNN, “As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the President, Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject. He started talking about something else.” There is no reason why anyone would make this up. Was it done to make the Donald change his tune? Assuming what was reported is true, then are we getting closer and closer to the 25th Amendment. Let’s review that potential cure for an ignorant and dangerous President.

From the Globe Gazette

The 25th deals with succession and other issues, but this paragraph should catch your attention: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Mike Pence is liked by many conservatives and evangelicals, but he has a deal with the devil and is so loyal to Donald Trump that he will lie to the American public to make Trump look good. There’s an paradox in that. Pence was so outraged when former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to him that he demanded Trump fire Flynn. In this administration, lying is judged more by the source of the lie rather than its content or lack of validity. So, don’t hold your breath that Pence could muster the balls or morality to suggest he be a replacement President. Remember, it would also take a legal majority of the cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office. The 25th Amendment also mentions Congress as a source for making the move to remove the President.

I’m fairly certain the House of Representatives could attain the votes to enact the 25th, but such a move would die in the Mitch McConnell Senate. So, we are left with a challenge and a problem. Trump’s continual misinformation and pressure on states to reopen schools will probably lead to more infection, more stress on the healthcare system and more death. He has no clue how to solve the problem but he certainly knows how to sugarcoat or dismiss it. He’s ignoring experts and, much worse, he’s poisoning the reasoning of million of Americans and they are doing things that are making this pandemic worse.

I remember the outrage and swift moves that took place during what was named the “Saturday Night Massacre” on the evening of October 20, 1973. On that night, President Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was conducting the legal investigation of the President’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Richardson refused and resigned immediately. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Bork carried out the dismissal but stayed on to “protect” the Justice Department. The Supreme Court made Nixon turn over tapes of White House conversations that proved he was involved in the break in of the Democrat’s office at the Watergate hotel complex and that he initiated a coverup and used the IRS to go after people he considered enemies. Real douchebag, eh?

The resignations and firing triggered an explosion that led to Nixon’s resignation. The President looked extremely guilty to the American public, and Congress turned against the 37th President and convinced him to leave office because they were about to impeach him. Of course, Trump will never resign even if Lindsey Graham came to the Oval Office with a picture of the Donald alongside naked Russian hookers, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

What might make a difference? Imagine Dr. Debra Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield calling a press conference and announcing that they were resigning because they can no longer work with, or trust Trump. Then the fireworks would begin.

One of three things would happen, 1. Trump would say he really didn’t know them that well and he was just thinking about getting rid of them anyway, because they gave him such bad advice, 2. Trump would bring in Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil (a man without a medical degree) to say that everything is fine, or 3. Trump would issue an executive order forcing all schools and states to immediately open. Lots of people would die and Donald John Trump would then cancel the election. Okay, maybe the doctors should stay on duty.

You might be thinking, gee, so negative and panicky, but if you just listen to the B.S. of our President you can imagine what I just said playing out. When you hear Trump say that children are immune to the virus and that is why all schools should OPEN NOW, understand that he’s fucking crazy. In a letter sent to parents and obtained by CNN, the head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Robert Kosasky, announced the K-12 school season will begin in early September with a virtual-learning-only plan. Ironically, Trump’s son Barron attends St. Andrew’s. I guess the sons and daughters of rich people need to be protected more than the millions of middle and lower-class kids in America. Trump is a demonic demigod who is ready and willing to sacrifice your kids to help his campaign. One could argue that Trump caused the death of Herman Cain, but there is no evidence to prove that. Still, he did reject the notion of mask wearing and Cain obeyed.

The sooner we all stop listening to Trump, the better off this country will be. I could say that he’s delusional, but that could be cured by a good doctor. If all the doctors walked away right now, our country would be in deep shit. And isn’t that why Vladimir Putin wanted Donald Trump to be president. He picked a real loser, and so did America.

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CHICKEN LITTLE, “THE SKY IS FALLING!”

Trump’s Terribly Fake Economy is Melting Away

Before the 2016 election, when asked why I didn’t support Donald Trump I would simply smile and calmly say that I lived in New York and I knew Trump. That changed when it looked like he had a serious shot at running for President, Then I just blurted out, “I have never liked him.” To me, his P.T. Barnum routine was inauthentic. When loyalists said that he will help the stock market, get rid of regulations and make us all rich, I never believed it. He is a con man to me and a phony, blowhard, maniacal racist with no concrete facts to support his plans and policies. And by the way, he is still playing with other people’s money, our money.

I am not here to convince you that those people who questioned me were wrong. My blog is the way I release all the steam from the pressurized, overheated, three-pound mass of tissue in my skull. That’s where my logic lives. There is no proof that Trump’s get-even politics and retribution economic policies have made America better or the world economy more stable. He doesn’t understand how trade works and the real effects of tariffs and sanctions. Believing people like Peter Navarro has hurt us, badly.

Let me break it down. Trump is not helping the citizens of this country. His dog-and-pony shows are wasting valuable time needed to solve our country’s coronavirus crisis. The Trump administration has totally disconnected from Congress and it’s 100% the Donald’s fault. The displays of adulation by his sycophants during nationally televised hearings show they care only about how they look, as well. They’re baby Trumps.

The reason why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin goes to Capitol Hill to motivate Congress in moving on relief packages for the American people is because those in power neither LIKE nor TRUST Donald Trump. Think about it. In what previous administration have you seen the leader of the Treasury being involved with foreign relations, domestic policy and moving bills through congress? According to John Bolton’s book In The Room Where It Happened, Steve Mnuchin kept good things from happening and advanced bad ideas. He has too much power in the administration.

The first Treasury Secretary was Alexander Hamilton, but I’ll wager you can’t name the most previous three. Mnuchin’s work comes about because we have a lazy, ineffectual President. HEY TRUMP, Joe Voter doesn’t live or die with the stock market like you do. They just want you to become a leader with a solid plan to end the damn virus so they can get back to work. STOP PLAYING GAMES, Mr. President. Your lies are crashing into one another.

The health of average Americans is in risk solely because of massive amounts of stupidity from Trump. When he told everyone that he would not be wearing a mask, he should have pulled out a white flag, waved it above his fake, comb-over hair and declared the virus the winner. TRUMP LOST. He was more concerned with the way a damn mask made him look than giving us good advice. What’s the net result of his inept leadership? MORE DEATH!

After months of denial, Trump got serious about the virus and masks for one day, then he darted off into conspiracies and bad advice. WHY? Does he really want to kill people? Why doesn’t someone ask him that? He’s a pathological liar, a sociopath and suffering from an industrial-strength version of narcissistic personally disorder. Pathological, as in, caused by a physical or mental disease which shows itself in compulsive and obsessive behavior. He repeatedly lies until he believes his untruths. The term, sociopath denotes a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Trump has no empathy or care for us. He wants all the power and all the money. He wants to be king.

And today, we get this tweet from President Donald John Trump, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” And you thought I was being crazy with my comments? There is no way the November 3, 2020 election will be postponed. Donald Trump is preemptively setting up his challenge to an election result that says he didn’t win. He’s a corrupt, lying, low-life dullard. The President does not have the power to change the date of an election. Let me add that if the election were postponed, all the Representatives and Senators who are on the ballot for November 3, 2020 would have to leave the building on January 1, 2021. Yes, their terms would have expired. I wonder if they know that.

Trump is quite predictable. We now have second quarter economic stats. Remember when the Great Orange Liar was running around the country claiming the economy is wonderful and the second quarter would be great? How did that work out? The GDP dropped 32.9 points, which is not good. Trump sent out a fake economist, Larry Kudlow, to say that we are in good shape and moving in the right direction. The two of them should be evicted from the White House for misrepresenting reality.

Trump’s tweet is intended to distract the media from reporting the real problems — millions out of work, no one has money, the economy is melting down and, by the way, 152,000 Americans ARE DEAD from COVID-19. Donald Trump’s lack of action, poor communication and bad policies have caused DEATH!

The sky is falling. I originally wrote a harsh, name-calling paragraph to go in this spot, but after seeing the wonderful service for Representative John Lewis in Atlanta a golden angel tapped on my shoulder and said, “He’s winning when you call him names.” She is right. Calling the idiot in the White House the c, f, k, m or q word doesn’t do any good. What we really need is another MARCH ON WASHINGTON, where millions of people surround the people’s house, tear down the barriers and peacefully demand he leave. What would happen?

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Trump’s War Against the Post Office

I am about to go postal over Donald John Trump’s fatuous maligning of another American institution. You may be wondering why our President doesn’t like the US Postal Service (USPS). He’s probably unaware about how this government facility works, but nonetheless he’s been slapping them around for years. Here’s the truth about why that is.

Donald Trump has said, “The Postal Service is a joke!” Even though his administration could be described the same way, Trump has a bee in his bonnet and is obsessed with one of the oldest services in America. The United States Postal Service, simply called “the Post Office” by many, is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the US federal government. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. So, unless Donald J. Trump thinks he’s going to change the Constitution, the US Mail will survive, but he’s changing things and trying to hurt it.

Trump suffers from what I call “destructive capitalism.” This should not be confused with “destructive creation,” which refers to circumstances in which innovation results in more damage than benefits. For example, if you were once a bowling pin setter, when automation came along you were no longer needed. Trump honestly believes that every part of the government, from domestic services to foreign relations to trade, should make a profit. He would rather hurt another country with a “win-lose” deal than figure out a mutually beneficial plan.

Money is Trump’s father, son and holy ghost. He goes crazy when he sees someone like Jeff Bezos making more money than he and family nets. People claim Donald Trump is worth $2.1 billion, while many experts believe Jeff Bezos’ worth is over $178.2 billion. When Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper, Trump decided that Amazon and Bezos were out to get him. There is some reason to believe that when Jeff Bezos phone was hacked and the story of his affair and subsequent divorce was leaked to the press, Trump’s friends were behind the breach and blackmailing.

Trump has a thing about the Postal Service because Amazon had been using it for years to deliver tons of Amazon packages. Postal workers were making oodles of overtime pay to deliver them on Saturdays and Sundays. Trump probably doesn’t see the strange arrangement the USPS has with Congress. Unlike other services and departments, they are set up as a “self-sufficient” entity with no tax dollars used to cover their overruns and blistering budgets.

The USPS has 31,000 post offices and another 4,000 contractor-run mail shops, each with their own overhead costs. I thought that the post offices, each having their own zip code, would have been great COVID-19 testing stations, but then, I am a creative capitalist. Now, let’s get back to the economics of the Post Office.

The Postal Service has 300,000 fewer employees than it did twenty years ago, but it still retains 500,000 people and has 600,000 retirees who receive health and pension benefits. They also are unionized. Trump doesn’t want to push the union out; he simply wants to make them another whipping boy.

The US Postal Service lost $8.8 billion in fiscal 2019, which is more than double its losses of the previous year. It makes some sense that a service which charges money should be able to figure out a way to compete. This is especially true since there is only one postal service. But wait, that isn’t quite true. The mega corporations UPS and FedEx deliver packages and, indeed, letters and documents. Let’s also not forget that Amazon has its own delivery force out there every day.

Every country I have ever visited has a postal service. It’s the way letters and notices of official purpose get delivered. A postal service legally documents that something was sent and received. In addition to the USPS not making money, Trump sees a buttload of money going to Bezos and he’s miffed about that. He wants the Post Office to raise its rates.

This new tick Trump has about mail-in voting being a corrupt conspiracy against Republicans, especially him, should sound a siren in your brain. The Donald knows that his goose is cooked, and he’s plotting the excuse he will use when he loses the election. He will also declare the election is invalid. The Post Office is just a convenient place for Trump to stop the COVID motivated march to all mail-in ballots, which would actually be more robust in terms of security and reporting results.

We know that a recent Republican attempt to corrupt mail-in voting in Paterson, New Jersey was caught by, wait for it, postal workers. Yes, they found a bundle of ballots, and after an investigation four people were arrested on charges of fraud in casting mail-in votes, unauthorized possession of ballots and falsifying or tampering with public records. Those arrested included the Patterson’s City Council Vice President, a guy named Michael Jackson. No, I am not making this up.

Michael Jackson, Paterson, NJ

In 2018, there was absentee mail in ballot corruption in North Carolina, in which Leslie McCrae Dowless was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice, perjury, solicitation to commit perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice and illegal possession of absentee ballots. The investigation caused the election results to be overturned and a new election took place.

So, there are two cases which Trump often cites that involved Republicans. Both were discovered and both produced prosecutions. The Post Office is not the problem. Trump is.

One of my friends used to be a letter carrier and I asked him what is going on. He was not happy for his comrades. The rank and file are dismayed by Trump’s new pick for Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy. He’s another financial contributor to Trump with no knowledge of how the Postal Service works, but it is surely doing his bidding. In an early move, DeJoy ended the same day guarantee service for all those Amazon packages, and that took a bunch of overtime pay from the guys and ladies of the USPS. Next, with pandemic hitting the postal service harder than most companies, they are forced into limited service. If you haven’t noticed, the money-making junk mail marketing letters and flyers are way down. States used the USPS to deliver their mail-in ballots, but many didn’t arrive on time. This shocking story by NPR details how many ballots were rejected because they were late.

Rather than fix this problem, Congress is sitting on their hands and Trump is going to blow up the USPS. That man knows how to complain but he has absolutely NO ABILITY to fix. He’s a useless human being, and he’s fat. There, I feel much better now. I’m headed to the mailbox to see what was delivered today.

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER!

Trump’s Classroom Conundrum

I could open today’s post with a wise crack about the commander in chief not knowing the meaning of the word, “conundrum,” but I won’t. We are at a fork in the road with two possible routes, and both are challenging.

Our kids have been out of school for more than five months. Some districts and families created robust, online programs to keep the students up to speed, but no one would argue that non-teacher interactions are better than real schools. Most children would also agree because they want to see their friends and learn. Yes, once a kid gets into the discovery mode they want more.

In my recent book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs – A Collection of Essays on America, I included two chapters that focused on education in America, 165 Doors and Charter Vs. Public. Public schools are both taxpayer-funded and managed by an array of political people and structures, which can keep a good district down. While teachers’ unions and bargaining agents were created to get teachers better deals, some believe their draconian rule making interferes with community budget planning and any contraction attempts. Our future has always depended on education of the next generation and no one wants to go backwards.

I can’t imagine many mothers and fathers returning to work without the publicly funded babysitter program. Sorry, but that is what some people call it. However, I am sure we all can agree that getting our offspring back to school will make America better. The person who inflicts the most damage to American schools is not Donald Trump. It’s his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who is a totally unqualified Republican donor promoting a 21st century segregation scheme under the cloak of “vouchers” and “school choice.” By funding religious and private schools with public money, DeVos is helping to disenfranchise those who cannot afford private education. It’s a policy that divides people from their very first day of school.

Unfortunately, people are focusing on the kids, assuming school administrators and teachers can remain safe at work. Sure, one can scrub down those facilities, but will the schools do this five times a day? Unlikely. The theory that children can deal with the virus better than adults may be the biggest flaw in a rush to get back to school. If a school infection breaks out and a student dies from COVID-19, it it will reflect very poorly on Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Of course, Trump will simply blame or fire DeVos for anything bad that happens.

The burden of school districts to clean the structures and test their teachers will demand more money from the federal government and state leaders. Keeping kids safe and smart is paramount. Because the President of the United States has diabolically made the global pandemic personal and political, we will never know what could have been if we had taken careful and scientific steps. We tend to go overboard in protecting our children, and the rush to open schools violates the thoughts and feelings of most parents. Some don’t even let their kids be vaccinated, so why would those same PTA members want to take such a risk? No parent wants their child to be the lab rat in a government experiment.

Most school districts take their guidance and funding of safety measures from their state, not the federal government. Yes, all schools get money from the national budget, but most school boards believe Washington doesn’t know how to run their schools. The President dictates that schools open on his command, but only teachers and administrators understand the stark implications. School districts are currently calling on their administrators to craft a plan, while teachers are seeking a strong strategy to stay safe. Teachers unions are asking important questions that I am sure have never been considered by the village idiots, Donald and Betsy. And of course, the states to open first have the highest percentages of positivity rates.

The most frustrating thing about the coronavirus is the lack of proven and reliable information. One day we are told it spreads six feet, then we are told it doesn’t stay on surfaces, then we are told it that it does stay on surfaces, for hours, then we are told that small droplets can stay in the air for a long time and infect more. Could our indoor social distancing guidelines not be based on exact science? Our slow uptake on mask wearing means we have lost an advantage in this fight. We are playing catch-up ball.

I want to ask Donald Trump why he is pressuring schools to open after saying that decision is up to the state governors? He’s been rebuked for not issuing a national order of mask-wearing and was told directly that he doesn’t have the power to make governors do his bidding. He might want to ask the local leaders what they think is best and stop being a bully.

The misinformation and lies by our President have made the pandemic worse. He forced his sycophant governors to open early, and they are paying the price. The skyrocketing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Texas, Georgia, Florida and Arizona show the power of this virus and the biggest reason NOT TO OPEN SCHOOLS until we are certain it is safe to do so.

The large orange ostrich with his head in the ground needs a good swift kick in his fat ass so he can pull his head out of his partisan hole. The conundrum of reopening schools should not be a global endeavor. Each school and district are unique. Private schools, even with some sense of immunity from prosecution, will shutter their businesses rather than going through a wrongful death lawsuit, and that places the public schools directly in the crosshairs of this virus. What a terrible way to run a country.

Trump has now tweeted that those states ignoring his arbitrary demand to open their schools will lose federal funding. The Department of Education in every state should be happy they are being treated the same way Trump treats Ukraine. It’s a big, fat quid-pro-quo! Trump’s deal is simple, “You make me look good, and you get the money.” What a horrible President!

During Wednesday’s presser Dr. Robert Redfield didn’t answer the question whether he would change the latest guidelines because Trump didn’t like them. Then a minute later, the large white puppet Pence said the CDC will be revising and publishing a new guideline next week. What a dodge.

The big news out of the COVID Task Force press conference was that there has been very little, if any, testing of kids under 10 years of age. They admit they don’t know the dangers, especially with those with pre-existing conditions. This is another failure of leadership that could be a catastrophe for our kids.

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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TRUMP’S MANIACAL MINDSET

“We are just going to have to live with it.”

Powerful people in this country don’t have a clue about what they are doing. They are killing tens of thousands of people because they cannot see the forest for the trees or the science from hearsay. These so called “public servants” are not learning the facts behind the global pandemic and they are making things worse, not better.

Let’s talk about the head monkey in the misinformation zoo, Donald John Trump. He’s clearly not qualified to disseminate information on economics, trade, culture, manufacturing, labor, healthcare or medicine. Come to think of it, he’s even unqualified to say how one should wipe their butt crack after a poop. Maybe we need to begin administering IQ tests to all presidential candidates. Forget the IQ of the nimrod currently in office, we don’t even know the details of his tax returns. He’s fought hard and spent an enormous amount of money keeping those facts and figures from the American public. Why is he afraid about what we could learn about his finances?

The wild, unreasonable, illogical and most inappropriate part of President Trump is his need for daily attention and the ways he creates conflict at every turn. A person who exhibits extreme symptoms of crazy behavior, especially when violent and dangerous, is called a maniac. The Trump-sycophant talking heads on TV attempt to laugh off his off-center comments as sarcasm or jokes but this man is dangerous, not funny. He has made racist remarks that lead to Asians being attacked. He refuses to state a clear case against neo-Nazis and white supremacists, instead he’s aiding and abetting them. Why else would they endorse him in their propaganda?

Trump plays the media like a fiddle and the cloud of rosin from his little fingers blinds those who decide what to broadcast and what to print. The intent of Donald’s Bubba Wallace putdown tweet was diverting the attention of our news people away from the shocking COVID-19 statistics. The White House test drives concepts by leaking comments, trying to position the pandemic in citizens’ minds. The lame phrase they floated at the start this week was, “We are just going to have to live with it.”

When someone is presented with a problem or challenge and their response is, “that’s just the way it is,” you can be certain they simply don’t care and won’t even lift a finger to find a solution. Donald Trump is ignoring the virus curse exploding across America. It’s just an inconvenient speed bump to him. He will drive over the death and destruction and never look back. The ping-ponging stock market proves every day that the traders have figured out Trump and determined that he’s a fool and an inopportune drag on their investments.

There’s something wrong when one tweet from the Donald can send the market into a 500-point swing either way. We are now learning that Trump benefited many family members and friends with the PPP relief money. Here’s a quote from the Washington Post, “As part of its $660 billion small-business relief program, the SBA also handed out loans to private schools catering to elite clientele, firms owned by foreign companies and large chains backed by well-heeled Wall Street firms. Nearly 90,000 companies in the program took the aid without promising on their applications they would rehire workers or create jobs.”

If this doesn’t anger you, I can’t fathom who you are. Trump lied, Congress lied, and Steve Mnuchin is a criminal with a title. My blood boiled when the man who oversees the Treasury claimed that he would keep secret the payouts to companies and individuals. The Trump Administration is awash with grifters and swindlers.

Trump tries to tell me I have to live with COVID-19, but doesn’t living with it mean I may die? Well guess what. He can eat shit, die himself and go to hell. Sorry for the old trope, but Donald Trump brings out the worst of everyone. Look at the many ways he has divided America. He made wearing a mask to protect our neighbors a statement of political affiliation, and I will never forgive him for it.

I cannot believe the President of the United States is worried more about Confederate statues, its flag and the anti-American rebels who want to overthrow our Union than he is about the health and lives Americans facing a deadly virus. If people walked through our communities spraying a toxin that killed, we would arrest them and put them in jail. If three million people contracted syphilis, the President of the United States would outlaw sex. The immoral, feckless coward currently in office won’t even sign an executive order saying Americans must wear a mask in public.

Here’s a parting thought. The statement that teachers are brainwashing kids to hate America is the most outrageous and dishonest pronouncement of any American president, ever. Trump pushed an early opening of states in a feeble attempt to get his poll numbers up, and he never considered the cost of his reckless deed — Death. If you don’t like the way I speak, ask yourself why things aren’t better. Ask yourself why we weren’t ready to confront a pandemic. Trump can blame Obama or Hillary or the Lord himself, but he will eventually face a judgement day. Let’s allow the better angels in all of us to forgive him for what he has done, and then let’s lock him up!

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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DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE

Trump Infects Judicial System & DOJ

When I was growing up in America it was all too easy to see corruption and face the reality that who a person was determined how they would be handled by the police and the courts. The mayor’s son was arrested for painting cars in the visitors parking lot of my school. He was never charged. The case just disappeared. Most Americans believe that there are two systems of justice, one for the famous and wealthy and another for the rest of us.

I think we would all like to believe that when facts prove offenses they will be dealt with fairly in the judicial system. We know that our founders wanted to limit the power of judges, so they gave the Chief Executive lots of flexibility in determining how the law was administered. The Executive Branch gets to not only run the Department of Justice that decides which cases are brought to a court, but also which infractions they deem either unworthy of prosecution or below the level for legal action. We put a lot of faith in how they operate because they have the power to ruin a person’s life or allow them to start over and redeem themselves. We can only hope they get it right most of the time.

Let me add a wrinkle here. The President of the United States has the power to appoint judges with congressional confirmation. A president can shape the court by those he appoints. The founders also gave the President the undisputed power to pardon anyone he feels was unjustly charged or convicted. That’s an awesome privilege in the hands of a reasonable person which can be used to overturn the errors of a malicious judge, but what happens if the President is a vindictive lunatic?

Trump bullied, manipulated and forced the DOJ to drop all charges against Michael Flynn, who lied about talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn into office. Flynn admitted to the infraction in court, twice. He also lied to Mike Pence and this so disturbed the Vice President he demanded that Trump fire Flynn. Trump removed Flynn from government and said it was because he lied, a fact which no one disputes. He plead guilty to the charges and was about to be sentenced when along came William Barr. Attorney General Barr acts more like Trump’s personal attorney instead of caring about American citizens and the law.

Trump keeps declaring himself the “law and order” President while his base claps and cheers and coughs on each other. One thing is crystal clear; Trump is attempting to change the way America does business and, like a third-world dictator, has moved in ways that may make it difficult to recover our democracy when his term is over. If you control the decisions of this country’s judges, why wouldn’t you simply do whatever you want despite your action breaking a law? Trump is undermining the very foundation of our system of government. The three supposedly equal branches are being unduly influenced and controlled by Trump the man, not the President.

The courts don’t always give us logic or reason or even fairness. They give us opinions and those opinions become law.

You might say, “Oh, you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill! Trump’s just joking.” Don’t be such a blind fool. He wakes up every morning asking, “What can I do to take more power and stay here forever?” He’s the demon the forefathers warned us about and if we don’t stand up and demonstrate, we will lose our freedoms and will render the phrase “justice for all” inoperative.

Will other people who lie to the FBI or mislead the courts also get a pass simply because they have a friend in the Oval Office? Does this constitute a precedent, or is it just a goddamn miscarriage of justice? Here is what happened. A US appeals court directed a federal judge to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. It’s no secret that this demand came from Trump to those in the Justice Department, and it prevents a judicial review to determine the propriety of the request. In other words, the Executive Branch has power over the DOJ and can manipulate which cases are brought to court.

Just as William Barr stood before a national TV audience and declared that the Mueller Report didn’t find any laws that were broken, he has now placed himself above the court, and the disrespect he shows for truth and law is more than appalling.

In any other time, Barr would have been impeached. Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales, Griffin Bell and General Harry M. Daugherty were on the chopping block, but they all exited rather than go through the embarrassment of impeachment. Their offenses were varied. Daugherty was allegedly involved in kickback scam involving bootleggers and the Congress delayed action.

The case of Griffin Bell is somewhat blurred by time, but five Department of Justice attorneys resigned over A.G. Bell’s reluctance to pursue others in the department for illegal activities related to domestic spying. Bell indicted the Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, Mark Felt and former FBI Assistant Director Edward Miller for authorizing break-ins of New York City radical political activists’ offices and residences. This was in 1978, long after the Watergate break-in. He must have been a true-blue Democrat because President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be his Attorney General, but Bell only served two years before the chicken shit the fan. Oh, by the way, the spying truly took place. It wasn’t a hoax.

The case against George W. Bush’s A.G. Alberto Gonzales is straightforward. He was politically damaged by Democrats who lost confidence in Gonzales and accused him of excessive politicization of the Attorney General’s office. If my memory serves me right, Alberto Gonzales, kowtowed to Bush and VP Dick Cheney and paved the way for justifications of torture and the onerous Patriot Act. Lifelong Republican William Barr, who served in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is nothing but a political operative for the Red States.

Trump has infected the Department of Justice. All those who work in the DOJ should be wearing masks to protect themselves from the orange dementia virus. I have said this before; the first dismissal by the next president should be William Barr. He’s unworthy of the position and will go down in history as a big, fat liar. I can surely prove he’s fat, and so is the President. They have been eating at the same table for decades and taking everything they wanted. I hold hope that justice will eventually be served. Barr and Trump will not swallow the truth, but time will show how dishonest these “hombres” have been behind the scenes.

Although his sentence might have been only three or four months in jail, the fact that Michael Flynn is going to get off SCOTT FREE disturbs me greatly. It will be the ultimate slap to the face of justice if Trump brings him back into the administration. Of course, we know Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about having rats in the People’s House. Disgraceful.

FROM THE WAR ON SCIENCE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

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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CHOKEHOLDS & SILENCE

Trump’s Thin Red Line & Leadership

Isn’t it ironic that the color of police activity in America is blue while the color of the law and order Republicans is red? Let’s think about the color red.  What comes to mind? Red is the color of blood. It’s also a reference of warning, “Do not cross this red line.” When we are judged by future generations, will we be taken to task for a lack of law and order or not enough smart training of those who held the guns and badges? Only time will tell.

On Monday, after a weekend of some peaceful demonstrations and some senseless destruction of property and life, we reached a crossroads. President Donald Trump had been invisible and silent all weekend, but on the first day of the new week he held a conference call during which he blamed and slammed US state governors for being “weak” against the protesters.

When Trump demanded “tougher crackdowns on protesters” he didn’t offer anything the governors didn’t already know. You know, arrest more people and get control of the looters, arsons and anarchists. Then, in true Trump style, he bullied the governors by saying, “You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They are going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate!” I’m not sure why he didn’t throw in his stupid “American carnage” phrase, because that is what we have now. The governors don’t care if Trump thinks they are jerks. They must live in the states they govern.

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker

To his credit, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the President to tone down his political rhetoric. The President replied, “I don’t like your rhetoric much, either, but that’s okay, we don’t agree with each other.” Trump uses this play a lot where he says something strong and negative, then softens it with a diluter. Just like when he added, “Some of them are good people, I guess?” right after he characterized Mexicans, as a group, as rapists.

Perhaps Trump feels good when he berates people because he’s mentally instable. Whatever, it’s the way he operates. For those who follow history, you may remember the “superior orders defense” which became interchangeable with “Nuremberg defense.” If protesters are killed by local law enforcement or the National Guard, will the police chiefs, commanders, mayors and governors simply claim they were “just following orders?” We are on dangerous ground, my friends. I do not trust that Trump will consult the Constitution when deciding how to handle this mess. He’s a criminal and we can only hope that the actions he takes while being in charge will lead to him being charged.

Here is a question for Congress. Why not write and pass a law right now that bans the use of a chokehold by any domestic law enforcement agency? That would certainly be a positive sign to our people and leaders who care about what is happening in America. I assume that’s not likely to happen because our representatives are too distracted with their stock purchases and sales.

Why are police utilizing techniques that kill people? Without evidence of any serious crime, why are they executing citizens in the streets? I am sure William Barr has a viewpoint based not on law but aimed at keeping Donald Trump happy. HOW DID THE US SENATE ALLOW THIS APPOINTMENT? Our next president should make sure that Barr is the first to go.

Trump doesn’t give a shit about George Floyd. He cares only about the effect Mr. Floyd’s death has on his polling numbers and chance of being reelected. Trump can no longer finger Democratic mayors and governors because the protests and riots are happening in cities regardless of their voting histories. As I have said many times before, no one state consists of a single party; each has percentages of red and blue. The thinking that any major city or state imported protesters to show a big turnout is dimwitted.

There are 42 million Africa Americas in the USA. When Trump calls them “outside agitators,” he sends this message to all American black people. In your own city, YOU ARE AN OUTSIDER.

There are not any mysterious political ghosts pushing people into violence and destruction. We are seeing pissed off young people who are tired of being told to stay inside and are no longer taking it. This isn’t a plot by the media showing unrest to hurt Donald Trump. Hey, stop slamming the free press, Mr. Orange Doughnut. Let them report what is REALLY happening. I saw that knee and I know it’s truth.

During Trump’s raging conference call with the governors, he urged them to arrest and jail protesters. Mr. Trump, do you not understand that such punishment is the domain of the courts and not yours? This president’s clear attempt to intimidate state leaders into using military tactics against protesters has been noted and, at some point, he will be held responsible. He cannot escape. The Donald sees all protesters as black, white, native or Asian, and all posing one huge problem for him. I am sure he is waddling around the executive mansion wondering why white kids are protesting.

Donald John Trump’s silence over the weekend was good and bad. On the plus side, Trump not talking meant that he wasn’t angering anyone. Half the people in America don’t believe a word he says, while the other half surely hope he knows what he’s doing. There is growing doubt he can handle current events on both sides. The negative aspect of the silent, deadly black cloud hanging over the White House is that it transmits a lack of care. Trump’s words cannot bring us together. Any attempt to comfort the nation, whether it’s Tweeter Trump, Teleprompter Trump or Adlibbing Trump, will fall short. He has no empathy for our pain. Tomorrow we’ll cover the Bible stunt, but the press conference on Tuesday night, was nothing short of kerosene being poured on a fire.

Joe Biden in church

Someone in the administration should notify Trump that he cannot abandon his role as President during a pandemic and then demand total control of a national strike against him. I believe all this political and personal unrest is directly related to the president. Trump denounced the #MeToo movement and he trampled #BlackLivesMatter by calling football players who protested before their games “Sons of Bitches.”  He screwed thousands of family owned farms with his trade war on China. The protests are also the result of Trump not coming out strongly against Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK. There were hundreds of times he could have denounced these far right and terror-driven organizations, but he never did. After the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, he went through the motions but did not decry. He likes the fact that the KKK magazine endorsed him for President in 2020. He’s never said a single bad word about these dangerous groups, but oppressed people know what he is doing. They aren’t dumb.

It’s not a blue line, red line or black line; it’s America’s future that Trump is toying with these days. I hope someone will step up and tell him how to behave, but no one has the balls to confront him and Trump listens to nobody. This bull is destroying the china in our shop, and all of us will have to pay when he’s gone. We are witnessing a supreme failure of governance. Trump should be figuring out how to get people off the streets and into town meetings where he can be confronted by the citizens of this country. I would love to see that, but I won’t hold my breath.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace.

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A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Trump’s Big Lies & Little Tweets

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good marketing phrase or slogan. Words have always been more dependable than people in my life. When listening to the radio today, I heard a commercial for Lexus, the luxury car manufacturer. It was one of those recently produced spots that focus on how we find ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ad urged listeners to access their special website. The hook is “People First” and I thought, yeah, that is exactly where our focus should be. Suddenly, a bell clanged loudly in my head.

Donald Trump pitched himself as the president who would put “America First.” It has a nice ring to it, but it is far from an original idea. The phrase was used by Charles Lindbergh in 1941, while he was touring the US as the leading voice of the “America First” Committee — an isolationist group of some 800,000 members who claimed England was trying to drag America into a war. Not only was Lindbergh a known racist, history has shown that his isolationist and anti-global policies would have given Europe, and perhaps even Russia, to Hitler. He was proposing an alliance with Germany during World War II.

Ronald Regan’s 1980 Presidential campaign used the slogan “Let’s make America great again.” Reagan masterfully exploited the anger in the US over crime increases in the inner cities and the happenings in Iran during Carter’s administration. A group of Iranian college students who supported the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran. The US hostages were held for 444 days and were finally released after Reagan took office.

Trump saw the loss of American jobs to offshore production centers had fired up the long simmering resentment of workers in this country. He also utilized the apparent racist reaction to the African American president who preceded him. The Donald was instrumental in starting a conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in America, therefore not eligible to be president. Trump appropriated the slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again” and “America First” from the past. Most intelligent and aware US citizens believe Trump’s thinking is regressive and backward-looking. Trump has zero ability to solve the problems we face. Complaining about a challenge is NOT delivering a result.

The final line of the opening remarks at the Lexus website reads, “During good times and bad, when we take care of people first, the rest will follow.” It’s a standard car dealer pitch, but it contains a clear message. Mankind, or the people of the earth, are indeed an isolated group. As of this writing, we don’t know for certain of any other peopled colony in our universe, so we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

As Trump concentrates on America First, I am sure he’s not in a particularly good mental place when dealing with all the things he cannot control or dismiss. That’s why the man is hammering out an increasing number of stupid tweets that are totally irrelevant to the crisis at hand.

In the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall, Woody’s character is in a theater line with Annie, played by Diane Keaton. They are both drawn into an overly loud conversation by a pontificating professor. This man claims to know everything about Canadian writer, philosopher and media guru Marshall McLuhan. Woody’s character, Alvy, gets quite irritated, and in one of the best fourth wall breaks in motion picture history, Alvy pulls another man into frame. The man is Marshall McLuhan himself who says, “I hear-I heard what you were saying. You-you know nothing of my work. You mean my whole fallacy is wrong.  How you ever got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing.”

Most people loved the putdown of the arrogant elitist but notice the deeper play on words. McLuhan says, You mean my whole fallacy is wrong.” Over the years, I have frequently thought of that sentence. Most people base their words and actions on premises, while fallacies are someone’s mistaken belief, especially when based on an unsound argument. Once McLuhan used the word, fallacy, he admitted his proposal was based on bad information. If a president creates a fallacy and bases his administration and every decision on that unsound judgement, how could things possibly go well?

Earlier in the same scene from Annie Hall, the target of the ire was discussing movies when he slammed the great film maker Federico Fellini with this line, “You know, you get the feeling that he’s not absolutely sure what it is he wants to say.” No one knowledgeable about cinema would ever say that Italian director Fellini didn’t know what he was trying to say, rather they would tell you he was demanding the viewer fill in the blanks. There are no blanks with Donald Trump. He has stuffed the heads of his moronic followers with every baseless bit he wants them to believe. Whether what he says is true or a lie simply doesn’t matter. His entire fallacy is wrong.

The President of United States doesn’t understand that people of our world are all one, large collective, and things that happen in Wuhan or West Virginia affect us all. Donald Trump’s open campaign against wearing a virus protection mask has produced yet another divide. Here’s proof, straight from a kid on a beach, “I mean, if he’s not wearing a mask, I’m not going to wear a mask. If he’s not worried, I’m not worried.” And there you have it, folks. The fallacy is that if everyone else is wearing a mask, you don’t need to. It’s much like the drunken logic of, “Well, if everyone else on the road is sober, I’ll be just fine driving smashed.”

Do you remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school? The words are simple, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Trump talks a lot about the flag and the importance of American patriotism, but he’s missing the point of the pledge. We are not pledging to the president, we are stating our loyalty to the flag and the country it represents and asserting our belief that this country is indivisible. If Trump sincerely believes that America should be first, then he needs to protect all citizens from any enemy, visible or invisible. Never forget “liberty and justice for all.” America starts with “We the people,” not just Republicans or Democrats but all the people. Trump has done nothing to make us more indivisible. To the contrary, he has made us more divided. It’s a big world, and he is a small man. God help us if he gets reelected.

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