HE BROKE THE LAW

Trump’s Self-Pardon Parlay

Because he was not removed from office during his impeachment proceedings, Donald Trump has developed an inflated view about his power. This Includes a belief that he can grant himself a pardon. I’m sure he’ll try.  It’s the kind of doubling down a drunk gambler does in desperation. The greed and excitement of going all in only looks smart when there’s a winning outcome. If Trump loses the battle of self-pardon in the Supreme Court, he will be the target of endless litigation and charges. This man’s mad acts have made America vindictive and about 60% of the folks in the country will want their pound of flesh.

Brad Raffensperger

By now, most Americans have heard the damaging excerpts from the conversation between President Donald Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. With all the hubbub surrounding the legitimacy of the 2020 election, more people than ever understand the responsibilities of our secretaries of state (SOS). It’s ironic that the SOS acronym also means Save Our Ship, the distress call of the high seas.

The work of our state secretaries is easily seen because it involves the public interest. Here is an example of the investigative results by Georgia’s SOS office. These people do good work, and they should be respected unless they are suppressing the vote, which sometimes happen when they navigate the rough waters between partisan desires and public duty. Some pilot that craft well, while others are just as bad as those who desire to control them.

My hats off to Raffensperger for his honor, honesty and valor during the horrendous misuse of power Donald Trump and his enablers wielded on that phone call. The obstruction of justice and attempted law breaking is embarrassing for America and a dark stain on Democracy itself. As we hear legal experts pontificate and explain whether this man in the White House broke the law, some answer by saying a president cannot be indicted while in office. Yes, I get that, but it doesn’t answer the question if Trump’s behavior was illegal. Had anyone else made a phone call like Trump’s they would have been charged. Ask Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of attempting to sell a Senate seat and sent to prison. By the way, he owes his freedom to Donald Trump, the friend who pardoned him.

That brings us to whether Trump will pardon himself. Will he take the risk of executing a flawed and thin authority of self-pardon? Maybe he will pull a fast one by excluding himself from a bunch of new pardons, then resigning with a diabolical plot in place. After the Chief Justice swears in Mike Pence as the new president, Pence would then pardon Trump. Is such a plan viable? It would most certainly bring political destruction and death to Pence. Is such ass kissing worth it Mikey?

Trump’s Last Stand

Trying to parlay power into his next life would be a giant risk for Donald Trump. He’s got little credibility with anyone except the tyrants and dictators who rule some other countries. Even Israel, who appears to kowtow to him, would reject any attempt on his part to move there. Their hardcore political partisans are worse than anything we have in the US. In the bitter end, when banks and lenders come knocking on Trump’s door to collect on their loans, he’s going to have to pay up. The regulatory agencies in many countries are wise to the con and will be opening major inquiries into their corporations. For example, we’ll probably see Germany launch a major investigation into Deutsche Bank. There is a reason for this kind of extreme caution and oversight, it’s called money laundering.

So, Trump faces a serious conundrum. If he resigns, he will seem weak and guilty to his loyal followers. If he stays in office until January 20th, he could lose his chance of pardon. If he finds out that his “self-pardon” ruse didn’t work, he will have to continue his pattern of lies and lawsuits to avoid the inevitable, being charged and prosecuted. Donald believes he never does anything wrong and, in his tiny mind, can’t possibly think that his actions are above the law.

Trump’s weekend phone call was illuminating because it showed, once again, what Michael Cohen and James Comey have said about the Donald. Like a mafia boss, he never directly says what he’s asking. It’s coyly done with intimidation and a slight nudge and wink. He never said, “You need to say I got more votes.” His words were, “What I need…” leaving the listener to intuit his actual meaning. When Trump said that he “won the election,” Raffensperger swatted back with a polite, “Your numbers are not correct.” Someone with less balance and political savvy would have retorted to Trump’s allegation that their action is criminal by asking, “Are you threatening me?” To the credit of the Georgia officials, they didn’t escalate the matter in that way. Smart.

“It’s like Donald Corleone,” Howard Stern

When I was a young man in Pittsburgh, I had a friend who ran the jewelry store where number slips for the local boss were collected. One night, he, I and a group of others went to a restaurant in the East Liberty section of town called, Win, Place and Show. When our group of partiers wanted to get another round of drinks, the waiter replied, “Okay, is this one check?” Being the jerk in the group, I barked, “How about one more drink for the road?” The waiter then peered at my jeweler buddy and quietly said, “It’s time.” After we made our way to the parking lot, I saw five black limos with their motors running in the back. I asked my friend what this was all about, and he apologized saying he forgot it was the night for the weekly meeting of the mob families. I froze.

This encounter taught me two things. One, actions can be easily provoked and, two, even though a place serves great food one must never assume the establishment believes that the customer is always right. I survived my naivete to write this blog and eat Italian food.

Should the time come when Donald John Trump announces that he will pardon himself for acts during his presidency, we must all ask these questions. What are the next steps and who will launch the lawsuit to erase this pardon? Should Trump attempt to pardon himself for all things during his presidency, then someone needs to open that can of worms and address each of the slimy lies. After all is said and done, the Donald will slink away to Florida, watch TV and throw continuous tweet-shoes at the screen, becoming a caricature of himself. As he ages and his bloated face slowly melts into long wrinkles and sagging jowls, people will walk away from him. He’s certainly the worst president in my lifetime, and that’s a seventy-plus years run.

There are times lawyers criticize me for making a statement they consider to be my “opinion.” Well, there are three reasons beyond my opinions about why I believe Trump broke the law during his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. First, there is a law that says such behavior is illegal. Next, the officials in Georgia knew that Donald was attempting to intimidate them, so they recorded the call and then released it to the press. It doesn’t matter what Trump says about his intent. The people on the other end of the call believed he was asking them to commit fraud.

Finally, there’s this. Trump attempted that call 18 times, obsessing over his need to have that conversation. He had a plan to overturn the election and was antsy to press the deceit. It’s like a three-strikes and your out legal matter. Donald Trump is guilty of violating the fundamental tenets of the law: “…prohibits any person, in an election for federal office, from defrauding or attempting to defraud the residents of a state of a fair election through casting or tabulating ballots that the offender knows are materially false or fraudulent under state law.” This isn’t obstruction of justice, it’s a clear case of soliciting and encouraging fraud. Case closed.

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THE GREAT CONUNDRUM

Clearing Trump’s Debris Field

I was living in Washington, D.C. when Jimmy Carter was elected president. Right after his win, I began seeing many Georgia license plates on the cars around town. It was an amazing, visual representation of the changing of the guard in the nation’s capital.

I am so curious about what will take place at the White House on January 20, 2021. Traditionally, the outgoing president and first lady host the president-elect and their spouse before going to the Capital together for the swearing in ceremony. The attendees usually include the vice president, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers, former presidents, living Medal of Honor recipients, and other dignitaries. Only five former outgoing presidents have chosen not to attend the ceremony, and that list will likely grow by one this year. I can’t imagine Donald John Trump allowing himself to be seen in such a defeatist setting.

JFK, 1960

Trump would much rather have the title “former president” rather than “loser” or “one term president.” Still clutching the myth that he won the election, I have a feeling he will hold a rally during the inauguration, just to pee in the punch bowl. He’s never shown respect for America, democracy or our Constitution, and I’ll go out on a limb by saying he has no respect for the Holy Bible on which he laid his hand four years ago. However, maybe I should temper myself and allow a person without sin to throw the first stone.

Trump’s debris field is extensive. Here are some big picture items. First, let’s consider executive orders and the implications of each. To date, Trump has signed 203 orders. The new administration will have to review each one to determine if it can be unplugged by a new executive order, and how that might affect process and policy. Big job.

Next, we need to unravel the disastrous environmental changes and terminate agreements that upheaved areas such as the US-Mexico border. We must halt the destruction of federal lands and reverse the ridiculous Trump policies that disregarded climate change initiatives and increased pollution. There is nothing more important than our environment.

The wealth inequalities in our country have been skewed by Trump’s non-middle class tax cuts that gave more money to the upper 20% and cheated the lower 80% out of a better life. The deficit the Donald created with his foolish gift to corporate America must be reworked to get more tax dollars into the Treasury to pay for the COVID disaster. Yes, I’ll say it again. The pandemic’s damaging impact would have been must less if only the Trump administration had effectively managed it.

Unlike many others, I am not jacked up on the theory that more conservative judges means less democracy. Our judges looked directly through the eyes of justice when deciding the more than sixty lawsuits brought by Donald Trump in his feeble attempt to overturn the election that Joe Biden fairly won. Now they might overreach in the future on healthcare or pro-choice issues, but basic law precepts require a plaintiff to prove their case using facts, not fantasies. Yes, a new president will appoint judges of their choice, but the net effect will be a stronger judicial.

The biggest job Joe Biden and his team will face is using words and acts to restore confidence in our basic institutions. We must believe in the FBI, ATF and Homeland Security so that we don’t have to fear those miscreants who want to bomb and shoot us. We need to believe in the CDC, WHO and the National Institute of Health and rely on their medical guidance.

It’s time to end this hyper transactional attitude that has dragged down America these past four years. Productive and progressive life cannot be based on an endless “quid-pro-quo stream” in which decisions are based on the personal gain of the president rather that appropriate action for the masses. We need to stop the Trump minions from outrageous and idiotic acts such as placing the entire country of Cuba on a terrorist list. Policies like that are more vindicative that logical. Trump lost a past bid for a hotel-casino in Havana, and that is the reason he pushes normalization away from Cuba.

We must educate the masses about many complex concepts and challenging conundrums. Take China, for example. Our outgoing President has blathered on about China’s trade imbalance and theft of American intellectual property, but there are much deeper and darker problems there. The Chinese government is rounding up people of certain religions and cultures and making them work in labor camps. Human rights issues such as these must be confronted, but it’s complicated. We rely on China for their production lines and products and we will suffer for years without a proper peace treaty that reconciles their governmental overreach with our needs.

The most important goal of our new government is facing the COVID crisis and overcoming institutional inertia so we can start to make progress in fighting the virus. We must get 75% of the population vaccinated and bring forth a viable healthcare system for America’s future. We were totally unprepared for a global pandemic and its fallout will linger for a decade or more. Trump spent so much time, so many words, spreading misinformation about Obamacare that people have no idea how a more robust national health plan would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. It’s time to be smarter and sharper. An effective health system is needed to keep our workers healthy and, oh yeah, working.

I don’t care what Donald Trump will do when he leaves Washington. If he starts a cable network, I won’t be watching. If he tries to force his kids on the Republican party of Florida, good luck with that. Here’s my big closer. We need more long-term planning and less government-by-tweeting. I don’t need a daily diatribe of the top guy’s grievances; I would much rather know what challenges we face and which improvements we made today. Where are we going and how are we going to get there? Over time, the answers to these daily questions will make America great again. Donald Trump is the conundrum. Ironic and simple, isn’t it?

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MESSAGE FOR THE ORANGE PUMPKIN

Don, go away, you’re no good for me (or anyone)

Last night I powered down my cell phone because the constant barrage of breaking news alerts was driving me crazy. I needed to lock our asshole president out of my mind and life for a bit. Now this may seem like a non sequitur, but I get depressed when I go to the grocery store and see people not wearing masks. It saddens me to think my fellow citizens don’t care about life, but then I realize they don’t know any better because the large man in charge says masks are unnecessary. At times I wonder if I might be taking it all too seriously. For years I have been writing about how Donald Trump is bad for America, but every time another of his acts exposes himself for the authentic jerk he is, I get angry all over again. For example, take his latest onslaught of pardons. Trump would absolve Hitler if Adolf said nice things about him.

I wish I could form a mental blockade to impose a Trump blackout, but that’s not going to happen. He’s so needy for publicity and attention he will always find a way to make news and noise. It’s just not likely that he will ever melt away like snow in Florida. I wake up refreshed, fetch my local paper, read the letters to the editor and get set off all over again.

Let me share this one, Lest we forget, here is a reminder of some of the accomplishments of the Trump administration during Donald Trump’s four years in office.” Okay, I must take a deep breath here and prepare to handle each of these allegations.

The writer, whose name I will keep anonymous, says that Trump kept us out of wars. Well, the act of getting into a war is serious and should be done only if we need to defend our country or help our allies. The so-called success of war avoidance is a terribly low bar for any president. Yes, we didn’t have a war under the Donald but he facilitated global conflict by selling arms and equipment to warring nations. He pulled out of Syria, which was nothing short of abandoning our allies, the Kurds. Obama didn’t get the US into any wars, but he was chastised for leaving Iraq too early and creating ISIS. So, what will probably happen as the result of Trump’s withdrawal of troops from troubled, unsettled conflicts? More war! GRADE: D

Next, there’s the claim that Trump oversaw the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The term “oversaw” is a long stretch. Yes, Israel is trying to play nice in the Middle East but, from the beginning, the goal of the Trump Administration was bringing peace to the region. How will establishing normal diplomatic relations with just a couple of Arab nations bring the Palestinians to the table? GRADE: C+

The writer boasts about Trump’s insistence that NATO countries pay their fair shares of the costs for their own protection. Okay, that’s fair, but realize this is not nations giving money to NATO but rather increasing spending on their military assets and agents. Should any nation demand that the US increase or decrease our military budget we would be repulsed and offended but, okay, time for more guns and bombs. GRADE: B

Our esteemed letter writer continues with a group of deeds and triumphs that can be placed under one heading, Immigration. The letter says Trump got Mexico to keep asylum seekers in their country until their US hearings come up, to strengthen its US border and to work with Central American countries to slow the exodus of their citizens. I guess this would be a reasonable achievement for those who subscribe to the anti-immigrant, xenophobic viewpoints of this administration, but let’s not forget that Trump also separated children from their parents at the border. His Attorney General said that abhorrent policy would deter others wanting to seek asylum. This is less a win and more a sinful, immoral myopia. We must never forget that we are a country of immigrants! GRADE: F

Now, here’s a claim that profoundly pisses me off. The writer alleges that the Clean Power Plan, which Trump repealed, would have increased our electricity bills and he adds that our energy needs were kept affordable by Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is total bullshit. The extreme weather events and catastrophes caused by climate change will cost us more money. In fact, deploying solar energy in a sunshine climate like Florida would lower energy costs significantly. Someone drank all the Kool-Aid, kids. GRADE: F

Our unnamed letter writer concludes his missive with compliments about how Trump confronted China over the theft of American intellectual property and unfair trade practices, how he imposed sanctions on Russia and closed some of our consulates there and how he kept our oil prices low, which hurt the Russian economy.

Okay, I’ll take these things in order, or should I say odor, because they fail the smell test. The first point is rather funny. All the people at “state” and “justice” said Russia was behind the hacking of government servers, but Trump insisted it was China. So, the “confrontation” Trump and his sycophants lowered on China’s head did nothing to stop Russia and China stealing from us.

As for Russians and oil, Trump has bragged about the USA being energy independent due to our large supplies of oil and natural gas. So, how did sanctions against Russia help our gas prices, which are set by OPEC and Trump’s friends in Saudi Arabia? The truth is Trump has gone easy on Russia and used China and Xi as props during his overly long rally speeches. We have not become stronger in foreign policy under Trump. China’s economy grew despite COVID and North Korea has a nuclear bomb. GRADE: F

The final contention of our reader/writer is Trump helped speed the record-breaking development of COVID-19 vaccines. He says, “As bombastic and irritating as Trump is, a lot was accomplished during his tenure.” REALLY? This comment is totally disqualified and no GRADE is low enough. The claim of Trump speeding vaccine development would be like me taking credit for the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. After all, I watched the game on TV.

With more than 323,000 people dead from this wretched virus, a total failure in medical supply chain management, no national policy to defend the US from the pandemic and the administration’s ongoing disregard of expert recommendations for virus mitigation, these past four years have seen America at her worst. The things Trump has said on TV and in his tweets have made matters worse, not better. Because of his lack of action and unconvincing language, Donald John Trump has killed Americans. The man doesn’t deserve to be praised; he should be indicted for malfeasance and put in jail. Maybe someone will pardon him.

All of us want COVID to go away. While that would be great, some of us just can’t wait until the Donald goes away because he’s been bad for America. Perhaps he merits a participation trophy, but don’t try to sell me on any grand accomplishments. My 401K lost a ton of money, I can’t see my grandkids this Christmas, and he’s going to be playing golf. I hate him. Merry Freaking Christmas, Mr. Soon-to-be Ex-President!

[EDITORS NOTE: There will be no blog tomorrow, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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INVEST IN AMERICA NOW

Our Congress Needs to Act

Like many Americans, I was more than livid reading the New York Times article that said Donald Trump paid only $750 in income taxes the past two years. He has boldly claimed that “no one knows the system better than me,” but cheating America out of what he should’ve paid is just not right.

When Trump and his frothing Republican sycophants pushed through a tax bill for rich people and large businesses, the con was all of them would bring back the money they had hid away in offshore banks. Okay, but there’s more.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) was the biggest reform of the US Tax Code in more than thirty years. It lowered income tax rates, especially for higher-income Americans, and it reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Several tax credits and deductions also changed. The standard deduction was nearly doubled, from $6,350 in 2017 to $12,000 in 2018, and the child tax credit was doubled, from $1,000 in 2017 to $2,000 in 2018, but some itemized deductions were limited or eliminated. For example, the TCJA abolished deductions on mortgages, and that allowed a brutal steal from folks who also have to pay a state income tax.

National Public Radio said it best, “It was supposed to be a gift-wrapped present to taxpayers and the economy. But in hindsight, it looks more like a costly lump of coal. Passed on a party-line vote, the tax cut is the signature legislative accomplishment of President Trump’s first term. He had campaigned hard for the measure, promising it would boost paychecks for working people. In fact, more than 60% of the tax savings went to people in the top 20% of the income ladder, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The measure also slashed the corporate tax rate by 40%.”

America has millions of citizens out of work and in need of help. Since last Spring, the Congress has been debating how to disburse treasury funds to help people, and it’s been a ridiculous waste of time. Donald Trump hindered the effort because he is far too busy to get involved or, stating the same reality with a snarky dose of honesty, he just doesn’t know what he’s doing.

However, that is no excuse when people are suffering. Now that a $900 billion relief bill is on the table, some Republicans have shed their phony Trump skin and decided that they want to know how we are going to pay for it. WTF? We can pay for it two ways and we all need to take our medicine and get it done so we can get well.

First, the TCJA should be eradicated. Now before you start to worry about the economy, maybe you should consider how much cash those large corporations received from the first round of PPP. Screw them if they can’t step up right now and help save the American worker from bankruptcy, poverty and, oh yeah, STARVATION.

I see people on TV whining about the perilous situations of small businesses and restaurants, and that is all worthy, but how about giving them some money so they can feed America right now? What about helping people get through this winter without having their heat turned off? Step up corporate America! You spent two years riding the gravy train but it’s time for you to get involved in a solution.

Then there’s our military budget. It’s not just the US, the entire earth is infected with the coronavirus. The President of France has now tested positive for COVID. The countries of the world need medical aid, not bombs. Trump has already started to pull troops from just about everywhere, so surely the arms budget can be diverted to fight the pandemic. Also, let’s GET SMART and stop wasting money on a fucking wall. No one wants to come to this country with the highest death toll on the planet.

Donald John Trump is the lamest duck in the world right now and he’s busy slogging his spreadsheet of people he can bilk for pardons.  He won’t help us. Congress needs to step in and allocate proper pandemic relief money, bring back jobs and kill this COVID evil demon. Stop thinking about political sides and become one side, the American side.

Trump’s delusion about winning the election and a future of controlling the Republican party from his beach castle in Florida is all bullshit. Why would any party want to give control to A FUCKING LOSER? Trump is the reason you lost the White House, and you won’t get it back with pipe dreams of overthrowing the election. Remember that the military is on Joe Biden’s side, you know, the guy who will be their Commander-In-Chief in a matter of days. Should there be a fat, orange squatter in the People’s House after the inauguration, he will be swiftly and unceremoniously removed.

If the Donald cheated on his taxes, or engaged in insurance and tax fraud, he should be charged and tried for the crime. By the way, if Hunter Biden is also found guilty of tax evasion he too should be dealt with properly. Wouldn’t it be the ultimate brain explosion if the Donald and Hunter were assigned the same jail cell? But never mind that. What’s important right now is helping American citizens. We can sort out the who goes to jail thing later. My only hope is that we will have more justice than the aftermath of the banking collapse in 2008.

Leader McConnell

Should they not invest in America right now, the US Government will be immoral, irresponsible and reprehensible. If Mitch McConnell cannot move effective legislation through Congress, he should be removed from his leadership position, the easiest path being Georgia electing two Democratic Senators on January 5th. Regardless, both the House and the Senate need to start focusing on people, not corporations and certainly not that large, useless, makeup-riddled blabbering blowhard in the Oval Office. Republicans, he stole your party! Why don’t you grow a brain and begin to pinch it back?

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STOP THE STEAL DEAL

Trump’s Final Days of Doom

Imagine, the president of a third-world country calling a special session of a state’s magistrates to overturn the election results in his favor. Or maybe that same leader hires a bunch of goons to get into election tabulation locations to steal ballots against him. Many Americans would think such acts are uncivilized or undemocratic and might endorse the US Military taking action to straighten things out. Can we ever turn back to our comfortable lives believing such things are impossible in our country?

Well, it’s happening people and now’s the time to face the truth. In front of thousands of people at a Georgia airport hangar on Saturday night, the President of the United States spoke for almost two hours. He said, “If I lost, I’d be a very gracious loser. If I lost, I would say I lost, and I’d go to Florida and I’d take it easy and I’d go around and I’d say I did a good job. But you can’t ever accept when they steal and rig and lie.”

Not only does this man think he’s been re-elected, but he says he’s done so by a landslide. Okay fact checkers don’t bust a gut here, Joe Biden has 81 million votes, seven million more votes than Trump. Those are the facts, ma’am.

While more than 2,000 Americans are dying of COVID-19 each day, this transactional, soulless, obese, orange blob stood before those of lesser means to mislead and put them in danger. This greedy bastard was there for adulation and praise, not for democracy. We know this because earlier in the day Donald Trump did the unspeakable, which has now been spoken.

Living in the Shadows

On Saturday morning, the Donald called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and asked him to call a super session of the state legislature to overturn Joe Biden’s election win. This isn’t made-up fake news, it’s the real deal, as first reported by the Washington Post and later verified by insiders and the Governor’s aides.

During the call, Trump also requested that the governor mandate an audit of absentee ballot signatures. Kemp replied that he’s already requested that at least three times, but he also has made it clear that, under Georgia law, he cannot interfere with the election certification process. This request, like many others Trump has made in the last four years, totally exposes his profound lack of knowledge.

When an absentee or mail-in ballot arrives, the signature on the envelope is compared to the registered signature in the voting records. We’ve all experienced a poll worker doing exactly that right in front of us when we vote in person. The process for mail-in ballots is similar in that once the signature has been verified the ballot is separated from the envelope, which prevents any connection to the identity of the voter. Verifying signatures after ballots have been passed into the system might be a neat little exercise to spot a few errors but should such an error be found, locating the associated ballot is impossible. It’s simple logic and Trump should be able to figure it out, but he can’t.

So, the cult members wait in line for the giant presidential plane to descend from the heavens in anticipation of the anointed one, wearing his festive red tie and baggy blue suit, to emerge as the savior of mankind. His rabid followers carry large signs reading STOP THE STEAL! That’s not a chant for a baseball catcher, it’s a stupid slogan and the last gasp of a flawed egoist who has received far too much TV time and attention. This “stop the steal deal’ is just another Trump con job perpetrated on his unaware sycophants who genuinely believe his lies. Sad.

It’s against the law to intimidate voters or otherwise attempt to disrupt a United States election. When Trump tweet-threatened to send his fans, lawyers, police and sheriffs to polling places to make sure voting was done accurately, I filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission’s Voter Discrimination website. It’s Case# 17712-NPR, but I received no response. You see, government workers cannot properly do their jobs when there’s bad guy in the Oval Office. Trump’s intimidation was allowed to happen, and after he’s gone we’ll need a special commission to find a way of preventing any similar activity in the future.

The Cayman Islands

Mark your calendar; Donald Trump’s final day of doom is December 14, 2020. That’s when the Electoral College will announce that Joe Biden has officially won the election. The end, though I am sure our current president will continue to push aside our American traditions and norms until his very final hour. I also believe that Donald John Trump will grant pardons to his entire family, along with Rudy Giuliani and his other demented foot soldiers. He may be able to keep Rudy out of jail, but Trump could not protect him from COVID. At this writing the former Mayor of NYC, is in the hospital being treated for the virus.

Maybe Trump’s grand finale will be resigning in the eleventh hour and forcing Mike Pence to pardon him. Or maybe he will pull the ultimate disappearing trick by pardoning himself and forcing action by the Supreme Court. Should that body rule in his favor, they will be ripping the reins of law away from Congress and declaring that a US President is truly is above the law. God helps us all if they believe a president can pardon himself. Any who do should be impeached.

Those who say Trump is smart have gotten only a part of that correct. He’s as smart as his last winning wager, like the addicted gambler who is down a million dollars and places one final bet to clear the debt. Donald Trump knows the odds of getting caught and comprehends the penalty he might face should he lose. The fallback is his private jet on the runway with a flight plan to the Caymans, but Trump really believes he will win. Even when the ball lands on black after he bet red, he cannot face the truth. He screams that the wheel is fixed and the casino is out to get him. When he’s asked to pay the pilot for the jet fuel already in the plane, he says, “Oh, let’s go, I’ll pay you when we land.” And the pilot named Joe looks him in the eye and says, “No, Donald, it’s over. Everyone knows you lost.”

Trump is already using his website to steal more money from his supporters. It should be named Donald’s Slush Fund. First, he took your mind then he took your hard-earned cash which you will never get back. Perhaps my empathic values have been damaged by this man because I don’t feel sorry for the fools padding his purse and I certainly hope he gets what he deserves. Even a bad movie should end with the villain losing.

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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 conversation 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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SUNSHINE CONSPIRACY THEORY

Civil War: Trump’s Demonic Escape Route

Back in April of this year, our “really stable genius” of a leader spoke, “I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too… So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute – that’s pretty powerful.” Most of the world thought the guy was off his rocker, but we knew he was being serious, in his stupid, befuddled way.

That same day he also said, “I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.” Even though Dr. Debra Birx was sitting only feet away from the orange top, she didn’t jump up and scream “No!” because if she did what was right at that moment she would have been fired. That stark reality indicates severe intimidation. Trump merely put another brick in the wall that he constantly builds around himself. Truth is never allowed in.

I’ve encountered thousands of people in my life, and there have been times when I met a rich, self-consumed pompous ass, just like Trump. My mental reaction was, “That guy is just smart enough to be dangerous,” but I always took care not to get on the wrong side of that crazy person lest he bring me bodily harm.

Emperor Donald The Trump

The State of Florida loves the Donald. He moved to Mar-a-Lago for many reasons, not the least of which was avoiding the payment of New York State taxes. Now his strategy is screwing over New York because New York didn’t vote for him. His cloudy thinking even led him to believe he could withhold a COVID vaccine from the Empire State. This inept man believes, exactly like Jeffrey Epstein did, that he can control the locals in West Palm Beach. Well, we saw how that eventually didn’t work out for our buddy Jeffrey.

Sometimes, when I get crazy watching cable TV news, I become a chess player and attempt to figure out my opponent’s next moves. Follow me here. What if Donald Trump just leaves the White House one day and moves into his Florida bunker? He convinces Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican run Florida legislature to secede from the union. Are you with me? Hey, maybe QAnon will pick this up.

Let’s imagine in detail Trump’s grand plan to make Florida its own country, perhaps renaming it to something that sounds German, like TRUMPLANDIA! Mar-a-Lago becomes the Palace, and Donald declares himself not President, but Emperor of TRUMPLANDIA. Don Jr. is the prince and, of course, Ivanka is the princess. Sorry Melania, you are sent away because you want more money, and Trump separates you from your son because that is what he does.

The new army of TRUMPLANDIA takes an oath of loyalty to Trump and its fighters provide their own pickup trucks, guns, camo and ammo. They don’t need a stupid constitution as they drive through the streets making people take off their masks.

Trump harshly taxes the people and uses the money to build a wall at the GEORGIA – FLORIDA border to keep out those people he doesn’t like. After all, GEORGIA voted against him. He conscribes all the small boats into his “powerful” navy to defend against invaders from the north. He takes control of all utilities, and if anyone prints or says anything against him, he cuts off their air conditioning. He has military parades once a month, and every Sunday the militia sacrifices a democrat on TRUMP TV. That channel broadcasts from a satellite Trump stole from Comcast, another enemy of the people.

He orders sterilization of anyone he deems unworthy. After being banned for life on Twitter, he rails every day on his new social media platform, BoneSpur.com. He conducts an annual TRUMPLANDIA beauty contest in which each of the top five winners get to sleep with him, while the others are given to his sons. He arrests part-time Florida resident Stephen King, and initiates Fire-the-Books-Fridays when printed works he doesn’t like are burned in town squares.

He admits people into “his country” who want to join the TRUMPLANDIA ARMY, and trains them for the ultimate invasion of the USA. While all this sounds like a science fiction story, it could happen. But, my readers, I am a writer and will give you a happy ending. We all want to feel good.

Our story now moves to Fort Bragg, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Several airborne and special operations units of the United States Army are stationed there: The 82nd Airborne Division, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the Delta Force are controlled by the Joint Special Operations Command, based on Bragg’s Pope Field. The command-in-chief of the US issues an order, and the troops show a fierce force never before seen in American history.

The rebellion in Florida ends in minutes, with few causalities, and the fat, pompous leader is taken into custody. He is tried for treason and sedition, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

TRUMPLANDIA is closed while Mar-a-Lago is taken over by the federal government and turned into an assisted living facility, which is sort of what it was in the first place. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are sent to DISNEYWORLD to work as cartoon characters, mostly fucking Goofy.

In the movie Cool Hand Luke, the warden, called Captain (played by Strother Martin), says to Luke, “You run twice, you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set ’cause you’re gonna get your mind right. And I mean RIGHT.” In the movie, a “set” is a measure of how much time one must spend in the “box,” a small confinement structure out in the hot sun. After the Captain says, “…get your mind right” to Luke, played by Paul Newman, he turns to the other prisoners and says, “Take a good look at Luke. Cool Hand Luke?”

To all Trump followers, I now say, “Take a good look at Donnie, Lying Boy Don!” He’s a loser, and just like the confederates you can deny the loss, but that doesn’t make it so. What we have here is failure to communicate. When you are given truth, you don’t believe it and when you are given lies you let them consume you. How many days in the box will it take for you to get your mind right?

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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 conversation 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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ALTERNATE FACTS AREN’T FACTS

Maybe the Pollsters Got It Right

The current President of the United States has a disease that cannot be cured by public pressure or smart people telling him he’s full of shit. Donald John Trump is in a farce bubble. Compounding the symptoms are his enablers who live in fear that he will explode and bring the whole structure of government and their existence down to the ground. They are all failures in government and will be marked for life as losers and liars. Did Trump win the election? Why would he say he did? Well, he’s also a liar.

Vox.com features excellent reporting and writing. This was their headline the weekend before the election: “Biden has a big lead in the polls, but can we trust them? You mostly can rely on the polls, but that doesn’t mean Trump can’t win.” I love how some people who are paid to predict the future always have something in their pocket for a grand excuse when they lose.

This is a good time to fill in some detail about my background. For more than thirty years I was an international radio broadcasting consultant, specializing in music formats. A major part of that job was designing, conducting, and analyzing research polls to determine what the public wanted to hear when they turned on the radio. We probed why a particular station was their favorite and why they listened to others. We studied the disc jockeys, songs and formats with high audience appeal and listenership. If we found the client station had low appeal with listeners, we made wholesale and dramatic changes. The job involved big risks taken with the potential of a huge rewards, like placing Howard Stern on the air at client properties. The basis of success in music radio is totally driven by pollsters at radio ratings companies.

There is a notion in statistics called the “margin of error.” It’s typically a small amount that helps users of a study understand the possible impact of errors, such as miscalculation or change of circumstances. Now one might ask, why the “miscalculation” Larry? I once knew a researcher named Larry, thus the reference.  Larry was a straight shooter. He would answer that question with lots of words about demographic distributions, geographical weighting and probabilities. You see, research based on a sample of respondents is only as good as the composition of the sample. For example, if you are trying to understand the perceptions of African American voters, you need a strong representation of Black people in the sample of those you survey. You must balance the sample so it contains the same total percentage of groups that exist in the population you are surveying. If your sample has more or less of the type of participants you wish to measure, you must have a scientific method of adjusting the results. If you’re thinking there’s a lot that could go wrong, you are absolutely correct.  Good research involves strict, scientific discipline with a reliable margin of error.

In the old days, Gallup used 3,000 people to determine what the whole country thought about everything from cigarettes to carports. But as America diversified and changed, that kind of simple sample became unstable and unreliable. Yes, the pollster got the 2016 election wrong, but they’ve gotten other things less and more important equally wrong. First, people don’t always tell the truth. Next, the method of contact has a major effect. In the old days of radio listener research, a survey began with recruitment of respondents using a home phone. Because it was easier, many people from the same household were used for the same survey. It could be that Dad filled out the survey for all the kids, meaning their use of the radio was not measured at all. Researchers knew this, of course, and factored the probability of such possibilities into the margins of error of their radio listenership reports, “the ratings.”

In today’s world, the internet is not a reliable instrument for recruiting survey respondents. It’s too easily manipulated by evil forces. We all know that. So, with each call that a surveyor makes in a study to find out who the American voters will choose, there is an assumption made about the probability of the person on the phone actually voting how they say they will. Of course, they could be speaking the truth on the call but later change their mind before the vote. Stuff like this happens all the time and researchers adjust their margins of error accordingly.

In 2016, former poker player and famous pollster Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight website gave Hillary Clinton a 72 percent chance of winning the election. In 2020, the same group forecasted that Donald Trump had a 10 in 100 chance of winning while Joe Biden had an 89 in 100 chance of winning: So, FiveThirtyEight didn’t get it wrong. As I am writing this, Biden has 77,242,061 votes while Donald Trump has 72,096,110 votes. Biden got 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 217.

I thought the videos of Trump supporters in states where he was leading chanting “Stop the Vote!” while in states where the President was behind, they were screaming, “Count all the votes!” were asinine. In baseball, we don’t stop the game in the fourth inning because our team is ahead, and we certainly don’t add innings after we’ve lost. This is the most dramatic demonstration of “population density” that I have ever seen. When I say density, I mean STUPID SHITS.

When the pollsters told Joe Biden’s campaign that Georgia looked like it was moving toward the Democrats, Joe, Kamala, Barack and many other notable Democrats got off their butts and travelled to the Peach State to pitch their guy. This was like Trump in 2016 seeing that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were in the play for him. He went there and it made a difference. The Democrats simply used the orange man’s playbook and it worked. Hey, if you can’t read and correctly interpret the numbers, you’ll never know how to work them in your favor.

When analyzing research, there are times you see what you want to see. You see big numbers, but ignore the margin of errors. When you see a possible error ranging from plus-four to minus-four, you need to take four off your guy’s score and add four to the other guy. That is the correct way to study the numbers. I always knew this election would be close because I kept my eyes on the margins of error. When trying to judge baseball teams against each other at the end of the season, the team with the most errors is not a good one. Large errors matter.

Did they say Biden would win? Yes. Did Biden win? Yes. So, before everyone goes on TV to yell at the pollsters, stop and think. Polling is but one of the many “sciences” that openly admit they may have errors. When you hear the new coronavirus vaccine has a 90% effectiveness, look at the fine print. There is a margin of error. For one, the sample doesn’t include the extremely ill or the very young. No babies were given the serum. Remember, it’s the sample that most deeply affects the results of any study. And not to be a bit negative, but a vaccine with 90% effectiveness means that 10% of the sample would not be protected and could even die.

I know these are hard times for people to understand. The emotional upheaval of COVID-19, people losing jobs and the political vitriol, make it easy to blame pollsters for not getting it exactly right? They were conducting these surveys under high pressure during a terrible time in the history of America. They got it right, even though not perfect. Just like America.

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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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PENETRATING TRUMP’S BRAIN

Who Will Talk Him off the Ledge?

My father’s side of the family came to America in the late 1600s. According to family accounts, they came into James River, Virginia, then traveled up through Dover, Delaware, and finally settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania around 1720. Most of these ancestors’ offspring were farmers, and it took them about a hundred years to spread across the state to Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.

At this writing, we have just received the projected vote count in my home state. As much as this process has created tensions, nervousness and even anger with many citizens, we are finally have a conclusion to this drama. We dealt with the recovery of a damaged democracy after the Civil War, and we can’t even agree on what would have made that work better.

Trump and real president

While I was clicking on my keyboard earlier, an ABC News story came across. “This week, judges in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan have rejected the [Trump] campaign’s efforts to halt the counting process, if only temporarily, or alter it in some way based on shaky allegations of improper or nefarious conduct.” The best line in the story relates to U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond. “He appeared startled when the lawyers then acknowledged that the observers had, in fact, been permitted within 15 feet of the poll workers.” Diamond cracked, “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamonds don’t usually crack.

Just about all Democratic internet posters have the same question. Who should be the one who will tell Trump his show has been cancelled? It won’t be his Chief of Staff; Mark Meadows just came down with COVID. Might it be Lindsey Graham, Trump’s golfing buddy? How about Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate?  Who will have their “Barry Goldwater” moment with the Donald? You might recall that it was Senator Goldwater who dropped the reality bomb of removal on Nixon and convinced him if he didn’t resign he would be impeached and removed from office.

Maybe it will be Ivanka, Melania and Jared Kushner, coming into the Oval Office to smooth talk their way through his swollen ego to get him to admit it’s over? Nah, that won’t happen. I don’t mean to sound demeaning, but Donald’s current wife is loyal to her marriage. She’s merely an actress brought out like a trophy to speak the lines written for her. It will also not be Ivanka and Jared. They are both greedy bastards succeeded because they have the same moral-less values of winning no matter what. They have the most to lose from Trump’s removal from office. They will be continuously testifying to committees and courts for the next five years of their lives.

This brings us to the only thing that motivates Trump, money. Perhaps fellow rich powerbroker, Rupert Murdoch might be able to get through to Donald Trump. In case you don’t know, Murdoch is worth $16 billion and was originally from Australia. He owns tons of newspapers and media companies around the world, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump knows Murdoch and he always takes his call. Why would Murdoch do this?

Rupert Murdoch

I may be sounding a bit diabolic, but Murdoch’s Fox News empire will benefit if Trump loses and goes away mad. For the next four years Murdoch’s network would be able to exploit those sore losers and loners who love the Donald. If Trump stays in office, by hook or crook, Murdoch will have to make his network more responsible and accurate and that would be bad for ratings.

What could Rupert possibly say to Donald that would inspire him to maturely deal with the loss of the presidency but still have something to look forward to? Well, what if he were to offer him a daily show on Fox News? Trump’s ego and narcissism are his central drivers, and he would revel having a daily show where he could bark out his dogma to the world. This would also be a huge win for Fox News because a Trump show will guarantee big ratings and tons of advertising bucks. What could this new job be worth to Trump? I say he might become desperate for a platform should Twitter take down his personal account when Trump leaves office. He has used that as a mouthpiece for his administration and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that account to persist.

I know it seems ludicrous that a former president would make that kind of move but look at what George H.W. Bush did after being a one-term president. He joined the Carlyle Group and exploited his fame for millions of dollars in Arab oil interests. Even one of the Bin Ladens were on his board. After his one-term wonder presidency, Jimmy Carter helped build homes for those unable to afford housing in America. Big difference.

Trump will have many coming after him after January 29, 2021, and it won’t solely be about job offers. The Southern District of New York has some legal matters on its desk. Maybe a new administration will reinstate Geoffrey Berman as the US Attorney in the Southern District so he can complete his work there. There are many other cases and issues that need to be resolved in courts. Trump could do his daily show from the veranda of Mar-A-Lago, sipping diet Cokes and making fun of the people in charge, just as he does now.

Only time will tell, but from my vantage point I see lots of work that must be done. For example, President Trump has signed, 193 Executive Orders since January 2017. Many of them are toothless commentary, rather than substantial policies. Some of them, when challenged in the court, were found to be border line unconstitutional. Others are extremely damaging and must be eradicated ASAP. The most important next step is to replace all the horribly damaged or totally unqualified people Trump has installed in powerful positions. At the top of my list are the Attorney General, the Postmaster General, administrators in EPA, DHS and the entire Trump cabinet. Then there’s Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees who are in desperate need of real leadership!

Rupert are you listening? Remember that Civil War and bodily removal of a president are bad for business. And might I say that Donald John Trump doesn’t want the lasting-forever Wikipedia page showing him being escorted out of the White House. While that would be grossly embarrassing for him, it would be much more so for all of AMERICA.

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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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BELIEVING YOUR OWN EYES

Win or Lose, Trump Has No Mandate

After going in and out of consciousness and drifting between dreams and data from the latest vote count on election night, I was more zombie than human the next day. The biggest flaw in my personal slaw was that I had booked an 8:45 doctor’s appointment that morning. Not a good idea.

I took a brief nap on Wednesday afternoon and awoke to my phone buzzing out some breaking news. The headline was unbelievable, with words to the effect that the President of the United States is suing the state of Michigan and demanding they STOP COUNTING BALLOTS! What? Why would he do that? How could he do that? Do he and his cronies think that ballots are being airlifted from Russia or China just to make him look bad, or is it simply the absentee and mail-in ballots were finally being counted and his chances were diminishing? Yes, and Yes.

Crazy Trump

Even in those states where Donald John Trump won, the margins are not great. As of this writing, in Georgia, Trump received 2,432,097 votes to Joe Biden’s 2,413,999. That’s not a blow-out win. What this election clearly shows is the country is divided and both sides are firmly planted in their opposing values and needs. Here on the west coast of Florida, the enthusiasm of Trump voters was extreme. I watched them drive around all day in pickup trucks bespeckled with Trump flags and stickers. There was also a strong showing for Joe Biden, although less obnoxious and more hopeful.

The daily crap that Trump shovels out to the American people has created an incalcitrant attitude in Republicans that lacks logic, common sense or a desire for truth. Those folks believe most of what Trump says. Intelligent people on both sides wondered if the final count of mail-in votes would ever see the light of day. Workers in the United States Postal Service blew the whistle on Lewis DeJoy’s plan to sabotage mail delivery right before the election, and there was merit to their paranoia. Trump and his donor criminals are doing whatever they can to keep their piece of the rich guy pie, while hurting the country they claim to love. DeJoy, like Trump and his cadre of lawyers, are corrupt partisans, spellbound in their rapture of greed. Those baby Trumps will one day face the music.

America’s election administrators and workers are good, dedicated human beings. With all the observers and poll watchers, it would be almost impossible for any person or group to cook the election results. We are all at the mercy of computers, servers and the cloud these days, but with control in the hands of local people who must face their neighbors and fellow citizens, the price of deception is great. Besides, who would want to be jailed for tainting election results?

I am hopeful that this experience will trigger a reform to our election process. We must have more consistency. Trump complained ad nauseum that we should all know who won on election day. That’s a precious thought, my loudmouth pumpkin, but when a state has a law stating mail-in ballots cannot be processed until election day, your desires are not their commands. The President of the United States should know that he has NO control over how elections are administered. That’s a good thing. It’s not like cheating at golf. Elections are administered by each state and adjudicated by local judges.

Despite the local orientation, a good idea for the near future might be a national convention of Secretary of States and Election organizers to codify how all states handle elections. America is drifting further away from the arcane ways of our Founding Fathers. They might have known about abortions, but they certainly didn’t know Roe or Wade. We need more consistency in our federal elections with similar and effective security, protocols, timing and techniques across states. I was amazed to learn that in Florida millions of dollars were NOT spent on election security because one man said, “Hey, we don’t need that.” Really? When is not spending money on security a good idea?

Donald Trump’s presidency taught us some lessons about America. First, he showed us that if the press gives a candidate and then President, billions of dollars of free airtime, it’s on us to keep them in check. They think their job is to investigate allegations of corruption, but at times they simply publicize the bad actions of one man. Why? It took four years to learn about the guy in office, and now you need to look in the mirror. Common people cannot comprehend malicious behavior, and you need to say more other than “look at this with your own eyes.” You need more fact finding with investigative journalism and less fluff. There are so many commercials in ABC World News Tonight that most stories get only one or two sentences. Dumb.

If Trump cheats and steals his way into another four years he will be hated by as many people as he is now. He’s a dangerous loser-liar whose words and actions have hurt people and probably killed more than 100,000 of us. He has no more of a mandate to run our country than Alex Trebek, and he’s a Canadian.

I am most proud of the way our courts and judges have handled Trump so far, and I hope they never stop being objective, no matter who might be president. There is something magical in the words, “…with liberty and justice for all.” I want everyone in America to understand that “…for all,” means everyone, all of us, not just Trump lovers.

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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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TRAIL OF SCUM LEFT BEHIND

Donald Trump’s America is Sickening

Tomorrow, millions of people will cast their votes for President, Vice President and thousands of Congressional and state seats. My final argument in this last post before the election is not in support of a candidate. It’s against Donald John Trump.

Goofy President

I have never liked Trump. He was a silly publicity whore in the city that never sleeps and most intelligent people in New York didn’t take him seriously. He was a harmless game player when not in power and an insufferable braggart when he was. People got sucked into the myth watching him play fake boss on the Apprentice TV show. We love a drama and are intrigued by conflict. We get drawn into storylines that make no sense at all but still we want to predict the outcome.

I remember two co-workers at the water cooler having an intense conversation about a person named Omarosa. I was amazed at the emotional intensity of their conversation. I later realized that she was a reality TV character whom everyone seemed to hate. She was a villain of sorts in a show where the person who fired everybody was a hero?

As I watched the news yesterday and saw hundreds of Trump supporters surround the Joe Biden campaign bus in Texas, forcing them to cancel a stop on the trail, I wondered about the things Trump has done. He’s a huge part of the “cancel culture” he derides and the villain of free speech. The Donald attempts to intimidate with his tweets, speeches and rallies, but he’s just a greedy fool. Once he recovered from COVID he didn’t care if anyone else became infected. This is the scum Trump is leaving behind — EMPATHY FREE AMERICA! Who would want to live there?

After Trump was elected President, he named Omarosa, the antagonizing villain from his TV show, as the Director of African American Outreach. I’m not sure what she did in that role, short of just sitting behind Trump during meetings, but she eventually saw the light and turned against him. She was reimaged as a disgruntled, fired employee who the cult of Don did not take seriously. Those people would demonize Jesus Christ himself should he dare question Trump.

The fired-up followers use the word “traitor.” That’s the label they slapped on John Kelly, James Mattis, Stanley McChrystal, H. R. McMaster, Martin Dempsey, David Petraeus, Paul Zukunft and Joseph Dunford. These high-ranking Generals and Admirals have been disgraced by their Commander in Chief. Why? They have been demeaned not for losing a battle, but simply because they spoke out against Trump. The scum this president has slathered over the military is appalling. Notice how these days Trump talks more about police departments than the military. Donald, local cops will stand down when the military steps in, so don’t count on them for your coup.

Disbelief in Science Look

One of the things Trump doesn’t comprehend is that YOU CANNOT FIRE THE VIRUS. And this needless attack on Dr. Fauci for telling the truth is a desperate act of a delusional lunatic.

If Trump is such a great president, why do so many people hate him? Why do so many people talk about rescuing democracy by voting him out? Why are so many people voting? Ensconced in his bubble of enablers and co-liars Trump believes they are his supporters getting out the vote, but statistically a greater number of voters tend to help Democrats. Donald was never good with money or math.

The scum that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Mark Meadows and the rest of the cult capos initially spread across this democracy was thought to be PARTY FIRST, but now it’s become TRUMP IS INFALLIBLE. They know it’s not true, but they are weak human specimens. If they genuinely believed they were protecting the country from unnecessary spending, then they made a huge mistake. President 45 has taken them to the cleaners. When Trump leaves office America will be trillions in debt, so why is keeping Trump in power so important to them? MONEY, their own money.

Almost half of those in Congress are millionaires. They earn more than $400K per year and they will have to give up some of their money when Biden takes over. They are part of the ever-growing 1% wealth class who will do anything to keep their cash, including committing murder. They don’t care about pre-existing conditions.

People get their underwear in a knot when I talk like that, but there is no way to tighten Donald Trump Junior’s briefs firmly enough. Why is that guy allowed to speak in public? He makes the characters in the TV show Succession seem empathetic and likeable. Trump Junior said the number of Americans dying from the coronavirus amounts to “almost nothing.” If fact, as I am writing this, there are about one thousand American COVID deaths every day. Hey Trump Junior, if one of your kids or girlfriends was dying, maybe you wouldn’t think it was nothing. Oh, while I have your attention, GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Dumb Don Jr.

I have always been opinionated and firm in my beliefs, but since Trump has been in office, I’ve become a monster. I got thrown off Twitter, for life it appears, and my posts elsewhere have become more direct and vitriolic. I deeply want to wash this scum off my body and mind this week. I can only hope that Trump is not the sore loser we have seen over the last four years. If he’s thinks it through, and that is not a given, he will take a potential loss properly, by just smiling and walking away. If he does anything illegal to attempt a takeover of the United States, we will march to Washington and remove him from office. That’s what good Americans do when our freedoms are challenged.

The stench and scum of this presidency will last for a long time, but here is a start. William Barr should be disbarred and charged with malfeasance of duty. Dr. Scott Atlas should lose his medical license. Mitch McConnell should be forced to resign from Congress. Lindsey Graham, if reelected, should be stripped of all committee assignments. Congress should get to work on strengthening our oversight laws and creating a firm punishment protocol for those who ignore subpoenas. And finally, while we reform the top judicial processes, let’s add two Justices to the Supreme Court and not replace the next two who die or resign. It will be a rejigger of the juggernaut. Term limits on all elected officials should be imposed at the federal level, including judges. No one is above the law and no one should be gifted a job for life.

If you are shortsighted and ignorant, go ahead and vote for Trump. Satisfy your greedy needs. Since you are reading this you are probably already in the choir, but I warn you it’s not over yet. We have a long way to go to fix the Donald-damage. I just hope I live long enough to see him GONE. Should you want to give me a Christmas gift, an orange winter jumpsuit to match his makeup would really be a nice, warm touch. Okay, it’s time now to VOTE FOR AMERICA.

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