TRUMP’S GENERAL DISARRAY

Major Disagreements on Principle

See that small crack in the wall? As the tremors President Donald J. Trump himself has created shake the foundation of our very republic, we are watching that crack widen and spawn others, threatening the democracy of the United States of America.

There was a time in the last two years, when those words would have been greeted with the admonishment that I was being unreasonable, and that Trump was a good president. His fans would say, “Why are you freaking out? You’ll see it all work out.” It hasn’t. It won’t. It can’t. Donald Trump is disruptive, in a very unproductive way.

The Generals are all leaving him now. Those Generals he so aligned himself with during the campaign so that the America public might see him as the Command-in-Chief we need, rather than the boisterous buffoon he’s always been. The retired military leaders stood on stage with him and waved their hands. One even led the chant of “Lock her up,” but in the end, they were just props for the Donald Show, one we hope doesn’t get renewed for a second season.

People like General Kelly and General Flynn are ideologs Trump used and then threw away. General James N. Mattis, our former Secretary of Defense, is a man of honor and honesty. I said in my book, Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, that Trump picked him based solely on the fact he liked saying his nickname, “Mad Dog Mattis.” While that was unfair to General Mattis, it probably is truer than most of what Trump has said in the past two years.

We have found ourselves in many major disagreements on principle with Donald J. Trump. Things aren’t getting better, they are getting worse. Before we get to February, when Trump will push a partisan into the role of Secretary of Defense, let’s look at Jim Mattis’ serious words.

One line that probably stung Trump the hardest, “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships.” This brings America to the real debate we’ve been having for the last two or three years, “globalist” vs. “nationalist.” This conundrum Trump has forced to the forefront has been fabricated into the farce one could cynically call the Trump Doctrine.

Mattis is a smart man. He understands how the world works far better than Donald Trump ever will. Let’s think of the world as a giant tree. Some people see only the branches and the limbs but never consider the root system that feeds and supports the mighty plant. Trump sees only the tree. He’s happy when it’s in bloom and fully green, but turns against it when the leaves turn brown and drop to the ground. He would rather cut the tree down and sell the wood, than understand what is really going on. He’s not someone you want leading a country during the autumn and winter months.

We are entering the winter of his presidency and we must shore up our institutions to deal with this bad leader. All the countries of the world are linked. They are the root system that keeps democracy and democracies alive. The principles we bring to the world order are smart strategies based on history, military strength and, most importantly, our calm resolve in the face of calamities. Donald J. Trump is the wrong person to lead the greatest country in the world. He is not worthy.

What Jim Mattis has brought to light is the veracity that Trump has pissed off our allies and given some of the dastardliest regimes a chance to grow. These weeds are out to hurt our allies and eventually take advantage of the United States of America. Mattis has told truth, and for that I respect him greatly.

Which One is Out of Place?

Donald Trump doesn’t believe in America, he believes in Donald Trump. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis pointed out that, “… we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances.” And with that line, the head of the pentagon and all our troops was saying that the President is not a good leader. 60% of America already knows this and more Republicans are finally coming to their senses. We have two choices, wait until 2020 and elect someone else, or IMPEACH TRUMP NOW!

America is more than one man. We will survive the departure of Generals Mattis and Kelly, and we certainly don’t need a traitor like Michael Flynn anywhere near the White House, but the natives are restless. People are seeing the results of terrible domestic and foreign policies that have wrought worrisome disarray and disorder. As the true American hero John McCain said, “It’s time we get back to regular order.” And, I might add, as soon as possible.

Ask the farmer who has storehouses full of soybeans he can’t sell. Trump has no idea what he’s doing with trade. Ask the single mother of three who received absolutely no benefit from Trump’s imaginary tax cut. Our child-in-chief has no idea what it’s like to live in American without vast sums of money. Ask the Florida small businesses that were forced to close due to dead fish on the beach. Trump’s environmental policies and “theories” will destroy our land and value as a nation.

We are all Americans, and until we get a president who is there for ALL OF AMERICA, we are less than great. Trump is destroying our nation. I implore both Democrats and Republicans to create an exit strategy for Trump. After he pulls all the troops out of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, the Middle East will dissolve to chaos. That will not be good for Israel or America. TRUMP is the PROBLEM. Let’s fix it, now!

 


THE WORLD JUST GOT SERIOUS

Can Trump Follow Suit?

There is a big distance between rhetoric and action, but in Trump World, our leader thinks that if he says it, it is so. Or even worse, he thinks that if he orders something, then it will automatically happen. This pompous, over-blown self-evaluation of his salesmanship prowess and imaginary ability to get things done is really embarrassing in the light of day.

He keeps telling us how much he has completed and all we see are carcasses of the people he has fired along the way. If these people weren’t good enough to go more than six months, then the guy who picked them clearly doesn’t know what he is doing. Trump creates these “Mission Accomplished” moments every day, which really makes them fade into the sea of bullshit on which he floats.

Congress may have boxed Trump in with the sanctions bill against Russia, but their actions were done for all to see. They are working on shoring up their reputations and getting re-elected. They don’t live in an electoral college world, they sink or swim according to a popular vote, therefore, they must be “popular” with as many constituents as possible.

Trump downplayed Russia’s evil agenda during the election for reasons we will hopefully understand better when all of the dust clears from the handful of investigations currently underway. Trump focused his discontentment on China with his campaign rhetoric. He never accused Russia of currency manipulation, unfair trade practices or unfair treatment of the American worker. He dumped all of that on China.

It was no surprise when our President tweeted away July 29, 2017: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

And while he thought he had this “great” relationship with China’s President Xi Jinping, Trump can’t be straight forward about Russia, who increased trade with North Korea by 40% since Trump took office. North Korea showed a 4% growth rate.  What?

Doesn’t the Donald know he is being played by this punk kid Kim Jong, the KGB spy Putin and all-powerful Xi Jinping? The fact is, Russia and China do NOT want to see a united Korean peninsula. They will both prop up North Korea and Kim Jong Un so that unification never happens. Why does the Donald think he can job-out the responsibility of reeling in Un?

Trump just went through an embarrassing week, vividly demonstrated by the vulgar language of his new buddy, “slick Anthony,” “the Mooch,” Scaramucci.  Little Tony, the “front stabber,” revealed the in-fighting and destructive forces in the vortex of Trump’s inner circle. I would even advance the notion here that Trump is being played by his son-in-law and daughter to get rid of all the people who they don’t agree with. Do they think they are “protecting” the President? Well, the apples don’t fall… you know the rest. To fix the general discontent and chaos in the White House, let’s bring in a general. General Mills? General Motors? No, no, a real General.

The final act of this passion play opens with Steve Bannon left dangerous dangling outside of the circle of trust. On the next episode of Reality President, we learn if Bannon will be sent on his merry way, or be given a seat at the grown-up’s table.

Now that John Kelly, the Bostonian former General, is in command of the staff, will he put up with the very thing he hated about Obama: an intellectual approach to solving problems. Generals don’t like thinkers, they get in the way of marching. It won’t take long for Kelly to lose patience with the lack of a chain of command. Those he can fire, he will. The kids, of course, are off limits. The very reason they should NOT be there.

North Korea has tested 14 missiles this year, that’s almost one for every person fired from the Trump administration or government. And as the President preaches about law and order to a group of police officers urging them to not be so nice to people they arrest, his little joke was not taken too well by police federations and departments across this land.

The idea of letting the cops be the prejudger of whether someone arrested should be treated harshly or not during arrest ought to make all Americans nervous. Stop joking around Mr. President. What you suggested is why young Muslim girls get slashed by white supremacists and African-American men get gunned down by over-zealous and nervous cops.

In retaliation for Congress passing a stiff sanctions bill against Russia for meddling in our election, Putin has decided to expel 755 diplomats and foreign service workers from Moscow. Amazingly, Trump says he will sign the bill, which would be a smart and serious move on his part. If he were to veto this bill, he would rip the scab off the wound known as the Russia Investigation. As the investigation takes a break from the front pages, Trump would be wise to press forward and get serious about his role in the world.

Maybe Anthony Scaramucci did something productive when he showed the petty, uncomfortable, back biting working environment that exists inside the White House. This is Trump’s fault. Even privately held corporations would come under scrutiny with this kind of harassment in the workplace.

I still hear Trump voters say how the great Orange one is running the government like a company. Unfortunately for America, he’s running the country like a Trump organization, and all of those loyal Trump voters have never had a chance to work where H1B visa holding, non-Americans get jobs before you do. Boy, what a great boss.

Donald Trump might think he’s doing a great job, but the healthcare fiasco is just one example of Trump failing the test and getting an F for his efforts. He brags about the stock market as if he invented it. The stock market was already on the upward swing before he was elected. The job market opened up in the Spring of 2015, but Trump was too busy bashing Mexicans back then.

One of the things I say to people is this. The stock market doesn’t need Donald Trump to be successful. It was there before he was he was born — the New York Stock Exchange opened in March of 1817 — and it will be there long after he is gone. Just as Obama couldn’t ever take full credit for the stock market, Donald Trump can’t own the bump and then blame any future decease on someone else. If you say you own it, you own it. If Donald Trump was to be impeached and Mike Pence took office, the stock market wouldn’t collapse. It might even go up further. The stock market loves certainty, not unpredictability.

There are many challenges, both domestically and globally, that Trump must confront and manage in a sober manner. Trump has already spent a lot of “serious leader currency” by saying stupid things about world events, organizations and treaties. And back at home, his hurtful attacks on his own people have made it appear to many that he prefers chaos over order. Conflict before country and family before law. This is not the person who will help America stay great.