THE BURDEN OF POWER

Trump’s True Catch-22

The cost of change this time includes dead bodies in the streets of American cities. Donald Trump’s burden of power was something that he probably never imagined would be difficult, but then he just assumed running a country would be easy. Our President has an ongoing desire to entertain rather than embrace the empathy necessary in a great leader. He would call me a hater, but he would never take the time to read my thoughts. I feel sorry for him, but he should not be allowed to get in the way of our country’s safety, our prosperity and our morals.

Our younger readers might not understand the term “Catch-22.” This concept arises when trying to escape a dilemma or difficult circumstance with mutually conflicting or dependent conditions. President Trump finds himself now dealing with the mutually conflicting and dependent conditions he has created. But at the risk of blaming him for everything, we should look at the dilemmas and suggest solutions.

First, Trump married himself to the NRA and they spent more than $30 million to help him get elected. They give a lot of money to many other candidates and they are more like a political action committee than a non-profit organization. What they do is legal but causes a conflict of interest with those who have received their contributions. Trump sees their endorsement as important. He has never stood up to them. This needs to end.

Trump rose to political power by attacking immigrants. He berates them much like past tyrants who focused on minorities and ethnic groups to create dangerous conditions and harmful attitudes against them. Trump’s rhetoric has also stoked the hatred and fear of immigrants, aliens and asylum seekers. When reading the manifestos of mass shooters, we see the same phraseologies and viewpoints toward those ethnic groups and the people they’ve attacked.

In his speech to the nation and world (8-5-2019), President Trump said that he’s ready for discussion on gun laws and he touted his small legal moves such as banning the “Bump-Stock.” His words fell short, however, because they came from “Teleprompter Trump” not Candidate Trump. Can these tragedies guarantee that at his next rally he won’t double-down on previous incitements? Probably not.

Trump wants the Justice Department to make sure “domestic terrorists” receive a swift death penalty, but that’s not likely to deter most of these crazy murderers who expect to die during the carnage they reap. Killing the mass shooters will make them the kind of martyrs that ISIS fighters are to their followers. The hate websites will continue to breed this dogma of death and destruction, but what will the leadership of this country do to stop them? Can they protect our First and Second Amendment rights while making this problem go away? This is the true burden of power.

Here’s the Catch-22 in all of this. The TV talking heads express sorrow about the sweet little kids who were gunned down in El Paso, while a few miles from the attack site children of Mexico and Central America are living in chain-link detention centers lacking basic human comforts like hygiene, warmth and love. You cannot be on moral ground protecting one class of human being while dehumanizing another. Trump has already showed his true colors by doing everything he can to eliminate or bypass America’s asylum laws. In 1940, he would have turned away ships bringing Jews and other Europeans to America attempting to seek asylum from Hitler.

And now, Trump tries to apologize to the President of Mexico for those citizens who lost their lives in El Paso. His feeble attempt is most likely intended to placate their leader who said that Mexico would be seeking legal action for the deaths of their citizens on our soil.  Perhaps one of Trump’s advisors warned him of a law that could be used against him.

Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. With Trump inciting violence toward immigrants, be they legal or illegal, he is clearly in violation of Article 20. He could be brought before the World Court.

Remember the Trump rally in Florida when someone answered his question of what to do with all these people coming across the border by yelling, “Shoot them?” The President of the United States didn’t explain that would be against the law. No, he offered a joke, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with this stuff.” Referring to that area of Florida that borders Alabama, Trump seemed to endorse violence against people coming into America.

The Republicans playbook tells us that mass shootings are executed by mentally ill people, not the guns themselves. Video games and the internet are promoting violence, not the words of leaders who seemingly give permission to perpetrate political retribution against the “others” as defined by the President himself.

When the words are printed, you see it clearly. In his tweets, Trump used the term “invasion” more than a half of dozen times. And the manifesto of the shooter in El Paso stated, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” That was not Trump, those were the words of a person who killed twenty-two people in Texas.

If we are in a Catch-22 situation that is difficult to escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions, then we need smarter leaders to help us resolve them. This time, it’s not the economy stupid or the bully’s need for some payback against so-called bad deals. There are human lives at stake. I have no faith in Donald Trump, the man who took an oath to protect America and the Constitution. Neither he nor Mike Pence are equipped to disentangle this Catch-22.

Maybe we should start doing little things and see what works. Begin by banning and buying back all auto and semi-automatic weapons. Get rid of high capacity clips that give shooters advantages over the police. If someone could kill nine people in a minute in Ohio, how many others would have been murdered if the killer had just a little more time? We can’t take away every gun, but we should try to keep weapons out of the hands of unstable people. The paralysis of those in power is repulsive. Trump is only part of the problem but getting rid of him would be a great start.

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PROJECTILE VETOING!

Trump Cannot Hide from the Truth

The truth is that Donald Trump has created more problems than he has solved. His promises were sales pitches lacking merit and empathy. His magic wand mentality has been proven to be more about him than what is good and righteous for the world or the United States of America. From the moment he came on the national political stage he was out to exploit hate in exchange for power.

The “revolt” that took place in the Congress with the vote against his “national emergency” is a good first step toward restoring faith in our broken government. Trump thinks he can just veto anything he doesn’t like. He has never comprehended the Constitution and the checks and balances of the three branches of government, but there is something more onerous and dangerous that Trump has wrought on America and now the world.

In an interview with the far-right radical website Breitbart, Trump said, “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

That certainly sounds like a warning from a President who thinks he can harness those in law enforcement for their support and violence when we get to that “certain point” he references. Trump telegraphs messages to those people he believes would do dirty deeds to help him stay in power. He is clearly using fear as a weapon against the people and that makes him an enemy of the people, now doesn’t it? He is challenging the very notion of peaceful transition, which is a hallmark of our democracy.

Just hours after Trump used those words in that interview, something really bad happened in New Zealand. 49 people were gunned down during Friday prayers by a self-described white supremacist. Before you scream that I am using that event to shit on Trump, you should read the 87-page manifesto that the killer posted before his rampage, which was streamed live on social media.

The killer, in his self-written Q and A, asked himself, “Are you a supporter of Donald Trump? As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure.” He declares that he should be remembered, “I did my best to prevent the death of my race.”

His manifesto continues, “Won’t your attack result in calls for the removal of gun rights from Whites in the United states? Yes, that is the plan all along, you said you would fight to protect your rights and the constitution, well soon will come the time.” Isn’t that what Trump was really saying? Who have we become?

In his writing, the accused killer used the word “invader” 55 times. Donald Trump has called people seeking asylum in the US “invaders.” Here are his words, “This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!” As the headline in the Washington Post read, “An ‘invasion of illegal aliens’: The oldest immigration fear-mongering metaphor in America.”

Near the end of his rambling statement, Brenton Tarrant, a white man from Australia, said, Eventually, when the white population of the USA realizes the truth of the situation, war will erupt. Soon the replacement of the whites within Texas will hit its apogee and with the non-white political and social control of Texas; and with this control, the electoral college will be heavily stacked in favour of a democratic victory so that every electoral cycle will be a certainty.”

I truly believe that Donald J. Trump has some questions to answer. And whether he does it under oath or not, he must address the people of the world and be clear in a denouncement of this hate. The people of the United States need to know, in no uncertainly terms, that this President agrees to throw away his dog whistle and put down these people. When terrorists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis say they are inspired by him, something is WRONG. Every American should pressure the Congress to change this script before it’s too late.

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

 

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Judges, Juries and Shotguns

Trumpean Language and Attitudes

It doesn’t take long for the news cycle to bite its own ass. You see, we must quickly move on. We are driven to get that next story on the air or on the front page. Our country demands the speedy dissemination of information. The strong, wise people who started this enterprise known as the United States of America were driven to emulate what they left in England, where people find truth every day by reading newspapers.  We should be thankful that America was founded by a bunch of writers. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and even George Washington loved to write and see their words printed on paper.

We have a headline writer in the White House. You may have heard his name, Donald Trump. He never bothers to illuminate his “fan base.” He wants them to see only the bullet points. He places policy or opinion, lie or fantasy, into 280-character blasts and blows them out to the world on the internet. He’s a fourteen-year-old boy sitting on his toilet believing he rules the world. He knows that words matter, but he cares not if they are true.

The cable news channels can talk endlessly about President Trump’s next pick for the Supreme Court, but that institution has already done their damage. Think Citizen’s United, cake maker, union busting and travel ban. Regardless of the imperfect concept of the Supreme Court, we must follow them. But the real test coming up is whether, when challenged by an aggressive “executive,” will they give him more power, or curb the blatant abuse?

No one ever claimed that our system of a President appointing justices for life was a good idea, but what is happening in America is clearly the opposite of what people say it is. Here’s what I mean. We claim to have no bias in our institutions, but they are all biased. I can say that on “moral convictions” I cannot support Donald J. Trump, but I can’t stop paying my taxes because of that “conviction.” They would come and arrest me.

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Now we have another shooting in Annapolis, Maryland at the newsroom of a local daily newspaper. Five people died. We don’t know whether the ongoing legal battle and grievances the shooter had with the newspaper were the primary drama, but this writer wonders out loud if the ongoing language of the President didn’t add some fuel to the shooter’s desire to cause harm. After all, if the Free Press is “the enemy of the people,” as Trump shouts at his rallies, could that be justification for an attack? Has the Donald figured out a way to brainwash our most mentally vulnerable citizens? Hey, he did win the election.

When this killer is brought before a jury, will they see him as a willful actor in a passion play of revenge? Will the judge manage a fair trial? As many mass shooters await their day in trial, do we go back and tell their stories? Does the press give us a clear reason why someone would commit such a terrible crime, or do these shootings simply fade with time?

One of the issues that the Supreme Court might decide in their future sessions is the death penalty. We have heard Donald Trump call for the death penalty for drug dealers. He seems to think that executions are good. What a guy, huh?

In 1989, Trump took out a full-page ad in a newspaper in New York to urge the state to bring back the death penalty and execute the “Central Park Five.” It turned out that those falsely accused and incarnated men were innocent. They were set free after DNA evidence proved they didn’t commit the crime. This is an excellent reason why Donald Trump should be as far away as possible from deciding our laws. Our Great Orange Leader is no more qualified to pick judges than he is to be President.

The good news? Trump didn’t personally create the list of potential Justices. Some of the most conservative judicial review people have assembled a group of those judges who can clear an FBI investigation and please the far-right evangelicals. I am sure their decisions will be vetted and determined if they are of sound judicial mind, or not.

The reason those evangelical “holy” men give Trump a pass on pussy grabbing and lying is because they believe this is their chance to make abortions illegal again, to get the Lord’s prayer back in our schools and to eradicate all gay rights. The puritans are in charge and Trump is manipulating them for votes. In our dysfunctional society, the minorities are ruling the majority. The White House is a disgrace to the founding fathers.

With this latest shooting, we will once again go through the drill of finding out where and how the shooter got his weapon. We will mourn the five newspaper employees gunned down at work. We will talk about their wonderful lives, loves and families., We might implement better security at the nation’s newspapers and TV newsrooms, but we will do nothing about guns and mental health. Remember, even the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a security door.

We will probably learn that innocent people died because of what they wrote and published. Five innocent men spent more than a decade in prison because of the hate and rancor of people like Donald Trump. Five Supreme Court Justices will determine the laws of our land. Perhaps a lifelong court appointment should be decided by more than a president. If only Congress was up to the task of rejecting judges who carry with them political memberships that affect their decisions. They will not go against this President. He has bullied them into submission or resignation.

When the founding fathers defined our system up on paper, there were NO political parties or far left or right agendas. There existed only the American agenda. The sooner we get rid of Donald Trump, the faster we will get back to a real America being truly fair for all agendas.

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