THE RIGHT OVERSIGHT

Trump & Truman, Birds of a Feather?

Why don’t more people compare Harry Truman and Donald Trump? They should because it would provide insight into oversight. Most people don’t go there because Truman was a Democrat and Trump is a “sort of” Republican, but that won’t get in the way of this history lesson.

Harry Truman was not President Roosevelt’s only Vice President. Most younger Americas don’t remember that FDR served eight terms, a loophole that was taken away when the Twenty-Second Amendment said a president may be elected for only two terms with a total of eight years.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President, had three Vice Presidents. He changed his VPs more often than his boxer shorts, mostly for political reasons. Harry Truman was kind of like FDR’s Mike Pence. He hailed from the Midwest and was more conservative than FDR. His claim to fame before becoming Vice President was running a committee that investigated waste and corruption in the military. He became president when FDR died shortly after being reelected for the eighth time.

Here’s where the comparison between Trump and Truman gets a little scary. President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some say the two bombings killed as many as 230,000 civilians and they remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of armed conflict. Thank God. Truman claimed that dropping the big bomb had saved more than a million US lives by not prolonging a war with Japan. Well, we proved it could work and learned how terribly bad a nuclear weapon truly is.

When Harry Truman was confronted about waging war in Korea without a formal declaration and vote in congress, he allegedly told reporters, “I don’t ask their permission — I just consult them.” Appalled by Truman’s comment, Robert Taft from Ohio proclaimed that Harry Truman was courting a “Constitutional crisis.” Trump may say he’s a deal maker, but he’s just doing what HE THINKS is best. At least Truman took advice.

Like most presidents who have Congressional monkeys on their backs, Truman was not liked by the “other party” in Congress. When Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination, the not so fearful General went to Capitol Hill to speak before a joint session of Congress. Many of Truman’s rivals wept openly. They thought MacArthur was infallible. It has been said that Truman was disgusted by the sight of “damn fool Congressmen crying like a bunch of women” after hearing “nothing but a bunch of bullshit!”  The description of Democrats is that they wet their seats when witnessing such emotional loyalty to MacArthur. If Trump gets reelected, Democrats and the nation will need a big box of Depend adult diapers.

When a person hears others saying they are the world’s most powerful person, they start to believe it. Oversight simply becomes an unnecessary burden on their lifestyle and ego. Trump’s similarity to Truman comes in the form of mismanaging crises. Truman used the atomic bomb to end a war but played the Korean conflict like he was walking on eggshells. He also showed the world he was afraid of China and Russia.

Trump is walking away from the fight with the coronavirus like he’s worried about making a mistake. His failed response is only made worse by his inability to know what Americans really need right now, a decisive leader. I question the loyalty to home and flag on the part of those who think Trump’s doing a good job. He’s not.

What makes our situation with the coronavirus even worse is that Trump, like Truman, will leave behind a pile of dung that we will have to clean up. By not using Congress to endorse his war, Truman paved the way for Vietnam, with all its feature creep and death. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon believed they didn’t have to consult Congress on war because Truman set a precedent. Trump doesn’t believe he must engage with Congress during a crisis. Where was he all weekend? Playing golf and entertaining rich people.

Trump is unwilling and incapable of enacting an aggressive plan to end this insane attack on the health of Americans. It’s beyond deer in the headlights. The Donald is nothing but roadkill at this point. COVID-19 is his Korean Conflict and Vietnam war rolled into one and the virus has already killed more people than those conflicts.

We must not get too cocky here. Truman’s approval rating was down to 29% at one point and America elected him. Maybe Donald Trump thinks getting the US into a war will help him win another term, but he’s too chicken shit to fight a germ let alone the Chinese or the Russians.

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One of the post-COVID cow patties we are going to have to scrap off our collective shoes is a notion of oversight, and it’s going to take smart people in the White House and Congress to pull it off. The old school politics of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and old goats like Chuck Grassley and the slowly withering Dianne Feinstein are over. On a cautionary note, we don’t need frat boy pranksters like Florida’s First District Representative Matt Gaetz or troublesome formulators of English words like Representative Ilhan Omar. They are trying to make their mark, but they’re trash ideologs who should never be taken too seriously. Watch the HBO documentary called The Swamp and you’ll see why.

Our inspector generals must be better vetted and protected. There are currently 1,600 people working in the 73 offices of US inspectors general. In the beginning we had only 12 offices. What caused the growth? Harry Truman used those offices to investigate fraudulent contracts and financial improprieties in military procurement. Harry was called on the carpet for employing his wife, Bess, in the government. Trump has his family working for the White House, his campaign and the government, while the family skims money by commanding departments to support Trump kingdom’s hotels and services.

Sure, Harry Truman advanced the concept he called the Marshall Plan, which was a US program to provide aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. Those ideas, like NATO, were designed to keep us out of war yet they’re the very things Donald Trump wants to throw away. Dumb.

As many as 34,000 Americans and allied troops died in Korea, and we ended up right where we started, the 38th Parallel. Sure, Truman avoided a war with China and Russia by not letting MacArthur take the whole Korean peninsula, but Truman’s fear of World War III gave us Kim Jong-Un with a nuclear arsenal. Some would say reasonable tradeoff, but our current president has made that worse.

Trump wants to kowtow to Moscow while taking on China. In the nightmare vision pictured in George Orwell’s classic book, 1984, three nations survived an atomic war. There was Oceania, then, Eurasia, and finally Eastasia, and they were not democracies, at all. They were in constant conflict with two ganging up on one. Then, they would switch sides and do the same thing to the new “enemy of the state.”

The three most powerful nations today are the United States, Russia and China. Truman knew more about the world than Trump could ever dream to fathom. China might be a stronger economic force than Russia, but how many nuclear bombs do you need to end the world? Think about all the terrible things that could possibly happen to the United State of America and there’s Trump, stumped by a virus. It’s totally pitiful and embarrassing. Trump with a phone and a Twitter account thinks he’s the big player. They are laughing in Beijing and Moscow and the Donald doesn’t even know it.

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BIDEN AND BLACK PEOPLE

Desperate & Despicable Racist Tongue Lashings

There is something vile about Trump’s inability to see his words as hurtful and racist. He simply doesn’t know or care. There is no difference between the words and actions of our President and the attitudes of southern dixie-crats, bigoted segregationists, sugar daddy John Birchers and the disgruntled workers wanting to take back their country at the expense of people of color. Donald Trump’s need for power drives his lying and thirst for obedience. He’s a fat, white criminal who must be cast out of the People’s House.

I happen to know a lot about white people. My mother and father were white. I was raised to respect the church, God and Jesus, and I understand the nature of faith. It’s a personal commitment, not necessarily a mass following by many. Donald John Trump’s statement that Joe Biden is “against God” is the most ridiculous lie that could possibly be said.

Joe Biden’s statement about the difference between African Americans and Latino Americans was less of a mistake and more truth that all Trump has said in the last 75 years. First, there is a bond with Black people that the Donald will never be able to comprehend. Hispanics have a loyalty toward their individual cultures and homelands and Biden is right, it’s a rainbow of possible actions and reactions. I was amazed when at a baseball game in Puerto Rico and seeing Puerto Ricans making fun of a Mexican pitcher. I asked, “Hey, he’s Mexican, why are you making fun?” They just looked at me, smiled and explained, “Well, he’s Mexican.” The “making fun” was a kind of diversity of opinion, not healthy, but darkly competitive.

Trump and his flock of sycophants are 99.99% white, and that is why they made the mistake of choosing Juneteenth for their rally in Tulsa. The new HBO series WATCHMAN painfully details the riots that took place in Tulsa in 1921. If you don’t know about them you should READ. The racial insensitively of the Trump minions was eclipsed by the foolishness of having a rally during a pandemic. Herman Cain, a powerful conservative voice, was there and now he’s dead. No one knows if he contracted the disease at the rally, but a good detective would suspect the Trump gathering played a role.

Trump said the “Black Lives Matter” movement is made up of terrorists, meaning that African Americans are anti-American in some way. Really? How long can he get away with pushing Kanye West, a troubled, bi-polar star, to run for President in an attempt to pull Black votes from Joe Biden? Oh, you say, he has nothing to do with it. Then why did a Trump campaign lawyer deliver the signed petitions to get West on the ballot in Wisconsin? Hey, READ IT. This was probably Roger Stone’s idea. He’s already been paid with a pardon. Trump is a criminal.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that he felt World War II had taught Americans that, “our well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away.” They must live, “not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger,” but as, “citizens of the world, members of the human community.” Because he’s facing the possibility of being voted out of office, Trump cares not whom he offends or derides. He thinks only about his hold on power.

The “human community” is critically important right now. Despite his “America First” ballyhoo, Trump’s premise that America can exist alone and overpower everyone else is simply wrong. The COVID-19 crisis was created by a global confluence of trade, travel and tribal abuse. Yes, the American tribe is being led by a chief who believes in magic spirits and concoctions, not science. He worships the dollar and sees every citizen as both the benefactor of his deeds, (“I’m doing America a favor.”) and collateral damage (“It is what it is.”) Yes, to stay in office he will kill you if he must.

A great quote from President Harry Truman recently caught my eye, “Ignorance causes most mistakes.” He said, “Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers and the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”

The ignorance of our President is overwhelming, and I conclude that he’s most “Godless” president we’ve had since Thomas Jefferson. There is no moral basis for his theory of the human condition. It’s appalling that religious leaders and evangelicals look the other way and continue to support him. COVID-19 is the plague, but Trump is a massive wave of frogs, lice, flies, boils, hail, and locusts. Out of fairness to the office, I have left the words “darkness and the killing of firstborn children” out of my narrative, but I could say that older Americans with preexisting conditions are being killed by this administration’s inaction and ignorance.

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Trump is more concerned with TikTok and Joe Biden than the pandemic. He views the coronavirus as a minor, personal setback that will soon evaporate. He judges the character of men by whether they attended his inauguration. He doesn’t know Joe Biden; he only knows how to hate. In the end, God will be the final judge on which were his just actions, and which were his lies. When the water turns into blood, we might have cures for all the disorders and diseases in the world, but they will not be the result of any Donald Trump actions. They will flow from the genius of science and scientists.

According to an NPR poll, during the George Floyd protests, Overall, 67% said Trump has mostly increased racial tensions, including 92% of Democrats, 73% of independents, 88% of Africans Americans and 63% of whites. That probably will not change.

Trump’s TV shows tell him the African America vote is important, however there is a strange statistic. Assuming they go to the polls, younger Black voters are a weak spot for Biden. Aha, there’s the idea behind Kanye West. Some polls project Kanye could get 2% of the Black vote. Just like the “Bernie Bros” wasted their votes in 2016, there could be some “I don’t really care for either” voters to lessen a Democratic blowout. But, hey, it’s still early.

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