THE INSANE ASYLUM CONUNDRUM

American Dreams, Dreamers & Democrats 

American exceptionalism is a worldwide reputation that anyone can make it here. The movies and TV shows we export around the world transmit an air of freedom and wealth attracts others, yet we are disturbed by young kids and mothers attempting to cross the US-Mexico border seeking asylum from violence, drug cartels and shoddy police protection. Must we deny them their dream?

We cannot continue to brag about how great America is and then disregard the desire of others to come to our great place. Thousands of people fly into this country every month and simply stay. US Customs should know the figure. The FAA claims that 16.4 million flights land in the US each year. According to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the twenty airlines that carry more than 90% of passengers had 68% fewer international travelers to the US in January 2021 compared to January 2020, but we never suspended 100% of travel from any country, even in the thick of the pandemic.

Donald Trump made a huge deal about Mexicans, calling them rapists and murderers and going on and on about building a wall, which threw focus onto the families from Mexico and Central America who desire to migrate here. How can we stop people from walking to our southern border and asking for asylum? There may never be an answer that pleases everyone.

We cannot figure out what to do with the 3.6 million “Dreamers” residing in the United States, many of whom never applied for DACA or aged out the program. Approximately 653,000 Dreamers are currently protected under DACA, which is a minority of the total Dreamer population. Consider the name Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, we’re only “deferring action” not presenting a solution to the problem. We probably should introduce a fair citizenship program for the one million or so kids and adults who know no other country. They are already here, working, going to school and paying taxes. Why leave them in limbo? Imagine how you would feel if you weren’t an “official” American.

Why can’t our judges understand the depth of fear and despair of asylum seekers? What happens if we send them back to the violence, extortion and gangs ruling their homelands? If we think these folks are telling lies to get into the US, how are we supposed to feel when we learn that we sent them back to be executed by drug cartels. Do we just say shit happens? These are human beings.

It wasn’t surprising when the Biden administration closed our southern border. The idea of the President saying don’t come right now we aren’t ready, reminds me of what happened to me at McDonalds the other night. I was told they were having a problem serving food and they asked me to come back in twenty minutes, I didn’t. I just went away hungry. Some might say Biden’s “good guy” image is bringing more people to the border, but we certainly shouldn’t nail Uncle Joe to a cross because of it. No president, leader, king or even deity has been able to control the patterns of migrants.

We used to see massive bands of Africans walking thousands of miles each year to find water, food and safety for their families. We saw millions of people leave the Middle East because of ISIS and civil war in Syria. The thousands of people who sailed from Northern Africa to Italy and Greece in small boats led to deaths and draconian reactions in those countries. What should happen when a nation cannot take in more people without disadvantaging its own citizens? No one seems to have a solution other than suggesting the homelands of migrants need to be improved.

The Syrian refugee problem cannot be solved without change at the top to put in place an open, free government. Bashar al-Assad is a murdering dictator and will never step down. Mexico produces, ships and distributes illegal drugs into the US and that problem hasn’t been solved. Even taking El Chapo off the streets hasn’t brought change to Mexico and Central and South America. Without a purge of the brutal underworld surrounding illegal substances, people will continue to flee their countries.

The wall that Trump said would be the ultimate solution for the illegal immigration “problem” was merely a meritless pipe dream. This past weekend we saw young men going over that wall using wooden ladders and nylon rope. Stable genius Trump is an idiot. A wall is not impenetrable. How could anyone possibly think a wall would work? If people can’t go through it, they will go over it or under it. Why would any reasonable person believe that a man-made structure is going to keep people from their dream?

I just have to laugh when all those fake do-gooders in the Republican party say that Democrats caused the problem at the southern border. The policies of the last administration were designed to buy time. Telling people they had to wait in some other country before coming here to apply for asylum was a lie. Trump and his minions had no desire to help them, so they swept the problem under the carpeting.

Imagine that we were having an immigration problem at the northern border and white Canadian citizens were seeking asylum. Would we tell them to go to Greenland or Russia and wait for us to allow them in? No, I’m sure we would set up a program to handle the influx. People in Texas don’t want more Mexicans, which is why their governor spends tons on television advertising saying how bad things are at the border. Texas Governor Greg Abbot has never offered or even suggested a solution for his state’s problem. Some leader, huh?

There are many things we must solve in America right now. First and foremost, we must beat the Covid-19 virus and get our economy back up and running at full speed. Of course, that will make our country more attractive to those seeking a better life. We need to find a way to take in more immigrants. Let’s focus on that prize and leave the political hype and diversionary tactics in the dust. SOLVE THE PROBLEM instead of complaining about it.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

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.”

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


OLD GUYS ROCK IN AMERICA

Oldest President, Oldest Quarterback

We are now starting to see years of hard work and focus paying off for some notable people. We just witnessed the oldest quarterback to ever take the field in a Super Bowl game win for his team and the oldest man to ever be sworn in as US president now living in the White House. We are dealing with a pandemic that sometimes gets us down, but we continue to move forward as we observe lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. And while not a precise indicator of our entire economy, the stock market has certainly not suffered in the first months of a new administration.

I obviously love these events because I am an older guy. I have always been respectful of experience, but I have also railed against old fashioned, regressive ideas gumming up the works, no pun intended. The celebration of older age is seen on TV all the time. When a reporter honors a person who has reached 100, their standard question is, “What is your secret?” The reply is often some snappy advice, like drinking white wine at dinner or taking daily walks. Some say simply that the secret is to just keep breathing. The United Nations estimated that 316,600 centenarians worldwide were still breathing in 2012.

George Shultz, economist, diplomat and businessman, died the other day. He was 100 years old and served four presidents over the years. He certainly earned his stripes and staying around for a hundred years provided ample opportunity to make a difference. Perhaps more so than a younger, dead man could.

When I saw 43-year-old Tom Brady win the Super Bowl, I couldn’t help asking myself if 43 is old. Football is a young man’s sport, but Brady is a wonderful example of an older guy taking care of his body and mind while continuing to do the work he loves. While Brady is susceptible to injury at his age, the opposing team’s defense never got to him. Protection is more important to an older person, and one of their safeguards is knowledge about how to avoid the possibility of danger.

The Biden’s & the Brady’s

I am extremely aware of what I can and cannot do physically. As for mental acuity, I rise to the challenge of staying sharp and on top of things. Being old and retired gives me more time to read and deeply dive into various viewpoints that keep me astute. Old age becomes bad only when one holds rigid positions, outdated viewpoints or off base opinions. The world constantly changes, and a wise and experienced person like George Shultz could always pinpoint the moments of movement and change course accordingly. That’s what kept him successful and young.

I have never accepted modernity without question, but I have always remained open to new ideas, new partnerships and seeing things through the eyes of another regardless of their age. I am invigorated by learning new ways of doing things, especially when it comes to technology and culinary arts. I had no idea that spaghetti could be made from zucchini until just a few years ago.

Throughout my life I have always posed this internal question, “Why is this good for me or society?” I remain unconvinced that being a far-right conservative is good for anyone. The position seems to exist only because someone said it should. Despite pondering it quite a bit, I still have no idea what values Ted Cruz holds or, more importantly, why he is so inconsistent.

I’m sure you’ve had a birthday party or two where you looked around and thought, “Gee, I made it through another year.” Take that to the next level and think about the funeral of a 95 year old person. The church is empty because all of their friends are gone. So, I don’t focus on age as the decline of the journey. I use my acquired wisdom and knowledge to concentrate on those things currently before me. What can I do today that will make a positive difference?

I become frustrated when seeing people get mired in events that enact past mistakes. It brings a pause and makes me wonder if they are stupid. It was tried back in 1967 and it didn’t work then so why would you think it will work now? I admit to getting some satisfaction by saying I told you so to those repeating bad history. As those words tumble from my mouth, I hear the mental echo of things my parents said to me when I messed up as a kid. Yes, I have become my parents.

My mother and father never stopped learning. Even after a rather cult-like allegiance to Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, they eventually admitted that they misjudged both of those goofballs. As for me, I hope that folks who glued themselves to Donald Trump will wake up one day and realize how ill-informed they were about a man who was totally incapable of handling the responsibilities of a US president.

Native American Judge

The community hierarchy of America’s tribal nations was based on law and order. Interestingly, a group of the tribe’s oldest women were the ultimate judges of right and wrong. They not only sat in judgement, but they also decided the punishment for offenses. It was logical to Native Americans that their oldest, most experienced tribe members should execute the laws of the land.

Something great flows when younger people can learn and be motivated by giving older folks their day in the sun. I am sure Patrick Mahomes II, a 25 year old guy from Tyler, Texas, will remember what happened when he played in the 2021 Super Bowl. I have a feeling he will be motivated to work harder because of a 43 year old man named Tom Brady. Oh, to be 43 again, or maybe even 53. Hell, I’ll take 60! Okay, I’m suddenly feeling the need for my afternoon beauty nap. I’ll have more for you another day.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

 

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.”

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


WOKE WOLVES OF WALL STREET

The Stock Market – Easily Manipulated

P.J. O’Rourke is a funny and creative writer. His fabulous book titled None of My Business attempts to explain how money and the stock market work. To be honest, the book didn’t teach me anything new but it’s humorous and enlightening.

Stock market trading profoundly changed when “regular” Joes and Janes were given access to computers, powerful financial analytical software and the internet. I started dabbling back in the late 80s with the dream of making a bunch of money. After signing up with Charles Schwab, getting their software installed on my Compaq computer and connecting to their server, I was good to go. I worked the software like a video game, buying the stock of businesses I understood such as broadcast and software service companies and realized some gains along the way.

Six months in, I met with my financial guy, old what’s his name at Schwab, and had to face the substantial number of transaction fees I racked up. At that time, each trade cost me $30. My guy asked why I was trading so much and I replied, “It’s fun.”

Something happened yesterday that should make us all a bit nervous, especially those with money in the market. On the same day that Apple reported that all of their product lines were up to the tune of $100 billion in sales, a quake coming from the online chat service named Reddit rocked the investment establishment.

Reddit was founded by Alexis Ohanian, yes, the guy who married Serena Williams. He’s long been a bastion of free speech and “open” information exchange. According to CNBC, “Mr. Ohanian, who resigned from Reddit’s board in June and urged for a Black director to replace him, said the GameStop short-squeeze that was instigated in recent weeks — pushing the video-game retailer’s stock up nearly 2,000% this month alone — shows the disruptive nature of the internet.” How could a company explode that quickly in such a short period of time? Look to the actions of a group of people who, in another time and place, would probably be hackers and protesters.

Most likely weaned on the movie lizard Gordon Gekko who told us that “greed is good,” these amateur traders want to stick it to the man. The New York Times said it best, “Propelled by a mix of greed and boredom, gleefully determined to teach Wall Street a lesson, and turbocharged by an endless flow of get-rich-quick hype and ideas delivered via social media, these investors have piled into trades around several companies, pushing their stock prices to stratospheric levels.” In fact, several GameStop investors became billionaires in one day. WTF?

These scoundrels have run up the value of GameStop, a marginal company, because they have ganged together to control investing and the timeline to reap profits by selling when the stock value crests. It should be against the law.

Then, just when I think I know what I am talking about regarding the stock market, I get an opposite opinion from a friend, “I do not share your view on this, at all. The ‘whiz kids’ of Wall Street are playing the very same game of the ’established investors’ who work their subterfuge in plush corner offices using far more subtle, and perhaps undetectable, ways. The result is exactly the same for each group, wealth acquired by manipulation. The real problem is a lack of control to prevent devious strategies.”

My friend didn’t stop there. “Yes, we have the Securities and Exchange Commission, but I think they’re in bed with the stock market establishment. If that wasn’t the case, I’m sure they could implement a bulletproof mechanism to detect and prevent exploitation. I am more aligned with the whizzers, showing us all that the system is vulnerable to control by a few.  Their transparent behavior is unsettling only because it brings into the light what has been happening in the dark for decades.  It’s a seriously flawed, perhaps corrupt, system.” Well, that certainly does fit into my previous statement that much of the Stock Market is a giant electronic Ponzi scheme.

Are the internet and the way people use mass communication platforms for evil intentions the bigger villains in this story? These rebellious investors are raising their middle fingers at authority, marching to the opening bell while waving flags of disruption and discord. How can we guard against the insane behavior of these Wall Street “whiz kids?” Should we close the internet?

I applauded Facebook when they stopped political advertising the month before the election because it impeded misinformation getting to the public. Most voters had already made up their minds by then, and 81 million people told us they wanted a change. The economy of the United States is not the stock market, but the symbiotic relationship is apparent. People tend to spend the money they make selling stocks. When they use their gains to buy things the whole boat rises with the tide, but the harsh reality is Joe the Plumber doesn’t make more money.

The Next Day

The Securities and Exchange Commission was created after the 1920s stock market crash. It’s supposed to protect investors and the national banking system without thwarting or manipulating the natural market fluctuations. The market is a tool for the people, like the Federal Reserve adjusting interest rates and effecting institutional corrections that become necessary at times. Without knowing the accurate picture of our economy, we are at the mercy of a bunch of day traders at the bar.

Amateur investors chatting up a storm on Reddit and creating stock market waves shift our attention away from legitimate investments into new companies needing dollars to bring their great products to market. Things will calm down when the stock market imposes control over these rouge traders and suspends disruptive trading. After the market took a few minor steps, the Dow Jones went back up; nothing to see here, move along.

It’s time for Elizabeth Warren and people like her who understand how all this works to roll up their sleeves and figure it out. Maybe my friend is right. It could be those assholes on Reddit showed the man behind the curtain is not really controlling anything, but it’s too important to give the wolves more time in the henhouse. Someone has to clean up the feathers. Gee, maybe we could use them to start a pillow business.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here


CONFEDERATE TROOPS OF TRUMP

He Tried to Pull Off a Coup and Failed

This NBC News weekend headline hit me hard, “Off the grid, heavily armed and radicalized: He’s a law enforcement nightmare – Lonnie Coffman, a Capitol protester from the backwoods of Alabama, represents the kind of threat that keeps crime fighters ‘up at night,’ a former FBI profiler said.” Oh, great, now we have rebels amongst us thanks to Donald Trump.

Untrained Trump Insurrectionist

What does the word “confederate” mean? It’s a person one works with — an accomplice, accessory or collaborator — especially in a secret or illegal venture. The term took on special meaning by those who supported the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Those traitors brought groups of people together in an alliance of common cause to overthrow the US government. They were not successful, but 620,000 Americans died because of their desire to keep slavery.

Only five people have died so far in Trump’s indoctrination, instigation and incitement of the Capitol Hill riot a week and a half ago, but things could very well get worse. What are we to do? How do we reverse the cause and course of the millions of people who believe that the presidential election was stolen, and the Biden presidency is illegitimate?

What can happen when a lunatic decides to fire on the National Guard? In May of 1970 at Kent State University, we saw the damage militia can bring to protesters, but how can we prevent such a confrontational scene from happening? There is no one who could inspire Trump to issue a statement admitting he lost, and Biden fairly won the election. The man always acts exactly opposite of what any reasonable person should. That’s just who he is.

We can’t let this fat, worthless piece of shit ruin our nation. If Abraham Lincoln had lived longer, some of the lessons learned in the Civil War wouldn’t have been ignored and we could have averted the notion of carpetbaggers and Jim Crow laws. It’s sad that Andrew Johnson, the man who took over for Lincoln, was just another southern racist.

It’s good that Twitter and Facebook stepped up and acted responsibly. They are finally applying their rules and policies consistently. The cable news networks, including some Fox News reports, have painted a more realistic portrait of the narcissist who has been living in the White House, but he certainly won’t be there to greet the new President. He’s a pure loser,

Did you see that former military man carrying wrist ties and stalking about the Capitol during the riot? Surely his nylon wraps were intended to restrain members of Congress, but he offered this lame excuse, “Oh, I just found them on the ground and was going to give them to the police.” Yes, I’m sure he was going to do just that. His lawyer will deliver carefully written excuses to the court and a judge will have to glean the man’s true intent, but anyone with half a brain can see that he’s a liar, just like his orange idol.

Clutching Power

Let’s set aside the lies of that dipshit. We should concentrate on the Donald’s behavior and where he will direct it next. To what end does this madman think he can affect reality with his conspiracies? Donald Trump has no moral compass, and he did not learn any lessons with either of his impeachments, despite what Susan Collins of Maine thinks. The man is incapable of comprehending facts and consequences and therefore oblivious to the worthwhile lessons he might otherwise absorb.

Where do these militias set to harm our structures of government and the peace of the nation get their ideas? Well, Ronald Reagan taught that government interference is bad, and the two Bush presidents demonstrated that starting a war without a declaration was easy when citizens’ heads are filled with nationalistic fervor. After electing our first African American President, the “birthers” came along with their lies and the phrase “Take our country back.” The white supremacists then adopted the phrase, and their meaning was taking the country back from Black people. If you don’t believe me, ask them.

All the while we obsessed with those weapons of mass destruction over there we were deregulating ownership of similar weapons over here. Ask the parents of the kids killed at school in Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s a thought-provoking headline from USA Today, “America’s other epidemic killed 41,000 people this year.” Yes, this year alone firearms killed nine times more Americans that those killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars combined.

The incompetence of the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 contributed to over 400,000 deaths in this country, more than any other in the world. If you told me that Vladimir Putin was in total control of Trump and guiding him toward a grand sabotage of our country, I would absolutely believe you. Here’s Putin’s checklist: sew distrust of our institutions, create a vast cultural divide among our citizens, push the state into political disarray, decrease the effectiveness of our educational institutions and foment Civil War. Does any of that sound familiar?

The United States is vastly different than Turkey, with a tyrant who wants to be a sultan. When the attempted coup of January 6th failed here, our wannabe dictator was not strengthened but severely wounded instead. With more than 67% of our citizens saying they disapprove of the job Donald Trump has done, it’s clear that he is both a LOSER and a FAILURE!

Trump is utterly incapable of crafting a useful strategy. Those “loyal” judges he appointed are strict Constitutionalists. They don’t have the back of our raving, lunatic President. Why does Trump think that everyone owes him something? Well, it’s not surprising; he’s been taught that since he was a child. Read Mary L. Trump’s book.

Donald Trump owes us an apology for fucking up America, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it. I need readers. The FBI and local police forces will have their hands full with those proud boys, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and antigovernmental militias who attacked Congress. Expect to see many infiltrations, investigations, arrests, charges and trials over the coming months. These goofballs are not afraid to tell the truth about at least one subject, their allegiance. According to the Washington Post, the “retired firefighter from Pennsylvania who has been charged with throwing a fire extinguisher at police officers felt he was ‘instructed’ to go to the Capitol by the president.”

Accountability

Oh, I hate to do this, but I must. There is this thing called the Nuremberg defense, sometimes referred to as “Due Obedience.” A defendant might say “I was just following orders” or, in German, “Befehl ist Befehl (“an order is an order”). A member of the military, law enforcement, a firefighting force, or the civilian population might invoke the defense under the belief they should not be considered guilty of committing any actions that were ordered by a superior officer or official. Here’s a bit of historical reality to demonstrate the defense isn’t always successful. 199 defendants were tried at Nuremberg for Nazi war crimes. Out of the 161 who were convicted, 37 were sentenced to death. So, those who gave criminal orders suffered the consequences. Let’s see how things play out for Donald John Trump.

Book for the Recovery – Build Back Better!

How to Hire Great People: Tips, Tricks and Templates for Success

Great companies hire great people. This short, easy-to-read book will help you recruit, review and refocus your new workers into the style and culture of your company. Motivating people to do great work will manage turnover and keeping good workers at your company will maintain your success. Employee inspiration makes a positive difference in our competitive world. HOW TO HIRE GREAT PEOPLE covers everything, including testing, training, tricks and tips. Follow this guide and you’ll assemble strong teams with smart workers, and you’ll learn some time-tested techniques about how to keep them.

Kindle and Paperback Click Here

 

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.”

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


A MOB IS A NOT A CONSTITUENCY

Trump’s Mythical Math Means Nothing

We should all respect people who have a gift of working with numbers, math and equations. Understanding the solar system led us to exploring the world. Knowledge of math helped us comprehend the human body and create chemistry to heal the sick. Complex equations gave us the wings to fly to the moon. While all the brainiacs in high school were tackling algebra and trig, I was playing sports and focused on abstract thought. At least that is what my tests told me.

This week in Georgia we’ve learned that for all the things Donald Trump understands about manipulating people he knows nothing about math. I don’t mean reading a spreadsheet or making money; I’m talking about the reality of science. The college course is named Political Science, not Political Opinion. And, as they say, opinions are like… well, you know.

The more we hear of that shakedown phone call Donald John Trump made to Georgia’s Secretary of State, the more we realize his disconnection from reality. He continues to claim the presidential election was rigged. I say prove it or shut the fuck up.

For hundreds of years, powerful white men in this country have suppressed the votes of women, African Americans and ethnic minorities. When US Senate leader Mitch McConnell blocks legislation he doesn’t personally or politically like, he’s just the latest white man in power putting his knee on the necks of those who cannot fight back.

We should heed the advice in Bob Dylan’s song The Times They Are A-Changin:

Come gather ’round, people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan

Bulbous, overweight Donnie is sinking like a stone, while the results of the Georgia runoff Senate election are showing us the pure realities of science and math. First, why is Georgia even having a runoff election? Isn’t every office in the land decided by popular vote? This is where history gets rich. Because multiple white candidates ran for Georgia’s House of Representatives, Senate and other offices, over time each candidate netted a smaller percentage of the vote. This wasn’t a big problem until a Black candidate got a larger percentage of the popular vote and won. White men then decided that an African American couldn’t just walk in there with the most votes to win, so they stipulated a winner must get 50% or more of the vote. Failing that, a forced runoff election of the top two vote getters would determine the winner. Some think this is a good idea, and it might have some merit if the original intent wasn’t thwarting minority representation. Viewed in that light, it’s downright racist!

While the cult followers and sycophants in the US Senate attempt to delay the inevitable Joe Biden presidency, they have no clue that the times they are a-changin’. Now freed from voter suppression, American minority groups have become a powerful voice. Women have also become a force in the voting booth, especially those in the suburbs who are not only managing a family, sometimes alone, but also busting it in the workplace to keep things together. Today’s voters are more informed and less likely to fall for unworkable solutions built on hyperbole or blatant fear mongering.

The results of this week’s runoff election in Georgia reveal a lesson about the soul of America. We aren’t become whiter. No, we are becoming more of that melting pot we speak of so romantically. When it looked like Bernie Sanders was gaining ground in the 2016 primaries, someone asked me how he would do in North Carolina. I simply said, “He’ll lose.” When the person probed me, I explained that his Jewish heritage was being used against him. The person was offended by my observation, but the guy never lived in the south. I would be remiss if I didn’t say, the south, it is a-changin.’

When African American candidate Stacey Abrams, who has what some think is a “Jewish name,” ran for Governor of Georgia, she made a big deal about voter suppression. Because she lost, some thought her “angry Black woman” complaining was a case of sour grapes. Time has a way of bringing slime to the top of the swamp, and people want to rid themselves of it. Minorities do better when their votes are not suppressed. It’s just science and math.

A wise old man once told me that the faces in Washington would look much different if more people voted. Because women vote, more are elected these days. People of all walks of life and persuasion now take office, and soon we will have the first African American Senator from Georgia. Yes, there will be calls for a recount and Kelly Loeffler will roll out the Trumpean playbook by claiming dead people voted and the election was rigged, but in reality, the people have spoken. The truth is Ms. Loeffler is not likeable and everyone in Georgia knows she is a grifter.

The other seat for Congress is still too close to call, but this speaks to the fact that if you don’t show up you will appear to not really want the job. It’s amazing to me that people don’t learn from history. There once was a woman named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She hailed from the Bronx borough in New York and decided to run for Congress. Her opponent was Joe Crowley, a veteran Democrat, who took his standing for granted. Mr. Crowley didn’t take this “young girl” seriously and he refused to debate her on TV. The result? Well, as they say, Crowley was successfully “primaried” and A.O.C. won the 2016 general election. At 29 years of age, she became the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.

Ossoff & Warnock

When I saw the empty podium during the Ossoff – Purdue debates in Georgia, it became clear to me that David Purdue is a total political dolt. Should Jon Ossoff win the other Georgia Senate seat, it will be because Purdue didn’t present any new ideas. He’s a total Trump dummy, and if you look closely you will see a tiny presidential hand rammed straight up his ass.

We now face the possibility that Mitch McConnell will no longer be the “grim reaper” who stands in the way of Congress getting things done. Isn’t that the real problem in America? Nothing good has happened in the last four years. Nothing.

Donald John Trump told the masses it was okay to be dumb and ignore science, and now we have more than 358,000 people dead. Trump is no smarter than the bards and blowhards of the 1500s. We have been arguing so long we can no longer see that we are killing ourselves. I know, I know, it’s just one election, but somewhere in the songs of our land we may find answers:

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he who gets hurt will be he who has stalled
The battle that’s ragin’ shakes windows and walls
For the times they are a-changin!’

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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 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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WHY THEY’RE SUPREME

No Christmas Party for the Poor Old Donald

In 1517, a small-town monk named Martin Luther marched up to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed his 95 Theses to its door, thereby lighting the flame of the Reformation — the split between the Catholic and Protestant churches. His propositions were essentially a list of grievances against the Catholic Church, which included a strong and logical position against a practice he believed to be corrupt, the sale of indulgences. When Mr. Luther refused to recant his complaints, he was branded a heretic and an outlaw. He immediately hid for fear of his life.

Martin Luther, 1517

Over the last four years, I have been nailing my complaints about Donald John Trump to the front door of the internet at www.whywait4years.com, a website I created in the hope of convincing Americans to stop this excuse for a leader. Things were going well, until I got a lifelong ban from Twitter for being, I guess, too honest and forthright. I am not at all angry with Twitter, but they can go fuck themselves. Hey, would you please hand me another nail? But wait, this isn’t about me. My goal has always been making America reasonable, sound and protected, again.

I read a post on Facebook today from a dear friend who penned an open letter to her Catholic brethren and cisterns, uh, sisters, who voted for Donald Trump. It seems that the Donald, mister prison reformer and law and order guy, has been executing someone each of his last days in office. I assured her this was not a religious issue and that a study of history will show what it’s all about.

I reminded her of all those 1940’s GERMANS who focused on visual improvements and trains running on time while keeping a down-low about all those OTHERS who mysteriously left town. The good people of that land suffered generations of guilt after their tyrannical leader was deposed by Allied Forces.

The Pope and his church looked the other way and even kept Nazi money in their bank, but Adolph Hitler was not a CATHOLIC problem. When a government allows an individual to take advantage of critical laws to gain power, and then stands down as that person warps the principles and culture of their country in a way that harms people, what surfaces is a humanity problem which is not the responsibility of an individual church.

Last night, nine loyal Americans said, “OH, NO YOU WON’T!”  In their grand way they did exactly the right thing. After saving our democracy and protecting our freedom, maybe those nine Supreme Court justices do deserve their jobs for life.

As for those 17 states and 126 Representatives who joined the attempted coup, how should they be punished? After all, their treasonous work could have overturned the will of American voters. Here’s an idea — TERM LIMITS. Do the right thing and you get to keep your job, screw up and you get to go away.

It didn’t take long for New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell to make the case against those who supported the Trump election lie that could have ruined our democracy. He called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to refuse to seat the 126 Republicans who signed on to a Texas lawsuit aimed at throwing out election results in four states that backed President-elect Joe Biden. Thanks to Rolling Stone magazine for the link to the list. Pascrell tweeted, “I’m demanding that the 126 Republicans who have endorsed a malignant lawsuit to overturn the will of the people and undermine our democracy not be seated in Congress!”

In his letter to Pelosi, Pascrell cited Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution which “gives each chamber of Congress the ultimate authority to decide their membership.” He also invoked the 14th Amendment, passed in the wake of Southern secession and the Civil War. Section 3 of that amendment forbids anyone from holding office in federal or state government who “having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Where that might be a road too far, it should serve as a warning. If the Democrats were as vindictive as President Trump, or the northern state officials during the Civil War, those miscreants would be sent home. Instead, how about a bit of civility and humanity? Let’s just block them all from committee work. That’s where they wield their power and dangle it in front of their donors. Without power, they will have less money. With less money, they might fail at reelection. It would be sweet revenge without the drama.

The White House loves holiday parties. After the Supreme Court shut down the Texas Attorney General’s frivolous lawsuit last night, the rumor circulating around D.C. is the President will not be coming down to Friday’s holiday party. That seems plausible, but one never knows for sure when it comes to the Donald.

This headline in the Washington Post caught my eye, “Trump is losing Twitter followers as Biden gains nearly 2 million heading to White House” Yes, slowly but surely, people are deleting Trump from their daily diet of social media.  But even as the pain of truth being driven into Donald Trump’s ego becomes more unbearable, the fat fellow is not finished. He remains busy selling indulgences and playing the quid-pro-quo game, taking orders for pardons from those he likes and those his critics dislike. The immoral man behind the makeup is simply doing what he has always done, performing transactions that make him feel large and in charge.

Getting back to Martin Luther, the Reformation was successful and the church eventually stopped selling indulgences because everyone knew it was wrong. Why would money on earth hoist you into heaven, or give you a pass on purgatory? As we have written on this site recently (scroll down), there was no way any sane and honorable judge would have descended into the dark pit of deceit the Donald’s buddy in Texas wanted to throw at America and our democracy. It’s funny that the cult of Donald was back online last night, retweeting his lies about fraud and unpatriotically plotting their next moves. Really, people? If you don’t respect the Supreme Court, then what do you respect?

May I bring a snarky ending to this diatribe? TEXAS, look at me. You were part of MEXICO and we rescued you by trumping up a fake war. Be careful, we could sell you back to them and move that wall to Oklahoma. Remember the Alamo!

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DELUSIONS & DEBILITATIONS OF DONALD

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

I admit that in my moments of weakness I feel sorry for Donald John Trump. I mean, what will this man do with the rest of his life? After conning his way to the top of the rock, he will wake up on January 21, 2021 empty and alone. I guess he will watch TV, but it won’t be the same. Will Twitter give him the respect of a private user and no longer block his more distasteful and dangerous missives? We’ll see, but that company has already announced the official @Potus handle will be given to President Biden.

Some voters don’t want to swallow the truth pill that “their” president lost the election. They continue to give him credit for vague achievements, which are just empty echoes of the delusional claims found on the back of the sweet elixir bottles Donald has been selling for the last four years. Has Trump actually achieved anything worthwhile? Let’s see.

BusinessInsider.com had this to say: “He’s just the third commander-in-chief to be impeached, one of 11 incumbent presidents to fail to win reelection and even though his accomplishments are not popular with his critics, Trump, for better or for worse, has been a consequential president. But the biggest con has been his handling of COVID-19 and his inaction will go down as one of the worst disasters in US history, with over 255,000 dead and millions unemployed.” Wow, some achievements!

Trump touts his reshaping of the federal judiciary, but he had an accomplice, Senator Mitch McConnell. Any belief that getting those people appointed, some for life, is going to help Republicans is sheer folly. Good judges are good jurists, as we saw during the election challenges. It’s all about how a judge sees the case. A conservative judge is a good thing, until she rules against you. Trump achieved nothing here.

Trump talks with glee about his creation of the Space Force, an outer space military division that I believe conflicts with international law. Strong and almost unanimous opposition to weaponization of space has been expressed in the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. China and Russia have drafted text for a treaty to ban space weapons, but the United States has refused to enter those negotiations. Why? Wouldn’t it be good to have a treaty that kept us from space antics that could knock the planet off its axis to create more global warming, or worse, global freezing? Trump’s Space Farce is a waste of money, not an achievement.

Then there’s our president’s incessant bragging about his tax reform, but did it help the middle class or the owner class? The facts are in, and we see common folks suffering through a pandemic while the stock market is delivering big bucks for rich people. Millions of Americans are out of work, the healthcare system is broken and there is no evidence that the tax cuts helped anyone except the very wealthy. Another Trump failure.

Donald Trump touts the First Step Act as a bold move in reforming the criminal justice system, but there are major questions between its sentences. When COVID hit the prisons, most of the privately run institutions were paralyzed. According to the JAMA network, as of June 6, 2020 there had been 42,107 cases of COVID-19 and 510 deaths among 1,295,285 prisoners. That’s a case rate of 3,251 per 100,000 prisoners, 5.5 times greater than the US population figures. The act Trump signed didn’t help at all.

The administration will claim they defeated the ISIS’s caliphate and killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Okay, I give them that, but they also negotiated the release of college student Otto Warmbier from North Korea who quickly died after being returned to the US. Stamping out ISIS was a multination effort and would have happened regardless of who was the US president. Trump can’t claim this one.

There are many potholes in Trump’s “mission accomplished” list.  His handling of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi demonstrations and his messaging after George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a cop were appalling. He threw raw racism to his base and failed to condemn white supremacists or calm the nation. He literally took the side of the haters. Hardly an achievement.

Our president promised to restore America’s respect to the nations of the world, but the US global image is in shambles and Donald Trump has become the laughingstock of the world. Trump believes Kim, Putin, Erdogan and Xi, respect and like him, but they mock him behind his back. All our allies are happy the Donald is leaving. No achievement here.

Trump will say he got immigration under control. Really? At what cost? The family separations and the deaths of migrant children are blood on his hands. In another time and space, an international court would probably charge him for human rights violations. Total failure.

As for world conflicts, no one with foreign relations experience or knowledge will compliment Trump on his handling of Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. He pulled out, screwed allies and ignored facts. These are not the actions of a worthy leader. He struck out here.

Throughout the four years of his presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly told us about his “great and strong” plan to replace for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He stated we were mere weeks away from a new, amazing healthcare system. While he demanded “his” Justice Department throw out Obamacare, he never delivered an alternative. He had no plan.

Lots of people know Donald Trump as the reality TV star with astonishing quips and wisecracks, but those words were fed to him by producers. When Trump played New York gossip columnists, he used pseudonyms like “John Barron,” “John Miller” and “David Dennison.” By the way, the name “David Dennison” appears on the agreement to silence Stormy Daniels. So perhaps there is an achievement here. Donald Trump got away with that kind of shit for years.

That large crashing sound you will hear on January 20, 2021 will be the Donald colliding with truth. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM

Don’t Wear Out Your Welcome, Mr. Trump

We all travel through life with colorful American idioms and arcane phrases from our ancestors. In the realm of music, the late, great singer Kenny Rogers reminded us that, You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away.” The maxim of this brilliant song is full of wonderful wisdom. When things are bad, cut your losses and move on.

My mother had a sage phrase that warned us not to be a burden on the families we visited, “Let’s not wear out our welcome.” When hearing those words we knew, in no uncertain terms, to pack our bags because it was time for us to leave!

I’m not a person who readily or easily quotes the Holy Bible, but there are times I find something there that is perfectly in-tune with the times. Here’s a tiny gem that fits seamlessly into where we find ourselves today and, without too much of a stretch, easily applies to Donald John Trump.

It’s from Proverbs 25:17-19: “Don’t wear out your welcome by staying too long at the home of your friends, or they may get fed up with always having you there and wish you hadn’t come. Lying about and slandering people are as bad as hitting them with a club, or wounding them with an arrow, or stabbing them with a sword. You can’t depend on an unreliable person when you really need help. It can be compared to biting down on an abscessed tooth or walking with a sprained ankle.” You know, I always liked that strong Hebrew language.

Although those words originated around 700 BC, they really ring the bell, and that bell is more than an inducement to change class. It’s a piercing proclamation that we are about to transition to a new administration. According to CNBC, “General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office. The notice arrived in a letter from Murphy, who for weeks after the election withheld her ascertainment of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. It was revealed just minutes before President Donald Trump tweeted that he approved of the move.”

May I be snarky here? Trump couldn’t just let it go and allow Murphy’s letter stand on its merit? Portions of Donald‘s tweet were less than convincing, I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols and have told my team to do the same.”

REALLY? He admitted that he kept her from doing her job by starting the transition because she didn’t move forward until he recommended that she do so. The contention in Ms. Murphy’s letter that no one influenced her decision or actions is PURE BULLSHIT, just like most of what has happened in our country over the last four years.

Doctor Evil

I am almost certain that Ms. Murphy will eventually get a six-figure job from a loyal Trump friendly corporation, but really, why did she act so irresponsibly? She endangered the nation’s security and slowed the normal process of government. In any other situation, she would have been fired for wearing out her welcome.

Let me urge everyone to focus on these words from our oversized orange pumpkin of a president, “harassed, threatened, and abused.” That is exactly what Donald Trump has done all his life, and it must stop now. When this man is no longer protected by the shield of Presidential immunity, the lawsuits will fly. He will not be able to restrain himself and all of his tweets will stand as evidence of his abuse, defamation, harassment and threats that will be used against him by the plaintiffs.

Trump will never admit that he lost the election. He will claim to have been forced out of office by a secret cabal of “deep-state” operatives, and will urge his fake army to keep waving those flags. I am reminded of UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she was forced out by her own party. After serving eleven years she reportedly remarked, “…but we’ve made so much progress and I wanted to stay on to get the job done.” Those are the words of a politician who lost their job because they fell in love with power more than people. They hold a firm belief that no one else could possibly finish their work and anyone trying will face certain failure.

We are lucky to live in a country where the people have a vote and there are term-limits on top officials. Let’s all recognize the amazing mandate of the new guy. As I write, Joe Biden has received 51.1% of the popular vote, which adds up to 79,887,852 people. While Donald Trump claims a “loyal base” voted his “landslide” win, it’s not a majority in any way. Trump received 73,815,488 votes, which represents only 47.2% of the ballots cast. Biden won by 4%, This time around the pollsters were right!

No one will remember the GSA’s Emily Murphy or her small effort to gum up the gears of progress, except, perhaps, the bagboy at my grocery store. He’s an astute young man who is very opinionated about Trump, “He’s acting like a sore loser.” Yes, here again the 45th President is playing the martyr card because he knows millions of people don’t like him. He needs his “blanky.”

Let’s end today with more of Kenny Roger’s lyrics, “You never count your money, When you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin,’ When the dealin’s done, You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em…” DONALD TRUMP, it’s time for you to leave the table and go home. You are THE GREATEST LOSER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

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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 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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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.”

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


LETTER TO 70 MILLION PEOPLE

Trump Must Stand Down, Work on Transition

One of those phrases people say too much is “change is the only thing that is inevitable.” Of course, nothing stays the same. Without change, humankind would have been wiped out long ago. Today, once again, we are all facing the reality that change is underway.

Politics have been likened to war, but people die in war. The coronavirus was compared to the flu, but many more died from COVID. With this opening, I would like to address the 70 million people who voted for Donald Trump.

Dear Fellow Americans,

First, I know how you feel. Yes, that might sound hollow, but it’s true. Right after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the Republican Leader of the Senate said that his sole focus would be making sure Obama was a one term President. That comment troubled me. I thought it was not only highly disrespectful to the millions of people who voted for Obama but also unproductive given that Obama just happened to be the first African American elected to the highest office in America. See, politics is somewhat like war.

After the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln directed his generals to let the Confederates return to their homes unharmed. That was more than gracious; it was a healing moment. Sadly, it didn’t help Lincoln because he was assassinated by a hardcore Southern radical.

You are in the rapture of hero worship, which is a real thing. Heidi Schlumpf wrote an article in the National Catholic Reporter nine years ago titled Dangers of hero worship. Heid wrote, “As humans, we love stories. That’s why Jesus told parables, and why his own story has fascinated for centuries. Let’s just be sure to put our worship where it belongs — on God.” This is also my message to those who have invested so much emotional energy in Donald Trump. They gave his campaign tons of money and their purchase of flags, signs and stickers to show their loyalty created a moneymaking industry. Donald Trump is not God. He’s just a man with a large and convincing pitch.

Trump has lied to you so much, and I can understand your difficulty comprehending facts. You didn’t compare his words with any reasonable data. You could have done that, you had TV and an internet connection, but you failed yourself by relying on the words of others on Trump’s approved list. I watched a ton of Fox News during the election returns and was mystified about them calling the state of Arizona for Biden so quickly. Just like stubborn Trump, Fox would NOT take their projection back to a pending status. Yes, their partner, the Associated Press, motivated the forecast but it was a prime example of forcing a fact rather than waiting for the truth.

Perhaps I have digressed. This letter isn’t about the news channel you watch. It’s a sincere attempt to lead you to reality. The same process that declared Trump a winner in 2016 was used this year, but because Trump cannot accept the outcome you won’t either. The Donald is dictating what you think. How is that American? Believe in the country first, not him. It’s supposed to be America First, not Donald Trump.

Lots of Trump administration workers will lose their jobs within the next 70 days, and then on January 20, 2021 they will all be gone. Oh, you will still see them on TV and hear them on the radio, but they will no longer be affecting your life. I hope you will find your way to working with Joe Biden for positive change. It will be futile to continue riding around in your ISIS-like pickup trucks with the flags of your fallen leader. He has been fired from his job and won’t be around too much longer, despite his false claims to the contrary.

I don’t want to be vindictive or obnoxious. I have already heard from Trump supporters who have asked that I stop calling people “racists” and making fun of Donald Trump. They are asking me to respect the man. Really? I respect those who have earned it. I don’t respect Trump, but I do respect and care for all who voted for him. You have been greatly abused and disrespected. It’s now time for you to break free from this powerful person who wants to control you. Can you?

I have confronted some serious attitudes out there, true resentment. Last July I published a book titled How To Hire Great People. Most people thought I was crazy to write a book about hiring people when so many were being laid off from work. I have always promoted the book as something positive, a work that can help managers become better interviewers so they can find the great people who need work.

I had a surprise earlier. I knocked on one of my neighbor’s doors to give him a copy of my book. He works in finance and I figured that if he liked the book, he might recommend it to his clients. I handed him the book, smiled behind my mask, and said enthusiastically, “We’re coming back in this country!” He replied harshly, “If we even have a country.” I was taken aback, but quickly added, “Did you see the stock market?” He immediately blocked, “That has nothing to do with Biden.” I acknowledged it was triggered by the wonderful claim from Pfizer that their COVID vaccine is 90% effective. As I left, my neighbor said, “That’s all Trump.” I walked away feeling like I took something from him rather than giving him something that took me a year to write.

Why do intelligent people like you believe that electing a moderate Democrat like Joe Biden will make the United States of America crumble? 70 million people are still caught in this web of deceit. Why?

I hope that all those Trump flags can be recycled to make tents in refugee camps in other countries. Perhaps that fabric, no matter where it was made, can do some good. You might want to hang your flag in the garage and hope that the prodigal son returns. I hope you won’t. It’s not too late to liberate your soul. Don’t get pulled into a dark and violent set of values that stand against the Republic. You have a choice. Please join with us, all of us, and let’s get back to making and keeping America great. We want you to work toward the common good. READ MORE, talk less.

And finally, know that we love you. Because Donald Trump received no real love from his sadistic father, he used you in an attempt to get what he needed. Please stand up, while he stands down. Be an individual, a good citizen, and help heal the divide. We will never tell you to go back to where you came from. We will always embrace you. Just stop with all the conspiracy shit, it makes you look dumb. It’s not you. It’s the fake dogma that’s dragging you down. Seek peace and unity, or just be quiet. Peace.

Sincerely,

Dwight C Douglas

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