SPEED DATING IN SINGAPORE

Trump’s Simplistic View of Diplomacy

What the world just witnessed in Singapore was the devaluation of reality. The bull in the china shop destroyed so much stemware and pottery that the United States will have to take out another loan to pay for it all. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I might suggest that the big summit between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump didn’t really happen. But we saw it on TV, so it must have taken place. However, the final product of the event has less backbone than a jellyfish.

The Democrats asked, “Where’s the beef,” While the Trump loyalists were toasting, “Well, Trump did it!” Yes, he took a meeting with the Chairman of a totalitarian nation, who arrests, tortures, kills and enslaves his people, but that never stood in the way of the Donald’s ego. He thinks he will get the Noble Peace Prize for this made-for-TV event, but he failed to get anything of substance from this high-level meeting. It’s pure Trump; lots of talk, lots of words, little substance.

Trump walked away with a two-page letter saying we agree to reaffirm the talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. We still don’t know if Kim’s definition of denuclearization matches ours. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. goal of the meeting with the North Korean despot was to get “Permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling” of their nuclear war machine. Mike has now become frustrated with the fair questions concerning that very pronouncement.

When Pompeo, probably suffering from the new orange form of jetlag, was asked about the fact that his words were not in the two-page agreement both leaders signed, he cited the word “complete” and equated it to “permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. When pressed further, Pompeo barked, “I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous. I just have to be honest with you. It’s a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this.” Mike, Mike, we appreciate your being “honest” with us but, please, when you negotiate a complex disarmament agreement with another country, you should use precise legal verbiage. Right?

Since Trump returned from his speed-dating session with a dictator in Singapore, he has declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. This, we guess, is based not on an agreement but on his perception of a five-hour meeting with Kim Jong-Un. Donald Trump destroyed relationships with members of the G-7 with insults and his lack of understanding about how trade works, and then dashed off to the big summit. He doesn’t have a solid grasp of diplomacy, so he wasted his time and millions of dollars on a giant photo-op.

Time will tell whether a pledge to start a dialog will indeed lead to peace, but there is good reason to cast skepticism over what happened in Singapore. By telling Kim that we would suspend all military activities with South Korea, we gave the autocrat a gigantic win, without getting diddley-squat in return. Trump also hinted that we might pull out all our troops from South Korea. Really? Why would we do that?

When confronted about some of the North Korean human rights violations, Trump replied with praise for Kim Jong-Un as a “tough guy,” a “smart guy” and a “great negotiator.” When Bret Baier of Fox News interviewed Trump following the denuclearization summit, our president declined to condemn North Korea’s record.

International bodies have accused Kim of crimes against humanity, including assassinations of political rivals, public executions and the imprisonment of tens of thousands political adversaries. Trump seems numb to real carnage.

The Donald disassociated Kim from those atrocities with, “Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have – if you can do that at 27 years old, that’s one in 10,000 could do that.” I guess their first date went well, judging from Trump’s additional comment, “So he’s a very smart guy, he’s a great negotiator and I think we understand each other.”

Trump believes that everyone is like him and that flattering the other person is all that’s needed. When Trump says something that doesn’t get a response, he assumes he has won. Judging by what we know so far, Trump received a few words on paper, while America appears to have given more than we got. We all hope this is real but, judging by the reaction of Mike Pompeo to a few honest questions about the agreement, maybe the Secretary of State realizes that this is not as it appears.

Trump knows how to pull out of deals, but there is no evidence that he is competent with making pacts, agreements or peace treaties. Without good people like Pompeo, Trump would just be another fat, pompous politician with promises to keep. It’s not bad that he delivers on all his promises, but those promises are terribly destructive. He has made America less great. I am embarrassed by him.

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KIM JONG-UN SLIPS INTO CHINA

Stormy Daniels Applies Maximum Pressure 

Well look what we have here, a President who is pushing a certain domestic agenda while the rest of the world is wary of our inconsistent leader. There is substantial proof that many of the ideologically driven beliefs of this man are being pushed through the system with even some codified into law. No one in the Republican party is pushing back on his bad ideas.

On the world stage, countries no longer look to America as the main player in foreign policy affairs and détente. They have gotten together on their own despite this president’s desire to take credit for everything that happens.

Last night Donald Trump tweeted, “Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” It’s strange to hear him say that it’s “unfortunate” to maintain sanctions, I mean, tough guy, wasn’t that the whole point?

And speaking of tough guys, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, filed a motion last night (3-27-2018) asking the judge in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to grant him permission to question Trump and depose the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. If you remember, Cohen admitted to paying the Stormy hush money out of his home equity account to help his friend Trump.

The porn star’s lawyer claims, “It is firmly established that a sitting president is not afforded special protection from a civil suit regarding conduct before he or she entered office” and went on to cite the landmark 1997 Supreme Court ruling in Clinton v. Jones, which established that a sitting president isn’t immune from civil lawsuits related to activity that occurred before he took office.

The old saying of what goes around comes around is best suited for this predicament. And for those evangelicals reading, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” You have been deceived by this man and you may make the joke of giving him a “mulligan” but you are responsible for the weeds in your garden. And for those people who don’t play golf, a mulligan is an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard. A do over.

I’ll wager that the discussions which took place in Beijing included a serious question about what they should do about Donald Trump. It’s no longer a question about how to deal with the American agenda. It’s a deliberation of how to handle our crazy, raving President. While Trump believes his unpredictability and harsh tweets have accomplished something in this matter, other world leaders are just waiting for him to leave office so they can get back on solid ground.

China is controlling this diplomatic effort, while Michael Avenatti is piloting an effort to stain this presidency. Lawyers are leaving the Donald and it seems like the Trump’s inner circle is getting smaller. That isn’t necessarily bad for this frothing lunatic. With fewer people around him, there will be fewer people to blame when this all blows up. And it will.

With Avenatti chipping away on Trump’s fornications and Robert Mueller examining the Great Orange Leader’s financial webs and obvious lies, it won’t be long until the whole country knows all the facts behind Trump’s tactics and fear of Russia.

He’s afraid of something, and everyone agrees it’s not a hoax or a witch hunt. Just now, CNN News is reporting that Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s partner, had contact in September and October of 2016 with, who some believe, are Russian intelligence operatives. Note: Rick Gates pleaded guilty and is working with the Special Counsel’s office. Remember when Trump said that no one from the campaign had any contact with Russians? He lied. Both Manafort and Gates worked for the campaign.

The Mueller investigation is looking into a corrupt manipulator and con man. We all know Trump is immoral and a sexual predator. We will soon learn, in detail, about his fraudulent behavior in business and government. He paid off the porn star and the Playboy bunny, and now he wants to screw anyone who gets in his way. He is a dangerous person.

Last night on the Daily Show, actor and author Sean Penn summed it up nicely when he suggested that “the American government needs to impeach the current president.” And that is a great way to say it. The government represents the people and the people need to count on their own government for course corrections. Without a vote in the Senate, we will have to deal with this dingbat for much too long. The day Donald Trump is removed from office, America will be made great, again.

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THE RISK OF KEEPING TRUMP

Our Democracy,World Peace in the Cross-hairs

Many level-headed people warned American voters that electing Donald J. Trump would be a bad deal for American because he was unfit for the office of the presidency. The two important areas of presidential focus are domestic affairs and maintaining America’s protective and powerful role in the world.  Neither of these are happening with this joker in office.

As Barack Obama was leaving the White House, he warned the next guy coming in that North Korea was going to be his biggest problem. Like a batter who just struck out, Obama suggested to his teammate that he should not be fooled by the North Korean pitcher’s curve ball. Trump has ignored all advice from his predecessor and, like the idiot he is, he keeps swinging away, as if every word from Kim Jong-Un is some juicy fast ball he can hit out of the park. On the world’s playing field, Trump has more than three strikes on him yet refuses to get out of the box. The rest of the world shakes its collective head wondering if the madman at the plate will topple the game, or worse, blow up the whole world.

Life on the planet comes down to survival and, while Donald Trump thinks it’s somehow funny or clever to tweet his inner child taunts to the crazy guy in North Korea, he shows vividly the reason we cannot allow the great Orange Leader to remain in power. This was our President’s offering late yesterday after numerous tweets (1-2-2018): “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

And, so it goes; we have two teenagers on Twitter arguing over size. The best response came from the voice of reason, Richard W. Painter, “Two psychologically unfit men crowing about their nukes. This is not a good way to start the New Year.  Congress needs to deal with one of them and the UN Security Council needs to deal with the other.” Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration from 2005–2007 and full-disclosure, he is involved in a law suit to have Donald Trump removed from office for violations of the Emoluments Clause.

If I hear one more person tell me that Trump is throwing red meat to his base, I am going to scream at the top of my lungs, “WE DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT HIS FUCKING BASE!!” This is America. This is a country of more than 330 million people who must depend on the President of the United States to, first and foremost, keep us safe. If the Donald’s motivation behind this risky behavior is to score points with the minority of hypnotized, disgruntled citizens who support him, then he should be removed from office. His actions are not in-sync with his duties to faithfullly execute the Constitution.

Other tweets of the day, suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s assistant should be put in jail, ending aid to the Palestinian state, taking Pakistan to the wood shed, declaring that Hispanics will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President, saying that the Democrats won’t be solving DACA without a wall and trying to pump up the protestors in Iran lead one to believe that Trump must think the job of the President is to produce tweets. Maybe he is being paid by the word and we don’t know it.

This frothing faced fool must have no one to talk to in his inner circle and his primal wiring makes Twitter more important to him than the job itself. He doesn’t reach out to his aides, generals, experts or his cabinet members for facts. He just gets up and tweets away. Trump is an unpopular child seeking power from his taunts and texts without regard for anyone’s feeling or the geo-political ramifications of his writing.

We should all be afraid of this dingbat bastard. His major selling point of being unpredictable has now become a giant, festering boil on the ass of America. You don’t dare sit down or turn away. Maybe that is what he really wants. He wants everyone’s attention, because he wants to be King Donald the First. The truth is, letting Trump be Trump is tantamount to let living people become dead. As someone said on TV recently, his antics might seem funny to some, until something bad happens, like a bomb being dropped. Getting rid of all the rules seems really cool to corporations and industrialists, until something bad happens, like an oil spill. Why do we have a president who puts the whole country at risk? Why does the greatest country in the world want this? I don’t.

Some might say that this next statement is hyperbole, but I think not. Keeping Donald J. Trump as President puts our democracy and world peace in the cross-hairs. We can only hope that there are enough patriots in the House and Senate to “rise up” and erase this mistake before it’s too late. We must take the bat out of Trump’s hands.

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WE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT

The Trump Behind the Curtain Has Spoken

Maybe it would be easy to sum up my case against Donald Trump by simply saying that he’s stark raving mad. His recalcitrant actions and disruptive attitudes, sometime based on fanciful conspiracies and fallacies, are surely a disqualifying profile for a democratic leader. For this writer, I am ashamed that my countrymen and women, no matter where they live, decided to elect this putrefied mushroom brain.

Yesterday (11-28-2017), the equally braindead leader of North Korea launched another one of his “toy missiles” into the sky and now claims his death rockets can reach anywhere in the United States. During a press briefing, the President said, “We will take care of it.” After the Donald boasted about his “highly-successful” trip to Asia, where he allegedly got all the leaders on the same page concerning Kim Jong Un, we see nothing has changed, including the ineffectiveness of Trump’s diplomatic prowess.

Our great Orange Leader thinks he can solve any problem, but when he tries to fix things he only creates more problems. I’m not sure why the talking heads on TV want to say Trump’s antics are based on some calculation. In truth, he’s on a reality TV show just doing whatever pops into his mind at the moment. There is no executive producer behind the curtain.

At 2 o’clock in the morning today, Trump retweeted postings of Great Britain’s Jayda Fransen, a hyper religious anti-Muslim propagandist who posts hateful videos of her campaign against Islamists. So, now the President of the United States, by his use of Twitter, had endorsed a racist, xenophobic HATE SITE. Twitter lets Ms. Fransen spread hate. Twitter also allows our President to threaten, what we can only assume, was nuclear violence against a whole country. Twitter’s Terms of Use says it allows some forms of graphic violence. However, Twitter, wiping out a whole country with “fire and fury” is not graphic enough for you? Where is the line? When do you read your own User Agreements?

More importantly, when did America decide that the person in the most powerful seat in the land gets a pass on inappropriate sexual touching, while men in media, entertainment and business get thrown out the door? Why haven’t Trump’s accusers filed written complaints to the Senate for investigation?

The sad reality is that actions taken by business leaders have to do with lawsuits and their cost. Some companies have money piled away for this kind of thing. In their minds, a “possible payout” for wrongful termination is set at $250,000 max. The victims, or plaintiffs in these cases, usually settle for much less, unless they work for Fox News or Houses of Congress. The accompanying non-disclosure agreements in these settlements are standard procedure and should be challenged in the court. A non-disclosure agreement can lead to others being harmed. Why do we, as a nation, tolerate them?

The most important aspect of all these cases is that someone has to go on record. A written complaint must be created. Once that happens, then some action can take place. In Trump’s world, when he was accused of inappropriate behavior, he said he didn’t do it. In his mind, case closed. Or is it?

Roy Moore has been accused by Leigh Corfman, Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, Gloria Thacker Deason, Beverly Young Nelson, Tina Johnson, Becky Gray and Gena Richardson of certain levels of inappropriate or unwanted sexual advances. Roy Moore says they are all lying. Donald Trump tells us we have to listen to Roy Moore. Why? Isn’t the President, by his actions and endorsement of Moore for the Senate, really saying that all of those women are lying? When did the President get to decide who is telling the truth?

Isn’t that what we have said from the beginning in these rants and psychological vomiting sessions? We have been very clear that Donald John Trump is a liar. He lies and incompetently leads from inside his hardened shell of ego-gratification. He’s a dog turd on the sidewalk. We can only wish for a long, hot, harsh summer sun or wind driven torrents of rain to nullify the damage he has created. America will survive this limited man, but those Congress people who kowtow and lick his boots now will be remembered for their spinelessness as they slither back into their lifetime Federal pensions.

Donald Trump has spoken, “We will take care of it.” And now we wait for his next tweet, or his next stupid theory, which can be easily fact checked before being splashed on that sidewalk next to his bodily waste. Can’t strong journalism show the citizenry who is telling the truth?

The threat from North Korea or Tax Reform should have been front and center today. Instead, these are the words coming from the “leader of the free world, “So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate! Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!” AND WHY SHOULD THIS BE IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

This guy isn’t our president, he’s a gossip columnist for the Daily News. He missed his calling, or did we miss something in the democratic process of electing a president? As Mr. Trump gets older, his behavior will only get worse. Are we really willing to take this crap? Let it rain, God, please make it rain.

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DOTARD AND DINGBAT

Trump’s Name Calling Backfires

One of the editors of my new Donald Trump book asked a blunt question, “Why the name calling?” I had to back up and think about why I write in that kind of voice on my blog, which is what drove the book’s content.

The answer to the question is simple. Donald J. Trump has unleashed this kind of immature behavior and verbal openness in all of us. Sure, it’s his fault. I learned that blaming people is what you do when anyone challenges you.

He uses a trick of the bully trade, berating people using a name that others can echo to add pain. Whether the names actually hurt someone or not, they seem to stick. Hillary Clinton will forever be thought of as “Crooked Hillary” and it’s “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted.” Not sure why Marco’s height was negative, but I guess size matters in the Trump family.

When those “Trump names” pour from my fingertips, I don’t think, “Boy this will really get him.” I would be most happy to anger this President, but he will never read what I write because there are so many people saying bad things about him it’s impossible for me to cut through.

It is quite silly that Trump would use the song title, “Rocket Man” as a put-down of Kim Jong-un. After all, it’s a story about a man who is drifting in space without a sense of time or connection to other humans. Part of the Bernie Taupin lyrics are telling in this work:

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time

‘Till touch down brings me round again to find

I’m not the man they think I am at home

Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man

Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.

After all, we are people of words and actions. Words are telling on so many levels. When I call Donald Trump, Agent Orange, I am referring to the pain and suffering of the soldiers who served in Vietnam and were poisoned from the misuse of a chemical by our own military. Mistakes matter. And it is Trump who is burning out his fuse, all alone, with no one trusting him.

When I refer to our 45th President as our Great Orange Leader, I am painting him with words that are intended to make you think of him covering his face with man-tan while realizing that much of what the Donald is doing is fake.

If he is real, why the comb-over? If he is real, why the need to make people believe he has something to hide? Donald Trump might think that he is a global gargantuan, but he’s not the man he thinks he is at home. In the United States, he governs without a mandate and without a majority of voters behind him. Most Americans have little respect for the way he handles important things. Most wish he would stop tweeting, but he doesn’t care about anything other than the rush he gets from tweeting. He is addicted.

One of the nicknames that Steve Bannon allegedly used to describe his boss in the Oval Office was Archie Bunker. Archie, like Donald Trump, felt the need to use sharp, little names for people. His wife, played by Jean Stapleton, was a “dingbat” and his son-in-law, played by Rob Reiner, was “meathead.” A dingbat is a stupid person. A meathead is a stupid person. And, like Archie Bunker, our President uses words in an attempt to command power over people. Name calling is ineffective and sometimes does the opposite of its desired effect.

During his U.N. speech, Trump called Kim Jong-un, “Rocket Man,” and the result was Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, responding in English. And showing some real gamesmanship here, he called the Great Orange Leader, a “dotard.” Not a word that is often used here in the USA, but it does demonstrate that both Kim and Donald are goofballs.

“Dotard” means an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. And now, we have to wait while two people who should not be commanders of armies to make their next move. The question we must ask is this. Will this stupid immature name calling do anything? I don’t believe my name calling will magically get Trump impeached, but that is the goal. I must be as delusional as Trump.

What is Donald Trump’s goal with Kim Jong-un? He is not going to back down; he has an atomic bomb. This was Trump’s tweet today: “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” This is sounding more like a freaking scene out of a SOUTH PARK episode than real life. Mr. President, sanctions work only when there is no black market. You do know, Black Markets Matter? Right?

The meathead dotard in the White House is underestimating the dingbat rocket man. He knows that Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it’s cold as hell. And neither the dotard nor the rocket man can escape to Mars, they have to work out their differences right here on Planet Earth. What would happen if they both turned their words into war? Millions of people would die. Is Trump that stupid? Time to dump the dotard.

 

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TRUMP: LOCKED AND LOADED

Amped Up Loose Canon

During an October 25, 2016 interview, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president would lead to World War III, adding that he believed that the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. Nowhere in his pronouncement did he mention the country of North Korea, the country that Obama told him would be his biggest problem.

His warning about “fire and fury” was almost like a prophecy-come-true. He warned us that Clinton would get us into war, when in fact, it was his own dream to get us into war. This is just more of his maniacal way of thinking. Or, as some might say, his lack of tapping into his logical frontal cortex and permitting his over-ripe amygdala to do all the talking. Pure bully.

And now this morning (8-11-2017) Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” If Donald Trump thinks he knows more than the generals, then let’s see what he knows. For sure, he knows how to produce FEAR.

The Donald’s early morning tweet was motivated, according to CNN, by North Korea’s statement, “Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.” What Trump fails to understand is the North Koreans are making a “legal” statement to present a case to the world court in the future. If need be, they will present a case that he was, in fact, the aggressor.

Even though the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on sanctions against North Korea, Trump has no patience to operate in a diplomatic world. He wants all the “nonsense” to stop now. Most experts will tell you that sanctions are a long-term fix for disobedience. There is no quick-fix for sovereign freedoms and actions for self-protection. Now that Trump has threatened North Korea, we are in the stand-off mode. Where are Jack and Bobby Kennedy when we need them?

In most likelihood, if Kim Jong Un will do what he says he will, with four missiles fired over Japan and into the sea near Guam, our great Orange Leader will then have to do something. He has painted himself into a corner. Most aggressions he might employ would kill people. We assume that Donald Trump has never knowingly killed anyone and this challenge is far greater than anything he has encountered in his 71-years on the planet. If “sticking up for America” means killing hundreds of thousands of people, then all who said he does not have the temperament to be President were sadly accurate.

It’s not only the mixed messages, but the fact that Trump is already at war with his own cabinet, the Congress and the courts. When a total idiot like Sebastian Gorka, who the taxpayers fund, said that Rex Tillerson doesn’t have right to talk about the military, that is a problem. The State Department ‘s Heather Nauert even pushed back against Gorka’s assertion that it was “nonsensical” for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak on military matters. Nauert commented about Rex Tillerson, “He’s a Cabinet secretary. He’s fourth in line to the presidency. He carries a big stick.” A surrogate talking-head, like Gorka, is totally out of line critiquing a cabinet member. He should be removed from the White House immediately. Major Trump administration problem.

Trump finds time to battle with Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, rather than keeping the country posted on his plans and explaining how we are safe and that he has some strategy to eliminate this problem in Asia.

When knowledgeable people are saying that Trump is making matters worse, he feels the need to shout. Instead of sucking up the criticism and focusing on the task at hand, Trump choses to battle everyone. He seems more eager to pick a fight than find a solution.

He used a telling phrase yesterday. The Donald was asked if his warning to North Korea was a dare, his response was, “It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. Has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan, and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”

Once again, our President took the bait based on a crafty reporter’s question. Trump used the same word four times in his statement. That is what I call the implication of the opposite. When you emphasize something with repetition, it becomes what is remembered most. So, maybe it is a “dare” and war is just another game this man thinks he wants to play.

No one in their right mind wants war. Trump complains about how no one has ever done anything about the crazy kid in North Korea. Well, Mr. President, I hate to remind you, but your first plan was to get Russia and/or China to take care of the matter. How did that turn out? So now you say you want to go it alone and get the job done. But what does getting the job done look like?

If Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur were alive today, what would they say? Harry Truman would tell Trump to back off and attempt to find some diplomatic solution and while doing it, “shut your damn pie-hole.” But even Harry Truman, if tested, would’ve had no problem dropping an atomic bomb on North Korea. In fact, he dropped two of them on Japan. He claimed use of the nuclear option probably saved one million American lives.

If MacArthur was to be asked for his two-cents worth, he would loudly say, “Take all the land north of the 38th parallel; liberate the North and unite the country.” After all, that was want he wanted to do in 1951. He was so hell-bent on defeating the North he would have sacrificed one million lives to do it. Truman fired MacArthur. The General was never elected President and, in fact, lost his case for vindication in Congress. Clearly, MacArthur did not have the temperament to be president.

In the end, Trump will be seen on the world stage as the lunatic he really is and America will remain divided, as it was during the Vietnam war. There will be those people, the “hawks”, who will get behind the war-minded president, while the “doves” will be protesting in the street. All those things Donald Trump said about our stupid leaders who wasted all that money on wars will demonstrate how much a novice Trump is in this role and how hypocritical his words and actions are.

He would rather be the big guy screaming at everyone and plunging the world into war than ever to be criticized. We will see our 401Ks go down the drain and the economy will once again be as unstable as our leader. Did we pick the right person for president? Only time will tell, Donald.

 


FIRE AND FURY

Calling Bluff at the Table

I’ve never been a good poker player lacking the special skills of bluffing, decoying and raising. We know that Kim Jong Un has made a pretty big move in his missile and nuclear program. Yesterday (8-8-2017) Trump raised the stakes with a war of words.

With this quote, Donald Trump seems to be putting on a squeeze and going all in, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

It’s amazing to me that so many so-called “experts” on TV the day after (8-9-2017) Trump bombastic words were sprayed at North Korea, said that he wasn’t really sending a message to Kim Jong Un. Some claim he was endeavoring to shake the Chinese leaders out of their passive restraint of North Korea. Really?

One of the things we have covered on this site has been the negatives of being unpredictable and uncertain. Trump’s use of the term “fire and fury” was interpreted by most military people to mean nuclear war. You cannot drop an atomic bomb as a warning shot. We hope the Donald understands that.

After our President made such a harsh statement, North Korea didn’t wait too long to get its propaganda TV news team to blast a message back at Trump that they are seriously considering a strike against the island of Guam.

This island was selected as a strategic target. For one, most Americans don’t realize that since the Spanish-American War, Guam has been a territory of the United States. People born in Guam are automatically US citizens and our Andersen Air Force Base not only played a major role in the Vietnam War, but it is where the fighters come from that we’ve been using to “intimidate” Kim. To say you are thinking about attacking Guam is saying you will attack the United States.

The day after the Donald’s, arm-folded (defensive posture), “F & F” announcement, our great Orange Leader’s rhetoric was toned down on Twitter today (8-9-2017), “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

While the President was trying to temper his own words, his Secretary of State returning to the mainland said that he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat” and added, “Americans should sleep well at night.” Unless he has plans to get Trump out of office, his request that I sleep well at night will have no effect. In a strange plot twist, the use of Tweeter was the more mature approach this time. We didn’t quite get teleprompter Trump, but the Twitter Trump was much calmer than Impromptu Trump.

The irony of this new crisis is that Trump was told by Obama before he left that this would be the new President’s most difficult challenge. And as someone mentioned on a talk-show last night, the days of a President, like Obama, doing nothing about the problem, sure seems now like a more reasonable approach. You see, there is quite a bit of history on how countries get nuclear power and then eventually atomic weapons. They just do it. When someone has the capability of using nuclear arsenal, you really don’t have much to say about it. It’s like an international 2nd Amendment.

What Trump is playing with, is not the lives of thousands of Americans who are live in South Korea, but the 25 million Koreans in Seoul, the capital. When approaching a madman with an atomic bomb, you probably shouldn’t act like a madman.

As I have stated before, if you look at Pakistan, with 140 nuclear bombs and their neighbor, India with 130 devices, you can see that a stalemate in the bomb business is all you can wish for. Once India got the A-bomb, Pakistan had to get their own collection. And the world stood by and watched them do it. How could you protest a country trying to defend itself?

North Korea, short of China and Russian moving troops and armament to the northern most border of Kim Jong Un’s domain, will get an atomic bomb. In fact, they already have one. They have never stopped aiming toward that goal. When you are a dictator, you usually do whatever you want. So, what is this all about?

Does this mean that South Korea will need to have 50, then 100, then 150 nukes just to keep up with the Un? We can send the whole U.S. Pacific Fleet to the waters around North Korea and wait. But what will we be waiting for? Trump, once again, is using the bully pulpit the wrong way. If the strategy is bad cop, good cop, with Tillerson playing the good cop, the international ramifications of the rhetoric gives this President the reputation of being all over the place. And sad to say, a person who appears to be unhinged.

The process of leading a great nation like the United States has never been easy. But this time, the tough businessman  has met his match. And we all hope and pray that the Orange wannabe General doesn’t do the wrong thing. War courts are the wrong place to brag about how successful you were in an election.

 

 


ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT VS. ESTABLISHMENT

Trump’s Outside Agitator Role

I remember vividly when protesters in the late 1960s grew in numbers. President Nixon and his Trump-like bullhorn, Spiro Agnew, claimed that “outside agitators” were behind all the protests against his administration and the Vietnam war. Funny, that a President couldn’t understand Americans against war.

The term “agitators” goes back to an era of labor disputes when unions would bus in thugs to disrupt the picket lines at job sites. This would give the local police departments justification to go in and bust some heads. While the owners of the factory said, the union had bussed the hooligans in, the unions accused the owners of paying the disrupters. The idea was to create fear and thus end the labor dispute. Bricks were thrown, blood was shed.

Like a 1950s politician, Trump uses the expression that “protesters against him are paid” leading some to make the joke, “Well, see Trump fulfilled his promise, he has created jobs.”

But the real question: Is the President really anti-establishment, or just modifying truth to build his own establishment. A world where nepotism is perfectly legal and the only people who have opinions worthy of his attention are those with as much money as he or are related to him.

The problem with Trump is that he focuses so much on what people are saying about him that he misses the most important part of the job: Actually, getting things done.

When he losses a battle in Congress, he wants to change the rules. Sure, it would get more things done if there was a 51% margin on votes, but 60% is there for a reason.

In his case, it appears that Donald Trump fails to understand that by being anti-establishment he is really being anti-constitution and anti-separation of the branches of government.

Article 2 of the Constitution clearly states that: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur… Clearly the founding fathers were establishing what they thought was an established order of things especially on treaties with other nations. Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, et al. didn’t want a king, they wanted an executive.

With all the huffing and puffing done by candidate Donnie on the trail, supporters would have believed that their anti-Washington savior was going to unleash his wrath on all the terrible things in government as soon as he got there. They joined a cult headed by a charismatic leader who lies.

Trump supporters hate the government until they get dragged off an airplane by police. They hate government until they discover their drinking water has poison in it. They hate the establishment because Fox News has been feeding their heads with the gossip according to Rupert Murdoch that everything is wrong, as long as it makes him money.

But in reality, the job of heading the executive branch is not as all powerful as it might be in some other countries or in certain companies. If young Donald would have spent more time in civics class, he would have had a fuller understanding of how things worked before he got to the White House.

To say Kim Jong Un is a “smart cookie” is really DUMB. Ask Kim Jong Un’s uncle how much of a “cookie” he thinks he is; Oh, that’s right, you can’t, because Kim killed him.

And what does this President think is the priority? Well, his campaign (which is now taking money for his 2020 re-election pursuit) said they will spend $1.5 million on TV and online to run a commercial that says mainstream media is “fake news.” That is what you would call anti-establishment, but what is the next step? Can censorship be too far behind? Why not use the $1.5 to explain how the budget works, or why your ideas on healthcare are good? Too complicated?

Freedom is part of this establishment we call the United States of America. Protecting people from abuses and schemes is pretty much an established goal of government. Keeping citizens safe is a must, but how is tweeting at three-in-the-morning keeping us safe? Get some sleep Agent Orange, it’s a well-thought-out establishment out there to get you.

Established facts, like Andrew Jackson’s involvement in American’s Civil War was only his 100 slaves he owned until his death, which took place 16 years before the war started. “Old Hickory” might be your hero Mr. Trump, but the Donald ought to also learn that Jackson was credited with causing the Panic of 1837, which started an almost ten-year recession. Please don’t be like Jackson, Mr. President. Shut up and lead.