TRUMP SIDES WITH SUNNIS

Presidential Gunrunner Changes Tune

Mohammed was able to unite the tribes of Arabia through religious doctrine and force, while Donald Trump, no Mohammed indeed, was able to drive a firmer wedge between the Sunni and Shia believers with one trip to the Middle East.

His vitriol against Iran deployed the old philosophy, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. To the tune of billions of dollars in armaments and technology, the Royal Saud family secured Donald Trump’s loyalty.

To be fair, this is no different than what the former CIA Director and President George H.W. Bush saw was the method to have “normal” relations with most of the Arabs in the area. The US President has always had to deal with kings and dictators to keep the wheels of diplomacy and industry rolling. Stated more directly, Saudi Arabia has oil and we have weapons and great software.

In Donald Trump’s speech to the gathered tribes and countries of the Muslim faith, he failed to comprehend the nature of Islamic banking. For someone who has spread his footprint around the world, Trump’s naïveté on the way the money flows from legitimate sources to the terror groups is astounding. His state department experts could have told him that the men listening to his speech Sunday in Riyadh have no idea what the Islamic banks do with their money because those banks are under no government’s reach. This is how Mohammed wanted it.

Hats off, no pun intended, to the First Lady and Daughter Ivanka for not covering their heads while in a Muslim country, but then, First Lady Obama already blazed that trail. It was interesting how Trump’s daughter might have made a statement in Saudi Arabia, but then covered her head in Israel. So, noted.

Donald J. Trump, who called for the ban on all people coming from Muslim nations, was much more tempered when facing the force of dozens of Islamic nations sitting before him. He didn’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” out of respect for the religion. Wow, how he adjusts his act to his audience. When he gets to Israel he will don a yarmulke so not to offend. When did he become so politically and socially correct? What will his base think?

The trip to Saudi Arabia will no doubt improve Trump’s ratings, but while he is away, the plot against him continues in the States. Watching him look so presidential, with no damaging tweets this week, will he learn from this trip? Like someone on vacation without a care and with loads of procedural respect dished out and obviously patronizing anointment from the hosting countries, he shouldn’t let it go to his head. Trump will find the trip less positive toward the end.

He has to face the holy pontiff in the Vatican. The Pope will not kiss his ring or give him a gold necklace. He will ask hard questions about South Americans, walls and what have you done for the poor?

With the big NATO meeting and the G7 Economic Summit in Italy, Trump will find less adoration and more hard questions. For now, he leaves Saudi Arabia with the feeling of success, but with a hard road ahead.

People in America don’t care about whether the Sunnis and Shia hate each other; that has been going on for 1,400 years. What America sees on TV this week will probably fool some into believing that this man of orange has a plan for America.

Peace in the Middle East and deals for bombs won’t give the US a better healthcare system. Trump having lavish banquets abroad will not produce a fairer tax plan for the citizens of this country. But he did say we would get tired of winning. The hype is painful.


The Source of Hate Crimes in America

If you tell them it’s okay to scratch, they will scratch

Lots of people from the #Resistance movement have blamed the President for the rise of hate acts against Muslims and Jews throughout the country. I have always said that in any country about a 25% of the people see the population through a filtered lens. Quite frankly, they are bigots.

If we were in a court of law, one would find it quite difficult to link the actions of a few to the most powerful person in our country. What were his exact words? When did he say them? What would be his motivation?

This starts with the notion of painting a whole class of people with a broad brush, for example: Mexicans are rapists. He didn’t say that all Mexicans are rapists, but it doesn’t matter. Some people are so emotionally affected by the first part of the phrase that they store the whole phrase as fact. Trump links crime and murder to immigrants more than anyone in the world.  He would agree with me.

The Donald may have said all these bad things on the campaign trail, which had been justified with, “I was just being sarcastic” or “I was just having some fun” to “it was just locker room talk;” or as the trophy wife said, “Boy Talk!” but nonetheless, he said them.

What is his motivation? To elicit a reaction from the crowd and use his power of rhetoric to whip them into a mob. We saw Americans punching other Americans at those rallies. Was that his motivation? He only wants to be right and best, not righteous and fair.

Then Trump adds some spice to this by decrying politically correct speech. He launches into a diatribe against the press, now going so far to calling them the “enemy of the people.” It doesn’t take much to link that phrase to many so-called leaders in history.

The Communist leader of China, Mao Zedong, used to call individuals or associations that were critical of his policies ‘enemies of the people’. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, called people his enemies and had them shot or sent to labor camps. In 1997, Boris Yeltsin made Russian state media call journalist Noyaya Gazeta-Mir Ludei ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘enemy of the state’. And who can forget our most respected President, Richard Nixon, along with his criminal Vice President Spiro Agnew, who kept an enemies list.

Trump, along with Stephen K. Bannon, created and disseminated the term “fake news” to give his fans a hook to stab at the ‘enemies’, while Bannon secretly manipulates Breitbart News to craft fake news that he uses to control the President. Joseph Goebbels, a real enemy of the people, would be proud.

Hate and prejudges against people have always been a wound that is hopefully in a healing state. Then, someone comes along and tacitly gives permission to those on the edge to scratch. Once the bleeding begins, the loose nuts keep scratching. They assume that by desecrating and hating they can get rid of the Jews, or the Blacks, or the Muslims, or the people they disagree with. We all must know, we are always just days away from the “Night of the Long Knives,” if we stand by silently.

If I were called to be an “expert” witness in the trial against Donald J. Trump for high-crimes and misdemeanor, I would testify that yes, Mr. Trump created the atmosphere for hate. He gave the masses permission on both sides to be more forward verbally. Trump didn’t ‘drain the swamp’, he merely threw millions of people to the alligators. And I might add, as time will tell, he will even throw his most devout followers out with the partially finished taco bowl.

The other day Donald Trump said that if the Republicans don’t pass a healthcare bill, he would just let Obamacare fail so he could blame the Democrats. Here he is exposing himself as nothing but a bloody politician. And in the early morning hours when he says, “Out damn spots, out,” and his mother appears to ask him, “What have you done, Donnie?” He can look up and say, “I am the best Mommy, aren’t I the best?”

Haters are just like that Mr. President. They have made you into their father-figure and they are pushing over grave stones, and calling in bomb threats and painting the swastika on the wall, to please you, Mr. President. Or in some cases, to show you how much they hate you.

You think you know so much about power, Mr. Trump, when you have never learned the responsibility of power. The misdemeanor you have committed is the promotion of hate. Like screaming fire in a theater full of people, you have given the haters permission to scratch. You must be so proud of yourself.