WE WARNED YOU, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Trump Was and Is Bad for America

Yesterday brought an incredible moment in American history. The process and strength of our democracy was challenged, and we survived. Well, most of us did. Unfortunately, four people died during the insurrection and attack on our Capitol. This reminds me of what happened at Kent State University when the same number of people were shot down by the Ohio National Guard, motivating the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, Ohio.

It was the public calls to action by the Commander in Chief of the United States that led to these deplorable demonstrations yesterday. Numerous tweets from the account @RealDonaldTrump urged his “followers” to come to Washington and demonstrate against the Electoral College vote certification by Congress. It was a truly desperate attempt to subvert the will of the American people.

Then, with tens of thousands of rabid supporters on the green for their permitted protest, Donald Trump urged his sycophants to march to the Capital and stop the count of the electoral votes. And they did. Trump knew what he was doing, but failed to comprehend the disaster that would soon unfold. Fool.

Now we face a constitutional crisis beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Several months ago, when people were peacefully demonstrating in support of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump ordered the Attorney General to get involved. A group of unmarked government agents armed with tear gas swooped in and forcefully removed the law-abiding citizens so Trump could walk to a church and hold his Bible photo opportunity. Why was there no such effective force working to save the Capital yesterday?

There will be hearings and investigations, but the immediate focus should fall on invoking the 25th Amendment. If you are unaware or hazy, here’s what it’s all about.

Trump must be removed from office because he clearly demonstrated his lack of respect for our government and its laws, and he engaged in seditious behavior. What exactly is sedition? It occurs when someone’s conduct or speech incites people to rebel against the authority of a state. What is the punishment? Sedition is a serious felony punishable by fines and up to twenty years in prison for inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it.

So, the 25th Amendment is not nearly as bad as other punishment Donald John Trump could face. Most of us believe it would be great for America if he was stripped of power and escorted from the White House. He could then go stay at one of his garish hotels on his own dime to wait for his trial.

It’s time for a moment of silence and then a real loud scream. We have faced the reality of who we are as a people. We have many diverse views, but those make us better. US citizens may freely use the power of the First Amendment by raising their differing opinions and voices, but they must never abuse that privilege.

I was a late 1960s protester, totally against the war in Vietnam, when I was threatened with a large wooden baton wielded by an even larger Pittsburgh Police officer. He raised the club above my head and said, “If you step off that curb, I’m going to smash your f%!#ing skull!” Probably an anatomy major, but I obeyed. Our protests created change; they ended a corrupt and unjust war. Yesterday, the protesters became rioters then looters, but they got the exact opposite of what they wanted. The final analysis will show millions of people turned against an impaired leader to create temporary bipartisan sanity. But at what cost?

Those who serve in Congress and supported and distorted the facts for Trump should be censured and shunned. They should NOT be allowed to sit on ANY committee. They have made America weaker.

More than anything, yesterday’s events proved to me that these are important times for our country, and not all that happened was bad. Yes, four people died, and that will be investigated, but what we saw is the ultimate manifestation of the abuse of power. It’s the same thing my father fought against in Europe during World War II. Had he been there yesterday I am sure he would have been shouting at the TV, “JUST SHOOT THEM!” It’s similar to what he said to me right after the Kent State killings, “They deserved it!” Demonstration is one thing, but any person attacking the government becomes a traitor in many people’s eyes.

I have been banned from Twitter for life for complaining about TRUMP and directly confronting those who lied for him, I humbly and politely ask that you send a direct message to @jack, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and demand he remove @RealDonaldTrump from the platform and ban him for life. REALLY, I got banned for saying his press secretary was a bimbo, but Donald Trump urged people to engage in insurrection which caused violence and death! BAN TRUMP FOR LIFE!  Do it for America!

The Trump Mob

After yesterday’s tragic events, the Dow Jones rose above 31,000 today. This could be an indicator that removing a bad president from our government will be good for everyone. Donald Trump is an unstable loser lacking the moral fiber to properly lead this country. I can imagine him flying away to some country without extradition to escape prosecution. Will retribution for what he has done follow him there, or will he once again dig into his manipulative bag of tricks to con others?

Wake up America! it’s time to rebuild, reform and remodel. Joe and Kamala have their work cut out for them, but I know they have the support and skill to stitch the diverse pieces of America into one solid, unified country. Our four-year national nightmare is finally over.

This book will show you how yesterday HAPPENED:

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.

 


SICK OF THE LIARS & LUNATICS

The Dream of Life After Donald Trump

For a country that once revolted against a tyrannical King, we certainly seem to be overly obsessed with Donald Trump. Some presidents are boring, I get it, but most of them spent more time working and solving problems than tweeting. For example, a great president like Lincoln never tweeted. But seriously, why all this silliness, diversionary tactics, political hogwash and thousands of blatant lies that hurt people? Our current president embarrasses me.

Trump, being a neophyte to politics and uncaring of federal structure, has no knowledge of simple procedures, policies and people resources of the government. For example, I doubt that the Donald knows there are 9,500 attorneys who work in the Department of Justice. Here is man who can ask for and get any document in the national domain to learn what really happened in any circumstance but would rather ad lib a conspiracy theory that has no merit or truth. He’s too lazy to find the truth. Trump is just some tyro toddler with horrible time-management skills.

Trump has gone through more than 100 people in the administration that he hired, fired and then replaced. It’s all on the record. He got rid of some decent and competent people and replaced them with lousy loyal amateurs. His relentless castration of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for almost two years was a humiliation no American should’ve had to endure. I might not like or agree with Sessions on policies, but rescuing himself was the right, legal and honorable thing to do. After Trump dumped Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, he went on a quest to get a hyper obedient servant for his next power grab.

Who walked in but a guy who knows how Washington works. William Pelham Barr served as the Deputy Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush and wrote the 75 pardons and 3 commutations of Reagan’s men who were convicted in the Iran-Contra Affair. His more recent claim to fame was an opinion paper written and distributed, for a reason that is unclear, which basically laid out the belief the whole Russian investigation was an improper probe and not a legitimate activity of oversight. This is what got Barr the job as the 85th Attorney General of the United States.

After being confirmed, Barr put his mask on. He whitewashed the Mueller Report before it came out and has done everything he can to go after Trump’s “enemies” and political foes. After the slam job he and Rod Rosenstein performed for Trump on the Report, even Robert Mueller was not impressed and wrote him a questioning letter.

William Barr grew up in New York City and attended the same Catholic grade school as George Carlin on the upper westside. I assume he was taught morals at the Corpus Christi School and knows the difference between right and wrong. I assume as a lawyer, he knows not to lie under oath, but he seems to be cleverly deceitful in the way he constructs a half truth. He’s more of an educated liar, where Trump is just a pathological liar.

What I mean by this, if you listen to his words, or better yet, have an exact transcript of his words, you can see how he slightly shifts meanings or places words into the sentence to either give him explanation room later or to cover a big lie on the fly. When asked about systemic racism in the police departments of America, he said, “I think there’s racism in the United States still, but I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.See what he did there? He fails to connect the dots that racism is created by people and there could be systemic racism in police departments whether the letter of the law is honest and clear. Most bad officer records of misconduct, because of a demand of the police union are destroyed after resolved. Barr talks more like his opinion is law. It’s not. He is not a judge. He knows he has many law enforcement problems across the nation; that’s why he travels all over country and the world to “straighten things out.”

On CBS TV’s FACE THE NATION, Barr was interviewed by Margaret Brennan and was asked if the president demanded 10,000 active duty troops be ordered into American streets. Barr says, “No, that’s completely false. That’s completely false.” Brennan then repeats, “The president did not demand that?” And then, Barr returns, “No, he did not demand that.” The real question should have been, “Did the President ever suggest he wanted 10,000 troops in every city where there was unrest?” Barr was only confessing that the President never DEMANDED. We have seen this script before, it’s where Trump suggests an idea, and everyone is supposed to just do it. Remember, Trump never said to drink Clorox, he only suggested someone “look into it.” Some stupid people took his word and just drank it.

When Barr was asked by Brennan whether he had given the order to clear the park of peaceful protesters, he kept claiming they were NOT peaceful and kept pointing at what happened days before in the same area. He was judging whether the protesters were peaceful, by his memory of what occurred earlier rather than determining the status of the crowd on Monday. In a court of law, a real judge would laugh at him. On top of it, Barr lied about projectiles being thrown last Monday around dinner time and there’s video to prove it. You know, evidence.

And then, in the most outrageous denial of the interview, after being asked if tear gas was used on the peaceful protesters, he said, “No, there were no chemical irritants. Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant.” He then said, “Pepper balls. Pepper balls.” As the Attorney General of the United States, Mr. Barr should know a bit more about weapons, what they do and whether they are legal to use.

I hate to split hairs here, but I am sure if you were to take hair samples from those who were peacefully protesting in Layette Park on Bible “photo-op” day, you would discover who was telling the truth. Barr admitted that pepper sprays or what some call “pepper balls” were used last Monday. He’s playing a word game and the result is a big freaking lie.

FACTS: Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs. With pepper spray (balls, pellets, etc) or oleoresin capsicum, capsaicinoid or OC gas, the onset of symptoms, including loss of motor control, is almost immediate. For those keeping track here, pepper spray can temporarily paralyze the victim. The people in the park were victims and causalities of war.  It’s good that several lawsuits have been filed on this matter. Maybe Barr was just going on TV to get his story straight and everyone else knows what to back up.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? According to the 1925 Geneva Protocol, the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, or bacteriological methods of warfare are prohibited. To be clear, what the police and armed US soldiers did that day is against the law. The question that remains unanswered, WHO GAVE THE ORDER? It’s time for Congress to call those involved, including Barr, to testify under oath as to what really happened. Of course, the Attorney General wouldn’t lie under oath.

Trump said the red line in Syria was chemical weapons, so, why would the President use these chemicals on his own people? He’s not Bashar al-Assad, or is he? The dark hallmark of the Trump White House is when something goes wrong, or appears to be illegal, no one seems to know what happened. I am sick of all the liars and lunatics and cannot wait for normal to come back. I will not back down when the people we pay to serve the nation are not truthful and honest. Barr is just a political operative. I wonder when he became such a big fat liar, or was he always that way?

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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

 

 


AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

If Only He Could Understand the Truth

Our president has many challenges on his hands. He will be raked over the coals for the rest of his life about his lack of quick and decisive action on the COVID-19 crisis. Trump’s reactions, rhetoric and repulsive threats at the George Floyd protesters will push away any support he might have with African American voters. He’s sounding more like George Wallace or Richard Nixon than a clown-reality TV star.

Moderate, suburban women don’t like the violent references and chauvinistic tone of the Trump tweets. He will never be able to bring those college educated voters back into his camp. Along with the economy’s long trip back from the brink, which will not happen before the upcoming presidential election, the 45th President will never have the right answers. The Donald doesn’t have the mind or skill to unite a country. As time goes on, the questions from legislatures, voters and reporters will get more critical. I wonder if his mind is capable of having this conversation with his ego, “Gee, maybe I am a racist.”

As of this day, the coronavirus has taken more than 104,000 people from the United States, but the TV news today is all about protesters and fires and looting and inner-city destruction. Will Donald Trump once again take no responsibility? To be fair, here’s a quote from the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, “But the seeds of that long day were planted years ago: The press has been attacked and disparaged by politicians for decades, whenever they found it served their purposes to slap around the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism’ as Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, once put it. So no, Trump didn’t start this. But he has made it immeasurably worse.”

There must be a political playbook enclosed in glass on the wall of the Oval Office with a sign that says, “In case of populous protests, BREAK GLASS!” We are hearing the same words of the White-House-past coming out of the  mind of its present resident. Blame some mysterious outside force? For the life of me, I have no idea why the home addresses of protesters have anything to do with this; they are all Americans. People sometimes travel 3,000 miles to see their favorite sports teams play. Why would Americans traveling to another city to protest police actions of injustice and brutality have anything to do with solving the problem? Us Boomers already know that stunt; it’s classic tricky Dick Nixon.

Sadly, the acidic source of this current rumor came from local sources, the Minnesota Governor and Mayors of the Twin Cities, who were duped by bad data which showed some of those arrested were not from the area. In fact, the protesters were local people. Why does anyone find that unbelievable? I’ll bet, however, we will hear that lie again and again on Fox TV.

When protesters marched outside the White House last Friday night, Trump was quick to use harsh language, threats of violence and warnings about guard dogs to ward off the danger. Oh, how pro-segregation of him! When confronted by reporters about his “looting – shooting” reference, he said he didn’t know where that phrase came from, but deep down inside he knew he went too far. Once again, we see proof that people who disagree with this president make him nervous. He respects only the part of the Constitution that gives us guns, not the part that gives us a voice and a right to protest. By the way, it’s against the law to use the US Military against citizens of this country. Hopefully, someone will point this out to Donald John Trump.

A REAL LEADER WOULD HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. If Trump hadn’t treated Barack Obama so poorly over the years, he could’ve picked up the phone, asked Obama to fly to Minneapolis and do a speech on big street screens to quell the violence and suggest some remedies for the pain in the Black community. Trump can’t and won’t use that resource. Obama put out his own message, but we truly need a message of political unity right now. Won’t happen.

Here’s the real problem, Trump doesn’t have many African American advisors. Yes, Ben Carson holds a place in Trump’s cabinet, but his is not exactly the kind of pro-Black voice needed. Carson claimed that providing a safety net for minorities and unemployed Americans is a bad idea, “That’s not helping those people, and all that you have to do is look what’s happened since the Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson. We’ve spent $19 trillion and we have 10 times more people on food stamps, more people in poverty, more broken homes, out of wedlock births, crime, incarceration. Everything is not only worse, it’s much worse.” The most disturbing part of that misconception was his use of the words, “…those people.”  There’s no credible person in this administration who will be believed by the African American community.

The letter I would write would be a short one, because that’s the only kind of letter that will work with Trump. Let me give it a try:

Dear Mr. Trump,

Since you became President, you have been saying how you, and you alone, can fix the problems of the United States. Some of those problems, were exaggerations and just part of your political pitch, but when do you graduate? If you think you can solve all problems yourself, why not start NOW?

When do you become the President of all the people of this great country? Kanye West doesn’t represent the African American experience and neither do the anarchists who would rather burn things down than get things done. It’s time for you to take a good hard look at the realities and the challenges, STOP LYING and START LEADING!

You cannot just arrest everyone or shoot everyone or stay in your ideological cocoon. You must step forward, and present solutions to discrimination and lack of equality in America. The poor need to be helped, the sick need to be healed and the voters need to know you can handle the job. Stop making it worse.

Thank you. 

Donald Trump is out of sync with his fake announcement that he will get involved with the investigation of a police officer killing an unarmed black man. It’s his bullshit attempt to have it both ways. He wants to throw a few bones of sympathy to the Black community, while continually encouraging the violent tactics of police. Trump is so much like Nixon it makes me want to throw up. His attempt to play both sides can be best summed up with this one infamous line from the Charlottesville incident, “…you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

August 2017, Charlottesville

When Trump was asked recently about COVID-19 advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, he once again used the “both sides” reference. Trump said that Fauci, “wants to play all sides of the equation.” Trump sees everything that is said about him or his actions as taking a side. He cannot bring people together because he holds a core philosophy that people are either for him, or against him. He will never be a good president, because it’s all about him and will always be about him. Even about what is best for the American people, Trump will always say the wrong things. He obviously cannot Be Best!

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs This weekend, I picked the book and thumbed through some of the chapters, and I re-read chapter called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment.

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