MISINFORMED PEOPLE

The Trumping Down of America

Every year, thousands of buzzards flock to Hinckley, Ohio. They have been doing this since 1957. I have no idea why they go there, but it leads to today’s question. When will the flocks of the country arrive at a logical perspective on Donald J. Trump? When will Republicans become clear thinking and realize that it must be country above party?

Obviously, the country is divided. The percentages are roughly 33% for Trump and 66% against him. Interestingly, we have three viable cable news networks. Two-thirds of them are against Trump and one is directly connected to his brain to make money for an Australian media mogul and his sons. This is more like Game of Thrones than a democratic, functioning government. Winter is here and it came in the form of a constitutional crisis. Trump wants more power, and if the courts and Congress give it to him, we will lose the foundation of our government.

Imagine if a school decided that all its teachers would be replaced by one crazy D-student off his meds. The classes would erupt in chaos, law makers would be summoned to hearings and parents would sue the school system. There is one executive who would be held responsible for the mess. The President. This is a great analogy for what is happening in our country.

Trump has decided that he knows more than anyone else. He believes Putin more than dedicated intelligence officers and law enforcement. His desire to proclaim a boogieman at the border and use of fear to govern the people of the United States is disturbing. He’s never graduated to a real president and he continues to be a tacky politician blaming everything on others. An authentic leader rarely takes credit and assumes blame when justified. Harry Truman’s great slogan was “the buck stops here.” Trump puts the buck in his pocket.

A friend of mine was watching CNN over the weekend instead of her favorite, Fox News. She said, “Gee, all the news they report are bad things about Trump.” I chuckled and replied, “They are super serving their base.” That is the way to get high ratings today. Stephen Colbert was doing okay until he launched his comedic attacks on Trump, then his ratings soared. The lesson is there that more people don’t like Trump than like him. It’s plain math. Are we paying attention?

Donald Trump has single-handedly dumbed down a certain segment of our citizens and they will follow him off the cliff. Many misinformed Americans are walking around believing that it’s okay to “make nice” with Russia and Putin. WTF?

Too many people are getting more aggressive and mean in the way they treat others. This is a side effect of a mean, uncaring President who has little to no empathy for anyone. I, for one, have become more aggressive as well. While I’m not particularly proud of that, it’s my nature to argue with anyone who spreads lies and propaganda. Anyone should do the same when confronted.

One of Trump’s most ardent supporters is Anne Coulter. During the press conference about his phony emergency, Trump said, “I hardly know her, I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year, but the press loves saying ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice, but she’s off the reservation.” Remember, she wrote the book, In Trump We Trust.

To her credit, Anne shot back with this tweet, “It was one thing, the promise he made every single day at every single speech. Forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave. The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.”

Anne has a strange world view and isn’t a patriot, but she’s not dumb. She was confronted and properly responded. I may not be a Republican, but if someone like Mitt Romney or John McCain can articulate why their viewpoint makes sense, I listen. However, I no longer listen to Trump. He makes no sense whatsoever and it’s clear that he’s in it solely for himself. Even if Mueller were to “vindicate” him, he will still be a shitty president and a lousy leader.

Will the smart people from both sides come together and make the changes we need in America today? Will honest, hard-working Americans find comfort in knowing the top guy will be replaced by someone who doesn’t lie, or will they revolt and cast aside their values to walk downwind of the demagogue? How can they endure the stench?

And here is a question for the court. When Trump says something stupid, why do you not take him at his word? Why did the courts ignore what he said about the travel ban ruling when he was a candidate? Why did the high court, in a sense, sanction Trump’s lies? This will be the question in the high court soon. Will the justices hear the words of our founding fathers and intrepret their true meaning, or have they also been dumbed down by Trump’s rhetoric?

There is no crisis at the border. It’s the same problem we have had since the beginning of America. When Trump takes credit for making America so great that everyone wants to come here, he disrespects who we are as a people. It’s the freedom they are coming to, asshole. We have always been the place people wanted to call home. That’s how my family got here. Step aside, you big orange blowhard. We have the future to face, and America will be a greater, better place only when you are gone.

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IS TRUMP A RUSSIAN AGENT?

Russian Campaign to Divide Sounds Like Trump 

There is a timeless question that comes to mind here, did the chicken or the egg come first? As we write this piece, a new USA TODAY / Suffolk University poll says that 59% of America distrusts the President and believes he lies. That’s compared to 53% of those surveyed who said they have confidence and trust in Robert Mueller and his investigation into Trump.

This comes out right before researchers from New Knowledge, Columbia University, and Canfield Research, University of Oxford and Graphika will release their findings on the years-long efforts by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) to influence politics and opinions in America by weaponizing social media platforms. The news is not good.

Vox.com really gave a great overview of the findings, “Russia favored Trump over Clinton, Russia especially targeted African Americans, Russian content focused mainly on political and national security issues, not the election itself, Russia’s use of social media was wider than we thought.”

Donald Trump’s greatest failure as President is his lack of action on these facts. He seems to be working for the Russians and protecting them for some reason. This feels eerily like the plot of the movie, The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra. In the movie, soldiers who had been imprisoned during the Korean War were thought to have been brainwashed during their capture. And a presidential candidate might have been compromised and being controlled by the communist menace. Why do I feel like Trump is being controlled by Vladimir Putin?

Much of what the Russian Internet group had propagated via social media before, during and after the election has been parroted by Trump in tweets and at rallies. Is this a case of Trump reading this disinformation campaign online or hearing them on the Fox News channel, or is this a case of Fox and Trump creating these theories and the Russians using their money and time to transmit these mistruths to Americans? Chicken or Egg?

We know from Facebook and Twitter that those Internet research companies based in Russia had purchased large blocks of advertising messages to spread their propaganda and apparently are still doing it. They are even attempting to defame Robert Mueller and the FBI, this is purely an Un-American activity that our current president is endorsing with his words and inaction. Is he simply a Manchurian President?

From the beginning, we’ve said Trump was bad for America. We have never wavered in our strong feelings and analysis of statements and data that show that America is less safe because of President Trump. IMPEACHMENT is the only answer. If you truly believe in America, stop believing in the lying Donald Trump.


Naiveté, Ignorance or Fear

Trump’s Trip to Asia

It is clear to anyone watching or reading about President Donald Trump that the Russian investigation looms large over him. Trump cannot travel around the world without being asked about his relationship with Russian and, specifically, Vladimir Putin. Our leader answers those questions with confused rhetoric instead of providing a simple, clear and concise response.

Donald Trump said he believed Putin’s response to the question of interference in the US election. Trump failed the test of the great deal maker and helped propel responses from former intelligence chiefs and his own team. Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, said that Trump was showing his naiveté, ignorance or fear.

There is some part of our great Orange Leader’s brain that compels him to continue repeating a claim, even after he himself has diluted the assertion with doubt. After Trump makes a statement, experts rush in to help clarify his thoughts. He then finds some wiggle room to get out of the lie or create a misrepresentation. Afterward he returns to the original claim, either in his speech or on Twitter. One could say that he has an inability to learn or a huge capacity for telling lies.

In Japan, Trump said that no one ever received the red-carpet treatment that he got. Clearly, the Donald doesn’t know that an Emperor in Japan must be referred to as “His Majesty the Emperor” and that no foreigner would ever get, in terms of ceremony, what the royalty of the country would receive. His comments show total naiveté. He is not as special as he believes and his comments to the contrary display his gross Ignorance on the world stage.

The notion of our president’s fear is an interesting observation, and one that I also hold. When Trump comes face to face with a person of power, he tries to make them like him. He does this in the name of getting things done but, in the long run, it makes people uneasy. As soon as Trump starts talking, he says downright stupid things about his hosts and their country or company. He’s like an abusive father who must denigrate a child to establish his power. In his mind, Trump believes this is love.

There is a bit of naiveté, ignorance and fear in every one of the Trump supporters. I assume they get most of that from Trump. He never takes time to think, adlibbing his way through life and chuckling inside every time he believes he has gotten away with something. He wears his ignorance like a badge. Our great Orange Leader proudly proclaims to getting his information from watching TV shows and news networks. He says he hates the media, but bases his theories on shoddy reporting and stories that have no basis in facts. He literally, uses “fake news” to govern, and his cult sees nothing wrong with whatever he does. What have we become as a nation?

Trump displays his fear outwardly. It’s easy to spot. He openly kowtows to leaders he’s not supposed to like, and treats our ally leaders with a dose of disregard and disrespect. Trump clearly indicated that he “believed Putin” when he said he didn’t interfere with our elections, and then he attacked those who were critical of him back home. He called former administration people “political hacks.”

But then, truth entered the picture. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he stands by US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump, backed into a corner, retreated with, “What I said there is that I believe he believes that. And that’s very important for someone to believe. I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election.” And then, in truly Trumpean style, he adds, “As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”

Some say that Trump is being played by Putin. I have said Trump will be played by anyone who compliments him, genuflects, grovels or kisses his big fat ass. Anyone who can get Trump’s brain chemicals oozing messages of gratification can acquire whatever they want. When confronted, Trump simply changes what he said. When caught in a lie, his plan is simple, decide whether to double-down on the lie or change the words to mean something else. He is truly naïve, ignorant, afraid, and, I would add, delusional.

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IT’S MUELLER TIME!

Donald Feels the Footsteps

As the news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was putting together a federal grand jury, Donald Trump was winging his way to West Virginia for another ego boost from his base.

Maybe Donald Trump believes that these gun-toting, God fearing, red-blooded Americans will come to his aid in his revolution to keep his position and power, but there is indeed a new sheriff in town who is focusing on law. And law alone.

Like the dog-catcher seeking re-election, the Donald keeps telling us about the dangers of rabies, when the real problem is the dog-catcher himself. He keeps biting the dogs hoping he can instill fear in them.

We have heard endless discussions on mainstream media about what a grand jury means and what its purpose is in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The malfeasance that took place did have a motive, there was ample opportunity to commit the crime and there is a smoking gun. You can see the result of the interference on the WikiLeaks web site. I’d say there was a crime committed.

What does a grand jury do? In this case, it will give the Special Counsel the ability to call witnesses, deliver subpoenas to those who might have been involved and of course, the potential of bringing charges against someone or something.

A grand jury’s job is to accuse persons who may be guilty of an offense. They also function as a shield against unfounded and oppressive prosecution. It’s a means for regular citizens, who in a sense represent the community at large, to have a role in the administration of justice. The traditional number of the grand jury is 23 and one of the unique differences from a regular court proceeding, the jurors can ask questions during the proceedings.

I was a plaintiff in a case where a grand jury was asked to bring charges against a man who broke into my house. I was simply asked to tell the story of what happened and they decided that a crime had been committed. The defendant was charged with burglary, later plead guilty and had to pay restitution for the destruction of the front door of my house.

Those who serve on the grand jury will not be involved in the larger case, but they play an important role in our judicial system and can be empaneled for months at a time.

While Trump was in West Virginia, he held his rally and regurgitated his position on the matter of the Russian interference. From the stage surrounded by rabid fans, the dog catcher threw the horde some red meat and screamed, “The Russian story is a total fabrication, it is just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics. That’s all it is.” Well, then, why do we need a grand jury? The man has spoken and he always tells the truth. What?

But he wasn’t done, he had to have the last word on everything, so he continued, “They can’t beat us at the voting booths so they are trying to cheat you out of the … future that you want. They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

The use of the word “demeaning” is interesting. Is he really saying that investigating whether a foreign power attempted to affect the Presidential election is demeaning? Demeaning is causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others. If we don’t investigate the meddling, we would be demeaning our country and our Constitution. This is pure Orwellian Newspeak. Trump insists on the opposite to state his case. And is anyone in his crowds really thinking?

His lawyers, especially Ty Cobb, have a proper viewpoint of this investigation, “The White House has every interest in bringing this to a prompt and fair conclusion. As we’ve said in the past, we’re committed to cooperating fully with Mr. Mueller.” The fact that Trump travels in an alternative universe shows that he has no respect for the law or even his legal team. Most good attorneys tell their clients to shut up and I’m sure that’s happening here, but Trump isn’t heeding that good advice.

Donald Trump should read the Maranda statement that police read to people as they are arresting them. It might not be too long before Trump hears these words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” I am sure our great Orange Leader will be able to afford his own attorney.

 

 

 


A WARTIME PRESIDENT

Can Trump Be Trusted?

While television is saturated with the stories about Trump writing the Don Jr cover-up statement and the White House being implicated in a law suit concerning a FAKE Fox News story linking a murdered campaign worker to leaked emails from the DNC, there is another story beckoning our attention. War is on the horizon. You certainly would never want to be in a war or escalated conflict anywhere in the world and the very last thing we need right now is an amateur in the White House to deal with this incendiary situation.

North Korea is a powder keg. Syria is a problem that we have given to Russia, while we fight on in Afghanistan, the forgotten war. For 16 years, the United States has been in that country with no peace in sight. Obama did everything he could to keep America out of war, deploying strategic drone strikes with limited US military casualties. After more than 14 missiles being launched by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, we decided to launch our own test missile from California. (8-1-2017) More sword rattling.

While Donald Trump domestically treads water in the deeper, darker end of the swamp, the world is watching his next move with North Korea. As we get to the first day of August, 2017, the White House is in chaos. The press is hitting Trump and family very hard about their lies and misrepresentations. But that doesn’t change the reality that we are getting to the point where if Donald Trump doesn’t draw a red line in the sand with Kim Jong, he becomes the chess player who freezes and cannot make the next move. If you do nothing you maintain your unpredictability, but you get nothing accomplished.

What is the next move? Has Rex Tillerson really done anything to defuse the potential situation by establishing a diplomatic dialogue? This dance of the mighty with blasting rockets by both parties, is a waste of fuel. When Un propels an ICBM into the sky, we fly our fighters near the boundary of North Korea. If this seems a bit childish and over-reactionary, you have to remember the two players. They are both boy-bullies on the playground.

One positive consequence of having lots of generals on the administration payroll is the added layer of stability to an otherwise chaotic White House. There are those who would fear having lots of generals around, but Trump thinks they protect him from a military coup. Funny how conspiracy oriented the Donald is. Silly man.

There is this political conspiracy theory that Presidents have always done well with re-election when they are in the middle of a war. We trust that the generals would never co-conspire with Trump to pull off a popular war to aid Trump. But think about this. If the White House would stoop so low as to use a murder to cover up collusion with Russia, where is their moral compass?

One of the things that the Trump team says when they are trying to bail out our leader after he offends or misspeaks is, “Oh, he was just joking.” When you are the President of the United States, and you are dealing with risky regimes and rogue rulers, you must be careful not to drop a bad joke. Trump isn’t as funny as he thinks he is, but in front of an adoring audience he gets carried away. This is the guy who has the nuclear codes? God save us.

Donald J. Trump thinks he knows everything. He reminds me of a rich guy who likes to watch baseball and decides he knows enough to buy a baseball team. He believes, “I will show them how to win.” After a few years in the league and millions of dollars lost, he becomes frustrated that winning on the professional level is so difficult. What most people don’t realize is that just because you can watch something on TV, doesn’t make you an expert with it.

Recall that our Orange Leader said, “Who knew healthcare was so complicated?” Well everyone but you knew it’s complicated, airhead. And guess what, Donald. Foreign affairs, political planning and domestic programs are nothing compared to war. Is our President qualified to be the Commander-in-Chief? We think not.

With Trump’s inability to quell what he calls a “witch-hunt” how can he possibly deal with actual witches? Yes, war is a witch, the evilest, most terrible sorceress, who drains your sons and daughter’s blood, rips the gold from your coffers and stains any presidency. There is no dry-cleaner in historical analysis.

While we all watch North Korea develop a nuclear weapons program, Trump will soon be seen for the fake that he is. And if he gets talked into striking first, he won’t be bragging about a great the stock market. Just take a look at a list of the products that come out of Japan, South Korea and China. War is a long, dark winter and if this President takes that step, then we are economically doomed.


MUSLIMS BAD, RUSSIANS GOOD

Trump’s Travel Ban Begins

The Supreme Court wanted to show some respect for the office of the President, so they gave him the benefit of the doubt with a baby-ruling on the Travel Ban. While pushing the bigger decision about how America’s image will be morphed by arguments this October, the court gave the president the power to manage who enters this country.

Taking Trump’s ban on face value, he wanted the ban to allow our government to research the credibility of the vetting of visas, and to create a system that would provide better security of our country. One of the things that happened in the last year, which most experts and representatives agree on, America was the victim of a cyber-attack by Russia.

The administration has done nothing to protect America from that threat. Every President says these words with his hand on a Bible: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The protection of our democracy and the defense of our Constitution are paramount. Donald Trump has done nothing about the issue of electronic invasion by Russia and most people around him say he considers most questions about Russia to be alarmist over-reaction. Others, who have taken a more psychological approach, believe Trump has combined the Russian hacking scandal and any possible collusion into one large bucket of dissent against any disdain for him personally. Someone has programmed his tiny brain to believe that if the Russian probe goes forward, America will find out that his whole presidency is a fraud.

Trump is so used to hearing critics calling him a phony or con that he just assumes he must have done something wrong. But this time, he really is doing something wrong. He is ignoring a threat to cyber-security and has a Mister Magoo vision of protecting and defending this nation.

The Senate approved a bill to lock in sanctions against Russian by a 98-2 vote. Interestingly, Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted against the measure. The bill, which includes both Russian and Iranian sanctions, heads to the House for approval before President Donald Trump gets to sign it. If Trump vetoes the bill, it will disclose his reticence to ruffle Russian feathers. Trump seems to be able to intimidate the House, where the Senate sees him as a necessary evil.

As the summer tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and fires rage across America; our representatives will get an earful at their town meetings, if they are brave enough to have them. We can sit here and take this bad management on the part of Donald Trump’s White House, or we can start to scream.

The House of Representatives has an interesting balancing act right now. Their members don’t want to have Trump in their faces.  However, if they stand by and let Trump screw up the country they will surely be losing their jobs. The leadership on both sides are so full-on ideologs that nothing will get done. And as much as the President claims the Democrats are keeping him from being successful, he has never invited them to his house to sit down and talk. He’s the problem.

Trump is doing nothing about Russia and has pushed it aside. Why? Trump moved very quickly on his Muslim ban, which was blocked by the courts. He modified it, even so far to say he liked the first one better, but at least he compromised. And if he would have just applied a logical verbiage to his order, and not flame out online, he could have gotten what he wanted in the first place.

We don’t hear Trump screaming about Russia, so we can only assume he really doesn’t care about Russian interference with our election. Someday, he will have to explain. From this vantage point, he’s clearly declared, “Muslims bad, Russians good.” The real question is why?