MANY SIDES OF DONALD, MANY SIDES

It’s all a game to the President

As Hurricane Harvey messes with the state of Texas, Donald Trump continues his role as Addlepate-in-Chief of our great nation. Yes, it means he’s confused and it shows. The many sides of Trump were on display this past week (8-22-2017) in his many speeches to many people on many sides but his words did little other than giving us conflicting sound bites.

We heard from Teleprompter Trump restating the same strategy in Afghanistan that Obama used for the last eight years. We saw Impromptu Trump in Phoenix where he, like the little boy who lied to his parents, kept restating what he said, only leaving out the parts that people were so pissed about. And of course, we heard directly from the center of his botched brain with Twitter Trump.

While all the boring pundits and fake experts in the media are saying what it all means, I must add a thought. While many are focusing on the cult of personality, Trump is moving the government, and thus our country, to the far right. He’s ready to pardon Joe Arpaio and end the Dreamer (DACA) program taking 1,451,195 kids out of the workforce and into a quandary. With no respect for the courts and no respect for people, we allow this Orange Poison to stay in the room and destroy people’s lives.

Donald J. Trump gets splattered across the media for whatever he does, and that is too bad. The President should be working on the duties of being president not out wasting jet fuel to campaign for the next election in four years. His travel is squandering massive amounts of taxpayer funds. The Donald should be getting things done rather trying to get reelected. Tweeting against his own party should be an alarm to those in Congress. When are those lame-ass self-delusional Republican grandfathers in Congress going to wake up and realize that your President is NOT A REPUBLICAN? He will destroy you.

And while every critic in the land is making a big point of the President of the United States not uniting us as a people, don’t fall for the bullshit rhetoric Trump strategically placed in his speech about coming together. We do remember that Hillary Clinton’s slogan was Stronger Together and, while that is true, the great Orange Leader has no chance of achieving it. As a matter of fact, he has no desire to bring us together. He cares only about his appearance and getting his way. We made a big mistake.

So, for all those wishful thinkers who thought that the White House without Steve Bannon would magically turn into a place of moderate thought, think again. Remember that Bannon’s pet name for Trump was Archie Bunker, meaning the problem wasn’t Bannon but rather Trump himself. The White House has less credibility than a White Castle in Toledo, Ohio.

Speaking of Ohio, the rumor mill is churning the idea of John Kasich challenging the sitting president to be the Republican nominee in 2020. And there will be others. The party is splitting like atoms in a North Korea reactor. Even Mitt Romney might give it another try. Here are some of the things I would love to ask Donald Trump. Why do you think so many people don’t trust you? Why is the percentage of people who think you are unfit for office so large? And why aren’t you listening to the other 61% of the people who are vehemently opposed what you are doing?

We will soon get to the point where more and more people will be talking about how to get rid of the 45th President. I was at a family gathering this week, with lots of people who voted for the Donald and believe in him. They actually deny that Trump has lied about anything, even when the truth is laid before them. They are in his rapture just as much as they are excited about the religious rapture. But deep down inside, they have their doubts. The one question I got many times was, “Do you really think he could get impeached.” I just smiled.

When someone asks, “Why don’t you give him a chance?” I will answer, “Why doesn’t he give me a chance?” Why is he not listening to what I think? All presidents take a stand and make their decisions based on what will please their base or help them get elected. I am a grown man, I know that, but after hearing Trump saying over and over that we have to get out of Afghanistan because it’s such a waste of money, we see that he got sucked right back in. He broke a promise. While he says that it was a thoughtful decision, to many supporters it was damn flip-flop.

And as winter comes in America, we will learn more about who Donald Trump is and how he tears us apart as a nation. He exposes a little more of himself each day, and the people who speak on his behalf are nothing but damn, professional liars. The anger from the 61% will grow and more people will be asking the Senate, “What exactly is it that you do again?”

 


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.