THE CURSE OF BANNONISM

Trump’s Special Advisor and Puppeteer

When a president leaves office, they usually create a library to house the papers and books that played a major role in the shaping of their term. With Donald J. Trump, we won’t need a library, because he doesn’t read books. His legacy will simply be a building with pictures of people who had his ear, TV screens playing Fox News broadcasts and digital displays of pages from right-winged web sites.

When I watched the Charlie Rose interview with Steve Bannon on CBS’ Sixty Minutes, I was first disappointed that they would give him such a powerful platform. As the program commenced, however, little bombs of truth started to penetrate my frontal lobes. It became very clear that Bannon was the biggest influence on the 45th President and Bannon’s destructive dogma clings to Trump.

I have long said that Team Trump has no concern for political parties. The Donald is neither Republican nor Democrat. He’s a reactionary personality who believes that his charisma can carry him through any challenge. The flaw in Trump’s  thinking is the belief that people like him. Bannon in the interview actually made that same observation. So, Bannon is allowed to critigue the President.

Steve Bannon, clearly not a likeable person, propels his elitist and subversive views in everything he says. He opens by taking a shot at the Grand Old Party, accusing them of trying to nullify the 2016 election. This “civil war” he is flaming is bad for the party in power. Here is an important area of focus. Bannon says the GOP is trying to thwart Trump’s economic nationalist agenda. No one would argue that our business practices should produce positive results for our country and our people, but there seems to a Bannon agenda, darker and more negative than most Americans envision.

Bannon extends his aggression against certain Republicans with the promise to defeat them. Putting his money (well, other people’s money) where his mouth is means he will be buying ads supporting those running against these “rogue” politicians. He talks about “holding them accountable,” which pushed me to ask the question, “Should the elected official behold themselves to a president or their constituents?” The executive branch didn’t appoint them, they were elected by local counties, cities and states.

Bannon’s reveal that following the election the administration embraced the establishment due to the influence of Jared Kushner, was nullified by his comparison to the way he and Jared dress. Really? Are we in high school? Was Kushner’s desire to work with the “establishment” driven by his wardrobe?

Bannon continued to stir the pot with his opinion that Gary Cohn should have resigned if he didn’t like Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville. I see, you can be critical of things Trump does, but the other guys have to be loyal. Maybe Bannon actually thought he was the President.

The common thread here is that both Gary and Jared are Jewish and would obviously despise anything less than total denouncements on Neo-Nazis. It would be too easy at this point to suggest Bannon exposed a constantly rebuffed anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant grounding by this former Navy officer. But hey, he does mention pearls, limousines and the Hamptons in his put-down of the establishment. This is funny coming from a man who made millions in Hollywood.

It seems draconian to purge someone from the administration because they said the great Orange Leader made a mistake in handling the Charlottesville press conference. Why is Bannon so critical of honesty? He said that “a Darwinian environment for ideas is a positive.” Really, Steve, well Jared and Gary are still there and you are gone. I guess it was the survival of the strongest.

This idea that your “work was done” inside of the White House and you will continue the fight outside of the government is a lame ass excuse for being fired. Bannon called himself a “staffer,” with a kind of snobbish air suggesting that his position was beneath him. You were fired because you were opening your mouth, Bannon, and the White House couldn’t trust you. They are distancing themselves from you now, Mr. Alt-Right winged hooey.

We get that you hate the Bushes, Obama and others who have come before. Your abhorrence and vitriol oozes from our President’s narrow mouth. This concept of saying, in a very forceful declaration, that, “… they know, I know and YOU KNOW THIS IS TRUE!” is what Donald Trump uses when he feels confronted. This was a giant poker player “tell” for me. Bannon fed Trump the notion of taking down the Washington Monument and Donald’s little brain spit out that argument. Steve said that the President was taking it to a higher level and he was the only one defending him. Really? You must have a loose screw somewhere because the President, at best, sounded uninformed.

The most repulsive attempt to re-write history by Steve Bannon happened when Charlie Rose suggested that immigrants helped build this country and Bannon replied, “You couldn’t be more, dead wrong. America was built on her citizens.” Okay, so Africans weren’t citizens but did most of the work, yes? Italians, who later became citizens, paved all the brick streets in my hometown. Were they not working and helping to build America? What a stupid thing for Bannon to say.

And when he said that DACA Dreamers will just “self-deport” in six months and there will be no amnesty for their parents either, he made it clear that he is anti-immigrant and that is where the President was getting all his hogwash.

I am sure the 11 million people here illegally would love to help rebuild Houston and Florida for a chance at citizenship. What about that idea, Mr. President?

I don’t care what Steve Bannon says about the Catholic Church. I don’t care about his agenda to make America a whiter place. And I don’t respect his proclamation that the worst modern political decision was the firing of James Comey. If that was so, why didn’t he stop the President? The “I-told-you-so” Bannon dished out was so annoying, with zero enlightenment.

It’s obvious that Bannon was the puppeteer and Trump was the puppet who would say and tweet anything without any logical filter or understanding about the effect of those words. I am glad Steve Bannon is no longer a government employee. He should never have been hired. And, hopefully, the fake news won’t give him any more air time.


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?”

 


CTRL-ALT-RIGHT-DELETE

Trump Dumps Bannon, Finally

The writing was on the wall and in this blog that Alt-Rightist Steve Bannon was a huge anchor around President Donald Trump’s leg. And as Trump was quickly sinking lower into highly negative seas this week, it was most likely John Kelly who cut that anchor from the great Orange Leader, hoping he would surface in calmer waters.

The number of dead bodies floating outside the Oval Office is astounding. The poorly vetted National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, lied to the VP and was out a little over twenty-days into the Trump administration. Anthony Scaramucci was brought in to shake things up and Sean Spicer immediately resigned on July 2, 2017. John Kelly was transferred from Homeland Security to Chief of Staff, and Reince Priebus was sacked on July 28, 2017. And now, Steve Bannon was fired by the president on August 18, 2017. No previous administration has had so much turnover in such a short time, and this speaks to the Donald’s abysmally poor judgement and a broken vetting system.

There are some who think that the departure of Stephen K. Bannon will change the direction of the White House and help Donald J. Trump pivot. Ha! After watching the cable news networks over the weekend, I have learned how much those talking heads don’t know:

CNN: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BREAKING NEWS, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Fox News: Blah, Blah, OUR PRESIDENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

MSNBC:  Blah, Blah, Blah, IMPEACHMENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

As long as Donald Trump is the President of the United States nothing is going to change. Through his own words, Trump has clearly shown us that he is a not only a horrid communicator but also a racist. The goal of people who care about the real America hasn’t changed but, hopefully, Trump will do something which will bother Bannon. Then the right-wingers at Breitbart will start to nag him and create backlash in the Alt-Right faction of Trump’s base. This will help America. If anyone thinks that just because Steve Bannon has left the building Trump will magically become reasonable and focused on the people’s business, they are wrong.

The fact is that Bannon never left Breitbart and he was pulling the strings of that website just as deftly as he was pulling the strings of our puppet president. Now is the time for everyone to look up the addresses of their representatives in the House and the Senate (they’re listed on this website) and write your representative a strong letter of rebuke.

Congress doesn’t need to censure President Donald Trump, they must impeach him. Censure is nothing more than a formal, symbolic condemnation of an individual whose actions run counter to the group’s acceptable standards for individual behavior. We’ve already reached that point.  More action is needed!

It’s time for YOU to communicate your views and feelings to those who run our Congress. Removal from office is the singularly decisive protection from an extremely bad president. Never stop acting and never stop believing.